A round-up of some of the latest athletics news and results from around the world, including performances by Anita Wlodarczyk and Kamila Licwinko in Poland
Wlodarczyk and Licwinko set world leads in Szczecin
Spectators at one of the oldest meets, the 62nd Janusz Kusocinski Memorial (EA Classic), saw two world-leading marks. World hammer record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk achieved 79.61m in the second round for her third best result of all-time. Behind her, Briton Sophie Hitchon threw 71.86m and Moldova’s Zalina Marghieva 71.83m over Czech Katerina Safrankova’s 71.79m.
World indoor high jump champion Kamila Licwinko first equalled the world lead with 1.97m and then improved it to 1.99m to match her outdoor PB, both on her first attempts. After that she tried at 2.01m. In second, Bulgarian Mirela Demireva improved her PB to 1.97m.
Piotr Lisek beat Pawel Wojciechowski on count back in the pole vault as both cleared 5.70m. World champion Shawn Barber cleared 5.50m for fourth.
Konrad Bukowiecki for the third time in his career went over 21 metres with the senior shot, throwing 21.02 over Michal Haratyk with 20.87m and Tomasz Majewski with 20.78m.
Piotr Malachowski ruled in the discus with 66.56m over Robert Urbanek’s 65.56m. Another world champion Pawel Fajdek was a clear hammer winner with 80.10m from his last attempt.
In the 800m, Marcin Lewandowski sprinted to 1:45.68 ahead of Leonard Kosencha with 1:45.69. Adam Kszczot was fifth in 1:46.37. Other winners were Remigiusz Olszewski with 10.34 (+0.7) in the 100m and Hubert Chmielak who threw 80.41m in the javelin. Junior record-holder Ewa Swoboda ran 11.36 (-0.3) in the 100m, Justyna Swiety 52.22 in the 400m, Angelika Cichocka 4:07.67 in the 1500m and Anna Jagaciak Michalska a windy 14.08m (+2.2) in the triple jump.
Defar first track outdoor race since 2013
Race Results Weekly informs that for a meet that was filled with Olympic medallists and global stars, it was high school junior Kate Murphy who had the most jaw-dropping performance at the first adidas Boost Boston Games.
Only 16 years old, Murphy stormed to an upset victory over Katie Rainsberger in the adidas Dream High School 1500m, posting a time of 4:07.21. The mark is the third-fastest ever by an American high school girl, and was even quicker than the winner of the women’s professional race here – Corey McGee with 4:08.65.
Meseret Defar, in her first track outdoor race since 2013, won the 5000m in 15:06.96. Britain’s Jo Pavey just missed the Olympic standard of 15:24.00, running 15:24.74 in fifth, but was inside the time for the European Championships.
Dejen Gebremeskel with 12:59.89 and Hagos Gebrhiwet with 13:00.20 are now number two and three in Ethiopia this year.
In the 400m, world champion Wayde van Niekerk clocked 44.28 over Machel Cedenio’s 44.87 and in the women’s race Francena McCorory clocked 50.46.
Ajee’ Wilson and Molly Ludlow both dipped under the 2:00 barrier in the women’s 800m, finishing a stride ahead of the field. Collins Cheboi topped the men’s 1500m in 3:35.82 over Nick Willis with 3:35.95.
Harry Jerome Classic
World medallist Andre de Grasse won both sprints at the Harry Jerome Classic, the first meet of the National Track League 2016 in Canada. He clocked 10.32 (-1.4) and 20.46 (+0.2).
World medallist Melissa Bishop ran 1:58.79 in the 800m ahead of Brenda Martinez with 1:59.89.
There were further US wins by Shannon Rowbury with a 4:09.47 1500m, Bridget Franek with a 9:49.37 steeplechase and Jenna Prandini with 11.44 (-1.0) in the 100m.
Jeremy Wariner was the best in the 400m with 46.64, Jordan McNamara ran 3:39.42 in the 1500m and Donn Cabral 8:29.37 in the steeple. Canadian world champion Derek Drouin cleared 2.20m to win the high jump.
Thomas Rohler 86.81m
The first day of the 116th German Championships was highlighted by Thomas Rohler and his 86.81m in the javelin over Julan Weber’s 83.79m and three more over 80m.
David Storl won the shot put with 20.75m ahead of Tobias Dahm’s 20.38m PB. In the women’s events a great pole vault competition was won by Martina Strutz with 4.70m, with Lisa Ryzih clearing 4.65m and Anika Roloff a 4.55m PB as Silke Spiegelburg no-heighted at 4.30m.
Betty Heidler won the hammer with 75.32m and Nadine Muller the discus with 65.79m.
The 100m winners were Julian Reus with 10.30 (-2.3) and Tatjana Pinto with 11.22 (-2.1). In the hurdles, Matthias Buhler clocked 13.44 (+0.3) ahead of Gregor Traber with 13.47 (13.41 -0.3 in heats) and Alexander John with 13.48.
Cindy Roleder posted 12.86 (-0.1) to win over Nadine Hildebrand’s 12.92. Gesa Felicitas Krause won the steeple in 9:31.00.
Michaela Hruba 1.93m
At the Czech Championships, Michaela Hruba confirmed her high jump talent with 1.93m on her first attempt to equal her national junior record. She tried at 1.96m with good attempts.
Jan Veleba won the 100m in a European Championships standard of 10.28 (+1.3). In the women’s 100m, Barbora Prochazkova clocked 11.51 (+1.6) ahead of Nikola Bendova with a Czech under-18 record of 11.57.
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