May 2014 Archives

In one of the finest Pre Classics in memory, the 40th version shone with twenty-six men, in two separate races, under four minutes in the mile! Fourteen World Leaders, Six Meet records, one Diamond League record, and the night before, an American record in the 10,000 meters! 

The last three events of the Pre Classic, featuring the Men's 800 meters, the Men's 5000 meters and the Bowerman Mile were among the most exciting events that I have ever seen! 

More details on an amazing day of track and field shortly, but here are the complete results! 

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Reese Hoffa wins Men's Shot Put with 21.64m throw! 
by PhotoRun.net
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Galen Rupp, after his 10,000m AR, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Hellen Obiri wins the 2014 Prefontaine Classic 1500m in a USA all-comers record of 3:57.05 (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The 40th Pre Classic gave the 13,000 plus fans something to stand on their feet for: 15 world leaders, six meet records, and numerous national records! In two elite men's miles, twenty-six milers broke four minutes for the mile, making it 335 different times the four minute mile has been broken in Eugene at the Pre Classic.

Read further to see RRW's David Monte's view of the fantastic meet! 
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Galen Rupp, enroute to 26:44.36 AR, May 30, 2014 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Galen Rupp was fifth at the 5,000 meter mark, hit in 13:26, then, he ran 13:18 for the final 5,000 meter and with that, his AR of 26:48.00 was broken. Galen Rupp is now faster than his gold medal owning team mate, Mo Farah. 
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Rupp's Indoor AR in January 2014, art by the Shoe Addicts

Galen Rupp broke the two mile and 5,000 meter indoor ARs last January 2014. Last night, in Eugene, Oregon, Galen Rupp broke his own AR of 26:48.00 from 2011 with a 26:44.36, a new AR and world leader. 

He did it by negative splitting the halfs of the race, running 13:26 for the first 5k and 13:18 for the second 5k. Running the last mile in 4:06, Galen Rupp ran the penultimate lap in 59 seconds, then, finished up with a fine 58.5. 

Here is how David Monte, Race Results Weekly editor saw the race: 
Galen Rupp ran the fastest 10,000 meters in the world last night, running 26:44:36 and breaking the AR. Rupp finally took the lead with 800 meters to go, and dropped a 59, then a 58 second last lap. His final mile of 4:06 showed the thousands of fans on the first night of the Prefontaine Classic that Galen Rupp is fit and ready to race. 

Galen Rupp's next race will be the 5,000 meters in Oslo, Norway. 

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Rupp running 26:48.00 in Brussels in 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Some not particularly well organized thoughts on the men's 10k at Pre this evening, from Kevin Mangan

Galen Rupp wore the mask before the race then took it off and he proved once again that he can run well despite what the pollen count is. The race became a four-man affair a little past the 5k mark with Sambu leading the pack containing Rupp, Tanui and Karoki. Tonight, though, was Galen's night and he was in superb form surging to the front with about 850 meters to go. His last 800 was 1:57 with his last two laps being 59 and 58. Over the last lap he put five seconds on Tanui, eight second on Karoka and ten on Sambu. Not too shabby.

Someone was very excited and anticipated Rupp's record because, as Peter Abraham tweeted, the American Track & Field Records Wikipedia page was updated to include the new 10k record within 30 seconds of Rupp crossing the line. Karoki and Sambu became the 49th and 50th people to ever run under 27 minutes. 


RunBlogRun's Kenyan correspondent Justin Lagat tweeted: "Last month, it was Meb in Boston. Today it is Galen Rupp! Americans are now a threat to East African domination of long distance". 


Certainly a small sample size, but Justin makes a valid point because it's hard to ignore the names and PBs of the guys both Meb and Rupp took down in their victories. Galen Rupp has now run a faster 10k than Mo Farah ever has. Mo's best time is from the Pre Classic three years ago where he ran 26:46.57

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Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Christian Cantwell, photo by PhotoRun.net

Top action for free Friday
EUGENE (USA): Oregonlive writes a big thumbs up for Nike, which underwrites the two-day Prefontaine Classic, and for the past several years has made the Friday night portion of the meet free to spectators. Free is a very good price, particularly this year, says oregonlive. Galen Rupp will be chasing his own US record in the 10 000 m and high school talent Mary Cain will be opening her season in Friday night's women's 800 m. Also discus women with Olympic and World winner Sandra Perkovic, shot put men with world leader Christian Cantwell and top women long jump (Reese, Klishina, Spanovic, Proctor, Lesueur) will be staged on Friday

(Editor's note: Celebrating it's 40th anniversary, the Pre Classic has gone to a two day format, with Friday night free. This year, the shot put, the discus, the 800 meters and the 10,000 meters are all happening on Friday night. If you are in Eugene, do not miss it! )
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Diane Leather was the first women to break five minutes for the mile. She did this on May 29, 1954. Diane Leather may be the most important runner that you have never heard about. Well, read on, RunBlogRun readers!  Here is her story, and stats, by Peter John L. Thompson. 
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David Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net

EUGENE (USA): David Rudisha's coach Colm O'Connell admits that the 25 year old Kenyan's return to racing at this weekend's Prefontaine Classic will be "like being thrown into the deep end," after missing so much racing due to a knee injury, report AFP. "People will be anxious and are waiting to see how Rudisha will fare having been out for too long," said the Irish coach. "There's always a challenge to come back from injury straight into a big race. "But David is an experienced athlete not to put pressure on himself. He's seeking a confidence boost to his running. Luckily we have not seen an outstanding performance in the men's 800m this season, so the athletes will be almost at the same level of competition in Oregon."

(Editor's note: Many expressed surprise, even incredulity that Rudisha would open in such a tough race. With everyone gunning for the World record holder, it would be somewhat like that anywhere. The issue is this: when has Pre has a bad year in the 800 meters? )
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Leo Manzano wins 2014 Drake Road Mile, (April 23), 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Leo Manzano, 2014 BAA Mile, (April 19), photo by PhotoRun.net

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Leo Manzano, anchors US 4 x 1500m to AR an silver medal in World Relays (May 25), photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated May 28, 2014

Max Lockwood wrote this two part series on Leo Manzano for RunBlogRun.com. The Olympic silver medalist takes his role as a Mexican American role model very seriously. A thoughtful interview, Manzano with a hard work ethic, a quick sense of humor,  and a kick that can be deadly, Manzano has had many changes in his life this year, and Max Lockwood chronicles how those changes are preparing him for the next stage in his career. 
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Rupp running with Bekele in his AR race, Brussels 2011 (26:48.00), 
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EUGENE (USA): US long distance star Galen Rupp has already set two national records this year, and with good conditions, his own US 10 000 m best of 26:48.00 could be in jeopardy at the Prefontaine 
Classic on Friday night. Rupp, a 27-year-old native from nearby Portland, has asked for a fast pace on a track where he has won at a high school, collegiate, and professional level. Rupp will be racing against a world class field that includes Kenya's 23-year-old Paul Tanui, the bronze medallist from last year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow.  Bedan Karoki is another 23-year-old Kenyan with great Pre Classic memories.  Kenneth Kipkemoi and Emmanuel Bett are two more world class Kenyans in the field. 

A slew of young talent is led by Ethiopia's 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships winner Yigrem Demelash, who is just 20. Eritrea's Goitom Kifle, seventh in the last year's World Cross Country Championships is the same age and you can also add into the mix 19-year-old Birhan Nebebew, from Ethiopia, who was fifth in last year's Pre Classic.

(Editor's note: Galen Rupp is obviously fit. His 13:01 said it all in February. His 13:19 in 85 degree weather at Oxy showed he is fit. The Pre Classic 10,000m is one of the most exclusive races in the world. Probably best 10,000m this year outside of Van Damme Memorial 10,000m (if they all show up). If winds are not bad, look for Galen Rupp to run around 26:45.)
This piece will find some sympathy with some readers and with others, it will make them furious that I have published such a piece. I encourage the discussion. Can an athlete who has tested positive redeem himself or herself? 

Ironically, such a conversation has been brought to the forefront by Lauren Fleshman's recent blog on Dennis Mitchell, with a drug conviction, who was the World Relays relay coach. USATF's Jill Geer noted that Mr. Mitchell had served his time, and that should be that. Lauren Fleshman did not concur. Read her thoughts and the fascinating comments of her readers at http://asklaurenfleshman.com/2014/05/why-a-convicted-doper-as-the-usa-team-coach-is-a-bad-idea/

Justin Gatlin, since his return to competition, has kept quiet, for the most part, and focused on running. That he is being tested is obvious. That he is under much scrutiny is obvious. So Gatlin sprints, trains, sprints some more, around the world. 

Justin Gatlin has let his feet do the talking. And that, is what he has done.


Dave Hunter wrote this provocative piece on Justin Gatlin. Tell us what you think about Justin Gatlin. Has he earned redemption? Send your notes to runblogrun@gmail.com


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Relay this, out-of-the-box thinkers

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The first race has not even been run. Action gets underway Saturday at jam-packed Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

But, already, barring a security breach or unforeseen disaster, this inaugural edition of the IAAF World Relays can already be proclaimed a fantastic success.

Track and field needs innovation, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. These relays are that, and more.

As Wallace Spearmon, the U.S. 200-meter specialist, said at a news conference here Friday, "As an athlete, I just want to say thank you because this is the first time this has been done," adding a moment later, "The sky is the limit for this event."

Left to right: Christian Taylor, Sanya Richards-Ross, Wallace Spearmon, Morgan Uceny, Leo Manzano at Friday's news conference

Left to right: Christian Taylor, Sanya Richards-Ross, Wallace Spearmon, Morgan Uceny, Leo Manzano at Friday's news conference

The IAAF can often, and fairly, be accused of being cautious in its nod to tradition.

But let's give credit where it is due.

It is light years ahead of almost every other international sports federation in the Olympic movement in its understanding and its use of the digital space to promote its sport. The IAAF website is way better -- broader, deeper, loaded with stats, more accessible -- than anyone else's. The IAAF's phone app is superb. There's now a Diamond League phone app that gives results -- provided by Omega Timing -- in real-time.

To read the entire column, please go to: http://www.3wiresports.com/2014/05/23/relay-box-thinkers/

Please read on to read a review of 3wiresports.com and why you should read it every day! 



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Will Leer, Lamine Diack, Chanelle Price, the golden baton, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is a selection of photos, courtesy of PhotoRun.net and quots from Amanda Brooks, of USA Track & Field, after day two of the World Relays! A fantastic second day, where the US women won all races that they were held for woman, and US men won 4x400m and took silver in the 4x1500 meters. 
The IAAF has a winner in the World Relays. And, the Bahamas was the perfect place to hold the meet. My only suggestion is about the Men's 4x400 meter relay. It should be the ending event for these Relays as Bahamas vs. USA vs. Jamaica (baton fall), vs. Trinidad & Tobago vs. Great Britain) was highlight event. If former GB meet director Sir Ian Stewart were here, he would not that, if you want to keep the stands full for the duration of the event, then, close with the big one! 

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Brenda Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Relays are a success in the first year. This is a no-brainer. But, kind reader, why should the sport embrace this type of event? How do we grow the sport back into the splendor of old with the view from a changed world? Here are some modest suggestions! 
This morning, like many of you, I woke up to the report that the Ukranian government forces had attacked the pro-Russian forces who had taken over the Donetsk airport yesterday. Bob Ramzak, from his Piran Cafe  blog, sent this picture of more peaceful days in Donetsk and the Ukraine. 

Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the people of the Ukraine. I am all for self determination, but this has reminded me too much of previous European history. 
The loudest crowd on Saturday evening was the heat three of the men's 4 x 400 meter relays. I wanted you to experience this! Chris Brown flew over the third lap and he did just that, with the crowd just cheering them, wishing them, and cajoling them on! 


It was a race for the ages. Put 15,000 Bahamanian track fans in a stadium already ablaze, as the men's 4x 400 meter was called to the starting line.

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Chris Brown, the godfather of Bahamian Track & Field, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 




I wanted you to get a chance to hear how loud that the crowd was in Thomas A. Robinson stadium for the World Relays. The three hour format for two straight nights was just about perfect. The stadium was sold out each night, between 14-15,000 fans each night. 

The crowds were appreciative. They absolutely loved their Bahamanian athletes, and having the Jamaican fans here as well has been fun. 

The 4x200 meter is a seldom run event, but when the Jamaican men got to the final later, did they do some damage! 


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DeeDee Trotter, photo by PhotoRun.net

The US women's 4x400 meter relay team took the gold in a world leading 3:21.73.
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In a superb display of Kenyan depth over the middle distances, two young milers joined Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop, who joined together to smash the WR with their 14:22.22. The US team, in second, with Pat Casey (his first global US uniform), David Torrence, Will Leer and Leo Manzano broke the thirty-five year old AR by nearly six seconds, and held off Ethiopia! 
Very cool that Sir Roger Bannister, the first man under four minutes and Diana Charles, formerly Diana Leather, the first woman under five minutes for the mile, gave the awards out at the BUPA Westminster Mile! Interestingly enough, both the first men's sub four minute mile and first women's sub five minute mile were achieved in 1954! 

The BUPA Westminster mile is all about getting runners of all ages to run the mile, one of our favorite distances. 
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Hellen Obiri anchors Kenyan Womens to WR in 4 x 1,500m, 16;33.58
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Yohan Blake anchors Jamaica to WR in 4 x 200 m of 1:18.63, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Kenya wins Men's 4 x 800 in 7:08.40 from Poland, USA, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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LaKeisha Larson leads women's 4 x 100m to USA victory in 41.88, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

In a spectacular first day of competition at the World Relays, we say a WR at the 4 x 200 meters for men (1:18.63), a WR at the women's 4 x 1,500m (16:33.58), strong wins in women's 4x100m by USA (41.88) and tight win in men's 4x800m by Kenya.

Most importantly, IAAF is innovating, moving this event to the Bahamas. The crowd of 15,000 was thunderous, especially when Chris Brown was introduced. Fast MONDO track, great media conditions (internet flying), and great announcing shows sport at its best. Crowd was treated to good food stands, well placed security, transportation and beautiful weather.

That the Bahamanian government and Ministry of sport is picking up the tab is no brainer. Every foreign fan will be back. On my walk on Friday night down the beach, i spoke to teenagers working out. They knew about meet. They knew about Chris Brown, the godfather of Bahamas Track & Field.

Oh for some splits. Confirmed that Brenda Martinez ran 3:59.83 for 1,500m anchor and Yohan Blake timed between 19.00-19.30 for 200m anchor. 

On US team snafu in 4 x 200 meters, a modest suggestion. Now that Max Siegel has a half billion from Nike for funding, how about getting the relay coaches to remember what they were taught as high school, junior high and club coaches; stop changing teams, practice and he who gets baton around track fastest without dropping baton, actually wins! We had three teams who could have run faster from USA and not dropped baton in 4 x 200 meters! What should have been the second closest race of the weekend was a total route by Jamaica. 

Sunday night should be amazing. Now, time to hit the beach for a walk and some sun tan time. 
This was a quick audio tape that I did on Friday night, May 23, 2014. It is a quick discussion on the economics of the IAAF World Relay and why the event should be successful. The Thomas A. Robinson stadium is about to host two days of fantastic track & field. Great paydays, great competition and great athletes and great fans equal a fine track event! 




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Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, 
photo courtesy of The IAAF World Relays

Kenya's women were the stars here. The men were expected to set a WR in the 4x800m and it did not happen. In twice the distance, Kenya's women were the distance stars. USA team has to be congratulated for getting silver after a near catastrophe. 


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Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau, The Bahamas, 
photo courtesy of IAAF World Relays

A fantastic display of stick passing and some seriously fast running. Jamaica, without Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, versus USA without Allyson Felix, and the USA team won, hands down! This is how I saw the race! 
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Thomas A. Robinson stadium, the home of the World Relays! 

Not a WR, but a fantastic race as Kenya tried to steal it, and US and Poland came down the final straightaway trying to get Kenya, with Adam Kzszcot of Poland barely missing Alfred Kipketer of Kenya as Duane Solomon faltered in the final forty meters in the heat. 
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Shalane Flanagan leads 2014 Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, aka "Thomas A", Nassau, The Bahamas, 
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Hello from Row 4, seat 8 in the amazing new and beautiful stadium in Nassau! The CARIFTA games is ONLY major event held on this new MONDO surface. This is the third surface down in the stadium and it is fast!  
A very astute event from Dave Zimmer and Fleet Feet-Chicago, for the Windy City! Registration is now open! 
Kemarley Brown's 9.93 at Mt.SAC on May 17 puts him just behind Ato Boldon's 9.92 on the all time collegiate list! Here is Fred Baer's update on Merritt CC's Kemarley Brown! 

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Starting blocks, PR Invitational, Feb 2011, photo from Brooks Running
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CLERMONT FERRAND (FRA): A documentary on Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie will be broadcast on France 2 television on 
August 15, during the European Championships, report sudouest.fr. The 52 minute long film is directed by Julien Lecoq and will include archival footage and exclusive testimonies of relatives of Lavillenie as well as the great vaulter Sergey Bubka.

(Editor's note: The reigning world record holder, European and Olympic champion, Renaud Lavillenie will get a film about his career. I think the guy will take the record up a bit yet! What do you think?)
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Ben True, Lopez Lomong, Payton Jordan 5,000 meters, 
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Molly Huddle, Payton Jordan 10,000m, 
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This is the continuing of my excellent adventures! 

I had spent the weekend of May 1-4 in Spokane, WA for the RRCA Convention. I represent Club Running magazine, the second largest running magazine in the country (177,000 paid subscribers, print and digital). Their convention, with representatives from 1900 plus clubs, showcases the largest grass roots running group in the U.S. Managing 9000 races and nearly 1900 clubs, RRCA is my first weekend in May. 

So, to get back to SFO for the Payton Jordan Invitational, I took a 6 am flight from Spokane to Denver, then, Denver to SFO. I grabbed a nap at my parents house, and then, revitalized, I want to Stanford to enjoy one of my favorite meets and sit at the 100 meter starting line with some old friends, the Aggies. 


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Wilson Kipsang, February 2012, Kenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

(Editor's note: Justin Lagat wrote this column on the benefits of individual and team training programs. It makes thoughtful reading. )
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Leave it to the bible of the sport to capture the race of the month for May so far, the Payton Jordan 5,000 meters for men. With less than fifty meters to go, Ben True takes the race, as both True and Mead hit big PRs in a race that is becoming the early season 5,000 meter race of North America. 

Seriously, if you are a track fan, then, you should be subscribing to the bible of the sport, www.trackandfieldnews.com. 

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FORT WORTH (USA): USADA has said that the lawsuit filed by Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond, is "baseless", report 
sport24.co.za. USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner told Reuters; „Mr Drummond's baseless lawsuit against the US Anti-Doping Agency is an effort to circumvent the mandatory arbitration process established to protect the rights of all clean athletes, coaches and the integrity of competition, „Under the rules which were approved by athletes, the US Olympic Committee and all US sport federations, Mr Drummond will have the opportunity to have his case heard by a panel of independent arbitrators, who will ultimately weigh all evidence presented and determine the outcome of the case.„

(Editor's note: Not sure what else USADA could say. Obviously, Jon Drummond is taking seriously rumors that USADA wants him banned from coaching, per various reports in news media.)

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Robert Harting, photo by PhotoRun.net

SPORTS AND CULTURE

ZURICH (SUI): The European Championships in Zurich in August will offer a unique mixture of Sport and Culture. Not only competition of the athletes but also national and international artists like DJ Bobo, Sunrise Avenue, Eliana Burki, Marc Sway or Freddy Nock will make the event to a very special summer festival. French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie was a star guest at the Friday press conference in Letzigrund Stadium. 

"Im really looking forward to European Championships in Letzigrund. Zurich is well known with its tradition in athletics. They always prepare the best possible conditions for athletes and also allow the spectators to enjoy the event in very special way,"said Lavillenie. 


Every competition day will end with a special multi-media show for about 10 minutes. Organisers also informed that already 45% percent of all 54, 405 available tickets are sold, and one third of it into other countries. Another nice figure is the number of sponsors which is now at 37.


(Editor's note: The European Championships are making a bit of a comeback. Strong European athletes, and a well organized team in Zurich means a better event for the sport. RunBlogRun will be there, covering each day LIVE, our first visit to the European Outdoors. As many will know, we have been heading across the pond for the European Indoors for the past three events. Fun times, great track, wonderful people and venues.)

My arrival to sun and sand in the Melia Hotel and Resort was on Thursday, May 22. I had taken a red eye in from SFO to Chicago, then a sleepy three hour trip from Chicago to Nassau. Specialist Andy Deveraux, of the Bahamian Defense Force, was my driver to the Melia Hotel. Specialist Deveraux had spent a year in Haiti helping rebuild that country. 

The Bahamas have over 700 small islands. Independent since 1973, the people of the Bahamas are proud of their country and their successes. Specialist Deveraux proudly told me about the homes of Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey, which are nearby, as well as the Prime MInisters. 

A wonderful introduction to the county of the Bahamas. One can see, in the pride and love for the country, the nurturing that Chris Brown and his fellow Bahamanian gold medalist 4 x 400m relay team members received as they were growing up, and running on grass tracks in this small bit of paradise. 

This is a short audio tape on the sounds from my patio, where, below, a lively Bahamanian band was doing covers of many songs from the States, making them much more fun and soulful. 


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Beijing, August 2009, from IAAF
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Christophe Lemaitre, courtesy of ASICS

European Athletics Results (Season 2013-2014) Number 17

AUSTRIA
Men
DT 1 Gerhard Mayer 61.45; 2 Lukas Weisshaidinger 60.68

BELGIUM
Gent (Belgium), 17.5.2014
Men
400m Michael Rossaert 47.63; 110mh (3.0) Denis Hanjoul 13.82; 400mh Stef Vanhaeren 51.72; HJ Bram Ghuys 2.19; LJ Mathias Broothaerts 7.79 (3.6); JT Timothy Herman 73.52
Women
200m Justien Grillet 24.09 (1.3) 1h1; 1.500m Sofie Van Accom 4.20.52; 100mh (0.4) Eline Berings 13.03 (12.94 (2.3) 1h1); 400mh Hanne Claes 58.35; HJ Hanne van Hessche 1.85; LJ 1 Marjolein Lindemans 6.17 (1.4); 2 Jolien Leemans 6.17 (1.5); DT Annelies Peetroons 53.55; HT Jolien Boumkwo 66.67; JT Melissa Dupre 51.69
La Louviere (Belgium), 17.5.2014
Men
400mh Arnaud Ghislain 51.89
Women
100m (-1,5) Fanny Appes 11.67 (11.60 (0.9) 1h4); 200m (-0,9) Cynthia Bolingo Mbongo 23.52; LJ Nafissatou Thiam 6.23 (-2,2)

BULGARIA
Sliven (Bulgaria), 13-14.5.2014
Men
110mh (-0,7) Krassimir Stoychev 14.16; HJ Tihomir Ivanov 2.22; LJ 1 Emeka Okoli (qat) 7.60 (0.5); 2 Dennis Eradiri 7.53 (0.2); TJ Zlatozar Atanasov 16.14 (1.8), HT u20 (6 kg) Peter Krumlov 65.25
Women
LJ Andriana Banova 6.11 (1.5)
Slive (Bulgaria), 15.5.2014 -Balkan Youth Championships-
Men
2.000m St Ivo Balabanov 5.45.36; SP u18 1 Andrei Toader 21.45; 2 Giorgi Mujaridze (geo) 17.42; DT u18 (1,5 Kg) 1 Mura Stefan (mda) 55.58; 2 Andreas Thanasis (gre) 54.54
Women
TJ Georgiana Anitei (rou) (99) 13.43 (1.2)
Sofia (Bulgaria), 21.5.2014 -36th Memorial Novi Zvezdi-
Men
100m (1.9) Boyan Petrov 10.60; 200m (1.2) Petar Kremenski 21.06; 400m Krasimir Braykov 47.19; 1.500m Mitko Tsenov 3.42.68; LJ 1 Emeka Kinsley Okoli (qat) 7.78 (1.5); 2 Daniel Ankov (95) 7.44 (2.1) and 7.39 (1.2); TJ Zlatozar Atanasov 16.33 (0.3); SP Georgi Ivanov 20.91; HT Zdravko Dimitrov 65.65 Women
100m (0.8) Inna Eftimova 11.45 (11.40 (2.6) 1h); TJ Maria Dimitrova 13.05 (1.5)

CZECH REPUBLIC
Brno (Czech Republic), 14.5.2014
Men
HJ Martin Heindl 2.15; LJ Radek Juska 7.93 (5.9)
Women
100m (4.3) Pavla Hrivnová 11.68; HJ Michaela Hrubá (98) 1.82; LJ Jana Veldaková (svk) 6.46 (3.2); LJ Lucie Majková 13.65 (5.2); JT Tereza Vytlacilová 50.83
Kladno (Czech Republic), 17.5.2014
Men
100m (1.4) Jan Veleba 10.52; 200m (1.3) Pavel Maslak 20.68; 110mh (1.2) Viliam Papso (svk) 13.83; HJ Jaroslav Baba 2.20; SP 1 Jan Marcell 19.82; 2 Antonin Zalsky 19.16; 3 Tomas Stanek 19.06; 4 Martin Stasek 18.55; DT Jan Marcell 60.40; 2 Igor Gondor 57.47; HT Miroslav Pavlicek 65.40; JT 1 Jakub Vadlejch 70.76; 2 Jaroslav Jilek 70.45
Women
100m (0.5) 1 Katerina Cechová 11.60; 2 Petra Urbanková 11.79; 400m 1 Iveta Putalová (svk) 54.06; 2 Lenka Masná 54.13; 400mh Lucia Slanicková 58.20; HJ 1 Oldriska Maresová 1.82; 2 Leona Silnicová 1.80; PV Romana Malacová 4.30; LJ 1 Jana Veldaková (svk) 6.28 (-0,2); 2 Eliska Klucinová 6.21 (0.7); TJ Dana Veldaková 13.04 (-0,2); DT 1 Eliska Stanková 54.34; 2 Jitka Kubelová 54.18; HT 1 Katerina Safranková 70.79; 2 Tereza Kralová 68.43; JT Petra Andrejsková 51.91; 5 Kms Walk Maria Galiková 22.13.97
Breclav (Czech Republic), 18.5.2014
Men
LJ Radek Juska 7.58 (1.5); SP Martin Novak 19.05
Women
HJ Michaela Hurbá 1.84
Liberec (Czech Republic), 18.5.2014
Men
SP 1 Jaromir Mazgal 18.35; 2 Tomas Kozák 17.97
Brno (Czech Republic), 21.5.2014
Men
LJ 1 Radek Juska 7.83 (2.6) and 7.70 (0.7); 2 Stepan Wagner 7.74 (2.9); DT Jan Marcell 57.54
Women
LJ 1 Jana Veldaková 6.48 (3.3) and 6.21 (1.5); 2 Claudia Hladiková 6.16 (2.9); TJ 1 Lucie Majková 13.85 (3.1); 2 Dana Veldaková (svk) 13.59 (1.7)
Susice (Czech Republic), 21.5.2014
Men
300m 1 Daniel Nemecek 33.27; 2 Patrik Sorm 33.36; 3 Lukas Stastny 33.50; 4 Michal Desensky 33.52; HT Michal Fiala 64.89; HT u20 (6 Kg) Jaroslav Lauterkranc 66.29
Women
100mh (3.3) Lucie Koudelová 13.56; HT 1 Katerina Safranková 60.75; 2 Tereza Kralová 67.87

DENMARK

Kobenhavn (Denmark), 10.5.2014
Men
SP 1 Mesud Pezer (bih) 18.33; 2 Nick Petersen 18.13; 3 Kenneth Merz 17.63; SP u18 (5 Kg) 1 Wictor Petersson (swe) 19.89; 2 Marcus Thomsen 17.57; DT 1 Daniel Stahl (swe) 60.68; 2 Emil Mikkelsen 55.10; DT u18 (1,5 Kg) Wictor Petersson (swe) 55.77; JT Bobur Shokrijonov (swe) 73.76
Women
SP 1 Maria Slok Hansen 15.75; 2 Trine Mulbjerg 15.55; DT Heidi Schmidt (swe) 51.84; HT 1 Tracey Andersson (swe) 66.20; 2 Marinda Petersson (swe) 59.39; 3 Eleni Larsson (swe) 58.84; HT u18 (3 Kg) Grete Ahlberg (98) 60.57; JT Matilda Elfgaard 49.12

To download the complete European Athletics Issue 17 pdf, just click here! EUROPEAN ATHLETICS RESULTS (2013-2014) number 17.pdf

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Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Gatlin ran 9.92 in Shanghai, and now, 9.87 in Beijing. And the season has just started up again! 
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Jo Pavey, photo by PhotoRun.net

RESULTS (road races with help from RRW)


SAN FRANCISCO (USA, May 18): Kenyan Geoffrey Kenisi won in 35:04 the 103rd Bay to Breakers 12 km race. Women winner Diane Nukuri-Johnson achieved her second first place in a row here (40:19).

BRUSSELS (BEL, May 18): Kenyan Gilbert Kirwa won in 59:05 the 35th 20 km de Bruxelles, the world´s largest 20 km with 40 371 finishers.

SYDNEY (AUS, May 18): Michael Shelly 1:03:17 and Nikki Chapple 1:11:24 dominated the 23rd Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

PORTO ALEGRE (BRA, May 18): Brazilian Jose dos Santos clocked 2:16:22 to win the 31st Maraton de Porto Alegre. Kenyan Jacklyne Rionoripo was the best woman in 2:34:26.

STRASBOURG (FRA, May 18): Kenyan wins at the 34th Courses de Strasbourg - Europe. In Half Marathon Elisha Rotich 1:03:32 and Chelangat Sang 1:16:21, at 10 km Patrick Ereng 29:36 and Cynthia Kosgei 33:28.

KIGALI (RWA, May 18): Kenyan winner at the 10th MTN Kigali Peace Marathon. Biwot Kipkorir 2:17:55 and Sally Jemutai 2:44:02.

LIMA (PER, May 18): Also at Movistar Lima Marathon Kenyan wins by Simon Njoroke 2:13:43 and Gladys Ruto 2:46:25.

WATFORD (GBR, May 17): Jo Pavey won the 5000 m at the BMC Grand Prix in World masters record for category 40+ 15:11.52.

LAS VEGAS (USA, May 17): At the regional HS meet Vashti Cunningham cleared in high jump 190 and equaled the US youth record of Amy Acuff since 1992.

TARTU (EST, May 16-17): Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais won the javelin here 80.60 and Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius discus with 64.79 personal best.



CORRECTION


LUBBOCK (USA): The correct world lead of Courtney Okolo in the 400 m was 50.03 and not 50.01.

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LONDON (GBR): IAAF vice president Sebastian Coe said that the IAAF needs to look into Tyson Gay's anti-doping case in order to form an opinion on the fairness of the penalty handed down, inform insidethegames.  Coe explained that the anti-doping team at IAAF headquarters and the anti-doping board will decide if the sanction is appropriate. He explained that he would rather if athletes gave assistance to anti-doping bodies on a normal basis, not just when they test positive.

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Galen Rupp, 13:01.26 Indoor AR, collage from The Shoe Addicts

EUGENE (USA): Galen Rupp's name didn't show up on the 5000 m entry list for the Prefontaine Classic. But as 
oregonlive.com writes, Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar said Monday that he and Rupp would wait as long as possible before deciding whether to run the 5000 or 10 000 at the Pre at Hayward Field in Eugene. Whichever race he chooses, "Galen will go all-out," Salazar said.
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Ben True, Hassan Mead, Payton Jordan, 
photo by Kirby Lee/Images of Sport

TOP 5K FOR PRE

EUGENE (USA):  The 40th Pre Classic, which will be held May 30-31 (IAAF Diamond League), will feature a strong line up in the men's 5000 m, as inform the organizers. Shanghai winner Yenew Alamirew will look to extend his lead in the Diamond race but will be challenged again by World silver medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet, defending champion Edwin Soi and John Kipkoech. World bronze medalist Isiah Koech joins the fold while Ben True will hope to keep the World leader mantle. Collis Birmingham is entered after beating Galen Rupp at Oxy; he will be joined by fellow World cross country top 10 finisher Chris Derrick while Hassan Mead should also be a threat. The experienced pair of Bernard Lagat and Augustine Choge will also feature. The honorary starter of the race will be Mo Farah.
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David Oliver, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

OLIVER OUT OF BEIJING

BEIJING (CHN): Hurdles world champion David Oliver cancelled his participation at the Beijing IAAF World Challenge meet on Wednesday. When pushing out from the starting blocks in Shanghai he felt something in his heel. This feeling prevented him to come up to his normal standard and afterward he also felt some soreness in the heel. In Beijing on Monday Oliver had an MRI done which showed no damage to any tendons, ligaments or muscle, but he still feels soreness in the area and for that reason it has been decided not to start in Beijing. David will go back to the USA to get treatment and plans to be  on the track for the Eugene DL. "I feel very sorry because China is one of my absolute favorite places to race at and last year I had a really good performance here in Beijing. At the moment, the discomfort in the area is not where I would like it to be, the quick turnaround between races just wasn't in my favor this time. I will come back here fully fit and race again next year", says David per information of his management group.


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Steve Magness, photo by PhotoRun.net

The state meets are done in half of the states, and many track athletes are done with their season. Cait Chock is writing a series of columns for us on how to be successful running in college. 

We think that you will like it! 
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Nagai Stadium, 2007, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Annie Bersagel, Dusseldorf Marathon 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, Annie Bersagel had been training in Norway, doing most of her runs with her husband, a pretty good runner himself. Annie did the miles, did the core, did the stuff she needed to be ready to race. Annie Bersagel recently won the Dusseldorf marathon, taking down the leader with less than 3k to go. 

That was not luck, that was training. Want to run your best two mile? Your best mile? Then, read this column and pass it to your friends! Cait Chock, one of our frequent writers, wrote this piece earlier in the year for us. 

Read it! Pass it around! 
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Starting blocks, by Larry Eder

This is one of a series of articles that Cait Chock has done for us, geared to young runners, on how to be a better runner. We think you will like this. 
Deadspin.com was perfect on this observation, as was Let'srun.com. Taoufik Makhloufi, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist at 1,500 meters, showboated down the final straightaway, wagging his tongue and waving his arms like he was flying. 

Well, young Kenyan middle distance star, Robert Biwott, the World Junior champ at 1,500 meters, knew the race was not over, so he went by the Algerian, who seemed stupefied. 

Here is the Deadspin.com article. Read it. Enjoy it. And athletes, run THROUGH the finish line: http://deadspin.com/algerian-800m-runner-loses-race-after-celebrating-too-e-1578326751


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Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3, photo courtesy of Running Product Reviews
The second Diamond League of the year has people talking and watching replays of the event! As it should be! EME News provides some quick notes on all of the events! 

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Aregawi over Simpson, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

In a fantastic second Diamond League meeting for 2014, Renaud Lavillenie, Abeba Aregawi and Jenny Simpson, along with Emma Coburn, Blessing Okabara and a huge win for the Chinese fans, Wenjun Xie, who won over a stellar field in the 110 meter hurdles. 

Pour over the results shown below and know that 2014 season is upon us. Watch for my pieces on each event (via FB, twitter) and on RunBlogRun. 
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Berlin 1936 Olympic rings, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott Denman writes about the new film that reminds us of the Berlin Nine, "The Renaissance of the African American in Sports."
Jerry Turner was the President of Brooks Running Shoes in the 1960s and 1970s, and once it was sold to Wolverine, he was there a bit. Turner has several footwear innovations to his credit, but one of his best talents was his longevity in the sport. His post Brooks brands, including Turntec, showed the he was no one trick pony. 

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Starting Blocks, Brooks PR Invite, 
photo courtesy of Brooks, 2011

I re-introduced myself to Jerry Turner at the Thursday night cocktail party that opened the Brooks Love Party, my name for the 100th anniversary. And love it was, 800 people: retailers, Brooks gurus, customer service, sales, developers from all over, and even us media folks were there. 

Here are a few classic Jerry Turner stories. No names have been changed to protect the innocent, if such a type exists. 
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Aregawi, Simpson, a replay in Shanghai? photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this preview on the Shanghai DL races, on Sunday, May 18. Just how fast will they go? Who will win? You will just have to wait and see! 
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Collis Birmingham passes Galen Rupp for the win a 5,000m, 
photo by Peter Abraham

The Oxy High Performance meet has developed a reputation. It is all about the fast races and great competitions. Brenda Martinez dueled with Maggie Vessey at the start of the meet. And, the meet ended with Collis Birmingham and Galen Rupp dueling over the final 200 meters of the 5,000 meters. 
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Ajee Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this weeks's feature, Dave Hunter spent some time with Ajee' Wilson, the AJR at 800m and a professional athlete since she graduated from high school. Dave gives us a view of where Ajee' Wilson is going in 2014, and that seems to include lots of fast races! 


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4x400m Relays, Moscow 2013, 

photo by PhotoRun.net


IAAF WORLD RELAY NEWS

 

 

OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada has named a squad of 20 athletes for the World Relays.  They will field men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400-metre relays. 3 of the bronze medal winning 4x100m team from Moscow are named; Justyn Warner, Dontae Richards-Kwok and Gavin Smellie while all of the women's 4x100m squad who placed 6th in Moscow are on the squad; Crystal Emmanuel, Kimberley Hyacinthe, Shai Davis, Khamica Bingham.

 

FRANKFURT (GER): National 100m champions Verena Sailer and Julien Reus lead the 17 athlete German team for the World Relays which consists of men's and women's 4x100m and 4x200m teams. Other athletes in the squad are Christian Blum, Sebastian Ernst, the on form Lucas Jakubczyk, Martin Keller and the entire women's 4x100m squad that placed 4th in Moscow; Tatjana Pinto, Yasmin Kwadwo, Inna Weit and Sailer.

 

NASSAU (BAH): More than 17 schools from Nassau and the Family Islands participated in the test event for the upcoming World Relays, inform bahamasathletics.com. The LOC Managing Director, Lionel Haven said he was very pleased with the running of the event, saying that "everything has gone well."

 

KINGSTON (JAM): Yohan Blake and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce headline a powerful Jamaican squad to the inaugural IAAF World Relays scheduled for The Bahamas between May 24 and 25. Informs Jamaica Observer. The full team will be announced after later with Jamaica set to participate in all the relays except the 4x1500m events.

Darya Klishina leaped 6.88m in Tokyo, Japan at the Seiko Meeting on May 11, 2014. Her 6.88m is the longest jump in the world. 
Here is a piece on one of our sport's newest stars, Javon Francis, by OZY's Constance C.R. White. Read on! 
Well, as Coach Renota Canova says, It is time to take Moses Mosop back to the basics. Here is a piece by Joe Battaglia, for Race Results Weekly. 

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 Moses Mosop on his way to finishing second at the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best 2:03:06 (Photo by Victor Sailer/PhotoRun and provided courtesy of the Boston Marathon)
This is a bit of a departure in terms of an article for us. I read it, and felt it was something we normally do not get. I remember a fine Navy marathoner, Phil Camp, who ran 2:17 in the 1970s.
Then, I thought of a couple of my buddies who did sub duty in the 70s.

Normally, when I am in one of my many airports and I see a young soldier, seaman or woman or aviator by themselves, I try to say "Thank You". We live in a world that has good, bad and yes, ugly. Many of our young adults see stuff that no one should have to see. 

You don't see many submariners in airports. Their tours are long, and lonely. If you want to read about submariners, check out books like Run Silent, Run Deep (Commander Edward L. Beach). 

Anyways, I liked this piece. It is important to put a face on the men and women who serve our country. Remember, the next time you see a young man or woman at the airport, delayed like you are, between flights, in a military uniform, to say "Thank You." 


 

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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Ivan Ukhov, photo by PhotoRun.net

ROMA (ITA): Organisers of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea have revealed the headline acts for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on 5 June. With all five athletes who have cleared 240 over the past 12 months, the men's high jump will be one of the most eagerly awaited athletics clashes of the season. Bondarenko, Barshim, Ukhov, Drouin and Dmitrik. Also jumping Kynard, Silnov, Protsenko, Tsyplakov and Fassinotti. IAAF world athlete of the year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking for her first 100m victory in Rome after finishing second in 2009 and 2012, but she will be up against double world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure, the woman who beat her in Rome two years ago. For the first time ever in an IAAF Diamond League meeting, world champion Brianna Rollins will race against Olympic champion Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles. 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson is also in the field. In the men's 100m, world silver medallist Justin Gatlin and world bronze medallist Nesta Carter will face world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty. Having got his IAAF Diamond League campaign underway in Doha with a world-leading 3:29.18, Asbel Kiprop leads the entries for the metric mile in Rome. He will face world indoor 3000m champion Caleb Ndiku, 2011 world silver medallist Silas Kiplagat, world indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh Souleiman and Ethiopian record-holder Aman Wote. World indoor 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba will run the 5000 m against Mercy Cherono and Almaz Ayana, the world silver and bronze medallist respectively. Following their exciting clash in Doha, world champion Mohammed Aman and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos will continue their rivalry in the 800m in Rome. Over one lap of the track, world champion LaShawn Merritt will face Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos and world indoor champion Pavel Maslak. The heavyweights of the discus world will also clash as three-time world champion Robert Harting faces Piotr Malachowski, the man who last year ended Harting's two-and-a-half-year winning streak. Two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi will once again face old foe Brimin Kipruto, the 2008 Olympic champion and Paul Kipsiele Koech. World champion and 2013 Diamond Race winner Eunice Sum will be the favourite in the 800m, where she will face world indoor champion Chanelle Price and 2009 world champion Caster Semenya. Both triple jump fields contain three global champions. Olympic champion Christian Taylor will be up against 2012 world indoor champion Will Claye and reigning world indoor champion Lyukman Adams in the men's event, while the women's field includes 2011 world champion Olga Saladukha, world champion Caterine Ibarguen and world indoor champion Ekaterina Koneva. Having missed most of the 2013 season after giving birth, two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova will face African record-holder Sunette Viljoen, world leader Kim Mickle in the javelin and Doha winner Martina Ratej. In the shot, New Zealand's Valerie Adams will be looking to keep her winning streak alive.

 



 

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Justin Gatlin, photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net

SHANGHAI (CHN): Sunday´s second leg of IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai will have interesting sprint clashes. On the men side in the 100 m Justin Gatlin is coming from top time against the wind in Tokyo and second placer Mike Rodgers will be also there. Jamaica will be represented by World bronze medalist Nesta Carter. Super veteran Kim Collins is still ready to mix the cards and other US sprinters in the field include Ryan Bailey and Charles Silmon, European representative will be Briton Dwain Chambers. High hurdles will see top names from Doha (Oliver, Shubenkov, Martinot-Lagarde, Wilson) against 2008 Olympic winner Dayron Robles. Late withdrawal is here world record holder Aries Merritt. In the 400 m hurdles World medalists Jehue Gordon and Michael Tinsley will face in shape Bershawn Jackson and Jeffrey Gibson of Bahamas, experienced US Johnny Dutch and returning LJ Van Zyl. Two women sprints have exclusive duels. In the 200 m Jamaican stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce against Veronica Campbell-Brown and in the 400 m Allyson Felix in her first race since Moscow against 2011 World champion Amantle Montsho. In the 200 m attacking from behind will be Blessing Okagbare who was so close to SAFP in Doha 100 m and mainly unbeaten this year talented Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas. In the 400 m dark horse for sure World leader Francena McCorory with strong Jamaican presence (Spencer, N. Williams-Mills and McPherson).


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The Faas series is about lighter solutions for running. The 1000 is the brawniest of the Faas shoes, designed with maximum Faas cushioning and a touch of stability. The upper is closed mesh with welded as well as traditional overlays, no-sew in the front to keep things smooth, while the lacing incorporates into the midfoot overlays, to keep the foot secured over the midsole.

The midsole is a beefy version of Faas foam designed to hold its shape while providing protection for the foot, and as a result, the ride is quite plush. The outersole is carbon rubber, limited to the heel, toe, and medial forefoot, providing traction and durability in the highest wear areas without tipping the scale too much. The bottom line is that the Faas 1000 is the most substantial shoe available in the Faas shoe lineup, and a good choice for fans of the Puma fit, feel, and ride.

Testers:"Snugged up well for a good fit. Pretty cushy and quite stable. I don't run a ton of miles, but it handled my runs great"

Sizes: Men 7-12,13,14; Women 5-12
Weight: 11.7 oz. (men's size 11); 9.3 oz. (women's size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation

- See more at: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/training/2014-spring-wrap-up/507-puma-faas-1000-130#sthash.vaMalQX7.dpuf

  1. A Week's Worth of News: May 12

    Big News Last Week

    Elise Cranny and Alexa Efraimson, #1 and #2 in the U.S. at 1500 meters, will meet in the adidas Girls' Dream Mile. Now that's what we call a dream match-up. Read about it here and see what fans are saying about it here.

    And This Week, Too

    Stay tuned for the big reveal later this week of some top U.S. middle-distance names. Think World Champion, World #1, habitual record-breaker ...

    Historic Year for High Jump?

    The Diamond League kicked off its season in Doha on Friday with perhaps the best high-jump competition in history. Why? Find outhereAnd best of all, at least two of the top four--2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Erik Kynard of the USA--are headed for the adidas Grand Prix. And so is World Champion Bohdan Bondarenko, who rivaled his rivals with a 2.40m/7 ft-10.50m win in Tokyo on Sunday, beating the Olympic Champion. Barshim said earlier this week that he thinks the World Record could fall at any time, so don't say you weren't warned.

    Tweet of the Week

    @rudishadavid decided to skip Doha after noticing some calf tightness in training, but he's busy getting ready for theadidas Grand Prix:

    The Streak Continues

    Valerie Adams' Doha victory extended her win streak to 47, but shot putting isn't the only athletic endeavor she enjoys. The two-time Olympic gold medalist from New Zealand recently told a blogger that she and her sister were once labeled the "Twin Towers" in age-group basketball, and that she still loves to play.

    Val's brother, Steve, seems to like the game, too, by the way: He plays center for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, and led the team in rebounds on Friday in a playoff victory against the LA Clippers the same day Val won in Doha.

    Tickets, Please!

    If this high jump turns out to be as good as it looks, you are NOT going to want to miss it: Tickets are on sale now at www.adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722. For a limited time, you can get 10 percent off by using the promo code ADIDAS14. And this year, for the first time, Family Packs for backstretch seating are available for $80 (reserved) or $50 (general admission) for sets of four tickets. So team up and come on out.

Doha West Bay IV

by Bob R

Doha West Bay at night

Doha, Qatar - It's my last night in the capital of the world's wealthiest country so I spent part of it hunting for early evening shots around West Bay and its constantly changing skyline.

I wasn't too pleased with the pickings among the few dozen scenes I shot; it didn't take me long to admit to myself that the lack of inspiration came from the setting itself. And because I was just tired of looking at lots of tall buildings. The one above I liked mostly because I saw these building in various stages of construction during previous visits, but never finished until now.

I'm heading to the airport in a couple hours; look for more about Qatar later in the week.

About that wealth figure: It's the richest per capita at US$103,401, up a massive 34.1% from 2008. Luxembourg is a distant second at $77,935.


(Editor's note: Bob Ramzak is one of those world travelers who knows how to chronicle his travels for all to see. His blog, Piran Cafe, chronicles his travels and travails of a traveler in the modern world. This is his last photograph from his current voyage to Doha, Qatar. Please follow Bob at Piran Cafe.

Bob Ramsak was one of the many I would see in my travels at various track meets, but one of the few with which I would share my limited free time . We would write late, then find a place to have a beer and catch up. His thoughtfulness, his love of seeing new things and his writings and photographs give you a view from his world. 

The Piran Cafe gives you a view of travel sights that you would seldom see. But, once you experience them, you are glad that you slowed down and took the time.)

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Deserved or not Nike has a reputation for narrow shoes. This, however, is not true of their performance running shoes. Round two of the Flyknit Lunar is about fit and performance. Like round one, the upper, is knitted into an open mesh that is reinforced as necessary by the weave, and is devoid of overlays supporting the foot. Instead, it retains the shape of the shoe through the design of its engineered knit.

The upper flexes with the foot for a close fit without restricting the foot too much. The midsole has evolved with the Lunar series, adopting the Lunar Eclipse's version with its stable geometry and cushioning, a concentric design of tree ring-like segmentations to compress and respond to the  irregularities of the path, as well as the movement of the foot.  The outersole is very spare, a few touches of carbon rubber at the heel and rubber on the rings under the forefoot. All of this adds up, especially with a 10 dollar drop in price, to a cool looking, fitted shoe, that protects the foot through high mileage training.

Testers: "The upper is very comfortable with no irritating creasing across the toes and a good customize-able fit. Plenty of cushioning and stability, even through my longest runs."

Sizes: Men 5-13,14,15; Women 5-12
Weight: 9.6 oz. (men's size 9); 7.5 oz. (women's size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics    

- See more at: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/training/2014-spring-wrap-up/506-nike-flyknit-lunar2-150#sthash.dGIXMV0P.dpuf


(Editor's note: Mo Farah posted this video on his Facebook site last week. Nicely done, it was posted with the note, "eat, sleep, run, it is all I do". Much more, thankfully, has Mo Farah done for all of his track fans.)

Doha Haze

Haze over Doha

DOHA, Qatar - I spent much of today at Doha's Museum of Islamic Art which is, architecturally-speaking, probably my favorite museum on the planet. [I posted an image from a previous visit last week.] I'll be sharing a few posts about the museum in the next week or so, but wanted to get this up as today's Pic du Jour, the 119th (!) straight, a snap illustrating the typically hazy conditions at the start of summer here.

Winds that kick up sand coupled with the heat and high humidity often result in long hazy days on the eponymous peninsula that hosts this Arab emirate; Doha's West Bay skyline, one of the most rapidly growing on the planet, was all but invisible for most of the day from the city's not too distant southern reaches. This was taken from the Museum's Persian Gulf-facing side at about 5 pm.

Doha, Qatar, 11-May-2014

(Editor's note: This is a selection from the Piran Cafe, a travel blog from Bob Ramsak, long time athletics journalist and friend. If you do not have this bookmarked on your mobile phone for daily zen moments, then, you are missing something.)
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Firehiwot Dada, VW Prague 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Patrick Terer, VW Prague 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Cindy Billaud, photo by PhotoRun.net

BILLAUD 12.79 OVER THE HURDLES

MONTGERON (FRA, May 11): Elite meeting which opens the track meetings season in France registered despite bad weather new meeting records in the speciality of this event, the 250 m sprints. In women category 29.89 by Myriam Soumare and among men Jeffrey John 26.46. Fast hurdles by Cindy Billaud 12.79 (+1.3) in heats and 12.80 (+1.2) in final. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde returning from Doha achieved 13.45 (+1.3) over Briton Lawrence Clarke 13.57. Soumare was active being also twice second at the meet (600 in long jump and 11.60 in the 100 m). Here the winner Marie-Jose Talou of Ivory Coast 11.46 (+0.7). Moroccan men wins by Aziz Ouhadi in the 100 m 10.45 (+1.9) and Nader Belhanbel 1:47.35 in the 800 m. World medalist Melina Robert-Michon won discus 60.22. In the 3000 m Moroccan Sofiyane Bougantar won the 3000 m in 7:52.64 over Czech Jakub Holusa who clocked PB 7:52.82. World indoor medalist Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine won the high jump with 226 over Russian Lev Misirov 224 and Romanian Mihai Donisan also 224.


(Editor's note: France has a plethora of small meetings. On my bucket list in 2015, is to visit many of their indoor events. I will attend the second half of the DL season in Europe, plus the Europeans and World Cup! )


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Jason Henderson, photo by PhotoRun.net


FAST SPRINTS, BIG JUMPS IN GUADELOUPE

BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 10): Despite head-wind fast times at the 10th jubilee of Meeting International Region Guadeloupe in the French territory in Carribean area. Trinidad´s double Olympic bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon clocked 44.91 in the 400 m beating Bahama´s relay olympic winners Ramon Miller 45.21 and Chris Brown 45.23 what is World masters record for category 35+. Impressive long jump by US Jeff Henderson 825 PB (+0.9) ahead of Tyron Stewart windy 820 (+2.4), Mike Hartford 812 (+1.2) and Briton JJ Jegede legal 803 (+0.3). In the 200 m Maurice Mitchell 20.40 (-0.1) ahead of Briton James Ellington 20.57. Over the hurdles Dominic Berger 13.48 (-0.5) beating French talent Wilhelm Belocian 13.78 PB at senior hurdles just edging former World champion Ladji Doucoure 13.79. On the women side impressive 12.77 (-0.8) hurdles win for Dawn Harper-Nelson ahead of Kristi Castlin 12.84. Jo Atkins won the 400 m in 51.19 beating Jamaican Christine Day 51.42 and Kineke Alexander of St. Vincent 51.61. In the 100 m Trinidad´s Michelle-Lee Ahye posted 11.17 (-1.8) ahead of Tori Bowie 11.26. Levern Spencer beat on count back Chaunte Lowe in high jump, both 191 cm. Abigail Ibozuru of Britain won the long jump 664 (+2.6).


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Andy Vernon, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR, May 10): British Athletics informs that Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon showed their strength as they defeated the opposition, and the wind, to be crowned British 10 000 m Champions at the Highgate Night of the 10,000m PBs. Despite the conditions, Pavey clocked 32:11.04, well inside the European Championships qualifying time of 33:00, meaning she has booked her spot on the plane to Zurich this August. French Sophie Duarte took second on the night 32:36.32 (her track debut at the distance), with Beth Potter running the best race of her career to move through for third, and British Championship silver with 32:45.69. European CC Champion Fionualla Britton was fourth 32:57.49 ahead of Iwona Lewandowska of Poland 33:08.95. Men winner Vernon clocked 28:26.59 ahead of Chris Thompson 28:49.77 and Jonathan Mellor 28:52.90.
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Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Jenny Simpson, Drake Relays 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
Justin Lagat wrote this column about the success of the Kenyan athletes in Doha DL, on Friday, May 9, 2014. 

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Ezekiel Kemboi, Paris DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Eunice Sum, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Asbel Kiprop, Kenyan Relays Trials, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Hellen Obiri, Kenyan Trials, 2012, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


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Moses Mosop, VW Prague Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hello to All,

Hope you are doing well.

Due to numerous to-management related matters, we are not in the situation to quickly enough issue proper press release and, kindly, please accept this email as an official quote from Moses Mosop in relation to his 12th place finish and time of 2:20:37 (unofficial) in 2014 Volkswagen Prague Half Marathon:

"My body felt empty from the start. No enough speedwork was done due to an injury and I will have new start after some rest.

One never knows how far one can go after injuries and I was cautious in training and that did cost me 10-12 seconds per kilometer. 

The rest was lost in the process of bad race, but I wanted to finish, show respect and thank organizers and people of Prague for their hospitality and support."


Many thanks to All,

Davor
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Davor Savija
Manager, Special Projects
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Firehiwot Dado wins VW Prague Marathon, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Patrick Terer wins VW Prague Marathon, by PhotoRun.net


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Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Seiko Golden Grand Prix Tokyo was a very successful meet. Here are the results of the meet from today, May 11, 2014. Nice performances by Jenny Simpson (4:03.91), Justin Gatlin (10.02 for 100 meters) and a new NR for Sho Kawamoto, who ran the 800 meters in 1:45.75. Christian Cantwell threw the shot in 21.33m, and Bohdan Bondarenko opened 2014 with his 2.40 meter clearance. 
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Eelco Sintnicolaas, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the top results from European Athletics during the week ending May 4, 2014. Special Thanks to Carles Baronet of Track In Sun, who prepares these reports. 
DAKAR (SEN): One of top African athletics administrators Garang Coulibaly passed away. He was director of Leopold Senghor stadium, former general secretary of African Athletics Confederation and former director of Senegal Olympic Committee.
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Stephen Sambu, photo by Chris Lotsbom, for Race Results Weekly

Chris Lotsbom wrote this story for RRW on the UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K, which happened earlier this morning. 
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Tower Bridge, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): The London Evening Standard reports that IOC officials have secretly asked if London could host the 2016 Olympic Games. An informal approach was made by the IOC to see if enough venues from the 2012 Games could be brought back into use due to concerns that venues in Rio will not be ready to host the global event. However, a spokeswoman for the IOC said that moving the Games to London was a "non-starter and unfeasible".

(Editor's note: It is common knowledge that Rio has had it's hiccups. With the problems with the World Cup, and the pro-active involvement by the IOC in Rio, the London Evening Standard story is not too far fetched. 

It is great to move the Olympics around the world, but with the economic, social and cultural challenges in Rio, the IOC has to be nervous. It should be noted that in every Olympics that I can remember, from 1968 on, there has been stories about Olympic venues not getting done. In Athens, there was no grass around the Olympic stadiums until I returned in 2006 for the World Cup. 

London 2012 was the most spectacular Olympics I have witnessed as a member of the media. The sites were fantastic, the crowds were enthusiastic and the performances were top notch. One did not really worry about their safety in London. Neither did I worry in Beijing. Common sense does require one to be observant. 

We hope Rio works out, but, if the IOC is not looking for contingency plans, then, they are not doing their jobs.)
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 Firehiwot Dado in advance of the 2014 Volkswagen Prague Marathon 
(photo by Jim Moberly for RunCzech.com)
Andy Edwards of Trackwise/Globerunner interviewed South Africa's iconic runner, Elana Meyer prior to the VW Prague Marathon events. 

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Hellen Obiri, Moscow, photo by PhotoRun.net

(Editor's note: Hellen Obiri ran a fantastic time over 3,000 meters in Doha yesterday. Here is how the stats look after the race. Thanks to K. Ken Nakamura). 

Stats from Doha 

1500m
4th sub-3:30 for Asbel Kiprop  

And 3rd sub-3:30 of his careerfor Silas Kiplagat

HJ 
2.37m by Barshim is the best fourth place mark in history
Previous best 4th place mark was 2.36 by Grant & Kemp


W3000m 

Best Marks for Place for sixth (8:26.21), seventh (8:28.51), and eighth 
(8:30.00) were set 

8:20.68 by Hellen Obiri is the fastest 3000m time in May 
It is also a national record for Kenya 
and all-comers record for Qatar 

Genzebe Dibaba has recorded third sub-8:30 for the season, tying third 
most sub-8:30 for the season behind Szabo's 6 and Ouaziz's 5.   

8:24.41 by Viola Kibiwott is the fastest 3000m by 30 years old

8:21.14 by Mercy Cherono is the  fastest 3000m by 23 years old

Seven women have broken 8:30 for 3000m already this season, tying 
the most for the season recording back in 2001

Both KEN and ETH have 9 sub-8:30 runners

In Doha, Mercy Cherono, Faith Kipyegon, Viola Kibiwot, Almaz Ayana and 
Irene Jelagat became 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th and 46th, respectively, 
to crack 8:30 for 3000 
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Ivan Ukhov, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Hellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's high jump competition in Doha was tremendous. Watch for WR chases this summer! The womens' 3000 meters was probably the deepest field at the distance in my memory. And how can one not be impressed with Asbel KIprop and Silas Kiplagat? 
Moses Mosop is the second fastest man EVER, in any conditions, over the marathon. Moses Mosop will be running the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday. This is the audio interview by Andy Edwards of Trackwise. 


The Toro Park Cross Country course was one of my favorite courses when I coached with Joe Mangan at Foothill Community College, from 1990-1996. 

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Kiprop, Kiplagat, Doha 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

This year, in Doha, Asbel Kiprop reversed the order of his battle with Silas Kiplagat from 2012, in running the world leader! Results and stories to follow! 

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Tiffany Porter, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Moses Mosop ready to roll, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOSOP FOR 2:05-2:06

PRAHA (CZE): Moses Mosop hopes to run 2:05 or 2:06 at the 20th Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday, inform organisers. The 28 year old explained why he withdrew from the Boston Marathon; "First I had a problem in my right knee and then in my left calf. I missed around three weeks of training. So I could not go to Boston." The second fastest marathoner of all-time, at 2:03:06, is among 5 athletes in the field that have run sub 2:07. He will be challenged by defending champion Nicholas Kemboi (2:08:01) and the Ethiopian pair of Dadi Yami (2:05:41) and Deresa Chimsa (2:05:42). The women's race could produce a duel between Kenya's Flomena Chepchirchir (2:23:00) and Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado (2:23:15). Dado says that she is in good form and believes that she can win and run a good time, while Chepchirchir will hope to return to form after dropping out of Boston. The race will be livestreamed atwww.runczech.com.


(Editor's note: Just how fast can Moses Mosop run on the VW Prague Marathon? Watch it live on Sunday).

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Wesley Korir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wesley Korir is running the ScotiaBank Ottowa Marathon this coming weekend. Paul Gains wrote this for Race Results Weekly. 
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Alfons Juck put this preview together for the DOHA DL. Check it out! 
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Ingrid Kristiansen, Elena Meyer, at the VW Prague marathon, 
photo by Jim Moberly for RunCzech

MARATHON LEGENDS KRISTIANSEN, MEYER ENJOYING LIFE IN SLOW LANE

By Joe Battaglia
(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission. 

PRAGUE (08-May) -- Ingrid Kristiansen spent Thursday afternoon with a paper map in hand, walking the cobblestone streets of this capital city, admiring its Bohemian architecture and soaking in all of its medieval charm.

On Sunday, the former world record holder in the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon plans on doing more of the same, but only at a slightly brisker pace as she leads off a RunCzech relay team assembled to celebrate the 20th running of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon.

"I am looking forward to seeing the Prague Marathon from behind," said the Norwegian, whose last race in Prague was the 3000m at the 1979 European Track Championships. "It is always nice to be in a beautiful city and look around."

Kristiansen will run the opening 10 kilometers of the marathon before handing off to Róbert Štefko, a retired Czech runner with a marathon PB of 2:09:53 from the 1998 London Marathon, who will cover the second 10-K. Versatile teen Anežka Drahotová, the top Czech female finisher in last month's Prague Half Marathon and a bronze medalist in last weekend's IAAF Race Walk World Cup Junior 10-K race in China, will cover the third 10-K before ceding to anchor Elana Meyer of South Africa, the 1992 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist and four-time half marathon world record holder, for the final 12-K.

But don't expect the bookend icons to throw down anything resembling what they were capable of in their prime. Both women have left their speedier days in the past.

"It is hard to say," Kristiansen, whose road 10-K PR is 30:59, said of her current form. "Of course I am training almost every day because my work is training people, but I never go fast anymore. Every day I am jogging, walking, biking so I am in okay shape, but I am not in any condition to run fast for a 10-K. I ran a 10-K this fall in 41 minutes. I'm not so good anymore (laughs)."

Added the 47-year-old Meyer, "I still run but it's mainly for fitness and sanity. I don't miss the competition."

Kristiansen, who still exercises between one and four hours every day, said the biggest difference in her training as a 58-year-old is that she pushes when her body feels good, and when it doesn't she just stops. Nevertheless, she feels like she could still complete a marathon - with one caveat.

"I cannot run fast," she said. "I could finish in a little bit more than three hours. 3:20, 3:15 maybe."
Kristiansen both marvels at and questions the safety of the performances by her one-time rival and fellow women's distance running pioneer Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Last month the 56-year-old Samuelson won the 55-59 age group division of the Boston Marathon in 2:52:10. It was the latest in a string of unworldly times run by someone of Samuelson's advanced age and mileage. In 2008, she finished the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Boston in 2:49:08 at age 50. She followed that up with a 2:49:09 in New York City in 2009, a 2:47:50 in Chicago in 2010, a 2:51:29 in Boston in 2011, and a 2:50:29 in Boston and a 2:57:13 in New York City in 2013.

"I hope she is doing it for fun," Kristiansen said. "I think that running a marathon that fast at almost the age of 60 --she is one year younger than me-- is not healthy. Sorry, but I don't think that's healthy. I think it's more healthy to go out and run and have fun without pushing. Of course, I think she loves to run and maybe her knees and everything aren't getting worn down."

Clearly Samuelson has not lost the competitive desire and willingness to push her body to its limits in the same way that Kristiansen and Meyer have.

"I lost that after having my third kid," Kristiansen said. "It was so hard to come back. I tried but I wasn't willing to push myself so hard, especially in the competitions. I could go and train hard but when I had a competition I felt like, 'Why am I doing this?' I will never run as fast as I did before so why not keep smiling and start jogging? That was more my way of doing it."

Meyer too said that after nearly three decades of elite competition she saw no need in continuing to punish her body.

"I started running when I was 9 or 10 years old," she explained. "Initially, I was inspired by Nadia Comenechi's perfect-10 gymnastic performance. When I was little, I just wanted to be a gymnast but I come from a very small town and we didn't have gymnastic coaches and equipment so they sponsored a fun run at my school. I did well in the fun run and I fell in love with the sport.

"In South Africa, myself and Zola Budd are the same age, so when I was 12 or 13 years old I was running against her and she was world class at that point. At the age of 14 she ran like 4:08 for 1500 meters. I ran 4:18, so I ran well but was far behind. For many years I kept narrowing the gap between me and Zola and then she got the opportunity to go to the Olympics in 1984 because she had a British grandfather. But in South Africa, we couldn't compete.

"So when I retired in 2005, it was after 20, 30 years of running," Meyer continued. "I had exhausted all of my competitive juices. I always raced, like Ingrid did, hard from the gun. When I finished running, I had two kids in my 40s, plus I headed up a foundation. So I put all of the energy that had previously gone into running into the business of running."

With running no longer a priority in her life, Meyer said she is able to enjoy the endeavors she was passionate about but couldn't risk doing while competing as an elite.

"When I finished running, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and then I went to base camp at Everest and two years ago I did this eight-day mountain bike race where you go over 120-kilometers a day over mountains around Cape Town," she said.

But Meyer hasn't totally given up on running exploits.

"I still want to do the two Ultras in South Africa, Two Oceans and Comrades, which is 90 kilometers," she said. "In South Africa, they don't consider you a runner until you've run Comrades so I guess I'm not a serious runner."

PHOTO: Ingrid Kristiansen and Elana Meyer in advance of the 2014 Volkswagen Prague Marathon (photo by Jim Moberly for RunCzech)
HOKA ONE ONE shows that focusing on strong product, and reaching out with focused, grass roots events and supporting key athletes still works. The key is to stay with the plan for the long term. 

The product continues to develop legs and run specialty continues to embrace the product. HOKA ONE ONE is bringing back a cult race in the tracktown of Eugene, Oregon. 

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The level of competitiveness in performance running continues to astound. ASICS America reports fine results on 2013. 
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Genziba Dibaba, courtesy of IAAF

Genziba Dibaba is among the stars on the women's side in the opening meet of the Doha DL 2014. Here is a preview of the meeting! 
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Asbel Kiprop versus Silas Kiplagat, Doha DL 2012, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Doha DL opens in a matter of hours. Here are previews of all of the events. Remember, that you can watch it on NBC Universal and Universal Sports, as well as Doha DL live stream. 


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Alexi Efraimson, photo courtesy of Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly

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Elise Cranny, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEW YORK (USA): US high school distance running talents Elise Cranny and Alexa Efraimson will go head to head at the Adidas Grand Prix on June 14 in the Girls' Dream Mile, inform organisers. Cranny (born 1996) ran 4:10.95 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational to become the 2nd fastest US high school girl of all time. Efraimson (1997) won bronze over 1500m at the World Youth Championships in 2013.
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CLERMONT (USA): US Sprinter Tyson Gay has agreed to immediately repay all the prize money and appearance fees he received since he started using a banned anabolic steroid in 2012, report 
telegraph.co.uk. The money, understood to be close to 500 000 USD (300 000 GBP), will be returned to the promoters of five Diamond League meetings and the Jamaica Invite after the American sprinter admitted to USADA that he first used a cream containing the steroid on July 15, 2012.

(Editor's notes: Fascinating to me. Tyson Gay admitted right away that he had violated the rules, then, turned back his Olympic medal, and now, is paying back the money he won from five DL meetings. In my world, when one takes responsibility for his or her actions, and pays back what is owed, that is what being an adult is all about.  )
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Brian Roberts, Comcast, Thomas Bach, IOC, photos by IOC

Just a couple weeks after USATF announces a deal with Nike that goes to 2040, the IOC and NBC ink a deal for 2021 to 2032 for $7.65 billion. Seems like long term deals are the way of the sports marketing world? 
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David Oliver, on IAAF Live chats

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David Oliver, 
photos courtesy from IAAF

The DL Doha meet, scheduled for May 9, 2014, will have an excellent competition for the opening of the 2014 Diamond League season. David Oliver is featured in this piece, as he speaks about his readiness for competition and changes from 2012 and 2013 for Oliver. 

David Oliver will be competing in the 110m hurdles on Friday May 9, in Doha as part of the DL opener.  

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Mark Winitz, with Jordan Hasay, 2014 Payton Jordan, 
photo by Algernon Felice/The Shoe Addicts

Mark Winitz, long time contributor to California Track & Running News and RunBlogRun, wrote this piece for us on the Payton Jordan Invitational. 
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David Torrence, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock writes about David Torrence, who was part of the 4 x 800m WR team in February, and then, in early March, broke the 1000m AR indoors. Under a new coach, and with a new team of training partners, is looking to run very fast in 2014! 
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The following article, by reknowned coach Peter J. L. Thompson, puts the sixtieth anniversary of the first sub four minute mile and Sir Roger Bannister, into a proper perspective. Read it, share it, then, go take a run. 
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Frank Budd (number 25), photo from NY Times Obituary 
(photo credit: United Press International)

Many of us read the fine obituary by Frank Litzky on the late Frank Budd last week. Elliott Denman traveled to Frank's memorial service and wrote the following piece on the late, great Frank Budd. 

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Sharon Day-Monroe, US Champs Indoor, February 2013, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


Sharon Day-Monroe is on the cusp of great things in multi-events, as Dave Hunter tells our readers why Sharon is so close to international athletic glory...



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CUFFE NAMED NATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF WEEK

 

Stanford junior had race for the ages

 

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Aisling Cuffe was named USTFCCCA National Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week after her stunning 15:11.13 in the 5,000 meters Sunday night at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

 

Cuffe, who placed sixth in a loaded 26-runner field that included both collegians and professionals, became the third-fastest collegian of all-time and No. 2 ever among American collegians, trailing only Jennifer Barringer Simpson, who ran 15:01.70 indoors for Colorado in 2009.

 

Cuffe, a junior from Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., shattered her personal record by more than 42 seconds and broke the Stanford record of 15:20.44 set in 2003 by three-time NCAA outdoor 5,000 champion Lauren Fleshman, who was in attendance Sunday.

 

Cuffe, the 2014 NCAA indoor 5,000 runner-up, is now the fastest active 5,000 runner in the country, moving past Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, the reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, who ran a 15:11.35 last year.

 

Cuffe, the reigning Pac-12 cross country champion, next races at the Pac-12 Championships May 17-18 in Pullman, Wash.


Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics

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Warren Weir on Facebook, courtesy of IDL Doha 2014
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On a cold, clearless evening, photo of Payton Jordan by PhotoRun.net
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Ben True, BAA 5k, April 19, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


Superb running with 4 World leads
PALO ALTO (USA, May 4):  In wonderfully cool and dry conditions for distance running, athletes achieved fast times --including four world leads-- at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University. Informs RRW.  In the much-anticipated men's 5000m, former Dartmouth standout Ben True came away with a narrow victory in a world-leading 13:02.74, a personal best. Hassan Mead finished second in a huge personal best 13:02.80. Lopez Lomong got third in 13:07.95, Chris Derrick fourth in 13:08.18, and steepler record holder Evan Jager fifth in 13:08.63.  Also to note 6th Briton Andy Vernon 13:11:50 PB and 9th miler Matt Centrowitz also PB 13:20.06. Seventeen men ran 13:30.00 or faster, by far the most of any race in the world so far this year. 

The women's 5000m played out in a similar fashion.  Twenty-one year old Sifan Hassan --who represented Ethiopia until last November but now runs for the Netherlands-- won an all-out last-lap sprint 14:59.23 WL and national U23 record against another former African, Meraf Bahta of Sweden (originally from Eritrea) 14:59.49 NR. Behind them, both Katie Mackey (15:04.74) and Laura Thweatt (15:04.98) set big personal bests, as did Britain's Emelia Gorecka in fifth place (15:07.45) and Stanford's Aisling Cuffe (15:11.13). 

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Sally Kipyego, Payton Jordan, 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the women's 10,000m, there were also world-leading mark.  Kenya's Sally Kipyego, also part of the Oregon Track Club Elite, made a largely solo run to win in 30:42.26.  American Molly Huddle trailed Kipyego through the entire race, but keyed off of her and clocked a personal best 30:47.59, making her the second-fastest American of all-time behind Shalane Flanagan. Finishing third was former Iowa State star Kenyan Betsy Saina, who also clocked a career best time of 30:57.30.  

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Molly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

The other world-leading time came in the men's steeplechase, where Olympian Billy Nelson --now sporting a full beard-- clocked 8:28.49.  

In the men's 10 000 m Mexican Olympian Juan Luis Barrios, who dusted the field in the last 200 meters won in 27:34.40.  Canadian Olympian Cam Levins got second (27:36.00), followed by Belgium's Bashir Abdi (27:36.40 PB).  Italian Daniele Meucci ended up fourth in 27:36.53 and last under 27:40 was Kenyan Shadrack Kipchirchir 27:36.79 PB. 

In other middle and long distance events, Middle Tennessee State's Kenyan Eliud Rutto recorded the fastest time in the men's 800 m 1:45.37 PB.  Canada's Karine Belleau-Beliveau had the fastest women's time in the two-lap race: 2:01.46.  

The top sections of the 1500m were won by Kate Grace in 4:07.35 and Riley Masters in 3:38.42 ahead of European champion Henrik Ingebrigtsen 3:38.53.  

Shalaya Kipp of the University of Colorado won the women's steeplechase in 9:39.12.
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Kara Goucher, courtesy of Skechers Performance

Skechers Performance has signed Kara Goucher for their Performance division. One of the top women marathoners of her generation has signed with Skechers Performance Division. Kara Goucher will appear with logos from Skechers and Oiselle apparel. 
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Kenenisa Bekele, Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2014, 
photo courtesy of Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris

Kenenisa Bekele and Jos Hermans made a monumental decision when they turned down offers from London and decided to run in Paris for Bekeles' marathon debut. 

At 27 kilometers, Kenenisa dropped a kilometer in 2:49 on the field and that was that. Actually, Kenenisa had cramps in his hamstrings from 29k to 35k and he was worried, but he persevered, as most debut marathoners do. 

Kenenisa Bekele was rewarded with a 2:05:03, the sixth fastest debut of all times. Bekele told RunBlogRun that he would take a week off, then, begin training for the 10,000 meters and run the Pre Classic on May 30.

For his fine debut, Kenenisa Bekele is RunBlogRun's April Global Athlete of the Month!  The video was produced by The Shoe Addicts. 


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David Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rudisha out of Doha
NAIROBI (KEN): A calf muscle injury in training forced the Kenyan 800 m star and World record holder David Rudisha to withdraw from the opening leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on May 9. He is so postponing his long-awaited comeback to the track. "I'm very disappointed not to be able to race in Doha next Friday. I know I've got a lot of fans there and I'm sorry I cannot compete for them," Rudisha said for agencies. His manager James Templeton added: "He has been training well, progressively getting fitter and stronger these last months and ‎was excited about returning to competition in Doha. It's been on his agenda these last months and he's been building towards that. However he had a setback last week in training -- a strained calf muscle as he was training on the track -- that precluded him from competing in the AK meeting in Mumias on Friday. It's not a major injury but he's been sore and unfortunately doesn't feel able to risk his comeback by racing in Doha next week," he said. Agencies are informing.

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David Rudisha, Lausanne, 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net


David Rudisha is a World Champion, an Olympic champion and the current world record holder. That he did the last two tasks, Olympic champion and current world record holder at the same time and in the same race, gave Rudisha his other worldly status. 
News from Taicang, China, where the IAAF World Cup of Race Walking is being hosted...

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Watch for this new app that is available today! Tell us what you think about it! 


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US Track & Field Athlete, Gay, Accepts Sanction For Anti-Doping Rule Violation

 

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2, 2014) - USADA announced today that Tyson Gay of Winter Garden, Fla., an athlete in the sport of track & field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a loss of results dating back to July 15, 2012 and a one-year suspension for his anti-doping rule violation.  

 

Gay, 31, tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code ("Code") and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Since all three samples were tested in short succession prior to notification of the first positive result, the three adverse analytical findings, under the rules, are treated as one offense.

 

Upon receiving notification of his positive tests from USADA, Gay voluntarily removed himself from all competition prior to the 2013 World Championships and has not competed since that time.  On the same day that Gay was notified of his positive test result, he agreed to assist USADA in its investigation of the circumstances of his positive tests. Gay provided substantial assistance as outlined in the WADA Code including being interviewed on several occasions by USADA and providing all of the products he was using at the time of his positive tests.

 

"We appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case," said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart.

 

Gay accepted a one-year period of ineligibility which began on June 23, 2013, the day his sample was collected at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. For providing substantial assistance to USADA; Gay was eligible for up to a three-quarter reduction of the otherwise applicable two-year sanction under the Code (or a six-month suspension). Gay's sanction is subject to appeal by the IAAF and by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

 

Gay has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 15, 2012, the date he first used a product that contained a prohibited substance, including the forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes. Gay has already returned his Silver Medal in the men's 4x100m relay from the 2012 London Olympic Games, which is now in the possession of the United States Olympic Committee.

 

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

 

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.


(Editor's note: This has been one of the quietest story-lines of the past year. Gay accepted his ban and took responsibility for his actions immediately, and withdrew from 2013 World Champs. )




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Aregawi and Simpson clash in Moscow, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Women's 1500 at Pre has everybody, note by Kevin Mangan


Much like the Bowerman Mile, the Women's 1500 at the Pre Classic is loaded. Hellen Obiri, last year's winner in a US all-comers record of 3:58.58 is not the favorite; that distinction would go to Abeba Aregawi, the reigning World Champ with a 3:56.54 PB. Never to be counted out, 2011 World Champ and reigning World Silver medalist Jenny Simpson leads the American contingent. Simpson is joined by fellow American World medalist Brenda Martinez, who earned bronze in the 800 last year in Moscow. 1500 is well within Martinez's range as she can run a very solid 5000 as well. The woman who won the 800 in Moscow last summer to upset home favorite Mariya Savinova, Eunice Sum, is also in the race in Eugene. The rising star of the 1500 Faith Kipyegon of Kenya will be racing. The 2011 World Youth Champ and 2012 World Junior Champ, as well as two time World Junior Cross Country Champ has proven that she can run well on the big stage and won't be intimidated by the rest of the field. Rounding out the Kenyan contingent is 2008 Olympic Champion Nancy Langat. Vying for young star supremacy will be recent World Indoor medalist Axumawit Embaye. 2011 World Silver medalsit Hannah England will look to get back to the top of the 1500 world. Rounding out the field is Salazar coached five-time US Champ Treniere Moser. It seems like every few days Tom Jordan and the team at Pre Classic give us another glimpse at the meet that just keeps getting better. If you're a true track fan, this is a meet that needs to be on your bucket list.

(Editor's note: This will be a barn burner. The field is fantastic and the season is about fast times in 2014)
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HOKA ONE ONE has announced that is sponsoring the Adrian Martinez Memorial Classic.
Well, I am back on the road! After one week at home with mes parentes, your favorite blogger begins the month of May on the road. This time, it is the RRCA convention. But first, dear and gentle readers, I will be writing about the many ways that United airlines management just does not get it. They are in the customer service business, and while their team is good, the management of United needs to go back to school. Or, maybe, work on a plane for a week! 

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Sopot, Poland
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Abeba Aregawi leads Jenny Simpson, Moscow 2013, 
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Aregawi leads the charge

EUGENE (USA): Recently the Prefontaine Classic was proud to announce their best ever field for the iconic Bowerman mile. Organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene have now matched it with their 'best ever' field in the women's 1500m on May 31. Abeba Aregawi is best in the world by many measures.  Last year she also won the IAAF Diamond Trophy after ending the season undefeated in her specialist event. The Swede has the fastest personal best in the field at 3:56.54. USA's Jenny Simpson won gold at the 2011 World Championships and claimed silver in Moscow last year behind Aregawi. Last year's Pre Classic winner, Hellen Obiri, not only set a stadium record of 3:58.58, but she also set a US all-comers' record. Fellow Kenyan Faith Kipyegon has a unique collection of gold medals. She won the 2011 world youth and 2012 world junior titles with championship records and owns world junior cross-country titles from 2011 and 2013. Another Kenyan, 2008 Olympic champion Nancy Langat, was the initial Diamond Trophy winner in this event in 2010. The 800 m World champion Eunice Sum is also entered. USA's Brenda Martinez is another World Championships medallist in the 800m with world-class 1500m talent.  Still just a teenager, 19-year-old Axumawit Embaye of Ethiopia earned the silver medal at last month's IAAF World Indoor Championships, making her the youngest medallist in Sopot. Britain's 2011 world silver medallist Hannah England and five-time US champion Treniere Moser are also in the field.

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Jenny Simpson, Drake 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Athens Marathon has been relaunched as the Athens Authentic Marathon. Real all about it: 

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Photo courtesy of Athens Authentic Marathon 
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Virgilijius Alekna, photo by PhotoRun.net

Virgilijius Alekna is a man of immense stature. The first time I met him, I was amazed how tall he was. One of the most decorated discus throwers ever, Alekna opened with a 64.30 meter throw already. 

Catch his results and many others in the European Results, provided by Carles Baronet, from Track In Sun for us. 

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Meb Keflezighi ends the drought, photo by PhotoRun.net

If you ever wanted to run with Meb, and can run a half marathon in 1:30, then this is for you! Meb Keflezighi is basking, rightfully in the glow he created after his fantastic win! 
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Yohan Blake, photo by Jean-Pierre DURAND for IAAF
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The BT Great CityGames, photo by Dan Vernon Photography 

The most creative fusion of the roads and the track, in our sport, can be seen in the events by Nova International. That there is not a series in North America, Europe and Asia totally surprises me. 

Combining the best of track and field, road racing, with star studded events in the center of a major metropolis, NOVA international gets it: bring the sport to the people, and then, give them a race to participate in. 

Richard Kilty, the third ranked Brit who won the World Indoor 60 meter title (now with NIKE and a handsome contract), will be one of the stars in these fine events. 

I have seen Newcastle and Edinburgh so far, and am a huge fan. The CityGames concept makes huge sense. 

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