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Weekend Roundup - Monday, May 20, 2019


— At Shanghai, the second Diamond League meet of the young season saw Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman in an epic battle for 100m superiority. Coleman, as one would expect from the indoor 60m world record holder, had a rocket start and a clear lead on the field midway through the race. Lyles stormed through the final 20m to outlean Coleman at the line, with both men timed in 9.86, separated by only .006.


In the other eagerly-awaited matchup, Rai Benjamin ran to a U.S.-leading 47.80 as he finished second in the 400m hurdles to Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who clocked a world-leading 47.27.


American-leading performances came from Sydney McLaughlin, runner-up in the 400m in 50.78, Alexa Efraimson with a 4:04.53 in the women’s 1,500m and Mel Lawrence in the 3,000m steeplechase at 9:44.36. Paul Chelimo also notched an outdoor AL with his 13:13.94 in the 5,000m, and Ari Ince threw 60.26m/197-8 in the women’s javelin.


One of the biggest upsets of the meet came in the women’s shot put, where Chase Ealey beat China’s reigning world champion Lijiao Gong by six inches with a 19.58m/64-3 toss.


— Team USATF athletes swept the men’s sprints at the Osaka IAAF World Challenge meet in Japan, led by Michael Norman’s 19.84 in the 200m. That tied his personal best and gave him a margin of victory of more than a half-second. Justin Gatlin sped to the 100m title in 10.00, and Vernon Norwood captured the top spot in the 400m in 45.79. Omar Craddock was the other men’s winner for the U.S., triple jumping 17.16m/56-3.75.


Reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad won another 400m hurdles race with a 53.88, and Mikiah Brisco topped the 100m field in 11.33. Sharika Nelvis outleaned Australia’s Sally Pearson for the 100m hurdles win in 12.70.


— World record holder Keni Harison hurdled to a world-leading 12.47 at the 100m distance at the Baie-Mahault meet in Guadeloupe to lead a quintet of U.S. winners. Will Claye came away on top in the triple jump, going 17.40m/57-1, and Byron Robinson won the men’s 400m hurdles in 49,37. Raevyn Rogers won the women’s 800m by more than a second in 2:00.67, while Keturah Orji had a U.S.-leading 6.80m/22-3.75 to win the women’s long jump ahead of four-time World champion Brittney Reese.


— Tucson’s Elite Classic is a thrower’s dream meet, and this year’s edition didn’t disappoint as Ryan Crouser blasted a 22.67m/74-4.5 to win the shot put and Sean Donnelly became the first American man to meet the 2020 Olympic qualifying standard in the hammer with a PR throw of 77.59m/254-6. Donnelly had set a PR of 77.21m/253-3 in the Thursday portion of the meet, with Kennesaw State’s Daniel Haugh placing second with a 75.55m/247-10, moving him to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. collegian list.


— Cloud County and New Mexico JC came away with the men’s and women’s team trophies at the NJCAA Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico, but Kenny Bednarek of Indian Hills CC was the star. Bednarek had a stunning, and very windy, 19.49 in the 200m prelims, pushed by a 6.1 meters per second gale. It was the fastest wind-aided mark ever, and the second-fastest time ever run by an American in any conditions. The freshman showed it wasn’t a fluke in the final, romping to a U.S.-leading 19.82 into a 0.8 wind to set a JUCO record. He also won the 400m in 44.73, a lifetime best.


Terrance Laird, a sophomore from Hinds CC, also enjoyed the windy conditions in the 200m prelims, winning the first heat in 19.64 with a 5.6 mps tailwind to move to No. 10 on the world all-time all-conditions list.

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