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EME NEWS (JAN 9, 2018)
Taylor between triple and 400 m
ATLANTA (USA): Triple jump star Christian Taylor will not compete during the coming indoor season and will prepare for summer. And here he plans something special, confirms his agent Paul Doyle. As it is a non championships year he wants of course to do his specialty triple jump in the Diamond League circuit. But outside of this Taylor wants again try the 400 m. His best from 2014 what was also a non-championships year is 45.17 and he also won that year the 4x400 m with US team at the IAAF World Relays.
Schippers vs Asher-Smith
GLASGOW (GBR): World 200m champion Dafne Schippers and European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith will face each other over 60m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on 25 February, informs organisers. “We have some very strong female sprinters in the world at the moment and Dafne is certainly one of them. My aim over the next few years is to keep improving and turn my fourth and fifth places into podium finishes. The races in Glasgow are sure to be great,” said Asher-Smith, who is aiming to skip the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April.
Bosse plans 1000 m NR attack
LIEVEN (FRA): World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse will compete in the 1000m at the Meeting de Lievin which is returning after break on 13 February when he will attack Mehdi Baala's French record of 2:17.01, informs L’Equipe.
DUSSELDORF (GER): An excellent shot put field including three-time European champion David Storl has been assembled for the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on 6 February, informs Leichtathletik.de. Storl will face the USA’s Ryan Whiting along with world bronze medal Stipe Zunic from Croatia, world fourth-placer Tomas Stanek from Czech Republic and European indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki from Poland. The meet record of Christian Cantwell 21.31 will be under threat.
HUSTOPECE (CZE): World indoor high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi is due to open his indoor season in Hustopece on 27 January, informs FIDAL. Veteran triple jumper Fabrizio Donato is also aiming to compete indoors and could open his season in Madrid on 8 February. Tamberi also plans to jump at the 24th Banska Bystrica Indoor High jump with music in Slovakia on February 6.
NEW YORK (USA): Nick Willis and Brenda Martinez are the leading entrants for the NYRR Wanamaker Miles on 3 February, informs RRW. "I've run the Wanamaker Mile five times, and come third twice, and second three times. I still am yet to get the victor's trophy. At 34, this may very well be my last chance to win this historic race, so I have put a huge focus of my training to make this happen,” said Willis, who will face reigning champion Eric Jenkins. Martinez faces a field including Ireland's Ciara Mageean, Canada's Nicole Sifuentes and Sara Vaughn.
SEVILLE (ESP): Top fields have been assembled for the Cross Internacional de Italica in Seville on 21 January, informs marca. World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri and world 3000m steeplechase record-holder Ruth Jebet head the women’s line-up along with two-time world U20 cross country champion Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia, world U20 steeplechase record-holder Celliphine Chespol and world cross country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait. World 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is among the top names in the men’s race along with his young Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo and world cross country bronze medallist Abadi Hadis from Ethiopia. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto also competes. Among the guests announced is also IAAF President Sebastian Coe, inform marca.
SEATTLE (USA): World 110m hurdles record-holder Aries Merritt and world long jump champion Brittney Reese will compete in the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday, informs Paul Merca. Merritt will race in the 60m hurdles while Reese will compete in the 60m. Diamond League winner Darrell Hill is also due to compete in the shot put.
MUMBAI (IND): Kenya’s Bornes Kitur (2:29:01 PB) will defend her title in the Mumbai Marathon on 21 January when she will face tough opposition from Ethiopians Amane Gobena (2:21:51 PB) and Shuko Genemo (2:24:31 PB), informs organisers. The men’s race includes four runners with sub-2:07 PBs: Ethiopians Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22 PB), Chele Dechasa (2:06:33 PB), Abraham Girma (2:06:48) and Bahrain’s Shumi Dechase (2:06:43 PB). “We have a stronger men’s field this year and I think the men’s course record of 2:08:35 (set in 2016 by Kenya’s Gideon Kipketer), will be under threat. The women’s course record of 2:24:33 (set in 2013 by Kenya’s Valentine Kipketer) is probably a tougher proposition but far from unbeatable with the calibre of athletes coming here,” said Vivek Singh, Joint MD of Procam International.
NAIROBI (KEN): Emmanuel Kipsang will defend his title at the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Friday, informs the Daily Nation. “I have really trained well and simply want to retain my title,” he said. Kipsang will face a field including Cyrus Rutto and marathon-runner Mark Kiptoo.
EDINBURGH (GBR): Dewi Griffiths has pulled out of the Great Edinburgh XCountry on Saturday due to injury, informs British Athletics. Griffith last competed at the European Cross Country Championships where he dropped out mid-race.
LISBON (POR): Ines Henriques expects the Chinese race walkers could challenge her world 50km race walk record at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang in May, informs the Record. “The championships in China will be a strong incentive for the athletes of that country to beat my world record. I will go there to defend the record I made at the World Championships but maybe I will have to improve my mark if I want to win the title,” she said. Henriques added that Olympic 20km race walk champion Liu Hong could contest the 50km race walk in Taicang. “That's why I say that my world record is in danger.” Henriques is currently training at altitude in Sierra Nevada and last weekend improved national record at 35 km.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian middle distance runner Svetlana Karamasheva (29) has been suspended for abnormalities in her biological passport, informs Sport Express. Karamasheva has been handed a two-and-a-half year ban and loses all of her results from 14 June 2012 to 16 August 2014. Karamasheva improved her 1500m PB from 4:13.04 to 3:59.61 in 2012 and reached the European final in 2014. Also cancelled are 7th place at World Indoors 2014 and fourth place at European Indoors 2013.
BERLIN (GER): Christina Schwanitz is aiming to make her comeback to competition in time for the European Championships in Berlin where she is aiming to claim her third European title, informs the Ausburger-Allgemeine. "I'm not done yet. I wish to win my third European title in Berlin,” she said. Her coach Sven Lang has said she will compete through until the 2020 Olympics where she is aiming for a medal. "I see that as very realistic. The long-term goal is to win a medal in 2020 but it's still very far away,” he said.
KINGSTON (JAM): World 400m hurdles bronze medallist Ristananna Tracey is targeting the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "I am definitely looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and also praying for an injury-free season,” she said.
GROSSETO (ITA): A recently released survey into the economic impact of the Grosseto 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships has revealed that more than €8 million was injected into the local, regional and national economy as a result of the four-day event last from 20-23 July. Accredited personnel at the championships generated an estimated €1.3 million in economic contributions and in total, the survey estimated that more than €4.1 million was spent by non-accredited visitors to the championships.
BERLIN (GER): German television stations ARD/ZDF extended its contract with German Athletics Federation DLV until 2024. Current contract was suppose to end in 2020. For example as part of the contract the German Championships 2018 in Nurnberg will be broadcast 2 hours live from both competition days.
MOSCOW (RUS): Insidethegames writes that there are currently 32 simplified applications and 28 routine ones from Russian athletes to compete internationally in 2018. The IAAF told insidethegames: "This is an ongoing process having as a priority the athletes aiming to take part in the forthcoming competitions. The IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been duly informed."
PRAHA (CZE, Jan 9): New Czech sprint sensation is Dominik Zalesky. At open meet on Tuesday in Stromovka Hall he clocked 6.67 in heats and equaled his PB from Monday and in another race improved to Birmingham standard 6.61. He is so first Czech athlete with 2018 Birmingham standard. It is third place in Czech all-time lists. He is 22 years old and has 10.31 100 m PB from last summer. Barbora Prochazkova achieved in women 60 m 7.49.
KYIV (UKR, Jan 9): During first day of Christmas Starts indoor meet Anna Plotitsyna won 60m hurdles in 8.08 and sprinted 7.51 over 60m as second behind Khrystyna Stuy 7.38. Ruslan Dmytrenko 18:52.94 and Alina Tsviliy 22:55.10 topped 5000m race walk. Vladyslav Malykhin cleared 560 in pole vault. 400m hurdles specialist Anna Ryzhikova returned to competitions after two-year break due to the injury and finished first in women’s 400m in 54.34. Former triple jump world champion Olha Saladukha leapt to 619 in women’s long jump over pentathlon junior world record holder Alina Shukh 599.
MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 9): At Christmas Cup in Russia good pole vault by 17 years old Aksana Gataullina (daughter of former top jumper Rodion) cleared 450 personal best. It is only 4 cm behind Russian U20 record by Alyona Lutkovskaya. Second Tatyana Shvydkina cleared 440. In men pole vault Dmitriy Zhelyabin got 550. Konstantin Shabanov won the hurdles in 7.86 after 7.81 in heats. Anton Novikov achieved 33.86 in the 300 m and Santa Tkhakur 2:45.26 in women 1000 m. Pawel Shalin was the best in long jump (765) and Dmitriy Chizhikov in triple jump (16.29).
STRAUBING (GER): German athletics journalist Christian Fuchs passed away at the age of 43 after losing his battle with cancer. He was the founder, designer and first editor-in-chief of the German athletics federation website www.leichtathletik.de.
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