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This is Stuart Weir's first column on Monday for Day two of the Athletics World Cup (Sunday, July 15, 2018). In this column, he praises the fast women who ran in London.

We think this interview by Athletics Weekly with Beth Dobbins, new GBR and Scottish NR holder at 200 meters, on her medal at Athletics World Cup, puts this all into perspective:

Here's a fun story on South African javelinist Sunette Viljoen, who has many skills that we did not know about and also won an Olympic medal in something other than the javelin! Stuart Weir is always there to help educate us at these meetings! Thanks, Stuart!

Viljoen_SunetteQ-Rio16.jpgSunette Viljoen, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

jeff-benjamin-story-image1.jpgJeff Benjamin with Caster Semanaya

Originally posted on August 18, 2016

Reposted on July 2, 2018

We repost this because, while we understand that there are high emotions on both sides of the questions regarding the upcoming CAS decision, pitting Caster Semenya on one side and the IAAF on the other, we ask that, as both parties agreed, respect for the differing of opinions be honored.

Caster Semenya will be the likely winner of the 800 meters. A fine athlete, she is caught in a controversy that could be easily fixed, but, due to much politics is not. In the end, several wonderful human beings will be thrown into public and social media because of their chromosomal makeup.

Caster met with our man in the seats, Jeff Benjamin and he wrote this short peice, asking for respect and kindess to be shown to Caster.

We ask for the same.

dsc05255_28155917197_o.jpgKatelyn Touhy with Sydney McLaughlin, June 26, 2018, photo courtesy of Gatorade

dsc05130_42974720202_o.jpgKatelyn Touhy, 2018 Gatorade National Track & Field of the Year, photo courtes of Gatorade

So, this morning, Sydney McLaughlin, the 2016-17 Gatorade Girls National Track & Field Athlete of the year, surprised Katelyn Touhy, the 2017-2018 Gatorade Girls National Track & Field Athlete of the Year award. Katelyn Tuohy was suprised by the presentation of the award, in a local bakery, by Sydney, and a video was done (video, official announcement, all below) to capture the occassion.

Lyles_NoahFH1b-USAout18.jpGNoah Lyles wins 100 meters over Ronnie Baker, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Men's 100 meters was an amazing event this weekend. A new project from the IAAF media department is this series (Juan Miguel Echevarria was last), showcasing some of the new stars of the sport is spot on. Noah Lyles loves sprinting, and is quite adept and racing well and enjoying the social media focus. Here's the fine piece on Noah Lyles.

The season is coming to an end. If you have NB outdoors and USATF Juniors coming up, you are part of a million person movement, high school track & field.Enjoy it, be proud!

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Benjamin_WebAction.jpgRai Benjamin, photo courtesy of USC Trojans

Benjamin sensational 47.02, Norman 43.61 WL
EUGENE (USA, Jun 8): Historical performances during Friday programme of men finals at NCAA Championships. Antigua´s Rai Benjamin improved to unexpected 47.02 at 400 m hurdles. He tied so the second fastest ever by Edwin Moses from 1983 (at that time World record). Only World record holder Kevin Young has ever run faster with 46.78. Behind him Kenny Selmon 48.12 PB and David Kendziera 48.42 PB with Kemar Mowatt 48.83. Another top highlight in the 400 m 43.61 by Michael Norman what is the 11th best performance all-time and 6th best ever performer and of course also a World lead. Behind him Jamaicans Akeem Bloomfield 43.94 PB (just 0.01 behind national record) and Nathon Allen 44.13 PB. Another World lead in 4x400 m by USC 2:59.00 beating Texas AM 2:59.91 and LSU 3.00.56. Houston won 4x100 m in 38.17. World leader Michael Saruni from Kenya was only third in the 800 m final 1:45.31, he was beaten by Isaiah Harris 1:44.76 and Canadian Marco Arop 1:45.25. Cameron Burrell won the 100 m in 10.13 (-0.9) over Elijah Hall 10.17 and Andre Ewers 10.19, in the 200 m Nigerian Divine Oduduru 20.28 (0.0) over Ewers 20.29. Grant Holloway topped the hurdles as expected in 13.42 (-1.1). In jumps overseas wins, Tejaswin Shankar from India 224 in high jump, Tahar Triki from Alger 16.79 (-0.7) in triple.
RunBlogRun opines: The whispers are gone. Rai Benjamin ran a race for the ages, as the USC Trojan ran the second fastest time in history in the rain. As RunBlogRun notes once in a while, "well I'm no doctor, but there has to be a few brands opening their check books for these two." We hope that they stay in school another year, but that may not be realistic. Oh, one more thing. Benjamin, Samba and Warholm in same race, I would PAY to see.
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Kirani James, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kirani is back
KINGSTON (JAM): After health issues which kept him out from 2017 season the 2012 Olympic 400 m winner Kirani James is back in full training. His comeback race is now set for next weekend at Racers Grand Prix in Kingston (June 9).
RunBlogRun opines: One of the most amazing athletes in our sport, Kirani James World Champion (gold in WC in 2011, bronze in 2015), Olympic champion (gold in London 2012, silver in Rio 2016) returns to racing after a year away from the sport. Nice to see Kirani returning to the sport.
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Kirani James, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lyles_NoahFHL-BosOut18.jpGNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lyles vs Hughes vs Blake
KINGSTON (JAM): Meet director of Racers Grand Prix Glen Mills has said he is not looking for Diamond League status for the event, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "What we want to do is provide a platform that we can showcase the high level of athletics that we have developed here in Jamaica, and we are a country with a huge appreciation for track and field," he said. "We have put together some very competitive races, and if the conditions are right, we could see a lot of world-leading times," Mills said. "For example, the men's 100 should be great because we have Noah Lyles, who has run 19.69, and if you have run that fast, then your 100m should be really good." He will face Zharnel Hughes who is concetrating on 100 m this year and also 2011 World champion Yohan Blake. In the women's 100m, super talent Briana Williams will test herself against the big girls as she gets ready for the World Under-20 Championship in July. Williams, who is ranked in the world in the Under-20 category, will line-up against World champion Tori Bowie, Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallists Christania Williams, and Gayon Evans. Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Shericka Jackson should keep fans on their toes in the women's 200m as Jackson looks to turn the tide on Miller-Uibo, who claimed the title at the Commonwealth Game

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