Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World


Fajdek 82.40 WL - TURKU (FIN, Jun 13): World and European hammer champion Pawel Fajdek extended his world-lead at the Paavo Nurmi Games in cold weather to 82.40m and had two more throws over 80m: 81.85m and 80.59m. Fajdek won by nearly six metres while Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov finished fifth with 75.69m. Thomas Rohler went out to 88.26m to win a high quality javelin from teammate Johannes Vetter (87.88m), Keshorn Walcott (86.48m) and Qatar’s Ahmed Bader Magour 85.23 NR while world champion Julius Yego only finished seventh despite improving his season’s best of 82.60m.

Obiri and Hassan with top times - ROME (ITA, Jun 8): First European stop in IAAF Diamond League Pietro Mennea Golden Gala 2017 brought 4 World leads and 1 meet record including lot of surprises. Sifan Hassan offered great display of shape in women 1500 m as did both jumping winners Ekaterini Stefanidi with Mariya Lasitskene. Hellen Obiri ruled in the 5000 m without any doubts. Italian athletics celebrated junior Tortu in the 200 m before a crowd of close to 30 000.
Can the duel Vicaut-Baker bring a 100 m World lead? - ROME (ITA): IAAF Diamond League 2017 arrived to Europe. Fourth stop at Stadio Olimpico of Rome. Golden Gala meet which started in the wake of Olympic boycott 1980 offers some superb clashes like Baker-Vicaut in the 100 m or Dibaba-Obiri in the 5000 m with Ibarguen-Rojas in triple jump, also Birech vs C. Kipruto in men steeple. Russian Mariya Lasitskene can with 204 improve the meet record which is 203. Deep fields in men javelin and women pole vault. Several national events will gave the chance to Italian athletes to compete.
Bolt confirms Ostrava for 9th time - OSTRAVA (CZE): Usain Bolt fulfills his promise and will return to Ostrava Golden Spike for the last time as competitor on June 28 for the 56th edition of the meet (IAAF World Challenge). He will run in his last season the 100 m. In total, Bolt started in Ostrava four times at 100m, three times at 200m and once at 300m, always winning. This will be his 9th, record among the one day meetings.
Miller-Uibo 21.76 straight WR - BOSTON (USA, Jun 4): The adidas Boost Boston Games were highlighted by straight all-time best by Shaunae Miller-Uibo 21.76 (+0.5). It is also better than her best in the curve 200 m. Second Natasha Hasting 22.50. Close to all-time best was also another Olympic winner Wayde Van Niekerk with fast 19.84 (+0.6) ahead of Beejay Lee 20.17. Tori Bowie clocked 16.30 (+0.1) in the 150 m ahead of Shalonda Solomon 16.71. In men 150 m Alonso Edward 15.09 (+1.1) ahead of Nickel Ashmeade 15.16 and Yohan Blake 15.17.
PREFONTAINE NEWS - EUGENE (USA): Olympic and World gold medalist LaShawn Merritt has won an unprecedented five times in the Prefontaine Classic 400, but this year’s one-lapper has exciting fresh talent ready to challenge him. From Botswana two youngsters Karabo Sibanda with Baboloki Thebe, European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith, Indoor king Pavel Maslak, Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic and from US elite Tony McQuay and Vernon Norwood.
Gatlin vs De Grasse - EUGENE (USA): Justin Gatlin vs Andre De Grasse will be the headline of 43rd Prefontaine Classic men 100 m on May 27 (IAAF Diamond League). They will clash for the second time time since Rio finals where Gatlin was 2nd and De Grasse 3rd. Also in the race newcomer US Ronnie Baker who is running personal bests currently, Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast, European 200 m champion Adam Gemili with another Brit CJ Ujah, Chinese record holder Su Bingtian and experienced Mike Rodgers.
Linke, Palmisano and Banzeruk - PODEBRADY (CZE, May 21): German Christopher Linke stormed to the 20km walk title at the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady in 1:19:28 by nearly a minute ahead of reigning World champion Miguel Angel Lopez (1:20:21) and Sweden’s Perseus Karlstrom (1:20:40). France’s Kevin Campion was in medal contention until he was DQ’s on the penultimate lap while neutral competitor Sergey Shirobokov faded to 12th in 1:22:21. Lopez led Spain to the team title ahead of Germany and historic bronze for Ireland. In the women’s 20km, Olympic fourth placer Antonella Palmisano took her biggest win to date, winning in 1:27:57 by nearly two minutes from Portugal’s Ana Cabecinha (1:29:44) and Spain’s Laura Garcia-Caro (1:29:57). Spain took the team honours from Italy and Lithuania. There was a Ukrainian one-two in the 50km from Ivan Banzeruk (3:48:15) and Ihor Hlavan (3:48:38) with Italy’s Michele Antonelli third (3:49:07). Top three teams: Ukraine, Italy, Spain. Germany’s Leo Kopp won the U20 10km in 41:08 while Yana Smerdova won the U20 women's 10km in 46:39. Belarus and Spain shared the U20 team titles.
Kovacs gets 22.57 WL and PB - TUCSON (USA, May 18): World shot put champion Joe Kovacs after passing the indoor season in his second meet of outdoors showed tremendous shape. At Tucson Elite Classic an throwing meet he had three throws measured and all over 22 meters. He started with superb personal best, World lead and 8th best performer ever 22.57. The best result in shot put since 2003. He also registered 22.10 in second attempt and 22.26 in fourth. "It was great to start 2017 with a PR of 22.57m on the first throw #Thankful," he said on his twitter. His duel with Olympic winner Ryan Crouser will be one of the highlights of Prefontaine Classic next weekend. In women shot personal best for US Monique Riddick 18.55 and second Canadian Brittany Crew 18.47 national record ahead of Brittany Smith 18.33. Mexican David Ocampo won javelin with 80.29 PB and in women discus Gia Lewis-Smallwood 62.91 ahead of Jamaican Tara-Sue Barnett 61.66 PB. Personal bests also for Canadian Jillian Weir 72.50 in hammer and U20 discus thrower Turner Washington 69.45 with 1.62 kg implement.
Four World leads 2017 - BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 17): The traditional elite meet in Guadeloupe registered in total 4 World leads 2017. At Meeting Pro Athlé (French series) World Indoor champion Yulimar Rojas got the top mark of the year in triple 14.67 (+1.2). Jamaicans followed Kimberly Williams 14.35 (+1.4) and Shanieka Thomas 14.13 (-0.3). 2012 Olympic winner Brittney Reese leaped to long jump WL 698 (-0.2) ahead of British European indoor medalist Lorraine Ugen 676 (+0.4). Also third WL in jumping event, Will Claye of USA 17.40 (+0.5) in men triple what actually equaled the top mark of Cuban Andy Diaz. Behind him Chris Benard 17.15 (-0.2) with 2008 Olympic winner Nelson Evora fourth 16.77 (-0.1). Fourth WL in women 400 m hurdles when Kori Carter in 54.53 beat Jamaican Ristananna Tracey 54.56 and US Jaide Stepter 54.96. Olympic winner Ryan Crouser was clearly on top in shot put 21.79 one meter ahead of Jamaican O´Dayne Richards and Chukwu Enekwechi 20.67 PB. In sprints Mike Rodgers in 10.08 (-0.2) beat Canadian Andre De Grasse 10.10. LaShawn Merritt was the best in the 400 m 44.99 with Paul Dedewo second 45.14 PB. Also fast Aleec Harris 13.18 (0.0) and Sharika Nelvis 12.58 (-0.1) in the hurdles. Jenna Prandini scored a double with 11.25 (-0.4) and 22.70 (0.0) wins. In middle distances Andrew Bayer won steeple 8:28.89 and Cuban Rose Mary Almanza 800 m in 2:00.26. St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer was the best in women high jump 192.