January 19, 2018

USA Champs and Watford BMC Grand Prix

With there being considerable time differences between the UK and Eugene, America, much of the running which took place at the USA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field will be missed over here. That is in terms of live viewing of course, with the brilliant coverage provided by usaf.tv allowing all races and interviews to be free and available to view after the live publications. By missing much of these events, I would wake up this morning to find out that the first day of events – Thursday 25th June – had held some extremely high class races with a couple of finals, where the majority of the finals racing will take place this coming Saturday.

The most notable of these performances would be that of Galen Rupp who would take his 7th consecutive 10,000m USA title. This would also be significant as it was the first race which he had competed in since the allegations against himself and Alberto Salazar were made, his response to these was given after his race which can be found here. The race itself would end in a very comfortable victory despite the strong contention coming from the first US 5,000m Diamond League winner in the form of Ben True. The race would be a very slow one with Rupp winning in 28:11.61, the main work put in from Rupp would come 1000m from the finish where he kicked had with a 58 second penultimate lap to run away from the rest of the field.

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Glen Rupp would kick hard away from the girls with 2 laps to go
Glen Rupp would kick hard away from the girls with 2 laps to go

Along with this race, there are also going to be some extremely interesting 800m and 1500m finals which both saw all of the big names qualify through the preliminary rounds. I still believe that Matthew Centrowitz, another Oregon Project member has the speed and strength to withstand the onslaught which is likely to come from the likes of Ben Blankenship. Another interesting result to see will be that of the performance of Nick Symmonds who is slowly but surely racing himself back into shape after a tougher than usual opening indoor and outdoor season.

The event however which has gained the most media attention over the last day or so is the men’s 100m. This event is certainly going to be more highly contested for World Championship places than any other at these championships. The most amazing thing about the preliminary rounds is the fact that 10 men ran under the magical mark of 10.00 seconds, this all came over only four separate heats which makes this number more than the British have ever achieved in the history of the sport (6 athletes). It must too be mentioned though that many of the times achieved in Eugene were heavily wind assisted (up to +4.9 m/s) which would have made a considerable difference, but this still brings a great prospect for the final nonetheless.

All results and Startlists for the USA Champs are here.

The USA Championships is not the only high class athletics event this weekend. This Saturday also comes the next edition of the British Milers Club Grand Prix events which are held about every month throughout the summer. These set of middle distance races host some of the best UK and European athletes who come to run in these excellently paced races especially. This edition of high quality racing is once more of man exceptional standard with many athletes chasing the world championship qualifying marks. As well as those top senior athletes, there are also some age group medalists from last weekends England Championships who are still in pursuit of qualification marks to secure their GB places.

Men's 1500m Startlist
Men’s 1500m Startlist

For me, the big race of the night will be the men’s 1500m race which has the aim to get many athletes under the qualification mark for the worlds of 3:36.20 of which only Lee Emmanuel has achieved, and that was back in the indoor season. In this race lines up Ross Murray, 2012 Olympian, along with Tom Farrel who is already having a great season with strong times over 5,000m being set already.

All of the BMC Startlists can be found here.

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