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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.

LONDON - Now, maybe more so than ever, there's a lot to be said for the USA's national collegiate system.
A huge heap of events here at the 16th IAAF World Championships of Track and Field have been impacted by the guys and gals who've competed for - or continue to compete for - NCAA schools (of whatever division) or their cohorts out of the NAIA ranks.
For perfect example: Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the Worlds (and Olympic) men's 110-meter high hurdles champion? He's a University of Arkansas man.
Bagrbara Spotakova, the World's women's javelin champion? She honed her craft at Minnesota. Ekaterina Stefanidi, the World's women's pole vault titlist? She's a Stanford woman.
Plus - of course, of course, of course - the long, long, long list of Americans who've come up through the ranks of their own nation's collegiate system.
Driving home the point all over again was the men's 5000-meter final, a big-big feature event on the penultimate night of these Worlds.
By Dave Hunter (August 1s, 2017; London)
Even with the 66,000+ fans who packed London's Olympic Stadium setting new decibel records in exhorting on their beloved countryman, Muktar Edris was not to be denied as the Ethiopian did something no man has been able to do in 6 years: unleash a finishing kick strong enough to defeat the incomparable Mohammed Farah in a global championship track final. The capacity crowd - which came in droves to witness what Farah has repeatedly stated will be his final big track competition - roared during Farah's introduction and then settled back to watch what they hoped who be yet another global championship for the Brit they call Sir Mo.
Unlike the 10,000 meter championship race 8 days ago where the pace was spirited from the gun, the early tempo in the 5000 final was funereal. Farah and USA's Paul Chelimo - the gold and silver medalists from Rio - raced to the front at the opening gun. After a spritely circuit in 62 seconds, the Rio medalists dialed it way back with a second lap in 70, ultimately leading the bunched field of 14 through 1 kilometer in 2:48. With Edris, Kenya's Cyrus Rutto, and Great Britain's Andrew Butchart joining the leaders, the tempo actually slowed further. Continuing a dawdling pace that has historically favored Farah and his torrid finish, the entire field - packed more tightly than the Underground's Central Line at rush hour - trotted past 2 kilos in 5:48. Farah fans were not worried. They had seen this movie before.
Soon thereafter, Ethiopia's 17-year-old Selemon Barega moved past co-leaders Farah and Rutto to take the lead and up the pace. While the 3rd kilometer was faster - a 2:44 - it was punishing no one. Shortly after 3K, Australia's Patrick Tiernan spurted into the lead and quickly pushed out to a 7-8 meter advantage over the others. Hey, mind the gap! But they didn't. With the reigning NCAA cross country champion up front, the man who thwarted Edward Cheserek's bid for 4 consecutive XC titles still had a 10 meter lead when he split 4 kilos in 11:09.
With 2 laps remaining, surely the 3-time defending champion would soon impose his will upon the field. But it did not happen. Farah seemed content to let this championship race go right down to the very end. Approaching the bell, Yomif Kejelcha - yet another Ethiopian - nursed a slight lead as he was closely followed by Edris and then Farah. The medal contenders were in full flight on the backstretch. Coming around the final curve, Edris's top gear was too much for Kejelcha who started tying up as he drifted away from the curb. Farah seized the opportunity to pass Kejelcha on the inside with a move that seemed capable of lifting him to victory. But Edris was too far gone. Chelimo passed Kejelcha on the outside but couldn't catch the Brit. A jubilant Edris crossed first in 13:32.79 followed by Farah [13:33.22]. Chelimo [13:33.51] grabbed the bronze while the fading Kejelcha [13:33.51] finished out of the medals.
After the race, the Ethiopian victor displayed his pre-race confidence. "I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah," said a resolute Edris. "After the 10,000 he was maybe tired so he did not have enough for the last kick. I was stronger," declared the new champion. "Mo has many victories but now I have one. I am the new champion for Ethiopia. That's why I did the Mobot," he said. "I have won the gold in front of his home crowd. I didn't have much support but we did it. I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him."
Paul Chelimo thought team tactics played a role. "I think the Ethiopians had a plan because I think Kejelcha was out there to push the pace early and try and dampen Mo Farah's kick. Edris was just waiting and waiting to see and sitting by in the last 200 meters," offered the American medalist. "In the last 50 meters I thought 'There is no way I'm coming out without a medal here.' I had to fight and dig deep to get the bronze. To go home with a medal is not bad. I'm happy with performance. It's my second championship and a medal. I'm taking over next year. 2019 - I am after that gold."
Following this his last championship track race, Mohammed Farah provided his account of the final. "Tactically, I was trying to cover every move. They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. I gave it all, I didn't have a single bit left at the end," admitted one of the greatest championship racers of all time. Before departing, Farah offered some final thoughts on this the conclusion of his magnificent track career. "It's been amazing. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible. It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line - I had a couple of minutes to myself - that this is it."
USATF (8/11/2017, London)—Team USATF made a splash by having its biggest distance-running medal haul in generations at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. But nothing, it seems, prepared the track world for the stunning 1-2 finish in the women’s steeplechase by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs Friday night at the IAAF World Championships in London.
With the win, Coburn set a championship record and American record and became the first American since Hall of Famer Horace Ashenfelter in 1952 to win a steeplechase gold in a global championship. It also marks the first time in history Americans have gone 1-2 in an Olympic or World Championships steeplechase. Equally stunning was a more than 15-second personal best for Frerichs, whose time broke the previous championship and American records.
Combined with a 1-3 finish by Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta in the women’s long jump, it was Team USATF’s women at center stage at Queen Elizabeth Park Olympic Stadium, earning four medals on the night to bring the American medal count to 23 after eight days of competition.
Fred Kerley was clearly a most-unhappy-fella. 
"I am not disappointed," he declared.
It was written all over his unsmiling face, peering downward, but he wasn't going to tell you that.
The Texas A&Mer came to London loaded up with collegiate glory, as the NCAA indoor and outdoor 400-meter champion, and owner of the second fastest 400-meter time of 2017, the 43.70 he ran taking down the all-time NCAA record put in the books by an Olympic champion, Quincy Watts, a full quarter-century ago.
It was all in the timing - and we don't mean the highest-tech Seiko apparatus
Clocking everything going on at these 16th IAAF World Championships down
to - seemingly - zillionths of a miliisecond. That 43.70 took place a full 10 weeks ago - at the NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas. 
And that 43.70 would have run off with the gold medal on this fifth night of the World Championships. And it would not have been close.
Friday, 11 August 2017 17:24

Taylor, Carter lead 4-medal night for Team USATF

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LONDON -- A pair of 1-2 finishes highlighted by a see-saw battle in the men’s triple jump gave Team USATF four medals Thursday evening at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, bringing the total to six golds and 19 medals after seven days of competition.

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