Track and Field

Stahl, Murer and Weir get world leads in New York – IAAF Diamond League

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It took Germany's 2010 European champion Linda Stahl a couple throws to get in the swing, but when she finally did, she was able to score her first victory of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League season with a world-leading mark of 67.32m in the women's javelin at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday (14).

Unlike Kathryn Mitchell of Australia, who took the early lead with a 66.08m on her very first throw of the competition, it took Stahl until round three to launch the spear more than a metre past Mitchell's mark, taking the world lead from Mitchell’s compatriot Kimberley Mickle, who threw 66.83m in Melbourne in March.

"I am very satisfied with the personal best today," said Stahl. "I came in a little tired with three competitions in the last week but felt great after warm-ups. My first throw was a season's best and I knew it was not a perfect throw, so it progressed from there."

The competition also saw Madera Palameika set a Latvian record of 64.86m for third place.

My excellent adventure: Jenn Suhr, the adidas street vault, and Nestle Healthy Kid's meet at Macy's Herald Square

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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With a crowd somewhere between one thousand and two thousand people, the adidas Women's pole vault exhibition at Macy's in Herald Square was an outstanding success. Fans were all ages, and they enjoyed the athleticism of the event, thanks to the well informed announcing of Geoffrey Whiteman and the outstanding performances of the five women vaulters!

I have always said: give Americans a competition that they can sink their teeth into and you will have new track fans. The adidas Pole Vault exhibition was a case in point. Five vaulters who competed all gave the event an air of excitement with local tie ins as well as the mythical and mystical Olympic athletes. 

Merritt, Aregawi, Stewart, Jones and Bowie set to compete in New York - IAAF Diamond League

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LaShawn Merritt, Abeba Aregawi, Kerron Stewart, Lolo Jones and Tori Bowie are the latest athletes set to compete in Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix in New York, the sixth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meeting, organizers announced on Thursday (12).

Merritt, 27, won two Olympic gold medals in 2008 (400m, 4x400m), and is a seven-time IAAF World champion, including winning over 400m at Moscow 2013.

Aregawi, 23, of Sweden, is the reigning World champion indoors and outdoors over 1500m. Her time of 3:56.60 was the fastest in the world last year and she adds her name to an already deep women’s 1500m that includes Jenny Simpson, the 2011 IAAF World Championships winner and 2013 World Championship silver medallist, Brenda Martinez, the 2013 World Championships 800m bronze medallist, and Shannon Rowbury, the 2009 World Championships 1500m bronze medallist who recently set a US best at two miles, and also Morgan Uceny.

Jamaica’s Stewart is the 2008 Olympic Games 100m silver medallist, the distance that she will run in New York. She won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics Games as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m, with whom she also won World titles in 2009 and 2013.

Another American Record Drops on Day Two of Nike Prefontaine Classic

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Another American record fell on the second day of the Nike Prefontaine Classic, as a sell-out crowd of 13,158 witnessed another phenomenal day of track & field at historic Hayward Field.

Shannon Rowburyset a new American record in the women’s 2-mile, finishing fourth in 9:20.25. Rowbury executed an impressive final 100 meters, holding on to break the previous record of 9:21.35, set by Amy Rudolph back in 1998.

In arguably one of the biggest surprises of the day, Tori Bowie won the women’s 200 meters in a new lifetime best and world-leading 22.18. Three-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix was third in 22.44.

Leo Manzanocontinued his winning ways with another strong performance, taking the men’s International Mile crown in a then-world lead of 3:52.41. His time would be surpassed by Ayanleh Souleiman in the Bowerman Mile, finishing in a world-leading and meet record 3:47.32.

Galen Rupp breaks men’s 10k American record on Nike Pre Classic Distance Night

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Galen Rupp broke the American record in the men’s 10,000 meters on Friday evening at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, crossing in 26:44.36. Rupp bided his time until the final two laps, moving in the front of the pack and getting the Hayward Field crowd on its feet. TrackTown was electric, as Rupp took his victory lap to a crowd of 7,500, the best crowd for “Distance Night” in the history of the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Rupp broke his own previous record of 26:48.00, set in 2011.

Chanelle Pricecontinued her winning ways, capturing the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meters in 2:00.38. Price executed her trademark racing style, staying out in front from the get-go. Maggie Vessey and the rest of the pack closed in the final 40 meters, but Price was able to hold them off for the win.