Anderson Peters’ meeting record of 90.75m in the men’s javelin, Armand Duplantis’ 6.01m in the men’s pole vault and Femke Bol’s meeting record of 53.94 in the women’s 400m hurdles were the highlights at the FBK Games in Hengelo, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, held in rainy weather conditions.
Grenada’s Anderson Peters set the meeting record of 90.75m in the fourth round. Peters, who won the Diamond League meeting in Doha improving his national record to 93.03 last May, also produced two throws over the 88 metres (88.29m and 88.70m). Julian Weber from Germany finished second improving his PB to 89.54m. Former olympic champion Keshorn Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago took third spot setting his seasonal best of 89.07m in the fourth round.
Anderson Peters: “This feels good to throw a 90+. I was worried about the circumstances. This is too cold for me. It was cold and sometimes rainy. My hands were so cold that I had no feeling in the first throw. Normally I like to produce the best throw in the first attempt. I have to improve the amount of 89+ throws. Today the crowd was lovely. The battle between me and Weber was great. We like to see who is the best man of the day. I am looking forward to defend my title at WC”.
Men’s pole vault:
Olympic champion and world record-holder Armand Duplantis had a clean-sheet clearing all heights in the first attempt until 6.01m in far from ideal conditions due to rain. The 22-year-old Swede won for the second consecutive year in Hengelo after setting a world-leading mark of 6.10m in the 2021 edition. Duplantis won his third consecutive competition this outdoor season after clearing 6.02m in Doha and 5.91m in Eugene.
Armand Duplantis: “This is my second home. Hengelo is a perfect place to jump. The track is fast, the run-up is good situated. The wind is nearly always good. I had to use smaller poles and I could not grip as I would. A good place with less good weather luckily gave me another 6 + jump”.
Rutger Koppelar from the Netherlands cleared 5.70m in the second attempt to beat Belgian record holder Ben Broeders (5.60m).
Women’s 400 metres hurdles:
Olympic bronze medallist Femke Bol set the meeting record in the women’s 400 metres hurdles clocking 53.94 in her first race of the season over this distance one week after breaking the 300m hurdles world all-time best in Ostrava.
Femke Bol: “There is so much atmosphere. It was my first 400m hurdles race this season, so that is a little bit scary and for a home crowd you want to execute and show the best of yourself. I am very satisfied. I am fit and in shape. On the weather, my coach told me to just enjoy and focus on my race and not let distract myself, and that is what I did. I am happy with that. I will race in Rome in a couple of days. I hope to run faster in warm dry weather”.
Ukraine’s Olympic finalist Anna Ryzhykova took runner-up spot in 55.62 ahead of Jesse Knight from Great Britain (55.81).
Women’s shot put:
US Chase Ealey set the world leading mark of 19.98m in the fourth round to beat European indoor champion Auriol Dongmo, who equalled her seasonal best with 19.68m. Sarah Mitton from Canada and Jessica Schilder from the Netherlands produced throws over the 19 metres barrier with 19.24m and 19.17m respectively.
Women’s 10000 metres:
Eilish McColgan from Great Britain ran alone for most of the race to win in 30:19.02 setting her lifetime best, and the second fastest time in the world this year.
World record holder Letesenbet Gidey finished second in 30:44.27 prevailing as first Ethiopian runner in the fight for the qualifying spots for the World Championships in Eugene ahead of Ejgayehu Taye, who clocked 30:44.68 on her debut. Margaret Chelimo finished fourth improving her PB to 30:45.00. McColgan smashed her previous PB of 30:58.94 and moved up to fifth in the European all-time list behind Sifan Hassan, Paula Radcliffe, Lornah Kiplagat and Ingrid Kristiansen. She also set the Scottish record, improving the 30:57.07 set by her mother Liz McColghan on the same Hengelo track in 1991, in the same year she won the won the 10000m world title in Tokyo. Last May McColghan broke Paula Radcliffe’s 19-year-old European 10 km record clocking 30’19” at the Great Manchester Run.
Eilish McColgan: “I set out with the intention to chase the British record. It was a lot tougher than I imagined. It’s a PB and a Scottish record, my mum’s record, which she set here. She will be happy forr me. She is my coach. I am in very good shape. I had to make a switch mentally, because I expected that the Ethiopian girls came along. I really want to break the national record, and run a time under the 30 minutes barrier. Overall I am happy with the result.”
Women’s 100 metres hurdles:
Jamaica’s Britany Anderson won the women’s 100 metres hurdles in 12.51 with a temperature of 17°C beating reigning world outdoor champion Nia Ali (12.69), US hurdlers Tonea Marshall (12.70) and Tia Jones (12.71).
Britany Anderson: “My plan was to come out here to keep my technique over the hurdles and to have fun. I am happy with my seasonal best here. The fun is racing. I love being on the track and to race. My next race will be in Rome and I hope to improve. I go step by step”.
Women’s 3000 metres steeplechase:
Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai from Uganda won her first 3000m steeplechase race of the season in 9:14.00 beating Luiza Gega from Albania, who improved her PB to 9:14.59. Celliphine Chepsol from Kenya took third place in 9:15.89 ahead of Ethiopia’s Sembo Alemayehu (9:18.98).
Peruth Chemutai: “Since Eugene DL, I told myself I am going to Hengelo to win. I would have liked the circumstances with good weather for running. From the beginning of the race, i felt strong and i was confident I could win. I never felt pressure from the other athletes.”.
Women’s long jump:
Olympic and world champion Malaika Mihambo leapt to 6.65m in the sixth attempt to win the women’s long jump ahead of US jumper Quanesha Burks (6.53m).
Malaika Mihambo: “I am happy to win. It was a tough competition, but the atmosphere was great. It was nice to jump close to a full crowd. I tried to do the best all the time, despite what is happening around me”.
Women’s 100 metres:
Olympic 4x100 bronze medallist Darryil Neita claimed the win in the women’s 100 metres in 11.19 with a tailwind of +0.8 m/s beating Tynia Gaither from the Bahamas (11.23) and Imani Lansiquot from Great Britain (11.26).
Darryil Neita:”This is a good nice fun meet. The showers during warm-up made it a bit difficult, but I felt good. I felt confident and I wanted to race because it’s a good field here. My next races are Turku and Paris”.
Men’s 100 metres:
Former world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica cruised to the win in the 100 metres in 10.11 into a slight headwind of -0.3 m/s. US Kyree King took second place in 10.23.
Women’s 800 metres:
Double 1500m Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon stepped down in distance to win the 800 metres in 2:00.38 ahead of Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi (2:00.87) and Australian record holder Catriona Bisset (2:00.90).
Men’s 110 metres hurdles:
Brasil’s Eduardo Rodrigues took the win in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.34 holding off Milan Trajkovic from Cyprus (13.38) and US Daniel Roberts (13.40).
Men’s 400 metres:
Vernon Norwood prevailed in the men’s 400 metres in 45.28 holding off Olympic finalist Christopher Taylor (45.44).
Ethiopian 10000 metres Trials
The Ethiopian 10000m Trials for the World Championships in Eugene were held one day before the FBK Games. Olympic champion Selemon Barega won the men’s race in 26:44.73 ahead of 3000m world under 20 champion Tadese Worku (26:45.91) and last year’s 5000m Diamond League winner Berihu Aregawi (26:46.13), Yomif Kejelcha (26:49.39), Milkesa Mengesha (27:00.44) and Tsegay Kidanu (27:16.76). Guests Samuel Habtom from Eritrea and Burundi’s Egide Ntakarutimana clocked respectively 27:20.08 and 27:24.59.