Sainsbury Anniversary Games: Bolt 9.85, Bondarenko attempts 2.47m, Henjova 53.07, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Bodhan Bondarenko touches the sky, and almost the stars, 26 July 2013, 
London, photo by

The first day of the Sainsbury Anniversary Games, one year to the day of the London 2012 Olympic Games had some strong performances.From Zuzana Henjova's 53.07 for the 400 meter hurdles, a Czech NR, which opened the meet, to Bondarenko's clearances of 2.28m, 2.32m and 2.38m on first attempts, then one at 2.40m and two attempts at, yes, I am not making this up, 2.47m. Afterwards, he told media, " I think I can make this in Moscow." WOW.

Finishing off the meet was Usain Bolt. With a simply bad start, Usain Bolt pulled it out in the middle of the race, running a world leading 9.85. 

Bolt 9.85, Bondarenko attempted 247, Hejnova 53.07

LONDON (GBR, Jul 26): Sainsbury´s Anniversary Games first day in Olympic Stadium (IAAF Diamond League) registered in good summer weather and before 60 000 spectators 3 world leads, one meet record, one DL record and confirmation of DR win for Czech Hejnova (her 53.07 was the female performance of the day). Bolt delivered a good win in 9.85 WL. But the flying man of the evening was Bondarenko who attempted unreal 247. 

Event by event 


100 m (non-DL): Bolt was back in town and won in 9.85 (+0.5) despite a poor start. This is a real world lead as the two faster times of Tyson Gay are expected to be cancelled because they were achieved after his positive doping control. Rodgers second 9.98 after great start and fast closing Carter third 9.99. Dasaolu was last minute no-show due to hip-flexor strain. Gemili won the B-race in 10.16 (+0.3). "My start was poor and I need to work on that. To make a perfect race I need to make a good start and just get into the race. Hopefully I can make a good time at Moscow and continue to do well," said Bolt who arrived in the opening ceremony in a car built from a rocket.

200 m: Weir ruled in another fast time, already fourths sub 20 of the year (19.89, +0.2). Young who is not running in Moscow second 19.99 ahead of Spearmon 20.18 and Lemaitre 20.23.

400 m: James continues in winning (44.65), McQuay second 45.09 over J. Borlee season best 45.14. 

800 m (non-DL): In top pace Symmonds beats Solomon (1:43.67 to1:44.12). Top European Mark English of Ireland as 6th PB 1:44.84. 

HJ: Bondarenko continues to be from another planet. 228, 234, 238 all in first and after Kynard went out (236 cleared, but missed 240) tried once at 243 and twice at science-fiction height 247. "I feel I will get it in Moscow", he said afterwards. 

DT: Malachowski 67.35 confirmed good shape (all valid throws enough to win) over Wierig 66.60 and Kanter 66.29. Close to meet record 67.82.


800 m: Brenda Martinez with nice finish and meet record 1:58.19 showed she will be a force at Worlds. Second Romanian Lavric as the only other one sub 2 (1:59.79).

1500 m (non-DL): Only one Kenyan in the race Mary Kuria won in4:08.77. Also to note the pro European debut for US teen Mary Cain (5th 4:09.77).

3000 m: Shannon Rowbury world leading 8:41.46 as US runners ruled, second Anderson 8:42.64 and third Huddle 8:42.99, both PB´s. 

400mH: The female performance of the day by Czech Zuzana Hejnova 53.07 NR and WL. She is unbeaten so far 2013 and confirmed her Diamond Race win. Second PSD 53.67 PB and then US runners Moline 54.32 and Carter (European debut) 54.83.

PV: Silva confirmed who is the world leader with Diamond League record 483. Suhr followed 473 and Murer with Spiegelburg 463. 

TJ: Russian Universiade winner Koneva showed who was the paper favorite with 14.52 (-0.3) and three other jumps enough to win. 

4x100 m (non-DL): Great Britain (Asher-Smith, Onuora, A. Lewis, Nelson) won in fast 42.69 (fourth fastest nation worldwide 2013) over All-Stars 43.16 and France 43.46. 3 teams did not finish. 


AGADIR (MAR): The Moroccan team for the World Championships in Moscow has been named, reports the Libération. Malika Akkaoui has been named for the 800 m and will arrive as one of the favourites for the world title. She will be joined in the 800m by Halima Hachlaf, a semi-finalist at last year's Olympics. Ibtissam Lakhouad, Siham Hilali and Rabab Arrafi are all named for the women's 1500m while Salima El Ouali will compete in the 3000mSC. Olympic bronze medallist Abdelaati Iguider is entered for both the 1500m and 5000m. Zakaria Maazouzi will compete alongside him in the 1500m after obliterating his previous PB. Hamid Ezzine will line up in the 3000mSC while Daegu semi-finallist Aziz Ouhadi will race the 100m and 200m. Jaouad Gharib and Hafid Chani will lead Morroco's hopes in the marathon. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian head-coach Valentin Maslakov explained before announcing the final team selection for the World Championships that Ivan Ukhov as olympic winner will be selected with a B-standard, Aleksandr Shustov has the A-standard and was second at the nationals. The third position could go to Sergey Mudrov who as only other one has the A-standard but was injured at the nationals. In total 116-118 athletes are expected to be entered. Maslakov also confirmed the returning 2004 Olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko will be selected despite having only B-standard in the women high jump. On the other hand confirmed there is no reason why to select Svetlana Feofanova in the pole vault. Yulia Zaripova will compete only in the steeple, despite her fast 1500 m when winning the national title. 

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan marathoner Peter Some, who has been named in the Kenyan squad for Moscow, says that he is greatly motivated by the athletics legacy of his father Some Muge, reports Reuters.  Some Muge, who died in 1997, was a bronze medallist at the 1983 World Cross Country and later over 10,000 at the All-Africa Games. Peter Some has followed his father's path and also represented Kenya at the World Cross Country championships. He finished in 7th position in the junior race in 2008. The Paris marathon champ (2:05.38), who's running style is likened to Bekele's, has also received advice from Wilson Kipsang before he takes on the world in Moscow on the 17th of August.

NEUBRANDENBURG (GER): German U23 European discus champion Anna Ruh withdrew her participation at the World Championships in Russia. It is because an knee injury. She is also World junior champion from last year in Barcelona.


CASTELBUONO (ITA, Jul 26):Very hot day for 88th edition of Giro di Castelbuono, one of the oldest road race in Europe at the 10 km distance. Favorite Wilson Kiprop won in 30:10 ahead of Atanaw Ayalew of Ethiopia 30:10 and Emmanuel Kipsang 30:25. Fourth place for Paula Lonyangata 30:33 ahead of Dickson Chumba 31:09 and home European CC Champion Andrea Lalli (is in marathon training) 31:28.  Kiprop was satisfied after the win: "Not an easy race, not a race as others. The course is so difficult, I am happy and thanks to all thousands people who supported me so much".

DONETSK (UKR, Jul 26): Third day of Ukrainian Championships had Yelizaveta Bryzgina showing top 200 m shape with winning time of 22.72 (-1.8). It is fourth fastest in 2013 by an European. Serhiy Smelyk improved in men 200 m final to fast 20.52 (+0.2). Hanna Titimets posted 56.02 in the 400 m hurdles, Lilya Lobanova won the 800 m in2:03.46 and Viktoriya Pohyrelska the 5000 m in 15:48.43. In technical events surprise in women javelin as Marharita Dorozhon had 62.01 ahead of Hanna Hatsko 61.18 and only third European Champion Vira Rebryk 60.22. Hammer winners Yevhen Vinogradov 76.70 and Natalya Zolotukhina 67.00. Oleksandr Korchmyd cleared 560 in the pole vault.

GRODNO (BLR, Jul 25): During first day of Belarus Championships Aleksandr Linnik won the hurdles in 13.53 personal best over Maksim Lynsha 13.62. World indoor medalist Alina Talay won the women hurdles in 12.97 and was also second in the flat 100 m (11.58) just beaten by Yekaterina Gonchar 11.44. 800 m sensation Anis Ananenko won the 1500 m (3:53.20), in women race Natalya Koreyvo 4:16.26. Walking winners Ivan Trotskiy (1:23:52, 20 km), Dmitriy Dyubin (4:22.23, 50 km) and Anastasiya Jatsevich (1:35:16, women 20 km). Hammer this time did not brought any special results, titles for Yuriy Shayunov (76.36) and Yelena Krechyk (65.77) as pre-selected Oksana Menkova had a bye. Natalya Vyatkina won the triple jump (14.10). 

SIAULIAI (LTU, Jul 26): Rytis Sakaulauskas won the 100 m during first day of Lithuanian Championships with 10.37. Raivydas Stanys cleared 224 in the high jump and Povylas Mikolaitis leaped to 782 in the long jump. On the women side Zinaida Sendriute got 60.76 in discus, Agne Serksniene 52.63 in the 400 m. 

JEKABPILS (LAT, Jul 26): Fresh U23 European champion Lina Muze won the women javelin during first day of Latvian Championships in personal best 61.97. Second favorite Madara Palameika 59.92. Men javelin winner Rolands Strobinders achieved 80.35. Elvijs Misans lepaed to 786 (+1.9) in the long jump.

VAASA (FIN, Jul 26): Second day of Finnish Championships had Lewis Korir winning the 10 000 m in 28:37.14. Top female result, the 13.16 (+0.9) by Nooralotta Neziri in the 100 m hurdles. 

LUZERN (SUI, Jul 26): First day of Swiss Championships had junior record in javelin by Lukas Wieland 75.11 and U23 record for Andreas Graber 16.44 (+1.9) in the triple jump. Reto Amaru Schenkel won the 100 m in 10.33 (-0.4) over Alex Wilson 10.38. Mujing Kambudja defended her women title in 11.66 (-0.6). Irene Pusterla got the long jump with 652 (+1.0). 

LODZ (POL, Jul 26): At School Olympics Ewa Swoboda clocked new youth national mark 11.54 (+1.6) in girls 100 m.

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