Ashton Eaton Improves Javelin PB to 56.59m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Ashton Eaton, 2009 WC Berlin, photo by

Eaton continues to improve, building his pbs for Daegu, Korea. Nice runs by Mo Farah, who won the NYRR Half marathon in a UK record of 60:22. Galen Rupp was third (behind Gebre Gebremariam, ING NYC marathon winner for 2010). Rupp ran 60:30, a debut record. Kara Goucher ran 1:09.06 for third in the women's race. More details to come!
Pars close to 80 meters
SOFIA (BUL, Mar 19): In bad weather conditions (chilly, about 4ºC with light rain and breeze) Krisztian Pars registered the best result during the first day of 11th European Cup Winter Throwing. He achieved excellent 79.84 in hammer throw with five throws over 79 metres. And it should be noted that the conditions in the circles were dangerous because of the wet conditions despite the fact that the organizers made everything possible to provide dry surfaces. But the humidity was very high - about 90 % and it was not enough to brush the circle, it became again wet after a minute. Behind Pars Belarussian Yuri Shayunou (77.41) and Ukrainian Oleksiy Sokyrskiy (76.84) made their medals in fifth round. Barcelona silver medalist Niccola Vizzoni was 6th (74.58). In the U23 hammer Siarhei Kalamoets of Belarus snatched the victory in fifth round (72.94) over Norwegian Eivind Henriksen who leaded after four rounds with first and second throw exactly of 72.37. Turkish record holder Ercument Olgundeniz took the victory over Dutch Eric Cadee in discus with over a meter (63.31 - 62.15) and Romanian Sergiu Ursu third with 62.00. German favorite Markus Munch was fourth (61.25). In the U23 discus the huge man Mykyta Nesterneko of Ukraine won the gold with fourth attempt (59.71), Briton Brett Morse tried to attack with his last throw (the day became already rather dark), but he has 21 sm spare for the victory (59.50).  The world junior record holder Vira Rebryk was steady in the bad conditions and won U23 women javelin (57.95 in second round). Estonian junior Liina Laasma improved national junior record to 57.04 and was second. It was a battle at women's U23 shot put where Hungarian Anita Marton was leading from third round (17.92) , but Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko tried to answer with 17.85 (personal best) in sixth effort. In the women shot put without German favorite Schwanitz the final result was surprisingly worse than the U23 category. Alena Kopets of Belarus achieved 17.71 to win over French Jessica Cerival 17.52. Mighty Italian Chiara Rosa won bronze with 17.30. Women javelin did not register 60+ throws, Ukrainain Hanna Hatsko who was third before last round, managed in the final attempt 58.99, enough to win. Silver for Esther Eisenlauer of Germany (56.99) and bronze for Iceland national record holder Asids Hjalmsdottir 56.44.

Gong with world leading shot put
CHENGDU (CHN, Mar 19): Berlin bronze medalist Gong Lijiao improved her indoor best in shot put to 19.93 at National Indoor GP meet. It is also world indoor leader 2011. Fast 60 m by Su Bingtian. In heats the Asian Games relay winner clocked new national record 6.56 and confirmed it with 6.59 in the finals. 19-years old Wei Yongli was the fastest in women 60 m in life-time best 7.34. Informs Tilastopaja.

US Saturday Action (Eaton JT best)

CHARLOTTE: Fred Townsend clocked 13.58 (+0.7) at 110 m hurdles during second day of Charlotte 49er Classic. Chris Davis posted windy 10.28 (+3.1) in the 100 m.

SAN DIEGO: Fresh NCAA Indoor Champ at 400 m Demetrius Pinder of Bahamas improved his 200 m best at Aztec Invitational to 20.54 (+1.8). Eric Kynard cleared outdoor best in high jump (228). In the women 100 m hurdles the return of 400H specialist after injury was registered. Lashinda Demus clocked impressive 13.17 against -3.3 wind. It was her first competitions since last July. Texas AM clocked 43.90 in the 4x100 m.

LAFAYETTE: Jamaican discus record holder Jason Morgan came close to his national record with 62.01 (62.95 in 2007) at Louisiana Classics meet.

EUGENE: British European 10k medalist Chris Thompson won the 3000 m at the Oregon Preview meet timed at 7:52.64. Heptathlon indoor world record holder Ashton Eaton improved his javelin best to 56.59 (he was 6th). His previous PB from 2008 was 53.93. Tyler Mulder achieved 1:46.86 in the 800 m, Kenyan Sally Kipyego 8:51.07 in the 3000 m and Bridget Franek clocked US best in the 2000 m steeple with 6:25.31. World best by Violetta Frankiewicz of Poland is 6:03.38 from 2006.

ORLANDO: World youth medalist from Bressanone Allison Peter of US Virgin Islands clocked solid 23.22 (+1.3) to win at Black and Gold Invitational.


KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 19): At Jamaican Carifta Trials (Stadium East) new girls sprinting sensation Christiana Williams (will be 17 years old in October) ran 11.39 (-1.3) at the 100 m. Kemar Bailey-Cole of Racers TC did 10.41 to take the boys 100m in similar wind conditions.

BALDOVEC (CZE, Mar 19): Czech CC champions were crowned Milan Kocourek in the 10 km (37:25), Lukas Kourek at 4 km (15:18) and in women race at 6 km Lucie Sekanova (25:46).

MAYAGUEZ (PUR, Mar 19): 20-years old home sprinter Miguel Lopez equalled his PB at the 100 m with 10.39 (+1.4) during a Spring meet here. World 400 m hurdles medalist Javier Culson tested his endurance at the 800 m and was second in personal best 1:49.97. Universidad Metropolitana achieved 39.36 in men´s 4x100 m.


TOKYO (JPN): Whether to hold Nagano Marathon or not will be decided on March 22, writes Ken Nakamura. At the present time, the opinions (pros and cons) are split into half. Nagano marathon was perceived as the new possibility to select the team for World Championships. If Nagano is also cancelled, marathons abroad like London will likely to be designated as the qualifying race for Japanese runners.

MADRID (ESP): The Spanish athletics federation RFEA has announced that the javelin thrower Nora Aida Bicet has acquired Spanish citizenship. The 33-year-old former Cuban won the Spanish winter championships for long throws last weekend, her first competition as a Spaniard. Bicet has a best of 63.32m from 2004 and the same summer she finished seventh at the 2004 Olympic Games. Last year, she threw 58.53. She last competed internationally for Cuba in 2005.

GELNHAUSEN (GER): Top German marathon runner Irina Mikitenko will compete two weeks before London Marathon at the Brunssum 10 km  race in Netherlands (Apr 3). Currently she is at training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

PALO ALTO (USA): Half-marathon world medalist and Beijing olympian Dathan Ritzenhein underwent end of this week surgery on left Achilles and right foot. He writes on his twitter and adds: "Not as bad as it sounds." After 3-6 weeks he might be back to training.

ATHENS (GRE): Greek media were surprised to recieve the news that twice olympic triple jump medalist Hrysopiyi Devetzi (35, in the mean-time semi-retired but was still thinking about London 2012) was banned for two years. The ban ends on December 8, 2012 and that means she will not be able to compete at the Games next year. She failed to submit a doping control on May 23, 2009 in an out of competition test while at training camp in Ukraine. Media were not aware in Greece that since 2009 such a case exists because Devetzi was not competing since then and was openly thinking about ending her career The 2009 was the last year she competed. Her national records are outdoors 15.32 (2004) and indoors 15.00 (2008). 

PUNTA UMBRIA (ESP):  Former 800 m world record holder Wilson Kipketer and London 2012 head Sebastian Coe completed a 4 km charity race on the course of today´s World CC Championships in Spain. "Anything more than 800m is very tough for me," Kipketer was quoted after clocking 14:49 (12th overall). Also running Rosa Mota, Fermin Cacho and Sonia O´Sullivan who was the fastest woman in 15:15. Fastest man was former steeple specialist Luis Miguel Martin (39) in 12:30.

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