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Friday, 16 February 2018 23:07

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 16, 2018)

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T. Williams 10.10 in the 100 m
GOLD COAST (AUS, Feb 16): Matthew Denny claimed the hammer and discus golds on day two of the Australian Championships. His consecutive hammer title came virtue of a best of 72.78m. Less than 10 hours later he was back for a tighter win in the discus, his 64.03m edging it over Ben Harradine’s 63.56m. Trae Williams became the fastest Australian in more than 10 years as he won the 100m in 10.10 (+0.4), beating his 10.21 PB from the heats. Second Rohan Browning 10.20. Celia Sullohurn, who won the Australian 10,000m title in December, added the 5000m with 15:34.42. Alexandra Hulley eventually came out on top in the hammer final, throwing 64.84m in the fifth found to overcome Lara Nielsen (64.69m). Celeste Mucci ended with a PB 2:26.96 to claim the heptathlon with 5812. Other winners were Emmanuel Fakiye and Meggan O’Riley in the triple jump (16.08m/13.34m) and Riley Day in the 100m (11.56). Cedric Dubler is heading towards 8000 points in the decathlon, leading overnight with 4325.
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:01

Czech Mate

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When it comes to the tactical game of chess that is the 1500m, Jakub Holusa has the ultimate finishing move.

“There is something inside me, inside my body or mind,” says Jakub Holusa, trying to explain why he always finishes his races like a bullet train. “Maybe it’s from God and I was born with this, but I’m a big fighter. I never quit the race before the finish.”

Friday, 16 February 2018 22:16

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 15, 2018)

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World leads Lisek and Sprunger, Bukowiecki 22 meters
TORUN (POL, Feb 15): Fourth edition of Copernicus Cup meet (5th leg of IAAF World Indoor Tour) was a succesfull one before capacity crowd of 5200 spectators. Two World leads (Lisek, Sprunger), five confirmed Tour winners (Lisek, Evora, Kszczot, Stanek, Sprunger) and in total 7 meeting records in half of all events was a special statistics. Two Polish records (Bukowiecki, Swiety) and three more home winners (Kszczot, Lisek, Cichocka) made for a great atmosphere for the bidding city to stage the European Indoor Championships in 2021.

A good reminder from Steve Magness to not take everything a so-called expert might say to be absolutely true. In learning about exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology and other areas relevant to coaching, we need to take a "deep dive" and read lots of different takes on subjects. Build a big base of knowledge and learn from different authors, coaches, etc. Enjoy this article and always keep learning...

We’re in the age of gurus and experts. Create a platform large enough and you have a built-in calling card that screams listen to me, I know what I’m talking about. Not only are we inundated with gurus, the way in which we consume, learn, and understand has shifted.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:05

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 14, 2018)

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Will Lisek win the Tour before home crowd?
TORUN (POL): IAAF World Indoor Tour fifth leg 4th Copernicus Cup is waiting for 5200 spectators who will follow the meet along with many more worldwide via IAAF stream. Home stars Kszczot, Lewandowski, Swoboda will be attacking top positions. Special is pole vault battle as Lisek leads the tour standings and the winner will be decided here, the same for triple jump as Stanek is already confirmed winner of shot put. Great depth in women 1500 m and as usual fast sprints with tough battles in the 400 m races are expected. 
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:12

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 13, 2018)

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G. Dibaba 8:31.23 WL
SABADELL (ESP, Feb 13): World record holder Genzebe Dibaba achieved the best result of the international indoor meet here near Barcelona with World leading 8:31.23 in the 3000 m. She was practically 2km alone (2:50, 5:39 splits). Second Weynshet Ansa way back 9:09.80. New Burundi star Thierry Ndikumwenayo won after Metz also here the 3000 m in 7:50.19 PB over Kenyan steepler Benjamin Kigen 7:50.99 and Sergio Jimenez 7:52.35. In the men 1500 m two Spanish runners clocked sub 3:40, Marc Alcala 3:39.45 and former 800 m runner Kevin Lopez 3:39.86. Ethiopian Kore Tola won women 800 m 2:03.02 and Saul Ordonez 1:47.12 topped the men. In the 400 m Luguelin Santos 46.67 and Slovak Iveta Putalova 53.69 were the winners. Brazilian Elaine Martins won the long jump 644 and Eure Yanez beat on count-back Slovak Matus Bubenik with 223 in the high jump.

Great article from Sarah Barker of Deadspin on the Robertson twins who almost immediately upon graduating from high school packed their bags and moved to Kenya to go all in on being great distance runners. Some fascinating insight into the mind of someone who never looked back and put his whole life into the sport. While even Jake Roberston attests that you don't need to move to Kenya to be a great runner, the amount of dedication required to be a world class half marathoner is extreme. Enjoy this piece, one of the best articles on running you'll have read this year...


The plan had seemed so simple when it was hatched in their mom’s basement. But as the plane was landing in Nairobi, the scabby ground growing closer, 18-year-old Zane leaned over to his twin brother and said, “Jake, what are we going to do?”

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:25

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 12, 2018)

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Coleman targets Birmingham
BOSTON (USA): Fastest sprinter this indoor season and World 100 m silver medalist Christian Coleman after winning in Boston has the target to qualify for World Indoor Championships. He plans to run at this weekend during US Indoor Championships in favorable altitude of Albuquerque. "Win in Boston but still a lot of work to be done. Albuquerque next week for USAs," he said on his twitter.
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:19

Cichocka dreaming of one more step

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Interesting article from the IAAF about Polish middle distance star Angelika Cichocka. The article seems to mostly focus on her recent training camp in Australia. Most notable to me from a coaching perspective is how her 800 meter PB improved last season when her training shifted more to a 1500 meter emphasis. Don't underestimate how much having some training sessions more typically used by people who train for an event slightly shorter and/or slightly longer than yours can benefit your main event. In the example of Cichoka, her 800 background and training surely helped her with the speed at the end of a championship 1500 and her 1500 training and racing would help her aerobic ability in the 800 as well. Enjoy this piece from the IAAF...

As a first-time visitor to Australia, much less the high plains village of Falls Creek, Angelika Cichocka didn’t know quite what to expect.

Monday, 12 February 2018 19:55

News from around the World - EME News (Feb 11, 2018)

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Manyonga 840 WL and African record
METZ (FRA, Feb 11): World champion Luvo Manyonga went out to an African long jump record and world-lead of 8.40m (also 8.22m and 8.27m) at the Meeting Elite en Salle de Metz, improving Ghana’s Ignisious Gaisah’s record by four centimetres. Cuban teenager Juan Miguel Echevarria also impressed with an outright lifetime best of 8.34m in the sixth round with Greece’s European U20 champion Miltiadis Tentoglou third with 7.95m. Double world silver medallist Marie Josee Ta-Lou equalled teammate Murielle Ahoure’s world-lead in the 60m with 7.07 ahead of Carina Horn who improved her South African record again to 7.09. Jamaica’s Kimmari Roach won the men’s 60m in 6.59 from Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite (6.61, 6.55 in heats) and Iran’s Hassan Taftian (6.63) while Christophe Lemaitre won the B race in 6.66 as well as the 200m in a European-leading 20.53. Elsewhere in the sprints, Cuba’s Roger Iribarne won the 60m hurdles in 7.59 (indoor debut) from Hungary’s Balasz Baji (7.61) and Brit Dave King (7.63 equaled PB), Finland’s Nooralotta Neziri won the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.03 and Switzerland’s Sarah Atcho beat European indoor 400m champion Floria Guei over 300m, 36.89 to 37.01. Also on the track: Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei won the 800m in 2:01.68 from Cynthia Anais (2:02.34) and European indoor champion Selina Buchel (2:02.58) and there were wins for Ethiopia’s Tarese Tolosa over 1500m in 3:39.69 and Rwanda’s Thierry Ndikumwenayo over 3000m in 7:50.96 from Germany’s Clemens Bleistein (7:51.51). Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou went out to 14.17m in the triple jump to beat Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams (14.08m).