Outdoors, Indoors, XC, Roads: Sherone Simpson, 51.42, by Alfons Jucks, note by Larry Eder

Outdoors is already happening, as Sherone Simpson runs 51.42 in Jamaica. Still have not gotten over Veronica Campbell-Browns sizzling 6.08 for 50 meters in Madison Square Gardens. The MSG management want a track meet in their revitalized Gardens and put some effort into this one! So, how many footballers over a 40 yard or meter run could VCB defeat?

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VCB flying down the track, Jessica Young in pursuit!
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OUTDOOR (Simpson 51.42, Tum 2:08:51)



MARRAKECH (MAR, Jan 29): Kenyan Stephen Tum won the 23rd Marrakech Marathonin fast 2:08:51. Second Ethiopian Gezahegn Girma 2:09:29 ahead of another Kenyan Daniel Rono 2:09:50. Home women win for Soumiya Labani in 2:34:56. Solid times also in half marathon when Girma Berhanu achieved 1:01:59 ahead of Rachid Kisri 1:02:17 and best woman Malika Asahsah 1:11:14. In total 7000 participants.


NAPOLI (ITA, Jan 29): Napoli Marathon winners were veteran Ornella Ferrara in 2:41:10 and Moroccan Nasef Ahmed 2:18:54.


ELDORET (KEN, Jan 29):  Edwin Kipyego won the 21st edition of the Discovery Half Marathon in 1:02:30.   Last year London marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai was 6th in 1:02:55.


OSAKA (JPN, Jan 29): In half-marathon wins for Takaki Koda 1:03:54 and Maiko Murayama 1:12:46.


ALMERIA (ESP, Jan 29): Moroccan Abdelhadi El Mouaziz won here the 15th half-marathon in 1:03:24. Best woman was from Ukraine Olha Ochal in 1:12:47.


BEOGRAD (SRB, Jan 29): Home winners at 45th Beli Kros (White Cross). Amela Terzic won the 3 km in 10:40 and Mirko Petrovic the 8 km in 26:48.


SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, Jan 29): Top Cross race during the weekend was the 57th Donostia when Kenyan Mike Kigen won with 38:08 at the 11.475 km tough and muddy course. Second young Conseslus Kipruto 38:33 and third Josephat Menjo 38:37. Best European Joseph Sweeney of Ireland fourth (38:43). Women 6.975 km saw home star and 2009 World steeple champion Marta Dominguez finishing 5th as best European in 27:53. Winner Nazaret Weldu of Eritrea 27:18 ahead of steeple specialist Milcah Chemos 27:28, Trihas Gebre 27:44 and Kenyan Priscah Jepleting 27:52.


KINGSTON (JAM, Jan 29): Olympic medalist at 100 m Sherone Simpson posted fast 51.42 at the 400 m during Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium. Second Anneisha McLaughlin 51.89 and third hurdler Nickiesha Wilson 53.94. Olympic winner 2008 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her heat in 55.72. Melaine Walker, the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World 400 metres champion, had a close early battle with MVP teammate Sherika Williams in their 200m heat before the latter pulled away to win in 23.12, a good time for this early in the season. Walker was second in 23.46 and Shereefa Lloyd was third in (23.65). Michael Frater, a finalist in the men's 100m Beijing and a relay gold medallist at the same Games, ran 21.54 for third in heat one of the men's 200m behind the winner Edino Steele of Racers Track Club (21.23). Jamaican media are informing.


LATINA (ITA, Jan 29): Despite tough windy conditions, reigning 50 km Olympic champion Alex Schwazer clocked an impressive 2:28:10 in the 35 km at the Winter Walking Trophy in Latina. Schwazer showed very good going through the 10 km mark in 43:18 and the 20 km in 1:26:18 before unleashing a very strong final 10 km split which he clocked in 40:34 (20:31 between 25 and 30 km and 20:03 between 30 and 35 km with a final km split in 3:55). Schwazer beat Chinese Wang Zhen (2:31:29) and Giorgio Rubino (2:33:52). „It was an important test to assess my shape at this point of the season. I didn't think I would walk so fast. This means that everything is going in the right direction. My first goal is to qualify for the 50 km in Dudince on 24 March", said Schwazer.  Elisa Rigaudo also produced a strong performance by winning the 20 km women's race in 1:31:56 holding off her training partner Liu Hong in the final straight after an exciting final sprint.


BORGO VALSUGANA (ITA, Jan 29): Italian CC titles for Gabriele De Nard (30:49 at 10 km) and Silvia Weissteiner (27:47 at 8 km).




INDOOR (Kucherenko 691, Koneva 14.60)



KRASNODAR (RUS, Jan 29): Two world leading marks at Governor Cup meet. World medalist Olga Kucherenko leaped to 691 in the long jump and Yekaterina Koneva got life-time best 14.60 in the triple jump. Second Anna Krylova also good 14.39. Second in long jump heptathlon world champion Tatyana Chernova 654.


LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 29): During second day of London Games Asha Philip, the 2007 world youth champion over 100m defeated her global u18 successor Jodie Williams twice over 60m. First 7.30 to 7.31 and then 7.24 to 7.32- they where the first ever defeats for Williams to another British athlete. Fastest in men´s 60 m was Andrew Robertson who twice ran 6.65.


PRAHA (CZE, Jan 29): Adam Sebastian Helcelet scored  5933 points to win the international combined events match in Stromovka Hall.  Second in heptathlon was Czech star Roman Sebrle with 5808 points after: 7.26; 7.26; 15.44; 2.05 - 8.34; 4.50; 2.45.36. He plans another heptathlon at Czech CE championships in two weeks. Czech Republic won the men´s match with 20 983 points ahead of Netherlands 20 192, followed by France, Spain and Great Britain. Netherland´s women won the pentathlon match with record score 15 399 ahead of Great Britain, Czech Republic, Spain and France. European indoor bronze medalist Remona Fransen scored 4553 points (8.53; 1.84; 14.01; 6.02; 2.17.10) ahead of Nadine Broersen 4470 and Yvonne Van Langen 4380. World class hurdler Zuzana Hejnova was fifth with 4179  points.


DORTMUND (GER, Jan 29): German heptathlon champion is Steffen Kahlert with 5813 points.


PORDENONE (ITA, Jan 29): World youth champion Alessia Trost cleared here overall best 191, new Italian junior indoor record.


GAINESVILLE (USA, Jan 28): Marvin Bracy clocked at Carnes Youth Invite US HS record at 55 m with fast 6.08. He missed the 6.07 of Leonard Scott, the world best junior all-time from 1999.


DUSSELDORF (GER, Jan 29): Sebastian Ernst posted 21.17 in the 200 m and Dutch Jamile Samuel 7.32 in the 60 m here.


DORTMUND (GER, Jan 29): Sabine Krantz clocked fast 12:18.70 in the 3000 m walk at German Indoor Walking Championships. But she could not get the title as there were not enough competitors for that purpose.


ISTANBUL (TUR, Jan 29): During last day of Turkish Indoor Championships national record holder Karin Melis Mey leaped to 632 win in the long jump.


POMBAL (POR, Jan 28-29): Vera Santos achieved 12:35.12 in the 3000 m walk of women and Joao Almeida 19:08.84 in men´s 5000 m. European Indoor Champion 2011 Francis Obikwelu achieved 6.86 win at the 60 m.


BRATISLAVA (SVK, Jan 29): At Elan meeting Slovenian Marija Sestak got good 14.19 in the women triple jump. Briton Gianni Frankis clocked 7.76 at 60 m hurdles. His team-mate Josh Swaray won the 60 m in 6.72 and equaled his personal best.


ROMA (ITA, Jan 29): Audrey Alloh posted Istanbul qualifier 7.33 at 60 m.

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