DIX 20.02 AT THE 200 M
LUZERN (SUI, Jul 21): US Champion Walter Dix showed impressive shape when winning the jubilee 25th edition of Spitzenleichtathletik meet in Luzern with new meet record 20.02 (0.0) at the 200 m over Jamaican Marvin Anderson 20.54 and another US Daegu bound sprinter Jeremy Dodson 20.58. Another meet record for Mexican Juan Luis Barrios at the 3000 m in 7:42.82 over US Ben Blankenship 7:49.70 (PB). From two double olympic winners only one competed. Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway won the javelin with 84.12 over Turkish record holder Fatih Avan 82.54. Pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva injured her hand in the warm-up and was not able to compete. "I hurt my hand while falling, I will be unable to jump. I really regret having to pull out and I will return next year," she was quoted by the agencies. Win went to US Mary Saxer ahead of Ana Katharina Schmid jumping Swiss U23 record and Nicole Buchler, all three 440. Big Swiss win for Lisa Urech at 100 m hurdles in 12.94 (-0.8) over a high quality field including reigning World and European champions. Trinidad´s Paris DL winner Kelly-Ann Baptiste won the 100 m in 11.11 (-0.4) beating US Alexandria Anderson 11.22. More US wins for Alice Schmidt at 800 m (1:59.74 ahead of Maggie Vessey 2:00.51), Lashinda Demus at 400 m hurdles (54.18 beating fresh European U23 champion Anna Yaroshchuk of Ukraine 55.46) and Miles Smith at 400 m (45.19 ahead of Yusif Rabah of Sudan 45.63 and fast B-race winner Briton Martyn Rooney 45.63). Jamaican wins for Nickel Ashmeade at 100 m in 10.24 (-0.2) over US Trell Kimmons 10.27 and Travis Padgett 10.28 and Dwight Thomas who clocked 13.29 (-0.1) at 110 m hurdles beating Ty Akins of USA 13.30. US record holder Jill Camarena-Williams won the shot put 19.74 beating German Nadine Kleinert 19.12 and Michelle Carter 18.79. Briton Barbara Parker won the steeple 9:35.46 ahead of Ethiopian Almaz Ayana 9:36.46. In the jumps Moroccan record holder Yahya Berrabah leaped to 818 (+0.2) beating Briton Greg Rutherford 809 (+0.4) and CAC champion Tyrone Smith of Bermuda 806 (+0.6). US Jamie Nieto was the high jump winner on count-back over Briton Samson Oni (both 223) and the same in women competition for Svetlana Radzivil of Uzbekistan over fresh European U23 Champion Esthera Petre of Romania (both 189).
SAVINOVA 1:58.03 WL
CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jul 21): European Champion Mariya Savinova clocked during afternoon session of Russian Championships first day world leading 800 m 1:58.03 in the heats. In her heat second Yelena Kofanova qualified with 1:59.14. Also fast Svetlana Klyuka winning heat one in 1:58.77 and Yevgeniya Zinurova getting another race in 1:59.94. Out from known names Tatyana Andrianova and Svetlana Cherkasova. European lead for Antonina Krivoshapka 50.19 in 400 m semifinal number three. Here second Kseniya Vdovina 50.74 personal best. In semi two Anastasiya Kapachinskaya also impressive 50.48 ahead of Lyudmila Litvinova 50.99. In the first from three races European champion Tatyana Firova clocked 51.23 ahead of Yelena Migunova 51.26. The remaining two qualifiers for the final were Kseniya Zadorina 51.08 and Marina Karnaushchenko 51.49 PB. Out Olesya Krasnomovets 51.86 and last year Barcelona silver winner Kseniya Ustalova 52.03. In the only final of the day excellent personal best 8:17.74 for Ildar Minshin winning the 3000 m steeple race ahead of Andrey Farnosov 8:24.89 and Nikolay Chavkin also lifetime best 8:26.78. High quality in women long jump qualification as Anna Nazarova got 688 (+0.7) and Yelena Sokolova 676 (+1.2). From top names no qualifiyng former European champion Tatyana Kotova (628). Darya Klishina with a bye jumps in Monaco on Friday. In the men´s 800 m heats fastest 2004 olympic winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy 1:47.28, in 400 m semis Denis Alekseyev 46.29 and in javelin qualification Sergey Makarov 79.86 m.
WINS FOR POLAND AND SPAIN
TALLINN (EST, Jul 21): Poland and Spain won the other two gold medals from the first day of 21st European Junior Championships in hot Estonia. Youth Olympic Games winner Krzysztof Brzozowski of Poland won the shot put (6 kg) with new national junior record 20.92 ahead of Italian Daniele Secci 20.45 and German Christian Jagusch 19.80. Gabriel Navarro was the clear 10 000 m winner for Spain in 30:02.18 (due to hot temperatures over 30 degrees). Dutch world junior champion from Moncton Dafne Schippers leads the heptathlon after first day with 3702 points (she was best at hurdles 13.27 +0.3 and in the 200 m 22.91 -0.4, only 163 in high jump and solid 13.47 in the shot put). Second German Sara Gambetta has 3608 points (14.85-181-14.74-24.73). Very ímpressive improvement for French Jimmy Vicaut in the 100 m semifinal with 10.12 against -1.8 wind. World junior champion Jodie Williams of Great Britain was best in girls semis with 11.33 (-1.3). Russian Nikita Uglov posted the fastest in the boys 400 m semifinal with 46.36 ahead of Hungarian Marcell Deak-Nagy 46.44. Adelina Pastor of Romania was the fastest in girls 400 m heats and advanced into the final with 52.77. Ukrainian Anastasia Tkachuk (2:03.58) and Briton Adam Cotton (3:50.80) posted the best times in girls 800m and boys 1500 m heats. Gulsat Fazletdinova of Russia was the fastest in girls steeple preliminary round 10:01.88. In technical events no sensations in boys high jump and girls pole vault. Russians dominated the other jumps, Sergey Morgunov in the long jump qualification 780 (0.0) and Yana Borodina in the triple jump (13.61, -0.8). Ukrainian Viktoriya Klochko was the best in discus qualification (54.54, PB) and Belarus Pavel Mialeshka in boys javelin 77.52 ahead of world junior record Zigismunds Sirmais 76.69.
TULSA (USA): Agencies are informing that former Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Marion Jones has been cut by the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, bringing her future in basketball into question. The Shock announced Thursday they had waived Jones to make room for former Oklahoma center Abi Olajuwon.
MONACO (MON): World champion at 200 m Allyson Felix said she would decide "soon" over a 200-400m double at next month's world championships in Daegu, South Korea. "The 200m is my perfect distance, that's my best race, my body likes this race," she said ahead of Friday's Diamond League meet here. I'll decide really soon if I do the double. I'll sit down with my coach at home and decide," she said. Monaco 200 m is her last race before Daegu.
LONDON (GBR): Guardian informs that the 100 m Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie has been disqualified from driving for 15 months and fined 5000 GBP after he crashed his car going the wrong way on a main road. The Barcelona 1992 winner was found guilty of careless driving after he crashed head-on into a taxi carrying a bride and groom to their wedding reception.
NAIROBI (KEN): News from Kenyan team for Daegu. The Nation reports that Daniel Kipchirchir Komen has been included in the Kenyan team for Daegu. Komen replaces Nixon Chepseba in the team expected to start residential training at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Monday, in preparation for the championships. Komen finished the 1,500m final race third in a time of 3:32.37 at the Nationals and was shocked to find his name missing in the team to Daegu. Chepseba, who finished the race fifth in a time of 3:33.96, had been included in the team. Komen had instead been included in the team to represent the country at the All AfricaGames in Maputo. "We would like to take this early opportunity to swap the athletes. Chepseba will represent the country at the All Africa Games and Komen at the World Championships," said a Kenyan official. In another action steeple world leader Paul Kipsiele Koech has petitioned Athletics Kenya to look at his consistency and international performance and award him the wildcard for the World Championships. "I have been in athletics for 11 years. I have never finished in the top two at the national trails, yet AK has always picked me and many other athletes with similar problems to compete in international championship," he said. "I have a problem with running at altitude and AK knows this. If at all I'm out of form, then how come I have been at the top of the world for the past 11 years?" Kipsiele said. He is running on Friday in Monaco.
NASSAU (BAH): Track Alerts informs that Bahamas Junior Pan Am Championships team left the island, but without their star athlete World junior and youth champion Shaunae Miller, something her coach and dad described on live radio as a 'national disgrace'. She was not selected, because according to reports, "her dad who is her coach requested for her not to run the 400m because of physical complications."