July 2014 Archives
Women's 100 meters-Blessing Just does it!
A fine start, and Blessing Okagbare, NGR, takes the lead, and leaves the field, running 10.85 GR! Veronica Campbell-Brown, JAM, coming to silver, in 11.03, and Kerron Stewart, JAM, in bronze in 11.07, Asaha Philip, ENG, is fourth in 11.18, PB. #glasgow2014
Blessing Okagbare has a fine start, that is understood. But, what stood out on Tuesday night was her ability to accelerate from the mid-point of the race. Veronica Campbell-Brown ran a tough race, taking the silver in 11.03 and Kerron Stewart was the bronze medalist in 11.07.
This was Blessing Okagbare's race, and she set a Commonwealth Games record, plus her own personal best. 10.85 is flying.
With the knowledge that she had won, Blessing Okagbare exhibited a wonderful smile as she took in the acknowledgement of the crowd and the well deserved accolades on a race well-run.
Blessing Okagbare won the bronze medal in the long jump in the 2012 London Olympics. In Moscow, last summer, Blessing won the silver in the long jump and the bronze in the 200 meters.
But on Monday night, in front of 44,000 athletics fans, in the wonderful venue that is Hampden Park, Blessing Okagbare performed when she needed to perform. Okagbare had a strong start, and was in the middle of the battle mid-way through the race, battling with the likes of Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart.
It was, however, Blessing's mid race surge that put the race in the proverbial bag, as an ecstatic Okagbare had a three meter lead at the finish, with no one within striking distance!
Overcoming a sub-par start, Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica, won his first global title, taking the 2014 Commonwealth Games 100 meters in 10.00. Adam Gemili, England, took the silver in 10.10 and Nickel Ashmeade, gave Jamaica their second medal in the 100 meters, when he took the bronze in 10.12.
GLASGOW (GBR): Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games, inform Athletics Weekly. The Briton was hospitalised with abdominal pains earlier this month and this has affected his preparation too much. "Training is getting better here in Font Romeu but I need another few weeks to get back to the level I was at in 2012 and 2013," explained Farah. "I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it's not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow."
Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 5x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. #saucony500
The Saucony 500 Mile Challenge is in it's sixth week now. The three key workouts are the long run on Sunday, the tempo run on Tuesday and the hill workout on Thursday. Truth is, if you have a better way to train for yourself and your team: do it! These are suggestions, as many out there have no one to speak to about training.
Cross country is one of the oldest parts of our sport. It started in the mid 18th century in England with the hounds and harriers idea. A lead runner, the hound, would put out pieces of paper as a trail and the harriers would follow, for perhaps six to nine miles. History does not tell us, but my guess some eating and drinking was involved after.
Cross country is a global sport. In 2014, over 500,000 boys and girls will race cross country in the fifty states. How wil you do? How will your team do? You have to train in the summer to race well in the fall!
MADRID (ESP, Jul 19): The 32nd Meeting Madrid (IAAF World Challenge at new track of Mortalaz Stadium) had some fine sprinting but aided by too much wind. For example the hurdles 13.18 (+3.0) by US Aleec Harris ahead of Shane Brathwaite of Barbados 13.32, Wayne Davis of Trinidad and Tobago 13.34 and Hungarian Balazs Baji 13.38 with German Gregor Traber 13.39. Even second from Herculis Orlando Ortega was there but did not finish the race. US Maurice Mitchell topped the 200 m in 20.47 (+2.5) over Mexican record holder Jose Carlos Herrera 20.49. More luck in first race for Bryshon Nellum 20.66 (+2.0). Bahamian Latoy Williams was the fastest in the 400 m with 45.17 beating Renny Quow 45.36 and US Kyle Clemons 45.37. World leader Kaliese Spencer came from Monaco to win the 400 m hurdles 55.08 ahead of Ukrainian Anna Titimets 55.49. In women 100 m (+2.6) Barbara Pierre edged Jamaican Kerron Stewart, both 11.08. Jamaican Stephanie McPherson dominated in the 400 m with good 50.45. Briton Lynsey Sharp won the 800 m in her secod best of the career 1:59.72 over US Charlene Lipsey 2:00.91 PB. Kenyan Stacy Ndiwa confirmed top shape with 3000 m win in 8:48.30 PB. Men distances suffered with wind, Job Kinyor won the 800 m in 1:46.11 and Collins Cheboi both of Kenya the 1500 m in 3:36.49. In technical events good sign for home Eusebio Caceres winning the long jump with windy 816 (+4.1, legal 798) over Jean Marie Okutu 805 (+2.9) and favorites Tyron Stewart of USA 802 (+1.5) and South African Khotso Mokoena 800 (+1.4). World indoor champion Ryan Whiting comes into shape with 20.91 shot put win over Jamaican O´Dayne Richards 20.33. Tajikistan´s Dilshod Nazarov produced excellent 80.51 to win the hammer (part of IAAF Hammer Challenge) ahead of Egyptian record holder Mostafa Al-Gamel 78.23 (best result outside Egypt). Women winners Tina Sutej of Slovenia 440 in the pole vault and Ukrainian Natalia Semenova 60.27 in discus.
Week Five, Day Seven, the Long Run
Sunday: Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 8 miles/300 Mile: 7 miles).
Long runs are important to your overall training. Find some friends, and explore a park for the seven to nine miles you are doing today. Remember to stretch, before and after, and always, always bring water and a dry t shirt for after the run.
And , as we are in week five, have you checked your training shoes?
Last night, in Monaco, under the stars, Molly Huddle proved, once again, that she is the best American women distance runner, period. Her 14:42.64 new American record gives her the top two times by an American woman at the distance. Since August 2010, Molly Huddle has owned the American record, and while some of the top American woman have tried to break the record, it has stood.
Molly Huddle uses cross country as part of her base each year. Her strength, her endurance, and also her drive, come from that experience.
Want to be your best? Then become tough as Molly Huddle.
Take the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge!
Be careful though, the doe-eyed avenger is one tough 5,000 meter runner!
All that she did in 2014, was leading up to this race. The twelve and one half laps that Molly Huddle ran in Monaco last night, the two seconds off the AR, and, right after, Molly knew she could run faster...
Molly started the 2014 season with her third place debut in the NYC Half Marathon with a 1:09:04. On April 19, Molly Huddle won the BAA 5k in the last hundred meters, with her 15:12 win on Boston's city streets, came in the last 100 meters.
Molly Huddle puts the peddle to the metal, June 14, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
On May 4, Molly was second with a fine 10,000 meters, and a new PB of 30:47, five seconds behind Sally Kipyego, who ran 30:42. On June 14, Molly Huddle battled a tough field in Central Park, setting a new AR for the 10k roads on a course so difficult that her race had to be seen to be believed. Battling Mamitu Deska over five and one half miles, Molly ran 31:37 on that god awful course.
Her 5,000 meter US title was hard fought, as Molly, lead most of the race, then, had to come from behind in the final 50 meters to win in the last several inches. Her win, on June 29, just showed that Molly not only was fit, but her final, gut wrenching lung at the finish, showed that she was, above all, hungry.
Last weekend, on July 13, Molly Huddle won a mile in Ireland with a PB of 4:26.81. Her manager, Ray Flynn, told me that she looked "fantastic, she was moving." Ray Flynn, is not one prone to hyperbole. Molly was ready to race.
a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds and your tempo run pace is 6:40-per-mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps once a month.
KINGSTON (JAM): After Glasgow cramp Yohan Blake will most likely miss the rest of the season. Writes Jamaica Gleaner. He will not feature again for the rest of the year after suffering a slight tear, while competing at the Hampden Park . Initial checks suggested that the sprinter had merely suffered a cramp, but according to sources close to the situation, the 'slight tear' was discovered after a MRI was done earlier . The injury itself is expected to keep him out of action for a mere two weeks, however, it is understood that Blake's management has decided to once again call an end to the sprinter's season with next year's World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in mind.
Sunday: Easy 8-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 7 miles/300 Mile: 6 miles).
10.00, BROMELL 10.07, WHITNEY 11.10
EUGENE (USA, ): World junior record holder Trayvon Bromell won the 100 m in first day of USATF Junior Championships with 10.07 (+1.2). Second Kendall Williams 10.27 and third Jalen Miller 10.29. But big thinks happened in heats as Trentavis from North Carolina broke the national high school record with a stunning 10.00 (+1.6) in the first heat. In the final false started and was disqualified. Sixteen-year-old Kaylin Whitney from Clermont, Florida in her 100 m prelim preluded an exciting same day final as in heat one she set the fastest high school women's time in the event with a wind legal 11.17 (+0.8). She did not disappoint in the final, setting the fifth fastest American Junior time in history, 11.10 (+0.9), and she is only a high school sophomore. She beat Ariana Washington 11.30 over Teahna Daniels 11.31. Nicholas Anderson won the junior 110 m hurdles in 13.39 (+1.3) over Isiah Moore 13.41. Excellent long jump by Travonn White 804 (+1.7). Mary Cain won the 3000 m in 9:15.81 and qualified for World juniors. Heptathlete Kendell Williams clocked windy 12.98 (+2.4) over the hurdles in heats. Raven Saunders was the best in shot put 17.22.
Sifan Hassan at SPAR Euro XC, photo by PhotoRun.net
(Editor's note: Sifan Hassan gave a very visual view of how cross country adds to a middle distance runner with her brilliant Euro and World leader, plus Netherlands NR of 3:57.00 in her battle with American Jenny Simpson, who ran 3:57.22! )
PARCHMENT, HASSAN THE SENSATIONS, KENYAN WORLD LEADS KIPROP AND SOI
PARIS (FRA): In total 42 152 witnessed excellent Areva Meeting, 8th stage of IAAF Diamond League 2014. Five world leads and two meet records. Three French wins made the crowd more than happy. Hassan was the surprise of the evening, but also Parchment excellent Jamaican hurdles record. Kiprop is the first runner after some time leading the World lists in 800 m and 1500 m in the same time.
Event by event
100 m: Rodgers after good 2nd half 10.00 (-0.8) over Thompson 10.08 and Collins season best 10.11. Lemaitre last, Ashmeade false started.
800 m: Kiprop in his preparation for fast Monaco 1500 m showed that it is going to be serious: 1:43.34 WL. Amos and Lopez went sub, the latter confirming solo races. Bosse 1:44.23 EL.
5000 m: First sub 13 of the year and non-selected Soi beat them all in 12:59.82.
110mH (non-DL): Home star PML 13.05 PB and EL but the did not win, Parchment was excellent with 12.94 (+0.8) WL and NR. Fastest time since Merritt WR in Brussels.
400mH: Tinsley started harder and won in season best 48.25, Culson faded this time after Lausanne win. Eaton spoiled second curve.
PV: In difficult wind conditions he remained unbeaten Lavillenie 570 and is now confirmed DR winner, just must compete in the finals.
TJ: Surprise hom win for Compaore 17.12 (+1.8), DR leader Claye had an off day as 7th (16.79).
SP: Storl has the shape, in all meets of 2014 over 21, he beat all top Americans.
JT: Egyptian giant Abdelrahman 87.10 his second best ever and enough to win over in-shape Pitkamaki 86.63 SB. World champ Vesely 5th 81.43, struggled with technique.
200 m: Okagbare had the best last 20 m and won in 22.32, but Felix is getting faster 22.34, SAFP still not there (22.63 as 5th).
400 m: Sanya back winning in Europe 50.10. Clearly over McPherson 50.40 and Novlene W-Mills who won all three previous Diamond races (50.68).
1500 m: Hassan surprised everybody and also herself. 3:57.00 is WL, Dutch record and European U23 record. Also Simpson 3:57.22 PB, Obiri third 3:58.89. Other five personal bests in this high calibre race. Aregawi on her birthday date due to slight injury 10th 4:03.46.
SC: Ayalew waited and beat Coburn 9:11.65 MR and 9:14.12 still PB for the American. Kenyans not a force here currently.
100mH: Harper-Nelson despite rounds at US Champs came to Europe to run WL and 3rd fastest of her career 12.44 (0.0), the other faster coming from 2012.
HJ: Vlasic had a miracle evening as she felt back pain but local physio saved here and she managed to clear two meters in first and won. Second Kuchina also two but in third attempt, still her first outdoor two meters. McPherson after two at US Champs here 194 as 6th.
LJ: Fine home win Lesueur 692 (+0.4) PB and EL over World and Olympic winner Reese 687 (-0.2).
DT: Perkovic was close to lose, but managed in last throw 68.48 MR and beat strong rivals Samuels 67.40 and Lewis-Smallowood 65.59.
Asbel Kiprop, photo by PhotoRun.net
KIPROP TO TEST HIMSELF AT 800 M
PARIS (FRA): World leader and World champion at 1500 m Kenyan Asbel Kiprop will compete at Areva IAAF Diamond League meet in the 800m in preparation for a fast race in the 1500 m at Herculis meeting later in July. He will face World leader here Nijel Amos of Botswana who will compete for first time since Pre Classic top time and win. Also running Abubaker Kaki, both top Poland runners Marcin Lewandowski and Adam Kszczot. Interesting to see home star Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Cuban Yeimer Lopez who posted so far fast times in solo races in Scandinavia and is unbeaten this year. Young Kenyan Robert Biwott won the Shanghai leg of Diamond League and should be also observed carefully.