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Fifth IAAF Diamond League of the season ended with a drama in men javelin and accepted best throw in the World since 2006. In the race of the day Tarmoh won the 200 m. MR was registered in women discus and WL in men 300 m apart of javelin. Spectators were happy to see Rutherford in top shape and winning.
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The Prefontaine Classic will offer an outstanding women’s 100m field. Leading the entrants is triple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won here in 2013, the last time the event was held here. On that occasion her nearest challenger was Blessing Okagbare, and the Nigerian will also return to put pressure on the Jamaican star again. Another big contender is world leader Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. With a PB of 12.64, Carmelita Jeter is the fastest in the field. The two fastest athletes in the world last year, Tori Bowie of the USA and Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago will also be sure to be in the mix. Tianna Bartoletta of the USA; and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast complete the world class field.
Hopes for world championships qualifying marks were washed away for many when Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic at Occidental College in Los Angeles had to be cut short due to heavy rains, dangerous lightning and chilly temperatures. The men's and women's 5000m had to be scrapped. On the men's side, USA indoor 600m record holder Cas Loxsom held off a hard-charging Matthew Centrowitz in the first section of 800m 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
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!
Pole vault world record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie will head to Monaco for the Herculis meeting on in the hope of winning for a fourth time at the IAAF Diamond League competition. His past three performances at the Louis II Stadium, each one separated by two years, speak for themselves, but bear reminder: In 2009 he won with 5.88m and then improved to 5.90m in 2011. Two years ago he triumphed again, this time with 5.96m, which was an IAAF Diamond League record until he bettered it himself with 6.02m in London one week later. There are several potential targets for Lavillenie to aim for in Monaco.
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.
In a surprise decision during the afternoon session of the second day of IAAF Council meeting in Beijing, the world governing body awarded Eugene the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in the USA. The decision followed a presentation to the IAAF in recent months by Eugene, USA. The candidature of the city from the state of Oregon and USATF, who mounted a failed bid last November for the 2019 edition of the championships, uniquely combined the commitment of the funding by the governor of Oregon with the financial support of the United States Olympic Committee and the guarantee of NBC to produce and broadcast in cooperation with Universal Sports the championships live across America.
The Florida Relays in Gainesville (April 3) brought World leading marks in six events. Great high hurdles on the men's side as Aleec Harris in 13.23 (+0.6) beat two World champions, Jason Richardson (13.24) and David Oliver (13.25). Both women's sprints produced top results of 2015. In the 100 m Trinidad´s Michell-Lee Ahye 10.97 (-2.5) over Jamaican NCAA Champion Remona Burchell (11.04) and Tiffany Townsend (11.11). In the 200 m brought the first competition of the year for Tori Bowie after injury in the second half of the season last year: 22.61 (-0.3). Deanna Hill, still a junior, improved to 22.88 (+1.6) when winning another heat. In the 400 m, World leads for Kyra Jefferson and second Shakima Wimbley with both clocking 51.50 (also PBs for both). Interesting to note in other races hurdler Georganne Moline posted 52.08 PB and British sprinting talent Desiree Henry posted 53.13 PB. Chanelle Price with 2:00.62 in the 800 m is also a new World leader. In other race Jamaican Natoya Goule ran 2:01.63. And another WL for Kendra Harrison in 400 m hurdles at 54.94. In the 100 m hurdles, Bridgette Owens windy 12.75 (+2.1) over Jamaican Danielle Williams 12.91. In other race Jamaican 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Melaine Walker clocked 13.37 (+0.9) win. Interesting improvement for St. Lucia high jumper Jeanelle Scheper when clearing 195.
2004 Olympic 110 m hurdles champion Liu Xiang will announce his retirement next week, according to reports in Chinese media. The 31 year old has not competed since the 2012 Olympics, where he ruptured his Achilles tendon. His coach, Sun Haiping, confirmed to Peng Pai newspaper that his star athlete would announce the end of his career with the reported date of the announcement.
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The 106th Drake Relays to be held in Des Moines at the end of April has announced the second wave of top names for this year. In women's hurdles, Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete