Donavan Brazier, photo by PhotoRun.net
600 m revolution at US Indoors, several World leads
STATEN ISLAND (USA, Feb 24): Last day of USATF Indoor Championships marked a revolution in indoor 600 m running. Donavan Brazier clocked 1:13.77 World all-time best and is now also 6th best performer under all conditions (outdoor best by Johnny Gray is 1:12.81 from 1986). Previous top all-time indoor mark 1:14.79 by Kenya’s Michael Saruni set last January in Albuquerque altitude. Behind him improving Sam Ellison 1:15.20 and Kameron Jones 1:15.32. Even more sensational 1:23.57 in women 600 m by 16 years old Athing Mu (will be 17 in June). The Youth Olympic medalist from Buenos Aires 2018 is now second best ever indoors behind Russian Olga Kotlyarova who clocked 1:23.44 back in 2004 and 8th fastest ever taking into account also the outdoor marks (World best here by Caster Semenya is 1:21.77 from ISTAF 2017). Of course also World U20 and U18 all-time best in or out. Second Raevyn Rogers 1:24.88 (7th best all-time indoor performer). Another WL for Ajee Wilson 2:34.71 in the 1000 m beating Hannah Green 2:35.40 and CeÂ´Aira Brown 2:35.62. Shelby Houlihan after losing the mile won the 2 miles in 9:31.38 WL ahead of Katie Mackey 9:33.70. Sharika Nelvis won the 60 m Hurdles in another WL 7.85 over Evonne Britton 7.86 PB. Nelvis was also third in the 60 m 7.32, winner Shania Collins was timed with 7.16. Demek Kemp equalled his PB 6.55 to win the 60 m ahead of Cordero Gray 6.59 PB. Olympic medalist Clayton Murphy won the 1000 m in 2:20.36, Craig Engels the mile 3:59.69 and Devon Allen hurdles in 7.60. Women triple saw Keturah Orji with indoor PB 14.55 beating US record holder Tori Franklin 14.45. Donald Scott topped men triple 16.85 and in women shot Chase Ealey with 18.62 beat Maggie Ewen 18.45.
Athing Mu, AR/HSR of 600m, photo by PhotoRun.net