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Support from Ljungqvist
MONACO (MON): The IAAF was pleased to receive a message of support in its ongoing battle against doping in athletics from one of the pioneers of the anti-doping movement, Professor Arne Ljungqvist. Professor Ljungqvist, former Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission (2003-2014) and former Vice President of WADA (2008-2013) said: “The IAAF has historically been at the forefront of all important developments in the fight against doping and has always taken its responsibilities seriously when it comes to catching cheats and protecting the integrity of its sport.”  He also added: "The IAAF’s contribution to the development of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) was absolutely key and it has, since then, undeniably played a leading role in this field, together with the UCI.”

Support for Kira
KAPFENBERG (AUT): The most emotional moment of the day at Austrian Champs was when all athletes assembled on the track and builded a big heart to show the support for the injured pole vaulter Kira Grunberg. They had t-shirts with #kirastaystrong on it and info for the website where there is the possibility for supporting her at www.donationkira.com. In another event related to the situation Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie agreed to compete at the City Jumping in Salzburg, Austria on September 4. At this charity event Lavillenie will compete without appearance fee and prize money to support Kira Grunberg. 

Rohler over Finns with 89.27 PB
KUORTANE (FIN, Aug 8): At the penultimate meet of the Finnish elite series, the men’s javelin provided the best results. Germany’s Thomas Rohler caused an upset, throwing a PB of 89.27 in the final round to beat the final round efforts by the top Finns: Antti Ruuskanen (87.46), Tero Pitkämäki (85.84) and Ari Mannio (82.61). 21 year old Argentinian talent Braian Toledo went over 80m for the second time with 81.13. There was joy for the home fans in the women’s pole vault, as Minna Nikkanen cleared a national record of 460 on her second attempt and Wilma Murto set a national youth record and world youth leading 430 on her first attempt. In between them was Russia’s Olga Mullina with a PB of 455. Another good result for the home nation was Sanni Utriainen’s significant improvement to 63.03 in the women’s javelin. There was a British 1-2 in the men’s 100m: Sean Safo-Antwi (10.23, 1.9) beating Euro Junior champion Ojie Edoburun (10.24). Yekaterina Galitskaya of Russia won the 100mH in 13.06 (1.7), beating Finland’s Nooralotta Neziri (13.10). Australian 1500m record holder Ryan Gregson won the 3000m in 7:51.64, his second fastest time ever. He was closely followed by compatriot Sam McEntee (7:52.12). European leader (before Hussein’s improvement) Patryk Dobek continued his strong string of results with a 49.45 win here over 400mH beating the young Finnish national champion Oskari Möro (50.59). Godfrey Mokoena of South Africa did the horizontal jumps double, winning the long jump in 776 (0.8) and the triple with a SB of 16.85 (0.5). Kristiina Mäkelä jumped 13.86 (1.1) to win the women’s triple. David Söderberg of Finland threw a good 75.03 to win the men’s hammer. The best clearance in the men’s high jump was 226 by Russia’s Aleksey Dmitrik. Aleksandra Fedoriva-Shpayer made her first appearance outside Russia this year, clocking 23.28 (2.1) to win the women’s 200m.

Milanov discus NR 66.66
LEUVEN (BEL, Aug 8): At the Flanders Cup Meeting voor Mon, Philip Milanov improved his Belgian discus record to 66.66. In his first international race of the season, Morocco's Sadik Mikhou ran 3:33.45 to comfortably beat young Ethiopians Chala Regassa (3:38.88) and Teshome Dirirsa (3:39.22). 18 year old Ethiopian Habitam Alemu ran a PB of 2:01.60 in winning the women’s 800m. Adelle Tracey of Great Britain (2:02.56) and Anita Hinriksdottir (2:03.18) were next across the line. In the men’s race, Ali Saad Al-Daran of Saudi Arabia 1:45.76 got the better of Qatari Jamal Al-Hayrani (1:46.16). All the Borlée brothers featured in the same race. Kevin Borlee won the 400m in a time of 45.79. Brian Gregan of Ireland (45.81) and Mame-Ibra Hanne of France (45.86) finished ahead of the other two: Jonathan Borlee (45.94) and Dylan Borlee (46.19). 29 year old Rianna Galiart upped her PB to 440 to win the pole vault, finishing ahead of Chloe Henry 425 and Fanny Smets 420. 21 year old Menno Vloon of the Netherlands won the men’s competition with 545. Australia’s Michelle Jenneke clocked 13.10 (1.5) to win the 100mH. In the men’s 400mH, Algeria’s Miloud Rahmani of Algeria ran 49.70, to see off Michael Bultheel (49.99). Tariq Ahmed Al-Amri of Saudi Arabia ran 13:25.00 for a clear win in the men’s 5000m. German talent Maya Rehberg improved her PB to 9:49.88 in winning the steeple. Cyprus Ramona Papaioannou won the 200 m in World standard 23.19 (+0.6) over country colleague Eleni Artymata 23.27 and Olivia Borlee 23.35. Canadian Carise Thompson won the 1500 m in 4:14.73.


SANTRY (IRL, Aug 8): Mary Cullen ran a solo 16:07.40 to win the women’s 5000m at the first day of the Irish national championships at Morton Stadium. In the other long race on the track, the men’s 10000m, Mark Christie ran 29:52.84 to win. Sara Treacy won women steeple in 9:58.92.

ZUG (SUI, Aug 8): On the final day of the Swiss championships, European 400mH champion Kariem Hussein set a European lead and PB of 48.45 to win by over 3.5 seconds. Mujinga Kambundji secured the women’s sprint double with a Swiss record of 22.80 (-0.2), making her the fourth fastest European this year. Nicole Buchler ended the championships with 471 pole vault national record in third attempt. The sprint double was also achieved in the men’s race, Alex Wilson winning in 20.58 (0.5). The women’s 100mH had three rounds today, with Noemi Zbaren taking gold in 13.00 (-0.5) ahead of Clelia Reuse (13.38). Zbaren had run 12.93 (0.1) in the heats and 13.04 (0.1) in the semi. Petra Fontanive after Beijing standard in heats won the 400 m hurdles in 56.36. 21 year old Benjamin Gföhler won the men’s long jump with 7.72 (0.3).

SODERHAMN (SWE, Aug 8): On day two of the Swedish nationals, Angelica Bengtsson improved her Swedish pole vault record to 461, also a Nordic best, on her first attempt. She tried three times at 470 but it wasn’t to be. Rival Michaela Meijer finished second with 447, while 15 year old Lisa Gunnarsson won bronze with 411. European Indoor champion Michel Torneus had a 3.2 wind on his back as he leapt to a title clinching 807 in the long jump. His best legal mark was 780 (1.6). The silver went to Andreas Otterling with 779 (0.2). Despite injury concerns, Khaddi Sagnia still managed a 671 (1.6) effort in the first round of the women’s long jump qualifying; just one cm off her best but a World qualifier. In the men’s discus, Benn Harradine of Australia finished top with a solid 63.54. The national title went to Axel Härstedt (63.07) over Daniel Ståhl (60.20). The top finisher in the 10 000m was Eritrean Abraham Adhanom in 29:43.58, with runner-up Mikael Ekvall (29:51.28) the top Swede. European medallist Charlotta Fougberg easily won the women’s steeple with 9:51.86. 

SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN, Aug 8): Olympic winner Krisztian Pars highlighted the second day of 120th Hungarian Champs with 78.35 hammer effort. Balazs Baji clocked over the hurdles 13.54 (-1.3) in heats and 13.51 (-1.5) in finals. Another top mark Anita Marton meet record 18.36 in the shot put. Eva Orban won hammer with good 69.67 and Peter Bakosi cleared 222 in the high jump.

KAPFENBERG (AUT, Aug 8): Lukas Weisshaidinger with 63.08 in discus achieved the best mark of first day of Austrian Champs. Youth star Sarah Lagger got 631 (+0.6) PB in the long jump, what is number four in current World Youth lists 2015. Monika Gollner cleared 186 in the high jump.

AARHUS (DEN, Aug 8): Nick Ekelund-Arenander won the 400 m during first day of Danish Nationals with 46.76. 

TALLINN (EST, Aug 8): Olympic winner Gerd Kanter won the discus with 63.75 during first day Estonian Nationals. Second Martin Kupper 62.13. Marek Niit topped the 400 m in 46.40 and Grit Sadeiko was the best in women hurdles in 13.34 (+0.9).

PALANGA (LTU, Aug 8): During second day of Lithuanian Champs Dovile Dzindzaletaite achieved 13.96 (-0.3) in triple jump and Indre Jakubaityte 55.75 in javelin. Rytis Sakaluskas won after 100 m also the 200 m in 21.09 (+0.8).

VENTSPILS (LAT, Aug 8): Madara Palameika got 63.06 in women javelin what was the best result of the first day of Latvian Championships. Second European junior medalist from Eskilstuna Anete Kocina 60.01 PB and third Sinta Ozolina 58.87. On the men side Maris Urtans 19.44 in shot put, Ainars Kovals 76.76 in javelin and Mareks Arents 540 in the pole vault.


CHENNAI (IND, Aug 7-8): At Indian junior federation cup 17-year-old Haryana javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who less than month ago took the Senior National title at Chennai, shattered the meet record with 76.91m today.  His teammate Ajay Kumar scaled a new height of 2.19m in high jump to beat World Schools champion Tejaswin Shankar of Delhi, who in spite of clearing a personal best 2.14m finished second here. In 400 m A. Dharun won in meet record 47.08.

LEE VALLEY (GBR, Aug 8): At Clubs Premiership Rabah Yousif clocked 45.71 to win the 400 m, in sprints Joseph Dewar 10.39 (-0.8) and Leon Reid 20.93 (-2.3).

MANNHEIM (GER, Aug 8): Farewell meet before Beijing saw fast sprinting on the famous track here. Verena Sailer clocked 11.10 (0.0) in close finish over Briton Desiree Henry 11.11 PB. In second round Sailer got 11.25 (+0.5), Gina Luckenkemper won the other race in 11.30 (-0.3). Henry in the mean-time clocked 22.94 to win the 200 m (+0.3), another PB of the day for her. Cindy Roleder topped both hurdles races 13.14 (+0.5) and 13.10 (-0.1).  Germany won the 4x100 m in 43.11. On the men side Dutch  Churandy Martina clocked 10.15 (+1.1) over Julian Reus 10.16 and Sven Knipphals 10.22. In first round the best time for Norway´s Jaisuma Saidy Ndure 10.27 (+0.3). Robin Erewa achieved 20.63 (+0.3) in the 200 m, in second race Julian Reus 20.68 (-0.2). Alexander John won both hurdles races in 13.67 (+0.3) and 13.62 (+0.8). Fast 4x100 m for Germany 38.48 over Netherlands 38.73 and Germany B team 38.93.

BERNHAUSEN (GER, Aug 8): After first day of Thorpe Cup in combined events (Germany vs USA) Jan Felix Knobel of Germany leads the decathlon with 4176 points. In heptathlon leads US Sharon Day-Monroe clearly with 3767 points. Beijing bound athletes competed in individual events, Kai Kazmirek was the best in 400 m (47.69) and in the long jump (743), Michael Schrader clocked 10.77 in the 100 m. Jennifer Oeser went over the hurdles in 13.94 and 200 m in 24.88.

MONACHIL (ESP, Aug 8): Spanish long jumper Maria del Mar Jover improved here to 678 (+1.5) what means Beijing and Rio standard. It is also third best mark in Spanish all-time list.

ETON (GBR, Aug 8): At the years final national league match Dina Asher-Smith, competing for Blackheath and Bromley, won the 200m in 22.72 (-0.3). A national league record. Leah Barrow won the 800m in 2:03.22 and Shona Richards the 400 m hurdles in 57.44.

GRANOLLERS (ESP, Aug 8): Fast 1500 m by Adel Mechaal 3:37.67 here.

KRAGUJEVAC (SRB, Aug 8): First day of Serbian Clubs Championships had Bulgarian Tihomir Ivanov clearing 225 in the high jump and Croatian Marin Premeru 20.58 in the shot put (just 1 cm below his PB).

TRNAVA (SVK, Aug 8): Jana Veldakova tried for Beijing standard at Slovak Clubs League but with 667 (+2.0) missed it by 3 cm. 

WAIBLINGEN (GER, Aug 8): At the meet here French Stanley Joseph cleared 551 in the pole vault and Hana Klein improved in the women 800 m to 2:01.60.

SAN JOSE (CRC, Aug 7): Addition to first day of NACAC Champs as Yordanis Duranona of Dominica won the men triple jump with 16.98 (+1.4).

LEIRIA (POR, Aug 8): First day of 21st throwing meet here had German Daniel Jasinski winning the discus in good 65.93 (his best of 2015) over Briton Brett Morse 62.85. Home Irina Rodrigues won women discus 60.14. In shot put Natalia Duco of Chile 18.03 and in men competition Marco Fortes 19.75 over Spanish Yioser Toledo 19.66.

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