Oliver for Millrose, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

David Oliver, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Oliver will have a pretty extensive indoor hurdle season, as he is running Jan. 28 at US Open, Feb.4 at New Balance Indoor Games, and now Feb. 11 for Millrose Games.  The USA Track & Field Invitational, announced on January 24, 2012, joins the former Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas, with sponsor Nike, and their strong collegiate fields, with ten amazing elite events!

Filippidis beats Germans
COTTBUS (GER, Jan 25): Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis is having early season top shape. He won the 10th jumping meet in Cottbus and for third time achieved the Greek indoor pole vault record 572 cm. He already once cleared 572 last year and also last Friday in France. Four jumpers tried at this height, only Filippidis was succesful in third attempt. But he was not sure winner because Raphael Holzdeppe passed 572 and tried at 577 as Filippidis. It would be for both indoor personal best. Holzdeppe ended second with 566 ahead of trio with 562 in order Karsten Dilla, Bjorn Otto and Lukasz Michalski of Poland. Women´s high jump was mainly a battle of two Russians. Svetlana Shkolina got at the end the win as she cleared in her season opener the 196 in first attempt whereby title defender Irina Gordeyeva in third. Both tried then at 199. Third place for Romanian European U23 Champion Esthera Petre with 193 and fourth Spanish record holder Ruth Beitia and US record holder Chaunte Howard Lowe as fifth, both over 190 cm. Around 2000 spectators watched the event.

Evora after surgery
LISBON (POR): Triple jump olympic winner Nelson Evora was operated on Tuesday in Lisbon. It was a fracture in the right tibia in the warm-up for his first event this year, last week. The surgery lasted two hours and 15 minutes and went well. The doctor stated that the leg should now be stronger and that within nine weeks the athlete can begin training and after between three and six months Evora would be able to compete. But the national record holder and his coach  already declared that they will prefer to recover with calm and plan for 2013. Informs Arons Carvalho.

Schwazer for Dudince
ROMA (ITA): Alex Schwazer will make the headlines at the Walking Race Winter Trophy in Latina on Sunday 29th January. He will tackle the 35 km distance as a first test before his much-awaited 50 km debut on 24 March in Dudince where he will be looking to qualify for the London Olympic Games (3:54:00). The training regime in Settimo Milanese at the DDS Training Centre run by former swimming champion Luca Sacchi is bearing its fruits. "Alex has built up a solid training base with a mileage of 200 km a week", said Schwazer's coach Michele Didoni, 20 km World champion in Gothenburg 1995. Other Italian top stars like Giorgio Rubino, Marco De Luca and Jean Jacques Nkouloukidi and some Chinese stars coached by Sandro Damilano like Wang Zheng and Si Tianfeng, both fourth placers respectively in the 20 km and in the 50 km, will add extra spice to the 35 km race in Latina.  Elisa Rigaudo, Olympic bronze medallist in Beijing and fourth in Daegu, will take on her training partner Liu Hong, World silver medallist in Daegu, in the women's 20 km.

Oliver for Millrose
NEW YORK (USA): US record holder and Olympic bronze medal winner David Oliver will be one of eight standout 60 m hurdles participants in the 105th Millrose Games, February 11 at the Armory. "This is a big year for me as I prepare for London and I am really looking forward to competing in the Millrose Games at the Armory," Oliver said. He'll face a strong challenge from Terrence Trammell, David Payne, Omo Osaghae, Jamaican Richard Phillips, Aries Merritt, South African Lehan Fourie and Ryan Wilson. Oliver will run early in the season in USA after local meets in Gainesville he is scheduled to run US Open at 50 m Hurdles (January 28), Boston on February 4 and now Millrose Games. Organizers are informing.

Svoboda succesfull surgery
TURNOV (CZE): European Indoor champion 2011 Czech hurdler Petr Svoboda underwent achilles surgery succesfully on Tuesday. The surgeon Karel Horel said all is ok. He is now expected in one month to be able to start with the running. Svoboda plans in spring as soon as it will be possible training camp in Grand Canaria. The Czech record holder aims to be ready for European Championships and Olympic Games.


MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 25): At Dyachkov and Ozolin Memorial Marc Tolstikhin clocked 5:13.5 in the 2000 m ahead of steeple specialist Ildar Minshin 5:14.5.  Sergey Kucheryanu was the best in the pole vault (540). Best in women´s pole vault Anastasiya Savchenko went over 440 cm.

MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 25): During second day of Moscow U23 Championships to note that 2009 European U23 winner Yelena Kofanova posted a fast 800 m in 2:00.54 (indoor PB) and beat European U23 Champion 2011 Yelena Arzhakova 2:02.51. Also good the 9:02.92 life-time best of Kristina Khaleyeva in the 3000 m. Second Natalya Popkova 9:04.23.

KOLN (GER, Jan 25): Russian Andrey Patrakov won the special high jump meet with music here with 222 cm. He then tried to clear meet record and would-be PB of 228 cm. Second James Grayman from Antigua ahead of Douwe Amels of Netherlands and Ecuador record holder Diego Ferrin as all cleared 218 cm.

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