Powell 5.64, VCB 6.08, Jones 6.78, Trammel 6.45, Farah Wins 1,500m in Glasgow, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Asafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

Campbell_Veronica-ParisDL11.jpgVeronica Campbell-Brown, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jones_LoloR_USOut.JpgLoLo Jones, photo by PhotoRun.net

About six thousand track fans were treated to a well run track meet at the Madison Square Gardens, with some scintillating early season performances. Asafa Powell, the man who has run sub ten seconds in the 100 meters over 76 times, ran 5.64 for the seldom run fifty meters, giving him the fastest time in a decade! Veronica Campbell-Brown just dusted the women's 50m dash field, with her excellent 6.08, the fastest time in twelve years! On the hurdle side, LoLo Jones, in her first race since back surgery to relieve pain from a birth defect, won the 50m hurdles in 6.78, one of the fastest times on record for that event. Most importantly, she was on fire. Terrance Trammell battled David Oliver to the finish, showing that Trammell is still one of the best hurdlers that the US has produced indoors and out.

Mo Farah, running the 1,500 meters in Glasgow at the AVIVA International Match, defeated Augustine Choge in a sub 3:40 time, holding Choge off with a fast last 200 meters! More to come!


POWELL 5.64, VCB 6.08

NEW YORK (USA, Jan 28): Former World 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell making his first indoor appearance for eight years won over 50 metres at the US Open meet in New York. Powell in the rarely contested track event roared to the fastest time in a decade of 5.64 seconds when beating his training partner and fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter who clocked 5.67 with Trell Kimmons of the United States third in 5.68. „It was weird but it was a pretty good time for my first race of the season," said Powell after his return to the indoor circuit at Madison Square Garden. „There's bigger races ahead but that's a good way to begin." Fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown took the women's race at a canter in a time of 6.08 ahead of the USA's Jessica Young who clocked 6.20 and Gloria Asumnu of Nigeria who was third in 6.22. Campbell-Brown who will be chasing a third Olympic Games 200 gold medal in the summer, said: „It's a step in the right direction. Each race is just a preparation for what's to come this season." It is 8th best ever performer time for the Jamaican. World indoor 60m hurdles champion Lolo Jones also made an impressive return to action after a back operation to score a high quality 50m hurdles victory in a time of 6.78 from Briton Tiffany Porter  (UK record) and the winner's US teammate Kellie Wells who clocked 6.83 and 6.84. World 1500m outdoor silver medallist Silas Kiplagat thwarted the ambitions of Bernard Lagat who had previously won on eight occasions over the mile in his appearances at the Garden.  The Kenyan crossed the line in 4:00.65 with Lagat of the USA finishing 0.27sec in arrears. Daniel Komen also from Kenya was third in 4:03.82. World champion Jesse Williams opened the season with 229 and Jillian Schwartz was the best in the pole vault with 452 (Jenn Suhr no heighted at 452). Ryan Whiting beat Christian Cantwell (21.16 to 20.72). Former world indoor champion Terrence Trammell returned to competition in winning style at 50 m hurdles with fast 6.45 over David Oliver 6.50. Some 6000 watched the new meet at classic place (Madison Square Garden). With help from David Martin.



GLASGOW (GBR, Jan 28):  Mo Farah keeping his nerve over the final 200 metres circuit scored a solid victory as Great Britain won the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on Saturday. Farah raced to a Kelvin Hall stadium 1500 metres record of 3:39.03 just ahead of Kenya's Augustine Choge as the host nation won the encounter ahead of Russia, Germany, a Commonwealth Select side and a very weak Team USA. "It was a good test, it was a good battle," said Farah after holding off Choge in a stirring battle after the former Commonwealth 5000m champion tested him when taking the lead after 800m before he regained it 200m later. The meet also saw Hellen Obiri of Kenya set a 2012 world leading 3000m performance 8:42.59 ahead of Helen Clitheroe 8:45.59.  Russia's Konstantin Shabanov achieved European leader 2012 with 7.54 ahead of the USA's Dexter Faulk who clocked 7.60 while Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke representing the Commonwealth Select posted a PB of 7.67 for third position. The trio alll defeated World 110m hurdles bronze medallist Andy Turner who suffering from a recurring Achilles injury limped off the track after finishing fourth. Hannah England the World 1500m silver medallist also also suffered a home defeat by 0.02sec at the hands of Germany's Denise Krebs who won their tight battle in a time of 4:25.09 with a late spurt for the line. Russia's Pavel Trenikhin scored a solid 400m win in the world's third fastest time of the year of 46.68 while the women's race was clinched by his teammate Julia Terekhova the European under 23 silver medallist who raced to a lifetime best of 53.12. The ageless Kim Collins made two appearances but but was beaten initially in the 200m won by Danny Talbot in 21.17 while in the 60m he fell to the sword of Mark Lewis-Francis who held him off by 0.01 in a time of 6.65. Darya Klishina who slumped to seventh position at the World Outdoor Championships highlighted the infield performances winning the long jump with 675 cm. Jeanette Kwakye took the women's race in 7.26 and the 2008 World Indoor Championships silver medallist put a massive Germany's 2009 European junior 100m champion Yasmin Kwadwo. In the men's high jump, Russia's 2010 European Athletics Championships gold medallist Aleksandr Shustov was the only man over 2.29m, having no failures until he unsuccessfully attempted 2.32m. Britain's Robbie Grabarz, who leapt an impressive world leading 2.34m in Germany eight days ago, was third this time with 2.26m. German pole vaulter Karsten Dilla continued his recent run of good form when he equalled his recent personal best of 5.72m. With help from David Martin and Phil Minshull.



ANTVERP (BEL, Jan 28): Some 3000 spectators in the Lotto Arena saw great comeback of another mother in sport Tia Hellebaut. She cleared 195 and was second at the Golden High Jump special meet. With that result she also qualified for London Games and World indoors.  But she was beaten by World champion Anna Chicherova who went over 2 meters and equaled her own world lead. Afterwards had good tries at 202 cm. Third Sweden´s Ebba Jungmark with 192.



BORDEAUX (FRA, Jan 28): First top international indoor meet of the season in France saw Lukasz Michalski of Poland winning the pole vault with good 572 ahead of Romain Mesnil 560. Ethiopian Abiyote Abinet clocked world leading 3000 m 7:44.20 ahead of French runners with big improvements Yohan Durand 7:44.46 and Yoann Kowal 7:44.63. Under 7:50 also Morhad Amdouni 7:47.88 and Moroccan Aziz Lahbabi 7:49.24. All-time hero Felix Sanchez clocked impressive 49.74 in the rarely contested 400 m hurdles indoors. He missed his all-time world best only by 0.01. Cuban Yasmani Copello clocked in another race 50.32. Nigerian Ogho Oghene Egwero was the best in the 60 m 6.70. Moroccan Malika Akkaoui was solid 800 m women winner 2:01.52 ahead of Russian Yekaterina Kupina 2:01.79. Jamaican Patricia Hall won the 400 m in 52.39. Ukrainian Oksana Okuneva led four jumpers with 190 cm. Ruddy Zang Milama of Gabon was the fastest in the 60 m with 7.27 (and 7.25 in heats).



OSAKA (JPN, Jan 29):  Risa Shigetomo of Tenmaya track team won the 31st Osaka Women's Marathon on Sunday January 29, thus took a step closer to her dream of making the Olympic marathon team in 2:23:23. Since Eri Yamaguchi, Naoko Sakamoto, and Yurika Nakamura of Tenmaya track team made the Olympic marathon team in 2000, 2004 and 2008, respectively, Tenmaya as a team is likely to make it fourth Olympic team in a row.  The prohibitive favorite Kayako Fukushi lost contact with Shigetomo at 26.5Km and eventually finished disappointing ninth 2:37:35. Second Ukrainian Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko 2:24:46 and third Azusa Nojiri 2:24:57.




US SATURDAY ACTION: Sanya 51.45, WJR by Nixon



BOSTON: At Terrier Inviational Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad achieved fast 20.58 in the 200 m. Irish David McCarthy was timed with 3:55.75 in the mile and Leonard Korir won the 3000m in 7:54.59.


DAYTONA BEACH: David Payne clocked 7.67 in the 60 m hurdles.


HOUSTON: At Houston Invitational years fastest 60 m by former world indoor medalist Laverne Jones-Ferrette 7.08 with Murielle Ahoure distant second 7.23. Zambian Gerald Phiri clocked 6.65 to win men´s 60 m.


SEATTLE: World medalist Sally Kipyego achieved 8:47.91 at the 3000 m here at the oversized track(307 m). Second Katie Flood 8:55.31 and third Canadian Malindi Elmore 8:59.95 also sub 9 minutes. Canadian Cameron Levins achieved 7:48.25 in the men´s 3000 m ahead of Briton Chris Thompson 7:49.14. Geena Gall posted 4:34.79 in the mile ahead of Lauren Johnson 4:34.80.


LEXINGTON: Isiah Young was the 60 m winner at Rod McCravy Invitational with fast 6.62. Christina Manning got 8.04 in women 60 m hurdles.


UNIVERSITY PARK: Josh Scott showed good shape at Penn State Invitational with 20.95 and 46.40 double. Casimir Loxsom won the 800 m in 1:48.24 and Jeff See achieved 3:56.51 in the mile. Francena McCorory was fast in the 500 m with 1:09.01.


ALBUQUERQUE: New Mexico Invitational saw another top shape display by Gil Roberts who clocked 45.99 in the 400 m. In the second race Frankie Wright also pretty fast 46.22.


AMES: Harun Abda was the winner of 800 m at the Bill Bergan Invitational with fast 1:46.97 ahead of David Pachuta 1:46.98. The track here is oversized with 300 m.


COLLEGE STATION:Bahamian Demetrius Pinder clocked impressive 20.53 at the Mondo Challenge meet in the 200 m. Fastest in the 400 m was Ricky Babineaux 46.87. In the 800 m Joey Roberts achieved 1:47.14 ahead of Sean Obinwa 1:47.22. Decathlete Ashton Eaton achieved 7.73 in the 60 m hurdles. Bosnian Kemal Mesic was the shot put winner with 20.31, his personal best. Gray Horn scored good 5971 points in heptathlon.


FAYETTEVILLE: After good 200 m on Friday impressive world leading 51.45 for Sanya Richards-Ross at the 400 m during Razorback Invitational. In heptathlon talented Gunnar Nixon scored 6022 points what is new world junior indoor record. His marks: 7.10 - 753 - 13.97 - 215 and second day 8.21, 450 and 2:40.15. Former mark of Spanish Eusebio Caceres was 5984 points from 2010. Second Kevin Lazas 5920 points and third Cory Holman 5809. Akheem Gauntlett posted 20.82 in the 200 m and Amaechi Morton 46.38 in the 400 m. Good mile by Lawi Lalang 3:55.09 and also fast 3000 m for Elliott Heath 7:50.14 ahead of Chris Derrick 7:50.18.


LINCOLN: Torrin Lawrence with good 46.89 in the 400 m here.


FLAGSTAFF: Canadian Kelsie Hendry over 452 cm in the pole vault.




EUROPEAN ACTION: Kasyanov 6237, Sailer 7.24



VALENCIA (ESP, Jan 28): At Spanish Cup of Clubs Cuban Yunier Perez clocked 6.67 in the 60 m and Didac Silas improved the pole vault national junior record to 540 cm. Ruth Beitia cleared 190 in the high jump.


PORDENONE (ITA, Jan 28): Another improvement for Italian hurdler Marzia Caravelli with 8.06 at the 60 m hurdles.


MAGGLINGEN (SUI, Jan 28): Fast 60 m here by Amaru Schenkel who clocked in heats 6.65 and won the finals with 6.73.


BACAU (ROU, Jan 28): Second day of Romanian Grand Prix meet registered good long jump by Cornelia Deiac 667 cm.


ZAPOROZHYE (UKR, Jan 28): Yuriy Krimarenko went over 225 at Ukrainian Cup meet, Denis Yurchenko got 550 in the pole vault, but the top mark was registered in heptathlon when Oleksiy Kasyanov scored world leading 6237 points in heptathlon and missed his own national record only by 17 points (6.83; 7.62; 15.38; 2.05 - 7.92, 4.80; 2.45.44). In women´s pentathlon also a high quality score for Hanna Melnychenko 4513 points (8.35; 1.80; 13.18; 6.14; 2.17.86).


SPALA (POL, Jan 28): Another Polish junior record for Rafal Smolen in the 400 m finals with 47.35. Krzysztof Brzozowski improved with 6kg shot to 20.62 m.


JABLONEC (CZE, Jan 28): Katerina Cechova improved in 60 m to fast 7.33 at the 60 m during the international meet here. Lucie Skrobakova posted 8.13 at 60 m hurdles and Roman Novotny leaped to solid 792 in the long jump.


RIJEKA (CRO, Jan 28): Slovenian Snezana Rodic got here 14.01 in the triple jump.


SINDELFINGEN (GER, Jan 28): At South German Champs two standards for World Indoors. European 100 m champion Verena Sailer was timed with 7.24 at the 60 m and Kristina Gadschiew cleared 452 in the pole vault. Tobias Unger was the fastest in the 60 m (6.70).


ISTANBUL (TUR, Jan 28): Second day of Turkish Championships which also a test for World Indoors Izzet Safer won the 60 m in 6.83. Yavuz Can posted 47.55 in the 400 m and in women shot put Emel Dereli 16.70 m.


LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 28): At the London games European junior silver medallist Andrew Pozzi ran 7.66 and 7.67 in the 60 m Hurdles.


TURKU (FIN, Jan 28): Eemeli Salomäki cleared 550 in the pole vault here.







BUDAPEST (HUN): Legendary hungarian middle distance runner Istvan Rozsavolgyi  died on 27 January 2012 in Tata, at the age of 83. As middle distance runner he competed at the Olympic Games 1956 (1500m h) and 1960 (800m h; 1500m 3rd), at the European Champs 1954 (1500m h) and 1958 (1500m 4th). 36 internationals berween 1953-61. World record holder in 1000m 2:19.0 (1955); 1500m 3:40.6 (1956); 2000m 5:02.2 (1955); 4x1500m Relay 15:29.2 (1953), 15:21.2 (1954), 15:14.8 (1955); 4xMile 16:25.2 (1959). European record holder in 1500m 3:42.2 (1955).

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