Dutkiewicz speeds to a 12.61 clocking in Weinheim

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Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewicz is top of the European rankings – almost a year after suffering the nightmare scenario of crashing out in the final of the European Athletics Championships.

Dutkiewicz could not have opened her season in more prolific style. After clocking a lifetime best of 12.84 into a 1.9 m/s headwind last weekend, the 25-year-old improved to 12.76 in the heats of the Kurpfalz Gala in Weinheim before winning the final in a European-leading mark of 12.61 to beat Nadine Hildebrand (12.81).

Not only did the victory break her pre-event best time by an impressive 0.23, it would be another step towards putting the events of last summer behind her as she moved to fourth on the 2017 world lists.

Running from the outside lane at the European Championships in Amsterdam, Dutkiewicz clipped the first hurdle in the final and took no further part but she has progressed brilliantly, winning a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade in March.

She is now setting herself up for a breakthrough summer campaign where she will surely be challenging Cindy Roleder for domestic stakes on the road to the IAAF World Championships in London in August and the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

There was a good series of sprinting performances in Weinheim with Alex Wilson breaking both the Swiss 100m and 200m records.

He took the 100m time down to 10.11 in the heats before winning the final in 10.27 and then ran 20.37 for the 200m, securing the qualifying standard for the World Championships in London both events.

Tatjana Pinto broke the 11-second barrier in the women’s 100m but her time of 10.96 was assisted by a 2.6 m/s tailwind. Lisa Mayer, who was also part of the German team to claim gold at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau last month, also transferred that form to the individual with a clocking of 11.02.

Wlodarczyk and Omelko impress in Forbach

World record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk will be chasing her third gold medal at the World Championships in London this August and she banked another victory - her 33rd in succession - at the Meeting Elite de Forbach on Sunday, a European Athletics Outdoor Area Permit meeting.

Wlodarczyk, who tops the world rankings with 79.73m from Doha at the start of the month, won this time with 75.69m from teammate Pole Malwina Kopron (72.09m).

Rafal Omelko moved to the top of the European rankings over 400m with 45.23 while there was further success for Poland as Justyna Swiety took the women’s 400m in 51.93 and Anna Jagaciak went out to a wind-assisted 13.99m to win the triple jump.

There were good performances in the men’s hammer from France’s Quentin Bigot (77.30m) and Great Britain’s Nick Miller (75.97m) as they both defeated the Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov (75.14m) of Tajikistan.

France’s Kevin Menaldo cleared a personal best in the pole vault with 5.83m at the third attempt before three attempts at a world-leading height of 5.91m while teammate Benjamin Sedecias (13.52) narrowly won the 110m hurdles ahead of Shane Brathwaite of Barbados who was given the same time.


Tentoglou is flying towards Grosseto

Greek long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou, the world U20 silver medalist, will be one of the favourites for gold at the European U20 Championships in Grosseto in July and he will also be heading to London for the World Championships after a fine performance at the Papaflessia meeting in Kalamata on Saturday.

In the sixth round, the 19-year-old cleared 8.16m, extending his European U20 lead with the second best jump of his career and securing the World Championship qualifying mark in the process.

Triple jumper Dimitrios Tsiamis also achieved 16.87m for a World Championship mark as qualifying standards were in full flow across Europe.

At the Memorial Luca Coscioni in Orvieto, Italy’s Yadisleidy Pedroso achieved it by winning the 400m hurdles in 55.78 and Maria Benedicta Chigbolu won the 400m in 51.87. At a regional meeting in Biala Podlaska, Poland´s Tomasz Jaszczuk won the long jump with 8.18m.

Zunic improves Croatian record again

In Slovenska Bistrica on Saturday, Stipe Zunic, who was fifth at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, set his second Croatian shot put record of the season.

Zunic went out to 21.48m to improve his record by three centimetres while Serbia’s Lazar Anic booked his place in London with 8.15m, his first jump in excess of the eight metre-mark indoors or outdoors.


There was also good throwing in Neubrandenburg, Germany where 20-year-old Claudine Vita improved her lifetime best in the discus to 64.65m.

Norwegian pole vault talent Pal Haugen Lillefosse will celebrate his 16th birthday on Sunday and in Grafeling at the weekend, he got his timing just right.

By clearing 5.30m, he broke the national U15 record and will now seek new heights in his new age group which is just days away.


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