All-time lists under assault in Albuquerque and British win for Yusuf Bizimana at 800m plus news from Nagoya, Leiria, Lisbon and Sydney
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Div 1, Albuquerque, USA, March 10-11
Albuquerque’s 1619m altitude helped produce some stunning performances in a championships that outshone the previous week’s US Championships.
St Lucia’s Julien Alfred won the 60m in 6.94 for a Central American and Caribbean record as she tied both the world lead and the world all-time second spot of Aleia Hobbs as she missed the world record of Irina Privalova from 1993 by two hundredths of a second.
Alfred had set an earlier collegiate record of 6.96 in her heat improving her 6.97 from earlier in the season.
Just 40 minutes after her 60m final, she also mightily impressed at 200m as her 22.01 was the second fastest ever time behind Merlene Ottey’s 21.87 from 1993.
Her 6.94 and 22.01 were easily the greatest ever one day sprint doubles and of course both US collegiate records.
Challenging her until the closing stages was Favour Ofili, who ran 22.20 after an African record 22.10 in the heats (temporarily fourth all-time), while in the 60m Kaila Jackson was second in 7.08, having equalled the world under-20 record of 7.07 in the heats.
Another performance to go second all-time came from Britton Wilson’s US 400m indoor record of 49.48 which would have been a world record earlier in the season after Femke Bol’s recent 49.26 improved on the 49.59 record of Jarmila Kratochvilova from 1982.
Wilson ran laps of 23.56 and 25.92.
ANOTHER RECORD FOR ALFRED!! ￼🤘🏆
With a time of 22.01 in the 200m, Julien Alfred sets a new NCAA record with her 2023 world-leading mark!
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Talitha Diggs ran 50.49 in second (after a suicidal 23.17 first 200m) while Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke continued her improvement to run 50.45 in winning the other heat.
A hour later Wilson later joined Briton Amber Anning (who ran 51.22 in the B final and 51.47 for the first leg of her relay), Jamaican Joanne Reid and Rosey Effiong in the 4x400m to achieve the fastest ever time indoors with 3:21.75 though because of different nationalities it cannot be ratified and so Russia’s 3:23.37 from 2006 remains as the world record.
Wilson ran 49.20 for her anchor leg after Reid’s 50.52 and Effiong’s 50.57.
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