Sunday, July 9, 2017

Devon Allen takes fourth in 110 hurdles at Müller Anniversary Games in London...

LONDON—With less than a month to go before the IAAF World Track & Field Championships gets underway at London Stadium, former Renton resident Devon Allen (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth in the finals of the men’s 110 hurdles at the Müller Anniversary Games, the ninth stop on the IAAF’s Diamond League series.

Allen, who ran a season best of 13.10 in the qualifying round in the Paris Diamond League meet eight days ago, ran 13.30 in the finals, as 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt returned to the scene of his gold medal performance to take the win in a season best 13.09.

Merritt also beat Allen in the qualifying round, 13.22, to the former Oregon standout’s 13.32.

In other events, Vancouver native Kara Winger finished seventh in the women’s javelin with a best throw of 200-4 (61.06m), as former Olympic champion Barbora Spotáková won with a meet record 223-11 (68.11m).

Former Emerald Ridge HS runner Hassan Mead, the reigning USATF 10000 meter champ, finished seventh in the men’s 3000, running a personal best 7:38.51, as part-time Portland resident Mo Farah of Great Britain and the Nike Oregon Project, won before his countrymen in a time of 7:35.15.

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts ran a personal best 3:38.71 in finishing 14th in the men’s 1500, won by Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare in 3:34.75.

The highlight of the meet was in the women’s mile, where Hellen Obiri broke her own Kenyan national record in the mile, running 4:16.56, which was also a new meet record, and also was the deepest women’s mile race, with best marks-for-place set from fourth all the way to 14th place.

The IAAF Diamond League series resumes next week in Rabat, Morocco.

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