13:15.57 AT THE 5000 M
(AUS, Feb 4): Australian top distance runner Collis Birmingham has delivered
the outstanding performance of the Briggs Athletics Classic, crossing the line
in 13:15.57 to win the men’s 5000 m and record his second Athletics Australia
qualifier for the Olympic Games. Improving the meet and Tasmanian All-Comers
record in the process, Birmingham, to automatically secure his nomination for
selection to the Australian OlympicCommittee, now just needs to win at the
Qantas Melbourne Track Classic and Nomination Trial in four weeks time. Good
also second Ben St Lawrence (13:24.30) and Briton Nick McCormick (13:32.88). In
the women’s and men’s 400m hurdles, it was Lauren Boden (56.07) and Brendan
Cole (50.63) who reigned supreme. Field action was headlined by touring
American thrower Russ Winger in the men’s shot put (20.06), where he was joined
in the circle by 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Dale Stevenson
(second 19.42m). Henry Frayne held court on the runway, with a 16.90m leap
to win comfortably the triple jump.
MILE WORLD LEADER
(RUS, Feb 3): Orenburg Mile indoor meet registered fast world leading women
mile time by Kristina Khaleyeva 4:29.73. Second Ukrainian Nataliya Tobias
(4:31.38) and third Yuliya Vasilyeva (4:31.52). In the menÂ´s mile Stanislav
Anishchenkov clocked 4:01.90 to win (Kenyan Edward Mutai fifth 4:04.13).
European Athlete of the Year 2011 Mariya Savinova lost the 800 m in 2:02.16 to
Yuliya Tutayeva 2:02.11. It should be noted that Savinova is not preparing
specially for the indoor season.
20.35, GILL 22.31 IN SEASON OPENERS
(NZL, Feb 4): In an unique mixed competition world champion Valerie Adams
started her season better than ever with 20.35 m. In the same event World Youth
Champion Jacko Gill achieved 22.06 with 6 kg (his top mark is 22.31). It was
also his season opener. Gill threw discus 60.44 m, in case of senior implement
it would be his new PB. Will Leer won the two miles handicap race in 9:16.71
ahead of olympic medalist Nick Willis 9:17.90. â€žMy first focus is the junior
worlds in Barcelona where I’ll throw the 6kg and then I’ll switch to the 7kg to
prepare for the Olympics,” Gill said for local media.
(USA, Feb 3): Fast sprints at New Balance Collegiate first day. Jarred Eaton
confirmed top hurdles shape with 7.54 (ahead of Spencer Adams 7.68). DÂ´Angelo
Cherry won the 60 m in 6.63 beating Reggie Dixon 6.63. Cherry was faster in
heats 6.60 and long jumper Marquise Goodwin won the B final in 6.70. He did not
compete in his specialty, won by Jamaican Damar Forbes (794). Fast women 60 m
hurdles for Brianna Rollins ahead of Bridgette Owens, both 7.97 (for Owens who
is first year senior great personal best). Jackie Coward good in B final 8.09.
The 60 m final saw lot of current talent of US female sprinting. Stormy
Kendrick got 7.22 ahead of Ashley Collier 7.25, Octavious Freeman 7.26 and
Aurieyall Scott 7.27.
(USA, Feb 3): New Mexico Classic meet saw Bahamian quartermiler Demetrius
Pinder again clocking world leading and national indoor record 20.50 at the 200
m. His outdoor best is 20.54 and that shows how his shape improved currently.
It would be interesting to see his first 400 m race. So far his top marks are
44.78 outdoors and 45.33 indoors. Another top mark here the 231 by Erik Kynard
in high jump.
(EST, Feb 3): Sensational leader after first day of International Combined
Events meeting in Tallinn (EA Permit) is Estonian Kaarel Joevali with 3311
points (6.91-736-12.82-204, all indoor personal bests). Second Olympic medalist
Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan 3234 and third New Zealander Brent Newdick 3211
points. Barcelona silver medalist Dutch Eelco Sintnicolaas no heighted in high
jump at 186 cm and home favorite Anders Raja injured himself in the 60 m race
(CAN, Feb 3): Long jump world champion Brittney Reese won after 50 m also the
60 m race during second day of Knights of Columbus indoor meet. Her 7.24 means
that she equaled her best from last year. In the menÂ´s 60 m Sam Effah beat
Justyn Warner in close race, both were timed with 6.63. Briton Tyrone Edgar was
fourth (6.72). In the women 60 m hurdles new meet record for Daegu finalist
Phylicia George 8.06 (also PB) ahead of Nigerian Seun Adigun (8.19).
(USA, Feb 3): US junior record holder Jeff Demps won the 60 m at Virginia Tech
Elite meet in fast 6.59 ahead of Keith Ricks 6.61 and world leader Harry Adams
6.62. In women 60 m Jamaican Tarika Williams got 7.29 (PB). Ryan Hill won the
mile in 3:58.33, his lifetime best. In European weight throw duel Slovak Marcel
Lomnicky (23.05) beat German Alexander Ziegler (23.04).
(AUS, Feb 3): Alana Boyd again cleared at Strive meet close to her PB 460 in
the pole vault ahead of Liz Parnov who with 440 equaled her Ocenian junior
record. In the 100 m races Melissa Breen achieved 11.35 (+1.7) and 11.36
(+0.9). In the men section Matt Davies 10.42 (+2.0).
(ROU, Feb 3): During first day of Romanian Grand Prix meet again solid long
jump by Cornelia Deiac (660) ahead of Viorica Tigau (646). Alexandru Tufa
improved to 221 in the high jump.
(USA, Feb 3): Kurt Roberts improved in the shot put to first ever 20+ (20.30)
at Findlay Open. A.G. Kruger confirmed top weight throw shape with 24.68 m.
(SUI): The IOC awarded the Japan Consortium the broadcast rights in Japan for
the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi and the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de
Janeiro. The Japan Consortium, which includes NHK and the National Association
of Commercial Broadcasters of Japan, has acquired the broadcast rights across
all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television,
internet and mobile. Informs IOC.
(GER): German pole vaulter Anna Battke ended her indoor season due to technical
and mental problems. Also she must heal her leg injury. She already achieved
the Istanbul standard 452 cm.
(GER): Discus world champion Robert Harting was the official start of cycling
six days race last week in Berlin. The pistol from which he started is now
auctioned on e-bay.
(GER): Regensburg confirmed its interest to stage European U23 Championships
2015. Next step is in March when European Athletics will stage a bidding
(RUS): According to an announcement posted on the website of the Russian
Government, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make
provision for the reward funds to be handed to the medalists of this year’s
Games. The gold medal holders are set to receive 4 million rubles (about
130,000 USD). Silver medalists will be rewarded by 2,5 million (82,500 USD),
while the owners of the bronze will receive 1,7 million (56,000 USD). Notably,
the same scale applies to the holders of both Olympic and Paralympic
(ESP): Portugal’s Grupa Desportivo da Conforlimpa and Turkey’s three-time
champions UskÃ¼dar Belediyesi Spor KulÃ¼bÃ¼ will be bidding to defend their men’s
and women’s senior titles at the European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country in
the Spanish town of CastellÃ³n on Sunday. Informs EA.