EME News February 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News February 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Oh, what a weekend. Three World Records, Millrose, USA Cross Country Championships, Husky Classic, Tyson Invitational and lots of other great meets from around America and the world. This has been the best weekends in both quantity and quality of the year so far. Check out EME News from the weekend to see all of the results from the best athletes in the world.

EME NEWS (FEB 16, 2014)
 
 
WR BY F. KIPLAGAT 1:05:12
BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 16): Unexpected World record in half marathon at the 24th edition of eDreams Mitja Marato de Barcelona. 26-year old 2010 Half Marathon world champion Florence Kiplagat improved the all-time best mark of Mary Keitany 1:05:50 at RAK HM in 2011 to 1:05:12. That means an improvement by 38 seconds. In ideal conditions 13 degrees and great atmosphere with 15 000 runners she started at 31:08 10 k split which was followed by 46:35 in the 15 km. She was helped by the peacemakers Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro. Second Briton Nicola Duncan 1:12:15 and third Paula Todos of Romania 1:16:40. Men winner Eliud Kipchoge former track World champion achieved 1:00:52. His splits 14:32, 28:50. Second Laban Mutai 1:01:19 and third Peter Emase 1:02:47. Florence Kiplagat: „This is a day not to forget for me. I’m so happy! The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pacemakers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job. I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day.“ Eliud Kipchoge: „Barcelona is one of the spots of reference in the Calendar. The temperature was perfect all the way through. The crowd cheering in the streets was very remarkable and we have to thank the enthusiasm of the organisation and the citizens.“ With the help of Alberto Stretti.
 
FIVE WORLD LEADS: LEER SURPRISE WANAMAKER WINNER, B. LAGAT GETS US RECORD
NEW YORK (USA, Feb 15): The 107th edition of the oldest international indoor meet in the world, the NYRR Millrose Games saw that 33-year-old American record was broken by a 39-year-old Bernard Lagat with 4:54.74, also a world lead and fifth best performer ever indoors (in total 5 world leads were registered). Four more runners dipped under 5 minutes, second Cam Levins with Canadian record 4:55.35. It is also best 2000 m race in depth in indoor history as first time five runners went under 5 minutes. In the Wanamaker Mile Will Leer won in 3:52.47 over Lawi Lalang 3:52.88 and Nick Willis 3:53.02. Fourth Nate Brannen Canadian record 3:54.32 and in farewell race Allan Webb 11th 4:06.11. High school star Mary Cain who lives in nearby Bronxville, N.Y. won the Women Wanamaker mile in 4:27.73 ahead of Treniere Moser 4:28.86 and Canadian Nicole Sifuentes 4:28.97, lifetime bests for both. Ajee Wilson held off a hard-charging Jenna Westaway of Canada to win the women’s 800 meters in 2:01.81 to 2:01.89, indoor bests for both. Iceland teen star Anita Hinriksdottir was fourth in 2:02.66. Terrence Trammell capped his career at the Armory with a fourth victory in 7.57 over the hurdles with Dominic Berger close second 7.57 PB and Decathlon star Ashton Eaton fourth in 7.67 (also 535 PB in pole vault). Long jump specialist Janay DeLoach Soukup is making a name for herself in the 60 m hurdles when she equaled the world lead in 7.91 PB ahead of Kristi Castlin 7.93, Brianna Theisen Eaton was 5th in 8.17 PB (also long jump PB 618). American Tori Bowie turned in a runner-up finish in the women‘s 60 meters, crossing in 7.14 for the fastest time by an American this season with winner Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad clocking national record 7.13. After winning in Boston last week, Marvin Bracy came back to win in the 60 m with an American-leading time of 6.50 PB with D´Angelo Cherry 6.54 second and Jamaican Kimmari Roach third in 6.59 PB. Favorites Ryan Bailey and Keston Bledman false started. In the 300 m fast lifetime bests for Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad 32.47 and US Manteo Mitchell 32.59. In women 300 m Bahamian Shaunae Miller clocked world leading, national record and fourth best performer ever 36.10 ahead of Francena McCorory 36.50 also PB. French European U23 champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse won the 1000 m in 2:17.63 WL ahead of Erik Sowinski 2:18.63 and world medalist Nick Symmonds 2:18.87. Kim Conley won the 3000 m in 8:48.35 PB with seven runners in total getting under 9 minutes. Lifetime bests for second Kenyan Betsy Saina 8:50.60, third Italian Margherita Magnani 8:51.81 and fourth Abbey D´Agostino 8:51.91. Olympian Maria Michta captured the National Championship in the women‘s USA 1-mile Walk, crossing the line in an even 6:19.00 as Canadian Rachel Seaman set a national record, finishing first in 6:17.29. The Men’s USATF Championship Mile Walk race was won by Andreas Gustafsson of Sweden in a time of 5:34.45 with World champion Rob Heffernan second in 5:39.75. On the field, American Mark Hollis, who won the pole vault the last time it was contested at the Millrose Games in 2010, was victorious again 560 cm. Canadian Mike Mason cleared 230 in the high jump to win and equaled his PB. French European champion Eloyse Lesueur leaped to high quality 686 in the long jump. The U.S. also swept the weight throws with Gwendolyn Berry 23.86 WL and Thomas Freeman 22.22. With the help from USATF web report.
 
BARSHIM 236
HUANGZHOU (CHN, Feb 16): Olympic and world medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar showed top shape when winning with 236 the Asian indoor title. He missed so his Asian indoor record only by 1 cm. Top result also during second day of the event also in women high jump as Uzbekistan´s Svetlana Radzivil cleared 196, new national record and tried at Asian Indoor record of 198. Second Zheng Xinjun 191. Another top result, the 8:43.16 NR win in the 3000 m by Maryam Jamal of Bahrain, second Betlhem Desalegn from UAE 8:46.54 (national indoor record) and third another Emirates runner Alia Mohamed Saeed 8:56.78. Mohamed Al-Garni at 3000 m (8:08.65) and Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla at 800 m (1:50.27) scored wins for Qatar. In shot put Om Prakash Singh of India 19.07 and in heptathlon Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan 5752 points. In women pole vault Japanese Tomomi Abiko 430 PB, in triple Anastasiya Juravlyeva 13.60 for Uzbekistan and Chinese Wang Qingling 4246 PB in pentathlon.
 
ETHIOPIAN WINS
HONGKONG (HKG, Feb 16): Pat Butcher informs that some shrewd investing by Ethiopians Feyera Gemeda and Rehima Kedir paid off handsomely when they won the men’s and women’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon netting 65 000 USD each in the process. Neither was on the list of official invitees, but they wagered over a thousand dollars each on air fares from their base in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, to the Chinese Special Administrative Region. Gemeda clocked 2:15:05 ahead of Bedada Abdisa 2:15:11 and best Kenyan of the day Elisha Kiprop 2:15:12. Favorite and title defender Julius Maisei was fifth in 2:15:45. Former World champion Luke Kibet 7th 2:16:42. Kedir won in 2:34:53, with pre-race favorite Misiker Mekonnin second in 2:35:05, and a third Ethiopian Shitaye Gemechu 2:35:18. On one of the most temperate days in race history, over 60,000 people took to the streets in the various races, with the overall prize money rising to 300 000 USD.
 
 
 
US SATURDAY RESULTS
 
 
GENEVA: At Spire Invite top 400 m 45.57 by Brycen Spratling on the oversized track here. Canadian World decathlon medalist Damian Warner won the 60 m hurdles in very good 7.69 PB. In the 200 m 20.74 for Carvin Nkanata and 20.84 for Spanish Bruno Hortelano, the track here is 300 m.
 
AIR FORCE ACADEMY: Mark Jelks used the altitude here for fast 6.58 at 60 m.
 
FAYETTEVILLE: World medalist Wallace Spearmon won the 200 m at Tyson Invitational with world leading 20.51 ahead of Estonian Marek Niit 20.63, national indoor record. Marcus Jackson cleared 227 in the high jump, Andrew Irwin 560 in the pole vault and triple world youth champ 2011 Latario Minns of Bahamas improved to 16.72. Good 4x400 m relays, LSU 3:04.60 and Texas 3:30.12.
 
BLOOMINGTON: Andrew Poore improved at Hoosier Hills indoor meet in the 3000 m to 7:50.31 ahead of De´Sean Turner 7:50.58. Molly Beckwith-Ludlow achieved 1:28.02 in the 600 m.
 
AMES: Edward Kemboi of Kenya used the oversized track here for fast 1:45.98 at 800 m during Iowa State Classic. Australian Jordan Williamsz won the mile in 3:56.84 and Hugh Graham jr. posted a double 6.66 with 46.60 at 60/400 m.
 
ALBUQUERQUE: At Don Kirby Invitational Canadian Aaron Brown confirmed top shape with 6.55 win. In other Brijesh Lawrence from St. Kitts 6.62. Olympic pole vault winner Jenn Suhr cleared 471 season best in the pole vault ahead of Mary Saxer 461. In the 400 m Jamaican Jermaine Brown 46.34 and fast hurdles 7.60 PB for Alec Harris over Demoye Bogle 7.66. Jasmine Todd clocked 7.24 in 60 m finals, but 7.18 PB in heats. Oregon was timed with world leading 3:30.08 in the 4x400 m.
 
COLLEGE STATION: Kamaria Brown clocked WL 22.80 in the women 200 m at the Texas Invitational. In other race Patricia Hall 23.23 ahead of Jessica Beard 23.28. Hall also won the 400 m in 52.00. In men 200 m fast 20.68 by Arman Hall, Antwan Wright won the 60 m in 6.63. Over the hurdles Eddie Lovett improved US Virgin Islands record to 7.69.
 
SEATTLE: At Husky Invitational Australian Steven Solomon clocked 46.42 in the 400 m, his country mate Kevin Batt clocked 7:52.15 in the 3000 m.
 
 
 
OTHER RESULTS
 
 
VERONA (ITA, Feb 16): Daniele Meucci and Valeria Straneo are Italian Half Marathon champions. With 8000 runners it was second biggest hm in the country. World marathon medalist Straneo clocked good 1:09:45 over European champion Anna Incerti 1:10:10 and Veronica Inglese 1:11:24. Kenyan guest topped the men race, William Kibor in 1:00:51 in front of Meucci 1:02:44. Third Ugandan Wilson Busienei 1:03:06. Fourth placed and second Italian Yassine Rachik in 1:03:18 ahead of Gianmarco Buttazzo 1:03:26 and Simone Gariboldi 1:03:46. With help of Alberto Stretti.
 
BOULDER (USA, Feb 15): Chris Derrick repeated as senior men’s champion, while Amy Van Alstine surprised the senior women’s field with her upset victory at the USA Cross Country Championships in Colorado. The USA Cross Country Championships are the second stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. Derrick clocked 36:14 at the 12 km ahead of Luke Puskedra 36:39 and Bobby Mack 36:43. USA Club Cross Country champion Joseph Gray and Sean Quigley finished 4-5 respectively in 36:58 and 37:02. In the women’s 8 km Van Alstine got 27:35 ahead of track World champion Jenny Simpson 27:57. Next places for Mattie Suver 28:01, Kellyn Johnson 28:13 and Alisha Williams 28:19.
 
KUMAMOTO (JPN, Feb 16): In the Kumanichi 30 km sub 1:30 for winner Yuma Hattori 1:28:52 and second Kenyan Johan Maina 1:29:55.
 
KUMAMOTO (JPN, Feb 16): Yuki Kawauchi scored another nice win at the Kumamoto Castle Marathon in good 2:10:15.
 
OHME (JPN, Feb 16): The Ohme 30 km road race was canceled due to snow.
 
KOBE (JPN, Feb 16): New Japanese walking record at the National Championships and also world lead 2014. Moscow 12th placer Yusuke Suzuki improved to great 1:18:17. Second Eiki Takahashi also excellent PB 1:18:43. Third Isau Fujisawa 1:20:03 PB ahead of Takumi Saito 1:20:21 and Koichiro Morioka 1:20:30.
 
SPALA (POL, Feb 15): At open meet Lukasz Parszczynski won the 2000 m in national record 5:05.63. Dominik Bochenek confirmed hurdles shape with 7.64 in heats and 7.73 in finals. Lukasz Krawczuk posted 33.67 over 300 m. In women events two interesting personal bests. In 300 m 38.08 for Malgorzata Holub and in 800 m 2:03.15 for Joanna Jozwik.
 
 
 
UPDATES
 
 
FLORO (NOR): For the sprint meet to add that second Dariusz Kuc of Poland also good quality 10.32 in the 100 m. In 60 m A final Kuc also won in 6.65 over Saidy Ndure also 6.65. In special bonus final the Ndure achieved again 6.65.
 
IRELAND (Athlone): The results were mistakenly taken from 2013 championships. Kelly Proper won this year 200 m in 23.75 PB and long jump with 635. Alex Wright won the 5000 m walk in 19:25.48 PB as Rob Heffernan was competing at the Millrose Games.


EME NEWS (FEB 16, 2014) UPDATE
 
 
WORLD RECORD ALSO AT 20 KM
BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 16): Florence Kiplagat during her all-time fastest half marathon achieved also superb 20 km split 1:01:56 what is also new world road record. Informs the IAAF. Previous mark of Mary Keitany 1:02:36 from her HM World record at Ras Al Khaimah in 2011. Kiplagat is scheduled to run the London Marathon in April. Please also correct the name of third Romanian to Paula Todoran.
 
SINTINICOLAAS 6242 WL
APPELDOORN (NED, Feb 16): European indoor champion from Goteborg Dutch Eelco Sintnicolaas won the national heptathlon title with world leading 6242 points (8.16, 540 and 2:42.21 on Sunday). Second Belgian Thomas Van der Plaetsen with 6188 points new national record (8.16 - 530 - 2:44.64 on Sunday). Both are now having good chances for Sopot invitation. Only third Trey Hardee from USA with final score 5959 points (7.90 - 500 and only 3:15.16). Myrte Goor won the pentathlon title with 4330 points lifetime score.
 
MASLAK 20.52 IN THE 200 M
PRAHA (CZE, Feb 16): Pavel Maslak again surprised everybody after winning the 60 m on Saturday. During second day of Czech National Indoor championships In the 200 m heat fast 20.71 pb and in the final exploded to 20.52 new national indoor record and second best in the World this year. His outdoor national record is only slightly faster with 20.49. Denisa Rosolova was also solid in women 200 m with meet record 23.43. Jakub Holusa confirmed good shape with 1:48.07 win at the 800 m. Jaroslav Baba cleared 225 in the high jump, Michal Balner 560 in the pole vault and Tomas Stanek 19.64 in the shot put.
 
 
 
INJURY DEPARTMENT
 
 
DONETSK (UKR): After his attempt at 621 cm fresh World record holder Renaud Lavillenie fell and injured himself. The 27 year old cut the inside of his foot and was administered 12 stitches in Donetsk hospital. While this injury will rule him out of the French championships in Bordeaux and meet in Metz, Lavillenie believes that he will be ready for Sopot; “I still have three weeks to get prepared and I do not want to give up, even on one leg I will give all I have.” Final decision about Sopot will be made after examinations.
 
LEVERKUSEN (GER): Pole vault World champion Raphael Holzdeppe announced he will no longer compete in the indoor season. He said summer is more important than winter. His back problems are over, but he still said no competitions in next weeks.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): European indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut injured himself in the 60 m final in Birmingham with pain behind his left thigh. He will do an MRI on Tuesday. But Vicaut anyway did not plan to compete at French nationals or at World Indoors in Sopot. Birmingham was planned as his only indoor meet.
 
APPELDOORN (NED): British talent Katarina Johnson-Thompson admitted she was „absolutely devastated“ after being forced out of her qualifying competition for the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships next month through illness. She was supposed to compete as guest at the Dutch championships on Sunday. She ran the 60m hurdles (8.53) before pulling out. She revealed last week she had a cold. She still could have a chance with IAAF invitation.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British champion and Birmingham winner (with world leading 6.47 in heats) James Dasaolu suffered an injury scare with just three weeks to go until the World Indoor Championships as he left the track at Birmingham‘s National Indoor Arena on a wheelchair with an ice pack on his left hamstring. The seriousness of the injury is not known, but the setback could not have come at a worse time for the Londoner. British media are writing. British selectors will decide on Tuesday about the team composition for Sopot.
 
 
 
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (senior, Feb 16)
 
 
SERBIA (Novi Sad): Best result of second day by Asmir Kolasinac with 20.61 in shot put, he missed his national record only by 3 cm.
 
ROMANIA (Bucuresti): Daniela Stanciu cleared 192 in the high jump during second day. Excellent long jumping by Alina Rotaru 668 and World youth champion Florentina Marincu great PB 667.
 
SWITZERLAND (Magglingen): Lea Sprunger with 23.48 in the 200 m achieved the best result of 2nd day of championships. Selina Buchel in heats 2:03.52 in the 800 m and British guest Nathan Douglas 16.13 in triple jump.
 
IRELAND (Athlone): Amy Foster 7.32 in the 60 m and Thomas Barr 47.05 in the 400 m were the best results of second day of the national champs.
 
PORTUGAL (Pombal): Eva Vital won the hurdles with 8.16 and missed her national record only by 0.03. Rasul Dabo clocked in men hurdles 7.79. But the best result of second day was 20.41 in shot put by Marco Fortes. Patricia Mamona achieved 13.94 in triple jump and Maria Leonor Tavares cleared 444 cm in pole vault, new national indoor record.
 
 
 
OTHER OUTDOOR RESULTS
 
 
YAMAGUCHI (JPN, Feb 16): A month earlier than usual due to March‘s World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen this year‘s 42nd running of the National Corporate Half Marathon and 10 km Championships was fast all around, with PB times from virtually everyone in the top in all three divisions. The men‘s and women‘s half marathons played out with very similar plot lines. Kenyan Daniel Gitau won the men race in 1:00:59 life-time best ahead of Masato Kikuchi 1:01:17 and Sota Hoshi 1:01:18, for both personal bests. Top 8 went sub 1:02. Another career best for Tomomi Tanaka winning the women in 1:09:24 over Risa Takenaka who debuted at the distance with 1:10:10. In the 10 km Kasumi Nishihara clocked course record 32:27.
 
MURCIA (ESP, Feb 16): Julia Takacs won the Spanish 20 km walk title in 1:29:08 ahead of Raquel Gonzalez 1:30:18 and Maria Jose Poves 1:30:50. In men 35 km (staged instead of 50 km) Marc Tur was the clear winner in 2:36:34 over Alvaro Martin 2:37:17 and Lithuanian Tadas Suskevicius 2:38:06. Sixth place for super veteran Jesus Angel Garcia (44) 2:40:21. Diego Garcia won the junior 10 km 42:10 and Manuel Bermudez the youth 10 km 42:21.
 
COCHABAMBA (BOL, Feb 15): During first day of 18th South American walking championships Rolando Saquipay of Ecuador won the 20 km walk in 1:26:36 ahead of Bolivian Marco Antonio Rodriguez 1:27:16. Overall second was Olympic medalist Eric Barrondo of Guatemala 1:26:42 who competed as guest. In women 20 km gold for Kimberley Garcia of Peru 1:35:34 ahead of home Claudia Balderrama 1:36:25 and another Bolivian Wendy Cornejo 1:37:11. In the youth girls 10 km Karla Jaramillo of Ecuador won in 49:22. In juniors 10 km Pablo Rodriguez Pardo of Bolivia got 44:45.
 
WAITAKERE (NZL, Feb 16): Portia Bing won the New Zealand heptathlon title with 5695 points, Japanese guest Keisuke Ushiro topped the decathlon 7885 points.
 
ROTSELAAR (BEL, Feb 16): The Vlaanderen Championships were the 6th leg of Lotto CrossCup series. Almensch Belete won the women 6.3 km in 20:39 over Veerle Dejaeghere20:46. Jeroen D´Hoedt topped men 9.8 km in 28:19 over Abdi Bashir 28:27 and Koen Naert 29:03. Miler Pieter-Jan Hannes won the 2.8 km in 8:00.
 
SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Feb 15): Top hammer youth mark with 5 kg implement by Bence Halasz 81.15 m.
 
 
 
OTHER INDOOR RESULTS
 
 
TORONTO (CAN, Feb 15): Fast life-time best at 60 m here for Jason Rogers of St. Kitts 6.52. That is only 0.02 behind Kim Collins´s national record. Second TJ Lawrence 6.60 PB and third Dontae Richards-Kwok 6.63 PB. In the women 60 m also fast 7.23 personal best by Flings Owusu-Agyapong of Ghana.
 
MONTREAL (CAN, Feb 15): At Redmen’s McGill indoor meet Jamaican Sheri-Ann Brooks clocked 7.31 in the 60 m. In the 300 m Segun Makinde 33.41.
 
SAO CAETANO DO SUL (BRA, Feb 16): In a rare indoor competition in Brazil home sprinter Franciela Krasucki twice improved the South American 60 m record. In heats 7.23 and in the final 7.19. World finalist Bruno de Barros was the fastest in men 60 m 6.74. Eder de Souza won the hurdles 7.80. In long jump Tiago Silva 782 cm.
 
NOVOCHEBOKSARSK (RUS, Feb 15): Aleksandr Butvina won with 4412 points the Russian pentathlon title ahead of Yana Panteleyeva 4260. Pavel Rudnev topped the heptathlon with 6022 personal best ahead of Maksim Faizulin 5905 and Yevgeniy Sarantsev 5856.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 16): At Birmingham Games Jodie Williams won the 60 m in 7.33, Max Eaves cleared 550 in the pole vault and Jamaican guest Edino Steele run a solo race with 47.07 in the 400 m.
 
BRATISLAVA (SVK, Feb 16): Brazilian guest Felipe dos Santos won the Slovak heptathlon champs with 5676 score.
 
WIEN (AUT, Feb 16): Dominik Siedlaczek scored 5635 points PB to win Austrian heptathlon title. Norwegian guest Ida Marcussen was the best in pentathlon 4170. In invitation 60 m hurdles Beate Schrott got 8.21.
 
BUDAPEST (HUN, Feb 16): Ukrainian guest Alyona Fyodorova scored 4596 points in pentathlon at the Hungarian CE Championships. Her results: 8.65 - 175 - 15.34 - 634 - 2:17.61. With this result she is third in current world lists and a good contender for Sopot invitation. Former World and European medalist Attila Zsivoczky won heptathlon at age of 36 with 5448 points.
 
ANTEQUERA (ESP, Feb 15): Borja Vivas got here 20.03 in the shot put, in San Sebastian Carlos Tobalina 20.02 personal best.
 
SANTANDER (ESP, Feb 15): European champion Ruth Beitia cleared 194 cm in an open meet in high jump.

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