GATLIN continues on with current success and dominance.
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GATLIN continues on with current success and dominance.

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Gatlin 19.57, Suhr 482 
EUGENE (USA, Jun 28): World leads were set in the men’s 200m and women’s pole vault in the final day of the US trials at Hayward Field. Justin Gatlin secured the sprint double, running a personal best of 19.57 (0.4), he is now the 5th fastest of all-time, the same position he holds in the 100m all-time list. His win followed a strong 19.90 (1.1) in the semi-finals. Also grabbing medals and Beijing places were Isiah Young (19.93) and surprisingly Wallace Spearmon (20.10). Jenn Suhr upped her WL by one centimetre to clinch the pole vault title with 482.


The stars of the collegiate campaign, Sandi Morris (465) and Demi Payne (460), also earned their tickets to Beijing. The men’s 110mH also brought a strong result, with world champion David Oliver running 13.08 (0.7) to beat surprise silver medallist Ronnie Ash (13.13). Olympic champion Aries Merritt (13.19) and Aleec Harris (13.25) also secured spots on the US team. Just missing out was Jeff Porter (13.25, 13.241-13.246). After winning his semi final in a good 13.12 (2.0), Jason Richardson had to settle for 13.31 and 6th in the final. The men’s shot put had very impressive depth. Joe Kovacs released a 21.84 effort in the fourth round, which no one else could catch. Christian Cantwell (21.64) and Jordan Clarke (21.49 PB) took the other medals with final round efforts. Reese Hoffa recorded 21.18, but it was only enough for fourth; luckily he has a wildcard to Beijing as the Diamond Race victor. World silver medallist Ryan Whiting was only 7th with 20.79. In the women’s 200m, Jenna Prandini took the honours with a PB of 22.20 (0.4); two weeks ago she finished second at the NCAA championships. Others joining wildcard Allyson Felix on the team were Candyce McGrone (22.38 PB) and Jenebah Tarmoh (22.44). In fourth, Kaylin Whitney set a world youth all-time best 22.47; she ran 22.49 (-0.1) in the semis. World number one and NCAA champion Shamier Little ran 53.83 to take the 400mH title. Cassandra Tate ran a PB of 54.01 to win silver, with Kori Carter getting back on form with a 54.41 clocking for third. Neither of the 2013 world medallists made the team; Lashina Demus finished 4th in 54.44, with Dalilah Muhammed 7th in 57.31. Georganne Moline fell at the final bend and did not finish. Both 800m races were eventful. Nick Symmonds came from the back of the field to claim his 6th outdoor title, in a time of 1:44.53. Erik Sowinski (1:44.84) and Cas Loxsom (1:45.35) also made the podium. Duane Solomon stopped in the final straight after leading the majority of the race. He crossed the line eventually in 3:08.74. In the women’s race, Alysia Montano, after racing here while pregnant last year, took her 6th title in 1:59.15. World medallist Brenda Martinez ran 1:59.71 to take silver, while Ajee’ Wilson ran without a shoe for the last 250m to hold on for third in 2:00.05. Just missing out on selection was Molly Ludlow (2:00.09) and Chanelle Price (2:00.16). Jenny Simpson bossed the final straight to win a tactical women’s 1500m in 4:14.86. Shannon Rowbury (4:14.99) also closed well, with the unheralded Kerri Gallagher (4:15.81) and Lauren Johnson (4:16.08) also made the team. After winning the 10,000m, Galen Rupp also made the team in the 5000m; although, he faded in the final straight to finish third in 13:51.54. Kicking best was Ryan Hill (13:50.69) and Ben True (13:51.09). True said he will focus only on the 5000m in Beijing, meaning that 10,000m 4th placer Shadrack Kipchirchir coild be added to the team. The women’s race was close at the top, with some less familiar names getting the top spots. Nicole Tully (15:06.44) got the win over Marielle Hall (15:06.45 PB) and Abbey D’Agostino (15:06.59). Shalane Flanagan ran 15:10.02 for fifth. Evan Jager took the 3000mSC win with ease in 8:12.29 (meet record and 4th title in a row). Don Cabral (8:13.37 PB) and Dan Huling (8:14.11) also picked up medals. In the men’s triple jump, Omar Craddock achieved a PB of 17.53 (1.0) to beat world and Olympic medallist Will Claye (17.48, 0.5). In third, NCAA champion Marquise Dendy 17.23 (1.0) also made the team for this event, after winning the long jump. In the women’s high jump, Chaunte Lowe got over 191 to take the win. Elizabeth Patterson and Amy Acuff both cleared 188 to take the next two spots. Barbara Nwaba scored a PB of 6500, the 5th best mark this year, to win the heptathlon. Sharon Day Monroe had to settle for second with 6458, with Erica Bougard cliching bronze (6288). In the 20 000m walks, John Nunn (1:28:39.49) and Miranda Melville (1:36:33.00) were the winners. 

German selection
RATINGEN (GER): The results cleared the situation in terms of German Beijing selection. Carolin Schafer stayed on top as European leader 6547 and Claudia Rath 6458 from Gotzis. Third place now for Jennifer Oeser 6306 in Ratingen. Kai Kazmirek leds the decathlon lists with 8462 from Gotzis but Michael Schrader 8419 from Ratingen is second and third Rico Freimuth 8380 from Gotzis. In that sense the names were confirmed by German Federation. Also confirmed was Arne Gabius for the 10 000 m. The rest of the events will be selected after German Championships which will be held in Nurnberg on July 24-26.

IAAF Challenges current situation
MONACO (MON): Current situation in IAAF Challenges. After Ratingen combined events leaders arei Michael Schrader 16 834 (nobody has three scores yet) and Nigerian Uhunoma Osazuwa 17 630. Next events to score this weekend European Cup Combined Events and next weekend Universiade in Korea. In hammer challenge Pawel Fajdek is clear men leader with 241.36 m (second Dilshod Nazarov 233.78 way back) and Martina Hrasnova 222.20 as Anita Wlodarczyk did not had three scores yet. Next meet on July 7 Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, here both women (including Wlodarczyk) and men hammer will be staged. The Race Walking Challenge is having only one more event remaining, but the most important, the World Championships. In men situation Andres Chocho of Ecuador leads with 24 points ahead of Chinese Chen Ding 22 and Slovak Matej Toth 17. In women standings Liu Hong as 28 points ahead of Eleonora Giorgi 27 and Brazilian Erica de Sena 25.


TOKYO (JPN): Following this weekend's National Track and Field Championships in Niigata, the Federation announced a preliminary lineup of athletes of 23 athletes, 17 men and 6 women, for the Japanese national team for August's World Championships in Beijing.  Other athletes who finished in the top 3 in their events at the National Championships without having cleared the Beijing qualifying standards like new 16-year-old sprint sensation Abdul Hakim Sani Brown and 5000 m runners-up Azusa Sumi and Suguru Osako have untilAugust 2 to get them.  Excluding the marathon, race walk, and decathlon. In sprints Kei Takase, Kenji Fujimitsu, Kotaro Taniguchi and Kazuma Oseto. In women sprints Chisato Fukushima, in men 400 m Yuzo Kanemaru. In distances Kota Murayama for men 5000 m and Ayuko Suzuki with Misaki Onishi for women 5000 m. For men 10 000 m Tetsuya Yoroizaka, Kenta Murayama and Yuta Shitara. On the women side Yuka Takashima and Kasumi Nishihara. In men 400 m hurdles Yuta Konishi, in men high jump Naoto Tobe, Takashi Eto and Yuji Hiramatsu, in pole vault Tomoki Yamamoto with Hiroki Ogita. In men long jump Yohei Sugai, javelin for men Ryohei Arai and on women side Yuki Ebihara. From Brett Larner.

KINGSTON (JAM): Concerning Jamaican Wild Cards for World Championships. Usain Bolt has two for 100 m and 200 m, he did not compete at the Trials. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce despite having also both 100 m and 200 m was winning the 100 m and did not run the 200 m. The IAAF Diamond League Wild Cards will be used for Kaliese Spencer 400 m hurdles (ran heats of 400 m) and Novlene Williams-Mills at 400 m (did not compete). The 100 m wild card by Veronica Campbell-Brown could not be used due to World Champs card but she qualified anyway.  That means in all this events Jamaica will have 4 athletes in each in Beijing.

EUGENE (USA): From US World Champs Wild Cards LaShawn Merritt was second at Champs in the 400 m, David Oliver won the hurdles. Ashton Eaton competed individually, Brittney Reese was second in long jump and Brianna Rollins did not start in the final of 100 m hurdles. From Diamond League Wild Card holders Justin Gatlin did not run the 100 m, Michael Tinsley did not run the semifinal at 400 m hurdles, Christian Taylor competed in long jump, Reese Hoffa was fourth in shot put, Jenny Simpson won the 1500 m, Allyson Felix did not run the 200 m. Two Wild Card holders needed to qualify as their cards could not be used and they did it, Tianna Bartoletta in long jump and Dawn Harper-Nelson at 100 m hurdles, both winning their events. That means USA can have 4 athletes in men 100 m, 400 m, 110 m Hurdles, 400 m Hurdles, triple jump, shot put, decathlon and in women 200 m, 1500 m, 100 m hurdles, long jump. Only in women 1500 m third and fourth Kerri Gallagher and Lauren Johnson still need the qualifier 4:06.50. 

ZURICH (SUI): Best current Swiss marathon runner Maja Neuenschwander plans for Berlin Marathon on September 27 to attack the national mark. Before that on September 6 she will run Switzerland Marathon light at the half distance on September 6. This event is organised by European champion Viktor Rothlin in Sarnen. She won this spring the Vienna Marathon.


KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 28): Head-wind marred fast 200 m times during final day of Jamaican Champs. On the other hand 400 m produced fast times. Christine Day in 50.16 equaled PB ahead of Sherika Jackson also PB 50.31 and third spot for Stephanie McPherson 50.49, fourth Anastasia Leroy 51.28. Novlene Williams-Mills had the Wild Card. Javon Francis clocked 44.70 to win the 400 m ahead of Rusheen McDonald 44.73. Initially third Ricardo Chambers 45.10 was later discqualified for running out of his lane and in close finish Peter Matthews got third 45.24 PB over Edino Steele 45.25. Nickel Ashmeade fulfilled favorite role in 200 m with 20.36 against -2.6 wind, second Warren Weir making the team 20.39 and third Julian Forte 20.51. Out for Tyquendo Tracey 20.66 and Rasheed Dwyer 20.69. In women Elaine Thompson 22.51 (-2.4) ahead of Sherone Simpson 22.77 and Veronica Campbell-Brown 23.02. Close fourth Simone Facey 23.05 with Kerron Stewart fifth 23.28. Despite head-wind fast hurdles won by Danielle Williams 12.71 (-1.1) over Shermaine Williams 12.84 and Kimberley Laing 12.89 PB. Fourth Daeshon Gordon national junior record 12.97. 400m hurdles Olympic winner Melaine Walker was out in heats (13.59, -1.7). Technical winners include O´Dayne Richards 20.13 in shot put and Kimberly Williams 14.34 (+1.9) in triple jump. 

PORT OF SPAIN (TTO, Jun 28): Final day of Trinidad and Tobago Championships had Keshorn Walcott winning the javelin with 84.84, his best result on home soil. World champion Jehue Gordon won the 400 m hurdles in 50.06. In the 200 m finals top names did not compete. Reyare Thomas won women race in 22.97 (+2.2) and in the men Kyle Greaux 20.42 (+1.7) PB over Rondell Sorrillo 20.50. Also to note 18.46 by Cleopatra Borel in women shot and close 400 m hurdles won by Jo Lucas 56.757 over Sparkle McKnight 56.759.

NASSAU (BAH, Jun 27): Addition to Bahamian Champs is the 400 m win by Shaunae Miller in 50.69.

VARAZDIN (CRO, Jun 28): Croatian throwing hopes achieved best marks at national junior champs. Martin Markovic 68.48 national junior record in discus (1.75) and Matija Greguric 75.56 in hammer (6 kg).

BEIJING (CHN, Jun 29): Final day of Chinese GP final saw Kang Ya improving her 100 m hurdles best to 13.12. Dong Bin won triple 16.79 (+0.8). From Tilastopaja.

SANTA POLA (ESP, Jun 28): Kenyan Moses Kurong won the 10 km road race here in 28:56, best woman Marta Esteban 35:40.

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