Yesterday saw the start of the USATF Championships in Eugene, Oregon, which continue today.
Today’s finals include the completion of the decathlon, the women’s high jump and triple jump, men’s javelin, men’s and women’s 100 meters, and men’s and women’s 5000 meters.
What happened yesterday?
Shalane Flanagan won a fast women’s 10,000 meters in 30:59.97, leading five other women under 32:00. Kara Goucher and Jen Rhines will also be on the US team to the Worlds.
Galen Rupp won a slow men’s 10,000 meters with a fast finish of 1:52 for the last 800. Chris Solinsky elected not to run; Matt Tegenkamp and Scott Bauhs will fill out the US team for the Worlds.
Ashton Eaton is giving the field an old-fashioned ass-whuppin’ after the first day of the decathlon. His field events have been good but his running events have been unworldly, and he’s on pace for about 8800 points. I’m going to put the over/under for his margin of victory at 500 points.
The most entertaining competition of the day was the women’s shot put, where Jill Camarena-Williams put up the second-best throw in American history…and then minutes later, Michelle Carter beat it by a centimeter. They will be joined on the US team by Sarah Stevens-Walker.
Kibwe Johnson deserves to be a headline somewhere, but isn’t. He won the hammer throw easily, and finished off the day with a massive 80.31m (263′ 6″), the best throw by an American in 11 years and second on the yearly world list. The US will almost assuredly send only two throwers to the Worlds, with Michael Mai as the other one.
Stephanie Brown-Trafton upset the formcharts and won the discus over favorite Aretha Thurmond. Gia Lewis-Smallwood will be the third American going to the Worlds.
The USATF Championships isn’t the only meet going on this weekend.
Today the Meeting Stanislaus, an EAA Permit meet, takes place at Stade Raymond Petit in Nancy, France. There are some big names in this little meet: 800 world record holder David Rudisha gets back into the swing of things after some injury problems. Others include France’s Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault), Kenya’s Augustine Choge (1500m), and Britain’s Dwain Chambers (100m).
Tomorrow the International Athletics Meeting Pavel Pavlov, an EAA Classic meet, takes place at the Vassil Levski Stadion in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Also tomorrow is the Kuortane Games, an EAA Permit meet, which will be held at the Kuortane Sports Institute in Kuortane, Finland. As you’d expect, the javelin is the big draw, with Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen coming back from injury to meet up against Finns Tero Pitkamaki and Ari Mannio. Ten men with PRs of 80 meters or more are slated to compete.
Also tomorrow is the 22nd Lausitzer Meeting in Cottbus, Germany, where the headliner is Robert Harting, the world’s top discus thrower.
Here in the USA on Sunday morning, the inaugural B.A.A. 10k will be run in Boston. They’ve smartly brought in the heroes from April’s race (winners Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel) plus some legends like Bill Rodgers, Joan Samuelson and Bobbi Gibb. Sam Chelanga will make his pro debut.