Mujinga Kambundji, photo by PhotoRun.net
A big weekend of National indoor Championships across Europe and some fine performances picked up by Alfons Juck and his team at EME News. Konstanze Klausterhalfens’ 3000m WL and Mujinga Kambundji’s 60m WL equalling performance of 7.08 were 2 highlights.
NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EUROPE (Feb 16)
LEIPZIG (GER): Konstanze Klosterhalfen ended day one of the German Indoor Championships on a high note, setting a world lead and national record of 8:32.47 in the 3000m before 3500 capacity crowd. The European indoor 1500m silver medallist took nearly four seconds from her PB as she went to seventh on the European all-time indoor rankings. Former world champions took victories in the shot put, Christina Schwanitz setting a world lead of 19.54m and David Storl a European lead 21.32m. Alina Reh also improved her best as she was second in 8:43.72. The big clash in the women’s 60m hurdles ended with Pamela Dutkiewicz just a hundredth outside her world lead with 7.90, with European indoor champion Cindy Roleder second on 8.00. Kristin Gierisch won the triple jump with a meeting record of 14.38m in the last round. Lisa Ryzih took the pole vault with a best clearance of 4.60m, five centimetres better than runner-up Katharina Bauer. Kevin Kranz was a clear winner in the men’s 60m with 6.59 (in heats 6.56 PB). The women’s 60m went comfortably to Lisa Marie Kwayie with 7.19, taking five hundredths from her PB. Other winners included: Sam Parsons (3000m, 7:53.71), Fabiane Heinle (long jump, 7.78m), Gregor Traber (60m hurdles, 7.62).
NORRKOPING (SWE): Angelica Bengtsson took a sixth Swedish indoor title after a great duel with recent national record-setter Michaela Meijer on day one of the championships. The two had best clearances of 4.60m and 4.50m respectively before the winner failed at her attempt to add a centimetre to the new Swedish mark with 4.76m. Henrik Larsson clocked 6.60 to win the 60m, a PB by eight hundredths and a meeting record. Austin Hamilton also revised his PB with 6.62 in second. Irene Ekelund won her fourth national 60m title, her 7.29 being just three hundredths outside her PB. Ida Storm set a season’s best in the weight throw with a winning 23.53m. 18-year-old Tilde Johansson won the long jump with a PB of 6.43m ahead of high jump specialist Erika Kinsey’s 6.33.
ANCONA (ITA): Walks were among the highlights on the second day of three at the Italian Indoor Championships. World 20km bronze medallist Antonella Palmisano marched the 3000m in a winning 12:23.15 to go second on the world list. Francesco Fortunato set a world lead of 18:47.63 in the men’s 5km walk. Among other winners were Enrico Riccobon (3:44.97, 1500m), Alessandro Sinno (5.40m, pole vault), Kevin Ojiaku (7.87m, long jump), Tania Vicenzino (6.60m, long jump) and Lorenzo Perini (7.75, 60m hurdles).
TORUN (POL): On the first day of the Polish Indoor Championships in Torun, Ewa Swoboda maintained her unbeaten start to the indoor season with victory in the 60m in 7.15 ahead of Martyna Kotwila who set a lifetime best of 7.30. Klaudia Siciarz improved to 7.95 in the 60m hurdles (also 8.00 in the heats) to beat Karolina Koleczek who improved to 8.03. With Paulina Guba absent due to injury Klaudia Kardasz won the shot put title with 18.21m and there were 1500m wins for Sofia Ennaoui in 4:15.62 and Michal Rozmys in 3:43.41. World U20 bronze medallist Adrianna Sulek also won the pentathlon title with 4357 and Norbert Kobielski upset European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek in the high jump, 2.22m to 2.19m. Fastest qualifiers for the 400m finals were Iga Baumgart-Witan in 53.34 and Rafal Omelko in 47.05.
ANTEQUERA (ESP): Spanish senior record by junior talent Maria Vicente 4412 points in pentathlon (8.35-178-12.42-636-2:24.91) was the top mark of the opening day of Spanish indoors. Eusebio Caceres won long jump 799 ahead of Hector Santos 793, in women triple Patricia Sarrapio 13.92. Orlando Ortega confirmed his top shape with 7.58 hurdles win over Yidiel Contreras 7.64. Carlos Tobalina was the best in shot 20.39. Maialen Axpe improved to 450 in women pole vault, men title for Adrian Valles 555. Young sprinter Jael Bestue won the women 60 m in 7.34. Cristina Espejo 9:02.45 and Mohamed Katir 7:58.77 took the 3000 m titles.
APELDOORN (NED): Dafne Schippers won the 60m title at the Dutch Indoor Championships in an equal season’s best of 7.18 (7.29 in the semifinals, 7.33 in the heats) ahead of Jamile Samuel in 7.26 with 15-year-old N’ketia Seedo improving her best ever time to 7.27, its also European U18 indoor all-time best. Joris van Gool, 20, won the men’s 60m title in a 6.63 PB. Another youngster Jorinde van Klinken won the shot put with 16.85m. Madiea Ghafoor clocked 53.16 in the 400m heats and Thijmen Kupers was the fastest in the 800m heats with 1:48.58.
BUDAPEST (HUN): World indoor champion Anita Marton highlighted the first day of Hungarian champs with 18.42 in women shot put. Peter Bakosi cleared 222 in menÂ´s high jump. In women 60 m hurdler Klaudia Sorok won in 7.37 PB ahead of Boglarka Takacs who clocked national U20 record 7.43.
VIENNA (AUT): Top result of 1st day of Austrian indoors was the new PB 6.65 in the 60 m by Markus Fuchs. He also won the 200 m in 21.45 indoor PB. Alexandra Toth dominated women 60 m in 7.36, Susanne Walli was the best in women 200 m 23.83. Young heptathlete Sarah Lagger won long jump 618 and was third in shot put with 14.33 indoor PB. Here top two also from heptathlon: Verena Preiner 14.45 and Ivona Dadic 14.35 indoor PB.
DUBLIN (IRL): National record holder Ciara Mageean produced a classy display to win the women’s 3000 m in 9:02.57 on day one of the Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. ird in 9:24.48. In the race walks, Kate Veale and Alex Wright won as expected in 13:18.39 and 18:53.87. Talented high jumper Sommer Lecky won an exciting duel with 186 clearance.
ST. GALLEN (SUI): Superb women 60 m final during Swiss Nationals. Mujinga Kambundji equaled the World lead in 7.08 ahead of Ajla del Ponte 7.17 PB followed by Sarah Atcho 7.31 PB and 400H Eurowinner Lea Sprunger 7.32 PB. In men 60 m twice 6.65 PB for Silvan Wicki in semifinals and finals. Benjamin Gfohler won the long jump with 777 and Lithuanian Agne Serksniene clocked in women 400 m heats 52.75.
MIRAMAS (FRA): Second fastest in Europe this year 7.52 at 60 m hurdles by Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was the top mark of French Champs first day. Behind him Aurel Manga 7.57 and Wilhelm Belocian 7.63. Also good men 3000 m where Djilali Bedrani clocked 7:51.42 over Jimmy Gressier 7:52.08 and Yoann Kowal 7:52.46. Good quality also for Marvin Rene 6.63 in the 60 m, Jean-Pierre Bertrand 804 in long jump and 19.99 for Frederic Dagee in shot put. From women events to note Ninon Guillon-Romarin 460 in the pole vault, Rouguy Diallo 14.15 in triple, Prisca Duvernay 188 in the high jump. Ophelie Claude-Boxberger got 9:10.78 in the 3000 m and good 52.68 by Deborah Sananes in 400 m heats.
KUOPIO (FIN): Samuel Purola won the Finnish title in 6.70, national record holder Simo Lipsanen 16.19 in triple and Jarkko Kinnunen 19.37.74 in 5000 m walk highlighted the men events during day one. In women programme to note 425 in pole vault by Wilma Murto and Minna Nikkanen.
OSTRAVA (CZE): Czech nationals had fast 60 m winners. Zdenek Stromsik in 6.64 meet record and Klara Seidlova in 7.26 season best. 400 m star Pavel Maslak was second in the 60 with 6.76. Vit Muller clocked in 400 m heats 46.63 indoor PB and fresh 1500 m record holder Simona Vrzalova in women 800 m heats 2.03.10 indoor PB.
SKIVE (DEN): Andreas Martinsen achieved the best result of day one at Danish Championships with 7.86 at 60 m Hurdles. Maja Alm won the women 1500 m in 4:22.42 ahead of 18 years old Anna Mark Helwigh 4:24.92.
KULDIGA (LAT): National record holder Sindija Buksa won the Latvian title at 60 m with 7.40, heptathlete Laura Ikauniece the hurdles 8.30. Mareks Arents cleared 540 in the pole vault.
TALLINN (EST): Decathlete Hans-Christian Hausenberg won the 60 m at Estonian nationals 6.83 and 6.82 in heats. Grete Udras went over 188 in women high jump and agent Liina Tsernov won the 1500 m title in 4:26.16.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): European indoor silver medalist Jan Volko got the expected 60 m title in meet and facility record 6.62. In women 60 m new PB 7.45 for Monika Weigertova. Lukas Beer cleared 221 to win the high jump.