Czech and Turkish records, European leads for Stambolova, Harrer, Gollnow and Pavey | 20.05.2012
|Czech Republic's Pavel Maslak set a national 400m record
45.31 at the Prague Championships on Saturday.
Coincidently, Maslak's record came in the same stadium as the former record of Karel Kolar, who ran 45.78 at the 1978 European Athletics Championships.
There was some good pole vaulting in the Czech capital as well with Jan Kudlicka clearing 5.60m and Jirina Ptacnikova going over 4.50m.
Tugce Sahutoglu improved the Turkish women's hammer record to 74.17m at an inter-clubs meeting in Izmir, adding more than three metres to Svetlana Sudak-Torun's former record of 70.74m from 2008.
Sahutoglu's own previous personal best was 70.09m set last year.
Bulgaria's Vanya Stambolova ran European-leading 50.88m in the 400m at the same meeting while Greece's 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships triple jump gold medallist Paraskevi Papahristou bounded out to 14.22m in her specialist event.
Germany's 2011 SPAR European Cross Country Championships under 23 women's bronze medallist Corinna Harrer, who is still only 21, produced a European-leading 1500m of 4:05.86 in Regensburg on Saturday.
Harrer, whose Regensburg performance also reduced her personal best by almost three seconds, won the bronze medal over the same distance at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, last summer and is still young enough to contest next year's event in the Finnish city of Tampere, where she will be looking to move up a place or two on the podium.
Sprinter Cathleen Tschirch sped to a windy 100m victory in 11.19 in Jena and then ran 200m in 22.98 with a legal following wind of 1.5mps).
Alexio Platini Menga won the men's 200m in 20.48 while Alexander John was timed at 13.53 in the 110m hurdles.
David Gollnow became the first European 400m hurdler to go under 50 seconds this year when he clocked 49.88.
There was a plethora of other good meetings across Germany on Saturday. The 2011 World Championships pole vault silver medallist Martina Strutz cleared 4.55m in Landau, with her German compatriot Kristina Gadschiew also going over the same height while high jumper Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch went over 1.92m in Eppingen.
Great Britain's Jo Pavey clocked a 2012 European-leading 5000m time of 15:14.19 in Manchester.
There were good performances over 1500m as well. Ross Murray, who trains with 2012 800m European list leader Andrew Osagie, knocked almost four seconds off his best with a run of 3:36.68 while Laura Weightman, who is coached by Steve Cram, won the women 1500m in 4:09.42.
Italy's 2009 World Youth Championships high jump gold medallist Alessia Trost cleared 1.92m in Gorizia on Saturday for a national junior record and the best performance in the world this year by a teenager.
Alina Talay, the 2011 World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles bronze medallist, made her outdoor 100m hurdles debut for the year and clocked 13.02 at the Belarus University Championships in Brest on Friday.
There was also some outstanding hammer throwing in Brest with 2012 world-leader and 2008 Olympic champion Oksana Menkova winning the women's competition with 74.78m while Yuriy Shayunov took the men's event with 76.12m.