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Kuortane Elite Games - Pitkämäki beaten again


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  • Kuortane Elite Games - Pitkämäki beaten again a thrower who, after having already shown pretty good form earlier this year, exploded on the first throw today to record a very nice 86.88 - a mark good enough to ward off the reigning World Champion's best attacks - thus putting himself well into Beijing medal contention. Alas, we're not talking about some new Finnish super talent; no, it was Sergey Alexandrovich Makarov who improved his SB by more than three meters in his first ever appearance at Kuortane. Pitkämäki took second behind the Russian with 85.81 (and another 85+) with Harri Haatainen, Ari Mannio and Beijing-bound Teemu Wirkkala also above 80. Antti Ruuskanen, who showed good early form with a 87.33 at the same venue a month ago, still had ankle problems and recorded 78.40 on the better of (IIRC) only two throws permitted by his injury.

    Of other events, the best performance was seen in men's discus, completely dominated by Frantz Kruger; while his series as a whole was not as good as at Paavo Nurmi Games four days ago, the best mark (which came on his second throw) was a Finnish-leading 65.39. Märt Israel of Estonia, a 65-meter thrower from earlier this year, took second with 61.58, with Mikko Kyyrö third about a meter behind.

    Mikaela Ingberg, who has already thrown the A standard this year and should go to Beijing, didn't feel good at all but still won women's javelin with 58.19.