The Athletissima organisers have signed up 13 winners from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 13 winners from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 to compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on 6 July.
Three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz will return to the Prefontaine Classic on 27 May to compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting’s most famous race, the Bowerman Mile.
A women’s distance medley relay team featuring three global medallists set a world indoor best of 10:40.31 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the opening meeting of the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour.
When the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour kicks off on Saturday (28) afternoon at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, the fans packing the bleachers will be counting the Olympic medallists, a pastime learned over the 125 years of the city’s marathon.
Olympic gold medallists Matthew Centrowitz, Ekaterini Stefanidi and Jenn Suhr have confirmed their return to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the kick-off meeting of the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour, on 28 January.
Of the dozens of Athletissima match-ups that feature prominently on tomorrow evening’s IAAF Diamond League meeting programme, among the most intriguing is the one pitting Matthew Centrowitz of the US, the freshly-minted Olympic 1500m champion, and Asbel Kiprop, Kenya’s three-time world 1500m champion, over the rarely-run 1000m distance.
The men’s 1500m final was one for the ages, although not in the way you might expect. The gold medal was won in a time of 3:50.00, the slowest time since 1932, and the last time there was a US winner at this distance in the Olympics was back in 1908.
Day 10 of a tumultuous US Olympic Trials closed on Sunday (10) at Eugene, Oregon, with agony for one of athletics’ old stars and ecstasy for one of its new ones. Felix missed the Olympic team in the 200 by .01, while 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin made it by setting a world U20 record* in the 400-meter hurdles.
Organisers of the Prefontaine Classic claim that their Bowerman Mile field for this year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting on 28 May is the best they have ever had.
They saved the best for last. On the final day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, a sellout crowd of 7191 filled the stands at the Oregon Convention Center. Throughout an action-packed two-hour programme, they witnessed several individual displays to remember, and some thrilling contests they’ll simply never forget.
Matthew Centrowitz electrified the capacity crowd in the Oregon Convention Center with an impressive finish to become the first US man to win the world indoor 1500m title.