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 Invitational, Florida 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.