Luiz Alberto De Araujo of Brazil, the overnight leader at the 2011 Multistars (Lorenzo Sampaolo) © Copyright
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Simpson and De Araujo the overnight leaders in Desenzano del Garda – IAAF Combined Events Challenge

Ghana’s Margaret Simpson and Brazil’s Luiz Alberto De Araujo are the overnight leaders at the Multistars in Desenzano del Garda, which kicked off the IAAF Combined Events Challenge on Saturday (7).

Simpson made a successful comeback ending the first day in the lead with 3601 points and has a good chance to score her third win in Desenzano, as in the second day she can rely on the Javelin Throw, her strongest discipline.

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De Araujo, who entered the Multistars meeting with a PB of 7816 points, enjoyed a very good day in which he collected two individual wins in the 100m and the Long Jump and dominated the competition from the early stages to the final 400m event in which he improved his PB to 48.85. He scored 4091 points to end the first day with a comfortable gap over Tunisia’s Hamdi Dhouibi who tallied 3916 points. Brent Newdick from New Zealand is third with 3875 points ahead of Italian William Frullani (3863 points).

De Araujo clocked 11.01 (858 points) to win the 100m and also took the win in the Long Jump with 7.18m (857 points) and kept his leading position after three events following his 14.29m in the Shot Put (777 points) with 2492 points ahead of Newdick (2375 points after 11.32 in the 100m, 7.09m in the Long Jump and 14.33m in the Shot Put).

De Araujo defended his leading position in the overall ranking with 3223 points after clearing 1.92m in the High Jump an event which produced some major changes in the overall ranking. Poland’s Marcin Drozdz improved his PB to 2.10 (896 points) to win the event and move into second place with 3114 points.

De Araujo’s improvement of his PB from 49.37 to 48.85 was not enough to take the 400m win as Great Britain’s Ashley Brown clocked 48.77 in another heat but the 24-four year-old Brazilian carries a gap of 175 points over Dhouibi who was fifth before the 400m but clocked 48.87 in the one-lap race and moved up to fifth overall.

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Italian Francesca Doveri clocked the fastest time in her career in the 100m Hurdles in any conditions with 13.31 (1077 points) beating Great Britain’s Loiuse Wood by 0.02 sec. but she was aided by a tailwind of +3.1 m/s. Simpson from Ghana, a former World Championships medallist in Helsinki 2005 and twice Multistars winner, finished third in 13.60. Simpson has recently enjoyed a solid comeback when she scored 6134 points in Mauritius in April.

In the High Jump young Dutchwoman Nadine Broersen, who ran 14.01 in the 100m Hurdles, cleared 1.84m (1029 points) to take overall first place with 2006 points ahead of Margaret Simpson who cleared 1.78m (953 points). Mari Klaup from Estonia cleared 1.81m to move up to third place with 1930 points ahead of Doveri (1883 points).

Simpson took the overall lead thanks to her 13.06m in the Shot Put overtaking Broersen, who managed to produce a best release to 12.06m. Marina Goncharova, seventh after 14.24 in the hurdles and a 1.72m leap in the High Jump, leapfrogged to third place with 2595 points after winning the shot with 13.65m (771 pts).

A 25.06 clocking in the 200m was enough for Simpson to defend the overnight lead with 3601 points which signaled a good return to form after her second maternity leave.

Doveri, fifth after the Shot Put, finished the first day in second place with 3535 points after running a solid 24.40. The Italian overtook Nadine Broersen who clocked 26.01 ending the first day in third place with 3465 points. The 200m win went to Briton Louise Wood who ran 23.96 moving up into seventh place. Defending Multistars champion Marina Goncharova finished the first day in sixth place with 3419 points.

Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF

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