The 100 meters for men was a tremendous race, and the battle between Noah Lyles and Ronnie Baker were very close. Here is how I saw the races!

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Noah Lyles and Ronnie Baker, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cunningham_Vashti-MillroseG18.jpgVashti Cunningham, Millrose 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vashti Cunningham has had a pretty modest season of competition so far. Indoors, she competed three times. On February 6, Vashti Cunningham cleared 1.96 meters at the Millrose Games. On February 18, Ms. Cunningham cleared 1.97 meters when she took the US championships in Albuquerque. In Birmingham, Vashti attempted to defend her 2016 World Indoor title, and finished in silver position, behind Maria Lasitskene. Vashti Cunningham ended her indoor season at 1.93 meters in the World Indoors.

In the outdoor season, Vashti Cunningham opened at Mt.SAC on April 21 with a nice 1.91 meters. Her second competition, at Drake on April 27, Cunningham cleare 1.94 meters. Her Diamond League debut in 2018 was the Rome Golden Gala, where she finished sixth in 1.94 meters, with Maria Lasitskene clearing 2.02 meters for the WL.

At the USATF Champs, the premier American high jumper passed at 1.78 meters, then cleared 1.83 meters on her second attempt. Cunningham dominated the High jump, with first attempt clearances of 1.86 meters, 1.89 meters and 1.92 meters. She took three attempts at 1.95 meters, but won the event there.

Inika McPherson had the early lead, clearing 1.83m and 1.86m on her first attempts. She then took three at 1.89 meters, two attempts at 1.92 meters, and then, at 1.95 meters, took all three, but did not clear 1.95 meters.

For Vashti Cunningham, we hope to see the new champion in Europe this summer.

Wimbley_ShakimaFHH-USAout18.jpGShakima Wimbley wins 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Coburn_EmmaFHL-USAout18.jpGEmma Coburn wins steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net
Wimbley equals 400 m WL
DES MOINES (USA, Jun 23): On the penultimate day of the USATF Championships, DeAnna Price regained her US record in the hammer with a fifth round throw of 78.12m to move to fourth on the world all-time lists behind Anita Wlodarczyk (82.98m), Betty Heidler (79.42m) and Tatyana Beloborodova (78.80m). Gwen Berry, who set the US record of 77.78m in Chorzow earlier this month, was second with 72.99m. There was an upset in the shot put as Darrell Hill beat Olympic champion Ryan Crouser 21.57m to 20.99m, the latter only producing one valid throw in the competition. Other field event highlights included world champion Sam Kendricks clearing 5.85m to win the pole vault from Chris Nilsen (5.80m) and Vashti Cunningham clearing 1.95m in the high jump. On the track, Shakima Wimbley tied Shaunae Miller-Uibo's world lead with 49.52 in the 400m ahead of Jessica Beard (50.08), Kendall Ellis (50.37) and world indoor champion Courtney Okolo (50.65) and Kahmari Montgomery, who was only seventh in the NCAA Championships, won the men's 400m title in 44.58 from Paul Dedewo (44.64) and Mike Cherry (44.85). World record-holder Keni Harrison won the 100m hurdles title in 12.46 against a 1.4 m/s headwind from Christina Manning (12.65) and Sharika Nelvis (12.68) with Dawn Harper-Nelson fifth in her farewell year in 12.93. Kenny Selmon won the 400m hurdles title in 48.21 and Georgeanne Moline was the fastest in the women's heats in 54.64. The World Championships order was repeated in the women's 3000m steeplechase with Emma Coburn (9:17.70) and Courtney Frerichs (9:18.69) taking a one-two while Shelby Houlihan produced a 57.67 last lap to win the 1500m title in 4:05.48 from world silver medallist Jenny Simpson (4:06.21) and Kate Grace (4:07.04). Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz won the men's 1500m title in 3:43.37 with a 53.59 last lap from Izaic Yorks (3:43.63) and Ameer Webb (20.39) and Jenna Prandini (22.48) were the fastest in the 200m heats.
Centrowitz_MatthewFH-USAout18.jpGMatthew Centrowitz wins the 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Houlihan_ShelbyFH-USAout18.jpGShelby Houlihan wins 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Grant Holloway, 110m hurdles, USATF Outdoors, June 23, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

For our fourth day of the USATF Outdoors, David Hunter has chosen to write about one of the next generation of stars of our global sport, Grant Holloway. The Florida Gator is an outstanding athlete in the hurdles, jumps and sprints. What can he not do? Read on, dear readers!


This is week 3 of recovery, enjoy it. 4 days of running and three days off. Today, Day 7, so do your long run of 40-45 minutes. But really watch the USATF Outdoors on NBC Sports and Runnerspace!

Bruce_Stephanie-USAout18.jpGStephanie Bruce, 10,000m, third place, USATF Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, June 24, 2018: warm up, 40-45 minute run, relaxed, cooldown

Stefanidi_Katerina-Pre18.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ekaterina Stefanidi 480 EL
ATHENS (GRE, Jun 22): The 6th edition of the Athens Street Pole Vault was staged at Syntagma Square exclusively for women this year, but it delivered a high quality competition in fine summer weather. The biggest name was of course Ekateríni Stefanídi, who is gradually regaining her top form. She soared emphatically over European lead 480, before missing three times at 492, keeping thus her pre-meet promise that she would attempt to break the Greek NR. Behind her Yarisley Silva also returns to big heights, as she went over 473 in second attempt and missed 480. There was tie in third place for Holly Bradshaw and Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou, both cleared 466 in third attempt before failing at 473 (third for Kiriakopoúlou was very close). Fifth was Eleni-Klaoúdia Pólak, the third Greek vaulter qualified for Berlin, with new PB 446, sixth for Venezuelan Robeilys Peinado, 436 and seventh Italian Sonia Malavisi, also 436.

Μια εξαιρετική ατμόσφαιρα χθες στην πλατεία Συντάγματος. Σας ευχαριστώ όλους που ήρθατε να μας εμψυχωσετε στο Protergia Street Pole Vault! Με βοηθήσατε να πετύχω νέο ρεκόρ αγώνα το οποίο μας δίνει την δυνατότητα να βοηθήσουμε με τον δικό μας τρόπο το @mazigiatopaidi ❤️ Really amazing atmosphere last night at Syntagma Square. The amazing crowd pushed me to a new European Lead of 4.80m, and a season's best and most importantly a new meet record that allows us to help out the @mazigiatopaidi charity in our own unique way! Thank you to all the athletes that joined us to compete at the Protergia Street Pole Vault. #nike #nbg #stoiximan #ibank #toyota #lorvenn #seventeen #iroes #nikewomen #polevault #polevaulter #trackandfield #sport #athletics

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Centrowitz_MattQ-USAo18.JPGMatthew Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Houlihan_ShelbyQ1-USAout18.jpGShelby Houlihan, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The night before his final, Matthew Centrowitz, accompanied by his family, enjoyed Italian food at a local restaurant called Centro. Centrowitz won his fifth title at 1,500 meters, equalling the legendary Steve Scott, who had won six titles at Mile and 1,500 meters with 1977 and 1986. Emma Coburn won her seventh title, and her fifth in a row at the steeplechase. Shelby Houlihan won her second Outdoor title and seven US title overall. In this feature, David Monti writes about the middle distance races of day three.

McCartney_ElizaH-Pre18.jpgEliza McCartney, Pre Classic, May 26, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net
McCartney 492 Ocenian record
MANNHEIM (GER, Jun 23): New Zealands Olympic medalist Eliza McCartney cleared in special women pole vault at the Junior Gala meet 492 Oceanian record and second best in the World 2018. Already before she cleared 486 what was already area and national record. She also had two fouls at five meters, last one did not try. In junior pole vault also good 453 national U20 record by Briton Molly Caudery ahead of another New Zealand talent Olivia McTaggart 440. Maddison Wesche from New Zealand got 17.00 in girls shot put, Ireland´s Davicia Patterson 52.88 in the 400 m and German Keisha Kwadwo 11.39 (+0.5) in the 100 m. From boys events to report Belgian Michael Obasuyi 13.38 (0.0) at 110 m hurdles (U20 height) national U20 record and Briton Jake Norris 80.28 in hammer (6 kg).
Su_BingtanPC-Pre18.JPGBingtian Su, photo by PhotoRun.net
Su 9.91, Tortu 9.99
MADRID (ESP, Jun 22): Great 100 m final highlighted the IAAF World Challenge meeting here. World indoor medalist Su Bingtian equaled the Asian and improved the Chinese record to 9.91 (+0.2). Behind him young sensation Filippo Tortu from Italy, only first year from U20 category and new Italian record 9.99 as second. He is 18th European sub 10 sprinter and improved the long standing national mark of Pietro Mennea since 1979. Third Akani Simbine 10.01 (but 9.98 in heats). Fourth Brazilian Paulo Andre de Oliveira 10.06 PB. Another top race was men´s 400 m as Luguelin Santos won in 44.66 but behind him Spanish athletes improved. Bruno Hortelano to European lead and national record 44.69 and Oscar Husillos also big PB 44.73. Anita Wlodarczyk won women hammer with EL 76.17 over Joanna Fiodorow 73.46. Christina Schwanitz also high level 19.02 in shot put ahead of Paulina Guba 18.81 and Brittany Crew 18.60 Canadian record. In hurdles Brazilian record holder Gabriel Constantino surprisingly beat Orlando Ortega 13.31 to 13.32 (-1.0), women hurdles for Belgian Eline Berings 13.01 (+0.1) beating US Kristi Castlin 13.05. Spanish win for Alvaro De Arriba 1:45.50 in the 800 m, Ugandan Albert Chemutai won steeple 8:22.31 and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay 1500 m in fast 3:59.60 ahead of Sofia Ennaoui 4:02.93 and Meraf Bahta 4:03.36. Chinese Wei Yongli was the fastest in women 200 m 22.97 PB (+1.6) and German Christina Hering 2:01.72 in the 800 m. In technical events Danil Lysenko and Brandon Starc cleared 230 in high jump, Diogo Ferreira of Portugal 566 in the pole vault, Alexis Copello 17.01 (0.0) in triple and Marcin Krukowski 79.23 in javelin. Women long jump winner Shara Proctor beat with 673 (-0.1) her home rival Lorraine Ugen 660 (-0.4).

Murphy_ClaytonQ-USAo18.JPGClayton Murphy, June 21, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Clayton Murphy was impressive in 2016. I was doing BBC radio when I was asked, just prior to the 800m final, how newbie Murphy would do. I predicted, on LIVE radio that Murphy could win the bronze medal, and he sprinted home, just when it opened up, and Murphy ran to Olympic bronze. His 2017 was a rough year, but Clayton Murphy is working with Alberto Salazar, and looking better than he has in over a year. Here's David Hunter's fine piece on the Olympic bronze medalist, who is looking ready for the challenge of the 800m final on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

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