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Monday, February 08, 2010

Weekly Awards

The performance of the week is a tie between LaVerne Jones-Ferrette for her 6.97 60 meters in Stuttgart on Saturday, and Blanka Vlašic for her 6’ 9” (2.06 m) high jump in Arnstadt on the same day.

Jones-Ferrette ran the fastest time in that event in eleven years, and is now #6 on the all-time list (#4 if you discount Marion Jones and Ekaterini Thanou). Vlašic’s jump is the fourth-best ever indoors, just 2 cm off the world indoor record.

Honorable mentions go to Aleksey Drozdov’s 6300-point heptathlon, Yelena Isinbayeva’s 15’ 11” (4.85 m) pole vault, and Tatyana Chernova’s 4855-point pentathlon. Tops by an American was Carmelita Jeter’s 7.09, run well in arrears of Jones-Ferrette.

The competition of the week was the women’s pole vault at Moscow’s Russian Winter meet. Seven of my top 20-ranked vaulters were in action there.

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