Kara Patterson Throws AR! 218'9"/66.67m Javelin! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Kara Patterson, June 25, 2010, USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kara Patterson erased the former record of Kim Kreiner (64.19m) with a huge throw in Des Moines last evening! Setting a new AR of 66.67m/218-9, Patterson is beginning to show the talent many have thought she has. Her size and strength will allow her to be a future medal
contender on the international scene!

Patterson_KaraAR-USAout10.JPG Kara Patterson, AR holder, Javelin, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Patterson surprise US record 66.67 in javelin, 100 m titles for Felix and Dix

DES MOINES (USA, Jun 25): Once again strong headwinds depleted the sprints on the second day of the USATF National championships and so the highlight came in women javelin. New US record of Kara Patterson  66.67 was registered. Fourth best mark of the year, former record 64.19 by Kim Kreiner from 2007. Allyson Felix took for first time in her career women 100 m title in 11.27 with a -2.5 wind, Lashauntea Moore hung on for second in 11.34 and former world long jump champion Tianna Madison for third in 11.43. In the men's race olympic medalist Walter Dix stormed home first in 10.04 (-1.5), ahead of Trell Kimmons (10.27) and Ivory Williams (10.29).  Travis Padgett false started. In the 5000m Bernard Lagat easily took home the victory and third US title in 13:54.08, second was Tim Nelson (13:54.80) before Andrew Bumbalough (13:55.16). The women's 5000m race saw Lauren Fleshman take the win in 15:28.70 ahead of Molly Huddle (15:30.89) and Jenny Barringer (15:33.33). Kenta Bell won the national title in the triple jump seven years after first winning in 2003 with a jump of 17.02 (+2.0). Casey Malone took the gold in the discus throw with 62.57 (second Jason Young 61.15), while Jake Freeman won the hammer throw in 76.51. Mark Hollis managed 560 for the win in the pole vault on count-back with Derek Miles (560).  Leonel Manzano easily qualified for the 1500m final in 3:39.88, and is joined by Lopez Lomong (3:40.18), Will Leer (3:40.23), Matt Tegenkamp (3:39.57) and David Torrence (3:39.67). Debbie Dunn easily cruised to 50.97 to earn her spot in the final, Sanya Richards-Ross narrowly made it into the finals finishing fourth in her semi final with a time of 51.82. In the men's 400m Tavaris Tate clocked the fastest qualifying time with 45.00, LaJerald Betters (45.12) beat Jeremy Wariner (45.21). Pre-race favorite Kerron Clement did not make the finals (46.01) and olympic medalist David Neville did not enter the semis. A new Stadium record in the 800m for Alysia Johnson who clocked 1:59.43 to go through to the 800m final. Another stadium record also in the men's race with Duane Solomon's 1:45.23 time, Nick Symmonds easily qualified for the finals in 1:45.91. A very strong semi final time for Bershawn Jackson in the 400m hurdles with 48.36, Johnny Dutch also managed to dip under 50 seconds with 49.69.Lolo Jones came out of the hurdle series on top with a time of 12.82, followed by Ginnie Powell in 12.92. In the women's 400m hurdles Nicole Leach marked the fastest time with 56.26 ahead of Sheena Tosta (56.47) and Ebony Collins (56.53). Five-time national champion and 2003 world champion Tom Pappas leads the men's decathlon after the first day of competition with 4152 points.  Olympic Games silver medalist Hyleas Fountain holds a commanding overnight lead in heptathlon with 4068 points (PB in high jump 190). For Saturday  temperatures should soar into the 90s (nearly 35 in Celsius) with high humidity, which will push the heat index to 105. Local media are informing.

Return of Lebedeva, great men high jump

ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): Excellent work of Russian athletics diplomats made possible that the 52nd Znamensky Memorial was at a later stage included into the inaugural IAAF World Challenge. Well so, because one initial meet was also later cancelled (Tsikilitiria of Athens). And also well, because this event has a great tradition, world records and was also IAAF Grand Prix member in the nineties. Meteor stadium in Zhukovskiy near Moscow (40 km) will be the site of the 9th meet of the circuit. The organisers are lucky ones having top world class home athletes added by some international stars. The event stars at 5.30 local time and ends at 8 pm with men´s 10 000 m race. Weather forecast speaks about hot weather coming near to 35 degrees. See preview and follow event by event reports at www.world-challenge.org.


PORT-OF-SPAIN (TRI): 400 m hurdles super-talent Jehue Gordon is turning professional. The 18-year-old Trinidad and Tobago hurdler will be represented by HSInternational (HSI). 'The World Junior Championships is most important to us. Then, we plan for him to run against the big boys in Europe,' Emmanuel Hudson of HSI was quoted about future weeks of Gordon. Hudson added that though Gordon is signing with HSI, he will continue to train in T&T. Trinidad´s media are informing.

EUGENE (USA): Great fields announced for the women's 800  and men's 1000 metres at the Prefontaine Classic - Samsung Diamond League on 3 July. In the women's 800 metres, it's a clash of gold medallists, with Beijing Olympic gold medallist Pamela Jelimo racing against fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei, the Osaka World Championships gold medallist, Bahrain's Berlin World Championships 1500 gold medallist Maryam Jamal, and World Indoor 800m champion Mariya Savinova of Russia. It should be noted that Jelimo is still seeking her olympic shape and Savinova will start her season on Saturday at Znamensky Memorial.  Add in to this 800m, the Americans Anna Pierce, who ran to a PB of 1:58.80 when brilliantly winning the Golden League race in Paris last summer, and surprise 2009 Pre Classic champion Maggie Vessey, whose 1:57.84 win at the Super Grand Prix in Monaco made her the second fastest runner of last year, and Jenny Meadows of Great Britain, the World Indoor silver and outdoor bronze medallist, and you have the makings of an epic contest. The men's 1000m is not a Diamond League event but it also figures a major match-up between hometown hero Nick Symmonds, a World Championship finalist at 800m and Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, the double World Indoor 800m champion, and previous Pre Classic champion Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya.

KINGSTON (JAM): TrackAlerts provides on its website live-stream of the Jamaican Championships held on Saturday and Sunday. Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser will both run 200 m.


DES MOINES (USA, Jun 25): Ashton Purvis fulfilled her favorite role in winning the US national junior title in the 200 m with 23.32 against -2.3 wind. Shade Weygandt cleared 428 in the pole vault. Boys 200 m winner Oliver Bradwell achieved 21.18 against -2.0 wind. Solid jumps by Justin Hunter (789 in long jump) and Omar Craddock (16.56 in triple jump). Conor McCullough improved with 6 kg hammer to 78.28 m, new US junior record.

NASSAU (BAH, Jun 25): 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas won the national title in the high jump with 230 third attempt clearance. His best since April 2009. Chandra Sturrup won another 100 m title in fast 11.15 (+0.1). Men´s 100 m was dominated by Adrian Griffith clocking 10.23 (+1.0) personal best. Rudon Bastian won men´s long jump with windy 798 (+2.7) and Demetrius Pinder achieved fastest 400 m prelim 45.74.

PORT-OF-SPAIN (TRI, Jun 25): During first day of Trinidad National Championships former World junior champion Rhonda Watkins won women long jump with windy 669 (+2.9) and legal 650 (+1.1).

CALABAR (NGR, Jun 25): Olympic long jump medalist and NCAA champion Blessing Okagbare won the 100 m at 21st Nigerian Championships with fast personal best 11.06 (-0.3, she was also fast in heats with 11.10). Second Damola Osayomi achieved 11.23. Obinna Metu won the men´s 100 m in 10.25 (-0.5) beating Ogho-Oghene Egwero (10.40). Tosin Oke won the men's triple jump with 16.92  (+0.7) and Seun Adigun the  women's 100m hurdles in 13.34.

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