-Boston’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix added Galen Rupp, Jen Suhr, Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwetto their start lists.
-The fight during the boys 4 x 400 relay at the Hispanic Games on Saturday has once again put the issue of violence in running-related events in the spotlight. Ok, not really. Runners, jumpers and throwers are by and large a peaceful people and the incidents of them getting physical are remarkably rare. I couldn’t even find enough good material to make a top five, so here are three notable track and field/cross country skirmishes:
*Note: The United States 4 x 100 relay team assaulting the baton after dropping it on numerous occasions, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad pushing mascots, and Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh torturing our emotions were all not considered for this list.
In 2004, Florida State’s Antonio Cromartie, yes that Antonio Cromartie, pushed a Clemson runner off the track in the 400. The gentleman from Clemson was not pleased.
In the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, Ethiopian and Eritrean runners “tussled” down the homestretch before awkwardly sprinting toward the finish line.
And finally, the gold standard. Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad fight exactly how would expect French distance runners to fight.
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 namedOscar 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-Benabbaddoing what he does.
Over at the Daily Mail in Great Britain, there is apparently not much to write about.