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EME NEWS (DEC 4, 2017)
Bolt´s statue unveiled
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt spoke of his delight with the new statue of him unveiled at Jamaica’s national athletics stadium. He was quoted at the presentation by Jamaica Gleaner as saying: “No words to describe how I'm feeling right now. How is this even possible? Barefoot youth from country, run up and dung, drop, buck toe, all them supp'n there. I've never ever, at no point, felt that I would be in this moment, as big as it is now among statues at the National Stadium where it all began. This is why I always encourage everybody and this is why my motto says anything is possible, no limits. Because at no point in time I ever thought I would ever achieve this much but I've always pushed on and stayed focused for what I want."
USATF in top condition
COLUMBUS (USA): USATF CEO Max Siegel delivered his State of the Sport address to close out the 2017 USATF Annual Meeting Sunday morning at Hyatt Regency Columbus. Siegel praised Team USATF’s success both on and off the track, including an historic performance at IAAF World Championships in London and the organization’s continuing fulfillment of its promise to support the entire constituency. The launch of the “Team USATF” concept and look, designed to unite all USATF members under one umbrella was a success. On the business front, Siegel delved into a breakdown of USATF financial responsibilities to its athletes, coaches, officials, constituents, associations and more. USATF began fulfilling its commitment to paying athletes $9M over five years through the newly-created Athlete Revenue Distribution Program. For the first time ever, USATF qualifies as a USOC gold-tier federation, which will provide consistent funding from the USOC for USATF’s High Performance Plan for the next three years. Informs the USATF.
PORTLAND (USA): World indoor 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia has joined the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) in Portland, Oregon, informs FloTrack. Kejelcha has finished fourth over 5000m at the last two editions of the World Championships.
OSLO (NOR): Sondre Nordstad Moen’s coach Renato Canova has said on Letsrun forum he is not surprised by the Norwegian athlete’s sub-2:06 marathon yesterday. Canova said the European record came about as a result of full focus on running and living at altitude. He also told journalist Alberti Stretti in an article published onmedium.com that in the summer he had been training high up in Sestriere for 220km (136 miles) per week, including a 45km (28 miles) long run. He said: “He did many times workouts around 27k to 30k.For example he did one day 7x3000m all under 9min with a recovery km in 3.25.” He wants Moen to run just one marathon in 2018 and would also like to see him at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Russia’s Mariya Savinova was at the Court of Arbitration for Sport today to appeal against losing her 2012 Olympic 800m gold medal and being banned for four years due to a doping infringement, insidethegames.biz reports. The CAS ruled last February she had been involved in doping between 2010 and 2013. She also stands to lose her European and world titles from 2010 and 2011 respectively. Caster Semenya would benefit with an upgrade at both the World Championships and Olympics.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the 2008 doping charge on Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova. The IOC earlier this year sanctioned Chernova, who had initially been third at the Beijing Olympics, for retesting positive for turinabol at those Games. Kelly Sotherton, who was fifth at the time, will be upgraded to third as Lyudmyla Blonska - second on the day - had earlier been disqualified for doping.
PORTLAND (USA): World steeplechase silver medallist Courtney Frerichs says running without positive attitude in major races is her biggest challenge. The American told iaaf.org: “My first major international event came when I surprisingly qualified for the 2012 World U20 Championships in Barcelona. I went into the event with the mind-set that I got lucky to make the team and I didn’t belong competing against such high calibre athletes. I came within a second of my PR and finished eighth in my heat (failing to advance to the final) but competing in Barcelona gave me the deep desire to represent my country on the international stage in the future. That opportunity came about again at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but I ran with fear.”
NAROK (KEN): David Rudisha has buried his step sister Harriet Namunyak who died of lung cancer on 26 November, informs Daily Nation. "It is so sad that our beloved sister Harriet is no longer with us. What I will never forget about her is the fact that I never once disagreed with her during her entire life,” he said. The funeral took place on Monday.
OTTAWA (CAN): Canada’s 2010 Commonwealth high jump champion Nicole Forrester has spoken about her new role on the athlete advisory committee for the Commonwealth Games Federation. The eight-time Canadian champion told theeyeopenercom: “The term ‘athlete-centred’ gets used a lot, but it hasn’t been defined in a way we can measure. The general idea is this: if an event is athlete-centred, it puts the needs of the athletes first, considering things like the size of elevators to the best location of the cafeteria. This commission has a direct connection to the executive board (the decision-makers), and brings such concerns to their attention.”
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Hurdles legend Edwin Moses has talked about his recent two traumatic brain injuries within the space of two months. According to tri-cityherald.com, in July the 1984 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, who enjoyed a winning streak of 122 races, fell down the stairs while carrying household items and was left unable to walk. Then three months ago, when feeling he had recovered from the fall, he hit his head on the door frame of a car. Doctors found bleeding on the brain. He rejected traditional treatment and is said to have made a remarkable recovery with the help of physical therapist friend Rene Felton Besozzi, a former athlete who is the mother of Andrew Howe.
MOSCOW (RUS): The only one Russia’s representative at European cross-country championships Yekaterina Sokolenko, which would perform in Samorin as neutral athlete, said that finish in top 10 will be the optimal result for her. The 25-year-old runner have been preparing for champs in altitude training camp in Kirgizstan and now she continues her preparation in Portugal. 
MELBOURNE (AUS): The Australian 50km Race Walking Championships have been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 17 December, informs Athletics Australia. The championships were cancelled due to severe weather last Sunday.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Australian agency News Corporation has announced it is to boycott next year’s Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, reports insidethegames.biz. They are one of a number of news organisations from the country who have refused to accept restrictions over the use of video and audio content.
PADEBORN (GER): Tatjana Pinto’s coach Thomas Prange has said she is targeting the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this March, informs Leichtathletik.de. "Tatjana is already in very good shape," he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Organizers of the first special indoor high jump meeting “Battle of the Sexes” announced more athletes that confirmed their participation for the 21 January 2018. European medallist 2012 Irina Gordeyeva (204 PB) and fourth placer from European junior championships 2015 Natalya Aksenova (191 PB) will join two-time world champion Mariya Lasitskene on the women side. World silver medallist 2011 Aleksey Dmitrik (240 PB), Dmitriy Semyonov (231 PB) and European U23 champion 2015 Ilya Ivanyuk (231 PB) together with reigning world medalist Danyil Lysenko will compete in the men competition.
PARIS (FRA): World 800m champion Pierre Ambroise-Bosse is one of five finalists for the title “Champion du Sport Français” at the RMC Sports Awards.
TALLINN (EST): Sponsor contract was prolonged between 400 m hurdles European medalist Rasmus Mägi and Estonian Kids Series biggest sponsor chocolate factory “Kalev”. The kids competition is top basis for Estonian athletics, Magi was one of this competition stars when he was a kid. The 47th edition of the kids competition (11-14 years old) started on Monday.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Olympic winner and World champion at the 50 km walk Matej Toth informed Slovak media that he is to recieve the reply from IAAF Doping Review Board by December 18. He was recently cleared from any wrongdoing by disciplinary committee of Slovak Athletics Federation.
PUNE (IND, Dec 3) Half marathon winners from Pune Marathon were Mitku Tafa Dekeba 62:36 and Tisasua Basazin 75:31, both from Ethiopia.
CEBU CITY (PHI, Dec 3): At 41st Milo Marathon Kenyan wins for Eric Chepsiror 2:25:09 and Elizabeth Rumokol 2:41:32.
VILLENEUVE D´ASCQ (FRA, Dec 3): Ethiopian Chaltu Negassa won the Cross du Heron France Environnement in women 5.75 km with a time of 22:38. Second Adanech Mesfen 23:03 and third Julie Sylvain 23:11. Men 8.58 km winner was Hicham Briki 30:59.
SAN JOSE (CRC, Dec 3): Kenyan winners at the 22nd Costa Rica Marathon. George Kipketer 2:22:40 and Ruth Chepkoech 2:49:44.
SANTIAGO (DOM, Dec 3): Ethiopian Abdisa Sori won the 2nd Maraton Monumental Primer Santiago de America in 2:21:58. Shewarge Alene also from Ethiopia topped women in 2:48:21.
KAPENGURIA (KEN, Dec 2): Cosmas Birech won the Kalya Half-Marathon in 60:45 beating Stephen Chesang 60:59 and Hose Macharinyang 61:02. But the distance was 20.7 km, that means less than a half-marathon. Naomi Jebet was the best woman in 70:45. From RRW.
SINGAPORE (SIN): Cyprian Kotut finished tenth in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in 2:26:26. He was not a DNF as reported.
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