At the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, it came down to the 4 x 400 meter relay for both championships. On the men's side, Wisconsin took the win and on the women's side, Ohio State took the title. Over 3900 fans watched the third and final day of the Big Ten Outdoor T&F Championships. (The meet was held in Madison, Wisconsin). Link to Big Ten story ). This was first title for Wisconsin men since 2007!
EME NEWS (MAY 13, 2012)
Kiprop 2:25:40 and Chima 2:06:25
PRAGUE (CZE, May 13): Expectations were confounded as Kenya's Agnes Kiprop won the women's title in the 18th VW Prague Marathon on Sunday in 2:25:40 (15 000 E) while the hopes of compatriot Lydia Cheromei of a 2:20 performance or better were dashed. Kiprop, who had dropped out of the Boston Marathon last month, suffering from typhoid, won in 2:25:41 from Filomena Chepchirchir and Ethiopia's Meseret Debele 2:27:15 PB. Cheromei, caught by Kiprop between 38 and 39k, dropped out soon after, suffering from a leg injury. At halfway, Cheromei was through in an impressive 1:09:22 so the dream of becoming the seventh woman - and fourth Kenyan - to break 2:20 this year was still feasible. Kiprop was one minute, four seconds behind and Chepchirchir a further 22 seconds adrift. The lead was maintained at 30k with Cheromei timed at 1:40:19 and Kiprop trailing by more than a minute. Fourth place for Algerian Salem Ait in 2:27:21 ahead of Ethiopian Misiker Mekonnen 2:29:46 and best European Russian Silvia Skvortsova 2:30:27. Deressa Chima ran to form to win the men's title in 2:06:25 (15 000 E), the second fastest performance ever in Prague. The Ethiopian took command shortly before 25k and beat the Kenyan duo of Stephen Tum 2:07:16 PB and marathon debutant Philemon Limo 2:09:25. The group had gone through halfway in 1:02:54, right on cue for a performance which might threaten the course record of 2:05:39, set by the Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui two years ago. Israeli Yosef Gezachw was the best European as 11th in 2:15:07 and best Czech Jan Kreisinger as 13th debuted in 2:16:26, an olympic qualifier. Best Czech woman Petra Pastorova as 9th in 2:39:42 PB. 39-year old former football superstar, Pavel Nedvěd completed his first ever marathon in 3:50:02. 9000 runners competed. From globerunner.org.
Culson 48.00 WL
PONCE (PUR, May 12): The 6th Ponce Grand Prix debuted as first ever one day meet from Puerto-Rico as part of IAAF World Challenge. Full Paquito Montaner Stadium with 15 000 spectators celebrated win for home star Javier Culson in world leading 48.00 at the 400 m hurdles. He beat Jehue Gordon 48.89 and Bershawn Jackson 48.96 (lost unbeaten streak of 2012). World indoor bronze winner and sprint revelation of winter Tianna Madison opened 2012 individual campaign with pair of fast personal bests. At the 100 m 11.01 (-0.7) and at the 200 m 22.37 (+0.3). This are 7th and 2nd fastest times of 2012 and she also competed in long jump (her world champion event in 2005) with 648 (+0.9) as third. In the 100 m behind her Muriel Ahoure of Ivory Coast 11.17 and Shalonda Solomon 11.32 and in another race Laverne Jones-Ferrette 11.24 over Bianca Knight 11.25. In the 200 m second Jeneba Tarmoh 22.66. Sensation in men´s 110 m hurdles in close race against -1.7 wind as Ryan Wilson in 13.43 beat world champion Jason Richardson also 13.43 and world record holder Dayron Robles 13.47. Olympic medalist David Payne won the other race in 13.45 (-1.4). Bahamian Demetrius Pinder ruled in the 400 m in 45.15 over US Manteo Mitchell 45.28 and world indoor champion Nery Brenes who opened with 45.51. Trinidad´s Keston Bledman clocked 10.12 100 m win against -1.9 wind (otherwise must be a sub 10) over Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade 10.15 and US Trell Kimmons 10.18 (Briton Chambers 6th in 10.52). Fast women hurdles by British record holder Tiffany Porter 12.79 (-1.2) over Kristi Castlin 12.91. Another top race women 400 m where Natasha Hastings clocked 50.72 over Deedee Trotter 50.90 and Jessica Beard 51.25 with Jamaican Patricia Hall equaling her PB of 51.40 as fourth. Both 800 m solid wins for Colombian Rafith Rodriguez 1:45.41 over home Wesley Vazquez who is 18 years old (world youth finalist 2011) and improved to excellent 1:45.63 senior national record and CAC junior record. In women 800 m also good 2:00.19 for Maggie Vessey over Canadian Melissa Bishop PB of 2:00.76 another Canadian Jessica Smith 2:01.55 and Panama national record 2:01.63 for Andrea Ferris. In technical events Cuban world medalist Lazaro Borges cleared 560 to win on count-back over US Mark Hollis in the pole vault. Another Cuban win for Yanelis Ribeaux in javelin 59.47 what is CAC junior record. Colombian triple world leader Catherine Ibarguen won the long jump 666 (+2.2, Cuban Savigne 5th 630) and US Walter Davis the triple 16.85 (+1.3). Men´s javelin went to Canadian Curtis Moss 75.32.
Russia won for first time all team competitions
SARANSK (RUS, May 13): Sunday was the Russian day at IAAF Race Walking World Cup in Mordovia. They won all individual and team events of the day. In summary Russia was the best in all 5 team competitions of the cup for the first time in the history of the event. 2009 World champion Sergey Kirdyapkin won the 50 km in world leading 3:38:08 ahead of his team-mate Igor Yerokhin 3:38:10. Third Australian olympic medalist Jared Tallent 3:40:32. Fourth Chinese Si Tianfeng 3:43:05 ahead of last year world champion Sergey Bakulin 3:46:14. German Christopher Linke as 6th improved his best to 3:47:33 and impressive past winner Jesus Angel Garcia of Spain at age of 42 seventh with 3:48:15. New African record for Marc Mundell of South Africa as 26th in 3:57:57. In total ten walkers went under 3:50 and 28 under four hours. Teams for Russia ahead of China and Ukraine. Yelena Lashmanova who won world youth, junior and European junior titles in first senior year won the women race in 1:27:38 (she will be 20 in November). Second multiple world champion and olympic winner Olga Kaniskina 1:28:33 (she lost big event for first time since 2007) and third was a surprise for Spanish Maria Jose Poves 1:29:10. Top Chinese was fourth Lu Xiuzhi 1:29:55 ahead of another Spanish Beatriz Pascual 1:30:46 and next Russian Anisya Kirdyapkina 1:31:00. Title defender Maria Vasco of Spain was a non-finisher. In teams Russia ahead of Spain and China. Seven countries were on the podium, the medal count: 1. Russia 7-4-2, 2. Colombia 2-1-0, 3. China 1-3-2, 4. Mexico and Spain 0-1-1, 6. Ukraine 0-0-3, 7. Australia 0-0-1.
CLEMSON (USA, May 12): Australian shot putter Dale Stevenson qualified to London Games at Clemson Tiger Qualifier with 20.63 PB in shot put. Dezerea Bryant achieved 11.34 (+0.2) and 23.05 (+1.5) in sprints and Bahamian Warren Fraser beat former world medalist Derrick Atkins at the 100 m in 10.42 to 10.47 (0.0).
ATLANTA (USA, May 12): Georgia Tech Invitational saw Jeremy Wariner in another fast race of the year at the 400 m 45.04. Great hurdles for Dexter Faulk 13.23 (0.0) over Terrence Trammell 13.39. Maurice Mitchell clocked in 100 m 10.19 (+0.7) in heats and 10.21 in the finals. Bahamian sprinting talent Antonique Strachan (still a junior) won both sprints in 11.35 (+1.5) and 22.75 (+1.4). Joanna Atkins posted 51.12 in the 400 m over Nigerian junior Bukola Abogunloko 51.57 PB and Briton Shana Cox 51.66. World indoor bronze winner from Istanbul Erica Moore opened her season with good 2:01.09 in the 800 m. World medalist Jo Lucas of Trinidad achieved 56.84 at the 400 m hurdles.
IRVINE (USA, May 12): Fast 800 m at the Big West Conference as Daegu participant Charles Jock clocked 1:44.75 over Ryan Martin 1:44.77 for US college leading times of the year.
BATON ROUGE (USA, May 12): Bahamian Ray Higgs won the SEC long jump title with windy 836 (+3.4, legal 799 +1.7) over Jamaican Damar Forbes who leaped to 813 (+1.2). Harry Adams achieved windy 10.13 (+2.8) in the 100 m heats and Barrett Nugent 13.50 (+0.7) in the 110 m hurdles heats. World junior relay champion from Moncton Regina George improved her best in 400 m heats to 51.79.
MANHATTAN (USA, May 12): Marquise Goodwin won the long jump at BIG 12 with windy 819 (+3.4). Jacob Thormaehlen improved his outdoor shot put best to 20.31. In the 200 m heats World Youth medalist 2009 Allison Peter of US Virgin Islands improved to 22.77 (+0.2). Improvement also for Kanika Beckles of Grenada in 400 m heats to 51.72.
EUGENE (USA, May 12): At PAC 12 English Gardner posted windy 11.07 (+2.2) in the 100 m heats, Georganne Moline 55.64 in the 400 m hurdles heats and Canadian Aaron Brown 20.55 PB (+1.3) in the 200 m heats.
AUSTIN (USA, May 12): Abraham Hall clocked at Texas State High School Championships fast 10.19 (+1.3) in the 100 m.
NEW ORLEANS (USA, May 12): Good long jumping at Conference USA as Torie Bowie leaped to 678 (0.0) PB. She is 2011 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion.
MONROE (USA, May 12): Second time this year Jason Morgan improved his Jamaican discus record. At Peak Performance Invitational in Louisiana he got impressive 67.15 m. His first international test should happen at New York DL meet on June 9.
CHARLOTTESVILLE (USA, May 12): At VA Challenge meet Phil De Rosier got 10.30 (+0.5) in the 100 m and Erik Van Inge 1500 m personal best 3:38.06.
LOS ANGELES (USA, May 12): At Cal State Last Chance meet olympic decathlon winner Bryan Clay won the 110 m hurdles in 13.75 (+0.7). Sweden´s Johan Wissman clocked 20.57 (+0.3) in the 200 m ahead of Rubin Williams 20.59 (100 m winner in 10.21 +3.3). French athletes competing Martial Mbandjock 5th in the 100 m 10.41w and Teddy Venel won his 200 m race in 20.76 (+2.7).
HOUSTON (USA, May 12): Sprinter Jordan Taylor posted good double at Great West Conference Championships with 10.27 (+0.2) PB and 20.84 (+2.3).
PRINCETON (USA, May 12): David Verburg again fast in heats at ECAC IC4A Championships 45.41 in the 400 m.
MADISON (USA, May 12): Canadian Derek Drouin improved at Big 10 meet with 231 high jump clearance. Kind Butler posted 20.45 (-0.1) at the 200 m in heats.
BREMEN (GER, May 12): European indoor champion Sebastian Beyer opened with 783 in the long jump in cold conditions.
VALLADOLID (ESP, May 12): Good men 200 m at a meet here as Bruno Hortelano clocked 20.87 (-0.1) over Angel David Rodriguez also 20.87.
SPLIT (CRO, May 12): Hungarian Robert Fazekas won the discus here at International meet Split 2012 with 64.23. Javelin winner Dejan Mileusnic with 77.16 got new national record for Bosna and Hercegovina.
TIANJIN (CHN, May 13): Ji Wei achieved 13.61 (+1.7) at 110 m hurdles during second day of National GP meet with junior Chu Pengfei as second improving to 13.86.
ST. MICHEL (FRA, May 13): Ethiopian wins at the Mt. St. Michel Marathon. Abraham Girma achieved 2:11:51 and Gabise Fita 2:36:56.
ALBACETE (ESP, May 13): Moroccan Malika Asahssah achieved solid 1:10:37 in the women category at the 17th Albacete Half-Marathon.
ROMA (ITA, May 13): Erastus Chirchir of Kenya won the 12th Corri nel Campus 9.7 km road race in 28:31. Fatna Maraoui was the best woman in 32:58.
JESOLO (ITA, May 12): Kenyan Robert Chemosin won the 2nd Moonlight Half-Marathon here in 1:03:31.
SENDAI (JPN, May 13): Kenyan Johana Maina won the Sendai International Half Marathon in 1:01:34 ahead of home Arata Fujiwara 1:03:32. Best woman was Asami Kato in 1:11:21. Mizuki Noguchi was a late scratch earlier in the week.