World champions Chicherova and Lysenko win in Beijing
Chicherova and Oliver register world leads, Felix wins the 200 m season opener, Gatlin and Rogers dip under 10 seconds and local stars Wang and Li impress at the Beijing IAAF World Challenge.
World and Olympic champion Anna Chicherova (Russia) won her second competition of the season. This time she managed to jump higher than symbolic 2.00 mark. She won the IAAF World Challenge meeting at Beijing Olympic stadium "Bird's Nest" with the world leading 2.02 m. The second place was taken by Anna Simic (Croatia), she set the personal best of 1.95 m achieving the Moscow 2013 "A" standard. The third place went to Nadezhda Dusanova (Kazakhstan) - 1.92 m, that is Moscow 2013 "B" standard.
Men's high jump competition was even more spectacular, especially for the home crowd. The battle for the victory unfolded between Aleksandr Shustov (Russia) and Wang Yu (China). Wang was jumping earlier than the Russian by order of the competition. The Chinese athlete made two mistakes at 2.31, but cleared the bar at the third try. Shustov, who also had two unsuccessful attempt at this height, followed up by clearing the bar in his third attempt as well and vigorously celebrating his season best. The battle continued at 2.33 m. Both athletes had to make all three attempts and Wang cleared the bar in the third one. Before this competition his outdoor personal best was only 2.28. Shustov and Wang now have the Moscow 2013 "A" standard. The third place went to another Chinese athlete Zhang Guowei - 2.25m.
Three times London 2012 gold medallist Allyson Felix (USA) in Beijing had her first competition of the season over her preferred distance 200 m. She won the heat in spectacular fashion posting the third best mark in the world this season - 22.36 (+0.3). Her compatriots LaShauntea Moore and Ebonie Folyd were second and third with 22.85 and 23.19 respectively.
Another World and Olympic champion Tatyana Lysenko (Russia) took the victory in the hammer throw with 73.12 m. Hungary's Eva Orban was doing her best to overcome the Russian. She took the second place with a huge personal best and a national record 73.00 m. Most importantly Orban achieved the Moscow 2013 "A" standard which equals 72.00 m. Third place went to the Chinese Wang Zheng - 71.91 m.
Javelin throwers didn't seem to enjoy the conditions. Men had a hard time overcoming the 80 m mark while women had problems throwing further than 60 m. Men's competition was won by Dmitriy Tarabin (Russia) - 81.11. Vitezslav Vesely (Czech Republic) placed second with 80.81, Ari Mannio (Finland) was third with 80.65. The World Champion Mariya Abakumova (Russia) placed second with 60.26. The best mark of the day was achieved by Sinta Ozolina-Kovala (Lativa) - 60.90. Third place was taken by Ukraine's Hanna Hatsko - 59.28.
Fast times were registered in hurdle races. David Oliver (USA) won the 110mH heat with the world leading time of 13.16 (+0.3). The World champion Jason Richardson (USA) didn't make any major mistakes but still was far behind his compatriot. Richardson placed third with 13.46. Second place was taken by Oliver's training partner Dwight Thomas (Jamaica) - 13.44. Women's 100 mH race was won by the OIympic medallist Kellie Wells (USA) - 12.87 (-0.5). Ginnie Crawford (USA) finished second - 13.03, Alina Talay (Belarus) was third - 13.09.
Americans Justin Gatlin and Mike Rogers for the second time this season dipped under 10 seconds. Once again Gatlin overcame Rogers on the very last metres of the race. He posted the second time in the world this year - 9.91 (+0.2). Rogers' time was 9.96. Chinese sprinters amazed the crowd. Su Bingtian finished third and set the personal best of 10.06. Zhang Peimeng was fifth with 10.09. One of the competition favourites Darvis Patton (USA) hurt his hamstring during the race and limped over the finish line.
There was some misfortune in the women's 100 m race as well. Sharone Simpson (Jamaica) made a clear false start and was disqualified. The race was wonb by Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare. She ran powerfully yet effortlessly and registered a fast time of 11.04 (+1.2). The 400 m specialist LaShawn Merritt (USA) once again decided to test his speed over the 200 m. He won the race comfortably with 20.40 (+0.3).
Shanghai Diamond League winner and world leader in the long jumo Li Jinzhe (China) was dominant in Beijing as well. He leaped to respectable 8.31 m (+0.1). But he injured his arm during the competition and didn't make all the six attempts. Second place was taken by Ignisious Gaisah (Ghana) - 8.13 (0.0). The 2011 World medallist Ngonidzashe Makusha, who missed the whole 2012 season, took the third place with 8.04 (+0.2)
In the women's 1500 m race the winner was decided in the battle between two Kenyans - Eunice Sum and Mary Kuria. On the home straight Sum was stronger. Her result was 4:04.49. Kuria clocked 4:05.18. In the 3000 m steeple the fasted time was registered by Hillary Yego (Kenya) - 8:09.17. 2007 World champion and Beijing 2008 medallist Alfred Kirwa Yego (Kenya) won the 800 m race with 1:46.43. The experienced runner was just 0.03 faster than his 19-year-old compatriot, World Junior Championships medallist Edwin Melly.
Tori Polk won the women's long jump with 6.58 (+0.1). Men's triple jump was won by the Chinese Cao Shuo - 16.72 (+0.2). Igor Bychkov (Spain) won the men's pole vault competition and equalled his personal best of 5.60. Women's national pole vault competition was won by Li Ling - 4.50.