World Best for Tahri, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Tahri_Bob-Euros06.jpgBob Tahri, European Champs, 2006, photo by

 Bouabdellah Tahri ran the fastest 2,000 meter steeplechase in the world, breaking the 1990 record of one Olympic champion, Julius Kariuki...Tahri, the bronze medalist from Berlin, is a top French cross country internationalist and the French record holder at the steeplechase. Think "Bob" Tahri is fit for the Europeans, (July 27-August 1, 2010)? 


World best for Tahri

TOMBLAINE (FRA, Jun 25): French Bouabdellah Tahri clocked at Meeting Stanislas de Nancy (part of French Alma Athle Tour) new all-time world best at 2000 m steeple with 5:13.47. Former top mark was 5:14.43 by Kenyan Julius Kariuki back in 1990. In ideal weather conditions Renaud Lavillenie cleared 582 in pole vault ahead of Jerome Clavier (570). Salim Sdiri leaped to 824 (+1.4) in long jump. In the 200 m new European leading time 20.38 by Martial Mbandjock who beat South African champion Simon Magakwe (20.44) and David Alerte (20.49). Leslie Djhone won the 400 m (45.72) and European  steeple leader Benabbad Mekhissi won the 1500 m in 3:35.24. Fast also the 13.40 (+1.3) at 110 m hurdles by Garfield Darien beating Dimitri Bascou (13.48). Interesting to see 36-years old US record holder Dominique Arnold finishing 7th in 13.83. In women events fast 100 m by Ruddy Zang Milama of Gabun, she equalled her national record with 11.19 (+0.4). Second Veronique Mang clocked personal best 11.20 and third veteran Christine Arron 11.38. 2001 World champion Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal won the 400 m in 51.48 ahead of Virginie Michanol 51.87 and Muriel Hurtis-Houairi 52.05 life time best. Moroccan Btissam Lakhouad won the 1500 m (4:06.63) and Jamaican Vonette Dixon the 100 m hurdles (13.02, +0.9).

Masai wins 10 km

NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 25): World 10,000m champion Linet Masai won her speciality 10 000 m in Friday's national trials in 32:03.85. She was 100 m ahead of Pauline Korikwiang (32:28.69), third place went to Doris Changeiywo (32:29.46) ahead of Linet Chepkurui (32:29.99), Sharon Chemutai (32:32.72) and Florence Kiplagat (32:46.99) followed in that order and will have to wait for 24 hours before knowing who among them will join the Kenya team. World Cross champion Emily Chebet (32:49.43), who beat Masai in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in March with a strong sprint, was eighth and Kenyan-turned-Dutchwoman Hilda Kibet (33:09.08) 10th. Olympic 1500 m champion Asbel Kiprop (3:39.5) won the semi-final beating Josphat Kithii (3:39.7), Collins Cheboi (3:40.0) and Gideon Gathimba. Silas Kiplagat (3:37.8) won the second semi after a sprint battle with Nicholas Kemboi (3:38.2) and Vickson Polonet (3:38.4). Daniel Komen (3:38.5), the 2008 World Indoor Championship silver medallist, Nickson Chepseba (3:39.4) and World Cross junior champion Caleb Mwangangi (3:39.8). Africa champion David Rudisha easily won his semi in 1:45.51. Jackson Kivuva (1:45.90), a Berlin World Championship finalist, was second and Alex Sang (1:46.13) third. The second heat saw Richard Kiplagat win in 1:46.60, ahead of Geoffrey Kibet (1:46.63) and Francis Kakonzi (1:46.95). World bronze medallist Alfred Kirwa won the third semi in 1:46.12 beating Abraham Kiplagat (1:46.16) to second place while Ismael Kombich was third in 1:46.66. In the steeple heats Richard Mateelong (8:27.7) won his semi ahead of Patrick Langat (8:28.1), Abraham Chirchir (8:31.0) and Paul Kipsiele Koech (8:32.0). Michael Bur (8:32.2) won the second heat, followed by Wesley Kiprotich (8:34.0),World champion Ezekiel Kemboi (8:34.2) and Abraham Cherono (8:34.5). Grace Wanjiru became the first of five Kenyan Africa titleholders to book their place in the continental championships after effortlessly retaining her women's 20km walk national crown in 1:43:20. Informs The Nation.


Molitor 64.53 in javelin

LEVERKUSEN (GER, Jun 25): Javelin thrower Katharina Molitor improved to 64.53 personal best at a home meet. She also had 64.08 in the series, her previous best was 62.69. That means so far three German javelin throwers fulfilled the Barcelona standard, with Molitor also Christina Obergfoll and Linda Stahl.

Chambers 10.18 in heats

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jun 25): Dwain Chambers clocked in sunny weather 10.18 to win his heat during first day of Aviva European Trials and UK Championships. It was also the fastest of the first round when all favorites advanced into Saturday´s semifinals. In the women's opening rounds, Joice Maduaka and Laura Turner led the way with 11.47 and 11.48 to win their heats. Former World 400m silver medallist Nicola Sanders (Tony Lester) and relay team-mate Lee McConnell (Rodger Harkins) were the athletes in form with 52.78 and 52.41 for first place in their heats, both easing up well before the line. James Campbell won the javelin (74.00), Laura Samuel the triple jump (13.52) and Ugandan guest Stephen Kiprotich the 10 000 m in 27:58.03. First Brit over the line taking the UK Championship title was James Walsh with 29:04.62 as 6th. With help of  UK Athletics website.


Kanter 67.96 m

KOHILA (EST, Jun 25): Olympic discus champ Gerd Kanter achieved at 3rd meet of BigBank Kuldliiga (Estonian Golden League series) 67.96 win. Good second Mart Israel (64.83). In Latvian javelin duel Vadim Vasilevskis beat Ainars Kovals (83.21 - 81.68) with 2005 world champion Andrus Varnik third (74.21). Maris Urtans confirmed good shot put shape with 20.51 over home Taavi Peetre 20.24. Igors Sokolovs won the hammer, another Latvian triumph (75.95). Maris Magi clocked in women 300 m national all-time best mark 37.95. The 10 000 m races were staged also as national championships, wins for Pavel Loskutov (30:05.76) and Jekaterina Patjuk (35:19.55).



LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC has suggested a hotline should be set up for athletes and officials to inform the authorities if they suspect there is corruption linked to betting going on in the sport. Representatives of the IOC, international sports federations, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), public authorities and the betting sector were all involved in the conference writes


HENGELO (NED):  The European Cup Combined Events First League can be followed live on the internet. Live streams of the games can be seen on The results of the different events and the scores so far will be mentioned directly on the website.


DES MOINES (USA): After placing second in the 3000m junior race at the USATF national junior championships Jordan Hasay plans to compete in the 3000m at the IAAF World junior championships in July. Hasay ran 9:18.92 for the 3000m and is planning to compete in the 1500m as well at the USATF junior nationals, should she qualify she will also compete in the 1500m at the IAAF World Junior Championships.


BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World champion Jessica Ennis is forced to pull out of  the AVIVA European Trials in Birmingham. Ennis, who suffers from a virus, was supposed to take part in the high jump, long jump, 100m hurdles and shot put in preparation of the European Championships in Barcelona. However on the advice of the UKA medical staff Ennis decided to pull out of the trials. Other absentees are Christine Ohuruogu  who pulled out as a precautionary measure after suffering from a tight quad muscle. Natasha Danvers will not compete at the Trials and will also not be able to compete at the European Championships after sustaining a hamstring injury confirms The Telegraph.


LOS ANGELES (USA): Usain Bolt, Sanya Richards and Allyson Felix have been named nominees as best track and field athletes for the ESPY Awards. Usain Bolt was also nominated for the best record breaking performance based on his double world record breaking performance at the IAAF World championships in Berlin. The ESPY awards are staged by TV channel ESPN and allows sport fans all over the world to vote online for their favorite athletes.

MONTE CARLO (MON):  IAAF confirms the first wave of athletes who will compete at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which take place in Singapore, from 17 to 23 August. These 511 athletes have been selected via Area competitions which have been taking place from March to May this year. Only athletes aged 16 or 17 on the final day of this year (born in 1993 or 1994) are applicable to compete at the YOG. About another 120 athletes to be decided based on entries by 15 July.

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