Post-Olympic Drama Set For Lausanne Diamond League

Many athletes were coming off Olympic hangovers in Stockholm last week but should be primed and ready to go on Thursday evening in Lausanne. Weather will ideal as 19 Olympic champions take the track in the town where the IOC is headquartered.

Fast 1500 in store


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The American superstar duo of Leo Manzano and Matt Centrowitz makes their way back on the track in the metric mile after finishing second and fourth, respectively, at the Olympics. Leo might still be coming off the high of his silver medal but Centro is hungry for a PR after just missing a medal in London. He's been training in St. Moritz since the Games with teammate Galen Rupp who is also entered as a speed tune up for a fast 5k in Zurich next week.

The Kenyan duo of Silas Kiplagat and Nixon Chepseba had disappointing finishes at the Olympics but look to bounce back in a fast time trial-type setting that they typically thrive under. Nick Willis is coming off a subpar Games and looking for redemption.

Rabbits are set to go through 800 meters in 1:53 and 1000 meters in 2:21 so look for a fast time.

Merritt goes for fast time again


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Aries Merritt will give the world record another shot on Thursday night. The Olympic champ has an undefeated outdoor season that includes five wind-legal sub-13 second races and seven sub-13's counting windy efforts. Evenings in Lausanne have been warm and still, perfect conditions for a world record attempt.

Challenging the Olympic champion will be Jason Richardson and Hansle Parchment, the silver and bronze medalists from London. Also in the field will be 21-year-old Russian phenom Sergey Shubenkov and David Oliver who is returning to Europe to avenge disappointment at the Olympic Trials.

Olympic rematch between Fraser-Pryce, Jeter


Jeter vs. Fraser-Pryce, sans batons (Image of Sport)

A loaded women's 100 meters features all three Olympic medalists - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Fraser-Pryce, the diminutive Jamaican nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket," is coming off the high of defending her Olympic crown while Jeter is out for vengeance after narrowly finishing second.

Others to look out for are London finalists Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago as well as U.S. 100 meter Olympian (too soon?) Jeneba Tarmoh.

Fast men's sprints on tap


Anyone else think Yohan's "The Beast" pose is a little feminine? (PhotoRun)

Justin Gatlin scratching from 100 meters leaves just four of the eight Olympic finalists but these aren't just any of the four Olympic finalists. The field includes silver medalist Yohan Blake, fourth placer Tyson Gay and new kid on the block Ryan Bailey. Bailey has garnered significant attention since the Olympics, not just for his performances on the track which include a 9.93 second win in Stockholm, but also for getting caught by London paparazzi clubbing with supermodels and pop singers at 4:00 in the morning.

The 200 meters features five finalists from London including the self-proclaimed "legend" Usain Bolt. Bolt almost seemed disinterested in a pre-meet press conference but he won't be able to bring his 'B' game against the likes of bronze medalist Warren Weir, Wallace Spearmon and little known Jamaican Jason Young who ran 19.86 earlier this season in Luzern.

Bolt's impact on any meet can be exemplified by the excited reaction of my hostel roommates when I told them he would be running in Lausanne. People who had never attended a track meet suddenly were interested in how they could get a ticket.

Brian Herron Plans To Skip HS Outdoor Season And Run Unattached

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Brian Herron is quickly becoming one of the nation's top sprint talents, but he may soon join a very rare list of athletes with great potential who never won a state championship. 

Christian Coleman, Natoya Goule Highlight Professional Weekend

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Last Friday, Christian Coleman jump-started the professional indoor season with his 6.37 performance in the 60m. While there’s still uncertainty about whether or not the time will be ratified as an American and world record — there are different requirements for each — it signals that Coleman’s 2017 wasn’t an aberration. 

Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen To Race Napoli Half Marathon

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Sondre Nordstad Moen will begin his 2018 racing season in the Napoli City Half Marathon (February 4th) after a sensational final few months in 2017.  In September he began with a personal best 27:55 for 10K in the Birell Prague Grand Prix and concluded with a December victory in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon in a European Record 2:05:48.  In the interim he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.