IAAF Meetings in Doha and Tokyo Kick Off 2014 Outdoor Season
The opening of the 2014 Diamond League season did not disappoint, as Friday’s meet in Doha saw four athletes reach 2.37m/7-9.25 in the men’s high jump, the first time in history for the feat to be accomplished in the same meet. Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) matched his PR by doing so and made an attempt at the American record with the bar at 2.41m/7-10.75, but just nudged the bar to give Russia’s Ivan Ukhov the win. Joining Kynard and Ukhov at clearing 2.37m were Canada’s Derek Drouin and Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim, who tied for the bronze medal in London.
2013 world champion LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Virginia) matched his own 2014 world leading time of 44.44 in the men’s 400 meters, holding off a field that have combined for four of the 10 fastest times in the world this year. 2013 world champion David Oliver (Denver, Colorado) crossed comfortably in 13.23 (-0.5) in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, his fourth win of the 2014 outdoor season.
In Tokyo at the IAAF Golden Grand Prix, Jenny Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) turned in a world-leading 4:03.91 in the women’s 1,500 meters, while Brianna Rollins (Miami, Florida) won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record time of 12.62 (-1.9). Justin Gatlin (Orlando, Florida) ran into a -3.5 headwind and still won the men’s 100 meters in an impressive 10.02, edging compatriot Michael Rodgers (St. Louis, Missouri) who crossed in 10.11.
Olympic gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) competed in both the women’s 100 meters and long jump, securing the sprint victory in 11.18 and finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 6.78m/22-3. Olympian Amanda Bingson (Las Vegas, Nevada) threw 71.73m/235-4 twice in Tokyo to take second in the women’s hammer throw, while fellow American Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) was third at 71.13m/233-4.
Olympian and three-time world indoor champion Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Missouri) took home his third straight victory of the outdoor season, winning the men’s shot put with a toss of 21.33m/69-11.75. Compatriot Cory Martin (Bloomington, Indiana) was the only other athlete who produced a mark above 20 meters, finishing second with his throw of 20.73m/68-0.25.
USATF.tv to broadcast USATF High Performance Classic & the Manchester CityGames LIVE
USATF.tv will air both the USATF High Performance Classic and the Manchester CityGames live later this week. The USATF High Performance Classic, held on the campus of Occidental College at Jack Kemp Stadium, airs Thursday, May 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET, while USATF.tv will pick up coverage of the Manchester CityGames at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 17.
The mission of the meet is to provide an outstanding competitive opportunity for America’s elite middle & long distance runners and optimal racing conditions for them to attain IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games qualifying standards. Last year, the USATF Distance Classic produced an American Junior Record, 2 meet records, and 12 “A” and 34 “B” qualifying standards for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. A total of 56 athletes set new personal bests.
The Manchester CityGames provides a unique opportunity for fans to see the world’s best compete in an urban environment. In its sixth year, the event takes place on the Great CityGames track on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester, as well as at the athletics arena in Albert Square. A crowd of 20,000 is expected and fans can watch live on USATF.tv beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 17.
IAAF World Juniors to be Biggest IAAF event on U.S. soil
The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships look to be the biggest IAAF event to be held on U.S. soil.
177 member federations have expressed interest in the championships, held July 22-27 in Eugene, Oregon, with 1758 athletes provisionally entered.
According to the IAAF, based on number of competitors, the biggest ever World Athletics Series event hosted by the United States was the 1992 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Boston, where 580 athletes from around the world competed.
Based on member federations, the biggest World Athletics Series event to be held in the USA was the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, where 84 nations took part.
2014 USATF Regional Open Track & Field Championships Announced
The Associations Committee, in conjunction with its Region Representatives, has announced the 2014 USATF Regional Open Track & Field Championships. The following events represent Open Track & Field Region Championships for East, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Mid-America, West and Northwest Regions. While athletes and clubs are not required to compete in the meets to qualify for the USATF National Club Track & Field Championships, each of these meets do offer a $600 travel stipend to the winning men's/women's teams for travel support to the National Club Championships in Tacoma, WA (July 11-12).
June 6-7 USATF Southeast Region Open Track & Field Championships (Raleigh, NC)
June 7 USATF West Region Open Track & Field Championships (Los Angeles, CA)
June 8 USATF Mid-America Region Open Track & Field Championships (St. Paul, MN)
June 14 USATF Northwest Region Open Track & Field Championships (Seattle, WA)
June 21 USATF East Region Open Track & Field Championships (Albany, NY)
June 28 USATF Southwest Region Open Track & Field Championships (Dallas, TX)
June 29 USATF Midwest Region Open Track & Field Championships (Waukesha, WI)
Weekend Results Links
IAAF Diamond League - Doha
IAAF Golden Grand Prix - Tokyo
American Track League - Charlottesville
Guadeloupe International Meeting 2014