Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford finished third with a jump of 8.22 in the Men’s Long jump Friday night.
First place went to Russia’s Alexandr Menkov with a World leading jump of 8.39. This jump is the best jump in the world since 2011. Greg commented following the meet in Eugene “8.22 (1.6) for third tonight. Missed opportunity to jump really big. Not happy but a great competition! Just getting started.”
A packed crowd at Hayward Field boosted the morale of more than one field event. The men’s pole vault finished by replicating the London Olympic podium. Renaud Lavillenie stole the title once again with a world lead jump of 5.95. Bjorn Otto took silver with 5.90 and Raphael Holzdeppe third with 5.84. WAC’s Brad Walker and Steve Lewis just missed the podium finishing fifth and six respectively.
WAC Discus thrower Vikas Gowda threw 63.30 to finish in sixth position. He expects to build on his performance as he gears up for Asian Championships June 3-7 in Pune, IND. Germany’s Olympic champion Robert Harting won the event with a throw of 69.75, extending his unbeaten record to 35 competitions.