Dennis Kimeto, who won the Tokyo Marathon yesterday in a course record of 2:06.50, has his eyes on two other prizes in 2013...
The 2013 Brooks PR Invitational continues to give the sport reasons to be happy about the new stars of athletics. Meet records in both two miles, both 800 meters and the boys 60 meter dash last night. More details to come!
4 World leads at SEC last day
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Feb 24): Four more world leads (both 200 m and both 4x400 m relays) during last day of SEC Champs at high quality track of Fayetteville. Both 200 m winners clocked top times of the year, world junior medalist from Barcelona Aaron Ernest 20.53 and NCAA Champion Kimberlyn Duncan 22.54. In both 4x400 m relays also top times of the year for men of Texas AM (Babineaux, A. Bailey, Roudette all US and only the anchor Lendore of Trinidad) 3:04.18 over Florida 3:04.31 (all US Team witg Glass, Graham, Seymore and Dukes) and LSU 3:07.86. On the women side Arkansas clocked 3:29.60 with George, McKnight of Trinidad, Flowers and Chrishuna Williams. In the 200 m also other top times for Dedric Dukes winning his heat in 20.70 and Ameer Webb second behind Ernest with 20.75. In the women 200 m second Ashton Purvis 22.70 and winner of her race Kamaria Brown 22.73. 400 m winner Regina George (representing Nigeria) improved to 51.40, in men race Deon Lendore of Trinidad was not so fast as in heats, but still high quality 45.25 win ahead of Hugh Graham 45.67 overall PB. Russian Anton Kokorin won his race in 46.38. Markesh Woodson clocked 6.60 PB at 60 m over Marcus Rowland 6.63. Sean Obinwa in PB 1:48.40 won the 800 m and Kenyan Henry Lelei the 5000 m in 13:54.33. Eddie Lovett improved in the hurdles to 7.54 over Wayne Davis who clocked Trinidad record 7.65. Kimberlyn Duncan added also the 60 m win in 7.24 and Jasmin Stowers topped the hurdles in 8.06. Andrew Irwin cleared 560 PB in the pole vault. Charlene Lipsey got life-time best 2:02.48 in the 800 m and Cory McGee solid 4:35.33 in the women mile.
Kitwara fourth win
SAN JUAN (PUR, Feb 24): Kenyan Sammy Kitwara won the 16th edition of the World´s Best 10K in Puertorico in 28:42. It was his fourth win here after 2009, 2011 and 2012. Second Julius Kogo 28:48 and third Kenneth Kiprop 28:59. Only 7th Zersenay Tadese who is in preparation for Prague Half-Marathon in 29:08. Only one more non-Kenyan runner in top ten was Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay 10th in 29:50. In women category also a Kenyan sweep for Joyce Chepkirui 31:40, Lineth Chepkirui 32:10 and Esther Chemtai 32:18. Fourth Ethiopian Abetu Alemitu 32:42 and fifth US Kathy McGregor 33:12. Ninth Sentayehu Ejigu 33:59 and tenth best home runner Beverly Ramos 34:12.
Changes of venues in IAAF World Challenge circuit
MONACO (MON): Two venue changes in the 2013 IAAF World Challenge calendar. The Japanese meet will be held in 2013 in Tokyo as Seiko Golden Grand Prix on May 5. The Brazilian leg returns to Belem for May 19 as Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo. Last year this meets were held in Kawasaki and Rio de Janeiro.
TOKYO (JPN): Fresh Tokyo Marathon winner Dennis Kimetto wants to run at the World Championships in Moscow, but if not, he would like to try for a world record at Berlin Marathon. "As for the next marathon, if I would be selected for the World Championships marathon team, I would like to run in Moscow. If not then I would like to run in the Berlin Marathon and go after the world record," he said. Last year in Berlin in his debut he finished second in superb 2:04:16.
KINGSTON (JAM): In tribute to the late Neville "Teddy" McCook for his outstanding contribution and meritorious service to the cause of Athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has posthumously awarded the IAAF Golden Order of Merit. The announcement that the IAAF's highest award had been conferred on Teddy McCook was made on the occasion of his memorial service which was held on Sunday 24 February at the chapel of his alma mater, Kingston College in Kingston, Jamaica. The IAAF delegation at the service was led by IAAF Senior Vice President Robert Hersh and also comprised of IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe and Cheikh Thiaré Director of the Executive Office of the IAAF President. Informs the IAAF.
NAIROBI (KEN, Feb 24): Phylis Ongori clocked 1:08:59 to win the UNEP Half Marathon at the grounds of Kenya Technical Teacher´s College. Second Eunice Kioko 1:09:24 ahead of Hellen Cheprugut 1:09:36 and Jackline Kiplimo 1:09:52. Male winner Dickson Chumba got 1:04:32 over Jackson Limo 1:04:51, John Lotiang 1:04:52 and Richard Mengich 1:04:55.
HOUSTON (USA, Feb 23): At the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run New Zealand's Mary Davies, who was the 2005 World University Games bronze medalist over 10 000 m, set a new course record 32:53. 39-years old Sammy Kiplagat as the top male runner clocked 30:37 at the 10 km.
CONCORDIA (ARG, Feb 24): Brazilian Nonata Cruz won the 28th South American CC title at women 8 km in 30:25. Second in rain Argentinian Nadia Rodriguez 30:50 and third another Brazilian Michele Cristina 31:04. In men 12 km Brazilian sweep for Lopes Gilmar Silvestre 39:58 ahead of Fabiano De Souza 40:01 and Leandro Prates 40:12. Junior races winners were Jessica Soares at 6 km in 23:26 and Andre Thiago at 8 km in 27:09, both from Brazil. Youth winners Brazilian Fidelis Wewerton 13:26 (4 km) and among girls Aldana Sabatel of Uruguay 11:20 (3 km). Brazil won 5 out of 6 individual gold medals.
DOUR (BEL, Feb 24): The 7th round of LottoCrossCup saw 19-years old Ethiopian Sifam Hassan winning the women 6 km race in 22:00. In the 46th edition of the competition second Belgian veteran Veerle Dejaeghere 22:03. In men also Ethiopian first place for Dame Tasama 28:52 at 9 km. Second Koen Naert 29:08 and third Abdelhadi El Hachimi 29:21, both home runners.
SPLIT (CRO, Feb 23): The best result at Croatian Winter Throwing Champs came from Bosnian guest as Dejan Mileusnic achieved national javelin record 79.18 m.
AMES (USA, Feb 24): Olympic medalist Erik Kynard cleared during last day of Big 12 Conference Champs good quality 231 in the high jump. Tia Brooks won the shot put with 18.52 and German Johannes Hock was the best in heptathlon with life-time score of 5858 points. Charles Silmon clocked 6.66 to win the 60 m over Canadian Ian Warner 6.68 PB. On the oversized track here Nick Efkamp got 46.25 in the 400 m and Kenyan Betsy Saina 4:44.68 over the mile.
ANCONA (ITA, Feb 24): Roberta Bruni cleared during second day of Italian Junior Champs 440 and then tried at world junior record height 464 with decent attempts.
SEATTLE (USA, Feb 24): Cameron Burrell the son of former world record holder improved to US High School leader with 6.61 win at the 60 m during Brooks HS meet.
VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Feb 24): 2011 European U23 medalist Yuriy Kovalyov achieved 16.84 during last day of Russian U23 Indoor Championships as the top mark.
POMBAL (POR, Feb 24): Susana Costa equaled the Portugal women triple jump indoor record with 13.94 in close contest over Patricia Mamona 13.93.
METZ (FRA): The fastest 60 m in 35+ category is not Linford Christie 6.51 in 1997 but this years world lead 6.50 by Darvis Doc Patton at Millrose Games.