Reebok Boston Indoor Games
Held: January 29, 2005 at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Boston, MA
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Top Performances (points earned)
The first round of throwing saw three-time world champion John
Godina leading the competition at 20.68m/67-10.25, followed closely
by 2004's #1 world-ranked Christian Cantwell (20.44/67-0.75) and
two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson (20.34/66-8.75).
Cantwell grabbed the lead in round 2 with his longest toss of the
day, 20.94m/68-8.5, but his lead lasted mere moments. When Nelson
stepped into the ring next, he took the lead for good with
The two-time Olympic Trials champion was not content with that
mark, however, has he popped a giant throw of 21.66m/71-0.75 in the
Dibaba crushes WR
Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2003 world outdoor champion and world junior
record holder, added an impressive open world record to her resume in the
women's 5,000-meter run. Running much of the race with her older sister,
Ejagayehu, the 19-year-old Tirunesh ran splits of 2:55.85 for 1 km and 5:50.9
for 2 km, aided by pacesetter Yelena Kenales. After Kenales dropped off, Dibaba
forged ahead with 8:51.2 at 3 km, and 11:46.62 4 km. She blasted the final
kilometer in 2:46.7 to cross the line in 14:32.93, which annihilated the world
record of 14:39.29 set by countrywoman Berhane Adere in 2004. Ejegayhu Dibaba
was second in 14:58.25.
Her performance caused meet director Mark Wetmore to lighten his wallet by
$25,000, making good on his world-record bonus offer. Dibaba happily accepted an
oversized Visa check card symbolizing her reward.
Rotich (L) and Lagat (R)
wins fast men's mile
The men's mile provided plenty of speed and excitement as
world indoor bronze medalist Laban Rotich moved past Olympic silver
medalist and #1 world-ranked Bernard Lagat to win the Reebok Joe
Concannon men's file. Rotich finished in 3:53.18 to break the Boston
Indoor Games meet record, followed by Lagat in 3:53.61. The duo led
seven finishers under 4 minutes, including Elkanah Angwenyi
(3:54.23), Mark Fountain (3:54.77), Nate Brannen (3:55.11), Rob
Myers (3:58.83) and Scott McGowan (3:58.91).
Cragg overtakes Bekele in dramatic 3,000
Former University of Arkansas standout Alistair Cragg won a somewhat bizarre
Reebok men's 3,000-meter run. With 400 meters remaining, Olympic 10,000-meter
champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia appeared to be unaware that two laps
remained. Sprinting as if he had only 200 meters left, Bekele crossed the
start/finish line first, with Cragg behind him. But Bekele discovered that
another lap yet remained. Cragg immediately passed Bekele, who never recovered.
Cragg finished in 7:39.89 to Bekele's 7:41.42. Markos Geneti was third in
Another Ethiopian, Olympic 5,000m gold medalist and 2004 world indoor 3,000m
champion Meseret Defar, came within an eyelash of breaking the world record in
the Reebok women's 3,000 meter run. Impeded briefly by two runners she was
lapping with 60 meters remaining in the race, Defar sprinted to the finish in
8:30.05, just shy of Berhane Adere's three-year-old world record of 8:29.15.
American record holder David Krummenacker showed he is back in
form after a year and a half of injury-induced setbacks. The 2003
world indoor 800-meter gold medalist took the men's 1,000 meter run
in 2:20.91, not far off his American record of 2:17.86, set at this
meet in 2002. Defending Boston Indoor Games champion Berhanu Alemu
of Ethiopia was second in 2:21.19.
Olympic finalist Muna Lee easily won the women's 200 in 22.99
seconds, while Jason Smoots ran a personal best of 6.53 to win the
men's 60 meters over Leonard Scott at 6.59.
In her first race as a professional, 2004 Indiana University
grad Danielle Carruthers scored an upset over two-time Olympic
bronze medalist Melissa Morrison-Howard in the Visa women's 60-meter
hurdles in 8.06 seconds. Morrison-Howard was second in 8.11.
Kluft wins LJ
Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Carolina Kluft posted a best mark of
6.63m/21-9 on her final attempt to win a Reebok women's long jump competition,
which she led since the second round of jumping. Nolle Graham's best of
6.39m/20-11.75 was good for second, with Olympic Trials runner-up Grace Upshaw
third at 6.34m/20-9.75.
World indoor record holder Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia easily won the women's
800 meters with her time of 2:01.52.
Aislinn Ryan followed by Nicole Blood
In other events, national high school cross country champion
Aislinn Ryan won the junior girls' mile, catching leader Nicole
Blood with 300 meters and going on to win the 4:49.92. Hood was
second in 4:50.87. Leaf Barnes won the junior boys' 1-mile run in
4:13.61. Jerry Harris used a furious kick in the final 60 meters to
win the men's 400 meters in 46.82.
Top U.S. Performances - Reebok Boston Indoor Games
Next up in the Visa Championship Series:
Feb. 4, Millrose Games in New York, NY. On NBC Feb. 5, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET.