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Weekend Roundup - July 10, 2017

7/10/2017
 

Kendricks wins fourth Diamond League title this year, Crouser breaks meet record

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Diamond League series stopped in Lausanne on Thursday, where a number of Americans showcased their talents while competing for gold.


Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks continued to dominate the competition, winning the men’s pole vault with a highest vault of 5.93m. The win marks Kendrick’s third victory within the past two weeks, sweeping two Diamond League titles in six days just shortly after his personal-best and National title at USATF Outdoors. Kendrick’s recent performances will give him momentum heading into the World Championships in August.


Rio Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser shattered the men’s shot put, breaking a meet record and taking the title with a best throw of 22.39 meters.


Also of note, Justin Gatlin ran a sub-10 100m for the second time this season finishing in 9.96 and capturing the title in a close battle against Ben Youssef Meïté at 9.98 and Akani Simbine in 9.99.


Other notable performances came from Ashley Spencer, who won the 400m hurdles in 53.90, and the American 100m women who swept the top 6 spots. Sharika Nelvis finished first with a season-best time of 12.35, Jasmin Stowers followed in second with 12.57 and Christina Manning in third with 12.58, a personal best.


USATF athletes run world leads at London Diamond League

LONDON -- Team USATF won six events at the Muller Anniversary Games in London on Sunday as part of the IAAF Diamond League. Athletes competed on the same track where the IAAF World Championships will take place in less than a month, beginning August 4.


Nine-time Olympic medalist and reigning World champion, Allyson Felix, ran to victory in the women’s 400m with a world-leading time of 49.65. Felix was followed by fellow Olympian Courtney Okolo at 50.29 and defending World 400-meter hurdles silver medalist Shamier Little with a personal best of 50.40, giving the US women a 1-2-3 sweep in the event.


“I just wanted to put my plan together and execute my race,” Felix said after her win. “I just wanted to run my race and concentrate on me. This is my first Diamond League [400m this year], so it is good to get underway with a win. I am looking forward to get some more training in before the World Champs. It was great to get a run out on [this] track before [they start]."


The men’s 200m was also dominated by USATF athletes, as Ameer Webb took the title running a 20.13, while Fred Kerley and Isiah Young both followed behind coming in at a tie at 20.24. Kerley edged Young by the thousandth, 20.234-20.240


In addition, USATF athletes captured wins in three of the four hurdling events. Rio Olympic champion Kerron Clement claimed the title in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a season’s best of 48.02, while world record holders Aries Merritt and Keni Harrison each won their respective events. 2012 Olympic champion Merritt won the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.09, while Harrison returned to the track where she set her world record to win the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 12.39, holding off 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia.


The last USATF victory came from reigning Olympic and World long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta, setting a new meet record and season’s best with a final jump of 7.01m/23-0. Bartoletta surpassed the previous meet record of 6.99m set in 2009.


USATF athletes also turned in runner-up performances in London, including 2016 Olympian Vashti Cunningham, who jumped 1.97m to finish second in the women’s high jump, defending Diamond League champion Cassandra Tate’s 54.59 in the women’s 400m hurdles and 2017 USATF Outdoor champion Donavan Brazier, who finished second in the men’s 800m with a season’s best of 1:43.95.


Hostetler and Ince win big at JavFest

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania -- The third annual JavFest, a three-day festival of javelin competitions for all ages and athletes, was hosted Friday through Sunday at East Stroudsburg High School.


On the women’s side, both winners threw meet records with Dana Baker taking home the high school girls’ title with a best throw of 51.56m/169-2, the second-best throw by a high schooler in 2017. Former Rice University Owl Ariana Ince won the women’s collegiate/open title with a winning mark of 61.38m/201-4, a new meet record and just .02 off the IAAF World Championships standard.


On the men’s side, Cyrus Hostetler captured the men’s collegiate/open crown with a World Championships standard of 83.12m/272-8. Roman Mitchell won the boys’ high school title with his best throw of the day, a 63.25m/207-6 effort.


Check out full results from JavFest here.


Over 900 athletes to compete at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships this week

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Over 900 athletes ages 30-101 will compete at the 50th annual USATF Masters Outdoor Championships running Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16. Among the athletes are Olympians, former World champions and record holders who all demonstrate a lifetime of health and fitness.


Fans can watch the action live from Baton Rouge on USATF.TV each day beginning at 8:00 a.m. CT, and be sure to follow along with #USATFmasters on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.



Katherine Deighan

Communications Intern

USATF

130 E. Washington St., Suite 800

Indianapolis, IN 46204

katherine.deighan@usatf.org



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