Lavillenie 6.02m, Adams 20.90m, Shelly-Ann 10.77 in heats, London sizzles, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

A busy day in the world of athletics, with 65,000 fans cheering on the athletes in London stadium. And around the world, national championships going on, road racing going on. In the stadium, Lavillenie cleared 6.02 meters, Valerie Adams threw 20.90m with a fantastic series and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce ran 10.77 in heats, and Blessing Okagbare came back in final and ran 10.79! 

Shannon Rowbury and Molly Huddle duel over 3,000 meters, 
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Lavillenie 602, Adams 20.90, Shelly-Ann 10.77 in heats

LONDON (GBR, Jul 27): Super Saturday replay before 60 000 crowd was summarised in Farah and Ohuruogu home wins, 3 world leads (pole vault, shot put, 100 m) and 4 meet records (shot put, pole vault, steeple, 4x100). Bolt anchored Racers to a fast win. Excellent depth in women 100 m with 11 sub 11 times in total during the day.

Event by event


Mile: Choge who is not in Moscow won in 3:50.01 PB over Souleiman of Djibouti 3:50.07 NR and Magut 3:50.93. Long distance runner Rupp 5th 3:52.11 PB.

3000 m (non-DL): Great solo by Mo Farah, last 400 m 55.23, final time7:36.85 his PB.

Steeple: Another non-Moscow participant B. Kipruto clocked meet record 8:06.86 over Gilbert Kirui 8:06.96 PB. 5th Canadian Hughes8:20.49 PB.

110mH: Oliver won in 13.20 (+0.3) over improved Sharman 13.26 and Merritt was disqualified after clipping a hurdle. He clocked the fastest of the day 13.14 (+1.3) in heats.

400mH (non-DL): Tinsley back to sub 48 shape with second fastest of the year 47.98. Dutch and Gaymon (48.40 and 48.46 equaled PB) beat all Moscow contenders.

PV (non-DL): Lavillenie was flying in the stadium of his last year top success. Cleared 570, 584, 591 all in first, then after first foul at 597 went to 602 and cleared. World lead, Diamond League and meet record. It is also his second best ever, outdoor French record. 

LJ: Menkov is in top shape 831 (+0.6) over Lapierre 817 (+0.2). World leader Rivera fourth 800 (+0.4).

4x100 m (non-DL): Racers achieved fast meet record 37.75 (Forsythe, Bailey-Cole, Weir, Bolt). Last year they clocked 37.82. France second 38.45, Canada third 38.58, home team DNF.


100 m: SAFP clocked in heats world leading and meet record 10.77 (+0.7), ahead of  Jeter 10.93, but lost in the final to Okagbare 10.79 (+1.1) African record (she did first African record in heats 10.86 +0.1). SAFP was even fourth in final 10.94 also behind Pierre 10.85 (equaled PB) and Baptiste 10.93. Still sub 11 fifth Ahoure 10.95 and Jeter was a non-starter. What a deep quality. 

200 m (non-DL): Felix wins 22.41 (-0.5) over Solomon 22.50, young Strachan 22.63 and Onuora 22.79 PB.

400 m (non DL): Great home win for Ohuruogu in season best exactly 50 seconds. She beat top US runners McCorory 50.13 and Hastings 50.68.

100mH (non DL): Sally is back to winning with 12.65 (0.0) over Porter 12.76, Ennis-Hill fourth 13.08.

LJ (non DL): Young star Johnson-Thompson won 646 (+0.8) on count back over Stuart 646 (+0.4) with Ennis-Hill 8th 616.

SP: Adams improved finally the world lead from Ostrava to meet record 20.90 and continues in her unbeaten streak since 2010 at the 68 competitions.

JT: Obergfoll confirmed Diamond Race win with 65.61 over Abakumova 64.48 and Mickle 63.05.

Drouin 235, Semenya no standard
NINOVE (BEL, Jul 27): At the 23rd Raschaert Memorial no standard for Caster Semenya as she won the 800 m in 2:01.86. In men 800 m US Charles Jock clocked 1:45.12 over Kenyan Felix Kitur 1:45.45. Canadian Derek Drouin cleared excellent 235 in the high jump, his second career best. Ngoni Makusha leaped to 797 and Jack Whitt cleared 563 in the pole vault. German Homiyu Tesfaye improved to3:34.76 in the 1500 m. Mexican Juan Luis Barrios won the 5000 m in13:27.32 ahead of new Djibouti name Hiss Bacher Yousseff 13:28.20. In the women 1500 m Tsegay Gudaf posted 4:07.27. Michael Francois of France won the 400 m hurdles in 49.35, Lee-Marvin Bonevacia clocked 45.99 in the 400 m. French Marie Gayot topped the women race in 51.70. Sara Aerts clocked in hurdles heats 12.90 (+0.1) and Adrien Deghelt in men final 13.43 (0.0) and missed his PB by 0.01. Briton Danny Talbot won both men sprints 10.43 (-0.4) and 20.70 (-0.2). German Inna Weit topped the 200 m 23.25 (+0.4). German Daniel Jasinski was the best in discus 62.95.

Lalova 11.15, Donisan 231
STARA ZAGORA (BUL, Jul 27): Balkan Championships first day was highlighted by fast sprints Ivet Lalova 11.15 (+0.9) and junior Denis Dimitrov 10.32 (+3.0). Georgi Ivanov won the shot 20.71 ahead of Serbian Asmir Kolasinac 20.59. Mihai Donisan cleared excellent World standard 231 in the high jump. Amela Terzic won for Serbia the 3000 m9:18.60, Silvia Danekova the steeple for host country 9:43.81. Lorela Manou cleared 445 in the pole vault for Greek gold and Romanian Cristina Toma achieved windy 14.56 (+2.5) in the triple (legal 14.09 +1.3).

Diack confirms he will not continue
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that Lamine Diack confirmed that he will step down as President of the IAAF in 2015 and that he will anoint a successor, which is expected to be Sebastian Coe, the former chairman of London 2012.  The Senegalese, who turned 80 last month, had announced after being re-elected at the IAAF Congress in Daegu two years ago for a fourth term that he would retire at the end of this current four-year mandate. "In Beijing I will give the flag over," he said here, where he is attending the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, which are being held to mark a year since the start of London 2012. "There is no chance I will carry on." Coe´s only realistic challenger is Ukraine's Sergey Bubka, who is also an IAAF vice-president and the greatest pole vaulter in history. Bubka was considered for a long time the natural successor to Diack but is now currently standing for election to replace Jacques Rogge as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Whoever succeeds Diack will be only the sixth President in the history of the IAAF, which was founded in 1912.

Gay B sample positive
FLORIDA (USA): American sprinter Tyson Gay's B sample has also tested positive for a banned substance, reports Reuters. The USADA Chief Executive, Travis Tygart, told Reuters that the "B sample analysis has confirmed the A sample findings".  It also appears that Gay may have tested positive on more than one occasion. The Associated Press are reporting that Gay tested positive at the US National Championships in Des Moines, adding to the earlier positive at an out of competition test on May 16th.


GREENSBORO (USA): The daughter of former 400mH World Champion Bershawn Jackson is competing at the USATF Junior Olympics in the 7 to 8 years old category. Shawnti Jackson finished 4th in the semi-finals of the 200m on Thursday. Last year in an interview with the Miami Herald, Shawnti told reporters that she would call herself "Batwoman", taking inspiration from her father's nickname "Batman".

NASSAU (BAH): Bahamian Triple Jumper Leevan Sands will miss the Moscow World Championships because of an injury sustained at the London Olympics last year, reports the Nassau Guardian. The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist injured his knee in the London final and is still in the rehabilitation process after having surgery in late 2012.

LONDON (GBR): The indoor World record holder in the pole vault, American Jenn Suhr, was beaten on Friday on her return to the location where she captured the Olympic Gold. Suhr remained positive after the defeat as she was testing out different equipment. The difference, she told Reuters, is longer poles and the reason she didn't jump higher yesterday was a matter of getting the timing with these right. Suhr said that she is jumping better than her performance suggests and looks forward to a great final in Moscow where she will line up against the Yarisley Silva and Yelena Isinbayeva.

LONDON (GBR): British Sprinter James Dasaolu, who ran a big PB of 9.91 earlier this month, was forced to make a late withdrawal from the 100m at the London Diamond League with a hip flexor problem, reports the BBC. Dasaolu, who injured himself in the warm-up, remains confident that he will be ready for the World Championships.

SAARBRUCKEN (GER): German marathon runner Susanne Hahn (35) became for second time mother. She gave birth to her second son Benjamin Emanuel (2.275 kg, 48 cm). Her best from 2011 is 2:28:49 in Frankfurt.

LYON (FRA): Ireland's sprinter Jason Smyth secured his second gold medal of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon with a record-equalling performance in the T13 100 metres on the sixth day of action at the Stadium of Parilly. After a powerful start, Smyth never looked in danger as he sped to a time of 10.61.


NOVE MESTO NAD METUJI (CZE, Jul 27): Jamaican Edino Steele won here the 200 m and equaled his personal best in 20.56 (-1.2). Another Jamaican win here for Josef Robertson 50.97 at 400 m hurdles. Jirina Svobodova showed good shape in the pole vault 460, Lukas Melich 76.92 in hammer and Petr Frydrych came closer to Moscow standard with 79.28 in javelin. Robert Martey from Ghana was the long jump winner 781 (-0.8). 

HASSLEHOLM (SWE, Jul 27): New personal best for Swedish shot putter Leif Arrhenius 20.50. Muamer Aissa Barshim, younger brother of Asian record holder, improved to 220 here. 

DAVENPORT (USA, Jul 27): In Iowa the classic Bix 7 road race with more than 5000 runners was held.  Kenyan Leonard Korir won the 7 miles race in 32:14 over Silas Kipruto 32:18 and US Meb Keflezighi 32:38. In next positions Julius Koskei 32:44 and Peter Kamais 33:01. In women category at the end Ethiopian Sule Utura won in 36:34 over Bizunesh Daba 36:39 and Caroline Rotich 37:02. Fourth place and first European was Dutch Adrienne Herzog  in 37:06 over Jane Murage 37:20 and sixth place for NCAA Champion Betsy Saina 37:25.

BRUCHSAL (GER, Jul 27): No Moscow standard for Sebastian Beyer here in long jump with 793 cm. At this regional championships Gregor Traber won the hurdles in 13.72.

BIESIGHEIM (GER, Jul 24): Martina Schultze improved here in the pole vault to 450. 

SINN (GER, Jul 26): No standards for high jumpers at a special meet. Luis Castro from Puerto-Rico won with 221.

NEUWIED (GER, Jul 27): At the Deichcup meet David Storl achieved 20.73 in the discus. In the three events test for decathletes Michael Schrader achieved 14.10 over the hurdles, 45.51 in the discus and 500 in the pole vault. Rico Freimuth was not that satisfied with 14.04, 45.13 and 460. US guest and World champion Trey Hardee clocked fast 13.70 and go 47.89 in the discus and did not compete in the pole vault because of a small injury. From women best results by Claudia Rath 13.90, 12.63 shot and 180 high jump.


LONDON (GBR): It is not appropriate to call Mary Cain London appearance as pro. Mary Cain is not a "pro," at least not yet. She is refusing money now so she can accept an NCAA scholarship next year which requires amateur status. Her father, Charlie, is a doctor and is paying all of her expenses now. Says David Monti.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Summary of different national championships in Europe will be published on Sunday evening.

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