The fact that USA successfully defended their 4x800m title at the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 wasn’t a surprise. But their margin of victory was quite a shock – not least to their opponents.
Their team might be lacking their two star performers from last year, but the USA is still the overwhelming favourite to win the women’s 4x800m in Nassau.
Expectations are high for US 800m star Ajee’ Wilson this summer and she will get a chance to impress in front of a home audience at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 30 May after the meeting organisers announced their women’s 800m field on Wednesday (22).
A sixth consecutive national 10,000m title for Galen Rupp and a late, great, come-from-behind win for Kim Conley in the women’s equivalent were the clear highlights of yesterday evening’s (26) session at the US Championships in Sacramento, California.
USA’s Alysia Johnson Montano, the second-fastest runner this season of those present in Moscow, was the gun-to-tape winner of the first semi-final, winning in a fast time of 1:58.92 and naturally pulling the two time qualifiers to the final from her heat.
The current world’s number one over 1500m, Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi, who runs for the Stockholm-based club Hammarby IF, will compete over 800m at DN Galan meeting at 22 August.
The women’s High Jump contest should be one of the main attraction at the ‘Meeting de Madrid 2013’, an IAAF World Challenge meeting and Spain’s most prestigious athletics event, thanks to the presence of USA’s London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Brigetta Barrett and Croatia’s two-time former World champion Blanka Vlasic on Saturday (13).
Tyson Gay was concerned how he would respond in the 200m (23) on Sunday after winning the 100m in 9.75 two days earlier in the USA Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
World and Olympic 800m champion Mariya Savinova will return to Eugene for the Prefontaine Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League, with a world-class field of challengers, led by 2008 Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo.
New York, USA – US indoor records by Bernard Lagat in the Two Miles, as well as Alysia Montano and Erik Sowinski in the men’s and women’s 600m respectively, highlighted the 106th Millrose Games at The Armory on Saturday evening (16).