Kampf, McNamara Win GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

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An event record 1,500-plus participants at fourth edition; third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015 - PITTSBURGH – (July 31, 2015) – At the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on a warm, humid Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, two Milers, who are common faces in the Steel City and to this event, Heather Kampf and Jordan McNamara won their American Development Pro races in 4:33 and 3:59, respectively. Kampf, 28, won her third Liberty Mile crown (also 2012-13), while McNamara, 28, defended his title and also tied the event record set by Craig Miller in 2012.

The women’s race opened with a 68 second first quarter mile, but then the large pack slowed to 2:20 at the halfway mark. At the turn onto Liberty Avenue, Emily Lipari led the field with the two favorites Kampf and defending champion and Team USA Minnesota teammate Gabriele Grunewald following closely behind. In the final 600 meters, Kampf moved past rising Mile star Rachel Schneider and powered her way to the tape in 4:33, tying the #2 fastest event time. Grunewald followed in 4:35 as runner-up and Schneider was third, clocking 4:36.

“I came into the race with a plan that I visualized and executed, but I never felt safe until the end,” said the Queen of the Road Mile Kampf. “Pittsburgh is my second home, and I love racing here.”

Stephen Kosgei Kibet, Wude Ayalew Break Through to Win at 18th TD Beach to Beacon 10K

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Eric Jenkins and Alexi Pappas win new American category; Erica Jesseman and 19-year-old Ben Decker grab Maine Resident titles - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (August 1, 2015) Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia, two familiar faces who’ve been knocking on the door, finally broke through as champions on Saturday in the 18th TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Kibet (28:28), one of the world’s all-time half marathoners, stretched away from a three-man pack inside Fort Williams in a tactical race to claim his first title in four tries, including runner up finishes in two of the past three years. Moses Kipsiro (28:40) of Uganda outkicked Kenyan Daniel Salel (28:41) for second.

Ayalew (31:56), who ran the second fastest time ever on the TD Beach to Beacon course in 2010 only to place second, this time outdueled Diane Nukuri (32:00) for her first win, also in four tries. Sentayehu Ejigu (32:16) took third while defending champion Gemma Steel of Great Britain finished a distant fourth (32:57).

Near miss for Dibaba in Paris, but Lavillenie loses on home soil – IAAF Diamond League

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In the end it wasn’t even a world-leading time for the year, but the Ethiopian pair of Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana threw almost everything they had at their assault on the 5000m world record in Paris on Saturday (4).

The results will show Dibaba claimed the victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in a personal best and meeting record of 14:15.41, with the hard-working Ayana second in 14:21.97, some seven seconds outside her solo-run world lead from Shanghai in May.

But that doesn’t tell the full tale of a sometimes bizarre but always enthralling race in which the pair had been meant to share the pace as they attacked Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record from 2008.

It was actually Ayana who did the lion’s share as the tempo fluctuated from six seconds down to five seconds up on record pace at half way, before they finally faltered over the last kilometre.

2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race

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Exciting finishes brighten the day in the inaugural Peachtree Cup and main race - ATLANTA – July 4, 2015 – Following perfect weather conditions in 2014, this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race brought heavy rain and thunderstorms; but participants’ spirits remained high as they celebrated Independence Day at the world’s largest 10K.

Lightning near the start line caused a weather delay. Participants of start waves M and later were held for approximately 40 minutes and told to take shelter until the lightning passed.

“Despite soggy conditions and a short interruption to the event, we still experienced the celebratory feel we’ve come to expect at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. This tradition is a great way to mark our nation’s independence, and our participants were still smiling as they crossed the finish line,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “I couldn’t be more proud of Atlanta Track Club’s staff and volunteers as well as the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Fire Department. Without their hard work, we could not have had a safe event under these tough conditions.”

Carter, Furey and Rupp repeat, Dendy keeps Hayward streak alive on opening day of USATF Outdoors

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EUGENE, Oregon -- Three multi-time USATF champions returned to the top of the podium Thursday and one collegian continued his runway reign, as competition at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships kicked off from Historic Hayward Field.

The men’s long jump was one for the record books, as seven-time NCAA Champion Marquis Dendy captured his first USATF Outdoor title. Dendy bookended his series Thursday with personal bests, leaping an all-conditions best 8.68m/28-5.75 (+3.7) to start the competition. On his final jump of the afternoon, Dendy turned in a new wind-legal personal best of 8.39m/27-6.50. Dendy battled with Jeff Henderson (Chula Vista, Calif.)and Mike Hartfield throughout the afternoon, as Henderson and Hartfield turned in jumps of 8.44m/27-8.25 and 8.42m/27-7.50 to round out the long jump medalists. Hartfield’s leap just knocked Olympian and Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (Lubbock, Texas) out of medal contention, as Goodwin returned to Hayward Field and the long jump runway with a mark of 8.37m/25-5.50. The trio all hold IAAF A standards and will represent Team USA in Beijing.