Report27 Jun 2021

Fajdek throws 82.82m in Poznan, Gong gets 20.39m world lead in Chongqing


Polish hammer thrower Pawel Fajdek (ยฉ Getty Images)

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Four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek was just 16 centimetres off his own world hammer lead at the Polish Championships in Poznan on Friday (25), launching a throw of 82.82m to win by almost two metres.

It is his third competition over 82 metres so far this season, with his world lead of 82.98m having been set at the European Athletics Team Championships Super League at the end of May.

Olympic and world bronze medallist Wojciech Nowicki was second with 80.86m.

The 2015 world champion Piotr Malachowski threw 64.67m to win the discus, while multiple world medallist Piotr Lisek claimed the pole vault title thanks to a clearance of 5.80m.

Natalia Kaczmarek ran a PB of 50.72 to win the women’s 400m ahead of Justyna Swiety-Ersetic (51.52) and Malgorzata Holub-Kowalik (51.77), while Joanna Linkiewicz won the 400m hurdles in 56.32 and Kamila Licwinko cleared 1.92m to take the high jump title.

Pia Skrzyszowska completed a 100m and 100m hurdles double, clocking 12.85 (1.7m/s) over the barriers on Saturday (26) ahead of Klaudia Siciarz (12.92) after her 100m PB of 11.22 (0.8m/s) on Thursday (24). Damian Czykier won the 110m hurdles in 13.37 (0.9m/s) and Dominik Kopec the men's 100m in 10.31 (1.0m/s).

Angelika Sarna won the women's 800m in 2:00.28 as the top three all went sub-2:01, with Anna Wielgosz second in 2:00.57 and Joanna Jozwik third in 2:00.73.

Former 400m hurdles specialist Patryk Dobek, who only started racing the 800m this year, won the Polish title in his new event in 1:48.21.

Malwina Kopron, who won world hammer bronze in 2017, achieved the second-best throw of her career with 75.42m to claim the title ahead of two-time Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk (74.06m). Andrzej Kuch soared beyond eight metres for the first time, leaping 8.05m (1.4m/s) to win the long jump title.

On Thursday (24) European champions Michal Haratyk and Paulina Guba claimed the two shot put titles thanks to respective throws of 20.81m and 18.29m.

World bronze medallist Marcin Lewandowski won a tactical 1500m in 3:49.49 from Michal Rozmys (3:49.60), while Aneta Konieczek set a PB of 9:25.98 to win the 3000m steeplechase from Alicja Konieczek with a PB of 9:27.79.

Gong throws world lead

Two-time world shot put champion Gong Lijiao improved her own world-leading mark to 20.39m at the National Games Trials in Chongqing on Sunday (27).

Three of her throws were over 20 metres, with her best coming in the final round, and she also recorded 20.30m in the fifth round and 20.18m from her fourth throw, plus marks of 19.90m, 19.85m and 19.81m in the earlier rounds.

Gong, who claimed Olympic silver in 2012 and bronze in 2008, had thrown her previous world lead of 20.31m earlier this month in Shaoxing and her 20.39m is just four centimetres off her PB which was set in 2016.

Also in Chongqing, Chen Guanfeng further improved his PB to win the 100m, clocking 10.06 (0.1m/s) to claim a surprise victory.

The 21-year-old, who has taken 0.3 off his 100m best this year, didn’t get the strongest start but moved past his rivals in the second half of the race and seemed to shock himself with victory, raising his hands to his head when the times and positions were confirmed. Wu Zhiqiang was second in a PB of 10.11 and Xu Zhouzheng third in 10.22.

The women’s 100m was won by Ge Manqi in 11.15 (+0.7), with Liang Xiaojing the runner-up in 11.29.

After a PB of 45.66 in the heats, Yang Lei won the men’s 400m in 46.05, while Liu Guojuan also went quicker in the women’s heats with a 51.94 PB and then won the final in 52.41. Shu Xuangxuang ran 9:42.42 in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Three-time world javelin medallist Lu Huihui threw 62.72m, while Yao Jie cleared 5.70m in the pole vault.

Wu Yanni won the 100m hurdles in a PB of 12.87 (1.7m/s) as Chen Jiamin (13.01) and Wang Dou (13.02) also set PBs in second and third, while Sun Zhenjiang won the 110m hurdles in a PB of 13.56 (1.6m/s). In the 4x100m relays, there were times of 38.27 in the men’s race and 42.80 in the women’s.

Izumiya breaks Japanese 110m hurdles record

Shunsuke Izumiya ran 13.06 (1.2m/s) to break the Japanese 110m hurdles record and secure his place on the home Olympic Games team in style at the Japanese Championships in Osaka on Sunday (27).

Improving on his previous best of 13.30 set in May, Izumiya took a tenth of a second off the national record which had been set by Taio Kanai in April, replacing him at second on the Asian all-time list behind only China’s Liu Xiang with 12.88 from 2006. The time also puts Izumiya third on this season’s world rankings and he adds the record to the national indoor 60m hurdles record of 7.50 he set in March.

Kanai was second in 13.22 and Shunya Takayama third in 13.37 in Osaka, with both athletes set to join Izumiya on the Olympic team.

Yuki Koike was also among the winners on Sunday to claim an Olympic place, as he clocked 20.46 (1.0m/s) for 200m triumph, while Yuki Hashioka leapt 8.36m (0.6m/s) to secure his fourth national long jump title and his Tokyo spot. Ririka Hironaka won the women’s 5000m and her Olympic place with a 15:05.69 run ahead of Hitomi Niiya (15:13.73) and Nozomi Tanaka (15:18.25).

Naoto Tobe was among the winners on the first day of action in Osaka on Thursday (24), clearing 2.30m to claim high jump victory.

That performance is another leap towards the home Olympic Games in Tokyo for the Asian champion, who has also achieved 2.30m in his two other competitions outdoors this year and is currently within the world rankings quota to qualify for the Games.

Tomohiro Shinno, who won at last year’s national championships in October, cleared 2.27m to finish runner-up in Osaka, with Takashi Eto, Keitaro Fujita and Yuto Seko all clearing 2.24m.

The women’s long jump was won by Sumire Hata thanks to a leap of 6.40m (-1.3m/s). Hyuga Endo won the men’s 5000m in 13:28.67, while 18-year-old Seira Fuwa won the U20 women’s 5000m in 15:26.09.

Friday’s action saw Japanese record-holder Haruka Kitaguchi qualify for the Games thanks to her javelin win with a throw of 61.49m. Afterwards she expressed a feeling of relief after a series which also included two other throws over 61 metres – 61.22m in the fourth round and 61.03m in the fifth before 61.49m from her final attempt. Marina Saito finished second with a best of 59.10m.

Two-time world 4x100m medallist Shuhei Tada won the men's 100m final in 10.15 (0.2m/s) from Bruno Dede (10.19) and Ryota Yamagata (10.27), as sub-10 runners Yoshihide Kiryu and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown placed fifth and sixth with respective times of 10.28 and 10.29.

Tanaka, who is currently within the world rankings quota for the Games, won the women’s 1500m in 4:08.39, while Kazuki Kawamura won the men’s race in 3:39.18.

Despite falling at a water jump, 19-year-old Ryuji Miura improved his own Japanese 3000m steeplechase record and qualified for the Olympics on the third day of action in Osaka (26), winning in 8:15.99 ahead of Kosei Yamaguchi (8:19.96) and Ryoma Aoki (8:20.70).

Yuno Yamanaka won the women’s event in 9:41.84 to move to second on the Japanese all-time list.

National record-holder Asuka Terada won the 100m hurdles in 13.09 (0.0m/s), while Kosei Takekawa cleared a PB of 5.70m to win the men's pole vault.

French record for Dagee

Frederic Dagee claimed an emotional sixth consecutive national outdoor shot put title, breaking the French record with a throw of 20.75m at the French Championships in Angers on Saturday (26).

Opening with 18.97m, Dagee then went beyond 19 metres in the next three rounds and over 20 metres with his final two throws. He recorded 20.15m in the fifth round and his record-breaking 20.75m in the sixth to improve on a national mark which had been set in 2008.

Olympic and world medallist Mélina Robert-Michon also added another title to her impressive tally of French Championships wins, claiming her 35th victory in the discus with a fifth-round throw of 60.88m.

Wilhem Belocian set a PB of 13.15 (0.8m/s) to win the 110m hurdles title, while Hugo Hay won the men's 5000m from Jimmy Gressier, 13:34.08 to 13:35.94.

On Sunday (27), 2015 world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier broke the championship record with 73.85m to secure her sixth consecutive hammer title, while Ethan Cormont won the men’s pole vault title on countback ahead of 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie as they both cleared 5.70m.

Cyrena Samba-Mayela clocked 12.80 (-0.7m/s) to win the 100m hurdles after running 12.75 in the heats and Renelle Lamote claimed the 800m title thanks to a 2:00.35 run to win by more than a second.

Carolle Zahi retained her 200m title in 23.24 (-0.7m/s), while the men’s final was won by Mouhamadou Fall in 20.61 (-1.5m/s).

Bradshaw breaks British record

Holly Bradshaw broke her own national pole vault record as one of 16 athletes to secure Olympic selection on the second day of British Championships action in Manchester (26).

Clearing 4.90m to move to third on the world rankings this summer, Bradshaw improved on her previous outright best of 4.87m which she set indoors in 2012.

The world fourth-placer had entered the competition at 4.55m and cleared that on her second attempt. That would have been enough for her to claim her ninth title but she went on to clear 4.70m on her second try and 4.83m on her first before soaring over 4.90m, also on her first attempt. Molly Caudery was second with a 4.45m clearance.

The spotlight was on world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith in the 100m final and she ran 10.97 (1.2m/s) to claim the title and her Olympic Games place. There had been some confusion immediately after the race as the clock stopped at 10.71, which would have been the second-fastest time in the world this season and improved her own national record, but it was adjusted to 10.97 a short while later. Asha Philip was second in 11.16 and Daryll Neita third in 11.21. Asher-Smith had run 10.91 in the semifinals.

There was also some drama in the men’s 100m final as European champion Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start. CJ Ujah, who has made a comeback following back problems, won in an Olympic qualifying time of 10.05 (-0.4m/s).

Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman claimed the top two spots in the men’s 1500m, running 3:40.72 and 3:40.77 respectively to seal their Tokyo selection.

US-based NCAA finalist Tade Okoro had a breakthrough run to win the 110m hurdles in 13.38 as Dave King was second in 13.51 and world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi third in 13.54. Jessica Turner won the women’s 400m hurdles final in 54.83 and Jodie Williams the 400m in 51.01. Already having the standard, Andrew Butchart booked his place on the team for Tokyo by finishing second in the 5000m, with NCAA 10,000m champion Patrick Dever winning in 13:37.30.

Among the highlights on Sunday (27) was 19-year-old Keely Hodgkinson’s 1:59.61 run to win the women’s 800m ahead of Jemma Reekie (2:00.12) and Laura Muir (2:00.24) after a closing lap of 57.85. Their top two places secured Hodgkinson and Reekie their places on the Tokyo team.

Just 0.03 separated the top three in the men’s race, won by Elliot Giles in 1:45.11 from Oliver Dustin and Daniel Rowden.

Jodie Williams completed a sprint double, adding the 200m title to her 400m win after a run of 23.02 (-2.9m/s) ahead of Beth Dobbin (23.07) and Desiree Henry (23.18). Rio fourth-placer Adam Gemili won the men’s race in 20.63 (-1.7m/s), with Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake second in 20.77.

Tiffany Porter won the 100m hurdles in 12.78 (-1.0m/s), while Jess Judd secured 5000m victory in 15:10.02.

Taylor Campbell and Sophie McKinna were among the stadium record-breakers as they threw 75.10m in the hammer final and 18.28m in the shot put to secure their Tokyo spots.

Jazmin Sawyers leapt a best of 6.75m, with her series also including a 6.73m leap, to win the long jump, while Morgan Lake secured the high jump title with a 1.93m clearance.

Mo Farah dominated a specially-held 10,000m on the first day of the championships (25) but fell short in his attempt to achieve the Olympic qualifying time.

The 10-time global track gold medallist had finished as the second Briton and eighth overall at the British 10,000m Championships and European Cup in Birmingham earlier this month but still needed to achieve the 27:28.00 qualifying mark to enable a defence of his Olympic title in Tokyo. Paced by Ryan Gregson and David McNeill, Farah was on target through 5000m in 13:42.98 and then followed his training partner Bashir Abdi through 6000m in 16:30.80. The two-time Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion was on his own for the final nine laps and unable to maintain the pace, he crossed the finish line in 27:47.04. Zerei Kbrom was second in 27:57.63.

Dal Molin sets Italian record

European indoor 60m hurdles bronze medallist Paolo Dal Molin set an Italian record in the 110m hurdles with 13.27 (1.2m/s) at the Italian Championships in Rovereto. Dal Molin took 0.01 off the previous national record set by Emanuele Abate in Turin in 2012. Hassane Fofana finished second, improving his PB to 13.42.

"I realised during the heat that I could achieve a good result, but the Italian record is a surprise," said Dal Molin. "I have expected this day for eight years. I had many injuries in the past years. I want to thank all those who supported me during these difficult years. I have fulfilled my dream to compete at the Olympic Games." 

Italian 100m record-hold
er Lamont Marcell Jacobs won his fourth consecutive outdoor title, running the second fastest time of his career with 10.01 into a headwind of -1.0m/s. Jacobs ran faster only once last May when he broke the Italian record with 9.95 in Savona. He is aiming to become the first Italian sprinter in history to reach the 100m Olympic final.

"I wanted to run under 10 seconds, so I was a bit disappointed when I saw the time," said Jacobs, "but I realised that I had run a good race when I saw that we ran against a strong headwind. Clocking 10.01 in these conditions is even better than my Italian record in Savona.

"I was sidelined by a small injury for a couple of weeks, but this period gave me the chance to rest my body and return stronger than before. This result means that I am working very well and I am very confident for Tokyo. I will now compete in Stockolm and Monaco."

Luminosa Bogliolo won her fourth consecutive Italian title in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.90, holding off Elisa Maria Di Lazzaro (13.17), while Eseosa Desalu won his third national title in the men’s 200m in 20.38 into a headwind of -1.8m/s and Anna Bongiorni claimed her first outdoor 100m national title in 11.27 into a headwind of -1.0m/s, beating Gloria Hooper (11.37).

Dalia Kaddari won her second consecutive senior national title in the women’s 200m in 22.89 ahead of Bongiorni (23.18).

Dariya Derkach won the women’s triple jump, setting the Olympic qualifying standard with her lifetime best of 14.47m for the fourth best performance in Italian athletics history. Derkach also produced two jumps of 14.32m (wind-assisted, 2.1m/s) and 14.31m, which would have been enough to beat Ottavia Cestonaro, who finished second with 14.09m. Tobia Bocchi won the men’s triple jump, setting the Olympic qualifying standard with 17.14m – his first ever jump over 17 metres. This year’s NCAA indoor and outdoor champion Emmanuel Ihemeje took second place with 16.65m.

Reigning world U20 4x400m champion Alessandro Sibilio broke the 49-second barrier for the first time in his career to win the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.96, the fastest Italian time since 2005, while Eleonora Marchiando won a high-quality women’s 400m hurdles final, smashing her PB by 0.52 to an Olympic qualifying time of 55.16 (the fifth fastest time in history in Italy). Linda Olivieri also improved her PB to 55.54 in beating Yadisleidy Pedroso, who set her seasonal best with 55.79.

Nick Ponzio won the men’s shot put with 20.78m in the third round, beating Zane Weir (20.43m) and Italian indoor record-holder Leonardo Fabbri (20.29m). Ponzio recently gained Italian citizenship because his great-grandfather was born in Sicily and emigrated to the United States.

Sara Fantini won the ninth national title of her career in the women’s hammer throw with 70.34m in the fifth round. The daughter of 1996 shot put Olympic finalist Corrado Fantini recently improved her PB to 72.31m in Chorzow.

Double European U20 cross country champion Nadia Battocletti came from behind with 300 metres to go to edge Marta Zenoni in the final 50 meres of the 1500m, clocking a lifetime best of 4:09:38. Zenoni finished second in 4:09.79. Elena Bello won her second consecutive national title in the women’s 800m in a lifetime best of 2:00.44, while two-time Italian 1500m indoor champion Gaia Sabbatini also smashed her PB to 2:00.75.

Ala Zoghlami achieved the Olympic qualifying standard in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with 8:17.65 and will travel to Tokyo with his twin brother Osama Zoghlami, who had already qualified for the Olympic Games with his 8:14.29 PB at the Golden Gala in Florence.

World U20 indoor record-holder Larissa Iapichino took a very close win in the women’s long jump with 6.42m in the fifth round, beating Laura Strati by just two centimetres. This year’s Gateshead Diamond League winner Filippo Randazzo won his sixth outdoor national title in the men’s long jump with a wind-assisted 7.94m (2.6m/s).

Marco Fassinotti won the men’s high jump with 2.26m and Elisa Molinarolo cleared 4.50m to win the women’s pole vault. Edoardo Scotti claimed his second national 400m outdoor title in 46.15, edging Vladimir Aceti (46.21) and Davide Re (46.27). Alice Mangione repeated her 2020 Italian title winning the women’s 400m in 52.09.

Francesco Fortunato won the 10km race walk in 40:02 in a competition held on the road in the centre of Rovereto.

Diego Sampaolo for World Athletics

Sprint win for Kambundji

The first day of the Swiss Championships (25) included 100m wins for world 200m medallist Mujinga Kambundji (11.05, 0.5m/s) from Ajla Del Ponte (11.07 PB), and Silvan Wicki (10.22, 0.8m/s) ahead of Alex Wilson (10.39). In the men's high jump, Loic Gasch cleared 2.25m.

On day two, European champion Léa Sprunger won the 400m hurdles in 55.16 and Angelica Moser the pole vault with a clearance of 4.55m. Wilson completed a sprint double, taking the 200m title in 20.84 (-0.1m/s).

Salome Lang improved her own national high jump record on Sunday (27), clearing 1.97m to add one centimetre to her previous best.

Schippers and Van Klinken win in Breda

Over at the Dutch Championships on Friday (25), Dafne Schippers won the women's 100m title in 11.20 (1.2m/s) from Marije van Hunenstijn (11.28) and Jamile Samuel (11.34), while Christopher Garia won the men’s final in 10.37 (0.7m/s). 

Rutger Koppelaar claimed the men’s pole vault title, clearing 5.70m to beat Menno Vloon with a best of 5.40m.

The following day's action saw world discus leader Jorinde van Klinken, who threw 70.22m in May, throw 64.28m to win the national title.

On Sunday (27), Lisanne de Witte won the women’s 400m in 52.08 ahead of her sister Laura (53.38), while Liemarvin Bonevacia won the men’s final in 44.99.

Jamile Samuel won the women's 200m in 22.93 from Lieke Klaver (23.04), while Churandy Martina ran 20.76 to win the men’s final. The men’s 1500m title was claimed by Richard Douma in 3:37.81 ahead of Valentijn Weinans (3:38.11).

Jessica Schilder threw a PB of 18.77m to win the women's shot put ahead of discus champion Van Klinken (17.84m).

Tokyo standards for Butterworth and Gay

Lindsey Butterworth and John Gay were among the winners on the first day of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Trials on Friday (25), with both also securing Olympic qualifying standards.

Butterworth won her first national 800m title in 1:59.19, while Gay clocked 8:20.68 in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

There was a fourth national 100m title for Aaron Brown, who ran 10.12 (0.4m/s), and Crystal Emmanuel won the women’s final from Khamica Bingham, 11.18 to 11.24 (0.2m/s), to secure her eighth Canadian 100m win.

Olympic and world decathlon medallist Damian Warner took on the long jump and won with a 7.81m (1.9m/s) leap.

Warner was back in action on Saturday (26) and won his second title after clocking 13.64 (1.3m/s) in the 110m hurdles. Michelle Harrison won the 100m hurdles in a wind-assisted 12.98 (2.3m/s).

Brown and Emmanuel both also completed a title double, with Brown winning his third consecutive national 200m in 20.24 (1.1m/s) and Emmanuel clocking 22.83 (1.4m/s) for her sixth Canadian 200m success.

Jackson makes history

On the first day of the Jamaican Championships in Kingston (24), Olympic and world 400m medallist Shericka Jackson became the first Jamaican woman to go both sub-50 seconds for 400m and sub-11 seconds for 100m with a PB of 10.91 (0.4m/s) as quickest in the 100m heats.

Elaine Thompson Herah won her heat in 10.96 (1.0m/s), while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran 10.97 (1.1m/s) to win the first heat and Brianna Williams 11.00 (0.5m/s) to win the fourth.

Yohan Blake went fastest in the men’s 100m heats with 10.03 (1.1m/s), while Davonte Burnett ran 10.05 (1.0m/s), Julian Forte and Oblique Seville clocked 10.08 (0.9m/s) and Tyquendo Tracey and Nigel Ellis ran 10.13 (1.0m/s).

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