News and results from the world of athletics, including a sixth World Mountain Running Championships win for Andrea Mayr and a junior bronze for Britain’s Bronwen Jenkinson in Bulgaria
Mayr secures sixth win
Austria’s Andrea Mayr won the senior women’s race at the World Mountain Running Championships for the sixth time after clocking 39:04 for the 7.3km course ahead of Italy’s Valentina Belotti (40:47) and France’s Christel Dewalle (41:05).
Top male in the 12.5km race was USA’s Joseph Gray in 62:13 over Mexico’s Israel Morales (63:51) and Turkey’s Ahmet Arslan (64:48). Junior winners were Germany’s Sarah Kistner (22:47 for 3.5km) and Joel Ayeko from Uganda (33:53 for 7.3km).
Britain’s most successful athlete was Bronwen Jenkinson as she claimed individual bronze in the junior women’s race and led the team to fourth overall behind winning team Czech Republic. GB’s senior women, led by Hatti Archer in 10th, also finished fourth in the team standings behind winners Italy.
Andrew Douglas was best Brit in the senior men’s race as he placed 11th as the team finished fifth and USA won overall. GB’s top junior man was Euan Gillham as he finished 13th and Uganda won the team standings.
Spanovic 7.10m NR
Olympic bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic ended her season on a high note. At a competition in the Serbian capital city she achieved a national record 7.10m (+0.3) from her first jump.
In her series she followed with 6.74m, 6.97m, 7.03m, 6.80m and 6.83m. The previous record mark from the Olympic final in Rio was 7.08m. It is also the fourth best mark of the year.
Finishing second was Britain’s Jazmin Sawyers with 6.56m (+1.1).
The jumping area of the street athletics event was certified and so Spanovic’s record could be approved. The event was also great promotion for the European Indoor Championships to be held in Belgrade in 2017.
Duncan Koech (2:12:59) and Elizabeth Rumokol (2:33:01) claimed a Kenyan double in the Munster Marathon.
There were also Kenyan winners at the 34th PKO Wroclaw Marathon. Cosmas Kyeva ran 2:14:38 ahead of Silas Too (2:18:37) and Moses Kipruto (2:18:55) with top Polish runner Pawel Ochal (2:20:36) as fourth.
Stellah Barsosio won the women’s race in 2:34:09 ahead of Gladys Biwott (2:42:21).
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