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News & Notes - Thursday, September 8, 2016


Great North CityGames to stream live Saturday on USATF.TV +PLUS

NEWCASTLE/GATESHEAD, ENGLAND -- The 2016 Great North CityGames is set for another showdown on the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead and the action will stream live on USATF.TV +PLUS.

In the U.S., viewers can watch on USATF.TV +PLUS beginning at 9:24am ET. The broadcast and on demand video will be available for USATF.TV +PLUS subscribers. On demand videos will be available here.

After concluding his track & field career in Berlin last week, Bernard Lagat will continue his competitive career on the roads in the mile this weekend. Also currently scheduled to join Lagat in Newcastle and Gateshead are two-time Olympian Wallace Spearmon (150m) and 2016 World Indoor 60m gold medalist Barbara Pierre (100m), as well as Jarret Eaton (110mH), Norris Frederick (long jump), Jasmin Stowers and Jackie Coward (100mH) and Katie Mackey (mile).

Fans can follow along on the action in Newcastle and Gateshead by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GNCG2016.

2016 Diamond League comes to a close with Memorial Van Damme

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- Sixteen Diamond League winners will be named Thursday and Friday at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme, airing live on beIN SPORTS USA and streaming live on beIN SPORTS CONNECT from 2-4 p.m. ET.

Rio Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings is in the hunt for her first Diamond League trophy, but has to defeat Stephenie-Ann McPherson to come out atop the Diamond League standings. 2015 Beijing World Championships bronze medalist Cassandra Tate is in the same situation, needing to defeat Eilidh Doyle in the women’s 400m hurdles to win her first career Diamond League trophy.

On the men’s side, the high jump is one of the most thrilling Diamond Races, as 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard can win the season title if he defeats Bogdan Bondarenko, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Robbie Grabarz. Whomever of the top four current leaders wins on Friday will win the Diamond League trophy.

A full list of entries and the meeting schedule can be found here. Fans can follow along on the action in Z├╝rich by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #BrusselsDL.

IAAF Diamond League Final II – Brussels (all times ET)

Thursday, Sept. 8

11 a.m.

Women’s Shot Put

Michelle Carter, Brittany Smith

Friday, Sept. 9

11:30 a.m.

Women’s Javelin

Kara Winger

1:38 p.m.

Women’s Pole Vault

Sandi Morris

1:45 p.m.

Men’s High Jump

Erik Kynard

2:00 p.m.


2:04 p.m.

Women’s 400m Hurdles

Jaide Stepter, Cassandra Tate

2:13 p.m.

Women’s 100m

Jeneba Tarmoh

2:15 p.m.

Women’s High Jump

Inika McPherson

2:22 p.m.

Women’s 400m

Natasha Hastings, Courtney Okolo

2:33 p.m.

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Jarret Eaton, David Oliver

2:40 p.m.

Women’s 5000m

Marielle Hall, Shannon Rowbury

2:45 p.m.

Men’s Long Jump

Jarrion Lawson

3:05 p.m.

Women’s 100m Hurdles

Jasmin Stowers

3:12 p.m.

Men’s 1500m

Robby Andrews, Ben Blankenship

3:30 p.m.

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Andy Bayer, Hillary Bor, Evan Jager

3:45 p.m.

Men’s 800m

Clayton Murphy

3:55 p.m.

Men’s 400m

Vernon Norwood

Meb Keflezighi Named As 2016 Recipient of the AKTIV Against Cancer Award

NEW YORK CITY -- Meb Keflezighi, will be the recipient of the second annual AKTIV Against Cancer Award, which will be presented at a ceremony during the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon week on November 1st at the historic New York Athletic Club. The luncheon will feature speakers including last year’s recipient, Mary Wittenberg, Global CEO of Virgin Sport, and George Hirsch, Chairman of New York Road Runners (NYRR) among others.

“It is truly an honor to accept this award and support AKTIV Against Cancer,” Keflezighi said. “The path that Grete carved as an athlete and leader for so many causes was so amazing and I am proud to assist in helping her legacy in any way I can.”

Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest runners of our time, Meb Keflezighi brings a higher meaning to “going the distance.” From his arrival in America as an immigrant from Eritrea to his victorious finish at the emotionally charged 2014 Boston Marathon -- now as a proud and patriotic American -- Meb has secured not only his place in history, but also in the hearts and minds of millions. Meb is the only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic Medal -- impressive feats for someone who had never run a mile until middle school.

For more information on Keflezighi receiving the award, please visit AKTIV Against Cancer’s website.

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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