I have been watching the World Championships of Track and Field live (thanks BBC) over the past week or so and I was pleased to see some great races and finishes by American runners.
The men's 800m was an exciting men's race for American fans as Nick Symmonds positioned himself so it looked like he had a shot to win the overall title.
1 Mohammed AMAN ETHIOPIA ETH 1:43.31 SB
2 Nick SYMMONDS UNITED STATES USA 1:43.55 SB
3 Ayanleh SOULEIMAN DJIBOUTI DJI 1:43.76
4 Marcin LEWANDOWSKI POLAND POL 1:44.08 SB
5 Andrew OSAGIE GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR 1:44.36 SB
6 Duane SOLOMON UNITED STATES USA 1:44.42
7 Pierre-Ambroise BOSSE FRANCE FRA 1:44.79
8 Abdulaziz Ladan MOHAMMED SAUDI ARABIA KSA 1:46.57
In today's women's race, all three American runners put on a show. Alysia Montano may get criticized for her front running tactics, but she certainly adds some drama to the race. Nineteen year old Ajee Wilson is a runner to watch in upcoming years.
1 Eunice Jepkoech SUM KENYA KEN 1:57.38 PB
2 Mariya SAVINOVA RUSSIA RUS 1:57.80 SB
3 Brenda MARTINEZ UNITED STATES USA 1:57.91 PB
4 Alysia JOHNSON MONTANO UNITED STATES USA 1:57.95
5 Ekaterina POISTOGOVA RUSSIA RUS 1:58.05 SB
6 Ajee WILSON UNITED STATES USA 1:58.21 PB
7 Nataliia LUPU UKRAINE UKR 1:59.79
8 Lenka MASNÁ CZECH REPUBLIC CZE 2:00.59