Noah Lyles Makes His 200m Season Debut At Inspiration Games

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The fast times across the United States last week showed that despite the limitations on the running world in 2020, athletes are still in good shape. This week’s premier sprint meet, the Inspiration Games, is primarily a remote competition with athletes competing virtually across a variety of venues throughout the world.  

Here’s a rundown of what to expect on Thursday: 

Men’s 200m

The 200m has been Noah Lyles vs. the clock for two years now and Thursday will be no different. Lyles will run in his best event in Bradenton, Florida against Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina. Lemaitre will race in Zurich, Martina is running in the Netherlands. 

Lyles has run three hard efforts that we know of. Two times trials (one in the 150, the other in the 300m) and a 9.93 wind-aided win in the 100m last weekend. All are signs that he’s still in great form. Obviously, Lyles had raced more at this point in his 2019, but it is worth mentioning that he ran his personal best of 19.50 a year ago this week.  

Women’s 150m

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is fresh off a 22.61/50.52 double in Orlando, a clear indication that she’s ready to run fast, despite the lack of racing opportunities. She’s run 16.23 for a straight 150m before. I’m not sure what that converts to with a bend, but she’s the favorite against Munjinga Kambundji and Allyson Felix. Miller-Uibo is racing from Bradenton, Florida, Felix will be running in the brand new Mt.SAC facility and Kambundji is running at home in Zurich.  

Men’s 100 Yards

Goodbye metric system.  The shortest race on the schedule is the men’s 100-yards. Odd distance aside, this is the only event in the competition that features all of the competitors in the same location. Andre De Grasse, Jimmy Vicaut and Omar McLeod will all race in Florida. No split-screen necessary. 

The fastest automatically recorded time for the distance is Asafa Powell’s 9.07, though Usain Bolt has covered the distance much quicker when he was never officially recorded with a mark. 

De Grasse ran last week in Clermont, Florida and put up two times in the 10.1s. McLeod is a hurdler, but has broken 10 seconds for 100 meters. 

Women’s 300m hurdles

Dalilah Muhammad is no longer on the start list, taking one of the biggest stars out of the meet. It also means that a world record is likely off the table. The current record holder, Zuzana Hejnova (38.16), is entered and will compete against Lea Sprunger and Georganne Moline. 

Women’s 3x100m

Not entirely sure why we couldn’t get a fourth person involved here, but the U.S., Switzerland and the Netherlands are running a women’s 3x100m to close out the meet. I’m sensing a world record. 

Field Events

The triple jump includes three of the best in the world. Six-time gold medalist Christian Taylor is set to jump against Omar Craddock and Pedro Pablo Pichardo. Taylor dusted off some of the cobwebs last weekend when he jumped 16.75 in Orlando.

In the pole vault, Sam Kendricks will compete against Valentin Lavillenie and Piotr Lisek in the men’s competition, while the women’s field features Sandi Morris taking on Katerina Stefanidi and Angelica Bengtsson.

NCAA Division III Fall Championships Canceled

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The Division III Presidents Council has called off all national championships for fall sports, including cross country. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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Valarie Allman Breaks Discus American Record

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On Saturday, Valarie Allman improved her personal best by three meters in the discus, breaking the American record in the process. Allman’s first round toss of 70.15m in Rathdrum, Idaho bettered Gia Lewis-Smallwood’s 69.17m throw from 2014. 

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Big Friendly 3 Recap: Donavan Brazier Cracks 1:43 Opener

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The third edition of the Big Friendly, dubbed “The Big Friendly 3: Revenge of the Friendly,” went down on Friday night in Portland, Oregon, although the word revenge was not quite fitting as the stars from previous friendlies once again shined.

Flagstaff Community Rallies To Support Tommy River Puzey

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Two months ago a local Flagstaff runner, Tommy River Puzey was admitted to the ICU with respiratory issues. After several weeks of testing and a lung biopsy, doctors discovered the presence of a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma.

Organizers Recommend 2021 World XC Championships Be Postponed

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Organizers of next year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships, scheduled for March 20, in Bathurst, Australia in New South Wales, are recommending that these championships be postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The board of the local organizing committee has made the recommendation to the World Athletics Council as "a result of biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia," according to an official statement released today.  Australian borders are currently closed to foreign visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Olympic Qualification Window Reopens For Road Athletes September 1

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Five Best From The Weekend: Miller-Uibo Shows Range, Bromell Beats Lyles

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Until the Diamond League formally returns on Aug. 14 in Monaco, finding track results is an exercise in internet sleuthing and social media stalking. Grassroots meets that are humble in appearance have been heavy on star power as the pandemic has forced athletes to compete at venues that don’t typically house a cast of world and Olympic champions. So bootleg race videos and wind-assisted marks have become the norm in a season that certainly has no precedent.

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