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A great pole vault competition.
There have been many great events this weekend but it’s hard to think of a more exciting competition than the women's pole vault. Christian Coleman had to "work" for just over 6 seconds to win his 60m gold medal. Sandi Morris was out there for 3 hours to win hers.
Two streaks came to an end. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion, was finally beaten after a winning streak of 19 competitions. Sandi Morris broke a less welcome streak - silver at the Worlds Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the Olympics.
Pole vault involves running with a pole and vaulting over a high bar. It involves a lot more than that! An elite competition is often two competitions in one, with the event over for some athletes before others have started. When Stefanidi entered the competition at 4.70, others had been jumping for an hour and a quarter. When Stefanidi cleared 4.70 and moved on to 4.75, only six competitors of the original 12 were still standing - or still vaulting.
Morris recently explained to me her approach to the tactics of the event: "The general rule of thumb for me has been to enter the competition about 30 centimeters under my PB. At this point, with my PB at 5.00m, that’s still pretty high so I like to enter the competition at 4.40m or 4.50m. [In Birmingham she came in at 4.50.] If I’m feeling really good, I may pass a bar. It really depends on an athlete's confidence because that really is the key to making bars at the first attempt: trusting that you are doing the right thing. Having the right coaching, what pole to start with and so on, are also factors. You also go off your warm-up. If I have a bad warm-up, I might come in a bit lower and jump more bars to get myself into a rhythm. That is my tactic.”
Seb Coe is the President of the IAAF. He took over the Federation during its lowest time in modern history. Coe survived the incarceration of Lamine Diack, the Russian drug crisis, and has been left with a sport that has a future that still may have some unpleasant things from its past.
A global federation is only as good as its members, and its leadership. Seb Coe, for whatever reasons, seems still personally invigorated by his sport, and genuinely wants its future success.
We were fortunate to meet with Lord Coe on Saturday evening, as he was walking through the Mixed Zone, speaking with the BBC, Olympic TV, Czech TV and then, RunBlogRun.
I asked him a few questions. I wanted to see what were his favorite moments as a British citizen and his favorites as the leader of the global federation. Seb, being Seb, beat me to the punch on that one. My final question was, how do you deal with the two lords of modern sport, Entertainment and Real Sports?
His answer was thoughtful, as you would expect.Below is our audio interview with Seb Coe, from 3 March 2018.
The USATF team at the World Indoors Championships goal was 17 medals, and they achieved 18! A fantastic group of young and old athletes, Team USATF kicked the proverbial butt. A fine group of athletes, and an honor to their country, @theshoeaddicts and @runblogrun did many interviews with the athletes, which we'll be posting over the next few weeks.
This is from the USATF communications team, which was superb. Special thanks to Ashley Mitchell and Josh Gurnick, who survived my questions each and every session and even provided some geek stuff to help @runblogrun provide better coverage for our readers!
Women's 60m Hurdles 7.70= Kendra Harrison
Men's 60m — 6.37 — Christian Coleman
Women's 60m Hurdles — 7.70 — Kendra Harrison
Women's Pole Vault — 4.95m/16-2.75 — Sandi Morris
Women's 4x400m Relay — 3:23.85 — Quanera Hayes, Georganne Moline, Shakima Wimbley, Courtney Okolo
Men's 60m — 6.37 — Christian Coleman
Men's 800m — 1:45.52 — Drew Windle (semifinals)
Men's 4x400m Relay — 3:01.97 — Fred Kerley, Michael Cherry, Aldrich Bailey, Vernon Norwood
Men's Long Jump — 8.42m/27-7.5 — Marquis Dendy
Women's 400m — 50.55 — Courtney Okolo
Women's 800m — 1:58.99 — Ajee' Wilson
Women's 60m Hurdles — 7.70 — Kendra Harrison
Women's 4x400m Relay — 3:23.85 — Quanera Hayes, Georganne Moline, Shakima Wimbley, Courtney Okolo
Women's Pole Vault — 4.95m/16-2.75 — Sandi Morris
Women's Triple Jump — 14.31m/46-11.5 — Keturah Orji
-- Set a Team USATF high for silver medals with 10.
-- First-ever U.S. 1-2 finish in the women's 400m, by Courtney Okolo and Shakima Wimbley.
-- Third 1-2 finish in the women's 60m hurdles, by Kendra Harrison and Christina Manning.
Here's some deep thoughts from Stuart Weir on Day 1, and the high jump wins by Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko. In the 3000 meters, Genzebe Dibaba won the gold, with Sifan Hassan winning silver and GBR's Laura Muir running her race, and a smart last 400 meters to win the bronze, Muir's first medal at these Games.
Day 1 Reflection
The World Indoors got off to a good start in an action packed 2 hour session. Three GB medal chances produced one medal - a bronze for Laura Muir who ran a courageous race to finish behind Genzebe Dibaba and Sifan Hassan but ahead of Hellen Obiri in the women's 3000m. A first global medal for Muir who was 7th in Rio and 4th and 6th in London 2017.
Muir said afterwards: "I can't describe the feeling, it's brilliant. To get a European medal was brilliant but to get one on the world stage in a world class 3000m, to come through that field, I'm very happy. I was hurting on that last lap but I had to dig deep and I got a medal. I just wanted to stay out of trouble at the start; Klosterhalfen took over the pace so everything went to plan. I knew I could be strong at the end so I'm very pleased. The crowd were great and good on them for coming out to support."

INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty global medalists, including defending World Indoor champions Brittney Reese, Vashti Cunningham and Marquis Dendy, highlight Team USATF’s roster for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships. 49 athletes from 25 states will represent the red, white and blue at the Arena Birmingham, March 2-4 in Birmingham, England.

Monday, 19 February 2018 19:46

Coleman destroys WR; AR for Nelvis at USATF Indoors

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ALBUQUERQUE -- Christian Coleman crushed the world record in the Nike men’s 60 meters, while Sharika Nelvis broke the American record in the 60m hurdles Sunday afternoon at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships.

ALBUQUERQUE -- USATF Indoor Championships kicked off with a full day of multi-event competition. Erica Bougard(Byhalia, Mississippi) defended her pentathlon national title, winning with 4,760 points, the second highest score in American history and just short of the American record of 4805. The men completed four events in the heptathlon with Devon Williams (Marietta, Georgia) and 2015 national Heptathlon champion Jeremy Taiwo (Renton, Washington) in a close battle for first.

BOSTON (USA, Feb 10): Fourth meet of IAAF World Indoor Tour at Reggie Lewis Center saw men´s 300 m World lead and four meet records. Impressive Brazier, Simpson, O´Hare and Cheserek in distance races. Coleman clocked 6.46 this time in the 60 m. 
Event by event review
60 m: Coleman won clearly with fast 6.46 (missed MR by 0.01), but was not close to WR this time. Chinese Xie Zhenye 6.54 and third Noah Lyles 6.57 PB.
300 m (non Tour event): Trinidad´s Richards 32.10 World lead, Meet record and 7th best ever, also national best for his country. 400 m World leader Taplin beaten 32.50.
400 m (non Tour event): Lendore another TTO win over thin field 46.25 as Josephus Lyles false started.
800 m: Brazier close to US record but gets 1:45.11 indoor PB, MR and third fastest of the year. German Reuther 1:46.78 2nd as World indoor champ Berian after fast begin fully faded.
1500 m (non Tour event): O´Hare after Millrose wins again in 3:37.03 EL+MR and indoor PB, second another Briton Wightman 3:37.43 in his first ever indoor 1.5.
3000 m: Cheserek sprinted in last lap in a special way and gets 7:38.74 overall PB, third fastest of 2018 and mainly 24 hours after sub 3:50 mile. Ethiopians beaten, Gebrhiwot 7:41.79 and Gebremeskel 7:42.78. European Indoor champ Mechall who led for 6 minutes 4th in 7:44.31.
TJ: Chris Carter as expected 16.67 in a field of three.
400 m: Wimbley wins in 51.82 MR over World champ Francis 52.38.
800 m (non Tour event): Canadian Westaway front running paid-off with 2:01.22 (overall PB) win over Rogers 2:01.73, Lipsey 2:02.05 and Sharp 2:02.20.
1500 m: Seayoum season opener good 4:04.38 but 2nd Praught-Lee Jamaican record 4:04.95 and Tsegay 4:05.91 with South African record for Scott 4:07.25.
3000 m (non Tour event): Simpson indoor PB 8:40.31 ahead of F. Tesfay 8:41.08 big PB. Third Briton Twell indoor PB 8:41.94 and fourth steeple World champ Coburn 8:43.57.
60mH: Thousands battle Nelvis 7.881 over Manning 7.888. Third Stowers 7.98.
HJ: Kinsey of Sweden who is in USA cleared 191 in third and won.
Friday, 16 February 2018 15:01

2018 USATF Indoor Championships Rundown

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I enjoyed my trips to Albuquerque, New Mexico in past years. The Convention Center, while small, hosts the US Championships with an intimate feeling. The finest athletes of the indoor season will be there, and watch for @runblogrun's coverage this weekend! Great job by USATF Communications on the rundown, and we thought it would be good for you as you plan when you will watch or if you will be there!  —Larry Eder
2018 USATF Indoor Championships Rundown
ALBUQUERQUE -- The 2018 USATF Indoor Championships have arrived and whether you're planning to watch in person or at home, there are countless ways to follow the best track & field athletes in the country in their quest to qualify for Team USATF at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, U.K.
Important Links
What to Watch
The 2018 USATF Indoor Championships, February 16-18, is where Team USATF will be determined for the 2018 World Indoor Championships and the final stop on the USATF Championship Series Indoor Schedule. With previous stops at the Dr. Norb Sander Invitational, NYRR Millrose Games and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, USATF.TV+ and NBCSN have been covering the best indoor track & field action every step of the way. Fans can follow along with #USATFindoors on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Where to Watch
For those following along at home, the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships feature live commercial free-coverage on NBC Sports Gold, as well as an additional three and a half hours of broadcast coverage on NBCSN. Immediately following Sunday's broadcast, The Cool Down will air on Facebook Live featuring exclusive interviews and highlights.
Broadcast and Webcast Coverage (all times ET)
Saturday, Feb. 17
2:45pm - 7:00pm on NBC Sports Gold
5:30pm - 7:00pm on NBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 18
2:00pm - 7:00pm on NBC Sports Gold
5:00pm - 7:00pm on NBCSN
For those in the Albuquerque area, there are a limited number of tickets still available onsite at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Who to Watch
The best track & field athletes will descend on Albuquerque this weekend vying for a spot on Team USATF for the Indoor World Championships in Birmingham, U.K. With nearly 350 athletes set to compete, here are some events to keep an eye on.
Men's 60m
In one of the most anticipated events of the Championships, two-time World Championships silver medalist Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) will take on defending 60m national champion Ronnie Baker (Louisville, Kentucky) and the 300m indoor world record holder Noah Lyles (Gainesville, Florida). Coleman kicked off the 2018 indoor season with an American record and world leading time of 6.37 at the end of January to earn USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
Women's 400m
This stacked field will feature London Olympian Georganne Moline (Phoenix, Arizona) who clocked a 51.39 quarter-mile for the fastest time in the world this year. She will face indoor 400m American record holder and Rio Olympian Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York), Olympian and five-time World Indoor Championships medalist Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) and World Championships silver medalist Shamier Little (Chicago, Illinois).
Men's and Women's 800m
Donavan Brazier (Grand Rapids, Michigan) enters USATF Indoors having posted personal bests and narrowly missed an American record in two consecutive weeks. Most recently he defeated the field at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix crossing the line in 1:45.11, the third-fastest time ever by an American. Brazier will go head-to-head with Drew Windle (New Albany, Ohio) who owns the fifth fastest time in the world this year, Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) and London Olympics 1500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas).
The women's 800m will feature all four members of the 4x800m world record setting relay team: World Championships bronze medalist Ajee' Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey), four-time NCAA champion Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas), indoor 800m American record holder Charlene Lipsey (Hempstead, New York) and NCAA 4x400m champion Chrishuna Williams (Dallas, Texas).
Women's 3000m
World Champion Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) leads the field in the Women's 3000m, going head-to-head with Shelby Houlihan (Sioux City, Iowa) and Marielle Hall (Haddonfield, New Jersey). At the Boston University Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational, Houlihan clocked the second fastest 3000m time in the world this year in 8:36.01, while Hall clocked 8:40.20, good for the sixth fastest time in the world this year.
Men's and Women's 60m Hurdles
In a star studded 60m Hurdles field, four Americans have clocked times that rank them in the top-eleven in the world this year. London Olympics gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt (Marietta, Georgia) will battle Rio Olympian and 2016 World Champion Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona). 2016 US 60m hurdles champion Jarret Eaton (Abington, Pennsylvania) enters with the third-fastest time in the world this year.
The women's field features the top-three hurdlers in the world this year. 2017 NCAA 100m hurdles Champion Kendra Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) clocked the fastest time in the world this year in 7.72 with Christina Manning (Waldorf, Maryland) and Sharika Nelvis (Memphis, Tennessee) holding the second and third fastest times, 7.77 and 7.80, respectively.
Pole Vault
2012 Olympic Champion and 2016 Indoor World Champion Jenn Suhr (Fredonia, New York) and 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 World Championships silver medalist Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) go head-to-head Sunday afternoon. Also a threat, 2015 NACAC Championships bronze medalist Katie Nageotte (Olmstead Falls, Ohio). So far this year, Morris holds the best vault in the world at 4.90m/16-0.75 with Suhr and Nageotte owning the fourth and fifth best jumps at 4.81m/15-9.25 and 4.76m/15-7.25, respectively.
On the men's side, Rio Olympics bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) enters with the eighth highest vault in the world this year.
High Jump
Defending world and national indoor champion Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) will lead the women's high jump field, facing 2013 and 2014 indoor national champion Inika McPherson (Port Arthur, Texas) and pentathlete Erica Bougard (Byhalia, Mississippi).
Weight Throw
Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) returns to the site of last year's world best throw at USATF Indoor Championships, looking to defend her national title.
Follow along with #USATFindoors on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 1. Here is our US athlete for the week! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Monday, our focus is Jasmin Stowers. For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!
I have observed Jasmin Stowers for several years now. Jasmin Stowers is one of our finest hurdlers in the country. But, being one of the top 100 meter and, of course indoors, 60 meter hurdlers in the U.S. means that you are competing in perhaps the toughest event in American Track & Field.
Jasmin Stowers has finished second in the NCAA 100m hurdles in 2014. That year, she also finished 4th in the US Outdoor champs. She also ran 12.35 over the 100 meter hurdles.
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