Last Friday marked the start of the 2017 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in London.
There are plenty of Oregon ties at the meet with 13 either current or former Oregon Ducks competing and 18 other athletes who are connected through Nike Oregon Project, Oregon Track Club Elite and the Bowerman Track Club.
The biggest story over the weekend was Oregon alum Devon Allen missing the final of the 110m hurdles by just three thousandths of a second. He was edged out by Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment who finished with a time of 13.262 compared to Allen’s 13.265.
Former Duck Daejah Stevens, who announced in June that she will be forgoing her senior year at Oregon to go pro, and current Duck Ariana Washington both made it out of the first round of the 100 over the weekend.
In the semi-final race Stevens and Washington finished seventh and eighth in their respective heats to eliminate them from the competition.
Elsewhere, former Oregon high school standout Ryan Crouser finished sixth in the shot put competition.
In the sprints, the storyline was all about Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. This is Bolt’s last World Championship before he heads for retirement. The day was taken away from him when Justin Gatlin of the United States won the race in a time of 9.92. Christian Coleman, also from the United States and the winner at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in June, took second and Bolt third.
In the men’s 10,000, Great Britain’s Mo Farah, who lives and trains in Portland, defended his title and edged out Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei at the line to win the distance race by just four tenths of a second. Oregon Track Club Elite’s Hassan Mead finished in 15th place.
The races to watch in the next few days include the women’s 200 with Stevens and Washington racing and the men’s 200 which will see former Duck Kyree King. The meet will draw to a close on Sunday.