Sunday, August 6, 2017

3/1000ths of a second separates Devon Allen from a spot in 110 hurdle finals at worlds...

LONDON—Five athletes with Washington ties were in action Sunday in what was the busiest day of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at London Stadium.

2016 Olympic finalist Devon Allen (above/photo by Howard Lao) was nosed out by 3/1000ths of a second from a spot in Monday’s 110 high hurdles final.

Allen, who was born in Seattle and lived in the Puget Sound area before finishing high school in Arizona, and attending the University of Oregon, started his Sunday by winning heat 2 of the first round in a comfortable 13.26, a full tenth of a second away from runner-up Garfield Darien of France.

In what can be best described as a battle royale, Shane Brathwaite of Barbados won the second of three semifinal races in a blanket finish, running 13.26, with Hansle Parchment of Jamaica second in 13.27 (13.262), and Allen third in 13.27 (13.265), and Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi fourth in 13.28.

Drew Windle of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts ran the fastest second lap of the field in his semi-final heat of the men’s 800 meters, but it was too little too late, as he finished fifth in a time of 1:46.33.

Canada’s Brandon McBride won the heat in 1:45.53, after opening the race with a 50.85 opening 400.

Seven-time US national champion and three-time Olympian Kara Winger, who was looking to make her second straight world championship final, fell short, only throwing 201-0 (61.27m) on her opening attempt.

Federal Way native Jordin Andrade, competing for Cape Verde, finished sixth in his heat in a disappointing 50.32, despite what he described as a strong first 200 meters.

On the streets of London, University of Washington graduate Lindsay Flanagan, who was a late addition to Team USA, was 37th in the marathon in a season best of 2:39:47, as Rose Chelimo of Bahrain defeated two time world champion Edna Kiplagat by seven seconds, 2:27:11 to 2:27:18, with Arizona State alum Amy Cragg snaring the bronze medal in the same time as Kiplagat.

On Monday, University of Washington alum Gianna Woodruff is the only athlete with Washington ties competing, as she runs in the first round of the women’s 400 hurdles for Panama, beginning at 7:30 pm, local time (11:30 am in Seattle).

HOWARD LAO JOINING IN LONDON publisher Paul Merca announced that former University of Washington hurdler Howard Lao will be joining him in London for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships as a contributing photographer.

Lao, who has been a frequent contributor to the blog, is covering his first IAAF world outdoor championships, after having shot the IAAF World Indoor Championships in his hometown of Portland, Oregon last year.

In addition to news photos, Lao will also showcase his perspective of the world championships throughout the duration of the meet.

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