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Weekend recap: Cheptegei runs quick TT, De Grasse goes sub-10

As racing continues to return, track fans are being treated to more and more elite performances every week

Another week has passed and professional and elite racing is still making a comeback around the world. After so long with no races to watch and no events to keep tabs on, the excitement of live competitions has yet to wear off, even though they have been back for a few weeks now. This past weekend, the running world saw Joshua Cheptegei crush a solo 3,000m time trial, Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran sub-11 and sub-22 in 100m and 200m races and Andre De Grasse broke 10 seconds in the 100m for the first time this season. We’ve got those results and more in this week’s weekend recap. 

More quick runs from De Grasse 

After starting his season in early July, De Grasse has been quite busy with races, and this past weekend he was back on the track to run 100m and 200m events at a meet in Clermont, Fla. On Friday, De Grasse ran 9.97 to win his preliminary 100m heat, and a short while later, he ran an identical time in the final. He walked away with second place behind American 200m world champion Noah Lyles, who ran a wind-aided 9.93 to take the win. On Saturday, De Grasse and Lyles squared off again in the 200m. This was De Grasse’s first 200m run of the season, and he posted a 20.24, which secured him fourth place. Lyles won with a 19.94, his best run of the season. 

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Double world lead

Miller-Uibo also ran at the Clermont meet over the weekend. On Friday, she set her 100m PB in 10.98, dipping below 11 seconds for the first time in her career. She won the women’s race, and her sub-11 showing is a world-leading time in the 100m. On Saturday, she was back in action in the 200m, and she added another world-best time to her season resume after running a 21.98 and becoming the first woman to break 22 seconds this year. Miller-Uibo already had the world-leading time in this event, but she bettered it by more than half of a second on Saturday. With her wins on the weekend, Miller-Uibo maintained a spotless record for 2020, with six races entered and six wins. 

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Cheptegei’s 3,000m TT

In preparation for the Monaco Diamond League event, which is scheduled for August 14, Cheptegei, the 5K world record-holder, ran a 3,000m time trial over the weekend, and he hammered it. Although it cannot be counted as an official time, his 7:41 clocking is the fastest of the year, with the official world lead held by Grant Fisher in 7:46.10. This time is far off Cheptegei’s PB of 7:33.26 from the 2019 Oslo Diamond League event, but it’s still incredibly impressive, and it’s a sign that he’s ready to go in Monaco in a few weeks. He’ll be racing the 5,000m, and if he continues to fire on all cylinders, he could potentially have a shot at breaking the world record of 12:37.35. 

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