Tahri Leads Steeple: 8:03.72, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Bob Tahri, European Champs, 2006, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Tahri set a world best for 2,000 meters a week ago, and this weekend, he cranks a WL
8:03.72. I believe the Frenchman will be ready for European Champs!



METZ (FRA, Jun 29): World steeple medalist Bob Tahri clocked at French D1 meeting world leading steeple 8:03.72. "I wanted to run at around 8:04 and clock a world lead, that was succesfull. For a sub 8 minutes I would need a stronger race" he was quoted. It is also third fastest race of his career. Second Kenyan Bernard Mbugua achieved 8:20.14. Excellent solo race in the 5000 m by South African Tshamano Setone 13:27.50. German Carsten Schlangen impressed with European qualifier  3:36.67 at 1500 m. In the 400 m French Teddy Venel was the best with 46.04. Jamaican Clement Campbell won the 200 m (21.02, +1.3). Surprise winner in triple jump Vladimir Letnicov of Moldova got windy 16.92 (+2.1) and legal 16.79 (+1.2). French Yves Niare was satisfied with 20.21 shot put. In women events good French wins for Johanna Danois in the 200 m (23.29, +1.6) and Virginie Michanol in the 400 m (52.29). Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa won the 1500 m (4:13.56) and Russian Olga Tarantinova the steeple (9:50.13). Beatrice Lundmark of Switzerland with career best 189 beat on count-back in high jump Canadian Nicole Forrester.


MOSCOW (RUS, Jun 29): Third Moscow Open meet (EA Premium Category) in the Luzhinki Area registered in good weather (25 degrees, wind) two European leading marks of the season. Olympic relay winner Aleksandra Fedoriva clocked 22.60 and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya who lost her 200 m lead in Europe impressed with another continental season best in the 400 m with 50.16. In the 200 m second Yulia Gushchina 22.80 and third Yekaterina Vukolova in life-time best 22.89. Also fourth Ksenia Vdovina achieved PB 22.91. "We had a good race, but the main thing is to remain in the shape until our national championships, the selection meet for Barcelona," said Fedoriva who is still undecided in which events she wants to qualify (both sprints and hurdles is the option). In the 400 m second European indoor champion Antonina Krivoshapka achieved 50.56 and Tatyana Firova 50.79.  Also sub 51 seconds by Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova 50.81 and Kseniya Zadorina 50.87 (PB) ahead of Bulgarian European Champion Vania Stambolova 51.25. "I wanted to have an even race and I hope my shape will be growing towards our nationals," said Kapachinskaya who is also undecided about 200 or 400 for Barcelona. Fast men hurdles by Daniel Kiss of Hungary and Artur Noga of Poland, but their 13.20 were aided by +3.1.  Tatyana Lysenko won the hammer with 76.03 after world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk was a late withdrawal. Tajikistan´s Dilshod Nazarov won the men hammer with 78.57 ahead of Sergey Litvinov of Germany 77.10 and world medalist Aleksey Zagorniy 75.77. Sub 2 minutes in women 800 m by Yelena Kofanova 1:59.67 just beating fast finishing Svetlana Usovich of Belarus 1:59.73.  Yuriy Borzakovskiy fulfilled his 800 m favorite role with solid 1:45.17 over Czech talent Jakub Holusa who achieved life-time best 1:45.85. World indoor champion Ivan Ukhov after jumping 225 passed 228 and had good attempts at 230 but failed. So he was second behind Aleksey Dmitrik who cleared 228.  In solid steeple top three went sub 8:25. Winner Russian Ildar Minshin (8:24.55) over Moroccan Brahim Taleb (8:24.59) and Moldova´s Ion Luchianov (8:24.88). Slovak record holder Dmitrij Valukevic won the triple jump (17.00, +0.8) and Dmitriy Starodubtsev was the best in pole vault (560). In women´s U23 100 m race solid 11.32 personal best by Ukrainian Hrystyna Stuy (+1.7). Nataliya Koreyvo of Belarus won the 1500 m in 4:09.26 ahead of Renata Plis of Poland (4:09.28). In the hight jump Irina Gordeyeva and Svetlana Shkolina cleared 192.  Belarus wins in long jump by Nastasia Mironchyk (684, +0.7, beating other guests Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan 673-PB and Latvian Ineta Radevica 671) and Natalia Mikhnevich in shot put (19.74 ahead of Olga Ivanova 19.18).


DES MOINES (USA): The 25 000 USD Visa Champion awards for the best performances at the Visa series of meetings in the USA went to Bershawn Jackson for his 400 m hurdles mark at US Championships and in women category to Chaunte Howard-Lowe for her 205 also at Nationals.

BUDAPEST (HUN): New Hungarian president voted on Tuesday is former fencing olympic gold medalist Pal Schmitt, who was also IOC Vice-President, chairman of World Olympians Association and is still president of Hungarian NOC.

MARIBOR (SLO): Merlene Ottey improved her 50+ age world best to 11.84 over the weekend at a local meet.

OSTRAVA (CZE):  The Local Organising Committee of the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships, to be held in the Czech city of Ostrava, has reached an agreement with national carrier Czech Airlines to ensure that high-capacity aircrafts with a higher frequency of flights in and out of Ostrava are available around the event scheduled for  14-17 July.  A brand new scoreboard will also be installed at the City Stadium of Vitkovice, the venue for the 2011 championships, later this year. This will also help the traditional Golden Spike Ostrava one day meet.

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