June 2012 Archives
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Kim Conley made a gutty rush to the finish line as Julia Lucas' gutty run to make the team, came short, about fifty meters out from the finish line. Mark Winitz, long time writer for
California Track & Running News, wrote this piece about the Golden stater. Special thanks to Christine Johnson, Editor of CTRN, and Chuck Bartlett, web director for Running Network.com.
With a terrible start, Usain Bolt got out late, but was in the race, as Yohan Blake took the lead and ran his personal best of 9.75 in the Jamaican Trials 100 meter final. Asafa Powell ran 9.88 to Usain Bolt's 9.86. That was what we watched on the computer with our friends at Lets Run. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce ran a NR of 10.70 to win the women's 100m in Jamaica, with Veronica Campbell Brown with 10.86 and Kerron Stewart in 10.94.
With two more days in the 2012 US Olympic Trials, there will be some killer races, like the 200 meters, the 1,500 meters and the men's triple jump and women's long jump. And what about a settlement of the women's 100m dead heat?
The battle is on!
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Our TV critic, James Dunaway is tough but fair. Four stars on the Friday broadcast is pretty darn good for our friends at NBC.
Track & Field has benefited so much from the digital world. As track fans left the TV coverage or lack of TV coverage, the digital world grew. Today, NBC is improving its coverage of the sport we love and we applaud that. What will be fascinating is how NBC embraces mobile apps and the digital world. How NBC looks at this new world will determine how fans support their coverage.
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Galen Rupp said he wanted to double, and he was a bit surprised. After fifteen races with Bernard Lagat, Galen won his first race against Bernard Lagat!
Molly Huddle, a Saucony athlete, took second in the race, and goes on to London.
Roy Stevenson sees Evan as the perfect physical specimen for the steeple. I see the guy as the next American record holder.....
Dick Patrick focused on the Men's 5,000 meters, Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat's race. Final fact, out of 15 times that Rupp and Lagat have battled, this was Rupp's first victory.
Elliott Denman decided to write about both events, and we are glad that he did.....
How do we change the paradigm in track & field? How do we tell the story of our sport? Jon Gugala has interviewed Matt Taylor, a film maker and athlete. Read this, savor this, pass it around.
The stories of the Trials are what we will remember? How do we communicate this to new fans, old fans, and soon to be fans of the sport?
A thought provoking piece by Jon Gugala.....
Ashton Eaton, on June 22 and June 23, put ten performances together, winning seven of the ten events, to break the world record in the decathlon. The former world record, held by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, for eleven years, was no more, with Eaton's score of 9,039 points.
The crowd of 21,000 will remember Ashton Eaton hauling over the last 300 meters, running a 4:14.47 for the 1,500 meters, which gave him his first world record.
Eaton was greeted by Dan O'Brien, 1996 Olympic Gold medalist and former AR in decathlon, as well as Bruce Jenner, Milt Campbell, Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson and two sons of Jim Thorpe. In honor of Ashton Eaton's tremendous performance, the Shoe Addicts sent us this video on his performance!
former Duck, Steve Prefontaine.
Tell us what you think about Bob Roggy, one of our country's great javelin throwers.....
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Jones has become quite popular over the past several years, and in truth, no one was a guarantee in the 100 meter hurdles.
We have a superb team at the 100 meter hurdles. We asked Elliott Denman to write a piece about the 100 meter hurdles and here is what he saw:
We ask you to pass this one around. The bottom line is this. For Bernard Lagat, all of 36, this 2012 Olympic Trials is his road to London. This is, probably, his last Olympics. For Bernard, there is some urgency, and some pressure as he takes on Lopez Lomong, Galen Rupp and Andy Bumbalough, to name a few.
Our guess? Bernard Lagat should make the team and in London, it should be Lagat, Farah and a few others, fighting for the medals.
Lagat is tough. He just ran 3:34 to win the 1,500 meters at the adidas GP, on June 9. In less than 24 hours, it will come to the final of the 5,000 meters, and we will know, if Bernard Lagat makes the 2012 US Olympic team.
This is how Dave Hunter saw it:
Shayla is the story of many athletes here. My friend Dave Frank reminded me of this on Wednesday night, as we discussed the Trials. " I hope I never forget, that for most of the athletes here, making the Trials is a supreme effort, and their Olympic dream is made or broken here. This is their supreme effort." Frankie, as we call him, was making a point. And he was right.
Please keep that in mind when you read this article from Jon Gugala. Please also remember this as you quietly honor the athletes who have given you moments of pleasure, moments of sadness as you view their supreme efforts....
California Track & Field Running News' writer Mark Winitz wrote this piece for Caltrack.com about the huge part that coaches played in the success of the 800 meter runners. We wanted to share it with you. Thanks to Mark Winitz and Cal Track editor Christine Johnson for passing this piece along. Remember the Golden state is providing more athletes than any of the other 50 states!
Galen has praised Mo for helping him relax, and Mo has nothing but good things to say for his training partner. One thing they do, when they are not running, they talk very little about the sport. Seems to be working.
In the same week that Galen Rupp totally dominated the 10,000m in the US Trials, Mo Farah unloaded a 53.6 last lap in the European champs today, to win the 5,000 meters. The road to London for both has been a focus for nearly a year....miles to go before they sleep.
The 100 meter dead heat, which has caused so much journalistic digital and print ink to be spilled, continues towards a decision. USATF announced this morning that, once the 200 meter final is run, on Saturday, June 30, 2012, USATF will announce a decision on how the dead heat will be resolved between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh.
Here is the announcement we received:
Women's 100 meter tiebreaker update
USA Track & Field has consulted with the affected athletes and their support teams regarding the tiebreaker for the women's 100 meters. USATF will finalize the tiebreaker mechanism to be used after reconvening with the athletes and their coach following Saturday night's final of the women's 200 meters. USATF will announce the final tiebreaker Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.
Ashton Eaton, photo by PhotoRun.net
The Trials have been a huge success so far. The overwhelming success, the WR of Ashton Eaton, the Wild Duck Cafe parties each night, where even Princes are welcome, have just added to the OT celebration.
Here is David Hunter's column on Ten Olympic Trials questions....Enjoy....
Tyson Gay had not raced between July 2011 and June 9, 2012. On June 9, 2012, Tyson Gay ran 10.00 into a negative 1.5 wind at the adidas Grand Prix. On June 23, 2012, Tyson ran the first round of the 100 meters at the US Trials, winning his heat. On June 24, 2012, Tyson Gay ran the semi-final, moved to the final, with a 10.04. In the final, on the evening of June 24, 2012, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin dueled, with Gatlin taking first and Gay taking second.
Tyson Gay, the AR, is on the 2012 Olympic team for the 100 meters. This video is of an interview, produced by the Shoe Addicts, on Tyson Gay, held on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
We found Tyson Gay very thoughtful about his upcoming race. Special thanks to Global Athletics & Marketing and adidas for the opportunity to interview Tyson Gay.
We heard that Shara Proctor, who just set the UK record of 6.95m for the long jump, was pulled out of the Europeans by Uk Athletics as a precautionary measure. She had a hamstring cramp, and should be ready for her upcoming Olympic adventures.
Alysia Montano and Nick Symmonds were the focus of last nights cheers as the 800 meter finals rocked the 21,000 fans in Hayward Field and 6,000 at the Expo. Montano ran from the front, and Symmonds gutted out a 27.06 last 200 meters, both taking wins in races that were polar opposites.
Sanya Richards, after her superb 400 meter victory, has decided to run the 200 meters at the US Olympic Trials next weekend.
Yelena Isinbayeva is postponing the beginning of her 2012 season. Sounds like an issue of fitness and not an injury. She will probably open her season at Monaco, on July 20.
But, Jerry Schumacher, his coach, got it too. He knew that Evan had to screw up, and it was better to do it in the Oxy than the Trials. To be a great distance runner, one must run on the red line. For the steepler, one must also overcome the barriers while oxygen deprived, so tactics, hurdling experience and strength all play a part.
In my mind, a sport's writer's job is to communicate experiences that the reader never has had, and give them an insight into the situation. Jon Gugala has done that here.
We hope that you are enjoying our coverage of the Olympic Trials as much as we love presenting the great athletes and events that make up the 2012 US Olympic Trials.
Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic Trials champion, finished third in the 2008 Olympic Trials. In 2012, she not only won, but busted it open with her last throw of 213-07. Stephanie also set a new AR this past spring. Here, Mark Winitz, one of Cal Track's long time journalists, writes about one of the Golden States greatest athletes, along with some comments on several of the California athletes who are making the 2012 Trials simply an amazing event! Special thanks to editor Christine Johnson for alerting us to this one!
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USA Olympic Track & Field Trials Coverage: Stephanie Brown
Trafton's Mental Focus, Faith Produce U.S. Trials Discus Victory http://www.caltrack.com/read_
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Bryan Clay had a rough second day. There has been talk of Bryan chasing the A standard. In this announcement, sent by USA Track & Field's Katie Branham, Bryan Clay declines that possible opportunity, and supports the USA Track & Field team on sending two decathletes in stead of three. Clay is concerned about the integrity of the event.
Clay continues to prove that the word Olympian, is a treasured word, and that athletes like Bryan Clay, Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee understand the sanctity of that concept.
Roy Stevenson, one of our columnists during the Trials, wrote this piece on Geena Gall!
Alan Webb spoke to Elliott Denman, who wrote this about a runner who has warmed us and charmed us for over a decade. Alan Webb has huge potential, will he ever make his dreams his reality? Right now, he is headed home to be with his wife as they welcome a new baby into the world. He did tell Elliott to watch out for Robbie Andrews.....
Symmonds took his fifth US title in a row, with his OT title. KD Robinson, rid himself of the demons from 2008, running a perfect race for KD. Duane Solomon made his team, as he and coach Johnny Gray made their dreams a reality.
But, in this 800 meters, Nick Symmonds hit goal 1, now, on to London, where Nick should be in the battle for medals. Here, Dick Patrick gives you a view into Symmonds racing brain and his race in Eugene.
Dee Dee Trotter, photo by PhotoRun.net
For the performance brands, their support of the sport of track & field is key for many of these athletes to continue in the sport. adidas & NIke are the largest supporters of track & field, but, add many of the brands such as Saucony support a team that makes sense for their brand.
Bottom line is this: without the footwear sponsorship of track & field, the sport would cease to exist. Each brand has its place.
LoLo Jones, who was under huge pressure, performed admirably to make the team. In the Trials, third is as good as first, in Eugene.
Like many of the footwear companies that support track & field, ASICS America was very pleased that LoLo Jones, one of their most popular athletes, made the team for London 2012.
How will she do in London 2012? If she continues to run like she did in Eugene, she is on a run for a medal.
Roy Stevenson caught up with Ryan Bailey, the third placer in the men's 100 meters. Here is his piece:
LaShawn Merritt takes the men's 400 meters, 2012 OT, photo by PhotoRun.net
Reese Hoffa, Shot Put Oly Trials winner, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jenn Suhr wins women's PV, photo by PhotoRun.net
Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay duke it out, Men's 100m final,
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Marquise Goodwin wins the Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun
James Dunaway is our media critic for the 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials. A man who has been writing about the each Trials since 1964, this is his first miss. So, we asked James to rate the TV one a scale of one to five stars, plus also add how he would improve the viewing.
At the end of the day, bad TV is not good for anyone, if you have comments on our coverage, email me at [email protected].
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Here is Roy Stevenson's column:
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net
Well, twenty four hours later, it is still a dead heat as Jeneba Tarmoh, is shown at third in 11.07 and Allyson Felix is also shown in third in 11.07.
While USATF is sorting out how they will determine who goes to London, we thought you might want to know more about this young sprinter from the Golden State. Special thanks to Mark Winitz for his writing and Christine Johnson, editor of California Track & Running News for her suggestion on this piece: http://www.caltrack.com/read_
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Here is how Jon Gugala observes these fine runners.
Bryan Clay, Roman Sebrle, 2008 Beijing, photo by PhotoRun.net
Shara Proctor, 2012 Oslo DL, photo by PhotoRun.net
Holly Bleasdale, 2012 World Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Making the team is the key here. This is one of the most tough Olympic Trials that I have ever seen. Jeremy Wariner did not make the top three in the 400 meters, which showed the depth of the 400 meters (five guys under 45 seconds).
In the UK, AVIVA Trials, Holly Bleasdale cleared an outdoor UK record of 4.71 meters and Shara Proctor jumped 6.95 meters in the long jump, for a new long jump UK record.
Geoffrey Mutai cranked out a 27:29 for 10k on the roads, as the marathon champ shows his fitness once again.
Three days down in Eugene, seven to go!
Oh, and Dee Dee Trotter just made the Olympic team, as her second place, in 50.02, put her on the 400 meter team. Trotter's dream became her reality.
Elliot Denman, wrote his column on the depth of the decathlon and the increadible human theater that encompasses the ten events.
Here is the link: http://www.caltrack.com/read_
Amy Hastings 2012 US Trials 10,000m champion, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, LoLo Jones (foreground), photo by PhotoRun.net
100m hurdle final, 2012 US Olympic Trials
100m Final, Williams, Knight, Jeter, Madison, photo by PhotoRun.net
James is rating the TV broadcast one 1-5 stars, with 5 being the best rating.
Clay, Eaton, Hardee, 2012 Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here are the thoughtful clarification from USATF's Jill Geer on the Bryan Clay disqualification in the 110m hurdles in the decathlon:
Bryan Clay decathlon clarification
Bryan Clay was initially disqualified from the decathlon 110m hurdles on Saturday for two infractions: knocking over a hurdle with his hand and for failure to attempt to clear the next hurdle.
Clay's coach protested the disqualification. Upon review, the jury of appeals revoked the DQ for Clay's hand knocking over the hurdle, ruling that it was inadvertent. The DQ for failure to attempt to clear the next hurdle, however, was upheld.
Clay therefore has no mark in the hurdles.
The 10,000 meter races last night drew the fan into the events. Great stories, great challenges. Jon Gugula, who loves distance running and track and field, told me last night that he was drawn to the redemptive stories of Dathan Ritzenhein and Amy Hastings.
For both Ritz and Amy, their races had redemptive powers, not only for themselves, but for the fans who watched, and also for our writer, Mr. Gugula. Here is how he viewed the theme:
Dathan Ritzenhein takes Third Place in 10,000 meters, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
We hope that you enjoy this one!
Rudisha treated the fans at the adidas GP to the first sub 1:42 in North America on June 9. The third day of the 2012 US Olympic Trials are on, a short day today, and the rain continues to come down. The decathlon has the javelin, and 1,500 meters.
Quick question. Have you heard of Li-Ning? You may remember a Chinese gymnast, the first Chinese athlete to win Olympic medals way back in 1984. Li-Ning became a huge hero in China with his six gymnastic medals in the LA Olympics. Or, perhaps you remember that the same famous Chinese gymnast who flew around the famous Bird's Nest stadium during the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Or, perhaps, if you are a sneaker geek, you might know that Li-Ning is the largest Chinese owned sports footwear and apparel company in existence.
"In fact, all are correct.. Li Ning is not just a former Olympic champion. He also owns the largest sports footwear and apparel brand in China. My job, is to make Americans aware of the next big brand from China-Li-Ning." noted Craig Heisner, VP of marketing for Digital Li-Ning USA.
Focusing on footwear and apparel in basketball, running and women's fitness, Digital Li-Ning USA, is launching its brand quietly across the country on a digital platform. "We are very focused with our market entry strategy and aware of the pitfalls that exist if you aren't smart about introducing a brand to a new, and highly competitive, marketplace. Digital communication, grassroots events, and product reviews play an important part in that introduction. Our site is easy to maneuver, and we are getting strong reviews of our products," noted Heisner. "Runningnetwork.com's Cregg Weinmann reviewed our Liede model in the Spring 2012 shoe review. Just being reviewed is a recommendation, as The RunningNetwork reviews a limited number of top brands each review period."
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An Olympic Trials race is a totally different event. In this race will broke open with lead pack, staying conservative in the rainy Oregon weather, hitting the halfway in 16:30. Up front, were Amy Hastings, Shalane Flanagan, Natosha Rogers and Lisa Uhl.
Hastings had a lot of pressure on her. On January 15, 2012, Amy Hastings had come terribly close to making her first Olympic team. She finished fourth, probably the most depressing position in an Olympic Trials selection event. Hastings had been running Marathons for only a short time. She wept after her fourth. It had to be devastating.
Amy Hastings focused on her training this spring. In this race, Amy Hastings was pushing the pace, running 15:28 over the last 5,000 meters, with Shalane Flanagan, Natosha Rogers and Lisa Uhl keeping it honest.
With 200 meters to go, Natosha Rogers sprinted to the lead, and looked to be in charge of the race. Shalane Flanagan, who had looked so easy, went into sprint mode.
But, Amy Hastings, was ready. With 120 meters to, Amy Hastings did what every good track coach would have smiled about: she changed gears and began to kick furiously. First, she went by Flanagan, then she caught Natosha Rodgers and just gutted on by, fighting for every meter of the track, until she had the victory in her grasp.
And guess what? She won her first Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, making her first Olympic team in the process.
That makes two women runners for Brooks, with Desi Davila in the marathon. Now, Amy Hastings will be going to London.
And miles to go, as it is 35 days to London and counting!
Many of you have known James Dunaway through his sixty plus years of covering our sport. Dunaway decided, at the age of 85, he just would not be comfortable walking up and down the stairs of Hayward Field to cover his 15th Olympic Trials, I believe.
We asked Jim, instead, to review the TV broadcast each and every day, of the 2012 US Olympic Trials.
Our TV critic, James Dunaway, Editor of American Track and Field, has worked on hundreds of track and field telecasts for ABC, CBS and NBC's Triplecast, and has covered track and field action at fourteen Olympics.
Here is his first column.
All things change. Dick Patrick has continued to write for American Track & Field, and we are grateful that Dick will be writing a column for Runblogrun, from June 22 to July 2. This is his first column for Runblogrun.
We hope that you enjoy it!
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Elliott Denman focused on Galen Rupp, the young man who has grown up in front of us. Rupp was a very good high school runner who blossomed at the University of Oregon. Over the last three years, Galen Rupp has continued to become a player on the global stage.
And after this spring, Elliott Denman dares to speculate: is Galen Rupp a potential medalist in London? Read what he has to say!
Ashton Eaton, 2011 US Outdoor, Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net
And in this rain, buckets of it, stood Eaton's coach, Harry Marra. Marra is the consumate coach, and a decathlon coach at that. He was beaming, beaming....
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Kenenisa Bekele has been racing into shape this season. " I was running poorly," Kenenisa Bekele told RBR at Pre only a few weeks ago. There, he ran a 13:01.48. Five days later, in ExxonMobil Bislett, Kenenisa ran a second faster, 13:00.54.
But Kenenisa running in the 2012 AVIVA Trials 10,000 meters, an open race, showed that he is racing into shape, by sprinting, per observers, 12.54 for the last 100 meters in the race, to take a very close race over his brother, Tariku Bekele, and Gebre Gebremariam.
The Ethiopian selectors had noted that Kenenisa Bekele, the World record holder at 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, had to show his fitness. The world knows he is back.
As one top coach noted, when telling us about Kenenisa's race,"Well, Bekele is back!"
Here is David's Column:
Kibwe Johnson, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net
Nike, Vinn Lananna and Lance Deal should get the credit here. The event was amazing, and one of our most under rated events in track & field, an event that, if presented well, could rock the average sports fan, finally got its due.
Elliott Denmann, one of our RBR daily columnist, tells the story as he observed:
Jon has a great voice, and his admiration of the athlete comes through in this article. His understanding of the high standards at this, the nine greatest days of Track & Field in the US every four years also comes through. We hope that you enjoy!
In one of the most competitive events at the Olympic Trials, LoLo Jones will need her A game, as all the top athletes do, to make the Olympic team at the 100 meter hurdles. Jones, the World Champion indoors in 2008 and 2010, will be seeking her second Olympic team. With sponsors ASICS and Red Bull, LoLo Jones was able to get some technical support that she sees as key to her future success. You can read more about the Red Bull Project X below:
Here is the complete schedule of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field, to be held in Eugene, Oregon, June 21-July 1, 2012. Anyone who witnesses Eugene 2012 will know that they have seen nine of the best days of track & field anywhere, period.
In order to know when and where to worship the track gods, we have posted the entire official schedule of the Trials, courtesy of Tracktown2012, the official website.
We also encourage one and all to visit the Wild Duck Cafe, just a five minute walk from Hayward Field for the various events sponsored by the industry each and every night of the Trials.
Note that Runblogrun & the Running Network will have four daily columnists each day, plus some surprise columnists as well as Live blogs on each and every session. We will post the links each day, or you can check them out in our digest each night. Remember to tell your friends!
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Reese Hoffa, 2012 Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net
RBR will be observing the Europeans, thanks to our friends at EME news. From the Euros, we should see some of the new stars and some of the veterans and how their fitness level can be judged for London 2012.
The fact that American consumers give brownie points (my term) to corporations that support such events as the Olympics, is a case in point. When Visa's John Bennett, in 1990, supported the VISA Decathlon program, they had a pleasant surprise. Not only did the bank employees love the visits from the decathletes, the American consumer supported VISA in a quantifiable percentage increase of business, due to VISA's support of the Olympic movement.
ASICS support here of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is part of ASICS outreach into the women's market, and of course, the company's desire to support significant cause related groups.
This is not new, but it is positive to see so much growing support of causes in running businesses even with an economy that gets scared of it's own shadow.
Nice job, ASICS. Nice job, running community.
That twitter trended Tyson Gay, which means for the non twitter folks, that Tyson Gay was a large object of interest on the twitter, where one must learn to be succinct, using only 140 characters. Tyson Gay is a favorite on twitter as he answer many of his queries and shows his shoes, and talks about his life as one of the best sprinters in the world.
Two summers ago, I believe, I met Anton Krupica at the Outdoor Retailer. Krupica, a legend in ultra marathoning, was quiet, smiling and thoughtful. He had run races that many of us only dream of. Anton reminds me of Bob Deines, the 1968 Olympic trials fourth place marathoner, and a heck of an 50 mile racer. Anton takes that spirit another fifty miles, or more...
How can one describe the Leadville Race Series? One of the pinnacles of ultra running is probably a good one.
So, New Balance is making a statement with this series and their Trail product. In the ultra competitive performance running footwear biz, New Balance has just won best new Minimalist shoe from the Running Network, (New Balance Minimus Zero Road), and the new Trail product is getting some very positive comments.
New Balance has learnt that focus is key for one to have success in this business.
Hannah England, World Championship silver medalist at the 1,500m, will not be running at the UK Athletics Aviva Trials. England sustained an achilles injury when she was spiked at the FBK Hengelo Meeting last month. She is recovering well, but will not race until the Aviva London GP in mid August.
Chris Thompson, the European silver medalist at 10,000m, will not be running in the AVIVA Trials due to a back injury. Thompson trains in Eugene, Oregon with the Nike Oregon Track Club.
The story was featured on the UK Athletics site today: http://www.uka.org.uk/media/news/june-2012/19-06-12-england-trials/
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This is the best nine days of track & field, outside of the Olympics. In fact, the battle to get into the top three is epic, in all events. After having read over the last few months about how other countries pick their teams, the US system, with all of its drama, is, in my opinion, the best for our particular needs.
If you can not get to the Trials, then, please, watch it on TV. Follow us at Runblogrun.com and our new LIVE blog (you can participate by using the hashtag, #eugene 2012), you can view it from runblogrun.com, or watch twitter as we send out the daily links! Remember, you can follow runblogrun on your mobile (as you can from any RunningNetwork site).
Here is the TV schedule for the Trials, which will be on the NBC Sports Network and NBC:
Vin Lananna, it is now said, is setting his eyes on a World Champs in the US. Let's see what happens with this one. Vin has put together some of our best championships, two tremendous Olympic Trials, and he was head coach of the USA team in Daegu. The guy is goal oriented so lets stay tune on this one.
Dave Hunter's column will begin to set the stage, we hope that you enjoy!
A Daily Journal from the U.S. Olympic Trials/ Track & Field
The Cathedral: Nothing Compares to Hayward Field,
by Dave Hunter
Highlights from Hayward
Athletes are coming out of the woodwork, as national championships and selections begin. Lots of exciting competitions to witness. The US Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field will start this Thursday, June 21 and finish July 1.
During the US Trials, the British will have their Trials, June 22-24, and the Jamaican Trials are one week later!
Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net
Deena Kastor, 2012 Payton Jordan, photo by PhotoRun.net
Sanya Richards has run 49.39 and 22.09, and she is ready for the Trials, she will decide on the 200 meters AFTER the 400 meters is done in Eugene.
And, one of our favorites, Deena Kastor, who took sixth in the marathon trials, and then ran 31:49 and 15:22 for the 10,000m and 5,000m after the Trials, is injured and has not been able to train for the Trials in Eugene. A gutty runner, and an Olympic medalist, Deena Kastor has put much into our sport.
Chris Lotsbom, Junior Editor of Race Results Weekly gives us his take on last weekend's excellent races....
Am very sad to hear about Dwight Phillips, one of my favorite athletes, not being able to compete in the Trials. Also heard about that with Deena Kastor, one of our real trail blazers in American women distance running.
Caroline Feith, manager for Dwight Phillips, the four time World Championship gold medalist at the long jump, and 2004 Olympic Champion at the long jump, will not be competing in the 2012 US Olympic Trials next week.
Here is the statement from Caroline Feith:
Reigning World Champion and 2004 Olympic Champion Dwight Phillips, will not compete in the US Olympic Trials next week in Eugene, due to injury.Dwight Phillips is aiming to come back even stronger and will be part of the USA team next year for the World Championships in Moscow.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2012
NIKE, U.S. Olympic Committee unveil Team USA medal stand footwear and apparel for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
NEW YORK, N.Y. -Nike and the United States Olympic Committee today unveiled the Team USA medal stand footwear and apparel for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the first time, Nike will offer three distinct medal stand outfits for the athletes of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Each outfit will be worn by medalists of different
sports; however, every athlete will receive all three looks.
"Nike has developed a groundbreaking concept for U.S. athletes on the medal stand in London with innovative looks and thoughtful details that speak to American pride," said USOC Managing Director of Consumer Products and Licensing Peter Zeytoonjian. "At the pinnacle moment in their drive for Olympic and Paralympic greatness, our athletes will be outfitted in the most revolutionary and eye-catching Nike products."
Each of the three medal stand looks features a contemporary approach to classic silhouettes, combining performance, innovation and sustainability from head to toe. Soulful details, some of which are only visible to the athlete but are detailed below, complete each unique look.
"The medal stand is a pinnacle moment for these athletes," said Global Creative Director, Martin Lotti. "The world is watching and we want to make sure the athlete looks and feels good in celebration of their achievement."
The three Team USA medal stand looks for the London 2012 Games are as follows:
The book is well done, and gives the reader a pretty honest view of how Alberto sees his world and his role in sports. A tremendous athlete, Alberto Salazar has evolved into a very thoughtful coach, whose concern for his athletes is legendary.
Alberto gives the reader a fascinating view of his loving, emotional, close family life. His father could be a book in itself, and Alberto should be given kudos for giving the reader a view of a father, Jose, who loves his family, is proud of his sons, including Alberto, and who is defined, and tortured, in many ways, by his past. Alberto could have painted a severe picture of a very complicated man, he does not. The sections on the father are some of the most poignant in the book.
Alberto Salazar also speaks of a very deep religious upbringing, and how he and his wife, Molly, shared that with their family. He pulls no punches, not asking you to approve, but, helping you understand his journey, which, again, to this reader, is fascinating.
Alberto Salazar also makes no excuses for his sporting career. Well written, the book gives the reader an insiders view into a parallel universe called Nike, and how that influences Alberto's every waking moment. The writing style and syntax shows that John Brant, one of the great journalists of our era, gave this book much attention. Brant helped Alberto show his life honestly-it is a book of which both should be very proud.
14 minutes is the story of a complicated man, sports hero, sports coach, father, husband, brother, son. Alberto Salazar has experienced death, and better than most, he understands the little time we have on this small planet. He chooses to live, coach and love his family to his fullest. An admirable goal.
And, a very good summer read.
There are always pluses and minuses with any job. Charles van Commenee, the UK Athletics high performance boss, is preparing for the onslaught. With the high popularity of UK Athletics, and the London 2012 Games less than two months away, can Commenee gets queried about all things track & field.
His recent wincing in an interview was observed by several journalists, until van Commenee admitted to falling off his bike in Amsterdam recently, and breaking a few ribs.
The most recent was that Jessica Ennis, who set the British heptathlon record at the recent Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria, was called "fat" by a high ranking UK athletics official. Charles van Commenee seemed slightly amused, or perhaps, bemused by the situation, but denied that the official was him.
Does not really sound like his way of operating. Charles van Commenee is seen at many meets observing the coaches and athletes, taking notes, and purposely staying out of the limelight.
With the likes of Phillips Idowu, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis, UK Athletics should do quite well in the medal department. Either way, van Commenee will be under intense media scrutiny. That comes with the job, as van Commenee would point out, not admitting that the scrutiny is either frustrating or just plain time consuming.
That will not happen over the next two months, as the UK Athletics top coach will be accused of everything but global warming and perhaps, creating the internet.
Here is a recent piece that appeared in the New Zealand Media:
Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net
The BBC reported this morning that Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Jamaica in the early hours of Sunday morning. Asafa Powell was also at the scene of the accident. Neither Usain Bolt nor Asafa Powell were injured in this accident. Bolt's spokesperson noted the Usain Bolt was resting at home.
In two weeks, all questions will be answered at the Olympic Trials.
Tirunesh Dibaba, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net
Meseret Defar, 2011 FBK Games/ Hengelo, photo by PhotoRun.net
Tyson Gay, 2011 adidas GP New York, photo by PhotoRun.net
Yohan Blake, 2011 IAAF Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net
At the end of the day, the shared experience, that, given a small plot of sand, or a partially grassed field, no matter where you are, kids will run, jump and throw. As they grow up, most have had an experience more organized, hence the shared experience. The idea of watching highly trained people running, jumping and throwing faster, higher or farther than we can imagine, is what track & field is all about!
Tomorrow should be a fantastic meet! Looking forward to the adidas Grand Prix NYC this weekend!
photo by PhotoRun.net
Usain Bolt shows that he is king of his domain, once again, with a fine 9.79 in the 100 meters today in the ExxonMobil Bislett Games. In second, Asafa Powell, running 9.85, and looking better than in Rome, has now reach either number 79 or 80 sub ten second 100 meter races.
photo by PhotoRun.net
Javier Culson ran world leading 47.92 for the 400 meter hurdles. Britain's David Greene, Euro and World Champion at 400 m hurdles, was fourth in 48.98. Renaud Lavillenie, who recently had a sore back, was fit enough to win here, at 5.82m. Malte Mohr, Germany, was second at 5.62m.
In the triple jump, Pre champ Christian Taylor took second, with a jump of 17.06m to Russia's Lyukman Adam's 17.09m.
Andreas Thorkildsen took third in the javelin, with a throw of 82.30m, with Czech Vitislaw Vesely's massive 88.11 meter throw taking the premier position in the throw.
Amantle Montsho won the 400 meters in 49.68, this just fives after her race with Sanya Richards-Ross.
Sally Pearson of Australia, World Indoor and Outdoor champion ran a world leading 12.49 for the 100 meter hurdles, as US's Kristi Castlin ran a fine 12.58. Tiffany Porter ran 12.70, Priscilla Lopes-Scheif ran 12.75, with LoLo Jones running 12.76. Danielle Carruthers ran 12.77.
Chaunte Howard Lowe won the high jump with a clearance of 1.97 meters.
All in all, a pretty good meet. Samsung League is doing better job than in 2011, but more time in between meets might make sense. The event that stood out? Well, the 100 meters for men, with Bolt and Powell, how can it not?
Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, 2011 Rome, photo by PhotoRun.net
The races in Oslo are over. Usain Bolt ran 9.79 for the 100 meters and Asafa Powell ran 9.85, an improvement on his Rome race.
On Saturday, Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay will be running the 100 meters, except, in different races. For Tyson Gay, it is a test of his body, to see if the rigors of the sprint wars will allow him to race well this year. For Yohan Blake, it is a time to see where he is with a 9.84 and 19.91 this year, for the 100 meters and 200 meters.
Looking forward to seeing the adidas Grand Prix NYC this weekend! Just arrived in New York, and will be working on a few pieces. It is all about the competition.
Looking forward to the 5,000 meters for women at the adidas Grand Prix, with Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba racing against each other. Should be a great race! Happy to see Tyson Gay racing once again, also at the adidas Grand Prix. Tyson will be running one of the heats of the 100 meters.
Watch for some great racing from Des Moines this weekend as well!
photo by Photorun.net
Andreas Thorkildsen, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net
Andreas Thorkildsen, who had been invited to Nike Pre's amazing javelin display, but declined to prepare himself for his home turf, Oslo. For Thorkildsen, all of the javelin studs are now coming to visit him.
courtesy of the New York Public Library