Barshim close to 2.46 meters!
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN, Jul 2): What a competition, the 8th Gyulai Memorial – Hungarian Grand Prix (EA Classic) in Szekesfehervar with 3 new and 1 equaled World lead and 8 meet records. Mutaz Essa Barshim nicely cleared in third attempt 240 and equaled his World lead. After that his first attempt at World record 246 was very close, the other two not that close. In last one he twisted his foot. Behind him 3 jumpers went over 232 Danil Lysenko, Australian Brandon Starc equaled PB and Donald Thomas. Sergey Shubenkov after Paris dq showed top energy and clocked 12.92 (+0.6) World lead and National record. He was just 0.01 behin Colin JacksonÂ´s European record. Second place the most popular local athlete Balazs Baji with 13.27 with World and Olympic winner Omar McLeod crashing some hurdlers as 6th 13.45. At the beginning of the programme World leading 81.85 PB by Wojciech Nowicki in hammer over his rival Pawel Fajdek also great 81.14 and third Bence Halasz 78.57. And at the end also a World lead by Genzebe Dibaba over the mile in 4:24.29 beating Sofia Ennaoui 4:28.37. Another great display of shape of Olympic winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo who just missed her own World lead by 0.01 with 49.53 meet record in the 400 m and clearly beat the rivals, World champion Phyllis Francis 50.95 and co-World leader Shakima Wimbley also 50.95. Christian Taylor made the capacity crowd happy with last attempt 17.64 in triple, another MR. Fast steeple by Benjamin Kigen 8:10.48 MR well ahead of Nicholas Bett 8:18.56. In the two middle distances favorites prevailed. Ferguson Rotich coming from Paris win with fast finish beat Nijel Amos in the 800 m (1:44.08 to 1:44.18) and Ayanleh Souleiman topped the 1000 m in 2:16.08 over other Kenyans from 800 m Nicholas Kipkoech 2:16.17 PB and Jonathan Kitilit 2:16.27. Mike Rodgers in 10.12 (+1.4) beat other two sub 10 sprinters in the 100 m, Arthur Cisse 10.17 and Akani Simbine 10.21. Luguelin Santos dominated the 400 m in 44.89, the same for Janieve Russell in 400 m hurdles 54.16 and Yasmani Copello on the men side 48.93. Women hurdles saw Sharika Nelvis winning in 12.55 (+0.7) over Kendra Harrison 12.58 and Christine Manning 12.65 as Brianna McNeal collided with hurdles and walked into the finish in 15.20. Marie Jose Ta Lou needed to fight against Michelle-Lee Ahye in the 100 m (11.12 to 11.14, +1.5). In remaining technical events Fedrick Dacres beat Andrius Gudzius in discus (67.24 to 66.33) and US women wins for Shakeela Saunders 677 in long jump and Raven Saunders 18.79 in shot put.
Here’s the video on his 2.40 meter success!