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.

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