2012 USA Indoors: Sanya 50.71, Kimmons 6.45, Castlin 7.84, Madison 7.02, by Alfons Juck, notes by Larry Eder

Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kristi Castlin, Yvete Lewis, 2012 USA Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Madison_TiannaESPN-USind12.jpgTianna Madison on ESPN, 2012 USA Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Claye_Will1d-USind12.jpgWill Claye, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Simpson_Jenny1500e-USind12.jpgJenny Simpson, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard Lagat, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Manzano-CentrowitzFV1-USind12.jpgLeonel Manzano, Matthew Centrowitz, 2012 USA Indoors,
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Merritt-Faulk-Craddock-Osaghae-USind12.jpgAries Merritt, Dexter Faulk, Kevin Craddock, Osaghae, 2012 USA Indoors,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Lowe_Chaunte1a-USind12.jpgChaunte Howard Lowe, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Two days with the stars of USA Track & Field. A great turnout in Albququerque and an appreciative crowd. Two strong hours on ESPN, and even with the Oscars and NBA All stars (now don't get me started), the audience was strong. Liked the webcast and watched it (RBR did their LIVE Blog (you can read our coverage under Live blog on RBR). Lots going on this Monday.

I was at the Brooks PR Invite on Sunday night, in Seattle and it was better than last year. Come on, when have you seen a high school girl run 7.21 for 60 meters? Or two high school boys run 46.06, 46.07 for 400 meters, breaking the Dempsey record? Miles in 4:43.28 and 4:07.12 ended the evening! Watch for our coverage tomorrow!

Sanya 50.71, Kimmons 6.45, Castlin 7.84, Madison 7.02
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Feb 26): Four world leading marks highlighted the second day of US Championships. First Sanya Richards-Ross on her birthday day (and wedding anniversary) clocked top mark 2012 and her indoor PB at the 400 m 50.71. Her former top mark indoors was 8 years old (50.82 in 2004). Good depth as second Natasha Hastings achieved 51.66 and third Deedee Trotter 51.68. Fastest 60 m of the year by Trell Kimmons 6.45 ahead of Justin Gatlin 6.47. The former olympic and world winner is so making his second indoor team after winning the world title in 2003 in Birmingham. Tianna Madison confirmed her number one position in the world in the women 60 m with equaling her WL of 7.02. Second Barbara Pierre improved to 7.06, third Kya Brookins 7.14. Kristi Castlin won the women hurdles in world leading 7.84 life-time best ahead of surprise qualifier Vanneisha Ivy 7.93 PB. Favorite Yvette Lewis false started and long jump winner Janay DeLoach (7.98 PB in semis) was 7th in 8.18. Drama in men´s 60 m hurdles as Dexter Faulk false started as world leader and favorites Terrence Trammell (3rd 7.51) and David Oliver (5th 7.56) did not make the team. Aries Merritt won with fast 7.43 ahead of Kevin Craddock 7.46, for both personal bests. In men´s 400 m Gil Roberts equaled his second fastest of the year 45.39 beating Calvin Smith 45.96 and Frankie Wright 46.07. Chaunte Lowe as second in the world cleared in high jump this year over 2 meters. Her first ever indoor 2+ was 202 in third attempt, also new US indoor record and meet best. She tried at 204 then and afterwards managed 6th in the long jump 639. This event was won by Janay DeLoach 689 ahead of Brittney Reese 686, both marks already in first round. Funmi Jimoh tried and in last attempt got respectable 681. DeLoach mark is second in the world this year, but the leader Russian Olga Kucherenko is not travelling to Istanbul, so she will be the top one entered. Jill Camarena-Williams beat in solid shot put battle with 19.56 Michelle Carter who got indoor PB 19.27. More sensation in men´s shot put as title defender Christian Cantwell did not qualify, 21.53 was enough for third. Winner Reese Hoffa achieved 21.75 ahead of Ryan Whiting 21.60. Impressive shape by Brad Walker who cleared 586 and tried at six meters in the pole vault. But he might be the lone entry in Istanbul. Ashton Eaton won the long jump with overall best 806 ahead of Will Claye 802 and Norris Frederick 799. It is expected that due to heavy heptathlon schedule Eaton will not compete in the long jump in Istanbul and third Frederick is not having the necessary standard (815). In distances Jenny Simpson got her second title after 3000 m also in the 1500 m in 4:15.04 ahead of Brenda Martinez 4:15.11. Erica Moore with indoor PB 2:01.08 was the best in the 800 m. Duane Solomon won the men´s 800 m in 1:48.58 and in the 1500 m after nice fight Leo Manzano won in 3:48.05 ahead of world medalist Matt Centrowitz 3:48.16 and another third place for Galen Rupp 3:48.44.


GERMANY (Karlsruhe): Great Pole vault here as Bjorn Otto improves to 592 ahead of Malte Mohr 587 PB and Raphael Holzdeppe 582. Otto tried at new German record height of 601. Impressive also 232 clearance by 2009 World medalist Raul Spank (tries at 235) in the high jump. Ariane Friedrich went over 191 to win the women high jump (she improved in all four meets of the indoor season so far). In races Aleixo Platini Menga was the fastest in the 200 m 20.94, in women race Cathleen Tschirch 23.21 ahead of Anne Mollinger 23.38. In the 400 m wins for new names Miguel Rigau 46.90 (46.86 in heats) and Esther Cremer 52.45. Carolin Walter was the best in women 800 m 2:01.29 PB. Men of TV Wattenscheid clocked new German record at 4x200 m 1:23.90.

SPAIN (Sabadell): The distances were as usual tactical affairs. Francisco Javier Abad was the surprise 1500 m winner in 3:44.16 over David Bustos 3:44.25, Alvaro Rodriguez 3:45.06 and Miguel Quesada 3:46.01. In the 800 m even slower 1:50.16 for Kevin Lopez ahead of Luis Alberto Marco 1:50.39 and Antonio Reina 1:50.52. Mark Ujakpor won the 400 m in 46.97. Cuban guest Alexis Copello won the triple jump (17.02). In women events Concepcion Montaner 654 in the long jump and Ursula Ruiz 17.63 shot put PB ahead of Cuban favorite Misleidys Gonzalez 17.57.

FRANCE (Aubiere): Yannick Fonsat got European lead at 200 m 20.82. Mickael Hanany cleared 226 in the high jump. Nicolas Gomont won the long jump battle with 805 ahead of Ndiss Badji of Senegal 797 and Salim Sdiri 794. Solid also the 5891 points by Bastien Auziel in the heptathlon. In women events Myriam Soumare showed top shape with European lead 23.11 ahead of Lina Jacques-Sebastian 23.15. Nathalie Marie-Nely won the triple jump 14.01 and Blandine Maissonier scored 4339 points in the pentathlon. Good pole vault fight when Vanessa Boslak tied with young Briton Karie Byres for first 442 and third Marie-Leonore Tavares improved the Portugal record to 442 cm.

ITALY (Ancona): Silvano Chesani improved to 231 olympic standard here what was the best result of the day. In the expected 60 m young Michele Tumi clocked 6.64 over Simone Collio 6.69. Lorenzo Valentini won the 400 m in 46.88 and young Andrea Chiari improved to 16.85 to win the triple jump. In women events Simona La Mantia got 14.05 in the triple jump, Elisa Cusma her second title in the 800 m 2:04.97, Silvia Weissteiner 9:01.35 in the 3000 m and Audrey Alloh 7.39 (and 7.36 in semis) in the 60 m.

POLAND (Spala): 2009 World champion Anna Rogowska cleared 471 in second attempt to win the women pole vault. It is for her a season best, but she is not travelling to Istanbul. Second Joanna Piwowarska 440 over Monika Pyrek 430. Olympic finalist 2008 Artur Noga clocked 7.65 at 60 m hurdles and with second Dominik Bochenek 7.68 both qualified for Turkey. Jakub Krzewina won the 400 m after fast heat in 46.92. Solid walks as usual for Dawid Tomala 19:20.12 at 5000 m and Paulina Buziak 12:38.84 at the 3000 m, for both personal bests.

CZECH REPUBLIC (Praha): Jan Kudlicka tried in the Stromovka Hall at Istanbul standard 572, but not succesfull, his winning mark was 555. Jaroslav Baba this time cleared 220 to win. Denisa Rosolova after beeing third in the 60 m won the 200 m in 23.73. Hurdler Zuzana Hejnova was the best in the 400 m in 53.58 over 800 m specialist Lenka Masna 53.73. Theodor Jares was the best in the 400 m 47.19.

SLOVAKIA (Bratislava): Peter Horak cleared 221 and was already the winner here and then went directly to Istanbul standard of 229 and had good tries. His main home rival Michal Kabelka did not jump due to light foot injury in the warm-up. Jana Veldakova won another long jump title (632).

LATVIA (Kuldiga): From first day on Saturday to note Aiga Grabuste leaping to 643 in the long jump. Janis Lietis won 200 m (21.65) and 400 m (47.10) and another double winner Elvijs Misans in long jump (774) and triple jump (16.05).

NETHERLANDS (Apeldoorn): European junior champion Dafne Schippers again improved in the 60 m to fast 7.19. Brian Mariano won the men´s 60 m in 6.71. Also to note the 8.13 by Sharona Bakker in the 60 m hurdles and Dennis Spillekom 46.97 in the 400 m. Thijmen Kupers improved to 1:48.71 in the 800 m.

DENMARK (Skive): Martin Krabbe achieved the best male result here with 6.73 in the 60 m. Also to note the 47.01 in the 400 m by Nick Ekelund-Arenandor. Caroline Bonde Holm cleared 425 in the women pole vault.

BELGIUM (Gent): This was one day event and Eline Berings won two titles. The 2009 European indoor champion was the best in her special event 60 m hurdles 8.11 but also won the 60 m flat in 7.49.


POMBAL (POR, Feb 26): New Portugal pole vault record here for Edi Maia with 564 cm clearance.

ISTANBUL (TUR, Feb 25): Falit Kilic clocked 47.79 at another warm-up meet at the site of World Indoor Championships.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 26): A fine double for European Junior 100 m silver medallist Adam Gemeli who won the 60m in 6.68 and 200m in 21.20. The 60 m Hurdles was won by James Gladman with a national u20 record of 7.63.

SHEFFIELD (GBR, Feb 26): At the student championships Tremayne Gilling won the 60m in 6.68 and Andrew Pozzi the 60 m Hurdles in 7.64.


SAN JUAN (PUR, Feb 26): Kenyan double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot won the World Best 10 km in Puerto-Rico in personal record 30.47 in the 10 km on the road. Her team-mate Linet Masai was third (31:15) beaten by Joyce Chepkirui 31:09. Emily Chebet was fourth 32:03 ahead of Winnie Jepkemoi 32:19. Kenyan Sammy Kitwara in the men category won this race for third time in 28:02. Second Vincent Chepkok in 28:11 ahead of multiple HM world champion Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea 28:13. Micah Kogo was fourth.

BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 26): Marathon world champion Abel Kirui won the 22nd Barcelona Half Marathon in 1:00.28 what is new course record. More Kenyans followed Jairus Chanchima 1:00:46 and Wilfred Murgor 1:01:02. Best European was Spanish Jaume Leiva as 12th in 1:04:04. Linet Chepkirui was the best woman in 1:11:49. Second Emily Samoei 1:11:52 and third Beatrice Jepchumba 1:11:58. New participation record with 12 500 runners.

ROMA (ITA, Feb 26): New Italian record registered by Valeria Straneo 1:07:46 at 38th Roma-Ostia Half Marathon. But she was not the winner, Kenyan Florence Kiplagat clocked fast world leading 1:06:38 ahead of Agnes Kiprop 1:07:22 PB and Tirfi Beyene of Ethiopia 1:07:43 (another life-time best). Straneo was fourth ahead of another Italian Ana Incerti 1:08:18. Kiplagat is now third fastest perfomer ever when not counting Lisboa 2001 and South Shields. Kenyan Philemon Limo was the best male runner in 59:30 beating Ethiopian Shumi Dechasa 59:51 and junior Kiprop Limo 59:55. Best European Vasiliy Matviychuk of Ukraine as 10th 1:02:13 and best Italian Stefano La Rosa as 11th in 1:02:15.

ALBUFEIRA (POR, Feb 26): The 35th edition of the CC race here (IAAF Permit) was also a national championships competition. In the men´s 12 km Kiprono Menjo of Kenya won in 35:40 ahead of Mohamed Burka of Ethiopia 35.44 and third and national champion Manuel Damiao 35:58. Rui Teixeira was fourth 36:01 ahead of another Kenyan Cyprian Kyui 36:03 followed by third best home Jose Rocha 36:12. Multiple European CC winner Sergiy Lebid was 8th in 36:31. Also in women 8 km a Kenyan win for Correti Jepkoech in 26:05 ahead of Latvian Jelena Prokopchuka 26:29 and Dulce Felix with national title 26:33. Fourth steepler Eunice Jepkorir 26:57 ahead of Analia Rosa 26:59 and Salome Rocha 27:01. French Sophie Duarte was 7th in 27:11. Maratona Clube de Portugal was the best team in both races, their 20th title in last 21 years.

CARACAS (VEN, Feb 26): Jose Cardona of Colombia won the Caracas Marathon which was also South American Championships in 2:19:23. Second Kenyan Shadrack Maiyo 2:22:27 and third Brazilian Jose da Silva 2:24:28. In women category the win for Brazilian Eva Maria Carvalho 2:53:21 beating Colombian Ruby Riativa 2:53:27. 6000 runners were registered.

LA VALETTA (MLT, Feb 26): At Land Rover Malta Marathon wins for Moroccan Mohammed Hajjy 2:19:04 and home runner Carmen Hili 3:03:16.

SANTRY (IRL, Feb 26): Irish Interclubs CC winners at 12 km Eddie McGinley 35:09 and women 8 km Linda Byrne 25:53 ahead of Una English 26:16.

LATINA (ESP, Feb 26): Kenyan Edward Kitur won the 7th Latina HM in 1:07:15, best female Saoud Kambouchia of Morocco 1:14:36.

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