Monday June 17, 2013
Yes, Usain Bolt will lose an occasional sprint race, but you can count on him to bounce back strongly following those defeats, as he did at Oslo's Bislett Games last Thursday. Bolt lost a 100-meter race to Justin Gatlin in the previous Diamond League meet, in Rome, but he won Oslo's 200 in a world-leading 19.79 seconds to set a Bislett Games record.
Other meet highlights included Meseret Defar's 5000-meter victory in a world-leading 14:26.90. Rising steeplechase star Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, the 2012 World Junior champion, won his race in 8:04.48, while Caterine Ibarguen leaped 14.81 meters (48 feet, 7 inches) to beat triple jump rival Olha Saladuha (14.56/47-9¼).
Ayanieh Souleiman of Djibouti won Oslo's Dream Mile, traditionally one of the world's premier mile runs, in 3:50.53, to edge Kenya's Nixon Chepseba (3:50.95). Check out the full results from the Oslo meet.
Two throwers established world leads during Saturday's IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge in Poland. Krisztian Pars threw 81.02/265-9 on the men's side, while Betty Heidler took the women's event with a toss measuring 76.48/250-11. Likewise, both winners scored world leads at last weekend's IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Germany. Pascal Behrenbruch won the decathlon with 8,514 points, while heptathlon winner Julia Machtig scored 6,430 points.
Thursday June 13, 2013
Two major sprint upsets highlighted the Golden Gala meet in Rome last week. Usain Bolt suffered a rare loss in the 100 meters, as Justin Gatlin used a late burst to edge Bolt, 9.94 seconds to 9.95, in the Diamond League event. Additionally, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast set a national record of 22.38 seconds to top Allyson Felix (22.64) in the 200.
In the 400-meter hurdles, American Johnny Dutch, the 2008 World Junior silver medalist, again showed why he should be a contender for World Championship honors in Moscow as he won in 48.31. Dutch now owns the two fastest times of the year, including his 48.02 performance last month.
In other events, three runners established world-leading times: Amantle Montsho in the 400 (49.87), Mohammed Aman in the 800 (1:43.61) and Yenew Alamirew in the 5000 (12:54.95). Blanka Vlasic continued her comeback with a season-best 1.95 (6 feet, 4¾ inches) in the high jump, although she finished behind Anna Chicherova and Svetlana Shkolina, who tied for first at 1.98/6-6. Sandra Perkovic won her third straight Diamond League discus event with a toss measuring 68.25/223-11, and Brittney Reese (6.99/22-11) edged Janay DeLoach Soukup (6.97/22-10¼) in the long jump.
Check out the full results from the Golden Gala.
In other highlights during the past week, Piotr Malachowski of Poland threw a national record and world-leading 71.84/235-8 in the discus at Hengelo on Saturday, while Cuban Yarisley Silva leaped a world-leading and Central America-Caribbean record 4.90/16-¾ in the pole vault.
Brianna Rollins ran a world-leading 12.39 in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene last weekend, while Kori Carter posted a world-best 53.21 in the 400 hurdles. Kansas took the NCAA women's championship while Texas A & M and Florida tied for the men's title.
Hanna Melnychenko posted a world-leading 6,416 points to win the heptathlon at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Kladno, Czech Republic on Sunday. Andrei Krauchanka won the decathlon with 8,380 points.
Anita Wlodarczyk the hammer 74.28/243-8 to win the IAAF World Hammer Throw challenge in Moscow on Monday.
Wednesday June 5, 2013
American track fans enjoyed a record-breaking two days at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon last Friday and Saturday. The most popular record-setter in the Diamond League meet wasn't a winner, however, as 17-year-old Mary Cain took fifth in the 800 meters Saturday in a U.S. junior and high school record time of 1:59.51. Francine Niyonsaba won the race in a world-leading 1:56.72.
Earlier Saturday, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar set an Asian high jump record by clearing 2.40 meters (7 feet, 10½ inches), the world's best outdoor jump since 2000, while Hansle Parchment won the 110 hurdles in a world-leading and Jamaican record time of 13.05 seconds.
Saturday's other highlights included a payback victory for LaShawn Merritt over Kirani James in the 400. Merritt, who lost to James in Shanghai last month, finished in 44.32. Edwin Soi upset Mo Farah in the 5000 meters, rallying in the final meters to win in a world-leading 13:04.75. Friday's highlights included Aleksandr Menkov's long jump victory in a personal best and world-leading 8.39/27-6¼, and Christina Obergfall's javelin throw victory in a meet record 67.70/222-1.
Check out the full results from the Prefontaine Classic. The Diamond League continues on June 6 with Rome's Golden Gala meet.
Friday May 31, 2013
With just more than 10 weeks remaining until the outdoor World Championships, check out the qualifying standards athletes must reach to participate in the event, which begins in Moscow on Aug. 10.