20-year-old Keely Small has signed with the Oregon Ducks. One of Australia's best middle distance talents, Small won the women's 800m at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and the 2019 Pacific Games. She also competed in the 800m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she became the fastest ever Australian junior over 800m clocking 2:00.81.
The G.O.A.T. Eliud Kipchoge is a huge fan of Australian Stewart McSweyn, it would seem. “I am always following him, I always say McSweyn is not limiting himself and that’s why he is going very hard. In the 1500 and in the mile, McSweyn is the future. He is the future of the 800, he is the future of the 1500 and the 3000m. He is the future of the 5000m and even 10,000m.
Alberto Salazar, the previously Nike backed US based coach who took Mo Farah to four Olympic gold medals and six world titles, has lost his appeal. Salazar was banned for a series of doping violations, read more on the violations HERE.
Olympic fourth place finisher Peter Bol has finished the season of his life, by crossing the line in fourth at the Zagreb Diamond League. Bol ran aggressively and was leading down the home straight, just running of steam over the final 50 metres.
On Wednesday and Friday evening (1/9 & 3/9) in Brussels, athletics aficionados were treated to another fabulous night's action at the famous Boudewijnstadion for the 45th Van Damme Memorial Meeting.
An amazing aggressive piece of front running by Linden Hall at the Lausanne Diamond League. Hall has continued to position herself at the pointy end of global 1500m running, finishing 2nd . Hall showed her confidence and strength,going with the pace maker and gapping the rest of the field by a clear 20 metres. She was only passed on the home straight by Ethiopia's Freweyni Gebreezibeher, who was 4th at the Tokyo Olympics.
Some of Australia's biggest names are stepping up at the Lausanne Diamond League. The meet gets under way 12pm local time on Thursday August 26th.
Olympic 1500m champ Faith Kipyegon continued her winning ways at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. She stopped the clock at 3:53.23 to smash the rest of the field. Kipyegon ran aggressively, clinging to the rabbit then launching for home. She was rewarded with a meet record and handed the rest of the field a true flogging for her efforts.
It was a race of two at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic Bowerman Mile, as Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Stewart McSweyn clashed. Ingebrigtsen was victorious, posting a big PB. The Norwegian stopped the clock at 3:47.24 to set a new meet record. Australian Stewart McSweyn was still with the Olympic champion with just 200m to go, as the pair put a substantial gap on the rest of the field. Stew finished 2nd in 3:48.40, just 0.03 off his PB and Australian record. Stew's time is the second fastest in Australian history, a great run.
The annual Prefontaine Classic in Eugene Oregon this weekend will see a number of Olympic medallists do battle with the rest of the world at what is a Mecca for American athletes and fans. The event has also grown in stature with the international athletics community over the last 40 years to become one of the best Diamond League meetings on the calendar.