Ryan Hall leads at five miles, Aramaco USA Half Marathon Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Shorn of his beard, Ryan Hall got down to business on a challenging course, and was caught by Mo Trafeh, with less than a straightaway to go. Trafeh won in 1:02:16 with Hall in 1:02:20 at the USA Half Marathon Champs, sponsored by Aramco. Patrick Smythe, in third, also was quite impressive in this event!
Mo Shows em: Mo Trafeh wins Aramco USA Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Jenn Rhines, the classic middle distance runner, from the mile to the marathon, and a three time Olympian, dropped a 5:20 mile between miles ten and eleven and used that tactic to distance herself from Selena Burla, who finished second for the second year in a row. Great stories here, watch my Monday column on the significance of this race!
AND RHINES WINS
Jan 29): Mohamed Trafeh and Jen Rhines ahead of strong opposition won their
respective USA Half Marathon Championship titles. Trafeh triumphed ahead of
pre-race favourite Ryan Hall the American record holder to win the second USA road title
of his career in 1:01:07. In a close finished he sprinted past Hall to win by
three seconds with Patrick Smyth finishing third in 1:02:32. Rhines
making a long awaited return to distance running clocked 1:11:14 to claim her
first road championship since 2005. The three-time Olympian posting a personal
best beat off the challenge of Serena Burla who clocked 1:11:38 with Nan
Kennard third in 1:12:03.
(JPN, Jan 30): Surging away from Mai
Ito at 38.7Km, Yukiko Akaba, who became a prohibitive
favorite after Yumiko Hara pulled out of the race, won the 30th Osaka Women’s Marathon with 2:26:29 on Sunday. The time was slow because of strong wind,
which unfortunately turned headwind in the last half. Thus Akaba, although she
won the race, the half of the requirement for making the World Championships
team, she was unable to crack 2:26, the other half of the requirement for
making the team. However, Keisuke Sawaki of the JAAF, was quite impressed with
Akaba’s performance, and thus barring the emergence of couple unexpected
runners running very fast in Yokohama and Nagoya, Akaba is likely
to make the team. Informs Ken Nakamura. Second Mai Ito clocked life-time best
2:26:55 ahead of Chika Horie 2:27:26 and Anna Incerti of Italy. She
achieved her career best and second mark of the early season by an European
runner 2:27:33. Under 2:30 also fifth Ryoko Kizaki 2:29:35, another European
Adriana Pirtea of Romania
was seventh in 2:32:44.
7.51 AND ENNIS 7.97 TOP MARKS
GLASGOW (GBR, Jan 29): The
Aviva International match in Glasgow was won by Germany
(61) over team GB (56) and the Commonwealth select (56). The United States managed fourth (52), with Sweden (29) in
fifth. Star of the day was golden girl Jessica Ennis who ran an impressive 7.97 in the 60m hurdles
ahead of Tiffany Ofili (8.04), Lolo Jones only managed fourth with 8.27. Ennis
then went on to jump 6.38 in
a competition won by German Nadja Kather in 6.58. David Oliver clearly beat the
rest of the field clocking a world leading time (at that time of the day) of
7.51. European Champion Andy Turner was second with 7.66. Also a world leading
performance for Helen Clitheroe in the 3000m with 8:52.31. Mark Lewis-Francis
got a good start of the season with a win in the 60m (6.66) over Marc Burns
(6.73). Alexandria Anderson got the win in the women’s 60m with 7.31. Jenny
Meadows opened her season by winning in the 800m (2:02.48), with Marilyn Okoro
in second (2:02.99). Lisa Ryzih improved on her personal best in the pole vault
(455), while Dan Huling scored maximal points in the 3000m (7:56.68). Jesse Williams managed 228 to win the high
3:39.35 AT 1500 M
BORDEAUX (FRA, Jan 29): At the International
indoor meeting home Yoann Kowal achieved the standard for European Indoor
Championships with 3:39.35 at 1500
m. In the women 60 m Gabon world indoor finalist Ruddy
Zang Milama won in 7.22 ahead of European Champion Myriam Soumare with good
7.28. Czech Denisa Rosolova clocked new meet record with 52.49 at 400 m. Spanish record holder
Ruth Beitia beat on count back with 190 KazakhstanÂ´s Marina Aitova. Ukrainian
European medalist Maksim Mazuryk achieved high quality 575 in the pole vault
beating the French elite except of Renaud Lavillenie who was not jumping.
Aleksandr Menkov of Russia
beat in long jump (785) the national record holder Salim Sdiri (780). In French
indoor speciality the 400 m
hurdles US Reueben McCoy clocked 50.76 ahead of Briton Richard Yates 50.88. In
another race Heni Kechi achieved 51.59 ahead of all-time hero Felix Sanchez
52.05 (he is world best holder from last indoor with 49.73).
EAUBONNE (FRA, Jan 29): Triple
jump World indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho continues in impressive early shape
with world leading 17.59 at a local meeting.
WORLD LEAD 4:05.47
MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 29): During first day of
Moscow City Championships Yevgeniya Zolotova clocked seasons fastest 4:05.47 in
the 1500 m.
Yevgeniya Polyakova showed solid early shape with 7.23 win over 60 m. Irina Meleshina leaped
to 672 in
long jump and Yevgeniya Kolodko improved by nearly 2 meters to 18.42 in shot put at age
of 20. In
the 400 m
races the fastest by Kseniya Vdovina with 52.35. In menÂ´s events Igor Pavlov
good 570 in
pole vault. Vyacheslav Sokolov won the 1500 m in good 3:42.46.
230 AND TSATOUMAS 810
PEANIA (GRE, Jan 29): The first
open indoor meeting of the season in the Peania indoor hall provided the
opportunity for six athletes to achieve the standards of the European Indoor
Championships that have been set by the Greek Federation. The most impressive
mark came in the men’s high jump, where Konstadinos Baniotis became the third
Greek over the 2.30 barrier. He cleared this height in his 2nd attempt and then
had three very good efforts, one at 2.33 and the final two at 2.36 for an
indoor record, both of them quite close. He looked in great shape, and he
mentioned afterwards that his winter training went favourably, adding that he
wanted to test himself in higher jumps. Louis Tsatoumas had a solid series,
starting with 7.98 and then produced three almost identical jumps at 8.09, 8.08
and 8.10, before calling it a day. After an inexplicably disappointing
performance in France
one week ago, pole vaulter Konstadinos Filippidis returned home with a
vengeance and soared convincingly over 5.62, before raising the bar for a new
indoor record at 5.72, where he ended his journey, despite being close in his
last two efforts. The fourth man to get a ticket for Paris was triple jumper Dimitrios Tsiamis
with 16.71, in a competition won by the great Romanian Marian Oprea, who flew
to 17.20 in
his very first attempt. Oprea spends a lot of his time in Athens, where he trains under the guidance of
Georgi Pomashki, who is also responsible for Tsiamis. Two women achieved Paris standards, as well.
Eleni Filandra ran a virtually solo race from gun to tape in the 800m and
clocked a fine 2:03.93, but due to the lack of competition she was deprived of
the chance to break her own indoor record 2:03.45, set in 2007. Finally
Eleni-Maria Kafourou, competing indoors in Greece for the first time after 5
years in the University of Boise, leapt 6.40 m., exactly the limit required by the
Greek Federationjump to secure her place in the Paris team. In another indoor
local meeting in Thessaloniki, pole vaulter
Nicandros Stylianou broke the national indoor record of Cyprus with
5.37. Informs Thomas Constas.
MERRITT 7.46 WL
Jan 29): Aries Merritt won the 60
m hurdles in 7.46 a world leading time and life-time best.
Carey LaCour won the 60 m
in 6.64 with Swiss Cedric Nabe fourth in
6.72. French Kafetien Gomis leaped to 777 cm. Ukrainian Viktoriya Rybalko won women
long jump with 664 ahead of French Eloyse Lesueur 661. Murielle Ahoure won the 60 m in 7.30 beating Gloria
6.55 AND 20.76
COLLEGE STATION (USA,
Jan 29): Fast 60 m
by Rakieem Salaam 6.55 ahead of Zambian Gerald Phiri 6.59 (national record) and
young Prezel Hardy 6.61. Salaam confirmed great shape in the 200 m 20.76. Tabarie Henry of
US Virgin Islands got 46.33
in the 400
m. Erik Kynard cleared 229 in the high jump ahead
of Ricky Robertson 226. In
the women 60 m
Lakya Brookins posted 7.24 beating Jeneba Tarmoh 7.29. Jessica Beard clocked 23.18 in the 200 m.
LUXEMBURG (LUX, Jan 29):
Impressive performances in the 60m here by Dutch juniors Dafne Schippers and
Jamile Samuel. World junior heptathlon champion Dafne Schippers managed a new
national junior record 7.28 (she had already broken the national junior record
in the series with 7.33). Triple world junior silver medalist Jamile Samuel
clocked 7.38 in
the finals, a feat in which the duo beat all senior athletes present. Also
strong performances in the 400m where Leslie Dhjone showed his form with 46.24,
world indoor silver 4x400m medalist Antoine Gillet clocked a strong 46.95.
Lindsay De Grande broke the national 1500m record with 4:09.70 in a very
impressive solo run. European junior decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen
improved on his pole vault best with a jump over 4.90. Gregory Sedoc
comfortably won the 60m hurdles in 7.67. Czech athlete Lenka Masna won the 800m
GENT (BEL, Jan 29): Two
qualifcation marks for the European indoor championships during the Walloonian
championships in Gent. Hurdlers Elisabeth
Davin (8.09) and Adrien Deghelt (7.66) easily booked a ticket for Paris. Davin managed the
double with a 7.38 win in the 60m.
PARK (USA, Jan 29): Ryan Foster has
become the first Tasmanian to break the four minute mile barrier. Running for Penn State
University at an
invitational indoor meeting in Pennsylvania Foster ran 3:58.49 to place third
in the race, behind Cory Leslie 3:57.97 and Jeff See 3:58.15. Foster bettered
the 37 year old mark previously held by Randal Markey of 4:00.9. Casimir Loxsom
posted 1:47.36 at 800 m
and Marquis Holsotn 46.87 at 400
m. In women races Aurieyall Scott got 23.17 at 200 m ahead of Shavon Greaves
23.18. Shana Cox posted 52.53 at 400
Jan 29): Kenyan Leonard Korir won the 3000 m in 7:51.40 and Lalonde Gordon sped to 20.93 in the 200 m.
Jan 29): Josh Norman won here the 60
m in 6.62 and clocked also 6.61 in heats.
Jan 29): World indoor relay champion Tavaris Tate achieved 46.35 at the
oversized track here in the 400
(USA, Jan 29): Tina Sutej of
cleared 442 in
pole vault. In the 400 m
Amaechi Morton clocked 46.23 ahead of Estonian Marek Niit whoÂ´s 46.76 is new
national record. Horatio Williams won the 60 m in 6.63 ahead of Maurice Mitchell 6.66.
Elliot Heath got 7:52.27 in the 3000
m. In womenÂ´s race Kenyan Pascale Cheruiyot achieved
9:13.51. Shelise Williams won the 400
m in 52.59.
MOGILYOV (BLR, Jan 29): Anis
Ananenka posted 1:48.18 in the 800
m. Yulia Balykina clocked 7.30 in the 60 m with Olympic champion
form Athens Yulia Nesterenko clocking 7.43 in the B-race. Svetlana Usovich achieved 52.48 in the 400 m and Natalya Koreyvo
4:11.57 in the 1500 m.
Excellent the 671 of Veronika Shutkova in long jump ahead of Nastasiya
Mironchyk 664. Alena Kapets achieved 18.20 in the shot put.
KRASNODAR (RUS, Jan 29): Olympic medalist
Yevgeniy Lukyanenko started here with 520 clearance in pole vault after injury
and health problems.
(ESP, Jan 29): Josephine Oniya clocked 8.06 at Gran Premio CAI-Ciudad de
Zaragoza meet in her return after doping ban. Also to note 646 by Concha
Montaner in long jump. Talented Eusebio Caceres achieved 787 cm in menÂ´s long jump.
(CZE, Jan 29): At Prague City Championships Michal Balner cleared 560 to
qualify in the pole vault for Paris.
All-time hero Roman Sebrle returned to competition with testing in the pole
vault (470) and at 60 m
GLENDALE (AUS, Jan 29): Collis Birmingham clocked
good 7:50.07 at 3000 m
during Hunter Track Classic meet. In womenÂ´s race also impressive 8:58.46 by
Kaila McKnight. Former 800 m
world indoor champion Tamsyn Lewis won the 400 m in 52.15. Discus world
champion Dani Samuels achieved 58.48.
(RSA, Jan 29): World Champion Caster Semenya in her first 800 m race on South African
soil since Berlin World Championships in a local meet in Pretoria. She won in 2:09.60.
KINGSTON (JAM, Jan 29): Hurdles specialst
Kaliese Spencer won the 400 m
at Queens/Grace Jackson Invitational at Usain Bolt’s track at UWI with 2:08.78
at 800 m.
Another 400 m
hurdles specialist olympic and worl winner Melaine Walker was 4th in 2:11.96.
Also testing at 800 m
were Shereefa Llyod 5th 2:11.30 and Shericka Williams the 400 m specialist as 8th in
2:20.08. Anneisha McLaughlin, 5th place finisher at the 2009 World
Championships, won the women’s 400m event in 53.78. Sprinter and olympic
medalist Sherone Simpson finished second overall with 54.33.Antiguan World
Championships fourth place finisher at 100 m Daniel Bailey opened his season with
training time 50.15 at 400 m.
His Racers Clubmate Kenroy Anderson won the event in 47.73. Hurdler Josef
Robertson was overall second 48.01 ahead of Honduras sprint record holder
Rolando Palacios 48.21. In the men’s 800m, Edino Steele of Racers took top
honours in 1:54.84. World and Olympic 100 metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser return to
the track was stalled by what trackalerts.com source described as a “slight