Goteborg track, February 28, 2013, photo by Larry Eder
The European Indoor Championships have been pleasantly surprising. I was expected a fairly dry championships. An enthusiastic crowd, local medals, World leaders, great announcing and a superb indoor facility makes this event stand out.
My favorite event was the women's pole vault, but the men's 60m was right there, as was the 3000m men's race.
Here is Alfons Juck's comments on the day's events. More from me after I take a nap.
RESULT OF THE DAY
The 60 m 6.48 by two sprinters, the third fastest in the history of Euroindoors and world leading by Jimmy Vicaut and James Dasaolu. More world leads in jumps Daniele Greco 17.70 in the triple and Darya Klishina 701 in the long jump.
SURPRISE OF THE DAY
Fast times by 400 m hurdles specialists here Shakes-Drayton and Hejnova. Can they attack in summer the world record of Pechonkina.
World medalist Olga Kucherenko only 6th in the long jump (662). Olympic medalist Robbie Grabarz only 6th in the high jump (223). Turkish Polat Kemboi Arikan only 10th in the 3000 m final.
AGENTS BY GOLD MEDALS
2 Pavel Voronkov, 1 Rene Auguin, Alibey Shukurov, Robert Wagner, Daniel Wessfeldt, Jos Hermens, Salih Munir Yaras, Rachid Esmouni, Marcello Magnani, Sergey Shemigon.
THOUSANDS: Men 60 m final 6 thousands. Jimmy Vicaut 6.472 and James Dasaolu 6.478. In the men 800 m in semifinal Ciara Everard 2:03.397 and Lenka Masna 2:03.398.
FAST SPRINTING TRACK: 8 women clocked sub 7.20 in the 60 m heats. Also men 60 m final 5 with at least season best.
SPECTATORS (unofficial): Thursday 1000, Friday morning 1500, Friday evening 3000, Saturday morning 2500, Saturday evening 5000.
LJ: 7.01m by Klishina in Euro Indoor Championships is the longest jump in Sweden. Klishina became the 6th women Long Jumper to win more than one Euro Indoor Championships. Zero cm difference between 3rd and 4th is the smallest ever in Euro Indoors.
PV: Bleasdale won first medal of any kind for GBR in women's PV at Euro Indoor. 4th medal for Rogowska at WPV in Euro Indoor. 467m is the lowest winning height at WPV in Euro Indoor since 2000.
400 m: 51.03 by Perri Shakes-Draywon (GBR) is the fastest semi time at W400m in Euro Indoor.
1500 m: Aregawi's winning margin was nearly 10 second (actually 9.72sec) is by far the largest winning margin in the history of Euro Indoor Championships. Previous one biggest one was 3.73.
3000 m: Ibrahimov won first gold for AZE at Euro Indoor Championships.
60m: 6.48 is the third fastest time in Euro Indoor Championshps. Only Chambers has run faster in Euro Indoors. It is also the fastest time recorded over the Swedish soil. For the third time in history of Euro Indoor, the winning margin was zero.
TJ: For the third time in history of Euro Indoor, RUS won two medals in TJ (not counting Soviet days).
HJ: For the third Euro Indoor in a row (2009, 2011 and now 2013) RUS won two medals in HJ, this time
gold and silver.
LJ: 822 by Menkov is the longest jumps in the qualifying round of European Indoor Championships.
PV: 575 by Otto & Filippidis is the highest vault in the qualifying round of European Indoor Championships.
1500m: 3:39.58 by Ozbilen in the first heat is the second fastest heat time in European Indoor Championships.
There are now official European Junior Indoor Records, says European Athletics they will publish the first official list soon. That means the time of Ella Rasanen 52.37 in Goteborg in heats is the first official record. The better time in history 52.32 by Russian Natalya Bochina from European Indoors in Grenoble 1981 could not be ratified as the record for missing background informations. On the other side of the age scale the 13.92 of Yamila Aldama is Masters World Indoor Record in category 40+. She can improve on that on Sunday´s final.
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 1): First day of US Indoor Championships saw Sharon Day winning the pentathlon with 4478 points (8.57-182-15.57-582-2:20.86). Gunnar Nixon is leading the heptathlon with excellent 3527 points (6.86-742-14.27-214) ahead of World champ Trey Hardee 3405 (6.77-734-14.77-196).
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 1): Running in a specially arranged race in the Columbia Final Qualifier meet in the Armory in New York City, two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong set a pending USA 5000m indoor record of 13:07.00, just eclipsing Bernard Lagat's mark of 13:07.15 set on the same track at the Millrose Games in 2012. Lomong's mark had been reported at 13:06.99, but was later taken up to 13:07.00. The race was arranged by Nike coach Jerry Schumacher with the goal of getting as many of his athletes the IAAF "A" standard of 13:15.00 for the 2013 World Championships. In addition to Lomong, former Stanford star Chris Derrick got the standard with his 13:12.00 clocking in second place, making him the third-fastest American of all time behind Lagat and Galen Rupp (13:11.44). Andrew Bumbalough finished third in 13:23.68. Writes Race Results Weekly. Canadian Brian Gagnon won the 1000 m in 2:18.26 ahead of Mike Rutt 2:18.27.
SOUTH BEND (USA, Mar 1): At Alex Wilson Invitational Andrew Poore clocked 13:39.29 in the 5000 m on the oversized track here.
SEATTLE (USA, Mar 1): World finalist Chris Solinsky tested his shape with 8:05.38 in the 3000 m at the ovesized track of Seattle in his first indoor race at the distance since 2010.
Mike Berry clocked 46.03 in the 400 m.
GENEVA (USA, Mar 1): At NAIA Championships second day David Walters clocked 6.69 in the 60m semifinals, Nyema Sims 7.27 in women semis and Jura Levy of Jamaica 23.58 in women 200 m semifinals.
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Mar 1): Estonian Marek Niit showed increased shape at the open meet here with 20.76 at the 200 m and 46.36 in the 400 m. But he was not the best as Jamaican Akeem Gauntlett posted 20.73 and 46.14. Fast 800 m for Leoman Momoh (21) a new name in US 800 m with 1:46.07 over Tomas Squella of Chile 1:46.76, national indoor record. Christin Wurth-Thomas did her rare indoor appearance with 2:05.17 in the 800 m.
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 2): Former world champion Dani Samuels achieved 60.77 in women discus at New South Wales Championships.
HAVANA (CUB, Mar 1): Cuban Ariannis Vichy 70.76 in women hammer, Roberto Janet 73.75 in men hammer.
SHEFFIELD (GBR): Insidethegames informs that Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium, built for the 1991 Summer Universiade and where Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis started her career and still trains, is to be closed. Sheffield City Council voted to go ahead with the closure of the Stadium as part of a package of cuts. The Council has to save £50 millionin the next financial year. Ennis reacted to news of the closure minutes after it was announced, tweeting: "So sad to lose Don Valley Stadium! Where it all started for me. Great memories."