Angelica Bengtsson Sets WJR at 4.53m, 4.58m, 4.63m! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Angelica Bengtsson, 2010 World Juniors, photo by

The XL Galen Meeting Stockholm had some superb performances  on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The crowd pleaser was Angelica Bengtsson, the Swedish pole vault phenom, who upped her World Junior record three times on Tuesday, clearing 4.53m, 4.58m and 4.63m!


STOCKHOLM (SWE, Feb 22): XL Galan (last IAAF Indoor permit 2011) saw junior star emerging in huge format. Youth Olympic Games winner and World Junior Champion 2010 Angelica Bengtsson did not win her event, but still was the star of the evening. She three times improved her own world junior record in pole vault. First by one centimeter with 453 in third, then 458 in first followed by unexpected 463 in second. She tried even at 468. That height was eventually the winner for Svetlana Feofanova who after that missed 480. Diamond League winner Fabiana Murer was third (453). Two world leaders were produced in running events. First Ethiopian new-comer Abeba Arigawi posted 4:01.47 at 1500m (also a Globen record). Second world indoor champion Kalkedan Gezahegn 4:03.83 ahead of Irene Jelagat 4:05.17 Kenyan record, Morgan Uceny 4:05.35 and Sylwia Ejdys with European leader and pb 4:05.38. In the final race Abubaker Kaki clocked world leading 2:17.55 in the 1000 m. Augustin Choge had 2:18.91 as second ahead of Bethwell Birgen 2:19.03, Deresse Mekonnen 2:19.12 national record and European champion Marcin Lewandowski 2:19.21. Second Globen record at 3000 m for Meseret Defar in 8:36.91 beating Shalane Flanagan 8:39.18, Lidia Chojecka 8:44.25 and Mercy Njoroge 8:44.27. Spectators waited for the men´s triple jump when world champion Philips Idowu won with 17.48 in fourth and 17.38 in fifth attempt. Second Marian Oprea 17.37 ahead of Alexis Copello 17.22 and local hero Christian Olsson 17.06. But Sweden celebrated Michel Torneus as excellent long jump winner with 813 (his overall best). Overseas jumpers followed Wilfredo Martinez (807) and Ignisious Gaisah (800) ahead of Danish record holder Morten Jensen (796). Czech Petr Svoboda remains unbeaten before Paris with 7.55 over David Payne 7.58 and Jeff Porter 7.59 at 60 m hurdles. Two athletes were disqualified after false starts, one of them Aries Merritt the fastest of all participants. Another Czech win for Denisa Rosolova from lane one at 400 m with 52.64 over reigning European indoor champion Antonina Krivoshapka 52.65 and Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills 52.91. It should be noted that B-race winner Shana Cox was faster in 52.58. Richard Kiplagat won close 800 m in 1:46.28 over Boaz Lalang 1:46.37 and Jackson Kivuna 1:46.38. Fourth Briton Andrew Osagie improved to 1:46.59. Another Youth Olympic Games winner dominated in her event as Russian Mariya Kuchina cleared 193 to win the high jump. Gabon´s Ruddy Zang-Milama won the 60 m (7.20), Hungarian Barnabas Bene the 3000 m in the pre-programme (7:55.51) and Torino winner Johan Wissman the 400 m in 47.41 when the first finisher Yusif Rabah of Sudan was disqualified.







PARIS (FRA): French team will be without 1500 m European leader Mehdi Baala who injured his left calf during a Monday training session. Already before the selection Hind Dehiba and Roman Mesnil declared themselves as unavailable for the team.


TALLINN (EST): Estonia is sending 12 athletes to Paris. Gender situation is equal. Six men are Jaanus Uudmae for triple jump, Raigo Toompuu for shot put, Roman Fosti for 1500 m, Rasmus Magi (a junior) for 400 m. Heptathletes Mikk Pahapill as title defender and Andres Raja are the biggest medal hopes. Title defender Ksenija Balta is the top women name, her event is long jump. Others are Anna Iljustsenko and Grete Udras in high jump, Veera Baranova in triple jump and Grid Sadeiko with Kaie Kand for pentathlon.


SOFIA (BUL): European Barcelona medalist Vania Stambolova leads Bulgarian team as second fastest in Europe at 400 m. Other women are Inna Eftimova at 60 m, Teodora Kolarova for 800 m, Venelina Veneva for high jump, Petia Dacheva and Andriyana Banova for triple jump and Radoslava Mavrodieva for shot put. Five men are composed of hurdler Martin Arnaoudov, high jumper Viktor Ninov, long jumper Nikolay Atanasov, triple jumper Momchil Karailiev and shot putter Georgi Ivanov.


VIENNA (AUT): Ten athletes will represent Austria in Paris. Men are stronger with 8 athletes. Sprinter Ryan Moseley for 60 m, Clemens Zeller for 400 m, Raphael Pallitsch and Andreas Rapatz for 800m, Andreas Vojta for 1500 m and added was also Manuel Prazak for 60m hurdles. For heptathlon invited are Roland Schwarzl and Dominik Distelberger. Two women are Beate Schrott at 60 m hurdles and talented Jennifer Wenth for 1500 m.







CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Following the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, QEII stadium along with many of Christchurch's hotels and infrastructure have suffered substantial damage. The International Track Meet, due to take place in Christchurch this Saturday (26 February) has been called off. Event Promoter / Director Paul Coughlan said "The 2011 International Track Meet and other associated events have been postponed for an undetermined period. Anyone planning to travel to Christchurch for the meet should cancel these plans immediately. Further details will follow at a later date. Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, especially those families who have lost loved ones." Valerie Adams, Galen Rupp and others were scheduled to compete. Informs Athletics New Zealand.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian media are informing that former 400 m hurdles world champion Jana Rawlinson, has quietly slipped back into the country to begin her London Olympic campaign. She is set to resume her career in the coming weeks. After numerous injury setbacks in recent years, the 28-year-old is in the shape of her life and keen to make her first appearance in Australia since the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Her first competition might happen on March 19 in Sydney.


KINGSTON (JAM): International Media Content Ltd. (IMC), parent company of regional sports cable channel SportsMax, on Tuesday announced an agreement with the CVM Group for the exclusive television broadcast rights to the 2012 London Olympic Games for Jamaica. Informs TrackAlerts. Jamaican fans will see so the efforts of Usain Bolt and co.


MADRID (ESP): The Madrid judge in charge of 'operacion Galgo' refused to annul the statements of Marta Dominguez and Alberto Garcia. However, Dominguez and Garcia have been questioned both as defendants and witnesses in the case which Spanish law doesn't allow writes







PRAHA (CZE, Feb 22): Talented Martin Mazac clocked at local meet 7.79 at 60m hurdles in an effort to attack the Paris standard of 7.70.

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