News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 17
1. American sprinters roll at Doha Diamond League
2. Cherobon-Bawcom, Gotcher headline USA 25 km Championships
American sprinters roll at Doha Diamond League
Allyson Felix, Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin all raced to meet records while LaShawn Merritt recorded a meet record and established a world-leading time as Americans dominated the sprinting events in the opening meet of the Diamond League season Friday in Doha, Qatar.
At the first of 14 meetings in the Diamond League this year, Jillian Camarena-Williams (second in the shot put), Jesse Williams (second in the high jump), Kellie Wells (second in the 100m hurdles) and Angelo Taylor (third in the 400m) joined Felix (100m), Dix (200m), Gatlin (100m) and Merritt (400m) in picking up top three finishes Friday.
In her second 100m of the year, Felix, the two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200m, ran to a personal best of 10.92 to finish just ahead of two-time Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, who placed second in 10.94. It’s the second victory in the event already in 2012 for Felix. LaShauntea Moore placed fifth at 11.13.
Dix, the 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist in the 100m and 200m and the 2011 Diamond League champion in the 200m, separated from the field to win in 20.02.
Fresh off his World Indoor gold medal in the 60m, Gatlin edged former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica to win in a time of 9.87. Mike Rodgers placed fourth in a time of 10.00.
Merritt led a 1-3 American finish in the men’s 400m as he established a new world-leading time at 44.19. The 2011 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist finished ahead of Angelo Taylor, who placed third in 44.97.
Camarena-Williams followed up her bronze medal in the shot put from the 2011 World Outdoor Championships by placing second Friday at 19.81m/65-0 and 2011 Jesse Owens Award winner and reigning world champion Williams cleared a height of 2.30m/7-6.5 to place second in the high jump.
Wells placed second in the 100m hurdles in a time of 12.72 to finish ahead of Nia Ali, who was fourth in 12.93.
The next Diamond League meeting is slated for Saturday, May 19, in Shanghai. For complete results of Friday’s competition in Doha check www.diamondleague.com.
Cherobon-Bawcom, Gotcher headline USA 25 km Championships
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Brett Gotcher are two of the top athletes entered in Saturday’s USA 25 km Championships. The event will be hosted for the 19th year by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cherobon-Bawcom has dominated the U.S. women’s road championships since she became eligible to compete for the U.S., last fall. In 2011, she picked up wins at the 20 km, 10 mile and 10 km distances to win the women’s overall USA Running Circuit title. In 2012, Cherobon-Bawcom finished fifth at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in January and won the 15 km championships as well.
Other women challenging for the win include 2011 runner-up Dot McMahan, Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz, Kathy Newberry and Alvina Begay.
Gotcher also took fifth place at the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2:11:06. Earlier this year he set a 5 km road personal best of 14:00 at the B.A.A. 5 km. Gotcher’s biggest threat will be 2011 runner-up Josh Moen. Others to watch include Ryan Bak, Christopher Landry and Joseph Chirlee.
A webcast of the USA 20 km Championships will be available on Saturday afternoon in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCirucit.com.
About the USARC
The USA 25 km Championships are the fourth stop on the 2012 USA Running Circuit (USARC), and features a total championship prize purse of $30,200. The men's and women's champion will each earn $7,000.
The 2012 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA long distance running championships. The USARC attracts the best U.S. distance runners and has ten events for men and women. The 2012 USARC will feature more than $909,000 in circuit prize money.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000 and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2012 USA 25 km Championships visit www.usatf.org and www.USARunningCircuit.com.