Armand Duplantis narrowly failed to set his third consecutive world pole vault record in the space of 12 days as he came close to clearing 6.19m at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais in Lievin, France, the sixth stop of the World Athletics Indoor Tour, on Wednesday (19).
The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour began with national records and fantastic performances in Boston, as world champions Donavan Brazier and Nia Ali kicked off their Olympic campaigns with victories at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday night (25).
Organisers of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix have announced that world champion Nia Ali and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal will go head-to-head in the 60m hurdles in Boston at the opening World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting of 2020 on 25 January.
Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Nia Ali is a top-quality performer outdoors but she is perhaps best remembered for winning back-to-back world indoor 60m hurdles titles in 2014 and 2016 and, remarkably, giving birth to her son, Titus, in between her twin global successes.
Organisers of the PSD Bank Meeting have confirmed that two-time world indoor champion Nia Ali will line up against European champion Cindy Roleder in the 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Dusseldorf on 1 February.
In a race which regularly serves up some of the Olympics' most dramatic moments, it would be remiss to not make prominent mention of the glittering cast list of stellar talent who have not made the start line for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Marketing and nationalistic fervor cause signs at the US Olympic Trials to proclaim this is the toughest team to make. Yet there has been some evidence of that. It was indisputably the case in the women’s 100m hurdles Friday (09) night, the seventh day of the U.S. selection competition. In a field so deep, there was inevitability of a fast hurdler being left behind. Turns out it was the fastest.
On Friday, at the Oregon Convention Center, Nia Ali was doing a lap of honour and giving endless interviews after winning her second world indoor title in the 60m hurdles.
Day two at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 saw the athletes take to the track for the first time, with the fans who packed the stands being treated to a night to remember. Here are the six pivotal storylines from an unforgettable evening.
In the build-up to the women’s 60m hurdles final, all the talk was about the two Americans who had recorded blistering times to win their semi-finals, Brianna Rollins and Kendra Harrison.