FRANCE (Aubiere): Top highlight of the weekend happened here as Teddy Tamgho improved his own world indoor triple jump record from Doha 2010 by 1 cm to 17.91. It happened in fourth round. He started with two fouls, then 17.36 in third, and after record mark still produced 17.58 and 17.08. After the competition he said that in Bercy he is not expecting another record because he will concentrate on wining. His appearance in long jump is still possible. In good depth 21 years old Yoann Rapinier improved hugely from 16.69 to 17.02, third Karl Taillepierre achieved 16.92. Triple European champion Christophe Lemaitre improved his earlier shape to 6.58 at 60 m what is second fastest in Europe this year. Second Martial Mbandjock 6.66 and third Ronald Pognon 6.70. Another gold medal contender will be in Bercy the 400 m winner Leslie Dhjone who clocked European leading time 2011 46.13. Strong relay for France as second Yoann Decimus posted 46.31, third Ansoumane Fofana 46.71, fourth Marc Macedot 46.72 and even B-final winner Mamoudou-Eliman Hanne 46.49. Dimitri Bascou again improved at 60 m hurdles to 7.52. Jeff Lastennet won the 800 m in 1:48.49 and Gael Querin scored 5923 points in heptathlon, but will not be considered for European indoors as France has already two invited athletes based on 2010 results (El Fassi and Geffraouis). European champion Myriam Soumare won the 60 m in impressive 7.19 ahead of Veronique Mang 7.23. Veteran Christine Arron was 6th (7.42). Former European gold medalist Muriel Hurtis won the 400 m (53.67).
ITALY (Ancona): Italian jumpers headlined day-two of the 42nd edition of the national event. Fabrizio Schembri jumped 17.00 to win the men’s triple jump without Fabrizio Donato who felt a cramp during the long jump and decided to avoid any risk and pulled out of the triple. Simona La Mantia equalled her SB of 14.33 in the women’s triple jump with a solid series of jumps which also included 14.31, 14.30, 14.15 and 14.12. Italian Under 23 champion Michael Tumi produced the major upset of day two by winning the 60 metres final ahead of European Indoor bronze medallist Emanuele Di Gregorio in 6.71 to 6.72. Di Gregorio posted fastest of the day 6.68 in heats. Nicola Ciotti cleared a winning 2.25 to take the men’s high jump title. Thirty-four year-old Ciotti, who jumped a seasonal best of 2.28 in Banska Bystrica this year, produced a clean sheet up to 2.25. He then failed one attempt at 2.27 and two tries at the Italian Indoor record of 2.32. Former 3000 metres European Indoor bronze medallist Silvia Weissteiner made a winning come- back in the women’s 3000 metres in 9:22.40 in her first track race after a difficult 2010 season in which she was sidelined by injury problems. Former European 100 and 200 metres bronze medallist Manuela Levorato, who is enjoying a good season two years after giving birth to her daughter Giulia, won a slow 60 metres final in 7.44, which was a below-par result compared to her 7.31 set at the end of January in Chemnitz. With help from Diego Sampaolo.
INDOOR (WJR Bengtsson)
SATRA (SWE, Feb 20): Youth Olympic Games and IAAF Young athlete of the Year pole vaulter Angelica Bengtsson (17) confirmed her talent at Swedish junior championships. She cleared in first attempt 452 what is new world junior record (because it is better than the ratified 448 by Silke Spiegelburg in Munster, 2005). And it is also Swedish senior record as Kirsten Belin has the overall national mark 451 from 2002 in Goteborg. She then tried at 457 with solid attempt. Her next meeting is the XL Galan in Stockholm on Tuesday against top senior jumpers.
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