Ashton Eaton Celebrates, Yohan Blake Leaves in a Wheel Chair, McCorory over Richards-Ross, Big Throws by Americans, Alonso Edward is Back in Glasgow

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by: LetsRun.com
July 11, 2014

Day 1 of the two day Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix is in the books. 

We recap all the sprint and field event action below. The distance action which saw another win by Sifan Hassan and furious last lap in the men’s 5000 is recapped here.

On the track, Ashton Eaton continued to impress, Yohan Blake left in a wheelchair, Alonso Edward is back, and Francena McCorory took down Sanya Richards-Ross in the big race of the night. Americans impressed in the shot, discus, and long jump. We recap it all below. Day 2 starts at 10 am eastern. Viewing/tv info here.

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Ashton Was All Out

Ashton Was All Out

Men’s 400 Hurdles – Javier Culson Wins, Ashton Eaton PRs and Celebrates

2014 world leader Javier Culson of Puerto Rico moved himself into first place in the Diamond Race with his third Diamond League win of the season in 48.35. But the story here was American Ashton Eaton, the World/Olympic champ/world record holder in the decathlon, who was second in a PR of 48.69. That makes Eaton the sixth-fastest 400 hurdler in the world this year, and the #2 American.

In the race itself, Eaton got out very well and may have even led through the first couple hurdles, but Culson took the lead on the backstretch and stretched it through the final turn. Eaton ran in second for most of the race and though he was pushed hard in the home stretch, was able to hold off Felix Sanchez and Michael Tinsley — the gold and silver medalists from the 2012 Olympics.

Eaton Celebrates at the Finish

Eaton Celebrates at the Finish

Eaton has been focusing on the hurdles this season outdoors and what he’s accomplished is remarkable. He already won the 400 hurdles in Oslo (though it was a non-DL event there). Eaton broke 49 seconds for the first time in Ostrava on June 17 and now he’s down to 48.69, a world-class time for the hurdles. Even more insane is the fact that the 400 hurdles is not a decathlon event and Eaton did not have a 400 hurdle race on record prior to 2014.

Eaton talked to the BBC after the race and was thrilled with his performance.

“I can’t even believe that. I knew I had Tinlsey on my inside and I was like ‘This guy is just going to run up and blow by me.’ When he came up on me, I was like, ‘Just use him’ and I did,” said Eaton. “It’s an honor to compete against them. My very last one (400 hurdles of the year), I wanted to go out well.”

We don’t understand why Eaton isn’t a bigger mainstream star. He’s the world record holder in a marquee event, is charismatic, good-looking and married to one of the world’s top heptathletes, Brianne Theisen-Eaton. He deserves more attention, especially after what he’s accomplished in the hurdles this year.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1 CULSON Javier PUR 48.35 0.200 13 1
2 EATON Ashton USA 48.69 PB 0.188 2 4
3 TINSLEY Michael USA 48.91 0.184 13 2
4 SÁNCHEZ Félix DOM 49.01 0.160
5 CATO Roxroy JAM 49.04 0.204
6 WILLIAMS Rhys GBR 49.75 0.189
7 FLANNERY Niall GBR 49.79 0.178
8 BURTON Tom GBR 50.36 0.187

Screenshot (362)Women’s 400 Hurdles – A Scottish Win

Scotland’s own Eilidh Child gave the crowd what it wanted – a hometown winner in this non-Diamond League event. Child dominated and won by a large margin in a seasonal best of 54.39 (54.82 coming in, her pb is 54.22).

“That was totally my best race of the season. It was such an amazing atmosphere and has me fired up (for Commonwealths),” said Child of the hometown support in the stadium which was less than half full today.

America’s Cassandra Tate, who was third at USAs, was second here in 55.43.

Quick Thought #1: Our goal this week is to make sure everyone knows who America’s 14-year old Sydney McLaughlin is. McLaughlin ran a 55.63 last week. How good is that? It would have placed her third in this race. We really hope since she’s too young for World Juniors that one pro meet will let her run this summer.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME
1 CHILD Eilidh GBR 54.39 SB 0.171
2 TATE Cassandra USA 55.43 0.213
3 WELLS Lauren AUS 55.78 0.173
4 WILLIAMS Tiffany USA 55.81 0.253
5 BARBOSA Vera POR 56.26 0.169
6 STODDART Shevon JAM 56.43 0.233
7 SPENCE Christine USA 57.16 0.150
8 WILSON Nickiesha JAM 57.61 0.188

Men’s 200: Alonso Edward is Back

Alonso Edward of Panama is back. At at 19, Edward ran 19.81 to win the silver medal at the 2009 World Championships behind Usain Bolt. Bolt may have beaten Edward at Worlds, but Edward was faster than Bolt at age 19 (Bolt ran 19.88). Injuries then hit Edward and he hadn’t run under 20.28 since 2009. In 2010 and 2012, he didn’t even dip under 21 seconds.

That has changed this year. Edward ran 20.00 in May, and then at the Lausanne Diamond League meet last week he ran 19.84 for the win.

Today he faced 2014 world leader Warren Weir (19.82) and it was no contest. Coming off the turn together, Edward pulled away for the win in 20.25 to Weir’s 20.30. Don’t let the 20.25 (-0.7 m/s wind) confuse you, Edward was clearly best in this one and let up before the line making the final result look closer than it was.

QT: Edward is back but what has happened to Weir?
Weir ran 19.82 into the wind in NYC and hasn’t been under 20.17 since.

Wind:-0.7
RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME
1
PAN
20.25
0.191
2
JAM
20.30
0.168
3
USA
20.31
0.164
4
USA
20.40
0.148
5
GBR
20.44
0.162
6
GBR
20.77
0.163
7
USA
20.91
0.170
8
BEL
20.96
0.152

 

Coming off the bend

Coming off the bend

Women’s 400- McCorory over Sanya Richards Ross

Just as they did at USAs two weeks ago, world indoor champ Francena McCorory and Olympic champ Sanya Richards-Ross went 1-2 in the women’s 400. Richards-Ross and Diamond Race leader Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica went out hard and with 100 to go, McCorory still had a lot of work to do. Her patience paid off as Richards-Ross and Williams-Mills began to tie up while McCorory used her strength to power away for the field and record just the third sub-50-second performance of 2014 (McCorory is the world leader at 49.48 from USAs).

This was a big win for McCorory (her second DL win of 2014) over an Olympic-caliber field. Five of the eight finalists from last year’s World Championships were in this race as well as the resurgent Richards-Ross.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1 MCCORORY Francena USA 49.93 0.173 6 2
2 RICHARDS-ROSS Sanya USA 50.39 0.179 6 2
3 WILLIAMS-MILLS Novlene JAM 50.60 0.231 14 1
4 MCPHERSON Stephenie Ann JAM 50.98 0.162 4 4
5 MONTSHO Amantle BOT 51.35 0.214 3 5
6 GEORGE Regina NGR 51.82 0.176
7 HASTINGS Natasha USA 52.38 0.172 2 6
8 MASSEY Kelly GBR 52.67 0.181
Yohan Blake is wheeled off the track in Glasgow in 2014

Yohan Blake is wheeled off the track in Glasgow in 2014

Men’s 100 – Yohan Blake Leaves in a Wheel Chair as Three Go Sub 10 as Ashmeade Wins It

The top three were all under 10.00 as it was very tight. In the end, Nickel Ashmeade was your champion in 9.97. The US’s Mike Rodgers had the same time and Nesta Carter ran 9.98 for third.

The big story, however, may have been that 2011 world champ Yohan Blake, who missed last year with injury, pulled up with another injury in this one and had to be wheeled off in a wheelchair. Blake wasn’t gaining on the leaders and seemed to be forcing it trying to catch up before going down.

Wind:+0.3
RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
JAM
9.97
SB
0.143
4
4
2
USA
9.97
SB
0.158
9
1
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3
JAM
9.98
SB
0.140
3
5
4
GBR
10.03
=SB
0.181
5
SKN
10.07
SB
0.150
1
7
6
TTO
10.09
0.143
6
3
7
GBR
10.21
0.151
8
GBR
10.23
0.141
JAM
DNF
0.151

Men’ 110h – William Sharman Gets the Upset Win

The Brits got an upset win here as William Sharman got the win equaling his personal best of 13.21. Hansle Parchment, who ran 12.94 last week in Paris, could only manage a 13.31 here.

The focus for Sharman is the Commonwealth Games. He told the BBC, “It’s going well but I’m still training hard as I want to do well when we get to the championships.”

He then had some insightful comments for athletes struggling with confidence. When told by the BBC announcer that it must really help to go into meets running so well, being full of confidence, Sharman’s reply was, “I’ve been doing some interesting work when I was in the States. What they’ve been trying to tell me is, ‘Confidence doesn’t come into it (whether you run well or not). You’ve got a job to do so just get out there and do your job.’ So regardless of how I feel day to day, I try and stay emotionless and just do my job.”

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME
1 SHARMAN William GBR 13.21 =PB 0.141
2 PORTER Jeff USA 13.27 SB 0.136
3 SHUBENKOV Sergey RUS 13.29 0.180
4 RILEY Andrew JAM 13.31 0.128
5 PARCHMENT Hansle JAM 13.31 0.162
6 HARRIS Aleec USA 13.39 0.158
7 WILSON Ryan USA 13.48 0.153
8 ADAMS Spencer USA 13.61 0.156
9 BRAITHWAITE Shane BAR 13.62 0.137

Women’s 4 x 100  Great Britain Wins Easily

Carmelita Jeter of the US, coming back from injury, led off for the US and wasn’t able to keep it very close to the British team. Despite having English Gardner on the second leg, the US wasn’t a factor and would finish 4th. The British team dominated this one winning in 42.74, runner-up was the British “B” team.

QT: The world record is nearly 2 seconds faster than this in 40.82. Amazing.

RANK RELAY NATION RESULT REACTION TIME
1 GREAT BRITAIN & NI A GBR 42.74 0.140
2 GREAT BRITAIN & NI B GBR 43.36 0.154
3 ALL STARS MIX 43.40 0.229
4 STARS AND STRIPES USA 44.11 0.163
5 POLAND POL 44.59 0.167
6 WALES GBR 45.10 0.166
7 SCOTLAND GBR 46.55 0.231
IRELAND IRL DNF 0.148

Field Events

Men’s Shot Put – Reese Hoffa 21.67 Scottish All-Comers Record

Reese Hoffa had a massive throw to win the men’s shot put. He had a Scottish All-Comers record of 21.67 to win. Two-time defending world champ David Storl was second in 21.38.

World indoor bronze medallist Tom Walsh threw a New Zealand record of 21.23 (previous pb of 21.16) to get third.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULTWIND DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1 HOFFA Reese USA 21.67 SB 11 1 20.27 20.55 21.67 21.01 21.31 21.55
2 STORL David GER 21.38 8 2 20.68 x x 21.26 21.38 x
3 WALSH Tom NZL 21.23 NR 1 5 21.23 20.76 20.25 x x 20.52
4 KOVACS Joe USA 20.94 8 2 x 19.09 20.94 x 20.74 20.90
5 MAJEWSKI Tomasz POL 20.75 20.27 20.54 20.22 x 20.35 20.75
6 LAURO Germán Luján ARG 20.58 20.57 x 20.40 x 20.58 x
7 ROBERTS Kurt USA 20.31 1 5 x 20.08 20.01 x x 20.31
8 PRÁŠIL Ladislav CZE 20.14 19.97 20.14 x 19.85 x x
9 WHITING Ryan USA 20.06 1 5 x 20.06 x

Men’s Pole Vault  – Poles Go 1-2

This wasn’t a Diamond League event and  Poles Pawel Wojciechowski and Piotr Lisek went 1-2 both clearing a modest 5.67.

Wojciechowski was the world champ in Daegu in 2011.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT 5.205.80 5.355.83 5.50 5.60 5.67 5.74
1 WOJCIECHOWSKI Pawel POL 5.67 xxx o o
2 LISEK Piotr POL 5.67 o o xo o xxx
3 SCHERBARTH Tobias GER 5.50 o xxx
4 EAVES Max GBR 5.35 o xxx
4 THOIRS Jax GBR 5.35 o xxx
6 SAWANO Daichi JPN 5.35 xxo xxx
DUTRA Augusto BRA NM xxx
WALKER Brad USA NM xxx

Women’s Discus – USA’s Gia Lewis-Smallwood Gets Huge Upset Win

In a big upset, U.S. champ Gia Lewis-Smallwood became just the second American, man or woman (after Stephanie Brown-Trafton in 2011) to win a Diamond League event in the discus. Lewis-Smallwood PR’d by 1.30 meters to defeat World/Olympic champ Sandra Perkovic, who had won 14 straight DL events coming in. The mark also puts Lewis-Smallwood third on the all-time U.S. list.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULTWIND DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1 LEWIS-SMALLWOOD Gia USA 67.59 PB 8 2 61.59 65.24 64.20 67.59 64.69 64.44
2 PERKOVIC Sandra CRO 66.30 18 1 62.31 64.14 64.32 65.63 60.79 66.30
3 SAMUELS Dani AUS 65.21 5 3 63.55 63.53 x 63.92 x 65.21
4 SENDRIUTE Zinaida LTU 61.87 x 58.83 58.78 57.29 x 61.87
5 PÉREZ Yaime CUB 61.41 59.48 x 61.41 x x 59.92
6 CRAFT Shanice GER 59.90 2 4 59.90 57.82 x 54.88 x x
7 RODRIGUES Irina POR 58.81 55.64 58.81 x x 55.72 52.77
8 GLANC Zaneta POL 57.68 x 53.55 57.20 54.90 57.68 56.63

Women’s Long jump: Tianna Bartoletta’s Great 2014 Continues as She Outlasts Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Tianna Bartoletta’s tremendous 2014 continued as she got the win here. The 2014 USA 100m champ got the win here in 6.98 to give her the four longest jumps in the world in 2014. Bartoletta, the only woman over 7.00m in 2014, needed to jump well here as she was challenged by Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson who jumped a pb of 6.92 to become the #2 Brit of all-time. British record holder (6.95) Shara Proctor jumped a season’s best of 6.82 for 3rd.

QT: Katarina Johnson-Thompson is ranked #4 in the world in the heptathlon but she his a very good long jumper. She won the world indoor silver and keeps getting better.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULTWIND DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1 BARTOLETTA Tianna USA 6.98+1.2 8 1 4.31(+0.5) 6.72(0.0) 6.97(+0.3) 6.98(+1.2) 6.69(-0.8) 6.89(-0.6)
2 JOHNSON-THOMPSON Katarina GBR 6.92+0.6 PB 2 6 6.44(+0.9) x(+0.5) 6.92(+0.6) x(+0.8) x(+1.5) 6.85(+1.7)
3 PROCTOR Shara GBR 6.82+1.2 SB 3 5 6.55(+0.7) 6.55(+0.6) 6.59(+1.6) 6.82(+1.2) 6.65(+0.7) 6.07(+1.0)
4 NETTEY Christabel CAN 6.73+1.1 SB 6.43(+1.9) x(+1.0) 6.44(0.0) 6.47(+0.7) 6.73(+1.1) 6.45(+0.5)
5 JIMOH Funmi USA 6.70+1.6 1 9 6.60(+0.1) x(+0.1) x(+1.2) 6.47(+0.7) 6.70(+1.6) x(+1.5)
6 MOGUENARA Sosthene GER 6.69+1.8 1 9 6.69(+1.8) x(+0.2) x(+1.9) 6.23(+0.8) x(0.0) 6.51(+1.3)
7 JARDER Erica SWE 6.57+1.1 6.57(+1.1) 5.21(+1.1) x(+0.8) 6.37(0.0) x(+0.5) 5.34(-0.7)
8 STUART Bianca BAH 6.52+0.9 x(+0.9) 6.36(-0.4) x(+0.5) x(-0.7) 6.52(+0.9) 6.39(+0.7)

Men’s High Jump

None of the big names were in this one.

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT 2.15 2.19 2.22 2.25 2.28 2.31
1 THEINER Wojciech POL 2.28 o o o xo o xxx
2 FASSINOTTI Marco ITA 2.25 o o o o xxx
3 TOBE Naoto JPN 2.25 o o xxo o xxx
4 MASTORAS Antonios GRE 2.25 o xo o xo xxx
5 ROSS Nick USA 2.22 o o o xxx
5 SMITH David GBR 2.22 o o o xxx
7 BAKER Chris GBR 2.22 o o xxo xxx
8 JONAS Dusty USA 2.19 o o xxx
9 SMITH Allan GBR 2.15 xo xxx

More: LRC Glasgow Day 1 Distance Recap: Sifan Hassan Wins Again, Hagos Gebrhiwet Returns To Form, The Americans Struggle Mightily in the 5000 and Jordan Hasay PRs Jordan Hasay was dead last in the 1500 but was an American bright spot as she still PR’d by over 2 seconds. The American men struggled big time in the 5000.
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Day 1 Full Results

 


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