Seven Advance on Day One IAAF World Under-20 Championships Morning Session

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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Seven Americans, five men and two women, advanced during the opening session of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships on Tuesday morning at Zawisza Stadium.

Bronson Osborn(Anaheim, California) and Adrian Piperi III(The Woodlands, Texas) started the day strong for Team USA in men’s shot put (6 kilogram) qualification as they each surpassed the automatic qualifying mark (19.40 meters/63-7.75) with their second throws.

Osborn tossed the fifth best qualifying mark: 19.63m/64-5. Piperi -- the 2015 World U18 Champion in Cali, Columbia -- had the fifth best qualifier: 19.57m/64-2.5..

Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele duel on Berlin’s world record course

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The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will see a duel of superstars Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele on 25th September. While Kenya’s Kipsang has already won Germany’s most prestigious road race, clocking a world record of 2:03:23 in 2013, it will be the first time that Ethiopia’s Bekele competes on the roads in Germany. Kipsang’s world record was broken a year later in Berlin when fellow-Kenyan Dennis Kimetto ran 2:02:57, which is still unsurpassed. The BMW-BERLIN MARATHON will be the first autumn race in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) series which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York. The race has Gold Label status, the highest category awarded by the IAAF.

Wilson Kipsang joined an illustrious group of runners when he broke the world record at the 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with his time of 2:03:23. With that achievement Kipsang, now 34, contributed to the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON’s status as the fastest marathon in the world. A record total of nine world records have been broken in this race. Following his world record win in 2013, Wilson Kipsang went on to triumph in his two subsequent marathons, winning in London in 2014 and New York the same year.

Team USA Minnesota Starts Search for New Head Coach; Dennis Barker Steps Down after 15 Years with the Team

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 19, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota, a training group for professional distance runners based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, has begun a search for a new head coach.  The position is available given the resignation this month of its long-time coach, Dennis Barker.

Since 2001, the group has developed an Olympian and 24 national champions in distances that include the 1500m, 3000m, and 10,000m on the track; mile, 10k, 15k, half marathon, 25k and marathon on the roads; and 4k, 8k and 10k cross country.  It has also achieved 74 top three finishes in U.S. Championship events and placed athletes on 28 world teams.

Vargas, Spence Gracey Win Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago

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The finish line at Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon was nothing but smiles. The annual race, held in the “Windy City” was celebrating its eighth anniversary and thanks to optimal mid-summer conditions with temperatures in the low 70s and clouded skies to keep the heat in check, many participants were rewarded with new personal bests.

Flashing what could be the biggest grin of them all was Mexican Olympic team member Daniel Vargas who was the first runner to break the tape at the finish. Vargas, who wore bib No. 2, rocked the 13.1 miles in one hour, five minutes, and 55 seconds. Fellow countryman Fernando Cervantes came through at the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park over a minute later in 1:07:00, while Andrew Lemoncello, the pre-race favorite with bib #1, was third in 1:08:55.

Four Team USA Minnesota Runners to Participate in Torchlight 5k on July 20; Heather Kampf Is 2nd at Padova 1500m in Italy on July 17

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 18, 2016 – Four Team USA Minnesota runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson, Biya Simbassa and Rob Molke – will participate in the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k that will be held in downtown Minneapolis on July 20.

The annual Torchlight 5k precedes the city’s Aquatennial Parade and follows the same route.  The run starts at 7:30 p.m. near Loring Park, goes over the Stone Arch Bridge at the Mississippi River, and finishes in the St. Anthony Main park.

Peyton is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2012 and 2016) and was the 2013 USA 20k Champion.  Peterson is a multi-distance specialist who runs the mile up through the half marathon and will make his marathon debut this fall. 

Five individual gold medalists, 84 first-time Olympians mark 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Five reigning Olympic gold medalists and five current world champions join 84 first-time Olympians on the Team USA roster nominated to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team. A roster of 126 men and women is slated to represent the United States in track & field competition August 12-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Notable for its depth across a range of events, the roster features 47 athletes - 24 men and 23 women - who already own individual and/or relay global medals. Nineteen are American record holders and three are individual world record holders.