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Gladys Cherono ready for another sub 2:20 performance in Berlin - The women’s elite field for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday is ripe with talent, featuring five runners whose personal best is under 2:25. Gladys Cherono is the favourite among this quintet, having already won the race in 2015 with a world-class time of 2:19:25, going within 13 seconds of breaking the course record, set in 2005 by the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). A record number of 43,852 runners from 137 countries have entered the 44th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The race, the biggest one-day sports event in Germany, is an IAAF Gold Label event and one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series.

STAMFORD, Conn. - September 21, 2017 - NBC Sports Group presents coverage of three marathons in the next month - Berlin, Chicago, and Amsterdam - beginning this Sunday, Sept. 24 with live and encore coverage of the Berlin Marathon. Live coverage of the Berlin Marathon begins at 3 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN, with an encore presentation of the race Sunday at Noon ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:55

News from Around the World: EME NEWS (Sep 20, 2017)

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From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Ghazal 226 MR
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 20): On the final day of the athletics programme at the Asian Indoor Games, world bronze medallist Majd Eddin Ghazal from Syria set a championship record of 2.26m to win the high jump on countback from Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh (for him national indoor record) before unsuccessful attempts at 2.28m and 2.30m. World finalist Bian Ka from China won the shot put with 17.34m and India’s Arpinder Singh won the triple jump title with 16.21m. On the track, Ajay Saroj won the 1500m in 3:48.67 despite falling in the early stages while there were 800m titles for Qatar’s Jamal Hairane (1:49.33) and Sri Lanka’s Gayanthika Abeyrathne (2:05.12). Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Qaree won the heptathlon title with 5343 points, Thailand won the women’s 4x400m in 3:43.41 and Pakistan upset Qatar for the men’s 4x400m title, 3:11.40 to 3:12.58.
Lilesa for Chicago
CHICAGO (USA): Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia and former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott have been added to the elite men’s field for the Chicago Marathon on 8 October, informs organisers. Other new recruits include former two-time Amsterdam Marathon winner Bernard Kipyego and Ezekiel Chebii, who won the Lake Biwa Marathon earlier this season. Japan’s Yuki Takamiya and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama have withdrawn from the race. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei and Maegan Krifchin from the United States have been added to the elite women’s field.
Germany wins Fly Europe
ROMA (ITA, Sep 20): Germany won the third Fly Europe event of the season at Piazza del Popolo here with 47.5 points clearly. Second home side Italy 28 with France third 25.5 and Great Britain with Spain tied for fourth 25. In Berlin USA won over Germany and in Paris France over Germany. Claudia Salman-Rath was the best in long in all four rounds, top mark was 643. Kevin Menaldo won two pole vault rounds achieving also the best of the day 538 cm. In the sprint at 30 m fastest time was recorded by German Julian Reus 3.95 with Briton Reuben Arthur having 3.97.
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge believes the world marathon record will be lowered down to the 2:01 mark “in one or two years,” informs race organisers. “I am not going to commit to a specific year. If I were to do that I would be putting a brake on the developments, including my own. What I will predict, though, is that in one or two years, a time of 2:01 or 2:01:30 will become a reality,” he said. As well as breaking the world record, Kipchoge also wants to win a Grand Slam of World Marathon Majors races before he retires. “Of the marathon majors, I still want Tokyo, Boston and New York, and I also want to take another shot at the two-hour barrier. I learned a lot in Monza.”
BERLIN (GER): Wilson Kipsang believes he is “better placed than anyone” to break the world marathon record of 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Xinhua. "I can't wait for the race day. I am looking forward to battle against Bekele and Kipchoge. I am better placed than anyone else to break the world record. I have done it before and believe I am able to do it again," he said. Kipsang set a world record of 2:03:23 on this course in 2013 before his training partner Dennis Kimetto eclipsed the record the following year.
BERLIN (GER): Valary Aiyabei’s coach and husband Kennedy Tarus believes she can challenge the course record of 2:19:12 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs the Daily Nation. “She can lower the course record in Berlin. We just hope for the best. We’ve done our part,” he said. Aiyabei won the Prague Marathon in May in a lifetime best of 2:21:57. Tarus will also pace Aiyabei on Sunday.
BERLIN (GER): After recording the first DNF of her career in the London Marathon this April, Swiss record-holder Maja Neuenschwander is looking to bounce back in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Swiss Athletics. “My training has gone well and I feel ready for Berlin,” she said.
BERLIN (GER): British marathon-runner Lily Partridge is aiming to break the 2:30 barrier for the first time in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a bid for selection for the Commonwealth Games next April, informs Athletics Weekly. “Berlin is the last opportunity. I’m going to have to go under 2:30 if I want to go to the Commonwealths. That is the first goal. I’d like to go faster than that but the primary goal is to run under 2:30 for the Commonwealths,” she said. Partridge clocked 2:32:09 on her marathon debut in Seville in February.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Best Slovak middle distance runner in recent years Lucia Hrivnak Klocova announced her retirement (will be 34 in November) due to health issues and second pregnancy. Her first son Adam was born in 2013, her next child is expected to be born on April 1 next year according to the doctors. "I wanted to compete in 2017 but due to several health issues I was not able and after the news came about pregnancy it was clear I will end my competitive career on the track," said the runner. But she also admitted she might be back to run, but only on the roads and with maximum distance to be 15 km. Hrivnak Klocova clocked in her career 21 sub 2 minutes times in the 800 m and was given this year additionally the bronze from 2010 European Championships in Barcelona after the disqualification of Russian Mariya Savinova. After switching to 1500 m she is now excellent 5th (improved from 8th on the track) in the London Olympic final 2012. She was also World Junior bronze medalist 2000 and silver winner 2002. Her European junior title comes from 2001 and European U23 silver from 2003. Hrivnak Klocova competed at 4 Olympic Games and 6 World Championships.
CARDIFF (GBR): Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is aiming to make the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs BBC News. Greene has struggled with injury in recent seasons but he is confident he can still compete at a global level. "I feel that since I've been away, the 400m hurdles hasn't moved on. I’ve seen people qualify for finals a lot slower than what I was running when I was near my best. So I look at that and think I can still compete with these guys,” he said.
MOMBASA (KEN): Paul Maina and Nancy Jebet will be defending their titles at the 34th edition of the Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon on Sunday. The two will be among the over 1,000 local and international athletes taking part. Other upcoming races in the Series include: Kericho Road Race, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial - Ndalat, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and the Kisumu County National Marathon which will wind up this year's edition in December.
AMSTERDAM (NED): World heptathlon bronze medallist Anouk Vetter admitted she didn’t believe she could challenge for the medals after the completion of the first day in London, informs "I was in shape, but I did not know what my level would be. After the first day I had excluded the chance of a medal. Only one hour before we left the bus for 800m, I knew that the lead was pretty big, so I almost had a cry - my dream came so close. A little scary feeling, but also cool,” she said. Vetter also said her build up was far from ideal and she was unable to jump from between January to April due to a knee injury.
ULM (GER): Former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has said one of her goals next season is to break the 15-minute mark for 5000m, informs European Athletics. “The goal is to run each lap a second faster. If this is the case, I would cross the line in 14:58. I think this is quite realistic for 2018,” she said.
DAR ES SALAAM (TAN): Athletics Tanzania has unveiled ambitious plans to establish a high performance training centre in Mbeya Region to develop the country’s promising young athletes, informs Tanzania Daily News. “For the past decades, we have witnessed little investments in athletics - we want to turn things around by investing heavily in the sport,” said president Anthony Mtaka, who added the centre was part of a “serious” effort to bolster the country’s prospects in athletics.
REGENSBURG (GER): An indoor athletics arena is set to be built in Regensburg by 2021 or 2022, informs The project is set to cost 14 million euros.
SOFIA (BUL): Fastest Bulgarian and former European champion Ivet Lalova-Collio said she will compete during indoor season in the 60 m. But also admitted in an interview with that the main goal will be European championships in Berlin in summer. This year she made it to semifinals in both 100 m and 200 m at London World championships.
DORTMUND (GER): The track in the Helnut Kornig Halle in Dortmund will be rebuilded to 6 lanes. Additional two lanes will be added. The long term plan is that the facility will be able to host national championships and international events. The work on the modernisation is planned for 2019. The investment should be at 5 to 6 millions euro level.
PRAHA (CZE): The 2019 Czech Championships will be staged in Brno. It was decided by Czech Athletics Federation.
PRAHA (CZE): The oldest road race in Europe Bechovice-Praha at 10 km will be staged as 121st edition this Sunday. Main name in women category will be Eva Vrabcova, the 14th placer from World championships marathon this year. She clocked her fastest in 2015 when she won in 33:27 what is the second best in the history of the race (Kenyan Nancy Wambui clocked 33:18 in 2014). Men´s category is wide open,
PARIS (FRA): Following the bad weather in the West Indies, the Region Ile-de-France will welcome athletes whose facilities have been damaged. Informs L´Equipe. Hurricanes in the French West Indies have damaged athletic tracks. In order to allow the athletes to continue training the Ile-de-France Region is committed to support their arrival in metropolitan France during four training courses in 2018 to enable them to participate in the French championships.
GOTZIS (AUT): The organisers of HYPO-Meeting of Gotzis informed that they score when counting top 8 marks in decathlon and heptathlon is the best from all events of 2017 with final score of 120 333 points. Second is London World Championships 119 600 and third Decastar from last weekend with 111 314 points. Gotzis has also the best heptathlon with 53 380 while the best decathlon is from London Worlds with 67 183 points.
STAVANGER (NOR, Sep 20): One day after his 17th birthday European U20 Champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the Mosvannslopet road race at 3.05 km with 8:00 course record. The former one was 8:20.

For the first time the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will have an Olympic champion in the elite field. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, winner of the 5,000m gold in Rio last year, will run the second marathon of her road running career in Frankfurt on October 29. The organizers expect up to 15,000 entrants for the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label race, the highest category in international road running. Online entry is still available at:

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:23

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Sep 18, 2017)

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From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Freimuth and Schafer
MONACO (MON): For second time after last year Germany has both winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. After last event in Talence over the weekend Rico Freimuth with 25 592 points and Carolin Schafer with 20 199 points are the winners of the 2017 series. Last year they were Schafer (lower score than this year) with Kai Kazmirek who was this year third (24 986). For Freimuth also second win in the series after 2014. Second in decathlon is Canadian Decastar winner Damian Warner with 25 152, fourth Estonian Janek Oiglane 24 578 ahead of Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov 24 531 and Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet 24 506. In women ranking second Dutch Talence winner Anouk Vetter 19 496 and third Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez 19 166. In top six also Hungarian Xenia Kriszan 19 028 with Dutch Nadine Visser 18 908 and Swiss junior Geraldine Ruckstuhl 18 655. Both World champions Kevin Mayer and Nafi Thiam did not had enough scores. Record scores in the series (since 1998) belong to Tomas Dvorak 26 476 in 1999 and Carolina Kluft 20 541 in 2004. Top 8 are getting prize money from 30 000 USD to 5000 USD in overall series ranking.
Coburn Aims for Sub 9
BOULDER (USA): World steeplechase champion Emma Coburn has said one of her main goals next season is to break the nine-minute barrier for the first time, informs Gary Cohen Running. “I’m really hoping to break nine minutes in the steeplechase, win another U.S. title and then also the Diamond League final is a big deal,” she said. “Eventually I would like to do a 5000m, maybe next year. I’ve never run one so it seems like a new, fun, scary, exciting challenge. But breaking nine minutes is number one.”
NAIROBI (KEN): World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui isn’t planning to contest any more marathons in 2017, informs the Daily Nation. “I won’t run any marathon this year. I want to relax after my world championships feat,” said Kirui, who is planning to run the Delhi Half Marathon on 19 November. Kirui has also backed Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang to “obliterate” the world marathon record in Berlin next weekend. “I have confidence that Kipchoge and Kipsang have what it takes to obliterate the record. This is a race where each athlete must sacrifice and go for it,” he said.
KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is aiming to return to training next month after giving birth to her first child in August, informs the Jamaica Observer. “I know I am resuming training next month; not sure when will be the exact time, but I know its next month,” she said. Fraser-Pryce has said she won’t rush back to competition but she has cited the 2019 World Championships in Doha as a long-term goal.
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Valerie Adams’ former coach Kirsten Hellier has been appointed by Athletics New Zealand as chief throws coach, informs . Hellier currently coaches world and Olympic shot put finalist Jacko Gill.
ULM (GER): After setting a German U23 half marathon record of 71:21 in Ulm, former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has confirmed she will continue to focus on the 5000m, informs “In addition to the 5000m I would also like to race over 10,000m. I think I have [a good time] in the 25 laps, because I bring a good level of training and I also enjoy the tempo runs in the training. On the other hand, I must not neglect the speed. The goal is to run 1500m in 4:10 minutes or even below. This makes it ideal for the 5000m,” she said.
CHORZOW (POL): New top stadium with athletics track and other facilities was completed in Poland. The Stadium Slaski in Chorzow will host the 64th Kusocinski Memorial (EA Classic), one of the oldest one day meetings in Europe. It will be first top athletics event at the modernised facility. Chorzow Stadium is one one of the biggest stadiums in Europe lately renovated and equipped for athletics. The regional government is interested to stage here in future top events, first big bid should be for European Championships 2022. In 2019 also the 95th national championships will be held here on the blue track.
PAVIA (ITA): European triple jump indoor champion from 2013 Daniele Greco (28) underwent a new achilles tendon surgery on the right leg. Now three months of recovery are waiting for him. It his fourth surgery in three years. He hopes to be back competing at top level.
UDINE (ITA): Kenyan-born Dutch Lornah Kiplagat oficially retired from competitive running at the Udine Half Marathon on Sunday in Italy. She celebrated 10 years since her World title win here and also World records at 20 km and Half-Marathon back in 2007. She also recieved the honorary citizenship of Udine.
ROMA (ITA): After four years Italian shot putter Chiara Rosa was promoted to bronze medal from European Indoor Championships 2013 in Goteborg. The reason was the disqualification of Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko who was initially second. European Athletics informed FIDAL officialy about the change in the results. Italy so has now 6 medals from this championships.
MOSCOW (RUS): Ukrainian athletics federation did not agree to shorten the transfer period for two former Ukrainians, middle distance runner Anzhelika Shevchenko and pole-vaulter Georgiy Bykov, informs TASS.  Both Shevchenko and Bykov moved to Sankt Peterburg. Last time they represented Ukraine internationally was in 2012 and 2011. The 29-year-old Shevchenko also faced two-year ban until February 2015.
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 18): Indoor athletics started at the 5th Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts. Ahmad Al-Moualed of Saudi Arabia won the 60 m hurdles in national record 7.66 ahead of Lee Jungjoon of Korea who also achieved national indoor record 7.77. Kazakhstan scored wins in technical events by Olympic winner 2012 Olga Rypakova 643 in long jump and Games records by Sergey Grigoryev 543 in the pole vault and Ivan Ivanov 19.60 in shot put. Nadiya Dusanova won for Uzbekistan the high jump with 186. Asian Games winner Alia Mohammed Saeed won for United Arab Emirates the women 3000 m in 9:25.03 and women 60 m hurdles went to Liu Lai Yiu of Hongkong in 8.41. Tough programme for World 400 m medalist Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar who won during Monday heats (49.09) and semifinals (48.38) of the 400 m and also his heat in the 800 m (1:56.06, debut at the distance). Fastest in 400 m semis was Mikhail Litvin of Kazakhstan with solid 46.85. Purnima Hembram from India won the pentathlon with national record score 4062 points.
PROVIDENCE (USA, Sep 17): This event hosted the USA 5 km road championships for men from 2002 through 2016, and for women from 2005 through 2016 (the 2017 championships will be held at the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5-K in New York City on 4 November). This year Jordan Mann (14:33.4) and Aisling Cuffe (16:28.2) got the wins at the 28th CVS Health Downtown 5-K.
SANTA FE (USA, Sep 17): Kenyan Boniface Kongin in 63:15 won the 7th Santa Fe Thunder Half-Marathon. Women winner Simegn Abnet from Ethiopia clocked 72:27.
SALA (SVK, Sep 16): Slovak 10 km road champions Jaroslav Szabo 31:56 and Zuzana Durcova 36:49.
IWATE (JPN, Sep 17): Winners of Ichinoseki Half-Marathon were Kenyan Joseph Onsarigo 64:34 and Kanae Shimoyama in 76:10.
BERLIN (GER, Sep 17): Former World medalist and high jumper Raul Spank won a 3 hours decathlon with 7053 points score. He cleared 216 in his former special event.
TALENCE (FRA): Correct score of Czech Eliska Klucinova was 6028 points.
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