Friday, September 16, 2011

Ebba Jungmark gets third in high jump at Memorial Van Damme meeting...

BRUSSELS, Belgium--Former Washington State high jumper Ebba Jungmark continued her late season surge, with a third place performance in the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme meeting Friday night. the final stop of the Samsung Diamond League series.

Jungmark, who did not make the finals at the world championships a few weeks ago in Daegu, was one centimeter short of her outdoor personal best of 1.94m (6-4 1/4) set a few days ago in Zagreb, as she jumped 6-4 (1.93m).

World champion Anna Chicherova won the event with a clearance of 6-8 3/4 (2.05m), just two centimeters short of her 2011 world best.

Discus thrower Aretha Thurmond finished a disappointing seventh in her event, as the former Husky, who was in third in the Samsung Diamond Trophy race heading into the Van Damme meet, got a mark of 193-7 (59.01m) and scored no points.

World champion Li Yanfeng of China won the discus with a throw of 217-5 (66.27m).

Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin was 13th in a hyper-competitive women's 1500 meter run, as the Norwegian finished one place behind world champion Jenny Simpson, running a season best of 4:03.79.

American Morgan Uceny, the Samsung Diamond League leader in the event going into the Van Damme meet, made up for the disappointment of being knocked down in the world championship final in Daegu by taking the victory and the Diamond Trophy in a time of 4:00.06.

Highlights of the Memorial Van Damme included world leading marks in the 100 by Jamaica's Usain Bolt (9.76) and 200 by fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake (19.26), and an American record in the men's 10000 by Portland's Galen Rupp (left/photo by Paul Merca), who ran 26:48.00 to finish third behind former world and reigning Olympic champion Keninisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who ran a world leading time of 26:43.16 for the victory.

Complete results of the Memorial Van Damme meeting, the final meet of the season-long Samsung Diamond League series, are available here.

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