Nadezhda Ostapchuk and Yuriy Borzakovskiy produced a World leader in the women's shot put (20.94m) an European leader in the men's 800 meters, in 1:43.99. That the 2004 World Champ is obviously rounding into shape and Ostapchuk could prove menacing to Valerie Adams, defending champ in women's shot put. I have to admit that I really enjoy watching Valerie get challenged, as she has tremendous last throws!
And a happy Fourth of July to all those in U.S. A. and those abroad!
OSTAPCHUK WL, BORZAKOVSKIY EL
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 3): The 53rd Znamensky Brothers Memorial (IAAF World Challenge) registered world leading shot put by European Champion Nadezhda Ostapchuk 20.94 in third round of 4 attempts competition. It is also her best ever outside of Belarus. Second US indoor record holder Jill Camarena-Williams 19.15. Men´s highlight was European leading 1:43.99 by 2004 olympic winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy, his best time since July 2009. After dramatic duel second Kenyan Boaz Lalang 1:44.20 followed by three lifetime bests Russian Ivan Tukhtachev 1:45.47, Belarus Anis Ananenka 1:45.58 and another Russian Vyacheslav Sokolov 1:45.69. Olympic winner Andrey Silnov cleared 232 in high jump and tried at new meet record 234. Second Euro winner Aleksandr Shustov 229. Recently improved in Lausanne Jamaican Michael Frater clocked 10.11 against -1.6 wind at the 100 m. Turkish record holder Ramil Guliyev in 10.18 beat Kim Collins 10.22. European indoor champion Francis Obikwelu was only 8th (10.49). Fast steeple by Africans, Ethiopian Roba Gary 8:12.74 ahead of Kenyans Elijah Chelimo 8:16.29 and Patrick Terer 8:21.11. Solid times for Russians Ildar Minshin 8:21.84 and Andrey Farnosov 8:21.95 (PB at age of 30). Krisztian Pars won the final stage of hammer (part of IAAF HT Challenge) 79.70 ahead of Kiril Ikonnikov 78.63, Sergey Litvinov 78.15 and Dilshod Nazarov 76.19. World record holder Betty Heidler was the best in women final 75.54 ahead of Yipsi Moreno 73.26, Tatyana Lysenko 71.75 and Zalina Marghieva 71.49. Former world champion Sergey Makarov confirmed top javelin shape with 86.14 win over Igor Janik of Poland 82.81 and Turkish record holder Fatih Avan 82.77. Surprise triple jump winner over Cubans was Ruslan Samitov 16.90 (+0.5). National 10 000 m title for Sergey Rybin 28:15.79. US Tiffany Townsend won close 200 m race in 22.84 (-0.9) ahead of Charonda Williams 22.89 and Ukrainian duo Marya Ryemyen 22.89 and Olesya Povh 23.09. In the strong home event 400 m Ukrainian win for Antonina Yefremova 51.07 ahead of Antonina Krivoshapka 51.43. On the other hand the international field in the 1500 m was beaten in tactical race by Yekaterina Martynova in 4:10.76. Ethiopians Sule Utura (32:06.89) and Wude Ayalew (32:07.26) were the best in the 10 000 m. Third and national champion was Yelena Nagovitsyna 32:08.00. US duo dominated in the 100 m hurdles (Queen Harrison 12.88 and Kristi Castlin 12.97, +1.2, with Euro winner Nevin Yanit only fourth 13.50). Good long jump depth as Briana Glenn with 670 (0.0) was only 5th. Winner 2006 European Champion Lyudmila Kolchanova achieved her season best 684 (+1.5) ahead of Ukrainian Viktoriya Rybalko (678, +0.3) and Belarussian duo Anastasiya Mironchyk (675, -0.5) and Veronika Shutkova (675, +1.4).
URECH 12.62 SWISS RECORD
LA CHAUX DE FONDS (SUI, Jul 3): Lisa Urech clocked new Swiss 100 m hurdles record 12.62 (+0.5) at the Resisprint meet in favorable altitude of 997 m. Former mark of Julie Baumann was 12.76 from 1991. It is also European leader 2011 and Urech is so top favorite for European U23 Champs in Ostrava. Second Derval O´Rourke from Ireland also impressive 12.84. British Jeanette Kwakye posted second fastest time in Europe this year to win the 100 m 11.15 (+1.6) over French European champion Myriam Soumare 11.25 (she won the 200 m in 23.00, +2.4). In the 4x100 m Great Britain got 43.65 over Switzerland U23 44.72 NR and Slovenia 44.83 (with anchor Merlene Ottey who in 100 m heats got season best 11.91 at age of 51). Impressive times also in men sprints. Italian Fabio Cerutti clocked 10.22 (+0.8) in heats and finals (+1.6). In heats Briton James Dasaolu 10.24 and in the B-final Harry Aikines-Aryeetey windy 10.13 (+2.2). Harry A-A posted also the fastest 200 m time, legal PB 20.46 (+0.8) ahead of Arnaldo Abrantes of Portugal (20.61). In the main race Reto Schenkel of Switzerland achieved 20.51 (+0.7) ahead of Leon Baptiste (also 20.51) and Marc Schneeberger 20.52. In the 400 m the fastest by U23 Briton Luke Lennon-Ford who improved to excellent 45.56. In first race Offentse Mogawane of South Africa 45.65. European Barcelona 4th placer French Dimitri Bascou improved at 110 m hurdles to 13.37 (+1.5) and even more impressive the lifetime best of Briton Nathan Woodward 48.71 at 400 m hurdles, it is also British U23 record and European U23 leader. French Mathias Cianci cleared 226 in high jump and Switzerland clocked 38.98 in the 4x100 m when Britain and Italy were disqualified.
GREECE AND ROMANIA TEAM WINNERS
SLIVEN (BUL, Jul 3): Greek men (159) ahead of Bulgaria (157) and Romania (154) were the best at 64th Balkan Championships. In the women scoring Romania got 170 points ahead of Greece 160.5 and Bulgaria 150. Due to rain Bulgarian stars Ivet Lalova (200 m) and Venelina Veneva (HJ) did not compete. Petar Kremenski won for home side the 200 m in 20.79 (-0.2, personal best), Vania Stambolova the 400 m (53.34) and Momchil Karailiev the triple jump (16.93, +3.3). Kostadinos Douvalidis won for Greece the 110 m hurdles (13.64, +2.5) and Eleni Filandra the 800 m with solid 2:03.31. Bianca Perie achieved 66.69 in hammer for Romania, Ivana Spanovic 656 (+2.7) in long jump for Serbia and Ercument Olgundeniz 63.05 in discus for Turkey.
MPUANG 10.16, ARAJS 10.18
DONNAS (ITA, Jul 3): At 16th edition of the meeting (EAP Category) fast 100 m with South African Thuso Mpuang improving to 10.16 (+1.4) and second Ronalds Arajs clocking new Latvian record 10.18. Mpuang won also the 200 m in windy 20.40 (+2.5) ahead of Swedish European indoor winner Johan Wissman 20.63. Swiss Julien Fivaz leaped to windy 793 (+2.9) in the long jump and Cuban Loy Mikael Martinez achieved his career third best in discus 65.03. Souma Fatou of Senegal won the women 200 m in PB 23.06 (+1.4). Dutch Monique Jansen won the discus (59.98) ahead of Suzanne Kragbe who improved her own Ivory Coast record 59.32.
SPOTAKOVA 64.65 IN RAIN
BRNO (CZE, Jul 3): Strong rain and only 13 degrees influenced the second day of Czech Championships. Despite that world record holder Barbora Spotakova achieved high quality 64.65 javelin win. It is 8th title for the just 30 years old athlete (celebrated on June 30). Men javelin title in strong rain for Vitezslav Vesely (77.22). Jan Marcell got the double with shot put win 19.41. Pole vault was because of the weather not completed. In the 400 m hurdles Zuzana Bergrova won in solid 57.25 and in men´s race Josef Prorok 51.26 ahead of national record holder Jiri Muzik who after injuries and surgeries achieved his best since 2006 51.71. Women 200 m saw Denisa Rosolova winning in 23.42 (+1.0) ahead of Katerina Cechova (23.60, PB) and hurdler Zuzana Hejnova 24.11.
EUROPEAN CUP COMBINED EVENTS
TORUN (POL, Jul 3): Russia won both men and women categories at European Cup Combined Events Super League. Men scored 23 305 over Estonia 23 095 and Belarus 22 956. Close fourth France 22 935 with Poland fifth 22 159 and Czech Republic 6th 22 113. Relegation for Ukraine 21 773 and Finland 21 690. Anders Raja got the individual win with 8114 points ahead of Russian Vasiliy Kharlamov 7935. In women heptathlon Russia was clear 17 816 ahead of Ukraine 17 600 and France 16 992. Fourth Netherlands 16 884 over Estonia 16 162 and Great Britain 16 095. Relegated Czech Republic 15 612 and Greece 15 508. Russian Anna Bogdanova was as only one over 6000 with 6225. Ukrainian Lyudmyla Yosypenko got 5984 and third Dutch Remona Fransen 5965 ahead of Russian Aleksandra Butvina 5948.
BRESSANONE (ITA, Jul 3): British men (22 989, third best score of the weekend) won the First League decathlon teams and qualified to the Super League. Also promoted second Belgium 22 468. Third Italy 21 838 ahead of Switzerland 21 434, Sweden 21 152 and Greece 21 139. Relegation for Netherlands 20 703 and Spain 20 625. Top three scored personal bests, Swiss Simon Walter 7973 and Britons Daniel Awde 7889 and U23 athlete Ashley Bryant 7747. In heptathlon promotion for Poland 17 309 and Italy 17 050. Third was Hungary 17 030 ahead of Belarus 16 853, Finland 16 541 and Switzerland 16 123. Relegated Sweden 15 602. Only seven women teams competed. Poland´s Karolina Tyminska was better than Super League winner 6297 points but was not overall best of the weekend. Second Hungarian Gyorgyi Farkas personal best 6068 and third Yana Maksimava of Belarus 5998.
RIBEIRA BRAVA (POR, Jul 3): Lithuanian Austra Skujyte won the heptathlon in the Second League with overall best from all leagues 6338 points (Sunday results 611 - 47.34 - 2:19.89). Decathlon winner was Latvian Edgars Erins 7513 points. In teams men of Hungary 20 922 ahead of Latvia 19 917, Romania 18 724 and Turkey 16 557. In women team score Spain 16 421 ahead of Romania 16 078, Lithuania 15 062 and Turkey 12 218.
NOVE MESTO NAD VAHOM (SVK, Jul 3): Second day of Slovak Championships for first time held here was hampered by cold (13 degrees) and strong rain. To note only long jump where Renata Medgyesova won with 651 (+2.5, legal 634) over Jana Veldakova 643 (+1.7).
MANNHEIM (GER, Jul 3): Second day of Junior Gala meet saw in senior category German Sebastian Ernst clocking 20.58 (+1.1) at 200 m. Marlon Odom posted 13.57 at 110 m hurdles (0.0). Germany clocked 38.96 and 43.46 with senior 4x100 m teams. In junior events Briton Andrew Pozzi was even faster than on Saturday with 13.29 (0.0) at junior hurdles. German Daniel Clemens cleared 550 in the pole vault. British world junior champion Jodie Williams won the 200 m in 23.05 (-0.2) and impressive 660 (+1.1) for Australian junior Brooke Stratton ahead of German talent Lena Malkus 646 (+0.2).
ANDUJAR (ESP, Jul 3): Iván Jesús Ramos achieved the best result during second day of Spanish U23 Championships with 20.79 (+0.9) at 200 m.
GUIMARAES (POR, Jul 3): New Portugal U23 record during national championships of that category when Vera Barbosa clocked 57.25 at 400 m hurdles.
GDANSK (POL, Jul 3): European indoor champion Adam Kszczot won the 800 m at National U23 Championships in tactical race 1:48.18. Impressive bests for Anna Jagaciak in triple jump (14.25,+2.0) and Anna Kielbasinska over 200 m (23.25, -0.2).
BUCURESTI (ROU, Jul 3): Adelina Pastor clocked good 23.88 (-0.6) at the 200 m during second day of Romanian junior championships.
ROAD AND WALK
HAMBURG (GER, Jul 3): Joseph Kiprono Kiptum won the 17th Hamburg Half-Marathon in 1:03:15. Second Fabiano Joseph of Tansania 1:03:20. Best woman the Kenyan Monica Jepkoech 1:16:08.
GOLD COAST (AUS, Jul 3): Kenyan Nicholas Manza broke the 22-year-old race record at the Gold Coast marathon with 2:10:01. Previous mark of Australian Brad Camp was 2:10:11 from 1989. Second and third also Kenyans Albert Matebor 2:10:13 and Japhet Kipkorir 2:10:50. Australian Lee Troop was hampered by a hamstring injury and finished sixth in 2:15:45, well short of the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:12:00. Ethiopia's Goitetom Tesema won the women's race in 2:30:08, well clear of Australian Roxie Fraser (2:41:17, PB) and Chihiro Tanaka of Japan (2:43:04).
SAPPORO (JPN, Jul 3) The defending champion Kenyan Cyrus Njui won the men's division with 1:01:47 at the Sapport Half-Marathon. The course record holder Mekubo Mogusu was second with 1:02:11. The 2010 World HM champion Florence Kiplagat won the women category with 1:10:29 and said she plans her marathon debut for Berlin in September. Selly Kaptich Chepyego was second in 1:12:03, while debutante Megumi Kinukawa was third with 1:12:22.
TESSERETE (SUI, Jul 2): Slovak Matej Toth won the walking track meet in Switzerland (he is at training camp in St. Moritz) with 39:56. Women winner at 5 km was home Marie Polli 22:55