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Keni Harrison ran a fantastic time in the 100m hurdles at the Pre Classic, with a 12.24. Then, at the Trials, Keni Harrison finished fourth in the Trials. What an agony! Finally, in London, on July 22, Keni Harrison breaks a WR that lasted 28 years, with her fine 12.20!

Here is Alex Mill's eyewitness story on the Keni's fine race!

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World record in hurdles

LONDON (GBR, Jul 22): First day of Muller Anniversary Games at Olympic Stadium in London with some 40 000+ crowd in good summer weather was very special. First of all because of 100 m hurdles World record 12.20 (12.194) by Kendra Harrison. Then because of Usain Bolt confirming his fitness with fast 200 m. Then because Laura Muir winning the 1500 m in British record. Another national mark for the home crowd in women 4x100 m and World leads for Taylor triple and Miller 400 m. Fireworks at the end was the appropriate finale.


Event by event

Men

100 m: Vicaut after 9.96 (+0.3) in heats confirmed his position with 10.02 (+0.4) win in finals.

200 m (non-DL): Bolt in his first 200 m of the year showed good shape, 19.89 (-0.3) is 5th best of 2016.

800 m: Bosse European lead 2016 1:43.88 over improved Canadian McBride 1:43.95 PB.

Emsley Carr Mile (non-DL): Kiplagat fulfilled the favorite role 3:53.04.

PV (non-DL): Lavillenie after Sotteville in top shape with 590 nice clearance and attempts at 597.

TJ: Taylor improved not only his own WL but also Edwards´s MR to 17.78 in last round (+0.6).

JT: First ever DL win for Czech Vadlejch 85.72.


Women

400 m: Miller in her own class and WL and PB 49.55.

1500 m: European win in British record 3:57.49 Laura Muir, also meet record. 2nd fastest of the year.

100mH: World Record! Kendra Harrison had her Olympics at Olympic Stadium 12.20 (+0.3). Donkova forgotten. She got already in heats MR 12.40 (+0.2).

400mH (non-DL): Muhammad confirmed her Nr.1 position in lists 53.90. Eurochamp Petersen improved season best to 54.33 as 2nd.

4x100 m (non-DL: What an improvement by British girls 41.81 is WL, NR and MR. Philip, Henry, Asher-Smith, Neita.

HJ: Beitia in third attempt over 198 and gets the win. That is simple the experience. KJT 195 PB as 3rd.




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Super Saturday promised

LONDON (GBR): Second day of Muller Anniversary Games is promising British Super Saturday with Mo Farah in 5000 m and Jessica Ennis-Hill in long jump. It is nearly sold out, good weather promised, also IPC events will be held. Men 4x100 m could bring fast times, possibly the fastest of the year. Top International stars will be female sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 100 m and Dafne Schippers in the 200 m.

Event by event preview

Men

400 m (non-DL): Eurochamp Rooney vs Euroleader Hudson-Smith.
5000 m: Farah show. Strong Kenyans there I. Koech and Soi and ever young Lagat.
110mH (non-DL): Bascou to prove his Eurotitle against nice group headed by Aries Merritt. Heats and finals.
400mH: Amsterdam winner Copello against US trials winner Clement and sad looser from Eugene but World leader Dutch.
LJ: Forbes is Herculis winner, but Torneus jumped far in Spain.
SP: Kovacs to prove his shape in first duel 2016 with Storl.
4x100 m: Two British strong teams against Jamaica, USA, Brazil, Canada and France. First sub 38 of the year is possible.

Women

100 m (non-DL): Fraser-Pryce against Ahye and Asher-Smith. Heats and finals.
200 m: Schippers show. Meet record 22.10 is in danger.
800 m (non-DL): Fans hoping for home win (Sharp), but Ludlow is in shape.
Steeple: Is Ghribi having the shape to win? Top Kenyans and Ethiopians missing. Surprise from Hills or Kipp?
PV: Stefanidi to continue in winning, but also Silva, Murer and again healthy Buchler there.
LJ: Multi stars JEH and KJT versus Proctor.
DT: Perkovic to win with motivation to improve the meet record 68.04.

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Farah in good mood


LONDON (GBR): Olympic and World winner Mo Farah confirmed that 5000 m on Saturday will be his last race before the Rio Olympics and the double gold medallist from London 2012 was upbeat about his preparations leading up to the Olympic Games. "Everything has gone well and I'm on the right step, it's crazy to think that in three weeks' time it is the Olympics. It would be nice to win the race, but most importantly respect the guys and see what I can come away with. It's my last race, and in the past I've always competed well in my last races before big championships and it gives me a massive boost." He also said per BBC that he feels sympathy for the clean Russian athletes unable to compete at the Rio Olympics but says countries have to follow the rules and that he only wants to run against clean athletes. Express.co.uk is citing him about coming Olympics: "People always think, oh Mo will double up, he's going to win the two golds, but it won't be that easy. I have just got to do 10,000m, get through that and then once I've got that out the way, come back for the heats of the 5,000 and hopefully make it to the final." In response to reports of Kenyan long distance runners who are preparing to act as a team to beat Farah, he answered: "Let's bring it!"

The Crisis in Russian Athletics

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RUSSIA CASE

LAUSANNE (SUI): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decisions in the arbitrations between the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), a number of Russian athletes (the Claimant Athletes) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The CAS has dismissed both the request for arbitration filed by the ROC and 68 Claimant Athletes, and the appeal filed by 67 of the same athletes against the IAAF decision to consider them as ineligible for the Olympic Games in Rio. The arbitrations were referred to a Panel of CAS arbitrators: Prof. Luigi Fumagalli, Italy (President), Mr Jeffrey G. Benz, United States and His Honour James Robert Reid QC, United Kingdom. The Panel held a hearing with the parties on 19 July 2016. The CAS Panel has confirmed the validity of the IAAF's decision to apply Rules 22.1(a) and 22.1A of the IAAF Competition Rules, which state that athletes whose national federation is suspended by the IAAF are ineligible for competitions held under the IAAF Rules, in accordance with the Olympic Tribunal Arbitral du Sport Court of Arbitration for Sport. The release also states that the ROC is entitled to enter as representatives of the Russian Federation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the Russian track and field athletes who fulfil the criteria and are eligible to compete under IAAF Competition Rule 22.1A. Since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was not a party in the arbitrations, the CAS found that it had no jurisdiction to determine whether the IOC is entitled generally to accept or refuse the nomination by ROC of Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

MONACO (MON): The IAAF has taken a strong stance on upholding the World Anti-Doping Code without fear and favour and is pleased that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has supported its position. Today's judgement has created a level playing field for athletes. The CAS award upholds the rights of the IAAF to use its rules for the protection of the sport, to protect clean athletes and support the credibility and integrity of competition. Says IAAF in a statement. IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: "While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements. I didn't come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation's instinctive desire to include, not exclude. Beyond Rio the IAAF Taskforce will continue to work with Russia to establish a clean safe environment for its athletes so that its federation and team can return to international recognition and competition."

MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Phil Jones, has made the following comments in the wake of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to reject the appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes. "Athletics Australia welcomes the decision by CAS to uphold the IAAF ban on Russian athletes competing in athletics at the upcoming Olympic Games. It is a victory for clean sport and sends a powerful message to people and organisations that breach doping rules for their own benefit," Jones said.

MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF president Dmitriy Shlakhtin said that one more appeal for any court against CAS decision will have zero effect. "We have only one way, we should go further. We need to be restored and we'll do all possible to return trust from the IAAF and IOC," Shlyakhtin told Sport-express. He's sure that the expected IOC decision would not bring any differences but he expressed hopes that IOC will meet even some 'cleanest' athletes' halfway. Shlyakhtin also assured that Russian track and field athletes would not lose state and regional support to continue their trainings.

MOSCOW (RUS): The ruling of the CAS banning Russian track and field athletes from competing at next month's Olympics in Rio is directed against athletes, RusAF general secretary Mikhail Butov told reporters on Thursday. "The largest frustration is that lots of 'clean' athletes have been punished," Butov said. "The athletes who have never been implicated in doping, will stay aside from the Olympics. The decision is directed against the athletes."

MOSCOW (RUS): The Russian sports authorities intend to turn to the IAAF ethics as no probes of this organization's activity are held, informs Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko. "We recognize and respect the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This is a judicial body but the IAAF's behavior and persistence cause indignation. Corruption has been exposed in it... Our athletes and we intend to apply to the ethics committee [of the IAAF]," Mutko said.

MOSCOW (RUS): Official statement of Russian Olympic Committee says that ROC is utterly frustrated with the ruling of the CAS on the ROC lawsuit against the IAAF. "The most dangerous precedent has been created and since that the entire sporting community will live under new laws. We do not know where today's CAS ruling has stemmed from and what has motivated it, but the ROC is determined in its activities to fight for the rights of all clean athletes to the end at any international human rights organizations as we are absolutely convinced that personal responsibility cannot and must not include the innocent ones," the statement said.

MOSCOW (RUS): "I'm very sad and disappointed. Total apathy. I would like to fight to the end but I'm not sure there is any sense to do that. What I have to do? Is there any reason to continue my trainings? Maybe, it would be better to finish my career? I know and understand nothing now," said 110 m hurdles reigning World champion Sergey Shubenkov. He also noted that he would never change the citizenship just for ability to compete in Rio.

ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): Gennadiy Gabrilyan, coach of reigning high jump World champion Mariya Kuchina, says that they were prepared to work for a miracle at coming Olympics. He assured that Kuchina was ready to clear 203 in Rio and to win her event. Her 200 at Russian Cup on Thursday is "our answer to the IAAF. They must know that in spite of circumstances we're alive, clean and ready to fight for medal at any competitions," said Gabrilyan on his quote to Sport-Express.

MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time pole vault Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva said that she'll not be surprised if RusAF would not be restored by the IAAF during next four years. She'll continue her practices until IOC decision on July 24. "Then there will not be any sense to train if we'll be also denied by IOC. CAS statement says that IOC can allow some athletes to compete in Rio. Firstly, I took these words as weak hope but now I don't believe it could happen. Everything I can do is to appeal to International Court of Human Rights individually but it would not have nothing with Olympics as it'll be too late," said Isinbayeva. She also noted that "who ever won in Rio, it'll be only second place" without her participation. "To win in Rio with new world record was my goal. I don't know how high it would be, but I think not less than 510," Isinbayeva added.

LONDON (GBR): Usain Bolt spoke about the decision to ban the Russian athletics team from the Rio Olympics, informs AP. "It's a good message to show that if you cheat or you go against the rules then we're going to take serious action. This will scare a lot of people, or send a strong message that the sport is serious, we want a clean sport," he said. Bolt added that he wouldn't be against the authorities banning other nations who are in breach of the rules. "If you have the proof and you catch somebody I definitely feel you should take action. And if you feel banning the whole team is the right action then I am all for it."

LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that a letter from 14 National Anti-Doping Agencies (NADOs) has been sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to urge them to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee and provisionally deny Russian athletes entry to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The NADOs of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States have all signed the letter to IOC President Thomas Bach.

London Diamond League Preview

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Farah_MoFL1a-LondonDL15.jpgMo Farah, London DL, July 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

For much of Mo Farah's career, his last race before a major championship is at a DL in the UK. Running two miles, 3000 meters or 5000 meters, Mo Farah uses the race to finely hone his already fine racing skills to the highest of levels. Fans thrill to Mo running a last 800 meters in 1:53, or a killer last lap. With such an event as one of the final events of one of the evenings, the crowd goes away excited and ready for another day of athletics.

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The MÜLLER Anniversary Games will be held in the Olympic Stadium in London, on July 22 and July 23. The meet is the last time many of our sport's finest athletes will compete before the Olympics, which will happen August 12-21. Enjoy the info below, which is how we recieve them when I am covering meets on site.

Please enjoy the starting lists, the schedules for Days 1 and 2!

Start Lists for July 22-23, 2016, Anniversary Games: Startlists.pdf

Schedule, July 22, 2016, Day 1: Schedule_Day1.pdf

Schedule, July 23, 2016, Day 2: Schedule_Day2.pdf

Biographical Start Lists, 22Jul16.pdf

Biographical Start Lists, 23Jul16.pdf

London Compact Media Info Sheets: London-2016-Compact-Media-Information-Sheets.pdf

To learn more about British Athletics, and its social media:

For more information visit www.britishathletics.org.uk

Follow us on:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/britishathletics

Twitter - @britathletics

Youtube - www.youtube.com/britishathleticstv

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The treatment that Caster Semenya received in 2009 in Berlin is indefensible. However, that Caster Semenya will more than likely win both the 400m and 800m in Rio will open a rift in our sport that will be as deep and hurtful as the doping crisis. Pat Butcher, one of our sport's finest writers, wrote this piece on the Caster and her situation. Please make sure that you read globerunner.org every chance you can. Pat Butcher is thought provoking.

Bolt_UsainHS-LondonDL15.jpgUsain Bolt, London 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

The MÜLLER London Anniversary Games is one of the finest stops of the Diamond League. One of the major reasons I like it is the press conferences. It is one of the events where I can actually sit down and speak with the major athletes and have in depth discussions, all the while enjoying the company of my friends in the British media. I will miss the event this year, but you do not have to! Here is a piece from Craig Gundersen of British Athletics. Craig is part of the fine team in the media department at British Athletics. I see them each and every British meeting that I have attended for the past decade, and I truly enjoy and appreciate their concern for helping the media do their job. The team at British Athletics does a fantastic job at providing quotes, interview opps, and access for media at their four major events. I will miss them this weekend.

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Kim Collins, photo by PhotoRun.net

Collins for 5th Olympics

BASSETERRE (SKN): Kim Collins has been cleared for Rio to compete for his country St. Kitts and Nevis. It will be his 5th olympics at age of 40. Collins and the St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) issued a joint statement announcing that a path has now been cleared for his participation "following closure on the long-standing issues between the two parties". "I am extremely happy that our longstanding issues have finally been put to rest, and I will once again have the honour of representing my country in track and field," Collins said. Informs insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: Kim Collins is one of the most enduring athletes in the sport. That he is able to compete in his fifth Olympics is pretty incredible. We look forward to seeing him in Rio!

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