It is expected that every one of the 15,000 seats in Ostrava’s newly revamped Mestsky Stadium will be filled on Tuesday (26), largely due to the presence of one man: Usain Bolt.
The multiple world and Olympic medallist is no stranger to the Golden Spike meeting, having made six appearances at the IAAF World Challenge competition.
Kirani James for Rabat
RABAT (MAR): Top stars of the 8th edition of the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat (IAAF World Challenge) on June 14 will be world stars like Kirani James from Grenada in the 400 m. Kenyan DL winner Silas Kiplagat (1500 m) and Jairus Birech (3000 m steeple). French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is scheduled for 110 m hurdles, in high jump World and European Champion Bohdan Bondarenko. On the women side US Allyson Felix in her first top 400 m of the season and returning Kenyan World champion Vivian Cheruiyot in the 3000 m. Poland´s Adam Kszczot will have African opponents in the 800 m, South African Khotso Mokoena looks to be long jump favorite, best African javelin throwers Ihab Abdelrahman and Julius Yego will face some top European throwers. Men hammer as part of IAAF HT Challenge will have the top two in the World Krisztian Pars and Pawel Fajdek. In-shape Ukrainian Anna Mishchenko and Albanian record holder Luiza Gega will have some top opposition in women 1500 m, fresh DL winner Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou will be the star of women pole vault.
The IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, well-known as the Prefontaine Classic, has a history of producing fast 5000m races, including the only sub-13:00 times – five and counting – recorded on US soil and that number could rise at this year’s meeting on 30 May.
Two of America’s greatest runners are among the stars in the field, US record holders Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat.
Cedenio 44.36, Jobodwana 20.06 N
GEORGETOWN (CAY, May 16): Cayman Invitational registered top marks in men 200 m and 400 m races. Trinidad´s talent Michael Cedenio improved to excellent 44.36, what is 2nd best time in the World this year. He never run before under 45 seconds. Second Jamaican Javon Francis 45.54. In the 200 m South African Olympic finalist Anaso Jobodwana improved to national record 20.06 (0.0) and national record also for Anguila by Zharnel Hughes 20.15. Third Miguel Francis from Antigua also PB 20.31 and fourth another talent of the new generation Delano Williams 20.40. In the 100 m Jamaicans prevailed, Andrew Fisher 10.16 (+0.1) over Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kemar Bailey-Cole 10.22. In women sprints double for US Jeneba Tarmoh 11.16 (-0.1, beating Jamaican Natasha Morrison 11.22) and 22.75 (+0.4). The winner in 400 m hurdles Eric Cray clocked new national record for Philippines 49.12 over Ansert Whyte from Jamaica 49.20 third junior World champion Jaheel Hyde 50.30. In rest of the events US wins for Virginia Crawford 13.04 (+0.3) at 100 m hurdles and Shapri Romero 51.93 in the 400 m. Jamaican record holder Hansle Parchment topped the hurdles in 13.49 (+0.4) and Surinam talent and Youth Olympic Games winner Miguel Van Assen (17) triple jump 16.37 (0.0), new personal best. In the boys 400 m Jamaican talent Christopher Taylor (15) won in 46.08, his second best ever.
Vessey beats Simpson at 800 m
LOS ANGELES (USA, May 14): Hopes for world championships qualifying marks were washed away for many when Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic at Occidental College here had to be cut short due to heavy rains, dangerous lightning and chilly temperatures. Men and women 5000 m were not held due to that. On the men's side, USA indoor 600m record holder Cas Loxsom held off a hard-charging Matthew Centrowitz in the first section of 800 m to win in 1:46.23 to his rival's 1:46.55. Ryan Martin won the second heat in 1:46.37. In the women's two-lap race, the top two sections both played out dramatically. In the first section, reigning IAAF World Indoor champion Chanelle Price held the lead with 200 meters to go, but four-time USA 1500m champion Treniere Moser got around Price (second 2:01.99) on the outside in the homestretch to take the win in 2:01.67. In the second section, 2011 world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson chased 800m specialist Maggie Vessey down the homestretch, but couldn't quite catch her taller rival. Vessey clocked 2:00.70, the fastest time of the night, to Simpson's 2:00.79 (World champs A standards). In the women 1500 m the closest to Worlds standard was Katie Mackey who won the first section in 4:07.51, just holding off Gabe Grunewald in the final meters (4:07.67). Shannon Rowbury did a interesting double 2:03.46 and 4:13.62. Sally Kipyego was timed with 4:11.95 in the 1500 m, Emma Coburn 4:10.77 and Mary Cain 4:16.48. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano bolted away from the field with 250 meters to go, and went on to win in 3:38.96 the 1500 m ahead of two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating (3:39.56). In terms of producing world championships qualifying marks, the two steeplechase races did best. Stephanie Garcia ran away from the women's field to win in 9:37.19, well under the 9:44.00 World Championships "A" standard. In the men's steeplechase, Canada's Matt Hughes dominated the race, leading nearly every step to win in 8:25.54. He was pushed in the homestretch by compatriot Taylor Milne who finished second in 8:25.72. Travis Mahoney finished third 8:27.08. From RRW.
Four days of thrilling action at the 1st Asian Youth Athletics Championships concluded on Monday (11) with a grand finale at the Qatar Sports Club, with Chinese high jumper Ding Shuo tying the 2015 boys’ world-leading mark when he went over 2.15m. The high jump final was nothing short of epic for a continental competition in the age group. Four jumpers – Ding, Sri Lanka’s Roshan Dammika Ranatungage Iraq’s Hussein Falah Hasan Al-Ibraheemi and India’s Tejaswin Shanker – all cleared 2.12m.
Training partners Stephen Sambu and Bernard Lagat were all smiles after the Morrisons Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (10). On his European debut, Sambu added another high-profile road-racing accolade to his resume, breaking away from the in-form Stephen Mokoka from South Africa in the last two kilometres to set a world-leading time of 27:30 and win by eight seconds.
Super-quick sprinting provided most of the highlights at the Jamaica International Invitational, and IAAF World Challenge meeting with Shaunae Miller continuing her run of good early season form with a world-leading women’s 200m in 22.14 on Saturday night (9).
Runners clear the barrier during the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase. The University of Oregon hosts the Oregon Twilight track and field meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on May 8, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
EUGENE – Oregon seniors Eric Jenkins and Will Geoghegan led prep star Matthew Maton under four minutes Friday in the mile as the Oregon Twilight closed with a slam-bang finish at Hayward Field.
Jenkins took control of the race on the back straight and held off Geoghegan to win in 3 minutes, 57.09 seconds.
Kiprop vs Aman vs Amos
DOHA (QAT): New top names have been announced for the Doha IAAF Diamond League opener on May 15. Reigning world champions Asbel Kiprop and Mohammed Aman will meet in a scintillating 800m clash while Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix will chase her 11th victory on the Qatar Sports Club track in her event the 200 m. “I love racing in Doha,” said Kiprop, who also took Olympic 1500m gold in 2008 and is currently the world leader in the 800m. “The fields are always strong and the conditions always very good for fast races. I hope to have another good performance this year. But it will be tough.” The field will also include Nijel Amos of Botswana, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist and last year’s Diamond Race winner in the event. Felix will face Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast, who impressed with a pair of silver medal finishes in the 100m and 200m at the 2013 World Championships. They’ll be joined by rising UK star Jodie Williams who took the 100m world youth and junior 100m titles in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The women’s 1500m will offer the clash of top Europeans Sifan Hassan of Netherlands against Abeba Aregawi of Sweden.
Nassau, Bahamas. For two thrilling evenings, 15,000 track fans will enjoy the Thomas Robinson Stadium to watch 40 plus of the world's best relays teams battle over 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x800m, 4x400m and the DMR! Enjoy coverage from RunBlogRun, covering the event for the Running Network and Fortius Media Group! Local time is Eastern US time 7 pm to 10 pm!
Much of the attention at the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 this weekend (2-3) will be on the Jamaican superstar sprinter Usain Bolt, and the reigning world and Olympic 100m and 200m champion was joined by The Bahamas’s Chris Brown and Great Britain’s Richard Kilty at the traditional pre-event press conference on Friday (1).
With dozens of elite runners set to compete at the Ottawa 10K on 23 May, organizers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race believe it could end up being one of the fastest 10km races in the world this year. World half-marathon champion Gladys Cherono leads the entries. The world 10,000m silver medallist is aiming to beat the 31:21 course record, set last year by Mary Keitany.
A total prize purse of USD $1.4million will be paid by the IAAF for the men's and women's races at the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 on 2-3 May.
Fans of collegiate track & field have long clamored for national, primetime television exposure – particularly for the sport’s crown jewel event, the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The team, which comprises 23 male and 21 female athletes will be looking to better last year’s 41 points, which landed them in second position to the United States (60 points) at the event, set for the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Bolt, who declared his availability a few days ago, will return to The Bahamas for the first time since the 2005 Central America and Caribbean Games, while two schoolboys, Twayne Crooks from Kingston College and St Jago’s Nathon Allen have been included in the 4x400m squad.
Now that the NBA playoffs have begun the regular season TV viewing rule, “you only need to pay attention to the final five minutes”, has been eliminated as every possession is contested with pressure defense. Yet due to its linear rather than episodic nature where there is no shot, pitch, play, etc. every 30 seconds, or quarters, periods, innings or halves to break up the action, the marathon is a hard sell to an ADHD audience. This is especially so when very few of the athletes have been marketed as individual stars to the non-running public.
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