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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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 Shanghai. Joe 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)!
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