August 2010 Archives
U.S. and abroad. This year, Gary ran the Comrades Marathon, RNR San Antonio (he does pace groups at many of the marathons and half marathons). Gary also is part of my RN Running Network TV road show, and we have done shows in Berlin, Beijing,Boston, Des Moines, you name it, if we are in the same stadium, there is a video camera somewhere near!
Gary is literally at a race each and every weekend. He loves the sport and loves running. I believe his secret training aid is...yoga! He swears by it! Always a smile on his face, and a great story from his recent exploits, Gary is just fun to be around!
This is Gary's email plus photos from the Hood to Coast. He recently ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon as well! I hope you enjoy!
understand the Tyson Gay versus Usain Bolt race in Stockholm. Written by Conway Hill on his blog, The view from the Finish Line, this column, in my mind, puts the race in its' proper perspective.
What a difference the month of August meant for Tyson Gay. On August 6, Tyson Gay defeats Usain Bolt. On August 12, Tyson runs 9.78 at AVIVA London. On August 22, at the Weltklasse in Zurich, Gay ran leg three on the fastest 4 x 100m of the year. And on August 27, a 9.79 victory in Belgacom Brussels, in the coolness of a summer night in Belgium.
Tyson Gay says he is ready. He should know. Good conditions in Zagreb on September 1, and
we might hear of a new American record!
Meeting. The 40th version, held over the weekend had meet records, an
Please enjoy the RN Photo Gallery celebrating the 40th anniversary of the R>American
record, a French record and a World Record! David Rudisha's second WR in a week,
Christophe Lemaitre's 9.97 French record, and Bernard Lagat's 3,000m AR! Thanks again to PhotoRun.net, and Chuck Bartlett. We hope that you enjoy!
Bernard Lagat added to his American records today, running an excellent 7:29.00, to take Bob Kennedy's venerable 7:30.84, set July 8, 1988, in Monaco. Bernard took second to Tariku
Bekele, who ran 7:28.70 to Lagat's fine 7:29.00 for second place. Edwin Soi, also under 7:30,
was in third. Chris Solinsky finished fifth in a pb of 7:34.52.
Bernard set the AR for 5,000 meters on June 4, in Oslo, running 12;54.12. He ran a spectacular 1,500 meters, his best in years, in 3:32.56. After his 3,000m win at the AVIVA
London GP, Lagat ran a 7:35.11 in Zurich. His AR here takes three seconds off his personal best!
The summer season of athletics is coming to a close. Rieti is the signal of that. The fast track, the appreciative crowd, give some athletes that little extra push to do well. David Rudisha set his second world record in eight days, running 1:41.01 for the 800 meters! Nesta Carter ran 9.78 for the 100 meters (lots of fans 100 meters here!). Wallace Spearmon ran a 19.85 to take the 400 meters here!
David Oliver ran 13.01, clearly the class of the field, after a season of sub 13 second 110m hurdle races! Nice pb by Nick Symmonds, who finished third in the 800 meters in 1:43.76!
Congrats to David Torrance, who finished eighth in a personal best of 3;34.25 for the 1,500 meters, won by Asbel Kiprop.
In the men's 3,000 meters, Tariku Bekele won, with Bernard Lagat breaking the 3,000 meter
American record (Bob Kennedy, Monaco, July 8, 1988, 7:30.84) with his fine 7:29.00. AR holder at 10,000m, Chris Solinsky, finished fifth overall in 7:34.52, a new personal best!
Shannon Rowbury was first American women at 1,500 meters, finishing fourth in 4:01.63, with Erin Donahue in seventh, running a personal best of 4:03.49!
The picture above is the official finish line shot from the Omega camera of David Rudisha's
second world record in eight days, this one set in Rieti! Following his pacemaker through the 400 meters in 48.20, David Rudisha hit the 600 meters in 1:14.59. Covering the last 200 meters in 26.02,David Rudisha lowered his own world record of 1:41.09 to 1:41.01! Boaz Kiplangat Lalang was second in 1:42.95!
David ran his second world record in eight days in the city of Rieti, Italy, where the 40th anniversary of the magic end of season meeting takes place! Some tremendous performances, including a new AR at 3,000 meters!
In third place, Nick Symmonds of the U.S. ran a personal best of 1:43.76, with Micheal Rimmer of Great Britain, finishing fourth, also in a personal best of 1:43.89. European 800 meter Champion, Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, finished fifth in 1:44.10 and European
1,500 meter champion, Spain's Arturo Casada, was sixth in 1;44.74.
Here is the photo gallery for the Belgcom Ivo Van Damme Memorial, held in Brussels on August 27, 2010. Even with a less than normal start, Tyson Gay ran a superb 9.79 to take the win!
Also running well was Leonel Manzano, who ran 3:32.37, to take the 3:33.01 of one Jim Ryun, from 1967, off the US top ten list. Note that Leonel, when he finished third in the Emsley Carr Mile on August 14, at AVIVA London, ran 3:50.34, which took Jim Ryun's 1967 WR of 3:51.1 off the US top ten list!
Lisa Galaviz, one of the top U.S. steeplers for nearly a decade now, ran a fine 9:24.83, her personal best, in the steeple in Brussels! Lisa has raced all over the world this year in the steeple!
Special thanks to Chuck Bartlett, the RN webmaster, who produces the RN photo galleries! And as always, thanks to PhotoRun.net and the athletes who inspire us!
Molly Huddle, setting AR, August 27, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net
Huddle has had an excellent outdoor season. Her cross country season ended with a fine 19th place at the World Cross Country Champs in Poland in March. On May 1, Molly won the Kim McDonald Invite 10,000 m at the Payton Jordan Distance Carnival at Stanford. On June 25, Huddle took second in the USA Outdoor 5,000 meters to Lauren Fleshman, running 15:30.89, in humid conditions. Molly then got some speed work in, running a personal best of 4:09.22 in July in Belgium.
The speed work proved helpful, as Molly Huddle ran a personal best at the AREVA Paris
meeting, on July 16, of 14:51.84 for 5,000 meters. On August 13, at the AVIVA London
GP, Huddle ran 14:57.93, and it was then that she and her coach decided to race the
5,000 meters in Brussels.
Huddle's form is flawless. She floats around the track, she does not lumber, like many. Her 11 and 1/2 laps at 73.8, ended in one fast last lap, where three finishers all finished between 14:44 and 14:45. Huddle's time, 14;44.76, gave her the AR by .04!
One final note: The first and last photos are actual photos of Molly in the race today! Special thanks to Victah Sailer and Lisa Coniglio, who shot this race, rushed to the awards ceremony,
only to find out from Molly that she had set the AR!
frankly, who can argue? Breaking the American record twice, terribly close to the WR,
David Oliver is a man on a mission. His form is top notch, his speed is honed, and his
focus is on those 110 meters, with hurdles. When RBR asked David's coach, Brooks
Johnson, if he could run 12.85, Brooks responded, " It will just have to be the right
I first interviewed David in Beijing in 2008, and he stood out. Comfortable in his own
skin, David was enjoying his bronze medal from Beijing and the interest in his event.
2010 is a different year. David Oliver is showing that he should be considered one of
the key players for the 2011 Daegu World Championships.
Good luck to David Oliver in Rieti on 29 August, 2010!
Allyson Felix has had a long season. A short indoor season, ending with a gold in
the 4x400 meters, a change in sponsorship (adidas to Nike), and lots of 400 meter
and 200 meter races, showed what might be on the minds of Coach Bob Kersee and
Allyson Felix; the double in Daegu 2011 or London 2012?
Here double, 200 meters on Friday and 400 meters on Saturday, at the AVIVA London
Grand Prix, showed what she is capable of, and she can win such a double!
the 1968 Mexico Olympics), has run three of the seven fastest times EVER and does
not seem to have shown all of his promise. 1:40? Could be!
A hearty congratulations to Deena Kastor and her husband, Andrew, on their good news. A classy response from Mary Wittenberg and the NYRR! Looking forward to fall marathon season!
From the NY Road Runners (http://nyrr.org/)
Pregnant with First Child, Deena Kastor Will Miss ING New York City Marathon This Fall
New York, August 26, 2010--United States Olympian and national marathon record-holder Deena Kastor is pregnant and will not run the ING New York City Marathon 2010 on Sunday, November 7. The announcement was made jointly by Kastor's management company and New York Road Runners.
"I was looking forward to returning to New York this fall to attempt to fulfill my longtime dream of winning there," said Kastor, who was entered to return to run New York for the first time since finishing sixth in 2006. "Since my marathon debut in 2001, winning the ING New York City Marathon has been on my list of running goals."
The pregnancy is the first for Kastor, 37, and her husband, Andrew. The baby is due in March 2011.
"Andrew's and my life has changed greatly over the past couple weeks as we found out I am three months pregnant. We always postponed starting a family, but to hear this news was really exciting and we never imagined it would be so rewarding even long before the baby is born," said Kastor. "I am especially grateful to have felt fantastic except for feeling a bit sluggish in workouts and tired during the day. As soon as we heard the news, I stopped hard workouts. I am running easy days with my Mammoth Track Club teammates, but have chosen to forgo any hard efforts in order that every bit of my energy goes into making sure the baby will be healthy and strong. I don't look pregnant yet, but I hear it seems to happen overnight.
"Despite my withdrawal from this year's ING New York City Marathon, I intend to be there marathon week to take part in all the activities surrounding this fantastic race," said Kastor. "Since my marathon debut in 2001, I have returned to New York each year whether to race, help host charity events, or help with the television coverage. This year is no exception. For a fan of the sport, New York is the place to be come November."
Kastor won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic marathon, and she set the American record with her 2:19:36 victory at the 2006 London Marathon. She has won two World Marathon Majors titles: Chicago in 2005 and London in 2006. Earlier this year she finished second at the NYC Half-Marathon and won the P.F. Chang's Rock-N-Roll Arizona Half-Marathon in Phoenix.
"Deena is like family to us at NYRR," said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. "We are ecstatic for her and Andrew. There will always be another ING New York City Marathon. There's no better reason to miss our race than pregnancy!"
The ING New York City Marathon will feature the marathon debuts of United States Olympian Shalane Flanagan and reigning World Half-Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya; the women's field also includes Mara Yamauchi of Great Britain, who finished sixth at the Beijing Olympic Marathon in 2008.
Rieti is one of the most famous end of season meetings on the European circuit. Many of the greats, from Sebastian Coe, ran there, and most recently, Asafa Powell has run very well there over the past several years. Chris Solinsky, the AR record holder at 10,000 meters is going for Bob Kennedy's AR at 3,000 meters (7:30.84, Monaco, July 8, 1998) at Rieti. The race will be at the end of the meeting, or 9:45 AM EDT on August 29! We have linked the list of entries as well. Good luck to Chris Solinsky as he goes for the venerable AR of Bob Kennedy! (Link to entry list: http://www.rietimeeting.com/info/entry.html)
Solinsky in Stockholm, August 6, 2010, photorun.net.
Time Table (Unofficial)
|SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2010|
|SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2010|
|5.40pm||800 metres||Men||B Final|
|5.50pm||1500 metres||Men||FINAL||Long Jump||Men||FINAL|
|6.10pm||800 metres||Men||A Final|
Angela Bizzari, running for Brooks,
courtesy of Brooks Running
We have spoken about this before. Each of the successful, competitive brands in performance running have found their own way to support the sport. While each may have runners that they support, the approach at each one is appropriate to their running culture. Brooks is the example today. This morning, Brooks announced that they would be adding five elite women runners to their sponsored athlete roster. Their top athlete is Angela Bizzari, the 2009 NCAA XC Champ, 2009 NCAA 5,000m champ and 2010 NCAA 3,000m indoor champ.
Brooks is the number two performance running brand in the U.S. It has continued to grow
in 2010, and their unique approach to resonating with the running community, from the Competitor RNR Race series to the Run Happy Calvalcade of Curiousities. The addition
of these five competitive women distance runners gives Brooks another way of reaching
out to young competitive women runners.
Under Sports Marketing manager Jesse Williams, Brooks running is focusing on finding
sponsorships that resonate with their consumer base and also help them find entree into
potential new Brooks users. Brooks also supports, in the sport of running, Hansons Brooks Original Distance Project, and Scott Jurek, US 24 hour record holder, among other sponsorships. The five women mentioned today make a fine addition to the Brooks sports marketing portfolio.
a tremendous story on Tyson Gay. SPIKES UK has been published now since the
summer of 2008 and has received recognition far and wide. Watch for an upcoming
story about how to get SPIKES in the U.S! (Steve Landells is the writer, and he does
some amazing work for SPIKES!)
But for right now, we thought you might enjoy the story, Faster than a Speeding Bolt,
in the SPIKES UK Spring 2010 edition:
Usain Bolt has a new contract extension with PUMA that last until 2013. PUMA signed
Bolt when he was a junior (and yes, other companies did look at him), and from a
World Junior record holder with potential, to the an athlete who has brought fun
back to the sport, and world record running.
This year, Usain Bolt was beat by Tyson Gay at DN Galan in the 100 meters. What has it
done? In my mind, with that level of competition, the battles between Bolt, Gay and a healthy
Powell will be huge draws next year ( I should not forget the blazing Yohan Blake).
Bolt's contract with PUMA is reportedly the largest in the sport of track & field. To the best of our knowledge, the largest contracts for track & field athletes have reached $ 2 million a year from footwear companies (other compensation: appearance fees, other sponsors, prize money are not counted here). The largest contract in the sport of track & field means that Mr. Bolt surely has millions of incentives to sprint through 2013!
Rudisha, Lausanne DL, photorun.net.
Men's 800m: Following his pacemaker, Sammy Tangui, David Rudisha hit the 400
meters in 48.35 and continued running to break the WR of Wilson Kipketer by the
smallest of margins, running 1:41.09! In fourth was Leonel Manzano, who ran his
PB for 800 meters in 1:44. 56.(Remember, Rudisha ran 1:41.53 in Heusden last month).
David Rudisha, Laussanne, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Well, people have been saying David Rudisha could get the world record for 800 meters, and now, he does it! 1:41.09 for 800 meters, or an average of 50.5 for two 400 meters! When Wilson Kipketer broke the world record, people thought it was, well, Beamonesque. Rudisha has the daring and aggressive to take a stagnant event (the 800 meters) and make it exciting once again.
On the women's side, Caster Semenya ran her first 800 meters in world class competition since her gold medal run in Berlin. Her win here, in 1:59.05, gives her two wins in Berlin.
Wallace Spearmon winning USA Outdoor 200m, photorun.net.
His speed over the last 50 meters is crushing. It is one of the reasons why I wonder he has not run faster over 100 meters, but, that may be because it is not his race. Spearmon was built for the 200 meters, and he sure knows how to run relays. His 4 x 100 meter leg that same night was blazing. He ran up the back of Tyson Gay before Tyson took off like a bat out of hell! An affable athlete, who is the most relaxed American sprinter that I have ever seen, Wallace Spearmon has had an memorable 2010!
Chris Solinsky broke thirteen minutes for the third time last night, at the Weltklasse in Zurich. This puts the Stevens Point, Wisconsin native in a unique position, as he is the only non-African runner EVER to go sub thirteen minutes over 5,000 meters three times in one season.
What was qualitatively different about Solinsky's race in Zurich was that Solinsky was in the race with 1,000 meters to go, and he was battling Imane Merga for second with five meters to go: Solinsky is a racer. He was engaged.
have died....a thoughtful obituary by USATF....please keep Mr. Connolly's family in your
thoughts and prayers....Harold Connolly competed, coached and promoted a website on
the event he loved...
Update, August 20, 2010-Thoughtful piece by Phil Hersh on the passing of the two greats,
Scott Davis and Hal Connolly: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/2010/08/track-and-field-loses-two-of-its-best-halconnolly-scott-davis.html
Men's 5,000 meters: Tariku Bekele takes this one in 12;55.03. But, duking it out with Imane
Merga for second is Chris Solinsky. Merga held him off, 12:56.33 to 12:56.45. Solinsky ran his third sub 13 minute 5,000 meters of the year, tying Bernard Lagat for the most sub 13 minute
5,000 meters by an American in one season! But it was Solinsky's racing, actually racing, that
brought tears to fan's eyes. The guy is a racer! In fifth place, Mo Farah ran his first sub 13 minutes for 5,000m in grand style: his 12;57.94 took down the 28 year old British record of 13:00.41 by David Moorcroft! Galen Rupp finished 12th, running 13:07.34, another pb for the former Duck.
David Moorcroft. Another race would be needed to change the name at 5,000 meters on
the British all time lists.
On Friday, August 13, 2010, Mo Farah, fresh, so to speak from his double at the Euro's wasn't expected to do much more than jog around for 3,000 meters. Instead, Farah ran a hard fought second place, 7:40.75, to Bernard Lagat at the AVIVA London Grand Prix. This observer would have been happy seeing the guy still breathing after Barcelona, but to see him race a strong tactical race, and thrill 20,000 British track fans, well, that showed that Mo Farah had something left in the tank after the Euro's. That would prove to be an understatement.
Dave Moorcroft set the current British record by breaking the world record for 5,000 meters, at the DN Galan Games, on July 7, 1982. He was so far ahead at one time, many in the field thought that he was a rabbit or pacemaker. But, Moorcroft was a man possessed, just look at the video on You Tube; pushing, pushing, 62 seconds a lap, Moorcroft broke Henry Rono's WR by 5.79 seconds, running 13:00.41! His WR held for three plus years, and his British record stood until today, August 19, 2010. For you non-math majors, that means Moorcroft hold the British record for 28 years, 43 days.
In a brutally fast race, where the best of the best were forcing the pace, Mo Farah bid his time, and charged down the final stretch, taking fifth in a field of superstars. The race was won by Tariku Bekele in 12:55.03. Imane Merga was second, in 12:56.34, and Chris Solinsky was third in 12:56.45. Edwin Soi ran 12;57.77, just holding off Mo Farah, who ran his first sub 13 minutes 5,000 meters, in 12:58.91.
Per K. Ken Nakamura, one of our sport's true geeks (er, statisticians), Mo's run was the 79th time that 13 minutes had been broken for 5,000 meters.
It was also a magical mark for Farah. Per UK Endurance mentor Ian Stewart, 1972 bronze medalist at 5,000 meters, Euro and Commonwealth Champ, Moorcrofts' record had been a goal for Mo for the past two years. A hard fought race, a well deserved time, and the breaking of a record. Surely, David Moorcroft, former UK Athletics head, would be proud.
The road to London 2012 will be full of check points. For Mo Farah, he has passed a successful checkpoint.
Early this morning, I woke up, and as is my habit, I checked my email. I saw the following note from TAFWA President Jack Pfeiffer with some sad news. Scott Davis had died on Wednesday, August 18, after contracting an infection in Moncton, Canada.
Scott Davis was one of the sports' top announcers and top statisticians. He was responsible for the FAST annual, and the announcing at many of the top meetings in the U.S. and around the globe. If you were at the Rbk Grand Prix, or the Nike Pre, the USA Outdoors, and the
World Junior Championships, you would have heard the dulcid tones of Scott Davis. Scott
Davis loved his family, his life, his friends and his sport. I will miss him.
Scott was also known for his ribald sense of humor. When I heard his laugh in a room, I would walk over, and Scott always, always, had a joke for me, and many of his other friends. He would get so tickled after telling the joke, he would laugh in silence, then it happened. The
laughing would start! Another key to the color of his jokes and the laughter afterwards; the more off color, the more raucous the laughter. My comment always to him, was, " I love you, man."
Scott Davis had fought cancer since 1997. We have been lucky to have him for the past thirteen years, and I will miss him terribly. Please keep his wife Cheryl, and family, in your thoughts and prayers.
I have included the thoughtful notes sent out by TAFWA's Jack Pfeifer and the IAAF:
Such is the stature in the sport of Christian Cantwell, that AVIVA London
moved the shot from Friday to Saturday, in order for him to rest a sore
foot. Cantwell threw, on one good foot, and hit 20.78m, to take third,
and give him his first defeat in twenty meetings. Reese Hoffa had a good
Four days later, with foot much better, Christian uncorks a 21.78m to take
the Samsung DL Trophy for his event. In his local paper back in Columbia,
Missouri, one writer equated the level of competition to the kind of excitement
that follows a Steven Segal movie as it goes directly to video. Now, I enjoy the
large Buddhist tough man, and think that perhaps, the writer was noting that
Christian needs some challenges. How about then, the World record? Mr.
Cantwell will own that soon enough. Then, I will buy him a Steven Segal
Our favorite global marathoner, Mr. Butcher is waxing poetically here on the Athens Marathon,
and the significance of the 2,500 year celebration of the Battle of Marathon. Read on,
Oh, and special thanks to observant reader Steve Vaitones for that fine post card from the country of Molvania, a land untouched by Modern dentistry. A true classic (yes, and fake)!
that you enjoy!
gentle readers will send us that us that info).
Saucony is one of the premier performance brands in the sport of running, and like its
competitors, in front of the brand and behind, sponsoring races makes great sense. It is
a perfect way to highlight local dealers, communicate with the local running community, and
if you are really smart, do market research.
Running continues to grow, in youth performance, core running, fitness and beginning running!
The numbers speak for themselves. The lesson though, for race directors is to find health management companies, HMOs ,Hospitals to help provide services for their events. Footwear companies are hit on all sides (we estimate $100 million in athlete, event support by
the major brands in US in 2010), and they are sponsoring events because it is good, short term and long term, for a brand that desires to resonate in the running community.
The above cover, on the UK magazine SPIKES was, as one philosopher from
American baseball might say, " Deja Vu all over again." Tyson Gay shook some
fans up with his fast running this past weekend in the cold, damp weather that
hung over Crystal Palace! Two great days of track & field, and now the Samsung
DL moves to Zurich on Thursday! More fun to come!
Falmouth is a right of summer road racing in New England. The winding,
challenging course takes the runners from Woods Hole to Falmouth, and
has seen the greats of road running on this course for nearly four decades.
From Bill Rodgers to Alberto Salazar, to Joan Benoit-Samuelson, to
Gebre Gebremariam and Wude Aleyew Yimer, who won in Falmouth, MA
the recent European Championships. As an example, the crowd shook the stadium as Mo Farah followed Bernard Lagat to the finish of the men's 3,000 meters, in 7:40.36. Galen Rupp set a personal best of 7:43.24, a week after being tripped at 4,000 meters of a 5,000 meters at the DNGalan meeting last Friday.
Tyson Gay, AVIVA London GP, PhotoRun.net.
Updated August 17, 2010, Special thanks to Mike Deering.
Check back during the day for the rest of the events. The Saturday schedule goes from 12:30 pm to the 4:30, with the Emsley Carr Mile!
Javier Culson battling Bershawn Jackson, AVIVA London GP, PhotoRun.net.
Last night, we failed to recognize Bershawn Jackson's last meter victory in the
400 meter hurdles, in 48.12, with Javier Culson, who challenged Bershawn
the entire way!
Please note, that while we can not do this for email yet, you can translate our daily columns at your leisure! We hope that you like it and please send us your comments, to [email protected]!
The following sample shows the RBR column in French:
pretty amazing." Tall praise from someone with such standards.
A taskmaster, Stewart loves the sport and has very concrete views of what makes a great athletics meeting. Stewart achieved most of those views tonight: great in meeting production, great competitions, well-run meet, and at least one great match-up! Well, AVIVA London Day 1 had several: Wheating versus Kaki, Dibaba versus Cheruiyot, Olsson versus Tamgho and Idowu, and then, some sensational racers: Allyson Felix in a blazing 200 meters and Tyson Gay running 9.78, in cold, damp conditions!
But what makes AVIVA London GP is all the moving parts: FastTrack, UkAthletics, the sponsors, athletes and fans all work here, and for two days! Even as the weather conspired
tonight to make it arduous for the athletes to compete, along comes Tyson Gay running a
And that is how the meet ended, with Tyson Gay running the fastest time in the world for 2010, and a meet and stadium record! What will day 2 of the AVIVA London Grand Prix bring? Stay tuned in a few hours!
The crowd is here, thanks to a great marketing program and also the excitement over 19 medals at the European Championships. Hats off to the field put together by Ian Stewart, who, field for field, knows how to place competitive fields that the fans will love, along with up and coming British and American athletes!
Tyson Gay, in semifinals, AVIVA London GP, photo by PhotoRun.net.
The Aviva Performance of the Day was Tyson Gay. His fine sprinting in the cold, damp weather, set a meet record and was a world leader! The women's 5,000 meters showed Tirunesh Dibaba back in superb racing shape, running a 59 second last lap to win the 5,000 meters in 14:36.41, two seconds over Vivian Cheruiyot, who ran 14:38.17.
photo by PhotoRun.net.
The AVIVA London Grand Prix is three hours from now as I write this. The only two-day
meeting on the Samsung DL circuit, this meet will fill up Crystal Palace for two straight
days with 20,000 plus! The UK athletics team sure helped with 19 medals at the recent
Highlights today will be the shot put with Christian Cantwell, the 100 meters with Tyson
Gay and Walter Dix. The 3000 meters this weekend, with Mo Farah, Euro double
champ and Bernard Lagat should be a fine one as well. Galen Rupp, after being tripped
after ten laps in the Stockholm 5,000 meters, is looking for some vindication.
RBR will cover the meet with tweets of each event plus an event by event coverage of the
meet on Saturday morning (For Friday) and Sunday morning (for Saturday night). Photo
galleries, courtesy of Victah Sailer, who is covering AVIVA, then heading to Falmouth
for Sunday, should be in Sunday as well. Also remember, Universalsports will cover
the meet as well on a delayed basis, so check out www.universalsports (now seen
on the RunningNetwork.com sites). Write to you again soon!
Greetings to all! Just arrived in London (Croyden) for meetings and AVIVA London
GP. Looking forward to seeing some great match ups!
One of the points of discussion among many in management in the footwear business has been, Who would replace Richard Bourne? Rich, the CEO of ASICS America, has guided the number one ranked performance running shoe brand in the world for nineteen years. He guided it before it was the number one running performance brand (Just for info, per specialty data, Running Footwear sales is north of $7.5 billion, performance running is the top $1.6 billion, and food chain is ASICS, Brooks, Saucony, Nike, Mizuno, New Balance, adidas..). During his tenure, Bourne has helped develop a great team, from marketing and communications to footwear design, to sales, the ASICS team is solid.
The answer to that question just arrived: ASICS has picked Kevin Wulff to move into the position Rich Bourne has held for nineteen years. Those will be big shoes to fill.
Rich Bourne is a thoughtful man with a keen business eye and a quiet sense of humor. What I like most about Rich is that he leads by example. For the past dozen years or so, I would most often find Rich working in the ING New York or B of A Chicago booths, asking runners what they liked about ASICS shoes and making sure that they got the right size and fit.
Someone once told me that a great manager hires people to do the jobs he or she can't do, and encourage them to do the job better than the manager could ever do. Human capital is key to success in this business. Richard Bourne understands that. In sales (JIm Hoff), marketing (Gary Slayton), communications (Shannon Scott), footwear (Jim Monahan), and apparel (Dave Chandler), among other key people, Bourne has developed a culture that encourages his team to excel. The past nine years, while having challenges, have shown ASICS as a consistent player in the challenging footwear business.
We welcome Kevin Wulff back into the footwear business, and at the same time, thank Rich Bourne for what he has done for ASICS in particular and the industry in general. Leadership changes are crucial in this industry, and as ASICS continues to grow its business, it will become all that more important.
Usain Bolt has ended his season. We have the release noted below, where Pacesetter management told Alfons Juck, our man about the globe that, in looking out for his future career, Usain needs to rest, due to a back injury. His achilles seems to be recovering fine. That means that Bolt will miss Brussels and Zurich.
On August 6, Usain Bolt was defeated by Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at DN Galan Games in
Stockholm. Bolt ran 9.97 to Gay's 9.84. This ended Gay's winning streak at 22 finals. Ironically, the last time Bolt lost over 100 meters was at DN Galan in July 2008, to Asafa Powell.
Tyson Gay versus Usain Bolt, DN Galan/Stockholm, Samsung DL, August 6, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Since his 100 meter world record in June 2008 at the Rbk Grand Prix in NYC, NY, Bolt has been on fire. His three gold medals in Beijing and Berlin, his world records at 100 meters and 200 meters, both in Beijing in August 2008 and Berlin in August 2009 have made him a global sports hero. Bolt's personality and his obvious amusement with the sports culture however, is what has captured the world's interest.
The defeat last week, in my mind, will make both Bolt and Gay even larger than life. Now, there is a rivalry. Competition is what makes our sport fascinating. Add to that the classy way Bolt, Gay, Powell and Spearmon treat each other, in competition and out, stands in huge comparison to the less than classy relationships in other professional sports.
We wish Usain Bolt a speedy recovery and look forward to the 2011 campaign!
Allyson Felix is a phenomenon. She was a super star in high school in
the golden state of California, and after high school, Allyson went pro.
Her first World Championship appearance was in 2003, and since then,
she has made her name known across the globe.
In 2010, Allyson won her first US title at 100 meters! She was surprised
and elated at the victory. Racing 100 meters to 400 meters, and both
relays, Allyson is the kind of athlete a college coach could only dream about.
Quite popular on the global sports stage, Allyson switched sponsorships this
year, going from adidas to Nike.
In her IAAF diary, Allyson writes about competing at this weekends' AVIVA London
Grand Prix on August 14-15.
number two team in the country, Arcadia High School, per the Harrier XC Pre-Season
Super 25 HS XC team rankings. The Super 25 are the life work of Marc Bloom. We met
Ammar at the adidas grand prix. A thoughtful young man, Ammar told us that he has big
goals for the 2010 cross country season!
Marc Bloom has been writing about our sport for over forty years. I first read Marc's book on cross country, then enjoyed his writing and editing of The Runner in those heady days of 1979 and the early eighties.
A keen observer of the sport of cross country, and a former coach, Marc's Super 25 HS Rankings are followed by high school and college coaches, athletes and fans. Here is the 2010 PreSeason Super 25 HS Team Rankings.
(For subscriptions to the Harrier: 1-year subscription is $38 a year for 8 issues (6 fall, 2 spring) mailed 1st-class. Season's Preview Issue published this week. Send payment to: The Harrier, PO Box 41, Marlboro, NJ 07746, or order at marcbloomrunning.com)
I met Russ Pillar and Peter Abraham at the Bank of America Chicago marathon in 2009. I was fascinated with their approach and Pillar's insistence on the transformative power of sports in general and running in particular.
LAmarathon.com now has a feature titled Five Questions. Here is their first interview, with Russ Pillar himself. Enjoy....
Chris Solinsky after the 5,000 meters at the DN Galan Meeting. Victah noted, "perhaps
Chris needs shin guards..." A keen observation!
Jerry Schumacher loves what he does, coaching a great group of athletes, who want to improve and challenge the world. One of his athletes is Chris Solinsky. By luck, I have been able to watch Chris run since he was a junior in high school.
I was watching the DN Galan meet on Russian TV (just so you guys know, the Russian TV crew waxed poetically about Solinsky for about fifteen minutes-big fan base there!), and enjoyed seeing Chris run his most relaxed and tactical 5,000 meters ever. Staying out of trouble, Solinsky is learning how to stay focused, keep in the race, and make his move when it counts.
His shins exemplify what one of my favorite writers, John Parker (once a runner should be
memorized) called the Miles of Trials and Trials of Miles. One earns their personal bests in our sport, they do not come lightly.
Watching Solinsky hang in there when the crazy sprinting for their lives started was breath-taking! And to think, he comes from that high altitude training center, Stevens Creek, Wisconsin!
We are seeing something very special with Schumacher and his merry band of distance runners! Schumacher is a student of the sport. He reminds me of Bud Winter, Jim Bush,
Tom Tellez, only a distance coach. Like Joe Vigil, Bob Larsen, Sam Bell, Vinn Lannana
the others who stood in "the wilderness", Schumacher is constantly learning, observing.
This was brought home to me in 1999, when Schumacher, Joe Hanson and myself shared a
late night of German beer with the late Arthur Lydiard. Jerry asked Arthur questions about
training, and Arthur, who loved to pass on his knowledge, had us all transfixed.
Alberto Salazar spoke about the goal of the Oregon Project to a TAFWA breakfast two years ago: to make American distance running global once again. From Jerry Schumacher, to Mark Rowland to Alberto Salazar, the Oregon project is one of the key reasons that US distance running is being respected around the world! Around the U.S., there are about twelve groups, training, looking for their way to become the best runners that they can be.
Congrats once again to Chris Solinsky and his 12:55.33!
K-SWISS. This race, under the thoughtful eye and hand of Russ Pillar and Peter Abraham.
Starting an event, in my humble opinion, is tough enough. Re inventing an event that was so
polarizing in the LA community is a whole different can of worms. Pillar and Abraham are
taking LA to where it should be, a global marathon. We wish them luck!
The interview with Deena Kastor, the women who kept American hopes in the global marathon pictures and distance picture for nearly a decade on her own, has some good things to say. It would sure be nice for a sports facility company to donate a track facility to the Mammoth Training Center....
In my mind, the best thing to happen in the Diamond League in 2010 was that Tyson Gay
defeated Usain Bolt. In showing that both superlative athletes are human, the DL will create much more value than if, ah, yawn, Bolt won everything in sight. Why?
Our sport is about, match-ups. Competition! Gay and Bolt straining to take the race will be
seen all around the world, even though Universalsports.com pulled the YouTube video of the
race (why do that? The more who see the race, the more valuable your sponsorship is!).
On the cover of SPIKES, a super British publication on athletics, they featured Tyson Gay and noted that Gay would be the guy to defeat Bolt. Nice piece, well done and timely. Usain has had some injuries this year, and Tyson is recovering from his. This race, and perhaps, if we are lucky, another, will have Usain and Tyson racing against each other in 2010. That will be discussed through 2011.
I am not sure why anyone was shocked. After all, both Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay are human and showed class in congratulating each other after the race! Great race on both of their
parts-heck, an epic race! Let's see some more!
Lineth Chepkurui breaks CR at TD Bank Beach to Beacon, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Now in its thirteenth year, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the TD Bank Beach to
Beacon has become one of the premier road races in the U.S. Founded by
Joan Benoit Samuelson and her friends, the race continues to grow and
support the local community. A good race doing good things.....
In a final where the two mightiest lords of sprinting, Usain Bolt and Tyson
Gay, met, the race was sure to be exciting! Both runners got out well, and
Bolt and Gay were even at fifty meters. Then, Tyson Gay began his long
run to the finish, and Usain Bolt gave it a huge effort, which could be
seen in his face as Bolt called upon a body that had been undefeated since
July 2008. But today was not to be Bolts.
Tyson Gay showed the best form he has since 2007 and blazed the last thirty
meters, to run a fine 9.84. Usain Bolt ran 9.97 for second place. Gracious to the end,
Tyson and Usain congratulated each other, proving once again that our sport has
not only the most amazing competitions, but also the classiest athletes.
Chris Solinsky, Oslo, photo by PhotoRun.net.
In the men's 5,000 meters, who would have believed that five of the best middle distance
runners in the world would be separated by less than two seconds at the end of a very
fast 5,000 meters? Running kilometers at the 2:33-2:38 through four kilometers (61-62 pace),
Mark Kosgey Kiptoo (12:53.46) held off a fast rushing Dejan Gebremeskei of Ethiopia (12:53.56), a madly dashing Imane Merga (12:53.58), victor at Oslo earlier in the season. Eliud Kipchoge, 2003 WC gold medalist at 5,000 meters, was fourth here in 12:54.36. Holding on right behind Kipchoge was Chris Solinsky, who ran a PB of 12:55.53. (Galen Rupp was in fine position through ten laps, and then dropped out. )
Lots of great performances, but you will have to wait til tomorrow to read any more! Remember to watch the whole meet on www.universalsports.com, on Friday evening, or at a time convenient for you (hey, it's track on demand!)
Tyson Gay, photo by PhotoRun.net.
A very thoughtful and quite beautiful track fan told me a few weeks ago, " Larry, it is all about the Match-ups. When the sports has Match-ups, everybody loves it. Focus on the Match-ups!"
Usain Bolt running 300 meters, Photo by PhotoRun.net.
So, in honor of that track fan, and many others, today is Usain Bolt vs. Tyson Gay Day.
In Stockholm, Sweden, about 2 PM EST, Tyson and Usain will run in separate heats to move on to the final, where they will go head to head!
One of the reasons why Usain Bolt is so good is that he knows, no one is unbeatable. He has to run that through his head each and every day. One of the reasons why Tyson Gay is so good and can beat Usain, is because, he knows, no one is unbeatable.
Enjoy, watch, discuss among yourselves!
The art of the interview is not always evident. In my humble opinion, the writer is giving the interviewee a chance to provide an intimate view of themselves. My friend, Australian Brian Lenton, would always show up with a six pack (or two) of an adult beverage, and tape the conversation he would have with the interviewee. His interviews of Brendan Foster, Bill Rodgers and Ron Clarke have a cult like following. Brian would never prepare questions for
the interview--he felt that was not intellectually honest.
While I am comfortable with interviewing actual humans in person, I find sending 9-20 questions a fascinating exchange. LoLo Jones interview, which you will find below, may be the most successful interview of an athlete that I have ever done. I will be curious to see what you, dear reader, think of LoLo's coments.
What follows is the RBR interview with Lo Lo Jones , the 2010 World Indoor Champ, the 2010 US Indoor and Outdoor Champ. LoLo was sent the questions right after I met her at the adidas GP, and she sent them back just after the US Champs.
One final wish: a belated Happy Birthday to LoLo, who finished her celebration just a few minutes before this was posted-her birthday was August 5.
Christian Cantwell, Shanghai 2010 DL, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Doha,Oslo, Rome and Eugene, and now, Stockholm. Those five victories have given Christian Cantwell the Diamond race. His throw of 22.09 meters, the third Christian has throw over the magical 22 meter distance this season, gave him the victory.
Jessica Ennis, the newly crowned European Champion, with a fine score of 6,823, has judiciously decided to end her season, with some consultation with her coach, Tony Minichiello. So, Jessica will be watching the AVIVA London GP instead of competing there!
Tomorrow's 100 meter race in Stockholm will feature Usain Bolt versus Tyson Gay. RBR will predict a time of 9.72 for the winner. Also watch for new 5,000m AR in Stockholm tomorrow night.
Asafa Powell is injured and has pulled out of the Stockholm meet. Alfons
has some of the details below.....
Tyson Gay, Gateshead 2010, can Gay beat Bolt? photo by PhotoRun.net.
Greetings from Salt Lake City! I am out here for the Outdoor Retailer show, the largest outdoor sports trade show in North America. For those who frequented the Super Show in Atlanta and Vegas (1986-2004), the Outdoor Retailer is very positive trade show. In two days, we visited over 40 different companies, from footwear companies, to companies selling solar battery back up for i phones!
Several times each day, I was asked about THE SHOWDOWN, Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt racing on Friday, August 6, in Stockholm, Sweden. The race just became a two man race, as Asafa Powell has bowed out of the race, due to Injuries! This was announced late Wednesday night in Stockholm, per EME News.
Tyson Gay versus Usain Bolt? Now, that is still one heck of a race!
See this guy here? That is Gary Morgan. Gary was an Olympian, in 1988, at the 20,000m
race walk. He now travels around the world, supporting the Olympic movement and
covering events for the Running Network TV.
Gary wrote a diary from Barcelona this past week, on the European Championships. Gary
loves our sport and races marathons like some run 5ks. He ran the Comrades Marathon, one of the most important Ultra marathons in the world, this past spring.
Remember to watch Gary on Running Network TV and Michigan Runner TV. We hope you enjoy Gary's thoughts on Barcelona!
The European Championships are over. Barcelona is being praised for hosting such a
spectacular event! Over 240,000 fans saw seven great days of athletics! Russia,
France and England lead the medal counts, but the Euros were much more than that!
We were introduced to some new stars and some of the great showed why they are
greats. We now have three years in front of us, 2011, 2012 and 2013, with World Champs,
Euro and Olympic Champs and World Champs! A career for anyone!
August 6, in Stockholm, a remarkable race will feature Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt all running the 100 meters! Again, just like the Europeans, it comes down to the competitions, the match-ups!
Looking forward to that race on Friday!
The Micoach site has been completely redone. I was impressed with the level of workouts for soccer conditioning (at level seven, one notes, "this workout will make you cry"). There are workouts for loosing weight, starting running, soccer, among others. I like the ease that one can use the workouts, and again the heart race based workouts makes tons of sense.
On August 2, adidas released a smartphone application, free to consumers. We have provided a video from adidas and the release on the product. RBR will be testing the product and so will the RunningNetwork. We have finished with a video on the Micoach.
Blanka Vlasic was quite worried when she started the high jump, clearing 1.95. " I did not think
there would be a celebration today.", Vlasic told the European media. Yet, Blanka held on and took the European Champs with a fine clearance of 2.03m. Emma Greene of Sweden was the surprise silver medalist and Ariane Freiderich, the German high jumper, took the bronze!
Christophe Lemaitre, Vive Le France!, Euro Champs 2010, Photo by PhotoRun.net.
photo by PhotoRun.net.
David Greene and Rhys Williams went 1-2 in the men's 400 meter
hurdles. Greene ran the 400 meter intermediate hurdles final
flawlessly, and he was rewarded with a time equal to the great
Dave Hemery, 1968 Olympic 400m hurdle champion!
Mo Farah completed his dream: the double at the European
Championships. Winning the 10,000 meter took brinksmanship,
winning the 5,000 meters took focus. Farah had lost to Jesus
Espana of Spain in 2006 by .09!. This year, running a gut wrenching
2:25.24 for the last 1,000 meters, (that is like run four minute pace
for two laps and dropping the peddle to the medal, with a 25.24 last
200 meters), and Farah won! Afterwards he was overcome with
emotions, at the enormity of his achievement.
Viktor Rothlin is a man possessed by the marathon. Rothlin has won
medals in the Europeans in 2006 (bronze) and World Championships
in 2007 (bronze). After nearly two years of injuries, Viktor Rothlin has
become the European Champion! He put two minutes on second place.
In his 19th marathon, Rothlin had a great quote about the heat in
Barcelona, " Compared to Osaka, this was cold!"