A round-up of some of the latest athletics results and news from around the world, including a 6.02m pole vault clearance by Lavillenie in France and performances at the Asian Indoor Championships
Lavillenie 6.02m at All Star Perche
World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie cleared a world-leading 6.02m at his own organised All Star Perche meeting in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
He had failures only when he tried the world record height of 6.17m. Up until that point he had gone clear first time at 5.70m, 5.84m, 5.91m and the world-leading 6.02m.
Second was world champion Shawn Barber, who despite jumping on Saturday in Glasgow cleared 5.91m and had good attempts at 6.02m. A tie for third saw Konstadinos Filippidis (Greek record) and Sam Kendricks both clear 5.84m.
In the women’s event, 4.71m was the winning height. Fabiana Murer did it on her second attempt to win and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou on her third. Both then passed 4.76m and failed to clear 4.81m.
Al-Garni again retains title
Mohamed Al-Garni of Qatar successfully defended his second title of the weekend to highlight the final day of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships at the Aspire Dome. He clocked an impressive 7:39.23 in the 3000m ahead of Albert Rop’s 7:40.27, with Qatari Said Aden Said taking third with a personal best of 7:44.69.
Qatar’s first gold of the afternoon came in a thrilling men’s 800m contest where Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla took the victory as expected in a meet record 1:46.92. Marta Hirpato of Bahrain won the women’s 800m in 2:04.59.
Another successful title defence came from Abdulazeez Al-Mandeel of Kuwait who prevailed in 7.60 in the 60m hurdles. His time was his second national record and championships record in as many days and landed him among the season’s top-10. His teammate Yaqoub Alyouha, who clocked 7.65, finished second. In the women’s contest it took a photo reading to separate Kazakhstan’s hurdling Anastasiyas. The verdict went in favour of Anastasiya Soprunova over teammate Pilipenko by two one-thousandths of a second as each were credited with 8.17.
The penultimate event, the women’s 4x400m relay, witnessed another Asian record courtesy of Bahrain’s women in 3:35.07. Qatar won the men’s event in 3:08.20, also a championships record.
Favourite Svetlana Radzivil won the women’s high jump at 1.92m for Uzbekistan. Akihiko Nakamura topped the men’s heptathlon to capture Japan’s first gold of the championships, tallying 5831 points. Zhang Yaoguang of China won the long jump with 7.99m ahead of India’s Prem Kumar Kumaravel (7.92m) and Ming Tai Chan (7.85m) of Hong Kong. Liu Yang was the winner in the men’s shot put with a 19.30m throw.
Qatar topped the gold medal standings with six, followed by China with five and Kazakhstan with four. China won 13 medals in all, followed by Qatar and Kazakhstan with 10 apiece. The 8th edition of the Asian Indoor Championships will be hosted by Ranchi, India, in February 2018. From an organisers release.
Course record at Seville Marathon
Kenyan Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat regained the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla title in a course record of 2:08:14.
On a great day for the Spanish athletes who were competing for the national championship, four got the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio: Carles Castillejo in 2:11:29 and second overall, Jesús España in 2:11:58, female overall winner Paula Gonzalez in 2:31:18 and Estela Navascues with 2:32:49.
Third male was Moroccan Hassan Ahouchar in 2:11:39. Second best woman was Kaoutar Boulaid 2:31:26. From organisers.
Stratton improves to 6.94m
The Canberra Track Classic has delivered arguably the best women’s long jump competition this decade, with Brooke Stratton soaring to within striking distance of the national record with 6.94m (0.0) as Chelsea Jaensch joined the list of athletes qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 6.70m (-0.1).
On the track, Ella Nelson once again impressed to win the women’s 100m and 200m in monster personal best times 11.42 (+1.7 over Melissa Breen 11.43) and 22.53 (-0.2). Youth Olympic Games 400m champion Jessica Thornton crossed the line for second in a 23.26 PB.
Aaron Stubbs also edged closer to the men’s 100m qualifier for the Rio Games when he crossed in 10.23 (+0.8) to improve his personal best ahead of Tom Gamble’s 10.28. Michelle Jenneke ran 13.07 (+1.7) in the women’s hurdles.
There was a season’s best 56.39 for Lauren Wells at the 400m hurdles as the men’s race was won by New Zealand’s Michael Cochrane in a time of 49.58.
Eleanor Patterson cleared a season best 1.91m to win the women’s high jump. A sixth-round 59.02 throw by Kelsey-Lee Roberts saw the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist win the women’s javelin. Hamish Peacock threw 80.74m in round three to win the men’s event.
Malysian Nauraj Singh Randhawa cleared 2.25m in the high jump and young Darcy Roper leaped to 7.83m (+1.3) in the men’s long jump.
Reus equals German 60m record
Julian Reus equalled the German 60m record for the second time this year at the Erdgas International meet with 6.53. In second Christian Blum clocked 6.62.
Germany’s Kristin Gierisch won the triple jump with 14.24m ahead of Jenny Elbe’s 14.12m and Poland’s Anna Jagaciak with a 14.08m PB.
Erik Balnuweit posted a season’s best of 7.66 in the hurdles final. There were more international wins for Matus Bubenik (high jump, 2.21m) and Iveta Putalova (400m, 53.68). Croatian record-holder Andrea Ivancevic achieved 8.03 in the hurdles over Poland’s Karolina Koleczek’s 8.11.
Lemaitre 20.44 world lead
European champion Christophe Lemaitre confirmed his top shape with a world-leading and indoor PB 20.44 in the 200 m at the international indoor meet in Metz. Second was Jeffrey John with 20.79. Lemaitre was beaten in the 60m with 6.63 by Barbados Ramon Gittens who clocked 6.60.
Another top time of the day was 7.49 at the 60m hurdles by European indoor champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde – his third best time of his career in his first meet of the season. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast twice ran 7.09 (heats and finals) and in second Stella Akakpo improved to 7.12. Floria Guei posted 36.46 in the 300m and Marie Gayot 52.75 in the 400m.
National record-holder Cindy Billaud returned with an 8.04 win over 60m hurdles. Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko cleared 2.30m in the high jump over Jaroslav Baba’s 2.25m. Cuban Alexis Copello triple jumped 16.95m ahead of European champion Benjamin Compaore’s 16.77m. European indoor gold medalist in 2013, Nataliya Lupu from Ukraine, won the 800m in 2:00.86 ahead of Moroccan Malika Akkaoui with 2:00.96.
Paul Renaudie (1:48.11) and Sofiane Selmouni (3:41.47) won the 800m and 1500m. In the 3000m, young Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha won in 7:43.77 beating Dejene Gonfa’s 7:46.64 and Morhad Amdouni’s 7:47.70 indoor PB.
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