Roberta Bruni competes at the 58th edition of the Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto (© Valeria Biasioni)
Roberta Bruni broke her own Italian record in the women’s pole vault with 4.72m at the 58th edition of the Palio Citta della Quercia, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting, in Rovereto on Tuesday (30).
Bruni needed two attempts at her opening height of 4.23m before clearing 4.33m and 4.43m on her first attempts. She cleared 4.53m at her second attempt and 4.63m at her first try. The 28-year-old then vaulted 4.72m at the third time of asking, adding a centimetre to her previous Italian record set in Barletta in June and equalling Stacy Dragila's meeting record.
After finishing seventh at the European Championships with 4.55m, Bruni secured her spot in the Wanda Diamond League final with her fourth place in Lausanne with 4.60m and now sets her sights on Zurich.
"I bounced back from disappointment at the World Championships in Eugene where I did not get through the qualifying round," she said. "I owe this result to my coach Riccardo Balloni. I cannot celebrate now as my focus is on the Diamond League in Zurich."
Egide Ntakarutimana from Burundi won the men’s 5000m in a meeting record of 13:08.43. Hailemariyam Amare from Ethiopia improved his PB to 13:12.72 to finish second ahead of his compatriot Nibret Melak (13:16.23). Pietro Riva, who finished fifth in the 10,000m at the European Championships, improved his PB to 13:22.73. European 10,000m champion Yeman Crippa, who was attacking his own Italian record, dropped out of the race after going through 3000m in 7:48.
Twanisha Terry won the women’s 100m in 11.02 (0.3m/s), equalling the meeting record held by Jamaica’s Christania Williams since 2016. Terry made a major breakthrough this season, winning world gold as part of the US 4x100m team in Oregon and improving her 100m PB to 10.82 in Memphis in July.
Kayla White placed second in 11.18, while Javianne Oliver completed the US sweep in 11.31.
"It means a lot for me to win today in front of fans," said Terry. "It has been a very long season for me. I am very happy with my results this year. I will end it in Padua next Sunday."
USA's 2014 world U20 200m champion Kaylin Whitney claimed the win in the women’s 400m in 51.11, while her compatriot Michael Cherry repeated last year's success with 45.27 in the men's 400m. He beat Alex Haydock-Wilson from Great Britain (45.50) and Rusheen McDonald from Jamaica (45.63)
Kendal Williams won the men's 100m in 10.08 from lane 1 (-0.1m/s) ahead of Arthur Cisse from Ivory Coast (10.18) and Emmanuel Matadi from Liberia (10.20).
World and European Championships finalist Nick Ponzio won the men’s shot put with a throw of 21.22m in the fifth round. Roman Kokoshko from the Ukraine finished runner-up with 20.63m
"It was a very good competition," said the winner, who will compete in Brussels and then at the Diamond League final in Zurich. "I love Rovereto. I won at the Italian Championships (in Rovereto) last year. It means a lot for me to compete in front of Italian fans."
Rushell Clayton from Jamaica, who won world bronze in Doha in 2019, won the women’s 400m hurdles in 53.75, beating European silver medallist Viktoriya Tkachuk (54.77). Clayton missed Andrea Blackett’s meeting record by just 0.04. Olympic and world finalist Gianna Woodruff from Panama finished third in 55.12.
Great Britain's Kyle Langford improved his PB to 1:44.49 to win a high-quality men’s 800m, holding off Moad Zahafi from Morocco (1:44.57) and Collins Kipruto from Kenya (1:44.90). European Championships finalist Simone Barontini improved his PB to 1:44.96 to finish fourth.
Six women dipped under the two-minute barrier in the women’s 800m, USA's Allie Wilson taking the win in 1:58.53. The US claimed a top three, with Olivia Baker (1:58.83) and Nia Akins (1:59.32) following her over the finish line. Lore Hoffmann from Switzerland improved her PB to 1:59.65 in fourth.
Japan's 2018 world U20 1500m champion Nozomi Tanaka won the women’s 3000m in 8:41.93 ahead of Kenya’s Brenda Chebet (8:44.08) and Selah Busienei (8:44.54).
Constantin Preis from Germany edged European Championships fourth-place finisher Ludvy Vaillant by just 0.03 in a close men’s 400m hurdles race in 49.04.
USA's world indoor bronze medallist Donald Scott won the men’s triple jump with 16.89m in the sixth round, beating European Championships fourth-place finisher Tobia Bocchi from Italy, who produced his best jump of 16.73m in the fourth round.
Serbia's 2017 European U20 champion Milica Gardasevic leapt 6.78m in the fourth round to take a narrow win in the women’s long jump over European bronze medallist Jazmin Sawyers, who leapt 6.73m in the fifth round. World silver medallist Ese Brume placed third with 6.53m.
Tomohiro Shinno from Japan cleared 2.27m on the first attempt to win the men’s high jump, beating Ukraine's Oleh Doroshchuk on countback.
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Broadbell and Muhammad among winners in Lucerne
Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell continued his strong run of form to win the 110m hurdles at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver event, at the Allmend Stadium in Lucerne on Tuesday (30).
The 22-year-old followed his Commonwealth Games win in Birmingham with victories in Szekesfehervar and Lausanne, where he dipped under 13 seconds for the first time with 12.99m. Back racing in Switzerland in challenging conditions on Tuesday evening, Broadbell clocked 13.36 into a -2.2 headwind to triumph ahead of USA’s Eric Edwards and Jamal Britt in respective times of 13.53 and 13.54. Britt narrowly held off Jamaica’s Olympic champion Hansle Parchment, who ran the same time for fourth.
Another hurdles star in action was USA’s 2019 world champion and former world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad and she won the 400m hurdles in 54.57 ahead of Jamaica’s Janieve Russell (55.25). There was also a win for USA’s Tia Jones, who pipped Puerto Rico's Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn in the 100m hurdles - 12.78 to 12.86 (-2.4m/s).
USA’s world silver medallist Marvin Bracy-Williams won his 100m final in 10.17 (-1.7m/s), 0.01 ahead of Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala, with the second final won by Erriyon Knighton in 10.26 (-0.6m/s). The women’s event was won by USA’s Sha'Carri Richardson, racing for the first time since June. The 22-year-old clocked 11.29 (-2.0m/s) to hold off Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, also by just 0.01. Bahamian Anthonique Strachan in 22.68 (-2.3m/s) and USA’s Kyree King in 20.40 (-0.3m/s) won their two 200m races.
US Olympic 4x400m champion Bryce Deadmon held off South Africa’s world record-holder Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m, 45.11 to 45.19, while USA’s Yared Nuguse and Sage Hurta claimed 1500m wins, respectively clocking 3:36.34 and 4:04.94.
In the field events, USA’s world record-holder Ryan Crouser was a dominant winner of the shot put, continuing his return after having covid with a 22.08m win ahead of Tom Walsh with 21.21m, while USA’s Rudy Winkler led the hammer with a 77.78m performance.
Swiss decathlete Simon Ehammer won the long jump, the event in which he claimed world bronze in Oregon, leaping 8.00m in a close competition to finish ahead of Jamaica’s 2019 world gold medallist Tajay Gayle (7.98m) and Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece (7.94m). Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott (84.82m) and Canada’s Elizabeth Gleadle (61.03m) won the javelin competitions.
China’s Xu Huiqin won the pole vault on countback ahead of Slovenia’s Tina Sutej, both athletes managing a best of 4.30m.