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Jason and Kevin give their final thoughts on the 2016 Olympics and discuss Matthew Centrowitz’s gold medal, Eliud Kipchoge’s resounding marathon win, the American triumphs and failures in the relays, Allyson Felix’s double gold, a subdued 200m victory for Usain Bolt and the numerous disqualifications throughout the Games.
Writer, podcaster and track and field fan Malcolm Gladwell joins the show to give his impressions of the Olympics.
Gladwell discusses the Galen Rupp’s bronze medal in the men’s marathon (2:30), the success of the Nike Oregon Project (4:45), why he prefers the World Championships to the Olympics (9:00), track shooting itself in the foot (13:45), the tactics of Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz (22:30), why Centrowitz should try the 5000m (27:50), the quirkiness of the men’s 1500m final (32:30), Almaz Ayana’s 10,000m world record (34:45), the future of Usain Bolt (39:30), women’s world records in track and field (46:00), the Caster Semenya debate (48:00), solving problems when he runs (1:01:00) and the potential of Clayton Murphy (1:03:00).
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-Gladwell and Nick Thompson’s New Yorker posts about the Olympics.
Jason and Kevin discuss the finish of the women’s 400m between Shaunae Miller and Allyson Felix, the United States exceeding expectations in the distance events, a return to dominance for David Rudisha, an American sweep in the high hurdles and all the other topics from the past couple days at the Olympics.
Jason and Kevin discuss Wayde Van Niekerk’s mind altering world record in the 400, Usain Bolt’s third straight Olympic 100m title, Mo Farah’s straightforward win, a blistering fast women’s 10,000 and all the other highlights from the first three days of track and field in Rio.
Jason and Kevin preview the distance events and discuss if Mo Farah is a lock for double gold, whether Evan Jager and Emma Coburn can medal in the steeplechase, David Rudisha and Jenny Simpson’s preferred tactics, the impact of Galen Rupp’s unconventional double and Caster Semenya’s chance for a world record.
The guys also share their bold predictions for Rio, try to come up with a projected medal count and discuss which world records are in danger.
NBC’s Ato Boldon previews the sprint events and discusses if Usain Bolt is vulnerable in the 100/200, whether Shelly Ann-Fraser Pryce can win a medal, Lashawn Merritt’s 200/400 double, Allyson Felix only running one individual event, the American outlook in the 4 x 100m and some potential surprises in the hurdles.
Then, Martin Bingisser joins the show and shares his insight about US medal hopes in the throwing events. Martin also chats about the impact of the Russian ban and the legacy of performance enhancing drugs in the throws.
Jason and Kevin talk with multi-event expert Frank Zarnowski about the heptathlon and decathlon competitions in Rio. Zarnowski discusses Ashton Eaton’s current form, the challenge of the Olympic schedule, key events in the women’s competition and the battle between Jessica Ennis-Hill and Brianne Thiesen-Eaton.
Then, the guys answer listener emails about summer track in the United States, Laura Muir’s chances for a medal in the 1500 and the two plus one qualification system.
Jason and Kevin discuss Keni Harrison’s world record, the debate around the U.S. selection process, Usain Bolt’s first race post-injury, Mo Farah and Laura Muir’s aggressive victories in London and Sandi Morris’s American record in the pole vault.
Then, the guys touch on the IOC’s strange decision on Russia, the Lyles brothers going pro and Olympic betting odds
Jason and Kevin reconvene to discuss their final thoughts on the Olympic Trials, David Rudisha’s negative split, Caster Semenya’s 400/800 Olympic double, the brewing Genzebe Dibaba controversy, Usain Bolt’s return to the track and Sanya Richards-Ross in the broadcast booth.
Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated and Jonathan Gault from Let’s Run join Jason and Kevin to talk about Allyson Felix missing the 200m team, crazy finishes in the men’s and women’s 1500’s, what’s going to happen with the women’s 5k team and final takeaways from the Olympic Trials.