All three world champions from 2007 won
All three world champions from 2007 who returned to Nagai Stadium for Japan Grand Prix won their events.
Jeremy Wariner clocked years second fastest 44.69 (his main rival LaShawn Merritt has 44.50) and clearly beat best home runner Yuzo Kanemaru who clocked new PB 45.16. Behind him best Australians Sean Wroe (45.32) and John Steffensen (45.35) with Olympic bronze winner David Neville only sixth (46.35).
“I m satisfied, but still feel some mistakes in my race,” Wariner said. 400m hurdles reigning world winner Kerron Clement improved from Kingston and his winning 48.60 is also years second fastest (list leader 48.42 Culson of Puerto-Rico). Behind him Australian Tristan Thomas improved to 48.68 (second Australian all-time) and third Kenji Narisako also fast 48.77. “I managed only till 8th hurdle with 13 strides, that is why I m not too satisfied with my race,” Clement added.
Finally Bahamian Donald Thomas after some mediocre performances showed his quality with clearing 228 (and trying at 231) to win the high jump (world leader Andra Manson only 219 as 8th). Member of Olympic bronze relay team Naoki Tsukahara won the 100 m and achieved life-time best 10.13 (+0.8) clearly ahead of US Rod Martin (10.29). Martin later returned with 200 m win (20.30) over Shinji Takahira (20.31), Antigua´s Brendan Christian (20.34) and Olympic fourth placer Brian Dzingai (20.37). Bahama´s record holder Shamar Sands won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.40 (+0.2) over world finalist Shi Dongpeng of China (13.48).
Australians dominated the 800 m with Lachlan Renshaw winning in 1:47.38. In remaining technical events home record holder Daichi Sawano cleared 560 to win the pole vault in count-back over Olympic fourth placer Derek Miles and Mexican record holder Giovanni Lanaro (both also 560). US jumpers went over 8 metres as Miguel Pate got 806 (+0.1) and Trevell Quinley 802 (0.0).
Yukifumi Murakami confirmed 80+ shape with 80.54 javelin win. Fast winning relay times in races which were World championships qualification. Japan clocked 38.33 meet record (Abiko, Tsukahara, Takahira, Fujimitsu) and 3:04.50 (Horigome, Ishizuka, Hirose, Narisako) to win. Best female result was the years second fastest 400 m Hurdles time 54.64 by Olympic silver holder Sheena Tosta. She beat one of her main US rivals Tiffany Williams (55.62) and Olympic bronze medalist Tasha Danvers of Great Britain (56.44).
Hurdles Olympic medalist Sally McLellan won the 100 m in 11.46 (-0.9) and home sprinters did not had chance to attack the national record 11.36 in head-wind (Fukushima second 11.56 and Takahashi third 11.57). Another Australian win for Tamsyn Lewis at 400 m (51.80) and javelin thrower Kim Mickle (62.65, second Ukrainian Vira Rebryk also good 62.26). 20 years old Briton Nikki Hamblin got her first major circuit win and improved her PB by 2 seconds to 4:10.30.
Brianna Glenn leaped to 665 (+0.8) long jump and beat Olympic heptathlon silver winner Hyleas Fountain (651) with until-Doha world leader Grace Upshaw only fourth (642). Moldavian Marghieva sisters dominated women hammer, Marina 68.14 and Zalina 67.55.
Japan won the 4x100 m in 43.58 NR (Kitakaze, Fukushima, Watanabe, Takahashi) with Australia missing the Berlin standard by 0.05 with 43.95 beeing second. Later Australia posted fast meet record 3:28.97 (Steinert, Pape, Henry, T. Lewis) to win the 4x400 m and qualified for Berlin. Unfortunately no world lead or individual meet record was registered, only two relay meet records (4x100 men and 4x400 women).