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The Morning Run: September 6th

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

-The start lists for the final Diamond League meet in Brussels are posted.  We promise this is the last track meet of the year.  Ok, there is Rieti is on the 9th, but that is it.

-Hubert Lawrence of the Jamaica Gleaner argues that countries that have earned multiple wild cards to the World Championships should not be limited to four entries.  This situation arises when the Diamond League champion and the defending world champion come from the same country (but aren’t the same person).  Lawrence cites the men’s steeplechase where Ezekiel Kemboi is the defending champion and Paul Koech will win this season’s Diamond League.  This could happen (or already has happened) in at least four different events:

Men’s 100 (Usain Bolt/Yohan Blake)

Men’s 200 (Nickel Ashmeade/Bolt)

Men’s 110 Hurdles (Aries Merritt/Jason Richardson)

Women’s 5000 (Mercy Cherono, Vivian Cheruiyot) 

The U.S. won’t be in this position in the women’s 200, but it is interesting that American Charonda Williams is on the brink of winning the Diamond League title in the 200.  She can clinch with a first or second place finish or if Bianca Knight finishes lower than first.  Williams didn’t make the finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials and her results this year from the Diamond League show that consistency, not dominance, can win you the title:

Shanghai: 5th

Oslo: 3rd

Paris: 3rd

London: 1st

Stockholm: 1st

Brussels: ??

Most American sprint fans probably aren’t familiar with Williams, but credit to her for making the most of the new wild card rule.   She capitalized on the absence of the big 200-meter stars and now looks poised to earn a trip to Moscow.  Perhaps others were not aware of this alternate route to the World Championships (this was the case with hurdler Dawn Harper) , but surely fewer will be in the dark next season.

-Jason and I tried to make sense of David Rudisha’s defeat, Oscar Pistorius’ comments and Paul Ryan’s marathon time in our latest podcast.  As always, you can subscribe/rate the podcast on iTunes.

-Days after the controversial post-race accusations by Pistorius, the South African Paralympic Committee has registered a formal complaint with the International Paralympic Committee.  That should calm things down.

-Olympians Amy Hastings, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Julie Culley will run the New York City Marathon in November.

-Haile Gebrselassie and Mo Farah were slated to race in the half-marathon at the Bupa Great North Run next weekend.  That was until Gebrselassie dropped out with an injury and Farah opted to run the two-mile instead.  Welcome to the imminent disappointment that is the off-season.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 1st

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

The Rome Golden Gala meet  was yesterday and the Prefontaine Classic begins today.  Here is a quick recap of Rome:

Usain Bolt allayed doubts, Lolo Jones crashed out of the hurdles (and Dawn Harper won the race), Javier Culson look strong in the 400H (and Felix Sanchez hit the track), Vivian Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar went the full 5,000 meters and Paul Koech just missed the world record.  Abebe Arigawa and Fantu Magiso also starred.

Track and Field News has Bolt’s performance the 5th best all-time after adjusting for wind.

Full results from Rome.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard gives event-by-event previews for the Pre Classic.

Anderson also writes about Friday night’s Kenyan 10,000 trials race.  Live coverage is on preclassic.com.

Start list for all the events in the Pre Classic.  Dayron Robles is a scratch from the 110 hurdles.

George Schroeder on Steve Prefontaine.

The Los Angeles Times of Los Angeles profiles Bernard Lagat.

Ezkysas Sisay was disqualified from the New York City Marathon after testing positive for doping.  He will also be banned from competition for two years.

-Kevin