A look at some of the latest athletics news and results from the world of the sport, including a round-up of Copernicus Cup and ISTAF Indoor Berlin action
Baker 6.46 and Taplin 45.59 in Torun
After breaking the world 2000m record on Tuesday, Genzebe Dibaba came up short in her attempt to break her world indoor 1500m record of 3:55.17 at the Copernicus Cup IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Torun on Friday (February 10). The Ethiopian set a world-leading mark of 3:58.80 though, ahead of compatriot Axumawit Embaye (4:04.95) and Meraf Bahta (4:06.40), with home favourite Sofia Ennaoui fourth (4:06.59).
Ronnie Baker also set a world-leading mark of 6.46 in the 60m ahead of Chijindu Ujah (6.56), while world indoor champion Barbara Pierre ensured an American double in the women’s 60m in 7.13. Ezinne Okparaebo was given the same time (and initially given the win) with Gayon Evans (7.15) and Ewa Swoboda (7.21) third and fourth respectively.
Orlando Ortega lowered his Spanish 60m hurdles record to 7.48, while Croatia’s Andrea Ivancevic took a surprise win in the women’s sprint hurdles ahead of Jasmin Stowers, 7.96 to 7.99.
Joanna Jozwik broke the 18-year-old Polish indoor 800m record with a 1:59.29 world lead to win by two seconds, while there was an upset in the men’s 800m with Nicholas Kipkoech beating Adam Kszczot for the first time this year, 1:46.34 to 1:46.44. Bethwel Birgen won the men’s 1500m in 3:37.63 ahead of Marcin Lewandowski’s 3:38.24.
Elsewhere, Olympic final Bralon Taplin clocked a 45.59 world lead to defeat world indoor champion Pavel Maslak (45.80) in the 400m, Iga Baumgart clocked 52.17 to win the 400m, Sylwester Bednarek cleared 2.27m in the high jump, Anna Jagaciak leapt 13.97m in the triple jump while Nicole Buchler cleared 4.60m to win the pole vault (Lisa Ryzih no-heighted at 4.40m).
Spanovic 6.87m world lead in Berlin
European long jump champion Ivana Spanovic opened her season by going out to a world-leading 6.87m twice at the ISTAF Indoor Berlin on Friday (February 10) on the road to the European Indoor Championships on home soil in Belgrade.
Heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath went out to an indoor PB of 6.71m before improving in the sixth round to an outright PB of 6.76m ahead of Alexandra Wester (6.71m).
Piotr Lisek cleared 5.86m to win the pole vault before three attempts at 6.05m to defeat Olympic champion Thiago Braz (5.70m), with Raphael Holzdeppe third on countback.
Cindy Roleder set a PB of 7.85 in the 60m hurdles final (7.90 heat), with Pamela Dutkiewicz making it a German one-two, clocking a PB of 7.88 in the heat and final, ahead of Sally Pearson (7.91), Christina Manning (7.93) and Alina Talay (7.94).
Britain’s James Dasaolu won the men’s 60m in 6.57 from Kim Collins in 6.59, while Olesya Povh won the women’s 60m flat in 7.14 from Marie Jose Ta Lou’s 7.19. Balazs Baji won the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.60.
In a rare indoor discus, Christoph Harting achieved 63.84m ahead of Martin Wierig’s 62.67m.
NYRR Millrose Games
Excellent fields across the board, including 11 Olympic champions and 18 Rio medallists, have been assembled for the NYRR Millrose Games. Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz headlines the two miles where he will face a line-up including Mo Ahmed and Britain’s Andrew Butchart, who finished fourth and sixth respectively over 5000m at the Rio Olympics, as well as world indoor 3000m silver medallist Ryan Hill.
Olympic long jump champions Jeff Henderson and Tianna Bartoletta will headline the 60m line-ups, while Omar McLeod will make his season’s debut in the 60m hurdles.
Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller will face Natasha Hastings over 300m, while Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad faces Alysia Montano over 500m.
Other track highlights include Sifan Hassan’s head-to-head with Shannon Rowbury in the women’s mile, while world indoor 600m record-holder Casimir Loxsom faces Donovan Brazier over 1000m.
On the in-field, Olympic champion Derek Drouin headlines the high jump, while Olympic champion Ekaterini Stefanidi renews her rivalry with silver medallist Sandi Morris in the pole vault.
Kiplagat has eye on WR
Florence Kiplagat has said she might try and regain her world half-marathon record in Barcelona on Sunday if the wind isn’t too strong.
Kiplagat ran 65:09 in Barcelona in 2015 but that mark was beaten by Peres Jepchirchir at the RAK Half on Friday.
The line-up also includes Ethiopia’s Dibaba Kume and top Europeans Jessica Augusto, Fionnuala McCormack and Anna Incerti.
Top name in the men’s race is Chicago Marathon winner Abel Kirui.
With information from the IAAF.
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