Augustine Choge, Edwin Soi run 7:29.94 for 3,000m, Genzebe Dibaba runs 4:00.13 (all in Karlsruhe), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Edwin Soi, 2011 FBK Hengelo, photo by

Choge_Augustine1a-Nancy11.jpgAugustine Choge, 2011 Nancy, France, photo by

Dibaba_Gez1-Carson08.JPGGezeba Dibaba, photo by

Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi ran 7:29.94 for 3,000 meters in Karlruhe on Sunday, January 12, 2011. Genzebe Dibaba ran a WL 4:00.17 the same night. What an evening! RBR will be covering the AVIVA Grand Prix this coming weekend in Birmingham, GBR. See you then!

TWO RUNNERS 7:29.94, G. DIBABA 4:00.13

KARLSRUHE (GER, Feb 12): Four world leads and three meet records highlighted the IHM Indoor Meet in Karlsruhe (IAAF Indoor Permit). The capacity crowd of Europahalle saw top results in the distances. Younger sister Genzebe Dibaba paid enough attention to the first lap and this time made no mistake and won in world lead, meet record and fifth fastest performer ever 4:00.13 in the 1500 m. Second Kenyan Helen Obiri 4:06.25 and third Poland´s Angelika Cichocka improved to 4:07.83. In the men´s 3000 m close battle until last meters won by Augustin Choge 7:29.94 ahead of Edwin Soi, also 7:29.94. They are 6th and 7th sub 7:30 performers ever. Also both world leaders. Third Yenew Alamirew 7:31.23 ahead of Eliud Kipchoge 7:32.03, European leader of the season Arne Gabius 7:38.13 and junior Yitayal Atnafu of Ethiopia 7:39.78. Fourth global mark 2011 for Kenyan Bethwel Birgen at 1500 m in 3:34.65 ahead of Turkish Ilham Tanui 3:34.76 European lead and national record. Second meet record in women 3000 m where Meryem Selsouli of Morocco in 8:36.87 clearly beat Sylvia Kibet of Kenya 8:43.54 and pre-race favorite Meselech Melkamu 8:43.93. Czech sensation Pavel Maslak improved to 46.29 winning his 400 m race, later on the track Nery Brenes of Costarica was faster in his race 45.90 (would be meet record) but was later disqualified for lane violation. On the straight fast women 60 m by Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria 7.16 ahead of Aleen Bailey of Jamaica 7.18 and Tameka Williams of St. Kitts 7.24 (PB´s for all three). US Jeff Porter was in shape of his life, clocking two 7.54 PB´s in heats and the second in finals was enough for a win. Russian Konstantin Shabanov who improved to European lead 7.52 in the heat was second in 7.56. US Yvette Lewis won the women hurdles in 7.98 as fastest in heats German European indoor champion Carolin Nytra (7.97 as great season opener) false started and Lolo Jones pulled out before the heats after warm-up due to illness. In three technical events Tomasz Majewski won the shot put with European lead and meet record 21.27 ahead of David Storl 21.03, Christian Cantwell 20.68 and Dutch Rutger Smith who opened the season with 20.45. Irina Gordeyeva cleared as only one 193 in the high jump and home star Ariane Friedrich was second with first 190 clearance in post surgery time. National record holder Silke Spiegelburg cleared 468 to win the pole vault (and missed 478 this time).



SHEFFIELD (GBR, Feb 12): Holly Bleasdale during second day of the UK Indoor Championships showed to a close-to-capacity crowd 470 clearance. She then went to 489 and did not come close. Bleasdale's training partner Katie Byres also delivered a notable performance as she improved her UK indoor junior record to 437. The reigning world indoor pentathlon champion Jessica Ennis clocked PB of 7.95 in the heats of 60 m hurdles and got the same time also in the finals. Dwain Chambers is approaching his 35th birthday but the Belgrave Harrier's speed hasn't been blunted as he rolled back the years to win his fifth UK indoor title. His winning 6.58 confirms he will defend his title from Doha 2010 also in Istanbul 2012. Second European under-23 100m bronze medallist Andrew Robertson set a PB of 6.64 in the semi-final before improving to 6.61 in the final. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey comprised the podium with a season's best of 6.65. In the women's 60m, Jeanette Kwakye won her first UK indoor title with a stadium record of 7.20 for her fastest time since 2008. Laura Turner took the runner-up spot in 7.29 ahead of last year's champion Jodie Williams in 7.31. Lawrence Clarke also succumbed to a false-start in the men's 60m hurdles final which left training partner Andrew Pozzi in the clear to win his first UK senior title in fast 7.62. Nigel Levine won the 400 m in European leading 46.28. Commonwealth finalist Joe Thomas delivered another convincing performance en route to the 800m title. Despite suffering from a cold this week, the Welshman was rewarded with a front-running PB and stadium record of 1:47.26 to regain his title. Marilyn Okoro won her third UK indoor 800m title in 2:04.01. Shana Cox moved into the UK indoor all-time 400m top-ten with a 52.38 victory. World 1500m silver medallist Hannah England stepped up to the 3000m where she outsprinted Katrina Wootton, 9:06.04 to 9:06.99. Shara Proctor won her first UK indoor title with stadium long jump record 668 cm. In the men long jump J.J. Jegede set a stadium record of 796. The men's high jump saw Samson Oni winning with 226 over Robbie Grabarz 223. From Athletics Weekly.



PRAHA (CZE, Feb 12): World record holder Roman Sebrle succesfully ended his jubilee 30th indoor heptathlon with a top score of 6105 at age of 37. During Sunday at Czech Combined Events Championships Sebrle started with 8.22 at 60 m hurdles, continued with 480 in the pole vault and ended with 2:46.82 at 1000 m. He is currently third in the world list 2012 and so on the qualifiying position for Istanbul. It was 22nd 6000+ for Sebrle. „I was hoping for 6000 so it is actually even better. First day was great, I need to improve on the second. I hope I will be part of my 8th World Indoor Championships in a row," said Sebrle who won his 4th indoor national title. Second Adam Sebastian Helcelet 5951 points (PB) and third Brazilian guest Renato Atila da Camara scored new national record 5753 points.










BELFAST (GBR, Feb 12): During second day of Irish Championships Derval O´Rourke clocked 8.21 at 60 m hurdles. Laura Reynolds won the 3000 m walk in 12:46.23 ahead of Kate Veale 12:52.79.


POMBAL (POR, Feb 12): Solid 3000 m races during second day of Portugal Club Championships. Rui Silva got 7:58.03 and Carla Rocha 9:12.73.


VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Feb 11-12): Russian European junior champion Sergey Morgunov scored a solid double at Russian Junior Championships. He won his specialty the long jump 794 and was also the fastest in the 60 m (6.81). High jump winners Mariya Kuchina 186 and Ilya Ivanyuk 222.


KAUNAS (LTU, Feb 12): At Lithuanian Students Championships good high jumps by Airine Palsyte 190 and Raivydas Stanys 225.


BIELEFELD (GER, Feb 12): Good long jumping here by Nadja Kather 666 and Alyn Camara 789 cm.






SCHOORL (NED, Feb 12): Dutch running star Lornah Kiplagat won the 10 km road race Groet Uit Schoorl Run in 32:27. Abdi Nageeye was the best male runner in 28:55 ahead of Briton Scott Overall 28:57 and Norway´s European U23 Champion Sindre Buraas 29:00. Close fourth another home runner Khalid Choukoud 29:00. Former world champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the 21 km in 1:17:59. In snow around 8500 participants in all races.


DIEKIRCH (LUX, Feb 12): Kenyan Japheth Korir won the Eurocross CC race (IAAF Permit) clocking 30:34 at 10.2 km. Second Kenyan junior Albert Rop 30:35 ahead of Ethiopian Tasama Dame 30:59. Canadian Reid Coolsaet was fourth 31:17. Best European French Driss El Himer as 8th (31:42). In Belgium living Ethiopian Almensch Belete was the best in women 5.35 km (18:25). Second Etenesh Diro of Ethiopia 18:28 and third Moroccan Fatiha Benchatki 18:29. German Susanne Hahn was fifth 18:43 ahead of Slovenian Sonja Roman 18:46.


CACERES (ESP, Feb 12): Eritreans dominated the Caceres CC race in Spain. Kidane Tadese won the men´s 11.1 km in 31:22 ahead of Spanish Carles Castillejo 31.41 and young Merhawi Tadese 31.47. Fourth Jesus Espana 32:12. In the women 7.1 km Nazareth Weldu won in 23:02 ahead of Spanish star Marta Dominguez 23:04, Diana Martin 23:05 and European CC Champion Fionualla Britton of Ireland 23:07.


HULSHOUT (BEL, Feb 12): 6th leg of Belgian CC series Lotto CrossCup saw British domination in women 6.4 km. Hatti Dean achieved 21:06 ahead of Hannah Doran 21:19 and home veteran Veerle Dejaeghere 21:25. Stijn Garain won men´s 9.55 km in 28:29 ahead of Koen Naert 28:31 and British Jonathan Taylor 28:34.


JINJA (UGA, Feb 11): IAAF reports that World Cross Country silver medallist Thomas Ayeko and Annet Negesa are the new Ugandan Cross Country champions after convincingly out witting their opponents in the Eastern Ugandan town of Jinja. Ayeko clocked 33:55 at 12 km ahead of Abraham Kiplimo 34:21 and Tim Toroitich 34:22. Negesa achieved 26:22 at 8 km beating Viola Chemos 26:28.

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