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EME NEWS (JAN 10, 2018)
Flanagan to run 3k indoors
SEATTLE (USA): New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan will race over 3000m at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle on Saturday, informs Paul Merca. Flanagan said on Instagram she is also planning to race over 5000m during the indoor season as part of her build-up to the Boston Marathon in April. Other late entries include Lopez Lomong in the mile and Andrew Bumbalough in the 3000m. Aries Merritt and Brittney Reese are among the already confirmed high profile names confirmed for the meet.
Kamworor for Police CC Champs
NAIROBI (KEN): Two-time world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor is due to open his season this weekend at the Kenyan Police Service Cross Country Championships at the Ngong Racecourse, informs the Daily Nation. "I will be participating in the race this weekend but I will be using it as training because I will be seeking to retain my title for the third time in Valencia," said Kamworor. The line-up also includes Augustine Choge and Emmanuel Bett.
Birmingham medals unveiled
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The 50 days to go milestone has been marked by the unveiling of the medals for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. The Local Organising Committee challenged students at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery to design the medals, which will be awarded to the top three. The winning design – the work of second year silversmith and jewellery student Menna Jones – was selected at the end of last year. Writes Athletics Weekly. Also EFM Global Logistics has been unveiled as a national supplier for the event. The logistics specialist has extensive experience of working at various sporting events, including the 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London, and last year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Writes insidethegames.
Farah HM on Friday
DOHA (QAT): Mo Farah will make his season’s debut in the Doha Half Marathon on Friday, informs organisers. Farah will face top US marathon-runners Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Vail and German marathon record-holder Arne Gabius with European champion Daniele Meucci. Top names in the women’s race include former European cross country champion Gemma Steel, Turkey’s Esma Aydemir and USA’s Allison Kieffer and Italy’s Sara Dossena who finished fifth and sixth respectively in the New York Marathon in November.
ELGOIBAR (ESP): Olympic 3000m steeplechase champions Conseslus Kipruto and Ruth Jebet will compete in the Cross de Elgoibar on 14 January, informs MARCA. Jebet will face world U20 cross country champion Letensebet Gidey from Ethiopia and Kenya’s Lilian Kasait in the women’s race while Kipruto will face world U20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda, teammate Timothy Toroitich, world 10km and 15km record-holder Leonard Komon as well as Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis.
BEIJING (CHN): Chinese marathon-runner Wang Jiali has been suspended for eight years after incurring her second anti-doping violation, informs the South China Morning Post. Wang tested positive for peptide hormones during an out-of-competition test by the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) in August. Wang has also been ordered to pay 40,000 yuan in fees and her coach Lu Qiang has been banned for life by the CAA. Wang set her lifetime best of 2:22:41 but was suspended for abnormalities in her biological passport the following year.
OTTAWA (CAN): Canada has named a 46-strong team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. Andre de Grasse is due to compete in the 200m and 4x100m relay while Damian Warner will defend his decathlon title. Other standout names in the team include former world pole vault champion Shawn Barber, Evan Dunfee in the 20km walk and Mo Ahmed in the 5000m. 
MOSCOW (RUS): Press attache of the All-Russian Athletics Federation Natalia Yukhareva has said that 400m hurdles specialists Vera Rudakova and Timofey Chalyy have sent the IAAF simplified applications after they were both granted permission to compete internationally last season while pole vaulter Tatyana Stetsyuk and middle distance runner Maxim Yakushev have also filed their applications.
ORLEANS (GRE): Former Greek pole vault record-holder Nikoleta Kyriakopolou will make her comeback from injury and maternity leave in Orleans on Saturday, informs SEGAS. Kyriakopolou hasn’t competed since the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam where she finished fourth.
LONDON (GBR): A survey carried out by British-based market research firm YouGov reveals that participants find athletics the most exciting sport to watch, informs Athletics Weekly. A total of 47% of respondents said they found athletics was either very or quite exciting to watch ahead of football and tennis (43%), rugby union (41%) and gymnastics (36%).
TOKYO (JPN): After finishing seventh overall in the Fukuoka Marathon in December in 2:10:01, Yoshiki Takenouchi has said he is now focused on making the Japanese team for the 2020 Olympics, informs Japan Running News. "I want to do everything I can to make that Olympic dream come even just one step closer," he said. He will compete in the Lake Biwa Marathon in March. 
ATLANTA (USA): Top US pole vaulters are planning different routes until US Championships in February. World champion Sam Kendricks will compete in Europe (Cottbus, Dusseldorf, Szczecin) and World silver medalist Sandi Morris will stay in USA (Millrose Games, Fayetteville). After US Champs both plan for Clermont pole vault meet in France and World Indoors.
PORTLAND (USA): The 23-year-old Marcus Chambers signed a multiple-year deal with Nike late in 2017 that started Jan. 1. Chambers will run in his first meet as a professional at the Dr. Sander Invitational on Jan. 26-27 at the Armory Track in New York City. His primary race will still be the 400-meters, but will also compete in the 200 as well. Chambers improved last year to 44.92. He has moved to Seattle to train with Eric Metcalf, the University of Washington’s sprints coach. Informs newstribune.com.
AGADIR (MAR):  European Indoor champion at 60 m Hurdles Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is back in injury area. He tweeted:  "It was too good to be true. The preparation was OK but I unfortunately suffered a left ischio alert that will prevent me from continuing normally. I would postpone my return." But confirmed he still aims for World Indoors in Birmingham. Martinot-Lagarde won silvers in Portland 2016 and Sopot 2014.
OSTRAVA (CZE): Polish European U23 Champion Ewa Swoboda will be the star of women 60 m at Czech Indoor Gala in Ostrava on January 25 (EA Indoor Permit). In men´s 60 m fast Yunier Perez who has now Spanish citizenship will run (6.49 PB) against Slovak European Indoor silver winner Jan Volko (his NR is 6.58). Other additions are in long jump Greek European U20 Champion Miltiadis Tentoglou against Czech record holder Radek Juska. Olympic and World medalist at 400 m Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic will compete against home star Pavel Maslak in the 300 m. For Maslak this will be a tough case as he will run against Santos in his second race in the "Who can beat Maslak Challenge." The Czech indoor star will run twice the 300 m, always against different opponents.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR):  UK Athletics has confirmed plans to evolve its hugely successful exhibition ‘Coach’ created for Black History Month, into a further celebration of diversity in the sport of athletics with the launch of ‘Women on Track’. The exhibition - supported by UKA partners Grant Thornton - is to be hosted in London at City Hall from 16 January – 2 February. It aims to showcase the landscape of women in athletics, and follows up on the successful concept of the original ‘Coach’ project with inspirational and truthful images taken within their natural coaching environment.
KYIV (UKR, Jan 10): During second day of Christmas Starts annual meeting reigning world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko (20) improved 24-year-old national indoor U23 record in women’s high jump by 1cm, with 197 in third attempt over Iryna Herashchenko 189 and Yuliya Chumachenko 186. World champion 2005 Yuriy Krymarenko won men’s competition with 220. Long jump European U23 champion Vladyslav Mazur leapt to 746 as third only after Serhiy Kruk 756 and Taras Neledva 750.
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