Christian Taylor's Biggest Rival Just Got Portuguese Citizenship

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo, the fourth-best triple jumper in world history, successfully obtained Portuguese citizenship this week after defecting from Cuba in April.

The 24-year-old is a two-time IAAF world championships silver medalist and is one of the few men in the world who has defeated America's prize triple jumper Christian Taylor, who earned his fifth global gold at this summer's worlds in London.

Pichardo's personal best of 18.08m makes him one of only five men to jump beyond 18m; only he and Taylor have done so in the past two years.

Pichardo defeated Taylor at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne this summer, and owned the third-best mark in the world this year behind Taylor and fellow American Will Claye. But his defection from Cuba made his ineligible to compete at worlds.

Pichardo's newfound Portuguese citizenship still doesn't make him eligible to for world competition, as the IAAF has frozen nationality transfers for the time being and a working group is not scheduled to discuss the issue again until March of 2018. 

Pichardo will thus not be eligible to compete at the IAAF world indoor championships next year, held in Birmingham, England, from March 1-4.

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.

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia. 

20 Events You Cannot Miss at The VA Showcase!

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The 2017 VA Showcase saw 11 U.S. No. 1 performances, two national records, and its alumni went on to win a staggering 33 indoor national titles. Needless to say, it was the greatest regular season meet of all time. 

Mondo's Swedish Indoor Record, Men's Pole Vault Summit Marks Invalidated

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The 2018 UCS/Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, featured some of the best elite performances in the event’s 28-year history, including world-leading marks by Mondo Duplantis and Sandi Morris.

FloTrack To Stream 16 International Events For UK And Ireland

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FloTrack will live-stream the following 16 events exclusively for subscribers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.