By Alfons Juck
Vetter 89.42, Stevens 68.29, Stanek 21.66
BAD KOSTRITZ (GER, Aug 25): World champion in javelin Johannes Vetter just one day after his 4th place at Diamond League final again showed a top shape with 89.42 meet record at the 22nd throwing meet here. After only some hours of sleep he got first 89.38 in second round and then the winning mark in third round. In last round again 87.35. Second was Latvian Rolands Strobinders 85.07 and third Lars Hamann 83.47. Australian 2009 World champion and silver winner from London Dani Stevens won women discus with another meet record 68.29. Home elite was way back, Nadine Muller second 63.34 and Julia Harting third 62.59 with Anna Ruh fourth 61.94. Austrian record holder Lukas Weisshaidinger won men competition with 63.52. Third meet record in men shot as Czech Tomas Stanek achieved 21.66 in third round and beat home favorite David Storl 21.34 and Michal Haratyk from Poland 21.27.
Semenya at 600 m
BERLIN (GER): Seven individual world champions are confirmed for the ISTAF Berlin on Sunday, informs organisers. Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Andrius Gudzius (discus) and Johannes Vetter (javelin) will all be competing in their specialist events while world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev contests the 100m; world 800m champion Caster Semenya steps down to the 600m (all-time best is 1:22.63); world 400m champion Phyllis Francis contests the 200m; and world 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete in the 4x100m. Guliyev faces Adam Gemili, a gold medal winner in the 4x100m, in the 100m. Top domestic names in action include Thomas Rohler (javelin), Robert and Christoph Harting (discus), Konstanze Klosterhalfen (1500m), Gesa-Felicitas Krause (3000m steeplechase), Gina Luckenkemper (100m, 4x100m) and David Storl (shot put). “In sporting terms this is the best line-up we’ve had for a long time. The spectators will see countless medallists in action and thrilling competitions in 15 events,” said meet director Martin Seeber. For the first time in event history, the organisers have installed a 250 square metre fan tribune which will act as a tunnel for the athletes.
ZURICH (SUI): Mo Farah admitted after Zurich that a lack of motivation in training had been behind his finishing only seventh at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last winter. He said: “In January there was a point in my career when I was like, ‘How much do I want it? Are you still hungry? Are you still going to work?’ Edinburgh showed I didn’t work as hard. I was enjoying a bit more of life. But you can’t do that when you’re at this level. You have to be able to put in the work - eat, sleep, train.
ZURICH (SUI): Victory over 100m in Zurich went some way towards making up for failing to make the final at the World Championships for CJ Ujah. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Ujah after the race. “I knew what I was capable of. It’s a shame I didn’t get it done at the World Champs, but I knew the whole season I was in good shape and I proved myself out here today. It’s probably the best win of my career. I’m happy.”
ZURICH (SUI): Shaune Miller-Uibo maintained after her win in a national record of 21.88 in the 200m that she is focused on the one-lap event. “It is unfortunate that it did not happen earlier,” Miller-Uibo, who took silver in the 200m at the Worlds after throwing away the 400m victory with a stumble. “There was definitely some energy left in my legs. I just wanted to have fun in this race. The duel between Schippers and Thompson? I do not focus on that, only on myself. I definitely prefer the 400m, I am ready for the 400m final next week (Brussels).”
ZURICH (SUI): Sam Kendricks responded after his Diamond League win: “My goal was to be ready for it, to win the Diamond League, to seize the opportunity. With Piotr Lisek, at 5.80m, it was tight, neck to neck. That was my chance to seize the victory. We will see Piotr again. My goal is to always be competitive, to jump 5.80m plus.” Kendricks is unbeaten this year.
ZURICH (SUI): The new formula of IAAF Diamond League final brought more drama and winners who on points system would not made it to trophy. Only Barshim, Kendricks, Gong and Spotakova would be the winners also when counting the poinst from the meetings before.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech World champion and DL winner Barbora Spotakova drove back from Zurich through the night and met with Czech media already Friday midday in famous Prague beer restaurant "U Pinkasu". It was a celebration of her tenth top medal from big events. Her next plan is a holiday in Spain. She also confirmed the continuation of her career with the aims in 2018 towards European Championships in Berlin and IAAF Continental Cup on home soil in Ostrava. Spotakova also admitted her biggest motivation might be Tokyo 2020.
LONDON (GBR): Three athletes have reportedly failed drug tests at the World Championships although the Athletics Integrity Unit has confirmed that none of the unnamed athletes were medallists, informs insidethegames.biz. "The AIU will not make any further comment at this stage, but in all cases will publicly disclose appropriate details at relevant points of the disciplinary process, in accordance with the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and AIU policy,” said a statement from the AIU. More than 1500 blood and urine samples were collected during the World Championships.
VICTORIA (CAN): Victoria has pulled itself out of the running to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, informs Vancouver Island News. “We have analysed the bid committee's work and see that too many details remain unknown to fully understand the costs, obligations and risks associated with hosting such a large-scale event,” said British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James, who cited questions marks over revenue commitments, venue locations and costs for security which weren’t accounted for in the bid committee’s cost estimate.
NEW YORK (USA): Shalane Flanagan will compete in the New York Marathon on 7 November, informs USA Today. Flanagan was forced to miss the Boston Marathon in April due to injury but returned to action with a fourth-place finish over 10,000m at the US Championships. “I want that one last really special moment and I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done,” said Flanagan, who was second in this race in 2010 behind Edna Kiplagat.
SINDELFINGEN (GER): German sprint hurdler Nadine Hildebrand will continue for one more season with the goal of making the team for the European Championships in Berlin, informs Leichtathletik.de.
BERLIN (GER): Retired German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia, has been matched with a stem cell donor, informs DPA. "Tim and his doctors are confident that he has good time and has a good chance of a healthy life," said his manager.
PRETORIA (RSA): Athletics South Africa (ASA) has said an undisclosed number of U20 and U18 athletes have been banned for doping offences, informs the Times Live. “Unlike their senior counterparts‚ youth and junior athletes are regarded by law as minors. Therefore the names of youth and junior athletes … suspended by SAIDS for using banned substances cannot be made public,” said CEO Richard Stander. It is thought the athletes had taken supplements containing illicit substances.
TALENCE (FRA): The 41st edition of Decastar meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) will not only have World champion Kevin Mayer in decathlon. Also there bronze winner Kai Kazmirek, fifth Damian Warner, sixth Oleksiy Kasyanova, 7th Kurt Felix and 8th Adam Sebastian Helcelet. In heptathlon bronz medalist from London Anouk Vetter leads the field along with fourth Yargelis Rodriguez and 9th Xenia Kriszan. Home side will be represented by former European champion Antoinette Nana Djimou.
SARNEN (SUI): Course record holder Maja Neuenschwander and marathon runner Adrian Lehmann are the top names for Switzerland Marathon light on September 3. Main organiser is European champion Viktor Rothlin. The race is staged as half marathon. For Neuenschwander it will be a top test before Berlin Marathon.
BERLIN (GER): Olympic marathon runner Anja Scherl was forced to withdraw from Berlin Marathon on September 24 due to muscle problems.
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 25): Poland’s Marcelina Witek won a good quality women's javelin final on the third day of athletics at the World University Games with a lifetime best of 63.31m ahead of Japan’s Marina Saito (62.37) and Finland’s Jenni Kangas (60.98m) who also came away with lifetime bests. Title favourites Eda Tugsuz from Turkey and Christin Hussong from Germany were fourth (60.75m) and fifth (60.59m) respectively. There was another Polish win in the 400m with Malgorzata Holub in 51.76 from South Africa’s Justine Palframan (51.83) and Romania’s Bianca Razor (51.97) while Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos won the men’s 400m in a season’s best of 45.24 from Cuba’s Yoandys Lescay (45.31) and Poland’s Rafal Omelko (45.56). Elsewhere on the track, Ukraine’s Olga Lyakhova won the 800m in 2:03.11 after initial winner Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza was DQ’s for a lane infringement; Italy’s Ayomide Folorunso won the 400m hurdles in 55.63 from Poland’s Joanna Linkiewicz (55.90) and Ukraine’s Olena Kolesnychenko (56.14); while Germany’s Timo Benitz won a tactical 1500m in 3:43.45 from France’s Alexit Miellet (3:43.91). Azerbaijan’s Nazim Babayev won the triple jump with 17.01m and Germany’s Falk Wendrich cleared 2.29m to defeat Italy’s Marco Fassinotti on countback in the high jump. Australia’s Kyle Cranston won the decathlon title with 7687 points. Elsewhere, Latvia’s Gunta Latiseva Cudare was the fastest qualifier for the 200m final in 23.46 (22.93, +2.2 in the heat) and Juander Santos, brother of Luguelin, was the fastest qualifier for the 400m hurdles final with 49.31.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 25): Thailand won the men 4x100 m at SEA Games with games record 38.90. Second Indonesia 39.05 ahead of Philippines 39.11 and Malaysia 39.27, national records for all three teams. In women 4x100 m Vietnam won and got another meet record and NR 43.88 over Thailand 44.62 and Philippines 44.81 NR.
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 25): The traditional High Jump meeting started with U23 competitions. Mohamat Hamdi Allamine from Qatar won the men competition with 221. He trains together with World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim. Viktoria Gottlieb topped women with 178. Former star Carlo Thranhardt (60) jumped in masters category 170 and missed 181.
HELSINGBORG (SWE, Aug 25): World leader Daniel Stahl won discus during first day of Swedish Championships with 67.80 over Simon Pettersson 64.84. Fast men 100 m was wind aided by +2.2. Winner Austin Hamilton 10.18 ahead of U20 sprinter Henrik Larsson 10.21 (in semis new national U20 record 10.31 +1.9), third Tom Kling-Baptiste 10.27. Michel Torneus after Zurich leaped to 794 (+3.3) in long jump qualification. Michaela Meijer won women pole vault with 460 and Fanny Roos shot put 17.64.
SANDNES (NOR, Aug 25): Norwegian championships started with sensational European U18 all-time best in 5000 m as Jakob Ingebrigtsen (after 800 m PB in Zurich the day before) won the senior title in 13:35.84. Second Sondre Nordstad Moen 13:39.92. Fast 100 m for Jonathan Quarcoo 10.33 against -1.7 wind. Amalie Iuel won the 400 m hurdles 56.55 and Sven Martin Skagestad discus 62.79.