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News from around the World - EME News (Jan 15, 2018)

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EME NEWS (JAN 15, 2018)
 
Mergia vs M. Dibaba
DUBAI (UAE): Three-time winner Aselefech Mergia and former world champion Mare Dibaba will head the women’s field for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 26. Ethiopia’s Mergia is the fastest in the field with her PB of 2:19:31, while compatriot Dibaba, the 2015 world champion, has clocked 2:19:52. They will face defending champion Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in the bid for the $200,000 first prize. “We are excited to have two huge talents leading the women’s field,” said event director Peter Connerton. “Aselefech Mergia has won every time she has raced here, while Mare Dibaba has won World Championship and Olympic medals since finishing third in Dubai in 2012.”
Schippers for Gent
GENT (BEL): Dafne Schippers will compete over 60m at the IFAM Meeting on 10 February, informs European Athletics. "The talks have been running for some time. Today we have reached an agreement with her management so Schippers will start with us,” said a spokesperson from the IFAM Meeting. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski is also confirmed for the 1500m.
 
IAAF President in Puerto-Rico
SAN JUAN (PUR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe visited Puerto Rico to announce the IAAF Solidarity Fund for the damaged Caribbean region by the recent hurricanes. He also met with presidents of federations of affected countries. Puertorican media inform.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
HOUSTON (USA): After winning the Houston Half Marathon in 60:01, New Zealand’s Jake Robertson will make his marathon debut in Lake Biwa in March, informs LetsRun. He will therefore miss the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

ZURICH (SUI): Swiss pole vault record holder Nicole Buchler is out from the indoor season 2018 due to problems with her hip. She will concentrate on the preparation for the summer. 

NAIROBI (KEN): New York Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor has ruled himself out of competing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, saying he is focusing instead on defending his title at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on March 24, reports Xinhua. The Africa Cross Country Championships are not in his plans, but he does want to defend his New York title.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): World U20 3000m steeplechase record-holder and champion Celliphine Chespol  wants to compete at the Africa Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria, on 14 March as well as the Commonwealth Games in April, informs Xinhua.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya’s Alice Aprot is looking for a fast time on her half marathon debut in the Lisbon Half Marathon on 11 March, informs Xinhua. "I have given it wide thought and I think the time is right for me to run road races. I will continue training hard for Lisbon Half. I have learned a lot from [Vivian] Cheruiyot since we train together besides watching her race and win,” she said.
 
BUDAPEST (HUN): World 110m hurdles bronze medallist Balazs Baji is planning a full indoor season culminating with the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs Nemzeti Sport. He will compete in Budapest (20 Jan and 18 Feb), Berlin (26 Jan), Dusseldorf (6 Feb), Metz (11 Feb) and Torun (15 Feb) ahead of the World Indoor Championships from 1-4 March.
 
KYIV (UKR): Olha Saladukha is aiming to achieve the qualifying standard of 14.30m for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March, informs the FLAU. “The ambitions for the World Indoor Championships are big. I usually produce good results in Birmingham and if I am not mistaken, I set a record for the competition there. There is a cool arena and I would like to go back there,” she said. Saladukha made her comeback from injury on 9 January in Kyiv where she went out to 6.19m in the long jump.  She plans to perform at National indoor team championships on January 27-28 and national indoors on February 9-11 in Sumy and possibly in Istanbul at EA Indoor Permit meet on February 18.
 
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): Former world U20 heptathlon and high jump champion Morgan Lake puts her success down to her stern will in an interview with the Huffington Post. The Brit elaborated: “Being strong-willed. This comes from a desire to never give up on my dreams. Having a focus on the end goal keeps me motivated through tough situations as I realise it will all be worth it in the end.”
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Head of the press service at the All-Russian Athletic Federation Natalya Yukhareva has said four more Russian athletes have applied to the IAAF for permission to compete internationally as neutral athletes, informs Sport Express. Among the four to apply is former European U20 800m silver medallist Konstantin Tolokonnikov, high jumper Dmitriy Semyonov, heptathlete Mariya Pavlova and hurdler Mariya Aglitskaya
 
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is recruiting for a manager for governance and a manager for member federation relations. The vacancies were advertised on its website today.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): All charges for using prohibited substances by 20 km race walk World University Games silver medalist 2013 Irina Yumanova have been dropped, reports sports lawyer Artem Patsev on his Facebook. The case against the 27-year-old athlete was started by RUSADA based on atypical hematological measures in 2012 and 2014. She recieved two-years ban from 3 April 2014. “Experts of our company, representing the interests of the Russian athlete Irina Yumanova, received an official confirmation that her case about possible anti-doping rules violation of is closed.”
 
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Brazil has five qualified athletes for the World Indoors so far. Not only pole vault Olympic winner Thiago Braz, but also shot putter Darlan Romani, for women 60 m Rosangela Santos, for women 400 m Leticia de Souta and for triple jumper Nubia Soares. Special indoor meet for standards will be staged in Sao Caetano do Sul on February 17.
 
KARLSRUHE: German European CC U23 Champion Alina Reh will not run in Karlsruhe on February 3 at the IAAF World Indoor Tour. Because of her Christmas injury, she was not able to train properly. Main goal is to be ready for European Championships in Berlin.
 
NEW YORK (USA): Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will race for his first title in six attempts against defending event champion Eric Jenkins in the men’s field at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile during the NYRR Millrose Games, on Saturday, February 3. The event that takes place at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, also sees Team USA World Championship members Brenda Martinez and Sara Vaughn will lead the women’s field. Informs the organisers.
 
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Star hurdler Lolo Jones was not selected for Winter Olympic Games 2018 in the bob-sleigh. 
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
KYOTO (JPN, Jan 14): Hyogo won the Inter-Prefectural Women's Ekiden over 9 stages with 2:15:28 ahead of Kyoto 2:16:41 and Nagasaki 2:16:42.
 
OKUKUMA (JPN, Jan 14): Kenyan Karemi Thuku won the Half Marathon here in 61:48 ahead of Ethiopian Melaku Abera 61:57. Frequent runner Yuki Kawauchi was 7th in 63:28. Yomogi Akasaka was the best woman in 73:36.
 
NAPLES (USA, Jan 14): Solo wins for both Parker Stinson (63:35) and Ethiopian Belainesh Gebre (72:56) at the 30th Naples Daily News Half-Marathon.
 
BEOGRAD (SRB, Jan 13): 28 years old Serbian Maja Ciric improved her indoor PB in the 400 m to good quality 53.40.
 
MADRID (ESP, Jan 14): Angel David Rodriguez clocked 6.70 in the 60 m here with long jump European medalist Eusebio Caceres fourth 6.92 (6.87 in heats).
 
 
 
SAD NEWS
 
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Piet Vorster, winner of the Comrades Marathon in 1979, passed away on Saturday in Johannesburg. He was 66 years old and had been suffering from motor neuron disease for some time. Vorster earned 14 Comrades medals, of which four were gold, given to top-10 finishers. Informs Race Results Weekly.
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