It was a good night for Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov at the 5th Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, on Tuesday, as won the 110m hurdles (13.27) from USA pair Jason Richardson (13.35) and Aries Merritt (13.40), while Greece’s Konstadinos Douvalidis lowered the national record time to 13.33 as he won the B race.
Another compelling story on Tuesday was Croatia’s Andrea Ivancevic managing to break two national records in two different events.
Ivancevic produced record times in both the 100m and 100m hurdles in what is proving arguably the year of her life following the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague where not only did she make a major final for the first time, but in doing so, she also ran a national mark during her 60m hurdles races.
From winter to summer, and the success goes on as she proved at this European Athletics Outdoor Classic meeting where in temperatures of between 33 and 36 degrees, the action was hot both on the track and in the field.
After first running 11.44 for third place in the 100m B race, Ivancevic, 30, was then third again in a high-class 100m hurdles in 12.87 behind Americans Lolo Jones (12.62) and Queen Harrison (12.72), a race which proved great for the host nation, too, because in sixth, Petra Repasi broke the national junior record (13.39).
It was a good night for the sprint hurdles for European athletes here in Hungary as Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov won the 110m hurdles (13.27) from USA pair Jason Richardson (13.35) and Aries Merritt, the world record-holder (13.40), while Greece’s Konstadinos Douvalidis lowered the national record time to 13.33 as he won the B race.
The men’s hammer, part of the IAAF Challenge, saw Poland’s Pawel Fajdek set a world-leading distance of 83.12m with the second best throw of his career (his furthest is the 83.48m from last summer) with Hungary’s Krisztian Pars second (79.23m) and Russia’s Sergey Litvinov third (76.91m).
There was Polish success in the women’s hammer, aswell as Anita Wlodarczyk won (75.48m) from Germany’s Betty Heidler (73.91m) and fellow Pole Joanna Fiodorow (71.18m).
Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won the javelin (82.76m) and Poland’s Piotr Malachowski took the discus (65.17m) while Russia’s Irina Gordeyeva won the high jump (1.91m).
On Monday, at the Meeting Pro Athlé de Sotteville les Rouen, the first of the week's European Athletics Outdoor Classic meetings, France’s Garfield Darien won the 110m hurdles (13.28) from Cuba’s Jordan O’Farrill (13.41) and Petr Svoboda, of the Czech Republic (13.44).