February 2015 Archives
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BERLIN (GER, Feb 14): Second edition of ISTAF Indoor before 12 000 spectators proved again to be a top spectacle. Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie continued in his winning tour (6 wins in 6 meets) and this time cleared another World lead 602 (also MR) in first attempt, his jubilee 10th six metres competition. Afterwards before the eyes of Sergey Bubka he tried three times at 617. Second Robert Sobera of Poland 581 PB with Valentin Lavillenie and Piotr Lisek getting 573. In the men hurdles Orlando Ortega of Cuba in his season opener clocked 7.51 and equaled the World lead (also meet record). Second Dayron Robles 7.53 ahead of Aries Merritt 7.58 and WL holder Dimitri Bascou 7.60. Kim Collins won again, the 60 m in excellent 6.50 ahead of Antiguan Daniel Bailey 6.57 and Berlin sprinter Lucas Jakubczyk 6.59 (he also clocked 6.59 in heats), fourth Yunier Perez 6.60 and only fifth Christophe Lemaitre 6.65. Collins is unbeaten this indoor season. European sprint champion Dafne Schippers improved her PB over 60 m to 7.09 (MR) over South African Carina Horn 7.20 PB, third Jessica Young 7.21. Home win for Cindy Roleder over the hurdles 8.06 against Panama´s Yvette Lewis 8.07 and Dutch Nadine Visser 8.08 PB. US Funmi Jimoh got the women long jump 674 ahead of Romanian Alina Rotaru who equaled her indoor PB 668. Best German Sosthene Moguenara only 5th (652). In the discus held after all events finished Shanice Craft achieved the women indoor All-time best 62.07 ahead of Nadine Muller 62.00. In men competition Martin Wierig with first throw 64.24 was the winner.
NEVERS (FRA, Feb 7): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie achieved in the final meet of the French series Perche Elite Tour new world leading 601 cm. He also tried at new World record height of 617 cm. "It was a rather successful evening. I missed the record but I made some nice attempts. I feel I can do it. I used the same pole when I broke the record. This is a good sign," he said for L´Équipe. Second Valentin Lavillenie cleared new PB 580 cm. 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer won the women competition with another World lead 483 cm. Behind her French Marion Fiack 450 and Marion Lotout 440.
MASLAK MEET RECORD 45.82
CHEMNITZ (GER, Feb 7): After two years break the Chemnitz Indoor meet returned with 17th edition and was highlighted by meet record in men 400 m by the reigning World Indoor Champion Pavel Maslak 45.82. Second Rafal Omelko of Poland 46.68. Another top race men 60 m as Christian Blum equaled his PB 6.56 over World Indoor Champion Richard Kilty 6.57 and Julian Reus 6.60. Hurdler Erik Balnuweit also in good shape with 7.61 over Czech Petr Svoboda 7.72 and Alexander John also 7.72. Another home win for Robin Schembera 1:47.80 in the 800 m where Slovak Jozef Repcik was second 1:47.90 and Sebastian Keiner third 1:48.00. Poland athletes won the technical events. Adrian Strzalkowski long jump 797 (young talent Max Hess second 780) and Przemyslaw Czerwinski 550 (Holzdeppe did not compete). Hurdles Zurich medalist Cindy Roleder improved her 60 m PB to 7.34 as winner. In triple jump good German duel with Kristin Gierisch 14.18 and Katja Demut 14.16, Slovak Dana Veldakova third 13.85.
(Editor's note: Pavel Maslak has come back from injury problems and is rolling this early in season. Looking forward to seeing him at European Indoors in Prague.)
PEARSON 11.16 AND 22.97 PB
CANBERRA (AUS, Feb 7): Olympic champion Sally Pearson has won her highly anticipated Australian Athletics Tour showdown at the AIS Athletics Track with rival sprinter Melissa Breen at the Canberra Track Classic and in the process recorded qualifying times for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in both the 100m and 200m, as well as a new personal best in the latter. In the 100 m Pearson got 11.16 (+1.8, second fastest of the career) over Breen 11.27. In the 200 m Pearson 22.97 (+0.8) PB followed by Ella Nelson 23.33 and Breen 23.47. "Obviously (I'm) happy (with a) PB and second fastest time ever in the 100m," said Pearson. "I'm not satisfied with the time I ran [in the 200m] because I felt I could go a lot faster. I think we'll see some really fast times this year. Kelsey-Lee Roberts thrilled her home crowd when she won the women's javelin competition and also recorded a World Championship qualifier. Roberts threw 63.78m in the second round and held off Kathryn Mitchell by just 8cm. Mitchell also broke the World Championship qualification mark of 61.00m with her final round throw of 63.70m but fell just short of the win. The men's 800m was won by Australian record holder Alex Rowe in yet another World Championship qualifying mark 1:45.38. Lauren Wells in 400 m hurdles 56.21, just 0.01 behind the World Champs qualifier. In the women's 100m hurdles, Michelle Jenneke moved into fifth place on the Australian all-time list by clocking a new personal best time of 13.04 (+0.8). Brooke Stratton leapt 664 (0.0) to narrowly win the women's long jump from Chelsea Jaensch who jumped 663. Alex Hartmann ran a huge personal best time of 20.59 (+1.8) to win the men's 200 m. Nicholas Hough clocked a time of 13.68 (+0.1) to take out the men's 110 m hurdles. Junior talent Matthew Denny recorded a PB of 68.44m to win the men's hammer throw. In the men 400 m Craig Burns won in 46.03 over Alex Beck 46.09.
(Editor's note: Sally Pearson is starting her build for 2015 Beijing. The road to Beijing, for the 100 meter hurdles, one of the most competitive events in our sport, has begun.)
POTSDAM (GER, Feb 3): World indoor champion Ryan Whiting won the special shot put indoor meet "K.O. through the shot". His best throw of the day was world leading 21.20 m. That happened in first round, in the final he won with 20.97 over Czech Tomas Stanek (no valid throw in the final). In the semifinals Whiting with 20.51 beat Jakub Szyszkowski of Poland 19.74 and Stanek Serbian Asmir Kolasinac 19.95. Another US thrower Christian Cantwell was out after second round due to injury (20.42 was his best of the day).
Liu Xiang, 2010 Asian Games, photo by PhotoRun.net
BEIJING (CHN): 2004 Olympic 110mH champion Liu Xiang has said that there is only a slim chance that he will be able to compete at the 2015 World Championships, report China Daily. "I think the possibility (of competing) is pretty slim," explained the Chinese star. "I might be able to take part in the event in another role (not as an athlete)". Liu urged the media to focus on the new wave of Chinese athletes that are performing well on the world stage.
(Editor's note: Liu Xiang is an amazing athlete, and at his zenith, he was one of the world's finest hurdlers. China's finest athlete has battled back from crippling injuries to regain world class stature. One can only have so many achilles injuries as a hurdler.)
TORUN (POL, Feb 3): Ever young Kim Collins showed his qualities at the 1st Copernicus Cup in Torun (EA Indoor Permit) when he equaled his world lead, national record and masters world best for 35+ category with 6.48. Second World indoor champion Richard Kilty with fast season opener 6.57. Third Sean Safo-Antwi 6.61 over US Keith Ricks 6.61. In men events Karol Zalewski debuted indoors over 400 m with 46.54 and Adam Kszczot won the 800 m as expected 1:47.05. Surprise 20.10 personal best in shot put for Polish winner Michal Haratyk over Russian Maksim Sidorov 20.04. Chinese Xie Wenjun topped the hurdles in 7.71 over US Ray Stewart and Dominik Bochenek, both 7.76. Piotr Lisek was the best in the pole vaul 570, another Chinese win in long jump for Li Jinzhe 798 over Adrian Strzalkowski 797. In women events another fast 800 m for Briton Jenny Meadows 1:59.85 ahead of European medalist Joanna Jozwik 2:00.01, indoor PB. US Jessica Young won the 60 m in 7.30 but second in the same time was Polish junior talent Ewa Swoboda also 7.30, she also achieved 7.30 in heats, both times are national junior records. Justyna Swiety won the 400 m in 52.73 and Briton Lucy Hatton the hurdles in 8.06 PB ahead of Panamian Yvette Lewis 8.08. Surprise in women high jump as Urszula Gardzielewska improved to 192 and tied for first place with favorite Justyna Kasprzycka. Third Hungarian Barbara Szabo also 192.
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 1): There were three world leads out of 13 events at 24th edition of Russian Winter (IAAF Permit) meeting at Moscow CSKA arena. Ever young Kim Collins clocked 6.48 WL and national record (and World best for 35+ category) to win men 60 m final ahead American Mike Rodgers 6.56 and Cuban Yunier Pérez 6.61 (both with season bests). In men's 1500m Kenyan battle on the last lap identified the winner. Vincent Kibet sprinted past Bethwel Birgen to clock WL and PB 3:37.79. Birgen lost only by 0.02. Daegu world medallist Silas Kiplagat finished third with 3:38.28 followed by Collins Cheboi 3:38.44 and Russian Valentin Smirnov 3:38.74. Kamila Licwinko from Poland won in duel between two reigning world indoor champions with 201 NR and WL in first attempt. After successful jump at 197, she missed 199 and finally tried 203. Russian Mariya Kuchina went over 199 season best for second and 40-year-old Venelina Veneva-Mateeva was third with 190 what is World masters 40+ best. 22-yer-old Russian Dmitriy Semyonov improved his PB by 1cm with 231 in men's event. European U23 medallist 2013 Daniyil Tsyplakov showed the same result but lost in countback. Konstadínos Baniótis and Aleksey Dmitrik who cleared 228 followed them. Triple jump world indoor champion Yekaterina Koneva won women long jump 682 PB in third round (681, 666 and 645 in series). 20-year-old Yelena Mashinistova set PB 6.40 for second place. Greek Loúis Tsátoumas was the only one to overcome 8m in men field with 805 SB over Russian Pavel Shalin 794. Reigning 400m hurdles world champion Zuzana Hejnova from Czech Republic returned on the track but finished 4th over 400m with 53.83 behind Russian Yekaterina Renzhina 52.08 WL and Alena Mamina 52.39 (both PBs) and her compatriot Denisa Rosolova 52.64. Czech Pavel Maslák had clear win in men event with meet record and European lead 45.80 ahead of Pavel Trenikhin 47.23. Qatari Abdulrahman Musaeb Bala clocked 1:15.99 over 600m. 800m London Olympic medallist Yekateribna Poistogova won women 800m with 2:02.11 ahead of Renelle Lamote from France 2:02.52 and Russian Anastasiya Bazdyreva (2:02.63 PB). World leader Alina Talay of Belarus finished first in 60 m hurdles with 8.04. Ukrainian Hanna Plotitsyna clocked 8.10 PB for second place. In men's event Cuban Dayron Robles won in very close finish over Russian Konstantin Shabanov. Both clocked 7.69. Czech Petr Svoboda (7.75) became third. Ukrainian Olesya Povkh was fastest over 60m 7.27 ahead of young Russian Kristina Sivkova 7.37. During short break between two 45-minute session 800m Athens Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy has retired from athletics officially. IAAF President Lamine Diack has sent special greetings.