LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR, Jan 22): World champion Jessica Ennis at an open meeting here clocked seasons fastest for her 8.03 at 60 m hurdles. She followed with a sub par long jump of 6.16 (and three run throughs) but then was delighted with a huge overall personal best in the shot put 14.61. Her former best was 14.25 from last year Gotzis. Bernice Wilson won the 60 m with 7.31.
MOGILYOV (BLR, Jan 22): During second day of regional Mogilyov championships Anna Tashpulatova beat with 52.95 at 400 m experienced Svetlana Usovich (53.07). In 60 m finals Maksim Lynsha clocked 6.71 and Yulia Balykina 7.30. Anastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova leaped to 654 in long jump.
VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Jan 22): At Gubernator Cup meeting olympic winner Andrey Silnov started the season with 230 third attempt clearance. In women high jump Youth Olympic Games winner Mariya Kuchina cleared 190 (her indoor PB) ahead of 2004 olympic gold medalist Yelena Slesarenko (188). Maksim Sidorov again over 20 in the shot put with 20.12. In sprints Roman Smirnov achieved 21.16 at 200 m and last year Russian U23 100 m champion Aleksandr Shpaer improved hugely at 60 m from 6.78 to 6.69. European indoor winner from Torino Antonina Krivoshapka won her event 400 m in 52.84. Yulia Katsura was the best in the 200 m (23.49) and Svetlana Nabokina at 60 m (7.29). Olga Balayeva equalled her indoor PB in long jump (657) when former European champion Lyudmila Kolchanova was only third (610). Natalya Kutyakova got 14.04 in women triple and Anna Omarova 18.09 in women shot.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Jan 22): Kgosi Tsotsane won the 12 km at South African CC Trials in 37:57 ahead of defending champion Stephen Mokoka (37:58) in hot and humid conditions. Lebogang Phalula won women´s 8 km in 29:59 with her twin sister Lebo Phalula third 30:04. Between them Annarien Van Schalkwyk 30:00. Athletics South Africa confirmed they would announce the teams for the African Cross Country Championships in Cape Town on March 6 and the World Cross Country Championships in Spain next week.
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