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Final weekend of track & field full of marquee matchups

9/11/2015
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the final weekend of track & field upon us, there are plenty of marquee matchups and strong showdowns to whet both the casual and dedicated fan’s appetite. Between the Diamond League Final II at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, the Great North CityGames, DecaNation and the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile, there is something for everyone.


Memorial Van Damme on beIN SPORTS Friday

BRUSSELS -- Eight American Diamond League leaders are looking for titles Friday, as the 2015 Diamond League comes to a close with the Final II taking place at the Memorial Van Damme. Joe Kovacs is in the hunt for his first Diamond League title in the men’s shot put, while Bershawn Jackson could see a challenge in the men’s 400mH Diamond from fellow countryman Johnny Dutch. Justin Gatlin looks to secure yet another Diamond League title in the men’s 100 meters, facing off against compatriot Mike Rodgers today. Rodgers has a busy weekend ahead, entering the men’s 100 meters three races this weekend: Diamond League Final II, Great North CityGames and DecaNation.


Three U.S. hurdlers are all up for the Diamond League title, with Dawn Harper-Nelson, Sharika Nelvis and Jasmin Stowers all in the running. Allyson Felix enters her first of two races this weekend, looking for another Diamond League title in the women’s 200 meters. Francena McCorory is also the Diamond League leader in the women’s 400 meters and looks to secure her crown in Friday’s race.


Gatlin will also look to pull off another phenomenal double, competing in the non-Diamond League men’s 200 meters just over an hour after his men’s 100 meters race.


beIN SPORTS has coverage of the Memorial Van Damme beginning at 2 p.m. ET in the U.S. Fans can also stream the event online on beIN SPORTS Connect.


Time (ET)

Event

U.S. Athletes Competing

11:55 a.m.

Women’s Discus Throw

Whitney Ashley

12:25 p.m.

Men’s Shot Put

Reese Hoffa, Joe Kovacs, Ryan Whiting

1:20 p.m.

Men’s Para 100m (non-DL)

Richard Browne, Paul Peterson

1:30 p.m.

Men’s Pole Vault

Sam Kendricks

1:50 p.m.

Men’s 400 Meters (non-DL)

Kyle Clemons

2:00 p.m.

beIN SPORTS Broadcast Begins

2:04 p.m.

Men’s 400m Hurdles

Johnny Dutch, Bershawn Jackson

2:14 p.m.

Men’s 100 Meters

Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers

2:29 p.m.

Men’s Triple Jump

Omar Craddock, Christian Taylor

2:32 p.m.

Women’s 200 Meters

Allyson Felix, Candyce McGrone, Jeneba Tarmoh

2:39 p.m.

Women’s 3000m SC

Emma Coburn, Stephanie Garcia

3:09 p.m.

Women’s 100m Hurdles

Dawn Harper-Nelson, Sharika Nelvis, Jasmin Stowers

3:16 p.m.

Men’s 200 Meters (non-DL)

Justin Gatlin, Isiah Young

3:23 p.m.

Women’s 1 Mile

Chanelle Price, Shannon Rowbury, Jenny Simpson

3:35 p.m.

Women’s 400 Meters

Natasha Hastings, Francena McCorory

3:41 p.m.

Men’s 5000 Meters

Chris Derrick, Ryan Hill, Galen Rupp, Ben True


Great North CityGames on USATF.TV Saturday

NEWCASTLE -- USATF.TV has fans covered for the Great North CityGames, beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, September 12. World 400m Champion Allyson Felix will continue her busy weekend by taking on the field in the women’s 150 meters Saturday. Mike Rodgers will also get another race under his belt with the men’s 100 meters at 10:40 a.m. ET. Jeneba Tarmoh competes in an impressive double Saturday with appearances in the women’s 150 meters at 10:16 a.m. ET and the women’s 100 meters just 34 minutes later.


Time (ET)

Event

U.S. Athletes Competing

9:12 a.m.

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Kevin Craddock

9:22 a.m.

Men’s 1 Mile

Peter Callahan

9:36 a.m.

Men’s T44 100 Meters

Richard Browne

9:46 a.m.

Men’s 500 Meters

Johnny Dutch, Erik Sowinski

9:56 a.m.

Women’s 100m Hurdles

Jasmin Stowers

10:16 a.m.

Women’s 150 Meters

Allyson Felix, Candyce McGrone, Jeneba Tarmoh

10:40 a.m.

Men’s 100 Meters

Mike Rodgers

10:50 a.m.

Women’s 100 Meters

Jeneba Tarmoh


Team USA looks to secure eighth consecutive DecaNation title

PARIS, France -- Mike Rodgers closes out his busy weekend by representing Team USA at the 2015 DecaNation meet in Paris, France. Rodgers is joined by World Championships bronze medalist Michelle Carter and men’s 4x400m gold medalist David Verburg in leading the Americans at the yearly international one-day showdown.


Created and hosted by the French Athletics Federation in 2005, DecaNation is a team competition between nations from around the world where event specialists compete in 20 different competitions. The winner of each individual event earns nine points for his or her team, with seven points for second place, six for third and so on. Besides the U.S., competing nations this year will be China, France, Japan, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.


Team USA has dominated the event, winning the past seven consecutive contests and eight of the last 10 since the event began in 2005.


A full schedule of events can be found here and the Team USA roster is below.


Women’s 100m

Barbara

Pierre

Women’s 400m

Francena

McCorory

Women’s 100m Hurdles

Sharika

Nelvis

Women’s 800m

Chanelle

Price

Women’s 1500m

Katie

Mackey

Women’s 3000m SC

Ashley

Higginson

Women’s Shot Put

Michelle

Carter

Women’s Discus

Gia

Lewis-Smallwood

Women’s High Jump

Amy

Acuff

Women’s Long Jump

Janay

DeLoach

Men’s 100m

Mike

Rodgers

Men’s 400m

David

Verburg

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Aleec

Harris

Men’s 800m

Erik

Sowinski

Men’s 1500m

Robby

Andrews

Men’s 3000m SC

Donn

Cabral

Men’s Shot Put

Reese

Hoffa

Men’s Discus

Russ

Winger

Men’s Triple Jump

Omar

Craddock

Men’s Pole Vault

Sam

Kendricks


NYRR 5th Avenue Mile

NEW YORK CITY -- On Sunday, September 13 from 1-1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, see USATF 1500m champions Matt Centrowitz and Jenny Simpson take on their miling rivals, both American and international. The men’s professional race will start at 1:03 p.m. ET and the women’s professional race will start at 1:18 p.m. ET.


Americans competing in the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile are below, courtesy of NYRR.org.


Name

Twitter Handle

Bernard Lagat

@Lagat1500

Matthew Centrowitz

@MattCentrowitz

David Torrence

@David_Torrence

Dan Huling

@DanielHuling

Garrett Heath

@_garrettheath

Kyle Merber

@TheRealMerb

Christian Soratos

@soratos_miler

Mac Fleet

@macfleet1

Ford Palmer

@GoFordPalmer

Daniel Winn

@DanielWinn

Colby Alexander

@okaycolby


Name

Twitter Handle

Shannon Rowbury

@ShannonRowbury

Jenny Simpson

@trackjenny

Treniere Moser

@TreniereMoser

Amanda Eccleston

@AmandaEcc

Heather Wilson

@heathawilson

Heather Kampf

@HeatherRaeKampf

Rachel Schneider

@rachschneid3

Nicole Tully

@NicoleSchappert

Alysia Montano

@AlysiaMontano

Kerri Gallagher

@kgall3




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