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Rudisha_DavidFV1-OlyGames16.jpgDavid Rudisha wins Rio 2016 Olympic gold, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rudisha thinks 2019
NAIROBI (KEN): Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha has recovered from injury and is focusing primarily on the 2019 season. After taking time out of training to bury his step-sister earlier this week, the Kenyan told Citizen News: "Right now am fully fit no pain and am training well for my next race next season. My main season will be 2019 and 2020 because of the world championship and the Olympics so I will use next season as a build up to that."
RunBlogRun opines: David Rudisha is one of the finest middle distance runners in the world. His 2012 London Olympic gold, won from the front, and with a World Record and gold medal at the finish of the race. Rudisha was injured from 2013-2014. In 2015, Rudisha won the World Champs in Beijing, while not being back to his complete fitness. In 2016, in Rio de Janiero, David Rudisha took the lead after 500 meters, and ran to victory, his second gold medal over 800 meters. That night, on BBC radio, I was asked if David Rudisha was the finest 800 meter runner ever, and I answered in the affirmative.
Rudisha_David1-IAAFgala16.jpgDavid Rudisha, IAAF Gala 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net
Coming back to fitness is one of the toughest things that an athlete can do. I recall a conversation with Wilson Kipketer in April 2014, before the Copenhagen World Half Marathon. Wilson told me how he tried to regain fitness way too fast several times, and it did not work. David Rudisha is smart, taking his time to recover that amazing level of fitness that gives us, his fans, the amazing feeling of watching a great athlete in full flight. That is what we hope to see, once again, in 2019.

Updated August 2, 2017

Originally run December 11, 2016.

The women's 400 meters in London will be a battle between Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller-Uibo. Both are fit and both want to win! Here's Maurice Greene and I speaking on the Rio 400 meters, which was one of the most exciting races of the Olympics!

The women's 400 meter race was one of the finest races of the entire Olympics. Shaunae Miller, a Bahamanian who has shown great promised, outleaned or outleaped (both legal) Allyson Felix. Allyson Felix si the most bemedaled Olympic women athlete in history. Shauanae and Allyson battled to the very end, when Shaunae outleaned Allyson Felix. This move was a totally text book move by two athletes who were worn out. In truth, Allyson Felix had just dealt with this at the July US Olympic Trials, where she was outleaned by Jennifer Prendini. Yet, an ignorant or pandering, you choose, American TV crew made Shaunae Miller out to be the bad person.

Felix_AllysonSF1d-Rio16.jpgAllyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net

Miller_ShaunaeDive1e-OlyGames16.jpgShaunae Miller, the leap, photo by PhotoRun.net

I believed that both athletes handled themselves with class, and it may have been Allyson's finest race in years. Yet, what pained me, was that Shaunae Miller did not get the cred she deserved for the race!

Maurice Greene and I discussed this fine race in the 400 meter final podcast. We hope that you will enjoy it!

Updated July 26, 2017

Originally posted October 10, 2016 as podcast!

This is our podcast from the Rio Olympics. I was fortunate to do a daily conversation with Maurice Greene, one of the finest sprinters of all times, the WC from 1997, 1999 and Olympic champ in 2000. Maurice's experience as an athlete, his view of the sport, makes him a perfect commentator on the sport of athletics. Here's our conversation on his admiration for Wayde Van Niekerk.

The men's 400 meters in Rio runs through my head almost daily. It may have been one of the amazing races of all times. At 300 meters, I wanted the three finest 400 meter runners of our era, LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James and Wayde van Niekerk nearly even. Then Wayde van Niekerk started to race. As van Niekerk put the rest of himself into the last loney one hundred meters, I saw Micheal Johnson's 43.18 became number two on the All-time list.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wayde Van Niekerk had put himself in agony after past 400 meter races. That is why he sometimes hates the distance (his word). This time, 43.03 was his final time and a World record for the ages. Even Usain Bolt was totally impressed after the race.

Listen to Maurice Greene in this podcast. It may be our best. Remember, as Maurice says, this guy will put all of himself into the race. How do you beat him? I met Wayde in June 2016 and was totally impressed. A thoughtful, modest young athlete with exceptional ability and exceptional pain threshold.

I believe he will run faster, over 100 meters, 200 meters and yes, 400 meters.

Thanks to Maurice Greene, Brian Eder and the Shoe Addicts. Thanks to adidas for the support.

Rupp_GalenKids-OlyTr16.jpgGalen Rupp, and two of his kids, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun Opines: Come on. The media scrutiny is one thing, but Galen Rupp knows how to turn it all off. The only thing that matters for elite athletes is the event, and Galen Rupp has three kids, a lovely wife and strong support group. His training has reached 120-140 miles a week, and his sessions are progressing. It will be fun to see Galen in Boston. Galen Rupp has a secret weapon: he is not obsessed by social media, so it is much easier to turn it off and focus on that race in Boston. Remember, he has run two marathons. He won his first (U.S. Olympic Trials) and took Olympic bronze in second. He should be ready for Boston.

Rupp_GalenFV-Rio16.jpgGalen Rupp taking Olympic bronze, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rupp notes preparations are good (EME News)

BOSTON (USA): Galen Rupp has said his preparations for the Boston Marathon have not been affected by the latest doping allegations surrounding his training group at the Nike Oregon Project, informs Competitor Magazine "It doesn't really affect me a lot. I feel like we answered all of the questions that are out there. And when you've got the truth on your side, you know you've always followed the rules to a T, you really don't have anything to worry about, and so that stuff is just outside noise that I block out," he said.

The Pre Classic has been the meet that kept world class track and field alive in the U.S. in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. With the support of Nike, in honor of the late Steve Prefontaine, Nike has gathered, at Hayward Field, many of the finest athletes in our sport. Event after event, the nearly three hours of track and field geekdom enthralls both track and sports fan. In the first announcement of the fields of the 2017 Pre Classic (from February), we found out that the Rio medalists, plus many others, would be competing in the men's pole vault. Be there! Or make sure you watch some of the finest hours of track and field on TV!

LaVillenie-DaSilva-KendricksA-RioOlyG16.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, Thiago Braz Da Silva, Sam Kendricks, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

LeLisa_Feysa1-Dubai15.jpgFeyisa Lelisa, Dubai 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

MIAMI (USA): Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa was reunited with his family at Miami International Airport on Valentine's Day, informs SB Nation. Lilesa has been living in exile in the United States since the Rio Olympics where he protested against the Ethiopian government's crackdown of the Oromo people. Lilesa's family is seeking to resettle in America but they had been worried to travel due to Donald Trump's executive order.

The Larry & Mo podcast series was pure fun. Maurice Greene and I spoke about the events we loved, the atheltes we admired, and expressed our opinions on the events, on the competition, and on the amazing athletes that inhabit our sport of athletics.

The women's 200 meters is a case in point. Dafne Schippers had something to prove. She had finished fifth in the 100 meters, and was not happy. She was frustrated and expressed that opinion. That was the story that was covered in her country of Netherlands.

Thompson_Elaine200FHL1-OlyGames16.jpgElaine Thompson, Torie Bowie, Dafne Schippers, 200 meters, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the 200 meters, Dafne Schippers gave it her all. While in 2015, her finish took her to the lead, that was not the result in 2016. Elaine Thompson, after winning the 100 meters, came back and won the 200 meters. Dafne Schippers took the silver and Torie Bowie in third, giving Bowie and Thompson two individual medals in the sprints.

Thanks to Maurice Greene for his involvement. Thanks to Brian Eder for his filming and support. Thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their editing, production and management of the video series. And to adidas, thanks for supporting our vision (thanks Spencer Nel).

The women's 100 meter final in Rio was a titanic battle of wills. In the end, Elaine Thompson won the big battle, in 10.71. Torie Bowie woke up halfway through the race, and ran to the silver in 10.83. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican pocket rocket, took the bronze in 10.86. Marie Josee Ta Lou, CIV, took fourth in 10.86. Dafne Schippers, NED, was a surprise fifth in 10.90. She was not a happy camper.

Bowie-Thompson-FraserA-Rio16.jpgBowie, Thompson, Fraser-Pryce, photo by PhotoRun.net

But, athletes at this level do not expect to do anything but win. In that race, where seventh was in 10.94, by English Gardner, USA, the race was deep and difficult.

In this podcast, Maurice Greene and I discuss the outcome of the women's 100 meters. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, for his thoughts and words, Brian Eder, for his filming, and the Shoe Addicts, for their production and editing. Thanks to Spencer Nel of adidas, for his company's support and vision.

The women's events in track and field featured some of the finest and most thrilling races on the Olympic schedule. The women's 200 meters was a case in point, as Elaine Thompson held off the huge rush of Dafne Schippers and the fast closing Torie Bowie. Thompson gold, Schippers silver and Bowie bronze.

Thompson_Elaine200FHL1-OlyGames16.jpgElaine Thompson, Torie Bowie, Dafne Schippers, the Rio 200 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Maurice Greene and I loved this race. That is the focus of this podcast episode of Mo & Larry show. Great racing in Rio! Sit back and watch. Listen to Maurice Greene's keene observations and our discussion. Thanks to Brian Eder, and the Shoe Addicts on the filming and production. Thanks to adidas for the support.

The women's 100 meter hurdles was the toughest event on the US Olympic Trials for women. The women's 100 meter hurdle finals in Rio was not much easier. Maurice and I spent this podcast episode speaking on the women's 100 meter hurdles and why it is such an amazing event. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, and his comments about Keni Harrison and her talent. Filmed by Brian Eder, produced by The Shoe Addicts. The Mo & Larry Show is sponsored by adidas.

Ali-Rollins-CastlinFL1-OlyGame16.jpgAli, Rollins, Castlin, 100 meter hurdles, Rio, photo by PhotoRun.net

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