May 2014 Archives
Some not particularly well organized thoughts on the men's 10k at Pre this evening, from Kevin Mangan
Galen Rupp wore the mask before the race then took it off and he proved once again that he can run well despite what the pollen count is. The race became a four-man affair a little past the 5k mark with Sambu leading the pack containing Rupp, Tanui and Karoki. Tonight, though, was Galen's night and he was in superb form surging to the front with about 850 meters to go. His last 800 was 1:57 with his last two laps being 59 and 58. Over the last lap he put five seconds on Tanui, eight second on Karoka and ten on Sambu. Not too shabby.
Someone was very excited and anticipated Rupp's record because, as Peter Abraham tweeted, the American Track & Field Records Wikipedia page was updated to include the new 10k record within 30 seconds of Rupp crossing the line. Karoki and Sambu became the 49th and 50th people to ever run under 27 minutes.
RunBlogRun's Kenyan correspondent Justin Lagat tweeted: "Last month, it was Meb in Boston. Today it is Galen Rupp! Americans are now a threat to East African domination of long distance".
Certainly a small sample size, but Justin makes a valid point because it's hard to ignore the names and PBs of the guys both Meb and Rupp took down in their victories. Galen Rupp has now run a faster 10k than Mo Farah ever has. Mo's best time is from the Pre Classic three years ago where he ran 26:46.57
EUGENE (USA): Oregonlive writes a big thumbs up for Nike, which underwrites the two-day Prefontaine Classic, and for the past several years has made the night portion of the meet free to spectators. Free is a very good price, particularly this year, says oregonlive. Galen Rupp will be chasing his own US record in the 10 000 m and high school talent Mary Cain will be opening her season in night's women's 800 m. Also discus women with Olympic and World winner Sandra Perkovic, shot put men with world leader Christian Cantwell and top women long jump (Reese, Klishina, Spanovic, Proctor, Lesueur) will be staged .
Robert Harting, photo by PhotoRun.net
SPORTS AND CULTURE
ZURICH (SUI): The European Championships in Zurich in August will offer a unique mixture of Sport and Culture. Not only competition of the athletes but also national and international artists like DJ Bobo, Sunrise Avenue, Eliana Burki, Marc Sway or Freddy Nock will make the event to a very special summer festival. French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie was a star guest at the press conference in Letzigrund Stadium.
"Im really looking forward to European Championships in Letzigrund. Zurich is well known with its tradition in athletics. They always prepare the best possible conditions for athletes and also allow the spectators to enjoy the event in very special way,"said Lavillenie.
Every competition day will end with a special multi-media show for about 10 minutes. Organisers also informed that already 45% percent of all 54, 405 available tickets are sold, and one third of it into other countries. Another nice figure is the number of sponsors which is now at 37.
(Editor's note: The European Championships are making a bit of a comeback. Strong European athletes, and a well organized team in Zurich means a better event for the sport. RunBlogRun will be there, covering each day LIVE, our first visit to the European Outdoors. As many will know, we have been heading across the pond for the European Indoors for the past three events. Fun times, great track, wonderful people and venues.)
RESULTS (road races with help from RRW)
SAN FRANCISCO (USA, May 18): Kenyan Geoffrey Kenisi won in 35:04 the 103rd Bay to Breakers 12 km race. Women winner Diane Nukuri-Johnson achieved her second first place in a row here (40:19).
BRUSSELS (BEL, May 18): Kenyan Gilbert Kirwa won in 59:05 the 35th 20 km de Bruxelles, the world´s largest 20 km with 40 371 finishers.
SYDNEY (AUS, May 18): Michael Shelly 1:03:17 and Nikki Chapple 1:11:24 dominated the 23rd Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.
PORTO ALEGRE (BRA, May 18): Brazilian Jose dos Santos clocked 2:16:22 to win the 31st Maraton de Porto Alegre. Kenyan Jacklyne Rionoripo was the best woman in 2:34:26.
STRASBOURG (FRA, May 18): Kenyan wins at the 34th Courses de Strasbourg - Europe. In Half Marathon Elisha Rotich 1:03:32 and Chelangat Sang 1:16:21, at 10 km Patrick Ereng 29:36 and Cynthia Kosgei 33:28.
KIGALI (RWA, May 18): Kenyan winner at the 10th MTN Kigali Peace Marathon. Biwot Kipkorir 2:17:55 and Sally Jemutai 2:44:02.
LIMA (PER, May 18): Also at Movistar Lima Marathon Kenyan wins by Simon Njoroke 2:13:43 and Gladys Ruto 2:46:25.
WATFORD (GBR, May 17): Jo Pavey won the 5000 m at the BMC Grand Prix in World masters record for category 40+ 15:11.52.
LAS VEGAS (USA, May 17): At the regional HS meet Vashti Cunningham cleared in high jump 190 and equaled the US youth record of Amy Acuff since 1992.
TARTU (EST, May 16-17): Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais won the javelin here 80.60 and Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius discus with 64.79 personal best.
LUBBOCK (USA): The correct world lead of Courtney Okolo in the 400 m was 50.03 and not 50.01.
EUGENE (USA): The 40th Pre Classic, which will be held (IAAF Diamond League), will feature a strong line up in the men's 5000 m, as inform the organizers. Shanghai winner Yenew Alamirew will look to extend his lead in the Diamond race but will be challenged again by World silver medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet, defending champion Edwin Soi and John Kipkoech. World bronze medalist Isiah Koech joins the fold while Ben True will hope to keep the World leader mantle. Collis Birmingham is entered after beating Galen Rupp at Oxy; he will be joined by fellow World cross country top 10 finisher Chris Derrick while Hassan Mead should also be a threat. The experienced pair of Bernard Lagat and Augustine Choge will also feature. The honorary starter of the race will be Mo Farah.
BEIJING (CHN): Hurdles world champion David Oliver cancelled his participation at the Beijing IAAF World Challenge meet . When pushing out from the starting blocks in Shanghai he felt something in his heel. This feeling prevented him to come up to his normal standard and afterward he also felt some soreness in the heel. In Beijing Oliver had an MRI done which showed no damage to any tendons, ligaments or muscle, but he still feels soreness in the area and for that reason it has been decided not to start in Beijing. David will go back to the USA to get treatment and plans to be on the track for the Eugene DL. "I feel very sorry because China is one of my absolute favorite places to race at and last year I had a really good performance here in Beijing. At the moment, the discomfort in the area is not where I would like it to be, the quick turnaround between races just wasn't in my favor this time. I will come back here fully fit and race again next year", says David per information of his management group.
4x400m Relays, Moscow 2013,
photo by PhotoRun.net
IAAF WORLD RELAY NEWS
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada has named a squad of 20 athletes for the World Relays. They will field men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400-metre relays. 3 of the bronze medal winning 4x100m team from Moscow are named; Justyn Warner, Dontae Richards-Kwok and Gavin Smellie while all of the women's 4x100m squad who placed 6th in Moscow are on the squad; Crystal Emmanuel, Kimberley Hyacinthe, Shai Davis, Khamica Bingham.
FRANKFURT (GER): National 100m champions Verena Sailer and Julien Reus lead the 17 athlete German team for the World Relays which consists of men's and women's 4x100m and 4x200m teams. Other athletes in the squad are Christian Blum, Sebastian Ernst, the on form Lucas Jakubczyk, Martin Keller and the entire women's 4x100m squad that placed 4th in Moscow; Tatjana Pinto, Yasmin Kwadwo, Inna Weit and Sailer.
NASSAU (BAH): More than 17 schools from Nassau and the Family Islands participated in the test event for the upcoming World Relays, inform bahamasathletics.com. The LOC Managing Director, Lionel Haven said he was very pleased with the running of the event, saying that "everything has gone well."
KINGSTON (JAM): Yohan Blake and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce headline a powerful Jamaican squad to the inaugural IAAF World Relays scheduled for The Bahamas between and . Informs Jamaica Observer. The full team will be announced after later with Jamaica set to participate in all the relays except the 4x1500m events.
Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ivan Ukhov, photo by PhotoRun.net
ROMA (ITA): Organisers of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea have revealed the headline acts for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on . With all five athletes who have cleared 240 over the past 12 months, the men's high jump will be one of the most eagerly awaited athletics clashes of the season. Bondarenko, Barshim, Ukhov, Drouin and Dmitrik. Also jumping Kynard, Silnov, Protsenko, Tsyplakov and Fassinotti. IAAF world athlete of the year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking for her first 100m victory in Rome after finishing second in 2009 and 2012, but she will be up against double world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure, the woman who beat her in Rome two years ago. For the first time ever in an IAAF Diamond League meeting, world champion Brianna Rollins will race against Olympic champion Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles. 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson is also in the field. In the men's 100m, world silver medallist Justin Gatlin and world bronze medallist Nesta Carter will face world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty. Having got his IAAF Diamond League campaign underway in Doha with a world-leading 3:29.18, Asbel Kiprop leads the entries for the metric mile in Rome. He will face world indoor 3000m champion Caleb Ndiku, 2011 world silver medallist Silas Kiplagat, world indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh Souleiman and Ethiopian record-holder Aman Wote. World indoor 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba will run the 5000 m against Mercy Cherono and Almaz Ayana, the world silver and bronze medallist respectively. Following their exciting clash in Doha, world champion Mohammed Aman and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos will continue their rivalry in the 800m in Rome. Over one lap of the track, world champion LaShawn Merritt will face Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos and world indoor champion Pavel Maslak. The heavyweights of the discus world will also clash as three-time world champion Robert Harting faces Piotr Malachowski, the man who last year ended Harting's two-and-a-half-year winning streak. Two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi will once again face old foe Brimin Kipruto, the 2008 Olympic champion and Paul Kipsiele Koech. World champion and 2013 Diamond Race winner Eunice Sum will be the favourite in the 800m, where she will face world indoor champion Chanelle Price and 2009 world champion Caster Semenya. Both triple jump fields contain three global champions. Olympic champion Christian Taylor will be up against 2012 world indoor champion Will Claye and reigning world indoor champion Lyukman Adams in the men's event, while the women's field includes 2011 world champion Olga Saladukha, world champion Caterine Ibarguen and world indoor champion Ekaterina Koneva. Having missed most of the 2013 season after giving birth, two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova will face African record-holder Sunette Viljoen, world leader Kim Mickle in the javelin and Doha winner Martina Ratej. In the shot, New Zealand's Valerie Adams will be looking to keep her winning streak alive.
Justin Gatlin, photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net
SHANGHAI (CHN): ´s second leg of IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai will have interesting sprint clashes. On the men side in the 100 m Justin Gatlin is coming from top time against the wind in Tokyo and second placer Mike Rodgers will be also there. Jamaica will be represented by World bronze medalist Nesta Carter. Super veteran Kim Collins is still ready to mix the cards and other US sprinters in the field include Ryan Bailey and Charles Silmon, European representative will be Briton Dwain Chambers. High hurdles will see top names from Doha (Oliver, Shubenkov, Martinot-Lagarde, Wilson) against 2008 Olympic winner Dayron Robles. Late withdrawal is here world record holder Aries Merritt. In the 400 m hurdles World medalists Jehue Gordon and Michael Tinsley will face in shape Bershawn Jackson and Jeffrey Gibson of Bahamas, experienced US Johnny Dutch and returning LJ Van Zyl. Two women sprints have exclusive duels. In the 200 m Jamaican stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce against Veronica Campbell-Brown and in the 400 m Allyson Felix in her first race since Moscow against 2011 World champion Amantle Montsho. In the 200 m attacking from behind will be Blessing Okagbare who was so close to SAFP in Doha 100 m and mainly unbeaten this year talented Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas. In the 400 m dark horse for sure World leader Francena McCorory with strong Jamaican presence (Spencer, N. Williams-Mills and McPherson).
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Doha, Qatar - It's my last night in the capital of the world's wealthiest country so I spent part of it hunting for early evening shots around West Bay and its constantly changing skyline.
I wasn't too pleased with the pickings among the few dozen scenes I shot; it didn't take me long to admit to myself that the lack of inspiration came from the setting itself. And because I was just tired of looking at lots of tall buildings. The one above I liked mostly because I saw these building in various stages of construction during previous visits, but never finished until now.
I'm heading to the airport in a couple hours; look for more about Qatar later in the week.
About that wealth figure: It's the richest per capita at US$103,401, up a massive 34.1% from 2008. Luxembourg is a distant second at $77,935.
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Cindy Billaud, photo by PhotoRun.net
BILLAUD 12.79 OVER THE HURDLES
MONTGERON (FRA, May 11): Elite meeting which opens the track meetings season in France registered despite bad weather new meeting records in the speciality of this event, the 250 m sprints. In women category 29.89 by Myriam Soumare and among men Jeffrey John 26.46. Fast hurdles by Cindy Billaud 12.79 (+1.3) in heats and 12.80 (+1.2) in final. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde returning from Doha achieved 13.45 (+1.3) over Briton Lawrence Clarke 13.57. Soumare was active being also twice second at the meet (600 in long jump and 11.60 in the 100 m). Here the winner Marie-Jose Talou of Ivory Coast 11.46 (+0.7). Moroccan men wins by Aziz Ouhadi in the 100 m 10.45 (+1.9) and Nader Belhanbel 1:47.35 in the 800 m. World medalist Melina Robert-Michon won discus 60.22. In the 3000 m Moroccan Sofiyane Bougantar won the 3000 m in 7:52.64 over Czech Jakub Holusa who clocked PB 7:52.82. World indoor medalist Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine won the high jump with 226 over Russian Lev Misirov 224 and Romanian Mihai Donisan also 224.
(Editor's note: France has a plethora of small meetings. On my bucket list in 2015, is to visit many of their indoor events. I will attend the second half of the DL season in Europe, plus the Europeans and World Cup! )
Jason Henderson, photo by PhotoRun.net
FAST SPRINTS, BIG JUMPS IN GUADELOUPE
BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 10): Despite head-wind fast times at the 10th jubilee of Meeting International Region Guadeloupe in the French territory in Carribean area. Trinidad´s double Olympic bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon clocked 44.91 in the 400 m beating Bahama´s relay olympic winners Ramon Miller 45.21 and Chris Brown 45.23 what is World masters record for category 35+. Impressive long jump by US Jeff Henderson 825 PB (+0.9) ahead of Tyron Stewart windy 820 (+2.4), Mike Hartford 812 (+1.2) and Briton JJ Jegede legal 803 (+0.3). In the 200 m Maurice Mitchell 20.40 (-0.1) ahead of Briton James Ellington 20.57. Over the hurdles Dominic Berger 13.48 (-0.5) beating French talent Wilhelm Belocian 13.78 PB at senior hurdles just edging former World champion Ladji Doucoure 13.79. On the women side impressive 12.77 (-0.8) hurdles win for Dawn Harper-Nelson ahead of Kristi Castlin 12.84. Jo Atkins won the 400 m in 51.19 beating Jamaican Christine Day 51.42 and Kineke Alexander of St. Vincent 51.61. In the 100 m Trinidad´s Michelle-Lee Ahye posted 11.17 (-1.8) ahead of Tori Bowie 11.26. Levern Spencer beat on count back Chaunte Lowe in high jump, both 191 cm. Abigail Ibozuru of Britain won the long jump 664 (+2.6).
"My body felt empty from the start. No enough speedwork was done due to an injury and I will have new start after some rest.
The rest was lost in the process of bad race, but I wanted to finish, show respect and thank organizers and people of Prague for their hospitality and support."
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Moses Mosop ready to roll, photo by PhotoRun.net
PRAHA (CZE): Moses Mosop hopes to run or at the 20th Volkswagen Prague Marathon , inform organisers. The 28 year old explained why he withdrew from the Boston Marathon; "First I had a problem in my right knee and then in my left calf. I missed around three weeks of training. So I could not go to Boston." The second fastest marathoner of all-time, at 2:03:06, is among 5 athletes in the field that have run sub . He will be challenged by defending champion Nicholas Kemboi (2:08:01) and the Ethiopian pair of Dadi Yami (2:05:41) and Deresa Chimsa (2:05:42). The women's race could produce a duel between Kenya's Flomena Chepchirchir (2:23:00) and Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado (2:23:15). Dado says that she is in good form and believes that she can win and run a good time, while Chepchirchir will hope to return to form after dropping out of Boston. The race will be livestreamed atwww.runczech.com.
(Editor's note: Just how fast can Moses Mosop run on the VW Prague Marathon? Watch it live on Sunday).
By Joe Battaglia
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PRAGUE (08-May) -- Ingrid Kristiansen spent Thursday afternoon with a paper map in hand, walking the cobblestone streets of this capital city, admiring its Bohemian architecture and soaking in all of its medieval charm.
On Sunday, the former world record holder in the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon plans on doing more of the same, but only at a slightly brisker pace as she leads off a RunCzech relay team assembled to celebrate the 20th running of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon.
"I am looking forward to seeing the Prague Marathon from behind," said the Norwegian, whose last race in Prague was the 3000m at the 1979 European Track Championships. "It is always nice to be in a beautiful city and look around."
Kristiansen will run the opening 10 kilometers of the marathon before handing off to Róbert Štefko, a retired Czech runner with a marathon PB of 2:09:53 from the 1998 London Marathon, who will cover the second 10-K. Versatile teen Anežka Drahotová, the top Czech female finisher in last month's Prague Half Marathon and a bronze medalist in last weekend's IAAF Race Walk World Cup Junior 10-K race in China, will cover the third 10-K before ceding to anchor Elana Meyer of South Africa, the 1992 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist and four-time half marathon world record holder, for the final 12-K.
But don't expect the bookend icons to throw down anything resembling what they were capable of in their prime. Both women have left their speedier days in the past.
"It is hard to say," Kristiansen, whose road 10-K PR is 30:59, said of her current form. "Of course I am training almost every day because my work is training people, but I never go fast anymore. Every day I am jogging, walking, biking so I am in okay shape, but I am not in any condition to run fast for a 10-K. I ran a 10-K this fall in 41 minutes. I'm not so good anymore (laughs)."
Added the 47-year-old Meyer, "I still run but it's mainly for fitness and sanity. I don't miss the competition."
Kristiansen, who still exercises between one and four hours every day, said the biggest difference in her training as a 58-year-old is that she pushes when her body feels good, and when it doesn't she just stops. Nevertheless, she feels like she could still complete a marathon - with one caveat.
"I cannot run fast," she said. "I could finish in a little bit more than three hours. 3:20, 3:15 maybe."
Kristiansen both marvels at and questions the safety of the performances by her one-time rival and fellow women's distance running pioneer Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Last month the 56-year-old Samuelson won the 55-59 age group division of the Boston Marathon in 2:52:10. It was the latest in a string of unworldly times run by someone of Samuelson's advanced age and mileage. In 2008, she finished the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Boston in 2:49:08 at age 50. She followed that up with a 2:49:09 in New York City in 2009, a 2:47:50 in Chicago in 2010, a 2:51:29 in Boston in 2011, and a 2:50:29 in Boston and a 2:57:13 in New York City in 2013.
"I hope she is doing it for fun," Kristiansen said. "I think that running a marathon that fast at almost the age of 60 --she is one year younger than me-- is not healthy. Sorry, but I don't think that's healthy. I think it's more healthy to go out and run and have fun without pushing. Of course, I think she loves to run and maybe her knees and everything aren't getting worn down."
Clearly Samuelson has not lost the competitive desire and willingness to push her body to its limits in the same way that Kristiansen and Meyer have.
"I lost that after having my third kid," Kristiansen said. "It was so hard to come back. I tried but I wasn't willing to push myself so hard, especially in the competitions. I could go and train hard but when I had a competition I felt like, 'Why am I doing this?' I will never run as fast as I did before so why not keep smiling and start jogging? That was more my way of doing it."
Meyer too said that after nearly three decades of elite competition she saw no need in continuing to punish her body.
"I started running when I was 9 or 10 years old," she explained. "Initially, I was inspired by Nadia Comenechi's perfect-10 gymnastic performance. When I was little, I just wanted to be a gymnast but I come from a very small town and we didn't have gymnastic coaches and equipment so they sponsored a fun run at my school. I did well in the fun run and I fell in love with the sport.
"In South Africa, myself and Zola Budd are the same age, so when I was 12 or 13 years old I was running against her and she was world class at that point. At the age of 14 she ran like 4:08 for 1500 meters. I ran 4:18, so I ran well but was far behind. For many years I kept narrowing the gap between me and Zola and then she got the opportunity to go to the Olympics in 1984 because she had a British grandfather. But in South Africa, we couldn't compete.
"So when I retired in 2005, it was after 20, 30 years of running," Meyer continued. "I had exhausted all of my competitive juices. I always raced, like Ingrid did, hard from the gun. When I finished running, I had two kids in my 40s, plus I headed up a foundation. So I put all of the energy that had previously gone into running into the business of running."
With running no longer a priority in her life, Meyer said she is able to enjoy the endeavors she was passionate about but couldn't risk doing while competing as an elite.
"When I finished running, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and then I went to base camp at Everest and two years ago I did this eight-day mountain bike race where you go over 120-kilometers a day over mountains around Cape Town," she said.
But Meyer hasn't totally given up on running exploits.
"I still want to do the two Ultras in South Africa, Two Oceans and Comrades, which is 90 kilometers," she said. "In South Africa, they don't consider you a runner until you've run Comrades so I guess I'm not a serious runner."
PHOTO: Ingrid Kristiansen and Elana Meyer in advance of the 2014 Volkswagen Prague Marathon (photo by Jim Moberly for RunCzech)
CUFFE NAMED NATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF WEEK
Stanford junior had race for the ages
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Aisling Cuffe was named USTFCCCA National Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week after her stunning 15:11.13 in the 5,000 metersnight at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Cuffe, who placed sixth in a loaded 26-runner field that included both collegians and professionals, became the third-fastest collegian of all-time and No. 2 ever among American collegians, trailing only Jennifer Barringer Simpson, who ran 15:01.70 indoors for Colorado in 2009.
Cuffe, a junior from Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., shattered her personal record by more than 42 seconds and broke the Stanford record of 15:20.44 set in 2003 by three-time NCAA outdoor 5,000 champion Lauren Fleshman, who was in attendance.
Cuffe, the 2014 NCAA indoor 5,000 runner-up, is now the fastest active 5,000 runner in the country, moving past Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, the reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, who ran a 15:11.35 last year.
Cuffe, the reigning Pac-12 cross country champion, next races at the Pac-12 Championshipsin Pullman, Wash.
Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics
PALO ALTO (USA, May 4): In wonderfully cool and dry conditions for distance running, athletes achieved fast times --including four world leads-- at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University. Informs RRW. In the much-anticipated men's 5000m, former Dartmouth standout Ben True came away with a narrow victory in a world-leading 13:02.74, a personal best. Hassan Mead finished second in a huge personal best 13:02.80. Lopez Lomong got third in 13:07.95, Chris Derrick fourth in 13:08.18, and steepler record holder Evan Jager fifth in 13:08.63. Also to note 6th Briton Andy Vernon 13:11:50 PB and 9th miler Matt Centrowitz also PB 13:20.06. Seventeen men ran 13:30.00 or faster, by far the most of any race in the world so far this year.
NAIROBI (KEN): A calf muscle injury in training forced the Kenyan 800 m star and World record holder David Rudisha to withdraw from the opening leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on . He is so postponing his long-awaited comeback to the track. "I'm very disappointed not to be able to race in Doha . I know I've got a lot of fans there and I'm sorry I cannot compete for them," Rudisha said for agencies. His manager James Templeton added: "He has been training well, progressively getting fitter and stronger these last months and was excited about returning to competition in Doha. It's been on his agenda these last months and he's been building towards that. However he had a setback last week in training -- a strained calf muscle as he was training on the track -- that precluded him from competing in the AK meeting in Mumias . It's not a major injury but he's been sore and unfortunately doesn't feel able to risk his comeback by racing in Doha next week," he said. Agencies are informing.
US Track & Field Athlete, Gay, Accepts Sanction For Anti-Doping Rule Violation
Colorado Springs, Colo. () - USADA announced today that Tyson Gay of Winter Garden, Fla., an athlete in the sport of track & field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a loss of results dating back to July 15, 2012 and a one-year suspension for his anti-doping rule violation.
Gay, 31, tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code ("Code") and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Since all three samples were tested in short succession prior to notification of the first positive result, the three adverse analytical findings, under the rules, are treated as one offense.
Upon receiving notification of his positive tests from USADA, Gay voluntarily removed himself from all competition prior to the 2013 World Championships and has not competed since that time. On the same day that Gay was notified of his positive test result, he agreed to assist USADA in its investigation of the circumstances of his positive tests. Gay provided substantial assistance as outlined in the WADA Code including being interviewed on several occasions by USADA and providing all of the products he was using at the time of his positive tests.
"We appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case," said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart.
Gay accepted a one-year period of ineligibility which began on June 23, 2013, the day his sample was collected at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. For providing substantial assistance to USADA; Gay was eligible for up to a three-quarter reduction of the otherwise applicable two-year sanction under the Code (or a six-month suspension). Gay's sanction is subject to appeal by the IAAF and by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Gay has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 15, 2012, the date he first used a product that contained a prohibited substance, including the forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes. Gay has already returned his Silver Medal in the men's 4x100m relay from the 2012 London Olympic Games, which is now in the possession of the United States Olympic Committee.
In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.
(Editor's note: This has been one of the quietest story-lines of the past year. Gay accepted his ban and took responsibility for his actions immediately, and withdrew from 2013 World Champs. )
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Much like the Bowerman Mile, the Women's 1500 at the Pre Classic is loaded. Hellen Obiri, last year's winner in a US all-comers record of 3:58.58 is not the favorite; that distinction would go to Abeba Aregawi, the reigning World Champ with a 3:56.54 PB. Never to be counted out, 2011 World Champ and reigning World Silver medalist Jenny Simpson leads the American contingent. Simpson is joined by fellow American World medalist Brenda Martinez, who earned bronze in the 800 last year in Moscow. 1500 is well within Martinez's range as she can run a very solid 5000 as well. The woman who won the 800 in Moscow last summer to upset home favorite Mariya Savinova, Eunice Sum, is also in the race in Eugene. The rising star of the 1500 Faith Kipyegon of Kenya will be racing. The 2011 World Youth Champ and 2012 World Junior Champ, as well as two time World Junior Cross Country Champ has proven that she can run well on the big stage and won't be intimidated by the rest of the field. Rounding out the Kenyan contingent is 2008 Olympic Champion Nancy Langat. Vying for young star supremacy will be recent World Indoor medalist Axumawit Embaye. 2011 World Silver medalsit Hannah England will look to get back to the top of the 1500 world. Rounding out the field is Salazar coached five-time US Champ Treniere Moser. It seems like every few days Tom Jordan and the team at Pre Classic give us another glimpse at the meet that just keeps getting better. If you're a true track fan, this is a meet that needs to be on your bucket list.
EUGENE (USA): Recently the Prefontaine Classic was proud to announce their best ever field for the iconic Bowerman mile. Organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene have now matched it with their 'best ever' field in the women's 1500m on . Abeba Aregawi is best in the world by many measures. Last year she also won the IAAF Diamond Trophy after ending the season undefeated in her specialist event. The Swede has the fastest personal best in the field at 3:56.54. USA's Jenny Simpson won gold at the 2011 World Championships and claimed silver in Moscow last year behind Aregawi. Last year's Pre Classic winner, Hellen Obiri, not only set a stadium record of 3:58.58, but she also set a US all-comers' record. Fellow Kenyan Faith Kipyegon has a unique collection of gold medals. She won the 2011 world youth and 2012 world junior titles with championship records and owns world junior cross-country titles from 2011 and 2013. Another Kenyan, 2008 Olympic champion Nancy Langat, was the initial Diamond Trophy winner in this event in 2010. The 800 m World champion Eunice Sum is also entered. USA's Brenda Martinez is another World Championships medallist in the 800m with world-class 1500m talent. Still just a teenager, 19-year-old Axumawit Embaye of Ethiopia earned the silver medal at last month's IAAF World Indoor Championships, making her the youngest medallist in Sopot. Britain's 2011 world silver medallist Hannah England and five-time US champion Treniere Moser are also in the field.