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Hingst improves to 4.72m in Biberach

Carolin Hingst produced the best result of the evening at the ‘Weltklasse in Biberach’ Meeting on Friday (9). A week before the German Championships she took the Pole Vault with a 4.72m clearance, raising her personal best by a surprising six centimetres. Hingst then tried to break Annika Becker’s eight year-old German record but she failed three times at 4.78m.

Becker, who had ended her career after an accident during a jump, had cleared 4.77m in 2002. Hingst, who now tops the European season’s list, has set up a great duel with Silke Spiegelburg at next weekend’s championships. Spiegelburg, who did not compete in Biberach, so far has cleared 4.71m this season. Compatriot Julia Hütter took second on Friday evening with 4.50m.

In the 400m Hurdles Fabienne Kohlmann, who had done well in the 800 m earlier this season, improved to 55.75 seconds. She beat Zuzana Bergrova (Czech Republic/55.96) in Biberach.

Kimmari Roach (Jamaica) took the 100m, clocking 10.14 seconds. Simon Magakwe (South Africa/10.22) was second. There was no wind in hot conditions. In the Pole Vault Fabian Schulze won on countback from World junior champion Raphael Holzdeppe. Both cleared 5.50m and then missed 5.70m three times.

A day earlier the Shot Put had taken place separately in Biberach. Here Ukraine’s Andriy Semenov took the honours with 20.30m, beating young German David Storl (19.89m) and Sultan Alhabashi (Kazachstan/19.87m).

There was another German meeting on Friday evening. In Bottrop the 110m Hurdles produced a good result. Algerias Othman Hadj-Lazib won a photo finish with 13.51 seconds from Germany’s Alexander John (13.52). With a slight headwind of 0.2 Eric Balnuweit was third in 13.66, followed by Jeff Porter (USA/13.67). Luvo Manyonga (South Africa) won the Long Jump with 8.19m (+ 1.5 wind) and produced a fine series: 8.09m, 8.01m, -, 8.19m, 8.07m, -.

The best women’s result came in the 800m. Here Svetlana Usovich (Ukraine) just missed a sub two minutes time with 2:00.02. Zahra Bouras (Algeria/2:01.33), Marian Burnett (Guyana/2:01.61) and Laura Januszewski (USA/2:01.76) took second to fourth places.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF