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Reese astounds with 12-year world best at US trials
Brittney Reese produced the world’s best jump since 2004 in the long jump on the second day of the US Olympic trials with a 7.31m leap, making her the firm favourite for Rio where she will defend her title.
World champion Tianna Bartoletta sealed a place on the team with her first round jump of 7.02m before taking part in the 100m heats with Janay DeLoach taking the third spot with 6.93m.
Ashton Eaton leads the decathlon with 4560 ahead of Jeremy Taiwo (4478) who produced a standout performance of 2.21m in the high jump. Former world champion Trey Hardee struggled to finish the 400m (72.49), but will take his place in the 110m hurdles on the second day.
Molly Huddle booked her place on the American team for Rio with victory over 10,000m at the Olympic Trials in 31:41.62 ahead of world bronze medallist Emily Infeld (31:46.09) and Marielle Hall (31:54.77).
Jenna Prandini blasted to a 10.81 clocking in the 100m heats although it was strongly wind-aided at 3.6m/sec. English Gardner (10.90), Tori Bowie (10.91), Joanna Atkins (10.99), Morolake Akinosun (10.99) and Alexandra Anderson (10.99) also broke the 11-second mark while Bartoletta (11.03) was another heat winner.
Trayvon Bromell returned from an Achilles injury to clock a wind-legal 9.94 in the 100m heats while Christian Coleman (9.96) and Tyson Gay (9.97) clocked wind-assisted marks in another heat.
Tony McQuay lowered his PB to 44.24 in the 400m semi-final while LaShawn Merritt won the second semi-final in 45.05. Former Olympic winner Jeremy Wariner was a non-finisher.
Francena McCorory clocked 50.28 ahead of Allyson Felix (50.31) in the women’s 400m semi-final with Courtney Okolo the other semi-final winner (50.37).
Boris Berian (1:45.72) and Brenda Martinez (1:59.64) qualified as fastest for the 800m finals while Jeff Henderson led long jump qualifying with 8.22m.
Whitney Ashley won the discus with 62.25m with 2008 Olympic champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton fifth (59.65m). The other two spots went to Shelbi Vaughn 60.28m and Kelsey Card 60.13m.
US record needed for Huddle medal
Molly Huddle has said she needs to be in American record shape to win a medal in the 10,000m at the Olympics.
“Having seen some of the Ethiopian and Kenyan results, to medal I think you’ll need to be in 30:20 shape, which is a huge order and the American record,” she said.
Eaton battling hamstring niggle
Ashton Eaton has said he is nursing a small hamstring injury. “My fitness is coming back after injuring my quad in May. The goal here is to get in the top three. I don’t care about the score. The quad didn’t bother me, but I did have a problem with my hamstring. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a 28-year-old decathlete,” he said.
McLeod dominates Jamaican trials
World leader and world indoor champion Omar McLeod confirmed his position not only as best in Jamaica during third day of trials but also globally with the second fastest 110m hurdles time of the year with a 13.01 win.
The 200m first round was immediately qualification for the finals. With Usain Bolt absent the fastest was Julian Forte 20.21, who false started in 100m semi-finals. Other winners included Nickel Ashmeade 20.48 and Yohan Blake 20.29.
Another battle for Olympic spots in men discus was won by Fedrick Dacres (62.27m) over Chad Wright (61.83m) and Traves Smikle (61.72m), while Daina Levy (64.18m) and Caniggia Raynor (70.91m) won the hammer competitions.
Natoya Goule won the 800m in 2:00.23 ahead of Kenia Sinclair in 2:01.11 and Jowayne Hibbert won men’s race in 1:47.59.
Damar Forbes was the best in the long jump with Olympic qualifier 8.16m. Christoff Bryan cleared 2.25m in the high jump and in the 400m semi-finals all the favourites advanced, with Javon Francis fastest in the men’s with 45.26 and Stephanie McPherson (50.31) and Christine Day (50.43) coming through strongest of the women.
European Athletics promotes clean sport
Competitors at the Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships will be able to show their commitment to a drug-free sport by wearing a special anti-doping message on their bibs.
The bibs will carry the messages “I Run Clean”, “I Jump Clean”, “I Throw Clean”, and “I Am Clean” for combined events.
“We want to give a voice to clean athletes on how they want our sport to be in the future, and this championships is the time for them to make a statement,” says European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen.
An extensive testing programme has been planned for these championships in collaboration with the IAAF with more than 100 blood samples and around 200 urine samples to be collected. The testing plan involves target testing for specific analysis as well as random testing for track, field and road events.
Shubenkov in superior form
Russia’s world 110m hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov clocked the fastest ever hand-timed 110m hurdles time with a 12.7 clocking. The previous fastest by Renaldo Nehemiah was 12.8 in Kingston on May 11, 1979.
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