Baker of US wins 400 meters in Netherlands
HENGELO, Netherlands (AP) - Keshia Baker of the United States won the 400 meters, and Piotr Malachowski of Poland had the best throw of the year to win the discus at the FBK Games on Saturday.
Baker won in 51.73 seconds, edging Patricia Hall of Jamaica (51.77). Eilidh Child of Britain ran a personal best 52.08 to take third.
Malachowski defeated Olympic champion Robert Harting with a throw of with 235 feet, 8 inches. Harting had two chances to top Malachowski's huge throw but could only manage 229-4. Malachowski's teammate Robert Urbanek was third.
World record-holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia was the prerace favorite in the 5,000 meters but pulled out 10 minutes into the race. He said the meet came too soon after his 10,000 victory eight days ago in Eugene, Ore.
Muktar Edris of Ethiopia kicked away from Augustine Choge of Kenya in the final straight to win in 13:04.65. Another Kenyan, Cyrus Rutto, was third.
"I am tired because of the long flight and after the 10,000 (in Eugene), I am not fit enough,'' said Bekele, who set his 5,000-meter world record of 12:37.35 nine years ago in Hengelo.
Churandy Martina of the Netherlands gave the home crowd something to cheer by winning the 200 meters in 20.23 at the IAAF World Challenge meet. James Ellington of Britain was second in 20.42 and Ramon Miller of the Bahamas was third in 20.63.
Martina said he was pleased with his progress heading into the world championships in Moscow in August.
"You see the times I run ever week. If I keep going like this, it has to happen in Moscow,'' said Martina, whose fifth place finish in last year's Olympic 200 final made him the top placed European.
Yarisley Silva of Cuba also produced a best performance in the world this season to win the women's pole vault with a jump of 16 feet, easily beating the Russians Svetlana Feofanova, who jumped 15-1 and Aleksandra Kiryashova, 14-9.
The long jump, often one of the highlights of the meet in Hengelo, was won by Christian Reif of Germany with his first jump of 26-6. That's well short of the year's best of 27-6 set last week in Eugene by Aleksandr Menkov of Russia.
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