Global National Champs Special, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder



Ariane Freiderich, Euro Indoor 09, photo by

Our ever observant friend, Alfons Juck, must have had a few espressos over the past 24 hours to give us this compilation of folks getting ready for Doha! Ariane Freiderich, the German high jump goddess, cleared 2.02m at the Karlsruhe meeting, and Leslie Dijhone ran 45.86!

Oh, and our friend, Mr. Kenenisa Bekele is going for world record at 3,000m this coming Friday in Lieven!


RUSSIA: Relay world record

MOSCOW: New world indoor record ended the Russian National Championships. Moscow team composed of Tatyana Andrianova, Oksana Spasovkhodskaya, Yelena Kofanova, Yevgeniya Zinurova clocked 8:12.41 at 4x800 m to establish the first world indoor record of 2010 considering IAAF events. Former mark of Moscow Region was 8:18.54 from 2007. Second Sverdlovsk region with Mariya Savinova achieved 8:23.99. European indoor champion Anastasiya Potapova won centimeters battle in women triple jump (14.44) over Nadezhda Alekhina (14.43), Anny Pyatykh (14.43) and Natalya Kutakova (14.42). Even fifth Yekaterina Kayukova achieved 14.34. Tough task for the selectors. World leader Ivan Ukhov made a dramatic competition as he did not clear 228 in first and saved two attempts for 231 and made it in last possibility to win and qualify for Doha. Second spot was already before reserved to Yaroslav Rybakov. Strong group followed all with 228 (Tereshin and Shustov tied for second, Iliychev fourth and Dmitrik fifth). Dmitriy Starodubtsev cleared 570 to win the pole vault over Aleksander Gripich and Viktor Chistyakov (both 560). Pavel Shalin won the long jump (785) but is not having Doha standard. In running events unusual tie in the 1500 m by Anna Alminova and Yevgeniya Zolotova at 4:12.31. Other winners were Elizaveta Grechishnikova (15:37.86 at 5000 m), Aleksandr Orlov (13:53.69) and Ivan Tukhtachev (3:43.99 at 1500 m).

GERMANY: Friedrich 202, Kroger 200, Nytra 7.89

KARLSRUHE: Amazing European indoor champion Ariane Friedrich started her competition at 1.90 m, continuing with 1.96 in her first attempt. After the failed attempt at 2 meters, she spared the rest two attempts for 2.02, while Meike Kroger managed to jump 2 meters in her first attempt, a great life-time best. Friedrich cleared 2.02 in first, new meet record. Then she tried at 2.06 three times. On the men side, Benjamin Lauckner was leading with his jump over 2.25 in his first attempt. Martin Gunther also reached 2.25 but only in his second attempt. The duel continued on 2.28, where Gunther was the only successful one in his second attempt and taking the national indoor title. Afterwards he improved to excellent 230. Carolin Hingst took the title in women´s pole vault leaping over 4.60, a new championships record, in her first attempt just like Kristina Gadschiew. The better series of only two valid attempts secured her the title. Silke Spiegelburg did not jump due to illness. Superb European leader for Carolin Nytra at 60 m hurdles with 7.89 over Nadine Hildebrand 8.00. Sosthene Moguenara dominated in the women´s long jump achieving 6.75m in her 4th attempt. Alexander John won men 60 m hurdles in 7.68. Alexander Kosenkow offered 20.89 to win men´s 200 m. Robin Schembera was the best in tactical 800 m (1:50.13) and Bastian Swillims clocked 46.67 to win the 400 m. The event had together nearly 10 000 spectators on both days.

ITALY: Donato world leading 17.39

ANCONA: Best mark of Sunday here was the world leading triple jump by European indoor champion Fabrizio Donato (33) with 17.39 m. It was his first meet of the year and he had also 17.22 in the series. National junior record in shot put. The mark of Paolo Dal Soglio 17.66 from 1989 was improved by 18-year-old Daniele Secci taking silver for 18.38m. Marco di Maggio gained gold for 18.47. The men´s high jump made Giulio Ciotti the national champion with 224, the same mark for second Andrea Bettinelli. Maria Aurora Salvagno became the fastest woman at 60 m running 7.37, while Jacques Riparelli was the fastest among men in 6.73. Elisa Cusma Piccione added another national title at 800 m to her 1500 m win easily in 2:06.60. Magdelin Martinez won the women´s triple jump with 13.94m.

FRANCE: Lavillenie 585 and Djhone 45.86

PARIS: The best was saved for the last couple of minutes of the weekend in which Renaud Lavillenie cleared a superb 585 in the pole vault and had three very close attempts on 601. Both Jerome Clavier and Damiel Dossevi were number two and three with 560. At the same time the triple jump provided a thrilling end of the day with two last attempt jumps over 17 meters. Teddy Tamgho set the mark first with a 17.01 jump, after that Colomba Fofana leapt to a 17.16 (indoor PB at age of 32) to take the gold leaving Benjamin Compaore with the bronze with his 16.93. Leslie Djhone ran a superb 400 m in 45.86 to take the gold and a new French national indoor record. It is also third best of the year. In a very close 60 m women final it was Myriame Soumare who took the gold in 7.21, Veronique Mang was second also in 7.21 and Celine Distel was third in 7.32. European junior 100 m record holder Christophe Lemaitre won the 60m in 6.56 to grab his first national gold medal with the elite athletes, his feat pushed Ronald Pognon in 6.61 to second. Former world champion Ladji Doucoure was the best in the hurdles with a time of 7.58, Garfield Darien was second in 7.62 and Cedric Lavanne third in 7.70. Doha-invited Antoinette Nana Djimou easily took the win in pentathlon with a life-time score of 4633 points. Virginie Michanol won the 400m in 52.90. The women‘s 800m final was won by Linda Marguet in 2:04.54. In men‘s 800m race Kevin Hautcoeur crossed the line first in 1:48.62. FFA invited Deirdre Ryan from Ireland who won the high jump with 190 before Melanie Melfort who also jumped 190. Teresa Nzola Meso Ba was the winner in the triple jump women with 13.93. Nadir El Fassi was the winner in the heptathlon with 5883.


VALENCIA: Middle distances highlighted the second day after tactical races. Natalia Rodriguez won the 1500 m in 4:12.30. In the men´s 1500 m Diego Ruiz was the best in 3:46.38 over Manuel Olmedo 3:46.40, Alvaro Rodriguez 3:46.47 and Juan Carlos Higuero 3:46.73. In the 800 m Luis Alberto Marco achieved 1:49.98 ahead of David Bustos 1:50.14. Good sprints as Santiago Ezquerro won the 400 m in 46.83 and close 60 m hurdles final as Felipe Vivancos as first and Jackson Quinonez as second achieved 7.69. Cuban guests dominated women shot put. Misleidys Gonzalez 18.86 and Mailin Vargas in her first ever indoor competition 18.23.


SPALA: Lukasz Michalski cleared excellent 570 to win in pole vault ahead of Przemyslaw Czerwinski (560). Olympic finalist Artur Noga posted 7.65 at 60 m hurdles over Dominik Bochenek (7.70). Another top mark 46.80 by Marcin Marciniszyn winning the 400 m. Adam Kszczot was the best in the tactical 800 m (1:50.25). Grzegorz Sudol achieved 19:17.92 to win the 5000 m walk before Rafal Augustyn (19:20.73). In women events Doha standard for Joanna Skibinska in triple jump 14.05. Karolina Gronau was surprise high jump winner with 190 PB over Kamila Stepaniuk (186). Marika Popowicz won the 200 m in life-time best 23.57. In the solid 1500 m new name Angelika Cichocka beat with 4:10.91 experienced runners Lidia Chojecka (4:12.68) and Wioletta Frankiewicz (4:14.37).


PRAGUE: Pole vaulter Michal Balner was the sensation of second day in Stromovka with 576 life-time best third attempt clearance. Jaroslav Baba went over 225 and then tried at 230 in high jump. Jakub Holusa had an easy 800 m win (1:49.09), Denisa Rosolova competed just for the win in the 400 m finals (53.34). Jiri Vojtik won men´s 400 m in 47.16 and qualified into the relay team for Doha. Roman Sebrle was satisfied with 15.17 in shot put and 465 in pole vault from shorter approach.


STOCKHOLM: Emma Green improved in Satra Hall to 194 season best to take the national high jump title. Oskar Janson cleared 551 in pole vault and Phillip Nosmy clocked 7.73 at 60 m hurdles.


SKIVE: Morten Jensen confirmed excellent long jump with 804 leap. Martin Krabbe clocked good 6.71 to win the 60 m and Jacob Riis 47.73 at 400 m. Norwegian guest Catharine Larsasen achieved new national record 431 in pole vault.


BUDAPEST: Daniel Kiss clocked excellent 7.60 to win the 60 m hurdles. CC and road specialist Aniko Kalovics was best in 3000 m (9:34.20).


PEANIA: Kostas Filippids cleared 562 in pole vault and tried at new national record 572. Adonia Stergiou went over 186 to win the high jump and tried at Doha standard 192.


BUCURESTI: Ancuta Bobocel achieved solid 9:02.70 at 3000 m, best male result by hurdler Alexandru Mihailescu 7.84.


ESPINHO: Sara Moreira clocked great Doha standard 8:53.24 at 3000 m. In men events Mario Fortes got 19.44 in shot put and Marcos Caldeira 781 in long jump.


BRATISLAVA: Female long jump was close to Doha standard of 660. Former high jumper Renata Medgyesova leaped to life-time best 656 over Jana Veldakova (653). Also high jumper Peter Horak had excellent 228 third attempt but the bar did not stay, his mark 224 was best male result of the day. Second Michal Kabelka got 221. 800 m record holder Jozef Repcik just as training won his event in 1:51.80.


KULDIGA: Maris Urtans 19.89 in shot put, Normunds Pupols 220 in high jump and Dmitrij Milkevics 1:50.38 at 800 m were the highlights.

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