2011 Arizona State Invitational: Wariner finishes second in 200 meters, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

NCAA Indoor 400m champ,  Demetrius Pinder ran 20.73, and Jeremy Wariner ran 21.02, in the 200 meters at the Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. This was Jeremy's second race of a very long season. Jeremy typically runs a few 200 meters, to get himself into some racing shape, and then opens up at the 400 meters at the end of April.

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Jeremy Wariner, 2010 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kisorio wins
MILANO (ITA, Mar 27): Kenyan Matthew Kisorio took the win improving his personal best by seven seconds with 1:00:03 at the Stramilano Half-Marathon which celebrated its 40th edition on a cloudy morning but in ideal weather conditions. Kisorio, fourth at last week's World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, beat his 18-year-old compatriot Eric Ndiema who finished second in 1:00:20 ahead of Dereje Deme Hailegiorgis, third in 1:00:25. Andrea Lalli, former European Junior and Under 23 cross country champion, finished seventh but he was first among European runners in his debut over the half-marathon distance in 1:02:32 (he expected to run in 63 minutes). Lalli will try to qualify for the World Championships in Daegu at the 10 000 metres European Cup in Oslo in June. European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland was 11th in 1:02:45 in his preparation for London Marathon. In the women's race 20-year-old Ethiopian Ababel Eyeshaneh Brihane took the honours in 1:09:54 ahead of Italian Anna Incerti, runner-up in 1:10:41. Incerti's next marathon race will be at the Daegu World Championhips on 27 August. "It was not my day. I trained well in Ifrane (Morocco) and I expected to run faster", said Incerti, European bronze medallist in Barcelona.

Merga again over Kenyans
ALA DEI SARDI (ITA, Mar 27): Fresh World CC Champion Ehiopian Imane Merga took a narrow win over Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, world junior cross country champion and 1500 world junior champion in 2010, at the 35th edition of the Trofeo Alasport in Alà dei Sardi. Merga romped home in 32:11 to take the men's 11 km race ahead of Ndiku who crossed the finish-line in 32:14. Paul Tanui, world silver medallist in Punta Umbria, finished third in 32:15. Daniele Meucci was best Italian as 6th (34:01). Silvia Kibet, World silver medallist in the 5000 m in Berlin, held off former World Junior silver medallist Sule Utura from Ethiopia in a close finish. Both runners crossed the finish-line sharing the same time of 18:02 in the 5.5 km women's race after a close and exciting race. Third Mercy Cherono 18:05 ahead of Nadia Ejaffini representing Italy in 18:33.


DOHA (QAT):  The president of the organising committee of Pan Arab Games Sheikh Saoud Ben Abderahmane Al-Thani, announced prized money for medallists and record breakers at the Games, which will be held in Doha in November. US$5000 for a gold medal, $3000 for a silver and $2000 for a bronze. A record of the games will be worth US$5000. The aim of the organisers is to attract all the stars of Arab sport to the event. Informs African Athletics Facebook.
PANAMA CITY (PAN): Olympic long jump champion Irving Saladino will start his season at the Grand Prix of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on May 22. President of the Panamanian Federation of Athletics Ricardo Sasso said Saladino has nine meets on his schedule, ending with the 13th World Athletics Championship in Daegu. "This season will see a faster and stronger Saladino," said Sasso. His another already announced competition is the FBK Games of Hengelo on May 29 (IAAF World Challenge). Saladino has not yet committed to attend the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sasso said the participation of a delegation from Panama depends on the outcome of an April 11 meeting of the International Olympic Committee which will determine the status of Panama's Olympic Committee.

PRETORIA (RSA): Blade runner runner Oscar Pistorius has confirmed that he will defend his BT Paralympic World Cup T44 100m and 400m titles in Manchester end of May. "My main goal in 2011 is to qualify for the able-bodied World Athletics Championships in Daegu and the BT Paralympic World Cup is a very important event in my preparation process," said Pistorius.

TUSCALOOSA (USA): World junior champion Kirani James was not running the 400 m at Alabama Relays on Saturday. Head coach Harvey Glance explained for the university web: "Today was just kind of one of those on-and-off meet days. The air came out of the atmosphere when we knew Kirani (James) was not going to compete due to a minor leg issue. We didn't want to push anything on the first day, so we sat him out. Our other guys did a great job competing though and showed a lot of heart and desire out there."

US SATURDAY RESULTS (Levy 11.16, Wariner beaten, Patton windy 10.10)

TALLAHASSEE: Charles Clark clocked 32.86 at 300 m during Florida State Relays.

BATON ROUGE: LSU Tiger Relyas saw Rynell Parson winning the 100 m in windy 10.24 (+4.5) and 4x400 m team getting solid 3:03.77 (R. Simmons; A. Alleyne-Forte; R. Hylton; C. Williams).

PALO ALTO: Second day of Stanford Invitational registered Ameer Webb and his 20.80 (+1.5) in the 200 m and Greek Ekaterini Stefanidi clearing new personal best 442 cm in pole vault.

ORLANDO: In addition to UCF Invitational to note the 200 m winners, Bahamian Michael Mathieu in 20.62 (+1.8) and Jamaican Simone Facey in 23.07 (+1.7).

STARKVILLE: Fresh NCAA indoor high jump champion Derek Drouin of Canada cleared 223 on count-back over James Harris. Harry Adams was fast at 200 m (20.74) against -2.5 wind.

COLUMBIA: World junior 2008 relay champion Shayla Mahan improved to fast 11.20 (+1.5) at 100 m during Baskin Relays. NCAA 60 m champion Lakya Brookins got 11.36 (+1.4) in another race. 400 m specialist Natasha Hastings achieved 23.37 (+2.2) in the 200 m.

TUSCALOOSA: Reggie Dixon was the fastest at the 100 m at the Alabama Relays with 10.33 (+1.1).

TEMPE: Arizona State Invitational saw Diamond League 400 m winner Jeremy Wariner clocking 21.02 (-1.2) in the 200 m and he was beaten by another 400 m specialist, the NCAA indoor champion Demetrius Pinder of Bahamas (20.73). World youth champion 2009 Prezel Hardy (18) clocked new personal best 10.33 (+0.7) to win the 100 m. Interesting names in women sprints. Tiffany Townsend 11.44 (-0.2) at 100 m, 400 m specialist Jessica Beard 23.40 (-0.4) in the 200 m and sprinter Jessica Young 52.27 in the 400 m.

EL PASO: World junior relay medalist Jamaican Jura Levy improved to world leading 11.16 (+1.5) at 100 m at UTEP Springtime in El Paso altitude. Desmond Jackson won the 100 m in 10.33 (+1.6) and US indoor champion Omo Osaghae achieved 13.57 (+1.6) in his event.

DENTON: Former world silver winner at 200 m Darvis Patton achieved at North Texas Open windy, but still fast 10.10 at 100 m (+3.3).


TREVISO (ITA, Mar 27): Morocco's Hamed Nasef, who lives in Italy, won the Treviso Marathon lowering his career best by one minute to 2:13:57 beating Algeria's Tayeb Filali by just two seconds in a very close finish. Francesco Bona, World Military Championships bronze medallist in Athens last year, improved his fastest time by two minutes to 2:14:59 to finish third ahead of Anna Incerti's husband Stefano Scaini, fourth in 2:16:48 in his debut over the marathon distance. Italian Martina Celi won the women's race in 2:36:14.

LONDON (GBR, Mar 27): Interesting views of the Olympic Park were a highlight of today's Newham London Run. Nearly 4,000 runners took to the streets for the 10km event in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium. The winning runner was Paul Martelletti in a time of 31:22 and the winning female athlete was Vicky Gill in a time of 36:30.  Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan came second, posting a time of 39:03. Organizers are saying in a release.

WELS (AUT, Mar 27): Top Austrian runner Gunther Weidlinger won the national Half-marathon title in 1:03:55, female Austrian gold for Tanja Eberhart 1:18:07. It was 50th national gold in different events for Weidlinger. But he was not the overall winner at the 20th International Half-Marathon here. Faster than him two Kenyans: Geoffrey Ndungu 1:03:33 and Robert Kirui 1:03:54. All three were faster than previous course record of 1:03:57.

WARSZAWA (POL, Mar 27): Kenyan Sammy Korir posted new course record 1:01:18 at the 6th Warszawa Half-Marathon with nearly 5000 finishers. Second Peter Wanjiru in 1:02:17 and third Poland´s Marcin Chabowski posted a nice personal best 1:02:27 ahead of Henryk Szost who also clocked life-time best 1:02:35. Former steepler Katarzyna Kowalska was the fastest woman in her debut at the distance 1:11:27. Second and third Kenyans Rebby Koech 1:11:53 and Beatrice Rutto 1:12:32.

BRATISLAVA (SVK, Mar 27): Kenyan Lilian Koech defended her last year title at the 6th CSOB Bratislava City Marathon and improved the course record by nearly five minutes to 2:45:30. Hungarian Ida Kovacs was second (2:46:31) and Poland´s Renata Kalinska third 2:46:41 with former course record holder Judit Folding-Nagy of Hungary fourth (2:51:40) and best Slovak Ingrid Petnuchova sixth (2:56:56). For the winner 1200 E. New course records also in half-marathon races. Kenya Hosea Tuei defended his title from 2010 and achieved 1:03:45 ahead of Joel Maina Mwangi 1:03:50. Lucy Wambui was also the fastest ever here in personal best 1:11:51 ahead of Nancy Koech 1:12:42 and experienced Hungarian Aniko Kalovics 1:16:59. Only in men´s marathon the course record (2:19:42) was not registered. In interesting finish of two runners Ethiopian living in Hungary Erkolo Ashkenafi won in 2:22:09 ahead of last year winner Kenyan Edwin Kibowen (2:22:17).  Here for the winner 1800 E. In all races new participation record of 6513 runners was registered.

KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 27): Second and final day of Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at Usain Bolt track saw world championships 200 m finalist Anneisha McLaughlin winning the 400 m in 54.22.

DUNEDIN (NZL, Mar 27): Final day of New Zealand Championships registered Stuart Farquhar, silver medallist at Delhi, collecting his eleventh and tenth in a row national javelin throw title in difficult conditions with 75.47 m. Double silver medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games Nikki Hamblin won also her second race, the 1500 m in 4:29.76. James Mortimer seven times New Zealand 110m hurdles champion moved up to the 400m hurdles with success winning in 50.83.

ENVIGADO (COL, Mar 26): Colombian olympic and world top ten placer Luis Fernando Lopez won the 20 km race at the 15th Copa Panamericana in walking with 1:25:04 and defended so his title from 2009. In total 17 countries are competing here, junior 10 km race was won by last year IAAF World Cup winner Eider Arevalo of Colombia in 40:39.65 what is a meet record. Anabel Orjuela won for Colombia also women 20 km in 1:36:12.

SABINANIGO (ESP, Mar 27): Kenyan Victor Bitok won the 35th half-marathon here in 1:04:13.

AZPEITIA (ESP, Mar 27): Ali Hassan Mahboob of Bahrain won the 10 km road race here in new course record 29:37. He bettered an old record of Mariano Haro from 1977 by 15 seconds.

ANGOULEME (FRA, Mar 26): French Benjamin Malaty won the 10 km road race clocking 29:07 ahead of Willy Nduwimana 29:28. In women race a win for Burundi´s Francine Niyonizigiye 33:34.

PALMA DE MALLORCA (ESP, Mar 27): European marathon medalist "Chema" Martinez won the first race of Carrera Divina Pastora series at 10 km in 29:26.

IMPERIA (ITA, Mar 27): Italian wins at 4th Imperia Half-Marathon. Ruggero Pertile achieved 1:04:51 and Ornella Ferrara 1:18:45.

VENLO (NED, Mar 27): Kenyan Stephen Chelimo von the Venlo Half-Marathon in course record 1:02:26 ahead of his team-mate Philip Langat 1:02:32 and Finland´s Jussi Utriainen 1:02:50. Fourth best home runner Michel Butter in 1:03:26. Debuting Kenyan Elisabeth Cherono was best woman in 1:11:26 beating Sharon Tavengwa of Zambia 1:11:57 and pre-race favorite Naomi Mayo 1:12:33.

MOBILE (USA, Mar 26): Kenyan Richard Kandie won the 34th Azalea Trail Run at 10 km in 29:15.  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom of Rome, Ga., a Kenyan who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, held off Kenya's Risper Gesabwa and Ethiopia's Alemtsehay Misganaw to win the women's elite division in 33:22. Gesabwa and Misganaw finished in 33:24 and 33:26, respectively. Home media are informing.


JERUSALEM (ISR, Mar 25): David Eiger sends a correction to Friday´s marathon.  Kiprotich Cheruiyot 2:27:50, Philip Kipkoech 2:32:16, Shashe 2:50:05, David 2:50:06, Kryza 2:51:21 are now the official times.

LUZERN (SUI): The international EA Classic meeting of Luzern in Switzerland on July 21 will be held on Thursday (not Tuesday).

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