Vlasic jumps 204
Croatian high jump world champion Blanka Vlasic gave the crowd on Sunday at European Team Championships Second League very special result.
She cleared in third attempt 204 cm, the best result from all leagues and slovak outdoor all-comers record. Lithuania and Ireland were going smoothly through the second day beeing never in danger concerning the promotion. Other three countries (Latvia, Austria and Slovakia) competed for next positions in close battle. Bulgaria started badly but in the second half rised again and gave Croatia a tough battle for relegation. Cyprus was never in contention and will be in next edition in third league.
Vlasic started at 184 and continued at 190 and 195 in first, then jumped two metres in second and 204 in third try. She also had one miss at new national record and second best ever 208 but due to new regulation (only four fouls possible) she was not able to have more jumps at that height. “Of course I m satisfied, the weather was better than on Saturday, but still little bit colder. It was for me important that I will close this first part of competitions in the summer with a good mark. And the one try at 208 was not bad at all,” said Vlasic who will next time compete in Oslo at Golden League on July 3. Another excellent mark in women hammer as world leader Martina Hrasnova in third round achieved 74..95 m.
Another home success in long jump as Jana Veldakova in last round leaped to 654 and beat the until leading Ireland´s record holder Kelly Proper (642). Top male mark of second day was the 17.08 in triple jump by Bulgarian Momchil Karailiev. Winners from Lithuania achieved four women first places (1500 m, 5000 m, shot put and 4x400 m) on Sunday and were in average without a weak point. Ireland´s record holder Paul Hession clocked excellent 20.56 at 200 m (+0.7) and fast also the 13.69 (-0.3) at 110 m hurdles by Croatian Jurica Grabusic. World indoor champion 2006 Derval O´Rourke of Ireland won her event the 100 m hurdles with 13.17 (+0.6) with Slovak record holder Miriam Bobkova close second (13.22). Good discus for Austrian record holder Gerhard Mayer (61.23) and clear win for Spas Bukhalov of Bulgaria with 550 in pole vault. Cyprus got one win by Eleni Artymata with 23.39 (+0.7) at 200 m. Interestingly due to no false start rule in place, no false starts were registered.