A round-up of some of the latest athletics news and results from the world of the sport, including three victories for Semenya and an 11.06 100m by Britain’s Desiree Henry
Three wins in one afternoon by Semenya
What a treble by 2009 world champion Caster Semenya on the second day of the South African Championships. At 13.10 local time she clocked a 400m 50.74 world lead and PB for her first victory of the afternoon. An hour later (14.15) she ran 1:58.45 in the 800m for another world lead and after three hours (17.20) came her third win with 4:10.91 in the 1500m.
“I didn’t expect to go this fast,” said Semenya, quoted in an IAAF report. “I wanted to run under 4:10.00 in the 1500m, but it’s okay. The 400m and 800m were marvellous. I’m happy with my performances.”
But there was more to note at these championships. Ruswahl Samaai leapt a 8.34m (+0.6) world lead in the long jump. The 110m hurdles final also had a world lead as Antonio Alkana clocked 13.37 (-0.1).
World champion Wayde Van Niekerk won the 400m in 44.98 clearly ahead of Shaun de Jager with 45.90. Stephen Mokoka just missed the 10,000m world lead with a second gold after his 5000m win in 27:57.50. Lynique Prinsloo jumped 6.59m (+0.3) in the long jump.
Desiree Henry 11.06
British sprinter Desiree Henry improved at the Bryan Clay Invitational to an excellent 11.06 (+1.5) in the 100m. That mark moves her to third on the British all-time list.
Henry also won her 200m race in 22.98 (+0.4).
The Eatons also competed. Ashton was fourth in the 100m in 10.38 (+0.5), behind race winner Bruno de Barros of Brazil’s 10.30, while Brianne was seventh in the 200m in 23.81.
Gesa Coutinho from Brazil won the women’s 400m in 51.86 and on the men’s side Josh Mance clocked 45.79.
British runner Calli Thackery improved to 4:14.99 when winning the 1500m.
Mexican world medallist Luis Rivera won the long jump with 7.98m (+0.6) in his first meet of the year. Nate Moses improved in the discus to 62.72m.
Huddle and Gebremeskel win BAA 5km
Molly Huddle won her third consecutive title at the BAA 5K with a time of 15:14 ahead of Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba (15:28) and Kenya’s Caroline Chepkoech (15:43). Huddle’s next race will be the 5000m at the Prefontaine Classic on May 28 before the Olympic Trials where she will contest the 10,000m and perhaps the 5000m as well.
In the men’s race, Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel won his third title in 13:39 ahead of Ben True (13:41) and Kenya’s Stephen Sambu (13:44).
Britain’s Chris O’Hare won the mile in 4:10.2 ahead of Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell (4:10.6), while Brook Handler won the women’s mile in 4:49.6 ahead of Heather Kampf (4:49.8). Pre-race favourite Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia was a late scratch.
With details from Race Results Weekly.
There were Kenyan wins in the Belgrade Marathon. In warm temperatures, Abel Kibet won the men’s race in 2:24:00, while Stella Barsosio won the women’s race in 2:43:41 ahead of her more experienced compatriot Hellen Kimutai (2:49:03).
Home favourite Darko Zivanovic (70:34) and Montenegro’s Sladjana Perunovic (1:21:38) won the half-marathons.
Around 25,000 took part across the programme and the special guest in the Serbian capital was world high jump record-holder Javier Sotomayor.
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