Watt second in Monte Carlo

Australian Mitchell Watt left his best for last, finishing second in the long jump at the Monte Carlo Diamond League meet on Saturday night in his final competition before the London Olympics.

With one eye already firmly focused on London, Watt could manage no better than 8.12m, finishing just shy of reigning Olympic champ Irving Saladino from Panama (8.16m).

But although the event never reached any great heights, Watt professed himself more than happy with his final pre-Games hit-out.

"The last round was probably the only one where I felt half good," said the 24-year-old.

"It's easy to say now, but if I had two more jumps I would have done better."

Watt looked sharper in the concluding round after coach Gary Bourne pointed out a glitch in his run-up.

"I'm definitely not disappointed at all," he said.

"That's why I came here tonight - to iron these things out.

"And I picked up a couple of Diamond League points."

Fellow Australian Jarrod Bannister also produced his best effort in the final round of the javelin, throwing 81.19m to finish fourth behind winner Oleksandr Pyatnytsya from Ukraine (82.85m).

I just couldn't get going today," said Bannister, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

"In my last throw I got a little bit of rhythm back.

"The warm-ups were going alright and then we had a bit of a break between the introductions and the comp and I lost my groove I guess.

But the last round was pretty promising."

The other Australian in action was Youcef Abdi, who finished a disappointing 10th in the 3000m steeplechase.

Abdi came into the meet believing he was in the sort of shape to give Shaun Creighton's 19-year-old Australian record of eight minutes 16.22 seconds a real scare.

But the Beijing Olympic finalist could only clock 8:32.86.

Conselus Kipruto overtook fellow Kenyan Paul Koech in the shadow of the line to win in 8:03.49.

In other action, Belgian Jonathan Borlee was a surprise winner of the men's 400m in 44.74 and reigning Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop from Kenya won the 1500m in 3:28.88 - the fastest time in the world this year.

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