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Watch 2015 IAAF World Relays Live Stream on Universal Sports

LOS ANGELES – Universal Sports Network will present exclusive LIVE television and online coverage of the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on May 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

The two day meet will feature more than 600 of the world’s best track athletes competing in the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley (1200m, 400, 800m and 1600m).

The top eight finishers in the men’s and women’s 4×100m and 4×400m relays will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Team USA’s roster is comprised of 51 athletes and features 21 Olympians who will defend the Golden Baton, which is awarded to the overall best team at the World Relays.

At last year’s inaugural World Relays, the U.S. women won four of five relays including an American record performance by the 4x800m team.

The U.S. women’s team includes three of four members of the world record women’s 4×100m relay team in Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Fla.), four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif.) and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas), will compete in the women’s 4×400m relay.

On the U.S. men’s side, the 4×100m relay includes three of the four members of the London Olympics silver medal team in Ryan Bailey (Los Angeles, Calif.), Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Fla.) and Tyson Gay (Los Angeles, Calif.) The 4×400m relay features two members from the indoor world record squad in Kyle Clemons (Lawrence, Kan.), and David Verburg (Gainesville, Fla.), and three of four of the defending world championship team in LaShawn Merritt (Bradenton, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Gainesville, Fla.) and Verburg.

Headlining the international field are Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, currently the world’s fastest man and woman.

Last year’s inaugural 2014 World Relays served as a qualifier for eight of 16 spots in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the upcoming 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing which take place August 22-30, and will also air on Universal Sports Network in the U.S.

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Annie Bersagel targets another PR in Duesseldorf

Defending champion Annie Bersagel will be the main contender in Sunday’s METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American hopes to further improve her personal best she ran last year in this race with 2:28:59.

While elite fields for this edition had to be cut drastically for financial reasons there are hopes for a national winner in the men’s race. With the Rio Olympic Games already in mind André Pollmächer intends to go for a sub 2:12 time.

Adding other events at shorter distances a total of 18,000 runners have entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

There are hopes that next year the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf will return to higher standards again.

However, this year the fastest man in the elite field is former Maroccan Abdelhadi El Hachimi who competes for Belgium. Already 40 years of age he has a personal best of 2:11:30 from 2011. Last year El Hachimi clocked 2:12:45 in Berlin.

Germany’s André Pollmächer is the second fastest on the start list with a personal record of 2:13:05. A year ago he finished elventh in Duesseldorf, clocking 2:13:59 in driving rain.

Pollmächer then ran a fine marathon in the European Championships in Zurich, taking eighth position.

“My big goal is to qualify for the Rio Olmypic Games,” said 32 year-old Pollmacher, who intends to pass half way on Sunday in 65:30.

While the national qualifying time for Rio is not yet announced it is expected to be in the region of 2:12:00 to 2:12:30.

While Annie Bersagel caused some upset by taking the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf last year, it would be quite a surprise if the American would not be first to cross the line again on Sunday. Her closest rival is Brasil’s Sirlene De Sousa Pinho who has a PB of 2:35:45.

“I remember well when suddenly the pace car appeared in front of me last year – it was a big surprise for me to win the race,” Annie Bersagel said.

“I was told about the situation in Duesseldorf this year. But for me it does not really change anything, I will follow the pacemakers. I will try to run a fine time and improve my personal best,” said Annie Bersagel, who intends to run a 2:28:00 pace.

While the weather might well turn wet on Sunday again this does not bother Bersagel too much. Living in Oslo she is used to running in bad weather – and she proved this last year.

“Rain itself is not so bad. And the forecast looks better than last year. I really enjoyed this race and I am looking forward to run on this fast course again on Sunday,” said Annie Bersagel.

On Sunday she might well see the pace car during the whole race.

More information is available at: www.metrogroup-marathon.de

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Sisay Lemma targets a Vienna return and qualification for Rio

After celebrating his biggest triumph so far Sisay Lemma revealed that he only started training at the age of 17 and did so barefoot at first.

Running alone for more than 15 k the Ethiopian braved windy conditions to take the Vienna City Marathon in 2:07:31 on Sunday. His next major target will be qualification for the Rio Olympic marathon 2016.

Sisay Lemma grew up in the village Chacki which is in the Oromia region, where a large number of world-class runners come from – among them Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.

“I heard about them when I was at school and of course I knew about Haile Gebrselassie. However I had no ambitions myself at that time to become a runner,” said Sisay Lemma, who grew up on his parents’ farm in high altitude of 3,000 metres.

“I have three sisters, but they are not running.”

“I concentrated on school first and had to help my parents with farm work. So I had 14 hour days. I did not do any sports,” recalls Sisay Lemma, who finally started running and training at the age of 17 when he was still in high school. “For the first two or three months I had no shoes, so I ran barefoot on the grass. It was no problem, but it changes your running style.”

Two-time 1,500 m World Indoor Champion Deresse Mekonnen was among his neighbours and he went to the same school. This was the runner who gave Sisay Lemma some inspiration. His first races came at the age of 19 and he then moved to Addis Abeba when he was 21. In the same year in 2012 he won the Carpi Marathon in Italy with a debut time of 2:11:58.

Sisay Lemma, who is coached by Mohamed Kila and has none of the many prominent Ethiopian marathon runners in his group, then also took the Warsaw Marathon in 2013, improving to 2:09:02. In a high-class Dubai Marathon this January Lemma achieved a fine fifth place with 2:07:06.

“I am in even better shape now than before Dubai,” he said two days before the Vienna City Marathon.

He proofed that on Sunday with victory in 2:07:31.

“Without the wind and with more competition I could have run 2:05. It was my aim to break the course record of 2:05:41,“ said Sisay Lemma.

He added: “I would really like to come back next year and try it again, because it was a great race on a great course and the support of the people was amazing.”

The next Vienna City Marathon is on 10th April 2016 – a date marked in Sisay Lemma’s diary.

With some of the prize money he earns from road racing Sisay Lemma supports his nephew.

“He started running a little bit back home, but now he lives with me in Addis Abeba. He goes to high school and for now concentrates on education. Once he finished school he will go back to Chacki and start training properly. If he does well he could return to Addis to join me,” explained the Vienna City Marathon champion.

Sisay Lemma will now target a fast autumn marathon. Most likely he will either run Berlin in September or Frankfurt in October. The 24 year-old has high ambitions: “I want to make the Rio Olympic team.”

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Watch 2015 Carifta Games Live Stream, Live Results

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (Sporting Alert) — Day two at the 2015 Carifta Games gets underway at the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Saturday with a full day’s schedule. Here here are the ways you can watch live streaming and follow live results.

Click Here For Live Streaming Coverage of the Games | Follow Live Results

The Games opened on Friday night with a mini evening schedule that included the semi-final rounds of the 400m dashes.

However, the action will hit full swing with the morning fixtures with action on the track, while the 100m and 400m titles are both up for grabs later in the afternoon session.

On today as well as is the start of the multi-events, with the girls heptathlon and boys octathlon open set to kick-start the morning session.

Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, who won four gold medals at the just concluded Boys and Girls Champs in Kingston, last week, will look to continue his outstanding form this season when he takes the starting blocks for the 100m semis.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Jamaica grabbed two golds and a silver medal to lead the medal table standings really early, as Akeem Kerr won the boys open pole vault and Devia Brown and Shyledeen Smith finished first and second in the Under-18 girls discus throw.

Charisma Taylor from the Bahamas won gold in the girls Under-18 triple jump with a leap of 12.01m to add to the bronze Serena Brown captured in the discus throw for the same age group.

Also up and running in the medal collection are Suriname with a silver, with Grenada and Martinique winning bronze medals on Friday night.

Akeem Bloomfield (46.98) of Jamaica and Jamal Walton (47.40) of Cayman Islands lead the way heading into the final of the Under-20 and Under-18 400m, following Friday’s semis.

Christopher Taylor of Jamaica, who ran 48.58 to win his heat in the U18, has been in good form this season and will be aiming to improve his time in the final.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2015 – MORNING SESSION 2 
No. TIME EVENT 
109 09:00 100 Meters Hurdles Girls Open Heptathlon (1)
110 09:05 100 Meters Boys Open Octathlon (1)
111 09:10 High Jump Boys Under 20 Final – (Area 1)
112 09:15 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Heats
113 09:30 High Jump Girls Open Heptathlon (2) – (Area 2)
114 09:35 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Heats
115 09:40 Long Jump Boys Open Octathlon (2) – (Pit 1)
116 09:55 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Heats
117 10:05 Discus Boys Under 20 Final
118 10:10 Shot Put Girls Under 18 Final – (Circle 1)
119 10:15 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Heats
120 10:35 400 Meters Hurdles Girls Under 18 Semi Finals
121 10:50 400 Meters Hurdles Girls Under 20 Semi Finals
122 11:05 400 Meters Hurdles Boys Under 18 Semi Finals
123 11:20 400 Meters Hurdles Boys Under 18 Semi Finals

DAY 2 – SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2015 – EVENING SESSION 3 
No. TIME EVENT 
124 16:30 High Jump Boys Under 18 Final – (Area 1)
125 16:35 Shot Put Boys Open Octathlon (3) – (Circle 2)
126 16:40 Shot Put Girls Open Heptathlon (3) – (Circle 1)
127 16:45 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Semi Finals
128 16:50 Long Jump Girls Under 18 Final – (2 Flights, Pit 1 & 2)
129 17:00 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Semi Finals
130 17:15 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Semi Finals
131 17:30 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Semi Finals
132 17:45 1500 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
133 17:55 1500 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
134 18:00 Javelin Girls Under 18 Final – (North Sector)
135 18.05 1500 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
136 18:10 Shot Put Boys Under 18 Final – (Circle 2)
137 18:15 1500 Meters Boys Under 20 Final
138 18:30 400 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
139 18:40 400 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
140 18:45 Long Jump Girls Under 20 Final – (Pit 2)
141 18:50 400 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
142 19:00 400 Meters Boys Under 20 Final
143 19:15 400 Meters Boys Open Octathlon (4)
144 19:25 200 Meters Girls Open Heptathlon (4)
145 19:45 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
146 19:55 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
147 20:05 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
148 20:15 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Final

Matthew Centrowitz Runs Away With Wanamaker Mile At Millrose Games

NEW YORK – Matthew Centrowitz won the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile title in the 108th NYRR Millrose Games, but it was eight-time champion Bernard Lagat who garnered a larger spotlight and louder applause at the packed Armory New Balance Track & Field Center Saturday night.

Lagat, 40, finished fourth in the Wanamaker Mile but turned in a time of 3:54.91, a masters world record eclipsing Eamonn Coghlan’s previous mark of 3:58.15 in 1994.  Coghlan, owner of seven Wanamaker titles, was one of the first to congratulate Lagat.

“Being able to run my best and run with the young guys, to me that’s a humbling experience,” Lagat said afterward. “For people to yell `Go Kip, Go Kip,’ that really touches me and I want to show them that I can perform very well.”

“Age is just a number and I believe that …I had a lot of plans for this event. I’m leaving here knowing I achieved everything I wanted to do,” Lagat added.

Centrowitz, the 2012 Wanamaker Mile champion, battled New Zealand’s Nick Willis down the stretch. His winning time of 3:51.35 was good enough to edge Willis (3:51.46) at the finish line.

“I didn’t look behind me at all the whole race, but it definitely felt fast at the start. I wanted a faster time for myself, it wasn’t ideal for me to run an xyz, but it was my best effort. It’s a big deal for me to win a second title out of my three attempts at the Wanamaker Mile.”

Ten of the 12 men runners in the race turned in sub-4 minute mile performances, including Chris O’Hare (3:55.35) who became the 100th person to post a sub-4 minute mile at The Armory.

Two-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury continued her strong performance of late to capture the women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile with a 4:24.32 time ahead of runner-up Treniere Moser (4:27.49) and Stephanie Charnigo (4:28.02).  Defending champion Mary Cain finished eighth with a 4:31.31.

“I am disappointed,” Rowbury said. “I knew I had an American record in me today. I’d love to have another opportunity to go after it because I know I’m capable.”

The American record is 4:20.5 by Mary Decker in 1982.

Lagat wasn’t the only one to achieve a world record. Brycen Spratling established the world’s best in the 500m with a 1:00.06 time, ahead of Ken Lowery’ 1987 mark of 1:00.17.

“I didn’t know I was on pace (to break the record) honestly,’’ Spratling said. “I felt like I relaxed a little too much early on in the race. When I saw the time, I mean I looked disappointed. I really wanted to go 59 (seconds). But if that’s the best ever ran and then I just missed out, then I’m OK with it.”

Local favorite Phyllis Francis recorded a memory for the scrapbooks in her professional debut, overtaking 2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross at the finish line with a 53.14 time. Richards-Ross turned in a 53.71 time.

“This is mind blowing right now,” Francis said. “I wasn’t expecting run that time. I told myself to go for it (down the stretch). If I pass out then I’ve got medics right there. So I said to myself to just go for it and I did. I’m lost for words right now.

“I’m ecstatic and happy. (Richards-Ross) is an amazing competitor. I looked up to her as a little girl and my parents told me to look at Sanya … for me to be running at that level and to be running with her is an honor,” Francis added.

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