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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.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:38

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 3, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 3, 2018)
Collins plans farewell outdoor season
BASSETERRE (SKN): Ever young sprinter Kim Collins announced this winter ending of his indoor career on social media. Now via his agent Caroline Feith the 2003 World champion confirmed his plans to run outdoors in 2018 and is taking it as his farewell season. "I felt the need to still do one more outdoor season and be able to say farewell to my fans and all the friends that I made over the years all over the world,"said Collins. Training for summer is going well. Collins will be soon 42 on April 5 and clocked good quality 6.60 as season best in the indoor season.
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:35

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 2, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 2, 2018)
Barshim vs Lysenko at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Reigning World Champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar will bring his high-flying act back to Hayward Field to challenge a world-class field of high jumpers at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic. Mainly the World Indoor champion Danil Lysenko will be his top opponent. Also jumping US Erik Kynard and Jeron Robinson, from Great Britain Robbie Grabarz and from Germany World indoor bronze medalist Mateusz Przybylko. The remaining two spots will be filled by the athletes jumping the best outdoors in the coming weeks. The 44th Pre Classic, a member of the IAAF Diamond League will be held May 25-26 at historic Hayward Field.

When viewed through the lens of social media, the life of a teenage athletics icon can seem deceptively glamorous. But as Sydney McLaughlin knows, the routine required to reach the top is far more mundane.

Whether it’s the alarm that pulls her from her bed at 6am each morning or the hours spent toiling in the weights room, track or study halls at the University of Kentucky, the 18-year-old New Jersey native does not get by on her gifts alone; there’s also a whole lot of graft.

EME NEWS (APR 1, 2018)
Lavillenie, Barber and Duplantis (WJR) 592
AUSTIN (USA, Mar 31): The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last day was highlighted by top pole vault competitions. Renaud Lavillenie with Shawn Barber and young Mondo Duplantis all cleared World leading 592. Tie for first for Lavillenie and Barber, Duplantis was third on count back. For Duplantis also World U20 record, Barber just 1 cm below his Canadian outdoor record. All three attempted 602. World lead also in women pole vault by Jenn Suhr with 483. Behind her 18 years old Swede Lisa Gunnarsson improved to 460 (national U20 record and ties third best ever in the category), third Alexis Jacobus 455. In men B competition also superb 580 PB´s by Chris Nilsen and Devin King. More World leads in women relays. LSU clocked 42.66 in the 4x100 m and USA Red 3:26.16 in the 4x400 m ahead of USA Blue 3:27.32. The Texas A&M women pulled away with Sammy Watson on the anchor leg. Watson split 2:05.60 as the Aggies produced a meet, facility and school record time of 8:29.25 in claiming their first title in 4x800 m. In men relays Houston posted 38.92 over LSU also 38.92, in the 4x400 m Texas AM 3:02.74. Jeron Robinson cleared World lead 231 in high jump, Jarvis Gotch leaped to windy 820 (+2.4) in the long jump ahead of Charles Brown 816 (+2.6). Serena Brown improved Bahamian discus record to 60.39. Sprints were wind-aided. But still top quality 10.72 (+2.7) by Blessing Okagbare ahead of Mikiah Brisco 10.99, in another race Aleia Hobbs 10.86 (+3.7) over Kortnei Johnson 10.98. In the 200 m Gabrielle Thomas 22.13 (+4.6) and hurdles 12.64 (+3.3) by Jamaican Rushelle Burton. The only lucky was US indoor record holder Elijah Hall who clocked his outdoor PB 20.11 (+1.6) in the 200 m over Dedric Dukes 20.27. In the 100 m Cameron Burrell 10.01 (+4.1) and Christian Lyon 10.00 (+3.6), in the hurdles Jamaican Damion Thomas 13.43 (+3.6).
EME NEWS (MAR 31, 2018)
McLaughlin another PB 50.07, also WL
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 30): Sydney McLaughlin continued with superb running at Florida Relays. After 200 m PB on Thursday she clocked another top life-time best 50.07 in the 400 m. It is also World lead and 6th all-time U20 performer. Second Sharrika Barnett 50.93 PB ahead of Brionna Thomas 51.72.  Hurdles olympic winner Omar McLeod clocked 10.32 (+0.2) in the 100 m. In the 200 m South African Ncincilili Titi 20.36 (+0.9) over Terrance Laird 20.41 and Riak Reese 20.43. NCAA Champion Grant Holloway won the 110 m hurdles in 13.45 (+0.7). Also Nathan Strother won the 400 m in 45.46. In women hurdles Puertorican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 12.77 (-0.8), Ce´aira Brown won the 1500 m in 4:09.44 and Ka´Tia Seymour the 200 m in 22.96 (+0.5). Indoor surprise Javianne Oliver won the 100 m in 11.39 (+1.1) ahead of Jamaican veteran Kerron Stewart 11.41. Mexican Diego del Real won men hammer with 75.33. In the High School 100 m fast 10.16 (+1.7) for Anthony Schwartz, he missed his PB from last year only by 0.01.
EME NEWS (MAR 30, 2018)
McLaughlin 22.39 and Gardiner 20.20
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 29): Florida Relays started with superb 200 m times. On the women side teen star Sydney McLaughlin clocked huge PB 22.39 (+1.5). It is fastest U20 time since 2003 and fourth best of all-time in that age category. One could think what she can achieve in her specialty 400 m hurdles with such speed. Second Joanna Atkins and third hurdles World record holder Kendra Harrison achieved the same 22.81. For the World Indoor champion Harrison also a PB, previous top mark was 23.00. Fifth in the race was the 400 m hurdles World champion Kori Carter 23.23. Puertorican 100 m hurdles record holder Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won another race with 22.59 but aided by +3.0. In the men´s 200 m new personal best for 400 m World silver medalist Steven Gardiner of Bahamas 20.20 (+2.0) beating 110 m hurdles World champion Omar McLeod 20.49. In the 400 m Bahamian Alonzo Russell got 45.44 win over triple jump World and Olympic winner Christian Taylor 45.48. Taylor´s last 400 m race was at Drake Relays in April 2014 when he clocked personal best 45.17. He plans to run more 400 m races in the summer. Third in the race 400 m hurdles veteran Bershawn Jackson 46.50. Jamaican Shawn Rowe won the 400 m hurdles in life-time best 49.17. In another race Bahamian Jeffery Gibson clocked 49.21 (his fastest since May 2016) over Jamaican Ansert Whyte 49.48. Women winner Grace Claxton from Puertorico achieved 56.30. Grenada´s record holder Anderson Peters won the javelin with 81.57. In high school 100 m prelims fast times for Anthony Schwartz 10.18 (+2.0) and Tamari Davis who at age of 15 improved to 11.29 (+0.5).
EME NEWS (MAR 29, 2018)
Schippers vs Miller-Uibo, Makwala vs Gardiner
SHANGHAI (CHN): World 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison and world 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League on May 12. Harrison will take on Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (formerly Rollins). Schippers meanwhile will face Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo. New sprint sensation Su Bingtian competes on home soil in the 100m against world champions Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev. Diamond League champion Isaac Makwala goes in the 400m against world silver medallist Steven Gardiner. Omar McLeod and Orlando Ortega will feature in the 110m hurdles. World 800m record-holder David Rudisha will appear in Shanghai for the third time in his event, while Timothy Cheruiyot begins the defence of his Diamond League 1500m title. Olympic 400 m hurdles winner Dalilah Muhammad is due to compete over the barriers and multiple global champion Mariya Lasitskene lines up in the high jump. Olympic triple champion Caterine Ibarguen and world long jump winner Luvo Manyonga are also part of the field (with Shi Yuhao). Another World champion Sam Kendricks takes on the host nation’s World Championship fourth placer, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Chinese stars will also feature heavily in the women’s throws, not least world and Diamond League champion, Gong Lijiao and also Liu Huihui who will also have high hopes in the javelin. The line-up so far includes 14 Olympic and world champions.