• Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo took a runaway victory at the 15th edition of the Bogota International Half-Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (27). Jeptoo is one of the fastest half-marathoners in history with a 66:27 lifetime best but

    Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo scored a convincing victory in the Bogota International Half-Marathon, while Geoffrey Kamworor led a Kenyan clean sweep in the men's race - Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo took a runaway victory at the 15th edition of the Bogota International Half-Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (27).

    Jeptoo is one of the fastest half-marathoners in history with a 66:27 lifetime best but this time was never going to be threatened in the Colombian capital city, which sits at an altitude of 2640 metres.

    The Kenyan appeared to be in great shape nonetheless, as she defeated a very strong field by a substantial margin. Jeptoo, who is building up for the Chicago Marathon this October, took the spoils in 73:39 and finished almost two minutes ahead of Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia, a sub-2:20 marathon-runner at her very best, second in 75:34.

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  • Women’s field also includes sub-4:30 minute Milers Sarah Brown, Gabriele Grunewald and Lauren Penney; 3rd edition in downtown Pittsburgh features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 prize purse; 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour P

    Women’s field also includes sub-4:30 minute Milers Sarah Brown, Gabriele Grunewald and Lauren Penney; 3rd edition in downtown Pittsburgh features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 prize purse; 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour - PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two-time defending champion Heather Kampf of Team USA Minnesota is going for a three-peat at the 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 1 in downtown Pittsburgh. Kampf, 27, will face a formidable field of sub-4:30 minute Milers, including Americans Gabriele Grunewald, Sarah Brown and Lauren Penney.

     “It’s great to be going into the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile as returning champ to build confidence, but I always go into my races knowing it won’t be easy,” said Kampf, who is known as the Queen of the Road Miles. “This is a highly competitive field, and I have a ton of respect for the ladies I will be competing with.”

     Last year, Kampf won her second GNC Live Well Liberty Mile crown, clocking an event record time of 4 minutes, 32 seconds.

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  • Meb Returns to 2014 New Balance Falmouth Road Race

    2014 Boston Marathon champion will also appear at Health & Fitness Expo and host charity run - FALMOUTH, Mass. - Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist who in April became the first American man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, will compete in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on August 17, race organizers announced.

    “I am so happy to be coming back to Falmouth,” said Keflezighi, who will be on the starting line in Woods Hole for the first time since 2009.  “The Falmouth Road Race is run on one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever seen, and the people there have embraced me as if I’ve lived on-Cape all of my life. I always run well there, and to return now as the Boston Marathon champion makes it even more special, knowing that so many of my Falmouth friends were there and cheering me on.”

    This will be the fourth time Keflezighi has run the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. He has twice finished as runner-up, in 2007 and 2008, and in 2009 he placed fifth. Each time, he was the first American finisher.

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  • Day six report: Williams and Martinez set championship records – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

    Championship records from US hurdler Kendell Williams and Cuban triple jumper Lazaro Martinez provided the highlights of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Sunday (27).

    Williams overhauled her compatriot Dior Hall off the last barrier of a thrilling race to win the 100m hurdles in a championship record of 12.89, equalling the fifth-fastest junior time ever and just 0.05 away from the world junior record of 12.84, which has been on the books since 1987 in the name of Cuba’s Aliuska Lopez.

    Hall had a superb start and led for nine of the 10 hurdles but had to settle for second, albeit in a PB of 12.92.

    Martinez, amazingly still only 16 but already a seasoned veteran in some respects after three appearances in the IAAF Diamond League this summer, confirmed his pre-competition status as the favourite and reinforced his country’s excellence in the triple jump.

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  • Day five report: Friday helps make Saturday special for the USA – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

    Triumph and tragedy has seemed to accompany the USA senior 4x100m teams in equal amounts in recent years but their junior counterparts showed their elders how to slickly pass the baton with two superb wins at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Saturday (26).

    The men take pride of place by virtue of crossing the line in 38.70, the third-fastest junior performance in history, only bettered by their compatriots at the 2004 and 2012 championships.

    Jalen Miller produced a sold first leg and handed off to 100m silver medallist Trayvon Bromell, who ran a terrific back straight to give the USA the edge over an inspired Japan.

    Kendal Williams, the 100m winner, had a slightly ragged bend but still handed over in the lead to 200m gold medallist Trentavis Friday who showed he could shine on Saturday as well after his feats the preceding night with a storming last leg that took his team clear of their Japanese rivals.

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