The first gold medal of the IAAF/BTC World Relays went to the USA whose quartet exuded confidence throughout the race to cross the line in 7:04:84.
Last year, Kenya fulfilled its role as favourite and took the victory but they made astonishing hard work of it with an erratic race which showed tactical naivety and inexperience at relay running over this distance, so what lessons will they have learned?
Champions from four continents will grace the men’s two-lap event at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 30 May after the meeting organisers announced their 800m field on Monday (27).
In the middle-distance races, Kenya is always the first name to be mentioned, and here they hold the world record, a 7:02.43 from 2006. They’ll be represented in Nassau by Alfred Kipketer, Ferguson Cheruiyot, Job Kinyor, James Magut, Nicholas Kipkoech, and Sammy Kirongo.
The long wait by world record-holder David Rudisha to return to competition is set to end at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 31 May. The Olympic 800m champion is excited to be finally racing again, as his first start of 2014 will also mark his debut at the Prefontaine Classic.
World champions Lashawn Merritt and Caterine Ibarguen confirmed their superb early season form as they improved their own world leading 400m and triple jump marks at the 8th Ponce Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Puerto Rico on Saturday (17).
Local hurdling hero Javier Culson, 2013 IAAF World Championships gold medallists LaShawn Merritt and Caterine Ibarguen, as well as Hungary’s London 2012 Olympic Games hammer gold medallist Krisztian Pars lead a field of 27 former and current World and Olympic medallists who will compete at 8th Ponce Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Puerto Rico on Saturday (17).
Newly crowned world indoor champion Yarisley Silva and reigning world champions Caterine Ibarguen and LaShawn Merritt are among the leading athletes revealed to compete on May 17 at the Ponce Grand Prix, part of the IAAF World Challenge series.
World and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton made his highly anticipated debut in the 400m hurdles at the Mt SAC Relays on Saturday (19). Although he finished more than half a second behind winner Jeshua Anderson, Eaton gained a lot of confidence from his 50.01 clocking.