TOKYO (JPN, Jun 9): Last day of Japanese Championships saw the return to competition by legendary hammer thrower Koji Murofushi winning his another national title with 76.42. Shota Iizuka confirmed his 200 m position in the country with 20.31 (+0.9) win ahead of Yuichi Kobayashi 20.46 PB, top five dipped under 20.50. Takayuki Kishimoto won the 400 m hurdles in 49.08 over new name Yasuhiro Fueki 49.31 PB. In the high hurdles personal best 13.59 (+1.3) for winner Wataru Yazawa. Good high jumping for Hiromi Takahiri 225 PB and Miyuki Fukumoto 190. Chisato Fukushima scored a sprint double with 23.25 (+0.5) win at 200 m and solid 5000 m with .57 for Kenyan Felista Wanjugu and second Misaki Onishi improved to .73.
KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 8): Olympic relay gold medalist Kemar Bailey-Cole improved his personal best to 9.96 (+1.5) at the All-Comers meet here. Second 200 m olympic bronze winner Warren Weir also life-time best 10.02. Third Jason Livermore 10.18 and fourth Kimmari Roach 10.20. Schillonie Calvert in 11.17 beat Sherone Simpson 11.27 in women 100 m. Hurdler Ristanana Tracey won the flat 400 m 52.25, Andrea Bliss clocked 12.91 at 100 m hurdles, Javere Bell 45.91 in the 400 m and Ansert Whyte improved to 49.36 at 400 m hurdles. The 200 m saw return of Yohan Blake in 20.71 ahead of Delano Williams 20.74 and Edino Steele 20.91.
PORTLAND (USA, Jun 8): Tyler Mulder clocked impressive.79 in the 800 m at Portland Track Festival. second Joe Abott .80 PB and fourth miler Matt Centrowitz also PB .86. PolandÂ´s Karolina Jarzynska surprised with .52 personal best win at the 5000 m ahead of Treniere Moser .96. In sixth position talented Mary Cain, another US High School record .46.
LISLE (USA, Jun 8): Chicagoland Throwing series had Gwen Berry improving in hammer to 73.81, in discus Gia Lewis-Smallwood 61.90. Jeneva McCall new PB in shot put 18.47. Russ Winger got the men shot with 20.53.
ZARAGOZA (ESP, Jun 8): Men of Playas de Castellon and women of Valencia Terra i Mar retained Spanish club titles. Angel David Rodriguez clocked 10.35 in the 100 m, Javier Lopez 13.64 at 110 m hurdles, in women events Nora Bicet 59.07 in javelin. In minor league in Burgos Sergio Ruiz improved in the 200 m to 20.73.
SANTA FE (ARG, Jun 8): German Lauro with 20.56 in the shot put was the star of Argentinian Championships. Talented Braian Toledo won the javelin 78.11.
IBIRAPUERA (BRA, Jun 8): New South American decathlon record 8393 by Carlos Chinin highlighted the 3rd of Trofeu Brasil, the national championships. Second Luis Alberto Araujo scored 7958 points. In women javelin Jucilene de Lima equaled the naitonal record 61.98. Ronald Odair won discus 61.62 and fast times in 200 m semifinals by Ana Claudia 22.75 (+0.4) and Bruno de Barros 20.45 (+0.4).
MONTVERDE (USA, Jun 8): Addition to Star Athletics Sprint meet was the entry of 2008 Olympic winner at 400 m hurdles Melaine Walker. She tried the 100 m hurdles in 13.08 (+2.2) as 7th and 13.05 (+1.9) in heats. It was her first 100 m hurdles competition since 2006.
CHULA VISTA (USA, Jun 6): Mary Saxer improved here to 470 in the pole vault, second Tori Pena Irish record 460 and third Kylie Hutson also 460. In men long jump US Tyron Stewart windy 814 (+2.1) and legal PB 813 (+1.8).
ZWOLLE (NED, Jun 8): Fast times at Zwolle Half Marathon. Kenyan Edwin Kiptoo clocked 1:01:19 to win over Alfers Lagat 1:01:34 and Wilfred Kirwa 1:02:02. Best non-Kenyan Abderrahmane Bouramdane of Morocco 1:04:47 8th and best Dutch Michel Butter 9th 1:04:58. Agnes Mutune topped the women field in 1:10:14 ahead of Jane Moraa 1:10:26 and Flomena Chepchirchir 1:11:21. From Alberto Stretti.
CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jun 9): 41-year-old Yuriy Andronov won the 50 km during second day of Russian walking championships. He finished with third result in the season 3:43:54. Aleksandr Yargunkin was second 3:49:47 and 21-year-old Mikhail Kuzakov took bronze with 3:53:49. Sergey Bakulin as title holder and Sergey Kirdyapkin as olympic winner are pre-selected. Andronov with this win made a good step towards World Championships selection.
LUXEMBURG (LUX, Jun 8): Kenyan Bellor Yator won the ING Night Marathon here in 2:17:51 ahead of Stephen Rutto 2:18:45. Ethiopians dominated women, Gemecha Debelu 2:43:33 ahead of Mahlet Melete 2:44:22.
MANNHEIM (GER, Jun 8): Evans Kipkorir achieved 2:19:22 to win the Mannheim Marathon.
BERN (SUI, Jun 9): Ukrainian champion Viktoriya Pohyrelska won the Swiss Women Run at 5 km in. Second German Irina Mikitenko , third Kenyan Cynthia Kosgei and fourth best home runner Sabine Fischer . In all races 15 115 participants.
ALBACETE (ESP, Jun 9): Spanish Half Marathon champions are Ayad Lamdassem in 1:03:56 and Alessandra Aguilar with 1:12:55. Second in men race Javier Guerra 1:04:20. Both winners are selected for World Championships marathon.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Officials in Rio de Janeiro have revealed that the EstÃ¡dio OlÃmpico JoÃ£o Havelange, which is due to host the athletics during the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, will need a minimum of 18 months of reconstruction work and remain closed until 2015 while the repairs are carried out. The Stadium was shut in March after an engineer’s appraisal showed the venue’s roof could collapse due to structural problems if the wind reached more than 63 kilometres per hour. The Stadium, built for the 2007 Pan American Games, is set to have its capacity increased from 47,000 to 60,000 to host athletics during Rio 2016.
MOSCOW (RUS): After 10th place at Rome Diamond League meeting with modest 16.37 European indoor medalist in triple jump Ruslan Samitov explained to Rusathletics.com the reasons of such performance. “That is peculiarity of my physiology and training process. Usually I need much more time to get good competitions shape. Moreover, meeting in Rome was my first commercial event at so high level. Mostly all my rivals I have been competed with in Rome I saw on TV only and I felt mental difficulty. But thanks to my coach Denis Kapustin I made corrections in my technique and learned how to lose weight before competitions. I feel much easier in jumps and forgot about my heel injury,” said Samitov. Samitov had to refuse from Moscow Challenge onto have more time for recovering and will perform only at national cup in Yerino on June 15. 21-year-old Russain also informed he is aiming to be selected into the Russian team for Universiade in Kazan.
BOTTROP (GER): The International meet Bottrop-Gala changed its date from. Informed the organiser Andre Thomson. The will be so one of the last possibilities to qualify for World Championships in Moscow.
MOSCOW (RUS): 110m hurdles reigning European champion Sergey Shubenkov after his Rome victory with 13.20 told to All Sport news agency
he absolutely satisfied with his current shape. “I had only four competitions this summer. The main thing is improving of my results from one competition to another. Such tendency at the beginning of the season makes me happy. It means we’re on the right way moving to our main goal in August” said Russian record holder. After Rome 22-year-old hurler plans come back to home-city Barnaul and take competition break till European Team championships in Gateshead.
GEORGETOWN (CAY): Congrats to new mom Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens (35), who gave birth to a bundle of joy baby girl tonight. Informs Trackalerts. She was olympic and world finalist at the 200 m and is organising the International meet of Cayman Islands.
LONDON (GBR): Former 400 m runner Donna Hartley-Wass, who won an Olympic bronze and two Commonwealth gold medals under her maiden name Donna Murray, has died suddenly at the age of 58. Once celebrated as the golden girl of British athletics because of her prowess on the track and her distinctive blonde hair, Hartley-Wass won golds in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, before winning 4x400m relay bronze at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. She married fellow athlete Bill Hartley in 1977 but divorced in the early 1980s. She later married comedian Bobby Knutt, whose real name is Vass. Following her retirement from athletics, she turned her attention to competitive body-building, winning the ‘Ms Britain’ title in 1987 and 1988 and finishing runner-up in the ‘Ms Universe’ bodybuilding contest in 1988. She reportedly died suddenly while sunbathing at her home in Yorkshire. Informs The Telegraph.