Shkolina wins and Wlodarczyk gains revenge

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Svetlana Shkolina of Russia maintained her glorious run of form with a win at the 35th Internationales  Hochsprung in Eberstsdadt.

Rain once more played its part on the final day of the 35th Internationales Hochsprung in Eberstsdadt.

But that still did not deter Russia's Svetlana Shkolina from maintaining her glorious run of form.

The high jump World champion secured another victory when she won with a jump of 1.94m from Spain's European champion Ruth Beitia, who was second on countback with 1.91m from Russia's Irina Gordeeva and Emma Green-Tregaro, of Sweden, who were joint third.

But as with the men's event the day before, the weather meant big jumps were not achieved.

Shkolina told "I had technical problems with the wet during start-up, so two metres was not possible."

The European Athletics Special Premium meeting saw all nine clear 1.85m but after the leading four went over at 1.91m, Shkolina was the only one who managed to go higher and as she told "My coach told me you need to win and I won."

In Warsaw, at the 4th Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, a crowd of 7,000 saw Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk win the hammer and gain revenge over Russian Tatyana Lysenko who beat her to gold at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Wlodarczyk won with 75.78m from Lysenko with 72.20m with American Amanda Bingson third with 71.75m.

There was also Moscow revenge in the men's hammer as Hungary's Olympic and European champion Krisztian Pars denied the fans a Polish win double.
His 80.43m saw him beat world champion beat Pawel Fajdek who threw a best of 79.92m with Lukas Melich, of the Czech Republic, third with 77.01m.

But the home crowd were treated to a national record as Artur Noga won the 110m hurdles in 13.26, beating his old mark by 0.01 for a meeting best time too.

One world champion who did triumph was Germany's Robert Harting who triumphed with an impressive first round 68.60m as he beat Poland's Piotr Malachowski who was second with 67.07m.

Czech shot putter Ladislav Prasil shocked the favourites with 20.96m in the first round to beat Dylan Armstrong, of the USA, who won bronze in Moscow, with 21.02m with Poland's Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski third with 20.21m.

But Majewski then won the special 5kg shot event with 24.59m ahead of Armstrong with 24.12m as Prasil had three fouls.

Poland's Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski were at the forefront of the 800m but could not hold on for victory as America's world silver-medallist Nick Symmonds won in 1:44.79.

Lewandowski took second in 1: 44.97 with European Athletics Indoor champion Kszczot third in 1:46.07.

Russian Yekaterina Kupina produced a fine run to set a world-leading time and meeting record as she won the 1000m in 2:36:41 from Kenya's Winnie Chebet in 2:37.30 and Poland's Angelika Cichocka in 2:38.80.