Ivan Ukhov won, via count-back over Jaroslava Baba in the 33rd Eberstadt, Germany high jump competition was 2.24m. Watch Baba, who is on a roll, and Ukhov, is well, a brilliant tactical jumper.
U.S. midwest and east coast are in a huge heat wave right now. Please remind your athletes to be careful. Hydration, running in coolest part of day and just be careful. More people die in the U.S. each year from heat related conditions than any cold weather.
JAMAICA THE BEST NATION
MAYAGUEZ (PUR, Jul 16-17): The CAC Championships ended with a Jamaican medal rankings win with 10-6-10 ahead of Mexico 7-6-7 and Trinidad 6-3-5. In total 17 countries won medals. Jamaican won the 4x100 m (L. Clarke, Lee, Young, O. Bailey) in 38.81 over Trinidad 38.89 and St. Kitts 39.07 (national record with Kim Collins). In the 4x400 m Bahamas clocked 3:01.33 over Trinidad 3:01.65 and Jamaica 3:02.00. In women relays Trinidad won the 4x100 m 43.47 over Jamaica 43.63. In the 4x400 m Jamaica ruled in 3:29.86. Bianca Stuart of Bahamas equaled the championships record in long jump with 681 (+0.7), also a national record. Fast 100 m hurdles winner was Jamaican Vonette Dixon in 12.77 (+0.9) beating Brigith Merlano of Colombia who clocked national record 12.89. Male hurdles winner Eric Keddo of Jamaica achieved 13.49 (+0.7). In the much awaited 400 m hurdles final the local hero Javier Culson was fourth (50.27) and beaten by Jamaican Leford Green 49.03, all-time hero Felix Sanchez 49.41 and Trinidad´s talent Jehue Gordon 50.27. In the 200 m finals wins for Bahamas. Nivea Smith 22.80 (+1.4) and Michael Mathieu 20.60 (+1.1). Gabriela Medina of Mexico clocked 2:01.50 in the 800 m and Jamaican Korene Hinds 9:54.67 in the steeple. In technical events Tyrone Smith of Bermuda won the long jump 806 (+0.8), Samyr Laine achieved 17.09 (-0.5) as best in triple jump for Haiti. Trevor Barry was the best in high jump for Bahamas (228). Cleopatra Borel-Brown won the shot put 19.00 and Cuban wins for Guillermo Martinez in javelin (81.75) and Gretchen Quintana 5704 points in heptathlon.
KLISHINA 705 AND EL-SHERYF 17.72
OSTRAVA (CZE, Jul 17): Two excellent jumping marks highlighted the last day of European U23 Championships. First Russian European indoor champion Darya Klishina improved her PB, meet record and stadium record right in first jump to 705 (+1.1). It is also European senior leader 2011 and second best mark in the world this year. And at the end Ukrainian Sheryf El-Sheryf who came to Ostrava with 16.92 personal best achieved in 16.99 in first and 17.04 in second round. As confirmed winner he went to his sixth attempt and shocked everybody with huge improvement to 17.72 (+1.3) what is new meet record, stadium record, European lead 2011 and second best in the world this year. In other jumps Briton Holly Bleasdale confirmed favorite role with 455 win (and tried at championships record 466) in pole vault. In nice high jump duel Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko with PB of 230 (in first) beat Russian Sergey Mudrov also 230 (in third, his outdoor first 230). Poland´s Pawel Fajdek dominated the hammer with lifetime best 78.54 and British favorite Lawrence Okoye was the best in discus (60.70, non-favorable wind). Estonian Grit Sadeiko scored 6134 to win the heptathlon (PB) over home favorite Katerina Cachova (6123, also a PB). Morning walks were in Russian hands as expected. Pyotr Bogatyrev was the best male in 1:24:20 (closing David Tomala of Poland 1:24:21) and Tatyana Mineyeva the best woman 1:31:42 in hot conditions. The four running events registered two double gold medalists. Russian Yelena Arzhakova won after the 800 m also the 1500 m in 4:20.55 and Layes Abdullayeva of Azerbaijan after 10k also the 5000 m in 15:29.47 (also a national record). French Florian Carvalho got the 1500 m gold (3:50.42) and Spanish Sebastian Martos the steeple (8:35.35). Four relay finals saw different countries winning. Men of Italy (39.05) and Great Britain (3:03.53) and women from Ukraine (44.00) and Russia (3:27.72). Russia was the best nation in medals and top 8 placings. The event registered six championships records and European U23 leading marks 2011 in 13 events.
UKHOV 224 OVER BABA
EBERSTADT (GER, Jul 17): In rainy men competition in Eberstadt Ivan Ukhov won the 33rd edition on count-back over Jaroslav Baba, both 224. Leading the group with 220 was Greek Kostadinos Baniotis as third. Home hero Raul Spank was fifth (220).
CARTER 10.10 AGAINST BIG WIND
PADOVA (ITA, Jul 17): The 25th Citta di Padova meeting (EA Classic) registered fast 800 m 1:58.91 by Cuban Yuneisy Santiusti who lives in Italy. Jamaican Nesta Carter was impressive in the 100 m with 10.10 against -1.6 wind with Michael Frater way back as second 10.31. Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles continued in his unbeaten streak this year with 13.26 (-0.5) ahead of Ty Akins 13.30 and Joel Brown 13.31. Virgilijus Alekna dominated in discus with impressive 67.05 ahead of Mart Israel of Estonia 65.35. Lansford Spence of Jamaica won the 400 m in 46.34 ahead of Briton Martyn Rooney 46.36 and Oscar Pistorius 46.65 who was not close to Daegu standard. Khadevis Robinson won the 800 m in 1:46.74. In the women 200 m Kerron Stewart clocked 23.04 against -0.8 wind. Another US win for Alice Schmidt in the 1500 m in 4:08.09 and Briana Glenn in the long jump (669 windy and 642 legal) ahead of Latvian Lauma Griva (662 windy and 653 legal) and Teresa Dobija of Poland who achieved the best legal mark 662 (+1.6). NCAA Champ Nia Ali won the 100 m hurdles in 12.98 (-1.3) with world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton of Jamaica fourth 13.29.
AFRICAN DECATHLON RECORD
RATINGEN (GER, Jul 17): African champion Larbi Bouraada from Algeria won the Erdgas IAAF Combined Events Challenge meet in Germany with new African record 8302 points. He was followed by Germans Rico Freimuth 8287 (also PB) and Pascal Behrenbruch 8232. Two more over 8000 points were Willem Coertzen of South Africa 8095 and Brazilian Carlos Chinin 8045. German world medalist Jennifer Oeser won women heptathlon with third best mark of the season 6663 ahead of Aiga Grabuste of Latvia 6507 life-time best. Third Lili Schwarzkopf 6380 beating Dutch Remona Fransen who scored lifetime best 6198 points. In total 10 athletes scored more than 6000 points.
AVILA (ESP, Jul 17): Fast 100 m at 14th edition of Gran Premio Ayuntamiento de Avila meet as Angel David Rodriguez clocked 10.25 (0.0) Daegu B-standard. He was also fast in heats, 10.14 (+3.3). Cuban Alexis Copello leaped to third best mark in the world this year 17.68 (+1.6) in the triple jump over Yoandri Betanzos (17.23, +0.3). Lazaro Borges improved Cuban pole vault record to 572. Also female win for Cuba in pole vault when Yarisley Silva cleared 455 cm. Andres Silva of Uruguay won the 400 m hurdles (49.79).
NANCHING (CHN, Jul 17): The second day of National GP final saw impressive women discus by Li Yanfeng 64.58 ahead of Tan Jian 63.72 personal best. Xie Limei achieved windy 14.62 (+2.4) in the triple jump. Sun Yawei improved at 100 m hurdles to 12.94 (+1.7) and Wang Jiali was the best in the 10 000 m (32.57.70). Best male result by Shi Dongpeng at 110 m hurdles (13.53, +0.7).
BEDFORD (GBR, Jul 16-17): At England Championships Harry Aikines Ayreetey fast 100 m 10.09 (+3.5) from Craig Pickering 10.17 and Luke Fagan 10.20. In legal semis he achieved impressive 10.14 (+2.0) and Pickering 10.19 (+1.9). In the women 100 m Laura Turner clocked Daegu standard of 11.23 (0.1) from Montell Douglas 11.39. During second day winners included Luke Fagan in 200 in 20.74 (+1.5) and Abdul Buhari 62.19 in discus.
DREUX (FRA, Jul 15-17): French junior pole vault record for Emile Denecker 563 cm during the national U20 championships. Quentin Bigot was impressive with 6 kg hammer 77.98 m. Both are favorites for this week European Junior Championships in Tallinn.
GOLD COAST (AUS, Jul 16): Matt Davies clocked 10.41 (+0.7) at 100 m during Winter Series meet number five.
VIGO (POR, Jul 16): At 32nd Gran Premio Internacional de Atletismo Ciudad de Vigo at 3000 m Jessica Augusto was timed with 9:05.23. US 400 m runner Miles Smith improved his 100 m PB to 10.47 (-0.4).
SOSNOWIEC (POL, Jul 16): Solid 226 clearance here by Wojciech Theiner in high jump.
EDIRN (TUR, Jul 16-17): Boys from Turkey were the winners of Balkan Junior Championships with 171.5 ahead of Romania 165 and Greece 164. Halit Kelic of Turkey clocked 47.36 at 400 m and his team-mate Yigitcan Hekimoglu 10.64 (+1.1) at 100 m. In girls rankings first place for Romania 163 ahead of Greece 151 and Turkey 145. Romanian Ioana Doaga scored a solid double with 2:09.40 and 4:21.26 at 800 m and 1500 m.
GATESHEAD (GBR, Jul 17): British internationals Scott Overall and Louise Damen defying testing weather conditions were convincing winners of their respective titles at Bupa Great North 10 kilometers road race. Overall a former national 5,000 meters champion despite the wet and windy conditions around a course with several challenging hills, won his race in an impressive time of 29:48. Damen who recently withdrew from next month's World Championships marathon as she bids to recover full fitness after injury, crossed the line in 33:53. Informs David Martin.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Jul 17): The Rio de Janeiro Marathon incorporated also the marathon within the 5th World Military Games which are being held here (other athletics programme from Tuesday till Saturday). French Patrick Ngoie was the best and is also military champion with 2:18:17 ahead of Kenyan Erick Kiprono 2:18:27 and another French runner Rachid Ghamouni 2:18:43 (second in military ranking). Best Brazilian as fourth Marcos Elias 2:19:55. Also in women race the best was the military participant North Korean Kum Ok Kim in 2:35:22 beating Chinese Wei Yanan 2:36:19 and Kenyan Thabita Kibet 2:36:52. Third in military rankings was Helaria Johannes of Namibia 2:37:15.
BUFFALO (USA, Jul 15): Local media are informing that in the 31st annual Subaru 4 Mile Chase through the streets of Buffalo Friday night Ethiopia's Kumsa Adunga was the overall winner with a time of 18:29. The top woman was Megan Brown from Canada in 21:31.