Abdi second, Harradine throwing well
World Championships-bound Youcef Abdi
’s preparations have lifted with a second place finish in the 2000m steeple chase in Strasbourg, France.
Won by Frenchman Bob Tahri, Abdi ran the adjusted event in 5.26.60 ahead of a return to his pet 3000m distance in Athens on Monday night (European time) - a meet that will showcase a number of other Australian athletes.
It has been a busy time for the 29 year-old since the conclusion of the Australian domestic season, having competed in various mile events in Stawell, Balmoral, Leonora and at the University of Queensland.
Abdi also lined up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he finished third in the 3000m steeple chase and paced the 5000m, passing the 3000m mark in 8.09.00.
Commonwealth Games representative Benn Harradine
, who has competed at various stops across the United States and Europe in recent months, finished third in the discus throw in Helsingborg, Sweden with a heave of 62.99m.
It was a good result for the big man, nearing his personal best of 63.65m set in 2005. The event was won by Gerd Kanter with 70.93m, who also holds the year’s best result of 72.02m. Second was Egyptian Omar El Ghazaly with 66.54m.
At this week’s Folksam Sollentuna meet in Sweden, Lachlan Chisholm
finished third in the 1500m in 3.42.64 with Corey Tucker
fifth in 3.43.84.
And Aaron Rouge-Serret
’s overseas efforts continue with second place in the 100m in the UK Under 20 Championships (10.42 +0.9). He will contest the 100m, 200m and 400m in the Isle of Man tonight.
Closer to home, AIS young gun Robbie Crowther
leapt 8.18m (+2.2) with a legal jump of 7.97m (+1.2) at the weekend’s Coral Coast Carnival. Tim Parravicini
posted 7.68m (+1.9).Josh Hall
, who will compete at the World Youth Championships in just over a fortnight, leapt 2.05m in the high jump at the same meet.