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  • nbonaddio
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    Originally posted by LopenUupunut
    Not many highlights during the 1st day. The events were weakish, andaAverage weather (cold, rainy) kept marks down even further.

    O-P Karjalainen won mHT with 77.76 but still doesn't look like a Berlin medalist. Admittedly, this event looks very weak right now - sub-80 could well medal, even (unlikely) win. mSP was atrocious, with Tuomo Tihinen winning at 18.47. To think that at turn of millennium we had 7 guys over 20 in a year... Tommi Hartonen, NR holder (10.21) in the 100m (but from as far back as '01) staged an impressive comeback, looking great (well, by Finnish standards, apparent 10.3x shape is great) in the heat. (He already looked excellent at Finnish club relay champs early this month.)
    That 400m start list looks atrocious. I should move back to Finland tomorrow.

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Not many highlights during the 1st day. The events were weakish, and average weather (cold, rainy) kept marks down even further.

    O-P Karjalainen won mHT with 77.76 but still doesn't look like a Berlin medalist. Admittedly, this event looks very weak right now - sub-80 could well medal, even (unlikely) win. mSP was atrocious, with Tuomo Tihinen winning at 18.47. To think that at turn of millennium we had 7 guys over 20 in a year... Tommi Hartonen, NR holder (10.21) in the 100m (but from as far back as '01) staged an impressive comeback, looking great (well, by Finnish standards, apparent 10.3x shape is great) in the heat. (He already looked excellent at Finnish club relay champs early this month.)

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Originally posted by doug091463
    it probably has been mentioned, but i did not see any mention on this thread.
    keskikalo ran 8:12.93 in the steeple in monaco on tuesday just missing the national record of finland by 3 tenths of a second.
    This was commented on in the Monaco steeple thread: http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... hp?t=36754 By the way, the spelling is Keskisalo, with "k"s and "s"s alternating. (You must also avoid confusing him with the female sprinter Sari Keskitalo.)

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  • doug091463
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    Originally posted by cubop
    Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

    Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?.

    I remember Viren training in Brazil in 72 prior to the O.G
    it probably has been mentioned, but i did not see any mention on this thread.
    keskikalo ran 8:12.93 in the steeple in monaco on tuesday just missing the national record of finland by 3 tenths of a second.

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  • LopenUupunut
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    National champs started this morning at Espoo. Nothing very internationally notable today (mJav final's on Sunday of course). Very nearly live results available here: http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/kalevankisat/

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Last meet of the Elite Games series today at Lapinlahti. Plenty of good results.

    mJT:

    1. Tero Pitkämäki 87.79 SB
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 81.74
    3. Ari Mannio 80.81

    Pitkämäki backed the best one up with a 86.92. The battle for our one remaining spot in the Berlin team heats up. Ruuskanen has beaten Mannio in two consecutive comps now. Unless one of them manages to make selectors angry the NC result should decide it.

    It's hard to judge the Russians, and Igor Janik has apparently vanished from Earth....?

    Anyway, Very Nearly Live Formchart today:
    1. Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) =
    2. Tero Pitkämäki (Finland) =
    3. Vadims Vasilevskis (Latvia) =
    4. Teemu Wirkkala (Finland) =
    5. Ainars Kovals (Latvia)=
    6. Mark Frank (Germany) =
    7. Antti Ruuskanen (Finland) +2
    8. Ari Mannio (Finland) -1
    9. Igor Janik (Poland) -1
    10. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine) =
    11. Sergey Makarov (Russia) N
    12. Guillermo Martínez (Cuba) -1

    m2000m:

    1. Jukka Keskisalo 5.00.32 NR

    He continues his great form, though I'm a bit worried he might be overracing... A 56-second last lap brought him home 0.19 inside our old NR (Vesa Siivonen '89). Remmy Limo was 2nd again.

    mHT:
    1. Krisztián Pars HUN 78.55
    2. Yury Shayunou BLR 78.04
    3. O-P Karjalainen 76.40

    None of the top three impressed. Karjalainen fell backfirst in the circle during his last throw after somehow managing to kick himself in the leg but luckily apparently escaped unhurt.

    m110h:
    1. Juha Sonck FIN 13.65
    A nice big PB for Sonck, who sadly missed the Berlin B standard by a fraction of a second. Not that he'd get anywhere at the WC - this is surely very close to his peak.

    m100:
    1. Leroy Dixon USA 10.06 (+0.2)
    2. Lerone Clarke JAM 10.11

    mLJ:
    1. Tommi Evilä FIN 795
    2. Kim Deok-Hyeon KOR 793

    Evilä got his revenge over Kim, but alas the results were weak. Of the two, Kim's still the bigger factor where Berlin is concerned.

    w100:
    1. Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11.17 (+0.2)
    2. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.23

    This event was interesting for two reasons. Firstly Asumnu, who had a chance to win the whole meet series and €30.000 if she ran 10.98 or faster. No luck there (Pars won - is there really bigger money anywhere for a hammer thrower right now? :shock: She fell to 3rd behind Nikkanen after not winning.) Secondly Brooks, the winner and one of the athletes implicated in the Jamaican positive tests scandal. She denied everything, including knowing what the substance was or what the whole thing was about. No real surprise there.

    wPV:
    1. Minna Nikkanen 446 NR
    2. Vanessa Vandy 430

    Another NR, and some okay attempts at 451. Unfortunately this still won't cut it at international level...

    w100h:
    1. Josanne Lucas TRI 13.02
    Yes, that's the 400m hurdler in a second event. Smooth going.

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  • highjumpfan
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    Oh for the life of a world class finish Athlete. Training camp in Columbia, Portugal and St. Moritz.

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Originally posted by cubop
    Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

    Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?
    I don't know all the places he's been training but they include Columbia (where I believe Virén sometimes trained), Portugal (the preferred spring training location of the Finnish national team), and St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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  • pela2
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    Originally posted by LopenUupunut
    Fourth Elite Games meeting today at Joensuu. Some very good marks, especially in men's javelin which was thrown into a headwind!
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    Full results here
    http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/joensuu/

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  • mike renfro
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    Originally posted by rainy.here
    Originally posted by LopenUupunut

    Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
    A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

    Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
    A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.
    Ha - that is one clever interviewer.
    No, that is one clever interviewee

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  • rainy.here
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    Originally posted by LopenUupunut

    Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
    A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

    Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
    A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.
    Ha - that is one clever interviewer.

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  • cubop
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    Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

    Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?.

    I remember Viren training in Brazil in 72 prior to the O.G

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Fourth Elite Games meeting today at Joensuu. Some very good marks, especially in men's javelin which was thrown into a headwind!

    mJT:
    1. Teemu Wirkkala 87.23 PB
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 85.03 SB

    Wirkkala is clearly in career peak form, though he "only" backed the big one up with two of his usual 82s. Ruuskanen as usual only got one good throw in (actually, mostly this year he hasn't got even that!) Nevertheless, he moves up all the way to 9th on the Very Nearly Live Formchart:

    1. Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) =
    2. Tero Pitkämäki (Finland) =
    3. Vadims Vasilevskis (Latvia) =
    4. Teemu Wirkkala (Finland) =
    5. Ainars Kovals (Latvia)=
    6. Mark Frank (Germany) =
    7. Ari Mannio (Finland) =
    8. Igor Janik (Poland) =
    9. Antti Ruuskanen (Finland) N
    10. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine) -1
    11. Guillermo Martínez (Cuba) -1
    12. Petr Frydrych (Czech Rep) N

    mLJ:
    1. Kim Deok-Hyeon KOR 817 (+1.7)
    2. Tommi Evilä 800

    With his last jump Kim certainly proved his victory (and 841w/820) at the University Games was no fluke. Evilä, sadly, doesn't look as good as in '05, or indeed the healthy parts of any of the years between.

    m3000:
    1. Jukka Keskisalo 7.49.05 PB
    2. Remmy Limo KEN 7.50.78

    Another impressive PB for Keskisalo. In the post-race interview he gave the world some really good answers:

    Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
    A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

    Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
    A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.

    m100:
    1. Lerone Clarke JAM 10.25 (-1.3)

    m110h:
    1. Joel Brown USA 13.60 (-1.5)

    w100:
    1. Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11.39 (-1.0)
    2. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.40

    w200:
    1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.88 (-0.5)

    wPV:
    1. Minna Nikkanen 436

    wLJ:
    1. Brittney Reese USA 662

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  • LopenUupunut
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    78.64 SB for O-P Karjalainen yesterday His performances so far this year had been disappointing but now I'm hopeful again. With Pars no longer as dominating as early season (though he did look good at Lappeenranta) nobody really looks unbeatable in this event.

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  • LopenUupunut
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    Next comp of the Elite Games series took place at Lappeenranta today. Incredibly, there were actually quite a few international quality athletes present!

    Some of the more interesting results:

    w100 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.07w (+2.3), 2. Yuliya Nestsiarenka BLR 11.36w
    w200 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.98 (-1.1)
    m800 - 1. Mohammed al-Salhi KSA 1.45.32
    mLJ - 1. Khotso Mokoena RSA 824w (814 legal), 2. Tommi Evilä FIN 801
    mHT - 1. Krisztián Pars HUN 80.53
    mDT - 1. Aleksander Tammert EST 65.17w, 2. Frantz Kruger FIN 64.17w

    mJT:
    1. Antti Ruuskanen FIN 80.63
    2. Ari Mannio FIN 80.26
    3. Harri Haatainen FIN 78.50
    4. Sean Furey USA 78.48
    5. Esko Mikkola FIN 77.20
    6. Andrus Värnik EST 75.90

    The first time this year Ruuskanen beat Mannio - notable since one of the two will almost certainly take our 4th Berlin spot, joining Pitkämäki, Järvenpää and Wirkkala. Mannio had his worst meet of the year and appears to have lost his best form. For some reason, Furey usually throws well in Finland...

    On the VNLF, Mannio now falls behind Janik.

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