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Jenny Simpson, the former Colorado University standout & current volunteer assist coach, has reportedly won her 1st 1,500 meter Diamond League IAFF Championship last Thursday. The prestigious competition was held in Zurich.
Jenney forayed into the racing in 3rd place of Diamond League 2014 standings & required to bag the win to earn the championship crown. She came up with a tough winning finish in 3:59.92 & the fact that she had to contend with hard hurdles like Sifan Hassan, made the win all the more dramatic for her. Hassan was at part with her most of the times and when finally she could run past from her heavyweight competitor, it was Shannon Rowbury from USA who pushed another challenge for her in final meters. The winning moment was nothing less than a spectacular photo finish which witnessed two talented women lunging at the finishing line; but Jenny surpassed Shannon by.01 seconds.
Rowbury came up with the 2nd position finishing 3:59.93. However, Hassan, who had been a very tough competitor for most part of the race, could not maintain that mighty track and settled with the 4th position by finishing in 4:00.72. The third position went to Viola Kibiwot who outran Sifan by finishing in 4:00.46.
“It was really dramatic”, stated Mark Wetmore the head track & field coach from CU. “Once again she took over when the pacey rivals pulled off- it’s really tough out there to race alone with everybody rushing towards you. Yes she won by little margin yet that was a huge thing end of the day.”
With this crown, Jenny recorded seventeen diamond points for winning the prestigious Diamond League crown. Before this meet, Simpson was in 3rd with 9 points post her triumph in Stockholm, two runner-up finishes (Shanghai & Paris) & a 3rd-place finish at NY.
Great news for Christo Landry fans- the dapper road racer has not only accomplished his 2nd national championship but presently is the co-owner of a high profile American record as well.
Christo won the American 25K road racing championship in Michigan’s Grand Rapid in 1:14:18 time limit that resulted his tie of records with the original record owner Mo Trafeh’s feat last year. Christo, who was the crowning winner of USA Ten Mile Championship last April, defeated Biwott (Shadrack) by thirteen seconds in 25K championship that was held jointly with Fifth 3rd River Bank Run.
Solinsky (Chris) was the first ever America to break down 27:00 for ten thousand meters on track, finishing 3rd in 1:16:43, making his transition towards road racing.
The American women race was something like one-sided affair where Kellyn Taylor from Northern Arizona Elite spearheaded from start to triumph in 1:25:25. McMahan (Dot), the defending champ came 2nd in 1:27:17. Suver (Mattie) came 3rd in 1:27:32.
The U.S. women’s race was a one-sided endeavor, with Kellyn Johnson Taylor of Northern Arizona Elite leading virtually from the start to win in 1:25:25. Defending champion Dot McMahan was second in 1:27:17. Mattie Suver finished third in 1:27:32.
The 28 year old Landry is a graduate from William and Mary College and is presently based at Michigan’s Ann Arbor. He had quite a tough fight with Biwott all through 14 miles prior to his stepping to the finishing mark.
“They’re throwing surges right & left”, stated Landry, emphasizing on an erratic pacing in lead group. “We’d run say 4:45, 4:47 per mile but 50 percent of that measure would be like 4:30 pace. Thus, I simply strived to weather surges & proceed in a more evenly manner so that I am not forced to throttle backwards and forth much.”