Jessica Ennis scores 6,906 in Heptathlon, new WL, British record, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Jessica Ennis showed that she has something left up her tactical sleeve, with a brilliant heptathlon win in Gotzis Hypo-Meeting this past weekend. Ennis scored 6906, the number eight performance of all times. 

Ennis is the golden girl of London media and London 2012 sponsors. The eyes of the athletic world are on her. Ennis, who took second in both the World Outdoors and World Indoor Challenge, had the satisfaction of defeating both her rivals in Gotzis. 

Her brilliant javelin improvement was one of her key surprises this weekend. When Ennis ran 2:09.00 for 800 meters, she added the final points on her world leading, new British record of 6,906, breaking Diana Lewis Record, which dated back to 2000, by seventy-five points.

GOTZIS (AUT, May 27): Jessica Ennis sent out an early season message that she can win the Olympic Games heptathlon title with a stunning victory and new British record at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis on Sunday. Ennis over two days of intense action and in a field which included reigning Olympic champion Natalya Dobrynska who beat her for the World Indoor pentathlon title two months ago and Tatyana Chernova who deprived her of the World outdoor heptathlon crown last summer, was in fantastic form. The 26-year-old after holding an overnight lead of 221 points performed even more confidently when returning to the Mosle Stadium to win for the third successive year and smash Denise Lewis's 12-year-old British record. Ennis amassed a tally of 6906 points to move to eight position on the World All-Time list and smash the mark Lewis achieved three months before winning the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medal by 75 points in Talence, France. On a memorable morning at the Austrian venue she opened her second session clearing 6.51 metres in the long jump then throwing a javelin personal best of 47.11m. Needing to clock 2:14.00 to smash the UK record she ran 2:09.00 just 0.06sec behind Chernova. The Russian claimed second place overall scoring 6774pts with Lyudmila Yosypenko scoring a personal best of 6604pts while her fellow Ukrainian Dobrynska wound up in ninth position (6311). Impressive Dutch U23 record for Dafne Schippers with 6360 as 7th (including superb 200 m 22.73, second best ever in heptathlon). 22 athletes scored over 6000 points. In men decathlon sensational win and improvement for Hans Van Alphen of Belgium 8519 points, world lead and national record. Second Dutch Eelco Sintnicolaas also national record 8506 points and third German Pascal Behrenbruch 8433 with 8 athletes over 8000 points. With help from David Martin.

HENGELO (NED, May 27): Haile Gebrselassie was unsuccessful in his attempt to win a fifth successive Olympic Games 10,000 metres vest for Ethiopia when finishing sixth at the trial race in Hengelo at FBK Games (IAAF World Challenge). Gebrselassie was one of over a dozen Ethiopian's who travelled to the FBK-Games where the first two across the line were assured of the trip to London in August with the national selectors retaining the discretion to name the remaining runner. Gebrselassie gave it his best shot and recorded a time of 27:20.39 (the best ever for a 39 years old) as Tariku Bekele and Lelisa Desisa were first across the line with marks of 27:11.70 WL and 27:11.98. "The Games in London is over for me," said the 39-year-old two-time Olympic gold medallist at the distance. "I ran a good race until the last lap. I felt good but I manifestly didn't have the speed to compete against my rivals." Kenenisa Bekele the reigning Olympic 10,000m champion and elder brother of the race winner is believed to have been pencilled in for the remaining position providing he can prove his fitness in the next few weeks. Hannah England last summer's World Championships 1500m silver medallist in her first outdoor appearance at the distance this season was also successful winning in a time of 4:04.05 (behind her good improvements for other European runners Corinna Harrer 4:04.81 and Laure Weightman 4:04.88). Martyn Rooney producing a third 400m sub-45sec performance in the last month of 44.97, finished runner up behind Santos Luguelin of the Dominican Republic who clocked 44.45 the second fastest time of the year and is third best ever junior perfomer behind Steve Lewis and Kirani James (and senior NR). Great marks also in other distance races. Adam Kszczot clocked 1:43.83 in the 800 m and other 5 runners went under 1:45 including improvement for German Soren Ludolph 1:44.80. Kenyan Nixon Chepseba who looked injured in Ostrava won the 1500 in superb 3:29.90 PB (22nd runner under 3:30 ever) over Ayanleh Suleiman of Djibouti who achieved 3:30.31 NR. Women´s 800 m was also great with 1:57.79 for Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei over improved Cuban Yusneysi Santiusti 1:58.53 and national record for Ugandan Annet Negusa 1:59.08. Good wins in sprints for US Kellie Wells (12.81 -0.9), Charonda Williams (22.73 -0.9 ahead of home Jamile Samuel who improved to 22.93) and Ronnie Ash (13.31, -0.6). Churandy Martina took the men´s 100 m final in 10.18 (-0.6). In technical events commanding wins for world champion Robert Harting in discus (68.13), European champion Philips Idowu in the triple jump (17.31, +1.0) and for Zaneta Glanc in women discus (64.71).

RABAT (MAR, May 27): World lead by Vincent Chepkok in the 5000 m (12:59.28) was the highlight of the 5th Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme (IAAF World Challenge). It was great running evening for 30 000 spectators at the Prince Moulay Abdellah stadium. Second Jacob Korir improved to 13:02.94. There was no Kenyan win at the meet surprisingly. Mohamed Aman clocked impressive 1:43.58 in the 800 m over Leonard Kosencha who got Kenyan junior record 1:43.60. Abdelaati Iguider scored a home win in the 1500 m (3:34.39) over Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi 3:34.53 and Hassine Bensghir 3:34.76. Interesting to note the 17 year Mohammed Abid of Morocco 3:38.39 winning the B-race. Ethiopian Roba Gari was the best in the steeple 8:10.04 over Moroccan Brahim Taleb 8:10.20 and Kenyan Bernard Nganga 8:10.59. In women races home wins for Ibtissam Lakhouad in the 800 m 2:00.22 PB and Halicha Hachlaf in the 1500 m 4:07.63 PB. Another Moroccan win for Mariem Selsouli 14:45.91 ahead of Kenyan Janeth Kisa 14:57.68 PB. Hiwot Ayalew of Ethiopia improved in the steeple to 9:16.14 beating Lidya Chepkurui 9:24.43. Sprints saw Justin Gatlin winning the 100 m in 10.12 (+0.8) over Kim Collins 10.17. Great 400 m hurdles duel was won by Felix Sanchez 48.93 over world champion Dai Greene 48.96. Nigerian Joke Odumosu won the 400 m hurdles in 55.36 over Anna Yaroshchuk of Ukraine 55.41. Moroccan win for Aziz Ouhadi in the 200 m (20.50, +2.6). In technical events world champion Olha Saladukha beat with 14.75 (+1.1) in the triple jump world leader Catarina Ibarguen of Colombia 14.48 (+0.2). Tia Hellebaut opened the season with 196 over Venelina Veneva 193. Greg Rutherford was the best in the long jump 817 (-1.1) over Russian Aleksandr Menkov 810 (+1.3) and his rival Chris Tomlinson 801 (+0.4). Briton Goldie Sayers was the best in the javelin 62.35.

JACKSONVILLE (USA, May 26): At East Regional NCAA meet new world leading 200 m by Kimberlyn Duncan with 22.22 (+0.1) also her personal best. Semoy Hackett in other race achieved national record for Trinidad 22.55 (+0.2). Maurice Mitchell improved in men´s 200 m to 20.13 (+0.2).

BLEDMAN 9.89 AT 100 M
ORLANDO (USA, May 26): Fast sprints at Golden South Classic meet for Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade 9.97 (+0.5) in the 100 m final over Travis Padgett 10.04. But in heats event faster personal best for Keston Bledman of Trinidad with 9.89 (+0.9). Jamaican Aileen Bailey won the women 100 m in 11.25 (0.0) and Briton Abi Oyepitan was even faster in the heats with 11.21 (+1.2). Special performances from junior Tyreek Hill (18, will be a junior also next year) who clocked impressive 20.14 (+1.8) in the 200 m, the fifth fastest junior performer ever. Hill also improved to 10.19 (+1.7) in the 100 m.

BREST (BLR, May 25-26): Belarus Cup meet as usual produced some sensational marks. Specially the return of triple world champion Ivan Tikhon on men´s hammer. In his first meet since 2008 Olympics he achieved world leading 82.81 and had in series also 80.88 and 81.02. Kseniya Dzetsuk improved Belarus triple jump record to 14.76 (+0.4) and leaped also to windy 14.81 (+2.4). Svetlana Usovich won the 800 m in 1:58.72, world indoor medalist Alina Talay the hurdles in 12.83 (+0.4), Natalya Koreyvo the 1500 m in 4:07.40. Natalia Mikhnevich got 19.29 in the shot put, Veronika Shutkova 683 (-1.1) in the long jump. 2004 Olympic winner Yulia Nesterenko won the 100 m in windy 11.25 (+2.4).

HAVANA (CUB, May 27): Special meet in Cuba to celebrate the 100th IAAF anniversary saw the young hurdler Orlando Ortega improving to 13.09 at 110 m hurdles and beating Dayron Robles 13.18 after confusion about false start. Two-time World junior champion Dailenis Alcántara landed at 14.58 (+1.4) a personal best, to inflict Yargelis Savigne's first loss at home in many years. Savigne finished third in 14.20, behind Josleidy Ribalta (14.30). World medallist Alexis Copello took the men's event in 17.00. Amaury Valle won the 400 m hurdles in 49.22 and Yipsi Moreno just returning from Ostrava achieved 75.27 with the hammer. Yarisley Silva cleared 460 in the pole vault. From IAAF and Cuban media. Discus world medalist Yareli Barrios achieved 62.76 win.

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO (POR, May 26-27): Luch Moscow's women's team won the European Champion Clubs Cup for the 16th consecutive year but there was an upset as Italy's Fiamme Gialle took the men's title at the Track and Field Senior Group A meeting in the Portuguese town of Vila Real de Santo António. The Luch women won five of the nine events on the second day to finish with 144 points while Spain's Valencia Terra i Mar had a strong second day to tally 118 points, and finish as the runners up for the 10th time in the last 12 years. Turkish club Enka Spor Kulubu, second behind Luch 12 months ago, were one place further down the on this occasion but were just half a point behind the Spaniards. At the other end of the table, French club CA Montreuil and Dutch team Rotterdam Atletiek were relegated. Hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko, the 2006 European Athletics Championships and 2011 World Championships gold medallist won with 71.96. Luch's Yelena Sokolova, the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships long jump silver medallist, had the perfect following wind of 2.0 metres-per-second for her opening effort and flew out to a personal best of 6.95m, the second best result by a European jumper this year. High jumper Svetlana Shkolina, a finalist at the last two World Championships and a Cup winner last year, also easily delivered maximum points for Luch and cleared 1.95m with her second attempt before failing at 1.98m. Both Fiamme Gialle - the last team apart from Luch to win the men's crown when they came out on top in 2005 - and Spain's Playas de Castellon had 127 points but the Italians got the verdict by virtue of having more individual victories. On this occasion, the Luch Moscow men had to settle for third with 119 points. However, the top men's contest on the second day was without doubt the discus, which saw Playas de Castellon's Spanish international Frank Casañas, who was a winner last year, launch his implement out to 67.74m in the third round. The former World Junior Championships medallist, and fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games, produced the second best throw of his career to come from behind after Enka's Olgundeniz had lead with his opener of 65.11m and then he followed that up with a Turkish record of 67.50m in the next round. Great Britain's 2010 European Athletics Championships 110m hurdles gold medallist Andy Turner, representing City of Manchester, won over the barriers in a season's best of 13.41. The British team comfortably avoided relegation even though they finished sixth and it was Czech club VSK Universita Brno and Switzerland's LG Bern who went down. The best women's performance of the first day came from Luch's 800m runner Yekaterina Poistogova, who won over two laps of the track in 2:00.75. Enka got their expected maximum points in the 100m thanks to Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova, the fastest European woman over the distance last year, who sped to a wind-assisted time of 11.26. Fiamme Gialle got off to a good start when hammer thrower Nicola Vizzoni, the 2000 Olympic Games and 2010 European Athletics Championships silver medallist, comfortably won the first event of the day with 76.17m. Portuguese record holder and European Cup Winter Throwing winner Marco Fortes, competing for Sport Lisboa e Benfica, battled hard with his Russian rival Maksim Sidorov (20.96) and reached 20.52 in the third round but had to settle for second place. Another impressive mark was posted in the long jump when Playas de Castellon's Luis Felipe Meliz was blown out to 8.21m, aided by a 3.5mps following wind. Briton Andrew Robertson sprinted to 10.24 (+3.4). With help from European Athletics.

DUBNICA (SVK, May 27): French men´s Entente Val d´Oise Franconville and Czech USK Praha women were the winners after 9 hours of one day athletics at European Champion Clubs Cup B Group 2012 in Slovakia. French team totalled 144.5 points over Sparta Copenhagen of Denmark 131 as both teams will be promoted into the A Group for 2013. During the whole day close third Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel 122 ahead of fourth Mass Ljubljana of Slovenia 112 and home squad of Spartak Dubnica fifth 105.5. Other four teams were with margin in positions 6 to 9 (Excelsior of Belgium, Clonliffe Harriers from Ireland, Phanos Amsterdam and Crvena Zvezda of Serbia). Women competition was closer as the decision about the winners was made only in the final 4x400 m relay. Czech USK Praha did not win the relay but were second and with 133 beat by 2 points the Birchfield Harriers of Great Britain (131). Both promoted into A Group 2013. Third Mass Ljubljana 118.5 with fourth Sparta Copenhagen 108 and fifth Spartak Dubnica 104.5. Sixth position for Borac Banja Luka of Bosnia and Hercegovina 99 over Serbian Crvena Zvezda 83, LG Bern 77 and Maccabi Reshion Lezion of Israel 40. Relegation will be decided based on entries for 2013 and the fact whether C group will be staged. During the sunny but windy day some good individual results were registered. On the men side the Youth Olympic Games winner Dmitriy Kroyter from Israel cleared 220 in the high jump, Danish long jump record holder Morten Jensen leaped to 768 cm, Yochai Halevi won the triple jump for Israeli team 16.35 and Kim Christensen the shot put for Danish team with 19.20 m. French junior Pierre Chalus won the 100 m in solid 10.46 (+0.8), former US runner now competing for Israel Donald Sanford was the best in the 400 m (46.87). Best female result the 400 m hurdles debut for Czech European indoor champion Denisa Rosolova who clocked 56.42 at tight bends in Dubnica six-lane track and showed a solid future in this event with Helsinki qualifier. Also impressive personal best 648 (+1.6) in long jump for 26 years old Swedish Erica Jarder (she competed for Sparta Copenhagen).

SOCHI (RUS, May 26-27): At Russian Team Championships some top marks, including world lead by Lyukman Adams in the triple jump 17.58 (+1.3). Another world lead in women 400 m hurdles 53.87 by Irina Davydova. Fast women races by Irina Maracheva in the 800 m 1:57.82, Yulia Guschchina 50.26 in the 400 m (over Kseniya Ustalova 50.48), Yekaterina Gorbunova 4:09.16 in the 1500 m and Natalya Aristarkhova 9:31.93 in the steeple. World champion Anna Chicherova opened with 197 in the high jump, Olga Kucherenko leaped to excellent 703 (+1.3) in the long jump and young Yana Borodina to 14.41 (+1.8) in the triple jump. Aleksandr Shustov cleared 227 in the high jump and olympic medalist Yevgeniy Lukyanenko 565 in the pole vault. From men´s races to note 45.91 by Vladimir Krasnov in the 400 m and 13.41 (-0.6) hurdlesby Sergey Shubenkov. In throws held in Adler personal bests for Darya Pishchalnikova in discus (67.00) and Yevegniya Kolodko in shot put (20.22). Also to note Ivan Yushkov 21.00 in men´s shot put, Bogdan Pishchalnikov 65.96 in discus and Kirill Ikonnikov 78.12 in the hammer.


HAAPAJARVI (FIN, May 26): Jere Bergius cleared here 572 pole vault life-time best.

OORDEGEM (BEL, May 26): Daegu 5th placer Jonathan Borlee achieved excellent 44.88 at the 400 m at the international meet here. Another top mark the Ireland´s junior 800 m record for the winner Mark English 1:45.77. Britons dominated the 400 m hurdles Rick Yates 49.39 and Rhys Williams 49.45. In women 400 m hurdles Danish national record for Sara Petersen 55.92. Belgian Anne Zagre won the 100 m hurdles in personal best 12.99 (+0.8) and Sifan Hassan in the 1500 m 4:13.26 national junior record for Netherlands. In good 5000 m solid times for European runners: Dutch Jesper Van der Wielen 13.29.02, Belgian Bashir Abdi 13:29.09.

OTTAWA (CAN, May 27): Following two days of grueling competition Cuba's Yorgel Rodriguez Gracia and Jose Mendieta Velazquez were crowned champions in the heptathlon and decathlon at the first ever Panamerican Combined Events Cup. Rodriguez Gracia took gold in the seven event heptathlon with a score of 5819 points. Canadian Jennifer Cotten nabbed silver with 5656 points, just ahead of Cuba's Yasmia Pedroso Gonzalez who walked away with bronze at 5650 points. In the ten event decathlon Mendieta Velazquez took gold with 7792 points. Eric Broadbent of the United States finished in the silver position with 7498 points while Roman Garibay of Mexico took bronze with 7149 points.

SOPOT (POL, May 27): German Lisa Ryzih cleared 461 in second attempt at the 25th edition of "Tyczka na Molo" special pole vault event on the pier here. Second Kate Dennison 440 over Minna Nikkanen 430. Lukasz Michalski as male winner got 542 cm.

BIALOGARD (POL, May 27): Good improvement at Polish National Championships in heptathlon for Izabela Mikolajczyk with 5968 points.

GOTHA (GER, May 27): Shot put in the castle was won by David Storl 20.29 over Ralf Bartels 20.20. In women competition Nadine Kleinert was the best 19.49.

ARONA (ESP, May 27): Combined events meet (EA Permit) saw good performances by Briton Daniel Awde 8012 personal best in decathlon and French World Youth Champion 2003 Marisa De Aniceto with 6182 personal best in heptathlon.

SLOVENSKA BISTRICA (SLO, May 26): Olympic winner Primoz Kozmus started his season here with 73.60 third place, winner Krisztian Pars achieved 79.18 to win. Slovenian Rozle Prezelj cleared 224 in the high jump and Croatian Marko Prugovecki leaped to 800 (+1.6) in the long jump.

GAVARDO (ITA, May 27): Jacques Riparelli clocked 10.24 (+0.2) in the 100 m and Swiss record holder Irene Pusterla got 634 (+2.6) in the long jump.

GDANSK (POL, May 26): At 40th Zylewicz Memorial Monika Pyrek cleared 430 in the pole vault.

FORBACH (FRA, May 26): At Elite meeting here Yannick Fonsat clocked 45.66 in the 400 m, as Leslie Dhjone tried in one the races with 47.91 after injury. Kenyan Benson Seurei won the 800 min 1:46.04. Benjamin Compaore achieved 17.03 (+1.7) in the triple jump and Poland´s Szymon Ziolkowski good 78.51 in the hammer. European champion Myriam Soumare got good 23.13 (-1.2) in the 200 m. Marie Gayot won the 400 m in 51.60.

CHISINAU (MDA, May 27): During the Moldovan National Championship Zalina Marghieva won the hammer with 73.30, ahead of her elder sister Marina with 71.81. Men's competition was won by 19-years-old Serghei Marghiev with 75.20, new U-23 national record.

KINGSTON (JAM, May 26): Julian Forte won the 100 m at All-Comers meet with 10.19 (+0.1) and Anneisha McLaughlin the women sprint in 11.24 (+1.5). Odayne Richards was the best in the shot put with 19.92 m.

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, May 27): World junior finalist Moriba Morain improved at a local meet here to 10.22 (+1.7) in the 100 m.

BONNEUIL (FRA, May 25): Abdourahim Haroun of Chad improved the national 100 m record here to 10.32 (+1.9). US Chris Thomas won the 110 m hurdles in 13.45 (+1.8). Good long jumping Nicolas Gomont 808 (0.0) and Kafetien Gomis 805 (0.0).

SIBO (CHN, May 27): Xie Zhenye improved the Chinese senior 200 m record to 20.54 (+0.5), he is still a junior.

TAIPEI (TPE, May 27): To add to Taiwan Open meet the 13.30 hurdles (-1.7) by 2009 World champion Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados and fast relay national records for Hongkong 38.47 and Chinese Taipei 38.78.

WEINHEIM (GER, May 26): At Kurpfalz Gala meet European champion Christian Reif showed great shape with 826 (+1.4) in the long jump. German relay teams clocked 38.41 and 43.19. Fast sprint times Alexander Kosenkow 10.28 (+1.9), Swiss Reto Schenkel 20.48 (+1.3) and windy 20.42 (+2.1) by Sebastian Ernst, Alexander John 13.50 (+0.8) and Verena Sailer 11.34 (+0.1) and Swiss Lea Sprunger 23.34 (+1.6) a 200 m PB.


BANGALORE (IND, May 27): The reigning world junior cross-country champion Geoffrey Kipsang led a Kenyan sweep as he went away with the men's title in the fifth edition of TCS World 10K, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Kipsang entered the stadium first, with teammate Korir 50m behind and Kipchirchir on their tail. He went on to win the USD 21,000 prize purse clocking exactly 28 minutes, leaving the course record of 27:51 set by Eritrean Zersenay Tadese in the inaugural edition here in 2008 remain intact. It was indeed the fourth fastest time in this race in five years. Pre-race favourite Kimetto finished 27th with a time of 30:51 while 2009 winner Deriba Merga from Ethiopia failed in his bid to recapture the title and ended at 51st place in 32:28. Unlike in the men's race which saw change of guards during the course, the women's race went on with straight business between three Kenyans Helah Kiprop, Esther Chemutai and Doris Changeiywo under hot weather conditions. Kiprop won in 32:22 over Chemutai 32:34 and Changeiywo 32:44.

OTTAWA (CAN, May 26-27): Kenyan Laban Moiben win the Ottawa Marathon in personal best 2:09:13, also new course record. The women's race was a huge disappointment in comparison to the men's. The heavily favoured Ethiopian Teyba Erkesso (2:23:53 personal best) experienced stomach problems that caused her a sleepless night. She went out hard, aiming for a 2:22 time but twice stopped at the side of the road with stomach cramps. At 14km or so, she was forced to abandon the race spending the next hour in a medical tent. Yeshi Esayias, who ran 2:26:00 for second place at this year's Tokyo Marathon, and fellow Ethiopian Biruktawit Degefa ran together through 30 kilometres (1:46:50) before Esayias pushed on alone in chase of the course record 2:27:41 held by Asmae Leghazoui of Morocco. In the end she fell short recording 2:28:46 for the victory. Degefa, who has a best of 2:27:34, finished in 2:33:12 while Ruth Wanjiru of Kenya took third place in 2:33:17. The Ottawa race weekend included a record high of 42,000+ runners involved in distances such as a kid's 1 kilometre race, a 5 km, Half Marathon and Marathon. In 10 km Geoffrey Mutai won in 27:42. The women's race was captured by American distance runner Lindsey Scherf in 33:12. With the help from the IAAF.

LONDON (GBR, May 27): Mo Farah banishing the disappointment of missing out on a podium spot at the World Indoor Championships two months ago won the Bupa London 10,000 for a fourth successive occasion on Sunday.
Farah on a very hot morning in the British capital held himself back until sprinting away to win by three seconds in a time of 29 minutes 21 seconds from Japan's Arata Fujiwara with Scott Overall preparing for the Olympic marathon third in 29:26. Mara Yamauchi continued her preparations for her second Olympic marathon appearance winning the women's race in 32:52 from Caryl Jones, who achieved a personal best of 33:08 and Freya Murray who finished in 33:25. From David Martin. 


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