Day two of track and field action from London began early in the morning here on the West Coast.
- Leo Manzano ran well in the men’s mile to finish third. He sat back in the main pack for much of the race before positioning himself with 500 meters to go and kicked hard the last 200. His time of 3:50.64 puts him in ninth place on the U.S. all-time list bumping Jim Ryun‘s then-world record of 3:51.1 off the top 10. After the race, Manzano spoke about his inconsistency this season and attributes it to mental barriers which he feels he has now overcome. If he can get things together, the Texas grad will be a perennial top three threat in Diamond League outings.
- Christian Cantwell took his first loss of the Diamond League circuit, coming in third in the men’s shot put to Reese Hoffa. Hoffa mentioned in a post race interview that his American rival wasn’t 100% for the meet. Cantwell has put together a phenomenal 2010 campaign to follow his World title in 2009. If he can continue the consistency, he will be a dangerous threat in Daegu and London.
- Marshevet Myers, recently back from an early season injury, upset Carmelita Jeter in the 100m. Jeter has been dominant in 2010, only losing to Veronica Campbell-Brown over the 100m distance.
Other big news out of the world of track and field was the return of Alan Webb, running a low-key 800m at a British Milers Series meet in London. The race went out fairly slow with the American record holder coming through a quarter at about 56 seconds. He was then passed by two runners over the third 200m and looked lethargic coming in 7th place out of 9 runners in 1:52. The video of the race is available here.
This has got to be a disappointing performance for Webb, whose 800m PR is 1:43. However, he is coming off Achilles tendon surgery and a stress fracture earlier in the spring, so he hasn’t had a whole lot of time to train under coach Alberto Salazar‘s system. The jury is still very much out on Webb, but things aren’t looking too bright at this point.