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    Finnish news (Neziri 12.98/+1.5 NR)
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    About time I started a general Finnish results thread, considering that (sadly) very few of our meets merit threads of their own.

    Hanna Grobler (née Mikkonen, now married to Gerbrandt the South African javelinist who for obvious reasons is not going to pull a Kruger and become a Finn...) high jumped 191 today, which may not be earth-shattering on an international scale but is only 1cm off (her own) NR and was a very pleasant surprise after all the injuries she's been through and the first time she reached such heights after '06.

    Talking of Kruger, he's having heavy problems even breaking 60 now, mainly due to timing problems. This is hardly surprising since he had timing problems last year already and then used the winter to shake off some fat, thus messing his timing up further... Reportedly the physical abilities are still there but alas I fear he won't be a factor at Berlin.
    (I should mention though that I'm not an optimal judge, not having seen him throwing in real life this year. I missed this year's Paavo Nurmi Games since the weather was way too hot for me and the only other event of any note was men's LJ, which Mokoena won with a 814 despite a heavy headwind. Tommi Evilä also finally returned to 8+ club after many disappointing early season meets.)

    And talking of javelin guys, the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival (where one guy is normally selected to our major team) is looming. They had the age group competitions yesterday; men U23 was good, with Kankaanpää at 80.23 PB and Etelätalo at 79.70 PB (85.70 guy Ari Mannio was absent). However U18 and younger boys aren't where they should be... In wU20, Sanni Utriainen (daughter of Esa) also PB'd at 53.61.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut
    And talking of javelin guys, the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival (where one guy is normally selected to our major team) is looming.
    Women's edition is finished. Mickle of Australia continued her good form this year with 61.83. Mikaela Ingberg ('95 WC bronze medalist) was second with 61.03, marking her millionth consecutive year at 60+... Will report on men's comp in a couple hours.
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    The stipulation was that the best of those not already selected for Finnish Berlin team (that is, Pitkämäki or Järvenpää) would grab a WC ticket if he broke 84m. Wirkkala did just that with his last throw, equalling (!) his recent PB, having until then been very close at 83.95. He has for some reason always been extremely good at Pihtipudas... Mannio continues to be rock-solid with another three 82+ efforts. He's currently favored for the 4th Berlin spot, though his main aim is the U23 Euro gold. Pitkämäki wasn't very convincing but still won. Järvenpää seems to be slowly returning to form after his winter floorball ankle injury.

    1. Tero Pitkämäki 86.47
    2. Teemu Wirkkala 84.68 =PB
    3. Tero Järvenpää 82.65
    4. Ari Mannio 82.47
    5. Gerbrandt Grobler RSA 80.01 SB
    6. Antti Ruuskanen 79.89 SB
    7. Jarkko Koski-Vähälä 78.42 SB
    http://www.keihaskarnevaalit.com/index. ... 8&Itemid=2
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    Wirkkala's spot in the team has been made official. Other new inclusions are, on men's side, Evilä and Kruger (?! - well OK he may be out of shape but given his A standard from last year I can't really see him bumped off) and on women's side Grobler, Ingberg and hammer thrower Merja Korpela.

    These were the athletes already in:
    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut
    SC: Jukka Keskisalo (defending Euro Champ and there's a great big empty hole where other contenders for his spot should be so selecting him was a no-brainer)
    Mar: Francis Kirwa (2008 was something of a breakthrough year for him)
    HT: Olli-Pekka Karjalainen (I really hope he'll get a healthy winter and spring training in this time, with no Tikhon/Devyatovskiy in the picture he'll be a strong medal candidate)
    50k: Jarkko Kinnunen and Antti Kempas (it's not as though anyone else wants to do the event)
    JT: Tero Pitkämäki (defending champ) and Tero Järvenpää (very nearly OG medalist)

    Nothing shocking; the only selection even slightly questionable is that of Järvenpää, but with 4 spots it's highly unlikely he wouldn't make the team anyway.
    Quote from November. O-P Karjalainen did reportedly get a healthy winter and spring training but his season opener still wasn't very convincing. Keskisalo seems stronger than ahead of EC '06. Kirwa is unfortunately injured and has been scratched.
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    Lapua Elite Games were today, and wPV was the definite highlight...

    1. Minna Nikkanen FIN 445
    2. Tatyana Polnova RUS 445
    3. Vanessa Vandy FIN 436

    ...coming in, our NR was 435 by Nikkanen. Both Nikkanen and Vandy should be going to Berlin.

    Ari Mannio won men's javelin with 80.54, his worst mark of the year! Then again, all his other efforts were fouls (including a couple sector fouls). 20-year-old Sandra Eriksson PB'd in the steeplechase with 9.47 and change, just reaching the Berlin B standard, Krisztián Pars (HUN) won mHT with 79.53 (ahead of O-P Karjalainen at a national leader of 77.32), and Gloria Asumnu (USA) won w100m in a SB of 11.15 (+0.2).
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    Lapua Elite Games were today, and wPV was the definite highlight...

    1. Minna Nikkanen FIN 445
    2. Tatyana Polnova RUS 445
    3. Vanessa Vandy FIN 436

    ...coming in, our NR was 435 by Nikkanen. Both Nikkanen and Vandy should be going to Berlin.
    That's good news. If I remember correctly, these two ladies are just out of the Junior age groups, so hopefully they will continue to progress and add a bit of spice to the top end of the vaulting realms.
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    Next comp of the Elite Games series took place at Lappeenranta today. Incredibly, there were actually quite a few international quality athletes present!

    Some of the more interesting results:

    w100 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.07w (+2.3), 2. Yuliya Nestsiarenka BLR 11.36w
    w200 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.98 (-1.1)
    m800 - 1. Mohammed al-Salhi KSA 1.45.32
    mLJ - 1. Khotso Mokoena RSA 824w (814 legal), 2. Tommi Evilä FIN 801
    mHT - 1. Krisztián Pars HUN 80.53
    mDT - 1. Aleksander Tammert EST 65.17w, 2. Frantz Kruger FIN 64.17w

    mJT:
    1. Antti Ruuskanen FIN 80.63
    2. Ari Mannio FIN 80.26
    3. Harri Haatainen FIN 78.50
    4. Sean Furey USA 78.48
    5. Esko Mikkola FIN 77.20
    6. Andrus Värnik EST 75.90

    The first time this year Ruuskanen beat Mannio - notable since one of the two will almost certainly take our 4th Berlin spot, joining Pitkämäki, Järvenpää and Wirkkala. Mannio had his worst meet of the year and appears to have lost his best form. For some reason, Furey usually throws well in Finland...

    On the VNLF, Mannio now falls behind Janik.
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    78.64 SB for O-P Karjalainen yesterday His performances so far this year had been disappointing but now I'm hopeful again. With Pars no longer as dominating as early season (though he did look good at Lappeenranta) nobody really looks unbeatable in this event.
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    Fourth Elite Games meeting today at Joensuu. Some very good marks, especially in men's javelin which was thrown into a headwind!

    mJT:
    1. Teemu Wirkkala 87.23 PB
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 85.03 SB

    Wirkkala is clearly in career peak form, though he "only" backed the big one up with two of his usual 82s. Ruuskanen as usual only got one good throw in (actually, mostly this year he hasn't got even that!) Nevertheless, he moves up all the way to 9th on the Very Nearly Live Formchart:

    1. Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) =
    2. Tero Pitkämäki (Finland) =
    3. Vadims Vasilevskis (Latvia) =
    4. Teemu Wirkkala (Finland) =
    5. Ainars Kovals (Latvia)=
    6. Mark Frank (Germany) =
    7. Ari Mannio (Finland) =
    8. Igor Janik (Poland) =
    9. Antti Ruuskanen (Finland) N
    10. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine) -1
    11. Guillermo Martínez (Cuba) -1
    12. Petr Frydrych (Czech Rep) N

    mLJ:
    1. Kim Deok-Hyeon KOR 817 (+1.7)
    2. Tommi Evilä 800

    With his last jump Kim certainly proved his victory (and 841w/820) at the University Games was no fluke. Evilä, sadly, doesn't look as good as in '05, or indeed the healthy parts of any of the years between.

    m3000:
    1. Jukka Keskisalo 7.49.05 PB
    2. Remmy Limo KEN 7.50.78

    Another impressive PB for Keskisalo. In the post-race interview he gave the world some really good answers:

    Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
    A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

    Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
    A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.

    m100:
    1. Lerone Clarke JAM 10.25 (-1.3)

    m110h:
    1. Joel Brown USA 13.60 (-1.5)

    w100:
    1. Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11.39 (-1.0)
    2. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.40

    w200:
    1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.88 (-0.5)

    wPV:
    1. Minna Nikkanen 436

    wLJ:
    1. Brittney Reese USA 662
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    Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

    Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?.

    I remember Viren training in Brazil in 72 prior to the O.G
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