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RunBlogRun comments: The men's high jump was the finest event of the Birmingham meeting. Barshim started to fly at 2.31 meters, then, 2.33 meters, and at 2.35 meters. Then, the gambler came out and Barshim passed 2.37 meters, then took two attempts at 2.39 meters. On his final attempt, Barshim went over 2.40 meters and cleared!

A magnifiscent end to Mo Farah's track career, with a 3000m win in front of his fans. Now, off to Zurich.

This is an audio call of Mo Farah's last domestic race. This 3000 meters closed the 2017 Birmingham DL on 20 August. Mo Farah won his last race in front of a nearly packed stadium. Geoff Wightman called the race (and I provided some comments on the audio). The crowd came to see Mo Farah run his last race after his gold and silver in London.

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The meet had some fine highlights: the men's shot put, the mens' high jump, a fantastic women's 3000 meters and 1,500 meters, as well as a fantastic women's 400 meters.

Mo Farah was here to see his British fans, and after the race, in the rain, many stayed to see Mo do his victory lap.

Mo Farah will race on Thursday, 24 August 2017 in Zurich as his last track race on the continent. RunBlogRun will be there.

A tale of four 100 meters races...


RunBlogRun comments: This is Stuart Weir's first piece on the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham. It is early, as Stuart and I agreed to a piece on Monday. I like this view of the four very different 100 meter races. Enjoy the story, as you have Stuart's pieces all season long, as he has traipsed around Europe and North Africa, covering events for @runblogrun.

Thompson_Elaine-Pre17.JPGElaine Thompson, Pre Classic, photo by

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RunBlogRun opines: One week after the end of the London World Championships, I was concerned on how the Birmingham meeting would go. Would athletes be tired? Some were, but also, some behaved like the new champions that they were.

In this piece, Justin Lagat writes about the fine distance runners racing in Alexander Stadium on Sunday, 20 August.

Isaac Makwala ran a 200m/400m double at the Meeting de Atletisimo Madrid, on July 14, 2017, that opened many eyes. At Madrid, Isaac Makwala ran 43.92 for 400 meters, then, a fine 200 meters, at 19.77 (+0.0). The time between the races was 2 hours, and 20 minutes.

Much is in dispute, but Isaac Makwala was suspected of being sick with the novovirus or gastrointestinal issues, and he was not allowed to run the final. Suffice it to say, this may have been poorly managed, but the intention was to protect two thousand athletes. Using IAAF's own rules, the IAAF allowed Isaac Makwala to run a lonely 200 meters, where he had to break 20.50. He ran 20.20. and 90 minutes later, he ran 20.14.

The next day, Isaac Makwala did not do well in th 200 meter final. In the 4x400 meters, his team dropped a baton, and his chance in the 4x400m was over.

I hope that Isaac Makwala has other days to shine in our sport. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I felt that Isaac Makwala had, a series of very bad days. Sometimes, that happens to athletes before they have a great performance.

We wish Isaac Makwala many healthy days in our sport and perhaps, even, a medal or two that he deserves, but as well all know, it all has to be there on the race day!

A very exuberant Isaac Makwala placing 2nd in his 200m semi-final. #London2017 #IAAFWorlds

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I really, truly, wanted to interview Hero the Hedgehog. He was the only athlete that I missed at the London 2017 World Champs was Hero. This was not some person dressed up in a costume. No, sir! Hero the Hedgehog, was apparently, a former NBC cheerleader!

If you wanted the moves, the somersaults, the zip line, the other crazy adventures, Hero got everyone involved, including the one and only Usain Bolt.

Most importantly, Hero spanned the needs of the crowd, between goofiness and amazing athleticism for person in a hedgehog costume.

Well, now that I have appalled most of my readers, I will get to the next subject!

Brittney Reese competes in the long jump like no other. With the likes of Ivana Spanovic, Tianna Bartoletta and Dariya Klishina (also Lorraine Ugen), the womens' LJ is one of the intruiging events on the circuit.

Brittney Reese needed to jump 7.02m to gain her gold medal, her fourth outdoors! Dariya Klishina had her best jump in six years, with a 7.00m, and Tianna Bartoletta, after two months of personal hell, and difficult long jump, where she only got her step down on jump five, took the bronze by one centimeter!

I want to come back to Brittney Reese. I have known Brittney for years. I absolutely love her athleticism, and her ability to compete, event after event. She is an absolutely fun interview. I did not know, until Brittney's recent post, that some racists pigs were sending her social media junk that is hateful. Brittney posted a few on the social media world and it outraged me. Brittney uses those responses as motivation.

Thinking of how classy that Brittney Reese has always been and how she stays. Consider this: Brittney has won gold and silver in Olympics, four golds in World Outdoors and three golds in world indoors! She is the long jump goddess!

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WELLINGTON (NZL): Nick Willis is aiming to contest the 1500m and 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the New Zealand Herald. "I'm hoping October, November and December I can keep a consistent 100-105 mile week average going until Christmas, and that should lay a really good foundation to have a crack at a successful 5000/1500 double at the Commonwealth Games. It's something that I have been wanting to do after Rio, but with all my injury setbacks it wasn't even really an option for this year," he said.

Engels_CraigFH-Falmouth17.JPGCraig Engels, Nick Willis, Colby Alexander, NB Falmouth Mile, photo by

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The NB Falmouth Miles have become a memorable part of the NB Falmouth weekend. This is the feature from Race Results Weekly, used with permission, by Chris Lotsbom. We hope you enjoy it!

fale4.JPGBill Rodgers with medals for Falmouth Kids races, photo by Jeff Benjamin

RunBlogRun comments: This is the fourth update on the NB Falmouth weekend. Jeff Benjamin has written each day to the big day, Sunday, August 20, 2017. Enjoy his report on Saturday, August 19. We hope you enjoy our coverage of this important New England road race fixture, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race.

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