Mazano Runs 3:55.6, Texas' fastest mile, Oliver hurdles 13.30, 13.37, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder WL,

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Leo Manzano, Matt Centrowitz, Galen Rupp, 2012 US Indoor Champs,
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David Oliver, 2010 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Leo Manzano ran a dandy 3:55.6, setting a record for the fastest mile ever run in Texas, and surely, some kind of record (?) for March 24? David Oliver runs 13.30 for 110m hurdles into a 3.2 mps head wind, and then, in finals runs 13.37! Oh, the 13.30 is world leader. Gosh, outdoor season has started with a huge scream!  Dynamo Hum!

Had a fascinating conversation with Nicole Blood and Carey Pinkowski, today, about their high school teams. Pinkowski, the Race Director at B of A Chicago Marathon, was part of four time Indiana cross country champ team, that had three guys on same team, same years that ran sub 9 minutes for two miles! Nicole Blood was from the best girls high school program in the country. Their experiences, though thirty years apart, were amazingly similar. Watch for that later this week!

RODRIGUEZ BACK IN TRAINING

MADRID (ESP): Daegu 1500 m bronze winner Natalia Rodriguez is back in training for Olympic Games. She sprained her ankle in December and that forced her to stop with the training. After blood clot complications she could not compete not only indoors but also in the cross-country races. „I have four months and there is still time, but I have to adapt the training," says Natalia. Due to preparation she resigned as local parliament member of Tarragona, her city.

 

PAVEY WITH OPTIONS

LONDON (GBR): British distance runner Jo Pavey is keeping her options open on what event she might contest at the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer. The three-time track Olympian already holds the qualifying standard for the marathon where she is a contender to be chosen for the remaining place in Team GB after Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi were pre-selected after easily achieving the required time in the Berlin and Yokohama Marathons. Pavey although the next fastest of the other Britons determined to represent their country on home soil is thinking about keeping her options open particularly if not picked when the selectors make their decision after the Virgin London Marathon on 22 April. The 38-year-old was hoping to prove her fitness with a good performance in last weekend's New York City half marathon but was a late withdrawal suffering from flu which prompted her to keep her options open. That could see the former Commonwealth 5000m silver medallist chase the 10000m qualifying standard. Writes David Martin.

 

FOUR SELECTED, BUT NOT GILL

AUCKLAND (NZL): Beijing Olympics medallists Valerie Adams and Nick Willis head a small first wave of track and field athletes confirmed for the 2012 London Olympic Games. But the group does not yet include teenage shot putter Jacko Gill, whose Olympic fate rests in a „pending group". Other two now confirmed are marathon runner Kim Smith and javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar. Below them listed a five-strong pending group of athletes who are either yet to fully qualify, or have met standards, but are out of form. Shopt putters Tom Walsh, talented Jacko Gill, walker Quentin Rew, decathlete Brent Nedwick, middle distance runner Nikki Hamblin and long distance runner Adrian Blincoe. NZ media are informing.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

ATHENS (GRE): Pat Butcher writes that Greece has been getting a pounding from economists in recent months, but millionaires' magazine Forbes has named the Athens Classic Marathon as one of the must-run marathons abroad for its more energetic and time-rich readers. The Athens race, which begins in the town of Marathon and finishes inside the Panathenaikon "Marble" Stadium in Athens - whose history, as Forbes points out, is how the 42.195k event gets its name - is one of just ten marathons worldwide highlighted by the rich-list magazine. Potential entrants for the Authentic Marathon, as it is known internationally, would do well to get online ASAP. The registration period for ACM 2012, on Sunday, November 11, opened two weeks ago, and numbers are limited.

 

NIJMEGEN (NED): Nijmegen Global Athletics it the second Dutch meeting in a short time that announces the cancellation of the event. Meeting in Nijmegen just weeks ago announced they would have a high class 10.000m race for athletes with little opportunity to run this distance. The cancellation is due to a lack of funding for the competition reports All Track Press. The event was scheduled for May 25.

 

AMSTERDAM (NED): Interesting work between Dutch and French pole vaulters as Dutch pole vault head coach Rens Blom invited some of France's best pole vaulters to train with Dutch pole vaulters in Sittard, The Netherlands. Blom earlier this year took his vaulters to Clermont-Ferrand to learn from the French way of pole vaulting according to All Track Press.

 

BERLIN (GER): Sports director of the German athletics federation DLV Thomas Kurschilgen has announced changes in the selection procedure for the combined events competitions at the European Championships and the Olympic Games. The IAAF World Challenge meeting in Götzis end of May will be the last chance to qualify for the European Championships in Helsinki. The selection however will be made after the IAAF World challenge combined events meeting of Ratingen on June 14 th and 15 th with the goal that Germany's best combined events athletes will have Olympic Games as the priority.

 

LAUSANNE (SUI): Ukraine's leading decathlete Oleksiy Kasyanov confirmed to European Athletics he will try to compete in both the European championships and the London Olympic Games. „Doing a decathlon at both the European Athletics Championships and the Olympic Games, which comes a month afterwards this summer, is certainly feasible and it's in my plans to do both events," the athlete was quoted while adding that he is aiming to be on the podium in Helsinki after leading after the first day in Barcelona but later had to drop out because of injury.

 

LONDON (GBR): Defending Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu is slowly getting back in top shape ahead of the London Games but admitted to The Telegraph she is no long one of the poster girls for the event. "As a kid growing up I never followed the Olympics at all, I sometimes think I shouldn't say that but it is the truth so there you have it. The Olympics was something that never crossed my mind and I never watched it. I have no Olympic memories at all until I found myself competing in the 2004 Games at Athens" Ohuruogu was quoted.

 

NAIROBI (KEN): Laureus Sportswoman of the year Vivian Cheruiyot has added another gem to her crown, but this time it will glare on her charity work after she was named as one of the Koech Foundation Trust Ambassadors. The double World champion in 5,000 and 10,000m races, was appointed together with beauty queen Fiona Konchella and Kenya's Sevens Rugby team as ambassadors for the tree is life campaign. East Standard informs.

 

FRANKFURT (GER): The organization and content of European Athletics Convention was among the main topics for discussion at European Athletics Reflection Commissions' meeting in Frankfurt at the weekend. In the presence of European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz, the Reflection Commission, led by European Athletics Vice-President Karel Pilný, discussed the daily style of functioning of different European Athletics member federations and the 2011 IAAF Congress and Elections among other topics. Informs EA.

 

AMSTERDAM (NED): Stressing the need for action, European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz has told the Development Committee that its activities are important for promoting athletics and building the visibility and credibility the sport requires in order to attract more support from governments, institutions and sponsors. The president was present Friday at the beginning of the committee's weekend meeting in Amsterdam where the European Athletics Education Programme topped the agenda, the main point being the upcoming CEO Conference (Neusiedl am See, Austria, 21-22 April) - which will emphasise opportunities to expand the revenue streams of Member Federations.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA (USA, Mar 24): Despite head-wind fastest 110 m hurdles of the year by David Oliver with 13.30 (-3.2) in heats and 13.37 (-1.3) in the finals.

 

TARSUS (TUR, Mar 25): At 8th Tarsus Half Marathon Ethiopians ruled. Winner Adihana Gebretsadik clocked 1:02:19 ahead of Asefa Tigabu 1:02:30 and Bekele Tesfaye 1:02:35. Fourth best home runner Bekir Karayel in 1:02:55 lifetime best. In women race fast 1:09:37 for winner Atsede Baysa beating Zinash Tola 1:12:03 and best home runner Ummu Kiraz 1:12:18 PB.

 

ALA DEI SARDI (ITA, Mar 25): Kenyans John Kipkoech and Prisca Jepleting won the 36th edition of the International Cross Country race Trofeo Alsport in Alŕ dei Sardi, a small village in Sardinia. John Kipkoech, 2010 World Junior silver medallist in the 5000 meters in Moncton held off in 32:11 the 2011 World Cross Country silver medallist Paul Tanui by three seconds 32:14. Cinque Mulini winner Thomas Longosiwa took third place in 32:52. World and Olympic 1500 meters gold medallist and Edinburgh 3 km winner Asbel Kiprop finished a distant fifth after running in the leading group until halfway (33:30). Best Italian Stefano La Rosa (34:04). Prisca Jepleting, world silver medallist in the 5000 meters in Osaka 2007 and fourth in the 10000 meters in Daegu, held off former 5000 meters World Junior champion Sule Utura from Ethiopia by one second in women 5.5 km (17:56.6 to 17:57.0). Kenyan Pauline Koriwwiang, 2006 World Junior Cross Country champion, took third place in 18:12, two seconds ahead of twice 1500 meters world champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal from Bahrein.

 

CARDIFF (GBR, Mar 25): Katarina Johnson-Thompson competing in the U23 match (GBR vs France vs Spain) scored 4526 in pentathlon, just nine points short of the world junior record of 4535 held by Carolina Kluft since 2002. Her marks where 8.48, 1.88, 11.68, 6.24 and 2:17.24. Daniel Gardiner won the heptathlon with a welsh record 5650 points.

 

CHICAGO (USA, Mar 25): The 33rd Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K lived up to its billing as the world's largest timed 8K rad race as a record 34,372 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park, beating the previous record set last year by nearly 2,000 finishers. In comfortable weather conditions leading the way for the record field was men's champion Abdelaaziz Atmani in 23:18, and women's champion Julia Lucas in 25:37, the fastest women's winning time since Deena Kastor's American record in 2005 and the seventh fastest women's time in event history. It was a tight race as second place went to David Adams just three seconds behind Atmani (23:21), followed by Abdi Abdirahman in third (23:30). Lucas battled with Chicago area native Delilah DiCrescenzo to win a hotly contested women's race featuring numerous lead changes among the top three. The former North Carolina State All-American ultimately prevailed by 12 seconds over runner-up DiCrescenzo (25:49). Early race leader Diane Nukuri-Johnson, a Burundian Olympian based in Iowa City, IA, finished third (26:11).

 

VENLO (NED, Mar 25): Ethiopian refugee now running for Norway Urige Buta won the Venlo Half Marathon in 1:02:35. Second Mustafa Mohamed new Swedish record 1:02:40 ahead of Sondre Nordstad Moen of Norway 1:02:48. Fourth and Dutch champion Patrick Stitzinger 1:03:28. Fifth Jussi Utriainen of Finland 1:03:57 completing solid European runners display here. Sharon Tavengwa of Zimbabwe was the best woman in 1:11:25 ahead of Mary Naali 1:13:20 and best Dutch Andrea Deelstra 1:13:47.

 

MOBILE (USA, Mar 24): Kenyan Richard Kandie won Saturday's 34th annual Azalea Trail Run with the slowest time 29:15 since Mexico's Maurice Gonzalez clocked 29:03 in 1991. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom a Kenyan who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, held off Kenya's Risper Gesabwa and Ethiopia's Alemtsehay Misganaw to win the women's elite division in 33:22. Gesabwa and Misganaw finished in 33:24 and 33:26. The race was run in fog and high humidity. Informs www.al.com.

 

NOVI SAD (SRB, Mar 25): Winners of 19th Novi Sad Half Marathon were Darko Zivanovic in 1:05:38 and Ana Subotic 1:16:45.

 

AUSTIN (USA, Mar 24): Leo Manzano clocked a state record here at his 2nd Manzano Mile with 3:55.6.

 

MARSEILLE (FRA, Mar 25): New course record at 4th Marseille Marathon by Ethiopian Beriso Morkama 2:15:10.

 

FERRARA (ITA, Mar 25): Fast personal bests at Ferrara Half Marathon for Kenyans. Solomon Kirwa Yego clocked 1:01:49 and Philemon Kipsang 1:02:15.

 

BILBAO (ESP, Mar 25): Fresh world indoor silver winner Meryem Selsouli of Morocco won the 7th Bilbao Road Mile in 5:04 ahead of home star Marta Dominguez 5:05. In men´s race Victor Garcia 4:33 beating Alvaro Rodriguez 4:33 and Luis Alberto Marco 4:34.

 

LIER (BEL, Mar 25): Belgian champions at Lier Marathon Bart Vesrchoren (2:30:11) and Els Rens (2:45:32, she was 11th overall).

 

FIRENZE (ITA, Mar 25): Italian Clubs event in track walking saw Vito Di Bari winning the 20 000 m in 1:26:16.8 and Eleonora Giorgi the 10 000 m in 45:08.24.

 

 

 

HAPPY NEWS

 

 

MOSCOW (RUS): Three time world indoor relay champion and European cup winner Tatayna Levina (35) of Russia gave birth to a daughter (54 cm and 4.2 kg). Her bests are 50.78 outdoor and 51.17 indoor at the 400 m. She is also relay world record holder at 4x400 m from Budapest 2004.

 

 

 

SAD NEWS

 

 

KYIV (UKR): On Sunday died at age of 48 after cancer battle respected coach Dmytro Polyakov who guided the preparation of olympic winner and fresh world indoor champion and record holder Natalya Dobrynska. He was involved in boxing and came to athletics only in 2007.

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