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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: August 21st

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

We have reached the “two degrees of Usain Bolt” portion of the season.  All Bolt all the time.  Minor league baseball player Billy Hamilton is the latest non-track runner who thinks he can beat Bolt in a race.  Get it line Billy, Usain will get to you right after he takes care of Denard Robinson, Chris Johnson and whoever else decides that they are somehow faster than the fastest man in the world.  Ever.

More Bolt, gold medalist Greg Rutherford said he would not be intimidated if Bolt took a shot at Rutherford’s specialty, the long jump.  Agree that Bolt’s switch to the long jump wouldn’t be as easy as most assume.  Disagree that Rutherford wouldn’t be intimidated if Bolt somehow found his way to the long jump runway.

Yesterday in Budapest, Sanya Richards-Ross won the 200, Jason Richardson took 110 hurdles and Christian Taylor got the win in the triple jump.

In Linz, Austria the big winners were Kirani James, Felix Sanchez, Charonda Williams, Ginnie Crawford, Hannah England and Nickel Ashmeade.

Want to relive the action from London 2012?  NBC Olympics has all the events archived here.

There are Diamond League meets this week in Lausanne and Birmingham.  Thursday is Lausanne and Birmingham is on Sunday.  The Lausanne meet has many Olympic champions and several high quality fields.

Bolt headlines the meet in the men’s 200 which also includes bronze medalist Warren Weir, Wallace Spearmon and Jason Young.

In the women’s 100, all of the London medalists will be on the start line.  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown.  The men’s 100 features four of the eight Olympic finalists: Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey, Richard Thompson and Yohan Blake.

-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- June 8th

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

Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League was Thursday and although the fields were a bit diluted with the New York meet on Saturday, there were still some significant takeaways.

Asafa Powell looked like a bona fide silver medal contender.  He lost to Usain Bolt, but he ran a season best time of 9.85 and appeared to run all the way through the line.

Yes, Bolt did almost take out the flower girl.

Abebe Aragawi is shaping up to be the Morgan Uceny of 2012.  Last week she won in a fast 3:56 in Rome, yesterday she ran a smart, savvy race to win in 4:02.  The sample size is very small, but so far she has shown the versatility to make her a favorite the rest of the summer.  As for the real Uceny, she finished 6th in 4:05.  She didn’t really get going last year until after the U.S. championships, so I wouldn’t count her out yet.

There was good news and bad news for Lolo Jones.  The good, she ran a season best time of 12.75 and beat last year’s silver medalist Danielle Carruthers.  The bad, the extraordinarily deep American 100 hurdles field, got even deeper with the emergence of Kristi Castlin.  After a stellar indoor season, Castlin finished 2nd yesterday in 12.56.  Sally Pearson’s dominance would be boring if she wasn’t so fun to watch.

Is Kenenisa Bekele improving or flat lining?  He ran his fastest time of the season, 13:00.54, but finished only 5th.  Worse than that, he lost to his younger brother and everyone knows how awful that is.  Oslo was his fourth Diamond League race of the season and he has shown steady improvement, but has yet to have the breakthrough race that truly signals his return.

There are still two more days of racing in Des Moines at the NCAA ChampionshipsJesse Squire gives you the low down on day three.

If you are watching the NCAA meet for runners that will have an impact at the US Olympic Trials, keep your eye on Kimberlyn Duncan, English Gardner and Octavious Freemon in the women’s 100, Tony McQuay and Mike Berry in the men’s 400 and Harry Adams and Maurice Mitchell in the men’s 100.

What to watch for at Saturday’s Diamond League meet in New York.

Desiree Davila answers Joe Battaglia’s questions

Battaglia also features the frequently overlooked Kelly-Ann Baptiste.

NBC’s Rock Center profiles Oscar Pistorius.

The Tonight Show went to Chula Vista, California and sampled some track and field events.

-Kevin

 

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- May 18th

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

There is still about 1 day to get in the House of Run fantasy track and field league.  If you would like to join, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Make your picks for Shanghai!

There are two meets to keep an eye on this weekend.  First, the Occidental High Performance meet on Friday will have 800, 1500, 5000 and 3000 steeplechases races featuring many of the fastest Americans.  I will be helping out with the free, live coverage that begins at 6:30 pm PST.

The Diamond League’s second stop is Saturday’s meet in ShanghaiJoe Battaglia of NBC Olympics runs down all the races to watch and the storylines to follow.

Asafa Powell says, “Many track and field people know that if I stay relaxed and run my race like I’m supposed to, I will be the winner at the Olympic Games.”  The “ifs” have always been Powell’s problem.

Flotrack interviews the 2011 triple jump world champion, Christian Taylor.

Ken Goe’s links from Thursday, including a brief interview with Jerry Schumacher, the coach of the Oregon Track Club/Portland.

Bonnie Ford of ESPN interviews the American marathon Olympic team.  The key revelations are that Ryan Hall knows exactly how far the Olympic village is from the stadium, Abdi Abdirahman thinks a four-mile walk is a workout, and Meb Keflezighi is no fan of U-turns.

Rich Perelman wants a NCAA track and field playoff.

Paavo Nurmi’s win in the 1924 5,000 makes The Guardian’s “50 Stunning Olympic Moments” list.

I’m off to Oxy (and to eat here first)!

-Kevin