Usain Bolt runs 46.74 and Yohan Blake runs 46.77 as they open 2013, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


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The 2013 season is starting to roll. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake ran their first races of the year, the 400 meters. They ran 46.74 and 46.77 respectively.

Just found out that USA Track & Field is announcing a new sponsor and new meet for Wedensday, February 13. On the same day, we will be also showing a new product launch from adidas! 

The week will be getting busy! Then, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Millrose Games will be the second elite event of the US indoor series. 


BOLT 46.74, BLAKE 46.77

KINGSTON (JAM, Feb 9): Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake opened their 2013 season at Camperdown Classic held at the National Stadium with usual training competition races at the 400 m. Bolt won the race number 2 in 46.74 in good finish over Allodin Fothergill 46.82. It was for Bolt first 400 m since 2010 and his 9th fastest of the career. In race 3 Yohan Blake started fast, but at the end was third in 46.77 (his second best ever at the distance) beaten by 200 m olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir 46.21 PB and specialist Edino Steele 46.64. „I felt a bit nervous," said Bolt, while adding „I just came out here to win and I'm glad I won injury free. I may run one or two more 400m this season. 46.74 this time of the season shows that I am in good shape." Blake was quoted as saying: „I'm happy with the run, despite the time. I'm just looking forward to the rest of the season. Trust me, my training is going really well, and I am confident, and with the World Championships coming up, to defend my title. Coach Mills is working on the different parts of my race, I feel good." Also Weir was satisfied: „I am happy with the win and time as this shows that my strength training is up there and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season." Another sub 10 runner from Racers TC Kemar Bailey Cole clocked in his first ever 400 m 47.33 as third in race one. In the women's 400m, Jane Mary Vincent of High Performance Training Centre, won in 54.98 with Shillonie Calvert third in 56.08.



MONTEGO BAY (JAM, Feb 9): MVP star sprinters Asafa Powell and Olympic Games 100 m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce debuted into the season with 4x100 m appearances at the Milo-sponsored Western Relays at Catherine Hall Stadium.  Powell anchored MVP Track Club to an easy 38.63 victory. Winston Barnes, Nesta Carter and Roman Nichol were the other members of the team. UTech finished second in 38.80. In the female race, the quartet of Sherone Simpson, Latoya Greaves, Anniesha McLaughlin and Fraser-Pryce took MVP women's team home in 44.03 ahead of Utech 44.55 and Sprint Tech 44.67. UTech also clocked new men meet record at 4x200 m in 1:23.63. „It was a good race for us; it felt okay on the track and I really enjoyed myself. It was my first race of the season, so I am happy with how I executed in that relay. We are early into our training so times are not the main factor right now, what we want is to execute and perform as best as possible," said Powell, who was flanked at every turn by a throng of young track athletes, writes Jamaica Gleaner.  Fast 100 m times need to be confirmed, Jermaine Hamilton 10.15 (+0.3), Everton Clarke 10.21 and Bernardo Bradey 10.30 as all three never clocked sub 10.40 so far.



GENT (BEL, Feb 10): The Record Bank Flanders Indoor meet (IAAF Indoor Permit) saw Belgian heroes not winning. Kevin Borlee in the 300 m despite 32.72 NR was beaten by European champion Pavel Maslak of Czech Republic who clocked 32.58 second best European time ever (32.47 by Leslie Dhjone in 2010 is the top mark)  and new facility record. Third Calvin Smith jr. 32.97. In the 400 m European leader Brian Gregan of Ireland in 46.73 beat Jonathan Borlee 46.83 and olympic medalist Luguelin Santos 47.11. Tia Hellebaut cleared 191 and that was not enough to beat young Italian world leader Alessia Trost who went over 195 and tried at 201. Third Ukrainian Olena Kholosha also 191. Hurdler Eline Berings was very close but in 8.04 ended second behind US Yvette Lewis 8.03 and over Belarus Alina Talai 8.05. And decathlon star Hans Van Alphen won the shot put with 15.08 in the triathlon but did not compete in the long jump so could not get top overall position. That went to Oleksiy Kasyanov 2645 (6.90 in the 60 m, 752 in long jump and 14.96 shot) ahead of Cedric Nolf 2505 and Eusebio Caceres 2498. In the 60 m fresh Spanish record holder Angel David Rodriguez confirmed his top shape with 6.57 60 m win over Nigerian Egwero Ogho-Eghene 6.62, German Julian Reus and French star Christophe Lemaitre both 6.64. Favorite Lerone Clarke of Jamaica cramped in his heat and did not qualify for the final. Kenyan youngster wins in distances, Albert Rop in the 3000 m 7:39.59 ahead of Paul Kipsiele Koech 7:39.75 and Ayanleh Suleiman of Djibouti 7:39.81 in his first ever indoor 3k race and national overall record. Interesting to note French Simon Denissel getting PB 7:47.16 as 7th. Abraham Rotich came close to world leading 800 m time in 1:46.75 (by 0.03). Moroccan Rabib Arrafi won the 1500 m in 4:10.69 ahead of Spanish Isabel Macias 4:10.94. In two remaining technical events Hendrik Gruber of Germany cleared as only one 560 in the pole vault and Slovak Dana Veldakova with 14.04 qualified for Goteborg in the triple jump.



SHEFFIELD (GBR, Feb 10): During second day of British Trials and Championships Robbie Grabarz won the high jump with second attempt (219 in first) when clearing 225. Then he added 231 in second and tried at new national record and world leading height of 239 cm. Other top marks in races. Lauren Howarth in her first indoor 3000 m 8:56.48 PB. Margaret Adoeye posted 23.22 in the 200 m ahead of Christine Ohuruogu 23.58. Eilidh Child confirmed shape with 52.13 400 m win over Shana Cox 52.97. Chris Clarke won the 200 m in 20.97 and Nigel Levine the 400 m in 46.73. Women 1500 m went to Laura Muir 4:13.59 and dramatic men 800 m for Joe Thomas over Mukhtar Mohamed as both were timed with 1:48.55. Irish guest Derval O´Rourke was the best at 60 m hurdles in 8.11 ahead of Sarah Claxton 8.16 and young Yasmine Miller (17) 8.25, UK junior record. Favorites dominated in women triple jump (Yamile Aldama 13.44) and men pole vault (Steve Lewis 550).




US SATURDAY RESULTS (Scott 22.68, Lomong sub 1:46.6, Taiwo 6156)



FAYETTEVILLE: Second day of Tyson Invitational saw fastest 200 m of the year by young generation Aurieyall Scott 22.68 and Kimberlyn Duncan 22.72. Also to note world medalist Wallace Spearmon getting fast 20.71 in the 200 m. Good also in another race Trey Hadnot 20.81 indoor PB. Dutch Fabian Florant qualified to Goteborg in the triple jump 16.73.  Jeannelle Scheper cleared 191 in the high jump and Tia Brooks in shot put 17.88. Fast 4x400 m relay times for South Plains 3:06.93 and Texas 3:30.95 (WL).


BLACKSBURG: World youth and junior 400 m champion Shaunae Miller of Bahamas in her first indoor season of the career clocked here fast 23.26 during Virginia Tech Elite in the 200 m. It was her first race ever at standard 200 m indoor track. Dedric Dukes got solid double 21.08/47.22. German European Junior champion 2009 Martina Schultze improved to 438 indoor PB in the pole vault.


COLLEGE STATION: At Texas A & M Invitational Kineke Alexander of St. Vincent clocked second fastest of the year 51.76 ahead of Jessica Beard 52.44. Charles Silmon won the 60 m in 6.71, Ameer Webb the 200 m 21.00 and Bralon Taplin the 400 m in 46.85. Kenyan Henry Lelei achieved 7:55.80 in the 3000 m and former world indoor champion Fabrice Lapierre of Australia leaped to 768 in the long jump.


NAMPA:  Jeremy Taiwo completed high quality world leading heptathlon 6156 points at the BSU Team Challenge as he jumped heptathlon „world record" 225 during first day. His all results: 7.02, 742, 14.18, 225 - 8.08, 425, 2:33.44.


ALBUQUERQUE: Jeremy Dodson scored a nice sprinting double at Don Kirby Open and after 60 m won the 200 m in 20.98 over Carlos Rodriguez of Puertorico 21.01.


FARGO: Daegu World high jump medalist Trevor Barry of Bahamas who is not competing this winter internationally cleared at his home track during Bison Open 220 cm.


SEATTLE: Husky Classic second day registered great distances at the oversized track here. Lopez Lomong showed great speed in the 800 m with winning 1:46.53 over Tyler Mulder 1:46.80 and Mark Wieczorek 1:47.09. Lomong time is better than current WL but on oversized track. In the mile Andrew Bumbalough 3:56.12 ahead of steeple national record holder Evan Jager 3:56.14 and another steepler Donn Cabral 3:56.41. Ryan Hill won the 3000 m in 7:49.20 ahead of Eric Jenkins 7:50.44. Third Ethiopian Kirubel Erassa 7:50.92. In another race Diego Estrada posted 7:50.44 ahead of Briton Thomas Farrell 7:51.77. In women races Geena Gall won the mile in 4:31.75 ahead of Cory McGee 4:32.10 and Lithuanian Natalja Piliusina 4:32.26. Cally McCumber won the 3000 m in 8:59.58 and Olympic winner Brittney Reese leaped to 655 in the long jump.


BLOOMINGTON: Fast 3000 m during second day of Hoosier Hills meet as Zachary Mayhew clocked 7:51.61 and Andrew Bayer 7:51.75.


BIRMINGHAM: At Samford Multi Invitational another win for fast Croatian Dairo Horvat in 6.73 in invitational section. 20-years old Broderick Snoddy improved in another race to 6.67.







VIENNA (AUT, Feb 9): Olympic 400 m hurdles medalist Zuzana Hejnova again confirmed top shape with improving for second time in last week her overall 400 m PB to 52.13 at ASVO Vienna Indoor Meet. Also to note other Czech athletes Lenka Masna winning the 800 m in 2:03.34 and hurdler Josef Prorok getting the Goteborg standard in the 400 m 47.09. Martin Mazac won the 60 m hurdles in 7.78 and missed Goteborg by 0.03. Hungarian Lajos Kurthy was the best in the shot put 19.47.


VAXJO (SWE, Feb 10): Petter Olsson got Swedish heptathlon title with good 5783 points.


PRAHA (CZE, Feb 10): Adam Sebastian Helcelet scored good quality personal best in heptathlon 6040 points when winning the national title. It is second best European score of the year and should mean Euroindoor qualification. His marks: 7.10-739-15.13-205-8.07-500-2:50.20.


BUCURESTI (ROU, Feb 10): Solid long jumping during second day of Romanian Indoor Championships. Valentin Toboc 798 and Cornelia Deiac 662. Ancuta Bobocel won the 3000 m in 9:10.92, Angela Morosanu the 60 m hurdles 8.25 and Esthera Petre high jump 188.


CHIBA (JPN, Feb 10): Kenyans living in Japan won the 48th Chiba International CC race (IAAF Permit). Charles Ndirangu clocked 35:01 ahead of Ethiopians Miliyon Zewdie 35:26 and Yashin Hasen 35:38. Rosemary Wanjiru as best woman got 26:08 over Susan Wairimu 26:30 and Japanese Hanae Tanaka 26:53.


MIYAZAKI (JPN, Feb 10): For the third weekend in a row Japanese audiences were treated to a great marathon result as 24-year-old Hiroaki Sano made a superlative debut at the 51st Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon outkicking 2009 Ome 30 km winner and fellow debutant Hirokatsu Kurosaki over the final kilometer to win in 2:12:14, the 4th-fastest  winning time in Nobeoka's 51-year history. Second Kurosaki 2:12:22 and third another debutantes Tatsunari Hirayama 2:12:38 and Kazuaki Shimizu 2:12:49. Informs Brett Larner on his blog.


KARATSU (JPN, Feb 10): Brett Larner informs that 2009 double 1500 m and 5000 m national champion Yuichiro Ueno easily won the Karatsu 10-Mile Road Race in 46:56. Second Kenyan Mekubo Mogusu 47:20 and third Akihiko Tsumurai 47.25.


ABBADIA DI FIASCA (ITA, Feb 10): Italian national CC championships saw Gabriele DeNard winning his third title at age of 38 in 29:14 at 10 km.Second Patrick Nasti 29:38 while third Martin DeMatteis 29:45. In women race due to absence of the top runners the title went to Samiri Touria in 26:21 ahead of former European junior champion Silvia La Barbera in 26:31 and third Fatna Maraoui 26:40. Italy is not planning to send teams for World CC Championships in Poland, only individuals.


SCHOORL (NED, Feb 10): Norway´s Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal won here the 10 km in 32:39 clearly ahead of home runner Ruth van der Meijden 33:27. Abdi Nageeye topped men in 29:14 ahead of Sindre Buraas of Norway 29:18 and Khalid Choukoud 29:19. In the 30 km Joe Sweeney of Ireland was the best male runner 1:34:17, Stefanie Bouma the best woman 1:51:51.


ALMARAZ (ESP, Feb 10): Great moment for Spanish female runner Diana Martin who won the Gran Premio Caceres CC race with 24:02 at 7 km. Second Estela Navascues 24:09 and third Marta Dominguez 24:18. Steeple runner Jairus Birech of Kenya dominated the men 10 km in 28:43 ahead of Spanish Carles Castillejo 29:00 and Ugandan Moses Kibet 29:05. Fourth place for Sergio Sanchez in 29:17 and fifth Briton Jonathan Taylor in 29:29. Only tenth place for olympic steeple bronze medalist Abel Mutai in 30:04.







DONETSK (UKR): Anna Rogowska did not had her first meet of the year, end of January she won in Dresden with 463 what was at that time a world lead. Confirmed number of spectators was 4500.


PRAHA (CZE): Eliska Klucinova did not score her pentathlon PB on Saturday, she has 4291 points from 2011 Czech National Championships.

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