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Meet records fall on final day of USATF Outdoors

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EUGENE, Oregon – The final day of action at the USATF Outdoor Championships was a showstopper, as two meet records, including a history-making 200 meters from Justin Gatlin, fell on Sunday in front of over 10,000 track & field faithful at Historic Hayward Field.

Gatlin (Clermont, Florida) was the clear favorite Sunday, striding to victory with the top time of the semifinals in 19.90. In the final, he was on fire with his finish of 19.57. Gatlin’s time was not only a meet record, but also a Hayward Field record and the fifth-fastest 200m performer ever. Gatlin has not lost a race since September 6, 2013 in Brussels.

Jenn Suhr (Fredonia, New York) reigned supreme once again, winning her 15th overall pole vault title on Sunday with a clearance of 4.82m/15-9.75. Suhr will be joined on Team USA by two collegians who have battled throughout 2015. Sandi Morris (Greenville, S.C.) of Arkansas and Demi Payne (New Braunfels, Texas) of Stephen F. Austin finished 2-3 in the event, clearing 4.65m/15-3 and 4.60m/15-1, respectively.

Photo finishes run rampant as action heats up at USATF Outdoors

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EUGENE, Oregon -- The USATF Outdoor Championships delivered in terms of excitement on Saturday, as world leads and photo finishes highlighted day three action at Historic Hayward Field.

Matt Centrowitz (Portland, Oregon) cruised in the men’s 1,500 meters, stamping his ticket to Beijing in 3:37.25. It was a photo finish for silver and bronze, as Robby Andrews (Manalapan, New York) and Leo Manzano (Austin, Texas) emerged as the second and third finishers in 3:38.75 and 3:38.76, with Ben Blankenship (Eugene, Oregon) finishing just outside medal contention in 3:38.78.

Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) was in fantastic form Saturday, winning the women’s long jump title with a world-leading and personal best mark of 7.12m/23-4.50. Bartoletta led from the get-go, with her second jump catapulting her into the record books. Her jump of 7.12m/23-4.50 makes Bartoletta the fourth-best performer in U.S. history.

Bowie and Gay take home titles, teenager Bromell makes history

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EUGENE, Oregon -- The temperature wasn’t the only hot thing about Friday at Historic Hayward Field, as Tori Bowie and Tyson Gaytorched the track to win the 100 meter titles at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Bowie (Clermont, Florida) turned in top times in both the semifinals and the final, storming to a windy victory in the second semifinal in 10.72, good for the top spot overall. English Gardner (Los Angeles) won the first semifinal with a wind legal 10.79, a new personal best. In the final, Bowie overcame a slower start to edge out Gardner (10.86) and Oregon redshirt sophomore Jasmine Todd (Chandler, Arizona), who stunned the field with her third-place finish of 10.92. In total, six women ran under 11 seconds, making it the deepest women’s 100-meter final in history. The previous best was five women in 2013.

Tarmoh and Bracy cause sprint upsets in Birmingham – IAAF Diamond League

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Moments after crossing the line in the 200m at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix, USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix were given the same time of 22.29 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Sunday (7).

The pair probably felt a slight sense of déjà vu.

Three years earlier at the US Olympic Trials, Tarmoh and Felix had finished joint third in the 100m. With the Olympic berths going to the top three finishers, the training partners had to be separated somehow. After talk of a re-run and even the flipping of a coin, Tarmoh eventually let Felix have the place on the team.

In Birmingham, though, Tarmoh finally gained redemption.

Pichardo still perfect in 2015 after Rome win – IAAF Diamond League

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo stamped his authority on the triple jump competition from his very first jump and ended up improving both the meeting and stadium records with his winning effort of 17.96m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (4).

The 21-year-old Cuban may not yet have surpassed Jonathan Edwards’ long-standing world record of 18.29m but he did beat one of the Briton’s slightly inferior marks, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meeting record of 17.60m which had stood since 1998.

Into the bargain, the stadium record – formerly 17.92m and owned by Bulgaria’s Khristo Markov since he won at the 1987 IAAF World Championships – also fell to Pichardo.