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Teferi floats to 5000m world lead in Herzogenaurach

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Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi cruised to a world-leading time of 14:46.61 when winning the 5000m at the Adidas Boost Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on Saturday (14).

The 21-year-old was a silver medallist over 5000m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and proved her Olympic preparations are well on track with a superb solo performance.

Teferi went through 1000m in a steady 2:59.81, then cranked through the gears to reach 2000m in 5:54.97.

She passed 3000m in 8:53.39, 4000m in 11:53.32, then summoned an impressive kick over the final lap to come home in 14:46.61 to easily surpass Sally Kipyego’s previous world lead of 14:58.60.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake proved his long journey back to the top is progressing well when taking the men’s 100m in 10.03 (1.1m/s). The 2011 world champion showed impressive power over the final 50 metres to move clear of compatriot Warren Weir, who finished second in 10.20.

Mazda Becomes Presenting Sponsor of USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance Running Series

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MAZDA becomes “Official Presenting Sponsor” of the country’s finest marathon series - McLean, Va., (May 10, 2016) – USA TODAY SPORTS and Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) today announced an exciting new partnership around the USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance – a network of the country’s finest independent marathons.

Five Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at USATF 1 Mile Road Championships on May 12; Rob Molke, Jon Peterson at Newport 10,000 May 14

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 10, 2016 – Five Team USA Minnesota runners – including defending champion Heather Kampf – will compete at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships hosted by the Medtronic TC 1 Mile in downtown Minneapolis on May 12.  Kampf is a two-time Medtronic TC 1 Mile winner and a three-time USATF 1 Mile Road champion.  She has a best in the road mile of 4:21.39.

Also running in the 1 Mile Road Championships will be teammates Meghan Peyton, Katy Moen, Jon Peterson and Biya Simbassa.  Peyton has a best in the mile of 4:40.5, and Moen ran 4:50.04 in her first road mile at the Grand Blue Mile on April 26.  Peterson has run 4:00.41 in the mile while Simbassa has posted 4:06.38 in the distance.

Southern California’s Serna Soars to First Place in Fifth Annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

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Jennifer Serna wins first place running her first runDisney race; Tinker Bell Half Marathon celebrates fifth anniversary; More than 24,000 runners celebrate a pixie-dusted Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort - ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 8, 2016) – With faith, trust and plenty of pixie power, Orange County, Calif. resident Jennifer Serna flew in first place in the fifth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort on Sunday. The 31-year-old runner dashed by her competition, finishing in one hour, 25 minutes, 29 seconds. Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, fluttered in as the second place female finisher, clocking at 1:29:41.

 “It was a surreal experience. All the cast members and locals were supportive,” Serna said. “Running through the park was really fun and exhilarating, I didn’t even feel like I was running.”

A resident of Fullerton, Calif., Serna works for a running shop and participated in the race as a Mother’s Day celebration, running in honor of her daughter and to support her local running club.

Brooks the first Diamond Race discipline winner of 2016 – IAAF Diamond League

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Tia Brooks twice improved on her personal best to win the shot put at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha with 19.48m and become the first winner of a Diamond Race discipline in 2016 after she managed an upset victory on Friday (6).

Brooks got her first personal best when she reached 19.45m in the second round and extended that by three centimetres with her following effort.

Hungary’s world indoor silver medallist Anita Marton applied a little pressure on Brooks when she sent her implement out to 19.22m in the penultimate round but could not improve further with her last effort.

Ibarguen and Rojas triple jump duel provides Doha highlight – IAAF Diamond League

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At the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha 12 months ago, the triple jump provided one of the highlights of the night. But instead of it being the men’s event – despite world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor being in action little more than an hour later – it was the women who captured the plaudits on Friday (6).

For the duel between Taylor and Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo 12 months ago, read the South American pair of Caterine Ibarguen and Yulimar Rojas, who engaged in a wonderfully thrilling contest in which both women were at their very best.

In the second round, Rojas was jumping eighth out of the nine women with just Ibarguen following her. The Madrid-based Venezuelan reached a national record of 14.61m but it was a lead that lasted little more than a minute as Ibarguen responded with 14.77m.