EME news National Championships Special, from Alfons Juck, EME News, note by Larry Eder

PItamaki storms back with a 85.70m throw and Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton compete well in Estonia. That is just a tiny bit of the news on athletics front this weekend from around Europe with national championships being held on last weekend for Moscow qualifying. 

Ashton Eaton, A Day in the Life, 
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF,
 April 12, 2013

National Championships Weekend (J. Takacs 42:32.74 WL, Pitkamäki 85.70, Pars 80.41), last possibility to qualify for Moscow World Championships.

SPAIN (Alcobendas): Succesful edition of Spanish Championships here with Ruth Beitia clearing 193 in first (missed 196), Lorena Bokesa improving to 51.77 in the 400 m and Spanish 10 000 m walk record 42:32.74 by Julia Takacs what is also a world lead 2013. Second Maria Jose Poves 43:33.75 and third Beatriz Pascual 43:39.42. Also fast men 10 000 m walk 39:07.58 by Miguel Angel Lopez ahead of Alvaro Martin 39:52.20 national junior record. Angel David Rodriguez won the 100 m in 10.26 (+0.2) and Bruno Hortelano improved to 20.58 (+1.9) meet record and national U23 mark in the 200 m. Javier Cienfuegos in hammer 76.08 meet record and in discus battle Mario Pestano 63.87 (13th consecutive title) ahead of Frank Casanas 63.67. Igor Bychkov cleared 565 PB in the pole vault on count back over Cuba´s guest Lazaro Borges (also 565). Distances as usual more tactical races. Kevin Lopez 1:47.96 in the 800 m, David Bustos 3:47.11 over Arturo Casado 3:47.39 in the 1500 m, Angel Mullera 8:29.61 steeple, Sergio Sanchez 13:32.68 5000 m beating Alberto Lozano 13:34.80 and Ayemalehu Bezabeh 13:35.59. Cuban guest Omar Cisneros achieved in heats very fast 48.44 at 400 m hurdles. Borja Vivas won the shot 19.92 with olympic finalist German Lauro of Argentina second 19.66. Women distances Natalia Rodriguez 4:24.13 in the 1500 m, Dolores Checa 15:41.79 in the 5000 m, Diana Martin 9:54.37 steeple. Maria del Jover tried for Moscow standard in the long jump, but 655 (+1.6) was not enough.

ITALY (Milano): Legendary Arena Civica had Marzia Caravelli winning two events. First day the hurdles 13.01 (+0.5, second Micol Cattaneo 13.18) and second day the 200 m in 23.16 (+0.7) personal best. Second Gloria Hopper 23.21. Good also 400 m hurdles 55.26 by Yadisleidy Pedroso and 55.83 Manuele Gentili. Elisa Rigaudo clocked 43:44.96 in the 10 000 m walk, Alessia Trost cleared 190 in the high jump (missed 195) and Simona La Mantia 13.86 (+0.4) in the triple. Delmas Obou won the 100 m in 10.37 (+0.9, 10.31 in heats) with Fabio Cerutti second 10.38 (10.31 in heats) followed by Simone Collio 10.38 and Michael Tumi 10.49 (10.39 in heats). Diego Marani topped the 200 m (20.77, -0.6) and Matteo Galvan the 400 m (45.71). Eusebio Haliti improved at 400 m hurdles to 49.85. Fabrizio Schembri got triple title (Greco and Donato did not compete) 16.98 (-0.3) and Nicola Vizzoni expected one in the hammer (74.10). Alessio Guarini leaped to personal best 800 (+1.6) in the long jump, Marco Fassinotti won the high jump 227 over Gianmarco Tamberi 225. Matteo Giupponi won the 10 000 m walk title in 40:40.42. 

FINLAND (Vaasa): Tero Pitkamaki is back after injury. The former world champion won the javelin on Sunday at Finnish Championships with 85.70 (did three throws). Second Antti Ruuskanen 82.90 should also be selected. Third place is open, in the championships third Teemu Wirkkala 82.87 ahead of Ari Mannio 81.44 and fifth Sampo Lehtola 80.24. Jonathan Astrand achieved sprint double (10.57 +0.6 and 20.77 +0.1). Also in women sprints a double for Hanna-Mari Latvala 11.42 (+0.2) and 23.31 (+0.8). Sandra Eriksson improved in steeple to 9:43.34. In men long jump Tomi Evila won with 792 (+2.1, legal 790 +1.4) ahead of Roni Ollikainen 788 (+0.2). 

ESTONIA (Tallinn): World record holder Ashton Eaton tested his shape at Estonian Championships. Clocked 13.72 (+1.6) in the 110 m hurdles heats, achieved 14.57 in shot put on Saturday and on Sunday cleared 510 in pole vault and attacked would-be PB 535. His wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton from Canada achieved 200 m personal best 23.77 (-1.5), shot put best 13.28 and came close to 100 m hurdles best with 13.13 (+1.8). Russian guest Yekaterina Galitskaya was the hurdles winner 12.98. Former European indoor champion Ksenija Balta won both sprint titles 11.62 (-0.1, windy 11.47 +2.5 in heats) and 23.58 (-0.8). Maris Magi clocked national record 56.56 in the women 400 m hurdles. Anna Iljustsenko cleared 188 in the high jump. On the men side Gerd Kanter won the discus 65.99. Latvian guest Dmitrijs Jurkevics got 800 m in 1:47.56. Marek Niit registered a double at 200 m (20.89 -2.2) and 400 m (46.23). Risto Matas won the javelin 80.78. 

PORTUGAL (Leiria): As usual good walking at Portugal Championships. In women 10 000 m Ines Henriques 43:31.29 ahead of Ana Cabecinha 43:53.65 and Vera Santos 44:56.03. Close finish in men race by brothers Joao Vieira 40:02.78 and Sergio Vieira 40:02.93. Rasul Dabo won the hurdles in 13.57 (+0.2), Jorge Paula 400 m hurdles 50.47. Helio Gomes clocked 3:41.02 in the 1500 m. Yazaldes Nascimento achieved sprint double 10.44 (-0.7) and 21.00 (-0.5). Francis Obikwelu advanced into 100 m finals but did not run there. 2008 Olympic winner Nelson Evora posted 16.41 (-0.6) in triple and Marco Fortes 19.57 in shot. 

HUNGARY (Budapest): Olympic winner Krisztian Pars highlighted the 118th Hungarian Championships with 80.41 hammer win. His sixth 80+ meet of the year. Eva Orban got 68.06 in women hammer. Balazs Baji showed top hurdles shape with 13.62 (-0.9) and 13.53 (-0.6) in a special race. Vanda Juhasz achieved good 58.97 in javelin. Tibor Kasa improved in the 400 m to 46.71. 38-years old Roland Nemeth surprisingly won the 100 m in 10.51 (+0.3, his Hungarian record 10.08 is from 1999). Anita Marton was the shot put winner 17.82 and Eva Kaptur clocked 11.47 (+1.2) in the 100 m. 

SLOVENIA (Celje): Olympic winner 2008 Primoz Kozmus won the national title with season best and 6th best throw of 2013 79.70. Olympic finalist Rozle Prezelj qualified in last possible moment for Moscow with 228 clearance in the high jump. Marina Tomic clocked 13.12 (-0.1) over the hurdles. Nigerian Peter Emelieze won the 100 m in 10.34 (+0.1), Jan Zumer was the best in the 200 m 20.96 (+1.5). Tina Sutej cleared 435 in the pole vault, Croatian Martin Maric won the discus 62.18. In women javelin Martina Ratej returned after injury with 57.55 over Croatian Rieti medalist Sara Kolak 57.47.

IRELAND (Dublin): Men 400 m hurdles highlighted the Irish Championships as Thomas Barr equaled his national U23 record in 49.78 over Jason Harvey who improved to 50.13. Jessie Barr won the women hurdles 57.48. Conor McCullough achieved 70.75 in hammer. Steven Colvert got 21.13 (-0.5) in the 200 m, Tori Pena cleared 440 in the pole vault. Brendan Boyce won the 10 000 m walk 42:40.19.

AUSTRIA (Feldkirch-Gisingen): Gerhard Mayer achieved exactly 60 meters in discus. Andreas Vojta coming from London mile won tactical 1500 m on Sunday in a slower time 4:02.21 in the nearly 37 degrees hot temperature. Jamaican veteran James Beckford (38) who is Olympic medalist 1996 competing for ATSV Innsbruck won the long jump title 756 (0.0). Top female athlete hurdler Beate Schrott did not compete, still not fully healthy. 

LITHUANIA (Siauliai): Second day saw Rytis Sakalauskas winning after the 100 m also the 200 m in 20.91 (+1.1). Top result of the Lithuanian Championships was the 195 high jump clearance by Airine Palsyte.

LATVIA (Jekabpils): Best result of second day of Latvian Championships was 72.30 in men hammer by Igors Sokolovs. 

SWITZERLAND (Luzern): At Swiss Championships best second day result was 49.78 by Kariem Hussein at 400 m hurdles. Philipp Weissenberger improved to 46.62 when winning the 400 m. Mujinga Kambundji completed a double after getting the 200 m title in 23.29 (-0.8). National record holder Nicole Buchler cleared 440 in the pole vault and European Junior Champion from Rieti Noemi Zbaren won the hurdles in 13.32 (-1.1).

BELARUS (Grodno): Final day of Belarus Championships had Olha Sudareva winning the long jump with 674 (+2.1, legal 664 +0.7). Maryna Arzamasava clocked 2:01.63 to win the 800 m. After hurdles Aleksandr Linnik won also the 200 m in 21.22. Georgian guest Zurab Gogochuri won the high jump with 224 and missed his national record only by 2 cm.

UKRAINE (Donetsk): Last day of Ukrainian Championships had triple jump competitions. Yastrebov family was succesful. Natalya won the women competition 14.15 (+2.5, legal 14.02 +1.7) ahead of Ruslana Tsyhotska 14.05 (+0.4). Viktor topped the men competition 16.62 (+0.5), Russian guest Lyukman Adams was third 16.53 (+1.0) and did not come close to Moscow standard.

DENMARK (Aalborg): Young talent Kristoffer Hari (15) won the 100 m title in 10.62 (+0.2). But the real star was Nick Ekelund-Arenander who won in first day the 400 m in 46.23 meet record and on Sunday the 200 m in 20.98 PB (+0.6). National record holder Andreas Martinsen clocked 13.77 (+0.7) over the hurdles. On the women side Caroline Bonde Holm got the best result with 435 pole vault clearance.

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