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EME NEWS (JAN 12, 2018)
A. Kibet wins, Mo Farah withdrew
DOHA (QAT, Jan 12): With Mo Farah a late withdrawal due to an Achilles problem, Kenyans Alex Kibet (61:53) and Bernard Korir (62:07) took a one-two in the Doha Half Marathon with Brit Chris Thompson third in 63:03. Fourth another European Spain´s Ayad Lamdassem with 63:09. USA’s Allie Kieffer easily won the women’s race in 70:40 from Brit Gemma Steel (72:37) and Kenya’s Faith Chepkoech (72:44). Eilish McColgan won the adjoining 10km in a lifetime best of 31:50. In the marathon wins for Kenyans Collins Chebii 2:16:22 and Nancy Rotich 2:46:24.
Obiri beats J. Jepkosgei
NAIROBI (KEN, Jan 12): World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri held off world half-marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei to claim her third women’s 10km title at the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country, reports. They were neck and neck over the last 4km and the break didn’t come until the last 1km as the winning time for the woman who also won in 2014 and 2017 was 33:33. Jepkosgei clocked 33:39 as Perin Nenkampi, returning from giving birth was third with 33:57. "I am happy to defend my title considering that the field was strong and I was under pressure especially with Jepkosgei,” said Obiri. Hillary Kering won the men’s 10km in 29:35 as Franklin Ngelel clocked 29:40 for second. John Chepkwony who had shared the lead with the eventual winner for much of the closing stages, faded to third with 29:43.
Bartoletta vs Spanovic
DUSSELDORF (GER): Women long jump at PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf (IAAF World Indoor Tour) will be one of the top events with Olympic winner Tianna Bartoletta competing against European Champion Ivana Spanovic. Leading the German group will be Alexandra Wester. Spanovic is with 679 also meet record holder and this mark will be under threat on February 6.
Bolt wants to give back
PARADISE ISLAND (BAH): "I decided to get back to work because I lost muscle mass. Returning to the gym is part of my resolutions for 2018," said super star Usain Bolt in an interview with French daily Figaro. About current status of athletics after his retirement Bolt added: "It will be hard to continue to attract fans. I have always told Sebastian Coe that I would do everything in my power to help athletics, which brought me so much joy and success. From the moment you are part of this sport, you have the responsibility to make it grow, whoever you are. Smile, have fun, show people my personality, it's also what made me so good personally and for my sport."
HOUSTON (USA): Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia will compete at the Aramco Houston Half-marathon on Sunday. The course record-holder (59:22) will face Kenya’s Alex Korio, ninth fastest ever at the distance at 58:51. After his 2:03:46 record debut in Berlin, Ethiopia’s Guye Adola should also challenge. Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was fourth over 10,000m at the 2017 World Championships, and twice world track champion Bernard Lagat of USA also compete. Kenya’s Mary Wacera returns having set the course record of 66:29 in 2016, just two months before taking World Half bronze. Fellow Kenyan Edith Chelimo, who won with 65:52 in Cardiff in October, and Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba, who ran 66:11 in September should challenge. Molly Huddle and Jordan Hasay could threaten the US record of 67:34. Kenya’s 2015 world marathon silver medallist Helah Kirop, 2015 London Marathon winner Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia and and USA’s Serena Burla, the 2014 Houston Half winner, are also lining up.
HOUSTON (USA): Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro is back to defend his title in the Chevron Houston Marathon. Faster than him in the field are Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku (2:05:25) and Ethiopia’s Yitayal Atnafu (2:07:21). Mamitu Daska, the 2011 Houston winner, is looking to add to the 11-race winning streak of Ethiopian women here. Fellow Ethiopians Abebech Afework and Biruktayit Degefa, the 2014 and 2016 winners could also threaten. Others of note include Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira, the 2013 world bronze medallist at 10,000m, and Veronica Nyaruai of Kenya, who won the half here last year in 67:58 and steps up for a 26-mile debut.
EDINBURGH (GBR): Reigning European cross country champions Yasemin Can and Kaan Kigen Ozbilen from Turkey will both compete in the senior races at the Great Edinburgh XCountry. Can will be aiming for back-to-back wins in Edinburgh while Ozbilen will face strong opposition from reigning champion Leonard Korir from the United States and former three-time winner Garrett Heath as well as Spain’s Adel Mechaal who won silver behind Ozbilen in Samorin.
EDINBURGH (GBR): Former European Cross bronze medallist Andy Vernon is looking forward to his return to the GB team following injury tomorrow for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XC. After finishing fourth in Antrim last weekend, he will spearhead the outfit taking on European and American teams. He told British Athletics: “It is a challenging technical course. You always have to be tactically astute at this one especially when it gets around to the last lap – if you are going for the win, positioning with 400m to go is crucial. The crowd are amazing; the whole way round they cheer you on so that is always a nice thing to come back to. If I get the opportunity to race here, I will always do it. It is always a key race in my training block in the first half of the year; I always enjoy it.”
EDINBURGH (GBR): The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry will be streamed without any restrictions on the European Athletics website from 2.15pm CET.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida are the four cities who have announced their intent to bid to the stage the 2020 US Olympic trials for the marathon. As in 2012 in Houston and 2016 in Los Angeles both men’s and women’s races will be staged on the same day in the same city early in the year. Final bids are due on March 19 and the USATF board of directors, with approval of the US Olympic Committee will make the final decision this spring.
MERZIG (GER): Former world pole vault champions Raphael Holzdeppe and Pawel Wojciechowski will compete in the pole vault meeting in Merzig on Saturday, informs European indoor champion Piotr Lisek is also in the line-up.
DORTMUND (GER): Erik Balnuweit says he is keen to claim a seventh German 60m hurdles title in Dortmund on February 17-18. He is also eying and appearance at the World Indoors, reports.
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): World shot put champion Tom Walsh is one of 11 finalists for the Halberg Award for “New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment of 2017”.
TRELAWNY (JAM): Triple Olympic sprint champion Veronica Campbell-Brown is to have her former school, Troy Primary School in Trelawny, renamed in her honour, reports.
LONDON (GBR): Britain’s Kelly Massey, a bronze medal winner in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 Olympics, has retired on her 33rth birthday, BBC Sport reported.
TOKYO (JPN): Japanese 100m and 200m record-holder Chisato Fukushima is upbeat following her change in training environment, Japan Times reports. The 11.21/22.88 sprinter has  left her native Hokkaido to live in Tokyo in a group which includes 10.00 100m runner Ryota Yamagata. “I had often been training by myself, but now I have my teammates to endure tough training with,” she said. “And the fact that one of the teammates is Yamagata is such a blessing and I feel so happy as an athlete.”
CANBERRA (AUS): Athletics Australia has selected eight athletes for the IAAF World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain, on March 24. Milly Clark, Sinead Diver and Ellie O’Kane complete the women’s team. Collis Birmingham, Brett Robinson, Harry Summers, DeJen Gebreselassie and Thomas DoCanto comprise the men’s line-up.
MINSK (BLR): Alina Talay and Bavel Bareisha have been named 2017 Belarusian Athletes of the Year, informs the BFLA. Talay won a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships and was sixth in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships while Bareisha was ninth in the hammer in London.
BUDAPEST (HUN): World 110m hurdles bronze medallist Balazs Baji has been named male winner of Hungary’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards, the national federation reported.
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss Athletics has four athletes who achieved Birmingham standard already in 2017. Mujinga Kambundji (60 m), Lea Sprunger (400 m), Selina Buchel (800 m) and Nicole Buchler (pole vault). Hurdles specialist Sprunger plans full indoor season with starts in Karlsruhe, Madrid, Torun and Glasgow in the 400 m. After some years also competing indoors will be another hurdles specialist Kariem Hussein who plans to run on February 3-4 in Magglingen the 200 m and 400 m and at Swiss Indoors on February 17-18 again the 400 m. The U23 European gold medalist at 100 m hurdles Noemi Zbaren also plans for the indoor season.
MADRID (ESP): Hurdles Rio silver medalist Orlando Ortega will not compete during this indoor season. As his management company confirmed he wants to be ready for summer.
EUGENE (USA): Bowerman Award winner and NCAA Champion Raevyn Rogers, the former University of Oregon 800 m runner who is now a pro plans a busy competition schedule. In winter she will start indoors with the UW Invitational in Seattle on Jan 26-27 and continuing with the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York on Feb 3, and the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Feb 10 in Boston. There will be a full outdoor schedule in the spring summer to follow. Informs
EBERSTADT (GER): Meeting director of Eberstadt High Jump meet Peter Schramm recieved „European Membership Award“ from European Athletics. The event is the best outdoor special high jump meeting in the World and preparers for August 24-26 this year the 40th edition.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist, later event pioneer, marketeer and television commentator Brendan Foster turns 70 today and has a wealth of achievement upon which he can reflect, both on and off the track.
NICE (FRA, Jan 12): Frédéric Dagée started into the indoor season here with big overall personal best in shot put 20.36. He missed the national mark of Yves Niare by only 6 cm (20.42 in 2009).
PRAHA (CZE, Jan 12): In the Strahov Hall open meet Klara Seidlova won women 150 m in 17.64 what is Czech all-time indoor best. Second Lada Vondrova 18.18, she also won the 300 m in 38.28. Jan Jirka won the men 150 m in 15.98. Filip Snejdr first won the 600 m in 1:16.88 what is second best all-time Czech mark and later was second in the 300 m with 34.43. Winner Michal Tlusty 34.42.
LIEVIN (FRA, Jan 11): Burkina Faso national record holder Hugues-Fabrice Zango won his event triple here with 16.37. Also he clocked 60 m PB 6.81.
WICHITA (USA, Jan 11): Travis Collins improved to 6.64 in the 60 m when winning at the Shocker Prelude meet.
GABORONE (BOT, Jan 11): Baboloki Thebe, who finished 4th in the 400m at the 2017 London World championships before sustaining an injury during the 4x400m is back on the tracks. He won the 200m in 21.16 during BAA Opening meet. Christine Botlogetswe edged Loungo Matlhaku to claim the women's event (23.84 to 23.94). Informs Carole Fuchs.
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