Thursday, June 30, 2011

Aretha Thurmond places second in Lausanne Athletissima meet...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Three time US Olympian Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Federal Way finished second in the discus at the Athletissima meeting Thursday night.

Thurmond, who finished second in the USA outdoor championships, threw a season best of 209-5 (63.85m) in round one, but ultimately was passed by winner Yarelis Barrios of Cuba, who threw 210-11 (64.29m) for the victory.

Despite a very strong start, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in a very fast race won by Australia's Sally Pearson in 12.47.

Powell, who was fourth Sunday at the USA championships in Eugene, ran what would have been a season best of 12.65, except for the 3.3 meter-per-second trailing wind.

University of Washington alum Jordan Boase of Bothell was a disappointing seventh in the 400 meters, running 46.36, as he was never in contention after the field entered the backstretch.

Former Husky standout Ingvill Måkestad of Norway placed twelfth in the women's 1500 meter run in a season best time of 4:10.76, as Cornell grad Morgan Uceny, the winner of the USA championships, took the win in 4:05.52.

In a short note to,  Måkestad confirmed that she will be going to Daegu as part of the Norwegian squad in the 800 and 1500.

After her race, she told Norwegian television, "I think I ran very well in the beginning. Then I hung well, but I felt the stiffness come when there were about 300 meters left."

At that point, Måkestad, who was sitting in fifth, saw the field jump past her.

Former Washington State high jumper Ebba Jungmark of Sweden, an NCAA indoor champion in her one season in Pullman, placed ninth with a leap of 5-10.75 (1.80m), as Russia's Anna Chicherova won with a jump of 6-4.75 (1.95m).

Complete results from the Athletissima 2011 meeting, part of the Samsung Diamond League series, are available here.

The Samsung Diamond League resumes on July 8th in St, Denis (Paris), France with the Meeting Areva.

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