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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.
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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.
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Ken Goe’s Tuesday links. They are much more detailed and informative than the links found on this site.
Jesse Squire awards his pro athlete of the week. It is my understanding that winners do not receive prizes.
Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman will race the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in New York City. Yes, THAT UAE Healthy Kidney 10k.
Kevin Liao’s power rankings for U.S. distance races on the track.
Vin Lananna claims he will shave his beard if Eugene residents go 1-2-3 in the Olympic Trials. How likely is this to happen?
Field Events: No
Heptathlon/Decathlon: Not unless Ashton Eaton counts for three
Any race shorter than 800: No
Men’s 800: Symmonds, Mulder, Greer. Could be possible
Men’s 1500: Wheating, Brown, Centrowitz (does he still count?)
Men’s 5,000/10,000: Portland yes, Eugene no
Women’s 800/1500/10,000: Not happening
Women’s 5,000: Lauren Fleshman, Jordan Hasay and…….
The chances don’t look good, but who would have predict the result of the men’s 800 in 2008?
Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard writes another great preview of the Pepsi Team Invitational.
Galen Rupp gives advice on going pro.
Bernard Lagat announces his racing schedule.
Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake might race each other this weekend in Jamaica. When the words “might,” “could,” or “possibly” are used with sprint match-ups it usually results in “didn’t.”
Jenny Simpson will begin her outdoor season at the Drake Relays
New Nike running advertisement that promotes, well I’m not really sure.
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Jason and Kevin discuss the impressive performances from Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn, marvel at the persistence of Dejen Gebremeskel’s left shoe and wonder about the current state of Alan Webb.
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