Greatness won't come overnight
“In the world of track and field I think it helps to commit and know you are in it for the long haul. To me that is a key to being great. That mindset has allowed me never to get too down if I miss a whole season through a horrible injury, because I know it is just a season and I am in the sport for the long haul."
Mo Farah is set to contest the 3000m on the first day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London later this month. The double Olympic, world and European champion says his training is going well and that racing that distance at the Diamond League meeting on July 24 will be “the best possible preparation” ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing where he will hope to successfully defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Sandi Morris faces the first un-American Fourth of July of her life.
The South Carolina native and now graduated University of Arkansas All-American pole vaulter debuts internationally today at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris.
"She has never jumped in Europe," Arkansas women's pole vault coach Bryan Compton said. "I think maybe she jumped in the Pan-Am games but never in Europe.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The best youth athletes in the country travel to Lisle, Illinois, this week for USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships. The week-long event, hosted June 30-July 5 at Laughlin Track on the campus of Benedictine University, will begin with World Youth Trials June 30 and July 1.
EUGENE — The United States has never produced a 5,000-meter runner as fast as Molly Huddle, nor a 10,000-meter runner as enduring as Shalane Flanagan. But when the 5K's unstoppable force and the 10K's immovable object raced against one another throughout their careers, it was Flanagan who owned America's distinction as distance royalty.
EUGENE, Oregon -- The USATF Championship Series rolls to a final stop in Eugene, as TrackTown USA plays host to the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships, June 25-28, at Historic Hayward Field. Hundreds of athletes will live out their dreams to make Team USA and earn a spot to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China this August.
Tyson Gay never realised how harmful stress could be until the American sprinter returned from a doping ban last year. "It was so stressful, my hair started thinning," Gay told Reuters via phone as he prepared for this week's U.S. world championships trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Within the first seconds of the boys mile championship at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Deep Run’s Matthew Novak surged to the inside of the track as the frontrunner. Just over four minutes later, he closed his eyes, pumped his arms and emerged across the finish line as a national champion.
“I feel great about the victory because training is going really really good,” said Sharika Nelvis in her post-race interview. Sharika, the former NCAA champion, won the women’s 100m hurdles title in 12.65 seconds (-1.7 mps) at the 2015 Adidas Grand Prix Meet (New York Diamond League) held last Saturday, June 13 at Icahn Stadium on Randall Island. Sharika finished ahead of Britain’s Tiffany Porter (12.81), Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (12.89) and American Lolo Jones (12.95).
With a triple-gear burst of speed on the last lap, Grant Fisher of Michigan, who became the seventh prep to run sub-4:00 mile on June 4, repeated as adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile champion on June 13 in New York. Saying that the aura of the IAAF Diamond League meet made him feel like a professional, Fisher, a Stanford-bound senior, ran flawlessly in 4:01.73 on a warm and windy day at Icahn Stadium. Fisher extended his two-year undefeated streak in high school competition with one more scholastic race left: the two mile in this Saturday’s Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. After that, Fisher will run the 1500 meters at the junior national championships, June 25-27, in Eugene, Oregon.
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