Rajne Söderberg is the meeting director of the new Malmo Games. This interview was done on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Malmo Games presser. 

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Rajne Söderberg, courtesy of svenksan.se

Rajne Söderberg is a medical professional who loves athletics. Ragne managed the DN Galan Meeting for nearly three decades, and it thrived under his leadership. The skill set needed to put on a major meeting of global magnitude goes without saying. But perhaps, it should be said. The ability to encourage a community, a club, a country to get behind an athletics meeting, then to work with your team as you find sponsors and convince managers and athletes to support your dream is a long and difficult road. 

Rajne Söderberg has had the support of his three partners, Bengt Bendeus, Daniel Wessfeldt and Lasse Johnson. 

The 2015 Malmo Games has been a success. In this interview, learn about Rajne Söderberg's vision for the sport. 

Renaud Lavillenie is one of our sport's most daring athletes. He is also, one of our best interviews. Lavillenie makes it quite clear he wants to leave a legacy and he is proud of the tradition of French vaulters in our sport.

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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

This interview was done at the Malmo Games presser on February 24, 2015 in Malmo, Sweden. The next day, Renaud made three strong attempts at 6.03 meters, but had to settle for his 5.92m clearance, giving him the six highest jumps of the 2015 year.

We will see Renaud Lavillenie next during the European Indoor Champs, in Prague, March 6-8! 

I have known of Loren Seagrave for the past three decades, as his athletes have developed and he has taken athletes in trouble technically and returned them to success. Now, at the IMG Academy, Loren is working with athletes of all ages,  to hone their skills. 

David Hunter, our fellow athletic pilgrim, writes about one of our most important technical coaches, Loren Seagrave. Loren has lots to share from his vast experience as one of our sport's finest coaches. 

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Loren Seagrave, photo courtesy of IMG Academy



Lost in my travels the past two weeks was this gem from Jeff Benjamin. Jeff, a long time writer for RunBlogRun, American Track & Field, and yes, American Athletics, writes about the story within the story. His piece on the Millrose makes one feel like you are in front of the media section in the Armory, watching the goings on at the 2015 NYRR Millrose Games. 

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Nick Willis, Matt Centrowitz battle to the line, 2015 NYRR Millrose Games, 
photo by photoRun.net
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The Malmo Games site, 24 February 2015, photo by Larry Eder

If you wanted to start a new meeting in Sweden, or, quite frankly, anywhere else on our little planet, you would be hard pressed to find a better team. 

Bengt Bendeus, a former Swedish shot putter, and successful international businessman, ran the Malmo Games in the 1980s and 1990s. Rajne Soderberg was the prime mover behind the two plus successful decades of the DN Galan Meeting in Stockholm. MAI, the local, iconic track club, has secured the permit for the meeting. Bengt Bendeus, Rajne Soderberg, long time MAI club official and meet manager Lasse Johnson, along with well respected manager of athletes Daniel Wessfeldt formed Malmo Athletic International, to develop their innovative track meeting. 




Jordan Hasay is having a super indoor season. Starting with a two mile win at the Armory Track Invitational, Jordan Hasay has run a fine mile in NYR MIllrose and ran a huge PB of 8:50 at last weekend's Sainsbury's Birmingham Indoor GP.

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Jordan Hasay, Carlsbad 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jordan Hasay did this interview with me at the NYRR Media morning on February 13, 2015. Special thanks to David Monti for putting the interviews together. 

Jordan Hasay is coming into her own, and racing well early in 2015. We wish her the very best this season. 


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Early adidas track spike, courtesy of adidas Communications

(Editor's note: The following piece is on a new and innovative club in New Jersey, the adidas Garden State Track Club. We thanks Jeff Benjamin, a long time contributor to RunBlogRun, American Track & Field, and yes, even, American Athletics. )

Updated February 24, Last name is Schneekloth.


The Garden State Track Club
 
By Jeff Benjamin

In today's complex athletics world, it is difficult for post-collegiate American athletes to find a club willing to support it's endeavors, particularly those who are just below the cusp of regional and national levels. Coach Gagliano's NY-NJ Track Club has filled the void for many of the elites of the sport in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area.area. 
However for an aspiring athlete performing below that level, there is a place--the Garden State Track Club. It's President and founder Chuck Schneekloth has now attempted to fill that void  . Setting standards of team camaraderie and inclusiveness throughout the state, the Garden State Track Club has emerged as a rising club in the area, filling a much-needed void.

I had the opportunity to interview Chuck recently--
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Greg Rutherford, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

Greg Rutherford did a fantastic interview at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Indoor GP Presser on Friday, February 20. 

Rutherford, the 2012 London Olympic Games champion continues to add to his resume as one of the finest jumpers of his era, but also one of the most relaxed interviewers in sport. With his wife and new son, Milo, at the meeting, Rutherford would set four PBs during the next day's meeting, finally winning the long jump with a final leap of 8.17 meters, after leaping 8.03m meters, 8.08 meters, and 8.10 meters. 

In his only competition of the indoor season, Greg Rutherford told us afterwards that he is now off to Phoenix and the World Athletics Throw Center for some winter and spring training. His focus in 2015? The World Championships in Beijing in August. 

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Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, A Day in the Life, April 2013, photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, IAAF

Mo Farah has finally taken a World Best, which is a world record by another name. The IAAF just does not call distances such as 2 miles worthy of World Records anymore. So, Mo Farah entertained fans in the BarclayCard NIA Indoor Stadium in Birmingham, UK last Saturday with a brilliant run over two miles. 

Farah had pacemakers hit 2:00.00 for 800 meters and 4:03.9 for the mile. Just before the 2000 meter mark, Mo Farah was off and running hard. As the crowd was wound up, Mo Farah did his best to take the record time of Kenenisa Bekele, who ran 8:04.35 in 2008, a  memory.

Using a 3:59.5 last mile, Mo Farah did get his world best of 8:03.40. Here is a tape of the last 400 meters of the race and my comments on the race right afterwards! What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! 

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Murielle Ahoure, NB 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the European results for the week of 6 February 2015. Special thanks to Carles Baronet, Track in Sun. 

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