Recent news and results from the world of the sport including from Finnkampen, Tilburg Ten Miles, Zagreb and more
Sweden win match
Sweden won the men’s and women’s competitions at the annual Finnkampen against Finland away in Tampere. Sweden won the men’s competition 210 to 200 points and the women’s competition 213 to 197 points.
Kim Amb won a typically good quality javelin with a season’s best of 84.50m ahead of Finland’s Antti Ruuskanen (83.02m), with Sweden’s Jiannis Smalios third with a 81.89m PB.
After winning the 800m the day before, Johan Rogestedt won the 1500m in 3:55.83 while Meraf Bahta won the 5000m in 16:15.44 after top points in the 10,000m.
Finland’s Samuli Samuelsson also completed a sprint double, winning the 200m in 20.94. Another top mark was Sweden’s Khaddi Sagnia’s 6.74m season’s best to win the long jump ahead of Erica Jarder (6.49m), while Sofie Skoog cleared 1.88m to win the high jump.
Elsewhere, Sweden’s Charlotta Fougberg won the 3000m steeplechase in 9:57.10 and Finland’s Oskari Moro won the 400m hurdles in 50.77.
Rodgers Kwemoi won the Tilburg Ten Miles in 46:04 in a close race against compatriot John Langat who was given the same time, with Uganda’s Moses Kurong third (46:05).
In the build-up to the Chicago Marathon, former two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui finished fifth in 46:44 with Khalid Choukoud the top Dutch finisher in ninth in 47:56.
In the women’s 10km, Alice Aprot clocked 31:34 with a 15:26 second 5km to defeat Gladys Chesire (31:58) and world half-marathon record-holder Florence Kiplagat (32:27).
Ruth Van Der Heijden was the top Dutch finisher in sixth in 33:55.
Top shot for Zagreb
All three Olympic medalists will clash in the men’s shot put in Zagreb on Monday evening with Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs and recent Oceanian record-holder Tom Walsh competing. Also, contesting his last competition of his career will be Tomasz Majewski from Poland.
Former world indoor champion Ryan Whiting and best Croatian Stipe Zunic will also be there.
Crouser with Kovacs and Zunic on Sunday opened the new facility where the competition will be held in the area close to Zagreb Fountains.
The main programme of the meet will be held on Tuesday.
Dibaba and Hassan to race mile in Rovereto
At the 52nd Palio della Querca meet in Rovereto on Tuesday Genzebe Dibaba will run a one mile against Sifan Hassan and home favourite Federica Del Buono.
The world lead of Faith Kipyegon 4:18.60 will be under threat and a meeting record will be registered for sure as it is the first time this race will be organised at the event.
In the men’s 800m Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti will also be trying for a fast time.
Norwood among winners in Netherlands
USA’s Vernon Norwood won the 400m in 45.68 at the Arena Games over Briton Nigel Levine’s 45.94.
Sanne Verstegen clocked 2:01.73 in the 800m and later a 400 m PB of 54.35.
Nadine Broersen achieved 14.11m in the shot put and 6.19m in the long jump.
Britain’s Daniel Gardiner leaped to 7.85m (+3.3) in the long jump.
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