2019 Ostrava Diary: Lasitskene 2.06m, Kirt 90.34 and Miller Uibo, 34.41!


Shaunae Miller-Uibo set a WB in the 300m in 34.41, confirming both the comments of her coach, Lance Brauman and herself on her level of fitness. Kirt Magnus threw 90.34m and Maria Lasitskene leaped 2.06m, her PB, and highest jump since 2017. The Ostrava Golden Spike shows once again why it may be the most under rated event in Europe.

Lasitskene 206, Kirt 90.34, Miller-Uibo 34.41
OSTRAVA (CZE, Jun 20): Two World leads and 300 m all-time best highlighlited the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge). Organisers were lucky with the weather until 30 minutes before the end when strong rain arrived and long jump with shot put were stopped and could not continute. Mile and 200 m (was postponed by some minutes) also in pouring rain situation could not produce better results. Shaunae Miller-Uibo fulfilled expectattions and improved hugely by 0.89 the 300 m world best in 34.41.

Another top highlight was a very nice clearance of 206 by Mariya Lasitskene what was World lead, meet record and equaled also her personal best. Then Lasitskene gave the enthusiastic 12 000 spectators three solid attempts at 210 World record height. Also to note the improvement of last year World U20 champion Karina Taranda to 198. Magnus Kirt achieved 90.34 in javelin, World lead, national record and first 90+ of the season. Andre De Grasse caught Christian Coleman in the 200 m, nipping him at the line in 19.91, a season's best, 0.06 clear of the American who was making his 2019 debut over the distance.

Just over an hour earlier, De Grasse was edged in the 100m by a scant 0.01 by Mike Rodgers who clocked 10.04. In a blanket finish, China's Xie Zhenye was third, another 0.01 back. The 400m was anything but close, with Steven Gardiner prevailing in 44.95, nearly a second ahead of Bahrain's Abbas Abubaker, who clocked 45.86. More meet records by World champions Sam Kendricks who increased his unbeaten streak to six with a dominating victory in the pole vault 593 and Tom Walsh before the rain started 22.27 and got 22.19 in round three. While the rain and wind that descended on the eastern Czech city impacted much of the late-meet programme, the men's long jumpers were affected the most, with the competition halted before the sixth round concluded. Juan Miguel Echevarria coped best, reaching 8.32m in the second round. Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece was second at 7.95m. Asian champion Wang Zheng opened the main programme with a 75.80m season's best in the fourth round to win the women's hammer throw, part of the IAAF World Hammer Challenge and got third place in current World lists. In her first competition in 22 months, Olympic javelin champion Sara Kolak of Croatia produced one decent effort of 64.45m, good enough to take the victory over Czech favorites. In the women's 1500m, meeting record holder Tsegay Gudaf pulled away to a big lead over the final lap and held on, winning in 4:02.95. Sarah McDonald of Great Britain closed well to finish second in 4:03.79. Similarly, Kenyan Michael Kibet scampered off to a significant lead of his own in the men's mile, but was caught in the final strides by another Briton, 2016 Olympic 1500m finalist Charlie Da'vall Grice, who nabbed the win by 0.06 in 3:56.95. Earlier on the programme, Amel Tuka prevailed in the 800m in a season's best 1:44.95 with Adam Kszczot second in 1:45.63. With the help from IAAF.

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