MERRITT AGAIN SUB 13
BERLIN (GER, Sep 2): 71st ISTAF (IAAF World Challenge) was seen by 55 565 spectators and registered new meet record by Olympic winner Aries Merritt 12.97 at 110 m hurdles (+1.2). It is his 7th sub 13 final in a row since early June at Pre Classic in Eugene. Also the other hurdles London hero Felix Sanchez was able to win here with 48.89 ahead of Jamaican Leford Green 49.06. From German stars Robert Harting ended his season on a winning note and extended his streak to 33 competitions. With 67.40 he beat Virgilijus Alekna (66.63) and Piotr Malachowski (66.17). Betty Heidler beat a top hammer field with 75.18. As in Dubnica Cuban Yipsi Moreno second 73.87, Anita Wlodarczyk third 73.80 and olympic winner Tatyana Lysenko fourth 72.39. Bjorn Otto as the only one cleared 578 in first attempt and won the pole vault ahead of Malte Mohr, Dmitriy Starodubtsev and Jan Kudlicka all 568. Top names Holzdeppe, Walker, Hooker and Mesnil no-heighted. Shot putter David Storl due to his injury did not register a valid throw and Reese Hoffa confirmed top post olympic shape with 21.37 win. Second olympic gold medalist Tomasz Majewski 21.31 and third Ryan Whiting 21.17. Small sensation in javelin as the African record holder Sunette Viljoen with 67.52 beat olympic winner Barbora Spotakova 66.83. Home London medalists followed (Obergfoll 62.57 and Stahl 62.51). The remaining olympic winner Greg Rutherford did not compete in the long jump (injury) and Russian Aleksandr Menkov won with 800 (+0.4) from third round. In sprints relay olympic winner Kemar Bailey-Cole equaled his 10.00 (+0.1) PB and confirmed that he is the man for future. Second Kim Collins 10.07 ahead of Jimmy Vicaut (10.12) and Darvis Patton (10.12). DL winner Mohamed Aman again confirmed his position with 1:43.62 win over another junior, Kenyan Edwin Melly 1:44.36 and Danish Andreas Bube 1:45.12. Great 1500 m (top ten under 3:36) saw Nixon Chepseba winning in 3:33.11 ahead of Bethwel Birgen 3:33.41 and Caleb Ndiku 3:33.43 and event fourth also Kenyan Collins Cheboi 3:33.58. Fifth German Florian Orth improved to 3:34.56, lifetime best also for US German Fernandez (3:34.60 as 7th) and Kenyan youth runner Hillary Ngetich (World junior silver winner) as 11th (3:36.43). In women races olympic bronze holder Kellie Wells was the best over the hurdles in 12.72 (0.0) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste at the 100 m (11.25,-0.5). 2008 olympic winner Pamela Jelimo won the 800 m in 1:58.68 ahead of Burundi junior Francine Niyonsaba 1:58.68 and PB for 1500 m DL winner Abeba Aregawi 1:59.39. Unlucky Zurich steepler Sofia Assefa won the race in 9:21.64 ahead of Lidya Chepkurui of Kenya 9:22.27. Organisers experimented with mixed 4x100 m relay won by Jamaica 40.58 (first two legs by women Kerron Stewart and Aileen Bailey followed by two males Mario Forsythe and Kemar Bailey-Cole) over USA 40.71 (Knight, Anderson, Patton, Spearmon).