Olympic shot put champion moves to equal third on the world all-time list, while Andrew Pozzi clocks another 110m hurdles world lead in Savona and Katarina Johnson-Thompson opens her season

Athletics competition continues to make a comeback and here we highlight some of the top recent results from around the world.

American Track League Summer Series, Marietta, Georgia, USA, July 18

The USA’s Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser threw 22.15m, 22.24m, 22.73m and then a PB of 22.91m in Georgia to add one centimetre to his PB set during last year’s high-quality world championships final.

The mark puts him equal third on the world all-time list alongside world champion Joe Kovacs and 1984 Olympic champion Alessandro Andrei.

Katie Nageotte cleared 4.83m to win the pole vault and add one centimetre to her outdoor PB.

Papendal, Netherlands, July 18

European under-20 champion Femke Bol set another Dutch 400m hurdles record and world lead, with the 20-year-old, who only took up the event last year, clocking 53.79.

Savona, Italy, July 16

After running 13.44 in Rieti, Britain’s Andrew Pozzi ran another world-leading time of 13.30 (+1.6m/sec) in the 110m hurdles.

European under-20 champion Larissa Iapichino set an Italian under-20 long jump record of 6.80m.

That mark moves her to 10th on the European under-20 all-time list, one place behind her mother, Fiona May.

Osterode, Germany, July 18

British discus record-holder Lawrence Okoye, who made his athletics comeback last year after focusing on American football, threw 63.02m for his best mark since leaving the sport in 2012.

His series also included a 62.12m throw.

Britain’s Jade Lally threw a ‘post baby PB’ with a discus mark of 58.76m, following the birth of her daughter last year, while Kirsty Law threw 53.88m.

Montpellier, France, July 16

Britain’s world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson contested two events as she made her season opener, clocking 23.65 in the 200m and throwing 12.50m in the shot put.

The Bigger Friendly, Portland, USA, July 18

Britain’s Josh Kerr made a winning return to competition as he clocked 2:17.60 in the 1000m. His fellow Briton Jake Heyward finished fourth in 2:18.55.

The USA’s Shannon Rowbury won the 3000m in 8:40.26, while Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen dropped down to race 1000m and clocked a PB of 2:37.05.

Botswana’s Nijel Amos won the 600m in 1:15.86.

Velocity Fest, Kingston, Jamaica, July 18

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200m in 22.74 (-0.9m/s), while Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m in 11.19 (-0.8m/s).

The men’s 100m was won by Julian Forte in 10.03 (+0.3m/s) and the 200m by Yohan Blake in 20.62 (-0.8m/s).

World long jump champion Tajay Gayle leapt 8.13m.

Hokuren Distance series, Chitose, Japan, July 18

Ryuji Miura won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in a Japanese under-20 record of 8:19.37, just missing the senior national record. Kenya’s Philemon Kiplagat Ruto was second in 8:19.60.

Kenya’s Titus Wanbua ran 13:17.40 for 5000m, with Japan’s Hyuga Endo second in 13:18.99. Finishing sixth, Yamato Yoshii broke the Japanese under-20 record with 13:28.31, while another race saw 17-year-old Kosuke Ishida run 13:36.89.

World under-20 champion Nozomi Tanaka won the 3000m in 8:51.49 from Kenya’s Joan Kipkemoi with 8:57.20.

Pennine Way, UK, July 13-16

US ultra runner John Kelly set a fastest known time (FKT) for the Pennine Way after covering the 268-mile route in two days, 16 hours and 46 minutes.

The previous best was Mike Hartley’s two days, 17 hours and 20 minutes, which was set in 1989.

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There were times I wasn't sure I could do it – thank you so much to everyone who believed in me and supported in even the smallest of ways. 34 minutes over nearly 65 hours is tiny, and every little bit mattered. Even if my mind were back functioning at 100% there's not much I could say here that wouldn't vastly understate the experience and the feelings coming out of breaking a 31 year old record on a trail as iconic as the Pennine Way. So for now, I'll leave it at that. I'll catch up on things and collect my thoughts soon, though… I need to put up my full post while I still have the record. 🙂 Also remember that this is just part 1 of the Hartley Slam, more info on the full thing can still be found at the link in my bio. Thank you so much to the support that has come in the way of donations to that – they were indeed a big lift whenever my crew updated me on them. Photo: @steveashworthmedia
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Kelly left Edale in the Peak District on July 13 and reached Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders early on July 16.

The La Sportiva athlete, who won the Spine Race in January and completed the infamous Barkley Marathons in 2017, is raising money for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and his next challenge is ‘The Grand Round’ which you can read more about here.

Other recent impressive ultra running feats include James Stewart’s John Muir Way FKTSabrina Verjee’s non-stop completion of the 525km Wainwright Round and Kim Collison’s Lakeland 24-hour record.

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