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The Morning Run- June 12th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.  – June 12th

Moses Mosop withdrew from the Kenyan Olympic marathon team yesterday due to injury.  He will be replaced by MutaiEmmanuel Mutai.  Not Geoffrey Mutai the guy that crushed Emmanuel in New York about 7 months ago and who has the course records in New York and Boston.  Patrick Makau, the world record holder was also not chosen.  It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to predict the decisions made by Athletics Kenya.  You take what is reasonable, logical and objective and then go with the complete opposite.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was on The Tonight Show last week.  These come courtesy of listener/reader Sam.  Incredible stuff, thanks Sam!

Track and Field News released their updated men’s and women’s  Olympic Trials form charts.

Mariya Savinova’s 1:57.95 800 was the headline from the Moscow World Challenge meet.

Fox Sports recounts the anguish and frustration of Wallace Spearmon after he was disqualified from the 200 in the Beijing.

Days after the end of 2012 campaign, Jesse Squire previews the 2013 NCAA track and field season.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard looks at the Oregon Ducks who have Olympic Trials plans.

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks to Joe Battaglia about the 2008 Olympics.  On Skype nonetheless.

Bernard Lagat does some race visualization for NBC Olympics.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 21

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

Plenty of action this weekend on and off the track.  The London Marathon is on Sunday and, as Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated points out, many of the world’s top track runners will also be in action.

First to the marathon.  The full elite men’s and women’s fields courtesy of Athletics Weekly.

Predictions from this week’s podcast.

Kevin:

Men: Vincent Kipruto, Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede

Women: Mary Keitany, Florence Kiplagat, Ejegayehu Dibaba

Jason:

Men: Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede, Patrick Makau

Women: Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Aberu Kebede

I stuck with the chaos theory theme of this year’s marathon season and chose Vincent Kipruto to upset all four of the Kenyans still in Olympic consideration.  Even with a win, Athletics Kenyan is still likely to choose from the original six of Geoffrey Mutai, Emmaneul Mutai, Moses Mosop, Wilson Kipsang, Abel Kirui and Patrick Makau.   Here is what needs to happen for each to qualify:

Geoffrey Mutai: Since his DNF in Boston, all Mutai can do is wait and watch on Sunday.  His phenomenal 2011 should count for something, so he is probably safe unless 3 or more Kenyans dip under the 2:04:30 mark in London.

Moses Mosop: Like Geoffrey Mutai, Mosop has already raced his spring marathon (3rd place in Rotterdam) so his Olympic hopes rest on the performances in London.  However, Mosop needs much more help than G. Mutai.  Some modest times combined with upsets (Lel or Kipruto being the top Kenyan for example) are his only path to the top three.

Emmanuel Mutai: The defending London Marathon champion benefitted from Geoffrey Mutai’s and Moses Mosop’s losses, but most likely he still needs to finish in the top three and beat at least two of the three top Kenyans racing (Makau, Kirui, Kipsang).  He may also be able to squeak in with a lower place, if the times are very fast (under 2:04) and he finishes well amongst his countrymen.

Patrick Makau:  Like Mutai, I think he can only lose to one Kenyan on Sunday and still be in a good position for selection.  Despite holding the world record, his Berlin performance came in a paced race against a weaker than expected field.  He has wins over Geoffrey Mutai from 2010, but I doubt those carry much weight now.  As it stands, he is ahead of Kipsang and Kirui, so a loss on Sunday to either of those two, would probably mean he is off the team.

Abel Kirui:  Based on time, Kirui is least credentialed of the six.  He has won two world championship titles, which is the only reason he is still in consideration for a berth.  I think he needs a top 3 overall performance as well as the second Kenyan to have any hope of jumping over the others.

Wilson Kipsang:  No major marathon wins and no wins against the other five in consideration make Kipsang a darkhorse  to make the team.  He was just seconds off the world record in Frankfurt, but, like Makau, it was done in a paced race.  It is hard to envision him getting the nod over Makau, or either of the Mutais unless he has a decisive victory and runs under 2:04 again.

The rest of the Morning Run:

Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympics, surprising nobody except for the editors at Fox.

Cam Levins beat Lawi Lalang in the 5,000 at Mt. SAC last night and earned the Olympic “A” standard in the process.

Kenyan 800 meter stars David Rudisha and Pamela Jelimo recorded wins in the 400.

Friday’s Oregon Relays action featured a fast 1500 by Sally Kipyego.

Ken Goe’s Saturday links.

LA Times feature on Brittney Reese titled “Brittney Reese hopes to be leaps and bounds above the rest.”  Because she is a long jumper.

Headline writers, yearbook editors and any others in charge of “punny” titles to articles.  Please avoid the following:

-“___________ raises the bar” (high jump/pole vault)

-“___________ clears hurdles/obstacles on/off the track” (hurdles)

-“____________ is on the fast track” (sprints)

-“_____________ goes the distance” (distance)

Enjoy your London Marathon, Mt. SAC Relays, Kansas Relays, Oregon Relays, Tom Jones Meet weekend!

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 20th

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

NBC released the full Usain Bolt feature from Rock Center.

Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics discusses “Kenya’s final four,” before the London Marathon.

One of those four, Emmanuel Mutai, appears to be well after contracting typhoid.

Battaglia also writes about the Ethiopian Olympic marathon selection process.  Or lack thereof.

Evan Jager shook up the American steeplechase landscape last night when he debuted with an 8:26 clocking at Mt. SACJim McDannald of Track Focus has more details.

More Mt. SAC, Stephen Sambu of Arizona ran 28:06 in the invitational section of the 10,000 and lapped pretty much everyone else in the process.

A very honest Tyson Gay says that even a gold medal may not make him happy.  Strangely, this story didn’t find its way on to the “100 days ’til London!” extravaganza.

Dai Greene’s agent responds to Bershawn Jackson’s trash talk.  In a brilliant stroke, agent Jaime Baulch said that Greene, “has always respected the Americans,” but also added that Jackson’s comments were, “a little bit over the top and typically American.”  Typically American?  I’m guessing the next round of chatter between the two camps will include some Stamp Act references.

Dwain Chambers appears to be cleared to run in the Olympics.

Ken Goe’s Friday links.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 19th

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

For some reason, there was a large amount of coverage of Olympic track and field athletes yesterday.  Still trying to figure out why.  In the meantime, here is The Morning Run, 99 days before the London Olympics kick off!

Usain Bolt was featured on NBC’s Rock Center.  This is a web exclusive of the piece and an additional segment on the importance of yams.

Not to be outdone, the BBC, with Michael Johnson, also profiled Bolt.

Ato Boldon and Joe Battaglia examine all the phases of Bolt’s race, while also sizing up his closest competitors.

On NBC’s Today Show, world champion Jason Richardson tries to teach Savannah Guthrie to clear a hurdle.  And she failed.   The running under the hurdle trick is so 10th grade.

All sports will be streamed live for the London Olympics.  Let’s hear it for the internet!

Bershawn Jackson takes aim at Britain’s Dai Greene.  I was curious when, and if, someone on the US team would stick up for Lashawn Merritt after Greene called Merritt a cheat.  Jackson answered that emphatically and then some.

Video previews of the men’s and women’s races for Sunday’s London Marathon by race director David Bedford.

Emmanuel Mutai was diagnosed with typhoid during his preparations for  the London Marathon.  Naturally, Jason and I both picked him for a top 3 finish.

George Schroeder follows up with Jason Hartmann after his career performance at Boston.

If Olympic Trials are held in Kenya, and nobody shows up to race, did it really happen?

Kansas Relays shot put recap and video.  Yes, to answer your questions, there is a Charlie Weis cameo.

Sprinter Wallace Spearmon is profiled.

Desiree Davila video and story from ESPN.

Ken Goe reports that Oregon and Arkansas are planning a dual meet to take place within next year’s Oregon RelaysVin Lananna says that it will be “all-out” and that they “won’t rest anybody.”  Bold statements, but also fairly easy things to say when the meet is a year away.

-Kevin