Stephanie Brown-Trafton Sets New Discus American Record, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Stephanie Brown-Trafton, photo by

Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion is rounding into shape once again, at the right time. Setting an AR in Maui should remind a few that Stephanie has been in the gold medal circle before and has the levers to put the discus into the stratosphere. Should be fun in Eugene and London.
EME NEWS (MAY 5, 2012)

US discus women record
MAUI (USA, May 4): Throwing in the friendly wind conditions on Maui, Hawaii, the reigning Olympic champ Stephanie Trafton Brown improved US record to 67.74 in third round. Second Krishna Poonia of India, the Commonwealth Games winner, achieved her second best ever 63.67 ahead of US Gia Lewis-Smallwood 62.88. Australian Scott Martin in his returning quest won the men´s discus with personal best and olympic qualifier 65.63. Second Lance Brooks 64.93 PB over Russ Winger 63.98.

European Indoors 2015 to Prague
SOFIA (BUL): Prague will stage the 33rd European Indoor Championships 2015. The European Athletics Council at its 132nd meeting made the decision after the Czech athletics federation presented its candidacy. European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said, "We are very pleased to confirm that Prague will be the hosts of the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2015." Czech athletics federation President Libor Varhanik said to the Council, "Thank you very much for putting your trust in us, and we welcome you all to Prague in 2015." Olympic javelin champion and world record holder Barbora Špotáková was among the Prague delegation which made its final presentation to the Council. Istanbul were the other candidate city that presented their bid during the meeting. Prague hosted the 1967 European Indoor Games, the precursor to the European Athletics Indoor Championships, and the 1978 European Athletics Championships. Place of the event will be the modern and multifunctional O2 arena where previously Prague Indoor meet 2009 was staged with Meseret Defar, Yelena Isinbaeva, Danielle Carruthers, Kim Collins, Paul Kipsiele Koech, Ahmed Ismail as main stars. In the O2 arena other top sports events were held, for example NHL ice-hockey games, Tennis Davis Cup, Basketball Euro League finals etc. The next European indoors will be held in 2013 in Goteborg (March 1-3).

Oceanian discus men record
TOWNSVILLE (AUS, May 4): World finalist Benn Harradine improved the Oceanian discus record to 67.53 at the Townsville Student and Allcomers Games in Queensland. Opening his campaign with a foul, Harradine's world leading throw came in round three, with his series also including two other throws beyond the London qualifying mark of 65.00 m. Informs Athletics Australia.
A. Merritt world leading 13.03

FAYETTEVILLE (USA, May 4): World indoor champion Aries Merritt showed impressive shape in only his second outdoor meet of the year. At Arkansas Twilight he posted windy 12.99 (+2.9) in the heats and then won the final with world leading personal best 13.03 (+1.0). His former mark was 13.09 from Stockholm DN Galan meet in 2007. His next meets will be in Asia against top opponents like David Oliver, Jason Richardson and Liu Xiang. Former world and olympic winner Jeremy Wariner tested his shape in the 200 m and was fourth (20.76, +1.3). Winner Akheem Gauntlett got 20.45. Ivanique Kemp of Bahamas equaled her own national record at 100 m hurdles with 13.20 (+1.7). Russian talent Vera Rudakova won the 400 m hurdles (57.75) and pole vault national record holder Tina Sutej of Slovenia won her event with 445 clearance.

S. Kiplagat 1:44.8 PB

NAIROBI (KEN, May 4): World 1500 m silver medallist Silas Kiplagat on Friday sent a strong warning to his rivals ahead of the Diamond League meets and Olympics trials with a scintillating display at the Kenya Prisons Athletics Championship at the Nyayo National Stadium. As The Nation writes he clocked in the 800 m new event best 1:44.8. It is also personal best for the miler.  Second Reuben Bett got 1:46.0. In the 1500 m Salomon Barngetuny won in 3:40.7 ahead of long distance runner and World 6th placer at 5000 m Thomas Longosiwa 3:41.0 PB.  Lawrence Kemboi was the best in the steeple 8:38.4 and Isaac Korir in the 10 000 m 28:25.2. Two times Africa Junior 800m champion Lydia Wafula also shattered Prisons record in the women 800 m in 2:01.9. Former Marathon world champion Catherine Ndereba and long distance runner Caroline Kwambai found the 10 000 m final too tough to finish fourth and third as bare-foot guest athlete Priscilla Lorchima claimed victory in 33:52.0. Timothy Kiptoo was the best in men´s 5000 m 13:40.0.

Kovago 68.21 WL
BUDAPEST (HUN, May 4): There was a meeting in the Honvéd Stadium with field events. Last year world leader Zoltán Kovago won the discus throw with world leading 68.21 m. Only the best throw was measured, it was his 5th attempt. Hungary has now two throwing world leaders Kovago and Pars. Second 2005 world medalist in decathlon Attila Zsivoczky achieved his second best of the career 49.36 m.

Theron improves again
PRETORIA (RSA, May 5): During second day of South African Open Championships Wenda Theron again improved her 400 m hurdles best. After 55.37 in the heat on Friday she achieved 55.36 in the final on Saturday. Thuso Mpuang also got life-time best when winning the 200 m in 20.44 (-0.4). Tsholofelo Thipe was the best in women 200 m in 23.18 (+0.4) and faster 23.04 (+1.4) in the semifinals. Solid one lap results for Offentse Mogawane 45.54 and Kurt Couto of Mozambique with hurdles 49.24. 18-years old Botswana talent Nijel Amos won the 800 m in new national junior record 1:46.21.


FAIRFAX (USA, May 4): David Verburg clocked in heats of CAA Championships solid 45.62 in the 400 m.

BLOOMINGTON (USA, May 4): Molly Beckwith won the 800 m at Bill Hayes Invitational in 2:01.70.

LONDON (GBR, May 4): Justine Kinney ensured Ireland will always have a special place in London 2012 history when she became the first athlete to win a race in the Olympic Stadium.  The 24-year-old, a psychology student at Loughborough University, claimed the first heat of the women's 400 metres hurdles at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships, which is doubling as the athletics test event for the Games. The wet and cold conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 4000 spectators allowed in to watch and they ensured Kinney will remember her moment forever, even though her winning time of 59.79 was more than two-and-a-half seconds slower than her personal best. The fastest in the 100 m heats were Danny Talbot in 10.37 with Harry Aikines-Aryetey 10.43. Charlotte Purdue won the women 5000 m in meet record 15:55.12. With the help from insidethegames. 

PRAHA (CZE, May 4): Czech European 2010 400 m hurdles finalist Josef Prorok improved at local open meet his own Czech all-time best at 300 m hurdles with 35.99. He also won his heat in the 500 m with 1:02.28 (faster in other race Daniel Nemecek 1:02.21). World best by Briton Chris Rawlinson at 300 m hurdles is 34.48.

BELEM (BRA, May 4): Fabiano Pecanha won the traditional South American road mile championships race here in 3:59. Second Ivan Lopez of Chile 3:59 and third young Argentinian Frederico Bruno 4:00.

BARQUISIMETO (VEN, May 4): At Memorial Maximo Viloria Cuban guest Yoandri Betanzos won the triple with 16.55 m.

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