Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rome and Crawford each earn fifth place finishes in Berlin; Israel seventh...

BERLIN, Germany--Marysville native Jarred Rome finished fifth, and former Washington Husky Mårt Israel placed seventh in the discus at the ISTAF meet at the Olympiastadion.

Rome, who did not make the finals at the world championships in Daegu, opened with a toss of 191-9 (58.45m), then threw his best mark of 207-1 (63.13m) in the fourth round.

Israel, the surprise fourth placer at the world championships, never really got untracked, throwing his best mark of 204-5 (62.32m) in round one.

The popular local hero and two time world champion Robert Harting took the victory with a best of 220-6 (67.22m).

In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford, who competed in Zurich on Friday, rebounded with a fifth place finish, crossing the line in 12.97, as 2008 Olympic champion and UCLA grad Dawn Harper won in 12.68.

On a warm sunny day, fans were entertained by some great marks, including world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica's winning time of 9.82 in the 100; Eugene's Jesse Williams following up his world championship in the high jump with a win at 7-7 3/4 (2.33m); popular wins in the pole vault and hammer by Silke Spiegelburg at 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) and Betty Heidler at 253-11 (77.40m), and of course, the triumphant return to the Olympiastadion of Berlino (above/photo courtesy ISTAF Berlin), the wildly popular mascot of the 2009 world championships.

Complete results of the ISTAF Berlin meet are available here (scroll either men or women, then event).

Photo images from Sunday's meet are available here.

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