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.

NCAA Weekend In Review: Josh Kerr Sets NCAA Record, TeeTee Terry Breaks Out

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Josh Kerr of New Mexico rightfully claims the throne as prince of the NCAA weekend after breaking one of the oldest records in Division I history: the 1500m. The three-time NCAA champion ran 3:35.01 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to narrowly beat out Sydney Maree's 3:35.3, which has stood as the DI standard since 1981.

Kipchoge Furthers His Case For Best Ever, Farah Sets British Record

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Patience Pays For Vivian Cheruiyot In London Marathon

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Josh Kerr Smashes NCAA 1500m Record!

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Phyllis Francis Double, Spicy Men’s 4x400 On Tap At Michael Johnson Invite

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Some of the NCAA’s best sprinters will descend on Waco, Texas, looking for fast times at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Joining the top talent from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Baylor will be several professional athletes—including 2017 world 400m champion Phyllis Francis. You can watch the meet live on FloTrack and find the full schedule and entries here. 

After Year-Long Layoff, Marathoner Laura Thweatt Is Back

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There's at least one top U.S. marathoner who didn't compete in Boston this week.

Dominique Scott-Efurd Joins Forces With Emma Coburn

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House Of Run: What Will Be The Legacy Of The 2018 Boston Marathon?

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On the latest episode of the House of Run podcast, Jason and Kevin discuss Desiree Linden becoming the first American woman to win Boston since 1985, Yuki Kawauchi's comeback victory, the bizarre top five in both races, the panoply of DNFs, and the horrific weather in Boston.

Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba To Chase World Record At London Marathon

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It's hard to imagine a 26.2-mile race topping the drama of Monday's Boston Marathon, but the high-profile athletes assembled in London and lofty goals vocalized for this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon indicate that track fans may very well get two of the best marathons ever in a span of six days. 

London Marathon Men's Preview: Eliud Kipchoge Could Break World Record

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The only athletic accomplishment that reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has left to garner is an official world record in the marathon. His 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 Event in Monza last May didn't count for official record-keeping, but the race did prove he is more than capable of bettering Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 world record—given the conditions are cooperative.