New Kenyan 1:43.94 in the 800 m
ROVERETO (ITA, Aug 29): At the 53rd Palio Citta del Quercia, London 2017 individual medallists fared well. Bronze winner Mason Finley overcame Gerd Kanter in the discus (64.77m to 62.41m), 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba won the 800m with 2:01.14 and Ristananna Tracey won the 400m hurdles in 54.58, with Janieve Russell on 55.48 for second. However, high jump silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko was beaten into second by Kateryna Tabashnyk (1.95 PB to 1.93). Wycliffe Kinyamel was the breakthrough winner of the 800m, the Kenyan taking more than 1.5 seconds off his best with a meeting record 1:43.94. Behind him were Amel Tuka (3rd, 1:44.62), Guy Learmonth (4th, 1:45.10 PB) and Andrew Osagie (6th, 1:45.54). Julian Forte won the 100m with 10.07, with Jak Harvey second (10.15). Consistent world relay bronze medallist Dwayne Cowan took the 400m with 45.63. Stephenie McPherson won the A-string of the two 400m races, clocking 50.86 and beating Perri Shakes-Drayton (52.19). Margaret Adeoye (52.32) led a British 1-2 in the other over Laviai Nielsen (52.80). Other winners were Angela Tenorio (100m 11.18), Lilian Rengeruk (3000m 8:51.04), Tobias Scherbarth (pole vault 5.35m), Pablo Torrijos (16.96m), Lina Muze (javelin 60.18m), Jarrett Eaton (13.52) and Birhanu Balew (13:22.81).
Bekele added to Berlin field
BERLIN (GER): Reigning champion Kenenisa Bekele has been added to the elite field for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September where he will face Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge, informs organisers. â€śItâ€™s a dream match-up. Itâ€™s not often that the three strongest marathon men in the world race each other. As organisers we are crossing our fingers for good weather and thrilling competition,â€ť said race director Mark Milde. With Kipchoge absent last year, Bekele won this race in 2:03:03 to come within six seconds of Dennis Kimettoâ€™s world record ahead of Kipsang in 2:03:13.
Farah for GNR
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah will be aiming for his fourth successive title in the Great North Run on 10 September, informs Athletics Weekly. A fourth win for Farah would equal the late Benson Masyaâ€™s record, with the Kenyan winning in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996. Other names confirmed for the menâ€™s race include last yearâ€™s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein and Bernard Lagat. Farah won last year in 60:04.
NIJMEGEN (UGA): World 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei will attempt to break the world 15km record of 41:13 at the Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen on 19 November, informs organisers. The current record was set by Kenyaâ€™s Leonard Komon in this race in 2010.
BERLIN (GER): Final entries have been confirmed for the â€ťBerlin Fliegt!" on 2 September, informs organisers. Teams from Germany, United States, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain will compete in the 30m (women), long jump (women) and pole vault (men). In the 30m, Gina Luckenkemper faces world indoor champion Barbara Pierre and Desiree Henry; in the long jump, Tianna Bartoletta faces Melanie Bausch and Lorraine Ugen in the long jump; while world champion Sam Kendricks is the standout name in the pole vault. The event takes place in front of Brandenburg Gate.
UTRECHT (NED): Dafne Schippers will not compete in the Brussels Diamond League on Friday night. â€śIt is now time for me to put an end to this great season. Really wanted to end it with the Diamond League final in Brussels but I have to listen to my body now,â€ť she said on her official Facebook page.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Darya Klishina admitted she wanted to celebrate with the Russian flag after winning a silver medal in the long jump at the World Championships, informs sporza.be. "After my sixth leap, I wanted to take the Russian flag and make a celebration, but I have to follow the rules. It's a little sad that I could not celebrate with that flag. The other Russian athletes who were not allowed to participate were still very happy for me. We still have a lot of contact, they are my friends. There was definitely no jealousy, they also know how hard I worked and they support me,â€ť she said.
DOHA (QAT): World high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim has said he plans to establish a training camp in Africa to nurture African high jumpers, informs the Daily Nation. â€śI am working on a project to come down in Africa and give help to different talents. I am looking at technical support, facilities and general mentorship that will be of great benefit in future. â€śI donâ€™t know if it will happen this year or beginning of next year but I assure you it will happen before the 2019 Worlds. We are already halfway,â€ť he said.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Angelica Bengtsson will miss the annual Sweden v Finland match this weekend due to injury but she will still attend as a spectator, informs the Expressen. Bengtsson is planning a full indoor season in 2018, culminating with the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.
TRNAVA (SVK, Aug 29): At Slovak clubs league Marcel Lomnicky won men hammer 74.13, his sister Nikola Lomnicka achieved 66.93 in women competition. Maria Czakova won the 5000 m track walk in 22:04.00.
SCOTTSDALE (USA): Olympian David Torrence has been found dead in a swimming pool in Arizona at the age of 31. "Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play," a police statement said. Torrence competed for Peru at the 2016 Olympics where he reached the final of the 5000m.