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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 23:13

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 9, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 9, 2018)
Simbine wins in 10.03
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 9): Akani Simbine led a South African one-two in the 100m final on the second day of athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning in 10.03 ahead of teammate Henricho Bruintjies in 10.17. Pre-race favourite Yohan Blake only just managed to hold on for the bronze medal in 10.19 with Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe credited with the same time in fourth. The women’s 100m final went to form with Trinidad & Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye winning in 11.14 ahead of Jamaicans Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22). In the shot put, Tom Walsh was more than one metre down on his championship record of 22.45m from qualifying but still claimed the title with 21.41m in a strong event which saw the top six throwers all throw in excess of the 20.50m line. Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw a 21.14m PB for silver with Canada’s Tim Nedow taking bronze with a final round throw of 20.91m, supplanting reigning champion O’Dayne Richards (20.80m) from the medals. In the 10,000m final, Uganda’s Stella Chesang won the title in 31:45.30 ahead of Kenya’s Stacy Ndiwa (31:46.36) and Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat (31:48.41) with the top seven finishers all breaking 32-minutes. Reigning champion Damian Warner from Canada, who opened with a fast 10.29 in the 100m, leads the decathlon after five events (4509 points) from teammate Pierce LePage (4380 points) and Grenada’s Lindon Victor (4290 points). Elsewhere, Caster Semenya eased through to the 1500m final in 4:05.86, Botswana’s Isaac Makwala was fastest in the 400m semifinals with 45.00 and world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi qualified fastest for the 110m hurdles final with 13.29.

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Monday, 09 April 2018 18:27

Jamaica Gleaner- Boldon's Briana Blueprint

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Great read for coaches about Ato Boldon, himself a former junior and senior World Champion, on working with world-class junior athletes. Whether athletes we coach are as good as Briana Williams or someone trying to break 6:00 for the mile, a long-term focus will always yield the best results...

It is easy to see what all the fuss is about where young Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams is concerned.

With a personal best of 11.13 seconds, which makes her the fastest 15-year-old female in the history of the 100m and a record-breaking performance at the recent Carifta Games in The Bahamas, where she won the Austin Sealy Award after breaking a 20-year 100m record with an 11.27 seconds run, taking the 200m in a personal best 23.11 and helping Jamaica to the 4x100m relay title, there's little wonder she's being heralded as a flag-bearer for Jamaica's next breed of sprinting royalty.

EME NEWS (APR 8, 2018)
Walsh 22.45 top qualifying mark ever
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 8): On the first day of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, New Zealand’s Tom Walsh smashed the championship record in the shot put qualifying with 22.45m, the longest throw ever recorded in the qualifying round of a major championships. Walsh smashed the championship record of 21.61m held by Jamaica’s reigning champion O’Dayne Richards who also qualified for the final with 19.65m. England’s Nick Miller won gold in the hammer with a British and championship record of 80.26m also a World lead (his fifth round throw of 79.75m was also in excess of his British record) ahead of Australia’s Matthew Denny (74.88m) and Mark Dry (73.12m) and there were also two gold medals for Australia in the 20km race walk. Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith won the men’s title in 1:19:34 ahead of Tom Bosworth who lowered his British record to 1:19:38 with Kenya’s Samuel Gathimba taking the bronze in 1:19:51 while Jemima Montag (1:32:50) and Alana Barber (1:34:18) took a one-two for Australia, although the prospect of a clean sweep vanished after leader Claire Tallent was DQ’d. In the only track final of the night, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won the 5000m in 13:50.83 from Canada’s Mo Ahmed (13:52.78) and Kenyan youngster Edward Zakayo (13:54.06). Fastest qualifiers for the 100m finals were Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (10.06) and England’s Asha Philip (11.21).

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EME NEWS (APR 7, 2018)
Chelimo close to WR
PRAGUE (CZE, Apr 7): Kenya’s Joan Chelimo missed the world record by just 13 seconds, running 65:04 at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, while Benard Kimeli took a close men’s race in 59:47. Chelimo and pacemaker Mike Chesire kept up with Caroline Kipkirui’s pace over the first 5k of the largely flat course in almost ideal conditions, clocking 14:51 - on pace for 62:40. Kipkirui dropped off from 6km and Chelimo’s 10km split was 30:14, still on course to break the mark by a minute. She slowed a bit more to 45:54 for 15km and her eventual time rated fifth best all-time. Kipkirui eventually finished second in 66:09 with Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa third in 68:09. Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova broke the 24-year-old Czech record with 71:01 in eighth. Kimeli led three runners under the one hour-mark in the men’s race with Geoffrey Yegon (59:56) and Peter Kwemoi (59:58) finishing second and third respectively. Best European was Italian Eyob Faniel as 10th in 62:27. A grand total of 11 668 runners competed in the twentieth Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.
Saturday, 07 April 2018 19:07

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 6, 2018)

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Walsh thinking big, so is Manyonga
GOLD COAST (AUS): Another top highlight of the Year 2018 for athletics starts on Sunday morning Australian time with 20 km walks. Several Olympic and World Championships gold medalists will compete for one week of World class athletics with expected big crowds. Several Games records are under threat. Top duel could be Shaunae Miller-Uibo vs Elaine Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith in the 200 m, also in shape Tom Walsh, Luvo Manyonga and Caster Semenya will go for meet bests. Many early World outdoor leads also expected.
EME NEWS (APR 5, 2018)
De Grasse for Drake Relays
DES MOINES (USA): Triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will headline the 100m at the Drake Relays on 28 April, informs organisers. He faces Isiah Young, Mike Rodgers and long jump specialist Jarrion Lawson as well as Jak Ali Harvey from Turkey. Also running Brandon Carnes, Beejay Lee and Kemar Hyman. For De Grasse first 100 m race since early July 2017. 
Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:10

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 4, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 4, 2018)
Taylor vs Claye at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Christian Taylor and Will Claye, who have combined to own seven major gold medals, are the headliners of the Prefontaine Classic’s triple jump at 44th edition of the meet on May 26. In the field full sweep of medalists from last year’s World Championships and the Rio Olympics as well as seven of the world’s top 10 in 2017 as ranked by Track & Field News. In their career head-to-head Taylor now owns the slimmest of leads over Claye, 22-21. In the field legendary Nelson Evora along with Chinese Bin Dong and European champion Max Hess from Germany. Also jumping US Chris Benard with Brazilian Almir dos Santos and Jean-Marc Pontvianne from France.

Fred Sturupp takes a good look and makes some great points about how the level of Bahamian athletics can improve. Through increased education of and cooperation amongst coaches, as well as increased access to high quality coaching Bahamian athletes can close the gap on their Jamaican rivals. Enjoy this article and ponder how the suggestions in it can be used to improve your own coaching...

No doubt, it still can be said legitimately that The Bahamas has a rivalry with Jamaica in junior track and field.

A few questions popped up though, following the 47th CARIFTA Games (that translates to the Caribbean Junior Track and Field Championships), which concluded on Monday night at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Jamaica won handily.