A look at some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport
San Francisco wins Tracktown Summer Series
San Francisco with 179 points won the Tracktown Summer Series ahead of New York with 173.5, Portland with 166 and Philadelphia with 155.5. In the 1500m race boasting top depth, Colby Alexander clocked a 3:34.88 personal best over David Torrence who achieved a national record for his new country Peru of 3:34.95. Ben Blankenship clocked a PB of 3:35.02 for third, fourth was Kyle Merber with 3:35.83 followed by more personal bests for Eric Jenkins with 3:35.94 and Johnny Gregorek with 3:36.04.
The 800m was won by Erik Sowinski in 1:45.38 ahead of Duane Solomon’s 1:45.66, with Matt Centrowitz fourth in 1:47.17.
Donn Cabral won the steeplechase in 8:20.72 over Mason Ferlic’s 8:21.57 PB. Canadian world medallist Melissa Bishop won the women’s 800m in 1:59.74 ahead of Brenda Martinez with 1:59.82 and Shannon Rowbury, who clocked a PB of 1:59.97.
Kate Grace topped the 1500m in 4:09.92 and Stephanie Garcia the steeplechase in 9:39.81.
In sprints, Quentin Butler won the 100m in 10.06 (+2.0) ahead of John Teeters’ 10.15 and Joe Morris’ 10.16. Jamaican Andrew Riley won the hurdles in 13.35 (+1.8) ahead of Jarret Eaton’s 13.38.
Trinidad’s Michelle-Lee Ahye was the best in women in the 100m with a windy 10.98 (+2.8). Jacqueline Coward improved her best to 12.68 (+1.0) in the hurdles over Queen Harrison with 12.71 and Jasmin Stowers with 12.78.
Erik Kynard cleared 2.29m in the high jump and Kylie Hutson 4.60m in the pole vault.
Olympic champion Brittney Reese leapt to 6.92m (+1.3) in the long jump and Olympic medallist Will Claye a windy 17.52m (+2.2) in the triple jump ahead of Omar Craddock with 17.42m (+3.1) and Chris Carter with 17.18m (+0.7) PB.
Hartfield replaces Dendy
USATF informs that Michael Hartfield has replaced Marquis Dendy on the USA Olympic track & field team in the men’s long jump.
Dendy, the 2016 world indoor gold medallist, has withdrawn from the Rio-bound Olympic team with an injury to his lower right leg.
Bogota Half Marathon
Ethiopia’s Tadese Tola won the Bogota Half Marathon in 65:16 ahead of Kenyans Marius Kipserem (65:31) and Kiprop Limo (66:19), while Purity Rionoripo won the women’s race in 71:56 ahead of Veronica Nyaruai (73:41) and Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena (74:11).
World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto was a non-finisher.
Obergfoll plans retirement
The 2013 world javelin champion Christina Obergfoll plans to end her career at the ISTAF meet on September 3 this year.
The Rio Olympics will be her last international event outside of Germany.
Reus 10.01 NR, Germany 41.62 WL
There were some sensational sprints at the German Olympic team farewell meet. Julian Reus improved his own German 100m record to 10.01 (+1.8) ahead of Aleixo Platini Menga’s 10.15 PB.
In the women’s 4x100m there was a world leading 41.62 for the German team with Pinto, Mayer, Luckenkemper and Haase. Also German men at 4x100m (Reus, Knipphals, Platini Menga, Jakubczyk) clocked 38.22.
Another top mark was the 11.00 (+1.2) PB by Tatjana Pinto in the women’s 100m ahead of Gina Luckenkemper’s 11.04 PB.
Gregor Traber improved at the 110m hurdles to 13.21 (+1.8) ahead of Maximilian Bayer’s 13.43 PB.
Robin Erewa achieved a 200m lifetime best 20.40 (+0.9) and Belgian guest Dylan Borlee won the 400m in 45.98.
Tobias Giehl clocked 49.70 in the 400m hurdles and Raphael Holzdeppe cleared a 5.70m season’s best in the pole vault.
Laura Muller achieved a double with 22.81 (+0.8) and 51.69 in the 200/400m, both personal bests. But in another race in the 200m Nadine Gonska was faster with a 22.79 (+1.0) PB.
European champion Cindy Roleder clocked 12.81 (+1.6) and 12.72 (+1.0) in the hurdles, but Nadine Hildebrand was even faster in the fourth race with a 12.64 (+1.8) PB.
There was a surprise win in the high jump for Jossie Graumann (PB) on countback over Marie Laurence Jungfleisch, both 1.90m. Malaika Mihambo got the long jump with 6.58m (+0.7) and Jenny Elbe the triple jump with 14.04m (+2.0).
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