August 2014 Archives

Some strong performances in Berlin as the season begins to wind down. The ISTAF event was part of the Golden Four, but did not become part of the Diamond League. None the less, it has sponsorship, strong fields and a huge audience in the stadium that housed the 2009 World Championships. 

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Robert Harting, WC and Olympic champion, Discus, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Seven, Sunday, August 31, 2014: 


Sunday: Warm up; Ten mile run, on grass or trails, and with friends. 400 mile club run 8 miles and 3 mile club run six miles, cooldown. #saucony500

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Gia Lewis-Smallwood has been challenging the world this year with her fine discus throwing, defeating Sandra Perkovic, the DL winner, and Euro Champion once this season. In the Decanation today, Gia set a new American record in the discus of 69.17 meters! 

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Six, Saturday, August 30, 2014: 

Saturday: Easy three mile run, or, a walk. #saucony500

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Queen Harrison en route to her Stockholm win, photo by PhotoRun.net


I noticed Queen Harrison in her ASICS garb in Stockholm right away. Her win in the cold weather just cemented her claims to 2014. As we got off the bus to Birmingham the next evening, I noticed Queen in her new ASICS trainers and asked when she signed. " I signed earlier this week. " smiled Queen.

Sponsorship is key for track & field athletes. Queen Harrison gave ASICS their money's worth not just with the win, but with her thirty seconds post race on Swedish TV where she circled her new logo with her fingers and blew a kiss at the screen. 

Here is the release from ASICS America on Queen Harrison's sponsorship by one of our sport's most iconic brands. 
Nijel Amos won the men's 800 meters last night in the Letzigrund, and that was just one of the highlights. I must say, Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury going 1,2 in the women's 1,500 meters was an amazing site, as Hassan, Jibet, Aregawi et al., were left behind. A thrilling series of middle distance and distance races.

Reese Hoffa continues to remind us that a man who once did a pin up pose with a Tyson brand Turkey leg (want that photo), can make that shot do what he says. 21.88m last night woke a few people up! 

More to come, but trying to get a few things out before my flight back to the US. 

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Nijel Amos, photo by PhotoRun.net
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Five, Friday, August 29, 2014: 

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


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Zurich, post meet, with lights and before the fireworks! by Larry Eder

The Weltklasse is one of the most iconic sporting events in the World. This was my first visit to the meet, and second to the stadium of the Letzigrund ( I had been here for the Europeans a few weeks ago!).

I will write about all of the events, but wanted you to get the results! Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury going 1,2 in the 1,500 meters-EPIC! 

Suffice it to say that the meet lived up to expectations! 

ERNIE BULLARD MEMORIAL & RECEPTION

Ernie Bullard's celebration of life memorial service will be held promptly at noon on the USC campus in Town & Gown Center (665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0871: E-6 on linked campus map)on Saturday, September 13.  Reception will follow memorial service.

For information contact Larry Knuth


(Editor'note: Ernie Bullard helped keep track & field alive in the South Bay in the 70s and early 1980s, and it was not an easy task. Many have fond stories of Coach Bullard, feel free to send them to me at [email protected] We will publish some of them in an upcoming issue of California Track & Running News. )

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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the European results number 29. The results are compiled by Carles Baronet, Track In Sun. We hope that you enjoy! 
There is much on the line in Zurich today! 

The women's 1,500 meters will be a true battle for Diamond League, as well as the men's 800 meters!

Here is how Alfons Juck looked at the Weltklasse! 

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Four, Thursday, August 28, 2014: 

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


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I like Nickel Ashmeade. He is a strong runner, and I have watched him come up through the ranks overs the past few years. In truth, the Jamaican sprinter has paid his dues. 

In 2011, Nickel Ashmeade was fifth in the 200 meters in 20.29 at the World Outdoor Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea. In 2013, in Moscow, Nickel was 4th in the 200 meters in 20.05 and fifth in the 100 meters in 10.10, plus he was part of the gold winning team in the 4x100 meters. 

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Nickel Ashmeade, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dafne Schippers has a wonderful dilemma: does she run the sprints, does she do the heptathlon, or does she try and do both?

In Gotzis this year, Dafne took third in 6,545, pretty darn good for 2014. 

It all changed the weekend of July 11-12, when, at the Glasgow DL, Schippers ran 11.03, NR and 22.34 in the 200 meters, for the NR. Two national records on one weekend! 

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Dafne Schippers, 200 meters, 2014 European Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Sandra Perkovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the European Championships less than two weeks ago, Sandra Perkovic just let the discus fly, and fly it did, seventy-one meters and 8 centimeters! Her 71.08m throw was the national record, and of course, the farthest throw in the world in 2014. 

The flight of Kate, by Cait Chock

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Kate Grace is one of the examples of how niche brands outside of footwear are sponsoring track athletes. Cait Chock caught up with Kate and tells of Graces' association with Oiselle. 

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Kate Grace, Drake Relays Mile, April 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ah, the end of athletics season is on the horizon and road racing is about to explode. One of the first rights of Fall is the BUPA Great North Run, where Mo Farah, and now, Tirunesh Dibaba and Edna Kiplagat will duel over 13.1 miles with 55,000 of their closest friends. 

The BUPA Great North Run weekend is superb. I was there in 2012 and enjoyed the CityGames and the Great North run immensely. 

Tirunesh Dibaba, the WR holder at 5,000 meters (14:11.15) and won the Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 in 10,000m (bronze for 5,000m in 2004 & 2012, and gold for 5000m in 2008).

Her debut in the marathon, 2:20.35, was quite impressive in London last year. And do not be in doubt: Tirunesh Dibaba will go sub 2:20 quite soon. 

Well, if you can not be in Newcastle, then, watch the streaming video! 

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Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Three, Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 

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




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David Rudisha, adidas GP, photo by PhotoRun.net


David Rudisha has spent most of this year rebuilding his fitness and racing form. He has had some good moments, but, for the world record holder, this season has had its' frustrating moments. 

The Weltklasse will be his final event of the season. David Rudisha told us at the Birmingham press conference that he wanted to protect his DL lead, but he has a difficult task on 28 August. The field will be tough and the stakes are high.

In a recent piece with EME News, David Rudisha speaks about his desire to have the world best for 600 meters. He ran a 1:13.71 for the 600 meters in Birmingham last weekend, to the delight of the crowd. 

Rudisha wants 600 m world best in future

ZURICH (SUI): World record holder David Rudisha spoke before his last race of the season on Thursday at Weltklasse meet. „This is a difficult season for me. It's not easy to come back from an injury. I started training very late, in March. By then, I had missed a lot of necessary workouts.  Maybe I expected to do better, but I was happy to run with these guys who had been training very well. It's a challenge if you are not at 100%. Actually, I am at 85, maybe 90% of my form. But I can still run 1:43, probably 1:42 at this time. After Birmingham, I am sure that once I am back in my best shape, I can break the 600m world record. I am going to try again in any case," he said.

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Eilidh Child, 400m hurdles, Glasgow GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the 28th report on the European Athletics scene for 2013-2014 season, compiled by our correspondent, Carles Baronet! We hope that you enjoy it! 

At the Birmingham GP international presser, Greg Rutherford was one of the four athletes who were included. 

Greg Rutherford has had a fantastic season: a new British record of 8.51 meters, wins at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

An incredibly nice guy, I believe that some see that as weakness in Mr. Rutherford. It is quite unfair, as anyone who has spent more than five minutes watching the guy compete. He is terribly competitive. A fine athlete, Rutherford came out of an absolutely terrible 2013 and has made 2014 his. 

That is the sign of a champion.

Greg and his girlfriend are expecting their first child later this year. 

We wish them the very best and thank him for his time and thoughtfulness in this interview. 

I also predicted that Greg would set a new British record (8.65m). So, let's see on that one, okay? 


Cait Chock has been working on this series for a couple of months now. I missed this one by Nicole Blood from June. My sincere apologies for the delay, it is a wonderful piece. 

Since the piece was submitted, it looks like Nicole Blood has left Columbia University to train once again. We wish her much good fortune! 

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Nicole Blood, as a Duck, photo by PhotoRun.net
We thought that we would try something different: Provide you event by event reviews after the event with the results, to give you a better picture of the event. Tell us what you think! 

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Anna Ruh, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Matt Scherer, 2008 USA Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Matt Scherer paced races with the precision of a brain surgeon. I had the opportunity to watch him at his finest over the past several years. Cait Chock pays homage to the Master of time, who retired on 19 July 2014. You will now see him in the sport, working once again with his friends at Runnerspace.com
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day Two, Tuesday, August 26, 2014: 

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20 minute tempo run, 1-mile cooldown. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to our present mile pace for a 5k. For example: If you are currently running 18:50 for a 5k, that is a 6:05 per mile pace. Add 30 seconds per mile and your tempo run is 6:35 per mile pace. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps, once a month. #saucony500, #findyourstrong



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Blanka Vlasic, in her new high jump fashion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Blanka Vlasic is one of the greatest women high jumpers in history. Coming back from injuries has been nearly three years of challenges. In Paris, Blanka gave us one of the most heartfelt interviews (http://www.runblogrun.com/2014/07/your-adidas-moment-7-july-2014-audio-blanka-vlasic-interview-pre-meeting-areva-with-larry-eder-runblogrun.html) of her career. 

Returns to elite levels come in parts, not equal parts. Blanka Vlasic did not compete in the Europeans, due to a knee injury. As the knee injury has shown progress, she will competing in the Weltklasse on 28 August 2014.

Vlasic was overjoyed to hit 2.00 meters this season. Can she go higher? We shall have to see! 

Here is the piece from EME News on her return to competition! 

Vlasic for Weltklasse, from Alfons Juck, EME News

ZURICH (SUI): Croatian high jump star Blanka Vlasic has announced that she will compete at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League on Thursday. The 30 year old, two time World and World Indoor champion, had to pull out of the European Championships with a knee injury.  Vlasic won the women's high jump at the Weltklasse meet in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She will face the full European Champs podium (Beitia, Kuchina, Simic).

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eleven, Day One, Monday, August 25, 2014: 


Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Usain Bolt, Commonwealth Games 2014, photo by Claus Andersen

Bolt ends the season

ZURICH (SUI): The organisers of IAAF Diamond League final Weltklasse of Zurich informed that World record holder Usain Bolt decided to end his season 2014 and will not compete at the famous Letzigrund on August 28. His coach Glen Mills decided after this three competitions to end the season so that he can start early preparations for 2015 with World Championships in Beijing. Next Bolt will travel for sponsorship needs and in October he will start with training for next year. Zurich Meet director Patrick Magyar confirmed his understanding for the decision. 

Editor's note: Whether you are the world's fastest sprinter, or the world's best middle distance runner, rest is key to your further well being. Racing at the highest levels just can not go on five, six, seven years without taking time to recover. 

While athletes like Usain Botl are ending their season earlier than expected, others are watching their racing very closely. 

2014 has already been  a very long year already. 

The roads to Beijing and Rio are about to begin. 
Kirani James is the youngest Olympic champion and World Champion at 400 meters ever.

His battles with LaShawn Merritt are legendary, and his 43.74 Personal best this year has been amazing. 

Kirani is wise beyond his years. Perhaps it is the way he comports himself. Perhaps it is that his coach, Harvey Glance, has been there and prepares him for all. Perhaps, it was his growing up in Grenada, where he was allowed to be a kid. 

In all of those cases, Kirani James gave the assembled media a wonderfully thoughtful interview. A young athlete, who has a decade of running ahead of him, if we are lucky, will provide many more fine interviews.

This interview, done before his victory in Birmingham with his 44.59 (Sunday 24 August), was done on 23 August 2014 at the Hyatt in Birmingham, England. 


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David Rudisha, Glasgow DL, July 12, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Rudisha had a fun run over 600 meters, and surprised even himself, running faster than he ever had over the distance. Rudisha has been building back after injuries in 2013 and early 2014 kept him from training. His 600 meters today of 1:13:71 was just what David needed before his 800 meters in Zurich next Thursday evening! 
Valerie Adams, well is a stud. 

She is also one of the most articulate, relaxed and competitive athletes I have ever met. She loves to compete, is confident in her system over fifteen years, and gets that, with her level of competition, pain is part of it, sometimes.

We interviewed Valerie on Saturday, 23 August. On Sunday, 24 August, Valerie Adams threw 19.96 meters, and won her fifty-fifth straight shot put competition. 

Adams loves her event, she also knows her event. 

The interview was fun because Valerie does not suffer fools. She likes honest questions and she gives honest, colorful answers. 

I call her the shot put goddess and I mean that. 

If you get a chance to watch her compete. Do it. Hock your used car, buy an airline ticket and fly to Zurich to watch Valerie Adams throw on the street shot put next week. 

If you show up, I will buy you an adult beverage! 

Galen Rupp ran the 5,000 meters at the DN Galan on 21 August.

The day prior, August 20, we had twenty-two different interviews from various athletes in DN Galan Media area.

The final interview was with Galen Rupp. Galen spoke about his focus this season on developing his racing skills, the birth of his twins and how he and his wife deal with his life as a professional runner.

Galen Rupp has come of age. The silver medalist from the London Olympics over 10,000 meters, set a new AR in May over the same distance. 

After Stockholm, Galen Rupp has planned to race in Zurich. 


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Matthew Hudson-Smith, EuroChamps silver medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Full results from a fine meeting in Birmingham! Truly a celebration of the British performances from the European Champs! 
In the final race of the Sainsburys' Birmingham GP, Mo Farah broke Steve Ovett's nearly thirty six year-old record (short by days) for two miles of 8:13.11 with his fine 8:07.85. Mo Farah celebrated the second birthday of his two year old twins with his fine race. Using a four minute mile on the second half of the race, and finalizing the record with a 56 second last lap, Mo Farah broke his first British record while actually racing on British soil!

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At most of the major meetings, we are presented with a press conference with key athletes, which I record, and then, we have chances to interview athletes by themselves. This was one of the best all summer; Greg Rutherford, Euro, Commonwealth and Olympic gold medalist at the long jump, Valeria Adams: Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medalist, Shot put, Kirani James, Olympic and World Champ, 400 meters gold, and David Rudisha, 800m WR holder, Olympic and World Champion. 

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To enjoy the Birmingham Grand Prix, here are some of the media support that we see at each meet. I thought you might enjoy checking this info out! 

Men's Biographies for Birmingham GP: Birmingham_Men.pdf

Women's Biographies for the Birmingham GP: Birmingham_Women.pdf

History of Winners of the Emsley Carr Mile: 2014 Emsley Carr (1).pdf

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Seven, Sunday, August 24, 2014: 

Sunday: Warm up; Ten mile run, on grass or trails, and with friends. 400 mile club run 8 miles and 3 mile club run six miles, cooldown. #saucony500


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David Rudisha is the antithesis of calm. He should be the picture by the definition of the word "chill". 

The man who lead from the start in the London Olympics and ran 1:40.91 in the 800 meters. David has suffered injuries in 2013, and has been slowly building back.

He told RunBlogRun in Monaco that he would hope to break 1:43 this year, but not much else. Getting back into his London level of fitness will take more time, and David Rudisha realizes it. 

"I will train well for next year, and I will be ready for Beijing." 

That is saying something. 

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David Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Rudisha is running the 600 meters in the Birmingham. This is his first time racing the distance. " I want to out in high 46 point or low 47 point for the 400 meters."

Valerie Adams is going for her 55th straight win in the shot put. When asked what other event she would like to do. Jokingly, she noted, " the marathon." Actually, Valerie Adams and her sister played basketball as juniors.

Lots of great matchups in only a few hours!  


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Hampden Park, photo by Claus Andersen

This summer, as most of you know, I have been traveling the world in search of the perfect athletics meeting. I have seen many great moments, and some amazing competitions. In terms of attendance, the best I have seen so far this summer has to be the Commonwealth Games. 

Why, one might ask?

Well, they were promoted, ticket prices were not outlandish and sports fans and track fans comingle to watch the Commonwealth Games. 

42,000 fans in the Hamden Park stadium. It cost a reported $30 million to place the track in this football only facility (from 1908-1951, a track had been situated in Hamden Park). 

At the Diamond League in Glasgow two weeks before, there had been about 6000 people a day. The DL meeting seemed a bit like: if we hold it, they will come. 

Unless meetings are promoted and the pricing is at a value that makes sense for the consumer, then, ticket sales flounder.

The European tickets in Zurich, an expensive city already, were not cheap. Even so, seats were between 15,000 and 19,700 per night session and 12-15,000 per morning sessions. 

The tickets were 95 Swiss Francs for a one day.

What if, major events did ticket sales that were reduced for four or more in a group or family, and that also filled the stadium? 

Keep it simple. Fill the stadiums, give them away if you have to, but please, fill the stadiums at major events. 


Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Six, Saturday, August 23, 2014: 

Saturday: Warm up; easy 3-4 mile run, take a bike ride, or walk or swim. Today, take it easy, then, cool down, #saucony500


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The Stockholm DL 1,500 meters is off! photo by PhotoRun.net

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

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

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


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

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

Here is how Alfons Juck saw it. 

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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





Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg were a fun interview at the DN Galan. Coburn set the AR in Glasgow and Fougberg set the Swedish record in the same race. Last weekend, Charlotta Fougberg, representing Sweden, charged to the front and nearly won the European Championships steeplechase, taking the silver.

Two fine athletes, on the cusps of greatness in their countries. Emma has had her best season ever, and now owns the AR. Charlotta Fougberg sees the positives in her Swedish record and silver medal, knowing she will run better. 

The steeplechase is being held tomorrow night at 9:05 PM local time. 


A fascinating interview in this press conference. Torie Bowie, a converted long jumper who is taking the track world via storm in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Allyson Felix, a professional for nearly a decade, and she is in her twenties! And Irene Ekelund, a promising junior in Sweden who is focused on making it big time. 

Some interesting questions and some fascinating comments. 22 athletes were interviewed in Stockholm today! 


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David Oliver wins gold at the 110 meter hurdles, photo by PhotoRun.net


Just look at this picture. This was David Oliver in August 2013, when he won the gold medal in Moscow. After a hard 2011 and 2012, David Oliver had the moment when, after winning the big one, it all seems worth it.

David Hunter, as is his talent, writes about David Oliver today, but gives you a view into his battles in 2011, 2012 and his support of the coach Brooks Johnson, a taskmaster if there ever was one. 

For David Oliver, who has now competed eleven years as a professional athlete, it works. Much better than working in a shoe store, and training before and after, hoping for the breakthrough.

Oliver has seen all of that, and experienced all of that. David Oliver has ended 2014, as he has many hurdle races to do in 2015, and 2016, and in those years, there are two cities he will hope to spend time in: Beijing and Rio de Janeiro.



Leo Manzano is the fastest American at 1,500 meters in 2014. He is also the 2012 Olympic silver medalist. Leo ran 3:30.98 at the Meeting Herculis on July 19, before the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Now that the season is off and running again, HOKA ONE ONE asked us to provide some of Leo's thoughts on racing the 1,500 meters, changes in his coaching and focus in 2014, and in upcoming videos, a look inside his key training sessions to develop a stronger finish. 
The women's 1,500 meters in AREVA Paris meeting was something special. Americans like Jenny Simpson, looking for fast races, Sifan Hassan and Abeba Aregawi seeking fitness tests for the Europeans. 

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Jenny Simpson, June 2014, USA Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

The results of that race have been read and re-read across the world. Sifan Hassan and Jenny Springer staged a battle over the last 400 meters that will be remembered for years to come. In the end, Sifan Hassan ran 3:57.00 and Jenny Simpson ran 3:57.22.

And with that race, Jenny Simpson showed that she is the best American woman miler in thirty-one years! 

When I met with Coach Mark Wetmore at the Glasgow DL, one of my questions was about the health of Kara Goucher. " She has been training pain free for a month," noted a smiling Wetmore. 

Kara Goucher is one of those personalities that has caught on in the sport, From high school runners to adult runners, Kara is real to them. Her talent at social media, from her blogs to her interest in the sport, give her a strong stature, and that is one of the reasons the brands like Oiselle and Skechers have signed on with her. 

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Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Myriam Soumare burst on the scene in 2010, when she surprised all but her coach, Olivier Darnal, and won the European 200 meters. When one improves from 23.02 to 22.32, as this French dynamo did, Myriam took gold in Barcelona in 2010! 

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Myriam Soumare, 2014 Europeans, semi-finals, 200 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Three, Moving From Training to Racing, Wednesday, August 20, 2014: 

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





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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Two, Moving From Training to Racing, Tuesday, August 19, 2014: 

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20-minute tempo run, 1-mile cooldown. To determine your tempo pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for 5k. So, if you can run 18:30 for 5k now, that is a 6 minute pace. Add 30 seconds, and your temp run pace is 6:30 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps once a month. #saucony500, #findyourstrong



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Yohan Diniz, en route to his 50,000m WR RW, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Yohan Diniz, en route to his 50,000m WR RW, photo by PhotoRun.net

On a cold, rainy day, Yohan Diniz stayed in his own little bubble and race walked to a world record and a gold medal! 

Our RW expert, Elliott Denman, himself a veteran of the 1956 Olympic Games at the 50k, writes about why Yohan Diniz should get more respect! 
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Chris O'Hare, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chris O'Hare has ended the drought. Not since the time of Steve Cram, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett, has GBR taken a medal in the men's 1,500 meters. The last was Steve Cram.

Well, Chris O'Hare changed that in Zurich on Sunday, 17 August! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day One, Moving From Training to Racing, August 18, 2014: 

Monday: Warm-up, 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 mile/300 Mile: 3 Miles): 8 x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between: cool down. #saucony500


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Jodie Williams, CG 200 meters, photo by Claus Anderson

Jodie Williams has been on a roll. At the Glasgow DL, in cool weather, Jodie ran 22.60 for a new PB, taking fourth. This was after an early season racing 100 meters and 200 meter races. 

Jodie Williams is fit. Make no doubt about it. But, Jodie Williams is more than that. She has won silvers in CG 200 meters (PB) and now, in the European Championships, Jodie Williams again took the silver (another PB). 
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Lynsey Sharp, courtesy of British Athletics

Lynsey Sharp has had a fantastic few weeks. Her silver in the 800 meters in CG, now with her silver at the European Champs, and a PB, show that the Scottish 800 meter runner is becoming a factor in every race she is in! Here is Alex MIlls' piece on his favorite British athlete of Saturday, August 16, 2014. 
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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France (r) winning the 2014 European Championships 1500m ahead of Henrik Ingebrigtsen of Norway (silver) and Chris O'Hare of Great Britain (bronze).  Ireland's Paul Robinson and Germany's Homiyu Tesfaye are also in the photo. (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)


The first thing I wanted to say about the men's 1,500 meters is that it was slow, and then, just amazingly fast. The second thing was that Irish runner Ciaran O'Lioniard fell and was hurt, through no fault of his own.The third thing, I wanted to note is that Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad must have had a serious chat with the Federation as he a) kept his shirt on, b) kept the celebration civilized. 

Here is David Monti's piece on the 1,500 meters and women's steeplechase. 
The men's marathon, as was the women's marathon yesterday, provided stirring television drama. In the men's today, Marcin Chebowski, a 2:10.07 marathoner from Poland, took off at the start, and nearly stole the race.

At 30k, hit in 1:32, and has one minute and twelve seconds on the chasing pack. 

Daniele Meucci began his run for the medals around 30 kilometers. He had to work very hard for over fifteen minutes. Meucci has some speed, having run the 10,000m earlier this week. In 2010, Meucci won the bronze medal at the European 10,000 meters. In 2012, Meucci won the silver medal at the European 10,000 meters. In 2014, on May 4, Danielle Meucci ran 27:32.95, a PB, and finished third in an exciting all out sprint with Cam Levin (CG bronze) and Jose Luis Barrios at the Payton Jordan Invitational, at Stanford University. 

At 1:47:52, Meucci caught Marcin Chebowski, and then, made history.

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Daniele Meucci of Italy (l) with Viktor Roethlin of Switzerland, Yared Shegumo of Poland and Javier Guerra of Spain chasing leader Marcin Chabowski of Poland (not in photo) at the 21st European Championships Marathon in Zurich. Meucci would win in 2:11:08 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Here is the story of how Daniele Meucci made history. Special thanks to David Monti of Race Results Weekly. 

As I was walking to the Media center, contemplating this introduction, Franco Fava, the great Italian distance runner and even better sports journalist, smiled and said of Meucci, "He was patient today."

Enough said. 
Maryna Arzamasova of Belarus wins the 2014 European Championships 800m title over Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

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The men and women's 800 meters were two of the great events of these champs. David Monti wrote about the women's 800 meters and women's 5000 meters here, both of which had some surprises! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Seven, Sunday, August 17, 2014: 

Sunday: Easy nine mile run on grass or dirt, and run it with your friends! For the 400 mile club, go seven miles and for the 300 mile club, go six miles. #saucony500

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This was a most unusual event, yet, it was, somehow, a good thing. The Netherlands team had filed a complaint regarding the men's 4x400 meter heats. The Jury of Appeals allowed their appeal to be approved.

So, be careful what you wish for! 

At 8 pm local time last night, for the second time in the same day, the 4x400m relay had to run and achieve a 3:04.07 to remove the Czech team from the 4x400m men's final.

Alas, they ran 3:05.96, a fine showing for their second time in less than three hours. I recorded the event live and gave you some commentary as well. 

I hope that you enjoy it! 


I was sitting in the stands at the Payton Jordan Invitational, with my Aggie buddies. A night of track had field was being worshipped, as the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races ensued. As we were looking up, this raging battle over the last lap of the fast Women's 5,000 meters was gripping! Two runners, one this young Swedish runner, Merah Bahta, came screaming down the final straight, running a 14:59.49 to take the win. The final lap in sixty-one seconds. 

That fly-paper side of my brain, the abdula larrygota, noted, "We will see Meraf this summer."

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Meraf Bahta holds off Sifan Hassan, Euro Champs 5,000 meters, 
photo courtesy of European Athletics (Getty Images)
I was not expecting big jumps in New York on June 14, 2014. Then, the high jump just got electric. Mutasz Barshim cleared 2.42 meters, the crowd goes, well nuts.

Valerie Adams wins the shot put on her fifth throw, crowd applauds. 

Then, and this all happened in four minutes, mind you, Bohdan Bondarenkco clear 2.42 meters.

As the announcer noted: " You have seen history. Never before have two men clear two meters, forty-two in the same competition! 

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Bohdan Bondarenko, adidas GP 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mark English, European Champs 800m bronze, 
photo courtesy of Athletics Ireland


Like many, with Mark English having a rough semi, I did not consider him for a medal in the 800 meter final. But, Mark English had other ideas! We asked Cathal Dennehy to write this piece about the Irish middle distance runner, after his bronze medal, and Cathal did a fine job. We hope you enjoy! 
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Martyn Rooney, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martyn Rooney is one of the best 400 meter runners in Europe. Last night, he showed that he could go to the top, running of 44.71 and, in those conditions, a race that gave him the gold medal. For the past eight years, Rooney has been one of those guys on the cusp of greatness.

Martyn Rooney has won the Euro Champs gold medal. Time to focus on Beijing. 
Here is Alex Mills story on the British fortunes in the 400 meters. 
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 Valeria Straneo of Italy and Christelle Daunay of France begin the final 10-kilometer lap of the 2014 European Championships Marathon in Zurich (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The battle between Valeria Straneo and Christelle Daunay made fantastic television. European TV gave us shots from each side, and from above, as Straneo and Daunay battled for two hours, and twelve minutes, before Daunay made her gold medal move. That Straneo is 39 and Daunay is 38, and that the course was so daunting, should not be underestimated. These women ran a great race! 

And do not forget Jessica Augusto of Portugal, who timed her run for the bronze perfectly. 

This piece is from our friend, David Monti, of Race Results Weekly. 
The European Athletics Championships has been quite popular in France, as they have hauled in the medals. On Thursday night, France 2 reported four million viewers in the overnights, the largest viewing audience of the evening. 

On Saturday morning, France has two hours and twenty-five minutes and fourteen seconds of bliss, as Christelle Daunay, French marathon record holder, won her first European Championship marathon! 


The photo and video from Eurosport.fr tells the story. For more, read our piece on how Christelle Daunay won the European Championships marathon in Zurich. 


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VIDÉO - Marathon : Christelle Daunay a fini par écoeurer la concurrence
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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Six, Saturday, August 16, 2014: 

Saturday: Easy three mile run, or, a walk. #saucony500

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Julius Yego, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

If you want to know the promise of the web for sports coaching, you only need to reach out to Julius Yego. Julius started out as a middle distance runner, and then, found videos of the javelin. He spent time on You Tube, researching the best javelin technique and put himself on the map. 

World got out in 2011 about his talent. In 2012, Julius Yego took fourth in the Olympics. Then, 2014 came. In 2014, he has defeated the Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott in the CG javelin. 

And in the African Championships, Julius defeats another champion of the javelin. 

Here is how Evelyn Watta saw the last day of the championships in Marrakech. 
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Caleb Ndiku, Commonwealth Games 5,000m, photo by Claus Andersen

The last day of the African Athletics Championships was a medal haul for Kenya. Justin Lagat wrote on the plethora of medals and wonders out loud about what Durban will bring in 2016! 
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Poland's Adam Kszczot winning the 800m at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich in 1:44.15 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

I first saw Adam Kszczot run at the FBK Games in Hengelo in 2011. He won the 800 meters. I watched him win his last two Euro indoor Champs and take the silver in the World Indoors.

In this column, David Monte gives us a unique view into the battles over 800 meters for men and the 1,500 meters for women that happened on night four of the 2014 European Championships. 
This week, Cait Chock sent me a note about Jordan McNamara. She wanted to write a piece on the young miler, who has recently picked up some impressive victories. As with most ideas from Cait Chock, I said yes. 

Here is her interview with Jordan McNamara, who is racing the NB Falmouth road race mile on Saturday, August 16, 2014. 

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McNamara makes his move at HI-Performance, Eugene, Oregon, July 26, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net
Two nights ago, jet lagged, I watched a TV show on the Swiss team. I recognized Kariem Hussein on the TV set, with Mujinga Kumbundji, the 100m and 200m sprinter. The show was fantastic, but in Swiss preciseness, did not overplay the chances of these athletes to medal. 

Mujinga told everyone how she was surprised to make the 100m final, where she took fourth in 11.30. In the 200m final, Mujinga took fifth and ran 22.83, a new Swiss NR! The crowd went nuts. 

That was nothing like what the Swiss would experience, twenty minutes later, from Kariem Hussein. 

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Kariem Hussein comes across my TV, making history! photo by Larry Eder
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William Sharman, from Glasgow DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

In today's column, Alex Mills writes about the fantastic 110 meter hurdle race in Zurich last night and what it portends for British hurdling! 
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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benebbad, Yohan Kowel, at Euro Steeplechase final, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

A great night of track and field. I understand the DQ of Mekhissi-Benebbad. He violated rules, and his past behavior colors everything he has done. He should have done the celebration AFTER his event. In the end, a very hard lesson, but, perhaps the only way Monsieur MMB will get it. 

Tremendous performances for France last night. The men's 110 meter hurdles was my favorite. 
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Mekissha-Benebbad gets Yellow card, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mekhissi-Benebbad, before the deluge, photo by PhotoRun.net

During a 50k race walk, there is much time to talk, and the local feed was discussing MMB's disqualification over two rule infractions in the steeplechase. He too off his jersey with 80 meters to go, and cross from celebration to what the EAA considered upsportsmenlike conduct. Although some defended him, most thought MMB behaved unsportsmenlike. 

This morning, MMB made the the 1,500 meters final. This is how David Monte saw the qualifying rounds on this cold, rainy morning in Zurich. 
RunBlogRun.com and the RunningNetwork.com sites recommend this renewed support of the two mile postal. 

HOKA ONE ONE has revived the postal competition, a way for high school teams and individuals to see how fast they are over two miles and how they rank around their states, and yes, across the Estados Unidos. 

The site is located at www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com. 

On top of that, RunBlogRun.com will list the top teams and we will do the same in American Track & Field magazine and Athletes Only! 

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Five, Friday, August 15, 2014: 

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


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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France clearing the final barrier of the steeplechase at the 2014 European Championships in Athletics. He finished first, but was later disqualified for removing his shirt in the final 100 meters (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly).

As I watched the last hundred meters of Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad's what should have been gold medal winning performance, the two time Olympic and two time World Championship medalist thought he was a football player, tore off his singlet, and whooped it up a bit for the last fifty meters or so. I wrote, "this is a rule violation and someone will protest. "

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has a history of behavior that has not required a cerebral cortex. From pummeling a mascot (a young woman), to a fellow athlete, and now, to this Oscar winning performance. 

It is not that Monsieur MMB did not think it through, I am not sure he thought about it at all. And what could have been a testament to the steepler's fitness will be a smudge in the athletic history books. 

This is how David Monte saw the race. 


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The European Women's 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The weather was better on Wednesday and the morning session was a blast. The evening, well, we will discuss that later! 
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Emily Chebet, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Joyce Chepkirui, photo by PhotoRun.net

Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet surprised many with their Commonwealth Games gold and silver medals. Less than two weeks later, Joyce and Emily duplicated those positions today at the African Athletics Championships, much to the delight of our columnist, Justin Lagat! 

Chepkirui and Chebet, who run for adidas, are well known for their strong road and cross country racing. Their track racing this year shows that their strength is their strength, and over 10,000 meters, both woman are forces with which to be reckoned. 
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James Dasaolu, GBR, 100m gold, Euro Champs,
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Vernon, Farah go gold, silver! EuroChamps 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Dafne Schippers, 100m gold, EuroChamps, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Some of the things we missed in the second session of Day two, Alfons Juck, our man in Mittel Europa, highlights from Zurich! 
In its fourth day, the African Athletics Championships continues to highlight some of the finest talent on the African continent. We have been grateful to Eveyln Watta for her fine daily columns on the entirety of the African Athletics championships, both its reality (and challenges) and its promise as well. 

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Joyce Chepkirui, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Rasmus Magi, photo by photoRun.net


An amazing day of track and field. Here are the highs and lows of Day two, session one, from Alfons Juck, our man about the world. 

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Mo Farah launching his final kick for home in the 10,000m at the 2014 European Championships. He's followed by Turkey's Ali Kaya (l), Britain's Andy Vernon, and Turkey's Polat Kemboi Arikan (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The final hundred meters of the Men's 10,000 meters showed what kind of athletes that Mo Farah and Andy Vernon truly are: gutty, driven and focused. Both have had injuries and or sickness to deal with. Short of fitness, both used that finely tuned competitive streak to take gold and silver. This is how David Monte, writing for Race Results Weekly, saw the race! 
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22nd European Athletics Championships - Day Two, 
Farah, Vernon bo 1,2 in 10,000 meters!

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 13: (Editors note: A digital filter has been applied to this image) Mo Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning the Mens 10,000m Final during day two of the 22nd European Athletics Championship at Stadium Letzigrund on August 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for European Athletics)

Wednesday night, the 13th of August 2014, has been one of the finest nights that British Athletics has ever seen at the European Championships, and nearly as exciting as that excellent Saturday night called Super Saturday from the London 2012 Olympics.

Writing for RunBlogRun about all things about athletics from the GBR, Alex Mills had a tall order: to put the night where five British athletes took five medals, three of them being gold! 

Here is what he wrote: 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Four, Thursday, August 14, 2014: 

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


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Tiffany Porter, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tiffany Porter was obviously a medal contender tonight, but it was the way she competed in the 100 meter hurdles that gave her the gold medal. 
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Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, photo by PhotoRun.net

Right before I posted this, Monsieur Bosse won the first semi-final in 1:45.94. He will be in the final on Friday. 
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Jairus Birech, Jonathan Ndiku, 
photo by Claus Andersen (Commonwealth Games 2014)

Justin Lagat is much happier today as his countrymen and women are taking medals in Marrakech. This is his column for day three. 
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Helen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is Evelyn Watta's column on day three at the 2014 African Athletics Championships. Helen Obiri took gold in the 1,500 meters, coming back from her race in Commonwealth Games. 
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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 13: (Editors note: A digital filter has been applied to this image) Walkers walk through the city of Zurich during the Mens 20k Walk in Zurich on August 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images, used from Zurich14 FB for scribble.com. 

We asked Cathal Dennehy to cover the 20,000 meter race walk, a lap walked on a one kilometer course, with 20 laps. Here is how our new columnist, all the way from Ireland, saw the race walk: 
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 Great Britain's Jo Pavey celebrates after winning the 10,000m title at the 2014 European Championships in Zürich (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

There were two finals on Tuesday night, Day One, and both created much excitement. Here is a feature from David Monti, providing us another view of the stirring victory. 
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A Day in the Life, Matthew Centrowitz, May 13, 2014, 
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On July 18, Matthew Centrowitz ran a PB of 3:31.09 at the Meeting Herculis, where he placed ninth in one of the fastest fields ever. Centrowitz is a bronze and silver medalist at the World Championships in the 1,500 meters. 

As David Hunter reveals here, Matthew Centrowitz has many fast races in his future, but, most of all, this young middle distance runner may be one of America's best bets, in decades, to shake up the athletic world at his distance. 


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For Alex Mills, Jo Pavey's 10,000 meter victory was a column that had to be written,  through bad wifi connections last night from Great Britain, as he sent this to us after watching Ms. Pavey's most inspiring race! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Three, Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 

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




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Jo Pavey, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Moving up from her bronze medal over 5,000 meters at the Commonwealth Games, Jo Pavey wins the European Champs over 10,000 meters. The mother of two, just over forty years of age, defeated runners half of her size but with a third of her drive and none of Pavey's racing savvy! 

Here is how Alfons Juck notes the significant points, both high and low, from Day One, Session two.
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Christine Ohuruoghu, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2012, at the London GP, Christine Ohuruoghu won the race in driving rain, coming from behind. I had forgotten just how good the British long sprinter really is. I sure hope that none of her competitors at the Europeans underestimate her, or the only global title that alludes her will be hers in Zurich. 
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In 2012, Nijel Amos took the silver medal in the Olympics, behind World record setting David Rudisha. In 2014, at the Meeting Herculis, Nijel Amos, in top form, went by David Rudisha, and led five men, including himself under one minute, forty-three seconds. That was on July 18, 2014, one of the finest nights ever, and one the best thirty minutes of track & field that this keen observer has ever witnessed. 

Nijel Amos then went on to battle David Rudisha, still coming back from injuries,  at the Commonwealth Games, battling to the win there. After the race, Amos told the media that David Rudisha is his hero. But, Nijel Amos had lots to be excited about, most importantly being on the winning end of the Meeting Herculis 800 meters.

For that fantastic race, we give Nijel Amos the RunBlogRun July Global Athlete of the Month! We love how he has elevated the racing at 800 meters and look forward to a racing fit Mr. Rudisha, a racing fit Mr. Amos and others to do battle in Beijing and Rio over the wonderful two lap distance of 800 meters! 
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has announced that Kenenisa Bekele, 18 time World Champion medalist, WR holder at 5,000m and 10,000m, will run his second marathon at the 2014 B of A Chicago marathon! Kenenisa Bekele told RBR right after his 2:05.03 debut in Paris that he wanted to run fast! Well, the Windy City is the place to go! #chicagomarathon

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Kenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Soumare, Sailer, Mang, Euro 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net


EME NEWS (AUG 12, 2014) PART ONE

 

 

QUOTE OF THE SESSION

„There is a big ambition inside me. I am not surprised at all about this heat. I am in a great shape and I came here to run beautiful times. „La guerre commence." The war starts now. Runnning this time is very reassuring for me. I will sleep very well tonight," Myriam Soumare after her fast 100 m.

 

RESULT OF THE SESSION

11.03 equaled European lead by Myriam Soumare in the women 100 m heats, second fastest ever 100 m women first round time at Eurochamps and with negative wind 0.4. Series of national records on the track confirmed the quality of the surface (for example Swiss women 100 m, Estonian 400 m men, Portugal 400 m men).

 

SURPRISE OF THE SESSION

Ukrainian national record holder and 2nd in the World list 2014 Hanna Hatsko out in javelin women qualification with 53.81 and two fouls.

 

FAVORITES FALLS

Czech Euroindoor medalist Ladislav Prasil in shot qualification, Swiss record holder Nicola Buchler in women pole vault, several top names from slower heat one in women 1500 m (Muir, Mischchenko, Koster) from second Gega and Olympic medalist Bulut. Italian Daniele Greco, Euroindoor winner and Olympic finalist did not compete at the end of the day in triple qualification due to achilles tendon injury in the warm-up.

 

STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

In the men's shot qualification, Germany's David Storl recorded 20.76, the second longest first round mark ever at these championships. GDR's Ulf Timmerman threw 21.13 in 1986, two years before winning Olympic gold. Myriam Soumare's heat time of 11.03 is also the second best first round mark at a European Championships. Zhanna Pintusevich-Block ran 11.01 in 1994, her fastest time of that championships. Russia's Denis Kudryavtsev clocked 49.05 in the men's 400mH heats to tie the 2nd fastest first round mark ever at the Europeans. Portugal's Carlos Silva ran 49.00 in the round 1 in 1998, and then finished 4th in the final. 13 athletes recorded 445 in the women's pole vault, tying the highest qualifying mark ever. Defending champion Jirina Svobodová of the Czech Republic also recorded 445 in 2012, when she was the only athlete over that height. Russia's Maksim Dyldin ran 45.45 to record the 4th fastest men's 400m first round mark at a Europeans. Spain's David Canal has the fastest first round mark of 45.20 from 1998, and finished 7th in the final.

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Morgan Uceny, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Gabby Grunewald, photo by PhotoRun.net

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David Torrence, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Ben True, photo by Kirby Lee/Sporting Image


Morgan Uceny, Gabby Grunewald, David Torrence and Ben True will highlight the New Balance Falmouth Mile! 
Maheidine Mekhissi-Benabbad has won two silver Olympic medals in the steeplechase, two bronze medals at World Champs and can run 3:33.12 for 1,500 meters. He also is built like a rugby player and was in a rather notorious disagreement after a 1,500 meter race in Monaco where his boxing skills were proven. 

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Maheidine Mekhissi-Benabbad, photo by PhotoRun.net

What is most fascinating, to this writer, is how MMB can charge down the final straight in the steeple as Kenyan runners try to sprint away, only to be caught by the racing savvy Frenchman.

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In the steeple, for Kemboi and MMB, it is all about the love, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is a fine piece by David Monte on the French steeplechase wonderman! 
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Almaz Ayana, photo by PhotoRun.net

Almaz Ayana continues to impress. Remember, she was right there with Gezeba Dibaba in the fast Monaco 5,000 meters. Here, Justin Lagat wonders when Kenya will win it's first gold medal of the African Athletics Championships. 
A wonderful morning session in Zurich, with nearly perfect weather. Here is how the European Athletics Federation covered the first session on their own site. We highly encourage you to check out one of the nine LIVE feeds at the European Champs. These can be found at www.european-athletics.org. 

My big impressions so far:

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David Storl, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Storl of Germany looks tough. Tomasz Majewski is the one who could rain on his parade. 

Sifan Hassan won the 1,500 meter second heat so well that I think she will truly battle Abeba Aregawi, if not just outright beat her. 

The Germans in the decathlon are just ahead after two events: Arthur Abele with 2644 and Kai Kazmirek with 2626, and our old friend, Oleksiy Kasyanov, 2617, with Kevin Mayer in fourth in 2608, and Eelco Sintnicolas at 2600 points in fifth! Talk about close! 


Oh and Monsieur Mehledine Mekhissi-Bennabad, this guy is, well a stud. Two time Olympic silver medalist at the steeple, two time bronze medalist at the World Champs steeple, and this gargantuan (think Bronislaw Malinowski, 1980 Olympic gold), has some wheels-3:33.12 to be exact at 1,500 meters. MMB, as I will call him, could double here! 

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Mehledine Mekhissi Bennebad, photo by PhotoRun.net

Leo Manzano has been having a wonderful summer in 2014. He started out with a silver medal at the World Relays on the US  4 x1,500 meter relay team the weekend of May 22-24. Then, on May 31, Leo Manzano won the Nike International mile at the Pre Classic, running his PB. On June 28, Leo Manzano followed that up with a win at the USA Outdoor Champs in hot, hot Sacramento. 

Using a sizzling last 400 meters, Leo Manzano went by Pat Casey and took the title. Less than two weeks later, Leo ran 1:46.32 for the 800 meters and in Glasgow, on July 12, ran 3:34.40 for the 1,500 meters, taking third in the 1,500 meters and running a seasonal best! 

Leo Manzano still was not done! On July 18, at the Meeting Herculis in Monaco, Leo Manzano ran 3:30.98, in eighth place, the first American in that screamingly fast 1,500 meters. 

This is the first part of an interview done with Leo Manzano at the HOKA ONE ONE championship hospitality center at Fahrenheit 250 Restaurant in Sacramento, CA, done the night after his 1,500m USA Champs victory. 

Special thanks to HOKA ONE ONE and to Leo Manzano for his patience. 


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Almaz Ayana, photo by PhotoRun.net

Almaz Ayana won the 5,000 meters in the African Championships, over Genzebe Dibaba and Mercy Cherono. Here is how Evelyn Watta saw day two of the African Championships! 

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Abeba Aregawi, is she ready for the Europeans? by PhotoRun.net

The first day of the European Athletic Championships is off to a great start. Nice crowd of 15,000 or so in morning session, perhaps more! Here are some tidbits from Alfons Juck. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Two, Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20 minute tempo run, 1-mile cooldown. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to our present mile pace for a 5k. For example: If you are currently running 18:50 for a 5k, that is a 6:05 per mile pace. Add 30 seconds per mile and your tempo run is 6:35 per mile pace. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps, once a month. #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Blessing Okagbare, photo by PhotoRun.net

The African Athletics Championships got off to a great start, with Eritrea upsetting the men's field in the 10,000 meters. So, Justin Lagat, who had a tough time getting both results and info in Kenya from the Champs site, had this question; What happened to the Kenyan Men in the 10,000 meters? Surely, it did not have anything to do with the thirty-two hours they spent flying to Marrakech from Glasgow? 
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2010 European 10,000 meters: Thompson leads Farah, Meucci, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 22nd European Championships will start on Tuesday, August 12 in Zurich, and Alfons is writing about the medals and the upcoming battles! 
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Nguse Amlosom, photo by PhotoRun.net 

The first day of the African Championships, as always had some surprises and suggestions of great races to come. We will have daily reports from Evelyn Watta, our newest correspondent. 

Haile Gebrselassie has been one of our favorite athletes to interview. Always gracious, always thoughtful, and always funny. Haile has  set 26 or 27 world records under his name, from 1500 meters to the marathon, and as he enters a new place in his career, that of masters athlete and sport ambassador, we wanted to share this video with you from February 2013.


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Haile Gebrselsassie, May 2012, Hengelo 10,000m, 

photo by PhotoRun.net 

Haile was speaking to us about the adidas Boost technology and how he liked the new product featuring boost. Then, he spoke about running's future.


And, as always, we listened. 


Listened intently...



Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day One, Monday, August 11, 2014: 

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Christophe Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2014 European Championships are to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, from 12-17 August. With teams from fifty countries, and 1400 plus athletes, the continent is well represented. Some fine battles are brewing, from Lemaitre and Gemili over 200 meters, to Mo Farah taking on the continent, to Hassan and Aregawi in the 1,500 meters for women. 

The crowds will be boisterous and positive! In one of the greatest stadiums in our sport, what else could you ask for? Well, nine total feeds from the European Athletic Association on the Championships. 

Here is Alfons Juck's predictions on some of the highlights. 

We are in Zurich, and can not wait! 
Updated July 28 2015

Angela Tenorio is one of the most exciting athletes to come out of the World Juniors. In a unique situation, Angela had to race against herself, on a cool evening in Eugene, to get into the semi final. Having to run 11.77 or better to get into the semi-final, most in the crowd did not know just how good the Ecuadorian star was. 

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Angela Tenorio, photo by PhotoRun.net

But, as nine thousand track fans watched the lone sprinter line up by herself, and wait through twenty minutes of issues with the equipment, all in Hayward Field were wishing her on.

As she lined up, many wondered if she could do it. And then, the gun went off. As Angela Tenorio tore down the track, it was evident that we were watching something special. 

Angela Tenorio ran 11.28 for the 100 meters, the second fastest time of the meet. 

In the 100 meters, Ecuador's Angela Tenario took the silver. In the 200 meters, Angela Tenorio took the bronze. 

Mui bueno performance for an athlete who should show us many more performances that will lift up our hearts! 




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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

With less than 48 hours before the start of the 2014 European championships, over 1400 athletes from the 50 countries in Europe will be converging on Zurich, not to say anything about the tens of thousands of fans. Here are some last minute news items on the Champs, from our friend, Alfons Juck. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Seven, Sunday, August 10, 2014: 

Sunday: Easy nine mile run on grass or dirt, and run it with your friends! For the 400 mile club, go seven miles and for the 300 mile club, go six miles. #saucony500

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Photo courtesy of European Athletics

The European Championships for 2014 will feature over one thousand athletes from 59 countries! RunBlogRun will be there to cover each event from August 12-17. Here is info from Alfons Juck to fill you in the last few days of updates before the events begin! 
This is the second part of a wonderful interview that we did with Aries Merritt. The 110 meter world record holder gives journeymen and journeywomen hurdlers some fine tips and thoughts about the event he loves.

Want to know a secret? The 110 meter hurdle athletes in this generation are some of my favorite athletes in the sport. They compete against each other on a consistent basis, and are true students of their events. Plus, they have lots to say. 


 

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SHOBUKHOVA WILL APPEAL

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian marathon record holder Liliya Shobukhova will appeal her ban to CAS. The 35-year-old runner was banned from January 24, 2013 till January 23, 2015 because of abnormal blood measures. All her results from October 9, 2009 were cancelled, including three victories at Chicago marathons and one London marathon triumph including World Marathon Majors wins. "We have prepared all documents to CAS already and will ask not only to revise the terms of the ban but to abrogate her disqualification at all," said her coach and husband Ihor Shobukhov to Sport-Express newspaper.


(Editor's note: All athletes are entitled to basic protection under international law. If Ms. Shubokhova has her appeal upheld, she will have to pay back the monies won from her marathon wins and her WMM titles. Fascinating to me, that her agent has already noted that no matter what, Ms. Shobukhova will not return her winnings.) 

 


Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Six, Saturday, August 9, 2014: 

Saturday: warm up, do a five mile run or, find a 5k to 4 mile hilly race. You may feel rusty at first, but focus on the second half of the race and see how fast you reel your competitors in. 

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Aries Merritt is the world record holder in the 110m meter hurdles and the 2012 Olympic champion. Articulate, witty and self effacing, Aries Merritt is one of my favorite athletes to interview. 

This interview was done in the hall outside the Fairmont Monaco press room on 17 July 2014. Special thanks to Aries for allowing me to do parts one and two. A fine hurdler on his way back from injuries. A journey into Dante's inferno for the athlete,as they know what elite shape is, and many push too hard to get back too fast. Aries Merritt is taking his time, but that requires patience. 


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Photo of Galen Rupp and his twins, photo courtesy of Alberto Salazar (first appeared on OregonLive.com)

In case you missed this last week, we thought our readers would enjoy this story: 

Congrats to Galen Rupp and his wife, Keara Rupp, who announced the birth of their twins, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. This was first reported at OregonLive.com in the storyhttp://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2014/07/galen_rupp_and_his_wife_become.html#incart_related_stories

Coach Alberto Salazar provided pictures of the twins, which first appeared on Saturday, August 2, 2014, of the new twins of Galen & Keara Rupp. Their names are Grayson and Emmie. The picture, first posted on OregonLive.com.

Galen Rupp is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at the 10,000 meters. He is the American record holder at 10,000 meters, set on May 30, 2014. Indoors, Galen Rupp has ARs at the 3000 meters and 5,000 meters. 

Recently, in June, Galen Rupp won the 10,000 meter US national title in Sacramento, CA on June 27, 2014. On July 5, 2014, Galen Rupp ran  for 5,000 meters, finishing fourth, in an exciting 5,000 meters in the Stade de France near Paris, France. 

Galen Rupp is coached by Alberto Salazar. A fine high school distance runner, Galen Rupp developed as an athlete at the University of Oregon. He has been a professional athlete, sponsored by Nike, for six years. Galen Rupp made history in 2008-2009, winning six NCAA championships in one year: The 2008 NCAA Cross Country, the 2009 Indoor titles at 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley. Outdoors, in 2009, Galen Rupp won both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Galen Rupp took second at the 10,000 meters. In the 2012 Olympic Trials, Galen Rupp came of age, winning the 10,000 meters, and in a gut wrenching battle with Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp came back from a deficit and won the 5,000 meters as well. 

Galen Rupp is one of America's most popular distance runners. 

Keara Rupp is a former UO distance runner. The twins Emmie and Grayson are the Rupp's first children. 

RunBlogRun wanted to wish the new parents best wishes! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Five, Friday, August 8, 2014: 

Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 mile: 3 Miles): 7 x 150 yards relaxed stride-outs on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between: cool down. 


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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Four, Thursday, August 7, 2014: 

Thursday: 1-mile warm up; 5 hill repeats (run 200 yards uphill, turn, jog downhill to the start. Repeat 4 more times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8x150 yards as easy strideouts, jogging back to the start, no rest between; 1-mile easy cool down.#Saucony500


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Dafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

The performances by Dafne Schippers at the Glasgow DL showed that Ms. Schippers, with her NR in the 100 meters and 200 meters on consecutive days, would be a force to be considered in Zurich, August 11-August 17! 

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Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Ajee Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

MICHIGAN (USA): The Michigan Track Classic on 
August 10 will see a top class men's mile and women's 800m. The Ron Warhurst mile will be headlined by the defending champion Nick Willis of New Zealand. Canada's Nate Brannen, NCAA 1500m champion Mac Fleet, Corey Leslie and Garret Heath are other top contenders. The women's 800m will be headlined by 2014 world leader, Ajee' Wilson. Kate Grace, Geena Lara, Nicole Sifuentes and Morgan Uceny will all try and challenge her.

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Morgan Uceny, photo by PhotoRun.net

(Editor's note: Some of adidas finest runners in North America, Nick Willis, Morgan Uceny and Ajee' Wilson will be competing at the Michigan Classic. The classic will feature Nick Willis just off his bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, and four personal bests, at 1,500 meters, Mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters, Ajee' Wilson with her world leading 800 meters in Monaco and Morgan Uceny off several strong 1,500 meter races). 
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Julius Yego, photo by PhotoRun.net

Julius Yego won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Javelin, defeating the current Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, to do it! In this column, Justin Lagat speaks of the significance of this win! 
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Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kipsang for NYC Marathon
NEW YORK (USA): Marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang will run the New York Marathon on November 2, report foksport.nl. The 32 year old Kenyan, who ran the world record of 2:03:23 last year in Berlin, will prepare for the marathon with a half marathon race in Austria on August 24. Kipsang won the very competitive London Marathon in April, clocking 2:04:29, the fastest marathon in the world this year.

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Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Editor's Note: Wilson Kipsang will be bringing his racing savvy to New York City once again with the 2014 NYC Marathon. Wilson won the 2014 London Marathon in style and with a course record. What can he do in New York? 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Three, Wednesday, August 6, 2014: 

Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 7x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down., #saucony500


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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day Two, by RunBlogrun. Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20-min. tempo run, 1-mile cool down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 18:50 minutes for a 5K, that's 6:05 pace. Add 30 seconds, and your tempo run pace is 6:35 per mile. Recalcu- late your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps once a month. #saucony500

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Inika McPherson, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Inika McPherson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Inika McPherson is one of those athletes one does not forget. The high jumper is making a name for herself in our sport. David Hunter caught up with her recently and here is his feature on the high jump power house. 

This is one of those interviews that happens in a perfect storm. 

Ashton Eaton was quite relaxed, it was to be his last 400 meter hurdle race of the year, and his experiment to give him a break from the decathlon had worked. This interview was done on July 10. 

A day later, July 11, Ashton Eaton would take second in the 400 meter hurdles, running 48.69 in a huge break through. 

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Ashton Eaton, Glasgow, after his 400m hurdle PB, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

During the Commonwealth Games, Ashton Eaton cheered on his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton to her first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. I saw him there, asked if Coach Marra was nearby. He smiled and said, "Of course." I congratulated him on Brianne doing so well, and he smiled and said.

"It is all about Rio."

Take those words to heart! 



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Tomasz Majewski, Poland's two time Olympic gold medalist, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are results from the last two weeks of July, courtesy of Carles Baronet, our man from Espania! Carles Baronet publishes Track in Sun website. 
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Piotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Some catch up on results from last weekend as I was pre occupied by Commonwealth Games! 
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Jordan Hasay photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW
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James Magut, World Relays 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

James Magut took the gold medal from Ronald Kwemoi in the final 50 meters. Finishing even faster, Nick Willis extricated himself from a bit of a box and took off with 120 meters to go, catching Johan Cronje at the finish line for the bronze. Here is how Justin Lagat put the Kenyan medals in perspective. 

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Eilidh Child winning 400m hurdles in Glasgow DL, July 12, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

This is week 26 of the European Results for 2013-2014, provided to us by our friend, Carles Baronet of Track in Sun. 

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Eight, Day One, by RunBlogrun. Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 7x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500

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Mercy Cherono, photo by Claus Andersen
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Usain Bolt photo by Claus Andersen

Usain Bolt wowed 43,999 fans in the Hampden Stadium last night. Our columnist, Alex Mills, appreciated Usain Bolt's running prowess, but wants you to know, that Mr. Bolt was part of the great week in Hampden Park! 
Nick Willis has been a world class middle distance runner for over a decade. He first broke the New Zealand record of the famed John Walker at 1,500 meters, set 31 years before, in 2005. In 2014, as he prepared for the Commonwealth Games, Nick set personal bests at four distances. He was ready for Glasgow. 

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Nick Willis, BAA Mile, April 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
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PHOTO: Gemma Steel of Great Britain gets a narrow victory over American Shalane Flanagan at the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10-K (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
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Men's 10,000m finish! From Commonwealth Games Foundation.org

One of the most exciting 10,000 meters in memory was the Commonwealth Games men's race this past week. While fans focused on Bett, Levins and Kipsiro battling over the final meters, Justin Lagat notes that the Kenyan men performances did not equal the Kenyan women in the 10,000 meters. 
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Photo from twitter feed of David Senogles, via scribblelive.com

The women's 5,000 meters was one of the highlights of Day seven, as Jo Pavey, mother of two, forty years old, battled athletes for the medals, taking the bronze and nearly taking the silver. Showing guts and racing savvy, hard won over a career dating back twenty-three years, Alex Mills writes his column on her ability to inspire everyone!
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Usain Bolt, photo by Claus Andersen

On day seven of the Commonwealth games Athletics schedule, great things happened. Jo Pavey showed supreme guts and won a medal for a mother of two, just over 40 with a gutty last kilometer in the 5,000 meters. Julius Yego upset the Olympic champion as a Kenyan javelin thrower won the javelin! 

And, to the delight of 44,000 athletics fans, England challenged Jamaica for three legs in the 4x100 meters, until Usain Bolt got moving. 

Once the Bolt moved, the Jamaican team moved into first with a fine World Leading 37.58! 
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Sally Pearson, AUS, Angele Whyte, CAN, photo by Claus Andersen

Despite injuries and other distractions, Sally Pearson, supported by her husband and team, focused on the 100 meter hurdle final and defended her title in Glasgow! 
It happened about three in the afternoon on Saturday, 2 August. I got a note that an athlete had tested positive. I went over to my friend, Duncan MacKay, editor of Inside the Games, and asked his team if they had heard about it. Duncan told me about their story on insidethegames.biz , which I have linked. Well-written, but the comment about track and field getting another blow to the sport's image rubbed me a bit. 

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Seven, Day Seven: Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday: Easy 9.5-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 8.5 miles/300 Mile: 7.5 miles). #saucony500


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This was the last event of the XX Commonwealth Games. The men's 4x100 meter relay was a most anticipated event, and, it lived up to it's hype. 

With great handoffs from the English team, England was still in it when Usain Bolt got the baton. But, not for long. Usain Bolt took about three strides and he was in his own universe as England and Trindidad & Tobago battled for silver and bronze. 

Jamaica ran 37.58 WL and Games record, to the absolute delight of the 44,000 in Hampden Park. England ran 38.02 and Trinidad & Tobago ran 38.10. 

Afterwards, Usain Bolt and his team hammed it up and had some fun, doing selfies, dancing a bit and just being Usain. 

In that moment, Usain Bolt, as he does, owned the hearts and minds of 44,000 sport fans. 



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Sage Canaday, photo courtesy of Jennifer Collins/HOKA ONE ONE

I was meeting with Jim Van Dine, President of HOKA ONE ONE and he showed me a video of Sage Canaday. I said to myself, "besides being a fine runner, Sage understands social media like few others. "

Enjoy this piece from one of my favorite contributors, Cait Chock. She writes on everything because she has wonderful ideas each week. Enjoy her piece on Sage. 

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Eunice Sum, photo by PhotoRun.net

As readers of RunBlogRun know, Justin Lagat writes for RBR to provide us a Kenyan view of the events in our sport! This column is no different, as he writes about the changes in the 800 meters. I am particularly fond of his comments on the young new star, Ajee' Wilson. Justin Lagat is correct about another thing: the 800 meters in Beijing next year will be epic! 
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Photo from Scribble timeline by Gabriela Ruscelli

Amazing run by Eunice Sum to take gold. Lynsey Sharp of Scotland, who spent much of last 24 hours sick and on IV, took second in a masterful run. Here is how Alex Mills saw the performances of the British athletes! 
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Jairus Birech, CG steeplechase, photo by Claus Andersen

In an event virtually owned by Kenya, the fabled country swept the steeplechase here, as Justin Lagat  writes. He also finishes with a thought that many might shudder about, when do streaks end? 
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Josephat Bett (silver), Moses Kipsiro (gold) and Cam Levins (bronze) celebrate their 10,000m CG medals, photo by Claus Andersen

In a race where the second 5,000 meters was run seventeen seconds faster than the first 5000 meters, Moses Kipsiro used a last second sprint to defend his 10,000 meter title! Here, Alex Mills writes about the importance of Kipsiro's victory for young runners in Uganda. 
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Sally Pearson and Angele Whyte, Glasgow 100 meter hurdles, photo by Claus Andersen

All of Australia breathed a sigh of relief when Sally Pearson, World and Olympic champ, regained her CG title! Running a fine 12.69 in the heats, Sally Pearson ran 12.67 to take the title. A shout of joy and celebration followed as the classy Aussie hurdler showed that one can comeback from injuries at this very competitive level. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Seven, Day Six: Saturday, 2 August 2014

Saturday: Easy 5-mile run or a walk. #saucony500


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Micah Kogo, from Chris Lotsbom, RRW 
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Shalane Flanagan leading field in 2014 BAA Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net
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CG 200 meters: Blessing Okagbare in middle, Jodie Williams to right, 
photo by Claus Andersen

The women's 200 meters on Thursday evening reaffirms that women's sprinting in England is having a renaissance. Here, Alex Mills, writes about this new generation of sprinters in GBR uniforms. 
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Nijel Amos wins at Nike Pre, May 31, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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David Rudisha, Glasgow, July 12, 2014, Photo by PhotoRun.net

The competition in the 800 meters is intense, as David Rudisha returns to form and Nijel Amos aims for the form of his life! The CG 800 meters was fantastic last night! Here is how Alex Mills saw the race and where the 800 meters is going in 2015! 
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Hampden Park, Commonwealth Games 2014, July 27-August 3, 2014, 
photo by Claus Andersen

The Commonwealth Games has been a wonderful championship. The highlight so far, on Thursday night, was the battle between David Rudisha, returning to fitness and Nijel Amos, in the shape of his life. 

For a moment, I thought that David Rudisha might have held off Nijel Amos, but, it was not to be! 

Here is the column that Justin Lagat wrote about the 800 meters! 
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Blanka Vlasic making fashion statement, Glasgow, July 12, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net
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                        Greg Rutherford competes at the Great North CityGames on the 
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   Photo by danvernonphotography.com for Nova International 

Greg Rutherford, the newly minted gold medalist at the Commonwealth games in the long jump, will be competing in the Great City Games in Newcastle on 6 September. Great City Games is a creative approach to bringing athletics to a new sports crowd. RunBlogRun was there in 2012 and thought the event was excellent. 


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Haggis croquettes with aoili mayonnaise, photo by Larry Eder

As part of my journalistic duties, I have embarked on a often published tome titled, Larry's Excellent Adventures. This focuses on my crazy tour of athletics meetings across the pond (actually, back and forth), and various business functions I have to attend. 

Today is a journey into the dark places of local Scottish cuisine. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Seven, Day Five: Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 6x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. #saucony500


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