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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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Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce of Jamaica: Photo by TrackandFieldPhoto

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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Universal Sports to stream World Junior Championships LIVE coverage

Los Angeles - Universal Sports Network will air 13 hours of premier track & field action from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., from Wednesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 27.

The biennial International meet provides track and field athletes and fans a chance to look into the future of the sport.

Universal Sports’ exclusive LIVE coverage from July 23-27 includes that day’s evening session along with daily analysis and news updates by commentator Ato Boldon from historic Hayward Field. In addition, universalsports.com will stream all events LIVE to authenticated users along with posting video highlights and news from the event.

The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. will be the largest IAAF event ever contested on U.S. soil. A total of 177 national federations, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, have expressed their intent to compete at the six-day track and field meet where more than 1,750 athletes under the age of 20 are expected to participate. Member federations, including USA Track & Field, have until July 7 to submit their list of final entries for the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Past competitors who have gone on to achieve success at the senior level include Usain BoltAllyson FelixSanya Richards-RossLaShawn Merritt and Kirani James. History has shown that many IAAF World Junior Championship athletes have become gold medalists at the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games, and are often record breakers as well.

During the week of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, TV providers DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, BendBroadband and CenturyLink Prism will offer free previews of Universal Sports Network. To find Universal Sports in your channel lineup, please visit universalsports.com.

Universal Sports Network 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships Broadcast Schedule:

All times ET – Schedule subject to change

Wed., Jul. 23     

10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET LIVE

Events: Women’s Hammer Throw, Women’s Long Jump, Women’s 5000m, Women’s and Men’s 100m

Thur., Jul. 24     

9 p.m.-12 a.m. ET LIVE

Events: Women’s Pole Vault, Men’s Shot Put, Men’s Long Jump, Women’s Javelin, Men’s 110m Hurdles, Men’s 400m, Women’s 800m, Women’s 3000m, Men’s 1500

Fri., Jul. 25         

9 p.m.-12 a.m. ET LIVE

Events: Men’s Hammer Throw, Men’s High Jump, Women’s Shot Put, Men’s 400m Hurdles, Women’s Discus, Women’s and Men’s 200m, Women’s 400m, Men’s 5000m

Sat., Jul. 26        

6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ET LIVE

Events: Men’s Pole Vault, Women’s Triple Jump, Men’s Discus, Women’s 400m Hurdles, Women’s 3000m SC, Women’s and Men’s 4x100m Relay

Sun., Jul. 27       

6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET LIVE

Events: Women’s High Jump, Men’s Triple Jump, Women’s 100m Hurdles, Men’s Javelin, Men’s 3000m SC, Women’s 1500m, Men’s 800m, Women’s and Men’s 4x400m Relay

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK

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Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake feeling good ahead of Lausanne 200m

LAUSANNE — Limited on the track since picking up an injury in 2013, Jamaican sprinter and 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake has “trained hard” and is looking forward to start running fast again.

Blake, who will run the 200m at Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, says he’s back in shape and will look to challenge his 19.26 seconds personal best over the 200m.

“I think I’ll be in good shape July 3rd in Lausanne” he declared at the beginning of the month.

Blake now confirmed this at his arrival at the hotel in Lausanne on Monday, stating: “I feel good. I’m going to enjoy running my 200m.”

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