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Episode 171: World Championship Grades with Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk

Kevin is joined by Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk to give out grades for the IAAF World Championships.  The guys discuss the performances by the American sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s dominance, Alysia Montano’s front running and the future of Mary Cain.  Also, Nick shares his opinion on Olympic mascots and the chances that Lolo Jones makes the Olympic bobsled team.

The Morning Run: January 14th

Because USATF’s tiebreaking procedure is easier to understand than Jodie Foster’s speech at the Golden Globes.

-Sixteen-year-old Mary Cain ripped apart the American high school 3,000-meter record at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Saturday.  Cain, who lives in New York but is coached by Alberto Salazar, ran 9:02.10 beating the existing outdoor record by over six seconds.  When considering conversions, she also bested all the existing high school records for the 3,200-meter and 2-mile.  The record itself isn’t a shock.  She already holds the 1,500-meter American high school record and held her own in the 800-meters at the Olympic Trials this past summer.   What is surprising is how fast she is running this early in the season.

Assuming that Salazar is using the same cautious and methodical approach that he has taken with Galen Rupp, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Cain can run much faster.  With modest improvements, she would be an immediate contender outdoors in the United States, especially in the 5,000, which currently lacks depth.  But before we get too far, let us remember all the phenoms in track and field who ran their best races and times before they reached the drinking age and were never heard from again.  Cain appears to be an exception.  Her talent surpasses anything we have ever seen in the United States and she has the best distance running coach in the world to provide guidance. Salazar deservedly received much credit for guiding Rupp over a 12-year period from a high school freshman to an Olympic silver medalist.  If he can get Cain anywhere close to that level while avoiding the injuries, burnouts and breakdowns that often fell such a talent, it would be an even greater coaching achievement

-Also in Seattle, the aforementioned Galen Rupp opened his 2013 season with a 3:57 mile and an easy win.

-Brianna Rollins of Clemson set the collegiate record in the 60-meter hurdles running 7.78.  That time is only .06 seconds from Lolo Jones’s American record of 7.72.

-Houston Marathon recap

Weather: Bad

Meb: Sick (DNS)

½ Marathon Winners: Feyisa Lelisa (1:01:52) and Mamitu Deska (1:09:51)

World record: Not close

Americans:  Shadrack Biwott (1:02:23) and Lisa Uhl (1:13:28)

Marathon Winners: Bazu Worku (2:10:17) and Merima Mohammed (2:23:37)

Americans: Andrew Carlson (2:17:16) and Tera Moody (2:39:10)

-Dayron Robles will apparently sit out 2013 in protest over treatment by officials in Cuba.

-Prep Erin Finn is feeling better after running a 10:18 3200 in a workout.

-A judge found Ashley Gill-Webb guilty of throwing a bottle onto the track before the men’s Olympic 100-meter final.  It doesn’t look like jail time is likely but he will have to live with the name “Olympic bottle thrower” the rest of his life.

-Jesse Squire’s Weekly College Awards feature Cas Loxsom and his 1:46 800.

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 23rd

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

We posted a podcast Tuesday covering all the story lines of the on/off season.

Coverage of today’s meet in Lausanne begins at 11 a.m. PST.  The best feed can probably found here on the CBC site.  Hooray Canada!

Track and Field News breaks down just how consistent how Aries Merritt has been in 2012.

More Aries, he raced some NBA players, including point guard John Wall, at the Reebok headquarters.  The most instructive portion of the video comes when legendary basketball coach Bobby Hurley is overheard bracing the basketball players for imminent defeat.

Ajee Wilson, winner of the 800 at the 2012 World Junior Championships, will defer her enrollment to Florida State.  By delaying her college career, Wilson hopes to have a better chance at qualifying for next year’s world championships.

The newly updated American top 40 list from Track and Field News.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has some advice for Lolo Jones.

Usain Bolt gives an update on his post-Olympic plans including his thoughts on the long jump and the 400.  Wait, this news is too serious for Bolt.  Here we go, an article about a seven-year-old who made a model of Bolt out of vegetables!

Yohan Blake’s agent is upset at the low appearance fee offerred to his client by Birmingham meet director Ian Stewart.  Stewart also ruffled feathers earlier in the year when he barred Lolo Jones and Nick Symmonds from competing at the London Diamond League meet.  Prior to this summer, Stewart was only known to Americans as the guy who made Steve Prefontaine  have 4th street named after him.

-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- June 8th

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

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 ChampionshipsJesse 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.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 5th

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

Tyson Gay will make his 2012 debut in New York at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.  Gay will be in the “B” section and will not be racing head-to-head with 2011 world champion Yohan Blake.   Gay, and his agent Mark Wetmore, cited preparedness issues as the reason he would not be racing in the premiere section.  In the same article, Wetmore says that Gay could be ready for something in the 9.9s on Saturday.

Whether or not that is realistic is debatable, but the fact that it is even being considered seems to undermine the unpreparedness  argument for why Gay needs to be in a separate section.  Nobody begrudges him if he needs a tune-up race and can’t touch a sub-10 yet, but claiming he isn’t race-ready and then floating 9.9 is highly contradictory.  Regardless, this should be the most anticipated “B” section of 2012

The most recent start lists for New York can be found here.

The NCAA Championships begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday.  Track and Field News produced women’s and men’s form charts.

The most recent start lists for the Bislett Games, Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League have been posted.  Some races to keep an eye on:

Can Usain Bolt improve on his world leading 9.76 in the 100 “against” Asafa Powell

Lolo Jones will try to get back on track in the 100 hurdles against Sally Pearson, Kristi Castlin, Tiffany Porter and Jessica Ennis.

Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Dejen Gebremeskel, Imane Merga and the rest of the strong Ethiopian contingent will battle for Olympic spots in the men’s 5000. 

American Morgan Uceny will try to close the gap on breakout Ethiopians Abeba Aregwai, Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500.    

Ken Goe’s links from Monday.

Writer David Davis is writing a book on the first woman to run a marathonMerry Lepper.  Hard to believe it was in 1963.

Start list for the Portland Track Festival, which features Dathan Ritzenhein and Lauren Fleshman.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 1st

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

The Rome Golden Gala meet  was yesterday and the Prefontaine Classic begins today.  Here is a quick recap of Rome:

Usain Bolt allayed doubts, Lolo Jones crashed out of the hurdles (and Dawn Harper won the race), Javier Culson look strong in the 400H (and Felix Sanchez hit the track), Vivian Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar went the full 5,000 meters and Paul Koech just missed the world record.  Abebe Arigawa and Fantu Magiso also starred.

Track and Field News has Bolt’s performance the 5th best all-time after adjusting for wind.

Full results from Rome.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard gives event-by-event previews for the Pre Classic.

Anderson also writes about Friday night’s Kenyan 10,000 trials race.  Live coverage is on preclassic.com.

Start list for all the events in the Pre Classic.  Dayron Robles is a scratch from the 110 hurdles.

George Schroeder on Steve Prefontaine.

The Los Angeles Times of Los Angeles profiles Bernard Lagat.

Ezkysas Sisay was disqualified from the New York City Marathon after testing positive for doping.  He will also be banned from competition for two years.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 31st

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

Make sure to check out our most recent podcast with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics.  Joe gives a great preview of the Prefontaine Classic and the Rome Golden Gala and also comments on the hype surrounding Lolo Jones, Allyson Felix’s double and the Kenyan Olympic selection process.

Speaking of Joe Battaglia, he introduces the 14 men running in the Kenyan Olympic 10,000 Trials at Hayward Field on Friday night, and previews today’s meet in Rome.

Dai Greene is out of the 400 hurdles in Rome with an illness.  Apparently, policing all of track and field can get pretty taxing.

Add “Visa issues” to the list of items that ail track and field.  Cuban hurdle superstar Dayron Robles may be out of the Prefontaine Classic due to a delay in obtaining his Visa.

TYSON GAY SIGHTINING TYSON GAY SIGHTING.  He only runs about 30 meters on a high school track, but there is a real starter’s pistol and he is using blocks.  In all seriousness, there is a chance that he will debut this weekend on his home track in Clermont.

Asafa Powell believes he can win it all in London.  He is serious this time.

2000 gold medalist Cathy Freeman reflects on her Olympic experience and says she doesn’t have much advice for her countrywoman, Sally Pearson.  The only advice should be:

1) Wear a bodysuit

2) Dominate the last ¼ of your race

Desiree Davila and Edna Kiplagat will meet next week in the NYRR New York Mini 10k.  Despite its name, it is still 10 kilometers.

Pat Price asks Augustine Choge 5 questions.

-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