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The Morning Run: August 17th

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

The Stockholm Diamond League meet is today.  It is not the Olympics, but it does have Ryan Bailey and Nesta Carter facing off at 100 and Edwin Soi and Thomas Longosiwa tangling in the 3,000.  I know, I’m reaching.

Morgan Uceny won’t be running in Stockholm, Dick Patrick explains why.

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard was a guest on Letterman Thursday night.  The best exchange:

Letterman: Do you have kids?
Kynard: No, no, no, not that I know about. 

Lolo Jones was on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption program.

A woman in France tested positive for EPO and also tested positive for best reason why she tested positive.

Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich received $80,000 upon his return to Uganda.  He was also promoted to the title of Assistant Superintendent of Prisons.  Well done, Mr. Assistant Superintendent Kiprotich.

Results from the DecaNation meet in France.

Ato Boldon’s candid remarks about Carl Lewis.

For good reason, Valerie Adams is probably the unhappiest gold medal winner from London.

Sporting good stores in Trinidad and Tobago are preparing for javelin sales to spike after Keshorn Walcott brought home a historic gold medal.

-Kevin

The Morning Run: July 6th

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

If you are nostalgic for the Olympic Trials, you can always relive the action by listening to the daily podcasts we posted:

Day 1 with Jim McDannald of Track Focus

Day 2 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

Day 3 with Ryan Fenton of Flotrack

Day 4 with co-host Jason

Day 5 with Ato Boldon of NBC

Day 7 with Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated

Day 8 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

The Diamond League meet in Paris is today.  In a few hours in fact.  The meet will be headlined by David Rudisha’s attempt at another world record in the 800.

South African officials named Oscar Pistorius to the Olympic team in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.  Previously, they stated he would need to run under 45.30 twice this season to be eligible to represent South Africa (he has run under that time once this season).  Not a huge deal as he has run under the “A” standard in 2012 and 2011, but the waffling by governing bodies this year has been difficult to keep track of.  South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia should unite under an umbrella organization called Arbitrary Athletics.

Usain Bolt will not run in the Monaco Diamond League.  He was planning using the race as his final tune-up before London, but appears to be nursing an injury after losing twice to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic Trials last week.

Courtesy of @JasonC1975, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad doing what he does.

Over at the Daily Mail in Great Britain, there is apparently not much to write about.

Flotrack features Ryan Hall.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 19th

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

For some reason, there was a large amount of coverage of Olympic track and field athletes yesterday.  Still trying to figure out why.  In the meantime, here is The Morning Run, 99 days before the London Olympics kick off!

Usain Bolt was featured on NBC’s Rock Center.  This is a web exclusive of the piece and an additional segment on the importance of yams.

Not to be outdone, the BBC, with Michael Johnson, also profiled Bolt.

Ato Boldon and Joe Battaglia examine all the phases of Bolt’s race, while also sizing up his closest competitors.

On NBC’s Today Show, world champion Jason Richardson tries to teach Savannah Guthrie to clear a hurdle.  And she failed.   The running under the hurdle trick is so 10th grade.

All sports will be streamed live for the London Olympics.  Let’s hear it for the internet!

Bershawn Jackson takes aim at Britain’s Dai Greene.  I was curious when, and if, someone on the US team would stick up for Lashawn Merritt after Greene called Merritt a cheat.  Jackson answered that emphatically and then some.

Video previews of the men’s and women’s races for Sunday’s London Marathon by race director David Bedford.

Emmanuel Mutai was diagnosed with typhoid during his preparations for  the London Marathon.  Naturally, Jason and I both picked him for a top 3 finish.

George Schroeder follows up with Jason Hartmann after his career performance at Boston.

If Olympic Trials are held in Kenya, and nobody shows up to race, did it really happen?

Kansas Relays shot put recap and video.  Yes, to answer your questions, there is a Charlie Weis cameo.

Sprinter Wallace Spearmon is profiled.

Desiree Davila video and story from ESPN.

Ken Goe reports that Oregon and Arkansas are planning a dual meet to take place within next year’s Oregon RelaysVin Lananna says that it will be “all-out” and that they “won’t rest anybody.”  Bold statements, but also fairly easy things to say when the meet is a year away.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 13th

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

Yesterday, the Jamaican Observer wrote about Yohan Blake’s plans to double in the 100 and 200 at this year’s Olympics.  While not surprising, it got me thinking about which decisions will have the most impact on the competition in London.  After not including relays, or assumed doubles, such as Usain Bolt, Walter Dix, Carmelita Jeter, Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, etc. I narrowed it down to four:

Allyson Felix: 100/200, 200/400, 200,  400

Despite the articles and intimations to the contrary, attempting the 100 seems like a long shot for Felix.  After all, if she were going to put another race on her schedule that comes before her favored 200, then it would be the 400, where she narrowly missed gold in 2011.  If she does opt for the 100, her path out of the Olympic Trials got a little bit easier with the news that Marshevet Hooker will be taking the year off.

However, it seems very hard to believe Felix would put an extra race in her legs, both in Eugene and London trying to beat 100 meter specialists.  The more realistic option is between the 200 and 400.  She tried the double last year in Daegu and came up a bit short finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively, but even with the Olympic year resurgence of Sanya Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu, the 400 is still not nearly as deep as the 200.

So why would she drop the 400, a race where was .03 seconds away from gold at the 2011 World Championships?  The idea of racing Veronica Campbell-Brown and Carmelita Jeter fresh has to be tempting.  As does winning gold in the 200 where she earned the silver medal at the last two Olympics.

Chances of:

100/200:  1%

200/400:  75%

400:            25%

200:            50%

Abubaker Kaki: 800 or 1500

As they overlap on the London program, this is most likely and either/or situation.  Kaki was the silver medalist in the 800 last year, but the man he lost to, David Rudisha, seems unbeatable.  His switch to the 1500 for the Olympics would make him the first to employ the ARAAC strategy (Avoid Rudisha At All Costs).  Most don’t have the ability to pull off the ARAAC, but Kaki ran 3:31 last year and is already entered in a 1500 for the first Diamond League meet.

What would be the ripple effect of Kaki’s switch?  Aside from Rudisha’s path getting easier, it would make Kaki a medal threat immediately in the 1500.  Throw him, and his closing speed, in the mix with Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat and the chances of an American medal decrease significantly as well.

Chances of…

800: 40%

1500: 60%

Kenenisa Bekele: 5,000, 10,000, 5,000/10,000, neither

We will definitely have more information about the form of the defending gold medalist after he returns to racing this weekend in Ireland. Bekele barely raced last year and dropped out of the 10,000 at the World Championships snapping his undefeated streak in that event in the process.  His 2011 wasn’t all bad though as he returned in Brussels to run the fastest time in the world (26:43).  Was that performance a sign to returned dominance or a final curtain call?

The answer should be much more obvious this year because he will have to show some positive results early in the season in order to get selected to the Olympic team.  Bekele’s presence in either event would make it much more difficult for Mo Farah to win in front of his home crowd and it would also mean that a highly qualified Ethiopian will be on the sideline.  In the 2011 World Championships, Ethiopia went 1st and 3rd in the 10,000 and 3rd and 5th in the 5,000 (they would have been 3rd and 4th had Imane Merga not been disqualified).  The 5,000 and 10,000 are separated by several days making the double manageable.

Chances of:

5,000: 25%

10,000: 85%

5,000/10,000: 65%

Neither: 10%

Yohan Blake: 100, 200 or 100/200

Why would a reigning world champion in the 100 not race the glamour event at the Olympic Games?  The answer is he probably still will, but maybe he should reconsider.  Blake’s 100 meter title last year was a bit diminished by the absence of Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, and was overshadowed by his own post-World Championship 19.26 200 meter time.

His best in the 100 meters is 9.82.  Great, but does not put him in the rarefied air that his 200 does.  If he skips the 100, he will be racing fresh against many that will be doubling back from the 100.  When I floated this idea to Ato Boldon (at about 8:02 on the podcast) he politely told me I was completely wrong, so I am probably way off base.  The prestige and potential earning power is far greater in the 100, but if Blake does not show the ability to go 9.7 or 9.6 early in the season, he should give the 200, and just the 200, a serious look.

100: 65%

200:  25%

100/200: 75%

The rest of The Morning Run

Aries Merritt and his hair are profiled by Yahoo.

The Boston Herald explains why the top Americans will be on the sidelines for this year’s Boston Marathon.  Hint, the Olympics.

The IAAF preview of Boston.

Jesse Squire discusses the connection between Steve Prefontaine and dual meets.

Ken Goe’s links of yore.

More of the non-story that is the status of Delano Williams‘ citizenship.

A great analysis of Matt Centrowitz’s bronze medal race in Daegu.

-Kevin