2012 Russian Winter (Kuts Hall, Moscow), Adam Kszcot run 1:15.26 for 600m, Silnvo clears 2.36m, Jones Wins in 7.89 in 60m hurdles, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Some amazing performances at Russian Winter Meeting (21rst edition) in a very cold Moscow on Sunday. Adam Kszczot of Poland ran 1:15.26, second fastest ever, Andrey Silnov cleared 2.36m in high jump as LoLo Jones makes it a four race streak, winning convincingly in 7.89 for the 60m hurdles.

James_KiraniFHH1-NBind12.jpg Kirani James, 2012 NB Indoor Grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirani James was pretty impressive in the 400 meter win he had at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meeting! He looked so smooth running 45.96, the fastest time in world this year on the boards.

Big weekend coming up with Millrose (Feb. 11, Armory), USA Track & Field Invitational (Fayettteville) and US Club Champs (St.Louis, Mo), all on same day!


MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 5): Second IAAF Permit indoor meet of the season was high quality 21st edition of Russian Winter in Kuts Hall of cold Moscow. But athletes with their results made it hot, in total 3 new meet records and 7 world leading marks. Closest to all-time best was Poland´s European indoor and U23 champion Adam Kszczot who clocked 1:15.26 at 600 m. Second best all-time mark just 0.24 behind the top mark of German Nico Motchebon from 1999. Second former olympic winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy 1:16.08 and third last year winner Kenyan Jackson Kivuna 1:16.93 (in the other race Stepan Poistogov 1:16.80). In the all-time top ten both walking winners. World champion Valeriy Borchin 18:16.54 (MR and WL) in the men´s 5000 m ahead of Vladimir Kanaykin 18:17.13 and 50k world winner Sergey Bakulinj 18:26.82 (French guest Yohan Diniz 5th 18:47.80). Anisya Kirdyapkina was the 3000 m women winner in 11:44.10 (WL). Way back second Romanian Claudia Stef 12:27.50 when world and olympic winner Olga Kaniskina did not finish her race after too fast pace in the first half. New meet record and world lead for reigning undercover champion Lolo Jones 7.89 clearly ahead of Yvette Lewis 8.03 and world medalist Danielle Carruthers 8.05 at 60 m hurdles. Expected world lead in women 1000 m by European U23 Champion Yelena Arzhakova 2:36.69 beating Belarus Natalya Koreyvo 2:37.36 and Yelena Kofanova 2:37.58. Remaining two world leads in men jumps. First Aleksandr Menkov leaped to excellent 824 (also indoor PB) in the long jump. In four attempts competition second Khotso Mokoena 804 ahead of Ignisious Gaisah 793 and Luis Tsatoumas 787. Olympic winner Andrey Silnov showed increased shape with 236 first attempt high jump clearance, world lead and had one try at 241. Second Aleksandr Shustov 230 and third Trevor Barry 227. Another top display of shape by European U23 Champion Darya Klishina with high quality 686 in first round. That was followed with 674, 677 and 685 cm. German Bjorn Otto was unexpected high quality winner of men´s pole vault with 572 and 577 clearances (failed only at 583) ahead of Dmitriy Starodubtsev (565), Lukasz Michalski (565) and world medalist Lazaro Borges (555, Cuban indoor record). Former hurdler/sprinter Aleksandra Fedoriva made her transition into a 400 m runner more than clear with 51.46 PB win. World leader Vania Stambolova was second 51.59 ahead of Antonina Krivoshapka 51.88. In remaining sprints US Josh Norman won the 60 m in 6.63 ahead of Dwain Chambers 6.64 (Ramil Guliyev false started in heats and Simeon Williamson in the finals). Russians dominated men´s hurdles: Konstantin Shabanov 7.58 (heats 7.57) and Sergey Shubenkov personal best 7.61. Ukrainians in the same way in women 60 m: Olesya Povkh 7.14 ahead of Mariya Remyen 7.18. In national events Valentin Smirnov clocked 3:39.73 in the 1500 m, Ivan Yushkov 20.49 in men´s and Yevgeniya Kolodko 19.04 in women´s shot put.

CASTELLON (ESP, Feb 5): Turkish side Uskudar Belediye on the women side and Spanish club Bikila on the men´s won the 49th edition of European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country in Spain. In women´s 6 km Ethiopian guest running for Turkish club Belaynesh Oljira won in 18:52 ahead of another member of this team Asli Cakir 18:54. Third Italian Nadia Ejaffini (Esercito) 18:54 and fourth Portugal´s Dulce Felix 19:04 ahead of Russian Olga Golovkina 19:07 and Turkish European champion Alemitu Bekele 19:15. Uskudar scored 19 points ahead of Luch Moscow 29 and Maratona Clube de Portugal 54. Men´s 10 km ended with home win for European CC medalist Ayad Lamdassem 28:36 in close finish with Italian Andrea Lalli 28:36 and another Spanish runner Ricardo Serrano 28:41. In team rankings Spanish teams dominated, Bikila 25 points ahead of Guadalajara 40 and Italian Fiamme Gialle 42. Junior men winners were Portugal Benfica Lisbon with 17 points (also with individual win by Ruben Silva 18:12) and junior women Luch Moscow also 17 points (and Vera Vasilyeva as top individual 13:14 at 4 km).


ROCHLITZ (GER, Feb 5): At special shot put meet World champion David Storl achieved very good 21.02 ahead of Candy Bauer who improved to 20.10. Nadine Kleinert achieved her best mark since 2010 with 19.34 win in women competition. Christina Schwanitz was this time second (18.65).

LEVERKUSEN (GER, Feb 5): Silke Spiegelburg cleared 440 and 460 in first attempt at West German Championships and tried at new German record height 480. Nadja Kampschulte went over 191 in the high jump and Robin Ewera surprised with 20.92 win at 200 m over Sebastian Ernst 21.29.

SATRA (SWE, Feb 5): European indoor champion 2009 Johan Wissman won the 400 m at Raka Sparet meet with 47.41, new meet record.

OSAKA (JPN, Feb 4): Hiroki Oita cleared 560 in the pole vault during an indoor meet.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 5): Second day of Birmingham Games registered Andrew Pozzi clocking UKA standard for Istanbul 7.62. Nigel Levine won the 200 m in 21.12.

SPALA (POL, Feb 5): Olympic finalist Artur Noga is coming close to his former level, clocks at local meet 7.72 at 60 m hurdles. Pawel Wojciechowski cleared in pole vault only 5 meters.

BHUBANESWAR (IND, Feb 2): At 77th All-India Railway Championships new national record in 20 km walk by Gurmeet Singh 1:20:22.

BARVERI (BRA, Feb 5): Brazilian 50 km walk title for Mario Jose dos Santos (4:16:31).

VALLADOLID (ESP, Feb 5): Nazareth Weldu of Eritrea won the women 6.75 km at 24th edition of the international CC race here. She clocked 23:49, just one second ahead of the home star Marta Dominguez 23:50. Men´s 10 km winner Jesus Espana 30:20 over Eritrean Isaac Sibathu 30:23.

BREDA (NED, Feb 5): Tom Wiggers won the Mastbocross at 10.38 km in 30:33 ahead of the favorite Khalid Choukoud 30:38. In the women 7.33 km Belgian win for Barbara Maveau 23:56 beating Veerle Dejaeghere 24:18. Choukoud and Ruth van der Meijden are the winners of National CC circuit in Netherlands.


GRANOLLERS (ESP, Feb 5): Marathon world record holder Patrick Makau was second at the 26th Granollers Half Marathon in 1:02:40 (corrected). In fresh, windy and sunny conditions (6 degrees at the start and the same at finish) Carles Castillejo was better by three seconds in 1:02:37 (corrected). Makau was running without specific training for this race in his build-up for 2012 marathon season. In 2011 Makau clocked in February 1:03:51. Sixth place for European Champion Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland 1:03:33. With help from Possosports. Best woman was Beatrice Chepchumba in 1:12:42 ahead of Italian Antonina Rutto 1:12:43.

MARUGAME (JPN, Feb 5): Europeans at Marugame Half Marathon. Ukrainian Dmytro Baranovsky was 54th (1:03.14) and Alistair Cragg of Ireland 65th in 1:03:29.

OITA (JPN, Feb 5): Best European at the Mainich marathon 12th Adam Draczynski of Poland 2:15:01. Top woman Chiyuki Mochizuki in 2:34:20.

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