Tamgho & Di Martino are February 2011 Euro Athletes of Month, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Teddy Tamgho entertains Euro Indoor crowd! 2011 Euro Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have to say that the European Indoor Champs were one of the best events I have ever seen! The key, in speaking to several of the key observers in the sport, were "Presentation, Presentation and Presentation!"  That the French won the 4 x 400 meters on Sunday, that Tamgho, Lemaitre and Laveillene entertained the crowds each day, also helped!

NYRR club showed a lot of class by bringing over one of the top Japanese female marathoners, after the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan a week ago! A busy weekend.
Watch Universalsports.com for the NYRR Half marathon and LA Marathon. Also note that RBR will be tweeting both events, so stay tuned on Sunday morning!
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SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 19): World bronze medalist Mitchell Watt leaped in last attempt to excellent 838 (+1.5) and had one more valid jump (808, +0.5) in his series during the 2011 Sydney Track Classic. That was the highlight of round 4 of the Australian Athletics Tour which has thrilled a crowd of almost 5000 in wet conditions at Sydney Olympic Park. "Four fouls across the series was strange, it just took some time to work out where my run up should have started from," Watt said for Athletics Australia after setting one of the five world leading marks of the early season here. Shot put world and olympic medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand achieved another WL with 20.55 and in total had five 20+ attempts. World best athlete of the year 2010 Kenyan David Rudisha clocked an commanding 1:44.80 win over Lachlan Renshaw 1:46.08 with oly gold medalist at 1500 m Asbel Kiprop beeing fifth (1:46.80)."My run tonight was good, the conditions here were wet and tough and a 1:44 on a night like this is satisfying, I am feeling very strong and confident. From here I will head back to Kenya and continue the build to Daegu with the Doha Diamond League my first major hit out after Australia," Rudisha was quoted by Athletics Australia. Two interesting doubles were also registered. Home hurdles star Sally Pearson won both sprints with 11.21 (+0.1, meet record and world lead) and 23.12 (-0.2) over US Miki Barber (11.44 and 23.41). Hurdles olympic winner Angelo Taylor scored the second double with 20.71 (-0.1) and 45.71 (early world lead). In the deuce second youth Nicholas Hough (21.03) beating senior Australian elite. In the one lap Ben Offereins second (46.16) ahead another youth potential medallist for Lille in summer Steven Solomon (46.24). Jamaican 800 m record holder Kenia Sinclair won the 1500 m in a world leading time of 4:06.50,  close to her career best 4:05.56 from 2007. Estonian Maris Magi won 400 m close contest (52.21) over Australian Tamsyn Lewis (52.26) and US Monica Hargrove (52.33). Javelin Commonwealth silver winner Kim Mickle won her event with new personal best 63.82 from the sixth round. 400 m hurdles wins for US Justin Gaymon (49.87) and home Lauren Boden (56.41, Jana Rawlinson was not running). Jeremy Roff clocked 3:39.03 in the 1500 m, world champion Dani Samuels won the discus (58.43) and Tallent family ruled in walking at 5000 m. Jarred won in 19:01.00 and Claire was timed at 22:09.11. Unfortunately Australia narrowly missed the Worlds standard in women 4x100 m when clocking 44:02 (44.00 was the aim) with Pearson, Van Veenendaal, Whaler and Breen. Final meet of Australian Tour will be in Perth on March 31 and April 1. 

KERZERS (SUI, Mar 19): For 8th time in a row a Kenyan male win was registered at the 33rd Kerzerslauf, a road race at 15 km in Switzerland. Joseph Kiptum clocked 44:18, the 7th fastest in the history of the event. Second Loitareng Kadengoi (44:23) and third Geoffrey Kanyanhua (both also from Kenya, 44:30). European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin clocked 46:45 as 10th in preparation for London Marathon. He was slower by two minutes than his best time here in 2004 but also nearly two minutes faster than last year. In women race Kenyan Caroline Chepkwony was the best in 51:03 over course record holder Hungarian Aniko Kalovics (51.37) and title defender another Kenyan Tabitha Gichia (52:31). Best Swiss here Sabine Fischer was fourth (53:16). 

US FRIDAY ACTION (Sanya and Wariner)

FORT WORTH: World stars started their season at TCU Invitational. Reigning 400 m world champion Sanya Richards-Ross after missing nearly all of 2010 clocked 23.06 (+1.6) in the 200 m and on her twitter expressed satisfaction with the race. Former world and olympic 400 m winner Jeremy Wariner posted 20.71 (+0.1) in the 200 m. Fresh US indoor champion Omo Osaghae achieved 13.49 (+1.6) at 110 m hurdles. Moncton 100 m medalist Charles Silmon was excellent in the 100 m with 10.25 (+1.9) what is his third best of the career and he also got in his 200 m race 20.82 (+1.1). Bryce Brown posted 49.76 at 400 m hurdles. Fresh NCAA indoor silver medalist at 60 m Jessica Young won the 100 m in windy 11.14 (+3.2).

HOUSTON: Long jumper Ola Sesay now representing Sierra Leone leaped to solid 654 (-1.0) at Meeting of the Minds. Another top long jumper Funmi Jimoh was second at 200 m (24.58) beaten by Patricia Hall (23.90). Former NCAA Champion Ryan Harlan scored 7720 in decathlon, it is his best mark since 2007. His best is 8171 from 2004. 

LAFAYETTE: New country with 70+ hammer national record in men lists is St. Vincent. NCAA student Adonson Shallow achieved such a mark at Louisiana Classics with 70.22 m. 

TUCSON: NCAA indoor shot put champion from last weekend Julie Labonte of Canada continues in fine form and during first day of Willie Williams Classic improved her overall life-time best to 17.65 m. Her indoor Canadian record from this undercover season is 17.60. The outdoor Canadian record is 17.83 by Leija Tunks from 2007. Another Canadian Sultana Frizell achieved 70.94 in hammer. 

MYRTLE BEACH: US indoor weight throw champion Amber Campbell started outdoors with new life-time best 72.02 in hammer at Shamrock Invitational. She is now 4th best all-time US performer.

CHARLOTTE: Jamaican hurdler Leford Green is in fast shape. He clocked 20.61 (+0.6) in 200 m heats and 50.40 in his speciality heats during first day of Charlotte 49er Classic. Chris Davis posted 10.31 (+1.7) in the 100 m heats.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that triple jump world record holder Teddy Tamgho of France and Italian high jumper Antonietta Di Martino have been voted as the European Athletes of the Month for February. Both are European indoor champions from Paris, Tamgho even jumped in the indoor season three times world indoor record (17.91 and twice 17.92). Di Martino cleared world leading 204 in Banska Bystrica. Portugal's Francis Obikwelu, who scripted a dream comeback after a few years in the wilderness by setting a new national record 6.53 to win the 60m gold in Paris, finished second in the men's poll. The third place went to Belarus' Andrei Krauchanka who won the heptathlon gold medal in Paris  with a personal best and national record tally of 6282 points. Ukraine's sprint sensation Olesya Povh equalled her own European season-leading performance of 7.13 in the semi-finals and finals to take her first major international title and was voted second in a very close contest for the women's European Athlete of the Month. Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova who took the glory and the gold from her famed Russian counterparts in the women's 400m in Paris was voted third in the women's poll.

LONDON (GBR): Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson is confident London's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships will not be damaged by Britain's three previous embarrassing failures to secure the event.  "I don't think the IAAF will approach this in terms of the baggage from previous bids," Robertson told insidethegames. London will face opposition from three cities to host the 2017 competition. Doha, Budapest and Barcelona or Seville from Spain have put themselves forward to host the event. Writes Insidethegames.

KYIV (UKR): Ukrainian sport-express.ua spoke with multiple world record holder, IOC member and IAAF Senior Vice-President Sergey Bubka about the coaching changes in the career of Yelena Isinbayeva. "I understand what she is doing. She has more or less two to three years remaining in her career and important decision should be made. She wants to be closer to her family and other relatives and friends, she is tired from staying abroad. On the other hand it is clear the conditions in Volgograd are not the same she was used to in recent years. I also fully understand the position of Vitaliy Petrov, his responsibility at the pole vault center in Formia is big. Large group of jumpers is depending on him. He just is not able to close the door and go to Volgograd," explains Bubka. 

NEW YORK (USA): Yuri Kano, a top Japanese runner and the winner of the 2010 Nagoya International Ladies Marathon, flew from Tokyo to New York on March 17 and will compete in the NYC Half this Sunday, March 20, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. "It is with open arms that we welcome Yuri at a time when we would like to embrace all of Japan," said Wittenberg. "Yuri is a tough, gutsy runner whom I fully expect will run strong through it all." Her best is 1:08:57 while winning the Sapporo Half in 2008. 

LONDON (GBR): The International Olympic Committee has backed London 2012 in their funding row with the British Olympic Association over the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.  The dispute now looks set to be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The BOA has recently disputed the Joint Marketing Agreement and feel they deserves a bigger cut of any surplus once the 2012 showpiece ends. But the IOC has backed the position of London 2012 as they believe the deal it struck with the BOA in 2004 is fair. Writes Insidethegames.

PUNTA UMBRIA (ESP): Athletics Weekly at its twitter says that Bydgoszcz is interested to stage the next World CC Championships in 2013 again. The Polish city organized the event in 2010. Bahrain could be the choice for 2015. After this years edition in Punta Umbria the event will be held every second year instead of annual system.

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