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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 Championships. Jesse 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.