Christophe Lemaitre runs WB at 250 meters, 26.25, and Robert Harting WL Discus at 68.52, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Robert Harting, photo by

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Robert Harting throw a world leading discus of 68.52m/224 ft-9.25 inches, so he has obviously recovered from his surgery this past winter. Harting is a perfectionist. When I met his last summer in Hengelo, he was cordial but just not happy with his throwing.

Christophe Lemaitre opened a stadium the right way, running a French best and World Best for 250 meters, with a time of 26.25. Obviously, Lemaitre's coach wanted Christophe to get in some over distance racing and a 250 meters sounds pretty good for early season for 200 meter runners.

Don't underestimate either of those athletes.

Colombian juniors, the surprise of the day
SARANSK (RUS, May 12): Chinese Zhen Wang was the surprise winner of men 20 km race at the IAAF Race Walking World Cup in Mordovia, Russia. He won in 1:19:13 ahead of best Russian of the day Andrey Krivov 1:19:27 and third Vladimir Kanaykin 1:19:43. Fourth Ukrainian Ruslan Dmytrenko personal best 1:20:17 followed with Sergey Morozov 1:20:26 and Andrey Ruzavin 1:20:37 showing the Russian team dominance. Their best Valeriy Borchin was 10th in 1:21:29, his first big event failure in many years. Russia ahead of China and Ukraine were the best teams. Colombian Eider Arevalo won the junior boys 10 km in 41:17 and defended his title from last edition and denyied also here Russian win as Aleksandr Ivanov was second 41:42 and third place for Mexican Jesus Vega 41:56. Russia, Colombia and China were the best teams here. In dramatic junior girls race again Latin Americans dominated. Sandra Arenas of Colombia clocked 45:57 to win ahead of Mexican Alejandra Ortega 46:00 (CAC junior record) and only third best Russian Nadezhda Leontyeva 46:02. It was first non-European win since this category started in 2004. Teams here in order Russia, China, Ukraine on the podium. In summary Russia won all three teams of the day, but without individual gold.

Harting 68.52 WL
WIESBADEN (GER, May 12): World champion Robert Harting started his season so good as never before. With 68.52 world lead at throwing meet in Wiesbaden. Second Martin Wierig got good 66.01. In women competition excellent 67.84 for world champion Li Yanfeng ahead of Tan Jian with 64.45 life-time best and another personal best for last year European U23 Champion Julia Fischer 64.22 as third and another best for junior Anna Ruh 61.52 as fourth. Only fifth world leader Nadine Muller 59.66.

Lemaitre 26.25 WB
OYONNAX (FRA, May 12): European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre clocked at the inauguration of the stadium named by him French record and World best at 250 m 26.25. Statisticians had before Joseph Batangdon of Cameroon as the world best holder with 26.61 from 2008. Sources are informing that during the two fastest ever 300 m races Michael Johnson had 25.24 split and Usain Bolt 25.4.


KANCHANBURI (THA, May 11): Second Asian Grand Prix meet saw top 4x100 m times, national records for China 38.65 and Hongkong 38.71. P.P. Kunhu of India won the 400 m in 46.14 PB and Chinese Jiang Fan dominated the 110 m hurdles in 13.54 (-0.7). In men´s high jump Syrian Najed Ghazal cleared 226 and the same mark for home Pramote Poom-Urai what means also national record. In women events the best marks for Truong Thanh Hang of Vietnam 2:01.79 in the 800 m, Svetlana Radzivil from Uzbekistan cleared 192 in the high jump and Chinese Lu Minjia 664 (0.0) in the long jump.

EISENBERG (GER, May 12): European pole vault bronze winner Lisa Ryzih cleared 455 at regional championships. That means olympic standard in Germany. World medalist Martina Strutz achieved 450 as second.  Till Woschler registered 79.41 in javelin.

KASARANI (KEN, May 12): World indoor 3000 m champion Hellen Obiri won the 1500 m at the 33rd Kenya Defence Forces  Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre in 4:17.0. Vincent Mumo won men´s 400 m in 46.4. Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop who finished second in 5000 m and 10 000 m races behind Gladys Cherono. The 2010 World Indoor bronze medallist, Gideon Gathimba, lost his title to the 2008 World Junior silver medallist James Magut in the 1500m final. Magut won in 3:41.1, with Gathimba settling for silver in 3:41.3 as Bernard Kaptingei won bronze 4:41.6. The 2005 World Youth and 2006 World Junior 800m silver medallist Jackson Kivuva won his race in 1:48.1, beating Cornelius Kiplagat (1:48.4) and Andrew Kiptoo (1:48.4). The 2010 Defence Forces Cross country champion, John Chepkwony, clocked 13:30.2 to win men's 5000 m. Informs The Nation.

TIANJIN (CHN, May 12): Interesting improvements during first day of another national GP meet in China. Pai Long bettered his best in high jump to 228, female steeple runner Yin Annuo to 9:41.44 and Liu Chunhua to 62.81 in women javelin. Also to note Gong Lijiao 19.30 in women shot put and Huang Xiaoxiao 55.72 in women 400 m hurdles heats. From Tilastopaja.

HOORN (NED, May 12): At Dutch Track series meet Erik Cadee improved his discus best to 67.30 m. Sharona Bakker clocked 13.14 (+0.2) personal best in the 100 m hurdles. Rob Lathouwers achieved 1:46.87 in the 800 m, Jamile Samuel scored sprint double 11.46 (+1.7) and 23.30 (+0.3). Giovanni Codrington beat with 10.38 (+0.5) Patrick Van Luijk who had the same 10.38 and also windy 10.23 (+3.4) in heats.

BATON ROUGE (USA, May 11): Multi events winners at SEC Championships Kevin Lazas in decathlon (7778) and Brittany Harrell in heptathlon (5838, PB).

CLEMSON (USA, May 11): Former world medalist Derrick Atkins of Bahamas clocked 10.24 (+1.1) at the 100 m in heats here.

MOSCOW (USA, May 11): At Western Athletics Conference Championships good sprints by Chelsea Hayes. She achieved windy 11.15 (+3.4) in the 100 m (also 11.29 +2.0 in heats) and 23.22 (+0.5) at the 200 m (windy 23.15 +2.9 in heats).

LODZ (POL, May 12): Good discus throwing at University Championships. Personal bests for Przemyslaw Czajkowski 65.61 and Zaneta Glanc 65.33.

STARA ZAGORA (BUL, May 11): Former world junior champion Bulgarian Tezdzhan Naimova clocked here hand-timed 11.0 at the 100 m.

NOBEOKA (JPN, May 12): At Golden Games meet Martin Mathathi won the 10 000 m in 27:56.87 ahead of Suguru Osako 27:56.94. In the women 5000 m also Kenyan win for Sally Chepyego in good 15:18.01 ahead of national record holder Kayoko Fukushi 15:18.46 (her best at the distance since 2008).

SAARBRUCKEN (GER, May 11): Australian Kathryn Mitchell nearly achieved here personal best in javelin 62.46. Her best is 62.51 from this January.

MANNHEIM (GER, May 12): Fast hurdles here, in first race Gregor Traber 13.64 (+0.4) and in second Italina Paolo Dal Molin 13.64 (0.0) life-time best.

CODROIPO (ITA, May 12): New best for Italian hammer thrower Lorenzo Povegliano 79.08 m.

NOVI SAD (SRB, May 7): Igor Sarcevic scored at Serbian combined events championships Helsinki qualifier in decathlon 7857. Second guest Darko Pesic new national record for Montenegro 7307 points.


NEW YORK (USA, May 12):  Daniele Meucci wrapped up a productive two-week trip to the United States with a come-from-behind victory at UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K here on a sunny and crisp morning in Central Park.  The 26 year-old athlete from Pisa, who is sponsored by Nike and represents the C.S. Esercito club, became the first Italian to win in the eight-year history of the race in 28:28. Second Leonard Korir of Kenya 28:30 ahead of US Bobby Curtis 28:37. In non-international women race Bekelech Bedada of Ethiopia achieved 34:54.  A preliminary tally by race organizers showed 7918 finishers, a race record.  There were over 11,000 entrants. Informs Race Results Weekly. 

KAVARNA (BUL, May 12): Natalia Cherkes of Moldova won the 4th International Marathon Kavarna 2012 in 2:38:14 ahead of Kenyan Jacqueline Kiplimo 2:42:09 and Russian Irina Mashkantseva 2:42:21. Russian Andrey Bryzgalov was the top male runner in 2:21:41. Kavarna will stage this year on October 6 the World Half-Marathon Championships.

GRAND RAPIDS (USA, May 12): Janet Cherobon-Bawcom ran a pending American Record of 1:24:37 in winning the women's crown at the 2012 USA 25 km Championships. Joseph Chirlee won the men's title in 1:15:11.  2012 marks the 19th year that the championships were hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich. USATF informs. 

BERLIN (GER, May 12): German marathon record holder Irina Mikitenko won for fourth time the Berlin Women 10 km race in 33:19. Record participation of 18 561 female runners was registered.

BERN (SUI, May 12): Kenyan wins at the Bern Grand Prix road race at 10 miles. Daniel Chebii clocked 46:14 in his third win here ahead of Ethiopian Tolossa Chengere 47:45 and another Kenyan Patrick Ereng 47:48. European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin was 12th in 50:16 and was top non-African. Caroline Chepkwony achieved 54:37 ahead of German Susanne Hahn 55:31 in women category.

GOTEBORG (SWE, May 12): Records at Goteborgs Varvet Half-Marathon. Dutch Hilda Kibet clocked 1:09:27 ahead of Alemu Bekele of Ethiopia 1:09:31 and Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal 1:09:50. Fourth Helah Kiprop of Kenya 1:10:09 and fifth Isabellah Andersson new Swedish record 1:10:30. Victor Kipchirchir as top man from Kenya achieved new event best 1:00:25 ahead of Milton Rotich 1:00:43 and Henry Kiplagat 1:01:12.


PRAGUE (CZE): Kathrine Switzer told the world's marathon and running experts that women runners now outnumber men in America with female runners representing 53%, at the 19th World Congress of AIMS in Prague. She is well known as the woman who changed history, when she covertly entered the Boston Marathon in 1967 when women were not allowed to run in the race. The AIMS Congress, in addition to discussing ways of encouraging more women from around the world to take up running, featured subjects such as disaster recovery at events. This included a presentation by Richard Donovan from Galway, Ireland who is the race director of the North Pole Marathon. Part of Richard's planning involves avoiding polar bears attacks. The AIMS congress represents 328 races in over 100 countries and saw the following representatives elected in Prague to the world board of AIMS: Dave Cundy of Australia as new vice-president, Bruno Boukobza (Alpes Maritimes), Mark Milde (Berlin) and Gary Boshoff (Comrades). Five venues bid for the right to stage the 20th AIMS Congress and winning was Comrades Marathon so the next congress of AIMS will be in Durban, South Africa on May 28-31 in 2014.

BUDAPEST (HUN): Doha Samsung Diamond League opener scored in rankings 92 677 points, the best ever score for the Qatari meet. For example last year only six meetings had better score.

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