Anna Chicherova clears 2.06m! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Anna Chicherova, 2011 Lausanne DL, photo by

Anna Chicherova is now the second highest jumper EVER indoors, with her fine clearance of 2.06 meters in Arnstandt, Germany on February 4, 2012. She ranks only behind Kasja Bergvist, the great Swedish jumper, who has the 2.08 indoor WR.

ARNSTADT (GER, Feb 4): Russian world champion Anna Chicherova remains unbeaten since July 10 last year in Birmingham (lost to Blanka Vlasic on countback 199). That is now 8 competitions. At 36th Hochsprung mit Musik in Arnstadt she cleared new Russian indoor record 206 cm in third attempt. It is also her second best ever after 207 last year in Cheboksary when winning the Russian national title. In the indoor history she is now equal third with Stefka Kostadinova (1988) and Blanka Vlasic (2010). Better only Kajsa Bergvist with world indoor record 208 (2006) and Heike Henkel with 207 (1992). Interestingly from top five all-time marks in the women indoor high jump three were registered in Arnstadt.  Chicherova afterwards did not try for new world record height. Her next meeting will be on Wednesday in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. She was the winner of the competition already at two meters (in second) and continued with 203 in first. Packed hall (1200 spectators) saw Irina Gordeyeva beeing second with 197 over Tia Hellebaut with the same 197, for both season bests. And both had close attempts at two meters. Group of five is following with 194. Fourth in a tie Chaunte Lowe (season best) and Antonietta Di Martino (season opener), sixth position for Svetlana Shkolina, seventh for Emma Green Tregaro and 8th for Ebba Jungmark (for both Swedish jumpers best marks of 2012). Home star Ariane Friedrich was better by one cm than in first meet after surgery in Hustopece, but was not satisfied with 185 as 9th. Men´s jumping was this time in shadow of women. Nobody cleared 233 and so on count back Russians Aleksey Dmitrik and Ivan Ukhov cleared 230 as first and second. Surprise third Kostadinos Baniotis of Greece also 230. Home Raul Spank was fourth with 227 and only 224 for 5th Czech Jaroslav Baba and 6th world champion Jesse Williams.

TALLINN (EST, Feb 4): Austrian Dominik Distelberger with fast last 1000 m won the International Combined Events meeting of Tallinn (EA Permit) with 5803 points. His results in Lasnamae Hall during two days: 6.92-728-12.12-192- 8.02-493-2:46.75. Second place for home Kaarel Joevali who was leading the whole competition with 5781 points (life-time best), third New Zealands Brent Newdick 5758 (national record) and fourth olympic medalist Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan 5633 points. Latvian Laura Ikauniece was the pentathlon winner as she dominated the competition from first event with a final score of 4346 points. It is great personal best for last year European Junior medalist from Tallinn. Her marks: 8.44-180-11.29-600-2:16.30. Second Helga Margret Thorsteindottir with national record for Iceland 4298 points and third Norway´s Ida Marcussen 4256 (her national record is 4283).


TAMPERE (FIN, Feb 4): The international meet Tahtien Kisat registered two wins for St. Kitts guest sprinters. Tameka Williams clocked 7.37 (PB) and Antoine Adams 6.71 to win the 60 m finals. Jamaican Patricia Hall used the oversized 300 m track to fast 23.01 at 200 m. German Malte Mohr cleared 565 to win the pole vault beating home Jere Bergius (555). Two other Germans Fabian Schulze and Tim Lobinger no-heighted at 530. Ukrainian Andriy Makarchev was the best in long jump 780 and Russian Yekaterina Galitskaya at 60 m hurdles 8.20. Denmarks Caroline Bonde beat on count back Norway´s Cathrine Larsasen in pole vault, both 430 cm. Two home wins to note, Jussi Heikkila 36.79 at 300 m hurdles and Karin Storbacka 4:14.89 at 1500 m.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Feb 4): During second day of national GP meet Adelina Gavrila got 14.03 in the triple jump and Esthera Petre returning from Moravia High Jump Tour cleared 190 and tried for her new indoor PB of 195. Greek guest Dimitrios Diamantaras won the long jump (789) ahead of Valentin Toboc (782). Barcelona 400mHurdles fifth placer Angela Morosanu won the 60 m hurdles in 8.38.

CARBONDALE (USA, Feb 3): Brittany Riley achieved another top weight throw mark here 24.52 m.

NEUKIRCHEN (GER, Feb 4): At International CC race French Youssef Ismail won the 7.7 km in 23:17 ahead of German Julian Flugel (23:19). Women winner at 5.1 km was Ethiopian living in Germany Eleni Gebrehiwot in 16:56 ahead of Susanne Hahn 17:25.

FRANKFURT (GER, Feb 4): Winter throwing time. Markus Esser achieved with hammer 77.18 m.

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