A round-up of PSD Bank Meeting action
Experience dominated in the men’s 60m while youth prevailed in the women’s sprint event as Kim Collins and Ewa Swoboda were among the winners at the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Wednesday.
The 2003 world 100m champion Collins, who turns 40 in April, clocked 6.53 at the European Athletics Indoor Permit meeting to equal the world lead which had been run by third-placer Julian Reus last Friday. In Dusseldorf, Reus clocked 6.59 in front of home fans to finish behind USA’s runner-up Joe Morris with the same time.
Collins had earlier run 6.60 to win his heat, matching the time clocked by USA’s Mike Rodgers in the first heat, but Rodgers couldn’t try to improve on that mark as he and Germany’s Christian Blum were both disqualified for false starts.
The women’s event was won by Polish 18-year-old Swoboda who, fresh from her 7.13 national record clocked on Saturday, ran 7.16 for victory after a time of 7.19 to take her heat. USA’s Barbara Pierre clocked 7.21 in second, while Britain’s Desiree Henry finished sixth with a time of 7.28 after having run 7.32 in her heat.
Orlando Ortega had world-leading performances in both rounds of the 60m hurdles, winning his heat in 7.54 before clocking 7.49 for a national record for his new country, Spain. Behind him, France’s European indoor silver medallist Dimitri Bascou clocked 7.52. Britain’s Lawrence Clarke, who won this event last year, clocked 7.77 for seventh after having run 7.76 for fourth in his heat.
“I was very happy with my race today,” European Athletics quoted Ortega as saying. “It’s a Spanish record, technically it was good and my confidence was strong after my heat but I know I can go faster.”
World 100m hurdles bronze medllist Alina Talay of Belarus won the women’s event with 8.00 from Germany’s world silver medallist Cindy Roleder with 8.01 as Britain’s Serita Solomon clocked 8.05 in third. Her fellow Briton Lucy Hatton clocked 8.23 for fifth in her heat.
Serbia’s European indoor champion Ivana Spanovic leapt a world-leading meeting record of 6.79m to win the long jump from Germany’s Alexandra Wester who recorded a big overall PB of 6.72m. Britain’s Shara Proctor, who claimed world long jump silver ahead of Spanovic in Beijing, leapt 6.69m for third on her season opener.
The men’s pole vault was won by Greece’s Konstadinos Filippidis as the world indoor champion, Canada’s world outdoor champion Shawn Barber and China’s Bokai Huang all cleared 5.60m. Germany’s 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe exited the competition after three failures at that winning height which had been his opening height.
Kenya’s Augustine Choge came through to take the 3000m with a world-leading 7:39.23 from compatriot Caleb Ndiku with 7:39.82 and there was another world-leading performance in the 1500m as Elijah Manangoi won from his fellow Kenyan Bethwell Birgen – 3:39.77 to 3:39.89. Czech Republic’s European indoor champion Jakub Holusa was third with 3:40.94.
Poland’s Adam Kszczot continued his winning ways in Dusseldorf, the world 800m silver medallist clocking 1:46.00 from Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse’s 1:46.79 indoor PB. Qatari Musaeb Balla took the ‘B’ race, matching Bosse’s runner-up time from the ‘A’ race, with Ireland’s Mark English second in 1:47.28. Ethiopian 19-year-old Habitam Alemu won the women’s event from Germany’s Christina Hering – 2:01.99 to 2:02.19.
Full results from Dusseldorf can be found here.