John Lane moves to seventh UK all-time on weekend that saw Tero Pitkamaki and Maria Abakumova set javelin world leads in Germany
Decathlete John Lane saw that his season ended on a high as he improved his personal best by 204 points for victory in Woerden.
A total of 7916 points was more than enough to see the Toni Minichiello-coached athlete ahead of fellow Brits Martin Brockman (7659 points), Michael Holden (7233 points) and Liam Ramsey (7222 points) and boosts Lane from 22nd to seventh on the UK all-time list.
Reflecting on a season of highs and lows, Lane tweeted after his victory to comment: “Season over. Great season. European qualifier and commonwealth games A standard. Ups and downs, smiles and frowns. Yeahhhhh budddddy.”
Over in the heptathlon and Britain’s Grace Clements finished second with 5528 points behind Beatrice Puiu of Romania with 5802 points.
Clarke storms to victory in Bedford
Chris Clarke was the outstanding athlete of the Inter-Counties Track & Field Championships in Bedford with a couple of new personal bests in the 200m, culminating in a 20.22 against a significant wind in the final.
The time moved the Milton Keynes runner up to ninth on the United Kingdom all-time list.
Bondarenko and Shkolina continue winning form in Eberstadt
Conditions were far from ideal in Eberstadt for the international high jump meeting but world champion Bohdan Bondarenko still managed to maintain his winning streak. His winning height of 2.30m is some way off the heights we have been used to seeing from the Ukrainian, who cleared 2.41m to take the world title in Moscow before attempting a world record-breaking 2.46m, and give some indication of the impact heavy downpours had on the action.
Having cleared a best of 2.29m for eighth in Moscow, Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz returned to action to manage 2.27m in Eberstadt for fifth behind Russians Daniil Tsyplakov (2.27m, second) and Ivan Ukhov (2.27m, joint third) and Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine (2.27m, joint third).
In the men’s under-23 competition Mateusz Przybylko and Tobias Potye ensured it was a German one-two on home soil, Przybylko clearing 2.18m for victory ahead of Potye’s 2.14m. Britain’s Chris Kandu was joint third with 2.05m.
Over in the women’s competition and world champion Svetlana Shkolina continued the fine form that has seen her triumph ahead of the likes of compatriot Anna Chicherova in both Moscow and then Stockholm at the DN Galan Diamond League meet.
A best of 1.94m was enough to see the Russian ahead of Spain’s Ruth Beitia (1.91m, second) and Sweden’s Emma Green-Tregaro (1.91m, joint third).
Fresh from under-23 victory two days before, Britain’s top ranked high jumper Isobel Pooley cleared 1.85m for joint seventh in the senior competition. The Fuzz Ahmed-coached athlete had her third jump of 1.90m or higher this season when winning the under-23 event with 1.90m.
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World leads from Pitkamaki and Abakumova
Also in action in Germany was world javelin silver medallist Tero Pitkamaki (pictured) and world javelin bronze medallist Maria Abakumova with both athletes recording world-leading marks.
At the Werfertage meet in Bad Kostritz Pitkamaki threw 89.03m in the fourth round for the best throw in the world since 2011, breaking the previous meeting record of 87.87m in the process.
Over at the DKB Cup meet in Elstal and Abakumova defeated world champion Christina Obergföll for the second time since missing out on world gold on home soil in Moscow.
The Russian beat her German rival at the Stockholm Diamond League meet and three days later pulled out a world-leading 69.75m for victory, a mark that is also the best since 2011. Obergföll’s 65.82m was enough for second ahead of Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell with 62.17m.