Can Emma Coburn get a medal? What about a gold?
Hassan was far and away the best over the final 100 as she won over Faith Kipyegon (4:03.38) while Simpson was third in 4:03.54. Nyambura won for the third time in four DL races with Coburn running 9:20.67 for third. Switzerland's Selina Büchel won the non-DL 800 (2:01.68) while Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.55 100h) and Allyson Felix (22.09 200) also grabbed wins.
Teammates Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson will look at a minimum to mark themselves as favorites for Worlds. Could they also get American records in the process? Shannon Rowbury will look to become just the 5th woman in history to join the sub-2:00/sub-15:00 club.
Farah will face five men who have broken 7:31 including Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yenew Alamirew. The women's 1500 features '14 world leader Sifan Hassan and '13 world champ Abeba Aregawi, while Ethiopians Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Ayalew will race in the women's steeple. Justin Gatlin (100) and Allyson Felix (200) headline the non-distance action.
Tabor Stevens, the NCAA XC champ and fastest American collegiate steepler last year, got a big win, so did German Fernandez, and Michael O'Hara got four of them. More track action, coaching advice, and a chance encounter with Geoffrey Kamworor in the airport which reminded us of Paul Tergat and Moses Tanui meeting President Bush.
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Emma Coburn outkicked Hiwot Ayalew for the first time ever at the Continental Cup as Jairus Birech outkicked Evan Jager in the steeplechase.
Discuss: Nice $30,000 Win for Emma Coburn to End Season!
Tbe 3000 and 5000 are lacking depth (and we propose a combining of them at this meet) but there's nothing wrong with the mid-d events as world champ Eunice Sum will take on world leader Ajee Wilson and the in-form Lynsey Sharp. Shannon Rowbury will look to end her season with an elusive victory over world leader Sifan Hassan and world junior champ Dawit Seyaum. Finally, American record holder Emma Coburn faces Diamond League champ/world leader Hiwot Ayalew and world junior champ Ruth Jebet in the steeple.
Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi beat Ayalew (2nd) and Emma Coburn (5th) in the race, but Ayalew still won the DL title and the $40,000 prize that goes with it. Americans to win DL titles included Jenny Simpson (1500), Tianna Bartoletta (LJ), Reese Hoffa (SP), Christian Taylor (TJ), Michael Tinsley (400 hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400) and Dawn Harper-Nelson (100 hurdles).
The first of the two DL finals should be spectacular as the winner of the men’s 800 and women’s 1500 likely will take home $50,000 and a spot into 2015 Worlds whereas second will get just a $6,000 consolation prize. Plus New Balance teammates Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson try to bring home DL titles to the USA.
Kszczot followed up his victory at Europeans by taking down Nijel Amos in the 800 in a negative-split 1:45 while Emma Coburn was just third in the steeple in 9:20. Allyson Felix and Queen Harrison got wins in the sprints while Nesta Carter won the 100 in 9.96. In the field events, Reese Hoffa won to extend his lead in the DL standings while France's Renaud Lavillenie's 20-meet win streak is history after he failed to clear a height on a poor night for jumping. Plus a B-heat victory for Leo Manzano.
Simpson will have her hands full with the red-hot Hassan as Shannon Rowbury, Brenda Martinez, Genzebe Dibaba and Meraf Bahta (who beat Hassan to win 5,000 gold at Euros) are also entered in the 1500. Coburn will try to lower her American record as she battles Ethiopian rivals Hiwot Ayalew and Sofia Assefa.
Emma Coburn's torrid 2014 continued as she set her fourth PR of the year in the steeple but this one was historic for her and many others in the race. Read all about it.
What a meet. 3:57.22 for Simpson, first sub-13:00 of 2014, sub-4:00 for Rowbury, Emma Coburn, and Kiprop over Amos.
Hellen Obiri looks to keep winning against Abeba Aregawi and Jenny Simpson in the women's 1,500. Can Simpson get the AR or can Rowbury break 4:00? Asbel Kiprop takes on Nijel Amos and the 800 specialists and Emma Coburn goes for her second DL win in the women's steeple. Can she get the American record as well?