A Bolt from Japan, Beer Mile WR, relays, US records and crowds


SPIKES rounds up a big weekend of new records, huge crowds and relay excitement featuring Alysia Montano, Yoshihide Kiryu, Josh Harris and Yarisley Silva.

4 – The number of seconds Australia’s Josh Harris trimmed off the Beer Mile world record (note, Josh’s mark is still to be ratified) at the Parkville Beer Mile event staged at the Rawlinson Track, Melbourne University, Australia. Harris, from Tasmania, completed the 1609m distance drinking a total of four beers in an incredible 5:04.9 seconds, including a 58 second final lap! Video HERE.

13 – The amount of time in seconds (plus a further six tenths) that the team of Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez, Ajee Wilson and Alysia Montano sliced off the US record for the women’s 4x800m distance. The quartet posted a time of 8:04.31 at the Penn Relays. Watch it HERE.

17 – The age of Yoshihide Kiryu, who equalled the world junior 100m record (pending ratification) in a time of 10.01, when running in the heats of the Mikio Oda Memorial in Hiroshima. The Japanese athlete has tied Darrel Brown’s world junior record from ten years ago, and ran a wind assisted 10.03 in the final.

48 – The number of years in a row the Drake Relays has attracted a sell out crowd of 14,504 for the Saturday of the competition held at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The crowd were treated to a glut of world leading performances including a 12.71 100m hurdles effort from Queen Harrison and a ridiculously easy 3:55.70 mile victory by 2008 Olympic 1500m silver medallist Nick Willis of New Zealand.

305 – The weight in pounds of 2012 Olympic discus finalist Lawrence Okoye, who has signed as an undrafted free agent for NFL side San Francisco 49ers. The 6ft 6ins (1.98m) 21-year-old British athlete is expected to play defensive end after switching sports.

401 – The number of US athletes who have now ran a sub-four minute mile. At the Penn Relays on Saturday Robby Andrews finished fourth, recording 3:57.82 to become the 400th. Owen Dawson, finishing one place behind in 3:59.74, became number 401.

605 – The number of days between pole vault defeats, when registering a mark, for Olympic champion and world indoor record holder Jenn Suhr. Olympic silver medallist Yarisley Silva, of Cuba, beat the American to first at the Drake Relays. Suhr’s previous defeat came at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, when she finished fourth. For the record, Suhr no-heighted at meets in New York and Stockholm last year.

48,871 – The total crowd attendance at the final day of the 119th Penn Relays. The three-day spectator total for the historic event was 111,284.