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    Quote Originally Posted by Olli View Post
    Never heard of fish slapping before, but if you are interested to see Junnila's jump in Tampere, here is a video clip. (Hope it works where you reside.)

    https://areena.yle.fi/1-50227306
    Video worked nicely, thank you. It will be interesting to see if she has more height if she gets back to a full run.

    BTW, I'm not surprised that fish slapping is unknown to you.

    It was made up by the Engish "Monty Python" comedy team back in the 1970's, along with a lot of other absurd non-existent things.
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    Junnila, Tervo and Koilahti are the big names in the Finnish team for the Euro U23s next week. There's a couple others, like Wilma Murto and Alisa Vainio, who haven't shown much lately but could be medal contenders if they get back to their best shape. Huntington is up against a tough field in the wHep and will need a big PB to get in the medal fight, she's been really good in the last couple weeks though so it's not an impossibility.

    Helander should have top billing but he's out with a slight injury, will miss a few weeks. That leaves Aaron Kangas as the only clear medal candidate on the men's side, he's actually #2 in Europe this year among U23s but it's a really close field behind Halász so he'll have to be at his best to medal.

    Basically we have a lot to hope for but nothing we can take for granted, we could easily end up with zero medals and several aggravated niggles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Now that she's cleared 1.95 with it, it's a tough call for the coach to push her back this season. Obviously a Power Flopper, not a Speed Flopper, to use Dwight's categorization.
    I don't think that should be a problem. Normally she uses a jog into an 8 step approach and this was a 6 stepper. She gets good speed with the 6 but with the 8 she is quite a speed jumper like almost everyone else these days. She has quite a long stride which might just look slower but really isn't.
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    Good results for Finland at the Universiade; gold for Miia Sillman in the wHep (6209), silver for Reetta Hurske in the w100H (13.02) and bronze for Joonas Rinne in the m1500. Sillman moves to #4 on the Finnish all-time list.

    Euro U23s were less good; we got one medal (Ella Junnila's bronze at 192) which was less bad than I feared, but there were still many disappointments; a lot of our athletes were off their best, and health issues (Vainio's DNS in the 10000 and Huntington's DNF in the Hep) probably cost us at least one medal.
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    Highlights from Lapinlahti:

    w100H:
    1. Annimari Korte 12.86 PB (+2.0)
    2. Reetta Hurske 12.97 PB
    3. Matilda Bogdanoff 13.18

    Another nice PB for Korte! And Hurske finally got the WC qualifier with (barely) legal wind, even though her start was not as good as usual today.

    mSteeple:
    1. Bilal Tabti ALG 8:22.75
    2. Topi Raitanen 8:22.76

    Apparently was a test of how Raitanen would do in a race immediately after returning from high-altitude training. Didn't seem to go too badly, though he didn't get the win.

    w5000:
    1. Katsiaryna Karneyenka BLR 15:34.51 PB
    2. Camilla Richardsson 15:37.08 PB (#5 FIN all-time, #4 without Mäki)

    Full results here.

    Rainy conditions kept the results down in some events, like the men's javelin where no one broke 80.
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    Highlights from Joensuu:

    w100H:
    1. Brittany Anderson JAM 12.71 WJR (+1.3)
    2. Annimari Korte 12.72 NR
    3. Reetta Hurske 12.78 PB (also under old NR)

    !!

    Neziri bumped from #1 to #3 in one go. She ran 12.95 in the heats but missed the final.

    mJT:
    1. Magnus Kirt EST 87.35
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 80.79
    3. Lassi Etelätalo 80.72

    m3000:
    1. Topi Raitanen 7:52.82

    wJT:
    1. Tatsiana Khaladovich BLR 64.82

    Full results here.
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    Really enjoyed the Joensuu meeting. That 100H was an awesome race and what a fairy tale for Annimari Korte who retired in 2013 but started her comeback in 2017.

    No mention for another Camilla Richardsson PB? This time in the Steeple - 9:35.27 to win a good quality race with NCAA D2 champion Alicja Konieczek (POL) 2nd in a 9:36.09 PB (a 5 second PB). Also a 5 second PB for Lizzie Bird (GBR) in 4th, 9:36.84. She's at San Francisco Uni. New Mexico's Adva Cohen was 5th, 9:38.01 SB.
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    Thanks for pointing that out, I was away most of the day and didn't catch that either live or looking over the results.
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    Highlights from the NCs (Kalevan kisat) in Lappeenranta:

    wHep:
    1. Maria Huntington 6339 PB (national U23 record, #3 FIN all-time)
    2. Miia Sillman 6048
    3. Jutta Heikkinen 5952
    4. Hertta Heikkinen 5926

    It was clear from her marks in individual events this year that Huntington had big upside in the hep, and she had an excellent series here, no bad events and several event PBs (including 13.09/+0.6 in the hurdles, itself #5 FIN all-time), got the Doha qualifier too. Sillman was pretty close to her 6200-point pace from the Universiade through five events, but couldn't reproduce the 50-meter JT and probably wasn't as motivated in the 800.

    wLJ:
    1. Taika Koilahti 669/+1.6 PB (#3 FIN all-time)

    Nice to see another PB, she hadn't been quite at her best the last few meets. Narrowly missed the Doha qualifier, but she's currently ranked 25th out of 32 so this might be enough.

    mJT:
    1. Lassi Etelätalo 84.11 SB (WC qualifier)
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 82.57
    3. Toni Kuusela 79.53

    Etelätalo retook the lead (and got the WCq) on the last throw of the competition, after being overtaken by Ruuskanen in round 5. (Helander and Ruuskanen have already been selected; Helander missed the NCs with a side injury but should be back to competition soon. Kuusela has the Q too, and Pitkämäki might still be eyeing it but no one really seems to know when he'll return to competition.)

    w100H:
    1. Reetta Hurske 13.05 (-0.2)
    2. Nooralotta Neziri 13.05
    3. Annimari Korte 13.12
    4. Matilda Bogdanoff 13.15

    Second time Hurske and Neziri almost dead-heated at the NCs this year (also happened indoors), they needed several minutes to figure out who won. Times not as good as was hoped for maybe; though it was pretty much the only race the whole weekend with a headwind, and Korte in particular would have liked warmer weather.

    Full results here.
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    Finland placed 11th out of 12 in the Super League, sadly that probably counts as a good result rather than a bad one. Highlights included Simo Lipsanen's 2nd in the TJ with a 16.76 SB, Topi Raitanen's 2nd behind European leader Fernando Carro in the SC and Sara Kuivisto's two 4th places in the 800/1500, the former with a 2:01.85 PB which is the best time by a Finn since 2000 and #5 all-time. Camilla Richardsson was also 4th in the women's steeple. (Kristiina Mäki was 3rd in the 1500, she represents the Czech Republic internationally but is a Finnish citizen and competes in Finland regularly, including at the Finnish NCs.)

    Ella Junnila's DNS with an ankle injury stands out on the negative side, it's supposedly fairly minor but I do wish her ankles stopped doing this, it's not the first time this year.

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    Pitkämäki will not go to Doha, will decide later if he's still motivated for Tokyo.
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