From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
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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 Japan’s Yuki Takamiya and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama have withdrawn from the race.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 MARATHON NEWS
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 Atletiek.nl. "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 Leichtathletik.de. 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 sportal.bg 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.