As the rain falls, Vesely, Hejnova and Maslak keep the home crowd warm

Vesely keeps rivals in check
European Athletics

Vitezslav Vesely keeps rivals in check at the European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meeting in Prague.

European javelin champion Vitezslav Vesely needed just his first throw in Prague to move his season to a new level.

A crowd of 2000 braved the rain at the Josef Odlozil Memorial, a European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meeting, and though they did not see much of one of their leading performers, he delivered his best of 2013.

The Czech Republic athlete's opening effort was 86.94m before he added 85.22m. He stopped after that as a precaution following an injury but will return for the IAAF Diamond League on Thursday night.

Vesely, who won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki last summer with 83.72m, said: "I still feel my Achilles, the weather and the fact that I will compete in Oslo supported my decision not to throw more."

Even with just two throws, Vasely was never troubled as he beat Latvia's Zigismunds Sirmais, who was second with 80.74m, with Lukasz Grzeszczuk third with 80.63m.

Vasely sits second on the European Athletics rankings, just behind Finland's Tero Pitkamaki who has thrown 87.60m and the pair will meet in Oslo.

Zuzana Hejnova, the Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medallist, is having a superb summer.
She is top of the European Athletics rankings with 53.70 and her winning time in Prague would have been much quicker than the 54.55 had she not lost her rhythm at the last hurdle.

But even with that hiccup, she still had enough to triumph from Great Britain's Eilidh Child, the 400m silver medallist from the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Göteborg, who was second in 55.12, with Henjova's fellow Czech Denisa Rosolova third in 55.35.

Pavel Maslak had an amazing 12 months on the European stage with double gold in the 400m at Helsinki a year ago and then in Göteborg in March.

He notched up another win in Prague in 45.40 with Jarrin Solomon, of Trinidad, second in 45.51 and Britain's Richard Buck third in 46.11.

Such is the level of competition in German pole vaulting that Raphael Holzdeppe, the Olympic bronze medallist, has missed out on a place at the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead on June 22-23.

But he landed another milestone in his season when he broke this meeting record with a 5.82m clearance ahead of the Czech Republic pair of Jan Kudlicka, who had a best of 5.70m, and Michal Balner with 5.60m.

European indoor shot put champion Christina Schwanitz will be in Gateshead and she was in total control here to win with 19.94m from Romania's Ance Heltne, second with 17.77m, and Aliona Dubitskaya, of Belarus, third with 17.31m.

There was another meeting record in the men's 100m – before the man who set it opted out of the final.

Britain's James Dasaolu ran an impressive 10.08 in the heats but then called it day, avoiding the threat of injury from the cold and the rain.

A Briton did win the final, in the shape of Dasaolu's teammate Joel Fearon who triumphed in 10.33 from Jamaica's Sheldon Mitchell in 10.37 with Jakub Adamski, of Poland, third in 10.49.

It was a good night for husband and wife sprint hurdlers Jeff and Tiffany Porter.

American Jeff won the 110m hurdles in 13.38 with Tiffany, who runs for Britain, first in the 100m hurdles in 13.00.