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TrackTown blog from Beijing: Ducks bring home WC medals

BEIJING – There were 1,931 athletes from 207 countries competing in the 15th IAAF World Championships.

In that massive assemblage of track and field talent were eight former University of Oregon athletes, as well as one current Duck athlete. Those nine individuals combined to bring home one gold and five silver medals – and one incredible world record.

The gold and world record, of course, belong to Ashton Eaton. Once again, Eaton showed he is head and shoulders above the best multi-event athletes in the world, both in terms of talent and competitiveness. He electrified the Bird’s Nest Stadium on …


TrackTown blog from Beijing: World record for Eaton!

BEIJING – It’s not easy to upstage Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on a global stage, but Oregon Track Club Elite’s Ashton Eaton found a way to do just that on Saturday evening at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

He set a world record.

Just like in 2012 at the U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field in TrackTown USA, Eaton did it in dramatic fashion, this time with a sold-out Bird’s Nest stadium urging him on in the final event: the 1,500 meters.

Needing to run 4 minutes, 18.25 seconds or faster – something he has done only …


Preparing for Portland 2016

Next time the world’s best track and field athletes convene will be in Portland, Oregon for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. President of the TrackTown and the local organizing committee, Vin Lananna, sat down with USATF to share plans for the coming championship. The full interview can be viewed here on USATF.TV

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TrackTown blog from Beijing: Eaton off to record start

BEIJING – Ashton Eaton got the first day of the decathlon off to a great start in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships and finished it off with an even better one in the 400 meters.

Eaton, a University of Oregon alum who competes for Oregon Track Club Elite, destroyed the all-time world decathlon best in the 400 by running 45 seconds flat, and made it look like he was in an entirely different race than his competitors. The closest finisher to him was nearly 2 seconds back, a massive gap in a 400-meter race.


TrackTown blog from Beijing: Triple jump gold for Taylor

BEIJING – The next best thing to seeing a world-record performance?

That would be seeing the second-best ever performance, of course.

American Christian Taylor provided that memorable moment on Thursday evening in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships when he bounded all the way out to 59 feet, 9 inches (18.21m), just 3 ¼ inches shy of  the venerable 20-year-old world record held by Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards.

Taylor’s huge jump came on his sixth and final attempt of the competition. Because Taylor was jumping second-to-last in the order, rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Cuba would get the …


TrackTown blog from Beijing: Pole vaulters eye Portland

BEIJING – Even the absence of the great Elena Isinbaeva, Russia’s nine-time gold medalist on a global stage, and a slightly off day for U.S. record-holder Jen Suhr couldn’t diminish the quality of the women’s pole vault competition on Wednesday at the 15th IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

A dozen women were still vaulting past 14 feet, 9 inches (4.50m) – the most ever at a World Championships – and seven continued past 15-5 (4.70m) – again the most ever. Five of those seven women clearing 15-5 even had clean slates, with zero misses in the competition.

Without a …


TrackTown blog from Beijing: Historic night in long jump

BEIJING – The Chinese fans at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships have shown up in great numbers at the Bird’s Nest over the first eight sessions. Official attendance figures are hard to get, but it has appeared that the evening sessions have been over 50,000. The morning qualifying sessions have also attracted good crowds – on Wednesday over 18,000 were already in the stadium before the first event at 9:30 a.m.

It is not a surprise that the crowds have been particularly vocal in their support of Chinese athletes. On Tuesday evening, the finals of the men’s long …


TrackTown blog from Beijing: Mixed emotions in 10K finale

BEIJING – The action on the track at the IAAF World Championships can often be heart-breaking and thrilling at the same exact moment, something that was emphasized again on Monday evening in the dramatic finish of the women’s 10,000 meter race.

U.S. distance fans know that only one American has medaled in that race at the World Championships – Kara Goucher in 2007 – and it appeared to those watching at the Birds Nest Stadium that Molly Huddle was about to become the second American 10K medalist. Huddle was third as she came toward the finish line, and she raised her …


TTUSA President Vin Lananna statement on election of Seb Coe

TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna:

“With Seb Coe and Sergey Bubka, the future of our sport was presented with two outstanding candidates as the potential next leader of the IAAF. I congratulate Lord Coe on his election as IAAF President, and I am excited to continue to work with him on the important projects that our organization began with President Diack.

The worldwide family of athletics will be welcome in the United States and the state of Oregon for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 and the IAAF World Championships Eugene 2021. Together with our friends …


Team Eaton on golden quest at World Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Despite taking divergent paths to the 2015 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Beijing this week, Team Eaton has never looked better.

At least that’s the view from longtime coach Harry Marra.

Ashton Eaton, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, World Champion and world record-holder in the decathlon with a score of 9,039 points, will be a full two years removed from his last decathlon when he steps to the starting line of the 100 meters on Aug. 28.

After winning the decathlon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, the 28-year-old University of Oregon alum, …