EME News May 18th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News May 18th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Shanghai had some big surprises in a night full of action. Emma Coburn ran to as easy of a victory as is possible against some of the best steeplers in the world. She was afforded a 60 meter lead at one point of the race and just ran away from the field, apparently everyone else was content with second or thought Coburn would slow down. Abd Iham El Rahman unleashed a bomb on his first throw of 89.21 for an almost 6 meter PB and a new African record. Ana Simic emerged as the future of Croatian high jumping by winning in a 197 WL, PB. Taoufik Makhloufi I'm sure was quite surprised to learn he didn't actually win the 800. He raised his arms and looked to his left as he crossed the line to celebrate a victory, but he didn't know that Robert Biwott had passed him on the right at the very end of the race. Makhloufi seemed to think he won for a bit after the race as well. Kids at home, don't celebrate a win until you've actually won. With Liu Xiang in attendance Xie Wenjun beat the best hurdlers in the world to cement his status as the heir apparent to Liu's Chinese hurdle throne. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend came from Mt Sac at the California Community College state championships where Kemarley Brown ran a then world leading 9.93 to win the 100 meters, Justin Gatlin's 9.92 in Shanghai has since become the current world leading mark. Brown broke US Olympian Ryan Bailey's national community college record.

EME NEWS (MAY 18, 2014)
PONCE (PUR, May 17): At the 8th Ponce Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) Lashawn Merrit ran a World leading 44.14 to again defeat Luguelin Santos (44.53 SB) in the 400 m. Former world champ Jeremy Wariner was 6th in 46.01. Colombian Diamond Race winner and World champion Caterine Ibarguen got 14.87 (+1.5) WL in the triple jump, her 4th best mark ever and best not set at atltitude. Second another Colombian Yorsiris Urrutia with huge PB 14.47 (+1.0) over Cuban Mabel Gay 14.42 (+1.5). Trinidad´s Michelle-Lee Ahye ran an impressive 11.04 PB into a -0.9 wind (over Alexandria Anderson 11.24 and Carrie Russell 11.32), while Javier Culson secured a home win in the 400mh over Jeshua Anderson (48.69 to 49.22). Shane Braithwaite ran 13.37 (-0.4) over 110mH, beating Briton William Sharman (13.44). Mary Saxer upset favourite Yarisely Silva in the pole vault (458, 448), Alonso Edward had a big win in the 200m in 20.23 (-1.5); Wallace Spearmon was 3rd in 20.64 and Churandy Martina fourth 20.67. Georganne Moline won the 400mH in 54.67 while Duane Solomon beat local talent Wesley Vazquez in the 800m (1:44.79, 1:45.50). In the IAAF World Hammer challenge, Krisztian Pars won with 79.31 over Slovak Marcel Lomnicky 77.48 while Amanda Bingson won the women’s hammer 72.16 ahead of Gwen Berry 71.46 and Jeneva McCall 70.78. Patricia Hall took the 400m in 51.55, Richard Thompson won the 100m in 10.21 (-0.2 over Keston Bledman 10.24) and Jeff Henderson leaped to 8.02 (+0.7) in the long jump. US Gabrielle Grunewald won the 3000 m in 8:53.38 ahead of home best runner Beverly Ramos 8:57.68. In total 8 meet records were registered.
MISTERBIANCO (ITA, May 18): At Italian Clubs league meet Eleonora Giorgi achieved 5000 m track walking all-time best (in this event no official World records are registered) with 20:01.80. Previous top mark of Ireland´s Gillian O´Sullivan was 20:02.60 from 2002. Her splits per fidal.it were 4:00.44 at 1000, 12:05.83 at 3000 m. Vito di Bari won men 10 000 m in 41:22.53.
MANCHESTER (GBR, May 18): In windy conditions at the Great Manchester Run, Ethiopian greats Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba came out on top. Bekele beat marathon World record holder Wilson Kipsang in a sprint finish, finishing in 28:23; with Kipsang 5 seconds behind. Stephen Mokoka from South Africa was 3rd in 29:11, with Spanish Ayad Lamdassem top European in 4th in 29:17. Dibaba pushed the pace from the start, winning by 1:01 in 31:09, over Britain’s Gemma Steel, who finished in the same time as Polline Wanjiku 32:10. Christelle Daunay of France was 4th in 32:20 with Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal 5th in 32:54.
BANGALORE (IND, May 18): World half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Lucy Kabuu were the winners at the TCS World 10K Bangalore. Kamworor ran a course record 27:44; beating the PB he set in winning the race in 2012 and course record of Zersenay Tadese 27:51 from 2008. He earned 21 000 USD for the win and 7500 USD for the course record. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei was 2nd in 28:24, while defending champion Alex Oloiptop was 6th in 29:03. Third Kinde Atanaw 28:35. Lucy Kabuu ran 31:48 course record (previously 31:58 Yimer Wude in 2010), just outside her PB from 2008, while Joyce Chepkirui was close behind in 31:55. Former World 10 000m champion Linet Masai was 3rd in 32:28. Best Ethiopian Guteni Shone fourth 32:42 ahead of Helah Kiprop 33:20.
BLAKE 14.71, PORTER 12.65
MANCHESTER (GBR, May 17): At the BT Great CityGames Manchester, Yohan Blake won the 150m in 14.71 (+1.3, 100 m split 10.03) what is fourth best time ever (14.35 Bolt, 14.41 Gay, 14.65 Dix). Tiffany Porter ran a 12.65 MR and European lead 2014 with Meghan Beesley setting a World best over 200 m hurdles with 25.05 (1.0). Kemar Bailey Cole (15.00) and Chris Brown (15.10, with 10.26 at 100 m) were 2nd and 3rd over 150m while Kellie Wells was 2nd in 12.83 over 100mH, with Dawn Harper-Nelson a DNF after falling. Greg Rutherford jumped 8.02 into -0.1, with Irving Saladino 2nd with 7.93 (0.4). Shana Cox won the 200m by a big margin in 23.28 (+2.9, Christine Ohuruogu on her 30th birthday third 24.06) while Femi Ogunode won the 100m in 10.10 (2.9), over Euro Junior champ Chijindu Ujah (10.14) and World Indoor champ Richard Kilty (10.19). Lawrence Clarke was first in the 110 m hurdles over Andy Turner [13.51, 13.55 +1.2) and Turner returned to win narrowly from Felix Sanchez in the 200mH (22.58 and 22.61 +1.4). Doha DL winner, Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou from Greece won again the pole vault with 440, but injured her hand when her pole snapped. She will need plastic surgery to repair the injury, but thankfully there appears to be no lasting damage done. Also not jumping due to right calf problem German Silke Spiegelburg.
HALLE (GER, May 17): At jubilee 40th „Werfertage“ throwing meet great world lead in men discus by European champion 2010 Piotr Malachowski 69.28 over German World champion Robert Harting 68.28. Third Martin Wierig 66.02 and fourth all-time hero Virgilijus Alekna 65.76 just one cm ahead of Robert Urbanek 65.75. Another top throwing in hammer as World champion Pawel Fajdek beat with 79.59 by 10 cm Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan 79.49. Russian Aleksandr Lesnoy won the shot put 20.28 and Ari Mannio from Finland the javelin 82.47 over Thomas Rohler 81.99. From women events three were won by Germans. Christina Schwanitz 20.22 European lead and her second best career mark in shot put. Nadine Muller 67.30 in discus over Shanice Craft 64.85 PB and Julia Fischer 64.83. Linda Stahl topped the javelin 63.90 ahead of Serbian Tatjana Jelaca 61.50 and Li Zhang of China 61.44. Only in hammer best German Kathrin Klaas with 73.40 did not win (Betty Heidler only 9th 68.21) as Chinese World and Olympic medalist Zhang Wenxiu got 75.06 and Poland´s Joanna Fiodorow 74.39 PB.
AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA, May 18): Superb sprinting at the Interclubs Elite Finale. Jimmy Vicaut won the 100 m in European leading and second fastest in the World 2014 9.95 (+1.7). It is his fifth sub 10 of the career and for the third time achieved his PB. He clocked twice 9.95 last year. Christophe Lemaitre competed in the 200 m and won in 20.30 (+1.3), another European lead 2014. Mickael Hanany cleared 225 in the high jump. In women 100 m European junior champion Stella Akakpo won in 11.46 (0.0). Tunisian steeple global medalist Habiba Ghribi won the 1500 m in 4:10.30, new PB. European heptathlon champion Antoinette Nana Djimou was second in javelin 53.94.
KINGSTON (JAM, May 17): Julian Forte clocked excellent personal best 10.03 (+1.5) 100 m at the second JAAA All-Comers meet. Second Oshane Bailey 10.20. In the 200 m Daniel Bailey of Antigua won his race in 20.59 (+1.5), in the top heat 20.61 (+0.9) by Jason Livermore ahead of 400 m runner Edino Steele 20.63 and talents Delano Williams 20.65 and Zharnell Hughes fifth 20.79. Rusheen McDonald won the 400 m in 45.51.
BREST (BLR, May 15-16): Artem Bondarenko won men long jump at Belarusian Universiade with 792 cm. Yuriy Shayunov achieved 75.03 in hammer, Alyona Dubitskaya 17.85 and Mikhail Abramchuk 19.31 in shot put. Hurdlers Alina Talay and Aleksandr Linnik won the 200 m sprint with 24.22 and 20.97.
ST. PETERBURG (RUS, May 16): At St. Peterburg Cup Viktoriya Sudarushkina won women javelin with 60.23m.
LUBBOCK (USA, May 17): World junior co-record holder Trayvon Bromell clocked 10.09 (+0.1) in heats at the Big 12 Champs. Second Senoj Givans from Jamaica 10.10 personal best. In other heat John Teeters 10.14 (+1.0) and equaled his PB. NCAA Champion Ryan Crouser won the shot put with excellent 21.39 PB. In women heats to note top improvement by Courtney Okolo in the 400 m to 50.76. In 100 m heats Cierra White 11.20 (+1.3) and in the hurdles heats Tiffani McReynolds 12.86 PB (-0.1) and Morgan Snow 12.91 (+0.5).
WEST LAFAYETTE (USA, May 17): Raheem Mostert posted fastest sprint prelims at the Big Ten Champs with 10.28 (0.0) and 20.75 (-0.9) and Chad Wright won the discus 63.96.
LARAMIE (USA, May 17): Nic Bowens won the 100 m at the Mountain West Conference Championships in 10.18 (+0.8) personal best.
PULLMAN (USA, May 17): Canadian Aaron Brown clocked 10.16 (+1.5) in his heat at the PAC 12 Champs. Phyllis Francis achieved 22.92 (-1.6) in women 200 m heats.
LEXINGTON (USA, May 17): Saturday at SEC Championships had fast 100 m heats by Aaron Ernest 10.17 over Dedric Dukes 10.24 (+2.1) and Shavez Hart of Bahamas 10.23 (+0.8). In the 400 m heats Deon Lendore of Trinidad 45.34. In hurdles heats Wayne Davis from Trinidad 13.35 (+0.9) PB over Jamaican talent Omar McLeod 13.50 PB and in other heat Eddie Lovett US Virgin Islands 13.46 (+1.8). Andrew Evans won discus with 64.07. In women 100 m heats Jamaican NCAA Indoor champion Remona Burchell posted life-time best 11.19 (+1.4). In hurdles heats Bridgette Owens 12.84 (+2.0) and Kendra Harrison 12.89 (+0.4). Leontia Kallenou again improved national record of Cyprus in high jump with 192 clearance and Sandi Morris jumped 450 in the pole vault (outdoor PB).
ATLANTA (USA, May 17): Second day of Georgia Tech Invitational had fast 400 m races. James Harris 45.56 and Shakima Wimbley 51.68 PB.
EPPINGEN (GER, May 17): Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch 192 and Mateusz Przybylko 222 won the high jump at the Sprungmeeting.
HOORN (NED, May 17): At the Dutch meet Erik Cadee 64.04 in discus and Bram Peters 46.42 in the 400 m were the top male results. But Dafne Schippers showed top sprinting shape in women category with fast 11.22 (+0.6) at the 100 m and 22.77 (+1.1) in the 200 m. Sharona Bakker won the hurdles in 13.03 PB (+0.3) over combined eventer Nadine Broersen 13.52 (she won also the long jump with life-time best 634 +0.2).
BARCELONA (ESP, May 16): At Spanish Club League Moroccan Ilias Fifa won the 3000 m in 7:49.13. Raquel Gonzalez got 22:29.25 in the 5000 m walk.
PLIEZHAUSEN (GER, May 18): Fast men 300 m and 1000 m at the 24th edition of the running meet at special distances here. Poland´s Rafal Omelko won the 300 in new meet record and national record 32.31 (also WL) ahead of Thomas Schneider 32.81. Another meet record and world lead in the 1000 m by Timo Benitz 2:16.90 over Homiyu Tesfaye 2:17:56. Another Polish win by Patryk Dobek 1:15.78 in the 600 m. Kamghe Gaba was the fastest in the 150 m (15.80, +0.4) and hurdler Gregor Traber over 80 m (8.86, -0.1). Austrian Athlete of the Year Andreas Vojta won the 3000 m in 7:53.81 over favorite Arne Gabius 7:54.25. Elina Sujew achieved meet record in women category 9:04.30 and her twin sister Diana won the 1000 m in 2:40.07. Fabienne Kohlmann posted 1:26.10 in the 600 m. Christina Klopsch won the 300 m hurdles in 39.3, in men category top time by Silvio Schirrmeister 35.2.
FERRARA (ITA, May 17): Kenyan Moses Kibet won the Italian 10 000 m track championships in 28:05.71 ahead of Jamel Chatbi who defended his national title from last year in 28:14.87 PB. Women winner Veronica Inglese also PB 32:25.76 ahead of Linet Chebet 33:25:32.
MEGARA (GRE, May 18): Dimos Magginas and Urania Rempouli were the national championship winners in 10 000m with 30.23.03 and 34.44.84 respectively.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR. May 18): At the Loughborough International Athletics Match, Morgan Lake set a new British Junior high jump record of 193 and then attempted to break the World youth record at 196. Euro Junior 200m champion Dina Asher Smith ran 11.20 (0.7) to move to 2nd on the British Junior all-time list, with Jodie Williams 2nd in 11.40. Euro Junior 100m champion Chijindu Ujah recorded 10.17 (1.0). Megan Beesley won the 400 m hurdles in 56.48 while Niall Flannery (49.74), Rhys Williams (50.08) and Sebastian Rodger 50.19 were the top 3 on the men’s side. In the 400m, Kelly Massey won over Eilidh Child (52.29, 52.40) while Daniel Awde won the men’s in 45.84. Lawrence Clarke took the 110 m hurdles in 13.56 (-0.8) and Chris Baker cleared 227 in the high jump.
KLADNO (CZE, May 17): First round of Czech top group of Clubs League was held in bad weather (10 degrees and rain). From this point of view very special the 20.68 win (+1.3) for Pavel Maslak in the 200 m. Also to note throwing double by Jan Marcell 19.82 shot and 60.40 discus and Katerina Safrankova 70.79 in hammer. Walking super talent and recent 2nd placer at World Cup in China in junior race Anezka Drahotova won women steeple in 10:17.14.
LETHBRIDGE (CAN, May 16): Liz Gleadle achieved another Canadian javelin record 64.50 m. Her previous national mark was from week ago 62.23 m. She came back after 13 months of injury rehab.
CONFIANS (FRA, May 17): World indoor long jump champion Eloyse Lesueur started with 636 (+1.7) at French clubs meet.
TREMBLAY (FRA, May 17): European 200 m champion Myriam Soumare clocked good 22.94 (-0.8) in the 200 m at another section of French clubs.
DIJON (FRA, May 18): Here Ladji Doucoure won the hurdles in 13.77 (+0.3) and Fernand Djoumessi of Cameroon cleared 225 in the high jump, national record. Yohan Diniz walked 5000 m on the track 19:07.64.
ANTONY (FRA, May 18): Cindy Billaud 13.00 (+0.1) over the hurdles and Moroccan Malika Akkaoui 2:02.72 in the 800 m at French clubs.
GARBSEN (GER, May 18): Another Springermeeting of the weekend had Puertorican Joel Castro clearing 226 in the high jump, new national record.
GAVARDO (ITA, May 18): At the IX Meeting Città di Gavardo super fast opener by Bulgarian European Champion Ivet Lalova with 11.10 (+1.1) in the 100 m. That is European leading time 2014. Fabio Cerutti won men 100 m in 10.27 (+1.4) ahead of Enrico Demonte 10.28 PB. Tania Vincenzino leaped to windy 665 (+2.1) in the long jump (legal 657, +0.6).
BASEL (SUI, May 17): Fast 300 m hurdles here by Kariem Hussein 35.61. Silvan Wicki won the 150 m in 15.60 (0.0).
MARACAIBO (VEN, May 17): At Memorial Devonish new Venezuela record for sprinter Nercely Soto 11.54 (+1.5) in the 100 m.
CHULA VISTA (USA, May 17): Martin Maric won here the discus with new Croatian record 67.92. Ashley Whitney won the women competition with 62.44.
CHULA VISTA (USA, May 15): In another discus competition Fernanda Borges of Brazil won with second best ever by an South American woman 64.01. Ronald Odair won men competition with 63.91 ahead of Australian Julian Wruck 63.37 and Daniel Stahl of Sweden 63.09.
TRNAVA (SVK, May 18): The European javelin leader Patrik Zenuch of Slovakia competed for the first time since his big improvement and achieved in bad weather 76.70 win.
NAIROBI (KEN, May 17): At Police Championships at Kasarani Stadium Augustine Choge won the 1500 m in 3:35.5 ahead of World Indoor 3k champ Caleb Ndiku 3:35.8 and Abdnego Chesebe 3:39.0. Isiah Koech was the best in the 5000 m 13:42.2 over Joseph Kiplimo 13:46.4 and Sammy Kitwara 13:46.5. Abraham Kiplagat won the 800 m in 1:47.8 over David Mutua 1:48.5. Janet Kisaw was the best in women 1500 m 4:16.0 and Monica Wangari 34:13.7 in the 10 000 m.
NOVO MESTO (SLO, May 16): European junior steeple medalist from last year Marusa Mismas achieved here new Slovenian senior steeple record 9:44.04.
GENT (BEL, May 17): Top Belgian hurdler Eline Berings achieved here windy 12.94 (+2.7) at her distance in heats but then legal Zurich standard 13.03 (+0.4) in the final.
GIFU (JPN, May 18): Bedan Karoki with course record 1:00:02 won the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon and beat Eritrean legend Zersenay Tadese 1:01:34. Third Ayele Abayneh of Ethiopia 1:01:43 ahead of Kenyan Patrick Mwaka 1:01:56. Best Japanese Yusei Nakao as 10th in 1:03:46. Visiline Jepkesho offered a surprise in women category as she in 1:10:53 beat World champion in marathon Edna Kiplagat 1:11:18. Third Yuko Mizoguchi 1:14:31.
NAUMBURG (GER, May 18): World champion at 50 km Rob Heffernan of Ireland won as guest the German 20 km walk championships in 1:21:07. The title for Christopher Linke 1:21:18 ahead of Hagen Pohle 1:21:29 PB, Carl Dohmann 1:21:42 PB and Nils Gloger 1:21:49 PB, all four Germans with Zurich standard (1:22:15). In the junior 10 km win for Jonathan Hilbert 43:25.
SANTOS (BRA, May 18): Joseph Aperumoi won the 29th 10 km in Santos for Kenya in 28:17 ahead of Stanley Koech 28:47 and Solonei Rocha 28:59. Nancy Kipron won the women race 32:13 ahead of Delvine Meringor 32:21 and Cruz Nonata 33:19.
HOORNAAR (NED, May 18): Michael Mutai won the Krekelingenloop here in 29:14 at 10 km.
RADENCI (SLO, May 17): Kenyan Elisha Sawe won the 34th Marathon of 3 Hearts here in 2:19:16. Second Anton Kosmac won the Slovenian title in 2:22:9. Hungarian Tunde Szabo was the best woman in 2:44:35. Second Croatian Marija Vrajic 2:58:50 and third with national title Maja Peperko 3:17:36.
KRAKOW (POL, May 18): Kenyan Edwin Kirui won the 13th Cracovia Maraton in 2:15:17. Second Ukrainian Taras Salo 2:17:54. Top two in women category were Kenyans. Elizabeth Chemweno 2:38:06 and Gladys Biwott 2:41:04.
LISBON (POR, May 18): In the Women Run at 5 km win for Kenyan Rita Jeptoo 16:22 ahead of Filomena Cheyech 16:22 and home Sara Moreira 16:38. Fourth Italian Anna Incerti 16:56.
RIGA (LAT, May 18): IAAF informs that the 24th edition of the Nordea Riga Marathon had a non Kenyan winner in the Japanes Yu Chiba in 2:13:44, new course record. Valerijs Zolnerovics, who set a Latvian national record of 2:14:33 in Frankfurt last October, was the leading local runner home in fifth place in 2:17:45. Just like in the men’s race, there was a surprise women’s winner with Ethiopia’s Tigist Teshome Ayanu coming out on top in 2:36:51. Overall, more than 24,000 runners took part in four races on Sunday, which included events over 5km, 10km and the half marathon as well as over the classic distance, the Baltic countries’ only IAAF Label Road Race.
BIELSKO-BIALA (POL, May 18): Polish women road 10 km champion is Iwona Lewandowska in 33:22 ahead of Katarzyna Kowalska 33:47.
GOTEBORG (SWE, May 17): Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the Goteborg Varvet half marathon in fast 1:00:36, in total 64 000 runners were registered. Second Kenyan Richard Mengich 1:00:55 and third Ugandan Abraham Kiplimo 1:01:55 and fourth another Kenyan Nicholas Bor 1:02:05. Best European Russian Dmitriy Safronov 1:05:42. Worknesh Degefa confirmed Ethiopian women success in 1:10:12 ahead of Tadelech Bekele 1:10:24 and Dutch Hilda Kibet 1:11:19.
LEIDEN (NED, May 18): Kenyan David Rutoh won the 24th Leiden Marathon in new course record 2:13:22. Debelu Gemechu of Ethiopia as best woman got 2:48:41.

The evening of surprises: El Rahman, Coburn, Simic, Biwott, Wenjun

SHANGHAI (CHN, May 18): Second leg of 5th IAAF Diamond League was in many ways special. In cool weather (20 degrees at the beginning) and nearly no wind Sandra Perkovic achieved the best discus result in last 22 years, Renaud Lavillenie was again flying, Justin Gatlin confirmed who is the current sprinting number one. But also totally new names appeared as the winners, first of all Egyptian giant El Rahman in javelin, US steeple runner Emma Coburn, young Robert Biwott in the 800 m, Croatian Ana Simic in high jump and mainly in last event Chinese Xie Wenjun over the hurdles. In total 8 meet records and 7 world leads were registered. Also one African and one DL record.

Event by event


100 m: Gatlin after top start was never challenged and clocked without wind 9.92 (0.0) world lead. He will finish his Asian tour in Beijing on Wednesday, hopefully finally with good wind. Second Carter 10.12.

800 m: Youth World champion (but at 1500 m) Biwott surprised at the tape with 1:44.69 PB the "Im the winner" Makhloufi 1:44.73. Olivier and Mutai also sub 1:45, fifth Lewandowski EL 1:45.92.

5000 m: Crazy last lap under 54 seconds, and Alamirew won in MR 13:04.83. Longosiwa beat Gebrhiwot for second, French Tahri in new image 9th in PB 13:12.22.

110mH: One of the many surprises, Xie Wenjun showed Liu Xiang (watching from tribune) that China has another top hurdler as he won in 13.23 PB (-0.3) over full Moscow podium and 2008 Beijing winner Robles. Second PML 13.26 EL.

400mH: World leader Tinsley proved his position with 48.77 MR, second Hanne beat overseas elite 48.86.

PV: AirLavillenie was again flying and improved three times MR and WL with 572, 582 and 592 clearances. Then he tried 603.

TJ: Adams was the king of this event with European lead 2014 17.10 (0.0). All his four valid jumps would be enough to win.

SP: Cantwell remains unbeaten with 21.73 MR from fifth round. He beat them all. Surprise second Kovacs 21.52 PB only after that global medalists followed (Whiting, Storl, Majewski).

JT: Super sensation of the day - first throw by Egyptian Abd Ihab El Rahman huge African record, MR, WL and best throw since August 2011 89.21. His previous best from May 7 nationals was 83.94. Amb 84.14 beat World champ Vesely 83.80 for second.


200 m: Double winner of the evening Okagbare, here 22.36 second MR for her (0.0) over Strachan 22.50. Big ladies, VCB fifth 23.08 and SAFP did not run due to minor leg discomfort.

400 m: Here also surprise with strong finish win for Williams-Mills 50.31 over early leader of the race Montsho 50.37. Felix in her first race since August 2013 fifth in 50.81.

1500 m: Aregawi ruled here with WL 3:58.72 (she last time lost in August 2012), second Simpson high quality 4:00.42 and third Hassan Dutch record 4:01.19. Warning for European Champs.

Steeple: Brave early run of Coburn with pacemaker paid-off, she won over the whole Kenyan-Ethiopian elite in WL and PB 9:19.80. Second Assefa, Chemos 8th, Chepkurui 9th, best of Kenyans was P. Kirui as 4th.

HJ: Croatian win but by Simic with 197 PB and WL was another surprise. She was the winner already at 195 but added 2 cm more and tried at 199.

LJ: First win and MR for John Smith coached Okagbare with first jump 686 (+0.1) over Spanovic national record 685 (+0.3). In good depth 3rd Moguenara 679, WL holder Klishina was 5th 662.

DT: The top performance of the meet 70.52 by Perkovic, by one cm improved and delivered not only WL, MR, NR but also Diamond League record and the best throw by a woman in last 22 years. It is after 2000 "World record". Behind her Samuels also good 67.89, her second all-time best.


CHULA VISTA (USA, May 15): Winner here was Martin Maric of Croatia with 63.04. Results mentioned earlier were actually from La Jolla back in April 27:  Ronald Odair won men competition with 63.91 ahead of Australian Julian Wruck 63.37 and Daniel Stahl of Sweden 63.09.

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