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News and Notes - May 16, 2014


Manchester CityGames LIVE on featuring Olympic medalists Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells

The sixth annual Great CityGames Manchester is set for Saturday, May 17 at 8 a.m. ET live on The CityGames provide a unique opportunity for fans to see the world’s best compete in an urban environment. 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.


U.S. athletes competing at the event include Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson (women’s 100mH), Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells (women’s 100mH), Olympians Trell Kimmons (men’s 100m) and Dalilah Muhammad (women’s 200mH), para athletes Paul Peterson (men’s 100m - T44, men’s 200m - T44) and David Prince (men’s 200m - T44), and World Relays team member Stacey-Ann Smith (women’s 200m).


In a bit of a World Relays preview, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Bahamas’ Chris Brown are both entered in the men’s 150 meters at the Great CityGames.


A crowd of 20,000 is expected and fans can follow along on social platforms with the hashtag #GCGM2014.


8th Ponce Grand Prix World Challenge boasts numerous Olympians and World Champions

The fourth IAAF World Challenge of 2014 takes place in Ponce, Puerto Rico with multiple Olympians and World Champions in the entry lists. There are 15 events in the day-long meet, including the men’s 100 meters with five members of the World Relays pool (Walter Dix, Marvin Bracy, Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell and Mookie Salaam).


The men’s 400 meters also looks solid with recent World Indoor 4x4 champions Kind Butler and David Verburg, as well as Olympians Josh Mance, LaShawn Merritt, Manteo Mitchell and Jeremy Wariner.


Four American women are also competing in the women’s hammer throw in Ponce, including Amanda Bingson, who leads all competitors with a PR of 75.73m/248-5 and threw 71.73m/235-4 twice at the World Challenge meeting in Tokyo last weekend.


Live results are available courtesy of the Ponce Grand Prix.


Diamond League Meeting in Shanghai looks to live up to hype

The second Diamond League meeting of 2014 is shaping up to be a spectacular competition with 35 Americans set to compete in 13 events.


Universal Sports will carry the meet live from 8-10 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 18, both online and on television.


The men’s shot put has a formidable lineup, including Olympians Christian Cantwell and Ryan Whiting, as well as Joe Kovacs, Cory Martin and Kurt Roberts, who have all made names for themselves on the national and international stage in recent years.


The men’s triple jump is sure to be exciting, as Americans Chris Carter, Will Claye and Christian Taylor are all entered in the event. Carter was a member of Team USA at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, while Claye and Taylor are both Olympic and World medalists in the event.


Taylor will be switching it up next weekend, however, as he is in the pool for the men’s 4x400-meter relay at the World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas. A full list of U.S. competitors is below and broadcast coverage will begin with the men’s 400-meter hurdles and extend through the end of the meet.





6:00 a.m.

Women’s Long Jump

Tori Bowie, Funmi Jimoh, Tori Polk

6:10 a.m.

Women’s Discus

Gia Lewis-Smallwood

6:25 a.m.

Men’s Shot Put

Christian Cantwell, Joe Kovacs, Cory Martin, Kurt Roberts, Ryan Whiting

6:45 a.m.

Women’s High Jump

Inika McPherson

7:45 a.m.

Men’s Pole Vault


8:04 a.m.

Men’s 400m Hurdles

Johnny Dutch, Bershawn Jackson, Michael Tinsley

8:13 a.m.

Women’s 1500m

Treniere Moser, Jenny Simpson, Morgan Uceny

8:26 a.m.

Men’s 100m

Justin Gatlin, Michael Rodgers, Charles Silmon

8:27 a.m.

Men’s Triple Jump

Chris Carter, Will Claye, Christian Taylor

8:30 a.m.

Men’s Javelin


8:36 a.m.

Women’s 400m

Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Francena McCorory

8:46 a.m.

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Jamie Cheever

9:06 a.m.

Men’s 800m

Brandon Johnson, Tyler Mulder, Erik Sowinski

9:17 a.m.

Women’s 200m

Kimberlyn Duncan, English Gardner, Tiffany Townsend, Charonda Williams

9:26 a.m.

Men’s 5000m


9:50 a.m.

Men’s 110m Hurdles

David Oliver, Ryan Wilson


Olympians to Help Start Races this Weekend

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard is making an appearance at the Let Me Run 5k in Charlotte, North Carolina. Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle.


Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams is the official starter at the Marine Corps Historic Half on Sunday, May 18 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Williams will assist the U.S. Marines in launching the race and both runners and the public will have an opportunity to obtain her autograph, pose for pictures and hear more about Williams’ experiences during the Historic Half Speaker Series on Saturday, May 17 at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo.


Williams is one of just five individuals in the world and the first American woman to have won medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.


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