London Saturday: Mercy Cherono Wins As Molly Huddle Almost Gets The Upset, Eunice Sum Stays Perfect And Nijel Amos Wins A Nail Biter With David Rudisha
Huddle was the only one to go with the rabbit and was still in contention with 100 to go, but lost out to the world silver medalist Cherono. In the steeple there was a fierce battle between Conseslus Kiopruto and Jarius Birech, Eunice Sum dominated the 800 and Nijel Amos and David Rudisdha finished only .10-seconds apart while Boris Berian went for it. In non-distance action, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6-meters, Valerie Adams lost again and South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk blew the 400 field away. We recap it all here.
2015 USA 800 Preview: Ajee Wilson Leads a Loaded Women's Field; Can Boris Berian Go From 1:48 to National Champ in Three Months?
We feel very confident in predicting one thing about the 800s. Ajee Wilson and Boris Berian are going to Worlds. After that, it's going to be a lot of fun seeing what happens.
2015 adidas Grand Prix Preview: Usain Bolt Races in the U.S. For The 1st Time Since Breaking The 100m WR in 2008 & David Rudisha Returns to the 800 After Injury
Storylines abound in New York. Duane Solomon is one of several Americans who will face Rudisha, while the women's 800 includes Brenda Martinez and Ajee Wilson. Ben True and Nick Willis take on top talents Hagos Gebrhiwet, Dejen Gebremeskel and Thomas Longosiwa in the men's 5,000. Plus Grant Fisher goes in the Dream Mile and Mary Cain runs the 1000 in her first race since taking a break from NOP.
Shanghai Preview: Ben Blankenship Takes on Big Boys Silas Kiplagat & Ronald Kwemoi; Eunice Sum (800) & Jairus Birech (Steeple) Open Up In Their Specialties
Molly Beckwith-Ludlow, faces world champ Eunice Sum in the 800 while World XC champ Agnes Jebet Tirop faces 2013 WC bronze medalist Almaz Ayana in the women's 5,000. In non-distance action, there's a great HJ with Mutaz Essa Barshim & Bohdan Bondarenko, plus Merritt vs. James in the 400 and VCB vs. SAFP in the 100.
U.S. Women Repeat in 4x800 With Comfortable 8:00.62 Victory
Chanelle Price (2:01.30), Maggie Vessey (2:00.92), Molly Beckwith-Ludlow (1:59.50) and Alysia Montaño (1:58.90) all ran great as the U.S. easily beat runner-up Poland and shaved .96 of a second off the national record.