Birmingham runs 13:15.57, Adams, Gill open at 20.35m, 22.31m in Christchurch, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Collis Birmingham, 2011 Rieti, photo by

Outdoor track & field is starting strong in Australia and New Zealand. Collis Birmingham is on a role, as is Valerie Adams and Jacko Gill! We should see some tremendous performances at the 2012 New Balance Indoor GP this weekend...

BIRMINGHAM 13:15.57 AT THE 5000 M

HOBART (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.



ORENBURG (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 men´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.



CHRISTCHURCH (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. „My 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.


EATON 7.54

NEW YORK (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). D´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.


PINDER 20.50

ALBUQUERQUE (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.



TALLINN (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 (7.05).







SASKATOON (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 men´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).


BLACKSBURG (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).


PERTH (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).


BUCURESTI (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.


FINDLAY (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.







LAUSANNE (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.


MAINZ (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.


BERLIN (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.


REGENSBURG (GER): Regensburg confirmed its interest to stage European U23 Championships 2015. Next step is in March when European Athletics will stage a bidding seminar.


MOSCOW (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 silverware.


CASTELLON (ESP): Portugal's Grupa Desportivo da Conforlimpa and Turkey's three-time champions Usküdar Belediyesi Spor Kulübü 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 Castellón on Sunday. Informs EA.

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