Isinbayeva and Lavillenie WL at 4.85m and 5.93m! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva at 2010 World Indoor Champs, photo by

Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 4.85m today in the 22nd Samsung Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk, Ukraine. This improves her world leader from 4.81m, set earlier in the week! Isinbayeva will compete next in Stockholm on February 22, 2011.




DONETSK (UKR, Feb 12): Yelena Isinbayeva won for 8th time the special pole vault meeting in the city of legendary Sergey Bubka. She improved with 485 her own world lead at 22nd Samsung Pole Vault Stars meet (EA Indoor Permit) and attacked finally world indoor record of 501. "I was feeling excellent today and the conditions were as every year very good. Physically and emotionally I am ready to set new world records, but I still do not have enough competition practice," said the multiple world record holder. Isinbayeva started at 460 in first and continued with 475 in second after missing once at 470. New world lead of 485 was mastered in second attempt. Her next meeting will be in Stockholm on February 22. 2009 World champion Anna Rogowska of Poland was second (470). Third Czech Jirina Ptacnikova with first attempt clearance of 460 (and had close attempts at 470) beat on count back Monika Pyrek, Svetlana Feofanova, Fabiana Murer (slight injury) and Yulia Golubchikova (all 460) who followed at positions 4-7.  Belarus Anastasiya Shvedova as 8th with 450 new national record. Male competition ended with a jump-off after European Champion Renaud Lavillenie and home star Maksim Mazuryk cleared 582 in second attempt. The bar went to 593 and both failed. At next 588 both were succesfull, for Mazuryk overall PB. Again back at 593 and Lavillenie mastered, new world lead. Czech Michal Balner was third with 570 but he did not smile. At his last attempt at 582 he broke his pole and injured heavily his palm and was transported to hospital. He is ok after several stitches, but his season is most probably over. Fourth Russian Igor Pavlov also jumped 570. US Derek Miles injured his lower back while training in Lievin but was still able to compete with 545 (as 8th).



SHEFFIELD (GBR, Feb 12): World and European indoor champion Dwain Chambers is again fast, at Aviva UK Trials his winning time was European leading 6.57. Harry Aikinees-Aryetey was second 6.64 ahead of Craig Pickering 6.67 and Mark Lewis-Francis 6.68 (he was faster in heats 6.63 and semis 6.65). World junior champion Jodie Williams improved to 7.24 when winning the 60 m ahead of Bernice Wilson who also achieved life-time best 7.25. Third former world medalist Jeanette Kwakye 7.33. European gold medalist Andy Turner improved his seasons best twice, first in heats 7.62 and then in finals to 7.61. Sell-out crowds at EIS saw Jessica Ennis winning the high jump (188) and beeing 7th in shot put (13.86). Commonwealth bronze winner Max Eaves won the pole vault and bettered his career best to 561. Impressive women 3000 m when Helen Clitheroe got 8:55.26 and Gemma Turtle 8:57.24. In the women´s 400 m two protagonists from other events will clash in the Sunday´s final. 800 m runner Jenny Meadows (53.50 in semifinal) and former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton (54.28).



VAL DU REUIL (FRA, Feb 12): US Olympic hurdles silver medalist Sheena Tosta achieved all-time indoor best at rarely contested 400 m hurdles with 56.41. In men´s race US Reuben McCoy (50.33) beat former olympic and world winner Felix Sanchez (50.37). French sprinting legend Christine Arron won the 60 m in 7.41 but missed the Paris standard of 7.30. In women events also to note 8.05 of US Kristi Castlin at 60 m hurdles and 663 of Eloyse Lesueur in long jump. Finnish high jump record holder Osku Torro confirmed his top shape with 230 win. Benjamin Compaore was the best in triple jump (16.81). In sprints US Jeremy Hall clocked 6.66 in the 60 m and Serhiy Demydiuk of Ukraine 7.80 in the 60 m hurdles. In distances Abiyote Abinet of Ethiopia achieved 3:40.54 in the 1500 m (indoor PB) and Yohan Durand 7:50.52 personal best in the 3000 m.







VIENNA (AUT, Feb 12): Bulgarian world leader Vanya Stambolova won the 400 m at ASVO Meet with 52.18. Austrian Paris standard for Clemens Zeller in the 400 m (47.18). Czech junior of 2010 Pavel Maslak won another race in 47.22. Also to note world leading and national best for World Cup walking winner Matej Toth of Slovakia who clocked at 3000 m 10:57.32. Italian Lukas Riffeser posted 1:48.37 in the 800 m. In German shot put duel Josephine Terlecki (17.77) beat Nadine Kleinert (17.58). In the 60 m hurdles Czech Stanislav Sajdok clocked 7.75 ahead of Slovak Matus Janecek who improved his PB to Paris standard 7.77. Czech Katerina Cechova qualified for Paris with 7.33 in heats and won the finals with 7.34 at 60 m. In men´s 60 m Poland´s Kamil Krynski improved to 6.69 to win ahead of Hannu Hamalainen of Finland 6.70 (PB).


MOGILYOV (BLR, Feb 12): Moncton silver medalist Aleksandr Linnik twice improved 200 m national record during second day of Belarus indoor championships. In heats 21.21 and in the finals 21.18. Alina Talay won the 60 m hurdles in 8.07, life-time best. Dmitriy Detsuk got 16.94 in triple jump, Maksim Lynsha solid 7.67 in the 60 m hurdles and Anastasiya Mironchik 14.00 in women´s triple jump.


GOTEBORG (SWE, Feb 12): Olympic 2004 winner Christian Olsson debuted into the season in triple jump with 16.99 at "Road to Goteborg 2013" meet. Malin Dahlstrom improved Swedish pole vault record to 443 cm. Stefan Tarnhuvud posted 6.72 in the 60 m and Danish guest Kim Christensen achieved 19.66 in men´s shot put.


POMBAL (POR, Feb 12): Francis Obikwelu achieved 6.68 at 60 m during first day of Club Championships. Vera Santos was as usual impressive in 3000 m walk (12:49.53). In long jump Gaspar Araujo leaped to 772 over triple hero Nelson Evora (767).


PRAGUE (CZE, Feb 12): World record holder Roman Sebrle is leading the national heptathlon with solid 3513 first day score. He was better as in Tallinn in two events and is healthy (7.16 - 767 - 15.69 - 208). His main aim is to achieve such a mark which will qualify him for Paris. Eliska Klucinova who is qualified for Paris based on 2010 results won the pentathlon with 4291 points (8.77 PB - 175 - 13.14 - 610 - 2:21.84).


ANCONA (ITA, Feb 12): New Italian junior high jump record for Alessia Trost. The world youth champion 2009 cleared 189 at national junior championships.


APELDOORN (NED, Feb 12): Melissa Boekelman won shot put during first day of Dutch Championships with 17.17 m.


TALLINN (EST, Feb 12): First day of Estonian Indoor Championships saw combined eventers winning. Mikk Pahapill at 60 m hurdles 8.06 and Grit Sadeiko 7.53 and 8.42 in 60/60h double.


KAUNAS (LTU, Feb 12): Povilas Mykolaitis achieved Paris standard in long jump with 786 cm at National University Championships.


SOFIA (BUL, Feb 12): Inna Eftimova clocked 7.31 in the 60 m and fulfilled the national norm for Paris.


SPALA (POL, Feb 12): Ukrainian 800 m runners were fast at national meet in Poland. Oleksandr Borysyuk posted 1:48.02 and Oleksandr Osmolovych 1:48.27. Olympic finalist Artur Noga got 7.74 in the 60 m hurdles and Dariusz Kuc 6.73 in the heats of 60 m. Marika Popowicz clocked in women´s 60 m 7.35.


TEL AVIV (ISR, Feb 12): Israeli high jumpers coming back from Moravia High Jump Tour won outdoor home competition. Youth Olympic Games winner Dmitriy Kroyter improved to excellent 228 in the high jump. Danielle Frenkel cleared 186 in women competition.


LINZ (AUT, Feb 12): New Austrian junior shot put record (6 kg) for Lukas Weisshaidinger with 20.10 m.


JINJA (UGA, Feb 12): Commonwealth Games winner Moses Kipsiro retained his Ugandan CC title (and fourth all-together) at 12 km at the Source of the Nile in 36:34. Second Stephen Kiprotich 37:02 and third Geoffrey Kusuro 37:20. But women favorite and former steeple world champion Dorcus Inzikuru will still have to step up her game, after losing to upcoming youngster and world junior 800 medalist from Moncton Annet Negesa, who won her first title as a senior race in 28:19. Inzikuru was 7th (30:28).








DUSSELDORF (GER): Isaiah Koech the new running sensation is born on December 19, 1993. Only some days are missing and he would still belonging to U17 category. He comes from Sitok which has about 2600 population and is 45 km southwards from Kericho. The runner who at the end achieved world junior all-time best and fourth perfomer mark ever at 5000 m was intended to help with the pace mainly between 3-4 km when the pacemakers were expected to start loosing the ground. It was his first ever indoor race. Koech runs on Sunday the 3000 m at the Gent meeting which is organised by his agent Marc Corstjens. Afterwards he will fly back home to Kenya to run the CC trials and try to qualify in junior category for World Championships in Punta Umbria. For Sunday to note the world junior all-time best 7:38.03 of Abraham Feleke of Ethiopia in Stuttgart 2008. With help from Gustav Schwenk.



DUSSELDORF (GER): Dramatic hurdles races. The difference between first Petr Svoboda and second Kevin Craddock was 0.006 (7.564 - 7.570). Less luck for Dutch 2007 European indoor winner Gregory Sedoc who injured himself after good 7.67 in heats. His hamstring was seriously injured and he wrote on his twitter that the season is over for him.

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