Javelin thrower Kim Mickle placed third at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting in Luzern with another solid performance to consolidate her world championship medal aspirations.
Mickle improved on her performance from Budapest last week with a best throw of 62.38m as Germany’s Olympic bronze medallist Linda Stahl took victory with a final round 65.24m. Ukraine’s European champion Vira Rebryk placed second with a best throw of 63.94m. Another Australian Kathyrn Mitchell was sixth with a throw of 61.11m, her best this season.
Mickle was over 61m four times and pleased with her consistency saying “It was another good series. The first two throws were like a shake out and then I got my rhythm. I didn’t nail any of them but I was still very consistent at the 61m and 62m marks.”
Just as important for the 29 year-old was the high quality field assembled with only German Olympic silver-medallist Christina Obergföll and Russian World University Games winner Mariya Abukamova absent.
“This is a really really good lineup. Besides Christina who is the favourite for Moscow this is basically everyone. I would say this will almost be the final in Moscow so it’s pretty exciting.” said Mickle, who has now placed in the top three of all five internationals contested this year.
The eight-time Australian champion will train through her next competition, the London Diamond League next week, as she finalises preparations for the world championships.
“Going into a big block of training at the level I am at shows what could happen in Moscow. I couldn’t have asked for a better preparation. Every one of those throws would have got me into the final so it’s exciting.”
In other events Newcastle’s Benn Harradine placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 61.07m.
New Zealand’s double Olympic and triple world champion Valerie Adams, was a clear winner of the shot put with a final round 20.76 metres, just 12cm short of her own world lead, to beat Germany’s Christina Schwanitz by a huge 1.24m.
American Brianna Rollins, having her first ever race in Europe after a US college career, was an easy winner of the 100m hurdles in 12.63 seconds. The US champion has the fastest time in the world this year with 12.26 and is Sally Pearson’s main rival for the word title in Moscow.
The best performance of the evening belonged to Cuban Yarisley Silva who soared 4.81m to win the women’s pole vault, the second highest leap in the world this year behind her own area record of 4.90m set back in June.