Bondarenko 2.41m, Gay 9.79 in Lausanne, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

If you are going to promote your sport, President Diack could not have been happier with the performances in Lausanne, in front of IOC representatives. The largest sport in the Olympics showed its best last night with Bohdan Bondarenko's 2.41 meter clearance and Tyson Gay's 9.79 for the 100 meters. 

In the U.S., more than 500 races celebrating the 4th of July were held around the U.S. The Pearchtree Road Race, with over 55,000 runners and walkers, is the largest. Matt Tegenkamp and Janet Cherbom Bawcom were the USA Roach Champs. 

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LAUSANNE (SUI, Jul 4): That was another special edition of Athletissima before 15 000 spectators and IOC guests coming from their session in nearly ideal weather, partly stronger winds. In summary 3 world leads (Perkovic, Bondarenko, Oliver), 4 meet records (Perkovic, Bondarenko, Whiting, Ayalew) and 3 European leads 2013 (Proctor, Porter, Martina at 200 m). But two very special results were the 241 nice clearance (without touching the bar) by Bohdan Bondarenko with real attempts at the world record height and Tyson Gay confirming his position in the world currently 9.79. Aregawi and Perkovic confirmed their Diamond Race wins.



Event by event






100 m: Gay confirms his this years status with 9.79 (+2.0) after strong finish, it was his 9th sub 9.80 of the career and 37th legal sub 10. Second Powell second fastest in the world and top Jamaican 9.88. Third Rodgers 9.96 and top sensation at age of 37 Collins 9.97 NR, he is the oldest sub 10 sprinter and also equaled World Masters 35+ record of Linford Christie.


200 m (non DL): Martina from outside beat overseas sprinters 20.01 (+1.4) EL, he also clocked 10.03 in B-race of the 100 m (+1.7). Second Jamaican Young 20.20.


800 m: Aman with great finish nearly WL 1:43.33, his 3rd fastest of the career. Europeans Bosse and Lewandowski beat another African talent Amos.


5000 m: Ethiopians did not try for fast times, it was fast finish by Alamirew 13:06.69 (last 400 m 54.3) over Gebrhiwot and Edris.


110mH (non DL): As usual fast race at Pontaise, David Oliver 13.03 WL (+0.9) over Richardson 13.20. Sub 13 is coming.


400mH: As in Birmingham Culson arrived into the last 100 m with some margin and won in 48.14, Sanchez showed improved shape 48.58 as second.


HJ: The result of the day. Bondarenko is the high jump sensation. Clean vest until 241 (WL+MR+NR), this height he mastered in third attempt and had solid attempts at WR height 246. Who would expect it? Only Sotomayor and Sjoberg jumped higher outdoors. Second Kynard another PB 237. Top 6 over 230.


PV: Fillippidis wins 572 as Germans could not clear 582 and Lavillenie no-heighted at 562.


TJ: World junior champ Pichardo confirms his talent with 17.43 and 17.58 enough to win over stars Tamgho 17.40 and Taylor 17.13.


SP: Whiting is back in winning ways with 21.88 MR, but Hoffa was close 21.58.


JT: Swedish surprise Kim Amb with 82.65 and 82.62 last two throws good to win. Second Thorkildsen 81.54.






200 m: European champion Ryemyen beat Americans in 22.61 (+1.4). US Champ Duncan in pro debut third 22.73.


400 m: McCorory in her first race since US Champs wins in 50.36 over Montsho 50.37. Ohuruogu 4th, Hastings 5th.


1500 m: Aregawi wins in 4:02.11 and secured her Diamond Race win, in the final just needs to compete. Second Ostrava winner Hassan another improvement to 4:03.73.


SC: Ethiopian battle as Kenyans did not compete. Ayalew with strong finish wins 9:17.66 MR over Assefa 9:17.69.


100mH: The experience of 2008 Olympic winner prevailed. Harper-Nelson 12.53 (+1.2) over Wells, Lolo, Moscow bound Ali, Porter (EL) and Pearson. Top 7 were in 0.16.


LJ: Olympic medalist Okagbare in round five PB 698 (+1.1) enough to win, but 2nd Reese 696 (+1.0) and third Proctor 692 EL (+1.9).


DT: Perkovic did it all in round 2: 68.96 WL and MR. Barrios was closer than expected with 67.36. But Perkovic has the Diamond Race win, just needs to compete in the final.


4x100 m: The end as it should be. Home Swiss team wins in national record 43.48.


100 m (national): Dutch guest for relay Dafne Schippers clocked 11.09 (+1.5) PB, missed national record by only 0.01 and is 3rd fastest European 2013 (11.04 Lalova, 11.06 Ryemyen).





PUNE (IND, Jul 4): India's Vikas Gowda finally accomplished his goal of becoming an Asian champion on the eve of his 31st birthday, as the second day in 20th Asian Athletics Championships at Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex with 64.90. Mohammad Samimi of Iran (61.93) took the silver while the bronze went to Ahmed Mohammed Dheeb of Qatar in 60.82m. Su Bingtain of China successfully defended his title in the marquee event of the day, men's 100m, clocking 10.17 (-0.3, second fastest in the history of the event). Samuel Francis, the Asian record-holder, settled with a silver in 10.27s while the bronze medal went to Barakat Al-Harthi from Oman 10.30. In a similar passion, Yousef Ahmed Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia won his second consecutive gold in the 400m with a brilliant 45.08 clocking well ahead of fancied Bahraini quarter-miler Ali Khamis (45.65, also NJR) and Japan's Yuzo Kanemaru (45.95). Wei Yongli made it a memorable day for China by taking the women's sprint title in 11.29 PB (-0.3). Chisato Fukushima of Japan (11.53) and Tao Yujia of China (11.63) filled the minor places on the podium. Woman quarter-miler M.R. Poovamma, running on a big stage for the first time, settled with a silver medal in 400m by clocking 53.37 as Zho Yanmin increased China's medal tally with another gold in that event (52.49). Gretta Taslakian from Lebanon piped Indian Anu Mariam Jose, 53.43 NR to 53.49, for the bronze. Bahraini duo Alemu Bekele (28:47.26) and Bilisuma Shugi (28:58.67) were 1-2 in the 10 000 m with Ratiram Saini (29:35.42) getting bronze for India. Uzbekistan's Nadia Dusanova became the first athlete from her country to win the high jump with 190. Her teammate and pre-event favourite Svetlana Radzivil pockets the silver 188, the same height also for the bronze medallist Marina Aitova from Kazakhstan. As expected Dmitriy Karpov, the Kazakh decathlete who is a bronze medallist from the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as bagged two bronze medals in the World championships, went home with the gold medal 8037 points, new championship record. From Murali Krishnan.



PARIS (FRA): First years sub 13 seconds could be expected at Areva Paris IAAF Diamond League meeting on Saturday. World record holder Aries Merritt will face fresh world leader from Lausanne David Oliver, world champion Jason Richardson, in-shape 2009 World champion Ryan Brathwaite and former world record holder Dayron Robles. Also in the field French brothers Pascal and Thomas Martinot-Lagarde. Added US Champion Ryan Wilson and Jamaican Champion Andrew Riley.







MAGDEBURG (GER): Experienced German shot putter and former World medalist Nadine Kleinert will not compete at the National Championships during the weekend in Ulm and will also not seek qualification to World Championships in Moscow. It is her personal wish. But will still compete at Paris Diamond League on Saturday. World champion David Storl is ok after recent injury and will throw at the nationals.


ATHENS (GRE): Greece confirmed the team of 7 men and 5 women for European U23 Championships next week in Tampere.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Buenos Aires were awarded the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics Games ahead of Medellin and Glasgow, who were knocked out in the first round. The Argentinian capital beat its South American rival at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Extraodinary Session here by polling 49 votes to the Colombian city, which got 39. In the first round Glasgow had been eliminated after getting only 13 votes, compared to Buenos Aires' 40 and Medllin 32. The decision to award Buenos Aires the event came after unsuccessful bids for the Summer Olympics in 1936, 1956, 1968 and 2004. Informs insidethegames.


HILVERSUM (NED): Dutch top athletes are set to compete at the KNAU baancircuit meeting of Hilversum this weekend. Top combined event athletes Eelco Sintnicolaas, Ingmar Vos, Pelle Rietveld, Remona Fransen and Nadine Broersen are competing in individual events. also Gregory Sedoc, Melissa Boekelman, Jamile Samuel and Fabian Florant are set to compete.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Jonathan Borlée will not run in the 400m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting of Paris his agent announced. Jonathan Borlée is currently training in Vallebonne with the Belgian 4x400m team and opted to stay in training rather than compete. His next race will be a 400m at the KBC night in Heusden on July 13th.


NASSAU (BAH): Bahamas approved a team of 12 women and 11 men for the World Championships in Moscow. Top names are on the men side Derrick Atkins at the 100 m, in the 400 m Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller and Chris Brown, Ryan Ingraham is selected for the high jump. On the women side Sheniqua Ferguson and veteran Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie for the 100 m, Anthonique Strachan for 200 m and another top talent Shaunae Miller for 200 m and 400 m. Bianca Stuart was named for the long jump. Three relays were selected: men 4x400 m as olympic winners and women 4x100 m and 4x400 m.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Popular US hurdler Lolo Jones said for L´Équipe that Athletissima will be her last 100 m hurdles race of the season. She wants to switch to the Winter Olympic Games bobsleigh preparation.


PARIS (FRA): French top runner and steeple European record holder Bob Tahri will double at the national championships in Paris-Charlety (July 12-14). He will compete in the 1500 m and 5000 m.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia confirmed that the IAAF and SBS Television has agreed to a deal that will see the renowned Australian broadcaster televise daily highlights of all the action from the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow (RUS).


EUGENE (USA): The 2013 U.S. Junior champion in the men's 400 meters is one of six student-athletes who have joined an already impressive recruiting haul for the University of Oregon track and field teams, Head Coach Robert Johnson announced Wednesday. Marcus Chambers of Tacoma, Wash., won the national 400 meter title two weeks ago at the U.S. Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships in Des Moines.


ELDORET (KEN): University of Eldoret has offered steeple world leader and world junior champion Conseslus Kipruto the opportunity to further his education at the institution. Eldoret University Vice-Chancellor Prof Teresa Akenga said Kipruto, a Diamond League Meetings winner, will be assisted should he take the offer to acquire further education.







MOSCOW (RUS, Jul 4): At Moscow City Championships 2003 World champion Anastasiya Kapachinskya clocked in 200 m heats European leading 22.39 (+2.0). She missed her personal best from winning the world title in Paris 2003 by 0.01. 800 m stars had controlled wins, Yuriy Borzakovskiy in 1:46.99 and Mariya Savinova2:00.50. In other race Yelena Soboleva 2:01.28. Yekaterina Strokova improved in discus to 63.80 PB. In the 400 m hurdles Anastasiya Ott 55.49, in triple Viktoriya Valyukevich 14.09 (0.0).


SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Jul 3): Egyptian Hassan Mahmoud achieved here his season best in hammer 76.22 m.


ATLANTA (USA, Jul 4): U.S. Olympians Matt Tegenkamp and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom used their speed to outlast their respective fieldsThursday morning, as Cherobon-Bawcom won her third USA Running Circuit title of the season, while Tegenkamp grabbed his first win at the USA 10 km Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by the Peachtree Road Race. Tegenkamp clocked 28:24 ahead of Abdi Abdirahman 28:30 and Shadrack Biwott 28:35. Tegenkamp's victory moved him from third overall in the USARC standing into first place, passing USA 25 km and Half Marathon Champion Mo Trafeh. Tegenkamp now leads with 35 points, while Trafeh is second with 33 points and Ben True sits third with 21 points. Cherobon-Bawcom achieved 32:45 ahead of Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce 32:55 and Mattie Suver and Meagan Krifchin both 33:22. In the USARC standings, Cherobon-Bawcom is in a comfortable lead with 45 points, while Suver sits solely in second place with 35 points, while Rothstein-Bruce bumps past Brianna Nelson with 29 points. From the USATF. In the overall situation Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia won the 44th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in 28:04. Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya won the women's division in 32:07.

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