Christian Cantwell threw 21.34m, Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 11.02 and Dani Samuels threw the discus, 65.32, on her last throw, 63.75 meters, for a new meet record. All of this fun happened today in Osaka, Japan. Mike Rodgers won the 200 meters there in 20.55….
EME NEWS (MAY 8, 2010)
CANTWELL AND SAMUELS CLEAR WINNERS
OSAKA (JPN, May 8): Third meet of the new series IAAF World Challenge at Nagai
Stadium in Osaka was held in solid weather, 24 degrees, 49 percent of humidity
and east and north-east wind. Top stars fulfilled the expectations and won
their events. Veronica Campbell-Brown the 100 m in third fastest time of the year 11.02,
Christian Cantwell the shot put with 21.34 and Australian Dani Samuels with
last round effort the discus achieving new meet record 63.75. Solid other
sprint wins by overseas runners, Jamaican Michael Frater the 100 m (10.24), US Mike
Rodgers (200 m,
20.55) and Virginia Crawford (100
m Hurdles, 12.76). The only Japanese winner was Masato
Yokota at 800 m.
First menÂ´s IAAF hammer challenge winner was experienced Dilshod Nazarov of
Tajikistin as olympic winner Koji Murofushi returned to international stage with
a third place. Interesting to note the improvement of Kenyan world cross
country junior champion from Bydgoszcz Caleb Ndiku Mwangang who won the 1500 m. Second meet record
was registered in pole vault where Melinda Owen of USA equalled the event best
with 445 clearance after jump-off. Event by event review is posted at www.world-challenge.org.
AND SANYA OUT
DOHA (QAT): IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors Sanya Richards-Ross
(quadriceps injury) and Kenenisa Bekele (calf injury) have both been declared
unfit to compete in Doha, but are expected to make a full recovery and
take their place very soon in the IAAF Diamond League circuit. Writes IAAF in a release.
world champion Sanya Richards-Ross commented on her twitter: â€ž After 6 seasons
as a pro, this is the first time I’ll have to miss a meet due to
injury. I’m fortunate but a little disappointed.I kept hoping I’d be
ready but nothing before it’s time. I’m doing everything I can to get back
and hope to be at 100% soon.”
Her next race in the circuit should be in Oslo on June 4, for Bekele the 5000 m in the same place.
TOP NAMES FOR DOHA
DOHA (QAT): From top names for Doha Diamond League opener which were not yet
announced it is interesting to note the 800 m duel of world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
against world leader David Rudisha of Kenya. MenÂ´s 5000 m without Kenenisa
Bekele will see former world champion Eliud Kipchoge with Qatari star and
steeple world record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen. Olympic winner Brimin Kipruto
will clash in the steeple-chase with always fast Paul Kipsiele Koech. MenÂ´s 400 m hurdles is having US
duo Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson running. In the triple jump top Cubans
Yoandri Betanzos and Alexis Copello should compete. In women events, the 200 m will have Kerron
Stewart against 400 m
specialist Shericka Williams. Olympic winner Nancy Lagat, world champion Maryam
Jamal and former world indoor champion Gelete Burka. PolandÂ´s world champion
Anna Rogowska is the pole vault headliner when the ambassador Yelena Isinbayeva
is currently not competing. Osaka duel between Dani Samuels and Stephanie Brown
Trafton will be repeated in women discus. Ambassador Barbora Spotakova will
face their main rivals German Christina Obergfoll and Russian Mariya Abakumova.
HALLE (GER): Next weekends throwing meet in Halle (May 15) will see first this
years clash of top two from world championships. Robert Harting will have a duel
with Piotr Malachowski of Poland. As www.leichtathletik.de writes their head-to-head stands
currently at 13:12 for the German thrower. Another highlight in Halle is the
hammer clash of top two from Berlin Anita Wlodarczyk and Betty Heidler.
MOMBASA (KEN, May 7): Heavy rains in Mombasa dampened the spirits of athletes,
with none of them attaining qualifying times for the 17th African Athletics
championships due in Nairobi in July on Day One of the fifth weekend meeting in
Mombasa on Friday. Writes The Nation. In Nakuru, Samuel Ndereba won the
men’s 10 000 m
during the finals of the Rift Valley Province Kenya Police inter-divisions
championships after 30:28.24.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, May 7): Jamaican Ryan Shields won both sprints at Billy Hayes
invitational with 10.41 and 20.80. Canadian Derek Drouin cleared 223 in high jump. TrinidadÂ´s
Semoy Hackett achieved in womenÂ´ s 200 m 23.07. New outdoor world lead in womenÂ´s
pole vault as NCAA Indoor champion Kylie Hutson improved her personal best to 451 cm.
HOUSTON (USA, May 7): World 200
m medalist Wallace Spearmon keeps himself running well
and clocked at Rice meet good 10.23 (+0.5) to win the 100 m.
CHEBOKSARY (RUS, May 7): At Russian Youth Trials Denis Ogarkov sprinted the 100 m in 10.64. Top two will
qualify for European trials later in May in Moscow. Natalya Demidenko cleared
four meters in pole vault.
KINGSTON (JAM, May 6): TrackAlerts informs about sprinting talent in
Jamaica Raje Fearon, who burned up the National Stadium track in the
Primary School Championships. At age of 12 he clocked 11.90 in the 100 m. It was new meet
record. World fastest ever 100
m at age of 12 is 10.83 by Nigerian Uche Olisa in 1988.
Fastest 200 m
by 12 years old sprinter is 22.93 by US Steve Carnes in 1985. Interestingly
girls fastest 100 m
and 200 m
by 12 years old is 11.88 and 24.38 of US Terra Evans in 2002.