Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ian Waltz fourth at DecaNation meet...

PARIS, France--Washington State University graduate Ian Waltz (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth in the discus at the DecaNation meeting Wednesday night at the Stade Charletay.

Waltz, a two-time Olympian who did not make the finals at the world championships in Berlin last month, threw a best of 204-1 (62.22m) in the unique competition which pits one athlete from each country in a seven-team meet.

The event was won by Robert Harting of Germany, who threw 219-6 (66.91m). Harting won the world title before the home crowd in Berlin last month.

Team USA won the DecaNation meet, scoring 136 points over second place Germany (105) and third place France (91).

Complete results from the DecaNation meet can be accessed here.

At the Rieti meet on Sunday in the Italian city, former University of Washington standout and three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond finished fourth, throwing 194-8 (59.35m).

The Rieti competition, which featured world champion Dani Samuels of Australia and Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, was won by world championship silver medalist Yarelis Barrios of Cuba, who threw 213-1 (64.95m).

Rieti results can be accessed here.

The 2009 international track and field season winds down this weekend with the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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