Piotr Malachowski, photo by PhotoRun.net
Laurence Okaye, photo by PhotoRun.net
Okaye, who has been throwing less than three years, and that is what makes him dangerous. He has true talent, and with those levers, Laurence Okaye can throw far. He is one of the true successes of UK athletics athlete development programs.
He was a former rugby player, and is, in my mind, one of the guys who could just as well win the gold as take ninth in the discus. Reason being: Okaye is new to the event, the discus is about getting to know your event, throwing 40,000 times a year, and dealing with the high level of stress in the compeition. Laurence Okaye is a very talented athletes, who could be the spoiler this summer.
The men's discus has just gotten more interesting.
HALLE (GER, May 19): The traditional throwing meet called Hallesche Werfertage produced the first 70+ of world champion Robert Harting who improved to 70.31 in the third round, his PB and world lead. In high quality competition second Piotr Malachowski 68.94, third Lawrence Okoye British record 68.24, fourth world medalist Ehsan Hadadi 68.24 and fifth Robert Urbanek of Poland 66.93 PB. In women discus Nadine Muller won with 66.68 over Zaneta Glanc of Poland 65.34 PB and world champion Li Yanfeng 65.09. Junior Ana Ruh improved in her competition to 63.04. Close shot put battle was won by David Storl 21.13 over Tomasz Majewski 21.12. Chinese Gong Lijiao won the women shot 19.84 over Nadine Kleinert 19.51. In hammer world medalist Zhang Wenxiu with 74.90 beat Anita Wlodarczyk who debuted into the season with good 74.88. But her team-mate Pawel Fajdek was the best in men competition with 76.65 over Markus Esser 75.68 and Slovak Marcel Lomnicky 75.65. Mark Frank 80.63 and Christina Obergfoll 63.91 were the best in the javelin.
PRAHA (CZE, May 19): Pavel Maslak sensationally improved the old national 400 m record at Prague Championships with 45.31 time at the Rosicky Stadium. Interestingly it happened in the same stadium where Karel Kolar achieved the previous record 45.78 at the European Championships 1978. Good pole vaulting by Jan Kudlicka 560 and Jirina Ptacnikova 450. Roman Sebrle tested his shape before Gotzis with 14.78 hurdles and 43.26 discus.
Turkish HT record
IZMIR (TUR, May 19): Tugce Sahutoglu improved Turkish national record at clubs league in hammer to 74.17. Vanya Stambolova achieved European leading 50.88 in the 400 m. Ivet Lalova sprinted to 11.45 in the 100 m and Greek European U23 Champion Paraskevi Papahristou got 14.22 in the triple jump.
Pavey 5000 m EL
MANCHESTER (GBR, May 19): At Manchester distance meet Jo Pavey after missing out on a GB olympic team place in the marathon achieved the 5000 m olympic standard and European lead 15:14.19.. She is also aiming on at the 10 000 m standard in the European Cup. The 38 year is hoping to make her fourth olympics. Ross Murray who trains with Andrew Osagie made a breakthrough to run 3:36.68 in the 1500m, his first sub 3:40. Laura Weightman who is coached by Steve Cram won the women 1500m in 4:09.42.
REGENSBURG (GER, May 19): Fast 1500 m by Corina Harrer 4:05.86, that is European lead 2012.
LANDAU (GER, May 19): Olympic pole vault standards here by Martina Strutz 455 and Kristina Gadschiew also 455 in the pole vault.
EPPINGEN (GER, May 19): Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch won here the high jump with 192 clearance.
JENA (GER, May 19): Good German sprinting here as Cathleen Tschirch won the 100 m in 11.19 (+2.5, but 11.30 +0.4 in heats) and the 200 m in 22.98 (+1.5). Also impressive Alexio Platini Menga with 20.48 (+0.6) in the 200 m. He also achieved the fastest legal 100 m time 10.30 (+0.2) in the heats. Final winner Christian Blum clocked 10.29 but +2.2. Alexander John was timed with 13.53 (+1.7) at 110 m hurdles. German national team won the 4x100 m in 39.02. David Gollnow as first European this year achieved sub 50 in the 400 m hurdles (49.88).
KIMBERLEY (RSA, May 19): Elroy Gelant won the men's title at the SA 10km Championships ahead of defending champion Lucky Mohale in cold conditions in 28:36. Second place finisher Lucky Mohale clocked 28:49 with teammate Desmond Mokgobu crossing the line third in 28:54. Stephen Mokoka and Joel Monne finished in 28:55 and 28:59 respectively. 24-year-old Irvette van Blerk (CGA) claimed victory in the women's race in 33:21 ahead of teammate Lebo Phalula 33:37.
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK, May 19): Martina Hrasnova achieved here olympic hammer qualifier 72.88. Jana Veldakova won the long jump with 651 cm.
CASTELLON (ESP, May 19): At Clubs event good discus by Yenifer Casanas 64.80 over Lois Mikael Martinez 61.40.
ZARAGOZA (ESP, May 19): Angel David Rodriguez sprinted at Clubs meet windy 10.24 (+4.2) at the 100 m.
RADENCI (SLO, May 19): The 32nd marathon here was won by home Mitja Kosovelj in 2:22:09. Best woman was Croatian Marija Vrajic 2:57:33.
RIETI (ITA, May 19): Fast 100 m 10.31 (+1.4) by Jacques Riparelli at another Interclub meet.
GORIZIA (ITA, May 19): Alessia Trost cleared 192 at Interclub meets, new Italian junior record.
BREST (BLR, May 18): World indoor medalist Alina Talay clocked 13.02 at the Belarus University Championships. Olympic winner Oksana Menkova won the women hammer 74.78 and Yuriy Shayunov was the best male with 76.12.
SHANGHAI (CHN): Former world champion Bershawn Jackson explained his no-show in Shanghai on the twitter: "Sorry guys for the ones had me as an fantasy pick. I didn't get my visa done in time that's why I didn't go to Shanghai thanks for concerns."
PARIS (FRA): European decathlon champion Romain Barras will miss the Olympic Games. It is because of his calf injury.