March 2013 Archives

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Usain Bolt, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


The weekend has been busy. A fantastic run by Usain Bolt in Copa over 150 meters in 14.42. Then, in Texas, there was a wind aided 9.75 for the 100 meters by Darvis Patton. Lauryn Williams ran 11.02 with only a 2.1 wind, as opposed to Patton's 4.3 mps wind. Shalane Flanagan ran 31.04.5 to lead the world over 10,000 meters. Alisha Williams surprised many with her WL 15:09.73 for 5,000m at Stanford (where Shalane had run as well). 

Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, both coached by Jerry Schumacher, are running the Boston Marathon on April 15. Shalane ran 31:04.5 and Kara ran 31:4.68 for 10,000m at Stanford on Friday night, in preparation for the marathon. 

Also, you might want to check out the new website for Usain Bolt, www.usainbolt.com, which is nicely designed, well edited and has banner ad for all of his sponsors. For a guy who has 11 million Facebook followers and 3 million twitter followers, this makes complete sense. 


LAVILLENIE FOR ATHLETISSIMA

LAUSANNE (SUI): Athletissima 2013 (July 4 and part of Samsung Diamond League) confirmed the participation of the current best pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie of France. He won the pole vault at Pontaise Stadium in the past three years, his best result being the 585 he jumped in 2010. Spectators will expect from him an attempt to improve the meet record of 591, held by US Brad Walker since 2007. The 38th edition will also feature the best Swiss athletes. Lead by the women's 4x100m, which broke the national record in 2011, and Irene Pusterla, long jump Swiss record holder, and Lea Sprunger, Olympian and European championships semi finalist in the 200m who is from the Lausanne area. Apart of Diamond League events also held women 4x100 m and men 200 m and 110 m Hurdles. Ticket sales already started.

 

CHEBET FOR 10 000 M IN SUMMER

BYDGOSZCZ (POL): Women CC World Champion Emily Chebet will turn her attentions to the road in the short term and then to the track in the summer. "My main focus now (in the spring) is road races over 5km and 10km as I need to improve my form and strength if I am to go to the World Championships in Moscow," she revealed. "Then I want to try my luck at 10,000m so I'm going to try to make sure I get the opportunity to run for my country," said Chebet for the IAAF.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

DOHA (QAT): World indoor 2013 high jump leader and olympic medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim will jump before the Doha Diamond League opener on May 10 also at regional championships. Early April at the Gulf Countries Championships (8-10 April) and after Diamond meet at Arab Athletics Championships in Doha on May 21-24.

 

BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The jubilee 40th IAAF World CC Championships were the coldest ever as the temperature during the day was about -2 and -3 at the end. Sun was shining during the races which made it more comfortable comparing with the day before. Still at the medalists press conferences hot tea was served for the runners.

 

ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkey's President Abdullah Gül told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission that choosing Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics would send a historic message that would be heard around the world, with far-reaching consequences. This is the final four-day inspection to be carried out by the Commission, chaired by Britain's Sir Craig Reedie, having earlier visited Tokyo and Madrid, but is perhaps the most crucial because if Istanbul was chosen it is the city which requires the most work and would have to invest the most. But, it is also potentially the most exciting choice, because it would be the first time that the Olympics would be held on two different continents, thanks to Istanbul's unique location, straddling Europe and Asia, with the Bosphorus running through the middle. Istanbul also began setting out its vision by unveiling plans for a state-of-the-art Olympic city and 346 million USD Olympic Village in 2020, which they claimed would be the foundation of the social and sporting legacy for the city, country and the Olympic Movement. At 19.2 billion USD Istanbul's projected infrastructure budget for the Olympics is ten times that of Madrid 1.9 billion USD and higher than Tokyo, whose figure is 4.9 billion USD.

 

CAPE TOWN (RSA): Athletics South Africa (ASA) will hold another special general meeting (SGM) in April to appoint a commission of inquiry into the governing body. Pieter de Jager, ASA's technical manager, said in an e-mail to members that "at least one third" of its provinces had called for the SGM. Local media are informing. "The original schedule of meetings indicated that the AGM was to be held in Cape Town with the SA Senior Championships on April 14," the e-mail read. The ASA is also unable to send a team to the African Youth Athletics' Championships in Warri, Nigeria, next week, because of financial constraints.

 

WARRI (NGR): Reigning world junior 3000 m champion Mercy Chebwogen leads a small but talented Kenyan team of 10 runners that left the country on Monday for the 1st African Youth Championships in Warri, Nigeria. In total 33 countries will be sending their teams. Organizers were disappointed when learning that neighbour countries Ivory Coast and Ghana will not send athletes for the event. Egypt and Uganda were among the first set of teams to arrive into the Delta State of Nigeria. The competition will begin on Wednesday.

 

MOSCOW (RUS): After finishing second at European Cup Winter Throwing in Castellon World and Olympic champion in hammer Tatyana Lysenko shared her further plans with All Sport news agency. "I was ill a little bit in Castellon that is why I regard my second place with 71.54 as a good performance there. On other hand I made many technical mistakes and there are things to think about." As reigning world champion Lysenko has a wild card for next world championships in Moscow. "Preparing to Moscow I'll perform at different competitions in May-June but now I cannot name all of them." About her expectation for home world championships in Moscow 29-year-old Russian said "I have little advantages as already selected athlete. But firstly I have to build my preparation very skillfully, to go through the championships qualifications and only then I'll set my final goal. My nearest task is to get rid of all my technical shortcomings." About possibility to get back the world record she said: "I try not to think about that. Let see how I'll cope with my over-mistakes-job. Thinking about Moscow championships I look forward to strong fight first of all as usually we have very close results at main championships. There are five-six high level hammer throwers in the field now."

 

DONETSK (UKR): 3000 m steeple European Silver Medalist 2012 Svitlana Shmidt told to Ukrainian media she is aiming to break national record in her event during the 2013 season. Her personal best and National U23 record 9:31.16 Svitlana has set last summer and missed national record by less than 4 seconds. "I hope to go sub 9:30 and show that I can perform equally well during the whole year. Certainly I would like to achieve 9 minutes mark but it's too early to speak about that" said 23-year-old Ukrainian.

 

ERFURT (GER): The „Steigerwaldstadion" of Erfurt will be rebuild into a multifunctional arena at a cost of 35 millions Euro. Main users of the new stadium will be RW Erfurt football club but also a bid for staging the German Athletics Championships 2015 will be submitted.

 

TOKYO (JPN): Olympic great Carl Lewis offered his support for Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games on Monday after revisiting the venue of what he calls the „race of my life." The nine-time Olympic gold medalist came to Japan hoping to inspire young athletes from the northeastern part of the country that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Lewis visited Sendai and Ishinomaki with Willie Banks, the former triple jump world record-holder, and Mike Powell, who set the long jump world record at the world championships in Tokyo in 1991. „I wish them the best of luck because I think they will put on a tremendous games," Lewis said. „I will be at the 2020 Games wherever it is, and I hope it's here." Agencies are informing.

 

KAZAN (RUS): IAAF Ambassador for Moscow 2013, 800 m and 1000 m world indoor record holder Wilson Kipketer hosted a master-class for 450 Russian kids at "Youth Spike All-Russia kids" final on Saturday in Kazan. The master-class included an aerobic warm-up presented by Kipketer, viewing of his races at big video-screen, questions-answers and autographs section. "I enjoyed this experience so much. For me it is the biggest pleasure to see those kids smiling, to feel how enthusiastic they are. Their energy and their happiness made me completely forget that I'm in cold and snowy Russia. I feel truly blessed about being able to work with kids, to share with them everything that I have learned during my sports career. I would definitely love to come back next year for another master-class. And I hope to see a lot of these kids at the 2020 Olympics," said Kipketer.

 

AMSTERDAM (NED) : Team 4 mijl announced the sad news of the death of 19 year old Dutch athlete Britte Duijn. The youngster collapsed at training and suffered a heart attack. The athlete was part of the Dutch national 4x400m team at the 2011 European junior championships.

 

BERLIN (GER): German talented thrower Till Wöschler is back in full training after an elbow injury kept him out of competition since last summer. Wöschler is doing full technical and power training and aims to qualify for the IAAF World championships this summer. While doing an internship in Koln later this year, Wöschler will temporarily switch training groups and train along with the group of Linda Stahl reports leichtathletik.de.

 

AZKOITIA (ESP, Mar 23): On the day when Bydgoszcz again staged the World CC and he was there the winner back in 2010 Kenyan Joseph Ebuya (25) debuted in the half marathon. In the Spanish race, 20th Memorial Diego Garcia Azkoitia-Azpeitia he finished 6th in 1:03:59. Another debut here for one of the top Spanish runners, Javier Guerra clocked behind Ebuya 1:04:07 as 7th. Guerra prepared with that for marathon debut on April 14 in Rotterdam.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

MELBOURNE (AUS, Mar 21): First outdoor sub 9 of the year at the 3000 m was registered by Zoe Buckman here with 8:58.0.

 

LANDOVER (USA, Mar 24): USATF writes that a trio of world records on the meet's final day brought the total number of all-time world bests to 11 over the three days of competition as the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships. A record 1044 entrants ages 30-95+ from 14 countries and 47 states were on hand for the championships, which included 10 Olympians and 30 world championships. Charles Allie (M65) set his second record of the championships Sunday with a world record run in the men's 200m with a winning time of 25.41 seconds. Allie also established the American record in the 400m in a time of 58.81 earlier in the meet. Oscar Peyton (M60) brought the crowd to its feet with a dominant win in the 60m in a world record time of 7.52.

 

LIMASSOL (CYP, Mar 24): Despite economic difficulties the Limassol Marathon was staged in Cyprus. Ahmet Kazachoum a hume runner won in 2:27:51. Russian Irina Pankovskaya was the top woman after 2:48:35 ahead of Yulia Khazova 2:50:15.

 

BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Mar 23): South American Youth record holder Joaquin Gomez achieved another 80+ throw with 5 kg hammer 80.98 m. His continental mark is 81.88.

 

MOBILE (USA, Mar 23): Kenyan winners at 36th Azalea Trail Run Elly Sang 28:58 and Olga Kimaiyo 32:33. Second Lyudmila Kovalenko of Ukraine 33:06. From RRW.

 

MARSEILLE (FRA, Mar 24): Kenyan Martin Kiprugut won the 5th Marseille Marathon in 2:19:22 ahead of Kenyan Kosice winner William Biama 2:21:31. Top woman Elaine Coburn 3:02:49. From RRW.

On March 24, 2013, Ben True put together one of those dream races in a distance runner's life, and took sixth in the World Cross Country Championships. On a tough course, with cold, snow, a tough hill and terrible footing, True, along with Chris Derrick, finished in the top ten and lead the US team to the silver medal, and a huge upset of the Kenyan WC team, which finished third. 

Ben True is a distance coach's dream, with a background in cross country skiing, cross country running and track and field. Last year, in 2012, Ben ran Personal bests at 3,000m (7:44.1), 5,000m (13:20), and 10,000m (27:41). 

We sent Ben the questions two days ago, and in between flights and hopefully, taking the time to enjoy the race of his life, Ben True answered RBR's seventeen, well in his case, eighteen questions! Runblogrun.com hopes that Ben True has more races of his life! That 10,000m PB should come down big time this year! 

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Ben True, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 10,000m, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Haile Gebrselassie, Nijemegan 2011, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

BUPA Manchester will be featuring Haile Gebrselassie for their sixth Great RUN on May 26, 2013. Nova International, who developed the Great RUN series, will have some exciting events as part of the Manchester event. More details to come....
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Oscar Pistorius, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Last night, on TLC channel, I watched a special on the travails of Oscar Pistorius. More each day, I find the similarities between Mr. Pistorius nightmare and O.J.Simpson growing larger each day. In the end, the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp can not be reversed. 

In the note below, Alfons Juck reports that Oscar Pistorius is now being allowed to travel to IAAF events. IAAF spokesperson has agreed that Pistorius can run in IAAF events as he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 
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Senior Men's WXC, photo by Grzegorz Kowalski, for the IAAF

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Senior Men's WXC, photo by Grzegorz Kowalski, for the IAAF

The 2013 World Cross Country Championships were held last Sunday, March 24, 2013. Besides the cold, snow, and hills, the men's race was a battle. Jasepth Korir was the surprise champion in the senior race. It was the race that was where the Kenyan juggernaut had its least successful performance. 
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Joan Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, Boston Press Breakfast, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Jacqueline Hanson, and late Tom Sturak, circa 1979, 
courtesy, Friends of Tom Sturak

One of my favorite parts of the Boston marathon week (alas, I will be arriving Saturday, as I am interviewing Aries Merritt, and several other athletes), is the respect paid by the marathon to past heroes. 

Joan Samuelson, Greg Meyer, who both won 1983 Boston Marathons, Amby Burfoot, who won 1968 Boston and influenced our sport, as he still does, through his thoughtful writing, are running in 2013. Jacqueline Hanson, 1973 champion, former WR holder at marathon, will be starting the elite womens race. Roberta Gibbs and Sara Mae Berman will be honorary Grand Marshals. 

Those are good things, and part of what makes Boston marathon week one of the most important weeks in the running year. 
One of the most prominent names in compression and recovery wear, SKINS Compression, has named Danielle Said as Marketing Manager. With her experience in the digital word, watch for SKINS to become more aggressive in North America as they build their brand in various sports and markets. 

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Sarah Brown, 2013 New Balance Games, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Sarah Brown is one of the top milers in the U.S. That, is a fact. In high school and college, Sarah Bowman was one of the top middle distance runners in the country. As an elite middle distance runner for the Team New Balance, Sarah Brown has raced across the country, indoor and outdoor, as well as in some of the major meets around the world, chasing fast times and looking to run that perfect race. Her best at 800 meters is 2:02, for 1,500 meters is 4:05 and for the mile is 4:29. In 2010, she raced in the World Indoor Championships, finishing ninth in the 1,500 meters. 

Sarah Brown answered the 17 questions that Runblogrun.com sent out to elite athletes all over the world, trying to get them to answer questions about their development, their good days and bad. We have fifty replies so far! The seventeen questions give the reader, we believe, a view into what it takes to be an elite athlete. 

We hope that you enjoy Sarah Brown's interview...

The 2013 World Cross Country Championships, held yesterday, March 24, 2103 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Justin Lagat, our Kenyan correspondent, gave us his perception of the Kenyan performances in Poland. The conditions were tough, and Kenya did well in the women' senior and junior, men's junior and had a tough time in the men's senior team title.....

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2013 World Cross, Junior Women's race, courtesy of IAAF

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon won the junior women's race in 17:51 for the 6k course, leading Kenya to a gold team win, with 14 points. Faith was one of the few junior women to defend her junior title! Just check out the hill on the back side of the course! Faith Kipyegon just flew down the back of the hill, literally going airborne a couple of times, as she flew down the course! She fell down to the ground after the finish. USA Junior women were sixth, with a score of 105 in this race. 


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Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia, who we last saw at the 3,000 meters in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, setting a World Junior record, took the junior men's World Cross Country title, with a mad dash down the big downhill on the last lap! Running a 21:04 for the cold, tough, 8k course, Gebrhiwet let the Ethiopians to gold team title with a score of 23 points. Kenya was second in 26 points, and Morocco was third in 65 points! 
3314700b-3818-4db3-98e5-eafe4df73110.png The women's senior race was a bit of an upset as well, as Emily Chebet, the 2010 World Cross Country Championship winner, came back to win the 2013 World Cross Country Championship title in Bydgoszcz, Poland today, March 24, 2013. 

Here is a video showing the highlights of the senior women's race on the very tough 8 kilometer course!
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This is an interview with Ben True, who took sixth place at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, leading the U.S.A. senior men's team to the silver medal, on March 24, 2013. "This was the hardest championship course that I have run on...my goal was to finish the top twenty...I thought that we had an outside chance to get into the top three teams today." noted True. 

 Ben True was interviewed by the IAAF after the race of his life...True and Chris Derrick lead the U.S. men's team to their best performance since 1984 and first medal since 2001! 

Congrats to Ben True and the U.S. senior men's team! 
wxcseniorrace2013.jpgThe senior men's race at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships was held in very tough conditions. Ethiopia's team won the senior men's title as the US put four men in the top nineteen, lead by Ben True and Chris Derrick. 

The video below is courtesy the IAAF and gives RBR and RunningNetwork readers highlights of one of the best races in the World Cross Country annals. 476 athletes competed in Poland from 47 countries. 

The video shows how tough the course was. It was sure amazing to see Ben True and Chris Derrick in the top ten! 
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Vivian Cheruiyot, 2011 WXC Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net 


This is a column by Justin Lagat written on March 21, two days ago, about Justin's predictions on the successes of the Kenyan team on March 24, 2013.....

Bill Rodgers is one of the most iconic of figures in modern American distance running. Between Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, the modern running booms began, were cultivated and flowered into a huge global business covering running footwear, running stores and the global road racing boom. In the early 1970s, runners were few and far between. In 2013, runners and walkers are everywhere and road races are part of the local cultures, in cities big and small. 

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Boston Marathon, April 1975, 
photo courtesy of the B.A.A. Used with permission. 

Bill Rodgers, the clown prince of road running, was one of the first to reap financial benefits from the sport. He paid a huge price for doing something he loved. In the halcyon days of the late 1970s, Rodgers won 32 of 38 straight races, including four of six marathons in that time frame (1978-1979). Beneath the relaxed exterior lived a fierce competitor, who was able to take his talents, a huge heart, and the ability to put 140 mile weeks back to back, racing and traveling. Rodgers was everywhere, drinking out of a Perrier bottle after a race (Perrier was a huge sponsor in 70s running). 

The thing that still surprises me and touches me to this day is Bill Rodgers, who has seen the best and worst of the running business, is genuine and thoughtful with his fans. I remember the Hall of Fame 15k race in Uttica, NY, where Bill Rodgers, after a very hot and humid race, spent an hour with a high school girls cross country team, who just asked him question after question. He smiled, answered their questions, and gave them the time that they needed. Another generation of adoring fans, but more importantly, another generation of committed runners. 

Jeff Benjamin, a long time contributor American Track & Field, wrote this fine review of the new book by Bill Rodgers and Matthew Shepatin. Well written, thoughtful, it is a highly recommended by RBR's reviewer, Jeff Benjamin. 


The recently announced Competitor Group Half Marathon Grand Prix is a very smart idea for Competitor Group. The half marathon distance is one of the most popular distances worldwide and is a focal point for many elite athletes. Putting together a half marathon series with their current events and providing a focus for media will add to coverage of the sport. 

Runblogrun.com recognizes that for our sport to be an actual sport, there has to be a serious competitive side to events. We recognize race directors who support the emerging elite as well at the elite athletes. Providing services for both contingencies in road running is a daunting task.  The people behind this series, Matt Turnbull, Tracy Sundlun and their partners at Competitor Group should be commended for putting together this Grand Prix. More details to come! 

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Wilson Kipsang winning 2013 NYC Half marathon, 
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Elliott Denman is tired of waiting for a sub two hour marathon. And his pick of the week is Wilson Kipsang! Yours truly things we shall see a sub 2:03 this year, but many will suggest that I am smoking a controlled substance. Read Elliott's commentary and send us a note to runblogrun@gmail.com, and give us your opinion! 

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Harry Marra, Ashton Eaton, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Usain Bolt, Golden Gala Roma DL, 
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Ashton Eaton, the world's greatest athlete, London 2012 gold medalist and World Record holder in the decathlon, has committed to Gotzis. Think Ashton will run up a BIG SCORE in Gotzis? Is the pope a Jesuit? Of course! 

Usain Bolt and Rome are, well, a media frenzy. The press conference is extremely congested as every newspaper in Italy wants time with the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year in 2012. 

On top of that, 456 athletes from 47 countries will toe the line in Bydogoszcz, Poland on Saturday for the World Cross Country Championships! 



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Trevor Gilley takes the Brooks PR Mile, 
photo courtesy of Brooks Running

The Brooks PR Invitational is in its third year. The concept of the Brooks PR Meeting is pretty straightforward: bring in the ten best high school boys and girls, from the 60 meter dash to the two mile, put them on a very fast track and let them compete. It is, in reality the essence of our sport. 

For three years now, the Brooks PR Invitational has produced some hot times and some very hot competitions. Take for instance, the focal point of this article, the Brooks PR Boys' mile. 

We asked Kevin Mangan, a UW junior, our first intern, to write a piece about the Brooks PR Mile. He did a nice job, giving insights into the race that RunBlogRun readers expect: a review of a race by someone who loves the sport. His comments on Trevor Gilley's move from last in 2012, to first in 2013, puts the race in perspective for us. Where can this young miler go? 

Kevin also wrote on Bernie Montoya, the 4:01 miler from 2012 adidas Dream Mile who blasted an 8:54 two mile so early in the season. As Mr. Mangan noted, Bernie Montoya has the endurance, speed and focus to become the next high school boy under four minutes! 

If Kevin can put up with yours truly, we shall see more pieces from him over the next few months. Kevin Mangan will give us some perspective on track & field in the Northwest, specifically Seattle, Washington. We are lucky to have him involved. 

We hope that you enjoy this look at the Brooks PR Boys' mile, which put Trevor Gilley on a national showcase...
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Tim Danielson, June 1966, photo courtesy of New York Times

When I moved to California in 1974, Tim Danielson was already a legend. Danielson had run a 3:59.4 mile on June 11, 1966, becoming only the second high school boy to break four minutes for the mile, at the time. California's golden boy, Danielson had won the CIF State Mile title twice. Then, after a short college career, he disappeared...

I had heard the Jere Longman was working on a piece on the ecstacy and agony in the life of Tim Danielson, who is awaiting trial on murder charges in California. Tim Danielson is a far cry from the golden days of his youth, and writer Jere Longman has crafted one of his best pieces ever, giving the reader a view into the qualities that make one a great athlete, and also those same qualities can make a normal life nearly impossible for such a former athlete. This piece should be passed around and read, and discussed. 

Recently, Brooks Johnson, the famed coach, in his blog, wrote a series of blogs  about Suzy Favor Hamilton, Oscar Pistorious and their plights. Johnson's theme was, that one must be careful to put blame on someone who goes to great lengths to be a fine athlete, and then condemn them for those same traits when exhibited in other parts of their life. How can one celebrate actions in one part of  life, and then, be amazed when those same traits stray into another part of one's life?

 James Wolcott, the media writer for Vanity Fair, has written an excellent tome on the peculiarities of fallen sports heroes in the April issue of Vanity Fair. 

All should be read and considered. 

But for today, go to a quiet place and consider Tim Danielson, the golden boy of California track & field.....

After the Mile, by Jere Longman, NYTimes



Tim Danielson was among an exclusive group of runners who broke the elusive four-minute barrier. Now he is a runner shackled, charged with killing his ex-wife.



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Lopez Lomong, Millrose Mile, 
photo courtesy the Armorytrack.com

Lopez Lomong is a two-time Olympian for his adopted country, the U.S.A. Lopez Lomong is the American dream: a man who brought his focus and promise to this country.  A man of strong conviction and strong focus, Lopez Lomong shows us hints of his tremendous talent, and drive. This winter, Lopez ran a 1:46 for the 800 meters, won the Millrose Mile in 3:51.24 and then, again at the Armory, ran the A standard for 5,000 meters, with his 13:07.00, which is the pending American record for the 5,000 meters indoors. 

The Shoe Addicts, seeing greatness, ask the viewer one question: What will Lopez do in Moscow? 
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Molly Huddle, Brussels 2010, 5,000m AR, photo by PhotoRun.net

It was mid-August of 2010, on windy walk in London, I believe, that I met Molly Huddle. I had seen her at many events over the years, but, with an introduction from Mark Bossardet, VP of Sports Marketing at Saucony, I met Molly after her race at the AVIVA London meet. She was a little frustrated, knowing that she could run fast, but things just had not been working out. So, she decided to spend another two weeks in Europe to get in a fast 5,000 meters. 

I had noted that Molly Huddle would be a good interview, but left it at that. Less than two weeks later, Molly Huddle, finishing ninth in a very fast 5,000 meters, broke the American record, with her time of 14:44.76. Victah Sailer, of PhotoRun, our key photographer, had gotten pictures of her mid-race, which is what we show above. He also told Molly, as she was standing in line at the bus to take her back to her hotel, that she had, in fact, broken the AR. 

For three years now, her record has held. Shalane Flanagan has come very close to getting the record. As we have said before, an American record or world record is the perfect storm. All must be great: athlete, athlete's mind, athlete's form, athlete's fitness, plus a good competition, and a supportive crowd. All were there for Molly Huddle on August 27, 2010 . 

I have spent time with Molly since then. Specifically, in Daegu, Korea, on her birthday, where I joined her and some friends for a Korean barbeque dinner. With the end of the season that year, she showed us a wry sense of humor. 

I like the picture above. It captures Molly in mid race in her AR race. Remember those races where you ran a personal best. There is always the point, mid-race for some, where you either commit or slowly admit defeat. On this wonderful evening in Brussels, nearly three years ago, Molly Huddle committed, and ran the AR of 14:44:76, gutting it out, in a very fast race.

A few weeks ago, I sent these questions, seventeen in all, to a group of athletes. Molly Huddle was the first to respond. Here is how Molly answered the seventeen questions supplied her. 
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Wilson Kipsang, Victory at NYC Half, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Caroline Rotich, victory at NYC Half, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Kipsang gave himself a wonderful birthday gift with his victory on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the NYC Half marathon. His winning time of 61:00, gave him six seconds over Euro medalist Daniel Meucci of Italy, and ten seconds over Dathan Ritzenhein, three time Olympian, of U.S.  On the women's side, Caroline Rotich showed them how to run, winning in a time of 1:09:09. Rotich lead women runners to five national records, with Diane Nkuri Johnson, of Burundi in second in 1:09.12. Stephanie Rothstein Bruce ran a pb of 1:10.54 in ninth place as first American. 

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The Nike Pre Classic has hosted some amazing competitions. The 10,000 meters distance seems to be a good one for them. In 2011, they hosted a 10,000m on the Friday night, and Mo Farah won his first big 10,000 meters. In 2012, they hosted the men's Kenyan 10,000m Trials. In 2013, the NIke Pre Classic will host the Ethiopian 10,000 meter Trials for both men and women! 

Last year, Ethiopia has their men run 10,000 meters at two different events to pick their team. This year, they are picking 1, 2, 3 at the Pre Classic, for both men and women at 10,000 meters,  which be be held on Friday, May 31, 2013. Stay tuned for more information on the event! 
Bernard Lagat knows how to kick. He has done it for nearly two decades. His double gold medals in the 2007 Osaka World Championships, showed that, in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, Bernard Lagat knows how to put himself in the right position to kick for home. 

In 2011, Bernard Lagat took a silver medalist in the WC 5000m, and in 2012, Lagat won the 3,000m at the World Indoors for the third straight time! On February 16, 2013, Bernard Lagat ran a 4:07 mile, then ran a 4:02 mile to get the AR at two miles, running 8:09.50! At the age of 38, Bernard Lagat still has  his speed! 

 On Sunday, March 17, 2013, Bernard Lagat will be debuting at the half marathon distance in the New York City half marathon. How will people run against Bernard? 

Well, good luck, as Bernard Lagat, the kickologist, will be tough to contend with tomorrow. As a world class distance runner, who has medaled from 1,500 meters to 5,000 meters, just how fast will Lagat run over the half marathon distance? We shall have to wait to see! In the meantime, just keep playing Bernard Lagat: Kickologist to see how Lagat finishes races, and you know one thing: if Bernard is close to the leaders, his kick will be dangerous!
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Renaud Lavillenie, 2013 Euro Indoors, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The European Indoor Champs were a huge success the weekend of March 1-3, 2013 in Goteborg, Sweden. The crowds, from 1000 for the shot qualifying in the Marketplace, to five thousand in the stadium during the Saturday and Sunday sessions, was involved, excitable and loud! 

As an American going to the European Indoors, it was fun seeing how a country like Sweden can get so excited about their performances, and then, how a country like France can get nine medals in a period of a few hours! 

The final note, the Russian team will be very, very tough in Moscow for the World Outdoors! 

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Barshim, Ukhov, Kynard, photo by PhotoRun.net

The above picture shows ONLY three of the eight superstars in the Pre Classic high jump field, to be held on June 1. This field will be second only to the Wold Championships, as there are four Russians in the field, and only three of them will be competing in Moscow. Add 2008 champ Silnov, 2011 champ Williams, and 2013 Euro Indoor champ Mudrov, and  you will have one of the best high jump fields seen in North America, ever. 
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Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The first time I saw Tirunesh Dibaba race was in St. Denis, France, at the 2003 World Championships. Tirunesh Dibaba came onto the world stage, not with a whimper, but with a blast of speed that shocked her watchers. The child like face, the light as air stride, followed by the lightning strike of her kick, has given her the moniker, The Baby-Faced Killer. 

Tirunesh Dibaba has had much success over the 15k and half marathon distance. Alas, the winter of training for the Virgin London Marathon, which would have been her debut over the distance, has caused her shins to act up, forcing her to withdraw from the 2013 Virgin London marathon. Dibaba notes that, however, she will debut over the distance in 2014. 

We look forward to that revelation....


 

PUMA UNVEILS MOBIUM ELITE,  LAUNCHING A NEW CLASS OF PERFORMANCE RUNNING FOOTWEAR --ADAPTIVE RUNNING

Mobium Elite Features New Patent-Pending Technologies

 

 

HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY (February 6, 2013) - Today, global sportlifestyle brand PUMA launched a new-to-market category of performance running--Adaptive Running™--with the introduction of the Mobium Elite shoe.   

 

PUMA Mobium Elite is a performance trainer that expands and contracts as the foot moves. Rooted in anatomy and inspired by nature, PUMA Mobium Elite is the product of two years intense design and development based on how the foot moves.  Considering that the foot expands in three directions, longitudinally, laterally and vertically, PUMA's innovative footwear adapts with the body in motion, encouraging a more natural and efficient mid-foot strike.

 

Louis Joseph, Director Strategy and Innovation discusses the technological innovation behind PUMA Mobium:  "PUMA's sport innovations have always focused on provocative, risk-taking ideas aimed at enhancing the athlete experience.  In the case of the Mobium Elite, PUMA has combined performance research with imagination to produce an entirely new class of running footwear.  Developed with the vision of creating dynamic products that move with the human body in motion, the Mobium Elite represents the premier model within PUMA's new Adaptive Running collection.  Designed to expand and contract with the foot's changing shape during the gait cycle, the Mobium Elite is a first generation concept built to challenge the conventional standard of static footwear construction.  Incorporating a host of patent pending technologies, we are excited by the prospects of the Mobium Elite trainer and believe that Adaptive Running is a breakthrough proposition with transformational potential."

 

PUMA Mobium Elite's Mobium Band is constructed to enhance the foot's natural spring.  Running through the outsole in a "figure eight" it's designed to work dynamically like the tendons in the foot.  The more force applied, the more spring it returns.

 

Meanwhile, the 'Windlass Chassis' is built to mimic the Windlass Effect of a foot's expansion and contraction as it moves. This sculpted arch creates a platform for the foot in movement, helping the foot transition through the full running gait. Mobium's upper and outsole works in unison with the Windlass Chassis, so that the entire shoe moves the way the foot naturally does.

 

With stride efficiency a core value in performance running, PUMA's designers took inspiration from the most efficient running machine on the planet; the cat. Similar to cats paws which compress together during its propulsion phase and expand during stance phase to provide cushioning, PUMA Mobium Elite's 'Expansion Pods' on the outsole of the shoe expand and contract with the foot.  As a result, PUMA Mobium's cushioning, protection and flexibility encourages a more efficient stride and offers runners a smoother transition.

 

The three-part system of PUMA Mobium Elite's innovative design encourages runners to land on their mid-foot, rather than a hard heel strike, which can mean more efficiency and less "braking action."   The shoe is the result of two years of intensive development and testing and sets a new benchmark for performance running.

 

 

"We believe PUMA Mobium will change the paradigm in the category of performance running," said Mary Taylor, Global Head of Footwear for PUMA.  "With patent pending, break-through technologies that work together as a system, we've created a new class of footwear.  The marketplace is currently driven by shoes that are static - that do not move with your foot in motion. In Mobium Elite, we have designed adaptive footwear that actually expands and contracts with your foot in motion.  At PUMA, we are driven to look at performance through a different lens, to break with convention through true innovation. Mobium is the result of this and we feel strongly it will be a game-changer."

 

Beginning February 2013, PUMA Mobium Elite will be available in Men's and Women's styles at select running specialty stores, PUMA Retail, select sporting good wholesalers worldwide and online at www.shop.puma.com.  In subsequent seasons, additional Women's specific styles will be introduced and the Mobium line will be expanded further in the Training and Fitness categories. 

 

For more information, visit www.puma.com/running or www.puma.com/MOBIUM.

 



PUMA

 

PUMA is one of the world's leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 11,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com

One of the hottest areas in performance sports is compression bodywear that provides support while training and has recovery properties. PUMA has just launched its own product. ACTV and RCVER Performance Bodywear are the new launches by PUMA. 

PUMA LAUNCHES ACTV AND RCVR PERFORMANCE BODYWEAR WITH BUILT-IN TAPING AND ENHANCED COMPRESSION

 

HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY (February 6, 2013) - Today, global sportlifestyle brand PUMA unveiled two new premium product innovations in training apparel; PUMA ACTV and PUMA RCVR.  PUMA ACTV and RCVR take performance wear to the next level through the first-to-market use of both athletic taping and enhanced compression within the garments. PUMA ACTV has this week been given the sports industry quality seal and has been awarded the ISPO Gold Award in the performance segment Compression Apparel category.

 

PUMA ACTV

Grounded in the principle of athletic taping in which strips of fabric are placed directly onto an athlete's skin in specific patterns intended to help with muscle support, PUMA's latest range of training tights, shorts and tops goes one step further with PUMA tape built directly into the garments.  During workouts, the innovative garments are designed to work with the body, helping maximize muscle power. PUMA ACTV fuses the benefits of compression technology with athletic taping in order to create an easy-to-use performance offering.

 

With PUMA ACTV, elasticized silicone tape is strategically placed on the inside of the garments to provide micro-massage in specific areas to the skin, which may help enable a faster and more effective energy supply to the muscles.

"While compression apparel has been shown to reduce muscle vibration and promoting faster recovery, PUMA ACTV's enhanced compression takes the notion of compression apparel one step further, offering enhanced compression coupled with the built-in athletic taping system for maximum benefit." explains Thorsten Krauss, Global Head of Product Line Management & Merchandising Performance Apparel. 


In addition to the technical qualities in the PUMA ACVR range, the performance wear also includes additional running-specific, practical and aesthetic features including; reflective logos for visibility, mesh panels for breathability, zippered side pockets for convenience, and dryCELL for wicking and comfort. By incorporating PUMA's advanced dryCELL technology, PUMA ACTV apparel effectively manages an athlete's moisture, by using highly functional materials that draw sweat away from the skin, and help keep the wearer dry and comfortable.

 

PUMA RCVR

PUMA has also launched a new Performance Bodywear product--PUMA RCVR--designed to help maximize recovery post workout.  PUMA RCVR fuses the recovery benefits of targeted advanced compression with athletic taping to help work with the body's natural systems and support the most fatigued muscles.  

 

PUMA RCVR apparel also includes the added benefit of dryCELL technology to aid wicking of sweat, adding better comfort following an intense session. 

 

PUMA Performance Bodywear come in three levels; Light Compression, Medium

Compression and Advanced Compression.  For Spring / Summer 2013, PUMA ACTV can be found in Men's and Women's Running, Men's and Women's Performance BodyWear and Bolt Performance product collections.

 

PUMA RCVR is also available from Spring / Summer 2013 and can be found in Women's Fitness, Women's Running and Performance Bodywear.

 

There are five key products within the PUMA ACTV and PUMA RCVR range:

 

·       The Men's ACTV Long Tight is designed to help optimize muscle power and movement and includes reflective logo to improve visibility. 

·       The Women's CR Tech ACTV Long Tight is engineered with the benefits of compression and built-in athletic taping, and a moisture management system to stay dry and cool during a high performance workout.

·       The Women's TP RCVR Tight is designed with flexible silicone taping providing a micro-massage to the skin intended to help muscle recovery post workout.

·       From the Bolt Collection, the Bolt ACTV 2-in-1 Short fuses together compression and athletic taping and is designed to help maximize muscle power during a high performance workout.

·       The Bolt ACTV LS Tee contains PUMA tape inside the garment aligned to help with muscle support and body strength.

 

 

PUMA ACTV and RCVR are available at running specialty stores globally, PUMA Retail, select sporting good wholesalers worldwide and online at www.shop.puma.com.

 

For more information, visit www.puma.com/actvrcvr

 

 

PUMA


PUMA is one of the world's leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Mihara Yasuhiro and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people 



PUMA launched their new Mobium Elite in February 2013. RunningNetwork reviewed it in the March/April 2013 issues of RunningNetwork publications. You may also find the review at www.runningproductreviews.com



PUMA UNVEILS MOBIUM ELITE,  LAUNCHING A NEW CLASS OF PERFORMANCE RUNNING FOOTWEAR --ADAPTIVE RUNNING

Mobium Elite Features New Patent-Pending Technologies

 

 

HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY (February 6, 2013) - Today, global sportlifestyle brand PUMA launched a new-to-market category of performance running--Adaptive Running™--with the introduction of the Mobium Elite shoe.   

 

PUMA Mobium Elite is a performance trainer that expands and contracts as the foot moves. Rooted in anatomy and inspired by nature, PUMA Mobium Elite is the product of two years intense design and development based on how the foot moves.  Considering that the foot expands in three directions, longitudinally, laterally and vertically, PUMA's innovative footwear adapts with the body in motion, encouraging a more natural and efficient mid-foot strike.

 

Louis Joseph, Director Strategy and Innovation discusses the technological innovation behind PUMA Mobium:  "PUMA's sport innovations have always focused on provocative, risk-taking ideas aimed at enhancing the athlete experience.  In the case of the Mobium Elite, PUMA has combined performance research with imagination to produce an entirely new class of running footwear.  Developed with the vision of creating dynamic products that move with the human body in motion, the Mobium Elite represents the premier model within PUMA's new Adaptive Running collection.  Designed to expand and contract with the foot's changing shape during the gait cycle, the Mobium Elite is a first generation concept built to challenge the conventional standard of static footwear construction.  Incorporating a host of patent pending technologies, we are excited by the prospects of the Mobium Elite trainer and believe that Adaptive Running is a breakthrough proposition with transformational potential."

 

PUMA Mobium Elite's Mobium Band is constructed to enhance the foot's natural spring.  Running through the outsole in a "figure eight" it's designed to work dynamically like the tendons in the foot.  The more force applied, the more spring it returns.

 

Meanwhile, the 'Windlass Chassis' is built to mimic the Windlass Effect of a foot's expansion and contraction as it moves. This sculpted arch creates a platform for the foot in movement, helping the foot transition through the full running gait. Mobium's upper and outsole works in unison with the Windlass Chassis, so that the entire shoe moves the way the foot naturally does.

 

With stride efficiency a core value in performance running, PUMA's designers took inspiration from the most efficient running machine on the planet; the cat. Similar to cats paws which compress together during its propulsion phase and expand during stance phase to provide cushioning, PUMA Mobium Elite's 'Expansion Pods' on the outsole of the shoe expand and contract with the foot.  As a result, PUMA Mobium's cushioning, protection and flexibility encourages a more efficient stride and offers runners a smoother transition.

 

The three-part system of PUMA Mobium Elite's innovative design encourages runners to land on their mid-foot, rather than a hard heel strike, which can mean more efficiency and less "braking action."   The shoe is the result of two years of intensive development and testing and sets a new benchmark for performance running.

 

 

"We believe PUMA Mobium will change the paradigm in the category of performance running," said Mary Taylor, Global Head of Footwear for PUMA.  "With patent pending, break-through technologies that work together as a system, we've created a new class of footwear.  The marketplace is currently driven by shoes that are static - that do not move with your foot in motion. In Mobium Elite, we have designed adaptive footwear that actually expands and contracts with your foot in motion.  At PUMA, we are driven to look at performance through a different lens, to break with convention through true innovation. Mobium is the result of this and we feel strongly it will be a game-changer."

 

Beginning February 2013, PUMA Mobium Elite will be available in Men's and Women's styles at select running specialty stores, PUMA Retail, select sporting good wholesalers worldwide and online at www.shop.puma.com.  In subsequent seasons, additional Women's specific styles will be introduced and the Mobium line will be expanded further in the Training and Fitness categories. 

 

For more information, visit www.puma.com/running or www.puma.com/MOBIUM.



PUMA

 

PUMA is one of the world's leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 11,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com

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Photo used with permission of the B.A.A. (From The B.A.A. at 125).


The B.A.A. at 125

The Official History of the Boston Athletic Association, 1887-2012

By John Hanc

Foreword by Matt Damon

Sports Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook

On Sale: April 2013

ISBN: 978-1-61321-198-4

Price: $24.95

 

In American sports history, there are but a handful of athletics clubs that can date their pedigrees back into the middle and late nineteenth century. One of the most historic, and colorful, is the Boston Athletic Association. It is a fact that the B.A.A. had nine of the fourteen US athletes who competed in the 1896 Olympics, the first of the modern Olympiad. It is a fact that the B.A.A. founded the first marathon in the U.S., in 1897, and it is a fact that the start of the modern health club benefitted from B.A.A. club, then located in the Back Bay. 


The B.A.A. at 125 is much more than a book of facts. John Hanc ably describes the sports world, and the contempory world, over the 125 years of the evolution of this modern sports club. The Boston Marathon, founded by the B.A.A. is the most iconic marathon on the globe. In 1986, the B.A.A. accepted the sponsorship of the John Hancock Financial Services Company, and took the Boston Marathon, and the sport, into a new era. 


And the characters of the B.A.A.? A more colorful lot of athletes, coaches, officials would be hard to collect. John Hanc, the author, over the 114 pages and one hundred photographs, does a yeoman's job at giving the reader a real feel of the Boston Athletic Association. This is a must read for any sports fan, and especially, if one runs or follows the sport of athletics...

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Above the angels...Jenn Suhr clears 5.02m, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Jenn Suhr clears 5.02m, no woman higher indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net 


In conversations over the past two years, Rick Suhr, coach and husband of Jenn Suhr, would catch up and talk a bit of pole vault. Rick would note that, when Jenn Suhr got healthy and could put together the training, she was going to go real high. 

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 1, that happened. Suhr's 4.90m was a clean a jump as anyone had ever seen. Her 5.02m, which I watched on You Tube, was superb! 

The world record is back in the US, for the first time since 2003. 

David Hunter, in his weekly column, speaks to the new World Record holder about the present and the future....

The most prestigious sports awards in the globe, the Laureus World Sports awards were announced, and the sport of atheltics, of course, led the way. Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis were the World Sportsmen and Sportswomen Awards of the Year. Felix Sanchez was the Laureus Comeback of the Year award with his brilliant win over the 400m hurdles, adding to his victory in 2004. Lord Sebastian Coe was the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, for his thoughtful leadership of the London 2012 Olympics. 

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Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Jessica Ennis, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Felix Sanchez, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Sebastian Coe, photo courtesy of IAAF Communications


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3D Printing of NB spike plate for Jack Bolas, photo from NB communications

This is a pretty fascinating technology from New Balance. The 3D Printing process was used to develop a new spike plate for a shoe used by miler Jack Bolas, of the New Balance Athletics Team. Read more about it below: 

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Wesley Frazier, photo by PhotoRun.net


Chris Lotsborn of Race Results Weekly wrote up this coverage of the third day of the 2013 New Balance Nationals. Lotsbom gives us a great view into the three days of the New Balance Nationals, the event that gives high school track & field athletes a final chance to compete in the indoor season in 2013. Here is what he observed...


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Patrik Makau, Haile Gebrsellassie, 2011 real, Berlin, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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David Rudisha, design by Alex Larsen

One of the busiest weekends of the season, as the NCAA Indoors and New Balance Nationals were going on, with major road racing and European national cross country championships. As the Samsung DL league is merely six weeks away, Yohan Blake, and now, David Rudisha, are announcing their meets. Doha will be a very hot opening on May 10. 
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Edward Cheserek, FL 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Edward Cheserek ran a 1:52.2 for his 800 meter leg on Day two of the New Balance Nationals, one of the many highlights of the day. Two national records on day two with Williams and Union Catholic. Read the story below, from Chris Lotsbom on the second day of the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals....



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Brenda Martinez, 2013 NBIndoorGP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brenda Martinez is one of the athletes we suggest to watch in 2013. At the end of 2013, Martinez scored two pbs at 800 meters in less than a week. She then won road miles in the Great North CityGames, in NewCastle, UK and also the NYR Mile, in New York City. This weekend, Brenda Martinez ran a solid 5,000 meters in 15:35.65. For the 800m/1,500m runner, this shows that Martinez has her endurance just about where it should be. Look for Martinez to show some strong improvements over 1,500m this season. And watch out for her kick! 


Wesley Frazier won the mile at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix with a very smart race on February 2, 2013. On February 24, 2013, Wesley took second in a fast two mile at the Brooks PR invitational to Erin Finn. 

On March 8, 2013, Wesley Frazier set a new NR in the 5,000m for high school girls with her fast 16:18.01, with a photo-finish win over Erin Finn, the girl who defeated her over two miles just two weeks ago! 

Wesley Finn started the NB Nationals with a Naitonal record on day 1. Here is the story by Race Weekly's Chris Lotsbom, who has covered the meet for the last three years for RunBlogRun.com  and the Runningnetwork.com

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Wesley Frazier, 2013 NBIndoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net
The NCAA Indoors for 2013 ended with a day of great performances, as James Dunaway, our eyes on the track, writes here. We also will be posting some photos from the two days of the NCAA Indoor from Pretty Sporty Images' Cheryl Tweworgy.  

James told me this morning that he was probably most impressed with Lawi Lamong's double in the mile, leading from start to finish, and the 3,000 meters, held one hour, forty minutes later. 

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NCAA Day One, photo from Pretty Sporty Images
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Nick Willis, 2011 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nick Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, ran not only an WC A standard qualifier, but also, the world outdoor leader at 1,500 meters, with his 3:34.68 this weekend. 

With the NCAA Indoors and New Balance Indoors this weekend, lots of indoor action at the very top level. Here is what Alfons found this weekend...
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Starting Blocks, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott Denman texted me about noon on Friday, noting that the USOC had a big announcement. We asked him to cover it for us. Here is his column on Los Angeles getting into the 2024 Olympic host bidding race...
We asked James Dunaway, the editor of American Track & Field, to give Runblogrun.com the benefit of his visits to the NCAA Indoor. This is his column for the first day of the 2013 NCAA Indoor! 

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Dawn Harper, Brianna Rollins, 2012 Olympic Trials, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


I see it as a huge positive that the IAAF is testing and has found six athletes from 2005 who cheated. That means that, with modern testing methods, that they are catch a few more cheaters, but, more than likely, cheating was at a lower level than some might have suspected. 

The recent news on athletes such as Suzy Favor Hamilton, Lance Armstrong, and Oscar Pistorius has put sports on a crisis to crisis watch. Truth be told, track & field and road running have, perhaps years after they should have, become two of the toughest disciplines in global sports on drug testing as an effective method to slow down drug cheats. And our sport, for the most part, has a lower number of complete idiots, who do not understand that the benefits of being a top athlete comes with some responsibilities. Those responsibilities include not making a complete ass of oneself and one's profession in the global media. 

My biggest fear is that drug testing is not and will never be enough. Soon, gene manipulation will be more price advantageous: when such Frankensteinian methods become cheaper, groups and countries will be tempted to use them. The key is, in the end, a sense of ethics. There is right and wrong in sports, and in life. One has to look oneself in the mirror and see what kind of person one truly is. 

Besides drug use in sports, conduct by athletes in sports, especially some sports such as American football, baseball and basketball, has become a daily issue. I do remember the Athletic Director at my university reminding me how lucky we were to compete and that we should behave at a higher standard, and live by that higher standard. 

Most elite track athletes do live and project a higher standard. I have watched athletes such as Usain Bolt spend over an hour signing autographs and taking pictures at track meets. I truly enjoy watching athletes such as Tyson Gay send twitter responses to his fans. Bianca Knight is another example of an athlete who keeps her fans close, with nice notes. 

There were a few elite athletes in our sport in the recent past, who felt that if they were not a bit rude, late for press conferences, and declining signing autographs for young fans, they would not make it to the level of pro sports such as football. They actually believed that being a jerk would be more visible and meant that, they, the they would stand out more.  They were wrong. 

Track & field has some of the best athletes in all of sports. They give back to their sports and their communities. At the end of the day, it is not your time, or distance, but how you treat those around you, and how ethically you compete, that matters. 

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Blocks, photo courtesy of Brooks Running

 
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Wesley Korir, 2012 BAA Boston Marathon, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 


Wesley Korir is part of the new Kenya that Justin Lagat writes about in his weekly column. 

On the morning run earlier in the week, Justin Lagat's team mates spoke about the new Kenyan elections. The past elections were full of violence, and many people were scared before this election. But, things seem to have gone quite well, and in a recent interview on BBC radio, several young Kenyans took pride in the fact that their elections were going along quite peacefully.

What I like about Justin Lagat's column is that he expresses much of that optimism, with some critical observations. I hope you enjoy his column....
This looks like an exciting program! 
Patrick Makau, the WR holder in the marathon, is training very well, and focused on the prize of prizes, the 2013 Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2013. Zane Branson sent us a note about Patrick running the Hapalua Half Marathon on March 10, 2013. Toni Reavis, as is many times, the case, wrote a thoughtful piece on the race, and where Patrick puts his heart, lungs and soul-the world record holder has global view of the world....

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Patrick Makau, 2:03:38 WR, 
photo by PhotoRun.net
Jenn Suhr is the new World Record holder in the women's pole vault indoors. At 5.02 meters, Jenn Suhr has jumped higher than any other women in the world. That, is fact. That the 2008 Olympic silver medalist and now, 2012 Olympic gold medalist at the pole vault is now a world record holder for the first time, is somehow surprising. Add that to her nine American records, and one gets some perspective.

A world record is, dear readers, an anomaly. It is the the athletic equivalent of the perfect storm.  The drive of the athlete, the focus of the athlete, great facility, supportive fans, strong competition, and all of those coming at once, give us something, that quite frankly, I believe we take for granted. Our sport is truly about competition: how one person, or eight for that matter, run, jump or throw against each other! 

We sent these questions to Jenn Suhr about 5 am local time in Goteborg, Sweden, on Sunday morning, as my world record alarm went off on my phone. Curious, I read and saw that Jenn Suhr had indeed broken the World Record. Rick Suhr, her coach, was proven right again as he told RBR that Jenn Suhr would go very high. Somehow, I believe that she is no where near her limits. The road to Moscow 2013 gets even more fascinating.

Here is how she answered our six questions: 
Well, the Samsung DL is merely two months away and Yohan Blake is making sure we know where the WC at 100 meters is racing! IAAF announced this week that Yohan Blake will be racing in both Doha and Shanghai, May 10 and May 18, respectively.

Yohan Blake is one of the two fastest sprinters in the world. He likes to race more, while Usain Bolt races a bit less. It will be interesting to see how their seasons progress. 


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Mo Greene, Haile Gebrselassie, Yohan Blake, February 13, 2013, 
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Paul Raley, is from a tiny little town in upstate Wisconsin. Last September, I drove two hours on coutry roads to see Paul get the Brooks Most Inspiring Coach of the Year award. I was so glad that I did. It is really amazing to see men and women like Paul, who support their programs with little fanfare, in towns where a track program and a person such as Paul means changing people's lives.

So, runblogrun.com readers, send this piece far and wide and nominate the coaches you love, the coaches who not only listen to your bad workouts, but bad hair days and encourage you to finish the English paper that was due two days ago. 

Coaches change lives. Brooks recognizes that, and I really love this program. I robustly enourage your participation! 


Craig Heisner, a long time management professional in the world of performance running is the new President of Newton Running, it was announced today. Heisner developed his talents while at New Balance, Reebok, Brooks, among others and most recently, Li-Ning USA. Heisner has worked in product development, marketing and sales. 

Here is what Cregg Weinmann, our footwear guru and reviewer for the RunningNetwork, had to say about Craig Heisner: 

"Newton Running has taken a proactive approach to their business, and have done so again with the naming of industry veteran Craig Heisner as their new President. The proven track record of President Heisner will make things interesting to see how the brand is able to capitalize on its current trajectory, and where they will be in the near future. I wish the best of fortunes for continued growth, as well as a continuation of their quality products."


To learn more about Newton Running, please go to www.newtonrunning.com. To learn more about Running Network shoe reviews and other reviews done by Cregg Weinmann, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com
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Stephen Kiprotich, Olympic marathon champion, 
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Stephen Kiprotich was involved in a car accident in Uganda, where two were seriously injured, but Mr. Kiprotich was uninjured. We wish him and his friends a quick return to health. Kiprotich is training for the upcoming Virgin London Marathon. 

Lots of news today, thanks to Alfons Juck of EME News. 
Dave Hunter has been writing about the USA Indoor for the past three days. His thoughtful approach to the sport, his concern about making sure all of the disciplines are covered, is one of the many reasons I enjoy his writing and appreciate his support of the RunningNetwork and Runblogrun.com

Fascinating parallels this morning, as I can not sleep in Goteborg, Sweden and start to plan one more day in this fabulous city. I really enjoyed the shot put qualifying in Goteborg, where all of the Euro Champs were under one roof. Crowds between 1,500 and 5,000 each day in Goteborg, and wonderfully organized, each day. 

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Will Leer, 3,000m/Mile champion, USA Indoors, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Rajne Soderburg, the former director of the DN Galan Games in Stockholm, was speaking with Daniel Wessfeldt and myself. Ranje noted that, key for our sport to prosper is to do the events in smaller facilities, and really do them well. The key is, how to build an event brand, and how to enthuse both the fans and the athletes? 

The USA 2013 Indoor Champs were a strange champs. Many top athletes are starting later in 2013, after having not had a championship year break since 2010! However, look at Jenn Suhr, and her world record! Look at the stage for Mary Cain and also Will Leer. 

And, both the TV team and USATF should be very happy that Jenn Suhr, Mary Cain and Will Leer all attended and competed so well. 

Read on....
Elliott Denman was one of two writers that we assigned to cover the 2013 USA Indoors. Both Elliott and David Hunter gave us interesting views on the major events over the three days.

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Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this column, Elliott Denman talks about two very different mile races: the debut and victory of Mary Cain and the second victory, in two days, of one Will Leer. Mary Cain won a very slow race, and Will Leer ran the fastest mile run at US champs in high altitude.

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Leer and Miller to the finish, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott likes his races to be fast, if he has a choice, so you may know where he is going with his column.....
This piece is from Justin Lagat, our correspondent in Kenya, who has written a fine piece on the new track being constructed by Lornah Kiplagat in her new high altitutde training center: 

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Lornah's new track, photo by Justin Lagat
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Ryan Whiting, unleashing the beast, WL throw of 21.80 meters! 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Jeremy Wariner has returned, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mary Cain, winning the mile (making American TV), 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Will Leer and the nifty double: 3,000m and mile, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The USA Indoor Champs in 2013 will be remembered for many things, the World Record by Jenn Suhr among them. It is a year when many choose not to race, or start training later, as Moscow is the key and there was no indoor World Champs. 

Yet, Jenn Suhr sets a world record, Will Leer runs a nice double and Mary Cain and Ajee Wilson win as two of our youngest senior champ winners in recent memory. 

The Euro Indoor Championships were one of the best executed events that I have ever seen, on any continent. The shot put qualifying in the Marketplace, the in stadium commentating with Katherine Merry and Christian Olsson, to the app used from Goteborg 2013: all were signs that the sport was moving forward.

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My fear is that, even with WL in both 60m for men, 60m hurdles for men, Men's pole vault, Triple Jump and Long jump for men, Long jump and Triple jump for women and 4 x 400m for women, two issues may stay in mind, in our apparent focus on accentuating the negative. Our sport tends to shoot itself in the foot quite often. 

The first was the snafu over the 4 x 400m, which the Great Britain and NI team were disqualified and quickly reinstated. Case should be closed.

 The second was the terribly sad non clearance of Renaud Lavillenie. As he went over 6.07m, the bar jumped and did not land back in the proper place on the standard, hence, it was not counted. Lavillenie was unconsolable.

The truth is, Renaud Lavillenie will, more than likely have another one of those great days. Hopefully the guy goes higher than 6.07m. The truth is, world record days are one in a million, even for the best. All has to be working right, and those days, to be savored, are, infrequent. Renaud Lavillenie knew he was having one of those days. 

Have to admit. I watched Okkert Brits of South Africa jump, I watched Sergey Bubka jump. Bubka is the world record holder. First man who I think can truly take a shot at the WR is French. Renaud Lavillenie is, truly, the new le roi de la perche. This guy has the speed, athleticism and most importantly, the swagger, to be the next great one. He mesmerized the stands last night with his jumps over 5.91m, 5.96m, 6.01m and, mon Dieu, when he cleared 6.07m, I thought my heart would stop! He did not believe it. I then looked at the screen from Omega and saw nothing on the screen. 6.07 meters was left for another day... 


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The bar after Lavillenie's attempt at 6.07m, 
photo courtesy of SPIKES mag



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Jenn Suhr clearing 5.02m, WR, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

No one has gone higher indoors that Jenn Suhr did, in front of only her closest fans, on Saturday night, 2 March 2013, in Albququerque, New Mexico at the 2013 USA Indoor Champs. 

Five meters, oh two. 5.02 meters, or for those not proficient in metric (do not get me started), 16-5.5. Suhr is the Olympic gold medalist from 2012, after being the silver Olympic medalist in 2008. If this is not a clarion call to Ms. Isinbayeva about the battle that will come in Moscow, I do not know what is.

Jenn Suhr is not that inelegant. She noted how lucky she was to follow such a great athlete as Yelena Isinbayeva. 

Suhr has been recognized about the pole vault congnesenti as a true talent, but one worried about the strength of those calves to deal with the trauma of jumping. 

Suhr showed, this weekend, that world records come when they come. At  a US indoor with some highlights and some not so highlights, Jenn Suhr and Mary Cain were the stories....

Now, let's see if ESPN decides to recognize a real WR from Jenn Suhr. For years they have noted how much money they make off track broadcasts, sure would be nice to see them supporting the sport that is profitable for them. 



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Doug Thurston, photo couresy of BSIM.org


Doug Thurston is an industry executive who has a great rep in managing events, media and the throngs that inhabit a major race culture that is running in the twenty-first century. I am confident of his success and glad he is involved in such an important event. BSIM showed just how savvy they are by appointing an industry executive who understands our sport.

And so here is where I will make my request: Road Running has become an activity, it is, in very few places a sport. The races that support elite athletes, and even more unlikely, Americans who are trying to develop, are fewer and fewer each day. How can you blame races? They are watching every dollar, and they have not figured out how to get money from anyone outside of running. Some races are working with HMOs and food chains, but most, go to the holy grail of road running. 

If a road race brings in a group of nice young foreign runners, many who speak little or no English, kiss your local media good bye. Bring in athletes who speak English, who can tell their story, who the local media can develop an empathy with, they, you have a story. Simple things like that, most race directors just do not either make the time or do not get. Hence, major events go on each weekend in US, and they do not get an agate in the local paper or website. 

Big Sur has supported young, elite America athletes for years. If road racing wants to be recognized for more than a happening, then, make part of your event a real race. It is not about the money it is about the focus. Give up some hotel rooms, make the athletes visit schools, run with local high school or junior high, joke with a local sports reporter for ten minutes. Those are the details that an executive director who has experience like Mr. Thurston understands. 

Road Racing could be, along with Track & Field the sports that are the focal point for the fight against Obesity. The idea of getting active, just moving, is what it is all about. A 5k runner who can break 13:30 gets that a person jogging their first half mile is scared to death, they have been there. After their race, ask your elite athletes to offer to jog a half mile with a group who is just starting to run. Those young athletes get it: their futures are based on how the sport grows. 


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Elliott Denman, along with Dave Hunter, are the two journalists who have been covering the 2013 USA Indoors for the RunningNetwork.com and Runblogrun.com. This is Elliott's column for Saturday, March 2, 2013. We hope that you enjoy it....

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the first of many, Mary Cain wins her first USA Indoor senior title, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

One comment on Mary Cain. She is the real thing. I had a fascinating discussion on Mary Cain in Sweden this past weekend. Keen observers noted that there have been other very hot young women runners, and where did they go? So true, I told them, but Mary Cain is, well, just different. We shall see, with Mary Cain, and Ajee Wilson. Both have taken fascinating approaches, in consideration of their needs and activities, to the sport of track & field. I am not sure which path is the right one, if there is such an animal. One wishes for the best, and then, prays to the gods. 
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Jenn Suhr, adidas GP 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

For over a year now, Rick Suhr, Coach/Husband of Jenn Suhr, has told me that Jenn can go "real high". I asked Jenn recently about how high she could go. She told me that meters are a little scar sometimes, but 16-5, 16-6, those sounded good. It was not bragging, it was thoughtful consideration of her talent, her shape and her focus. 

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Jenn Suhr, 2012 London Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net

This year has seen Jenn Suhr healthy, and though banged up a bit from late January, Jenn is obviously fit. Know that her 5.02m WR is only second women who has ever gone over five meters. The other is one Yelena Isinbayeva. 

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Jenn Suhr, NBIGP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Many do not get the significance of Jenn Suhr. With Suhr over five meters, it can be seen that great athletes, such as Isinbayeva, and now Suhr, can perform at these amazing heights. Suhr will go higher, and this, in my mind, is the first of her world records. On the women's side, next to Paula Radcliffe's marathon record, I am not sure what is more difficult, a vault over five meters for women or Radcliffe's record. Both are terribly difficult. 

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NBIGP, 2012, what a diff a year makes! photo by PhotoRun.net

The above pictures shows the 4.88m AR in February 2012. Now, in March 2013, Jenn Suhr has become only the second women over five meters, and first American women over 16 feet, 5.5 inches. A world record means all things are good,for that split second. It is the sports' equivalent of the perfect storm. For Jenn Suhr, her run up was good, her back was fine, and she executed in a wildly positive fashion. A five meter vault has been done by, now, two women. 

I woke up about 2 am local time in Goteborg, Sweden and saw the Suhr World Record on my twitter account. Then, a note from Dave Hunter, " Larry, I am working on Jenn piece, will have it done in an hour." I went fast to sleep, and lo and behold, here is Dave Hunter's piece on the pole vault world record. This is Jenn Suhr's ninth AR and first World record.



We asked David Hunter, who, along with Elliot Denman, is covering the USA Indoors for us. This is David's first column on the Indoors, and he has comments from Matt Centrowitz, Gunnar Nixon, Curtis Beach, among others...

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                                                 photo by PhotoRun.net
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Goteborg track, February 28, 2013, photo by Larry Eder


The European Indoor Championships have been pleasantly surprising. I was expected a fairly dry championships. An enthusiastic crowd, local medals, World leaders, great announcing and a superb indoor facility makes this event stand out. 

My favorite event was the women's pole vault, but the men's 60m was right there, as was the 3000m men's race. 

Here is Alfons Juck's comments on the day's events. More from me after I take a nap. 
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Sergey Shubenkov, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sergey Shubenkov won the gold medal in the 60 meter hurdles, and surprised many with his fine 7.49, which is also the world leader! Here are some of Alfons Jucks observations on the first day of competition! 

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Jenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Dave Hunter gives us his observations on the first day of the USA Indoor Championships, which is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Watch for David's thoughtful comments each day of the championships!
 
The first session of the 32nd European Indoor Athletics Championships went well this morning and early afternoon. 

Daniele Greco of Italy was the only automatic qualifier in the men's triple jump, with a jump of 16.94m.


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Ibrahimov-will be have competition? Ask OLionaird, 
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Perri Shakes-Drayton was the fastest qualifier in the 400m in 51.70, with Sweden's Moa Hjelmer running 52.87. Angela Morosanua of Romania won heat 2 in 52.07. Elidih Child of GBR won heat 3 in 52.05, with Euro Champ from 2011, Denisa Rosolova taking second in 52.20. Finlands Ella Rasanen ran a NR of 52.37 and Line Kloster of Norway ran a NR of 53.15 to move to the semi final round. Zuzanja Henova, bronze medalist at London in 400m hurdles, won heat 4 in 53.20. Three Russians, three Brits in the semi-finals of the 400 meters for women. Semi finals on Saturday at 4.35 pm. 

In men's 400m, Brian Gregan of Ireland won the first heat in 46.97, with Vitaliy Butryn of Ukraine in second in 46.97. Pavel Trenikhin of Russia ran gutty race, taking lead with one turn to go, winning heat 2 in 46.65. Michael Bingham of GBR in second in 46.92. Richard Strachan of GBR won heat 3 in 46.96. In heat 4, Pavel Maslak, CZE, ran 46.54 to win heat 3, with Nigel Levine, GBR in second in 46.68. GBR had three men move on. 

In the 60m hurdles, Pascal Martinot Lagarde won heat 1 in 7.58, with Erik Balnuweit of Germany in second in 6.61. In heat two, Balazs Baji, HUN, 7.67, won. In heat 3, Sergey Shubenkov of Russia won in 7.52, Rasui Dabo of Portugal in a NR 7.68 for heat 3. Paolo Dal Molin of Italy won heat 4 in 7.59.

On the women's side, for the 60m hurdles, Nevin Yanit of Turkey ran 8.01. Derval ORourke of Ireland ran 8.05. Yuliya Kondanokoa ran 8.07 to win heat 2, with Lucie Skrobakova, CZE, also ran 8.07, and Sara Aerts also ran 8.07. Seven moved on, in heat 2! In heat 3, Alina Talay of Belarus ran 8.02, with Veronica Borsi of Italy ran 8.05. 

In the men's 3,000 meters, Ciarin OLionard of Ireland waited until the very last lap and blasted away, winning in 7:55.12. In heat two, Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbajan took the lead just before 2k, hitting the two kilometers in 5:19.56, after hitting 1k in 2:39.66. Ibrahimov won his heat easily. Kowal of France, Alaiz of Spain, Higuero of Spain made to final on time. 

Details on heptathlon in evening session. 

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