Koji Murofushi caps his unbeaten season with a win in Yokohama (Kazutaka Eguchi (Agence SHOT)) © Copyright
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Murofushi wins, Powell dq in Yokohama

With a 81.00m final round throw, Koji Murofushi won the Hammer Throw to highlight the 2006 Super Meet in Yokohama on Sunday (24).

Murofushi, the reigning Olympic champion, was the only thrower to throw beyond 80m in the competition. He took the lead with his 78.98m throw in with his second attempt, and then extended it to 79.81m in the fourth round, before throwing 81m on his final attempt.

“Because this is my first meet in Japan since the national championships (in June), I was hoping to throw well in the front of my fans,” said Murofushi, who remained undefeated in eight competitions this season. “I am happy to do so in my final throw.” Ivan Tikhon finished second to Murofushi for the third consecutive meet.  His best throw was 78.31m.

Powell disqualified with false start

The men’s 100m, one of the most anticipated event of the day, was in the end anti-climatic as Asafa Powell, the co-World record holder, was disqualified with the false start. In Powell’s absence, Japan’s Shingo Suetsugu won the race with a wind-assisted 10.12.

“I felt great,” said Suetsugu, who expressed his regret at not being able to run next to the World record holder. “But I am just back from Europe and still suffering from jet lag, so I am not in top shape yet. Next year in Osaka, I want to show a great run to my fans. I hope to see lots of fans in the stadium.” Andrey Yepishin, Russia’s European championships silver medallist,  was called for the first false start.

Close call for Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva won the women’s Pole Vault, thus redeeming herself in the same stadium where she failed to clear the opening height a year ago.  However, it was not easy for the 24-year-old World record holder. After she cleared her opening height of 4.57m on her second attempt, the bar was raised to 4.67m.  Isinbayeva failed twice at what should be a routine height for her.  She decided to pass her final jump at 4.67m and take her one remaining attempt at 4.72m which she cleared for the win with a new meet record. 

World leader Kerron Clement won the men’s 400m Hurdles in 48.36. “I am very excited to be in Japan. This is my first time and  the Japanese fans are great,” said Clement. During a post-race interview, Clement was told by TBS interviewer Sonoko Yamagata that many are waiting for a World record, to which Clement replied: “I am still young, so maybe next year. I will work very hard because that is my goal.”

Another 1500m senior national record for teenager Kobayashi

Although she was only second in the 1500m, 17-year-old Yuriko Kobayashi improved her national record to 4:07.86. It was 1/100th of a second improvement on her own record set in the Osaka Grand Prix in May. Australian Sarah Jamieson won the event in 4:05.82. Kobayashi, the bronze medallist at the World Junior Championships last month, will celebrate her 18th birthday on 12 December.

Kumiko Ikeda, the national record holder, won the women’s Long Jump with a first round 6.81m leap, just five centimetres shy of her national record.


Elsewhere, Swede Stefan Holm won the men’s High Jump with a 2.27m clearance; Sherone Simpson won the women’s 100m in 11.15; Bahamian Christine Amertil won the women’s 400m in 50.68, nearly three seconds ahead of Asami Tanno, Japan’s national record holder at the 400m; Anastasia Rabuchenyuk of Ukraine won the women’s 400m Hurdles in 55.81; Christina Scherwin of Denmark won the women’s Javelin Throw with a 62.68m throw; and Japan’s Daichi Sawano cleared 5.70m in the exhibition men’s Pole Vault. 

Ken Nakamura with Akihiro Onishi for the IAAF

Selected Results:
100m (+ 2.2 m/s)
1) Shingo Suetsugu  10.12
2) Naoki Tsukahara  10.26
3) Patrick Johnson  10.26

1) Yoshihiro Horigome  45.77
2) Daniel Dabrowski 45.99
3) Yuzo Kanemaru  46.05

1) Ndiwa Limo  3:40.11
2) Mwangi Murigi  3:40.63

110mH (- 1.3 m/s)
1) Masato Naito  13.61
2) Sergey Demidyuk  13.62

1) Kerron Clement  48.36
2) Naohiro Kawakita  49.30

1) Stefan Holm  2.27m
2) Grezegorz Sposob  2.24

1) Kim Duk-Hyung  16.88m (+ 0.8 m/s)
2) Dmitrij Valukev 16.64m  (+ 0.6 m/s)

1) Koji Murofushi  81.00m
2) Ivan Tikhon 78.31m
3) Vadim Devyatovskiy  76.19m

1) Risto Matas  80.53m
2) Park Jae-Myong  79.56m

100m (+ 0.8 m/s)
1) Sherone Simpson  11.15
2) Brianna Glenn 11.54
3) Saori Kitakaze  11.78

1) Christine Amertil  50.68
2) Asami Tanno  53.54

1) Sarah Jamieson  4:05.82
2) Yurika Kobayashi  4:07.86

1) Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  55.81
2) Satomi Kubokura  56.19
3) Makiko Yoshida  57.30

1) Yelena Isinbayeva  4.72m
2) Tatiana Grigoriyeva  4.57m
3) Kym Howe  4.47m

1) Kumiko Ikeda  6.81m (- 0.2 m/s)
2) Maho Hanaoka  6.43m  (+ 0.7 m/s)
3) Bronwyn Thompson  6.42m (+ 1.1 m/s)
4) Rose Richmond  6.36m  (- 1.1 m/s)

1) Christina Scherwin  62.68
2) Barbara Madejczyk  55.60