Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final tune-ups ahead of London

A host of Kimbia athletes will run their final races this weekend before the London World Championships, with Evan Jager, Emily Infeld and Coleen Quigley all set to compete, among others.

Jager, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, will compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday evening. The 28-year-old has been in impressive form so far this year, winning the US Championships with ease on June 25 in 8:16.88. However, Monaco will represent his first race of the season outside the US, and it’s a hot one, featuring Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, among others.

Colleen Quigley will also be in her first race in Europe this year, though the Nike Bowerman Track Club  athlete will compete in Heusden, Belgium, a meeting synonymous with fast times in the distance races. Quigley will sharpen her speed ahead of London with a 1500m, and with a 4:24.88 mile to her name indoors this year, it will be no surprise if her personal best of 4:11.61 falls.

Emily Infeld, meanwhile, will also tune up for her 10,000m outing in London with a 5000m race in Heusden, where she will be joined by fellow Kimbia athlete and Nike Bowerman Track Club teammate Shalane Flanagan, who she has been training with in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in recent weeks. Infeld’s last race was when she finished fifth in Lucerne over 3000m in 8:55.41, while Flanagan’s last race came at the US Championships in Sacramento, where she finished fourth in the 10,000m in 31:31.12.

Fellow Kimbia athlete Marc Scott will race over 5000m in Heusden. The 23-year-old clocked a PB of 7:43.37 over 3000m at the London Diamond League last week and looks capable of lowering his best of 13:36.81. Farther afield, Izaic Yorks has been in impressive form in recent weeks, the 23-year-old running a season’s best of 3:37.91 last week in Sainte-Therese, Montreal.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Emily Infeld Makes 10K World Champs Team

In only her second race of the year, Emily Infeld placed second in the USATF 10,000 Thursday night to earn a trip to August’s World Championships in London. On a day when the meet schedule was scuttled to account for extraordinary heat, Emily’s time of 31:22.67 was a 4-second PR. U.S. record holder Molly Huddle won in 31:19.86.

Emily’s teammate and training partner Shalane Flanagan boldly led the first 20 of the race’s 25 laps before finishing fourth in 31:31.12. The race was only Shalane’s second since last August’s Olympic Marathon, and she knew she needed to keep the pace honest because a lack of workouts wouldn’t serve her well in a kicker’s strategic race.

“This is the least prepared I’ve ever been for a race,” Shalane told Runner’s World afterward. “But I think it’s important to still show up when you are unprepared sometimes. That’s part of the job…I think it’s important to still show up and do your job.”

Colleen Quigley (second in the first heat) and Courtney Frerichs (first in the second heat) easily advanced to Saturday’s steeplechase final.

Izaic Yorks placed eighth in his 1500-meter qualifying round and didn’t advance to Saturday’s final.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shalane Flanagan Returns to Racing With a Win

In her first race in 10 months, Shalane Flanagan was the easy winner of the 10,000 at the Portland Track Festival on Saturday.

After passing halfway in 16:00, Shalane started cranking out 75-second laps to finish in 31:38.68, 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Cliff.

It was a solid-and-then-some return to action for Shalane in her first race since placing sixth in the Olympic Marathon last August. Shalane suffered a slight fracture in her back over the winter and had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon. Saturday’s race came after just three weeks of workouts.

In Sunday’s action at the Portland Track Festival, Lopez Lomong was third in the 1500 (3:38.52), Jess Tonn was second in the 5,000 (15:33.13) and Natalja Piliusina was seventh in the 1500 (4:11.04).

Shalane will return to the track in less than two weeks for the USATF championships in Sacramento, California. She’s also slated to run the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta on July 4.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shalane Flanagan to Get Upgrade to Olympic Silver

Shalane Flanagan will soon be the official 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters, after Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse was handed a retroactive doping ban and stripped of her results from August 2007 to 2009. The International Association of Athletics Federations made the announcement about Abeylegesse on Wednesday.

An Abeylegesse sample that was collected at the 2007 World Championships was retested and found to contain a banned steroid. Abeylegesse was initially the 10K silver medalist at that meet as well as the following year’s Olympics. Shalane was initially the bronze medalist at the 2008 Games in a then-American record (and still personal record) of 30:22.22.

After the IAAF announcement on Wednesday, Shalane said that she was elated by the news. The IAAF has told KIMbia that they’ve officially amended the 2008 Olympic results. The next step is for the International Olympic Committee to reallocate the medals.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Evan Jager Ranked #2 in the World for 2016

For the second time in the last three years, Track & Field News has ranked Evan Jager second in the world in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The ranking was pretty much a no-brainer, given Evan’s Olympic silver behind Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who got the gold in Rio and the 2016 #1 spot.

Also making T&FN‘s vaunted year-end list:

  • Shalane Flanagan, #1 on the U.S. marathon list.
  • Emily Infeld, #2, U.S. 10,000 meters (and #5, U.S. 5K).
  • Colleen Quigley, #2, U.S. steeple.
  • Amy Cragg, #3, U.S. marathon.
  • Courtney Frerichs, #3, U.S. steeple.
  • Izaic Yorks, #10, U.S. 1500.

Shalane topped the U.S. marathon list for the fourth time in the last five years. Emily’s #2 at 10K was her second consecutive year there. Izaic made his first of what we assume will be many appearances in the rankings.

Evan, of course, got the top U.S. ranking in the steeple. It was his fifth straight such ranking since 2012, the year he took up the event. The last American man to have a longer streak at #1 in the steeple was Henry Marsh, who was ranked the top U.S. steepler from 1978 through 1983. Evan also picked up a #7 ranking on the U.S. 5K list, and tied with 1500-meter Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz for 5th in the overall U.S. rankings.

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