A round-up of some of the recent top performances from around the world, including results from the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, Oxy Invitational and Jamaica International Invitational
Thompson with windy 10.71 in Kingston
Elaine Thompson ran one of the fastest 100m times in history at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting. Marginally wind-assisted at 2.4 m/s, Thompson stopped the clock at 10.71 for the joint fastest time in all conditions set in May. English Gardner was second in 10.85 ahead of Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98) and Jenna Prandini (11.08).
With Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a late scratch, Shaunae Miller dominated the 200m with another marginally wind-assisted 22.14 (+2.2).
The men’s sprints were wind legal: Kemar Bailey-Cole won the 100m in 10.01 (+1.0) ahead of Mike Rodgers (10.03) and Tyson Gay in fifth (10.08). Kim Collins ran a masters world record for the 40+ category of 10.09 .
Asafa Powell won the 200m in 20.45 (+0.9). There was also a home win in the men’s 400m courtesy of Javon Francis (44.85) but American Francena McCorory won the women’s race in 50.52 ahead of home favourites Novlene Williams-Mills (50.87), Stephenie-Ann McPherson (51.20) and Christine Day (51.91), with Britain’s former world and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu fifth (52.00) in what was her first 400m of 2016. Her fellow Brit Martyn Rooney placed sixth with 46.00 in the men’s event.
Sophie Hitchon opened her season with 70.65m to finish third in the hammer, while Shara Proctor was runner-up in the long jump with 6.46m into a head wind (-2.2), with Janay Deloach getting the win by just a single centimetre.
Britain’s Tiffany Porter clocked a wind-aided 12.71 (+2.9) for fourth in a top-class 100m hurdles race won by Brianna Rollins in 12.52 ahead of Queen Harrison (12.54) and world champion Danielle Williams (12.55), while Jamaicans Janeive Russell and Ristananna Tracey took a one-two in the 400m hurdles in 54.61 PB (second best of 2016) and 55.31 respectively.
On the men’s side, Jarret Eaton won the 110m hurdles in 13.45 (+1.9), while world medallist Jeffery Gibson won the 400m hurdles in 48.96 ahead of Jamaican junior Jaheel Hyde (49.16) and Bershawn Jackson (49.29).
Other highlights: Wesley Vazquez 1:46.15 to win the 800m, Brittany Smith 18.41m to win the shot put and current world-leader Gwen Berry 73.82m to win the hammer. US junior Alexa Efraimson won the 1500 m in 4:08.37.
Vadlejch WL, Zhang and Wang 2.33m
World silver medalist Justin Gatlin won the 100m at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in 10.02 (-0.4), but the highlight of the programme was arguably the men’s javelin with five throwers surpassing the olympic standard of 83 metres.
Jakub Vadlejch extended his world lead to a 86.76m PB ahead of Ryohei Arai (84.41m), while Chinese Taipei’s Huang Shih-Feng was third in a national record of 83.82m. Hamish Peacock and Jaroslav Jilek were fourth and fifth with 83.53m (PB) and 83.19m (PB) respectively.
In good conditions for javelin throwing, Canada’s Liz Gleadle threw 62.59m in the last round to win ahead of some good performances from home throwers: Yuki Ebihara threw 62.13 while 18-year-old Haruka Kitaguchi set a world junior lead and national junior record of 61.38m.
Zhang Guowei and Wang Yu equalled the world-leading mark of 2.33m in the high jump with Zhang prevailing on countback, while world pole vault champion Shawn Barber cleared 5.62m to win on countback from Daichi Sawano and Seito Yamamoto.
There were two good home wins on the track with Keisuke Nozawa winning the 400m hurdles in 48.67 (second best of 2016). Second was Eric Cray with a national record for Philippines of 49.07. While 19-year-old Julian Jrummi Walsh won the 400m in a PB of 45.68.
Tianna Bartoletta won the 100m in 11.23 (-1.7) against a strong headwind ahead of Blessing Okagbare (11.30) and Barbara Pierre (11.40) and also won the long jump with 6.61m (+1.7) ahead of Brooke Stratton’s 6.55m.
Other top results: Eric Sowinski (1:45.92) and Tigist Assefa (2:00.66) with fast times in the 800m, Aaron Brown 20.32 in the 200m, Xie Wenjun 13.36 (-0.6) in the 110m hurdles, Lauren Wells 55.23 in the 400m hurdles (her second career best), Caroline Chepkirui 9:31.30 PB in the steeplechase and US Liz Patterson 1.93m PB in the high jump.
China also posted a quick 42.83 meet record in the women’s 4x100m. Also to note 7:51.99 by Dejene Debela of Ethiopia in the 3000m, a Chinese long jump win of 7.95m (+1.0) by Huang Changzhou, US discus 63.98m by Rodney Brown and Slovak triple jumper Dana Veldakova with 13.76m (+0.8).
Tuka 600m WL
In Pliezhausen, Bosnian world medalist Amel Tuka won the 600m at the 26th edition of the running distances meeting in Germany in a 1:15.21 meet record and national record. Second was Slovenian Zan Rudolf with 1:15.49, also a national best.
There was another meet record in the women’s 3000m by Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who is still a junior, as she ran 8:55.66. In the men’s 3000m, Belgian Simon Debognies ran 7:57.85.
The women’s 600m was also interesting with top 800m specialist Christina Hering clocking 1:27.11 over Swiss Selina Buchel’s 1:27.12 and Fabienne Kohlmann’s 1:27.79.
At the Oxy Invitational in Los Angeles, there was a fast 400m by Gil Roberts of 44.88 and he also won the 200m in 20.68 (+1.3).
Another double winner was Trinidad’s Mikel Thomas with 10.29 (+1.4) in the 100m and 13.57 (+1.3) hurdles.
Jamaican Isa Phillips was the best in the 400m hurdles with 49.85.
Carmelita Jeter won the 100m in 11.42 (-0.9) just ahead of Lekeisha Lawson with 11.43. In the 200m that result was reversed as Lawson clocked 23.25 (+2.4) to win ahead of Jeter with 23.49.
Ginnie Crawford topped the hurdles with 12.91 (+1.4). In the 800m, Brenda Martinez ran 2:01.51 to beat Violah Lagat with 2:02.38.
Trayvon Bromell with windy 10.00
Trayvon Bromell clocked a windy 10.00 (+3.2) at the Longhorn Invitational ahead of Olympic medallist Richard Thompson with 10.21 and Mookie Salaam with 10.25.
In the 200m, Salaam ran 20.45 (+3.9) over Diondre Batson’s 20.49.
British record-holder Goldie Sayers won the javelin with 58.79m in her first competition since last August.
Logan Cunningham cleared 5.70m in the pole vault and equalled his PB. On the women’s side, Olympic champion Jenn Suhr got 4.75m (and tried at 4.93m) over Kaitlin Petrillose with 4.50m.
The women’s sprint events were also wind-aided. Alexandria Anderson clocked 10.97 (+5.3) and 22.53 (+4.7), while Christina Manning ran 12.67 (+2.9) over Tiffani McReynolds 12.76 in the hurdles.
Valerie Adams throws 19.52m
In Zug, world and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams threw 19.52m for the second best result of 2016 behind Chinese world leader Gong Lijiao’s 19.77m from April.
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