Great performances all around by the US team with 3 of the 4 legs running the fastest splits on the day. The USA is the best 4 x 800 country in the world.
LRC Brenda Martinez was "Absolutely Brilliant"
Kenya won and got the WR as expected but this one had way more drama than expected with Pat Casey handing off in first, David Torrence hanging with Silas Kiplagat and Leo Manzano making it real interesting (for bronze) on the anchor.
LRC David Torrence WOW One of the boldest runs we've seen by an American.
The Kenyans crushed the soft world record and the Americans overcame a violent fall for silver.
What a crazy anchor leg it was in the first final at the loud and raucous World Relays.
US take gold in the men's 4x400 and women's 4x400, 4x200 and 4x800 on day 2.
USA visitors only.
The team of Tianna Bartoletta, Alexandra Anderson, Jeneba Tarmoh and Lekeisha Lawson ran 41.88 to beat Jamaica's 42.28.
Men's 4 x 800 final is tonight. The US should have a great chance if they can get it to the anchor close to the lead.
World Relays Press Conference Notes: "We're from the US and we Never Race for 2nd", Leo To Anchor 4x1500, Forget About Mixed Sex Relays and More
Some interesting tidbits at the presser in advance of the first World Relays. Leo Manzano reminds us there is nothing better than being on a college team.
Mary Cain, Jenny Simpson and Treniere Moser aren't racing but the US women are very much still in the hunt for silver.
Men's 4 X 1,500: A Kenyan Team For The Ages Goes For The World Record, The US Battles Ethiopia For Silver
Please pause and appreciate how SPECIAL this Kenyan men's team is. Their 1,500 PRs convert to an average of 3:46.10 miles per man - faster than Alan Webb's American record. 15:04 for 4 x mile.
Eight years after USATF accidentally appointed convicted doper Dennis Mitchell (of the "five bottles of beer and sex with his wife at least four times" excuse) to be a USA National Team coach, USATF has done it again, but this time for real with the full backing of the USATF national office.
The US is led by the best guy in the field on paper, 1:42.72 man Duane Solomon. Kenya is led by a 17-year old who has never raced on the pro circuit and only broken 1:48 twice in his life. Big USA advantage, right? Think again. *MB: Can the US win gold? *MB: Is this the most entertaining 800 ever run?
On The Boards
- NYTimes: "Of All the Track Coaches to Bring Aboard"
- In Praise of David Torrence
- Can Kiprop Break the 1500M WR?
- What Was Your Favorite "Moment" of The World Relays Champs?
- US Out of 4x100 Final
- Kenya 4x 1500 new wr.
- BRENDA IS A BOSS - Anchors Team USA to gold and AR (8:01.58) in 4 x 800!
- World Relays Day 2 Sunday LIVE Thread
- Kenyan 4 x 1500 Not A Lock For Gold
- Duane should have gone for silver
- Men's 4 X 1,500 Final: Kenya Gets Gold, US Hangs On For Silver At 2014 World Relays
- The USA Women Are Golden In 2014 World Relays 4 X 800!
- Reuters Saturday Recap: Yohan Blake Leads Jamaica To 4 X 200 World Record
- W 1,500: Kenya Crushes World Record, USA Beats Old World Record, Australia Celebrates Bronze
- World Relays Start With A Bang As Kenya Holds On For Gold And USA Settles For Bronze In 4 X 800
- It's Official: Bahamian Paper Says Duane Bang And US 4 X 800 Team The Favorites
- Women's 4 X 1,500: Expect A World Record From Kenya And A Silver From The US Women
- Men's 4 X 1,500: A Kenyan Team For The Ages Goes For The World Record, The US Battles Ethiopia For Silver
- Men’s 4 x 800 Preview: Can The US Men With Duane Solomon Takes Down An Inexperienced Kenyan Squad?
- Women's 4 X 800 Preview: Can The US Women Take Down Eunice Sum And Kenya And Win Gold?