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McLeod 12.97 WL
KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 27): Omar McLeod’s world leading 110mH performance of 12.97 (1.0) highlighted day three at the Jamaican trials. Hansle Parchment ran a fast 13.08 for second, the third fastest time this year. Andrew Riley ran 13.35 for bronze. In the women’s 800m, the top three got PBs. Natoya Goule won with 1:59.63 with Simoya Campbell also getting under 2 with 1:59.92. Kimarra McDonald ran 2:02.08 for third. On the men’s side, Ricardo Cunningham won with 1:47.15. There were strong marks in the 400m semis on both sides. Edino Steele was the fastest in the men’s semis, running a PB of 45.19. Favourite Javon Francis won the second semi in 45.22. Christine Day ran the fastest time by a Jamaican this year, 50.38, to win her semi. Shericka Jackson (50.65) and Stephenie Ann McPherson (50.90) were next fastest. The 200ms also brought good times. On the men’s side, Julian Forte sped to a PB of 20.04 (1.1) in the semis; behind him was Rasheed Dwyer (20.25). Nickel Ashmeade won the first semi in 20.23 (1.6). In the women’s semis, Elaine Thompson qualified fastest with 22.60 (0.1), with Sherone Simpson another heat winner in 22.62 (0.4). Veronica Campbell Brown safely qualified with 22.75 (0.4). The men’s long jump title title went to Damar Forbes with 798 (-0.2). The men’s discus was won by Fedrick Dacres with 63.23. Jason Morgan (61.89) and Chad Wright (61.42) also made the medal stand. 

Bledman 9.86, Baptiste 10.84
PORT OF SPAIN (TTO, Jun 27): The second day of the Trinidad and Tobago championships was highlighted by very fasts 100m races. In the women’s race Kelly Ann Baptiste ran 10.84 (1.4) to equal her national record. Michelle-Lee Ahye returned from her injury at Pre to run a good 11.17. She was reported as “hobbling off the track”, so her injury problems may still be a concern. Reyare Thomas was third, running 11.22, with Semoy Hacket fourth with 11.23. The men’s sprint also produced fireworks; Keston Bledman stunned with a PB equalling 9.86 (1.1), the fourth fastest mark this year. Marcus Duncan won silver, but he was way back with 10.15. Rondell Sorrillo ran 10.16 for third. Richard Thompson did not start the final due to a knee injury. World junior champion Machel Cedenio was disqualified in the 400m for a lane infringement, he had crossed the finish first in 44.29. Renny Quow was given the win with 44.90. Jarrin Solomon (45.58) and Lalonde Gordon (46.45) also made the podium. Kineke Alexander of St Vincent and the Grenadines won the women’s race with 52.99, Janeil Bellille was the top home runner, finishing next in 53.39. Orlando Ortega of Cuba competed in the 100mH, running 13.32 (2.4), the top Trinidadian was Mikel Thomas, who ran 13.47 for second.

US prelims: Gatlin 19.92
EUGENE (USA, Jun 27): In the prelims of Saturday world leader Justin Gatlin was the fastest through the first round of the 200m. With a 1.7 wind at his back, he ran 19.92. Behind him, Isiah Young ran his best time since 2013: 19.99. Next fastest was Dedric Dukes (20.15, 1.8) the winner of heat 4. Also with fast performances were Terrel Cotton (20.16 PB, 1.8), Beejay Lee (20.18 PB, 1.7). The men’s 110mH had all the favourites progressing. David Oliver (13.271, -0.8) was marginally quicker than world record holder Aries Merritt (13.278, 0.9). Aleec Harris was another heat winner, running 13.33 (0.8) to beat Jeff Porter (13.39). In the first round of the women’s 200m, Jenna Prandini 22.18 (2.8) was fastest, albeit her time wind aided. Kyra Jefferson (22.53, 0.6) and Dezerea Bryant (22.53, 0.7) had the fastest legal marks. In the women’s 110mH semi-finals, Sharika Nelvis went fastest again, winning in 12.37 (2.0). Jasmin Stowers won the 2nd semi in 12.54 (1.2). World Junior champion and NCAA champion Shamier Little, who is still just 20, was fastest in the 400mH semi finals, running 54.14. Tiffany Williams showed good form to win the first semi in 54.27, her fastest time since 2009.
US finals: Bartoletta 712 WL, McCorory, Stowers non-qualifiers
EUGENE (USA, Jun 27): On Saturday at US Champs Tianna Bartoletta won the long jump in a world leading 712 (-0.4) beating world and Olympic champion Brittney Reese (679, -0.1). It is Bartoletta’s second competition over 7m and she is now the 4th furthest US jumper in history. Janay Deloach (695, 1.1) won bronze, ahead of Jasmine Todd (684, 1.2), who after her bronze in the 100m also made the team here. The women’s 400m and 100mH had big upsets. In the 400m, Allyson Felix left it late, as she made up a lot of ground in the final straight to win in 50.19. Natasha Hastings ran aggressively and got 2nd with 50.25. Phyllis Francis ran 50.67 for third, with world leader Francena McCorory faltering and falling over the line, placing fourth in 50.88. There was also a big surprise in the women’s 100mH, as Jasmin Stowers only placed 5th in a high class field. 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper Nelson got to the line first in 12.55 (-0.1), beating Kendra Harrison (12.56), with world leader Sharika Nelvis (12.59) just nabbing bronze ahead of the Queen Harrison (12.60). Stowers ran 12.65 in 5th. Emma Coburn was a dominant victor of the women’s 3000mSC. Her winning time of 9:15.59 is the second fastest time in the world this year. There were PBs for the next three across the line, Stephanie Garcia (9:23.48), Colleen Quigley (9:24.92) and Leah O’Connor (9:31.03). David Verburg (44.63) just edged world champion Lashawn Merritt (44.66) in a very close finish of the men’s 400m. NCAA champion Vernon Norwood ran 44.80 to take bronze with Bryshon Nellum also making the team (Merritt has a wildcard) with 45.18 in 4th. Tony McQuay pulled up injured. Bershawn Jackson (48.29) had a storming finish to catch Johnny Dutch (48.43) in the final metres to win the men’s 400mH. A surprise bronze medallist was two time world champion Kerron Clement (48.44). NCAA champion Michael Stigler (48.96) and Jeshua Anderson (49.22) followed. Michael Tinsley has a DNS in the semi-final, but he has a wildcard as a Diamond Race winner. Matthew Centrowitz put in an impressive burst of acceleration in the final 100m to win the men’s 1500m in dominant fashion in a time of 3:37.25. Robby Andrews kicked from the back of the field to take second in 3:38.75. Olympic medallist Leo Manzano also bagged his ticket to Beijing, finishing 3rd in 3:38.76. Robby Andrews still needs to chase the standard. Behind them, Ben Blankenship just missed out (3:38.78). Sam Kendricks cleared 575 to take the pole vault win beating Brad Walker (560) and Jake Blankenship (560). The women’s discus went to Gia Lewis Smallwood (63.09), ahead of Whitney Ashley (62.21) and NCAA champion Shelbi Vaughan (60.76). Amber Campbell (72.36), DeAnna Price (72.30) and Amanda Bingson (70.60) took the top three spots in the women’s hammer. Also over 70m were Jeneva Stevens (70.55) and Gwen Berry (70.35). 

Gardiner 44.27 NR
NASSAU (BAH, Jun 27): Steven Gardiner was the star of second and last day of Bahamas Champs as he clocked national record 44.27 to win the 400 m over Michael Mathieu 45.00 PB, Latoy Williams 45.30 and Ramon Mille 45.36. In the 200 m the winners were Chavez Hart a double after 100 m in 20.45 (0.0) ahead of Chris Brown (who lost the 400 m mark) 20.58 PB at his age. Women winner Anthonique Strachan 22.84 (+0.2). Adanaca Brown clocked 13.00 (-0.1) at 100 m hurdles and equaled national record. In the high jump top 3 cleared 228 in the ranking: first Ryan Ingraham, second Donald Thomas and third Trevor Barry.

European Games ended
BAKU (AZE): Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee and First Lady of Azerbaijan Merhiban Aliyeva last night praised all those who took part for ‘making the European Games an unforgettable festival of sport.’ The flame was extinguished in a spectacular Closing Ceremony in Baku tonight, which saluted those that had contributed to 17 days of sporting and organizational excellence in 68 000 packed stadium.


NIIGATA (JPN, Jun 28): At final day of the Japanese nationals, Ryohei Arai unleashed an 84.13 effort in the javelin, with Yukifumi Murakami (77.84) second. There was a national record in the men’s shot: Satoshi Hatase 18.78. There were good marks in the men’s 400mH; Yuki Matsushita won in 49.76 over Takayuki Kishimoto (49.81). Yohei Sugai 788 (-0.1) took the men’s long jump title, with Kota Minemura 781 (-1.8) winning silver. Kei Takase claimed victory in the men’s 100m in 10.28 (-0.9) beating 16 year old Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (10.40). Chisato Fukushima got over the line first in the women’s race, clocking 11.50 (-0.3). Misaki Onishi won the women’s 5000m with a time of 15:18.77 over 18 year old Azusa Sumi (15:21.07). The men’s winner was Kota Murayama (13:37.22).

MANAGUA (NCA, Jun 27-28): At Centra American Champs former World indoor winner Nery Brenes from Costarica clocked in heats 45.33 meet record and in the finals 45.43 to achieve the best marks of the event. El Salvador was the best country with 108 points ahead of Panama 106 and Costarica 101. Aixa Middleton of Panama won women discus in new national record and event best 55.00 m. 

EUGENE (USA, Jun 27): Fast 200 m times at US Junior Champs by Noah Lyles 20.18 (+1.8) over Michael Norman 20.24. Carlton Orange won the 800 m in 1:47.67 PB. In the 400 m hurdles Kenny Selmon 50.26 over youth athlete Norman Grimes 50.29. On the girls side, Deanna Hill won the 200 m in 23.03 (+0.8), Kendall Ellis 52.32 PB in the 400 m and Anna Cockrell 56.67 also PB in the 400 m hurdles.

BERDYCHIV (UKR, Jun 27): Yuliya Chumachenko cleared 192 PB to win Ukrainian high jump cup final at annual Lonsky Memorial meeting. Valentyna Lyashenko from Georgia was second with same result (also PB). Oksana Okuneva took third place with 189cm. World champion 2005 Yuriy Krymarenko won men competitions with 228. Second Dmytro Yakovenko and third Andriy Kovalyov went over 225.

MINSK (BLR, Jun 26): Sergey Kolomoyets (77.43m) and Mariya Smolyachkova (69.29m) won annual hammer throw Klim Memorial meeting. Gleb Dudarev (74.15m) and Anastasiya Maslovskaya (60,09m) topped junior competitions. Aleksandr Shimanovich (72.17) and Yekaterina Volodkevich (61.27) became the best in youth category.

CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jun 27): Ilya Spitsyn cleared 224 PB to win men high jump during last day of Russian junior championships. Danil Lysenko was second with 221. Pavel Markin (16.15m) and Valentina Kosolapova (13.43m) topped triple jump events.

BIALA PODLASKA (POL, Jun 28): First day of Polish Junior Champs had Konrad Bukowiecki winning the shot with 22.12 (6 kg) and even better 22.21 in qualification. Another top talent in Poland currently sprinter Ewa Swoboda won the 100 m in 11.36 (+0.4). 

PITESTI (ROU, Jun 28): Second day of second part of Romanian Champs had Andrei Gag 20.25 in shot put and among women Florina Peirdevara 2:02.56 in the 800 m.

RATINGEN (GER, Jun 28): World 2013 medalist Michael Schrader won the Ratingen Combined Events meet (part of IAAF CE Challenge) with 8419 points, his fourth best score of the career. Second South African Willem Coertzen 8341 and third Pascal Behrenbruch 7826. In women heptathlon Dutch Anouk Vetter scored 6387 to beat home favorites Jennifer Oeser 6306 season best, Claudia Rath 6290, Anna Maiwald 6067 and Cindy Roleder 6055.

MANNHEIM (GER, Jun 28): At the Mannheim Junior Gala, some seniors were in action. Gregor Traber ran 13.43 (1.4) to beat David Omoregie (13.55) in their second race of the 110mH. The 400mH was won by world junior 4th placer Jonas Hanssen of Germany (1995) in a big PB 49.87. In the 100mH, Eva Strogies ran 13.16 (-0.2). The second fastest time came from another heat, Franziska Hofmann 13.18 (0.7). In the women’s 200m, Germany’s Tatjana Pinto ran a PB of 23.02 (0.7), 18 year old German Gina Lückenkemper improved her PB to a very impressive 23.04 (0.5) to beat talented Briton Shannon Hylton (23.16). Great Britain’s Elliot Powell ran a European junior lead of 20.68 (0.9) in the 200m. Even Meinseth ran a Norwegian junior record of 21.07 (0.2), marginally faster than fellow Norwegian junior Karsten Warholm who ran 21.10 (0.9).  Adam Hague is well ahead at the top of the European junior ranks, he won the pole vault here with 540 second attempt. Renée Eykens ran a Belgian junior record of 2:02.55 to win the women’s 800m. The list leader, Anita Hinriksdottir had to settle for second here with 2:02.57. In third, Germany’s Sarah Schmidt (2:03.42). In the 400mH, 17 year old Victor Coroller of France ran 50.45; only he has gone faster this year as a junior in Europe. In the women’s 400mH, Laura Nürnberger of Germany ran a PB of 58.47, the second fastest junior time in Europe this year. European junior leader Claudine Vita of Germany got the discus out to 58.54. Jonas Kløjgaard Jensen of Denmark improved to 220 in the high jump. 

PIHTIPUDAS (FIN, Jun 28): At javelin meet Ari Mannio won with 80.69, on the women side Kelsey-Lee Roberts from Australia 61.74.

NOGENT-SUR-MARNE (FRA, Jun 28): Mamoudou-Eliman Hanne clocked here 45.56 PB in the 400 m, Senegal´s Amadou Ndiaye 50.16 in the 400 m hurdles.

PLZEN (CZE, Jun 28): Second day of Czech Championships had Barbora Spotakova winning the javelin with 61.00 (her 10th title) ahead of NCAA Champion Irena Sediva 57.92. Also to note Denisa Rosolova 55.26 at 400 m hurdles and Jirina Ptacnikova 463 in pole vault (tried at meet record 471). Hurdles World champion Zuzana Hejnova clocked 23.73 (+4.1) in 200 m heats and false started in the finals. The race winner was 16 years old Nikola Bendova in 23.76 (0.0).  On the men side Pavel Maslak won the 200 m in 20.58 (+1.3). Other solid winners Jan Tesar 46.35 in the 400 m and Michal Broz 50.29 at 400 m hurdles. In shot battle Martin Novak 19.70 ahead of Jan Marcell 19.64 and Tomas Stanek 19.51. Lukas Melich won 10th title in hammer 71.10. 

BEOGRAD (SRB, Jun 27): Big shot put improvement by Asmir Kolasinac who competed as guest during national junior champs. He got the best throw right in first round with 21.58. It was followed by 21.15, foul, 21.06, 20.92 and 21.24. It was his first competition ever with 21 m results. The national record of Dragan Peric is 21.77 from 1998. 

EINDHOVEN (NED, Jun 27): Ethiopian Hawi Alemu topped the World Youth lists of the year with 2:01.51 in the 800 m.

BEIJING (CHN, Jun 28): At final of Chinese National Grand Prix fast 400 m winners, on the men side Guo Zhongzhe 45.66 and among women Cheng Chong 52.46, personal bests for both. In men long jump Li Jinzhe 811 (+0.3), in women pole vault Li Ling 450 and in javelin Liu Shiying 61.85.

BUHL (GER, Jun 28): German Eike Onnen is back to top shape in high jump as he won the special meet here with 232 and had also good attempts at 235. Before some 700 spectators second Italian Gianmarco Tamberi 228 and third Mohamed Younes Idris of Sudan and Briton Matt Roberts both 225. In women competition Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch 194 ahead of Katarina Mogenburg 190 PB and Uzbekistan´s title defender Svetlana Radzivil 188.

GOTHA (GER, Jun 28): Return of injured German record holder Julian Reus who clocked at regional champs 20.70 (-0.5) in the 200 m.

PLOVDIV (BUL, Jun 28): Rain was against top marks at an International meet here. Despite that Ivet Lalova won the 200 m in 22.92 (+0.3) ahead of Bahraini Salva Eid Nasser 23.03, national record. Denis Dimitrov won men 100 m in 10.41 (-1.3) and Rumen Dimitrov triple 16.68 (+0.2). Ali Khamis of Bahrain won men 400 m in 46.61.


RYBNIK (POL, Jun 27): Kenyan Kibichy Tanui won the 6th Rybnik Halfmarathon1:06:06, top woman Nastasia Daskevich of Belarus 1:14:13 PB.

PIOTRKOW TRYBUNALSKI (POL, Jun 26): First Night Half Marathon had here Kenyan winners David Metto 1:05:15 and Gladys Kiprotich 1:18:31.

APPINGEDAM (NED, Jun 28): There was a very close finish to the men’s race at the Unive Stadesloop Appingedam. 18 year old John Langat just got the better of fellow Kenyan Philip Langat, both were clocked at 27:58. Merhawi Kesete of Eritrea broke up the Kenyans, running 28:13 for third. Behind him Richard Mengich (28:22) and Charles Cheruiyot (28:24) also went fast. The top European was Khalid Choukoud of the Netherlands, who ran 29:32 for 10th. The women’s race was also very close. Kuma Dibaba of Ethiopia (32:11) just got the beating of Kenya’s Elizeba Cherono (32:12). Caroline Kilel of Kenya (32:24) followed. The top European was Veerle Dejaeghere of Belgium, who finished 7th in 34:02. 

ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Jun 28): At White Nights Marathon winners Mikhail Bykov 2:20:32 and Irina Kozubovskaya 2:41:23. In the 10 km Artur Burtsev 30:24 and former miler Yulia Chizhenko 34:24.



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