Among the great news on the sport, the Peachtree 10k was also the US champs. Abdi Abdirhaman won the US title, with a time of 28:11, he was seventh overall. Anthony Famiglietti was second in 28:15, and James Carney was third in 28:19, his personal best.
Fam shown leading the US 5,000 meter championships, photo by Photorun.net.
EME NEWS (JULY 4, 2009)
Mokoena 850 African record, but was not the winner
MADRID (ESP, July 4): Excellent jumping although partly wind-assisted highlighted the Madrid IAAF Grand Prix meeting at Moratalaz Stadium. In men´s long jump World indoor champion Godfrey Mokoena after excellent series improved the African and meet record to 850 (+1.3, 824-846-846-847-850-845, only one the fourth was wind-assisted). But he was not the winner. Australian Fabrice Lapierre leaped to 857 but with +3.6 and no national record (849 by Jai Taurima in 2000), but still had legal great PB 835 (+1.3). World and olympic winner Irving Saladino of Panama was only third with 843 (+4.0, legal 823 +1.9). Another young Australian Mitchell Watt had with his 838 too much wind (+2.8) but also registered 834 (+2.0) what is new Australian U23 record. Fifth Saudi Arabian Husein Taher Al-Sabee achieved 826 (+3.3, legal 820 +1.3) and junior Eusebio Caceres had only wind assisted marks, the best 817 (+2.3). Still to note sixth Marcin Starzak of Poland (815w, 811) and seventh Briton Chris Tomlinson (810 legal). Unfortunately women´s triple jump was in all high quality marks aided by too much wind. World champion Tatyana Lebedeva in her first competition in this event since last autumn jumped 15.01 (+4.5) ahead of Anna Pyatykh (14.84, +3.7), Olga Rypakova (14.69, +5.0) and Yamile Aldama (14.68, +3.8). Ireland´s European indoor champion David Gillick impressed with European lead and new national record of high quality 44.77 at 400 m. Another meet record for Slovak hammer world leader Martina Hrasnova (75.11). In remaining technical events Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna (67.20) beat in discus Poland´s Beijing silver winner Piotr Malachowski (64.57). Home Ruth Beitia travelled only on Saturday morning from Oslo but still was able to win the high jump with 193 on count-back with Amy Acuff. Russian Anastasiya Kiryashova cleared 456 to win the pole vault as second Kate Dennison achieved another British record (456). In sprints Steve Mullings confirmed great shape from Jamaican trials with clear 10.11 (-1.9) 100 m win, his team-mates Isa Phillips and Danny McFarlane (37) dominated the 400 m hurdles with 48.09 and 48.53. In duel about best European Briton David Greene (49.19) was better then reigning European champion Periklis Iakovakis of Greece (49.36). Dutch Gregory Sedoc won the 110 m hurdles with third fastest by an European this year (13.40, -0.2). In distances South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi won the 800 m main race in 1:45.81, but the B-race produced faster times with Kenyan Jackson Kivuna (1:44.86 PB) over Arturo Casado (1:45.52 PB for the miler). South African Johan Cronje beat at 1500 m (3:37.33) the European indoor champion Rui Silva of Portugal (3:38.62). Morrocan olympic medalist Hasna Benhassi was fastest at 800 m (1:59.02) ahead of Briton Jemma Simpson (1:59.31). Great Spanish 1500 m duel was won by Natalia Rodriguez (4:04.82) over Marta Dominguez (4:04.84, PB).
Bayer leaps to 849 cm
ULM (GER, July 4): During first day of the German championships in Ulm 15.000 spectators saw fantastic competitions and strong results including four European leading marks of the year. World leader Ariane Friedrich cleared 201 in third and missed at 204. Her winning streak is now at 14 competitions this year. Reigning world champion Betty Heidler won the hammer throw with excellent 74.25. Nadine Muller won her first discus senior title with 59.98 in front of a disappointed world gold medalist Franka Dietzsch (59.09). Nadine Kleinert was also not satisfied with her result (19.00) in the shot put which meant rank two. Denise Hinrichs won the event with 19.06. Women's triple jump saw Katja Demut achieving the Worlds standard in her last jump of 14.20. Carolin Nytra was one of the Ulm heroes winning the 100m hurdles in fantastic 12.78 (-0.1) what is new championship record and second fastest in Europe this year. Her boyfriend Sebastian Bayer made a great jump of 849 (+1.6) jump one minute after Nytra's race. His result is a new European leading mark, championships record and No. 3 in the world 2009 (also his outdoor best and fifth best European outdoor ever). Verena Sailer clocked fine 11.18 (-0.2) in the 100 m final which is also European leading time in 2009. But already in heats the fastest in Europe was registered. First Sailer clocked 11.28 (+0.2) and then Marion Wagner 11.24 (-0.4). Great times for Thomas Goller (49.37, standard for Berlin) and Christian Duma (49.95) in the 400m hurdles heats. Mark Frank threw very good 82.08 in the javelin. Personal bests in the 110m hurdles final (+0.7) for top two Matthias Buhler (13.36), Helge Schwarzer (13.39) followed by Thomas Blaschek (13.53). Tobias Unger is back on top after health problems - he won the 100m in 10.18 against unbelievable -2.5. Second Marius Broening also fast 10.24. Alexander Straub cleared 570 in the pole vault, together with Tobias Scherbarth, Bjorn Otto and Tim Lobinger. Straub and Scherbarth could be the names for Berlin, the third place will probably go to Malte Mohr because of his season best of 580 (was 10th with 540). Sabrina Mockenhaupt won slow 5000 m in 16:15.65.
Fast walking on the track
CORK (IRL, July 4): Fast 3000 m walk at 58th Cork City Sports Meet at Mardyke Stadium. Mexican Eder Sanchez won in 11:14.01 one of the fastest times ever, the world best is 10:47.11 by Italian Giovanni De Benedictis in 1990. Second home Robert Heffernan achieved new national best 11:14.09 after thrilling duel with the winner. Sprints were marred by strong wind. Brendan Christian of Antigua achieved 10.12 at 100 m but with +3.1 ahead of home fastest Paul Hession (10.20). The best Irish sprinter then won the 200 m in 20.46 (+3.5). Bulgarian sub 11 runner Ivet Lalova is returning from injury and clocked wind-assisted 11.24 (+3.7). The other Irish star hurdler Derval O´Rourke just watched the meet from the stands due to injury. Jamaican Andrea Bliss was the winner in 12.99 (+1.8). Canadian Tabia Charles won the long jump (661, +4.6). Hungary celebrated two running wins at 1500 m Barnabas Bene 3:45.87 and Judith Varga 4:14.03. Good home win for high jumper Deirdre Ryan who cleared 189 cm.
Kitwara wins with 27:21
ATLANTA (USA, July 4): Abdi Abdirahman won his third consecutive USA 10 km road running title at the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Finishing seventh overall within an international field, the three-time Olympian hit the finish line in Piedmont Park in 28:11, equalling his personal best time. Two-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti finished second in 28:15, his fastest-ever 10 km time on the roads. James Carney was third in 28:19, also a personal best. In addition to the race's open prize money, there was a separate purse for American men. Abdirahman won $10,000 from the USA purse, while Famiglietti collected $6,000 and Carney $4,000. Kenyans Sammy Kitwara and Lineth Chepkurui were the overall winners. According to a story posted to the website of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kitwara clocked 27:21, the fastest winning time at Peachtree since Kenyan Joseph Kimani set the course record of 27:04 in 1996. It was Kitwara's first appearance at Peachtree, and his fifth consecutive road racing victory. Morrocan Ridouane Harroufi was second (28:02) ahead of Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan (28:02). Chepkurui's finish time was 31:30 ahead of Ethiopian Meseret Mengistu (31:31) and Alice Timbilili of Kenya (31:33).
OORDEGEM (BEL, July 4): Best current Belgian hurdler Adrien Deghelt improved his PB and confirmed Berlin qualification to 13.55 (+0.3) at 110 m hurdles at Leon Buyle Memorial. Female hurdler Elisabeth Davin clocked 13.10 (+0.8). Jamaican Ryan Shields clocked solid double with 46.39 at 400 m and 20.74 (-0.4) at 200 m. US Ernie Wiggins won the 100 m (10.39, +0.8). British female sprinter Anyika Onuora won the 200 m in good 23.34 (-0.9). Almensch Belete, Ethiopian living in Belgium, won the 1500 m in 4:11.81.
VALMIERA (LAT, July 3): Fast track walking during the teams competition. Agnese Patare achieved 22:08.44 at 5000 m and Ingus Janevics 42:41.53 at 10 000 m.
TARARE (FRA, July 4): At traditional hurdles meeting Heni Kochi clocked the fastest 49.82 at 400 m hurdles.
SOFIA (BUL, July 4): One of the best results at Bulgarian Junior Championships was the 21.41 by 18 years old Teo Petkov at 200 m. Out of competition jumping senior Petia Dacheva improved in triple jump to 14.18 (+1.1).
UHERSKE HRADISTE (CZE, July 4): Blanka Vlasic gets some home support. Junior high jumper Ana Simic improved to 187 cm and won her event during a four countries U19 match (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary). Team winners were Hungarian girls and home Czech boys. Also to note the 77.57 with junior hammer by Hungarian Akos Hudi.
RIETI (ITA, July 4): During Italian Club Championships 30-years old Massimiliano Donati improved at 100 m to 10.31 (+1.4).
KOPAVOGSVOLLUR (ISL, July 4): During first day of Iceland Championships the best throwers dominated. Hammer thrower Bergur Ingi Petursson achieved 69.78 and female javelin thrower Asdis Hjalmsdottir 53.32.
TEL AVIV (ISR): At Israeli Championships the 100 m hurdles winner was not Russian Kondakova (she did not compete at all) but Irina Lenskiy with 13.06.
OSLO (NOR): Mark Butler points out that the winning time in the Dream mile (3:48.95) was exactly the same as in the corresponding race 30 years ago when Sebastian Coe broke the world record.
Special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.
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