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Weekend recap: Cheserek’s quick 10K, Ben Flanagan’s return to racing and more

There was no Diamond League this weekend, but that didn't stop athletes from posting quick results across the globe

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With a week off from the Diamond League, you might expect less racing news, and while there were no world records this weekend, there were still many impressive results at races in the U.S. and Europe. Edward Cheserek ran a 10,000m PB of 27:42 at the second stop of the Under Armour Sunset Tour in Los Angeles, finishing just ahead of Canadian Ben Flanagan, who also set a best time in 28:06. The U.S. Road Mile World Championships were held at Drake University in Iowa, and Australia’s Stewart McSweyn set a 5,000m meet record at the Gothenburg Grand Prix in Sweden, finishing ahead of Canada’s Matt Hughes.

UA Sunset Tour 

The UA Sunset Tour was back in action after kicking off last week in L.A. This meet only featured three events, one of which was a men’s 10,000m. Cheserek ran away with the win, beating the second-place finisher, Girma Mecheso of the U.S., by seven seconds. Flanagan was well back of Cheserek and Mecheso, but he finished in third place with his new PB. This was Flanagan’s second race since the track season was put on hold due to COVID-19. He reopened his season with a 5,000m at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tenn., where he finished in second place and ran a PB of 13:38.98. 

For full results from the Sunset Tour’s second meet of the summer, click here.

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U.S. Road Mile Championships 

The road mile is an exciting event to watch, and this weekend’s U.S. Championships featured quick and close racing. The men’s and women’s fields were both limited to 10 runners. In the men’s race, Sam Prakel took the win in 3:58.3, just ahead of the second place’s 3:58.8. Blue jean mile world record-holder Johnny Gregorek raced, but it wasn’t his day and he finished well back in seventh place. On the women’s side, Emily Lipari won by two seconds. Full results from the event can be found here

Gothenburg Grand Prix

The Gothenburg Grand Prix is a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze event, and it had a good lineup of competitions on Saturday. Hughes was the lone Canadian racing in Gothenburg, and he finished in eighth in the 5,000m with a final time of 13:30.65. This likely wasn’t the result Hughes was looking for (he ran a 5,000m indoor PB of 13:13.38 in February), but he still managed to beat Swiss phenom and multiple European record-holder Julien Wanders, who finished in 10th. Australia’s McSweyn took the win in 13:09.83, which was good enough for a top-five performance in 2020. 

Full results from Sweden are listed on the World Athletics website.

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