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.

The biggest among them was Donavan Brazier, who made his 2020 outdoor 800m debut on Friday night in typical Brazier fashion by running a world-leading 1:43.84. (Second place Drew Windle was well back in 1:49.64.) For the 23-year-old, it was his sixth career sub-1:44 performance. 


The U.S. record holder concluded his “friendly” portion of the season with four victories in four tries, as he also claimed titles in the 1500m at the first friendly on July 3 (won in an impressive 3:35.85), in the 2x2x400m with Raeyvn Rogers at the Bigger Friendly on July 17, and finally capping it all off with a mixed gender 4x400m anchor last night along with Team Julian teammates Rogers, Craig Engels and Shannon Rowbury. (He split 47.06 on the carry.) 

Brazier next heads to Monaco for the Aug. 14 800m.

In other action, Shannon Rowbury won the women’s 1500m in 4:03.62, her fastest 1500m time since 2016. The former U.S. record holder has looked sharp in her two friendlies, having previously won the Bigger Friendly 3,000m in 8:40.26.

Then there was Josh Kerr in the men’s 1500m nabbing a 3:34.53 world lead and easily beating a field that included Craig Engels. Kerr, a 2019 world finalist, won the Bigger Friendly 1,000m two weeks ago in 2:17.60.

Finally, Chanelle Price is nothing if not consistent at 2:01 in the women’s 800m as she won her second friendly in the distance on Friday in 2:01.71. She previously took the Big Friendly 800m in 2:01.47.

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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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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Elijah Manangoi Suspended For Whereabouts Violations

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Kenyan 1500m runner Elijah Manangoi has been provisionally suspended, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit. Manangoi, the 1500m world champion, has a personal best of 3:28.80 in the event. He made one appearance this year, running a 2000m race in Nairobi as part of the Impossible Games.

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