After withdrawing from last weekend’s Jamaican Championships with a hamstring injury, Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will be fit to compete in the 200m at the Müller Anniversary Games on Friday 22 July. Meanwhile, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London have added three more top sprinters to the field.
Usain Bolt brought the curtain down on a spine-tingling evening of athletics by anchoring Jamaica to a fourth successive men’s 4x100m title and extended his record-breaking personal haul of IAAF World Championships gold medals to 11 on Saturday night.
The men’s 200m at the Prefontaine Classic on 30 May, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League, will feature five men with PBs faster than 20 seconds.
This event provided one of the highlights of the 2014 IAAF World Relays but this year it turned into a comedy of errors for both Jamaica and the USA.
Last year, the Jamaican quartet of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown and Yohan Blake flew to a world record of 1:18.63, breaking a 20-year-old mark held by a famed Santa Monica Track Club team, to provide one of the highlights of the inaugural edition of the IAAF World Relays.
Sprint superstars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce head Jamaica’s 44-strong squad that will go across the Caribbean to the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, which will be staged in Nassau on 2-3 May.
Several races at the first of this year’s IAAF Diamond League finals had thrilling finishes but the one that had the packed Letzigrund Stadium gasping was the women’s 1500m, when the USA’s Jenny Simpson held off a desperate charge from Shannon Rowbury to win in 3:59.92, just 0.01 ahead of her compatriot on Thursday (28).
The first of two IAAF Diamond League finals will take place at the famous Weltklasse meeting in Zurich with no fewer than 16 Diamond Races to be concluded on Thursday.
Kaliese Spencer confirmed her status as currently the world’s No.1 400m hurdler with another emphatic win at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, while Dawn Harper Nelson ran clean over all 10 barriers to win a thrilling 100m hurdles tussle with Queen Harrison on Sunday (24).
Just six days after setting a Dutch record of 3:57.00 in Paris last Saturday, Sifan Hassan produced another fantastic 1500m finish to beat Abeba Aregawi in a meeting record of 4:00.67 at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, at Hampden Park on Friday (11).
The world best in this seldom-run event is a 1:18.68 by the Santa Monica Track Club at the 1994 Mt SAC Relays. Twenty years later, it’s probably going to see its most serious challenge since 2003, which was the last time any team ran faster than 1:20.