Meseret Defar runs 8:30.83 3000m on track return – global update [AW]

A collection of some of the recent top athletics results from around the world, including performances at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

Defar 3000m WL in Boston

Meseret_Defar_2010-1250x750The second meeting of the newly-created IAAF World Indoor Tour saw seven world-leading performances.

At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Meseret Defar contested her first track race since 2013 following her baby break and injury and ran a fast 3000m. She clocked a world-leading 8:30.83 ahead of Abbey D’Agostino’s 8:56.77.

Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr cleared 4.82m for victory and went on to attempt what would have been an overall world record height of 5.07m.

The event also saw improvement by Ethiopian Dawit Seyaum in the 1500m as she clocked 4:01.86 to go to 14th on the world indoor all-time list. In second Brenda Martinez ran a 4:04.58 indoor PB.

There was a US indoor record for Natasha Hastings as she ran 36.25 in the 300m for the fifth best performance of all-time.

Another top world lead was set by USA’s Kurt Roberts as he threw 21.57m in the shot put ahead of Reese Hoffa’s 21.02m and Tomasz Majewski’s 20.14m.

Vernon Norwood ran 32.70 in the 300m, Boris Berian 1:15.51 in the 600m, Andrew Wheating won the 1000m in 2:18.68, Dejen Gebremeskel the 3000m in 7:42.94 and Nick Willis won the mile in 3:53.27.

In the 60m sprint battle, Mike Rodgers beat Trayvon Bromell 6.53 to 6.57. A superb field in the women’s 60m hurdles saw Brianna Rollins clocking 7.87 over Nia Ali’s 7.89 and Janay DeLoach Soukup’s 7.92 (she had also earlier won the long jump with 6.63m). Tiffany Porter was seventh with 8.04.

In the women’s 60m, winner English Gardner posted 7.15 ahead of former long jump world champion Tianna Bartoletta’s 7.20. Sam Kendricks with 5.77m in the pole vault beat world champion Shawn Barber with 5.67m
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