A round-up of some of the latest results from the world of the sport, including record-breaking performances at the USATF Indoor Championships
All-time bests by Lyles and Berry
World bests in the men’s 300m and women’s weight throw highlighted an action-packed Saturday at the USATF Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Teenage sensation Noah Lyles clocked a world indoor best in the 300m with 31.87 ahead of Paul Dedewo’s 31.92.
Gwen Berry set a world best on her final attempt in the weight throw with 25.60m. DeAnna Price moved up to No.4 on the all-time list with her 24.30m to take second and Felisha Johnson 24.22m for third.
Phyllis Francis won the 300m in 36.15, the second-fastest time ever by an American and No.7 on the world all-time list. Jo Atkins was second in 36.18. Candace Hill won the other final race in a 36.56 world under-20 all-time best.
Olympic 5000m silver medalist Paul Chelimo was an unstoppable force as he ran away from a very deep and strong 2-mile field to take gold by more than 10 seconds in 8:28.53.
Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks cleared 5.85m in the pole vault. La Derrick Ward won long jump with 7.93m. Darien Moore stunned the shot put field with a 20.78m PB win. London 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard won his eighth consecutive USATF title indoors and outdoors in the men’s high jump, with 2.30m.
Shelby Houlihan won her first USATF indoor title in the women’s mile in 4:45.18, while Erica Bougard won after the pentathlon also the long jump with 6.44m. After a runner-up finish in 2016 behind Rio Olympian Curtis Beach, Japheth Cato scored 5738 points to win his first national title in the men’s heptathlon.
In preliminary competition, top performances included Ajee’ Wilson’s 1:26.57 in the 600m, missing her own meet record by .01, and Erik Sowinski’s 1:15.51 in the men’s 600m, a lifetime best and the equal seventh-fastest time in history.
Chebii wins Lake Biwa
Kenyan Ezekiel Chebii won the 72nd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in 2:09:06 ahead of Vincent Kipruto’s 2:09:15 and Ugandan Solomon Mutai, who clocked lifetime best 2:09:59.
Top Japanese was Satoru Sasaki as fourth in 2:10:10.
Simbine 9.93 and 19.95
Clarence Munyai smashed a long-standing national under-20 record as Akani Simbine made history on the track in Tshwane.
The 19-year-old Munyai was second in 20.10 and improved the mark of 20.16 by Riaan Dempers from 1995. He also missed by 0.01 the national mark in the 100m where he was second in 10.20.
The winner Akani Simbine was even more impressive in both cases with 9.93 and a 19.95 PB.
Kenyan wins in Paris
There were expected Kenyan wins at the Paris Half Marathon. Morris Gachaga clocked 60:38 ahead of team-mates Paul Lonyangata with 60:40 and Alex Korio with 60:42. Top home runner was Bob Tahri in 11th with 66:30.
Ruth Chepngetich clocked 68:07 as best woman over Poline Wanjiku’s 70:51 and Edith Chelimo’s 70:59.
Britain’s Susan Partridge was sixth in 75:18.
Fast walks times in China
There was a fast world-leading 20km walk time by Wang Kaihua with a 77:54 PB at the Chinese National GP walk event in Huangshan.
Two more went under 80 minutes as Jin Xiangqian got a 79:12 PB and Wang Rui 79:23.
The 50km event was also a national championship race and World Championships trials. Winner Niu Wenbin clocked a 3:46:12 PB ahead of Wu Qianlong with 3:48:38 and Bian Tongda with 3:48:41 as the top eight went sub-four-hours.
In the women’s 20km Olympic medalist Lu Xiuzhi achieved another fast time of 1:26:28, with Wang Na a close second in a 1:26:29 PB and Yang Jiayu also a PB 1:26:35. The top 13 achieved sub-1:30 times.
In the women’s 50km there was an Asian record 4:22:22 for Yin Hang.
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