A weekend of national championships, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Christophe Lematire, Asafa Powell, Kim Collins, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nytra_CarolinR-EuroInd11.jpgCarolin Nytra, 2011 Euro Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

European national championships abounded this weekend. Here is what our man on the world scene, Alfons Jucks wrote about the major events of the weekend:

GERMANY (Wattenscheid): Silke Spiegelburg won the pole vault with 470 and attacked new national record height 481. Second Lisa Ryzih 465 and third world medalist Martina Strutz 445. World record holder Betty Heidler won the hammer 73.65 and world medalist Nadine Muller the discus 66.47. Behind her enough quality with three more 60+ athletes. Second Julia Fischer 63.21, third junior Anna Ruh 63.14 PB and WJL 2012 and fourth Shanice Craft 62.92 PB. Carolin Nytra confirmed she will be ready for Helsinki with 12.74 (+1.7) win at 100 m hurdles over Cindy Roleder 12.91. European champion 2010 Verena Sailer won the 100 m in 11.22 (+3.0, legal 11.27 +1.4 in heats) ahead of new star Tatjana Pinto 11.26 (but legal 11.26 +1.7 in heats). Ariane Friedrich this time cleared 186 to win the high jump and Nadine Kleinert got 19.18 as the best in the shot put. Men 100 m final was aided by +2.7 when new champion Lucas Jakubczyk clocked 10.16 (but 10.20 PB +1.5 in heats) ahead of Aleixo Platini Menga 10.16 and Julian Reus 10.26 (legal 10.25 PB in heats +1.4). Gregor Traber was leading in the hurdles final but fell after the final barrier and the winner was Alexander John 13.52 (+1.6) ahead of Matthias Buhler 13.66. Other winners Sebastian Bayer in the long jump (791, +0.7), Andreas Pohle triple jump (16.64, +0.9) and Thomas Rohler javelin (78.58, World champion Matthias de Zordo decided after warm-up not to throw due to slight elbow injury). Sabrina Mockenhaupt won the 5000 m in 15:47.01 ahead of Eleni Gebrehiwot 15:47.48 and Lisa Hahner 15:49.83.

FRANCE (Angers): European Champion Christophe Lemaitre confirmed he will be ready for Helsinki with windy 9.94 (+2.6) 100 m win during second day of National Championships. He clocked legal 10.20 (+1.6) in the heats. Last year European Junior Champion Jimmy Vicaut was second 10.05 (10.24 in his heat, -1.2) and Emmanuel Biron third in 10.10. Walking European champion Yohan Diniz achieved fast 10 000 m track win win 39:46.74 ahead of Antonin Boyez 40:56.23. Women 100 m guest winner Ruddy Zang-Milama of Gabon equaled her national record 11.03 (+1.6) ahead of Myriam Soumare 11.21 and veteran Christine Arron 11.34 (11.27 in heats, +1.0). Excellent depth in the 100 m hurdles final with 5 under 13 seconds. Winner Alice Decaux 12.88 (+1.3) PB ahead of Aisseta Diawara 12.88 PB, Reina-Flor Okori 12.97, Sandra Gomis 12.97 and Cindy Billaud 12.97. Harold Correa won the triple jump with life-time best 16.74 (+1.1) and Florian Geffrouais the decathlon 8118 PB.  In women technical events favorite wins for Melanie Melfort 191 in the high jump and Vanessa Boslak 440 in the pole vault. Yasmina Omrani of Algeria won the heptathlon with 5935 points.

POLAND (Bielsko-Biala): During second day Pawel Fajdek confirmed his top shape with 80.32 hammer win over Szymon Ziolkowski 78.25. European Champion Piotr Malachowski got the discus title with 66.89. In the 400 m hurdles final Anna Jesien won in 55.74 over improved Tina Matusinska 55.87 PB. Marek Plawgo was not as fast as in the heats with 49.96 win. Adam Kszczot dominated the 800 m in 1:46.53. Excellent 400 m improvement for Piotr Wiaderek to 45.46 ahead of Marcin Marciniszyn 45.63. Angelika Cichocka won the women 800 m in 2:01.71 and Igor Janik with last round throw 81.31 the javelin. Walking winners at 20 km were Grzegorz Sudol 1:24.27 and Paulina Buziak 1:36:10. Kamil Krynski clocked fast PB in 200 m heats 20.56 (+1.3).

BELGIUM (Brussels): Kevin Borlee sensationally improved his brothers 400 m national record in the heats to European leading and third fastest in the World 2012 44.56. Jonathan Borlee achieved in 200 m heats 20.51 (+1.2). From women heats to note Anne Zagre and her 12.98 (+0.2) in the 100 m hurdles, in second race Sara Aerts 13.09 (+2.6) over Eline Berings 13.13.

CZECH REPUBLIC (Vyskov): Great 100 m sprinting by Katerina Cechova was the highlight. She first improved to 11.34 (+1.8) in hetas, Helsinki and London standard and then again to 11.32 (+0.3) in the finals. She is now third in Czech All-time lists behind greats like Kratochvilova (11.09, 1981) and Kocembova (11.31, 1983). Another Helsinki and London participation was secured by Lucie Skrobakova at 100 m hurdles with 13.12 (-0.6) in heats. She got a cramp in the final, but still won in 13.40 (+0.2). Roman Novotny leaped to season best in the long jump 805 (+1.1) ahead of Stepan Wagner 790 (+1.2). Lukas Milo won the 100 m in 10.39 (-0.2) ahead of Rostislav Sulc 10.40 PB. Jaroslav Baba cleared 220 to win the high jump and Lukas Melich good quality 78.22 in the hammer. Denisa Rosolova posted 57.12 in 400 m hurdles heats.

GREECE (Athens): During big day for Greece (soccer) and one day before elections top marks here on the second day at historical Olympic Stadium (98th edition of national championships). Former European champion Periklis Iakovakis showed impressive shape with 49.04 in heats and 49.19 in the 400 m hurdles finals (his 15th consecutive title). Top event was triple jump where Athanasia Perra achieved 14.71 PB (+1.4) ahead of Paraskevi Papahristou 14.58 (+0.9) and Niki Panetta 14.50 (+1.7). Pole vault record holder Kostas Filippidis cleared 565 to win and Eleni Filandra 800 m personal best 2:00.44. In the long jump windy marks by Dimitrios Diamadaras 809 (+2.5) and Georgios Tsakonas 804 (+3.1) with national record holder Luis Tsatoumas only 4th (773). Likourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas confirmed top shape with 20.55 (-1.3) win at the 200 m. In women 200 m the sensation from Friday Maria Belibasaki showed another improvement to 23.28 (-0.1), also national U23 record.

HUNGARY (Szekszard): Marcell Deak-Nagy won the 400 m in good quality 45.93. All sprints were hampered by head-wind, specially pity for 110m Hurdles where Balazs Baji clocked 13.74 against -3.4 wind beating Daniel Kiss 13.78. Vanda Juhasz won the women javelin with 59.31 PB.

SLOVAKIA (Banska Bystrica): 2009 World medalist Martina Hrasnova got hammer season best 73.09, the same for European indoor medalist Dana Veldakova in the triple jump (14.35, +1.5). In the hammer battle Marcel Lomnicky got his first senior title with 75.46 over European Champion Libor Charfreitag 73.95. This was crucial for Olympic Games as both have only B-standard and SVK Federation said national champion will go to London. But both will be in Helsinki where they can attack the A-Standard (78.00). Peter Horak won the high jump with 223 and confirmed his Helsinki participation. Interesting to see Martin Koch (19) improving to Barcelona standard in the triple jump (15.90, +0.4).

BULGARIA (Sliven): Here already second day as Georgi Ivanov achieved shot put PB 20.33. Tedora Kolarova won the 800 m in 2:02.80 and Adriana Byanova 14.03 in the triple jump. Addition to first day, men´s 110 m hurdles with national records for Kuweit and Georgia was legal with +1.8 wind.

NETHERLANDS (Amsterdam): Churandy Martina achieved fast 10.34 (-0.4) in the men 100 m heats, Dafne Schippers clocked 11.46 (+0.3) in the women 100 m heats and Jamile Samuel 23.43 (+0.4) in the 200 m heats. Monique Jansen won the discus with 59.27. All running finals will be held on Sunday.


ANGERS (FRA): Steeple European record holder Bob Tahri will not run at French Championships on Sunday and is doubtful also for London Games. He is still suffering with his tibia after surgery. He does not want to travel to London as one of  the runners, but only with good chances. In coming days after some workouts he will make the decision about Olympics.

LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics has refused to be drawn into speculation that it is about to part company with Aviva, the insurance and finance group whose four-year deal as a named, top tier sponsor - thought to be worth £8 million ($12 million/€10 million) annually - finishes this year. There have been reports in marketing circles that UK Athletics will pursue a multi-brand sponsorship model in its next deal, but a UK Athletics spokesperson told insidethegames today: "We and Aviva are only concentrating on the current Aviva Series and supporting British athletes to success in London." Norwich Union, which assumed the name of its parent company Aviva in 2009, established sponsorship with UK Athletics in 1998, and Aviva has taken it over in the last three years. Informs insidethegames.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Following discussions between Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates, the AOC selection committee has approved an amendment to the Athletics Australia nomination criteria to extend the qualification period to 9 am (AEST) 22 June. That gives now also the chance for steepler Genevieve LaCaze who achieved the standard only shortly after the initial deadline (9:41.15 in women steeple).

BIELSKO-BIALA (POL): Pole Vault world champion from Daegu Paweł Wojciechowski was not competing at National Championships on Friday because of renewed muscle injury.
LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics informs that athletics has enjoyed a double delight in Saturday´s Queen Birthday Honours List with two individuals receiving honours for services to the sport. UKA Chair Ed Warner and UKA's National Event Coach for hurdles Malcolm Arnold  - coach to World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene - have both been awarded OBEs  in recognition of their dedication to the sport. Warner, who was appointed at the end of 2006 has overseen a period of change and restructure in the sport, including successfully leading the bid to bring the 2017 World Championships to London.



BLOOMINGTON (USA, Jun 15): Shelbi Vaughan set an American Junior record in the women's discus 60.59 and Nikita Kirillov broke a 19-year-old meet record in the men's pole vault (554) to highlight competition on day one of USA Junior  Championships, also trials for World Junior Championships. In 100m sprints wins for favorites: Tyreek Hill 10.28 (-1.8) and Dezerea Bryant 11.43 (-0.2, in heats 11.38 +0.3). Jarrion Lawson won the long jump (777 +2.5 and 776 legal) and Dondre Echols posted fast 13.56 (-1.8) at 110 m hurdles.

BOTTNARYD (SWE, Jun 16): Good discus throwing here, for olympic winner Gerd Kanter of Estonia season best 67.71 m. Second Mart Isreal 63.07. In men shot put Kim Christensen of Denmark got 2012 best 19.73 m.

MANAGUA (NCA, Jun 15): Kenneth Medwood who represents Belize won the Central American title with 49.81 at 400 m hurdles. During first day of this area Championships Mateo Edward of Panama won the 100 m in 10.46 and his team-mate Andrea Ferris the 800 m in meet record 2:03.91.

GREENSBORO (USA, Jun 15): Two tales of redemption played out in the Championship Two Mile races at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors, sealing a near perfect day of competition filled with national leading marks, stunning finishes, and a few surprises. Edward Cheserek and Wesley Frazier clocked 8:55.12 and 10:13.43 for the two mile distance, respectively, making up for earlier performances that had left the pair a bit disappointed. From RRW.

JAMSA (FIN, Jun 16): At LJ and TJ Carnival meet great long jumping. Roni Ollikainen leaped to windy 832 (+2.2, legal 805). Second Mikko Kivinen improved to 802 (+1.4) and only third favorite Tommi Evila 799 (+4.1).

VARAZDIN (CRO, Jun 16): During first day of Croatian Cup meet Euro winner Sandra Perkovic got excellent 67.64 in discus. Marin Premeru beat with 20.22 in shot put Nedzad Mulabegovic 19.97.

MISANO ADRIATICO (ITA, Jun 16): Roberta Bruni improved at age of 18 the Italian junior pole vault record to 435 cm. In the U23 Championships Andrea Chiari improved to 16.83 (+2.0) triple jump.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Jun 16): Second day of Romanian GP meet saw Cristina Sandu leaping to 670 (+2.7) in the long jump and Andrea Ograzeanu winning the 200 m in 23.33 (+0.4).

RIED (AUT, Jun 16): At International meet here Austrian record holder Beate Schrott clocked 13.01 (-0.2) and 13.07 (-0.3) at 100 m hurdles. Second Ireland´s Derval O´Rourke 13.09. But Irish win was registered when Brian Gregan won the 400 m in 46.01. South African Lehan Fourie was timed with 13.59 (-0.2) at 110 m hurdles.

BARCELONA (ESP, Jun 16): Championships of Regional Federations saw Luis Felipe Meliz getting 801 (+1.3) in the long jump over Eusebio Caceres 798 (+1.3). In discus battle Mario Pestano was better with 63.44 than Frank Casanas 63.41. Angel Mullera clocked 8:29.92 in the steeple, otherwise the distances with top Spanish runners were pure tactical races. Judit Pla was exemption with 9:07.05 meet record in women 3000 m. Solid walks at 5000 m. Miguel Angelo Lopez 19:48.67 and on the women side Maria Jose Poves 20:54.83 meet record ahead of Julia Takacs 21:17.76.

KAUSTINEN (FIN, Jun 16): Season best for Finnish hammer thrower David Soderberg 76.40 m.

BEDFORD (GBR, Jun 16): David Bolarinwa won the UK junior 100 m title in 10.40 (0.0). Top junior Adam Gemili is concentrating on senior UK Trials next weekend.

BOULDER (USA, Jun 13): Egpytian hammer thrower Mostafa Al-Gamal personal best 77.14 m.

HOUSTON (USA, Jun 14): At All-Comers meet season best for Australian former world indoor champion Fabrice Lapierre 805 (+0.5). Isa Phillips of Jamaica clocked 49.86 at 400 m hurdles.

XINTAI (CHN, Jun 16): At Chinese National GP walking meet junior Su Guanyu achieved 1:22:48 at 20 km walk. He will be only 18 this month.

PALMA DE MALLORCA (ESP, Jun 16): At the Divina Pastora 10 km road race Carles Castillejo got 29.37 as male winner and Alessandra Aguilar 32:26 (6th overall) as women winner.


BAUSKA (LAT): The javelin meet was held on June 14 and not 15.

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