Donavan Brazier wins 800m as American records fall at New Balance Grand Prix


World 800m champion Donavan Brazier was one of three runners to break an American record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, kicking off the Olympic year.

Brazier took .01 off his American indoor 800m record, winning in 1:44.21 on Staten Island in New York City.

Brazier, looking to become the first American to win an Olympic 800m since hat-wearing Dave Wottle in 1972, is undefeated in races he has finished at that distance since June 2019.

“[Coach] Pete [Julian] wanted me to go out and die,” Brazier said of his pace. “I was just trying to see what kind of shape I was in.”

Full meet results are here.

U.S. athletes are preparing for the Olympic Trials in June in Eugene, Oregon, where the top three in most events are in line to go to Tokyo. The next top-level international track meets are outdoors, with the Diamond League starting in late May.

In other events, world champion Noah Lyles won the 200m in 20.80 seconds in his first time running the event indoors in four years. Lyles, who wore a cheetah-like-design singlet and Dunder Mifflin socks, was not pleased with the time.

“Time wasn’t all that,” said Lyles, the fourth fastest outdoor 200m runner in history with a personal best of 19.50 seconds. “I’m really strong right now, but my speed isn’t all there.”

Michael Norman, the fastest 400m runner in this Olympic cycle, edged training partner Rai Benjamin — 45.34 to 45.39. Benjamin is the world 400m hurdles silver medalist.

Trayvon Bromell, who re-emerged from injuries last year to become an Olympic 100m medal contender, won the 60m in 6.50.

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won the 400m in 50.21. She defeated a field that included the top American at each of the last two world championships — Wadeline Jonathas (fourth in 2019) and Phyllis Francis (world champion in 2017). Miller-Uibo might not race the 400m in Tokyo in favor of the 200m.

Teahna Daniels, the reigning U.S. 100m champion, failed to finish her preliminary heat in the women’s 60m. Aleia Hobbs, the 2018 U.S. 100m champion, false started out of the final. Jamaican 18-year-old phenom Briana Williams did not start the final. After all that, Kayla White won in 7.15.

Keni Harrison, the world-record holder in the 100m hurdles, won the 60m hurdles in 7.82 seconds.

Harrison, who lowered that world record in 2016 after failing to make the Olympic team, will bid to make one of the deepest U.S. teams for Tokyo. The U.S. boasted seven of the top 10 women in the world in 2019, though reigning Olympic champion Brianna McNeal is currently provisionally suspended.

Elle Purrier took 8.07 seconds off Jenny Simpson‘s American indoor two-mile record. Purrier lowered the American indoor mile record last year.

Bryce Hoppel, fourth in the 2019 Worlds 800m, broke the U.S. indoor 1000m record by .49 by clocking 2:16.27.

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed in the final miles, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in an unprecedented 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

“I was planning to go through it [the halfway mark] 60:50, 60:40,” Kipchoge said. “My legs were running actually very fast. I thought, let me just try to run two hours flat, but all in all, I am happy with the performance.

“We went too fast [in the first half]. It takes energy from the muscles. … There’s still more in my legs [to possibly lower the record again].”

MORE: Berlin Marathon Results

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history for somebody who ran one prior marathon in 2:34:01. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48. D’Amato, who went nearly a decade between competitive races after college, owns the American record of 2:19:12 and now also the 10th-best time in U.S. history.

“Today wasn’t my best day ever, but it was the best I could do today,” she said in a text message, according to Race Results Weekly, adding that she briefly stopped and walked late in the race.

The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago.

The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, clocking 1:59:40 in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

Kipchoge, the 2003 World 5000m champion at age 18, moved to the marathon after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team on the track.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

FIBA Women's World Cup

The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final