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The Morning Run- June 14th

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

The second iteration of the Kenyan Olympic marathon controversy includes Patrick Makau’s agent releasing email contradicting the statements made by Athletics Kenya.

Joe Battaglia argues that conducting an Olympic Trials race for Kenya is the ultimate solution.  I second that.

Jesse Squire writes that the individual entities in track and field need to find common goals and USATF could use a communications manager.

Flotrack tours the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.  If you ever wondered where the next great American archer would be found, this video will answer some questions.

Pat Price asks America’s favorite rabbit, Matt Scherer, five questions.

The Jamaican Gleaner reveals their men’s picks for the Jamaican National Championships.  Including their controversial discus selection.

Ron Bellamy of the Eugene Register-Guard writes that Russell Brown is busy on and off the track.

The Indianapolis Star on Ashley Spencer not running in the Olympic Trials.  This story still continues to confuse me for a number of reasons.  If she does end up making the team for London, her season would only be two weeks longer then it will be if she makes it to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships.  That seems like a reasonable trade-off for the Olympic experience.

Second, the 400 is an event that is frequently dominated by athletes under the age of 20.  Sanya Richards-Ross finished 6th in Athens in 2004 when she was 19.  In those same Olympics, a 20 year-old Jeremy Wariner won gold.  Last year, Kirani James was 18 when he won the world title in Daegu. In “400 years,” Spencer actually isn’t that young and there is no guarantee she will be at this level again in 2016 or 2020.  That said, she is going to crush in Barcelona.

ESPNHS is folding.  This includes the popular high school running website, Dyestat.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 12th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.  – June 12th

Moses Mosop withdrew from the Kenyan Olympic marathon team yesterday due to injury.  He will be replaced by MutaiEmmanuel Mutai.  Not Geoffrey Mutai the guy that crushed Emmanuel in New York about 7 months ago and who has the course records in New York and Boston.  Patrick Makau, the world record holder was also not chosen.  It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to predict the decisions made by Athletics Kenya.  You take what is reasonable, logical and objective and then go with the complete opposite.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was on The Tonight Show last week.  These come courtesy of listener/reader Sam.  Incredible stuff, thanks Sam!

Track and Field News released their updated men’s and women’s  Olympic Trials form charts.

Mariya Savinova’s 1:57.95 800 was the headline from the Moscow World Challenge meet.

Fox Sports recounts the anguish and frustration of Wallace Spearmon after he was disqualified from the 200 in the Beijing.

Days after the end of 2012 campaign, Jesse Squire previews the 2013 NCAA track and field season.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard looks at the Oregon Ducks who have Olympic Trials plans.

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks to Joe Battaglia about the 2008 Olympics.  On Skype nonetheless.

Bernard Lagat does some race visualization for NBC Olympics.

-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- May 3rd

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

If you haven’t do so yet, check out the podcast from this week. In it, Jason and I discuss the Penn Relays, Lopez Lomong’s miscalcuation, Wallace Spearmon’s record and Michael Jordan’s executive skills.

Asafa Powell may not race in Kingston on Saturday.  Whether it has been injuries or an overly selective race schedule, Powell is slowly fading from being a significant figure in the sprinting world.

Patrick Makau says he dropped out of this year’s London Marathon because he thought he had already secured a spot on the Olympic team.  Geoffrey Mutai is probably the only person who believes this.

A new angle of the Katy Andrews steeplechase fall has been posted.  In the last two days, the video has been featured on ESPN, USA Today and Deadspin.  Track may not be mainstream, but falling into water certainly is.

In his second article on the topic, Rich Perelman thinks “track and field and TV need to get married.”  It is very difficult to argue with the benefit of more television exposure and the ideas that Perelman presents are the type of dramatic changes that are needed to see track and field grow.  More on this tomorrow.

Toni Reavis wants to see more participation in road races in the Olympics.  I agree.

Jesse Squire looks at Cam Levins’ “unusual year.”

NBC Olympics asks Trey Hardee about playing guitar.

What do elite distance runners eat for breakfast?  Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton found out.

-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