Nine World Leaders, Suhr, Camarena-Williams Set ARs, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Jill Camarena-Williams sets AR at USA Indoor/BMW, photo by

Jenn Suhr set a new AR of 4.86m (15-11 1/2) and Jill Camarena-Willams broke the shot put record of Ramona Pagel, from way back in 1987, throwing 19.87m! On top of that, Camarena-Williams had the farthest throw of year. On top of that, Nine world leaders!

Suhr_Jenn1c-USind11.JPGJenn Suhr setting AR of 4.86m in pole vault, at 2011 USA Indoor! photo by


ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Feb 27): Unbelievable second day of US Indoor Championships. In total 9 world leading marks and 2 US indoor records. In both shot puts new world leads for Ryan Whiting (21.35) and Jill Camarena-Williams, her 19.87 is also new US indoor record (former 19.83 by Ramona Pagel from 1987). Jenn Suhr cleared in third attempt 486 in the pole vault, new world lead and US indoor record. She then tried at 493, overall US record. Places two to four for 455 in order Becky Holliday, Melinda Owen (PB) and Lacy Janson. Kellie Wells confirmed her number one position in the world with two 7.79 world leading times (heats and finals) at 60 m hurdles. Also Mike Rodgers did the same in the 60 m.  First world lead in heats 6.49 and another one in the finals 6.48. Second D´Angelo Cherry also fast 6.54. Natasha Hastings won the 400 m, another world lead 50.83.  Second DeeDee Trotter 51.36. And the biggest surprise was the world leading 699 in the long jump by Janay De Loach (her previous best from early February was 667) beating world champion Brittney Reese (686) and Funmi Jimoh (666). In other events improvement for Omo Osaghae at 60 m hurdles to 7.52 beating Kevin Craddock (7.58). In women 60 m Alexandria Anderson in PB of 7.12 was able to beat Carmelita Jeter 7.13 and Shalonda Solomon 7.15 (PB). Michael Courtney won the 400 m in solid 46.11 (he has only 45.92 outdoor best). In middle distances Jenny Simpson achieved a double with mile win 4:34.96, Phoebe Wright 2:02.27 and Duane Solomon 1:48.03 were the finners in the 800 m races and Jeff See got the mile (4:04.63). The 1555 m altitude was helpful in sprints and jumps, but still after a relatively average first day, something very special happened also taking into account how many top stars passed this event due to non-championships indoor year for US athletes.



FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Feb 27): Superb world junior indoor all-time best and world leading 44.80 for Grenadan super talent Kirani James at 400 m. The world junior and youth champion grows into a talent of Usain Bolt style, he was never faster outdoors as last Sunday at SEC Conference meet. It is fourth fastest indoors ever, only Kerron Clement and twice Michael Johnson were ever faster. In his race second Caleb Williams 46.08 and third Estonian Marek Niit 46.19. But in second race another top mark by Tony McQuay 45.21 over Torrin Lawrence 45.82 and Ben Skidmore 46.04. McQuay also won the 200 m title in 20.61, in another race LaShawn Butler 20.79. Jeff Demps won the 60 m in 6.55. Excellent triple jump battle was won by Christian Taylor 17.36 over Will Claye 17.17. Kimberly Duncan (19, but will be 20 this year) was unexpected 200 m winner in world leader 22.78, while Semoy Hackett clocked new national record for Trinidad 22.84 in the second final. Lakya Brookins won the 60 m (7.14) and Shelise Williams the 400 m (52.20). Tina Sutej cleared 454 in pole vault, overall Slovenian record.



LAUSANNE (SUI): At the European Athletics Congress on April 16 in London two candidates will fight for the top position in Europe. Current president Hansjorg Wirz and current vice-president Svein Arne Hansen of Norway. That was confirmed by EA after the closing date for submitting candidatures. For three vice-president posts 6 candidates are registered. Two current ones (Jose Luis de Carlos of Spain and Svein Arne Hansen), they are added by Jean Gracia of France, German Frank Hensel, Toralf Nilsson of Sweden and current treasurer Karel Pilny of Czech Republic. For 13 council places in total 25 candidates will be fighting for the votes. Among them former top athletes like Poland´s multiple olympic walking winner Robert Korzeniowski, Romanian olympic gold medalist at 5000 m Gabriela Szabo and Estonian olympic decathlon winner Erki Nool. Interesting to note also the candidature of Marton Gyulai of Hungary, who is the son of the former IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai. From current EA council members no bid from triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards. UK Athletics is proposing Ed Warner instead. There are 15 and 14 candidates, respectively, for the four posts on the Competition and Development Committees. In total, 34 Member Federations have put forward candidates for the period 2011-2015.



SAN JUAN (PUR, Feb 27): Sammy Kitwara won the 10 km road race in San Juan clocking fast 27:35. After the Kenyan second and third Ethiopians Dejen Gebremeskel 27:45 and Lelisa Desisa 28:02. Fourth Leonard Komon 28:05 (he was deleted because of this race from the World CC Team) ahead of World CC winner 2010 Joseph Ebuya (28:07) and world track medalist Moses Masai (28:28). Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu who clocked world leading 3000 m in Birmingham last weekend switched to road and won in 31:50 in close race before marathon specialist Dire Tune (31:51) and another Ethiopian Habtamu Atedese 31:54. Best Kenyan as fourth Grace Momanyi (32:05).



MELBOURNE (AUS): Latest addition for the IAAF World Challenge Melbourne Track Classic on March 3 is the Jamaican 800 m record holder Kenia Sinclair. She will face world indoor champion from Valencia 2008 Tamsyn Lewis who is returning to the two laps after trying the hurdles last year. The IAAF Melbourne Track Classic, an IAAF World Challenge meet, will feature an all-star line-up of Australian track and field stars including Australian Flame Sally Pearson, Sean Wroe, Jeff Riseley, Matt Davies and Collis Birmingham competing alongside international guests David Rudisha (Kenya, 800 m), Valerie Vili (New Zealand, shot put) Bernard Lagat (USA, 5000m), Chris Solinsky (USA, 5000m), Matt Tegenkamp (USA, 5000m), Isaac Songok (Kenya, 5000m) and Mikele Barber (USA, 100m/200m) amongst others.







BEOGRAD (SRB): Serbian running quarttet returned from one month training camp in Iten, Kenya. Best Serbian female marathon runner Olivera Jevtic with talented boys Mirko Petrovic and Nemanja Cerovac spend the time in the Lornah Kiplagat camp at 2100 m altitude. Their main helper and pacemaker was Gilbert Kibet a 3:45 runner.


LONDON (GBR): Barry Hearn, the chairman of Leyton Orient, has revealed he will be requesting the assistance of West Ham United and the Premier League to help his club build a new 15,000-seater stadium at nearby Eton Manor on the Olympic Park, in return for not disrupting the handover of the London 2012 Stadium with legal challenges. Hearn has appointed leading London law firm Mishcon de Reya and is threatening a judicial review after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced earlier this month they will be recommending West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games, despite Leyton Orient being based closer to the venue. Writes insidethegames.


EMBU (KEN): Kenya has taken Leonard Komon out of Punta Umbria World CC team because he competed at San Juan 10 km road race (4th in 28:05). He is replaced by Paul Tanui who was 7th at the recent trials. The teams selected for the championships are training in Embu at the foot of Mount Kenya some 190 km north east of Nairobi.


BRIGHTON (GBR): The organisers of the Brighton Marathon, The Grounded Events Company, has launched an online store as the exclusive outlet for the Brighton Marathon clothing range. From shoes to heart-rate monitors to bottles and books, the store has all the latest products to keep the runner equipped and ready to meet all challenges reports Insidethegames.


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