Zagreb Diary: Perkovic twice over 70 meters!

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Perkovic twice over 70 m
ZAGREB (CRO, Aug 29): Three meeting records highlighted the 67th Hanzekovic Memorial here before capacity crowd of 10 000+. Home star Sandra Perkovic gave the crowd two 70 throws, 70.83 MR in fifth (2nd best of 2017) and also 70.44 in 6th round. Opponents were clearly beaten, second Whitney Ashley 62.91 and third Nadine Muller 62.58. US Gil Roberts won the 400 m in another MR 44.94 beating sub 44 runner Isaac Makwala 45.29. In women steeple the third meet best as Norah Jeruto got fast 9:04.56 (her 2nd best ever after Berlin) clearly over team-mates Daisy Jepkemei 9:19.68 and Joan Chepkemoi 9:20.22. Sergey Shubenkov won for third time (after 2014 and 2015) the memorial hurdles in 13.12 (+0.7). It was for him also first win of 2017 beating Devon Allen 13.19 and just from Taipei arriving Balazs Baji 13.46. 2011 World champion Yohan Blake won the final event, the 100 m in 10.05 (+0.3) ahead of Mike Rodgers 10.14 and Asafa Powell 10.16 with 200 m World champ Ramil Guliyev fifth in 10.36. London gold medalist Sam Kendricks cleared 560 in pole vault to win and had nice attempts at would be meet record 580 after his poles arrived only some minutes before the event to the stadium. Young Ethiopian Solomon Barega 7:38.90 and Kenyan Davis Kiplangat 7:39.97 dominated the 3000 m with French star Mahiedine Mekhissi only 9th 7:57.12. Qatar´s revelation of the year Abderrahman Samba won the 400 m hurdles 48.70 ahead of DL winner Kyron McMaster 49.49 with Kerron Clement 6th 50.44. Blessing Okagbare got women 100 m after strong finish in 11.14 (+1.0). Ajee Wilson offered fast 800 m time of 1:57.72 (after it was re examined as initial time of 1:59.13 not correct) over Winnie Chebet 1:58.13 PB and Lynsey Sharp 1:58.35. Canadian record holder Liz Gleadle beat with 63.40 in javelin local star Sara Kolak 61.86. Other winners were Aleksandr Menkov 798 in long jump, Christina Manning women hurdles 12.66 (+0.1) over London medalist Dawn Harper Nelson 12.84, Kamila Licwinko 196 high jump and Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts 14.45 (+0.2) season best in triple.

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