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That Moment When… Skydan Found The Perfect Coach

Hanna Skydan improved her own Azerbaijani hammer record to 75.29m earlier this year. Here the European bronze medallist talks about the crucial role her coach Artem Rubanko has played in her career development.

“Artem Rubanko was a top international thrower for Ukraine. He represented his country at three Olympic Games and had a lifetime best of 80.44m. At first he did not want to coach me because he saw it as a big responsibility. Back then he was still competing himself but he saw big potential in me and decided to be my coach in 2011. At that point few people believed that I had a future in the hammer, but I will always value the faith Artem showed in me because he always insisted I could excel in hammer.

“When Artem started coaching me, for the first time I understood what professional sport was all about. I was very excited by the many new exercises he gave me as part of my new regime. It was very hard but also very interesting to have such a good diversity as part of training.

“Over time he has made me stronger and improved my technique. But he is far more than a coach. He is also my psychologist and rehabilitation specialist. He has been like a second father to me. He aided my development as an athlete through quality training and with his hard work and support anything is possible.

“We have long had a good understanding. He can explain to me what I need to do simply with his hand gestures and he provides the inspiration for my great performances like at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku in May when I achieved a national record of 75.29m.

“Today I train with Artem in a small group and try to listen and learn from the wisdom of coaches in terms of both the technical side and strength work. He has given me some great pieces of advice over the years but probably the best has been: if the results do not come immediately, don’t give up. To gain the right results can take time and through patience I can achieve my goals.”

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World Champ Yang Confirms Her 20W Consistency

World champion Yang Jiayu proved her victory in London three weeks ago was not just a flash in the pan, as she withstood challenges from Qieyang Shijie in the last kilometre to win the 20km race walk at the Chinese National Games in Tianjin on Sunday (3).

The 21-year-old clocked 1:28:29 to win the gold medal, four seconds ahead of Qieyang, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist. Li Leilei from Tianjin clocked 1:34:37 to grab the bronze medal in front of a jubilant local crowd.

“Winning at the World Championships was a big boost of confidence for me and these two titles will encourage me to train even harder in the future,” said Yang, who trimmed 17 seconds off her personal best to claim the world title in London in 1:26:18.

“But once I stepped off the podium, it was a brand new start for me,” she added. “My next goals will be the 2019 World Championships as well as the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

In spite of the absence of world record-holder and Olympic champion Liu Hong, who is currently pregnant, the women’s 20km race walk was still a high-quality race. A fast lead group, including Yang, Qieyang, 2015 world silver medallist Lyu Xiuzhi, and Wang Na, who finished eighth at the World Championships last month, paced the race in the early stages.

Wang was disqualified before halfway. Defending champion Lyu, who was disqualified last month in London in the home straight with a chance of podium finish at her fingertips, was once again sent out by the referee with five kilometres to go. Yang and Qieyang then led side by side until the last kilometre before the in-from Yang pulled away in style for the win.

In the men’s 20km race walk, world leader Wang Kaihua clocked 1:20:52 to take the victory.

“I just want to prove myself with this gold medal,” said the seventh-place finisher from the World Championships in London, who was in flying form earlier this year and set a PB of 1:17:54 in March to sit on top of the 2017 world list.

“Four years ago I missed the National Games due to injuries,” said the 23-year-old. “This time I have given it all out.”

Bian Tongda finished second in 1:21:01 and the bronze medal went to Chen Rui who hit home with a 1:21:59 clocking.

Chen Ding, the 2012 Olympic champion, settled for fifth place in a season’s best of 1:23:02, while Olympic silver medallist Cai Zelin was disqualified after 18 kilometres. Olympic champion Wang Zhen chose to skip the competition.

Xie stuns Su, while Guo breaks national 400m record

In the heavily hyped men’s 100m, national record-holder and two-time World Championships finalist Su Bingtian was stunned by 2010 youth Olympic champion Xie Zhenye, who cut 0.04 off his PB to win in 10.04.

In the process, Xie moved up to third on the Chinese all-time list for 100m. Su trailed 0.06 behind to finish second. Xu Haiyang finished third in 10.28.

In the men’s 400m, 21-year-old Guo Zhongze took more than half a second off his PB to win in a national record of 45.14, breaking the long-standing mark of 45.25 set by Xu Zizhou back in 2001.

Lu Zhiquan finished second in 46.08 while Wu Yuang took the bronze in 46.27.

Having finished second and third respectively at the World Championships, world silver medallist Li Lingwei once again beat Lyu Huihui in the women’s javelin.

Thanks to her second-round effort of 64.07m, Li celebrated the gold medal with tears of joy while Lyu took the silver with 62.70m. Zhang Li took the bronze at 61.32m.

World indoor champion Dong Bin shrugged off the muscle injury in his left leg which forced him to withdraw from the World Championships in London to win a close men’s triple jump final that saw the top three finishers separated by just one centimetre.

Zhu Yaming, whose previous PB was 17.17m, and Dong both jumped 17.23m. Zhu’s second-best jump of 17.08m was seven centimetres shy of that of Dong and so had to settle for the silver medal. Defending champion Cao Shuo finished third with 17.22m.

The women’s pole vault on Saturday also witnessed a tight competition with the podium finishers all clearing 4.40m. Xu Huiqin grabbed the gold medal after count-back. Asian record holder Li Ling finished second followed by Ren Mengqian who needed three attempts to clear 4.30m.

The athletics competitions of the National Games started on Saturday (2) and will conclude next Thursday (7) with a total of 44 gold medals on offer. The men’s and women’s marathons were held in April, long before the opening of the quadrennial multi-sport tournament last Sunday.

Vincent Wu for the IAAF

GB vs USA match returns for 2018

‘The Meet’ is to be held at the London Stadium in July

Next summer will see a GB vs USA match return to the calendar when the two nations clash in a fixture called ‘The Meet’ at the London Stadium.

The event was described in a news release as “innovative and new” but the head-to-head has taken place a number of times over the years, albeit not in an arena as grand as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Birmingham hosted a GB vs USA match in June 1985 which was televised and saw Seb Coe beat Steve Cram over 800m, while Steve Ovett out-kicked Dave Lewis in the 3000m.

But the only other win that day for the home team was in the men’s 4x400m as the United States ran out comfortable match winners despite fielding a team that included only one reigning US champion and just a single Olympic medallist.

A GB vs USA match also took place at the turn of the millennium in Glasgow. When the two nations faced each other in June 2000, for example, winners included Jason Gardener, who beat a field that included Maurice Greene and Darren Campbell in the 100m, plus Colin Jackson in the sprint hurdles, Steve Backley in the javelin and Katharine Merry in the 400m.

Next year’s event will be a two-hour match on Saturday July 21 and British Athletics say it will “feature a new, fast-paced format designed to appeal to new audiences”.

UKA CEO Niels de Vos said: “The Meet will provide audiences with a fantastic head-to-head match between British Athletics and USA Track & Field, and promises to be one of the biggest events in athletics in 2018.”

British sprinter Adam Gemili added: “This is the head-to- head in world athletics. We have a great sporting rivalry with the USA team and we look forward to seeing which nation comes out strongest at ‘The Meet’ next summer. The event is all about power, speed and excitement. I can’t wait.”

Maybe The Meet will inspire a return to similar head-to-heads. Older athletics followers who remember the great international clashes in the 1950s and 1960s have been crying out for years for a return to these fixtures, while some point to the success of the Finnkampen event between Finland and Sweden, which has pulled in big crowds since 1925.

Philip excited to compete in Birmingham next year

Having won silver in London last month, Asha Philip is relishing the opportunity to compete on home soil once more when Birmingham welcomes the World Indoor Championships next year.

Philip formed part of Great Britain's silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the World Championships in London in August, and reached the semi-finals of the individual 100m.

Earlier this year, she broke the British 60m record to win European gold in Belgrade to cap a superb indoor season, as well as becoming British champion over 60m and 100m.

And when Birmingham hosts the World Indoors next March, the 26-year-old is feeling confident that more success can come her way.

"I love doing the 60m and the fact that it's another home championships, I don't really want to miss out on that," Philip said.

"If all goes well I will be competing. I know it's two spots this time as opposed to three in the Europeans but I have a good chance.

"Now being the national record holder and winning the Europeans, hopefully I'll be a massive contender."

One of Philip's biggest incentives to reach Birmingham is to have the opportunity to race in front of a British crowd again.

And having experienced that first hand in London last month, she is confident Britain can put on a show once more.

"I really am looking forward to that championships because a home crowd is insane," she said.

"Birmingham has a fantastic track, the warm-up area is brilliant. I hope everyone does buy their tickets and comes out to support because it will be a spectacular event.

"Brits know how to put on an event and all the other countries know that the Brits know how to do it well. They love their sport so we really hope that everyone will turn out and watch."

Can Jamaica Build A Tourism Package Around Bolt?

Western Bureau:

The 2017 IAAF World Championships in London is now history, but I am not one of those Jamaicans who want to declare it a bad experience and move on. I believe it has taught us so many important lessons about ourselves as a people.

While it is true that the championship was a major disappointment in the way of medals garnered, I cannot understand the cruel backlash against the athletes.

After more than a decade of being spoiled by our overachieving athletes, I can understand being stunned by winning just one gold medal when we had so many class athletes on show. However, I don't believe that gave anyone a licence to bad-mouth athletes or say that they "embarrassed".

It is not only ungrateful, but disrespectful to accuse the athletes of not giving their best. As for the dissing of the legendary Usain Bolt, whom I heard being described as a "sell-out," it must be a sign of lunacy for anyone to conjure up such nonsense and have the gall to say it publicly.

I hardly see a need to make excuses for the athletes, but I also don't believe the climatic conditions in England suited our athletes, who are accustomed to being warm. I believe the conditions were tailor-made for the athletes from Europe and the United States, who are used to those conditions.

Although I can excuse some of the loose remarks from disgruntled fans, I am extremely saddened by the fact that this time around we did not have the customary welcome-home ceremony for the athletes. Surely, it can't be that we only appreciate the athletes when they do well.

I was overcome with pride when I saw how the fans in England treated Bolt after his third-place finish in the 100m. It was as if he had won the race. I was hoping that we would have taken a page out of those spectators' books and given him a 'royal' reception.

Having had the opportunity to travel outside of Jamaica and experience the global impact that Bolt has made, I have no doubt that he is our most revered son internationally, eclipsing even the iconic Bob Marley.

While the Government plans to unveil a statue in his honour in Kingston on National Heroes Day, I am still waiting to hear what will be done to immortalise him in his home parish, Trelawny. I believe the Trelawny Municipal Corporation and the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce need to come together and start the process.


I believe a tourism package should be created around Bolt so that in addition to honouring him and having him serve as an inspirational figure and role model, we could also benefit from his global appeal in terms of marketing and merchandising.

It is against that background that I am again recommending the following: the naming of the road from Duncans to Martha Brae as the Usain Bolt Highway; the renaming of the Trelawny Stadium, the Usain Bolt Stadium of Excellence, the renaming of the William Knibb High School the Usain Bolt High School; the erection of a Usain Bolt statue in Falmouth; and finally, the creation of a Usain Bolt Museum in Sherwood Content.

I believe a Usain Bolt tour, encompassing all recommendations I have made, would be a suitable attraction for visitors to the island. Can you imagine the economic benefit that could be generated from visits to the various sites and novel items, such as Usain Bolt Roast Yam and Usain Bolt Jelly Water. I believe the stakeholders in Trelawny are sitting on a gold mine.

Pearson Happy To Fly Solo On Path To Tokyo Games

Perhaps the best guide to Sally Pearson's success as her own coach, aside from the small matter of a second 100-metres hurdles world championship crown, is the number of offers that have flooded in since her success in London.

That would be none. Zero. Zilch. "At this stage, no plans [to go get a coach]. And I haven't had any offers," Pearson said.

"At the end of the day, I've done everything you can possibly do in the sport. What other person would know better than I would? It's a matter of programming yourself."

Pearson's victory in London capped a staggering comeback from the kind of injuries that had her questioning whether she could compete again, let alone rise to the top of the world once more.

She decided to become her own master when she missed the Rio Olympic Games through a hamstring injury and hasn't looked back since, although she admits she's still learning one half of the trade.

The lead-up to next year's Commonwealth Games will differ from that of the London championships as she adds layers to her training which her recuperating body couldn't previously tolerate.

"There were some parts of the preparation I couldn't put in because the body wouldn't allow it. As a coach, I know I can do more and expand my training and improve more," Pearson said.

"That's what excites me. My body was so broken when I started last August and there were so many things I had to miss out on because I couldn't handle it."

Pearson likened her lead-up to London as a jigsaw that had all the pieces, yet the final picture just didn't look right. Everything appeared in place but the results weren't forthcoming.

"The speed was good, the technique was good, so why wasn't it coming out in my competitions? I knew from the very start, when I started training, that it was going to take to that very last day.

"But I needed to see some signs that it was going to happen. The first sign was at the London Diamond League where I got second and ran 12.48 [seconds]. But even then I had two more races and they weren't up to standard. 

"And that's what frustrated me. I know how I compete. I love racing the other girls. It just wasn't coming together."

The Commonwealth Games rate highly on the agenda for Pearson but the inevitable questions surround whether she can be a factor at the Tokyo Games in 2020, where she will be aged 33.

Pearson has little doubt she can win again. But she won't be rushing into any decisions as she plots her path over the next three years.

Frustrating finish for Nel in Brussels

Cape Town - The global track and field season came to an end in frustrating fashion for South Africa’s Wenda Nel in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday night.

According to the SASCOC website, Nel was the sole SA competitor in the final leg of the IAAF Diamond League series after a long and gruelling season.

Going off in the 400m hurdles, Nel trailed in eighth and last with a time of 56.30, as Olympic champion Daliliah Muhammad of America won in 53.89 from Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova (53.93).

It’s a long way off the 54.58 season’s best she ran in Rome almost three months ago, but the Pretoria athlete took defeat squarely on the chin and is looking forward to setting things right in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, next year.

Speaking to Team SA, Nel says in hindsight she should have called time on her season after the recent World Championships in London.

‘But then I would never have known how I could have run in Belgium. So now I have to weigh up a few things, have a look at the training programme and work out how we’re going to tackle next season.

‘Again, I felt good in the warm-up and the race. Then, on the second last hurdle I made a small mistake,  doubted myself and had to put in an extra stride which cost me a bit of time.

‘It didn’t cost me that much time, but otherwise I might have been able to dip under 56. I haven’t run a 56 second time for a while now and it doesn’t feel good.

‘I’m heading home now and focus will switch to the Commonwealth Games. I’m thinking it will fit nicely into our planning. Once again, South Africans have long seasons compared to the rest of the world and it’s not easy to plan.

‘But I’m really looking forward to the Games. Must just get my head right, keep the physique strong and hopefully it’ll be my time to peak, because I do like racing in April.’

Next Diamond League action will be on May 4 next year in Doha, Qatar.

Finals results from the season-ending Diamond League meet in Brussels on Friday:



1. Noah Lyles (USA) 20.00sec

2. Ameer Webb (USA) 20.01

3. Ramil Quliyev (AZE) 20.02

4. Aaron Brown (CAN) 20.17

5. Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) 20.21

6. Zharnel Hughes (AGU) 20.27

7. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (GBR) 20.33

8. Rasheed Dwyer (JAM) 20.67


1. Nijel Amos (BOT) 1:44.53

2. Marcin Lewandowski (POL) 1:44.77

3. Adam Kszczot (POL) 1:44.84

4. Kipyegon Bett (KEN) 1:45.21

5. Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:45.25

6. Alfred Kipketer (KEN) 1:46.27

7. Elliot Giles (GBR) 1:47.03

8. Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 1:49.85

110m hurdles

1. Sergey Shubenkov (ANA - neutral) 13.14

2. Orlando Ortega (CUB) 13.17

3. Aries Merritt (USA) 13.20

4. Devon Allen (USA) 13.24

5. Ronald Levy (JAM) 13.41

6. Garfield Darien (FRA) 13.42

7. Milan Trajkovic (CYP) 13.47

8. Shane Brathwaite (BAR) 13.49

3 000m steeplechase

1. Conseslus Kipruto (KEN) 8:04.73

2. Soufiane Elbakkali (MAR) 8:04.83

3. Evan Jager (USA) 8:11.71

4. Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei (USA) 8:11.93

5. Nicholas Kiptonui Bett (KEN) 8:12.20

6. Benjamin Kigen (KEN) 8:13.06

7. Amos Kirui (KEN) 8:18.32

8. Yemane Haileselassie (ERI) 8:19.19

Triple jump

1. Christian Taylor (USA) 17.49m

2. Will Claye (USA) 17.35

3. Pedro Pichardo (CUB) 17.32

4. Troy Doris (USA) 16.64

5. Alexis Copello (CUB) 16.55

6. Chris Benard (USA) 16.37

7. Jean-Marc Pontvianne (FRA) 16.36

8. Omar Craddock (USA) 15.89


1. Andrius Gudzius (LTU) 68.16 m

2. Fedrick Dacres (JAM) 66.31

3. Piotr Malachowski (POL) 65.73

4. Philip Milanov (BEL) 64.76

5. Christoph Harting (GER) 64.55

6. Robert Urbanek (POL) 64.20

7. Daniel Stahl (SWE) 64.18

8. Robert Harting (GER) 63.96



1. Elaine Thompson (JAM) 10.92

2. Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV) 10.93

3. Blessing Okagbare (NGR) 11.07

4. Michelle-Lee Ahye (TRI) 11.07

5. Tianna Bartoletta (USA) 11.14

6. Morolake Akinosun (USA) 11.15

7. Jura Levy (JAM) 11.17

8. Christania Williams (JAM) 11.35


1. Shaunae Miller (BAH) 49.46

2. Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) 49.88

3. Courtney Okolo (USA) 50.91

4. Natasha Hastings (USA) 50.98

5. Shericka Jackson (JAM) 51.16

6. Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM) 51.27

7. Stephenie Ann McPherson (JAM) 51.72

8. Lydia Jele (BOT) 53.11

1 500m

1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (KEN) 3:57.04

2. Sifan Hassan (NED) 3:57.22

3. Winny Chebet (KEN) 4:00.18

4. Gudaf Tsegay (ETH) 4:00.36

5. Merat Bahta Ogbagaber (ERI) 4:00.49

6. Jennifer Simpson (USA) 4:00.70

7. Laura Weightman (GBR) 4:00.71

8. Angelika Cichocka (POL) 4:02.77

5 000m

1. Hellen Onsando Obiri (KEN) 14:25.88

2. Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui (KEN) 14:27.55

3. Senbere Teferi (ETH) 14:32.03

4. Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN) 14:32.82

5. Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik (KEN) 14:39.33

6. Lilian Kasait Rengruk (KEN) 14:41.61

7. Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 14:42.74

8. Eilish McColgan (GBR) 14:48.49

400m hurdles

1. Dalilah Muhammad (USA) 53.89

2. Zuzana Hejnová (CZE) 53.93

3. Ashley Spencer (USA) 54.92

4. Eilidh Child (GBR) 55.04

5. Sara Petersen (DEN) 55.54

6. Janieve Russell (JAM) 55.60

7. Léa Sprunger (SUI) 55.98

8. Wenda Theron Nel (RSA) 56.30

High jump

1. Mariya Lasitskene (ANA - neutral) 2.02 m

2. Yuliya Levchenko (UKR) 1.94

3. Michaela Hrubá (CZE) 1.88

4. Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) 1.88

5. Kamila Licwinko (POL) 1.88

6. Sofie Skoog (SWE) 1.84

7. Levern Spencer (LCA) 1.84

8. Oksana Okuneva (UKR) 1.84

. Mirela Demireva (BUL) 1.84

. Morgan Lake (GBR) 1.84

Long jump

1. Ivana Spanovic (SRB) 6.70 m

2. Lorraine Ugen (GBR) 6.65

3. Shakeelah Saunders (USA) 6.64

4. Tianna Bartoletta (USA) 6.63

5. Brittney Reese (USA) 6.61

6. Shara Proctor (GBR) 6.50

7. Darya Klishina (ANA - neutral) 6.49

8. Claudia Rath (GER) 6.21

Pole vault

1. Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE) 4.85 m

2. Sandi Morris (USA) 4.75

3. Alysha Newman (CAN) 4.75

4. Katie Nageotte (USA) 4.65

5. Nicole Büchler (SUI) 4.65

6. Holly Bleasdale (GBR) 4.55

7. Lisa Ryzih (GER) 4.55

8. Michaela Meijer (SWE) 4.55


1. Sandra Perkovic (CRO) 68.82 m

2. Dani Samuels (AUS) 65.85

3. Denia Caballero (CUB) 64.61

4. Nadine Müller (GER) 62.85

5. Mélina Robert-Michon (FRA) 62.49

6. Whitney Ashley (USA) 62.14

7. Yaime Pérez (CUB) 61.45

8. Julia Fischer (GER) 59.89

Olympic Runner Dominique Blake's Life Lessons

These are the life lessons she's learned on and off the track.

Olympic runner Dominique Blake’s upcoming book, Diamond Laws, focuses on some of the life lessons she’s learned on and off the track.

Here are a few lessons that can hold true for even non-Olympians:

  1. The biggest success stories often happen after a struggle with commitment.
  2. Teaching someone to attain her own success is far more valuable than doing it for her.
  3. Focusing on your attitude, approach, and action will give you the upper hand because you will be mentally prepared.
  4. When you provide a service of value you should always have as much product knowledge as possible.
  5. Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will make you look like an overnight success.

Miller-Uibo's Profits Doubl At "Redemption Games"

A huge power cut in Brussels meant the lights were dimmer than usual at the second IAAF Diamond League final on Friday (1), but the athletic performances – notably Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s completion of a 200m/400m Diamond Trophy double – and the new, sudden-death format of the finals shone, well, dazzlingly.

For the 23-year-old Olympic 400m champion from Nassau, in The Bahamas, last month’s IAAF World Championships London 2017 was a huge disappointment. Having been the favourite to win the 400m, she lost concentration and stumbled out of medal contention 20 metres from the line. She later lined up for the 200m final as the fastest entrant this year, but, coming at the end of a tiring week, had to settle for bronze.

Fast forward to the first of the IAAF Diamond League finals, in Zurich on 24 August, and the first part of her season’s rehabilitation took place as she won the Diamond Trophy at the shorter sprint in a national record of 21.88.

Skip on another eight days, and the job was complete as Miller-Uibo headed home the hugely talented 19-year-old Salwa Eid Nasser, whose Bahraini record of 49.88 gave promise of further great things, to complete her late-season double in 49.46 – the fastest time of 2017.

Interviewed before her Brussels race, Miller-Uibo made her boundless ambitions very clear.

“Pressure is something that doesn’t bother me,” she said.

“Now I want to be the best, period. Just to be the best athlete the world has ever seen. I know I have a lot of people to pass on my way up to the top but I’m really working hard towards it and I don’t think I’ve even half fulfilled my potential so I am excited to see where that takes me.”

Miller-Uibo’s task was made clearer and more simple by the fact that, under this year’s re-jigged format, both her races cleared of any residual points from the 12 foregoing IAAF Diamond League meetings through which athletes had qualified for the finals.

The new format of winner-takes-all on the night proved outstandingly effective, especially – as it turned out – for athletes who, like Miller-Uibo, had something to prove after disappointment at the World Championships.

In Brussels, Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson, who missed a medal in London, returned to winning form as she claimed a second consecutive Diamond Trophy in the shorter sprint, running 10.92 to beat world 100m and 200m silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, second in 10.93.

Ivana Spanovic, who missed out on a long jump medal in London, finished her season on a high here as another final effort, this time 6.70m, earned her the spoils.

Botswana’s 2012 Olympic 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos was tipped for gold at the World Championships, but missed a medal. He made no mistake in Brussels, however, as he won in 1:44.53.

Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad, beaten to gold in London by US compatriot Kori Carter, returned to the gold standard in the King Baudouin stadium.

Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, who finished only sixth in the World Championships final, arrived in Brussels talking about revenge, and he achieved that as he beat all those present who had headed him on that occasion, including the world champion Tom Walsh, with a huge opening-round effort of 22.37m.

The sense of satisfaction was muted, however, by the stupendous final throw of 22.44m that earned Crouser’s compatriot Darrell Hill the winner’s cheque for US$50,000.

Sergey Shubenkov, competing under a neutral banner, also found the new format to his liking as he earned his first big win of the season in the 110m hurdles.

“At last I managed to win in 2017,” said Shubenkov. “I was bored of being second like in Birmingham, Stockholm and the World Championships. Now I’ve got my first overall Diamond League title – maybe thanks to the system of one all-or-nothing race in the final. But it worked for me, so I’m very happy!”

The pattern of making amends had already been firmly set in the first of the IAAF Diamond League finals.

Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, despite being a world champion in the 4x100m, was aghast at failing to reach the individual 100m final. At the Letzigrund he won in 9.97, equalling his season’s best.

Isaac Makwala, whose dramatic and unusual experiences in London yielded him no material reward, claimed a Diamond Trophy and accompanying cheque in winning the 400m in 43.95.

In the men’s 1500m, Timothy Cheruiyot – beaten to gold in London by his Kenyan compatriot Elijah Manangoi – turned the tables to win, with the world champion finishing third.

For Britain’s Mo Farah, the fact that he ended his track career with victory in the 5000m may have been the overriding factor, but he will have derived satisfaction at also defeating the Ethiopian who headed him home in the World Championships final, Muktar Edris.

For 20-year-old Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, who arrived in London heading the 400m hurdles world lists with 47.80, the World Championships experience proved traumatic as he was disqualified in his heat for a false start.

In Zurich he made up for some of that with victory ahead of the newly-ensconced world champion Karsten Warholm.

Winning the 200m in Zurich was part one of Miller-Uibo’s final flourish to the season, but several other athletes were more than happy with their one-off results.

World 3000m steeplechase record-holder Ruth Jebet, fifth in London, proved a winner on the night.

Noah Lyles, who won the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene in 19.90 but failed to qualify for the World Championships, finished off his season with a Diamond Trophy in 20.00.

You could even argue that Sally Pearson’s 100m hurdles victory formed some kind of a recompense. Even though Australia’s 2012 Olympic champion had earned gold in the same arena five years on, her win in Zurich was the more satisfying for the fact that, six years earlier, she had fallen at the seventh hurdle when leading the race that would have added the Diamond Trophy to the world title she had just won in Daegu.

If there are any other IAAF Diamond League changes in the offing, perhaps the two finals should be re-named the Redemption Games, Part I and Part II.

Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF

Perkovic leads European stars on a triumphant night in Brussels

Sandra Perkovic led the way on a glorious night for European athletes as the IAAF Diamond League season finale in Brussels on Friday night.

The Memorial Van Damme, always one of the most exciting meetings on the circuit, saw Croatia’s four-time European discus champion become the greatest woman athlete in the history of the competition by winning her sixth Diamond Trophy.

As the athletes who reach the final start from scratch in their event, it was a slow beginning from Perkovic who opened with 60.43m and then suffered a foul as Australia’s Dani Stevens led through the first two rounds with 65.85m.

However, round three changed the landscape, as Perkovic got into her groove and threw 68.82m, a distance which brought her victory. She followed it up with one more legal throw, from round five, which landed at 68.68m.

“I wanted to throw 70 metres since that would have been a meeting record,” reflected Perkovic. 

“But an hour before the competition the rain came. Yet 68 metres is pretty decent on a wet track. Brussels is special to me: in 2010 I won here my first Diamond League final with a national record of 69.83m. I am very happy since I won everything this year.”

It was a European discus double as Andrius Gudzius completed an outdoor season he will never forget by taking the title with a throw of 68.16m – and like Perkovic, his winning mark came in the third round.

The giant Lithuanian won his first major senior title with his glorious world championship triumph in London and now he has followed that up with Diamond League success.

“This turned out to be an excellent season with the world title and now also the Diamond League trophy,” said a delighted Gudzius. “To be honest, I thought that Daniel (Stahl) would win today but it was me. That is what we work for.”

Just as in London, Gudzius had the better of Sweden’s Stahl, who still leads the world rankings with 71.29m from June.
But whereas Stahl won world silver, this time he was back in seventh with a best of 64.18m, as Gudzius won by nearly two metres from the rest of the field.

Ivana Spanovic left it late, very late in fact, but her final round was enough to secure her Diamond League glory.

It was a thrilling finale to this long jump, as Serbia’s reigning European indoor and outdoor champion was back in fourth after five rounds having twice reached 6.62m; with the challenging conditions were demonstrated by the fact that Great Britain’s Lorraine Ugen led the way with just 6.65m.

But then Spanovic used all her experience and composure to leap 6.70m and change the whole complexion of the event to retain her Diamond League crown.

“I tried to give it all at my first attempt but it was too cold,” said Spanovic, who reached only 6.39m with her opener. “We went into a close fight with five girls. I kept on fighting until my last attempt and I came out on top. I am very happy since this was the most important Diamond League meeting of the year.”

It is now 14 wins in a row for Greece’s pole vault star, Ekaterini Stefanidi, clearing 4.85m to win from the USA’s Sandi Morris, who was second with 4.75m.

Entering the competition at 4.65m, Stefanidi, who added the world title to her Olympic and European glory last month, went over that height first time before she failed with her initial attempt at 4.75m. The second time she made it and then brought delight to the damp crowd by going over 4.85m at the first go.

She tried at what would have been a national record of 4.92m, but missed out. Those will be her targets next year, when she will be one of the biggest names competing at Berlin 2018, as the German city stages the multi-sports European Championships in conjunction with Glasgow.

In terms of consistency, Russia’s Mariya Lasitskene – competing as an Authorised Neutral Athlete – takes some beating as she confirmed her brilliant high jump status with her 27th win in a row.

Following her previous Diamond League triumph in the event in 2014, she is now the champion again, with 1.97m being enough for victory but just for good measure, she went on to cleared 2.02m.

European athletes took the first six places with Ukraine’s Yuliya Levchenko, who took the silver medal behind Lasitskene at the world championships just a few weeks ago, second again as the only other woman over 1.94m.

It was a great night too for Lasitskene’s compatriot Sergey Shubenkov in the 110m hurdles.

The London 2017 silver medallist is now the Diamond League winner for the first time after crossing the line in 13.14 to beat Spain’s Orlando Ortega, who was second in 13.17.

“At last I managed to win in 2017,” joked Shubenkov. “I was bored of being second as in Birmingham, Stockholm and at the world championships. Now I have my first overall Diamond League victory and the system of a one ‘all-or-nothing’ race in the final worked for me, so I am happy.”

Even though they did not win, the Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova and Turkey’s world champion Ramil Guliyev had a good night by running European-leading times in their specialist events.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games champion Dalilah Muhammad won the 400m hurdles in 53.89 but Hejnova was a close second in 53.93 while in the 200m, won by US sprinter Noah Lyles in 20.00 with Guliyev third in 20.02.

Asha Philip’s focus moving to World Indoors

The European indoor champion and world relay silver medallist is looking forward to another global event on British soil in Birmingham

Following an incredible summer of world athletics in the UK, Asha Philip is among those relishing the opportunity to compete on home soil again when Birmingham hosts the IAAF World Indoor Championships next March.

Philip enjoyed a superb indoor season earlier this year as she broke the British 60m record to claim European gold in Belgrade. Carrying that fine form into next year is the aim for the 26-year-old, who formed part of Great Britain’s silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the IAAF World Championships in London and also reached the semi-finals of the individual 100m.

“I love doing the 60m and the fact that it’s another home championships, I don’t really want to miss out on that,” says the Newham & Essex Beagles sprinter, who ran 7.06 in Serbia to become the fastest ever British female over 60m.

“If all goes well I will be competing. I know it’s two spots this time as opposed to three in the Europeans but I have a good chance.

“Now being the national record-holder and winning the Europeans, hopefully I’ll be a massive contender.”

Reflecting on 2017, which has also seen her become the British champion over both 60m and 100m, Philip adds: “I’ve had a fantastic year. Obviously as athletes we always want more but I’m going to embrace it all and hopefully carry it on into next year.”

Philip has gained many fans as her impressive performances are accompanied by a bubbly attitude and a famous fighting spirit that has seen her battle back from career-threatening injury.

“I’ve had a fantastic year. Obviously as athletes we always want more but I’m going to embrace it all and hopefully carry it on into next year”

Now she appreciates every opportunity she has to take to the track – even more so when it means racing in front of home fans.

“I really am looking forward to that championships because a home crowd is insane,” she smiles, looking ahead to the World Indoors in Birmingham, considered by many to be the home of athletics.

“Birmingham has a fantastic track, the warm-up area is brilliant. I hope everyone does buy their tickets and comes out to support us because it will be a spectacular event.

“Brits know how to do it (put on an event) and all the other countries know that the Brits know how to do it well. They love their sport so we really hope that everyone will turn out and watch.”

Lorraine Ugen second as Ivana Spanovic wins long jump

Serbia's Ivana Spanovic edged out Britain's Lorraine Ugen to retain her Diamond League long jump title.

In cool, damp conditions in Brussels, Ugen, who was fifth at the World Championships, led with 6.65m until Spanovic leapt 6.70 in the final round.

Meanwhile, Croatia's Olympic discus champion Sandra Perkovic became the first woman to win six Diamond League titles as she threw 68.82m for victory.

World champion Hellen Obiri won the 5,000m, with Eilish McColgan eighth.

Obiri pulled away on the final lap to clock 14 minutes 25.88 seconds, with fellow Kenyan Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui second in 14:27.55. Britain's McColgan clocked 14:48.49, which took 12 seconds off her personal best.

American Dalilah Muhammad claimed the women's 400m hurdles in 53.89 seconds, with McColgan's fellow Scot Eilidh Doyle fourth in 55.04.

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas clocked a season's best time of 49.46 seconds to win the women's 400m, becoming only the second athlete - after Allyson Felix - to win the 200m/400m Diamond Trophy double.

In the men's triple jump, American Christian Taylor took the title for the sixth year in succession, jumping 17.49m to beat compatriot Will Claye (17.35m). Only French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie (seven) has more titles.

American Noah Lyles - who missed out on qualifying for the world championships because of injury - pipped compatriot Ameer Webb to win the men's 200m in 20 seconds, the 20-year-old becoming the youngest Diamond League 200m champion.

The men's 3,000m steeplechase produced a repeat of the top three at last month's World Championships, as Conseslus Kipruto won in eight minutes 4.73 seconds, with Soufiane El Bakkali second and American Evan Jager third after falling at the final water jump.

Russian Sergey Shubenkov won the 110m hurdles in 13.14 seconds, Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius won the men's discus with a throw of 68.16m, and Olympic and world champion Faith Kipyegon produced a strong finish to win the women's 1500m in three minutes 57.04 seconds, Britain's Laura Weightman seventh.

Britain's Elliot Giles was seventh in the men's 800m, won by Botswana's Nijel Amos, who was fifth at the World Championships but also won this year's Diamond League meets in Paris, London, Rabat and Birmingham.

Russian Maria Lasitskene made it 24 wins from 24 competitions this year as she claimed the high jump in 2.02m, with Britain's Morgan Lake (1.84m) seventh.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica - who finished fifth in the World Championships - won the women's 100m by 0.01 seconds from Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

And, in the final event of the evening, Katerina Stefanidi of Greece won the women's pole vault with 4.85m, Briton Holly Bradshaw finishing sixth with 4.55m.

In previous seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the season to win the Diamond League title, but this year the final alone determines the champions.

A 100m promotional event was won in 10.02 seconds by Jamaican Yohan Blake, with 41-year-old Kim Collins, the 2003 world champion, last of the eight runners.

Dina Asher-Smith to race 150m at Great North CityGames

The British record-holder will be joined by fellow world relay medallists Asha Philip and Desiree Henry who will run 100m on Gateshead Quayside

Three members of GB’s world and Olympic medal-winning 4x100m relay team will be among those racing at the Great North CityGames when street athletics returns to the Gateshead Quayside on Saturday September 9.

British 100m and 200m record-holder Dina Asher-Smith will run the distance in between as she takes on 150m, while Asha Philip and Desiree Henry will line up in the 100m on the pop-up track.

Asher-Smith broke her foot in February but has been impressive on the track this summer, also finishing fourth in the world 200m in London in a season’s best of 22.22 and then beating double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou in Berlin last weekend.

The Briton ran 16.82 for 150m at the Great CityGames Manchester in 2015, with Henry having run a European best for the straight-run distance of 16.57 at last year’s Great North CityGames.

Asher-Smith’s competition in Newcastle-Gateshead will include her fellow Briton Bianca Williams plus Naomi Sedney of Netherlands.

In the 100m, Philip and Henry will be competing against Ireland’s European under-20 100m champion Gina Akpe-Moses and South Africa’s Carina Horn.

With a range of events on offer from 100m to the one-mile distance plus pole vault and long jump in a specially-constructed arena on the banks of the Tyne, the Great North CityGames kicks off a weekend of first-class sporting action. It encompasses the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Simplyhealth Great North 5k and finishes with the world-famous Simplyhealth Great North Run on the Sunday.

The athletics action is free to watch, no ticket is required, and the event is broadcast live on BBC One from 1.15pm.

A look back at SA’s magnificent 2017

From Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk’s exploits to 11 medals at u/18 level, this was a year to remember.

The 2017 track and field season, which came to a close with the Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday night, was one of the most successful in the nation’s history.

We look back at some of the highlights of the campaign.

World Champs

Earning a record six medals, including three gold, the national team finished third on the medals table and 10th on the placings table at the World Championships in London in August. Wayde van Niekerk (400m gold and 200m silver) and Caster Semenya (800m gold and 1 500m bronze) delivered historic double-medal performances, while Luvo Manyonga (gold) and Ruswahl Samaai (bronze) reached the men’s long jump podium.

World bests

Van Niekerk and Semenya were both in record form, setting unofficial world bests. Covering the rarely run 300m distance in 30.81 in Ostrava in June, Van Niekerk clipped 0.04 off the 17-year-old global mark held by American Michael Johnson. In the women’s 600m event, Semenya clocked 1:21.77 in Berlin in August to chop 0.86 off the 20-year-old mark held by Cuba’s Ana Quirot.

World rankings

Five South African athletes achieved top-five world rankings. Van Niekerk (400m, 43.62), Manyonga (long jump, 8.65m) and Semenya (800m, 1:55.16) all topped the global performance lists in their disciplines. Van Niekerk was also ranked second in the 200m sprint (19.84), Samaai was second in the long jump (8.49m), and Akani Simbine was fourth in the 100m (9.92) and fifth in the 200m (19.95).

SA records

Seven athletes broke national senior outdoor track and field records this year. Van Niekerk (200m, 19.84), Manyonga (long jump, 8.65m) Antonio Alkana (110m hurdles, 13.11), Lebogang Shange (20km walk, 1:19:18), Semenya (800m, 1:55.16), Letitia Janse van Vuuren (hammer throw, 63.82m) and Anel Oosthuizen (20km walk, 1:34:49) took their disciplines to new heights.

Future Stars

The national youth team raked in 11 medals at the World U-18 Championships in Nairobi in July, for the country’s largest ever haul in a major global track and field championship at any level. While a number of nations did not enter teams for the final edition of the  age group showpiece, the SA youth squad did well to finish top of the medals table ahead of China and Kenya.

Redemption for Olympic champions in Diamond League final

2016 Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo both failed to earn a medal in their signature event at August’s world track and field world championships.

But they both returned to the top of the podium Friday in the second of two Diamond League finals in Brussels.

Thompson won the 100m title, crossing the finish line .01 seconds ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.

Thompson, the 2016 Olympic 100m and 200m champion, did not earn a medal of any color at August’s world championships, despite having run the year’s fastest 100m time (10.71 seconds) in June. The Jamaican sprinter joked that she watched the 100m race from Worlds, when she finished fifth, “over 1,000 times” trying to figure out what went wrong.

Three of the four women who finished ahead of Thompson at Worlds were not in the field in Brussels. Ta Lou was the silver medalist.

Miller-Uibo claimed the 400m title by clocking the year’s fastest time, 49.46 seconds.

At Worlds, she came off the final turn in the lead, but faded late to finish fourth behind Phyllis Francis, Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser and Allyson Felix.

Neither Francis nor Felix raced in Brussels. Naser finished second, breaking the national record in 49.88 seconds.

Miller-Uibo also won the 200m title last Thursday in the first Diamond League final. By winning both races, she earned a combined $100,000 in prize money.

Four U.S. athletes earned a Diamond Trophy in Brussels, in addition to pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who received his last Thursday in the first Diamond League final meet in Zurich.

2016 Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad edged two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic by .04 seconds to claim the 400m hurdles title.

Noah Lyles chased down fellow American Ameer Webb from the outside lane to win the 200m title by just .01 seconds. It was the first race for the 20-year-old Lyles since June.

Christian Taylor and Will Claye claimed the top two spots in the triple jump. Taylor, a two-time Olympic champion, has won the Diamond League triple jump title for six consecutive years.

Competing Friday night in a scenic venue in the center of Brussels, Darrell Hill held off compatriot Ryan Crouser, the Olympic champion, for the shot put title.

Eilish McColgan sets 5,000m Scottish women's record

Eilish McColgan set a Scottish women's 5,000m record as she broke the 15-minute mark for the first time at the Diamond League final in Brussels.

The 26-year-old Dundonian crossed the line in 14 minutes 48.49 seconds to finish eighth in a fast race won by world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya.

McColgan's time moves her above Laura Muir's previous record of 14:49.12 set indoors earlier this year.

She also holds the Scottish record in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

Eilish McColgan set a Scottish women's 5,000m record as she broke the 15-minute mark for the first time at the Diamond League final in Brussels.

The 26-year-old Dundonian crossed the line in 14 minutes 48.49 seconds to finish eighth in a fast race won by world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya.

McColgan's time moves her above Laura Muir's previous record of 14:49.12 set indoors earlier this year.

She also holds the Scottish record in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

Colin Jackson: phenomenal athlete who came out at 50

His 110m hurdles world record stood for a decade but only Jackson knows why saying he was gay took so long

Colin Jackson has been in the public eye since his teenage years, when a phenomenal athletic prowess was first identified at Birchgrove Harriers, the club nearest his home on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The former 110m hurdles world record holder has been clearing barriers with rare skill ever since but revealing his sexuality to the world earlier this week was an obstacle sized up more carefully than ever.

The Swedish LGBT former athletes Kajsa Bergqvist and Peter Häggström, who interviewed Jackson, were not the first to ask. In fact, Jackson – now a BBC pundit and presenter – had twice publicly denied he was gay: in a 2004 autobiography and a 2008 newspaper interview.

But he said the circumstances felt right to come out aged 50 in a TV interview, more than a decade since a tabloid kiss-and-tell forced him to reveal the fact to his parents.

Jackson was born in 1967, the same year male homosexuality was partially decriminalised in the UK. But while he was competing at the top level, few sportsmen felt confident enough to come out. Jackson’s elite career overlapped with that of Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay footballer, who took his own life in 1998, eight years after revealing his homosexuality.

But when approached by the programme Rainbow Heroes, which airs on SVT in Sweden, Jackson became convinced his news would not be “sensationalised” as he had once feared.

“The way you asked me, it was a whole storytelling kind of thing,” he told Bergqvist, a former high jumper. “You were just interested in the way it affected me sports-wise, emotionally-wise and my preparation.”

There had been speculation about Jackson’s sexuality, which intensified in 2006 when the News of the World published a story in which a gay male air steward claimed to have had a secret affair with him.

It prompted Jackson to come out to his parents. “I was waiting for them in the kitchen,” he said. “They walked in and they sat down. My mother could see my face and I was quite distraught. It didn’t faze them at all.

“My mum went: ‘First of all, is the story true?’ I said it’s true, so it’s not like I can deny it. And then she went: ‘Well, why are people so disgraceful?’ I just realised, I’ve got the best parents.”

While he possessed bags of natural talent, Jackson has always maintained it was a formidable work ethic instilled by his parents, first generation Jamaican immigrants, that marked him out for greatness.

His mum, Angela, arrived in Cardiff in 1955 and his dad, Ossie, in 1962 and the pair married later that year. A conservative couple, they were very popular on the council estate where Jackson and his sister, the actor Suzanne Packer – once a regular on Casualty – were raised. Angela was a midwife and later a theatre sister while Ossie worked in sales for an air-conditioning company.

When featured in the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? in 2009, Jackson discovered he was descended from Taino Indians, the native inhabitants of Jamaica. They later mixed with escaped slaves and formed their own Maroon communities, who fought against slavery and for Jamaican independence in the 17th century.

“The fieriness that the Maroons had, first with their fight with the Spanish and then the English, I think I’ve got that in me now,” said Jackson. “Because when I lined up on many occasions to compete for Great Britain, it took a lot of heart and soul to get out there and to really be at war with my competitors.”

In his early years, Jackson primarily identified as Jamaican and family meals were saltfish, rice and peas, and jerk chicken. It was not until he got his first Welsh vest aged 14 that he felt properly British.

Ask any of his former teammates what made Jackson a world record holder and they will point to a ferocious determination. He seemed to possess an invisible switch that turned him from happy-go-lucky off the track to ruthless on it. His close relationship with coach Malcolm Arnold, who he joined at 17 and remained with until retirement in 2003, was also a big factor.

“His natural strengths were his perception and understanding of the training process, his ability to work hard, his natural psychological strength and an excellent basic speed,” said Arnold.

“He was very good at jumping, throwing and running events and there was some discussion when he was a junior about doing the decathlon or becoming a long jumper.

“However, when he became world junior champion in Athens and ran 13.44 sec, it was obvious that his future lay in hurdling.”

His parents remained unconvinced about athletics as a career choice until Jackson won silver at the 1986 Commonwealth Games – his first major senior medal – when he was just 19. Success soon brought riches Jackson had barely dreamed of. Three years after leaving school he was driving past his old teachers in a Mercedes.

He went undefeated at the European championships for 12 years in a row but Jackson’s piece de resistance remains a 12.91 seconds 110m hurdles world record, which stood for more than a decade. He remains the 60m hurdles world record holder.

The missing element of Jackson’s career and the reason he is underrated in some quarters is the lack of an Olympic title. He won silver in Seoul in 1988 and was favourite to win gold in Barcelona four years later.

But, inhibited by a rib cartilage injury, Jackson – usually clean as a whistle – hit four hurdles in the final and staggered over the line in seventh place. His training partner, the Canadian Mark McKoy, who together with his wife and baby daughter had stayed in Jackson’s home in Cardiff in the run-up to the Olympics, won gold.

Jackson has spoken at length of his devastation at missing out. “At first I thought, ‘That was such a shit race, can we do it again?’” he said. “The second thought was, ‘At least Mark won.’

“But that didn’t make things easier to live with. I saw Mark every day and it was the most horrible thing to know he had won and I hadn’t.”

In Atlanta in 1996, Jackson was again thwarted in his search of that elusive Olympic gold, pulling a muscle in the final of the 110m hurdles and missing out on a bronze medal by 0.02sec.

His former teammate Iwan Thomas maintains that Jackson’s legacy is unaffected by the absence of an Olympic title. “He might be a bit underrated because he never won the Olympics,” said Thomas. “But the stopwatch doesn’t lie, his world record was one of the longest standing in athletics and he was the ultimate professional.”

By 2004, when Jackson’s outdoor world record was broken by the Chinese athlete Liu Xiang at the Athens Olympics, Jackson was watching from the BBC studio. He has covered most major athletics events since for the corporation and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.

He said getting a job with the BBC helped him deal with the anxiety attacks that accompanied the end of his athletics career.

“When you spend all of your adult life doing something and suddenly that stops, you think: how am I going to earn money? How am I going to live?” he told the Big Issue in 2014.

Jackson also revealed he had struggled with an eating disorder as he battled to lose weight to give himself a competitive edge early in his career.

Friends suggest that he was not ready to come out in 2008 when asked by the Voice, Britain’s biggest black newspaper, how he felt about people thinking he is gay.

“I don’t mind having people say what they like in that circumstance,” he said at the time. “I know that I am not but I don’t think it’s for me to be going round screaming it from the rooftops. I think it’s just rubbish. It makes no real sense to me.”

Fellow Welsh athlete Iwan Thomas, who first met Jackson at the Commonwealth Games in 1994, hailed Jackson’s decision to come out.

“I’ve always thought of him as an absolute superstar but I think the perception of him is even greater now,” he said. “I think it’s very different nowadays to 20 years ago where it might have been frowned upon.

“I hope by Colin coming out it might give people in sport in particular the courage to do the same because sport can be quite a difficult place and very judgmental.

“Only Colin knows but maybe that’s why he left it so long. I’m going to give him a big hug when I see him because if even one person feels they can come out to their mum or dad because they’ve seen what Colin’s done then that’s amazing.”

Potted profile

Age: 50

Career: Jackson claimed his first senior medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1986, a silver in the 110m hurdles. A silver medal at the Seoul Olympics followed and he went unbeaten at the European Championships for 12 years. He set a world record to win gold at the Stuttgart World Championships in 1993 and won the world title again in 1999. He retired in 2003 after finishing fifth at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, the 71st appearance for Britain in his career. He has been a BBC athletics pundit and presenter since retirement.

High point: Gold medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 in 12.91sec, a world record which stood for more than a decade.

Low point: Missing out on a medal when favourite to win gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

He says: “I never look for the highs that I had in that cauldron because I don’t think you get them on the outside – you can never repeat that. Can you imagine being the best in the world? Whatever you do, you are the best hurdler on the planet at that particular moment – you cannot repeat that. Entrepreneurs – can they really say they’re the best the world? I really appreciate having been able to say that.”

They say: “His natural strengths were his perception and understanding of the training process, his natural psychological strength and an excellent basic speed” – coach Malcolm Arnold.

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BRUSSELS (AP) Yohan Blake won the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial, beating Michael Rodgers of the United States and fellow-Jamaican Julian Forte on Friday.

In the absence of recently retired Usain Boltand world champion Justin Gatlin, 2011 world champion Blake rekindled some old form for a rare win, finishing in a modest 10.02 seconds as runners were slowed by the rain and cold at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Rodgers finished in 10.09 and Forte had 10.12.

On a tough night for athletes, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia won the long jump with 6.70 meters on her last attempt, sweeping past Lorraine Ugen of Britain, who missed out by 5 centimeters. World champion Brittney Reese of the United States finished only fifth.

5 Things To Know About Shalane Flanagan

Shalane Flanagan just announced she will be running the 2017 New York City Marathon. This will be her first race at the distance since returning from a back injury. She has run New York previously in 2010, where she finished second. Between that race and now, Flanagan had multiple career defining performances. She made two Olympic teams, ran a PR of 2:21:14 at the Berlin Marathon in 2014 and had two separate gutsy performances in the Boston Marathon.

Here are five things to know about this fierce female runner.

She’s got talent running through her veins.

Flanagan’s mother, Cheryl Treworgy, is a former marathon world record holder and a five-time World Cross-Country participant. Flanagan’s father, Steve Flanagan, was also a World Cross-Country participant and boasts a marathon PR of 2:18. So Shalane was basically destined to be a gifted runner.

She married a runner.

Shalane met her husband, Steve Edwards, in college. Both were members of the cross country and track teams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Serving as Flanagan’s agent and sometimes training partner, Edwards is a huge source of support.

She’s tough.

Imagine racing around a track for 25 laps. As fast as you can. In hot temperatures. After you had food poisoning. Flanagan overcame less-than-ideal circumstances during the 10,000-meter finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but she didn’t let the warm weather or tummy troubles slow her stride. Flanagan earned a bronze medal, which was later upgraded to silver after second-place finisher Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey tested positive for a banned substance. She also set a new American record in 30:22.22, shattering her own American record set earlier that year.

She enjoys eating.

Flanagan has teamed up with whole-foods chef and food writer, Elyse Kopecky, to publish a cookbook called Run Fast, Eat Slow. Flanagan and Kopecky were teammates at North Carolina. The pair seeks to show runners how they can fuel their performances through whole foods. Both are working on a follow up right now.

She recently became a foster mom.

While training for Rio, one of Flanagan’s teammates emailed their team, Bowerman Track Club, to find a foster home for two girls during their senior year of high school. Flanagan and her husband immediately agreed. The girls, Breauna and Keauna, moved in and have been a part of Flanagan’s family ever since.

Miller-Uibo Completes DL 200/400 Double

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas added the 400m Diamond Trophy to the 200m version she had won a week earlier in Zurich at the first of two IAAF Diamond League finals, clocking a world-leading 49.46 at the AG Insurance Van Damme Memorial in Brussels on Friday (1).

The Olympic 400m champion had appeared on the brink of adding a world title at her specialist distance in London last month before faltering and dropping out of the medals 20 metres from the line.

But she has finished her season on a high with Diamond Trophies in Zurich and now here that have earned her a total of US$100,000 under the revised rewards for this year’s series, which carried a prize total of US$1.6million.

Miller-Uibo needed to concentrate all the way to the line, however, under the challenge of the 19-year-old Bahrain athlete Salwa Eid Naser, who beat both Allyson Felix and world 400m champion Phyllis Francis at last month’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham and took second place here in 49.88, putting her third on the world U20 all-time list.

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson, who failed to earn a medal at last month’s IAAF World Championships in London, finished her season with a victorious flourish as she earned a second consecutive Diamond Trophy in the women’s 100m.

Thompson had admitted on the eve of this final that she’d had “a funny season” so far, having gone top of the 2017 list with 10.71 in her native Kingston before the London disappointment.

But her form since then has been encouraging – victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham in 10.93 followed by second place in last week’s 200m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich in 22.00 – and her optimism going into this race proved well founded as she won in 10.92, holding off the challenge of the Ivorian athlete who earned silver at 100m and 200m in London, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who was second in 10.93 ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, who clocked 11.07.

After earning her prize, and its attendant benefit of a US$50,000 winner’s cheque, Thompson’s reaction was wonderfully direct: “I’ve just got one thing to say – I’m happy, happy, happy!”

The men’s 3000m steeplechase provided huge drama in the final lap as Kenya’s world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, with a huge burst of energy that would have been most welcome in the nearby blacked-out areas of the city, edged past Soufiane El Bakkali to win his third Diamond Trophy in a time of 8:04.73, with the Moroccan clocking a personal best of 8:04.83.

Kipruto and El Bakkali had been led through the bell by Olympic silver medallist and world bronze medallist Evan Jager. The tall and powerful US runner, blond hair tied back, had pushed the pace all the way through, but in the back straight of the final lap his two rivals got away from him and his weariness became evident as he fell at the final water jump and lost his placing.

But Jager found energy from somewhere over the final 30 metres to accelerate past his compatriot Stanley Kebeni to reclaim third place, finishing in 8:11.71 to Kebeni’s 8:11.93.

Another compelling middle distance spectacle saw Kenya’s world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri prevail after a huge battle with her compatriot Caroline Kipkirui. Obiri won in 14:25.88, with Kipkirui clocking a personal best of 14:27.55 ahead of third-placed Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia, who recorded 14:32.03.

Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic, who missed out on a medal at the World Championships, finished her season on a high here as another final effort, this time 6.70m, earned her the spoils.

Unlike the world final, this was a competition in which no one got anywhere near seven-metre territory, with the marks being concentrated, offering the possibility of dramatic shifts in the order.

Britain’s Lorraine Ugen moved up from fourth to first with her fifth-round effort of 6.65m, only to be eclipsed by the Serbian’s final effort.

Only four centimetres covered the second to fifth places, as Ugen finished just a centimetre ahead of Shakeela Saunders of the United States, with her compatriot and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta taking fourth place with the 6.63m that had given her a third-round lead, and the fellow US jumper who had beaten her to the world title the previous month, Brittney Reese, managing a best of 6.61m.

“I kept on fighting until my last attempt and I came out on top,” said Spanovic.

Nijel Amos was another athlete whose medal ambitions were frustrated in London who managed to find a golden lining in Brussels as he won the men’s 800m in 1:44.53.

Poland’s double world silver medallist Adam Kszczot appeared poised to take second place, but eased off just before the line, looking inside him, as his compatriot Marcin Lewandowski moved past on the outside to take second place in 1:44.77.

Kszczot, realising his mistake too late, was third in 1:44.84.

Lithuania’s world discus champion Andrius Gudzius earned another victory with a best effort of 68.16m from Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres, second with 66.31m, and Poland’s 2015 world champion Piotr Malachowski, who managed 65.73m.

World and Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor had been targeting the meeting record of 17.60m set by Jonathan Edwards in 1995, but that proved beyond him on the night. With a best of 17.49m, he nevertheless secured his sixth Diamond Trophy, leaving him just one adrift of France’s world pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie in the overall lists.

His US colleague Will Claye, double Olympic silver medallist behind him in 2012 and 2016, was second here in 17.35m, just three centimetres ahead of Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo.

Greece’s world and Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi prevailed again to earn her second Diamond Trophy with a first-time clearance at 4.85m, as Sandi Morris of the United States finished second with 4.75m, the same height cleared by Canada’s third-placed Alysha Newman, who equalled her national record in so doing.

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For Canada's Ahmed, Records Fall But No Podium

The Canadian long-distance runner collected three more national records this season but can't crack an elite placement at a big meet

Mohammed Ahmed scribbled his name all over the Canadian athletics record book this year, but he’ll tell you it hasn’t really been a season to write home about.

He’s just 26, but can already feel the window of opportunity closing. He has been seemingly everywhere, but feels as if he hasn’t really gotten anywhere.

Such are the contradictions that will concern, motivate and sustain Ahmed, Canada’s premier male distance runner, now that the 2016-17 track and field season has hit the finish line.

He is home in Portland, Oregon, finally, after spending most of the past four months on the road and at the track. There were five weeks of altitude training in Park City, Utah; a week at nationals in Ottawa; 11 days at a pre-worlds endurance training camp in St. Moritz, Switzerland; two weeks at the championships in London; then quick trips to Birmingham, England, and Zurich for Diamond League events; and finally the capper in Zagreb, Croatia, for the IAAF World Challenge.

All the travel and training, all his hard work this year produced three national records — he now owns five — but the podium too often eluded him.

“It was a so-so year. It wasn’t a terrible year by any means,” he said earlier this week. “I ran some competitive times, set a couple Canadian records, and I was competing late in the races I ran at worlds and the one race I ran at the Diamond League final.

“So I’m there or thereabouts with the best, but I’m just kind of coming up short and that left me wanting more.”

After a solid indoor campaign, he started the outdoor season by finishing sixth in the 5,000 metres at the first Diamond League event, the Prefontaine Classic in late May in Eugene, Oregon. In early July he won the 5,000 metres at the Canadian championships. A month later he was eighth in the 10,000 and sixth in the 5,000 at worlds, then fifth in the mile at Birmingham, fifth in the 5,000 at Zurich and finally a podium — third in the 3,000 in Zagreb, in Canadian-record time — to end his year.

“Obviously, I don’t think I took too many steps from the previous year. I was hoping to be on the podium (at worlds). That was something I envisioned. It was something I dreamt about the whole year. Every workout, every training run it was in my mind. And it’s not just in a dream form, it’s kind of a vivid picture, like it’s going to happen. To not get that is the frustrating part.”

To not know exactly how to get there makes it worse.

“When I say I’m frustrated, that’s one of the things I have in mind. What more can I do? I’ve trained so hard. I couldn’t do any more in training.

“I think I’m doing the right things. I think I’m doing everything I could do. I try to get the best out of my body. Just for some reason, maybe just growing, lack of technical experience, I’m just coming short. In a world championships, it’s a crap shoot. Very split-second decisions determine a lot that happens. I’m still figuring that out. What I gained at world championships will help me with that.”

He’s still in his prime, but the clock ticks on him even when he isn’t competing. He can’t quite shut it out.

“Right now I’m at the point, I’m not getting any younger. The opportunity to be very fit, and healthy in major championships, those windows are getting smaller and smaller. You’ve got to get it while you can. I’m just trying to get on the podium as soon as I can. Maybe I’m not being patient enough.”

The season is over, so he has to shut it down for awhile at least. He’ll visit some Portland restaurants and some friends he hasn’t seen in ages. He’ll think about something other than the next workout or the next competition.

“Honestly, the last almost three years that I’ve been professional, it’s just been running. I feel unaccomplished in a lot of ways because I’m not doing anything else. Everything is focused on the daily routine that will lead to good performances.”

And his performances have been good. Just not quite good enough for him or the podium on a consistent basis. He is committed to getting there, and to at least one more Olympic cycle.

“So long as I have the fire and desire to keep going and goals that I haven’t yet accomplished, so long as those things are there, I’ll keep going.”


Birthplace Mogadishu, Somalia
Hometown St. Catharines, Ont.
Residence Portland, Oregon
Age 26

Canadian records:
10,000 metres – 27:02.35 at world championships in London, England on Aug. 4, 2017 (pending)
Previous record of 27:07.51 set by Cameron Levins in Eugene, Ore. on May 29, 2015
5,000 metres indoor – 13:04.60 in Boston, Mass. on Feb. 26, 2017 (pending)
Previous record of 13:19.16 set by Cameron Levins in Boston on Jan. 16, 2014
5,000 metres outdoor – 13:01.74 in Eugene, Ore. on May 28, 2016
3,000 metres indoor – 7:40.11 in New York on Feb. 20, 2016
3,000 metres outdoor – 7:40.49 in Zagreb, Croatia on Aug. 29, 2017 (pending)
Previous record of 7:41.61 set by Kevin Sullivan in Stockholm, Sweden on July 22, 2008

Rio 2016 – Fourth in 5,000 metres; 32nd in 10,000 metres
London 2012 – 18th in 10,000 metres

World Championships:
London 2017 – Sixth in 5,000 metres; eighth in 10,000 metres
Beijing 2015 – 12th in 5,000 metres
Moscow 2013 – Ninth in 10,000 metres

Pan American Games:
Toronto 2015 – Gold medal in 10,000 metres

Considering Silver Medalist Sandi Morris

Sandi Morris, a great year in 2017, photo by

Sandi Morris had a super year in 2017. In all likelihood, the bible of the sport should see her as numero two in the pole vault. Sandi has been on this silver medal thing since World Indoors 2016. In this piece by Stuart Weir, he writes about Sandi Morris and her wonderful season.

Sandi Morris

That Sandi Morris would finish second in the Diamond League pole vault final, behind Katerina Stefanidi (Greece) was quite predictable. It happened at the Rio Olympics and it happened at the 2017 World Championships and it happened again in Brussels.

She commented after the most recent competition: "I actually felt great tonight, but in fact I just needed bigger poles. It´s a bitter sweet way to end the season this way, but I take the positive feeling with me for next year. Of course I thought about the competition from last year here ... I love competing here and I always jump well here. There´s something magical about this place and I love it."

The reference to last year was to a 5 meter jump which was a World Lead, Meeting record, PR and National record, enabling her to beat Stefanidi, but ironically not to win the Diamond League title which was decided last year on cumulative points over the season.

Morris, both whose parents were athletes, started track and field at about 6 or 7. She tried several disciplines before much settling on the 100H. She takes up the story: "The pole vault coach saw me running hurdles and thought I would make a good pole-vaulter because I was tall, lanky and fast. He went up to my dad and said, 'Your daughter looks as if she would be a good pole vaulter'". The rest, as they say is history.

She prides herself on her physical fitness, pointing out that she has had a PR with her16th jump in a competition. "For some reason I was making everything on third attempt but I just kept on fighting and suddenly I hit two PBs in a row. I am pretty proud of that, that I PRed on a 15th and 16th jump of my competition". One of the exercises they use to build up strength and stamina is running with the pole.

"Coach tries to incorporate a pole into as much as possible", she explains, "so we will do full-blown running work-outs carrying a pole - not round the track but running straight - and it makes it so much more difficult doing the running with the pole. So for me doing 10 X 100 without a pole it is not a big deal but if you put a pole in your hands you cannot pump your arms and that makes it that much harder to run the 100m. By the end of those 10 X 100m we are barely able to run and are keeling over and falling on the track".

Fourth place, in the 2015 World Championships, gave her confidence that she could compete with the best. In the 2016 World Indoors, the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships, she moved into the medals, collecting silver each time.

Finally I thought you should know that Sandi is passionate about animals. She has a dog a bird and 3 snakes which help her "find that escape from the life of an athlete". Three snakes may seem too many for most people but for Sandi, it is 25 too few: "I just have three at one time in my life I had 28. My lifestyle as a travelling athlete makes it very hard to have 28. I had to cut in down to three. I have two red tail boas and a bald python".

For Noah Lyles, Brussels DL Was Biggest Victory

By Jonathan Gault

September 1, 2017

Twenty-year-old Noah Lyles earned the biggest victory yet in his young professional career by claiming the Diamond League 200-meter title at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels on Thursday, holding off U.S. champ Ameer Webb and world champ Ramil Guliyev at the line to win in 20.00.

Lyles flashed his immense potential earlier this year by setting a world indoor record over 300 meters at USAs and winning his Diamond League debut in Shanghai in May. He looked poised to challenge the world’s best in London, but after winning his first-round heat at USAs in June, he withdrew before the semis with a hamstring injury.

Lyles hadn’t raced since then, but he had qualified for this final by virtue of his Shanghai victory — where he became just the fourth teenager ever under 20 seconds — and decided to race. Clearly, it was a very good decision as he’s now $50,000 richer and has the Diamond League title to boot.

Coming off the bend, Lyles, was an afterthought on the outside in lane 9, as it looked to be a battle between Guliyev and Webb in the middle of the track. Those two remained close all the way, but in the end it was Lyles, who has great speed endurance, who closed best over the final 50 meters to win in 20.00 as Webb ran 20.01 and Guliyev 20.02.

After the race Lyles said, “I just wanted to come out here and see what I could do. I didn’t manage to qualify for the World Championships but this is a great way to end my season. It doesn’t feel like revenge or something, but more like an opportunity I took with both hands. Next year I will try to do even better.”

It’s scary to think what Lyles could have accomplished in London had he been healthy. The 200 was wide open at Worlds, and Lyles just beat the world champion tonight despite running blind in lane 9. He’ll have to wait two years for his next shot at global glory, but considering Lyles is only 20 years old, he should have several more chances at gold. 100-meter world champ Justin Gatlin may be 35 years old, but with Lyles, Christian Coleman (21), and Trayvon Bromell (22) the future of U.S. sprinting is in good hands.

After Bolt, Blake Ready To Take Control

BRUSSELS, Belgium:

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake believes he's the man to take control of Jamaican sprinting in the future, and it would appear that's also the view of his former training partner Usain Bolt.

Blake shared a conversation he had with the retired icon following their World Championships 100m run in London, and says he is fully aware that the responsibility to lead Jamaican sprinting now rests on his shoulders, while underlining that he is more motivated than ever following his London setbacks.

The 2011 World 100m champion has been in solid form since his disappointing fourth-place run at the World Championships a few weeks ago, winning at the Zagreb IAAF World Challenge meet in 10.05 seconds before crossing the line in front at yesterday's AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme Brussels Diamond League meet in a time of 10.02.

Neither time was particularly impressive, given that this is a sprinter who has gone 9.69 and 19.26 seconds in the 100m and 200m, but for Blake, getting back to winning ways is the first step on a road that he hopes will lead back to the top of international athletics in the near future.

Bolt's retirement from the sport and Jamaica's pedestrian performance in the sprints at 'Worlds' has raised questions around the future of Jamaican sprinting.

It's a question that Bolt apparently feels Blake can answer.

"After I came fourth (in London) Usain (Bolt) called me into his room and said, 'Yohan, I am not going to be here anymore and Jamaica is depending on you," Blake shared after his run yesterday.

"I said to him that I've never carried that burden before, and he said I needed to start winning again. When I left the World Championships, I said that I had to start putting wins under my belt and my coach said I had to start following in Usain's footsteps - he wears a size 13, I don't know how I'm going to fill that but I know I am the second fastest man in the world and I am feeling good and I am very happy with this win," Blake added, pounding the table with his fist for emphasis.

"Bolt talks to me a lot but he would say I am hard of hearing I like to have my own way, but he's a veteran and he knows what it's like and he sat me down and said 'Yohan I am always going to be in you ear',

After a couple of injury-ravaged seasons, Blake showed glimpses that he was beginning to get back to his ultra-fast self, with three sub-10 clockings heading into the World Championships. No other Jamaican had run as fast, as often at that point.

"I came fourth at the World Championships knowing I could have won the gold if my start was on point and if I wasn't lapsing but it was a good race tonight (yesterday)," said Blake.

Meanwhile, the 27 year-old says he is excited about the competition before him and thinks this will continue to help drive the sport in the years to come.

"To be honest I wouldn't want to be on that track out front by myself, you have to have someone pushing you. I was a youngster once like Christian Coleman, (Andre) De Grasse and all those guys. When I was in the scene as the younger guy with Usain and them, I was putting pressure on them, and for guys to be running like that, I am happy. I do not want the sport to die. It's a great sport, it's an ungrateful sport but we don't want it to die and I am happy those guys are running well, it will keep me on my toes and keep me motivated," Blake said.

Second place in the event went to American Mike Rodgers in 10.09 with Julian Forte, 10.12, finishing third. Asafa Powell, 10.18, was fourth.

Mo Farah Talks About Meeting The Queen

Mo met the Queen and Prince Harry when he became knighted

sir Mo Farah has opened up about his conversation with the Queen when he got knighted – and it sounds like they got on just wonderfully! Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night, the athlete, who also met Prince Harry, revealed that the Queen had given him her royal seal of approval to stop track racing

He said: "Prince Harry was there - he’s a great character, he’s always up for a laugh, he’s a good lad and I remember Harry saying to the Queen, ‘He’s stopping [running].’ And she goes, ‘Mo, why are you stopping?’ And I’m like, ‘I’ve done enough on the track.' And she was like, ‘Leave him, he has done far too much running.’ She kind of knew who I was, I was surprised."

Mo, who retired from track running in August, admitted that he wouldn’t ever just run for fun. He said: "Once I stop, I stop… I can’t see myself sitting on the sofa and chilling with my feet up but I’ll probably do something when I stop running… My wife started jogging, she got the taste of it, she started competing and she’s running everywhere now."

The doting dad also spoke about returning to the UK after living in America, telling host Jonathan: "Trump doesn’t help does he? That’s not the reason though, the reason is I miss it, we have all the family everyone here and I’ve never seen my kids so happy and family means everything and hanging around family and being here in the UK is easier."

Adding, he said: "London is where I grew up and I can’t wait to come back. I miss the football."

Rain Forces XC Race To Be Run On Duke's Track

It took longer than expected for Duke’s young runners to make their debut, but they did not disappoint when the skies cleared Friday.

The Blue Devil men’s and women’s teams both had the top five finishers to post perfect scores of 15 and comfortably beat Wake Forest and N.C. Central in the Bull City Classic at Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium. Although the women’s race was initially slated to start at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s race to follow at 6, a lightning delay pushed both groups back to run at the same time at 7.

Duke's only home meet of the year was initially supposed to start on the track and go to the Al Buehler Trail across the street before finishing back on the track, but the rain restricted the whole meet to the track due to concerns about mud and darkness on the trail.

“We certainly got a good taste for an hour of what Houston had for days, so we can’t really feel sorry for ourselves,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “For the freshmen, it’s their first time out and they had to deal with adversity a little bit, but they handled it really well and they dominated the race.”

On the men’s side, the Blue Devils rested all of their juniors and seniors, but the nine Duke runners to start the race were the first nine runners to finish it. Freshman C.J. Ambrosio won the six-kilometer race on the track with a time of 18:07.0, and classmates Paul Dellinger, Alex Miley, Mike Ungvarsky and Josh Romine rounded out the top five with times faster than 18:30.0.

“We actually ran something very similar to this a week ago, and we were much faster one week later, so they did really, really well,” Ogilvie said. “We knew we had a good class, no doubt about it. All these guys were state champions or All-Americans in high school, and they showed it today.”

The women’s race started on the opposite side of the track, and the competitors ran 10 laps to complete a four-kilometer race instead of 15. Much like the men, the Blue Devils got out in front from the beginning and stayed there.

Freshman Amanda Beach won with a time of 13.47.0, edging fellow freshman Michaela Reinhart after a dash to the finish line. The top seven finishers in the race were Duke runners, and most of the team’s top returning athletes were resting and cheering from the edge of the track.

“I’m very impressed with the freshmen,” women’s head coach Rhonda Riley said. “They have a lot of talent, and it’s the first time that these young ladies have had teammates to run with, and they have embraced that and they work together. It was special to watch that unfold.”

The Blue Devils will return to action in two weeks, with the women competing in the Adidas XC Invitational Sept. 15 in Cary, N.C., and the men traveling to Rock Hill, S.C., Sept. 16. Both teams’ most experienced runners are expected to make their fall debuts at those meets.

“They’re training hard through this period. In two weeks, we’ll put the whole team together and see what we’ve got,” Ogilvie said. “I’m pretty sure that some of the freshmen are still going to be near the top.”

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Maureen KOSTER
Thijmen KUPERS
Katharina MOLITOR
Jacob PAUL
Lorenzo PERINI
Bernhard SEIFERT
Mostafa SMAILI
Rhonda WHYTE
Takashi ETO
Marie-Laurence JUNGFLEISCH

A Bahamian Positive Remains Under Investigation

The matter is still being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit

Just prior to the start of the London World Championships, it was revealed that a Bahamian athlete tested positive to a banned sub- stance from the world relays.

The third International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships was held April 22–23, right here in The Bahamas, and the host nation qualified two relay teams for the ensuing world championships. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) is yet to release an official statement on the matter, or the name of the athlete in question, commenting only that the situation is still under investigation.

According to reports, the BAAA is still awaiting results from the athlete’s ‘B’ sample testing.

“To date, the process is still under investigation,” said BAAA President Rosamunde Carey. “The athlete in question has sent in a legal response, and the case is still open. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is the arm of the IAAF that is directly responsible for disseminating information on athletes who have tested positive, and we’re still awaiting the results of the findings. We just have to trust the process.”

The AIU is one of the new branches of the IAAF that is charged with the responsibility of managing the threats to the integrity of athletics worldwide. It operates with a level of rigor and transparency that is expected by the world’s best athletes and supporters, and officially came into existence on Monday April 3, 2017.

At this time, Carey said that it is still too early to tell what, if anything, will be done as a result of the positive test. She said that they have to allow the matter to go through the proper channels and the proper process.

“If the results are conclusive of a positive test, the athlete would be banned by the IAAF and not allowed to compete in the international arena. Simultaneously, our action will complement that of the IAAF. We are going to look at the infraction, see what penalties are in place, and then go from there. When you are banned by the IAAF, that is a very serious infraction. Whatever punitive measures are done, then we will have to see what was the action to warrant such measures.”

The athlete was initially set to be a part of the Bahamian squad that travelled to the 16th IAAF World Championships in London, England, but was left off for obvious reasons.

As it relates to the banned substance, there is no knowledge at this time whether it was accidentally ingested or deliberately taken by the athlete in question. Be that as it may, officials are still awaiting the results of the ‘B’ sample.

"I'm Feeling Great!" Says Thompson After DL Win

BRUSSELS, Belgium:
Elaine Thompson completed her post-World Championships redemption efforts with a close win over Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the 100m final at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme Brussels Diamond League final at the King Baudouin Stadium on Friday.

Thompson, 10.92 was thrilled with the win after crossing the line in front after a close battle with the Ivorian who clocked 10.93 with Blessing Okagbare, 11.07 taking third place.

"I'm feeling great, I'm happy I finished the season injury-free, the weather wasn't great but I'm happy I was able to execute," Thompson told The Gleaner.

"I learnt a lot this season, I wanted to put everything behind me and I am happy I got the win here," Thompson added.

Thompson was the only Jamaican winner among the 16 Diamond Race victors crowned in the Belgian city, walking away with US$50,000 and the Diamond Race trophy for a second straight hold on the title.

Upcoming Jamaicans Jura Levy, 11.17 and Christania Williams, 11.35 were seventh and eight respectively.

Yohan Blake claimed a good win in the men's 100m, which despite not being a Diamond League classified event here, still carried substantial interest among the crowd.

Blake has enjoyed some of his most memorable moments in his career on this track and he again showed his comfort in Brussels with a 10.02 seconds win.

Second place went to Mike Rodgers in 10.09 with Julian Forte clocking 10.12 for third. Asafa Powell, who continues to struggle with an Achilles issue, was fourth in 10.18 seconds.

Federick Dacres was not entirely pleased with his 66.31m mark in the men's discus final which gave him a second place result, but he was grateful for a season that confirm his status as a top competitor in the event.

That effort was good enough for second place with Andrius Gubzius, 68.16m taking the Diamond Race title in the event with Piotr Malachowski, 65.73m finishing third.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked a staggering, 49.46 world leading time in the women's 400m final where the Jamaican trio of Shericka Jackson, 51.16; Novlene Williams-Mills, 51.27 and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.72 struggling to fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Second place went to Eid Salwa Naser in a Bahraini national record of 49.88 with third place going to Courtney Okolo in 50.91.

Things also proved tough for Janieve Russell, whose 55.60 was only good enough for sixth in the 400m hurdles final which went to Dalilah Muhammad, 53.89 with Zuzana Hejnova, 53.93 taking second and Ashley Spencer, 54.92 running third.

Ronald Levy, 14.41 was fifth in the 110m hurdles event which saw Sergei Shubenkov, 13.14; Orlando Ortega, 13.17 and Aries Merritt, 13.20 securing the top three spots.

Rasheed Dwyer, struggled to 20.67 in the 200m which was won by Noah Lyles, 20.00 in a tight finish ahead of Ameer Webb, 20.01 and Ramil Guliyev, 20.02.

Bruny Surin: rider to contractor

After a glorious career on the athletics track, Bruny Surin is a beautiful as a contractor either in the field of fashion.

Him that ran at the speed of lightning, Bruny Surin quickly started in business when he retired, 15 years ago.

Today, the former olympic gold medalist in the relay 4 X 100 metres has learned not to go too fast in the world of business, where he manages the operations of his own line of sports clothing, that we can buy in all stores of the chain L’aubainerie in Quebec.

“My partner at JCorp Inc. takes care of remember that it is best not to show too much of a hurry to take action on some occasions, ” acknowledges Surin in an interview with the Journal de Montréal at its showroom, located on the rue Gince, Saint-Laurent borough.

Surin also won five medals in the world championships.

“It is always helpful in business to think about before making decisions. You must be careful because there are sharks. It plays hard in this environment… “

If the transition to retirement is difficult for a good number of athletes, Surin has taken great care to prepare their after-career.

It is launched in the world of fashion by creating her own line of clothing, within a company called Sprint Management.

A firm that has since grown to the point that Surin plans today investment in the real estate world, such as the acquisition of complex multilogements and residences for the elderly.

Bruny Surin still holds the canadian record in the 100 meters with a time of 9.84 seconds.

“Things are going well. I touch wood, tells the story of the humble former world vice-champion in the 100 meters, which is in a splendid form, even if it has just passed the cape of the fifties. Fashion is my second passion. It is incredible to see the journey I have taken, as far in my running career than in that of an entrepreneur.

I manage not bad, let’s say, for a guy who grew up in the Saint-Michel district and who took the means to achieve his greatest dreams. This is the message that I deliver to young people at conferences that I say. If one is willing to take the necessary means, one can achieve his ambitions. “

– How came this idea to start in the world of fashion ?

“I’ve always liked it. In 1999, I was at the peak of my athletic career, having achieved a personal record of 9.84 seconds in the 100 meters, which I placed among the three best sprinters of the planet. However, I had the idea already in my post-career. I had heard stories of athletes who have experienced moments of depression once their career ended and I knew I had to prepare myself. I had a nice sponsorship from the company Nike, and I had the opportunity to go and visit, this year, the headquarters in Oregon because it offered me to choose the colors of my future running shoes. I was struck in visiting the facilities and meeting with the designers of Nike. It was then that I had the idea of starting my own clothing line, and the company has officially seen the light of day in 2009. “

– What are the results dresses-you, eight years later ?

“I am very pleased with the exclusive arrangement with the chain L’aubainerie. I have a good volume of sales and a high growth rate. Both parties come out winners in this agreement. It must, however, always seek to grow in the business world, and I would like my company to become one day a sort of small Nike of Quebec, offering even more choice of items to customers. “

– The first few years have been difficult ?

“At the beginning, I was all on my shoulders. I could see myself in Asia to ensure the preparation of the samples. The sports apparel of my collection are primarily sold in the shops, Sports Experts, but the volume was insufficient and I then entered into a partnership with JCorp, which has proven to be a very good choice. I am now surrounded and advised, in particular by Anlap Vo-Dignard, the Group’s VP. I have learned to delegate tasks. To know good people around you is one of the keys to success in business. “

– Having studied at the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce had to be beneficial ?

“I had need of it. I am by nature shy and it has helped me come out of my shell for me to indulge in networking. Marc Dutil kept saying that it was necessary to find means to achieve its goals. It reminded me of my early days in athletics. I had to knock on several doors before getting help on the financial plan. My first patron was the owner of the restaurant The in the meantime, for a sum of $ 500. The Chagnon family to me then backed up and my olympic career took off in 1988, in Seoul, in the event the long jump. Four years later, I took the 4th place in the final of the 100 meters at the Barcelona Games and in 1996 in Atlanta, it was the experience of a lifetime when I have been part of the canadian team that won the relay 4 X 100 meters in front of the Americans. “

Surin has experienced its strongest sensation in the evening, where the Canadians beat the Americans in the relay 4 X 100 meters at the 1996 olympic Games in Atlanta.

– The people will speak-they still often of this victory that ruined the party in the olympic stadium of Atlanta on the evening of August 3, 1996 ?

“Oh ! yes ! It happened 21 years ago and I always talking about it. The people remind me of where they were and what they were doing that night. This was a great page in the history of canadian sport. People often say : “well had, the Americans.” This victory had created a sense of great pride among Canadians. Sometimes I watch the images and it still comes up looking for me. I will never forget the silence in the stadium when I handed the witness to Donovan Bailey’s raising his arms in sign of victory, because I knew that nobody was going to join him. I was proud of my running because I was able to turn the page after a disappointing performance in the semi-final of the 100 metres. It has made me stronger, instead of me overwhelming. “

– Do you believe that the Canadian Andre De Grasse to become the world’s number 1 in the sprint, now that Usain Bolt is to retire ?

“I am certain that he will be, and I see it soon to improve the canadian record of 9.84 seconds that I share with Donovan Bailey. I believe it able to run 100 meters in 9,78. It is very young, while me, I managed my best time at 32 years old. What he has done as achievement at the olympic Games in Rio with the harvest of three medals was phenomenal for a sprinter of 21 years. Andre has all the assets and it is a shame that he was forced to forego the last two world championships due to a thigh injury. Bolt, however, has set the bar so high that I can’t see anyone able to kick off his shoes and fill stadiums by its presence. “

– What do you think of farewell misfire of Usain Bolt in London ?

“It is unfortunate that he had missed his exit. I would not be surprised that he will return one day to the track to make the farewell more happy. To have been beaten by Justin Gatlin, an athlete who has been convicted of doping twice, was one of the worst scenarios. “

– Your name was circulated earlier this week about the legal battle that you books in the company Puma, which sells shoes bearing the name of ‘ Cell Surin “, in spite of the continuing damage that you have brought against it. What can you tell us about this ?

“It’s been two years that I have been fighting to be compensated and I find this platform that it comes to that. I did everything I could to come to an amicable agreement with Puma, which is not open to negotiations. I had to hire a lawyer to go to the end in this folder and I am happy to have been able to win in the first round in this battle, because I now have options. “

Bruny Surin was born on July 12, 1957 in Cap-Haitian. He resides in Laval, he is married to Bianelle Legros, deputy director-general of the world championships of gymnastics in Montreal ; he is a father of two daughters, Kimberley-Ann, who works for Aetios Production, and Katherine, a runner of 400 meter holder of a scholarship at the University of Connecticut and who wishes to participate in the olympic Games of 2020.

Job : founder and President of Sprint Management and the line of clothing that bears his name ; he runs his own foundation, which helps young people through the granting of sports scholarships-studies.

Career : Surin, whose first coach was Daniel Saint-Hilaire, took part in the olympic Games of 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He helped Canada win the relay 4 X 100 metres in 1996, and it has taken the 4th place in the 100 m of the 1992 Games. He collected five medals in the world championships.

Yousif and Rooney claim Diamond League podium double

Rabah Yousif and Martyn Rooney both claimed podium finishes at this evening's Diamond League meeting in Brussels.

The duo, two of Great Britain's 4x400m bronze medal-winning quartet from this summer's World Championships, were second (46.10s) and third (46.29s) respectively in the men's 400m at the King Baudouin Stadium as they finished behind the Dominican Republic's Luguelín Santos.

Meanwhile, Eilish McColgan set a new Scottish women's 5000m record and moved fourth on the British all-time list behind Paula Radcliffe, Jo Pavey and Zola Budd with a time of 14:48.49, which saw her finish eighth. Lorraine Ugen was second in the women’s long jump but was unable to oust reigning Diamond League champion Ivana Spanovic, of Serbia.

The 26-year-old led with a successful attempt at 6.65m but Spanovic made 6.70 in the final round. Eilidh Doyle had to settle for fourth place (55.04s) in the women's 400m hurdles as she was pipped to the podium by the United States' Ashley Spencer while Laura Weightman was seventh in the women's 1500m. She produced a time of 4:00.71, her second quickest-ever, and the fastest she has served up since 2014.

Holly Bradshaw was sixth in the women's pole vault while Morgan Lake was joint-eighth (1.84m) in the high jump. Back on the track, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were sixth and seventh respectively in the men's 200m while Elliot Giles crossed the line seventh in the 800m.

James Dasaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, running from lanes two and nine respectively, were sixth and seventh in the men’s 100m, which was won by Jamaica's Yohan Blake, while Adam Clarke recorded an eighth-placed finish in the 1500m. Sportsbeat 2017

All-Time Diamond League Winners

With 8 years in the books let’s check out who the biggest all-time overall winners have been since the series’ inception.

There has been only a single 7-timer, French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie; his bid for No. 8 fell short in Zürich this year.

Only a single man—Christian Taylor in the triple jump—has won 6 out of the 8 years. Sandra Perković (discus) has done the same on the women’s side.

3 women—Valerie Adams (shot), Anita Włodarczyk (hammer), Barbora Špotáková (javelin)—have scored 5-spots.

There are 2 men—Piotr Małachowski (discus) & Paweł Fajdek (hammer)—with 4 titles.

Women, on the other hand, can claim 4: Milcah Chemos (steeple), Dawn Harper Nelson (100H), Kaliese Spencer (400H) and Caterine Ibargüen (triple jump).

Every event has had at least 1 multiple winner.

Note: all these stats include the hammer, which while not an official part of the DL, does have its own annual Challenge series.


2010 Tyson Gay     (US)
2011 Asafa Powell     (Jamaica)
2012 Usain Bolt     (Jamaica)
2013 Justin Gatlin     (US)
2014 Justin Gatlin     (US)
2015 Justin Gatlin     (US)
2016 Asafa Powell     (Jamaica)
2017 Chijindu Ujah     (Great Britain)

2010 Wallace Spearmon     (US)
2011 Walter Dix     (US)
2012 Nickel Ashmeade     (Jamaica)
2013 Warren Weir     (Jamaica)
2014 Alonso Edward     (Panama)
2015 Alonso Edward     (Panama)
2016 Alonso Edward     (Panama)
2017 Yohan Blake     (Jamaica)


2010 Jeremy Wariner     (US)
2011 Kirani James     (Grenada)
2012 Kevin Borlée     (Belgium)
2013 LaShawn Merritt     (US)
2014 LaShawn Merritt     (US)
2015 Kirani James     (Grenada)
2016 LaShawn Merritt     (US)
2017 Isaac Makwala     (Botswana)


2010 David Rudisha     (Kenya)
2011 David Rudisha     (Kenya)
2012 Mohamed Aman     (Ethiopia)
2013 Mohamed Aman     (Ethiopia)
2014 Nijel Amos     (Botswana)
2015 Nijel Amos     (Botswana)
2016 Ferguson Cheruiyot     (Kenya)
2017 Nijel Amos     (Botswana)

2010 Asbel Kiprop     (Kenya)
2011 Nixon Chepseba     (Kenya)
2012 Silas Kiplagat     (Kenya)
2013 Ayanleh Souleiman     (Djibouti)
2014 Silas Kiplagat     (Kenya)
2015 Asbel Kiprop     (Kenya)
2016 Asbel Kiprop     (Kenya)
2017 Timothy Cheruiyot     (Kenya)


2010 Paul Koech     (Kenya)
2011 Paul Koech     (Kenya)
2012 Paul Koech     (Kenya)
2013 Conseslus Kipruto     (Kenya)
2014 Jairus Birech     (Kenya)
2015 Jairus Birech     (Kenya)
2016 Conseslus Kipruto     (Kenya)
2017 Conseslus Kipruto     (Kenya)

3000/5000 METERS
2010 Imane Merga     (Ethiopia)
2011 Imane Merga     (Ethiopia)
2012 Isiah Koech     (Kenya)
2013 Yenew Alamirew     (Ethiopia)
2014 Caleb Ndiku     (Kenya)
2015 Yomif Kejelcha     (Ethiopia)
2016 Hagos Gebrhiwet     (Ethiopia)
2017 Mo Farah     (Great Britain)

2010 David Oliver     (US)
2011 Dayron Robles     (Cuba)
2012 Aries Merritt     (US)
2013 David Oliver     (US)
2014 Pascal Martinot-Lagarde     (France)
2015 David Oliver     (US)
2016 Orlando Ortega     (Spain)
2017 Sergey Shubenkov     (Russia)


2010 Bershawn Jackson     (US)
2011 Dai Greene     (Great Britain)
2012 Javier Culson     (Puerto Rico)
2013 Javier Culson     (Puerto Rico)
2014 Michael Tinsley     (US)
2015 Bershawn Jackson     (US)
2016 Kerron Clement     (US)
2017 Kyron McMaster     (British Virgin Islands)

2010 Ivan Ukhov     (Russia)
2011 Jesse Williams     (US)
2012 Robbie Grabarz     (Great Britain)
2013 Bogdan Bondarenko     (Ukraine)
2014 Mutaz Essa Barshim     (Qatar)
2015 Mutaz Essa Barshim     (Qatar)
2016 Erik Kynard     (US)
2017 Mutaz Essa Barshim     (Qatar)


2010 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2011 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2012 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2013 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2014 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2015 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2016 Renaud Lavillenie     (France)
2017 Sam Kendricks     (US)

2010 Dwight Phillips     (US)
2011 Mitchell Watt     (Australia)
2012 Aleksandr Menkov     (Russia)
2013 Aleksandr Menkov     (Russia)
2014 Khotso Mokoena     (South Africa)
2015 Greg Rutherford     (Great Britain)
2016 Fabrice Lapierre     (Australia)
2017 Luvo Manyonga     (South Africa)


2010 Teddy Tamgho     (France)
2011 Phillips Idowu     (Great Britain)
2012 Christian Taylor     (US)
2013 Christian Taylor     (US)
2014 Christian Taylor     (US)
2015 Christian Taylor     (US)
2016 Christian Taylor     (US)
2017 Christian Taylor     (US)

2010 Christian Cantwell     (US)
2011 Dylan Armstrong     (Canada)
2012 Reese Hoffa     (US)
2013 Ryan Whiting     (US)
2014 Reese Hoffa     (US)
2015 Joe Kovacs     (US)
2016 Tom Walsh     (New Zealand)
2017 Darrell Hill     (US)


2010 Piotr Małachowski     (Poland)
2011 Virgilijus Alekna     (Lithuania)
2012 Gerd Kanter     (Estonia)
2013 Gerd Kanter     (Estonia)
2014 Piotr Małachowski     (Poland)
2015 Piotr Małachowski     (Poland)
2016 Piotr Małachowski     (Poland)
2017 Andrius Gudžius     (Lithuania)

2010 Koji Murofushi     (Japan)
2011 Krisztián Pars     (Hungary)
2012 Krisztián Pars     (Hungary)
2013 Paweł Fajdek     (Poland)
2014 Krisztián Pars     (Hungary)
2015 Paweł Fajdek     (Poland)
2016 Paweł Fajdek     (Poland)
2017 Paweł Fajdek     (Poland)


2010 Andreas Thorkildsen     (Norway)
2011 Matthias de Zordo     (Germany)
2012 Vítězslav Veselý     (Czech Republic)
2013 Vítězslav Veselý     (Czech Republic)
2014 Thomas Röhler     (Germany)
2015 Tero Pitkämäki     (Finland)
2016 Jakub Vadlejch     (Czech Republic)
2017 Jakub Vadlejch     (Czech Republic)


2010 Carmelita Jeter     (US)
2011 Carmelita Jeter     (US)
2012 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce     (Jamaica)
2013 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce     (Jamaica)
2014 Veronica Campbell-Brown     (Jamaica)
2015 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce     (Jamaica)
2016 Elaine Thompson     (Jamaica)
2017 Elaine Thompson     (Jamaica)


2010 Allyson Felix     (US)
2011 Carmelita Jeter     (US)
2012 Charonda Williams     (US)
2013 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce     (Jamaica)
2014 Allyson Felix     (US)
2015 Allyson Felix     (US)
2016 Dafne Schippers     (Holland)
2017 Shaunae Miller-Uibo     (Bahamas)

2010 Allyson Felix     (US)
2011 Amantle Montsho     (Botswana)
2012 Amantle Montsho     (Botswana)
2013 Amantle Montsho     (Botswana)
2014 Novlene Williams-Mills     (Jamaica)
2015 Francena McCorory     (US)
2016 Stephenie Ann McPherson     (Jamaica)
2017 Shaunae Miller-Uibo     (Bahamas)


2010 Janeth Jepkosgei     (Kenya)
2011 Jennifer Meadows     (Great Britain)
2012 Pamela Jelimo     (Kenya)
2013 Eunice Sum     (Kenya)
2014 Eunice Sum     (Kenya)
2015 Eunice Sum     (Kenya)
2016 Caster Semenya     (South Africa)
2017 Caster Semenya     (South Africa)

2010 Nancy Lagat     (Kenya)
2011 Morgan Uceny     (US)
2012 Abeba Aregawi     (Ethiopia)
2013 Abeba Aregawi     (Sweden)
2014 Jenny Simpson     (US)
2015 Sifan Hassan     (Netherlands)
2016 Laura Muir     (Great Britain)
2017 Faith Kipyegon     (Kenya)


2010 Milcah Chemos     (Kenya)
2011 Milcah Chemos     (Kenya)
2012 Milcah Chemos     (Kenya)
2013 Milcah Chemos     (Kenya)
2014 Hiwot Ayalew     (Ethiopia)
2015 Virginia Nyambura     (Kenya)
2016 Ruth Jebet     (Bahrain)
2017 Ruth Jebet     (Bahrain)

3000/5000 METERS
2010 Vivian Cheruiyot     (Kenya)
2011 Vivian Cheruiyot     (Kenya)
2012 Vivian Cheruiyot     (Kenya)
2013 Meseret Defar     (Ethiopia)
2014 Mercy Cherono     (Kenya)
2015 Genzebe Dibaba     (Ethiopia)
2016 Almaz Ayana     (Ethiopia)
2017 Hellen Obiri     (Kenya)


2010 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep     (Canada)
2011 Danielle Carruthers     (US)
2012 Dawn Harper Nelson     (US)
2013 Dawn Harper Nelson     (US)
2014 Dawn Harper Nelson     (US)
2015 Dawn Harper Nelson     (US)
2016 Keni Harrison     (US)
2017 Sally Pearson     (Australia)

2010 Kaliese Spencer     (Jamaica)
2011 Kaliese Spencer     (Jamaica)
2012 Kaliese Spencer     (Jamaica)
2013 Zuzana Hejnová     (Czech Republic)
2014 Kaliese Spencer     (Jamaica)
2015 Zuzana Hejnová     (Czech Republic)
2016 Cassandra Tate     (US)
2017 Dalilah Muhammad     (US)


2010 Blanka Vlašić     (Croatia)
2011 Blanka Vlašić     (Croatia)
2012 Chaunté Lowe     (US)
2013 Svetlana Shkolina     (Russia)
2014 Mariya Lasitskene     (Russia)
2015 Ruth Beitia     (Spain)
2016 Ruth Beitia     (Spain)
2017 Mariya Lasitskene     (Russia)

2010 Fabiana Murer     (Brazil)
2011 Silke Spiegelburg     (Germany)
2012 Silke Spiegelburg     (Germany)
2013 Silke Spiegelburg     (Germany)
2014 Fabiana Murer     (Brazil)
2015 Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou     (Greece)
2016 Katerína Stefanídi     (Greece)
2017 Katerína Stefanídi     (Greece)


2010 Brittney Reese     (US)
2011 Brittney Reese     (US)
2012 Yelena Sokolova     (Russia)
2013 Shara Proctor     (Great Britain)
2014 Tianna Bartoletta     (US)
2015 Tianna Bartoletta     (US)
2016 Ivana Španović     (Serbia)
2017 Ivana Španović     (Serbia)

2010 Yargelis Savigne     (Cuba)
2011 Olha Saladukha     (Ukraine)
2012 Olga Rypakova     (Kazakstan)
2013 Caterine Ibargüen     (Colombia)
2014 Caterine Ibargüen     (Colombia)
2015 Caterine Ibargüen     (Colombia)
2016 Caterine Ibargüen     (Colombia)
2017 Olga Rypakova     (Kazakstan)


2010 Nadzeya Ostapchuk     (Belarus)
2011 Valerie Adams     (New Zealand)
2012 Valerie Adams     (New Zealand)
2013 Valerie Adams     (New Zealand)
2014 Valerie Adams     (New Zealand)
2015 Christina Schwanitz     (Germany)
2016 Valerie Adams     (New Zealand)
2017 Lijiao Gong     (China)

2010 Yarelis Barrios     (Cuba)
2011 Yarelis Barrios     (Cuba)
2012 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)
2013 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)
2014 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)
2015 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)
2016 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)
2017 Sandra Perković     (Croatia)


2010 Betty Heidler     (Germany)
2011 Betty Heidler     (Germany)
2012 Betty Heidler     (Germany)
2013 Anita Włodarczyk     (Poland)
2014 Anita Włodarczyk     (Poland)
2015 Anita Włodarczyk     (Poland)
2016 Anita Włodarczyk     (Poland)
2017 Anita Włodarczyk     (Poland)

2010 Barbora Špotáková     (Czech Republic)
2011 Christina Obergföll     (Germany)
2012 Barbora Špotáková     (Czech Republic)
2013 Christina Obergföll     (Germany)
2014 Barbora Špotáková     (Czech Republic)
2015 Barbora Špotáková     (Czech Republic)
2016 Madara Palmeika     (Latvia)
2017 Barbora Špotáková     (Czech Republic)

Athletics-Meeting Brussels men/women results

Sept 1 (Gracenote) - Results from the Meeting Brussels Men/Women on Friday

Men's 100m

1. Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 10.02

2. Mike Rodgers (U.S.) 10.09

3. Julian Forte (Jamaica) 10.12

4. Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 10.18

5. Isiah Young (U.S.) 10.22

6. James Dasaolu (Britain) 10.24

7. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Britain) 10.27

8. Kim Collins (St Kitts and Nevis) 10.50

Men's 200m

1. Noah Lyles (U.S.) 20.00

2. Ameer Webb (U.S.) 20.01

3. Ramil Guliyev (Turkey) 20.02

4. Aaron Brown (Canada) 20.17

5. Christophe Lemaitre (France) 20.21

6. Zharnel Hughes (Britain) 20.27

7. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Britain) 20.33

8. Rasheed Dwyer (Jamaica) 20.67

Men's 400m

1. Luguelin Santos (Dominican Republic) 45.67

2. Rabah Yousif (Britain) 46.10

3. Martyn Rooney (Britain) 46.29

4. Dylan Borlee (Belgium) 46.42

5. Jonathan Borlee (Belgium) 46.44

6. Kevin Borlee (Belgium) 46.96

7. Patrick Schneider (Germany) 47.20

8. Teddy Atine-Venel (France) 47.22

Men's 800m

1. Nijel Amos (Botswana) 1:44.53

2. Marcin Lewandowski (Poland) 1:44.77

3. Adam Kszczot (Poland) 1:44.84

4. Kipyegon Bett (Kenya) 1:45.21

5. Ferguson Rotich (Kenya) 1:45.25

6. Alfred Kipketer (Kenya) 1:46.27

7. Elliot Giles (Britain) 1:47.03

8. Asbel Kiprop (Kenya) 1:49.85

Men's 1500m

1. Elijah Manangoi (Kenya) 3:38.97

2. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (France) 3:39.42

3. Jordan Williamsz (Australia) 3:40.03

4. Adel Mechaal (Spain) 3:40.43

5. Jamal Hairane (Qatar) 3:40.58

6. Vincent Letting (Kenya) 3:41.15

7. Isaac Kimeli (Belgium) 3:41.45

8. Adam Clarke (Britain) 3:41.72

Men's 3000m Steeplechase

1. Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) 8:04.73

2. Soufiane Elbakkali (Morocco) 8:04.83

3. Evan Jager (U.S.) 8:11.71

4. Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei (U.S.) 8:11.93

5. Nicholas Kiptanui Bett (Kenya) 8:12.20

6. Benjamin Kigen (Kenya) 8:13.06

7. Amos Kirui (Kenya) 8:18.32

8. Yemane Haileselassie (Eritrea) 8:19.19

Men's 110m Hurdles

1. Sergey Shubenkov (Russia) 13.14

2. Orlando Ortega (Spain) 13.17

3. Aries Merritt (U.S.) 13.20

4. Devon Allen (U.S.) 13.24

5. Ronald Levy (Jamaica) 13.41

6. Garfield Darien (France) 13.42

7. Milan Trajkovic (Cyprus) 13.47

8. Shane Brathwaite (Barbados) 13.49

Men's Triple Jump

1. Christian Taylor (U.S.) 17.49

2. Will Claye (U.S.) 17.35

3. Pedro Pablo Pichardo (Cuba) 17.32

4. Troy Doris (Guyana) 16.64

5. Alexis Copello (Azerbaijan) 16.55

6. Chris Benard (U.S.) 16.37

7. Jean-Marc Pontvianne (France) 16.36

8. Omar Craddock (U.S.) 15.89

Men's Discus Throw

1. Andrius Gudzius (Lithuania) 68.16

2. Fedrick Dacres (Jamaica) 66.31

3. Piotr Malachowski (Poland) 65.73

4. Philip Milanov (Belgium) 64.76

5. Christoph Harting (Germany) 64.55

6. Robert Urbanek (Poland) 64.20

7. Daniel Stahl (Sweden) 64.18

8. Robert Harting (Germany) 63.96

Women's 100m

1. Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) 10.92

2. Marie Josee Ta Lou (Cote D'Ivoire) 10.93

3. Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 11.07

4. Michelle-Lee Ahye (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.07

5. Tianna Bartoletta (U.S.) 11.14

6. Morolake Akinosun (U.S.) 11.15

7. Jura Levy (Jamaica) 11.17

8. Christania Williams (Jamaica) 11.35

Women's 400m

1. Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) 49.46

2. Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain) 49.88

3. Courtney Okolo (U.S.) 50.91

4. Natasha Hastings (U.S.) 50.98

5. Shericka Jackson (Jamaica) 51.16

6. Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) 51.27

7. Stephenie McPherson (Jamaica) 51.72

8. Lydia Jele (Botswana) 53.11

Women's 1500m

1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya) 3:57.04

2. Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) 3:57.22

3. Winny Chebet (Kenya) 4:00.18

4. Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia) 4:00.36

5. Meraf Bahta (Sweden) 4:00.49

6. Jennifer Simpson (U.S.) 4:00.70

7. Laura Weightman (Britain) 4:00.71

8. Angelika Cichocka (Poland) 4:02.77

Women's 5000m

1. Hellen Onsando Obiri (Kenya) 14:25.88

2. Caroline Kipkirui Chepkoech (Kenya) 14:27.55

3. Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia) 14:32.03

4. Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (Kenya) 14:32.82

5. Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya) 14:39.33

6. Lilian Kasait Rengruk (Kenya) 14:41.61

7. Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia) 14:42.74

8. Eilish McColgan (Britain) 14:48.49

Women's 400m Hurdles

1. Dalilah Muhammad (U.S.) 53.89

2. Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic) 53.93

3. Ashley Spencer (U.S.) 54.92

4. Eilidh Doyle (Britain) 55.04

5. Sara Slott Petersen (Denmark) 55.54

6. Janieve Russell (Jamaica) 55.60

7. Lea Sprunger (Switzerland) 55.98

8. Wenda Theron Nel (South Africa) 56.30

Women's High Jump

1. Maria Lasitskene (Russia) 2.02

2. Yuliya Levchenko (Ukraine) 1.94

3. Michaela Hruba (Czech Republic) 1.88

4. Nafissatou Thiam (Belgium) 1.88

5. Kamila Licwinko (Poland) 1.88

6. Sofie Skoog (Sweden) 1.84

7. Levern Spencer (St Lucia) 1.84

8. Mirela Demireva (Bulgaria) 1.84

8=. Morgan Lake (Britain) 1.84

8=. Oksana Okuneva (Ukraine) 1.84

Women's Pole Vault

1. Ekaterini Stefanidi (Greece) 4.85

2. Sandi Morris (U.S.) 4.75

3. Alysha Newman (Canada) 4.75

4. Katie Nageotte (U.S.) 4.65

5. Nicole Buechler (Switzerland) 4.65

6. Holly Bradshaw (Britain) 4.55

7. Lisa Ryzih (Germany) 4.55

8. Michaela Meijer (Sweden) 4.55

Women's Long Jump

1. Ivana Spanovic (Serbia) 6.70

2. Lorraine Ugen (Britain) 6.65

3. Shakeela Saunders (U.S.) 6.64

4. Tianna Bartoletta (U.S.) 6.63

5. Brittney Reese (U.S.) 6.61

6. Shara Proctor (Britain) 6.50

7. Darya Klishina (Russia) 6.49

8. Claudia Salman-Rath (Germany) 6.21

Women's Discus Throw

1. Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) 68.82

2. Dani Stevens (Australia) 65.85

3. Denia Caballero (Cuba) 64.61

4. Nadine Mueller (Germany) 62.85

5. Melina Robert-Michon (France) 62.49

6. Whitney Ashley (U.S.) 62.14

7. Yaime Perez (Cuba) 61.45

8. Julia Harting (Germany) 59.89

Thompson bounces back to scoop Diamond League prize

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - It was a night of consolation for three world championship failures on Friday as Elaine Thompson, Nijel Amos and Shaunae Miller-Uibo secured titles and $50,000 prize money in the Diamond League final in Brussels.

Jamaican Thompson arrived in London last month as hot favorite to add the world 100 meters title to her Olympic gold from Rio last year but after cruising through the rounds, she struggled in the final and managed only fifth.

She trailed again on a chilly night in Brussels as Marie–Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast led with 70 meters remaining. In London, Ta Lou lost on the line to American Tori Bowie and this time it was Thompson who blasted past in the final stages to win in 10.92 seconds. Ta Lou clocked 10.93 with Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor of Nigeria third in 11.07.

Amos has had a similarly consistent season before a major blip in London and he was also back to his best when producing a strong run to win the 800m title in one minute, 44.53 seconds.

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Botswana was off the pace when finishing fifth in the world final but looked powerful after hitting the front 300 meters out on Friday, holding off London silver medalist Adam Kszczot, who was caught on the line for second by fellow Pole Marcin Lewandowski.

France's surprise world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, was a notable absentee as he recovers from what he described as a brutal assault by three men last week that left him with facial fractures.

Olympic champion Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who memorably stumbled with victory in sight at the world 400m final after looking up at the big screen, roared back to take the Diamond League title with the fastest time of the year - 49.46 seconds. Second placed Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, who set three national records in London, did it again in Brussels with 49.88 – her first time under 50 seconds.

"I've had so many ups and downs this year that to come home with the win tonight feels amazing," said Miller-Uibo.

American Noah Lyles took an impressive win from the outside lane in the men's 200m, finishing strongly to cross in 20.00, out-dipping compatriot Ameer Webb by a hundredth. Turkey's surprise world champion Ramil Guliyev was third in 20.02 - faster than his London winning time.

Kenya's World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto produced a remarkable last 30-metre sprint to snatch the 3,000m steeplechase from London silver medalist Soufiane El Bakkali, who punched the air in frustration having thought he'd done enough to win it.

Friday's event, the second of two finals after Zurich last week, was the culmination of the first system under the Diamond League's new format, where athletes gained points for performances through the season to qualify for the final where the winner on the night scooped the $50,000 prize.

Field event winners included America's Christian Taylor in the triple jump, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia in the long jump, Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius in the discus and Katerina Stefanidi of Greece in the pole vault.

In the men's shot put event held in Brussels city center on Thursday, America's Darell Hill pulled out a massive 22.44 meter personal best to take a surprise victory.

(Writing by Mitch Phillips; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Q&A With British Halfmile Star Lynsey Sharp

Twenty-seven-year-old Scottish middle-distance runner Lynsey Sharp is currently enjoying being a part of the resurgence in Scotland’s and Great Britain’s rise back into global athletics prominence.

She is the 2012 gold and 2014 silver medallist in the European Championships. She is a two-time Olympian, having competed in both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

She earned a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Sharp is an 800-metre specialist with a personal best of 1:57.69, which is the third-fastest performance all-time by a British woman and the current Scottish record. She set the time during the Rio Olympics Games. Her best indoors time came in Boston in 2016 and is 2:00.30.

She is the daughter of two very accomplished runners in Cameron and Carol Sharp (nee Lightfoot). Cameron was an international sprinter, while Carol competed in the 800-metre distance event.

Christopher Kelsall: You grew up in Lochmaben, yes? What was life like growing up in small town, Scotland?

Lynsey Sharp: I was born in Dumfries and we lived in Lochmaben but we left there when I was about 18 months and moved to Edinburgh. My dad had a car accident when I was one and we had to move to Edinburgh for his rehab in a brain injury hospital in Edinburgh. I don’t remember life in Lochmaben although I have been back to visit a lot throughout my life. I loved growing up in Edinburgh and think I am very fortunate to call such an amazing city home. Life would definitely have been very different if I had stayed in Lochmaben.

CK: Which sports did you play as a child and when did you get into running with keen interest?

LS: My parents made it that so I had opportunities to try all different sports growing up. I was too young to join the athletics team so I went to gymnastics at the same venue while my older sister was doing athletics. I didn’t last long as gymnastics (got bullied because I had shorts and t shirt on and everyone else was wearing a leotard!). I spent all my summers at kid’s camps playing different sports all day. I also played hockey at school until I was about 15.

CK: Your parents were excellent runners. Was athletics just a natural progression? Did you grow up near the track and cross-country race venues?

LS: Athletics was what I always wanted to do. I grew up knowing what my parents had achieved. I saw pictures of them and watched videos. We grew up playing in sand pits and playing in the puddles in the shot put circle at Meadowbank whilst my mum coached and trained.

CK: You won gold and silver in the European Championships in 2012 and 2014 in Helsinki and Zurich. Would you say winning silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games was at least as rewarding because you raced at home?

LS: Glasgow 2014 was definitely a very special moment. The journey I went on the 12 months leading into Glasgow made the medal so special. I had surgery on my foot to remove the Plantaris tendon in Sept. 2013, it got infected and I had an open wound all the way through until after Glasgow 2014, I also got norovirus the night before the final in Glasgow so it was a real battle to get the medal. To be able to do so in front of a home crowd was a dream come true.

CK: What sort of trainer are you? Do you come more from the speed (quality) end of the spectrum or are you more of a volume advocate?

LS: My volume is very low. My mileage is roughly 30 miles a week. Most of my training is made up of track work. I’m on the track most days in the summer. Winter my longest run is still only about 45 minutes.

CK: Athletics in GB seem to be having a bit of resurgence, especially with yourself, Laura Muir, Kyle Langford and others. Do you get a sense that there is a renewed focus in the sport?

LS: It’s really exciting to be part of this generation. During my mum and dad’s era Scotland was a strong force on the world stage and we are getting back and exceeding that now. Everyone wants to know the reason for all the Scots breaking through; I think it’s just that we are all tough.

CK: You own the Scottish 800-metre record with your run in Rio. Did you think in advance that you were capable of that time?

LS: Yes and I know I was and am in even better shape than that. With the women’s 800 being so strong globally at the moment and fields being so large (up to 14 people) it can be hard to get a clear run. Fast times will definitely come!

CK: Will you make an attempt at the British record of 1:56.21 that Dame Kelly Holmes set 22 years ago?

LS: I have had my eye on that for a while. 1.56.21 is incredibly fast and it will take a big run to break that record but I am certainly capable of it.

Farah Shows Off His New $194,000 Bentley

  • Sir Mo seen arriving at TV studio in bright orange £150k Bentley Continental GT
  • Despite winning his final race in Zurich this month, he struggled to park the car
  • The 34-year-old also appeared to spill something as he got out of the flash motor

That's a nice little runner... and so’s its owner.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist may be good at long distances but when he’s off the athletics track he can now do them in luxury.

He was spotted arriving at a TV studio in a bright orange £150,000 Bentley Continental GT.

But it was perhaps not quite the smooth entrance the athletics hero would have hoped for.

Sir Mo, who won his final track race at the Diamond League final in Zurich earlier this month, struggled to park the car.

His main difficulty was staying within the white lines - something he’s never struggled with on the track.

And the 34-year-old then appeared to spill something as he got out and had to call for help from staff at the studio.

Two members of staff rushed to his aid, and set about attending to the spillage with some kitchen roll, with Mo joining in.

Fortunately, the sporting star approached the accident with good humour, flashing his trademark smile as he took a piece of kitchen roll himself.

He was kitted out in Nike trainers and a Nike t-shirt, and a grey hoodie and dark jeans.

Sir Mo is the European record holder for the 1500m, 10,000m, half marathon and two miles.

He also holds the British record holder for the 5000m, the European indoor record holder for 5000m, the British indoor record in the 3000m and the current indoor world record holder for the two miles.

He will attempt to defend his Great North Run title later this month.

If he succeeds, it will be the fourth consecutive time he has won the half-marathon race which takes place in Newcastle on September 10.

Beware Fake Bolt Hurricane Relief Story

In the midst of news about celebrities donating money to Hurricane Harvey victims, there is at least one fake story making the rounds that claims Usain Bolt donated $150 million to the victims. And the fake story has gotten loads of attention. According to Trendolizer, the article titled “BREAKING NEWS: Usain Bolt donates $150 million dollars to Hurricane Harvey Victims” has gotten more than 25,000 Facebook likes.

Reactions on Facebook to the fake news article about Usain’s $150 million donation to hurricane victims show that people are chiming in aplenty about the fake news. Some are calling it a blessing that Bolt would donate so much money, without knowing that the article about the $150 million donation is fake. Others – believe it not – are criticizing Usain for not donating $150 million to victims of other tragedies.

Plenty of people are recognizing the story about Bolt as a fake article. However, the article from the “Daily News” website at the usa360-tv URL claims that Usain is giving $150 million to the “entire Houston community” in order to give them food, shelter, clothing, and medicine. According to Jamaicans, the fake story about Bolt, the retired, eight-time Olympic gold medal winner, is, indeed, not true.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the fake story about Hurricane Harvey, Usain’s social media pages are getting plenty of attention. Although Bolt’s fake news story isn’t real, plenty of other news reports about celebrity donations to hurricane victims are real. Sandra Bullock donated $1 million, as reported by CNN.

J.J. Watt took to social media to announce his donation to hurricane relief, and he encouraged others to give. According to, Watt has a goal to raise $10 million to help those who were displaced by the storm. Even people with not well-known names have been giving money to hurricane relief. An anonymous donor pledged $1 million, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, with the anonymous person being a businessman who simply wanted to help Hurricane Harvey victims in a manner that was significant.

As of this writing, it is unclear how much Bolt has donated to hurricane victims as the fake story goes viral.

Félix Sánchez To Be Inducted In USC Hall Of Fame

SANCHEZ—Felix Sanchez is one of USC's greatest intermediate hurdlers. He won the 2000 NCAA title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and helped USC to the 1999 and 2000 Pac-10 championships. He then competed in four Olympics (2000-04-08-12) for the Dominican Republic, winning gold in his specialty in 2004 and 2012 (at 34, becoming the oldest man to win the Olympic 400 hurdles) and setting the school record (48.33) at the 2000 Games. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 400 hurdles for four years (2001-04) when he had a 43-race winning streak. He won a pair of World Championships (2001 and 2003). The Dominican Republic's largest stadium is named after him.

Julian Forte Getting Close To That 'Explosive Power'

BRUSSELS, Belgium:

It did not go to plan for him at the World Championships in London a few weeks ago but improving MVP Track Club sprinter Julian Forte is having quite the year after running personal best times in the 100 metres on three occasions.

His first three sub-10 seconds times in his career and a results sheet that shows six wins from nine starts in the 100m tells the story of a youngster who is primed for even greater strides in the event.

Forte twice clocked 9.99 seconds in 2017 - first in the semi-finals at the National Senior Championships and again during the heats at the World Championships inside the London Stadium.

The 24 year-old would later finish fourth in his semi-final, missing out on a spot in the medal round, but has won both of his races since then including Sunday's personal best clocking of 9.91 seconds at the Berlin ISTAF meet at the Olimpiastadion.


"I was really pleased with the performance. I would have loved if it had come a few weeks earlier at the World Championships, that didn't go as planned, that's how these things go sometimes but nevertheless I think it's a fair consolation," Forte told The Gleaner yesterday.

"I think it showed that I was in that kind of shape at the World Championships, I ran sub-10 in my heats but a few mistakes in my race in the semi-finals made me produce a much slower time. It's a part of the game, I just have to learn from it and try to move forward."

Forte added that he was expecting to run closer to 10 seconds in Berlin and credits his improvements this year to a stronger understanding of the event.

"I was excited and in shock at the same time because a I didn't expect it. I didn't expect to run that fast - maybe sub-10; maybe closer to the 9.99, but not closer to 9.80 so I was really surprised," Forte noted.


 "I think I have a lot of room for growth. I still don't think it was a perfect race especially the start which has been failing me all season, the start was poor but I think once I work on that and put together a complete race then I will run even faster than that.

"The 200m suited me because I didn't get to my top speed as quickly as everyone else so the 100m was always a little bit too short for me, whenever I got into my running, everybody was already finished so the 200m being a longer distance was better for me," he shared. "I think I am finally understanding it (100m) and I am getting the explosive power that I need to get out quicker and get to my top speed faster so I will see how it develops over the coming years."

Forte will compete in the non-Diamond League stamped men's 100m at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme Brussels Diamond League today, where he will come up against a field that includes fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake as well as Americans Mike Rodgers and Isiah Young plus Brit James Dasaolu and veteran Kittitian Kim Collins.

Christian Taylor Guns For World Record In Brussels

This Olympic gold medalist has tried numerous times to break Jonathan Edwards’ record. He gets one more chance this season during this weekend.

It’s been two years since Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylorput the track and field world on notice when he recorded the second-best triple jump in history and missed the world record by just 3/100ths of a meter. The Philip Stein sports watch he wears at each meet is engraved with the number “18.30” inside, making it a question of when and not if Jonathan Edwards’ 23-year mark of 18.23 will fall.

But ever since Taylor’s amazing 18.21-meter leap at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, the road to inevitability has been anything but automatic. And now, after failing to set the mark so far this year, it comes down to this Friday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Brussels, Belgium, the third event this month for the two-time Olympic gold medalist to either make history or spend another offseason thinking about breaking the elusive record.

“That’s the one thing on my bucket list that’s outstanding,” Taylor says. “The record is the one thing that’s left for me.”

In May’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR, Taylor leaped a season-best 18.11, but has come nowhere near the mark since. The University of Florida alum won his third straight title at July’s World Championships in London, but fell short of the record with a leap of 17.68, narrowly edging American teammate and fellow Gator Will Claye. Despite failing at the record, Taylor, however, became the first triple jumper to win three world championships. “I was very disappointed, but I had to take some time to myself and realize that this was a piece of history—I was the first person to defend his title.”

However, two weeks ago at the Tignes Athletics Open in the French Alps, a combination of high altitudes and an elevated track led to Taylor’s disappointing second-place finish to Claye with a lackluster leap of 16.99 meters.

“Going into world championships, my focus was completely on the world record,” Taylor, 27, admits. “That was all I had on my mind. When I jumped 18.21 in Beijing, my whole mission was to go out and win. This time, I was only thinking about 18.29, and I didn’t jump even close to it. For me, that was really a learning experience. My mindset [going into Brussels] is to go out there and do what it takes to win.”

With only one meet remaining, Taylor will continue training up to Friday’s meet, albeit just maintenance work, similar to his training in France. Maintaining a consistent sleep pattern is key, making Taylor nearly reliant on his Philip Stein sleep bracelet, which will help get him a normal nine to 12 hours of sleep. “I don't want to sound dependent on it, but it's really just the peace of mind I get when I do wear the bracelet,” Taylor says.

On the track, Taylor works on timing with five or six moderate 60-meter sprints. “I’m running the same steps as I would when I'm doing my approach. Really staying into that rhythm, the similar movements, doing that several times,” he says.

In the weight room, it’s light weight. Three sets of three reps with hang cleans followed by speed squats (3x6), ensuring his fast-twitch fibers are firing, he says. Taylor adds dumbbell stepups, using only 20% of his bodyweight for three sets of six reps, with a medicine ball finisher. I couldn’t find a medicine ball in France, so I just threw a shotput around on the track,” he says. He’ll finish with core work involving normal crunches, side crunches, various planks, and legs lifts.

Win or lose, record or no record, one thing is for certain: Taylor, who now resides in the Netherlands, and his girlfriend, Austrian hurdler Beate Schrott, will venture to Austria for a few months of downtime before heading back to the States in time to catch his Gators face Georgia at the end of October. But still, deep down, Taylor is hoping Saturday will close his bucket list once and for all. “Hopefully, I’m talking to a lot of press about what a really good night Saturday was.”

Sprint legend Usain Bolt has 12 trial offers from football clubs, says agent

Every full-back's worst nightmare is closer to coming true as the fastest man on the planet prepares to take up a new sport after dominating athletics

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt is gearing up to swap his track shoes for football boots, and his agent insists that he has no lack of suitors in the professional game.

Bolt, 30, holds the athletics world record for both the 100- and 200-meter disciplines, the first man ever to do so, and boasts eight Olympics gold medals in individual and relay events. 

He is also a confirmed football fan, and has long expressed his wish to switch sports once his sprinting career comes to an end. 

And according to his agent, he is already looking for offers as he prepares to retire from athletics at the World Championships in London. 

“Usain is 30 and could still race for another four years and go to the 2020 Olympics but he has achieved everything he needs to achieve,” Ricky Simms told the Daily Star.

“There are a million other opportunities for him and he is ready to move on to the next chapter."

Simms further asserted that while he would begin training at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, the future could see him at one of many clubs that have already registered their interest. 

"Football he has always talked about. If you ask him he will want to play football and because he has said that we have had a dozen clubs who would like him to go for a trial with them," the agent added.

“I don’t want to name names but he will go to Dortmund because the CEO of Puma, who is a good friend of ours, is on the board at Borussia Dortmund. He will go to train with them.

“Can a sprinter who is 30-years-old play in the Bundesliga or the Premier League? Realistically that is a step too far. I think if he had six months or nine months playing and training with a team then he could play at some level whether that is League One or League Two.

“He would hit me on the head for saying he is not going to play in the Champions League, but I don’t know realistically if he has the motivation at this stage of his life to go training with the reserves on a rainy day in Manchester or Munich or somewhere as he is a wealthy guy and has a great life.

“With football though, in some form you will see him.”

One thing is for certain: no full-back will fancy marking the speed machine if he gets free down the wing!

Longtime Clear Creek (Texas) track coach dies in Hurricane Harvey aftermath

The longtime football and track and field coach at a Houston-area high school has been confirmed among the dead from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath across the Southeast Texas coast.

Ruben Jordan, the longtime two-sport coach at Clear Creek High School, was identified by the Friendswood Police Department on Wednesday, days after heavy rains from Harvey precipitated massive flooding across the region. Friendswood Police refused to comment on the conditions that led to Jordan's death, though they did confirm he died in the floods.

As reported by the Chronicle, Jordan was the head track coach at Clear Creek for 18 years, and spent a total of 34 years in coaching before retiring following the 2016-17 school year. In addition to track and field, the former high school teammate of Earl Campbell was also a longtime assistant football coach, though he never served as the head of a program.

The Jordan family confirmed Ruben's death in a post to the Clear Creek student newspaper, the HiLife. While asking for privacy, the family also went out of its way to thank the Clear Creek community.

"Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks for the effort, support and prayers we received while trying to locate him. At this time we ask for your continued support, prayers and respect as we grieve and work towards making arrangements to lay him to rest. Words can't begin to explain how grateful we are to be a part of such a strong, supportive and loving network of friends and family."

The family plans to prepare for his burial in the days ahead, though any scheduled action is sure to be significantly delayed by the ongoing recovery from the floods.

Hard-Luck Aaron Brown Eyes Sub 20.00 In Brussels

CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey calls for Canadian to run corner harder in 200m

A deflated Aaron Brown stands near the finish line at London Stadium, having hit rock bottom after being disqualified for a lane violation.

The 20.08-second performance would have qualified him for the men's 200-metre final at the recent world championships, but instead was the latest incident in a season of misfortune for the Toronto native.

  • On April 23, Brown and his 4x100 relay teammates were disqualified from the final at world relays in the Bahamas for dropping the baton during an exchange between Brendon Rodney and Brown.
  • At the Canadian championships in July, Brown was disqualified for a false start in his semifinal.

On Aug. 7, the 25-year-old put on a brave face, smiling as he walked through the media interview area, but Brown desperately wanted to leave England and fly home to "regroup." He didn't watch track "for the next couple of days," but persevered, joining Mobolade Ajomale, Gavin Smellie and Rodney to place sixth in the 4x100 five days after his disqualification.

"It was one of the lowest points in my career. I felt defeated. You have to let it soak in and feel a lot of the hurt, the pain," Brown told CBC Sports earlier this week of battling adversity. "You have to go through that period of melancholy but can't let it linger because there are so many other opportunities when you're in the middle of your career."

Brown noted he would have redemption on his mind Friday when running the 200 at the AG Memorial Van Damme in Brussels (, 2 p.m. ET), where the Diamond League Trophy will be awarded to the winner of each of the 16 events along with $50,000 US.

Pole vaulter Alysha Newman is the only other Canadian competing. The London, Ont., native improved on her national record last Sunday with a jump of 4.75 metres at the 19th International Pole Vault Meeting in Beckum, Germany.

Distance runner Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., qualified sixth in the men's 800 for Brussels but chose to call it a season following a fourth-place finish (1:45.39) at last week's Diamond League event in Birmingham, England, saying the recent world championships left him mentally and emotionally exhausted.

McBride, 23, had a consistent 2017 highlighted by his victory at the Canadian championships (1:45.23) and season-best 1:44.41 at Diamond League Monaco to inch closer to Gary Reed's national record of 1:43.68.

Meanwhile, Brown entered the Diamond League meet in Birmingham two weeks after worlds tied for 10th place in the qualification standings for the season finale in Belgium, with the top eight securing a berth.

He finished third and climbed to fourth in the standings after clocking a season-best 20.30, a time the Canadian believed could have been much lower had he not been running in Lane 1, commonly referred to as the "death lane" by sprinters.

Brown has drawn Lane 4 on a King Baudouin Stadium track conducive to fast times, and is confident of running under 20 seconds in Brussels and topping a strong field that includes 2017 world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey (Lane 5), Americans Ameer Webb (Lane 6) and Noah Lyles, (Lane 9) and Christophe Lemaitre (Lane 8), both of France.

"Aaron Brown has the capability and talent to win this race, so I'm hoping he does," CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey said.

Brown said his "body feels great" and his legs fresh from missing the world final and taking time earlier in the season to recover from a Grade 2 strain of his left quadriceps muscle that didn't fully heal until June.

"I'm going in with the slowest season best but I've beaten a lot of these people," he said. "I just have confidence I can make things happen."

At the 2016 Canadian Olympic trials in Edmonton, Brown set a personal best of 19.96 to join Andre De Grasse as the only Canadian men to break the 20-second barrier.

"Where Aaron should be now is where Andre [De Grasse] is," Bailey said. "Aaron should be a 19.90 or 19.80 [second] guy and dipping under that in big races.

"He certainly has great speed endurance, but he absolutely has to run the corner harder than he has [this season] in order to dip under 20 seconds more consistently."

Miller-Uibo Chasing DL 400 Title In Brussels

WITH half of her mission complete, Shaunae Miller-Uibo will be in Brussels, Belgium, for the last half of the International Amateur Athletic Federation's Diamond League Final where she will try to add the 400 metre title to the 200m crown she secured a week ago in Zurich, Switzerland.

Coming off her national record-breaking performance of 21.88 seconds for the victory in the women's 200m and a hefty cash prize of $50,000 at the Weltklasse Zurich on Friday, Miller-Uibo will go after a repeat feat when she lines up in the 400m at the AG Memorial Van Damme this Friday.

"I'm expecting as always to compete," the 23-year-old Miller-Uibo told The Tribune. "It's going to be my last race for the season so I want to leave on a good note."

Going into the race, Miller-Uibo has the third (49.77 seconds), fourth (49.80) and fifth (49.86) fastest times that trail only Americans Allyson Felix (49.65) and Quanera Haynes (49.72), but none of them will be in Brussels. Instead, she will face one of the three women who came from behind as she faltered down the stretch at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, falling from the lead to fourth.

Salwa Naser, the silver medallist in London, will be among the field that will include three veteran Jamaican competitors - Novlene Williams-Mills, Sherica Jackson and Stephanie Ann McPherson. Also entered are Americans Natasha Hastings and Courtney Okolo. Lydia Jele from Botswana rounds out the field.

"It's going to be another great field of ladies, so hopefully we can put on another great show for the public," Miller-Uibo said.

If she is successful, Miller-Uibo will become the first female athlete to have won the 200/400m double in the history of the IAAF's year ending meet, which previously was the Golden League Final where athletes earned points and the top finisher, based on their points accumulated, carted off the overall title.

Under the previous format, only one Bahamian ever won a Golden League Final title and that was Tonique Williams in the women's 400m when she set the national record in the event (49.07) - a time she ran in Berlin on September 12, 2004.

Last Friday, Miller-Uibo matched Williams' feat when she won the 200m title in Zurich. She came off the final curve in fourth and powered from behind on the straight-away to pull off the win over Jamaican Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson, World Championships double sprint silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast and 200m champion and 100m bronze medallist Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands.

"The race was fine. I just give God all the thanks and praise for everything," said Miller-Uibo, who got the bronze in London behind Schippers and Ta Lou.

Miller-Uibo, who was trying to attempt the 200/400m double at the World Championships, said while she had her share of disappointment in the 400m, it was a little more hurtful to watch in Zurich as Steven Gardiner slipped and fell coming out of the blocks of the men's 400m last Friday and was unable to complete the race.

"What happened to Steven was most unfortunate. I actually thought they were going to call the race back, but things like this happen," she said. "Fortunate enough, he is injury free and I think that is what's most important. He had a tremendous season and I'm sure that one hiccup won't bring him down."

Gardiner, the Abaco native who turns 22 on September 12, became the first Bahamian to crack the 44-second barrier when he ran 43.89 in the semi-finals at the World Championships to lower his national record.

World Champ Putter Walsh Annoyed At Season End

Walsh who won the world championship title in London last month has finished sixth at the Diamond League finals in Belgium.

He threw 21.38 metres, but finished almost a metre behind American Darrell Hill who threw 22.4 metres.... a metre more than his previous best.

Olympic champion Ryan Crouser was second.

Walsh says mentally he struggled.

"Really annoyed with myself for not being able to focused and do what I needed to I was just trying too hard and I know when I try to hard it just doesn't work."

"I was trying to throw far rather than just letting it happen and that doesn't work but it does give a kick up the arse (and) does motivate me for next year but I am really disappointed with the way I finished."

Reflecting on his season though Walsh knows its "helluva a year for me but I am really looking forward to getting home and just chilling out....put it his way it's good (the latest result) didn't happen at the world champs," he laughs.

Walsh will now return home and take six weeks off altogether from training to concentrate on building his house in Christchurch.

Vaulter Alysha Newman On Amazing Roll

The jump was certainly impressive enough to warrant a call from home — 4.75 metres for a new Canadian women's pole vault record.

But Alysha Newman's mom Paula wanted to know what the back flip was about.

"My mom called me and said, 'Alysha, you did a back flip! You don't do that every time.' I said, 'you know what mom, I don't know why I didn't do it at worlds. It's just that (4.75), it feels like I'm in the game now. I can be a medalist now,'” Newman said.

"I did the fist pump, too. Then I fell back down on the mat. I don't even remember doing that. All this pressure I've been putting on myself. All this time and effort. That was just release. So much weight lifted off my shoulders. I kind of laugh at it, really."

Newman, a 23-year-old who hails from London, Ont., raised the bar in Beckum, Germany on Sunday, extending the rather amazing roll she has been on since setting a new Canadian indoor record in January. Her run includes a 4.71-metre clearance in Coral Gables, Fla., which had been the previous Canadian record, and a seventh-place finish at worlds in London, where she made it over 4.65 metres.

This dream season corresponds with completion of a kinesiology degree from the University of Miami, and a switch to coaches Doug Wood and Zdenek Krykorka at Bolton Pole Vault in Ontario.

"With the support of my family and coaches and Athletics Canada, I know I have a great future, knowing you don't really peak until you're 30 in women's pole vault. It just shows I could potentially get more than one Olympic medal,” she said. “That's my goal. I want to do five Olympics total and medal in as many as I can. I want to put Canada on the map for the women's pole vault. I want to be one of the best in the world."

The world record belongs to Russia's Elena Isinbaeva at 5.06 metres. But she retired in 2016.

This year's top list is led by Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece at 4.91 metres. So, Newman is knocking on the door and having the time of her life doing it.

That's obvious from every picture you've seen of her lately. There is joy plastered all over her face. At the worlds. At Beckum. In Zurich's main train station, where she topped 4.62 metres in a rock concert-like atmosphere. She walked out to Shawn Mendes belting out There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back, which she calls her go-to, pump-up song of late.

"That's what's so cool about pole vault, you can take it to the street,” Newman said. “I find when the crowd is so close and they're cheering and clapping, that's all they're focused on is you. You're in the limelight. So you put a lot of pressure on yourself. You don't want to look weird. You don't want to mess up. You want to jump well and put on a show for people."

Her prowess and showmanship has grown the fan base.

"Everyone I talk to lately has such high compliments about me when I jump. They say we just want to watch you because you bring so much life and energy to every jump. I don't even purposely do it,” she said. “Those emotions just come out naturally because I've been holding them in for special moments like my seventh at worlds and my Canadian record. You work so hard and they only come a couple times a year so it builds up and that's when I release it."

After Friday night, the dream season will be over. It will be time to help her sister decorate a Toronto condo, to visit friends in Miami and Vancouver.

"I just need a mental break. This year was a shock to me. We didn't know what was going to happen. I came back from school. We didn't know if I was going to click with the new coaches, we didn't know if Europe and travelling was going to make me homesick or if I was going to compete as well.

"So, it was an experimental year. And everything we wanted or even more has been accomplished."


Canadian Alysha Newman, who is turning into a bankable star on the pole vault circuit, hopes to bank some big coin in the final event of her dream season.

On Friday, the 23-year-old from London, Ont., and 11 other women will be jumping for a $50,000 USD first prize at the Diamond League Final in Brussels, Belgium. There's also $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third, and it trickles down to $2,000 for eighth.

Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece tops the field with a season best of 4.91 metres and should be the favourite to cart home the most cash. Also in the field is American Sandi Morris, who has cleared 4.84 metres this year, while Yarsley Silva of Cuba and Holly Bradshaw of the U.S. have made it over 4.81 metres. They are the only competitors with better performances than Newman's Canadian-record 4.75 metres this year.

"That gives me a great shot at top three and one through eight is great prize money,"

Newman said. "Obviously one, two, or three would be great and would give me a chance to put some money in the bank.

"I try not to go in thinking about the money because I always tell everyone even if I didn't get paid doing this, I would still do it. I love doing it."

Michigan Men & Women Merge: Combined Program

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With a new era of University of Michigan track and field on the horizon as its state-of-the-art facility is set to open this winter, Michigan Athletics announced Thursday evening (Aug. 31) the formation of a single combined track and field program encompassing both the men's and women's teams to lead the Wolverines into this next chapter of their long, storied history.

Beginning with the upcoming 2017-18 season James Henry and Jerry Clayton will serve as co-head coaches over the single program. Henry had previously helmed the women's program, with Clayton at the head of the men's squad.

"Coach Henry and Coach Clayton are phenomenal educators, and I am confident that they will continue to raise the national profile of Michigan track and field as leaders of this newly combined program," Michigan's Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said. "Speaking as both an athletic director and an alum of Michigan track and field, this truly is an exciting time for the sport here in Ann Arbor, especially as we open the doors to our world-class complex later this year."

The programs were combined to further improve Michigan track and field's strong national profile -- which includes a 1923 national team title, eight top-four NCAA Championships team finishes, 56 national event titles, 417 All-America honors and 73 Big Ten team titles to date between the two teams -- by sharing expertise and resources between the two genders and further strengthening the family culture fostered by the two programs.

"Both the men's and women's track and field teams here at Michigan have tremendous legacies of their own, and we are excited about the history we will begin making together as a combined program starting this year," Clayton said. "Though we were technically separate programs before, everyone between the two staffs always had collaborative relationships with one another with the shared goal of making Michigan track and field the best it can be. Combining the programs allows us to take that collaboration and cooperation to the next level."

Henry will oversee the women's team and Clayton will oversee the men's team, with assistants Mike McGuireKevin Sullivan and Steven Rajewsky -- each overseeing their own areas of specialized responsibility -- now better able to provide guidance to student-athletes of both genders.

Additionally, the program is in the final stages of a national-level search to hire an assistant coach in charge of the jumps and combined events for both men and women.

After coaching the women's throwers on an interim basis during the 2017 outdoor season as former assistant Sandy Fowler became the director of track & field and cross country at Coastal Carolina, Clayton will now officially coach both genders' throwers.

Associate head coach McGuire will continue to work with the female distance runners, while Sullivan will continue to guide the male distance runners.

Henry and Rajewsky will team up to mentor the Wolverines' corps of sprinters, hurdlers and relays. Henry will continue to coach the women's group, and Rajewsky will continue to work with the men.

"With the next chapter in our Michigan track and field story set to unfold in the new building, the timing was perfect to make this move to combine the two genders into one even bigger and better program," Henry said. "We are looking forward to giving Jerry the ability to mentor our female throwers to the same outstanding levels of success the men have achieved in recent years, and to each of us having more opportunities to share our expertise with one another and our student-athletes to bolster the program.

"Most of all, we are looking forward to creating an even bigger and more cohesive family culture between the two genders. We are all now officially one big family about to move into our brand new home at the world-class facility opening this winter."

The new facility that will house the newly combined program, part of the Athletics South Competition and Performance Center, is located on State Street south of the University of Michigan Golf Course and adjacent to the existing U-M soccer, tennis, gymnastics and wrestling complexes. All running and jumping lanes both indoors and outdoors will be surfaced with the same Beynon material used in IAAF World Championships-level competition.

The state-of-the-art indoor track and field venue features a hydraulically banked 200-meter track, one of just nine such facilities in the country. Michigan's facility will be one-of-a-kind in the respect that it also features a three-lane, 300-meter practice track and an indoor/outdoor throws area unlike any other in the world. The venue features permanent seating for up to 2,000 spectators, with the ability to expand to 3,500.

The new outdoor facility will allow Michigan the ability to once again host the Big Ten Championships for the first time since 1988. The 400-meter track will surround several different jumps and throws competition areas, in addition to a throws field to the west of the track. Permanent spectator capacity will be 500.

Old Crow runner turns track star at Alaska Games

Old Crow’s Allan Benjamin has been keeping a quick pace since he was a little boy.

“My grandmother adopted me when I was two years old and she raised me,” said Benjamin. “I always walked with her, snowshoed with her when we went out in the bush. So she was kind of my coach. She always hustled, she never walked slow. So every time I walked with her I had to walk fast, so it’s kind of built into me.”

More than five decades later Benjamin is still fast on his feet.

The 60-year-old won 12 medals at the Alaska International Senior Games in Fairbanks, Aug. 11-20.

Benjamin, who competed in the men’s 60-64 division, not only won gold in a five-kilometre road race, he set a new Games record. The lifelong Old Crow resident, competing at the Games for his first time, finished in 20 minutes and 50.37, beating by two seconds the previous record set in 2003.

“I’m actually not a sprint racer; I don’t train for sprints,” said Benjamin. “I do well in sprints and distance, but I don’t train for sprint races because you can get injured and probably be off for a month or two.

“My expertise is distance and snowshoeing. The five-kilometre — that was a perfect run.”

Benjamin’s other medals came in track and field events. He almost cleaned house in the running events he participated in, taking gold in the 50-, 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-metre races. He only missed out in the 100-mete dash, taking bronze.

Benjamin, who won five medals at the 2016 Canada 55+ Games, even took gold in the 1,500-metre power walk despite having no experience in the event.

“That was my first time competing in the power walk,” said Benjamin. “I didn’t know anything about it. But when I’m not running I always walk or I bike or I ski or snowshoe. I’m kind of a cross trainer; I’m involved in everything.”

Benjamin’s medals weren’t limited to track events with silver and bronze medals in triple jump, standing long jump, long jump and shot put. He also placed fourth in javelin.

“It was just an awesome event,” said Benjamin, who was also a torchbearer in the opening ceremonies. “I wanted to have fun and that’s what it’s all about — meeting new people at the Games, learning.”

Benjamin was one of six Yukoners to compete at the annual Games that saw 353 athletes compete with 11 states, including Alaska, represented.

Whitehorse’s Brenda Dion also won hardware in track and field, but she’s more proud of her silver in the five-kilometre road race, finishing in 26:51.20.

“I did get a lot of medals, but I want to qualify that,” said Dion. “I was in six events in track and field and in all six of those events I was either the only one or one of two competitors in my age group.

“But in the five-K run there were eight competitors in that event. So that’s the one I’m very, very happy about.”

Dion, who competed in the women’s 60-64 division, took gold in the 50-metre, the 100-metre, discus, long jump and javelin.

“I did one of my best javelin throws ever,” said Dion, who threw 71 feet-four inches. “It made me very happy … I think it is my personal best at competition.”

Dion, who also won silver in the standing long jump in Fairbanks, won four medals in track and field events at the 2017 World Masters Games this past April in New Zealand.

“It was our first time at the event. We heard about it through a couple other Yukoners who had gone there in other years,” said Dion. “We thought it would be fun to go out there and make a camping trip out of it and just experience the Alaska Games.

“They were very warm, friendly people.”

Whitehorse’s Patrick and Karen Milligan combined for seven medals in athletics.

Patrick, in men’s 65-69, won gold in standing long jump and silver in the 50-metre dash. He also won gold in javelin (throwing 20 feet farther than the silver medalist) and gold in the discus (throwing 30 feet farther than the silver medalist) — registering throws of 83 and 85 feet respectively.

Karen, in women’s 65-69, won silver in discus, bronze in the standing long jump, bronze in shot put, and placed fourth in javelin.

Whitehorse’s Bryan Craven took sixth place for men 60-64 in the five-kilometre road race with a time of 26:51.71.

Whitehorse’s Brent McLaren logged a Yukon first in pickleball, a version of tennis played on a small court with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball.

McLaren won silver in singles and gold, with Craig Patyka of Fairbanks, in doubles in the men’s 55-59 competition. The medals are the first-ever won by a Yukoner in pickleball at a major Games.

Adding eSports To Olympics "Tremendously Stupid"?

Professional video game playing, otherwise known as eSports, is a booming business. But the idea of adding it to the Olympics as a “sporting event” is equal parts hilarious and embarrassing.

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat before a swarm of dedicated gamers mount an attack like the Wu-Tang killa’ bees: eSports is a rapidly growing, billion dollar business that continues to explode with absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Just today, Gamer Sensei — a company that offers coaching sessions from pro gamers — announced that they have raised another large chunk of change in its latest round of funding.

Here’s more from Gamer Sensei:

Gamer Sensei, the esports coaching startup, has just raised a new $4 million funding round. Gamer Sensei connects gamers with professional coaches for one-on-one virtual lessons to help players improve in their favorite competitive games, including Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, GWENT, and more.

This financing follows a seed round last year ($2.5 million) led by Accomplice and Boston Seed Capital.

Gamer Sensei is an integral part of the multi-billion dollar esports industry, which is projected to see revenues double by 2020 according to NewZoo.

See that last sentence? Revenues are projected to double by 2020.

So yeah, I get it. Everyone likes money. But there has to be a line somewhere and the idea of eSports in the Olympics is certainly where one of those lines has to be starkly drawn.

Unless, of course, we’re talking about eye-popping dollar signs. Because that sure as hell seems to be the only reason this has become an actual discussion. Well that, and attracting younger eyeballs.

Again, money.

But the Olympics happens to be a storied, sacred event that allows the very best athletes in the world who train for years — physically, I might add — to showcase their craft, whether it be track and field, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, basketball or the best damn bobsled foursome a country can offer.

How video games could ever enter the conversation, even for a moment, is beyond me.

Being amazingly good at using Carmelo Anthony in NBA 2k18 is hardly in the same galaxy as Carmelo Anthony being amazingly good at being Carmelo Anthony.

Quite shockingly, as far as I can tell, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s lone objection to the idea is that — should this ever come to fruition — the video games on the Olympic roster (I can’t believe I just wrote that) must not include violence.

That’s it. That’s seemingly the only issue at hand. Forget all this “sports” stuff.

I never thought the response to such a preposterous idea would be more absurd than said idea, but here we are.

However, the pushback has already begun.

Check out the replies:

A bunch of “No” responses to go along with the suggestion that pro wrestling also be added to the Olympics? Perfect.

Hope lives… on Twitter of all places.

Thompson Still Searching For London Failure Answers

BRUSSELS, Belgium:
Leading Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson says she is yet to figure out what went wrong for her during the 100m final at the recent World Championships in London, but underlined that she is looking forward to successfully defending her 100m Diamond race title.

Thompson has been the dominant female sprinter for the past couple years and hit the high-point of her career at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won gold medals in the 100m and 200m.  

She was expected to claim her first World Championships gold in the 100m event in London but finished fifth in a time of 10.98 seconds.

The Jamaican, who will be looking to successfully defend her 100m Diamond Race trophy at the Brussels Diamond League tomorrow, said although she has repeatedly watched replays of her London 2017 letdown, she is no closer to identifying what caused the surprise disappointing performance.

"I have watched it over 1,000 times,” Thompson said, jokingly. “And I don’t know what went wrong. When I go home I will watch it some more and sit with my coach and discuss it.” Thompson said.

"When I go home I will definitely watch the replay again and see; sit down with my coach and discuss what happened for the entire season and what can be corrected for the rest of seasons to come.

The defeat in London was Thompson's second loss in 14 100m races this season.

Besides those, you would have to go back to July 2015 for her last defeat in the event.

Thompson says she is focusing on continuing her dominance and is looking forward to Friday's Diamond League competition.

"It feels good to be back in Brussels," said the sprinter, who arrived in Belgium early Thursday morning after a 12-hour flight delay in Venice with other members of the MVP Track Club group.

“Tomorrow will be my last race for the season, I am really excited and happy,” said Thompson.

“I am just focused on going out there and doing my best, it’s the last one and I will be giving it my all.”

Last year, Thompson ran 10.72 seconds here to secure the Diamond Trophy.

Video From Darrell Hill's Big Shot Breakthrough

Hill leads US shot sweep

The IAAF Diamond League final shot put took place a day before the main meeting at the Place de la Monnaie in the centre of Brussels – and Darrell Hill of the United States hit the jackpot with a last round effort of 22.44m, almost a metre over his personal best, to take the Diamond Trophy and accompanying US$50,000 winner’s cheque as well as setting a meeting record.

Until that inspired final effort by the 24-year-old from Darby, Pennysylvania, it looked as if a first round effort of 22.37m would be enough to earn victory for Hill’s compatriot Ryan Crouser, the Olympic champion, who had arrived here, in his own words, “looking for revenge” after failing to get a medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 earlier this month.

Of Crouser’s three scoring efforts, two were over 22 metres and the other was 21.94m, but in a contest of extraordinarily high quality – seven of the eight finalists bettered 21 metres – that ultimately proved sufficient only for second place, with its prize of US$20,000. On the day, seven centimetres cost Crouser US$30,000.

Hill’s previous best of 21.63m had come at last year’s US Olympic trials, earning him third place and a trip to Rio, where a best of 19.56m was not enough to earn him a place in the final.

For most of the final it looked as if another US thrower, 2015 world champion Joe Kovacs, would be the only likely rival to Crouser as he sought to better the first round of 21.62m that had left him in second place.

But a string of what looked like challenging efforts from the former world champion incurred the red flag, and it seemed Crouser had succeeded in his season-ending ambition in front of a small but appreciative crowd in the busy city centre.

Double world champion David Storl of Germany moved up to third place with his final throw of 21.47m, but it was still some way short of deposing the leader.

Hill, however, had offered a warning shot in the fifth round with a huge effort that was invalidated by a red flag with which he was clearly far from satisfied.

Next time round he repeated the distance, legally, and the contest was turned on its head.

Crouser managed a final effort in response of 21.98m before sportingly seeking out the officials to shake hands with them as Hill, draped in the Stars and Stripes, began to celebrate his dramatic victory.

His throw would have won him every major championship in the past seven years, save for last year’s Rio Olympics, which Crouser won with 22.52m.

Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF

Olympic medalist Galen Rupp joins Faxon Law New Haven Road Race

America’s top distance runner, Oregon’s Galen Rupp, will be running in the Faxon Law New Haven 20K on Labor Day.
The 2017 Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is again hosting the USATF 20K Championships and arguably has it strongest field in the event’s 40 year history, according to event coordinator John Bysiewicz.

This year’s race features five past champions, five Olympians and a number of up-and-coming distance stars competing for a prize purse of nearly $40,000.

Rupp has been the most recognized American runner in decades. He has won medals in the last two Olympics (’12 silver in the 10,000 and ’16 bronze in the marathon). Rupp also finished 2nd in this year’s Boston Marathon. He is an 8-time 10,000 meter track national champion and holds American indoor track records at the 3,000, 2-mile and 5K distances.

Rupp will be competing against 2016 20K Champion and U.S. Olympian Leonard Korir of Colorado Springs.

Korir recently placed 13th in the 10K at the IAAF World Championships and won this year’s USATF 10K an Half Marathon Championships. Rupp and Korir expect to be challenged by Sam Chelanga, Christo Landry and New Haven’s Tim Ritchie.

Chelanga, runner-up of the Faxon Law New Haven 20K in 2015 and 2016, recently won the 7-mile National Championship in Davenport, IA. Landry was 3rd in last year’s 20K and 2nd in 2014. New Haven’s Tim Ritchie was 5th in last year’s race and recently finished 4th in the U.S. 25K Championship.

On the women’s side, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Emily Sisson and Jordan Hasay head a stellar field. Tuliamuk is the defending Faxon Law New Haven 20K Champion and is the U.S. Cross Country & 25K Champion. Sisson, last year’s Faxon Law New Haven 20K runner-up, recently represented the U.S. in the 10K in the IAAF World Championships. Hasay is coming off an impressive marathon debut at the Boston Marathon, placing 3rd overall and shattering the U.S. Marathon bebut record by nearly 3 minutes.

Past Faxon Law New Haven 20K Champion Janet Cherobon-Bawcom is returning to New Haven. Cherobon-Bawcom was the 2011 20K Champion and competed in 2012 Olympics. Shalaya Kipp, 2012 U.S. Steeplechase Olympian, is also expected to be among the top women.

Closing In On 500 U.S. Sub-4:00 Milers

The mark listed for each athlete is how fast he ran in his first-ever sub-4:00 mile. The list is for actual mile races, not any conversions from the 1500 (where a 3:42.22 is equivalent to 3:59.99) or the 1600 (where 3:58.61 is required). Dual citizens are not included unless they represented the U.S. internationally. Those with retroactive drug bans have been removed from the list.

2016 was the year with the most new members, 27, followed by 2015 with 24, and 2012 and 2013 with 23 each.

*=athlete never ran any faster in his career (this is more than half the total); i=mark made indoors.

Amendments are most welcome.



1. Don Bowden (Cal) 3:58.7* (1) Stockton June 01
2. Dyrol Burleson (Oregon) 3:58.6 (1) Eugene April 23
3. Jim Beatty (SCVYV) 3:58.0 (1) Modesto May 28
4. Jim Grelle (Los Angeles TC) 3:59.9 (1) Walnut April 28
5. Keith Forman (Oregon) 3:58.3* (1) Modesto May 26
6. Cary Weisiger (USMC) 3:59.3 (2) Modesto May 26
7. Bill Dotson (Kansas) 3:59.0* (4) Walnut June 23
8. Bob Seaman (Los Angeles TC) 3:58.07* (4) London August 18
9. Tom O’Hara (Loyola) 3:59.2i (2) New York February 15
10. Archie San Romani Jr. (Oregon) 3:57.6* (3) Compton June 05
11. Morgan Groth (Oregon St) 3:57.9* (4) Compton June 05
12. Bob Day (UCLA) 3:58.9 (6) Compton June 05
13. Jim Ryun (Kansas HS) 3:59.0 (8) Compton June 05
14. Bob Schul (Miami/Ohio) 3:59.1 (1) San Diego June 13
15. John Garrison (Los Angeles TC) 3:58.1* (2) Modesto May 29
16. Roscoe Divine (Oregon) 3:59.1 (2) Eugene June 02
17. Wade Bell (Oregon) 3:59.8* (3) Eugene June 02
18. Tim Danielson (California HS) 3:59.4* (4) San Diego June 11
19. Richard Romo (unattached) 3:58.8* (1) Woodland Hills August 10
20. Ted Nelson (SoCal Striders) 3:59.4* (2) Woodland Hills August 10
21. Dave Patrick (Villanova) 3:59.3i (1) New York February 17
22. Dave Wilborn (Oregon) 3:56.2* (3) Bakersfield June 23
23. Tom Von Ruden (49er TC) 3:56.9* (4) Bakersfield June 23
24. Sam Bair (Kent St) 3:58.7 (5) Bakersfield June 23
25. Marty Liquori (New Jersey HS) 3:59.8 (6) Bakersfield June 23
26. Brian Kivlan (Manhattan) 3:57.4* (2) Philadelphia June 01
27. Jerry Richey (Pitt) 3:58.6* (3) Philadelphia June 01
28. Jack Fath (Fordham) 3:59.5* (5) Philadelphia June 01
29. Pat Traynor (USAF) 3:59.0* (3) Walnut August 10
30. Chuck LaBenz (Arizona St) 3:58.4 (1) Berkeley May 31
31. John Lawson (PCC) 3:59.5 (4) Berkeley May 31
32. Rick Riley (Washington St) 3:59.2* (1) Westwood May 16
33. Duncan Macdonald (Stanford) 3:59.6 (3) Westwood May 16
34. Jim Crawford (unattached) 3:59.6 (1) Modesto May 23
35. Howell Michael (William & Mary) 3:59.0 (2) Philadelphia May 30
36. John Mason (Pacific Coast Club) 3:58.4 (2) Berkeley May 30
37. Steve Prefontaine (Oregon) 3:57.4 (2) Eugene June 05
38. Steve Savage (Oregon) 3:59.2* (5) Eugene June 05
39. Dave Wottle (Bowling Green) 3:59.0 (1) Bloomington June 06
40. Len Hilton (Houston) 3:59.1i (2) Houston February 13
41. Greg Carlberg (Nebraska) 3:59.6i* (3) Houston February 13
42. Larry Rose (Oklahoma St) 3:59.5 (1) Lawrence April 16
43. Lee LaBadie (Illinois) 3:58.8* (1) Carbondale May 11
44. Jerome Howe (Kansas St) 3:59.4 (1) Modesto May 29
45. Bob Wheeler (Duke) 3:59.9 (2) Seattle June 19
46. John Baker (Sports International) 3:59.8* (3) Eugene June 26
47. Mark Winzenried (Club West) 3:59.5* (2) Los Angeles March 04
48. George Young (unattached) 3:59.6* (3) Los Angeles March 04
49. Juris Luzins (Quantico Marines) 3:58.2* (2) Modesto May 27
50. Ken Popejoy (Michigan St) 3:59.7 (4) Los Angeles June 9
51. Tony Waldrop (North Carolina) 3:58.4 (1) Raleigh April 21
52. Reggie McAfee (North Carolina) 3:59.3 (2) Raleigh April 21
53. Barry Brown (Florida TC) 3:58.8* (2) Gainesville May 13
54. Mark Feig (Oregon) 3:59.5 (3) Eugene May 19
55. Tommy Fulton (Texas Southern) 3:57.8* (1) Arkadelphia May 25
56. Charlie McMullen (Missouri) 3:59.7 (1) East Lansing May 26
57. Rick Wohlhuter (UCTC) 3:58.8 (1) Wichita June 02
58. Dick Buerkle (New York AC) 3:58.0 (1) Gainesville June 04
59. Mark Schilling (San José St) 3:58.6* (6) Baton Rouge June 09
60. Paul Geis (Oregon TC) 3:58.0* (4) Eugene June 20
61. Jim Johnson (Club Northwest) 3:58.8* (6) Eugene June 20
62. Scott Daggatt (Oregon) 3:59.6 (7) Eugene June 20
63. Mike Slack (unattached) 3:59.7i (1) Fargo January 26
64. Reed Fischer (Texas) 3:59.9i* (5) Houston February 09
65. Greg Gibson (Washington) 3:59.1i* (3) San Diego February 16
66. Paul Cummings (BYU) 3:56.4* (1) Tempe March 16
67. Steve Wheeler (Duke) 3:59.4* (1) Raleigh April 20
68. Denis Fikes (Penn) 3:55.0* (2) Philadelphia April 27
69. Karl Thornton (Penn) 3:57.9* (4) Philadelphia April 27
70. Bruce Fischer (UCTC) 3:58.5* (3) Wichita June 01
71. Ted Castaneda (Colorado) 3:58.5* (4) Wichita June 01
72. Keith Palmer (Kansas St) 3:59.2* (5) Wichita June 01
73. Jeff Schemmel (Kansas St) 3:59.4 (6) Wichita June 01
74. Keith Munson (ITA) 3:58.5i* (2) Los Angeles March 22
75. Ken Swenson (ITA) 3:59.1* (2) Durham May 03
76. Steve Foster (Florida TC) 3:58.5 (1) Gainesville May 06
77. Steve Heidenreich (Indiana) 3:59.6 (2) Bowling Green May 10
78. Matt Centrowitz (New York AC) 3:59.2 (4) Modesto May 24
79. Gary Barger (Oregon) 3:58.8* (1) Eugene May 29
80. Mike Durkin (Illinois) 3:56.7* (2) Wichita May 31
81. Steve Bolt (Alabama) 3:59.4i* (1) Baton Rouge February 28
82. Rick Musgrave (Colorado) 3:59.3 (5) Wichita May 29
83. Steve Scott (UC Irvine) 3:59.7i (3) Los Angeles January 15
84. Ron Speirs (New York AC) 3:56.9* (4) Philadelphia April 30
85. Steve Lacy (Wisconsin) 3:59.64 (2) Wichita May 27
86. Ed Arriola (Arizona) 3:59.3* (4) Eugene June 14
87. Greg Meyer (Athletic Attic) 3:59.1i* (1) Ann Arbor January 28
88. Tom Duits (Wn Michigan) 3:59.2* (3) Philadelphia April 29
89. Don Paige (Villanova) 3:58.10 (2) Westwood May 07
90. Craig Masback (Oxbridge) 3:59.6 (1) Oxford June 17
91. Jerald Jones (Santa Monica TC) 3:57.9* (7) Oslo June 27
92. Jeff Jirele (Santa Monica TC) 3:58.26* (8) Stockholm July 03
93. Phil Kane (Athletics West) 3:59.37 (9) Stockholm July 03
94. Greg Fredericks (Reading AA) 3:59.7* (2) University Park August 05
95. Mike Manke (Athletics West) 3:58.83* (4) Berlin August 18
96. Mark Belger (Athletic Aattic) 3:58.4 (2) Berkeley June 09
97. Ross Donoghue (St John's) 3:58.0 (4) Piscataway June 23
98. Tom Smith (Colorado) 3:58.3 (1) Tillsonburg July 04
99. Andy Clifford (Cal) 3:59.49 (4) Gateshead July 08
100. Jim Spivey (Indiana) 3:58.9i (3) Louisville February 09
101. Ray Wicksell (Sub-4 TC) 3:59.7 (1) Stanford March 22
102. Ron Cornell (UCLA) 3:57.7* (4) Westwood May 11
103. Larry Mangan (Penn St) 3:58.4 (1) University Park May 16
104. Mike Wyatt (Philly Pioneers) 3:58.0* (5) Philadelphia May 18
105. Todd Harbour (Baylor) 3:58.38 (5) Stockholm July 07
106. Bill McChesney (Oregon) 3:59.1 (2) Eugene July 26
107. Richie Harris (Athletics West) 3:58.2 (2) Adelaide February 07
108. Tom Byers (Athletics West) 3:56.0i (3) Inglewood February 13
109. Doug Padilla (Athletics West) 3:56.6i (3) Daly City February 21
110. Chuck Aragon (Notre Dame) 3:59.92i (1) Champaign February 28
111. Dan Aldridge (Sub-4 TC) 3:59.9 (2) San José April 11
112. Rudy Chapa (Oregon) 3:57.04* (3) Eugene May 28
113. Ed Spinney (Athletics West) 3:57.34* (4) Eugene May 28
114. Ken Martin (Athletics West) 3:57.84* (5) Eugene May 28
115. John Gregorek (Georgetown) 3:57.10 (5) Villanova May 30
116. +Sydney Maree (Athletic Attic) 3:48.83 (1) Rieti September 09
(+ Maree had previous sub-4:00s, but not representing U.S.)
117. Frank Assumma (UC Riverside) 3:57.3i (2) Los Angeles January 22
118. Dan Heikkinen (Athletics West) 3:59.05i* (1) Ann Arbor January 23
119. Vince Draddy (Virginia) 3:58.2i* (4) Boston February 13
120. Roger Jones (Auburn) 3:58.4i (5) Boston February 13
121. Thom Hunt (Athletics West) 3:59.5i (6) Boston February 13
122. Mark Fricker (Oregon St) 3:58.3* (1) Corvallis May 08
123. Jim Hill (Oregon) 3:56.41* (1) Eugene May 15
124. Joe Fabris (Aggie RC) 3:58.3* (9) Eugene June 05
125. Steve Plasencia (Athletics West) 3:58.34* (5) London July 17
126. Chris Fox (Athletics West) 3:59.0i* (2) Johnson City January 15  
127. Kevin Johnson (East Tennessee) 3:59.1i (3) Johnson City January 15
128. Jay Woods (unattached) 3:58.2i (2) Daly City February 11
129. Brian Diemer (Michican) 3:59.93i* (1) Ann Arbor February 12
130. Dub Myers (Oregon) 3:57.06 (1) Eugene May 14
131. Gary Gustafson (Club Northwest) 3:58.4* (4) Vancouver June 01
132. Kevin Ryan (Athletics West) 3:57.60 (5) Eugene June 04
133. Adam Dixon (Harvard) 3:59.39 (7) Luxembourg July 20
134. Randy Wilson (Athletics West) 3:58.74* (3) Eugene May 12
135. Mike Blackmore (Oregon) 3:59.80 (4) Eugene May 12
136. Terry Brahm (Indiana) 3:59.35 (2) Tillsonburg July 07
137. Brian Theriot (adidas) 3:56.10* (8) Oslo July 21
138. Jim McKeon (Richmond) 3:58.62 (6) Johnson City January 19
139. Cliff Sheehan (Harvard) 3:59.2* (4) Philadelphia April 27
140. Gary Lewis (Fresno St) 3:58.6* (7) San José May 25
141. Richard Block (Bob Schul RT) 3:59.84* (2) Tillsonburg June 29
142. Henry Marsh (Athletics West) 3:59.31* (3) Bern August 16
143. Mike Stahr (New York Pioneers) 3:58.79i (1) Allston January 26
144. Jeff Atkinson (Stanford) 3:56.49 (2) Modesto May 10
145. Earl Jones (Santa Monica TC) 3:58.76* (4) Westwood May 17
146. Marty Hemsley (adidas) 3:59.70* (4) Eugene May 17
147. Kevin King (Club Connecticut) 3:58.31* (5) Villanova June 14
148. Maurice Smith (Adams St) 3:59.70 (7) Belfast June 30
149. James Murphy (Indiana TC) 3:59.99i* (2) Indanapolis January 16
150. Joe Falcon (Arkansas) 3:56.77i (1) Fayetteville January 31
151. Gawain Guy (H&R) 3:58.56 (2) Modesto May 9
152. Harold Kuphaldt (Oregon) 3:59.73* (2) Eugene May 16
153. Rich Bergesen (Oregon) 3:59.79* (3) Eugene May 16
154. Brian Abshire (Athletics West) 3:58.62i* (2) Johnson City January 22
155. Steve Ave (New Balance) 3:59.09i (3) Allston January 31
156. Roosevelt Jackson (Reebok) 3:59.41i* (3) New York February 05
157. John Quade (Arizona) 3:57.3i (1) Notre Dame February 06
158. Darryl Frerker (unattached) 3:58.1i (2) Notr eDame February 06
159. Karl Van Calcar (Oregon St) 3:59.35* (1) Corvallis May 07
160. Tim Hacker (Athletics West) 3:55.7 (4) Westwood June 05
161. Bruce Stirling (Reebok) 3:59.1* (5) Eugene July 02
162. Brian Jaeger (Nike Boston) 3:59.47i* (2) Johnson City January 27
163. Reuben Reina (Arkansas) 3:58.88i (2) Ft. Worth February 18
164. Bob Whelan (Kentucky) 3:58.82i (3) Indianapolis March 11
165. Mark Coogan (Nike Boston) 3:58.81* (1) Dedham June 10
166. Brad Schlapak (Northeastern) 3:59.91 (2) Dedham June 10
167. Greg Whiteley (Brown) 3:59.15 (5) Westwood June 10
168. Paul Greer (San Diego TC) 3:59.79* (6) Westwood June 10
169. Eddie Slowikowski (Loyola) 3:59.36i (1) Boston February 18
170. Eric Henry (Arkansas) 3:59.18i (2) Indianapolis March 10
171. Jim Norris (New Balance) 3:59.5* (1) Holmdel June 23
172. Matt Taylor (Fox) 3:57.84i* (2) Fayetteville January 25
173. Bill Burke (Princeton) 3:58.70i (1) New York February 01
174. Mark Deady (Nike Indiana) 3:58.65i* (1) Boston February 16
175. Charles Marsala (Nike Indiana) 3:58.73i* (2) Boston February 16
176. Mike Michno (New Balance) 3:58.94i* (3) Boston February 16
177. Bill Rathbun (Boston AA) 3:59.94i* (4) Boston February 16
178. Bob Kennedy (Indiana) 3:58.11i (1) Indianapolis March 09
179. John Trautmann (Georgetown) 3:58.52i (4) Indianapolis March 09
180. Matt Giusto (Mizuno) 3:59.18 (3) Stanford March 30
181. Gerry Donakowski (Nike North) 3:59.1* (4) Dedham June 9
182. Terrance Herrington (Nike Atlantic) 3:55.61 (8) Villeneuve-d’Ascq July 01
183. Christian Cushing-Murray (SMTC) 3:57.70 (10) Villeneuve-d’Ascq July 01
184. Len Sitko (unattached) 3:59.29i* (4) Birmingham March 14
185. Ernie Freer (Bulldog TC) 3:59.04* (1) Fresno April 04
186. Steve Holman (Georgetown) 3:53.31 (4) Oslo July 04
187. Paul Vandegrift (William & Mary) 3:59.60 (3) Belfast August 31
188. Erik Nedeau (Northeastern) 3:59.68i (1) Boston February 27
189. Aaron Ramirez (Mizuno) 3:59.57* (3) San Francisco May 15
190. Jim Sorenson (Reebok) 3:59.70 (4) San Francisco May 15
191. Ronnie Harris (Sallie Mae TC) 3:58.03* (5) Eugene June 05
192. Bob Lesko (Sallie Mae TC) 3:58.23* (6) Eugene June 05
193. Danny Maas (Reebok) 3:58.83* (7) Eugene June 05
194. Mark Dailey (New York AC) 3:57.16* (12) Oslo July 10
195. Mark Sivieri (unattached) 3:59.85i* (2) Boston January 28
196. Dave Wittman (Nike Texas) 3:59.28i (2) Notre Dame February 05
197. Buck Jones (Club Northwest) 3:57.43* (3) Eugene June 04
198. Shannon Lemora (Nike Oregon) 3:57.47* (4) Eugene June 04
199. Benny McIntosh (Asics) 3:58.25* (6) Eugene June 04
200. Chris Katon (unattached) 3:59.19* (9) Eugene June 04
201. Jon Warren (Nike Texas) 3:59.30* (10) Eugene June 04
202. Jim Howarth (NikeRR) 3:59.75* (12) Eugene June 04
203. Shane Healy (BRC) 3:59.23* (7) Cork June 25
204. Brian Hyde (William & Mary) 3:59.92i (2) Johnson City January 28
205. Paul McMullen (Eastern Michigan) 3:57.34i (2) Notre Dame February 04
206. Jason Pyrah (Mizuno) 3:58.43i (2) Los Angeles February 11
207. Brad Sumner (NYAC) 3:59.11* (2) Philadelphia April 29
208. Tom Nohilly (Reebok East) 3:59.75* (4) Philadelphia April 29
209. Gordon Johnson (Brooks) 3:56.24* (9) Eugene June 04
210. Matt Holthaus (Reebok East) 3:58.80i (1) Allston February 10
211. Michael Cox (Nike) 3:59.20* (1) Lawrence April 20
212. Dan Browne (Army) 3:59.37i (1) Annapolis February 01
213. Corey Ihmels (Iowa St) 3:59.70i* (2h) Indianapolis March 07
214. Alan Culpepper (adidas) 3:58.15 (5) Portland May 11
215. Richie Boulet (New Balance) 3:58.62 (6) Portland May 11
216. Karl Paranya (Haverford) 3:57.6 (2) Haverford May 14
217. Jamey Harris (Reebok Aggies) 3:59.19 (1) Stanford May 27
218. Marc Davis (Nike) 3:54.30* (8) Nice July 16
219. Darin Shearer (CMS) 3:59.76 (2) Falmouth August 16
220. David Krummenacker (Georgia Tech) 3:58.62i (2) Gainesville February 07
221. Ryan Travis (Arkansas) 3:59.69i (1) Ames February 07
222. Seneca Lassiter (Arkansas) 3:59.60i (4) New York February 13
223. Brian Gallagher (La Salle) 3:59.91i* (2) Boston February 14
224. Gabe Jennings (Stanford) 3:59.32 (3) Walnut April 19
225. Brian Baker (New Balance) 3:58.80* (3) Brunswick July 04
226. Michael Stember (Stanford) 3:59.31 (5) Brunswick July 04
227. Scott Anderson (Reebok East) 3:59.80 (7) Brunswick July 04
228. Bryan Berryhill (Colorado St) 3:56.52 (2) Wanganui January 16
229. Tim Broe (Alabama) 3:59.38i (1) Notre Dame February 06
230. Jonathon Riley (Stanford) 3:58.72i (2) Ames February 06
231. Adam Goucher (Fila) 3:57.63 (1) Eugene May 15
232. Jason Lunn (Farm Team) 3:58.42i (2) Boston January 29
233. Rich Kenah (New Balance) 3:59.43i* (6) Fayetteville February 12
234. Dwight Davis (Tulsa) 3:59.29* (3) Walnut April 16
235. Sam Gabremariam (Reebok East) 3:59.17* (4) Philadelphia April 29
236. Steve Fein (Oregon) 3:59.35* (3) Eugene May 13
237. Mike Miller (FTW) 3:59.86 (5) Eugene May 13
238. Alan Webb (Virginia HS) 3:59.86i (3) New York City January 20
239. Dan Wilson (unattached) 3:59.14i* (4) Roxbury Crossing February 04
240. Sharif Karie (Arkansas) 3:59.60i* (6) Fayetteville February 10
241. Charlie Gruber (Kansas) 3:58.51i (2) Fayetteville March 10
242. Jeremy Tolman (Weber St) 3:59.99i* (6) Fayetteville March 10
243. Andy Downin (Wisconsin RRT) 3:59.39 (2) Des Moines April 28
244. Clay Schwabe (Army) 3:59.43* (4) Princeton May 12
245. Ibrahim Aden (Nike) 3:56.95 (7) Portland June 03
246. Jeremy Huffman (Farm Team) 3:59.81i* (5) New York City March 01
247. Eric Garner (Washington) 3:58.93i* (1) Seattle March 02
248. Donald Sage (Stanford) 3:59.49i* (2) Seattle March 02
249. Brandon Strong (Arizona St) 3:59.59i* (3) Seattle March 02
250. Ray Hughes (Nike) 3:59.78i* (4) Seattle March 02
251. Matt Lane (Nike) 3:57.57* (10) Eugene May 26
252. Bolota Asmerom (Nike) 3:59.86* (1) Stanford June 08
253. Rob Myers (Ohio St) 3:58.64i (1) Lexington February 08
254. Luke Watson (Notre Dame) 3:57.83i* (1) Notre Dame February 08
255. Ian Connor (Nike) 3:58.24i* (5) Notre Dame February 08
256. Jason Long (Asics) 3:59.99i* (4) New York City February 15
257. Grant Robison (Stanford) 3:58.95i* (1) Seattle March 08
258. Jordan Desilets (En Michigan) 3:59.83i* (4) Notre Dame February 07
259. Nathan Robison (BYU) 3:59.99i* (1) Seattle February 14
260. Steve Slattery (Nike) 3:59.78 (7) Eugene June 19
261. Aaron Lanzel (US Navy) 3:59.88* (8) Eugene June 19
262. Said Ahmed (Arkansas) 3:57.33 (2) Burnaby July 01
263. Chris Estwanik (Nike Farm Team) 3:58.17* (3) Burnaby July 01
264. Daniel Lincoln (Nike) 3:57.68* (11) London July 30
265. Bernard Lagat (Nike) 3:53.61i (2) Roxbury Crossing January 29
266. Scott McGowan (New Balance) 3:58.91i (7) Roxbury Crossing January 29
267. Sean Jefferson (Indiana) 3:56.44i* (1) Notre Dame February 05
268. John Jefferson (Indiana) 3:57.85i (2) Notre Dame February 05
269. Leo Manzano (Texas) 3:59.86i (1) Lincoln February 26
270. Jon Rankin (UCLA) 3:57.89 (1) Westwood April 09
271. Bryan Lindsay (BYU) 3:59.16* (2) Westwood April 09
272. Anthony Famiglietti (adidas) 3:58.23 (1) Nashville June 04
273. Sean O’Brien (Nike Farm Team) 3:59.05i (1) Seattle January 14
274. Elliott Blount (Nike Farm Team) 3:59.61i* (4) Seattle January 14
275. Chris Lukezic (Reebok) 3:58.53i (10) Roxbury Crossing January 28
276. Ryan Kleimenhagen (Team Minnesota) 3:59.00i* (11) Roxbury Crossing January 28
277. Russell Brown (Stanford) 3:59.65i (3) Fayetteville February 10
278. Austin Abbott (Washington) 3:59.47i (2) Seattle February 11
279. Stephen Pifer (Colorado) 3:59.55i (3) Seattle February 11
280. Christian Smith (Kansas St) 3:59.60i* (2) Ames March 04
281. Michael McGrath (Oregon) 3:59.25i* (1) Seattle March 04
282. Jason Jabaut (Nike Farm Team) 3:59.07 (4) Beaverton May 04
283. Matt Tegenkamp (Nike) 3:56.38* (1) Madison May 06
284. Chris Solinsky (Wisconsin) 3:57.80 (2) Madison May 06
285. Nick Symmonds (Oregon TC) 3:56.72i* (1) Seattle January 13
286. Garrett Heath (Stanford) 3:59.60i (2) Seattle January 13
287. Blake Boldon (Saucony) 3:59.18i* (1) Ames March 03
288. Josh McDougal (Liberty) 3:57.46* (1) Lynchburg March 31
289. David Torrence (Cal) 3:58.62 (1) Berkeley April 28
290. Sean Graham (Oregon TC) 3:58.4* (2) Beaverton May 10
291. Bobby Curtis (Villanova) 3:57.20* (1) Swarthmore May 20
292. Michael Kerrigan (Villanova) 3:59.60* (2) Swarthmore May 20
293. Jeff See (unattached) 3:58.70 (2) Nashville June 02
294. Jake Watson (Notre Dame) 3:59.40* (3) Nashville June 02
295. Ben Gregory (Wisconsin RRT) 3:59.69* (4) Nashville June 02
296. Ben True (Dartmouth) 3:59.99 (1) Cambridge June 17
297. Seth Summerside (adidas) 3:57.84* (4) Braschaat July 21
298. Will Leer (Oregon TC) 3:59.83i (1) Seattle January 26
299. Andrew Bumbalough (Georgetown) 3:58.46i (1) New Haven February 02
300. John Richardson (Kentucky) 3:59.35i* (2) Lexington February 02
301. Steve Sherer (Athletic Performance) 3:56.00i* (1) Seattle February 02
302. Kyle Perry (BYU) 3:59.16i* (2) Seattle February 02
303. Kyle Alcorn (Arizona State) 3:59.82i* (3) Seattle February 02
304. Jack Bolas (Wisconsin) 3:59.40i (1) Notre Dame February 09
305. Jordan Fife (Brooks Indiana) 3:59.75i* (2) Notre Dame February 09
306. Brandon Bethke (Wisconsin) 3:59.85i (3) Notre Dame February 09
307. A.J. Acosta (Oregon) 3:58.52i (1) Seattle March 08
308. Darren Brown (Texas) 3:59.99 (3) Austin April 05
309. Laef Barnes (UCLA) 3:59.96* (1) Westwood April 12
310. Scott Bauhs (Chico State) 3:59.81* (1) Chico April 12
311. Andrew Wheating (Oregon) 3:58.16 (1) Eugene April 26
312. Lopez Lomong (Nike) 3:53.97 (5) Eugene June 08
313. German Fernandez (Oklahoma St) 3:56.50i (1) Fayetteville January 24
314. Dorian Ulrey (Arkansas) 3:57.60i (2) Fayetteville January 24
315. Liam Boylan-Pett (unattached) 3:59.40i (1) University Park January 31
316. Shane Knoll (Michigan State) 3:57.36i* (1) Notre Dame February 07
317. Justin Switzer (Michigan) 3:58.86i* (3) Notre Dame February 07
318. Jacob Boone (Oklahoma) 3:59.07i* (4) Notre Dame February 07
319. Matthew Centrowitz (Oregon) 3:57.92i (1) Seattle February 14
320. Craig Miller (Wisconsin) 3:59.09i (1) Notre Dame March 07
321. Galen Rupp (Oregon) 3:57.86i (1) Seattle March 07
322. Michael Coe (Cal) 3:56.18* (1) Berkeley April 25
323. Tommy Schmitz (Saucony) 3:58.92 (3) Berkeley April 25
324. Derek Scott (Brooks) 3:57.87* (2) St. Louis May 23
325. Tom Brooks (Oregon TC) 3:59.31* (1) Beaverton May 28
326. Dan Strackeljahn (Big River RC) 3:59.77* (2) Murfreesboro June 06
327. Evan Jager (Oregon TC) 3:54.35 (7) Eugene June 07
328. Jordan McNamara (Oregon) 3:59.87 (1) Eugene July 16
329. Mark Thompson (unat) 3:59.29* (3) Brasschaat July 25
330. Andrew Bayer (Indiana) 3:58.98i (4) Bloomington January 29
331. Erik van Ingen (Binghamton) 3:59.58i (1) University Park January 30
332. Abdi Hassan (Arizona) 3:59.76i (3) Seattle January 30
333. Alex McClary (unattached) 3:57.32i* (2) Fayetteville February 12
334. Andy McClary (unattached) 3:58.95i (5) Fayetteville February 12
335. Riley Masters (Maine) 3:59.97i (1) Allston February 13
336. Dylan Ferris (Stanford) 3:58.90i* (1) Seattle February 13
337. Eric Harasyn (Oklahoma) 3:59.97i (3) Seattle February 13
338. Mac Fleet (Oregon) 3:57.70i (2) Seattle February 13
339. Mark Matusak (Cal) 3:58.36i* (3) Seattle February 13
340. Jordan Horn (adidas) 3:58.67i* (5) Seattle February 13
341. Andrew Jesien (unattached) 3:58.91i* (7) Seattle February 13
342. Sam Bair Jr. (unattached) 3:59.72i* (10) Seattle February 13
343. Kyle Merber (Columbia) 3:58.52i (1) New York March 05
344. Tony Jordanek (unattached) 3:58.80i* (2) New York March 05
345. Kyle Heath (unattached) 3:59.83i* (4) New York March 05
346. Ben Blankenship (Minnesota) 3:57.87i (1) Seattle March 06
347. Blake Shaw (USC) 3:59.85i* (5) Seattle March 06
348. Steve Sodaro (Cal) 3:59.42* (2) Berkeley April 24
349. Kyle King (unattached) 3:59.84* (4) Nashville June 05
350. Rob Novak (New York AC) 3:59.70i (4) New York January 22
351. Cory Leslie (Ohio St) 3:57.97i (1) University Park January 29
352. Patrick Casey (Montana St) 3:59.76i (1) Bozeman February 04
353. Mack Chaffee (Ragged Mtn) 3:58.80i* (5) Boston February 12
354. Miles Batty (BYU) 3:55.79i (2) Seattle February 12
355. Duncan Phillips (Arkansas) 3:58.82i* (5) Seattle February 12
356. Michael Hammond (Va Tech) 3:58.41i (1) Notre Dame March 05
357. Jeff Thode (Iowa) 3:58.72i* (2) Notre Dame March 05
358. James Cameron (Washington) 3:58.51i* (2) Seattle March 05
359. Matt Elliott (Brooks) 3:58.96 (1) Nashville June 04
360. Patrick Todd (unattached) 3:59.76* (4) Nashville June 04
361. Kyle Miller (Nike) 3:55.38* (5) Eugene June 04
362. Timothy Ritchie (Boston AA) 3:58.49i* (2) Boston January 28
363. Christian Gonzalez (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:59.98i* (4) Boston January 28
364. Ryan Hill (North Carolina St) 3:58.33i (1) Blacksburg February 04
365. Peter Callahan (Princeton) 3:58.86i (1) University Park February 04
366. Brian Gagnon (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:57.91i* (2) Boston February 11
367. Eric Jenkins (Northeastern) 3:59.18i (4) Boston February 11
368. Alex Hatz (Wisconsin) 3:58.68i* (1) Fayetteville February 11
369. George Alex (Oklahoma) 3:58.76i* (2) Fayetteville February 11
370. Frezer Legesse (Oklahoma) 3:58.95i (4) Fayetteville February 11
371. Michael Atchoo (Stanford) 3:59.92i (1) Seattle February 11
372. Robby Creese (Penn St) 3:59.52i (2) Seattle February 11
373. Matt Maldonado (Long Beach St) 3:59.08i* (1) Seattle February 25
374. Chris Derrick (Stanford) 3:59.13i* (2) Seattle February 25
375. Joe Stilin (Princeton) 3:59.98i (4) New York March 03
376. Kirubel Erassa (Oklahoma St) 3:58.84i (1) Notre Dame March 03
377. De’Sean Turner (Indiana) 3:59.81i (4) Notre Dame March 03
378. John Mickowski (unattached) 3:57.59i* (1) Seattle March 03
379. Dan Huling (Reebok) 3:58.24i (2) Seattle March 03
380. Nick Happe (Arizona St) 3:58.73i* (3) Seattle March 03
381. David Adams (unattached) 3:58.44* (3) Lawrence April 21
382. Ryan Witt (unattached) 3:59.91* (2) Roanoke May 10
383. Bobby Mack (unattached) 3:59.70* (1) Warwick May 29
384. Elliott Heath (Stanford) 3:58.48* (3) Cork July 17
385. Andrew Poore (adidas) 3:58.85i* (1) Bloomington January 25
386. Brannon Kidder (Penn State) 3:59.48i (1) University Park January 26
387. Shane Moskowitz (Oklahoma St) 3:59.48i* (6) Fayetteville January 26
388. Austin Mudd (Wisconsin) 3:59.33i (1) Notre Dame February 02
389. Ryan McNiff (adidas) 3:59.11i* (3) Fayetteville February 08
390. Christopher Fallon (Ohio St) 3:59.37i* (4) Fayetteville February 08
391. Chad Noelle (Oregon) 3:59.57i (1) Seattle February 09
392. Donn Cabral (Nike) 3:56.41i* (3) Seattle February 09
393. Brett Johnson (Oregon) 3:58.62i* (6) Seattle February 09
394. Tyler Stutzman (Stanford) 3:58.85i (2) Seattle February 23
395. Matt Miner (Oregon) 3:59.01i* (3) Seattle February 23
396. Jeramy Elkaim (Oregon) 3:59.18i* (4) Seattle February 23
397. John Simons (Minnesota) 3:59.32i* (1) Notre Dame March 02
398. Michael Rutt (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:57.18* (2) Philadelphia April 27
399. Tyler Mulder (Nike) 3:57.37* (3) Philadelphia April 27
400. Robby Andrews (adidas) 3:57.82 (4) Philadelphia April 27
401. Owen Dawson (unattached) 3:59.74* (5) Philadelphia April 27
402. Dan Clark (unattached) 3:59.45 (2) St. Louis May 30
403. Isaac Presson (North Carolina) 3:58.67* (2) Nashville June 01
404. Dey Dey (unattached) 3:59.96* (3) Nashville June 01
405. Trevor Dunbar (unattached) 3:59.06 (1) Portland July 15
406. Rob Finnerty (Wisconsin) 3:59.42* (2) Portland July 15
407. Dan Lowry (Michigan) 3:59.30 (6) Saline August 04
408. Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth) 3:58.04i (1) Boston January 25
409. Daniel Quigley (Oregon TC) 3:59.59i* (4) Seattle January 31
410. Jake Edwards (Columbus RC) 3:59.47i (2) Geneva February 01
411. Travis Mahoney (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:58.61i* (5) Boston February 08
412. Pat McGregor (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:58.70i* (6) Boston February 08
413. Taylor Gilland (Boston Sharks) 3:58.77i* (7) Boston February 08
414. Michael Williams (Princeton) 3:59.63i* (1) Boston February 08
415. Sam Penzenstadler (Loyola/Chicago) 3:58.21i (2) Notre Dame February 08
416. Matt Hillenbrand (Kentucky) 3:57.00i* (2) Ames February 15
417. Izaic Yorks (Washington) 3:59.04i (4) Seattle February 15
418. Jesse Garn (Binghamton) 3:59.37i (1) Boston March 02
419. Andrew Colley (North Carolina St) 3:59.34 (5) Greenville April 12
420. Thomas Awad (Penn) 3:58.34 (1) Philadelphia April 26
421. Eric Finan (Team Minnesota) 3:58.73* (1) Concord June 05
422. Eric Avila (unattached) 3:56.89 (1) San Diego June 05
423. Colby Alexander (Oregon) 3:59.69 (4) Burnaby July 10
424. Ford Palmer (New Jersey/New York TC) 3:57.61 (1) Raleigh August 01
425. Donnie Cowart (unattached) 3:58.43* (2) Raleigh August 01
426. Sean McGorty (Stanford) 3:59.34i (2) Seattle January 17
427. Mike Marsella (Virginia) 3:59.97i* (1) Boston January 31
428. Ahmed Bile (Georgetown) 3:59.04i (2) University Park January 31
429. Martin Hehir (Syracuse) 3:59.81i* (4) University Park January 31
430. Steve Mangan (Boston AA) 3:58.24i* (4) Boston February 14
431. Amos Bartelsmeyer (Georgetown) 3:58.45i (1) Boston February 14
432. Ryan Manahan (Georgetown) 3:58.57i* (3) Boston February 14
433. Michael Lederhouse (Georgetown) 3:59.54i (4) Boston February 14
434. Johnny Gregorek (Oregon) 3:57.47i (10) New York February 14
435. Nate McClafferty (Duke) 3:59.95i* (3) Ames February 14
436. Cristian Soratos (Montana St) 3:55.27i (1) Seattle February 14
437. Daniel Winn (Oregon) 3:57.62i (4) Seattle February 14
438. Jake Hurysz (Colorado) 3:58.13i (5) Seattle February 14
439. Matt Daniels (Adams State) 3:59.89i* (2) Seattle February 15
440. Thomas Coyle (Stanford) 3:59.32i* (3) Seattle February 28
441. Thomas Joyce (Cal) 3:58.69 (1) Berkeley April 25
442. Matthew Maton (Oregon HS) 3:59.38 (3) Eugene May 08
443. Jarrett LeBlanc (unattached) 3:59.95* (1) Lake Charles May 23
444. Tyler Pennel (Zap) 3:58.99* (2) St. Louis June 04
445. Grant Fisher (Michigan HS) 3:59.38* (3) St. Louis June 04
446. Brandon Lasater (Georgia Tech) 3:59.24* (1) Nashville June 06
447. Lex Williams (Brooks) 3:59.40* (4) Raleigh August 07
448. Brandon Hudgins (Load Anarchy) 3:59.67* (5) Raleigh August 07
449. Hassan Mead (Oregon TC) 3:59.89* (3) Portland August 08
450. Henry Wynne (Virginia) 3:58.74i* (4) Boston January 30
451. Joel Hubbard (Syracuse) 3:58.94i (5) Boston January 30
452. Coby Horowitz (PTI) 3:59.55i* (1) Boston January 30
453. Blake Haney (Oregon) 3:59.10i (2) Fayetteville January 30
454. Colby Gilbert (Washington) 3:59.84i (1) Seattle January 30
455. Cole Williams (Georgetown) 3:57.88i* (2) Boston February 06
456. Craig Forys (Asics) 3:58.02i* (6) New York February 06
457. Drew Hunter (Virginia HS) 3:58.25i (7) New York February 06
458. Clayton Murphy (Akron) 3:57.11i (1) Akron February 06
459. James Gowans (Cornell) 3:58.24i* (1) New York February 12
460. Rob Napolitano (Columbia) 3:58.98i* (2) New York February 12
461. Travis Burkstrand (Brooks) 3:59.69i* (1) Seattle February 13
462. Connor Winter (Colorado) 3:59.76i* (2) Seattle February 13
463. David Elliott (Boise St) 3:57.38i* (1) Seattle February 13
464. Jacob Burcham (Oklahoma) 3:57.46i* (2) Seattle February 13
465. Sam Prakel (Oregon) 3:57.95i (3) Seattle February 13
466. Joshua Thompson (Oklahoma St) 3:58.33i (4) Seattle February 13
467. Zach Perrin (Colorado) 3:59.00i* (4) Seattle February 27
468. Garrett Corcoran (Cal) 3:59.79i* (5) Seattle February 27
469. Bryce Basting (unattached) 3:59.91i* (1) Boston February 28
470. James Randon (Yale) 3:58.85i* (1) Boston March 06
471. Michael Slagowski (Idaho HS) 3:59.53* (1) Portland April 29
472. Nick Ross (NE Distance) 3:59.73* (6) Concord June 02
473. Graham Crawford (North Carolina St) 3:56.05* (4) Raleigh August 05
474. Mike Brannigan (New York AC) 3:57.58* (7) Raleigh August 05
475. Reed Connor (Hoka) 3:59.6* (5) West Chester August 11
476. Brian Barraza (Houston) 3:58.66i* (1) College Station December 10
477. Ned Willig (Michigan) 3:58.09i* (2) Boston January 28
478. William Sheeran (Michigan) 3:59.15i* (3) Boston January 28
479. Connor Mora (Michigan) 3:59.36i* (4) Boston January 28
480. Jack Keelan (Stanford) 3:59.62i* (1) University Park January 28
481. Paul Duffey (Northeastern) 3:59.30i* (2) Boston February 11
482. Chris Hatler (Penn) 3:59.21i* (2) New York February 11
483. Craig Nowak (Oklahoma St) 3:59.98i* (1) Seattle February 11
484. Tim Gorman (Oregon) 3:58.78i* (7) Seattle February 11
485. Cole Rockhold (Colorado St) 3:59.55i* (8) Seattle February 11
486. Robert Domanic (unattached) 3:54.73* (2) Concord June 01
487. Reed Brown (Texas HS) 3:59.30* (3) St. Louis June 01
488. Andy Trouard (unattached) 3:59.13* (1) Nashville June 10
489. Craig Engels (Mississippi) 3:57.67* (2) Raleigh August 04
490. Drew Piazza (Virginia Tech) 3:59.03* (6) Raleigh August 04
491. Andrew Dusing (Miami/Ohio) 3:59.10* (8) Raleigh August 04
492. Tripp Hurt (Team Run Eugene) 3:59.46* (9) Raleigh August 04


Bahamas Fed Looking At Gardiner Relay Absence

Carey states that independent committee is investigating the matter; decision to follow

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) is finally addressing the matter from the London World Championships with national record holder in the men’s 400 meters (m) Steven Gardiner, but is still not giving any definitive answers as to any potential repercussions that may be utilized. At a media press luncheon yesterday, BAAA President Rosamunde Carey admitted that it was an unfortunate incident that occurred, one that prompted a meeting of the BAAA executive board upon its return to Nassau.

In London, Gardiner elected not to run with the men’s 4x400m team in the heats of the relay, stating that he would only be available for the final as a result of three grueling rounds of the open 400m. Head Coach Diane Woodside-Johnson requested him to run, stating that his presence would be vital for the team’s qualification for the final. The team of Alonzo Russell, Michael Mathieu, Ojay Ferguson and Ramon Miller, in that order, went on to run 3:03.04 in the semi-finals of the relay. They were sixth in their semi-final heat, and finished 11th overall, thereby failing to qualify for the final.

Gardiner was sensational in the open quarter, running a new national record of 43.89 seconds in the semis, and winning silver in the final, so his presence in the relay would have been extremely beneficial. He had a full three days to rest before the heats of the relay, and suffered no injury. Be that as it may, The Bahamas’ new 43.89 man declined to run, and was adamant about it.

“I am deeply cognizant that at the center of this are our athletes, coaches and the federation (BAAA),” said Carey yesterday. “We called an executive meeting, and a unanimous decision was reached to empower an independent committee made up of non executives and non council members. They are mandated to undertake a thorough investigation of the incident and to provide findings. The executives will take the appropriate action at the conclusion of this investigation.”

Shockingly, there are no official measures in place in the newly revamped constitution of the BAAA to handle matters of this nature. This after a number of similar incidents have happened in the past. Carey said that is something they are working on assiduously and expeditiously.

“We need to have policies written to deal with these kinds of situations, and they need to be in place before the 2018 season,” she said. “In the past, there have been many persons who were disciplined without the presence of written policies. Our focus is to get that in place so that everyone would be made aware prior to the start of next season. I have received verbal reports from the management team, the head coach and I spoke with Steven Gardiner on three occasions. Written reports are forthcoming, but as it stands now, we are going to allow the process to take place.”

Carey said that she received a document from past executives Shervin Stuart and Ralph McKinney pertaining to measures that were in place in the past to deal with such situations. She said that it is highly likely that, that same document would be utilized going forward. It is understood that Gardiner’s personal coach, American Gary Evans from Pure Athletics in Orlando, Florida, USA, might have factored heavily in Gardiner’s decision. Carey said that is something that should not happen at the national team level.

“Once you are selected to a national team, you belong to that national team,” she said. “Your personal coaches still have access to you because they are your personal coaches and they brought you to where you are, but when you are selected to national teams, if your head coach says that you are to be available to run in an event, you ought to make yourself available. You are still able to work with your personal coaches but not to the detriment of the team. Personal coaches ought not to interfere in national team decisions and directives.”

As it stands now, there is no clarity as to what, if anything, will be done as a result of Gardiner’s defiance in London. The 16th IAAF World Championships in London, England, wrapped up a little over two weeks ago. Since that time, a healthy Gardiner lined up for the men’s 400m at the first of two Diamond League Finals, in Zurich, Switzerland. Gardiner appeared to slip in the blocks, fell at the beginning of the race, and never recovered.

What, if anything, will be done regarding his refusal to run in the heats of the relay in London remains to be seen. A decision is expected to be reached after the findings of the independent committee are submitted, which is expected to be in a few weeks.

BVI sprinter Ashley Kelly managing U.S. Open app

TORTOLA — Ashley Kelly has a new job — one that may be a little faster-paced than the sprint events she’s competed in around the world.

Days after becoming the British Virgin Islands’ second female athlete to advance to the semifinals at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, Kelly began working with the organizers of the U.S. Open as a manager for the tennis tournament’s digital media department.

It’s the third major sporting event for Kelly, who has worked as a volunteer at both the Chicago and New York City marathons over the last four years as she builds her résumé with an eye of working in the media.

“I got hooked up with the job by applying, then I got the interview and the position fit in with my schedule,” Kelly said.

“I’m working with the digital media team as a manager for their fan access application. I had to learn the app and the interface, then train and manage the volunteers to use the app and work with the fans during the event.

Kelly said what she’s doing at the U.S. Open is different than her roles with the Chicago and New York City marathons.

With the marathons, Kelly said that she did more behind-the-scenes work, while with the U.S. Open, it’s strictly working with the digital app for a shorter period and all the planning that is done.

“I brief the volunteers each shift, help spectators with registration for the app if they have any questions,” Kelly said. “I also work with the account managers for the sponsors and ensure that the app is working well and the activations are going okay.”

It’s been a busy year for Kelly, who improved her own women’s 400-meter run national record with a time of 51.63 seconds.

Kelly advanced to the IAAF World Championships semifinals with a time of 52.70 seconds after placing third in her heat.

Before the World Championships, Kelly won the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ women’s 200 meters in July.

Nel to fly SA flag at Diamond League finale

Hurdler Wenda Nel will carry the South African flag at the 14th and final leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Brussels, Belgium on Friday evening.

Nel, who recently reached the semi-finals of her specialist event at the IAAF World Championships in London, is up against a quality field in the women's one-lap race over the barriers.

The 400m hurdles line-up, which includes five athletes who have run under 54 seconds in their careers, features the likes of Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad of the United States, former world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic and European champion Sara Petersen of Denmark.

The only South African athlete in the start lists, Nel will go into the blocks at 20:03.

Official tests can't detect most doping cases in sports: Study

The study found that at least 30 per cent of athletes in the 2011 IAAF World Championships and 45 per cent of athletes at the Pan-Arab Games in 2011 claimed to have taken doping drugs or used other doping methods.

Washington: Official tests may fail to detect doping in sports, according to a new study which shows that using performance-enhancing drugs is far more common in professional athletes than previously thought.

The study found that at least 30 per cent of athletes in the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships and 45 per cent of athletes at the Pan-Arab Games in 2011 claimed to have taken doping drugs or used other doping methods.

Only a fraction of these cases were detected by biological tests. At the World Championships, 0.5 per cent of biological tests showed positive for doping agents. The figure rose to 3.6 per cent for the Pan-Arab games.

The scientists used the "randomised response method" to question a total of 2,167 participants at the World Championships in Daegu (South Korea) and the Pan-Arab Games in Doha (Qatar) whether they had taken doping drugs or used other banned doping methods before the competitions.

 The method ensures the anonymity of the respondents to allow them to answer honestly without fearing negative consequences.

"The randomised response method is used for sensitive topics. In a direct face-to face interview, respondents would be strongly motivated to provide socially desirable responses, even if these responses were not true. Anonymity gives protection, allowing the respondents to answer honestly," said Rolf Ulrich from the University of Tubingen in Germany.

In the study, the athletes were asked on a mobile device to answer one of two questions - an unobtrusive question about a birthdate or a sensitive question about whether they had engaged in banned doping in the past 12 months. The two questions were selected at random.

Therefore, if an athlete answered "yes," the researchers could not tell whether the athlete was answering "yes" to the unobtrusive question or "yes" to the sensitive question - thus guaranteeing the athlete's anonymity.

Researchers used statistical methods to closely estimate the percentage of athletes in the overall study group who had answered yes to the doping question.

"The study suggests that biological tests of blood and urine greatly underestimate the true prevalence of doping," said Harrison G Pope at McLean Hospital in the US.

"As we note in the paper, this is probably due to the fact that athletes have found various ways to beat the tests," said Pope, who is also a professor at the Harvard Medical School.

Tests immediately before and during a competition find evidence of doping on average of only 1-3 per cent.

However, doping agents are often no longer biologically detectable at this time if they have been taken long before.

Somewhat better results are achieved with the "biological passport," which tracks the athlete's medical data and offers a higher detection rate of about 14 per cent.

The passport employs long-term documentation which can reveal deviations that could be caused by the abuse of doping agents. Doping agents are defined as all items listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on the "List of Prohibited Substances and Methods."

Catching up on a summer's worth of news

Summer went by fast, but not Morolake Akinosun-fast.

Running the third leg of the United States women's 400-meter relay at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships earlier this month in London, Akinosun joined Lincoln-Way East graduate Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie to win in a world-leading 41.82 seconds.

"It felt good," said Akinosun, the 2012 Waubonsie Valley graduate's excitement dimmed by time and the businesslike demeanor of a world-class athlete.

The 23-year-old spoke Tuesday from Brussels, Belgium, where on Friday she'll run the 100 dash in the IAAF Diamond League Final, the last event on a 14-meet schedule whose eight finalists are determined by a point system. Akinosun joins a field including the USA's Tianna Bartoletta, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and Christania Williams, Trinidad & Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye, the Ivory Coast's Marie-Josée Ta Lou and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Olympians all.

Akinosun didn't say so, but the world title also seemed like a redemption.

At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games she anchored the USA's semifinal 400 relay for teammates English Gardner, Bartoletta and Felix. Bowie replaced Akinosun in the final.

"I knew it was always possible that it would happen," Akinosun said of that time. "It was just a part of life."

The United States is "so stacked" with great female sprinters, as Akinosun said, she had no choice but to bounce back with the required attitude in London.

"I wouldn't say like, 'Oh well, we're going to win,' but every time you step on the track you really should have the confidence that you have the ability to win," she said.

The baton exchange can mean the difference between victory, defeat and even disqualification. In London the exchange between Felix and Akinosun was like butter; while not as smooth between Akinosun and Bowie they passed the stick.

"As soon as I got the baton in her hand I knew that we'd be fine," said Akinosun, who growing up adorned a bedroom wall with a poster of Felix.

The event reunited Akinosun and Brown. Teammates with the Aurora Flyers club track program, they had many showdowns in high school -- in 2011 Brown and Akinosun went 1-2 in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A 100-meter final, the places switching in 2012 -- and in college. Akinosun started at Illinois but transferred to Texas, where she bumped up against Texas A&M's Brown during the regular season and at NCAA meets.

"It was really cool," said Akinosun, whose older sister, Moriyike, is in her third year of medical school at the University of Chicago, with younger sister, Anjola, a junior in show choir at Waubonsie Valley.

"We've been running against each other for a very long time," Akinosun said of Brown, "so it was cool to run full circle and be on the same team again."

A mile in his shoes

Jeff and Alyssa Pawola devised the perfect way to celebrate Jeff's 30th birthday.

A 2005 Neuqua Valley graduate, he played soccer and ran track in high school, has qualified for the Boston Marathon and in 2015 did an Ironman triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin. Along with his job at McDonald's Corporation he works part-time for the Naperville Running Company.

For his golden birthday on June 30, in an event they dubbed "30 for 30 on the 30th," the couple -- mainly Alyssa, Jeff conceded -- organized 30 people who would each run a mile with Jeff on a 30-mile course throughout their neighborhood, downtown Naperville and the McDowell Forest Preserve with a few "rally spots" along the way.

"We wanted to combine the three things I enjoy the most -- running, friends and family," Jeff Pawola said.

Beginning at 8 a.m. at the house of his parents, Ken and Jackie ("because that's where it all began," Pawola said), Jeff ran a mile at the pace of an ever-changing lineup of loved ones outfitted with personalized running "bibs." Though his younger brother, Danny, lives in Philadelphia, they got him on the phone where Danny ostensibly joined Jeff for a long-distance mile.

"He did sound like he was huffing and puffing," Jeff Pawola said.

Alyssa ran with her husband for the last mile back home, where just under 4 hours, 45 minutes after he started the whole group convened for a party.

"It was a lot of fun," Jeff Pawola said. He added, "It was really tiring."


Bill DePue, lead recreation supervisor for the Glendale Heights Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department, on Aug. 8 was named the IHSA official of the year for boys basketball. In addition to reffing Glendale Heights leagues, DePue has done IHSA Class 3A and 4A boys finals, also officiates high school football and has officiated men's basketball at the NAIA, NJCAA and N4C levels.

In July Naperville Central graduate Emily Westlove was named a third-team National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association/Speedo 2016-17 All-America for water polo. A three-time all-stater and four-year starter for the Redhawks at center defense, Westlove took her skills to McKendree College in downstate Lebanon. Kent Emden, a junior goalie for the Redhawks boys team, was a fifth-team selection.

Caroline Dolehide, Hinsdale Central graduate, won a 2017 Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement Award in June. That goes to girls playing at the 14-, 16- or 18-year-old divisions at national, International Tennis Federation and/or professional levels to aid tournament or development expenses. Dolehide turned pro in September 2016 and has since won three singles events and two doubles events, with partner Kayla Day. Dolehide, who will turn 19 on Tuesday, is ranked No. 159 singles on the ITF rankings, a jump of nearly 200 spots since 2016. This year she's earned $46,350 in prize money, according to the Women's Tennis Association.

All-around great guy Dan McCarthy, the retired West Chicago business teacher and coach, followed women's basketball coach Sarah Quigley Smith to Lewis University from the University of St. Francis. For the past five seasons with Quigley Smith as head coach and McCarthy as assistant the St. Francis Fighting Saints went 101-62, including last year's mark of 34-2 that earned the No. 1 slot in the final NAIA Division II poll.

Another old pal, Brendan Mullins, out of Downers Grove South, has been hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at Illinois State. He went to the Redbirds after two seasons as an assistant at University of Chicago-Illinois. Mullins, whose younger brother, Bryan, is a Loyola men's assistant, has led a nomadic life typical of a college basketball assistant. Since his playing career at St. Michael's College in Vermont, Brendan Mullins has coached at Mercyhurst, Green Bay, Wright State, UIC and, now, Illinois State.

In more Redbirds news, graduated Illinois State middle-distance runner Paul Steeno, out of Wheaton North, was among four athletes to earn Missouri Valley Conference postgraduate scholarships. A two-time indoor all-MVC miler during his Redbirds career, Steeno carried a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in journalism and won the MVC's President's Council Academic Excellence Award last spring. He was admitted into DePaul's master's program in journalism.


We've written about her quite a bit over the years and why not? Erin Herrmann, out of Wheaton Warrenville South, runs long distances very fast. A couple weeks after winning the NCAA Division III steeplechase with the ninth fastest time in Division III history she recorded the fourth-fastest time, 10 minutes, 13.39 seconds, at the Music City Distance Classic in Nashville. Herrmann ended her career at Hope College by claiming the Michigan Collegiate Athletic Association's top honor for a female student-athlete, the Sheila Wallace Kovalship Scholar Award.

The Illinois High School Association named 12 individuals as 2017 Distinguished Service Award winners. They included Mark Kreiter, of Still Middle School in Aurora; Paul Schmidt, who did a lot of everything at Jefferson Middle School in Naperville; and Ross Truemper, an administrator at five high schools over a 35-year career. Each of the honorees was cited for their work with wrestling.

Tom Walsh back in action at Diamond League

Newly crowned world shot put champion Tom Walsh will square off with a pair of vengeance-seeking Americans at the season-ending Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday (NZT).

Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs were both beaten by Walsh at the world championships in London earlier this month, despite previously dominating the world rankings.

Olympic champion Crouser held seven of the season's 10 best throws, his leading effort of 22.65m coming in June, while Kovacs was ranked second on 22.57m

Walsh, the Olympic bronze medallist, was ninth on the list with a best-ranked effort of 22.14m.

Yet it was Walsh who won world championship gold in London with a best throw of 22.03m ahead of second-placed Kovacs (21.66m) and bronze medallist Stipe Zunic of Croatia (21.46m).

In Brussels on Friday, 25-year-old Walsh will line up against the top eight throwers from the Diamond League standings, with US$50,000 ($69,400) at stake for the winner.

Crouser heads the Diamond League standings on 31 points, with Walsh second on 22.

Walsh has sharpened up for the northern season finale with a 21.50m win at the World Challenge meet in Croatia on Tuesday (NZT), 15cm better than runner-up Damien Birkinhead of Australia.

The Zagreb meeting, while missing Crouser, included Kovacs (20.85m) and Zunic (20.66m), who finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Walsh's victory backed up his win a week earlier at the Diamond League meet in Birmingham, where his winning 21.83m topped second-placed Crouser's 21.55m.

The Timaru builder will be defending his Diamond League title, which he took last year under the now-defunct points system.

He'll also be keen to shake off the groin strain which has plagued him since just before the world championships, and better his all-time best of 22.21m set almost exactly a year ago in Zagreb.


Ahye bags Zagreb bronze

Michelle-Lee Ahye captured women’s 100 metres bronze at the Hanzekovic Memorial IAAF World Challenge meet in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Trinidad and Tobago track star got to the line in 11.26 seconds to finish behind Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, the winner in 11.14, and Briton Dina Asher-Smith (11.23).

Ahye was a 100m finalist at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, earlier this month. The Texas-based athlete finished sixth in the championship race in 11.01 seconds. She was also listed for action in the 200m, but came down with the flu and did not face the starter in her first round heat. At the T&T Championships, in June, Ahye captured the women’s sprint double. She was particularly impressive in the 100m final, winning in a national record time of 10.82 seconds. Thanks to that clocking, Ahye is second on the 2017 world performance list, behind Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (10.71).

On Saturday, at the Lappeenrannan Eliittikisat meet in Lappeenranta, Finland, T&T’s Keshorn Walcott finished fifth in the men’s javelin with a 77.61 metres effort. Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki threw 85.56 to emerge victorious in the 10-man competition. Estonians Magnus Kirt (81.97) and Tanel Laanmae (78.67) earned silver and bronze, respectively.

Bekele Added To Loaded Berlin Marathon Field

Kenenisa Bekele will join Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 24 September, organisers have announced.

The addition of Bekele, the second fastest marathoner of all-time, adds even more power to an already high calibre field which now includes three of the distance's five fastest men.

Kipchoge's avowed intention is to break the 2:02:57 world marathon record set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014. Kichoge had a kind of “lab test” at the beginning of May when he ran an unratifiable 2:00:25, the fastest time ever for the marathon distance, on the Formula One circuit of Monza in Italy. But this feat was achieved with the help of a team of substitute pacemakers who also formed a wind shield from start to finish.

Under normal race conditions a maximum of three pacemakers is permitted and no substitutes are allowed.

"In Monza I was so close to breaking the two-hour barrier," Kipchoge said. "The Berlin Marathon represents for me the right opportunity to attack the official world record."

At 32, Kipchoge can look back on a long and successful career as a long distance runner. He won the world 5000m title in 2003, silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games over the same distance in 20'04 and 2008 respectively and is the reigning Olympic marathon champion, thanks to his victory in Rio last year.

Meanwhile, the greatest day thus far in the 35-year-old Kipsang's career came in the 40th edition of this race when he took 15 seconds off the 2:03:38 world record set by his compatriot Patrick Makau. But Kipsang's world record of 2:03:23 stood for just 12 months. In 2014 Kimetto became the first man to run the marathon in under 2:03 with his 2:02:57 on Berlin's renowned fast course. That remains the world record.

Last year in Berlin, Kipsang ran ten seconds faster than his world record but it was only good enough for second place behind Bekele. The Ethiopian set a personal best of 2:03:03, just six seconds shy of the world record. Kipsang had pushed the pace during the race's second half but didn't have the strength to match Bekele's finishing speed over the last two kilometres. But last year's race left Kipsang with the conviction that he still had another very fast marathon in his legs, something he wants to prove next month.

"I am highly motivated and my preparation has been more meticulous than ever," Kipsang said.

Bekele produced history's second fastest run despite suffering muscle problems several times during the second half of the race. He fought back from each bout of muscle cramp and turned his superior basic speed to winning effect at the finish.

The 35-year-old Ethiopian is the most successful long distance track runner in history. Three times an Olympic champion and world champion on five occasions at 5000m and 10,000m, he has also won 11 world cross country titles over the short and long distances. For good measure, he also holds the world records for 5000m and 10,000m.

Bekele turned to the marathon in 2014. Next month's Berlin race will be his eighth over the distance which began with a victorious debut in Paris with 2:05:04. He didn't improve his lifetime best until Berlin last year. In his most recent outing, he was second in London in 2:05:57, nine seconds behind winner Daniel Wanjiru.

"It's a dream match-up," said Berlin race director Mark Milde. "It's not often that the three strongest marathon men in the world race each other. As organisers we are crossing our fingers for good weather and thrilling competition."

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Hero or villain? Ben Johnson and the dirtiest race in history

World champion Bosse ends season after assault

Ben Johnson was the last man to settle into his blocks at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.

It was September 24, 1988, a heartbeat before the start of the 100 meters final and what was to become the most infamous sporting moment in Olympic history.

Johnson, like the rest of an-all star field that included then Olympic champion and fierce rival Carl Lewis, former world record holder Calvin Smith and future gold medalist Linford Christie, paced back and forth like caged panthers seeking the psychological advantage of settling last.

The field stretched, hopped and feinted as they pretended not to look at each other. Johnson merely stared straight ahead, unblinking. Inevitably it was he who won the first battle.
The gun fired and the Canadian leaped -- literally leaped -- from his starting position into a lead he would never lose.
Just 9.79 seconds later he had smashed the world record in a display of power and awe never before seen in track and field, against the greatest field of sprinters ever collected.

"Nobody," Johnson recalls in an interview with CNN, laughing in deep, long chugs, "nobody could touch my start."

The image of a medal ceremony, more than 24 hours later where Carl Lewis still can't come to terms with where Johnson had found his extra power; the incredulity on the faces of the journalists present; the press conference afterward where a triumphant Johnson eulogized.

"I'd like to say my name is Benjamin Sinclair Johnson Jr, and this world record will last 50 years, maybe 100," he had told the room. Later he said: "A gold medal -- that's something no one can take away from you."
But they could take it away from him.

And they did.

Just 24 hours later Johnson had failed a drugs test when traces of the banned steroid stanozolol were found in his urine. And after delegation arrived at his room. Johnson handed the medal back to the IOC, much to the consternation of his mother. One of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials present described the scene as like a "wake."
"It is something that I can't watch because of what happened to me, you know?" says Johnson now of his emotions ahead of the 100m race in London, which will feature Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and will once again be most watched event at the games.

"It is a sad note how they left me, wringing me out. I don't really watch it. I just move on with my life."
The race was just one moment in a two-decade-long story that began with Johnson as a Jamaican immigrant in Canada. His rise to prominence on the track for his newly adopted country would end with a descent into sport drug use and finally disgrace.

Yet he wouldn't be the only one. Doping was so prevalent in the sport that six of the eight finalists that lined up on that September day in Seoul would fail drugs tests themselves or implicated in their use during their careers, including Lewis and Christie. As the writer Richard Moore describes in his new book on the 100m final in Seoul, it was the "Dirtiest Race in History."

The fight against drugs

"There was a huge problem with the fight against drugs," says Moore of attitudes against doping before the Seoul Olympics.
"Clearly it wasn't in the sport's interest to have the exposure for cheats so it was very much the fox guarding the hen house...It was a surprise to uncover how primitive that fight was back in those days. (Then head of the IOC Juan Antonio) Samaranch couldn't care one way or the other. He was ambivalent on the whole subject.

"There were one or two individuals in the IOC who were keen to fight it. But it was very limited."

Johnson began his career at a time of rudimentary doping controls that Moore dubs "the wild west." Born in Jamaica in 1961 into a working-class family in Falmouth, Johnson moved to Canada with his mother aged 15.

He found solace on the track and soon found his calling in sprinting. It was in Toronto's Scarborough district that Johnson would meet the man who would change his life forever: the trainer Charlie Francis.
South Sudan marathoner is an Olympian without a country

Francis was a former Canadian national sprinter who took Johnson under his wing and began a course of steroids for him in 1981 believing that it was the only way to compete in a sport riddled with drug use.

"The question is, why would you not if you know your competitors are getting away with it?" asks Moore.

"As Charlie Francis said: 'You can set your blocks up a meter behind the starting line or you could be equal.' And I think he was right. If you speak to anyone from that era they said he was right."
Francis' techniques helped Johnson find a new level. As Moore points out, Johnson "went from a scrawny guy to a muscle-bound freak" within a few years. He won bronze in the 100m final at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, as well as bronze in the 4x100m relay. But he was still way off the pace of Lewis, the golden boy of American track and field whose performances defined the L.A. Games.

A loaded field?

In the period between Los Angeles and Seoul, Johnson's work on and off the track was bearing fruit. He rose to be Canada's best sprinter and began to challenge Lewis, with whom he enjoyed a cantankerous rivalry. But for Johnson it was clear that he was not the only sprinter who was doping.

"It was something that I saw myself; people's profiles were changing very, very fast," Johnson says of how he viewed other athletes on the track at that time.
"Usually you don't ask what they were taking because you mind your own business and concentrate on yourself."

A harbinger of the Seoul Olympic scandal was the 1987 World Championships in Rome where, according to Moore, the catacombs that surrounded the practice arena next to the Colosseum were "a drugs den, full of needles and syringes." 

By now Johnson had established himself as world number one and set a new world record there. It was the fifth time in a row he had beaten Lewis.

The dirtiest race in history

The scene was set for the greatest 100m final of all time at Seoul. In many respects it still is, despite the taint of drugs.
Only two of the eight runners remained clean throughout their careers: American sprinter Calvin Smith and the Brazilian Robson da Silva. But the race, even today, has an explosive power that makes it impossible to ignore, with four of the field breaking the 10-second barrier. Johnson, perhaps unsurprisingly, believes it is still the greatest race of all time.

"Regardless what the IOC think, it's definitely the best race ever run even though I hadn't run my best race yet and you can tell that I have more fuel left in the tank," he explains before claiming that drugs don't actually make you run faster.

"You only cheat if no one else was not doing it. I was aware of what other people were doing in the field.

I just did it better than anyone else. It doesn't make you a fast runner ... It was my training regime that was better than the rest of the world. My training was tailored for Ben Johnson and my coach was a genius. Now the whole world is using my program."
The Jamaica-born Johnson

The rest of the world sees Johnson's legacy slightly differently. He was sent back in disgrace to an angry Canada that had embraced its adopted son only to feel humiliated in the eyes of the world. Johnson left for Seoul as a Canadian and returned Jamaica-born.

"I think it was racist the way it was spoken back then. It kind of hurts a little bit," he says of his return.
"They didn't give me the benefit of the doubt. They didn't protect me. If this was any other country in the world the government would have come in and protected the athletes."

Instead Johnson and his coach were called to the Dubin Inquiry, set up by the Canadian government to uncover the extent of drug use in sport. After initially denying he had taken steroids, Johnson admitted doping there for the first time.
But it was the testimony of Francis, who died in 2010, that lifted the lid of the extent and scope of drug use in sport.

Unbelievably little was learned from the scandal.

"Absolutely nothing changed after 1988, nothing," says Moore. It would be, after all, a full 12 years before the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) would be formed. What was the reason for the wait?

"They (the IOC) were very blasé about it. It wasn't a fight they wanted. It wasn't exactly great news for athletics or the Olympics, was it?" says Moore.

It wasn't until the Festina doping scandal broke at the 1998 Tour de France that things started to change, but only after IOC president Samaranch had made controversial comments to Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the number of banned drugs be slashed.
"He betrayed what he really thought and undermined their anti-doping efforts. They had to do something dramatic and set up WADA ... If those words hadn't been reported it might not have happened. That's what (former head of WADA) Dick Pound thinks."

A life less ordinary

But it was all too late for Johnson. A comeback was stillborn after he again failed a drugs test in 1993 and was banned for life. He spent the next few years drifting from job to job, at one point even working as a personal trainer in Libya for Colonel Gaddafi's son Saadi, who had pretensions of becoming a professional soccer player.

Today Johnson appears to have found a home and some stability. He now coaches aspiring soccer stars at the Genova International Soccer School in Italy. He still burns with what he sees as the unfairness of his treatment by the IOC, making conspiratorial claims that he was sacrificed while others were "protected who were taking the same thing."
Implausibly his latest theory is that he was sacrificed because of a dispute between rival shoe sponsors. Although in his book "Speed Trap" the late Francis -- who had been painfully honest about how he gave drugs to his athletes -- claimed there was no way Johnson could have failed a drugs test for stanozolol. The reason? He'd been giving him a different steroid altogether.

Johnson will always be a pariah, synonymous with those blistering few seconds when he flew too close to the sun before crashing back to earth. Yet the experience hasn't diminished his belief that he still deserves a place among the pantheon of greats.

"The runners today can't compare to what I was running 25 years ago," he claims, citing better, harder tracks more suited to the modern generation of sprinters. He believes he would break the 9.5 second barrier if running today.
"No sprinter today could bench-press 395 pounds. In 1987 to '88, I won 25 finals against the best sprinters and that never happened today. Unbeatable."

Even if today's sprinters couldn't possibly get away with taking drugs?

"I mean the doctors back then and now there's no difference. If you know what you are doing, these athletes can bypass the detecting at the front gate," he again claims conspiratorially.
"I know people are taking a lot of different drugs at the same time."

He again breaks into his deep, chugging laugh for the second, and last, time.

"And they're still running slower than me."

World champion Bosse ends season after assault

World 800 meters champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse suffered multiple facial fractures in a violent assault which has ended his season, he said on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Frenchman, who won gold in London at this month's World Championships, said on Twitter that he was attacked by three people on Saturday.

"I suffered unspeakable psychological damage," Bosse said.

"For all these reasons, my season ends from today."

Bosse, who finished fourth in last year's Olympics, was a surprise gold medalist in London.

If esports come to the Olympics, don’t expect to see ‘violent’ titles

President more interested in video games of the sports already being played

Earlier this month, organizers of the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris indicated that esports may be a part of their games. The president of the International Olympic Committee now says not so fast.

And if it does happen, IOC President Thomas Bach says it may not involve esports’ most popular games. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Bach went on to express some views of video games that sound like they came from 1994.

“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people,” he told the Morning Post. “This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line.”

If he’s going to be a nonviolence purist then, yeah, this definitely means no Counter-Strike or Overwatch and probably means no Dota 2 or League of Legends. What would be acceptable? Esports resembling sports that are played in real life, such as soccer or basketball.

If that’s so, then I can tell you what will happen right now for esports’ Olympic debut. Nobody will watch. Not in the numbers that make having them along as a medal sport worthwhile. Not to disparage EA Sports’ push into esports, but none of the numerous number-tracking services for Twitch list sports titles in its top 10. Not FIFA, not NBA 2K, both global bestsellers.

Bach’s offhand comment also fairly raises the question of why the hell anyone would watch a video game representation of a sport already contested in real life in the same Olympics. And it does matter who and how many watch these things. The Olympics can puff out about its values and philosophy and whatnot, but it is a multibillion-dollar sports promotion, and the networks who pay so handsomely for rights to broadcast these events expect that the ones the Olympics chooses will be attractive to advertisers.

Bach also rightly raised concerns that there’s no real global sanctioning body — similar to FIBA, FINA or the IAAF — for the IOC to work with to coordinate esports’ entry. That’s a sturdier complaint than “games are violent.”

World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse 'brutally assaulted'

BORDEAUX (AFP) - World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse sustained "multiple facial fractures" after a vicious late-night attack in the south-west Gironde region of France last weekend.

Bosse, 25, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday (Aug 30) that he was the "victim of a violent attack" while on holiday and had been "brutally assaulted by three individuals".

He said he had suffered "unspeakable psychological damage" as a result of the incident and had been forced to put an early end to his season.

"Me who has always loved people, I love three less of them today," Bosse wrote.

A police investigation is continuing after a complaint was filed, with authorities still on the hunt for the assailants.

According to the website of the Sud Ouest newspaper, the attack occurred at around 4am on Sunday morning in the car park of the Gujan-Mestras casino.

Bosse had reportedly spent the night out with friends when he was approached by the three people, posing for a photo alongside them before events turned sour.

At the world championship final in London this month Bosse produced a stunning burst with 150m to go to give France their first-ever gold in the 800m.

16 Final DL Champions To Be Crowned In Brussels

The final 16 IAAF Diamond League champions of the season will be revealed at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Friday (September 1) at the Van Damme Memorial, the second of the two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.

The championship-style format adopted this season has seen the first 12 Diamond League meetings of the season being employed as qualifiers for the finals, but with no points being carried over.

That means every athlete arrives at their respective finals with an equal opportunity of winning the overall Diamond Trophy in their event and its accompanying US$50,000 winner’s cheque – something which produced several unexpected results at the first of the two finales in Zurich a week ago.


The gold, silver and bronze medallists in the women’s world long jump final – respectively Brittney Reese of the United States, Darya Klishina, US-based and competing under a neutral banner, and Reese’s compatriot Tianna Bartoletta, the Olympic champion, are present in Brussels, as is the Serbian Olympic bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic, who is convinced she would have had world gold had the number on her back not marked the sand as she produced a huge final effort in London.

So who’s going to win? Well it could be Reese. Or Klishina. Or Bartoletta. But Spanovic has the most the prove. A must-watch event.

Ryan Crouser, the US Olympic shot put champion, has never thrown better than he has this season. He leads the 2017 world list with a personal best of 22.65m, but his unbeaten run came to an end in London as he finished out of the medals on a day when Tom Walsh of New Zealand narrowly beat Crouser’s US rival Joe Kovacs, who has thrown a personal best of 22.57 this year, to the gold.

Can Crouser recover his form to end 2017 on a relative high? The question will be answered sooner rather than later, as the shot putters will compete in Brussels’ Grand Place on the eve of the main Memorial Van Damme meeting.


In the absence of the world champion, Tori Bowie, the Cote d’Ivoire’s world 100 and 200 silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou would appear to have the opportunity to bring her hugely creditable season to a winning conclusion in the women’s 100m.

But while Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson could only manage fifth place in London, her performance in taking second place in the Zurich Diamond League 200m final behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo in a time of 22.00 suggests that she is coming back into form.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who won gold in a women’s world 1500m final in London that was one of the most dramatic and tumultuous championship races of recent years, looks favourite to finish the season on another high.

But while Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands finished outside the medals in London, she is fastest in the world this year at 3:56.14 and is a potent force in one-off races. Also present is the US 2011 world champion who forced her way through to an extraordinary silver in London, Jenny Simpson – never to be discounted.


Sandra Perkovic, Croatia’s 2012 and 2016 Olympic discus champion, has dominated the Diamond League season in pursuit of her sixth consecutive title - and she rose once again to the challenge of the big occasion as she retained her world title in London with 70.31m.

But it will be interesting to see if Australia’s Dani Stevens, surprise winner of the 2009 world title under her maiden name of Samuels, can continue to improve as she did in London, where she set an Area record of 69.64m to claim silver.

The dynamics are similar in the women’s pole vault, where Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi has maintained her command in the event by adding the world title in London with a personal best of 4.91m.

Stefanidi cannot afford to relax, however, in the presence of the vaulter who last season became only the second woman to achieve a 5.00m vault other than Russia’s retired world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva – Sandi Morris. The US athlete has a best of 4.84m this season. Watch out too for Britain’s Holly Bradshaw, who set a personal best of 4.81m this year and looks a potential podium contender – if she has one of her good days.


But no athlete, male or female, has dominated their event so completely this season as Mariya Lasitskene, who has been unbeatable in a year in which she has won all six qualifying Diamond League meetings and retained her world title, operating consistently in 2.00m territory and raised her personal best to 2.06m – just three centimetres shy of the world record.

For this athlete currently competing under a neutral banner not to win her second Diamond Trophy would be arguably the biggest shock of the season. If anyone were to upset the odds, it would probably be Ukraine’s world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko, who took gold in London with a personal best of 2.01m.

London 2012 silver medallist Nijel Amos arrived at this month’s World Championships as many people’s favourite to win the 800m, but the wheels fell off for him in the final. In Brussels he has a chance to put a winning spin on his season, however, in the absence of France’s surprise London gold medallist Pierre Ambroise Bosse. That said, Poland’s redoubtable double world silver medallist Adam Kszczot is in the field.


Nineteen-year-old US sprinter Noah Lyles looked like being one of 2017’s big things when he won the Shanghai Diamond League 200m in 19.90, then the fastest time of the year.

But Lyles failed to qualify for the IAAF World Championships, where Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev earned a surprise victory over a weary Wayde Van Niekerk. Guliyev will be looking for another winning flourish, and Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who anchored Britain to gold in the world 4x100m also looks a serious contender. Can Lyles rediscover his early season form?

Kenya’s Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto looks the main man in the 3000m steeplechase, having proved in London that the ankle injury that had hindered his preparations was not a big problem.

But if there is any lingering weakness in his approach his perennial Kenyan rival Jairus Birech, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali and the US world bronze medallist Evan Jager will be ready to take advantage.


Double Olympic champion Christian Taylor has once again defended his position as the world’s leading triple jumper this year, setting a Diamond League record of 18.11m in Eugene and then retaining his world title under challenge from compatriot Will Claye, who took Olympic silver behind his gold in 2012 and 2016.

But the presence in the field of Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who recorded a best of 18.08m as he and Taylor sported in 18 metres-plus territory two years ago offers the possibility of a dramatic late twist. Pichardo has jumped 17.60m this season. Is he in shape for a final flourish closer to 18 metres?

Sweden’s Daniel Stahl heads this year’s world lists in the men’s discus with a personal best of 71.29m, but he had to settle for silver in London behind an inspired Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania, who produced a personal best of 69.21m when it was most needed.

This is a wide open final, however, given the additional presence of Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres, who set a personal best of 68.88m this season, and Germany’s Harting brothers, Robert and Christoph, respective Olympic champions in 2012 and 2016.


Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas looked set to add the world 400m title to her collection earlier this month, but a stumble 20 metres from the line saw her drop out of the medals.

Miller-Uibo reminded the world of her class as an athlete at the opening Diamond League final in Zurich as she won the 200m title against a field that included Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.

So she will be the favourite here, with Natasha Hastings of the United States and Bahrain’s prodigious 19-year-old Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, winner at this month’s Birmingham Diamond League, her most likely rivals.

Dalilah Muhammad of the United States, the Olympic 400m hurdles champion and world silver medallist, is the clear favourite in her specialty, but she will not be able to relax given the presence of the Czech Republic’s 2013 and 2015 world champion Zuzana Hejnova and her talented US colleague Ashley Spencer.


Kenya’s world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri is the clear favourite in the field, although Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa and Letesenbet Gidey will be seeking to undermine her.

In the absence of the 110m hurdles world champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the London silver medallist and 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov, back on the circuit this season as a neutral, has the chance to earn another tangible reward from 2017.

But that will not be easy given the presence of Spain’s Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega, and the renascent world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States, now fully recovered from the kidney transplant he had shortly after the 2015 World Championships, who is seeking his first Diamond League trophy since 2012.


US$ 100,000 will be at stake in each of the 16 Diamond Trophy disciplines in both Zurich and Brussels for a total combined prize purse of $3.2 million, with $50,000, along with the Diamond Trophy, going to each winner. Prize money will be paid as follows:
1st – US$ 50,000
2nd – US$ 20,000
3rd – US$ 10,000
4th – US$ 6000
5th – US$ 5000
6th – US$ 4000
7th – US$ 3000
8th – US$ 2000

Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF

Report reveals high level of drug use in athletics

BERLIN (Reuters) - Over 30 percent of athletes who competed at the 2011 world championships admitted to having used banned substances in the past, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned study released on Tuesday.

The study, conducted by researchers from Germany’s University of Tuebingen and Harvard Medical School in 2011, found that more than 30 percent of world championship participants and over 45 percent of athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games said they had taken banned drugs.

The researchers asked a total of 2,167 athletes whether they had used banned substances. A combined total of 5,187 athletes competed at those two events.

The 2011 world athletics championships were held in Daegu, South Korea while Qatar hosted the Pan-Arab Games that year.

A process of indirect questioning was used for the study titled “Doping in Two Elite Athletics Competitions Assessed by Randomized-Response Surveys” in order to guard the athletes’ anonymity.

More than 90 percent of athletes asked to take part agreed to do so.

Only 0.5 percent of drugs tests in Daegu were positive, while the figure was 3.6 percent at the Pan-Arab Games.

“The study shows that biological tests of blood and urine reveal only a fraction of doping cases,” said Harrison Pope, Harvard Medical School professor.

“As described in the publication this is likely due to the fact that athletes have found numerous ways so as not to be caught during tests.”

The study’s release had been delayed for years as the researchers wrangled with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the international association of athletics federations (IAAF) over how it was to be published, researchers said.

It has now been published in Sports Medicine magazine. WADA could not be immediately reached for comment.

Athletics is desperate to improve its tarnished image after a doping scandal led to the banning of Russia’s track and field team from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

More than 100 athletes have been found to have used drugs at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics during re-tests conducted last year by the International Olympic Committee.

High Expectations For Missouri Women's XC

The women’s team returns with defending NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer aiming at the NCAA Midwest Regionals title for the second year in a row.

With the return of NCAA cross-country champion senior Karissa Schweizer, Missouri cross-country is already on the national radar.

The Southeastern Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Monday had the women’s team ranked second, behind only four-time defending conference champion Arkansas. In the NCAA Midwest Region, the Mizzou women are ranked first.

The women’s team, which won the NCAA Midwest Regional meet and produced two All-Americans last season, is looking to improve on its national ranking of 16th, coach Marc Burns said.

“When you have a returning national champion and two returning All-Americans, it’s pretty hard [to underestimate that],” Burns said. “When you have Jamie [Kempfer] and Karissa paving the way, that’s huge.”

The return of many top female runners from last year’s successful season leaves reason to believe the team’s ability to achieve is the same, if not better.

Kempfer, with her All-American title from last season, will play a major role as well. She placed 27th in the NCAA championship meet.

The men’s team, however, will have to rely a bit more on its incoming Tigers. The team, which finished sixth at the 2016 SEC Championships, did not advance to the NCAA Championship and was ranked sixth in the SEC in Monday’s preseason poll.

“The women were just better,” Burns said. “We just didn’t have any low sticks on the guy’s side. So yes, we are working on front runners for the guys, but I don’t see that Karissa on the guy’s side yet.”

Burns said his goal for the men was to advance to the NCAA Championship this upcoming season, but that will be more difficult with the graduation of many top runners who.

However, redshirt senior Marc Dubrick and redshirt junior Zach Cook are returning, and All-SEC Freshmen Team redshirt sophomore Michael Widmann will aim to improve on his successful first season.

Notable among new recruits on the men’s side is freshman Austin Hindman, who was the 2017 Gatorade Missouri Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

“He’s perhaps the most heralded high school runner in the history of the state of Missouri,” Burns said.

Hindman set the Missouri state record April in the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational with a time of 8:43.40 and currently holds the second-fastest time in the nation.

But overall, Burns said the men’s team’s progress will be gradual.

As Schweizer begins her last year of eligibility, she carries the weight of national focus on her, along with two more national championships from track season. But she’s focusing on her running.

“Obviously, my goals are still really high,” she said. “But I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. Just focusing more on doing all the little things and keeping myself healthy.”

And it is the “little things” that Burns will also focus on to find a male front runner and the next runner to fill Schweizer’s shoes once she leaves.

“It’s hard to tell who,” Burns said. “I don’t know even last year before the season if we predicted Karissa would have the year she had.”

Manifesting Schweizer’s potential, Burns said, was never a conscious action he took.

“You just continue to focus on the little things, and new people emerge. That’s just the fun in what we do.”

The cross-country season will begin at the JK Gold Invitational in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday.

David Torrence 'Found A Home' In Phoenix

Ricky Soos spent much of the summer with David Torrence, helping him prepare for the World Track Championships either training in metro Phoenix or together on the road in Europe.

Soos is the middle/long distance coach for Altis, a pro track group based in Phoenix that began as a throws center and has expanded to training athletes in every event area. He was a 2004 Olympian for Great Britain and joined Altis in summer 2015 

Torrence began training part time with Altis about 18 months ago, CEO/founder John Godina said, and was here full time for almost a year. He reached the 5,000-meter final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 15th, while representing Peru, his mother's native country. Through 2015, he had competed for the United States, earning silver medals at the 2014 World Relay Championships and at the 2015 Pan American Games.

"He felt like if he ran well for Peru, it could inspire more in the sport than in America," Soos said. "He could impact track and field and a lot of young people's lives. He had a lot of plans to do as much as he could for the sport."

Plans tragically cut short Monday when Torrence, 31, was found dead in the swimming pool at his condo in Scottsdale. The cause of death is not yet known.

"Being so young and so fit and healthy, it's just a complete shock," Soos said Tuesday. "He'll be missed in the sport. He was an incredibly positive and vibrant person who always looked for the best in people and was always willing to help other people."

Godina, a three-time Olympian thrower, praised Torrence as "a very special athlete. It was great to see him moving back up the ladder. I'd see him a lot doing laps around the field (at practice). Every time he'd come by with positive energy."

Soos saw Torrence for the last time Sunday during a workout at Scottsdale Community College. He was with him for more than a month in Europe including several weeks living in the same house before Worlds, Aug. 4-13 in London. Torrence ran 3:46.39 in the 1500 first round, failing to advance, much slower than his season best 3:34.67 in June.

"He made a few mistakes (at Worlds) but as always he bounced back quickly," Soos said. Torrence rebounded to finish fourth in the mile at the  Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham, England on Aug. 20.

Soos said Torrence planned to compete in the 800, 1500 and 5000 at a meet in November and at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in March. Further out, the 2019 Pan American Games are in Lima, Peru.

"Until you had a conversation with him, you can't explain how enthusiastic he was about any topic," Soos said. "He had found a home here and loved Scottsdale and Arizona. He spent a lot of time in Flagstaff prior to this year. It's a sad loss."

Cherry on the cake for Caster Semenya

Last weekend’s 600m world record was the perfect way for South Africa’s queen of the track to end a magnificent year.

Wrapping up another impressive campaign, middle-distance runner Caster Semenya was pleased to close it off with a bang after returning to the city where she first won the world title eight years ago.

The versatile 26-year-old South African athlete shattered the 600m world record at the Istaf meeting in Berlin, Germany at the weekend, which formed the penultimate leg of the annual World Challenge series.

Storming home in 1:21.77, Semenya took 0.86 off the previous global mark which had been held by Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot for more than 20 years.

“I won my first world title here in Berlin so this city is special for me and I wanted to deliver to these amazing people,” Semenya told the IAAF website.

“The 600m is a bit easier compared to the 800m, and I love speed, so I liked it.”

During a remarkable season, Semenya set four of the top seven times in the world over the 800m distance, including the national record of 1:55.16 she clocked to win the world title in London, which was the quickest performance of 2017.

She stretched her unbeaten run over two laps to 20 races in two years, as she edged closer towards the long-standing world record of 1:53.28.

Semenya was also ranked 20th in the 1 500m event with a season’s best of 4:02.84, twice dipping under 4:03.00 in the metric mile and taking a surprise bronze medal at the World Championships, after deciding just a few weeks earlier to attempt the double.

Semenya, who also retained the Diamond League trophy in the 800m event, was expected to arrive back in the country this morning.

The international track and field season is set to come to an end this week, with the last World Challenge meeting of the year taking place in Zagreb this evening and the second leg of the Diamond League final scheduled for Brussels on Friday night.

Top 5 Performances On The Road To Brussels DL

From Taylor's record to Thompson's trainers: some of the world's best athletes have earned their place in the second IAAF Diamond League Final with the points they have won on the circuit this season. We take a look back at some of the key moments on the Road To Brussels.

1. Taylor breaks Diamond League record in Eugene

Christian Taylor has dominated the IAAF Diamond League in recent years, winning the Diamond Trophy in all of the last five seasons. The American began his title defence in some style back in May, breaking a Diamond League record with his 18.11m winning jump in Eugene.

2. Merritt picks up early win in Rome

Aries Merritt's story has captured the heart of thousands of athletics fans over the last few years, and there will have been many delighted to see him claim victory in Rome early this season. After returning from a life-saving operation, Merritt has gone on to win three Diamond League qualifying meetings this year, and now has a chance to win a first Diamond Trophy since 2012. 

3. Pérez shocks Perkovic in Stockholm

Sandra Perkovic is, as her Instagram handle attests, the queen of the women's discus. The Olympic and World Champion has won five consecutive Diamond Trophies since 2012, and will be significant favourite in Brussels as she looks to add a sixth. The task is perhaps a little tougher this season, though: in Stockholm, Yaimé Pérez managed to do what nobody could in 2016, and inflict a Diamond League defeat on the Croatian queen. 

4. Lasitskene lights up Lausanne

Few athletes have been as dominant in their discipline this season as Mariya Lasitskene in the women's high jump. Winning all six qualifying meetings, Lasitskene asserted an incredible dominance over her competitors, which was only confirmed at the World Championships in London. Her performance in Lausanne remains the standout moment, as she soared above the rest of the field to clear 2.06m, before boldly attempting the world record.

5. Thompson wins in trainers in London

After disappointment at the World Championships, Elaine Thompson will be keen to reassert her status at the top of the sprinting tree by winning the 100m Diamond Trophy in Brussels. She is certainly the favourite, having won all but one of the qualifying meetings. Among her victories was an extraordinary performance in London, which saw her ease over the line ahead of her competitors...despite wearing trainers instead of spikes. 

Kate Grace Moving From Sacramento To Portland

By Adam Kopet

It was announced Monday in a NorCal Distance Project press release that 2016 Olympian Kate Grace is leaving the training group.

Grace has spent the past two years in Sacramento training under Drew Wartenburg. During her time with the program, she set personal bests at 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters, in addition to qualifying for the Olympic team in the 800 in 2016 and for the World Championships team in the 1,500 this year.

Prior to Grace's time in Sacramento, she trained with the New Jersey New York Track Club and Oiselle's Project Little Wing. At the start of 2017, she switched from Oiselle sponsorship to Nike.

Grace will be moving to Portland this fall to begin the next chapter in her career. She has yet to indicate what training group she might join.

Can Jamaica Produce Another Usain Bolt?

The news that athletics' legend and national icon Usain St Leo Bolt will miss the Manchester United Legends match in Barcelona on September 2 concretises the fact that his hamstring injury will really take weeks, if not months, for full recovery.

It seems to be definite now that the king will not return to the track. Some of us - no, most of us - were hoping that there may be a slight chance of his return, but this injury setback and the realisation that he will not be able to play in Barcelona on Monday cause us to look to the future. What next? What can we expect from the 'sprint factory' that Jamaica has been since Beijing?

Already, we have E.T. (Elaine Thompson), who has proved to the world that when focused, victories will abound. On the men's side, Kemar Bailey Cole and Justin Forte seem to me to be next in line of continuing our sprinting dominance on the world stage. Michael O'Hara, DeJour Russell and Kevona Davis are potentials, but there has been many a slip between the 'cup and the lip' justifying our apprehension about the future.


Usain Bolt was not only superhuman in his sprinting ability, he had charisma and a kind of 'kinky' humility that endeared him to everyone who came in contact with him, and that includes his fiercest rivals and critics. The obvious conclusion is that no one will ever be able to replace the 'King'.

What separates Usain from other local "wannabees" was his ability to accept fame and economic well-being while understanding and respecting his roots. Usain understood the importance of the country of his birth, the place where in his early years, gave him the platform to display his awesome talent.

Whenever the time came to represent 'us' at major assignments, (here, read Olympics and World Championships), he has run races that require a training regime that other have described as brutal. He has run different legs on relays when his coach suggests that not finishing the relay (the last leg) would be best for the country. His coach has revealed on national radio, the fact that there were times after world- shattering runs, when he retires to the treatment room in agonising pain, never revealing to the world and his adoring fans the toll that sub-10 and sub-20, 100 and 200m races takes on his tall and non-athletic frame.


Contrast that attitude with other local stars who, once reaching the 'top of the heap', suddenly develop 'issues' which prevent them performing for the land of their birth, the land that catapulted them to world prominence. We have witnessed what can only be described as 'medical miracles' as their recovery from "issues" seem to be just in time, enabling them to earn big bucks on the athletic circuit. I do understand that the 'lifespan' of an elite sprinter must be measured in months, not years, and therefore earning as much as possible, while young and fit, is necessary when considering the future.

Coaches and support staff MUST be adequately compen-sated for the work that goes into a victory on the track, but when cash takes precedence over country, that is what depresses me. The money that these athletes earn in a successful season is mind-boggling and can cause a kind of resentment from some administrators and previous athletic 'stars' who worked just as hard during their 'successful' careers, but now have to resort to hustling and the goodwill of others to make ends meet. That is why Usain's template of a successful athletic career seems to me to be too hard to follow and emulate.

But all is not doom and gloom. The island nation that has produced Usain St Leo Bolt, has in its inhabitants, parents like Usain's mother and father, coaches and mentors like the late Pablo McNeil and the now 'world's best', Glen Mills.

There are (potentially) other Usains in our midst. All it will take to bring them to the fore is parenting, identification, mentoring and coaching. We have done it before, we can do it again. All it needs is remembering how you came to be great (and rich) and respecting your roots ... the Usain Way.