Shanghai DL: James in top shape, Oxy: Cain sets AJR, from EME News, note by Larry Eder

A Happy Mary Cain, photo by Peter Abraham, 
from 2013 Oxy High Performance Meet

Kirani James, Shanghai DL, 
photo by

The past two weekend showed one of the newest trends in our sport: the youthfulness of some of the sport's rising stars. Hegos Gebrhiwet wins the 3,000 meters in Doha and turns 19 the next day. Kirani James, who won in London at the ripe age of 19, runs 44.02 to lead the world in the 400 meters, and Mary Cain, all of sixteen, runs an AJR to not only get the Moscow A standard but take second in the Oxy High Performance 1,500 meters. 

Again, is the trending youth of our sport good or bad? Exceptional athletes will rise to the top in our sport by pure effort and talent, but, the truth is, athletics, with participation in over 210 plus countries (about 300 countries on our planet at last count), shows that we have a true global sport. The key in near future: how to communicate our sport to eight billion sets of eyeballs? 

EME NEWS (MAY 18, 2013)

James in top shape already

SHANGHAI (CHN, May 18): The second IAAF Diamond League meet of the year registered in wet conditions 9 world leading marks and new meet records in four events.

Event by event


200 m: Weir confirmed olympic medal in 20.18 (0.0) over fast closing Gatlin 20.21 and Young 20.22. With Zhang Peimeng Chinese record 20.47.

400 m: The result of the day, top world lead for Kirani James 44.02 also equaled the meet record. Second Merritt 44.60.

1500 m: Kiprop ruled again, but this time he just made it in 3:32.39 over Gebremdhin who looked like a winner in 3:32.43.

SC: Conseslus Kipruto 8:01.16 superb world lead, coming close to WJR. He beat the whole top older generation, just Kemboi was missing.

110mH: Aries Merritt did not finish after difficulties to first hurdle, so Richardson won in 13.23 (-0.5) and Wilson surprisingly beat the others for second 13.25 with Xie Wenjun 13.28 PB

HJ: Bondarenko and Mutaz switched the positions from Doha and both equaled the meet record of 233 cm.

LJ: This was the surprise in the loaded field, Li Jinzhen leaped to world leading 834 (+1.1) over Menkov 831 European lead. Third Rutherford 808, former champions well beaten (8th Saladino, 10th Phillips, 11th Watt).

DT: As expected Malachowski 67.34 EL over Kanter 63.14.

JT: Pitkamaki took back his world lead 87.60 after Vesely had it from first round 86.67, also meet record.


100 m: Shelly-Ann ruled in 10.93 (+0.1) WL when Jeter slightly injured at the end 11.08 (third). Between them Okagbare 11.00.

800 m: No one under 2 minutes, but young Niyonsaba won in 2:00.33 world lead.

5000 m: Genzebe Dibaba has the shape in 14:45.92 WL, clearly over Defar 14:47.76.

400mH: Hejnova as expected winning in the world leading 53.79 over improved Morosanu 53.85 PB and Pedroso 54.54 PB.

PV: Yelena achieved in second attempt 470 and that was enough to win.

TJ: Ibarguen in third round world leading 14.69 over Saladuha 14.43.

SP: Schwanitz exploded to first ever 20+ and EL 20.20 over home favorite Gong Lijiao 19.73.

Dutch 48.02 WL
PONCE (PUR, May 18): New world leading 48.02 by Johnny Dutch at 400 m hurdles highlighted the  7th Ponce Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge). Second local hero Javier Culson 48.36 and third Cuban Omar Cisneros 48.92. In the high hurdles Cuban Orlando Ortega achieved a good win in 13.23 -0.8 ahead of Ryan Brathwaite 13.25 and Andrew Riley 13.44. In sprints US wins for Jeff Demps 10.27 (-0.3) and Joshua Mance 45.27 over Kind Butler 45.59. Erik Sowinski won  the 800 m in 1:46.41 over another top home athlete Wesley Vasquez 1:46.75. Jeff Coover cleared 550 in the pole vault and Poland´s hero Szymon Ziolkowski won the hammer with 77.08 over Slovak Marcel Lomnicky 76.28. Murielle Ahoure posted a nice double 11.09 (-0.7) and 22.47 (-0.4) in sprints. Nia Ali clocked 12.86 (-1.4) at 100 m hurdles, Ajee Wilson 2:01.08 in the 800 m for more US wins. In the women steeple Genevieve LaCaze 9:37.62 over US Nicole Bush 9:39.36. Liuba Zaldivar of Cuba won the triple 13.66 (+0.5).

Top sprint Povh
YALTA (UKR, May 17-18): Reigning European champion Vira Rebryk won woman javelin during first day of national University Games with season best 64.30m. Short relay Olympic medalist Olesya Povh topped women 100m in 11.36 in final with European season best in heats 11.19. Her group-mate Mariya Ryemyen clocked 11.32 in first round and didn't start in final. Vitaliy Korzh won men 100m - 10.34 over Ihor Bodrov 10.36. World junior bronze medalist 2010 Margaryta Tverdokhlib leaped 6.53m in long jump qualification. 400m hurdles European U23 champion 2001 Hanna Yaroshchuk opened season with 56.51. 800m European indoor finalist Olha Lyakhova won 400m in 52.27 ahead of Yulia Baraley 52.34.  Another European sprint lead at second day also when 100 m European U23 silver medalist 2011 Viktoriya Pyatachenko won 200m final in 22.96 sec ahead of Nataliya Pohrebnyak 23.16. Sprint relays world medalist Mariya Ryemyen and Yelizaveta Bryzgina clocked in their heats 23.46 and 23.66 respectively. Serhiy Smelyk finished first in men final with 20.85. Roman Avramenko achieved 80.80m in javelin.

Great races at Oxy
EAGLE ROCK (USA, May 17):  The USATF High Performance Meet at Occidental College in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles lived up to its name last night, with excellent depth and strong times recorded in nearly every discipline. High schooler Mary Cain posted the most impressive mark of the meet.  The 17 year-old from Bronxville, N.Y., backed up her sensational indoor season, where she set multiple USA high school and junior records, by clocking the second-fastest time of the night, an IAAF World Championships "A" standard of 4:04.62.  In doing so, she destroyed Suzy Favor Hamilton's 1987 USA junior record of 4:09.10, it is also Area junior record. Katie Mackey had the fastest time of the night (4:04.60), and Canada's Nicole Sifuentes and former Tennessee star Sarah Brown also went under the "A" standard of 4:05.50. Nick Symmonds, who had said via Twitter that he would be "dabbling in the 1500m" at Occidental, wound up having the fastest time of 3:36.07, despite not running in the top heat. Steeplechaser Evan Jager (3:36.34) and USA mile/3K indoor champion Will Leer (3:36.67) were second and third. Olympic medalist Leo Manzano was 8th in 3:37.04 and world medalist Matt Centrowitz 10th 3:37.27. In the men's 5000m, Mo Farah got pacing assistance from training partner Galen Rupp, and took away the win in 13:15.68.  His other training partner, Dathan Ritzenhein, took second in 13:17.68.  Everyone fell short of the IAAF "A" standard of 13:15.00. That was not the case in the women's 5000m where Molly Huddle, the American record holder, showed excellent form with her 15:05.56 win, well under the "A" standard of 15:18.00.  A resurgent Treniere Moser was a surprising second in 15:11-flat, and Brie Felnagle (15:14.33) and Amy Hastings (15:17.35) also got the standard. Eighteen men broke 1:50.00 in the 800m, led by Brandon Johnson's1:44.85, the first of three athletes to break the "A" standard of 1:45.30.  The other two were Charles Jock (1:45.01) and Mike Rutt (1:45.08).  World 1500m champion Jenny Simpson won the 800m in 2:00.45; no athletes made the "A" standard of 2:00-flat. Matt Hughes won the men's steeple in 8:25.95, just squeaking under the "A" standard of 8:26-flat.  Law student Ashley Higginson won the women's race in 9:45.83, just off the 9:43.00 "A" standard.

OTHER RESULTS (583 Walker, 79.19 Melich WL)

ATLANTA (USA, May 17): At Atlanta Grand Prix meet Lolo Jones won the 100 m hurdles in 12.74 (+0.2) ahead of Queen Harrison 12.81 and long jump olympic medalist Janay DeLoach-Soukup 12.97 PB. Briton Michael Bingham in fast 45.37 beat Jeremy Wariner 45.39. Also good 55.13 by Terea Brown at 400 m hurdles, men hurdles won by Jamaican Isa Phillips 49.57. Jo Atkins posted solid 51.25 in the 400 m over Briton Shana Cox 51.89. Jamaican Jason Livermore won the 100 m in 10.28 (-0.3) and in exhibition shot put Trey Hardee 15.28 over world record holder Ashton Eaton 14.84. 

PHOENIX (USA, May 17): World leading 583 by Brad Walker at pole vault meet here. Also good season opener for Holly Bleasdale with 460 ahead of Ireland´s Tori Pena 450.

HUTCHINSON (USA, May 17): Windy 100 m at NJCCA Championships Andre de Grasse 9.96 (+5.0) over Tyreek Hill 9.98. Jamaican Omar Johnson improved to 45.55 in the 400 m. Ramona Burchill won the women 100 m in 11.34 (+0.6).

ANCONA (ITA, May 18): Italian 10 000 m champions are Jamel Chatbi 28:56.27 and Valeria Straneo 32:30.56. 

KRASNODAR (RUS, May 17): New Russian junior 400 m hurdles record for Aleksandr Skorobogatko 50.20. 

HODONIN (SVK, May 18): Two Slovak 100 m records by Adam Zavacky at Czech lower league meet. First in heats 10.22 (+0.7) and then in finals 10.21 (+1.1). Former record of hurdler Igor Kovac was 10.32 back in 1997. 

KLADNO (CZE, May 18): At Czech top league meet Lukas Melich improved his own world lead to 79.19 in hammer. Denisa Rosolova clocked 56.14 in the 400 m hurdles, Jirina Svobodova cleared 450 in the pole vault, Martin Stasek got 20.37 in the shot put. Tereza Kralova improved in women hammer to 70.21.

SINN (GER, May 17): German Mateusz Przybylko improved to 223 and won the high jump meet here. Former world class jumper Carlo Thranhardt cleared 188 in the masters 55+ age category what is new world best. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch won the women competition with 188 cm.

NAIROBI (KEN, May 17):  Timothy Kiptoo won the 5000 m at Prison Championships13:34.0 over Jonathan Komen 13:40.2. Kibet Barngetuny won the 1500 m in 3:44.0. Long distance olympic medalist Thomas Longosiwa was 5th in 3:45.1.  Tabitha Wambui stunned the 1500 m line up in 4:18.0.

BUDAPEST (HUN, May 18): New world best with 3 kg hammer for Reka Gyuratz of Hungary with 73.44. Former top mark of Slovenian Barbara Spiler 73.33 in 2008.

TEL AVIV (ISR, May 18): Maayan Furman-Shahaf cleared 190 at the meet here in women high jump.

ATHENS (GRE, May 18): At the Zappeio square pole vault meet olympic silver medalist Bjorn Otto cleared 580 to win over home star Kostadinos Filippidis 573 and Russian Anton Ivakin 563 PB.

HOORN (NED, May 18): Gregory Sedoc posted 13.61 (+0.1) at 110 m hurdles here. Dafne Schippers won the hurdles in 13.38 (-0.3) over Nadine Broersen 13.50 PB (also good 52.93 in javelin for heptathlete). 

MUNCHEN (GER, May 18): Felix Francz clocked 50.46 PB at 400 m hurdles, David Gollnow achieved 46.38 in the flat race. 


DUERO (ESP, May 18): Sergio Sanchez and Iris Fuentes-Pila won the road mile here.

BERN (SUI, May 18): Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie won the Bern road race Grand Prix in 46:59 at 16.1 km clearly over Bernard Matheka of Kenya 49:32 and Ukrainian Vitaliy Shafar 49:39. Kenyan Cynthia Kosgei was the top woman in 55:42 over Ukrainian Olena Burkovska 55:46 and her team colleague Tatyana Vernigor 57:08 and best Swiss Sabine Fischer 57:44. In total 25 874 finishers were registered.

RADENCI (SLO, May 18): Kenyan Elisha Sawe 2:25:46 and Romanian Daniele Cirlan 2:41:55 won the 33rd Radenci Marathon in Slovenia.

YINGKOU (CHN, May 18): Jia Chaofeng won the women marathon, part of National Games, in 2:29:45. Male winner Yin Shujin 2:18:03.

WIEN (AUT, May 17): Top Austrian runners Jennifer Wenth and Andreas Vojta won the Tower Run at the Vienna´s St. Stephen Catedral. 343 stairs at length of 67 meters they covered in 1:53.70 and 1:24.77.

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