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The Morning Run- April 23

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

Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany were the winners of the London Marathon.

Science of Sport breaks down the race.

Now that the spring marathon season has concluded, Toni Reavis and Joe Battaglia speculate about the Olympic selection process for Kenya and Ethiopia.

Track and Field News also weighs in on the impending selection.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, Martyn Rooney and Jeremy Wariner both broke 45 seconds in the 400.

Walter Dix ran 9.85 in a race that also featured Mike Rodgers.  Even with the wind, that is a vey fast time for Dix.

Allyson Felix made some poor woman look silly on the anchor leg of the 4 x 100.

World champion Jason Richardson ran 13.20 (+3.7) in the 110 hurdles.

At the Kansas Relays, Bershawn Jackson ran a world-leading time in the 400 hurdlesDai Greene, what have you done?

Sanya Richards-Ross ran a very-impressive-for-April time of 50.18 in Waco, Texas.

What did German high jumper Ariane Friedrich do when a stalker sent her lewd pictures?

The USATF needs to do a better job capitalizing on the Olympic popularity of track, opines Red Shannon.

Usain Bolt will run his first open 100 in Kingston in two weeks.   #OMGBOLT

The Turbaned Tornado- the 101-year old marathoner- has retired from the distance.  He has not ruled out the steeplechase.

NPR profile on Nick Symmonds.  Cue soothing NPR voices.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 21

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

Plenty of action this weekend on and off the track.  The London Marathon is on Sunday and, as Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated points out, many of the world’s top track runners will also be in action.

First to the marathon.  The full elite men’s and women’s fields courtesy of Athletics Weekly.

Predictions from this week’s podcast.

Kevin:

Men: Vincent Kipruto, Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede

Women: Mary Keitany, Florence Kiplagat, Ejegayehu Dibaba

Jason:

Men: Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede, Patrick Makau

Women: Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Aberu Kebede

I stuck with the chaos theory theme of this year’s marathon season and chose Vincent Kipruto to upset all four of the Kenyans still in Olympic consideration.  Even with a win, Athletics Kenyan is still likely to choose from the original six of Geoffrey Mutai, Emmaneul Mutai, Moses Mosop, Wilson Kipsang, Abel Kirui and Patrick Makau.   Here is what needs to happen for each to qualify:

Geoffrey Mutai: Since his DNF in Boston, all Mutai can do is wait and watch on Sunday.  His phenomenal 2011 should count for something, so he is probably safe unless 3 or more Kenyans dip under the 2:04:30 mark in London.

Moses Mosop: Like Geoffrey Mutai, Mosop has already raced his spring marathon (3rd place in Rotterdam) so his Olympic hopes rest on the performances in London.  However, Mosop needs much more help than G. Mutai.  Some modest times combined with upsets (Lel or Kipruto being the top Kenyan for example) are his only path to the top three.

Emmanuel Mutai: The defending London Marathon champion benefitted from Geoffrey Mutai’s and Moses Mosop’s losses, but most likely he still needs to finish in the top three and beat at least two of the three top Kenyans racing (Makau, Kirui, Kipsang).  He may also be able to squeak in with a lower place, if the times are very fast (under 2:04) and he finishes well amongst his countrymen.

Patrick Makau:  Like Mutai, I think he can only lose to one Kenyan on Sunday and still be in a good position for selection.  Despite holding the world record, his Berlin performance came in a paced race against a weaker than expected field.  He has wins over Geoffrey Mutai from 2010, but I doubt those carry much weight now.  As it stands, he is ahead of Kipsang and Kirui, so a loss on Sunday to either of those two, would probably mean he is off the team.

Abel Kirui:  Based on time, Kirui is least credentialed of the six.  He has won two world championship titles, which is the only reason he is still in consideration for a berth.  I think he needs a top 3 overall performance as well as the second Kenyan to have any hope of jumping over the others.

Wilson Kipsang:  No major marathon wins and no wins against the other five in consideration make Kipsang a darkhorse  to make the team.  He was just seconds off the world record in Frankfurt, but, like Makau, it was done in a paced race.  It is hard to envision him getting the nod over Makau, or either of the Mutais unless he has a decisive victory and runs under 2:04 again.

The rest of the Morning Run:

Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympics, surprising nobody except for the editors at Fox.

Cam Levins beat Lawi Lalang in the 5,000 at Mt. SAC last night and earned the Olympic “A” standard in the process.

Kenyan 800 meter stars David Rudisha and Pamela Jelimo recorded wins in the 400.

Friday’s Oregon Relays action featured a fast 1500 by Sally Kipyego.

Ken Goe’s Saturday links.

LA Times feature on Brittney Reese titled “Brittney Reese hopes to be leaps and bounds above the rest.”  Because she is a long jumper.

Headline writers, yearbook editors and any others in charge of “punny” titles to articles.  Please avoid the following:

-“___________ raises the bar” (high jump/pole vault)

-“___________ clears hurdles/obstacles on/off the track” (hurdles)

-“____________ is on the fast track” (sprints)

-“_____________ goes the distance” (distance)

Enjoy your London Marathon, Mt. SAC Relays, Kansas Relays, Oregon Relays, Tom Jones Meet weekend!

-Kevin

Episode 7: Extended Cross Country Recap

Jason and Kevin react to the busy weekend in collegiate cross country, the buildup to the New York City Marathon and the current state of a very strange doping case.

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