A round-up of some of the latest global athletics news

Korir runs 1:14.97 all-time best

The first day of the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque (January 20) saw something special in the men’s 600m as Kenyan Emmanuel Korir from the University of Texas at El Paso clocked in the favourable altitude the best ever indoor time for 600m with 1:14.97.

The previous best had been set by German Nico Motchebon, who clocked 1:15.12 in 1999 in Sindelfingen.

The week before on an oversized track in Nashville, Korir had clocked 1:46.50 for 800m in his first ever indoor race. His outdoor best is 1:46.94.

Beitia and Hortelano are Spanish AOTY

Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia and European 200m champion Bruno Hortelano were crowned Spanish athletes of the year 2016 at a gala ceremony on Saturday evening.

Top coach was named as Ramon Torralbo, who guides Beitia.

Top names in the under-23 category were Carlos Mayo and Cristina Lara, and in the under-20 category the winners were Alberto Gonzalez and Celia Anton.

Storl season opener

Two-time world shot put gold medallist David Storl opened the season with a throw of 20.66m. There was a fast double for sprinter Rebekka Haase at the regional championships with 7.20 and 23.37.

Hirson high jump

Pavel Seliverstau of Belarus won with an indoor PB of 2.28m at the international high jump meet in France.

Second was Britain’s Allan Smith with 2.25m. In a tie for third was Germany’s Eike Onnen and Italian Silvano Chesani with 2.21m.

6.61 by De Escofet

Britain’s Kyle de Escofet won the 60m in 6.61 at the international meet in Nantes to equal his PB.

Runner-up was France’s Ken Romain with a 6.71 PB.

Loic Desbonnes topped the hurdles in 7.71 ahead of Simon Krauss with 7.74. Laura Valette was best in the women’s hurdles with an 8.13 PB, while Czech world under-20 champion Michaela Hruba cleared 1.90m on her first attempt to win the high jump.

Kenya cross country

Augustine Choge claimed victory over 10km at the Kenyan Police Cross Country Championships, clocking 31:13 ahead of James Kitum (31:14) and Emmanuel Kiprono (31:15) while Mathew Kisorio finished seventh in 31:43.

Reigning world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor was a late withdrawal as he hasn’t fully recovered from a recent leg injury.

Guests Caroline Chepkoech (35:49) and Lucy Cheruiyot (36:10) were first and second with Paskalia Chepkorir claiming the title in third in 36:18.

Further back, two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat finished seventh in 37:02 and world under-20 steeplechase champion Caroline Chespol was ninth in 37:07.

At the Kenya Prisons Cross Country Championships, African cross country and 10,000m champion Alice Aprot won the 10km in 32:50 ahead of Pauline Kaveke (33:22) and Nancy Nzisa (33:39).

Bernard Muia won the men’s race in 29:32 from Justus Kangogo (29:35) and Cornelius Kangogo (29:43).

Reports from Kip Evans.

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