• Double-bronze night for U.S. women at Worlds

    BEIJING -- A pair of American women competing in their first IAAF World Championships turned in bronze medal-winning performances Monday night in Beijing.

    Tori Bowie(Sandhill, Miss.) and Emily Infeld(Cleveland, Ohio) each placed third at opposite ends of the running-event spectrum, with Bowie placing third in the 100 and Infeld grabbing bronze in the 10,000m to highlight Team USA’s best-ever showing in that event.

    Rookie Infeld claims 10k bronze

    The Team USA trio of Infeld, Molly Huddle(Providence, Rhode Island) and Shalane Flanagan(Marblehead, Massachusetts) turned in the best overall women’s 10,000m performance for the U.S. in World Championships history. Perhaps more eyebrow-raising that the overall team performance was that the top performer was the least-heralded of the three … until Monday.

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  • Kovacs’ gold leads three-medal night for Team USA

     BEIJING -- Joe Kovacs took home gold in the shot put while Justin Gatlin and Trayvon Bromell took silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 100 meters as Team USA hit for the cycle in medals Sunday evening at Beijing National Stadium.

    Kovacs claims SP gold

    Competing at his first World Outdoors, Kovacs (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) uncorked an opening throw of 21.23m/69-8 to lead the competition early on, but rival David Storl of Germany assumed the lead with a second-round throw of 21.46m/70-5. It took a national record of 21.69m/71-2 from Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards on his third attempt to bump both Storl and Kovacs from the top two spots.

    On his fourth throw, Kovacs moved back into second with 21.67m/71-1.25, while his 21.93m/71-11.50 on his fifth throw of the night sealed the gold, giving Team USA at least one medal in the event in 11 of the last 12 editions of the Championships. 2007 world champ Reese Hoffa (Augusta, Georgia) had a best of 21.00m/68-10.75 in the fifth stanza to finish fifth. Christian Cantwell (Eldon, Missouri) was a medical scratch from the final after suffering back spasms following this morning’s preliminary round.

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  • Carter takes bronze, Rupp fifth at World Champs

    BEIJING -- Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) is the first American on the podium for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships, taking women’s shot put bronze to cap first day action in at the Bird’s Nest. The IAAF World Championships continue Sunday, August 23 and conclude on Sunday, August 30. In the evening’s only other final, Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) was fifth in the men’s 10,000 meters.

    Carter matches best-ever U.S. performance at Worlds

    The shot put promised to be a three-way battle between Carter, Christina Schwanitz of Germany and crowd favorite Lijiao Gong of China. The trio did not disappoint, proving to be the class of the field from the first round of throwing.

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  • Korir to defend Toronto Waterfront Marathon title

    Laban Korir will return to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 18 October to defend the title he won in 2014 and, if the conditions are right, attack the course record at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

    The 29-year-old Kenyan surprised everyone, himself included, when he ran away from the rest of the field a year ago to claim victory in 2:08:15 in chilly conditions. With a personal best of 2:06:05 from the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon, Korir is a quality marathon runner and an early favourite to win this year’s event.

    “First I want thank the organisers for inviting me again to Toronto,” said Korir, speaking from his training base in Kaptagat, high up in the Rift Valley.

    “This year I'm there to defend. At the moment, I'm OK and the body is responding very well. If everything goes well, as it is at the moment, and the weather will be OK, not like last year, I will come for the course record.”

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  • Reigning champion Sambu leads Falmouth Road Race fields

    Reigning champion Stephen Sambu from Kenya will be looking to become the first runner to retain his New Balance Falmouth Road Race title since 2006 on 16 August - Stephen Sambu will be looking to defend his title at the 43rd edition of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race staged over seven miles on 16 August.

    The 27-year-old was aiming to make the Kenyan team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing but he was a non-finisher in the 10,000m at the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi at the end of last month.

    Instead, Sambu will turn his focus back to the roads where he is one of the world’s best exponents at the shorter distances. If he claims the title next Sunday, Sambu will become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Gilbert Okari in 2006.

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