January 26 was a fantastic day of track and field. Records galore, but most important, great competitions all over the world!
ROUEN (FRA, Jan 26): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie continues in his winning streak this indoor season with winning the Elite Perche Tour meet here with world leading 592 in third attempt. He also had tries at six meters. First world lead already with 587 clearance in first attempt. Second Raphael Holzdeppe with 582 in first. In women competition German win for Kristina Gadschiew 450 cm.
Y. PEREZ 6.53
VALENCIA (ESP, Jan 26): Cuban Yuniel Perez clocked world leading 6.53 in the 60 m at the Clubs meet over fastest Spanish sprinter Angel David Rodriguez 6.66.
PORI (FIN, Jan 26): New sensational Finnish indoor long jump record 811 by Eero Haapala here. His previous best was 787 from summer 2012.
BORDEAUX (FRA, Jan 26): First top indoor meet this season in France saw Abiyot Abinet clocking 5:02.13 in the 2000 m over Kenyan Bernard Kiptum 5:02.16 and French Yoann Kowal 5:04.18. Olympic winner Felix Sanchez won the 400 m hurdles as expected in 51.62. US Omo Osaghae won the 60 m hurdles in 7.70 over Belarus record holder Maksim Lynsha 7.73. Romain Mesnil topped the pole vault with 545. In women events Gabon´s Ruddy Zang-Milama was a good 60 m winner in 7.29 (and faster 7.26 in heats). European indoor champion 2011 Denisa Rosolova started with 53.66 in the 400 m. Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus won the 800 m in 2:02.55 and European champion Ruth Beitia cleared 191 in high jump over Melanie Melfort also 191.
TROST AND UKHOV ATTEMPTING WORLD LEADS
HUSTOPECE (CZE, Jan 26): Olympic winner Ivan Ukhov and reigning World Junior high jump champion Alessia Trost won the 14th Hustopecske skakani meet as first part of 9th Moravia High Jump Tour. Trost with 1.95, perhaps not surprising given her seven-centimetre lead in the season's statistical list with no rival nearby. From the start, it became a duel between Bulgaria's Venelina Veneva, the oldest competitor at 38, and Trost, the youngest at 19. Both jumpers started at the 1.75 opening height and matched each other with blemish-free records through the sixth bar at 1.93 before Veneva finally exited at 1.95, which the Italian cleared on her first attempt. Trost then asked for 2.00, the height where genuine respect begins for female high jumpers. After crashing through the bar on her first try, the 1.88m-tall Trost had two reasonably good efforts as she attempted to add to her world-leading 1.98 of one week ago. Finishing behind Trost (1.95) and Veneva (1.93) was Olena Kholosha of Ukriane in a indoor PB 1.93 on her birthday, as Sweden's Emma Green-Tregaro took fourth at the same height. A predictable battle between the season leader and the London Olympic champion transpired in the men's event. But it took a clutch effort from Qatar's Mutaz Barshim to keep Ivan Ukhov from walking away with a tepid first-jump 2.30 win. After two somewhat uninspired efforts at 2.30, Barshim, the world leader at 2.33, came up with a gritty jump and had lots of space on his third attempt to send the bar to would-be world-leading 2.34, as both jumpers passed 2.32. Both jumpers failed on their first two tries, and Barshim exited quickly in the third round, leaving winner Ukhov on the runway with a no-pressure attempt. The capacity crowd begged for a big climax to the contest, but Ukhov crushed their hopes as he crashed the bar. Finland's Osku Torru had a clean record through 2.26 and took third ahead of the fourth-place tie at the same height between Jaroslav Baba of the Czech Republic and former world champion Donald Thomas of Bahamas. All top jumpers will continue onward to Trinec on Tuesday, where they will be joined by European leader Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia, who could not be in Hustopece because of his participation in the multi-nation meeting in Glasgow on Saturday.
FAST 1500 M IN RUSSIA
VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Jan 26): At Governor´s Cup indoor meet fast 1500 m by Vladimir Smirnov 3:38.67 beating Kenyan Collins Cheboi 3:39.81. Sergey Kucheryanu cleared 565 in the pole vault. Guest from St. Kitts Antoine Adams won the 60 m in 6.70, another guest Yusif Rabah from Sudan was beaten at 400 m in 47.76 by Ukrainian Volodymyr Burakov 47.71. Good jumps by young Russians Nikita Anishchenkov 225 in the high jump and 789 by Sergey Morgunov in long jump. Aleksandr Bulanov improved to 19.75 to win the shot put. On the women side in two duels Jamaican Patricia Hall and Russian world medalist Antonina Krivoshapka ended 1:1. Hall won the 200 m in 23.57 (Krivoshapka 23.70) and the Russian was better in the 400 m 52.57 (Hall 52.85). Ukrainian Euromedalist Marya Ryemyen won the 60 m in 7.20. Olga Kucherenko conirmed top long jump shape with 690 over Svetlana Denyayeva 661. Alesya Paklina improved to 190 in the high jump for Kirgizstan. Russian star Tatyana Lebedeva was fourth in triple jump 13.71, the winner Valeriya Zavyalova 13.86. Irina Tarasova got good 18.24 in the shot put.
CHAMBERS WINS SPRINT DUEL
GLASGOW (GBR, Jan 26): Two national records and four world leading results of a great edition of British International Match won this year by Russia in front of USA and third Great Britain. Two national records came at 600 m where Duane Solomon clocked new US mark winning the race in 1.15:70 closing very fast in front of a british duel won by Dai Greene in 1:16.22 (new british record) over Andrew Osagie in 1:16.45. World leading in 1500 m men where Bethwel Birgen won in 3:38.37 over Florian Orth 3:40.03 and Matthew Centrowitz 3:40.27. Impressive last lap under 26 seconds by Bernard Lagat in 3000 m for winning-time of 7:53.36 over Augustin Choge in 7:54.68 and Yegor Nikolayev 7:55.25. All the talent of Sergey Shubenkov was confirmed in 60 m hurdles where he won in season best of 7.62 beating Erik Balnuweit in 7.67 and Jeff Porter 7.74. Fast 60 m win for Dwain Chambers in 6.58 over Kim Collins in 6.65 same time as third Mike Rodgers. Good victory in men high jump for Alexsey Dmitrik in 231 (he tried also 235) in front of Robbie Grabarz stopped at 229 and Keith Moffatt at 223. In women the biggest suprise came from last race where Carmelita Jeter in 7.28 has lost 60 m to Verena Sailer who won in fast 7.16. In 400m Natasha Hastings took another world leading winning in 52.11 at the sprint over Perri Shakes-Drayton in 52.13 and Yulia Terekhova in 52.85. Good pole vault where Holly Bleasdale won in 460 over Anastasya Savchenko with the same height and Lisa Ryzih 450. Darya Klishina registered a good win in long jump 644.
UKRAINIAN RECORD AT OSAKA MARATHON
OSAKA (JPN, Jan 27): Ukrainain Olympic fifth placer Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko won the Osaka Ladies Marathon in new national record 2:23:58 over local heroes Kayoko Fukushi 2:24:21 (life-time best and she was leading from 25 km) and Yuko Watanabe 2:25:56 (also PB). Under 2:30 also fourth Mari Ozaki 2:26:41 and fifth Lisa Weightman of Australia 2:29:09 over Karolina Jarzynska of Poland 2:30:29.
US INDOOR RESULTS (Rupp 3:50.92, Loxsom 1:15.79, Cain 4:32.78)
BOSTON (USA, Jan 26): Very fast 3:50.92 mile for 10 000 m olympic medalist Galen Rupp at the Terrier Invitational. It is great personal best for him and fifth best performer ever. Trinidad´s Olympic medalist Lalonde Gordon got 20.60 in the 200 m. Jamaican Trish-Ann Hawthorne clocked 7.28 and 23.11 in women sprints. Emily Sisson clocked 15:44.40 in the 5000 m.
UNIVERSITY PARK (USA, Jan 25-26): Casimir Loxsom clocked impressive 1:15.79 in the 600 m at the Penn State National meet just shy of Duane Solomon US record from Glasgow. Brycen Spratling won the 200 m in 21.01 and 400 m in 46.25 ahead of Briton Michael Bingham and star hurdler Bershawn Jackson 46.86. Briton Shana Cox won the 400 m in 53.35, Canadian Sheila Reid clocked fast 4:30.41 in the mile and Yvette Lewis won the 60 m hurdles in 8.05. In the high jump Tynita Butts improved to 193.
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 26): Bronxville High School junior Mary Cain became the fastest-ever American prep miler indoors when she clocked a sensational 4:32.78 at the 18th New Balance Games at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan. Cain, 16, who is coached by three-time ING New York City Marathon winner Alberto Salazar, broke Debbie Heald's 41 year-old mark of 4:38.5 set in 1972, a time which was run while Richard Nixon was still in the White House and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's most valuable player. Before Cain's record run, Craig Miller scored a runaway victory in the men's mile, clocking 3:56.90, his best-ever indoor time by nearly two seconds. Robby Andrews, the 2011 NCAA 800-meter champion who was running just behind Miller in the early laps, faded badly in the second half and finished ninth in 4:11.13. From Race Results Weekly.
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Jan 25-26): Ebonie Floyd achieved 51.82 in the 400 m at the Texas AM Mondo Challenge. In the 200 m return of world medalist Muna Lee as third in 23.50, winner Jessica Beard 23.45 and Ebonie Floyd second 23.50. Tabarie Henry of Us Virgin Islands won the 400 m in 46.30 ahead of Quentin Summers 46.34. In the 4x400 m Texas AM achieved 3:06.61.
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Jan 25-26): Razorback Invitational saw talented sprinter Marvin Bracy getting 6.61 in the 60 m, Jamaican Akheem Gauntlett clocked 20.97 and 46.44 in 200/400 double. But was not the fastest as Everett Walker got 20.81. In the 400 m second Latvian Janis Leitis 46.71. In the mile Patrick Casey 3:56.28 with Briton Thomas Farrell 3:58.20. But the best result came from 3000 m as Kenyan Lawi Lalang clocked 7:42.79. In the 60 m hurdles Caleb Cross 7.69 over Eddie Lovett 7.70 (7.69 in heats). Mexican Edgar Rivera-Morales cleared 226 in the high jump. Florida clocked 3:05.93 in the 4x400 m ahead of Arkansas 3:06.26. Kevin Lazas scored 6042 points in heptathlon. In women events olympic medalist Brigetta Barrett opened with 191, Morgann Lelux improved to 450 in the pole vault, Tia Brooks got 18.06 in shot put. NCAA Champion Kimberlyn Duncan was the fastest in the 60 m 7.22 and Florida clocked 3:31.68 in the 4x400 m. Impressive national record for Santa Lucia 4464 points by Makeba Alcide in pentathlon.
SEATTLE (USA, Jan 26): At Washington Invitational good oversized 3000 m for Brie Felnagle 8:54.74 ahead of Kate Gracey 8:55.06 and Abbey D´Agostino 8:55.41. Sharon Day summed 4462 in the pentathlon.
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Jan 25-26): Olympic long jump winner Brittney Reese clocked here 7.38 at 60 m in heats. Jeremy Wariner was second in the 200 m in 21.00. Winner Marcus Boyd got 20.98. In the 400 m Jarrin Solomon from Trinidad in 46.32 beat Boyd 46.74. Ireland´s Tori Pena got 440 in the women pole vault (her national indoor record is 445).
LEXINGTON (USA, Jan 26): Rod McCravy Invitational saw Marques Woodson getting 6.69 in the 60 m and South African David Mokone wining the 800 m in 1:48.65.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, Jan 25): Olympic medalist Derek Drouin of Canada cleared at Indiana Relays 229 in the high jump.
HOUSTON (USA): World record holder Aries Merritt started at the Howie Ryan Invitational with 7.63 at the 60 m hurdles.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USA, Jan 25): Janay De Loach got 8.07 at 60 m hurdles and good 679 in the long jump.
JONESBORO (USA, Jan 25): Ricky Robertson cleared 229 at the Arkansas State Invitational.
LAWRENCE (USA, Jan 25): At Jayhawk Classic Mark Jelks won the 60 m in 6.62 and Jordan Scott cleared 556 in the pole vault. Jeneva McCall achieved 18.11 in shot and 23.37 in weight throw where she was beaten by Gwendolyn Berry 23.53.
EUROPEAN INDOOR ACTION
KARLSTAD (SWE, Jan 26): Only 16 years old Irene Ekelund clocked impressive 23.69 in the women 200 m.
MALMO (SWE, Jan 26): 60 m improvement for Odain Rose 6.68.
STOCKHOLM (SWE, Jan 26): Helsinki 2012 400 m champion Moa Hjelmer improved to 7.51 in the 60 m.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Jan 26): Fast hurdles here by Balazs Baji 7.70 ahead of Daniel Kiss 7.83 (faster 7.75 in heats).
JYVASKYLA (FIN, Jan 26): New personal best by Hanni-Mari Latvala 7.34 in the women 60 m.
LEMPAALA (FIN, Jan 26): Emeli Salomaki equaled his pole vault PB with 555 and Minna Nikkanen cleared 440.
SABADELL (ESP, Jan 25): Spanish David Bustos achieved impressive 3:39.57 indoor 1500 m personal best.
MALAGA (ESP, Jan 26): Borja Vivas who is Spanish champion improved his overall shot put best to 20.30 m.
BUCURESTI (ROU, Jan 26): Solid jumping results during second day of National GP meet. Adrian Vasile 796 and Cornelia Deiac 660 in the long jump and Esthera Petre 191 in the high jump.
MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 26): Fast 200 m during second day of Moscow Championships by Yelizaveta Savlinis 23.32 in heats and 23.33 in finals. Ildar Minshin clocked 5:27.64 in 2000 m steeple. Natalya Kutyakova leaped to 14.16 in triple jump as former world medalist Anna Pyatykh in her first competition since 2011 with 13.23 as third. Good 800 m times in two races. Yelena Kotulskaya 2:01:38 in first over Alena Glazkova 2:01.58. In second race Marina Pospelova 2:02.05 over Svetlana Podsyonova 2:02.21.
BIELEFELD (GER, Jan 26): Julian Reus clocked 6.65 in heats of regional championships and 6.68 winning the finals. Tatjana Pinto impressed with fast 7.23 in heats and 7.26 in finals of women 60 m.
MANDEVILLE (JAM, Jan 26): Athletics Canada's entry won three team titles at the 2013 North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Mandeville, Jamaica. The junior women, junior men, and senior women's teams were all crowned 2013 NACAC champions. Individually Canadian athletes registered six top three performances. Cameron Levins (24:27) and Kelly Wiebe in the senior men's 8-kilometre race (25:04 as third), Natasha Fraser and Rachel Cliff in the senior women's 6-kilometre race (21:07 and 21:35).
NAIROBI (KEN, Jan 26): Timothy Kiptoo 37:18 successfully defending his men's crown at the Athletics Kenya Prisons Cross Country Championships as Eunice Kioko (28:31 at 8 km) emerged as the surprise women's winner. Informs IAAF. Second in men 12 km Fredrick Musyoki 37:37 and third Julius Kogo 37:47. Among the beaten runners also one of worlds top milers Silas Kiplagat as 11th.