Gold medal for Tatyana Lysenko of Russia in the women's hammer throw final (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Women’s Hammer Throw the highlight in Rovereto

The women’s Hammer Throw was in the spotlight at the Palio della Quercia EA meeting in Rovereto on Tuesday (13) thanks to another solid performance by Russian World champion Tatyana Lysenko who beat 2001 and 2003 World champion Yipsi Moreno in the best competition of a warm evening.

Lysenko, who won in Rieti and finished second to Betty Heidler in Berlin in her busy post-Daegu schedule, opened with 73.13m and followed up with five more throws over 72 metres capped by 74.13m in the sixth attempt. Her complete series was 73.13m-72.81m-72.51m-73.90m-73.07m-74.13m. Her five throws would have been enough to take the win over Moreno who also enjoyed a good competition with three attempts over 70 metres (her complete series was 69.16m-70.49m-69.40m-72.56m-foul-70.99m). Zalina Marghieva eighth in Daegu, finished third with 68.27m.

Italian High Jump record holder Antonietta Di Martino received a standing ovation from the Rovereto crowd who celebrated the world bronze medal she won in Daegu with 2.00m, the 12th jump over two metres in her career. Still tired after the post-Daegu celebrations, Di Martino cleared 1.95m on her second attempt to take an easy win over Russian Tatyana Mnatsakanova who cleared 1.87m.

“I am still tired but I felt better than in Rieti. I had a bad feeling before the competition but during the competition, things went better,” said Di Martino. “I need strong rivals who can spur me. I have two competitions left, in Brussels and Milano. I am looking forward to competing against Anna Chicherova on Sunday in Milan on the track where I set my 2.03 PB in 2007.”

Emma Jackson from Great Britain dipped under two minutes to clinch the win in the women’s 800m in 1:59.97 in the final sprint ahead of Svetlana Usovich from Belarus (2:00.20) and Kenyan Eunice Sum (2:00.25). The Italian interest was focused on Daegu World Championships 400m semifinalist Marta Milani who came close to her PB with 2:01.75.

Ethiopian 800m sensation Mohammed Aman, World Youth silver medallist, won the two-lap event at a canter in 1:46.48. Aman, who is only 17, reached the final in Daegu and set the World Youth record in Rieti with a sensational 1:43.37 in the wake of David Rudisha’s 1:41.33. Aman will meet again Rudisha next Sunday at the Notturna di Milano where the Kenyan will attack his World record.

Jamaican 200m World finalist and 19.95 performer Nickel Ashmeade edged out 4x100 World champion and record holder Michael Frater in a very close photo-finish in which both clocked the same time of 10.11. Lerone Clarke completed the Jamaican sweep finishing third in 10.24. Jacques Riparelli won the 100m B race in 10.24 beating European 4x100 relay silver medallist Emanuele Di Gregorio who clocked 10.38.

European 60m Indoor silver medallist Mariya Ryemyen from Ukraine dipped under 23 seconds to take the victory in the 200m in 22.98 beating Jamaican Aleen Bailey (23.14).

In the men’s 110m Hurdles Jeff Porter of the U.S. prevailed by 0.02 in 13.48 over his compatriot Tyron Akins.

Yvette Lewis set a new meeting record in the women’s 100m Hurdles winning in 12.87 ahead of World University Games gold medallist and NCAA champion Nia Ali who also dipped under 13 sec with 12.95. Italian 100m Hurdles and 200m champion Marzia Caravelli finished third with 13.22.

Joseph Kiplimo from Kenya won an exciting 5000m edging Mexican Joan Luis Barrios by 0.04 sec in 13:15.23. Italian Daniele Meucci, European 10,000m bronze medallist in Barcelona and tenth in the 5000m final in Daegu came close to his PB to finish third in 13:27.14.

In the women’s race Kenyan Prisca Cherono Jepleting, fourth at the World Championships in Daegu, launced her decisive kick at the bell to pull away from Tanzania’s Zakia Mrisho and Kenyan Purity Rionoripo.  Cherono romped home in 15:14.25 ahead of Mrisho (15:17.78) and Rionoripo (15:22.04).

Povilas Mykolaitis from Lithuania was the only jumper to leap over the eight-metres barrier in the men’s Long Jump. After three fouls Mykolaitis jumped 8.05m on the fourth attempt to clinch an unchallenged win.  

In the women’s Long jump Nastassia Mirinchyk from Belarus opened with 6.62m on the first attempt and then improved to 6.75m in the following round. Swiss record holder Irene Pusterla, who jumped 6.84m in August in Chiasso, took second place with 6.63m in the fifth round to overtake Yuliya Pidluzhnaya from Russia who leapt to 6.53m.  

The men’s 400metres went to France’s Teddy Venel in 46.24 over Great Britain’s Richard Buck (46.38). Bjorn Otto cleared 5.66m to win the men’s Pole Vault.  

Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF