Aman sets WJR at 600m, Barshim jumps 2.37m, WL, in Moscow, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Mo Aman, 2012 London, 800 meters, 
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Mohammed Aman, the last man to defeat David Rudisha just ran the third fastest 600 meters of all times, 1:15.60, which is also the WJR. Mutasz Barshim cleared 2.37m, a new world leader in the high jump. 

Both of these performances were done at the Russian Winter meeting, in Moscow earlier today, February 3, 2013. Holly Bleasdale vaulted 4.75m, the second highest jump of the year, after Jenn Suhr's 4.76m clearance in Boston last night. 

Aman gets World Junior Best, Barshim 237
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 3): The traditional Russian Winter IAAF Indoor Permit was highlighted by World junior best at 600 m 1:15.60 (and tied the third fastest time ever) achieved by World indoor champion Mohamed Aman. Former world junior best was 1:16.92 by US Casimir Loxsom from 2010. Slower first 400 m (49.21) was the reason that the overall world best 1:15.12 stayed. Second Musaeb Balla of Qatar got 1:16.08 over Olympic winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy 1:16.27 and olympic medalist Timothy Kitum 1:16.43. Very fast French all-time best for Pierre-Ambroise Bosse in the B-race 1:15.63 ahead of US Erik Sowinski 1:15.99. Qatari high jump sensation took back his world lead from Aleksey Dmitrik who jumped 236 on Saturday in Arnstadt. Mutaz Barshim cleared all heights including the top mark of 2013 237 (also equaled so his own Asian indoor record) in first attempt and had first failures at 240. The third world lead of the day in women 1000 m when Ukrainian Anzhelika Shevchenko (trains in St. Peterburg) clocked 2:36.84 over Olympic medalist Yekaterina Poistogova 2:36.97 and Yelena Kotulskaya (formerly Kofanova) 2:37.01. Fast 60 m win for Kim Collins 6.57 over another veteran Briton Dwain Chambers 6.63. Russian Pavel Trenikhin clocked 46.09 indoor PB and beat European champion Pavel Maslak 46.32. Very fast 3:35.25 in the 1500 m for Kenyan Bethwell Birgen (but no WL as Galen Rupp was timed enroute during his mile 3:34.78). Second Aman Wote of Ethiopia 3:35.31 over Collins Cheboi 3:36.69 and Russian Valentin Smirnov 3:37.55 with Daniel Kipchirchir Komen 3:37.99. Ethiopian co-favorite Gebremedhin Mekonnen was 7th in 3:39.74. Konstantin Shabanov won the 60 m hurdles in 7.59 suprisingly over Eurowinner Sergey Shubenkov 7.60 and Hungarian Balazs Baji 7.68 (PB 7.66 in the heat). European champion Mariya Ryemyen won the 60 m in close finish with 7.12 personal best and European lead over Gabon´s Ruddy Zang Milama who also had 7.12 national record. Jamaican Patricia Hall won the 400 m in 52.18 over Czech European indoor 2011 Champion Denisa Rosolova 52.55. Yulia Kondakova improved at 60 m hurdles to 7.93 what is also European lead 2013 beating world indoor medalist Alina Talay of Belarus 7.99 and US Yvette Lewis 8.02. Great pole vaulting by Holly Bleasdale with her second best ever 475 over Fabiana Murer 465 and Yarisley Silva of Cuba also 465 in her first meet of the year. In the long jump Olga Kucherenko leaped to 683 over Darya Klishina 680. In the men long jump Yeorgios Tsakonas of Greece won with 794 cm over a strong field. 

Fiamme Gialle and Luch Moscow
CASTELLON (ESP, Feb 3): European CC Champion Andrea Lalli won the 10 km men race at European Champion Clubs Cup in Cross Country with 29:02. Second his main rival Spain´s Ayad Lamdassem 29:05. Lalli came directly from Kenya from his preparation for marathon debut in Roma in March. Third Portugal´s Manuel Damiao 29:08. More Spanish runners followed with Antonio Jimenez and Sergio Sanchez as fourth and fifth in 29:20 both. Because of Lalli win the Fiamme Gialle Italian team won with 27 points, second Bikila Atletismo with the same number of points, but the top position was on the Italian side. Third Maratona Cluba de Portugal with 59 and fourth another Spanish team Atletismo Guadalajara 68 and fifth Ales Cevennes Athletisme of France 85. Ethiopian guest Hiwot Ayalew running for Turkish club Istanbul Uskudar Beledi won the women 6 km in 18:56 ahead of Russians Olga Golovkina 19:07 and Lyudmila Lebedeva 19:21. Fourth another Ethiopian in Spanish vest Atletismo Santutxu Trihas Gebre 19:26 and fifth Sara Moreira of Portugal 19:27. The club win for Russian Luch Moscow with 28 points over Santutxu 46 and Istanbul 51. Italian Esercito was fourth 66 and Maratona Clube de Portugal fifth 89 ahead of Ireland´s Dundrum South Dublin 118. Greek Markos Gkourlias won the junior 6 km in 18:29 and team title for Benfica Lisbon 29. In girls junior 4 km Portugal win for Silvana Dias (13:34), but club title for Luch Moscow with 30 points. 

World Junior record for Thiam
GENT (BEL, Feb 3): Belgian talent Nafissatou Thiam (of African origin, will be 19 in August) scored world indoor junior record in pentathlon with 4558 points. The last year African heptathlon medalist achieved 8.65 over the hurdles, 184 in high jump, 14.00 in the shot put, 630 in the long jump and 2:21.18 in the final 800 m. Former record by legendary Swede Carolina Kluft was 4535 from European indoor championships in Vienna 2002. New record holder got four personal bests, only in high jump she has 188 cm before. 

World lead for Adeoye
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 3): During second day here Nigel Levine won the 200 m in 20.93 from training partner Conrad Williams 21.18, indoor PB for both. Andrew Pozzi clocked fast 7.58 European lead in 60 m hurdles heat in his first race since injury at Olympic Games. He then lost his rythym in the final and ran 7.91. Women 200 m produced a world leading time for Margaret Adeoye with 22.98 in the semi final. Olympic medalist Christine Ohuruogu 23.90 in the other semi as both prepare for next weeks British championships.


OSAKA (JPN, Feb 3): During Japan-Taiwan indoor meet Seito Yamamoto cleared new Japanese pole vault indoor record 571 cm.

POMBAL (POR, Feb 2): During National U23 Championships new national record in this category by Carlos Nascimento with 6.73 in the 60 m.

SERRES (GRE, Feb 2): Romanian Anca Heltne achieved here 17.97 in the shot put.

ROCHLITZ (GER, Feb 3): Ralf Bartels won here a special shot put meeting with 19.94 ahead of Marco Schmidt 19.56. Christina Schwanitz was the top woman with 19.20.

HAUGESUND (NOR, Feb 3): Eirik Dolve (17) cleared new Norway indoor pole vault junior record 511 during second day of national indoor championships. Success for Mogenburg family. Jonas won the long jump (732) amnd Katarina long jump (584) and high jump (183). 

DORTMUND (GER, Feb 3): Julian Reus confirmed good shape with 6.65 at the 60 m during regional championships.

FRANKFURT-KALBACH (GER, Feb 3): Another improvement for talented pole vaulter Katharina Bauer after Luxemburg with 445 cm. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Feb 3): In the Satra hall talented Irene Ekelund (born 1997) achieved 7.38 in the 60 m and 23.52 200 m win over European 400 m champion Moa Hjelmer 23.61. On the other age side Mattias Sunneborn as 42 years old won the long jump with 759 cm. That is new masters 40+ world indoor record. 

TAMPERE (FIN, Feb 3): At Stars meet South African world indoor champion 2008 Khotso Mokoena leaped to 801  ahead of new Finnish record holder Eero Haapala 799. Nooralotta Neziri improved in the 60 m hurdles to 8.14. All-time hero Tatyana Lebedeva won the triple jump with 13.82. US Cleo Van Buren won the women 60 m in 7.30 and Briton Harry Aikinees-Aryetey was the best in men sprint with 6.74 and faster 6.72 in his heat. 

PENZA (RUS, Feb 2-3): At Russian Indoor Youth Championships new national youth indoor mark by Konstantin Tolokonnikov 1:52.65 in the 800 m. Yelena Bezruchenko achieved Russian youth mark in girls shot put 17.46 m (3 kg).

ANCONA (ITA, Feb 3): Emanuele Catania improved to 796 in the long jump here.


ELDORET (KEN, Feb 3): Former Africa junior bronze medalist Peter Kimeli braved bruising opposition to become the winner of the 22nd edition of Nike International Discovery Kenya half marathon in Eldoret with 1:03:06. Second Jackson Limo 1:03:18 and third Victor Kipchirchir 1:03:33. 

S.MARGHERITA LIGURE (ITA, Feb 3): Best Italian marathon runner Ruggero Pertile won 8th edition of delle Due Perle half marathon near Portofino in 1:06:01 ahead of Denis Curzi 1h06:02 and Moroccan Khalid Ghallab 1:07:10.

ROMA (ITA, Feb 3): Daniele Meucci won the "Aspettando la Mezza " road race with 44:59 at the 15 km.

FRANKISCH-CRUMBACH (GER, Feb 3): During German Winter Throwing qualification meet Markus Esser achieved with hammer 77.06 m. It was exactly his 33th birthday.

MADRID (ESP, Feb 3): At Cross Maraton 2013 wins for Jose Espana (32:28 at 10.44 km) and Rehima Jewar (23:46 at 6.79 km).

BREDA (NED, Feb 3): Ethiopian Fekru Jebesa won the 44th Mastbocross in Netherlands in the main male race in 34:48. Second home Khalid Choukoud 35:04 and third Kenyan Bernard Kipchirchir 35:21. In women race also Ethiopian win for Mestawat Tadesse in 27:26 ahead of Dutch Maureen Koster 27:28. 

VALLADOLID (ESP, Feb 3): Kenyan Alex Kibet won the 25th Cross Valladolid in 30:41 at 10 km ahead of Daniel Sanz 30:59. Ethiopian Marta Tigabea in 23:19 was the best in women 6.75 km ahead of Spanish elite. Second Estela Navascues 23:25, third Marta Dominguez 23:33 and fourth Alessandra Aguilar 23:40. 


MOSCOW (RUS): Agencies are informing that Russian Athletics Federation banned for two years runner Olesya Syreva. In her case the "abnormal haemoglobin profile in her biological passport", was the reason. The same for marathon runner Mikhail Lemayev, 2009 World Championships participant. For Syreva all results since March 3, 2011 had been annulled including European indoor silver medal at 3000 m (improving to silver Lidia Chojecka of Poland and to bronze Layes Abdullayeva of Azerbaijan), European Team Championships win in Stockholm and also two races at Daegu World Championships (heat and semifinal of the 1500 m). She was also 8th at New York City Half Marathon that March 2011. 

MARUGAME (JPN): Ethiopia's London 2012 Olympic Games Marathon champion Tiki Gelana was named as the female AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year for 2012 in Marugame. President Emeritus of AIMS Hiroaki Chosa and AIMS Board Member and Vice President of the Japanese Athletics Federation Dr Keisuke Sawaki presented Gelana with the acclaimed Golden Shoe Trophy during an awards ceremony after she had won the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon earlier in the day. She is first Ethiopian woman to win the award.

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