2017 January to July World Athletics News


Tara Davis US High School windy 12.89 100 Hurdles (video) and some International Results

Jun 18, 2017

Tara Davis
Tara Davis

On 12 May 2017, 17-year-old Tara Davis ran 12.89 in the 100 Hurdles. The 2nd fastest time in US Track and Field History. Unfortunately, it was a 2.5 tailwind. Before then only 3 High school girls in US Track and Field History had ever broken 13 seconds.  Marietta Walton’s High Tia Jones owns the national record set in 2000.

Davis is from Agoura HS (Ca.) and has signed for the University of Georgia for College. Below is a video of her winning the race by herself.



FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands  Jun 11

Dafne Schippers (NED) won the 100 in front of her home crowd in 11.08, from Blessing Okagbare (NGR) 11.16 and Carina Horn (RSA) 11.35.


Sifan Hassan ran another impressive time of 3.56.14 to dominate the womens 1500m in front

of her home crowd.

Daniel Talbot (GBR) won the 200 in 20.36 from Jobodwana of South Africa 20.62 and Adam Gemili 20.64. Former Olympic finalist Churandy Martina (NED) was fifth in 20.76.

Luva Mayonga won the Long Jump in 8.62m.

Pamela Dutkiewcziz of Germany wont he 100 Hurdles in 12.86 from Krish Castlin (USA) 12.92.

Maria Lasitkene who is competing as an Independent Athlete won the High Jump in 2.04m her next opponent was 1.90m. Sandi Morris (USA) leapt 4.65m in the Pole Vault. Winning on count back from another independent athlete Olga Mullina 4.65m and Robeilys Pienado of Venezuela 4.55m.

2017 Diamond League Stockholm 

June 15, 2017

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Steven Gardiner of Bahamas won the 400m in 44.58 over  Thebe (BOT) 44.99 and Kevin Borlee (BEL) 45.47. Murielle Ahoure (COT) won the 200 in 22.68 narrowly from Crystal Emmanuel (CAN) 22.69, and Rebeka Haase (GER) 22.76 in what was not particularly a very strong field.

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya ran a world-leading 3.30.77 in the 1500m.

A second win in a row came from Karsten Warholm of Norway in 48.82, over Ramus Magi (Est) 49.16 and Yasmani Copello (Tur) 49.18.

Orlando Ortega of Spain won the 110 Hurdles in 13.09. Luvo Mayonga another win in Long Jump in 8.36m.

angelica bengston
Angelica Bengston of Sweden

Nicole Butchler (Swi) won the Women’s Pole Vault in 4.65m from local Angelica Bengston (Swe) and Oslo winner Robeilys Penaido (Ven) with them both losing on count back. with the same jump.

Yaime Perez of Cuba won the Discus in 67.92m beating Sandra Perkovic of Croatia 67.75m.

Paavo Nurmi Games Finland Jun 13

Ramil Guliyev (TUR) won the 100m in 10.02 from Henrico Bruintjies (RSA) 10.02 or 10.06. Rebeka Haase of Germany won the women’s in 11.21.

400 was won by Rabah Yousif (GBR) 45.81.

French Man Renaud Lavillenie won the Pole Vault in 5.81m over  his brother Valentine


2017 Oslo Diamond League Review – Barshim claims World Lead in High Jump

Jun 17, 2017


The very famous and traditional Bislett Games have now become part of the Diamond League.


Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar had a big jump of 2.38m to claim the 2017 world lead. His nearest pursuer light years behind with 2.29m. Barshim was born in Doha into a Sudanese family. He holds the Asian record at 2.43m. The world record was set by Javier Sotemayor of Cuba in 1993.

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Baboloki Thebe (BOT) won the 400m in 44.95. In a field that included the Borlee Brothers of Belgium. Karsten Warholm gave his home crowd something to be excited about winning the 400 Hurdles. Beating some big names with Kerron Clement (USA) coming home last.

Dafne Schippers (NED) won the women’s 200m in 22.31. While Caster Semenya (RSA_ continued her dominance of the 800 in 1.57.59. Pamela Dutkiewicz (GER) won the 100 Hurdles in 12.73.

2017 Rome Diamond League Highlights

Jun 10, 2017

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Dafne Schippers of Netherlands won the Women’s 100m in 10.99, followed closely by Marie-Jose Ta Lou (CIV) in 11.03 and Michelle-Lee Aye (TTO) 11.07.

The Women’s 400m was won by Natasha Hastings of the USA in 50.52 from Jamaican Novlene-Mills Williams 51.04.

In the Non-Diamond League Men’s 100m England’s Chinjindu Udah won in 10.02, from Jimmy Vicaut of France 10.05 and Oregon League winner Ronnie Baker (USA) 10.05.

Other Events

In the Men’s Javelin Thomas Rohler of Germany won with an impressive 90.06m. The world record with the modern Javelin is 96.96m held by Seppo Raty of Finland in 1991.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands made a world lead and meet record in the Women’s 1500m clocking 3.56.22. Hassan is an Ethiopian born athlete who left her country as a refugee at age 15 in 2008. The Women’s world record was set in 2015 by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia (3.50.07).

In the 5000 Women, there was a National Record and world lead from Helen Obiri of Kenya in 14.18.37. Nearly every athlete in that race broke their PBs.

In the Women’s Pole-vault Greek Katerina Stefandi had  a world lead with 4.85m. Ahead of Cuban Yarisley Silva 4.75m and New Zealander Eliza Mccartney who also leapt 4.75m.

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USA Kids set World U18 Record in 4×400 3.03.35 (video)

Jun 6, 2017

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At the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque New Mexico

The USA team which consisted of Jamal Walton, Tyrese Cooper, Thomas Burns, and Sean Burrell smoked the field in a remarkable 3:03.35 at the Great Southwest Classic. The time is a new American Youth Record for the 4×400 breaking the old record of  3:06.22.

It’s also a world record for youths. The World Junior record is 3:01.09 by the United States which featured LaShawn Merritt and Kerron Clement at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosetto, Italy 2004.

One of the boys even ran a 45.38 in the 400 to break the meet record for youths.

Let’s take a look at the US they have High schoolers running these times. The Philippines has guys in the national team running 48 seconds. In fact, America can make about 500 teams that can beat the national team.


Diamond League Eugene Oregon Prefontaine Classic: 6 Men Under 10 seconds led by Ronnie Baker (Video)

May 29, 2017

Ronnie Baker
Ronnie Baker

6 Men Under 10 seconds 100m

At the famous Prefontaine Classic the 4th leg of the Diamond League. Ronnie Baker of USA, 24 stormed away from a quality field at halfway Baker was a meter clear and never looked like giving any of that away, as the emerging fastest man in America and the world right now.

Albeit wind-aided. 6 Men went under 10 seconds with a +2.4 tailwind at Eugene Oregon. Barker won in 9.86, a world-leading wind-aided time. His current legit best is 9.98. Coming in second was Bingtian Su of China in 9.92 the fastest time by a pure Asian sprinter in any conditions (best legit time is 9.99 x 2). Su is the only athlete of Asian origin to break 10 seconds ever. Englands Chijindu Ujah was third 9.95 (9.96 PB), from  Olympic bronze medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada (9.96) and Olympic silver medalist Justin Gatlin (9.97).


1 Ronnie BAKERUSAUSA9.86 8 
2 Bingtian SUCHNCHN9.92 7 
3 Chijindu UJAHGBRGBR9.95 6 
4 Andre DE GRASSECANCAN9.96 5 
5 Justin GATLINUSAUSA9.97 4 
7 Adam GEMILIGBRGBR10.03 2 
8 Ben Youssef MEITÉCIVCIV10.04 1

In the Men’s 400m 2008 Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt (US) won the 400m in 44.79,

Another great Botswana quarter-miler Baboloki Thebe took second in (45.02). Vernon Norwood (US) was third (45.05).

Just as the Men’s the Women’s 100m was also slightly wind-aided  (+2.1). The Top three women dipped under 11 seconds. Morolake Akinosun (US) winning in 10.94, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast was second in (10.96) and Michelle Lee-Ahye third. (10.97).

Former Olympic and World 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown (Jamaica) now 34, was fourth in 11.00.

Caster Semenya (South Africa) continued her winning form in the 800m with a narrow win of (1.57.78) over Margaret Wambui (Kenya) (1.57.88).

Jasmin Stowers won the 100 Hurdles narrowly in 12.59, Queenie Harrison 12.64, and Dawn Harper Nelson third in 12.66. An almost all American field with 7 of 8..09 separated first to fifth in a very close finish.

While in 400 Hurdles Ashley Spencer won from fellow American Shamier Little 53.38 to 53.44.

Field Events

American Sam Kendricks had another win over world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.86m to 5.81m. Piotr Lisek of Poland was third in (5.81m).

American’s Christian Taylor and Willie Claye were very dominant with (18.11m) and (18.03m) leap well clear of China Man Bin Dong who leaped (17.27m) for third.

American Ryan Crouser won the Shotput in (22.43m) from New Zealander Tom Walsh (21.71m), and Joe Kovacs (USA) 21.44m.

Authorized Neutral Athlete

Interesting in the High Jump the winner is Marie Lasitskene who wins in 2.03m, very far in front of 1.95m. But the status of Authorized Neutral Athlete is one I haven’t seen before.i

found further information on this its usually due to political instability in the country.


Athletes have competed as Independent Olympians at the Olympic Games for various reasons, including political transition, international sanctions, suspensions of National Olympic Committees and compassion. Independent athletes have come from the Republic of Macedonia, East Timor, South Sudan and Curaçao following geopolitical changes in the years before the Olympics, from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) as a result of international sanctions and from India and Kuwait as a result of suspension of its National Olympic Committee. Medals were won by Independent Olympians at the 1992 and 2016 Olympics, both times in shooting.


The naming and country code conventions for these independent Olympians have not been


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2017 Diamond League Shanghai 100 m Underdogs continue to win

May 15, 2017

2014 Youth Olympic Games champion Noah Lyles, 19 won the 200 in 19.90 for the US. Well clear of former world and Olympic 400m Champion LaShawn Merritt 20.27 and Adam Gemili (GBR) 20.35. 2005 world silver medallist Wallace Spearmon limped home last in 21.06. Lyles was very impressive pulling away from the pack with impressive leg speed the last 70m and beating Merritt by 3.5m.

An interesting Men’s 800 saw Kenya take 1st to 5th place. Another very dominant win was by 2005 world champion Bershawn Jackson (US) in 400 Hurdles 48.63 from LJ Van Zyl (South Africa) 49.35 and Magi (Estonia) 49.38. Omar Mcleod of Jamaica won 110 Hurdles in

Luvo Manyoga (South Africa) had a very decisive win in the Long Jump 8.67m, from Gao (8.22)  Huang (8.20) and Zhang (8.19) of China. Sam Kendricks of US took a 5.88m win in the Pole Vault from World Record Holder Renaud Lavillenie of France (5.83m). While Barshim of Qatar leapt 2.33m to win the High Jump.

Certainly, not an Underdog was Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica who took an easy win and a world lead of 10.78. A very convincing win over the tall Tonia Bowie (US) 11.04, and Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) 11.07.


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Simbine wins Doha 9.99 Diamond League into headwind, beating a strong field

May 6, 2017



At the first round of the 2017 Diamond League, it was a star-studded field. But it was the least famous man who was making waves in recent months who triumphed.

Akani Simbine (South Africa) won the 100m (9.99) in very difficult conditions into a -1.2 m/s headwind. Beat a star class field 35-year-old Asafa Powell came in second (10.08), and

Femi Ogunode (10.13) the Asian Record Holder, a former Nigerian running for host Qatar took third. Ogunode who seemed to dart in all directions in his lane actually strained his hamstring and was able to challenge Simbine early before fading near the end. Justin Gatlin took fourth (10.14). Andre De Grasse the Olympic silver medalist in Rio in 2016 wound up 5th in (10.21).

Simbine has ran 9.92, second in the world rankings for 2017 behind Sydney Siame of Zambia (9.88).


1 Akani SIMBINERSARSA9.99 8 
2 Asafa POWELLJAMJAM10.08 7 
3 Femi OGUNODEQATQAT10.13 6 
4 Justin GATLINUSAUSA10.14 5 
5 Andre DE GRASSECANCAN10.21 4 
6 Ben Youssef MEITÉCIVCIV10.21 3 
7 Ronnie BAKERUSAUSA10.24 2 

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