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The Morning Run: September 6th

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

-The start lists for the final Diamond League meet in Brussels are posted.  We promise this is the last track meet of the year.  Ok, there is Rieti is on the 9th, but that is it.

-Hubert Lawrence of the Jamaica Gleaner argues that countries that have earned multiple wild cards to the World Championships should not be limited to four entries.  This situation arises when the Diamond League champion and the defending world champion come from the same country (but aren’t the same person).  Lawrence cites the men’s steeplechase where Ezekiel Kemboi is the defending champion and Paul Koech will win this season’s Diamond League.  This could happen (or already has happened) in at least four different events:

Men’s 100 (Usain Bolt/Yohan Blake)

Men’s 200 (Nickel Ashmeade/Bolt)

Men’s 110 Hurdles (Aries Merritt/Jason Richardson)

Women’s 5000 (Mercy Cherono, Vivian Cheruiyot) 

The U.S. won’t be in this position in the women’s 200, but it is interesting that American Charonda Williams is on the brink of winning the Diamond League title in the 200.  She can clinch with a first or second place finish or if Bianca Knight finishes lower than first.  Williams didn’t make the finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials and her results this year from the Diamond League show that consistency, not dominance, can win you the title:

Shanghai: 5th

Oslo: 3rd

Paris: 3rd

London: 1st

Stockholm: 1st

Brussels: ??

Most American sprint fans probably aren’t familiar with Williams, but credit to her for making the most of the new wild card rule.   She capitalized on the absence of the big 200-meter stars and now looks poised to earn a trip to Moscow.  Perhaps others were not aware of this alternate route to the World Championships (this was the case with hurdler Dawn Harper) , but surely fewer will be in the dark next season.

-Jason and I tried to make sense of David Rudisha’s defeat, Oscar Pistorius’ comments and Paul Ryan’s marathon time in our latest podcast.  As always, you can subscribe/rate the podcast on iTunes.

-Days after the controversial post-race accusations by Pistorius, the South African Paralympic Committee has registered a formal complaint with the International Paralympic Committee.  That should calm things down.

-Olympians Amy Hastings, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Julie Culley will run the New York City Marathon in November.

-Haile Gebrselassie and Mo Farah were slated to race in the half-marathon at the Bupa Great North Run next weekend.  That was until Gebrselassie dropped out with an injury and Farah opted to run the two-mile instead.  Welcome to the imminent disappointment that is the off-season.

-Kevin

The Morning Run: September 4th

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

Oscar Pistorius angered, confused and disappointed many in the sporting world with his comments about fellow Paralympic athlete, Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira.  Now there is a discussion about how the fallout will impact his brand.

Want to take more than an hour off your marathon time?  Try the Paul Ryan Time Calculator.

Jeff Demps has been placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots.  No more football for him this year.  If only there were another sport he could turn to……

Over the weekend in Berlin, Aries Merritt broke 13 seconds in the 110 hurdles for the seventh time this season.

Also in Berlin, former Oklahoma State star German Fernandez, ran a lifetime best in the 1500Jesse Squire breaks it down.

The preliminary start lists for the Brussels Diamond League meet have been posted.  As expected, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will not be racing one another.  Here is an extended post on the non-reasons why they aren’t facing off.

Matt Tegenkamp and Renee Baillie won the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race and the US 20K title in the process.

If you had the American women and the Eritrean men winning the World Mountain Running Championships, then I have great news for you.

-Kevin

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: July 6th

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

If you are nostalgic for the Olympic Trials, you can always relive the action by listening to the daily podcasts we posted:

Day 1 with Jim McDannald of Track Focus

Day 2 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

Day 3 with Ryan Fenton of Flotrack

Day 4 with co-host Jason

Day 5 with Ato Boldon of NBC

Day 7 with Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated

Day 8 with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics

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 named Oscar 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-Benabbad doing what he does.

Over at the Daily Mail in Great Britain, there is apparently not much to write about.

Flotrack features Ryan Hall.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 11th SPEED Rankings

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

A few links before the updated SPEED Rankings:

Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Kingston on Sunday.  There were no injuries reported.

Yesterday in Vancouver, Andrew Wheating won the 1500 in 3:35.89, while Matt Centrowitz finishsed fourth in 3:37.22.

A final look back at the NCAA Championships from Jesse Squire.

Andrew Riley’s historic 100/110 hurdles double was the highlight of the meet, but what does his future hold?

On the Guardian’s US sports blog, I wrote about Tyson Gay’s first race in almost a year.

Joe Battaglia writes about the David Rudisha’s jaw dropper and whether drawing a more favorable lane can lead Oscar Pistorius to London.

Now for the rankings…..

The track and field world goes relatively dark for the next couple of week.   These will be the last rankings until July 2nd- when the “trials” season is over.  Remember, the rankings are subjective and completely unscientific.

Men

100

1)    Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Justin Gatlin

4)   Asafa Powell

5)   Tyson Gay

In just one race (and a B race at that) Gay has put himself back on the map.  I don’t see any signs yet that Bolt is beatable this year, but Gay is in the thick of the silver medal discussion.  His 10.00 on Saturday was actually faster than Blake’s 9.90 when adjusted for wind.

200

1)   Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Wallace Spearmon

4)   Churandy Martina

5)   Nickel Ashmeade

Ashmeade and Martina both went under 20 seconds in New York.  As was the case in 2011, this event is starting slowly.

400

1)   Lashawn Merritt

2)   Kirani James

3)   Luguelin Santos

4)   Tony McQuay

5)   Mike Berry

Santos won in New York, but McQuay had the best weekend.  He posted two of the top four times this year at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines.  Also, he anchored Florida to the win in the 4 x 400 in a low 44 split.

800

1)   David Rudisha

2)   Abubaker Kaki

3)   Mohammed Aman

4)   Leonard Kosencha

5)   Nick Symmonds

Rudisha put significant space between himself and the rest of the world in New York.  His time of 1:41.74 was .73 off the world record and was enough to win the race by a preposterous margin- almost 3 seconds.

1500

1)   Asbel Kiprop

2)   Nixon Chepseba

3)   Ayanleh Souleiman

4)   Silas Kiplagat

5)   Caleb Ndiku

Kiprop ran a world leading time in the mile of 3:49.22 at the Bislett Games and held the lead from far out.  Ndiku, who posted good results indoors, was 2nd.  Bernard Lagat beat Ayanleh Souleiman in New York, but since Lagat doesn’t plan on racing much at 1500 I left him off.

5000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Bernard Lagat

3)   Isiah Koech

4)   Galen Rupp

5)   Dejen Gebremeskel

The race in Oslo had a heavy Ethiopian presence and three men were able to go under 13 minutes.  Gebremeskel was first in 12:58.92 and will get the rotating 5th spot this week.  Kenenisa Bekele ran a season’s best, but was only 5th.

10000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Kenenisa Bekele

3)   Tariku Bekele

4)   Wilson Kiprop

5)   Moses Masai

No reason to change anything here.  You could make an argument that Bekele should drop by virtue of is 5,000 showings, but I think at this point in his career he will fare much better at 10,000.

110 Hurdles

1)  Liu Xiang

2)   Dayron Robles

3)   Aries Merritt

4)   Jason Richardson

5)   David Oliver

It was a false start party in New York.  After the fourth attempt, Richardson won the race.  By that time, Merritt had been disqualified and everyone else looked completely out of sync.

 400 Hurdles

1)  Javier Culson

2)   Angelo Taylor

3)   Bershawn Jackson

4)   Jehue Gordon

5)   Jeshua Anderson

Culson won again in Oslo and has the three fastest times in the world this year.  Gordon was 2nd and now makes his SPEED Rankings debut.

3000 Steeplechase

1)   Paul Koech

2)   Richard Mateelong

3)   Abel Mutai

4)   Ezekiel Kemboi

5)   Roba Gari

No steeples this week=no changes.

Women

100

1)   Carmelita Jeter

2)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

3)   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4)   Tianna Madison

5)    Murielle Ahoure

Much more movement with this event than I anticipated. Fraser-Pryce won in New York ahead of Madison, Jeter and Allyson Felix.  Is this the last we see of Felix in this event in 2012?  What do we make of Jeter?  After a great start in Kingston, two sub-par races in the United States.  Last year she timed her peak perfectly, so she gets the benefit of the doubt for now.

200

1)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Jeneba Tarmoh

4)   Kimberlyn Duncan

5)   Sanya Richards-Ross

Richards-Ross ran the fastest time in the world on Saturday, unfortunately the cameras stopped rolling at that point for American viewers.  As expected, Duncan easily won the NCAA 200.

400

1)   Sanya Richards-Ross

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Amantle Montsho

4)   Francena McCorory

5)   Novelene Williams-Mills

Montsho had an easy win in Oslo and McCorory just edged Williams-Mills in New York.  How sharp is Richards-Ross right now?  See above.

800

1)   Fantu Magiso

2)   Pamela Jelimo

3)   Alysia Johnson

4)   Janeth Jepkosgei

5)   Mariya Savinova

Magiso won in routine fashion in New York.  None of the others in the top five raced.

1500

1)   Abeba Aregawi

2)   Genzebe Dibaba

3)   Hellen Obiri

4)   Btissam Lakhouad

5)   Morgan Uceny

Aregawi won again, so I did her the honor of actually spelling her name correctly this week.  Dibaba was a closer second in Rome.  Another steady performance for Uceny with a 4:05 for sixth.

5000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Viola Kibiwot

The baby-faced destroyer keeps inching closer back to her destroying form of old.  She won in New York over Defar with a punishing last two laps to finish in 14:50.

10000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Florence Kiplagat

No changes.  Very interested to see how the Kenyan trials shake out in Nairobi.

100 Hurdles

1) Sally Pearson

2)   Dawn Harper

3)   Kellie Wells

4)   Brigitte Foster-Hylton

5)   Kristi Castlin

Pearson was brilliant in Oslo with a world-leading 12.49.  Castlin made it closer than expected running a lifetime best of 12.56.  The American trials in this event will be fun to watch.

400 Hurdles

1) Kaliese Spencer

2)   Lashinda Demus

3)   Vania Stambolova

4)   Irina Davydova

5)   Ti’erra Brown

This event has been all over the place in 2012.  Brown upset Spencer in New York.  The week prior Spencer looked very good beating Demus in Rome.

3000 Steeplechase

1)  Milcah Chemos

2)   Yuliya Zaripova

3)   Habiba Ghribi

4)   Sofia Assefa

5)   Hiwot Ayalew

Chemos won again and broke all sorts of records in the process.  Her time of 9:07.14 was the fifth fastest ever.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 8th

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

Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League was Thursday and although the fields were a bit diluted with the New York meet on Saturday, there were still some significant takeaways.

Asafa Powell looked like a bona fide silver medal contender.  He lost to Usain Bolt, but he ran a season best time of 9.85 and appeared to run all the way through the line.

Yes, Bolt did almost take out the flower girl.

Abebe Aragawi is shaping up to be the Morgan Uceny of 2012.  Last week she won in a fast 3:56 in Rome, yesterday she ran a smart, savvy race to win in 4:02.  The sample size is very small, but so far she has shown the versatility to make her a favorite the rest of the summer.  As for the real Uceny, she finished 6th in 4:05.  She didn’t really get going last year until after the U.S. championships, so I wouldn’t count her out yet.

There was good news and bad news for Lolo Jones.  The good, she ran a season best time of 12.75 and beat last year’s silver medalist Danielle Carruthers.  The bad, the extraordinarily deep American 100 hurdles field, got even deeper with the emergence of Kristi Castlin.  After a stellar indoor season, Castlin finished 2nd yesterday in 12.56.  Sally Pearson’s dominance would be boring if she wasn’t so fun to watch.

Is Kenenisa Bekele improving or flat lining?  He ran his fastest time of the season, 13:00.54, but finished only 5th.  Worse than that, he lost to his younger brother and everyone knows how awful that is.  Oslo was his fourth Diamond League race of the season and he has shown steady improvement, but has yet to have the breakthrough race that truly signals his return.

There are still two more days of racing in Des Moines at the NCAA ChampionshipsJesse Squire gives you the low down on day three.

If you are watching the NCAA meet for runners that will have an impact at the US Olympic Trials, keep your eye on Kimberlyn Duncan, English Gardner and Octavious Freemon in the women’s 100, Tony McQuay and Mike Berry in the men’s 400 and Harry Adams and Maurice Mitchell in the men’s 100.

What to watch for at Saturday’s Diamond League meet in New York.

Desiree Davila answers Joe Battaglia’s questions

Battaglia also features the frequently overlooked Kelly-Ann Baptiste.

NBC’s Rock Center profiles Oscar Pistorius.

The Tonight Show went to Chula Vista, California and sampled some track and field events.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 16th

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

Yesterday, we posted our podcast recapping the Doha Diamond League and previewing the upcoming meets in Shanghai and Occidental.  Jason also mourns the loss of his Chicago Bulls.

The 2012 House of Run fantasy track and field league kicks off this weekend.  If you would like to participate, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Any and all are welcome.

Ahead of Saturday’s meet in Shanghaimany of the world’s fastest ran in Daegu on Wednesday.

A year removed from his death, ESPN revisits the life of Sammy Wanjiru.

NBC’s “visualization” videos feature Lolo Jones, Bershawn Jackson and Dwight Phillips. I would make a joke about viewers needing to visualize live Olympic coverage too, but NBC is ditching the tape delay this year.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the carefree Abdi Abdirahman.

Dai Greene says he never disrespected the American 400 hurdlers, but stands by his statements about Lashawn Merritt.

Speaking of Merritt, he decided to wade into the Oscar Pistorius issue.

Flotrack interviews Santa Monica Track Club founder Joe Douglas about the importance of communications, and even acting classes, for track and field athletes to appeal to the general public.  So if you were wondering where Carl Lewis got the idea he could act from………

The popular “30 for 30” series on ESPN will return and produce a documentary on a steroid user in track and field.  Completely uncharted territory for them.

What happens when a group of ultra-marathoners run down a really steep hill?  Some of them fall, but one of them sets a world record.

Jesse Squire distributes his college athlete of the week awards.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- May 9th

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

Our podcast from yesterday, which started as a recap of the results from Kingston, but ended as a referendum on the movie Without Limits, is up.

The IOC will retest doping samples from the 2004 Olympics.

The Guardian speculates about a potential match-up between David Rudisha and Usain Bolt in the 4 x 400 at the Olympics.  Throw in Oscar PistoriusLashawn Merritt and Dai Greene and we would have something akin to a running apocalypse.   Also, you have to love Rudisha’s epic understatement, “Bolt is fast, he has speed, that I don’t have.”

Bolt says he needs to run fast and win in London.  Not sure why this still qualifies as news.

Joe Battaglia profiles Julius Yego, the Kenyan javelin thrower.

Carmelita Jeter, Yohan Blake and Novelene Williams-Mills will all be running at today’s Cayman Invitational.

The preliminary start lists for the Oxy High Performance meet are out.  The mid-distance races are filled with big names.

Does Asafa Powell get a fair shake in Jamaica?  I vote yes, almost too fair.

Jesse Squire names another member of his Dual Meet Hall of Fame.

Ken Goe’s Tuesday links.

-Kevin