Zuzana Hejnova runs 38.16 All time best for 300m hurdles, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Zuzana Hejnova, photo by PhotoRun.net

Zuzana Hejnova has built a wonderful story in the 2013 season. Her NR of 53.07 is the current world leader. As a finishing touch on her Moscow preparations, Zuzana ran 38.16 for the 300 meter hurdles. Will she win the 400 meter hurdles in Moscow? 

Germans in shape: Moguenara 704, Sailer 11.02, Keller 10.07
WEINHEIM (GER, Aug 2): The German farewell meet before Moscow confirmed the top shape of some home athletes before travelling to Russia. Three European leading marks 2013 were registered. Verena Sailer clocked 11.02 PB (+1.1) in the 100 m, Sosthene Moguenara sensationally leaped to 704 (+1.5) in the long jump (top German result in last 15 years) and German men 4x100 m team clocked fast 38.13 (Jakubczyk, Knipphals, Reus, Keller) ahead of Canada 38.61. Individually Martin Keller was timed with 10.07 at the 100 m (+1.0, fifth fastest in Europe in 2013) in his race, Julian Reus 10.08 (+0.5) in another one (they are now 2nd and 3rd now in German all-time list) and Canadians won the other two, Dontae Richards-Kwok 10.12 (+0.8) and Justyn Warner 10.19 (+0.4). In the 200 m Canadian Aaron Brown clocked stadium record 20.44 (+0.8), his team mate Segun Makinde won his race in 20.62 (+0.7) and top German Aleixo Platini-Menga 20.67 (+0.1). Germany won women relay in 43.10 over Canada 43.59. Also to note Thomas Schneider 46.19 at 400 m, Silvio Schirrmeister 49.56 at 400 m hurdles and Nadine Hildebrand 13.02 (+0.5) and 13.04 (+0.9) in two races over the hurdles. 

Hejnova 38.16 all-time best
CHEB (CZE, Aug 2): World leader and unbeaten this year Zuzana Hejnova tested herself before Moscow at the International meet here (new yellow track was inaugurated) with 300 m hurdles all-time best 38.16. She had also the previous top mark 38.75 from May this year. The difference shows how well she prepared for the World Championships. She was also second in the 150 m in 17.66 PB beaten by sprinter Katerina Cechova 17.48 but ahead of her home rival Denisa Rosolova 17.79 (she won the flat 300 m in 37.30). European champion Pavel Maslak clocked Czech all-time best in the 500 m 1:00.35 over Daniel Nemecek 1:00.49. Star guest Kim Collins of St. Kitts competed for first time outdoors in the 60 m (6.59, -0.7) and 150 m with the curve (15.35, 0.0, ran only straight 150 m in the past in Manchester with 15.10 in 2011). Jamaican Josef Robertson won the men 300 m in 33.01 PB. Katerina Cechova posted 7.44 (-0.1) 60 m win and Martin Mazac 13.68 (-0.5) at 110 m hurdles.

Turkey with 10 names
ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkey is sending 10 athletes for the World Championships in Moscow. Five men and five women, this time no real medal hopes included. Solid chances by male distance runners. Shot putter Emel Dereli will be one of the youngest competitors, she won the World Youth Championships  in Donetsk this summer. Men - 1500 m: Ozbilen, 10 000 m: Arikan, Steeple: Akdag, DT: Olgundeniz, JT: Avan. Women - 1500 m: T. Koyuncu, mar: Haydar, Kiraz, HJ: Yuksel, SP: Dereli.


WEINHEIM (GER): German relay compositions for World Championshisp were confirmed even before the Friday meet in Weinheim. In the men 4x100 m selected were Julian Reus, Martin Keller, Sven Knipphals, Lucas Jakubczyk, Matthias Lindner and Maximilian Kessler.

MUNICH (GER): German Sports and Olympic Federation president and IOC Presidential candidate Thomas Bach said for German media that doped athletes should recieve tougher bans. Bach thinks that at certain substances the first ban should be at 4 years level. 

LEVERKUSEN (GER): The 4th Pole Vault Classics meet in Leverkusen on August 29 will have from German elite competing with Bjorn Otto, Raphael Holzdeppe, Malte Mohr against local jumpers Karsten Dilla, Tobias Scherbarth, Hendrik Gruber and Michel Frauen.

SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia High Performance Director Simon Nathan has announced the Selection Policy for the National Athlete Support Structure (NASS). Set to launch on 1 October 2013, the NASS is an Athletics Australia high performance system that provides support to individual athletes who are contributing to the Australian Institute of Sport's (AIS) Winning Edge. "The Winning Edge aims for Australia as a nation to be one of the top-five at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, that we will be the leading nation at the Commonwealth Games and that we will have 20 world champions each year. If as an Australian track and field athlete you realistically contribute to making this aim now or into the future then you will be supported by the NASS," Nathan said.

OTTAWA (CAN): The IAAF announced the lifetime ban effective August 2005 for shot putter Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus.  Mikhnevich's lifetime ban means that Canadian thrower Dylan Armstrong, will be awarded the bronze medal from the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.  Armstrong finished fourth at the 2010 World Indoors behind Mikhnevich who was third.  "I am delighted to hear that the IAAF has taken the appropriate steps to resolve this case" explains Dylan Armstrong. "I also have faith in the IOC to take the appropriate steps towards reallocating the Olympic bronze medal to me and my country," Armstrong said.

CAPE ELIZABETH (USA): Two-time American Olympian Ryan Hall is just where he wants to be heading into Saturday´s TD Beach to Beacon 10-K. With injury troubles in the rear view mirror, the 30-year-old native of Big Bear Lake, Calif., has his eyes set on the future, with the 2013 ING New York City Marathon being his main focal point. "Training is going very well," Hall told Race Results Weekly here. "I'm where I want to be --though not for 10-K-- for the marathon."

LONDON (GBR): On 28th September, Richard Mille will donate a unique piece to Only Watch, the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype, for the 5th edition of this exceptional charity auction held in Monaco. The proceeds from the mauction will be for the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. The watch being donated is the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he won three medals and also at the Diamond League in Lausanne where he also won the 100m and became the third fastest sprinter of all time over this distance, beating his personal best. Says a release.

CAPE ELIZABETH (USA): For Riley Masters, Elliot Krause, and Alexi Pappas, post-collegiate running means three different things at the moment. Transitioning from the NCAA to the professional ranks, all three are at different stages heading into Saturday's TD Beach To Beacon 10-K, a race that they agree will provide valuable experience against a top international field.  Informs RRW.

ANKARA (TUR): The chairman of the Turkish Athletics Federation has resigned in the wake of several doping scandals that have clouded Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Olympics. "I thought it would be right that I step down," Mehmet Terzi, who has led the organisation since 2004, said in a resignation letter published on Thursday. "Unfortunately, it is a fact that so many anti-doping crimes were committed outside my and technical staff's control." No replacement for Terzi was immediately announced.



KYIV (UKR, Jul 30): London Olympic 4th placer Oleksiy Sokyrskyy won special hammer meeting in Koncha-Zaspa with 77.20m. He missed A-standard for Worlds and will not go to Moscow. Natalia Zolotukhina (67.03) among women.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Aug 2): Biance Perie as guest during first day of Romanian Junior Championships achieved 70.31 in hammmer. European junior silver winner Bianca Razor won junior women 400 m in 52.34. 

OVERHALLA (NOR, Aug 2): European junior pole vault champion Eirik Dolve won the national junior championships with 520 clearance, new championships record.

SOFIA (BUL, Jul 31-Aug 2): Some interesting marks at Deaflympics in athletics. Norway´s Trude Raad won the women hammer with meet record 61.79, the same for Slovak shot put winner Ivana Kristoficova 15.33. Even two deaf world records were registered. Belarus Alyona Tsiarentseva 55.35 in the women 400 m and Cuban Yuslaidy Girat 11.71 (+1.7) in the women 100 m. Ukrainain Mykola Nosenko won the men 100 m in 10.65 (+1.4) and Kenyan Simon Cherono the 10 000 m in 29:16.00.

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