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The Morning Run: October 8th

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

We posted two podcasts last week.  One, recapping the controversial finish at the Berlin Marathon and another featuring Ann Gaffigan of the Track and Field Athletes’ Association.

Also, ESPN’s 9.79* premieres Tuesday in the United States.  Here is our interview with the film’s director, Daniel Gordon.

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia smashed the course record at the Chicago Marathon.  Kebede finished in 2:04:38 and led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian sweep.

Dathan Ritzenhein finished 9thbut ran a huge personal best of 2:07:47.

In the women’s race Atsede Baysa edged Rita Jeptoo by one second, 2:22:03 to 2:22:04.  It was great to see a close finish between two runners where both actually appeared to be trying.

Usain Bolt announced that he will focus on the 100 and 200 at the 2016 Olympics and not experiment with the long jump or the 400.

Jim McDannald of Track Focus recaps racing results from across the state of Oregon.

Hyleas Fountain, Tianna Madison and Lolo Jones all took part in the U.S. bobsled push-start championships on Friday.

Zersenay Tadese won the World Half Marathon Championships in 1:00:19.

Allan Kiprono and Kim Smith won the BAA Half Marathon.

-Kevin

The Morning Run: August 17th

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

The Stockholm Diamond League meet is today.  It is not the Olympics, but it does have Ryan Bailey and Nesta Carter facing off at 100 and Edwin Soi and Thomas Longosiwa tangling in the 3,000.  I know, I’m reaching.

Morgan Uceny won’t be running in Stockholm, Dick Patrick explains why.

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard was a guest on Letterman Thursday night.  The best exchange:

Letterman: Do you have kids?
Kynard: No, no, no, not that I know about. 

Lolo Jones was on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption program.

A woman in France tested positive for EPO and also tested positive for best reason why she tested positive.

Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich received $80,000 upon his return to Uganda.  He was also promoted to the title of Assistant Superintendent of Prisons.  Well done, Mr. Assistant Superintendent Kiprotich.

Results from the DecaNation meet in France.

Ato Boldon’s candid remarks about Carl Lewis.

For good reason, Valerie Adams is probably the unhappiest gold medal winner from London.

Sporting good stores in Trinidad and Tobago are preparing for javelin sales to spike after Keshorn Walcott brought home a historic gold medal.

-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

The Morning Run- May 16th

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

Yesterday, we posted our podcast recapping the Doha Diamond League and previewing the upcoming meets in Shanghai and Occidental.  Jason also mourns the loss of his Chicago Bulls.

The 2012 House of Run fantasy track and field league kicks off this weekend.  If you would like to participate, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Any and all are welcome.

Ahead of Saturday’s meet in Shanghaimany of the world’s fastest ran in Daegu on Wednesday.

A year removed from his death, ESPN revisits the life of Sammy Wanjiru.

NBC’s “visualization” videos feature Lolo Jones, Bershawn Jackson and Dwight Phillips. I would make a joke about viewers needing to visualize live Olympic coverage too, but NBC is ditching the tape delay this year.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the carefree Abdi Abdirahman.

Dai Greene says he never disrespected the American 400 hurdlers, but stands by his statements about Lashawn Merritt.

Speaking of Merritt, he decided to wade into the Oscar Pistorius issue.

Flotrack interviews Santa Monica Track Club founder Joe Douglas about the importance of communications, and even acting classes, for track and field athletes to appeal to the general public.  So if you were wondering where Carl Lewis got the idea he could act from………

The popular “30 for 30” series on ESPN will return and produce a documentary on a steroid user in track and field.  Completely uncharted territory for them.

What happens when a group of ultra-marathoners run down a really steep hill?  Some of them fall, but one of them sets a world record.

Jesse Squire distributes his college athlete of the week awards.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- May 3rd

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

If you haven’t do so yet, check out the podcast from this week. In it, Jason and I discuss the Penn Relays, Lopez Lomong’s miscalcuation, Wallace Spearmon’s record and Michael Jordan’s executive skills.

Asafa Powell may not race in Kingston on Saturday.  Whether it has been injuries or an overly selective race schedule, Powell is slowly fading from being a significant figure in the sprinting world.

Patrick Makau says he dropped out of this year’s London Marathon because he thought he had already secured a spot on the Olympic team.  Geoffrey Mutai is probably the only person who believes this.

A new angle of the Katy Andrews steeplechase fall has been posted.  In the last two days, the video has been featured on ESPN, USA Today and Deadspin.  Track may not be mainstream, but falling into water certainly is.

In his second article on the topic, Rich Perelman thinks “track and field and TV need to get married.”  It is very difficult to argue with the benefit of more television exposure and the ideas that Perelman presents are the type of dramatic changes that are needed to see track and field grow.  More on this tomorrow.

Toni Reavis wants to see more participation in road races in the Olympics.  I agree.

Jesse Squire looks at Cam Levins’ “unusual year.”

NBC Olympics asks Trey Hardee about playing guitar.

What do elite distance runners eat for breakfast?  Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton found out.

-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

 

Episode 21: USA XC/New Balance Grand Prix

Jason and Kevin discuss the impressive performances from Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn, marvel at the persistence of Dejen Gebremeskel’s left shoe and wonder about the current state of Alan Webb.

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