Recent athletics news and results from around the world, including performances at the Kenyan and Jamaican Olympic trials, plus the Catalonia Open Championships
Vivian Cheruiyot for fourth Olympic team
World 10,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot booked her place on her fourth Olympic team with victory in the 10,000m on the first day of the Kenyan Olympic trials in Eldoret on Thursday (June 30). She clocked 31:36.37 ahead of Betsy Saina (32:04.83), while African 10,000m champion Alice Aprot will take the third place after winning the African title in Durban in a fast time.
Caleb Ndiku won the 5000m in 13:37.2 ahead of Isiah Koech (13:37.6), while Cyrus Rutto was a surprise third (13:39.1) ahead of the likes of Thomas Longosiwa (13:40.7) and Edwin Soi (13:41.4).
Reigning Olympic champion David Rudisha looked in excellent form in the 800m heats with a 1:43.4 clocking to qualify as the fastest for the final.
The winners of the steeplechase heats were Alex Kibet (8:33.04) and Brimin Kipruto (8:33.5).
Bolt easy 10.15
At the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston, Usain Bolt, eyeing his third straight 100m gold in the event, easily took heat four of four in a wind legal 10.15. Other top entrants Nickel Ashmeade (10.07), Warren Weir (10.17), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.26) and Yohan Blake (10.26), returning after two years absence from the top level, also made the last 16. So did many-time global finalist and former world record-holder, Asafa Powell (10.17). Julian Forte false started in his heat.
In the women’s event, the top four on form for 2016 all made it through – Christania Williams (11.20) Elaine Thompson (11.38), Veronica Campbell-Brown (11.39) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (11.38) going for a third straight Olympic title, all winning their heats.
Multiple global finalist Kaliese Spencer (56.13) and Jaheel Hyde (49.31 fastest time along with Isa Phillips) were among the qualifiers for the finals of the 400m hurdles for women and men respectively. Clive Pullen won the triple jump with a 16.90m (+1.9) PB for an olympic qualifier.
Genzebe Dibaba DNF in Barcelona
Genzebe Dibaba ran in the 5000m at the Catalonia Open Championships but did not finish due to a foot problem. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. Dibaba was running at sub-14:30 pace, clocking 8:41.94 for the first 3000m, and after that withdrew.
Young Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey won the race in 14:45.63 ahead of Dera Dida’s 15:03.06.
Fast 800m winner was Britain’s Michael Rimmer who ran 1:44.93 ahead of Yassine Hathat’s 1:45.00 and Mohamed Amine Benferar’s 1:45.01, both from Algeria. Only fourth was Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti in his outdoor debut and he ran 1:45.16.
In the 1500m there was an Olympic qualifier for Spain’s Adel Mechaal with 3:35.24 over Benson Seurei of Bahrain’s 3:35.28.
Yomif Kejelecha was chasing a fast 5000m, but did not clock sub-13 minutes with a 13:06.24 win over Bahrain duo Birhanu Yematew 13:14.24 and Zouhair Awad 13:14.16.
France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won the hurdles in 13.49 (+0.9). Syrian record-holder Majed Ghazal cleared 2.33m in the high jump.
Nick Symmonds to miss trials
Nick Symmonds announced via his social media accounts that he had withdrawn from this week’s USA Olympic trials due to a torn ligament and stress fracture in his left ankle.
Although frustrated, the two-time Olympian and reigning USA 800m champion remained upbeat as he spoke to the media.
Another withdrawal from the trials is 2011 world 100m champion and 2012 Olympic 100m silver medallist Carmelita Jeter with a quad problem.
Dennis Kimetto for Bogota Half Marathon
World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto will headline the Bogota Half Marathon on July 31, informs organisers.
Maria Michta-Coffey and Miranda Melville book Rio spots
USATF informs that with crowds lining the streets in Salem, two race walkers became 2016 Olympians. Maria Michta-Coffey and Miranda Melville earned spots to compete for Team USA in the 20km walk after times of 1:33:41 and 1:34:11 for the top two at the US Olympic trials.
John Nunn won the men’s side, finishing in 1:25:36. Despite placing in the top three, Nunn will not contest this event in Rio since he did not finish in a time under the qualifying standard but he will still be part of Team USA as he earned a spot in the 50km race walk in February. Defending Olympic trials champion Trevor Barron finished second in 1:27:27 and Nick Christie third, clocking a 1:27:43.
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