A look at some of the latest global athletics news and results, including winning performances for Tamberi and Beitia at their respective national champs and a victory for David Rudisha in Melbourne
Tamberi 2.36m in Ancona
World high jump leader Gianmarco Tamberi confirmed his top shape during the second day of the Italian Indoor Championships with a first attempt 2.36m clearance. He then tried at 2.40m.
Michael Tumi won the 60m title in 6.68 over Fabio Cerutti’s 6.72.
European junior cross-country champion Yemaneberhan Crippa won the 3000m in a 7:57.25 PB, while Stefano Tremigliozzi recorded 7.84m in the long jump.
On the women’s side, Ayomide Folorunso clocked a 53.16 PB in the 400m and 17-year-old Marta Zenoni got her second title after her 1500m win with 2:03.88 in the 800m, also a personal best.
Ruth Beitia with world lead
Ruth Beitia won the Spanish high jump title with an indoor world W35 best of 1.98m. It is also a world-leading performance in the official lists and she went on to attempt two meters.
Nana Jacob clocked a 23.71 PB in the 200m and Lorena Bokesa 53.39 in the 400m.
Middle distances were as usual tactical races won by Kevin Lopez 1:49.20 (800m) and Manuel Olmedo 4:02.79 (1500m). Arian Tellez topped the 60m in 6.72, Oscar Husillos the 200m in a 21.04 lifetime best and Lucas Bua with 46.65 was also a PB in the 400m. Pablo Torrijos as favorite topped the triple jump with 16.66m.
World record-holder David Rudisha opened his season with victory over 800m in the Melbourne World Challenge in a world-leading mark of 1:44.78 ahead of Australians Luke Mathews and James Gurr, who both claimed the Olympic qualifying standard with PBs of 1:45.16 and 1:46.09 respectively.
This was Rudisha’s sixth win in Melbourne since 2010.
Another leading performance came courtesy of Dane Bird-Smith who won the 5000m walk in an Australian record of 18:38.97 while team-mate Bekki Smith won the women’s equivalent in a world-leading 21:19.46.
Other world-leading marks came from Brett Robinson in the 5000m (13:33.13) and Madeline Hills (nee Heiner) in the 3000m steeplechase (9:34.44). Hills claimed the Olympic qualifying standard, as did runner-up Genevieve LaCaze (9:43.93).
Australians also excelled in the vertical jumps: Eleanor Patterson won the high jump with 1.93m while Alana Boyd won the pole vault with 4.71m. In the triple jump, New Zealand’s Nneka Okpala won in a national record of 13.89m.
There were also good marks in the throws: Tom Walsh won the shot put with 20.87m one day after winning the New Zealand title with 21.11m, Kathryn Mitchell won the javelin with a good 64.37m while in-form Briton Jade Lally won the discus with 59.94m.
McCartney 4.80m area record
For the fifth time within a four-month period, 19-year-old Eliza McCartney broke her own national record, winning the New Zealand title with a clearance of 4.80m.
She eased into the competition by clearing 4.35m on her second attempt. She then went over 4.50m and 4.70m on her first tries before progressing to her record height, which she successfully negotiated on her third attempt. She ended her series with three unsuccessful attempts at 4.85m, the last of which was relatively close, informs the IAAF.
“My goal was to jump 4.80m, so going up to 4.85m I had to refocus,” she said. “I was really happy to get out a good attempt on the last one.”
Olympic champion Valerie Adams produced her best throw since September 2014 to win the shot put. She opened with 18.10m before improving several times throughout the competition, ending her series with a best of 19.43m, the best throw in the world indoors or outdoors in 2016.
Rotich wins Lake Biwa
In warm but windless conditions, Lucas Rotich won a close race at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in 2:09:11 ahead of Hisanori Kitajima (2:09:16) who was one of four Japanese runners to break the 2:10-barrier on home soil.
Tanzania’s Alphonce Felix Simbu comprised the podium in third in 2:09:19 ahead of Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:25), Takuya Fukatsu (2:09:31) and Fumihiro Maruyama (2:09:39). Yuki Kawauchi was seventh in 2:11:53 while Olympic sixth-placer Kentaro Nakamoto will almost certainly miss out on selection for Rio 2016 in eighth in 2:12:06.
Ethiopian teenager Shura Kitata set a blistering early pace and passed through halfway in 62:35 (14:40 5km split from 10-15km) and was on course to break the Japanese all-comers’ record but was caught at 29km and faded to 16th in 2:16:09.
“The pace was already fast and I thought he would comeback after 30km, so I decided not to chase him,” said Rotich. Leading European marathon-runner Henryk Szost from Poland dropped out before halfway. With help from Brett Larner/IAAF.
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