Former world silver medalist Yamile Aldama, the 11th hour-surprise package of the British team, has celebrated her selection for Daegu by means of a first international win in Tallinn, Estonia, the venue of the European U20 Championships a few weeks ago.

The former Cuban edged a useful win through a second-round SB and UK-lead of 14.20 (1.7m/sec), backed up with a 14.09m (1.9m/sec) in her next attempt, before calling it a day over the second half of the competition despite coming under pressure from Natalia Viatkina in the late stages, the Belarusian grinding out leaps at 14.17 (2.4m/sec) and 14.16 (2.0m/sec) in her 4th and 5th effort. Hopefully, Britain’s new asset hasn’t suffered any setback and was simply a matter of precaution or the like.

Shara Proctor was a more comfortable winner in the long jump with a windy 6.71m (3.9m/sec) from the off following up with a 6.68 (2.1m/sec) in the second round over Russian Olga Balayeva, who had a best of also a first-round 6.58m (1.8m/sec).

Over the men’s 200m, European U20 champion David Bolarinwa, apparently on the wind-down of his season, came third in 21.83 secs into a -1.0m/sec headwind well behind winner Ramil Guliyev (TUR) and Jamaica’s Lerone Clarke, who ran 20.83 and 21.23 secs respectively.

The spotlight was caught, however, by long jumper-cum-hurdler Marcos Chuva (POR, U23) who powered out to a massive last-gasp PB and national record of 8.34m (1.8m/sec) to shatter his previous lifetime best of 8.03m set in Lisboa in June, very much against the flow of his previous attempts. For that matter, he swept up the European charts into a narrow second behind Chris Tomlinson by a mere cm!

Anna Iljustsenko, just 1.68m tall, added another national record of 1.96m on account of Estonia to the meeting tally while Olympic champion Gerd Kanter easily prevailed in th discus at 65.46m and World champion Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS), who won’t be defending his title in Daegu due to a foot injury, was a below-par second at 2.20m behind countryman Nikita Anishchenkov (2.26m).

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