Mo Farah Explains (with links)

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642615196.jpgMo Farah, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

Mo Farah explains
LONDON (GBR): Thetelegraph.co.uk writes that Olympic winner Mo Farah has denied any accusations of wrongdoing after reports that his coach Alberto Salazar abused prescription medication and drug infusions on some of his runners.´"Its deeply frustrating that I'm having to make an announcement on this subject," he said. "I am a clean athlete who has never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages and it is upsetting that some parts of the media, despite the clear facts, continue to try to associate me with allegations of drug misuse. I'm unclear as to The Sunday Times's motivations towards me but I do understand that using my name and profile makes the story more interesting but its entirely unfair to make assertions when it is clear from their own statements that I have done nothing wrong. As I've said many times before we all should do everything we can to have a clean sport and it is entirely right that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished. However, this should be done through proper process and if USADA or any other Anti-Doping Body has evidence of wrongdoing they should publish it and take action rather than allow the media to be judge and jury." UK Athletics also denied any allegations of impropriety, saying in a statement to The Sunday Times: "To our knowledge, all doses administered and methods of administration have been fully in accordance with Wada approved protocol and guidelines."

Here's story in the London Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/coach-alberto-salazar-accused-of-endangering-mo-farah-with-drugs-p9njschrb

Here's story from Guardian on Mo Farah denying allegations made in London Times: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/25/alberto-salazar-link-mo-farah-leaked-us-report-usada-russian-hackers

Here's final piece from Sean Ingle of the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/26/alberto-salazar-mo-farah-allegations

RunBlogRun opines: The story in London Times, seems to be a rehash of the 2015 and 2016 stories. Is this about finding if Mo Farah has cheated or knocking him down because he uses an American coach and trains in the U.S.? Not sure if there will ever be concrete evidence in any direction. It is one of the most damning parts of alleged doping in sport. So much is based on rumors.

The first day of the week is a pretty relaxed day. Enjoy your run, have fun in your strideouts. Remember to cooldown.

Campbell_Kemoy-Armory16.jpgKemoy Campbell, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monday, February 27, 2017. Warm up, 6 mile run, 6 x 150 meter stride outs. Push ups, sit ups (bent leg), Ten each, cooldown.

Ahmed_Mohammed1-Pre16.jpgMo Ahmed, Pre Classic 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo Ahmed is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. That is very important to me, since, I lived in the People's republic of Madison and its environs, for two decades.

And his win today, over 5000 meters at the BU Last Chance meet, was at the deepest 5000 meters of the indoor season.

McCartney_ElizaR-Rio16.jpgEliza McCartney, photo by PhotoRun.net

Crouser_RyanW-USOlyTr16.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

McCartney 482, Crouser twice 22.15
AUCKLAND (NZL, Feb 26): New Zealand´s Olympic pole vault medalist Eliza McCartney was the local star at the Auckland Track Challenge meet. After her impressive 470 clearance indoors at Britomart on Wednesday to win the Vertical Pursuit, the 20-year-old Aucklander thrilled a big crowd in sunny conditions with a clearance of 482. That improved her own PB, and national record, by 2cm, and was also a 1cm improvement on Alana Boyd's Oceania record. "I was super happy to get that, not only because it's my all-time PB, it's also a massive PB for the runup I was on, and I'm pretty sure it's a world lead for the year and an Oceania record. So I banged them all out in one which is really nice," she said. She then tried at 490. "I think I would have been able to give 4.90 a much better crack if I hadn't had all that emotion in the competition beforehand. My legs were quite jelly and shaky by the end of it, so it becomes much harder to control the runup and takeoff," McCartney added. Canada's Alysha Newman finished second with 450, while American Morgann Leleux (440) shaded Auckland youngster Olivia McTaggart (430) for third. Another superb result in men shot put as Olympic winner Ryan Crouser achieved massive 22.15 World lead and NZ All-Comers record ahead of Tom Walsh 21.88 (NZ resident record) and Jacko Gill 20.92 with Damien Birkinhead 20.54. "I kind of surprised myself a little bit last week in Christchurch," said Crouser who threw 22.52 to win the Olympic gold in Rio. "I was just hoping to match Christchurch here and managed to be really consistent. This is probably my most consistent meet outside of the Olympics and it's still really early so I'm really, really happy," said Crouser. His superb series: 21.71 - 22.03 - 21.43 - 22.08 - 22.15 - 22.15.
On the track, it was an Australia sweep of the first four places in the men's 800m, with Josh Ralph winning (1:47.75), similar story in the 5000 m where the visitors from across the Tasman filled the first four spots as well, headed by Brett Robinson who won in 13:22.93 over Dave McNeill 13:29.11. Katherine Marshall (2:02.90) caused an upset in the women's 800m when she beat Rio Olympian Angie Petty (2:03.05) in the 800 m. With the help from stuff.co.nz.

Here's the video of Eliza McCartney's pole vault NR and Oceanic record:

Huddle_MollyWideF-NYC16.JPGMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated February 26, 2017

Molly Huddle just ran a 15:01.64, negative splits, at BU Last Chance Meet, with Emily Sisson right behind her (15:02.10). Molly told FloTrack she will race the United Airlines NYRR Half Marathon on March 19! But, then (thanks Molly), Molly Huddle will go back to the track and the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters for 2017! Congrats to Molly and her training partner, Emily Sisson! Great races in Boston!

This feature on Molly Huddle, on her amazing year of 2016, was written by David Hunter. Molly's hard fought year, like the years that preceded it, are like a tapestry of the athlete's complete career. Many more races to run for Molly Huddle, as David Hunter writes in this fine piece. We, her fans are most fortunate.

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Ivana Spanovic 696 WL
BELGRADE (SRB, Feb 25): Top test within first time athletics competition in the Kombank Arena. The Balkan Indoor Championships brought World leading long jump by local star Ivana Spanovic with 696 cm. Towards next week important to note also Croatian pole vault record by Ivan Horvat 576 beating World indoor gold medalist Kostadinos Filippidis 571. Also Stipe Zunic 20.77 in shot put over Bosnian Mesud Pezer 20.12. In long jump Albanian record for Izmir Smajlaj 798. In women triple Greek Paraskevi Papahristou 14.19, Slovenian Tina Sutej 445 in pole vault and Bulgarian Radoslava Mavrodieva 18.10 in shot put over Emel Dereli of Turkey 17.80. Fast 7.63 national record in 60 m Hurdles by Milan Trajkovic, running for Cyprus. Another interesting win for Cyprus in high jump 225 by Vasilios Constantinou. For Serbia winners Elzan Bibic in the 3000 m national U20 record 8:06.98, Tamara Salaski 53.69 in the 400 m and Amela Terzic 4:13.14 in the 1500 m. Turkish wins Batuhan Altintas 46.92 in the 400 m and Tugba Guvenc 3000 m in 9:11.06. Bulgaria had the fastest sprinters with Denis Dimitrov 6.73 and Inna Eftimova 7.35. Women hurdles winner Elisavet Pesiridou posted 8.10 and in women high jump top three over 186 with Slovenian Marusa Cernjul winning ahead of Marija Vukovic of Montenegro and Croatian Ana Simic.

RunBlogRun opines: Ivana Spanovic is the finest European long jumper of her era. Her battle in Rio with Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta was a profound epic long jump experience. In 2015, I had the privilege of observing Ms. Spanovic leap in Malmo, then, in Prague at the European Indoors. Spanovic is a long jump star and should be one of the highlights of Belgrade 2017.

Merber_KyleFV-OConnor17.JPGKyle Merber anchors the 4xMile WR, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated February 26, 2017.

Congrats to Kyle Merber on his fine 3:52.22 for second behind Robert Cheserek (3:52.01) after BU Last Chance!

Kyle Merber has had a fantastic indoor season. Sabrinna Yohannes caught up with Kyle and here's the piece that she did for RunBlogRun.com.

Dibaba_GenzebeFV1-Lausanne16.jpgGenzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe 2:33.06, Taplin 45.19
MADRID (ESP, Feb 24): Last EA Permit meet of the indoor season 2017 in Madrid saw Genzebe Dibaba trying to break the 1000 m World Indoor record 2:30.94 by Maria Mutola in 1999. She ended with 2:33.06 national indoor record and 8th best performer ever. It was her first ever race at the distance. Gudaf Tsegay second 2:38.05 PB. Second fastest of the year by Bralon Taplin of Grenada in the 400 m 45.19 (indoor PB) over Luguelin Santos 45.80 NR. Adam Kszczot confirmed his top shape before European Indoors with 1:46.38 800 m win over Moroccan Mostafa Smaili 1:47.13 and Andreas Bube of Denmark 1:47.30. Home favorite wins for Orlando Ortega 7.51 in the hurdles and legendary Ruth Beitia with season best 198 (she tried at 201) in high jump. Spanish wins also in both long jumps by Eusebio Caceres 788 and Juliet Itoya 648. New Congo indoor record for Franck Elemba in shot put with 20.85 clearly beating home putters Borja Vivas 20.05 and Carlos Tobalina 20.01. Cuban Alexis Copello topped a strong triple jump field with good 17.10, second French Harold Correa 16.94 equaled PB, third Latvian Elvijs Misans 16.77 (equaled overall PB) and only fourth 2008 Olympic winner Nelson Evora 16.75. Yunier Perez won the 60 m in 6.60 over Dutch Solomon Bockarie 6.62 PB. Other winners were Algerian Abderrahmane Anou in the 1500 m 3:42.69, Venezuelan Andrea Purica 60 m 7.30, Italian Ayomide Folorunso 52.97 PB in the 400 m, Moroccan Rababe Arafi 4:14.55 in women 1500 m, new PB for Ukrainian Hanna Plotitsyna in the women hurdles 7.98 and 447 in women pole vault by top two, Ukrainian Maria Kylypko and Belarussian Irina Yakaltsevich.

RunBlogRun opines: Genzebe Dibaba, at this time of the year, is merely human. Her 2:33.06 pails in comparison to the 2:31.94 by Laura Muir. That would be a fun duel to see, Muir and Dibaba over 1000 meters.

Ingebrigtsen_FilipFH-Euros16.jpgFilip Ingebrigtsen, 2016 European Outoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the press release to the opening of the European Championships 2022 process.

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Kipsang 2:03:58 and Chepchirchir 2:19:47
TOKYO (JPN, Feb 26): Wilson Kipsang broke the sub-2:04 mark for the fourth time in his career with victory in the Tokyo Marathon in a Japanese all-comers' record of 2:03:58. Kipsang was ahead of Dennis Kimetto's world record schedule through 30km in 1:27:27 but the record slipped in the next 10km which he covered in 30:02. Kipsang won by nearly two minutes ahead of Gideon Kipketer (2:05:51), Dickson Chumba (2:06:25), Evans Chebet (2:06:42), Alfers Lagat (2:07:39) and Bernard Kipyego (2:08:10). Eritrea's Yohanes Ghebregergish was the top non-Kenyan finisher in seventh in 2:08:14 with Hiroto Inoue the leading Japanese finisher in eighth (2:08:22). Former Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede from Ethiopia was ninth in 2:08:45. Thirteen athletes broke the 2:10-mark in the men's race. "Had someone stayed close to me, it would have been easier to chase record," said Kipsang. Sarah Chepchirchir made a big breakthrough in the women's race, improving from 2:24:13 to 2:19:47 (70:31/69:16) to break the Japanese all-comers' record which stood to Mizuki Noguchi at 2:21:18 from 2003. "I am convinced that this time is good enough to be selected for the Kenyan World Championships team," said Chepchirchir. Ethiopians were second and third respectively through Birhane Dibaba (2:21:19) and Amane Gobena (2:23:09) while USA's Sara Hall set a big lifetime best of 2:28:26 in sixth. Debutant Betsy Saina was on 2:20-pace in the early stages but dropped out in the second half.

Chepchirchir_SarahFV-Lisbon16.jpgSarah Chepchirchir, RNR Lisbon 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

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