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Kevin Mayer added 81 points to the 2015 world record of Ashton Eaton on 16 September 2018. This, in fact, was the second world record of the day, as Eliud Kipchoge had just run 26.2 miles at 4:38 per mile.

Kevin Mayer.pngKevin Mayer breaks World record with his 9,126 score, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

If one believes that sport is like great theater, then, Kevin Mayer spent his summer in a bit of a French tragedy. His decathlon in Berlin in early August started well. But that second event, the LJ, was well, no mark. Mayer was probably humiliated, but he focused, and, over the past two days, in front of his countrymen, had two great days of performances, and his world record came down to the 1,500 meters, which he ran in 4:36.

Congrats to Kevin Mayer on his decathlon world record. Ashton Eaton had told runblogrun over 18 months ago that he was impressed with Kevin Mayer.

Pedro Pablo Pichardo ok for Doha

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Pichardo_Pedro-Lausanne17.jpgPedro Pablo Pichardo, photo by Photorun.net
Pichardo ok for Doha
LISBON (POR): IAAF Diamond League winner and triple jump World leader 2018 Pedro Pablo Pichardo will be able to compete for Portugal at the World Championships in Doha. Portugal athletics federation said that IAAF informed them he will be eligible for his new country from August 1, 2019. Pichardo competed on the circuit as Portugal representative but was not allowed to be at the international championships. The 25 years old athlete from Cuba got the Portugal citizenship in November 2017.
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O salto da vitória! 💎 • • • Estou muito feliz com este resultado, foi uma boa temporada para mim terminando com a melhor marca do ano e vencedor da Liga Diamond 💎Obrigado ao meu pai - treinador por estar presente na minha competição como meu professor 👨🏽‍🔧 a toda a minha família que sempre me apoiou e me envia mensagens positivas, à minha mulher e à minha filha 💞 Quero agradecer à professora Ana Oliveira por sempre me ter apoiado e a sua presença em cada situação, ao fisioterapeuta Diogo que trabalha sempre para os meus pés ficarem otimizados e a todos os outros que de uma maneira ou outra me apoiam e me dão motivação. Também quero agradecer ao meu clube @slbenfica por todo o apoio fornecido para os meus treinos e suporte técnico, aos meus patrocinadores @redbullpor por me darem asas e por me ajudarem na recuperação pós-treino, e à @pumaperformance por confiarem em mim todos estes anos e ajustarem os Spike especiais! Obrigada Portugal 🇵🇹 por todo o apoio. 🙏🏾 Até a próxima temporada! @pichardofundora @anaivoliveira @diogo.cunha16 @migueljmbastos @diamondleagueathletics @iaaf_athletics #RESPECT4P #GUERRERO #SR18

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Walsh_Tom1a-Oslo18.jpgTom Walsh, Oslo 2018, photo by Photorun.net

CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Tom Walsh has said a 23m-plus shot put is "achievable," informs stuff.co.nz. "I think it is achievable. I have got more and more consistent over that 22m-line with a number up in the mid-high-22s. With improvements and just understanding myself and my competition better, I know I can get there. You're always learning. In my last couple of competitions I was trying too much and when I'm thinking about it too much, I need to speed things up. There are always bits and pieces you can improve on. Darrell [Hill] is starting to look really impressive and Crouser does what Crouser does which is pretty impressive, so I'm just going to have to beat them to it."

Walsh_TomR-Oslo18.jpgTom Walsh, Oslo 2018, photo by Photorun.net

VanNiekerk_WaydePC-Lausanne17.jpgWayde van Niekerk, photo by Photorun.net

PRETORIA (RSA): Wayde van Niekerk's coach Ans Botha has said he is making good progress from the knee injury which ruled him out for the entirety of the 2018 season, informs Sport24. "He was very excited that he was able to get the feel of the track without feeling any pain," said Botha after a recent track session. Van Niekerk tore the meniscus and ACL in his right knee during a charity touch rugby match last October.

vanNiekerk-Botha-BosOut17.jpgWayde van Niekerk coach Ans Botha, photo by Photorun.net

NEWCASTLE (GBR): Top names for the Great North City Games on Saturday include Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega from Spain in the 110m hurdles and European bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw up against Finland's Wilma Murto in the pole vault. In the men's 500m, former world 400m hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson faces a line-up include Martyn Rooney and Dai Greene as well as 800m specialists Alvaro de Arriba from Spain and Brit Guy Learmonth while top names in the women's 500m include Lynsey Sharp and Madiea Ghafoor from the Netherlands. As previously announced, Laura Muir and Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider will both compete in the one-mile road events which will take place in Stockton-on-Tees and Greg Rutherford will also compete for the very last time in the long jump.

1968 LA Trials .jpgA very rare artifact, the 1968 LA Semi-Trials, from Mike Fanelli's Track Garage

This piece is the first in a series on the 1968 Olympic Trials and 1968 Olympics, written and compiled by Mike Fanelli. Mike is a real estate agent for rarefied real estate in the region of Northern California. I have known Mike for nearly 40 years. In April 1981, at the NorCal Invitational, we ran in a 10,000 meters won by Hugh Stahl, both setting 10,000m lifetime PBs in the cool, late spring evening. Later in the 1980s, while Mike was Manager of Marketing at Reebok, Mike sponsored a project for coaches, The Coaches Advantage, on which I was involved. I was at Runner's World at the time, and the project impressed upon me the power of track coaches in our sport. That project changed the trajectory of my life. From that project, I was inspired to launch my first magazine, American Athletics, a magazine geared to track and cross country coaches, which I began with my ex-wife, Christine Johnson. Mike Fanelli is a life long runner, who loves the 1968 Mexico City Olympics above all other track events. His Track Garage is a shrine and a museum to the sport of Olympics.

Mike Fanelli will be providing stories on the LA semi-trials, the Echo Summit Trials, and the 1968 Mexico Olympics. This is his labor of love. You can see more of Mike Fanelli, ultimate track geek, at his Facebook site, Mike Fanelli.

And now, to the 'Semi' Olympic Trials.

Crouser_Ryan1-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun
Crouser wins the shot
ZAGREB (CRO, Sep 3): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser dominated the square shot put on Monday in Zagreb the day before the 68th Hanzekovic Memorial track meet which will be last IAAF World Challenge in 2018.
He achieved 22.09 in fourth series and also last throw of 21.84 would be enough to win. "This is one of my favorite places to throw. Exciting and fun with lot of energy from the spectators and the 22 m is always a big benchmark," he said. World champion Tom Walsh with 1st throw took the lead 21.53 and improved in last to 21.78. Also David Storl as third got his best one in final try 21.46. Fourth European champion Michal Haratyk 21.24 and fifth Czech World Indoor medalist Tomas Stanek 21.06.
Crouser_Ryan-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun

BRUSSELS (BEL): Aisha Praught Leer confirmed top shape before IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava. In Brussels she improved not only Jamaican steeple record to 9:14.09 but this mark is also CAC record. She will in women steeple in Ostrava team with US record holder Courtney Frerichs. Their rivals World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Ethiopian Weynshet Ansa, from Asia-Pacific continental U20 record holder Winifred Yavi of Bahrain and Indian record holder Sudha Singh. Team Europe will not have any of Berlin medalists, but finalists, 7th Anna Emilie Moller from Denmark and 9th French Ophelie Claude-Boxberger.

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PNG image 2.pngThe HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile will be held on 5 September. It is one of the premier mile races in the country. Here's the preview from Jeff Benjamin.

We have been asked to make all of you aware of the Jonathan Grey Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Boulder Track Club, Team USA Minnesota and Twin Cities In Motion.
The scholarship fund is designed for one male and female distance runner under the age of 25 years, who has found the transition of graduating from collegiate athlete to professional athlete, difficult in terms of access to coaching, sponsorships and elite race entry. Team USA Minnesota and Boulder Track Club in a joint collaboration with Twin Cities In Motion, want to help make a difference in a young athletes' life by giving them an opportunity to compete at this year's Medtronic TC 10 mile without the financial hardships associated with it and it is hoped that this opportunity will lead to the start of bigger and better things.
Special thanks to Michael Scott for making us aware of this fine scholarship.
Grey_Jon-Peachtree17.jpgJonathan Grey, photo by Photorun.net

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