Mary Cain after her most aggressive pro race ever at Moscow World Champs 2013
In her first World Championships ever, teen phenom Mary Cain continued her dream season after running 4:05.21 to place fourth in her heat and advance to the womens 1500m final in Moscow. Cain, running in the first of two semi final rounds, was joined at the line by a handful of Olympians and World Championship medalist, including Zoe Buckman (AUS), Genzeba Dibaba (ETH) , and Faith Kipyegon(KEN). The 17 year old let the more experienced women do the work, sitting mid pack as the leaders passed through 400m in 63.33 and 800m in 2:12.01. Going into the bell lap, which was passed through in 3:18.16, she was in 9th place. Coming down the final back stretch she was running in lane three, and continued to run wide the rest of the race to nip 4th place and the auto qualifier for the final. She will be joining fellow American Jenny Simpson in the final that will take place August 15th 12:20CST. With numerous junior records and personal bests on international stages, Cains final chapter in her 2013 story will be whether or not she can medal come Thursday afternoon. By Ryan Sterner
Shalane Flanagan lacking leg speed in 10k at Moscow World Champs 2013
Currently, the best American distance runner looked great at the US Champs completely running away from the field in Des Moines, IA. In Moscow, she led the field for the first couple miles, but couldn't quite hang with the stellar group of East Africans and one Japanese woman. Being "brutally honest" with herself, Flanagan knew she didn't have the turnover some of these ladies have, so she made a point to go for it from the gun and take the lead.
Jordan Hasay after first World Championship in 10k at Moscow World Champs 2013
Cam Levins says Alberto made him cut his hair at Moscow World Champs 2013
Nick Symmonds finally gets his global medal in 800 at Moscow World Champs 2013
After a 16 year drought, Nick Symmonds has finally brought a World Championship medal back to the United States. The five time US champ, who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics and sixth at the 2011 World Championships, finished the 800m final in Moscow in a season's best 1:43.55, good enough for a silver medal. In 2013 Nick Symmonds has been establishing himself as somewhat of a front runner, a shift form his normal sit-and-kick tactic, and the final today would be no different. Symmonds and fellow American Duane Solomon were leading at the bell, passing 400m in 50.28, after splitting 23.35 for 200m. Symmonds and Solomon remained in the lead with 100m to go, where it became Symmonds race to lose. With 50m left, Symmonds was clear to the finish, until race favorite Mohamad Aman shifted gears and showed the field a clean pair of heels. Aman finished with the win in 1:43.33, with Symmonds hanging on for second in 1:43.55. In a recent blog Symmonds penned for Runner's World, he wrote that he imagined the "beer would taste a little sweeter, and the fishing feel that much more enjoyable with a shiny medal around [his] neck." So here's to Nick Symmonds, your 2013 World Championships silver medalist. By Ryan Sterner
Usain Bolt has much respect for Ocatvious Freeman and her anchor leg
Chris Derrick it sucked to suck in 10k at Moscow World Champs 2013
Mary Cain can't stop, won't stop at Moscow World Champs 2013
Mary Cain, on strict orders to move quickly through the mixed zone, gives us a quick word on her first World Champs experience.
Kirani James can't explain last 100 of 400m final at Moscow World Champs 2013
He is the defending World and Olympic champ, but today Kirani was lost in the crowd and finished 7th.
Matt Centrowitz gets London redemption with silver in 1500 at Moscow World Champs 2013
Bronze two years ago, fourth last year, and and now silver. In an event that seems leaves us guessing, Matt Centrowitz has been a model of consistency. World class consistency. Asbel Kiprop goes from last in London to first in Moscow with a performance that reaffirms his place as the best 1500m athlete in the world. The biggest surprise comes from Johan Cronje, who snuck on the inside in homestretch to grab bronze for South Africa. Immediately following the gun, the towering Kiprop assumed the lead. A modest 59.68 first lap had no big impact on the field. Centrowitz sat calmly in the middle. Before 800m, we saw what we thought was going to be Kenayâs team tactics. Nixon Chepseba made a very bold move to the front and gapped the field by nearly 15m. He passed the 800m mark in 1:59.24 with Kiprop leading the chase pack. Centrowitz sat on the Kenyanâs shoulder. There wasnât much change for the next quarter-mile, which was a bit concerning. Had the pack given Chepseba too much room? For Team Kenya, wasnât Silas Kiplagat supposed to take the lead on the third lap and push the pace to avoid a kickerâs race? The latter hadnât happened, but the pack has gained on Chepseba. It would once again be a blazing last lap in the menâs 1500m final. The fans in the Luzhniki Stadium anxiously watched as the group hit the bell at 2:42.73. It was an interesting three 1500m races in Moscow for the â11 Daegu bronze medalist. Centrowitz didnât look incredible in his quarter-final, showed his grit and championship savviness in the semifinal, and all of a sudden, looked poised to return to the podium in the final. With 200m to go, everyone was gathering for their final attack, but still there were no big moves. Chepseba, Kiprop, and Centrowitz. With no medal positions sorted out, the final 100m was a bit chaotic. Silas Kiplagat swung wide to make his bid, Mekonnen Gebremedhin went with him, and Kiprop began to pull away in lane two. Centrowitz intelligently followed in Kipropâs jet-stream and had a clear path to the podium. Chepseba, who was in lane one, had begun to fade and left enough room for Cronje to make an inside pass and grab bronze. Kiprop, Centrowitz, Cronje. By Mitch Kastoff
Shannon Rowbury frustrated by 1500 debacle, thru in 5k at Moscow World Champs 2013
@ShannonRowbury felt smooth and has confidence going into the 5000 meter final. If she's in the mix, she feels her top 1500 speed will be a factor. When asked about not being considered as the 1500 meter alternate, Rowbury is definitely frustrated with the process that took place after Treniere Moser withdrew from the competition.
Brenda Martinez kicks for bronze after being turned down by 2 Groups Moscow World Champs 2013
Martinez (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) won the first ever World Championship medal in the 800m for an American woman. She started conservatively, running eighth at 200m and 7th at 400m. Martinez managed the traffic well as five women sprinted to the line in a race for second place behind Eunice Sum of Kenya. Martinez found a spot on the rail to nab the bronze in a personal best of 1:57.91, behind Sum (1:57.38) and Mariya Savinova of Russia (1:57.80). Alysia Montano (San Francisco, Calif.) bolted to an early lead, splitting 56.06 for 400m, but her lead disappeared with 150 meters to go, and she dove across the line in fourth 1:57.95. 19-year-old Ajee Wilson (Neptune, N.J.) set an American Junior record of 1:58.21 in sixth. Courtesy to USATF
Mary Cain wanted to win after 10th place finish at Moscow World Champs 2013
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