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The Morning Run: September 13th

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

Tuesday’s podcast about Aries Merritt’s world record and the rest of the Diamond League news, including an interview with Flotrack’s Kevin Liao, is available for your listening pleasure.

From that episode, Jason and I discovered that Paul Ryan’s running past is a bit more distinguished than we realized.

In what I assumed was a very close vote, Merritt was named the USATF Athlete of the Week.

What do you do after you win a silver medal in the high jump as a rising college senior?  If you are Brigetta Barrett, sing the national anthem at a MLB game of course.

Lisa Uhl is leaving the Oregon Track Club Elite in Portland to train with her college coach in Ames, Iowa.  Looks like this time interminable cold won out over interminable rain.

We don’t usually cover many college coaching moves, but any time something happens at the University of Oregon it usually has a ripple effect throughout the rest of track and field.  Vin Lananna is handing over his college coaching duties to Robert Johnson so Lananna can focus more of his time on big picture projects in track and field.  Those projects may include the construction of an indoor facility in Eugene, a potential bid to host the IAAF World Championships and the first ever decathlon competition on the moon.

Usain Bolt will give his wild card spot in the 100 at next year’s World Championships to Yohan Blake.  I am assuming this means Bolt is keeping his free pass in the 200.

After injuries have scuttled his last two marathon attempts, Ryan Hall is considering getting a coach.

UK Athletics coach Charles van Commenee will step down from his post.  Good luck Great Britain finding someone else who is knowledgeable about track and looks exactly like Al Franken.

Martin Bingisser analyzes the height, weight and age of the hammer throwers in London.

The headline on this Sports Business article says, “IAAF’s Gabriel rejects talk of sea-change for athletics.”  Replace “rejects” with “embraces”  and you got it.

The Chicago Marathon announced their elite field including Tsegaye Kebede, Dathan Ritzenhein, Liliya Shobukhova and Werknesh Kidane.

Are Valerie Adams and Nadzeya Ostapchuk going to box?  Probably not, but if they do, Adams said she would do well because she “fought a few boys at school.”  Did she just go there?

-Kevin

The Morning Run- May 4th

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

In light of Rich Perelman’s post about track and television yesterday, Ken Goe’s lead in to his morning links is particularly perceptive and spot-on.  As has been said many times before, the control and focus of the sport lies with the coaches and athletes, when it should be geared toward the fans.

Saturday’s Jamaica Invitational will be a great opportunity to see many Olympic favorites, including Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter.  The meet begins at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST and will be streamed live (for free) here.

Glen Mills, coach of Bolt and Blake, think the two can coexist and flourish in the same training group, despite the naysayers.

Sanya Richards-Ross relives the 4 x 400 from the Beijing Olympics.  Spoiler, the US still catches Russia on the homestretch.

Tim Layden analyzes the components of the 100-meter dash in this NPR feature.

Martin Bingisser provides 10 reasons why you should watch the hammer throw in 2012.  The 11th reason should be keeping tabs on Martin’s own quest for a fourth consecutive Swiss national championship, while being a full time tax attorney.

American distance runner Chris Solinsky will not compete in the Olympic Trials due to injury.  He seems upbeat, but four years is a really long time to wait.

Lashinda Demus tells USA Today about the Olympic Trials, having her mom as a coach, drug testers and more.

Joe Battaglia digs deeper into Patrick Makau’s exclusion from the Kenyan marathon team.

Polakoff Communications lists “5 Things Every Athlete Needs to Know Before London.”  Bring your own food, was not listed.

The Penn Relays enjoyed its best television ratings since 2003

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 9th

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

Saturday marked the unofficial beginning to the outdoor season, at least in terms of elite distance races.  At the Stanford Invitational, pros Jackie Areson and Dathan Ritzenhein starred in the 5,000 and 10,000. Ritzenhein ran, and won, his first on the track since 2009 and Areson achieved the Olympic “A” standard with a fast last lap.

The race of the meet was Stanford’s Chris Derrick edging Arizona’s Lawi Lalang in the 1500.

Good sprint and hurdle results from the Florida Relays in Gainesville. 19 men broke 21 seconds in the 200.

Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton caught up with David Oliver after his hurdle race.

Prep Marvin Bracy false started and was disqualified in the 100, but provided a great sound bite when he told Flotrack his goal for the Olympic Trials was not just to gain experience, but to “actually go and beat every single last one of them” (1:40 in the video).  The presence, and success, of Bracy (and Jeff Demps) at the Trials would certainly add story lines and firepower to a 100 meter field that is lacking intrigue and mainstream appeal.  The downside? The ensuing onslaught of football fans who insist that ever member of the NFL could break 10 seconds if they actually trained for it would be quite insufferable.

Ken Goe’s story on the Pepsi Team Invitational where the Oregon men and women won the team titles.

The Eugene Register-Guard’s George Schroeder wrote about Duck sprinter English Gardner.  Sorry about the overload of Oregon stories on The Morning Run, but their beat writers and columnists actually cover track and field.

The second part of Alberto Salazar interview with Runner’s World.

Hammer thrower (and House of Run’s Chief Throws Correspondent) Martin Bingisser says there are positives and negatives to hosting the Olympic Trials hammer competition in Portland.  I say mostly negative, but Martin knows more about these things than I do (and is also much, much stronger).

Profile of Kenyan Florence Kiplagat, who will be racing the London Marathon.

 

 

 

Episode 23: Interview with The Oregonian’s Ken Goe/ USATF Indoor Championship Preview

The Oregonian’s Ken Goe joins Jason and Kevin to discuss Mo Farah’s move to Portland, Galen Rupp’s racing plans and the difference between the Oregon Track Club and the Nike Oregon Project.  Plus, Jason and Kevin preview their trip to Albuquerque for the USATF Indoor Championships.

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