Andrey Silnov clears 2.35m in first attempt (Moscow Cup Special), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Andrey Silnov, 2011 AVIVA London GP, photo by

Andrey Silnov, the defending Olympic champion, cleared 2.35m on his first attempt at the Moscow Cup earlier today, February 1, Moscow local time. Nice seasonal improvement from 2.31m last weekend in Hustopesce, CZ. Deep jumping in Moscow, as youngster Andrey Patrokov cleared 2.30m for his new PB, to take second. Ivan Ukhov, defending World Indoor was third in 2.30m, with a pass at 2.33m, then going for broke at 2.35m, with three failed attempts there (Ukhov is rounding into shape, give him six weeks). In fourth, Aleksandr Shustov cleared 2.30m. To get fifth here, it took 2.27m clearance by Andrey Protsenko of the Ukraine.

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MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 1): Reigning olympic winner Andrey Silnov comes into the top shape. After clearing 231 last Saturday in Hustopece he was able to win the Moscow Cup special high jump meet with 235 first attempt clearance. He equaled so the world lead of his country-mate Aleksey Dmitrik. Young Andrey Patrakov bettered his PB to 230 in first attempt and was surprisingly second ahead of two champions. World indoor winner Ivan Ukhov was third, also 230 in first (then passed 233 and attacked 235) but had more earlier failures. Fourth European champion Aleksandr Shustov got 230 in third attempt. Good fifth Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko with 227 cm.



KINGSTON (JAM): World champion at 100 m Yohan Blake is having good training sessions currently with Racers TC under the leadership of coach Glen Mills. His next competitions are at Camperdown Classic on February 11 and Gibson Relays on February 25. The events will be decided shortly before the meets by the coach. But it should be 400 m and/or relay appearances. „He should open his summer season with the Kingston International Invitational meet in early May, and stay to run in the North America region. The races will be specified later, but there are no intentions at the present time for Yohan to be running in Europe before the Jamaican Trials at end of June, but we continue to look at all options," said his agent Cubie Seegobin. Blake´s 400 m best is 46.80 from February 2009.



BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The indoor Pedro´s Cup in Bydgoszcz (EA Permit, February 8) is having new top name. Pole vault queen Yelena Isinbaeva from Russia will have there her second meet of the year after 470 opener in Volgograd. And it will be a tough outing as she will face the revelation of the indoor season Briton Holly Bleasdale (recently improved to 487). In the Lucznicka hall also both top Polish jumpers will compete, world champion Anna Rogowska and world medalist Monika Pyrek. Daegu bronze winner Svetlana Feofanova is also in the list. Men´s pole vault will see world champion Pawel Wojciechowski in duel against silver winner from Korea last year Cuban Lazaro Borges. In the field also home Lukasz Michalski, German Karsten Dilla and olympic medalist Yevgeniy Lukyanenko from Russia. Men´s shot put as third event of the evening is having home star olympic winner Tomasz Majewski against two US World Champions Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa (along with Ryan Whiting).



NAIROBI (KEN): Lucy Kabuu who became the third Kenyan woman to run a sub 2:20 marathon when runner up in last Friday's Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is hoping the performance may have earned her an Olympic Games place. She is now third on Kenya's All-Time list behind Catherine Ndereba and Mary Keitany who have best marks of 2:18:47 and 2:19:19 which they achieved with their respective victories at the 2001 Chicago Marathon and last year's Virgin London Marathon. Now she is waiting to hear whether she will be added to the list of six women who have been provisionally chosen for the 2012 London Olympic Games, although it is understood Athletics Kenya believe she doesn't have the experience to merit inclusion on the short list. AK with many world class contenders to choose from, recently announced Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon Cherop,who claimed a clean sweep of the medals at last summer's IAAF World Championships, Florence Kiplagat the BMW Berlin champion and Lydia Cheromei as their choices. The 27-year-old who finished just three seconds behind Asefelech Mergia who clocked an Ethiopian record, said of her chances: "I will wait for any outcome from AK since you never know what could happen." Kabuu having conquered the endurance event and insisting she can run under 2:17 with Paris on 15 April or Chicago in the autumn on her mind, added: "I should achieve that with a flat course and good weather conditions." Informs David Martin.



GOTEBORG (SWE): On Tuesday high jump star Blanka Vlasic underwent an arthroscopic surgery (operated by Dr. Leif Sward) on her joint and heal of her bouncing foot in Goteborg. Starting the surgery had shown far worse shape than results of magnetic resonance that was done before. The critical areas were cleaned and everything went well. It has been established 10% damage of Achilles tendon. Blanka woke up from general anesthesia a few minutes after the surgery. Vlasic plans to travel home on February 2. She informs on her website. Because of Vlasic passing the indoor season also the planned indoor high jump meeting in Split was cancelled.







VIENNA (AUT): Austrian Athlete of the Year 2011 middle distance runner Andreas Vojta was satisfied with European leading 3:38.99 in the 1500 m during Vienna Indoor Classic meet also fulfilled standards for Istanbul and Helsinki. It is also second best Austrian indoor ever behind the national record 3:38.50 by Robert Nemeth. But he revealed his plans and Istanbul and Helsinki are not included, his main aim is towards Olympic Games in London. „I will still have some good training, will compete also in cross races and during Helsinki will have altitude training.


ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkish media are informing that IAAF officials who visited the Ataköy Athletics Arena in Istanbul last weekend were happy to see the arena almost ready for the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championship. Speaking to the press after his visit to the arena, Helmut Digel, an IAAF delegate from Germany, stated that the arena was totally empty on their first visit and added, "At that time, the Turkish Athleticism Federation promised us they would undertake much work by our next visit, and we see that they have kept their promise. The technical details have superbly been implemented in the arena. However, there are still things that need to be done; for instance, the heating issue. The arena must be no colder than 18 degrees Celsius. I believe Turkish officials will easily solve this issue." The hall for 5000 spectators was built in 9 months. During the weekend National Indoor Championships were held in the hall, next big event is Balkan Championships planned for February 18.


LINZ (AUT): Thursday´s Gugl indoor meet in Linz will have top field in women 60 m hurdles with world indoor champion 2010 Lolo Jones, 2006 Derval O´Rourke and US champion Kellie Wells, also running Yvette Lewis winner from Vienna on Tuesday. In the men´s 60 m US Josh Norman will clash with Nigerian Ogho-Oghene Egwero. In the pole vault Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis is facing Germans Malte Mohr, Fabian Schulze and veteran Tim Lobinger along with Czech Daegu finalist Jan Kudlicka. German Christina Schwanitz is the top name in women shot put, US Funmi Jimoh and Brianna Glenn in women long jump. Men´s long jump will see former world indoor champion Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana.


ST JOHN'S (ANT): Antiguan sprinter Daniel "Bakka" Bailey had a start to his 2012 indoor season when he finished 6th in the rare 50 m at the USA Track and Field US Open at Madison Square Garden. Despite the last position Bailey clocked new national record 5.75. "It was my first race. I know I should have done better and when I watched over the race I realised that I made a lot of mistakes. So it is just these things for me to just go and correct them and get it right; but these things happen," he said. "If you go into a drag-race and you 'mis-shift' a gear, you will get passed. So these things happen and when you do foolishness in a race, then you will get punished and that's how it is. But I am over that now. It was my first race, my first indoor race, 50 metres, and I have to move on from that to get ready for Birmingham in the next two weeks," Bailey added for Antiguan media. Bailey also plans to compete for Antigua at World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.


STRASBOURG (FRA): A meet where world champion Yohan Blake clocked 9.98 as second will not be staged in 2012. The meet of Strasbourg planned for July 8 is cancelled because of financial reasons. The organisers are missing 150 000 to 180 000 euros in their budget and so unable to stage a meet of quality compared to last year.


TALLINN (EST): Last year Tallinn saw during International combined events championships world record of US Ashton Eaton in heptathlon. This year the competition is back with European Athletics Permis status. Unfortunately one of top international entries Belgian decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen has withdrawn from the event. He slightly sprained his ankle when running over hurdles in his last training before traveling to Tallinn and will prematurely end his indoor season. But olympic medalist Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan wants to attack the 6000 points, the same also for Dutch European medalist Eelco Sintnicolaas and best home Andres Raja. Top name for women pentathlon is Ida Marcussen of Norway.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Dubai marathon winner Aselefech Mergia said that she will spent her winning prize money (250 000 USD) into creation of jobs in her country. When asked what she will be doing with the huge prize money, she said: "I will invest the money in Ethiopia and create work for the poor people there and even help them. Frankly, I am so active in running that I haven't even got the time to spend my prize money last year," said Mergia for Ethiosports.


GAINESVILLE (USA): Fast junior sprinter Marvin Bracy has signed his Letter of Intent to play for Florida State University. He chose Florida State over the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and Notre Dame University. The star wide receiver out of Boone High School in Orlando, Florida has been committed since July. He runs a 4.39 40-yard dash. Although, Marvin will mostly need some time to learn the wide receiver position, he should compete for playing time returning kicks early. Florida State's elite track and field program factored into Bracy's decision. The Under Armor All-American football player is also an All-American track and field athlete. Now that the recruiting process is over for Marvin, his focus will turn to trying to qualify for the Olympics. Bracy has been timed at 10.02 in a wind-aided 100-meter dash last year. Last weekend he clocked US HS record at 55 m with 6.08. Local media are informing.


NEW YORK (USA): Morgan Uceny, Track & Field News' top-ranked women's 1500 m runner in the world in 2011, will headline an stellar field of runners in the 800-meter run at the 105th Millrose Games, February 11 at The Armory's New Balance Track & Field Center. Uceny will compete against 2011 U.S. Indoor 800m champion Phoebe Wright, World Championships finalist Maggie Vessey and 2011 World Youth Champion Ajee Wilson. Organizers are informing on their website.


LOS ANGELES (USA): US sprinting star Allyson Felix is undecided about the double for Olympic Games. She was competing in Daegu in four events and won four medals. "I will prepare myself for it but I won't make a decision if I will attempt to run it at Olympic Trials until later in the season," she said for IAAF.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Management student Sabina Alihodzic of Slovenia has become the very first person to receive a European Athletics and UNESCO certificate recognising the volunteer work of members of the European Athletics Young Leaders Community writes European Athletics. The 23-year-old Alihodzic is an active member of the Athletics Club Velenje, where she enjoys coaching youngsters and organising youth competitions.


LAUSANNE (SUI): The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released a 'Say NO! To Doping' video clip as the latest element in an awareness campaign that is fast gaining worldwide support. The 30-second clip emphasizes the true values of sport and delivers a very clear message that genuine sporting success and enjoyment comes only through hard work and fair play, not through doping reports WADA also plans a Media Symposium in Lausanne, next Tuesday, February 7. The Symposium will include presentations from WADA President John Fahey and WADA Director General David Howman, on the developments in anti-doping and changes required to meet future challenges.


HAVANA (CUB): Cuba's best-known Olympic athlete, world record holder Dayron Robles, complaines about terrible training conditions as he prepares to defend his gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles this summer in London. „The Olympic games are already there and we don't have even half of what you need to train well," Robles said in an interview with The Associated Press. „Conditions are terrible. There's no stimulus. They don't give you the necessary things for training so you're always upset, and what's worst is that people generally don't know anything about it and will judge me by the results," Robles was quoted. He should soon arrive to Europe for international meetings, his first race announced is Lievin on February 14.


BOSTON (USA): Saturday´s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston will see also women´s 300 m race. Top name is World 4x100 m relay champion Bianca Knight who posted last year in Fayetteville impressive 36.41 at this distance. Also in the field quarter miler DeeDee Trotter.







BRN0 (CZE, Feb 1): Young Martin Heindl cleared 221 cm in the high jump here.


FRANKFURT (GER, Feb 1): Anika Roloff improved her indoor best to 435 in the pole vault and beat at German University Championships favorite Anna Battke (430).


BALLARAT (AUS, Jan 28): Australian versatile long distance runner Collis Birmingham improved his 800 m personal best to 1:49.36 here. He is Oceanian record holder at 10 000 m.







ALMERIA (ESP): Correction to nationality. Olga Kalendarova-Ochal the winner of half marathon here is running for Poland. She was born in Ukraine, but has Polish husband. She got Polish citizenship in 2011.

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