Razor 51.31, Haase 11.25
TALLINN (EST, Jul 9): European U23 Champs started in the morning session with 2n fastest European time 2015 in women 400 m by Bianca Razor of Romania 51.31 (also PB), also fast Patricja Wyciskiewicz from Poland 51.62. French Thomas Jordier was the best in men 400 m 1st round in 45.59 (equaled his PB). In the 100 m heats first round top times by German Rebekka Haase 11.25 (+0.6) and French Marvin Rene 10.50 (-1.4). German Sara Gambetta was the best in shot qualification 16.71 and another German Fabian Heinle was the best in long jump qualification 776 (-0.7). Russian Valeriy Pronkin topped hammer qualification 72.35. In pole vault qualification major failure Russian Anastasiya Sadovnikova who no-heighted at 400 cm. Her best is 440 cm.
Simbine 9.97, Fajdek 80.05
GWANGJU (KOR, Jul 9): South African Akani Simbine highlighted the second day of athletics at the Universiade with 9.97 (0.0) meet record and equaling the national mark of Henrich Bruintjies on Sunday in La-Chaux-de-Fonds. He already clocked first meet record in his semifinal 10.00 (+0.3). Silver for Jamaican Kemarley Brown 10.12 ahead of Turkish Ramil Guliyev 10.16 and two US sprinters Ronnie Baker 10.17 (10.14 in semis) and Markesh Woodson 10.19. In semifinals Korean record 10.16 (+1.8) for Kim Gook-Young. World leader Pawel Fajdek achieved excellent 80.05 in last round (had two fouls in first two throws) over Belarus duo Pavel Bareisha 75.75 and Siarhei Kolomoyets 74.68. Belgian Thomas Van der Plaetsen returned after his difficulties with decathlon win 7952 points ahead of French Bastien Auzeil 7913 and German Rene Stauss 7791. Russian wins for Igor Maksimov in 10 000 m 29:15.30, Dmitriy Sorokin in triple 17.29 PB (+0.2), Yuliya Pidluzhnaya in long jump 679 (+0.4) and Yuliya Maltseva 59.37 in discus. Viktoriya Zyabkina from Kazakhstan was the best in the women 100 m in 11.23 (+0:4) ahead of Jamaican Shimayra Williams 11.46 (11.42 in semifinal). Chinese gold medal for Li Ling in pole vault 445, other medals for New Zealand´s Elizabeth McCartney 440 and Belgian Chloe Henry 440. Australian Dane Bird-Smith topped 20 km walk in 1:21:30 over Canadian Ben Thorne 1:21:33 and Japanese Daisuke Matsunaga 1:22:06. Fastest in men 400 m semifinals Leaname Maotoanong of Botswana 45.77, in women Justine Palframan of South Africa 52.23. In 800 m semifinals Angela Petty from New Zealand 2:00.74, in 400 m hurdles semifinals Thomas Barr of Ireland 49.75 and in 100 m hurdles heats Danielle Williams from Jamaica 13.08 (-1.3).
MADRID (ESP): After some great marks in Barcelona yesterday, world class athletics returns to Spain on Saturday at the Madrid Meeting. As already reported there will be great 100m duels (English Gardner v Elaine Thompson and Mike Rodgers v Femi Ogunode) and a high quality men’s shot with Christian Cantwell and Joe Kovacs. The men’s 400m will also be a highlight, as Qatari talent Abdalelah Haroun takes on US champion David Verburg and on form Jamaican Rusheen McDonald. South African Cornel Fredericks opens his season in the 400mH, also in the field is Jehue Gordon, with Jeshua Anderson maybe the favourite. Sub two beckons for Laura Muir of Great Britain in the 800m, other top entrants are her compatriot Lynsey Sharp and Chanelle Price of the USA. On the men’s side, Job Kinyor goes up against improved Bosnian Amel Tuka. Ruth Beitia will take on talented St Lucian Jeannelle Scheper in the high jump. Jamaican world leader Jason Morgan searches for form in the discus. Gabriela Petrova and Hanna Minenko will jump off in the triple, Kim Mickle of Australia heads the women’s javelin field.
MONACO (MON): Taoufik Makhloufi will go to Font Romeu for a training stint following the 1500m at Meeting Herculis, report El Watan. The Algerian has been based in Angers in preparation for the Monaco Diamond League, where he aims to run sub 3:30.
MELROSE (RSA): South Africa’s Zarck Visser stunned wth his 841 at Bad Langensalza, but just three days later he had to get medical advice on an ankle injury, report SASCOC. The injury means that he will not be able to compete at the Universiade. Visser explained his situation, “The doctors says it’s the ligaments on the outside of my ankle and has given me some medication for the swelling… and they’ll check up once the swelling goes down. He said 10 days of no training depending on the swelling and pain.”
TORONTO (CAN): Due to confusion surrounding the qualification system for the Pan American Games, athletes who thought they had qualified for the event have been cut from their nation’s selections, report insidethegames. Over 900 athletes had thought to have qualified for the competition, although there are only 680 places available. After negotiations with the NOCs the PASO Executive board has increased the quota to 711.
VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ (FRA): The French championships will run from July 10 to 12. In the women’s competition, the top duel should be in the 400m between Floria Guei and Marie Gayot. Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou will contest the 100m against French athletes Véronique Mang and Celine Distel-Bonnet. Cindy Billaud will take on Alice Decaux and Sandra Gomis in the 100mH. Melina Robert-Michon will aim for her 14th title in the discus. Renelle Lamote will not be competing in the 800m as she is in Tallinn. Long jumper Eloyse Lesueur is another notable absentee; she is out for the season with injury. Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre could clash in 100 m and 200 m
TALLINN (EST): Ahead of the start of the European u23 Championships, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and Vice President Jean Gracia underlined the importance of the championships. Hansen said, “The aim of this event was, and still is, to provide career continuity and a motivational bridge between junior competition and the top level of our sport.” On the eve of the four day event, over 3000 tickets had been sold.
TORONTO (CAN): The IOC has said that they will use a different approach to target the mainsteam audience for their Olympic television channel. The channel aims to show as much as live sport as possible and, in a lot of cases, will provide review programmes several days after an event. Footage of past Olympic Games will also be shown. Inform insidethegames.
MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning triple jump European bronze medallist and European leader Aleksey Fyodorov is forced to refuse from participation at the World championships after his 5th place at World University Games in Gwangju with 16.35m. “Unfortunately, health problems, which I had after Russian team championships in the end of May, started to disturb me again here in Gwangju and I was not able to implement myself. I discussed current situation with my coach and we would like to do deep treatment with full rehabilitation and then start preparation for Olympic season. I plan to return into the field in October to perform at World Military Games. My summer season is finished,” said 24-year-old Russian to R-Sport news agency.
NAIROBI (KEN): Most elite Kenyan athletes will not compete in the National Athletics Championships starting on Thursday at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. The athletes will either be taking part in the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League or other IAAF Challenge or Permit events in Europe. Some have opted to train for the World Championships trials due July 31 to August 1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Renaud Lavillenie has offered his support to Sergey Bubka, the man whose world pole vault record he broke last year, ahead of next month’s IAAF Presidential election- although he has also said Sebastian Coe would be an excellent leader for his sport. Speaking on the eve of Athletissima, France’s Olympic pole vault champion admitted that he hoped Bubka, whose longstanding world record he broke in Donestk last year when he cleared 6.16 metres, would succeed Lamine Diack as IAAF President in the election that will be held on August 19 in Beijing ahead of the World Championships. “I think both men have got some great ideas for the future development of our sport,” Lavillenie, the IAAF Men's World Athlete of the Year in 2014, said. “Both Sergey and Seb would be very great as the new President. But I am not shying away from showing my support for Sergey."
NURNBERG (GER): The long jump competition which will be held as special on Friday onJuly 24 at German Championships in the market place here will be streamed live vialeichathletik.de. Rest of the events in the stadium on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast by ARD and ZDF stations.