Andreas Thorkildsen Throws 84.33m--He's Baaack!, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Andreas Thorkildsen, 2010 Areva Paris, photo by

Andreas Thorkildsen is back, throwing 84.33m on Saturday. Andreas had to take a month off due to an injury. We also failed to note David Rudisha's WL of 1.43:38 in Nancy, France on Friday. RBR was preoccupied worshiping our sport in Eugene, Oregon as Day 3 of the US champs went on! What a great day! That night, the Nike High School TF champs went on, under perfect conditions!

KUORTANE (FIN, Jun 25): World champion Andreas Thorkildsen returned at Kuortane Games after injury since May with 84.33 win (and two more 80+ throws 82.65 and 82.36). Conditions were cold and rainy. Second Ari Mannio 79.60, Tero Pitkamäki was 5th (77.05) and world junior record holder Zigismunds Sirmais from Latvia 9th (75.38). Very solid the 20.85 (+0.2) by Jonathan Astrand in the 200 m. European Champion 2006 Jukka Keskisalo showed improvement with 8:29.47 steeple win. World 2005 medalist Tommi Evila beat with 798 (+0.1) talented South African jumper Luvo Manyonga 796 (+0.1). Russian Aleksandra Kiryashova cleared 438 in pole vault.

SZCZECIN (POL, Jun 25): The 57th Kusocinski Memorial first time held in Szczecin saw home throwing heroes winning. Piotr Malachowski improved his season best in discus to second best in the world this year and meet record 68.49. He clearly beat Ben Harradine of Australia 65.34 and Roland Varga of Croatia 64.17. Tomasz Majewski won the shot put 21.25 and missed the meet record only by 1 cm. European winner Andrey Mikhnevich was second 20.91. The third throwing star Anita Wlodarczyk started her season here after injury with 69.62 and she was beaten by Russian Tatyana Lysenko 70.18. Three more meet records. European champion Svetlana Feofanova cleared 470 in the pole vault and beat home stars Anna Rogowska (460) and Monika Pyrek (450) with another Russian Tatyana Polnova also 450 as fourth. Bulgarian Vania Stambolova clocked meet record at 400 m hurdles (54.73) and Kenyan Benson Seurei another one at 1500 m (3:36.72). Here second Ethiopian Mulugeta Wondimu (3:37.23) and third Artur Ostrowski improving to 3:37.57. High quality European lead 1:58.12 in the 800 m by Belarus Svitlana Usovich beating Ukrainian Lilya Lobanova 1:59.94. Co-world leader Dmytro Demyanyuk won the high jump (226) and world champion Yaroslav Rybakov tied for second with Viktor Ninov of Bulgaria at 223 cm. Lukasz Michalski cleared 572 Daegu standard while winning the pole vault. Russian Lyudmila Kolchanova got the long jump (665, -0.1). In sprints former world champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts wins in 10.20 (+0.5) over Dariusz Kuc 10.25 and Marlon Devonish 10.28. Ukrainian women wins for Olesya Povh 11.28 (+0.1) and Hrystyna Stuy 23.28 (-0.1). Valentin Smirnov won the 3000 m in good 7:49.11 for Russia. Artur Noga was the best in the 110 m hurdles 13.57 (0.0) and Briton Rob Tobin in the 400 m (45.72). In relays Ukraine women 43.69 (second Poland 43.88) and Poland men with Daegu standard 38.84.

COTTBUS (GER, Jun 25): 22nd Internationales Lausitzer Meeting saw meeting record in men´s discus by world champion Robert Harting 68.51, only he himself was better this year. Behind him Markus Munch 66.87, Cuban Jorge Fernandez 65.89. Another top result and meet record in the men´s 1500 m with Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider clocking 3:33.84 ahead of Alemayehu Zebene 3:34.59, Fida Soresa 3:34.72 and Wolde Dawit, all from Ethiopia 3:34.89. Good quality also 49.26 400 m hurdles win for Cuban Omar Cisneros over South African Cornel Fredericks 49.43, steeple of Kenyan Abel Mutai 8:21.02 and windy 100 m of Lithuanian Rytis Sakalauskas 10.15 (+2.6). Best women result was the 63.68 in javelin by Katharina Molitor ahead of Briton Goldie Sayers 62.91 and Australian Kim Mickle 61.17. Algerian Zahra Bouras won the 800 m (2:01.54), Briton Kelly Sotherton the 400 m (52.54) and Estonian Anna Iljuststenko 191 after jump-off over Russian Irina Gordeyeva 190. Briton Jeannette Kwakye won the 100 m in windy 11.29 (+2.6).

TORINO (ITA, Jun 25): Simona La Mantia provided the best result of the first day of the Italian Championships in Turin. The women's triple jump European Indoor Champion from Paris 2011 leapt to 14.40 missing her seasonal best by three centimeters. La Mantia backed up her best result with a second best jump to 14.31. Stefano Dacastello produced the major upset of the Italian Championships by beating 2007 World silver medalist Andrew Howe who could not jump further than 7.68. Dacastello opened with 7.73 and then improved to 7.77 and 7.82. "I feel that I reached my peak in Osaka and I am thinking about the possibility to focus on sprint rather than the long jump", said Howe at the end of the competition. Matteo Galvan, a former 200 metres World Youth bronze medalist in Marrakesh 2005, produced a major upset by taking the men's 100 meters title in 10.38 into a headwind of -0.7 m/s. Elisa Cusma took a confidence-boosting win in the 1500 metres in 4:13.38 after a winter season ravaged by injury problems. Silvia Salis threw to a winning 69.57 in the fifth round to beat Elisa Palmieri (66.78). Marzia Caravelli set the fourth fastest time in history in Italy in the 100 metres hurdles with 13.05. Jean-Jacques Nkouloukidi won the 10 000 m walk title 39:44.70. Women 10 000 m saw Nadia Ejaffini winning in 32:28.80 over Valeria Straneo 32:35.11.


SOFIA (BUL, Jun 25): Fifth Pavel Pavlov meet (EA Classic) had as best result the 63.91 discus meet record by Russian 2006 Euro gold medalist Darya Pishchalnikova. Adriana Banova won the triple jump (14.04, +2.9) on second best jump over Romanian Cristina Toma (14.04, +2.5). U17 sprinter Galina Nikolova was the fastest in 11.91 (-1.4) and 24.40 (-1.6). Momchil Karailiev achieved 16.75 (+1.6) in the triple jump and Nikolay Atanasov 783 (+3.6) in the long jump. Briton Benjamin Sumner won the 400 m hurdles (50.29) and Qatari Asian Games gold medalist Femi Ogunode won both sprints in 10.40 (-2.9) and 20.79 (-0.4).

NIVELLES (BEL, Jun 25): Yousef Masrahi of Saudi Arabia clocked 46.08 in the 400 m at the Lotto Meet. Aziz Zakari of Ghana won the 100 m in 10.40 (-0.8).

BREMEN (GER, Jun 25): During German U23 Championships first day excellent improvement in long jump for 17 years old Lena Malkus 670 (+0.5). Annika Roloff cleared 435 in pole vault and Till Woschler achieved 80.52 in javelin.

SEVILLA (ESP, Jun 24): At distance meet Kevin Lopez clocked 1:45.92 at 800 m over Luis Alberto Marco 1:46.16.

BURSA (TUR, Jun 23-24): Some top marks at Turkish Clubs Super League. Ivet Lalova beat Marya Ryemyen in the 100 m (11.35 to 11.41) and vica-versa in the 200 m (Ryemyen 22.88 and Lalova 23.09). Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova won the 400 m in 51.91 and U23 athlete Gulcan Mingir improved to huge 9:39.83 in the women steeple. Home talent Burcu Ayhan cleared 192 in the high jump. Karin Melis Mey won the long jump (649) over Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan (648, she won the triple jump with 14.02). In men´s events Fatih Avan confirmed top shape in javelin (83.38), Ramil Guliyev won the 200 m (21.07). Romanian Marian Oprea won long jump (772, +0.6) and triple jump (16.85w). Ilham Tanui (former Kenyan William Tanui Biwott is since early June representing Turkey) clocked first fast time for his new country 3:37.28. Running as guests other Kenyans Patrick Langat won the steeple 8:31.06 and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi the 3000 m 8:01.64.

ZARAGOZA (ESP, Jun 25): Federations Trophy meet saw Eusebio Caceres leaping to superb 823 (+2.0) in long jump. Frank Casanas achieved 64.73 in discus. Former European Champion Francisco Javier Fernandez won the 5000 m walk in 20:03.26 ahead of veteran Jesus Angel Garcia 20:08.06. Nuria Fernandez clocked 2:01.47 at 800 m and Julia Takacs won the 5000 m walk in 21:55.92.

AVILES (ESP, Jun 25): Ruth Beitia cleared 193 in high jump at the Federations Trophy 2nd division meet.

ANTONY (FRA, Jun 25): Ile de France regional championships registered fast 100 m by junior Jimmy Vicaut, he got 10.14 (+2.2) in finals but legal 10.20 (+1.3) in heats. Renaud Lavillenie returned from Friday loss in Nancy to winning with 570 and missed 580.

LISBOA (POR, Jun 25): European indoor champion Francis Obikwelu clocked 10.32 during first day of National Clubs Championships. Also to note the 20.57 of Marco Fortes in shot put and 803 of Marcos Chuva in long jump. Naide Gomes leaped 640 in women long jump.

BRIDGETOWN (BAR, Jun 24): Andrew Hinds was the fastest during first day of Barbados Championships with 10.35 (0.0) in the 100 m heats.

BEDFORD (GBR, Jun 25): Swirling wind provided the toughest opposition on day one of the Aviva England Under-23 Championships, but James Alaka was lucky, his 100 m win in 10.23 had +0.9. Second Andrew Robertson PB 10.29. Former World Junior Championships silver medalist Ashleigh Nelson won in windy 11.45 (+2.9) the women 100 m. In the U19 trials world junior champion Jodie Williams won the 100 m in 11.33 (+2.5 and also 11.34 +1.8 in heats). Boys 100 m saw David Bolarinwa beating in close final Adam Gemili with fast 10.23 (+2.8). In heats legal times, Gemili PB 10.35 (+1.4) and Bolarinwa 10.38 (+1.8).

FUZHOU (CHN, Jun 25): New Chinese junior record by Cheng Wen at 400 m hurdles with 49.60 in heats of this National GP meet. Solid long jumping with 3 athletes over 8 metres (804 Yu Zhenwei, 803 Zhang Xiaoyi and 802 Li Jinzhe). Zheng Yingjuan cleared 193 in women high jump and Gong Lijiao got 19.06 in women shot put.

TORUN (POL, Jun 24): During first day of Polish Junior Championships the European U19 leader for shot putter Krzysztof Brzozowski 20.61 (6 kg implement).

ZAGREB (CRO, Jun 25): Dario Horvat sprinted to 10.41 (+1.4) 100 m win and life-time best during first day of Croatian Junior Championships.

BERN (SUI, Jun 25): Nicole Buchler cleared 450 in pole vault during regional championships, but in mixed competition.


BRCKO (BIH, Jun 25): Vidovdan Road Race at 10 km in its 15th edition had witnessed fast racing (for the conditions) and thousands of runners and over 15,000 spectators enjoyed warm and very windy Saturday afternoon and evening (21°C, wind 30-55kmh) on Brcko's streets when Tadelech Bekele Alemu won the women race in 33:11. Second Kenyan Pamela Lisoreng 33:15. In men´s race Kiplimo Kimutai got 28:30. Reports Posso Sports website.

APPINGEDAM (NED, Jun 25): Good weather, great spectators at the 2011 edition of Univé Stadsloop Appingedam 10K. Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya wins in amazing 30:43 smashing her previous PB by 58 seconds and establishing world lead for 2011 for the road 10 km. In men's race Boniface Kirui of Kenya achieved also strong 27:58. Informs Posso Sports website.

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