Berian_BorisFV-PreC16.jpgBoris Berian, photo by PhotoRun.net

EUGENE (USA): Nike has dropped its lawsuit against Boris Berian ahead of the American Olympic Trials in Eugene, informs AFP. "Nike has dropped the lawsuit against Boris. Boris will compete in the Olympic trials. He is in a good frame of mind," said his agent Merhawi Keflezighi. Berian moved from Nike to New Balance earlier this season but Nike maintained it had tabled an offer equivalent as they were free to do as stipulated in the contract.

Larry Eder opines: This was a great PR decision for Nike. While there is much to this lawsuit that may have not revealed in public, this was a PR nightmere. Glad to see Boris Berian competing, as that 800 meters is going to be amazing in Eugene! Our sport is polarized, too focused, and inward looking, not outward looking. It is also much more complicated than outsiders see. Our sport is at a cusp. This may be the last time we can actually make progess in cleaning up the sport. This may also be the last time we can take the sport from the 19th century and its autocratic birth, to the possiblity of making athletics the largest sport, for entertainment and fitness.

Ed Cheserek.jpgEd Cheserek, photo by Cheryl Treworgy/Pretty Sporty

RunBlogRun opines: This is the review we asked Jeff Benjamin to do regarding NCAA Outdoor Track & Field's Friday night on ESPN. The Thursday NCAA broadcast had a higher rating on ESPN than the COPA Soccer coverage.

LeMaitre_ChristopheR1-EuroInd11.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is report 7 for the 2016 European Athletics Outdoor season, as compiled by our friend, Carles Baronet. Carles puts together reports on European, US in indoor and outdoor athletics, plus cross country.

LeMaitre_ChristopheR1-EuroInd11.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is report 7 for the 2016 European Athletics Outdoor season, as compiled by our friend, Carles Baronet. Carles puts together reports on European, US in indoor and outdoor athletics, plus cross country.

jonas_hedman_Deca_540pxl-300x200.jpgJonas Hedman, photo courtesy of Jonas Hedman

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish expert Jonas Hedman started a new website last week. The goal is the publish news about Swedish and Scandinavian athletics every week at www.friidrottaren.com.

Larry Eder opines: Jonas Hedman is a fine writer! He has worked on this site, for nearly a year now. We are happy to see a site dedicated to Swedish athletics. Make sure you check it out often!

SprintStarts-Osaka07.jpgTrack meet in Japan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Suzuki 31:18.73
NAGOYA (JPN, Jun 24): The 100th edition of the Japanese National Track and Field Championships kicked off Friday at Nagoya's Paloma Mizuho Stadium amid on and off rain and the race of the day was the women's 10000 m, where Ayuko Suzuki and Hanami Sekine worked together to both break the JAAF's tough selection standards with success. Suzuki clocked 31:18.73 and Sekine 31:22.92 PB and standard. Third Yuka Takashima 31:35.76 PB. In the men 10 000 m Suguru Osako posted 28:07.44. In the women's long jump Konomi Kai won with 636 (+0.5) sealing her trip to Rio after having already hit the JAAF standard of 6.84 m. The rain prevented quality marks in the men's pole vault but couldn't hold back an exciting battle between national record holder Daichi Sawano and rivals Seito Yamamoto and Hiroki Ogita as all cleared 560 in the mentioned order. Hammer legend Koji Murofushi made a return to the men's hammer, but with a throw of only 64.74 m placed just 12th. Julian Walsh clocked 45.54 PB to lead the qualifiers in men 400 m. Women's 100 m national record holder Chisato Fukushima, the only Japanese woman to have qualified for Rio so far, had a minor upset in the heats, taking only 2nd overall in 11.85 after some bad luck with a -2.1 headwind. In men 100 m semifinals Asuka Cambridge achieved 10.25 (-0.3) and Ryota Yamagata 10.26 (-1.4) over Yoshihide Kiryu 10.29 in second one. Keisuke Nozawa with 49.22 was the fastest in 400 m hurdles prelims. Informs Brett Larner on his website.

Semenya_Caster1-Rome16.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

Semenya 4:01.99, Thebe 44.69
DURBAN (RSA, Jun 24): South Africa's Caster Semenya and Botswana's Baboloki Thebe made the biggest impression on the third day of the African championships. Caster Semenya started the competition with a win in the 1500m, in 4:01.99 PB, the second fastest time ever by a South African after Zola Budd (4:01.81). She was followed by Morocco's Rabab Arafi in 4:03.95. Baboloki Thebe who switched from the shorter sprints to the 400m confirmed his great talent at sea level one month after his African junior record of 44.22 set at altitude in Gaborone on May 21. He claimed victory in 44.69 ahead of teammate Karabo Sibanda (45.42) and US-based Nigerian Chidi Okezie (45.76) who denied Botswana's a full sweep as Isaac Makwala faded to 4th (46.58). There was second gold for Botswana as Nijel Amos made his way to victory in the 800m in 1:45.11 following a few weeks marred by illness and a hamstring problem. Behind him, South African Jacob Rozani clocked an Olympic qualifier of 1:45.38. Kenya claimed medals in the 400m hurdles, gold for Boniface Mucheru in 49.21 and bronze for Nicholas Bett's brother Haron Koech in 49.41, the same time as silver medallist Amadou Ndiaye of Senegal. Local star LJ van Zyl was only fourth in 49.46. Kenya also won the high jump through Mathew Sawe (2.21m) a first in the history of the championships, but was denied victory in the 3000m steeplechase dominated by Ethiopian Chala Beyo (8:21.02) and Gigsa Tolosa 8:22.79. After her silver medal in 2014, and the All-African Games title in 2015, Zambia's Kabange Mupopo claimed the African title in the women's event, the only athlete in the race to finish in a sub-52 (51.56). Two Nigerian athletes won the women's field events, Ese Brume in the long jump (6.57m) and Nwanneka Okwelogu the discus (56.75m). The day ended with loud cheers from the crowd as South Africa shone in the 4x100m relays claiming both titles, the women's in 43.66 and the men's in 38.84, as Akani Simbine held off 100m champion Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast (38.98) in the last meters.

Larry Eder opines: Per CAS decision last week, Caster Semenya will have a focus on her that is not disimilar to her experience in Berlin in 2009. This is not fair, but complicated matters were decided with antiquated information. Caster Semenya is a fine athlete, and she will be nearly unbeatable over 800 meters, but will have some challenges over 1,500 meters.

In this Conversation with Larry, I thought I would try to express my thoughts on the recent IAAF vote on Russia and the recent Jama Aden arrest in Spain. In order for the sport to be cleaned up, this is how it begins.

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Yulimar Rojas, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rojas for first time over 15 m
MADRID (ESP, Jun 23): The 34th Meeting Madrid at Mortalaz Stadium (IAAF World Challenge) was highlighted by new Venezuelan record by Yulimar Rojas 15.02 15.02 (-0.4). She confirmed with that her Rio podium ambitions. Behind her Susana Costa of Portugal 14.31 (+0.2), Dominican republic record for Ana Jose Tima 14.22 (+1.2) and Patricia Mamona 14.17 (+0.4). Another record event was men 100 m. Winner Hassan Taftian clocked national mark for Iran 10.04 (+1.0) and second Bruno Hortelano Spanish record 10.06 (in heats first NR 10.08 +1.4). Third Kemar Hyman 10.13 (in heats 10.12 +1.5). In men 400 m national records for top two, Nery Brenes of Costarica 44.60 and Slovenian Luka Janezic 45.22. Orlando Ortega confirmed good hurdles shape with 13.17 (+0.9) over German Gregor Traber 13.37. US Jeshua Anderson won the 400 m hurdles 48.96 just edging Eric Cray of Philippines 48.98 NR, third Sergio Fernandez improved to 49.02 and fourth Rasmus Magi comes into shape 49.04. Amel Tuka with great finish won the 800 m 1:45.23 beating by 0.01 Antoine Gakeme of Burundi 1:45.24 and 2013 World champion Mohamed Aman 1:45.62. Other men winners Benson Seureui of Bahrain 3000 m (7:50.65), Norway´s Erik Dolve 550 pole vault, German Fabian Heinle long jump 801 (+1.8) and Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger discus 64.42. Home star Ruth Beitia beat on count back Italian Alessia Trost, 193 for both. Rest of the women events had overseas winners. Nigerian Blessing Okagbare who is missing African Champs 11.09 (+1.0) over Ecuador´s Angela Tenorio 11.13. Canadian Carline Muir 400 m PB 51.05 ahead of Catia Azevedo Portugal record 51.63. Cuban Rose Mary Almanza topped the 800 m in 2:00.22 beating Ukrainian Nataliya Lupu 2:00.36 and Iceland´s Anita Hinriksdottir 2:00.86. Ethiopian Birtukan Fente got the steeple 9:42.64 and Chinese Li Lingwei javelin 61.96.

image2.JPGGeoff Smith, Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul, Jr., Rod Dixon, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is Jeff Benjamin's story of the 40th Litchfield Road Race and its origins.

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