Isinbayeva will get a bye to Istanbul, Suhr still considering Istanbul, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva, 2011 DN Galen Stockholm, DL, , photo by

Russian media is suggesting that Yelena Isinbayeva will get a buy to the World Champs. Jenn Suhr, the AR at 4.88m or 16 feet even, and highest jumper in 2012, is considering Istanbul, but first, she must finish in top ten in Albququerque next weekend! Suhr is trying to be careful not to overuse her achilles, which has been an issue most of her career.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian media are informing that pole vault queen Yelena Isinbaeva will get a bye and must not compete at Russian Indoor Championships in order to qualify for Istanbul. That means only one place will be available at the national championships in the world championships team for Turkey. Also allowed to compete in Stockholm on February 23 during the national event are not only Isinabaeva but also high jump world champion Anna Chicherova and long jump world medalist Olga Kucherenko, they also will recieve a bye for Istanbul.

LIEVIN (FRA): European champion Christophe Lemaitre confirmed after Lievin meeting that he will definitely not run the 200 m during European Championships in Helsinki. His coach Pierre Carraz confirmed he will run the 100 m and 4x100 m in Finland. Lemaitre competes during the indoor season in Val du Reuil on Saturday and National Championships next weekend. His younger home rival Jimmy Vicaut initially after the false start in Lievin wanted to quit the indoor season but now considers to compete at French Championships.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): US pole vault record holder and world leader Jenn Suhr is still considering the World Indoor Championships (and of course she still needs to qualify). "I think it's a decision that my husband and I will have to take into consideration. There will be a lot riding on that decision. We will make that decision when we have to," she said during USATF media conference.

SOCHI (RUS): During the weekend the traditionally fast Russian Winter Walking Championships will be held. As the Mordovian coach guru Viktor Chegin informed this event will be the base to select the team for the IAAF Race Walking World Cup which will be held in Saransk on May 15. The olympic Russian walking selection will be based on the World Cup results (winner is automatically selected, others need to be in top six) and also by the June Summer Walking Championships in Moscow where the course for 2013 World Championships will be tested.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Another top event at XL-galan in Stockholm on February 23 (IAAF Indoor Permit) will be men´s 800 m. This indoor sensation Adam Kszczot will have his last race of the season against home rival and European champion Marcin Lewandowski. Also in the field five time winner here Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia, young Ethiopian Mohamed Aman and Kenyan Boaz Lalang.

SUMY (UKR, Feb 16): Ukrainian indoor championships started with a great 4880 national record score by olympic winner Natalya Dobrynska in the pentathlon. She is now 6th best performer ever after 8.35 - 184 - 16.46 - 636 and 2:15.90. Second Hanna Melnychenko also impressive 4748 points. For Dobrynska this would mean the qualifier for World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. She is so currently number two in the 2012 list. Solid walking results here as Ruslan Dmitrenko achieved 39:26.90 in the 10 000 m race ahead of Ivan Losev 39:43.81 and Nazar Kovalenko 39:49.55. In women 5000 m win for Olha Shevchuk 22:09.98. Shot put winner Andriy Semenov achieved 19.64. In 400 m semifinals Natalya Pigida 52.55 and Volodimyr Burakov 47.00.

HALL 22.88 WL
EAUBONNE (FRA, Jam 16): After second fastest ever 300 m in Lievin Jamaican Patricia Hall showed her top shape during only women indoor meet Femina in Eaubonne. She clocked as first this indoor season a sub 23 seconds at the 200 m and improved the world lead to 22.88. She never clocked before sub 23 even outdoors. Another top Caribbean mark was the 7.05 60 m win for Laverne Jones-Ferrette of US Virgin Islands ahead of Ukrainian duo Olesya Povh 7.16 and Mariya Remyen 7.21. US Kristi Castlin clocked impressive 7.95 to win the 60 m hurdles ahead of Alina Talai of Belarus 8.06. In the 1000 m Malika Akkaoui of Morocco clocked 2:40.43 beating Russian Yuliya Tutayeva 2:40.50 and Ethiopian junior Tizita Bogale who with 2:40.51 came close to world junior indoor record which stands at 2:40.1. Also fast the 3000 m dominated by Ethiopians Meskerem Aseffa 8:53.18 and Mestawet Tadesse 8:54.40. Third former European indoor champion Lidia Chojecka of Poland achieved Istanbul standard 8:55.05. She is now second best European in the indoor season 2012. Olympic winner Tia Hellebaut cleared 193 to win the high jump (missed 196) at her birthday day. World champion Olha Saladukha won the triple jump (14.45) and in the pole vault 442 by top two Anastasiya Shvedova of Belarus and young Ukrainian Hanna Shelekh.


NAIROBI (KEN): Many top names will be at Nairobi CC Trials (also IAAF Permit) this Saturday. Track world champion 2009 Linet Masait and Marathon world champion Edna Kiplagat for the Kenya Police team, Sharon Cherop and Doris Changeiywo also. But they will not be available for selection for the Africa Championships as they have other programmes. For men for example Mathew Kisorio is among the top runners. Its a bit low key in the buildup as there are no Worlds in Cross this year. The top six in each race will make the Kenyan team to the African Cross Country Championships in Cape Town. For this event over 30 countries and regions have sent in their preliminary entries. South Sudan, which is the new baby on board among the Africa countries, will also be sending in their team.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Birmingham-based World silver medallist Hannah England welcomed some of the USA and Jamaica's leading athletes to the city she calls home ahead of this Saturday's Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena.
Racing in her favoured 1500m event on Saturday, the 24-year-old will go head-to-head with Ethiopian threat Genzebe Dibaba, with fellow Brit Claire Gibson also lining up against her. She added: "I've done two indoor races and they've both gone really well but my coach yesterday called them my warm-up races and this the big one. It's a really good quality race and Ian Stewart's [UKA Meet Director and Head of Endurance] managed to put together a world-class field. It's my last indoor race so I'm really going to give it my all." Meanwhile Kenyan star Vivian Cheruiyot, the world 5000 and 10,000m champion and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, has had to withdraw from Saturday's event after coming down with a bout of flu. Cheruiyot, a star at British events over the past few years, spoke of her disappointment at not being able to compete at the Aviva Grand Prix. Organizers are informing.

NEW YORK (USA): Race Results Weekly informs that a quartet of American marathon stars will open their spring racing season at the NYC Half, the New York Road Runners announced. Desiree Davila, Kara Goucher, Meb Keflezighi and Dathan Ritzenhein will all take part in the March 18, race which has been expanded to 15,000 runners this year and will be contested for the first time on a record-standard course.

POTSDAM (GER): The special pole vault meet in Potsdam´s shopping center will see on Friday Yarisley Silva of Cuba as women favorite and on Saturday in men competition Lazaro Borges against Karsten Dilla and Bjorn Otto.

VIENNA (AUT): Last year Vienna City Marathon winners confirmed their participation also for 2012 edition. Kenyan John Kiprotich and Ethiopian Fate Tola will be back on April 15.

FALUN (SWE): Swedish long jumper Carolina Kluft will not take part in the European indoor season after an operation on her shin and will instead concentrate on preparing for the London Olympics. "I want to be able to perform the long jump at a world-class level, but with the pain I feel at the moment that is impossible," Kluft said in a statement. Agencies are informing.

CHICAGO (USA): The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K announced that 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team member Abdi Abdirahman will take part in Chicago's annual kick off to the running season on Sunday, March 25. He will lead the way for 40,000 runners at the 33rd annual event that runs through downtown Chicago. Abdirahman is preparing to represent Team USA in the marathon at this summer's Olympic Games and will use the Shamrock Shuffle as a launch pad for his training after recovering from the U.S. Olympic Trials in January. The Shamrock Shuffle factors in as a fun, flat and fast competition in a city that has been instrumental in launching his marathon career.


PRAHA (CZE, Feb 16): The Prague traditional indoor high jump meet "Journalist Bar" is in last years held in a shopping center. Surprise winner was Bulgarian champion Viktor Ninov who was the best with indoor PB 227 on first attempt, ahead of Poland´s Piotr Sleboda (two PBs during the evening) also at 227 (second attempt). Italian Marco Chesani had a first-jump 2.24 and was third. Local favorite Jaroslav Baba as fourth 220. Ninov, jumping first, missed once at 229 and then passed after Sleboda missed. The Pole exited at 229 and Ninov took his last two jumps at 232.

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