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Olympic champions Isinbayeva and Bungei win; many close duels in Daegu

The 4th international meeting in Daegu, the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships meeting featured several Olympic medallists and a few Olympic champions competing as well in this late season competition.

Daegu Stadium where the meeting is staged each year will be the venue for the IAAF World Championships, Daegu 2011.

The men's 100m duel between Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, two of the Jamaicans who set the 4x100m relay World record in Beijing, was amongst the best action of the meeting which overall witnessed many close finishes. Carter, who didn’t make to the individual Olympic 100m won with a 10.08 sec finish before Frater’s 10.15. Frater was 6th in Beijing.

Brian Dzingai (ZIM), who was third in the 100m, topped the 200m with a good 20.28 sec result.

In the men’s 400m Hurdles Olympic bronze medallist Bershawn Jackson (USA) was narrowly beaten by L.J. van Zyl (RSA), who finished fifth in Beijing.

The South African won with a 48.72s time before Jackson’s 48.78s with Danny McFarlane (JAM) finishing third in 49.38s result.

The men's 110m Hurdles almost witnessed a major surprise with Ryan Wilson (USA) only just keeping Korean Lee Jung-Jun behind. Wilson won in 13.50sec with Lee finishing second with a national record 13.53 bettering his earlier 13.55 one from the Beijing quarterfinals by 0.02s. Joel Brown (USA) was third with the same time 13.53.

Tero Järvenpää (FIN), who was dropped to fourth place in the final round of the Olympic javelin competition showed good late season form and won with a competition record 84.43m before Alexander Vieweg (GER), who managed a 81.98m result and Korea's national record holder (83.99m) Park Jae-Myong who set a season's best 81.42m for the third place. Järvenpää will now return to Finland where he will under go an operation to his throwing arm this autumn.

The Olympic 800m champion Wilfred Bungei had a close race with fellow Kenyan Justus Koech, but the champion prevailed with a 1:47.02 finishing time just shaking off Koech's (1:47.05) challenge by 0.03s. Mohamed Al-Salhi (KSA), who made to the semi-finals in Beijing was third with a 1:47.73 result.

In another close finish James Kwalia (QAT) shrugged off Sahle Warga's (ETH) final sprint and won in 13:32.89 with the Ethiopian close in 13:33.04. Silas Kipruto (KEN) was third in 13:33.85.

As expected Yelena Isinbayeva topped the women's Pole Vault competition winning her 11th straight meet since a loss in February indoors. The 26-year-old Russian who has set 26 World record indoors and outdoors started her competition with a first time clearance at 4.60m and that was enough for the win today. The Olympic champion then went on to make three unsuccessful tries at 4.75m. Carolin Hingst (GER) was second at 4.55m.

Ruth Bisibori Nyangau (KEN) marked another win in Daegu in the 3000m Steeplechase race. The young Kenyan set the World junior record 9:24.51 when winning this meet last year and this time won in 9:35.94 ahead of 15-year-old Ethiopian Halima Hassen's 9:40.31. Hassen, who was fourth in the World Junior championships this summer, missed her personal best today by less than two seconds but of course has many years left to attack Bisibori's record.

Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS), double silver medallist in Beijing, won the Long Jump with a 6.65m leap beating Ruky Abdulai (CAN), who was second at 6.52m.

Lauryn Williams lead a sweep for the USA in the women's 100m winning in 11.21sec before Torri Edwards (11.33) and Carmelita Jeter (11.35). Shericka Williams (JAM) was fastest over the 200m distance in 22.94 with Debbie Ferguson McKenzie (BAH) in second place with a 22.99 finishing time.

In the events ending later in Daegu Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM), 6th in the 100m Hurdles at the 2008 Olympics, won her first race since late July in Monaco finishing in 12.79s, a clear winner with Sarah Claxton (GBR) far behind in 13.01s.

Barbara Madejczyk (POL) won the women's javelin with a 57.95m toss and Russian Aleksandr Petrenko won a tight men's Triple Jump competition jumping 16.97m to just beat Olympic bronze medallist Leevan Sands (BAH) who reached 16.95m with his best effort this time.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF



1. Nesta Carter (JAM) 10.08
2. Michael Frater (JAM) 10.15
3. Brian Dzingai (ZIM) 10.18
1. Brian Dzingai (ZIM) 20.28
2. Gary Kikaya (COD) 20.63
3. Christopher Williams (JAM) 20.66
1. Wilfred Bungei (KEN) 1:47.02
2. Justus Koech (KEN) 1:47.05
3. Mohammed Al-Salhi (KSA) 1:47.73
1. James Kwalia C'kurui (USA) 13:32.89
2. Betona Sahle Warga (ETH) 13:33.04
3. Silas Kipruto (KEN) 13:33.85
110m H:
1. Ryan Wilson (USA) 13.50
2. Lee Jung-Jun (KOR) 13.53
3. Joel Brown (USA) 13.53
400m H:
1. L.J. van Zyl (RSA) 48.72
2. Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.78
3. Danny McFaralne (JAM)  49.38
Javelin Throw:
1. Tero Jarvenpaa (FIN) 84.43 m
2. Alexander Vieweg (GER) 81.98 m
3. Park Jae-Myong (KOR) 81.42 m

1. Lauryn Williams (USA) 11.21
2. Torri Edwards (USA) 11.33
3. Carmelita Jeter (USA) 11.35
1. Shericka Williams (JAM) 22.94
2. Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie (BAH) 22.99
3. Carmelita Jeter (USA) 23.01
1. Anna Mishchenko (UKR) 4:28.61
2. Anna Jakubczak (POL) 4:28.75
3. Sonja Roman (SLO) 4:29.34

3000m Steeplechase:
1. Ruth Bisibori Nyangau (KEN) 9:35.94
2. Halima Hassen (ETH) 9:40.31
3. Elizabeth Mueni (KEN)  9:42.11
Pole Vault
1. Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.60 m
2. Carolin Hingst (GER) 4.55m
3. Tatyana Polnova (RUS) 4.45m
Long Jump:
1. Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 6.65 m
2. Rukayatu Abdulai (CAN) 6.52 m
3. Jung Soon-Ok (KOR) 6.43 m

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