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The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will stage a unique contest on September 24: for the first time in the history of the event the top three marathon runners in the world will be on the start line as the Kenyan duo of Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang take on Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Caster Semenya crowned the 76th edition of the ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with a world best in the 600 m. The South African ran 1:21.77, improving the former 20 year-old mark from Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot by almost one second. A meeting record was established by Kenya’s Norah Tanui who took the 3,000 m Steeplechase in 9:03.70. Second-placed Gesa Krause ran a German record with 9:11.85. Another highlight was the men’s Javelin. Germany’s World Champion Johannes Vetter won with 89.85 m. 42,500 spectators watched the events of the ISTAF, which belongs to the IAAF World Challenge Series.

By Alfons Juck
Barshim Again 240
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 27): World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim ended his season in style. He won the 39th edition of Eberstadt High Jump meet and remained unbeaten in 2017. And for second time after Birmingham DL last Sunday again cleared 240 (equaled his WL). Barshim also offered 1700 spectators two attempts at 242 and the last one even at 244. Second neutral competitor Danil Lysenko improved by 4 cm to 238, third home Mateusz Przybylko achieved 230. Then three jumpers cleared 227 in the order Sylwester Bednarek, and in a tie Mexican Edgar Rivera and World medalist Majid Ghazal of Syria.
Morris 480, Newman 475 NR
BECKUM (GER, Aug 27): Olympic and World medalist Sandi Morris from USA cleared in second try 480 to win the 19th Women Pole Vault meet here. She also had one try at World leading 492, but that was for 3500 spectators. Morris did not continue afterwards to save energy for the DL final next Friday. Second Alysha Newman achieved in third attempt new Canadian record 475 with 2015 World champion Yarisley Silva and British record holder Holly Bradshaw 470 as third and fourth. Fifth place for Czech record holder Jirina Ptacnikova 450.
Semenya 600 m WB, Vetter Wins Javelin Battle
BERLIN (GER, Aug 27): In fine conditions inside the Olympic Stadium which will stage next year’s European Championships 42 500 spectators followed the 76th edition of ISTAF (IAAF World Challenge). Caster Semenya smashed Ana Quirot’s long-standing world 600m best of 1:22.63 with a time of 1:21.77 while Ajee Wilson also ducked under the previous mark in 1:22.39 with Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba third in 1:23.18. World champion Johannes Vetter went out to 89.85m in the fifth round of the javelin to defeat Olympic champion Thomas Rohler (86.07m) and Diamond League winner Jakub Vadlejch (85.15m) while Poland’s Piotr Malachowski won a good quality discus with 67.18m from Philip Milanov (66.90m) and world champion Andrius Gudzius (66.60m) although Robert Harting (64.59m) and Christoph Harting (62.83m) had to settle for fifth and eighth respectively. On the track, 20-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen improved her 1500m PB and German U23 record to 3:58.92 while there were also PBs for Eilish McColgan (4:01.60) and Susan Krumins (4:02.25) in second and third respectively. In the 3000m steeplechase, Norah Tanui improved her lifetime best to 9:03.70 (also a meet record) to move to seventh on the world all-time lists while Gesa Felicitas Krause improved her German record to 9:11.85 to finish second with a European-leading mark. In good conditions for sprinting, Jamaica’s Julian Forte improved his 100m PB from 9.99 to 9.91 to hand world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev (10.09) his first defeat of the season; Dina Asher-Smith defeated Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the 200m, 22.41 to 22.44; Christina Manning set a 100m hurdles PB of 12.54 to defeat 2015 world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica in 12.58; and Aries Merritt won the 110m hurdles in 13.17 from teammate Devon Allen 13.26. There was a German one-two in the 100m from Lisa Mayer (11.14 PB) ahead of Gina Luckenkemper (11.16), although Tianna Bartoletta did clock a season’s best of 11.04 in an earlier 100m race before finishing sixth in the long jump with 6.55m and second in the 4x100m in 43.07 behind the Germans in a season’s best of 42.17. Elsewhere, David Storl went out to 21.11m to win the shot put; Sam Kendricks cleared 5.86m to win the pole vault from Piotr Lisek (5.81m) and Renaud Lavillenie (5.71); and Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew won the 5000m in 13:11.00 from Kenyans Nicholas Kimeli (13:11.58) and James Kibet (13:11.88) with Brit Andrew Butchart fourth (13:12.73).
Baji gets hurdles, Juska NR in qualification
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 27): On the penultimate day of the World University Games in Taipei, world bronze medallist Balazs Baji from Hungary won the 110m hurdles in 13.35 from home favourite Kuei-Ru Chen (13.55) and Poland’s Damian Czykier (13.56). However, the best performance of the day came in the morning session from Radek Juska who improved his Czech long jump record to 8.31m to qualify for the final. Germany won two gold medals courtesy of Neele Eckhardt in the triple jump with 13.91m and Hanna Klein in the 5000m in 15:45.28 while Poland’s Krystian Zalewski won the 3000m steeplechase title in 8:35.88. Elsewhere, Portugal’s Diogo Ferreira cleared 5.55m to win the pole vault; Canada’s Brittany Crew won the shot put with 18.34m from Polands Klaudia Kardasz (17.90m) and Paulina Guba (17.76m); and Austria’s Verena Preiner won the heptathlon title with a good score of 6224. Japan also took a double in the half marathon with Kei Katanisha (1:06:09) and Yuki Munehisa (1:13:48) claiming the titles.
Clement vs McMaster
ZAGREB (CRO): The 67th Hanzekovic Memorial on Tuesday (IAAF World Challenge) is offering 10 current and 9 former Olympic winners and World champions. Another group of athletes are 19 silver and bronze medalists from Olympics and Worlds. The current London winners in individual events competing are Ramil Guliyev (but in the 100 m), Sam Kendricks, Tom Walsh and Sandra Perkovic. In latest announcement interesting men 400 m hurdles with Olympic winner Kerron Clement against this years revelation and Zurich winner Kyron McMaster. In high jump Ukrainian London sensation and silver medalist Yulia Levchenko against bronze winner Kamila Licwinko from Poland is the top headline. On Monday already the men shot put will be held in the evening at Fountain square.
HOKKAIDO (JPN, Aug 27): Honami Maeda set a lifetime best of 2:28:48 to win the Hokkaido Marathon from Keiko Nogami (2:30:11) and Hanae Tanaka (2:32:16) while Akinobu Murasawa won the men’s race in a 2:14:48 PB from Taiki Yoshimura (2:15:04) and Jo Fukuda (2:15:11).
MEXICO CITY (MEX, Aug 27): Ethiopia’s Fikadu Kebede won the Mexico City Marathon in 2:17:28 (2250m above sea level) from Bahrain’s Isaac Korir (2:17:35) and Kenya’s Rodgers Ondati (2:18:19) with Juan Luis Barrios fourth on home soil in 2:18:31. Peru’s Gladys Tejeda won the women’s race in 2:36:16 from Ethiopia’s Ashete Bekere (2:38:47) and Kenya’s Scola Jepkemoi (2:39:25).
PIETERMARITZBURG (RSA, Aug 27): Wins for Ethiopia’s Tekletsion Tefera (2:28:31) and Lesotho’s Mamorallo Tjoka (2:48:49) in the Mandela Day Marathon.
QUEBEC CITY (CAN, Aug 27): Wins for Ethiopia’s Dadi Beyene (2:23:14) and Spain’s Lydia Grozco Medina (2:59:49) in the Quebec City Marathon.
SIEDLCE (POL, Aug 27): Tomek Grycko won the Poland´s men 5 km title on the road in 14:27 ahead of Mateusz Demczyszak 14:31.
ARRAS (FRA, Aug 27): Kenya’s Susan Kiptoo won the Arras 10km in 32:11 from teammates Joyce Kiplimo (33:13) and Jane Chelangat (34:30) while Ethiopia’s Haymanot Alewe won the men’s race in 29:52 from Kenyans Daniel Kemboi (30:00) and Collins Cheboi (30:09).
INNSBRUCK (AUT, Aug 27): European U20 medalist from Grosseto Sarah Lagger won the Austrian heptathlon title with good 5891 points.
GRANGEMOUTH (GBR, Aug 27): From Scottish Championships to report David Smith 221 in high jump and windy 23.38 (+2.6) in women 200 m by Alisha Rees.
MARIBOR (SLO, Aug 26): European U20 silver medalist Agata Zupin of Slovenia won here the U20 event in 53.10 at 400 m.
IISALMI (FIN, Aug 27): Arttu Korkeasalo won the National Youth Championships with good 20.72 (5 kg) in shot put.
HELSINGBORG (SWE, Aug 27): Final day of Swedish Championships had fast junior Henrik Larsson winning the 200 m in wind-assisted 20.71 (+3.2) ahead of Tom Kling-Baptiste 20.75. Andreas Kramer won tactical 800 m in 1:50.46. Meraf Bahta won after 1500 m also the 800 m in 2:07.29. Sofie Skoog cleared 187 to win over Erika Kinsey 185 and Khaddi Sagnia long jump 647 (+4.5, legal 645 +0.7).
SANDNES (NOR, Aug 27): World champion Karsten Warsholm won his event the 400 m hurdles at Norwegian Championships with excellent 48.73. Another title for super talent Jakob Ingebrigtsen (16) 3:53.29 in the 1500 m among seniors. Jonathan Quarcoo topped 200 m in 20.76 (-0.8) and Marcus Thomsen national U20 record with senior implement in shot put 19.40.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Aug 27): At Hungarian U20 Clubs competition Daniel Raba won boys hammer with 76.53 (6 kg).
WOERDEN (NED, Aug 27): Olympian Angela Whyte from Canada won the heptathlon here with 5999 points. As usual her best event 100 m hurdles with 13.24 (+1.1).
SANDNES (NOR): From EME NEWS Aug 26 to correct that 16 years old is Jakob Ingebrigtsen not Filip of course.
HELSINGBORG (SWE): From EME NEWS Aug 26 to correct the information that the third placer from Swedish Championships was not the marathon runner but 20 years old Isabella Andersson.
By Alfons Juck
Superb Javelin at WUG: 91.36 Cheng, 91.07 Hofmann
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 26): The fourth day of athletics at the World University Games was highlighted by a phenomenal men’s javelin competition which saw two throwers surpass the 91m line for just the second time in history, the first being the 2001 World Championships. Home favourite Chao-Tsun Cheng moved from third to first with his final round throw of 91.36m, an Asian record to move to 12th on the world all-time lists. Germany’s Andreas Hofmann responded with a huge throw but fell just short with a lifetime best of 91.07m. It was for second time in history of javelin that two throwers went over 91 meters in one competition after Edmonton 2001. Cheng’s teammate Shih-Feng Huang won bronze, also with a lifetime best of 86.64m. In the women’s hammer, Poland’s Malwina Kopron surpassed Betty Heidler’s championship record of 75.83m with her opening round throw of 76.85 PVB ahead of Belarus’ Hanna Malyshchyk (74.93m) and Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow (71.33m). On the track, world finalist Juander Santos from the Dominican Republic won the 400m hurdles title in 48.65 ahead of home favourite Chieh Chen 49.05 and Algeria’s Abdelmalik Lahoulou 49.30; heptathlon specialist Nadine Visser won the 100m hurdles title in 12.98 (-1.3) ahead of world U20 champion Elvira Herman from Belarus (13.17); Italy’s Irene Siragusa won the 200m in a 22.96 PB from Latvia’s Gunta Latiseva Cudare 23.15 with France’s Jeffrey John winning the men’s 200m in 20.93; and Turkey’s Tugba Guvenc won the 3000m steeplechase in 9:51.27 from Hungary’s Viktoria Gyuerkes 9:52.17. Elsewhere, Belarus’ Iryna Zhuk won the pole vault title on countback from three athletes at 4.40m; there were wins in the 20km walk from Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi (1:27:30) and Ukraine’s Inna Kashyna (1:39:44); and Austria’s Verena Preiner leads the heptathlon with 3586 points.
Crouser 22.36
VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO (POR, Aug 26): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser achieved great series at a local meet here in shot put. His best was 22.36 from fifth round and in total got three 22+ throws. The series: 22.31 - 22.24 - 21.67 - f - 22.36 -  f.  He confirmed he will be ready for the IAAF Diamond League final next Thursday in Brussels.
Jungfleisch 200 cm
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 26): Home success at the high jump meet here. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch won for third time in a row the Eberstadt high jump meet (39th edition) with second ever 2 meters clearance. She equaled her PB and was also close at 202. Second Kamila Licwinko 196 and third Yulia Levchenko ahead of Morgan Lake, both 191.
By Alfons Juck
Vetter 89.42, Stevens 68.29, Stanek 21.66
BAD KOSTRITZ (GER, Aug 25): World champion in javelin Johannes Vetter just one day after his 4th place at Diamond League final again showed a top shape with 89.42 meet record at the 22nd throwing meet here. After only some hours of sleep he got first 89.38 in second round and then the winning mark in third round. In last round again 87.35. Second was Latvian Rolands Strobinders 85.07 and third Lars Hamann 83.47. Australian 2009 World champion and silver winner from London Dani Stevens won women discus with another meet record 68.29. Home elite was way back, Nadine Muller second 63.34 and Julia Harting third 62.59 with Anna Ruh fourth 61.94. Austrian record holder Lukas Weisshaidinger won men competition with 63.52. Third meet record in men shot as Czech Tomas Stanek achieved 21.66 in third round and beat home favorite David Storl 21.34 and Michal Haratyk from Poland 21.27.
Semenya at 600 m
BERLIN (GER): Seven individual world champions are confirmed for the ISTAF Berlin on Sunday, informs organisers. Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Andrius Gudzius (discus) and Johannes Vetter (javelin) will all be competing in their specialist events while world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev contests the 100m; world 800m champion Caster Semenya steps down to the 600m (all-time best is 1:22.63); world 400m champion Phyllis Francis contests the 200m; and world 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete in the 4x100m. Guliyev faces Adam Gemili, a gold medal winner in the 4x100m, in the 100m. Top domestic names in action include Thomas Rohler (javelin), Robert and Christoph Harting (discus), Konstanze Klosterhalfen (1500m), Gesa-Felicitas Krause (3000m steeplechase), Gina Luckenkemper (100m, 4x100m) and David Storl (shot put). “In sporting terms this is the best line-up we’ve had for a long time. The spectators will see countless medallists in action and thrilling competitions in 15 events,” said meet director Martin Seeber. For the first time in event history, the organisers have installed a 250 square metre fan tribune which will act as a tunnel for the athletes.
ZURICH (SUI): Mo Farah admitted after Zurich that a lack of motivation in training had been behind his finishing only seventh at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last winter. He said: “In January there was a point in my career when I was like, ‘How much do I want it? Are you still hungry? Are you still going to work?’ Edinburgh showed I didn’t work as hard. I was enjoying a bit more of life. But you can’t do that when you’re at this level. You have to be able to put in the work - eat, sleep, train.
ZURICH (SUI): Victory over 100m in Zurich went some way towards making up for failing to make the final at the World Championships for CJ Ujah. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Ujah after the race. “I knew what I was capable of. It’s a shame I didn’t get it done at the World Champs, but I knew the whole season I was in good shape and I proved myself out here today. It’s probably the best win of my career. I’m happy.”
ZURICH (SUI): Shaune Miller-Uibo maintained after her win in a national record of 21.88 in the 200m that she is focused on the one-lap event. “It is unfortunate that it did not happen earlier,” Miller-Uibo, who took silver in the 200m at the Worlds after throwing away the 400m victory with a stumble. “There was definitely some energy left in my legs. I just wanted to have fun in this race. The duel between Schippers and Thompson? I do not focus on that, only on myself. I definitely prefer the 400m, I am ready for the 400m final next week (Brussels).”
ZURICH (SUI): Sam Kendricks responded after his Diamond League win: “My goal was to be ready for it, to win the Diamond League, to seize the opportunity. With Piotr Lisek, at 5.80m, it was tight, neck to neck. That was my chance to seize the victory. We will see Piotr again. My goal is to always be competitive, to jump 5.80m plus.” Kendricks is unbeaten this year.
ZURICH (SUI): The new formula of IAAF Diamond League final brought more drama and winners who on points system would not made it to trophy. Only Barshim, Kendricks, Gong and Spotakova would be the winners also when counting the poinst from the meetings before. 
PRAHA (CZE): Czech World champion and DL winner Barbora Spotakova drove back from Zurich through the night and met with Czech media already Friday midday in famous Prague beer restaurant "U Pinkasu". It was a celebration of her tenth top medal from big events. Her next plan is a holiday in Spain. She also confirmed the continuation of her career with the aims in 2018 towards European Championships in Berlin and IAAF Continental Cup on home soil in Ostrava. Spotakova also admitted her biggest motivation might be Tokyo 2020.
LONDON (GBR): Three athletes have reportedly failed drug tests at the World Championships although the Athletics Integrity Unit has confirmed that none of the unnamed athletes were medallists, informs "The AIU will not make any further comment at this stage, but in all cases will publicly disclose appropriate details at relevant points of the disciplinary process, in accordance with the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and AIU policy,” said a statement from the AIU. More than 1500 blood and urine samples were collected during the World Championships.
VICTORIA (CAN): Victoria has pulled itself out of the running to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, informs Vancouver Island News. “We have analysed the bid committee's work and see that too many details remain unknown to fully understand the costs, obligations and risks associated with hosting such a large-scale event,” said British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James, who cited questions marks over revenue commitments, venue locations and costs for security which weren’t accounted for in the bid committee’s cost estimate.
NEW YORK (USA): Shalane Flanagan will compete in the New York Marathon on 7 November, informs USA Today. Flanagan was forced to miss the Boston Marathon in April due to injury but returned to action with a fourth-place finish over 10,000m at the US Championships. “I want that one last really special moment and I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done,” said Flanagan, who was second in this race in 2010 behind Edna Kiplagat.
SINDELFINGEN (GER): German sprint hurdler Nadine Hildebrand will continue for one more season with the goal of making the team for the European Championships in Berlin, informs
BERLIN (GER): Retired German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia, has been matched with a stem cell donor, informs DPA. "Tim and his doctors are confident that he has good time and has a good chance of a healthy life," said his manager.
PRETORIA (RSA): Athletics South Africa (ASA) has said an undisclosed number of U20 and U18 athletes have been banned for doping offences, informs the Times Live. “Unlike their senior counterparts‚ youth and junior athletes are regarded by law as minors. Therefore the names of youth and junior athletes … suspended by SAIDS for using banned substances cannot be made public,” said CEO Richard Stander. It is thought the athletes had taken supplements containing illicit substances.
TALENCE (FRA): The 41st edition of Decastar meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) will not only have World champion Kevin Mayer in decathlon. Also there bronze winner Kai Kazmirek, fifth Damian Warner, sixth Oleksiy Kasyanova, 7th Kurt Felix and 8th Adam Sebastian Helcelet. In heptathlon bronz medalist from London Anouk Vetter leads the field along with fourth Yargelis Rodriguez and 9th Xenia Kriszan. Home side will be represented by former European champion Antoinette Nana Djimou.
SARNEN (SUI): Course record holder Maja Neuenschwander and marathon runner Adrian Lehmann are the top names for Switzerland Marathon light on September 3. Main organiser is European champion Viktor Rothlin. The race is staged as half marathon. For Neuenschwander it will be a top test before Berlin Marathon.
BERLIN (GER): Olympic marathon runner Anja Scherl was forced to withdraw from Berlin Marathon on September 24 due to muscle problems.
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 25): Poland’s Marcelina Witek won a good quality women's javelin final on the third day of athletics at the World University Games with a lifetime best of 63.31m ahead of Japan’s Marina Saito (62.37) and Finland’s Jenni Kangas (60.98m) who also came away with lifetime bests. Title favourites Eda Tugsuz from Turkey and Christin Hussong from Germany were fourth (60.75m) and fifth (60.59m) respectively. There was another Polish win in the 400m with Malgorzata Holub in 51.76 from South Africa’s Justine Palframan (51.83) and Romania’s Bianca Razor (51.97) while Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos won the men’s 400m in a season’s best of 45.24 from Cuba’s Yoandys Lescay (45.31) and Poland’s Rafal Omelko (45.56). Elsewhere on the track, Ukraine’s Olga Lyakhova won the 800m in 2:03.11 after initial winner Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza was DQ’s for a lane infringement; Italy’s  Ayomide Folorunso won the 400m hurdles in 55.63 from Poland’s Joanna Linkiewicz (55.90) and Ukraine’s Olena Kolesnychenko (56.14); while Germany’s Timo Benitz won a tactical 1500m in 3:43.45 from France’s Alexit Miellet (3:43.91). Azerbaijan’s Nazim Babayev won the triple jump with 17.01m and Germany’s Falk Wendrich cleared 2.29m to defeat Italy’s Marco Fassinotti on countback in the high jump. Australia’s Kyle Cranston won the decathlon title with 7687 points. Elsewhere, Latvia’s Gunta Latiseva Cudare was the fastest qualifier for the 200m final in 23.46 (22.93, +2.2 in the heat) and Juander Santos, brother of Luguelin, was the fastest qualifier for the 400m hurdles final with 49.31.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 25): Thailand won the men 4x100 m at SEA Games with games record 38.90. Second Indonesia 39.05 ahead of Philippines 39.11 and Malaysia 39.27, national records for all three teams. In women 4x100 m Vietnam won and got another meet record and NR 43.88 over Thailand 44.62 and Philippines 44.81 NR.
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 25): The traditional High Jump meeting started with U23 competitions. Mohamat Hamdi Allamine from Qatar won the men competition with 221. He trains together with World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim. Viktoria Gottlieb topped women with 178. Former star Carlo Thranhardt (60) jumped in masters category 170 and missed 181.
HELSINGBORG (SWE, Aug 25): World leader Daniel Stahl won discus during first day of Swedish Championships with 67.80 over Simon Pettersson 64.84. Fast men 100 m was wind aided by +2.2. Winner Austin Hamilton 10.18 ahead of U20 sprinter Henrik Larsson 10.21 (in semis new national U20 record 10.31 +1.9), third Tom Kling-Baptiste 10.27. Michel Torneus after Zurich leaped to 794 (+3.3) in long jump qualification. Michaela Meijer won women pole vault with 460 and Fanny Roos shot put 17.64.
SANDNES (NOR, Aug 25): Norwegian championships started with sensational European U18 all-time best in 5000 m as Jakob Ingebrigtsen (after 800 m PB in Zurich the day before) won the senior title in 13:35.84. Second Sondre Nordstad Moen 13:39.92. Fast 100 m for Jonathan Quarcoo 10.33 against -1.7 wind. Amalie Iuel won the 400 m hurdles 56.55 and Sven Martin Skagestad discus 62.79.
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