Surprise in men 400 m as young newcomer Steven Gardiner of Bahamas with nice finish 44.30 (his second career fastest) beat World champion LaShawn Merritt 44.43 and Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago who posted his second best ever time 44.72. Hurdles A-race had participation of World finals, but ended in crashes of Omar McLeod, Orlando Ortega and Aleec Harris. The win went to Sergey Shubenkov 13.27 (-1.9) ahead of Jason Richardson 13.35 and Aries Merritt 13.40. Fast winner of the B-race Konstadinos Douvalidis of Greece in national record 13.33 (-1.2). Women hurdles had US wins. Lolo Jones after great start her season fastest 12.69 (-0.1) ahead of Queen Harrison 12.72 and Andrea Ivancevic in Croatian record 12.87 (she clocked earlier in 100 m B race also national mark here with 11.44, -1.0). Georganne Moline produced strong finish to win the 400 m hurdles in 54.60 beating Cassandra Tate 55.06. Qatari favorite Mutaz Essa Barshim saved his life in last attempt at 236 (after two failures at 234) and won ahead of surprise Donald Thomas who cleared 234 and beat important part of the World elite. Hammer was part of IAAF Challenge and Pawel Fajdek confirmed with 83.12 World lead his status, it is his second best mark of the career. Home hero Krisztian Pars solid second 79.23 over Russian Sergey Litvinov 76.91 and Dilshod Nazarov 76.88. Anita Wlodarczyk fulfilled her favorite role in women competition with 75.48 ahead of Betty Heidler 73.91 and Joanna Fiodorow 71.18. Home fans waited for women shot which in last round was decided by Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad and Tobago 19.26 over US Champion Michelle Carter 19.20 and Hungarian Euromedalist Anita Marton 18.46. In other technical events, good 82.76 javelin win for Czech Jakub Vadlejch, in discus Piotr Malachowski won again with 65.17 ahead of Hungarian Zoltan Kovago 63.20 and Ehsan Hadadi 62.58. US Mike Hartfield in long jump (791, 0.0) and Russian Irina Gordeyeva in high jump (191) were the other technical winners. In distance races which suffered in hot weather Kenyan Nancy Chepkemoi produced remarkable 4:04.41 1500 m win over Russian Anna Shchagina 4:05.54 and Bahraini junior Tigist Gashaw 4:05.58. World leader Jairus Birech ruled in steeple in 8:16.92 ahead of junior Nicholas Bett 8:20.21. And third Kenyan win by Ronald Kwemoi in the 1500 m 3:37.76 ahead of World leader Silas Kiplagat 3:38.71 and Jonathan Sawe 3:38.76.
Gay ready for fast time
LAUSANNE (SUI): The 40th Athletissima on Thursday exchanged after recent changes in the start list the timings for men 100 m and 200 m races, now the longer sprint will be held earlier then the shorter. Also women 800 m was moved forward little bit after Selina Buchel improved hugely in Paris. Top Swiss male athlete 400 m hurdles European champion Kariem Hussein wants in ideal weather attack his personal best of 48.47 from IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech. US 100 m champion Tyson Gay arrived to Lausanne with big ambitions. "This is one more race, the fourth since the beginning of the season," said Gay. "Before the World Championships in Beijing, I must accumulate the competition. I return from suspension, I worked a lot mentally, I learned to better manage my body." In the women 4x100 m UBS Trophy Swiss team will face Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Spain and Swiss U20 teams. Special situation in men javelin, as for first time ever Czech Republic will have three athletes in this competition in an Diamond League Meet. Not only World champion Vitezslav Vesely, but also in-shape throwing Petr Frydrych and Jakub Vadlejch. But Finland will have also three with Tero Pitkamaki, Ari Mannio and Teemu Wirkkala.
MONACO (MON): This years Herculis Edition 2015 is promising some special duels in men events. For example Gatlin-Vicaut in the 100 m, in the 800 m Aman against Amos and Bosee. US trio Jackson, Dutch, Tinsley will face European champion Kariem Hussein from Switzerland at 400 m hurdles. High expectations in men triple as Pedro Pablo Pichardo will jump against Christian Taylor. German David Storl will have another chance to fight with best US putters headed by Joe Kovacs. Kenyan Julius Yego will face best Europeans Tero Pitkamaki and Vitezslav Vesely in men javelin. The distance races in favorable conditions could produce usual fast times. Asbel Kiprop with Taoufik Makhloufi against Mo Farah is a dream 1500 m. In the 3000 m the best time of the year is a high possibility and apart of the usual names also 2014 Diamond Race winner Caleb Ndiku of Kenya will continues in his come-back after injury in second race of the season.
Vlasic cancels meets until Beijing
SPLIT (CRO): Croatian high jump star Blanka Vlasic cancelled all her meets until World Championships in Beijing (Lausanne, Monaco). It is because her problems with achilles tendon. "I believe that with the best possible treatment I will soon be ready for competition, but I did not want to risk my start in Beijing," said Vlasic for Croatian media. Vlasic competed so far this season in Rome and New York and at both meets cleared 197 cm.
Bubka for support of Masters athletics
PARIS (FRA): IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka has vowed to provide support program to ensure further development of masters’ athletics movement, if he wins the IAAF Presidency election in August 2015. Bubka believes that masters’ athletics is an integral part of the sport and the global social mission of healthy lifestyle and harmonious well-being. "We will ratify and register world masters five-year age-group records and maintain data on other outstanding athletic performances by masters. I believe that IAAF and WMA teamwork will help involve more nations into regional, national and international masters competition.”
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN): Jamaican hurdles national champion Omar McLeod did not finish his first pro and European race in Szekesfehervar at 110 m hurdles. It was because of a slight hamstring camp. "He is being treated and we will move ahead with extreme caution guided by medical personnel," said his agent Claude Bryan.
EUGENE (USA): Portland Tribune writes that in past year Atlanta-based sports agent Paul Doyle initiated a U.S. track and field team competition called the American Track League. Now Vin Lananna hopes to put together a similar enterprise called the TrackTown Summer Series that will culminate with a season-ending championship meet at Hayward Field next summer. The league is scheduled to begin shortly after the 2016 Olympic Trials July 1-10 at Eugene. Lananna, president of the TrackTown USA organization that promotes the sport and stages major events, says he has reached out to representatives of 12 cities "in major media markets" to serve as sites for teams. Other West Coast cities believed to be involved in negotiations for a team include Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento. There will be teams representing cities and team scores kept in dual meets. There will be an athlete draft conducted to balance the talent pool. "The meets will be scored, and we'll engage the team concept similar to the way the NCAA Championships are set up," Lananna says. Athletes will be "financially compensated for participating," he says. But those athletes will be able to continue with their shoe and apparel endorsement deals and will wear their normal uniforms during meets.
TALLINN (EST): For the European U23 Championships which start on Thursday in total 1441 participants are expected in Tallinn, from them 986 athletes. Late withdrawal due to left hamstring injury is French hurdler and favorite of his event Wilhelm Belocian. The headline duel will be in women high jump between Russian Mariya Kuchina and Italian Alessia Trost. The organisers also with cooperation with European athletics plan to take around 200 samples as part of anti-doping programme, the biggest operation in Estonian sports in this issue.
LA CROSSE (USA): Here a unique pole vault competition was held. The 6th annual River Vault took place atop a 125 by 50 foot barge that was parked alongside Riverside Park. Around 65 athletes from all over the Midwest competed split up between six different categories, including an elite division that consisted of Olympic hopefuls. Organizers say this is the first time in history a pole vault competition has ever been held on a barge.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Asafa Powell would need to race at high level in 2016 to achieve the 100th sub 10 time of his career. For the moment per Tilastopaja he has 87 legal sub 10 times, the best from all sprinters in the history. His next appearances in Lausanne and another Swiss meet in Bellinzona along with another so far not confirmed meet until Beijing are giving 3 possibilities to increase to 90. Then in Beijing and possible 2-3 options after Beijing, still not enough. That would mean he needs to wait for the 100th until 2016. Very special for Powell was year 2008 where he clocked 15 sub 10 times what is also an all-time best for one year.
PARIS (FRA): Fresh co-holder of European record in the 100 m French Jimmy Vicaut plans to double this weekend at French Championships in Villeneuve d´Ascq. He wants to run the 100 m to defend his title and to clock the Worlds standard in the 200 m (20.40 in France). Then he plans two more 100 m races until Beijing, in Monte Carlo and in London.
MILWAUKEE (USA): Runblogrun informs that Ed Cheserek story is updated. They say his enthusiasm is ahead of his actual citizenship. He expects a US passport this summer which is what he told Elliot Denman. Citzenship, he hopes before the US Trials in 2016.
AMSTERDAM (NED): An official Amsterdam 2016 press conference was held at the Olympic Stadium on Monday, exactly one year before the start of the 23rd edition of the European Athletics Championships. European Athletics Vice President Jean Gracia, attending the press conference, said he was impressed by preparations ahead of the 6-10 July 2016 championships. "It’s hard to believe that the Championships have never been staged in the Netherlands considering the strong athletics tradition that exists here," said Gracia. "It is the perfect time for the Netherlands to host the event with the tremendous amount of young talented athletes who have recently emerged with Dafne Schippers, Eelco Sintnicolaas and Sifan Hassan leading the way. A mass participation race following the half marathon races will also be integrated as part of the competition programme."
KYIV (UKR): Triple jump reigning European champion and world champion 2011 Olha Saladukha explained to EME News her performance at AREVA Paris Diamond League where she didn’t achieve 14m mark first time since 2007 (13.79). “I injured my back when competing in Eugene. It looked like usual triple jumpers problem one month ago but pain grew up after my performance in Oslo. In Paris, it became too acute and unbearable. I already made necessary medical examinations and started the treatment. First of all I have to fight sharp pain and then take time for rehabilitation. We made great preparation work this season and I’m sure I’ll need short time to be back in shape again. That is why I’m still very optimistic thinking about Worlds championships. I hope to improve my health soon and then start preparation for Beijing,” said 32-year-old London Olympic medallist from Ukraine.
KYIV (UKR): Family of combined eventers Anna and Oleksiy Kasyanovy competed at European Cup in Aubagne slightly injured. Informs FLAU web site. “I injured abdomen muscles during pole vault event in Kladno and wasn’t in time to recover fully until European combined events cup. I still feel mild pain doing shot put, throwing and jumps. In spite of that I hoped to scored more points in Aubagne but taking into account abnormally hot weather and injury’s trace I am satisfied with my result there,” said World indoor medallist Oleksiy Kasyanov. He also noted that his wife, reigning heptathlon world champion Anna Kasyanova (Melnychenko) was not able to finish in Aubagne because shortly before the competitions her old injury from London Olympics has become aggravated. Both athletes hope to recover until Beijing Worlds.
FRANKFURT (GER): German best European junior in decathlon Manuel Eitel will not compete next week in Eskilstuna at European Junior Champs. It is because of an elbow injury which will not allow mainly the javelin throw. He will be replaced in the team by Jan Ruhrmann.
KINGSTON (JAM): World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde has pulled the plug on his 2015 season. Informs Trackalerts. Hyde, the 2014 World Junior 400m hurdles champion, pulled out of the final of the event at the Jamaica Trials in June with a hamstring injury. In a release today from his management company, Carfield Coke Management Company, Hyde was advised by his doctor to end his 2015 season.
MADRID (ESP): Saturday’s Madrid International will have a very interesting duel in the women’s 100m between the USA’s English Gardner and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson. The pair have only met once and that was at this year’s Prefontaine Classic where they were both clocked at 10.84, but the American was given the nod. There should also be a good battle on the men’s side, between Mike Rodgers of the USA and Femi Ogunode of Qatar. The American has beaten the Asian champion in both of their two clashes.
GWANGJU (KOR): The athletics schedule at the 2015 Universiade runs from July 8 toJuly 12. The leading entrant is men’s hammer world leader Pawel Fajdek. Top Russian Yekaterina Koneva is entered in the triple jump while on form long jumper Zarck Visser is in the long jump field with Russia’s Pavel Shalin. Other notable entrants include: Daniil Tsyplakov (high jump), Airine Palsyte (high jump), Li Ling (pole vault), Danielle Williams (100mH), Robert Sobera (pole vault), Patience George (400m), Akani Simbine (100m, 200m), Luguelin Santos (400m), Hayle Ibrahimov (5000m), Thomas Barr (400mH), Aleksey Fyodorov (triple jump), Thomas van der Plaetsen, Bastien Auzeil (decathlon), Philip Milanov, Andrius Gudžius and Australian talent Matthew Denny (discus).
MONACO (MON): The latest episode of IAAF Inside Athletics features an interview with world 110mH champion David Oliver. The US athlete speaks about his 2013 season, the current resurgence in US hurdling, technical aspects of the hurdles and for how long he thinks he will compete for.
LONDON (GBR): Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah will race the 3000m at the London Diamond League on July 24. The British distance runner is confirmed to race at the next three Diamond League meets; 5000 m in Lausanne followed by the 1500m in Monaco and the 3000m in London.
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya’s head coach Julius Kirwa is urging his country’s athletes to skip the remaining Diamond League meets ahead of the world championships, report Xinhua. He said that Eunice Sum should not compete in Monaco or Stockholm. Although, there is no women’s 800m at the Meeting Herculis.
ARNHEM (NED): Pole vaulter Rutger Coupler has gone to court to challenge his two-year suspension for doping, report ad.nl. The 22 year old believes that procedural errors were made in the anti-doping process. The verdict will be in two weeks.
FRANKFURT (GER): Arne Gabius aims to break the German marathon record in Frankfurt on October 25. Gabius said, “It is my goal in Frankfurt to run at least 46 seconds faster than my debut. Many top runners, with whom I spoke, saying that the second marathon should be significantly better than the first.” The 34 year old ran 2:09:32 in Frankfurt last year, 45 seconds from the German record, which has been held by Jörg Peter since 1988.
EDMONTON (CAN): The Edmonton TrackTown Classic, scheduled for July 12, will allow Miguel Francis of Antigua and Barbuda to try and back up his 19.76 from his national championships. In the men’s 200m, he will face US medallist Wallace Spearmon. Some of the top Canadian athletes will be on show. In the high jump Derek Drouin will face competition from Americans Jacorian Duffield, the NCAA champion; and former world champion Jesse Williams. Canada’s NCAA champion Shawn Barber will compete in the pole vault against American record holder Brad Walker. Canada’s Fiona Benson, who has made a big breakthrough this season, will take on the USA’s Maggie Vessey in the women’s 800m. The men’s 800m has the top three from the US nationals: Nick Symmonds, Erik Sowinski and Cas Loxsom. In the men’s 100m, Jamaica’s Nesta Carter should receive a good challenge from Americans Quentin Butler and Beejay Lee. US bronze medallist Kori Carter will face the athletes she just beat in Eugene: Lashinda Demus and Tiffany Williams. Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton will test himself over 110mH. World champion LaShawn Merrit, will take on NCAA champion Vernon Norwood in the men’s 400m. Allyson Felix (100m) and Sanya Richards Ross (400m) have already been announced.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Abeba Aregawi is still getting treatment on the injury that has been hindering her performances this season, report aftonbladet.se. Swedish coach Karin Torneklint said that the world 1500m champion is now back in Ethiopia.
CORK (IRL, Jul 7): In cold and breezy conditions at Cork City Sports, Abbey D’Agostino of the USA was an impressive winner of the women’s 3000m, powering away to win in 8:58.39. Rachel Schneider sprinted through for second (9:05.08), with mid-race-leader Mary Cain third (9:05.68). In the men’s race, Brett Robinson of Australia (7:51.01) used similar tactics, but Jeff See (7:51.76) stayed close. Michael Frater and Kemar Hyman were disqualified for false starts in the men’s 100m. On the third time of asking, Ramon Gittens won in 10.22 (-0.5). In the women’s race, Barbara Pierre was disqualified for a false start. Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas won the 400mH with 49.65 clearly from Miles Ukaoma of Nigeria (49.99). Will Geoghegan was a run-away winner of the men’s mile in 3:59.09 ahead of fellow US athletes Riley Masters (4:01.33) and Kyle Merber (4:01.43). Ireland’s Mark English tried to win the men’s 800m from the front, but Michael Rutt (1:47.57) and Andreas Bube (1:47.73) sprinted past him in the final 100m, with English third in 1:47.89. There were more US wins in the 100mH, Tenaya Jones with 13.33 (0.4) and Heather Kampf in the 800m (2:03.13).
LIGNANO (ITA, Jul 7): The 26th edition of Sport Solidarieta meeting here was a lucky one for US runner Kerri Gallagher. The third placer from US trials 1500 m won in new personal best and meet record 4:03.56 and has so the Beijing standard. Second Violah Lagat of Kenya also PB 4:04.10 and third US junior record holder Alexa Efraimson 4:05.63. Another US distance win for Eric Jenkins in 7:41.79 PB in the 3000 m. New Zealand´s favorite Nick Willis won the 1500 m in 3:39.31 and Australian Jeff Riseley the 800 m in fast 1:44.99 (his best at this distance since 2012). Here second Slovak Jozef Repcik with Beijing and Rio standard 1:45.40. Another Australian win in women 800 m by Brittany McGowern 2:03.03. Jamaicans ruled in sprints. Elaine Thompson topped the women 100 m in meet record 11.11 (-1.2) over Natasha Morrison 11.32. Men 100 m was staged in two races. In first Julian Forte clocked 10.18 (-0.9) ahead of South African Anaso Jobodwana 10.22 and US Clayton Vaughan 10.27. In second one Andrew Fisher of Jamaica 10.21 (-0.6) beating US Trell Kimmons 10.28. Rusheen McDonald won the 400 m in 45.61 over US Manteo Mitchell 45.82. In the 400 m hurdles US Jeshua Anderson clocked 49.14 to win with Cuban Omar Cisneros second 49.60 and third Yasmani Copello Escobar (former Cuban) getting Turkish record 49.73.
BUDAPEST (HUN): First Hungarian decathlete with 8000+ points Arpad Kiss died after a long illness at the beginning of July at the age of 59. He was 6th at the World University Games in 1977 and 21st at the European Champs in 1978.
POVOA DE VARZIM (POR): Arons Carvalho informs that the distance of 10 km Póvoa do Varzim was not certified.