Diamond League Glasgow on Universal Sports Saturday
Glasgow is the ninth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League. This weekend marks the first time since 1968 that Glasgow hosts the Diamond League, as the meet is usually held in London.
Friday’s competition was impressive, with Francena McCorory winning the women’s 400 meters in 49.93, the fastest 400m time ever run on Scottish soil. Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross wasn’t far behind, crossing in 50.39.
Gia Lewis-Smallwood turned in a major victory in the women’s discus, throwing a personal best of 67.59m/221-9. Lewis-Smallwood upset reigning European, World and Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic in the process, ending the Croatian’s unbeaten Diamond League streak of 11.
Ashton Eaton continued his inaugural season in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, taking the runner-up spot in a personal best 48.69 in Glasgow. Eaton defeated the reigning Olympic silver and gold medalists in the race, Michael Tinsley (48.91) and Felix Sanchez (49.01). The only man to edge the decathlon world record holder was 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Javier Culson (48.35).
Reese Hoffa won yet another Diamond League title, taking the men’s shot put with his toss of 21.67m/71-1 in the third round to secure four points in the Diamond League race.
Tianna Bartoletta took over the Diamond League lead in the women’s long jump, leaping 6.98m/22-10.75 Friday to defeat Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Shara Proctor.
Saturday’s continuation of the Glasgow Diamond League should prove to be just as entertaining, featuring high-profile events such as the women’s 100m, women’s 200m, women’s 100m hurdles and men’s triple jump. The Universal Sports broadcast begins at 10 a.m. ET.
The women’s 100-meter hurdles is stacked for yet another weekend, with five U.S. athletes looking for the win. Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones and Jasmin Stowers will all take to the track against the likes of Sally Pearson, Olympic champion and two-time Olympic medalist.
Carmelita Jeter is poised for another strong outing in one of the non-Diamond League races, the women’s 100 meters. Jeter, who has been rehabbing a quad injury, is going up against Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye.
Allyson Felix has a tall task in the women’s 200 meters, going head-to-head with Diamond League leader Blessing Okagbare. Other Americans with a chance for valuable Diamond League points in the event are 2013 U.S. champion Kimberlyn Duncan and Shalonda Solomon.
Will Claye got off to a strong start this year, victorious in Eugene, Rome and Oslo. Claye leads the overall Diamond League standings in the men’s triple jump, while compatriot and former collegiate teammate Christian Taylor, the 2012 Olympic champion, is looking for his first Diamond League victory of 2014. Taylor has been in the runner-up spot in Eugene, Rome, Oslo and Paris this summer. Taylor is also tied for third in the Diamond League men’s long jump battle.
ATTENTION MASTERS ATHLETES
Today is the last day for Masters athletes wishing to order Athlete Dinner & Awards Banquet tickets. Both items are sold for $30 each. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the meet or at the door. To order tickets, please contact Bonny Bernat at 336-728-4215 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pole Vaulters: Pole rental is still available; please contact Noel Ruebel, email@example.com, to make your reservation or to inquire about available sizes.