6 Weird Things That Happened The Second Day At USAs

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Day two of the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships is in the books! If you missed any of the action, click here for a full play-by-play, and here for the full results. Below are our top six things that happened on Friday.

1) Noah Lyles takes over the world

100m world leader, Mike Rodgers randomly scratched the 100m semifinals, however moments later Noah Lyles tied the world lead in the semis running 9.89 (+0.7 m/s) then went onto lower the world lead to 9.88 (+1.1 m/s) in dramatic fashion closing on Ronnie Baker in the final 25 meters.


2) The NCAA takes over the women’s 100m

62.5% (5 out of 8) of the women in the 100m final ran in the NCAA this year, with the top two finishers being LSU's Aleia Hobbs (10.91) and San Diego State's Ashley Henderson (10.96).


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3) Under the radar kick

Brandan Lasater quietly had the best kick of the day, going from last to second in the final 75 meters in his 800m semifinal.


4) Useless rounds

The women’s 100m hurdles kept to the three round format despite only having 18 athletes as a result the first round eliminated just two people! (18 -> 16 -> 8) In our opinion they should’ve just had two rounds and go 18 -> 8. If the NCAAs can go 24 -> 8, USAs can go 18 -> 8.


5) Watching an empty track

There was over an hour break in the middle of the meet with no track races, due to the women’s 400m hurdles first round being cancelled.


6) 2018 is not the same as 2017

The top two finishers at last year’s championship in the men’s 400m hurdles failed to make the final this year. Eric Futch was 6th in his semifinal and Michael Stigler was a DNS.

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The whereabouts case brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain has been dropped by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal after a filing failure was backdated and a missed test reversed, allowing the sprinter to avoid three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.

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Jepchirchir & Kiplimo Take World Half Titles In Fast Races

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All Eyes On Cheptegei At Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships

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Three Big Questions Ahead Of The OSU Invitational

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In a year in which the NCAA indoor, outdoor and cross country championships have been canceled due to COVID-19, it’s safe to say that a mid-October invitational cross country meet has never been more anticipated than Saturday’s OSU Invitational in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

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Which Of The 2020 World Records Is Best?

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For a year in which both the world indoor championships and the Olympic Games were postponed, 2020 has seen its fair share of world records. (Of course, one could argue that those events being postponed aided in world record achievement, particularly in the cases of Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey.) A season with so much history has begged a question: which among these world records is the best? 

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Michigan Pro Ekiden And Half Marathon Born Out Of Necessity

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Joshua Cheptegei Topples Bekele Again With 26:11 10,000m WR

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For the second time in less than two months, 24-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has taken a world record from Kenenisa Bekele. After breaking Bekele’s 5,000m record on August 14 in Monaco in 12:35.37, Cheptegei on Wednesday ran 26:11.00 in Valencia, Spain, to dismantle the 26:17.53 Bekele ran in 2005.

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Letesenbet Gidey Crushes Women's 5,000m WR In 14:06.62

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22-year-old Letesenbet Gidey smashed fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba’s 5,000m world record on Wednesday night in Valencia, Spain, by running 14:06.62. Gidey, running in the NN Valencia World Record Day, took down Dibaba’s 14:11.15 mark which had stood since 2008.

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How to Watch: 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day

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The 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day starts on Oct 7, 2020 LIVE on FloTrack

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