Recent news and results from the world of athletics, including a 4.93m pole vault clearance by Morris in Houston to move her to second on the world outdoor all-time list
Morris 4.93m WL, Okolo 35.74 WL
The second and final American Track League meet in Houston saw Sandi Morris in superb pole vault shape. In only her second meeting since her injury in Ostrava, she cleared 4.35m, 4.50m, 4.60m, 4.70m on her first attempts, then needed two attempts at 4.80m and cleared a world-leading 4.93m on her first try. That breaks the American outdoor pole vault record and puts her second on the world outdoor all-time list.
Morris ended with three attempts at a world record height of 5.07m. Only Yelena Isinbayeva in seven outdoor competitions has ever jumped ever higher than 4.93m.
Another world lead came in the women’s 300m as Courtney Okolo clocked 35.74 for the seventh fastest time ever ahead of Kendall Baisden with 36.39.
Canadian champion Andre De Grasse with 10.02 (-0.3) beat Asafa Powell with10.08 over 100m (Powell was faster in the heats with 10.05 +0.1), and third was Dexter Lee with a 10.14 PB.
Vernon Norwood won the 400m in 45.19, as Ashton Eaton was fifth in 45.63. The decathlete also managed 60.46m as seventh in the javelin, both results are 2016 bests for him. Cyrus Hostetler topped the event with 80.84m.
Jenna Prandinin showed top sprinting shape with 11.21 (+0.1) and 22.42 (+0.1) wins. In the women’s hurdles Sharika Nelvis got 12.83 (-0.3) over Christina Manning with 12.88, world champion Danielle Williams with 12.89 and heptathlon star Brianne Theisen-Eaton with 13.04.
Wallace Spearmon clocked 20.31 (+0.3) in the 200m, Jamaican Andrew Riley 13.47 (-0.3) in the hurdles and Jeshua Anderson 49.48 in the 400m hurdles. The 800m winner Ajee Wilson clocked 1:59.98 ahead of Jamaican Natoya Goule with 2:00.33.
Andrei Toader tests positive
Young shot put talent Andrei Toader had a positive test on June 4 at the Romanian International Championships and will miss the Olympic Games in Rio, informs the Romanian Olympic Committee. In the sample was testosterone.
The 19-year-old is provisionally suspended. If confirmed he will lose silver from the recent World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz and earlier results of third place at the Balkan Senior Champs and sixth place at the European Championships in Amsterdam.
Orlando Ortega and his 13.09 (+1.0) in the 110m hurdles was one of the best results from the second day of the Spanish Championships. Second was Yidiel Contreras in 13.45.
In the 10,000 m walk, world champion Miguel Angel Lopez confirmed his top shape with a world-leading 38:06.28. Second Alvaro Martin 39:23.51 and third Luis Alberto Amezcua 39:29.00.
Ruth Beitia cleared 1.90m to win her 12th national title. Borja Vivas topped the shot put with 20.59m over Carlos Tobalina 20.06m.
Sergio Fernandez won the 400m hurdles in 50.21 and Esther Guerrero the women’s 800m in 2:01.72.
Lyles brothers turn pro
US sprint talent brothers Noah and Josephus Lyles have decided to turn professional over an NCAA career. Noah won world under-20 gold in the 100m this week and on Saturday anchored the US team to 4x100m gold.
Kevin Borlee scored a double at the Flanders Cup meet with 20.86 (+1.8) and 45.60. Behind him, Dylan Borlee 45.82 and Britain’s Nigel Levine 45.86.
Australian Peter Bol improved in the 800m to 1:45.41 ahead of Britain’s James Bowness with 1:45.96. Jonas Leandersson of Sweden won the 1500m in 3:37.78.
Jamaican world medalist Hansle Parchment tested his shape after injury with a 13.53 (+1.5) win.
French Deborah Sananes won the 400m in 51.85. Nadine Broersen tested her shape with 13.63 in the hurdles and 1.82m in the high jump.
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