Tamgho Leaps to 17.98! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Teddy Tamgho, French Record, Euro U23, Triple Jump, adidas grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net.

The Triple jump at the adidas Grand Prix was one of the epic events at this sixth version of the meet! Teddy Tamgho, World Indoor Champion, broke the French national record and European U23, with his 17.98m on his last jump! Only Jonathan Edwards and Kenny Harrison are in front of Tamgho, on the alltime list!




NEW YORK (USA, Jun 12): The 6th edition of this New York meet at Icahn Stadium named this year  adidas Grand Prix marked the US start of the new circuit Diamond League (the new title sponsor starts from Lausanne). Full stadium (at 10 000 spectators level) registered in total meet records in 10 events (7 men and 3 women) and world leads in one male event (triple jump) and three women events (200, 1500, 100H). Usain Bolt was guest of honour and saw the duel of the day in women 200 m, result of the day in men´s triple jump and in most events favorite wins. 


100 m: Caribbeans dominated, Richard Thompson 9.89, Yohan Blake 9.91, Daniel Bailey 9.92, but unfortunately wind-aided +2.4. Fourth best US surprisingly Trell Kimmons (9.92). In B race Rae Edwards impressive 10.00 (+1.4) ahead of Trinidad´s Keston Bledman (10.01, PB). 

800 m: World Champ Mbulaeni Mulaudzi gave the fans new meet record with clear win 1:44.38 ahead of Nick Symmonds (1:45.05). Oly champ at 1500 m Asbel Kiprop only 6th (1:47.12). 

1500 m: In this non Diamond Race event Nicholas Kemboi another meet record (3:33.29) with world indoor champion Deresse Mekonen second (3:33.85) and Leo Manzano third 3:33.92. Bernard Lagat only fifth 3:34.36.

Steeple: Paul Kipsiele Koech had a nice solo race after 8:10.43. Patrick Langat who does not want be longer a pacemaker was second (8:15.52) and olympic winner Brimin Kipruto third (8:18.92).

400m Hurdles: Kerron Clement another win in a row, now meet record and his fastest of the season 47.86. He was also named Visa Athlete of the Meet. Second Bershawn Jackson (47.94), third world leader Javier Culson (48.47) and fourth old-timer Felix Sanchez (48.69).

High Jump: Held for first time, that means winning mark is new meet record. Linus Thornblad cleared 230 and beat on count-back Jesse Williams (also 230). With first attempt 227 clearance third Briton Samson Oni.

Pole Vault: European Indoor Champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared in first attempt 585, new meet record and tried at 602. Steve Hooker got 580 and tried at 590 three times. 

Triple Jump: Teddy Tamgho is the man for last attempts. Also here 17.98 (+1.2) new French record, meet record and world lead (also European U23 record). He is now third best performer ever behind the only two 18+ jumpers Jonathan Edwards and Kenny Harrison. Christian Olsson started the season also on a high note with last attempt 17.62 (+3.4, legal twice 17.21). Third was world champion Philips Idowu (17.31, +1.9).

Javelin Throw: World and Olympic winner Andreas Thorkildsen won again, new meet record was 87.02. Czech Petr Frydrych confirmed he is world class, with another second place (85.04).


200 m: Veronica Campbell-Brown after excellent bend clocked world lead and meet record 21.98 (+1.4, equalled third best of her career) but limped after the finish-line with hamstring cramp. Second World champion Allyson Felix (22.03) and third Bianca Knight (22.59). 

400 m: Amantle Montsho after Oslo won also here, but here it was non Diamond Race. Her 50.79 was clearly ahead of Jamaican Shericka Williams (51.24).

1500 m: Olympic gold medalist Nancy Langat remains unbeaten and improved world lead to 4:01.60, also meet record. Meseret Defar was very fast and achieved life-time best as second 4:02.00, third Gelete Burka 4:03.35 ahead of best of US runners Jenny Barringer (4:03.63).

5000 m: Double olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba started her track season with tactical win 15:11.34 over Shanghai number one Sentayehu Ejigu (15:12.99).

100 m Hurdles: Finally the world lead for Lolo Jones after 12.55 (+2.0) win. The race had great depth, Perdita Felicien surprised with 12.58 second place beating Virginia Crawford (12.63) and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.67). Susanna Kallur is back, as 7th European lead 12.78.

Pole Vault: In this non Diamond Race Jillian Schwartz who represents Israel equalled her national record (460) and Jenny Suhr returned to competition after long time with 450 clearance.

Long Jump: Brianna Glenn with windy 678 (+3.2) was the best, Canadian Ruki Abdulai was second (666, +2.1 and had the best legal jump of the day 659, +1.7), third Funmi Jimoh (665, +2.8) and fourth Estonian Ksenija Balta also legal best of the meet 659 (+1.0). Carolina Kluft jumped only once (foul) with calf problem. 

Shot Put: Olympic gold medalist Valerie Vili won with 19.93 what is also meet record, but Belarus Natalia Mikhnevich was close (19.80).

Discus Throw: Croatian young star Sandra Perkovic had two best throws of the day (61.96 and 61.59).

3-event: Thanks to long jump of 665 Hyleas Fountain beat in three events challenge with 2950 points (also 13.47 and 12.93) world champion Jessica Ennis (2925, 13.61-651-12.85). 

ROBLES 13.04, KAKI 1:43.48
TORINO (ITA, Jun 12): Top stars achieved new meeting records at 11th Primo Nebiolo Memorial (EA Premium meet). Cuban World record holder Dayron Robles improved his season best to 13.08 (+1.2) and Abubaker Kaki of Sudan achieved excellent 1:43.48 in the 800 m. Jamaican relay world record holder Michael Frater won the 100 m in 10.21 (+0.5) with French Roland Pognon second (10.25) and home Fabio Cerruti third (10.31). Another Jamaican win at 200 m when Ainsley Waugh achieved 20.71 (+0.3) over Paul Hession of Ireland (20.73). Cuban triple jump winner David Girat leaped to windy 17.21 (+2.4) over Fabrizio Donato 17.08 (+2.0). Also Nicola Vizzoni was not able to win the hammer (76.38) when German Sergey Litvinov was better (78.01). Kenyans dominated in the 5000 m when Daniel Salel won in 13:12.46 over Alex Korir (13:14.08, PB) and Hosea Macharinyang (13:14.58). Reigning U23 European Champion Perri Shakes-Drayton of UK improved at 400 m hurdles to 54.91. Italian Libania Grenot won the 400 m after 51.54. Sensation in women high jump as Russian Irina Gordeyeva cleared 197 beating Lavern Spencer (195) and world leader Chaunte Howard-Lowe (192). Moroccan Siham Hilali won the 1500 m (4:08.24) beating Kenyan 5000 m world medalist Sylvia Kibet (4:08.71) and home Elisa Cusma (4:08.90). Cuban olympic fourth placer Misleidys Gonzalez won the shot put (19.22) over German Nadine Kleinert (18.94) and Hungarian Anita Marton (18.20, personal best). 

ISTANBUL (TUR, Jun 12): At the 65th Cezmi Or Memorial (EA Classic meet) world indoor champion Dwain Chambers won the 100 m in 10.18 (-0.9) and fulfilled his favorite role. Home star Alemitu Bekele won the 1500 m in 4:06.97 ahead of Romanian Liliana Barbulescu (4:07.18) and Ukrainian European leader of the season Anna Mishchenko (4:09.28). Another home win for Nevin Yanit at 100 m hurdles with 12.93 (-0.5). World junior record holder Vira Rebryk of Ukraine improved her life-time best to new meet record 63.36 in javelin. US Moushami Robinson won the 400 m (52.59) and Czech Marcela Lustigova the steeple in 9:43.27 (qualifier to Barcelona). Russian Natalya Kutyakova improved in triple jump to 14.55 (+1.7), second Bulgarian Petya Dacheva achieved 14.20 (+1.5). In men´s technical events Russians ruled men high jump when Aleksandr Shustov and Ivan Ilyichev cleared 226. Latvian Maris Urtans won the shot put (20.45) and Hungarian Krisztian Pars the hammer (79.93) over IAAF Hammer Challenge leader Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan (77.72).

SOTTEVILLE (FRA, Jun 12): Usain Bolt´s training partner Jermaine Gonzales achieved the best result at Alma Athle Tour meet in France as he improved his best to 44.79 at 400 m what is third fastest of the year. Second Angelo Taylor was back in 45.42. Another member of Racers TC Mario Forsythe won the 100 m in 10.25 (0.0). In close 110 m hurdles top three achieved 13.38 (+1.5) in order Dwight Thomas, Ty Akins and David Payne. Moroccan Amine Laalou won the 800 m in 1:45.54 ahead of Kenyan Jackson Kivuna (1:45.96). Kenyan Bernard Mbugua was the best in the steeple (8:16.22) over Patrick Terer (8:24.07) and European champion Jukka Keskisalo of Finland (8:30.22). Cuban Alexis Copello won the triple jump (17.15, +1.5) and Russian Leonid Kivalov the pole vault (560). In women events Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa won the 1500 m in 4:05.62 beating French Fanjanteino Felix with PB 4:07.10. Russian Yulia Chermoshanskaya won the 200 m (23.02, +0.6). In fast 100 m hurdles (+2.1) Damu Cherry clocked 12.86 beating Cuban Anay Tejeda (12.92) and US Kellie Wells (12.93).


YERINO (RUS, Jun 12): During second day of Russian Cup wind played a role. Lyukman Adams achieved windy 17.21 (+4.9) in triple jump, but also legal 17.17 (+2.0). Maksim Sidorov got 20.50 in the pole vault and Eduard Malchenko cleared 230 in high jump. Bogdan Pishchalnikov won the discus (62.68). In women events Yelena Kofanova won the 800 m in 2:02.63, Yevgeniya Isakova the 400 m hurdles (55.74), oly winner Natalya Sadova the discus (61.19) and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya the 200 m (23.57, -3.8 and 23.06 -3.5 in heats).

NEW YORK (USA, Jun 12): 10 km world champion Kenyan Linet Masai took the NYRR New York Mini 10-K in Central Park by storm, cruising to victory over a world class field which included six world champions. Her time was 30:48, Emily Chebet was second in 31:13. Worknesh Kidane third 31:18 and Lornah Kiplagat returned at international stage as fourth in 31:40. Informs RRW.


LEIDEN (NED, Jun 12): Good throwing results in Leiden at the 3rd leg of the Dutch „Spar baancircuit". Melissa Boekelmans managed 18.17 in the shot put and was awarded with the golden spike for best performance of the meeting. Erik Cadee threw a good 64.29 in the discus. In the sprints junior Dafne Schippers won the 100m in 11.56, other junior Jamile Samuel clocked in the 200m 23.44. US Natalie Knight was faster (23.34, +1.3).  Another US athlete Fredrick Townsend took the win in the 110H (13.66) ahead of Dutch Gregory Sedoc (13.68, faster in heats 13.63). Briton Robbie Grabatz managed 226 and a new meeting record in the high jump.  Briton Mark Christie won the 3000 m in 7:55.05.


GENEVE (SUI, Jun 12): Briton Martyn Rooney clocked as first European this year sub 45 seconds in the 400 m (44.99) to highlight the traditional Geneve Swiss-Meeting. Ireland´s David Gillick was second (45.32) and Conrad Williams of UK third (45.45, personal best) with Swedish Johan Wissman fourth (46.28). In the 100 m James Ellington achieved 10.23, Rikki Fifton (both Britons) 10.25. In the 200 m Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun was the fastest (20.69). Fast also 400 m hurdles when Briton Nathan Woodward improved his life-time best to 49.70 ahead of French Sebastien Maillard (49.73). Swedish Michel Torneus achieved excellent 810 (-0.1) in the long jump and Tosin Oke got 16.88 (-0.2) in the triple jump. French Fabrice Saint-Jean won the high jump with new life-time best 225. In women events Ruddy Zang-Milama of Gabon was the fastest in 100 m (11.25), Briton Lee McConnell in the 400 m (51.67) and Ireland´s Derval O´Rourke 13.09 at 100 m hurdles. 

CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jun 12): Russian walking championships registered win for Anisya Kirdyapkina after 1:26:31 at 20 km and qualified for Barcelona. Already before were qualified world champion Olga Kaniskina and based on World Cup in Mexico Vera Sokolova. Second Tatyana Sibileva had 1:28:30 and third Svetlana Solovyeva 1:30:55. In men´s race also the winner Stanislav Yemelyanov will race in Barcelona. His time was 1:20:48. Also here earlier world champ Valeriy Borchin and world cup top participant Andrey Krivov qualified. Second Denis Strelkov 1:21:22 and third Andrey Ruzavin 1:22:25. On Sunday the 50 km race will be staged. 


PATRA (GRE, Jun 12): Spiridon Lebesis improved to 82.90 in javelin to mark the best result of first day of Greek Championships. Kostadinos Douvalidis clocked 13.52 in the 110 m hurdles and Aggelos Aggelakis posted a 100 m win in 10.42.

VALENCIA (ESP, Jun 12): Mercedes Chilla improved Spanish women javelin record to 64.07 during National Clubs League meet.

LISBOA (POR, Jun 12): First day of Portugal Club Championships saw reigning European Champion Francis Obikwelu winning the 100 m in fast 10.24 (-0.2). Vera Santos clocked national 3000 m walk record in 12:17.59 what is also a world lead. Marco Fortes achieved 20.24 in the shot put. Lithuanian Lina Grincikaite won the 100 m in 11.43 (+1.9). Latvian Ineta Radevica leaped to windy 14.40 (+2.4) in the triple jump (legal 13.89, +1.4). 

SOFIA (BUL, Jun 12): Best results from first day of Bulgarian Championships at Vasil Levski stadium in jumping events. Momchil Karailiev achieved 16.72 in triple jump and Magdalena Khristova 645 in women long jump.

MARIBOR (SLO, Jun 12): Snezana Rodic improved in triple jump to 14.37 during first day of National Cup meet. National record holder Marija Sestak returned after surgery with 12.69.

BYDGOSZCZ (POL, Jun 12): Germany won the U23 match against Poland 207:171. Home pole vaulter Lukasz Michalski cleared 565. Erik Balnuweit (13.78 at 110 m hurdles) and Eric Kruger (46.39 at 400 m) scored nice guest wins.

BOBLINGEN (GER, Jun 12): Tobias Unger clocked fast 10.32 at Regional Championships.

ZAGREB (CRO, Jun 12): International Dinamo meet registered as best marks 46.48 by Zeljko Vincek in the 400 m and 63.54 in discus by Roland Varga.


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