Monday, September 9, 2019

Thompson, Cranny kick to victory for Team USA

Elise Cranny and Josh Thompson scored superb victories for Team USA at The Match in Minsk, Belarus on Monday evening, the Bowerman Track Club duo sprinting to success over 3000m and 1500m respectively and defeating formidable rivals from Europe.

Thompson came from behind to outkick Europe’s Jake Wightman in the men’s 1500m, taking victory on the line in 3:38.88 to Wightman’s 3:38.90.

In the women’s 3000m, Cranny played a patient game and powered up the home straight to snatch victory late in 9:00.70 ahead of USA teammate Rachel Schneider (9:00.77). Cranny will be back in action in the women’s 1500m on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lomong seals historic double

Lopez Lomong completed a stunning distance double of 5,000m and 10,000m titles on the final day of the US Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, the 34-year-old kicking to victory in the 5,000m in 13:25.53 after a 53.85 final lap. Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo was second in 13:25.80.

“I was injury-free this year and I can be able to go back and really follow all the routine and all the stuff we wanted to do,” Lomong said. “Jerry [Schumacher] was like, you already won the 1500 on this track [in 2010], why not just go for the 5,000 meters?”

Watch his interview with below:

World silver medallist Courtney Frerichs booked her place at this year’s World Championships in Doha by finishing a close second in the 3000m steeplechase, Frerichs clocking 9:26.61 to come home behind Emma Coburn who clocked 9:25.63.

In the women’s 5,000m, Karissa Schweizer had another superb run to finish second behind Shelby Houlihan in 15:17.03. Fellow Kimbia athlete and Bowerman Track Club athlete Elise Cranny came home seventh in 15:25.66, a PB.

In the men’s 1500m final, Josh Thompson turned in a fine performance to finish third behind Craig Engels and Matthew Centrowitz, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking 3:45.25. Izaic Yorks finished seventh in 3:46.10, while Henry Wynne finished eighth in 3:46.16.

 Images: PhotoRun

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Kimbia quartet advance to finals

Day two at the US Championships proved another good one for Kimbia athletes, with Izaic Yorks, Josh Thompson and Henry Wynne all advancing to the men’s 1500m final and Courtney Frerichs booking her place in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final.

Thompson took victory in his heat in 3:42.12, just ahead of Yorks (3:42.28). Wynne came home second in his heat in 3:43.23. In the 3000m steeplechase, US record holder Courtney Frerichs made no mistakes as she breezed into the final, clocking 9:46.35.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Lomong storms to US 10,000m title

Lopez Lomong powered to his second straight US 10,000m title on the opening night of the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines on Thursday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete taking his fourth US outdoor title in total.

The 34-year-old burnt off chief rival Shadrack Kipchirchir on the final lap with a typically blazing finish, clocking a 55.59 last lap to come home in a whopping personal best of 27:30.06, a stadium record. Kipchirchir was second in 27:47.71. Lomong covered his final 1600m in an astonishing 4:10.37 and had such a cushion on the final lap that he was able to start celebrating early.

Jess Tonn had a fine run in the women’s 10,000m final, finishing eighth in 33:01.84, a race won by Molly Huddle in 31:58.47. In the opening round of the women’s 1500m, Elise Cranny  coasted to victory in her heat in 4:19.99, just ahead of Jenny Simpson. MJ Erb narrowly missed the final of the 3000m steeplechase after finishing seventh in his heat in 8:39.69

Lomong will be back in action in the 1500m heats today. Watch his full reaction below via as he tells the inspirational tale of resilience. Image: PhotoRun

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cranny smashes PB to clock world 1500m standard

Elise Cranny turned in a stunning performance at the Stumptown Twilight Meeting in Portland on Friday night, taking the elite women’s 1500m in a lifetime best of 4:06.03. That was inside the qualifying standard for the World Championships in Doha (4:06.50) and took almost three seconds off her previous best of 4:08.99. 

It marked a big breakthrough for Cranny, who joined the Nike Bowerman Track Club last year. She will be back in action at the US Championships next week.

Josh Thompson was in action over 1500m at the same meeting, the Bowerman Track Club athlete finishing eighth in 3:41.93, a race won by Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz in 3:39.08. Grant Fisher dropped down in distance to the 1500m and finished 11th in 3:43.57.

Elsewhere Marc Scott was in action at the London Diamond League, the British athlete finishing 14th in the 5000m in 13:49.55.

(Image via Cortney White/Talbot Cox) 



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