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Czech javelin throwers beat opponents at Golden Spike meet, Bolt didn’t succeed

26.5.2012 | 00:30

Foto: Česká sportovní / Vlastimil Vacek

The Czech javelin throwers were the stars of Ostrava Golden Spike Meet. Barbora Špotáková improved her world leading mark to 67,78 m, and Vítezslav Veselý won and beat again the Olympic winner Thorkildsen and company. Super star Usain Bolt won 100 meter race but his time 10,04 in the headwind did not fulfill the expectations.

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100 METRES - B-race

Kimari Roach, after a textbook start, had to deal with the powerful acceleration of Mark Lewis-Francis over the last metres of the contest. At the wire, the Britain just pipped the Jamaican, 10.36 to 10.37, as everyone battled a headwind of 0.9.

Hannes Dreyer of South Africa was third in 10.44, ahead of the Polish pair of Kamil Krynski (10.50) and Dariusz Kuc (10.55).

100 METERS - A-race

After Simon Magakwe of South Africa false-started, the remaining seven got down to business. Former world champion Kim Collins came away from the start first and Usain Bolt allowed him about sixty metres of glory. But then the Jamaican showed his usual acceleration over the final stages of the contest for a 10.04 victory, hindered by a 0.8 headwind.

Collins was easily left behind but still claimed second in 10.19, ahead of American Darvis Patton (10.22), Jamaican Lerone Clarke (10.26), and Britain’s Dwain Chambers (10.28).

Despite his powerful finish tonight, it was an ignominious result as Bolt recorded his slowest career time in a 100-metre final since he added the distance to his international repertoire in 2007. The multiple Olympic champion could easily have started his powerful finish earlier, but he sized up the situation quite well and seemingly took a conservative approach. The big prize of the year is just over two months away.

200 METRES

Wallace Spearmon, taking a curve-friendly lane six, had the best start and made this a gun-to-tape win in 20.14 against a headwind of 0.3. Actually, it was not quite as simple as that, as Jamaica’s Marvin Anderson moved up strongly and was challenging the American with about forty metres remaining. Spearmon found the extra gear he needed and sprinted away for the victory as Anderson clocked a season-best 20.41 in second.

Bahamian Michael Mathieu’s 20.45 brought third, with Jared Connaughton of Canada (20.80) and Pavel Maslak of the host Czech Republic (20.85) claimed the next places.

400 METRES

Defending Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt had this race under control from start to finish as he moved solidly in front over the back stretch and then coasted home in 45.13, shutting down ten metres before the finish. A battle for second developed just to Merritt’s outside, as 18-year-old Dominican Luguelin Santos and Costa Rican Nery Brenes were neck and neck over the final metres with Santos finally prevailing, 45.76 to 45.84.

Of special note was the sixth-place finish of Czech Josef Prorok in 46.97, only three hours after running a season-best time in the 400 hurdles.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, seeking to be the first athlete to compete in both the Olympic Game and Paralympic Games in the same year, was somewhat off the mark tonight with his last-place 47.66.

800 METRES - B-race

Zan Rudolf sprinted crisply past bell-lap leader Bereket Desta of Ethiopia and scored a splendid 1:47.59 win under the windy conditions. The 19-year-old Slovenian waited patiently in the middle of the pack until 300 metres remained, and then steadily gained on Desta and Czech Jan Kubista before applying his final kick.

Desta held on for second in a PB 1:48.13 while Kubista took third with 1:48.57, just ahead of the 1:48.72 of Slovak Jozef Repcik.

800 METRES - A-race

Following countryman Pawel Czapiewski’s pace through the first lap (50.93), Poland’s Adam Kszczot was in the lead at the bell and had a two-step advantage on Czech Jakub Holusa with 300 left.

Midway through the back stretch, Andrew Osagie of Britain made a move past Holusa and gave the appearance of trying to challenge Kszczot, but the Pole stretched his lead even more through the final curve and controlled the final stages en route to a 1:44.90 victory in his first outdoor race of the season.

Osagie’s efforts brought him second in 1:45.24, as Kenyan Abraham Rotich (1:45.52) and Hamid Oualich of France (PB 1:45.96) crossed the line ahead of Holusa (1:46.63)

3000 METRES

With a kilometre remaining, Isiah Koech held a lead of 15 metres and continued to stretch it out over the penultimate lap. A pack of six runners behind him apparently were satisfied to hand the victory to the 18-year-old Kenyan as they began to have a tactical race among themselves for the next spots. Koech obliged them by crossing the finish line first in 7:37.14.

Meanwhile in back of Koech with 300 left, Cornelius Kangogo pushed the pace with a hard sprint and challenged the others to go with him. Off the final curve, Kangogo accelerated down the final stretch and was almost clipped by Andy Baddeley. The Briton ran wide and passed four runners over the last 70 metres but he couldn’t quite catch Kangogo, who clocked 7:39.73 to Baddeley’s PB 7:39.86.

In fourth, Japheth Korir also logged a career best of 7:40.37.

110 HURDLES - B-race

American Ty Akins held off a late challenge by Italy’s Emanuele Abate over the last four hurdles to win in 13.31. Abate’s 13.38 time easily held second ahead of the season-best 13.53 from Poland’s Artur Noga and Balazs Baji of Hungary (13.54).

110 HURDLES - A-race

Dexter Faulk was away from the start first and he parlayed this early advantage into a dominating 13.13 win, equalling his PB from the Ostrava meeting three years ago. A secondary race was developing behind Faulk as Jeff Porter of the US pushed hard at the end to take second in 13.29 ahead of countryman Ryan Wilson (13.35) and two Britons, Andy Pozzi (13.36) and Lawrence Clarke (PB 13.42).

400 HURDLES

Czech hurdler Josef Prorok took the lead from the gun and held it until just before the eighth hurdle. At this point, Slovenian Brent LaRue was able to charge past the Czech and accelerate over the final straight to win in a PB 49.61.

Prorok held second in a season-best 50.25 and was chased home by countryman Vaclav Barak in a PB 50.58.

4x100 METRES RELAY

In the on-going derby to find the sixteen fastest 4x100 relay teams for the London Olympics, it was not a national team but an international quartet of All-Stars (Jeff Porter, Kim Collins, Davis Patton, Wallace Spearmon) which won from lane eight in 38.59 for a new Golden Spike meeting record.

Chasing that group to the finish was a Canadian team (Sam Effah, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, Justyn Warner) with 38.77, just ahead of the Polish team (Kamil Masztak, Darek Kuc, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Krynski) with 38.88.

POLE VAULT

In this event tonight, it was advantageous to take jumps as late as possible after the dancing winds settled down and became more predictable. That proved to be a winning formula for Renaud Lavillenie who did equal amounts of passing and jumping in the early going. His second-jump success at 5.78, followed by a first-leap clearance at a world-leading-equaling 5.83 brought him victory. But he wasn’t finished.

The Frenchman then asked for a world-leading 5.90 and succeeded on his third attempt, after which he had three unsuccessful tries at 6.00.

Karsten Dilla of Germany matched his personal best of 5.72, as did Britain’s Steve Lewis, with Dilla taking second on a countback.

SHOT PUT

Dylan Armstrong tossed a winning 21.29 in the sixth round to win the contest. The Canadian had taken a lead in the first round with 20.98, and moved farther ahead with 21.20 in the second round.

Defending Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland saw his 21.01 best take second ahead of another Canadian, Justin Rohde (20.84). Germany’s David Storl, the Daegu world champion, was fourth with 20.50 on only two legal throws.

JAVELIN

Just as he did in Shanghai last weekend, Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic defeated some of the giants of his event, this time in good weather with an 85.67 throw, a season best. Two-time Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen also threw a year best of 84.72 for second, while Dmitriy Tarabin of Russia was a distant third at 81.37.

Vesely’s series was impressively consistent as four of his five legal throws were between 84.51 and 85.67.

WOMEN

200 METRES

Defending Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown came out of the blocks quickly and scored a gun-to-tape victory in a season-best 22.38 against a headwind of 0.3. The Jamaican was trailed by Americans Bianca Knight and Tiffany Townsend who clocked 22.85 and 23.18, respectively.

Usually an exponent of the 400 metres, Francena McCorory of the US balked coming out of the blocks (reaction time of 0.392) and was never in the race, finishing fifth in 23.53. It appeared as if she was expecting to hear a second gun and actually stopped running after taking one step.

400 METRES

Sanya Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu were a study in contrasts as they left the blocks, with the American aggressively charging forward and the Briton seemingly content to use a more relaxed start. Through the back straight, however, Richards-Ross lost some of her advantage as Ohurougu pulled ahead of the American as the pair entered the final curve.

At that point, a powerful finish by Richards-Ross off the final straight brought victory in 50.65, as Ohuruogu clocked 51.19 in second. Patricia Hall of Jamaica took third in 51.75, just ahead of Russia’s Kseniya Zadorina (51.81).

800 METRES

If this race was to have been a battle between Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo and former world champion Caster Semenya, the script was left on the floor. Jelimo followed pacer Dawn Hunt closely as they passed the 400-metre mark in 57.65. All the while, Semenya was near the back of the pack, some 10-12 metres behind Jelimo.

The Kenyan accelerated well over the final back stretch as Semenya started her own kick, of sorts. But there was no doubt that Jelimo would easily win, which she did in 1:58.49. The South African’s final sprint brought her past many runners in the final 80 metres as she captured the runner-up spot in 2:00.80.

Fantu Magiso of Ethiopia, who had tried to chase Jelimo with 300 metres remaining, finished third in 2:01.03 as Semenya pipped her just a step before the finish. Yekaterina Kostetskaya of Russia (2:01.52) and Britain’s Marilyn Okoro (2:01.70) rounded out the top five.

100 HURDLES - B-race

Beate Schrott of Austria overtook leading Alice Decaux of France with two hurdles remaining and pushed her way to a season-leading 13.18 for the victory, with Decaux close behind in 13.20.

Cindy Billaud, also of France, took third in 13.26 while the rest of the field was far behind, with Hungarian Fanni Juhasz claiming fourth with 13.93.

100 HURDLES - A-race

Britain’s Tiffany Porter blasted away from the start and was racing only against the clock, which she stopped in 12.65, equalling the Golden Spike meeting record. All the while, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada was eyeing the finish line as her 12.80 took second ahead of Americans Lolo Jones (12.94) and Queen Harrison (12.96).

400 HURDLES

Vania Stambolova took over the lead off the seventh hurdle and sailed to a 54.15 victory.

Lashinda Demus of the US had a short-lived advantage over the first few hurdles before Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic took over. But after the final curve, the race totally belonged to the Bulgarian.

Hejnova followed Stambolova into the tape for second in 55.28, while Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton ran strongly at the end for third (55.82). Meanwhile, Demus continued to fade, perhaps when she saw her futile position, and she came home in sixth with 57.43. It was her first hurdle race of the season, but also her slowest performance since 2008.

JAVELIN

Barbora Spotakova’s opening throw seemed to float forever. When it finally landed at 66.84, it was only two centimetres short of Mariya Abakumova’s world-leading throw from two weeks ago in Doha. That was only the start for the defending Olympic champion. Two throws later, she solved the capricious wind for a world-leading 67.78 which held up as the winner. It also broke the Golden Spike meeting record of 67.72 by Christina Obergfoll from four years ago.

Abakumova, one of Spotakova’s main nemeses in recent years, had only a few good throws in her series, the best being 64.34 in the fifth round as she took second on a countback against the same mark of Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell, which was a PB by almost two metres.

Martina Ratej of Slovenia (62.39) and Sunette Viljoen of South Africa (61.84) followed in fourth and fifth.

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