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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Some International results - Olympic year has definitely begun!

Some International results - Olympic year has definitely begun!

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Quite a few of the big names athletes kicked off their seasons over the weekend including the likes of Yohan Blake, Kirani James, LaShawn Merrit and Bernard Lagat. I happened to watch a few of the performances and thought I'd share a some key results and good races.

At the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas:

Mens 400m

1 Kirani James GRN 45.19 0.160 2 (1)
2 Demetrius Pinde BAH 45.40 0.180 1 (1)
3 Calvin Smith USA 45.73 0.166 2 (2)
4 Joshua Scott USA 46.35 0.167 1 (2)
5 Jamaal Torrence USA 46.51 0.152 2 (3)
6 David Neville USA 47.94 0.181 2 (4)

A commanding 400m this early in the year from James, posting a world leading time.

At the Camperdown Classic in Jamaica:

Men's 400m
1) Allodin Fothergill (Racers) 46.28
2) Yohan Blake (Racers) 46.49

Usain Bolt was due to run this 400m but pulled out last minute claiming to need to treat an injury. Blake put in a solid effort running a PB and saying he was very comfortable. '"I am much, much stronger this year and faster. Running 46.4 in my first outing is wonderful,"'

At the Milrose Games in New York:

Mel Sheppard Men's 500-meter Dash
1 Merritt, LaShawn Nike 1:01.39
2 Anderson, Jeshua Nike 1:01.86
3 Hurtault, Erison C.P.T.C. N.B. 1:02.27
4 Courtney, Michael U.S.A. 1:02.59
5 Mutekanga, Julius C.P.T.C. N.B. 1:03.14
6 Livingston, Strymar Bronx, NY 1:03.39

The first indoor meet I've ever watched and they sure put on a show. Merritt was chasing the 500m world record of 60.17 but didn't end up particularly close partially due to a few late changes. They had started on a bend and weren't blocks. A strong performance nonetheless and he never looked like getting beat.

Men's 5,000-meter Run
Finals
1 Lagat, Bernard Nike 13:07.15 American
2 Lalang, Lawi Arizona 13:08.28 College
3 Sambu, Stephen Arizona 13:13.74 College
4 Korir, Leonard Iona College 13:19.54
5 Derrick, Chris Stanford 13:19.58
6 Baddeley, Andy New Balance 13:22.44
7 Barrios, Juan Luis Nike 13:23.61
8 Cheserek, Edward Newark, NJ 13:57.04 Natl HS
9 Tyner, Justin W C A P 13:59.88

A very exciting race where Bernard Lagat had said he would go for the American record. Two pace setters were used and did their jobs accordingly leaving Lagat to run about half of the race from the front, dragging his training partner Lawi Lalang around for I think a 20 second PB. Lagat broke the American record by 4 seconds and looked like class all the way, an amazing effort for a 37 year old. Edward Cheserek broke the American high school record by almost 10 seconds. I only mention this because he ran a 13:57 at the age of 18 which is pretty incredible. Also interesting to note is shortly after this race Galen Rupp broke Bernard Lagat's 2 mile American record running a 8:09. The american middle/long distance team is currently looking the goods.

NYRR Wanamaker Mile
Finals
1 Centrowitz, Matthew Nike 3:53.92A
2 Batty, Miles B.Y.U. 3:54.54A
3 Heath, Garrett Saucony 3:55.24
4 Kisorio, Silas Unattached 3:55.84
5 Van Ingen, Erik Binghamton 3:56.37
6 O'Hare, Chris Tulsa 3:56.63
7 Levins, Cam So. Utah 3:57.16
8 McCarthy, David Providence 3:57.86
9 Milne, Taylor New Balance 4:00.78
10 Merber, Kyle Columbia 4:02.83
11 Boylan-Pett, Liam N.J.-N.Y. 4:10.86
12 Olmedo, Manuel Nike 4:16.71

Nothing particularly special about this Mile. The only really big name was Centrowitz, last year's surprise 1500m world championship silver medalist but it was a great race to watch and I've never seen anyone look so comfortable when running so fast. It was scary how effortless he made this time look and one would think he can run atleast a 3:50 if he had a more competitive race. Give the race a watch if time or interest permits, it starts around 4:50 in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nRMZ5cx5gs

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Great work Running Man. Well sourced. & informative.

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