7 Breakthrough Performances of the Weekend

Get up to speed on the biggest breakthrough performances of the weekend. 


Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake Breaks Through With 19.95 200m

The LSU sprinter threw down a standout performance to claim the SEC title in the men’s 200m on Saturday. Mitchell-Blake blasted a PR and NCAA No. 7 all-time mark of 19.95 to win the event. He is the only NCAA athlete to run under 20 seconds so far this season. 




Marquis Goodwin Leaps World Lead in Long Jump

The Buffalo Bills wide receiver topped the world list this weekend when he jumped 8.45m at the Meeting Region Guadeloupe. The performance improved his personal best by a whopping 0.12m. The last time Goodwin was on this good of a trajectory was in 2012, when he claimed the NCAA title for Texas, went on to win the Olympic Trials and ultimately finished 10th at the Olympic Games. 


Megan Moye Runs NCAA No. 2 1500m

The North Carolina State senior threw down a massive personal best in the 1500m to claim the ACC title with the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season. Moye put on a clinic in the 1500m with the victory in 4:11, which stands as a school, meet and facility record. She continued her momentum by finishing second in the 5K. In total, she added 18 points to North Carolina State’s team score. 




Colby Gilbert Breaks 5K School Record and PRs in 1500m

The Washington Husky continued his breakthrough season by winning the men’s 5K at the Pac-12 Championships in a winning time of 13:35. The performance broke the Washington school record and his personal best by 11 seconds. Prior to winning the 5K, Gilbert finished sixth in a stacked 1500m that led him to another PR of 3:40.99. 




Kate Grace Battles Rain to Run 2:00 in First 800m Since 2014

After battling injuries the past couple of years, Kate Grace finally returned to the 800m with a standout performance at Portland Twilight. Despite the rainy conditions, Grace won in 2:00.05, which is less than a second off her PR of 1:59.47 from 2013. The performance follows her recent breakthrough 1500m PR of 4:07.15 at Drake Relays. 

Her 800m breakthrough became our "Tasty Race of the Week:"



Omar McLeod Blasts 12.98 110m Hurdle Win in Shanghai

The Jamaican hurdle sensation rolled on the competition at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting with a world-leading time of 12.98. The World Indoor champion beat the field by 0.14 seconds, which included Hansle Parchment, Wenjun Xie, Dimitri Bascou, and David Oliver. 




Netsanet Gudeta Runs World Lead in 10K

The Ethiopian distance runner laid down the law in the women’s 10K at adidas BOOST on Friday night with a world-leading time of 30:56. The performance is a personal best by 10 seconds and a world lead by two seconds.

One Last Race For Marlee Starliper's Electric Junior Season

Marlee Starliper has learned a lot in the last year, about a lot of things. About racing, sure, but also about herself. 

After 1:41 In Monaco, The Real Battle Begins Now For Nijel Amos

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When an 18-year-old Nijel Amos ran 1:41.73 to finish second to David Rudisha in the 2012 Olympic 800m final, the Botswanan teen appeared to arrive as the heir apparent to the world record holder. 

Monaco Diamond League Winners And Losers

You’ve watched the races, seen the interviews. Let’s put some context around the performances from Monaco with some winners and losers from the meet. 

Nijel Amos Runs Fastest 800m Since 2012 With 1:41.89 In Monaco

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While 25-year-old Nijel Amos didn’t run a personal best on Friday, he’ll happily accept the 1:41.89 meet record he scorched in Monaco.

Sifan Hassan Achieves Greatness With 4:12.33 Mile WR In Monaco

Hassan Surprised To Run WR After Slow Start

Regardless of what happens the rest of her career, whether Sifan Hassan can ever secure that elusive outdoor gold medal or not, her 4:12.33 mile world record on Friday in Monaco was a career-defining performance that cements her spot among the best distance runners in world history.

The Men's 400m In Monaco Was A Bizarre Fiasco

The men’s 400m in Monaco on Friday entered the bizarro zone before it even officially started as a result of a Kahmari Montgomery false-start. That was only the beginning of the madness.

Hoppel A Threat For U.S. 800m Title? 5 Takeaways From Sunset Tour

For many of the top distance stars in the United States, Tuesday’s Sunset Tour in Los Angeles was the final dress rehearsal for the USATF Championships coming up July 25-28 in Des Moines, Iowa. The contenders for World Championship spots are nearing peak fitness, and a bevy of strong performances on the Azusa Pacific track showed who’s trending in the right direction ahead of the biggest meet of the year so far.

House Of Run: Who Makes Moves In Monaco?

Jason and Kevin chat about Noah Lyles smashing his lifetime best in the 200m and his prospects for the 100m in Monaco, Timothy Cheruiyot ruling over the 1500m, a cracking women’s 400m, Bernard Lagat breaking another masters record and much more.

Lyles, McLaughlin And A Potential WR | Monaco DL Preview

The Diamond League moves to Monaco on Friday with its usual array of deep fields on display once again. The middle distance races should be fast as always and the sprints and hurdles have storylines aplenty. Here are the top events to watch:

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