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53rd Venizeleia International Meeting

Michalis Nikitaridis for the IAAF
4 June 2001 - Chania, Greece - Phillips Idowu of Great Britain jumped 17.33 m. to set a world leading mark and win the triple jump competition in the 53rd edition of the international Venizeleia meeting in Chania, Greece. Alexander Glavatsky, who started the season in Chania., was second with 17.00 m.

The Chania meeting, which has been organized under the shield of the European Athletics Federation in recent years, is the athletics event with the longest tradition in Greece and is organised by the "KYDON Athletics Club" and its President Sakis Kouvatsos.

Russia's Marina Kislova won the fast 100m. race in 11.09, the second fastest time in the world tis season, defeating Debbie Ferguson of Bahamas and the Americans Chryste Gaines and Michelle Collins.

The men's discus throw competition was very interesting, as the leader changed after every attempt. Finally, Hungarian Varda won with 63.21 m. just one centimeter more than Czech Libor Malina, while Tommi Tompuri placed third with his best attempt at 62.52 m.

The men's long jump was a high level event, as three athletes exceeded 8 meters. Kevin Dilworth jumped 8.20 m. at his 5th attempt and 8.25 m. at the last attempt to win, followed by James Beckford (8.15 m.) and Vitaliy Skurlatov (8.10 m.)

Two days after the meeting in Kalamata, Ukrainian Ivan Geshko beat the Africans again in the 1500 m.race. The winner clocked 3:38.47. and left behind him Julius Achon of Uganda and Philimon Kibet of Kenya.

In the other events, Nigerian Deji Aliu won the 100 m. in 10.27., Yulia Kosenkova defeted Bulgarian Daniela Yordanova who set a world leading time two days ago in Kalamata; Jamaican Ian Weakley won the 400 m. in 49.39., Marc Crear had no difficulties to dominate the 110 m. hurdles in 13.48. and Enis London Deloreen ran the 100 m. hurdles in 12.78. A great throw by Nicoleta Grasu won her the discus throw with 66.70 m

Among the more remarkable performances set by Greek athletes are the jump of Dimitris Filindras at 7.94 m., the time of the junior athlete Evi Nessoudi who placed 7th in the 100 m. hurdles with 13.78. and the excellent run of Periklis Iakovakis who was third in 400 m. hurdles 49.80 to defeat some of the big names of the event.

Full results from Chania can be found at http://www.athletix.net.