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

Shaunae Miller-Uibo

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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.

Anyway, here are the top five performances from the weekend: 

1. Shaunae Miller-Uibo's 10.98/21.98 Double

Less than a week after Michael Norman became the second man ever to join the sub-10/20/44 club, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo punched her membership card to an exclusive list of her own by clocking 10.98 in Clermont, Florida, over 100m, becoming just the fourth woman to break 11 seconds for 100m, 22 for 200m and 49 for 400m, per Jon Mulkeen.

The 2016 400m Olympic champ hadn’t run the distance since 2017, but a meager 11.17 personal best suggested that her 200m/400m range didn’t extend to the straightaway event. She changed that perception on Friday with a world-leading performance, and then followed it up nicely on Saturday with a 21.98 world leader in the more familiar 200m.

2. Trayvon Bromell's 9.90 100m

25-year-old Trayvon Bromell took another massive step forward in his comeback from injuries the last few years by running a wind-legal 9.90 in Clermont on Friday, his first sub-10 100m since the 2016 Olympic Trials. Even more impressive, however, was Bromell’s defeat of 200m world champion Noah Lyles, who ran 10.04 two lanes right of Bromell. (Bromell skipped the final, which was won by Lyles in 9.93w).

Bromell, the former 60m world indoor champion, made waves three weeks ago when he ran 10.04 a year removed from a 2019 season’s best of 10.54. This weekend showed that the Olympian is close to being back to his peak level that saw him run 9.84 as a 20-year-old.

It does look like he has some more work to do in the 200m, however, as Bromell could only manage a 21.01 clocking on Saturday in that distance. Lyles won that event in a world-leading 19.94.

3. Elaine Thomspon's 10.73w 100m

2016 Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica had a disappointing end to her 2019 as she missed the podium in Doha, but the 28-year-old is far from the twilight of her career as she clocked a 10.73 wind-assisted (+3.0) over the weekend in Kingston. Of course, she’s run faster in legal conditions (10.70), but to run 10.7 in a race in which no one else broke 11 seconds is a tough thing to do.


4. Cory McGee's 4:21 Mile

With a big move to pass training partner Emma Coburn at 300 meters to go, Cory McGee won Saturday’s Team Boss mile in Indiana in a huge 4:21.81 PB. The 28-year-old chopped off nearly six seconds from her outdoor best and answered back to Coburn after the steeple world champ beat her at the first edition of the Team Boss mile last month in Colorado.

Both Dani Jones (4:23.33) and Coburn (4:23.65) also notched personal bests, while McGee’s time puts her eighth on the U.S. outdoor all time list. 

5. Sha’Carri Richardson's 10.79w 100m

Even with some extra help from a +2.7 wind, Sha’Carri Richardson’s 10.79 100m on Thursday in Fort Worth was mighty impressive. Sure, it’s not quite as eye-popping since the 20-year-old ran a legal 10.75 as a college freshman, but Richardson struggled after her breakthrough performance last summer (she finished last in the U.S. final) so a strong run like this is a reminder of her huge potential internationally for years to come.

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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