Maslak enhances his Helsinki medal prospect with Czech record in Torino

Pavel Maslak
European Athletics

Czech Republic's Pavel Maslak improved his 400m national record to 45.17 at the 13th Primo Nebiolo Memorial meeting in Torino on Friday.

The 13th Primo Nebiolo Memorial meeting in the Italian city of Torino, a European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meeting, saw Czech 400m runner Pavel Maslak again improve his national record to 45.17 on Friday.

Maslak, the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships 200m bronze medallist who is still only 21, first broke the record in May when 45.31 and he now stands fifth on the 2012 European rankings over one laps of the track.

Despite the cold and wet conditions, there was an excellent men's 110m hurdles contest and a good run by the Russia's new record holder Sergey Shubenkov, who was just three-hundredths away from his recent 2012 European-leading time when he clocked 13.21.

France's Garfield Darien was second in 13.28 while Emmanuele Abate bettered his own Italian record when he finished third in 13.28. Behind the leading trio was a pair of Britons: Lawrence Clarke was fourth in13.38 and 2011 European Athletics Junior Championship silver medallist Andy Pozzi was fifth in 13.43.

Ivan Ukhov, two days after clearing a world-leading 2.37m and returning to Torino for the first time since he won at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships, battled with the conditions as well as his rivals and had to settle for victory with 2.25m.

Germany's Ariane Friedrich, another athlete making her return to the city after winning a continental title under cover in 2009, beat the American record holder Chaunté Lowe and Uzbekistan's former world junior champion Svetlana Radzivil on count back after all three women cleared 1.92m.

Another German win came in the shot put when Christina Schwanitz improved her season's best to 18.99m. Local star and 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships gold medallist Simona La Mantia won the triple jump with 14.29m while Russia's Viktoriya Valyukevich was second with 14.14m.

Great Britain's Dwain Chambers was the fastest in the 100m with 10.29 while home sprinter Davide Manenti took the 200m honours with a personal best of 20.76.

Details of all European Athletics Outdoor Permit Meetings can be found here.