Teddy Tamgho Leaps 17.46m WL for Triple Jump, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Teddy Tamgho jumping at 2010 adidas Grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Teddy Tamgho started 2011 off on the right foot with a fine 17.46 m opener at a small regional meet in France! Galen Rupp had an asthma attack at the Boise Invitational which caused him to drop out of the mile last weekend. A busy weekend in indoor track & field.

Watch for the controversy over the legacy of the 2012 London athletics facility get caught in all kinds of legal wranglings. Insidethegames.biz suggested that Downing Street  never even considered that London would even win the 2012 Games, so the issue of the athletics legacy was mute.

On the contrary, the sales job by Lord Coe and former PM Blair may have been the best on record. Be careful what you wish for. London 2012 has to find a way to keep the athletics legacy going in UK, and work with the soccer club that sees athletics fans as sports fans, so another opportunity to grow their fan base.  Stay tuned....

INDOOR (Tamgho 17.46)

 

 

VILLEURBANNE (FRA, Jan 22): Olympic 7th placer from Beijing Jerome Clavier won the Perche Elite Tour competition in pole vault with new life-time best of 581 cm.

 

LIEVIN (FRA, Jan 22): World indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho started his season in impressive way. At regional meet he leaped to excellent world lead 17.46 m. The 21-years old World indoor champion never before in first competition achieved such a high quality mark. Interesting personal best for Gaetan Bucki (30) in shot put with 20.35 m. He missed the national record of Yves Niare from 2009 only by 7 cm (20.42).

 

HIRSON (FRA, Jan 22): European junior champion 2009 Sergey Mudrov of Russia is having good shape at the beginning of the season with 225 win at a High Jump meeting here. He missed then his overall PB of 232.

 

 

 

USA  (Jan 22 action: Charfreitag 24.71, Phiri 20.80, Simpson 4:28.60)

 

 

BOULDER: Fast 60 m at Potts Invitational. John Morris achieved 6.63 ahead of Jeremy Dobson 6.68.

 

LUBBOCK: Markus Henderson sped to 6.16 at 55 m during second day of Texas Tech Invitational. Sub 45 runner and Berlin participant Gil Roberts won the 400 m in 47.35. Fast also the 7.10 of Omo Osaghae at 55 m hurdles. Jamaican Jura Levy sprinted in the women 55 m to 6.82. Shade Weygandt (will be soon 20) improved to 440 in pole vault.

 

BLACKSBURG: Maurice Mitchell posted at Hokie Invite 20.97 at 200 m and relay world indoor champion Deedee Trotter clocked 52.84 at 400 m.

 

ALBUQUERQUE: Latvia´s Ronalds Arajs won the 60 m during second day of Cherry and Silver Invitational in 6.73. Kevin Craddock (world junior bronze in 2004) improved over 60 m hurdles to 7.67.

 

KENT: Another hurdles improvement by 21-years old Terence Somerville here to 7.68 at 60 m H. His former best was 7.86.

 

JONESBORO: Ricky Robertson cleared 228 in high jump at Arkansas State Invitational what is his indoor best. Michael Granger sprinted the 55 m to 6.22.

 

NORMAN: At JD Martin Invitational excellent world lead in weight throw by Slovak European Champion Libor Charfreitag with 24.71. It was new meet record. "I think there is room for improvement. I just need more competition, here we were only very few. But technically I m feeling it is going better and better," said the Slovak Athlete of the Year 2010. In the history of this event only 9 athletes achieved so far 24+ marks. Rakieem Salam clocked 6.67 in 60 m heats.

 

MANHATTAN: Lithuanian Mantas Silkauskas equalled his own national 60 m hurdles record at Wildcat Invitational with 7.80. Jim Dilling cleared 223 in high jump.

 

COLLEGE STATION: Zambian Gerald Phiri achieved another national record in the 200 m at the dual meet with 20.80 ahead of Horatio Williams (20.86, indoor PB). In the 60 m Phiri clocked 6.63 ahead of talented Prezel Hardy (6.67, life-time best at age of 18). Bahamian Demetrius Pinder got 46.87 at 400 m. In women sprints also very solid times. Semoy Hackett of Trinidad won the 60 m in 7.24 and was overall third in the 200 m (22.98). Ahead of her Jessica Beard (22.95) and Jeneba Tarmoh (22.98). Bear also scored the fastest 400 m (52.97).

 

PHOENIX: At Puma Indoor meet Dan Taylor registered 20.16 in shot put.

 

PRINCETON: Ashton Eaton continued in excellent results at Princeton Relays in his warm-up before Millrose Games. He won the 60 m hurdles in huge PB 7.68 (before 7.77) and pole vault with 510. At the end in special 800 m race which he contested for the first time in his career he was second in impressive 1:55.90.

 

NEW YORK: At the 16th New Balance Games at the Armory Jenny Simpson won the mile in world leading 4:28.60. She was followed by Villanova alums Canadian Carmen Douma-Hussar (4:30.88) and Frances Koons (4:31.53 PB). Last year's NCAA 800m champion  Phoebe Wright achieved 2:00.39 in the 800 m. Second Heidi Dahl (2:01.80) and third LaTavia Thomas (2:01.81) both clocked personal best indoor times. Maggie Vessey finished fourth in 2:03.40. Craig Miller, the former Wisconsin Badger, won the men's invitational mile in 3:59.10. In other action, the invitational 400m races were won by Natasha Hastings in a world-leading 52.29, and Michael Courtney of Bahamas in 47.19. The elite men's 1500m, essentially an overflow race from the invitational mile, was won by Kyle Miller in 3:41.99, another early world-leader. Reports RRW.

 

 

 

ROAD AND TERRAIN

 

 

ELGOIBAR (KEN, Jan 23): Road world record holder Leonard Komon won the 68th Juan Muguerza Internacional cross race and defended his last year title here at 10.8 km in 32:05. Second was olympic medalist Micah Kogo (32:14) and third European champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine (32:15). Women´s race winner was Sara Moreira of Portugal at 6.6 km beating two home runners Diana Martin and Gema Barrachina. The race was held in only 3 degrees temperature.

 

CANBERRA (AUS, Jan 23): Collis Birmingham won the Australian World CC Trials in Stromlo Forest Park of Canberra. At 12 km in 35:10 he beat by 3 seconds next runner Michael Shelley (35:13). Distant third was Liam Adams (36:00). Multiple World CC participant Lara Tamsett won women 8 km clearly in 27:06. Second Anna Thompson (27:46) ahead of Kaila McKnight (27:50).

 

KHON KAEN (THA, Jan 23): New course records at 8th Khon Khaen Marathon in Thailand. In both cases the best marks were achieved by last year winners from Kenya. Best male Kennedy Lilan got 2:16:44 and Fridah Lodepa as top woman 2:40:50.

 

HIROSHIMA (JPN, Jan 23): Tochigi prefecture won the Inter-Prefectural Men's Ekiden. It was their first victory in the 16 years history of this Ekiden. Their final time was 2:19:31 ahead of Nagano 2:20:02 and Hiroshima 2:20:37.

 

HUESCA (ESP, Jan 23): Eritreans dominated the 34th Memorial Jesus Luis Alos CC race at 10.56 km. Kidane Tadese was the best in 31:06 ahead of Hais Welday (31:18). Best Spanish Eliseo Martin was fourth (31:39). Kenyan Rebecca Cheptgenei was the best woman at 6.42 km in 22:02. Isabel Macias second (22:11) beating Moroccan Saoud Kambouchia (22:14).

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS 

 

 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russia's richest man Vladimir Lisin has been appointed vice-president of the country's National Olympic Committee and been tasked with raising funds to help its athletes prepare for London 2012 and Rio 2016. Informs Insidthegames. The 54-year-old from Ivanovo, the owner of Novolipetsk Steel who is estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth $15.8 billion (£9.9 billion), has been elected President of Russia's National Association of Summer Olympic Sports, a position that carries with it the role of vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Lisin, who is President of the Russian Shooting Union and the European Shooting Confederation, replaces Sergeiy Bogdanchikov, the President of Rosneft, the oil company who are one of main sponsors of the 2014 Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi.

 

LONDON (GBR): Former olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson has threatened legal action unless she is given back her vote in the decision over whether Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.  Sanderson says she has no conflict of interest and that the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), of which she is a Board member, should allow her to vote. The 1984 javelin gold medallist was told this week by the OPLC's chief executive, Andrew Altman, that she would be excluded from the vote due to a conflict of interest because she has a personal consultancy contract with Newham Council, who are West Ham's partners, and that the contract had not been disclosed. Informs Insidethegames.biz.

 

ATHENS (GRE): The court case of Greek sprinters from 2004 started on Friday. It is about the accident of Kostas Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou during the night of August 12, 2004. But national federation president Vasilis Sevastis and the doping control responsible on that day Mr. Valasiadis sent apologies to the court. It should continue next Thursday.

 

NAMPA (USA): Trackfocus.com writes that Galen Rupp was unable to complete the mile race he entered at the Boise State Invitational. He suffered an asthma attack and was unable to finish. A similar thing happened to him about a year ago in Albuequerque. Alberto Salazar said that Alan Webb came down with flu four days ago. Salazar immediately asked his other runners to get flu shots in an effort to prevent them from picking up the virus. Rupp had a flu shot on Thursday and wasn't feeling well on Friday.

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