Stahl gets his revenge

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It took all but just two days for Sweden’s world champion Daniel Stahl to exact revenge on his Lithuanian rival Andrius Gudzius. Gudzius, the 2017 world champion had ended Stahl’s unbeaten streak of 15 victories this season in Berlin on Sunday.

But last night Stahl send the discus to a meet record distance of 68.87m at the Hanzekovic Memorial World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meet to edge out Gudzius.

Stahl’s second round throw added 70cm to the meet record set by Fedrick Dacres just two years ago. Gudziushad had to play second fiddle with his 68.22m effort, his third best throw of the season.

“It was a great battle today. This has been a great season even though it was a complicated season – I competed even more this year than last. Next year is an Olympic year and I’m really looking forward to that one,” said Stahl, the world leader at 71.37m.

Croatian Sandra Perkovic, making her first and only outdoor competition of the summer, was a clear winner in the women’s discus. She dominated with a 64.67m effort to beat Frenchwoman Melina Robert-Michon (60.65m) by more than four metres.

Not to be outdone by her Stahl, fellow Swede Khaddi Sagnia was equally impressive in the women’s long jump.

Sagnia came close to breaking the seven-metre barrier with a series of fine leaps that culminated with a 6.92m in her final attempt.

The 26-year-old started off with an opening 6.61m leap, and equalled her 6.83m outdoor career best in the third round. Her winning jump equaled the absolute best she set at the 2018 World Indoor Tour meeting in Glasgow.

Alina Rotaru of Romania was second at 6.69m with Serbia’s Milica Gardasevic third at 6.60m, season’s bests for both.

Both the men’s 800m and 1,500m also saw scintillating performances from Briton Daniel Rowden and Australian Stewart McSweyn respectively.

Rowden came within a whisker of the meet record despite clocking a personal best of 1:44.09. It was just 0.01 shy of Nijel Amos’s two-year-old meeting record.

It was Swede Andreas Kramer, who took the initiative early on, leading the field with a 50.39 opening lap. He even had opened up a two-metre lead as he entered the final turn. But the 23-year-old Rowden reeled in the Swede with a late kick. The newly crowned British champion broke away to finish unchallenged.

“It was a great field, and it’s great to come out on top,” said Rowden, who arrived in Zagreb with a 1:44.74 lifetime best set just 18 days ago in Goteborg.

Kramer faded away as the race entered the final stretch, with Elliot Giles and Jake Wightman making it a British podium sweep, finishing in 1:44.75 and 1:44.85 respetively.

McSweyn was in total control of the 1,500m race as he won comfortably in 3:32.17. The 25-year-old, who failed to make the final at the Doha world championships upped the pace in the final lap. His final lap of 57 helped him to set the ninth fastest time in the world this year, and his fourth fastest.

Briton James West was second in 3:34.56, a lifetime best. Australian Matthew Ramsden was third in 3:34.83 with Elzan Bibic of Serbia fourth in 3:35.07, personal bests for both as well.

Newly crowned French 110m hurdles champion Wilhem Belocian edged out American Freddie Crittenden by a mere 0.02 seconds. He clocked 13.32m after taking a slim lead midway into the race.

American Payton Chadwick came back from behind 13.01 win the women’s 100m hurdles, to confined Cindy Ofili of Great Britain to second place. Ofili finished in 13.10.

Ukraine’s Yuliya Levchenko won the high jump at 1.93m before topping out with three tries at 2.00m. Erika Kinsey of Sweden and Australia’s Nicola McDermott produced identical score cards to tie for second at 1.90m.

In the men’s 400m, Slovenian record holder Luka Janezic overtook Briton Rabah Yousif in the last five metres to steal the narrow win, 45.93 to 45.99. 

Marko Ceko of Croatia won the long jump with a third round leap of 7.92m. 

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