Tag Archives: Track and Field News

The Morning Run: January 24th

Because this picture is awesome (via @atoboldon

-Track and Field News reports that Wallace Spearmon will move up to the 400 this summer.  Spearmon said previously that he was going to run the 200 and the 400 in 2013.  If he completely abandons the 200, Americans will have a huge hole to fill.  Spearmon was the only Olympic finalist in London and 100-meter stars Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey don’t appear to be keen on attempting the double this season.  Add in the questionable health of Walter Dix, and the Jamaican dominance in the 200 looks to be even more pronounced in the near future.    

Spearmon’s 400 potential is an interesting question.  His best time dates back to 2006, where he ran 45.22.  The 400 is not nearly as deep as the other sprints, but at age 28 Spearmon will be at the older end of the spectrum in an event that is currently dominated by a 20-year-old.  If nothing else, Spearmon could provide some help in the 4 x 400 where the Americans were upset by the Bahamas in London.

-Usain Bolt will run in the Oslo Diamond League meet on June 13th. I’m very grateful for the head’s up, but wouldn’t it be better if we could get the start lists for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix first before we look to a meet that is more than 5 months away.

-The Tokyo Marathon will feature 2:04 tempo runner and the world’s most overqualified second place finisher, Dennis Kimetto 

-Jim McDannald continues to work the Pac-12 broadcast beat.

-Ken Goe’s links also include an update on the Pac-12’s policy and what it means for the indoor meets in Seattle this winter.

-The Turbaned Tornado will retire from racing after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24th.

-This weekend’s action: Galen Rupp racing a mile in BostonBernard LagatCarmelita Jeter and several other A-Listers in Glasgow.

-Yohan Blake has a new, expensive watch that he will be wearing this season.

What it has:

-Asymmetrical case

-Handwound tourbillon movement

-“Beast bridges”

What it doesn’t have:

-GPS

-100-lap memory

-Airtight/bulletproof protective case, which would seem to be necessary for a $620,000 watch being worn during an athletic competition.

-Our podcast from Wednesday where Jason was in “studio” with me.

The Morning Run: August 23rd

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

We posted a podcast Tuesday covering all the story lines of the on/off season.

Coverage of today’s meet in Lausanne begins at 11 a.m. PST.  The best feed can probably found here on the CBC site.  Hooray Canada!

Track and Field News breaks down just how consistent how Aries Merritt has been in 2012.

More Aries, he raced some NBA players, including point guard John Wall, at the Reebok headquarters.  The most instructive portion of the video comes when legendary basketball coach Bobby Hurley is overheard bracing the basketball players for imminent defeat.

Ajee Wilson, winner of the 800 at the 2012 World Junior Championships, will defer her enrollment to Florida State.  By delaying her college career, Wilson hopes to have a better chance at qualifying for next year’s world championships.

The newly updated American top 40 list from Track and Field News.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has some advice for Lolo Jones.

Usain Bolt gives an update on his post-Olympic plans including his thoughts on the long jump and the 400.  Wait, this news is too serious for Bolt.  Here we go, an article about a seven-year-old who made a model of Bolt out of vegetables!

Yohan Blake’s agent is upset at the low appearance fee offerred to his client by Birmingham meet director Ian Stewart.  Stewart also ruffled feathers earlier in the year when he barred Lolo Jones and Nick Symmonds from competing at the London Diamond League meet.  Prior to this summer, Stewart was only known to Americans as the guy who made Steve Prefontaine  have 4th street named after him.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 12th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.  – June 12th

Moses Mosop withdrew from the Kenyan Olympic marathon team yesterday due to injury.  He will be replaced by MutaiEmmanuel Mutai.  Not Geoffrey Mutai the guy that crushed Emmanuel in New York about 7 months ago and who has the course records in New York and Boston.  Patrick Makau, the world record holder was also not chosen.  It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to predict the decisions made by Athletics Kenya.  You take what is reasonable, logical and objective and then go with the complete opposite.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was on The Tonight Show last week.  These come courtesy of listener/reader Sam.  Incredible stuff, thanks Sam!

Track and Field News released their updated men’s and women’s  Olympic Trials form charts.

Mariya Savinova’s 1:57.95 800 was the headline from the Moscow World Challenge meet.

Fox Sports recounts the anguish and frustration of Wallace Spearmon after he was disqualified from the 200 in the Beijing.

Days after the end of 2012 campaign, Jesse Squire previews the 2013 NCAA track and field season.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard looks at the Oregon Ducks who have Olympic Trials plans.

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks to Joe Battaglia about the 2008 Olympics.  On Skype nonetheless.

Bernard Lagat does some race visualization for NBC Olympics.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 5th

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

Tyson Gay will make his 2012 debut in New York at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.  Gay will be in the “B” section and will not be racing head-to-head with 2011 world champion Yohan Blake.   Gay, and his agent Mark Wetmore, cited preparedness issues as the reason he would not be racing in the premiere section.  In the same article, Wetmore says that Gay could be ready for something in the 9.9s on Saturday.

Whether or not that is realistic is debatable, but the fact that it is even being considered seems to undermine the unpreparedness  argument for why Gay needs to be in a separate section.  Nobody begrudges him if he needs a tune-up race and can’t touch a sub-10 yet, but claiming he isn’t race-ready and then floating 9.9 is highly contradictory.  Regardless, this should be the most anticipated “B” section of 2012

The most recent start lists for New York can be found here.

The NCAA Championships begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday.  Track and Field News produced women’s and men’s form charts.

The most recent start lists for the Bislett Games, Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League have been posted.  Some races to keep an eye on:

Can Usain Bolt improve on his world leading 9.76 in the 100 “against” Asafa Powell

Lolo Jones will try to get back on track in the 100 hurdles against Sally Pearson, Kristi Castlin, Tiffany Porter and Jessica Ennis.

Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Dejen Gebremeskel, Imane Merga and the rest of the strong Ethiopian contingent will battle for Olympic spots in the men’s 5000. 

American Morgan Uceny will try to close the gap on breakout Ethiopians Abeba Aregwai, Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500.    

Ken Goe’s links from Monday.

Writer David Davis is writing a book on the first woman to run a marathonMerry Lepper.  Hard to believe it was in 1963.

Start list for the Portland Track Festival, which features Dathan Ritzenhein and Lauren Fleshman.

-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- April 23

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

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 6th

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

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