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Michael Norman on form in Osaka – weekly round-up

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Monday, 20 May 2019 07:42

American clocks 19.84 200m at Golden Grand Prix, while Jodie Williams and Zharnel Hughes run World Champs qualifying standards in Guadeloupe

Find links to individual reports for various events on a busy weekend below, while other recent highlights are also listed.

Shanghai Diamond League

BMAF Road Relay Championships

Great Manchester Run

Loughborough International Athletics

European Race Walking Cup

Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka, Japan, May 19

USA’s Michael Norman dominated the 200m, clocking 19.84 (-0.4m/sec) to equal his PB and take 0.03 off the meeting record. Chinese Taipei’s Chun-Han Yang was second in 20.50.

Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio won the women’s 200m, also breaking the meeting record with 22.55 (+0.5m/sec).

A third meeting record was broken by China’s Wang Zheng as she won the hammer by more than a metre with 75.27m.

USA’s Justin Gatlin won the 100m in 10.00 ahead of Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu in 10.01. World under-20 champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri of Indonesia improved his own national record by clocking 10.03 in third.

Japan’s men’s 4x100m team returned after their IAAF World Relays disqualification and ran a world-leading 38.00 ahead of USA with 38.73.

Japan’s world under-20 bronze medallist Shunsuke Izumiya ran a winning windy 13.26 (+2.9m/sec) for the third-fastest ever 110m hurdles time by a junior athlete over senior-height hurdles in any conditions.

USA’s Sharika Nelvis won the 100m hurdles ahead of Australia’s world champion Sally Pearson as both clocked 12.70 (0.4m/sec). Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad had a clear 400m hurdles win in 53.88.

Kenya’s Jonathan Kitilit won the 800m in 1:46.37 as Britain’s Guy Learmonth was second in 1:46.81. Shara Proctor finished fourth in the long jump with 6.29m (-0.5m/sec).

Meeting Guadeloupe Grande Caraibe, Guadeloupe, May 18

Fresh from a 100m PB at the beginning of the month, GB’s Jodie Williams achieved a 200m qualifying standard for the World Championships in Doha, clocking a winning time of 22.92 (+0.3m/sec).

Zharnel Hughes won the 100m in 10.03 (-0.9m/sec) to improve the Worlds standard for that event.

USA’s world record-holder Keni Harrison clocked a world-leading 12.47 (0.0m/s) in the 100m hurdles.

NJCAA Division 1 Championships, USA, May 17-18

Kenny Bednarek ran 19.49 for the fastest ever wind-assisted 200m, as the wind reading was +6.1m/sec.

He went on to clock 19.82 into a headwind of -0.8m/sec and a 44.73 400m, becoming just the second athlete to break both 20 seconds for 200m and 45 seconds for 400m on a single day.

Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K, Wales, May 19

Matt Clowes and Rachel Felton both ran event records to claim victory, Alex Donald reports.

Photo by Paul Stillman

Cardiff Man Clowes was a convincing winner over the undulating course in a race which forms the first fixture in the 2019 Welsh 10k Series.

With the halfway mark passed in 15:06 and despite a stiff climb at the 9km point, Clowes came home in 30:22, 11 seconds ahead of his mark from last year.

James Hunt was second in 31:09 followed by Dan Bodman in third.

“It’s a hilly course,” said Clowes. “I enjoyed it, though. It was a good test and it was good to run faster than I did last year because that was run on tired legs, following the London Marathon.

“My main aim for later in the year will be the BMW Berlin Marathon.”

Felton was equally convincing in her victory which came nearly two minutes ahead of Lucy Marland. Her winning 35:01 sliced a second of the previous record set by track specialist Rhianwedd Price in 2016.

Alaw Beynon-Thomas was third just weeks after her marathon debut in Newport.

TCS World 10K Bengaluru, India, May 19

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop retained her title, clocking 33:55 as just two seconds covered the top five. Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi was second and Letesenbet Gidey third and they were also both given a finishing time of 33:55.

Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu won the men’s race, adding this title to the Delhi Half Marathon crown he won seven months ago, crossing the line in 27:56.

Uganda’s Mande Bushendich finished second in 28:03.

City Of Gloucester 10K Run, May 19

Britain’s 2007 world 10,000m bronze medallist Jo Pavey raced for the first time this year and finished fourth overall, winning the women’s title in 34:39.

Kate Malthy was second with 36:29 and Emily Chandler third in 40:27.

Harry Bishop won the men’s title in 32:20, ahead of Charlie Jones with 33:04 and Marcus England with 33:06.

British Wheelchair Racing Association Track Championships, Stoke Mandeville, May 18-19 

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft won the T34 100m, 400m and 800m, respectively clocking 17.58 (+1.9m/sec), 59.49 and 2:10.15.

Nathan Maguire won the T54 100m ahead of Richard Chiassaro, 14.63 to 14.81.

In the 200m, Chiassaro won in 25.64 to Maguire’s 26.13.

Stephen Miller threw 29.79m in the F32 club throw, while Gemma Prescott recorded 20.49m to win the women’s event.

Belgian Inter-Club Championships, Gaurain-Ramecroix, May 18

Continuing her comeback after injury, Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam improved her 200m PB to 24.37 into a headwind of 1.5 m/sec.

She also threw 52.71m in the javelin and formed part of a winning 4x100m team which clocked 47.97.

USATF Distance Classic, Los Angeles, USA, May 16

Josh Kerr ran 13:28.66 to finish second on his 5000m debut, with his fellow Scot Chris O’Hare running a PB of 13:33.99.

Kyle Langford clocked 1:47.31 for the runner-up spot in the 800m and Neil Gourley was sixth in 1:48.42.

There was a 4:09.31 1500m PB by Amy Eloise-Neale for fourth in the women’s race.

World Schools Cup, Split, Croatia, May 15-16 

Jasmine Jolly won the 300m hurdles with a time of 42.73, while Dominic Ogbechie jumped 7.36m to win the long jump

Serena Vincent won the shot put with a 16.79m throw, while there was a big PB of 13.74 for Jenna Blundell to take third in the 100m hurdles.

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