K. Borlee against Americans
NEW YORK (USA): Millrose Games planned for February 16 at the Armory announced top men 600 m field which could be ready to attack the world indoor best 1:15.12. This season already some fast races happened at the distance in Glasgow and Moscow. Here top European 400 m runner Kevin Borlee of Belgium will clash with 800 m specialists Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds of USA and fast Jarrin Solomon who is competing for Trinidad and Tobago.
Top 60 m field of the season
DUSSELDORF (GER): The 8th PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Friday (EA Indoor Permit) will see the best field of the year in the men 60 m race and it is possible that the 6.50 barrier will be attacked. Also the meet record 6.53 by French Jimmy Vicaut from last year will be under threat. Not only because Vicaut is returning, but also his famous colleague and European champion Christophe Lemaitre is competing along with US Mike Rodgers, Commmonwealth Games winner Lerone Clarke of Jamaica and world leader Yunier Perez of Cuba. But first the runners must qualify through the heats.
Otto and Silva
PARDUBICE (CZE, Feb 5): First edition of Golden Pole indoor pole vault meeting in the ice-hockey hall in Pardubice saw before 2500 spectators some top jumping. Olympic medalist Bjorn Otto cleared 583 in second attempt and had one decent try at world leading 593. Second Kostadinos Filippidis of Greece went over 578 and tried at new national record height 588 (this was passed by Otto). Third place for best Czech jumper Jan Kudlicka with 565. In women competition Cuban olympic medalist Yarisley Silva as the only one went over 471 in third attempt. At world lead 481 she gave the public only one jump. For the Cuban in her only second meet of the season she already achieved her fourth best mark ever. Second Russian Anastasiya Savchenko improved her overall best to 461. Third place for another Russian Anzhelika Sidorova 450. The face of the event, European champion Jirina Svobodova had one of those days and no-heighted at 435 cm.
Kiprotich plans for London
GRANOLLERS (ESP): Olympic marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda in his interview given to blogger Alberto Stretti commented that he has well done in his recent test-race in Granollers Half Marathon. “In case the weather would not be so windy and a course completely flat i could run for sure under one hour. But i am satisfied with my race.” After return to Kenya he will continue his training for London Marathon. “My first goal is to improve my personal best in London, the field will be very strong and it will be fantastic to run there so i think my best time should be reached”.
EAUBONNE (FRA): The only-women meeting un Eaubonne on Thursday will have Belgian high jump 2008 olympic winner Tia Hellebaut as top star. In sprints European champion Myriam Soumare is scheduled to compete. Former world champion Eunice Barber will return to competition here in the long jump at age of 38.
LONDON (GBR): Belgrave Harriers, one of the British oldest and most famous track and field clubs and the home club of Phillips Idowu and Dwain Chambers, has quit the British Athletics League because it does not have enough volunteers to run a team.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch sprinter Brian Mariano has been sentenced to twelve months in jail by a Curacao judge. In december Mariano was caught in the Caribbean island with cocaine in his bag but told officials he is innocent. Mariano is currently in The Netherlands and it is not clear when he will travel to Curacao for his sentence. He will also no longer be able to enter the United States to train or compete. Mariano’s lawyer told nu.nl the athlete is devastated by the news.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Top Dutch 800 m runner Roberth Lathouwers is set to compete indoors for the first time since 2008. The injury prone athlete has stayed away from competing indoors because of several injuries but this year Lathouwers has his goal fixed on the European indoor championships. He told losseveter.nl he is in good shape and hopes to run the qualifying standard at the Record Bank Flanders indoor meeting in Ghent this weekend. He will also compete at the Dutch national championships before heading to Goteborg.
BERLIN (GER): German walker Sabine Krantz is pregnant with her second child and ends her career as a professional athlete. Krantz has won 15 national titles and placed 8th at the 20km walk at the 2007 IAAF World championships reports leichtathletik.de.
MOSCOW (RUS): Official web site of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) informs that All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) has deleted the life ban of Russian javelin thrower Lada Chernova as Sports Arbitration of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation abolished RUSADA’s previous decision. 43-years-old athlete was banned on February 29, 2012 after National winter throwing championships in Sochi where she was caught in using banned substance (Bromantan) for the second time.
MOSCOW (RUS): President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the edict to decorate with state awards Russian coaches whose athletes have had bright achievements at London Olympic Games. There are more than twenty athletics trainers among recipients. Coach of high jump Olympic champion Anna Chicherova was Yevgeniy Zagorulko decorated with the highest one – a Fourth Class order “For the Service to Homeland”.
LONDON (GBR): The man who threw a bottle onto the track at the start of the men’s Olympic 100 metres final last year was given an eight-week community order for public disorder at London’s Thames Magistrates’ Court. Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, of South Milford, near Leeds, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was found guilty at Stratford Magistrates’ Court last month of intending to cause harassmen t, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour during the incident at the Olympic Stadium on August 5. Informs insidethegames.
LONDON (GBR): Dame Kelly Holmes has said she is “overwhelmed” by Sport England’s GBP 6.9 million investment as a partner in her charity Get on Track. The award, announced at London’s City Hall, will enable the scheme – which uses sport and physical activity to engage with young people – to cover the whole country over the next four years.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Former South African 800 m champion Lebogang Phalula, suspended for three months after testing positive for a stimulant in 2011, has ha
d her ban increased to two years (one of which has been suspended) by a South African tribunal after WADA had appealed against the original decision. As the ban was backdated to 28 Sep 2011 Phalula, due to give birth any time now, is free to compete again when she wishes. Her two year ban was halved because she gave evidence against club official Livingstone Jabanga, who gave the tablets containing the stimulant to the athlete and has been banned for five years. Informs Athletics International.
OSLO (NOR): Doping allegations against coach Petar Vukicevic have been dismissed by Norway’s anti-doping agency. However, he has lost his coaching job with the Norwegian athletics association and his daughter Christina Vukicevic, a 12.74 hurdler, recently decided to leave his training squad. His son Vladimir, the 2010 World Junior 110m hurdles silver medallist, will continue to be coached by him. Petar, himself a high hurdler, competed for Yugoslavia at the 1980 Olympics and had a pb of 13.87 in 1984. Writes Mal Watman in Athletics International.
BUDAPEST (HUN): In the current All-Athletics.com indoor meeting rankings before the next weekend Russian Winter of Moscow leads ahead of Karlsruhe and Glasgow Match.
GATESHEAD (GBR): Athletes coordinator for Nova Events Andy Caine is after 5 years moving to Puma in the UK as their National Performance Sales Manager for Key Accounts. Peter Riley will be taking over as Elite Manager for all Great Run, Great City Games and Great Swim events.
TARTU (EST, Feb 5): New Estonian pole vault record 424 by Reena Koll (16) at Tartu indoor meeting. National high jump record holder Anna Iljustsenko cleared 187 cm.
REIMS (FRA, Feb 5): At the indoor meet former world champion Ladj Doucoure ended second at 60 m hurdles in 7.91. The winner Samuel Coco-Villoin clocked 7.86. Another veteran Ronald Pognon clocked 6.77 in the 60 m heats. Winner of finals Moussa Sissoko of Mali improved to 6.72.
MINSK (BLR, Feb 1-3): Solid performances at Belarus Throwing Cup in Staiki. European U 23 champion from 2009 Yuriy Shayunov wom men hammer throw with 78.99. World finalist Pavel Kryvitski was second (78.85). The 21-years old Zahar Makhrosenka became the best in U23 category with 76.08 and improved so his personal best by more than 3 meters. In women hammer Alina Kostrova won with 66.77.
KAUNAS (LTU, Feb 2): Fast 3000 m walk by Brigita Virbalyte-Dimsiene 12:24.41.