Diriba_Buze1-BAA10k18.jpgBuze Diriba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Buze Diriba won at the UAE Heathly Kidney run in 2018. She's back to defend on April 28!

Taylor_Christian1-Brussels17.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pichardo_Pedro-Lausanne17.jpgPedro Pichardo, photo by PhotoRun.net
Taylor vs Pichardo
NANJING (CHN): Christian Taylor, Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod are among the seven Olympic champions so far confirmed for the Nanjing World Challenge on 21 May. Taylor will go head-to-head with his long-time rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo in the triple jump, Thompson faces double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the 200m and McLeod faces Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega and world record-holder Aries Merritt from the United States in the 110m hurdles. Olympic champion Jeff Henderson faces one day before in a street event world champion Luvo Manyonga and leading Chinese jumpers Wang Jianan, Huang Changzhou and Gao Xinglong in the long jump along with European outdoor and indoor champion Miltiadis Tentoglou. Three-time Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta competes in the women's long jump. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Brianna McNeal is confirmed in the 100m hurdles and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement faces Turkey's world silver medallist Yasmani Copello in the 400m hurdles.

Flanagan_ShalaneFV1a-Baa10k16.jpgShalane Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net
PORTLAND (USA): Shalane Flanagan will undergo knee surgery. She wrote on Instagram: "After months of tedious rehabilitation for my knees we have come to the conclusion that surgery is the next step. I'm bummed that I couldn't heal them with less invasive treatment but excited to work my tail off way towards pain free walking and running again!"

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After months of tedious rehabilitation for my knees we have come to the conclusion that surgery is the next step. I'm bummed that I couldn't heal them with less invasive treatment but excited to work my tail off way towards pain free walking and running again! So today I'm off to Colorado with the support of my husband and family to get this healing party started!! ❤️💪🏼❤️💪🏼 If there is anything I know for sure, a setback is only a setup for a comeback. Never take your health for granted. Please send positive healing vibes my way! 💋💋

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Norman_MichaelPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgMichael Norman, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2019 Mt.SAC Relays had some fine performances, and the college, club and elite are all listed below. But the one that knocked track fans' proverbial socks off was the men's 400m, where Michael Norman opened up at 43.55, the 4th fastest 400m of all times. Not noted in the rush on Norman was one Rai Benjamin, who ran 44.31. Mr. Benjamin ran 47.02 last year for the 400m hurdles!

Samba_AbderrahmanPort-IAAFgala18.jpgAbderrrrrrahman Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net
Samba fastest in April ever 47.51
DOHA (QAT, Apr 22): On the second day of the Asian Championships four World leads were the highlights. Qatar's Abderrahman Samba smashed the championship record in the 400m hurdles by more than one second, improving the mark from 48.67 to 47.51 in his first competition of the season over the hurdles, also a World lead and fastest ever in April. Chinese Taipei's Chieh Chen was second in 48.92 with India's Jabir Madari Plliyalil third in 49.13. Samba's teammate Abubaker Haydar Abdalla just missed the championship record in the 800m but front ran to victory in 1:44.33 (51.09 through 400m) WL and PB to win by more than two seconds. There were also championship records and world-leading marks from China's Wang Zheng in the hammer with 75.66m ahead of compatriot Luo Na (72.23m) while Asian record-holder Chao-Tsun Cheng from Chinese Taipei won the javelin with 86.72m ahead of India's Shivpal Singh (86.23 PB) and Japan's Ryohei Arai (81.93m). Elsewhere on the track, Kazakhstan's Olga Safronova won the women's 100m title in a championship record of 11.17 (11.21 in the heat) ahead of China's Liang Xiaojing (11.28), Indian Dutee Chand clocked national record 11.26 in semifinals. Japan's Yoshihide Kiryu won the men's 100m title in 10.10 (10.12 in the semifinal) ahead of Indonesia's world U20 champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri who set a national record of 10.13. Kuwait's Yousef Karam clocked a national record of 44.84 to win a high quality 400m final ahead of Bahrain's Abbas Abubaker (45.14 PB) and Kazakhstan's Mikhail Litvin (45.25 national record) and Thailand lowered their national record and championship record to 38.72 to qualify fastest for the 4x100m final. Uzbekistan's Rulsan Kurbanov won the triple jump with a 16.93m PB, India's Tejinder Pal Singh went out to 20.22m in the shot put and China's Lu Minjia won the long jump with 6.38m. In other track finals, Vietnam's Thi Lan Quach won the 400m hurdles in 56.10 ahead of Bahrain's Aminat Yusuf Jamal (56.39) and India's Gomathi Marimuthu beat China's Wang Chunyu in the 800m, 2:02.70 PB to 2:02.96.
Samba_AbderrahamanR1-Oslo18.jpgAbderrahman Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gong_Lijiao-Worlds18.jpgLijao Gong, photo by PhotoRun.net

Carter_Michelle1a-Tracktown17.jpgMichelle Carter, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schwanitz_Christina-Euro16.jpgChristina Schwanitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the finest women's shot put fields ever assembled in North America will be competing at Stanford University on 30 June. Lijao Gong, Michelle Carter and Christina Schwanitz will be competing at the Pre Classic, to be held one year at Stanford before returning to the new Hayward Field complex in 2020.

Tickets for the 45th annual edition of the Prefontaine Classic, to be held June 30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field in Stanford, Calif., are available now by clicking here or at gostanford.com/tickets. Tickets can also be ordered by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

We are cutting mileage and focusing on speed the next five to six weeks.

IMG_5000.jpgEnjoy your run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Monday, Aprril 22, 2019 -warm up, 45 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 8 x150m stride outs, core work, cooldown

Oduduru superb double 9.94 and 19.76
WACO (USA, Apr 20): Nigerian Divine Oduduru offered super fast 19.76 (+0.8) World lead and national record, also third best African ever in the 200 m at the Michael Johnson Invitational. He also improved in the 100 m to 9.94 (+0.8) another World lead and tied 6th best African performer mark. And all that within one hour. In the 100 m second Andrew Hudson 10.13 PB. Will London won the 400 m in 44.93 over South African Derrick Mokaleng 45.17. Norman Grimes got 49.75 in the 400 m hurdles and Baylor 3:03.17 in the 4x400 m. In pole vault personal bests for KC Lightfoot and Jacob Wooten, both 571. Jenn Suhr cleared in women pole vault 475. Morolake Akinosun won the 100 m in 11.20 (+1.5) and Ashley Spencer 400 m hurdles in 55.84. The 400 m World champion Phyllis Francis clocked 23.01 (+1.2) in the 200 m with hurdler Sharika Nelvis second 23.70.
Crouser_Ryan-Pre18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by Photorun.net
Crouser gets huge PB and WL 22.74
LONG BEACH (USA, Apr 20): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser achieved the top result of Beach Invitational in shot put with 22.74 World lead and PB. He got in fourth round 22.73 and then in fifth the best mark. It is also the best result in last 29 years since 1990. He moved to 6th best performer ever. In great depth Payton Otterdahl as second 21.37 PB ahead of Canadian Tim Nedow 21.18 PB and Adrian Piperi 21.01 PB with Dutch Denzel Comenentia 20.78. World lead also in triple jump by Omar Craddock 17.68 (0.0) PB beating World and Olympic winner Christian Taylor 17.18 (+1.6) with Donald Scott third 17.11 (+0.2). Chris Nilsen cleared third World lead of this meet: 582 in the pole vault and Jordan Latimer 802 (+2.0) in long jump (equalled PB) with Ben Williams 65.04 discus over Reggie Jagers 65.02. In women discus PB for Laulauga Tausaga 62.28 ahead of Jamaican Sha dae Lawrence 61.80. In shot Alyssa Wilson 18.02 over Tausaga also 18.02, for both life-time bests. Olivia Gruver cleared 466 in the pola vault and Jade Stepter scored a 200/400 double with 22.97 (+1.5) and 52.35.
Crouser_Ryan1-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Norman_MichaelQ-USAout18.jpgMichael Norman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shocking 43.45 by Norman
TORRANCE (USA, Apr 20): Michael Norman shocked everybody with his early top shape at the Mt.SAC Relays as he not only achieved WL and fastest ever in April 43.45 but also equalled the fourth best performer ever mark and sixth best ever performance. Behind him hurdler Rai Benjamin improved to 44.31. Another World lead in women high jump as Vashti Cunningham cleared 197. Third World lead by World record holder Keni Harrison in 100 m hurdles 12.63 (+0.3) over Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 12.93, Pedra Seymour of Bahamas won the other heat 12.88 (+1.1) and Cortney Jones another 12.82 (+1.1). Brazilian Paulo Camilo won both sprints in 10.21 (-1.6) and 20.30 (+0.5) over Ameer Webb 10.33 and 20.64. In women sprints Teahna Daniels 11.20 (-0.9) over Twanisha Terry also 11.21 and Jenna Prandini 11.33, hurdler Brianna Rollins-McNeal got 11.31 in other race. NCAA champion 2018 Anglerne Annelus in 22.81 (-0.5) beat Prandini 22.93 over 200 m and hurdles Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad achieved 51.62 in the 400 m over Kendal Ellis 51.75. Isaiah Jewett clocked 1:46.11 in the 800 m, Trey Cunningham 13.47 (-0.9) high hurdles, Cameron Samuel 49.79 PB in the 400 m hurdles (he will be 20 in September). In other technical events Canadian Django Lovett 230 in high jump, Annie Rhodes-Johnigan 465 in the pole vault. Brazilian Eliane Martins leaped to 666 (0.0) in long jump, Jeneva Stevens 18.15 in shot over Rachel Fatherly 18.05 PB and in discus another Brazilian win by Fernanda Martins 64.16 over Jamaican Shadae Lawrence 63.89 national record. In men´s relays Brazil 38.76 and USC 3:03.54, in women USC 42.93 and Hayes All-Stars 3:29.88 (with Sydney McLaughlin 50.1 as first runner).
Norman_MichaelPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgMicheal Norman, photo by PhotoRun.net

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