Valerie Adams throws 21.11m on Tuesday...(photorun.net)
Some big throws yesterday in Minsk, Belarus.Nadezhda Ostapchuk took the world leader away from Valerie Adams, who threw 21.11m on Tuesday, with her 21.58m on Wednesday. The women's shot put has been between Adams and Ostapchuk for some time now, this huge throw will open some eyes, and make the women's shop put even more of a battle between these two great throwers.
Nadezhda Ostapchuk threw 21.58m on Wednesday (not this, photo by PhotoRun.net)
Menkova 78.69, Ostapchuk 21.58 two NR and WL
MINSK (BLR, Jul 18): Belarus throwers again showed increased shape just before the main
event of the year with two world leading marks. At International meet in Minsk for the
memory of past top Belarus athletes Oksana Menkova achieved new national record and
second best ever 78.69 in the hammer. "I was not preparing specially for this meet,
It was for me part of my training plans. The main event will be the olympics and
I want to be ready to fight with all the best in the world. It is difficult to predict,
it could be that high result level will be needed to win or it could be also lower because
of the nerves in such a big competition," said Menkova for Belarus federation website.
Her series: f-73.70-78.69-f-72.43-74.00. Another top mark of the day was 21.58 shot put
national record and world leader for Nadezhda Ostapchuk. She started with first national
record 21.47, achieved the another record in second round then a foul was registered,
she passed remaining 3 throws. It is the best throw in the world since 1998 when
Viktoriya Pavlysh achieved at European Championships in Budapest 21.69 m. Andrei
Mikhnevich started his season with 20.90 in men shot put. Men hammer winner Yuriy
Shayunov got 76.53. Yelena Kievich won the 200 m in 23.17 (-0.9), Marina Arzamasava
4:15.99 in the 1500 m and Veronika Shutkova leaped to 656 (-0.8) long jump. Belarus
clocked 44.22 in the women 4x100 m and Ivan Trotskiy 39:48.8 in the 10 000 m walk.
Ostrava stadium old tribune demolished
OSTRAVA (CZE): The eastern stands (opposite the main tribune) of the Ostrava Municipal
Stadium that welcomed its first spectators almost 90 years ago for the first time were
demolished on Monday. Long awaited reconstruction of the stadium is in a full swing now.
Building of brand new stands with covered seats will start in August 2012. In June 2013,
the spectators of the 52nd IAAF World Challenge Ostrava Golden Spike will already
experience new stands with all the necessary surroundings. Total expected costs of all
works are EUR 18 million. "The main objective of the City of Ostrava is to support the
tradition of the top athletics. The stadium reconstruction is a crucial condition for
organizing top international events in athletics in the near future," emphasized City
of Ostrava Vice-Mayor Martin Štěpánek, who is also a member of the Ostrava bidding team
for European Team Championships in 2014. "We need a high standard sporting background
to succeed for example in our aims to organize European Athletics Team Championships
in 2014 as well as in Ostrava Golden Spike's ambition to become the part of the IAAF
Diamond League." Another long term plan of the City is to consider the bid for IAAF
Continental Cup 2018. Total capacity after full reconstruction will be 15 000. In
next two years new track, lightening system, inner and outer monitoring system,
video boards, top standard media centre, including at least one TV studio, new
box offices, family tribunes, handicapped spectators dedicated areas and much
more is expected to please not only sport fans in Ostrava.
LAPPEENRANTA (FIN, Jul 18): At Lappenranta Games in rain Kenyan Josphat Kiprono Menjo
confirmed he likes Finland running climate and clocked solid 7:44.07 in the 3000 m in
an solo effort. Solid sprints by Jamaican Jacques Harvey 10.25 (-0.7) and Turkish Ramil
Guliyev 20.53 (0.0) over Rasheed Dwyer 20.70. Three runners went sub 3:40 in the 1500 m
with Finlands Niclas Sandells to be the best in 3:38.44 ahead of US runners Garrett
Heath 3:38.63 and Craig Miller 3:39.03. Ukrainian Paris DL winner Oleksandr Pyatnytsa
was the best in javelin 81.38 with Antti Ruuskanen second 79.03. Third Estonian Risto
Matas 77.50 and fourth Julius Yego of Kenya 73.30. Tyrone Smith of Bermuda won the
long jump 785 (+2.3). In women events Belarus record holder Anastasiya Shvedova
cleared 445 in the pole vault and her team-mate Katsiaryna Poplavskaya the hurdles
in 13.12 (-0.5). US Tiffany Williams won the 400 m hurdles 57.14 and Russian Anna
Bulgakova the hammer 67.06 m. Solid 1500 m won by Kenyan Peril Nengampi in PB 4:09.96
over Australian Zoe Buckman 4:10.57 and Russian Yekaterina Gorbunova 4:11.97.
LA ROCHE SUR YON (FRA, Jul 18): Jamaican sprinter Kenroy Anderson achieved a good
double at the International meet here 10.29 (0.0) and 20.54 (-1.4). Fast hurdles
for world indoor medalist Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 13.45 (-0.1) over US Fred
Townsend 13.47. Romain Mesnil cleared 570 in the pole vault and Nicolas Gomont
leaped to 794 (+1.7) in the long jump. Carima Louami scored a women sprint double
11.51 (-1.7) and 23.49 (-0.8). Reina-Flor Okori achieved 13.03 (-0.8) over the hurdles
and Stephanie Falzon achieved 71.25 in the hammer.
GENT (BEL, Jul 18): The 22ste Gentse Feestenmeeting saw windy sprints by British athletes.
Deji Tobais won the 200 m in 20.67 (+3.0) and was second in the 100 m 10.31 (+2.7).
This race was won by Sean Safo-Antwi 10.19 (his legal best is 10.57). US women win
for Aisha Praught in the steeple 9:56.18 and Israeli Jillian Schwartz in the pole vault 441.
CARDIFF (GBR, Jul 18): Trinidad´s hurdles talent Jehue Gordon clocked 49.75 at 400 m
hurdles in a cold and windy Welsh Athletics International. Second German Georg
Fleischhauer 49.98 over Jamele Mason from Puertorico 50.22 with former world champ
and London-bound Kerron Clement only 4th (50.33). Caroline Bonde-Holm set a new
Danish pole vault record with 436, Leslie Copeland from Fiji won mens javelin with
76.28 and South American record holder Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina the womens
hammer (69.14). Trinidad´s Emmanuel Callender scored a sprint double 10.50 (-2.7)
and 20.89 (-1.1). Isaac Makwala of Botswana won the 400 m in 46.46 and US Ben True
the 3000 m 7:52.58. Semoy Hackett of Trinidad was the fastest female sprinter with 11.54
(-2.0) and 23.65 double.
GRANOLLERS (ESP, Jul 18): Cuban Maury Castillo won the 800 m at Catalonia Open
Championships 1:46.26 in close finish over Luis Alberto Marco 1:46.30. Mario Pestano
high quality discus 66.86 m. Beatriz Pascual achieved Spanish 5000 m track walk record
20:45.11 (also a world leader 2012) over Maria Vasco 21:15.57. Beijing silver medalist
Eunice Jepkorir won the steeple in 9:36.27, her fastest since 2008.
TORONTO (CAN, Jul 16-17): At World Deaf Championships in athletics Cuban Jusleidy
Rivero won the women 100 m in 11.84 (-0.9, world record for deaf sports) and triple
jump with solid 13.63 (-1.4). More deaf world records for Slovak shot putter
Ivana Kristoficova 14.74 and Kenyan Baxtone Menjo 3:48.69 in men´s 1500 m.
Meet record for Norway´s Trude Raad in women hammer 62.72. Men´s sprint winner
was Mykola Nosenko of Ukraine in 10.92 (-2.4).
MONACO (MON): The movie Usain Bolt "The Fastest" will be shown before the Herculis
Meeting as part of the Centenary celebrations.
LONDON (GBR): Pat Butcher writes at www.globerunner.org a piece in which he argues
that those giants of the track, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett short-changed all of us,
meeting just seven times in 17 years.
KINGSTON (JAM) : Jamaica Olympic uniforms, designed by Cedella Marley,
accordong to a poll on Time Magazine website, found favour with voters to
be listed as the best of the six posted for votes. Jamaica is well ahead
of the USA and the next best Germany writes trackalerts.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Newly crowned World junior pole vault champion Angelica
Bengtsson revealed to European athletics she has let go of the many
little superstitions she has had before competitions and now feels
a lot more relaxed in competition. She also added she is looking
forward to competing in London and does not feel any added pressure
about competing at the Olympic Games. Her personal goal
is to make it to the final.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African 800m runner Caster Semenya told Supersport her
controversial victory in the 2009 outdoor world championships was behind her and
she was solely focused on adding Olympic gold. "You need to concentrate on the
future. I don't have to entertain those things now. I can concentrate on my running,
that's all" she was quoted. She was also chosen to be the flagbearer at the
Opening Ceremony of the games.
LAUSANNE (SUI): World high jump champion Anna Chicherova explained to European Athletics
she will be ready to do well in London, after she jumped a very modest 194 at last week's
London Samsung Diamond League meeting. Chicherova said she had trouble adjusting to the
cold and rainy conditions but added that she will be ready for any weather conditions
during the Olympic Games.
BARCELONA (ESP): Jamaica's head coach to the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships,
Michael Dyke, believes the country could have won more medals if the Jamaica Athletics
Administrative Association (JAAA) had in place a proper mechanism to guide the young
athletes after their school season was completed. "Just don't leave it up to the
schools, but I think the association will have to step in and put a better system
in place where that is concerned." Dyke was quoted by The Jamaica Gleaner.
NEW DELHI (IND): The six Indian women athletes, who were caught for steroid doping last
year, lost their case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland
as it upheld the IAAF's appeal to impose two-year ban on them.The CAS on Tuesday
decided the case in favour of the IAAF and the athletes will
serve a two year ban according to Hindustantimes.com.
LONDON (GBR): The BBC announced it has signed a deal with the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) for rights to cover the next four Olympic Games up until 2020.
The present deal expired after London 2012, with the new deal including exclusive
television, radio and digital rights. "As the host of the London 2012 Olympic Games
and the birthplace of many Olympic sports, the UK is a very important nation
for the Olympic Movement," said Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC.
LONDON (GBR): Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman, made an unscheduled appearance in the Olympic Village for the first of what will be 204 Welcoming Ceremonies at
the Games. The two-strong British Virgin Islands team received the
first official greeting writes Insidethegames.
MONACO (MON): A life-size ice sculpture of a runner, a giant birthday cake decked
with images of the IAAF Hall of Fame athletes, and the unveiling of a
commemorative postage stamp were the centre pieces of a wonderful party
hosted in the gardens of the Palace in Monaco on the occasion of the 100th birthday
of the IAAF. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is Honorary President of the
International Athletic Foundation (IAF) and President of the Fédération Monégasque
d'Athlétisme, welcomed the IAAF party which was led by President Lamine Diack
and his Vice-Presidents, and included representatives of the 17 founding
Member Federations, pole vaulting queen and Monaco resident Yelena Isinbayeva,
her coach Evgeniy Trofimov, and the staff of IAAF Headquarters, whose offices have
been located in the Principality since October 1993.
KENT (GBR): To clarify Sally Pearson was in Germany since her arrival to Europe
early June but since 22 June has been in Kent, UK.