By Alfons Juck
Barshim Again 240
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 27): World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim ended his season in style. He won the 39th edition of Eberstadt High Jump meet and remained unbeaten in 2017. And for second time after Birmingham DL last Sunday again cleared 240 (equaled his WL). Barshim also offered 1700 spectators two attempts at 242 and the last one even at 244. Second neutral competitor Danil Lysenko improved by 4 cm to 238, third home Mateusz Przybylko achieved 230. Then three jumpers cleared 227 in the order Sylwester Bednarek, and in a tie Mexican Edgar Rivera and World medalist Majid Ghazal of Syria.
Morris 480, Newman 475 NR
BECKUM (GER, Aug 27): Olympic and World medalist Sandi Morris from USA cleared in second try 480 to win the 19th Women Pole Vault meet here. She also had one try at World leading 492, but that was for 3500 spectators. Morris did not continue afterwards to save energy for the DL final next Friday. Second Alysha Newman achieved in third attempt new Canadian record 475 with 2015 World champion Yarisley Silva and British record holder Holly Bradshaw 470 as third and fourth. Fifth place for Czech record holder Jirina Ptacnikova 450.
Semenya 600 m WB, Vetter Wins Javelin Battle
BERLIN (GER, Aug 27): In fine conditions inside the Olympic Stadium which will stage next yearâ€™s European Championships 42 500 spectators followed the 76th edition of ISTAF (IAAF World Challenge). Caster Semenya smashed Ana Quirotâ€™s long-standing world 600m best of 1:22.63 with a time of 1:21.77 while Ajee Wilson also ducked under the previous mark in 1:22.39 with Burundiâ€™s Francine Niyonsaba third in 1:23.18. World champion Johannes Vetter went out to 89.85m in the fifth round of the javelin to defeat Olympic champion Thomas Rohler (86.07m) and Diamond League winner Jakub Vadlejch (85.15m) while Polandâ€™s Piotr Malachowski won a good quality discus with 67.18m from Philip Milanov (66.90m) and world champion Andrius Gudzius (66.60m) although Robert Harting (64.59m) and Christoph Harting (62.83m) had to settle for fifth and eighth respectively. On the track, 20-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen improved her 1500m PB and German U23 record to 3:58.92 while there were also PBs for Eilish McColgan (4:01.60) and Susan Krumins (4:02.25) in second and third respectively. In the 3000m steeplechase, Norah Tanui improved her lifetime best to 9:03.70 (also a meet record) to move to seventh on the world all-time lists while Gesa Felicitas Krause improved her German record to 9:11.85 to finish second with a European-leading mark. In good conditions for sprinting, Jamaicaâ€™s Julian Forte improved his 100m PB from 9.99 to 9.91 to hand world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev (10.09) his first defeat of the season; Dina Asher-Smith defeated Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the 200m, 22.41 to 22.44; Christina Manning set a 100m hurdles PB of 12.54 to defeat 2015 world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica in 12.58; and Aries Merritt won the 110m hurdles in 13.17 from teammate Devon Allen 13.26. There was a German one-two in the 100m from Lisa Mayer (11.14 PB) ahead of Gina Luckenkemper (11.16), although Tianna Bartoletta did clock a seasonâ€™s best of 11.04 in an earlier 100m race before finishing sixth in the long jump with 6.55m and second in the 4x100m in 43.07 behind the Germans in a seasonâ€™s best of 42.17. Elsewhere, David Storl went out to 21.11m to win the shot put; Sam Kendricks cleared 5.86m to win the pole vault from Piotr Lisek (5.81m) and Renaud Lavillenie (5.71); and Bahrainâ€™s Birhanu Balew won the 5000m in 13:11.00 from Kenyans Nicholas Kimeli (13:11.58) and James Kibet (13:11.88) with Brit Andrew Butchart fourth (13:12.73).
Baji gets hurdles, Juska NR in qualification
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 27): On the penultimate day of the World University Games in Taipei, world bronze medallist Balazs Baji from Hungary won the 110m hurdles in 13.35 from home favourite Kuei-Ru Chen (13.55) and Polandâ€™s Damian Czykier (13.56). However, the best performance of the day came in the morning session from Radek Juska who improved his Czech long jump record to 8.31m to qualify for the final. Germany won two gold medals courtesy of Neele Eckhardt in the triple jump with 13.91m and Hanna Klein in the 5000m in 15:45.28 while Polandâ€™s Krystian Zalewski won the 3000m steeplechase title in 8:35.88. Elsewhere, Portugalâ€™s Diogo Ferreira cleared 5.55m to win the pole vault; Canadaâ€™s Brittany Crew won the shot put with 18.34m from Polands Klaudia Kardasz (17.90m) and Paulina Guba (17.76m); and Austriaâ€™s Verena Preiner won the heptathlon title with a good score of 6224. Japan also took a double in the half marathon with Kei Katanisha (1:06:09) and Yuki Munehisa (1:13:48) claiming the titles.
Clement vs McMaster
ZAGREB (CRO): The 67th Hanzekovic Memorial on Tuesday (IAAF World Challenge) is offering 10 current and 9 former Olympic winners and World champions. Another group of athletes are 19 silver and bronze medalists from Olympics and Worlds. The current London winners in individual events competing are Ramil Guliyev (but in the 100 m), Sam Kendricks, Tom Walsh and Sandra Perkovic. In latest announcement interesting men 400 m hurdles with Olympic winner Kerron Clement against this years revelation and Zurich winner Kyron McMaster. In high jump Ukrainian London sensation and silver medalist Yulia Levchenko against bronze winner Kamila Licwinko from Poland is the top headline. On Monday already the men shot put will be held in the evening at Fountain square.
HOKKAIDO (JPN, Aug 27): Honami Maeda set a lifetime best of 2:28:48 to win the Hokkaido Marathon from Keiko Nogami (2:30:11) and Hanae Tanaka (2:32:16) while Akinobu Murasawa won the menâ€™s race in a 2:14:48 PB from Taiki Yoshimura (2:15:04) and Jo Fukuda (2:15:11).
MEXICO CITY (MEX, Aug 27): Ethiopiaâ€™s Fikadu Kebede won the Mexico City Marathon in 2:17:28 (2250m above sea level) from Bahrainâ€™s Isaac Korir (2:17:35) and Kenyaâ€™s Rodgers Ondati (2:18:19) with Juan Luis Barrios fourth on home soil in 2:18:31. Peruâ€™s Gladys Tejeda won the womenâ€™s race in 2:36:16 from Ethiopiaâ€™s Ashete Bekere (2:38:47) and Kenyaâ€™s Scola Jepkemoi (2:39:25).
PIETERMARITZBURG (RSA, Aug 27): Wins for Ethiopiaâ€™s Tekletsion Tefera (2:28:31) and Lesothoâ€™s Mamorallo Tjoka (2:48:49) in the Mandela Day Marathon.
QUEBEC CITY (CAN, Aug 27): Wins for Ethiopiaâ€™s Dadi Beyene (2:23:14) and Spainâ€™s Lydia Grozco Medina (2:59:49) in the Quebec City Marathon.
SIEDLCE (POL, Aug 27): Tomek Grycko won the PolandÂ´s men 5 km title on the road in 14:27 ahead of Mateusz Demczyszak 14:31.
ARRAS (FRA, Aug 27): Kenyaâ€™s Susan Kiptoo won the Arras 10km in 32:11 from teammates Joyce Kiplimo (33:13) and Jane Chelangat (34:30) while Ethiopiaâ€™s Haymanot Alewe won the menâ€™s race in 29:52 from Kenyans Daniel Kemboi (30:00) and Collins Cheboi (30:09).
INNSBRUCK (AUT, Aug 27): European U20 medalist from Grosseto Sarah Lagger won the Austrian heptathlon title with good 5891 points.
GRANGEMOUTH (GBR, Aug 27): From Scottish Championships to report David Smith 221 in high jump and windy 23.38 (+2.6) in women 200 m by Alisha Rees.
MARIBOR (SLO, Aug 26): European U20 silver medalist Agata Zupin of Slovenia won here the U20 event in 53.10 at 400 m.
IISALMI (FIN, Aug 27): Arttu Korkeasalo won the National Youth Championships with good 20.72 (5 kg) in shot put.
HELSINGBORG (SWE, Aug 27): Final day of Swedish Championships had fast junior Henrik Larsson winning the 200 m in wind-assisted 20.71 (+3.2) ahead of Tom Kling-Baptiste 20.75. Andreas Kramer won tactical 800 m in 1:50.46. Meraf Bahta won after 1500 m also the 800 m in 2:07.29. Sofie Skoog cleared 187 to win over Erika Kinsey 185 and Khaddi Sagnia long jump 647 (+4.5, legal 645 +0.7).
SANDNES (NOR, Aug 27): World champion Karsten Warsholm won his event the 400 m hurdles at Norwegian Championships with excellent 48.73. Another title for super talent Jakob Ingebrigtsen (16) 3:53.29 in the 1500 m among seniors. Jonathan Quarcoo topped 200 m in 20.76 (-0.8) and Marcus Thomsen national U20 record with senior implement in shot put 19.40.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Aug 27): At Hungarian U20 Clubs competition Daniel Raba won boys hammer with 76.53 (6 kg).
WOERDEN (NED, Aug 27): Olympian Angela Whyte from Canada won the heptathlon here with 5999 points. As usual her best event 100 m hurdles with 13.24 (+1.1).
SANDNES (NOR): From EME NEWS Aug 26 to correct that 16 years old is Jakob Ingebrigtsen not Filip of course.
HELSINGBORG (SWE): From EME NEWS Aug 26 to correct the information that the third placer from Swedish Championships was not the marathon runner but 20 years old Isabella Andersson.