Ivan Ukhov, London 2012,
Mutasz Barshim, London 2012,
Jesse Williams, London 2013,
The indoor season is in full swing. Runblogrun will be at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix this coming weekend. I would love to be in Ostrava tomorrow to see the final stop of the Moravia High Jump Tour. It sounds like a great competition, and with the likes Jacek Wazola, 1976 gold medalist and Dick Fosbury, 1968 gold medalist in the high jump, just sitting in the background would be alot of fun!
Still getting over the fine running this past weekend. I think the Karlsruhe meeting will have some screaming running events. Some good sprint races coming as well.
I am looking forward to the 60m hurdles in Boston this Saturday. We will see what kind of shape that Aries Merritt is in!
EME NEWS (JAN 27-28, 2013)
Chambers wants to win on Sunday
GLASGOW (GBR): Dwain Chambers won the British Match and showed top shape. His next race will be in Moscow this weekend at Russian Winter meet on February 3. "I was pleased with my first run against good competition. I will now need to focus for Moscow, both Mike Rodgers and Kim Collins are top quality athletes, great competitors and will want to beat me in a weeks time, so I need to make sure I am at my best physically and mentally".
Barshim or Ukhov, Moravia Tour to end
OSTRAVA (CZE): Top high jumpers moved to Trinec close to Poland where they will compete on Tuesday at 21st Beskydska latka high jump meet with music, the second and final leg of 9th Moravia High Jump Tour. All top jumpers from Hustopece are here (Ukhov, Barshim, Thomas, Baba, Williams, Torro), nice addition is world medalist from Daegu Russian Aleksey Dmitrik and European medalist from Helsinki Raivydas Stanys of Lithuania. The women field headed by world leader and last year world junior champion Alessia Trost is the same (except of Irina Gordeyeva) as on Saturday. Trost is the clear favorite for the tour win (both results counting together), on the men side Ukhov and Barshim had the same mark in Hustopece that would mean the one with better result on Tuesday will win the tour. The tour is this year proud to have Dick Fosbury as special guest and also in Trinec 1976 Olympic winner Jacek Wszola along with former Czech record holder Jan Zvara. Special addition into the field is Paralympic champion Maciej Lepiato from Poland. The legends joked at today press conference and Fosbury said when he would be able to jump he would chose rock and roll music from 50-ties or 60-ties and Wszola would go for Rolling Stones. It is expected on Tuesday the meet records (201 and 234) and world leads (198 and 233) will be under attack. Follow for live results and live stream www.beskydskalatka.cz.
VIENNA (AUT): The traditional Vienna Indoor Classic meet will be in the Dusika Hall again excellent opportunity for athletes from different European countries to attack the Goteborg standards. Britons Richard Strachan (400 m), Allen Scott (60 m hurdles), Kristina Wooton (1500 ), Sarah Claxton (60 m hurdles) are among top entries. Home runner Andreas Vojta will seek European standard in the 1500 m, Czech Jan Veleba runs the 60 m against Greg Cackett from Great Britain. Giordano Benedetti from Italy leads a big 800 m field.
LONDON (GBR): Suresh Kalmadi is at the centre of a new controversy after he chaired a meeting of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Executive Council in New Delhi. Informs insidethegames. Kalmadi is currently facing corruption charges linked to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and has been forced to step down as President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). But he retains his key roles in international athletics, including being President of the AAA and a member of the ruling Council of the IAAF. The main decision taken at the meeting was that this year's Asian Athletics Championship will still be held in Chennai from July 3 until 7 despite India being currently banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following a row over the IOA elections.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics is pleased to confirm the final entries for the European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country to be held in Castellon, Spain, on the 3rd of February. A total of 312 athletes from over 57 clubs across 21 European Athletics Member Federations are set to participate in the senior and junior category races for both men and women. Last year Spanish club Bikila and Turkey's Usküdar Belediyesi Spor Kulübü won the senior men's and women's titles in Castellon. The two outfits will once again be among the favourites in the Spanish city on Sunday.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Thumbs are up for the new Athletics Community Facebook page, which was launched by European Athletics last week. The new page is the latest promotional effort for the Community - a unique space for active young people interested in athletics, developing their skills, community service and making new friends.
KARLSRUHE (GER): German top long jumpers will duel at the INDOOR MEETING - Weltklasse in Karlsruhe on February 2. European Champion 2010 Christian Reif will face European Champion 2012 Sebastian Bayer.
NEW YORK (USA): Germany's Thomas Dold hopes to win his eighth consecutive Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by MMRF on Feb. 6, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) reported. Dold, 28, a stair-climbing specialist from Stuttgart, climbed the 1576 steps --about 320m of vertical gain-- to the 86th floor observation deck last year in 10 minutes and 28 seconds, eight seconds ahead of Christian Riedl, a German compatriot from Erlangen. Suzy Walsham, a 39 year-old Australian who lives in Singapore, hopes to win the women's contest for the fourth time. Informs Race Results Weekly.
HAVANA (CUB): Contrary to several reports Cuban hurdler and Olympic winner 2008 Dayron Robles is not retiring. He's taking a sabbatical year and does not want to run for Cuba when he returns in 2014. It would be wise to wait until final confirmation of this reports.
ST.GEORGE'S (GRN): Reigning World and Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James is Grenada's sports personality of 2012, copping his fourth consecutive title at the weekend. James easily defeated a field of 13 other male nominees for the national award during a ceremony at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort. He previously won the titles in 2009, 2010, and 2011 but was the clear favourite after securing the island's first Olympic medal when he won the Men's 400m gold in London last summer. Carribbean media are informing.
ST. MORITZ (SUI): Hurdler Lolo Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men's and women's skeleton. The U.S. edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track. Jones added her first gold medal in her new sport to her two world titles in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, in 2008 and 2010.
LONDON (GBR): A 'trial' six Grand Prix events are to be staged by IPC Athletics, the global governing body of para-athletics, in 2013 in the hope of continuing the legacy of London 2012. The news follows the recent confirmation of the host cities for the next three World Championships and London's staging of the first IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup this April. With a six-event series now confirmed, Ed Warner, Chair of the IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee, said: "This announcement is a direct legacy of London 2012 where the sport's profile was raised to astronomical levels." The six Grand Prix events will take place through the spring and summer, with an initial three-day meeting in Dubai, UAE, in March, before further meets in Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Grosseto Italy; Arizona, USA and Berlin, Germany. Informs Athletics Weekly.
MORE RESULTS FROM WEEKEND
HOUSTON (USA, Jan 26): Murielle Ahoure clocked super fast national record for Ivory Coast 7.00 at the 60 m. Second Laverne Jones-Ferrette 7.13.
GENEVA (USA, Jan 26): Olympic winner Jenn Suhr opened the season at a local meet with 463 cm and tied the world lead by Anna Rogowska.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USA, Jan 26): Jeremy Dodson achieved a solid double with 6.64 and 20.87 in sprints.
AMES (USA, Jan 26): Olympic medalist Eric Kynard cleared 224 in the high jump, Kenyans clocked good times on the oversized track. Edward Kemboi 1:47.43 in the 800 m and Betsy Saina 9:04.57 in the 3000 m.
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 26): 400 m additions to Armory Meet. In the men race Torrin Lawrence in 46.80 beat Greg Nixon 47.13. In women race Mary Wineberg clocked 52.12.
METZ (FRA. Jan 27): Dimitri Bascou with good 7.66 at 60 m hurdles.
POMBAL (POR, Jan 27): Rasul Dabo equalled Portugal 60 m hurdles record with 7.78.
FRANKFURT (GER, Jan 27): National combined events champions in Germany are Matthias Prey 5815 in heptathlon and Julia Machtig 4397 in pentathlon.
KINGSTON (JAM, Jan 26): At Grace Jackson meet olympic winner Shelly-Ann Fraser opened her season with 11.44 at the 100 m. Relay olympic winner Nesta Carter got 10.59 in the 100 m.
VALENCIA (ESP, Jan 27): In the open 800 m during the combined events match Luis Alberto Marco clocked 1:46.96 in the 800 m. The match was won by France ahead of Netherlands, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Spain. Gael Querin of France won the heptathlon 5861 and Nadine Broersen from Netherlands the pentathlon 4436.
MOGILYOV (BLR, January 25-26): At National indoor cup world medalist Alina Talay won both 60m & 60m hurdles 7.48 and 8.09c. Anastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova won the long jump 658. Nataliya Koreyvo finished first at 1500m with 4:17.06 and Elena Kopets in shot put - 18.44m.
CHELYABINSK (RUS, January 27): Russian Andrey Loginov won 1000m at Viktor Zhdanov Memorial special running meeting with world leading 2:21.50 over Pavel Trebenkov 2:21.60 .
MONTESILVANO (ITA, Jan 27): Italian walking hope Eleonora Giorgi, 14th at the London Olympic Games won the 20 km walk in 1:34:24. Jean Jacques Nkouloukidi won the men's 30 km in 2:15:17 beating Federico Tondodonati (2:15:33) and Daniele Paris (2:15:46)
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 27): Rion Pierre won here the 60 m in PB 6.63 and Italian Marco Fassinotti cleared good 2.27 in High Jump.
ATHLONE (IRL, Jan 27): First International meet in the new Arena. Brian Gregan clocked fast 46.07 in the 400 m, Michael McLoughlin 3:42.87 in the 1500 m and Spanish runners dominated the 3000 m Juan Carlos Higuero 7:52.14 and Arturo Casado 7:53.08. Robert Heffernan got 11:13.92 in the 3000 m walk.
DIEKIRCH (LUX, Jan 27): Kenya's Albert Rop and Ethiopia's Eleni Gebrehiwot were the winners of the ING Eurocross - an IAAF Cross Country Permit Meeting - in Diekirch, Luxembourg, on a snow covered course and in almost freezing condition. Informs the IAAF.
AMSTERDAM (NED, Jan 27): With a time of 8.09, Sharona Bakker has earned her qualification for the European indoor championships in Goteborg. The Dutch athlete suffered from an Achilles injury for most of 2012 but is back in top shape. Her personal best stands at 8.03.
HANNUIT (BEL, Jan 27): It was cold and it was icy but it did not stop the dominance of the Ethiopians who occupied the top places on the podium at the Lotto Cross Cup de la province de Liège in Hannut, Belgium (EA Permit CC). Yimer Ayalew won the men's race and Sofiya Shemsu took the women's event, both with dominant performances. Informs European Athletics.
MARRAKECH (MAR, Jan 27): Kenyan Stephen Tum clocked 2:06:35 course record and PB at the 24th Marrakech Marathon. Second Gezahgn Girma 2:07:41 PB and third Sammy Kibet 2:08:50. Also of note was the personal best --and likely course record-- for Waganesh Mekasha in the women's half-marathon 1:08:48. Women marathon winner was Gulume Tollessa of Ethiopian in 2:36:05 ahead of Abebech Tsegay 2:36:11. Male half winner El Abbasi El Hassan the only win for Morocco 1:01:09 personal best ahead of Kenyan Luka Rotich 1:01:10. From RRW.