2013 World Track and Field: Tiffany Porter wins Bronze, Brannen 10th in 1500
By RunMichigan.com Staff, Update: Saturday, August 18 2013, 11:26 a.m., EST.
On the final day of competition at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, former Michigan wolverine Nate Brannen finished in 10th overall in the final of the Men's 1500 Meter Run. Brannen's time was 3:38.09. The gold was won by Asbel Kiprop of Kenya in a time of 3:36.28. The USA's Matt Centrowitz took home the silver medal in 3:36.78.
This wraps up the competition at the IAAF World Championships for 2013. From Dot McMahan's top 20 finish in the Women's Marathon to Tiffany Porter's bronze medal in the 100M Hurdles, it was another great showing for the state of Michigan in world-class competition.
Update: Saturday, August 17 2013, 12:27 p.m., EST.
Ypsilanti native and former University of Michigan hurdler Tiffany Porter has won the bronze medal in the Women's 100 Meter Hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Saturday, August 17. Porter set a personal best of 12.55 to take home the third place spot for Great Britain, her mother's native land. According to the BBC, this is Great Britain's first ever medal in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Porter, formerly Tiffany Ofili before her marriage to USA Olympian and fellow former wolverine Jeff Porter, recently graduated from the University of Michigan's school of Pharmacology. Porter, originally from Ypsilanti, competes for Great Britain. Porter's father was Nigerian and her mother British. Porter's sister is former Ann Arbor Huron and current University of Michigan standout Cindy Ofili.
A good day and bad day for two other former Michigan wolverines on Friday afternoon in the Men's 1500 Meters. Canada's Nate Brannen moved into the 1500 finals with a seventh place finish in his semi final. The 1500 final will take place this Sunday at 9:25 a.m., EST.
Meanwhile, Nick Willis of Ann Arbor who competes for his native country of New Zealand, just missed out. Willis finished in 7th place in a slow, tactical, dash to the finish semi final round with a time of 3:43.80. The winning time in Willis's semi was 3:43.30.
The top five from each semi final moved to the finals to take place on Sunday. Although Brannen also finished in seventh, he moved to the finals based on his time of 3:36.59.
Update: Friday, August 16 2013, 10:19 a.m., EST.
In Friday's morning session action in Moscow, former University of Michigan star Tiffany (Ofili) Porter, who competes for Great Britain, finished first in her 100 Meter Hurdles qualifying heat in a time of 12.72. This moves Porter on to the semi-finals to be held Saturday morning at 10:20 a.m. Michigan time. Porter is a former state champion from Ypsilanti High School. She competes for Great Britain based on her mother's British citizenship.
Today (Friday, August 16) at 11:05 a.m. Michigan time, two more former University of Michigan wolverines will be competing. Both Nick Willis (New Zealand) and Nate Brannen (Canada) will be looking to get out of the Men's 1500 semi-finals and into the finals, to be held Sunday morning, August 18. Willis currently resides in Ann Arbor and trains with the Running Institute Elite team, coached by former Michigan coach Ron Warhurst.
Update: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 10:36 a.m., EST.
In Tuesday action at the IAAF World Championships, Farmington High School grad and former Michigan wolverine Bettie Wade, finished in 27th overall in the Women's Heptathlon. Wade finished off her final event, the 800 Meters, with a ninth place result in her heat and time of 2:20.87.
Also on Tuesday, Canadian Nicole Sifuentes just missed out on qualifying for the Women's 1500 Meters final, running 4:06.30. Sifuentes ran collegiately for the University of Michigan. In that same event, American teen sensation Mary Cain of New York, qualified for the 1500 final, placing fourth in her heat in a time of 4:05.21.
So far today, Wednesday, August 14, two former University of Michigan athletes moved out of the qualifying round in the Men's 1500 Meters.
Former wolverine, Canadian Nate Brannen, finished second in his 1500 heat with a time of 3:38.49 to earn an automatic qualifying spot.
Meanwhile, Ann Arbor resident and former University of Michigan great Nick Willis also moved on in the Men's 1500. Willis, who represents New Zealand, ran 3:39.83 in the first round of the 1500 qualifying, placing ninth in his heat. The top 6 in each heat qualify automatically, but Willis qualified based on his time.
Update: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:20 a.m., EST.
In Michigan related action at the 2013 IAAF World Championships on Monday, August 12, the USA's Tia Brooks, who starred in high school at East Kentwood High School, placed eighth in the Women's Shot Put with a mark of 18.09 meters or 59'-4". The winning mark for the event was 20.88 meters by Valerie Adams of New Zealand.
In the Women's Heptathlon, Farmington High School graduate Bettie Wade of the USA has dropped to 25th place with one event, the 800 Meters, remaining.
Today at 1:10 p.m., EST., former University of Michigan wolverine Nicole Sifuentes, representing Canada, will attempt to move on in the Women's 1500 Meter Run semi-final. Update: Monday August 12, 2013, 11:17 a.m., EST.
The 2013 IAAF World Championships (outdoor track and field) are taking place from August 10-18 in Moscow and It has been a productive first few days so far for those athletes with ties to our state.
The first event of the competition was the Women's Marathon. Two out of the three women on the USA Women's Marathon Team have strong Michigan connections. Dot McMahan of Oakland Township and a member of the Rochester Hills based Hansons-Brooks Distance Project team finished in 18th place overall with a time of 2:39:52. McMahan has been with the Hansons-Brooks team now and living in Michigan for about eight years now.
Also in the Women's Marathon, Jeannette Faber finished in 23rd place overall in a time of 2:44:03. Faber attended Haslett High School and then Richland Gull-Lake High School. She then went on to Grand Valley State University and has had a very successful post-collegiate track and road racing career. Faber now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but returns to Michigan for races such as the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids.
Both finish times for McMahan and Faber were off of their personal bests, but the conditions for the women's marathon in Moscow were very difficult with a 2:00 p.m. starting time. The winning time for the women's marathon was 2:25:44.
Canadian Lanni Marchant who ran in college at the University of Tennessee-Chatanooga, finished in 44th overall in the women's marathon. Marchant, lived and trained for a period of time in Michigan while completing her law degree at Michigan State University.
The USA's other member of the women's marathon team was 40 year-old Deena Kastor of Mammoth, California. Kastor, who did not run, but was part of last year's events at the Crim Festival of Races, finished in ninth overall.
The Women's Marathon was won by Kenya's Edna Kiplagat in a time of 2:25:44. Kiplagat competed in the 2009 Crim Festival of Races 10 Mile.
Another event that had a competitor with a strong Michigan connection was the Men's 10,000 Meter Run. Former Rockford High School great and multiple state champion Dathan Ritzenhein led briefly at the 9000 Meter mark in a highly competitive race but dropped out of medal contention to finish in 10th place overall. Ritzenhein's time was 27:37.90.
Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah of Great Britain powered away from the pack to win again, this time in 27:21.71. Galen Rupp, also of the USA, finished fourth overall in 27:24.39. Ritzenehein will now shift his focus back to his marathon training, gearing up for Chicago this October. Last year Ritz made a huge breakthrough at the marathon distance, finishing in 9th overall in a PR time of 2:07:47.
In other events, former Michigan State University runner Nicole Bush did not advance out of the qualifying round in the Women's 3000 Steeplechase event. Bush ran in high school at Wyoming Kelloggsville High School.
In the Women's Shot Put on Saturday, Tia Brooks (East Kentwood High School) moved on for the USA in the qualifying round with a put of 17.92 Meters (58.79 feet). And in the Women's Heptathlon, Farmington High School graduate Bettie Wade is currently in 15th place after three events.
Also, Nicole Sifuentes of Canada, formerly of the University of Michigan, moved ahead in her qualifying round on Sunday in the Women's 1500 Meters.