Jenn Suhr clears 4.71m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Jenn Suhr, the American record holder, indoors and out, cleared 4.71m at the Ontario T&F championships over the weekend. Suhr is getting into shape again after a tough 2010. Suhr will be leading the field at the 2011 USA Indoor Champs, which will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 26-27, 2011!.

Jenn Suhr, 2011 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix,
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NAIROBI (KEN): After National Championships which served as trials for African Championships and World Championships the Kenyan National CC Teams were named. For Punta Umbria world event in March head-coach David Letting will rely mainly in men´s race on Geoffrey Mutai, Mathew Kisorio, Vincent Kiprop, Philemon Limo, Hosea Macharinyang and Leonard Patrick Komon. That means Joseph Ebuya will not defend his title, the same for women race with Emily Chebet. But women will remain equally strong headed by both track world champions from Berlin 2009 Linet Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot. They will be supported by Priscah Cherono, Sylvia Kibet, Pauline Korikwiang and Lineth Chepkurui. Junior men will be headed by fresh World indoor best holder Isaiah Koech with Justin Cheruiyot, Philemon Yator, Geoffrey Kipsang, James Gitahi and Patrick Mutunga. Junior women will have Janet Kisa, Janet Jepkorir, Faith Chepng'etich, Nancy Chepkwemoi, Naomi Chepng'eno and Purity Cherotich in the team.



MONTE CARLO (MON): 69 Member Federations have already indicated that they will be sending teams for World CC Championships in Punta Umbria. If the figures are maintained by the end of the Final Entry deadline (7 March 2011), Punta Umbria would be the most attended edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in seven years. Writes IAAF. In addition to the main programme, a "Celebrities" race will be hosted on Saturday 19 March with special focus on social responsibility and charity. The 4Km race will be run on the same circuit.







DUBLIN (IRL): World indoor champion 2006 at 60 m hurdles Derval O´Rourke leads the team for Bercy. Other four women are Ailis McSweeney (60 m), Mary Cullen (3000 m), Tori Pena (pole vault) and Kelly Proper (long jump). Both men are runners - Brian Gregan for 400 m and Darren McBrearty for 800 m. O´Rourke and Cullen won bronzes in Torino two years ago.


WARSZAWA (POL): Top medal contenders in Poland´s squad for European indoor championships are Barcelona 800 m winner Marcin Lewandowski (accompanied by Doha medalist Adam Kszczot) and pole vault world champion Anna Rogowska. Also sensational national record holder this winter in pole vault Pawel Wojciechowski should not be forgotten. Other strong runners are Bartosz Nowicki, Mateusz Demczyszak and Adam Czerwinski for 1500 m and Lukas Parszczynski for 3000 m. On the women side Silwia Ejdys to double at 1500/3000 m and at longer distance accompanied by former champion Lidia Chojecka and Renata Plis. The other representatives are Malgorzata Trybanska for both long jump and triple jump and invited men´s 4x400 m relay and Karolina Tyminska in pentathlon.


BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovak team will have 6 athletes in Bercy, five of them jumpers. Dana Veldakova will try to defend her bronze from Torino 2009 in triple jump. Her twin-sister Jana Veldakova and Renata Medgyesova will compete in long jump, Jaroslav Dobrovodsky in men´s long jump and Peter Horak in high jump. The only non-jumper is hurdler Matus Janecek.


BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mark Lewis-Francis (groin) is definitely out of Paris and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (torn hamstring) is under question. Both British athletes sustained the injury when competing in the final of the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix last weekend. Their injuries might select Joel Fearon and Craig Pickering for the GB team traveling to Paris next week along with Dwain Chambers at the 60 m. Also pole vaulter Steve Lewis sustained a severe injury in Birmingham when breaking his pole during a jump. Lewis was taken to the hospital with a suspected thumb fracture. Head coach Charles van Commenee has played down fears athletics golden girl Jessica Ennis is set to miss Paris. Mo Farah after his excellent European indoor record at 5000 m last Saturday confirmed he will try to defend his title at 3000 m from Torino in Paris.







JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Leonard Chuene, the disgraced former President of Athletics South Africa (ASA), has been banned for seven years from all involvement in sport by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). This decision came a few days after it was announced that Chuene had been found guilty on charges of poor corporate governance, misappropriation of funds and tax evasion. The disciplinary inquiry was instituted by SASCOC after Chuene, his entire executive and three employees were suspended in late 2009. Writes Race Results Weekly. The final decision was handed down after Chuene, his deputy Kakata Maponyane and ASA Board member Simon Dlamini failed to beat Thursday's deadline to appeal against the guilty verdict. Maponyane was given a 5-year ban and Dlamini received a 3-year ban.


PALO ALTO (USA): RRW informs that the most important track meet in the United States for distance running, the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University, has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 1, according to Edrick Floreal, Stanford's track and field director. The meet has originally been scheduled for Saturday, April 30. The meet's new date brings the event into the 2012 Olympic Games qualifying window for running events of 5000m and shorter. The window for the 10 000 m already opened on January 1, 2011.


PARIS (FRA): Bad luck for French junior combined events star Kevin Mayer at the French national indoor championships. The world junior champion was on his way to breaking the world junior heptathlon record when he twisted his ankle after the 60m hurdles race. Mayer improved on his hurdles PB to 8.13 but sustained his injury after crossing the finish line. On the first day Mayer registered 7.14 over 60 m, 729 in the long jump, 13.72 for shot put and 201 in the high jump confirms


LONDON (GBR): The London Olympics Opening and closing ceremony are starting to take shape and plans revealed so far indicate the opening and closing London ceremonies won't disappoint. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Games will probably attract more tourists and worldwide viewers than the Games themselves. Planners have decided the last few miles of the Olympic Torch's journey to the Stratford stadium will be by river, on a floating stage propelled along the Thames. The opening and closing ceremonies themselves will be designed by experts from Take That's 'Circus Live' show, the designer is Es Devlin and artistic director Kim Gavin will make sure everything's all right on the nights'. Composer for James Bond films and the Chronicles of Narnia David Arnold will be joined by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry and the opening celebrations will be under the specific charge of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Sally Pearson's quest for the Australian national 100m record will be pushed by the appearance of Miki Barber at the 3rd (Melbourne) and 4th (Sydney) leg of the Australian Athletics tour. Barber's PB of 11.02 is just slightly better than the 11.14 that stands next to Pearson's name and should help push Pearson to the national record.


DAEGU (ROK): Broadcasters participating in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu gathered in the host city this week for the World Broadcasters' Meeting. Over the course of the two-day meetings the broadcasters expressed their high satisfaction with the level of preparations and proposed media services. "The LOC and the KBS have worked very hard together to deliver the most adequate media facilities and services during the Championships," said Local Organising Committee Co-President Hae-Nyoung Cho. "With your continued support, we will organise the best-ever IAAF World Championships in history."


KINGSTON (JAM): The Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) which had retained its name since it was formed in 1932, is to become the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association, thereby retaining the acronym JAAA. JAAA president Howard Aris confirmed the sport is now no long an amateur sport writes Jamaica Observer.


ROME (ITA): Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has been asked to lead Rome's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics revealed the Italian Games Committee (CONI). Montezemolo, who organised the successful FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1990, and has been chairman of Fiat, is expected to give a response at the start of next week and would work alongside Ernesto Albanaese, who has been nominated to be the bid's chief executive writes Insidethegames.


FRANKFURT (GER): A group of current and former German top athletes wrote an open letter to German TV Stations ARD and ZDF along with Chancellor Angela Merkel and different ministers. They try to achieve that the World Championships in Daegu this year will broadcasted live. For the moment it looks like for first time since 1983 there will be no live transmissions from World Athletics Championships in the country. The letter was supported by all Top Team 55 athletes and also formers stars like Armin Hary, Manfred Germar, Martin Lauer, Willi Holdorf, Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth, Franka Dietzsch, Astrid Kumbernuss and Thomas Schönlebe.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF informs about the conclusion of a broadcasting agreement in Italy, by IEC in Sports, IAAF's exclusive media rights agency for Europe and Africa, with public broadcaster RAI, for the 2011-2013 IAAF World Athletic Series (WAS). The deal includes mainly both world championships held during the period in Daegu and Moscow. "Following deals in the UK and France with Channel 4 and France Televisions, I am encouraged that the IAAF has now secured the third of the top five European territories," commented IAAF President Lamine Diack. The IAAF now has confirmed deals in some 65 territories throughout IEC's territory, and all but one of those concluded so far in Europe are with terrestrial broadcasters, and additional announcements are expected in the near future.


ZURICH (SUI): Organizers of Weltklasse Zurich, part of Samsung Diamond League, announced a new children competition for age up to 15 years. It will be three-event challenge called UBS Kids Cup starting at local level, Kantonal level and finals at the meet itself. Zurich will also as last year have the so-called Big Shot one day before the meet on Wednesday, September 7. The SDL final meet will be held on Thursday on September 8.


PARIS (FRA): French world silver 400m medalist from 2003 Marc Raquil has been suspended from February 1st 2011 to January 31st 2012 for missing out of competition drug tests. Raquil retired from the sport several months ago and hasn't competed on a high level since 2008. The athlete couldn't be traced for tests since the start of 2009 and now has to sit out a one-year suspension writes L'equipe.




RESULTS (Savigne 14.92, Suhr 471)



HAVANA (CUB, Feb 17-18): Triple jump world champion Yargelis Savigne achieved at another open meet at Estadio Panamericano excellent 14.92 (0.0). In great depth second Yosleivis Ribalta improved from 14.14 to 14.61 (-0.2). Third World junior champion Danilenis Alcantara also registered life-time best 14.56 (+2.0) ahead of Yarianna Martinez 14.42 (+1.2). Yarisley Silva improved Cuban pole vault record with 455 in first attempt, she also tried at 460 cm. In long jump Suslaydis Giralt improved to 661 (+0.7). In men events world medalist Guillermo Martinez achieved 82.29 in javelin, Roberto Janet go 75.58 in hammer and Jorge Fernandez 62.76 in discus. Junior Ernesto Reve (18) bettered his career best in triple jump to 17.05 (+0.6). David Lescay clocked hand time 10.1 (-1.2) to win the 100 m.


TORONTO (CAN, Feb 20): US record holder Jenn Suhr cleared 471 in pole vault at Ontario Indoor Championships.


SYDNEY (AUS, Feb 19): Windy 10.14 (+5.1) were clocked at 100 m by Isaac Ntiamoah at All-Comers meet here.


RANCHI (IND, Feb 21): The athletics competitions of 34th National Games have ended with Kavita Raut winning the 5000 m in event record 15:54.26.


CANNES (FRA, Feb 20): Jean Claude Niyonizigiye clocked new course record 1:02:58 at the Cannes Half-Marathon.


POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Feb 19): To first Yellow Pages Series meet to add that last year African Champs silver winner Cornel Fredericks posted solid 49.60 at 400 m hurdles. Roscoe Engel won the 200 m in life-time best 20.76 (+0.4).


ASUNCION (PAR, Feb 20): Senior races victors at the 26th South American CC Championships were Brazilians. Solonei da Silva at 12 km in 36:39 in the men race and Simone Alves da Silva 27:05 at 8 km.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Feb 20): Berlin 10 000 m silver winner Meselech Melkamu won the Ethiopian CC Trials with 21:23 at 8 km in the absence of olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba. Second Hiwot Ayalew (24:31) beat Belaynesh Oljira (24:37) still ahead of Wude Ayalew (24:40) and Genzebe Dibaba (24:48). Men´s 12 km race winner was young Hunegaw Mesfin in 32:20. Second Diamond League winner Imane Merga 32:33 ahead of Dino Sefer 32:35. Marathon runner Feyisa Lelisa was fourth (32:40). Tesfaye Chernet won boys 8 km junior competition (21:32) and the World Youth 2009 medalist Genet Yalew the girls 6 km (18:27). With help from IAAF.

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