In the sprints, Orlando Ortega faces Frenchmen Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Garfield Darien in the 60m hurdles, world indoor champion Barbara Pierre faces in-form Gayon Evans and world U20 record-holder Ewa Swoboda in the 60m flat while world and European indoor champion Pavel Maslak goes head-to-head with Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin in the 400m. Fresh from a 2.33m PB in Banska Bystrica, Sylwester Bednarek will be looking for back-to-back wins in the high jump while Lisa Ryzih and Nicole Buchler are the top names in the pole vault. Elsewhere, European champion Patricia Mamona will be looking for her third win of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in the triple jump, Ronnie Baker and Jasmin Stowers are the favourites in the non-scoring 60m flat and 60m hurdles while 400m hurdles specialists Sara Petersen and Shamier Little go head-to-head in the 400m flat.
Bolt Team winning - MELBOURNE (AUS, Feb 9: The Bolt All-Stars have won the second round of Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium following a lengthy delay and review of a drama-filled final 4x100m event. Usain Bolt helped his team to victory in the mixed 4x100m relay in the last event of the night while Team Australia were judged to have made the second baton exchange outside the changeover zone.For that relay Australia received -10 points, making their total for the night 895 - just short of the Bolt All-Stars who finished on 930 points – their second win of the series before the sell-out final on Saturday. Now the All-Stars take a hand lead into the final night, where double points are on offer in the final standings. “If we need to do it I’ll probably run the 150m," said Bolt. Earlier in the night Team Australia sprinter Morgan Mitchell came home strong in the mixed 2x300m relay to win in front of a partisan home crowd of 6722 and a roaring packed home straight. Chinese Ze Gao won the 60 m in 6.67 (+0.8), Joseph Millar the 100 m in 10.30 (+0.4) with Jarrion Lawson fifth 10.51. Hamish Peacock got excellent 82.12 in javelin. US Jenna Prandini clcked 7.27 (-0.8) in the 60 m, Jamaican Natasha Morrison 11.57 (0.0) in the 100 m.
Braz, Ch. Harting, Spanovic
BERLIN (GER): World-leader Piotr Lisek will go head-to-head with Olympic champion and last year’s winner Thiago Braz in the pole vault at the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin. The line-up includes three more global champions: past world champions Raphael Holzdeppe and Pawel Wojciechowski and former world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis. Olympic champion Christoph Harting goes head-to-head with world champion Piotr Malachowski in the traditional indoor discus while Ivana Spanovic makes her season’s debut in the long jump against home favourite Alexandra Wester. On the track, Kim Collins will face Yunier Perez and former European 100m champion James Dasaolu in the men’s 60m while Rebekka Haase faces in-form Olesya Povh and Olympic finalist Marie-Jose Ta Lou in the women’s 60m. The men’s 60m hurdles should be a European clash with Balazs Baji and former European indoor champion Petr Svoboda the leading names but the best event on the track is the women’s 60m hurdles featuring Sally Pearson, Alina Talay, Cindy Roleder and Christina Manning, the fastest this year at 7.89.
All Rio medalists at Pre
EUGENE (USA): The three medallists from the Rio Olympics are set to resume their rivalry at the Prefontaine Classic, the Eugene IAAF Diamond League on 27 May, informs organisers. The field is headed by Olympic champion Thiago Braz along with silver and bronze medallists Renaud Lavillenie and Sam Kendricks. Lavillenie cleared 6.05m in this meeting in 2015 and will be aiming for an unprecedented eighth successive Diamond Trophy this summer. The line-up also includes reigning world champion Shawn Barber, Poles Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski, former world indoor champion Konstantinos Filippidis and Czech Republic’s Jan Kudlicka.
Tirunesh for fast Half
RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE): Tirunesh Dibaba admits she is still “a little scared” of the marathon and hasn’t ruled out moving back to the 10,000m for the World Championships in London. “I’m finding that for the marathon, I have to train even harder than before. It’s an event I’m still a little scared of – that’s not the case for anything on the track – but whether I’ll take on the 10,000m or Marathon at London 2017 (the IAAF World Championships in August), depends on how I run at London in April,” she said. Dibaba will be lining up in the RAK Half Marathon on Friday where she has hinted she might try and attack Worknesh Degefa’s national record of 66:14. Dibaba will face opposition from Mary Keitany (65:50), Peres Jepchirchir (66:39) and reigning London Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong (66:58). The men’s field includes eight runners with sub-one hour PBs led by Solomon Yego (58:44), Abraham Cheroben (58:48), Bedan Karoki (59:14), Daniel Wanjiru (59:20) and Edwin Kipyegon (59:30). From organisers.
Farah confirms 10k in Ostrava
OSTRAVA (CZE): Reigning world and Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah will race over 10,000m in the Ostrava Golden Spike on 28 June, informs organisers. At a press conference which was supported by Czech Tennis FedCup team playing this weekend against Spain in Ostrava it was confirmed that the 10 000 m will be staged at the IAAF World Challenge meet for first time since 2004 when Kenenisa Bekele achieved a World record 26:20.31, still 2nd best ever. Farah will compete for second time in his career at the meet after running here 5000 m back in 2008. "I’m pleased to announce my participation in the Emil Zatopek Memorial 10,000m at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on June 28. It will be my first time to compete in a track 10,000m race in Europe outside a major Championship. I know other athletes ran fast in Ostrava in the past and I hope the weather conditions will be conducive to a good performance. My major focus for 2017 is the IAAF World T&F Championships in London and this will be a good opportunity to run fast before then," said Farah in a statement.
LONDON (GBR): UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is "disappointed" they have not been contracted for this summer's World Championships in London, informs Sky Sports. The contract was instead given to German commercial company Professional Worldwide Controls. Samples conducted this summer will be tested in Ghent, Belgium instead of at the WADA laboratory at Kings College in London.
NAIROBI (KEN): World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto has said he is approaching his 2014 form as he begins his build-up to the Boston Marathon in April, informs RunBlogRun. "Since I broke the world record in 2014 through to 2016, my legs have not been able to respond well to training and I have had a number of injuries, but for now I feel that I am truly getting back to my 2014 form again,” he said.
NEW YORK (USA): Shannon Rowbury is enjoying training alongside Sifan Hassan at the Nike Oregon Project and believes it will push her to better performances on the track, informs RRW. “If I want to be consistently winning these world races then I'm going to have to train with women that can stick it to me in sessions. There's a big difference between pacers versus a competitor that you race against.[Sifan] is one of my main competitors, so it'll make her better. But I think it'll also make me better as well," she said. Rowbury and Hassan will go head-to-head in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile For Women on Saturday but Hassan has ruled out defending her 1500m title at the European Indoor Championships.
PARIS (FRA): Ladji Doucoure is aiming to bid farewell to competition at the French Indoor Championships next weekend, informs L’Equipe. Doucoure clocked 8.06 in Paris last night but will need to be ranked inside the top-16 domestically to gain a berth. "The idea was to do that here and recover. I’ll go to Metz or Eaubonne and I’ll see,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): Thiago Braz is aiming to be consistent around the six metre-mark this season before setting his long-term focus on the world pole vault record, informs Leichtathletik.de. "I want to stabilise this year in the area of six meters, then go in the direction of 6.10 meters and world record," he said.
BRUSSELS (BEL): European decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen looks set to miss the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade due to injury, informs sporza.be. The Belgian sustained an open wound above his knee in a crash in November which then developed some scar tissue. "He suffered a wound in an accident and the recovery is slower,” said his sister and manager Helen.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic 20km walk sixth-placer Tom Bosworth has emphasised he is aiming to move up to the 50km in 2018, informs Athletics Weekly. “I’m probably looking at 2018 because there’s no world competition. There’s the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, so I’ll do those and perhaps look at a 50km towards the end of that season,” he said.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): An extra session featuring the high jump finals has been added to the prospective timetable for next year’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs Athletics Weekly. The championships take place from 2-4 March but a new evening session on 1 March has also been added to the draft timetable and is set to feature the opening ceremony plus both men’s and women’s high jump competitions.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech European Indoor medalist 2015 in long jump Radek Juska will start later as expected after an injury into the indoor season. He hopes to compete at Czech National Championships on February 25-26 and wants to try to qualify for Belgrade.
TAMPERE (FIN): Norway´s hope and record holder Karsten Warholm will compete this weekend at Nordic Indoor Match in Tampere. His coach Leiv Olaf Alnes will then decided whether he till continue in the indoor season.
TOKYO (JPN): Silver medalist of Japanese 4x100 m from Rio Asaka Cambridge made a contract with Nike.
PARIS (FRA): 2014 World indoor champion in long jump Eloyse Lesueur will not continue in the indoor season due to her health situation.
MOSCOW (RUS): Athens Olympic champion in women long jump Tatyana Lebedeva, who was stripped of two silver medals from Beijing Olympics, became the public ambassador for XIX World Youth and Student Festival which will be held in Moscow in autumn 2017, informs the press service of the Volgograd region governor.
LEIPZIG (GER): For the German Indoor Championships during 18-19 February weekend only 150 tickets per day remained. The organisers are hoping that the event will be sold out.
GABORONE (BOT, Feb 5): Just a week after clocking 45.26 in Orapa, Karabo Sibanda won his second race of the season in 45.41. Botswana is planning to send 4x400m teams at the World Relay in Bahamas in April. Karabo Mothibi won the 100 m in 10.47 ahead of 400 m specialist Isaac Makwala 10.48.
MOGILYOV (BLR, Feb 8-9): Viktoriya Zakharchuk made double victory at Belarussian U20 indoor championships when she clocked 7.66 in the 60 m flat and 8.63 over hurdles. Violetta Skvortsova topped women long and triple jumps with 6.14m and 13.26m. Dzmitru Karpuk won men shot put with 19.60 (6kg implement).
OTROKOVICE (CZE, Feb 9): At indoor meet Belarus World U20 finalist from last year Maksim Nedaseka won with 217 indoor PB. Aiga Grabusta of Latvia leaped to 627 in long jump and 13.83 in triple.
TARTU (EST, Feb 9): At Martin Kutman Memorial Bosnian Mesud Pezer won the shot put with 20.32. Ksenija Balta won the 60 m in 7.34 and Ukrainian World U20 indoor pentathlon record holder Alina Shukh topped long jump with 610.
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