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Sunday, 05 April 2015 17:19

Harris Beats Richardson, Oliver at Florida Relays

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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. 

Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:20

Liu Xiang to Announce Retirement

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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 Tuesday the reported date of the announcement.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:47

More Top Athletes Set to Compete at Drake Relays

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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 

The City of Portland will play host to the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, March 11-12, USA Track & Field announced Monday.

 

The Team USA roster for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships will be chosen on the same track on which they will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, one week later. The 2016 World Indoor Championships are slated for March 18-20 at the Oregon Convention Center.

 

The indoor track stadium at the OCC will feature a new, 200-meter IAAF-certified track and will be configured to accommodate more than 7,000 spectators for the event.

 

“Having our USATF Indoor Championships in Portland will enable everyone, from athletes to local organizers, timers and event staff to have a test run for World Indoors,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “We are looking forward to hosting the best that the U.S., and the world, have to offer as we kick off the 2016 Olympic year.”

 

USATF worked with its Athletes Advisory Committee leadership on finalizing the date and location for the USATF indoor meet, which will enable athletes to remain in Portland between the two championship events if they choose to do so.

 

“TrackTown USA and the city of Portland are looking forward to an amazing two weeks of indoor track and field,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. “Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city, and Oregon is a state that loves sport, and our citizens will provide a warm and welcoming environment for both meets.”

 

Six World leading marks highlighted the final day of NCAA Championships first division as the university indoor season concluded on a high note in Fayetteville. Very special 20.19 by Trayvon Bromell in the 200m as he tied the fifth-fastest performance ever and confirmed his position #3 performer of all-time—and he's the youngest on top. Behind him, Canadian Andre de Grasse set a new national indoor record of 20.26 and ties for 5th-best performer ever. It was another World lead for Marquis Dendy, who after the long jump topped also the triple with an excellent 17.37, his overall personal best. Jamaican Omar McLeod tied the World lead of Cuban Ortega when winning the 60m hurdles in 7.45, also a national record. 

Women produced World leads in the 400m by Courtney Okolo with a 51.12 PB ahead of Taylor Ellis-Watson 51.52 PB, and Ashley Spencer who won her final in

World leading times in the 200 m heats highlighted the first day of NCAA Championships Division I champs in Fayetteville, Ark. After being disqualified in 60m heats, the World junior record holder Trayvon Bromell clocked huge 20.23 in the 200m heats WL (3rd best performer ever, 7th best performance ever). Also to note Canadian Andre De Grasse 20.55 PB (he was also dq in 60m heats). Jalen Miller with 6.54 PB was the fastest in 60m heats ahead of Jamaican Senoy-Jay Givans and Ronnie Baker, both 6.57. Also World leader in women 200m heats 22.52 PB by Jenna Prandini, with Kyra Jefferson 22.64 PB and Dezerea Bryant 22.74 also pretty fast.

Bryant was fastest in 60m heats 7.15 with Prandini also 7.15 PB, Jamaican Remona Burchell 7.16 and Jasmine Todd 7.17. In the hurdles heats fastest Jamaican Omar McLeod 7.55 and Bridgette Owens 7.94 PB with US Dior Hall 8.01 new World junior indoor record. Top action also in jumps Shawn Barber again improved the Canadian and college record to 591 in the pole vault ahead of Jake Blankenship 580 PB, great duel in long jump Marquis Dendy 828 (equaled his PB) over Jarrion Lawson 827. As expected, Michael Lihrman won the weight throw in 24.64 over Conor McCollough 24.48 PB and Chukwu Enekwechi 24.18. 

Jenna Prandini also won the long jump 665 (her third PB of the day after 60m and 200m), Cyprean Leontia Kallenou the high jump 193 national record and Kearsten Peoples weight throw 22.71 ahead of Ida Storm of Sweden 22.56 NR. Long distance winners were Eric Jenkins 13:48.36 and Emily Sisson 15:32.15 over 5000m. In the 400m heats fastest Bralon Taplin of Grenada 45.64 and Courtney Okolo 51.89. In the 800 m fastest heats Kenyan Edward Kemboi 1:48.04 and Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:02.77. Fastest in mile heats Cristian Soratos 3:57.94 and Leah O´Connor 4:34.17. German Luca Wieland is heptathlon over night leader with excellent 3472 points.

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World leading times in the 200 m heats highlighted the first day of NCAA Championships Division I champs in Fayetteville, Ark. After being disqualified in 60m heats, the World junior record holder Trayvon Bromell clocked huge 20.23 in the 200m heats WL (3rd best performer ever, 7th best performance ever). Also to note Canadian Andre De Grasse 20.55 PB (he was also dq in 60m heats). Jalen Miller with 6.54 PB was the fastest in 60m heats ahead of Jamaican Senoy-Jay Givans and Ronnie Baker, both 6.57. Also World leader in women 200m heats 22.52 PB by Jenna Prandini, with Kyra Jefferson 22.64 PB and Dezerea Bryant 22.74 also pretty fast.

Bryant was fastest in 60m heats 7.15 with Prandini also 7.15 PB, Jamaican Remona Burchell 7.16 and Jasmine Todd 7.17. In the hurdles heats fastest Jamaican Omar McLeod 7.55 and Bridgette Owens 7.94 PB with US Dior Hall 8.01 new World junior indoor record. Top action also in jumps Shawn Barber again improved the Canadian and college record to 591 in the pole vault ahead of Jake Blankenship 580 PB, great duel in long jump Marquis Dendy 828 (equaled his PB) over Jarrion Lawson 827. As expected, Michael Lihrman won the weight throw in 24.64 over Conor McCollough 24.48 PB and Chukwu Enekwechi 24.18. 

Jenna Prandini also won the long jump 665 (her third PB of the day after 60m and 200m), Cyprean Leontia Kallenou the high jump 193 national record and Kearsten Peoples weight throw 22.71 ahead of Ida Storm of Sweden 22.56 NR. Long distance winners were Eric Jenkins 13:48.36 and Emily Sisson 15:32.15 over 5000m. In the 400m heats fastest Bralon Taplin of Grenada 45.64 and Courtney Okolo 51.89. In the 800 m fastest heats Kenyan Edward Kemboi 1:48.04 and Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:02.77. Fastest in mile heats Cristian Soratos 3:57.94 and Leah O´Connor 4:34.17. German Luca Wieland is heptathlon over night leader with excellent 3472 points.

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Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville will witness last top event of the current indoor season. On Friday and Saturday the NCAA first division championships. Expectations are high for some college records and world leading marks. On the men's side in 60 m John Teeters is the fastest (6.52) but Trayvon Bromell is the World Junior Champion and record holder and runs also the 200 m where his main rival is the World leader Shavez Hart of Bahamas along with Aaron Ernest. Pavel Maslak´s World lead in the 400 m (45.27) will be under threat when Najee Glass this year 45.34 will run with Trinidad´s Deon Lendore 45.38 and Grenada´s Bralon Taplin 45.39. 

In Birmingham, England, two weeks ago, Lee Emanuel took five full seconds off his 1,500m PB and 13 seconds off his indoor 1,500m PB! Last night, running a fine race, Emanuel took the silver medal in the 3,000 meters at the 2015 European Indoor Championships. 
 
For Emanuel, it was a bit of redemption. For his new sponsor, HOKA ONE ONE, the fastest growing running footwear brand in North America, it was their first European indoor Championships medal. For Lee Emanuel, it was also his first European medal and a bit of a self realization. 
Sharon Day-Monroe made history by winning her fourth consecutive national indoor title to kick off the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships Friday.
 
Day-Monroe (Los Angeles) became the most decorated American since the addition of the outdoor heptathlon in 1981, winning her fourth consecutive indoor title to accompany her three outdoor titles. Day-Monroe is the first athlete in USATF history to win four consecutive indoor pentathlon crowns.
 
She started the day with a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, but came back with a strong performance in high jump, clearing 1.83m/6-0 for 1016 points. Top marks continued when she tossed 15.41m/50-6.75 in the shot put for 888 points and was best in long jump with a mark of 5.94m/19-6. 
 
After four events in men’s indoor heptathlon, world leader Jeremy Taiwo (Seattle) ended the day just 41 points off PR pace with 3,471 points. The world record holder in the indoor heptathlon high jump is dominating the two-day event and turned in the top mark in three of four events Friday, including the long jump (7.39m/24-3, 908 points), shot put (14.50m/47-7, 759 points) and his strongest day one event, the high jump (2.16m/7-1, 953 points). Taiwo was the only competitor to clear two meters in the high jump and his mark was a season’s best.
 
The 2015 USATF Indoor Championships, which take place at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College, will be broadcast live on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1 on USATF.TV and NBCSN. All events from these broadcast windows will be made available for on-demand viewing on USATF.TV. On-demand action from Friday’s multi-events is already available on USATF.TV.
 
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