World records in focus at post-track and field worlds Diamond League; TV, stream info

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A bevy of gold medalists from the recent world track and field championships return to the sport’s premier circuit, the Diamond League, for a meet in Silesia, Poland, on Saturday, live at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and Peacock.

The sprints are the showcase. In the women’s 200m, world champion Shericka Jackson of Jamaica takes on Olympic and world 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas.

Jackson ran the second-fastest time in history at worlds, a 21.45 that was 11 hundredths off Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s world record from 1988. Miller-Uibo, who is expected to focus on the 200m for the 2024 Paris Olympics, could push Jackson to chase that 21.34.

The field also includes Americans Gabby Thomas, the fourth-fastest 200m runner in history, and Tamara Clark and Jenna Prandini, who were second and third at the USATF Outdoor Championships two months ago.

Elsewhere, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returns after a record-breaking fifth world 100m title. The 35-year-old mom won worlds in 10.67 seconds, which was seven hundredths off her personal best. Only two women have ever broken 10.60 in the 100m — Griffith-Joyner and Elaine Thompson-Herah.

The world record most likely to fall in Poland is in the men’s pole vault. At worlds two weeks ago, Swede Mondo Duplantis broke it for the fifth time since the start of 2020.

Here are the Silesia entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

7:30 a.m. — Men’s Pole Vault
7:35 — Women’s Hammer Throw
7:35 — Men’s Hammer Throw
7:45 — Men’s Shot Put
8:50 — Men’s Triple Jump
8:55 — Women’s Shot Put
9:23 — Women’s Javelin
9:33 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
10:04 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
10:09 — Women’s High Jump
10:13 — Women’s 800m
10:25 — Men’s Long Jump
10:28 — Men’s 100m
10:37 — Women’s 3000m
10:52 — Men’s Javelin
10:56 — Women’s 400m
11:06 — Men’s 400m
11:16 — Men’s 800m
11:28 — Women’s 200m
11:38 — Women’s 1500m
11:52 — Women’s 100m

Here are five events to watch (statistics via Tilastopaja.org and World Athletics):

Men’s Pole Vault — 7:30 a.m. ET
At worlds, the 22-year-old Duplantis became the second-youngest track and field athlete to ever hold an Olympic gold medal, world championship and world record in an individual event (after Ethiopian distance runner Kenenisa Bekele). From here on out in 2022, he’ll try to become the second male pole vaulter in the last 50 years to record an undefeated season with a global title (American Sam Kendricks, 2017). The rest of the top four from worlds is entered, including silver medalist Chris Nilsen.

Men’s 100m — 10:28 a.m. ET
World champion Fred Kerley isn’t entered, but the other three Americans from the world championships final are: silver medalist Marvin Bracy-Williams, bronze medalist Trayvon Bromell and Christian Coleman, who was sixth in defense of his 2019 World title. Bromell, Coleman and Kerley share third place on the U.S. all-time list with personal bests of 9.76 seconds. Kerley is the only man in the world to break 9.80 this year.

Men’s 400m — 11:06 a.m. ET
A rematch between American Michael Norman and Grenada’s Kirani James, the gold and silver medalists at worlds. Norman is working on an undefeated year in the 400m. The only man to beat James anywhere in 2022 is Norman. Americans Champion Allison and Michael Cherry could play spoiler.

Women’s 200m — 11:28 a.m. ET
From 2012 through 2019, Miller-Uibo beat Jackson in all 17 of their head-to-heads. Since Jackson shifted from the 400m to the 100m/200m last year, she won both of their shared finals in the 200m. Jackson’s 200m personal best before she left the 400m was 22.05; she has since run 21.45. Miller-Uibo’s personal best in the 200m, without ever focusing solely on the event, is 21.74 with three more sub-22s. They are both 28 years old. Will this be the start of Miller-Uibo’s two-year chase to overtake Jackson?

Women’s 100m — 11:52 a.m. ET
Fraser-Pryce led a Jamaican sweep at worlds, but her primary challengers here are the three American entrants from worlds: Aleia Hobbs (sixth at worlds), Melissa Jefferson (eighth) and TeeTee Terry (eliminated in the semifinals). Fraser-Pryce, for all of her accolades, is working on what could be her first full season undefeated at 100m (she won all four of her races, all in Kingston, in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign). Hobbs was the last U.S. woman to win a Diamond League 100m more than three years ago, marking the nation’s longest drought since the Diamond League’s inception in 2010.

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Kenenisa Bekele still eyes Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record, but a duel must wait

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LONDON — Kenenisa Bekele made headlines last week by declaring “of course I am the best” long distance runner ever. But the Ethiopian was fifth-best at Sunday’s London Marathon, finishing 74 seconds behind Kenya’s Amos Kipruto.

Bekele, 40, clocked 2:05:53, the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. He was with the lead pack until being dropped in the 21st mile.

But Bekele estimated he could have run 90 to 120 seconds faster had he not missed parts of six weeks of training with hip and joint injuries.

“I expect better even if the preparation is short,” he said. “I know my talent and I know my capacity, but really I couldn’t achieve what I expect.”

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history behind Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who broke his own world record by clocking 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon last week.

“I am happy when I see Eliud Kipchoge run that time,” Bekele said. “It motivates all athletes who really expect to do the same thing.”

LONDON MARATHON: Results

Bekele’s best time was within two seconds of Kipchoge’s previous world record (2:01:39). He described breaking Kipchoge’s new mark as the “main goal” for the rest of his career.

“Yes, I hope, one day it will happen, of course,” Bekele said. “With good preparation, I don’t know when, but we will see one more time.”

Nobody has won more London Marathons than Kipchoge, a four-time champion who set the course record (2:02:37) in 2019. But the two-time Olympic marathon champion did not run this year in London, as elite marathoners typically choose to enter one race each spring and fall.

Bekele does not know which race he will enter in the spring. But it will not be against Kipchoge.

“I need to show something first,” Bekele said. “I need to run a fast time. I have to check myself. This is not enough.”

Kipchoge will try to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles at the Paris Games. Bekele, who will be 42 in 2024, has not committed to trying to qualify for the Ethiopian team.

“There’s a long time to go before Paris,” Bekele said. “At this moment I am not decided. I have to show something.”

So who is the greatest long distance runner ever?

Bekele can make a strong case on the track:

Bekele
Four Olympic medals (three gold)
Six World Championship medals (five gold)
Former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder

Kipchoge
Two Olympic medals
Two World Championship medals (one gold)

But Kipchoge can make a strong case on the pavement:

Bekele
Second-fastest marathoner in history
Two World Marathon Major victories

Kipchoge
Four of the five best marathon times in history
Two-time Olympic marathon champion
12 World Marathon Major victories

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Amos Kipruto win London Marathon

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Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest female runner to win the London Marathon, while Kenyan Amos Kipruto earned the biggest victory of his career in the men’s race.

Yehualaw, 23, clocked 2:17:26, prevailing by 41 seconds over 2021 London champ Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya.

Yehualaw tripped and fell over a speed bump around the 20-mile mark. She quickly rejoined the lead pack, then pulled away from Jepkosgei by running the 24th mile in a reported 4:43, which converts to 2:03:30 marathon pace; the women’s world record is 2:14:04.

Yehualaw and Jepkosgei were pre-race favorites after world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya withdrew Monday with a right hamstring injury.

On April 24, Yehualaw ran the fastest women’s debut marathon in history, a 2:17:23 to win in Hamburg, Germany.

She has joined the elite tier of female marathoners, a group led by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Olympic, New York City and Boston champion. Another Ethiopian staked a claim last week when Tigist Assefa won Berlin in 2:15:37, shattering Yehualaw’s national record.

Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, finished Sunday’s race in 3:20:20 at age 65.

LONDON MARATHON: Results

Kipruto, 30, won the men’s race in 2:04:39. He broke free from the leading group in the 25th mile and crossed the finish line 33 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase, who said he had hamstring problems.

Kipruto, one of the pre-race favorites, had never won a major marathon but did finish second behind world record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Tokyo (2022) and Berlin (2018) and third at the world championships (2019) and Tokyo (2018).

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathoner in history, was fifth after being dropped in the 21st mile. His 2:05:53 was the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. Bekele ran his personal best at the 2019 Berlin Marathon — 2:01:41 — and has not run within four minutes of that time since.

The major marathon season continues next Sunday with the Chicago Marathon, headlined by a women’s field that includes Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich and American Emily Sisson.

London returns next year to its traditional April place after being pushed to October the last three years due to the pandemic.

MORE: Bekele looks ahead to Kipchoge chase after London Marathon

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