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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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Fisher stuns with American 10,000m record


Grant Fisher clocked a stunning 26:33.84 at The TEN in San Juan Capistrano last Sunday to take 11 seconds off Galen Rupp’s 26:44.36 American record in the 10,000m, which makes him the 7th fastest man in history.

Fellow Kimbia athlete Sean McGorty ran 27:18.15 in his debut to finish 4th, while Kieran Tuntivate was just behind, clocking 27:23.64. Patrick Dever set a big PR at 27:23.88. Lopez Lomong clocked 27:39.96, while John Dressel ran 27:57.51. Evan Jager was on 27:34 pace through 6400m but stepped off the track after being tripped.

In the women’s race, Elise Cranny ran an astonishing 30:14.66, just over a second shy of the US record held by Molly Huddle. Courtney Frerichs ran 31:23.13 for 8th in what was her 10K debut.
Cranny spoke to Letsrun.com afterward.

Well done to all on an amazing night in California.
Images: Ryan Sterner/Bowerman Track Club
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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Fisher, Scott and Tuntivate smash records in Boston


Grant Fisher and Marc Scott produced stunning performances at the BU Valentine meet in Boston on Saturday, with Fisher smashing the American indoor 5000m record, clocking 12:53.73, and Scott smashing the European indoor record, clocking 12:57.08.

They passed 3000m in 7:53 and unleashed a blazing final mile to enter the record books, with Fisher taking eight seconds off Galen Rupp’s record and Scott carving 11 seconds off the European record.

There was a host of strong runs from other Kimbia athletes, with Lopez Lomong finishing second in the second 5000m race, clocking 13:07.40, with Kieran Tuntivate third in 13:08.41, an Asian record, Sean McGorty fourth in 13:09.21 and Evan Jager sixth in 13:13.23.

Josh Thompson finished second in the 1500m, clocking 3:37.96, while Amos Bartelsmeyer was in action over 3000m, clocking 7:48.87.

Letsrun.com spoke to Fisher and Scott, with fellow BTC athlete Mo Ahmed, after the race:

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