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EME NEWS (FEB 10, 2018)
Cheserek sub 3:50
BOSTON (USA, Feb 9): In front of a raucous crowd at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek of Kenya ran the second fastest indoor mile of all time, clocking 3:49.44 WL in a special three-man race. Only one man, two-time Olympic gold medalist Hicham El Geurrouj of Morocco, has run faster indoors, a 3:48.45 performance in Gent, Belgium, in 1997. On the first day of the David Hemery Invitational, Cheserek received pacing help from Brannon Kidder (28.9 and 57.6) and Drew Piazza. The three men stayed in formation through half-way (1:54.6), then Kidder dropped out on the backstretch of the fifth lap leaving Piazza to take over. Cheserek doesn't think of himself as a miler, but rather a 5000-meter man and a part-time road racer. Cheserek may race again in Boston today at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at a different track in Roxbury where he is entered in the 3000m. Also here University of New Hampshire steeplechaser Elinor Purrier ran a world-leading and personal best 4:26.55 in the women's mile, the second-fastest indoor time every by a collegiate woman according to a list compiled by Track & Field News. Canada's Gabriela Stafford finished second in 4:27.44, likely locking in a team berth for Canada at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Third Marta Freitas from Portugal 4:29.65 PB. Olga Kosichenko won the 800 m in 2:02.92 PB. From RRW.
Harrison 7.72, Holloway 7.42, Norman 45.00
CLEMSON (USA, Feb 9): The track here confirmed once again how fast it is. At Tiger Pauw Invitational World record holder Kendra Harrison clocked 7.72 life-time best in the 60 m hurdles. She equaled so the US Indoor record of Lolo Jones from World Indoors 2010. Only Susanna Kallur 7.68 and Ludmila Engquist 7.69 were ever faster. Two more clocked sub 8 behind her, Puertorico´s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 7.95 national record and Anna Cockrell 7.96 PB. Very fast also Grant Holloway who with 7.42 achieved new US college record and superb World lead. He also beat World champion and Olympic winner Omar McLeod 7.52 (but 7.46 in heats at the time WL). Well beaten Aleec Harris 7.60 and Trinidad´s Ruebin Walters 7.61 PB. Also fast 400 m races here. Michael Norman 45.00 (7th best performer ever) ahead of Nathan Strother 45.56 PB and in second race Jamaican Akeem Bloomfield 45.02 national record ahead of Jeffrey Green 45.87 PB. Relay World champion Kendall Ellis won the women 400 m in 51.57 ahead of Jamaican Tovea Jenkins 52.12. Kendal Williams won the 60 m in 6.61 over Alexander Barnum also 6.61 PB. Dutch Denzel Comenentia improved in shot put to 20.44 beating Nigerian Josh Awotunde 20.38 PB. Kate Hall topped long jump 662.
Athletics background of flag bearers
PYEONGCHANG (KOR): During the Opening Ceremony at Winter Olympic Games EME NEWS found four flag bearers with athletics background. Jamaican bob sleigh athlete Audra Segree is sprinter with 11.30 and 22.89 bests and fourth place from CAC Championships 2013 in the 200 m. Nigerian bob representative Ngozi Onwumere is also former sprinter with 23.22 and 53.24 200/400 bests. She won gold at African Games 2015 in the 4x100 m and silver in the 200 m. Ghana´s skeleton Akwasi Frimpong has a sprinting past for Netherlands and competed at World University Games in 2011. Brazilian Edson Bindilatti who competes in bob sleigh is South American decathlon champion 2003 and 6th placer at World U20 Championships in decathlon 1998, has a personal best 7631 points.
Kamworor third title
NAIROBI (KEN, Feb 10): World champion Geoffrey Kamworor won third senior 10 km Lotto/Athletics Kenya National Cross Country Championships title at Uhuru Gardens in 28:33. He won clearly as second Alfred Barkach clocked 28:43 and third Macharia Ndirangu 28:50. Kamworor will not make the Africa Cross Country Championships team since he is preparing to defend his World Half Marathon title in Valencia. Fourth Emmanuel Bor 28:53 and in top six also John Chepkwony 28:58 and Josphat Bett 28:59. Stacy Ndiwa was a surprise women 10 km winner in 32:16. Second Sandra Chebet got 32:18, third steeple specialist Cellphine Chespol 32:25. Fourth Margaret Chelimo 32:31 followed by Perin Nenkampi 32:44 and Rosemary Wanjiru 32:52. African CC Champion Alice Aprot was 8th. World U18 3000 m bronze medallist Stanley Waithaka topped boys U20 8 km in 22:30. Behind him Ronex Kipruto 22:31 and Nicholas Kipkorir 22:39. Africa Cross Country U20 champion Miriam Cherop was the best in girls race at 6 km in 19:04. Second Roselida Jepketer 19:07 and third World U18 3000 m representative Beatrice Chebet third in 19:13. Based on Daily Nation report.
A. Kiprotich 2:15:04 CR
LAGOS (NGR, Feb 10): Kenyan-born French runner, Abraham Kiprotich, has won the 3rd edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in 2:15:04 what is new course record. He will take home 50 000 USD. Ethiopian Herpha Guta won women in 2:38:00. The race started at the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island. Despite the downpour in most parts of Lagos, huge number of participants in all races was registered. From Nigerian media.
HOUSTON: Jeron Robinson cleared 225 at Howie Ryan Invitational high jump, championships participant Inika McPherson won women 183.
AMES: Good distance races at the oversized track during Iowa State Classic. Andy Trouard won the 3000 m in 7:48.21 ahead of Grant Fisher 7:48.56 and Jonathan Davis 7:49.92. Canadian talent Justyn Knight topped 5000 m in 13:39.59. Among women Sharon Lokedi 8:59.69 in the 3000 m and Jessica Drop 15:43.28 in the 5000 m.
STATEN ISLAND: Canadian Travia Jones won the 400 m in 52.57 at Fast-Track Invitational.
ALBUQUERQUE: New national indoor record for Samoa by Jeremy Dodson 20.79 at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invite. Garrett Starkey cleared 560 PB in the pole vault. Canadian record holder Christabel Nettey won the long jump 652 and World U18 medalist from 2015 Lauren Rain Williams still 18 years old improved in the 200 m to 23.16.
PITTSBURG: At the oversized track here Jamaican Sean Bailey won the 600 y in 1:08.51 what is Jamaican all-time best. Second Tre Hinds of Barbados 1:08.76 also national best.
BIRMINGHAM: At Samford Invitational Bahamian high jumper Jamal Wilson cleared 231 and equaled his personal best.
LUBBOCK: World leading 51.39 in the 400 m by hurdler Georganne Moline highlighted the first day of Texas Tech Shootout. Also to note South African indoor record 45.76 by Derrick Mokaleng in the 400 m. behind him Gil Roberts 45.80 and Steven Champlin 45.97. Jamaican Javon Francis won the other race in 45.97 indoor PB. Emeilo Ferguson of Jamaica won the 60 m in 6.60 with Jalen Miller second also 6.60. Canadian last year junior Nina Schultz improved in pentathlon to 4502 points (8.28-182-11.61-639-2:19.79).
NASHVILLE: Music City Challenge first day had Gwen Berry winning the women weight throw with huge 25.27 World lead and fourth best result ever. Second Jenaeh Stewart 24.12 PB. In men event Briton Joe Ellis improved to 23.30. 22 years old Zack Bazile got his first 8 m jump with big 813 PB.
SEATTLE: World bronze medalist Emily Infeld during 1st day of Husky Classic clocked 15:15.52 World lead at the oversized track in the 5000 m. Second triathlon Olympic winner Gwen Jorgensen with huge personal best 15:15.64. Mike Tate won men 5000 m in 13:37.33.
FAYETTEVILLE: Tyson Invitational first day saw World U20 record holder Armand Duplantis clearing 573 in the pole vault over Matt Ludwig 563. Fast 400 m races also here. Marqueze Washington 45.24 PB ahead of Obi Ikwogwe 45.28 also PB. In other race World relay medalist Will London 45.95 indoor PB. Quanera Hayes topped women 400 m in 51.82. Also good 60 m winners. Elijah Hall 6.58 ahead of Kenzo Cotton 6.59 and on the women side Aleia Hobbs 7.12 in heats and finals. Corion Knight leaped to big personal best 802 in the long jump.
ATLANTA: Demek Kemp improved in the 60 m to 6.59 during Dunamis Super Meet, new indoor fixture in Atlanta.

Warholm 34.26 all-time best in or out
TAMPERE (FIN, Feb 10): World champion Karsten Warholm confirmed his superb shape with 34.26 win at the 300 m Hurdles here at the 300 m oval. More impressive also the fact that he was better than the outdoor World best 34.48 by Chris Rawlinson from 2002 in Sheffield. His last year indoor all-time best was 34.92 from the same meet here, also Llewellyn Herbert from South Africa clocked 34.92 in Tampere in 1999. "One thing was to beat the indoor record, but it was even cooler to beat the outdoor record. That was the one I wanted to beat. It was a nice race and I am very pleased, "he said for Friidrett.no. That was the last indoor race of Warholm in 2018.
Lavillenie and Braz tied at 590 WL, Stefanidi 482 MR
ROUEN (FRA, Feb 10): Superb battle of champions at the Pole Vault Perche Elite Tour meet in Kindarena before some 5000 spectators. Olympic winner Thiago Braz and World record holder Renaud Lavillenie tied for first with 590 World lead. Both had two failures before, Braz at 550 and 570 and Lavillenie at 578 and 584. After 590 clearances, real game started. Braz passed and Lavillenie tried only twice at 595. He saved last one for 6 metres, which Braz tried three times with first one to be the only good. Third Kostadinos Filippidis 570, fourth Kevin Menaldo 560 and fifth decathlon World champion Kevin Mayer 560 PB (and tried at 570, his PB before was 540). Also 560 for 6th Axel Chapelle and 7th Valentin Lavillenie. Olympic and World winner Katerina Stefanidi achieved in first attempt meet record 482 (after clearing 460 and 472 in first) and tried at World lead 492. British record holder Holly Bradshaw opened the season with 460 over Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou and Jirina Ptacnikova, both 450.
Coleman 6.46 this time, great distances
BOSTON (USA, Feb 10): Fourth meet of IAAF World Indoor Tour at Reggie Lewis Center saw men´s 300 m World lead and four meet records. Impressive Brazier, Simpson, O´Hare and Cheserek in distance races. Coleman clocked 6.46 this time in the 60 m. 
Event by event review
60 m: Coleman won clearly with fast 6.46 (missed MR by 0.01), but was not close to WR this time. Chinese Xie Zhenye 6.54 and third Noah Lyles 6.57 PB.
300 m (non Tour event): Trinidad´s Richards 32.10 World lead, Meet record and 7th best ever, also national best for his country. 400 m World leader Taplin beaten 32.50.
400 m (non Tour event): Lendore another TTO win over thin field 46.25 as Josephus Lyles false started.
800 m: Brazier close to US record but gets 1:45.11 indoor PB, MR and third fastest of the year. German Reuther 1:46.78 2nd as World indoor champ Berian after fast begin fully faded.
1500 m (non Tour event): O´Hare after Millrose wins again in 3:37.03 EL+MR and indoor PB, second another Briton Wightman 3:37.43 in his first ever indoor 1.5.
3000 m: Cheserek sprinted in last lap in a special way and gets 7:38.74 overall PB, third fastest of 2018 and mainly 24 hours after sub 3:50 mile. Ethiopians beaten, Gebrhiwot 7:41.79 and Gebremeskel 7:42.78. European Indoor champ Mechall who led for 6 minutes 4th in 7:44.31.
TJ: Chris Carter as expected 16.67 in a field of three.
400 m: Wimbley wins in 51.82 MR over World champ Francis 52.38.
800 m (non Tour event): Canadian Westaway front running paid-off with 2:01.22 (overall PB) win over Rogers 2:01.73, Lipsey 2:02.05 and Sharp 2:02.20.
1500 m: Seayoum season opener good 4:04.38 but 2nd Praught-Lee Jamaican record 4:04.95 and Tsegay 4:05.91 with South African record for Scott 4:07.25.
3000 m (non Tour event): Simpson indoor PB 8:40.31 ahead of F. Tesfay 8:41.08 big PB. Third Briton Twell indoor PB 8:41.94 and fourth steeple World champ Coburn 8:43.57.
60mH: Thousands battle Nelvis 7.881 over Manning 7.888. Third Stowers 7.98.
HJ: Kinsey of Sweden who is in USA cleared 191 in third and won.
GENT (BEL, Feb 10): Dafne Schippers opened her season with a 7.17 clocking in the 60m heats at the IFAM Meeting in Ghent but was disqualified in the final for a false start. Teammates Jamile Samuel (7.21) and Naomi Sedney (7.27) took first and second with Brit Bianca Williams third in 7.28. There was another shock in the men’s 60m with Robin Vanderbemden beating European 100m champion Churandy Martina 6.72 to 6.75. In the 400m, 18-year-old European U20 bronze medallist Jonathan Sacoor took the biggest win of his career, clocking 47.17 to defeat teammate Dylan Borlee (47.44) and former world finalist Anderson Henriques from Brazil (47.61) while Zoey Clark clocked 53.28 in the women’s 400m ahead of the Netherlands’ Madiea Ghafoor (53.56). Morocco’s Mustafa Smaili clocked a fast 1:45.96 in the 800m to defeat former world bronze medallist Amel Tuka (1:46.33) and Ethiopia’s Kore Tola clocked 2:03.78 in the women’s 800m ahead of Brit Adelle Tracey (2:04.90). European indoor 1500m champion Marcin Lewandowski just edged out European U20 champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the 1500m, 3:40.74 to 3:40.96. Ingebrigtsen clocked European Indoor U20 record. Ethiopia’s Teshale Alemaz won the women’s 1500m in 4:08.68 and Chala Regassa 3000 m 7:53.47. The Netherlands’ Eefje Boons defeated home favourite Eline Berings in the women’s 60m hurdles,  8.12 to 8.13 after Berings clocked 8.05 in the heats. Japan’s Naoto Tobe cleared 2.26m to win the men’s high jump from Mexico’s Edgar Rivera (2.23m) and in the women’s high jump, Ireland’s Sommer Lecky cleared 1.86m to defeat Olympic and European silver medallist Mirela Demireva from Bulgaria on countback.
LINZ (AUT, Feb 10): At the Gugl Indoor Meeting in Linz, Zdenek Stromsik improved his 60m lifetime best of 6.60 (just 0.02 off the 31-year-old Czech record, but Birmingham standard) to defeat European U23 200m champion Jan Volko (6.63) and Emre Barnes of Turkey 6.64 NR. Klara Seidlova made it a Czech double in the women’s 60m in 7.27. Ivana Loncarek clocked 8.26 in the 60m hurdles to defeat local favourite Beata Schrott (8.27) with another home runner Stephanie Bendrat fourth in 8.29 after 8.23 in the heats. On the in-field, in-form multi-eventer Ivona Dadic went out to 6.35m to win the long jump, there was a tie in the men’s pole vault with Latvia’s Marek Arents and Croatia’s Ivan Horvat both clearing 5.43m with identical cards while young Czech pole vaulter Amalie Svabikova cleared 4.25m to win the women’s pole vault.
CHEMNITZ (GER, Feb 10): European champion Max Hess started triple season with 16.68 at the LAC Erdgas Indoor meet. Rebekka Haase scored sprint double 7.29 (7.23 in heats) and 23.32. Erik Balnuweit clocked 7.61 win in the hurdles and 7.60 in heats. Tobias Scherbarth 550 in the pole vault and Melanie Bauschke 640 in long jump were the technical winners. Slovak Iveta Putalova beat in the 400 m Slovenian talent Agata Zupin 53.31 to 53.48 (indoor PB).
GLASGOW (GBR, Feb 10): Laura Muir clocked a solo 4:05.37 1500m at the Scottish University Indoor Championships. Her next race will be over 3000m at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham next weekend. Nikki Manson also cleared a Scottish high jump record of 1.90m.
MALMO (SWE, Feb 10): World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim cleared here 235 easily and tried with close attempts at 238.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Feb 10): Xenia Kriszan won the Hungarian pentathlon title with good score 4583 points (8.39, 1.79, 14.21, 6.14, 2:16.28) ahead of Gyorgi Zsivoczky-Farkas 4328.
SPALA (POL, Feb 10): At open meet Justyna Swiety-Ersetic achieved 37.39 in the 300 m what is Polish indoor all-time best. Men winner Lukasz Krawczuk got 33.43. Przemyslaw Slowikowski won the 60 m in 6.69 and Klaudia Kardasz improved in women shot put to 17.71.
ZWEIBRUCKEN (GER, Feb 10): Special pole vault meet had Swiss Dominik Alberto with 550 and German Anjuli Knasche 435 as the winners.
TORUN (POL, Feb 10): Top result at Polish U20 indoor championships was the 7.32 big PB by 60 m girls winner Magdalena Stefanowicz.
PRAHA (CZE, Feb 10): Eliska Klucinova won Czech pentathlon indoor title for third time, with 4663 meet record and 2nd best in the World this year. She missed her natiomnal record only by 24 points. Her marks: 8.51 PB; 1.84; 14.52; 6.26; 2.17.34. Second Katerina Cachova 4464 and third Slovak guest Lucia Vadlejch 4320. In special 400 m races Lada Vondrova clocked 52.95, Czech U20 indoor record and Birmingham standard. On the men side Patrik Sorm 46.68 Birmingham standard and hurdler Vit Muller 46.71 PB.
SOFIA (BUL, Feb 10): Romania was the top country in medals at the Balkan U20 Indoor Championships in the Asics Arena with 7-3-2. Second Croatia 3-5-4 and third home Bulgaria 3-4-4. From 17 participating countries 10 got medals. On the girls side to note meet records by Bulgarian triple jumper Aleksandra Nacheva 13.43 and Romanian sprinter Marina Baboi 7.45 in the 60 m. Among boys home 60 m win for Veselin Zhivkov 6.83, hurdles by Romanian Ionut Iconaru 7.77 meet record and national U20 record (junior height) and Odysseas Mouzenidis from Greece 20.58 in shot put (6 kg) national U20 record.
PIREÁS (GRE, Feb 10): María Belibasáki’s much-heralded return after seven years to her original event, the 400 m, was the highlight of the 1st day of the Greek indoor championships. In the morning heats, in what was also her first ever indoor two-lap race, she clocked a lifetime PB of 52.28 and achieved the World Indoors standard. Her previous pb was 55.10 (outdoors) from 2011. She then won the evening final in 52.62. The second Birmingham ticket was sealed by Rafailía Spanoudáki-Hatziríga, who took the women’s 60 m easily in 7.29 PB (7.35 in heats). Surprise victory for Konstadínos Zíkos in the men’s event with 6.72, overtaking in the finishing strides Efthímios Steryioúlis (6.74, 6.71 in heat) and Panayiótis Trivizás (6.75, 6.68 in heat). Konstadínos Baniótis won the high jump with 224, before missing three times at 230. In men’s shot Nikólaos Skarvélis achieved 19.82 and beat training partner Kiriákos Zótos, 19.59. Despite running solo from gun, Andréas Dimitrákis registered good 3:44.19 in men’s 1500 m. Aléxandros Papamihaíl notched another title in men’s 5000 m walk with 19:52.44, while the women’s 3000 m walk was won by Panayióta Tsinopoúlou in 13:03.78.
POMBAL (POR, Feb 10): First day of Portugal Indoor Championships had as top result World leading 12:39.39 in the 3000 m walk by Ana Cabecinha ahead of Edna Barros 12:48.51. 60 m winners were Anciuam Lopes 6.65 PB and Lorene Bazolo 7.30. Joao Vieira won men 5000 m walk 19:33.41 and Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo triple 16.73.
SUMY (UKR, Feb 10): London World silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko cleared 195 to win women’s high jump during second day of Ukrainian indoor championships. Second Yuliya Chumachenko went over 193, when Iryna Gerashchenko and Kateryna Tabashnyk were third and fourth respectively with 191. Andriy Protsenko won men’s event with 229 over Viktor Lonskyy 223. Maryna Kylypko was strongest in women’s pole vault with 450. Serjiy Nykyforov 796 and Maryna Bekh 667 topped long jump competitions ahead of Vladyslav Mazur 783 and Kristina Hryshutina 664. Olha Lyakhova clocked 2:04.48 over 800m. Hanna Plotitsyna sprinted 8.16 at 60m hurdles.
JINJA (UGA, Feb 10): Thomas Ayeko won the senior men’s 10km at the Ugandan Cross Country Championships in 28:25.3 from Philip Kipyeko (28:25.5) and Nelson Wakana (28:25.8). Mercyline Chelangat won the senior women’s 10km in 32:20.7 from Stella Chesang (32:22.5) and Janat Chemuto (32:27.0). Victor Kiplangat (22:48.8 8km) and Sarah Chelangat (19:18.9 6km) won the U20 races. From Alberto Stretti.
HAMILTON (NZL, Feb 10): World champion Tomas Walsh won the shot put at Porritt Classic with big 21.87.
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