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OVERSEAS

Steve Smythe, results editor

FOUR IS NOT ENOUGH

THE exciting finales in some field-event contests in Rio, plus the number of quality marks in fifth and sixth rounds last weekend will hopefully be noted by the authorities. Limiting competitions to four rounds is unfair on the athletes and often prevents PBs and exciting finishes for the spectators and viewers.

SIMPSON DENIES MUIR

USA

New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, New York, September 3

JENNY SIMPSON won a record fifth title just 48 hours after racing in the Zurich Diamond League.

Having narrowly lost to an American, Shannon Rowbury, in Switzerland, this time Laura Muir was beaten by another.

In a fast and thrilling race, former world 1500m champion Simpson’s 4:18.3 edged Muir’s 4:18.4.

Heather Kampf finished third in 4:19.7.

Olympic 5000m finalist Eilish McColgan finished 12th in 4:25.6, while Alison Leonard was 14th.

There was a surprise in the men’s race as Eric Jenkins overtook Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz in the closing metres. The times were 3:49.4 and 3:49.5.

Chris O’Hare finished sixth in 3:53.0.

Men: 1M: 1 E Jenkins (USA) 3:49.4; 2 M Centrowitz 3:49.5; 3 C Alexander 3:50.1; 4 C Murphy 3:52.3; 5 C Philibert-Thibout (CAN) 3:52.5; 6 CHRIS O’HARE 3:53.0; 7 Palmer 3:53.3; 8 B Blankenship 3:53.9; 9 L Manzano 3:54.4; 10 K Merber 3:55.2; 11 N Brannen (CAN) 3:55.5; 12 D Cabral 3:55.7; 13 R Masters 3:55.8; 14 D Winn 3:56.6; 15 C Leslie 3:58.2; 16 JAKE WIGHTMAN 3:59.7. Women: 1M: 1 J Simpson 4:18.4; 2 LAURA MUIR 4:18.4; 3 H Kampf 4:19.7; 4 Eccleston 4:20.6; 5 K Grace 4:22.7; 6 Houlihan 4:23.0; 7 N Sifuentes (CAN) 4:23.2; 8 Mackey 4:23.5; 9 E Coburn 4:23.8; 10 M Uceny 4:24.6; 11 Osika 4:25.1; 12 EILISH McCOLGAN 4:25.6; 13 A Higginson 4:26.1; 14 ALISON LEONARD 4:26.3; 15 S Vaughn 4:27.1; 16 E Infeld 4:27.8; 17 S Garcia 4:28.0; 18 N Tully 4:30.3; 19 C McGee 4:30.3; 20 L Johnson 4:30.5; 21 R Schneider 4:31.1

Huntington Station, August 31

Men: 1M: 1 D Torrence (PER) 3:54.99 (rec); 2 C Philibert-Thiboutot (CAN) 3:55.25; 3 F Palmer 3:55.60; 4 C Alexander 3:56.11; 5 E Avila 3:56.50; 6 P Callahan (BEL) 3:58.04; 7 K Merber 3:58.20; 8 CHRIS O’HARE 4:00.06.

Women: 1M: 1 A Eccleston 4:26.87; 2 L Johnson 4:28.18; 3 S Osika 4:28.85; 4 N Tully 4:30.74; 5 S Brown 4:30.95; 6 R Schneider 4:31.72; 7 A Wilson 4:33.57

Jenny Simpson: narrow win over Laura Muir
David Omoregie (far side): on his way to Berlin hurdles victory

OVERSEAS

AUSTRALIA

Burnley, September 4

Men: HM: 4 NICK EARL 67:43; 5 FRANKIE CONWAY 68:01

BELGIUM

Herentals, September 4

Men: 800: 5 ALEX GOODALL (U17) 1:59.75

CROATIA

Zagreb, September 5

OLYMPIC champion Ryan Crouser improved the meet record by 6cm to 22.28m to defeat New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh, who bettered his own Oceanian record from Zurich by 1cm to 22.21m. For the second competition in a few days, 22 metres was not enough to guarantee victory.

Both achieved their best mark in the fifth round to prove the benefit of not limiting field competitions to just four rounds.

Men: SP: 1 R Crouser (USA) 22.28; 2 T Walsh (NZL) 22.21 (area rec); 3 D Hill (USA) 21.44; 4 F Elemba (CGO) 20.89; 5 J Kovacs (USA) 20.42; 6 A Kolasinac (SRB) 20.42; 7 T Majewski (POL) 20.24; 8 S Zunic19.99; 9 T Stanek (CZE) 19.84; 10 R Whiting (USA) 19.72

GERMANY

Dusseldorf, September 4

Men HM: 4 NIKKI JOHNSTONE 72:30. ISTAF Berlin, Berlin, September 3

GERMAN javelin throwers took the honours in this IAAF World Challenge meeting.

The home nation took the top four places with Johannes Vetter winninng with a PB 89.57m.

Julian Weber was second with a PB 88.29m, although Olympic champion Thomas Röhler, who was taking part in his fifth competition in seven days, was only fourth with 82.55m.

Germany also won the women’s event. In her last ever competition, Christina Obergföll, the 2013 world javelin champion who had finished only eighth in Rio, showed better form here as a fifth- round 64.28m defeated a strong field that included Croatia’s Olympic champion Sara Kolak.

The British highlight came from David Omoregie, who won the 110m hurdles.

The 20 year-old, who was in lane eight shocked Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, but was close as the French athlete was originally handed the winner’s flowers.

Both were officially given 13.24, though it went down to a thousandth on the photofinish.

The other British win came from long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, who took the scalp of world and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta with a 6.62m jump.

David Rudisha won the men’s 800m in 1:43.31, while Caster Semenya dominated the women’s race with 1:55.68 as Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba was a distant second in 1:57.58.

Obergfoll was not the only veteran to achieve a notable performance as Kim Collins won the 100m in 10.07 and another M40 legend Bernard Lagat was a close second in the 3000m in 7:43.63.

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