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Women’s long Jump qualifying report:
If the qualifying round is anything to go by, then tomorrow’s women’s long jump final should be a thrilling contest between Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic and Russia’s Darya Klishina.
Spanovic, the world outdoor bronze medallist, progressed with the furthest distance of the day, leaping 6.77m on her first attempt whilst Klishina - the two-time European indoor champion – registered a 6.76m season’s best on her first jump.
With 23-year-old Spanovic having flown to 6.92m this winter, the Olympic finalist will be keen to capture her first major championship title since taking the 2008 world junior crown.
Klishina meanwhile, will be determined to medal following two near-misses with fourth and fifth place in the 2012 and 2010 event, respectively.
2012 world indoor bronze medallist, Shara Proctor narrowly missed the 6.70m automatic qualifying mark but her 6.69m mark was good enough to finish as the third best qualifier.
France’s Eloyse Leseur qualified with 6.63m and finished just outside of the medals in fourth place back in 2008 so the European outdoor champion will be keen to make amends here.
The home crowd were pleased to see Poland’s 2009 world outdoor finalist, Teresa Dobija progress to the final courtesy of a 6.63m jump.
World junior champion and world heptathlon fifth-placer, Katarina Johnson-Thompson – who recently leapt a 6.75m lifetime best – found 6.60m enough here, as the USA’s world outdoor finalist, Tori Polk and Sweden’s European indoor bronze medallist, Erica Jarder qualified with 6.53m and 6.50m efforts, respectively.
Men’s triple jump qualifying report:
Only eleven men attempted to qualify for tomorrow’s final with 2004 Olympic silver medallist, Marian Oprea the sole athlete to surpass the 17-metre mark.
The 31-year-old Romanian leapt 17.02m on his second effort to put himself in contention for a medal, having finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively in previous editions of these championships.
Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo qualified with the second furthest jump with 16.82m. The 20-year-old world outdoor silver medallist and 2012 world junior champion leads the world list with 17.32m this winter and is on course to add another major championship medal to his collection.
2012 world indoor bronze medallist, Lyukman Adams of Russia registered 16.68m, as the Olympic finalist qualified marginally ahead of Cuba’s Ernesto Reve.
The 2010 world junior champion jumped 16.55m and can also be considered a medal contender.
Following a 17.15m personal best to claim the US title in Albuquerque last month, Chris Carter had a best effort of 16.54m, whilst China’s Shuo Cao leapt a 16.47m season’s best to qualify in sixth position.
Polish hopes were raised as Karol Hoffman progressed courtesy of 16.37m, having reached 16.71m en route to taking the national crown in the same venue last month.
The final qualifying position went to Ukraine’s Viktor Kuznietsov – the 2004 world junior champion reaching 16.29m in only his second competition of the season.