International athletics news round-up including results from the Pole Vault Summit in Reno where Barber broke his own Canadian record

Barber over 6 meters

The National Pole Vault Summit at Reno’s Livestock Events Center saw the first 6.00m clearance by world champion Shawn Barber on his first attempt. It betters his own Canadian record and he became the ninth athlete to ever clear that barrier indoors.

The last athlete other than Renaud Lavillenie to go over 6 meters indoor was Steven Hooker back in 2010.

Finishing second, Seito Yamamoto achieved a Japanese indoor record of 5.77m. Third was Sam Kendricks with 5.65m and fourth another Japanese athlete, Hiroki Ogita, with 5.55m. In fifth, Victor Weirich also cleared 5.55m, the same mark as for the ‘B’ competition winner Mark Hollis.

The top three in the women’s elite competition cleared 4.71m. Winner Sandi Morris (her indoor best) over Greek European medalist Katerina Stefanidi and Mary Saxer (equalled her overall PB). Fourth was Kylie Hutson with 4.50m.

Shlyakhtin is new ARAF president

The new president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) is Dmitry Shlyakhtin, informs the All-Sport agency.

Shlyakhtin was elected unanimously. The only other candidate was steeple runner Maksim Karamashev. General secretary and IAAF council member Mikhail Butov and high jumper Aleksandr Shustov withdrew before the elections.

Top 800m fields for Dusseldorf

The Dusseldorf PSD Bank Meeting on February 3 is set to see two German 800m athletes who improved last year to sub-2 minutes, Fabienne Kohlmann and Christina Hering. They will meet European indoor champion Selina Buchel, plus Joanna Jozwik and Angelika Cichocka, who all also boast best times of under two minutes.

Meeting director Marc Osenberg has also managed to sign an interesting field of athletes for the men’s race over the same distance. On the starting line is set to be Adam Kszczot and Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse along with Alfred Kipketer, who will compete in his first ever major indoor meeting.

Australian athletes for World Half

Athletics Australia has selected a team of five runners for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on March 26. The women’s team is led by Eloise Wellings, who recently set a PB of 69:56 in Okayama and gained selection for the 10,000m at the Olympic Games. Jess Trengove, Cassy Fein and Milly Clark comprise a strong women’s team while Commonwealth marathon champion Michael Shelley will be the sole male representative.

House of Track

At the House of Track series meeting there were solid 3000m races by Matt Centrowitz (7:55.25) and Shannon Rowbury (8:53.52). Jordan Hasay won the women’s mile in 4:49.88.

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