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The Morning Run: August 21st

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

We have reached the “two degrees of Usain Bolt” portion of the season.  All Bolt all the time.  Minor league baseball player Billy Hamilton is the latest non-track runner who thinks he can beat Bolt in a race.  Get it line Billy, Usain will get to you right after he takes care of Denard Robinson, Chris Johnson and whoever else decides that they are somehow faster than the fastest man in the world.  Ever.

More Bolt, gold medalist Greg Rutherford said he would not be intimidated if Bolt took a shot at Rutherford’s specialty, the long jump.  Agree that Bolt’s switch to the long jump wouldn’t be as easy as most assume.  Disagree that Rutherford wouldn’t be intimidated if Bolt somehow found his way to the long jump runway.

Yesterday in Budapest, Sanya Richards-Ross won the 200, Jason Richardson took 110 hurdles and Christian Taylor got the win in the triple jump.

In Linz, Austria the big winners were Kirani James, Felix Sanchez, Charonda Williams, Ginnie Crawford, Hannah England and Nickel Ashmeade.

Want to relive the action from London 2012?  NBC Olympics has all the events archived here.

There are Diamond League meets this week in Lausanne and Birmingham.  Thursday is Lausanne and Birmingham is on Sunday.  The Lausanne meet has many Olympic champions and several high quality fields.

Bolt headlines the meet in the men’s 200 which also includes bronze medalist Warren Weir, Wallace Spearmon and Jason Young.

In the women’s 100, all of the London medalists will be on the start line.  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown.  The men’s 100 features four of the eight Olympic finalists: Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey, Richard Thompson and Yohan Blake.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 14th

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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.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 7th

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The Jamaica Invitational headlines this edition of the Morning Run.  Despite running woefully behind schedule (so much so that the satellite window closed before the men’s and women’s 200m races) the meet featured several gold medal favorites and the deepest sprint fields thus far in 2012.

Usain Bolt had his fastest debut ever in the 100 with a 9.82 win.  Michael Frater and Lerone Clarke pushed him, but Bolt, and the jersey featuring his face, was too much over the last 30 meters.

Sanya Richards-Ross lost her race, and her world lead, to Novelene Williams-Mills in the 400.

Carmelita Jeter didn’t look at the top of her game, but she still ran a world-leading 10.81.

A bulked up Yohan Blake won the men’s 200 in 19.91.   Last year, it took Bolt a few months to look like his old self after putting on muscle in the off-season.

In a mild upset, Bianca Knight ran down Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the women’s 200.

The rest of the professional results, including Bershawn Jackson and Brigitte Foster Hylton, are here.

In Kawasaki, Allyson Felix won the 100 in 11.22, Liu Xiang went 13.09 in the 110 hurdles and Amantle Montsho ran 50.52 in the 400.

Andrew Wheating returned to racing at the Oregon Twilight and won in “epic Wheating fashion.”  Bridget Franek also starred with a world-lead in the steeplechase.

It was a two steps back weekend for Alan Webb at the Duke Twilight.

Jesse Squire’s first member of his dual meet hall of fame.

The New York Times on Ashton Eaton, his coach Harry Marra, and the potential of a US sweep in London.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- May 4th

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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- 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 23

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Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany were the winners of the London Marathon.

Science of Sport breaks down the race.

Now that the spring marathon season has concluded, Toni Reavis and Joe Battaglia speculate about the Olympic selection process for Kenya and Ethiopia.

Track and Field News also weighs in on the impending selection.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, Martyn Rooney and Jeremy Wariner both broke 45 seconds in the 400.

Walter Dix ran 9.85 in a race that also featured Mike Rodgers.  Even with the wind, that is a vey fast time for Dix.

Allyson Felix made some poor woman look silly on the anchor leg of the 4 x 100.

World champion Jason Richardson ran 13.20 (+3.7) in the 110 hurdles.

At the Kansas Relays, Bershawn Jackson ran a world-leading time in the 400 hurdlesDai Greene, what have you done?

Sanya Richards-Ross ran a very-impressive-for-April time of 50.18 in Waco, Texas.

What did German high jumper Ariane Friedrich do when a stalker sent her lewd pictures?

The USATF needs to do a better job capitalizing on the Olympic popularity of track, opines Red Shannon.

Usain Bolt will run his first open 100 in Kingston in two weeks.   #OMGBOLT

The Turbaned Tornado- the 101-year old marathoner- has retired from the distance.  He has not ruled out the steeplechase.

NPR profile on Nick Symmonds.  Cue soothing NPR voices.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 14th

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The Rotterdam Marathon is on Sunday and the Boston Marathon is Monday.  Both races have huge implications for the Kenyan and Ethiopian Olympic teams and there is a world record attempt in the men’s race in Rotterdam.  On last week’s show, Jason and I made the following predictions:

Boston

Men:

Kevin: Geoffrey Mutai, Wilson Chebet, Wesley Korir

Jason: Geoffrey Mutai, Matthew Kisorio, Gebre Gebremariam

Women:

Kevin: Buzunesh Deba, Firehiwot Dado, Aselefech Mergia (she may be a scratch)

Jason: Firehiwot Dado, Caroline Kilel, Buzunesh Deba

Rotterdam

Men:

Kevin: Moses Mosop (2:03:50), Peter Kirui, Sammy Kitwara

Jason: Moses Mosop (WR, but not faster than 2:03:02), Sammy Kitwara, Peter Kirui

It is supposed to be very hot in Boston on race day.

The Boston Globe gives a sample week of Geoffrey Mutai’s training.  It is filled with running.

Here are some training videos and interviews with Peter Kirui and Moses Mosop during their preparations for the Rotterdam Marathon.  Dutch subtitles are available for all of our readers in the Netherlands.

For Sunday’s Vienna Half Marathon, Paula Radcliffe will have a 7:52 head start on Haile Gebrselassie.  The time was decided on their respective bests in the event, which I believe gives the edge to Radcliffe.

Saturday’s UTech Classic in Jamaica features Yohan Blake in the 100, Asafa Powell in the 200 and Blake, Powell and Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100.

SB Nation reporter, and friend of the House of Run, Dan Rubenstein interviews Sanya Richards-Ross in his quest to find his favorite Olympic sport.  Veterans of the House of Run will remember Dan as the person who correctly picked Firehiwot Dado to win last year’s New York City Marathon on our preview podcast last November.

Joe Battaglia asks 10 questions to Yelena Isinbayeva.  Unfortunately, Joe does not get a firm answer on what she says to her pole.

You know it is the heart of spring when there is uproar about a high school track athlete getting disqualified for jewelry.  At some point, high school officials and rule makers decided that the most important aspect of all of track and field to emphasize was uniform compliance.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 13th

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Yesterday, the Jamaican Observer wrote about Yohan Blake’s plans to double in the 100 and 200 at this year’s Olympics.  While not surprising, it got me thinking about which decisions will have the most impact on the competition in London.  After not including relays, or assumed doubles, such as Usain Bolt, Walter Dix, Carmelita Jeter, Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, etc. I narrowed it down to four:

Allyson Felix: 100/200, 200/400, 200,  400

Despite the articles and intimations to the contrary, attempting the 100 seems like a long shot for Felix.  After all, if she were going to put another race on her schedule that comes before her favored 200, then it would be the 400, where she narrowly missed gold in 2011.  If she does opt for the 100, her path out of the Olympic Trials got a little bit easier with the news that Marshevet Hooker will be taking the year off.

However, it seems very hard to believe Felix would put an extra race in her legs, both in Eugene and London trying to beat 100 meter specialists.  The more realistic option is between the 200 and 400.  She tried the double last year in Daegu and came up a bit short finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively, but even with the Olympic year resurgence of Sanya Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu, the 400 is still not nearly as deep as the 200.

So why would she drop the 400, a race where was .03 seconds away from gold at the 2011 World Championships?  The idea of racing Veronica Campbell-Brown and Carmelita Jeter fresh has to be tempting.  As does winning gold in the 200 where she earned the silver medal at the last two Olympics.

Chances of:

100/200:  1%

200/400:  75%

400:            25%

200:            50%

Abubaker Kaki: 800 or 1500

As they overlap on the London program, this is most likely and either/or situation.  Kaki was the silver medalist in the 800 last year, but the man he lost to, David Rudisha, seems unbeatable.  His switch to the 1500 for the Olympics would make him the first to employ the ARAAC strategy (Avoid Rudisha At All Costs).  Most don’t have the ability to pull off the ARAAC, but Kaki ran 3:31 last year and is already entered in a 1500 for the first Diamond League meet.

What would be the ripple effect of Kaki’s switch?  Aside from Rudisha’s path getting easier, it would make Kaki a medal threat immediately in the 1500.  Throw him, and his closing speed, in the mix with Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat and the chances of an American medal decrease significantly as well.

Chances of…

800: 40%

1500: 60%

Kenenisa Bekele: 5,000, 10,000, 5,000/10,000, neither

We will definitely have more information about the form of the defending gold medalist after he returns to racing this weekend in Ireland. Bekele barely raced last year and dropped out of the 10,000 at the World Championships snapping his undefeated streak in that event in the process.  His 2011 wasn’t all bad though as he returned in Brussels to run the fastest time in the world (26:43).  Was that performance a sign to returned dominance or a final curtain call?

The answer should be much more obvious this year because he will have to show some positive results early in the season in order to get selected to the Olympic team.  Bekele’s presence in either event would make it much more difficult for Mo Farah to win in front of his home crowd and it would also mean that a highly qualified Ethiopian will be on the sideline.  In the 2011 World Championships, Ethiopia went 1st and 3rd in the 10,000 and 3rd and 5th in the 5,000 (they would have been 3rd and 4th had Imane Merga not been disqualified).  The 5,000 and 10,000 are separated by several days making the double manageable.

Chances of:

5,000: 25%

10,000: 85%

5,000/10,000: 65%

Neither: 10%

Yohan Blake: 100, 200 or 100/200

Why would a reigning world champion in the 100 not race the glamour event at the Olympic Games?  The answer is he probably still will, but maybe he should reconsider.  Blake’s 100 meter title last year was a bit diminished by the absence of Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, and was overshadowed by his own post-World Championship 19.26 200 meter time.

His best in the 100 meters is 9.82.  Great, but does not put him in the rarefied air that his 200 does.  If he skips the 100, he will be racing fresh against many that will be doubling back from the 100.  When I floated this idea to Ato Boldon (at about 8:02 on the podcast) he politely told me I was completely wrong, so I am probably way off base.  The prestige and potential earning power is far greater in the 100, but if Blake does not show the ability to go 9.7 or 9.6 early in the season, he should give the 200, and just the 200, a serious look.

100: 65%

200:  25%

100/200: 75%

The rest of The Morning Run

Aries Merritt and his hair are profiled by Yahoo.

The Boston Herald explains why the top Americans will be on the sidelines for this year’s Boston Marathon.  Hint, the Olympics.

The IAAF preview of Boston.

Jesse Squire discusses the connection between Steve Prefontaine and dual meets.

Ken Goe’s links of yore.

More of the non-story that is the status of Delano Williams‘ citizenship.

A great analysis of Matt Centrowitz’s bronze medal race in Daegu.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 6th

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For your listening pleasure, our most recent podcast featuring filmmaker Tim Jeffreys is up.

Here is the trailer for the film about Ryan Hall and information about helping the production.

Jesse Squire provides a great viewing guide for this weekend’s meets so you don’t have to comb through heat sheets or time schedules.

Ken Goe writes about Oregon 800 runner Elijah Greer, while Curtis Anderson wonders whether English Garder can break 11 seconds in the 100.

Washington Redskins defensive back Deangelo Hall reportedly bet Lashawn Merritt $100,000 that he could beat him in a 100 meter race in 2008.  Yes, betting an Olympic sprinter that you could run faster then him is the height of stupidity and hubris, but strangely this doesn’t even qualify as the worst financial decision made by a Washington pro athlete.

Track and Field News makes their early medal predictions for London. Ibrahim Jeylan, Justin Gatlin and Sanya Richards-Ross seem ranked a bit high, while Jason Richardson, Jenny Simpson and Geoffrey Mutai are not picked to medal.

Speaking of Mutai, he says that winning is his focus in the Boston Marathon, not time.  Co-host Jason said this week that if Mutai does not get selected for the Kenyan marathon team it would be a travesty.  I agree, he could run 2:10 in Boston and I would still pick him.

Paula Radcliffe chimes in on the “plastic Brit” debate.

Scientists analyze ways Usain Bolt could lower his time in the 100 to 9.45.  All it will take is a perfect race in perfect conditions.

Kevin

The Morning Run- April 2nd

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Sanya Richards-Ross, Marvin Bracy and Jeff Demps all ran fast in wind-aided 100s at the Texas Relays in Austin.  Full results.

Richards-Ross went 10.89 and still had time to throw up the ‘hook em.’ 

High-schooler Bracy ran 10.06 and shouldn’t really be racing with high school kids anymore.  He is looking more and more like a potential Olympic Trials finalist.

Demps went 10.01.

Jeremy Wariner’s 44.58 split in the 4 x 400 relay is a promising sign after spending much of 2011 injured.

Performance of the meet was the Auburn men’s 4 x 100 relay team that ran 38.30, good for fourth best college performance ever.   It is also the fastest time in the world this year if you are the type of person that is concerned with who has the fastest 4 x 100 in April.

University of Texas football player and U.S long jump champion, Marquis Goodwin, did not compete in his specialty at the Texas Relays citing an injury.  The injury does not seem major as his coach believes he will be back in time for the Big 12 Championship.  Nonetheless, advantage football.

In the Carlsbad 5000 Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel won the men’s race, while Tirunesh Dibaba took the women’s.  Toni Reavis breaks down both races.  Video of men’s and women’s races featuring commentary by House of Run guest, Kevin Liao.

New Zealand’s shot put phenom Jacko Gill will not compete in the London Olympics, opting to concentrate on defending his World Junior Championship title.  The article also details Gill’s seven goals, which unfortunately do not include making more training videos lifting animals or dunking shot puts.

A high school girl that most people did not know (but probably should have) qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 10,000Cayla Hatton, remember the name.

Also, remember the name of Delano Williams, who won the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Champs meet in Kingston.  Williams is from the Turks and Caicos and thus, could actually end up representing Great Britain in London.

In other Champs action, Shauna Helps won the girls 100 in 11.50.  She is 15.

Kenenisa Bekele and Vivian Cheruiyot will headline the year’s first Diamond League meet in Doha on May 15thAbubaker Kaki reportedly will run the 1500, instead of the 800 where he won a silver medal last year.  Switching to the 1500 in 2012 is a smart move for Kaki.  His speed would work well in a tactical race and he could avoid David Rudisha, which is probably the reason why most people will just drop the 800 this year.

The head of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, says the relationship between the company and Usain Bolt has not always been great and there has been some “rough times.”  Like that one time when he became the most profitable and marketable track athlete of all-time and made the company millions of dollars.

-Kevin