Being the only nation in the world that holds distance medley relays with any regularity, it would be the biggest shock of the competition if the USA did not triumph in the newest addition to the IAAF World Relays programme.
There is just over a week to go before the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, which will be held in Nassau on Saturday and Sunday 2-3 May.
They were already leading the athletics medal table at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Inchon, but China went from strength to strength on Thursday (2), adding four more gold medals to their tally.
There was no world record, or even an improvement on his own Asian record, for Mutaz Barshim and he had to be content with just adding the Asian Games record to his ever-growing list of accolades, but there was no doubt that the Qatari high jumper was the star of the show on the third day of the athletics programme in the South Korean city of Inchon on Monday (29).
A new wave of the world’s best distance runners seeks to run the fastest women’s two miles ever on US soil at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 30-31 May. Most are young, and all will be the first women to race an American classic distance at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field.
Two of Germany’s world champions, shot putter David Storl and pole vaulter Raphael Holzdeppe, will share the spotlight on home ground at the Weltklasse in Karlsruhe indoor meeting, as the 2014 IAAF Indoor Permit series gets under way on Saturday (1).
Kenya’s Japhet Korir showed something of the talent that made him the youngest ever IAAF World Cross Country Championships senior men’s winner just over nine months ago, when he triumphed at the Antrim IAAF International Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, on Saturday (4).
The men’s 10km race at the famous Bozen/Bolzano New Year’s Eve event produced a thrilling finish with Ethiopia’s Imane Merga just holding off Kenya’s 2010 World Half Marathon Championships winner Wilson Kiprop to retain his crown on Tuesday (31).