Brenda Martinez runs 15:35.65 at Ben Brown Invite, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Brenda Martinez, 2013 NBIndoorGP, photo by

Brenda Martinez is one of the athletes we suggest to watch in 2013. At the end of 2013, Martinez scored two pbs at 800 meters in less than a week. She then won road miles in the Great North CityGames, in NewCastle, UK and also the NYR Mile, in New York City. This weekend, Brenda Martinez ran a solid 5,000 meters in 15:35.65. For the 800m/1,500m runner, this shows that Martinez has her endurance just about where it should be. Look for Martinez to show some strong improvements over 1,500m this season. And watch out for her kick! 

EME NEWS (MAR 10, 2013)

Kizaki wins in 2:23:34 PB
NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 10): Ryoko Kizaki won the Nagoya Women Marathon in 2:23:34 life-time best and qualification time for Moscow World Championships. Second Ethiopian Berhane Dibaba also personal best 2:23:51 with 2004 Olympic winner Mizuki Noguchi third 2:24:05 and missing the required time by 6 seconds. It is still her best time since 2007 after years plagued by injuries. Fourth Latvian Jelene Prokopcuka 2:25:46 ahead of Eri Hayakawa 2:26:17 PB and Mestawet Tufa of Ethiopia who debuted as 6th with 2:26:20. Two more under 2:30, Yoko Miyauchi 7th 2:27:17 and Ethiopian Genet Getaneh as 8th 2:28:08. Australian Nikki Chapple was 12th in 2:32:31.

Arkansas relay WL, Drouin 235 NR, S. Miller 50.88
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Mar 9): Arkansas clocked world leading 3:03.50 4x400 m relay time during second day of NCAA Championships at Randall Tyson Track Center. The team was composed by Estonian Marek Niit, US runners Neil Braddy and Caleb Cross and Jamaican Akheem Gauntlett as anchor. Second Florida 3:03.71 with all-US runners (Glass, Graham, Hall, Dukes). Bahamian former world youth and junior champion Shaunae Miller came close to world lead (50.85) and world junior indoor record (50.82) with her 50.88 win at the 400 m what is Area Junior indoor record. Second Regina George improved to 51.05 and third overall (winner of her race) Ashley Spencer 51.27 PB. Men 400 m had higher expectations after fast times in heats, but the win went to Jamaican Errol Nolan in 45.75. In his race second Hugh Graham 46.01 and only third world leader Deon Lendore 46.10. In the first race Mike Berry clocked 45.83 over Patrick Feeney 46.03 and Russian Anton Kokorin 46.09 PB. Olympic high jump medalist Canadian Derek Drouin cleared new national indoor record 235 cm. Second Marcus Jackson with third another olympic medalist Erik Kynard, both 229. On the straight Brianna Rollins clocked high quality second fastest of the year 7.79 at 60 m hurdles (Tiffani McReynolds second 7.96 PB). D´Angelo Cherry won after USATF title also the NCAA with 6.54 ahead of Marcus Rowland 6.55 PB. New best for Eddie Lovett in the hurdles 7.50 with second Wayne Davis 7.59 new national record for Trinidad. In women 60 m Auriyeall Scott in 7.13 (equaled PB) with English Gardner second 7.15 and Octavious Freeman third 7.16. In technical events Bryce Lamb won the triple 16.96 PB, German Alexander Ziegler weight throw 22.46 and Kevin Lazas 6175 in heptathlon ahead of Japhet Cato 6165 and Garrett Scantling 6017 with Estonian Maicel Uibo 5975 (for all four life-time bests). In women technical events Russian Natalya Bartnovskaya won the pole vault 445 on count-back over Jade Riebolds 445 (PB´s for both). Andrea Geubelle improved to 14.18 to win the triple, Tia Brooks achieved 19.22 PB in shot put and Erica Bougard scored 4399 points to win the pentathlon. In women relay Oregon clocked 3:30.22 ahead of Arkansas 3:30.35 and Texas 3:30.63. Kenyan Lawi Lalang and Abbey D'Agostino completed impressive distance doubles.  Lalang, the lanky junior from Kenya, set meet records in both the mile (3:54.74) and the 3000 m (7:45.94) in a span of one hour and 40 minutes, while D'Agostino won the 3000m going away after taking the 5000m crown last night. Briton Chris O'Hare, the defending champion, finished a distant seventh in 4:05.56.  In the 3000 m second Eric Jenkins 7:46.21 but later disqualified, so for impeding another runner.  Instead, second place went to Arkansas junior Kemoy Campbell, a Jamaican, who ran a national record 7:46.95. D´Agostino clocked 9:01.08 at the 3000 m. In the night's least surprising result, Colorado senior and steeple Olympian Emma Coburn fended off an honest challenge from Florida State senior Amanda Winslow to win the women's mile, 4:29.91 to 4:31.08 PB.  The 800 m titles went to Elijah Greer 1:47.13 and Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:02.00 PB. In the all-important team competition the women of Oregon beat the University of Kansas, 56 to 44 points.  LSU was third with 43. The Arkansas men got a victory for the home crowd, easily beating the University of Florida, 74 to 59.  The University of Wisconsin was a distant third with 33 points.  The 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships will be held in Albuquerque on March 14-15. With the help from RRW. 


NEW YORK (USA, Mar 8): At New Balance Nationals 2013 a photo-finish national high school record was registered, as North Carolina's Wesley Frazier clocked 16:18.01 to edge Michigan's Erin Finn by one-one hundredth of a second in the Girls Championship 5000 m at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in Upper Manhattan.

ZWEIBRUCKEN (GER, Mar 9): European indoor bronze winner Malte Mohr ended his indoor season with win at the special pole vault meet here. He improved his season best to 581 in second attempt. Second Raphael Holzdeppe 561. Mohr tried also at 591.

BAD OEYNHAUSEN (GER, Mar 9): Also Bjorn Otto finished the indoor competitions with a top mark. He cleared 580 at another special pole vault meet in a shopping center here. Otto also tried at new national record height of 601. Otto ended the indoor season with 10 competitions and 8 wins, he lost only twice to Renaud Lavillenie in Karlsruhe and Goteborg. Some 3000 spectators saw Greek record holder Kostadinos Filippidis as second (575) and a tie for third for Rasmus Jorgensen of Denmark and Robert Renner of Slovenia, both 545.

MANCHESTER (GBR, Mar 9): European indoor champion Holly Bleasdale cleared 461 to win the pole vault meet in Manchester. Second Norway record holder Cathrine Larsasen 431. Luke Cutts was the best male with 546.

VALASSKE MEZIRICI (CZE, Mar 9): The last Czech special high jump indoor meet ended with a jump-off between Ukrainain Viktor Shapoval and French Abdoulaye Diarra as both cleared 221 cm. The Ukrainian jumped, the French not and the winner was clear. Home star Jaroslav Baba did not jump.

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Mar 9): Jamaican Dane Hyatt won the 400 m at NCAA II Championships in 46.71. Jermaine Jones was the best in the 200 m (21.03) and another Jamaican win for Romel Lewis 6.66 at the 60 m. On the women side Vashti Thomas improved to 23.43 to win the 200 m and Hungarian Barbara Szabo topped the high jump 185. 


ATHENS (GRE): The General Assembly of Greek Athletics Federation took desicions for the future elections (2016). It was also approved that the council members number will be decreased from 21 to 15. Change of the name: to Hellenic Amateur Athletic Federation. In 2012 the income was 9.812.052,91 E and the expenses 8.623.867,26 E. In 2013 will be cuts in the budget at about 30 percent level mainly towards the costs, but not in connection with athletes. New events approved on May 19 an international pole vault meet on Syntagma square in Athens and four open mass road races in four cities (Patra, Larissa, Irakleio, Kastoria). 

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Athletics SA president James Evans was impeached at a special general meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday, the federation's vice-president Hendrick Ramaala said. "The vote for impeachment succeeded with 33 for impeachment and one against while four abstained," Ramaala said. Evans' impeachment follows accusations that he made payments to himself from ASA's coffers, entered into various agreements and settlements with ASA staff without the board's knowledge, and instructed the chief financial officer to make payments without the board's authority. Ramaala could not say with certainty that he would be replacing Evans in an acting role, however, he believed this to be the case.

WARSZAWA (POL): Poland is sending some top names for the 13th European Cup Winter Throwing in Spain. Mainly hammer throwers Pawel Fajdek and Joanna Fiodorow and discus throwers Zaneta Glanc with Joanna Wisniewska. In total 12 names. 

ROMA (ITA): Italy selected 16 names (16 men and 6 women) for the European Cup Winter Throwing. Top name is female shot putter Chiara Rosa and olympic medalist in hammer throwing Nicola Vizzoni. In men shot put Marco Dodoni and men discus Federico Apolloni with Giovani Faloci. Also to note in U23 discus Eduardo Albertazzi. 

SYDNEY (AUS): Australia's Olympic 100 m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has pledged her commitment to competing at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a big boost to Scottish officials as they celebrate 500 days until the Opening Ceremony.  The 26-year-old from Sydney set an Olympic record of 12.35sec when she won at London 2012 and her presence in the Scottish city will help build its reputation as a world-class event. "With 500 days to go, the Commonwealth Games is firmly marked in my calendar and I'm really looking forward to not only running in Scotland, but also getting a chance to see a bit of the country," said Pearson, who trains on the Gold Coast, who are due to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Pearson will be defending the 100m hurdles title she won at Delhi 2010.


BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 9): Continental record holder Alana Boyd went over 450 in pole vault here.

JACKSONVILLE (USA, Mar 9): Janet Bawcom and Ben True emerged from deep fields to win the USA 15 km Championships hosted by the Gate River Run on Saturday. Informs USATF.  The USA 15 km Championships are the second stop on the USA Running Circuit (USARC), which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers from the race qualified to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships. Bawcom jumped to the lead early in Saturday morning's race with Alisha Williams and Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce on her heels. Mile by mile Bawcom wore down her competition, eventually pulling away to win her second consecutive USA 15k m championship in 49:44. Williams took second in 50:01, while Rothstein-Bruce was third in 50:09. The women started 6 minutes and 35 seconds ahead of the men, with a 6000 USD bonus going to the first man or woman to make it to the starting line. Bawcom made it to the line with 28 seconds to spare to claim the equalizer title over Men's winner True who clocked 43:38. Second Bobby Curtis 43:40 and third Ryan Vail 43:42.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Mar 9): Athletics Weekly informs that Frank Tickner and Louise Damen took the senior titles at the UK Inter-Counties Championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, also World CC Trials. Tickner clocked 33:54 at 12 km ahead of Steve Vernon 34:05 and Andy Vernon 34:11. In women 8 km race Louise Damen won in 26:58 over Elle Baker 27:06 and Gemma Steel 27:24. Emily Wicks had a good run in fourth 27:28 and Stephanie Twell followed-up her disappointing illness-affected run at the National with her best performance for a while as 5th 27:30. Emelia Gorecka was the least surprising winner, the 2012 European silver medallist showing she had a recovered from a recent flu virus to win by 26 seconds in 19:41 at the 6 km.

ZRENJANIN (SRB, Mar 9): Turkey ended as top nation at the Balkan CC Championships with 15 medals (6-5-4), second best Romania 4-5-3, third home side Serbia 2-2-4 and the only remaining country with a medal was Bulgaria 0-0-1. In total 9 countries competed. Turkey won 3 invididual events and 3 team competitions. Romanian Marius Ionescu was the best in main senior 10 km 31:09 ahead of home runner Mirko Petrovic 31:13 and Cihat Ulus of Turkey 31:15. In main women senior race at 8 km Serbian Sonja Stolic got 28:00 clearly over Turkish Turkan Erismis 28:25 and Romanian Cristiana Frumuz 28:38. European junior medalist Amela Terzic of Serbia won the women U23 at 6 km in 21:11, men U23 for Turkish Ramazan Ozdemir 24:51. Both junior winners came from Turkey, Emine Tuna 14:09 in girls 4 km and Suleyman Bekmezci in boys 6 km 19:09. Turkey won junior boys, men 23 and senior men teams, the other 3 went to Romania (junior girls, women U23 and women senior). 

DORNSTETTEN (GER, Mar 9): Eleni Gebrehiwot beat a strong field at German CC Championships in women 6 km. She clocked 21:21 over Sabrina Mockenhaupt 21:57, just returning from indoor Corinna Harrer 22:34 and steeple specialist Gesa Felicitas Krause 22:41. Florian Orth won men short course at 4.3 km 13:29 and Richard Ringer the 10 km in 31:13.

SAN JOSE (CRC, Mar 9): First day of athletics at Central American Games saw Rolando Palacios of Honduras winning the 100 m in 10.48 against -1.5 wind and ahead of Mateo Edward of Panama 10.58. Palacios clocked in heats 10.39 (+0.4). Andrea Ferris of Panama won the women 800 m in 2:06.39. 

ST. CATHERINE (JAM, Mar 9): World finalist at the 200 m Anneisha McLaughlin clocked 52.98 to win the 400 m at the GC Foster Classics. Carrie Russell was the best in the 100 m (12.03) but with -3.6 wind. In the 200 m Anastasia Leroy got 23.4 (-0.4) over Shereefa Lloyd 23.8. Raymond Brown won the men shot put 19.71. Orrin Powell as first Jamaican achieved 70+ in javelin, his new national record here 70.23 m. 

FULLERTON (USA, Mar 9): At Ben Brown Invitational miler Brenda Martinez improved in the 5000 m to solid 15:35.65.

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