Jenn Suhr goes 5.02m/WR, no one higher indoors, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Jenn Suhr clearing 5.02m, WR, 
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No one has gone higher indoors that Jenn Suhr did, in front of only her closest fans, on Saturday night, 2 March 2013, in Albququerque, New Mexico at the 2013 USA Indoor Champs. 

Five meters, oh two. 5.02 meters, or for those not proficient in metric (do not get me started), 16-5.5. Suhr is the Olympic gold medalist from 2012, after being the silver Olympic medalist in 2008. If this is not a clarion call to Ms. Isinbayeva about the battle that will come in Moscow, I do not know what is.

Jenn Suhr is not that inelegant. She noted how lucky she was to follow such a great athlete as Yelena Isinbayeva. 

Suhr has been recognized about the pole vault congnesenti as a true talent, but one worried about the strength of those calves to deal with the trauma of jumping. 

Suhr showed, this weekend, that world records come when they come. At  a US indoor with some highlights and some not so highlights, Jenn Suhr and Mary Cain were the stories....

Now, let's see if ESPN decides to recognize a real WR from Jenn Suhr. For years they have noted how much money they make off track broadcasts, sure would be nice to see them supporting the sport that is profitable for them. 

Suhr 502 WR
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 2): Olympic winner Jenn Suhr cleared 502 world indoor pole vault record in fifth jump. During US Indoor Championships she cleared 465, 470, 480, 490 and 502 all in first attempts and tried also at overall pole vault mark 507 (world record of Yelena Isinbaeva outdoors is 506). Former indoor best of Yelena Isinbaeva was 501 from last year Stockholm meeting. Suhr is only the second five meters jumper ever. It is the first world indoor record 2013 in a championships event. High quality second Kylie Hutson 475 PB ahead of Mary Saxer 460 and Janice Keppler also 460. Good fight in long jump as Janay De Loach Soukup got 680 over Whitney Gipson 665. Gunnar Nixon won the heptathlon with excellent score of 6232 points over Curtis Beach 5895 and Ryan Harlan 5778. Trey Hardee did not finish the hurdles and cleared 530 in the pole vault. Jeremy Wariner despite earlier injury returned to action with 46.40 fastest time in 400 m heats. Will Leer won the 3000 m in 8:07.84 and Dusty Jonas 225 the high jump. Jeremy Hicks topped the long jump 799 and Thomas Freeman with 23.51 beat AG Kruger 23.37 in weight throw. Chelsea Reilly was the best in the 3000 m 9:23.12.  Gwen Berry achieved high quality 24.70 world lead and third best ever performer in weight throw over Amber Campbell 23.68 and Jeneva McCall 22.62.

Kipruto 2:08:34
LAKE BIWA (JPN, Mar 3):Brett Larner informs that a cold northern wind kept the 68th running of the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon slower than planned, but Kenyan winner Vincent Kipruto's 2:08:34 meant the race stayed tight and exciting until the last corner of the track, where Kipruto outkicked Ethiopian Tariku Jufar to take it by 3 seconds. Longtime Japan resident James Mwangi was 3rd in 2:08:48 in his final race before moving back to Kenya, while 2010 Tokyo Marathon winner Masakazu Fujiwara cleared 2:09 for the first time since his 2003 debut and collegiate national record 2:08:12, taking 4th in 2:08:51 and getting on to the short list for the Moscow World Championships team. European Champion Viktor Rothlin ended 8th in 2:10:18 while another European Russian Aleksey Reunkov was 13th 2:11:41.

Fast times in Roma-Ostia
ROME (ITA, Mar 3): A real sunny day with 12 000 runners from Rome to sea for one of the fastest half marathons on Italian soil since many years. On C.Colombo street the race was fast since first 5k where Kenyans got an impressive 14:06  and 28:14 at 10k. Quite unknown Kenyans Robert Chemosin and Simon Cheprot were the real surprises in men race and were able to stay both till last part with the "captain" Wilson Kiprop looked in very good shape and ready for marathon debut in Hamburg in Apri. Kiprop got 59:15 and eqaualed his best with course record. Second place for Chemosin who clocked 59:19 new PB and third Cheprot in 59:20 who improved his PB over two minutes. With an excellent last km where she pushed very hard Flomena Cheyech took a great victory in 1:07:39 with 7 seconds ahead of her trainingmate Agnes Kiprop 1:07:46 while third was debutant Debele Degefa of Ethiopia in 1:07:49. Best Italian was 10th Stefano LaRosa 1:02:32 and top woman Rosalba Console as 9th 1:12:12.

Close men race
PARIS (FRA, Mar 3): Around 40 000 runners in Paris Half Marathon. A very cold day didn't help athletes to reach important times but it was an exciting race as usual. An impressive start of Deriba Merga who passed the 15 km in 43:19 but then slowed down.  Winner the unknown Abebe Negewo in front of Stephen Kiprotich in 1:01:33 as Daniel Salel as third also the same time. Fourth place for Meketa in front of Deriba Merga in same time in 1:01:36 and  sixth place for Gilbert Masai in 1:01.37. In women excellent race for Pauline Njieri in 1:08:57 beating Gladys Kipsoi 1:09:10 and Monica Jepkoech 1:09:30.


AUCKLAND (NZL, Feb 27): Olympic and world winner Valerie Adams achieved excellent 20.75 m in her season opener at the Shot in the City special meet staged in Queens Wharf on the Auckland waterfront. Second Trinidad record holder Cleopatra Borel Brown 17.13.

TREVISO (ITA, Mar 3): Treviso Marathon had a solid winner as Said Boudalia clocked 2:20:38 in front of Hungarian Adam Kovacs 2:23:34.

PIACENZA (ITA, Mar 3):Totally Moroccan podium in Piacenza Marathon in north of Italy with Hicham El Barouki winner in 2:18:47. Alina Nituleasa of Romania was the top woman in 2:50:34.

LIGNERES (FRA, Mar 3): In French CC Champs victory for Kenyan Abel Maina in 35:11 in a very close sprint over Yassine Mandour 35:12 in long-course men while third was Mohamed Moustaoui of Morocco in 35:30. In long-course women double for team-mates Clemence Calvin first in 23:44 over Christelle Daunay 23:45 and Habiba Boudraa of Tunisia third in 23:48. In 11:54 Isaac Mwangi of Kenya was winner of short-course in front of Hakim Merzougui 12:05 and Jeremy Jolivet 12:12.

SILVERSTONE (GBR, Mar 3): A field of 6224 competitors took part in the eleventh adidas Silverstone half marathon. Scott Overall won in 1:05:43, 
YEVPATORIYA (UKR, Mar 2-3): Solid results in the women 20 km at Ukrainian national race walk championships. Liudmyla Olianovska won in U23 category with personal best 1:30:26. 20-year-old 4th placer from last World junior championships became the best in senior category as well ahead of Olha Iakovenko 1:30:38 (also PB) and Olena Shumkina 1:32:39. In men 20km race Andrii Kovenko finished first with 1:20:22 over Ruslan Dmytrenko 1:21.45.  Oleksandr Verbytskyy won U23 20km with 1:22:48. Ihor Hlavan topped 35km race 2:31:15. Serhiy Budza (2:32:13) finished second and Oleksiy Kazanin third (2:32:36). 10 km junior races were won by Yuriy Shvaryk 44:28 and Alina Halchenko 48:14. Vitaliy Zub finished first at 10 km in U17 category 46:13.0 and Hanna Suslyk at 5 km with 24:48.   
SANTANDER (ESP, Mar 3): Moroccan Hicham El Amrani won the 2nd Santander Half Marathon in 1:02:24. Top woman was Yesenia Centeno in 1:19:04.

ALPHEN (NED, Mar 3): In the famous  "20 Van Alphen" close victory of home Abdi Nageeye in 58:49  over Khalid Choukoud 58:51 and third Dennis Licht 1:01:10.

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR, Mar 2): At British winter throwing Sophie Hitchon won the hammer70.34.

AUCKLAND (NZL, Mar 2-3): Fast but windy sprints at the Auckland Championships by Joseph Millar 10.21 (+5.6) and 20.90 (+3.7).

KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 2): Jazeel Murphy of Racers TC won the Carifta Trials 100 m in 10.52 (-1.3). In girls U20 final Monique Spencer clocked 11.58 (-1.6).

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, Mar 2): Michel Cedenio clocked 46.42 in the boys 400 m at the Trinidad Carifta Trials. John Costantine won the boys 100 m in 10.38 (-3.2).

ANCONA (ITA, Mar 2): Italian Eduardo Albertazzi achieved 62.39 in discus at the International Match in winter throws. Excellent German Thomas Rohler 83.26 in the javelin.


NEW YORK (USA, Mar 2): Emily Lipari clocked 9:08.91 in the 3000 m at the open meet.

AMES (USA, Mar 2): At Cyclone Qualifier Jamaican Errol Nolan got 46.10 in the 400 m. 
SOUTH BEND (USA, Mar 2): Alex Wilson Invitational saw Broderick Snoddy clocking 6.70 and 21.23 in sprints. Faster in other race Bahamian Stephen Newbold 21.05. Najee Glass got 46.51 in the 400 m, in other race Brandon McBride 46.57, but then it got faster with Christopher Giesting 46.05 and Brycen Spratling 45.92.  Sean Obinwa got 1:47.90 in the 800 m, Austin Mudd 3:58.59 in the mile and fast 7:47.91 by Kenyan Henry Lelei in the 3000 m. James Harris cleared 226 in the high jump. Rebecca Tracy got 4:33.53 in the mile.

BLACKSBURG (USA, Mar 2): At last chance meet Jamaican hurdles Olympian Leford Green posted 47.24 and Torrance Hunt 6.69 in the 60 m. Jason Wurster cleared 560 in the pole vault.

GENEVA (USA, Mar 2): At NAIA Championships Gregory Turner won the 200 m in 21.04, Jamaican Jura Levy 7.24 in the 60 m and 23.20 in the 200 m.

LUBBOCK (USA, Mar 2): The NJCAAA Championships Andre de Grasse won the 55 m in 6.21. Omar Johnson of Jamaica was the best in the 400 m 46.58 and 20.73 in the 200 m. Fast also 1:17.04 by Vernon Norwood in the 600 m.  Candace Jackson clocked 6.80 in the women 55 m.

SAO CAETANO DO SUL (BRA, Mar 2): Augusto Dutra da Silva cleared 571 at special pole vault indoor meet ahead of continental record holder Fabio Gomes da Silva 551.

ANCONA (ITA, Mar 2): Briton Eseosa Desalu clocked 6.81 in the 60 m in the indoor junior match. Emilio Perco clocked 1:49.58 in the 800 m.

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