Watt jumps to glory in Madrid

Australian long jumper Mitchell Watt has won at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Madrid while pole vaulter Steve Hooker failed to impress.

The Australian and silver medallist at the World Championships handled the conditions well to win with a wind-assisted third leap of 8.26m in the Spanish capital.

With tail winds reaching +5.7 m/s, Watt made a foul jump at his first attempt, and 8.23m with his second before his winning mark, to head home Britain’s Chris Tomlinson and Spaniard Jean Marie Okutu.
There was more disappointment for compatriot and 2010 Indoor World Champion Fabrice Lapierre, who was fourth overall with a leap of 8.02, having already missed out on a place for the 2012 London Olympics.

Olympic champion Hooker failed to make a successful jump in the men’s pole vault, missing his first two attempts at 5.50m before raising the bar to 5.60m in his vein third try.

Ukraine’s Vladyslav Revenko won the event and was the only jumper to reach the 5.50m mark.

Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands took out the 100m while Belgian Kevin Borlee was fastest in the 400m with 45.09 seconds in Race 2.

Australian John Steffensen crossed equal second in the same race with 46.45s.

In other events, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert won the women’s 200m from compatriot Anneisha McLaughlin in a time of 22.68s and USA’s Debbie Dunn took out the 400m.

In the absence of world champion Sally Pearson, who clocked her third fastest time of 12.40s to win at the Paris Diamond League meet on Friday, USA’s Lolo Jones won the 100m hurdles with 12.70s.

Spain’s Ruth Beitia won the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.92m.

from: http://www.sportal.com.au/other-sports-news-display/watt-jumps-to-glory-in-madrid-186254

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