Another special mark in men 100 m was the new South African record by Akani Simbine 9.89 (+1.9) over Asafa Powell who with 9.92 clocked his 96th sub 10. Mike Rodgers third 10.12 and Kim Collins fourth 10.13. Simbine confirmed his special form with 200 m improvement later in the evening with 20.16 (+0.7) beating Isiah Young 20.24 and Greek Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas 20.34. Olympic winner Kirani James remains unbeaten this year with 44.60 win over Tony McQuay 45.08. Sensational improvement for Donald Thomas after 9 years with 237 clearance in high jump over Bohdan Bondarenko 235 and Majed Aldin Ghazal 231. Home wins for Balazs Baji hurdles 13.33 (+1.2) after World leader Omar McLeod again after Monaco crashed out and Zoltan Kovago 67.13 in discus over Daniel Stahl 66.92 PB. Another Hungarian joy as Anita Marton improved her national record in women shot put to 19.49. But it was enough only for fourth place. Valerie Adams 20.19 (her 2016 best) with Christina Schwanitz 20.14 and Michelle Carter 19.56 were the top three. In terms of doubling Blessing Okagbare won windy 100 m 10.92 (+2.6) but was only 5th in long jump 634 (+0.4) whereas Tianna Bartoletta ended 3rd in 100 m 11.02 but won long jump 680 (+0.3). Second places for Marie-Josee Talou in 100 m 10.95 and Shara Proctor in long jump 671 (0.0). World champion Pawel Fajdek scored another clear hammer win with 81.11. Olympic and World winner Veronica Campbell-Brown scored 22.52 (+1.0) 200 m win over US sprinters Shalonda Solomon 22.63 and Tiffany Townsend also 22.63. Rio bound Nia Ali topped hurdles 12.76 (+1.8), fresh from national record in Monaco Francine Niyonsaba clocked 1:59.84 to win the 800 m ahead of Molly Ludlow 1:59.99. Remaining winners at 400 m hurdles Japan´s Keisuke Nozawa 49.26 and Ukrainian Hanna Titimets 55.15 and Silas Kiplagat in the 1500 m 3:36.70.
Lavillenie 596 WL
SOTTEVILLE-LES-ROUEN (FRA, Jul 18): Renaud Lavillenie is back to winning. At the Meeting national (EA Classic) he cleared World leading 596 in the pole vault. After no-heighting in Amsterdam very special return. He cleared 570 in first, 584 in second and winning 596 in first attempt. Then he fouled three times at 601. Second his brother Valentin Lavillenie 560. Keston Bledman of Trinidad won the 100 m in 10.27 (-0.7) over Ramon Gittens of Barbados 10.29. US hurdles wins by Jarret Eaton 13.39 (-0.2) and Christina Manning 12.87 (-0.7) over Belarus Alina Talay 12.88. French Stella Akakpo topped women 100 m in 11.40 (-0.6) just 0.01 ahead of US Lekeisha Lawson 11.41. Canadian Champion Carline Muir clocked 51.70 to win the 400 m ahead of Bahrain´s hurdler Kemi Adekoya 51.80. Kenyan wins by Emily Jerotich in the 800 m 2:00.89 and Barnabas Kipyego steeple 8:15.62. Here second Tunisian record holder Amor Benyahia 8:20.72. Youness Essahli of Morocco won the 1500 m in 3:37.45. In throws Ukrainian Dmytro Kosynsky 81.73 beat Olympic winner Keshorn Walcott 79.62 and Sweden´s Tracey Andersson came close to her national hammer record with 70.74.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The IAAF ambassador for the IAAF World U20 championships and sprint legend Ato Boldon said that being the coach surpasses anything he felt in his competitive days. “It’s the worst. I’ve been in four Olympic finals, I do live TV to a billion people for a living, and none of that stresses me. The minute Khalifa has to run, my stomach is upset, I can’t sleep, I’m nervous, I’m anxious," he said as coach of Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St Fort, who is one of the leading contenders for the women’s 100m.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): “By hosting this year’s edition, Bydgoszcz becomes the first city to twice host the World U20 Championships. With more than 1500 athletes entered, this is set to become the biggest ever athletics event in Poland,” informed IAAF General Secretary Jean Gracia.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): Reigning shot put World junior champion Konrad Bukowiecki is going to defend his title at World U20 Champs in Bydgoszcz “even more so this year because we are in my home country. The world record (for the 6kg shot, 23.00m by Jacko Gill) is in the back of my mind and of course I'd like to beat it but first and foremost the goal is to defend my title,” said Bukowiecki at Monday’s press-conference noting that he’ll do discus more for fun but also aims to achieve the final.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): Reigning world youth champion in both 100 and 200m sprints Candace Hill said it would be the honour for her to bring the 100m title back to the US. Hill, who became the professional athlete this year, noted that her participation in this year US Olympic Trials was an incredible experience.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): 100 m European Junior Champion 2015 and 60m World indoor junior record holder Ewa Swoboda expressed the hope she’ll manage to improve her time and get the podium at the home Junior Worlds.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): Fresh African 400 m champion in senior category Baboloki Thebe said that he was forced to prepare for 400m instead of his favourite 200m because of last year injury. “I’ll run the 200m again next year. This year it's only the 400m. I ran 45 in my first race, so I was very happy with that,” said Botswana’s teenager being one of the main medal contenders here.
NAIROBI (KEN): Sportsnewsarena.com informs that Å•unners converged at Athletics Kenya headquarters to protest the prosecution of agent Federico Rosa and coach Claudio Berardelli over doping related offences. The over 100 athletes from their North Rift camp arrived in vans and were joined by former world champion Eunice Sum and Commonwealth Games 1500m gold medalist Mercy Cherono. This happened as a Nairobi court rejected an application filed by Rosa to have his passport released to facilitate his travel to the Olympics. Nairobi’s Kibera Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi released Rosa on a Ksh. 500,000 bond and two sureties each of the same amount. Ochoi said the court will review the decision once Rosa has produced evidence that he manages 10 of the team of 50 Kenyans currently preparing for Rio Olympics. The runners led by Paris marathon champion Cyprian Kotut said the authorities were intimidating the Italians and yet AK was silent. “Rosa has been in the country for 25 years and Berardelli for ten and what they have done is assisting the country gain glory and not destroying athletes whom they’ve spent a lot time and money nurturing into stars. They deserve accolades,” the athletes said.
MONACO (MON): Pole vault world indoor bronze medallist Ekaterini Stefanidi confessed after winning Monaco DL Herculis meeting that her dream of clearing five metres mark is not the most important thing for her as she fully focused on the coming fight in the Rio Olympic field. “I know I compete better when I've got competition, but if I want to jump five metres I need to get used to jumping alone. Five meters can wait till next year. This year is a year to win,” Stefanidi stressed.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Caster Semenya is again the subject of debate following the gender verification row that followed her world championships triumph in 2009. However, Semenya, 800m world leader and fresh national record holder isn’t concerned in this case being supported by South African officials. "We are not going to worry about going into controversy because the rules allow her to participate. She is mentally tough and with our support system in place we'll reap her success in terms of the medal we are looking for," said SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy. Semenya said after her win in Monaco: "I was expecting to run under 1:56, I am looking forward for Gold in Rio. You have to believe in yourself and that's what I did today. I dedicate my train and hard work for this PB, I'm pleased for myself, my coach and my family. I'll go back home now, to school to catch up with my studies before Rio."
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games published official statement on clean Games that says “As we get ready to receive the world’s best athletes for the Rio 2016 Games, we feel that it is very important that we underline our stance on doping. First and foremost, Rio 2016 supports the IOC's zero tolerance policy regarding athletes that seek to cheat through doping. Secondly, we have a firm commitment to protect clean athletes. They are the best examples for future generations.”
VILNIUS (LTU): The Athletics Federation of Lithuania said Monday that Å½ivilÄ— BalÄ¨iÅ«naitÄ— is banned from all competitions with immediate effect and will not represent the Baltic country at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Å½ivilÄ— BalÄ¨iÅ«naitÄ—, who won marathon gold in the European Championship 2010 but was stripped of her medal after failing a doping test because of excessive levels of testosterone and epitestosterone, was banned this time for eight years after testing positive for meldonium in April. 37-year-old Lithuanian denied any wrongdoing, AP informs.
LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly informes that the 2017 IAAF World Championships non-track events, including the marathons and the 50km and 20km race walks, are to be managed by The Great Run Company. This comes after an open tender process was carried out using standard UKA procurement protocols.
BEIJING (CHN): According the full list of athletes in the Chinese delegation to the coming Olympic Games, athletics will be represented in Rio by 60 athletes. All strongest are in the list including two-time world champion and world record holder in women 20km walking Liu Hong, four-time world medallist in women hammer throw Zhang Wenxiu and triple jump World indoor champion 2016 Dong Bin.
MADRID (ESP): El Pais informs that the IAAF could allow 110m hurdler Orlando Ortega to perform in Rio Olympics. The IAAF made earlier decision that ex Cuban can perform for Spain from November 5, 2016 but IOC rules says that athlete could perform for new country not three year after getting new citizenship but three years after his last performance for previous country. In Ortega’s case that is beginning of August. The IAAF decision is waiting this week after consultation with IOC. The hurdler himself already earlier said he will compete at the Games. Ortega was not yet eligible for European Championships in Amsterdam.
FRANKFURT (GER): Javelin World Champion Katharina Molitor must bury her Olympic hopefuls. The athlete failed in a preliminary injunction against the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). The 32-year-old wanted to take the place in German team for Rio. "Ms. Molitor has fought for their right and unfortunately lost," her lawyer Paul Lambertz told the "Rheinische Post". They don’t plan any more appeals in courts.
EDMONTON (CAN): World 400 m silver medallist Shaunae Miller of Bahamas said she won’t double at next month’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but she is ready for her 400m event. Informs Trackalerts. Her duel with Allyson Felix could be one of the highlight of athletics at the Rio Games.
TOKYO (JPN): JAAF Development Committee chairman Kazunori Asaba announced that the JAAF's target for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics is "one medal and five top eight finishes." The JAAF expects "at least one medal" from among the men's 4x100 m relay, 20 km race walk, 50 km race walk and women's marathon. He cited the women's 10 000 m and other events as possibilities for top eight placers. Pole vault national record holder Daichi Sawano was named captain of the men's team, with javelin throw national record holder Yuki Ebihara named women's captain. Informs Brett Larner.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has banned two marathon runners for four years each after they tested positive for steroids. Taemo Shumye tested positive for nadrosterone last September and Sentayehu Merga (31), who won Guangzhou International Marathon with 2:09:57 on December 6, 2015, was tested positive for 19-norandrostenedione last December. Their bans start on January 25 this year. Agencies are informing.
TORONTO (CAN): The WADA Independent Commission’s investigation report published by Richard McLaren on Monday confirms and elaborates on the allegations of former Moscow Laboratory chief Grigory Rodchenkov that ‘unique’ doping programme running throughout the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games was masterminded by Russian sports ministry with the “active participation and assistance” of the FSB secret service. The report revealed the system put in place by the Russian State extended far beyond the Sochi Games, including London 2012 and the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Inform agencies.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF published response to WADA Independent Commission report. “The IAAF will of course seek further information on the 139 cases mentioned in the McLaren report and cross reference it with its own data. To the extent that actions have not, or are not, being taken we will obtain the evidence and do any necessary follow up to allow us to take the strongest actions available to us. This includes all information that has been gathered around the 2013 World Championships as we have in storage in Lausanne the samples sent to the IAAF by the Moscow laboratory,” statement says. The IAAF President Sebastian Coe noted that “the institutionalised and systematic doping in Russian athletics is the reason the IAAF suspended, and then upheld the suspension of, RusAF’s membership and consequently the exclusion of their athletes from international competition.”
LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC will take toughest sanctions against organizations or individuals involved in covering doping use, IOC President Tomas Bach said on Monday. "The findings of the [WADA] report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. The IOC will now carefully study the complex and detailed allegations, in particular with regard to the Russian Ministry of Sport. In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016," said Bach.
MOSCOW (RUS): President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that officials named in the WADA commission’s report as direct perpetrators would be temporarily suspended from their posts until the investigation is over. "But prior to making the final decision on the officials’ in question, we are asking WADA to provide a more detailed and objective information based on facts so that Russian law enforcers and investigative bodies could use it in their work. There is no doubt they will do their job to the end with an aim to take exhaustive measures to prevent the violations of the Russian legislation and the international commitments, which our country has undertaken," Putin said in his quotes to TASS. Later the vice minister for sport Yuriy Nagornykh was removed from his position. Informs President´s press secretary Dmitriy Peskov per Izvestiya.
MOSCOW (RUS): Pole vault two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva arrived to Geneva on Monday. She will speak at CAS in Lausanne on Tuesday presenting the side of Russian track and field athletes on the court session in RusAF case against IAAF.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF general secretary Mikhail Butov called to all athletes and coaches from different countries to support clean Russian athletes in their right to compete at the Olympic Games expressing their opinions. “It is impossible to punish the Athlete only for the fact that he/she lived and lives in his/her country. It is impossible to punish 16-17-year-old children discharge from any competitions. It is impossible to repeat past mistakes and to discharge somebody of the Olympic Games, we have to use the sports principles of the Athletes entries only,” Butov wrote.
CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU, Jul 16-17): At Romanian Championships World indoor medalist Andrei Gag achieved national shot put record 21.06. Also to note Elena Panturoiu 14.07 (+0.6) in triple, Ioan Melnicescu 10.43 PB (+0.4) in the 100 m. In good women steeple Ancuta Bobocel 9:42.02 over Elena Panaet 9:42.39 PB.
CHICAGO (USA, Jul 17): Mexican Olympic team member Daniel Vargas (1:05:55) and Neely Spence Gracey (1:12:26) became the winners of Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.
ALGIERS (ALG, Jul 16): At Algerian Champs new national 200 m record by Soufiane Bouhada 20.53 (+1.9), he also won the 400 m in 46.43. In the 400 m hurdles Abdelmalik Lahoulou in 49.89 beat Miloud Rahmouni 49.92.
SETUBAL (POR, Jul 17): Portugal European Champion Patricia Mamona won at Club Champs her event with windy 14.35 (+3.2). Shot put Amsterdam bronze winner Tsanko Arnaudov got 19.34 win.
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