Archive for May, 2014

Diamond League/Prefontaine Classic


Galen Rupp won the 10000 metres last night in an American record 26:44.36, beating Kenya’s Paul Tanui by five seconds. He ran the last 800 metres in 1:59. It is two seconds faster than Mo Farah’s British record. What a place to do it. Somewhere Steve Prefontaine is smiling.
The Bowerman Mile was won in a world lead, meeting record and Djibouti record of 3:47.32 by Ayanleh Souleiman. Kenyan Silas Kiplagat just missed the Kenyan record with a PB 3:47.88 in second. Aman Wote set an Ethiopian record of 3:48.60 in third. The next three places were 3:49 PB’s as six athletes broke 3:50!
David Rudisha finished seventh in 1:44.87 and will be glad just to be competing again. Nobody can be out for a year and come back on top form, even the Olympic champion and World record-holder. Nijel Amos won the 800 metres in 1:43.63
Helen Obiri won the 1500 metres in a world lead and meeting record 3:57.05 with Laura Weightman in seventh, running a big PB 4:02.72 for 15th on the UK all-time list, a European qualifying time. Hannah England was 12th in 4:07.40

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Road To Rio


London, England.

Wembley Stadium

International Friendly

England 3-0 Peru

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Pavey Back On Track


After quitting the track for road running, Jo Pavey has returned with a bang. In her first track race since the London 2012 Olympics and her first race since giving birth last September, Jo won the UK 10000 metres title at Highgate in a UK age 40 record of 32:11, a European qualifying time. Next she set a World 40 record of 15:11 for the 5000 metres at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford, another European qualifying time!

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Westminster Mile/Championship Play-Off/Champions League Final


Many teams have failed to get back to the Premier League the season after being relegated. QPR succeed, beating Derby 1-0.


Gareth Bale is living the dream as he scores the winning goal in extra time to help Real Madrid finally achieve their quest of a record 10th European Cup, beating city rivals Athletico 4-1. In one single moment Bale justified being the world’s most expensive player and is already a Real Madrid legend.


(Roger Bannister rings the bell for the last lap in the B.M.C. 50th Anniversary Mile at Iffley Road in 2004. Graig Mottram leads with a certain Mo Farah in third)

Chris O’Hare and Alison Leonard were crowned Westminster Mile champions as O’Hare beat Chris Warburton in 4:06 and Leonard deafeated Helen Clitheroe in 4:35.

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In An Athletics Weekly poll, Sebastian Coe was voted the Ultimate Supermiler. Steve Ovett finished second and Hicham El Guerrouj was third.

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Coleman Documentary


The Quite Remarkable David Coleman



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Shanghai Diamond League


Because the standard is so high now, it’s almost impossible to spring a surprse in International athletics. In a field full of talented Africans, American Emma Coburn was the only athlete to go with the pacemaker. On her own for the second half of the race, she was rewarded with a stunning six second victory in a world lead and lifetime best 8:19.80, in the 3000 metres steeplechase!

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