Dwight Phillips Jumps Windy 8.42m! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Dwight Phillips, Shanghai DL, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Dwight Phillips recovered from his loss in Shanghai, and woke a few
people up with his windy 8.42m long jump earlier today!

Congrats to Bryan Clay and Jessica Ennis for winning at Gotzis

Chaunte Howard Lowe broke Louise Ritter's 1988 high jump record twice today,
first at 2.03m, then, on her third attempt, at 2.04m!

A Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all!




HENGELO (NED, May 30): This years edition of FBK Games, part of inaugural IAAF World Challenge 2010, was hampered by rain and wind. At some stages the rain was strong, for example during women´s 100 m or at the end during men´s 100 m final. One meet record (women triple jump, world champion Yargelis Savigne 14.34) was registered despite bad conditions. A would-be world lead 842 by Dwight Phillips in long jump was marred by too strong wind. Also four European leading marks of the season were achieved (men 3000 m, steeple, long jump, women 5000 m). The biggest enthusiasts remained in the stands despite the showers and supported the athletes along with excellent event presentation which could be observed also via live webcast. Temperatures from 8 to 14 and about 8000 spectators. Event by event review at www.world-challenge.org. Main issues were wins for favorites like Churandy Martina at 100 m, Abubaker Kaki at 800 m, Meseret Defar in the 5000 m. Nancy Lagat dominated the 1500 m with world champion Maryam Jamal out of shape.



GOTZIS (AUT, May 30): World champion Jessica Ennis held off a strong challenge from Olympic bronze medallist Tatyana Chernova to clinch the Hypomeeting heptathlon title in Gotzis on Sunday, writes David Martin. After seeing Chernova dominate the long jump and javelin contests, Ennis ended the Russian's hopes by convincingly beating her over 800 metres to triumph by an impressive 117 points with a score of 6,689, a world lead. Chernova lived up to her reputation and produced a leap of 6.52 metres in the long jump and a javelin throw of 51.35 metres, which closed the gap between the pair to 77 points before the final event, while Ennis failed to perform as well as she would have liked. The Sheffield star leapt only 6.13m and, although her javelin distance of 43.10m was close to her season's best. „I was really nervous before the 800m so decided to stick behind her and take her at the end," said Ennis, who unleashed a terrific sprint in the final 200m to win in a time of 2:11.19. Chernova scored 6572 ahead of Ukrainian Lyudmyla Yosypenko (6260), German world medalist Jennifer Oeser (6193). Top 9 achieved 6000+ scores. Olympic winner Bryan Clay after difficult hurdles (14.08), solid discus (49.85) had only 460 in pole vault and chances for a top mark were gone. In javelin 66.19 and 1500 m in 4:56.37 made it for world leading 8483 win. Second surprisingly French Romain Barras (8297) and Cuban Leonel Suarez (8286) with US Jake Arnold (8253) taking the next spots. Top ten achieved 8000+. From other top names Andrey Kravchenko 6th (8112), Mikk Pahapill 7th (8084) and Dmitriy Karpov 14th (7894). During two days in difficult weather conditions some top names did not finish the contest because of different reasons (Fountain, Sebrle, Hardee, M. Smith, Kasyanov among others).



COTTBUS (GER, May 30): Chaunte Howard-Lowe coming from beating Blanka Vlasic in Ostrava showed excellent shape at German meeting in Cottbus. She twice improved the US high jump record. Before that with first attempt clearance she improved her own world lead 201. Then in second attempt first national record 203 and in third attempt another one 204. Following her with 187 were Deirdre Ryan, Levern Spencer and Nicole Forrester. Another meet record was registered in men´s 1500 m as Kenyan Nixon Chepseba clocked 3:34.50 over Nicholas Kemboi (3:34.83) and Moroccan Abdelati Iguider (3:34.99). German fans were happy to see Steffen Uliczka clocking 8:26.44 in steeple and qualifying to Barcelona. He was beaten only by Kenyan Stephen Kiprotich (8:25.60). Betty Heidler won hammer with 73.41. US 400 m wins for Jamaal Torrance (46.06) and Ebonie Floyd (51.86, over Natasha Hastings 51.97 and Monica Hargrove 52.05). Algerian Zahra Bouras was the best in the 800 m (2:01.43). Cuban Guillermo Martinez won the javelin (81.21) and Australian Ben Harradine the discus (62.84). In pole vault Poland´s Lukasz Michalski and Czech Michal Balner cleared 560, with Balner having then good attempts at 570.



MARINGA (BRA, May 30): Brazilian May Tour ended with last fifth meet in Parana State. The highlight came in women´s 100 m when LaShauntea Moore achieved first ever sub 11 in South America. Her 10.97 (+1.2) is the third fastest of the year and personal best. The meet was again held in the morning local time in 20-25 degrees and 70 percent humidity. Tahesia Harrigan was second in 11.16. Men´s 100 m was also fast as US Leroy Dixon achieved 10.13 (+1.6) with 2007 world medalist Derrick Atkins of Bahamas having the same 10.13. For him the fastest since 2008. Nigerian Ajoke Odumosu surprisingly won the 400 m hurdles in 55.66 over olympic and world gold medalist Melaine Walker of Jamaica (55.96). In the 200 m Brazilian Nilson De Oliveira won with 20.45 (+1.7) over Xavier Carter (20.67), in first race Leroy Dixon clocked 20.65 (+1.9). US win for Joel Brown at 110 m hurdles (13.68, +1.2). Jamaican Dorian Scott got 20.07 in shot put. In the close 800 m race home Kleberson Davide beat Kenyan Richard Kiplagat (1:46.26 - 1:46.28). Solid 4:09.91 in women 1500 m by Ethiopian Betukan Feyisa.


MILES 580, MARTIN 21.55

SACRAMENTO (USA, May 29): California Relays formerly held in Modesto were back this year in Sacramento. Olympic finalist Derek Miles cleared 580 to win over Giovanni Lanaro of Mexico (560). The mark by Miles is second best in the world. Miles missed three times 590. World leader David Oliver clocked 13.52 into 3.6 head-wind at 110 m hurdles. World medalist Wallace Spearmon won the 200 m 20.25 (+0.3) and earlier was second in the 100 m in 10.48 (-2.5) won by Canadian Jarred Connaughton (10.47). LeJerald Betters was the best in the 400 m (45.70) and Michael Tinsley at 400 m hurdles (50.61). Cory Martin confirmed his recent improvement in shot put with 21.55 win and won also the hammer throw (72.45). Trevell Quinley achieved in long jump 814 (+1.9). Good female throws by Becky Breisch (64.26, discus) and Amber Campbell (71.94, hammer). Jennifer Grossarth again improved at 400 m hurdles to 55.73.



VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO (POR, May 30): Russian sides of Luch Moscow were the winners in both categories at European Champion Clubs Cup A group in Portugal. Russian women are winning since 1997 in a row, men from 2007 in a row. Women clearly with 136 points over Spanish Valencia Terra i Mar (123) and Czech USK Praha (110). In men category they scored 119 with just five points ahead of overnight leaders, home team of Sporting Clube de Portugal (114). Third place for Italian Fiamme Gialle (104.5). Both promoted teams in men and women competition were again relegated. Men of Fenerbahce Istanbul and CA Montreuil and women of Spartak Dubnica and CA Montreuil. Interestingly a representative of relegated team achieved the best individual result. World indoor champion Teddy Tamgho of France leaped to 17.17 to win the triple jump with Italian Fabrizio Donato second (16.96). Impressive also 20.71 at 200 m by Italian Matteo Galvan beating Briton Chris Clarke (20.85) and local hero Francis Obikwelu (21.00). Another Portugal star Rui Silva won the 3000 m (8:03.30). Russian wins for Yevgeniy Borisov at 110 m hurdles (13.78) and Aleksandr Gripich in pole vault (540). Best women individual result by Russian Tatyana Kotova in long jump with 677 over Slovak Jana Veldakova (653), Turkish Melis Mey (651) and home star Naide Gomes (649). Svetlana Shkolina cleared 195 in high jump and Olga Ivanova achieved 18.26 in shot put for more Russian wins. Good wins for Czech side by Denisa Rosolova with 23.12 at 200 m, Lucie Skrobakova 13.13 (-2.3) at 100 m hurdles and Moldavian guest Marina Marghieva 70.54 in hammer (second Spanish Berta Castells new national record 69.36). Moroccan Hasna Benhassi after 800 m also won the 1500 m for Spanish team (4:15.23). Luch Moscow clocked solid 3:31.45 at 4x400 m. Ranking, men: 1. Luch Moscow, RUS 119, 2. Sporting Clube de Portugal, POR 114, 3. Fiamme Gialle, ITA 104.5, 4. Newham Essex, GBR 91.5, 5. Playas de Castellon, ESP 91, 6. AK Kromeriz, CZE 88.5, 7. Fenerbahce Istanbul, TUR 63, 8. CA Montreuil, FRA 45.5. Women: 1. Luch Moscow, RUS 136, 2. Valencia Terra i Mar, ESP 123, 3. USK Praha, CZE 110, 4. Fiamme Azzure, ITA 88, 6. Sporting Clube de Portugal, POR 81, 6. Fenerbahce Istanbul, TUR 80, 7. Spartak Dubnica, SVK 49, 8. CA Montreuil, FRA 46.



BERN (SUI, May 30): Favorites won the European Champion Clubs Cup B-group in Bern´s Wankdorf Stadium. Men of Spartak Dubnica with 92 points and women of Manchester with 106.5. Dubnica will return into the A group together with Sparta Copenhagen, the Danish side was close with 91.5. In the women ranking not the Israeli team relegated from A group last year (only 5th) was the second promoted team, but Dutch Rotterdam Atletiek with 90.5 points. Best individual result was the 16.90 (+1.5) triple jump by Slovak world finalist and record holder Dmitrij Valukevic (it is also Barcelona qualifier for him). Fast also Danish sprinters Jesper Simonsen (10.38, +2.4) and Morten Jensen (20.98, +2.5, he also won long jump 782w). Dubnica scored 9 wins, three from them by Kenyan guests Cornelius Ndiwa (800 m and 5000 m) and Collins Kosgei (steeple). Solid also Obed Martis from Dutch team with 46.99 400 m win. British sprinters dominated in women races, Katerine Endacott (11.56, +1.7) at 100 m and Shauna Thompson in the 200 m (23.76, +1.9). Here second only 17 years old Swiss sprinter Mujinga Kambundji qualified for World Junior Championships in Canada (11.79 and 24.18). Dutch Sanne Verslegen won the 400 m hurdles in 58.35. Ranking, men: 1. Spartak Dubnica, SVK 92, 2. Sparta Copenhagen, DEN 91.5, 3. GG Bern, SUI 62, 4. Clonliffe Harriers, IRL 61.5, 5. Rotterdam Atletiek, NED 58, 6. Jyvaskyla, FIN 54

women: 1. Manchester, GBR 106.5, 2. Rotterdam Atletiek, NED 90.5, 3. ST Bern, SUI 79.5, 4. Sparta Copenhagen, DEN 77, 5. Maccabi Rishon-Lezion, ISR 68.5, 6. Tirconnaill, IRL 68.5, 7. AK Glasinac, BIH 66.5.










GREENSBORO (USA, May 29): Last day of Eastern Regional qualifying NCAA meet saw Maurice Mitchell winning the 200 m in 20.24 (+1.1)m with Rondell Sotrillo of Trinidad achieving 20.29 (+0.6) in other race, for both lifetime bests. Queen Harrison confirmed her shape with 12.69 (+1.3) over 100 m hurdles. Johnny Dutch scored after 400 m hurdles another win with 13.53 (+1.7) at high hurdles. Kimberly Williams got 14.03 (+1.5) in women triple jump and Christian Taylor windy 16.95 (+2.2) in men competition. In relays men of Florida achieved 38.81 and Mississippi 3:02.10. Auburn clocked 43.48 and LSU 3:31.01 in women section.


AUSTIN (USA, May 29):  Curtis Mitchell improved to 20.23 (+1.5) at 200 m during West Regional NCAA qualifier and two Mitchell´s will be favorites in two weeks in Eugene. Women were also fast as Jeneba Tarmoh clocked 22.71 (+0.6) and Porscha Lucas 22.72 (+1.0) in different races. In hurdles Ronnie Ash clocked 13.37 (+2.9) and Gabby Mayo 12.81 (+1.8). Andrew Wheating dominated the 1500 m (3:37.52). Texas AM posted impressive 42.49 in women 4x100 m what is a world lead 2010. Men of the same school won both relays in 39.05 and 3:01.89. Women 4x400 m winners came from Oregon (3:30.23).


CHARLOTTE (USA, May 27-29): Fast 48.67 by Jamaican Leford Green at 400 m hurdles highlighted the NCAA II Championships. Green started only this year with the hurdles. Josh Scott confirmed his position in this category with 20.53 (+0.7) and 45.11 wins at 200/400 m. Nafee Harris leaped to 796 (+0.7) in long jump. Trinidad´s female sprinter Semoy Hackett achieved excellent sprints double with 11.33 (-0.9) and 22.75 (, PB-0.5). She was even faster in semis clocking 11.27 (+0.4).


SOPOT (POL, May 30): At special pole vault meet in Poland World champion Anna Rogowska cleared 460 over German Lisa Ryjikh 460 (PB) and Russian Tatyana Polnova (450).


ZARY (POL, May 29): Another pole vault meet outside of the stadium for men was won by German Richard Spiegelburg (555) over Przemyslaw Czerwinski (550).


REGENSBURG (GER, May 29): US Jeff Ryan went over 542 to win the city square pole vaulting. In women competition Briton Henrietta Paxton got 420 as winner.


MALAGA (ESP, May 29): Swedish best high jumper Emma Green achieved 190 in Spain.


FORBACH (FRA, May 30): Bad weather, rain and strong winds, prevented good performance here. Renaud Lavillenie cleared 550 in pole vault and missed three times 570. Ronald Pognon achieved 10.30 in heats and 10.35 in finals of 100 m. Veronique Mang posted 11.41 and 23.30 wins. Dimitri Bascou was the best at 110 m hurdles (13.63) and Leslie Dhjone at 400 m (46.77). Yves Niare achieved in shot put 19.83.


WESEL (GER, May 30): New German long jump face with Nadja Kather leaping to 666 cm at the jumping meet.


ISTANBUL (TUR, May 29): Fast 300 m at 16th Yilmar Sazak meet as Romanian Catalin Cimpeanu clocked 32.85, new national record.


PRAGUE (CZE, May 27): Czech Libor Malina qualified to Barcelona at local meet in discus with 62.81 mark.


RIETI (ITA, May 30): Fast sprints here. Giovanni Tomasicchio improved to 10.25 (+0.3) and beat Andrew Howe (10.30). The long jump European champion Howe then won the 200 m in 20.71 (-0.4).


ZHAOQING (CHN, May 29): First day of Chinese National GP meet had fast 100 m won by Liang Jiahong in 10.31 (0.0) what is his lifetime best. Second Su Bingtian 10.32. In triple jump 16.85 (+0.5) by Dong Bin, informs Tilastopaja.






MARINGA (BRA, May 28): Brazilian Fabiano Pecanha won in 4:05 the South American road mile.


NAUMBURG (GER, May 30) Andre Hohne won despite stomach problems his sixth national 20 km walking title in 1:24:24. Second Maik Berger (1:24:58) missed the Barcelona qualifier 1:23:00. Czech Zuzana Schindlerova won women´s 20 km race in 1:35:33.


BORGO VALSUGANA (ITA, May 30): Italian walking Grand Prix continued with Ivano Brugnetti winning the 10 km on road with 39:28.


VIENNA (AUT, May 30): WMM winner Irina Mikitenko won the Women Run at 5 km in 15:40. She returned to racing after her injury marred London Marathon. She missed the course record by 10 seconds. Second Eloise Wellings of Australia (15:49) and third Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia (16:00). In total 21 121 runners from 71 countries competed.


OTTAWA (CAN, May 29-30): Ethiopia Deriba Merga could not come close to 10 km road world record with 28:41 and was only third. His younger team-mate Lelisa Desisa won in 28:08. Former Boston Marathon winner Dire Tune was the best woman in 32:12 who won also the gender challenge. The main event of Ottawa Race Weekend was the Sunday´s marathon. Japanese Arata Fujiwara won in new course record 2:09:34. Kenyan Laban Moiben was second (2:09:44) and Ethiopian Bazu Worku third (2:09:54). Merima Mohammed of Ethiopia took the title of first place female, finishing with a time of 2:28:19, her personal best.


DURBAN (RSA, May 30): Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe repeated his 2009 Comrades triumph when he won the classic ultra race in 5:29:00. As South African media are informing, Muzhingi started slowly before gradually making his way up the field and seizing the lead at a crucial time. Russian Nurgaliyeva twins repeated their now traditional Comrades heroics with taking Elena the line from her sister Olesya in a time of 6:13:03.


POLPENAZZE SUL GARDA (ITA, May 30): Felix Ntirenganya of Rwanda won the Italian Half-marathon Championships in 1:03:59. Second and best Italian Ruggero Pertile clocked 1:04:05 just one second ahead of Kenyan Matthew Rugut (1:04:06). 2004 Olympic marathon winner Stefano Baldini was 6th (1:04:57). Rosaria Console was the best woman (1:13:14).







TOKYO (JPN): Hanji Aoki, the honorary president of Japan Athletics Federation, passed away on May 30 due to heart failure. He was 94 years old. He was a Shot Putter in his youth and won the 1938 National Championships. He was a President of JAAF from 1975 to 1999, and was also a Vice-President of IAAF from 1991 to 1999.  Informs Ken Nakamura.

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