Two meeting records in Padova, Kolodko also on form

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Olympic medallist Yevgenyia Kolodko of Russia won the shot put event at the European Athletics Classic Meeting in Padova. 

The last European Athletics Classic Permit Meeting of the summer in the Italian city of Padova saw meeting records fall to Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong and US hurdler Kellie Wells on Sunday.

Armstrong, the 2013 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist, won with 21.19m while Wells clocked 12.75 in the 100m hurdles at the Citta Di Padova meeting held in the famous Euganeo stadium.

European athletes were also to the fore.

Russia’s Yevgenyia Kolodko, the London 2012 Olympic Games shot put silver medallist who could only finish fifth in Moscow, continued her late season hot streak. After three fouls, she hit 19.29m in the fourth round and improved to 19.67m with her next effort to win by well over a metre.

Kolodko’s compatriot, 2013 World Championships 400m bronze medallist Antonina Krivoshapka won the women’s 400m in 50.86 while another of the Russian contingent making the trip to the south of Europe, Yelena Korobkina, notched up a useful win over 1500m 4:11.42.

Romania’s 23-year-old Cristina Sandu, the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships triple jump silver medalist, has concentrated more on the long jump in the last two seasons and after her disappointment of finishing down in 10th at the World University Games she got a confidence boosting win with 6.43m.

The only local win was in the men’s 800m when Giordano Benedetti held off Burundi’s World Championships semi-finalist Antoine Gakeme in a thrilling sprint to the line to not only win in 1:46.93 but get huge cheers from the crowd.

Another man to elicit applause from the audience was triple jumper Fabrizio Schembri, who nearly pulled off an upset win over the USA’s 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist and 2013 World Championships bronze medallist Will Claye.

With both men jumping into a stiff breeze which kept down the distances, Schembri lead from the first round and improved three times with his best mark being his fifth effort of 16.63m. But Claye overtook him with his very last jump of 16.75m.

Another US victory went to 2013 World 400m champion LaShawn Merritt, who won over one lap of the track in 45.18, with Italian champion Matteo Galvan third in 45.57.

World Championships 100m finalist Alexandria Anderson, got a great start in the 100m and clock 11.05 into a slight headwind to add to the tally of American wins.