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  • Espoo:

    mHT:
    1. Aaron Kangas 79.05 PB (#3 FIN all-time)
    2. Eivind Henriksen NOR 76.13 SB

    w100:
    1. Gina Lückenkemper GER 11.37 SB (+1.2)
    2. Lotta Kemppinen 11.45 PB

    Full results here.

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    • What's in the water that Finnish HTers are drinking this year?
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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      • Originally posted by Powell View Post
        What's in the water that Finnish HTers are drinking this year?
        Don't know, but they'll have to keep drinking it for a while more to catch up with their Polish counterparts

        Highlights from the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku:

        mJT:
        1. Johannes Vetter GER 91.49 WL
        2. Andreas Hofmann GER 85.24

        mDT:
        1. Daniel Ståhl SWE 69.23 (5th throw measured as 70.20 but apparently DQ'd later)
        2. Andrius Gudžius LTU 66.39
        3. Kristjan Čeh SLO 66.07

        mSC:
        1. Topi Raitanen 8:22.46 SB

        w1500:
        1. Melissa Courtney-Bryant GBR 4:03.69 SB

        m110H:
        1. Andy Pozzi GBR 13.17 WL (+1.1)
        2. Wilhem Belocian FRA 13.38

        w100H:
        1. Nadine Visser NED 12.68 WL (+1.2)
        2. Luminosa Bogliolo ITA 12.79 SB

        Full results here.
        Last edited by LopenUupunut; 08-11-2020, 06:14 PM.

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        • I find Pozzi, at least outdoors, a rather frustrating athlete, prone to messing up in the later stages of major races. He appears to be in the best form of his life in a season with no majors. Not that he is showing world-beating form, but he is showing the form of a more likely than not Olympic/World finalist or European/Commonwealth medalist.

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          • Finnish NCs were in Turku this weekend.

            Overall results somewhat disappointing, both the depth and the top-end were lacking, though there were some promising marks. Frantz Kruger (yes, he's still around!) won the mDT with 58.38, becoming the oldest Finnish champion ever at age 45. Annemari Kiekara (formerly Sandell and Sandell-Hyvärinen) won a double in the w5000 and w10000 at 43, she still holds the NRs for both distances from 1996. Good for them that they're still the best a couple decades past their peaks - and it shows just how good they were in their prime - but at the same time it's a pretty sad indictment of everybody else.

            wTJer Senni Salminen skipped her speciality with a slight injury but won the LJ with a massive PB of 656, unfortunately it doesn't sound like we'll get to see her TJ form this year. Hopefully she can return to it next year and seriously push Kristiina Mäkelä, who looked very out of sorts here.

            Maria Huntington was hoping to challenge Satu Ruotsalainen's NR (6404) in the wHep, unfortunately her good form in the individual events this year did not really come through in a multi. She had a couple very sub-par events - especially the LJ - en route to a 6074 win, and seemed both mentally and physically exhausted by the end. Saga Vanninen ('03) was second with 5861 (a national under-18 and under-20 record), they have the same coach. WUG champion Miia Sillman was on an okay pace despite injury problems but had to quit after her first jump in the LJ.

            Aaron Kangas was solid with a 76.94 win, not as brilliant as in Espoo but it did seem like he just nailed that 79 perfectly there.

            Full results here.

            --

            Topi Raitanen ran a PB of 8:16.57 in Monaco, missed the NCs to be there. He had a somewhat disappointing start to the season but has looked a bit more in-form since then.

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            • Pori, wHT:
              1. Kati Ojaloo 71.50 (Estonian NR)

              I guess the sudden Finnish HT boom isn't limited to throwers who actually represent Finland Ojaloo lives in Finland but is an Estonian citizen, I think she competes in both countries' NCs now.

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              • Finland had a very good Euro Indoors, with 3 medals (silver for Lotta Kemppinen in the w60; bronze for Ella Junnila in the wHJ and Kristian Pulli in the mLJ, both with new NRs). There were some missed opportunities, but since the last time we got even one medal was way back in '00, 3 medals has to count as a great result.

                Outdoors, Silja Kosonen broke the wHT NR (and European U20 record) with a 72.44 season opener at Kaustinen! #2 all-time on the world junior list, behind Zhang Wenxiu's 73.24.

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                • 3 medals for Finland with a population of less than 6 million, is sensational!
                  6 medals for Germany and they have over 80 million people!

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                  • Originally posted by LopenUupunut View Post

                    Outdoors, Silja Kosonen broke the wHT NR (and European U20 record) with a 72.44 season opener at Kaustinen! #2 all-time on the world junior list, behind Zhang Wenxiu's 73.24.
                    She took the European record away from Kamila Skolimowska. And if the pics circulating on Twitter are actually from this event, the throwing field was covered in deep snow!
                    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                    • Highlights from Jyväskylä:

                      m110H:
                      1. Elmo Lakka 13.31 NR (-0.3)

                      What.

                      m1500:
                      1. Topi Raitanen 3:38.48 PB
                      2. Joonas Rinne 3:38.56 PB

                      mTJ:
                      1. Simo Lipsanen 16.68 (+0.6)

                      mHT:
                      1. Tuomas Seppänen 73.08
                      2. Aaron Kangas 72.76

                      The worst result for Kangas since 2019. He had an okay season opener (76.85) but only got 74 at Somero, and didn't look sharp at all here.

                      wHJ:
                      1. Ella Junnila 190

                      w100H:
                      1. Annimari Korte 12.94 (-0.4)
                      2. Reetta Hurske 12.96

                      w400H:
                      1. Viivi Lehikoinen 56.33 PB

                      Nothing earth-shattering on the international level; but still a very encouraging result after she'd seemed to spend the last few years regressing.

                      w1500:
                      1. Sara Kuivisto 4:10.67

                      Please ditch the 800 already and concentrate on this.

                      wHT:
                      1. Krista Tervo 71.07

                      Full results here.

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                      • Originally posted by LopenUupunut View Post
                        Highlights from Jyväskylä:

                        m110H:
                        1. Elmo Lakka 13.31 NR (-0.3)

                        What.

                        m1500:
                        1. Topi Raitanen 3:38.48 PB
                        2. Joonas Rinne 3:38.56 PB

                        mTJ:
                        1. Simo Lipsanen 16.68 (+0.6)

                        mHT:
                        1. Tuomas Seppänen 73.08
                        2. Aaron Kangas 72.76

                        The worst result for Kangas since 2019. He had an okay season opener (76.85) but only got 74 at Somero, and didn't look sharp at all here.

                        wHJ:
                        1. Ella Junnila 190

                        w100H:
                        1. Annimari Korte 12.94 (-0.4)
                        2. Reetta Hurske 12.96

                        w400H:
                        1. Viivi Lehikoinen 56.33 PB

                        Nothing earth-shattering on the international level; but still a very encouraging result after she'd seemed to spend the last few years regressing.

                        w1500:
                        1. Sara Kuivisto 4:10.67

                        Please ditch the 800 already and concentrate on this.

                        wHT:
                        1. Krista Tervo 71.07

                        Full results here.

                        Thanks, Sampsa! Let's hope for good weather and better results in Turku on June 8th!

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                        • Originally posted by LopenUupunut View Post
                          wTJer Senni Salminen skipped her speciality with a slight injury but won the LJ with a massive PB of 656, unfortunately it doesn't sound like we'll get to see her TJ form this year. Hopefully she can return to it next year and seriously push Kristiina Mäkelä, who looked very out of sorts here.
                          Salminen has indeed returned to the TJ this year, and is doing a bit more than just pushing Mäkelä. The other day she broke the Finnish NR for the second time in a couple of weeks, jumping 14.63 (+1.0) at the ETC First League in Cluj-Napoca. (She also had a windy 14.70 last week.)

                          After last year I'm not really surprised. Where was this form indoors when I was betting on her, though... 🤔
                          Last edited by LopenUupunut; 06-21-2021, 09:32 AM.

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                          • Mäkelä also broke the old NR (and Oly qualifying standard) with 14.41 a couple days ago.

                            wHT, Vaasa:
                            1. Silja Kosonen 73.43 (NR, WU20R)

                            Also got the Oly standard. Old world U20 record was Zhang Wenxiu's 73.24.

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                            • She's made steady progress (see below) and looks like she might have a few more metres to come this year.

                              Because she's young, she hasn't done any major championships with the 4kg but she did throw in the Euro teams but that isn't really the same. However, she did do Euro youth olympics a few years ago with the 3kg. I'm hoping that the lack of experience is not going to be a negative for her if she goes to Tokyo.

                              Progress via WA profile:

                              2021 72.44, 73.43
                              2020 71.34
                              2019 63.6
                              2018 56.19
                              2017 51.48
                              2016 43.94

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                              • Another NR down in Vaasa (two-day meet); 4:05.39 w1500 for Sara Kuivisto. Looks like she'll sneak into the Olympics on ranking in both the 800 and the 1500. Old NR was Sinikka Tyynelä's 4:06.01 from 1977.

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