Dramatic 100 m, 50 000+ spectators, 3 World leads
ROME (ITA, Jun 6): Golden Gala – Pietro Mennea (held since 1980) had exciting competitions before an excellent crowd of 52 305 (will it be beaten this year at DL?) with three world leads (men 800 m and 5000 m and women 400 m) and surprise losses of Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix.
Event by event
100 m: It was very close. But Gatlin in 9.94 beats Bolt 9.95. Third Vicaut from lane one equaled his PB 10.02, also European lead.
400 m (non-DL): Merritt in 44.96 as expected. Behind him it was an unexpected mixture of positions.
800 m: Aman ruled after good pacing (50.11) in.61 WL. Second young French Bosse .91 EL, third Olivier of South Africa .37 and fourth home Benedetti .67 PB. Only then more known names followed.
5000 m: First years sub 13, gives hope for Alamirew for Moscow with.95 WL over favorite Gebrhiwot .73. Best from Kenyans I. Koech third .85.
110mH (non-DL): Great European duel for Shubenkov 13.20 EL (+0.9) over Martinot-Lagarde 13.31 PB and Baji 13.44 PB.
400mH: World leader Dutch confirmed his position with jumping into the finish line 48.31 over Culson 48.36. Third Hanne of Senegal improved to 48.56. Fifth world champ Greene in good season opener 48.81 EL.
PV: This time it was not Lavillenie although his attempts at 591 were close. But Holzdeppe equaled his PB 591 and was the best, but was still unsure as Mohr tried at 596.
TJ: Crowd wanted Greco to win in his season opener but it was only until fourth round 17.04 when Taylor improved to winning 17.08. Tamgho third 17.01.
SP: Storl won, his only two attempts enough to top the lists 20.63 and 20.70. Whiting did not come due to birth of his son.
200 m: Ahoure came first from the bend and she surprisingly controlled the race in 22.36 national record (+1.7). Felix 22.64 second, her last 200 m loss is back to September 2011.
400m: Montsho continues in unbeaten season with 49.87 WL. Second McCorory improved to 50.05.
1500 m: Aregawi is also unbeatable currently with long finish.23, Genzebe .62 second and third World champ Simpson .30.
Steeple: Chemos is back to winning.14 over world leader Chepkirui .10.
100H: Harper-Nelson fulfilled favorite role in 12.65 +0.3 with US runners beeing in top four positions.
HJ: That was a battle when at the end after jump-off Chicherova and Shkolina (season opener) agreed to a tie with 198. Third Vlasic improved to 195.
LJ: In round 5 DeLoach-Soukup got 697 (+0.5), but Reese answered with 699 (-1.0) and that decided.
JT: Obergfoll unbeaten this year, already third DL win 66.45.
DT: Also Perkovic is dominating this event, all her valid throws would be enough to win. With 68.25 in second round she came close to her world lead 68.48.
Rollins 12.47 WL
EUGENE (USA, Jun 6): Second day of US Championships registered excellent personal best and world lead 2013 by Brianna Rollins 12.47 (+1.2) in semifinals of the 100 m hurdles. Other sprint semis were wind-aided. In men 200 m winners of each race Bryshon Nellum 19.99 (+3.2), Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa 20.02 (+3.1) and Ameer Webb 20.05 (+4.3). The same in women 200 m semis with Kimberlyn Duncan 22.15 (+2.7), Paris Daniels 22.54 (+3.6) and Auriyeall Scott 22.64 (+2.2). In the men hurdles semis the fastest Spencer Adams 13.24 (+2.1). Relay fastest semifinal times Texas AM .38 and Oregon .15. Top winner of the day was German Johannes Hock with 8267 in decathlon over Jeremy Taiwo 8239. Jamaican Damar Forbes got the long jump 835 (+2.9). Other winners were Kenyan Lawi Lalang 29:29.65 at 10 000 m, Slovak Tomas Kruzliak in hammer 69.26 and Anna Jelmini 57.95 discus.
IBIRAPUERA (BRA, Jun 6): Trofeu Brasil Caixa 2013 (National Championships) started with fast 100 m races. Ana Claudia Lemos posted 11.07 (0.0) over Franciela Krasucki 11.13. In men race Jose Carlos Moreira with 10.16 (+0.7) was the fastest. In the 10 000 m wins for Marilson Gomes 28:37.71 and Cruz Nonata da Silva 33:05.92.
Young Bekh 678 long jump
YALTA (UKR, June 6): 17-year-old Maryna Bekh became a world junior leader in women long jump with personal best 678m (+1.8) during second day of Ukrainian team championships in Yalta. Silver went for Iryna Nikolayeva 6.60 over Anna Kornuta and Paralympic champion Oksana Zubkovska (both 6.58). Heptathlete Anastasiya Mokhnyuk was fifth with 6.57. Taras Neledva achieved PB in men long jump 7.90m. Iryna Sekachova 67.76m and Yevhen Vynogradov 76.78m won hammer throw. Serhiy Smelyk with 20.69 (-1.1) and Viktoriya Pyatachenko with 22.68 European lead (+0.4) topped 200m finals but Ryemyen and Povh didn’t run. Anna Yaroshchuk was first at 400m hurdles 54.99, Viktor Tyumentsev on 800m .38, Alina Logvynenko on 400m 52.54, Vadym Slobodenyuk ( .24) and Valentyna Zhudina ( .26) over Svitlana Smidt ( .82) in the steeple. Sergiy Lebid won the 10 000 min 28:21.12 and Olga Lyakhova the 800 m in .79 over Natalya Lupu .46. Javelin winners Hanna Gatsko 60.13 and Roman Avramenko 81.98.
KRASNODAR (RUS): Reigning heptathlon world champion Tatyana Chernova told to Russian media that in Gotzis she still felt little discomfort in the elbow which was injured last summer. “Nothing serious but I’m feeling not trained enough. I have been treating my elbow long time after London Olympics and couldn’t make usual loading and practices in javelin. Everything is OK now and I have time to put my arm into competitions conditions” said Chernova. She also informed that her next heptathlon this summer most probably will be at Universiade in Kazan. But she is going to perform in individual events at different Russian competitions before.
TORINO (ITA): At Primo Nebiolo Memorial (EA Premium) not only Orlando Ortega will run the 110 m hurdles, but in his first race since London Olympic Games in London also Beijing 2008 winner and former world record holder Dayron Robles is listed. Also in the race Italian record holder Emanuele Abate, US Omo Osaghae and French Dimitri Bascou. In the 100 m Michael Tumi is facing Jacques Harvey and Keith Ricks. Greek Stefanos-Likourgos Tsakonas is the 200 m favorite. In the 800 m freshly improved Giordano Benedetti against Kenyans. In women events European champion Olesya Povkh is the 100m favorite, Lolo Jones vs. Tiffany Porter and Italian record holder Veronica Borsi is the headline. Yadisleidi Pedroso at 400 m hurdles is facing US Dalila Muhammad. Darya Klishina from Russia is the long jump star.
MOSCOW (RUS): At Moscow Challenge (IAAF World Challenge) top women hammer will be held the day before. Tatyana Lysenko, Anita Wlodarczyk and Betty Heidler will compete after Eugene again together. Added will be 2008 Olympic winner Oksana Menkova and former world champion Ypsi Moreno. Other home stars also confirmed their participation. Mariya Abakumova in javelin, Ruslan Samitov in triple jump. Cubans Lazaro Borges, Ernesto Reve and Orlando Ortega will add international flair to their events when Luzhniki Stadium will be tested before the World Championshops.
CHENNAI (IND, Jun 6): Steeplechaser Sudha Singh became the first athlete to earn a berth for this year’s World championships in Moscow with a national record on the third day of National Inter-State Athletics Championships with .60.
YEOSU (KOR, Jun 5-6): During first two days at Korean National Championships Kim Byung-Jun clocked 13.85 (+0.5) over the hurdles, Kim Hyun-Sub 1:25:33 at 20 km walk.
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jun 5): Last night in North East London European junior medalist David Bolarinwa won the 100m in 10.28 (+1.8) his second best time. The 200 m went to Jordan Kirby Polidore with a PB 20.78 (+0.8) ahead of Luke Fagan 20.99.
TALLINN (EST, Jun 5): Rasmus Magi clocked 46.40 personal best here.
HAVANA (CUB, Jun 4): More additions from Barrientos Memorial. Yoandys Lescay still a junior clocked impressive 45.36 PB in the 400 m. Last year world junior champion Yordan OÂ´Farrill got 13.44 PB (0.0) hurdles win. Rose-Mary Almanza won the 800 m in.13 and Ypsi Moreno 71.25 in hammer.
MONACO (MON): Happy Birthday to IAAF President La
mine Diack who is celebrating is 80th birthday. Born in Dakar on 7 June 1933, Lamine Diack was a talented long jumper and won the 1958 French title. The following year he achieved his personal best of 772 when winning at the 1959 French Universities Championships but then suffered a knee injury which dashed his ambitions of going to the 1960 Olympic Games. In the continental arena, Diack was President of the African Amateur Athletic Confederation from 1973-2003 and during that period he was also a member of Executive Committee of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) from 1973-87. Diack was elected to the IAAF Council at the 30th IAAF Congress in 1976, held in the Canadian city of Montreal, and became Senior Vice-President of the organisation in 1991. Upon the death of the fourth IAAF President Primo Nebiolo on November 7, 1999, he immediately took over as acting President and Diack has subsequently been re-elected unopposed to the position in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2011. As head of the IAAF, Diack has also been a member of the International Olympic Committee since December 1999 and he is one of only a few Africans ever to have been leaders of an international sports federation. From IAAF website.