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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.

Coburn wins second USATF Athlete of the Week after setting American Record

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Emma Coburn has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Glasgow Diamond League meet on Saturday, July 12.

Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) continued her dominance in the event by etching her name in the American record books, finishing second in 9:11.42 and breaking former University of Colorado teammate Jenny Simpson’s record from the 2009 World Championships by more than a second (9:12.50). She now holds the 11th fastest time in world history and also owns five of the six fastest U.S. times ever, and seven of the top 14.

“I was thrilled that I was able to finish a little bit tougher than I did in Paris,” Coburn said to Adam Richards of Sportsbeat. “I’m just happy that I have an American record under my belt and a few second place finishes in Diamond Leagues and can go home and try to get back to be a little bit more dominant for the next couple (meetings).”

Central Park Sweeps Team Championships at USATF Club Championships

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TACOMA, Washington -- Sweeping Day Two of USATF Club Championships was Central Park Track Club as both men and women earned 204 points for a combined 408-point total on the final day of competition at Mt Tahoma High School on Saturday, July 12.

Central Park cruised to the title as they outpaced second place Club Northwest by 43 points in the women’s, 46 in the men’s, and 89 in the combined. Levi Keller (Seattle, Washington) of Club Northwest won the men’s Most Valuable Athlete award while Central Park Track Club’sHeather Miller (Woodbury, Minnesota) took home the women’s.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Gerkenz Senesca (Roselle, New Jersey) of Shore Athletic Club ran 14.17 to hold off Mossua Dembele (Bronx, New York) of Central Park in at 14.34 for the crown. In the women’s 400mH, Ashley Karnick (Ferndale, Michigan) of M M Track Club and Ruth Waller (Boulder, Colorado) of Denver Track Club ran a tight race before Karnick edged out Waller, 1:08.45 to 1:08.56. Waller would come back to win the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:29.50.

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.