May 28, 2016
Another star-studded Prefontaine Classic is in the books and if you like races with hurdles, you got your money’s worth today. Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet led the way in a historically fast women’s 3000 steeplechase (recap here), narrowly missing the world record with her clocking of 8:59.97. Even though Jebet became just the second woman ever to break 9:00, she was in danger of losing the race as Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyegon finished just behind her in 9:00.01. In the women’s 100 hurdles, Keni Harrison blazed to a 12.24 American record, the #2 time in history.
In other action, Boris Berian got a big win in the men’s 800 (recap here), Asbel Kiprop won an underwhelming Bowerman Mile (Drew Hunter was last in 3:58.86), Canadian Mo Ahmed led until 150 to go in the men’s 5,000 before he was overhauled by Muktar Edris and Tori Bowie cracked 22 seconds to defeat Dafne Schippers in the 200.
Mile: Asbel Kiprop Wins His Record 4th Bowerman Mile as a Fast Pace Sizzles Away Again at Pre
With the talent assembled at Pre every year and how common sub-3:30 1500s are these days, you think Pre would regularly be won in sub-3:50. Think again.
The hope for a super fast time in this one went out the door on the first lap. 409 meters was reached in a modest 58.5 (high schooler Drew Hunter was roughly 61 mid). World beater Asbel Kiprop had talked of a fast pace, had done some tremendous workouts and was right on the rabbit, but the rabbit wasn’t going that fast.
See thread: Bowerman Mile Pacers Should Be Shot!!!!
Kiprop was still behind the rabbit at 809m (1:56 for Kiprop) as the field was still together with high schooler Hunter in the back of the pack. American Ben Blankenship was in the top 5 and at the bell (2:56.9 for Kiprop), Blankenship was in second. On the final lap, Kiprop would give up the lead and drop back to 4th before righting himself for the final kick as he battled Morocco’s Abdelaati Iguider. It came down to Kiprop and Iguider the final 100m and as it usually is with Kiprop, it was no contest. Kiprop got the win in 3:51.52 to Iguider’s 3:51.96. Blankenship faded to 7th, American Evan Jager was 8th and Drew Hunter rounded out the field in 12th in 3:58.86.
QT #1: If you want a fast time, the rabbits have to do better
It’s not that hard for the rabbit to hit the right pace. Station someone with a watch 100m and 200m into the race. Also, give the runners say a $50,000 bonus for a sub-3:46 and we bet you see it assuming the weather cooperates.
QT #2: What’s next for Hunter?
This was the first race in which Hunter was totally outclassed this year, but we knew that was the case coming in. Guys like Leo Manzano were in the “B” mile here. 3:58 is very good for a high schooler, and with better pacing Hunter would have likely run faster. A race like this might be good for Hunter as it reminds him how far he has to go to be a factor as a pro. Succeeding on that level is the ultimate goal for Hunter; now he has to figure out the best way to do that as his high school career is almost over.
Bowerman Mile 1 Kiprop , Asbel KEN 3:51.54 2 Iguider , Abdalaati MAR 3:51.96 3 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei KEN 3:52.39 4 Kibet , Vincent KEN 3:52.71 5 Makhloufi , Taoufik ALG 3:52.95 6 Wote , Aman ETH 3:53.23 7 Blankenship , Ben USA 3:53.83 8 Jager , Evan USA 3:54.21 9 Kiplagat , Silas KEN 3:56.60 10 Magut , James Kiplagat KEN 3:56.89 11 Holuša , Jakub CZE 3:58.34 12 Hunter , Andrew USA 3:58.86 Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa KEN DNF Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo KEN DNF
Women’s 1500: Faith Kipyegon Breaks the Kenyan Record Again
Faith Kipyegon is on another level in the women’s 1500 right now, at least until world indoor champ Sifan Hassan or world outdoor champ Genzebe Dibaba decide to open up. Just as she did two weeks ago in Shanghai, Kipyegon destroyed the field over the final lap, winning in 3:56.41, 1.69 seconds up on runner-up Dawit Seyaum. World indoor bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia was third in 4:00.18, while Jenny Simpson was the best of the rest in fourth in 4:01.57. American record holder Shannon Rowbury struggled and was only 10th in 4:04.65.
The pace went out quickly, with rabbit Chanelle Price towing the field through in just under 63 seconds at 400 and 2:07 at 800 (all splits from this race are approximate as the NBC camera was all over the place during the race). By the time Price dropped out at 1000 meters, Kipyegon, Tsegay and Seyaum were running 1-2-3 in single file and had six meters on the chase pack, led by Rowbury. By the bell, that lead had almost doubled as Simpson moved up into fourth ahead of Rowbury. On the backstretch, Kipyegon and Seyaum pulled away from Tsegay, opening up a massive gap on the chasers as Kipyegon hit 1200 in 3:11 (around 64 for the last 400). Seyaum was still on Kipyegon’s shoulder on the back stretch, but began to crack on the final turn. That crack turned into a major fissure on the home stretch as Kipyegon pulled away with ease to earn another dominant victory in 3:56.41 thanks to a 60-second last lap. That makes two Kenyan records in two races for Kipyegon this year.
Further back, Simpson, Brenda Martinez and surprising Aussie Linden Hall rounded the final turn three-wide in the battle for fourth; Simpson came out on top, just holding off Hall, 4:01.57 to 4:01.78.
QT #1: American medal hopes in this event in Rio may hinge on which other athletes show up
Kipyegon soundly beat everyone today and Seyaum and Tsegay (medallists in the 1500 at World Indoors this year) were also well ahead of the top American, Simpson, in fourth. And it’s very hard to envision any American beating Sifan Hassan (world indoor champ, bronze at world outdoors last year) or Genzebe Dibaba if both are in top shape in Rio.
Now Diamond League 1500s are not the same as Olympic 1500s, but when you crush the field by as much as Kipyegon has in the last two weeks (2.52 seconds and 1.69 seconds), it doesn’t really matter. The silver lining for Simpson and the other Americans is that Dibaba has been dealing with a toe injury this year and even if she is close to 100% in Rio, she may not even run the 1500. Likewise, Hassan has not raced since world indoors, but we don’t know whether that’s because she’s hurt or merely resting. If either Dibaba or Hassan isn’t in the field in Rio, the medal chances for Simpson, Rowbury and others go way up. Overcoming the Ethiopians is tough, but beating Dibaba is close to impossible.
QT #2: A step in the right direction for Jenny Simpson
The three women who beat Simpson today all beat her in Shanghai two weeks ago as well, but it’s clear that this was a much better effort by Simpson overall. She was 4th today vs. 6th in Shanghai and ran almost three seconds faster (4:04.56 to 4:01.57). The gaps between Simpson and the women in front of her also shrunk considerably. Check it out:
Time ahead of Simpson in Shanghai: 7.74 seconds
Time ahead of Simpson in Eugene: 5.16 seconds
Time ahead of Simpson in Shanghai: 4.69 seconds
Time ahead of Simpson in Eugene: 3.47 seconds
Time ahead of Simpson in Shanghai: 1.83 seconds
Time ahead of Simpson in Eugene: 1.39 seconds
The gap to Kipyegon is still massive and she’s still a fair amount behind Seyaum, but with 11 weeks to go until the Olympics, Simpson has some time to dig into that deficit. Simpson afterwards said she’s moving in the right direction and noted in season’s past she’s opened in the 4:08 range. She wants to be at a point where she can run in front of a race but isn’t there yet. *Post race interviews here
QT #3: Linden Hall’s breakout 2016 continues
Hall was only 8th at NCAAs last year for Florida State and entered 2016 with a pb of 4:10.41. Good for a collegian but not competitive on the global stage. But she was 2nd at the Australian Championships in April, ran a massive PB of 4:04 at Payton Jordan in May and went even faster today, running 4:01.78 to become the third-fastest Australian of all time. After two huge PRs, shaving off any more time will be tough, but Sarah Jamieson’s 10-year-old national record of 4:00.93 should certainly be on Hall’s radar.
QT #4: A bad outing for Shannon Rowbury
Rowbury so rarely has bad races that it’s jarring when she runs poorly. But she did today, as she fell apart over the final 400, finishing a well-beaten 10th in 4:04.65. Not counting Oxy the last two years (where Simpson was coming back on tired legs due to a same-day double), this was the first time Rowbury had lost to an American other than Jenny Simpson in a 1500/mile since April 2014. Of course, most Americans would kill for Rowbury’s “bad day” time of 4:04 but the world indoor bronze medallist will hold herself to a higher standard.
1500 Metres - Women Pts 1 Kipyegon , Faith Chepngetich KEN 3:56.41 10 2 Seyaum , Dawit ETH 3:58.10 6 3 Tsegay , Gudaf ETH 4:00.18 4 4 Simpson , Jennifer USA 4:01.57 3 5 Hall , Linden AUS 4:01.78 2 6 Weightman , Laura GBR 4:03.04 1 7 Houlihan , Shelby USA 4:03.39 8 Martinez , Brenda USA 4:03.57 9 Reid , Sheila CAN 4:03.96 10 Rowbury , Shannon USA 4:04.65 11 Moser , Treniere USA 4:07.04 12 Efraimson , Alexa USA 4:08.81 Embaye , Axumawit ETH DNF Plis , Renata POL DNF Price , Chanelle USA DNF
Men’s 5000m: Muktar Edris Turns Back Kamworor; Mo Ahmed (!) Takes the Lead at the Bell
This one went out fast (2:04 at 800, 4:10 for 1600) and then slowed a little (8:22 at 3200). By 2 miles, the pace was taking its toll as American Bernard Lagat stepped off the track (he told reporters afterwards he was suffering from a cold). There was a pack of 12 up front that included all the main contenders, plus Americans Hassan Mead and Ben True, who was struggling to stay on the back.
With 800 to go (11:01), the pack was down to 9 and still included Mead. Geoffrey Kamworor had been leading since the rabbits dropped out. At the bell, there was a huge surprise. Mo Ahmed, the Canadian and former University of Wisconsin runner seized the lead. Only Kamworor and Mutkar Edris could go with him. Ahmed led until halfway around the final bend when both Edris and Kamworor went by him. They would battle down the homestretch for the win with Edris pulling away to win in 12:59.43, a 2016 world leader (barely ahead of his 12:59.96 from Shanghai).
QT #1: The 10,000m is the Event Kamworor Might Challenge Mo Farah In, Not the 5000
Kamworor tried to push the pace here a little bit, but this race reminded everyone he’s a longer distance runner. If he’s going to win the Olympics on the track it will be at 10,000 not 5,000m.
QT #2: Huge PB for Ahmed
Ahmed, who is a member of Jerry Schumacher’s Bowerman Track Club, already had the Canadian record of 13:10.00 but his 13:01.74 today was way, way more impressive than that. Not only was this race in worse conditions (sunny, middle of the day, temps in mid-to-high 60s), but he was actually battling for the win against a couple of studs, making a huge move that left DL veterans Thomas Longosiwa, Edwin Soi and Yenew Alamirew in the dust. The 25-year-old Canadian reached a totally new level at Pre.
QT #3: Is It Time for Ryan Hill Fans to Worry?
This was Hill’s first race since his silver medal at World Indoors and he definitely wasn’t sharp, only managing a 13:35. Ben True managed a more respectable 13:12 here (.02 behind Caleb Ndiku), but Hassan Mead continues to be the top American distance runner outdoors in 2016 as he followed up his Oxy 1500 win with a 13:04 here.
5000 Metres - Men Pts 1 Edris , Muktar ETH 12:59.43 10 2 Kamworor , Geoffrey Kipsang KEN 12:59.98 6 3 Ahmed , Mohammed CAN 13:01.74 4 4 Longosiwa , Thomas Pkemei KEN 13:02.91 3 5 Soi , Edwin Cheruiyot KEN 13:03.26 2 6 Mead , Hassan USA 13:04.17 1 7 Alamirew , Yenew ETH 13:04.29 8 Cheptegei , Joshua Kiprui UGA 13:07.53 9 Koech , Isiah Kiplangat KEN 13:08.34 10 Ndiku , Caleb Mwangangi KEN 13:12.25 11 True , Ben USA 13:12.67 12 Tanui , Paul Kipngetich KEN 13:15.22 13 Chelimo , Paul Kipkemoi USA 13:21.61 14 Levins , Cameron CAN 13:26.79 15 Hill , Ryan USA 13:35.74 16 Chelanga , Samuel Kiprono USA 13:46.84 Haji , Yasin ETH DNF Kangogo , Cornelius Kipruto KEN DNF Lagat , Bernard USA DNF Langat , Clement Kiprono KEN DNF Gebrhiwet , Hagos ETH DNS
“B” Mile –National mile: High Schooler Michael Slagowski Goes Sub-4:00 Again, Beats Leo Manzano; Charlie Grice Wins in Second PR in Two Weeks
2015 World Championship finalist Grice’s U.S. tour continued in fine fashion, as he dominated the field to win in 3:52.64, slicing almost two seconds off his pb. That came on the heels of a 1:46.96 800 pb at the Hoka One One meet last weekend. Perhaps Grice’s only complaint is that he didn’t get to face the best of the best at either meet (he was in the third-best heat at Oxy and the B heat here). Perhaps after those results, he’ll be able to get into some better races when he heads back to Europe.
Both high schoolers in the race, Slagowski (4th in 3:59.78, .25 off his pb) and Austin Tamagno (6th in a pb of 4:01.04) acquitted themselves well. Two-time U.S. champ Manzano improved slightly on his last place finish at Oxy last week, finishing fifth in 4:00.27, but he still has a lot of work to do between now and the Olympic Trials.
Quick Take #1: NBCSN did not show this race for reasons beyond comprehension
Rather than show the race, NBCSN aired a live interview with USATF CEO Max Siegel. And as if that weren’t enough, you could see snippets of the race in the background as Lewis Johnson interviewed him. NBCSN, it’s simple: anyone who decided to spend the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend watching track and field wants to see races, not a pointless interview with Max Siegel. At a bare minimum, at least show the video of the race while the audio of the interview plays on top of it. Not showing the race at all is inexcusable.
One Mile - Men Race 1 1 Grice , Charlie GBR 3:52.64 2 Wolde , Dawit ETH 3:55.80 3 McNamara , Jordan USA 3:58.28 4 Slagowski , Michael USA 3:59.78 5 Manzano , Leonel USA 4:00.27 6 Tamagno , Austin USA 4:01.04 7 Hughes , Matthew CAN 4:01.98 8 Cabral , Donald USA 4:02.29 9 Fleet , Mac USA 4:06.10 10 Sawe , Jonathan Kiplimo KEN 4:08.22 Kemboi , Edward Kibet KEN DNF Wieczorek , Mark USA DNF Casey , Patrick USA DNS
Women’s 100 Hurdles: Keni Harrison Breaks the AR, Gives the WR a Scare and Moves to #2 All-Time
When someone gets on a tear in the high hurdles, they’re usually tough to beat and Harrison has certainly done that in 2016. Her 12.36 opener on April 8 tied her for ninth all-time and since then, Harrison had added victories at the Drake Relays (12.56) and Cayman Invitational (12.42). Conditions were near-perfect for hurdling today with a slight tailwind (0.7) and Harrison responded by running a near-perfect race, taking down Brianna Rollins’ American record by running 12.24 to get the win today.
Harrison got a great start and her form was immaculate over every hurdle as she stormed away from the field. Only Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova has ever run faster (she set the world record of 12.21 in 1988). It’s up to you if you want to believe whether a world record by a Bulgarian in the 1980s is legitimate.
QT #1: A truly amazing run for Harrison, but she’s still not a lock for the U.S. Olympic team
If we were to pick a favorite for gold in Rio right now in the women’s hurdles, it would definitely be Harrison, but to even make it out of the U.S. trials will still be a challenge. Remember, last year Sharika Nelvis ran 12.34 (then #7 all-time) in the prelims at USAs and came within .01 of missing out on the team entirely. Jasmin Stowers, who was setting the world on fire early in 2015 (running 12.35 in Doha last may, which was then #7 all-time), was only 5th in the final at USAs. When one hit hurdle could be the difference between a U.S. championship and staying home for the summer, it doesn’t take much for a favorite like Harrison to be upset.
100 Metres Hurdles - Women Wind: +0.7 m/s Pts 1 Harrison , Kendra USA 12.24 10 2 Rollins , Brianna USA 12.53 6 3 Stowers , Jasmin USA 12.55 4 4 Ali , Nia USA 12.72 3 5 Nelvis , Sharika USA 12.82 2 6 Talay , Alina BLR 12.85 1 7 Porter , Tiffany GBR 12.90 8 Harper Nelson , Dawn USA 13.01
More coming below. Flash recaps.
Women’s 200: Tori Bowie Gets a Big PB, Takes Down Dafne Schippers in 21.99
World champ Schippers got off to a good start, but coming off the turn it was Bowie in the lead just ahead of world silver medallist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. Schippers, to their outside, tried her best to run them down and wound up getting Thompson before the line, but Bowie was too good, getting the victory in 21.99. A friendly +1.9 wind helped shed .19 of a second from her personal best as Bowie set a new world leader.
Bowie was extremely pleased with the victory, telling Lewis Johnson afterwards that her coach was “sick and tired of seeing me run 22 seconds.”
200 Metres - Women Wind: +1.9 m/s Pts 1 Bowie , Tori USA 21.99 10 2 Schippers , Dafne NED 22.11 6 3 Thompson , Elaine JAM 22.16 4 4 Prandini , Jenna USA 22.61 3 5 Atkins , Joanna USA 22.62 2 6 Whitney , Kaylin USA 23.17 1 7 Duncan , Kimberlyn USA 23.20 8 McGrone , Candyce USA 23.44
Women’s 100m: English Gardner Just Misses PB and World Leader, Gets Dominant Win in 100m
English Gardner went to the University of Oregon and she dominated some of the world’s best on her home track. She got the dominant win with a favorable 1.5 wind as only Tianna Bartoletta was the only other women to go sub-11.00.
10.81 was .02 off of Gardner’s PB and .01 off of the 2016 world leader.
Double Olympic champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce faded to last in this one.
QT #1: SAFP Has a Ways to Go
This was SAFP first 100 of the season and it showed.
QT #2: Gardner Loves This Track
She’s never run under 10.86 anywhere else.
100 Metres - Women Wind: +1.5 m/s 1 Gardner , English USA 10.81 2 Bartoletta , Tianna USA 10.94 3 Ahouré , Murielle CIV 11.01 4 Facey , Simone JAM 11.09 5 Pierre , Barbara USA 11.11 6 Okagbare , Blessing NGR 11.16 7 Jeter , Carmelita USA 11.16 8 Fraser-Pryce , Shelly-Ann JAM 11.18
Men’s 400 Hurdles: Michael Tinsley Runs Down Kerron Clement Over Final 100 to Win
Tinsley, Clement and Bershawn Jackson were all close heading into the home straight, with two-time world champ Clement holding a slight lead. But Clement chopped his steps badly leading up to the final hurdle, which paved the way for Tinsley to claim victory in 48.74.
400 Metres Hurdles - Men Pts 1 Tinsley , Michael USA 48.74 10 2 Clement , Kerron USA 48.87 6 3 Jackson , Bershawn USA 49.04 4 4 Gibson , Jeffery BAH 49.16 3 5 Copello , Yasmani TUR 49.43 2 6 Hussein , Kariem SUI 49.47 1 7 Culson , Javier PUR 49.51 8 Bett , Nicholas Kiplagat KEN 51.33
Men’s 400m: James and Merritt Entertain
As it usually is when Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt square off, this was an entertaining race. James and Merritt were side by side coming down the final stretch with James doing enough to get the win as Isaac Makwala, who was in striking distance, really faded in 3rd.
1 James , Kirani GRN 44.22 2 Merritt , LaShawn USA 44.39 3 Makwala , Isaac BOT 45.37 4 Cedenio , Machel TTO 45.45 5 Haroun , Abdalelah QAT 45.66 6 Masrahi , Yousef Ahmed KSA 46.08 7 Gardiner , Steven BAH 46.80 8 McDonald , Rusheen JAM 46.82
Women’s 400m: Shaunae Miller Wins
The world leader Shaunae Miller of Bahamas (49.69) got the win here over Francena McCorory of the US to stay undefeated in 2016.
Sanya Richards-Ross was last in 52.16 in her first individual race of 2016.
QT #1: SRR’s Season Could End Before the Olympics
Just like Jeremy Wariner on the men’s side, this is Sanya Richards-Ross’s last season. They both have a ton of work to do if they want to end the season at the Olympics.
Metres - Women Pts 1 Miller , Shaunae BAH 50.15 10 2 McCorory , Francena USA 50.23 6 3 Hastings , Natasha USA 50.86 4 4 McPherson , Stephenie Ann JAM 51.07 3 5 Jackson , Shericka JAM 51.34 2 6 Hayes , Quanera USA 51.82 1 7 Richards-Ross , Sanya USA 52.16 Spencer , Ashley USA DNF
Men’s 100m: Justin Gatlin Wins, De Grasse DFL
The only guy in the world who has Justin Gatlin’s number is Usain Bolt and he wasn’t here.
Gatlin got the win in 9.88 over Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay with a favorable 2.6 wind. Andre De Grasse, the possible future of this event, struggled in last in 10.05.
100 Metres - Men Wind: +2.6 m/s Pts 1 Gatlin , Justin USA 9.88 10 2 Powell , Asafa JAM 9.94 6 3 Gay , Tyson USA 9.98 4 4 Rodgers , Mike USA 9.99 3 5 Ogunode , Femi QAT 10.02 2 6 Webb , Ameer USA 10.03 1 7 Su , Bingtian CHN 10.04 8 De Grasse , Andre CAN 10.05
Men’s Triple Jump: Christian Taylor Pulls Out the Win on His Final Attempt
Taylor took the lead with a leap of 17.46 meters in the third round and held it until Will Claye went 17.56 on his final attempt. But Taylor, as he has so many times in the past, rose to the challenge and got out to 17.76, his best jump so far in 2016, to snatch the win in dramatic fashion.
Triple Jump - Men Pts Wind 1 Taylor , Christian USA 17.76 10 +0.8 2 Claye , Will USA 17.56 6 +0.8 3 Craddock , Omar USA 17.15 4 +1.2 4 Copello , Alexis CUB 16.91 3 -0.8 5 Dong , Bin CHN 16.82 2 +1.2 6 Tamgho , Teddy FRA 16.51 1 +0.4 Dendy , Marquis USA NM
Men’s Javelin: Abdelrahman Takes Down Yego
Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman, the runner-up at the World Champs in Beijing last year, got some revenge on Kenyan world champ Julius Yego, going 87.37 on his final attempt to earn the win.
Javelin Throw - Men Pts 1 Abdelrahman , Ihab EGY 87.37 10 2 Yego , Julius KEN 84.68 6 3 Röhler , Thomas GER 82.53 4 4 Vadlejch , Jakub CZE 80.94 3 5 Hostetler , Cyrus USA 78.21 2 6 Vetter , Johannes GER 78.04 1 7 Walcott , Keshorn TTO 74.99 Krukowski , Marcin POL NM
Men’s Pole Vault: Lavillenie Wins
Renaud Lavillenie, vaulting in a special University of Oregon jersey, cleared 5.71 and 5.81 without missing and that was enough to win as no one else cleared any higher and World Champ Shawn Barber had two misses at 5.81.
Pole Vault - Men Pts 1 Lavillenie , Renaud FRA 5.81 10 2 Barber , Shawnacy CAN 5.81 6 3 Kendricks , Sam USA 5.71 4 3 Wojciechowski , Pawel POL 5.71 4 5 Filippídis , Konstadínos GRE 5.61 2 6 Lisek , Piotr POL 5.48 1 7 Xue , Changrui CHN 5.48
Women’s High Jump: Chaunte Lowe Restore Some Order
The veteran American Lowe put the damper on Vashti Cunningham’s Diamond League debut as Lowe got the win in 1.95. Lowe is the outdoor leader at 1.96 and Cunningham the indoor leader at 1.99.
High Jump - Women Pts 1 Lowe , Chaunté USA 1.95 10 2 Spencer , Levern LCA 1.92 6 3 Licwinko , Kamila POL 1.92 4 3 Trost , Alessia ITA 1.92 4 5 Cunningham , Vashti USA 1.92 2 6 Beitia , Ruth ESP 1.92 1 7 Jungfleisch , Marie-Laurence GER 1.88 8 Pooley , Isobel GBR 1.88
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