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)
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?