Only 10 days left until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Time is slowly passing our London Eight by as they get their final meets done before they need to report to London.
The Diamond League matchup at London’s Crystal Palace last weekend was the highlight for many athletes who are Olympics-bound. In the 1500m, Morgan Uceny (Cornell) was in great position at 150 meters to go to collect another Diamond League win as she was in second place behind two-time World Champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal (Bahrain). However, Jamal had the better kick as she pulled away from Uceny and Uceny could not respond. Jamal won the race in a tactical 4:06.78. Uceny’s training partner Anna Pierce (Brown) passed Uceny in the final stretch and finished third (4:08.06). Uceny finished the race in 5th (4:08.22). Samyr Laine (Harvard) was in the hunt during the triple jump competition where he finished 4th overall. He hit 16.85 meters (55-3 1/4) on his final jump. The event was won by Christian Taylor (USA) with a leap of 17.41 meters (57-1 1/2). It should be noted that 2nd through 5th place had their best marks within a 17 centimeter (just shy of 7 inches) range. Ashley Higginson (Princeton), who placed 4th at the Olympic Trials in the steeplechase, set a new personal best on Saturday. She finished 6th overall with a time of 9:34.49. Ancuta Bobocel (Romania) won the event with a personal best of 9:27.24. USA Trials’ winner Bridget Franek was 4th with 9:29.53. Higginson’s time, according to letsrun.com, is the 8th fastest time in USA history for the event. Also, on the same list? Anna Pierce, who is now focused on the 1500m, with her personal best of 9:22.76.
On another part of the continent, Donn Cabral (Princeton) decided to run a 3,000m race without steeples in Velletri, Italy on Saturday. He won the race in 8:12.95, where he led the race after 500 meters. If you know Italian, you can read a race recap here. He will be competing in another meet in Italy before hopping to Poland for one more meet before heading to London.