WR by Van Niekerk - OSTRAVA (CZE, Jun 28): Wayde Van Niekerk eclipsed Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world 300m best of 30.85, clocking 30.81 at the Ostrava Golden Spike. Only three men have ever broken the 31-second barrier for 300m: Van Niekerk (30.81), Johnson (30.85) and Usain Bolt (30.97). Botswana’s Isaac Makwala was second in 31.44 ahead of South Africa’s Clarence Munyai who set a world U20 best of 31.61 with Pavel Maslak fourth in a Czech record of 31.80. Bolt bade farewell to Ostrava with victory in the 100m in 10.06 (-0.3) ahead of Cuba’s Yunier Perez (10.09) and Jak Ali Harvey (10.26) while Mo Farah won the 10,000m in 27:12.09 from Kenya’s Mathew Kimeli (27:14.43).

However, the other highlight of the meeting came from Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler who produced back-to-back 91m-plus throws: 88.08m, 91.53m, 91.02m, 87.01m, 87.19m, X. Germans took a one-two in the clash against the Czech Republic with Johannes Vetter finishing second with 87.88m followed by Jakub Vadlejch in third (86.43m). Tomas Stanek maintained his excellent form with another victory in the shot put with 21.63m ahead of Poland’s Michal Haratyk (21.34m), Croatia’s Stipe Zunic (20.76m) and Konrad Bukowiecki (20.66m) while European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek cleared 2.32m in the high jump ahead of Bulgaria’s Tihomir Ivanov with 2.30m. Christian Taylor extended his meeting record to 17.57m in the triple jump while Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 4.70m in the pole vault. Elsewhere, European hurdlers were in good form with France’s Garfield Darien improving to 13.09 ahead of a national record of 13.23 for Balazs Baji from Hungary while Pamela Dutkiewicz extended her win streak to ten races in the 100m hurdles in 12.72 from South Africa’s Rikenette Steenkamp (12.99). Elsewhere, Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay won the 1500m in a meet record of 4:00.96 from Morocco’s Rabab Arrafi (4:03.34), Ivory Coast’s Marie Jose Ta Lou won the 200m in 22.44 (1.2) and Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen won the 3000m steeplechase in 8:11.54.
 
 
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LAUSANNE (SUI): Olympic 400m hurdles champion and world-leader Dalilah Muhammad is confirmed for the Lausanne Diamond League on 6 July, informs organisers. Muhammad faces world silver medallist Shamier Little, two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova and European bronze medallist Lea Sprunger. Fresh from clearing 6.00m at the US Championships, Sam Kendricks is confirmed for the pole vault while European indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Laura Muir will go head-to-head with Selina Buchel over 800m.
 
BARCELONA (ESP): Good middle distance line-ups have been confirmed for the Ciudad de Barcelona on Thursday evening, informs MARCA. Ayanleh Souleiman headlines the 800m where he will face Bahrain’s Abraham Rotich and Spain’s Kevin Lopez while European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal will contest the 1500m. Spaniards Ilias Fifa, Antonio Abadia and Carles Castillejo will face Uganda’s Philip Kipyego over 5000m with Eritrea’s Yemane Haileselassie the favourite in the 3000m steeplechase. Femi Ogunode goes head-to-head with Angel David Rodríguez over 100m with  Omar Cisneros the top name in the 400m hurdles. Esther Guerrero faces Cuba’s Rose Marie Almanza in the women’s 800m.
 
RATINGEN (GER): Jennifer Oeser announced her retirement aged 33 at the weekend after withdrawing from the heptathlon in Ratingen due to injury, informs Leichtathletik.de. Oeser also withdrew from the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting due to a back injury last month. "I absolutely wanted to start again in Ratingen. There was always a special atmosphere. I will definitely be back as a spectator,” she said. Oeser won silver medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships where she scored a lifetime best of 6683 points.
 
DARMSTADT (GER): Carolin Schafer and Claudia Salman-Rath have been confirmed on the German heptathlon team for the World Championships in London, informs Leichtathletik.de. World-leader Rico Freimuth will contest the decathlon alongside Kai Kazmirek and Mathias Brugger. The next batch of selections will be made on 12 July after the German Championships on 8-9 July.
 
DARMSTADT (GER) Germany has named a team of 42 athletes for the World U18 Championships in Nairobi from 12-16 July, informs Leichtathletik.de. The team includes shot putter Selina Dantzler, who is second on the world U18 lists.
 
KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell has submitted a request for a medical exemption from last weekend's Jamaican Championships which would allow him to be considered for selection for the World Championships in London, informs the Jamaica Star. Powell withdrew from the 100m final at the Jamaican Championships due to an Achilles tendon injury. “He was advised to not to compete as it could cause further injury which would put him out for the rest of the season,” said his manager Tara Playfair-Scott.
 
KINGSTON (JAM): Omar McLeod is aiming to break the world 110m hurdles record of 12.80 ahead of the World Championships, informs BBC Sport. "I did not get it [at the Jamaican Championships], so I am going after it next time. The coach wanted a 12.8 and I know he will be a little upset. But I can tell him I set a national record of 12.90 and am now the fifth fastest man in history,” he said. McLeod will race in Paris and Szekesfehervar ahead of the World Championships.
 
VANCOUVER (CAN): Andre de Grasse believes he is capable of breaking the Canadian 100m record of 9.84 before the World Championships, informs the Toronto Star. “I could have broken it last year. I’m really healthy. I feel like I can do it before the world championships,” he said.
 
AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA): Christophe Lemaitre could return to competition in time for the London Diamond League on 9 July, informs L’Equipe. However, Jimmy Vicaut will be out of action until after the French Championships on 14-16 July.
 
GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir’s coach Andy Young has reiterated that she is still planning to contest both the 1500m and 5000m at the World Championships in London, informs BBC Sport. "She is looking good for the 1500m and 5000m. She has got the qualifying times and is keen to do both. It is still over a month away and we have got to be cautious around the foot,” he said.
 
PAVIA (ITA): Fabrizio Donato has undergone an ultrasound scan after sustaining an injury at the European Team Championships in Lille, informs FIDAL. Donato has injured his right thigh but further tests later this week will reveal the extent of the injury and his recovery time.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): Hellen Obiri has said she is in the shape of her life ahead of the World Championships in London, informs Capital FM. “One thing I believe is that I am in a shape that I have never been in my life. I will work hard and I believe that I am going to do something in London. I know there will be stiff competition especially from the Ethiopians, but I am not afraid of them,” she said. Obiri added she might launch an attempt on Tirunesh Dibaba’s world 5000m record next season.
 
OSTRAVA (CZE): Conseslus Kipruto withdrew from the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting due to an ankle injury.
 
CARDIFF (GBR): Former European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams has announced his retirement from athletics due to injury, informs Athletics Weekly.  
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under their national flag at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary from 23-28 July, informs Sport Express.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): VFLA Executive Director Alexander Parkin has said he hopes RUSADA will be able to carry out drug testing at the Znamensky Memorial in Zhukovskiy on 1-2 July, informs R-Sport. “We are preparing rooms, equipment, we are waiting and we are hoping that they will test,” he said.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Denis Alekseyev has said he is prepared to return his bronze medal from the 4x400m at the 2008 Olympic Games, informs Sport Express. Alekseyev failed a retest and the team has been collectively stripped of their medals. “If the rules are spelled out, then we will have to return our medals,” he said.
 
 
 
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