Jason Lehmkuhle Wins Ome 30k! First American since Greg Meyer in 1983! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

So, for the first time since 1983, and then it was our buddy, Greg Meyer, last American to win the BAA Boston marathon, who won the Ome 30k! Well, Jason Lehmkuhle did it on Sunday, February 20, 2011 and he did it by one second! That's right, Jason held off his competition, 1:32.08 to1:32.09! RBR just saw Jason in Houston a few weeks ago, so it is great to see him win a big one! Jason is also the designer of Run Minnesota, a member of the Running Network, that group of 23 magazines and 28 websites that is my day job! Nice job, Jason!

Lehmkuhle_Jason-Houston11.jpgJason Lemkuhle,  2011 Aramco/USA Champs Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net.
EME NEWS (FEB 20, 2011)

Ozaki fastest in February 2:23:56
YOKOHAMA (JPN, Feb 20): World championships silver winner Yoshimi Ozaki made the decisive move at 39.3 km to left Marisa Barros and Remi Nakazato and won the Yokohama International marathon in fastest ever time in February and course record 2:23:56. She also qualified for Daegu with that. The second place went to Remi Nakazato, who clocked exactly 10 minutes improvement on her personal best 2:24:29. She is now having good chance to be selected for Daegu because she ran faster than the winner of Osaka Women's Marathon, Yukiko Akaba. Third place went to Portugal´s Marisa Barros, who improved her personal best by 40 seconds to 2:25:04.  Kaoru Nagao recorded fast marathon debut performance when she was fourth with 2:26:58. Nagao is coached by Yoshio Koide and Koide compared Nagao's debut marathon today with the debut marathon of Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Olympic Champion, which was seventh place finish with 2:31. From other Europeans Karolina Jarzynska of Poland was fifth in great life-time best 2:27:16 ahead of Russian Alevtina Ivanova 2:29:00. Another top star Ethiopian Derartu Tulu fell off from the lead pack early in the race and finished 11th with 2:35:58. Informs Ken Nakamura.

Not invited Rono wins
HONG KONG (HKG, Feb 20): Kenyan Janet Rono who was not one of those invited to run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon and decided to spend a thousand dollars on a air ticket, entered as a member of the public, slept on a colleague's floor, and then proceeded to break the course record, if only by one second, but more importantly carried off the first prize of US$34 000. She clocked on an unusually cool day, even for February in Hong Kong, 2:33:42 and beat the mark set by Irina Bogacheva of Kyrgizstan in 2001. Second was the veteran Moroccan Samira Raif, in 2.33.51, and third was Bifa Yeshinabet Tadesse of Ethiopia, in 2.34.14. Her colleague Julius Maisei took a similar chance. But though he was catching race leader Nelson Rotich in the final two kilometres, he had to give best to his compatriot's 2.16.00 victory. Nevertheless Maisei also made his trip well worthwhile, netting $15000 for second, in 2.16.06. In third place was Tesfaye Girma Bekele of Ethiopia, in 2.16.31. Writes Pat Butcher.

Hoffa 21.08 m
HOBART (AUS, Feb 20): Former shot put world champion Reese Hoffa has delivered at Round 2 of the Australian Athletics Tour with 21.08 m what was expected. He so thrilled the crowd at the Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart. It was new meet record and second Australian Dale Stevenson achieved personal record 20.05. In a record breaking day at the Domain Athletics Centre, Henry Frayne soared to sixth on the Australian all-time list by leaping 16.91m (w: +0.1) to win the men's triple jump. Hurdles olympic medalist Sally Pearson achieved a sprint double with 11.57 (-1.3) and 23.60 (-0.4). Lauren Boden clocked 56.71 at 400 m hurdles. Also taking to the start line for the first time in 2011, Beijing Olympian Jeff Riseley made a dominant return to the men's 1500m by winning in a time of 3:44.44. 15-time national champion Tamsyn Lewis cruised through the women's 800m to take line honours in a time of 2:04.32. Informs Athletics Australia.

Russian selection
MOSCOW (RUS): Russia announced its team for European Indoor Championships in Paris. Only three events have no name selected, men´s 1500 m and pole vault and women´s 60 m. In women´s pole vault only wild-card holder Yelena Isinbayeva and national champion Aleksandra Kiryashova were selected, European champion Svetlana Feofanova was not named. In men´s high jump, another strong event world leader Ivan Ukhov will be accompanied by Euro champ Aleksandr Shustov and fresh national champion Sergey Mudrov. In women high jump experienced Svetlana Shkolina and Viktoriya Klyugina will be added by young Mariya Kuchina. Not selected reigning 400 m indoor champion Antonina Krivoshapka who did not run the final at the nationals. Also not selected long jumper Aleksandr Menkov with season best 817 who was beaten at nationals. Team - men: 60 m: Shpaer, 400 m: Petukhov, Trenikhin, Alekseyev (for relay Buryak, Svyechkar), 60 m Hurdles: Shabanov, Borisov, 800 m: Tukhtachev, Poistogov, 3000 m: Ivanov, Smirnov, Nikolayev, high jump: Ukhov, Mudrov, Shustov, long jump: Polyanskiy, triple jump: Spasovkhodskiy, shot put: Sidorov, Yushkov, Kokoeyev, heptathlon: based on EA invitation per 2011 results. Women: 400 m: Krasnomovets, Zadorina, Vdovina (for relay Migunova, Shestakova), 60 m hurdles: Solovyeva, Antonova, 800 m: Rusanova, Zinurova, Palienko, 1500 m: Martynova, Arzhakova, Korobkina, 3000 m: Syreva, Zadorozhnaya, Popkova, high jump: Shkolina, Klyugina, Kuchina, pole vault: Isinbayeva, Kirdyashova, long jump: Klishina, Nazarova, Pidluzhnaya, triplu jump: Zabara, Kutyakova, shot put: Avdeyeva, Omarova, Tarasova, pentathlon: Panteleyeva, Goncharova.


LANDOVER (USA, Feb 19): Reggie Dixon won the 60 m at Mid Eastern ACC in 6.69.

ITHACA (USA, Feb 19): Jarret Eaton improved at Mark Deneault Invitational at 60 m hurdles to high quality 7.56.

NORMAN (USA, Feb 19): World participant Monzavous (Rae) Edwards won the 60 m at Sooner Invitational with 6.72 and 30-years old Chris Thomas improved to 7.67 at 60 m hurdles.

SATRA (SWE, Feb 19): During first day of Swedish U23, junior and youth championships the talented pole vaulter Melker Svard Jacobsson (17) cleared 531 to win and tried to improve the world U17 all-time indoor best at 546 cm.

POCATELLO (USA, Feb 19): Ryan Crouser twice broke the High School Indoor Record in the shot (5.44 kg) with 23.15 and 23.54 m. Former mark of Brent Noon from 1990 was 22.83.

BAKU (AZE, Feb 18): Ruslan Abbasov clocked 6.80 to win the 60 m at Azerbaijan indoor championships, informs Tilastopaja.

NOVI PAZAR (SRB, Feb 19): Talented Amela Terzic won the Serbian CC Championships at 4 km with 11:57. In total 250 runners from 41 clubs competed at the 60th edition of the event. Goran Milicic was the senior 8 km winner (23:52).

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, Feb 19): Robert Cheseret running for USA took the individual NACAC cross country title in the men's 8 km in 23:43 over Canadians Cameron Levins 23:46 and Colin Leak 23:51. Women´s 8 km ended with Kahtryn Harrison winning gold for Canada at 8 km (20:19). US Megan Duwell was second (20:22) and Kim Conley bronze (20:24). Junior men´s 6 km title for Ross Proudfoot of Canada (18:27) and junior girls at 4 km for US Chelsea Orr (13:54). Team USA won both senior races and Canada both junior races.

OME (JPN, Feb 20): US runner Jason Lehmkuhle won a tight sprint finish over Toyoyuki Abe at the 2011 Ome 30 km Road Race to become the first American to win the prestigious race since Greg Meyer's 1983 victory. Informs Brett Larner on his blog. Winning time 1:32:08 and one second difference with the second Abe 1:32:09. Marathon female star Hiromi Ominami running Ome as a tuneup for next month's Nagoya International Women's Marathon, won the women's race unchallenged in 1:46:27.


BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The time of Irene Jelagat at 1500 m 4:06.90 is not Kenyan record, it belongs to Sylvia Kibet who clocked 4:05.33 last year in Stockholm.

AUBIERE (FRA): At French nationals the 21.13 at 200 m of talented Guy-Elphège Anouman was not French junior indoor record (Ladji Doucoure clocked 21.10 in 2002) but still world all-time indoor U17 best.

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