Athletics Briefs : World best for Tahri and Masai wins 10 km at Kenya trials...

TOMBLAINE (FRA, Jun 25): French Bouabdellah Tahri clocked at Meeting Stanislas de Nancy (part of French Alma Athle Tour) new all-time world best at 2000 m steeple with 5:13.47. Former top mark was 5:14.43 by Kenyan Julius Kariuki back in 1990.

In ideal weather conditions Renaud Lavillenie cleared 582 in pole vault ahead of Jerome Clavier (570). Salim Sdiri leaped to 824 (+1.4) in long jump.

In the 200 m new European leading time 20.38 by Martial Mbandjock who beat South African champion Simon Magakwe (20.44) and David Alerte (20.49).

Leslie Djhone won the 400 m (45.72) and European steeple leader Benabbad Mekhissi won the 1500 m in 3:35.24. Fast also the 13.40 (+1.3) at 110 m hurdles by Garfield Darien beating Dimitri Bascou (13.48).

Interesting to see 36-years old US record holder Dominique Arnold finishing 7th in 13.83. In women events fast 100 m by Ruddy Zang Milama of Gabun, she equalled her national record with 11.19 (+0.4).

Second Veronique Mang clocked personal best 11.20 and third veteran Christine Arron 11.38. 2001 World champion Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal won the 400 m in 51.48 ahead of Virginie Michanol 51.87 and Muriel Hurtis-Houairi 52.05 life time best.

Moroccan Btissam Lakhouad won the 1500 m (4:06.63) and Jamaican Vonette Dixon the 100 m hurdles (13.02, +0.9).

NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 25):
World 10,000m champion Linet Masai won her speciality 10,000m in Friday’s national trials in 32:03.85.

Pauline Korikwiang (32:28.69) was second and third place went to Doris Changeiywo (32:29.46) ahead of Linet Chepkurui (32:29.99), Sharon Chemutai (32:32.72) and Florence Kiplagat (32:46.99) followed in that order and will have to wait for 24 hours before knowing who among them will join the Kenya team.

World Cross champion Emily Chebet (32:49.43), who beat Masai in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in March with a strong sprint, was eighth and Kenyan-turned-Dutchwoman Hilda Kibet (33:09.08) 10th.

Olympic 1500 m champion Asbel Kiprop (3:39.5) won the semi-final beating Josphat Kithii (3:39.7), Collins Cheboi (3:40.0) and Gideon Gathimba. Silas Kiplagat (3:37.8) won the second semi after a sprint battle with Nicholas Kemboi (3:38.2) and Vickson Polonet (3:38.4).

Daniel Komen (3:38.5), the 2008 World Indoor Championship silver medallist, Nickson Chepseba (3:39.4) and World Cross junior champion Caleb Mwangangi (3:39.8). Africa champion David Rudisha easily won his semi in 1:45.51. Jackson Kivuva (1:45.90), a Berlin World Championship finalist, was second and Alex Sang (1:46.13) third.

The second heat saw Richard Kiplagat win in 1:46.60, ahead of Geoffrey Kibet (1:46.63) and Francis Kakonzi (1:46.95). World bronze medallist Alfred Kirwa won the third semi in 1:46.12 beating Abraham Kiplagat (1:46.16) to second place while Ismael Kombich was third in 1:46.66.

In the steeple heats Richard Mateelong (8:27.7) won his semi ahead of Patrick Langat (8:28.1), Abraham Chirchir (8:31.0) and Paul Kipsiele Koech (8:32.0). Michael Bur (8:32.2) won the second heat, followed by Wesley Kiprotich (8:34.0), World champion Ezekiel Kemboi (8:34.2) and Abraham Cherono (8:34.5).

Grace Wanjiru became the first of five Kenyan Africa titleholders to book their place in the continental championships after effortlessly retaining her women’s 20km walk national crown in 1:43:20.

Courtesy Alfonz Juck/EME News

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