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 Shanghai. Joe 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)!