Because at least Lance Armstrong isn’t involved in track and field….
-Thanks to friend of the podcast Julian for notifying us that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is running indoors for what appears to be the first time in her career. She told the Jamaican Gleaner over the weekend that she will use the indoor season to prepare for outdoors and will presumably race the 60-meters. Does this mean we might see a women’s sprint world record this winter? Discounting relays, hurdles and oddball events like the 100-yard dash or the 150-meters, the most recent women’s sprint record is from February 9, 1995. That year, Irina Privalova of Russia equaled her mark of 6.92 in the 60-meters from 1993. By comparison, virtually every men’s record has been broken (and re-broken) during that same time period.
Could Fraser-Pryce break the 18-year drought? Perhaps, if she gets enough chances. Her start and drive phase are the strongest part of her race and she has already run, according to the awesome, but highly addictive alltime-athletics.com, 6.88 en route to her win in the 100-meters at the 2009 World Championships.
She could run into some problems finding ample opportunities. The IAAF lists only six “IAAF Indoor Permit” races this season, three of which are on the same weekend. Of course that doesn’t include the Millrose Games and other non-IAAF affiliated meets, but I’m guessing she will want to attempt it at a bigger budget meet. All this to say, Millrose should pay her a bunch of money to race for the record against Chris Johnson, Denard Robinson and Adrian Peterson.
-The international field for the Boston Marathon was released today. Things got a bit tougher for Ryan Hall, Shalane Flanagan and the rest of the Americans.
–Alan Webb explains his new training under Jerry Schumacher of the Oregon Track Club Elite group in Portland. Schumacher is Webb’s fifth coach since high school.
–Ken Goe’s links from Monday.
-The next stop on the Mary Cain Show will be Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
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The second iteration of the Kenyan Olympic marathon controversy includes Patrick Makau’s agent releasing email contradicting the statements made by Athletics Kenya.
Joe Battaglia argues that conducting an Olympic Trials race for Kenya is the ultimate solution. I second that.
Jesse Squire writes that the individual entities in track and field need to find common goals and USATF could use a communications manager.
Flotrack tours the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. If you ever wondered where the next great American archer would be found, this video will answer some questions.
Pat Price asks America’s favorite rabbit, Matt Scherer, five questions.
The Jamaican Gleaner reveals their men’s picks for the Jamaican National Championships. Including their controversial discus selection.
Ron Bellamy of the Eugene Register-Guard writes that Russell Brown is busy on and off the track.
The Indianapolis Star on Ashley Spencer not running in the Olympic Trials. This story still continues to confuse me for a number of reasons. If she does end up making the team for London, her season would only be two weeks longer then it will be if she makes it to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships. That seems like a reasonable trade-off for the Olympic experience.
Second, the 400 is an event that is frequently dominated by athletes under the age of 20. Sanya Richards-Ross finished 6th in Athens in 2004 when she was 19. In those same Olympics, a 20 year-old Jeremy Wariner won gold. Last year, Kirani James was 18 when he won the world title in Daegu. In “400 years,” Spencer actually isn’t that young and there is no guarantee she will be at this level again in 2016 or 2020. That said, she is going to crush in Barcelona.
ESPNHS is folding. This includes the popular high school running website, Dyestat.
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