Sergey Shubenkov posted the world’s first sub-13-second performance of the year in the 110m hurdles when winning in 12.99 in the suburbs of Paris at the Meeting Elite de Montreuil, a European Athletics Classic Permit Meeting, on Tuesday (19).
The former world champion and two-time European gold medallist romped to his fifth consecutive win over a classy field, and although it took four hurdles before he edged in front of the fast-starting local star Pascal Martinot-Lagarde on his inside over the second half of the race he was in stunning form that will put not just European hurdlers but the rest of the world on notice.
Running as an Authorised Neutral Athlete, Shubenkov’s winning time was just 0.01 shy of the Russian record he set when winning his 2015 global crown and took 0.2 off the meeting record.
Brazil’s Gabriel Constantino set a South American record of 13.23 in second place, while Martinot-Lagarde drifted back to finish third in 13.28.
Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis almost improved his own world U20 record, but instead had to settle for victory over world record-holder and three-time European champion Renaud Lavillenie.
The pair were the only men left in the competition when the bar was raised to 5.81m.
Duplantis, still just 18 years old, jumped first and sailed over 5.81m on his first attempt to take the lead while Lavillenie decided to pass having seen his teenage rival go clear.
The Swede then passed at 5.86m but Lavillenie responded again with a first-time clearance to snatch back the initiative.
The aerial chess game continued at the next height as Duplantis got over 5.91m on his first try and Lavillenie passed.
Both men then attempted 5.96m but neither was successful with their three efforts, meaning Duplantis ran out the winner.
In the women’s triple jump, Romania’s 2017 European U23 champion Elena Panturoiu bounded out to a personal best and meeting record of 14.47m to finish in front of two former world junior champion.
Spain’s Ana Peleteiro was just 10cm shy of her recent best when she leapt 14.32m for second place with France’s Rouguy Diallo third in a personal best of 14.26m.
France’s Jean-Noel Cretinoir won men’s triple jump with a just slightly wind-assisted 16.86m (legal best of 16.52m) to just edge out his fellow Frenchman Kevin Luron by four centimetres.
Poland´s Karolina Koleczek was the best in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.97 while Russian shot putter Aleksandr Lesnoy had his fourth competition of the year over 21 metres – and his other three valid efforts were better than 20.78m and also anyone else – with his second round 21.12m providing to be unbeatable.