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BY STUART WEIR
 
A great pole vault competition.
 
There have been many great events this weekend but it is 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.
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BY LARRY EDER
 
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 www.wicbirmingham2018.com. 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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This is the third week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.
 
BY LARRY EDER
 
Today, we are writing about World Champion Sam Kendricks, who is focused on the World indoor Championships in Birmingham!
 
Sam Kendricks was undefeated in the pole vault in 2017. He ended the season with the gold medal in the pole vault from the London World Athletics Championships with his 5.95 meters, 19' 6.25 "
 
Kendricks is a student of the vault, having vaulted 25 years under the thoughtful direction of his father. He is also one of the most liked athletes in the sport. An interview with Sam Kendricks is a very positive experience. The first LIeutenant, U.S. Army reserve is polite, answers questions and is always positive. He gets competition, and thrives on it as well.
 
Watching Sam's development has been fascinating. Kendricks won his first US title in 2014, after winning NCAA pole vault titles in 2013 and 2014 for the University of Mississipi. This was after two state titles in high school in Mississipi. The Oxford, Mississippi High School graduate lettered in cross country, track and field and soccer.
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This is the second week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship runs from January 1 - March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.
 
Today, we are writing about 2012 Olympic champion and World Record Holder, 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt!
 
I remember speaking to Aries Merritt just after he set the World record for the 110 meter hurdles in 2012 at the Van Damme Memorial. His time, 12.80 was a WR. . It was in the very last race of his season. The race before that, Aries got a bit excited and false started. Aries told me, that after the false start, he knew that he would be ready to run the WR in the next race. When I asked him what he had to do, Aries Merritt looked at me and noted, "it is all about the rhythym." Aries Merritt had also won the 60 meter hurdles in Istanbul, at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. His time, 7.44, was just ahead of China's Liu Xiang and Frances' Pascal Martinot Lagarde.
 
In 2012, Aries Merritt won gold in London and set the WR. How could one find a better season?
 
That is the connundrum of athletics. One knows when they are in fantastic shape, and one knows when they are oh so close.
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For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.
 
For Week 5, Day 1, we feature Christian Coleman as our U.S. athlete focusing on Birmingham.
 
Christian Coleman lets his legs do the talking and talking they did on January 19, 2018. At the Clemson University Indoor Complex, Christian Coleman, the London World Championships silver medalist over 100 meters and on the silver medal winning 4x100m team. His London experiences came at the end of a season that included over 30 plus races.
 
At Clemson, Christian showed his fitness with a fine 6.47 in the 60 meter heats. For Coleman, whose PB at 60m was 6.45, this was a big opener and his fastest 60m in the month of January ever.
 
One hour, forty minutes later, in the final, the fans in Clemson were treated to an amazing race. With a fine start and a withering run over the sixty meters, Christian Coleman ran 6.37 for the sixty meters. That time, if ratified, will take .02 off the WR held by 2000 Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene, who ran 6.39 in March 1998 and March 2001.
 
Within hours, the social media world was full of comparisons of Coleman and Greene, and fans were wondering what Christian's next move will be?
 
What does this say about our friend, Christian Coleman? It tells you that Mr. Coleman is in the shape of his life and that Birmingham could be an exciting series of races!
 
There is this a misconception about world records. World Records, contrary to common thought, are not made to be broken. A world record is the perfect storm of fitness, focus and environment. When a record is broken, many times athletes are not even aware that they are going so fast, jumping so far or throwing so long. And they sure do not want their record to be broken soon. The reason that Coleman is resonating now is that the record he broke, has stood for so long and it was set by such a fine athlete. 
 
Coleman is focused on running fast, and winning Birmingham 2018. A month to go! 
 
For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, visit www.wicbirmingham2018.com .
 
 
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