Pascal Martinot-Lagarde clocked 7.51 to defeat Garfield Darien (7.54) and Balazs Baji (7.62) in a good quality 60m hurdles while Ladji Doucoure bade farewell with 8.25 in the heats before improving to 8.05 as a guest in the triathlon 60mH. Christina Manning won the women’s equivalent in 7.90 from Jackie Coward (8.02) and Isabelle Pedersen (8.03). Jamaica’s Gayon Evans won the 60m in 7.17 (7.21 ht) from Ukraine’s Olesya Povh (7.22) while Yunier Perez won the men’s 60m in 6.54 (6.57 ht) from Everton Clarke (6.57) and Mike Rodgers 6.62. Kim Collins was DQ’d for a false start after running 6.58 in the heats. Kevin Menaldo won the pole vault at 5.72m before three failures at 5.78m.
Storl beats Stanek
POTSDAM (GER, Feb 8): World leader David Storl won a special shot put meet stage in k.o. format with 21.32. In semifinals another top mark from Czech Tomas Stanek 21.30, in the finals against Storl he did only 19.85. In different rounds also to note 20.69 from Konrad Bukowiecki, 20.68 from Michal Haratyk and 20.56 from Asmir Kolasinac.
A tie for Bednarek and Drouin with 233 WL
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK, Feb 8): Two athletes cleared 233 in second attempt and tried at 235. That was the higlight of 23rd High Jump meeting with music in central Slovakia. Poland´s 2009 World medalist Sylwester Bednarek (overall PB for him) and Olympic winner Derek Drouin cleared 233 World lead but not the 235. In the jump-off they both tried once again at 235 and then agreed for a tie. "I was tired and after a personal best I was so happy," said Bednarek. Drouin was also satisfied: "It was my first competition of the year and I managed well so all is ok." It happened for first time in the meet that there was a tie for first place. Third Belarus Pavel Seliverstau improved his PB to 231 and veteran Donald Thomas also went over 231 as fourth. Thomas was brave after two fouls at 233 tried once at 235 with support of the enthusiastic public of 900 people. Another top moment was the improvement of Slovak Lukas Beer to 228 and good tries at 231 as he ended fifth in most probably best line-up of the indoor season in men high jump. Mexican Edgar Rivera as 6th, US Erik Kynard as 7th and Bulgarian Tihomir Ivanov as 8th (indoor PB) also managed 228 in great depth of the competition. Surprise women winner was Iryna Herashchenko from Ukraine with second attempt clearance at 193. In total 8 other jumpers failed at 193 after they went over 189. Best by count back was another Ukrainian Yulia Levchenko with Olympic winner Ruth Beitia third, both 189. Fourth in a tie Canadian Alyx Treasure indoor PB 189 and Sweden´s Sofie Skoog season best 189.
NAIROBI (KEN): Some high-profile Kenyan athletes have expressed concerns in light of the IAAF decision to freeze athletes transferring their allegiance, informs the Daily Nation. AK athletes’ representative Milcah Chemos said: “What the IAAF should do is enlighten the athletes about their rights and contracts so that they are not duped into signing bogus things. It’s an athlete’s right to compete for any country he or she wants.”
MOSCOW (RUS): The RusAF is trying to get positive answer from the IAAF to allow U18 and veteran athletes to compete in international competition, informs TASS.
MOSCOW (RUS): Six more Russian athletes have sent applications to the IAAF seeking eligibility to compete internationally, informs Sport Express. They include former world long jump champion Aleksandr Menkov, former European triple jump bronze medallist Aleksey Fyodorov and hammer thrower Anna Bulgakova.
MOSCOW (RUS): The RusAF has said RUSADA will conduct a significant increase in the number of doping controls in 2017, informs R-Sport. "The federation, together with the Ministry of Sports of Russia and other organisations will continue efforts to meet the IAAF criteria. Among them, a significant increase in the number of samples RUSADA expects to take from the Russian athletes in 2017,” said a statement from RusAF.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced Dawn Harper-Nelson has been handed a three-month doping ban after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide and related metabolites. In a statement, USADA said it had accepted her explanation her positive test was caused by blood pressure medication which she had been prescribed by a physician to treat hypertension. Harper-Nelson said on Twitter: “I was rushed to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. As a result my physician prescribed a non-performance enhancing medication for high blood pressure that contained hydrochlorothiazide, water pill. I never hid my use of this required medication, but did fail to fully understand how its administration was governed by current doping protocols.”
BERLIN (GER): The 2018 European Championships Board has finalised the sports programme for the inaugural multi-sport event in Glasgow and Berlin. The seven European Sports Federations, along with co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin and the European Broadcasting Union (Broadcast Partner), have agreed on a sports competition schedule that will run through 2 August to 12 August 2018 with 10 days of television coverage starting Friday 3 August. The event is expected to generate a television audience of around 1.03 billion with many more viewers across multiple digital platforms. There will be a projected 250 hours of host broadcaster coverage, and an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage.
SABADELL (ESP): Genzebe Dibaba’s splits en route to her world indoor 2000m record of 5:23.75. 400m 64.1, 600m 1:36.7, 800m 2:09.9, 1000m 2:42.66, 1600m 4:19.8. Estimated split times: 1500m 4:03.6, mile 4:21.3. From PJ Vazel.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Asafa Powell hopes to see the Nitro Athletics Series expand, informs organisers. “It turned out great and I love it – hopefully it can move up another level and be a really big thing,” he said.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Wayde van Niekerk has emphasised he is looking to place more emphasis on the short sprints in 2017, informs The Citizen. “There is so much more I can achieve in the 400m. But at the same time I want to go back to the 100m and 200m. That’s why I started track and field in the first place. I’d like to put more effort there and try and achieve great things within my event and within the 100m and 200m as well. I want to try and rewrite whatever history I can,” he said.
CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie’s coach Philippe d'Encausse has said he might miss the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade due to injury, informs L’Equipe. "Is it sensible to try the European Indoor Championships in some difficulty at 50% or 70%, one can ask the question. But Renaud has his bearings and if he feels able to go, he will go,” he said. Lavillenie has pulled out of tonight’s meeting in Paris and Berlin on Friday and looks set to miss the French Indoor Championships the following weekend.
KINGSTON (JAM): Renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson has been commissioned to design statutes of Jamaican sprinting greats Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell, informs the Jamaica Observer. The statues will be mounted on Statue Road in Independence Park in Kingston.
MONTEGO BAY (JAM): Nesta Carter is set to return to competition this weekend at the Western Relays in Montego Bay according to his manager Bruce James, informs Reuters. Carter has not been banned by the IAAF and correspondence between the JAA and the IAAF has confirmed he would be clear to run until his appeal to the CAS on 15 February had been heard.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Feb 7): Briton Adam Hague and Kurtis Marschall cleared 550 in pole vault at Rare Air at Melbourne University.
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 8): During Moscow Indoor Champs Nikita Anishchenkov cleared 225 and Svetlana Shkolina 190 in high jump, Georgiy Gorokhov won pole vault with 560. Maksim Afonin was the best in shot put 20.75 the day before.
BRNO (CZE, Feb 8): Poland´s Wojciech Theiner won the special high jump meet in shopping center with 223 cm.
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