Libania Grenot at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow (© Getty Images)
Italian 400m record holder Libania Grenot provided the highlight of the 28th edition of the Meeting Città di Padova in Italy with a European-leading 51.08 in the women’s 400m on Sunday (6).
Grenot improved her 2014 best from the 51.79 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo last month. This result makes her a clear medal contender over one lap of the track at the forthcoming European Championships in Zurich next month.
Ukraine’s Hanna Titimets, fourth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, won the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.47, holding off world junior champion Janeive Russell, who finished second in 55.51.
Ukraine completed the double over the barriers by winning the women’s 100m hurdles with Hanna Platitsyna clocking 13.00 into a headwind of 0.7m/s.
Australia’s Jeffrey Riseley edged Kenya’s Sammy Kirongo in the 800m with both men credited with 1:45.81 after a thrilling sprint down the home straight.
Russia’s European indoor silver medallist Irina Gumenyuk went beyond 14 metres for the first time this year and won the women’s triple jump with 14.35m.
Aliona Dubitskaya, from Belarus, won the women’s shot put with 18.49m on countback over local favourite Chiara Rosa, who finished second in front of her family and friends with her season’s best,
A strong headwind of -1.3m/s had a significant impact on the men’s 100m, which was won by Jamaica’s Andrew Fisher in a relatively slow 10.35.
The headwind was a bit less strong in the women’s 100m but the winner, Ukraine’s Hrystyna Stuy, still had to settle for the modest time of 11.56 on the clock.
USA’s Troy Doris added one centimetre to his best to win the men’s triple jump with 16.85m.
The men’s hammer throw was held on Saturday afternoon at the old Colbacchini track and the two-time Olympic finallist Dilshod Nazarov, from Tajikistan, won with 77.95m beating former Olympic and European silver medallist and 27-time Italian champion Nicola Vizzoni, who was second with 73.65m.
Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF