Organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London are dubbing the two-day event ‘Rio in a weekend’ a wave of Olympic-bound stars have been announced for the ‘Super Saturday’ of the Müller Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 23 July.
As a sub-13-second 110m hurdler, Orlando Ortega is one of the planet’s finest exponents of his craft. Here the Spanish record-holder looks back over some of the first things in his life.
The provisional entry lists for the ninth meeting of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League in Monaco on 15 July are now available.
Day 10 of a tumultuous US Olympic Trials closed on Sunday (10) at Eugene, Oregon, with agony for one of athletics’ old stars and ecstasy for one of its new ones. Felix missed the Olympic team in the 200 by .01, while 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin made it by setting a world U20 record* in the 400-meter hurdles.
In one of the closest and highest-quality heptathlons ever at the US Olympic Trials – part of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge – Barbara Nwaba came out on top, scoring 6494 to take the title on Sunday (10).
All of Canada’s individual track and field medallists from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 were in action at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton from 7-10 July, but it was sprinter Brendon Rodney who produced the performance of the weekend with his 19.96 200m victory on Sunday (10).
Poland finished top of the medal table at the 2016 European Championships after a hat trick of golds on Sunday (10) in Amsterdam.
London had its Super Saturday in 2012. The 2016 US Olympic Trials in Eugene condensed its Super Saturday (9) into 20 minutes. First, Bernard Lagat kicked to win the 5000m as if he were aged 21, not 41. Then Justin Gatlin beat LaShawn Merritt in a 200m in which both ran under 19.80. Finally, hometown favorite and American football player Devon Allen won the 110m hurdles by the biggest margin in history of the US Olympic Trials.
Ekaterini Stefanidi produced a championship record to win the pole vault while Yasemin Can of Turkey completed a distance double victory on day four of the European Championships in Amsterdam on Saturday (9).
Anouk Vetter was imperious in the European Championships heptathlon on Saturday (9) as she claimed gold while succeeding Dafne Schippers as the Dutch record-holder in the process.
There are not many husband-and-wife teams in the history of the Olympics that return with a medal each - but Andres Chocho and Erica de Sena plan to join the elite group in Rio.
Marketing and nationalistic fervor cause signs at the US Olympic Trials to proclaim this is the toughest team to make. Yet there has been some evidence of that. It was indisputably the case in the women’s 100m hurdles Friday (09) night, the seventh day of the U.S. selection competition. In a field so deep, there was inevitability of a fast hurdler being left behind. Turns out it was the fastest.
There were mixed emotions for Netherlands sprint fans on a raucous third day of the European Championships in Amsterdam on Friday (8).
After withdrawing from last weekend’s Jamaican Championships with a hamstring injury, Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will be fit to compete in the 200m at the Müller Anniversary Games on Friday 22 July. Meanwhile, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London have added three more top sprinters to the field.
With just over a year to go until the IAAF World Championships London 2017, the local organising committee met with the IAAF and its official sponsors to discuss the progress being made ahead of the next global event staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Jaheel Hyde is one of several medal contenders on Jamaica’s team for the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, which will be held on 19-24 July.
Day two of the European Championships saw seven gold medals dished out in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday (7).
In the European Championships decathlon, part of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge, a strong second-day performance from Thomas van der Plaetsen gave Belgium their first ever outdoor continental combined events title.