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Diamond League Finishes in Style in Brussels

September 5th, 2014

Brenda Martinez Runs Fast

World Champs medalist Brenda Martinez won today but is she even the best American 800m woman? (photo: gobrendamartinez.com)

With the Diamond League season coming to a close today, the track season is effectively over. Sure, there is the Continental Cup serving as the true end to the season, but after the exhausting season and most of the storylines already written: the Continental Cup serves more to figure out who’s minds and bodies went on vacation early than figuring out who the best athletes are. So, as far as this blog is concerned, the season’s over.

Running Warehouse caught on to some of track and field’s great narratives early and today’s meet served as a fitting end to some of them. Nothing feels better than a good “I told you so,” and that is exactly what I’m going to do with this blog.

Most recently we told you that the American middle distance running crew are the best in the world and Brenda Martinez’s 800m win today emphatically confirmed that. She ran a blazing 1:58.84 and showed the world that she is still a force to be reckoned with after a disappointing USA Championships and a midseason break to regroup. This means that no less than 3 Americans look like they could be next year’s women’s 800m World Champion and several more Americans aren’t far behind. With our previously mentioned success in the 1500, it is an exciting time for our middle distance fans out there.

Jager Runs over Barriers

Evan Jager broke his own American steeplechase record today.

Back in July, we told you that there is a pair of great steeplechasers representing the United States with fast times and beautiful hair. Admittedly, I wrote the blog about Emma and Evan in anticipation of Evan breaking the American steeplechase record in Monaco and had to make some alterations after he missed the mark. Well, earlier today he did break his American record with a third place finish in the event. This year of fearlessly chasing the best in the world over the barriers is hopefully a perfect juncture to next year’s World Championships and the 2016 Olympics, as he is still so new to the event.

Christian runs and jumps

Christian Taylor is Superman.

Our final story started way back at the beginning of the season but a picture in one of our “week in running” blogs didn’t do Christian Taylor justice. Christian is one of the greatest athletes on the planet, who proves time and time again, that he can do almost anything he wants with his legs. The triple jump gold medalist defended his hop, skip, and jump territory last week by winning the Diamond League title and went after the long jump title today. Beginning the season with a spot on the world’s best 4 X 400 meter team at the World Relays and ending the season with Diamond League titles at both horizontal jumps would have been truly super-human. As it turns out, he is human and had to settle for 3rd in today’s long jump and the Diamond Chase. He is certainly still an amazing athlete to follow and it will be interesting to see which event he chooses to conquer next.

With the track season ending, our focus will turn to the major fall marathons and the races leading up to them. The Berlin Marathon is at the end of the month and world records are always at risk when that gun goes off. This weekend’s Great North Run will serve as a great appetizer for marathon fans as Mo Farah takes on Olympic bronze medalist Tariku Bekele and one of the fastest half marathon courses anywhere. There will be plenty of great races to come while we wait for tracks to heat up again next year.

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American Women Own the Middle Distances for 2014

August 28th, 2014
Jenny Wilson New Balance Running

Jenny Simpson capped off her historic year today by winning the Diamond League title.

Today’s 1500-meter race at the Zurich Diamond League has tipped the scale for American middle distance women. The ladies in Red White and Blue can justly claim to be the best in the world in the 800-1500 for 2014.

Run Fast Get this sweet trophy

The Diamond League trophy is almost as sweet as the $40,000.

In Switzerland Jenny Simpson dove to the line to earn the win in the Diamond league final by a mere hundredth of a second over countrywoman Shannon Rowbury. This feat earned Jenny the overall Diamond League trophy, the accompanying $40,000, and an automatic entry into next year’s World Championships (meaning Team USA will have 4 women at next years World Championships). The race also adds to an amazing season for Shannon who bettered her personal bests at 1500m and 5000m and broke the American Record in the 2-mile.

Jenny and Shannon are running so well that it is easy to overlook women like Brenda Martinez who notched a solid 4:01.36 season best today. Brenda started the season well by anchoring USA teams to American records and gold and silver medals in the 4 X 800 and 4 X 1500 at the IAAF World Relays but has mostly flown under the radar since.

Equally impressive to the Americans’ success in the women’s 1500m is their American peer’s success in the 800m. Beginning with the indoor season where Chanelle Price won the World Indoor Championships in that event, American women have repeatedly held their own in the two-lap event this year.

800m women run fast

Chanelle Price was the best in the world indoor and Ajee Wilson has shined outdoor.

Chanelle backed her indoor championship up with her second place finish in the Doha Diamond League event and her first ever sub 2-minute performance. Brenda Martinez was the next athlete to perform internationally with her own sub 2 minute 800 to win the Hangelo World Challenge meet in the Netherlands. Laura Roesler finished her dominant final collegiate year with a win at the NCAA championships and a second place at the USA Track and Field Championships. Beating Laura at those championships was the phenomenal 20-year-old Ajee Wilson.

Hindsight shows that Ajee Wilson’s win at the USA championships was only a tune-up for her race at the Monaco Diamond league a few weeks later. In Monaco, Ajee ran a world leading time of 1:57.67 to end Eunice Sum’s 14 win unbeaten streak.

So far there are 6 American women under 2 minutes for the 800 this year, 2 more than the next best country Russia, and there are several other Americans that have run 2:00 or 2:01. With the Diamond League final for the women’s 800m being held next week it will be interesting to see if any American women can mimic the success of Jenny Simpson with a win there. Either way, American success at next week’s 800m in Brussels would only add to the middle distance success that USA has seen this year, but after today, American’s have already done enough to claim dominance for the year.

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Week in Review: May 10-16

May 16th, 2014

Week in Review: May 10-16: Volcanoes, Records and Relays

Welcome to our second installment of Week in Review. It was a fast week for the running world, covering distances from 800m to 84km. Whatever distance you prefer, it is certainly getting exciting as racing season begins to blossom. Let’s jump right in.

Luis Alberto Hernando and Anna Frost take first at Transvulcania 2014

This legendary ultramarathon race covers 83km and over 4,000m of elevation up and over volcanoes on the beautiful Canary Islands. The race begins early in the morning before the sun rises and the participants begin their ascent in the dark, relying on their headlamps and creating a sea of swirling lights that illuminate the country-side.

A sea of headlamps lights up the country-side as the race begins early in the morning

Photo credit: Saul Santos (http://www.santossaul.com)

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Highlights: Belgacom Memorial Van Damme

September 7th, 2012

source: Yves Logghe/Associated Press

The third annual Diamond League – an International series of track and field meetings featuring the world’s running elite – finished up with its final meet in Brussels today. What were the top five most memorable moments of the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme for us? Check ‘em out below:

1. Aries Merritt sets a new 110-meter hurdles world record and wins the event with a smokin’ fast time of 12.80.

2. Matthew Centrowitz places 4th in the 1500 meters, finishing up a great year with the time 3:32.24.  Silas Kiplagat wins the event with a time of 3:31.98, while Asbel Kiprop continues to have a rough year finishing 5th.

3. Brenda Martinez is the United States top female finisher in the 800m with a personal best of 1:59.14, her first time under the 2 minute barrier. The winner of the race was Francine Niyonsaba with an unbelievable time of 1:56.59.

4. Usain Bolt’s training partner and countryman Yohan Blake wins the 200-meter with a time of 19.54.

5. Usain Bolt puts in a 9.86 effort to finish a great year with a win in the 100-meter dash.

What was your top highlight of today’s competition?

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