A round-up of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including a 1:45.93 800m by 18-year-old Brazier and wins for Tola and Kipyegon at Cross Internacional de Italica
Brazier breaks US junior record
Running without pacemakers, 18-year-old Donavan Brazier smashed the 34-year-old US junior indoor 800m record with 1:45.93. That time puts him fourth on the world junior indoor 800m all-time list.
World medalist Trayvon Bromell in his first pro year won the 60m at the Texas A&M Team Invitational in 6.59. In the other race, John Teeters clocked 6.60 ahead of Ronnie Baker with 6.65. Another top performance came from Grenada’s Bralon Taplin with a 45.20 PB over 400m. Devin Jenkins was fastest over 200m with 20.94 (indoor PB) and Olympic medalist Leo Manzano won the invitational 800m in 1:50.15.
Ryan Crouser achieved 20.02m in the shot put and Demi Payne cleared a facility record 4.65m in the women’s pole vault before attempting 4.76m.
In the women’s sprints, Teahna Daniels won the 60m in 7.26 and Aaliyah Brown the 200m in 23.42. In both races Morolake Akinosun was second with 7.26 and 23.47. Texas clocked 3:33.80 in the women’s 4x400m.
Pacemaker Gideon Kipketer wins Mumbai Marathon
Kenyan Gideon Kipketer, who started as pacemaker, won the 13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in a course record of 2:08:35. It is also an Indian all-comers record.
Second was Ethiopian Seboka Dibaba with 2:09:20 and third Marius Kimutai with 2:09:39. Best Indian was Nitendra Singh Rawat who placed 10th in 2:15:48.
Shuko Genemo from Ethiopia topped the women’s race in 2:27:50. Second was Bornes Kitur with 2:32:00 and third was Valentine Kipketer with 2:34:07. Best Indian was Sundha Singh in seventh with 2:39:28. Steeplechase world finalist Lalita Babar was 10th in 2:41:55. With thanks to Murali Krishnan and Alberto Stretti.
Tola and Kipyegon win Cross Internacional de Italica
Ethiopia and Kenya shared the spoils at the 34th Cross Internacional de Italica (an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting).
In the men’s race at 10.846km, in-form Tamirat Tola notched up another win in 30:57 ahead of Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin (31:09) and Uganda’s Timothy Torotich (31:12).
In the women’s race (8.106 km), Faith Kipyegon (24:56) led a Kenyan clean sweep as she dominated proceedings ahead of Viola Kibiwott (25:16) and Irene Cheptai (25:50).
The leading Spanish finishers were Antonio Abadia and Trihas Gebre, who finished eighth (31:58) and sixth (26:44) respectively. Also to note Kenyan steeple runner Conseslus Kipruto was fifth (31:49) and second best female European Ancuta Bobocel from Romania was seventh (27:03).
Lelisa Desisa wins Aramco Houston Half Marathon
Lelisa Desisa led an Ethiopian one-two in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. In the build-up to the Boston Marathon, where Desisa lines up as the reigning champion, Desisa stopped the clock at 60:37 with Mosinet Geremew a close second in 60:45. Eritrea’s Samsom Gebreyohannes was third in 61:28 while Luke Puskedra confirmed he will be a factor at next month’s American Olympic marathon trials by claiming fourth in a 61:29 PB.
There was also a very fast women’s race which was won by Mary Wacera in a course record and PB of 66:29 ahead of Cynthia Limo in 66:41 PB. Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba was third in 67:55 in her first race since winning the world marathon title in Beijing. Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga was fourth in 68:07 PB while Sara Hall warmed up for the American Olympic marathon trials with fifth in a 70:07 PB.
Mark Mutai wins Hong Kong Marathon
In heavy rain, Kenya’s Mark Mutai won the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in 2:12:12 in a close finish ahead of team-mate Lawrence Cherono in 2:12:14. Former winner Feyera Gemeda was third in 2:12:20.
Ethiopians took a clean sweep in a tactical women’s race courtesy of Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea (2:36:51), Ayelu Lemma (2:36:53) and Ehite Bizuayehu Gebireyes (2:37:28), informs Pat Butcher.
Candace Hill opens first pro year with 7.32 60m win
Teen sprinting star Candace Hill opened her first pro year with a 7.32 win at the 60m during the Vulcan Invitational. Patricia Hall of Jamaica got 53.12 in the 400m and there were good high jump performances by Levern Spencer of St. Lucia and US record-holder Chaunte Lowe, both clearing 1.92m.
The men’s 60m winner was Bahamian Warren Fraser in 6.62 ahead of Jamaican Odean Skeen 6.62. Third was Trell Kimmons with 6.64. Calvin Smith clocked 46.75 in the 400m, world indoor champion Omo Osaghae clocked 7.82 over the hurdles and Bilal Abdullah 7.98m in the long jump, a PB for the decathlete.
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