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Shalane Flanagan Puts On a Show at Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago

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American running star blazes half-marathon in 1:09:45, while earning first ever Remix Challenge medal; Andy Wacker of Boulder wins men’s race; NFL legend Roger Craig among notable finishers; Post race concert headlined by Cold War Kids caps an action packed Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival weekend - CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) – The Windy City didn’t live up to its name today, as ideal summertime conditions greeted more than 20,000 entrants for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Chicago. The event featured two days of running and the first ever Remix Challenge in which runners earned a special medal for completing a race on Saturday and Sunday.

Headlining the festival weekend was America’s top female distance runner Shalane Flanagan, who became the first ever recipient of the Remix Challenge medal by pacing runners at Saturday’s 5K and winning Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanVitality on Sunday. The Olympic bronze medalist asserted her dominance over the half-marathon distance, claiming victory with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 45 seconds. It was the second fastest half-marathon run by an American woman this year.

Molly Huddle sets AR of 14:42.64!

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Molly Huddle was here for one reason, setting the American record once again, and putting it out of reach for awhile. During most of the race, she had the company of Shannon Rowbury who followed her every move, as she had in Sacramento. 

With 300 meters to go, Molly Huddle took off and put six seconds on Shannon Rowbury. 

As Huddle charged down the final straight, Dibaba was just finished, and Molly fought hard. She fought hard not to give in. This tiny bit of seconds, this tiny part of the race would showcase her work for the past nine or ten months. Huddle took a look back just before the finish and made it to th finish, with her last bit of energy.

Monaco looks set for another thrilling evening – IAAF Diamond League

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Monaco’s IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday (18) has much to live up to this year after 2013’s offering of seven world-leading marks and four IAAF Diamond League records.

But with Asbel Kiprop hoping to improve upon his stunning 1500m best of 3:27.72 last time round, and six – yes, six – male high jumpers who have cleared 2.40m or higher this year, plus an 800m that brings together Olympic champion and world record-holder David Rudisha, world indoor and outdoor champion Mohammed Aman and 20-year-old Olympic silver medallist NIjel Amos, who beat both last time they met on 31 May in Eugene, the 2014 Herculis meeting looks ready for the challenge.

Kiprop’s effort – which saw him record the fourth fastest time in history ahead of Britain’s Mo Farah, who set a European record of 3:28.81 – was one of the four IAAF Diamond League records at the Stade Louis II stadium last July, the others coming from Amantle Montsho in the 400m (49.33), Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault (5.96m) and the US women’s 4x100m team (41.75).

At the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on 5 July, Kiprop undertook a “warm-up” for his Monaco 1500m over 800m, beating Amos into second place as he set a world-leading time of 1:43.34.

Coburn wins second USATF Athlete of the Week after setting American Record

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Emma Coburn has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Glasgow Diamond League meet on Saturday, July 12.

Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) continued her dominance in the event by etching her name in the American record books, finishing second in 9:11.42 and breaking former University of Colorado teammate Jenny Simpson’s record from the 2009 World Championships by more than a second (9:12.50). She now holds the 11th fastest time in world history and also owns five of the six fastest U.S. times ever, and seven of the top 14.

“I was thrilled that I was able to finish a little bit tougher than I did in Paris,” Coburn said to Adam Richards of Sportsbeat. “I’m just happy that I have an American record under my belt and a few second place finishes in Diamond Leagues and can go home and try to get back to be a little bit more dominant for the next couple (meetings).”

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.