Meb Keflezighi wins RNR San Diego half, Ryan Hall second, suffering from plantar fasciitis , by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Meb Kefkezighi won the half marathon at RNR San Diego on Sunday morning in 63:11. About minutes behind was fellow Olympian Ryan Hall, who revealed that he has us that he has been running with plantar fasciitis since last November. This has hampered his training for London. 

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BYDGOSZCZ (POL, Jun 3): At 12th European Athletics Festival - Bydgoszcz Cup (EA Premium) Lukasz Michalski won the pole vault with olympic standard 572. Second Maksim Mazuryk and third world champion Pawel Wojciechowski got 562. Third fastest in the world 2012 54.08 by Vania Stambolova of Bulgaria at 400 m hurdles beating Eurowinner Natalya Antyukh 54.50, Ukrainian Anna Yaroshchuk 55.28 and fourth Anna Jesien another standard 55.46. Briton Marilyn Okoro improved her own meet record to 1:59.47 in the 800 m. Men´s race winner European champion Marcin Lewandowski got 1:46.14. Overseas wins for US Michael Tinsley at 400 m hurdles 49.55 (over Britons Rhys Williams 49.58 and Nathan Woodward 49.98) and Jeff Porter 13.41 against -2.2 at high hurdles (second Balazs Baji of Hungary 13.54 PB). Jamaican Ainsley Waugh was the best in the 200 m (21.00, -1.2) and Kenyan Hillary Yego 8:17.31 in the steeple (best European Lukasz Oslizlo of Poland 6th 8:29.05 PB). Sensation in discus when European champion Piotr Malachowski was beaten by Robert Urbanek as he had only valid throw 62.84 and the winner 64.28. In women sprints Laverne Jones-Ferrette won the 100 m in 11.37 (-0.6), Ukrainian Olha Zemlyak in 52.15 beat Britons Lee McConnell 52.31 and Nicola Sanders 52.33 at the 400 m. Good quality 4:05.88 1500 m win for Briton Laura Weigthman beating Angelika Cichocka 4:06.79 and German Denise Krebs 4:06.94. Three women home wins for Monika Pyrek (440, pole vault), Teresa Dobija (661, +2.0, long jump) and good quality personal best of Joanna Fiodorow 74.18 in the hammer. Poland dominated men relays 39.12 and 3:04.45. Second Russia 39.30 and third Ukraine 3:05.18 were the best foreign teams. In women races Belarus won in 43.54 over Poland 43.84 and in the 4x400 Poland got 3:29.33 over Ireland 3:30.61.



BILBAO (ESP, Jun 3): Portugal´s Sara Moreira won the 16th European Cup 10 000 m in 31:23.51 personal best and European lead (8th fastest in the world) 2012. Briton Jo Pavey as second achieved 31:32.22 and third French Christelle Daunay new national record 31:35.81. Two more runners dipped under 32 minutes German Sabrine Mockenhaupt 31:36.76 as fourth and Italian Nadia Ejaffini 31:45.14 PB as fifth. European marathon leader 2012 Italian Valeria Straneo was 6th in 32:15.87 lifetime best. Great Britain won the teams ahead of Italy and Portugal. Men´s race did not had women quality. Turkish Arikan Polat Kemboi won in 27:56.28 in his debut at the distance. Spanish runners followed in positions 2-4: Ayad Lamdassem 28:04.22, Carles Castillejo 28:07.50 and Manuel Angel Penas 28:33.99. Spain so clearly won men teams ahead of Portugal and France.







BILBAO (ESP, Jun 3): At 12th International meet during the 10 000 m European Cup Poland´s Marcin Starzak leaped to excellent 812 (+1.4) in the long jump, Belgian Svetlana Bolshakova won the triple jump (14.07, +2.1, legal 13.86). In discus battel Frank Casanas 64.80 over Mario Pestano 64.15. Briton Rion Pierre won the 100 m in 10.45 (-0.3), David Bustos was the best in the 1500 m (3:37.91) and Australian Tamsyn Manou in women 800 m (2:03.95).


LA CHAUX DE FONDS (SUI, Jun 3): Resisprint meet had French Jimmy Vicaut winning the 100 m in 10.30 (-0.4). He clocked in heats 10.29 (+0.2), the same time in another heat Simon Magakwe of South Africa 10.29 (-1.2). Briton Luke Lennon-Ford won the 400 m in 46.35. In women sprints Myriam Soumare won both events in 11.37 (+0.9) and 23.70 (-1.2).


BAD LANGENSALZA (GER, Jun 3): European champion Christian Reif confirmed his top shape when he won the special long jump meet here despite rain with 821 cm. Second Tommi Evila of Finland 801 over former World indoor champion South African Khotso Mokoena 793. European indoor champion Sebastian Bayer was fifth (787). Women winner Nadja Kather leaped to 647 over Turkish Karen Melis Mey 641.


SAO PAULO (BRA, Jun 2): Kleberson Davide won the 800 m at local meet in 1:45.32 ahead of Lutimar Paes 1:46.37. Guilherme Henrique Cobbo cleared 228 in the high jump.


NITRA (SVK, Jun 3): At Slovak open meet Marcel Lomnicky achieved 75.36 in hammer and Martin Benak 78.08 in javelin.


VILNIUS (LTU, Jun 2-3): Virgilijus Alekna got at Lithuanian Cup meet 65.62 in discus, in women competition Zinaida Sendriute achieved 61.43 in discus.


NOVA GORICA (SLO, Jun 3): Men of Mass Ljubljana and women of Kladivar Celje won the Slovenian club titles. Javelin record holder Martina Ratej achieved 58.21.


VILJANDI (EST, Jun 3): Men of Finland and women of Sweden won the combined events match here. Individual winners were from Sweden Fabian Rosenquist in decathlon 7619 and Martina Salander 5916 in heptathlon.







SAN DIEGO (USA, Jun 3): The men's Rock 'n' Roll San Diego marathon was dominated by a trio of East Africans, as 29-year-old Nixon Machichim of Kenya took the victory in 2:10:03, just 11 seconds up on Desta Gebrehiwot of Ethiopia. Tesfaye Sendeku of Ethiopia finished third, running 2:11:18. Pre race favorite Patrick Ivuti was 5th (2:11:39) and best US Jeff Eggleston was 8th (2:13:13). In the women's race, 37-year-old Russian Alevtina Ivanova crossed the finish line in 2:27:44 to claim a 17-second victory over Meseret Legesse of Ethiopia. Woynishet Girma, also of Ethiopia, was third in 2:33:59 ahead of Silvia Skvortsova 2:34:10. San Diego native Meb Keflezighi won the Half-Marathon in 1:03:11 over Ryan Hall 1:05:39. Kim Smith of New Zealand, who will be one of the favorites in the women's Olympic Marathon ran away with the women's race, breaking the tape in 1:08:37. website informs.


DURBAN (RSA, Jun 3): Ludwick Mamabolo broke the foreign stranglehold on the Comrades Marathon to win the 89km ‚down' run in Durban on Sunday. Mamabolo, who finished second in 2010, secured victory in 5:31.03. Fellow South African Mthembu Bongmusa was second in 5:32.40, with five local athletes finishing among the top 10. Defending champion Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe, who was gunning for his fourth consecutive title, took sixth place in 5:38.02. Russian Elena Nurgalieva secured her seventh victory in the women's race, and her third in succession, despite the absence of twin sister Olesya, who skipped the race after giving birth to her first child. She won in 6:07:12. From SA media.


VIENNA (AUT, Jun 3): Another running win of the day for Portugal woman. Ana Dulce Felix was the best at the 25th Austrian women 5 km race. The European CC medalist who is in preparation for Olympic marathon won in 15:30.1 and missed her last year course record (15:27.4). In total 30 052 female participants in all races. Second Latvia Jelena Prokopcuka 15:47.3 and third Kenyan Joyce Jemutai 15:58.7.


GROESBEEK (NED, Jun 2): The 14th Zwitserloot Dakrun winners was Ethiopian Tebalu Zawude in 28:17 over Kenyan Wilfred Murgor 28:18. Women winner Hellah Kiprop clocked 31:44.







GENEVE (SUI): Dutch sources are informing that the 22.49 NR and EL by Kadene Vassell at the 200 m here was a typo mistake and in reality was 23.49, anyway her PB. That is more realistic, her next best time at the distance is 23.61 as fourth last year at European U23 Championships in Ostrava.



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