Monday, June 27, 2022

Big weekend for Kimbia crew at nationals


It was a brilliant weekend for Kimbia athletes at various national championships, with Grant Fisher, Karissa Schweizer
and Elise Cranny all striking gold at the US Championships in Eugene and Marc Scott powering to victory at the British Championships. 

Fisher claimed his first US title with a commanding performance over 5000m in Eugene on Sunday, clocking 13:03.86 to come home a clear winner by almost three seconds. Fellow Kimbia athletes and Bowerman Track Club teammates Sean McGorty and Thomas Ratcliffe weren’t far behind, with McGorty sixth in 13:14.97 and Ratcliffe seventh in a PB of 13:17.48.

In the women’s 5000m, Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer booked their spots on Team USA for the World Championships by going 1-2, Cranny bouncing back to form by taking victory in 15:49.15 with Schweizer second in 15:49.32. Fellow Kimbia athlete Fiona O’Keeffe finished a fine sixth in 15:58.86. On Saturday, Schweizer had finished a close fourth in the 1500m final in 4:05.40.

In the men’s 1500m final, Josh Thompson produced a magnificent close to take third place in 3:46.07, a race in which Henry Wynne finished 12th.

Evan Jager produced a brilliant performance to finish second in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist clocking 8:17.29, a World Championship qualifier. Courtney Frerichs produced a season’s best in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final, clocking 9:16.18 to finish third.

Michaela Meyer finished sixth in her heat of the 800m in 2:03.83 and finished eighth in her 1500m heat in 4:19.48.

At the British Championships in Birmingham, Marc Scott produced a swift 55-second last lap to scorch to victory over 5000m.

At the German Championships in Berlin, Amos Bartelsmeyer advanced to the final of the 1500m, where he finished 12th.

Image: Ryo Gokita

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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 Letsrun.com 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 Letsrun.com 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.
Images: USATF
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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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