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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. 
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:49

Some Thoughts on Christian Taylor

This column, written by Stuart Weir, is on defending World Champion and defending Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor. Stuart's job is to provide @runblogrun daily observations on the London World Champs. At Monaco, he was so inspired, he provided seven columns on the meet. I liked this one on Christian Taylor, one of our favorite competitors.—Larry Eder
Christian Taylor needed just one jump to secure qualification for Thursday's Triple Jump final. Commenting on the atmosphere in the stadium, Taylor said: "The audience is great. I went for a good show. They have spent so much money on the tickets". I am not sure he is right in his second comment with some tickets costing only £18.29 - to celebrate Jonathan Edwards' 1995 World record.
The atmosphere did not surprise Taylor. As he told me before the event: "I expect London 2017 to be very similar to the 2012 Olympics, where I won my first Olympic title. I have also competed in the Diamond League in London as well as the Olympics and there is always a fantastic crowd. The energy will be quite different from - and better than - some of the other world championships; the crowd in London is always very knowledgeable about athletics. So the athletes will feel a lot more alive with the crowd really getting into it.”
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By Justin Lagat—Kenyans are shifting their 3000m steeplechase dominance to the women's event. In most parts of Kenya, rain is often associated with good luck and blessings. Nothing more could have happened at the ongoing world championships in London to reinforce this believe than what just happened in the women's 3000m steeplechase race in which all the four Kenyan women, in the pouring rain, made it through to the finals. This rain could simply be marking the beginning of Kenya's dominance of the event on the women's side.
In a very slow first heat that left the race open up to the last 200m, Kenya's Purity Kirui could not summon enough strength to finish in the first three automatic places when it came down to a sprint for the finish. She finished 4th and her time of 9:40.53 was definitely going to get her into the finals if she was to qualify as one of the fastest losers. However, Colleen Quigley of the US, who had finish in third place, got disqualified and the lucky Kirui managed to get an automatic qualification to replace her. There were two Kenyans in the first heat; Hyvin Kiyeng, the defending champion and Kirui. Kiyeng finished second making it safely to the finals.
In the second heat, Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech and Bahrain's Ruth Jebet opened a big gap on the rest of the field and dominated the race as they both comfortably qualified for the finals. Courtney Frerichs of USA finished in third to join the two as the automatic qualifiers on heat two.
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By Justin Lagat 
The men's steeple was one of my most anticipated races. It lived up to the hype. Yes, I hoped for Evan Jager to win the gold (as he did), but he battled on, taking bronze, getting first steeple medal for an American male in the World Championships.
Conseslus Kipruto single-handedly prevents a potential dethronement of Kenyans in the men's 3000m steeplechase.
Just like the East African runners had been seen to be plotting on how to dethrone Mo Farah in the men's 10,000m race for a while now, the rest of the world seem to have as well been, for even a longer time, plotting to beat the Kenyans in their most successful race at the world and Olympic championships; the men's 3000m.
With a world leading time by Evan Jager of the US a few weeks to the championships and Morroco's Soufiane El Bakkali having also shown great form by winning two IAAF Diamond League races ahead of the championships, many were rightfully predicting the first win by a non-Kenyan at the world championships since 1987, except if one wants to count out Kenyan-born Saif Shaheen who won the titles in 2003 and 2005 as a non-Kenyan.
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By Alfons Juck
Renaud Lavillenie: "I cheered for Bosse, it helped me to keep my motivation. I am very proud for him. We are competing at the best level, enjoying ourselves and showing emotions - that is why we love this sport.”
Sam Kendrick´s 595 third time clearance to win gold in cold weather, second best jump in the World 2017.
Bosse winning the 800 m, getting 6th French gold at the World champs. Kyle Langford nearly getting a medal.
MEDALS (31 countries, +5)
USA 3-5-3, KEN 3-1-3, RSA 2-0-2, POL 1-2-1, ETH 1-2-0, VEN+JAM+FRA 1-0-1
POINTS (45 countries  +6)
USA 96, KEN 76, POL 51, ETH 39, JAM 38, CHN+GBR 37
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Jos Hermens 3, Ricky Simms 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens, Marcin Rosengarten, Claude Bryan, Alberto Suarez, Kevin Hautcoeur, Peet Van Zyl, Michel Boeting, Paul Doyle, Libor Varhanik.
yes (1): Farah (10k), Wlodarczyk, Van Niekerk
no (1): Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba, Ibarguen, Shubenkov, G. Dibaba, Molitor, Barber, Kemboi
RIO 2016 WINNERS (9-6)
yes (1): Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi, McLeod, Kipyegon, Wlodarczyk, C. Kipruto, Van Niekerk
no (1): Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser, Ibarguen, Kolak
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV
STATS (by Ken Nakamura)
PV: Lavillenie's medal count, 5, is now same as that of Tarasov 5 (=2 bronze, 2 silver, and gold) and one short of Bubka's medal count of 6 (all gold).
400m: van Niekerk joined Meriitt, Wariner and MJ as one of only four multiple medalists at WC 400m.
3000mSC: Conseslus Kipruto became the first World Youth Champion to win the World Championships at 3000mSC. Kipruto now has 3 WC 3000mSC medals.  Only Kiptanui (4), Kemboi (6)  and Brimin Kipruto (4)7 have more medals. Evan Jager became the first American to win a medal at WC 3000mSC. For the first time since 1987, KEN born runners failed to win at least two medals at WC 3000mSC
WJT: Spotakova has won four medals (2 golds and 2 silver) for CZE at WJT in WC. 66.76 is the second shortest winning mark in WJT in WC; 66.52 in 2003 is the shortest winning throw. Spotakova won second gold 10 years after her first gold in 2007; she thus joined Hattestad, Menendez and Tizell as fourth two time winner
Spotakova won fourth medal in JT at WC, and thus joined Nerius as only a second four-time medalists. Best marks for place 5-8 at Worlds.
WTJ: Rojas became 4th TJ to win both World Indoor and World Championships
W1500m: Kipyegon became third (after Liu Dong and Genzebe) runner to win both World and World Junior at W1500m.
110mH: McLeod also became fifth hurdler to win both WC and World Indoor.
WHT: For the first time in the history of WC, a nation (this case POL) won two medals (Wlodarczyk & Kopron). 77.90 is the British all comers' record improving her own mark, 77.60 from the Olympics
LONDON (GBR): “Isaac Makwala has been withdrawn by the IAAF Medical Delegate from tonight’s 400m final after the athlete was diagnosed with an infectious disease on Monday. As per UK health regulations, it was requested that he be quarantined in his room for 48 hours, a period which ends at 14:00hrs tomorrow (9 Aug),L says IAAF statement. That means Makwala would be able to compete in the 4x400 m. Insidethegames adds that the 30-year-old, the All-Africa Games champion attempted to gain access to the Stadium. Video footage emerged of Makwala, one of the athletes struck by a bout of the norovirus, being denied entry to the dedicated athletes entrance by security. Makwala was escorted back to the IAAF office on the Stadium site before he returned to the hotel.
LONDON (GBR): World record holder Wayde van Niekerk responds at the press conference regarding the non-appearance of Isaac Makwala in the final due to his pulled by the IAAF because of gastroenteritis: “It was definitely heartbreaking… I saw Isaac just before the 200m heats and the first thing I could think of was wrapping my arms around him and saying to him get well soon. As much as we want to win a gold medal we also want to go out there and have the best guys with us.”
LONDON (GBR): Tori Bowie has withdrawn from the 200m as she continues to recover from her fall at the conclusion of the women’s 100m final on Sunday evening. Her condition will continue to be evaluated to assess her readiness for the 4x100m relay.
LONDON (GBR): A protest was presented by the French Team after the 3000m Steeplechase Final Men, asking for the disqualification of US Athlete Evan Jager under Rule 163.3 b) (Lane Infringement), claiming he had twice placed his foot on the inside line after the second water jump. The Jury reviewed the video of the race, and was of the opinion that the athlete had indeed stepped on the line, but only in the straight part of the diversion from the  track for the water jump and had therefore not gained any material advantage. It was rejected.
LONDON (GBR): Coming into the 16th IAAF World Championships here at London Stadium, Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto was worried.  The 2016 Rio Olympic steeplechase champion was nursing an injured right ankle and hadn't finished a race since June 24th when he won the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi. "I used my plans well, and last night for morale I told myself, 'I am Olympic champion and that others must break me," he told IAAF interviewers.
LONDON (GBR): Defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 35, will likely retire after tonight's race, faded to 11th in 8:29.38.
LONDON (GBR): In the men's 800m final, France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse ran a savvy race to collect his first world title in 1:44.67.  Bosse, 25, made a single and decisive move coming down the back stretch after following the smooth and honest pace set by Canada's Brandon McBride (50.78 at the 400-meter mark).  He was never challenged, giving France their first gold medal of these championships. "Trust me, I  live my dream. Or am I dreaming?" Bosse told IAAF interviewers.  "Thanks to the crowd for the support. I still can't believe it."
LONDON (GBR): The 2017 IAAF World Championships have honoured Betty Cuthbert with the sold-out stadium standing for a minute silence to recognise the four-time gold medallist from Melbourne 1956 and Tokyo 1964.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Coaches conference started in London on Tuesday.
LONDON (GBR): Kenya's Faith Kipyegon backed up her Olympic 1500m title from Rio last year by grabbing the gold medal again in London 2017. "I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field," Kipyegon told IAAF interviewers. "The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive."
DUBLIN (IRL): Irish athletes who have not yet competed will be moved to a different hotel away from the Tower Guoman, which has been at the centre of the gastroenteritis outbreak which has affected several athletes, a statement from Athletics Ireland informed. Those who are finished with their events will be offered a flight home by the federation.
LONDON (GBR): The Rio Olympic silver medallist, Jared Tallent, has withdrawn from the men’s 50km walk at the 2017 IAAF World Championships due to a hamstring injury.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Event presentation manager Florian Weber explains the innovations in London 2017: "the fireworks for every single new world champion, the Royal Music Chors for the field events, the pre-show ahead of every evening session, our superfan Martin Lewis getting the fans very close to the field of play and giving deep insights into events, implements, technique, etc and many more small details."
LONDON (GBR): After finishing fourth in the hammer final Zhang Wenxiu announced her retirement from athletics. "I am upset because this is my ninth World Championships and it will be my last one. This season has been hard for me because I had a baby last year, but I am happy to end it here. I started competing at 15 and I am 31 now so it is the end of a long career."
LONDON (GBR): Former world and Olympic 200m medallist Warren Weir has reportedly retired after exiting in the heats at the World Championships, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "No greater joy than being able to represent my country at its highest level lots of joy and tears and extremely humble to represent my country one last time #TheEnd,” he said on Instagram. His manager Cubie Seegobin has said he was not aware Weir was planning to retire.
LONDON (GBR): Christian Taylor is looking to break Jonathan Edwards’ world record of 18.29m in the triple jump final. "Get  the world  record? Why not here? I made that promise to myself. I hope it is my time. I am staying optimistic. I am chasing that number more than you could ever know,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Reigning world champion Maria Lasitskene will be settled in a different hotel in order to avoid the stomach bug going around one of the official hotels, informs Sport Express.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF is organising Media Development Workshops. Sessions will be held on the days without a morning session from 16:00 to 18:00.
LONDON (GBR): Plans are in place to ensure a country in Africa hosts the IAAF World Championships by 2025, head of its continental body has claimed. Confederation of African Athletics President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum believes that six different nations are capable of playing host. They are Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. Hungarian capital Budapest is currently considered the front-runner to host the Championships in 2023.
KINGSTON (JAM): Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce has given birth to a son, Zyon Price, her husband Jason announced on Twitter.
CHICAGO (USA): Past winners Steve Jones, Khalid Khannouchi, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Radcliffe and Deena Kastor have been named as ambassadors for the 40th anniversary edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8. The four athletes who set world records at the race, plus the most recent American women’s winner Kastor will meet runners and the community at the official expo.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): European junior champions Maya Bruney, Khahisa Mhlanga (800m) and Robert Sakala (110m hurdles) will lead a Great Britain Juniors team of 42 for the Manchester International at the Manchester Regional Arena on August 16. They will take on teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ulster and a combined British Athletics League/UK Women’s League team (Britain’s main senior domestic leagues).
MOSCOW (RUS): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has suspended race walker Andrei Krivov and middle distance runner Natalya Yevdokimova for abnormalities in their biological passports, informs TASS. Krivov has been suspended for three years and loses all of his results from 20 May 2011 to 6 July 2013 while Yevdokimova has been handed a four-year suspension and loses all of her results from 17 August 2009 to 29 May 2012. Krivov is a former two-time winner of the 20km at the World University Games while Yevdokimova was fourth in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympics.
WARSZAWA (POL): Fresh shot put world champion Tom Walsh is confirmed to compete against home elite at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warszawa National Stadium on Tuesday August 15. In the field also former World champion David Storl and London fourth placer Tomas Stanek. Michal Haratyk and Konrad Bukowiecki are leading the home charge.
LIER (BEL, Aug 5): Some overseas athletes competed at the meet here. Jamaicans Ryan Shields 10.21 (+2.2) in the 100 m, Deuce Carter 13.55 (+3.0) hurdles and Chad Wright 62.50 discus. South African Lebokeng Sesele won the 200 m in 20.78 (+1.7).
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By Dave Hunter (Aug. 8, 2017; London)
The current confederation of the world's elite men pole vaulters is a highly-competitive, yet strangely collegial group. The legion is an assemblage of ambitious, focused, and talented athletes to be sure. But almost to a man, the top performers also possess an authentic and refreshing team spirit: occasionally engaging in friendly banter and encouraging each other onward to clear higher and higher heights. And on a raw and blustery London night, USA's Sam Kendricks - the fraternity's head cheerleader - strung together a magnificent series of jumps to win the world championship.
The weather played a role in the nighttime final. The vaulters could be seen bundling up between jumps to fend off the damp chill. Stocking caps and winter coats were easily spotted within yet another capacity crowd at Olympic Stadium as London's August weather took on a distinctly San Francisco flair.
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