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Darrell Hill sets new PR to win Diamond League final and USATF Athlete of the Week

9/7/2017
 

Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) won the Diamond League shot put title at Brussels with a massive 22.44m/73-7.5 throw that moved him to #8 on the all-time U.S. performers list, set a new meet record, and was an improvement of almost two feet on his previous lifetime best.


Hill usurped the lead from 2016 Olympic champion and fellow World Championships teammate Ryan Crouser on his final throw. Hill’s win clinched the series trophy and $50,000 prize.


At the beginning of the season, IAAF Diamond League announced a new winner-takes-all system where athletes accumulated points to make to it their event’s final meet. Click here for full results.


Other notable performances:

  • Kent State senior Reggie Jagers won the U.S. a gold medal at the World University Games in Taipei, taking discus gold with a throw of 61.24m/200-11. Jagers was the runner-up at the NCAA Championships.

  • Lorraine Jasper broke the W55 American record in the mile by over 2 seconds at the Potomac Valley Games, taking down the 2015 record in 5:39.46.

  • Noah Lyles stormed to victory in the Diamond League 200m at Brussels, clocking 20.00 and turning back world champion Ramil Guliyev in the process.

  • Kathy Martin set a W65 world record in the 3000m at Potomac Valley Games, running a superb 11:42.2 to break the previous Masters record.

  • Dalilah Muhammad, the Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles, won her discipline at the Diamond League final, running 53.89.

  • Christian Taylor earned his sixth Diamond League trophy in the men’s triple jump at Brussels with a best of 17.49m/57-4.75.  


Now in its 16th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30; Darrell Hill, September 6.


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To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.


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