Saturday, July 4, 2015

Winger and Berry each earn sixth place finishes at Meeting Areva in Paris suburb...

ST. DENIS, France—Vancouver native Kara Winger (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) finished sixth in the javelin at the Meeting Areva Saturday at the Stade de France, as the IAAF Diamond League tour made its annual stop in the Paris suburb.

In danger of not being among the final eight throwers to get three more throws, Winger threw her best mark of 202-5 (61.71m) to survive and advance to the finals.

Reigning Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic took the victory with a throw of 211-4 (64.42m).

On her Instagram account, Winger said, “Gained more valuable experience tonight at #‎meetingareva in Paris. I never enjoy saying that, but it's true that being able to make a final under pressure is important. 61.71m for sixth when my body was just not cooperative is okay.”

In the men’s 400, Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry finished sixth in 45.49, as Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa won in an African record 43.96.

The race (French commentary) can be watched here: 

The IAAF Diamond League circuit continues on July 9th with the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Some results from the Canadian national championships in Edmonton so far involving athletes with Washington ties:

—Former Husky Kyle Nielsen finished fifth in the javelin with a best of 205-5 (62.63m) on Friday; 

—In the junior women’s steeple, incoming UW freshman Charlotte Prouse was second in 11:14.02 Saturday; 

—In the finals of the women’s 100 hurdles Saturday, Washington State assistant coach Angela Whyte was fifth in 13.21, while former Husky volunteer coach Christie Gordon was sixth in 13.33; 

—In the finals of the junior men’s 1500, incoming Washington State freshman Nathan Tadesse was fifth in 4:03.90.

The Canadian championships conclude Sunday at Foote Field.

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