A look at some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including PSD Bank Meeting action and additions for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham

Photo finishes in Dusseldorf

At the 12th edition of the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Wednesday, 2000 spectators saw more than 130 athletes from 36 nations plus a number of world leading marks and one meeting record at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meet.

Poland’s 800m ace Adam Kszczot completed the dozen: The world silver medallist clocked a new world lead with 1:46.17 to celebrate his sixth win in a row here.

Kenyan Elijah Manangoi achieved another world lead in the men’s 1500m with 3:37.62 ahead of Bethwell Birgen’s 3:37.81.

There were some fast times in the men’s hurdles. In the heats, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde clocked a world lead of 7.53 and in the final there was another improvement for Orlando Ortega with a 7.51 world lead, the same time as achieved by runner-up Dimitri Bascou. There was a time of 7.53 for Garfield Darien and 7.62 for Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.

The final world lead of the day was the 2:00.91 by Joanna Jozwik in the women’s 800m. Here the reigning world champion Mariya Arzamasava finished fourth in 2:03.10.

Yunier Perez surprisingly won the 60m in 6.56, just edging super-vet Kim Collins also with 6.56 and newcomer on the European circuit, Jamaican Everton Clarke with 6.57. James Dasaolu was fifth in 6.63.

Double world indoor champion Pavel Maslak scored the fastest 400m time of 46.00, with Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin winning the other race in 46.25.

In the 3000m Kenyan Hillary Ngetich with 7:44.73 edged Ethiopian Dawit Wolde with 7:47.66.

The only meeting record came in the women’s pole vault, which was staged for the first time, as US olympic medallist Sandi Morris cleared 4.72m. After victory in Boston at the first meeting in the series, Patricia Mamona also won here with 14.11m ahead of German surprise Neele Eckhardt’s 14.09m PB.

Olympic medallist Anita Marton beat in the shot put European champion Christina Schwanitz, 18.17m to 18.13m.

Ukrainian former European indoor champion Olesya Povkh beat in the 60m finals world indoor champion Barbara Pierre 7.16 to 7.17. Third was Britain’s Asha Philip with 7.18 and fourth with a PB Germany’s Gina Luckenkemper with 7.19.

European champion Cindy Roleder won the hurdles final in 7.95 and equaled the European lead of Pamela Dutkiewicz who clocked 7.95 in the heats (in the final she was third with 7.99). Second was Alina Talay with 7.95 but the fastest time of the day was delivered by USA’s Christina Manning with 7.92 in the heats.

Ortega and Bascou for Birmingham

Olympic silver and bronze medallists Orlando Ortega (pictured above in action in Birmingham) and Dimitri Bascou have signed up for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18, informs organisers.

They will face Britain’s Andy Pozzi, who ran 7.56 at the Welsh Indoor Championships, and David Omoregie.

TUI Marathon Hannover

German Olympian Anja Scherl will contest the half-marathon which will be staged alongside the TUI Marathon Hannover on April 9, informs Leichtathletik.de. The half-marathon also doubles up as the German Championships for the distance.

Hofmann wins shot

Javelin thrower Andreas Hofmann (86.14m PB) won the shot put at the German University Indoor Championships with an 18.28m PB.

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