A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including world leading performances by David Rudisha and Renaud Lavillenie
Rudisha 1:43.35 WL, Simbine 9.89 NR
What an edition of the István Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. Olympic champion David Rudisha won the 800m in a world-leading 1:43.35 over fellow Kenyans Jonathan Kitlit (1:44.16) and former world leader Nicholas Kipkoech (1:44.90).
Another special mark came in the men’s 100m as a South African record was run by Akani Simbine with 9.89 (+1.9) over Asafa Powell, who with 9.92 clocked his 96th sub-10. Mike Rodgers was third in 10.12 and Kim Collins fourth in 10.13.
Simbine confirmed his form with a 200m improvement later in the evening with 20.16 (+0.7) beating Isiah Young’s 20.24 and Greek Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas with 20.34.
Olympic champion Kirani James remains unbeaten this year with a 44.60 win over Tony McQuay’s 45.08.
There was an impressive improvement for Donald Thomas after nine years with a 2.37m clearance in the high jump over Bohdan Bondarenko with 2.35m and Majed Aldin Ghazal with 2.31m.
Home wins were claimed by Balazs Baji in the hurdles with 13.33 (+1.2) after world leader Omar McLeod again after Monaco crashed out and Zoltan Kovago threw 67.13m in the discus over Daniel Stahl’s 66.92 PB.
Another Hungarian joy came as Anita Marton improved her national record in the shot put to 19.49m. But it was enough only for fourth place. Valerie Adams threw a season’s best of 20.19m, with Christina Schwanitz on 20.14m and Michelle Carter 19.56m.
In terms of doubling, Blessing Okagbare won a windy 100m in 10.92 (+2.6) and was only fifth in the long jump with 6.34m (+0.4), whereas Tianna Bartoletta placed third in the 100m in 11.02 but won the long jump with 6.80m (+0.3). There were second places for Marie-Josee Talou in the 100m with 10.95 and Shara Proctor in the long jump with 6.71m (0.0).
World champion Pawel Fajdek scored another clear hammer win with 81.11m. Olympic and world gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown scored a 22.52 (+1.0) 200m win over US sprinters Shalonda Solomon with 22.63 and Tiffany Townsend with the same time.
Rio-bound Nia Ali topped the hurdles with a time of 12.76 (+1.8) and fresh from a national record in Monaco, Francine Niyonsaba clocked 1:59.84 to win the 800m ahead of Molly Ludlow’s 1:59.99.
The meeting had started with the IAAF Challenge in the women’s hammer and Anita Wlodarczyk remained the clear number one, this time with a 78.10m win.
In the women’s 5000m, Kenyans topped the race with Agnes Tirop clocking 15:02.82 and Margaret Kipkemboi running a 15:03.17 PB.
Lavillenie 5.96m WL
Renaud Lavillenie returned to winning ways at a meeting in Sotteville-les-Rouen, France, where he cleared a world-leading 5.96m in the pole vault.
After no-heighting at the European Championships, the Olympic champion and world record-holder cleared 5.70m on his first attempt, 5.84m on the second and the winning 5.96m on his first attempt. Then he fouled three times at 6.01m. His brother Valentin Lavillenie was second with 5.60m.
Keston Bledman won the 100m in 10.27 (-0.7) over Ramon Gittens’ 10.29. Jarret Eaton clocked 13.39 (-0.2) to win the sprint hurdles and Christina Manning 12.87 (-0.7) over Alina Talay’s 12.88.
Stella Akakpo topped the women’s 100m in 11.40 (-0.6), just 0.01 ahead of Lekeisha Lawson’s 11.41.
In throws, Dmytro Kosynsky with 81.73m beat Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott with 79.62m and Sweden’s Tracey Andersson came close to her national hammer record with 70.74m.
Drouin 2.38m over Barshim 2.34m
The final day of the 38th high jump meet in Eberstadt saw as last year a win by Canadian Derek Drouin with a 2.38m season’s best. Second was Mutaz Essa Barshim with 2.34m. Some 1500 spectators saw Eike Onnen place third with 2.32m, fourth was Joel Castro and fifth Britain’s Robbie Grabarz, both with 2.27m.
Paul Martelletti appeals over Rio omission
London-based New Zealand marathon runner Paul Martelletti has filed sports tribunal proceedings against Athletics New Zealand and the New Zealand Olympic Committee following his exclusion from the Olympic team last week. Martelletti, who has run for GB, is the holder of the Oceania marathon title and the only one New Zealand male marathoner who fulfilled the Rio standard with 2:17:26 at the London Marathon this year.
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