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The Morning Run- June 11th SPEED Rankings

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

A few links before the updated SPEED Rankings:

Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Kingston on Sunday.  There were no injuries reported.

Yesterday in Vancouver, Andrew Wheating won the 1500 in 3:35.89, while Matt Centrowitz finishsed fourth in 3:37.22.

A final look back at the NCAA Championships from Jesse Squire.

Andrew Riley’s historic 100/110 hurdles double was the highlight of the meet, but what does his future hold?

On the Guardian’s US sports blog, I wrote about Tyson Gay’s first race in almost a year.

Joe Battaglia writes about the David Rudisha’s jaw dropper and whether drawing a more favorable lane can lead Oscar Pistorius to London.

Now for the rankings…..

The track and field world goes relatively dark for the next couple of week.   These will be the last rankings until July 2nd- when the “trials” season is over.  Remember, the rankings are subjective and completely unscientific.

Men

100

1)    Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Justin Gatlin

4)   Asafa Powell

5)   Tyson Gay

In just one race (and a B race at that) Gay has put himself back on the map.  I don’t see any signs yet that Bolt is beatable this year, but Gay is in the thick of the silver medal discussion.  His 10.00 on Saturday was actually faster than Blake’s 9.90 when adjusted for wind.

200

1)   Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Wallace Spearmon

4)   Churandy Martina

5)   Nickel Ashmeade

Ashmeade and Martina both went under 20 seconds in New York.  As was the case in 2011, this event is starting slowly.

400

1)   Lashawn Merritt

2)   Kirani James

3)   Luguelin Santos

4)   Tony McQuay

5)   Mike Berry

Santos won in New York, but McQuay had the best weekend.  He posted two of the top four times this year at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines.  Also, he anchored Florida to the win in the 4 x 400 in a low 44 split.

800

1)   David Rudisha

2)   Abubaker Kaki

3)   Mohammed Aman

4)   Leonard Kosencha

5)   Nick Symmonds

Rudisha put significant space between himself and the rest of the world in New York.  His time of 1:41.74 was .73 off the world record and was enough to win the race by a preposterous margin- almost 3 seconds.

1500

1)   Asbel Kiprop

2)   Nixon Chepseba

3)   Ayanleh Souleiman

4)   Silas Kiplagat

5)   Caleb Ndiku

Kiprop ran a world leading time in the mile of 3:49.22 at the Bislett Games and held the lead from far out.  Ndiku, who posted good results indoors, was 2nd.  Bernard Lagat beat Ayanleh Souleiman in New York, but since Lagat doesn’t plan on racing much at 1500 I left him off.

5000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Bernard Lagat

3)   Isiah Koech

4)   Galen Rupp

5)   Dejen Gebremeskel

The race in Oslo had a heavy Ethiopian presence and three men were able to go under 13 minutes.  Gebremeskel was first in 12:58.92 and will get the rotating 5th spot this week.  Kenenisa Bekele ran a season’s best, but was only 5th.

10000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Kenenisa Bekele

3)   Tariku Bekele

4)   Wilson Kiprop

5)   Moses Masai

No reason to change anything here.  You could make an argument that Bekele should drop by virtue of is 5,000 showings, but I think at this point in his career he will fare much better at 10,000.

110 Hurdles

1)  Liu Xiang

2)   Dayron Robles

3)   Aries Merritt

4)   Jason Richardson

5)   David Oliver

It was a false start party in New York.  After the fourth attempt, Richardson won the race.  By that time, Merritt had been disqualified and everyone else looked completely out of sync.

 400 Hurdles

1)  Javier Culson

2)   Angelo Taylor

3)   Bershawn Jackson

4)   Jehue Gordon

5)   Jeshua Anderson

Culson won again in Oslo and has the three fastest times in the world this year.  Gordon was 2nd and now makes his SPEED Rankings debut.

3000 Steeplechase

1)   Paul Koech

2)   Richard Mateelong

3)   Abel Mutai

4)   Ezekiel Kemboi

5)   Roba Gari

No steeples this week=no changes.

Women

100

1)   Carmelita Jeter

2)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

3)   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4)   Tianna Madison

5)    Murielle Ahoure

Much more movement with this event than I anticipated. Fraser-Pryce won in New York ahead of Madison, Jeter and Allyson Felix.  Is this the last we see of Felix in this event in 2012?  What do we make of Jeter?  After a great start in Kingston, two sub-par races in the United States.  Last year she timed her peak perfectly, so she gets the benefit of the doubt for now.

200

1)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Jeneba Tarmoh

4)   Kimberlyn Duncan

5)   Sanya Richards-Ross

Richards-Ross ran the fastest time in the world on Saturday, unfortunately the cameras stopped rolling at that point for American viewers.  As expected, Duncan easily won the NCAA 200.

400

1)   Sanya Richards-Ross

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Amantle Montsho

4)   Francena McCorory

5)   Novelene Williams-Mills

Montsho had an easy win in Oslo and McCorory just edged Williams-Mills in New York.  How sharp is Richards-Ross right now?  See above.

800

1)   Fantu Magiso

2)   Pamela Jelimo

3)   Alysia Johnson

4)   Janeth Jepkosgei

5)   Mariya Savinova

Magiso won in routine fashion in New York.  None of the others in the top five raced.

1500

1)   Abeba Aregawi

2)   Genzebe Dibaba

3)   Hellen Obiri

4)   Btissam Lakhouad

5)   Morgan Uceny

Aregawi won again, so I did her the honor of actually spelling her name correctly this week.  Dibaba was a closer second in Rome.  Another steady performance for Uceny with a 4:05 for sixth.

5000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Viola Kibiwot

The baby-faced destroyer keeps inching closer back to her destroying form of old.  She won in New York over Defar with a punishing last two laps to finish in 14:50.

10000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Florence Kiplagat

No changes.  Very interested to see how the Kenyan trials shake out in Nairobi.

100 Hurdles

1) Sally Pearson

2)   Dawn Harper

3)   Kellie Wells

4)   Brigitte Foster-Hylton

5)   Kristi Castlin

Pearson was brilliant in Oslo with a world-leading 12.49.  Castlin made it closer than expected running a lifetime best of 12.56.  The American trials in this event will be fun to watch.

400 Hurdles

1) Kaliese Spencer

2)   Lashinda Demus

3)   Vania Stambolova

4)   Irina Davydova

5)   Ti’erra Brown

This event has been all over the place in 2012.  Brown upset Spencer in New York.  The week prior Spencer looked very good beating Demus in Rome.

3000 Steeplechase

1)  Milcah Chemos

2)   Yuliya Zaripova

3)   Habiba Ghribi

4)   Sofia Assefa

5)   Hiwot Ayalew

Chemos won again and broke all sorts of records in the process.  Her time of 9:07.14 was the fifth fastest ever.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 3rd

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

The Prefontaine Classic concluded yesterday at Hayward Field in Eugene with its typical array of fast times and competitive races.  Aside from that, the meet also featured Liu Xiang attempting to dance, Allyson Felix bringing back the bodysuit and Abubaker Kaki shaving a Nike swoosh into his hair (at about 2:05).

Full results from the meet can be found here.

Much of our post-race discussion on the live chat centered around the uncertainty of the American men in the 1500.  Andrew Wheating, Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano were all non-factors in the Bowerman Mile, as was Bernard Lagat, who will be focusing on the 5,000 at the Olympic Trials.  Friday’s International Mile did not provide many answers, as Matt Centrowitz looked rusty. David Torrence and Russell Brown were the lone bright spots, but neither has made an international team.

Justin Gatlin won the 100 in 9.90 and appears ready, willing and able to take on the villain role throughout the summer.  His past history of doping (of which he has never admitted) stands in stark contrast with the charisma and universal popularity of Usain Bolt.  9.90 is a long way from the 9.76 Bolt just ran in Rome a few days ago in Rome, but Gatlin is putting up consistent enough times that he could pose a threat.  Also, the two seem to have some history (see the last 5 paragraphs of this story where Bolt alleges Gatlin spit in his lane at a meet last year).

With each race it becomes clearer that Gatlin will make the American squad for London.  Tyson Gay has yet to surface and Walter Dix suffered an injury yesterday that casts some doubt on his form.  Even accounting for those two, it is tough to envision a scenario where Gatlin is outside the top three.  An even more difficult proposition is seeing a way that Gatlin, even in the red, white and blue in London, is fully embraced by American fans, much less the world.  Not so much for the doping past and the brash statements, but because he will be in opposition to Bolt, the track and field uniter.

Ken Goe’s meet story focuses on Mo Farah and Galen Rupp’s performances in the 5,000.

George Schroeder on the excitement of Liu Xiang.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 7th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

The Jamaica Invitational headlines this edition of the Morning Run.  Despite running woefully behind schedule (so much so that the satellite window closed before the men’s and women’s 200m races) the meet featured several gold medal favorites and the deepest sprint fields thus far in 2012.

Usain Bolt had his fastest debut ever in the 100 with a 9.82 win.  Michael Frater and Lerone Clarke pushed him, but Bolt, and the jersey featuring his face, was too much over the last 30 meters.

Sanya Richards-Ross lost her race, and her world lead, to Novelene Williams-Mills in the 400.

Carmelita Jeter didn’t look at the top of her game, but she still ran a world-leading 10.81.

A bulked up Yohan Blake won the men’s 200 in 19.91.   Last year, it took Bolt a few months to look like his old self after putting on muscle in the off-season.

In a mild upset, Bianca Knight ran down Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the women’s 200.

The rest of the professional results, including Bershawn Jackson and Brigitte Foster Hylton, are here.

In Kawasaki, Allyson Felix won the 100 in 11.22, Liu Xiang went 13.09 in the 110 hurdles and Amantle Montsho ran 50.52 in the 400.

Andrew Wheating returned to racing at the Oregon Twilight and won in “epic Wheating fashion.”  Bridget Franek also starred with a world-lead in the steeplechase.

It was a two steps back weekend for Alan Webb at the Duke Twilight.

Jesse Squire’s first member of his dual meet hall of fame.

The New York Times on Ashton Eaton, his coach Harry Marra, and the potential of a US sweep in London.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 4th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary

Ken Goe’s Tuesday links.  They are much more detailed and informative than the links found on this site.

Jesse Squire awards  his pro athlete of the week.  It is my understanding that winners do not receive prizes.

Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman will race the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in New York City.  Yes, THAT UAE Healthy Kidney 10k.

Kevin Liao’s power rankings for U.S.  distance races on the track.

Vin Lananna claims he will shave his beard if Eugene residents go 1-2-3 in the Olympic Trials.  How likely is this to happen?

Field Events: No

Heptathlon/Decathlon: Not unless Ashton Eaton counts for three

Any race shorter than 800: No

Men’s 800: Symmonds, Mulder, Greer. Could be possible

Men’s 1500: Wheating, Brown, Centrowitz (does he still count?)

Men’s 5,000/10,000: Portland yes, Eugene no

Women’s 800/1500/10,000: Not happening

Women’s 5,000: Lauren Fleshman, Jordan Hasay and…….

The chances don’t look good, but who would have predict the result of the men’s 800 in 2008?

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard writes another great preview of the Pepsi Team Invitational.

Galen Rupp gives advice on going pro.

Bernard Lagat announces his racing schedule.

Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake might race each other this weekend in Jamaica.  When the words “might,” “could,” or “possibly” are used with sprint match-ups it usually results in “didn’t.”

Jenny Simpson will begin her outdoor season at the Drake Relays

New Nike running advertisement that promotes, well I’m not really sure.

 

Episode 18: Phoenix to Dubai

Jason and Kevin discuss cross country and road races results from the weekend, debate the proper way for a distance runner to announce their college decision and explain why it is a bad idea to throw something at Chris Solinsky.

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Episode 2 Comebacks and Craziness

Jason and Kevin break down Alan Webb’s comeback, Andrew Wheating’s future, Bolt’s new Gatorade and their new favorite javelin thrower.

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