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Rudisha delivers in Glasgow, Ayalew leads the world over the barriers - IAAF Diamond League

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David Rudisha lived up to his promise at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix today when he moved to the top of the 800m world list with a commanding performance while there was also a world-leading run at the IAAF Diamond League meeting from Hiwot Ayalew in a record-breaking women’s 3000m steeplechase on Saturday (12).

Rudisha predicted at a press conference in Glasgow two days ago that he would run close to 1:42, but the cool, grey conditions and lack of race practice mitigated against him, and the world record holder had to be satisfied with 1:43.34, equalling the time his Kenyan compatriot Asbel Kiprop ran in Paris a week ago.

It may not have been as quick as he’d hoped, but Rudisha still delivered a solo sub-53 second final lap which left the 15,000 fans gasping after pacemaker Sammy Tangui had run the first 400m in 49.94.

Rudisha returns to land of his greatest triumph as global champions descend on Glasgow - IAAF Diamond League

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When David Rudisha steps to the line for the men’s 800m, the penultimate event of the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix  the ninth of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meetings - on Friday and Saturday (11-12), it will be two years minus 28 days since the great Kenyan’s last competitive appearance on UK soil.

On 9 August 2012, Rudisha produced what many regard as one of the greatest athletics feats of modern times, running solo to win the London 2012 Olympic Games gold in a barrier-breaking world record time.

The memory of that extraordinary performance adds a certain air of anticipation to the 25-year-old’s return to Britain this weekend.

Temporarily switched from its traditional home in London while the Olympic Stadium is reconfigured to accommodate football, the two-day meeting at Hampden Park is the first ever Diamond League event to be held in Scotland and doubles as a rather high-class test event for the Commonwealth Games, whose athletics programme will be held in the same 111-year-old venue – itself a football ground re-jigged for the occasion.

Oregon’s Devon Allen stuns as U.S. hurdle champ in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A stunning men’s hurdle race closed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships Sunday, as NCAA champion and Oregon freshman hurdler/wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona) captured the national title in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 13.16 (+2.1). 32,783 fans enjoyed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships, as well as 5,500 at the Capitol Shot Put.

Allen edged defending U.S. champ Ryan Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) by five-thousandths of a second, defeating Wilson (13.160) and defending world champion David Oliver (Denver, Colorado), who crossed in 13.23.

Ronnie Ash (Raleigh, North Carolina) was impressive in the semifinals of the event, running a world-leading 12.99 (+1.2) for the first sub-13 since Aries Merritt’s world record in 2012 (12.80). Ash suffered an unfortunate fall in the finals, opening the door for Allen to become the first NCAA/USATF 110mH doubler since Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland (1979).

McCorory becomes fifth-fastest American, Coburn and Harper-Nelson capture third U.S. titles

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SACRAMENTO, California — The accolades for Francena McCorory continued from indoors to outdoors as her USATF Outdoor Championships finish in the BMW 400 meters not only earned her a title, but also ranked among the top-five all-time American performances.

The BMW women’s 400m came down to the last 100 as reigning World Indoor champion McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) added a USATF Outdoors title to her belt. McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross(Austin, Texas) moved ahead of the pack after the final curve before McCorory kicked in an extra gear for a close finish in 49.48, a mark that makes her the fifth-fastest American woman ever. Richards-Ross, the American record holder, had a season-best 49.66 in second.

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) overcame an early bobble to win the men’s high jump with a clearance at 2.35m/7-8.5, equaling the Hornet Stadium record set at the 2000 Olympic Trials by Nathan Leeper. Kynard, who missed his first try at 2.25m/7-4.5, had the bar raised to 2.41m/7-10.75, one centimeter better than the American record, but missed on all three attempts.

Rupp and Patterson make history on Day 2 of USATF Outdoor Championships

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SACRAMENTO -- For the first time in USA Track & Field history, two female throwers sent the javelin more than 200 feet, and a distance runner put a sixth national title in the record books at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

To cap the night, Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) won a record, sixth USA Outdoor 10 km championship, steadily sneaking his way from 11th on the fourth lap to a solid seventh with a few laps to go. In signature style, Rupp kicked to the front on the bell lap to take the title in 28:12.07.

Kara Patterson (Vancouver, Washington) and Brittany Borman (De Soto, Missouri) made USATF history in the women’s javelin as for the first time, two women surpassed 200 feet at a U.S. Championships. Patterson earned her fifth USA Outdoor Championship, throwing 62.43m/204-10 on her third attempt. Borman’s best mark, also on the third attempt, was 62.05m/203-7.