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News and Notes - August 22, 2014


Stockholm sees big performances by U.S. athletes

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Thursday’s DN Galan Diamond League meeting in Stockholm was as entertaining as any this season, as Jenny Simpson closed out the event with a stellar 1,500m finish. With a little more than 100 meters to go, Simpson made her move ahead of Genzebe Dibaba and Sifan Hassan to earn the win in 4:00.38. Hassan and Simpson hit their top gear together but Simpson’s speed was too much for Hassan to maintain, allowing the American to take home the title and four Diamond League points.

In a dramatic women’s 100-meter hurdle race, Queen Harrison earned the victory in 12.66. Harrison was strong in a showdown that saw Sally Pearson get DQ’d, Dawn Harper-Nelson clip a couple hurdles mid-race and Cindy Billaud fail to finish after crashing in between the seventh and eighth hurdles. Harrison extended her Diamond League lead heading into the Birmingham Grand Prix.

VIDEO: In all, six U.S. athletes won Diamond League events in Stockholm: Tianna Bartoletta (LJ), Allyson Felix (200m), Queen Harrison (100H), Reese Hoffa (SP), Jenny Simpson (1,500m) and Michael Tinsley (400H).

Birmingham Diamond League Provisional Entry Lists

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Five U.S. athletes who are leading the 2014 IAAF Diamond League will compete in Birmingham at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday, August 24. The women’s 100 meters will put two familiar competitors against one another, as 100m Diamond League leader Tori Bowie faces off against 200m Diamond League leader Allyson Felix. In their most recent meeting, Felix bested Bowie with a 200m win in Stockholm in 22.85.

Men’s 100 meters leader Mike Rodgers will compete in Birmingham after a disappointing result in Stockholm, as Rodgers was DQ’d from the men’s 100 meters for the first time in his career. Men’s long jump leader Jeff Henderson will take on fellow Americans Mike Hartfield and 2012 Olympic and 2013 Diamond League triple jump champion Christian Taylor in the long jump.

The women’s 100-meter hurdles looks to continue its entertaining matchups, as Diamond League leader Queen Harrison takes on fellow countrywomen Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Brianna Rollins.

Diamond League Leaders - U.S. (through 11/14 meetings)

With three Diamond League meetings remaining, 10 U.S. athletes lead the Diamond League standings heading into the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix Sunday. The remaining meetings after Birmingham are Finals I and II in Zurich and Brussels, respectively.


100 Meters - Mike Rodgers

400 Meters - LaShawn Merritt

400-Meter Hurdles - Michael Tinsley

Long Jump - Jeff Henderson

Triple Jump - Will Claye

Shot Put - Reese Hoffa


100 Meters - Tori Bowie

200 Meters - Allyson Felix

100-Meter Hurdles - Queen Harrison

Long Jump - Tianna Bartoletta


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