Double by Pearson, Down Under, 11.32,23.14, (-3 headwinds!), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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LoLo Jones, Sally Pearson, 2010 AVIVA London, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sally Pearson had an unbelievable year in 2011. Running times that had not been seen since the days of Renaldo Nehemiah (seriously, 12.37 or better? for women, Skeets was hurdling back then). Sally is focused, fast and just on fire. Her opening races down under were 100 meter and 200 meters into swirling headwinds. The -3.4 headwind that she ran her 200 into, lets you know that Sally is going to be tough in 2012.

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Double by Pearson
ADELAIDE (AUS, Jan 28): Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker claims he is not putting himself on a tight timetable to qualify for the London Games. In Adelaide he cleared 500 cm off of eight steps to place third overall behind winner Joel Pocklington (515). Hooker said: "It was a tough day today, just waiting for the wind most of the day, it swirls around a bit here. But when there was good conditions it was possible to jump high, but the little time we have to take our jumps, if you get some bad wind there's not much you can do." World Athlete of the Year Sally Pearson has delivered back-to-back victories in the women's 100m and 200m  with 11.32 (-1.4) and 23.14 (-3.6). Pearson said: "It was very, very windy and very tough conditions. Running into a -3 headwind in 23 [seconds] isn't too shabby. With a wind like that I thought I was going to run 24 seconds. It was really tough out there, I executed my bend really well and came off it in good position and then held on with whatever I had left in the legs." In the field, it was Alana Boyd who led from the front with a 4.61m personal best clearance to etch a third Athletics Australia qualifier next to her name just five weeks shy of the Olympic nomination trial. American Russ Winger heaved 60.98m in the men's discus to edge out Australian and Oceania record holder Benn Harradine, who with 60.37m placed second.  A 61.23m best mark saw 2009 world champion Dani Samuels (NSW) win the women's discus throw. Ben Offereins blazed the straight to win the men's 400m in a time of 46.16. Informs Athletics Australia.


US INDOOR FRIDAY: Sanya 23.18, Eaton 7.49 at 60mH, Barrett 197
 
SEATTLE (USA, Jan 27): Solid 5000 m at UW Invitational for Canadian Cameron Levins 13:42.90 and Lisa Uhl 15:29.85.

UNIVERSITY PARK (USA, Jan 27): Great improvement for Syracuse student Jarret Eaton with world leading 7.49 at 60 m hurdles. He clocked 7.67 in heats and 7.54 already a PB in semis. Outdoors he has 13.63 and previous indoor PB 7.56 from last year. Reggie Dixon clocked fast 6.60 in 60 m heats, finals winner Canadian Michael Leblanc also fast 6.64. Barbare Pierre also good in women 60 m with 7.17 and hurdles winner Vanneisha Ivy achieved after 8.12 in semis little bit slower 8.14 in the finals.

JOHNSON CITY (USA, Jan 27): World finalist and sub 10 runner Marc Burns of Trinidad won the 60 m here in 6.71. Evander Wells was second 6.78 but posted fast 6.63 in heats. Jamaican Vonette Dixon won the 60 m hurdles in 8.11.

ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Jan 27): Excellent world leading 20.63 for quartermiler Gil Roberts at New Mexico Invitational in the 200 m. Former world champion Brad Walker cleared 570 in the pole vault.

AMES (USA, Jan 27): Lithuanian Mantas Silkauskas scored 5780 points in the heptathlon at Bill Bergan Invitational. Top results from him in sprints 6.78 and 7.85.

BLOOMINGTON (USA, Jan 27): Good mile at Indiana Relays by Andrew Bayer 3:58.23 and Briton Chris Gauson 3:59.95. Aarik Wilson leaped to 16.50 in the triple jump.

COLLEGE STATION (USA, Jan 27): New Canadian and NCAA record in pentathlon by Brianne Theisen with 4555 points after 8.38 - 188 - 12.87 - 599 and 2:16.80. Decathlete Ashton Eaton leaped to excellent 804 in the long jump ahead of world participant Will Claye 796.

FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Jan 27): Sanya Richards-Ross returned to competition with fast 23.18 200 m win at Razorback Invitational. She beat NCAA Champion Kimberlyn Duncan 23.25. World finalist Brigetta Barrett improved in the high jump to 197. Slovenian Tina Sutej cleared 445 in the pole vault. Julie Labonte achieved new Canadian indoor record 18.01 m. In the long jump Marquise Goodwin leaped to good 810 and Akheem Gauntlett posted 20.82 in the 200 m. World youth champion Ryan Crouser improved with senior implement to 20.29 m.
 
KENOSHA (USA, Jan 27): Dutch Fabian Florant achieved 16.75 at Metzger Invitational, new personal best and European Championships standard in the triple jump.



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LONDON (GBR):  One of William Shakespeare's best-known plays, The Tempest, will be the inspiration for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle revealed. A speech by the character Caliban from the 400-year-old play will form the basis for the £27 million ($42 million/€32 million) Ceremony which will be called the Isles of Wonder and feature a giant bell and a group of nurses. The Ceremony will start with the ringing of a giant 27-ton bell, the biggest in Europe, which is being made by the Tower Hamlets-based Whitechapel Bell Foundry, listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest manufacturing company in Britain whose history dates back to 1420, nearly 200 years before The Tempest was written.

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