Gebrhiwet and Suhr on form in Boston, Bleasdale dominates in Moscow

World-leading marks and records galore at Boston Grand Prix, while vertical jumps provide highlights in Moscow

Jenn Suhr (Victah Sailer)

Three world-leading marks, a world junior record, two meeting records plus American high school and junior records were set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday.

Ethiopian teenager Hagos Gebrhiwet managed three birds, one stone, with his 7:32.87 in the men’s 3000m. The 18-year-old’s mark, a meeting record, 2013 world-lead and world junior record, was enough to see off Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp who crossed the line in a personal best time of 7:33.67, missing Bernard Lagat’s American record by just 1.24 seconds.

London 2012 pole vault champion Jenn Suhr (pictured) also impressed on Saturday, setting a world-leading 4.76m to take victory.

The vertical jumps also provided a highlight at the Russian winter meeting in Moscow on Sunday. 2012 World Indoor Championships bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale dominated with her vault of 4.75m, the second highest jump of the year behind Suhr’s clearance from the day before.

Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim cleared the world-leading height of 2.37m on his first attempt, but the London 2012 bronze medallist brought the bar down at a meeting record 2.40m.

Back at the Boston Grand Prix, there was plenty of top-class track action to keep the crowds entertained, with some surprises along the way.

Olympic long jump bronze medallist Janay DeLoach claimed victory in the 60m hurdles, storming out of the blocks to cross the line in a personal best of 7.97, 0.02 ahead of Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter.

The Porters were also represented in the men’s race, with Tiffany’s husband, USA’s Jeff Porter, taking the win in 7.62.

The women’s two miles was another interesting event, with three-time Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba winning the race in a world-leading 9:13.17. The Ethiopian, who is to make her marathon debut in London in April, admitted she had been hoping for a better time and thought the pacemaker would have gone faster in order that she might have come closer to breaking Meseret Defar’s meeting record of 9:10.50.

Further records were also broken in that race, with USA’s Mary Cain crossing the line in 9:38.68 to finish third and break Melody Fairchild’s 21-year-old US high school record of 9:55.92.

2011 world championship bronze medallist Matt Centrowitz was in control of the men’s mile, with the US middle-distance runner taking victory in 3:56.26.

Elsewhere, the Weltklasse meeting in Karlsruhe saw two-time Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar post a world-leading 8:35.28 for a meeting record in the women’s 3000m on Saturday.

The men’s race also saw a world-leading time set, with American Bernard Lagat winning the men’s 3000m in 7:34.71, the third-fastest mark of his career.

Back in the UK, Nigel Levine set a 200m PB of 20.93 at the Birmingham Games to go top of the UK rankings. His training partner Conrad Williams went second in the rankings with his indoor PB 21.18.

Asha Philip won the women’s 60m in 7.24, bettering the European indoor standard of 7.30 to put her top of the rankings. Olympic 400m medallist Christine Ohuruogu was third in 7.64.

Andrew Pozzi clocked 7.58 in the 60m hurdles heat in his first competition of 2013 and went on to run 7.91 in the final. The women’s 200m saw Margaret Adeoye produce a world-leading 22.98 in the semi final.

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