Felix, 21.69, Merritt, 12.93, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Allyson Felix, 2012 Oly Trials 200m final, photo by PhotoRun.net

Merritt_AriesFL-OlyT12.jpgAries Merritt, 2012 110m Oly Champ,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Allyson Felix ran 21.69 for 200 meters, which is a paradigm changing race. Felix and VCB in the 200 meters in London could be a race for the ages. Aries Merritt, a hurdler who many have wondered about, became the first man to run sub 13 seconds twice in one day (12.98 and 12.93), special thanks to keen observer, TC.


Felix 21.69, Merritt 12.93
EUGENE (USA, Jun 30):
Incredibly deep fields were the theme of the day as 14 Olympians punched their tickets to London (3 world leads 2012) and Allyson Felix shattered the 200m Olympic Trials record in front of a crowd of 20,791 on a drizzly day at Hayward Field. Running away from one of the best fields of American 200-meter women ever assembled, Felix stunned the Hayward Field crowd with a 21.69 (+1.0) victory that took down the 24-year-old meet record of 21.77 set by Florence Griffith-Joyner and became the fourth-fastest woman in history. In her wake, 2011 World silver medalist Carmelita Jeter finished second with a lifetime-best 22.11, and 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross claimed her second spot on the London squad with a 22.22. NCAA winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU placed fourth at 22.34. World Indoor 60m hurdles champion Aries Merritt stepped up in a big way on the outdoor stage in the men's 110m hurdles, moving to equal fifth on the all-time U.S. list and equal eighth on the all-time world list with a 12.93 (+1.2) that saw him beat 2011 World champion Jason Richardson. Richardson matched his PR from the semifinal with a 12.98 in second, and the biggest surprise of the day came from Jeff Porter, who took third with a lifetime-best 13.08 while diving at the finish line. Porter's best coming into the final was 13.19, set in the semifinal earlier in the day. In one of the deepest U.S. races in history, American Record holder David Oliver was fifth at 13.17, and Ryan Wilson seventh at 13.24. Chaunte Lowe, the American record holder, and Arizona's Brigetta Barrett waged one of the best head-to-head U.S. women's high jump competition ever, and it was Lowe who came out on top at a meet-record 201 with no misses through that height. Barrett also cleared 201, the highest ever by a collegian, but had one miss at 195 and placed second. Ageless Amy Acuff, who will turn 37 in a couple weeks, made her fifth Olympic team in placing third with a best of 195. World Outdoor champion Christian Taylor and World Indoor champion Will Claye took advantage of still winds early in the men's triple jump to take the top two spots and earn the only two berths on the London-bound team. Taylor bounded a world-leading 17.63 (0.0) in the opening round, while Claye popped a 17.55 (0.0). Walter Davis, a two-time Olympian in the triple jump, placed third at 16.69 but does not have the A standard of 17.20. 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain didn't have an A standard entering the heptathlon here, but her two days of solid work yielded a 6419 score that not only earned her the win, but also a trip to London. Sharon Day, the only woman coming into the meet with the A, had a lifetime-best score of 6343 to place second, and Chantae McMillan used a PR throw of 50.24 in the javelin to help her score 6188 and push her past the 6150 necessary to go to London. Battling negative winds in the semifinals of the men's 200, NCAA champ Maurice Mitchell had the fastest time overall at 20.43. 2004 Olympic gold medalist and '08 silver medalist Shawn Crawford turned in a season-best 20.48 to also move on, and Wallace Spearmon was an easy winner in his section at 20.59. Trevor Barron replaced his coach Tim Seaman on a pair of American record en route to qualifying for his first Olympic team. Barron's winning time of 1:23:00.10 in the men's 20,000m race walk established the American record along with his 15,000m time of 1:02:06.57. From USATF.

Parchment 13.18, fast 200m semifinals
KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 30): World and Olympic 200m champion Usain Bolt qualified for the men's 200m finals with a time of 20.26 (+1.3), whilst compatriot Yohan Blake qualified with the fastest time, of 19.93 (+1.7) during second day of Jamaican Trials. Warren Weir 19.99 and Nickel Ashmeade 20.15 (+1.2) will also be in the final. On the women's side, defending Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, made sure of her finals spot by clocking 22.79 (+1.6). National 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce qualified with the fastest time 22.55 (+1.8), to set up an interesting showdown in the finals. Anneisha McLaughin, who ran 22.83 to beat Kerron Stewart 22.96, Sherone Simpson 22.66, and Samantha Henry-Robinson 22.83, will add more fire to the final Olympic silver medalist Novlene Williams-Mills, ran the fastest time heading into the finals of the women's 400m, after posting 50.52 to take the first heat. Williams-Mills leads Racers athlete Rosemarie Whyte, who clocked 51.11, to take the second heat. Olympic medalist Sherika Williams also qualified for the finals clocking 51.58. In the men's equivalent, national record holder Jermaine Gonzales qualified for the finals, running 45.27. Rusheen McDonald ran the fastest time heading into the finals, clocking 45.23. In the 800m, Kenia Sinclair the national record holder and defending champion, retained her crown with victory in 2:01.55 and qualified for her second Olympics. The men's equivalent didn't produce the Olympic standard. Victory went to Ricardo Cunningham in 1:48.00 seconds. University of the West Indies hurdler Hansle Parchment, qualified for his first Olympics, by winning the men's 110m hurdles in a time of 13.18 (+1.3), lowering his previous mark of 13.19. Andrew Riley and Richard Phillips secured the next two Olympics spots, running 13.28 and 13.43. Earlier Travis Smikle qualified for his first Olympics with a brilliant throw of 67.12, to take the discus crown over national record holder Jason Morgan 61.93. In the women's 3000m steeplechase, Korene Hinds with 9:46.46 took top honours. Writes Trackalerts.com.

Gladys Cherono double
PORTO NOVO (BEN, Jun 30): During day 4 of African championships complete podium for Kenyans in 10 000m women with Gladys Cherono taking a double after 5k in 32:41.40 over her team-mates Priscah Jepleting 32:45.73 and Betsy Saina in 32:48.36. Top Ethiopian Merima Hasem was fourth 33:09.25. Chris Harmse won for South Africa again the hammer 77.22 over Mohsen Anany of Egypt 74.31. Tosin Oke was on top in triple jump for Nigeria 16.98 (+1.2), Lehan Fourie clocked 13.60 (-1.1) to win the hurdles. Margaret Simpson who did not finish the heptathlon, won the javelin for Ghana 54.62. World leader Sunette Viljoen was not competing at the end of the day. Algerian Yasmina Omrani scored 5924 in heptathlon to be the best. Mouhcine Cheaouri cleared 510 to take the pole vault. In the 200 m semifinals fastest times for Nigerian Gloria Asumnu 22.98 (-1.4) and Ben Meite 20.61 (-1.2).


SAPPORO (JPN, Jul 1): Kenyan Martin Mathathi won the Sapporo Half-Marathon in 1:01:35 ahead of Mekubo Mogusu 1:01:51 and Joseph Gitau 1:02:00, best Japanese Arata Fujiwara as 6th 1:02:48. Mai Ito was the best woman in 1:10:52 beating Yoko Miyauchi 1:11.04 and Hiroko Miyauchi 1:11:26.

CALGARY (CAN, Jun 30): At Canadian Nationals Dylan Armstrong won the shot put title with 21.29 ahead of Justin Rodhe 20.30. In the most expected 100 m hurdles final heptathlete Jessica Zelinka clocked 12.68 (+0.7) to win over Phylica George 12.72, Nikkita Holder 12.80, Angela Whyte 12.90 and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 12.17 (12.81 in semifinals). Perdita Felicien false started after 12.93 (-1.5) in semis. 200 m races for Tremaine Harris 20.68 (-1.6, but 20.61-0.9 in semifinal) and Crystal Emmanuel 23.27 (-1.7). Geoffrey Harris won the 800 m in 1:46.49 and Sarah Wells the 400 m hurdles in 55.71 ahead of Fawn Dorr 56.50. Hammer title for Heather Stacy 70.48 over Sultana Frizell 69.21.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Jun 30): Penultimate day of Trofeu Brasil Caixa Atletismo had Luiz Alberto de Araujo scoring 8276 points in decathlon. Ronald Odair was the best in the discus 63.13. From semis 20.52 in the 200m by Aldemir Gomes (+0.4) and Bruno de Barros (-0.1), Rosangela Santos 22.97 (-0.1) in the women 200 m semifinal.

ALMATY (KZK, Jun 30): First day of Asian All-Stars meet registered new national record for Iran as Reza Ghasemi clocked 10.24 (+0.6). In women events Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakchstan posted 51.67 in the 400 m and Marina Aitova 195 in the high jump, both Asian leaders for 2012. Olga Bludova got 11.26 (+0.8) in the 100 m, and Tatyana Azarova 55.71 in the 400 m hurdles and Margarita Mukasheva 2:00.48 in the 800 m, all confirming solid shape by Kazakhstan athletes. World medalist Olga Rypakova leaped to 14.49 (-0.2) in the triple jump.

HAVANA (CUB, Jun 29): Roberto Skyers clocked at another open meet 20.58 (+0.1) in the 200 m, Rose Almanza 1:59.55 in women 800 m and Yunior Lastre at age of 30 new discus PB 65.17 m.

NOTTWIL (SUI, Jun 30): Fast times at Swiss Meeting here. French Reina-Flor Okori posted 12.72 (+0.1) at 100 m hurdles. Also men hurdles fast by French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 13.42 (-0.5) ahead of German Erik Balnuweit 13.46, the olympic standard. Briton Marlon Devonish posted 10.32, 20.64 wins (both with +0.1). Andrew Steele of GBR won the 400 m in 45.83.Varg Konigsmark got the 400 m hurdles in 49.54 ahead of another German Silvio Schirrmeister 49.66. Former 1500m world champion Maryam Jamal testes her shape in the 800m with 2:00.44.

AMIENS (FRA, Jun 30): David Alerte clocked 20.80 (+0.7) at national meeting here. Fast 1500 m by Algerian Abderrahmane Anou 3:35.62 ahead of Kenyan Benjamin Kipkirui 3:37.43 and Ukrainian Oleksandr Borisyuk 3:39.38. Nicholas Gomont leaped to 800 (-0.4) in the long jump.

ETON (GBR, Jun 30): At Last chance meets in England before selectors choose Olympic team on Monday Joice Maduaka won the 200 m in 23.24 (+3.7) and Eden Francis got 17.10 in the shot put.
HENDON (GBR, Jun 30): Richard Davenport won the 400 m Hurdles in 50.37, Tom Parsons won the high jump on count back from Martyn Bernard at 225, Chris Tomlinson returned from Helsinki to long jump 793w (+2.7), Abdul Buhari attained the olympic A standard in discus with 65.24 ahead of Brett Morse 64.35 (sb) and newcomer Zane Duquemin PB of 63.46. Alex Smith won the hammer with 74.49. In womens event Lorraine Ugen won long jump 652w (+3.2) and World indoor champion Yamile Aldama returned after shoulder injury with 13.03 (0.3) off short approach.

BUCURESTI ((ROU, Jun 29): Romanian 20 km walk titles for Ana Rodean 1:36:20 and Marius Cocioran 1:30:17.


MOSCOW (RUS): Russian star long jumper Darya Klishina did a shoot for Vogue Russia. She is in preparation for Russian national championships which will begin on July 3 in Cheboksary.

EUGENE (USA):  Heartbreak gave way to hope for miler Gabriele Anderson when USA Track & Field officials reinstated her after she was disqualified last night from heat 2 of the 1500m semi-finals of the USA Olympic Trials.  She will now be allowed to compete in Sunday's final which will determine the USA Olympic team based on order of finish with Olympic Games "A" standard. "The jury of appeals has met and will be advancing 13 people to the final of the women's 1500m, including Gabriele Anderson," reported USA Track & Field official Katie Landry in an e-mail message to Race Results Weekly. Also advancing will be Alice Schmidt who had originally finished sixth and had been moved up to the fifth place qualifying position based on Anderson's original disqualification.

EBERSTADT (GER): German top high jumper Ariane Friedrich will not jump on July 1 in Eberstadt in her quest to achieve the olympic standard of 195 cm. She returned on Saturday from Helsinki. She will ask for special permission to be selected. German Federation will decide on Monday whether to ask the German Olympic and Sports Federation for such a permission.

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