2012 Penn Relays: US Wins Everything! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Great US teams at the 2012 Penn Relays! The short relays were quite good. Nice double by Allyson Felix, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m. Killer anchor by Sanya Richards-Ross, so nice to see her so fit!

Leonel Manzano and Bernard Lagat really duking it out on the Nike DMR! And just some superb all around early season relays! Nice to see USATF and Nike supporting the most iconic of our relay meets.

Congrats to Dave Johnson, Penn's Meet Director, and his team, on making Penn Relays number 118 a huge success!

Lagat-ManzanoSF-OlyGame08.jpgBernard Lagat & Leonel Manzano, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (APR 29, 2012)

Menkova sensational 78.19 NR
BREST (BLR, Apr 28): In her first 70+ meet since 2009 reigning olympic hammer winner Oksana Menkova sensationally improved her own national record to 78.19 at the Yevgeniy Shukevich Memorial meet. Her series: 76.50 - 78.19 - f - 70.34 - 71.94 - 75.04. It is also third best mark ever coming close to world record region. "After some years finally a high level result for me, national record and olympic qualifier. After birth of my daughter my only aim was to come back in 2012 for the Olympic Games. But this result surprised me, I was expecting a 75 mark. My concentration will now be fully orientated towards the olympic preparation," said Menkova for the Belarus federation website. Pavel Krivitskiy was a solid men winner with 79.10. Second place for Beijing silver winner Vadim Devyatovskiy in his first official meet since the Beijing story in good 77.72. Third Yuriy Shayunov 77.36. In men´s discus Polish guest Przemyslaw Czajkowski got 63.42.

Pars 81.16 WL
VESZPREM (HUN, Apr 28): Daegu silver medalist Krisztian Pars achieved at a local meet hammer world leading 81.16 m. It was his 46th competition with 80+ mark (per Tilastopaja).

Ibarguen 14.95 WL
MEDELLIN (COL, Apr 28): Restrepo Grand Prix meet saw world leading triple jump by another world medalist Catherine Ibarguen 14.95 m. She was only 4 cm shy of her continental record. But in the men´s 400 m new national record for Colombia by Diego Palomeque in 45.62 ahead of Liemarvin Boni 45.77 and third place for Takeshi Fujiwara who achieved Salvador national record 45.99. Miguel Lopez of Puerto-Rico won the 100 m in 10.33 (-1.7) and home sprinter Darlenis Obregon was the fastest woman in the 200 m (23.15, +1.1). Winner of the second race Erica Chavez of Ecuador bettered her own national record to 23.36 (+0.5). In women javelin home Flor Dennis Ruiz improved to 59.32 m.

USA winning all races
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 28): In total 112 416 spectators saw this years Penn Relays. The biggest crowd came to see USA vs. World relays with 49 810 (fourth biggest at Penn for Saturday). And US teams made their pre-olympic statement winning all six races. Three world leads were registered in the championships relays and also two new meet records (US women 4x1 and 4x4). The team with Madison, Felix, Knight and Jeter clocked superb 42.19 in the 4x100 m clearly ahead of Jamaica 43.31 (pretty strong composition Simpson, Stewart, A. Bailey, Fraser-Pryce) and Nigeria 43.92. In the 4x400 m the quartett of McCorory, Felix, Hastings and Richards-Ross 49.4 split clocked world lead and meet record 3:21.18 ahead of Jamaica 3:26.55 and USA Blue 3:27.08 over Great Britain 3:28.71. USA red with Rodgers, Gatlin, Patton and Dix achieved 38.40 over Jamaica (N. Carter, M. Anderson, L. Clarke, O. Bailey) 38.98 and Trinidad 39.03. But in another race USA Blue (I. Williams, Crawford, Kimmons, R. Bailey) was also fast 38.47 over Netherlands 39.26. This was the only championships relay without a world lead (Racers 37.82). In the 4x400 m USA Red with C. Smith, hurdlers Taylor and Jackson with Merritt as anchor posted 3:00.15 over strong Bahamas 3:00.56 and Jamaica 3:03.28. In the first arce USA Blue achieved 3:03.13 over Belgium 3:04.32. In the sprint medley USA Blue 9:19.31 over USA Red 9:19.88 (with Bernard Lagat 3:57.2 mile split) and third Ethiopia 9:21.92. In women medley USA Blue 3:42.85 over Great Britain 3:43.72 and Jamaica 3:45.79 (hurdles olympic winner Melaine Walker 52.5 her split). Kirani James running for Grenada 4x400 m was reported to have the fastest split 43.8. His team was 12th overall (3:08.85).

Spearmon gets MJ record
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 28): At Drake Relays despite not very favourable weather some top marks were registered. Wallace Spearmon confirmed great early season shape with meet record 20.02 (+1.7) in the 200 m. The previous mark of legendary Michael Johnson from 1997 was 20.05.  "Technically, this was my fifth try at the record. I started looking at the clock early. I was trying to run a sub-20, but it was a little chilly. I was just waiting for the wind gauge," said Spearmon. Chaunte Lowe showed she is in top shape with first attempt 198 clearence (missed 201) over returning Amy Acuff 185. Jenn Suhr returned after mall win with 465 and tries at 480. Fast also the 100 m hurdles by Kristi Castlin 12.76 (+1.0) personal best over Nia Ali 12.83 and Canadian Angela Whyte 12.97. World champion Jenny Simpson won the 1500 m in 4:12.95. In other women events Allison Peter of US Virgin Islands clocked 11.23 (+1.7) PB in the 100 m. Keisha Baker won the 400 m (52.03) and Latosha Wallace the 400 m hurdles (56.58). In men´s hurdles fast times for Ryan Wilson 13.20 (+1.0) over Omo Osaghae 13.24 and olympic and world medalist Terrence Trammell 13.36. Daegu medalist Javier Culson of Puerto-Rico won the 400 m hurdles in 49.02 beating Johnny Dutch 49.06. Isiah Young got the 100 m in windy 10.08 (+2.2) and French Teddy Venel the 400 m (46.00). World indoor champion Ryan Whiting was the best in the shot put (21.31) over Zack Lloyd 20.64 and Canadian Justin Rodhe 20.36. Jamie Nieto with 224 beat on count-back Ricky Robertson (224) in the high jump. Also to note fast college 4x400 m times for Florida 3:02.41 ahead of Arkansas 3:02.47.


PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 28): At non USA vs World events at Penn Relays to note Jamaican Jacques Harvey winning the 100 m in 10.26 (-0.7) and his country-mates Andrew Riley (13.55, +0.6) and Hansle Parchment (13.61) dominating the 110 m hurdles. In women college 100 m also Jamaican win for Carrie Russell (11.41, +0.9). Jasmin Stowers was the best in the 100 m hurdles (13.05, +0.9). In the mile Molly Beckwith got 4:36.71 and in the high school section excellent 4:39.28 win for 15 years old Mary Cain.

TUCSON (USA, Apr 28): Ryan Milus posted at Double Dual Meet 10.28 (+0.1) in the 100 m. Brigetta Barrett continues in top high jump results with 193 clearance. After Walnut win Georganne Moline posted another one here at 400 m hurdles (55.37).
FORT COLLINS (USA, Apr 28): Jack Christiansen Invitational Joe Morris clocked 20.77 in the 200 m and Casey Malone achieved 62.46 in the discus. Long jumper and world indoor silver winner Janay DeLoach won the 100 m hurdles in 13.29 (0.0).

BERKELEY (USA, Apr 28): Amaechi Morton posted 49.43 at 400 m hurdles during Brutus Hamilton Invitational. 800 m specialist Alysia Montano won the 400 m in 52.16.

SAN MARCOS (USA, Apr 28): Jamaican Patricia Hall clocked at Bobcat Invitational 51.58 in the 400 m. She also won the 200 m in 22.84 (+2.7) ahead of Tameka Williams of St. Kitts 22.92. But Williams sped to great PB in the 100 m 11.18 (+2.0). Her team-mate of St. Kitts Antoine Adams won the 200 m in windy 20.41 (+3.9). Alexis Tanner leaped to 672 (+3.1) in the long jump.


SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 28): Bruno de Barros clocked fast 10.24 in the 100 m in another local meet at Ibirapuera Stadium. World indoor champion Mauro da Silva started the summer season with 789 in the long jump. Aldemir Gomes achieved personal best at the 200 m in 20.42 ahead of Rodrigues Viana 20.54 and Bruno de Barros 20.64. In women 100 m Rosangela Santos got 11.24. Junior long jumper Jessica Alves improved to 655 cm.

SANTA FE (ARG, Apr 28): At South American GP Meet German Lauro equaled his own Argentinian shot put record in first throw 20.43 m. Jennifer Dahlgren achieved 71.38 in the hammer.

AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA, Apr 28): European champion Christophe Lemaitre opened his season at a local meet with 10.45 against -1.7 wind. His first top race will be in Rome on May 31 against Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.

DRAZEVINA (MNE, Apr 28): Hungarian Anita Marton improved to 18.48 meet record and won the special shot put meeting Drazevina near Podgorica. She is now closer to Hungarian senior record which is 18.62. Bosnian Hamza Alic was the best in the men competition (19.86) ahead of Serbian Milan Jotanovic (19.83).

HIROSHIMA (JPN, Apr 28): During first day of Oda Memorial Meet Australian Tamsyn Manou won the 800 m in 2:02.56 meet record. 5000 m wins for Kenyan runners Sally Chepyego 15:19.27 and Charles Ndirangu 13:36.29.

MERU (KEN, Apr 28): African steeple champion Richard Mateelong won the 5000 m at the AK Meet in 14:13.4.  Mateelong said he will run at least two other major meetings before the national trials in June. "I intend to take part in the Doha and Shanghai meetings," he said. Mercy Njoroge won after the 1500 m also the 5000 m in 16:53.3.

TAIPEI (TPE, Apr 22): New national junior record at National School Games at 110 m hurdles by Cheng Yun-Yin (18) with 13.63 (-1.2) in heats and 13.65 (-1.1) in the finals (junior height).

TEL AVIV (ISR, Apr 28): Anastasia Muchkaev (that's the correct name spelling, according to her passport) improved again the national shot put women record to 17.22 m.

ALICANTE (ESP, Apr 28): At Spanish Clubs 1st round Julia Takacs achieved fast 21.14.57 in the 5000 m track walk. Eusebio Caceres sprinted the 100 m in 10.57.

KOSICE (SVK, Apr 28): Veldakova twins started the season at their home meet. Triple jumper Dana achieved 14.04 (+1.5) and long jumper Jana 652 (+1.6)

SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 28): National titles at the 10 000 m on the track for Gilberto Lopes 28:54.33 and Cruz Nonata 32:52.36.

BUDAPEST (HUN, Apr 28): National 10 000 m champions Laszla Tath (30:51.17) and Krisztina Papp (33:58.67).

BANSKÁ BYSTRICA (SVK, Apr 28): At track walking Milan Rizek achieved 43:09.2 in the 10 000 m ahead of Zdeno Babik 43:20.4 and junior Peter Tichy jr. 43:34.7.


ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Apr 28): At the Russian cross-country championships Andrey Leyman won the 8 km (23:25) and Valentin Smirnov the 2 km (11:17). Women senior titles for the miler Yekaterina Martynova at 2 km (5:58) and Natalya Vlasova at the 6 km (19:58).

LINKOPING (SWE, Apr 28): Swedish cross country titles for marathon record holder Isabellah Andersson (4 km, 13:18) and Adil Bouafif (4 km, 11:34).

GIJON (ESP, Apr 28): Ethiopian Workneh Fire won the 2nd Gijon Half Marathon in 1:04:30.

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