A look at some of the latest athletics news and results from around the world
Schippers two world leads, Ogunode 9.91
At the Tom Jones Memorial three world-leading marks of the season were set. World champion and European Athlete of the Year Dafne Schippers clocked 22.25 (-0.2) in the 200m, beating 400m specialist Quanera Hayes with a 22.89 PB.
Qatari Femi Ogunode posted 9.91 (+0.6) in the 100m to equal his own Asian record. Behind him Isiah Young clocked 10.03 and Jamaican 200m specialist Nickel Ashmeade also ran 10.03.
The third world lead was in the women’s 4x100m by a special team of three nationalities. Briton Desiree Henry, Schippers, another Briton Anyika Onuora and USA’s Tianna Bartoletta combined to clock 42.22.
European champion Tiffany Porter clocked 12.72 (+1.0) over the hurdles ahead of Belgian Anna Zagre’s 12.95 (but 12.94 +1.6 in heats) and Dutch Nadine Visser’s 12.99 (but 12.89 +1.8 in heats). Britain’s Meghan Beesley won the 400m hurdles in 55.72 and there was another British win for Richard Kilty in the 200m with a time of 20.60 (-0.4).
The women’s 100m had Jamaican Simone Facey winning in 11.00 (+0.4) ahead of Murielle Ahoure’s 11.06 and Candyce McGrone’s 11.13.
Jason Richardson was the best in the 110m hurdles, clocking 13.33.
World indoor long jump champion Marquis Dendy won the triple jump with 16.36m (+1.7).
Bromell 10.04, Powell 20.51
World indoor champion Trayvon Bromell won the 100m at the Michael Johnson Classic in a fast 10.04 (-0.1). Jamaican star Asafa Powell competed in the 200m and won in 20.51 (+0.1) in his first race at the distance since 2011. Behind him Diondre Batson ran 20.55 and Joe Morris 20.61.
Jeremy Wariner won on the home track in the 400m in 45.72 and Javier Culson the 400m hurdles in 49.65.
Michelle-Lee Ahye won the 100m in 11.13 (-0.3) but lost in the 200m after 23.14 to Blessing Okagbare who won with 22.82 (-0.3).
Laura Roesler won the 800m in 2:00.72 and Tiffani McReynolds the hurdles in 12.88 (+0.2). Shelbi Vaughan won the discus with 60.73m and Hannah Carson the javelin with a 60.42m lifetime best.
Dacres 68.02m and Kovacs 21.47m
There was a world-leading discus throw at the Triton Invitational as Jamaican Fredrick Dacres achieved a 68.02m personal best.
Behind him Sweden’s Daniel Stahl threw a 66.42m PB.
Another world lead in the shot put was achieved by world champion Joe Kovacs with 21.47m.
World champion Greg Rutherford leaped to 8.01m (0.0) in the long jump.
Jeneba Tarmoh clocked 11.40 (+1.0) in the 100m, Ginnie Crawford 12.97 (+1.6) over the hurdles, Kori Carter 56.54 in the 400m hurdles and Tia Brooks 18.84m in the shot put.
Okolo 49.71 and Spencer 54.70 WL
British talent Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake posted a windy 20.14 (+3.6) at the LSU Alumni Gold meet ahead of Tevin Hester with 20.34.
The best result was delivered by Courtney Okolo in the 400m as she dipped for the first time in her career under 50 seconds with 49.71 and is now second best in the world this year.
Ashley Spencer recorded a 54.70 PB and W=world lead in the 400m hurdles.
Kenyan Japhet Kosgei won the 14th edition of the Metro Group Marathon Dusseldorf. Taking into account the weather conditions with cold temperatures, wind and a couple of hail showers he clocked a fine time of 2:10:46.
Defending champion Marius Ionescu of Romania took second with a personal best of 2:13:00 while Germany’s Hendrik Pfeiffer ran a superb debut in difficult conditions an olympic qualifier of 2:13:11.
Hungary’s Zsofia Erdelyi dominated the women’s race, winning with 2:35:37 from Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico, who clocked a national record of 2:36:31. Belgium’s Hanna Vandenbusche was third in 2:39:50.
Jamie Nieto sustains spine injury
Former high jumper and 2004 Olympic fourth placer Jamie Nieto suffered a terrible injury to his spine in a freak accident while coaching at Azusa Pacific University. He fell on to his head and compressed his spine and was paralysed.
The 39-year-old was air lifted to the USC trauma centre. His agent Paul Doyle informs that Nieto was unable to move but had feeling in his hands and feet and was fully aware and able to breathe on his own.
MRI results showed no fractures in his spine but some spinal cord trauma. Surgery to decompress Nieto’s spine was a success and he is starting to be able to move his arms and legs.
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