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The Morning Run- June 3rd

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

The Prefontaine Classic concluded yesterday at Hayward Field in Eugene with its typical array of fast times and competitive races.  Aside from that, the meet also featured Liu Xiang attempting to dance, Allyson Felix bringing back the bodysuit and Abubaker Kaki shaving a Nike swoosh into his hair (at about 2:05).

Full results from the meet can be found here.

Much of our post-race discussion on the live chat centered around the uncertainty of the American men in the 1500.  Andrew Wheating, Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano were all non-factors in the Bowerman Mile, as was Bernard Lagat, who will be focusing on the 5,000 at the Olympic Trials.  Friday’s International Mile did not provide many answers, as Matt Centrowitz looked rusty. David Torrence and Russell Brown were the lone bright spots, but neither has made an international team.

Justin Gatlin won the 100 in 9.90 and appears ready, willing and able to take on the villain role throughout the summer.  His past history of doping (of which he has never admitted) stands in stark contrast with the charisma and universal popularity of Usain Bolt.  9.90 is a long way from the 9.76 Bolt just ran in Rome a few days ago in Rome, but Gatlin is putting up consistent enough times that he could pose a threat.  Also, the two seem to have some history (see the last 5 paragraphs of this story where Bolt alleges Gatlin spit in his lane at a meet last year).

With each race it becomes clearer that Gatlin will make the American squad for London.  Tyson Gay has yet to surface and Walter Dix suffered an injury yesterday that casts some doubt on his form.  Even accounting for those two, it is tough to envision a scenario where Gatlin is outside the top three.  An even more difficult proposition is seeing a way that Gatlin, even in the red, white and blue in London, is fully embraced by American fans, much less the world.  Not so much for the doping past and the brash statements, but because he will be in opposition to Bolt, the track and field uniter.

Ken Goe’s meet story focuses on Mo Farah and Galen Rupp’s performances in the 5,000.

George Schroeder on the excitement of Liu Xiang.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 2nd

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The second day of the Prefontaine Classic gets going at noon (PST) today on NBC.  Last night was an all distance affair.

Wilson Kiprop won the Kenyan Olympic Trials men’s 10,000 in an exciting stretch run over Moses MasaiBitan Karoki was third.  Although this race has been promoted as the trials race for Athletics Kenya, I would hardly say those names are set in stone.  As Joe Battaglia said on our podcast this week (and wrote about extensively), the controversy and inconsistency of the Kenyan marathon selection process leaves little to be confident about.  Even in the days prior to the 10,000, it was difficult to get a definitive answer on whether selectors would choose the first two or the first three from Friday’s race.

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The hyped International Mile fizzled when the pace lagged a bit behind the rabbits.  With one lap to go rabbit Jordan McNamara was visibly urging the pack behind him to pick up the pace.  Nobody really responded and Kenya’s James Magut won the race.  No “A” standards were achieved despite the effort of placing a second photo finish camera at the 1500 mark.  I hope they can get their money back for the camera.

Last season’s bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz made his outdoor debut and finished 8th in 3:57.44, his first race since the Millrose Games in February.  Last year, in his lead up to his surprise win at the U.S. Championships; he raced ten times between March and June.  This year, only once.

Prediciting the women’s 1500 at the Olympic Trials became a bit more difficult after Alice Schmidt held off Jenny Simpson for a 4:05.64 win.  Schimdt, who made the American team last year at 800 meters, also beat Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury and Gabrielle Anderson.  The American 1500 team looked very strong last year, with Simpson taking the gold and Morgan Uceny winning the Diamond League.  This year, the depth remains, but the task is much tougher.  Three women, two Ethiopian and one Kenyan, have already broken four minutes this season.  Nobody went under four in all of 2011.

Alysia Montano channeled the namesake of the meet and ran away with the women’s 800.  Montano ran an aggressive first lap of 55 seconds and then passed the rabbit en route to a 1:57.37.  This was her first race of the season and it puts her in the company of recent Diamond League winners Pamela Jelimo and Fantu Magiso.

It was closer than expected, but Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s 10,000 in 30:24.39.  Kenyan marathoner Florence Kiplagat was just behind in 30:24.85.  This race was billed as the de facto Ethiopian Olympic Trials.  If that is the case, then Beleynesh Oljira and Werknesh Kidane will join Dibaba in London.

Full results of all races.

The Oregonian the Eugene Register-Guard recap day one.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 1st

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

The Rome Golden Gala meet  was yesterday and the Prefontaine Classic begins today.  Here is a quick recap of Rome:

Usain Bolt allayed doubts, Lolo Jones crashed out of the hurdles (and Dawn Harper won the race), Javier Culson look strong in the 400H (and Felix Sanchez hit the track), Vivian Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar went the full 5,000 meters and Paul Koech just missed the world record.  Abebe Arigawa and Fantu Magiso also starred.

Track and Field News has Bolt’s performance the 5th best all-time after adjusting for wind.

Full results from Rome.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard gives event-by-event previews for the Pre Classic.

Anderson also writes about Friday night’s Kenyan 10,000 trials race.  Live coverage is on preclassic.com.

Start list for all the events in the Pre Classic.  Dayron Robles is a scratch from the 110 hurdles.

George Schroeder on Steve Prefontaine.

The Los Angeles Times of Los Angeles profiles Bernard Lagat.

Ezkysas Sisay was disqualified from the New York City Marathon after testing positive for doping.  He will also be banned from competition for two years.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 31st

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

Make sure to check out our most recent podcast with Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics.  Joe gives a great preview of the Prefontaine Classic and the Rome Golden Gala and also comments on the hype surrounding Lolo Jones, Allyson Felix’s double and the Kenyan Olympic selection process.

Speaking of Joe Battaglia, he introduces the 14 men running in the Kenyan Olympic 10,000 Trials at Hayward Field on Friday night, and previews today’s meet in Rome.

Dai Greene is out of the 400 hurdles in Rome with an illness.  Apparently, policing all of track and field can get pretty taxing.

Add “Visa issues” to the list of items that ail track and field.  Cuban hurdle superstar Dayron Robles may be out of the Prefontaine Classic due to a delay in obtaining his Visa.

TYSON GAY SIGHTINING TYSON GAY SIGHTING.  He only runs about 30 meters on a high school track, but there is a real starter’s pistol and he is using blocks.  In all seriousness, there is a chance that he will debut this weekend on his home track in Clermont.

Asafa Powell believes he can win it all in London.  He is serious this time.

2000 gold medalist Cathy Freeman reflects on her Olympic experience and says she doesn’t have much advice for her countrywoman, Sally Pearson.  The only advice should be:

1) Wear a bodysuit

2) Dominate the last ¼ of your race

Desiree Davila and Edna Kiplagat will meet next week in the NYRR New York Mini 10k.  Despite its name, it is still 10 kilometers.

Pat Price asks Augustine Choge 5 questions.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 12th

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

Our most recent podcast is here.  In it, Jason and I discuss the Stanford InvitationalFlorida Relays, the upcoming Boston and Rotterdam marathons and the trailer to the movie “Fast Girls.”

David Epstein of Sports Illustrated wrote a fantastic article on the late Sammy Wanjiru.  Epstein also appeared on the Sports Illustrated podcast.  I highly recommend both.

Philip Hersh reports that sprinter Marshevet Hooker is pregnant and will not compete at the Olympics.  Hooker was on the 2008 team and was 8th at last year’s World Championships.  Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated points out that Hooker’s absence potentially makes room for collegians English Gardner and Octavious Freeman.  However, Hooker’s experience, and speed, will be missed on the 4 x 100 relay where the US is trying to beat the Jamaican squad for a second year in a row.  It was Hooker’s leg last year (3rd leg) that blew the race open and carried them to victory.

Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker now trains in a “Bat Cave” and appears to be on the comeback after suffering from the “yips” in 2011.

A North Korean marathon exists…….and had a great finish……. and an interesting press release.  The winning time of 2:12:54 was well off King Jong Il’s 1:59:59 course record.

David Rudisha plans only three races before London.  Not sure if this includes the Kenyan Trials.

Lashawn Merritt wants to race NFL stars after his season is over.  I am sure there is a long line of NFL players just waiting to get exposed by Merritt in a 100.

The Kenyan 10,000 meter team, which will ultimately be decided in Eugene at the Prefontaine Classic, has cut the field down to 30.  Another 15 will be cut after a race in Kenya next week.

Guardian retrospective on the life and death of Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell are not racing this weekend, but will be at the same meet.  Who could have seen this coming?

Blake is planning to double in the 100 and 200 in London.  I will have more on this decision, and other key Olympic track and field decisions, on tomorrow’s Morning Run.

Science of Sport’s ”Around the Rings” column features 3 topics on running.

Pat Price reviews the documentary, “Town of Runners.”

After saying that she would be satisfied with a bronze, Paula Radcliffe now sees gold in marathon at London as “realistic.”  The British press have already begun salivating and frantically searching the internet for synonyms for “failure.”

The top American marks of the outdoor season thus far.

-Kevin