EBERSTADT (GER) : The duel between German athletes Raul Spank and Eike Onnen is announced to be the highlight of the Eberstadt high jump meeting on July 17th. Spank holds a season’s best of 232 while Onnen has jumped 231 this year. Both athletes have already competed against each other 12 times and they have each won 6 times. Also jumping are indoor world champion Ivan Ukhov, world leader Aleksey Dmitrik, Czech European indoor silver winner Jaroslav Baba and US number one Jesse Williams.
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STOCKHOLM (SWE): Great Britain’s head coach Charles van Commenee and British team captain David Greene believe that they can have the Russians looking over their shoulder at the SPAR European Team Championships in Stockholm this weekend. Germany hopes to defend their third place from last year. Last year, Russia scored 379.5 points across the two days in the Norwegian city of Bergen, winning from Great Britain by a massive 62.5 points. Nevertheless, Britain - whose men’s team were winners of the former European Cup on several occasions - impressed when moving up a spot from third place at the inaugural Championships in 2009. According to Athletics Weekly‘s calculations based on current form, the overall final team standings could have Russia winning with 353 points over Germany 344 and France 320. Ukraine should be fourth (311), Great Britain fifth (309), Poland sixth (272) ahead of Italy (252), Spain (224) and Czech Republic (224). Relegation for Belarus (202), Portugal (170) and Sweden (140). Top names in nearly all teams with number of Barcelona winners. Special to see Christophe Lemaitre of France doubling in sprints.
DONETSK (UKR, Jun 16): 15-years old Maryna Bekh (born 1995) leaped to superb 647 (+1.6) long jump life-time best during second day of Ukrainian Junior Championships. Also to note 187 in high jump of Irina Gerashchenko and 23.63 (+0.4) in the 200 m by Mariya Shmidova.
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