Kovacs gets 22.57 WL and PB - TUCSON (USA, May 18): World shot put champion Joe Kovacs after passing the indoor season in his second meet of outdoors showed tremendous shape. At Tucson Elite Classic an throwing meet he had three throws measured and all over 22 meters. He started with superb personal best, World lead and 8th best performer ever 22.57. The best result in shot put since 2003. He also registered 22.10 in second attempt and 22.26 in fourth. "It was great to start 2017 with a PR of 22.57m on the first throw #Thankful," he said on his twitter. His duel with Olympic winner Ryan Crouser will be one of the highlights of Prefontaine Classic next weekend. In women shot personal best for US Monique Riddick 18.55 and second Canadian Brittany Crew 18.47 national record ahead of Brittany Smith 18.33. Mexican David Ocampo won javelin with 80.29 PB and in women discus Gia Lewis-Smallwood 62.91 ahead of Jamaican Tara-Sue Barnett 61.66 PB. Personal bests also for Canadian Jillian Weir 72.50 in hammer and U20 discus thrower Turner Washington 69.45 with 1.62 kg implement.
Centrowitz beats Farah at 1500 m
EAGLE ROCK (USA, May 18): An epic early-season 1500 m battle between training partners and Olympic champions Matthew Centrowitz 3:33.41 and Mo Farah 3:34.19 was the story of the night at the 2017 USATF Distance Classic at Occidental College. Third Briton Chris O´Hare 3:34.35 PB. In second race Eric Jenkins 3:36.51 and PB for Cristian Soratos 3:36.73. In women 800 m Brenda Martinez clocked fast stadium record 1:58.78 with Briton Adelle Tracey second in 2:00.35 and third Angie Petty of New Zealand 2:00.44.2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500m Jenny Simpson started toward the rear and attempted to make her way to the front in second 400m, ultimately finishing eighth overall with a time of 2:02.32. Kenyan Hillary Bor won the steeple in World leading 8:23.08 ahead of Denmark´s Ole Hesselbjerg who improved to 8:27.89. Laura Weightman of Britain achieved impressive debut at 5000 m 15:08.24 ahead of Natosha Rogers 15:08.29 also PB and Canadian Jessica O´Connell 15:16.79. Australian Luke Matthews won the 800 m in 1:46.44 beating Kyle Langford of Britain 1:46.77. Shadrack Kipkorir of Kenya topped the 5000 m in 13:23.74 and Canadian Mel Lawrence steeple 9:40.20. In women 1500 m Sheila Reid also from Canada clocked 4:07.07 beating Shannon Rowbury 4:07.17 and Violah Lagat 4:07.66.
KINGSTON (JAM): The Jamaica versus United States rivalry on the track will continue tomorrow in the women's 400 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet. In women 400 m Jamaica Novlene Williams Mills, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby. The United States team will be led by Natasha Hastings and include Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Ashley Spencer.
MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF will rule next week on whether dozens of Russians will be able to compete internationally as “neutral athletes,” informs AP. The IAAF has said it has received “around 120 applications” from Russian athletes who have been prevented from competing internationally due to the blanket ban imposed by the IAAF in November 2015. The IAAF doping review board is “meeting next week to consider approximately 50 percent of the remaining applications.”
MOSCOW (RUS): Elections for a new head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency are expected to be held in the next seven to ten days following Yelena Isinbayeva’s removal from the post, informs Sport Express. "Elections of the new head of the RUSADA supervisory board should be held in the next seven to ten days. It must be done quickly. Now we just need to promptly make changes to the charter regarding conflicts of interest,” said board member Sergey Hrychikov.
MOSCOW (RUS): Head of the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission Vitaly Smirnov has said Yelena Isinbayeva will remain on the supervisory board of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency despite being forced to stand down from her position as chair, informs Sport Express.
GOTZIS (AUT): New additions to the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting on 27-28 May include two-time Olympic decathlon bronze medallist Leonel Suarez and Cuban teammate Yorgelis Rodriguez, who finished seventh in the heptathlon at the Rio Olympics. Luiz Alberto de Araujo, who finished tenth in Rio, has been added to the decathlon field.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): European indoor champions Andrew Pozzi and Richard Kilty will compete in the Loughborough International Athletics Match on Sunday, informs Athletics Weekly. Kilty will face sub-10 competitor Joel Fearon who makes his season’s debut as well as Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. Two-time European 400m champion Martyn Rooney will go head-to-head with Matthew Hudson-Smith, Morgan Lake competes in the high jump while British record-holder Jade Lally headlines the discus.
DARMSTADT (GER): Germany will be represented in the marathon at the World Championships by Fate Tola and Katharina Heinig, informs Leichtathletik.de. Tola finished second in the Frankfurt Marathon last year in 2:25:42 while Heining clocked 2:28:34 in the Berlin Marathon. Sabrina Mockenhaupt has also been named on the German team for the European 10,000m Cup in Minsk on 10 June.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Former Olympic champion Cathy Freeman has been named as the sixth official ambassador of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs insidethegames.biz
REHLINGEN (GER): World champion Julius Yego from Kenya will face a strong German contingent in Rehlingen on 5 June, informs Leichtathletik.de. Yego will face the in-form trio of Johannes Vetter (89.68m PB), Andreas Hofmann (88.79m PB) and Lars Hamann (86.71m PB). Yego was forced to withdraw from last year’s meeting due to illness.
WEINHEIM (GER): Leading German sprint hurdler Gregor Traber will compete in Weinheim on 27 May, informs Leichtathletik.de.
BERLIN (GER): German discus throwers Julia Harting and Daniel Jasinski have been ruled out of action due to injury and illness respectively, informs Leichtathletik.de. Harting is struggling with an adductor problem while Jasinski is suffering from flu.
OTTAWA (CAN): Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro is confirmed for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on 28 May where he will face Ethiopians Sisay Jisa (PB 2:06:27) and Seboka Dibaba (PB 2:06:17) along with Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro (PB 2:08:00). Top names in the women’s race include Ethiopians Koren Jelela (PB 2:22:43), Guteni Shone (PB 2:23:32) and Aberu Mekuria (2:25:30). The World Military Marathon Championship will be held in conjunction with this year’s race.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The prospect of a historic double award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games should become clear after a meeting of the executive board of the IOC on June 9. Informs the AIPS. Only two candidates remain for the 2024 Games – Paris and Los Angeles – and the status and credentials of both led Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, to take action. Back in March he ordered up a working group of his four vice-presidents to study the rights and wrongs of a double award by the IOC Session in Lima on September 13.
MOSCOW (RUS): First All-Russian Half Marathon “For run” would be held on Sunday, May 21 in 10 Russian cities. The biggest number of participants is expected in Moscow, following by St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok.
MOSCOW (RUS): One of the top Russian women sprinters Kristina Sivkova will miss the meetings in Tubingen, Germany (May 20) and Riga, Latvia (May 25) due to health problems. 20-year-old Russian opened the season at Мeeting de Montgeron, where she competed with fever and clocked only 11.71 to finish seventh.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada announced that Ottawa’s Glenroy Gilbert has been named Head Coach of the team that will compete at the World Championships in London.
LOS ANGELES (USA): 2013 World silver medalist at 110 m hurdles US Ryan Wilson announced at age of 36 his retirement from athletics. His best 13.02 comes from 2007. Wilson was also NCAA 110 m hurdles champion in 2003.
TUBINGEN (GER): Saturday´s Soundtrack meeting here is a new venture with some interesting top names. 2011 World champion Poland´s Pawel Wojciechowski is in pole vault with Malte Mohr, Claudia Salman-Rath in women long jump but good fields mainly in distance races. Ukrainian sub 2 runner Olha Lyakhova is in the women 800 m, Briton Charlene Thomas leads the 1500 m entries, in men 800 m Poland´s European medalist Artur Kuciapski and in men 1500 m Artur Ostrowski with Kenyan Vincent Letting, European indoor medalist Czech Filip Sasinek and top Austrian Andreas Vojta.
BERLIN (GER): Pole vault World record holder Renaud Lavillenie already now confirmed his participatio at 76th ISTAF Meeting in Berlin on August 27 (IAAF World Challenge). He wants to do better than at his last ISTAF in 2015 when he no heighted. Lavillenie is expected to compete this Sunday at French Clubs League. The announcement comes 100 days before the 2017 edition of the meet, already 20 000 tickets are sold.
BAKU (AZE, May 19): 2015 World U18 champion Salwa Naser from Bahrain won the women 400 m at Islamic Solidarity Games in fast 51.33 ahead of hurdles gold medalist Kemi Adekoya 51.81. Top male results were achieved on Friday in technical events. Syria´s Majd Ghazal won the high jump 228 over Mahamat Hamdi (younger brother of Mutaz Essa Barshim) 226 PB and Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh of Iran 224. Moroccan Yahya Berrabah leaped to 807 (+0.7) in long jump and Qatar´s javelin record holder Ahmed Bader Magour got 83.45 for gold medal. Armando Machava Creve from Mozambique won the 400 m hurdles in 50.73 and Moroccan Rababe Arafi the 1500 m in 4:18.82. Bahrain teams won both 4x100 m relays, men in 39.55 and women in 44.98, both results national records. Turkey was second by 0.01 with 39.56, final duel of anchormen Andrew Fisher and Ramil Guliyev was close.
JINAN (CHN, May 19): Final day of Chinese championships had as best result new PB of Zhu Yaming in men triple jump 17.17 (+0.9). Also to note women shot put win by Gong Lijiao 19.18 ahead of Bian Ka 18.13. Good depth in men sprinting as top two teams went sub 39 in 4x100 m: Hubei 38.87 and Beijing 38.94. From Tilastopaja.
REDLANDS (USA, May 18): At Final Qualifier meet windy sprints by Remontay McClain 10.04 (+5.0) and 20.41 (+2.2), women 100 m winner Lekeisha Lawson clocked 11.12 (+2.5).
CHESTER (USA, May 18): Canadian Tim Nedow achieved 20.72 in shot put at Mideast Invitational.
CONAKRY (GUI, May 14): Late addition. At the regional African Championships (Region 2) Senegal finished first with 31 medals overall ahead of Gambia (23 medals) and Burkina Faso (19 medals). Carole Fuchs informs that Senegal sprinter Henry Bandiacky won the 100 m in 10.1 and 200 m in 21.1. Fatimat Koroma from Sierra Leone won women 100 m in 11.3.
HASSLOCH (GER, May 14): Another late addition is South American U23 hammer record by Humberto Mansilla of Chile in Germany with 74.41. It is also senior record for Chile.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The times at Ethiopian national championships might be considered as hand times, that would also mean no national record in the men 100 m as reported on Thursday.
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