Silke Spiegelburg clears 4.76 NR, Jira Ptacnikova 4.72 PB at Odlozil Memorial, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Silke Spiegelburg, 2011 World Champs, photo by

Some strong jumping in the Czech Republic today. Nine Russian women under 1:59.9 at Moscow Challenge today. And Usain Bolt complaining a bit about the size of starting blocks, all in a day's sport news!


PRAHA (CZE, Jun 11): Four meet records highlighted the 19th Odlozil Memorial (EA Premium) at Strahov Stadium in nice summer weather, but changing winds (women 400H, PV, 4x100 m, men 1500 m). National record holder Zuzana Hejnova achieved in women 400 m hurdles 54.43 event best and as first defeated this year Bulgarian Vania Stambolova 54.72. Third European Champion Natalya Antyukh 55.34. In other race third overall Eilidh Child of Great Britain 55.28. Excellent pole vaulting saw German Silke Spiegelburg clearing European lead 2012 and second best in the world 476 in second attempt, she also tried at would-be WL 481. Czech indoor record holder Jirina Ptacnikova improved with second attempt clearance to 472 and tried at new national record height 476. Third German Kristina Gadschiew 456. Meet record also in Memorial 1500 m race by Ethiopian junior Teshome Dirirsa who improved to 3:34.55. Second Kenyan Benjamin Seurem 3:35.28 ahead of South Africans Juan Van Deventer 3:35.52 and Johan Cronje 3:35.65. Home hero Barbora Spotakova despite long travel form New York City delivered two 65 throws (65.88 and 65.40). Kurt Couto of Mozambique won the 400 m hurdles in new national record 49.02 in close finish over US Justin Gaymon 49.03 followed by season bests from Nathan Woodward 49.42 and home Josef Prorok 49.74. Home win for Jaroslav Baba in the high jump 228 (over Kostadinos Baniotis from Greece 225). SA record holder Simon Magakwe won the 100 m in 10.22 (0.0) beating Peter Emelieze of Nigeria 10.34. Hurdles winner Ty Akins of USA got 13.41 (-1.2), battle for second, Hungarian Balazs Baji 13.51 and Artur Noga of Poland 13.52. Remaining winners Issam Nima of Algeria in triple jump 16.89 (-0.9) PB, Anyika Onuora the women 200 m for Great Britain 23.21 (-1.1), Russian Yekaterina Strokova 60.21 in discus and Ethiopian Etenesh Diro in her second race at the distance (steeple) nice time 9:40.00. Jan Kudlicka cleared in national pole vault 562 (and tried at NR 582) and relay wins for Poland 44.04 meet record and South Korea 39.47 beating Czech Republic 39.54.

SAVINOVA 1:57.93 IN THE 800 M
MOSCOW (RUS, Jun 11): Moscow Challenge meet at Luzhniki Stadium was a rehearsal for the next years World Championships (IAAF World Challenge). World champion Mariya Savinova won the 800 m in best result of the day 1:57.93. Second Yelena Arzhakova 1:58.28 over Irina Maracheva 1:58.71. Yelena Soboleva returned with 1:59.90 as 9th. Fast 400 m times, European leader Yulia Gushchina 50.87 over Lyudmila Litvinova 51.13. In other race Natalya Nazarova 50.78 beating Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 51.17. Guest from St. Kitts Tameka Williams won the 100 m in fast 11.19 (-0.1). In the 10 000 m Yelizaveta Grechishinkova won the national title in European lead 31:07.88. Second Natalya Popkova 31:55.83 over Inga Abitova 31:55.97 and Alina Prokopeva 31:57.38. Natalya Gorchakova won the steeple in 9:35.72, when world record holder Gulnara Galkina was a non-starter. Svetlana Shkolina cleared 198 to win the high jump beating olympic winner Tia Hellebaut and Marina Aitova, both 192. Yekaterina Koneva was the best in the triple jump 14.36 (+0.6) and Oksana Gromova in javelin 57.04. In men events Aleksandr Brednev won the 200 m with 20.58 PB (-0.3) from the B-section. In A-race Jamaican Ainsley Waugh got 20.63 (+0.6). Pavel Trenikhin was the best in the 400 m with 45.51 over US Marcus Body 45.68. In other section Euro finalist Vladimir Krasnov also clocked 45.68. Kenyan junior Cornelius Kangogo won the 3000 m in 7:59.89 and national 10 000 m title went to Yevgeniy Rybakov 28:35.95. Solid steeple winner was Ethiopian Birhan Getahun in 8:20.55 over Kenyan Elijah Kipterege 8:22.96 and best Russian Ildar Minshin 8:23.07. Hungarian record holder Daniel Kiss is continuing in his return with 13.53 (0.0) hurdles win. Russian Vladimir Antmanis was the best in the 400m hurdles (49.87). Foreign guests dominated in the pole vault (Czerwinski of Poland over German Otto, both 560). Russian wins for Maksim Sidorov in shot put (20.86) and Bogdan Pishchalnikova in discus (64.20 over Hungarian Fazekas 63.24 and Turkish record holder Olgundeniz 62.33).


LISBOA (POR): News from Portugal athletics. Top long jumper Naide Gomes ends the season. She suffered rupture of the Achilles tendon on Saturday and was operated Sunday night, returning home on Monday. Former European champion Francis Obikwelu made muscle rupture in the groin. He certainly will be not at the Europeans and hardly will be able for the Olympic Games. 

MONACO (MON): Cuba's Alberto Juantorena, the 1976 double Olympic champion and former World record holder, is the latest athletics legend to be named as one of the 24 inaugural Members of the IAAF Hall of Fame which has been created to mark the year of the IAAF Centenary. The announcement of this honour comes upon the conclusion of the Ibero-American Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where the Cuban team won 8 titles and a total of 18 medals for second place on the medal table behind Brazil.

UDEN (NED) : Dutch hurdler Gregory Sedoc will make an unofficial comeback after being suspended for three whereabout failures. Sedoc officially is allowed to compete again on June 22 nd but will race in Uden on Wednesday in a race that will not be official. Dutch fellow hurdler Marcel Van der Westen might also take part reports

PARIS (FRA): Top names have been announced for the French national championships in Angers this weekend. European champion Christophe Lemaitre is set to compete in both the 100m and 200m where he will meet fellow sprint sensation Jimmy Vicaut. Improved Yannick Fonsat is confirmed for the 400m while the 110H race is promising to be very strong with in the race Garfield Darien, Dimitri Bascou, Ladji Doucouré and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. Renaud Lavillenie is leading a traditionally strong pole vault field. Female sprinters Veronique Mang, Myriam Soumare and Ruddy Zang Milama will go head to head in the 100m. Vanessa Boslak and Eloyse Lesueur are the top name in the pole vault and the long jump reports

BERLIN (GER): European indoor champion Carolin Nytra is confident about her chances this year as she made her long awaited comeback last weekend. In her first 100m hurdles race in over 22 months Nytra clocked a very good 12.74, the fourth fastest time of her career. Nytra told she is not yet back among the world's best hurdlers but believes she will continue to improve her shape before getting to London.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Lloyd Cowan who is the UK Athletics national women's relay coach for the 4x100 and 4x400, said he is looking forward to shaping the relay destiny of his charges in the 1952 Olympic stadium during the Helsinki European championships. The championships in Helsinki are vital for the preparation of Britain's female relay teams ahead of the London 2012, according to the man in charge of coaching them reports European athletics.

LONDON (GBR): After Usain Bolt complained the new starting blocks are too small for his feet the IAAF now says Usain Bolt is wrong and new starting blocks to be used at the London Olympics will enhance the performance of athletes. "Visually the starting blocks look very different," an IAAF spokesman told AFP. "Yes, it is true that Omega has changed a few things and redesigned the starting blocks, but the changes have been introduced in order to enhance the measurement of the athlete's reaction times and to enhance the performance of the athletes." He was quoted.

TOKIO (JPN): The Japan olympic team was announced. In sprints Eriguchi, Yamagata (100 m), Takase, Iizuka, Takahira in the 200 m, Kanemaru for 400m, Yokoyama in the 800 m, Sato in the 10 000 m, full trio in the 400 m hurdles Kishimoto, Nakamura, Tateno. In technical events Yamamoto for pole vault, javelin throwers Dean and Murakami and hammer world champion Koji Murofushi. Decathlon nominee is Ushiro, for 20 km walk Suzuki, Fujisawa and Saito, for 50 km walk Morioka, Yamazaki and Tanii. The trio for marathon was already known (Fujiwara, Yamamoto, Nakamoto). In women running events 6 names: sprinter Fukushima for 100 and 200 m, Niiya for 5000 m, Yoshikawa and Fukushi for 10 000 m, Kimura for 100m Hurdles and Kubokura for 400 m hurdles. Two women in technical events are Abiko in pole vault and Ebihara in javelin. 20km walk qualifiers are Otoshi, Fuchise and Kawasaki and in marathon Shigetomo, Kizaki and Ozaki. Men´s 4x100 m team has  chances to qualify also.

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan team for World Junior Championships has been announced. Not included the top junior runners who are competing on the main circuit (Kosencha, Isiah Koech). Men: Mike Mokamba (100m/200m), Duncan Nkaru (200m), Alphas Kishoyian, Boniface Mweresa (400m), William Mbevi, Francis Mutunga (400m Hurdles), Edwin Kiplagat, Timothy Kitum (800m), Dominic Mutuku, Hillary Cheruiyot (1500m), Conseslus Kipruto, Gilbert Kirui (3000m steeplechase), William Malel, Justin Kiprop (5000m), Philemon Cheboi, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (10000m). Women: Agatha Jeruto (800m), Faith Chepng'etich (1500m/3000m), Nancy Chepkwemoi (1500m), Mercy Chebwogen (3000m), Daisy Chepkemei, Stella Ruto (3000m steeplechase), Caroline Chepkoech, Agnes Chebet (5000m). With the help from IAAF.

BARCELONA (ESP): Only 29 days to go until the start of the IAAF World Junior Championships Barcelona 2012, the event was officially presented on Monday at the legendary Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, which will host over 1,800 athletes from all over the world through 10 to 15 July. Barcelona 2012 co-president Maite Fandos is confident that the championships will be a huge success and underlined the importance of hosting an international sporting event. "The Opening Ceremony will take us back to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, which also took place at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium," said the Deputy Mayor. During the official presentation, Fandos introduced the medals designed by Argentine artist Julieta Agero, who was inspired by the art of Barcelona's architect Antoni Gaudí, especially by the shape of the Casa Batlló.

FRANKFURT (GER): German hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas who registered a bad fall on her head in Eugene Prefontaine Classic hammer and needed five stitches, is not ready yet to compete. Doctors said she needs more rest after having currently problems with dizziness. 

PARIS (FRA): Jean Michael Serra, doctor of the French national team, has told AFP the participation of Teddy Tamgho at the London Olympic Games is doubtful. Serra confirmed Tamgho has trouble reaching his 2010 shape because of a surgery conducted last year in July. He also confirmed Tamgho is mentally suffering following last year's incident with a female athlete during a training camp in France.


LANZHOU (CHN, Jun 10): Ethiopians dominated in the Lanzhou Marathon as Solomon Tsige clocked 2:15:18 over Bazu Worku 2:15:21. Women winner Zhang Jingxia of China 2:38:02 beat Ethiopian Shitaye Gemechu 2:39:32.


LISBOA (POR): Both reported marks from Club Championships final were wind assisted Rasul Dabo 13.62 (+2.5) in the hurdles and Caldeira 16.84 (+3.7) in triple. Champions crowned were men of Benfica and women of Sporting.

KLADNO (CZE): The final score of Katarina Johnson-Thompson was 6248 and not 6428 (typo mistake).

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