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US Track & Field Championships

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1500 metres – Meeting Record Alan Webb 3:34.82 (2007)

1. Matt Centrowitz 3:37.25

2. Robby Andrews 3:38.75

3. Leonel Manzano 3:38.76

4. Ben Blenkenship 3:38.78

The brutal American system of first three past the post, caught out Ben Blankenship in his breakthrough season. Centrowitz was going away at the finish, as three athletes strained for World Championship qualification.

Another unlucky athlete was Georganne Moline, one of the best 400 metres hurdlers in the world. She chopped her stride going into a hurdle and crashed to the track. A dream gone in a flash.

In the women’s 1500 metres, two seconds separated the first ten, as Jenny Simpson just beat Shannon Rowbury.

The real shocker was Olympic 400 metres champion Sanya Richards-Ross failing to make the final!

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Women’s World Cup Quarter-Final

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Vancouver, Canada.

BC Place

World Cup Quarter-Final

Canada 1-2 England.

England reach the first World Cup semi-final in their history, joining the men’s 1966 and 1990 teams.

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British Mile Age Record

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Set a British age 15 mile record of 4:17.8 in a British Milers Club race in Harlow, becoming one of the youngest runners ever to break four minutes for 1500 metres, with a split time of 3:59.8. After a long season you often see athletes struggling to hold their form in late August. I wonder how I put together two record-breaking performances so late in the year. I also remember 1970 for breaking three barriers. Two minutes for 800 metres (1:57.0), four minutes for 1500 metres (3:59.8) and nine minutes for 3000 metres (8:48.8). The 800 metres was done on November 11 at Crystal Palace!

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British Records

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Set the first of three British records, in a British Milers Club race, the day after the first Glastonbury Festival.

UK all-time age 15 mile record

4:17.8 Harlow Sportscentre, Harlow. 20 September 1970

UK all-time age 15 2000 metres record

5:33.1 Crystal Palace, London. 14 October 1970

UK all-time indoor Youth (U/18) 1500 metres record

3:55.8 RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton. 18 March 1972

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US Track & Field Championships/World Championship Trials

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Eugene, Oregon

25 – 28

After winning his seventh consecutive American 10000 metres title, Galen Rupp said that he backed his coach Alberto Salazar 100%.

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Hughes To Represent GB

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Zharnel Hughes, 19,  has been cleared to represent Great Britain. He has had a British passport since birth after being born on the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla. Last year he broke Yohan Blake’s World junior 100 metres record with 10.12. He has already run 20.15 for 200 metres this year and almost beat Usain Bolt in the New York Diamond League 200 metres.

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Farah Returns To Monaco

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Mo Farah will return to Monaco on July 17, where he broke Steve Cram’s British 1500 metres record in 2013.

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