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Friday, 30 December 2016 21:18

News From Around the World - EME NEWS (DEC 30, 2016)

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Wlodarczyk AOY by TFN - MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Poland´s hammer star Anita Wlodarczyk was for second time voted Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year after 2014. She is only fourth thrower with this title (before Faina Melnik, Ilone Briesenick and Valerie Adams). As the magazine website informs, the international panel of experts had little difficulty in choosing the best woman of the Olympic year. The 31-year-old Pole twice broke her own World Record, the first time in claiming gold in Rio. In forging an incredibly dominant season, Włodarczyk won all 12 of her meets and produced no fewer than the 42 farthest throws of the year. Second is IAAF AOY Almaz Ayana ahead of Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson. In the top ten fourth is Ruth Jebet ahead of Keni Harrison and Sandra Perkovic. Number seven goes for Caster Semenya over Shaunae Miller, Vivian Cheruiyot and Caterine Ibarguen.

Van Niekerk AOY by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): World record holder and Olympic winner at 400 m Wayde van Niekerk is the Track and Field News Male athlete of the Year 2016. The 24-year-old South African received 28 of 32 votes for No. 1, the others going to Eliud Kipchoge (2) and Mo Farah & Usain Bolt (1 each). In the long history of TFN AOY voting, van Niekerk becomes the first 400-only World Ranker to win. He is also first South African to win this title. Second Mo Farah and third Usain Bolt. Fourth place for Eliud Kipchoge ahead of Ashton Eaton, Conseslus Kipruto and Christian Taylor. In the 8th position Ryan Crouser with Omar McLeod and David Rudisha completing the top ten.

Thompson thinks 10.6-10.5
KINGSTON (JAM): Double Olympic sprint winner Elaine Thompson said for BBC she wants next year take down her 100 m best to 10.6-10.5 level. But she is not thinking about the World record. She is already signed for the Muller Birmingham Grand Prix indoor meet on February 18.

Powell, Gatlin, Collins confirmed
ST. GEORGE´S (GRN): The first Grenada Invitational was launched on Thursday. The NACAC Area Permit will be held on April 8 and Bahamian Chris Brown who is the athletes coordinator already confirmed two main local stars, 400 m runners Kirani James and Bralon Taplin. Also announced were Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, Kim Collins, LaShawn Merritt and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Grenada´s prime minister Keith Mitchell who was present at the launch said he spoke to Jamaican Sports minister and asked for Usain Bolt presence at the meet, whether running or not running. 


OTHER NEWS

AUCKLAND (NZL): Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has written another stunning chapter into her sporting story - becoming the youngest New Zealander to be appointed a Dame or a Knight at the New Year's Honours. The two-time Olympic champions has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics. NZ media are reporting.

NASSAU (BAH): The 2015 World bronze medalist at 400 m hurdles Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas doesn’t plan to compete in any indoor meets, but does have two early­ season outdoor meets already on the agenda, ­ the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar and the Grenada Invitational in April. “Coming into the season, I have changed my entire mindset,” he said. “I cut off a lot of social distractions, and right now, I’m all about training and resting. It’s just about finding a balance between my public relations and my work on the track." Because of injury he was out in heats already at Olympics.

PARIS (FRA): Paris 2024 co-bid leader Bernard Lapasset has said the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics has “galvanised the people of Paris and France,” informs insidethegames.biz. “Our bid has galvanised the people of Paris and France, which reflects our nation’s real passion for the Games and all Olympic sport. This passion for sport and our record for hosting major sporting events successfully and safely in stunning city locations is a great platform for our Olympic and Paralympic bid - and we now look forward to an exciting 2017 when we will continue to express this sporting passion and our other key strengths to the international sporting community,” he said. 

BATH (GBR): Legendary sprint and hurdles coach Malcolm Arnold has retired at the age of 76, informs The Times. The decision comes just days after British Athletics announced they would be withdrawing their funding from the High Performance Centre at the University of Bath where Arnold coaches. Arnold has said British Athletics is in danger of becoming a “showbusiness company” that overlooks the development of athletes and coaches. Arnold’s most famous pupils include John Akii-Bua, Colin Jackson, Jason Gardener and Dai Greene. 

LIVERPOOL (GBR): Olympic 400 m champion and world record-holder Wayde van Niekerk has proposed to his long-time girlfriend Chesney Campbell, informs Sport 24. Van Niekerk and Campbell have spent Christmas in Liverpool so he could watch his favourite club play at Anfield over the festive period.

SHANGHAI (CHN): The organisers of the Shanghai International Marathon have asked 20 athletes from China to pay back a total of $1,438 in taxes from their prize money. Two months after this year's races, the event organisers have admitted they forgot to withhold tax from the prize money they issued to some winners although the issue does not concern foreign participants.  

MADRID (ESP): Reigning champion and pre-race favourite Kaan Kigen Ozbilen has pulled out of the San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid due to a calcaneus injury, informs IAAF. With Ozbilen absent, the favourite is likely to be Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom.  Leading Spaniards in the line-up include Ilias Fifa, Adel Mechaal, Ayad Lamdassem and Antonio Abadia while the favourites in the women’s race include Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, France’s Liv Westphal and Poland’s Karolina Nadolska (nee Jarzynska).

LONDON (GBR): As insidethegames counted top IOC member per number of twitter followers is the 61-year-old Gerardo Werthein from Argentina, an IOC member since 2011, more than doubled his follower base in 2016 to more than 270,000. Second Angela Ruggiero had 258 000 and third Sheikh Tamim of Qatar 233 000. France’s Tony Estanguet has taken over from Stefan Holm of Sweden as the top European Tweeter among IOC members. Yelena Isinbayeva is 10th, Sergey Bubka 13th.

LONDON (GBR): In the situation of followers of 35 Olympic International Federations FIFA leads with 9 540 000 ahead of Basketball 330 000 and Rugby 274 000. Fourth is Cycling 196 000 with athletics (@iaaforg) number five 120 000. As insidethegames noted, important for the Movement at the end of a Summer Olympic year, every single federation had comfortably more followers in mid-December 2016 than a year earlier.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian walkers Elmira Alembekova and Aleksandr Ivanov are getting ready to become parents for the first time. She is currently banned, he's not. Writes Elena Dyachkova on her twitter.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch Athletics Federation extended sponsor contract with Asics until 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. From twitter. 



RESULTS

SPALA (POL, Dec 30): Konrad Bukowiecki competed again at an indoor meet, this time achieved 22.35 with 6 kg implement and had one more valid throw of 21.97 m. He is expected to try one more time on Saturday in his last day as U20 athlete.

JABLONEC (CZE, Dec 27): World U20 Champion 2014 Anezka Drahotova competed in the mixed 5000 m walk and clocked as top woman 22:32.7 (she was overall second). 

TRNAVA (SVK, Dec 30): Olympic 5th placer in hammer Marcel Lomnicky won the 34th edition of the end of the year weight throwing competition outdoors with 43.76 m (10.5 kg implement). It was his fourth win at the event. The main organiser and record 19-time winner of the event Libor Charfreitag was second 38.95.


CORRECTION

YEKATERINBURG (RUS): The mark of Ivan Ukhov 235 was achieved of course on December 29.

 
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