March 2016 Archives

So, far in 2016, Mo Farah has had a cross country race, a 3,000 meter indoor track race, and a half marathon road race. In the half marathon, Mo finished third.

Here is his interview with Cathal Dennehy, for RunBlogRun, after his run in Cardiff. Note the Brit's resolve.

Looks like Rio is going to be quite exciting.

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lumo_bodytech_logo_desktop@2x.pngSoon, you will be seeing this logo in the most reliable running retailers and on the most read running media sites. LUMO Bodytech is about to launch a key running product that will be used by fitness runners, core runners and performance runners to improve their performances and add to their running experience.

As part of that launch, LUMO Bodytech's VP of Marketing and Partnerships, Mark Mastalir, has developed a partnership with one of the sports key media platforms, Race Results Weekly.

Here is the announcement that they made on March 31, 2016:

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Barber, Oliver, top relays
AUSTIN (USA): A strained calf muscle might force Jenn Suhr to scratch a planned appearance at the Texas Relays this weekend, informs MyStatesman.com. "I'm not going to make a poor decision and push it if I shouldn't," she said Likewise, world youth champion Khalifa St. Fort is also a doubt for the 100m at the Texas Relays, informs World-Track.org. She sustained a hip injury at the Carifta Games in Grenada at the weekend. It will be one of the biggest track meets in the nation as more than 7500 athletes are set to compete at Mike A. Myers Stadium for the 89th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Another star of women pole vault is Demi Payne, in men´s World champion Shawn Barber. Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago is entered for 100 m and 200 m. Her national team is scheduled for women 4x100 against two US teams (Red and White). The same in men´s 4x100 m, here against St. Kitts, Antigua and Nigeria. Wallace Spearmon is entered in the 200 m. In the 100 m Ryan Bailey, NCAA Indoor champ Ronnie Baker and Cameron Burrell along with Japanese star Yoshihide Kiryu. Former World champion David Oliver is listed in the 110 m hurdles.

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Teddy Tamgho, photo by PhotoRun.net

GAINESVILLE (USA): Teddy Tamgho will compete in the triple jump at the Florida Relays this weekend, informs World Track. Tamgho made his comeback from an Achilles rupture with victory at the French Indoor Championships last month in 16.98 m.

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Dusseldorf added
MONACO (MON): Six meetings will be incorporated into the IAAF World Indoor Tour by 2018. Dusseldorf will be added to the calendar in 2017 while an as-of-yet unconfirmed non-European meeting will be part of the tour from 2018. "We are excited to be joining the IAAF World Indoor Tour. As a relatively young meeting we are especially keen to be a member of this new global athletics brand. Together with the other meeting organisers we will work to promote the attraction of indoor athletics. As public recognition of the IAAF World Indoor Tour grows the individual meetings and indoor athletics as a whole will all be winners," said Dusseldorf meeting director Marc Osenberg. The dates for 2017 are provisionally Jan 28 for Boston, Feb 1 for Dusseldorf, Feb 4 for Karlsruhe, Feb 14 or 15 for Stockholm and Feb 18 for Birmingham.

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Barshim vs Drouin and Zhang
DOHA (QAT): Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abdalelah Haroun will be competing on home soil at the first leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Doha on 6 May. Barshim will face the likes of world champion Derek Drouin, world silver medallist Zhang Guowei, Olympic medallists Erik Kynard and Robbie Grabarz and former world champion Donald Thomas in the high jump while Haroun takes on former Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, Isaac Makwala, Youssef Al-Masrahi and world junior champion Machel Cedenio in the 400m. Kenyans Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat and Elijah Manangoi have been confirmed in the 1500m along with Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman and Ethiopia's Aman Wote. Asian indoor champion Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla starts among the favourites in the non-Diamond League 800 m. "I believe that all these early announcements show that we will not let down the athletics fans and that the meeting will be once more of a very high calibre with top athletes competing," said Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad.

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The Drake Relays is an institution in the MidWest. Thirty plus years of sell out crowds. The sponsorship by Hy-Vee means that a new generation of track fans will be able to see one the best series of competitions in North America.

Here is a release and video on the Women's 1,500m field, which will include, yep, you guessed it, Jenny Simpson?

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Superb long jump
EUGENE (USA): Every major international championship gold medalist since 2009 is confirmed for the Prefontaine Classic's (IAAF Diamond League, May 28) women's long jump, and the field includes three silver medalists looking to move up to the gold-medal club at the Rio Olympics. US stars Tianna Bartoletta with Brittney Reese. Also French World Indoor champion 2014 Eloyse Lesueur, British Shara Proctor, Canadian record holder Christabel Nettey, European best currently Ivana Spanovic and Jana DeLoach.

Mark Mastalir was a fine runner in high school, with his twin brother, Eric, at Jesuit High School in Carmicheal, CA. In 1986, Eric won the 3200 meters and Mark won the 1600 meters in the CIF Meet. They then went to Stanford University, where they continued their development, both making All-Americans. Mark took those experiences, and over the past two decades has built a strong C.V. in sports marketing and performance product marketing. This interview was done the week of February 10-14, 2016, during the weekend of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the Skechers Performance LA Marathon. Mark speaks eloquently about the new offerings from LUMO BodyTech in the wearables market. Watch for more videos and content! For more info, please go to www.lumobodytech.com.

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Geofffrey Kamworor leads in Cardiff, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kamworor plans double at Kenyan Trials
CARDIFF (GBR): Fresh World HM Champion Geoffrey Kamworor said the victory in Cardiff gives him the momentum he requires ahead of the national trials for the Rio Olympic Games due in August. Informs Daily Nation. He intends to double up in 10 000 m and 5000 m races when the national trials for the Olympics go down June 29 to July 2 at Kasarani. "I think I am strong enough to do that," said Kamworor, who will start his Diamond League season in Shanghai on May 14 with the 5000 m race.

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Molly Huddle set a new AR and won a highly contested half marathon last weekend. After facing criticism and ridicule for her fourth place finish in the Beijing 10,000m, where she let up with a step to go, Molly Huddle went on a racing spree unseen in American women's distance running, winning the USA 20k, USA 5k, USA 10 miles, Tufts 10k, and USA 12k all in a row. It was obvious the heartache from her Beijing run had affected her.

Her 5000 meters indoors at the Millrose Games was a fantastic race. Her gutty finish with Betsy Sania was just centimeters from the win. A fun race to watch!

I have observed Molly Huddle for nearly a decade now, and I find her one of the most fascinating of athletes. Like all successful athletes, Molly Huddle is driven, and like all succcesful athletes, she searches for perfection, that perfect race, that perfect time.

Huddle is possessed of a hard work ethic, great support and a superb coach, in Ray Treacy. She also possesses a biting wit, which this writer has experienced first hand.

Her 10,000m in Beijing was heart braking in that Molly Huddle lost a medal and Emily Infeld won a medal, both doing what athletes do.

In NYC, Molly Huddle was fighting to the very end and won, far and square in my eyes. That she battled through the tape is not something lost on this writer. She is probably haunted by the Beijing race, and that lesson will take her to greater heights this year.

In a fine interview by one of our finest new journalistic talents, Chris Chavez, writing for SI.com, did the following interview of Molly Huddle: http://www.si.com/more-sports/2016/03/25/molly-huddle-nyc-half-2016-rio-olympics-marathon-debut

Great races, truly great races, call all of the talents of the athletes involved the entire distance. The women's distance races in Rio will be epic.

Updated March 27, 2016

We reposted this as we believe that it is an important read. We also believe that Seb Coe, whatever his blemishes, is the man to lead the sport. Note some of the questions that I asked. For the sport to regain its past stature the ability for the ban on Russia and possibly other countries must hold until there is true change. That does not happen in four months or six months. President Coe will now have to stand up, quite possibly to the IOC, who, some suggest wants Russia back into the athletic family by Rio. I think that the Melodonium crisis is telling us several things: a) WADA needs to do its job much better and b) IAAF has to have an investigative unit to disrupt doping pipelines and opportunities to use drugs made for real uses to be used to cheat in sports.

Seb Coe is great in front of a camera or an interviewer's recorder.

Those are skills that a modern sports leader must possess. In the first nine months of his presidency, the sordid actions of the past administration have come out putting him on the defensive constantly. In that time, Seb Coe has been blamed for everything but global warming. While Mr. Coe is not without sin, he is also someone who loves the sport, and possesses the skill set, I believe, to put the sport in the right direction.

I was fortunate to get five minutes with President Coe. In that time, I asked him seven questions, on drugs, on the challenges of the sport, on the Russian issues and he answered them with crisp answers, on topic and with thoughtful responses.

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Updated for editing

One of the finest long jump competitions that I have ever witnessed happened at the World Indoors. The battle between Ivana Spanovic, Janay DeLoach, Lorraine Ugen and Brittney Reese was riveting.

After her fine clutch leap of 7.22 meters, I had to name Brittney Reese as the Funk Queen of the Long Jump Universe. Here is why....

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Youngest from Kenyans
CARDIFF (GBR, Mar 26): In the women's contest, there was no doubt that the five-strong Kenyan team was the best on the field of play. Led by Mary Wacera, the silver medalist from these championships in 2014, Team Kenya led right from the starter's gun, completely controlling the race. By the 15-K mark (48:14) only one Kenyan, Pascalia Kipkoech, had fallen off the pace. Two Ethiopians, Netsanet Gudeta and Ganet Yalew, managed to hold the tempo with Wacera, and her Kenyan compatriots Peres Jepchirchir, Cynthia Limo, and Gladys Cheshire. They would soon find the pace, rain and cold too tough, especially with the modest hills near the end. At the end two remained and the youngest Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir found another speed range and won in 1:07:31 over Cynthia Limo 1:07:34. Third Wacera 1:07:54. "It was difficult," Jepchirchir said. "The last two kilometers it was climbing the hill. Yeah, it was cold." Kenya clearly won teams with final time 3:22:59. Ethiopia took a distant second in the team competition with a total time of 3:26:29. A young Japanese team was third (3:32:25). Best European team was Italy in 3:38:44 as 7th. Best non-African runner was Peru´s Gladys Tejeda as 9th in South American record 1:10:14 and best European Italian Veronica Inglese as 16th in 1:10:59.

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Kamworor the superb winner
CARDIFF (GBR, Mar 26): Just as the starter's pistol fired for men's race at 22nd IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in the Welsh capital, defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor found himself in the worst possible position: face down on the pavement. But the 23- year old World CC champion recovered quickly and at the end succesfully defended his title in very bad weather (specially in last stages with strong rain and wind). His 59:10 is more than remarkable given the conditions. "It's unfortunate that I fell down at the start. People were coming from behind and pushing me down. I never give up," Kamworor told reporters. Silver for another Kenyan favorite Bedan Karoki 59:36 and bronze after superb finish for the home hero Mo Farah in 59:59. The same time for fourth and best Ethiopian Abayneh Ayele, for him life-time best. "I'm definitely a bit disappointed to be honest with you," said Farah who set a European record of 42:04 at the 15-K point. "That's who I am." The Kenyans won the team title with a total time of 2:58:58 for their top-3 runners, with the Ethiopians second in 3:01:16 and Eritrea third in 3:06:18. Those were the same three teams which made the podium in 2014, except in a different order (Eritrea, Kenya and Ethiopia). Second best European was Ireland´s Paul Pollock in 1:02:46 as 14th. Best European team Great Britain 3:07:00 in high quality fourth place.

So, we asked Jeff Benjamin to sit in front of his TV, and provide a copious review of the Day 4 of NBC coverage. Here is his review, and yes, we think that NBC did a pretty good job.

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The 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Champs was part roller derby, part cross country weather and part road race. Those familiar with Cardiff, Wales would tell you that it was just a normal spring day in Wales!

Here is our third piece this afternoon, from Race Results Weekly's David Monti, who was in Wales to give us his unique view of the tough half marathon.

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After the World Indoor Championships, I was worried my friend, Justin Lagat, aka @thekenyanathlete, was concerned that his fellow countrymen and women would not be winning any more medals. Then, the World Half Marathon Champs come, and Kenya wins both team title and takes five of six individual medals.

Justin Lagat got this to us in record time, as Kenya celebrates a fine day in wet and windy Cardiff!

Geoffrey Kamworor went to Cardiff to defend his title, defeat Mo Farah and give Kenya a win. He achieved all three, despite a fall at the start, wind and rain! The winds were so tough that BBC TV coverage in London was affected for a few minutes during the live coverage.

Here is Cathal Dennehy's eye witness account for RunBlogRun of the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships...

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1988 Jess owens dinner, .jpgThe 1988 Jesse Owens Awards Dinner: Left to right: Ruth Owens, 2-time Olympic PV gold Medalist Bob Richards, the Owen's daughters-Gloria and Marlene, and Jeff Benjamin

Jeff Benjamin and I are kindred spirits. That is why Jeff has put up with me for the past three decades. That, and that we both love our sport and have an immense appreciation for history.
Jeff wrote the following review of the move, "Race". But his piece is also a thoughtful reminder of how important understanding history is in everyday life.
Jesse Owens was a man of some complication. Anyone who lives over the age of 40 has some complication in their life. Successes and Failures. One learns more from the failures, but they are hellacious to surive. Raised in a time in this country when racism was even more outright than it is now, Owens juggled mine fields each and every day. In the 1936 Olympics, Owens did challenge the Nazi philosophy of Aryan superiority, but so did the performances of twelve other fine African-American athletes. Avery Brundage, the USOC head was, at the very least, an admirer of the Nazi regime, and at the worst, shares a place in hell where the worst hypocrites are housed. Brundage did change the 4x100m team, taking off two fine American sprinters, due to the fact that they were Jewish.
Brundage was credited with standing up to Hitler and the Nazis. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was Henri de Baillet-Latour, IOC President (1925-1942), who threatened Hilter with moving the Olympics due to the Nazi treatment of Jews and Gays in particular. Baillet-Latour was a tough gentleman who knew that Hilter saw the Olympics as legitimazation for his regime. He has never, in my mind, recieved the respect he deserved.
Jim Crow laws were in effect in the 1930s. Heck, they were in effect in the 1950s. Separate facilities for African-Americans, and whites. Jesse Owens might be a global sports hero, but upon his return to the U.S., he was treated second class, like most of his African-American brothers and sisters. It is not pretty, but it is a fact. I wonder how the late Jesse Owens would look on the terrible things that happened in Ferguson, Missouri last year. I am not sure how much has changed in much of this country.
To me, that is one of the wonders of track & field. The most diverse sport in high schools in North America, one learns how to work with others. If one makes a relay team, those members become your brothers and sisters. After running a 4x100m or a 4x400m, racism becomes quite antiquated and quite sad. The truth was, Adolf Hilter feared America because of our diversity, he referred to Americans as a "mixed horde". Think about that for a moment.
One wonders how Jesse Owens differentiated the Nazi philosophies of Aryan superiority over the American mixed race, as the Nazi's called them, and how he was treated upon his return to the US. I do not know. This would be one of the many questions I would like to ask him.
I do recall an interview with the mother of Carl Lewis, who told me about her experiences as an African-American women athlete in the 1950s in Ohio. The hotels for African-American athletes were of lesser quality than for white athletes and it was disconcerting for her.
I hope that many see the movie. I think, overall, there are some good things for young kids to see in the movie. Leni Reifensthal, the Nazi movie director, used her charm and grace to make movies, with the support of Josef Goebbels and admiration of Adolf Hilter. Whether she was a Nazi or not went to her grave with her. "Triumph of the Will" a movie that celebrates the Nazi Nurnberg rallies is a must see for history and movie fans, as is her 1936 Olympic movie. Judging whether they are evil personified is up to the viewer.
It is a fact, that in December 1941, 71 percent of Americans supported the America First movement, head by the late Charles Lindbergh. This group was convinced that we should stay out of the coming World War, due to the supposed strenght of the Nazi military, thanks to the propaganda efforts and schmoozing of Herr Goebbels, a man who understood good PR. Did Goebbels and Hitler pressure Brundage into changing the 4x100m relay at the last minute? Again, study the times, and decide for yourself.
The movie should be seen in the context it was made: a story trying to capture the man, Jesse Owens, and the times. Did they do that?
Again, dear reader, that is up to the viewer!
Enjoy Jeff Benjamin's review.

The USATF Indoor champs, for much the past decade has seemed like a championships on auto-pilot. It was becoming, like the local cross country race, a meet frequented by athletes, family members and the occasional pet.

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Even with very little promotions, the 2016 USA Indoors had a strong crowd, but most importantly, it had a shorter time schedule, which meant you did not have to spend a week at an indoor nationals....

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Road Race seminar
CARDIFF (GBR): Race organisers, athletes and member federation representatives gathered at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Friday for the first IAAF Road Running Seminar. Informs the IAAF. "We need to road test and we need to innovate to encourage more people to take up our sport," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said in his welcome. "We have to be realistic: road running is the way that we connect in our sport. It's why we are so keen for there to be a mass race off the back of the elite race at the World Half Marathon Championships." Moderated by Geoff Wightman, the seminar began with IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy outlining the IAAF's involvement in road running. Sean Wallace Jones, the senior manager of road running at the IAAF, then looked at the past 10 years - and the future - of IAAF Label Road Races. The final hour of the seminar was a round-table discussion between five distance-running greats: Paula Radcliffe, Steve Jones, Tim Hutchings, Jos Hermens and Massimo Magnani. The first topic they discussed was pacemaking and if pacemakers are becoming too prevalent in big city road races. The topic of the sub-two-hour marathon was the most polarising topic to be discussed. Magnani and Hermens both said the mark can be achieved at some point in decades to come although an increasingly scientific approach is required. There was largely a consensus on the topic of championship events still holding legitimacy although Hutchings suggests the marathon should be replaced by the half marathon at the IAAF World Championships.

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Coe: Need for more Usain Bolts

CARDIFF (GBR): IAAF President Seb Coe suggests the track and field season can be extended and the World Championships can be shortened in order to make changes to the sport, according to an interview with BBC. Informs SI.com. "There isn't enough athletics. That's the problem. We kid ourselves but there isn't enough athletics," Coe told BBC. "We go from September through May, where frankly there's not a lot to be talking about or writing about We have to remedy that. We've got to look at how we can extend the season probably into climates where you can compete. We've got to develop those markets. We've got to make sure that the athletes go head-to-head much more often than they do. When you have agents and managers at the beginning of the season saying, "Well you know, our guy is just going to have a quiet year this year.' That's a bit like Barcelona selling season tickets and saying, 'Well Messi may play in one of every four games.' You don't do that. We've got to find as many Usain Bolts as we can and it's not a conveyor belt," Coe said. "We could be having this conversation in an American bar amongst boxing writers in the 70s and saying 'What on earth is going to happen when Ali goes? After Ali there's Hagler, Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. They do come through. Bolt is a genius. What we need to do within the IAAF is to make sure that people know as much and are excited by the David Rudisha's and the Valerie Adams' that come through and are extraordinary athletes. That isn't going to be easy." Writes si.com.

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CARDIFF NEWS

CARDIFF (GBR): "This has been a tale of two cities for me," said IAAF President Sebastian Coe before Saturday´s World Half Marathon Championships. "Only a few days ago I was in Portland and now I'm here in Cardiff. But the tale of two cities also focuses on innovation. Lot of the things we did in Portland had been tested at the IAAF World Relays and I must thank Paul Hardy of the IAAF competitions department for driving many of the things we witnessed there. There are two themes we were focusing on: one was the fact that indoor athletics creates the opportunity for pubic engagement, and the other was that we continue to make the athletes the heroes of the sport; they're the story and they are why we're here. The World Half Marathon should excite people into wanting to run." From the IAAF.

CARDIFF (GBR): Main star of the event Mo Farah will focus on the position not on the time. "It depends on the weather," said Farah. "If I'm thinking right, I don't think you'll see fast times. I'm expecting a tactical race. It's going to be quite a tough race as Geoffrey is a great athlete - and the other Kenyans too - but hopefully I can go out there and have the crowd behind me."

CARDIFF (GBR): US Sara Hall believes a medal in the team race isn't beyond the capabilities of an experienced US team who will be competing in Cardiff. "We're eyeing that chance to win a medal as a team and we're excited about the cold and rain," she said, only half joking. "A lot of us ran in the US Marathon Trials [in Los Angeles] where it was really hot so we don't mind a little bit of rain to make it cooler."

CARDIFF (GBR): An additional element of excitement will be the weather. While on Friday it was sunny with a pleasant breeze, forecasters are calling for sometimes heavy rain and "gale force" winds for Saturday, according to the BBC. Winds could gust to 50 MPH (80 KPH), the BBC reported. That will not only present a challenge for the elite athletes competing for the medals, but also the approximately 16,000 runners who have entered the accompanying citizens' race. Informs RRW.

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FARAH TO FACE STRONG KENYAN TEAM, WET WEATHER IN CARDIFF
By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used by permission.

CARDIFF (25-Mar) -- In order to win his first IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships title tomorrow, Mo Farah will not only have to overcome a stiff challenge from a stacked Kenyan team led by defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, but also a blast of wet and windy Welsh weather. The 33 year-old Farah, who has won five world titles on the track, will be making his first appearance at a world half-marathon championships, and is the primary focus of attention here as Britain's only medal contender. He's the "poster boy" of these championships, as one British broadcaster put it.

"I'm really excited to be here to compete tomorrow," Farah told a crowded press conference on Good Friday. "As part of my journey to Rio... I wanted to be here and I love the support of the home crowd. It makes a massive difference." He continued: "I always want to race at home."

In four out of the last five years, Farah has opened his outdoor season with a half-marathon, winning in New York City, New Orleans and Lisbon. Farah's coach, Alberto Salazar, has successfully used these half-marathons to transition Farah from the indoor to outdoor track seasons. Farah wanted to stick with that approach as he prepares to defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles at the Rio Olympics in August.

While victory at a world championships is always difficult, Farah will truly be put to the test tomorrow. The Kenyan federation has sent a particularly strong squad, led by Kamworor the 2015 world cross country champion who also won the world half-marathon title two years ago in Copenhagen. Remarkably, Kenya's slowest man, Edwin Kipyego, has a personal best of 59:30, while Kamworor boasts a career best mark of 58:54, the fastest on the team. The Kenyans will be able to work together and dictate the pace, while Farah will be on his own.

Nonetheless, Farah doesn't seem fazed, and clearly relished the challenge.

"It's going to be quite a tough race, because you know Geoffrey's a great athlete, " Farah said, glancing at Kamworor with whom he shared the dais. "It's not going to be easy tomorrow, but hopefully I can go out there and have the crowd behind me. It's going to make a big difference. It's going to be very exciting for our sport."

Kamworor, who finished a close second to Farah at the IAAF World Championships 10,000m in Beijing last summer, smiled slyly as Farah spoke. He was respectful of his opponent, but not deferential.

"I'm very delighted to get a chance to compete," said Kamworor, who is coached by Olympic silver medalist Patrick Sang. He continued: "I think it will be an exciting race. Trying to defend the title is very important."

Kamworor's most powerful teammate is Bedan Karoki, who runs for the DeNA corporate team in Japan. Karoki, 25, has a 59:14 personal best to his credit, but is particularly fearsome in championship-style races. He was the silver medalist behind Kamworor at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships last year, fourth at last summer's world championships 10,000m, and fifth at the London Olympic 10,000m in 2012. In four career half-marathons, he's broken one hour three times and is undefeated at the distance.

Adding an additional element of excitement will be the weather. While today is sunny with a pleasant breeze, forecasters are calling for sometimes heavy rain and "gale force" winds for tomorrow's race, according to the BBC. Winds could gust to 50 MPH (80 KPH), the BBC reported. That will not only present a challenge for the elite athletes competing for the medals, but also the approximately 16,000 runners who have entered the accompanying citizens' race.

"There is some lively weather," admitted Matt Newman the CEO of Run 4 Wales, the local organizing committee. "It's the one thing we can't control."

The IAAF World Half-Marathon (or road running) Championships have been held in Britain three times: South Shields in 1992 (as part of the Great North Run); Bristol in 2001; and most recently in Birmingham in 2009. Only one British man, Carl Thackery who collected the bronze in 1993, has won a medal at these championships. On the women's side, Paula Radcliffe was victorious three times (2000, 2001 and 2003), and Liz McColgan won in 1992.

For Farah, who has won five of the seven half-marathons he has started during his career, winning here tomorrow is clearly important. But, he also has his eyes on Rio and sees tomorrow's race as a logical stepping stone to the Olympics.

"It's really important," Farah said. "As an athlete you always set yourself goals and targets. And for me, as part of my journey to Rio, it's important tomorrow to come away with a good result." He continued: "This is a great opportunity to do it, and (get) another world title if I come away with the win."

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CARDIFF NEWS

CARDIFF (GBR): A total prize purse of 245,000 USD is on offer at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Saturday. The winners will both receive 30,000 USD with the silver and bronze medallists receiving 15,000 USD and 10,000 USD respectively. Prize money goes down to sixth-place (3000 USD). The winning teams will also share a total of 15,000 USD with prize money also going down to sixth place (3000 USD). From IAAF.

CARDIFF (GBR): Geoffrey Kamworor has suggested that Kenyan team tactics might be on show on Sunday, reports The Star. "Things will not be easy but I will work hard to ensure I defend my title. I know I will be the target but I will work a strategy in conjunction with my team. I have prepared well and I took some lessons from the World Championships in Beijing where I competed with Mo" he said.

CARDIFF (GBR): Mo Farah has been suffering from illness in the build-up to the World Half Marathon Championships reports the Evening Standard. Farah, who is said to be running about 120 miles per week in training, hasn't raced since winning the 3000m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix last month in 7:39.55.

CARDIFF (GBR): The latest figures confirm that 189 athletes (98 men and 91 women) from 49 nations have been entered. Of the past 10 championships, just one edition has had more athletes. Both races take place on Saturday with the women's race starting at 13:35 and the men's race following at 14:10. Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor (title defender) and Bedan Karoki are the favorites and should fight with local hero Mo Farah for gold. The question is also whether Farah will be able to chase his own European record 59:32 from last year in Lisbon. In women race Kenyans Cynthia Limo and Mary Wacera are considered as main names, from Ethiopia Genet Yalew.

Tallent_Jared-Olympic12.jpgJared Tallent, photo by PhotoRun.net

CAS DECISION

LAUSANNE (SUI): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected RUSADA's selective annulment of results achieved by six Russian athletes who were all suspended for abnormalities in their biological passports. Most notably, Sergey Kirdyapkin will now be stripped of his 2009 world title and 2012 Olympic title in the 50km walk with the CAS ruling all results obtained from 20 August 2009 to 15 October 2012 to be annulled while Yuliya Zaripova will also be stripped of her 2011 world title and 2012 Olympic title in the steeplechase with the disqualification of all results from 20 July 2011 to 25 July 2013. Likewise, the CAS has also disqualified all results achieved by Sergey Bakulin from 25 February 2011 to 24 December 2012; all results achieved by Olga Kaniskina from 15 August 2009 to 15 October 2012; and all results achieved by Valeriy Borchin from 14 August 2009 to 15 October 2012. Vladimir Kanaykin is declared ineligible for a period of eight years starting on 17 December 2012 with all results from 25 February 2011 to 17 December 2012 annulled.

LAUSANNE (SUI): More from the CAS statement: "The IAAF challenged what it felt was a "selective" disqualification of results, submitting that all results achieved by the athletes from the date of their first abnormal sample to the date they accepted a provisional suspension should be disqualified. In each case, the appeal filed by the IAAF has been upheld and the decision issued by the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency for each athlete has been modified."

MONACO (MON): The IAAF reacted to the CAS decision. "The IAAF is grateful to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the decisions it published today upholding the IAAF's appeals concerning the cases of six international-level Russian athletes: Olga Kaniskina, Yuliya Zaripova, Sergey Bakulin, Valeriy Borchin, Vladimir Kanaykin and Sergey Kirdyapkin. The IAAF will immediately proceed to the effective disqualification of results, re-rankings and reallocation of medals in all competitions under its control. With respect to the Olympic Games, the IAAF will inform the International Olympic Committee of the CAS decisions and request the disqualification of results and the reallocation of medals."

MOSCOW (RUS): The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) has accepted the CAS decision to annul the results of the six Russian athletes in question, reports TASS. "The decision is final and is not a subject to appeals. The All-Russia Athletics Federation accepts it for enforcement. The ARAF is confident that the implacable fight against doping in the national field and track athletics will yield its results and Russians will be able to return to the world family of athletics," they said in a statement. Interestingly the lawyer of the Russian athletes Lucien Valloni said for R-Sport he might appeal the decision of CAS to Highest Court of Switzerland.

MELBOURNE (AUS): With Kirdyapkin's disqualification, Jared Tallent looks set to be upgraded to gold in the 50km walk from the 2012 Olympic Games ahead of China's Si Tianfeng and Ireland's Robert Heffernan. "History has been rewritten.... I am Olympic champion!" he said on Twitter. The new 1-2-3 in the steeplechase: Habiba Ghribi, Sofia Assefa, Milcah Chemos with Ghribi becoming the first Tunisian woman to claim an Olympic title.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen said on twitter he plans to re-award the medals which will be now re-allocated after recents CAS decision at the European Championships 2016 in Amsterdam.

Roesler_LauraQ-Worlds16.JPgLaura Roesler, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2016 World Indoor Champs was just what the sport needed, a first step as we dig out of the proverbial toilet our sport has been placed in. There are enough fingers to point. Media has a story to tell and if the story is getting worse before it gets better, man up and deal with it. Years of extortion, corruption and countries with drug testing that is laughable hurts all of us.

I loved the US indoors and World Indoors. I have enough stories to write about for weeks. But, here is the reality. NBC does not see track & field as the Olympic prime time sport right now, just look what TV properties they put track & field on if you question me.

Seb Coe has begun the job that he needs to do 24/7. He reached out to media guys who have taken him to task since the day he became President. But, questions still exist. Are new people being brought into the sport to improve communications, marketing and meet management, or is it juggling the same old folks? That was asked of me today upon the IAAF announcements of new groups to support the sport. Now, that will continue until trust is built.

Good first steps, we just have to stay focused.

The US Indoors and World Indoors were good steps in the right direction.

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Drake Relay fans will have many treats, but the Road to Rio Preview with the women's Long Jump is one of them!

First of all, RunBlogRun loves Hy-Vee, a fine company that supports both sports and academic programs in the eight states where they locate their business. $500k a year support of Drake is a big thing. These are good people who are one of the top five event sponsors in US. Support their stores!

The Road To Rio Preview, the LJ field is fantastic. Having just watched Brittney Reese jump 7.22m and Tianna Bartoletta win the World Champs in 2015, I am quite excited about this field.

If we want to bring our sport to the forefront, we put together fields with fine rivalries. This is a fine example of how to put a field together.

Nice job by Brian Brown. My late mentor and editor, James Dunaway, loved the Drake Relays and would drive up to Des Moines from Texas to see the fine event!

Cherono_GladysFV-Copenhagen14.jpgGladys Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net


CARDIFF NEWS

CARDIFF (GBR): Eritrean World record-holder Zersenay Tadese (has record number of 13 medals from this event) pulled out of the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff due to illness which forced him to spend ten days in bed. He will miss so his 10th record appearance at this championships which started in 1992.

CARDIFF (GBR): Nearly 200 international athletes - including Kenya's defending men's champion Geoffrey Kamworor - are expected to be in action in the Welsh capital as 190 athletes (99 men and 91 women) have been confirmed as entered by 49 IAAF Member Federations. Latest withdrawal was Djibouti. Europe has 19 countries (35 men and 30 women). Last edition of Copenhagen had 108 male and 88 female finishers. The runners will be joining around 20,000 local runners who will also be in the mass participation race on the same course.

CARDIFF (GBR): At the pre-event press conference on Friday main athletes names will Mo Farah, Geoffrey Kamworor and Sara Hall.


CARDIFF (GBR): Gemma Steel has pulled out of the British team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff due to a chest infection. She has been replaced by Tina Muir. From British Athletics.
CARDIFF (GBR): Kenyan Mary Wacera is hopeful she can improve on her individual silver medal from the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, reports the Daily Nation. "I am in a better form than when I took silver in Copenhagen. One can't be sure of winning since anything can happen. I can only hope and pray for the best," she said. Wacera won the Houston Half Marathon at the start of the year in a PB of 66:29.

Kipsang_GeoffreyFV-Copenhagen14.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Geoffrey Kamworor is Kenya's great hope against the finest long track and road racer in the world, Mo Farah, as they do battle at the World Half Marathon Championships! Here is Just Lagats' thoughts on the race, with some nice comments from Geoffrey Kamworor from March 22, his last hard workout in Kenya.

Kipsang_GeoffreyFL1c-Copenhagen14.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

CARDIFF (GBR): Nearly 200 international athletes - including Kenya's defending men's champion Geoffrey Kamworor - are expected to be in action in the Welsh capital as 190 athletes (99 men and 91 women) have been confirmed as entered by 49 IAAF Member Federations. Latest withdrawal was Djibouti. Europe has 19 countries (35 men and 30 women). Last edition of Copenhagen had 108 male and 88 female finishers. The runners will be joining around 20,000 local runners who will also be in the mass participation race on the same course.

Vashti Cunningham enchanted many with her win and WJR at the US Indoor Champs on March 12-13. Then, on March 20, Vashti Cunningham came back and won the World Indoor title. On March 21, several media sources were noting that Vashti Cunningham was going pro, and signing a contract with Nike. A busy week! Here is the Shoe Addicts interview from the post high jump!

Choge_AugustineQ-Worlds16.JPgAugustine Choge, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenya had a pretty dismal performance in Portland. In this column, our favorite Kenyan journalist, Justin Lagat, explores some of the reasons for that rough four days in Portland, Oregon.

filmed by Tim Jeffries
Shannon Rowbury ran an interesting race in the 3000 meters. With Genzebe Dibaba going out hard after 1k, and Meseret Defar guarding her silver medal, Shannon Rowbury ran a smart, tactical race, running for a medal and keeping the bronze medal in the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Here is her post event interview, filmed by Tim Jeffries, after the 3000 meters on Sunday, March 20.
filmed by Tim Jeffries
Matthew Centrowitz won an exciting race on Sunday, March 20 at the 2016 World Indoors. Nick Willis made an amazing move with 500 meters to go and held the lead until the last thirty meters! Matt Centrowtiz went by Willis just as European Indoor Champ Jakub Halousa grabbed the silver and Robbie Andrews finished fourth! Here is an interview, filmed by Tim Jeffries for the Shoe Addicts, of Matthew Centrowitz after his fine race!

The 2016 World Indoor Champs has been over for 72 hours now. I am back in San Jose, CA, and many of my friends are already in Cardiff, Wales, waiting for the battle between Geoffrey Kamworor and Mo Farah.

Here is a final piece on the World Indoor from one of our new writers, Lindsay Rossmiller.

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The World Indoors has been over for 36 hours now, and David Hunter's piece has been ready since last night. Now, with photos and my pithy intro, here our our Ten Moments of the World Indoors. I think David did a fine job on his top Ten.

I wanted to thank David Hunter, Elliott Denman, Mark Winitz, Stuart Weir, Lindsay Rossmiller, Chris Lotsbom, and Cathal Dennehy for all of their support over the US and World Champs. The fine support from USATF and IAAF Communications made both events much better to cover. Thanks also to the Shoe Addicts, Tim Jeffries and my brother, Brian Eder, on managing our daily coverage. Thanks to Chuck Bartlett for posting the stories on RunningNetwork sites! Thanks to my son, Adam Eder, who helps manage me, which is a task for which no amount of money could compensate.

Also, thanks to K. Ken Nakamura and Tom Cassaky, of FAST, who helped me each day with esoterica that only a track geek would love and understand!

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Brooklyn RNR is another example of the changing spaces and venues in our sport. Nice to see Toyota coming aboard. More automobiles sponsors should be in our sport! Thanks to Dan Cruz, one of the hardest working men in PR, for the release. You have not lived until you have been on a press truck with Dan Cruz doing Periscope and juggling two cell phones while we bump along the race course. Oh, the little joys of life.

Berian_BorisFV1a-Worlds16.JPgBoris Berian, photo by PhotoRun.net

The story is so uplifting for some, they just can not believe it. Take a talented distance runner who just is not ready or into college. Find him a bit out of college, and working at McDonalds. Then, talk him into training again with his old coach, but a new club started by a pretty talented distance runner (Brenda Martinez and her hubby). Watch the guy run, get back into shape and begin to improve.

Then, watch track geeks, (c'est moi), drop their jaws when Boris runs with the big boys in Europe. Watch him almost make a US team for the World Champs Outdoors.

But, this is indoors, and will it be a different story?

Read on, gentle reader.....

Holusa-Centrowitz-WillisFH1-Worlds16.JPgHolusa, Centrowitz, Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (MAR 20, 2016) PORTLAND


IAAF President Coe was satisfied
PORTLAND (USA): The host nation dominated the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 with also taking the final gold. Their victory in the men's 4x400m relay brought their medal tally to 23 medals, 13 of which were gold, meaning they took half of the titles that were on offer. All four of the evening sessions at the Oregon Convention Center were sell-outs, with a combined attendance figure of nearly 40,000. "During the past four days, we have experienced indoor athletics at its finest at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016," commented IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "Top-class entertainment, innovatively presented with light and sound effects, from the introduction of athletes in the stadium to the medal ceremonies in the heart of city centre. We were thrilled by some outstanding performances. The four action-packed days produced 10 world-leading marks, with two championship, seven area and more than 40 national records set in the Oregon Convention Center," added Coe.



QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I didn't know what to expect, whether it was going to be fast or slow, but all I knew was that I wanted to put myself in a really good position on the shoulder of the leaders and I did that. I was in the front most of the race," Matthew Centrowitz.

I came in wanting gold and I got it, though. I wanted to pass my PB and contend for that world record spot, but I had those two big fouls so that didn't set me up for it. I have some things to fix in my approach heading into outdoors," Marquise Dendy.



RESULT OF THE DAY

Omar McLeod and his 60 m hurdles world lead and national record of high calibre 7.41. Both winning US relays clocked World leads 3:02.45 and 3:26.38


SURPRISE OF THE DAY

No medals for Iguider in the 3000 m and Souleiman in the 1500 m. Jamaican women and Belgian men not succesful in relays. Junior win for Cunningham in high jump.



MEDALS
USA 13-6-4, ETH 2-2-1, FRA 1-1-2, JAM 1-1-1, BDI+CZE+NED 1-1-0, 29 countries got medals (Sopot 2014 USA-RUS-ETH-GBR-JAM-POL and 30 countries).


POINTS
USA 249, ETH 56, GBR 39, POL 33, JAM 32, FRA 30, 53 countries got points (Sopot 2014 USA-RUS-POL-GBR-GER-JAM and 50 countries).


AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Paul Doyle 3, Jos Hermens and Ricky Simms 2, Mark Pryor, Mark Wetmore, Rene Auguin, Andy Stubbs, Alberto Suarez, Marcello Magnani, Alfonz Juck, Karen Locke, John Nubani, Merhawi Keflezighi, Ian Weakly, John Regis, Hussein Makke, Federico Rosa, Ulf Saletti, Claude Bryan. Note - Vashti Cunningham no agent. Paul Doyle won also in Sopot with 3 golds.


TOP RESULTS

World leads (10): men 60 m twice, men shot put, long jump women, pentathlon women, heptathlon men, women 800 m, women 4x400 m, men 60 mH, men 4x400 m
Meet records (2): men pole vault, women pole vault
Continental Indoor records (7): Asia 3, North America 2, Oceania 2
Combined events bests (1): 1000m.

Sopot 2014 had 12 World leads, one meet record and two combined event bests.



TITLE DEFENDERS (from those who competed)

YES: Maslak, Eaton, Ali, Dibaba

NO: Aman, Barshim, Filippidis, Adams, Licwinko, Ndiku, Souleiman



SPECTATORS

In total 39 283, Sopot had 34 000.



STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

MLJ: 1cm winning margin as well as 5cm medal spread is second lowest at MLJ in history of World Indoors.

M4x400m: 3:02.45 by US is second fastest time at World indoors. Sixth gold in a row for USA.

WHJ: The lowest winning height at World Indoors 196.

M60mH: For two consecutive World Indoors France went 2-3, PML won silver each time.

W4x400m: First medal for POL at W4x400m at World Indoors.

M1500m: The winning margin of 0.08 sec is the second smallest in the event at World Indoors.

W3000m: Winning margin of 6.83 sec is second largest at World Indoors in this event. Defar won record 7th medal in this event at World Indoors.

W800m: First gold medal for Burundi at World Indoors.

M3000m: Kejelcha is the first World Youth champ to win World Indoor 3000m. The winning time of 7:57.21 is the slowest winning time since 1987.

Maslak_PavelSF-Worlds16.JPgPavel Maslak photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (MAR 19, 2016)


PORTLAND NOTES

WTJ: Rojas won first medal for Venezuela at World Indoors (her coach is legendary Cuban jumper Ivan Pedroso). Her win is on the other side the shortest ever at World Indoors. Gierisch won first German medal at World Indoors in women triple.

Masters: Winners of 800 m races here Briton David Roy Wilcox 2:15.90 and Helene Marie Douay 2:37.30.

800 m: Burundi´s Francie Nyionsaba in her first ever indoor race won her 800 m heat 2:02.37 (national indoor mark) and will be a force to reckon in the finals.

4x400 m: Women will be held as straight finals, only one male team was eliminated in heats, South Africa in 3:08.45, they needed at least 3:07.98 to qualify. USA and Trinidad save their top runners for the finals.

Hept: Ashton Eaton won hurdles 7.78 and was second in pole vault (510) and leads by 238 points ahead of Kasyanov (5305) and fight for bronze is open. 2:41.5 in final 1000 m will make 6400 points.

60m: Best starting reaction from favorites Ahye 0.129.

SP: Winning margin of 89cm by Walsh is the second largest winning margin in SP at World Indoors, not the longest. That is 95 cm by Hoffa in 2006.

Spectators: Saturday first session is impressive 4087 spectators.



PORTLAND NEWS

PORTLAND (USA): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has said the absence of the Russians from the World Indoor Championships "saddens" him, reports The Independent. "It saddens me that we're in this situation. It is painful. I don't like to see clean athletes sitting out championships but I think we were not left with any other alternative," he said.

PORTLAND (USA): Ruth Beitia believes the women's high jump will still be a competitive event in Portland in spite of the absence of the Russians, reports MARCA. "Nobody should think that it will be easier because the Russians aren't here," she said. "It's a long technical test where many things can happen but I'm raring to compete and fight for the medals."

PORTLAND (USA): The difference in the 400 m semfinal between Pavel Maslak and Abdelilah Haroun was 0.002 with 45.701 and 45.703.

Second part below!

Powell_AsafaSF-World16.JPGAsafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (MAR 18, 2016)


QUOTE OF THE DAY
"This one is sweeter, I had a rough two years," Brittney Reese.
"I dont know exactly what happened. I really wanted to run in the 6.40," Asafa Powell.
"Im so happy my son and my family got to see me win. Titus won´t probably remember," Nia Ali.

RESULT OF THE DAY
Asafa Powell twice 6.44 in heats and semis on the same day, 5th best performer ever in the 60 m, fastest since 2009. Other world leads for Theisen-Eaton, Walsh, Reese.

SURPRISE OF THE DAY
Bronze for Barbados sprinter Ramon Gittens in the 60 m. Silver and bronze in the shot put for Balkans (Gag and Mihaljevic), Kenyans out in 800 m heats.

MEDALS (13 countries)
USA 4-3-0, CAN+FRA+NZL 1-0-0

POINTS (24 countries)
USA 77, CAN 19, GBR 17

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Paul Doyle 2, Ricky Simms, Mark Pryor, Mark Wetmore, Rene Auguin, Andy Stubbs,

SELECTED STATS (with help of Ken Nakamura)

60 m: 6.44 by Powell is the third fastest time in World Indoor Championships, also fifth best ever performer and NR. Also fastest heat and semifinal at World Indoors.

Heptathlon: Eaton jumped 8.08m in Heptathlon LJ, second longest in the World Indoor Championships.

60 m: With 6.56 in semi of 60m, Kiryu became the second fastest sprinter who failed to make the final.

Long Jump: Reese won third gold at World Indoor WLJ, tying most gold by Kotova. Best 2nd, 3rd, 4th at World Indoors in LJ.

W60mH: Ali joined Lolo Jones as only two-time winner at W60mH in World Indoor

Pentathlon : Theison Eaton became first Commonwealth Games champion (at Heptathlon) to win gold in World Indoor Champ.

Shot Put: Winning margin of 89cm by Walsh is largest winning margin in SP at World Indoor.

400m Semi: 45.38 by Taplin is the fastest semi of 400m in World Indoors.





OTHER PORTLAND NEWS

PORTLAND (USA): Ajee' Wilson is determined to make amends in the 800m this weekend at the World Indoor Championships. "I went to Sopot [in 2014] with the fastest time and I didn't make it out of the heats, so it would be extra special if I could come through with the win here," said Wilson, who comes into these champs with the world's fastest time again of 2:00.09. From IAAF.

PORTLAND (USA): Matt Centrowitz was slightly disappointed not to run 3:28-3:29 for 1500m last year, reports Runner's World. "I've been a little disappointed that the times haven't come down as much as I'd like. Last year I thought I could run something in the 3:29s, and maybe in a great race run under 3:29, but I came out with a 3:30. I think I still have a much faster time in me," he said.

PORTLAND (USA): Eliza McCartney, 19, believes she can challenge for a medal in Rio after finishing fifth on her senior debut in Portland in a national indoor record of 4.70m, reports the New Zealand Herald. "I couldn't ask for a better build-up to the world indoors and Rio with these competitions. These heights are what I want. It makes medalling look realistic," she said.

PORTLAND (USA): World long jump silver medallist Shara Proctor has said she is in shape to break the seven metre mark, reports Athletics Weekly. "I know I'm capable of seven metres indoors. I'm in shape, I'm fast, I'm mentally and physically ready. I just have to execute in competition," she said.

PORTLAND (USA): Swedish long jumper Khaddi Sagnia has been ill in the lead-up to Portland, reports Expressen. "I feel no pressure. This is more a rehearsal for the summer and the two championships that await," she said. Likewise, high jumper Erika Kinsey has been sidelined by a knee injury this winter but will still compete.

On the very best day, track & field media eat their young.

For some reason, unlike most other sports media, we will find something to complain about anyday, anytime. Even on the good days.

Knight-Lananna1-USA09.jpgVin Lananna and Phil Knight, photo by PhotoRun.net

And we have had four great days of track & field.

I am reminded of this, each time that I speak with my son, Adam, on the differences between track & field and his favorite sports.

In spite of all the things going around the World Indoors, the folks at Tracktown and Vin Lananna in particular, must be credited with putting on a fine championships. But they did several other things. By preparing a setting conducive to the fast pace of indoor track & field, and despite NCAA Basketball, the shit storm that the sport has been under, and the financial constraints of global athletes, the athletes and fan won.

For four wonderful days, I have written about the sport I love. The young athletes and the veterans. The gesticulaitons of one Erik Kynard, the absolute dominance of Trayvon Bromell, the wonderful confidence of Matt Centrowitz challenged by Nick Willis, a guy who learnt from his last race against Mr. Centrowitz, and pulled the move of the meet: Willis almost stole the race from Centrowitz with a brilliant rush with 300 meters to go.

One thing on Phil Knight. The guy just gave $400 million to Stanford to develop scholars to make the world a better place. Which is what you should do when you have made a few sheckels. He supports track because he loves it. Today he spent some time looking at Mark Cullens' amazing collection of early Nike memorabilia, he does what the hell he likes, and thank god. Watching a world indoor champs on a rainy Sunday in Oregon sounds like a good option.

Here are a few quotes from Vin Lananna, the guy who put this together, with a wonderful team who busted their butts to bring us the best World Indoor Championships that I have ever seen.

Lisek_Piotr-World16.JPGPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (MAR 17, 2016)

Suhr 490 meet record
PORTLAND (USA, Mar 17): Olympic winner Jenn Suhr fulfilled the favorite role, without a miss she won the gold with meet record 490. First she wanted to try to improve her global indoor mark by 1 cm at 504 but some minutes later decided to stop. "Calf is pretty tight so I decided I want to end the season healthy," she said. In the double US success Sandi Morris cleared 485 for second and Greek Ekaterini Stefanidi 480 for bronze. But the public favorite was tiny Swiss Nicole Buchler who jumped in third attempt 460 and 470 and after two misses at 475 did again 480 in first (but third in reality). New national record. New Zealand´s Elisa McCartney got 470, national indoor record as fifth. World champion 2011 Fabiana Murer and Diamond League winner Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou tied for sixth with 460. First time in one competition indoor or outdoor four women cleared 480.

Lavillenie 602 meet record
PORTLAND (USA, Mar 17): Olympic winner ruled also here, Renaud Lavillenie was the winner with 590 already but added another first attempt clearance at 602, also here meet record. He tried at world record 617, but that was not meant to be. Silver for US Sam Kendricks 580 (10th US medal at World Indoors for men) and bronze for Poland´s Piotr Lisek on count back with 575. The same for two more who tied for fourth World champ Shawn Barber and Czech champion Jan Kudlicka. Title defender Filippidis 7th with 565. Lavillenie tried three times 617 Then celebrated the second world indoor gold after Istanbul 2012.

I must say, I am quite proud of Lindsay Rossmiller. She was able to get me to sit down with her twice in three days during a World Championships. In discussing the shot put, which I had assigned to her on Saturday, I called it a ballet. I told her to find me something that no one else saw, and that she needed to reveal that to our readers.

Carter_Michelle-WorInd16.jpgMichelle Carter, photo by PhotoRun.net

I noted to Linsday, for some reason, that Martha Graham called dancers "athletes of God." I consider shot putters the same. I love the movement, the focus, the movement that a good throw entices, and the movement that sub par throw brings out in the thrower. I love the head games throwers use on other throwers, although the women throwers have a different patois.

This is a wonderful piece from a new writer for our sport, Lindsay Rossmiller. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Stuart Weir is one of the guys who has seen many of greatest meets in our sport over the past few decades. I am fortunate to have Stuart Weir continue to write for us, as he travels a bit still, and finds parts of the sport, many of us do not think about or consider most days.

Here are his observations from Day three.

Hurdles-Worlds16.JPgHurdles, World Indoor Champs, March 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net


filmed by Tim Jeffreys
Jillian Camerena-Williams is one of my favorite shot putters to watch throw. Her battles with Michelle Carter are legendary in US shot put circles. On Saturday, Jillian finished fifth in the World Champs. On the way back from some injury issues and getting ready for RIO, Jillian will be seen throwing on the circuit all spring time. Here is a fine video of her comments from the mixed zone, filmed by Tim Jeffreys for the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun.
filmed by The Shoe Addicts
The Press conferences from Day 3 had many highlights. From Michelle Carter's amazing AR on her very last throw, to Pavel Maslak's 400 meter victory, after his Euro Indoor and World Indoor victories. The 60 meter win of Barbara Pierre shocked a few, as she battled Dafne Schippers. You will find this and many more fun commentaries on this compilation from Day 3, courtesy of the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun.
Day Three was a day of thrills and chills. The Women's shot put, with Michelle Carter blowing away the field on the last shot put of the competition. Boris Berian taking the lead and winning from the front-something that never works, worked!

Rowbury_Shannon1-USind16.JPgRowbury winning US title on March 12, photo by PhotoRun.net

While watching Shannon winning the 3000 meter US title, I noted in my brain's notebook that Shannon Rowbury waste no motion. She is a predator in championship races, watching her competition and making the move that will take the most real estate and give her the strongest position. Shannon Rowbury is a racer.

In the women's 3000 meter World Indoors, Shannon Rowbury made her move within the last kilometer and kept her head as others were making their moves. Her final lap was solid and gave her an international medal on a day that many American fans will remember as one of the greatest in American T&F history.

Here is Mark Wintiz's story on the fine performances by Californians on Day 4! We hope that you like it!

(filmed by Tim Jeffreys)
The men's high jump was an amazing event last night, among a night of amazing events. Gianmarco Tambieri, Robbie Grabbertz and Erik Kyndard battled Mutaz Essa Barshim for the high jump medals. Barshim was felled by calf cramps, so the battle for medals came down to three. Erik Kynard ended up with the bronze, Robbie Grabbertz, GBR took the silver and Gianmarco Tambieri, the Italian jumper who frequently wears half a beard, won the gold medal. Here is a fun interview with Erik Kyndard after his high jump bronze medal!
(filmed by The Shoe Addicts)
The second day of competition went from sprints, to jumps, to throws, to middle distances. Showing the diversity in our sport, in terms of events, talents, body types and enthusiasms, day two is one of my favorite days of the World Indoor Champs. Enjoy our highlight video of the days worth of pressers! This is from the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun.

(filming by Tim Jeffreys)
Michelle Carter had her moment of zen during the Women's shot put compeitition. In round six, the Hungarian, Anita Marton whipped the shot put competition into a frenzy. Marton threw 19.33, taking the lead by two centimers! Valerie Adams responded, with an 18.31 meters. Now it was down to Michelle Carter, the US champion. Michelle Carter put herself into that tough place that only athletes know and found the strength, and focus to put the shot put over 20.21 meters, a new American record, and a winning throw. Here is her interview post event, from our partners, the Shoe Addicts.

Ashton Eaton had an excellent adventure this past weekend. Over two days, Ashton not only proved, once again, that he is the best male multi-eventer in the world, he was able to watch his wife, Brianne, rise to the ocassion and take the global title. Special thanks to the filming skills of Tim Jeffreys, this video if from the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork.

The MOMENT of Larry, aka MOMENTO of Larry, is my new, patented adoration of a moment each day in a championship or event, that I find, well, noteworthy.

Theisen_BrianneHug-Worlds16.JPgThe embrace seen around the world, photo by PhotoRun.

Lavillenie_Renaud-Worlds16.JPgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Moment of Larry, named in honor of me, is my zen moment for each day of a championship. I consider, in those few quiet moments I find while covering a global event, a recurring moment, or sound, or smell from a championships.

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Boris Berian scared the hell out of me.

His brilliant and fearless running, 23.9, 49.8 and 1:17 for the 200 meters, 400 meters and 600 meters were inspiring to see, but also for an old veteran of coaching, and track wars, he was on a suicide mission-unless he could pull it off.

He did pull it off! And in the end, US went gold and bronze as Eric Sowinski, inspired and not knowing of his team mates' plan in the final, caught a couple of athletes down the stretch.

That is racing sports fans.

And the column following, by Mark Winitz celebrates the racing on day 3 of the 2016 World Champs!

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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Adam Johnson-Eder, creative manager of the Shoe Addicts, and a man with a previous career in the music business, to comment on the huge part that music now has in the presentation of our sport. Athletics now is embracing that sport is both athletics and entertainment.

We asked Adam to comment on the presentation and music in the pole vault on Thursday, March 17, 2016. We also asked him to make suggestions, if needed, on how to improve the presentation.

Portland played host Thursday to the opening of the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships. In recent years, the IAAF has been hard at work trying to boost the excitement level of the audience, beyond the athletic accomplishments on the field. While improvements off the field have been hit-or-miss in the past, Portland got a lot right the first evening. From Renaud Lavillenie clearing 6.02 meters to Jenn Suhr's four vaults to perfection at 4.95 meters, the performances met the standard of excellence international competition is known for, and was met with loud approval from a near-capacity audience.

A plan only lasts until contact with the "enemy", however, and the "enemy" of Thursday's event was time itself.
From the opening ceremony through the first hour and a half or so, the music matched the competition's pace. It was light, energetic, and seemed to be enjoyed by most in attendance.
The final vaults, however, were accompanied by a mix of poor playlist planning, encapsulated by Lavillenie's attempt at 6.16 meters being accompanied by an obnoxious ticking clock.
How do we fix such an incredible, disasterous oversight? I would start with a call to WADA personally, I'm looking at you, D.J.
Having the athletes submit two or three of their favorite songs would be a good jumping off point, and it would give the fans a little more of a feel for the powerful personas that dominate the top of the sport.
All in all, it matters little.
Portland 2016 is here, and with it, some of the greatest competitions we are in for this year.
If the D.J. is the only one sweating by the end of this weekend, the IAAF will be able to sigh and wipe the sweat from their collective brows.

The 4x400 meter heats were the focus of Dave Hunter for Day three. Here is his column on the US men's team....

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Brittney Reese is the funk queen of the long jump universe. Reacting to Ivana Spanovic's 7.07 meters, Ms. Reese responded with a fine 7.22 meter leap, and captured, once again, a World Indoor LJ title that should be owned by her! Tim Jeffreys spoke to the LJ queen on Friday, March 18 after her stupendous victory!
Cam Levins is the Canadian record holder at 10,000m and 3,000m, I believe. I was fortunate enough to see him battle in the Commonwealth 10,000m where it came down to a couple of inches between gold and silver there. This interview, done after his 3000m heat at the World Indoors, was done by Tim Jeffreys. Good luck to Cam on Sunday! Go Canada!
This interview was done by Tim Jeffreys, with Ryan Hill on Friday, March 18. Ryan had just made it to the 3000 meter final, scheduled for Sunday, March 20. We wish Ryan Hill lots of luck on Sunday!
Ryan Hill is one of our finest runners in the US. Also, just a nice guy. He made it through his 3000 meter round, and we will see him race on Sunday, March 20! Here is his interview in the mixed zone with Tim Jeffreys for the Shoe Addicts. We wish Ryan N
This interview of Ashton Eaton, shot by Tim Jeffreys, was done at the end of his first day on the heptathlon.Ashton Eaton is quite gracious virtually anytime you try and speak with him, and Friday was no exception. Ashton Eaton is not only a fine athlete, but he is so good with the media and fans, that we sometimes get spoiled.

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Matt Centrowitz spoke to Tim Jeffreys after his 1,500m semi final about life, the 1,500 meters and the meaning of life for a middle distance runner.

Best wishes to Matt in the 1,500m on Sunday.

Sailer-Murofushi-Olympics12.jpgVictah Sailer, taking a picture of Koji Murofushi, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Last night, Victah Sailer, of PhotoRun.net, one of our sport's most prominent photographers, was hit by an errant heptathlon shot put (4kg). Victah was kneeling and it hit him right below the knee cap (patellar).

Victah was quite sore today when he awoke. His knee has swolen and he has headed back to NYC, as he knew he could not get aroudn today. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We will provide updates.

Victah Sailer has put himself in treacherous positions to take fantastic photos for our sport. Some of our early AT&F covers, especially the hammer throw covers, were amazing.

Victah would like it to be said that his fellow photographers and himself are a group who loves the sport and work very hard to make a memorable moment from athletics become part of our collective memories. We are always grateful for their work and humbled by their dedication.

Here are his exact notes from an email earlier today:

the Shot before the Shot....
I was struck just below the knee, no breaks, all seems oks for a 4kg shot hitting me, no damage just swollen, but it's alot more swollen this morning
......thanks for your concern
Victah
ps would like to thank the portland world indoor medical staff
Brenda Martinez spoke to our Tim Jeffreys on Friday after her rounds. The US champion at 1,500 meters, Brenda is actually an 800 meter runner who runs from 800 meters to 5000 meters. Coached by Coach Joe Vigil and her husband, Brenda is a remarkable runner, who we should expect to really show her stuff later in the season!

Mark Winitz wrote this piece on Day two of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, focused on the performances from the Golden State. Of course, he had to start out with the astoundingly competitive long jump and Brittney Reese missing her AR by just one centimeter!

We thank Mark Winitz for his fine coverage of Californians in both the USATF Indoors and World Indoors.

Reese_Brittney1a-World16.JPGBrittney Reese soars to 7.22 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Quanera Hayes: "Here I Am!"

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Non-plussed was how I felt when I first saw Quanera in the rounds at USATF Indoors. They, I shook myself and blinked and said, "Darn, Quanara is amazing."

Her final at the US champs was fantastic, and her semi-final in the 400 meters at the World Indoors!

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When Brianne Theisen-Eaton ran the 800 meters in 2:09.99, she moved from bronze to the gold. It was an amazingly gutty run, and it moved her into gold position.

The excitement in the crowd was palpable and the short celebration by Ashton Eaton, who was still competing and Brianne Theisen-Eaton was memorable.

Tim Jeffreys, filming for the Shoe Addicts, took this interview in the Mixed Zone with the new 2016 World Champion at the pentathlon.

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Ryan Hill is in his hometown (well, kind of), with lots of fans and he is very fit. In this piece, RRW's Chris Lotsbom puts it all in perspective for us on the upcoming 3000 meters.

Sam Kendricks scored a huge PB of 5.90 meters at the US Indoor Champs. At the World Indoors, Sam Kendricks, Shawn Barber, Piotr Lisek and Renaud Lavillenie were to battle for the medals. Shawn Barber the current World Outdoor Champs, was having a singularly bad day in the office, finishing fourth in 5.75 meters. In third, Poland's Piotr Lisek cleared 5.75m and took the bronze on less misses. For Sam Kendricks, his 5.80m gave him the silver medal in the men's pole vault. Here is the interview from the Mixed Zone, shot by Tim Jeffreys for the Shoe Addicts.
Jenn Suhr put it all on the line and delivered at the 2016 World Indoors on Thursday night, March 17, 2016. She took a minimal number of jumps, starting at 4.75m and then, battling Sandi Morris, her nemesis from last weekends' USATF Indoors, Fabiana Murer, Ekaterina Stefanidi as well. Suhr won the event with her first time clearance of 4.95m, and Sandi Morris at 4.85m and Ekaterina Stefanidi at 4.80m. Best second place in World indoor ever and Champs record for Jenn. Was disappointed that mechanical malfunction of certian equipment may have played part in us not seeing Jenn Suhr attempting new WR. Here is interview by Tim Jeffreys for the Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun!

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Focusing on this global village thing, we asked Stuart Weir, a long time writer on athletics, to give us his thoughts on the chances of GBR success at the Portland 2016 venue. Here is his first column.

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You got to love Tomas Walsh. Tomas has come up through the ranks, and, as a Junior, he was not even the best in New Zealand. I have watched Tomas throw as a senior athlete for a couple of years, and like his approach to the throw and his athleticism. I had the luck of watching him win his silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (I was the only American there. I did create a bit of a stir tellling Scottish writers that the US was going to petition to get into the Commonwealth Games! But, that is for another day, another story).

So, we have adopted Tomas Walsh at RunBlogRun. He does not have to change citizenship, or anything like that. We are into that global village thing and we do not want to upset any New Zealanders.

Here is our story on our new friend, written by old friend, Elliott Denman.

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We asked our friend, Jonas Hedman, to provide us with a view of Swedish and Scandinavian athletes at the World Indoors. In the US, we get a bit spoiled with the plethora of high quality athletes. That is not so in other countries, and perhaps is part of the reason for so much interest in Scandinavia in track & field when they have strong local talent.

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Ups and downs for Sweden during the first day in Portland

Scandinavia in the northern part of Europe is represented by 13 athletes at the World Indoor Championships in Portland. Five of them - all Swedes - competed on Friday with mixed results.

Long jumper Khaddi Sagnia, 21, who was seventh in the World Championships in Beijing last year, came to Portland with a season best of 6.61 but have had a hard winter with a cold that lasted for more than a month.


In the final in Oregon Convention Center she felt pain in her right leg and could not jump properly. After 6.08 and 5.98 she decided to quit in order to not make it worse. She was really sad and cried during the interview in Swedish TV.

Sprinter Odain Rose, 23, was born in Jamaica and his family moved to Sweden when he was three years old. In Portland he participated in his second World Indoor Championships and was just 0.02 from reaching the semifinal, running 6.69.


- "It wasn't a good start but the finish was okay. It's sad that I didn't place among the top-3, but it was the first time I ran sub-6.70 in a heat. If I would have made it to the semifinal I am sure I would have been able get a god time, says Odain who twice this winter have targeted his pb of 6.62." noted Odain Rose.


A few minutes after his race, Odain Rose saw former countryman Asafa Powell ran 6.44 in his heat which was just 0.05 from Maurice Greene's 18 year old World record.


- "What a race! He eased up but still set a pb! He really deserves to win tonight," said Odain.


But after running 6.44 also in the semifinal the former 100m World record holder finished second in 6.50, 0.03 behind Trayvon Bromell from the US.


Odain Rose belongs to the same training group as 60mH World record holder Susanna Kallur in the small village of Falun in the middle of Sweden and says it's great training with her.


- "She put a lot of energy into our training group and see possibilities in everything. Susanna has had a lot of injuries during the years but is back on track now after some good 60m flat races this winter. Her goal is to qualify for the Olympics at 100mH", says Odain Rose.

Two young middle distance runners - Sarah Lahti, 22, and Andreas Kramer, 18, - made their debut on on the world stage and both performed well. Lahti, who's main goal this year is to get the Olympic qualifier at 10 000m which for Swede's are 31:50, was back in the pack in the first heat at 1500m but finished good and set a pb with 4:11.68. That was just 0.91 from the final.

Even closer to get a spot in the final was Finland born Kristiina Mäki who compete for the Czech Republic and finsihed in 4:11.28, also a pb.
Andreas Kramer, who bettered his pb with more than a second to 1:47.85 in Stockholm a month ago, was also last in his heat but passed one on the home straight and finished fourth, just 0.91 from being one of the six finalists.

Heptathlete Petter Olson's goal is top-8 and after the first day he is #10, 125 points behind his pb. He was a bit behind his best in all four events with 7.17 at 60m, 6.99 in long jump, 13.92 in shot and 1.93 in high jump.

Jonas Hedman

Sandi Morris has had an amazing couple of weeks.

Last weekend, she set PBs at 4.90m and 4.95m, and upset Jenn Suhr, the finest American pole vaulter of her generation, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 Olympic silver medalist.

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Last night, Sandi Morris and Jenn Suhr battled to the very end, with Ekaterina Stefanidi, Fabiana Murer.

In the end, Jenn Suhr takes gold and Sandi Morris takes the silver. Here is Sandi Morris after her silver medal performance! Video courtesy of Tim Jeffreys for the Shoe Addicts.

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The first day of the World Indoors was greeted by the Oregon sun for the presser, and then, an amazing night of pole vaulting! Here is Elliott Denman's observations on the first day of the World Indoor Champs!

This is the first championship with IAAF President Seb Coe. And, after the nine months that he and the sport have endured, 143 countries sending 600 plus athletes to Portland must be a walk in the park.

This interview is from March 17, 2016, at the Pioneer Courthouse Square, where Seb Coe spoke with the assembled media. We thank the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the Running Network and RunBlogRun, for their video work.

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Seb Coe is at his best speaking to media, and showing what the sport needs to clean up, what the sport needs to watch out for, and where the sport should go.

Here is what Seb Coe had to say about our sport.

Jenn Suhr is the 2016 World Champion Indoors. She is also the 2012 Olympic champion, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, 2013 World Champion silver medalist and 2014 and 2008 World Indoor silver medalist. The world indoor record holder, at 5.03 meters, is a savvy competitor. Special thanks to Tim Jeffreys, who shot this for Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun!

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The folks at Tracktown did an amazing job with the first nigth of the World Indoors. By showcasing the pole vault, they gave one of the most athletic events in our sport its proper due. A real battle on the women's side, as Jenn Suhr put it all together and won over Sandi Morris and Ekaterina Stefanidi. On the men's side, Renaud Lavillenie won a savvy competition over Sam Kendricks and Piotr Lisek, as well as Shawn Barber, outdoor WC, who finished fourth.

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Our friend, David Hunter, who is now surviving sitting next to me for two consecutive weekends, did it once again. His column, on the pole vault competition gets the importance of showcasing a field event each opening night of a championship.

FY16_INNO_RN_AEROSWIFT_SPRINT_AFELIX_DYNAMIC_rectangle_1600.jpgAllyson Felix wearing Nike Vapor Track & Field kit with AeroSwift Technology

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There are many stories of Nike competitiveness in the Berm. One story, passed on from generation to generation is about the late Bill Bowerman, who, until his last years, would meet with some of the running shoe developers.

Bill Bowerman did not suffer fools. He also did not suffer poor product. There were more than a few designers and developers who felt the focus of Mr. Bowerman's unhappiness over their product. There are stories of shoes being thrown across tables, and yes, tears shed.

Those stories are badges of pride among the first generations at Nike. Like the Vikings telling stories around warm fires at night, stories at Nike are discussed over coffees, hot teas and via various modern methods of communication.

Part of the DNA at the the former Blue Ribbon Sports is that one does not follow in technology, one leads. Form and function are not just important, they are demanded.

Hence, the Nike Vapor Track & Field Kit with AeroSwitf Technonology. As Nike has become part of the global sports world, they have made it part of their goal to create products that amaze the athletes and fans.

We present to you, the new Nike kit for their track & field federations, the Nike Vapor Track & Field Kit, with that combination of form and function that would make even the late Bill Bowerman smile.

All photos in this article courtesy of Nike communications

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TRUST IS KEY TO FUTURE SUCCESS, SAYS IAAF PRESIDENT COE
By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

PORTLAND, ORE. (17-Mar) -- Some seven hours before the 16th edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships get underway here, the mood was an interesting mixture of optimism and defense at the event's kickoff festivities in downtown Portland. With the sun shining down on Pioneer Courthouse Square, IAAF President Sebastian Coe, USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel, and TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna were all smiles. Flanked by Olympic medalists Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen Eaton, Coe spoke of the sport's future as bright and uplifting.

"The United States, given its great economic power, is still a country where the general perception of track and field is low. It is great that that regeneration should be taking place here in the state of Oregon and in this city of Portland," said Coe in his opening remarks, looking out over the assembled media and fans. "I genuinely believe this will be the re-awakening of track and field in this country. The World Indoor Athletics Championships, the World Junior Championships two years ago, and of course segwaying nicely into the World Outdoor Championships in Eugene in 2021."

Touching upon ways the sport is great right now, Coe rattled off reasons why athletics --and these Championships in particular-- is in a fantastic position to succeed. From the world-class athletes competing on home soil (including Oregon native Eaton), to the nearly capacity crowds expected at the Oregon Convention Center, Coe's outlook was rosie red. For the press conference's opening 45 minutes, he'd address all things from social media engagement to broadening the sports reach through Caribbean and Oceanic markets, all with a euphoric spirit of optimism.

Yet there was a lurking issue just waiting to be addressed on stage: the corrosion of global athletics by persistent doping.

As the clock struck 1:00 p.m., the mood shifted abruptly as the giant elephant in the room appeared. Asked about the state of the sport as it relates to doping, and the seemingly never ending conundrum of negative headlines that athletics has faced in recent months, Coe's tone changed slightly from cheerfulness to defense.

Appearing confident, Coe did his best to reiterate and assure all in attendance that the International Association of Athletics Federations is doing as much as it possibly can to ensure clean competition going forward. Trust, Coe said, was the organization's main priority at the moment.

"The situation I think is pretty clear cut," Coe began, starting off by addressing Russia's absence from these Championships. "We've got a task force that is looking to set the criteria for the re-introduction of Russian athletes, the clean athletes back into international competition..."

Yet it was the next question, posed by highly regarded reporter Alan Abrahamson, that seemed to drill down on the current state of the sport.

"Our sport is still strong. That is not to deny that it has been through some really challenging dark days. I don't think you'd be surprised if I concluded anything other than that. But the ticket sales here have been very, very strong, our indoor programs during the winter months have been extremely strong, the crowds have been loyal and supportive of the sport," Coe said. "The sport is strong but we are in a process of change and we have to make those changes. We have to make them, and my responsibility is in two key areas really, but it coalesces around the word trust. We've got to make sure the people really trust the federation and also that the clean athletes trust the systems they are in wherever they reside to make sure that we create opportunities for them that are fair and protective. That is the simple responsibility that I have, the whole of my counsel has, and there is a real appetite, I think there is a real appetite, in the sport for change and for grasping the situation. These are big challenging days but the sport is still a strong sport. We have other things that we have to deal with and that is clear."

After the formal portion of the press conference concluded, Coe met the press in a mixed zone area where he was pressed for more specifics and answers. Not only on doping, but about Russia, meldonium, and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Repeatedly, he reiterated the main speaking points: that these Championships are an important "staging post" for an Olympic year and an important part in the 'road to recovery' as a whole.

"I think the changes that we are making and the changes that will be in place by the end of this year will self evidently answer and deal with any of those challenges that we've got. But we aren't going to return to that overnight. It's not a straightforward equation -- you don't stick ten dollars in a slot machine and suddenly trust emerging in the trade. This will take a long time. The clean athletes have got a big responsibility here as well. There are no unique issues there -- you can't just sit there saying, 'Well it's down to one person, down to one counsel, down to one element of the sport.' Everybody has to make that journey together."

Moving down the line of media, this reporter asked Coe directly how long a time period fans and those within the athletics industry can expect true change and full trust again. For years, the sport has faced issues on clean sport, and there's never been a concrete or transparent timeline of change. The clean sport issue has extended from decade to decade.

"I don't know. You know, we could have this debate here for a couple of hours," Coe said in a defiant tone, addressing Race Results Weekly directly with unwavering eye contact. "The one thing I do know is that we have to start by making those changes. They aren't the most exciting things to read about, but they are -- it's the only place to start. We can't demand trust. It's not going to just return because people suddenly think we've got reforms in place. But we do have to go through that process. I don't know the answer to your question. All I do know is that unless we start from where we are at the moment, um, it's unlikely to happen."

In a sense, these championships are a ground zero, according to Coe, the first step in a process that will --in some amount of time-- produce a cleaner and more pure sport. Asked about the spectators and whether they will witness clean sport here, Coe believed so.

"I think the very fact they are coming in tells me that there's a strong loyalty to our sport. But it's our responsibility to make sure that it's not just the fans, it's the athletes, the media, our partners that we are looking to invest in the sport, it's parents who we want to encourage their kids into the sport. That trust is across a wide bandwidth."

The next four days, when Olympic medalists, world champions, and the next generation of stars take to the emerald green oval here, there will be a focus on the competition on the track and in the field. For four days, hopefully the only athletics headlines in the news are about fast times and photo-finishes, legendary performances and gold medals.

In a city known for its consistent rainfall, Coe assures sunny skies are ahead for track and field. Time will indeed tell. The stopwatch has started.

Kim Collins is the ancient sprinter.

He does not like to hear that. But, at 40 years of age, the 2003 World Champion continues to excel. Kim Collins always has a smile on his face, except when he is racing.

A life time of wisdom over sprinting, his federation has been, at times, not the most supportive to one of the finest athletes in our sport.

Kim had some amusing things to say today at the Outdoor presser for the IAAF.

Here is how the Shoe Addicts captured the comments of Kim Collins.

The Shoe Addicts are the digital partners of the Running Network and RunBlogRun.

Ashton Eaton is the greatest athlete in world. Period. End of story. He is also just a nice guy who loves his job and his profession.

In the press conference today, held under the sun on a wonderful Oregon day, the IAAF's Chris Turner interviewed Ashton. Ashton told the assembled media how much he loved running indoors and how much he just loves competing.

This is a quick interview from this morning, March 17, 2016, produced by The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts are the digital partners of the Running Network and Fortius Media.

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View from USATF Indoor, March 12, 2016, photo by Larry Eder

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John Chaplin is one of the most interesting and opinionated people in our sport. One of my most excellent days was the National Scholastic Outdoor in 1999, when I followed the famed coach around for the day. He was technical consultant at meet and showed me things I had never considered at a meet.

So, when John Chaplin likes something, that is high praise.

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Brenda Martinez tells it all, and this is the piece that Dave Hunter was so happy with today!

Marquis Dendy told us that the track was so fast that he had some difficulty getting his timing and steps down. Finally, on his fifth jump, Marquis let loose, and voila!, an 8.41 meter leap, the farthest in the world.

Marquis Dendy was interviewed at the 2016 USATF Presser preceeding the World Indoor Champs, on March 16, 2016. This video was done by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

This is part two of the MBT Training discussion with Amy Manson. Amy has been the Educational coordinator for MBT for as long as I can remember. She was on a training tour in California, working with the Footwear ETC staffs.

MBT has taken their two decades of making wonderfully comfortable walking shoes and shoes that nursed many back into running and now, developed some strong running product that makes sense as equipment for the discerning runner.

Thanks to the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of the Running Network, and RunBlogRun, for making these videos for our readers.

Ryan Hill won the 3000 meters last weekend in blazing fashion, with a fine kick and holding off a fast charging Paul Chelimo. Ryan Hill is tactiturn about his chances in his hometown, but make no mistake: Mr. Hill is out there to run well.

A very fit runner, with a fine kick and sense of racing position, Ryan Hill is facing some tough competition, but should do well in this indoor venue, and with the support of the hometown crowd.

The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners, did this interview with Mr. Hill at the 2016 USA Track & Field Press conference for the World Indoors on March 16, 2016.

Brenda Martinez ran a gutty 1,500 meters in Boston on February 14 at the New Balance Indoor GP, finishing second in 4:04. At the 2016 USATF Indoor Champs last weekend, Brenda Martinez won a tactical race with a fine sprint home.

This interview was done on March 16, 2016 at the USA Track & Field Press conference by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork.

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Boris Berian, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are our favorite previews, from Alfons Juck, EME News, our long time partner, keen observer of the sport.


PORTLAND SHORT PREVIEWS

Event by event

Men

60 m: Experienced generation Powell, Collins, Rodgers against young ones Bromell, Bracy.

400 m: Maslak defending against US duo, Caribbeans, but the dark horse is young Haroun.

800 m: Berian on home soil, what is the shape of Aman? Be ready for surprise.

1500 m: Iguider, Centrowitz, Souleiman - all three in great shape. What will be the tactics.

3000 m: This is open, the usual fight Ethiopia vs Kenya will be added by home duo Hill-Chelimo, and what about Iguider and his double?

60 m Hurdles: French connection says the movie, Martinot-Lagarde, Bascou. McLeod is the man to watch.

High Jump: Barshim has the credentials and potential, but Tamberi is also unbeaten in 2016 and hugely improving.

Pole Vault: Lavillenie in shape is tough to beat. But do not forget Barber is the World Champion. Meet record 601 is possible.

Long Jump: Who can beat Dendy? Other medals very open.

Triple Jump: Big guns injured, time for China gold (so far only one male by Liu Xiang at World Indoors) ?

Shot Put: Nedow won the Tour, Stanek beat him in last meet, Haratyk was early excellent and Roberts won US title.

Heptathlon: Eaton is unbeatable in normal situation. The rest on the podium could be anybody.

4x400 m: No doubt about the winners, Belgium will be ready for silver and possibly attacking their own European record?

Women

60 m: Pierre is a fast starter, but Schippers can catch her. Will we see sub seven?

400 m: Despite not beeing the fastest this year McPherson should be the pick. US duo not that experienced, Adekoya is ready.

800 m: Another open one. Who has top indoor experience? Possibly US duo will use home advantage.

1500 m: Fast or slow. Seyaum vs Hassan.

3000 m: It should be Dibaba, then little space, then Defar, then lot of space, then rest. Anyway, we count with meet record.

60mH: If not full US podium, then surprise. Only Tiffany can spoil the party.

High Jump: 19 years between Beitia and Cunningham, but the bet goes to Licwinko. Finally two meters?

Pole Vault: Real World record chance for Suhr, how many medals for Greeks? Meet record should be for sure (so far 486)

Long Jump: Is Stratton ready to cope withe favorite role? Reese, Spanovic far more experienced. Not to forget British duo and German newcomer Wester.

Triple Jump: First ever gold (also medal) for Venezuela? Surprise from Papahristou?

Shot Put: All points to Carter win. Valerie never gives up.

Pentathlon: This will be interesting. Brianne is ready, but Ukrainians have big scores, Williams fresh enough from last weekend? Surprise from Lake.

4x400 m: Can USA come close to World Indoor record?

After two decades in the walking business, MBT Shoes introduced Running shoes in 2016. Amy Manson, a fine runner in her own right, has been the Footwear Education lead for MBT for much of that time.

On March 1, 2016, the Shoe Addicts met up with Amy as she was training the staff of the twelve store chain, Footwear ETC, in Sunnyvale, California as she spoke of the new running product and the value of the shoe as part of athletes' training equipment.

Watch for part 2 coming up!

Sagnia_KhaddiQ-Beijing15.jpgKhaddi Sagnia, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Jonas Hedman, a fine athletics writer and long time fan of the sport, to write up a short piece on athletes from Sweden in particular, who are competing in the World Indoors in Portland. Jonas Hedman was one of the co-authors of Who's the Greatest? (Here is our review: http://www.runblogrun.com/2016/01/worlds-greatest-in-athletics-a-book-review-for-runblogrun-by-jeff-benjamin.html)

Swedish and Scandinavian teams for Portland

The Swedish team in Portland include eight athletes - three men and five women - with an average age of 23. None of them have a realistic chance to reach the podium but three of them participated in the World Championships in Beijing last year. The one who got the highest placing was long jumper Khaddi Sagnia, 21, who was seventh with a pb of 6.78.

High jumper Erika Kinsey, who lives in Warrensburg, MO, had a big breakthrough last year when she improved her seven year old PB with five centimeters to 1.97 which put her on seventh place on the season list. She had a knee injury in November which has limited her jumping, but is now injury free and ready for the championships.

Women's high jump meet in Portland include 12 athletes from 11 countries and the only one who have two is Sweden! The other one is Sofie Skoog who set an overall PB of 1.94 in February which also was an Olympic qualifier.

Except the eight Swedes there are another five athletes from Scandinavia including Icelands Aníta Hinriksdóttir, 20, who won the 2013 World Youth Championships at 800m.

Swedish team

Odain Rose -92, 60 m
Andreas Kramer -97, 800 m

Petter Olson -97, Heptathlon
Lovisa Lindh -91, 800 m
Sarah Lahti -91, 1500 m (championship debut)

Erika Kinsey -88, High Jump

Sofie Skoog -90 High Jump
Khaddi Sagnia -94, Long Jump

Other Scandinavian competitors
Andreas Martinsen, DEN, 60m hurdles

Aníta Hinriksdóttir, ISL, 800m
Hedda Hynne, NOR, 800m
Kristiina Mäkelä, FIN, triple jump
Sanna Nygård, FIN, triple jump

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Left to right-- Jeff Benjamin, Race Director Matt Lebow, and Michael Schnall, NYRR's Vice President for Community Engagement Initiatives.(Photo Courtesy of King of the Mountain Events)
This is a piece that Jeff Benajmin wrote for us on the quandaries of chip timing. It is a good and thoughtful read.

Centrowitz_MattFH-USind16.JPgDown to the wire: Robbie Andrews battles Matt Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rollins 7.76 WL, Cunningham 199 WJR


PORTLAND (USA, Mar 12): Second day of US Champs (also World Indoors qualifier, more than 5000 spectators) had three World leads, all by women. Brianna Rollins clocked excellent 7.76 in hurdles over Kendra Harrison 7.77 and only in US third Queen Harrison and 7.83 not enough for World indoors (personal bests for all). Fourth Janay DeLoach 7.86 over Sharika Nelvis 7.94 and Kristi Castlin 7.96. Nia Ali who has the Wild card achieved 7.85 in semis and was not running the final. Vashti Cunningham at age of 18 cleared 199 what is not only World lead but also World junior indoor record. Second Elizabeth Patterson with 193 beat on count-back Chaunte Lowe 193, but no one has the World indoors standard from this two. Barbara Pierre won the 60 m in 7.00 (also PB) and equaled the World lead of Dafne Schippers. Second qualifier Tori Bowie 7.15 (7.14 in semis) ahead of Tianna Bartoletta 7.17 and Jenna Prandini 7.18. Men 60 m winner Marvin Bracy 6.51 over Trayvon Bromell 6.51 PB (third Portland bound Mike Rodgers competed only in heats). Out for Trell Kimmons 6.55 and D´Angelo Cherry 6.57. In women pole vault excellent improvement for Sandi Morris 495 (she is third best ever) over Jenn Suhr 490, best ever third place Demi Payne 485 followed by Kristen Hixson (PB) and Mary Saxer both 465. Strong US women team in Portland will also have Brittney Reese 689 and Janay DeLoach 664 in long jump. Quanera Hayes 51.09 PB and Ashley Spencer 51.29 were surprise qualifiers over Natasha Hastings 51.34. Ajee Wilson 2:00.87 and Laura Roesler 2:02.44 topped the 800 m and Brenda Martinez 4:08.37 with Cory McGee 4:09.97 PB the 1500 m. In remaining men events Vernon Norwood 45.80 and Kyle Clemons 45.95 qualified in the 400 m, Boris Berian 1:47.19 in the 800 m ahead of Erik Sowinski 1:47.62 (invited by IAAF for World Indoors). Matt Centrowitz was the best in the 1500 m 3:44.33 over Robby Andrews 3:44:40. Jarret Eaton won the hurdles 7.52 and second qualifier Spencer Adams 7.58 ahead of Jeff Porter 7.61. Chris Carter won triple 17.06 ahead of Wild card holder Omar Craddock 16.96 (indoor PB) and Chris Benard 16.93. Shot put two expected qualifiers Kurt Roberts 20.08 and Reese Hoffa 20.07.

Ndiku_CalebFV1b-Sopot14.jpgCaleb Ndiku, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Kenyan team that is running in Portland is small, yet, lethal. They have lots of fans in Kenya hoping for some great racing. This is Justin Lagat's piece on the Kenyan team.

Wilson_AjeeQ-USAInd16.JPgAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

3 World Leads at US Champs
PORTLAND (USA, Mar 11): First day of US Indoor Championships (also World Indoors trials) at the new green track of the Oregon Convention Center brought three World leading marks, all in technical events. Marquis Dendy improved in long jump to excellent 841 and is now the clear favorite for the global event. Second best jump decided about the second qualifier between Jeff Henderson 805 (800) and Marquise Goodwin 805 (796). By the way, decathlon star Ashton Eaton was 6th (760, also clocked 6.80 in the 60 m heats and was hit by crossbar from pole vault). Michelle Carter with 19.49 world leading shot put looks to be another US gold medal contender for next weekend. Second qualifier Jill Camarena-Williams 18.64 ahead of Jeneva Stevens 18.56, Brittany Smith 18.50 and Felisha Johnson 18.29. Third World lead in non world champs event, men weight throw as Colin Dunbar improved to 23.96 and beat favorite AG Kruger 23.24. Excellent PB also for Sam Kendricks who cleared 590 in pole vault, second place for Mike Arnold 560 (has the qualifier from February). More difficult in high jump as winner Erik Kynard 229 is ok, but second placer Bryan McBride jumped only 226 and will not be able to jump at World Indoors. Without standard is also triple winner Christina Epps despite her winning mark 14.05 (indoor PB). Great 3000 m races brought as World Indoors qualifiers Ryan Hill 7:38.60 and Paul Chelimo 7:39.00 indoor PB and on the women side Shannon Rowbury 8:55.65 with Abbey D´Agostino 8:57.31. In men race third Eric Jenkins 7:41.19 ahead of former World indoor winner Bernard Lagat 7:41.25 and Garrett Heath 7:41.26. Steeple record holder Evan Jager was 7th 7:44.05 and marathon Olympics bound Galen Rupp 8th 7:48.34. First non-qualifier in women 3000 m Shalaya Kipp despite life-time best 8:59.85. Gwen Berry won weight throw 24.35 over Amber Campbell 24.19 and Felisha Johnson 23.53 PB. From heats to note fastest times by Mike Rodgers 6.56 (60 m, out for false-start Ryan Bailey), Vernon Norwood 45.81 (400 m), Barbara Pierre 7.13 (60 m), Natasha Hastings 51.79 (400 m) and Janay DeLoach 7.88 (60 m hurdles, here great depth with total 7 sub 8 times).

Defar_MeseretH-NBin16.JPGMeseret Defar, February 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Meseret Defar is one of the most amazing women distance runners in our sport. Her return to form, at the New Balance Indoor GP means that track fans get to see a real battle in the 3000 meters this coming weekend.

I was fortunate to spend a few mintues with Meseret and her husband. Her English is quiet and confident, but Meseret made it clear how happy she was with her 8:30 in Boston on February 14, and that she would be ready a month later.

Sabrina Yohannes caught up with Meseret right after her 3000 meters in Boston and wrote this piece for us.

Centrowitz_Matt1-Stockholm15.jpgMatt Centrowtiz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andrews_Robbie1b-Armory16.jpgRobbie Andrews, photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's 1,500 meters on Saturday night, March 13, rocked the OCC with the recognition of the inch by inch battle between Matt Centrowitz and Robbie Andrews. It was the first time I have seen Robbie get in front of Centrowitz.

It was athletics version of Raging Bull. Two milers putting it all on the line, down the final stretch, and neither would give up.

In this column, Elliott Denman opines that Centro and Robby are ready to do something really exciting in front of our home crowd this coming weekend.

Can the U.S. get a medal, or, dare we say it, win the men's 1,500 meters?

Stay tuned, sports fans.

Team USA: Who is Medal-Ready?

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Norwood_VernonQ1-USind16.JPgVernon Norwood, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of my favorite moments last weekend at the USA Indoors had to be the men's 400 meters (heck, both 400 meters were amazing). Vernon Norwood did it all opposite of what you are told works for 400 meter runners indoors. He was behind at the break, and then, his slingshot move was amazing. In a second heat of the final, Norwood also had to run faster than 45.90 to take the win, and he did.

Flush off those two fun days of track and field, we asked David Hunter to prognositcate on how the US can fare in the World Indoors next weekend!

Tell us what you think!

usaindoor track .jpgThe view from the media box, 12 March 2016, photo by Larry Eder

To say that this was one of the finest US Indoor Champs is not exaggerating. To say that, even with the rumors of many of our stop stars not competing, I had some concerns, would also be an honest statement. But the amazing women's field events, the gutty 1,500 meters, and the fast 3000 meters, as well as the men's pole vault, made me forget about my misgivings.

I would like to, someday, see USA Track & Field actually spend the money to promote their championships. I spoke to half a dozen people who came to the meet, who loved it, never having come to a track meet at the elite level before.

But, in the same frustrating fashion, our federation reinvents much, without working with groups already established, who have access to the community. Want to grow the sport? Work from the inside out.

This is a fine piece on day 2 performance of the Golden State, by Mark Winitz. We hope that you enjoy!

Dunbar_Colin-USAInd16.JPgColin Dunbar, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USA Indoors was a test for the World Indoors. In most of our views, it went quite well.

Lindsay Rossmiller wrote this piece about the "feel" of the OCC, and how it brings some of Tracktown to Portland.

Tell us what you think about the OCC and if Tracktown has been transported!

163957250DP101_IAAF_Day_in_.jpgBrianne Theisen-Eaton, Ashton Eaton, A Day in the Life, April 2013, photo by Doug Pensinger /Getty Images for IAAF

Ashton Eaton is the Greatest Athlete in the World. That moniker dates back to the 1912 Olympics, when the King of Sweden, upon meeting Jim Thorpe, who had won both the pentathlon and decathlon at said Olympics, noted that Mr. Thorpe was surely the World's Greatest athlete.

Well, we now have proof. In light of all the super hero movies, I now nominate Ashton Eaton. Case in point. On Saturday, in the Long Jump, Ashton Eaton was hit by a stray pole vault cross bar, which struck his head. The results, after blood and a mess, was six stitches.

Per Ashton's coach, the colorful Harry Marra, whose job it is to make sure Ashton and Brianne are relatively healthy, told Eurosport, after his superstar was sporting six stitches, "all good". Marra, a fine coach, and a man who has considerable prowess with the English language, gave, in my mind his shortest retort to any question asked him in the past three decades that I have known the maison grise of decathlon coaches.

The good news is that Ashton Eaton is fine. He should be ready for the Combined Events this coming weekend at Portland 2016.

If you would like to read the story on Eaton from Eurosport, then click here: http://www.eurosport.co.uk/athletics/freakish-injury-will-not-slow-eaton-s-world-title-bid_sto5316343/story.shtml

Centrowitz_Matt1-Stockholm15.jpgMatt Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andrews_Robbie1b-Armory16.jpgRobbie Andrews, photo by PhotoRun.net

The nature of racing is what makes track & field so fascinating. It is about, in the final analysis, rivalries. Take Matt Centrowitz and Robbie Andrews.

Centrowitz is one of the most experienced racers in the country over 1,500 meters. His years of racing indoors and his racing savvy (gene pool), provide rivals with someone who will wind it up 600 meters out and as Centro increases the pace, he decreases the chances of nearly anyone outkicking him. There is so much junk in one's legs with a 150 meters to go, Centro has hobbled all but the most experienced racers.

Then, there is Robbie Andrews. This young man has wheels, real wheels and he is learning how to stay out of trouble, while staying close to the prize and then, kicking like an absolute madman over that last 200 meters. Robbie Andrews is the real thing. His racing over the last fifteen months is showing maturity and the Outdoor and now, Indoor US champs have provided fans with a real treat.

Remember, Matt Centrowitz does not like to loose, and Robbie Andrews wants to win, badly. Andrews had the lead on Centro and he fought back tonight!

Oh, what a race!

I have seen the future of the high jump and it is Vashti Cunningham. The young high jumper presented her athleticism with the lithe build of a young jumper and the savvy of a veteran jumper of a decade.

Here is Cathal Dennehy's observations of the new World Junior record holder.

Cunningham_Vashti1-USout15.jpgVashti Cunningham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Morris_Sandy-USout15.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

Suhr_Jenn-NBin16.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the second day of the USA Champs, the absolute reason why people love track and field was reinforced nearly each and every event! It was about the competition!

In a facility better than most that I attend for indoor events around the world, the OCC hosted two days of wonderful elite and two days of high school competition.

The men's shot put was won by one centimeter! The women's high jump saw a World Junior record and the women's pole vault saw two women clear 4.95 meters (16'2.25") and third place at 4.85m, or 15'11".

Lindsay Rossmiller wrote about day two, providing those of us who could not be there with an informed view of what was happening around the track!

Watch for more of our coverage tomorrow!

Rowbury_ShannonR-USAInd16.JPgShannon Rowbury, photo by PhotoRun.net
The 3000 meter races on Friday night were alot of fun to watch. Our friends at Race Results Weekly wrote this piece on the distance races on Day 1 of the USATF Indoor Champs.
HILL, ROWBURY SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND USA INDOOR 3K TITLES
By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission

PORTLAND, ORE, (11-Mar) -- Competing on the new emerald green 200 meter oval at the Oregon Convention Center here, Ryan Hill and Shannon Rowbury successfully defended their 3000m national titles in convincing fashion on the first day of the USA Indoor Championships.

Hill, 26, and a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club based here, was pulled along by teammates Andy Bayer, Lopez Lomong, and Evan Jager through the first 1000m in a snappy 2:31.9. Running in fourth place, the club's race plan was working perfectly, especially for Hill.

"The other guys wanted to make sure that it was a 7:30-honest race," Hill told reporters. "We didn't want it to be an eight-minute race and finish four through eight, or something, and go home disappointed."

Lomong took the lead from Bayer after the first kilometer, and kept the pace high. He made it to 2000m in 5:06.7 before dropping out, leaving Jager to take over for the next three laps, trailed by Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts. Hill held his position, until there were about 300 meters to go, and he made his bid for victory a little ahead of schedule.

"It looked like Evan was struggling a bit, so I decided to take the lead a little earlier," Hill said. "If he looked good, I would probably had waited for 250 to go."

But behind him, the U.S. Army's Paul Chelimo had moved up from the splintered chase group and was closing fast on Hill, nearly catching him off guard. Hill didn't realize Chelimo had moved up to pass Heath until he looked up at one of the big-screen monitors mounted at either end of the arena.

"Not until I looked up at the board one last time, and Garrett was gone, and it was a new guy," Hill said of Chelimo. "I had no idea he was even there."

Showing the formidable closing speed which also gave him the 3K title at the NYRR Millrose Games last month, Hill responded to Chelimo's challenge by covering the final 200-meter circuit in 27.25, winning in 7:38.60, the second-fastest time in the world this year. Chelimo took second in 7:39.00, a personal best by almost six seconds, and like Hill, clinched a spot on the USA team for next weekend's IAAF World Indoor Championships here.

Galen Rupp, who won the USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles four weeks ago, finished eighth. Still feeling the fatigue of his marathon debut, he was never a factor in the race.

"Obviously, I'm a little tired from it," Rupp said of his marathon effort. "It's been interesting coming back. Obviously, they're two very different events. I have no regrets. I'm glad I came back and at least gave it a shot."

For Rowbury, 31, who lives and trains in the Portland area with the Nike Oregon Project, the last three laps offered far less drama. Rowbury spent most of the 15-lap race tucked in fifth place while the Bowerman Track Club's Emily Infeld, last summer's IAAF World Championships 10,000m bronze medalist, led the race for the first 2000 meters.

"I was grateful for Emily taking it out," said Rowbury wearing her trademark bright pink lipstick. "I thought I might be dealing with something super, super slow. So it's great. I felt really relaxed, really comfortable tucked in."

Rowbury didn't react when Marielle Hall took the lead from Infeld --who was clipped from behind, stepped into the infield and went out of contention-- but decided to wait until there there were two laps to go. Swinging wide in the homestretch, she powered past the field with 400 meters to go, and opened up a 10-meter gap in just a few seconds.

"So I was trying to wait for an opportunity to get to the front without going too wide, but by 400 meters to go I was like, aah, screw it. Went out to lane three and then just took off."

Clocking 61.61 seconds for the final 400 meters, Rowbury ran unchallenged to the finish tape in 8:55.65, capping off the race with a 2:52 kilometer. Former NCAA champion Abbey D'Agostino of New Balance finished second in 8:57.31, also clinching a team berth for the IAAF World Indoor Championships, her first for those championships.

"I really wanted to keep my eyes fixed on Shannon," said D'Agostino who struggled with injuries most of last year. "I felt like I may have closed the gap a little bit. I knew she was going to have a strong kick."

Olympic steeplechaser Shalaya Kipp finished third in 8:59.85.

In women's 800m qualifying, the two athletes in possession of the world championships qualifying marks, Laura Roesler and Ajee' Wilson, each won their heats. Roesler had to endure three botched starts where the electronic timing system failed and emitted false gun sounds before actually beginning her race.

"I don't have any words for that," Roesler told the media after running 2:03.77, the fastest time here today. "Obviously, that starting situation was a little messy. We were hearing an echo. Disclaimer: we're not stupid; we know what a gun sounds like. We were hearing two sounds."

In a tangle of arms, Phoebe Wright (2:03.81) and Mckayla Fricker (2:03.82) finished a close second and third behind Roesler, and both women qualified for the final on time.

Wilson strode easily through her heat and was never seriously challenged. She registered a pedestrian 2:05.96 winning time, and hardly seemed winded after the race.

"It felt comfortable," said Wilson. "I'm excited for the final. I'm really happy with where I'm at right now. I'm coming off a PR in my last race at Millrose. Training's been going really well."

On the men's side, the only athlete with the world championships 800m standard, Boris Berian, easily won the last of four heats by pulling away from early leader Mark Wieczorek on the final lap. Berian, who trains with the Big Bear Track Club under coach Carlos Handler, was the fastest American last year at 800m (1:43.34), but failed to make the national team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing when he didn't advance out of the semi-finals at the USA Trials. He clearly appreciates the opportunity he has this year to potentially make both the IAAF World Indoor Championships and the Olympic Games.

"It would be amazing," said Berian. "It was a big disappointment last year not making that. So, I was getting started, having more experience, more training. Go out and make an indoor world team, that would definitely be great. I'm definitely in a lot better shape this time then I was last year."

Erik Sowinski --who was the fastest here on the day, winning the third heat in 1:47.58-- pointed out that it was still possible for another American man to make it to the world championships if the IAAF failed to fill the field, and decided to invite more athletes based on their best marks achieved during the qualifying period which ended on March 7.

"I know they started inviting people," Sowinski said of the IAAF. "As far as I know they're going to fill the field with 18. How they do that is up to them. We'll see what happens."

Hill_Ryan-USAInd16.JPgRyan Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter has survived sitting next to me at various athletic meetings around the world. Today, after speaking to his lovely daughter, I learnt that Mr. Hunter and I are kindred spirits, and the young women has been taken to track meets across the country in her youth. I shared with her that my son, Adam, was taken to see a Pre movie on his eleventh birthday, something it took him years to reconsider as positive part of our relationship.

This is Dave's piece on Day one and he hit a home run. I hope you enjoy it.

Berian_BorisQ-USAInd16.JPgBoris Berian, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rowbury_Shannon-USAInd16.JPgShannon Rowbury, photo by PhotoRun.net

Boris Berian and Shannon Rowbury were two of the many athletes who call the Golden State their home. In light of our publication, California Track & Running News, we asked Mark Winitz, our long time contributor to many of our media, to write a daily update on the USA Indoor Champs.

Sorry for the delay on posting this, as I spend most of the champ days posting via social media at RunBlogRun.com and our Live coverage on RunBlogRun!

Watch for Mark Winitz coverage tomorrow!

erikkyndardjeffried.jpgErik Kynard, winning the high jump, photo by Tim Jeffreys

This is Lindsay Rossmiller's column on the first day of the 2016 USATF Indoor Champs. We think that she did a fine job on providing you a nice view of the meet.

My feelings so far: a wondeful facility and a great atmosphere. My other observation: they could have sold this place out with some promotions, which I understand did not happen locally.

We hope to see you there tomorrow!

CdUPjxrUkAANxTV.jpg-large.jpgColin Dunbar, Weight Throw Champion, photo courtesy of USATF

Colin Dunbar won the weight throw today, and also won the "best hair of championships", with his long locks, reminiscent to some, of the biblical character, Samson.

Whether you buy the Samons comparison, Elliott Denman gives Colin Dunbar his due, as the 35lb wieight throw is an event practiced by few countries in the world (US and Ireland, I guess). With so few countries competing in the event, Colin Dunbar will not be competing at the World Champs next weekend.

Merritt_AriesQ1-LondonDL15.jpgAries Merritt, out of USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rutherford_Greg-Beijing15.jpgGreg Rutherford is out of World indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND NEWS

PORTLAND (USA): Long Jump World champion Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from the World Indoor Championships in Portland as he is still recovering from a chest infection and a hamstring injury. "Greg is really disappointed not to be able to compete in Portland, but his body reacted harder than expected to this week's training. Defending the Olympic title is obviously Greg's main focus for 2016, so he has sensibly decided not to take any risks and to end his indoor season here. This will allow him the opportunity to concentrate on being in the best shape possible going into the outdoor season and ultimately Rio," said British Athletics performing director Neil Black. From British Athletics.

PORTLAND (USA): British Athletics has defended their decision not to send 800m runners Guy Learmonth and Michael Rimmer to Portland despite receiving invitations from the IAAF, reports Athletics Weekly. "Invites were not originally intended for track events and no invites will be extended for other track events. As such the 800m invites were reviewed as an exceptional circumstance within the general framework and intention of the selection policy. As a result, the selectors declined the invites on the basis that the athletes had not achieved the relevant qualification standard, and others who may have been significantly closer to qualifying in other track events will not be afforded the same opportunity," said a spokesperson from British Athletics.

PORTLAND (USA): Shannon Rowbury will be looking to defend her 1500m and 3000m titles at the US Indoor Championships in Portland this weekend with an eye to contest both events at the World Indoor Championships the following week. "Portland had become home for me, at least for the time being. So, to me it just made total sense to incorporate this U.S. Nationals, and then hopefully Worlds, into my training program. With the Nike Oregon Project we have two peaks within a year; I found that to be really useful for my development. My training has been coming along pretty well. Workouts have been good. I've been focusing on strength, but my top-end speed is coming along really well, also. So, I'm excited for my odds this weekend," she said. From Race Results Weekly.

KINGSTON (JAM): Eleven Jamaican athletes have been named on the team for the World Indoor Championships in Portland, informs Track Alerts. The top names on the team include world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams, world 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, former world 100m record-holder Asafa Powell and two-time world 400m finalist Stephenie Ann McPherson. In the 60 m also Odean Skeen, in women 60 m the second runner will be Simone Facey and in women hurdles Samantha Scarlett. Omar McLeod will be the medal hope in men 60 m hurdles. Kemoy Campbell is selected for 3000 m, Natoya Goule for women 800 m and Salcia Slack was invited by the IAAF for women pentathlon. Shanieka Thomas is scheduled for triple jump. The rest is for 4x400 m relays and it is not immediately known who will run also individually. In the men pool Ricardo Chambers, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Dane Hyatt, Demar Murray and Demish Gaye. In the women part Chris-Ann Gordon, Patricia Hall, Verone Chambers and Ronda Whyte.

PORTLAND (USA): US Sprinter Mike Rodgers wants to win the 60 m at national championships despite the fact he does not need it because as IAAF World Indoor Tour winner he has the wild card and USA can name two more sprinters into the team. "I'm feeling pretty good. Training is going good. I just want to get out of here in Portland and get out of here healthy. Last Indoors was when I hurt myself, I fractured my ankle. I was just want to get out of here healthy and get ready for Worlds. It would mean a lot (to win), just to make a statement for World Indoors. World Indoors is on our home turf so we have to defend Portland and defend the U.S. It's going to be good to have the crowd behind us, have our own facilities, eat our own food and be in our own environment."

PORTLAND (USA): World record holder and Olympic winner Aries Merritt is at the end of the day not competing at US Indoor Championships. That also means he could not qualify for World Indoors. After last fall kidney transplantation he clocked fast 7.58 in February in Flagstaff. His goal remains Rio Olympics in summer.

Wilson_Ajee-Armory15.jpgAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked David Hunter, one of our long term writers, and a fine track meet announcer, to cover the USATF presser earlier this afternoon. His fine update on the status of several of our top athletes is a must read! Watch for David's daily columns on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend!

Amos-RudishaFH1a-LondonDL15.jpgRudisha and Amos, photo by PhotoRun.net

In an exclusive article for the seminal site, Inside the Games, Duncan Mackay revealed what adidas is really up to witht the IAAF in the following article:http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1035253/exclusive-adidas-give-iaaf-until-end-of-year-to-sort-out-doping-crisis-coe-reveals.

adidas has given the IAAF until the end of the year to sort out the doping crisis. This is a huge coup for Dentsu, the global marketing agency for the IAAF, who Seb Coe, President of the IAAF, notes was responsible for adidas's reconsideration.

Coe is dealing with crisis on all sides, but, over the past month, has put his proverbial head down and is trying to sort out the mess that has been exposed about his sport. The problem is, the feeding frenzy surrounding much of the doping and extortion perpetrated by Pappa Diack produces new rumors and stories each and every day, many of them quite far from the truth.

Inside the Games has followed the IAAF crisis from the begining has noted a IAAF, over the past few days, that is pro-active and focused. Yesterday, it was revealed that Morocco and Ethiopia are focuses of the IAAF anti-doping efforts.

adidas has been an iconic sponsor of athletics since very early in the sports history. RunBlogRun hopes that the IAAF can make enough progress in 2016 that adidas will reconsider its involvement in the sport. We need more supporters of athletics, not less.

In our final episode of the 2016 NYRR Millrose Press conference, Ian Brooks interviews Molly Huddle, AR holder at 5,000m outdoors. Molly ran a gutty 5000 meters in Millrose and is now preparing for the United Airlines NYRR Half Marathon.

This is part 3 of the 2016 NYRR Millrose Games presser. In this section, Ian Brooks queries Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Natasha Hastings on all things athletics. Ian is one of the finest meet announcers in our sport, but his real talent is press conferences. Keeping them fun, light and informative, Ian keeps the athletes on their toes! Enjoy!

Gebrselassie_Haile1a-Hengelo12.jpgHaile Gebrselassie, May 2012, Hengelo, his last 10,000m on track, photo by PhotoRun.net

Haile speaks
PARIS (FRA): Legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie (42) was visiting Paris during the weekend as prominent starter of the Half Marathon. About the recent cases in his country he said for L´Équipe: "I was surprised by the number, I did not expect it will be that many. And I was surprised that Ethiopian athletes are involved in doping scandals. I was sorry. I do not understand why. Now the situation is very serious. Believe it or not, now, in my country, everybody speaks only about that." And he added: "I agree that we should clean our sport, it is very important, no doubt about it. No question of criticizing the IAAF or WADA, they must work well. But what I do not like is that we suspend a country as a whole. It's the easy way. Remember that in Russia there are athletes, who work hard, who suffer, who sweat every day without doping. Take the example of terrorism: the terrorists can not represent the millions of people of their country. We can not ban everyone together. For cheaters, I think we can not be content with a suspension of two or four years, there needs to be something else, a very serious punishment."

In part two (of four) of the 2016 NYRR Millrose Press conference, Brianne Thiesen-Eaton, 2014 Commonwealth Champion and 2015 World Champ silver medalist, had a few things to say on the sport, and being the most visible couple in athletics.

One of my favorite press conferences of the year is the NYRR Millrose Games presser. Ian Brooks is the emcee, and the questions go from the serious to the farcical. Always a good time, and fun for the sport, I had to miss them this year. But do not worry, dear readers, as Tim Jeffreys put the time to get to Manhattan and here we have the best of the Millrose Presser in four digestable parts. Here is part 1.

P2217435.JPGJohn Nunn and Nick Christie on the course lapping Erin Taylor-Talcott, photo by Calvin Lau

The longest, and most grueling event on the Olympic schedule is the 50 kilometer walk. It is also one of the events that has the longest historic (the writer of Frankenstein was a race walker).

Elliott Denman wrote this piece for us on the US Olympic Trials, one week after the US marathon Trials.

How many runners does it take to deliver one pair of Diadora N9000s?

Well, for this one lucky consumer in Barcelona, it took 70 runners plus one dog, a week to run, with package in hand, from Milano to Barcelona. The journey of 1,482 kilometers was captured on video, and in photos, by Diadora.

I was asked to write about the event (hence the term sponsored in the title), by the agency working on this project for Diadora. Truth is, I would have written about it any way, as Diadora gets it.

Running is about joy, per the Diadora mantra. Running takes us out of our doldrums, our daily drudgery and celebrates the present, whether in rain, snow, sun or clouds.

Enjoy the story of how Diadora delivered one pair of Diadora shoes to one lucky consumer, fifteen hundred kilometers away.

Updated March 8, 2016

Updated March 7, 2016

The Melodonium story grows, and grows.

Until this morning, Ethiopian distance runners were those mostly accused of using Melodonium.

However, thanks to Maria Sharapova, everyone knows about melodonium now. Maria Sharapova held a press conference today and admitted to testing positive for Melodonium. She said she had been taking it for ten years, and did not notice that WADA had put it on list to be banned January 1, 2016 in September 2015. She took full responsibility, which is unusual in itself. She has not suggested that little green men had tainted her toothpaste. Nope, she took the hit.

Also, it should be noted that WADA had found traces of Melodonium in 182 samples out of 8,320 in a recent study. In the ARD-TV broadcast, on March 6, 2016, a study of Russian athletes in 2015 found 724 of the 4,316 Russian athletes tested had traces of melodonium, so one in five Russian athletes tested were found to have melodonium. The attractive Russian tennis player also is a wonderful example of the double standards in our sports. With Russians using it and Ethiopians using it, the crud level was pretty high. When a beautiful Russian tennis player admits to taking it, media sources are wonderfully diffident on her activity.

The Latvian who invented Melodonium told the press yesterday that his drug could not help athletes. Au contraire. It has been helping some for a decade.

Nike responded quickly to the Sharipova anouncement: they suspended her from her contract, worth $70 million over seven years.

That changes the old financial situation.

Melodonium is the drug that several Ethiopians are accused of using. It seems to be one of the drugs of choice right now (also known as Mildronate). While it has great uses for those with heart conditions, those same benefits can help in the training of distance events. WADA has been looking at it for two years now, and found 182 samples of melodonium in 8320 samples tested over the past two years. Someone is using it.

IT IS ALSO BANNED.

The fine piece I have linked to, from Jake G. Shelley, should scare the living hell out of you.

Thumbnail image for AregawiLedsSimpson1c-Moscow13.jpgAbega Aregawi, photo by PhotoRun.net

It seems that the drugs came to Ethiopia courtesy of several Ukranian doctors. We should be hearing several other names over the next couple of weeks.

WADA has the wherewithal to catch many drug cheats, however, here is the big IF. Until the IOC puts real money into WADA, and just bans the nine or ten major countries who are systematically cheating, we will have issues. And this is not just in athletics.

When the cheaters are better funded that WADA, I am not sure what people expect. I can tell you this, each group that has been caught, the IAAF has been after.

A final thought. I was asked by one reporter if the women's 1,500 meters has surpassed the 100 meters as the dirtiest event in our sport. I did not know what to say.

https://jakegshelley.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/what-is-melodoniummildronate/

This will probably be the last indoor results report from Europe. We will be in outdoor season shortly. Special thanks, once again, to Carles Baronet, who provides these results reports exclusively for RunBlogRun every two weeks.

See you all at the 2016 World Indoor Champs.

Rutherford_GregFL-Beijing15.jpgGreg Rutherford, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rotich_LucasFV-LakeBiwa16.JPGLucas Rotich, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rotich wins Lake Biwa
LAKE BIWA (JPN, Mar 6): In warm but windless conditions, Lucas Rotich won a close race at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in 2:09:11 ahead of Hisanori Kitajima (2:09:16) who was one of four Japanese runners to break the 2:10-barrier on home soil. Tanzania's Alphonce Felix Simbu comprised the podium in third in 2:09:19 ahead of Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:25), Takuya Fukatsu (2:09:31) and Fumihiro Maruyama (2:09:39). Yuki Kawauchi was seventh in 2:11:53 while Olympic sixth-placer Kentaro Nakamoto will almost certainly miss out on selection for Rio 2016 in eighth in 2:12:06. Ethiopian teenager Shura Kitata set a blistering early pace and passed through halfway in 62:35 (14:40 5km split from 10-15km) and was on course to break the Japanese all-comers' record but was caught at 29km and faded to 16th in 2:16:09. "The pace was already fast and I thought he would comeback after 30km, so I decided not to chase him," said Rotich. Leading European marathon-runner Henryk Szost from Poland dropped out before halfway. With help from Brett Larner / IAAF.

Editor's note: Victah Sailer, who should know, told RBR that Lake Biwa has wonderful race coverage. Here is a fine story on the event: http://japanrunningnews.blogspot.jp/2016/03/rotich-wins-wild-lake-biwa-mainichi.html

Here is the complete results from USA Results 2015.2016, numero 10, compiled by our very busy friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. See you all at the US Champs next weekend and good luck to all of the NCAA contestants.

Hastings_Natasha-NBind16.JPgNatasha Hastings, photo by PhotoRun.net

rudisha.jpgDavid Rudisha, adidas GP, 2015, photo by Kevin Morris

Rudisha 1:44.78
MELBOURNE (AUS, Mar 5): World record holder David Rudisha opened his season with victory over 800m in the Melbourne World Challenge in a world-leading mark of 1:44.78 ahead of Australians Luke Mathews, 20, and James Gurr, who both claimed the Olympic qualifying standard with PBs of 1:45.16 and 1:46.09 respectively. This was Rudisha's sixth win in Melbourne since 2010. Another leading performance came courtesy of Dane Bird-Smith who won the 5000m walk in an Australian record of 18:38.97 while team-mate Bekki Smith won the women's equivalent in a world-leading 21:19.46. Other world-leading marks came from Brett Robinson in the 5000m (13:33.13) and Madeline Hills (nee Heiner) in the 3000m steeplechase (9:34.44). Hills claimed the Olympic qualifying standard, as did runner-up Genevieve LaCaze (9:43.93). Australians also excelled in the vertical jumps: Eleanor Patterson won the high jump with 1.93m while Alana Boyd won the pole vault with 4.71m. In the triple jump, New Zealand's Nneka Okpala won in a national record of 13.89m. There were also good marks in the throws: Tom Walsh won the shot put with 20.87m one day after winning the New Zealand title with 21.11m, Kathryn Mitchell won the javelin with a good 64.37m while in-form Briton Jade Lally won the discus with 59.94m.

These results are from European cross country event in February 2016. This is the third results report from our friend, Carles Baronet, who publishes a wonderful blog, TrackinSun.

GWR2014-873.jpgGreat XC Edinburgh, 2014, photo courtesy of Stan Vernon/Great Run company

Running in Kenya is growing up.

And with that growing up, has come some of the problems faced in other parts of the world, including doping. Justin writes about the devotion that Kenya's first lady has to her half marathon, and how the races have grown in three years, to 40,000 runners!

Ezekial Kemboi was featured in the race, so read on about the First Lady Half Marathon!

Kemboi_EzkielR-KenyaOT12.jpgEzekial Kemboi, king of the steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the European results courtesy of our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. This is the ninth results report for 2016, and we hope that you enjoy it!

Schippers_DafneQ-EuroInd15.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Renaud Lavillenie photo by PhotoRun.net

Lavillenie 603, Porter 7.89, Kilty 6.50


JABLONEC (CZE, Mar 5): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie fulfilled the expectations. He cleared World leading 603 in second attempt and won at the 44th Jablonec Indoor Gala (EA Indoor Permit) on Saturday in Czech Republic. His competition started with 574 clearance when nearly all the other jumpers ended. Then he gave the capacity crowd of 1000 a nice 590 jump and then the world lead. After little thinking he then decided not immediately for world record attempts but for 610. And all three attempts were promising. "I could confirm I have the right shape before Portland. World lead is excellent and gives me the right feelings now," said Lavillenie after his 16th meet of the career over six meters. Behind him excellent show in pole vault with Czech Jan Kudlicka attempting national record 583 after nice 574 jump. French Stanley Joseph as thid overall PB 564 the same for fourth Briton Max Eaves who jumped on borrowed poles as his did not arrive from London. And fifth top talent 16 years old Greek Emmanouil Karalis jumping youth all-time best indoor or outdoor 554 and had very promising attempts at 564. European champion 2014 Tiffany Porter already in heats improved the meet record to 7.93 just ahead of Euroindoor champion Alina Talay 7.98 and in second heat Croatian record for Andrea Ivancevic 7.94. Final was a top display of shape by Porter as she improved again to 7.89 MR (2nd best by European in 2016). Ivancevic 2nd 7.98 and Talay after mistake only last. World and European indoor champ Richard Kilty after easy 6.59 in heats promised to break Kim Collins meet record 6.56. And he did it in excellent manner. New European lead 2016 and meet record, also his second best ever 6.50. "Yes I feel I can run even faster, but still think i made the right decision to concentrate on summer," he said with huge smile. Behind him life-time bests for Briton 60 specialist Theo Etienne 6.56 and Dutch Hensley Paulina 6.64 (he is originally from Curacao). Trinidad´s World relay medalist from Beijing Michelle-Lee Ahye gave the crowd two meet records. In heats 7.11 and in the finals 7.10 (also equaled her NR). Second Slovenian Maja Mihalinec two personal bests 7.25 in heats and 7.24 in finals. In close hurdles final top 3 clocked sub 7.60. Jarret Eaton won in meet record and his fastest of the season 7.54 ahead of Hungarian record holder Balazs Baji 7.56 and 2012 Olympian Jeff Porter 7.57 season best. In remaining two technical events home wins. In long jump Radek Juska already with first jump 803 season best and also meet record. In shot put Tomas Stanek surprised the strong field with last attempt of 21.30, his overall best, second all-time in Czech and second in Europe 2016. Canadian Tim Nedow also in last throw excellent 20.98, but unfortunately his first loss of 2016. Double olympic winner Tomasz Majewski beat by 2 cm his young home rival Konrad Bukowiecki 20.40 to 20.37. In summary meet records in 6 and stadium records in 4 out of 7 events.

Carles Baronet, our friend in athletics from Catalonia, provides us with updates on US results, European results, cross country and road results, about every two weeks. I am a bit behind, so I am catching up on posting today!

Berian_Boris-NBin16.JPGBoris Berian, NBINGP, photo by PhotoRun.net

LaVillenie_RenaudR1-Brussels15.jpgLavillenie hopes for top mark
JABLONEC (CZE): Pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie arrived to Czech Republic to jump at the Jablonec Indoor Gala on Saturday (EA Indoor Permit). "It is just right time to do the last meet 10 days before the World Indoors. I think I can jump high, hoping for six meters. I have the shape as my season started little bit later and last two competitions were really good. I always like to compete in Czech after three times Ostrava and last year European Indoors. My plan is clear as in 2012 I want to be at European Championships and Olympic Games." The meet in Jablonec in 7 events offers interesting duels like all three medalists from Praha 2015 (Talay, Solomon, Hatton) against Tiffany Porter or Yunier Perez vs Richard Kilty in the 60. In total 3 European Indoor winners from 2015 will compete.

Stadium-LondonDL15.jpgLondon, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Reuters informs that adidas is monitoring how world athletics is dealing with a doping scandal while its current sponsorship deal still runs, the firm's chief executive said on Thursday. "We have not terminated our contract (with the International Association of Athletics Federations)," Herbert Hainer told a newsconference to present his company's annual results.

Editor's note: adidas is no dummy. You do not get to be the second largest sports company in the world without some good days and bad days. Herbet Hainer has run adidas for nearly a decade, to step down in August. A CEO who does not way all of his options, ie., even with what adidas has felt as less than stellar treatment during its time at the IAAF, is not doing his or her job. In the end, adidas will do what is best for its brand and its shareholders. It is Seb Coe's job to provide Hainer reasons to stay with the IAAF. Anyone who thinks that one brand owning everying in sports is good, is just silly. For the sport to thrive, many brands need to be supporting our sport.

The recent drug positives in Kenya, Ethiopia and other places means that the IAAF is pursuing the cheaters. I hope that they do more. Want to bring in new sponsors? Clean up the sport with vigilance.

Well, this morning at 4 am, I woke up and saw a text from a writer friends at one of the big media groups. I then, saw the IAAF release noted below and wondered, "What meet did they take off the schedule?"

I was quite surprised and saddened, in reading the entire release, that the adidas GP will move from being a Diamond League event, one of two in North America into something new on the streets of New York City.

Now, I am all for change, but the adidas Grand Prix offered the city of New York, the media capital of the world, a fine track meet. While that does not even suggest how much money it has taken to put on such a quality meet in the Big Apple, from bringing in the best javelin throwers into NYC to comply with DL standards, to the increased hotel prices, meal prices and travel times to put on an event in New York.

I thank adidas and Global Athletics for providing us the meet at Icahn Stadium for the past decade. Having had two Diamond League meets in the US was great, as North American track fans had DL meets on each side of the country.

Stay tuned on further developments.

LaVillenie_RenaudR1-Brussels15.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

7 medalists in 7 events
JABLONEC (CZE): French World record holder Renaud Lavillenie will be the top star of the last European Athletics Indoor Permit meet of the indoor season in Jablonec, Czech Republic on Saturday. The meet should also remember one year since the succesfull European Indoors in the country. In total three winners from 02 Arena will compete, also four other medalists in seven events. For example in women 60 m hurdles the full podium will return with Belarus Alina Talay and British hurdlers Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon added with 2014 European Champion Tiffany Porter. Men 60 m will have top two with Briton Richard Kilty and German Christian Blum (here another top rival Yunier Perez of Cuba). Lavillenie will face in his last test before Portland home in-shape jumpers Jan Kudlicka and Michal Balner, also the best ever youth jumper Emanouil Karalis from Greece. Hungarian record holder Balazs Baji will face tough US opposition in men hurdles with Jeff Porter and Jarret Eaton. Great duel is expected in men shot put with IAAF World Indoor Tour winner Tim Nedow against double Olympic winner Tomasz Majewski, multiple junior medalist Konrad Bukowiecki and in-shape Tomas Stanek of Czech Republic. Men long jump has European indoor silver medalist Radek Juska against British champion Dan Bramble and sensation of the year Bachana Khorava of Georgia who improved this winter to 825 cm. Women 60 m is having Trinidad´s World relay medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye as the top favorite, also to mention Slovenian champion Maja Mihalinec and German talent Lisa Meyer.

Rutherford_GregFL-Beijing15.jpgGreg Rutherford, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): 23 athletes have been named on the British team for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland. The squad includes Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and UK champion Chris Baker, who has cleared 2.36m this winter. James Dasaolu and Andy Robertson, first and second in the UK Indoor Championships, will compete in the 60m. On the women's side, IAAF World Indoor Tour winner Lorraine Ugen and world silver medallist Shara Proctor will compete in the long jump, UK champion Asha Philip and world 200m finalist Dina Asher-Smith will compete in the 60m, European silver medallist Lynsey Sharp will compete in the 800m alongside UK champion Adelle Tracey while European champion Tiffany Porter will contend for a medal in the 60mH. Double world junior champion Morgan Lake will start in the pentathlon.

It all began with a phone call from Mark Mastalir.

Mark has built a career, first in sports marketing and now in marketing in the sports business. As the VP of Marketing & Partnerships at LUMO BodyTech, Mark Mastalir introduced us to Dr. Charles Wang, co-founder and COO of LUMO, a company focused in the health and fitness arena. Their new product, which many of you have seen on Facebook and twitter, features a device that helps you understand the strenghts and weaknesses in your running form. Then, you are directed to their very nice and informative website, where LUMO shows you how to improve your form, and your efficiency. The product will be built into a sports tight and a sports short, as well as sold separately.

In this first in a series of interview clips, Dr. Charles Wang tells RBR about the beginnings of LUMO Bodytech.

roeya vaughn asics .jpgRoeya Badri Vaughan, photo courtesy of ASICS communications

ASICS America announced on March 1 that Roeya Vaughan has been named the new Vice President of Marketing. The position has been open for some time and was the focus of much conjecture by the industry.

ASICS America is one of most iconic brands in the performance running food chain. For nineteen years, ASICS was ranked the number one brand in running, until Brooks challenged it for the top position a few years ago. ASICS America has rebounded and under the leadership of Gene McCarthy is looking to see how it can strengthen performance running and build many of the other aspects of the brand.

ASICS America has been the focus of much change over the past six months. The departures of many of its most seasoned executives suggested decisions by the global company to either take more control or to go in different directions.

In the late Fall of 2015, Gene McCarthy replaced Kevin Wulff as CEO. McCarthy brought experience at some of the pre-eminent brands in sports footwear to bare on his new position. McCarthy came in as ASICS lost both the New York and Los Angeles Marathon sponsorships to key competitors.

McCarthy likes a good challenge and he has made it clear that he is focusing the brand for growth and to protect its iconic stature. In naming Roeya Badri Vaughan, Gene McCarthy is putting his imprimatur on ASICS marketing.

We will have to wait and see how Mr. McCarthy steers the brand, and we wish Ms. Vaughan the best of luck in her new position. Once she has had a few weeks, we hope to gain an interview with her and see how her experience at Oakley will help her approach the marketing for one of the most popular running brands on the planet.

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