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Armand Duplantis breaks world U20 pole vault record – global updateApril 3, 2017
A round-up of news and results from the world of the sport, including a 5.90m clearance at the Texas Relays by Duplantis
Duplantis 5.90m WJR
The final day of the Texas Relays on Saturday was highlighted by a superb world under-20 record in the pole vault by Sweden’s Armand Duplantis who cleared 5.90m to improve his own record mark and set an early world lead. He will still be a junior in 2018.
He went over the record height on his third attempt to also break the Swedish senior record.
Behind him, world champion Shawn Barber cleared 5.50m.
London 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr won the women’s competition with 4.73m ahead of Megan Clark’s 4.60m.
Morolake Akinosun equaled the world lead of 11.10 (+1.0) for a 100m win, while Kortnei Johnson confirmed good shape with 11.19 (+1.0) in another section.
In the hurdles, Tobi Amusan of Nigeria clocked 12.72 (-0.3) beating Jamaican Rushelle Burton’s 12.80 PB.
Natasha Hastings’ 22.78 200m was aided by +3.5 wind.
Close to his first sub-10 100m was 2014 world junior champion Kendal Williams with 9.99 (+2.1) over Just’n Thymes’ 10.09.
Wallace Spearmon won the 200m in 20.54 (+3.3) and Shane Brathwaite the hurdles in 13.58 (+1.2).
In the jumps, Trey Culver cleared 2.24m in the high jump and Charles Brown leaped to an 8.14m PB (+1.6) in the long jump.
The top result of Friday at Texas Relays was the world-leading 88.01m in the javelin by Greek Ioannis Kiriazis, also a national under-23 record.
Canada 38.15 WL
Saturday’s action at the Florida Relays included a world-leading 38.15 by Canada (Haynes, A. Brown, Rodney, De Grasse) in the men’s 4x100m. Second was the Tumbleweed Track Club with 38.63, the team including Japanese talent Sani Brown and Dutch star Churandy Martina with Hensley Paulina and Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor.
Empire Athletics won the 4x400m in a 3:00.92 world lead.
Oregon won the women’s 4x100m in a college record and world-leading 42.34 (Dunmore, Stevens, Cunliffe, Washington).
Second was the Tumbleweed Track Club with 42.57 featuring Olympic long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta, European star Dafne Schippers and British duo Anyika Onuora with Desiree Henry.
Sally Pearson was close to her best on the last day of the Australian Athletics Championships where she won the 100m hurdles final in a marginally wind-assisted 12.53 (+2.3).
Pearson also sealed the qualifying standard for the World Championships in London with a 12.75 clocking in the heats.
“I’ve been nervous about this for two weeks. I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself, and I know that (the final) time was illegal but I am safe with the heat time. I’ve got the qualifier and I’m through,” she said.
Former world champion Dani Stevens (nee Samuels) won the discus with a 65.07m throw and had two other throws over 64 metres, while Hamish Peacock went out to 84.34m to win the javelin.
Ryan Gregson won the 1500m in 3:52.86 and world under-20 pole vault silver medallist Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.45m to claim the win.
With help from Athletics Australia.
E. Koech 2:07:13 in Milan
Edwin Koech won the Milan Marathon in a fast and Italian all-comers 2:07:13 (63:17/63:56) from veteran Kenneth Mungara (2:09:37) and Ethiopia’s Abdela Godana (2:10:05) while Yassine Rachik was the top Italian finisher in sixth in 2:13:22.
Kenya’s Sheila Chepkoech won a close women’s race in 2:29:52 by six seconds from home favourite Anna Incerti (2:29:58). Ethiopia’s Chaltu Tafa was third in 2:31:38.
Kitata 2:07:30 in Rome
Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata won the Rome Marathon in a lifetime best of 2:07:30 (63:25/64:05), missing the course record by just 13 seconds.
“I hoped to run faster, but it was very hard to run with the rain. The streets were very slippery,” he said.
Kenyans Dominic Ruto (2:09:10) and Benjamin Kipngetich (2:09:16) were second and third respectively.
Rahma Tusa successfully defended her title in the women’s race in a PB of 2:27:23 (74:23/73:00) and led an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Mestawat Tadesse (2:31:41) and Abeba Gebremeskel (2:32:08).
Top Italian finishers were Ahmed Nasef (2:16:42) and Eleonora Bazzoni (2:45:37) in seventh and tenth respectively. With help from organisers.
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