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For a brief, heady moment French high hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde felt on top of the world in the Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne after setting a personal best and European-leading time of 13.06 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting earlier on Thursday.
Sprint hurdler Xie Wenjun and rising long jump talent Gao Xinglong were among the nine Chinese winners in Jinhua as the host nation won the inaugural Friendship Meeting in which China took on Japan and Korea on Sunday (6).
Olympic champion Krisztian Pars will be the star attraction at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Szekesfehervar, just outside Budapest, for the latest stop of the 2014 IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge on Tuesday (8).
Marathon debutant Silah Limo of Kenya took down a strong field, the race record and Robert de Castella’s Australian all-comers' record all in one go when winning the 2014 Gold Coast Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:14 on Sunday (6).
Dawn Harper-Nelson’s two previous IAAF Diamond League outings this summer had been mildly frustrating affairs but all that was forgotten, at least temporarily, in Paris on Saturday night (5).
The injury and illness trials and tribulations of former world champion Blanka Vlasic are well documented and so it was no surprise that she got one of the biggest cheers of the night when she won the women’s high jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday night (5).
All eyes were on Kenya’s Hellen Obiri and Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi in the women’s 1500m, number one and two in the world prior to Saturday night’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday (5), but neither woman was in contention for victory at the bell.
National junior 1500m record-holder Dawit Seyoum and world youth 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha lead the Ethiopian team going to the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA, later this month and have good prospects of striking gold at Oregon 2014.
As has become usual on the day before an IAAF Diamond League meeting, many of the top athletes in action at the Meeting Areva in Paris faced the world’s media on Friday (4).
The elite runners in Sunday’s Gold Coast Marathon received their race numbers from Australian marathon legend Robert de Castella at a media conference on Friday afternoon (4), but the question exercising everyone’s mind was: “Will anyone have Deek’s number on Sunday morning.”
Few athletes in history have been able to match what legendary javelin thrower Jan Zelezny has achieved. But this year, an athlete from his own training group could be set to accomplish something that Zelezny never managed.
You can’t do much better than being able to showcase a world record holder in the premier meeting in his home country and so Paris meeting director Laurent Boquillet has struck gold securing the services of Renaud Lavillenie for the eighth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meetings on Saturday (5).
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde had suffered losses in his past two 110m hurdles races, which suggested that the Diamond Race leader may have mistimed his peak, but at the IAAF Diamond Race meeting in Lausanne, the world indoor silver medallist suggested that the best is yet to come.
World high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko has fond memories of Athletissima as the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne was where, last year, he first broke through into 2.40m territory.
Their last clash couldn’t have been closer, but in Lausanne there was clear daylight between Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt in the 400m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Thursday (3).