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The Morning Run: July 12th

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

Jason and I posted our weekly podcast yesterday.  We cover Usain Bolt’s injury, Tarmohgeddon, David Rudisha, the guy who thinks he can break two hours in the marathon and much more.

Tomorrow, the two-day London Diamond League meet begins.  Start lists are posted here.

18-year-old British sprinter Adam Gemili won the 100 at the World Junior Championships in 10.05.  He will compete for the host country in the Olympics. Jacko Gill also won.

The IAAF announced that Oscar Pistorius can run any leg of the 4 x 400 relay.  Last year, he was required to run first to “avoid danger to other athletes.”  This keeps my dream anchor leg situation intact with Pistorius vs. Bolt vs. Rudisha vs. Merritt vs. Greene.  The chances this actually happens, not good.  But…..

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports, who has the most menacing byline photo on the internet, writes that Pistorius should not be allowed to run in the Olympics.

trailer has been released from the upcoming documentary, Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive.  You can see sprint coaches cringing when Bolt explains how he looks side-to-side at least twice in his typical race.

Two Canadian hurdlers who didn’t make the Olympic team ask questions of the selection process.  I wonder why.

Olympic Trials champion, and prolific neck chalker, Reese Hoffa discusses the Olympics, juggling and his height in a USA Today interview.  Check out our interview with Hoffa from December 2011.  It is a good one.

Want to stream the Olympics online?  Read this first.

Usain Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, will now represent Galen Rupp.  Michael Johnson was Rupp’s previous agent.

My Athletic Life lists the Twitter handles for the entire American team.  50k race walker John Nunn is not listed.  Come on, John!!

I’m sure it is no consolation prize for missing the Olympics, but Walter Dix won the ESPY for best track and field athlete last night.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- May 18th

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

There is still about 1 day to get in the House of Run fantasy track and field league.  If you would like to join, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Make your picks for Shanghai!

There are two meets to keep an eye on this weekend.  First, the Occidental High Performance meet on Friday will have 800, 1500, 5000 and 3000 steeplechases races featuring many of the fastest Americans.  I will be helping out with the free, live coverage that begins at 6:30 pm PST.

The Diamond League’s second stop is Saturday’s meet in ShanghaiJoe Battaglia of NBC Olympics runs down all the races to watch and the storylines to follow.

Asafa Powell says, “Many track and field people know that if I stay relaxed and run my race like I’m supposed to, I will be the winner at the Olympic Games.”  The “ifs” have always been Powell’s problem.

Flotrack interviews the 2011 triple jump world champion, Christian Taylor.

Ken Goe’s links from Thursday, including a brief interview with Jerry Schumacher, the coach of the Oregon Track Club/Portland.

Bonnie Ford of ESPN interviews the American marathon Olympic team.  The key revelations are that Ryan Hall knows exactly how far the Olympic village is from the stadium, Abdi Abdirahman thinks a four-mile walk is a workout, and Meb Keflezighi is no fan of U-turns.

Rich Perelman wants a NCAA track and field playoff.

Paavo Nurmi’s win in the 1924 5,000 makes The Guardian’s “50 Stunning Olympic Moments” list.

I’m off to Oxy (and to eat here first)!

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 26

The Morning Run is back after a brief podcasting break.  You can listen to our latest episode here.

Kenya announced their squad for the Olympic marathon with much controversy and second-guessing.  Geoffrey Mutai was left off the team despite winning the Boston and New York marathons last year as was world record holder Patrick Makau.  Also, the head of the Athletics Kenya called Wilson Kipsang, William.

In the nicest way possible, Clyde Hart, coach of Sanya Richards-Ross, said that he does not consider Christine Ohuruogu a rival.  He is correct, but these are the exact statements that get completely blown out of proportion.  Regardless, I don’t think the US and UK teams will be sharing a tent at the Olympic stadium.

Tim Layden tweets that teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are no longer doing all their workouts together.  This is either nothing, or it is the next generation of ducking.  How can we expect them to race each other when they won’t even practice with one another?

Jesse Squire has a full breakdown of what has already happened and what is come at the Drake and Penn Relays.  A video of yesterday’s pole vault competition in the mall is included.

Track Focus provides a list of the elite entrants for the Drake Relays.  Hopefully using “Drake” a bunch in this post will result in an overflow of traffic to the Morning Run.  The only thing better would be if one of the races at Drake featured Rihanna.

Ryan Hall will run the New York City Marathon.

Joe Battaglia writes about Hall’s preparations for London and the Olympic course.

Doug Binder profiles a Penn Relays starter.

Kevin Liao’s power rankings for the distance events.  Seems like an oxymoron.

The top marks list from the USATF.

What are the best headphones for runningGizmodo tells you.

-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