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The Morning Run: January 24th

Because this picture is awesome (via @atoboldon

-Track and Field News reports that Wallace Spearmon will move up to the 400 this summer.  Spearmon said previously that he was going to run the 200 and the 400 in 2013.  If he completely abandons the 200, Americans will have a huge hole to fill.  Spearmon was the only Olympic finalist in London and 100-meter stars Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey don’t appear to be keen on attempting the double this season.  Add in the questionable health of Walter Dix, and the Jamaican dominance in the 200 looks to be even more pronounced in the near future.    

Spearmon’s 400 potential is an interesting question.  His best time dates back to 2006, where he ran 45.22.  The 400 is not nearly as deep as the other sprints, but at age 28 Spearmon will be at the older end of the spectrum in an event that is currently dominated by a 20-year-old.  If nothing else, Spearmon could provide some help in the 4 x 400 where the Americans were upset by the Bahamas in London.

-Usain Bolt will run in the Oslo Diamond League meet on June 13th. I’m very grateful for the head’s up, but wouldn’t it be better if we could get the start lists for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix first before we look to a meet that is more than 5 months away.

-The Tokyo Marathon will feature 2:04 tempo runner and the world’s most overqualified second place finisher, Dennis Kimetto 

-Jim McDannald continues to work the Pac-12 broadcast beat.

-Ken Goe’s links also include an update on the Pac-12’s policy and what it means for the indoor meets in Seattle this winter.

-The Turbaned Tornado will retire from racing after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24th.

-This weekend’s action: Galen Rupp racing a mile in BostonBernard LagatCarmelita Jeter and several other A-Listers in Glasgow.

-Yohan Blake has a new, expensive watch that he will be wearing this season.

What it has:

-Asymmetrical case

-Handwound tourbillon movement

-“Beast bridges”

What it doesn’t have:

-GPS

-100-lap memory

-Airtight/bulletproof protective case, which would seem to be necessary for a $620,000 watch being worn during an athletic competition.

-Our podcast from Wednesday where Jason was in “studio” with me.

The Morning Run: January 18th

Because you can’t spend all your time reading about Manti Te’o….

-Jim McDannald of Track Focus reports that the Pac-12 is currently blocking Flotrack, Runnerspace and any other outside enterprise from streaming or archiving meets that are hosted by a Pac-12 school.  This decision gets even more puzzling when you consider that the Pac-12 may not even broadest these meets themselves.  This was the case at last Saturday’s University of Washington Indoor Preview.  Because of the large amount of college/professional meets that Pac-12 schools host, this policy would blackout fans from watching several marquee meets that have been previously available for viewing.

The development of propriety conference networks, and the huge amount of money that follows, is often cited as the savior of non-revenue sports.   It is interesting that these same networks could play a role in limiting the publicity of their schools and their athletes.

-Mo Farah will run one, and only one, indoor race this season.  Meanwhile, training partner Galen Rupp will race for the second time in 2013 at next Saturday’s BU Terrier Invite.

-Tirunesh Dibaba and Matt Centrowitz are the latest entries to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

-Ken Goe’s Thursday links include a look at the relationship between Oregon’s football and track and field programs.

-Jesse Squire presents his College Notes.

-Our podcast from Wednesday where we discuss Mary Cain, the Boston Marathon field, Andy Murray’s acceleration and much more.

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: July 6th

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

If you are nostalgic for the Olympic Trials, you can always relive the action by listening to the daily podcasts we posted:

Day 1 with Jim McDannald of Track Focus

Day 2 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

Day 3 with Ryan Fenton of Flotrack

Day 4 with co-host Jason

Day 5 with Ato Boldon of NBC

Day 7 with Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated

Day 8 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

The Diamond League meet in Paris is today.  In a few hours in fact.  The meet will be headlined by David Rudisha’s attempt at another world record in the 800.

South African officials named Oscar Pistorius to the Olympic team in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.  Previously, they stated he would need to run under 45.30 twice this season to be eligible to represent South Africa (he has run under that time once this season).  Not a huge deal as he has run under the “A” standard in 2012 and 2011, but the waffling by governing bodies this year has been difficult to keep track of.  South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia should unite under an umbrella organization called Arbitrary Athletics.

Usain Bolt will not run in the Monaco Diamond League.  He was planning using the race as his final tune-up before London, but appears to be nursing an injury after losing twice to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic Trials last week.

Courtesy of @JasonC1975, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad doing what he does.

Over at the Daily Mail in Great Britain, there is apparently not much to write about.

Flotrack features Ryan Hall.

-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