Sally McLellan (far left) heads the 100m Hurdles race in Luzern (HP Roos) © Copyright
General News 16 July 2009 – Luzern, Switzerland

Kanter and McLellan highlight in Luzern

Luzern, SwitzerlandEstonia’s Gerd Kanter won his 20th consecutive competition in the men’s Discus Throw with 67.42m which was the stand-out result of the Spitzenleichtathletik EA Permit meeting in Luzern last night (15). Australian Sally McLellan’s repeat win in sprint hurdles in 12.73 sec was the top women’s mark.

The Spitzenleichtathletik is is one of a select group of Area meetings at which points can be acquired by athletes to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, to be held on 12-13 September in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Kanter, reigning Olympic and World champion, produced the five best throws of the competition backing up his win with a second best release over the 67 metres barrier to 67.31. His full series is: 65.64-67.42-67.31-66.21-foul-66.17. Zoltan Kovago from Hungary finished second with 65.27

Despite the consistent results Kanter was a bit disappointed. “I hoped a better result. I am a little disappointed. I had some technical problems. Of course I must be happy with the win and the meeting record but I wanted something more. My next competition will be in Rethymno (Greece). The goal this season is to defend the world title and throw 70 metres in Berlin”, said Kanter.

Australian Sally McLellan, Olympic silver medallist in the women’s 100 metres hurdles, repeated last year’s win in Luzern with a 12.73sec clocking (into a slight headwind of -0.5 m/s) dominating a world-class field. World Indoor champion Lolo Jones continued her comeback trail finishing runner-up in 12.92. US hurdler Tiffany Ofily took third place in 13.07.

Jones had warmed up with a winning 11.64sec in the women’s 100m ‘B’ race, with the ‘A’ dash taken by US sprinter Gloria Assumnu in 11.22sec edging  2005 World champion Lauryn Williams by just 0.01 second.  

Double success for Fountain

Olympic Heptathlon silver medallist Hyleas Fountain took the win in the 100m Hurdles ‘B’ race in 13.10 and a few minutes later she leapt to 6.89m clinching the win in the Long Jump, a result which equalled the meeting record. US World Championships qualifier Funmi Jimoh (6.96 this year) leapt to 6.65 taking the second place.

Ryan Braithwaite set a new national record of Barbados clocking a winning 13.23sec in the 110m Hurdles, the eighth fastest time in the world this year. Braithwaite, who improved his previous national record of 13.30 set in New York on 30 May, edged US hurdlers Joel Brown (13.27) and Dexter Faulk (13.29).

Phillips takes another win

Jamaican Isa Phillips scored his fourth European win in 48.66sec in the one lap hurdles which followed his victories at the Jamaican Championships, Madrid, Lausanne and Athens and his close second place in Rome behind World champion Kerron Clement. Phillips took a very narrow win over US Michael Tinsley who clocked 48.69 for second place. David Greene from Great Britain, the fastest 400 metres hurdler in Europe this year was third with 48.62.

Angela Morosanu from Roamnia prevailed in the women’s 400m Hurdles in 54.82sec over reigning World champion Jana Pittman-Rawlinson who clocked a seasonal best of 55.34 in her comeback season.

US sprinter Ivory Williams, 2004 World Junior champion in the men’s 100m, cruised to a solid seasonal best of 10.03sec. Williams confirmed his good form two days after his wind-assisted 9.95 in Athens. Chris Dykes from the USA won the 100 metres ‘B’ race in 10.35 ahead of Great Britain’s Mark Lewis Francis (10.40).

Wallace Spearmon, World 200m bronze medallist in Osaka and third in this world seasonal list with 19.98sec in New York, narrowly missed the 200m meeting record by just 0.02 clocking 20.31. The 200 metres ‘B’ race went to Joel Brown in 20.54 ahead of Great Britain’s Marlon Devonish (20.79).

The most eagerly-awaited competition for the local crowd was the women’s Pole Vault where local favourite Nicole Büchler, fresh from her silver medal at the World University Games in Belgrade with her national record of 4.50m, lost on a countback to US Lacy Janson who cleared 4.45 in her first attempt, while the swiss vaulter needed two attempts to clear this height.

Tabarie Henry from the Virgin Islands, who entered the Luzern meeting with his 44.77sec national record (the fourth fastest time in the world this year) won the one-lap race in 45.76 ahead of Belgium’s Cedric Van Branteghem (45.92). Japanese Keitarou Satou took the B race in 46.56 beating South African Oscar Pistorius who improved his seasonal best to 47.07.

Mickle Kimberley from Australia took the women’s Javelion with 62.09m.

Lisa Dobriskey from Great Britain, fourth in the women’s 1500 metres at the Olympic Games in Bejing, won unchallenged in 4:08.35.

Brazilian Fabiano Peçanha, who ran 1:44.63 early this year in Belem, notched up the win in the men’s 800m in 1:46.08 in the final race of the night
Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF