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The Morning Run: January 8th

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

-Ryan Hall will be racing the Boston Marathon this April.

-Boston’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix added Galen Rupp, Jen Suhr, Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet to their start lists.

-The fight during the boys 4 x 400 relay at the Hispanic Games on Saturday has once again put the issue of violence in running-related events in the spotlight.  Ok, not really.  Runners, jumpers and throwers are by and large a peaceful people and the incidents of them getting physical are remarkably rare.  I couldn’t even find enough good material to make a top five, so here are three notable track and field/cross country skirmishes:

*Note: The United States 4 x 100 relay team assaulting the baton after dropping it on numerous occasions, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad pushing mascots, and Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh torturing our emotions were all not considered for this list.
 

In 2004, Florida State’s Antonio Cromartie, yes that Antonio Cromartie, pushed a Clemson runner off the track in the 400.  The gentleman from Clemson was not pleased.

In the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, Ethiopian and Eritrean runners “tussled” down the homestretch before awkwardly sprinting toward the finish line.

And finally, the gold standard.  Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad fight exactly how would expect French distance runners to fight.

-While we are on the topic of violence, Edwin Rotich was tackled, or almost tackled, by a spectator in Brazil and still went on to win Kings Run in Sao Paulo.

-Nichole Porath, a 2012 US Olympic Trials finisher in the marathon, set a world record in the indoor marathon.  She ran 150 laps in 2:57:34 beating the old record by over 11 minutes.  Dizzying.

-No surprise, Veronica Campbell-Brown will not be racing indoors.

-Soon-to-be 2004 Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson writes about structural changes that could improve track and field.

The Morning Run- June 5th

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

Tyson Gay will make his 2012 debut in New York at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.  Gay will be in the “B” section and will not be racing head-to-head with 2011 world champion Yohan Blake.   Gay, and his agent Mark Wetmore, cited preparedness issues as the reason he would not be racing in the premiere section.  In the same article, Wetmore says that Gay could be ready for something in the 9.9s on Saturday.

Whether or not that is realistic is debatable, but the fact that it is even being considered seems to undermine the unpreparedness  argument for why Gay needs to be in a separate section.  Nobody begrudges him if he needs a tune-up race and can’t touch a sub-10 yet, but claiming he isn’t race-ready and then floating 9.9 is highly contradictory.  Regardless, this should be the most anticipated “B” section of 2012

The most recent start lists for New York can be found here.

The NCAA Championships begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday.  Track and Field News produced women’s and men’s form charts.

The most recent start lists for the Bislett Games, Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League have been posted.  Some races to keep an eye on:

Can Usain Bolt improve on his world leading 9.76 in the 100 “against” Asafa Powell

Lolo Jones will try to get back on track in the 100 hurdles against Sally Pearson, Kristi Castlin, Tiffany Porter and Jessica Ennis.

Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Dejen Gebremeskel, Imane Merga and the rest of the strong Ethiopian contingent will battle for Olympic spots in the men’s 5000. 

American Morgan Uceny will try to close the gap on breakout Ethiopians Abeba Aregwai, Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500.    

Ken Goe’s links from Monday.

Writer David Davis is writing a book on the first woman to run a marathonMerry Lepper.  Hard to believe it was in 1963.

Start list for the Portland Track Festival, which features Dathan Ritzenhein and Lauren Fleshman.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 2nd

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

Sanya Richards-Ross, Marvin Bracy and Jeff Demps all ran fast in wind-aided 100s at the Texas Relays in Austin.  Full results.

Richards-Ross went 10.89 and still had time to throw up the ‘hook em.’ 

High-schooler Bracy ran 10.06 and shouldn’t really be racing with high school kids anymore.  He is looking more and more like a potential Olympic Trials finalist.

Demps went 10.01.

Jeremy Wariner’s 44.58 split in the 4 x 400 relay is a promising sign after spending much of 2011 injured.

Performance of the meet was the Auburn men’s 4 x 100 relay team that ran 38.30, good for fourth best college performance ever.   It is also the fastest time in the world this year if you are the type of person that is concerned with who has the fastest 4 x 100 in April.

University of Texas football player and U.S long jump champion, Marquis Goodwin, did not compete in his specialty at the Texas Relays citing an injury.  The injury does not seem major as his coach believes he will be back in time for the Big 12 Championship.  Nonetheless, advantage football.

In the Carlsbad 5000 Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel won the men’s race, while Tirunesh Dibaba took the women’s.  Toni Reavis breaks down both races.  Video of men’s and women’s races featuring commentary by House of Run guest, Kevin Liao.

New Zealand’s shot put phenom Jacko Gill will not compete in the London Olympics, opting to concentrate on defending his World Junior Championship title.  The article also details Gill’s seven goals, which unfortunately do not include making more training videos lifting animals or dunking shot puts.

A high school girl that most people did not know (but probably should have) qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 10,000Cayla Hatton, remember the name.

Also, remember the name of Delano Williams, who won the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Champs meet in Kingston.  Williams is from the Turks and Caicos and thus, could actually end up representing Great Britain in London.

In other Champs action, Shauna Helps won the girls 100 in 11.50.  She is 15.

Kenenisa Bekele and Vivian Cheruiyot will headline the year’s first Diamond League meet in Doha on May 15thAbubaker Kaki reportedly will run the 1500, instead of the 800 where he won a silver medal last year.  Switching to the 1500 in 2012 is a smart move for Kaki.  His speed would work well in a tactical race and he could avoid David Rudisha, which is probably the reason why most people will just drop the 800 this year.

The head of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, says the relationship between the company and Usain Bolt has not always been great and there has been some “rough times.”  Like that one time when he became the most profitable and marketable track athlete of all-time and made the company millions of dollars.

-Kevin