Ostrava Recap: Usain Bolt Wins in 9.98; Breakout Runs from Young 1500 Runners Filip Sasinek (3:36.32) & Konstanze Klosterhalfen (4:06.91)

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By LetsRun.com
May 20, 2016

The 2016 Ostrava Golden Spike meet is in the books and it saw Usain Bolt extend his win streak to 19 by taking the 100 in 9.98 seconds and a couple of breakout performances by young Europeans in the 1500. We recap the main events briefly below with results (Full Results here: Ostrava Full Results).

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Men’s 100: Usain Bolt Wins Easily
Usain Bolt is two for two in 2016 — and 19 for his last 19 dating back to 2013 — after winning the 100 meters in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday in 9.98 seconds into a slight headwind. The time marks a .07 improvement on Bolt’s season opener in the Cayman Islands last Saturday and ties him for seventh on the 2016 world list (Qatar’s Femi Ogunode is the world leader at 9.91).

9.98 for Bolt

9.98 for Bolt

Bolt, who visited doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Germany prior to the meet to receive treatment on his hamstring, looked better tonight than he did last weekend, getting a decent start and running unchallenged over the final 50 meters. However Bolt, who was hoping for a time in the 9.80’s if everything went according to plan, did not appear happy when he saw his time pop up on the scoreboard.

100 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -0.4 m/s

    1 Bolt , Usain                     JAM       9.98                   
    2 Gittens , Ramon                  BAR      10.21                   
    3 Taftian , Hassan                 IRI      10.25                   
    4 Lehata , Mosito                  LES      10.36                   
    5 Koffi , Hua Wilfried             CIV      10.38                   
    6 Rogers , Jason                   SKN      10.41                   
    7 Griffith , Adrian                BAH      10.43

Quick Take: Business as usual for Usain Bolt, though he wasn’t pleased
Like his win in the Cayman Islands, this was a fairly ho-hum performance from Bolt. He hasn’t raced any of the big dogs in the 100 this year and likely won’t until the June, where he’s scheduled to face Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell in Kingston on June 11. And even then, we may not learn much — recall that four years ago, he lost to Blake in the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican trials only to win gold in both events in London.

“My first 40 meters, maybe 50 meters, was kind of sluggish,” Bolt said to the media after the race. “That’s always needed to get up to speed quickly, so I thought that’s why I run so slow….We have a lot of work to do. I have a couple of months to do it, so I’ll be fine. … I need more races. The more I run, the faster I’ll get.”

The transitive property proves that Bolt has “a lot of work to do.” As we pointed out on the messageboard, Bolt beat runner-up Ramon Gittens by .23. In Shanghai, Gatlin beat Gitens by .30.

This is what a five-second PR looks like

This is what a five-second PR looks like

Men’s 1500: Czech Filip Sasinek Gets Big PR, but No One Gets Olympic Standard
The Czech Republic’s World Indoor runner-up Jakub Holusa tried to put on a show for the home fans and was the only one to go with the rabbits through 800 in 1:54. But he couldn’t sustain the hot pace and with 350 to go he was passed by Germany’s Timo Benitz and France’s Bryan Cantero. By the final turn, Brit Chris O’Hare and 20-year-old Czech Filip Sasinek had joined them. Benitz held a slight lead on Sasinek, Cantero and O’Hare, who were three-wide behind him at the top of the home straight. Cantero began to fade as O’Hare and Sasinek began to reel in Benitz; those three men battled to the line but in the end it was Sasinek who was able to come through with the win in 3:36. O’Hare and Holusa (who faded to seventh at the finish) may have missed out on the Olympic standard, but both have it from last summer anyway.

1500 Metres - Men                                             

    1 Sasínek , Filip                  CZE    3:36.32                   
    2 Benitz , Timo                    GER    3:36.40                   
    3 O'Hare , Chris                   GBR    3:36.58                   
    4 Cantero , Bryan                  FRA    3:37.03                   
    5 Bustos , David                   ESP    3:38.28                   
    6 Kyts , Volodymyr                 UKR    3:38.61                   
    7 Holuša , Jakub                   CZE    3:38.86                   
    8 Crippa , Yemaneberhan            ITA    3:38.95                   
    9 Lancashire , Thomas              GBR    3:39.95                   
   10 Vojta , Andreas                  AUT    3:39.98                   
   11 Soratos , Christian              USA    3:40.85                   
   12 Ostrowski , Artur                POL    3:41.55                   
   13 Demczyszak , Mateusz             POL    3:46.55
      Pavlícek , Matej                 CZE        DNF                   
      Kombich , Ismael Kipngetich      KEN        DNF

Quick Take #1: A massive breakthrough race from Filip Sasinek
Many expected a Czech runner to take this race, but it was Sasinek, not Holusa, who was celebrating when it was done. He’s made a massive leap forward in 2016, though Sasinek will be a bit disappointed to come so close to the Olympic standard (3:36.20) only to miss out by .12.

Sasinek entered the year with a PB of 3:43.83 but got down to 3:41.37 indoors and won the Czech indoor title in February (Holusa was not in that race). He carried that form over outdoors, PR’ing by over five seconds tonight to get down to 3:36.32.

Next stop, Rio?

Next stop, Rio?

Women’s 1500: 19-Year-Old Konstanze Klosterhalfen Gets the Olympic Standard
19-year-old German Konstanze Klosterhalfen ran with a confidence well beyond her years, attacking the race from the front, and she didn’t back off when she found herself in the lead once the final rabbit dropped out at the 1k mark. Klosterhalfen had a lead of around three seconds at that point but would need to keep pushing if she wanted to get the Olympic standard of 4:07.00 (no other German has it).

She did just that, and though she began to tie up toward the end of the race, she held off Slovakia’s Lucia Hrivnak for a 1.47-second PR of 4:06.91 to grab the standard.

1500 Metres - Women                                           

    1 Klosterhalfen , Konstanze        GER    4:06.91                   
    2 Klocová , Lucia                  SVK    4:07.96                   
    3 Urbanik , Danuta                 POL    4:08.05                   
    4 Magnani , Margherita             ITA    4:08.73                   
    5 Tarplee , Claire                 IRL    4:10.65                   
    6 Mäki , Kristiina                 CZE    4:10.94                   
    7 England , Hannah                 GBR    4:11.25                   
    8 Capková , Tereza                 CZE    4:11.82                   
    9 Gashaw , Tigist                  BRN    4:11.95                   
   10 Alemu , Hawi                     ETH    4:12.30                   
   11 Kock , Maren                     GER    4:12.57                   
   12 Vrzalová , Simona                CZE    4:13.54                   
   13 Broniatowska , Katarzyna         POL    4:15.27
   14 Terzic , Amela                   SRB    4:17.11
   15 Macías , Isabel                  ESP    4:18.60
   16 Hirpa , Bedatu                   ETH    4:19.29
      Nilsson , Linn                   SWE        DNF                   
      Shevchenko , Anzhelika           UKR        DNF                   
      Štuková , Alexandra              SVK        DNF

Men’s 110 Hurdles
American Jarret Eaton picked up a big .16 PB to win here in 13.25, putting him third on the 2016 U.S. list behind David Oliver (13.16) and Aries Merritt (13.24).

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: 0.0 m/s

    1 Eaton , Jarret                   USA      13.25                   
    2 Porter , Jeff                    USA      13.42                   
    3 Clarke , Lawrence                GBR      13.57                   
    4 Krauss , Simon                   FRA      13.59                   
    5 Brathwaite , Shane               BAR      13.63                   
    6 Martinot-Lagarde , Thomas        FRA      13.70                   
    7 Sharman , William                GBR      13.74                   
    8 Omoregie , David                 GBR      13.93

Men’s 400
21-year-old Jamaican Javon Francis looked very impressive, taking the victory in 44.87 over the U.S.’s Tony McQuay and World Indoor champ Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic. Francis has now run in the 44’s in each of his last three races.

2004 Olympic champ Jeremy Wariner struggled yet again as for the second straight race as the Jimmy John’s owner only managed a 46.21

400 Metres - Men                                              

    1 Francis , Javon                  JAM      44.87                   
    2 McQuay , Tony                    USA      45.17                   
    3 Maslák , Pavel                   CZE      45.46                   
    4 Rooney , Martyn                  GBR      45.78                   
    5 Wariner , Jeremy                 USA      46.21                   
    6 Clemons , Kyle                   USA      46.40                   
    7 Šorm , Patrik                    CZE      46.62                   
    8 Mathieu , Michael                BAH      46.83

Women’s 3000

2013 World Champs 5,000 bronze medallist Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia looked great, pulling away from countrywoman Haftamnesh Tesfaye in the home stretch to win in a pb of 8:38.55.

3000 Metres - Women                                           

    1 Oljira , Belaynesh               ETH    8:38.55                   
    2 Tesfay , Haftamnesh              ETH    8:40.80                   
    3 Gosa , Dalila Abdulkadir         BRN    8:51.31                   
    4 Woldu , Etagegn                  ETH    9:03.62                   
    5 Eriksson , Sandra                FIN    9:11.64                   
    6 Conrad , Nolene                  RSA    9:15.56                   
    7 Birca , Roxana Elisabeta         ROU    9:26.76                   
    8 Drábková , Michaela              CZE    9:28.44                   
    9 Stewartová , Moira               CZE    9:28.70                   
   10 Maršánová , Lucie                CZE    9:28.92                   
   11 Vašinová , Petra                 CZE    9:29.48                   
      Hálová , Katerina                CZE        DNF                   
      Tverdostup , Tamara              UKR        DNF

Women’s 400 Hurdles

The final women’s track event didn’t disappoint. Two-time defending world champ Zuzana Hejnova was expected to take the win in front of the home crowd, but she wound up in a three-way fight for the victory against Poland’s Joanna Linkiewicz and Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer. In the end, it was the least-credentialed of them, Linkiewicz, who came through for the win in a PB of 55.40.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    

    1 Linkiewicz , Joanna              POL      55.40                   
    2 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      55.43                   
    3 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      55.69                   
    4 Rosolová , Denisa                CZE      56.90                   
    5 Anacharsis , Phara               FRA      57.25                   
    6 Slanicková , Lucia               SVK      57.57                   
    7 McMahon , Christine              IRL      57.85                   
    8 Richards , Shona                 GBR      59.08

Men’s 400 Hurdles

400 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      

    1 van Zyl , L.J.                   RSA      48.67                   
    2 Dutch , Johnny                   USA      49.01                   
    3 Dobek , Patryk                   POL      49.51                   
    4 Mägi , Rasmus                    EST      49.75                   
    5 Williams , Rhys                  GBR      49.85                   
    6 Kucera , Martin                  SVK      50.27                   
    7 Brož , Michal                    CZE      51.32                   
    8 Hyde , Jaheel                    JAM    1:05.98

Women’s 100 Hurdles Results via All-Athletics. 

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Brianne THEISEN-EATON CAN 86 13.20 1126
2. Helena TOMKOVÁ CZE 92 13.95 1028 SB
3. Kateřina DVOŘÁKOVÁ CZE 97 13.96 1026 SB
4. Vladimíra ŠIBOVÁ SVK 90 14.19 997 PB
5. Petra HARASIMOVA CZE 97 14.84 917

Men’s 200

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +0.3 m/s

    1 Ellington , James                GBR      20.35                   
    2 Tsákonas , Likoúrgos-Stéfanos    GRE      20.36                   
    3 Delaney , Arthur                 USA      20.49                   
    4 Herrera , José Carlos            MEX      20.57                   
    5 Morris , Joseph                  USA      20.62                   
    6 Volko , Ján                      SVK      20.70                   
    7 Zézé , Mickaël-Méba              FRA      20.75                   
    8 Smellie , Gavin                  CAN      20.79

Women’s 400

400 Metres - Women                                            

    1 Day , Christine                  JAM      51.09                   
    2 Muir , Carline                   CAN      51.84                   
    3 Beard , Jessica                  USA      51.88                   
    4 Maiyo , Maureen Jelagat          KEN      52.14                   
    5 Bundy-Davies , Seren             GBR      52.26                   
    6 Baumgart , Iga                   POL      53.04                   
    7 Wyciszkiewicz , Patrycja         POL      53.05                   
    8 Putalová , Iveta                 SVK      53.90

Field Events

Women’s Pole Vault
There was a scary moment for U.S. World Indoor silver medallist Sandi Morris, who broke a pole and landed awkward during the pole vault tonight, forcing her to withdraw. Morris is scheduled to compete in the Diamond League meet in Rabat on Sunday and her status for that is up in the air, but she said on Twitter that she’s feeling okay. The Czech Republic’s Jirina Ptacnikova got the upset, taking down world champ Yarisley Silva of Cuba in front of the home fans.

Pole Vault - Women                                            

    1 Ptácníková , Jirina              CZE       4.60                   
    2 Silva , Yarisley                 CUB       4.60                   
    3 Peinado , Robeilys               VEN       4.50                   
    4 Malácová , Romana                CZE       4.50                   
    5 Morris , Sandi                   USA       4.40                   
    6 Šilhanová , Rebeka               CZE       4.20                   
    7 Kylypko , Maryna                 UKR       4.20                   
    8 Felzmann , Anna                  GER       4.20                   
    9 Morysková , Aneta                CZE       4.00
      Malavisi , Sonia                 ITA         NM

Men’s Long Jump
Ashton Eaton placed third with 7.55m but picked up a quad injury that ruled him out of the 100 later in the night.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                                              Wind
    1 Juška , Radek                    CZE       7.92                         -1.2
    2 Huang , Changzhou                CHN       7.59                          0.0
    3 Eaton , Ashton                   USA       7.55                         -1.0
    4 Ewulo , Ezekiel                  NGR       7.34                         -1.0
    5 Pírek , Milan                    CZE       7.17                         -0.9
    6 Helcelet , Adam Sebastian        CZE       7.03                         -0.6
      Zhang , Yaoguang                 CHN         NM

Men’s Javelin
Germany’s Thomas Rohler followed up his win in Shanghai on Saturday with a terrific series in Ostrava, culminating in a world-leading toss of 87.37m on his final attempt to take the victory. Rohler improved on his mark in each of his five legal attempts (he fouled in the fifth round), working his way up from 81.58 in the first round to 87.37 in the sixth.

Javelin Throw - Men                                           

    1 Röhler , Thomas                  GER      87.37                   
    2 Abdelrahman , Ihab               EGY      84.85                   
    3 Krukowski , Marcin               POL      84.74                   
    4 Jílek , Jaroslav                 CZE      83.02                   
    5 Yego , Julius                    KEN      81.10                   
    6 Vadlejch , Jakub                 CZE      79.54                   
    7 Hamann , Lars                    GER      78.96                   
    8 Frydrych , Petr                  CZE      75.83

Men’s Pole Vault

Pole Vault - Men                                              

    1 Lavillenie , Renaud              FRA       5.83                   
    2 Barber , Shawnacy                CAN       5.70                   
    3 Renner , Robert                  SLO       5.63                   
    4 Kudlicka , Jan                   CZE       5.63                   
    5 Yamamoto , Seito                 JPN       5.63                   
    6 Lisek , Piotr                    POL       5.55                   
    7 Karalís , Emmanouil              GRE       5.55                   
    7 Joseph , Stanley                 FRA       5.55                   
    9 Borges , Lázaro                  CUB       5.35
   10 Scherbarth , Tobias              GER       5.35
   11 Balner , Michal                  CZE       5.35
   12 Posekaný , Lukáš                 CZE       5.15
      Eaves , Max                      GBR         NM                   
      Mohr , Malte                     GER        DNS

Men’s Shot Put

Shot Put - Men                                                

    1 Bukowiecki , Konrad              POL      21.01                   
    2 Majewski , Tomasz                POL      20.84                   
    3 Toader , Andrei                  ROU      20.32                   
    4 Žunic , Stipe                    CRO      20.22                   
    5 Haratyk , Michal                 POL      19.82                   
    6 Stanek , Tomáš                   CZE      19.58                   
    7 Prášil , Ladislav                CZE      19.14                   
    8 Stašek , Martin                  CZE      18.51

Hammer Throws

Men's results

Hammer Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Fajdek , Pawel                   POL      80.66      80.66        
    2 Nazarov , Dilshod                TJK      78.82      78.82        
    3 Lomnický , Marcel                SVK      77.48      77.48        
    4 Melich , Lukáš                   CZE      75.97      75.97        
    5 Söderberg , David                FIN      75.75      75.75        
    6 Nowicki , Wojciech               POL      75.38      75.38        
    7 Janet , Roberto                  CUB      75.02      75.02        
    8 Lingua , Marco                   ITA      74.88      74.88        
    9 Johnson , Kibwe                  USA      70.65      70.65        
      Mahmoud , Hassan Mohamed         EGY         NM                   


Women's results

Hammer Throw - Women                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Wlodarczyk , Anita               POL      78.54      78.54        
    2 Wang , Zheng                     CHN      73.80      73.80        
    3 Fiodorow , Joanna                POL      72.77      72.77        
    4 Heidler , Betty                  GER      72.41      72.41        
    5 Šafránková , Katerina            CZE      72.34      72.34        
    6 Klaas , Kathrin                  GER      71.02      71.02        
    7 Králová , Tereza                 CZE      67.07      67.07        
    8 Lomnicka , Nikola                SVK      66.86      66.86        
    9 Hrasnová , Martina               SVK      66.64      66.64

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