Gil Roberts runs 20.58/45.39 in Albuquerque, Chris Thompson runs 13:29.94, Sally Kipyego runs 15:15.41 in Seattle, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Chris Thompson, Euro silver medalist over 10,000m, running for the Nike Oregon TC/Elite, and coached by Olympic steeplechaser Mark Rowland, ran 13:29.94 for 5,000m on the 307m oversized track at UW Seattle. Sally Kipyego ran 15:15.41 there for 5,000m. Met Coach Rowland at Rosie O'Grady's last ING NYCM, surprised to see distance runners in an establishment that sells adult beverages. Mark was a fine steeplechaser who possessed some serious mile speed. His athletes respect him, which is the highest praise a coach can receive.

Congrats to Gil Roberts for his nifty double of 20.58 and 45.39 in Albuquerque! That is flying!



ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Feb 10): Altitude world lead at 400 m for Gil Roberts with impressive 45.39 at 200 m track of Convention Center. Don Kirby Invite (1507 m altitude) saw Roberts clocking also 20.58 in the 200 m. Jeff Demps achieved 6.55 to win the 60 m over Ryan Milus 6.58. Last year junior English Gardner improved in the women 60 m to 7.17 and also won the 200 m in 23.34. Canadian olympic finalist Angela Whyte won the 60 m hurdles in 8.09. Bryan McBride bettered his best in the high jump with 226 clearance. 20-years old Mike Woepse went over his lifetime best 550 in the pole vault ahead of Nick Frawley (also 550). 21-years old Jacob Thormaehlen for first time in his career went over 20 m in the shot put with 20.25. Second Bosnian record holder Kemal Mesic 20.23 (missed his national record from last weekend by 8 cm).


FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Feb 10): Tyson Invitational started with college programme. Fast 400 m races as Frankie Wright clocked low-altitude world lead 45.72. In another race Ackheem Gauntlett 46.23 and in another one Estonian Marek Niit European leading 46.28. Will Claye equaled in the long jump world leading 824 cm, for World triple medalist also indoor PB. Second Bahamian Raymond Higgs also indoor PB 793 cm. In women 60 m Octavious Freeman improved in heats to 7.19 at 60 m and confirmed it with 7.20 in the finals. 24-years old Chelsea Hayes leaped to overall long jump lifetime best 660 cm. In men´s 60 m the fastest Isiah Young 6.62 in heats and 6.66 in the finals.






BOSTON (USA, Feb 10): Emily Infeld won the 3000 m in 9:00.13 PB at Valentine Invitational. Mile winner Nicole Schappert at 25 years improved to 4:33.16. Jamaican Sophia Smellie at age of 32 overall personal best at 400 m 52.65.

SEATTLE (USA, Feb 10): British European medalist Chris Thompson won the 5000 m at Husky Classic in fast 13:29.94 on an oversized track (307 m) here. Second Kenyan Kevin Chelimo 13:30.25 ahead of US Hassan Mead 13:33.42. In women 5000 m world 10k medalist Sally Kipyego of Kenya achieved oversized world lead 15:15.41. Second Deborah Maier improved to 15:29.24.

COLORADO SPRINGS (USA, Feb 10): At Air Force Invitational Hungarian Oliver Harsanyi improved to 226 in the high jump.

HAMILTON (NZL, Feb 11): World champion Valerie Adams achieved 20.19 at Porritt Classic meet. Stuart Farquhar tossed the javelin to good 80.95 and Elizabeth Lamb improved in the high jump to 190 cm.




KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt will not run the Camperdown Classic this Saturday as the double sprint record holder had to leave the island in midweek for an overseas business assignment. Jamaican media are writing.

AUCKLAND (NZL): informs that shot put sensation Jacko Gill will be able to compete at the national track and field champs next month. The teenager was initially told he was too young for the senior shot put event, with athletes having to be at least 19. But Athletics New Zealand Sport Manager Brett Addison says they've waived the rule for Gill as he is such an exceptional case. Championships are planned for March 23 to 25 at Waitakere.






DUSSELDORF (GER): Actually also the 4:07.55 of Anzhelika Shevchenko is a world lead, that means five world leads in Dusseldorf on Friday night.

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