April 2015 Archives
Caroline Rotich wins 2015 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Editor's Note: Caroline Rotich was a surprise winner of the Boston marathon this year. That is one of the wonderful thing about Major Marathons. There are so many runners who should be in our radar when considering who could win a major event. Caroline Rotich had come close. Her jubilant finish says it all: happiness at a race well run and well raced.
Norcross, Ga. (April 30, 2015) - Mizuno USA, a global leader in footwear, apparel and accessories, confirmed it has signed a multi-year renewal contract with 2015 Boston Marathon Women's Winner, Caroline Rotich. The partnership has a global reach, with specific USA responsibilities. Mizuno will continue to be the exclusive provider of running footwear, apparel and accessories for Rotich.
An accomplished elite marathon runner, Rotich recently won the 2015 Boston Marathon with a winning time of 2:24:55. She is vying for a spot on the 2015 World Championships team as well as the 2016 Olympic Team for Kenya. Rotich will be representing Mizuno in the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club on July 4th in Atlanta.
"Caroline has been a strong contributor to the global Mizuno elite racing team for many years, and we see continued success in the coming years," said Kim Hoey, Mizuno Running Division Brand Director. "Moreover, watching Caroline sprint to the finish line in Boston with a smile on her face is a true testimony to her determination and passion for running. This is what Mizuno is about, the true love of sport."
Rotich is the latest professional runner to sign with Mizuno as a Brand Ambassador. She joins an elite roster that includes, Christo Landry, Serena Burla, Craig Leon, and Lindsay Flanagan.
"I'm honored to continue my running journey with the Mizuno family," said Rotich. "For a runner the most important tool besides our character is what we wear on our feet and body. I believe Mizuno provides the best running product available today, and I feel very proud to represent the brand, especially leading up to the 2016 Olympics."
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GAINESVILLE (USA, Apr 24): Fast sprints at Tom Jones Memorial Classic. Bahamian super talent Shaunae Miller won the 400 m in excellent PB and World lead 50.17. In the 100 m Keston Bledman also World lead 10.01 (+1.5) ahead of Marvin Bracy 10.11. In second race Olympic medalist Walter Dix 10.17 (+1.2) over Briton´s James Ellington 10.20 and Sean Safo-Antwi 10.32. In third heat Ronnie Baker 10.11 PB (+1.0). Trinidad´s Kelly-Ann Baptiste clocked sub 11 in the 100 m with 10.98 (+0.2) over Shalonda Solomon 11.06 and Simone Facey 11.15. European champion Dafne Schippers of Netherlands was the best in the 200 m with 22.63 over Tiffany Townsend 22.89. Fast also Kendra Harrison over the hurdles, 12.62 (+0.9) is her new personal best. Second Bridgette Owens 12.87. In second head Evonne Britton 13.21 (+1.0) over Dafne Schippers 13.28, her first hurdles since May 2014. Leah Nugent won another race in 13.11 (+1.2) and also the 400 m hurdles 56.46. British Lorraine Ugen leaped to 672 (+1.8) in the long jump, close to her PB of 677. In the relays Florida won in 43.14 and 3:28.08 World lead. Second Kentucky 43.69 over Italy 44.11 in shorter relay and Great Britain 3:28.39 in longer. On the men side to add Churandy Martina winning the 200 m in 20.69 (-0.9) over British duo Danny Talbot 20.74 and James Ellington 20.79. In the 400 m great PB for Najee Glass 44.79 over David Verburg 44.98, they were followed by Borlee twins Kevin 45.48 and Jonathan 45.82. Fifth sprinter Dedric Dukes 45.83. In another race Liemarvin Bonevacia running for Netherlands 45.40. Korean Kim Byoung-jun won the hurdles in 13.53 (+0.9) over French Garfield Darien 13.55. Irish 400 m hurdles record holder Thomas Barr won his event in 49.08 over Eric Futch 49.45 PB, Briton Jack Green 49.55 (his first sub 50 since London 2012 Games) and German Silvio Schirrmeister 50.06. Stipe Zunic of Croatia achieved 20.38 in shot put. Netherlands topped 4x100 m in 39.23 ahead of Florida 39.44 and Italy 39.61. In the 4x400 m Florida 3:02.43 over Belgium 3:02.74.
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 24): A day of rainy weather and cooler temperatures brought a world relay best and a trio of world-leading performances night at Drake Relays during the first day of Beijing World Championships Preview events. A photo finish in a special women's shuttle hurdle relay saw two teams better the existing world best. Winning by 0.005, the quartet of Kristi Castlin, Queen Harrison, Dawn Harper-Nelson and American record holder Brianna Rollins lowered by 0.28 the old record with a 50.50 (50.495). Castlin ran a strong anchor leg, leaning for the win, as her team also set an American record. Second White team (T. Porter, Stowers, Coward, Nelvis) 50.500. Third Red Team (DeLoach, T. Jones, Clay, V. Thomas) 52.32. But the highlight of the day in cool conditions was the 44.22 meet record (previous by Michael Johnson) and World lead of Olympic winner Kirani James at the 400 m. Second Yousef Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia 44.70 over Chris Brown from Bahamas 44.76, World masters record for 35+ age category. Fourth Tony McQuay 45.14 and only fifth LaShawn Merritt 45.27. US Indoor Champion Aleec Harris continued his undefeated season with a win in the men's 110 m hurdles in world leading 13.16 (-0.6). Reigning world champion David Oliver second in 13.19, Jamaican Andrew Riley third 13.32 with World record holder Aries Merritt fourth at 13.37. Then Jamaican record holder Hansle Parchment 13.40, Ronnie Ash 13.43 and decathlon star Ashton Eaton 13.43. Bershawn "Batman" Jackson won the 400 m hurdles in 48.87 for his second victory in two weeks, proving he is still an international contender. He was the final entry into the field for the event, but performed up to the standards of his former self with a late surge that took him past the past two champions, Michael Tinsley (49.39) and Javier Culson (49.47). Canadian Olympic medalist Derek Drouin as the only one cleared 232 to win the high jump in chilly conditions. Bryan McBride beat many other top names with 229 as second, Nick Ross 225 third followed by Jesse Williams, Erik Kynard, Italian Marco Fassinotti and Chinese World leader Zhang Guowei all 221. In the women pole vault European medalist Katerini Stefanidi of Greece mastered 471, another World lead. Second Demi Payne 466, outdoor collegiate best ahead of Sandi Morris 451. In the women's 800 m Ajee Wilson shot out to the early lead and won in 2:00.03 World lead. Second Brenda Martinez 2:00.51 over Phoebe Wright 2:01.65, Molly Ludlow 2:01.72 and Alysia Montano 2:01.78.
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KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Observer informs that US sprint record holder Tyson Gay has been added to the Jamaica International Invitational line-up, replacing compatriot Justin Gatlin, who was forced to withdraw due to other commitments. Gatlin, was earlier announced to compete in the 100m at the meet set for the National Stadium. Gay is expected to face the likes of Americans Ryan Bailey and Walter Dix in the event, with Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade also confirmed for the meet.
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LONDON (GBR): Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games London Diamond League, which will be held at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on and . It has not yet been announced what event(s) she will compete in. The 29 year old is returning to competition this year after missing 2013 due to an injury and then giving birth in 2014. She plans to make her heptathlon return in Gotzis at the end of May; the Great CityGames Manchester on is also on her schedule.
GAINESVILLE (USA, Apr 3): The Florida Relays brought World leading marks in six events. Great high hurdles on the men side as Aleec Harris in 13.23 (+0.6) beat two World champions Jason Richardson 13.24 and David Oliver 13.25. Both women sprints produced top results of 2015. In the 100 m Trinidad´s Michell-Lee Ahye 10.97 (-2.5) over Jamaican NCAA Champion Remona Burchell 11.04 and Tiffany Townsend 11.11. In the 200 m first competition of the year for Tori Bowie after injury in second half of the season last year 22.61 (-0.3). Deanna Hill still as junior improved to 22.88 (+1.6) when winning another heat. In the 400 m World leads for Kyra Jefferson and second Shakima Wimbley as both clocked 51.50 (also PB´s for both). Interesting to note in other races hurdler Georganne Moline 52.08 PB and British sprinting talent Desiree Henry 53.13 PB. Chanelle Price with 2:00.62 in the 800 m is also a new World leader, in other race Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:01.63. And another WL for Kendra Harrison in 400 m hurdles 54.94. In the 100 m hurdles Bridgette Owens windy 12.75 (+2.1) over Jamaican Danielle Williams 12.91. In other race Jamaican 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Melaine Walker clocked 13.37 (+0.9) win. Interesting improvement for St. Lucia high jumper Jeanelle Scheper when clearing 195. In other men events Diondre Batson with 10.04 (+0.4) in the 100 m equaled his PB, in other race Bejay Lee 10.09 (+0.3) over Canadian Andre de Grasse 10.11 PB who topped also the 200 m in excellent PB 20.20 (+1.6) ahead of Beejay Lee and Canadian Brendon Rodney tied with 20.27 followed by Dedric Dukes 20.31. Harry Adams won another race in 20.47 over Mike Rodgers 20.63 as Churandy Martina was fourth 20.83. Also to note the 400 m specialist Tony McQuay winning another heat in 20.69 (0.0) ahead of Keston Bledman of Trinidad 21.05 and Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic 21.07. Najee Glass won the 400 m in 45.11 PB, Brycen Spratling clocked 45.79 in another race. Johnny Dutch posted fast 48.82 at 400 m hurdles ahead of Eric Alejandro of Puerto-Rico 49.23 and former World champion Kerron Clement 49.42. In other race Eric Cray 49.62 new Philippines national record. New PB for US representative Alex Amankwah over 800 m 1:45.91.
MOSCOW (RUS): Pole vault two-time Olympic champion and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva confirmed that 2016 will be the last year in her athletics career. "We'll strive for next world record if we decide to prepare purposefully for Rio Olympics. I have 510 jump on my mind but in the same time I think that 515 is the limit for women. I will try to draw nearer this mark and set a world record, which will stay for 100 years. I want to include my name into the athletics history for a long time," said Isinbayeva in her quote to "Bolshoy Sport" magazine.