Sprinter Ronnie Baker is advancing well

Feb 24, 2017

It may have been an improvement of just one hundredth of a second on his previous best, but Ronnie Baker’s world-leading 6.46 run at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Torun made the rest of the athletics world sit up and take note. He followed it with a win in Birmingham, where Baker overcame…

Can the USA women break the pole vault world record?

Feb 24, 2017

When Yelena Isinbaeva lifted herself over 16-7¼ (5.06) on a breezy night at Zürich’s Weltklasse in ’09, it marked outdoor World Record No. 14 for the Russian star. She never dreamed it would be her last. “It was so easy,” she said at the time. At that moment, the achievement seemed monumental. Her record led…

Shalane Flanagan out of Boston with injury

Feb 23, 2017

When a foot of snow hit Portland, Oregon, last month, Shalane Flanagan was just beginning her preparations for the 2017 Boston Marathon. That snow is now to blame for ending her bid to make the podium on April 17. Race officials announced Tuesday that Flanagan, 35, who holds the American course record of 2:22:02, withdrew…

Olympic pole vaulter Sam Kendricks serving as a big brother to local vaulters

Feb 22, 2017

The athletes and coaches at the Aim High Pole Vault Club were ready for a pole vaulter the caliber of Sam Kendricks. Their facility at Aerial East Gymnastics in Mechanicsville, on the other hand, was not. “The first time I took a jump in here, I kicked a light,” Kendricks said with a laugh. Kendricks,…

Kerron Clement talks about his greatest challenge

Feb 22, 2017

Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement has enjoyed a long and successful career. Yet the greatest sense of pride he felt was making the US team against all the odds at the London 2012 Olympic Games. From hospital bed to US Trials podium in five months “My greatest challenge would be overcoming surgery in February…

Loxsom – more than just a 600m specialist

Feb 22, 2017

Casimir Loxsom has admitted: “I’m as close as you can be to a 600-metre specialist.” The 25-year-old US middle-distance runner owns outdoor PBs of 47.86 for 400m from 2014 and 1:44.92 for 800m, clocked in 2015. Over the in-between distance of the 600m, his outdoor PB of 1:14.84 from 2013 puts him just outside the…