Oregon’s Devon Allen stuns as U.S. hurdle champ in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A stunning men’s hurdle race closed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships Sunday, as NCAA champion and Oregon freshman hurdler/wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona) captured the national title in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 13.16 (+2.1). 32,783 fans enjoyed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships, as well as 5,500 at the Capitol Shot Put.

Allen edged defending U.S. champ Ryan Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) by five-thousandths of a second, defeating Wilson (13.160) and defending world champion David Oliver (Denver, Colorado), who crossed in 13.23.

Ronnie Ash (Raleigh, North Carolina) was impressive in the semifinals of the event, running a world-leading 12.99 (+1.2) for the first sub-13 since Aries Merritt’s world record in 2012 (12.80). Ash suffered an unfortunate fall in the finals, opening the door for Allen to become the first NCAA/USATF 110mH doubler since Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland (1979).

McCorory becomes fifth-fastest American, Coburn and Harper-Nelson capture third U.S. titles

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SACRAMENTO, California — The accolades for Francena McCorory continued from indoors to outdoors as her USATF Outdoor Championships finish in the BMW 400 meters not only earned her a title, but also ranked among the top-five all-time American performances.

The BMW women’s 400m came down to the last 100 as reigning World Indoor champion McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) added a USATF Outdoors title to her belt. McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross(Austin, Texas) moved ahead of the pack after the final curve before McCorory kicked in an extra gear for a close finish in 49.48, a mark that makes her the fifth-fastest American woman ever. Richards-Ross, the American record holder, had a season-best 49.66 in second.

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) overcame an early bobble to win the men’s high jump with a clearance at 2.35m/7-8.5, equaling the Hornet Stadium record set at the 2000 Olympic Trials by Nathan Leeper. Kynard, who missed his first try at 2.25m/7-4.5, had the bar raised to 2.41m/7-10.75, one centimeter better than the American record, but missed on all three attempts.

Claye jumps to No. 7 U.S. all-time on Day 3 of USATF Outdoor Championships

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 2012 Olympic silver medalist Will Claye captured his first outdoor triple jump title Friday at the USATF Outdoor Championships, celebrating with family and friends in the stands after his final attempt.

Claye blasted to a lifetime-best 17.75m/58-3 on his last jump to move to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. list. Claye (Phoenix, Arizona) never trailed in the competition, spanning 17.64m/57-10.5 on his third attempt, then adding a centimeter in round five before his big final leap. The man who beat him in London, Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia), jumped 17.37m/57-0 in round three to take second.

Tori Bowie(Sandhill, Mississippi) sprinted to the fastest time by an American this year in the semifinals of the 100m, lowering her lifetime best to 10.91 in heat two with a 2.0 mps tailwind. In the first heat, Tianna Bartoletta(Elyria, Ohio) claimed the U.S. lead with a PR 10.92, also with a 2.0 aiding wind. Bowie withdrew from the final of the event and Bartoletta cruised to her first U.S. outdoor title in 11.15.

Rupp and Patterson make history on Day 2 of USATF Outdoor Championships

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SACRAMENTO -- For the first time in USA Track & Field history, two female throwers sent the javelin more than 200 feet, and a distance runner put a sixth national title in the record books at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

To cap the night, Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) won a record, sixth USA Outdoor 10 km championship, steadily sneaking his way from 11th on the fourth lap to a solid seventh with a few laps to go. In signature style, Rupp kicked to the front on the bell lap to take the title in 28:12.07.

Kara Patterson (Vancouver, Washington) and Brittany Borman (De Soto, Missouri) made USATF history in the women’s javelin as for the first time, two women surpassed 200 feet at a U.S. Championships. Patterson earned her fifth USA Outdoor Championship, throwing 62.43m/204-10 on her third attempt. Borman’s best mark, also on the third attempt, was 62.05m/203-7.

Rita Jeptoo will defend her title at the 2014 Chicago Marathon

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Rita Jeptoo will defend her title at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday 12 October, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Wednesday (25).

Kenya's Jeptoo ran her first career sub-2:20 marathon in Chicago last year with a time of 2:19:57, the fastest women's marathon time of 2013.

Continuing strong, she opened her 2014 marathon campaign in Boston back in April with 2:18:57, smashing the course record by almost two minutes and setting a personal best. Jeptoo arrives in Chicago with the potential to rewrite the record books by becoming just the third woman in history to run three sub-2:20 marathons.

The running world has not witnessed this feat in more than a decade since former Chicago champions and world record-holders Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, and Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe traded course and world records in London and Chicago. Jeptoo's Chicago history includes her 2012 stride-for-stride sprint finish down Columbus Avenue, only succumbing to Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa by a step, and running 2:22:04 to Baysa's 2:22:03.

Records galore at 2014 B.A.A. 10K

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Stephen Sambu from Kenya and Mamitu Daska from Ethiopia both retained their B.A.A. 10K titles in world-leading times of 27:25 and 31:04 respectively -

Reigning champion Stephen Sambu from Kenya successfully defended his title at the 2014 B.A.A 10K and he did so in a world-leading mark of 27:25 on Sunday (22).

A performance of this calibre didn’t seem on the cards as he passed the halfway point in 13:57 along with compatriots Geoffrey Mutai and Daniel Salel, but Sambu and Mutai accelerated markedly over the faster and flatter second half of the course.

The first record of the day was set as Sambu and Mutai passed through the 8km mark in a US all-comers’ record of 22:02 to break the mark by one second before Sambu forged a winning gap in the final two kilometres.