Some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport, including details on the Oslo Diamond League pole vault field, plus confirmation of the Ireland marathon team for Rio
ExxonMobil Bislett Games
The pole vault competition at this year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo, the famous ExxonMobil Bislett Games on June 9, will see a terrific pole vault contest that brings together London 2012 Olympic champion and world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie and 2015 world champion Shawn Barber, the meeting organisers announced on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, before travelling to Eugene, Lavillenie competed in the 110m hurdles and long jump at the French Clubs meet. He ran 14.54 in the hurdles and recorded 7.16m in the long jump and also anchored his 4x100m relay team which placed fifth.
Golden Gala Pietro Mennea
The IAAF Diamond League in Rome on June 2 will have the first four men home in the Beijing IAAF World Championships 3000m steeplechase on the start line of the event at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea.
Ezekiel Kemboi was confirmed last week and the four-time world champion will be joined by his compatriots Conseslus Kipruto, Brimin Kipruto and 2015 Diamond Race winner Jairus Birech.
The Prefontaine Classic women’s steeplechase is a major stop on the road to the Rio Olympics, even for talented Kenyans, Ethiopians and the fastest American in history.
In the field is reigning world champion and current world leader Hyvin Kiyeng along with Virginia Nyambura, Lidya Chepkurui, Beatrice Chepkoech and Purity Kirui. Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa, US record-holder Emma Coburn and German world medalist Gesa Felicitas Krause are also among the entries.
Croatian Sandra Perkovic, the world’s best women’s discus thrower this century, will return to the Prefontaine Classic on the verge of Olympic history. There will be a German trio against her with Nadine Muller, Julia Fischer and Shanice Craft in action.
Also there will be US record-holder Gia Lewis-Smallwood with Whitney Ashley and French Melina Robert-Michon.
The Prefontaine Classic will have as usual on Saturday a superb men’s 110m hurdles field with world leader Omar McLeod on top. Also running is Olympic champion Aries Merritt, another Jamaican global medallist Hansle Parchment, experienced David Oliver, more US runners Jarret Eaton and Jeff Porter, Canadian Johnathan Cabral and making his season debut, French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.
In the 400m hurdles, world medallists Nicholas Bett and Jeffery Gibson will face Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement and Michael Tinsley from the US. Also in the race is Javier Culson, Yasmani Copello and European champion Kariem Hussein.
Ireland marathon team for Rio
Ireland has selected full marathon teams for the Rio Olympic Games.
For the men’s race is Mick Clohisey, Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward. For the women’s race, Breege Connolly, Lizzie Lee and Fionnuala McCormack will compete.
Robert Heffernan leads the 50km walk Olympic selection with Brendan Boyce and Alex Wright.
For the European Championships in Amsterdam, the half-marathon team will include Sergiu Ciobanu, Mick Clohisey, Mark Hanrahan, Gary Murray, Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward. On the women’s side will be Breege Connolly, Gladys Ganiel, Maria McCambridge and Claire McCarthy.
NYRR New York Mini 10K
The 45th edition of the NYRR New York Mini 10K, scheduled for Saturday June 11, will feature 18 women from 17 countries who will run the Olympic Marathon in Rio, New York Road Runners announced.
This “Mini Olympic Marathon” preview will likely be the largest gathering of Olympic marathon women at a privately-organised race before the women’s Olympic marathon on Sunday August 14.
Leading the field will be the USA’s Des Linden, who clinched her second Olympic marathon team berth at the USA Olympic trials marathon last February in Los Angeles. It will be her fourth appearance at the Mini.
Malachowski at Danek Memorial
World champion Piotr Malachowski remains unbeaten this year after he threw 66.35m at the 17th Danek Memorial. Second was Mauricio Ortega who threw a national record for Colombia of 64.80m ahead of Robert Urbanek’s 64.47m. Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger threw 64.20m and Martin Wierig of Germany 63.33m.
In US sprints duels, Arthur Delaney twice beat Joe Morris in two meet records 10.38 (-1.0) and 20.66 (+1.4) over 10.47 and 20.67.
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