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2019 European U23 Championships (Gävle, SWE) - Thu 11 to Sun 14 July

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  • #31
    3 Championship Heptathlon Bests for Geraldine Ruckstuhl in the Javelin, starting with 54.47 and ending with 54.82.

    With just the 800 to go Sophie Weißenberg leads with Ruckstuhl in 2nd just 18 points behind.

    That's about 1 second in the 800 but Ruckstuhl has a 2017 PB of 2:12.5 whilst Weißenberg has run 2:17 (Gotzis 2019).
    Last edited by LuckySpikes; 12-07-19, 13:32.

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    • #32
      Only 3 nations will be represented in the Women's 100 Hurdles Final later tonight - Belarus (3), France (3) & Poland (2).

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      • #33
        A disappointing run from Lily Beckford in her heat of the 400m, coming 4th in 54.65, well down on her personal best she set earlier this year. She started off poorly and never was able to recover from that point forward.
        It's especially disappointing because coming into these championships Beckford had the 4th fastest time among European U-23's, so to go out so tamely in the heats/semi-final will grate for sure.
        Last edited by RunUnlimited; 12-07-19, 15:35.

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        • #34
          Hector Santos (ESP) lays down a challenge to Tentoglou in the 1st round of the LJ final - 8.19 PB.

          ... And the Greek responds with 8.22 in the first round.
          Last edited by LuckySpikes; 12-07-19, 15:46.

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          • #35
            Jason Joseph (SUI) wins the opening semi final of the men's 110m hurdles in 13.54 (+1.1 m/s), ahead of Dawid Zebrowski (POL) who ran a PB of 13.69. In 3rd was Tade Ojura (GBR) who ran 13.75, close to his lifetime best, but he would have run faster and got an auto quali spot if he hadn't hit so many hurdles.

            In the 2nd semi final though, Cameron Fillery (GBR) wins in convincingly fashion in a new PB of 13.60 (0.0 m/s) in front of Micheal Obasuyi's (BEL) 13.65, qualifying for the final.

            And in the 3rd semi final, Artem Makarenko (ANA) wins it in 13.57 (+0.7 m/s), a personal best, with Michal Sierocki (POL) squeezing into 2nd place and an auto qualifying spot with 13.81. In 3rd place was Brit James Weaver who finished with a 13.90 time, which initially didn't look like it would be fast enough to get him through on time alone. However it turns out that Tade Ojura in the earlier semi had been disqualified and therefore moved out of a fastest loser spot, which allowed Weaver to advance to the final.
            Last edited by RunUnlimited; 12-07-19, 16:03.

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            • #36
              Very disappointing from the two British long jumpers, Jacob Fincham-Dukes and Reynold Banigo, both eliminated from the last three jumps after being below par, really from qualification yesterday.

              Tentoglu leads the contest with a European leading jump of 8.22m (+1.9 m/s).

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              • #37
                Ewa Swoboda follows up her European senior titles both outdoors and indoors, with the 100m title in the European U-23's, pulling away from her rivals to win in a season's best 11.15 (+0.8 m/s)

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                • #38
                  Victory for Henrik Larsson and for Sweden! He managed to inch ahead in the last 20m to snatch the gold medal from Oliver Bromby who gets the silver medal, 10.23 to 10.24 (+2.2 m/s) in a extremely close finish. Joris Van Gool (NED) managed to grab the bronze with 10.25.
                  Dominic Ashwell the second Brit in the final, started fast but faded into 5th place at the end, clocking 10.37.

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                  • #39
                    Hmm, now I'm wondering if the decision to have Kristal Awuah running in the 200m rather than the 100m at this championships was a wise one, because in her heat she didn't look great in the closing stages... She'll go through to the semi-finals tomorrow but will likely get a bad lane draw as a result.

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                    • #40
                      In the opening heat of the men's 200m however, Toby Harries (GBR) from lane 8, made light work of qualifying, running 20.86 (+0.4 m/s) in winning the race. And considering how comfortable he made that look, it's possible that Harries could lower his PB of 20.75 quite considerably later in the championships.

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                      • #41
                        Shemar Boldizar comes 3rd in the final heat of the 200m, 20.96 (+0.8 m/s) looking very easy as he slowed up on the line, allowing Zeze and Retamal to pip him. He looked like he has much more in the tank though.

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                        • #42
                          Alina Reh a massive class ahead of the rest of them.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
                            Alina Reh a massive class ahead of the rest of them.
                            Yep, a bit of a demolition that was.

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                            • #44
                              Naomi Ogbeta is a 14 meter jumper in the triple jump. I'm convinced of that. In the final round of the triple jump final this evening, she showed the competitive, never-say-die attitude that saw her pull out a PB jump with her final attempt in qualifying for the European Championship final last year, and also won her a silver medal at the European Juniors in 2017 in the same circumstances. She jumped 13.64m in the last round, taking her into bronze medal position, but then it took a NU23R from the Turkish athlete to beat her out of the medals again.

                              However, Ogbeta is now starting to show signs of poor landing technique, almost identical to what plauged Lorraine Ugen for a few years. She kicks out her right leg awkwardly on landing, sacrificing many centimeters on her jumps..;.. That last attempt of hers was a 14 meter effort with a better landing... and of course a medal, likely a gold one.

                              Hopefully she'll get that sorted out sharpish, and soon.

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                              • #45
                                Absolute rubbish from George Armstrong and George Evans in the men's discus qualification rounds this morning. In particular Armstrong who threw 61.21 meters in the USA in April, the 4th best throw by a European U-23 this year. But he could only manage one valid effort, a measly 52 meters and bits effort, well short of the 58.50m qualifying distance needed. Hell, a throw of 54.30m would have been enough, but he and Evans didn't look close to being able to achieve even that sort of distance today. In fact, they almost looked disinterested in being out there, even though Armstrong showed his disappointment after his final throw. But sorry mate, that was just a tad too little, too late.
                                A big opportunity to get senior international experience, down the drain.

                                I hope their respective coaches read them the riot act after that lackluster display and that they learn a valuable lesson from this chastening experience.

                                On a happier note, Alice Hopkins in the women's long jump managed to qualify fairly comfortably with her 6.31m (+2.2 m/s) first round effort. But the big news from that qualifying event was the exit of Yanis David of France, the reigning U-23 champion from 2 years ago. She leads European U-23's this year with a PB leap of 6.84m, however this morning she looked completely out of sorts (and to my eye at least, possibly carrying an injury to her right ankle), and she couldn't manage any efforts over 6 meters. A big shock. The French #2 Hilary Kpatcha, however, had a great morning, smashing her PB with her opening jump of 6.81m (+1.6 m/s) and looks like a leading contender for gold in the final now.
                                Last edited by RunUnlimited; 13-07-19, 13:49.

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