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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- April 12th

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

Our most recent podcast is here.  In it, Jason and I discuss the Stanford InvitationalFlorida Relays, the upcoming Boston and Rotterdam marathons and the trailer to the movie “Fast Girls.”

David Epstein of Sports Illustrated wrote a fantastic article on the late Sammy Wanjiru.  Epstein also appeared on the Sports Illustrated podcast.  I highly recommend both.

Philip Hersh reports that sprinter Marshevet Hooker is pregnant and will not compete at the Olympics.  Hooker was on the 2008 team and was 8th at last year’s World Championships.  Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated points out that Hooker’s absence potentially makes room for collegians English Gardner and Octavious Freeman.  However, Hooker’s experience, and speed, will be missed on the 4 x 100 relay where the US is trying to beat the Jamaican squad for a second year in a row.  It was Hooker’s leg last year (3rd leg) that blew the race open and carried them to victory.

Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker now trains in a “Bat Cave” and appears to be on the comeback after suffering from the “yips” in 2011.

A North Korean marathon exists…….and had a great finish……. and an interesting press release.  The winning time of 2:12:54 was well off King Jong Il’s 1:59:59 course record.

David Rudisha plans only three races before London.  Not sure if this includes the Kenyan Trials.

Lashawn Merritt wants to race NFL stars after his season is over.  I am sure there is a long line of NFL players just waiting to get exposed by Merritt in a 100.

The Kenyan 10,000 meter team, which will ultimately be decided in Eugene at the Prefontaine Classic, has cut the field down to 30.  Another 15 will be cut after a race in Kenya next week.

Guardian retrospective on the life and death of Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell are not racing this weekend, but will be at the same meet.  Who could have seen this coming?

Blake is planning to double in the 100 and 200 in London.  I will have more on this decision, and other key Olympic track and field decisions, on tomorrow’s Morning Run.

Science of Sport’s “Around the Rings” column features 3 topics on running.

Pat Price reviews the documentary, “Town of Runners.”

After saying that she would be satisfied with a bronze, Paula Radcliffe now sees gold in marathon at London as “realistic.”  The British press have already begun salivating and frantically searching the internet for synonyms for “failure.”

The top American marks of the outdoor season thus far.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 9th

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

Saturday marked the unofficial beginning to the outdoor season, at least in terms of elite distance races.  At the Stanford Invitational, pros Jackie Areson and Dathan Ritzenhein starred in the 5,000 and 10,000. Ritzenhein ran, and won, his first on the track since 2009 and Areson achieved the Olympic “A” standard with a fast last lap.

The race of the meet was Stanford’s Chris Derrick edging Arizona’s Lawi Lalang in the 1500.

Good sprint and hurdle results from the Florida Relays in Gainesville. 19 men broke 21 seconds in the 200.

Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton caught up with David Oliver after his hurdle race.

Prep Marvin Bracy false started and was disqualified in the 100, but provided a great sound bite when he told Flotrack his goal for the Olympic Trials was not just to gain experience, but to “actually go and beat every single last one of them” (1:40 in the video).  The presence, and success, of Bracy (and Jeff Demps) at the Trials would certainly add story lines and firepower to a 100 meter field that is lacking intrigue and mainstream appeal.  The downside? The ensuing onslaught of football fans who insist that ever member of the NFL could break 10 seconds if they actually trained for it would be quite insufferable.

Ken Goe’s story on the Pepsi Team Invitational where the Oregon men and women won the team titles.

The Eugene Register-Guard’s George Schroeder wrote about Duck sprinter English Gardner.  Sorry about the overload of Oregon stories on The Morning Run, but their beat writers and columnists actually cover track and field.

The second part of Alberto Salazar interview with Runner’s World.

Hammer thrower (and House of Run’s Chief Throws Correspondent) Martin Bingisser says there are positives and negatives to hosting the Olympic Trials hammer competition in Portland.  I say mostly negative, but Martin knows more about these things than I do (and is also much, much stronger).

Profile of Kenyan Florence Kiplagat, who will be racing the London Marathon.

 

 

 

The Morning Run- April 6th

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

For your listening pleasure, our most recent podcast featuring filmmaker Tim Jeffreys is up.

Here is the trailer for the film about Ryan Hall and information about helping the production.

Jesse Squire provides a great viewing guide for this weekend’s meets so you don’t have to comb through heat sheets or time schedules.

Ken Goe writes about Oregon 800 runner Elijah Greer, while Curtis Anderson wonders whether English Garder can break 11 seconds in the 100.

Washington Redskins defensive back Deangelo Hall reportedly bet Lashawn Merritt $100,000 that he could beat him in a 100 meter race in 2008.  Yes, betting an Olympic sprinter that you could run faster then him is the height of stupidity and hubris, but strangely this doesn’t even qualify as the worst financial decision made by a Washington pro athlete.

Track and Field News makes their early medal predictions for London. Ibrahim Jeylan, Justin Gatlin and Sanya Richards-Ross seem ranked a bit high, while Jason Richardson, Jenny Simpson and Geoffrey Mutai are not picked to medal.

Speaking of Mutai, he says that winning is his focus in the Boston Marathon, not time.  Co-host Jason said this week that if Mutai does not get selected for the Kenyan marathon team it would be a travesty.  I agree, he could run 2:10 in Boston and I would still pick him.

Paula Radcliffe chimes in on the “plastic Brit” debate.

Scientists analyze ways Usain Bolt could lower his time in the 100 to 9.45.  All it will take is a perfect race in perfect conditions.

Kevin