Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lomong, Schweizer superb in Doha finals

Lopez Lomong and Karissa Schweizer produced excellent showings on the final weekend of competition at the World Championships in Doha, Lomong coming home seventh in the 10,000m final in 27:04.72 to take 26 seconds off his best. Schweizer finished ninth in the women’s 5000m and took seven seconds off her PB with 14:45.18.

Lomong crowned a breakthrough year with his outstanding run in the men’s 10,000m final on Sunday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete running with the lead pack for the majority of the race as they churned out a strong pace.  Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei took victory in 26:48.35 ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha who clocked 26:49.34.

Lomong fought all the way to the line to take seventh in a massive personal best. “It was a PR and I did the best I can,” said Lomong. “I’m in great shape but I didn’t have it the last 1200 meters. I’m still learning the 10,000m so to come out with a PR, I’m happy.”

Schweizer was in action on Saturday night in the women’s 5000m final and in her first pro year, the Bowerman Track Club athlete showed her star potential once again. In what was a swift race, won by Kenya’s Hellen Obiri in a championship-record time of 14:26.72, Schweizer had the performance of her life to finish ninth in 14:45.18, moving the 23-year-old to fifth on the all-time US list.

“You always have to be happy when you walk away with a personal best,” she said. “I laid it all out there. Hopefully having this experience I’ll be able to be a factor next time.”

On Friday night, Germany’s Amos Bartelsmeyer brought his championships to a close when bowing out in the men’s 1500m semi-finals, finishing 11th in 3:37.74.

Watch the reactions of Lomong and Schweizer below in their interviews with Letsrun.com

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Frerichs finishes sixth, Schweizer storms into final

Courtney Frerichs delivered another battling performance to finish a fine sixth in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final at the World Championships in Doha on Monday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking 9:11.27. The race was won by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech in a championship record of 8:57.84.

Frerichs, however, was not content with her result after coming into the race as world silver medalist. “I really was anticipating great things after the prelim. Maybe it was the fast start. I haven’t put myself in that all year,” she said. “But there’s a lot to be proud of today for the US.”

Watch her full interview with Letsrun.com here:

Meanwhile on Wednesday evening, Karissa Schweizer produced a storming run in the heats of the women’s 5000m, the Bowerman Track Club runner finishing second in 14:52.41, her first time under 15 minutes and a time that makes her the seventh quickest American in history. Watch her reaction here:

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Frerichs flies into final as Scott bows out

Courtney Frerichs booked her place in the 3000m steeplechase final at the World Championships last night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking 9:18.42 to finish a close second in her heat behind Beatrice Chepkoech, the world record holder. The final takes place on Monday at 9:50pm local time (2:50p Eastern).

 Marc Scott was in action in the men’s 5000m, the Bowerman Track Club athlete finishing 15th in 13:47.12, which was not enough to advance to the final.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Kimbia athletes set to bring the heat in Doha

Five Kimbia athletes will be in action at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar over the next 10 days, spanning the 1500m all the way up 10,000m. Amid the oppressive heat in the city this week, all five will thankfully be in action in the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium for the apex of the track and field year. 

Courtney Frerichs will bet he first of the Kimbia athletes in action in the heats of the women’s 3000m steeplechase this evening, the world silver medallist going in heat two at 7:10pm local time (12:10pm Eastern time).

Marc Scott will run the 5000m heats this evening for Britain, the Bowerman Track Club athlete competing at his second consecutive World Championships after bowing out in the 5000m heats at London 2017.

Karissa Schweizer will make her World Championship debut in the women’s 5000m, the 23-year-old going in the heats on Wednesday evening at 6:25pm local time (11:25am Eastern).  It will be Schweizer’s second world championship this year after she finished 56th at the World Cross Country in Denmark back in March.

Amos Bartelsmeyer will make his World Championship debut in the men’s 1500m, the German racing the heats next Thursday at 10pm local time. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a great season to date, setting his PB of 3:36.29 in Seattle in June and clocking a 3:53.33 mile  to finish sixth at the London Diamond League.

Lopez Lomong will train his focus on the men’s 10,000m, the Bowerman Track Club athlete going to the line against the world’s best in that final on Sunday, October 6th, at 8pm local time (1pm EST).

We wish them all the best of luck.

Photo: Getty Images for the IAAF

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lomong smashes 5K PR with 13:00.13

Lopez Lomong turned in a terrific performance in Portland on Tuesday night as he clocked 13:00.13 for 5000m to finish second to BTC teammate Woody Kincaid, taking almost eight seconds off his lifetime best.

The race was won by Kincaid in 12:58.10, with Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz third in 13:00.39.

Lomong’s run continues his superb summer to date, in which the Bowerman Track Club athlete claimed the US titles over both 5,000m and 10,000m. He will be back in action at the World Championships in Doha later this month.

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