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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 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 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- May 3rd

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

If you haven’t do so yet, check out the podcast from this week. In it, Jason and I discuss the Penn Relays, Lopez Lomong’s miscalcuation, Wallace Spearmon’s record and Michael Jordan’s executive skills.

Asafa Powell may not race in Kingston on Saturday.  Whether it has been injuries or an overly selective race schedule, Powell is slowly fading from being a significant figure in the sprinting world.

Patrick Makau says he dropped out of this year’s London Marathon because he thought he had already secured a spot on the Olympic team.  Geoffrey Mutai is probably the only person who believes this.

A new angle of the Katy Andrews steeplechase fall has been posted.  In the last two days, the video has been featured on ESPN, USA Today and Deadspin.  Track may not be mainstream, but falling into water certainly is.

In his second article on the topic, Rich Perelman thinks “track and field and TV need to get married.”  It is very difficult to argue with the benefit of more television exposure and the ideas that Perelman presents are the type of dramatic changes that are needed to see track and field grow.  More on this tomorrow.

Toni Reavis wants to see more participation in road races in the Olympics.  I agree.

Jesse Squire looks at Cam Levins’ “unusual year.”

NBC Olympics asks Trey Hardee about playing guitar.

What do elite distance runners eat for breakfast?  Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton found out.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 30th

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

The Drake Relays, Penn Relays and the Payton Jordan Invitational headlined a full weekend of track and field.  Our podcast tomorrow will break it all down.  Provided Jason is still alive.

Lopez  Lomong miscounted his laps, stopped and still had time to win the 5,000 at the Payton Jordan meet in world-leading time.  Fast forward to 12:10 in the view to catch the final, confusing and highly entertaining 600 meters of the race.

Joe Battaglia compares Lomong’s miscalculation to early celebrations in other sports.

The perplexing year (and career) of Alan Webb continued last night.  This time it was in a good way.

All total, there were 6 world-leading marks from Payton Jordan.

At the Drake Relays Wallace Spearmon ran 20.02 in the 200, while Jenny Simpson opened her outdoor season with a win.

At the Penn Relays, it was a US sweep.

Highlight videos from the Penn Relays.

WADA finds that the British Olympic Association bylaw banning dopers for life is not in compliance.  The end result is that that Dwain Chambers, and others with past drug bans, are free to run.

Jason Henderson of Athletics Weekly in the UK thinks the ruling shouldn’t all be about Chambers.

Lashawn Merritt comments on Bershawn Jackson getting his back in the Dai Greene dust-up.  If you are keeping track, this is the response to the response to the response.

Jesse Squire’s college track and field scoreboard.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 19th

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

For some reason, there was a large amount of coverage of Olympic track and field athletes yesterday.  Still trying to figure out why.  In the meantime, here is The Morning Run, 99 days before the London Olympics kick off!

Usain Bolt was featured on NBC’s Rock Center.  This is a web exclusive of the piece and an additional segment on the importance of yams.

Not to be outdone, the BBC, with Michael Johnson, also profiled Bolt.

Ato Boldon and Joe Battaglia examine all the phases of Bolt’s race, while also sizing up his closest competitors.

On NBC’s Today Show, world champion Jason Richardson tries to teach Savannah Guthrie to clear a hurdle.  And she failed.   The running under the hurdle trick is so 10th grade.

All sports will be streamed live for the London Olympics.  Let’s hear it for the internet!

Bershawn Jackson takes aim at Britain’s Dai Greene.  I was curious when, and if, someone on the US team would stick up for Lashawn Merritt after Greene called Merritt a cheat.  Jackson answered that emphatically and then some.

Video previews of the men’s and women’s races for Sunday’s London Marathon by race director David Bedford.

Emmanuel Mutai was diagnosed with typhoid during his preparations for  the London Marathon.  Naturally, Jason and I both picked him for a top 3 finish.

George Schroeder follows up with Jason Hartmann after his career performance at Boston.

If Olympic Trials are held in Kenya, and nobody shows up to race, did it really happen?

Kansas Relays shot put recap and video.  Yes, to answer your questions, there is a Charlie Weis cameo.

Sprinter Wallace Spearmon is profiled.

Desiree Davila video and story from ESPN.

Ken Goe reports that Oregon and Arkansas are planning a dual meet to take place within next year’s Oregon RelaysVin Lananna says that it will be “all-out” and that they “won’t rest anybody.”  Bold statements, but also fairly easy things to say when the meet is a year away.

-Kevin