Isinbayeva opens at 4.70m, Holly Bleasdale clears 4.87m, yes, 4.87m! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva, 2009 Zurich, photo by

Yelena Isinbayeva has opened well at 4.70m, note that Holly Bleasdale of Great Britain cleared 4.87m, making her the third best indoor performer in history! Busy weekend of track & field!

Updated on February 7, for two reasons: picture of Holly Bleasdale and 2) to spell her name correctly. My apologies to Holly!
Bleasedale_Holly-WorldJun10.jpgHolly Bleasdale, 2010 World Juniors, photo by

Holly has burst on the scene and her jumping is now third on all time world list indoors and second highest jumper in world in 2012. RBR is looking forward to seeing her in Birmingham at AVIVA International in less than two weeks!

EME NEWS (JAN 21-22, 2012)

Isi starts with 470
VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Jan 21): Pole vault queen Yelena Isinbaeva started her indoor campaign which will consist from 2-3 meets at home. She cleared her opening 470 in first attempt at the Governor´s Cup event and then had three failures at 480 cm. "I m feeling very well, long time ago I started the season so early. My physical shape is very good, you saw I cleared 470 with big margin. At 480 there were technical issues involved. In December at one of trainings I was over 5 meters so I knew I can jump well," Isinbaeva commented. She last time jumped in the competition in her home city indoors back in 2002. Her next meet is not yet known, but it will not be at the Donetsk event on February 11. In other women jumping events excellent marks early in the season. Irina Gordeyeva cleared 194 in the high jump, Daegu medalist Olga Kucherenko leaped to 687 in the long jump and Yekaterina Koneva achieved 14.22 in the triple jump. World leader also for Yevgeniya Kolodko in the shot put 19.47 ahead of Irina Tarasova 18.76 and Anna Omarova 18.48. In races European indoor champion Olesya Povh clocked 7.15 in the 60 m (her team-mate Mariya Ryemyen second 7.22). Jamaican Patricia Hall won the 200 m (23.60) and was second in the 400 m (52.73). Faster here only World medalist Antonina Krivoshapka with 52.20. Lithuanian Rytis Sakalauskas posted fast 6.64 in the 60 m with St. Kitts guest Antoine Adams third (6.73).  Kenyan Collins Cheboi achieved 3:40.55 ahead of Yegor Nikolayev 3:41.46 and Ismael Kombich 3:42.78 in the 1500 m. European high jump Champion Aleksandr Shustov confirmed top early shape with third attempt clearance at 231.  Another top mark in shot put when Maksim Sidorov got 20.65 ahead of Soslan Tsirikhov 20.41.
Bleasdale top improvement: 487
VILLEURBANNE (FRA, Jan 21): Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale moved to second position in the World All-Time indoor rankings when scoring a fantastic victory at a special pole vault meet in France. Bleasdale who has been training in France initially improved her own UK record set there last month in Orleans by one centimetre to 472, then vaulted a world leading mark for the year of 480 before soaring with her third attempt to a height of 487. The 20-year-old clearly showing the positive benefits of linking up with Renaud Lavillenie the host nation's European champion was then unsuccessful when the bar was raised to 501 a centimetre higher than Yelena Isinbaeva's world indoor record. Bleasdale's performance which outdoors has only been bettered by Isinbaeva, Jenn Suhr and Svetlana Feofanova, will make her a strong candidate to win a medal when Istanbul hosts the World Indoor Championships in March. Her mark is also best ever for a 20 years old jumper. Isinbaeva had at her age 460 cm. Bleasdale led a a British 1-2-3 at the meeting ahead of Kate Dennison and Sally Peake who shared the same mark of 434. Greek Kostas Filippidis won the men competition with 572 and equaled his own national indoor record from last year. Second home Romain Mesnil ahead of Yangsheng Yang of China, both 564. Another Briton 2010 World junior medalist improved heavily when winning the B-competition. Andrew Sutcliffe cleared 554 cm. The event was part of French Perche Elite Tour. With help from David Martin.

Grabarz 234 over Dmitrik 232
WUPPERTAL (GER, Jan 21): It was the last edition (25th) of Wuppertal Indoor Jumping meet as the organisers said at the end of the competition (financial reasons). But a top one in reagard of men´s high jump. British emerging name Robbie Grabarz (24) came here with 229 best and went home with world leading 234 cm. He cleared 230 in first attempt and after one failure at 232 he passed the remaining two seeing Russian world medalist Aleksey Dmitrik 232 first attempt clearance (but also after one miss at 230). Grabarz then went over 234 in his last possibility when Dmitrik three times missed 234. Swiss Nicole Buchler won the women pole vault. She was better than world medalist Martina Strutz on count-back with 446 cm.

Britton and Kigen
ANTRIM (GBR, Jan 21): European Cross Country champion Fionnuala Britton returned to winning form at the Antrim International Cross Country (IAAF Permit) with a close victory ahead of Gemma Steel. The Irishwoman on a muddy course bounced back in the 5.6 kilometres  and beat Steel by seven seconds in a time of 19:32 with Ethiopia's Birtuken Adamu third in 19:54.  Kenyan Mike Kigen scored a third successive victory in his 10.8km, he was leading throughout and defeated Patrick Mutunga by 28 seconds in a time of 34:48 with their fellow Kenyan Bernard Rotich finishing third in 35:21. Fifth best European in the race Briton Frank Tickner in 35:38.

Young Kipruto wins
HANNUIT (BEL, Jan 22): Fifth event of Lotto CrossCup in Belgium saw Kenyan wins. At the Hannuit (EA Permit) event Valentina Kipketer was the best woman at 6 km in 21:17. Second Ethiopian Aga Ruti in 21:19 and third Caroline Chepkwony 21:26. Fourth in Belgium living Ethiopian Almensch Belete 21:40 and fifth best European home veteran runner Veerle Dejaeghere 22:02. In the men´s 10.5 km young Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto who is World Youth steeple champion 2011 won with 31:22. In close finish David Bett second with also 31:22. Third place for another Kenyan Alex Kibet who represents Qatar in 31:23. European champion Atelaw Bekele was fifth in 32:38, still beaten by Ethiopian Dame Tasama 32:06.

P. Tanui and Wude
ELGOIBAR (ESP, Jan 22): World CC medalist Paul Tanui won the 50th Muguerza CC race (EA Permit) at 10.796 km in 32:25. Second in close finish 2011 world junior CC champion Geoffrey Kipsang also 32:25 and third even younger Geoffrey Kirui 33:04. Fourth place for Ethiopian Hunegaw Mesfin 33:21 ahead of best European Spanish Javier Guerra 33:29. Road world record holder Leonard Komon was 6th (33:48). In the women 6.624 km Ethiopian success. Wude Ayalew achieved 22:29 and Hiwot Ayalew 22:35. Third best Kenyan Pauline Korikwiang 22:49 and fourth Priscah Jepleting 23:10. Fifth best European Leonor Carneiro of Portugal (23:18).


NEW YORK: Showing solid early season form, Britain's Andy Baddeley won the elite mile at 17th New Balance Games at the Armory  leading five men under the four-minute mark. He clocked 3:57.22 ahead of another Briton James Brewer 3:57.92 and Craig Miller was third in 3:58.65. Kenyan high schooler Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark ran in the elite race and finished seventh in 4:02.21.  He had hoped to challenge Alan Webb's high school record of 3:59.86 set on the same Armory track in the 2001 edition of this meet. Women winner Brenda Martinez achieved 4:39.37.  In the elite women's 800 m, the 2010 NCAA champion Phoebe Wright won in 2:02.32. Tevan Everett won the men's 800m in 1:47.70, despite easing up a little before the finish line. In the 500 m Strymar Livingston of Christopher Columbus High School here ran a national high school record of 1:01.68, shattering Mike Greene's record of 1:02.40 set back in 1984 in Boston. Informs RRW.

ALLENDALE: Hurdler Jeff Porter is speeding up his shape before US Open meet with 7.66 at Mike Lints Open.

ANN ARBOR: British record holder Tiffany Porter started with 7.42 in the flat and 8.06 in the hurdles race (also 8.08 in heats). Commonwealth games winner Nicole Forrester returned with good 185 opener and close misses at 190 cm.
FRESNO: Josh Norman clocked fast 6.21 at 55 m during the Run for the Dream meet.
PROVO: Solid shot put 20.54 for Zach Lloyd at Viking Shot Put Challenge.

FINDLAY: AG Kruger became the fourth man in the history with 25+ in the weight throw. At Northwest Ohio Invitational he achieved 25.18 m. Ever better only Lance Deal 25.86 and Slovak Libor Charfreitag 25.68.

MINNEAPOLIS: Derek Miles opened at Jack Johnson Classic with 552 clearance. Fast 600 m for Harun Abda of Somalia 1:16.38.

LUBBOCK: Gil Roberts achieved fast 46.26 at the 400 m during Texas Tech Open on the oversized track. Omo Osaghae clocked 7.23 at 55 m hurdles.

RENO: Brad Walker cleared 580 at the Pole Vault Summit ahead of Mark Hollis 552. Women winner Becky Holliday beat on count-back Kylie Hutson 442. That was on Friday. In the Saturday open competiton Canadian Kelsie Hendry cleared 452 ahead of Tori Pena who achieved new national record for Ireland 445 cm.

MANHATTAN: New Lithuanian record for combined eventer Mantas Silkauskas at Wildcat Invitational with 7.69 at 60 m hurdles.

AMES: Sub 10 sprinter Ivory Williams clocked 6.66 at Iowa Open at the 60 m. Dexter Faulk confirmed his early shape with fast 7.62 at 60 m hurdles.

BLOOMINGTON: Matt Elliott 7:58.20 and Andrew Bayer 7:58.85 achieved sub 8 minutes at 3000 m during Gladstein Invitational. Brittany Riley confirmed last weekend top mark in women weight throw with 24.22 m.

ALBUQUERQUE: Cherry and Silver Invitational registered 7.69 at 60 m hurdles by Kevin Craddock and 224 in the high jump by Jamie Nieto (the actor). Olympic finalist Funmi Jimoh achieved 645 in the long jump.

BLACKSBURG: Top names did not win at Hokie Invitational. Jamaal Torrance with 47.52 at 400 m was not faster than Josh Scott (47.32). Bershawn Jackson clocked third fastest 600 m (1:18.78), better were David Verburg 1:18.06 and Lance Roller 1:18.50.

BIRMINGHAM: 10.19 100 m sprinter Harry Adams achieved the year´s fastest 60 m 6.55 at Auburn Invitational. Second Kemar Hyman of Cayman Islands was close 6.56 (national record) ahead of D´Angelo Cherry 6.63 and Mookie Salaam 6.64. In the hurdles also fast 7.59 for Ronnie Ash. Women 60 m was topped by Gloria Asumnu 7.19 beating Octavious Freeman 7.23. Kristi Castlin posted years first sub 8 in the 60 m hurdles with 7.94. World champion Brittney Reese leaped to 671 in the long jump.

COLLEGE STATION: At Dual Meet Ameer Webb won the 200 m in 20.94 (he was also the best in the 60 m in 6.66). In the 400 m Caleb Williams achieved 46.60 and Texas AM produced fast 3:07.52 in the 4x400 m relay (three US runners Babineaux, Preble, J. Roberts but Lendore is from Trinidad). NCAA Champion Kimberlyn Duncan was the best in the women 200 m (23.29). Texas AM men beat LSU, women situation was just opposite.

INDOOR RESULTS (Greco 17.24, Stambolova 2:02.03, John 7.62)

TEHRAN (IRI, Jan 19-20): At Iranian indoor trials for the 5th Asian Indoor Championships (in Hanghzou, China on Feb 18-19) two good quality national records. Reza Ghaseri clocked 6.62 in the 60 m and Leila Rajabi achieved 17.60 in the women shot put.

ANCONA (ITA, Jan 21): Great improvement for European U23 2009 champion Daniele Greco in the triple jump. At local meet he achieved 17.24 and qualified for World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. It is his only second ever 17+ competition.

WIEN (AUT, Jan 21): Bulgarian European 400 m hurdles medalist Vanya Stambolova debuted at the 800 m during an international meet in Ferry Dusika Hall with fast 2:02.03. Her team-mate Venelina Veneva cleared 194 in the high jump. Austrian Andreas Rapatz clocked Istanbul 800 m qualifier 1:47.89. Foreign sprint wins for Romania (Catalin Cimpeanu 47.39, 400 m), Slovenia (Jan Zumer 21.36, 200 m) and Czech Republic (Libor Zilka 6.81, 60 m).

POTSDAM (GER, Jan 22): Fast improvements for German twins in the 1500 m. Elina Sujew clocked 4:07.72 and Diana Sujew 4:07.99. In the men´s race Carsten Schlangen achieved 3:44.75. Happened at regional indoor championships.

CHEMNITZ (GER, Jan 21-22): World champion David Storl came back after Nordhausen win on Friday with another 21+ at regional championships. He registered 21.19, in the women competition Christina Schwanitz 18.74. Alexander John was fast in 60 m hurdles heats 7.62 (7.78 in the finals). World medalist in high jump Raul Spank showed top jumping shape before his speciality debut on January 27 in Dresden. Spank improved in triple jump to 16.54 m.

SINDELFINGEN (GER, Jan 21): Fast 6.61 for Christian Blum at 60 m during regional championships. Raphael Holzdeppe also got Istanbul standard 572 in the pole vault.

HALLE (GER, Jan 21): In the snowy outdoor throwing top discus marks for Nadine Muller 66.19 and Martin Wierig 64.16.

LUDWIGSHAFEN (GER, Jan 21): Anna Battke cleared at regional championships 452 in the women pole vault.

GOTEBORG (SWE, Jan 21): Winners of special pole vault meet were Catrine Larsasen of Norway 429 and Rasmus Jorgensen of Denmark 550.

PRAHA (CZE, Jan 20): Additions to friday meet were 550 by Jan Kudlicka in the pole vault, 16.27 by Vojtech Sulc in the 150 m and 2:44.95 for Tereza Capkova in women 1500 m.

REYKJAVIK (ISL, Jan 21): New national record for Iceland in women 800 m highlighted the Reykjavik International Indoor Games meet. Anita Hinriksdottir clocked 2:05.96. Dutch guest Jolanda Keizer won the women shot put (14.67) and Kristinn Torfason beat in long jump (768) the Danish record holder Morten Jensen (761).

TRONDHEIM (NOR, Jan 22): European U23 Championships fourth placer Tonje Angelsen of Norway improved at local meet to 193 in the high jump.

KULDIGA (LAT, Jan 21): Surprise defeat for World medalist Ineta Radevica in long jump. With 635 she was second behind heptathlete Aiga Grabuste 645. Lina Grincikaite of Lithuania sprinted 7.38 at the 60 m.

UDINE (ITA, Jan 22): Italian Anna Giordano Bruno cleared 440 in the pole vault at a local meet.

HIRSON (FRA, Jan 22): Italian Filippo Campioli won the special high jump meet in France with 227 cm.

LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 22): At regional championships Mark Lewis-Francis clocks 6.64 at 60 m and Abi Oyepitan 7.34.


HUESCA (ESP, Jan 22): Eritrean Isaac Shabatu won the 35th edition of Alos Memorial CC race with 31:10 at 10.56 km. Second Spanish steeple runner Eliseo Martin 32:01. In the women 6.42 km win for Nazaret Weldu of Eritrea 21:49 ahead of best Spanish Isabel Macias 21:51.

ROMA (ITA, Jan 22): Andrea Lalli won the 10 km Corsa di Miguel road race in 29:01. Way back second Gabriele De Nard 29:52. Women winner Janet Hanane of Morocco 33:39.

KERKRADE (NED, Jan 22): Khalid Choukoud won the 48th Rabo Cross in 30:09 (9.5 km). Best woman the Kenyan Masila Ndungu in 26:23 (7.3 km).

NEWCASTLE (AUS, Jan 21): World Champion Dani Samuels won the discus at Hunter Classic meet with 59.03. In the men´s discus US Russ Winger 60.21 beat home favorite Ben Harradine 58.37. Ben Thomas posted fast 300 m 32.95 and Jordan Williams won the 1500 m in 3:39.74. Zoe Buckman got 4:09.26 in the women 1500 m. Lauren Boden clocked 56.14 in the 400 m hurdles. Australian series continues with Adelaide on January 28.

NAKURU (KEN, Jan 21): The Nation writes that World Military Games 5000 m champion Mark Kiptoo braved strong winds and the scorching sun to win the 12km at the 32nd Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships staged at 81 Tank Battalion in Lanet, Nakuru. Kibet clocked 36:21 at 12 km ahead of William Chebon 36:25 and last year World CC medalist Vincent Kiprop 36:32. In the women 8 km marathon world medalist Sharon Cherop won with 27:26 ahead of Hellen Obiri 27:28 and Jemmima Chelagat 27:30.

ELDORET (KEN, Jan 22): World Half marathon champion Wilson Kiprop responded to high quality opposition from Boston and New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai, World and Olympic 1500 m champion Asbel Kiprop and Matthew Kisorio to win the senior men's 12Km race during the 21st edition of the Discovery Kenya Cross Country championship. Kiprop got 34:48.9 ahead of Mutai 34:53.0, Kisorio 35:04.0, Kiprop was 8th in 35:35.4. In women 8 km Joyce Jepkirui in 26:22.3 beat marathon world medalist Priscah Jeptoo 26:34.8 and Georgina Rono 26:35.0. With the help from The Nation.

HIROSHIMA (JPN, Jan 22): Hyogo won the Inter-Prefecture men's Ekiden for the fourth time in 2:20:19 ahead of Tokyo 2:20:41 and Kumamoto 2:20:50. Hyogo came from behind during the last leg.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Jan 20): Kenyan Joseph Kachapin won the Corrida de Sao Sebastiao at 10 km in 29:08 beating best Brazilian Gilmar Silvestre 29:39. In the women race also Kenyan win for Elizabeth Rumokol 34:01.

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