Lavillenie clears 5.93m, WL, national senior indoor champs in Europe, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.93m at the national championships on Sunday, giving him another World Lead. Lavillenie cleared 5.77m with two attempts, then one attempt on 5.87m. His clearance of 5.93m too three attempts and was greeted with wild applause. 


Renaud Lavillenie, clearing 5.93m, 
courtesy of Fédération Française d'Athlétisme's website





FRANCE (Aubiere): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie improved his own world lead with 593 cm clearance. Behind him with 562 Stanley Joseph and Romain Mesnil. Marie Gayot improved in the 400 m to 51.98 and Myriam Soumare got the 60 m in 7.24. Good quality heptathlon with Jeremy Lelievre 5997 points nearly for sure will be enough for Goteborg. Second Kevin Mayer 5983 is already invited by 2012 results. Third Gael Querin 5973 and fourth Bastien Auzeil 5803. Nicolas Gomont won the long jump with 789 ahead of triple specialist Benjamin Compaore 783 and record holder Salim Sdiri 780. Mickael Hanany improved his season best to 227 in the high jump. Brice Leroy won tactical 800 m 1:49.26 ahead of junior Gaetan Manceaux 1:49.34. Fast 1500 m 3:38.42 by Simon Denissel. In the 400 m Mamoudodu Eliman Hanne clocked 46.79 beating Thomas Jordier (still a junior) 46.89. Pierre Vincent got the 200 m in 21.17 and Antoni Boyez the 5000 m walk in 19:06.16.


ITALY (Ancona): Michael Tumi again improved at the 60 m to European leading time of the season 6.51, also Italian record. Clearly behind him the old guard Fabio Cerutti 6.68 and Simone Collio 6.69. Another Italian record by Roberta Bruni 460 in the pole vault, she is still a junior so one of the best marks ever indoors by a junior (WJR is 463 by Angelica Bengtsson). Second Giorgia Benecchi 440. And third Italian record in men high jump, 233 by Silvano Chesani over Marco Fassinotti 227. In the triple competitions Euro Indoor winner from Paris Simona La Mantia in right time to 14.06, men winner in absence of the best was Michele Boni 16.56. Isalbert Juarez clocked 47.11 in the 400 m and Giordano Benedetti 1:48.11 in the 800 m.


PORTUGAL (Pombal): Sara Moreira after 1500 m won also the 3000 m in high quality 8:55.24 over Carla Rocha 9:10.86. Patricia Mamona got 13.91 in the triple. Rasul Dabo clocked 7.75 over the hurdles and Marco Fortes achieved 19.72 in the shot put. Good score 5805 points for Tiago Marto, might be enough for Goteborg.


NETHERLANDS (Apeldoorn): Dafne Schippers confirmed top shape with 7.26 60 m win over Jamile Samuel 7.28. Tessa Van Schagen was surprise 200 m winner 23.63 and Sharona Bakker got the hurdles in 8.11. Combined eventer Eelco Sintnicolaas confirmed good shape with 537 pole vault win. Jerrel Feller got the 200 m (21.21) and Jesper Arts the 400 m (47.38). Thijmen Kuipers was little bit slower than in heats at the 800 m (1:48.65) ahead of returning Robert Lathouwers 1:48.95. Koen Smet with 7.81 did not get the hurdles title as Erik Leeflang clocked 7.80.


SPAIN (Sabadell): Patricia Sarrapio won the triple with 13.99 ahead of world junior champion Ana Peleteiro who improved the national junior mark to 13.75. Kevin Lopez clocked 1:49.82 800 m win in a tactical race. Borja Vivas topped the shot put 19.57. Men 1500 m was a tactical affair with top names won by David Bustos in 3:57.07 ahead of Alvaro Rodriguez 3:57.85, Miguel Quesada 3:58.09 and Arturo Casado 3:58.20. Jackson Quinonez won the hurdles in good 7.71.


CZECH REPUBLIC (Praha): Two top marks in the Stromovka Hall. Olympic finalist Jan Kudlicka after 540 in first and 560 in third cleared in first attempt his overall PB 577 and tried at national record of 582. 23-years old Martin Stasek had 19.23 shot put best from last year. He improved that in January to 19.78 and on Sunday exploded to first three 20+ marks 20.16, 20.73 EL and 20.14. Jaroslav Baba got the expected high jump title with 224 and Lenka Masna as 800 m specialist the 400 m title 53.79. The top ladies here competed in the 200 m and Denisa Rosolova 23.51 indoor PB beat Zuzana Hejnova 23.71 overall PB.


POLAND (Spala): Good wins here for Kamil Krynski in the 200 m 21.11 and Dominik Bochenek 7.73 at 60 m hurdles. Bartosz Nowicki (800 m 1:51.09) and Lukasz Parszczynski (3000 m 8:03.62) won the tactical races. Grzegorz Sobinski was the best in the 400 m in 47.31, but clocked better 47.14 in heats on Saturday. European Indoor 800 m champion Adam Kszczot after 47.56 indoor PB in heats did not run the final to save energy for his next race in Stockholm. Grzegorz Sudol was the best in 5000 m walk 19:03.48. Fast 3000 m women walk by Katarzyna Kwoka 12:21.40 ahead of Paulina Buziak 12:31.62. Marika Popowicz won the 200 m (23.73), Danuta Urbanik the 1500 m (4:10.76 PB after pace help from Anna Rostkowska) and Kamila Stepaniuk with Justyna Kasprzycka cleared 188 in the high jump.


GREECE (Peania): A second-time clearance at 560 was enough for Konstadínos Filippídis to give him the title, although he was nowhere close in his three attempts at 575. The pole vault was the main attraction, with two athletes following at 545, Dimítrios Patsoukákis (2nd) and Panayiótis Láskaris with a lifetime best as 3rd. Easy victories in both triple jumps, first for Dimítrios Tsiámis with 16.57 and later for Níki Panétta, whose 14.29 awarded her with the coveted ticket to Goteborg. In the 60 m hurdles Konstadínos Douvalídis made his first indoor appearance, but his 7.76 was away from the Goteborg standard, as was Konstadínos Nakópoulos 1:50.21 in the 800 m. Of note is the new NR-U23 in the women 3000 m by Athiná Koíni, whose 9:14.45 is better than her previous outdoor mark (9:15.89), in a close race where 2nd Anastasía Karakatsáni was also inside the old figure (9:14.64). Former Russian and now Greek high jumper Natalía Iosifídi won her first Greek title with 1.81. Those who have not yet achieved the Euro Indoor standard will have a final chance next Saturday at the Balkan Champs at Istanbul.


SWITZERLAND (Magglingen): Good quality 200 m final where Ellen Sprunger beat the younger sister Lea Sprunger 23.73 to 23.77. The heptathlete Ellen was even faster in heats with 23.59.


FINLAND (Jyvaskyla): Eero Haapala confirmed his long jump national mark from January with 803 win over former World medalist Tommi Evila 770. Jonathan Astrand did not contest the 200 m. Nooralotta Neziri clocked new national record 8.07 in 60 m hurdles heats but then false started in the final. Elisa Leinonen won with 8.22. The young Ella Rasanen got 23.67 in the 200 m and was beaten by Hannu-Maari Latvala 23.32.


SWEDEN (Norrkoping): Swedish Athlete of the Year 2012 Michel Torneus confirmed top shape before European Indoors in his homeland and won with 815 indoor PB the long jump. The young sprinting talent Irene Ekelund again improved in the 200 m to 23.15 national record at age of 17. Second Moa Hjelmer 23.32 PB. Emma Green Tregaro improved her season best to 194 over Ebba Jungmark 192. In the men events solid level by Nil de Oliveira 21.14 in the 200 m, Danish guest Nick Ekelund-Arenander 46.85 NR in the 400 m, Phillip Nossmy 7.78 over the hurdles. Alhaji Jeng won the pole vault 555 over Melker Sward Jakobsson new junior record 545. Leif Arrhenius again over 20 in the shot put 20.13.


BELGIUM (Gent): Sara Aerts was the star of the one day indoor championships. She won the hurdles in 8.01 PB and the 60m flat in another life-time best 7.41. Eline Berings as second clocked 8.07. Nils Duerinck got the 400 m in 47.45 and Dario De Borger 7.79 over the hurdles. Jonathan Borlee after 6.85 in heats of the 60 m just jogged in the final (7.43) because of hamstring injury.


IRELAND (Athlone): Personal bests for distance winners Mark English 1:48.44 at 800 m and John Travers 7:58.54 in the 3000 m. European CC Champion Fionnuala Britton posted life-time best in the 1500 m 4:13.96. 400 m runner Brian Gregan won the 200 m in 21.33.


ESTONIA (Tallinn): High jump record holder Anna Iljustsenko cleared 185 to win, Maris Magi clocked 24.24 in the 200 m and combined eventer Karel Joevali won the long jump (752).


LATVIA (Kuldiga): From two days of the indoor championships to note 7.98 by former Euro winner Stanislavs Olijars in the 60 m hurdles and Mareks Arents 540 in the pole vault.


CROATIA (Osijek): In separate pole vault championships the national record holder Ivan Horvat cleared 540.


UKRAINE (Sumy): Addition from Saturday the steeple winners during last day Pavlo Olyinik 8:43.41 and Valentina Zhudina 9:41.12.







BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 17): Chris Clarke clocked 21.17 in the 200 m and in women hurdles Serita Solomon achieved a PB of 8.16 to beat Sarah Claxton 8.19.


GATESHEAD (GBR, Feb 17): Richard Kilty won the North East Championships in a fast 6.62 (6.69 heat) at the 60 m.


SAO CAETANO DO SUL (BRA, Feb 16): In the indoor pole vault  Augusto Dutra (22) improved to South American indoor record 566 cm. Second Thiago Braz 551.


TORONTO (CAN, Feb 16): At Ontario Championships TJ Lawrence won the 60 m in 6.68 ahead of Dontae Richards-Kwok 6.70 (but 6.67 in heats). Flings Owusu-Agyapong won the women 60 m in 7.27.


BUDAPEST (HUN, Feb 17): Hungarian heptathlon title for Attila Szabo with 5671 points.


LINZ (AUT, Feb 17): Dominik Distelberger scored 5847 points to win the Austrian heptathlon title. Guest from Paraguay Camila Pirelli scored new national pentathlon record 4032 points.


SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Feb 16): Reka Gyuratz achieved new Hungarian record with 3 kg hammer in the U18 girls category 71.58 m.


WAITAKERE (NZL, Feb 17): Portia Bing (fifth from Barcelona last year) won the heptathlon New Zealand title with 5774 points at age of 19. Scott McLaren was the best in decathlon with 7733 personal best.


MONTEGO BAY (JAM, Feb 16): At Western Champs the match-ups between Delano Williams (Turks and Caicos) and Odail Todd did not disappoint. Williams had to run down Todd on both occasions to win the races. He ran the 100 m in a time of 10.32 to Todd's 10.39 PB. In the 200 m Williams won the double in 20.79 while Todd did 20.90.







BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 17): Around 15 000 people competed in the 23rd Medio Maraton de Barcelona. Former track world champion Eliud Kipchoge won in 1:00:04 as clear winner.  „I am very happy with the time and new course record. This gives more confidence for my planned marathon debut," he said afterwards for EME NEWS. Second Joseph Langat 1:01:27 and best Spanish Marc Roig third 1:05:07. Even higher quality the women winner Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia with 1:07:34 (also All-Comers record in Spain). Second Kenyan Josephine Chepkoech 1:08:53.


KOBE (JPN, Feb 17): Yusuze Sazaki won the Japanese 20 km walk title in new national record 1:19:02 (previous mark was 1:19:29) ahead of Takumi Saito 1:20:05, Koichi Morioka 1:20:14 and Hideki Takahashi 1:20:25. Kumi Otoshi got the women title in 1:30:45.


GUADALAJARA (MEX, Feb 17): Julius Keter of Kenya won for the fifth time the Medio Maraton de la Ciudad Guadalajara in 1:03:44. Second home Juan Luis Barrios 1:03:48 ahead of another Kenyan Shadrack Kipkorir 1:04:10. Marisol Romero was the best woman in 1:12:18 beating Kenyan Grace Wambui 1:13:41 and another Mexican runner Madai Perez 1:14:06.


PASADENA (USA, Feb 17): 2004 olympic marathon medalist Deena Kastor won the Rock and Roll Pasadena Half Marathon in 1:12:57.


VERONA (ITA, Feb 17): „Giulietta and Romeo Half Marathon with 6000 runners registered an impressive solo by Kenyan Robert Ndiwa in 1:02:03. Second place for Denis Curzi in 1:05:30 while third Edwin Kemboi in 1:05:49.


HULSHOUT (BEL, Feb 17): Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium continued with Kampionkamp van Vlaandern and African wins. Kenyan Bernard Kiplagat got 28:03 at 9.55 km ahead of Ethiopian Dase Tasama 28:25 and best home runners Koen Naert 28:31 and the same 28:31 for Abdelladi El Hachimi. Ethiopian Sifam Hassan as best woman was timed with 21:09 at 6.4 km ahead of veteran Veerle Dejaeghere 21:26 and Barbara Maveau 21:43.


KOCAELI (TUR, Feb 17): At Turkish CC Championships Cihat Ulus won the men 10 km in 29:59, but the U23 winner Ramazan Ozdemir was faster with 29:36. In women 6 km Senem Caglan got 19:59 ahead of Turkan Erismis 20:25.

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