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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

 

The Morning Run- April 3rd

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

The king of all track and field linkers, Ken Goe, provides his Monday links.

Jesse Squire names his college athletes of the week.

Luke Cyphers of ESPN details the injury struggles that have plagued Tyson Gay since 2007.  Cyphers reiterates the nerve-wracking news (for Tyson Gay fans) that he has no races planned until the Olympic Trials in June.

NPR story on Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.  The article features photos of the textbook body check that Switzer’s boyfriend, Thomas Miller, threw on race director Jock Semple when Semple tried to physically stop Switzer during the race.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has fined Miller $10,000.

After winning the 100 and 200 over the weekend at the Jamaican Champs meet, Delano Williams’ citizenship status is the subject of some scrutiny.  Advice to British sprinters thinking of complaining:  Run faster and don’t let an eighteen-year-old with a best of 20.53 beat you.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard gives an early preview of Saturday’s Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field.

Anderson thinks Ashton Eaton is ready for London after posting some impressive marks yesterday.   I urge caution and remember the mantra:  DanO’Brien1992DanO’brien1992DanO’Brien1992

Adidas and Flotrack profile Florida prep star Marvin Bracy.  Don’t let all those shots of the “three strips” fool you, he is an amateur athlete.

Ross Tucker devotes three topics in his “Olympic Rings” column to track and field.

-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