Aman Beats Rudisha at Milano, Pistorious wins at Milano, Chernova & Van Alphen Win Decastar, US wins Decanation (win number 5), Big News Day, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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The conditions in Milano were, well challenging, and several athletes added to their reputations. Oscar Pistorious, aka the Blade Runner, won the 400 meters outright. This was one of his few wins, and his quote about appreciating such moments was just another indication of why sports fans see Pistorious as something different for track & field.

Mohammed Amman finally got David Rudisha, the 800 meter world record holder. Rudisha and Amman battled in the rain, with Amman getting the nod. It was just not Rudisha's day....

Oh, and kudoes to Alistair Cragg, who set a new national record for 5,000m in the Brussels 5,000m with his pb of 13:03.53 and fifth place.

Jenny Simpson had a busy weekend. A 1,500m on Friday in Brussels, then one in Tangiers on Sunday (she won in Tangiers). Her next race is the Fifth Avenue Mile.

Chernova and Van Alphen
TALENCE (FRA, Sep 18): World champion Tatyana Chernova won the 35th Decastar meet (also the IAAF CE Challenge) with 6679 points ahead of olympic winner Natalya Dobrynska of Ukraine 6538 and Poland´s Karolina Tyminska 6301. Third overnight Canadian Jessica Zelinka was fourth 6296 ahead of of another Ukrainian Lyudmyla Yosypenko 6220. On Sunday Chernova top long jump 657 and Tyminska superb 800 m 2:06.51. Men´s decathlon was not that strong with Belgian Hans van Alphen winning with 8200 points score. Second Estonian Mikk Pahapill 8184 beating Eelco Sintnicolaas of Netherlands 8170. Other medalists from top events followed, Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov 8045 and Belarus Andrey Kravchenko 8023. Cuban Leonel Suarez is the challenge winner ahead of Sintinicolaas and Pahapill. Chernova, Oeser, Dobrynska and Tyminska are the top four in women final ranking.

Kenyan domination
SOUTH SHIELDS (GBR, Sep 18):  For the first time in ten years, and only the third time in the 31-year history of the race, athletes from Kenya took both the men's and women's titles with dominant performances at the Bupa Great North Run, the world's largest half-marathon with 54,000 entrants.  Martin Mathathi (58:56) and Lucy Kabuu (1:07:06) both clocked career best times, and Mathathi handily broke Zersenay Tadese's 2005 course record of 59:05. In the early-start all-women's race, a deep international field took a thrashing from the tiny 27 year-old Kabuu, whose full name is Lucy Wangui Kabuu.  Today's race was her first outside of Kenya since 2008, the year she finished seventh at the Beijing Olympics in the 10,000m, running a career best 30:39.96.  She had been on maternity leave since giving birth to daughter, Angel, in May, 2010. Women winning mark was the second-fastest in the world this year behind only Mary Keitany's 1:05:50 world record set last February at Ras Al Khaimah. Well behind Kabuu, Jessica Augusto comfortably won the battle for second over compatriot Marisa Barros, 1:09:27 to 1:10:29.  Like Pavey, who finished fourth in 1:10:49, Augusto is training for the ING New York City Marathon.  Helen Clitheroe took the fifth position in her half-marathon debut in 1:10:57, despite running the one-mile race at the Great North City Games less than 24 hours ago in nearby Gateshead. Jonathan Maiyo held on for second in 59:27, and Emmanuel Mutai was able to pass Micah Kogo to take third in a personal best 59:52.  Mutai's manager Michel Boeting said that it was a good run for his client considering that he was in the midst of training for the marathon in New York.  Kogo was timed in 1:00:03, and France's Abdellatif Meftah got fifth in 1:01:02. Jaouad Gharib finished sixth in 1:01:31 and seemed to be limping slightly at the finish. Writes Race Results Weekly.

M. Kisorio 58:46, K. Smith 1:07:10
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Sep 18): With a large smile and his hands pointed skyward, Mathew Kisorio entered the history books at the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon. The 22-year-old Kenyan became the third-fastest man ever in the 21.1-kilometer event. Kisorio's winning time, 58:46, also set a new USA all-comer's record, eclipsing Haile Gebrselassie's mark (58:55) that was set at the 2006 edition of the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathon. Kisorio's victory was a hard-fought with him running alongside 58-minute half-marathoner Sammy Kitwara (second in 58:47), all the way to the finish line. Third place went to Kenya's James Mwangi who finished a full three minutes behind Kisorio and Kitwara in a still-fast 1:00:42. The top American male was Villanova University grad Bobby Curtis who placed ninth in 1:01:52. In the women's race, Kim Smith of New Zealand shattered her own USA all-comer's record, clocking 1:07:10. Her victory was similar to Kisorio's with Smith, a New Zealand-record holder and former Providence College standout, going neck-and-neck with another competitor (Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane) until the last mile. Kidane ended up placing second behind Smith in 1:07:28. Third place went to Ethiopia's Bizunesh Deba in 1:09:53. Informs Race Results Weekly.

Aman beats Rudisha
MILANO (ITA, Sep 18): Sensation at Notturna di Milano meet. Youth sensation Mohamed Aman with 1:43.50 ended the winning streak of world record holder David Rudisha who was second in 1:43.57.  "That is how athletics goes, you must accept whatever comes. He has been running well and as before in Berlin 2009 my legs not respond so well in the rain. But that is ok, it has been a good year and we go home to rest before starting preparations for next year, "commented Rudisha. Third European champion Marcin Lewandowski 1:45.05. Silas Kiplagat tried on a rainy evening at 1500 m world lead with 3:33.28. Solid also 7:41.30 by Augustin Choge in the 3000 m ahead of Gebremedhin Mekonen of Ethiopia 7:41.42 and Thomas Longosiwa 7:42.00. Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius won the 400 m (45.97), Jamaican talent Nickel Ashmeade the 100 m (10.42, -3.4) and Daegu fourth placer Czech Vitezslav Vesely the javelin 80.84. Anna Chicherova cleared 196 to win the high jump ahead of home star Antonietta Di Martino 193. World champion Olha Saladukha of Ukraine achieved in triple jump windy 14.94 (+2.4, legal 14.28) ahead of Olga Rypakova 14.69 (+2.8). 2009 World champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton took the hurdles in 13.09 (-1.2), Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova the 400 m (51.94) and Kenyan Cherono Koech the 800 m in 2:00.34.

USA wins for fifth time
NICE (FRA, Sep 18): USA won for the fifth time the Decanation match with 133.5. Second Russia 129 ahead of Germany 115 and home France 109. The other four teams well behind China 68, Spain 66.5, South Africa 66 and Great Britain 33. In sprint duel European champion  Christophe Lemaitre in 10.12 (-0.2) beat Justin Gatlin 10.18. Fast hurdles for Joel Brown (13.31, -0.8) and good 400 m for Jamaal Torrance 45.73. More US wins for Kibwe Johnson in hammer 77.39, Mikele Barber in the 100 m (11.47, -0.9), Maggie Vessey in the 800 m (2:00.39), Yvette Lewis at 100 m hurdles (12.84, +0.7) and Jill Camarena-Williams in the shot put (18.38). Russian wins for Tatyana Lysenko in hammer (74.17), Yelena Slesarenko in the high jump (195, Melanie Melfort 193 as second), Aleksandr Menkov in long jump (820 +0.2), Anastasiya Kapachinskaya in the 400 m 51.26 and Nikolay Chavkin in steeple 8:26.03. Home wins for Renaud Lavillenie in pole vault (high quality 582) and Eloyse Lesueur in long jump (691,+0.8, personal best). World champion David Storl won the shot put 20.30 for Germany and Li Zhen-zhen women steeple for China 9:40.12. 


BAD KOSTRITZ (GER, Sep 18): World champion Robert Harting ended his season unbeaten with 64.76 ahead of Australian Ben Harradine 63.05. Eurowinner Piotr Malachowski only fourth 59.40. Shot put world champion Valerie Adams also ended her season on a high note with 20.59 win. Poland´s olympic winner Tomasz Majewski was the best in the shot put 20.68 ahead of Ralf Bartels 19.52.

ST. WEDEL (GER, Sep 18): World Class throwing meet saw Betty Heidler winning the hammer in her last competition of 2011 with 73.84. Katharina Molitor beat Christina Obergfoll in javelin 61.99 and 61.30. Mark Frank was the best in javelin 81.52 with world champion Matthias De Zordo third (77.42, beaten also by Igor Janik 77.45).

KOLKATA (IND, Sep 10-13): At 51st National Championships new Indian 110 m hurdles record for Thingalaya Siddhanth 13.77 (-0.3). Arpider Singh leaped to triple jump national junior record 16.63. In women events Orchatteri Jaisha won the 1500 m in 4:15.88 and Mayookha Johny leaped to 654 in the long jump.

ABINGDON (GBR, Sep 18): At national league qualifying competition held at Abingdon Mervyn Luckwell threw the Javelin 80.60 m, his best since 2009.


PORTO (POR, Sep 18): Half-marathon world champion Zersenay Tadese won the Porto HM in 59:30. Other podium places for Kenyans Phiilip Sang 1:01:09 and Stanley Kipleting 1:01:10. Doris Changeiywo as best woman got 1:10:36 ahead of Dulce Felix 1:10:46.

AMSTERDAM (NED, Sep 18): Kenyan road world record holder Leonard Patrick Komon won the 27th Dam tot Damloop 10 miles road race in course record 44:27. He missed the world best of Haile Gebrselassie only by four seconds. It was due to cold rain between 11-15 km. Second Samuel Tsegay of Eritrea 44:38 and third Kenyan John Mwangangi 45:13. Women winner Priscah Jepleting achieved 51.57 ahead of Dinah Chepkemoi 52:46 and Abebech Afework 52:48.  Best home runners were Patrick Stitzinger as 10th (47:47) and Lornah Kiplagat as fourth (53:01). In total 40 000 runners participated.

MOSCOW (RUS, Sep 18): Ukrainian Aleksandr Matviychuk won the International Peace Marathon in Moscow with 2:16:30 ahead of his team-mate Andriy Toptun 2:16:45. Tatyana Perepelkina scored Russian women win in 2:46:51.

MAUI (USA, Sep 18): US miler  David Torrence wasn't just looking to win this year's Front Street Mile in Lahaina, he was gunning for the record. That's exactly what happened. Torrence crossed the finish line on  Saturday in 3 minutes, 57 seconds. Jon Rankin 2nd place 4:00. Garrett Heath 3rd place, 4:00. Heather Kampf won the women's race in 4:39. Angela Bizzari second 4:41.

WACHAU (AUT, Sep 18): Kenyan GeoffreyKanyanjua won the Wachau HM in 1:01:18 ahead of Joel Mwangi 1:03:03. Kenyans dominated also the women category when Alice Mogire achieved 1:12:28 and Edith Chelimo 1:13:13.

USTI NAD LABEM (CZE, Sep 18): Again in Czech Republic win for Philemon Limo of Kenya. He was the best at first Usti Half-Marathon in 1:00:57. Ethiopian Adugna Tekele was second 1:03:35. Agnes Kiprop as best woman clocked 1:09:12 beating Tadeselech Bekele 1:11:58.

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