A look at some of the latest athletics news and results, including Allyson Felix, Tori Bowie and Tianna Bartoletta announced for the Millrose Games 60m and a win for Shawn Barber in Cottbus
Felix 60m at Millrose Games
Olympic and world champion Allyson Felix is returning to the NYRR Millrose Games for the first time since she was a teenager to form part of a top 60m field.
It has been 11 years since Felix competed at the Millrose Games and since then she has won nine World Championships gold medals and four Olympic titles. She will run in New York on February 20 against Tori Bowie, Tianna Bartoletta and Jenna Prandini.
Vlasic to open in Split
The indoor high jump meeting in Croatia will see the start of the season by Blanka Vlasic. In Split her main rival will be another top Croatian jumper, Ana Simic. Also in the field is Turkish record-holder Burcu Yuksel, Uzbekistan’s Nadiya Dusanova, Ukrainian Iryna Herashchenko, Nigerian Doreen Amata, Bulgarian Venelina Veneva and Czech world youth champion from Cali, Michaela Hruba.
Airine Palsyte 1.97m WL, Shawn Barber wins
World pole vault champion Shawn Barber won the international jumping indoor meet in Cottbus with a 5.77m clearance in front of 2000 spectators. Behind him, top German of the day Carlo Paech cleared a 5.70m indoor PB and Czech outdoor record-holder Michal Balner also managed that height. In fourth was world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis with 5.60m.
In the women’s competition, Lithuanian record-holder Airine Palsyte cleared a world-leading 1.97m in the high jump and tried at two meters. Behind her, Spain’s Ruth Beitia placed second and Poland’s Kamila Licwinko third, both having cleared 1.94m. Britain’s Isobel Pooley cleared 1.91m in fourth while there was a tie for fifth between Germany’s Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Poland’s Urszula Gardzielewska, both also with 1.91m. German outdoor record-holder Ariane Friedrich marked her comeback with 1.88m in eighth.
Chris Kandu starts season
Britain’s Chris Kandu opened his indoor season with a 2.23m clearance at the Cologne indoor high jump meet with music.
“It felt little rusty. I wanted to jump more, but I hope it will come soon,” he said after finishing fourth in a solid international field.
He will next compete at the International High Jump Tour against world class athletes in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, on February 4 and Trinec, Czech Republic, on February 7.
“At these meets I want to improve my personal best,” said Kandu.
The 20-year-old was last year a medalist at the European Under-23 Championships and has an indoor best of 2.26m.
Marathoner Aleksandra Duliba handed doping ban
Marathon runner Aleksandra Duliba has been banned for two years for abnormalities in her biological passport. According to the IAAF’s latest doping sanctions list, the Belarusian is suspended until September 27, 2017, and loses all of her results from October 11, 2013, including her third-place finish from the 2013 Chicago Marathon, her sixth-place finish from the 2014 Boston Marathon where she set a national record of 2:21:29 and her runner-up finish from the 2014 Toronto Marathon.
Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia has been handed a lifetime ban after testing positive last August.
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