Friday, January 21, 2022

Tanner and Vaughn sign with Kimbia

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signings of Sam Tanner and Sara Vaughn, who will both run for Puma.

Tanner, 21, is one of the most exciting young middle-distance talents to emerge in recent years. A native of New Zealand, he set a national indoor record of 3:34.74 in February 2020 to secure the automatic Olympic qualification mark for Tokyo, beating two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis in the process.

Vaughn, 35, was best known until last year as a 1500m specialist, a distance where she has a best of 4:04.56 and at which she competed at the 2017 World Championships in London. However in 2021 her career took an unexpected turn as she moved considerably up in distance, Vaughn winning the California International Marathon in 2:26:53 in what was her first try at the distance.

We look forward to working with them through 2022 and beyond.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

O’Keeffe clocks 67:42 in superb half debut


Fiona O’Keeffe produced an outstanding performance at the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, the Puma Elite distance runner clocking the fastest ever debut by an American woman at the distance on a record-eligible course, 67:42, to finish fourth. That puts the 23-year-old fifth on the US all-time list.

Her teammate John Dressel also impressed, the 24-year-old, who trains alongside O’Keeffe in North Carolina under the direction of coach Alistair Cragg, running 62:23.

Image: Stephen Dunn

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Kimbia welcomes five new signings

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to welcome four new members to the team as we look ahead to a big year in 2022. Patrick Dever, Blaise Ferro, Poppy Tank,John Dressel and Thomas Ratcliffe have all turned professional. Dever, Ferro, Tank and Dressel will now run for the Puma-sponsored training group based near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while Ratcliffe has joined the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Dever was the NCAA champion over 10,000m this year, the 25-year-old Tulsa graduate showing his class over a variety of distances by taking victory at the British Championships over 5000m and lowering his 10,000m best to 27:41.87.

Ferro, 24, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, finished a fine sixth at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships in March and clocked lifetime bests for both 5000m and 10,000m this year: 13:31.54 and 27:56.30.

Tank, 24, is a graduate of the University of Utah, and she finished ninth at the NCAA Championships over 10,000m in the summer and 27th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in March. She has personal bests of 15:45.07 for 5000m and 32:50.57 for 10,000m.

Dressel, 24, is a graduate of the University of Colorado who holds personal bests of 13:36.29 for 5000m and 28:03.87 for 10,000m. He showed he’s been settling in well with his new setup by finishing a fine fourth at the recent Manchester Road Race, clocking 21:43 for the 7.64K distance.

Ratcliffe, 24, is the son of Kimbia Athletics founder Tom, and was a standout performer for Stanford University and the University of North Carolina in recent years, finishing third in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in 2019 and seventh in 2021. In the latter race he lowered his best to 13:20.88.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Frerichs claims historic Olympic silver

Courtney Frerichs produced the race of her life on Wednesday night to claim a historic silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old ran a fearless race, taking command with a little under a mile to run and putting her rivals to the sword, and only Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai was able to stay in touch. Chemutai went past on the final lap but Frerichs hung on with huge bravery to claim the biggest medal of her career, clocking 9:04.79 behind Chemutai’s 9:01.45.

“My strength as a runner is my strength,” Frerichs said. “It’s not leaving it down to the foot speed at the end.”

“I honestly just felt so confident with how my training’s been going. And I just I felt like it was going to be the right thing to do. And Shalane [Flanagan] told me going into it that if I made that move, I’d have no regrets, even if it meant coming up short. So I really tried to lean into that.

“It was surreal as everything I ever dreamed about,” she said of the moment she crossed the line. “It’s been a long journey to the starting line.”

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fisher and Schweizer make it a double for Tokyo

On the final day of the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Grant Fisher assured himself a place in the 5000m in Tokyo with a second-place finish behind Paul Chelimo. Fisher had already secured qualification in the 10,000 but the Bowerman Track Club athlete opened up the chance to double with his runner-up finish in 13:27.01.

Henry Wynne and Josh Thompson just missed out in the men’s 1500, the pair finishing 5th and 6th respectively in 3:37.70 and 3:37.73.

On the penultimate day on Saturday, Karissa Schweizer also ensured she can double up in Tokyo, finishing second in the 10,000m in oppressive heat in 31:16.52. Teammate Elise Cranny just missed out on making the team by finishing fourth in 31:35.22, but she will be in Tokyo in the 5000m. Fiona O’Keeffe finished 20th in 33:03.09.

On Friday Sean McGorty finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase final, coming up five seconds shy of a top-three finish and a place on the plane to Tokyo.

Well done to all the athletes who gave it their very best shot.

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