Two world leading times set and several meeting records smashed at Ostrava Golden Spike meet
In what was her first hurdles race since becoming Olympic champion in London last summer, Sally Pearson made a winning return to clock 12.67. It was the Australian’s fastest season debut ever and will leave her feeling confident ahead of the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday with her time on Thursday enough to comfortably put her ahead of Lucie Skrobakova, competing on home soil, who crossed in 13.02 for second.
Pearson’s victory came on an evening that saw several meeting records smashed and two world leading times set at the Městský Stadion in Ostrava. A world-leading 30:26.67 from Tirunesh Dibaba in the women’s 10,000m set the tone early on, the three-time Olympic champion taking 27 seconds off her own meeting record she set back in 2008. Kenya’s Gladys Cherono finished behind the Ethiopian in 30:29.23.
Another world-lead came from Valerie Adams in the shot competition, the world and Olympic champion bettering her own world-leading mark to 20.88m on her final throw to secure victory.
Zuzana Hejnova continued her domination of the 400m hurdles, the Olympic bronze medallist recording a sixth victory in as many races with her 53.32 meeting-record clocking in front of a home crowd. Her compatriot Denisa Rosolova crossed in 55.12 for second, while Britain’s Meghan Beesley clocked 56.08 for fifth.
Kirani James, Milcah Chemos and Renaud Lavillenie joined Hejnova in her meeting-record breaking feat – James clocking 44.49 to break the 37-year-old record for the 400m as Brits Nigel Levine and Michael Bingham ran 45.93 and 46.24 respectively, while Chemos’ 9:17.92 in the women’s steeplechase was enough to put her ahead of Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew who finished second in 9:19.87. Olympic champion Lavillenie saw off the likes of Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe in the pole vault, the Frenchman taking the win with his 5.92m clearance.
The 100m might have been missing Usain Bolt who had earlier withdrawn from the meet, but it wasn’t short of drama. A false start from Kemar Hyman wasn’t noticed by all runners, meaning some, including Asafa Powell, who went on to win when the race was later re-held, had run all the way to the line only for it not to count.
Powell eventually clocked 10.06 when it counted, with Kim Collins second with 10.08 and Mike Rodgers third with 10.16. Britain’s world junior champion Adam Gemili ran 10.19 for fourth.
World indoor champion Mohamed Aman took victory in the 800m with 1:43.78 as Brit Joe Thomas recorded a 1:47.92 clocking. Conseslus Kipruto posted a clear win in the men’s steeplechase with 8:11.27 with Brit James Wilkinson ran a PB 8:28.74 to place sixth, bettering the UK World Championships ‘B’ standard and topping the UK rankings for 2013 in the process.
Ethiopia’s world junior champion Muktar Edris won the 5000m in 13:03.69 while Yelena Isinbayeva won the women’s pole vault competition having cleared 4.78m ahead of Yarisley Silva’s 4.72m.
» Full results from the IAAF World Challenge meeting can be found here