FBK Hengelo Games, Five World Leaders! by Bob Ramsak, Complete Results by IAAF

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Our fearless track and field globetrotter Bob Ramsak gives us his impressions of the FBK Henglelo Meeting. One thing to note, Irving Saldino's tremendous jump of 8.73 meters is a 28 feet, 7.7 inches! Best jump in the world in 14 years! Watch for some long jump battles in Beijing!

Note also that Matt Tegankamp ran 13:28.7 in the 5,000 meters for tenth place and Lo Lo Jones ran 12.87 for the hurdles, which she won!

TRACK PROFILE Report #755
24-May-2008

SALADINO, JELIMO AND GEBRSELASSIE MAKE A SPLASH IN HENGELO

By Bob Ramsak
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HENGELO, The Netherlands -- A phenomenal 8.73m leap by Irving Saladino, Haile Gebrselassie’s impressive return to the track, and a break-out performance by Kenyan teenager Pamela Jelimo were the key highlights of the 26th Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo today.

Indeed, on an ideal evening for athletics at FBK Stadium, the European kick-off of the IAAF World Athletics Tour witnessed a majestic melding of the best of the sport’s recent past with a sensational glimpse into its immediate future.

-- Saladino’s leap into the all-time top-10 --

The 25-year-old Panamanian, already the finest current long jumper in the world, made his entrance into the all-time top-10 in impressive style with an 8.73m leap in the competition’s first round. It was the farthest leap in the world in 14 years, and an Area record. Only six men have ever jumped farther, and only three of those without the benefit of high altitude. It was also the reigning World champion’s 21st consecutive victory.

“I was quite surprised,” said Saladino, whose previous career best was 8.57m. “After I jumped 8.50 it was like a dream, now it is even more amazing.”

After bounding dangerously close to the end of the pit last year, organisers moved the take-off board two metres back this year. Sporting a wide smile, Saladino said, “I was very happy that the organizers changed the position of the board this year.” Saladino took only three jumps, saving his energy, he said, for the Olympic Games.

Saladino will compete at next weekend’s DKB-ISTAF meet in Berlin, where he’ll begin his chase for a share of the US $1 million ÅF Golden League Jackpot.

Godfrey Mokoena of South Africa, the world indoor champion, was a distant second with an 8.35m leap, albeit with an assisting +2.3 m/s wind.

-- Haile one step closer to fourth Olympic appearance --

14 years after setting his first World record on the Hengelo track, Gebrselassie returned to the venue in the role of sentimental favourite in the 10,000m, but in reality as an underdog in his quest to achieve a qualifying performance in the event for Beijing.

Under the assumption that reigning Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele has already secured on team berth, “Mr. Hengelo” needed to finish at least second among the formidable group of Ethiopians in the field in order to be considered for the Beijing squad, and he fulfilled his goal in quite impressive fashion, giving selectors plenty to think about.

Running near the front throughout, Gebrselassie followed Olympic silver medallist and compatriot Sileshi Sihine for much of the proceedings, and in the latter stages, when only the pair, along with Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Leonard Patrick Komon remained in contention, he even took his turn with the lead.

The younger Sileshi’s kick didn’t disappoint as he cruised to a 26:50.53 victory, but Gebrselassie wasn’t far behind, gliding to a runner-up finish in 26:51.20. They were the two quickest performances of the year and for Gebrselassie, a major step towards Beijing.

“Running under 27 minutes was my goal,” said Gebrselassie, now 35, who won back-to-back Olympic titles in the event in 1996 and 2000 before finishing fifth in 2004. “Now we have to wait and see the results from a few other 10,000m races over the next few weeks. And then the federation will decide.”

Kipchoge (26:54.32) and Komon (26:57.08) both also dipped under 27 minutes while Gebre Gebremariam, the recently-minted African champion, struggled in the waning stages and finished a distant seventh in 27:20.65.

-- Jelimo – A star is born --

While Gebreselassie received much of the ovations, the vociferous capacity crowd at Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadium witnessed the birth of a new star in the frame of Kenyan Pamela Jelimo.

After making waves with her 1:58.70 victory at the African Championships in the high altitude of Addis Ababa last month, the 19-year-old burst onto the international scene here with a jaw-dropping 1:55.76 victory, by far the evening’s most impressive display of running. Powering to the front down the back stretch, Jelimo stretched her lead through the bend and extended it down the homestretch, slowing little through the finish.

Her reward was a World junior record *, smashing the 1:57.18 set by China’s Yuan Wang in Beijing in 1993. And Jelimo’s initial reaction?

“I’m very happy,” said Chelimo, who won by nearly seconds over Maryam Jamal (1:58.66), the reigning world 1500 metre champion. “Next time I think I can go much faster.” A former sprinter, Jelimo only took up the event three months ago. After crossing the line, she said, she had plenty in reserve.

The waning stages of her run were reminiscent to Janeth Jepkosgei’s gun-to-tape Kenyan record of 1:56.04 at last summer’s World championships. Except Jelimo was considerably faster. Both are expected to race at the AF Golden League opener in Berlin on 1 June.

Lucia Klocova of Slovakia was third (1:59.76) with Dutchwoman Yvonne Hak fourth with a personal best 2:00.10.

-- World 5000m leads for Bekele, Burka --

Kenenisa Bekele won the 5000m handily, but fell well short of his World record of 12:37.35 set on this track four years ago. The Ethiopian was already alone seven minutes into the race, reaching the 3000m split in 7:44.17, seven seconds behind his intended target. With no opposition, he went on to cruise towards the finish, crossing the line in 12:58.94, another world leader on the afternoon. Kenyan Edwin Soi was a distant second in 13:13.88.

Recently-minted African 1500m champion Gelete Burka made her first 5000m appearance of the season a notable success. Taking the lead at the bell, the 22-year-old Ethiopian broke from a strung out pack of ten to cruise to a solid 14:45.84 victory.

“The race was very good,” she said, adding that a win over compatriot Meselech Melkamu was an added bonus. “Yes, I’m very happy with that.”

Meselech Melkamu was second (14:46.25), with Belaynesh Fikadu (14:46.84) completing an Ethiopian top-3 sweep. Masai was rewarded with her mid-race front-running with a 14:47.14 PB, finishing fourth ahead of Priscah Jepleting (14:50.98). Despite the afternoon’s strong winds, eight of the first 11 ran to career bests.

-- Asian Discus Throw record for Hadadi --

23-year-old Ehsan Hadadi of Iran, the 2006 World Cup silver medallist, broke his own Area record in the Discus Throw with a 68.52m effort in the second round, taking a small slew of major scalps: Gerd Kanter (68.28), Virgilijus Alekna (66.82) and Dutchman Rutger Smith (64.90).

In other throws action, twice World indoor Shot Put champion Christian Cantwell won his fourth outdoor meeting in as many outings with a 20.88m best ahead of German Peter Sack (20.60). In the women’s event, German Nadine Kleinert bested compatriot Petra Lammert 19.64m to 19.00m.

The meeting kicked off in the afternoon with the men’s Hammer Throw, won by world leader Krisztian Pars. The 26-year-old Hungarian opened with a 79.45m effort, which would have been enough to secure his third victory of the season, but he improved further to 79.93 in the fourth round. Vadim Devyatovskiy of Belarus was a distant second, with a 77.85m best, edging Italy’s Marco Lingua (77.72).

-- Elsewhere...

Unheralded Dutchman Robert Lathouwers pulled of an impressive upset with his 1:45.80 victory, taking down some major players including reigning World champion Afred Kirwa Yego (third in 1:46.06) and Moroccan Amine Lallou (1:46.02). It was a personal best for the 24-year-old from Rotterdam, and his first dip into sub 1:46 territory.

Richard Mateelong turned in an impressive win in the 3000m Steeplechase, a solid performance not necessarily indicative by his 8:13.00 clocking. Fellow Kenyan Benjamin Kiplagat was second (8:14.29), a personal best.

The winds played a significant role throughout the early afternoon, beginning with the hurdles contests.

Pulling away from Jamaican Vonette Dixon by hurdle six, Lolo Jones forged to a comfortably 12.87 victory in the 100m Hurdles, a solid performance considering the strong headwind.

“I had a strong headwind which didn’t help after just stepping off the plane from America,” said Jones, who captured the World indoor 60m hurdles title in Valencia in March.” Although the wind reading was officially listed as 0.00, Jones didn’t agree. Jones is planning a full slate of races prior to the U.S. Olympic trials late next month. Stops in Belgrade, the Berlin and Oslo ÅF Golden League stops, and the Golden Spike in Ostrava are all on her busy schedule. “It’s good that I can come to Europe to run a bunch of races back-to-back to get my rhythm.”

The men too ran against a hefty 1.7 m/s wind, with Marcel Van de Westen coping best. The 31-year-old Dutchman pulled off a minor upset with his 13.46 victory, well ahead of American Ryan Wilson (13.62).

In the sprints, Kim Geveart edged Chandra Sturrup in the 100m 11.25 to 11.27. Briton Lee McConnell took the 400m in 51.66, a meeting record. Churandy Martina from the Dutch Antilles took an easy victory in the men’s 200m in 20.50, running against a 2.0 m/s wind. Briton Marlon Devonish was a distant second in 20.89; no other runners managed to dip under 21 seconds.

Germany’s Fabian Schulze won the Pole Vault on the countback with a first round clearance at 5.60m, and Canadian Nicole Forrester won the High Jump on the countback as well, clearing 1.93m.

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24/05/2008

FBK-Games
Hengelo, 24/05/2008


Men' results

200 Metres - Men Wind: -2.0 m/s
Pts
1 Martina , Churandy AHO 20.50 10
2 Devonish , Marlon GBR 20.89 8
3 Beyens , Kristof BEL 21.27 7
4 van Luijk , Patrick NED 21.29 6
5 Douglas , Caimin NED 21.44 5
6 Hoogmoed , Guus NED 21.44 4
7 Jedrusinski , Marcin POL 21.57 3
8 Osovnikar , Matic SLO 21.99 2

800 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Lathouwers , Robert NED 1:45.80 10
2 Laalou , Amine MAR 1:46.02 8
3 Yego , Alfred Kirwa KEN 1:46.06 7
4 Chepkirwok , Abraham UGA 1:46.30 6
5 Lewandowski , Marcin POL 1:46.62 5
6 Kamel , Yusuf Saad BRN 1:46.70 4
7 Letting , Edwin KEN 1:46.88 3
8 Ellis , Sam GBR 1:48.72 2
9 Schumann , Nils GER 1:49.25
10 Kiptanui , Timothy KEN 1:50.02
Mwera , Samwel TAN DNF

5000 Metres - Men

1 Bekele , Kenenisa ETH 12:58.94
2 Soi , Edwin Cheruiyot KEN 13:13.88
3 Longosiwa , Thomas Pkemei KEN 13:14.36
4 Jeilan , Ibrahim ETH 13:15.12
5 Ebuya , Joseph KEN 13:18.25
6 Kusuro , Geofrey UGA 13:18.38
7 Kiprotich , Stephen UGA 13:23.70
8 Cheboiywo , Boaz KEN 13:24.29
9 Mbishei , Titus Kipjumba KEN 13:27.54
10 Tegenkamp , Matthew USA 13:28.52
11 Marofit , Mourad MAR 13:30.90
12 Abshero , Ayele ETH 13:35.83
13 El Aamri , Khalid MAR 13:40.76
14 Warga , Sahle ETH 13:41.49
15 Gerbaba , Shume ETH 13:45.21
16 Lamiso , Legese ETH 13:53.49
17 Assafa , Biri ETH 13:54.56
18 McCormick , Nick GBR 14:11.64
Wendimu , Mulugeta ETH DNF
Sang , Isaac Kipruto KEN DNF
Ndiwa , Cornelius KEN DNF
Detert , Rob NED DNF

10,000 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Sihine , Sileshi ETH 26:50.53 10
2 Gebrselassie , Haile ETH 26:51.20 8
3 Kipchoge , Eliud KEN 26:54.32 7
4 Komon , Leonard Patrick KEN 26:57.08 6
5 Kiprop , Boniface UGA 27:19.26 5
6 Naasi , Fabiano Joseph TAN 27:19.72 4
7 Gebremariam , Gebre-egziabher ETH 27:20.65 3
8 Kipruto , Silas KEN 27:26.31 2
9 Wondimu , Eshetu ETH 27:29.31 1
10 Abdullah , Ahmad Hassan QAT 27:35.67 1
11 Rashed , Essa Ismail QAT 27:37.71 1
12 Kipyego , Bernard Kiprop KEN 27:49.14 1
13 Assefa , Raji ETH 28:01.34
Lamdassem , Ayad ESP DNF
Zaman , Sultan Khamis QAT DNF
Busienei , Wilson UGA DNF
Dinkesa , Abebe ETH DNF
Jansen , Guus NED DNF
Kosgei , Joseph KEN DNF
Salem , Gamal Belal QAT DNF

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men
Pts
1 Mateelong , Richard Kipkemboi KEN 8:13.00 10
2 Kiplagat , Benjamin UGA 8:14.29 8
3 Kosgei , Reuben KEN 8:16.72 7
4 Kipruto , Brimin Kiprop KEN 8:18.06 6
5 Mekhissi-Benabbad , Mahiedine FRA 8:18.42 5
6 Kipyego , Michael KEN 8:22.21 4
7 Ali , Thamer Kamal QAT 8:25.71 3
8 Zouaoui Dandrieaux , Vincent FRA 8:27.97 2
9 Lemoncello , Andrew GBR 8:28.17 1
10 Abdi , Youcef AUS 8:28.81 1
11 Desmet , Pieter BEL 8:33.07 1
12 Lakhal , Irba FRA 8:33.25 1
13 Keskisalo , Jukka FIN 8:37.74
14 van Koolwijk , Krijn BEL 8:53.64
Maggidi , Itai ISR DNF
Chemweno , David Biwott KEN DNF
Lamiso , Legese ETH DNS

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Wind: -1.7 m/s
Pts
1 van der Westen , Marcel NED 13.46 10
2 Wilson , Ryan USA 13.62 8
3 Sedoc , Gregory NED 13.63 7
4 Walker , Joshua USA 13.75 6
5 Scott , Allan GBR 13.76 5
6 Porter , Jeff USA 13.86 4
7 Bascou , Dimitri FRA 14.00 3
8 Hughes , Robby USA 16.47 2
MacLeod , Jared CAN DNS

Pole Vault - Men
Pts
1 Schulze , Fabian GER 5.60 10
2 Rans , Kevin BEL 5.60 8
3 Spiegelburg , Richard GER 5.60 7
4 Hartwig , Jeff USA 5.50 6
5 van Wengerden , Wout NED 5.50 5
6 Börgeling , Lars GER 5.50 4
7 Straub , Alexander GER 5.40 2.50
7 Jeng , Alhaji SWE 5.40 2.50
9 Lobinger , Tim GER 5.40
10 Ecker , Danny GER 5.40
11 Blom , Rens NED 5.30
12 Chiaraviglio , Germán ARG 5.30

Long Jump - Men
Pts Wind
1 Saladino , Irving PAN 8.73 10 +1.2
2 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso RSA 8.35 8 +2.3
3 Pate , Miguel USA 8.04 7 +0.8
4 Morgan , Nathan GBR 8.01 6 +2.1
5 Nima , Issam ALG 7.99 5 +2.1
6 Tomlinson , Christopher GBR 7.85 4 +0.2
7 Novotný , Roman CZE 7.63 3 +1.6
8 Rosiak , Michal POL 7.59 2 +0.4
9 Starzak , Marcin POL 5.80 +0.4

Shot Put - Men
Pts
1 Cantwell , Christian USA 20.88 10
2 Sack , Peter GER 20.60 8
3 Armstrong , Dylan CAN 20.24 7
4 Smith , Rutger NED 19.98 6
5 Bialou , Yury BLR 19.62 5
6 Roberge , Jesse USA 18.76 4
7 van der Donk , René NED 17.84 3
8 Cardol , Eddy NED 17.83 2
Johnson , Garrett USA NM

Discus Throw - Men
Pts
1 Hadadi , Ehsan IRI 68.52 10
2 Kanter , Gerd EST 68.28 8
3 Alekna , Virgilijus LTU 66.82 7
4 Smith , Rutger NED 64.09 6
5 van der Bilt , Mike NED 57.06 5
6 Cadee , Erik NED 56.99 4
Balliengo , Jorge ARG NM
Tammert , Aleksander EST NM
Kövágó , Zoltán HUN NM

Hammer Throw - Men
Pts
1 Pars , Krisztián HUN 79.93 10
2 Devyatovskiy , Vadim BLR 77.85 8
3 Lingua , Marco ITA 77.72 7
4 Ziólkowski , Szymon POL 76.49 6
5 Al-Zinkawi , Ali Mohamed KUW 76.30 5
6 Karjalainen , Olli-Pekka FIN 74.78 4
7 Konopka , Miloslav SVK 73.94 3
8 Rubanko , Artem UKR 72.18 2
9 Zagornyi , Aleksey RUS 71.14


Women' results

100 Metres - Women Wind: -0.7 m/s
Pts
1 Gevaert , Kim BEL 11.25 10
2 Sturrup , Chandra BAH 11.27 8
3 Kwakye , Jeanette GBR 11.29 7
4 Williams , Angela USA 11.33 6
5 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 11.34 5
6 Durst , Stephanie USA 11.50 4
7 Turner , Laura GBR 11.60 3
8 Okparaebo , Ezinne NOR 11.64 2
9 Korczynska , Daria POL 11.68

400 Metres - Women
Pts
1 McConnell , Lee GBR 51.66 10
2 Cuddihy , Joanne IRL 51.98 8
3 Davis , Kia LBR 52.04 7
4 Williams , Clora JAM 52.21 6
5 Prokopek , Grazyna POL 52.87 5
6 Schulte , Annemarie NED 52.96 4
7 Petráhn , Barbara HUN 53.07 3
8 Bejnar , Monika POL 53.34 2

800 Metres - Women
Pts
1 Jelimo , Pamela KEN 1:55.76 10
2 Jamal , Maryam Yusuf BRN 1:58.66 8
3 Klocová , Lucia SVK 1:59.76 7
4 Hak , Yvonne NED 2:00.10 6
5 Aït Hammou , Mina MAR 2:00.46 5
6 Meadows , Jennifer GBR 2:00.64 4
7 Valdonado , Laetitia FRA 2:01.78 3
8 Langerholc , Brigita SLO 2:02.13 2
9 Burnett , Marian GUY 2:02.85
10 Jelagat , Irene KEN 2:04.37
11 Setowska-Dryk , Ewelina POL 2:05.24
12 Mulder , Machteld Anna NED 2:05.83
Trauth , Kathrin GER DNF

5000 Metres - Women
Pts
1 Burka , Gelete ETH 14:45.84 10
2 Melkamu , Meselech ETH 14:46.25 8
3 Fikadu , Belaynesh ETH 14:46.84 7
4 Masai , Linet Chepkwemoi KEN 14:47.14 6
5 Cherono , Priscah Jepleting KEN 14:50.98 5
6 Kibiwot , Viola KEN 14:51.59 4
7 Wangui , Lucy Kabuu KEN 14:53.66 3
8 Ongori , Philes KEN 14:56.06 2
9 Wanjiru , Veronica Nyaruai KEN 15:05.38 1
10 Urgesa , Bizunesh ETH 15:08.26 1
11 Utura , Sule ETH 15:10.40 1
12 Augusto , Jessica POR 15:19.67 1
13 Metcalfe , Megan CAN 15:22.23
14 Tufa , Mestawet ETH 15:29.05
15 Konovalova , Mariya RUS 15:31.49
16 Weissteiner , Silvia ITA 15:44.26
17 Kenney , Laura GBR 15:45.32
18 Yelling , Hayley GBR 15:48.16
19 Clitheroe , Helen GBR 15:49.98
Tusai , Brigitta HUN DNF
Roman , Sonja SLO DNF
Chemtai , Esther KEN DNF

100 Metres Hurdles - Women Wind: +0.0 m/s
Pts
1 Jones , LoLo USA 12.87 10
2 Dixon , Vonette JAM 12.97 8
3 Wells , Kellie USA 13.01 7
4 Carruthers , Danielle USA 13.23 6
5 Vukicevic , Christina NOR 13.26 5
6 Golding-Clarke , Lacena JAM 13.37 4
7 Claxton , Sarah GBR 13.51 3
8 Berings , Eline BEL 13.67 2
9 Van der Meij , Femke NED 13.70

High Jump - Women
Pts
1 Forrester , Nicole CAN 1.93 10
2 Aitova , Marina KAZ 1.93 8
3 Hellebaut , Tia BEL 1.93 7
4 Styopina , Vita UKR 1.90 6
5 Dubnová , Romana CZE 1.87 5
6 Holosha , Olena UKR 1.83 4
7 Wiklund , Erika SWE 1.83 2.50
7 Hartmann , Julia GER 1.83 2.50
9 van der Lijcke , Esther NED 1.79

Shot Put - Women
Pts
1 Kleinert , Nadine GER 19.64 10
2 Lammert , Petra GER 19.00 8
3 Boekelman , Melissa NED 17.30 7
4 Kemkers , Denise NED 16.95 6
5 Reuver , Bianca NED 14.32 5

Results courtesy of the IAAF, http://www.iaaf.org

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