Spain’s Orlando Ortega defeated a strong French contingent to preserve his unbeaten start to the season at the Meeting de Marseille on Thursday (3), a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting.

Having already chalked up victories in Monaco (13.11), Szekesfehervar (13.21) and Chorzow (13.25) in recent weeks, Ortega ran his second fastest time of the season and a meeting record of 13.15 into a negligible headwind.

Wilhem Belocian finished second in 13.28 while European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was slightly off the pace on his belated season’s debut, settling for third in 13.63.

There was a notable victory in the 100m hurdles for 19-year-old Cyrena Samba-Mayela who took the scalp of Belarus’ European champion Elvira Herman – 13.00 to 13.13. And Sasha Zhoya confirmed what an exciting prospect he is by winning the U20 110m hurdles in 13.28 into a 1.3 m/s headwind to move to eighth on the European all-time U20 list.

In-form British training partners Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie were also among the winners in Marseille last night. Fresh from a world leading 1500m in Stockholm, Muir was an unassailable winner in the 800m in 2:00.16 from Switzerland’s Lore Hoffmann in 2:01.47 although Reekie faced a much bigger challenge in the 1500m.

Laurent Gayte

Jemma Reekie in action over 1500m at the Meeting de Marseille

Reekie crested the final bend with Romania’s Claudia Bobocea poised to strike on her shoulder but the double European U23 champion gritted her teeth and kicked on for victory in 4:02.20 to Bobocea’s 4:02.67.

Reekie was just outside her outdoor lifetime best of 4:02.09 which she set last year although she has run even faster indoors, breaking the British indoor record with 4:00.52 in February.

In-form Slovenian Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek was third in a lifetime best of 4:03.09 with European 5000m silver medallist Eilish McColgan fourth in 4:05.59.

Full results here.

More to follow…

 

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