EME News July 6th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News July 6th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The Paris DL was last night and oh what a night it was. Usain Bolt wowed the crowd with his 19.73 WL victory in the 200, also a meet record. Lavillenie won the pole vault in front of the home crowd and Benebbad set a new European Record in the Steeple and almost beat the reigning Olympic Champ and almost ran under 8 minutes. Kemboi just dipped under 8 to take the win and meet record. The third meet record of the night was an absolutely dominant performance by Tirunesh Dibaba, who threw down a 14:25.84 WL. It was a great meet. Check Alfonz's short recap below and my more extensive one from last night. Can't wait til Moscow!


EME NEWS (JUL 6, 2013)

Bolt, steeple, Dibaba, James beats Merritt

PARIS (FRA): Usain Bolt delivered the win and first sub 20 of the meet and his 19.73 was also a world lead, faster than Tyson Gay at US Championships. But it was also a French evening (Lavillenie win, Mekhissi European record, big improvement for Martinot-Lagarde brothers, fast Lemaitre and series of 1500 m bests). The crowd came (52 666) and saw in nice summer weather in total 4 World leads (Bolt, James, Kemboi, Dibaba), 3 meet records (Bolt, Kemboi, Dibaba), the excellent European mark by Mekhissi and 3 other European leads 2013 (Maslak, Hejnova and Martinot-Lagarde). Unbeaten streaks of 2013 continued for Bolt (200 m), Niyonsaba, T. Dibaba, Hejnova, Ibarguen, Adams and Obergfoll.

Event by event

200 m: Bolt last 200 m test before Moscow went well WL and MR 19.73 (+0.2). He had a full programme in Paris since Tuesday arrival, but he loves the city. Now back to training ("Im getting there"). Weir 19.92 and Lemaitre 20.07 not that close.
400 m: James vs. Merritt. 0.13 separated them. 43.96 for the youngster his 2nd career best and WL. LaShawn also years fastest 44.09. McQuay and Verburg sub 45 and fifth Maslak 45.13 EL. Now 5:2 for James head-to-head.

1500 m: No Kenyans but in-shape is Souleiman of Djibouti and fulfills favorite role 3:32.55 ahead of Wote who improved to 3:32.65, 3rd Manzano gets A qualifier 3:33.14, 5th L. Lalang nice PB 3:33.20 for more a long distance runner. Note also PB´s for Carvalho, Tahri and Denissel all of France.
Steeple: The race of the evening for Mekhissi who really broke Tahri´s ER (he was running 1500 PB) in 8:00.09. Kemboi showed he will be tough to beat in Moscow with 7:59.03 WL and MR.
110mH: Merritt is improving step by step 13.09 (0.0) but P. Martinot-Lagarde improved hugely to 13.12 EL ahead of WL holder Oliver 13.13, Riley 13.14 PB and Brathwaite 13.14 equaled Barbados record. What a depth with 8th T. Martinot-Lagarde 13.26 PB.
PV: Lavillenie full of motivation after zero at Athletissima back to winning with 592 first attempt clearance. His first misses of the evening at 602.
LJ: Jamaican newcomer at this stage Forbes is the surprise winner with 811 (-0.2). Rutherford after injury fourth and beaten also by Tomlinson and Tsatoumas.
DT: Harting dominated as usual after Ostrava flop 67.04 and then drove to be at 3 am in the morning in Ulm. "Now I need to wake up Wierig", he wrote on his twitter after arriving there.


100 m: Shelly-Ann had the best start and was leading but versatile Okagbare was closing 10.92-10.93 (-0.2). In this very deep field Ahoure beat WL holder Baptiste and US Champ Gardner for next places.

800 m: Nyionsaba remains unbeaten (1:57.26) but Akkaoui hugely improved to 1:57.64 both thanks to great tempo work of Montano 1:57.75.

5000 m: Tirunesh showed she is ready for the double in Moscow with WL and MR 14:23.68. Surprise improvement for second Ayana (more considered as steeple runner), with 14:25.84 she should qualify to Moscow.

400mH: Another 2013 unbeaten streak continues for Hejnova, this time with Czech record 53.23. She aims for sub 53 in next race.

HJ: Oly winner Chicherova despite technical problems cleared 201 and won over MR holder Vlasic and World leader Barrett (both 198).

TJ: Ibarguen remains unbeaten so far 2013 but needed to work hard for 14.69 (-1.3) to beat leading Knyazeva with national record for her new country Israel 14.58 (-0.6) in first jump.
SP: Adams was alone in 20+ region but motivated herself to 20.60 and 20.62. Her unbeaten streak from 2010 is now at number 36.
JT: Obergfoll according to the plan, 4th DL win 64.74, but this time Australian Mickle came close with 64.35 PB. The German flew with jet on Sunday morning instead of driving to Ulm as Harting.

Three women having matchball soon
PARIS (FRA): After Areva Meeting Zuzana Hejnova at 400 m hurdles, Caterine Ibarguen in triple and Christine Obergfoll in javelin need one more win to be confirmed winners of the Diamond Race 2013. They will have their chance later this month in London. Already in Lausanne overall wins were secured by Abeba Aregawi in the 1500 m and Sandra Perkovic in discus. In men events similar domination in such a number is missing, Only  in triple Christian Taylor needs one more win to get the Diamond Trophy, the same goes for Mohamed Aman in the 800 m  On the other end of this review are three events with different winners in each competition. Men hurdles (Richardson, Brathwaite, Parchment, Merritt), women 200 m (Fraser-Pryce, Campbell-Brown, Ahoure, Okagbare) and women pole vault (Isinbayeva, Suhr, Spiegelburg, Silva).

445 Li Ling, 60.65 Li Lingwei - 2 meet records
PUNE (IND, Jul 6): New championships records in women pole vault and javelin by Chinese athletes highlighted the Saturday action at the 20th Asian Championships. Li Ling vaulted to a new meet mark in women’s pole vault by scaling 454 cm. Teammate Ren Mingqian (440m) and Chomchuendei of Thailand (415) made it to podium. Li Lingwei registered the second meet best with 60.65 in javelin but she recieved a fierce competitionfrom Sri Lankan Nadeeka Lakmali 60.16 national record.  In the absence of meet record holder Koji Murofushi the 2009 winner Dilshod Nazarov from Tajikistan ruled with 78.32. In women’s shot put Liu Xiangrong repeated her 2007 feet by winning the gold with 18.67.  Sixth in London Olympics, Xiangrong was in silver position in the last editions of the championships held in 2009 and 2011.  Iran’s Leyla Rajabi (formerly Tatsiana Ilyushchanka of Belarus) also one place up from her Kobe bronze to win the silver medal 18.18 and the bronze went to Gao Yang of China 17.76. Hong Kong won its first ever gold by taking men’s sprint relay 38.94 what was the fastest winning time in eleven years. Other medals for Japan (39.11) and China (39.17). In the women’s race China won a gold medal after 11 years in the championship in 44.01 ahead of Japan (44.38) and Thailand (44.44).  Thailand’s Wassana Winatho defended her heptathlon title from Kobe with an improved tally of 5818 points.

Quinonez wins the 200 m
CARTAGENA (COL, Jul 6): South American Championships saw on Saturday several wins for the strongest power Brazil but also 1-2 from other countries in the men 200 m. Ecuador´s olympic finalist Alex Quinonez won in 20.44 (+1.8) ahead of Colombian junior Alberto Valoyes 20.71. Ana Claudia Lemos was clear in women 200 m for Brazil 22.70 (+3.4), other female wins for Liliana Barbosa at 400 m hurdles (58.03), Karla da Silva pole vault (420) and Geisa Arcanjo shot put (18.27). On the men side Mahau Suguimati at 400 m hurdles (49.86), Talles Silva in high jump (222), Wagner Domingos in hammer (71.36) and Caio Bonfim at 20 000 m walk (1:24:28.73). Other two women golds for Chile as Macarena Reyes got national record in long jump 654 and for Colombia as Flor Ruiz got personal best in javelin 60.23.

Bahamas national record 4x100 m
MORELIA (MEX, Jul 6): Bahamas men at 4x100 m won at the CAC Championships with fast national record 38.77 over Jamaica 38.86 and Trinidad 39.26. In the women relay Jamaica clocked 43.58 to win ahead of Trinidad 43.67 and Bahamas 44.08. From individual events to note last year World junior silver winner Kadecia Baird from Guyana 51.32 400 m win beating Jamaican junior Chris-Ann Gordon 52.52. Monique Morgan achieved 13.25 (-1.5) at 100 m hurdles and won for Jamaica. In men 400 m Jarrin Solomon of Trinidad topped the field 45.54 with Jamaican Omar Johnson second 45.67. Shane Brathwaite won high hurdles for Barbados 13.70 (-3.4, 13.60 in heats) with Wayne Davis of Trinidad second 13.75 (13.50 in heats) and last year World junior champion Yordan O´Farill from Cuba 13.82 (13.64 in heats).

Reus 10.14 and Sailer 11.09
ULM (GER, Jul 6): Fast sprints highlighted first day of German Championships. Julian Reus won the men 100 m in 10.14 (+0.6) with Martin Keller 10.19 life-time best second and Sven Knipphals third 10.27. On women side 2010 European champion Verena Sailer clocked 11.09 (-0.5) after already fast 11.17 (+1.0) in heats. The expected long jump battle ended with Alyn Camara winning 815 (-0.6) over two Eurowinners Sebastian Bayer 804 (-0.2) and Christian Reif 790 (+0.8). New generation dominated men javelin, Thomas Rohler 83.56 ahead of two personal bests by Bernard Seifert 81.50 and Lars Hamann 81.24. Matthias Buhler in close finish beat for hurdles title Alexander John, both were timed with 13.49 (-1.2). Steffen Uliczka was the expected steeple winner 8:40.62. Sabrina Mockenhaupt dominated women 5000 m 15:32.73 and Nadine Hildebrand the hurdles 12.90 (+0.9). Great depth in pole vault, Martina Strutz won (465) over Silke Spiegelburg (450) and last year junior Anjuli Knasche 445 PB. Also 445 behind her Carolin Hingst with Kristina Gadschiew. Eleven cleared 420 or more. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch won the high jump in the absence of Ariane Friedrich with 192 clearance. Christina Schwanitz in shot put (19.76) and Betty Heidler in hammer (73.93) also confirmed their favorite roles. In women discus Nadine Muller won with 64.17 ahead of Anna Ruh 63.79 and Shanice Craft 60.77.

15 runners under 3:37
OORDEGEM (BEL, Jul 6) Superb 1500 m race highlighted the Leon Buyle Memorial meet. Moroccans confirmed their early season fast times as Zakaria Maazouzi won in 3:32.89 ahead of Fouad El Kaam 3:33.71 PB and Ethiopian Zebene Alemayehu 3:33.73 PB. Fourth US Jordan McNamara also life-time best 3:34.00. Six more US runners clocked personal bests, in total 15 runners went under 3:37 B standard (including 7 under A standard 3:35). Kenyan Felix Kitur won the 800 m in 1:45.13 over Australian Alex Rowe who bettered his best to 1:45.44. Danish national record in the 400 m by Nick Ekelund-Arenander 45.59 over Dutch Bram Peters who also clocked PB 45.94. On the women side US Jessica Young won the 100 m in 11.48 (-1.6) and Australian Lauren Boden clocked life-time best at 400 m hurdles 55.08. In the 800 m PB´s for Moroccan Rahab Arrafi 2:00.58 and Briton Laura Muir 2:00.86 and another career best for US Heather Kampf winning the 1500 m in 4:08.37.


BULLE (SUI, Jul 6): New Swiss 100 m record for Alex Wilson. He clocked at the Meeting de la Gruyere 10.12 (+1.8) and won also the 200 m in 20.60 (+1.5). Behind him Titus Kafunda of Zambia 10.26 PB and Reto Schenkel 10.36 (but 10.24 (+1.6 in heats). In Switzerland living Lithuanian Agnes Serksniene won the 200 m in personal best 23.30 (+1.8).

BRUSSELS (BEL, Jul 6): At Brussels Grand Prix meet (held at King Baudouin Stadium) fast hurdles by Dutch Rosina Hodde 13.04 (0.0) PB over Belgians Anne Zagre 13.05 and Eline Berings 13.11. Former World champion Ladji Doucoure of France won the men hurdles in 13.60 (-0.2) and Jamaican Moscow relay bound Edino Steele achieved 46.29 to win the 400 m.

VITORIA (ESP, Jul 6): Spanish record holder Angel David Rodriguez showed top shape at the 5th meet of Alava here with 10.18 (+1.1) and windy 20.52 (+2.7) in sprints at 100 m and 200 m.

IDA-VIRUMAA (EST, Jul 6): At Heino Lipu special shot put meet Bulgarian Georgi Ivanov achieved new meet record 20.78 ahead of Marco Fortes of Portugal 19.81 and Russian Aleksandr Bulanov 19.71.

PRIJEPOLJE (SRB, Jul 6): Asmir Kolasinac got here good shot put 20.31 m.

RIETI (ITA, Jul 6): Sonia Malavisi cleared 442 new Italian junior record and Claudio Stecchi improved to 560 in men pole vault competition.

LIVORNO (ITA, Jul 6): Nicola Vizzoni confirmed solid shape with 76.06 hammer win here.

DENIZLI (TUR, Jul 6): During first day of Balkan Junior Championships top results boys throws. Turkish Ozkan Baltaci won the hammer (6 kg) with national record 77.81 m. Mesud Pezer from Bosnia was the best in shot put (6 kg) 20.40 NJR.


GOLD COAST (AUS, Jul 7): Japanese runner Yukiko Akaba and Yuki Kawauchi lived up to pre-race talk as they won at the 35th running of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.  Akiba clocked new course record 2:27:17 ahead of Kenyan Alice Ngerechi 2:29:48 and Russian Alevtina Ivanova 2:32:01. Kawauchi tied unusually the course record 2:10:01 with another Japanese Taiga Ito second 2:11:52 and Ethiopian Tewelde Hidru third 2:13:09 PB. In the Asics Half Marathon, 2010 Marugame International Half Marathon winner Nikki Chapple from Australia had an easy win in 1:11:00, while London Olympian Martin Dent from Australia held off Shinichi Yamashita by one second for the men's win in 1:03:56.  Moscow World Championships team member Jessica Tengrove also had an easy win in the Southern Cross University 10 km in 33:05, finishing just behind 50-year-old marathon great Steve Moneghetti (Australia) who ran 32:58 for 31st in the men's division.  Craig Mottram won the men's 10 km in 29:38. From Brett Larner.

BOROVEC (BUL, Jul 6): Italian Bernard Dematteis won the men race at the European Mountain Running Championships with 56:30 ahead of his team-mate Alex Baldaccini 57:35 and Turkish Ahmet Arslan 57:47. Italy got also clearly the team title here. Austrian also marathon runner Andrea Mayr won the women competition 51:49 beating Valentina Belotti from Italy 52:54 and Slovenian Mateja Kosovelj 53:08. Also here Italy won the teams. In junior races gold medals for Turkish boy Ramazan Karagoz 48:51 and German girl Melanie Albrecht 25:49. Turkey was the top boys team and Russia girls.


PHOENIX (USA): Olympic and world pole vault winner Steve Hooker, and his wife middle distance runner Katya Kostetskaya, welcomed their first child this week, and have named their son Maxim

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