Warholm, Williams Make Statements With World Leads In London

Karsten Warholm reaffirmed that the men’s 400m hurdles is more than just a two-man race. 

The Norwegian broke his own European record, blowing away the field from the gun to win in 47.12 on the first day of the London Diamond League. 

Earlier this year in Oslo, Warholm ran 47.33, a significant personal best at the time. The run in London moved him ahead of Rai Benjamin (47.16) and Abderrahman Samba (47.27) on the yearly list and put in play the possibility of three men going under 47 seconds this year. Samba has already dipped under the mark with his 46.98 from 2018. The world record stands at 46.78.

Danielle Williams dropped a 12.32 to break the Jamaican record to win the women’s 100m hurdles. Williams hinted at a fast final when she ran 12.41 in the heats earlier in the day, a personal best by .07. 

In the final, she separated herself from the field by the mid-way point, finishing well clear of runner-up Nia Ali (12.57). The 12.32 is the best in the world this year and ties her for the 15th best mark in history. Only six women have ever run faster. 

As of now, however, Williams will not compete at the World Championships. A false start at the Jamaican trials, and subsequent protestations by Williams, led to the race being canceled. The Jamaican federation later said that Williams would not be eligible for selection

Muir, Gebrhiwet Kick To Wins; Jakob Ingebrigtsen Breaks Norweigan Record

Laura Muir didn’t get a rematch with Faith Kipyegon, but she did come away with the win in the women's 1500m. Kipyegon, the Olympic and world champion who narrowly beat Muir at the Prefontaine Classic, scratched before the race putting Muir into the role of favorite in front of her home crowd. Muir responded with a last lap of 57.54 to win in 3:58.25. 

Muir moved to the front at the bell and was followed by Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who shadowed Muir along the backstretch. Off the final curve, Muir dropped Klosterhalfen and the only question was Muir's time and margin of victory. 

Klosterhalfen faded down the home stretch and took fifth in 4:00.43. Gabriela Debues-Stafford broke the Canadian record in third with a time of 4:00.26.

Hagos Gebrhiwet took the men’s 5000m, just three days after running a lifetime best to win the Ethiopian 10,000m trials. Gebrhiwet closed fast to win in 13:01.86 just ahead of Jakob Ingebrigtsen who ran a Norwegian record of 13:02.03. Ingebrigtsen’s time is a lifetime best by 15 seconds and his third consecutive runner-up finish in the Diamond League. 

Wisconsin grad Morgan McDonald placed ninth in 13:18.91 in his professional debut. 

Simbine, Thompson Take Sprints; Amos Hurt In 800m

Five men broke 10 seconds in men’s 100m, led by South Africa’s Akani Simbine. Simbine squeaked out a close win in 9.93, ahead of Zharnel Hughes (9.95), Yohan Blake (9.97), Yuki Koike (9.98) and Andre De Grasse 9.99

In the women’s 200m, Elaine Thompson turned in another strong performance. Thompson pulled away from Marie-Josee Ta Lou to win 22.13 to Ta Lou’s 22.36

The anticipated men’s 800m fizzled when Nijel Amos, fresh off a sub 1:42 in Monaco, pulled up 150 meters into the race. Ferguson Rotich won in 1:43.14 ahead of Wyclife Kinyamal, who set a season-best of 1:43.48. Emmanuel Korir ran 1:44.75 for eighth. 

Amos was carted off the track and broadcasters speculated that he had suffered a hamstring injury. It was a busy last week for Amos. Four days after his 1:41.89 in Monaco, he ran 44.99 in the 400m.   

61 Returning All-Americans Currently Are Not Qualified In 2020

With just one weekend left to qualify for the 2020 DI NCAA Indoor Championships a staggering 61 track and field All-Americans from last year have yet to achieve a top-16 mark in 2020.

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Yulimar Rojas Sets Indoor Triple Jump World Record In Madrid

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set the women’s indoor triple jump world record on Friday in Madrid with a 15.43m leap. With it, the 24-year-old eclipsed Tatyana Lebedeva’s 15.36m mark that had stood since 2004.

Ababel Yeshaneh, Not Brigid Kosgei, Sets Half Marathon World Record

What was expected to be a coronation of marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei as the half marathon queen instead turned into an introduction of a worthy counterpart as Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh stunned the Kenyan on Friday morning (Thursday night in the U.S.) at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon by setting a 64:31 world record.

The 10 Best Performances From The Weekend

Between more Mondo Duplantis' theatrics in Glasgow, a ridiculous road 5k world record in Monaco and plenty of excitement stateside, there was a lot to get excited about this past weekend in track and field.

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Don't Look Now... The NAU Lumberjacks Could Win NCAA Indoors

With just two weeks left to qualify for NCAAs a majority of the top-16 fields are coming into form on the distance side. The NAU men are currently slated to qualify ten entries across three distance events.

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Joshua Cheptegei Smashes Road 5k World Record In 12:51

A little over a month after Rhonex Kipruto took down Joshua Cheptegei’s road 10k world record, the Ugandan has answered back in a big way by running 12:51 on Sunday in Monaco to smash Kipruto’s 5k world record. Cheptegei cut a whopping 27 seconds off the 13:18 that the Kenyan ran on Jan. 12, a run that came en route to Kipruto’s 26:24 10k record.

Mondo Does It Again, Breaks Pole Vault World Record

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Mondo Duplantis is ushering in a new era of the pole vault, one centimeter at a time. Just a week removed from his world record clearance of 6.17m, the 20-year-old vaulted 6.18m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

U.S. Indoor Women's Preview: Can Purrier Chase Down Houlihan?

The most interesting match-up of the indoor season materialized quickly. Last Saturday evening at the Millrose Games, Elinor Purrier dropped a stunning 4:16.85 mile to break the American record and dispatch a stacked field in a race that turned into a festival of personal bests and national records. It was a career-defining race for Purrier. A run fast enough to legitimately raise the question if she could beat America’s best mid-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan. This weekend at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Purrier will have two chances (the 3000m on Friday and the 1500m on Saturday) to pull it off. 

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Weekend Watch Guide: Simpson, Jones Chase Fast 5k At BU

One of the busiest weekends of the 2020 indoor track season is upon us, and FloTrack has you covered with several live events across the country. Boston will once again host some of the top professional and collegiate distance runners in the U.S., including Jenny Simpson, Dani Jones and Tyler Day.