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.

American Ben True and Defending Champion Joyce Chepkirui Win the 2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

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The 2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K had two photo finishes, with American Ben True (Enfield, NH) and defending champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya claiming victories - NEW YORK (May 30, 2015)—The 2015UAE Healthy Kidney 10K had two photo finishes, with American Ben True (Enfield, NH) and defending championJoyce Chepkirui of Kenya claiming victories on Saturday, May 30, in Central Park.

In the men’s race, True, 29, became the first American champion sinceDathan Ritzenhein in 2007 with a time of 28:13, just edging out defending champion Stephen Sambu of Kenya, who finished second, also in 28:13. 2011 and 2013 New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya finished third in 28:20.

“Sambu and Mutai went right after the four-mile mark, and that’s when I started getting a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to hang on with them,” said True. “But, I told myself going into the race that if I was with them with 8K to go, I’d have a good shot, because I was going to be too stubborn to let them get a away from me with only 2K to go.”

Kenya's Chebet Wins Third Title at Freihofer's Run for Women

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Kenyan becomes fourth Runner to win three or more titles in Albany, N.Y.; Serena Burla is first US finisher - ALBANY, NY (May 30, 2015) — Perfect running weather and a new course greeted a field of 3,807 runners for this morning’s 37th Freihofer’s Run for Women. The course re-design was made necessary by a beautification project of the stunning Empire State Plaza, a change that will remain in place for the race through 2016.

Conjecture about the new geography was matched by speculation about the ultimate winner of the $10,000 first place prize. On paper, the new course appeared faster; a less steep incline in the opening mile, fewer turns and more shade. Would this play into the hands of speedsters such as two-time champion and course record holder (15:12)Emily Chebet (KEN) and Buze Diriba (ETH)?

Or would it favor strength runners such a Burundian Olympic marathoner Diane Nukuri and Ethiopia’s Meskerem Assefa?

As the gun fired at 9:30 a.m. to set the field underway, there were even more questions than usual.