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STAMFORD, Conn. – May 11, 2017NBC Sports Group continues coverage of the IAAF Diamond League this Saturday, May 13, from Shanghai, China, at 7 a.m. ET on Universal HD and streamed live with NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.” As part of its coverage, NBC Sports Gold will present exclusive bonus coverage of field events, highlights, replays, and an exclusive 30-minute preview of the event.

BOSTON, Mass. (May 10, 2017)—Olympic medalists, American Record-holders and NCAA Champions are among the first stars set to compete at the second-annual adidas Boost Boston Games distance festival in Somerville on June 2, organizers have announced.

Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to take part in the day via GlobalRunningDay.org - May 8, 2017—Pledging for Global Running Day and the second annual Million Kid Run on June 7 is now open on GlobalRunningDay.org. Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run on June 7 and add their name to the list of people from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport on Global Running Day.

Rudisha will have tough opponents - SHANGHAI (CHN): Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will make his season’s debut in the Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May where he will face his Kenyan teammates Ferguson Cheruiyot and Alfred Kipketer as well as Poland’s Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski, informs organisers. Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will face Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Besu Sado and European champion Angelika Cichochka while Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri is the favourite in the 5000m with Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana a late withdrawal. World champion Hyvin Kiyeng goes head-to-head with Olympic champion and world record-holder Ruth Jebet in the steeplechase again with world U20 record-holder Celliphine Chespol also in the line-up.

Three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz will return to the Prefontaine Classic on 27 May to compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting’s most famous race, the Bowerman Mile.

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Jack Randall, who graduated last weekend from the University of Cincinnati, won in a time of 2:33:46 - CINCINNATI (May 7, 2017) -- After coming in second or third in the Flying Pig Marathon for the last six years, the seventh time proved to be the charm for Anderson High School cross country coach Kerry Lee, who finally won the women’s division of Sunday’s 19th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. The total registration for all weekend events was 37,244 participants representing all 50 states and 20 countries.

Ninth edition draws 20,165 Marathon and Half Marathon entrants - PITTSBURGH – (May 7, 2017) – At the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon under first overcast and later sunny, cool breezy conditions on Sunday morning, Jacob Chemtai of Kenya and defending champion Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam of Ethiopia were the 26.2 mile champions in 2:15:25 and 2:36:20, respectively. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon Kenyans Cyrus Korir and Gladys Kipsoi took the titles in 1:04:14 and 1:12:09, respectively.

Top mile field
EUGENE (USA): For the first time since his historic win in Rio, Matthew Centrowitz will return to Hayward Field to battle the world’s best in the Prefontaine Classic’s most famous race, the Bowerman Mile. The IAAF Diamond League meet will be held on May 27. The Pre Classic has secured every available top miler in the world, including the man who has the most Pre Classic wins and another who has the fastest time ever achieved outside of Europe.  Three others with major medals have PRs under 3:50, a time no American has achieved in the last 10 years. The top name is Asbel Kiprop with Elijah Manangoi, US Clayton Murphy with Ben Blankenship, Nick Willis of New Zealand and Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider. Also there Silas Kiplagat, Ayanleh Souleiman, Ryan Gregson, Charlie Grice and Filip Ingebrigtsen.
Barshim will have new opponents
SHANGHAI (CHN): Qatari WL holder Mutaz Essa Barshim who did not continue on Friday after clearing 236 will face more interesting names on Saturday in Shanghai at 2nd leg of 8th IAAF Diamond League. Olympic winner Derek Drouin is added as is European Indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek from Poland. Also added local top jumpers Zhang Guowei and Wang Yu. From Doha coming 2nd Grabarz, 3rd Thomas and 4th Ghazal. Barshim is also the meet record holder with 238 in 2015.
Kipchoge would try again
MONZA (ITA): Eliud Kipchoge hasn’t ruled out another attempt at a sub-two hour marathon, informs the Daily Nation. “I have seen what seven months of training can do and I will sit down and reflect on what is next, obviously I have seen that the under two hours marathon is possible. I won’t mind trying it again because what is there for me in athletics? Chase targets. I now know I have 25 seconds between me and history,” he said. Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 in Monza on Saturday.
Rohler has a busy schedule
JENA (GER): Javelin sensation from Doha Thomas Rohler has now a full competition programme. He will throw on Saturday at a special javelin meet in Offenburg organised by another German thrower Johannes Vetter. Then he flies to Kawasaki for the IAAF World Challenge meet in Japan on May 22. Next meet will be Golden Gala of Rome, his home meet in Jena on June 11 followed by two competitions in Finland. Turku Paavo Nurmi Games as already announced on June 13 and Kuortane on June 17. He will meet current world record holder Jan Zelezny on June 28 in Czech Republic at the IAAF World Challenge Ostrava Golden Spike.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya might not be able to send a team to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau this July after the country's National Olympic Committee failed to elect a new leadership, informs insidethegames.biz. The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) was forced to cancel the General Assembly last Friday when Paul Tergat looked set to win the election after they were served a High Court order.
NAIROBI (KEN): World half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will target the 10,000m this summer, informs The Star. “My intention this season is to try my luck in track for the world championships and I will compete next week during the KDF championships. I have been to Team Kenya for international competition once and I did well. This time my focus is to first qualify and then seek better performance in London,” she said.
ITEN (KEN): Wilson Kipsang has described the world record of 2:02:57 as “achievable,” informs The Star. “I missed the mark [in the Tokyo Marathon in February] because it was cold and the winds were heavy. But I am still focused to do it, if all conditions will be favourable. The record is achievable and it remains a career target since I am not yet done,” he said. Kipsang looks set to challenge Dennis Kimetto’s record in the Berlin Marathon this September.
CHARLOTTE (USA): Rio Olympic sprinter Marvin Bracy is set to switch back to American football and the 23-year-old is currently trying out for the Carolina Panthers, informs NBC Sports. The team has three open roster spots at the moment. “If I have to make a choice, I’m going to stick with the gridiron, if I have that opportunity. But if not, if track is what I’ve got to do, it’s what I’ve got to do, because I’ve got family to take care of,” he said.
GOTZIS (AUT): European champion Anouk Vetter from the Netherlands is confirmed for the Gotzis Hypo Meeting on 27-28 May (IAAF CE Challenge), informs organisers. Vetter is joined by teammates Nadine Broersen and Nadine Visser while Eelco Sintnicolaas and Pieter Braun have been added to the decathlon line-up along with Belgium’s Niels Pittomvils and Norway’s Martin Roe.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Caster Semenya is set to focus solely on the 800m at the World Championships in London, informs NBC Sports. “We’ll see later on in the season because we are planning to hopefully run a few other distances if possible [before worlds in August] - maybe just a few 400s and a couple of 1500s. We’ll see how it goes, but at this stage the focus is purely on the 800m [for worlds],” he said.
BERLIN (GER): Robert Harting has been forced to postpone his season’s debut due to illness, informs Leichtathletik.de. The former Olympic discus champion was due to compete in the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday but he has pulled out citing a gastrointestinal virus. It is not yet know when Harting will compete for the first time in 2017.
REHLINGEN (GER): Former world pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe will compete at the Rehlingen meet on June 5, informs Leichtathletik.de. Holzdeppe will face a strong domestic contingent including Florian Gaul, Tobias Scherbarth, Karsten Dilla, Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Malte Mohr. Annika Roloff, Katharina Bauer and Silke Spiegelburg will compete in the women’s event.
BERLIN (GER): Meet director Martin Seeber has said he will add the women’s steeplechase to the programme for the ISTAF in Berlin on 27 August after Gesa-Felicitas Krause broke the German record in Doha on Friday, informs Leichtathletik.de. ISTAF is part of IAAF World Challenge.
BELGRADE (SRB): Mihail Dudas will not compete in any decathlons before the World Championships in London, informs Serbian media. Dudas is training in Cyprus ahead of the summer season and he will open her campaign with a long jump competition in Crete on 20 May. His goal for the World Championships is to break his Serbian record.
HALLE (GER): Olympic winner Dilshod Nazarov is confirmed for the Halle throwing meet for hammer on May 20. In 2013 he achieved in Halle meet record 80.71.
MOSCOW (RUS): Pole vault European champion 2014 Anzhelika Sidorova is confirmed for Golden Gala Diamond League in Rome on June 8, while another Russian vaulter Olga Mullina will perform in at Oslo Bislett Games in June 15. Informs Rusathletics.com.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF announced the schedule for Russian summer athletics Grand Prix, which will start at national team championships in Sochi on May 25-26 and finish with final during national cup in Yerino on July 14-15. Series includes All-Russian meeting in Yerino (June 10), Yevstratov Memorial in Zhukovskiy (June 16), Moscow regional championships (Zhukovskiy, June 24-25), Znameski Memorial (Zhukovskiy, July 1-2), Necheukhin Memorial (Chelyabinsk, July 7). Winners of each of 17 Grand Prix events will paid by 70000 roubles (about 1000 euro). 
ALMATY (KAZ): Former pole vault Olympic medallist 1988, world silver medallist 1993 and Asian record holder Grigoriy Yegorov was appointed to the post of Kazakhstan national athletics team head coach.
KINGSTON (JAM): President of JAAA Warren Blake has expressed his disapproval with a proposal to erase a number of world records established before 2005. Although no world record established by Jamaican athletes would be affected, Blake labelled the proposal as an “ill-thought-out” plan, as he came out in support of a number athletes that are grappling to keep their names in the history books. Informs Jamaica Observer.
TAMPA (USA): A former Florida State track and field athlete and World U20 100 m hurdles champion 2008 was convicted Thursday of stolen identity tax fraud. While on scholarship at FSU, 27-year-old Teona N. Rodgers of Tampa took part in a scheme to file fraudulent income tax returns during the 2011 and 2012 tax years, according to the Department of Justice.  Sentencing is slated for Aug. 4.
PARIS (FRA): L´Equipe informs that French 800 m record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse plans to run his first 800 m at the meet in Montreuil on June 1. Then has in his plan Diamond Leagues in Rome, London and Monaco.
LAGOS (NGR): With the conclusion of the zonal elections into boards of the various sporting federations, the race for who will replace current Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba has gathered momentum. Rosa Collins, a former African and national triple jump women record holder, former 400m hurdler Henry Amike and a member of the Sydney Olympics 4x400m gold winning quartet, Fidelis Gadzama are in frame for the AFN top position. Informs All-Africa.com.
NAIROBI (KEN): Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri will try to defend her 5000 m title at the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships that start on Tuesday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
OLOMOUC (CZE, May 8): European Indoor silver medalist in shot put Tomas Stanek improved his PB in season opener here to 21.46. He got the result in first throw, the series followed with two fouls and 20.51, 20.06 and 20.76. Second Ladislav Prasil 20.28. Zdenek Stromsik clocked windy 10.32 (+2.8) in the 100 m.
BERNHAUSEN (GER, May 7): Gregor Traber clocked good 13.60 at 110 m hurdles here. The race was staged at 10 am with -0.6 wind.
SPOKANE (USA, May 7): Tanzania's Gabriel Geay bounced back from his 13:20.35 5000m PB less than 48 hours before at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational and was a surprising winner of 41st Lilac Bloomsday Run in 34:31 at 12 km. Behind him Philemon Cheboi 34:34 and Geoffrey Bundi 34:42. Best US runner Scott Fauble 35:39 as 8th. The women's race, which began slowly, came down to a two-woman sprint between Ethiopians Buze Diriba and Mamitu Daska with Diriba getting the win by two seconds 40:19 to 40:21. Third Poland´s Karolina Nadolska 40:29. From RRW.
MEXICO CITY (MEX, May 6): Jessamyn Sauceda leaped to new Mexican long jump record 674 cm at the Relevos Mexico meet.
EUGENE (USA, May 7): At Eugene Marathon new life-time best for women winner from Sri Lanka. Hiruni Wijayratne achieved 2:43:31.
NEWHAM (GBR, May 7): Reese Prescod opened his outdoor season in fine style with a 10.09 (1.2) 100m clocking on his home track. He posted that time, which is inside the London 2017 World Championship qualifying standard, in the final having run 10.18 earlier in the day.
PHILADELPHIA (USA, May 7): The 38th Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 mile in Philadelphia had a record 36,942 finishers (16,686 men + 20,256 women). Dominic Korir won men in 47:38 one second ahead of Philip Mburu 47:39. Askale Merachi an Ethiopian from Bronx was the best woman in 53:49. From RRW.
DURHAM (USA, May 7): Interesting triple by Gabrielle Thomas at Ivy League Championships. She clocked 11.15 (+3.9) in the 100 m, 22.84 (+2.4) in the 200 m and 627 (+1.0) in long jump.
LUTSK (UKR, May 7-8): At Ukrainian Student Games Iryna Klymets (68.20) and Serhiy Reheda (73.93) topped hammer throw events. Yulia Levchenko cleared 189 in women high jump as well as Oksana Okunyeva, who lost on countdown. Vladyslav Mazur leaped to 806 in men long jump with +4.0 wind assistance (7.78 with +1.1). 
LILLE (FRA, May 8): Kenyan Barnabas Kipyego won in 2:12:41 the La Route du Louvre marathon. Behind him Ethiopian Muhajir Sraj 2:13:20 and another Kenyan Sammy Kiptoo 2:14:54.


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Rivals Ben Blankenship and Nick Willis headline the professional fields racing for a $25,000 prize purse and a pair of $10,000 event record bonuses - ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 4, 2017) – Medtronic TC 1 Mile record-holder Ben Blankenship, a 2016 Olympian from Stillwater, Minnesota, and the man whose mark he eclipsed last year, Olympic silver and bronze medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand, are set to race on the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday evening, May 11 at the 2017 Medtronic TC 1 Mile.

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