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Schippers 7.07 WL
KARLSRUHE (GER, Feb 6): Dafne Schippers opened her indoor season by setting a world-lead of 7.07 in the 60m heats at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe. The world 200m champion won the final but was a fraction slower at 7.08 ahead of Barbara Pierre in 7.09 and Dina Asher-Smith in 7.11. Mike Rodgers also claimed the world-lead over 60m with 6.52 which he matched in the final to beat Kim Collins in 6.54. Kendra Harrison converted her excellent form in the USA to the European indoor circuit as she lowered her world-lead in the 60m hurdles to 7.82 in the heats before winning the final in 7.86 ahead of world indoor champion Nia Ali (7.94) and Tiffany Porter (7.94). Cindy Roleder was fourth on home soil in 7.96. In the 1500m, Ethiopia's Axumawit Embaye claimed the world-lead with 4:08.22 while Konstanze Klosterhaufen improved the European indoor junior record down to 4:08.38 in second. Adam Kszczot just missed the world-lead in the 800m by 0.03 with 1:45.96 ahead of Pierre-Ambroise Bosse in 1:46.25 while Augustine Choge took his second big win on German soil this month by winning the 3000m again in 7:43.22 ahead of Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha (7:43.45) with world indoor champion Caleb Ndiku fourth in 7:44.09. In the hotly anticipated pole vault showdown, Renaud Lavillenie sealed the win over Shawn Barber with a third-time clearance at 5.84m before setting a meet record of 5.91m on his third attempt. He had three unsuccessful tries at a world-lead of 6.01m. Raphael Holzdeppe was third with 5.70m. In the triple jump, Alexis Copello won in a world-lead of 16.99m while there were home wins for Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch in the high jump with 1.93m and Julian Howard in the long jump with 8.03m. Canada's Tim Nedow won the shot put with 20.89. In total 4600 spectators followed the first meet of IAAF World Indoor Tour 2016.

Editor's note: Face it, Dafne Schippers is on the global stage. Her strength, grit and focus make her truly dangerous in both sprints. What is fun, at least to me, is that she keeps her composure in face of mounting pressure. Last September, at the Great City Games in Gateshead, UK, Dafne told us that she was just then getting noticed in her own country. Dafne Schippers and Allyson Felix could be one of the finest moments of the 2016 Olympics.

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Kiriakopoulou 476 in the pole vault
MONDEVILLE (FRA, Feb 6): French sprinting star Christophe Lemaitre after fast heat 6.59 in the 60 m was disqualified in the final which was won by British Sean Safo-Antwi 6.55 PB ahead of Bahamian Warren Fraser 6.61. In the 60 m hurdles Dimitri Bascou clocked 7.58 to win (also 7.52 in heats) ahead of Cuban Yordan O´Farrill 7.61. Greek World medalist Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou won the pole vault with 476 clearance ahead of German Lisa Ryzih 461. Jamaican Simone Facey topped women 60 m in 7.20 (but 7.18 in heats) over Ukrainian Olesya Povkh 7.26. Regina George of Nigeria got the 400 m in 53.99, British Serita Solomon 8.07 in hurdles and Jazmin Sawyers 662 in the long jump. In the distances African wins. Youssuf Hiss Bachir 3:42.90 of Djibouti in his first indoor 1500 m race, Brahim Kaazouzi of Morocco 7:54.52 in the 3000 m and Tigist Gashaw of Bahrain 8:55.89 in women 3000 m ahead of Feyne Gemeda of Ethiopia 8:56.55.

Editor's note: Nikoleta Kiriakopolou is one of the fine vaulters from Greece. Do not underestimate any of them in the year of the pole vault, so early into the year of 2016. Curious to see how high she goes this indoor season.

The boy's and girl's junior miles at the New Balance Indoor GP have a storied history. Some of the finest milers in the junior athletes pantheon in North America have run there. The fields are well orchestrated, and the athletes are excited.

After a couple of days of meeting with like minded elite juniors, and some fine treatment by New Balance, the best indoor milers in North America are assembed, and the races are both high points of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix!

Do not miss the 2015 New Balance Indoor GP. This writer is taking the red eye from the US Olympic Trials to make sure our readers have the meet covered!

See you soon. And buy your tickets at nbindoorgrandprix.com!

Hunter_DrewR-Armory16.JPGDrew Hunter running 3:58.25! photo by PhotoRun.net

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the NB Armory Track Center, Drew Hunter made history. A week after his 3000m high school record of 7:59.33, surpassing Galen Rupp and the iconic Gerry Lindgren, Drew Hunter took on another challenge.

Running with a field of fine milers, led by Chris O'Hare, the 2014 bronze medalist in both the indoor and outdoor European 1,500m champs, Drew took 1.6 seconds off the fifteen year old mark by Alan Webb, establishing a new high school indoor mile record and becoming only the second high schooler to break 4 minutes indoors!

Drew will be running at the Armory in the mile, once again, February 20, 2016, and this writer is hoping to be there.

Thumbnail image for Ennis_JessicaLJ-LondonDL15.JPgJessica Ennis-Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

SHEFFIELD (GBR): Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has been forced to miss the indoor season due to soreness in her right Achilles, reports PA. "I know the warning signs with the Achilles now, I know when it's starting to stiffen up and when it's becoming sore that there's potentially a problem there. Just in training it was stiffening up a little bit and becoming a bit aggravated so obviously as soon as I felt that, it was off to the physio and see the doctors and arrange for scans." She was due to open her season in the 60m hurdles at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on 20 February. She had also accepted the invitation to compete in the pentathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland. She is also confident of making this summer's Olympics, despite the current situation.

Editor's note: A few years ago, Harry Marra, the coach of Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theison-Eaton, told us that one of the most important jobs for an athletics coach, especially a multi event coach, is to manage the injuries. Toni Minichiello, coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill is a constant observer of his athletes. If Ms. Ennis-Hill has a sore achilles, no choice but to rest it. World Indoor can be missed, Olympic champs can not.

Lagat_Bernard1-Carlsbad15.jpgBernard Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

TUCSON (USA): Bernard Lagat will retire from the track at the end of the summer, reports the IAAF. The 41-year-old is planning to contest the World Indoor Champs in Portland before attempting to make his fifth Olympic team for Rio this summer. After 2016, Lagat will switch his attention to the roads. "We have all these road races in America which I've always wanted to do. I still want to be competitive but I want to have fun also," he said.

Editor's note: Bernard Lagat has had a storied career. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end.

Bernard wants to make the World Indoors and the Rio Olympics. Bernard Lagat was and is a runner, with a fine set of skills. For me, watching how Bernard could hold it together and make his final move in the last fifty meters of a race was exciting. After the races, looking at the pictures by PhotoRun.net of the look of complete invovlement in his races, one sees how Bernard Lagat will be remembered as one of the great ones.

For the past decade or so, I would be fortunate to see Bernard, most years, racing indoors in Birmingham. One year, we shared a taxi back to the airport. A nice half hour chat with Bernard was fun, and relaxing. A genuine person, who enjoys his life and understands his fortune at doing the things that he loves.

Bernard Lagat is a talented athlete, husband, father, and good taxi partner.

Tamberi_Gianmarco-LondonDL15.jpgGianmarco Tambieri, photo by PhotoRun.net
Fassinotti_Marco-LondonDL15.jpgMarco Fassinotti, photo by PhotoRun.net
Italian evening twice 235 WL, NR
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK, Feb 4): Capacity crowd at 22nd Banska Bystrica High jump meet saw a spectacular men competition. Top two cleared World leading 235, also two Italian indoor records. Gianmarco Tamberi in his first meet of the year achieved right in first attempt 235 also his indoor best. But Marco Fassinotti followed him in second attempt also 235, for him overall PB. After two unsuccesful attempts Tamberi passed last one and tried as confirmed winner one time for 240. Third Donald Thomas achieved also in first meet of the season 233 and Robbie Grabarz returned to top shape with also 233. Fifth Matus Bubenik got 230 and tried at new slovak record height 233. Sixth Konstadinos Baniotis also in first competition of the season got over 230 and had very close attempts at 233. "I did not expect in first meet such a result, but I love it here. One of the best surfaces, will be back next year to attack 240," said Tamberi.
In women competition the positive sensation was Doreen Amata from Nigeria who won with new national indoor record 193 and tried at WL and African indoor record height 198. Second Sofie Skoog of Sweden improved his indoor PB to 191 (as her coach Stefan Holm watched her from the stands) and third Czech world junior leader Michaela Hruba also 191 but had very good attempts at 193. Favorite and World leader Airine Palsyte was the negative sensation of the day with only 180 and 9th position. "I do not understand what happened. I did not cope with the surface, but that is not an excuse, need to analyse it," she said after getting out at 185.
Editor's note: An amazing moment for Italian athletes. Both Fassinotti and Tambieri are fine jumpers, coming into their prime. Watch how they jump the rest of indoor season as they built for European Champs (July) and Rio 2016 (August). Watch for these guys to get over 2.40m this season.

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World Indoor 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

2016 USATF Indoor Championship tickets on sale today

EUGENE, Ore. - It's no secret that Team USA is the world's toughest team to make in the sport of track and field.

This year, with the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships being contested on U.S. soil for only the second time in history - March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland - the stakes will be higher than ever.

Just imagine the individual battles that will unfold as American athletes vie for each of the two spots available in the 13 men's and women's events on the world stage: the competition will be fierce, the drama will be intense and the performances will be spectacular on the dazzling new emerald green track.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness all of the action at the U.S. selection meet for World Indoors - the 2016 USATF Indoor Championships, March 11-12, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Tickets for this historic meet go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. (Pacific). Reserved seats with chair backs are in the lower bowl; general admission seats are in the bleachers. For more information, go online to www.usatf.org.

Ticket Type

Friday

Saturday

Reserved

$10.00

$17.00

Adult GA

$7.00

$12.00

Youth GA (12-and-under)

$5.00

$7.00

In addition, if you bought an all-session ticket package for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, you're entitled to two FREEgeneral admission tickets to both days of the USATF Indoor Championships. Customers will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem those tickets.

Ortega-Martinot-Oliver1-Lausanne14.jpgOrtega, Martinot, Oliver, Lausanne 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ortega clocks Spanish record
DUSSELDORF (GER, Feb 3): A spree of world-leading marks (in total six) were set at the 11th PSD Bank Meeting (EA Indoor Permit). Orlando Ortega set a world-lead of 7.54 in the heats of the 60m hurdles which he improved to 7.49 in the final, also a Spanish record. European indoor silver medallist Dimitri Bascou was second in 7.52. Elijah Manangoi set a world-lead for 1500m of 3:39.77 on his indoor debut ahead of Bethwel Birgen in 3:39.89 and Euroindoor winner Jakub Holusa 3:40.94 while his team-mate Augustine Choge returned from injury to win the 3000m in a world-lead of 7:39.23 ahead of world indoor champion Caleb Ndiku in 7:39.82. European indoor champion Ivana Spanovic won a good long jump competition with a world-lead of 6.79m (also only MR of the day) ahead of Alexandra Wester who improved her PB from 6.59m to 6.72m and Shara Proctor in 6.69m. Kim Collins, 39, equalled the world-lead in the 60m in 6.53 ahead of US Joe Morris 6.59 (Mike Rodgers was disqualified after a false start) while Ewa Swoboda, 18, maintained good form with victory in the women's 60m in 7.16. Adam Kszczot won the 800m for the fifth time on the bounce in 1:46.00 and on the in-field, world indoor champion Kostas Filippidis beat world outdoor champion Shawn Barber on countback at 5.60 as he tied with Chinese Huang Bokai 560 PB. Unbeaten in 2016, Raphael Holzdeppe was a NH at 5.60m. Junior Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia won the 800 m in 2:01.99 over German Christina Hering 2:02.19 indoor PB. European indoor champion Alina Talay in 8.00 beat German Beijing medalist Cindy Roleder 8.01. In total 2000 spectators followed the event. German win for Jenny Elbe in triple jump 14.12 PB.

Editor's note: Some fantastic performances as we build up to the 2016 World Indoor Champs. The PSD meeting should be on my list for 2016.

Drew Hunter not only broke Galen Rupp's 8:05.6 high school record last weekend at the Camel City Indoor, he also broke the record Galen Rupp had surpassed, that of Gerry Lindgren, one of the most storied American distance runners of all times. Fifty two years ago, Gerry Lindgren, on an 11 lap to a mile track ran 8:06 for 3000 meter, en route to an 8:40 two mile!

On Facebook, after a tribute by Mike Fanelli, the same Gerry Lindgren wrote this about Drew Hunter and his fantastic 3000 meter record:

" My coach taught me NOT (sic) to try to win races, instead, he taught me to set a big example, so that other runners would have a grand mark to chase. Thank you, Drew Hunter fro setting a higher standard."

We wish Drew Hunter all the best when he focuses on the sub four minute mile this weekend, at the Armory Invitational!

Stay tuned! (For tickets, see the release below.)

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