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Episode 171: World Championship Grades with Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk

Kevin is joined by Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk to give out grades for the IAAF World Championships.  The guys discuss the performances by the American sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s dominance, Alysia Montano’s front running and the future of Mary Cain.  Also, Nick shares his opinion on Olympic mascots and the chances that Lolo Jones makes the Olympic bobsled team.

The Morning Run: January 31st

Because before the Super Bowl, you and your friends can gather on the couch for some tape delayed indoor track….

-Jason and I recorded a rather lengthy podcast this week.  Listen here

-Doctors say a supplement was to blame for Claire Squires’s death during the London Marathon last year.   Squires allegedly put a scoop of Jack3d in her water bottle before the race. Jack3d is the same supplement that got Michael Rodgers a 9-month ban in 2012 

-In today’s “What They Won’t Be Doing” segment, Jessica Ennis says she will skip indoors and Vivian Cheruiyot will not defend her World Cross Country championship.   

-Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego is the subject of a great CNN video feature.  Awesome visuals in this piece.

-British Athletics announced their qualifying procedure for the World Championships.  It is 7 pages long and is quite convoluted.  I’m not sure why more countries don’t mimic the American policy.  It has yielded overwhelmingly positive results at Olympics and World Championships and is relatively easy to understand for most events.

-RunBlogRun interviews USATF CEO Max Siegel.  There is lots of business/marketing jargon, but Siegel does tease that USATF has “some exciting announcements coming in the next few months.”

-John Steffensen, best known for taunting in the third person and doing the Cat Daddy, has been suspend for 6 months by Athletics AustraliaHis federation didn’t take kindly to his claims that he was racially vilified and discriminated against.

-Aries Merritt is out of Saturday’s New Balance Grand Prix after suffering a cramp in training.  I’m guessing the sold out crowd probably wish they knew this before they bought tickets

-Drug testers came to Kenya to take the blood of many of their best athletes.  Fingers crossed that no deer antler spray was found.

The Morning Run: September 6th

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

-The start lists for the final Diamond League meet in Brussels are posted.  We promise this is the last track meet of the year.  Ok, there is Rieti is on the 9th, but that is it.

-Hubert Lawrence of the Jamaica Gleaner argues that countries that have earned multiple wild cards to the World Championships should not be limited to four entries.  This situation arises when the Diamond League champion and the defending world champion come from the same country (but aren’t the same person).  Lawrence cites the men’s steeplechase where Ezekiel Kemboi is the defending champion and Paul Koech will win this season’s Diamond League.  This could happen (or already has happened) in at least four different events:

Men’s 100 (Usain Bolt/Yohan Blake)

Men’s 200 (Nickel Ashmeade/Bolt)

Men’s 110 Hurdles (Aries Merritt/Jason Richardson)

Women’s 5000 (Mercy Cherono, Vivian Cheruiyot) 

The U.S. won’t be in this position in the women’s 200, but it is interesting that American Charonda Williams is on the brink of winning the Diamond League title in the 200.  She can clinch with a first or second place finish or if Bianca Knight finishes lower than first.  Williams didn’t make the finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials and her results this year from the Diamond League show that consistency, not dominance, can win you the title:

Shanghai: 5th

Oslo: 3rd

Paris: 3rd

London: 1st

Stockholm: 1st

Brussels: ??

Most American sprint fans probably aren’t familiar with Williams, but credit to her for making the most of the new wild card rule.   She capitalized on the absence of the big 200-meter stars and now looks poised to earn a trip to Moscow.  Perhaps others were not aware of this alternate route to the World Championships (this was the case with hurdler Dawn Harper) , but surely fewer will be in the dark next season.

-Jason and I tried to make sense of David Rudisha’s defeat, Oscar Pistorius’ comments and Paul Ryan’s marathon time in our latest podcast.  As always, you can subscribe/rate the podcast on iTunes.

-Days after the controversial post-race accusations by Pistorius, the South African Paralympic Committee has registered a formal complaint with the International Paralympic Committee.  That should calm things down.

-Olympians Amy Hastings, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Julie Culley will run the New York City Marathon in November.

-Haile Gebrselassie and Mo Farah were slated to race in the half-marathon at the Bupa Great North Run next weekend.  That was until Gebrselassie dropped out with an injury and Farah opted to run the two-mile instead.  Welcome to the imminent disappointment that is the off-season.

-Kevin

Episode 13: Turkey Trotting

Jason and Kevin dissect results from Turkey Trots around the country, comment on the ongoing Footlocker/NXN rivalry and debate the best way to set up a fantasy cross country league.

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Episode 11: Interview with Ato Boldon

Ato Boldon joins the podcast and discusses  broadcasting, Twitter,  sprinting and his new show, Foot Race.

 

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