Perkovic and Okoye set meeting records in Zagreb | 05.09.2012
|Home hero Sandra Perkovic won the discus title with
a new meeting record of 65.79m at the Borisa
Hanzekovica memorial meet in Zagreb on Tuesday.
And Perkovic didn't disappoint the home crowd, the 22-year-old from Zagreb winning comfortably with a new meeting record of 65.79m in the second round.
The men's discus produced the upset of the evening and a surprise victory for Great Britain's Lawrence Okoye, who, after a disappointing Olympics where he finished last in the final, threw a meeting record of 67.25m, his third best throw ever, to claim top spot.
Second place went to Eric Cadee of the Netherlands (65.67m), while Poland's Piotr Malachowski, the European champion from Barcelona 2010, could only manage third (65.64m).
Elsewhere, both the men's and women's 100m were won by American athletes, Ryan Bailey winning in 10.02 and Carmelita Jeter resuming her winning ways, recording 11.07 into a headwind, her slowest final time of the season.
The women's 200m, which concluded the evening's action, saw American Olympic champion, Allyson Felix, set a meeting record 22.35 in her first race since picking up three gold medals in London.
Over the quarter mile, Briton Martyn Rooney picked up a rare victory in 45.78 while for the women Rosemarie Whyte of Jamaica racked up another fine victory, clocking a meeting record 50.08, well ahead of Denisa Rosolova of the Czech Republic who returned to the flat 400m to set a season's best 52.07.
In the middle distances, Algerian Olympic champion, Taoufik Makhloufi, beat a battery of Kenyans in the 1500m in 3:32.58 with American Maggie Vessey crossing the line first in a season's best 1:59.61 in the 800m.
Kenyan youngster, Jairus Birech set a meeting record of 8:11.80 in the steeplechase to beat Olympic bronze Abel Mutai.
The USA's Jason Richardson (13.07) and Ginnie Crawford (12.68) registered easy wins in the sprint hurdles
In other field events, Krisztian Pars of Hungary showed the kind of form that saw him strike gold in London, winning the hammer with a throw of 79.14m.
The pole vault went down to the wire, with both Alhaji Jeng of Sweden and Mareks Arents of Latvia clearing 5.40m.
Both were unable to clear 5.50, making Jeng the victor due to his first time clearance of 5.40m – a height which Arents cleared at his second attempt.
The men's shot put saw yet another duel between Poland's Tomasz Majewski and America's Reese Hoffa, who won gold and bronze respectively in London.
But it was Hoffa who came out on top once again post-Olympics with a fourth round throw of 21.80 that eclipsed Majewski's best effort of 20.70m and racked up his fifth straight win since London.
Britain's Shara Proctor won the women's long jump, snatching the victory from under Belarussian Natassia Mironchik-Ivanova's nose in the final round.
Proctor's final jump of 6.79m, a meeting record, saw her leap-frog both Mironchik-Ivanova (6.68m) and Americans Chelsea Hayes (6.64m) and Funmi Jihoh (6.59) to claim top spot.