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“Track stomp”, featuring ‘Barbie Jingles’ (Montell Douglas) and ‘The Danvers’ (Tasha Danvers), is already trending beyond the British shores and this is the so-called ‘Dancehall Edition’. Do have a look at it!


Dylan Arm-strong, sometimes names aren’t so coincidental, has wrapped up easily his best ever season in the ring to winning ways as he sneaked victory over Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski (POL) by a mere 3cm in Warsaw on Tuesday, registering 88.67 to 88.64m respectively after surviving a late onslaught by the Pole.

On most likely double-checking these figures, they are no typos whatsoever but the actual distances attained by the heavyweights, former world champion Christian Cantwell (USA) not far off behind in third with 87.24m. Nor had the contenders grown into any mythical cyclops or giants of the long past to toy with the iron-cast implements like baseballs.

Actually, that was a way-out shot competition laid on for the occasion that incorporated some special features as eight rounds rather than the conventional six were available to the throwers. But it was getting more complicated from there on. Each couple of rounds were taken with an implement of different weight, moving top-down from the overweight 8kgr through the standard senior 7.26, the U20 standard 6 and finally 5kgr. And there was more to that as only the best put with each weight counted towards a total that eventually determined the final placings of competitors.

It was Cantwell that emerged top of the first couple of rounds (8kgr) with a mighty 20.27m to the Canadian’s 20.03m and Majewski’s 19.75m, extending his lead through a 21.42m with the standard senior shot to 41.69m in all. Armstrong got a best of 21.23m to follow in second with 41.26m and Majewski mustered 20.86m for third at 40.51m.

For all his ascendancy with the heavier standards, the American giant slightly faltered as the weights lowered to return only 22.71m (total 64.40m) compared to the Canadian’s 23.26m (total 64.52) to creep ahead and the Pole’s 23.15m (63.66) with the U20 implement (6kgr).

The final two rounds (5kgr) saw Armstrong reach 24.15m in his last effort to seemingly place the spoils beyond reach as Cantwell slipped to just 22.81m, light weights turning out not his specialty. Yet, that was to prove barely enough moments later as Majewski stepped into the ring to unleash a monster of 24.88m in the very last attempt of the contest and almost steal an unlikely win. But there was still 3cm left to spare between them and the world bronze medalist could breathe a big sigh of relief at the end.


Montell Douglas ended off her own season on a pleasant note as she got another late lower-key international win under her belt in 11.52 ahead of season revelation Anyika Onuora (11.57) for a British one-two in the women’s 100m (0.8m/sec), a confidence boost and a glimmer of hope as the UK record holder is endeavouring to recapture her form of old. Never-die great Merlene Ottey was fourth in a SB of 11.84 secs as she plans to bid for one more appearance in an Olympic Games next summer having turned an astonishing 51!

Montell Douglas wins the women’s 100m ahead of Anyika Onuora and living legend Merlene Ottey

The Polish head-to-head in the men’s 800m never really happened as Adam Kszczot walked away with the win by a huge margin of precisely four seconds in 1:45.48 on runner-up Marcin Lewandowski, the European champion, who set an uncharacteristic 1:49.48.

Global champion Tatyana Lysenko maintained a solid hold on procedures through the women’s hammer to convincingly hold off former world record holder and home favourite Anita Wlodarczyk with 72.19 to 71.02m, bolstering up a sound run of displays in her comeback season to the top, while Olympic champion Gerd Kanter (EST) showed that he is always a force to reckon with as he carved out a very late fifth-round SB of 67.99m to move fifth in the global lists and overtake the top marker thereof Zoltan Kovago (HUN), second at 66.69m.

European champion Piotr Malachowski (POL) remained relatively quiet to come fourth at 63.93m way behind the two.



Luke Fagan doesn’t only maintain his form nicely but is also slipping through the gears way deep into a long season as he made the most of a high quality dash in Dubnica, Slovakia, to surge into new territories by means of a massive PB and under the Olympic B standard of 10.21 secs (0.8m/sec) for fifth, erasing his mere four-day-old previous mark of 10.34 secs (-0.5m/sec) at Hilversum (Holland) last Sunday.

The writing was there on the wall, though, since he set a marginally windy 10.26 secs (2.1m/sec) at the BAL match at the Sportcity in mid August and the 23-year-old, a former European U20 bronze medalist over 200m, has come a long way out of the shadows that haunted him for a few straight seasons. He even cruelly missed out on the third vacant 200m spot on the British team to Daegu as he equalled the A standard of 20.60 secs a week too late on the deadline, having finished a surprise third from the outside lane at the UK Trials, but he is now making sure he bolsters up his footing as a genuine prospect for the Olympics in London next summer.

It is a real shame, however, and quite odd that men’s 200m races come so far and few between on the international circuit lately as he could demolish his PB and even storm the top of the UK rankings this season on the strength of this form.  A problem also faced by Commonwealth champion Leon Baptiste, trying to salvage something of this term, who looks likely to resort to a midweek race in Watford against 400m man Chris Clarke as a way out of a dead end.

Racewise, the men’s 100m final rose equal to its billing as it turned into an enthralling blanket affair down the home stretch that saw four sprinters come within 0.05 secs of each other across the line, eventually edged by Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson in 10.05 secs as the Trinidadian looks to recover his best form after his slump in Daegu. Evergreen Kim Collins (SKN) came a mere two hundredths behind in 10.07, forging an excellent string of performances through the season, Jamaican Michael Frater got third spot at an equal margin in 10.09 secs and Dwain Chambers agonizingly missed out on a top three placing in 10.10 secs, having won his heat in 10.24 secs (0.4m/sec) earlier on.

The UK champion, who spends time training with Dan Pfaff’s squad, has now knitted together a haul of seven races between 10.01 to 10.10 plus a brace of 10.13s into strong headwinds, his best ever, but that sub 10 clocking still remains elusive this term. But, hopefully, this is going to shape a sound platform to launch an attack on the top tier of global sprint next summer.

In the women’s short dash A race, 23-year-old Jamaican rising prospect Schillonie Calvert, a 11.05 secs performer this summer, eased to a far more comfortable win that she would have expected in 11.17 secs over Bulgarian Ivet Lalova (11.37), a 10.96 marker this season, and compatriot Aileen Bailey (11.39), into a headwind of -0.7m/sec at that. Britain’s Anyika Onuora was a place behind in fourth in 11.54 secs to get the scalp of European indoor champion Olesya Pohv (UKR), who posted a modest by her standards 11.58 secs.

UK record holder Montell Douglas delivered the sole British win of the day in 11.65 secs into a -1.0m/sec headwind in the B race ahead of some glorious names of the past in European record holder Christine Arron (FRA, 11.76) and never-die great Jamaican Merlene Ottey, who posted 11.92 secs at her 51 years of age! What an awesome example of track and field passion the Jamaican has been stretching over four decades now!

Onuora returned on the track later on to take a second fourth place in 23.47 secs (0.4m/sec) over 200m some way behind Lalova, who controlled the race in 23.15 secs up front.

Jason Richardson, the new world champion, turned in a class of his own as he flowed over the sticks to turn in a sublime 13.08 secs (-0.1m/sec) in the 110m hurdles, adding to his fabulous tally, and way beyond Andy Turner, who had to be content with a runner-up spot in 13.49 secs ahead of Americans Jeff Porter (Tiffany‘s husband) and Ty Akins – 13.55 and 13.59 secs respectively. The top two renew their rivalry in the streets of Newcastle at the Great North City Games on Saturday before they both bow out of the 2011 track season.

Onto the infield, the imprerious Valerie Adams (NZL) reigned nonchalantly to spare massive daylight of over two and a half metres on the women’s shot put field with a third-round 20.73m, backed up by a Valeridiction 20.50 put and second-effort 20.42m, whereas the hammer turned into a thriller in stark contrast as Betty Heidler (GER) ground out a fifth-round 75.83m to just sneak ahead of world champion Tatyana Lysenko‘s early lead of 75.80m for a narrowest victory.

On the men’s side, late developer Trevor Barry (BAH), Daegu’s bronze medalist, effected a slight upset on new global champion Jesse Williams (USA) at 2.27m on countback in the high jump, Ivan Ukhov staying at just 2.24m for third, while relatively unknown Bernard Mbungua (KEN) served up the shocker of the day as he outclassed his illustrious compatriots Paul Kipsiele Koech and Ezekiel Kemboi in the 3000m steeplechase to a runaway win in a big PB of 8:12.27, the latter two coming well behind in 8:16.62 and 8:20.80 respectively.

Finally, Lashawn Merritt cruised to some easy spoils in a admittedly slow 45.75 secs over 400m, probably in not so conductive conditions, as Berlin bronze medalist Rennie Quow (TRI) failed to conclude his efforts.

Full Results


Weekend action

Let’s make a swift round to pick up some very interesting performances from British athletes competing on the European circuit and elsewhere around.

ISTAF Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Jemma Simpson has staged a sound rally and a welcome return to form on the end of a shaky injury-dogged season to notch an Olympic A qualifying standard of 1:59.59 (SB) as she occupied a solid fifth place in a high quality 800m tussle in Berlin, claimed by back-in-top-form former world champion Janeth Kipkosgei Busienei (KEN) in 1:58.26 in style.

The Briton felt admittedly surprisingly good and finished strong from the inside down the home straight, having taken a guarded approach through the early to mid stages, so will be eyeing to knock a further chunk off her season’s marker when she turns up in Zabreb into the week and hopefully even inside 1:59.

A most unpredictable Semenya Caster (RSA) was beaten again into second in 1:58.74 and world finalist Maggie Vessey (USA) followed in 1:59.33 to build on her best season ever.

Jemma Simpson finishes strongly from the inside to her first sub 2 mins clocking of the season

Yohan Blake (JAM) further enhanced his top tier pedigree as he stormed to an equal PB of 9.82 secs in virtually still conditions (0.1m/sec), the original set just three days ago in Zurich, to thoroughly dominate the men’s dash as evergreen Kim Collins (SKN) came runner-up narrowly outside 10 secs in a SB of 10.01 secs, with Daegu’s disappointment Richard Thompson (TRI) back to solid form in 10.08 secs for third.

World record holder Betty Heidler gained revenge and some consolation as she comprehensively saw off surprise new global champion Tatyana Lysenko (RUS), her first title since winning the Europeans in 2006, in the women’s hammer with 77.30 to 74.67m but that uncharacteristic drop of form at the crunch in Daegu for the German cost her dearly and takes a great deal off the gloss of holding the six best marks in the world now this season.

Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) pulled away to an impressive victory in a very competitive men’s 1500m in a SB of 3:31.14, third fastest worldwide, Robert Harting stretched further his undefeated streak on a 67.22m winning effort in the discus and teenage sensation Kirani James (GRN) comfortably added to his own tally over 400m, even in a considerably slower 45.33 secs.



Rieti 2011, Rieti, Italy, September 10

Daegu semifinalist Andie Osagie bolstered up his newly obtained footing on the senior international scene as he demolished the field of the men’s 800m B race to claim victory by over a second in 1:45.65, his third fastest time ever, with Cuban Mauro Castillo the closest marker behind in 1:46.70. European U23 bronze medalist Muchtar Mohammed was also in the race but faded towards the rear of the race in 1:49.25 apparently on the downward end of the season’s graph.

It was a shame, however, that Osagie couldn’t get a starting slot in the main race towards the end of the program that could have likely set him up nicely to dip inside 1:45 for a first ever time but hopefully he will next summer all things equal. An A race that actually turned, equal to its pre-event billing, the highlight of the meeting as mighty David Rudisha (KEN) tore round the track to a searing 1:41.33, a massive world-leading mark and fifth fastest time ever, and spared nearly two seconds on breakthrough runner-up Adam Kczszot. The young Pole set a huge PB of 1:43.30 for a European header but agonizingly missing out on a national record by a mere 0.08 secs.

David Rudisha storms to a sublime 1:41.33 timing over 800m in Rieti

Something that third-placed Mohammed Aman, pipped on the line, didn’t fail to attain for his part as he established a new Ethiopian milestone of 1:43.37  followed by former world champion Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) in a SB of 1:44.07. That said, Rudisha could have gone even closer to his own world record had pacemaker Sammi Tangui (KEN) gone through the first 400m in a more reasonable pace than 48.30 secs!

Christine Ohuruogu‘s mission to gain redemption after a disastrous campaign in Daegu wasn’t quite met with success as she languished well behind in fourth in 51.80 secs over the women’s 400m and now sees her chances slipping away a little before the season is over. She is racing again in Zagreb on Tuesday and she will be hoping that things will click for her this once. Jamaica’s Shericka Williams was the victor in 50.81 secs leading runner-up Tatiana Firova (RUS) home, the latter grabbing a SB of 50.97 secs.

The British male sprinters failed to take advantage of the renowned fast Italian turf as Harry Aikines-Ayreety came fourth in the dash in 10.25 secs (0.1m/sec) despite getting the fastest reaction among the finalists (0.131) and Marlon Devonish trailed back in seventh in 10.39 secs, having set a brisker 10.30 secs in the heats (-0.3m/sec). Daegu runner-up Walter Dix (USA) edged out Jamaican Lerone Clarke and compatriot Justin Gatlin to prevail in a fast 10.02 secs, the latter two clocking 10.06 and 10.08 secs respectively. Craig Pickering, by the way, did not show up but he is down for the meeting in Zagreb next.

Leon Baptiste faired relatively better to take fourth in the furlong in 20.71 secs (0.2m/sec) from the outside lane, his second best this term, after a gruelling 12-hour travel to the venue as Lashawn Merritt dominated in an awesome 20.13 secs hinting at something special at the end of the track season.

Laura Weightman could not emulate her midweek run at Stretford to finish fifth in the women’s B 1500m race in 4:15.51, clinched by Kenyan Helen Obiri in a PB of 4:04.10, where William Sharman came last but one in the 110m hurdles in 13.79 (-0.1m/sec) well behind surprise home winner Emanuele Abate who set a PB of 13.54 secs.

In other events, Asbek Kiprop demonstrated his racing prowess in full as he demolished a quality opposition in the men’s 1500m in a world-leading time of 3:30.46 sparing huge daylight on Kiwi runner-up Nick Willis (3:35.56), Amine Laalu (MAR) slipping in fourth in 3:36.41, and great Bernard Lagat (USA) edged the men’s 3000m in a fast 7:32.13 from Kenyan Vincent Chepkok (7:32.38).



Arena Games, Hilversum, the Netherlands, September 11

Luke Fagan carries his form nicely late into the season as he edged a new PB of 10.34 secs into a slight headwind (-0.5m/sec) to comfortably take the 100m at the Arena Games in Holland, scratching his nearly month old best of 10.36 secs at Sportscity which came on an excellent tailwind of 1.7m/sec at that. The former European U20 bronze medalist was a surprise third-placer at the UK Trials despite running from the outside lane but missed out on selection for Daegu since he obtained the A qualifying standard (20.60) a week too late. But credit to him that he hasn’t relinguished his efforts and he could take his times further down on this evidence.

With an eye to the Olympic season, Helen Pryer continued her slick transition into the 400m to slash another chunk off her PB into a new marker of 53.45 secs, her third in a row, while UK 100m record holder Montell Douglas got the women’s dash in 11.69 secs (-0.2m/sec).



UK National 10km Race Walking Championships, Victoria Park, London

Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson won the women’s title in a time of 44:59, a SB, and sounded pleased with her outing afterwards having had her world championships efforts affected by a knee complaint. Tom Bosworth, still in the U23 group, notched up the honours on the men’s side as he finished first Brit and fourth overall in a PB of 42:44, cutting nearly a minute off his previous best, as Canadian Evan Dunfee edged the win by five secs in 42:17 at Victoria Park.

Dominic King was sixth in a SB of 43:57 and a name to keep in mind for the future is 17-year-old Jamie Higgins who shattered his PB to a new figure of 46:41, down from 47:30 in Portugal last May, for an overall eighth in the race.

Jackson, Bosworth and Higgins are all athletes coached by former British international Andy Drake.



National Junior League National Final, Derby, September 11

Adam Gemili, who took up sprinting seriously only a year ago, emerged as top performer in Derby but rather surprisingly over the odd 200m where he stormed to the top of the UK U20 rankings in a massive PB of 20.98 secs (-0.2m/sec), his previous mark at 21.65 secs from last April. The 17-year-old was silver medalist at the European U20 Championships this summer and complemented a successful weekend with an earlier win of a windy 10.53 secs (3.3m/sec) over the short dash.



Stadionfest Konigs Wusterhausen, Wusterhausen, Germany

Former World U20 silver medalist Ashleigh Nelson was runner-up in the women’s 100m in 11.73 secs (0.0m/sec) to narrowly claim the scalp of former European champion Christine Arron (FRA) by two hundredths of a second while UK runner-up JJ Jegede came seventh at only 7.34m (-0.2m/sec) apparently on his wind-down of the season at this low-key meeting in Germany on Friday.