Track and Field

Come rain or shine, Drahotova's fine after world record walk

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Anezka Drahotova couldn’t hide her joy following her world junior record* in the 10,000m race walk, the first of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, but is already setting bigger goals at the senior level.

“It is a very special feeling. I expected the world record. Before going to bed, I thought it would a dream to break it here, but first I wanted to win and then go for the world record. I was really motivated for this race,” a smiling Drahotova told reporters following her 42:47.25 performance at Hayfield Field on the second day in Eugene.

She credited her twin sister, Eliska, for a hand in the world record. “I appreciate having her by my side.” Eliska, third at the 2013 European Junior Championships, didn’t make it to the finish line on this occasion as she was disqualified.

In addition to 36 rivals on the start line, the versatile athlete had to battle steady rain during the time she was on the track, but neither her opponents nor the elements proved to be much of an obstacle.

Day one report: Cheptegei adds to Ugandan gold reserves – Oregon 2014

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the only junior to run faster than 28 minutes this year, fulfilled his role as favourite for the men’s 10,000m by triumphing over 25 laps of the track at Hayward Field in 28:32.86 to take the first gold medal of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, on Tuesday (22).

Cheptegei held off a strong challenge from the Kenyan duo Elvis Cheboi and Nicholas Kosimbei in the final two laps, finishing with final 400m of 59.6, to capture a memorable victory.

Cheboi came home second after being unable to respond to Cheptegei's final move with 200 metres to go, crossing the line in 28:35.20, while Kosimbei was third in 28:38.68.

After four events in the heptathlon, Great Britain’s Morgan Lake leads at the end of the first day with a total of 3821 points.

Kiplagat shows his class with 3:27.64 in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League

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Silas Kiplagat produced the shock of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco as he outsprinted a Kenyan compatriot who had been targeting a world record here, Asbel Kiprop, to win the 1500m in 3:27.64 on Friday (18).

Kiplagat’s thrilling performance made him the fourth fastest man in history.

His mark was, of course, the best run this year, and an IAAF Diamond League record, trimming 0.08 off the time Kiprop set in winning here last year.

For the two-time world champion, who finished in a season’s best of 3:28.45, it was a huge anti-climax after he had prepared for a supposed attempt on Hicham El Guerrouj’s 16-year-old world record of 3:26.00 by setting the fastest 800m time of the year, 1:43.34, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris earlier this month.

“At 1200m I knew the race was too slow,” said Kiprop. “We went through in 2:47 and I had asked for 2:45. In the home straight, I could see the others behind me on the big screen and I knew they would get back on me. I could see Silas coming closer and closer. It was a tough race.”

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.