Manteo Mitchell tests his shape, 6.80 and 21.37, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Manteo Mitchell, 2012 World Indoors, 4x400m, 
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Manteo Mitchell ran a leg of the 4 x 400 meters, breaking his leg mid-race and gutting it out to the hand-off, allowing the US men's team to make the London Olympic final. His story was the most viral story of the day on may sites, and had over 60,000 views on our FB site that day! 

The good news is that Manteo is healthy once again, and just tested himself this weekend, running a 60 meter race in 6.80 and taking second in the 200 meters in 21.37. That is two weeks ahead of Manteo representing the US team in Glasgow, Scotland in an international match. We wish Manteo much luck this year and respect him for his gutty run last year! 

Manteo Mitchell, 
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Course records in Mumbai 2:09:32 and 2:24:33
MUMBAI (IND, Jan 20): Pacemaker and debutant Jackson Kiprop of Uganda and Valentine Kipketer of Kenya set new course records on their way to the men and women's titles respectively in the USD 350,000 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Debutant Kiprop, who was supposed to set the pace in the closing stages, overcame a strong field that included defending men's champion Laban Moiben of Kenya to storm to the finish line in 2:09:32 (previous course record 2:09:54).  He will get 55 000 USD including the course record bonus of 15 000 USD. Second Kenyan Jacob Cheshari 2:09:43, while Elijah Kemboi came third in 2:10:03. Last year winner Laban Moiben was fifth 2:10:55 beaten by fourth Abraham Girma of Ethiopia 2:10:15. Women's champion Kipketer, for whom this is her second marathon after the Hamburg race in April 2012, said she had no complaints about the weather or the course. She said she could better her time in Germany where the conditions were much cooler as she drank more water during the race. Her winning was fastest female of the year 2:24:33 (also 55 000 USD together) ahead of Ethiopians Dinkesh Mekash 2:28:46, Aberu Mekoria 2:29:03, Fantu Jimma 2:30:22 and Yeshimebet Tadesse 2:30:52.

US INDOOR SATURDAY RESULTS (Lendore 45.91, Kynard 229)

COLLEGE STATION: First sub 46 by Trinidad´s Deon Lendore at the Tri Meet in 45.91 ahead of Caleb Williams 46.98. Talented Aldrich Bailey won the other section in 47.28. Aaron Ernest posted fast 20.79 in the 200 m. Texas AM achieved in 4x400 m 3:07.21 ahead of LSU 3:07.74. NCAA Champion Kimberlyn Duncan comes into shape with 23.15 in the 200 m ahead of Kamaria Brown 23.21, Ashton Purvis won another section in 23.34. Controversial Nigerian Regina George posted 53.30 in the 400 m. 

BIRMINGHAM: Fast 60 m races by Marcus Rowland 6.64 and Octavious Freeman 7.19 in the 60 m races at the Auburn Invitational. Spencer Adams 7.74 and Bridgette Owens 8.17 won the hurdles. Last weekend fast hurdler Brianna Rollins clocked overall PB at the 200 m 23.59. Second in the 60 m Harry Adams 6.64 and Dezerea Bryant 7.30. Fastest in the 200 m Aurieyall Scott 23.23. 

JOHNSON CITY: Emotional star from London Games Manteo Mitchell tested his shape ahead of Glasgow Match with 6.80 win in the 60 m and was second in the 200 m (21.37) at the Niswonger Invitational.  

CHAMPAIGN: 18-years old sprinting talent Morolake Akinosun improved at Illini Classic in women 60 m to 7.38.

MANHATTAN: Olympic high jump medalist Eric Kynard cleared 229 in his season opener at the Wildcat Invitational.

ALBUQUERQUE: Croatian champion Dario Horvat improved at the Cherry and Silver Invite at the 60 m to 6.69. In women 60 m also life-time best for Geronne Black 7.34.

LUBBOCK: Experienced Omo Osaghae won the 55 m hurdles in 7.13 ahead of Shane Brathwaite from Barbados at Texas Tech Masked Rider Open. Jamaican Jura Levy won the women 55 m in 6.81.

WINSTON SALEM: Jamaican Eric Keddo won the 60 m hurdles in 7.73 at Wake Forest Invitational.

NORMAN: Clayton Vaughn started with 6.67 at the 60 m at J.D. Martin Invitational. Tia Brooks registered 18.76 in women shot put, her second best of the career.

BLOOMINGTON: 800 m specialist Declan Murray won the 600 m at Gladstein Invitational with 1:17.79.

RENO: Second day at Pole Vault Summit saw Mike Arnold winning the open section with 550 ahead of Dutch Robbert Jansen also 550.


CANBERRA (AUS, Jan 20): Australian Flame Collis Birmingham (34:21) has confirmed his automatic selection to the green and gold contingent for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships by winning the men's 12km Selection Trial from his training partner Brett Robinson (34:48) and City2Surf winner Liam Adams (34:48) at Stromlo Forest. The fast-paced trio will be joined on the start line by Tasmin McMahon (27:28), Sophie Barker (27:37) and Tara Palm (27:48), after they were the first three to cross the finish line in an exciting women's 8km event. "I'll now shift my focus to a half-marathon in Japan in just over a few weeks, and then it will be back to preparing for Bydgoszcz. These two events were my focus for early in the year and so far things have started well,"said Birmingham.
HIROSHIMA (JPN, Jan 20): Hyogo defended the title and won the Inter prefectural men ekiden in 2:19:51 ahead of Tokyo 2:19:56 and Aichi 2:20:35 with Saitama fourth 2:20:55 and Chiba fifth 2:21:06.

HAMILTON (BER, Jan 19): Heather Kampf celebrated her 26th birthday with a win at the KPMG Invitational Elite Women's Mile in 4:49 ahead of Sarah Brown 4:51 and Phoebe Wright 4:54. Kenyan Justin Bor won the men mile in 4:07 ahead of US Stephe Pfifer 4:08 and Zambian Jordan Chipangma 4:10. Finishing a disappointing fourth in a time of 4:12 was past champion Shadrack Biwot, who won an unprecedented Bermuda Marathon Weekend treble in 2010.


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