• Lemaitre Wins - Niyonsaba Upsets Savinova in Rieti

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 The final leg of 2012 IAAF World Challenge series took place in Rieti, Italy. 

Algeria's Olympic champion in 1500m Taoufik  Makhloufi, in a very exciting battle with Kenyan  Edwin Kiplagat Melly, took the victory in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:43.74. Makhloufi was only 0.03 seconds short of his personal best time that he achieved 3 weeks ago in Stockholm. Kiplagat Melly finsihed second with a time of 1.43.81, and Great Britain Andrew Osagie took third position clocking 1:45.06.

In the men's 100m, Frenchmen Christophe Lemaitre, the defending two-time European double sprint champion, was the fastest tonight with a time of 10.04 seconds. Kim Kollins came in second with a time of 10.09, and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure from Norway was in a safe third place 10.14.

Another great performance tonight came from Burundi's 800m rising star Francine Niyonsaba. She took a confident victory in 800m race beating the world and Olympic champion Mariya Savinova. Teenager Niyonsaba stopped the clock at 1:57.65. Savinovas time of 1:59.18 was good enough for second place. The podium concluded  Kenyan Winny Chebet who covered the distance in 1:59.37 minutes

Kenyan Silas Kiplagat, World silver medallist in Daegu 2011 and Samsung Diamond League winner, continued his great post-Olympic season by scoring his third consecutive win in another sub-3:32 time following his SDL wins in Lausanne and Brussels. Ismail Kombich paced Kiplagat and Collins Cheboi at 400 metres (55.14) and 800 metres (1:51.26) before dropping out at 1200 (2:50.16). Kiplagat broke away from Cheboi with 300 metres to go and ran an impressive last lap to romp home in 3:31.86. Cheboi finished a distant second in 3:33.97.

Skolina beats Chicherova again in high Jump. She had a clean card up to 2.01m clearing all heights in her first attempt before making three unsuccessful attempts at 2.05m. Chicherova cleared 1.85m, 1.89m and 1.93m and 1.97m in her first attempt before failing her three attempts at 2.01m. 

New Zealand’s double Olympic champion and Samsung Diamond League winner Adams capped her impressive season with another great performance in the women’s Shot Put with a new meeting record of 20.77m in the third attempt. The previous record was held by Nataliya Koronenko with 19.83m set in 2006.The Kiwi shot putter produced three more throws over 20 metres - her full series was 19.86-20.37- 20.77-19.79-20.16. 

"It was an amazing competition," Adams said. "The circle was fast and I enjoyed the atmosphere from the crowd. Rieti is an amazing town and I am really looking forward to coming back next year."

 

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