Pole vaulter moves to No.2 on the outdoor all-time list, while DeAnna Price sets American hammer record
A superb performance by Sam Kendricks at the USA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, saw him clear an American pole vault record of 6.06m to move to second on the world outdoor all-time list.
It puts him No.3 on the global all-time rankings combining both indoor and outdoor performances, behind Renaud Lavillenie (6.16m) and Sergey Bubka (6.15m), with only Bubka with 6.14m having cleared higher than Kendricks outdoors.
Reigning world champion Kendricks, who already had his place for the IAAF World Championships in Doha secured, claimed his sixth consecutive US title after a perfect record which saw him clear heights from 5.46m through to 5.91m on his first attempts.
He had the competition won with his 5.81m clearance but raised the bar to the record height and managed it on his second attempt before his fellow vaulters joined him in celebration.
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Cole Walsh was second and KC Lightfoot third as they both cleared 5.76m. Zach Bradford in fourth (5.71m) also made the team for Doha.
Another American record was broken by DeAnna Price as she threw 78.24m to improve on her previous hammer best of 78.12m.
The top four athletes all threw beyond 75m, with Gwen Berry second after a 76.46m best, Brooke Andersen third with 75.30m and Maggie Ewen fourth with a PB of 75.04m.
Fred Kerley claimed the men’s 400m win as he clocked a PB of 43.64 to move to No.7 on the world all-time list.
Michael Norman, who sits fifth on that all-time list with his PB of 43.45, finished second in 43.79, while Nathan Strother was third in 44.29.
Vernon Norwood was fourth in a PB of 44.40, while Paralympic medallist and double amputee Blake Leeper clocked 44.48 in fifth.
The women’s 400m final saw Shakima Wimbley retain her title in 50.21 as Allyson Felix, just eight months after having her first child, finished sixth in 51.94 to put her in the running for a 4x400m relay place at the World Championships in Doha, which would be her 13th global championships.
The 100m hurdles title was won by world record-holder Keni Harrison as she clocked 12.44 ( -1.2m/sec) ahead of Nia Ali (12.55) and Brianna McNeal (12.61), while Rai Benjamin clocked 47.23 to win the men’s 400m hurdles.
Brittney Reese won her eighth US long jump title with a leap of 7.00m and Vashti Cunningham claimed the high jump title with a 1.96m clearance.
A total of five athletes broke 4:04 in the 1500m, led by Shelby Houlihan in 4:03.18 as Jenny Simpson ran 4:03.41 for the runner-up spot to continue her feat of having made every world or Olympic team since 2007.
Hillary Bor clocked 8:18.05 to win the steeplechase, while Michael Shuey threw a PB of 82.85m to take the javelin title, winning by a single centimetre.