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Jennifer Simpson may be the best woman 1,500m racer on the planet. After her run last night in Stockholm, where she took down Genzeba Diba, Sifan Hassan, Shannon Rowbury and Abeba Aregawi, as well as a host of others, the argument can be well defended. 

Here is how I saw the race: 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Five, Friday, August 22, 2014: 

Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile; 5 miles/ 300 mile; 3 miles): 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride outs on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500

Galen lead from 3000 meters, and Edris ran away with 800 meters to go! 
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Muktar Edris wins 5,000m with WL of 12:54.83! photo by

A meet with unique qualities. The history of the stadium, dating to the 1912 Olympic Games, a storied meet, dating to 1967, and the perfect storm. Athletes from Africa, Europe after up to two of three different championships for some, Americans who had no racing for three plus weeks!

Here is how Alfons Juck saw it. 

For me, the race of the night was the women's 1,500 meters! Jenny Simpson, 2011 World Champ, 2013 silver medalist, showed her stuff by running down Sifan Hassan, and Genzebe Dibaba. Abeba Aregawi was at back of pack. Shannon Rowbury was fourth, putting two Americans in top four!
Queen Harrison rules the 100m hurdles, dodging collisions, and amid consistently sub par race starts, 
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Please enjoy the complete results of the DN Galan Stockholm Meeting. Some respect for Queen Harrison, and Sandra Perkovic, who dominated their events. Perkovic has been doing this all summer, and her 70.18m in Zurich just cemented the contention. Queen Harrison is a 100m hurdle/400m hurdle dynamo, with wonderful personality and a new sponsor. Her smiling and pointing to the ASICS logo in global TV was worth a few advertising points (ASICS owned the media in Zurich during the Europeans, nothing seen like it since Reebok took the 2003 Paris Worlds by storm). 

Celebrate the discus goddess! Sandra Perkovic's come from behind in Stockholm should let people know just how good Ms. Perkovic is! 
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Siffan Hassan, Abeba Aregawi, Euro Champs 1,500 meters, photo by

The women's 1,500 meters should be one of the many highlights of the DN Galan Meeting, one of the most historic in the sport. A fine shot put field, men's 5000 meters, women's discus, and surprising women's steeplechase field should also entertain. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Four, Moving From Training to Racing, Thursday, August 21, 2014: 

Thursday: 1-mile warm up; 7 hill repeats (run 200 meters up hill, turn, jog downhill to the start. Repeat six more times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8 x 150 meters as easy stride outs, jogging back to the start, no rest between; 1-mile easy cool down. #saucony500

Renaud Lavillenie, the WR in the pole vault, has just won the European Championships. He did it on two jumps. With the conditions, as he explained them, and the long season, where he has won 15 straight competitions, Lavillenie is truly the king of the pole vault.

Renaud Lavillenie provides some great ideas for vaulters and some honest assessments if you desire to be a top vaulter. 

Jenny Simpson did this interview with me after the big interview with Abeba Aregawi, Sifan Hassan and Mehta Bafta. 

Simpson is back from a month of training as she ran a fine 3:57.22 in the 1,500 meters on 5 July 2014 in Paris, France.

The grand experiment is: how does one come back from such fitness and then race with people who are finely tuned to kick after major championship meetings?

Should be interesting. But, if anyone is up for it, watch Jenny Simpson! 

The women's 1,500 meters is at 9:50 PM tomorrow night, local Stockholm time. 

The women's long jump will be contested at 6:15 PM local time on Thursday. 

The field is amazing. Brittney Reese, two time Olympic, three time World Champion, Tianna Bartoletta (formerly Madison), and Erica Jarder.

Brittney Reese spoke about the changes she has brought about her jumping in 2014. Tianna Bartoletto, now under the eyes of Loren Seagrave, gave her most articulate and fascinating interview on her team, her training and her love of the long jump. For Erica Jarder, who had a less than happy experience in Zurich, this must have been a major clinic in the Long Jump. 

The Long Jump is a technical event. In this interview, Jeff Henderson, who has jumped 8.52m this season, speaks on what it took to change his jumping and how many people were involved. Michel Tourneus, Swedish long jump star speaks about his challenges and his dreams for the future. 

The Men's long jump will be held tomorrow night at 8:12 PM Local time in Stockholm. 

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