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Kenya announced their squad for the Olympic marathon with much controversy and second-guessing. Geoffrey Mutai was left off the team despite winning the Boston and New York marathons last year as was world record holder Patrick Makau. Also, the head of the Athletics Kenya called Wilson Kipsang, William.
In the nicest way possible, Clyde Hart, coach of Sanya Richards-Ross, said that he does not consider Christine Ohuruogu a rival. He is correct, but these are the exact statements that get completely blown out of proportion. Regardless, I don’t think the US and UK teams will be sharing a tent at the Olympic stadium.
Tim Layden tweets that teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are no longer doing all their workouts together. This is either nothing, or it is the next generation of ducking. How can we expect them to race each other when they won’t even practice with one another?
Jesse Squire has a full breakdown of what has already happened and what is come at the Drake and Penn Relays. A video of yesterday’s pole vault competition in the mall is included.
Track Focus provides a list of the elite entrants for the Drake Relays. Hopefully using “Drake” a bunch in this post will result in an overflow of traffic to the Morning Run. The only thing better would be if one of the races at Drake featured Rihanna.
Ryan Hall will run the New York City Marathon.
Doug Binder profiles a Penn Relays starter.
Kevin Liao’s power rankings for the distance events. Seems like an oxymoron.
The top marks list from the USATF.
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