Friday, June 24, 2022

Kimbia athletes march on at US Championships

It was a promising first day for the Kimbia crew at the US Championships in Eugene on Thursday, with Evan Jager, Henry Wynne, Josh Thompson and Karissa Schweizer all advancing to their respective finals.

Jager showed he is returning to top form by advancing with ease through his heat of the men’s 3000m steeplechase, clocking 8:23.57.

Thompson and Wynne were drawn in the same heat of the men’s 1500m and both came through, advancing to the final as non-automatic qualifiers in 3:39.17 and 3:39.25 respectively.

Schweizer secured an automatic qualifying spot in the women’s 1500m, clocking 4:14.80 to finish second in her heat, while Michaela Meyer finished eighth in her heat and did not advance.

The action continues at Hayward Field today. Best of luck to all competitors.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Schweizer storms to US title as Fisher, McGorty seal World spots

Karissa Schweizer bounced back to form in a huge way by storming to the US 10,000m title in Eugene last weekend, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking 30:49.56 to take victory and book her place at the World Championships in July. Schweizer clocked below 15 minutes for her last 5,000m. She spoke to after the race.

Elise Cranny was a late withdrawal due to a health issue, but expects to be back for the 5000m at the US Championships in late June.

Also booking their place at the World Champs were fellow Kimbia athletes Grant Fisher and Sean McGorty, who produced superb runs to finish second and third in the men’s US 10,000m Championship, clocking 28:28.81 and 28:29.57 respectively. Fisher and McGorty spoke to after the race.

There was a host of other strong runs by Kimbia athletes at the Prefontaine Classic, with Sam Tanner clocking a 1500m PB of 3:34.37 to win in cool and windy conditions

Courtney Frerichs clocked 9:20.96 in her first steeplechase of the year, while elsewhere in the men’s 1500m Marc Scott clocked 3:37.68 and Thomas Ratcliffe ran 3:40.43.
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Tanner clocks 3:35 in Mt. Sac

Sam Tanner continued his fine early-season form by clocking 3:35.61 to finish second in the 1500m at the USATF Distance Classic in Mt. Sac, California on Thursday night.

Evan Jager was also in action, finishing fifth in the 3000m steeplechase in 8:27.88.

Michaela Meyer was 12th in the 1500m in 4:12.19. Izaic Yorks clocked 3:45.52 in the men’s 1500m, while Henry Wynne clocked 3:49.21.
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Friday, May 6, 2022

Relive Bannister’s Momentous Milestone

May 6, 1954, is a date that echoes in the annals of athletics history. That was the day when Roger Bannister became a sporting immortal, breaking the four-minute mile for the first time, clocking 3:59.4 in Oxford.

Kimbia Athletics has captured the story of that run, and its wider context, in a film it produced and directed, Bannister: Everest on the Track, which claimed the top prize, the Golden Achilles, at the second International Athletics Film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain.

Bannister: Everest on the Track examines the story and context of the first ever sub-four-minute mile, detailing just what it meant to the British public at the time, coming as it did less than nine years after the end of World War II.

Previously named one of the best sports documentaries of all time by IndieWire, the film gained much critical acclaim after its initial release in 2014. The first full version of the film was released in 2016 with a revised version completed in 2018 following the death of Bannister.

Directed by Tom Ratcliffe and Jeremy Mosher and edited by Becky Paige, the film includes interviews with various legendary figures in the sport such as Sebastian Coe, John Landy, Chris Chataway and of course Bannister himself.

Watch the trailer below:

Bannister: Everest on the Track from Virgil Films on Vimeo.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Scott sprints to brilliant bronze in Belgrade

Marc Scott turned in the performance of his life last weekend to win a brilliant bronze medal over 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

The 28-year-old clocked 7:42.02 to finish behind Ethiopian duo Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma.

“I had it in my head that I wanted a medal and it weighed pretty heavily at times,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen in these races. I knew if I could get around a lot of bodies going into the last lap it would be very hard for them to come back past me.

“The race was choppy and bruising but that’s the way it goes. I have blood on my shin but I can’t feel that now. I’m sure I will later when all this sinks in. It doesn’t dampen anything and the pain worth it to come away with a medal.

“I’ve always believed this is my level but I always had minor set-backs going into the major championships. This year I knew I could compete. It gives me great confidence going forwards.”

Elsewhere Josh Thompson ran brilliantly to the reach the men’s 1500m final, where the Bowerman Track Club athlete was off his best, finishing 12th.

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