A look at some of the top results and latest news from the world of athletics
Spanovic 6.85m at Serbia Open
Ivana Spanovic jumped 6.85m in the long jump at the Serbia Open for the third best result in the world this year indoors.
Romanian Ancuta Bobocel won the 3000m in 9:03.06 and behind her Amela Terzic clocked a Serbian record of 9:03.39.
Croatia’s Ivan Horvat cleared a national indoor pole vault record of 5.63m. More Croatian wins came for Zvonimir Ivaskovic with 6.71 in the 60m and Andrea Ivancevic with 8.03 over the hurdles. She was second in the flat race with 7.29 behind Slovenian champion Maja Mihalinec who equaled her PB of 7.26.
USA’s Jeff Porter got the men hurdles in 7.75 ahead of Vladimir Vukicevic of Norway with 7.76. Stipe Zunic of Croatia won the shot put with 20.54m ahead of Andrei Gag of Romania’s 20.25m.
Daunay at Paris Half
The Fitbit Paris Half Marathon on Sunday will have French European marathon champion Christelle Daunay as the top name for the women’s race. Against her will be two African athletes with sub-70:00 bests – Kenya’s Polline Wanjiku and Ethiopia’s Afera Godfay.
In the men’s race are set to be Cyprian Kotut, who has a PB of 59:12, and Edwin Rotich, with a 59:59 PB.
Azmeraw Mengistu is the top Ethiopian with 60:48, while the best European is Britain’s Callum Hawkins with a 62:42 best.
Seven medallists in seven events
France’s world pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie will be the top star of the last European Athletics Indoor Permit meet of the indoor season in Jablonec, Czech Republic on Saturday.
In the women’s 60m hurdles the full European Indoors podium will return with Alina Talay of Belarus plus British hurdlers Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon. Tiffany Porter is also set to race.
The men’s 60m will have the top two from Prague 2015 with Britain’s Richard Kilty and Germany’s Christian Blum.
Lavillenie, in his last test before Portland, will face home in-shape jumpers Jan Kudlicka and Michal Balner. Hungarian record-holder Balazs Baji will face tough US opposition in the men’s hurdles with Jeff Porter and Jarret Eaton in action.
A great duel is expected in the men’s shot put with IAAF World Indoor Tour winner Tim Nedow against double Olympic winner Tomasz Majewski, multiple junior medallist Konrad Bukowiecki and in-shape Tomas Stanek of Czech Republic.
The men’s long jump has European indoor silver medalist Radek Juska against British champion Dan Bramble and Bachana Khorava of Georgia who has improved this winter to 8.25m.
The women’s 60m has Michelle-Lee Ahye as the favourite.
Germany team for Portland
Twelve athletes have been named on the German team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland.
The roster includes medal contenders Max Hess in the triple jump, Tatjana Pinto in the 60m, Christina Hering in the 800m, Silke Spiegelburg in the pole vault and Alexandra Wester in the long jump.
The other team members on the men’s side are Martin Vogel for 60m hurdles, Tobias Dahm in the shot put and Mathias Brugger for the heptathlon. Carlo Paech is set to contest the pole vault after Raphael Holzdeppe has been ruled out due to injury.
On the women’s side is sprinter Chantal Butzek, Kristin Gierisch for triple jump and Lena Urbaniak for the shot put.
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