WR for 20k RW for Women: Sokolova Goes 1:25:08! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Vera Sokolova took 33 seconds off the 20k WR for women in the racewalk on Saturday, February 26, in Sochi, Russia.

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PARIS (FRA): Fastest man in the world Usain Bolt will return also this year to Meeting AREVA in Paris. The French leg of Samsung Diamond League will be staged on July 8 at Stade de France. Bolt is scheduled to run the 200 m after two 100 m wins at the meet in last two years (2009 and 2010). Organizers are informing in a release with a hope, that one of the main rivals for Bolt at brand new track will be European Champion Christophe Lemaitre. The Jamaican sprinter plans to open the season early May in Kingston at IAAF World Challenge meet (May 7), other confirmed meets for him are Diamond League events in Rome (May 26, 100 m) and Oslo (June 9, 200 m).



SOCHI (RUS, Feb 26): Barcelona bronze winner and former world youth and junior champion Vera Sokolova clocked new 20 km walking road world record 1:25:08. At Russian Winter Walking Championships she improved the official mark of another Russian Olimpiada Ivanova 1:25:41 from Helsinki 2005 World Championships by 33 seconds. There have been several faster times registered in Russia in past years (fastest 1:24:50 by Olimpiada Ivanova in 2001) but in all cases the conditions for world record ratification were not fulfilled. For first time this year the necessary number of international judges was available in Sochi (Briton Peter Marlow, Spanish Luis Saladie and Ireland´s Pierce O´Callaghan), also doping control is organised, the course is certified and the event belongs to Daegu qualification competitions set by IAAF. Second Anisiya Kirdyapkina who was fighting with Sokolova the whole distance achieved 1:25:09, new European U23 record. For both the 10 km split was 42:04, the temperature during the race was at 12 degrees Celsius level. Third  was last year world junior silver medalist from Moncton Anna Lukyanova in her 20 km debut 1:27:49. Two more achieved sub 1:30 times, fourth Tatyana Korotkova 1:28:38 and fifth Irina Yumanova 1:29:26. Close to the top duo were also Tatyana Sibileva with Tatyana Shemyakina, but both were disqualified. In men´s 20 km world leading 1:19:14 for Vladimir Kanaykin as the winner ahead of Sergey Morozov 1:20:08 and Andrey Krivov 1:20:16. Under 1:21 also fourth Pyotr Bogatyrev (1:20:18) and fifth Pyotr Trofimov (1:20:31). The Winter Championships is also selection meet for European Cup in walking in May in Portugal. Byes for this event were recieved by top champions Olga Kaniskina, Valeriy Borchin, Sergey Kirdyapkin and Stanislav Yemelyanov who will compete in spring at IAAF Challenge races and their main priority is Daegu. In the 35 km men´s competition Igor Yerokhin won with 2:26:36 ahead of silver olympic medalist Denis Nizhegorodov 2:27:08 who returned after one year because of an injury. Third place for Denis Strelkov (2:27:52) and fourth Andrey Ruzavin as last went under 2:30 (2:28:17).



SPLIT (CRO, Feb 26): European discus champion Sandra Perkovic impressed at Croatian Winter Throwing Championships. She achieved two Croatian national records. In discus high quality 67.96 m and in shot put 16.40 m. Her former discus mark was the 66.93 from Van Damme Memorial last year in Brussels. It is also the best female discus result since May 19, 2007 when Franka Dietzsch achieved 68.06.







LEIPZIG (GER, Feb 26): Sabine Krantz achieved world leading 12:18.12 at 3000 m walk during the first day of German Championships (second Melanie Seeger 12:31.43). European leading mark of the year for Christina Schwanitz in shot put (18.87). Reigning European indoor champion Sebastian Bayer confirmed improved shape with 802 long jump win (second Nils Winter 792, Christian Reif is injured). Triple jump list leader Katja Demut won her event with meeting record 14.20. Sensation in men´s shot put when David Storl coming from an illness beat with 20.70 the favorite Ralf Bartels (20.68, third Marco Schmidt 20.41). European 100 m champion Verena Sailer won the 60 m in 7.28 and had faster 7.25 in semis. Christian Blum was improving with every race of 60 m, he started with 6.67 in heats, followed by 6.65 in semis and 6.63 win in the final. Second Martin Keller 6.65. Malte Mohr was clear winner of pole vault with two jumps at 550 and 565. Second surprisingly veteran Tim Lobinger 560. Fast times in 400 m heats by Thomas Schneider 46.56 and Janin Lindenberg 52.26.


POMBAL (POR, Feb 26): 2006 double European champion Francis Obikwelu surprisingly lost the 60 m final during first day of Portugal Indoor Championships in 6.70. Winner Arnaldo Abrantes clocked 6.65, personal best. As usual excellent women 3000 m walk won by Ines Henriques 12:28.70 over Ana Cabecinha 12:46.24. Double European indoor champion Naide Gomes leaped to 659 in long jump. Sara Moreira won the 1500 m in 4:15.14.


GOTEBORG (SWE, Feb 26): Ebba Jungmark improved during first day of Swedish Championships when clearing 193 in second attempt of high jump. She tried then at 195. Versatile Lena Berntsson won the 60 m in 7.39, men´s fastest was Stefan Tarnhuvud with 6.77. Alhaji Jeng cleared 555 in the pole vault.







GLASGOW (GBR, Feb 26):  Tori Pena improved her Irish pole vault record to 431 to win Scottish Champs.


CARDIFF (GBR, Feb 26): Robbie Grabarz cleared 225 in high jump at McCain City Challenge.


SHANGHAI (CHN, Feb 26): Fast 60 m during first day of second National GP meet. Zheng Dongsheng clocked 6.67 personal best ahead of Guo Fang 6.68. Su Xiongfeng was the best in long jump (791). Informs Tilastopaja.


MOGILYOV (BLR, Feb 26): In junior indoor match Ukraine beats Belarus 396:358. Top marks by 15 years old Marina Bekh in long jump (632) and 220 clearance of Andrey Kovalov (both Belarus) in high jump.


VILNIUS (LTU, Feb 26): Estonia won youth indoor match (224) over Lithuania (216) and Latvia (136).


APELDOORN (NED, Feb 26): Dutch runners fulfilled Paris standard at 1500 m during University Championships. Ate van der Burgt 3:42.70 ahead of Wouter de Boer 3:43.13 and Rene Stokvis 3:43.75. Valuable pacemaker was Arnaud Okken until 1100 m.


FLAGSTAFF (USA, Feb 19): In late addition to note that Jill Camarena-Williams achieved in women shot put 19.03 at Lumberjack meet as first this season over 19 meters.







SHUMEN (BUL, Feb 26): National CC Championships winners were Yolo Nikolov at men´s 10 km and Silvia Danekova in women´s 8 km (31:00).


HOLBAEK (DEN, Feb 26): Maria Sig Moller won the women 8 km at Danish CC Championships (29:56). In men´s 10 km Morten Munkholm (31:46) beat Andreas Bueno (31:53).


WARENDORF (GER, Feb 26): German favorite Sabrina Mockenhaupt won the 3.8 km race at European Military CC Championships with 12:41. French Samira Mezeghrane was second (12:48). Bronze medal remains also in Germany as Elina Sujew clocked 13:00 as third. French runners dominated men´s race at the same distance as Hakim Metzougin (10:51) was the best ahead of Alaoui Youssef Ismail (10:52) and James Theuri (10:53). Fourth place for best German Musa Roba-Kinkal (10:56). In the long race (9.8 km) surprise win for Swiss Philipp Bandi (27:47) ahead of French runners Lhacen Amgul (27:52) and Jean-Claude Niyongizie (28:15).







MOSCOW (RUS): European indoor champion from Barcelona Svetlana Feofanova will not compete next week in Paris. It was confirmed by her management. That means Russia will have most probably at European Indoor Championships in women pole vault only Aleksandra Kiryashova as Yelena Isinbayeva withdrew earlier due to illness. The final Russian composition for Bercy will be announced on Monday.


AMSTERDAM (NED): 2007 European indoor champion at 60 m hurdles Gregory Sedoc informed he will not be able to run in Paris after his injury from Dusseldorf meeting. Another withdrawal in Netherlands is Arnaud Okken who also won the European indoor title 2007 in Birmingham (800 m). He is claiming not having the right shape. Final team selection will be announced on Monday.


DUBLIN (IRL): New addition into Irish team is the female 400 m runner Marian Heffernan, the wife of Irish race walking record holder.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Five men and five women will represent Belgium in Paris in individual events. In women ranks mainly triple jump Barcelona medalist Svetlana Bolshakova (but still not decided because of an injury) with hurdler Elisabeth Davin and 1500 m runners Lindsey De Grande and Sigrid Vanden Bempt. Sara Aerts was invited for pentathlon. Five individual men are Damien Broothaerts and Adrien Deghelt for 60 m hurdles, Kristof Van Malderen for 1500 m and two heptahletes by invitation Hans Van Alphen and Thomas Van der Plaetsen. But the biggest medal hope will be men´s 4x400 m with Borlee twins (Kevin and Jonathan) added by Nils Duerinck, Antoine Gillet, Arnaud Destatte and Arnaud Ghislain.







LONDON (GBR):  Peter Hildreth died peacefully, according to his wife Carol, on Friday evening at 19.30. Hildreth, 82 was a six-time AAA high hurdles champion, a three-time Olympian, 1952-60, and won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 1950. He equalled the UK record of 14.3sec for his speciality on five occasions. He went on to become Sunday Telegraph athletics correspondent, and provide commentary for BBC Radio. Informs Pat Butcher.







NORMAN (USA, Feb 25): Irish runner David Rooney did not improve hugely to 13:46.25 win at 5000 m at Southland Conference Champs. The race was short by one lap.

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