Spitzen Leichtathletik Lucerne 2013
A Swiss record, stadium records and six jackpot-winners
Spitzen Leichtathletik Lucerne 2013 goes down in history of the third lagest meeting in Switzerland as an athmospheric evening. Three weeks ahead of the world championships in Moscow many athletes put their focus rather on this mega-event from 10th to 18th of August than starting at meetings. Therefore a winner was missing this year nevertheless 6200 spectators could cheer a few terrific performances.
First of all it is worth mentioning the new Swiss record in pole vault by Nicole Büchler (4.61m). The faithful athlete at Spitzen Leichtathletik Lucerne fromBiel is deared to heart by the crowd in Lucerne.which gave her a frenetic applause. In the same competition, current world number-one pole vaulter Yarisley Silva from Cuba establishes one of the five new meeting records (4.81m). She is the only woman to jump higher twice this year. She failed barely at a height of five metres and would have been only the second woman to reach this mark. Even second-placed Silke Spiegelburg (Germany) jumped higher (4.71m) than the old meeting record of 4.70m. It was the most superior challenge of the evening.
Further meeting records met the expectations. Thereby the performance by Kenyan 3000m runner Comelius Kangogo is to be rated on a very high level. He missed his personal best by less than three seconds. With this performance he established himself among the top-twelve in the world. Hammer thrower Caroline Paesler (Germany) won her competition with 65.71m thereby she abides barely among top 100 in the world though. Once more the wheelchair users were responsible for fast times on the track as well. Manuela Schär improves the old record by Edith Wolf-Hunkeler over 800m in 1:51,56. Marcel Hug let his oponents no chance. Reaching the finish in 48.07s he missed his personal best 46.88s distinctly as the track is suboptimal for wheelchair users. Considering the rolling resistance however, the new records have to be construed as excellent results.
At the end six athletes had to share the 20‘000 dollar – jackpot. All the athletes reached or improved a certain guide value which which is figured out of the average of the then best performances in the precedent year could participate on this jackpt. Running 12.63s in Lucerne, hurdles-sprinter and shootingstar Brianna Rollins was not expected to be the only favourite of the jackpot. Jason Young (200m in 19.98s with a slight head wind of 0.3 mps), Linda Stahl (javellin, 65.24m), Valerie Adams (shot put, 20.76m), Yarisley Silva and Silke Spiegelburg are the other five top-cracks to share the jackpot.
The track in Lucerne seems to suit to Jamaican Jason Young than noone else. He defended his title at Spitzen Leichtathletik Lucerne with the second fastest time ever run in Lucerne. Only Young hiselft was faster on target running 200m in 19.86s in 2012. He is an example of the stage which is offered to young talents. Brianna Rollins is the most recent proof of this policy.