NCAA Indoor 400m champ, Demetrius Pinder ran 20.73, and Jeremy Wariner ran 21.02, in the 200 meters at the Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. This was Jeremy’s second race of a very long season. Jeremy typically runs a few 200 meters, to get himself into some racing shape, and then opens up at the 400 meters at the end of April.
MILANO (ITA, Mar 27): Kenyan Matthew Kisorio took the win improving his
personal best by seven seconds with 1:00:03 at the Stramilano
Half-Marathon which celebrated its 40th edition on a cloudy morning but
in ideal weather conditions. Kisorio, fourth at last week’s World Cross
Country Championships in Punta Umbria, beat his 18-year-old compatriot
Eric Ndiema who finished second in 1:00:20 ahead of Dereje Deme
Hailegiorgis, third in 1:00:25. Andrea Lalli, former European Junior and
Under 23 cross country champion, finished seventh but he was first
among European runners in his debut over the half-marathon distance in
1:02:32 (he expected to run in 63 minutes). Lalli will try to qualify
for the World Championships in Daegu at the 10 000 metres European Cup
in Oslo in June. European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin of
Switzerland was 11th in 1:02:45 in his preparation for London Marathon.
In the women’s race 20-year-old Ethiopian Ababel Eyeshaneh Brihane took
the honours in 1:09:54 ahead of Italian Anna Incerti, runner-up in
1:10:41. Incerti’s next marathon race will be at the Daegu World
Championhips on 27 August. “It was not my day. I trained well in Ifrane
(Morocco) and I expected to run faster”, said Incerti, European bronze
medallist in Barcelona.
Merga again over Kenyans
ALA DEI SARDI (ITA, Mar 27): Fresh World CC Champion Ehiopian Imane
Merga took a narrow win over Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, world junior cross
country champion and 1500 world junior champion in 2010, at the 35th
edition of the Trofeo Alasport in AlÃ dei Sardi. Merga romped home in
32:11 to take the men’s 11 km race ahead of Ndiku who crossed the
finish-line in 32:14. Paul Tanui, world silver medallist in Punta
Umbria, finished third in 32:15. Daniele Meucci was best Italian as 6th
(34:01). Silvia Kibet, World silver medallist in the 5000 m in Berlin,
held off former World Junior silver medallist Sule Utura from Ethiopia
in a close finish. Both runners crossed the finish-line sharing the same
time of 18:02 in the 5.5 km women’s race after a close and exciting
race. Third Mercy Cherono 18:05 ahead of Nadia Ejaffini representing
Italy in 18:33.
DOHA (QAT): The president of the organising committee of Pan Arab Games
Sheikh Saoud Ben Abderahmane Al-Thani, announced prized money for
medallists and record breakers at the Games, which will be held in Doha
in November. US$5000 for a gold medal, $3000 for a silver and $2000 for a
bronze. A record of the games will be worth US$5000. The aim of the
organisers is to attract all the stars of Arab sport to the event.
Informs African Athletics Facebook.
PANAMA CITY (PAN): Olympic long jump champion Irving Saladino will
start his season at
the Grand Prix of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on May 22. President of
the Panamanian Federation of Athletics Ricardo Sasso
said Saladino has nine meets on his schedule, ending with the 13th
World Athletics Championship in Daegu. “This season will see a
faster and stronger Saladino,” said Sasso. His another already announced
competition is the FBK Games of Hengelo on May 29 (IAAF World
Challenge). Saladino has not yet committed to attend the Pan-American
in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sasso said the participation of a delegation
from Panama depends on the outcome of an April 11 meeting of the
International Olympic Committee which will determine the status of
Panama’s Olympic Committee.
PRETORIA (RSA): Blade runner runner Oscar Pistorius has confirmed
that he will defend his BT Paralympic World Cup T44 100m and 400m titles
in Manchester end of May. “My main goal in 2011 is to qualify for the
able-bodied World Athletics Championships in Daegu and the BT Paralympic
World Cup is a very important event in my preparation process,” said
TUSCALOOSA (USA): World junior champion Kirani James was not running the
400 m at Alabama Relays on Saturday. Head coach Harvey Glance explained
for the university web: “Today was just kind of one of those on-and-off
meet days. The air came out of the atmosphere when we knew Kirani
(James) was not going to compete due to a minor leg issue. We didn’t
want to push anything on the first day, so we sat him out. Our other
guys did a great job competing though and showed a lot of heart and
desire out there.”
US SATURDAY RESULTS (Levy 11.16, Wariner beaten, Patton windy 10.10)
TALLAHASSEE: Charles Clark clocked 32.86 at 300 m during Florida State Relays.
BATON ROUGE: LSU Tiger Relyas saw Rynell Parson winning the 100 m in
windy 10.24 (+4.5) and 4×400 m team getting solid 3:03.77 (R. Simmons;
A. Alleyne-Forte; R. Hylton; C. Williams).
PALO ALTO: Second day of Stanford Invitational registered Ameer Webb and
his 20.80 (+1.5) in the 200 m and Greek Ekaterini Stefanidi clearing
new personal best 442 cm in pole vault.
ORLANDO: In addition to UCF Invitational to note the 200 m winners,
Bahamian Michael Mathieu in 20.62 (+1.8) and Jamaican Simone Facey in
STARKVILLE: Fresh NCAA indoor high jump champion Derek Drouin of Canada
cleared 223 on count-back over James Harris. Harry Adams was fast at 200
m (20.74) against -2.5 wind.
COLUMBIA: World junior 2008 relay champion Shayla Mahan improved to fast
11.20 (+1.5) at 100 m during Baskin Relays. NCAA 60 m champion Lakya
Brookins got 11.36 (+1.4) in another race. 400 m specialist Natasha
Hastings achieved 23.37 (+2.2) in the 200 m.
TUSCALOOSA: Reggie Dixon was the fastest at the 100 m at the Alabama Relays with 10.33 (+1.1).
TEMPE: Arizona State Invitational saw Diamond League 400 m winner Jeremy
Wariner clocking 21.02 (-1.2) in the 200 m and he was beaten by another
400 m specialist, the NCAA indoor champion Demetrius Pinder of Bahamas
(20.73). World youth champion 2009 Prezel Hardy (18) clocked new
personal best 10.33 (+0.7) to win the 100 m. Interesting names in women
sprints. Tiffany Townsend 11.44 (-0.2) at 100 m, 400 m specialist
Jessica Beard 23.40 (-0.4) in the 200 m and sprinter Jessica Young 52.27
in the 400 m.
EL PASO: World junior relay medalist Jamaican Jura Levy improved to
world leading 11.16 (+1.5) at 100 m at UTEP Springtime in El Paso
altitude. Desmond Jackson won the 100 m in 10.33 (+1.6) and US indoor
champion Omo Osaghae achieved 13.57 (+1.6) in his event.
DENTON: Former world silver winner at 200 m Darvis Patton achieved at
North Texas Open windy, but still fast 10.10 at 100 m (+3.3).
TREVISO (ITA, Mar 27): Morocco’s Hamed Nasef, who lives in Italy, won
the Treviso Marathon lowering his career best by one minute to 2:13:57
beating Algeria’s Tayeb Filali by just two seconds in a very close
finish. Francesco Bona, World Military Championships bronze medallist in
Athens last year, improved his fastest time by two minutes to 2:14:59
to finish third ahead of Anna Incerti’s husband Stefano Scaini, fourth
in 2:16:48 in his debut over the marathon distance. Italian Martina Celi
won the women’s race in 2:36:14.
LONDON (GBR, Mar 27): Interesting views of the Olympic Park were a
highlight of today’s Newham London Run. Nearly 4,000 runners took to the
streets for the 10km event in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium. The
winning runner was Paul Martelletti in a time of 31:22 and the winning
female athlete was Vicky Gill in a time of 36:30. Ireland’s Sonia
O’Sullivan came second, posting a time of 39:03. Organizers are saying
in a release.
WELS (AUT, Mar 27): Top Austrian runner Gunther Weidlinger won the
national Half-marathon title in 1:03:55, female Austrian gold for Tanja
Eberhart 1:18:07. It was 50th national gold in different events for
Weidlinger. But he was not the overall winner at the 20th International
Half-Marathon here. Faster than him two Kenyans: Geoffrey Ndungu 1:03:33
and Robert Kirui 1:03:54. All three were faster than previous course
record of 1:03:57.
WARSZAWA (POL, Mar 27): Kenyan Sammy Korir posted new course record
1:01:18 at the 6th Warszawa Half-Marathon with nearly 5000 finishers.
Second Peter Wanjiru in 1:02:17 and third PolandÂ´s Marcin Chabowski
posted a nice personal best 1:02:27 ahead of Henryk Szost who also
clocked life-time best 1:02:35. Former steepler Katarzyna Kowalska was
the fastest woman in her debut at the distance 1:11:27. Second and third
Kenyans Rebby Koech 1:11:53 and Beatrice Rutto 1:12:32.
BRATISLAVA (SVK, Mar 27): Kenyan Lilian Koech defended her last year
title at the 6th CSOB Bratislava City Marathon and improved the course
record by nearly five minutes to 2:45:30. Hungarian Ida Kovacs was
second (2:46:31) and PolandÂ´s Renata Kalinska third 2:46:41 with former
course record holder Judit Folding-Nagy of Hungary fourth (2:51:40) and
best Slovak Ingrid Petnuchova sixth (2:56:56). For the winner 1200 E.
New course records also in half-marathon races. Kenya Hosea Tuei
defended his title from 2010 and achieved 1:03:45 ahead of Joel Maina
Mwangi 1:03:50. Lucy Wambui was also the fastest ever here in personal
best 1:11:51 ahead of Nancy Koech 1:12:42 and experienced Hungarian
Aniko Kalovics 1:16:59. Only in menÂ´s marathon the course record
(2:19:42) was not registered. In interesting finish of two runners
Ethiopian living in Hungary Erkolo Ashkenafi won in 2:22:09 ahead of
last year winner Kenyan Edwin Kibowen (2:22:17). Here for the winner
1800 E. In all races new participation record of 6513 runners was
KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 27): Second and final day of Intercollegiate Track
and Field Championships at Usain Bolt track saw world championships 200 m
finalist Anneisha McLaughlin winning the 400 m in 54.22.
DUNEDIN (NZL, Mar 27): Final day of New Zealand Championships registered
Stuart Farquhar, silver medallist at Delhi, collecting his eleventh and
tenth in a row national javelin throw title in difficult conditions
with 75.47 m. Double silver medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games
Nikki Hamblin won also her second race, the 1500 m in 4:29.76. James
Mortimer seven times New Zealand 110m hurdles champion moved up to the
400m hurdles with success winning in 50.83.
ENVIGADO (COL, Mar 26): Colombian olympic and world top ten placer Luis
Fernando Lopez won the 20 km race at the 15th Copa Panamericana in
walking with 1:25:04 and defended so his title from 2009. In total 17
countries are competing here, junior 10 km race was won by last year
IAAF World Cup winner Eider Arevalo of Colombia in 40:39.65 what is a
meet record. Anabel Orjuela won for Colombia also women 20 km in
SABINANIGO (ESP, Mar 27): Kenyan Victor Bitok won the 35th half-marathon here in 1:04:13.
AZPEITIA (ESP, Mar 27): Ali Hassan Mahboob of Bahrain won the 10 km road
race here in new course record 29:37. He bettered an old record of
Mariano Haro from 1977 by 15 seconds.
ANGOULEME (FRA, Mar 26): French Benjamin Malaty won the 10 km road race
clocking 29:07 ahead of Willy Nduwimana 29:28. In women race a win for
BurundiÂ´s Francine Niyonizigiye 33:34.
PALMA DE MALLORCA (ESP, Mar 27): European marathon medalist “Chema”
Martinez won the first race of Carrera Divina Pastora series at 10 km in
IMPERIA (ITA, Mar 27): Italian wins at 4th Imperia Half-Marathon. Ruggero Pertile achieved 1:04:51 and Ornella Ferrara 1:18:45.
VENLO (NED, Mar 27): Kenyan Stephen Chelimo von the Venlo Half-Marathon
in course record 1:02:26 ahead of his team-mate Philip Langat 1:02:32
and FinlandÂ´s Jussi Utriainen 1:02:50. Fourth best home runner Michel
Butter in 1:03:26. Debuting Kenyan Elisabeth Cherono was best woman in
1:11:26 beating Sharon Tavengwa of Zambia 1:11:57 and pre-race favorite
Naomi Mayo 1:12:33.
MOBILE (USA, Mar 26): Kenyan Richard Kandie won the 34th Azalea Trail
Run at 10 km in 29:15. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom of Rome, Ga., a Kenyan who
became a naturalized U.S. citizen, held off Kenya’s Risper Gesabwa and
Ethiopia’s Alemtsehay Misganaw to win the women’s elite division in
33:22. Gesabwa and Misganaw finished in 33:24 and 33:26, respectively.
Home media are informing.
JERUSALEM (ISR, Mar 25): David Eiger sends a correction to FridayÂ´s
marathon. Kiprotich Cheruiyot 2:27:50, Philip Kipkoech 2:32:16, Shashe
2:50:05, David 2:50:06, Kryza 2:51:21 are now the official times.
LUZERN (SUI): The international EA Classic meeting of Luzern in Switzerland on July 21 will be held on Thursday (not Tuesday).