Thursday, July 5, 2018

Kara Winger throws season best in finishing fourth at Lausanne...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Vancouver native Kara Winger (above/photo by Mike Scott) finished fourth in the javelin at the Athletissima Meeting Thursday night at Olympic Stadium, the eighth stop in the IAAF Diamond League tour.

Competing in the home city of the International Olympic Committee, the three-time US Olympian threw a season best of 206-9 (63.02m) in the sixth and final round.

Nikola Ogrodnikova of the Czech Republic took the win with a toss of 213-4 (65.02m).

Former Renton resident and Oregon alum Devon Allen finished second in the 110 hurdles, running 13.29, as 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov won in 12.95.

It was a tough day for Pullman resident Katie Nageotte in the women’s pole vault, as she mustered an eighth place finish, clearing 14-10 (4.52m).

Stanford alum and reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece continued her winning ways, taking the victory at 15-9.75 (4.82m) on fewer misses over 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

In the season long Diamond League tour, Winger is currently in fourth after three meets with 9 points, as Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus leads the series with 16 points.

After four of six meets in the 110 hurdles, Allen is currently in third place with 19 points, as Shubenkov leads the Diamond Standings with 21 points, with world and Olympic champ Omar McLeod of Jamaica second at 20 points.

Despite her eighth place finish Thursday night, Nageotte has earned enough Diamond points to qualify for the Diamond League pole vault finals in Zurich at the end of August with 17 points.  Fellow American Sandi Morris is the current Diamond League event leader after 4 of 6 meets on the Diamond League circuit with 27 points.

The women’s pole vault and javelin finals in the Diamond League will be contested at the Zurich Weltklasse meet on August 30th, while the men’s 110 hurdles final will be run at the Ivo Van Damme Meeting in Brussels on August 31st.

The IAAF Diamond League circuit resumes July 13th in Rabat, Morocco at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme.

The results from the Athletissima Meeting are available here.

NOTE:  The IAAF contributed to this report. 

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