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Tuesday’s podcast about Aries Merritt’s world record and the rest of the Diamond League news, including an interview with Flotrack’s Kevin Liao, is available for your listening pleasure.
From that episode, Jason and I discovered that Paul Ryan’s running past is a bit more distinguished than we realized.
In what I assumed was a very close vote, Merritt was named the USATF Athlete of the Week.
What do you do after you win a silver medal in the high jump as a rising college senior? If you are Brigetta Barrett, sing the national anthem at a MLB game of course.
Lisa Uhl is leaving the Oregon Track Club Elite in Portland to train with her college coach in Ames, Iowa. Looks like this time interminable cold won out over interminable rain.
We don’t usually cover many college coaching moves, but any time something happens at the University of Oregon it usually has a ripple effect throughout the rest of track and field. Vin Lananna is handing over his college coaching duties to Robert Johnson so Lananna can focus more of his time on big picture projects in track and field. Those projects may include the construction of an indoor facility in Eugene, a potential bid to host the IAAF World Championships and the first ever decathlon competition on the moon.
Usain Bolt will give his wild card spot in the 100 at next year’s World Championships to Yohan Blake. I am assuming this means Bolt is keeping his free pass in the 200.
After injuries have scuttled his last two marathon attempts, Ryan Hall is considering getting a coach.
UK Athletics coach Charles van Commenee will step down from his post. Good luck Great Britain finding someone else who is knowledgeable about track and looks exactly like Al Franken.
Martin Bingisser analyzes the height, weight and age of the hammer throwers in London.
The headline on this Sports Business article says, “IAAF’s Gabriel rejects talk of sea-change for athletics.” Replace “rejects” with “embraces” and you got it.
The Chicago Marathon announced their elite field including Tsegaye Kebede, Dathan Ritzenhein, Liliya Shobukhova and Werknesh Kidane.
Are Valerie Adams and Nadzeya Ostapchuk going to box? Probably not, but if they do, Adams said she would do well because she “fought a few boys at school.” Did she just go there?