Lally breaks the English discus record for the second time in three days, while Julian Reus, Renaud Lavillenie and Dafne Schippers are among athletes to impress at national champs
Lally throws 65.10m in Sydney
At the New South Wales Championships there was another improvement for Britain’s Jade Lally as she bettered her recently-set English discus record to 65.10m.
The Commonwealth bronze medallist’s pre-2016 best was 60.76m and now she is second best ever in Britain. In Sydney she also beat 2009 world champion Dani Samuels who threw 64.57m.
Lally had thrown 64.22m in Auckland on Thursday.
Reus 6.52 German 60m record
Julian Reus claimed the outright German indoor 60m record on the first day of the German Indoor Championships. Reus has twice matched Sven Matthes’ long-standing mark of 6.53 but he took the record down to 6.52 in his last race of the winter.
Tatjana Pinto broke through in the women’s 60m with victory in 7.07 (7.19 PB heat and 7.12 PB SF) to move to equal third on the German indoor all-time rankings alongside Marlies Gohr and behind Silke Moller and Katrin Krabbe. Her time of 7.07 was the fastest by a German since Krabbe in 1991. Rebekka Haase was second in 7.20 after running 7.17 in the heat and semi-final.
Cindy Roleder won the 60m hurdles in a champs record of 7.88, the fastest time by a non-American this winter, while Erik Balunweit won the men’s 60m hurdles final in 7.61 ahead of Alexander John (7.64) and Martin Vogel (7.67).
Lena Urbaniak won the women’s shot put with a PB of 18.32m ahead of discus specialist Anna Ruh’s 17.68m which was also a PB, while Tobias Damm won the men’s shot put with 20.00m.
Silke Spiegelburg cleared a season’s best of 4.56m to win the pole vault ahead of Martina Strutz in 4.51m while Jenny Elbe won the triple jump with 14.15m ahead of Kristin Gierisch 13.97m. Elsewhere, Alyn Camara won the long jump with 7.82m and Florian Orth won the 3000m in 8:07.39.
Lavillenie 5.93m and tries 6.03m
Renaud Lavillenie won his eleventh national pole vault title with a 5.93m clearance on the first day of the French Indoor Championships in Aubiere. Afterwards he tried at 6.03m. His next competition will be next Saturday in Jablonec, Czech Republic.
On Saturday he won by 30cm ahead of Stanley Joseph while Renaud’s younger brother Valentin was fifth with 5.35m.
Christophe Lemaitre won the 60m title in 6.64 while in the women’s final, Mariee Jose Ta Lou (7.12) from Ivory Coast and Carole Zahi (7.18) beat Jennifer Galais 7.27.
There was a good triple jump competition between Jeanine Assani Issouf (14.17m) and Rouguy Diallo (14.16m), while Cindy Billaud was pushed in the 60m hurdles by Sandra Gomis, 8.07 to 8.12.
Jessica Cérival won the shot put with a season’s best of 17.30m while Congo’s Frank Elemba won the men’s shot with 19.34m by four centimetres ahead of veteran Gaëtan Bucki.
Schippers in shape
World champion Dafne Schippers confirmed her shape by getting the Dutch 60m title in a fast 7.03. It is her second fastest ever result. Behind her, Jamile Samuels equalled her PB of 7.14.
In the men’s 60m Solomon Bockarie won in new PB 6.68 ahead of Hensley Paulina 6.69 PB and Giovanni Codrington 6.70 PB.
In the 800m heats Sifan Hassan clocked a 2:03.68 indoor PB and Thijmen Kupers 1:49.04. Femke Pluim equaled her Dutch pole vault record of 4.50m. Combined eventer Anouk Vetter won the long jump (6.21m) and was second in shot put (15.45 PB), where the winner was Melissa Boekelman 17.68.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 20.51 PB
The SEC Conference Championships had, as usual, fast races on the oval. British sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake improved to 20.51 in his heat, and in another race David Winters clocked 20.61. In the 400m heats Michael Cherry ran 45.61, in fifth heat Marqueze Washington 45.95, in seventh heat Arman Hal 45.97 (also 20.79 in 200m heats).
Kenzo Cotton was fastest in the men’s 60m heats with 6.62 and Jarrion Lawson won the long jump with 8.11m. Jamaican Ashinia Miller achieved 20.06m in the shot put.
On the women’s side Felicia Brown in the heats clocked 7.23 in 60m and 22.73 in the 200m. World leader Kyra Jefferson in her heat ran 22.79 and Taylor Ellis-Watson 22.99 in another race. Mikiah Brisco was fastest in hurdles heats with 8.08.
Quanesha Burks won the long jump with a 6.75m indoor PB ahead of Jamaican Chanice Porter’s 6.64m overall PB. Kendall Williams scored 4420 in pentathlon.
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