Betty Heidler Sets Hammer WR: 79.42 m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Betty Heidler, 2010 SPLIT/World Cup, photo by

The season has it's first outdoor World record of the season! Betty Heidler, Germany's top hammer thrower, had a superb series and has pushed the bar up in the women's hammer in 2011!

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HALLE (GER, May 21): The 38th edition of Hallesche Werfertage was a special one. European champion Betty Heidler improved in the third round to 79.42 in women hammer, new world record. The former mark of currently injured Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland was 78.30 from last year. She started excellent with new German record 77.19, continued with 76.98 before the global mark. In last three rounds her marks were 75.34, 75.62 and 76.00. "There were excellent supporters, ideal weather. There was no reason why not to throw far," she was quoted. Last German female world record breaker was back in 1988 Petra Felke with javelin which was changed in the mean-time. Next competitions for Heidler are Dakar on May 28 and Ostrava on May 30. Second Kathrin Klaas with 73.77 beat olympic medalist Zhang Wenxiu of China (73.34). Another world leading result of the year in discus when world champion Robert Harting achieved 68.99 over Martin Wierig who improved to 67.21, third Ben Harradine 66.07 beating Virgilijus Alekna 64.63. In the shot put favorites dominated. Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong 21.54 over Ralf Bartels (20.58) and David Storl (20.56) and Nadine Kleinert with 19.16. In women discus Li Yanfeng of China got 66.18 to beat Nadine Muller 66.05. In men´s hammer Markus Esser (78.50) was better than European champion Libor Charfreitag (76.94). Christina Obergfoll threw 64.53 in javelin what is second best of the year. Second Katharina Molitor 63.58 over Eurowinner Linda Stahl (58.73) and Czech Jarmila Klimesova (58.07). World junior champion Till Woschler was the best in men´s javelin with 80.93 over European medalist Mathias de Zordo (80.77).

LALOVA 11.08
IZMIR (TUR, May 21): Bulgarian Ivet Lalova posted fast 11.08 (+1.5) European leading time during first round of Turkish Super League Clubs competition. Romanian triple world class jumper Marian Oprea achieved windy 806 in the long jump. New national record for Pinar Saka in women 400 m worth of 52.44. Kaan Sencan leaped to 792 national junior record in long jump.

BREST (BLR, May 21): World leading 695 (+0.2) long jump by Belarus Veronika Shutkova an National Cup meet. Her previous best was 671 in the last indoor season. Excellent shot put for European champion Andrey Mikhnevich with 21.30 over Pavel Lyzhyn 20.65. First Europeans of the season under 2 minutes in the 800 m. Marina Arzamasova achieved 1:59.30 over Ilona Usovich 1:59.38 and Svetlana Usovich 1:59.71. Alina Talai posted legal 12.98 (-1.0) at 100 m hurdles and olympic winner Yulia Nesterenko windy 11.30 (+2.3) in the 100 m. In women throws Yanina Provalinskaya-Karolchik 18.33 in the shot put and Eva Matoshka 72.28 in the hammer.

OLHAO (POR, May 21): Russians dominated the 9th European Cup of Race Walking in Olhão on Saturday. They won four out of five individual events of the day. Although the start was a bit delayed, when the gun finally went the Russian made sure there was an even bigger wall between him and the rest of the field. Denis Nizhegorodov won the 50 km in 3:45:57 over another Russian Igor Erokhin 3:49:04. Third in 3:50:12 was Italian Marco de Luca ahead of German Christopher Linke who improved to 3:52:55. Seven walkers went sub 4 hours. Stanislav Emelyanov who won last summer in Barcelona continues in progress and won also here all before his 21st birthday with 1:23:27 at 20 km. All was decided in the last 500 meters when Spaniard Benjamin Sanchez suddenly clutched his hamstring like he had been shot to allow Matej Toth (1:23:53) a sprint for silver with Jakub Jalonek, who was the surprise of the race in third (1:23:59). After all, Vera Sokolova is the fastest-ever woman to complete the distance - so no surprises the Russian favorite reigned supreme. She won in 1:30:01 over Anisya Kirdyapkina 1:30:40 and returning Italian Elisa Rigaudo 1:30:54 and former world medalist Maria Vasco of Spain (1:31:40). Ukraine's Ihor Lyashchenko won the junior 10 km race as the only non-Russian winner of the day in 41:26. Second German Hagen Pohle (41:36) and third best Russian Dementiy Cheparev in 41:57. Junior girls race ended with Russian triumph as Yelena Lashmanova clocked 43:10 beating her team-mate Svetlana Vasilyeva 44:02. Bronze for Ireland´s Kate Veale 46:32 over Italian Anna Clemente 49:08.


AMSTERDAM (NED) : The Dutch Athletics federation KNAU informs in a press release that Dutch hurdler Gregory Sedoc is expected to appear before a commission on June 9 2011 following three whereabouts strikes. Sedoc filed incomplete whereabouts on October 1 2010 and subsequently missed an anti-doping test on December 1 2010 and one on February 4 2011. The KNAU makes clear it is solely an administrative problem and added that Sedoc can continue to compete until the hearing on June 9th.

LONDON (GBR): European 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene confirmed in an interview with The Telegraph that he is hurdling superbly and is in fantastic shape. Greene is hoping to beat his major opponents for the London Olympic 400m hurdles title already in 2011 and so hopes to win a psychological battle long before the Olympic Games of London start.

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan athletes want Athletics Kenya to set up a counseling and investments advisory body to help upcoming runners to manage their earnings. Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui is one of many athletes who have spoken up to urge the Kenyan federation to take responsibility of sensitizing young athletes to invest their money wisely for long term benefits reports

GOTZIS (AUT): The Hypo meeting in Gotzis has confirmed the presence of its two home stars decathletes Roland Schwarzl and Dominik Distelberger. Both athletes are aiming to qualify for the IAAF World Championships later this year and are hoping to impress the home audience with a score over 8000 points. The organization also released more names for the women's heptathlon with Marina Goncharova, Ida Marcussen, Jana Maksimava and Bettie Wade.

EINDHOVEN (NED): The Marathon of Eindhoven on October 9th will start at 9am instead of its usual 10am start. Organizers are aiming to improve the course record to 2:06 and are hoping that an earlier start will benefit the athletes. Earlier the organization had already changed parts of the course in order to make it one of the fastest courses in the world.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Ousted chief executive Doug Logan and USA Track and Field (USATF) have reached a settlement in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the governing body, according to court documents. Agencies are informing. Neither Logan nor a USATF spokeswoman would comment on the filing in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. Attorneys for both parties were not immediately available. Logan, whose contract ran through 2013, filed his lawsuit in October after he was fired by USATF's board the previous month. USATF then filed a counterclaim against Logan. USATF continues to search for a new chief executive.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that the Russian race walking duo of Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina have been voted as the European Athletes of the Month for April. Borchin, the reigning Olympic and world champion, won the International Race Walking Grand Prix in Rio Maior with a new course record of 1:18:55, while Kaniskina, who also holds the two most coveted titles, followed Borchin's path and registered a solid win in 1:28:35 in Rio Maior. Portuguese distance runner Rui Silva, who registered an impressive European-leading time of 27:53.55 during his second place finish at the Trofeo Iberico 10000m in Pontevedra, Spain, took the second spot in the men's poll. Dutch discus thrower Erik Cadée, who produced a 2011 world-leading mark and personal best of 66.95m in Chula Vista, California, was voted third. European cross country champion Jessica Augusto of Portugal was voted second in the women's poll. She made an impressive marathon debut at the prestigious Virgin London Marathon where she clocked a superb time of 2:24:33 for a fourth place finish, barely a minute outside Rosa Mota's long-standing national record of 2:23:28 which was set at the Chicago Marathon in 1985. British hurdler Tiffany Ofili, a silver medalist at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris, placed third in the poll. She showed good form in clocking a very quick but slightly wind-assisted time of 12.66 at the Drake Relays in Des Moises, United States. Informs European Athletics.

GOTEBORG (SWE): Patrick Makau of Kenya has been named the the AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year, one of the most highly coveted accolades in world road running. This is the first time Makau has won the award and his success follows on from that of his compatriot, last year's winner, the late Sammy Wanjiru. Informs IAAF.


HOBARTH (AUS): Albert Johnson, past Olympic British Race Walker 1956 and 1960 died on 20 May at the age of 80 years. Albert was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and lived in the Isle of Man from 1967-1974 when he migrated to Australia, having fallen in love with the country whilst competing at the 1956 Olympics. Albert has lived in Tasmania since , coaching many walkers and distance runners to a National and International standard.


HUTCHINSON (USA, May 20): In the heats of JUCO (NJCAA) championships Everett Walker posted 10.20 (+2.2) and 20.82 (+2.2) in the heats. Jamaican Jura Levy achieved 11.16 (+3.1) in the women 100 m heats.

RADENCI (SLO, May 21): Old timer Helena Javornik won the Three Hearts Marathon of Radenci in 2:48:02. Male winner Kenyan Edwin Kibowen achieved in warm temperatures 2:33:35.

BUCURESTI (ROU, May 20-21): Viorica Tigau leaped to 670 (+1.3) at Romanian national Grand Prix meeting in long jump. Andreea Ograzaeanu clocked 11.36 (+1.8) in the 100 m, Nicoleta Grasu 60.50 in discus, Cristina Casandra 9:56.93 in steeple. Mihai Grasu improved to 62.60 in men discus.

MADRID (ESP, May 21): In Spanish clubs league Cuban Yeimer Lopez clocked 46.39 in the 400 m, Frank Casanas achieved 63.46 in discus and Javier Cienfuegos 75.31 new U23 national record in hammer. Mario Pestano got in Barcelona 63.17 in discus and Dolores Checa 9:07.25 in Castellon at 3000 m.

CHULA VISTA (USA, May 19): Croatian discus thrower Martin Maric improved here to 65.81 and qualified for Daegu and London. Second place for US Jarred Rome with 62.86.

RECHBERGHAUSEN (GER, May 21): Malte Mohr cleared at special PV meet 572 in second attempt. Second place for Raphael Holzdeppe (562). Kristina Gadschiew was the best woman (430).

HOORN (NED, May 21): Gregory Sedoc who is having other difficulties (see other news section) achieved excellent 13.44 (+1.0) to win the 110 m hurdles here. Barcelona medalist Yvonne Hak achieved 2:01.62 to win the 800 m and Erik Cadee was the best in the discus (64.14).

GOTEBORG (SWE, May 21): Fast half-marathon times at Goteborgs Varvet as Albert Matebor posted 1:00:52 ahead of Kimeli Kimutai 1:01:21 and Paul Kimugul 1:01:34. Joyce Chepkirui was the women winner in 1:09:04 beating Atsede Bayisa of Ethiopia 1:10:11.

OSTRAVA (CZE, May 21): Too strong wind during first round of Czech Clubs League. Lucie Skrobakova posted fast 12.85 (+3.4) at the 100 m hurdles. European indoor champion Denisa Rosolova won the 200 m in windy 23.22 (+3.5). Jaroslav Baba cleared excellent 231 in high jump in third attempt and tried at world leading 235. Jan Veleba was lucky with +1.9 in the 100 m and final time of 10.42. Pavel Maslak achieved windy 20.86 (+3.8) and Martin Mazac also windy 13.76 (+3.8) at the hurdles. Jan Marcell got good throwing double 20.05 and 63.79 and Roman Novotny 794 (+1.3) in the long jump.

JIAXING (CHN, May 21): Good women shot put during first day of National GP meet. Gong Lijiao achieved 19.78 ahead of Li Ling 19.08 and Liu Xiangrong 18.73.

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