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STAMFORD, Conn. – August 17, 2017 – NBC Sports Group continues coverage of the IAAF Diamond League this Sunday, August 20, from Birmingham, England, live at 10 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBCSN will present encore coverage of the event Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Friday, 18 August 2017 19:29

New from around the World (August 17, 2017)

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Seven Gold Medalists for Brussels
BRUSSELS (BEL): Seven gold medalists from the recent World Championships in London already confirmed their presence at the IAAF Diamond League Final in Brussels. They are Ramil Guliyev (200m), Christian Taylor (Triple Jump), Tom Walsh (Shot Put), Andrius Gudzius (Discus Throw), Mariya Lasitskene (High Jump), Katerina Stefanidi (Pole Vault) and Nafi Thiam (Heptathlon) will compete in Brussels and all of them - except Thiam who is entered in the High Jump with a wildcard - aim for victory in the IAAF Diamond League 2017. More World Champions are expected to join the field in the next few days.
Superb Women 3000 m
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Two fresh World champions will compete in women´s 3000 m at Birmingham IAAF Diamond League on Sunday (Muller Grand Prix Birmingham). Hellen Obiri of Kenya the 5000 m gold medalist and US Emma Coburn who won the steeple. Also Dutch Sifan Hassan (won a 5000 m bronze in London and was 5th in the 1500 m) is in the race with steeple medalist Courtney Frerichs of USA. Susan Krumins and Emily Infeld who were within top six in the 10 000 m race in London will compete too and4 German talent Konstanze Klosterhalfen is also there, meet record 8:33.00 of Sonia O´Sullivan achieved back in 2000 will be clearly under threat.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:03

New from Around the World (August 16, 2017)

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Manyonga 846, Claye beats Taylor
TIGNES (FRA, Aug 16): Jumping meet (and a athletics event in general) at the highest point ever (3000 m) saw on specially constructed runway Luvo Manyonga winning long jump with 846 (+2.0). Behind him Kafetien Gomis 822 (+2.2), Uruguya´s Emiliano Lasa 818 (+1.7), Jamaican Damian Forbes 806 (+1.6) and Olympic winner Jeff Henderson 790 (+2.3). In the triple jump Will Claye managed in last round to beat his main rival and World champion Christian Taylor 17.42 (+0.7) to 16.99 (+2.7). Third Alexis Copello 16.95 (+2.9) and fourth Cuban Cristian Napoles 16.92 (+3.0). The meet was held at midday to avoid cold temperatures, but still it was not warm. Some 3000 spectators followed it and the organisers plan it again next year.
Haratyk wins by 1 cm
SOPOT (POL, Aug 16): Fast 300 m races highlighted the 20th Grand Prix of Spot, Janusz Sidlo Memorial. US Shakima Wimbley clocked PB 36.71 ahead of sprinter Anna Kielbasinska 37.62 and World relay medalists Patrycja Wyciskiewicz 37.63 and Malgorzata Holub 37.93. On the men side Dutch Liemarvin Bonevacia achieved 32.85 over Yousif Rabah 32.95 and Rafal Omelko 33.00. Nice duel in shot úut as home Michal Haratyk with 20.63 beat by 1 cm Australian Damien Birkinhead 20.62 and Jacko Gill of New Zealand 20.49. World finalist Angelika Cichocka won the 1000 m in 2:39.77 beating Liina Tsernov of Estonia 2:41.31 and Sofia Ennaoui 2:41.50. Spain´s Kevin Lopez won the 800 m in 1:47.45 with interesting entry of Olympic medalist Clayton Murphy who did not qualify for London as 7th in 1:48.71. Norwegian super talent Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the 1500 m in second fastest of his career 3:40.66 over Hungarian Tamas Kazi 3:40.98. Belarus Krystsina Tsimanouskaya beat in 
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:02

New From Around the World (August 15, 2017)

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Lavillenie 591, Stanek 22.01, great hammer
WARSZAWA (POL, Aug 15): The 8th edition of Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (EA Permit) in National Stadium here was a success with 35 000 spectators and 4 meeting records. Local top stars both hammer world champions won their events clearly with high quality results. Anita Wlodarczyk ended the season with 79.80 ahead of Malwina Kopron who got 75.40 PB with Joanna Fiodorow third 73.09 and Sophie Hitchon fourth 72.02. Pawel Fajdek similarly dominated the men event with 81.50 ahead of another World medalist Wojciech Nowicki 77.13. Great post London shape for World record holder Renaud Lavillenie, he found his way with third attempt at opening height over 561. Then mastered new meet record 571 in second, another one 581 in first and even also 591 in second attempt. He then tried at World leading height of 601. "I was satisfied today with my jumping, happy for season best." It was not good day for Polish jumpers as Pawel Wojciechowski got 551 and Piotr Lisek only 541. Another top duel in men discus was won by Robert Harting with last attempt 66.05 over local hero Piotr Malachowski 65.48 with Gerd Kanter third 64.56. Czech European indoor medalist Tomas Stanek surprised in fifth round of shot put the leader and Olympic winner Ryan Crouser with 22.01, not only a meet record but he also equaled his national record from June this year. Crouser as second managed 21.68. Also in women shot put new meet record by Alyona Dubitskaya of Belarus 17.90. Another World champion from London Mariya Lasitskene won her event with nice 195 clearance but did not went over meet record height 198. Kamila Licwinko did 192 for second. Sylwester Bednarek won men on count-back with 224. The best result from four races on the straight was new meet record of Sharika Nelvis in women hurdles 12.56 when World medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz after a collision did not finish the race. Also fast men winner Devon Allen of USA 13.20 with London fourth placer Garfield Darien not having his day after 14.12 as fifth. The 100 m races winners clocked 11.22 (Rosangela Santos) and 10.34 (Yunier Perez).
100 000 for WR
TIGNES (RSA): World champion Luvo Manyonga will reportedly try and break the world long jump record of 8.95m at altitude in Tignes, France on Wednesday, informs Super Sport. “We have planned for the world record attempt. Karen Gibbs (physiotherapist) has been helping Luvo with special breathing exercises to prepare him from competing at 3 000 metres. We also made provision for special thermal clothing should it be really cold in the mountains,” said his coach Neil Cornelius. “Competing at such a high altitude certainly creates its unique challenges. For example, I know that Luvo is going to be much faster in his approach than normal, so we will have to make certain adaptions to it to compromise for the extra speed.” The competition is scheduled due to altitude of 3000 m for midday time. In triple jump Christian Taylor and Will Claye will try to improve the World record also. The bonus for WR is 100 000 Euro.
BRUSSELS (BEL): World champion Tom Walsh and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser are set to go head-to-head again in the Brussels Diamond League Final on 31 August, informs organisers.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will defend her Great North Run title on 10 September, informs organisers. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with Mary Keitany while other top entrants include fellow Kenyan Betsy Saina and Brit Jo Pavey.
NAIROBI (KEN): After staging the final edition of the World U18 Championships last month, Kenya is set to launch a bid to stage the 2023 World Championships, informs AFP. "We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario.
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie has said he required knee surgery last autumn after a motorcycle crash, informs L’Equipe. ”In one of the slowest turns of the circuit, I fall on the right, almost at the stop. I felt a little pain in the knee, but I finished the race. Except the next day, at home, I saw it. I was limited in extension and flexion. I had an MRI: a small end of the outer meniscus was broken,” said Lavillenie, who won a bronze medal in London. "This medal is worth gold. Four months ago, I did not see myself here, in such a contest.” He still has after Warszawa three more competitions, Zurich, Berlin and Decanation in 2017.
NASSAU (BAH): After missing the World Championships in London due to injury, veteran 400m runner Chris Brown is aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March, informs the Nassau Guardian. “I know I could still get out there and drop a fast time. Next season, I plan to be in great shape and competitive at the World Indoors,” he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Ilya Skhurenyev has ended his season after pulling out of the decathlon at the World Championships due to injury, informs Sport Express. Skhurenyev will prepare for the indoor season and hopes to receive an invitation to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
LONDON (GBR): BBC and ARD-ZDF representatives gave a glimpse into their large-scale broadcast plans for the first multisport European Championships at a special event to mark the one-year-to-go countdown. Speaking at the event organised by co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin on the side lines of the IAAF World Championships, European Broadcasting Union Director of Sport Stefan Kuerten confirmed that more than 1 billion people in Europe and across the globe will be able to enjoy all the action from the European Championships thanks to agreements with almost 40 different broadcasters. Sports fans will be able to enjoy up to 300 hours of programming across television, radio and online, free to air in all the main markets, with an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): There was no verdict from disciplinary committee of Slovak Athletics federation after today hearing in case of Olympic and World winner over 50 km walk Matej Toth. "We do not have evidence in this case whether prohibited substances or methods were used or not. We will ask for more medical and other experts explanations," the committee said in a statement. Toth had suspicious results in his biological passport and was provisionally suspended. If confirmed he could be banned for 4 years. He provided the committee with 250 pages of text and explanations and 25 attachments prepared by 7 medical experts from 6 countries. He is ready to underwent further examinations. "I want to prove my innocence," he said in his statement.
FRANKFURT (GER): Top quotes from London Worlds by German tv station ZDF. In average 3.34 million viewers were watching daily the event. It means in average 16.8% daily market share. Last Worlds in Beijing had 0.83 millions and 13.6 percent. Special was men javelin final with 6.71 million viewers.
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen paid tribute to the European athletes in action over the 10 days of competition at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as well as the Local Organising Committee. “It was a superb championship from all perspectives. The continental gold-medal tally of 18 titles was the best by an Area Association and I have to say thank you to the IAAF World Championships London 2017 organisers for putting on an outstanding championships on European soil," said President Hansen. Europe also claimed 17 silver medals and 18 bronze medals.
LONDON (GBR): To multiple gold medalists also add Tori Bowie for 2 golds in the 100 m and 4x100 m. Together with Phylis Francis and Allyson Felix they are three with two golds, but no one only in individual events. There is Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk with 1 gold and 1 silver.
INDIANAPOLIS, 8/16/2017 - British Athletics and USA Track & Field (USATF) today announced that two of the strongest nations in global track & field will go head-to-head in a new format, one-day competition next year.
Entitled ‘The Meet’ and hosted by British Athletics, the event will be staged July 21, 2018 at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, site of the wildly successful 2017 IAAF World Championships. 
It will feature a new, fast-paced format designed to appeal to new audiences at one of the most celebrated athletics stadiums in the world.

Many of the stars of USA Track & Field and British Athletics are expected to take part in the event, which will be uniquely designed to entertain audiences at London’s iconic track and field stadium.

A blend of running, jumping, hurdles and relay events will ensure an exciting competition lasting two hours. The British Athletics team and Team USATF athletes will score points for their respective countries in nine events in a compact, fan-friendly program.

“USATF is thrilled to collaborate and innovate with British Athletes on ‘The Meet,’” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings excitement, attention and focus to our sport. ‘The Meet’ will bring track and field back to the future by reviving dual-meet team competition in a way that caters to modern fans.
8/13/17—LONDON -- Katie Burnett (El Cajon, California), Susan Randall (Beavercreek, Ohio) and Erin Taylor-Talcott (Portland, Oregon) made history Sunday morning as part of the first field of competitors for the women’s 50 km race walk at the IAAF World Championships. Burnett took five minutes off her American 50 km record to finish in 4:21:51 Sunday, breaking her own 35 km (3:00:43) and 40 km (3:27:10) pending American records along the way.
Over the first 2 km, Portugal’s Inês Henriques and China’s Hang Yin separated themselves from the group, leaving the remaining five walkers battling for bronze. Burnett split the first 2 km in 10:28 for fifth, with Taylor-Talcott and Randall following in 10:34 and 10:54. By 4 km, Burnett made up ground, moving from fifth to third by 5 km to walk shoulder to shoulder with Nair Da Rosa of Brazil and Shuqing Yang of China. 
Taylor-Talcott was disqualified with three bent knee violations just after the 8 km split, while Randall dropped off the pace of the chase pack. The trio of Da Rosa, Yang and Burnett stayed 1:25 behind the leaders as Henriques and Yin continued to push the pace, hitting 10 km in 51:45. 
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:08

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Aug 14, 2017)

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From EME NEWS (AUG 14, 2017)
18 Champions in Zurich
ZURICH (SUI): After being forced to withdraw from the 400m final, Isaac Makwala will go head-to-head with world and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk in the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League on 24 August, informs organisers. Van Niekerk is one of 18 world champions from London confirmed with world 5000m champion Muktar Edris going head-to-head again with world 10,000m champion Mo Farah in another standout clash over 5000m. Other world champions confirmed are Dafne Schippers (200m), Caster Semenya (800m), Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Yulimar Rojas (triple jump), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault), Gong Lijiao (shot put), Barbora Spotakova (javelin), Justin Gatlin (100m), Elijah Manangoi (1500m), Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles), Mutaz Essa Barshim (high jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and Johannes Vetter (javelin).
Yohann Diniz after 50 km walk: "I started having doubts after 20km but in training, we have been doing lots of changes of rhythms, so I just kept going. I got a card around 20k too and I thought, 'I just must not mess this up.' I just concentrated completely on my technique. A lot of training has gone into this – cycling, swimming – everything for this 50km walk. Last night I kept away from watching the TV (athletics) because I did not want to get too excited. I went to bed at 9 because I knew it was going to be my day today. It is a lovely Sunday afternoon. I know you should never take any decision when you are hot. I am still missing one (title) and that is the Olympic one. It would be a nice way to finish in Tokyo."
Usain Bolt:  "I’ve proven that by working hard, anything is possible. For me, I was sitting down today and doing an interview. My motto is anything is possible. It shows that everyone should continue trying. I personally feel this is a good message to send to youngsters to push on. If I can leave that to the younger generation, then that’s a good legacy to leave.”
Sebastian Coe: "The IAAF World Championships London 2017 were the most competitive and compelling World Championships of all time. I can’t remember a time when the competition has been so competitive and the stories around them so compelling. From the opening salvo of discus and long jump to the 4x400m this evening we have witnessed sometimes no more than the thickness of a vest between the finalists."
Yohan Diniz 2nd best ever mark in 50 km walk, also meet record and World lead, only he himself achieved in history a better time. Sandra Perkovic 70+ and Dani Samuels Ocenanian reord in discus, Caster Semenya national record and World lead in the 800 m.
700 000+ sold tickets.
Trinidad and Tobago beating USA in men 4x400 m.
MEDALS (43 countries, +5)
USA 10-11-9, KEN 5-2-4, RSA 3-1-2, FRA 3-0-2, CHN 2-3-2, GBR 2-3-1, ETH 2-3-0, POL 2-2-4, ANA 1-5-0, GER 1-2-2, CZE 1-1-1
POINTS (66 countries, +4)
USA 272, KEN 124, GBR 105, POL 86, CHN 81, GER 78, ETH 70, JAM+FRA 68, ANA 56, RSA 52
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Jos Hermens 5, Ricky Simms 2, Paul Doyle 2, Olga Nazarova 2, Daniel Wessfeldt 2, Jukka Harkonen 2, Rene Auguin 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Renaldo Nehemiah, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens, Marcin Rosengarten, Claude Bryan, Alberto Suarez, Olivier Thomas, Peet Van Zyl, Michel Boeting, Libor Varhanik, Chris Layne, Wes Felix, Czeslaw Zapala, Mark Pryor, Derek Schippers, Maurie Plant, Werner Daniels, Gianni Demadonna.
Note: Karsten Warholm and Emma Coburn do not have an official agent. Not known Ines Henriques, Eider Arevalo.
yes: Farah (10k), Wlodarczyk, Van Niekerk, Taylor, Schippers, Fajdek, Lasitskene
no: Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba, Ibarguen, Shubenkov, G. Dibaba, Molitor, Barber, Kemboi, Felix, Hejnova, Arzamasova, Kiyeng, Bartoletta, JAM 4x100 men, JAM 4x100 wom, Farah (5k), D. Williams, Yego, Lopez, Caballero, Kiprop, Ayana, JAM 4x400 m wom, USA 4x400 men
RIO 2016 WINNERS (14-19)
yes: Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi, McLeod, Kipyegon, Wlodarczyk, C. Kipruto, Van Niekerk, Taylor, USA 4x100 wom, Perkovic, Semenya, USA 4x400 m wom
no: Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser, Ibarguen, Kolak, Miller-Uibo, Carter, Clement, Muhammad, Centrowitz, Nazarov, Bartoletta, Jebet, JAM 4x100 men, Farah (5k), Rohler, Beitia, USA 4x400 men
Henriques 50kw
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV, Mayer Dec, USA 4x100 men, GBR 4x100 m men, USA 4x100 m women twice, USA 4x400 m men, USA 4x400 m wom, Diniz 50kmw, TTO 4x400 men, Semenya 800, Henriques 50kw, USA 4x400 wom
Coburn SC, Diniz 50k, Henriques 50kw
Europe 17 (+ 1 ANA), NACAC 12, Africa 10, Asia 4, Oceania 2, South America 2
LONDON (GBR): This World Championships has also helped the IAAF reach a landmark of 1.2million spectators at World Athletics Series events in 2017, almost doubling the previous record figure. 900,000 of those spectators came from the IAAF World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF World Coaches Conference, held from 7-10 August, was well received and attracted hundreds of coaches, athletes and media across the four days of talks and presentations.
LONDON (GBR): Hundreds of hours of television programming is expected to have reached a cumulative audience of about 400 million. IAAF’s website traffic is up 20% on the last World Championships with 3.4million users and 7.5million sessions. There has also been a significant move towards mobile usage with more than half of the website’s traffic now coming via mobile devices. A huge increase in followers for the IAAF’s social media channels – namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – has led to nearly eight million engagements across all platforms.
LONDON (GBR): During the championships, participating athletes have been voting to select the six new members of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission. They are: Kim Collins, Inaki Gomez, Adam Kszczot, Thomas Rohler, Ivana Spanovic and Benita Willis.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia of Spain received the International Fair Play award from The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the IAAF. Beitia was recognised for her efforts to console Alessia Trost of Italy after she failed to qualify for the final in the women's high jump. It was an emotional moment for the 24-year-old Trost, whose mother passed last year and former coach this year.
LONDON (GBR): Marathons and race walks broke new ground for the Championships with iconic locations and historic moments; over 150,000 people lined marathon course Official mascot Hero the Hedgehog dubbed the best Championship mascot ever after ten days of antics. The Championships will go down as the best ever for ticket sales after organisers were awarded an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold for an IAAF World Championships in front of a packed London Stadium on the closing night. With over three times the amount of applications to places available, it took the help of 4,500 volunteers, known as Runners, to stage the Championships. The Runners brought with them fluency in more than 65 different languages, helping spectators enjoy an engaging experience.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): All eight athletes from the medal winning London 2017 men’s and women’s sprint relay teams to line up at the Alexander Stadium. All four gold medallists from Britain’s World Championship winning men’s 4x100m relay team, and the silver medal winning women’s sprint quartet, will celebrate in style at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on Sunday 20 August.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top name of Hungarian team at Universiade in Taipei will be World bronze medalist at 110 m Hurdles Balazs Baji. Also hammer World finalist Bence Halasz.
DUBLIN (IRL, Aug 13): At the national half marathon championships, as part of the Affidea Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Kevin Dooney and Gladys Ganiel won their respective titles in 66:50 and 77:06.
HARSTAD (NOR, Aug 13): Jonathan Quarcoo won Norwegian U23 title in the 200 m with 20.56 (+1.3).
KIENBAUM (GER, Aug 13): Mareike Arndt scored 6000 points in heptathlon to win the German title.
KOTKA (FIN, Aug 13): Good throws Arttu Kangas 19.95 shot and Jenni Kangas 58.50 javelin.
GAVLE (SWE, Aug 13): At Swedish championships of different age categories Fanny Roos got 18.20 in U23 shot put, in the u20 Maja Nilsson 190 in high jump and Max Hrelja 13.69 in the 110 m hurdles and in the U18 Ragnar Carlsson 79.52 in hammer (5 kg).
Monday, 14 August 2017 17:26

Team USATF Superlatives - London 2017

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LONDON -- Team USATF's performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

LONDON -- With three medals Sunday night at the IAAF World Championships - gold by the women’s 4x400, silver by the men’s 4x400, and bronze by Ajee’ Wilson in the 800 - Team USATF shattered its record for the most medals at a single World Championships to close out competition at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium.

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