Plenty of big performances at track meeting

Costas Kenteris was pushed hard but finally won the 200 meters in 20.30 seconds, the world’s best performance so far this season, at the star-studded Tsiklitiria meeting, held in Trikala, central Greece, on Tuesday night. The partisan crowd tried to storm the track but, fortunately, were held back. In other outstanding performances, Nigeria’s Deji Aliu won the 100 meters in 10 seconds, the USA’s Dwight Phillips won the long jump with 8.44 meters, Russia’s Svetlana Feofanova won the women’s pole vault with a 4.70 meters and just missed on a new world record at 4.83 meters, and in the women’s triple jump, Cuba’s Yamile Adama and Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva both jumped 15 meters, with the Cuban winning for a better second-best effort. In the women’s 100 meters, former European champion Christine Arron, sidelined by injuries in recent years, beat reigning world champion Zhanna Block of Ukraine, winning in 11.09 seconds.

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