A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including a world-leading 6.53 60m by Reus in Erfurt and a 1.95m high jump win for Blanka Vlasic in Split
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European indoor bronze medallist Julian Reus was the star of the indoor meet in Erfurt as he won the 60m in a world-leading 6.53 to also equal the German record set by Sven Matthes in 1988. In second Christian Blum clocked 6.70.
Reus also won the 200m in 21.02. European cross country junior champion from Hyeres, Konstanze Klosterhalfen, won the 1500m in a European indoor junior record time of 4:09.79.
Erik Balnuweit clocked 7.75 in the 60m hurdles and Jenny Elbe got 13.76m in triple jump.
Vlasic opens with 1.95m
Blanka Vlasic started her season with a win in Split. She jumped three times, all first time clearances at 1.85m, 1.91m and 1.95m. She also had one attempt at a world-leading two meters. In second was Czech world youth champion Michaela Hruba who improved to a national junior record of 1.93m.
Boyd 4.77m Oceanian record
Two-time Commonwealth champion Alana Boyd cleared an Oceanian pole vault record height of 4.77m on the Sunshine Coast.
Eclipsing her own record of 4.76m, the clearance by the 31-year-old adds a fourth Rio 2016 qualifier to her resume and all but ensures that she will start at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland in March.
“It has been nearly four years since my last personal best, that’s so amazing. After years and years I have found improvement,” Boyd said.
Boyd will also be a regular starter on the Australian Athletics Tour, with her domestic schedule including competition at the Adelaide Track Classic, before two meets in New Zealand, the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge and the all-important Australian Athletics Championships and Nomination Trials. In second, Eliza McCartney from New Zealand cleared 4.61m.
Rupp for marathon trials
Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp announced through USATF.tv that he plans to run the Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles on February 13. He still plans to run at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland.
Karlsruhe opens Tour
The 2016 IAAF World Indoor Tour will get underway in a week with the Karlsruhe indoor meeting in Germany set to raise the curtain on this new series on Saturday February 6.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe commented: “The creation of the IAAF World Indoor Tour marks an exciting new way forward for international indoor athletics.
“With the overall event winners gaining US$20,000 and a wild card for the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, we are offering an increased incentive to our top stars to participate indoors.”
Top names for Dusseldorf
Stellar fields have been assembled for the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on February 3 (EA Indoor Permit). One of the best events on the programme is a loaded 3000m which features world indoor champion and meet record-holder Caleb Ndiku, Isaiah Koech (who ran 12:53.29 for 5000m in this meet in 2011), Paul Kipsiele Koech, Augustine Choge and Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew.
Other intriguing clashes on the track include Mike Rodgers and Kim Collins in the 60m; Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, Adam Kszczot and Alfred Kipketer in the 800m; Elijah Manangoi, Silas Kiplagat and European indoor champion Jakub Holusa in the 1500m and Orlando Ortega vs Garfield Darien in the 60m hurdles.
In the women’s 60m hurdles, world indoor champion Nia Ali faces world medallists Cindy Roleder and Alina Talay.
The two standout clashes on the in-field are Shawn Barber vs Raphael Holzdeppe in the pole vault and Ivana Spanovic vs Shara Proctor in the long jump.
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