2012 Asian Indoor Champs: Essa Barshim Mutaz clears 2.37m, NR, AR, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Essa Barshim Mutaz, Qatar, 2011 World Champs high jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Essa Barshim Mutaz continues to impress! Shortly after a new Qatari record of 2.34m, Essa Barshim Mutaz clears 2.37m, a National Record and Area record as well! The talented, young high jumper shows why he could become a very dominant player in the global high jump scene.

Mutaz has speed, and very strong acceleration. An emotional jumper, Mutaz is quick becoming a jumper to consider in both Istanbul and London. The record was set at the Asian Indoor Games.
EME NEWS (FEB 19, 2012)

HANGZHOU (CHN, Feb 19): Qatari youngster Essa Barshim Mutaz added an amazing 4 cm to his recent Asian area record for a World Lead in high jump at Asian indoor championships with 237 cm. Before he cleared also 234 that was first national record of the day. Strong Chinese Team (with 3 athletes allowed per event in contrast to only 2 athletes for the other participating countries) was exceptional dominant in these championships with excellent results in various events. Another new continental Indoor in women´s pole vault Li Ling 450. Championships records were set in 11 out of the 25 events. China got 14-9-10 ahead of Iran 3-2-2 and Bahrain 3-1-2. In high jump second Zhang Guowei 228. More Chinese wins for Dong Bin over Cao Shuo in triple jump, both national indoor record 17.01. Xie Limei won women triple (14.06). Reza Ghaseri won the 60 m for Iran with 6.68 ahead of Lai Chunho of Hongkong 6.78 and sensational sub 6.60 runner from semis Hasan Heidarpoor who clocked this time only 6.78. Kuwait national indoor mark in the 800 m for Mohamed Al-Azemi 1:47.37. Fast 3000 m won by Bilisuma Shume of Bahrain 7:43.88 ahead of young Qatari Mohamed Al-Garni 7:46.17 and Alemu Bekele of Bahrain 7:48.04. Good quality also in women 3000 m when Shitaye Eshetu won for Bahrain in national record 8:49.27 ahead of Betlhem Desalegn of UEA also NR 8:53.56. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan scored 5928 heptathlon win.


ST. GALLEN (SUI): Nicole Buchler cleared new national pole vault record 452 cm. Serbian guest Mihai Dudas scored 5873 national record in heptathlon. Reto Schenkel won the 60 m in 6.73, faster in semis Ralf Fongue 6.72 was disqualified.

TAMPERE (FIN): Jonathan Astrand achieved fast 20.97 at 200 m here (oversized track). Jussi Heikkila won the 300 m hurdles (37.02) and Sandra Eriksson got 9:06.75 in the 3000 m.

OREBRO (SWE): Top high jumping when Ebba Jungmark cleared 195 in first attempt over Emma Green Tregaro 195 in second. Moa Hjelmer clocked 53.02 in the 400 m, in men´s race Johan Wissman 47.08. Michel Torneus leaped to 785 in the long jump.

KAUNAS (LTU): Sonata Tamosaityte clocked new national record at 60 m hurdles with 8.08. Austra Skujyte scored 4580 points in women pentathlon, not enough for top 3 in 2012 but possibly a chance for a wild card. Rytis Sakalauskas won the men´s 60 m in 6.67.

ESPINHO (POR): Fast women 3000 m walk won by Ana Cabecinha in personal best 12:34.00 ahead of Vera Santos 12:46.81. Marcos Chuva leaped to 800 cm in the long jump. In the 60 m Francis Obikwelu did not compete, win for Yazaldes Nascimento in 6.78.

TARTU (EST): Anna Iljuststenko equalled her own Estonian indoor record with 193 clearance. Lembi Vaher got pole vault national record 422 cm ahead of Krista Obizajeva of Latvia who at age of 15 years achieved national senior record 417 cm. Anders Raja won the 60 m hurdles in 7.88.


BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 19): In low key Birmingham meet Robbie Grabarz showed consistency by clearing 2.30m (did not attempt higher) after winning Aviva Grand Prix the day before. Nicola Sanders continued her return to international class winning the 400m in 52.48 ahead of Marilyn Okoro 53.33. In the mens 400 m a fine breakthrough by James Forman to 46.74.

MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 18-19): Sergey Mudrov cleared 230 at Russian Students Championships. Yevgeniy Kotlyarov was the best in the 60 m (6.81) and also to note the 2:02.82 in the women 800 m by Tatyana Markelova.

APELDOORN (NED, Feb 19): Dutch heptathlon title for Pelle Rietveld with 5696. European medalist Eelco Sintnicolaas cramped in the 60 m and was unable to continue. Women pentathlon winner was guest from Iceland Helga Thorsteinsdottir with 4292 points.

GOMEL (BLR, Feb 18-19): At Belarus University Championships impressive 4616 points by Yana Maksimava in the pentathlon (8.65-186-15.02-595-2:15.77) what makes her number 3 in the current world list of Istanbul qualifiers based on 2012 results. Yekaterina Poplavskaya clocked 7.99 in the 60 m hurdles.

VIENNA (AUT, Feb 18-19): Dominik Distelberger with 5719 points and Ivona Dadic with 4244 (national record) won the Austrian indoor combined events titles. But overall winners were foreign guests. Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet 5935 and Hungarian Gyorgyi Farkas 4363. In accompanying events Beate Schrott improved Austrian record at 60 m hurdles with 8.02. Raphael Pallitsch clocked Istanbul qualifier in the 800 m 1:47.94 and Yekaterina Kuntsevich cleared 188 in the high jump.

EAUBONNE (FRA, Feb 19): Fast 200 m races by Lina Jacques-Sebastien 23.43 in heats and 23.44 in the finals.

SINDELFINGEN (GER, Feb 19): Best result at German junior championships 645 in the long jump by Malaika Mihambo.

PRAHA (CZE, Feb 19): Vaclav Sedlak equalled national junior record at 60 m hurdles with 7.81 (junior height) during Czech Junior Indoor Championships


BLACKSBURG: David Verburg clocked 46.76 at 400 m during Virginia Tech Challenge meet, in women race even more impressive 51.70 for DeeDee Trotter.

LAMONI: At Heart of America Champs win for Ryan Sherman with 6.61 at 60 m.

AZUSA: At this outdoor meet Bryan Clay was third in the 60 m in 6.75 and won the hurdles in 7.77. He also got 15.38 in the shot put. The 60 m winner was Remontay McClain in 6.64 ahead of Mickey Grimes 6.65.

BOSTON: Lucy Van Dalen of New Zealand got solid double during American East Championships with 4:36.43 in the mile and 9:17.35 in the 3000 m.

DAYTONA BEACH: At Embry Riddle Last Chance in Florida Chaunte Lowe showed good shape with 191 high jump and 630 long jump. Kirk Wilson clocked 20.90 in the 200 m and David Payne 7.79 at 60 m hurdles.

ANN ARBOR: UK record holder Tiffany Porter got 8.03 hurdles win at Silverstone Invitational.

C0LUMBIA: Fast 55 m hurdles 7.22 by Drew Brunson, he was faster in heats 7.16. Second Jamaican Eric Keddo 7.27 and 7.22 in heats. Women 55 m winner Shayla Mahan clocked 6.73.


SEVILLA (ESP, Feb 19): Moroccan Mohamed Blal won the Sevilla marathon which was not sanctioned by Spanish Federation in 2:13:42. Women winner Ireland´s Jill Hodgins improved to 2:46:58.

VERONA (ITA, Feb 19): Kenyan Kennedy Kipieko won the Giulietta e Romeo Half Marathon in 1:02:36 ahead of Robert Ndiwa 1:02:51. Third Italian Ruggero Pertile 1:04:38. Women winner Emily Chepkorir got 1:13:24.

DOUR (BEL, Feb 19): Belgian veteran Verle Dejaeghere won the 6 km at Lotto CrossCup event in 22:04. Second Veerle Van Linden 22:32 beating Gamachu Tulu 22:41. European CC Champion Atelaw Bekele was the best in men´s 9 km in 28:54. Second Ethiopian Dame Tasama 29:10 and third Kenyan Peter Kariuki 29:32. Fourth best European Dutch Abdi Nageeye 29:47 ahead of best Belgian Pieter Desmet 29:53.

GUADALAJARA (MEX, Feb 19): Julius Keter won the Half Marathon in Guadalajara after 1:02:59 beating Shadrack Kiyai 1:04:20 and Stephen Njoroge 1:04:38. Genoveva Kigen was the best woman after 1:13:16.

TRABZON (TUR, Feb 19): Winners of 32nd Trabzon Half Marathon were Kenyan Moses Too 1:04:20 and home Sultan Haydar 1:13:12.

CASTELLON (ESP, Feb 19): Foreign winners at Spanish Club CC Championships. Eritrean Kidane Tadese was the best in men´s 11.5 km in 34:13 ahead of Kenyan James Moiben 34:29, best home runner Alvaro Lozano fourth 34:43. In women 7.5 km Mariem Alaoui 25:48 ahead of Malika Assahsah 26:04 and Lidia Rodriguez 26:05. Senior long race titles for men of Guadalajara and women of Atletismo Santutxu.

KOBE (JPN, Feb 18): Kumi Otoshi won the Japanese walking championships with olympic qualifier 1:29:48 in the women 20 km. Isamu Fujisawa was the male winner in 1:20:38.

KUMAMOTO (JPN, Feb 18): Tsuyoshi Ugachi won the Kumanichi 30 km in 1:30:01.

MONTEGO BAY (JAM, Feb 18): Delano Williams of Turks and Caicos won the Milo Western Championships in new national junior records 10.34 and 20.53.


NEVERS (FRA, Feb 18): At pole vault meet second Briton Steven Lewis 572. Women winner Kate Dennison 452 ahead of Kate Byres 447 new British junior record and Vanessa Boslak also 447.

ISTANBUL (TUR, Feb 18): To Balkan Championships to add Luis Tsatoumas leaping to 804 in the long jump. Luiza Gega won the women 1500 m in 4:10.75, new national mark for Albania. In the men´s 3000 m second Polat Kemboi of Turkey improved the national record to 7:42.49. Third Ilham Tanui 7:50.61.

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