OTHER NEWS from around the world, by EME News
NEW YORK (USA): World 800 m finalist Duane Solomon said the 600 m during the weekend in New York was has only indoor race and has no intention to compete at the World Indoors. "Me and my coach [Johnny Gray] didn't really have a race plan. It was more of getting the feel of the race," said Solomon moments after autographing his vest and tossing it to a fan. "With a lap to go, I kind of lost track of what lap I was on... I never picked it up because I was lost." From RRW.
MOSCOW (RUS): 100m hurdles world junior bronze medalist 2012 Yekaterina Bleskina said to All-Sport news agency that Russian national indoors should be her main competition this season where she's aiming to be selected for the world indoor championships. 20-years-old Russian opened her season with 8.30 at champs of Privolzhskiy region in Novocheboksarsk. "Possibly I'll perform at Russian Winter before national indoors. If no I'll find another meeting to compete. But I don't want to predict any result. I have very good physical condition now and feel that I can increase my technical skills much more. I'm progressing from one training to another" said Bleskina.
GLASGOW (GBR): Top splits in the 4x400 m relays at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match were 45.81 by US David Verburg and 45.87 by Nigel Levine. On the women side 52.60 by Kelly Massey and 52.97 of US Cassandra Tate.
VIENNA (AUT): Among the top entrants for Vienna Indoor Classic is European Athletics Rising Star Emir Bekric (400m), World Universities bronze medalist Andreas Vojta (1500m) who is going for the World Indoor standard after a 10 day training camp in Portugal, Guy Learmonth (800m) who had a dominant display over 600m in Glasgow, new British pole vault record holder Luke Cutts, Glasgow winner JJ Jegede (long jump), Swiss sprinter Lea Sprunger (60m and 200m) and European Junior Cross Country bronze medalist Maruša Mišmaš (1500m). Vojta's fellow Austrian athlete of the year Beate Schrott will return from her injury layoff at the Gugl Indoor Meeting at the Linz Arena.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica's Jermaine Brown, who equaled the 200m world lead of 20.68 at altitude on January 24, is aiming to compete at the World Indoors in the 400m and 4x400m, reports trackalerts.com. The 22 year old has raced most frequently over the 60m distance in 2014, with a best of 6.62, but says that he is not training for the distance. "I am happy with my season so far. "Every time I race I get a PB and that is very good, "I am not training for the 60m, but for some reason I am doing good at it," he said.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): UK Athletics performance director Neil Black has said that the UK's medal targets for the European Championships could be lowered due to some top British athletes being absent from the championships, reports theguardian.com. With Jessica Ennis Hill out due to pregnancy, World Champions Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu still uncertain about their 2014 track fixtures and the Commonwealth Games on the horizon, Black said that their initially tough targets will be changed to be more achievable. Black also confirmed that he has been speaking to Ennis Hill about her post pregnancy athletics plans, and he reassured that she is absolutely determined to return.
GALT (USA): 2008 Olympic discus champion Stephane Brown Trafton of the USA has her sights set on making it to her 4th consecutive Olympic Games as an athlete, reports recordnet.com. The 34 year old is returning to training after giving birth to her first child, the now 4 month old Juliana. She plans to open her season at the Hornet Invitational on and will then compete at the Mondo Challenge on and the U.S. Track and Field Championships ; all three events will be held at her training base of Sacramento State. She says that this year she hopes to get back into the world rankings and to earn a sponsorship contract again.
KINGSTON (JAM): Australian sprinting hope Jarrod Geddes is training in Kingston with the Racers Track Club as part of an arrangement between his manager and Usain Bolt's manager, reports smh.com.au. The 19 year old, who is in his first year as a senior, said that Coach Glen Mills and Bolt have been giving him some tips and that he has had to raise the intensity of his training in order to fit in to the training culture at the Jamaican camp. Bolt commented that Geddes has "looked really good so far" in training. The young Australian has also been invited to join the Racers Track Club at their European training camp in July. At the Queens Grace Jackson Track Meet in Kingston on January 25 he ran a 21.40.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): After a 2:41:38 finish at the Dubai Marathon, Sweden's Lena Eliasson is now aiming to compete in the European Championships marathon in Zurich, reports sverigesradio.se. The 32 year old is also an Orienteer and is aiming to compete at the World Orienteering championships in Italy this year as well.
ROME (ITA): 11 Italian athletes have met the Italian federations standards for the World Indoors: Michael Tumi (60m), Paolo Dal Molin and Emanuele Abate (60 meter hurdles), Silvano Chesani and Gianmarco Tamberi (high jump), Giuseppe Gibilisco (pole vault), Daniele Greco (triple jump), Libania Grenot (400 meters), Veronica Borsi (60 meter hurdles), Alessia Trost (high jump), Chiara Rosa (shot put). However, not all of these athletes will compete. European u23 champion Trost has already confirmed that she will not be competing. Informs olimpiazzurra.com.
OSLO (NOR): Norwegian athlete of the year 2013 is the miler Henrik Ingebrigtsen.
WEB INFOS: The Vienna Indoor classic should have live stream on January 28 at its website www.indoor-classic-
ZAPORIZHYA (UKR, Jan 27): First day of Ukrainian Team Championships had Olha Holodna 18.15 in women shot put and Irina Nikolayeva 651 in women long jump. Heptathlon world champion Hanna Melnychenko won the 60 m hurdles in life-time best 8.20. Hrystyna Stuy was the best in the 60 m 7.38.
OSTRAVA (CZE, Jan 27): Russian U23 European silver medalist from last year Daniil Tsyplakov won the Ostrava High Jump meet with nice clearance at 227 in first attempt. Then he had three close failures at 230, his next meet is in Samara . Second Wojciech Theiner of Poland 224 (in second) and third home favorite Jaroslav Baba 224 (in third) who was jumping with fever and not fully healthy. Then five jumpers cleared 220, among them also 2011 World medalist Trevor Barry of Bahamas who is returning after injury. Women national competition won Magdalena Nova on count-back over 15 years old Michaela Hruba, both 183.
NAPERVILLE (USA, Jan 25): 23-years old former NCAA Champion Tori Bowie improved here to excellent overall PB 695 in the long jump. Second best of the year in the world. In her series also a 680 attempt. Tyrone Stewart won the men with 799. In the 60 m races Micky Grimes 6.64 and Kia Brookins 7.26 were the winners.
CHELYABINSK (RUS, Jan 27): At Viktor Zhdanov Memorial solid 1000 m races won by Tatyana Myazina 2:42.70 and Danid Strelnikov 2:21.68.
NOVI SAD (SRB, Jan 25-26): Asmir Kolasinac achieved here 20.14 in the shot put. On second day Darko Pesic of Montenegro completed heptathlon with new national score 5420 points.
MOGILYOV (BLR, Jan 24-25): World indoor bronze medalist Alina Talai won 60m hurdles with solid 8.03 at open meeting "Mogotex prize". Yelena Kopets (18.70) and Pavel Lyzhyn (20.12) topped shot put events. Ksenia Dziatsuk leaped 14.10m in women triple jump. 400m European bronze medalist Ilona Usovich and European indoor 4th placer Anis Anananka clocked 1:29.03 and 1:17.19 respectively over 600m. Yekaterina Gonchar won 60m with 7.34. Beijing Olympic champion Aksana Miankova was best in woman hammer throw (outdoor) 62.38.
BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Jan 25): New Argentinian 110 m hurdles record by Agustin Carrera 13.83 (0.0). Rocio Comba got her second best ever discus mark 62.13.
ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Jan 26): Yulia Kondakova posted 8.05 at 60m hurdles during city championships. Irina Gumenyuk achieved European leading 14.25 in women triple.
KOHN KAEN (THA, Jan 26): Kenya Charles Kimutai won the 11th edition of the marathon here with 2:17:09. Ethiopian Bavush Shiferaw Abebe topped the women category in 2:53:41. From RRW.
DUBLIN (ILR, Jan 26): Mary Cullen retained her title at the 5 miles Shamrock Road Race in a personal best 25:37. She beat Irish legend Catherina McKiernan who clocked an excellent 27:56 at age 44. Mark Christie won the men's race by 10 seconds in . Informs RRW.