For Team USA, the waiting is finally over.
Though 29 years have passed since they got the chance to represent their country on home turf at a senior IAAF track and field championship, 58 of their athletes are relishing the chance to do so again when the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 begin on Thursday (17).
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).
The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center saw another world best, a world junior best, and six world-leading marks at the 20th edition of the IAAF Indoor Permit meeting now known as the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday night (7).
Four more US stars who have graced an Olympic Games or IAAF World Championships podium – Jenn Suhr, Mary Cain, Matthew Centrowitz, and Brenda Martinez – have been added to the roster of the 20th edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, on 7 February.
In his past five wins on the IAAF Diamond League circuit, Jairus Birech has looked almost unbeatable but in Brussels he was pushed all the way by European record-holder Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. However, the Kenyan pulled out his first run under eight minutes to secure the Diamond Race title.
Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez, the two US women who earned medals in the middle distances at this year’s IAAF World Championships, are the first names to be announced for the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, on 8 February.
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.