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Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

EME NEWS (APR 14, 2018)
England wins both 4x100 m relays in World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 14): Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot repeated their one-two from last year’s World Championships on the final day of stadium track and field action at the Commonwealth Games. Manangoi ran 3:34.78 as Cheruiyot was on 3:35.17. Scotland’s Jake Wightman won bronze in 3:35.97. World champion Hellen Obiri won a tactical 5000 m in 15:13.11, chased closely until the final straight by team-mate Margaret Kipkemboi (15:15.28). England’s Laura Weightman won bronze in 15:25.84 . India’s Neeraj Chopra took the javelin with 86.47m - a season’s best and one centimetre below the world junior record he set two years ago. Australia’s Hamish Peacock took silver with 82.59m and Grenada’s Anderson Peters the bronze with 82.20m. In her fourth Games, high jumper Levern Spencer took her and Saint Lucia’s first Commonwealth gold, clearing 1.95m (WL) to beat England’s Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia’s Nicola McDermott (1.91m PB).  England took both sprint relays. The quartet of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey combined to run 38.13 (WL) ahead of South Africa (38.24 NR) and Jamaica (38.35). On the women’s side, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen clocked 42.46 (WL) - the fastest ever by a team representing England. Jamaica won silver with 42.52 and Nigeria the bronze (42.75). Jamaica won the women’s 4x400m in a world lead 3:24.00 through Christine Day, Anastasia Le Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson. Nigeria took second with 3:25.29 and Amantle Montsho moved Botswana from fifth to third on the final leg with the quickest split overall of 49.59, bringing home a national record 3:26.86. Botswana took the men’s race, in which the medallist were separated by less than two tenths. Leaname Maotoanong, Babaloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Isaac Makwala got the baton round in 3:01.78 to win from Bahamas (3:01.92) and Jamaica (3:01.97). Guyana’s Troy Doris took the triple jump win with 16.88m.
Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:46

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 13, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 13, 2018)
Kenya´s steeple sweep
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 13): Caster Semenya completed the middle distance double at the Commonwealth Games, setting another championship record in the 800m in 1:56.68 (58.66/58.02) ahead of Kenya’s Margaret Wambui (1:58.07) with Jamaica’s Natoye Goule running a 1:58.82 PB for bronze. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei also won his second gold medal of the championships, smashing the championship record in the 10,000m with 27:19.62 ahead of Canada’s Mo Ahmed (27:20.56) and Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28.66). New Zealand’s Jake Robertson finished fifth in a national record of 27:30.90 as the top eight finishers all broke the 28-minute mark. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto added the Commonwealth title to his haul, setting another championship record of 8:10.08 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) with Amos Kirui ensuring a Kenyan clean sweep with a late charge to pip Canada’s Matthew Hughes on the line, 8:12.24 to 8:12.33. There were also two championship records on the field: Canada’s Alysha Newman cleared 4.75m on her final attempt of pole vault to defeat Eliza McCartney (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy (4.60m) while Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres secured the discus title with a championship record of 68.20m ahead of teammate Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Cyprus’ Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) with Australia’s Matt Denny fourth (62.53m). Jamaica also won gold in the shot put courtesy of Danniel Thomas-Dodd who set a national record of 19.36m to defeat reigning three-time champion Valerie Adams, who improved her season’s best to 18.70m in her first major competition since maternity leave. Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles title in 12.68 ahead of Jamaicans Danielle Williams (12.78) and Yanique Thompson (12.97) and England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points ahead of teenagers Nina Schultz from Canada (6133 PB) and England’s Niamh Emerson (6043 PB). England posted a fast 38.15 in the 4x100m heats but there was a shock in men’s javelin qualifying as 2015 World champion Julius Yego failed to reach the final with 74.55m. The two pools were led by Australia's Hamish Peacock with 81.22m.
Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:41

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 12, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 12, 2018)
Miller-Uibo beats them all
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 12): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo powered to a championship record of 22.09 to win a high quality 200m final on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson improved her PB again to 22.18 to win silver with European champion Dina Asher-Smith just holding off double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, 22.29 to 22.30. There was also a championship record in the discus as Dani Stevens retained her title on home soil with 68.26m, although all five of her valid throws would have won the title (61.39m, 64.51m, 65.43m, 65.10m) ahead of India’s Seema Punia (60.41m). Australia also won gold in the men’s pole vault with Kurtis Marschall clearing 5.70m on his third attempt to defeat former world champion Shawn Barber from Canada with 5.65m. Kyron McMaster claimed the British Virgin Islands’ first ever title at the Commonwealth Games with gold in the 400m hurdles in 48.25 ahead of Jeffery Gibson from the Bahamas (49.10, the biggest margin between 1 and 2) and Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde (49.16) while Janieve Russell won the women’s 400m hurdles title in 54.33 from Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle (54.80) who picked up her third successive silver medal and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (54.96). England’s Zharnel Hughes was DQ’d for a lane violation (initially 20.12 also) while allowed Jereem Richards from Trinidad & Tobago to take the title in 20.12 from Canada’s Aaron Brown (20.34) and Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid (20.55) while Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal held off the fast finishing Kyle Langford for the 800m title, 1:45.11 to 1:45.16. Favorite Nijel Amos Amos, after leading for the first 500 metres, faded to eighth. Canada’s Christabel Nettey won a high quality long jump final with 6.84m ahead of Australia’s Brooke Stratton (6.77m) and England’s Shara Proctor (6.75m). World indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads the heptathlon after the first day with 3765 points (13.54 100mH, 1.87m HJ, 11.54m SP, 23.56 200m) ahead of Canada’s Nina Schultz (3639) and Australia’s Celeste Mucci (3613). In the morning session, Caster Semenya was the fastest in the 800m heats with 1:59.26, former world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica posted a fast 12.69 in the 100m hurdles and teammate Fedrick Dacres led discus qualifying with 66.20m.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:47

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 11, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 11, 2018)
Mitchell 68.92, Manyonga 841
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 11): Kathryn Mitchell moved to seventh on the world all-time lists in the javelin, winning the title on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Games with a championship an Australasian record of 68.92 WL with her first throw of the competition. Kelsey-Lee Roberts made it a one-two for Australia, moving into silver with her last throw of 63.89m while former two-time champion Sunette Viljoen from South Africa took bronze with 62.08m. There was another championship record in the men’s long jump as world outdoor champion Luvo Manyonga went out to 8.35m in round four, and then 8.41 WL in the sixth round. After setting a championship record of 8.34m in qualifying, Australia’s Henry Frayne jumped 8.33m for silver with Ruswahl Samaai taking bronze for South Africa with 8.22m. The host nation also won the high jump title as Brandon Starc cleared a 2.32m PB and WL ahead of Jamal Wilson from the Bahamas (2.30m) and Canada’s Django Lovett (2.30m). There was an upset in the women’s 3000m steeplechase as Jamaica’s Aisha Praught reeled in pre-race favourite Celliphine Chespol from Kenya on the last lap, winning in 9:21.00 WL to Chespol’s 9:22.61 with teammate and reigning champion Purity Kirui third (9:25.74). In the last event on the track, Botswana’s Amantle Montsho regained the title she won in 2010 in 50.15, just 0.05 outside her championship record. Jamaica won a brace of medals courtesy of Anastasia Le-Roy (50.57) and Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.93). Olympic champions Shaunae Miller-Uibo (22.48) and Elaine Thompson (22.95) both qualified for the 200m final but the fastest qualifier was Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson with a 22.28 PB from the first semifinal ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (22.44). Canada’s Aaron Brown qualified fastest for the men’s 200m final with 20.18.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:36

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 10, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 10, 2018)
Semenya, Makwala, Levy, K. Williams World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 10): Caster Semenya won the first half of a middle distance double on the third day at the Commonwealth Games, claiming the 1500m title in a national record, championship record and World lead of 4:00.71. Kenya’s steeple specialist Beatrice Chepkoech won silver in a 4:03.09 PB while Wales’ Melissa Courtney finished strongly to win bronze in a 4:03.44 PB ahead of Australians Linden Hall (4:03.67) and Georgia Griffiths (4:04.17 PB) and Scots Eilish McColgan (4:04.30) and Stephanie Twell (4:05.56). Isaac Makwala led a one-two for Botswana in the 400m, just missing the championship record of 44.24 with 44.35 WL ahead of teammate Baboloki Thebe (45.09). Jamaica’s Javon Francis won bronze in 45.11 and there was a national record for India’s Muhammed Anas in fourth in 45.31 as Grenada’s Bralon Taplin faded out of medal contention in fifth (45.38). Jamaica also took a one-two in the 110m hurdles through Ronald Levy (13.19 WL) and Hansle Parchment (13.22) with Andrew Pozzi a well-beaten sixth (13.53) and in the triple jump with Kimberly Williams producing a 14.64 PB and WL in the sixth round to defeat teammate Shanieka Ricketts (14.52m). There were also two big shocks: reigning decathlon champion Damian Warner from Canada no-heighted in the pole vault which left Grenada’s Lindon Victor to claim the title with 8303 points ahead of Canada’s Pierce LePage (8171) and Australia’s Cedric Dubler (7983) while New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe won the hammer with 69.94m after Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon produced three no throws. Jamaica’s Anastasia Le-Roy was the fastest qualifier for the 400m final in 51.08, Janieve Russell ran a fast 54.01 in the 400m hurdles heats and Diamond League champion Kyron McMaster clocked 48.78 in the men’s 400m hurdles heats.
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.