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Commonwealth Games men’s 100m heats recap

GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Track and field action got underway at the Commonwealth Games with the men’s 100 metres heats at Hampden Park Stadium on Sunday.

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Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole looked easy when winning his heat, as he came back from a slow start to win the first heat of the men’s 100m in 10.16 seconds. Bailey-Cole, who trains with Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, beat Barbados’ Ramon Gittens and he was second in 10.34.

Bailey-Cole, meanwhile, was also not buying into the hype of how fast the track really is.

“The track is just average,” the Jamaican sprinter told BBC One in an interview.

Another Jamaican, Jason Livermore, won the second heat just as easily in 10.26secs, beating Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rogers, who posted 10.39.

Jamaican champion Nickel Ashmeade won his heat as well – taking first place in a very relaxed 10.40secs, after easing down some 40metres away from the finishing line.

Elsewhere, Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson, the fastest man in the Commonwealth this year, finished third in his heat, but still managed to earn a spot in the semi-finals.

After running 10.33 seconds to make it as one of the fastest losers, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist revealed that he was guilty of underestimating his competitors. Nigerian Mark Jelks, a former USA sprinter, won the heat in 10.28, with Warren Fraser from the Bahamas also beating Thompson.

“I just underestimated the runners,” he said to BBC One.

He, however, added: “I feel good and I am ready to run fast tomorrow. It’s about running your rounds using less energy because you want to run fast in the finals.

Adam Gemili (10.15) of England was the fastest qualifier after he dominated his heat in the cool conditions.

“To come out to hear that cheer makes you want to push that bit harder and do well so I am truly grateful for the reception,” Gemili told BBC One.
“It’s onto the semi-finals and I’m looking forward to it.”

Also going fast in the early rounds was Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago, who won the ninth and final heat in 10.16.

Other heat winners on Sunday were Kemar Hyman (10.20) from the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Bermuda’s Daniel Bailey (10.30), Simbine Akani (10.32) of South Africa.

American former sprinter and BBC Sport athletics expert Michael Johnson, believes with the likes of Asafa Powell, Blake and Bolt not running in Glasgow, the Commonwealth Games men’s 100m is wide open.

“It’s a fantastic venue. I think that the 100m is wide open because some of the big names aren’t here, so we should see some great competition,” said Johnson.

“The Commonwealth Games is always an opportunity for young, up-and-coming athletes, so it should be exciting.”

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Watch IAAF 2014 World Junior Championships Live Online

EUGENE (SportingAlert) — The World Junior Championships get underway on Tuesday here in Eugene, Oregon, with Universal Sports Network and USATF.tv teaming up with the IAAF to bring live coverage.

Watch Live Streaming Coverage Here! | The IAAF website also have live results, medals tables, and up-to-the-minute updates on their live blog, as well as on the and IAAF twitter account. Check out Oregon 2014 website as well.

Universal Sports and USATF.tv will be streaming the championships live online, while IAAF.org will provide live results and up-to-the-minute interviews and race reports from Oregon 2014.

“I am delighted that our partnership with Universal Sports,” IAAF President Lamine Diack was quoted as saying, following the announcement of an extending deal to bring live coverage through to 2019.

“American fans will continue to enjoy World Championship athletics and the full array of other IAAF World Athletics Series competitions across the mediums of terrestrial, cable and internet.

“We firmly believe that the consistent high level coverage of our events offered by Universal Sports is the key to Athletics making a genuine impact in households across the USA.”

Day one live coverage from the World Junior Championships on Tuesday will begin with include action the women’s heptathlon and junior men decathlon, while the 1500, 800, 100m and the sprint hurdles are also on the schedule for the opening day streaming.

Day 1 – July 22
Morning Session

LOCAL TIME SEX EVENT ROUND

10:00 W 100 Metres Hurdles Heptathlon

10:05 W Javelin Throw Qualification Group A

10:25 M 100 Metres Decathlon Junior

10:30 W Pole Vault Qualification

10:55 M 110m Hurdles (99.0cm) Heats

11:05 W High Jump Heptathlon

11:25 W Javelin Throw Qualification Group B

11:30 M Long Jump Decathlon Junior

11:45 M 1500 Metres Heats

12:15 W 800 Metres Heats

12:50 M 100 Metres Heats

13:15 M Shot Put (6kg) Decathlon Junior

Afternoon Session

LOCAL TIME SEX EVENT ROUND

16:30 M High Jump Decathlon Junior

17:30 W Hammer Throw Qualification Group A

17:35 M 400 Metres Heats

18:05 W Shot Put Heptathlon

18:30 W 100 Metres Heats

18:45 W Long Jump Qualification

19:00 W Hammer Throw Qualification Group B

19:25 W 200 Metres Heptathlon

19:50 M 400 Metres Decathlon Junior

20:40 M 10,000 Metres Final

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MONACO (SportingAlert) — American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson will renew their rivalry over 200m this season at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

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The pair clashed recently over 100m, with Gatlin coming out on top, but this will be there first meeting over the half-lap this season.

Gay has been out of action due to suspension, but will start as the favourite to win this time round in Stade Louis II.

Joining the pair are Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer, who upset Warren Weir to win the national title in Jamaica last month, as well as French favourite Christophe Lemaitre and USA’s World Championship bronze medalist from last year, Curtis Mitchell.

A very fast women’s 100m is also on the cards, with field includes Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, her countrywoman Veronica Campbell-Brown, Americans Tori Bowie and Allyson Felix, in addition to Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast.

Also at the meet, Diamond League leader LaShawn Merritt takes on a solid field in the men’s 400m. An improving Isaac Makwala from Botswana, who has clocked 44.01 recently, will also line up in the event, along with Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic and USA’s Tony McQuay.

Olympic champion and world record holder over the 110 hurdles, Aries Merritt of USA will look to get his season on track after an injury.

The American will take on the inform Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France.

In other events USA’s Ajee’ Wilson and Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya battle in the women’s 800m, world record holder David Rudisha, back to running quick times again, headlines the men’s event, where Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman and Botswana’s Nigel Amos.

World leader Kaliese Spencer battles with American Kori Carter in the women’s 400m hurdles.

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Lots of Olympic champions on show at Glasgow Diamond League

Olympic champions David Rudisha, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Ashton Eaton are just a few of the latest names to confirm that they will compete at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park on 11-12 July.

The quartet will join 22 world champions and 25 Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists, which represents the most impressive athletic line-up ever assembled in Scotland, just two weeks before the Commonwealth Games. Britain’s biggest stars Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar), Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) and Greg Rutherford (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) are already confirmed alongside Scottish stars Eilidh Child (Malcolm Arnold), Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider), Chris O’Hare (Terrance Mahon) and Laura Muir (Andy Young).

With the USA and a host of other nations not competing at the Commonwealth Games, the Diamond League meet will offer fans the chance to see the world’s best competing at Hampden Park in the first ever IAAF Diamond League meet staged in Scotland. For those who missed out on Glasgow 2014 tickets, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience the world’s premier athletics series in the city.

Rudisha will be making his first appearance in the UK since breaking the 800m world record on his way to Olympic gold at London 2012, and he marked his return to form with a triumph at the New York Diamond League last weekend.

The 25 year old said: “I haven’t competed in the UK since winning gold at the Olympics, so to return to the UK for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix is something that I’m really excited about.

“Winning gold at the Olympic Games and being the first ever athlete to go below the 1:41 barrier is my biggest achievement to date. Having only just returned to track action, my victory at the New York Diamond League has given me a lot of confidence and something which I will take with me to Hampden Park.

“The Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will give me the best possible preparation for the Commonwealth Games. I know the field will include not only the best athletes in the Commonwealth, but the world too. I know I will have to perform at my best to secure another victory on the Diamond League circuit.`’

Carmelita Jeter, the second fastest woman of all time over 100m will return to the UK after winning a complete set of medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The American, who won 4×100 gold, 100m silver and 200m bronze in Olympic Stadium is excited at the prospect of running in one of the best line-ups staged in the UK.

The 34 year old said: “The Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will be one of the first meets of my outdoor season and I’m looking to put on a good show for the crowd in July. Even four weeks out, we have multiple Olympic and world champions confirmed for the event, which shows how high the standard will be and something which I will relish, being an athlete that thrives on the big stage.

“With the standard of women’s sprinting improving all the time, I’ve got to have my eyes on all seven of the athletes that line up against me on the start line at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.

“The British crowd always treat me as one of their own and that is the main reason why I keep on coming back year after year.”

Eaton meanwhile not only won gold at London 2012, but also triumphed at last year’s World Championships, before going on to defend his World Indoor heptathlon crown in Sopot in March.

With no major championships scheduled for the 26 year old this year, Eaton has opted to test his hand at the 400m hurdles this year, and will be looking to take the scalps of another world-class field at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix in July.

The world record holder made another piece of history this month by becoming the first decathlete to win an individual event at the Oslo Diamond League, as the American took a notable victory over 2011 world silver medallist LJ Van Zyl and has since lowered his personal best to 48.94 after just six races.

“2014 will give me a chance to recharge my batteries ahead of the World Championships in 2015 and Rio 2016, where I will be looking to defend my decathlon titles.

“To have the opportunity to compete in the UK at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix is something that I will relish. I have established myself in the decathlon as the one to beat, and I’m looking to continue this throughout the course of the outdoor season in the individual events.

“My aim is to go quicker still at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix; I want to keep pushing myself to the limit to see how far inside 49 seconds I can go. I know from Oslo that I can contend with a world-class field, but I’m expecting an even bigger test in Glasgow in July.”

Integrated into the IAAF Diamond League meet will be a series of para-events, which will star the likes of London 2012 gold medallists David Weir (Jenny Archer), Jonnie Peacock (Steve Fudge) and Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks), as well as Paralympic silver medallists Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine), Stef Reid (Reider) and the USA’s Richard Browne.

Rudisha, Fraser-Pryce, Jeter and Eaton will be joined at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix by a whole host of current and former Olympic gold medallists including Felix Sanchez, Anna Chicherova, Blanka Vlasic, Jenn Suhr, Dayron Robles, Amantle Montsho, Aries Merritt, Tomasz Majewski, Sandra Perkovic, Andreas Thorkildsen, Keshorn Walcott, Christian Taylor and Sally Pearson in one of the greatest fields ever assembled in the UK.

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Devon Allen on the Way to Victory in the Hurdles at the 2014 USATF Championships: PHOTO by Shannon Digital Imaging

Oregon Freshman Hurdler Devon Allen Wins USATF’s Athlete of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS — University of Oregon freshman hurdler Devon Allen wins USATF’s Athlete of the Week after capturing the 110 meter hurdles title in a stunning upset at the US Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, on Sunday, June 29.

Battling temperatures reaching into the 90’s and getting up to 120 degrees on the track at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State, Allen (Phoenix, Arizona) finished with a wind-aided 13.16 (13.155) to hold off a stacked field that included defending US champion Ryan Wilson (13.160) and defending world champion David Oliver (13.23).

“I knew I was going to run fast in this league,” Allen said. “I am pretty excited about it. I did not know I finished first when I crossed the finish line, until they announced it.

“Things started clicking in practice, feeling better, and going through things and running faster.”

Allen also won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the men’s 100mH in June, also running a 13.16. The wide receiver for the Ducks football team is the first person since Renaldo Nehemiah in 1979 to win both the NCAA and USA championships.

Other top performers from the week include:

Inika McPherson (Port Arthur, Texas), swept the 2014 U.S. high jump titles with her mark of 2.00m/6-6.75. She also won the USATF Indoor crown (1.91m/6-3.25) earlier this year and set a new personal best and stadium record. She now holds the world best for a woman to jump over her head as she cleared 37 cm above her height (5’4”).

Everett Capelle (Laguna Beach, California), broke the 7-8 boy’s 1500-meter national record (5:11.00) with his time of 5:09.44 at the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships.

Lena Giger (Highland, Illinois), won the 17-18 women’s hammer throw at Bloomington with a throw of 55.80m/183-01, defeating her next closest opponent by an almost unimaginable 30 feet, breaking the 2012 mark of 54.30m/178-1.75.

Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia), ran a world-leading and lifetime-best 49.48 to win the 400 meter over American record-holder and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross. That mark makes her the fifth-fastest woman in U.S. history.

Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen.

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