Fabiana Murer, 2011 Grand Premio Brasil Caixa: WL of 4.65m for Women's PV, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Fabiana Murer, 2011 World Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fabiana Murer cleared 4.65m in Brasil yesterday, the new world leader in the women's pole vault. Melanie Walker ran 54.09 for the 400m hurdles, to take the world leader in her event as well!

We were remiss in not congratulation Isaiah Koech on his new World Best for 17 years olds at  5,000 meters, 12:54.59! Remember, Isaiah woke us up this past winter when he ran his 12:53.29 for the World Junior indoor 5,000m as well, in Stuttgart!  




RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Two world leading marks highlighted the 27th Grand Premio Brasil Caixa in Olympic city Rio de Janeiro at Olympic Stadium Joao Havelange. Home star Fabiana Murer opened her summer campaign with clearing 450 in second and world leading 465 in first attempt. Then she had three tries at 475. Her next competitions are South American Championships and Prefontaine Classic. Cuban Yarisley Silva was second with new CAC record 460 cm. World and olympic gold medalist Melaine Walker won the women 400 m hurdles in second world lead of the evening (25-29 degrees) 54.09 (her fastest since 2009) over another Jamaican Nickiesha Wilson 55.57. In the men´s race Andres Silva of Uruguay clocked new national record 49.16 and was better than Mahau Suguimati who achieved 49.71. Another home star olympic long jump winner Maurren Maggi showed top shape with 680 (+0.8) and clearly beating the rivals. Another Brazilian Keila Costa (650) and US Janay DeLoach (648) and Brianna Glenn (644). South American record holder Caterina Ibarguen of Colombia won the triple jump with 14.39 (+1.3) over Cubans, the best from them was Yarianna Martinez (14.25, 0.0). The meet record of Gwen Torrence 11.07 remained untouched but still fast women 100 m won Tahesia Harrigan of British Virgin Islands in 11.14 (+0.5). She missed her own national record by only 0.01. In close race second sub 11 perfomer from Sao Paulo Oludamola Osayomi of Nigeria (11.17) ahead of US sprinters Gloria Asumnu (11.19), Mikele Barber (11.24). Fifth best Brazilian Ana Claudia (11.32). Briton Dwain Chambers ended his Brazilian Tour unbeaten with 10.05 in wind-less conditions clearly over his rivals. Second Jamaican Kimmari Roach 10.26 with Keston Bledman of Trinidad 10.27 and last year world junior champion Dexter Lee 10.28. Former world champion Cuban Yipsi Moreno won the women affair with new meet record 74.26 in second attempt. South American record holder Jennifer Dahlgren as second achieved 72.26 over German Kathrin Klaas 71.44. In men´s hammer US Kibwe Johnson scored an important win with 77.42 over Asian Games winner Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan 76.18.  In men jumps Cuban wins for Wilfredo Martinez (804, 0.0) and Osniel Tosca (16.95 over Yoandri Betanzos 16.93 and Samyr Laine of Haiti 16.92). Dusty Jonas cleared 229 to win the high jump. Home wins in the 200 m race for Ana Claudia 23.09 (in close finish over Porscha Lucas the same 23.09, +0.5) and Nilson de Oliveira 20.74 (-0.1).



LAUSANNE (SUI): This weekend is also the usual clubs weekend in European Athletics. Senior Group A meeting will take place in Vila Real St Antonio, Portugal, on Saturday and Sunday, while the Group B meet will take place in the Serbian capital city of Belgrade on the 28 May (one day competition). In the stronger group 8 men teams and only 6 women (USK Praha and Manchester not coming) will participate, also due to the fact that the organizer was found only recently and the trip to Portugal is not an easy one. Russian Luch Moscow is the favorite (Fedoriva, Kotova, Shkolina). Spanish Valencia (Benhassi as guest), Italian Esercito (Cusma), home Sporting Clube (N. Gomes), Rotterdam and Turkish Enka Spor Kulub (Lalova, Rypakova) are the other teams. Here all looks as no team will be relegated. In the men competition 8 teams with Luch Moscow again as favorites (Mudrov, Zagorniy, Borisov) but also strong Sporting Clube (Obikwelu, R. Silva), Fiamme Gialle (Donato) and Spanish Castellon (Casana, Meliz). For relegation a fight of Newham Essex (St. Lewis, sprinters), AK Kromeriz (Novotny in long jump), Sparta Copenhagen (M. Jensen) and Spartak Dubnica (Ndiwa, Repcik) is expected. In the B-group in Serbia in both competitions 7 teams are expected.  Strong French CA Montreuil (with Nana Djimou) and Slovak Spartak Dubnica are the favorites. Also competing Bosnian AK Glasinac, Ferrybank of Ireland (K. Proper), Reshion-Lezion of Israel, LG Bern (with Romanian discus thrower Grasu) and home AK Crvena Zvezda. In the men situation again French CA Montreuil with top star Teddy Tamgho against Turkish Enka Spor Kulubu (also top triple name Marian Oprea) is the top clash. Other teams are Jyvaskyla of Finland,  Maccabi Tel Aviva (with young HJ star Kroyter), Phanos of Netherlands, LG Bern and home CZ Beograd.







STATS: With 12:54.59 Kenyan Isaiah Koech ran the fastest outdoor 5000m for the 17 years old. It should be noted although that Koech has run faster indoors, 12:53.29, in February in Dusseldorf and that Abreham Cherkos as 16 years old got even faster 12:54.19 in 2006. Imane Merga clocked his 6th sub 13 in Stadio Olimpico.


POINTS: The best score so far on the circuit this year 92 500 points per All-Athletics.com.


SPECTATORS: The official number was 47 732 and that is record for recent years.


DIAMOND RACE: After the third meet 6 athletes scored two wins already in Diamond Race. LJ Van Zyl at 400 m Hurdles, Dylan Armstrong in shot put, Allyson Felix at 400 m (her career second fastest 49.81), Milcah Chemos in the steeple, Blanka Vlasic in high jump and Sandra Perkovic in discus. All six are also unbeaten so far this year in this events.







EUGENE (USA, May 26): During first day of NCAA West Regionals Jessica Young achieved 11.21 (+1.4) in women 100 m heats and Rakieem Salaam 10.21 (+0.6) in men´s heats. Tabarie Henry of US Virgin Islands was the fastest in men´s 400 m heats (45.69).


BLOOMINGTON (USA, May 26): In the East Regionals even faster Jeff Demps 10.16 (-1.0) in 100 m heats, in another heat Maurice Mitchell 10.20 (+0.7). Ngoni Makusha qualified in the 100 m and was the best also in the preliminary long jump round (807, +0.7).


MARION (USA, May 26): At NAIA Championships fast 100 m heat time by BJ Lawrence of St.Kitts in 10.28 (+1.2) lifetime best.


EDESSA (GRE, May 25): At 31st Alexandria meeting former European Champion Periklis Iakovakis started with 51.09 at 400 m hurdles. Konstadinos Douvalidis won the 110 m hurdles in 13.99 (-0.4) and Yervasios Filippidis achieved 79.49 in javelin .


KUNSHAN (CHN, May 26): Wang Jiali achieved good 32:36.35 personal best at 10 000 m during National GP meet.

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