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EME NEWS (JAN 11, 2018)
Lavillenie opens with 581
TIGNES (FRA, Jan 11): World record holder Renaud Lavillenie started his season with a 581 win at a special pole vault meet in Tignes. The star vaulter went through the event in top style. He managed all heights (544, 564, 571 and 581) in first attempt. After that he had three attempts at 591. It his best start into the indoor season since 2014. Second Kevin Menaldo cleared 554 and third U20 jumper Thibaut Collet with 544 PB. 
Superb fields for Boston
BOSTON (USA): Reigning champion and world champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27 PB) heads the international field for the Boston Marathon on 16 April, informs organisers. Tamirat Tola (2:04:11 PB) of Ethiopia is the fastest of six sub-2:06 athletes in the elite men’s field ahead of teammates and former winners Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33 PB) and Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45). Norbert Kigen (2:05:13 PB), Wilson Chebet (2:05:27 PB), Evans Chebet (2:05:30 PB) and Felix Kandie (2:06:03 PB) are the quickest Kenyans. Also in the field is frequent racer Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14 PB) and German record-holder Arne Gabius (2:08:33 PB). Fastest on the women’s roster is Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31 PB). Twice world champion and reigning champion Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50 PB) returns to defend her title while course record-holder Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59 PB) will look to regain her title. Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa (2:21:17 PB), Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska (2:21:59 PB), Mexico’s Madai Perez (2:22:59 PB) and former winner Caroline Rotich from Kenya (2:23:22 PB) bolster the field, while the European charge include Portugal’s Jessica Augusto (2:24:25 PB). They join the already announced home line-up which is led by Galen Rupp, Shalane Flanagan and Jordan Hasay.
Vicaut vs Lemaitre
PARIS (FRA): Top French sprinters Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre will clash over the 60 m at the Paris Bercy Indoor meet on February 7. Decathlon World champion Kevin Mayer will contest a special triathlon at the meet (shot put, 60 m hurdles, long jump). Another London gold medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi is confirmed for pole vault. In women 60 m Hurdles returning Briana Rollins (her one year ban ended on December 18, 2017) should run against Nia Ali and in women 60 m the main name is Marie Josee Ta Lou from Ivory Coast. Informs L´Equipe.
OSLO (NOR): Norway’s Sondre Nordstad Moen believes Mo Farah will break his European marathon record of 2:05:48 when the Brit steps up to marathon in London this spring. He told Athletics Weekly: “I think Mo Farah will beat my time next time, so I just have to focus on myself and try to improve my time.”
DOHA (QAT): Mo Farah cited “hard work, commitment and self-belief” as the ingredients of his success as he and other athletes preparing for the Ooredoo Doha Marathon on Friday visited the city’s Aspire Academy to meet student athletes. Quoted by the academy’s website, he expanded: “I adopted that attitude that I wanted to not only be good not just get better but be the best. I resolved to push myself to be the best l could be and not be content with being just British champion of European champion but be a world champion and repeat that feat. Nothing in life gets given to you, you always have to work for it.” Also appearing were his British compatriot Chris Thompson, American Abdi Abdirahman and Germany’s Hendrik Pfeiffer. Farah will contest the half marathon on Friday. He has confirmed he is seeking to win marathon gold at the 2020 Olympics.
HOUSTON (USA): Molly Huddle’s coach Ray Treacy has said she is in shape to challenge Deena Kastor’s US half marathon record of 67:34 in the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, informs LetsRun. “Everything’s gone well, right through the fall, through Manchester Road Race. The training has gone very well since then. There’s been no hiccups or anything like that. Just looking forward to see what she can do on Sunday. I think she’s as prepared as she’s ever been for a half marathon,” he said.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch marathon record-holder Abdi Nageeye has opted for the Boston Marathon on 16 April instead of the Rotterdam Marathon, informs NOS. Khalid Choukoud will however compete on home soil in Rotterdam.
MOSCOW (RUS): Press attache of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) Natalia Yukhareva has said a total of 70 Russian athletes submitted applications to the IAAF in order to compete internationally as
neutral athletes, informs Sport Express. 36 requests were issued in a simplified scheme deigned upon athletes who were cleared last year.
KYIV (UKR): World high jump silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko is planning a full indoor season after clearing an indoor lifetime best of 1.97m on her season’s debut, informs FLAU. Her next competition will be Cottbus (31 Jan) ahead of Karlsruhe (3 Feb), Ukrainian Championships in Sumy (9-11 Feb), Torun (15 Feb), possibly Lviv (17 Feb) and Glasgow (25 Feb) ahead of the World Indoor Championships from 1-4 March.
BERLIN (GER): Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz from Brazil has been confirmed for the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on 26 January, informs Leichtathletik.de. Braz will renew his rivalry with Renaud Lavillenie while the field also includes former world champions Shawn Barber and Raphael Holzdeppe and European indoor champion Piotr Lisek. Two more Olympic champions have also been confirmed: Christoph Harting (discus) and Tianna Bartoletta (60m).
KARLSRUHE (GER): European triple jump champion Max Hess will compete in the long jump in Karlsruhe on 6 February, informs Leichtathletik.de. He will face long jump specialists Julian Howard and Fabian Heinle.
DORTMUND (GER): European U23 1500m champion Marius Probst will compete in the Indoor Meeting in Dortmund on 21 January, informs Leichtathletik.de. He will face strong opposition from Belgium’s Pieter-Jan Hannes and Spain’s David Bustos.
KINGSTON (JAM): Former Jamaican 400m hurdles champion Leford Green is to take over as interim coach of Clemson University, Jamaica Gleaner reports. The former student of the North Carolina-based institution fills in following the departure of Lennox Graham.
JAKARTA (IND): The Asian Athletics Association held its development seminar in Jakarta, the organisation reported. Leading the agenda was “planning and implementing the directives of  IAAF with regards to the decentralisation of Regional Development Centres (RDC) and High Performance Training centres (HPTC).”
MONTREAL (CAN): American 6.52 60m runner Jeff Demps, Jamaican 7.08 runner Remona Burchell and American 8.34m long jumper Tyrone Smith head the entries for the Montreal Indoor Grand Prix on February 10-11.
NAIROBI (KEN): Alice Aprot and Wilfred Kimitei will be among the top names at the Kenyan Prison Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Saturday, the Standard reports.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenya Power Company and Paul Tergat Foundation have announced a one-year partnership to support the foundation’s initiatives, informs the Daily Nation. The programme aims to promote the foundation’s activities, encouraging the culture of running for health and leisure as well as tapping and nurturing sports talent in the country.
STATE COLLEGE (USA): Flotrack informs that this weekend’s Nittany Lion Challenge features NCAA 800 m runner-up Isaiah Harris who will make his first appearance on the track since he ran at the 2017 World Championships in London. Casimir Loxsom is entered into the mile.
TORUN (POL): The organisers of Copernicus Cup in Torun (IAAF World Indoor Tour) confirmed the participation of all three medalists from London World Championships in women high jump. Gold medalist Mariya Lasitskene, silver winner Yuliya Levchenko and home star and national record holder Kamila Licwinko.
KYIV (UKR): Reigning European U23 silver medallist and London Olympic finalist in women’s high jump Iryna Herashchenko said that there are some technical changes in her run-up and technique this season. “I became stronger and quicker, we also corrected the approach. That is why I cannot yet cope with my take-off,” said Herashchenko in her quote to FLAU web after clearing 189 at her open meeting in Kyiv. She also confirms her next competitions for Ostrava on January 25 and Val de Reuil two days later.
KYIV (UKR): 400m hurdles specialist Hanna Ryzhykova (Yaroshchuk) plans to be selected to World Indoor Championships at 400m individual event and in 4x400m relay. European silver medallist 2012 aims to return to her event in summer. She didn't compete more that 2 years due to the injury.
DARMSTADT (GER): Sebastian Weiss is the new national head coach for women middle and long distances. He is replacing Henning von Papen who will retire end of February.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopian journalist Elshadai Negash reports that marathoner Haile Tolossa Bekuma received a 4 year suspension from the Ethiopian anti-doping agency. Tolossa won the 2014 Brescia marathon, Italy (2:13:24) and the 2015 Riga marathon, Latvia (2:12:29). He set his PB of 2:11:05 at the Kosice marathon, Slovakia where he finished 3rd in October 2015. His last race was the Lima marathon, Peru, in May 2016 (2nd in 2:16:29). Says Carole Fuchs.
PERTH (AUS): All eyes are on Perth’s WA Athletics Stadium for this Saturday’s Jandakot Airport Track Classic as a host of Australia’s athletics stars step out to hone their form with just over a month to go before the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trial. Sally Pearson will run her first 100 m hurdles of the year. Pole vault will have 20-year-old Kurtis Marschall who already jumped 570 in the Australian season. West Australian’s Nina Kennedy and Liz Parnov headline the women’s pole vault, the pair both looking to add to their Commonwealth Games A qualifying tallies. Informs Athletics Australia.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The USATF Outdoor Championships are returning to Des Moines June 21-24, 2018. The best track and field athletes in the country will compete this summer at Drake University’s Drake Stadium in what will be the final stop of the 2018 USATF Championship Series. Drake has hosted the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1970 (men only), 2008, 2011, and 2012, and annually hosts the Drake Relays, which in 2018 will celebrate its 109th year.
CHELYABINSK (RUS, Jan 11): World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene cleared 195 to win at the Lukashevich and Seryodkin Memorial. The Russian had three unsuccessful but good attempts at 2.01m. However, she was beaten in the “battle of the sexes” by male jumper Danil Lysenko, whose 2.32m (all heights in first and did not continue) jump was better on the Bojidar Spiriev scoring tables. Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov was second with 2.28m. Semyon Pozdnyakov and Dmitriy Semyonov cleared 225 as third and fourth respectively.In the pole vault, Georgiy Gorokhov beat Dmitry Zhelyabin in a jump-off after both cleared a best of 5.60m. Irina Ivanova took the women’s with 4.40m.
UST-KAMENOGORSK (KAZ, Jan 10-11): Ivan Ivanov won men’s shot put with 19.81 during first stage of Kazakhstan Indoor Cup. Tayana Neroznak topped women’s 1500m and 3000m in 4:20.28 and 9:21.60 respectively. Elina Mikhina clocked 54.04 over 400m and Rima Kashafutdinova sprinted 7.40 in women’s 60m final.
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 10): High School talent Katelyn Tuohy won the girls invitational mile easily at the NYRR Millrose Games Trials at the Armory Track & Field Center.  The 15 year-old sophomore broke away from the field in the first of eight laps, and ran unpressed to a personal best 4:43.62 (1500 m split 4:25.42), just shy of Nevada Mareno's USA high school sophomore record of 4:43.23. Informs RRW.
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