From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Jepkosgei thinks sub 30
PRAGUE (CZE): World half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya believes a sub-30 minute performance is possible for 10km on the roads, informs organisers. “I don’t think there’s any difference between road and track times, so it should be possible to run under 30 minutes on the road. But this is a good competition. I cannot say I will win,” said Jepkosgei ahead of the Birell Prague Grand Prix which takes place tomorrow. Jepkosgei clocked 64:52 in the Prague Half Marathon in April, passing through the 10km checkpoint in 30:04.
Kipchoge will be ready
BERLIN (GER): In the Berlin Marathon on 24 September when he will attempt to break the world record, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge will wear the same Nike shoe model which he wore in Monza in May where he attempted to break the sub-two hour barrier, informs the Daily Nation. Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 in Monza, wearing the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite shoe. “Technology has really grown, beyond the thinking of some minds and I’m happy with the technology of Nike. For now, the shoe from Nike has no problem,” said Kipchoge.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified two world records: Ines Henriques’ world 50km race walk record of 4:05:56 from the World Championships and Armand Duplantis’ world U20 pole vault record of 5.90m from the Texas Relays in Austin.
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene has said Russia isn’t making sufficient progress in implementing the anti-doping reforms which could lead to their reinstatement, informs AP. Lasitskene has accused Russian officials of not doing enough, adding “unfortunately there hasn’t been any visible progress in two years.” Lasitskene was cleared to compete as a neutral athlete in April. She retained her world high jump title in London and her next target is the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah has said he has been training “reasonably well” ahead of the Great North Run where he is looking to claim his fourth successive title, informs Chronicle Live. “I’m looking forward to it, it should be quite exciting. It’s the end of the season and I like to end it in Newcastle. I’ve been training reasonably well, the field is quite loaded on Sunday so it’s going to be hard. I’m just out to enjoy it,” he said.
TORONTO (CAN): Former Chicago Marathon winner Dickson Chumba from Kenya is aiming to break the course record of 2:07:05 in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 22 October, informs organisers. “I honestly don't know much about the Toronto (Waterfront) Marathon but my agent, Gianni Demadonna, told me that it is a good race. In the last few seasons I have been running mostly Chicago and Tokyo…my agent talked to me about Toronto and the possibility to run the course record or even the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil. I found the target interesting and I decided to run Toronto.”
SYDNEY (AUS): World’s fastest man Usain Bolt says he’s yet to hit full speed on his sporting career and is set to start training to become a Manchester United football star next month. Informs Australian Saturday Telegraph. He told the media that he was fielding offers from the world’s biggest football sides and would begin training when he recovers from a hamstring injury. “My big dream would be to play for Manchester United because it’s my favourite team since I was young.”
KINGSTON (JAM): Through his Usain Bolt Foundation, Usain Bolt has partnered with the Jamaica National Foundation to host he third staging of the Heroes in Action Run/Walk, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "Our elders and senior citizens are to be cherished. Without their endless sacrifice during our early years, we wouldn't be capable of what we are doing today,” said Bolt. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the Trelawny Infirmary in Falmouth, to upgrade and refurbish the facility. The event takes place on 15 October.
LONDON (GBR): A two-time Olympian in the shot put banned for life in 1997 has launched a Facebook page as part of his longstanding efforts to be cleared from the charges, informs insidethegames.biz. Paul Edwards continues to dispute his first positive test in 1994, and the findings from an out-of-competition test undertaken while he was still banned which led to his lifetime ban. "I am not guilty and will continue as I have done for 20 years to fight to prove my innocence,” he said on Facebook.
KALGOORLIE (AUS): Olympic javelin thrower Oliver Dziubak has been fined $2500 after illegally selling anabolic steroids taken from his pharmacy in Kalgoorlie, informs The West. He admitted to selling testosterone to a man without a prescription last year.
ANGERS (FRA): Mike Rodgers is a late withdrawal from the American team competing in the DecaNation in Angers tomorrow. He has been replaced by Beejay Lee. Another star name in action is reigning Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser.
TAIYUAN (CHN): Reigning champions Georgina Rono and Evans Sambu from Kenya will be looking to defend their titles in the Taiyun Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Rono’s main opposition comes from teammates Emily Ngetich and Chemtai Rionotukei while Sambu faces Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Bekele, the fastest man on paper at 2:07:12.
MINSK (BLR): Kenya’s Hillary Maiyo will defend his title in the Minsk Half Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Maiyo will face opposition from teammate Julius Kibet Koskei and Ethiopia’s Jima Bekele. In the women’s race, Nina Savina and Nastassia Ivanova are among the favourites on home soil. Reigning champion Volha Mazuronak is a withdrawal due to illness.
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): Some 22 000 runners are expected at the Sunday´s Half Marathon in Buenos Aires. It will be also national championships with qualification for the World Half Marathon Champs 2018 in Valencia. Main names are from Kenya, Paul Lonyangata (59:53 best) and Angela Tanui (67:16).
DUBNICA (SVK): Slovak track season will end with the national team championships on Saturday here. National sprinte record holder Jan Volko will except of the 100 m compete for first time in his life over 400 m but only as a training run.
PRAHA (CZE): Double 400 m hurdles World champion Zuzana Hejnova was satisfied with her season although she feels her top shape came little bit late. Hejnova aims for 2018 and mainly for European championships in Berlin. "I do not have yet a medal from this event," she said. She might also compete during the indoor season. Hejnova plans still to run this weekend in Clubs league and also next week on September 13 in Kutna Hora with the aim to attack the fastest ever 200 m hurdles time (25.74) in a duel with Denisa Rosolova.
PRETORIA (RSA): Fastest South African 100 m runner Akani Simbine graduated on Friday at the University of Pretoria as bachelor of information sciences.
NEW YORK (USA): According to GoSkechers.com, 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek has signed a professional contract with Skechers. "I am so happy to be joining the Skechers Performance team as I start this next chapter of my career," said Cheserek, who will make his professional debut on Sunday, September 10, in New York City at the 5th Avenue Mile. "I have big goals and dreams and know that Skechers Performance product will help me get where I want to go . . . I am excited for what is ahead." Writes flotrack.
FUKUI (JPN, Sep 8): Japanese University Championships started with new meet record in women javelin as national U20 record holder Haruka Kitaguchi got 60.49 over Marina Saito 60.24. Kota Suzuki cleared 560 in men pole vault and equaled the event best (also his PB). Takuto Kominami won men javelin 78.53 and in the 10 000 m Kenyans dominated as Simon Kariuki clocked 28:20.50 to win. In windy 100 m semifinals Yoshihide Kiryu achieved 10.14 (+2.4), in another one Shuhei Tada 10.20 (+2.9, also 10.17 +2.8 in heats) and Ippei Takeda in third semi 10.21 (+2.8). Final is on Saturday.
KOHILA (EST, Sep 8): Gerd Kanter won the final leg of Estonian throwing series with 61.98 in discus over Martin Kupper 59.61. Magnus Kirt got 80.42 in javelin and Nick Miller 72.37 in hammer.
LINZ (AUT, Sep 8): US Scott Houston won with 550 the 3rd TGW Lentos Jump special pole vault meet.
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 7): Adding to National Games results the relays finals which brought high quality results mainly in the 4x100 m. Team Jing Zhe E Ye with top national team members Wu Zhiqiang, 200 m record holder Xie Zhenye, 100m record holder Su Bingtian and Zhang Peimeng clocked 38.16 to win. On the women side Su Min Xiang achieved 42.59 ahead of Blac Yue Gui 42.70 (with 100 m winner Wei Yongli). In the 4x400m Jin Hu Gan Yue 3:05.28 and in women race Su Lu Xiang Chuan 3:30.95. From Tilastopaja.
DULUTH (USA, Sep 6): Ben Blankenship won the Minnesota road mile in 4:07.0. Second Trevor Dunbar 4:07.2 on a new course. Heather Kampf topped women in 4:41.6.
TORTOLA (BVI): The Athletics of the NACAC and the Caribbean is in mourning. Respected coach Xavier Dags Samuel of the British Virgin Islands passed away during Hurricane Irma on the island of Tortola on Wednesday. He was one of our most outstanding coaches obtaining medals worldwide with his national athletes and has been standing out internationally for more than a decade. As an example, currently he was training Kyron McMaster, who has the World lead in the 400 with hurdles this year and was the winner of the IAAF Diamond League final.