Kucherenko 7.00m, Mutasz Barshim 2.33m, Trost 1.98m, Rodriguez 6.59m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Olga Kucherenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is an update of the highlights of January 20, 2013, from Alfons Juck. The indoor track and field season is under full swing. Ajee Wilson set the World Junior Best for the 600 meters this past weekend as well....


Kucherenko 700
KRASNODAR (RUS, Jan 20): First women long jump at seven meters (exactly 700) by Daegu silver winner Olga Kucherenko at Krasnodar Governor Cup. It is her indoor personal best and only for third time in her career she jumped seven meters. The series: 700-f-f-p-689-692. She plans to try to qualify for the European indoor championships in Goteborg. In pole vault Anton Ivakin cleared 550 cm and Denis Bogdanov leaped to 773 in men long jump.

Mutaz 233
VAXJO (SWE, Jan 20): Qatari olympic high jump medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim shows great shape already early in the season. At Best Western Games indoor meet he cleared first world lead 231 in first attempt and then second one at 233 in second attempt, had afterwards attempts at 235 cm. His next meeting is in Hustopece at Moravia High Jump Tour on Saturday where he will take on Ivan Ukhov and Jesse Williams. 

Trost 198
UDINE (ITA, Jan 20): Italian High Jump World Junior champion Alessia Trost cleared 198 in Udine on Sunday morning setting Italian Indoor Under 23 record which improves the previous age-group record set by Antonella Bevilacqua who cleared 195 in Genova in 1993. Trost is now ranked as the second italian jumper in history behind Antonietta Di Martino's 204 set in Banska Bystrica in 2011 tying Antonella Bevilacqua's 198 set in Athens in 1994. She jumped one cm higher than Sara Simeoni who had an indoor PB of 197 in Grenoble in 1981. Trost cleared 180, 185 and 190 in her first attempt and 195 at the second time of asking before her jump at 198 at the third attempt. She had a taste at 200 where she had two unsuccessful tries. What makes the result more remarkable is that Trost was supposed to make just a test. "I had no expectations before the competition. I narrowly missed 1.95 last summer and I knew that this height was within my reach and it was just a matter of time. My coach Gianfranco Chessa told me that I jumped very well at 1.95 and I could jump higher. I jumped 1.98 in my third attempt. It was a great feeling. It was strange to make the attempt at 2 metres. This is a awesome height. I am aware of what I did today but I want to start from scratch and re-focus. I changed the run-up and this allows to be faster when I take off," she said. Her next meetings Hustopece and Trinec at Moravia High Jump Tour in Czech Republic.

Rodriguez 6.59
MADRID (ESP, Jan 19): Fastest 60 m of the season by an European as Angel David Rodriguez clocked 6.59 personal best, second fastest in Spain ever. National record is 6.58 by Venancio Jose from 2001. 

A. Wilson 1:27.30 WJB
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 19): World junior champion at 800 m Ajee Wilson clocked junior indoor all-time best at 600 m at NYU Team Challenge at the Armory with 1:27.30.  Former world junior indoor best was 1:27.4 by  Great Britain's Linsey Macdonald back from December 1981 in Cosford. Wilson and Alysia Montano, America's top 800m runner, will be going after Delisa Walton-Floyd's 1981 American record of 1:26.56 at Millrose. The world best is 1:23.44 by Russian Olga Kotlyarova from 2004. 


ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Jan 20): Daegu world medalist in high jump Aleksey Dmitrik started the indoor season on a high note, with 231 clearance, second best of the season behind Mutaz of Qatar. Hurdler Yulia Kondakova won the flat 60 m in 7.38 PB.

ANTEQUERA (ESP, Jan 19): New Cuban 1500 m indoor record by Murys Castillo 3:43.06.

BOULDER (USA, Jan 19): At Potts Invitational Jeremy Rankin clocked 6.67 at 60 m over Jeremy Dodson 6.69.
NOTRE DAME (USA, Jan 19): Solid 400 m by Patrick Feeney here at the oversized track 46.96.

CHEMNITZ (GER, Jan 20): Fast 7.68 at 60 m Hurdles by Erik Balnuweit during the regional championships. In women events Cindy Roleder clocked 8.21 at the hurdles, Jenny Elbe 13.96 in the triple jump and Christina Schwanitz 18.63 in the shot put.

YAROSLAVL (RUS, Jan 19): High jump world champion 2009 Yaroslav Rybakov cleared 222 cm at regional championships. He also clocked 7.45 in the 60 m.

PRAHA (CZE, Jan 19): European pole vault champion Jirina Svobodova started her indoor season with 432 clearance.

HIRSON (FRA, Jan 19): French Abdoulaye Diarra won the special high jump meeting with 222 cm over Russian Yevgeniy Korshunov also 222.

NOVI SAD (SRB, Jan 19-20): European U23 medalist Mihail Dudas scored here 5761 points in heptathlon over Darko Pesic of Montenegro 5310. Long jump specialist Ivana Spanovic assembled 4240 points in pentathlon what is Serbian indoor record. She registered high quality 663 cm in the long jump. Her other results were 8.49 in the hurdles, 178 high jump, 12.40 shot put and modest 2:43.68 in the 800 m. 

LEVERKUSEN (GER, Jan 20): Nigerian Peter Emelieze clocked 6.75 in heats and 6.78 in finals of 60 m. 

ERFURT (GER, Jan 20): Sebastian Keiner achieved solid 3:43.84 in the 1500 m at the regional championships.

SAARBRUCKEN (GER, Jan 20): European Champion Sebastian Reif got 800 cm in the long jump here and fulfilled Goteborg standard. Italian Paolo Dal Molin did the same in the 60 m hurdles with 7.68 PB.
ALEXANDROW LODZKI (POL, Jan 20): Konrad Bukowiecki achieved new Polish youth indoor record with 5 kg implement in shot put 20.17 m.

ITHACA (USA, Jan 19): Montez Blaire improved by 5 cm in the high jump to 227 cm here.

AMES (USA, Jan 18): Mark Jelks posted 6.65 at Iowa State Open meet, Nick Efkamp clocked 46.75 in the 400 m at the oversized track here.

HOUSTON (USA, Jan 20): Cameron Burrell (18) improved in the 60 m at Carl Lewis High School Invitational to 6.69.


SEVILLA (ESP, Jan 20): Kenyans Jairus Birech and Mercy Cherono won the 31st Cross Internacional de Itálica (IAAF CC Permit). Steeple specialist Birech clocked 31:56 at 10.8 km ahead of Emmanuel Bett 31:57 and another steeple top name junior Conseslus Kipruto 32:15. Fourth Amanuel Mesel of Eritrea 32:19 with top Spanish Javier Guerra 8th in 32:36. In women 8 km Cherono achieved more clearer win in 26:48 over other Kenyans Irene Cheptai 27:29 and Magdalene Masai 27:45. Fourth top home runner Diana Martin 27:52 ahead of Alessandra Aguilar 27:59.The event was saved by regional government funding.

CARDIFF (GBR, Jan 20): Louise Damen and Andy Vernon took victories in the senior races at the McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge in challenging conditions at snow-covered Blackweir Fields. Informs UK Athletics. 
Damen clocked 25:21 at 6.99 km ahead of Emily Wicks 26:27 and Hatti Archer 26:39. Vernon´s time at 10.37 km was 34:02 ahead of Frank Tickner 34:09. Vernon aims to qualify for European Indoor Championships.

KERKRADE (NED, Jan 20): Kenyan Amos Mitei won the 49th Abdijcross with 30:23 at 9.6 km over David Bett 30:30 and best Dutch Khalid Choukoud 30:58. Maureen Koster was the women winner at 7.4 km in 27:09 ahead of experienced Belgian Veerle Dejaeghere 27:24.

MARSEILLE (FRA, Jan 20): French Laila Traby won the Jean Bouin Memorial Cross race az 5.8 km in 20:36 ahead of Martha Komu 20:37, Betty Murungi 20:50 and Russian Yekaterina Shklyakhova 21:08. In men 9.6 km Kenyan Kipchichir (official results are not having his full name) 28:42 over Eritrean junior Measho Tesfagaber 28:45 and Dickson Kimaiyo 29:02. Best French James Theuri as 6th (29:21).

SANTA POLA (ESP, Jan 20): John Mwangangi of Kenya achieved fast 1:01:48 to win the 22nd Santa Pola Half Marathon. Second Abreham Asefu from Ethiopia 1:02:37 and third David Kwemoi, Kenya 1:02:41. Georgina Rono the winner of Eindhoven marathon was the top woman in 1:10:00, second Chalta Tafa of Ethiopia 1:12:39. Top European Russian Natalya Solovyova fourth in 1:14:46. Around 8200 participants were registered. 

LAS PALMAS (ESP, Jan 20): Jose Carlos Hernandez won the 12th Grand Canaria Half Marathon in 1:04:43. In women marathon the winner Aroa Merino achieved 2:59:50.

TEMPE (USA, Jan 20):  Stephanie Rothstein Bruce win the Tempe Half Marathon in 1:15:18 ahead of Dorota Gruca of Poland 1:15:56. Scott McPherson in 1:05:25 was the top male runner.

HAMILTON (BER, Jan 20): Bermuda Marathon Weekend ended with rainy marathon won by Richard Kessio of Kenya 2:27:08 ahead of Lemma Fikadu of Ethiopia 2:29:20. Russian Yelena Orlova was the top woman in 2:54:05. In the Half Marathon Jordan Chipangama from Zambia won in 1:05:50 and Russian Olga Romanova 1:20:09.

MONTEFORTE (ITA, Jan 20): Stefano La Rosa won the 6.06 km Montefortiana-Tura race in 30:50 ahead of Kenyan Robert Ndiwa 30:51. Rosaria Console was the best woman in 20:37. 

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Jan 20): Kenyan wins at the Corrida Sao Sebastiao here at the 10 km. Maurine Jelagat clocked 34:18 ahead of Elizabeth Rumokol 34:29. In men race Joseph Kachapin 29:42 with home Gilmar Silvestre Lopes second in 30:01. 

NAPLES (USA, Jan 20): Ethiopian Belainesh Gebre won the Naples Half Marathon in 1:11:55 ahead of Kenyan Hellen Jemutai 1:13:14. Top male was Kenyan Kiprono Kurgat 1:03:38.


MUMBAI (IND): It was not world lead by Valentine Kipketer at Mumbai Marathon 2:24:23 as Merima Mohamed clocked 2:23:37 at Houston Marathon the week before.

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