Meseret Defar sets 3000m World Lead in cold Stockholm, by Alfons Juck, EME News

Meseret Defar wins Moscow 5,000 meters! 
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Meseret Defar ran a world leading 3,000 meters in the cold and windy conditions that prevailed in Stockholm this evening. The much heralded stadium built in 1912 for the Olympics, the track that Paavo Nurmi ran on, continues to be home of the DN Galan Games. 

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EME NEWS (AUG 22, 2013)

Defar 3000 m World lead

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Aug 22): DN Galan as 12th IAAF Diamond League of the season in the cold conditions saw two meet records (women 400mH and javelin) and one world lead (women 3000 m) with 8 Moscow champions winning their events. 

Event by event


200 m: After injured Curtis Mitchell (during first 80 m) was out surprise win for Ukrainian Smelyk in 20.54 (-0.6) from lane 8.

400 m: Merritt continued in winning 44.69. Other Moscow finalists followed Santos 45.25 and Maslak 45.33.

600 m (non-DL): Balla of Qatar in 1:15.99 was the winner, but not close to WL.

1500 m: Souleiman revenge for Moscow 3:33.59 over Kiplagat 3:33.92. Kiprop only 6th 3:35.49. Also Souleiman with top chances to win the Diamond Race here.

Steeple: Another surprise of the evening, Yego beats them all in8:09.81, Kipruto 3rd, Koech 4th, Kemboi dnf

110mH: Oliver confirmed his current world number one position with 13.21 (+0.1), 0.14 ahead the rest of the field.

LJ: Menkov was able just to watch last two attempts, still 818 enough to win for the World champion. He also confirmed his Diamond win, must just compete in the final. Other medalists well beaten Gaisah 8th and Rivera 6th. 

DT: Malachowski confirmed his favorite role here with 65.86 win. Hadadi who was not in Moscow beat the others (63.64).

JT (non-DL): Mannio from Finland who was not in Moscow good 83.96 over Amb of Sweden 83.21. It was Sweden-Finland duel.


100 m: Relay World champion Stewart in close race 11.24 (-0.5) over US relay silver winner Andersin (11.25). Young Ekelund Diamond League debut 11.45 as 6th.

400 m (non-DL): McCorory is still in good shape with 51.03 win.

800 m: Eunice Sum is on top of her abilities with another fine win after Moscow 1:58.84, Montano was not pacing this time and finished in lane 5 in 1:58.96 as second. 1500 m winner Aregawi only 6th 2:01.22.

3000 m: The race of the evening with world leading 8:30.29 for Defar, close second Cherono 8:31.23 and third Hassan with huge PB 8:32.53. The Ethiopian still waits for the permission to run for Netherlands. Top 8 under 8:40.

400mH: Hejnova is unbeaten this year, achieved another meet record 53.70 clearly ahead of Spencer who was dq in Moscow (54.88).

HJ: Shkolina again beat Chicherova (both 198), this time on count-back, one failure of Chicherova at 194 decided. Barrett only 190.

PV: Jump-off decided that Spiegelburg with 469 beat Silva (459) for first. Murer and Suhr as 3rd and 4th also 459.

LJ (non-DL): World medalist Spanovic won with 664 (-0.7).

TJ: Another unbeaten name this season is Ibarguen with clear 14.61 first place.

SP: Similarly Adams is ruling, this time with 20.30, with Schwanitz distant second 19.26.

JT: Revenge for Abakumova with meet record 68.59. World champ Obergfoll (62.36) was even beaten by team-mate Stahl (63.75).


STOCKHOLM (SWE): 110m hurdles World Champion, David Oliver has drastically changed his training this year following injury problems that have dogged him for two seasons, reports The American trains only four days a week, he doesn't lift weights in the "traditional sense" and he now foregoes the indoor season to take a more gradual approach into a long summer of racing.

MOSCOW (RUS): Former 100m World Champion, Yohan Blake of Jamaica has no plans to compete in the indoor season and the Commonwealth Games, report The reason he gave for not competing indoors was that he is not good at the 60m distance while he doesn't think he will compete at the Commonwealth Games as his management team do not focus on this competition. He added that he does not want to compete in the Commonwealths as he wants to allow lesser known athletes to gain exposure. Blake plans to focus on the Diamond League circuit next year.

LONDON (GBR): British Athletics have announced that 400m hurdler Perri Shakes Drayton will undergo surgery to repair tears to her cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament. The 24 year old sustained these injuries during the women's 400m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. The operation is due to take place over the next few days.

LONDON (GBR): World 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu has signed a six figure deal with Virgin Media to be part of their advertisement campaign for broadband services, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah already have deals with the pay-TV and broadband operator. The deal is expected to run until the end of next year.  Virgin Media are expected to utilise these athletes in a major advertisement scheme ahead of their sponsorship of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): The Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Eduardo Paes has said that it is a shame that Brazil is hosting the Olympics when they still do not have a National Sports Policy, reports Paes said that while Brazil will have great sporting infrastructure following the Games, it is unclear who will run these sporting centres.

LIAONING (CHI): The Chinese Anti-Doping Agency will carry out doping tests under the blood passport scheme for the first time, officially, at the 12th National Games in Liaoning province, There will be a record high of 2575 doping tests carried out at the Games which run from August 31st to September 12th. These tests include 2300 urine tests and 275 blood tests.  China introduced its new anti-doping plan in 2012. The National Games is an event that includes most Olympic Sports.

MOSCOW (RUS): Following reports that Russia is planning on recruiting African athletes to boost their medal winning chances at major championships, the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Valentin Balakhnichev, has said that he will only do so if the athletes are willing to immerse themselves in Russian culture and "become Russians".  Balakhnichev said "I support the change of sporting allegiances only if athletes come to Russia to learn, live, study Russian, culture and become Russians,". "We don't want to invite athletes of Olympic Games finals level, but talented guys of young age who have good prospects."

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): The 2nd Nelson Mandela marathon in South Africa will be broadcast live on television for the first time, The race is a member of the Association of International Marathons and is twinned with the Rotterdam Marathon. The race will finish at the location where Nelson Mandela was captured and arrested 51 years ago.

MOSCOW (RUS): Women's Pole Vault World Champion Yelena Isinbayeva wants to move back to Monaco from her Russian home town of Volgograd, citing poor living conditions as her reason,  The 31 year old pole vault world record holder had relocated from Monaco to Volgograd to reconnect with her coach Yevgeny Trofimov. She now plans to take a break from international competition to start a family.

UDINE (ITA): The stadium of Udinese Football Club in Italy has been renovated and the athletics track has been removed.

AMSTERDAM (NED): The women's 800m race at the Flame Games in Amsterdam on August 31 looks set to be a great race. Yvonne Hak of the Netherlands is joined in the line-up by former World Champion Caster Semenya, Moscow finalist Nataliya Lupu and young Ethiopian Sifan Hassan (2:00.86) who is awaiting Dutch citizenship.
AMATRICE (ITA):  On Saturday afternoon is scheduled IAAF road race "Amatrice Configno " at 8.5 km in central Italy. Olympic Champion and World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi will be the big favourite for this important italian road race. Against him will be his compatriot William Kibor with 61:13 half marathon best. The best Italian will be Jamel Chatbi national champ at 10 000 m and 3000 m steeple. Ukrainian Viktoriy Pohyrelska will be the most important name in the women race, home hopes are with marathon runner Rosalba Console.

GALWAY (IRL): Olympic Champion and World Record holder, David Rudisha of Kenya is set to take part in a celebrity 800m at the Regional Sports Centre in County Galway, Ireland on September 14th, The event will also feature an elite mile that organisers hope will feature the first sub 4 minute mile run in the county.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch sprinter Jamile Samuel is ending her season after competing at the European U23 championships and the World championships. Samuel has had a disappointing season due to a herniated disc that prevented her from training. The 21-year old sprinter hopes to be back in better shape for the indoor season.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Gregory Sedoc is still waiting for more results after he spend 2 nights in a Russian hospital following his semi final run in the 110m hurdles. Sedoc feels ok but believes his season might be finished and that it is time to take a close look at his overall health.

PARIS (FRA): Upon his return to France, newsly crowned world champion Teddy Tamgho told he has never been as pressured as in Moscow last week. Tamgho has been out for over two years with several injuries and said the time has been very difficult for him. In his return Tamgho confirmed to be more serene and in better shape than ever.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch sprinter Jamile Samuel is ending her season after competing at the European U23 championships and the World championships. Samuel has had a disappointing season due to a herniated disc that prevented her from training. The 21-year old sprinter hopes to be back in better shape for the indoor season.


UMEA (SWE, Aug 18): US Olympic medalist 2008 Walter Dix tested his shape at the Folksam meet with 10.23 (+1.9) and 10.12 (+4.9) 100 m races.

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