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Biwott eyes a three-peat in Philadelphia

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London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott will join some exclusive company if he secures a third victory in succession at the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon in September - A quartet of world-class Kenyans comprise one of the most decorated elite men's fields in the history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon which takes place this year on 21 September.

Headlining the field is two-time defending champion Stanley Biwott. If the 28-year-old can win for the third consecutive year, he would join marathon legends Khalid Khannouchi, Joan Benoit-Samuelson and Catherine Ndereba as the only three-time champions in the race’s 37 year history.

“I’m excited to come back to Philadelphia and try to win a third time in a row,” said Biwott, who is also set to race in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K on 3 August. “I know the course really well and my training is going very good. With the great competition, I know there will be some very fast times.”

Biwott, the runner-up in the London Marathon this spring, first won in 2012 in 60:03, before setting the second fastest winning time on this course of 59:36 the following year.

Manzano Headlines GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – 2012 Olympic silver medalist and reigning USA 1 Mile road champion Leo Manzano aims to continue his top Mile racing form in Pittsburgh at the 3rd GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. The race, slated for Friday evening, Aug. 1 in downtown Pittsburgh, will showcase top American Milers battling for a guaranteed prize purse of $20,000 in the American Development Pro Mile with $4000 for each champion.

“We warmly welcome Leo Manzano to our third edition. Leo knows how to win big races, but he will face our best men’s field to-date,” said Patrice Matamoros, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile race director. “On August 1, we look forward to another exciting Mile road race in the City of Champions.”

Manzano, 29, who earned a 1500 meter silver medal (3:34.79) at the 2012 Olympics, has continued his success this summer by winning the USA 1500m title, clocking 3:38.63 in Sacramento, but Oregon Track Club Elite standout Jordan McNamara, who has a Mile personal record of 3:52.42, also has his sights on victory here. Last year, McNamara was edged out by Macklin Chaffee in a photo finish, both timed in 4:01. In early June, McNamara, 27, won the 2014 Nike Festival of Miles in 3:54.27, setting meet and State records in St. Louis.

Four Team USA Minnesota Runners In Final Week of European Track Competitions; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Kortrijk 1500m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 14, 2014 – Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf, Eric Finan and Jon Peterson - are now in their final week of European track competitions for the month of July with the last of the track meets for the athletes occurring on July 19.

Grunewald will pace the women’s 5000 meter race at the Spitzen Leichtathletik in Luzern, Switzerland, on the evening of July 15.  She will then compete on July 19 in either the women’s 1500m at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium, or in the women’s 3000m at the Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid, Spain.  Grunewald has a best in the 1500 of 4:01.48 and 8:42.64 in the 3000.

Also at the Heusden meet will be Kampf in the women’s 1500m, along with Finan and Peterson who will run in the men’s 5000 meter race.  Kampf has posted a best of 4:07.15 in the 1500m.  In the 5000m, Finan has a best of 13:41.33 and Peterson a best of 13:39.51 which they set at the USA Outdoor Championships in late June.

Keflezighi, Flanagan, True Lead Stellar World-Class Field at Beach to Beacon 10K

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Kenyans Micah Kogo and Joyce Chepkirui also returning to defend titles at Aug. 2 road race in coastal Cape Elizabeth - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – Boston Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi will join a talented, deep group of American distance runners – including Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan and Maine native Ben True – for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on Aug. 2 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Both of the defending champions – Kenyans Micah Kogo and Joyce Chepkirui – also are returning to headline a 30-runner professional field dotted with Olympians, World Champs and record setters, TD Beach to Beacon organizers announced.

“We put together a solid American contingent last year, but I think this one is even stronger, especially on the women’s side, where a number of Americans are capable of sub 33s,” said Larry Barthlow, the elite athlete coordinator for the TD Beach to Beacon. “On the men’s side, favorite son Ben True is making his return to Maine with his sights set on winning the race and he certainly is more than capable. But there also are a handful of international runners who will have something to say about that. We’re set up for another great race day.”

Central Park Sweeps Team Championships at USATF Club Championships

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TACOMA, Washington -- Sweeping Day Two of USATF Club Championships was Central Park Track Club as both men and women earned 204 points for a combined 408-point total on the final day of competition at Mt Tahoma High School on Saturday, July 12.

Central Park cruised to the title as they outpaced second place Club Northwest by 43 points in the women’s, 46 in the men’s, and 89 in the combined. Levi Keller (Seattle, Washington) of Club Northwest won the men’s Most Valuable Athlete award while Central Park Track Club’sHeather Miller (Woodbury, Minnesota) took home the women’s.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Gerkenz Senesca (Roselle, New Jersey) of Shore Athletic Club ran 14.17 to hold off Mossua Dembele (Bronx, New York) of Central Park in at 14.34 for the crown. In the women’s 400mH, Ashley Karnick (Ferndale, Michigan) of M M Track Club and Ruth Waller (Boulder, Colorado) of Denver Track Club ran a tight race before Karnick edged out Waller, 1:08.45 to 1:08.56. Waller would come back to win the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:29.50.

Rudisha delivers in Glasgow, Ayalew leads the world over the barriers - IAAF Diamond League

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David Rudisha lived up to his promise at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix today when he moved to the top of the 800m world list with a commanding performance while there was also a world-leading run at the IAAF Diamond League meeting from Hiwot Ayalew in a record-breaking women’s 3000m steeplechase on Saturday (12).

Rudisha predicted at a press conference in Glasgow two days ago that he would run close to 1:42, but the cool, grey conditions and lack of race practice mitigated against him, and the world record holder had to be satisfied with 1:43.34, equalling the time his Kenyan compatriot Asbel Kiprop ran in Paris a week ago.

It may not have been as quick as he’d hoped, but Rudisha still delivered a solo sub-53 second final lap which left the 15,000 fans gasping after pacemaker Sammy Tangui had run the first 400m in 49.94.