Andraloits still set PBs of 48.79m and 4:43.65 for the last two events but finished more than 100 points behind the winner albeit in a national U20 record of 8046 with Estonia’s Johannes Erm taking bronze in a national U20 record of 7879. The highlight on the track was a fast 3000m with Ethiopian Beyenu Degefa winning in a championship record of 8:41.76 to break a mark which has stood since 1992. Bahrain’s Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa (8:46.42) and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen (8:46.74) claimed silver and bronze respectively. In the last event of the evening, Noah Lyles claimed the 100m title in 10.17 ahead of Italy’s Filippo Tortu (10.24) and Barbadian Mario Burke (10.26). On the in-field, Poland won their second medal of the champs with Klaudia Maruszewska adding four metres to her lifetime best with 57.59m ahead of South Africa’s Jo-Ane Van Dyk (57.32m) and Turkey’s Eda Tugsuz (56.71m). Elsewhere, world youth champion Maykel Masso won his second global title with 8.00m in the long jump while Alina Kenzel extended her world U20 lead to 17.58m to win the shot put.
Collins for 5th Olympics
BASSETERRE (SKN): Kim Collins has been cleared for Rio to compete for his country St. Kitts and Nevis. It will be his 5th olympics at age of 40. Collins and the St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) issued a joint statement announcing that a path has now been cleared for his participation “following closure on the long-standing issues between the two parties". "I am extremely happy that our longstanding issues have finally been put to rest, and I will once again have the honour of representing my country in track and field,” Collins said. Informs insidethegames.
Kipsang vs Bekele
BERLIN (GER): The BMW Berlin Marathon will see a duel of superstars Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele on 25th September. While Kenya’s Kipsang has already won Germany’s most prestigious road race, clocking a world record of 2:03:23 in 2013, it will be the first time that Ethiopia’s Bekele competes on the roads in Germany. The Berlin race will be the first autumn marathon in the Abbott World Marathon Majors. "I'm happy to come back to Berlin where I ran my world record in 2013 because I really like the course in Berlin. My goal for this year in Berlin is to run as fast as possible. I like to compete in a strong competition and that's why I'm happy that Kenenisa Bekele also is running in Berlin. And I hope we can stimulate each other to run a fast time. Of course this will depend on the weather conditions on the day of the race and whether the pacemakers can do the right job, as they did during my world record race and for Dennis Kimetto when he ran the world record in Berlin a year later,“ said Wilson Kipsang. Bekele was not selected for Rio and is switching his focus to Berlin and a fast race.
Bolt looks ok
LONDON (GBR): Jamaica Gleaner writes that World record holder Usain Bolt showed no signs of the hamstring injury that forced him out of the National Senior Championships as he warmed up for this Friday's London Anniversary Games, part of IAAF Diamond League. It will be his first 200 m of the year. His performance will be used as a form of fitness test for the Olympic Games. The sprinter was guided through a moderate work-out, which lasted over an hour on the warm-up track, which runs adjacent to the London Olympic Stadium. Bolt, the defending Olympic 100m and 200m champion was lively throughout his session and looked in good physical shape under the watchful eyes of members of his management team. He will face compatriot Nickel Ashmeade, Panama´s Alonso Edwards, Adam Gemili and Christophe Lemaitre at the end of Friday programme. Writes Jamaica Gleaner.
Brits against Vicaut and co.
LONDON (GBR): Earlier on Friday heats and finals of the 100 m will be staged in London to allow sprinters to concentrate on relay on Saturday. In the 100 m full home elite will compete with James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty and C.J. Ujah. In the field also European record holder Jimmy Vicaut, European champion Churandy Martina, Trinidad champion Richard Thompson and from USA Rio-bound Marvin Bracy along with experienced Mike Rodgers, the fastest 40+ sprinter Kim Collins is also not missing.
GENEVA (SUI): RusAF general secretary Mikhail Butov informed that Russian representatives did everything they could during CAS court hearing in the case of ROC and 68 Russian athletes against the IAAF. “Transfer of the court session to Geneva is usual practice to avoid any pressure. We accepted this rule. Sides agreed that the CAS would announce the decision on July 21. There will be no comments until then,” Butov said.
KYIV (UKR): Heptathlon Moscow 2013 world champion Anna Kasyanova informed that she is returning to her best shape ever after being injured (ankle) in long jump event at European Championships in Amsterdam. “I became much stronger physically and my shot put PB in Amsterdam just proves that. I also got many positive emotions from my running events at Eurochamps. Injury is going away and I hope I’ll manage to increase my shape much more before Rio,” said Kasyanova in her quotes to Segodnya newspaper.
LJUBLJANA (SLO): Luka Steiner ended his work withing Slovenian Athletics Federation as director. His next job is Slovenian Olympic Committee. Until a replacement will be found Marko Bozicek will continue in Steiner´s duties. Steiner also confirmed he will still prepare the 21st edition of the Velenje meet which is now planned for August 31. He was director of federation since October 2013 when he replaced Boris Mikuz.
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that rowing federation FISA are to lead a meeting of International Federations (IF) on Thursday after the explosive findings of the McLaren Report which looked into state-sponsored doping by Russia. Governing bodies present will "exchange information and understanding of the McLaren report" as calls grow for Russia to be completely banned from the Rio 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are exploring legal options for a possible total ban but decisions could ultimately be left to individual IFs. Currently, both the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) have confirmed their opposition to a blanket ban, while International Table Tennis Federation President Thomas Weikert claimed Russian athletes should be able to participate at Rio 2016. The International Basketball Federation have also seemingly ruled out any action, as only one “disappearing positive” was found in their sport.The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has hinted its opposition to a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at Rio 2016 after they stressed the need for “individual justice”. Brazilian Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani has claimed the Government are hopeful all nations will be allowed to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Informs insidethegames.
VIERSEN (GER): The special men high jump meet in Viersen on Sunday will have several Rio-bound jumpers competing. Best German Eike Onnen, Australian Brandon Starc, Slovak Matus Bubenik and Italian Silvano Chesani who remained the only one from his country for Rio. From Poland comes Wojciech Theiner, Mexican Edgar Rivera and Luis Castro from Puertorico.
DUBLIN (IRL): Friday nights Morton Games brings another action packed night of athletics to Santry. The Women’s Mile brings as a late addition to the field Katie Mackey from USA. The Morton Mile brings the sub 4 Men back for what is Ireland’s most prolific producer of the sub 4. The Irish challenge will be mounted by Paul Robinson against US runners Jordan McNamara and Kyle Merber with South African Jerry Motsau. Eagerly anticipated is the Women’s 800 where Ireland’s bronze medallist at the Europeans Ciara Mageean will face a stiff challenge with athletes of the calibre of the Australian champion Britany McGowan to face, top US athlete Claudia Saunders, Great Britain’s Alex Bell. The men’s 100 features a number of Jamaican athletes who have PBs ranging from 10.10 to 10.21. The man to beat may be Joe Morris who is Olympic trials semifinalist with a 10.15. Briton Jarryd Dunn is 400 m favorite. Regrettably Thomas Barr sustained a slight injury mid week and in order to protect himself from further damage in the lead up to the Rio Olympics he has unfortunately had to withdraw from the meet. That means in 400 m hurdles the top names will remain 2013 World champion Jehue Gordon along with Quincy Downing of USA, Nigeria’s Cristian Morton and Rhys Williams. US jumpers Jake Blankenshipt and Jeff Coover are the pole vault favorites. With the help of the meet website.
MONTREAL (CAN): The WADA has reinstated the accreditation of the Rio lab that will be tasked with handling testing for the Games. The laboratory can now resume blood and urine analysis.
THÍVA (GRE, Jul 20): Huge pb for javelin thrower Paraskevás Batzávalis. In the ‘Hrístos Voudoúris memorial’ he achieved 85.95, which is NR-U23 (previous mark was 83.82 by Konstadínos Gatsioúdis from 1994) and moves him up to the 2nd place in the all-time Greek list. He won’t be in Rio though, as his previous best was below the OG standard, 81.45 while winning the Greek championships on June 19.
CASTRES (FRA, Jul 20):US sprinter Tawanna Meadows clocked fast 11.15 (+0.9) in the 100 m when winning at the International meet here. Jamaican wins in men 100 m by Evertone Clarke 10.14 (+2.3) over Josh Swaray 10.22 and hurdler Monique Morgan 13.09 (+1.0). Briton Khai Riley Laborde won the men hurdles 13.60 (+1.7) and French Marie Gayot women 400 m in 52.62.
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 20): Reigning world champion Sergey Shubenkov clocked 13.25 (-0.3) to win 110 m hurdles during first day of Russian Cup meet. Former European medallist in men triple jump Aleksey Fyodorov leaped to 17.01 (-0.2) over former world indoor champion Lyukman Adams 16.93 (+0.5). European indoor champion Yekaterina Koneva was the best in women triple with 14.42. Sergey Litvinov 77.28 and Anna Bulgakova 70.56 topped competition in hammer throw. Aleksey Sokirskiy was second in men field with 76.53. Vera Rebrik 61.43 and Dmitriy Tarabin 78.28 ruled in javelin. Denis Ogarkov won the 100 m in 10.36 (+1.0), Pavel Ivashko 400 m in 46.31 and Anna Shchagina 4:07.74 in women 1500 m.
SARREGUEMINES (FRA, Jul 20): Hammer thrower Quentin Bigot achieved here his best after return with 76.10. German long jumper Sosthene Moguenara who improved this year to 716 competed after injury in the 100 m and clocked 12.07 in heats and 12.08 in finals (0.0) as winner.
STRETFORD (GBR, Jul 19): At BMC races meet James Bowness won the 800 m in 1:47.59 and Lauren Howarth 9:09.19 in mixed race over 3000 m.
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