SPIEGELBURG 476 EL, PTACNIKOVA 472 PB
(CZE, Jun 11): Four meet records highlighted the 19th Odlozil Memorial
(EA Premium) at Strahov Stadium in nice summer weather, but changing
winds (women 400H, PV, 4×100 m, men 1500 m). National record holder
Zuzana Hejnova achieved in women 400 m hurdles 54.43 event best and as
first defeated this year Bulgarian Vania Stambolova 54.72. Third
European Champion Natalya Antyukh 55.34. In other race third overall
Eilidh Child of Great Britain 55.28. Excellent pole vaulting saw German
Silke Spiegelburg clearing European lead 2012 and second best in the
world 476 in second attempt, she also tried at would-be WL 481. Czech
indoor record holder Jirina Ptacnikova improved with second attempt
clearance to 472 and tried at new national record height 476. Third
German Kristina Gadschiew 456. Meet record also in Memorial 1500 m race
by Ethiopian junior Teshome Dirirsa who improved to 3:34.55. Second
Kenyan Benjamin Seurem 3:35.28 ahead of South Africans Juan Van Deventer
3:35.52 and Johan Cronje 3:35.65. Home hero Barbora Spotakova despite
long travel form New York City delivered two 65 throws (65.88 and
65.40). Kurt Couto of Mozambique won the 400 m hurdles in new national
record 49.02 in close finish over US Justin Gaymon 49.03 followed by
season bests from Nathan Woodward 49.42 and home Josef Prorok 49.74.
Home win for Jaroslav Baba in the high jump 228 (over Kostadinos
Baniotis from Greece 225). SA record holder Simon Magakwe won the 100 m
in 10.22 (0.0) beating Peter Emelieze of Nigeria 10.34. Hurdles winner
Ty Akins of USA got 13.41 (-1.2), battle for second, Hungarian Balazs
Baji 13.51 and Artur Noga of Poland 13.52. Remaining winners Issam Nima
of Algeria in triple jump 16.89 (-0.9) PB, Anyika Onuora the women 200 m
for Great Britain 23.21 (-1.1), Russian Yekaterina Strokova 60.21 in
discus and Ethiopian Etenesh Diro in her second race at the distance
(steeple) nice time 9:40.00. Jan Kudlicka cleared in national pole vault
562 (and tried at NR 582) and relay wins for Poland 44.04 meet record
and South Korea 39.47 beating Czech Republic 39.54.
SAVINOVA 1:57.93 IN THE 800 M
(RUS, Jun 11): Moscow Challenge meet at Luzhniki Stadium was a
rehearsal for the next years World Championships (IAAF World Challenge).
World champion Mariya Savinova won the 800 m in best result of the day
1:57.93. Second Yelena Arzhakova 1:58.28 over Irina Maracheva 1:58.71.
Yelena Soboleva returned with 1:59.90 as 9th. Fast 400 m times, European
leader Yulia Gushchina 50.87 over Lyudmila Litvinova 51.13. In other
race Natalya Nazarova 50.78 beating Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 51.17.
Guest from St. Kitts Tameka Williams won the 100 m in fast 11.19 (-0.1).
In the 10 000 m Yelizaveta Grechishinkova won the national title in
European lead 31:07.88. Second Natalya Popkova 31:55.83 over Inga
Abitova 31:55.97 and Alina Prokopeva 31:57.38. Natalya Gorchakova won
the steeple in 9:35.72, when world record holder Gulnara Galkina was a
non-starter. Svetlana Shkolina cleared 198 to win the high jump beating
olympic winner Tia Hellebaut and Marina Aitova, both 192. Yekaterina
Koneva was the best in the triple jump 14.36 (+0.6) and Oksana Gromova
in javelin 57.04. In men events Aleksandr Brednev won the 200 m with
20.58 PB (-0.3) from the B-section. In A-race Jamaican Ainsley Waugh got
20.63 (+0.6). Pavel Trenikhin was the best in the 400 m with 45.51 over
US Marcus Body 45.68. In other section Euro finalist Vladimir Krasnov
also clocked 45.68. Kenyan junior Cornelius Kangogo won the 3000 m in
7:59.89 and national 10 000 m title went to Yevgeniy Rybakov 28:35.95.
Solid steeple winner was Ethiopian Birhan Getahun in 8:20.55 over Kenyan
Elijah Kipterege 8:22.96 and best Russian Ildar Minshin 8:23.07.
Hungarian record holder Daniel Kiss is continuing in his return with
13.53 (0.0) hurdles win. Russian Vladimir Antmanis was the best in the
400m hurdles (49.87). Foreign guests dominated in the pole vault
(Czerwinski of Poland over German Otto, both 560). Russian wins for
Maksim Sidorov in shot put (20.86) and Bogdan Pishchalnikova in discus
(64.20 over Hungarian Fazekas 63.24 and Turkish record holder Olgundeniz
(POR): News from Portugal athletics. Top long jumper Naide Gomes ends
the season. She suffered rupture of the Achilles tendon on Saturday and
was operated Sunday night, returning home on Monday. Former European
champion Francis Obikwelu made muscle rupture in the groin. He certainly
will be not at the Europeans and hardly will be able for the Olympic
MONACO (MON): Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena, the 1976 double
Olympic champion and former World record holder, is the latest athletics
legend to be named as one of the 24 inaugural Members of the IAAF Hall
of Fame which has been created to mark the year of the IAAF Centenary.
The announcement of this honour comes upon the conclusion of the
Ibero-American Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where the Cuban
team won 8 titles and a total of 18 medals for second place on the
medal table behind Brazil.
UDEN (NED) : Dutch hurdler Gregory Sedoc will make an
unofficial comeback after being suspended for three whereabout failures.
Sedoc officially is allowed to compete again on June 22 nd but will
race in Uden on Wednesday in a race that will not be official. Dutch
fellow hurdler Marcel Van der Westen might also take part reports losseveter.nl.
PARIS (FRA): Top names have been announced for the French
national championships in Angers this weekend. European champion
Christophe Lemaitre is set to compete in both the 100m and 200m where he
will meet fellow sprint sensation Jimmy Vicaut. Improved Yannick Fonsat
is confirmed for the 400m while the 110H race is promising to be very
strong with in the race Garfield Darien, Dimitri Bascou, Ladji DoucourÃ©
and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. Renaud Lavillenie is leading a
traditionally strong pole vault field. Female sprinters Veronique Mang,
Myriam Soumare and Ruddy Zang Milama will go head to head in the 100m.
Vanessa Boslak and Eloyse Lesueur are the top name in the pole vault and
the long jump reports Athle.com.
BERLIN (GER): European indoor champion Carolin Nytra is
confident about her chances this year as she made her long awaited
comeback last weekend. In her first 100m hurdles race in over 22 months
Nytra clocked a very good 12.74, the fourth fastest time of her career.
Nytra told leichtathletik.de she
is not yet back among the world’s best hurdlers but believes she will
continue to improve her shape before getting to London.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Lloyd Cowan who is the UK Athletics national
women’s relay coach for the 4×100 and 4×400, said he is looking forward
to shaping the relay destiny of his charges in the 1952 Olympic stadium
during the Helsinki European championships. The championships in
Helsinki are vital for the preparation of Britain’s female relay teams
ahead of the London 2012, according to the man in charge of coaching
them reports European athletics.
LONDON (GBR): After Usain Bolt complained the new starting
blocks are too small for his feet the IAAF now says Usain Bolt is wrong
and new starting blocks to be used at the London Olympics will enhance
the performance of athletes. “Visually the starting blocks look very
different,” an IAAF spokesman told AFP. “Yes, it is true that Omega has
changed a few things and redesigned the starting blocks, but the changes
have been introduced in order to enhance the measurement of the
athlete’s reaction times and to enhance the performance of the
athletes.” He was quoted.
TOKIO (JPN): The Japan olympic team was announced. In sprints
Eriguchi, Yamagata (100 m), Takase, Iizuka, Takahira in the 200 m,
Kanemaru for 400m, Yokoyama in the 800 m, Sato in the 10 000 m, full
trio in the 400 m hurdles Kishimoto, Nakamura, Tateno. In technical
events Yamamoto for pole vault, javelin throwers Dean and Murakami and
hammer world champion Koji Murofushi. Decathlon nominee is Ushiro, for
20 km walk Suzuki, Fujisawa and Saito, for 50 km walk Morioka, Yamazaki
and Tanii. The trio for marathon was already known (Fujiwara, Yamamoto,
Nakamoto). In women running events 6 names: sprinter Fukushima for 100
and 200 m, Niiya for 5000 m, Yoshikawa and Fukushi for 10 000 m, Kimura
for 100m Hurdles and Kubokura for 400 m hurdles. Two women in technical
events are Abiko in pole vault and Ebihara in javelin. 20km walk
qualifiers are Otoshi, Fuchise and Kawasaki and in marathon Shigetomo,
Kizaki and Ozaki. MenÂ´s 4×100 m team has chances to qualify also.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan team for World Junior Championships has
been announced. Not included the top junior runners who are competing on
the main circuit (Kosencha, Isiah Koech). Men: Mike Mokamba
(100m/200m), Duncan Nkaru (200m), Alphas Kishoyian, Boniface Mweresa
(400m), William Mbevi, Francis Mutunga (400m Hurdles), Edwin Kiplagat,
Timothy Kitum (800m), Dominic Mutuku, Hillary Cheruiyot (1500m),
Conseslus Kipruto, Gilbert Kirui (3000m steeplechase), William Malel,
Justin Kiprop (5000m), Philemon Cheboi, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui
(10000m). Women: Agatha Jeruto (800m), Faith Chepng’etich (1500m/3000m),
Nancy Chepkwemoi (1500m), Mercy Chebwogen (3000m), Daisy Chepkemei,
Stella Ruto (3000m steeplechase), Caroline Chepkoech, Agnes Chebet
(5000m). With the help from IAAF.
BARCELONA (ESP): Only 29 days to go until the start of the
IAAF World Junior Championships Barcelona 2012, the event was officially
presented on Monday at the legendary MontjuÃ¯c Olympic Stadium, which
will host over 1,800 athletes from all over the world through 10 to 15
July. Barcelona 2012 co-president Maite Fandos is confident that the championships
will be a huge success and underlined the importance of hosting an
international sporting event. “The Opening Ceremony will take us back to
the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, which also took place at the
MontjuÃ¯c Olympic Stadium,” said the Deputy Mayor. During the official
presentation, Fandos introduced the medals designed by
Argentine artist Julieta Agero, who was inspired by the art of
Barcelona’s architect Antoni GaudÃ, especially by the shape of the Casa
FRANKFURT (GER): German hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas who
registered a bad fall on her head in Eugene Prefontaine Classic hammer
and needed five stitches, is not ready yet to compete. Doctors said she
needs more rest after having currently problems with dizziness.
PARIS (FRA): Jean Michael Serra, doctor of the French national
team, has told AFP the participation of Teddy Tamgho at the London
Olympic Games is doubtful. Serra confirmed Tamgho has trouble reaching
his 2010 shape because of a surgery conducted last year in July. He also
confirmed Tamgho is mentally suffering following last year’s incident
with a female athlete during a training camp in France.
(CHN, Jun 10): Ethiopians dominated in the Lanzhou Marathon as Solomon
Tsige clocked 2:15:18 over Bazu Worku 2:15:21. Women winner Zhang
Jingxia of China 2:38:02 beat Ethiopian Shitaye Gemechu 2:39:32.
(POR): Both reported marks from Club Championships final were wind
assisted Rasul Dabo 13.62 (+2.5) in the hurdles and Caldeira 16.84
(+3.7) in triple. Champions crowned were men of Benfica and women of
KLADNO (CZE): The final score of Katarina Johnson-Thompson was 6248 and not 6428 (typo mistake).
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