A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including a marathon win in Barcelona by pacemaker Jonah Chesum
Duplantis 5.82m and Cunningham 7.40 in New York
The New Balance Nationals saw two special marks set in New York. Armand Duplantis cleared a world under-20 pole vault record of 5.82m, while there was a world under-20 indoor record in the 60m hurdles (junior height) as Trey Cunningham clocked 7.40.
Cunningham’s time came after he ran 7.45 in the heats the day before.
Jordan Geist threw 22.98m in the junior shot put (5.44 kg), while Tyrese Cooper clocked 21.05 and 46.55 in the 200m and 400m.
Olympian Sydney McLaughlin ran a fast 51.61 400m PB.
Jayla Kirkland won the 60m in 7.27 and Tara Davis posted 8.14 in the hurdles.
Pacemaker Chesum wins, Bekele breaks Barcelona course record
Helen Bekele won the Zurich Marató de Barcelona in a course record and PB of 2:25:04 on Sunday, leading an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Meselech Tsegaye (2:26:44) and Robi Aberash (2:27:04).
Kenyans claimed a clean sweep in the men’s race through Jonah Chesum (2:08:57), Jacob Kirui (2:09:24) and Justus Kiprotich (2:11:38).
It was a surprise victory for Chesum as he raced the distance for the first time. Running as a pacemaker, the Team Run-Fast athlete, who contested the T46 1500m at the 2012 Paralympic Games, decided to finish the event with the rest of the field having been unable to stick with his pace.
The top European finishers were Sweden’s Lisa Ring in sixth (2:37:27) and Ukraine’s Ihor Olefirenko (2:15:52) in eighth.
Olympic silver medallist Melina Robert-Michon went out to 62.35m to win the discus from Serbia’s Dragana Tomasevic (59.60m) on the second day of the European Throwing Cup in Gran Canaria. Germany’s Claudine Vita won the under-23 discus with 58.76m.
There was another French win in the hammer with Quentin Bigot going out to 76.55m ahead of Belarussian Pavel Bareisha (74.41m).
Slovenia’s Martina Ratej won the javelin with 60.66m ahead of Iceland’s Asdis Hjalmsdottir (59.20m) and Germany’s Christin Hussong (59.00m), with team-mate and reigning world champion Katharina Molitor fifth with 58.25m. It also meant that Sara Kolak, who won the under-23 competition with 61.01m the day before, had the overall best mark.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Mesud Pezer won a good quality shot put with 20.69m from Spain’s Carlos Tobalina (20.57m) and Portugal’s Francisco Belo (20.52m), while Moldova’s Adrian Mardari added four metres to his national record with victory in the under-23 javelin with 82.34m.
On the first day of action in Las Palmas, Julian Weber went out to a world-leading 85.85m to win the javelin by more than seven metres from Italy’s Roberto Bertolini (78.78m). Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger was the best in the discus with an excellent 65.73m from Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius (64.18m).
Another top mark came in the hammer with world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier going out to 71.71m to beat Katrin Klaas (71.06m), while Sweden’s Ida Storm set a 70.97m PB in the ‘B’ competition.
European indoor shot put champion Anita Marton won again with 18.05m from France’s Jessica Cerival’s 17.50m, while Fanny Roos won the under-23 competition with 17.53m. Germany’s Alexej Mikhailov won the under-23 hammer with a 71.56m PB from 19-year-old Bence Halasz (71.51m). The under-23 men discus winner was Alin Firfirica of Romania with 59.62m.
Team winner of the men’s competition was Italy (4329 points), while France (4239) won the women’s. Both under-23 team titles were claimed by Germany (men 4184, women 3881).
Top performances by British athletes can be found in our latest weekly round-up report here.
Kirwa 2:21:17 PB
Despite falling at the start, Olympic silver medallist Eunice Kirwa claimed her third title in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in a lifetime best and course record of 2:21:17 (70:21/70:56) ahead of debutante Yuka Ando (2:21:36).
Ando becomes the fastest debutante in Japanese marathon history and moves to fourth on the Japanese all-time lists behind Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12), Yoko Shibui (2:19:41) and Naoko Takahashi (2:19:46).
Japanese runners filled the next seven places with Mao Kiyota (2:23:47) and Sayaka Kuwahara (2:26:09) third and fourth respectively. Former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo was a non-starter.
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