Monster Long Jump Almost Takes Echevarria Out Of Pit In Stockholm

At this week's second Diamond League meeting, four new world leads emerged in Stockholm as athletes who competed in Oslo journeyed eastward and others on the circuit chased down bids for the Diamond League final. Check out the highlights below.

MONSTER Long Jump Leads To Best All-Conditions Mark In 23 Years

A combination of superb jumping and a +2.1 wind aided Juan Miguel Echevarria to an absolutely monstrous 8.83-meter/28.96-foot result—the best all-conditions mark in 23 years. 

Watch the Cuban's downright dirty jump, which almost took him out of the pit:


Crowd Erupts As Hometown Favorite Mondo Duplantis Wins Pole Vault

Sweden's U20 world-record holder Armand (Mondo) Duplantis threw down his first career Diamond League by skying a clearance of 5.86m. That mark put him well ahead of last year's Diamond League champion, American Sam Kendricks, who finished runner-up with 5.81m.

Duplantis owns a 5.93m PR, which he set in May to reset his own world junior record. 

PlaceName Result
1Armand Duplantis5.86m
2Sam Kendricks5.81m
3Piotr Lisek5.76m



Fedrick Dacres Goes HAM In The Discus, Produces WL

On his second throw, Jamaican Fedrick Dacres unleashed a whopper. His 69.67m toss was good for a personal best, a meet record, a Jamaican national record, and a world lead. 

Although Andrius Gudzius made a valiant effort to best him in the same round, the Lithuanian's 69.59-meter PR only earned him runner-up honors. 

PlaceName Result
1Fedrick Dacres69.67m
2Andrius Gudzius69.59m
3Ehsan Hadadi67.68m



Brianna McNeal Continues To Relish Return To Competition With 12.38 WL

After being unable to compete during the entire 2017 season due to suspension, reigning Olympic champion Brianna McNeal stormed to a new world lead in the 100m hurdles in 12.38—putting her just ahead of Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico's 12.40. 

Americans Christina Manning and Dawn Harper-Nelson, who's racing for the last time this season before retiring, finished fifth in 12.75 and sixth in 12.80 (both season's bests), respectively. 

McNeal's top competition, world record-holder Keni Harrison, hasn't raced since May in Shangai, where she ran 12.56, and neither has Sharika Nelvis, who sits just ahead of Harrison on the 2018 world descending-order list with the 12.52 she ran in Shanghai. 

It'll be interesting to see where these three stack up at the end of the season. 

Place Name Result
1Brianna McNeal12.38
2Danielle Williams12.48
3Alina Talay12.55



Laura Muir Closes Like A Bat Out Of Hell, But So Does Gudaf Tsegay

In a race that saw two women go sub-four, Gudaf Tsegay peeled away from the pack early as the only athlete to earnestly chase the pacers and didn't look back as she stamped a new personal best on her resume and reset the meet record in 3:57.64. 

Great Britain's Laura Muir showed off supreme finishing speed to earn runner-up honors in 3:58.53—a season's best. 

Jenny Simpson, who hung back and attempted to kick her way to a top spot, mistimed her effort and landed in fourth as Rababe Arafi nipped her at the line, 4:00.28 to 4:00.34. 

Place Name Result
1Gudaf Tsegay3:57.64
2Laura Muir3:58.53
3Rababe Arafi4:00.28



Karsten Warholm Sets National Record, But Still Can't Catch Abderrahman Samba 

After the last Diamond League meeting, I wrote that it would've taken a Norwegian record and a personal best for Karsten Warholm to defeat Abderrahman Samba in Oslo. 

This time, not even that caliber of effort downed the Qatari, as Warholm did run a personal best and reset his national record in 47.81. Samba finished ahead in 47.41 to claim a new Diamond League record, personal best, and meet record. 

Although he no longer holds the world lead thanks to Rai Benjamin's face-melting 47.02 (watch that here) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Samba clearly is a gamer, and I'd love to see those two match up since Benjamin ran unchallenged in the collegiate ranks this year. 

PlaceNameResult
1Samba Abderrahman47.41
2Karsten Warholm47.81
3Yasmani Copello 48.91



Salwa Eid Naser Bests Five Americans With Lone Sub-50 Result

The Bahrainian topped her 48.88 PR from last September with a 48.84 en route to taking down the likes of reigning world champion Phyllis Francis (second, 50.07), Jessica Beard (third, 50.55), Shamier Little (fourth, 50.82), Jaide Stepter (fifth, 50.99), and Courtney Okolo (sixth, 51.28). Naser's time was good enough to set a new Bahrainian national record. 

PlaceNameResult
1Salwa Eid Naser49.84
2Phyllis Francis50.07
3Jessica Beard50.55



Selemon Barega Claims New World Lead With Gritty 5000m Finish

In a wild dash down the homestretch, the 2018 world indoor silver medalist in the 3000m won just ahead of Birhanu Balew, 13:04.05 to 13:04.25, to put his name at the top of the world descending-order list for the year. Barega owns an impressive PR of 12:55.58 in this event, and at just 18 years old, will likely be a dominant force on the international scene for years to come.

American Ben True finished fifth in 13:16.48—far from his 13:02.74 PR from 2014.

PlaceName Result
1Selemon Barega 13:04.05
2Birhanu Balew13:04.25
3Abadi Hadis13:06.76

Shalane Flanagan Retires From Professional Running

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One of the greatest distance runners in American history has retired: Four-time Olympian and 2017 New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan announced on Monday that her incredible professional running career is over after 15 years.

Weekend Recap: NAU Keeps On Chugging, UW States Their Case

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This past weekend of NCAA cross country gave us a much clearer picture of how the rest of the 2019 campaign will unfold. With the Nuttycombe and Pre-National Invitationals bringing together the best squads across the country, team title favorites strengthened their cases while top individuals emerged from the crowded pack to position themselves at the front heading into the postseason.

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Can The Colorado Men Get Another Big Win? | Pre-Nats Men's Preview

We outlined the big questions for the women’s race this Saturday in Terre Haute; now here’s what to watch for in the men’s race. 

The 3 Biggest Questions From The Pre-Nats Women's Race

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Less than 24 hours after the Nuttycombe Invitational, the second big NCAA cross country meet of the weekend gets going in Terre Haute. The Pre Nationals meet at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships features four of the top seven women’s teams in the nation. Here are three big questions that will be answered in the race: 

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Kelati, Werner, Monson Collide At Nuttycombe | Women's Preview

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The women’s race at Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison functions as a preview for November’s NCAA Championships. Yes, some top teams and individuals will compete the next day at the Pre Nationals meet in Terre Haute, but the fields in Wisconsin will be stacked. Three of the top four teams in the nation are set to race (and six of the 10, and eight of the top 12). 

NAU, Stanford Run It Back At Nuttycombe | Men's Preview

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Last month, the NAU men’s team began their season as expected. The winners of the last three NCAA titles went to Terre Haute for the John McNichols Invitational, held out two of their best runners and still beat second-ranked Stanford by a comfortable margin. 

House Of Run: Where Does The Marathon Go From Here?

Jason and Kevin discuss Eliud Kipchoge fulfilling his sub-two-hour goal, Brigid Kosgei’s smashing the world record in the women’s marathon, the Nike Oregon Project disbanding and much more.

IOC Plans To Move Olympic Marathons To Sapporo Seeking Cooler Conditions

With searing heat combined with high humidity expected for Tokyo next August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that they planned to move the Olympic Marathons and race walking events to Sapporo, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Tokyo on the island of Hokkaido. 

DII NCAA Cross Country Recap: Kimutai Picks Up Crucial Midseason Win

All attention in Division II cross country over the weekend was in Romeoville, Illinois, as the Lewis Conference Crossover went down on Saturday. Despite the meet featuring none of the mighty Colorado heavyweights-- Adams State, Colorado Mines or Western Colorado-- the race still had plenty of podium implications and individual title contenders.

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