Phillips - 8.28 Long Jump and 10.22 100m - in Luzern

Phillips - 8.28 Long Jump and 10.22 100m - in Luzern

Thursday 10 June 2004

Luzern, Switzerland - The 2003 World Indoor and outdoor Long Jump champion Dwight Phillips (USA) was the best performer of the Spitzenleichtathletik meeting yesterday (9 June).

Phillips won with a 8.28m third round jump into a head wind of -0.7 m/s - a meeting record which improved the previous limit of 8.23 set by Kareem Streete-Thompson in 1993.

The runner-up was the Briton Chris Tomlinson with 8.02 (-1.1 m/s).

Phillips, a world seasonal leader with 8.44m (Mexico City on 22 May), opened the competition with a foul followed by 8.16 and 8.28 on his second and third attempts before fouling his three remaining jumps.

100m and Long Jump double at Olympic trials?

It was not the only outing for Phillips in this meeting because just a few minutes before the beginning of the Long Jump competition he lined up in the 100m, where he finished third in 10.22 in a close finish which was taken by World 200m champion John Capel in 10.20.

“This evening I wanted to test my condition in two events," commented Phillips. " I regularly combine speed with Long Jump during my training sessions. I did a very good test this evening."

“I am thinking over a possible 100 metres-long jump double at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento. I will decide with my coach when I return home.”

"This is my last competition in Europe before flying back home before prepare the Trials”, commented Phillips.

Bergen warm-up for Capel

Capel was performing at his first European meeting of the season and his 10.20 (into a slight head wind of -0.5) followed on from his impressive 10.07 in the IAAF Grand Prix II in Portland last weekend.

Yesterday, the World 200m champion edged out Aziz Zakari from Ghana, second in 10.21, with Phillips, third in 10.22.

“For a first outing overseas my race today was pretty good,|’ confirmed Capel. “It was important to train my speed for the 200 metres, which remains my focus for the Olympic Trials in Sacramento and the Olympic Games in Athens.”

"This race was a perfect build-up for my first European 200 metres outing in the TDK Golden League meeting in Bergen on Friday evening”, said Capel.

2.30m High Jump for Rybakov

Yaroslav Rybakov from Russia, the reigning European champion and 2004 World Indoor silver medallist cleared 2.30 on his first attempt to win a good men’s High Jump contest.

Rybakov entered the competition at 2.18 and produced first time clearances at 2.18, 2.21, 2.24. After clearing 2.27 at the second time of asking he secured the victory by jumping 2.30 in his first try and beat Poland’s Grzegorz Sposob.

Sposob, the world seasonal leader with 2.34 set in Bydgozcz last weekend, was runner-up after successfully clearing 2.27 in his second attempt. The Polish athlete failed his three attempts at 2.32.

Herbert returning to hurdling form - 48.76

Lewellyn Herbert is gradually returning to the form which enabled him to win the Olympic bronze medal in Sydney four years ago. The 400m hurdler from South Africa won in Luzern in 48.76.

“My preparation is going well, " said the South African. "I am lowering my seasonal best race after race. But times are not very important at the moment. I am focusing on running well and enjoying myself. I am sure that good results will come as a consequence if I continue on this way.”

Block beaten in 100m

Natasha Mayers from St. Vincent and Grenadine produced a surprise win in the women’s 100 metres in 11.24 (head wind -0.5 m/s) by beating the outstanding favourite Zhanna Block, the 2001 World champion in Edmonton.

Block is a local favourite in Luzern where she has competed ten times and set the meeting record with 10.91 in 2002. This year the Ukrainian star had to content with second place behind Mayers in 11.37. Third was the Nigerian Mercy Nku with 11.42.

Meet record for Jamieson

Sarah Jamieson from Australia produced a good result with her win in the women’s 1500 metres race in 4:04.82, which stands as the seventh fastest time of the season. It is also a meeting record for Jamieson who lowered the former stadium record held by the swiss heroine Anita Weyermann since 1997.

The 110 metres sprint hurdles went to entirely to the USA - Arend Watkins in 13.40 (-0.8 m/s head wind) over Anwar Moore (13.46) and Robby Hughes (13.48). The women’s 100 metres hurdles went to Russia’s Natalya Kresova who edged out the USA’s Danielle Carruthers by three hundredths of a second with 12.90.

The 20-year-old David Kilel from Kenya outkicked his compatriot Pius Muli in the home stretch to take the victory in the 5000 metres in 13:23.43. Muli clocked 13:23.64 for second place over Uganda’s Wilson Businei (13:25.93).

The Russian Yelena Belyakova vaulted 4.40 in her first attempt to the women’s pole vault over the 1999 World indoor champion Nastja Ryshich, second with 4.30.

Other wins went to the local favourite Anita Brägger from Switzerland in the 800 metres women in 2:02.09, Achraf Tadili from Canada in the men’s 800 metres with 1:46.30, Vincent Le Dauphin from France in the 3000 metres steeplechase with 8:26.63 and Malgorzata Pskit in the women’s 400 hurdles in 55.31.

Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF

Selected results from the Spitzenleichtathletik meeting in Luzern:

100 metres (-0.5 m/s): 1 John Capel (USA) 10.20; 2 Aziz Zakari (Ghana) 10.21; 3 Dwight Phillips (USA) 10.22; 4 Bernard Williams (USA) 10.32; 5 Mark Lewis Francis (Gbr) 10.34
400 metres: 1 Pierre Lavanchy (Switzerland) 46.81; 2 Hendrik Mogkanyetsi (South Africa) 46.83; 3 Andreas Oggenfuss (Switzerland) 47.16
800 metres: 1 Achraf Tadili (Canada) 1:46.30; 2 Vincent Kemboi (Kenya) 1:46.59; 4 Rizak Dirshe (Sweden) 1:47.33
5000 metres: 1 David Kilel (Kenya) 13:23.43; 2 Pius Muli (Kenya) 13:23.64; 3 Wilson Businei (Uganda) 13:25.93; 4 Meba Tadesse (Ethiopia) 13:26.79; 5 Sergiy Lebid (Ukraine) 13:28.30
3000 metres steeplechase: 1 Vincent Le Dauphin (France) 8:26.63; 2 Filmon Ghirmai (Germany) 8:30.61; 3 David Nyaga (Kenya) 8:32.48
110 hurdles (-0.8 m/s): 1 Arend Watkins (USA) 13.40; 2 Anwar Moore (USA) 13.46; 3 Robby Hughes (USA) 13.48
400 hurdles: 1 Lewellyn Herbert (South Africa) 48.76; 2 La Bronze Garrett(Usa) 49.00 and Ian Weakley (Jamaica) 49.00; 4 James Carter (Usa) 49.25
Long Jump: 1 Dwight Phillips (USA) 8.28 (-0.7 m/s); 2 Chris Tomlinson (GBR) 8.02 (-1.1 m/s); 3 Tomasz Mateusiak (Poland) 7.96; 4 Kareem Streete Thompson (Cayman Islands) 7.90
High Jump: 1 Yaroslav Rybakov (Russia) 2.30; 2 Gregorz Sposob (Poland) 2.27; 3 Martin Stauffer (Switzerland) 2.24; 4 Piotr Brajko (Russia) 2.24

100 metres (-0.5 m/s): 1 Natasha Mayers (St.Vincent and Grenadine) 11.24; 2 Zhanna Block (Ukraine) 11.37; 3 Mercy Nku (Nigeria) 11.42
800 metres: 1 Anita Brägger (Switzerland) 2:02.00; 2 Tina Paulino (Moz) 2:02.24; 3 Rikke Ronholdt (Denmark) 2:03.00
1500 metres: 1 Sarah Jamieson (Australia) 4:04.82; 2 Zenebech Tola (Ethiopia) 4:07.78; 3 Jebet Langat (Ethiopia) 4:08.16
100 hurdles: 1 Natalya Kresova (Russia) 12.90; 2 Danielle Carruthers (USA) 12.93; 3 Maila Machado (Brazil) 13.08
400 hurdles: 1 Malgorzata Pskit (Poland) 55.31; 2 Stephanie Kampf (Germany) 55.53; 3 Ulrike Urbansky (Germany) 55.63
Pole Vault: 1 Yelena Belyakova (Russia) 4.40; 2 Nastya Ryshich (Germany) 4.30; 3 Tatyana Grigorieva (Australia) 4.15