First time Thiago Braz vs Lavillenie since the Games
ZURICH (SUI): The Weltklasse Zurich first IAAF Diamond League final of the year is having all top names who were available, sold out stadium and nice weather forecast. Some home spirit is also expected (Hussein, Buchel, Kambundji, 4x100 m). Five athletes are already confirmed winners of the Diamond Trophy, they just need to compete (Lavillenie, Schippers, Harrison, Spanovic, Perkovic). In other three the situation also looks clear (Merritt, Taylor, Beitia). Fast times are expected in men 5000 m and women 1500 m, question remains whether Jebet will try for another World record in women steeple. And the top event of the evening concerning participation is women 200 m. Special is the first duel after Rio between Thiago Braz and Renaud Lavillenie in pole vault.
Event by event
100 m: Will Asafa Powell record his 97th sub-10 wind-legal clocking? Omar McLeod makes his Diamond League debut in the 100m flat while Paris winner Ben Youssef Meite also starts.
DR: Meite or Rodgers is the question. Theoretical chances also for Powell, Martina and Simbine.
400m: LaShawn Merritt should dominate again with possible Caribbean opposition (Brenes, Gardiner, Taplin).
DR: Merritt could be third and still wins the trophy.
5000m: World-lead of 12:59.29 looks vulnerable if the field is up for it. Line-up includes silver and bronze medallists Paul Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet and Paris 3000m winner Yomif Kejelcha.
DR: Very open situation, looks like the winner should get it, close are Edris, Kejelcha, Gebrhiwot.
400 mH: Another clash between Olympic champion Kerron Clement and world champion Nicholas Bett who is returning to form after a poor early summer.
DR: Clement has 6 points over Culson, should be enough.
TJ: Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor returns to action and is expected to dominate. Still waiting on years first 18 m and MR is 17.79.
DR: Taylor could be fourth and still will win the Diamond Race.
PV: First Olympic rematch of Thiago Braz vs Renaud Lavillnie. Sam Kendricks and Shawn Barber also in the field. Six meters never at Weltklasse yet.
DR: Lavillenie confirmed winner (in all Diamond League editions so for 7th time).
SP: After an exciting clash in Paris, Tom Walsh and Ryan Crouser will renew their rivalry with world champion Joe Kovacs also likely to figure.
DR: Walsh 38 and Kovacs 34, who will win?
JT: Olympic champion Thomas Rohler and former Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott head the field along with in-form Czech Jakub Vadlejch.
DR: Rohler has 34 and Vadlejch 30, another duel for the trophy.
200m: The event of the evening? The line-up is headed by Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, world champion Dafne Schippers and former Olympic champions Allyson Felix and Veronica Campbell-Brown.
DR: Schippers confirmed winner.
800 m: Field includes all eight Olympic finalists with Caster Semenya expected to dominate again. Pacemaker has been asked to pass 400m in 55.0-55.5.
DR: Semenya has 2 points over Niyonsaba (40:38) but whould would dare she could be beaten?
1500 m: Laura Muir is back in action after her sensational 3:55.22 world-lead in Paris. Only notable absentee is Genzebe Dibaba but dark horse going down a distance is Obiri.
DR: Kipyegon has 8 points advantage over Muir, that should be enough.
SC: Will Ruth Jebet despite her quotes chase another fast time after her 8:52.78 world record in Paris? Hyvin Kiyeng and Emma Coburn also compete. MR for sure.
DR: Jebet has 36 and Kiyeng 32. That is close in case something unexpected happens.
100 mH: Keni Harrison has run 12.42 and 12.44 since her world record run. Can she break Gail Devers' meet record of 12.39?
DR: Harrison confirmed winner.
400 mH (non-DL): Olympic silver medallist Sara Petersen faces in-form Eilidh Doyle and world silver medallist Shamier Little. Home Sprunger hopes to be back in top shape.
4x100m (non-DL): US and Jamaica will be fielding teams of Zurich Trophy. MR is 41.60.
LJ: Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta and European champion Ivana Spanovic are the names to watch along with former olympic winner Brittney Reese who comes in.
DR: Spanovic (first Serbian) confirmed winner.
HJ: Olympic champion Ruth Beitia is looking for a two meters clearance.
DR: Beitia with 41 points looks to be safe also here.
DT: Sandra Perkovic expected to extend her unbeaten streak.
DR: Perkovic confirmed winner.
August 2016 Archives
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OTHER WELTKLASSE NEWS
ZURICH (SUI): Keni Harrison is predicting a fast time but she isn't making any specific predictions. "It's my first time in Zurich. I heard the track is really fast and I expect a fast time. My main goal ist to cross the line first and win the Diamond League but it's the last race of my season and I'll give everything I got."
ZURICH (SUI): Ruth Jebet isn't committing herself to another world record attempt in Zurich. "I was not prepared to run a world record but I tried my best in Paris and I made it. I wasn't expecting to run that fast and now I don't know now if it's possible to run even faster. After Paris I travelled back to my country. My whole family was of course very happy about the Olympics and the record. I'm very close to winning the Diamond League but it is not going to be easy tomorrow," she said.
ZURICH (SUI): Meet director Andreas Hediger has confirmed there will be a capacity crowd for the Zurich Diamond League and the conditions are likely to be conducive as well. "I'm proud to announce that we have a full house tomorrow, 25'000 spectators at the Letzigrund stadium will create a great atmosphere. We depend on the weather, the evening temperatures should be around 22-23 degrees so we will have great conditions for our competitions," he said. "It is not only about the meeting anymore. We would like to be close to the fans. We have various activities throughout the year. The core of this, our main goal, is to support and promote athletics in Switzerland," added the co-meeting director Christoph Joho.
ZURICH (SUI): Jamaican Asafa Powell who was also special guest at the women Pole Vault in Zurich has after several checking 96 legal sub 10 times currently. Adding to that is one hand timed sub 10 and 8 wind assisted sub 10 times. From Mark Butler.
ZURICH (SUI): At seven places in Switzerland children trained with athletics superstars (around 40 top athletes) before the Weltklasse meet on Tuesday.
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss television SRG SSR extended their contract with Weltklasse Zurich until 2020.
ZURICH (SUI): Double sprint olympic winner Elaine Thompson said: "When I look back at the 200m final in Rio, there was one person missing: Allyson Felix," said Thompson. "I've only competed against her once before over 200m, and that was in Brussels last year, so tomorrow will be exciting. "I don't know how much faster I can go," she added. "Running 21.66 (last year in Beijing) was a shock. I honestly don't like running 200m, but I'm excited to see how fast I can go in the future."
My first time at the City Games in Newcastle was in 2012 after the London Olympic Games. I have been back two more times, but will miss 2016. The City Games is a great idea, with a track meet brought to the people of Newcastle, the home of the Great Run Company. Great Run manages Great Runs, Great Swims and Great Bikes around Great Britain.
The City Games should be a global series. The first US event similar was the adidas BOOST Boston Games, held back in June.
But, this is the grand daddy and one of my favorite ways to end the track and field season! If you are in Newcastle on September 10, go downtown and enjoy a wonderful event!
Welcome to Day Three, Week Two of HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Training program! Today is a recovery day and we suggest that you vary the surfaces on your training sessions. You should also consider training in two pairs of training shoes, and alternating them by runs.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; cool down.
Our sport requires focus and patience. The slow build up of endurance, speed and strength will come into play as the cross country season builds to the big races: league, regionals, state and nationals.
Tempo runs are a fantastic way to build race callousing and endurance.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016: Tempo Day: 1-mile warmup; 20-min tempo run; 1-mile cool-down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 19 min for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:40 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.
Evan Jager will be running the 5000 meters in Zurich. We wish him luck! I will have to watch it on TV. Weltklasse is one of my favorite meets. I like to stay at the Ibis, and walked by the hookah bars about a mile away from the Ibis hotel during my nightly walks. The Movenpick hotel is the headquarters, and the pressers are a bit unusual, but the meeting is, well, amazing. Great crowd, fantastic races, and a fun Chinese place just behind the stadium, opened late after track meetings.
WELTKLASSE NEWS (materials from the meet media office)
ZURICH (SUI): Weltklasse will be again World Class pure. 14 champions of the Rio Olympic Games are heading the illustrious entry lists for the IAAF Diamond League final at Weltklasse Zürich this Thursday. 16 Diamond Trophies, which include prize money of 40 000 USD each, will be awarded. The new champions will line up against 26 Olympic medallists, 10 reigning world champions and 16 champions of the recent European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. The impressive Weltklasse Zürich entry lists suggest another edition of «Olympic Games in one night» and a unique athletics experience for 25 000 stadium visitors.
ZURICH (SUI): The Weltklasse 200m women is a sparkling gem in the 2016 programme of events: New Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (Jamaica), world champion Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), Allyson Felix (USA), and Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) have won a total of as many as 25 titles at Olympic Games and world championships, including twelve in individual events.
ZURICH (SUI): US Kendra Harrison, 100m hurdles record holder, has left a very strong impression in the IAAF Diamond League meetings this summer. The American won as many as five of her races. After missing out on the Olympic Games, she triumphed again in Lausanne and Paris, and is considered the top favourite for the race on Thursday.
ZURICH (SUI): World record holder Renaud Lavillenie has also already forged an uncatchable margin in the Diamond Race. He will be the first athlete to win the trophy for the seventh consecutive time in Zurich. "Mister Diamond League" is about to make athletics history: No pole vaulter has ever been able to steal the Diamond League crown from him so far. In addition, the French Olympic silver medallist is ready for a rematch with Olympic champion Thiago Braz. The star-studded field also includes Olympic bronze medallist Sam Kendricks, Piotr Lisek and Jan Kudlicka and 2015 World champion Shawn Barber.
ZURICH (SUI): Despite her quote after Paris World record about ending the season Ruth Jebet will compete in Zurich women steeple. It will be interesting to see, whether she can run a similar time in Zurich, and whether she will be able to defend her lead in the Diamond Race against Olympic silver medallist and world champion Hyvin Kiyeng.
ZURICH (SUI): The women's 800m race will feature another all-star cast. Switzerland's European indoor champion Selina Büchel, who placed ninth in Rio, will be running against the eight Olympic finalists. It will be a perfect opportunity for the 25-year-old athlete to prove that she belongs with the world's best. Lining up next to her will be Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who will be running her first race since the Olympic final.The Zurich Trophy, a women's 4x100m relay race, will conclude the night at Letzigrund Stadium. The Swiss national record holders will run against teams from the USA, Jamaica, Ukraine, and Germany.
ZURICH (SUI): Last year the men's pole vault stunned the spectators at Zurich Main Station. This year, the world's best female pole vaulters will take centre stage at the special Weltklasse Zürich arena. Swiss star Nicole Büchler and Greece's Olympic champion Ekaterini Stefanidi are all set to put their skills on show at an extraordinary venue on Wednesday. Some 2000 spectators will get to cheer and to gasp at Zurich Main Station. And the athletes will no doubt also treat them to some goose bumps during their breathtaking airshow at the unique temporary arena. All of the 450 seats have been sold.
The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile is one of the final rites of the Summer track season. And now, with New Balance beginning the first year of their long term relationship with NYRR, the 5th Avenue Mile is one of my favorite events. Check out the amazing fields that NYRR has put together, and make sure you check out the race!
In the summer of 2015, I was sitting in the media section in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England. It was near the end of the meet, and Julius Yego was throwing the javelin. Julius let one go, and it just flew, landing behind some boxes of BBC TV equipment. At first it was called a foul. Then, Julius protested and the officials checked it. It was not a foul, but was just on the right side of the vector. And it was a HUGE throw!
In Beijing, Julius Yego became the first Kenyan to win a field event in the World Championships.
Julius Yego won the first Olympic field event medal ever won by a Kenyan athlete. Julius is one of the quotes that Elliott Denman quoted down below. Enjoy the quotes, there are some fine ones from Rio!
This is the beginning of week two, of the HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country training program. We have a long run, a tempo run and a hill run, plus four recovery days. Focus on the task at hand. If you want to make the workouts harder, take the easy runs on hilly runs. Varying surfaces is key to foot health.
Monday, August 29, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; cool down.
And remember to check out the hokaoneonepostalnationals.com site.
Alex Mill wrote for RunBlogRun last year and also over the past couple of years. This year, Alex has a real job, so his writing is a bit more intermittent for RunBlogRun. But, as I woke up this Sunday morning, an email appeared from Alex Mill, with his favorite non-gold medalists in Rio. I like his list!
Wlodarczyk 82.98 huge WR
WARSZAWA (POL, Aug 28): Some 27 000 spectators in the National Stadium in Poland´s capital went home satisfied. They saw World record, World lead, two more meet records and plenty of interesting fights at 7th Kamila Skolimowska Memorial. Fresh from Rio success Anita Wlodarczyk started with huge 79.68, added to 80.31 in second throw and huge 81.70 (second best ever at that time) in third. Stadium exploded in fourth round, with superb technique she smashed her Rio global mark by 69 cm to 82.98. She continued to throw on high level with 81.27 and her last attempt ended in net. Her 6th World record and she has now 10 best competitions ever. Also in men hammer Pawel Fajdek made for Rio disappointment from qualification and improved in fifth round after Wlodarczyk World record his own World lead to 82.47. Another highlight was the last competition by Tomasz Majewski on home soil. He achieved excellent season best with 21.08 and was only overtaken by Olympic bronze medalist Tom Walsh in last series with 21.48. High jump olympic silver winner Mutaz Essa Barshim had excellent afternoon of jumping all four heights including 235 (meet record) in first attempt. Then he tried at World leading 241 three times and specially the third one was very close. In discus fight Robert Urbanek was the winner 63.80 just ahead of Gerd Kanter (came just in the morning from Estonia) 63.69 and Piotr Malachowski 63.60. Olympic bronze winner Daniel Jasinski only fifth (60.58) and Olympic winner Christoph Harting did not arrive due to illnes and fever. Kamila Licwinko topped women high jump with 193. Pawel Wojciechowski improved meet record in pole vault with 565 and Paulina Guba won the women shot with 17.57. On the straight (in the set-up only straight for sprints and sectors for technical events) the top result by Jamaican Julian Forte in men 100 m with 10.09 (-0.1, with closed roof nearly no wind) ahead of German record holder Julian Reus 10.31. British record holder Dina Asher-Smith got the women 100 m in 11.28 (-0.6) over US Barbara Pierre 11.36. Hurdles winners from overseas Canadian Olympic finalist Phylicia George 12.88 (0.0) and US Jarred Eaton 13.50 (+0.1).
Wlodarczyk dedicated the record to Skolimowska
WARSZAWA (POL): "I was saying that I want to improve the record and I was able to keep my word," said Anita Wlodarczyk after her record competition. "Maybe I could break it in first round but I like to improve step by step and play with the emotions. Yes it was close to 83 meters, but lets save something for the next season," she added. It was her first season in her career where she was without any injuries. "I was since november fully healthy and underwent excellent preparation at 100 percent level. And I want to thank the spectators, they gave me the right wings. Normally I m forced to motivate myself, I m missing opponents at similar level, but this time the motivation came from the tribunes," explained Wlodarczyk. She dedicated her record to Kamila Skolimowska. "And not only Kamila but also last meet of Tomasz Majewski in Poland was another special motivation. When I will end the career I would be also happy when somebody would achieve a world record," added Wlodarczyk who will now start her two months holidays. She will be back to training in November. Her coach Krzysztof Kaliszewski added: "It was 90 % ideal throw, I saw still some possibilites to improve in her technique. And we must note that after Rio she is not fully into her usual regime. I already said at the beginning of this season she can throw 85 meters. Something remained for future."
The thirty-two medals won in Rio are the best performances since 1932 in Los Angeles. So, what I did below was add a brief description of each medal winner from Rio. It was a very impressive series of performances.
RUTH JEBET SMASHES STEEPLECHASE WORLD RECORD IN PARIS
By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.
PARIS (27-Aug) -- The Meeting de Paris IAAF Diamond League here was a distance runner's dream, with records falling left and right. Ruth Jebet smashed an eight year-old 3000m steeplechase world record by a country mile; Laura Muir startled many by eclipsing her British record over 1500 meters in a world-leading time; Yomif Kejelcha set a world under-20 record for 3000m; and Alfred Kipketer clocked the third fastest 800m time of 2016.
"Fantastic. Just fantastic," was the way IAAF President Sebastian Coe described the evening, shortly after congratulating Jebet and Muir on their times. Fantastic, in reality, was an understatement when looking at results as a whole. They were remarkable.
It was only a matter of time before Jebet broke Gulnara Galkina's world record of 8:58.81, having twice run within two seconds of the time this season. The shy 19-year-old, born in Kenya but now representing Bahrain, said on Friday she was not going to chase the mark here, tired from her run to an Olympic gold medal earlier this month. Whether Jebet was playing mind games with her competitors or simply downplaying her fitness level, we can only guess.
"I am happy. I am happy to be a record holder and a winner," Jebet said. "I recovered the energy. You know, sometimes you can become weak and not realize you are strong."
Hitting one kilometer in 2:56.36, Jebet joined pacemaker Caroline Tuigong at the front just ahead of Hyvin Kiyeng. Jebet soon left the designated pacers, Tuigong and Aisha Praught --as well as Kiyeng-- behind, running full steam through 2000m in 5:54.16.
Jebet's form began to falter slightly over the final two and a half laps, though her 50 meter lead would never be in jeopardy. On the infield, Tuigong yelled encouragement as the crowd's roars increased with the announcement that Jebet was well under world record pace.
The clock stopped at 8:52.78 as Jebet raised her hands and jumped into the outstretched arms of Tuigong. She'd slashed more than six seconds from Galkina's world record and bettered her lifetime best by nearly seven seconds.
"I tried many times to beat the world record and today we decided to push each other to go for a good time. The pacemaker was very strong," she said. "I was not expecting such a big difference with the record."
Jebet was expected to try and run under 8:58 at the Herculis Meeting on September 1, in Zurich, the IAAF Diamond League final for the women's steeplechase, but now she does not plan to race there.
"I am not planning to run. Me, I am tired. I tried my best," she said. "I am happy to close my season with a world record."
Kiyeng was second in 9:01.96 followed by American Emma Coburn in 9:10.19. The top three places were an exact match from the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro.
"I'm happy for [Jebet] and I hope that over the next few years I can close the gap to her because she's setting new barriers for herself, so I hope to join her there," said Coburn. "I'm pleased with my race. I ran 9:10, which other than Rio would have been an American record. I'm really happy with it."
American steeplechasers had a strong breakthrough in this race. Coburn led the chase pack for the better part of two kilometers, finishing within three seconds of her American record time (9:07.63). She helped lead Stephanie Garcia and Colleen Quigley to new personal bests (9:19.48 and 9:20.00, respectively), making them the fourth and fifth fastest Americans ever at the distance.
Australia's Genevieve LaCaze set an Oceania Area Record with her 9:14.28 sixth place time.
If Jebet's world record wasn't enough, the women's 1500m that followed 20 minutes later was filled with nearly as much excitement. Britain's Laura Muir and Olympic gold medalist Faith Kipyegon stuck close to pacers Tamara Tverdostup and Judy Kiyeng through 800m (2:09.24), setting up a quick run for home while Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury sat back in the pack.
Racing aggressively in the Rio 1500m Olympic final, Muir wound up fading to seventh and missed a medal because she couldn't kick hard in the final 400. Tonight she'd duplicate her aggressive style early, while at the same time, conserve enough energy to kick at the end. Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan both were charging hard in the final lap.
With 200m to go Muir maintained form and shut the door on any thoughts she'd tie-up in the homestretch. On the strength of a sub-60-second last lap, she'd take home her second Diamond League victory of the year in 3:55.22, break her own British national record, record a world-leading time, and break the meet record.
"I really didn't know what to expect today. I would have been happy to run four minutes, but to run 3:55, I'm so shocked there," Muir said. IAAF President Coe would come over to Muir and personally congratulate her on the run, saying that he was happy it turned out better than the disappointment in Rio. "It's a bit bittersweet I guess cause it's great to be in such phenomenal shape while at the same time I wish it was a week ago!"
Kipyegon was second (3:56.72); Hassan third (3:57.13); Rowbury fourth (3:58.00) and Dawit Seyaum fifth (3:58.09). Simpson (sixth, 3:58.19) and Besu Sado (seventh, 3:59.96) rounded out those who'd dip under four minutes.
"Nothing lights a fire like the Olympic Games, both before and after," Simpson said. "[Muir] is a tough runner. She was great before and I'm not surprised she was great today."
"I think in a way it was probably fun for Laura to be able to go out and show how fast she was, and same for me, to get a season's best," said Rowbury. "I know I'm in shape for [an American record]. In retrospect I think today probably would have been a good day to try and get it but I didn't anticipate it being that quick."
The men's 3000m was fast from the gun, with an opening kilometer of 2:29.7. Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider would be all alone out front once the two rabbits stepped off, in no man's land some five seconds up on the field.
Yet surprisingly, Iguider kept the lead strong through the second kilometer and found himself five seconds ahead at the bell.
That bell spurred on Ethiopian teenager Yomif Kejelcha to begin tracking down Iguider little by little. Iguider glared at the stadium's video boards and seemed to know his demise was coming.
Kejelcha made the winning move with 110 meters left, opening a nearly two second gap to win 7:28.19 to 7:30.09. Kejelcha's time is a new world U20 record, taking down Augustine Choge's 7:28.78 time by half a second. It is also a world leader for 2016. In his euphoria, Kejelcha ran through the mixed zone not stopping long enough for a comment.
Olympic 5000m bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet was third in 7:30.45. American Ryan Hill took fourth (7:30.93) after moving up well in the final two laps. Paul Chelimo, sporting the U.S. Army kit in his first race since securing Olympic silver, faded to eighth (7:37.98).
Hill was within two seconds of Bernard Lagat's American record 7:29.00, a mark he wants badly.
"I probably just needed a little more of an exceptional performance to get to that American record level," he said. "It's one of those [races] where I'll be happy with the way I ran it. If it was just a different race... I maybe could have had a 28 in me the last 200.
Alfred Kipketer, 19, broke 1:43 for the first time with a 1:42.97 winning performance in the 800m. The race came down to a sprint in the last 20 meters, with both Jonathan Kitilit and Ayanleh Souleiman fading. That opened the door for hard charging Kipketer and Taoufik Makhloufi to run for the top spot.
It would be Kipketer's by a tenth of a second, 1:42.87 to 1:42.98. Kitilit (1:43.05), Ferguson Rotich (1:43.43) and Souleiman (1:43.52) finished out the top five.
"This is my first time running 1:42 and I can say this is a good place where I can run a fast time," said Kipketer. "My hopes were to improve my time. The weather was so nice and I really enjoyed it. That was so nice for me."
American Boris Berian stepped off the track just over 400 meters in after a nagging Achilles injury flared up. Berian said that the injury has been bothering him since March, yet he's been able to run through it for a long while.
"I've been kind of having issues with it, nothing where it's affected me race wise or too much in training. But today I felt it for the first time in a while. It's not bad but it worried me a little bit," he said. "I maybe should shut it down. I've had a good year. I'm happy with it."
A total of 24,421 spectators attended the Meeting de Paris, filling the Stade de France to roughly 30-percent of its capacity.
PHOTO: Ruth Jebet of Bahrain after breaking the world record in the women's steeplechase at the 2016 Meeting de Paris (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
The race walks are part of Olympic history, and have been part of the history of the Olympics since it was brought back in the modern era, starting in 1896. The 50 kilometer race walk is the longest event on the Olympic schedule. The 20 kilometer race walk featured races for Men and Women. Here is our story, written by 1956 Olympic race walker Elliott Denman.
The U.S won 32 medals in athletics alone in Rio Olympics. That was the finest performance by the US in track & field since 1932. I asked Jonas Hedman of friidrottaren.com to provide us a daily report on how Scandinavia fared in Rio (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark). I wanted RunBlogRun readers to appreciate just how fortunate fans of USA Track & Field were in Rio.
Other countries appreciate one medal, or several sixth places. The U.S. is fortunate to be so large, and with so much talent.
Here is Jonas Hedman's summary for Day 10.
Sara Slott Petersen, photo by Deca Text & Bild
Jebet huge WR
PARIS (FRA, Aug 27): The IAAF Diamond League in Paris (for the last time at Stade de France, next year at smaller Charlety) was a huge success in terms of quality and results. Steeple world record, U20 World record in men 3000 m, superb World lead by European runner in women 1500 m. Just to mention three highlights.
Event by event
100 m: Ivory Coast's Ben Youssef Meite rounded off the evening by equalling his NR of 9.96 ahead of Akani Simbine (10.00) and Churandy Martina (10.01). Vicaut only fifth in 10.12.
800 m: Excellent race with 19-year-old Alfred Kipketer finishing strongly to win in 1:42.87 ahead of Taoufik Makhloufi (1:42.98) and Jonathan Kitilit (1:43.05). Top eight broke 1:44.
3000 m: Yomif Kejelcha missed out on Olympic selection but showed fine shape to win in a world U20 record and world-leading 7:28.19 ahead of long-time leader Abdelaati Iguider (7:30.09). Lifetime bests for six of the top seven.
400m hurdles: World champion Nicholas Bett returns to form with victory in a season's best of 48.01 to defeat Kerron Clement (48.19) and European champion Yasmani Copello (48.24).
Triple jump: Chris Carter 16.92m for the win in a field without Rio medalists.
Pole vault: After a defeat in Lausanne, Renaud Lavillenie returns to winning ways over Sam Kendricks with a 5.93m clearance before three attempts at 6.00m.
Shot: Great contest with Tom Walsh going out to a meet record and Oceanian record of 22.00m in the sixth round to defeat Olympic champion Ryan Crouser by one centimetre.
Javelin: Back-to-back Diamond League wins for Jakub Vadlejch with a PB of 88.02m ahead of Julian Weber (87.39m) and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler (84.16m).
200 m: Dafne Schippers 22.13 in her first race since the Olympics. Desiree Henry clocked 22.46 to move to equal third on the British all-time lists.
400 m: Natasha Hastings with her second fastest time of the season of 50.06 to defeat Diamond race leader Stephenie-Ann MacPherson (50.33).
1500 m:After Olympic disappointment, Laura Muir smashed her British record by more than two seconds with 3:55.22 (also WL, MR and 3rd best European all-time) to defeat Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon (3:56.72) and Sifan Hassan (3:57.13) among others. Top seven all broke the four-minute barrier.
100m hurdles: Kendra Harrison continues to dominate on the circuit with 12.44 ahead of Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.65).
3000m steeplechase: Ruth Jebet shattered Gulnara Galkina's eight-year-old world record with 8:52.78. Splits: 2:56.36 at 1km, 5:54.16 at 2km. Hyvin Kiyeng 9:01.96 and Emma Coburn 9:10.19 in a repeat of the Olympic order with Genevieve LaCaze sixth in an Oceanian record of 9:14.28.
High jump: Ruth Beitia 1.98m for the win ahead of Levern Spencer (1.96m). One cm better than in Rio.
Long jump: Ivana Spanovic went out to 6.90m in the second round before retiring from the competition. Lorraine Ugen 6.80m in second.
Discus: Sandra Perkovic maintains his unbeaten streak and had the three best marks of the contest: 65.65m, 66.80m and 67.62m. She has 6 wins the maximum in DL now.
Our week of workouts are focused around a Tempo run (Tuesday), hill run (Thursday), Long Run (Sunday), and four recovery days. Those who are more advanced can consider morning runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and a light fartlek on Saturdays.
This is our first long run, on Sunday. Run with your friends in a park, on trails, or on a cross country course, and keep the pace relaxed. And remember to consider the Postal Nationals to include in your training regimen. You can sign up at hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.
PHOTO: French steeplechaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad in advance of the 2016 Meeting de Paris (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
Part of the irony of Rio 2016 was the plethora of disqualifications. The Men's 5000 meters was an absolute joke. But, the travesty, in my mind was the disqualification of Ezekiel Kemboi in the steeplechase. I have reviewed the race nearly a dozen times and can not see how Kemboi's actions interfered with Mekhissi-Benabbad, the bad boy steeplechaser of French athletics. "Common sense", as Mark Twain noted 120 years ago, "is just not that common anymore." It is a travesty that Ezekiel Kemboi did not get the bronze medal he deserved.
I like Mekhissi-Benabbad. He is as French as they come. I think he is a tremendously talented athlete, and love his fearless racing. I am not trying to disparage Mekhissi-Benabbad, I just did not like the DQ in the steeplechase. Our sport is not ballet, as a old Soviet era coach noted back in the 1956 Olympics over the steeplechase, and things happen at the end of a race. Not all of them should be dealt with in a punative manner.
This is Chris Lotsbom's column on Mekhissi-Benabbad at the Paris DL press conferences. These pressers are some of my favorites on the circuit. In French and English, the pressers give you a dozen athletes in about four hours. Your head is spinning afterwards. But with some espresso (they have a machine in the media room), and the conviviality of the French media (Agence France and the L'equipe team), I always found time to get in a half dozen or more interviews the day before the meeting in Stade de France.
Special thanks to our friends, Chris Lotsbom and his coverage of Lausanne DL and Paris DL!
PHOTO: Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn in advance of the Meeting De Paris, part of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
Chris Lotsbom writes for Race Results Weekly and the Boston Athletic Association. This is part of a series by Chris on his travels to the end of the season athletic meetings in Europe. Here is his piece on Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson, two of the most popular athletes on the American side of the sport. Emma is new bronze medalist at steeplechase (AR at steeple too) and Jenny is the new bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters.
PHOTO: Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman winning the 1000m at the 2016 Athletissima meeting in Lausanne in 2:13.49 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
SOULEIMAN STRIKES OVER 1000M IN LAUSANNE
By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.
LAUSANNE, SUI (25-Aug) -- In the rarely contested one kilometer, Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman ran away with a commanding win here at the Athletissima Lausanne IAAF Diamond League meeting, defeating both Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop. Souleiman didn't just beat Centrowitz and Kiprop; he sped away with fury to win in 2:13.49, a world lead, Diamond League record, meet record, and the #7 performance of all time. Fair to say the 23-year-old had a memorable day at the track.
"I'm good today," said Souleiman. "The Olympics I under-performed because of the tactics and slow race... This is different. This is a hard race with a pacemaker. That's why I am happy today."
Though the 1000m may be more in Souleiman's wheelhouse than for 1500m specialists Centrowitz and Kiprop, Souleiman's command and decision-making was by far supreme today. Hitting 400 meters (52.80) behind the pacers, Souleiman extended his stride among the top three while Centrowitz sat mid-pack around sixth and Kiprop two steps farther behind.
At the bell, Centrowitz and Kiprop still had a lot of work to do if they wanted to catch Souleiman, some ten meters ahead.
Souleiman would split 800m leading in 1:45.95 after a 54.15 second lap and wouldn't slow down. He'd face a slight challenge from Kenyan Robert Biwott, though the final 27.54 200m took care of him with relative ease to win 2:13.49 to 2:13.89. Souleiman had enough in the tank to celebrate the last 20 meters. Jonathan Kiprotich Kitilit was third in 2:13.95.
"I win. That's why I know I'm ready. The Olympics, no," said Souleiman, telling Race Results Weekly that last week's Olympic 1500m final was both on his mind and in his legs (he finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m and failed to advance to the Olympic 800m final. Souleiman absolutely did not want the pace to linger in the slightest. He knew doing such would allow Centrowitz and company back in the mix.
"After Olympics I shake my head and decide to close the season [fast], that's why today I check myself. I say 'how do you run without tactics, in different strong races.' That's why I am happy. I am going to Paris in 800m. I am good now."
Kiprop wound up fourth in 2:14.23, while Centrowitz clocked 2:16.67 for sixth; both times are personal bests.
Centrowitz was OK with the result considering what the last week has been like. He said he's barely slept and the travel from Rio de Janeiro had taken its toll. He still thinks he can run a fast 1500m this season.
"I wanted to come in and get after it a little bit. I felt I did, at least the first 200 I got out well. It's tough, from an emotional high at the Olympics and not getting much sleep, had to travel and I don't do good with time zones," he began. "Honestly, I'm alright with it. It wasn't about time today... Hopefully this will help get my legs back under me for my next two races."
"I think I could really pop a good [1000m] when things are going well. Right now I'm not firing on all cylinders because of all those things I said," he added.
A surprising result to come from the 1000m was Kenyan Silas Kiplagat placing 12th and last in 2:19.80.
PAIR OF SILVER MEDALISTS IN DIBABA, NIYONSABA REBOUND WITH WINS
Genzebe Dibaba and Francine Niyonsaba looked smooth in their bounce-back efforts after claiming silver medals in the Olympic 1500m and 800m, respectively. Dibaba faced off against 5000m Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri and fourth placer Mercy Cherono, though was too much for the Kenyans to handle.
Sitting back through 1000m in 2:55.06 and 2000m in 5:52.31, Dibaba clearly had a specific race plan in mind: take it easy and don't press too early. She'd share the lead with Obiri for the penultimate lap before going to a whole other gear at the bell. Dibaba took off, Obiri chased, and the top two spots were settled in an instant: Dibaba won going away in a meet record 8:31.84 off of a 57.47-second last lap, to Obiri's 8:33.96. Cherono was third in 8:34.49.
"The competition is not that easy and I wanted to only winning," Dibaba told RRW. Interestingly, only two media outlets opted to talk with the 1500m world record holder: Race Results Weekly and a local publication. "I am confidence. I don't care about two, three, or anything. I said go easy and win."
Dibaba was questioned about the ongoing investigation into her coach Jama Aden, and was upfront with her answer.
"I don't know anything or comment on my coach. I go for job, I don't go for nothing. I don't have training. I go there because I train for championships. I don't think of what's happening," she said. Dibaba was set to meet members of the media yesterday at a press conference, though canceled at the last minute.
In the women's 800m, Niyonsaba took the track wearing bright green arm sleeves on a seasonably warm night (29C) to match her Nike Oregon Project top. With Caster Semenya and Margaret Wambui both out of the meet, Niyonsaba seized the opportunity to go with the rabbit through 400m (57.95) then press on. She'd hit 600m in 1:28.65 after pacer Nelly Jepkosgei stepped away in dramatic fashion.
Jepkosgei began slowing in lane one, and got in the way of both Melissa Bishop and Lynsey Sharp. The latter two had to dodge away from Jepkosgei, losing a step that would prove valuable in the end.
Niyonsaba was the only woman to crack 1:58, finishing first in 1:57.71 in front of Eunice Sum (1:58.41) and Sharp (1:58.52). Bishop was fourth in 1:58.71. Hometown favorite Selina Büchel ran a season best for fifth in 1:58.77.
"I'm very happy," said Niyonsaba. "I'm happy knowing at the end I was so fantastic. Everyone is so fast, I did my best to win and I feel happy. I'm happy to win here in my first time to come here."
Laughing about the pacing incident, both Sharp and Bishop said they simply couldn't catch another gear in the end. After three rounds in Rio de Janeiro, both had dead legs down the stretch.
"That was interesting. She was thinking about stopping and then..." Sharp said, her voice tailing off. "I just didn't have it in the end though."
KENYAN ABRAHAM KIBIWOTT WINS STEEPLE SPRINT WITH NICHOLAS BETT
With none of the Olympic steeplechase medalists entered, the men's race was up for grabs with pre-race favorites Jairus Birech and Paul Kipsiele Koech sitting second and fourth on the world list. Neither, however, would be involved in the sprint for victory.
Abraham Kibiwott and Nicholas Bett would be the two leading with 400 meters left, having survived the hot pace from the gun and held on as one by one competitors dropped. When the pacers stepped off late, both were far ahead of the field.
Bett hit the bell five meters up on Kibiwott, though the 19-year-old would not give in. Down the stretch and into the final water jump Kibiwott drew even, then surged approaching the last obstacle. Kibiwott would win 8:09.58 to 8:10.07 in a race that could indicate two young stars on the rise in the discipline (Bett is 19; Kibiwott's 20).
"[I'm] happy with the finish. It was not difficult today. I was taking my time as I knew I can win it in the last lap," said Kibiwott. "I want to continue winning in Brussels, which will be my last race of the season."
Americans Donn Cabral and Andy Bayer were sixth and eighth in 8:20.77 and 8:23.88.
"I felt pretty good. I was pretty happy with the race the whole time. It got pretty heavy at the end," said Cabral. "This kind of rubbed the really bad taste off the Olympic final."
The next stop of the IAAF Diamond League tour is in Paris on Saturday.
Jonas Hedman, editor of friidrottaren.com, wrote a daily column for us during the Rio Olympics. This is his column on Day ten. Along with Justin Lagat, Jonas Hedman gives RunBlogRun readers a view from an important geographical area in athletics. Check out his blog, friidrottaren.com, for news on Scandanavian athletics.
Jeff Benjamin has written for American Athletics, American Track & Field and now, RunBlogRun. He is both journalist and track fan, a his track version of TMZ, shown below, is one of the reasons why I enjoy his assistance so much! Here are some of his favortie moments from Rio!
This is day six of Week One for the HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Training Program. It is a program focused on helping get high school boys and girls into shape in the 20 weeks of cross country. For those who trained most of the summer, you might consider a morning run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of 30-40 minutes at a relaxed pace.
This is a Saturday workout for August 27, 2016.
Saturday, August 27, 2016: Two Mile Postal: test your fitness. Warm up, head to track, and see what you can do for 8 laps on the local 400 meter track, cool down. Sign up at hokaoneonepostalnationals.com. If you are not doing a postal race, we suggest a three to four mile run with warm up and cool-down.
This is the first week of the HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country Training program. It is a great way for high school cross country runners to get into shape during the 20 weeks of the season. For those who trained during the summer, we suggest that you add 30-40 minutes of relaxed running in the mornings in addition to our daily training. Again, never change your training programs without checking in with your coach.
Today is a day of relaxed running. As you get fitter, your relaxed running gets faster. For relaxed running, you should be able to have nearly full sentance conversations while running relaxed. If you can not, then you are running too hard.
Friday, August 26, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; cool down.
EME NEWS (AUG 25, 2016)
Souleiman 2:13.49, Kendricks beats Lavillenie
Event by event
100m (non-DL): Asafa Powell clocks 9.96 for his 97th wind-legal sub-10 clocking with Ben Youssef Meite second in 10.01.
200m: Churandy Martina set a Dutch record of 19.81 to move to third on the European all-time lists behind Mennea and Lemaitre.
400m: LaShawn Merritt clocks 44.50 but had to work off the bend to beat Steven Gardiner (44.75).
3000mSC: New generation excels with Abraham Kibiwott (8:09.58) and Nicholas Bett (8:10.07) defeating the likes of Mutai, Brimin Kipruto and Birech.
110mH: Revenge for Orlando Ortega over Olympic champion Omar McLeod: 13.11 to 13.12.
400m hurdles (non-DL): Rasmus Magi 48.59 while world champion Nicholas Bett returns to form with a big season's best of 48.68.
1000m: After Rio disappointment, Ayanleh Souleiman moves to fifth on the world all-time lists with 2:13.49 also WL, DLR and MR. Kiprop fourth in 2:14.23 and Centrowitz sixth in 2:16.67.
High jump: Mutaz Barshim clears 2.35m on his third attempt before retiring. Beats full elite except Drouin.
Pole vault: Sam Kendricks clears 5.92m to equal his PB and break the meeting record. Lavillenie lost.
Discus: After finishing ninth in Rio, Philip Milanov returns to form with victory with 65.61m. Austrian Weisshaidinger 2nd in DL debut.
100m: Despite a re-run after a false-start, Elaine Thompson shows fresh legs after Rio with victory in a fast 10.78.
800m: Francine Niyonsaba wins in 1:57.71 with Semenya and Wambui both absent.
3000m: Genzebe Dibaba with a meeting record of 8:31.84 thanks to a 57.47 last lap.
100m hurdles (non-DL): In her first race since running 12.20 in London, Kendra Harrison wins in 12.42 which was faster than the winning time in Rio.
400m hurdles: Dalilah Muhammad maintains winning form with 53.78 ahead of Eilidh Doyle in 54.45.
Long jump: Ivana Spanovic wins again with 6.83m.
Triple jump: Yet another win for Caterine Ibarguen with 14.76m.
Shot put: Valerie Adams gets revenge over Michelle Carter with 19.94m to Carter's 19.49m.
Javelin: Madara Palameika goes out to 65.29m in the last round to beat Barbora Spotakova (64.48m).
4x100 m (non-DL): Fast win for Ukraine 42.67 at UBS Trophy.
The first Olympics that I used the internet to cover was 1996. The late Doug Speck and I just published as much info as we could during each session. Responses were fast in coming, and that was amazing to both of us. That was twenty years ago, and social media has brought the response to almost real time. I am not sure if that is good or bad.
In this column, Dillon Vibes writes about how he used twitter to keep up with the Olympics while juggling a job and real life. I sure hope NBC understands that its most treasured demographic is watching less terrestrial TV and more streaming video and linked videos. It is all about the mobile, as 72 percent of our readers get their stories via social media on mobiles.
Hills are magic for cross country runners. They develop strength, speed and give your racing confidence, if you can master them. We will have one hill workout a week during the entire 20 weeks. If you need more, run in hills on your easy days. You can not run too slow on hills and they will get your fit. Lasse Viren, the 1972 and 1976 5k/10k winner in the Olympics, could not do much track work due to sore achilles. He did his speed work by running hill repeats and it brought him to a very high level of fitness.
Here's our workout for today!
Thursday, August 25, 2016, HiIl Day: 1-mile warmup; 2 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start; repeat once with no rest); 1-mile easy cool-down.
The five photos above are just part of the thirty-two medals won by the U.S. in Rio in athletics. This was the best performance by the US in an Olympics in track & field since 1932! Without the benefit of your calculator, that, sports fans, is 84 years!
Below, courtesy of our friends at USA Track & Field is the list of the thirty two medalists, their medals, and their performances. In a later post, we will give you a quick play by play about how they won their medals!
So proud of the entire USA Track & Field team, and how they represented our country in Brazil. You should be too!
This is Week One, Day 3 of the HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country training program. HOKA ONE ONE Is doing this program to support hokaoneonepostalnationals.com, the rebirth an program that was quite popular in the 1960s-1990s in the U.S. high school cross country system. We encourage you to check out site, learn more about the postal idea and if you believe it can be a nice asset for your high school team, please sign up.
Leo Manzano, photo by PhotoRun.net
This week, we focus on HOKA ONE ONE runner, Leo Manzano. In the decade where he placed in top three each and every year in Outdoor US Champs, Leo spent lots of time building on his strength. That comes from the base he built in high school and college in cross country. It is one of the reason why most high school distance runners run cross country in the fall! Here is your workout for the day. In the next section we have the next two weeks of training suggestions, for weeks 1-2.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016: Warm up; 5 miles easy running; cool down.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a rite of fall marathoning. Carey Pinkowski and his able team put on one of the finest marathons in the world. If one remembers, Eliud Kipchoge, newly crowned Olympic champ and finest marathoner in world raced and won there! So did Dennis Kimetto before his World record!
We will be covering the race live, as we have done for nearly twenty years, this October and look forward to catching up with our friends!
In 2012, at the London Olympics, Galen Rupp took the silver medal in the 10,000 meters behind his team mate Mo Farah, who won his first Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in London's Olympic stadium, in front of 80,000 screaming and boisterous fans.
I was surprised a bit by Galen Rupp's silver medal then. I thought Galen would win Olympic medals, but not until 2016. I was pleasantly surprised.
In 2016, Galen Rupp took fifth in the 10,000 meters, and then, bronze in the marathon, only his second race over the distance. I wanted to make the point about Galen nearly stopping to make sure Mo Farah was fine in the 10,000 meters, when Mo fell in the race early on. That was what someone does who really cares about a training partner. Those 'miles of trials and trials of miles' (as John Parker said in Once a Runner) are lifelong ties.
Galen Rupp had a few rough miles in the Rio marathon, but he gutted it out, and is a real live marathoner, with a nice PB, and years of marathoning in front of him. But now, Galen Rupp won the bronze medal in the Olympic marathon.
Here is how I saw the race play out.
Matt Centrowitz ended a 108 year old drought in the men's 1,500 meters for the U.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Centrowitz did it by controlling the race from before the 200 meters on, and putting down one of the finest last laps in the history of Olympic final. It took only 50.25 seconds for Matt Centrowitz to cover the last 400 meters as nearly 60,000 fans screamed from the stands of Engenhao Stadio Olimpico!
Here is how we saw the race build and finish at a crescendo, with the young, talented and tactical Matt Centrowitz taking the gold, against one of the finest fields in the 1,500 meters in many an Olympic Games.
Today, August 23, 2016, the hokaoneonepostalnationals.com season begins. We encourage all high school cross country coaches to check out the postal program and see how it can fit into your program. Here is day two, week one of our 20 week HOKA ONE ONE Training Program.
Our method: We provide a daily workout, and we also post on FB, twitter, plus two weeks of current training. This is supposed to help you develop your training and we hope it provides you some creative approaches to training.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Tempo Day: 1-mile warmup; 20-min tempo run; 1-mile cool-down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 19 min for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:40 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.
Eliud Kipchoge, right after his masterful win in London in April 2016, noted that he hoped he would be on the Olympic team. He wanted an Olympic win, and he did just that! Eliud Kipchoge is the finest marathoner in the world in 2016. Here's the story by Justin Lagat on the the Olympic marathon, with a Kenyan point of view!
Eliud Kipchoge defeated Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham El Guerrouj when he was 18 years old. Kipchoge has excelled at cross country, track & field and then, transitioned to road running, a discipline he did not like at first. He has dominated the marathon for the past three years and with his Olympic win, has won London twice and Berlin once, as well as Chicago. His interviews are wonderful, with a combination Kenyan and Buddhist feel.
Eliud Kipchoge is the zen master of the Marathon. He is a 'superhero' to many. Just a wonderful guy who can turn on his ability to inflict pain into anyone who dares to race him from 30 kilometers on, Eliud Kipchoge took home his final goal for 2016: the gold medal in Rio in a style that was pure Eliud Kipchoge.
While the US Women's 4x100 meter skirted with disaster, and came out with a gold medal, the US Men's 4x100 meter relay continued a disasterous process and management style that has given us six failures in the last seven World Championships and Olympics. David Hunter provides the facts and some suggestions. In a celebration of US successes, the men's 4x100 meter relay continues to be a disaster.
Long time RW editor, Joe Henderson once wrote that cross country is the meeting place of the miler and the marathoner. If you want to be good in either of those events, or those in between, you should run cross country. The savvy cross country runner trains all summer (and in Summer of 2017, we will be ther for you), but it is August 22, and cross country is starting for high schoolers across the U.S. today.
Over 500,000 high school boys and girls will run cross country in the fall of 2016, and over half of them will be starting today. Well, good luck. Cross country is a great discipline in our sport, and it gives back what you give to it.
For the next 20 weeks, RunBlogRun will provide daily workouts, also posted on American Track & Field and partners of the RunningNetwork.com, for your use. We will provide daily workouts on FB, twitter and also via newsletter once a week (you can sign up on RunBlogRun and they will come to you daily).
Since 1998, we have provided training programs for high school cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. This year, and for the next three, HOKAONEONE is sponsoring our training programs to support the hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.
We think that postal two miles are great ways to test your teams fitness early season and show how fit they are at the of the season, and the postal is so easy to do. All we ask is that you check out the hokaoneonepostalnationals.com site. We will provide daily training info. Again, the workouts are suggestions, and we hope that they add to your arsenal of workouts. Remember, recovery is as important as graduated, increased training loads. Train, do not strain.
Leo Manzano is a perfect example of an athlete who improved with cross country. Leo ran cross country in high school and college. He has competed in 11 straight U.S. national 1,500 meter champs, and finished in top three ten times, his lowest finish was fourth in 2016. Cross country builds the strength and endurance of middle distance runners. All of the good ones do it! So, enjoy the next 20 weeks.
We provide a daily workout plus workouts for the next week. Read it through, and if you have questions, send us an email at [email protected].
Usain Bolt won the 100m, 200m and anchored th4 4x100m team to victory in Rio. Then, he tried a javelin one night goofing off. His goofing off was pretty good, and it created a social media firestorm: what if Usain tried the decathlon? Here is how something goes viral!
Finally, Zac Neel says what must be said. Twitter is cool, fun, exciting, but we have to use commons sense and some judgement. Small difference between humor and becoming a twitter troll. Zac provides some great examples. Social media is doing so many great things for the sport. I covered each and every heat and round for ten days through a combination of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Readers seem to love it, as we have developed this program over the past decade.
Zac Neel, sorry for spelling your name wrong. Thanks again for getting twitter's place and reminding us of the small line between humor and being a twitter troll.
Kenya won no medals in the men's 1,500 meters, one medal in women's 800 meters and a javelin silver! Here is how Justin Lagat explains the strange night of Day Nine to our readers.
The Men's marathon is one of the traditions. The conditions will be as bad, if not worse than the women's. The U.S. team is prepared. For Meb, the worse the conditions, the more he relaxes. I believe that Jared Ward is of that ilk, as well. Jared is able to focus on the task at hand and run in difficult conditions.
For Galen Rupp, this is the race that Alberto Salazar has prepared him for over a dozen years. Galen Rupp will do better the hotter and sunnier it is. He is prepared for it, and like Frank Shorter, the 10,000 meters, just prepared him for the task at hand.
Winner? Well, I do like Mark Cullen's predictions, but, as I have with Clayton Murphy, Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn and Evan Jager, I pick Galen Rupp to medal.
And very close behind comes Meb, and our friend from Utah, Jared Web.
Now, go watch the race!
Special thanks to Mark Cullen's over 22,000 words in the predictions on all track and field events in Rio! He has been an amazing help in our goal of being the savior of athletics media in Rio. I know, high goals, but that is what an education spent in catholic schools does for you (well, to be correct, catholic, 1-8, Jesuit 9-eternity).
Karoline Grøvdal did Norway proud. Running in both the 10,000m and 5,000m, Grøvdal ran well in both. Norway is proud of her, and Karoline is one of the country's biggest athletes. Jonas Hedman has been updating us each day on the performances of Scandanavian athletes. It helps me understand that countries not the size of U.S. define success in much different ways.
Larry's note here...
Day Eight was a tremendous day in Engenhao Stadio Olimpico. The pole vault, the 200 meters, the amazing women's 5000 meters, and the 50k and 20k for women. All part of our sport, and all part of the amazing diversity of our sport. Here's what our friend, Alfonz Juck, had to say about the eighth day of athletics in Rio.
Kenturah Orji, photo by PhotoRun.net
The men's and women's triple jumps were fine competitions. They also were fine events for the U.S. as Christian Taylor and Wille Claye both defended their gold and silver medals from London with medals of the same color in Rio! In the women's triple jump, Kenturah Orji gave the U.S. their finest performance ever in women's event, plus a new, very respectable AR! Here's Elliott Denman on the triple jump, and it is a fun piece!
This has been one of most well read additions all Olympics, our social media column. Each day, a journalist from the University of Oregon's track journalism program, curated by Lori Shontz, wrote about social media trends or issues of the day.
We embrace social media, as it is the way that our sport must reach out to new fans and current fans. Social media may be one of the ways our sport thrives in the future. Let us know what you think!
To quote the late Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the iconic band, The Greatful Dead: "what a long strange trip it's been."
The women's U.S. 4x100 meter team has seen several of Dantes Circles of Hell. The first round saw the US team drop the baton, but, with the quick thinking of Allyson Felix, English Gardner grabbed the baton and the US team finished the race in 1:06.76. An appeal was made, and the U.S. team had to run once again. This was a race where all watched and only the U.S. team ran. They had to break 42.70. They ran 41.77, and went from DQ to fastest qualifier.
The final was sublime.
Tianna Bartoletta ran a near perfect first leg with an elegant pass to Allyson Felix. Speaking of elegance, Allyson Felix ran a wonderful leg and passed to English Gardner who ran as if she was racing in Eugene, burning the curve, and then, with a swift pass to Tori Bowie and a scream! Tori Bowie, focused and flying, ran the finest race of her Rio Olympics trio,, and flew down the straight, anchoring the US in 41.02, a world leader and the second fastest time EVER!
Vivian Cheruiyot chased Almaz Ayana in the 10,000 meters, and took the silver. In the 5,000 meters, Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri formed their own pellotan and chased Alamz down. After the 10,000 meters, Ayana was worn out. Her 2:50 per kilometer pace for three kilometers wore her out and gave Vivian Cheruiyot her chance. Vivian and Hellen went by Almaz and they went to win, with Vivian Cheruiyot getting the only medal missing in her mantle, a gold for the Olympic 5000 meters! Her smile after the race was one of joy and battles hard won! Here is Justin Lagat's story on Vivian.
Susanna's long journey back to world class status ended in the first round the 100 meter hurdles. In her same spikes from 2008, with her name on them, Susanna Kallur has some decisions to make. Here is how Jonas Hedman saw one of the most enduring athletes in Sweden, a country with a huge athletic tradition. Why has RunBlogRun been posting stories on athletes from all over the world, but now, Scandinavia? We want our readers to appreciate that not each country has the same traditions and athletic strengths. I find that fascinating, and is one of the reasons I publish runblogrun.
Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in style. If you watch the replay, he went out hard. He wanted a fast time, and he was aiming for it. His body was just not there. But, his win was fantastic, with Andre De Grasse of Canada continuing his fine running and Christophe LeMaitre showing why he is the most dangerous finisher over 200 meters. Here is how I called the race, nealry live. Listen to the cheering and sounds of the Engenhao Stadium. It was magnifiscent and it was a fitting tribute to one of the finest sprinters in our sports history!
It is Saturday morning, August 20, and I am sitting on my bed in my little AirBnB, right across the street from the Engenhao Stadium. With my brother, Brian, and Victor Sailer, I have been here for the duration. This morning, I am catching up.
So, this is my piece on the women's 400 meters, one of the finest races of the entire Olympic experience, which was marred, for me, by Americans thinking that somehow, the gold medal was taken from Allyson Felix. Shaunae Miller took the gold, because, this time, she got across the finish line first. That is what it is like in all races. Olympic track & field is not a theatre project, where one knows the outcome and it is the interpretation of the experience. It is not professional wrestling, where the outcome is preordained. These are real athletes, who put their regular lives on hold, so that, for a decade or so of their lives, they, run, jump and throw to see just how far they can go!
I as sitting in the radio booth for BBC5 Live for both the men's 800 meters and women's 400 meters. Amazing viewing and amazing view of how live radio, which is on both sessions, and how hard they work. But, we all saw a fantastic race, and eight excellent athletes focused on the same goal: winning the 400 meters.
Ironically, Lance Braumann, the coach of Shaunae Miller had told me in March that I needed to watch the young runner this year, because she was the real thing and she would perform well this year. Lance is one of those guys, that you listen too. It was like in Eugene, just before the 400 meter final, I saw Bobby Kersee and asked, how Allyson was. He smiled and gave me a thumbs up sign.
August 13, 2016. Engenhau Stadium.
The men's discus is a fine event to watch. It is an event where big guys with big levers throw the classic discus two hundred plus feet.
In the prelims, Robert Harting, multiple World Champion and Olympic champion, did not qualify for the final. His brother, Christophe Harting, quite good, but much quieter, did make the final. But, this was to be Piotr Malachowski's day.
The Polish discus thrower, Piotr Malachowski got the day off to the right start, with his 67.32 meter throw in the first round, cementing his hold onto first. Malachowski had a nice series, with 67.32m, 67.06m, then, 67.55m, furthering his lead. Piotr fouled on the fourth throw, then went 65.51m and 65.38m.
Christophe Harting started out okay, with a 62.34 meter throw. His second throw, 66.34 m, put him in second place, and his next two fouls, put him in medal position. In round five, Harting threw 64.77m. But, in round 6, on his last throw, Christophe Harting got it out there, 68.37 meters, a personal best and the lead in the discus. Harting had kept it in the family. With Malachowski's final throw, a 65.38m, Christophe Harting's wide smile was evident as the Harting brother now added to the family's medal cache.
Just prior to Harting's final throw, the last round had gotten quite exciting.
Martin Kupper of the Estonia, threw 66.58 meters to over shadow Gerd Kanter, Estonia and Lukas WEisshaidinger, Austria.
On his final throw, Daniel Jasinski, Germany threw 67.05 meters to take the bronze away from Martin Kupper. Jasinski had throw 65.77m, 65.01m, 66.08m, 64.83m, 63.31m and then, his big one, 67.05 meters.
What a nice day for Germany in the discus. I also enjoyed how gracious Piotr Malachowski was with Christophe Harting and Daniel Jasinski at the medal ceremony. Besides being fine athletes they are fine Olympians.
Allyson Felix to English Gardner, Thursday night, August 18, 2016, 7 pm local time, photo by PhotoRun.net
After watching the botched 4x100m, then, hearing of their reprieve, I felt like Jonah in the belly of the whale. Well David Hunter did more than that, he wrote a fine column on the issue of our relay teams with thoughtful suggestions. Here you go!
August 13, 2016. Engenhau Stadium.
The Long Jump in 2012 London was won by Greg Rutherford of Great Britian. In 2014, Greg won the European Champs and Commonwealth Games. In 2015, Greg won the World Championships in Beijing. Affable, a cheerleader for the event, Greg Rutherford wanted very much to defend his title in Rio.
Well, several other athletes had other ideas. After the increadibly deep Long Jump at the US Olympic Trials, Jeff Henderson and Jarrion Lawson had some crazy long jumps and I wondered how that would tranaslate into Rio. Either the US jumpers would be dominating or they would be flat from the Trials.
By the end of attempt 1, Jeff Henderson had jumped 8.20m, Jarrion Lawson was at 8.19m, Greg Rutherford, the defending champion was at 8.18m, and Luvo Manyonga was at 8.16 meters. It was close!
In attempt 2, Jianan Wang, CHN, jumped 8.17m, to jumpers were at 8.20m, 8.19m, 8.18m, 8.17m, 8.16m! Jarrion Lawson jumped 8.15m and Rutherford jumped 8.11m.
In attempt three, Jarrion Lawson tookt he lead, with 8.25m, Greg Rutheford responded with 8.22m, and Henderson jumped 8.10m.
In attempt four, Greg Rutherford took the lead, with an 8.26 meters! Luvo Manyonga, RSA, the world junior champion from Monton, blew it all open with his 8.28 meter throw, and Luvo took the lead!
In round five, Greg Rutherford responded with 8.09 meters. Then, Luvo Manyonga, already in the lead, jumped 8.37 meters, to cement his lead. Jeff Henderson responded with 8.22 meters!
In attempt six, Greg Rutherford jumped 8.29 meters, to cement his bronze medal.
In attempt six, Jeff Henderson gave it all he had and leaped 8.38 meters, to take the lead by one centimeter!
Luvo Manyonga, RSA, had one chance to take back his gold, but, he fouled.
Jerrion Lawson had one final jump, and while it was long, his hand trailed, and he was measured at 7.78m!
Jeff Henderson took the gold, with 8.38m, Luvo Manyonga, RSA, 8.37m, and Greg Rutherford, GBR, 8.29m!
I spoke to Jeff Henderson a couple days later, and he was basking in the coolness of his Olympic victory. I congratulated him on his win and his performances. The long jump was an excellent competition, and lived up to the Rio Olympic hype.
In the 800 meter final for Men, earlier this week, David Rudisha defended his title, and holding off Taoufik Makhloufi, the Olympic champion in 2012 for the 1,500 meters. He also had Clayton Murphy just behind him as well. Clayton had finished third, the bronze medal position. Four years before the young man had a PB of 1:54.
David Hunter wrote this piece on a young man he knows well. Clayton Murphy hails from Ohio, like David and he went to the University of Akron, which David likes to write about. But, no one had written more pieces of Clayton Murphy than David Hunter. And, few are as proud when they write about Clayton Murphy as well!
Jonas Hedman provides the view from Scandinavia, and this is his column full of details on runners from Scandinavia and how they have done during the Rio Olympics! More to come! Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as Denmark have a wonderful tradition in athletics.
Well, Mark Cullen has survived eight days and nights, writing about track and field, and doing pretty darn good! For our friend from trackerati.com, Mark Cullen loves to write on athletics. And we love his depth and understanding of the sport. That makes it even more fun. So, enjoy the predictions, both fearless and not so fearless, but most of all, enjoy!
Nikki Hamblin helps Abbey D'Agostino up after the fall, photo by PhotoRun.net
Falls happen in distance racing in World Champs and Olympics. The fall in the 5000 meters, featuring Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino was not only unfortunate, but tragic. What has come out of it is a series of viral You Tube videos that reach into your heart, and ask you, what is the Olympic spirit? For both Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino, if they never would run another step, they have more Olympic spirit and humanity than anyone you could ever meet. At their young age, they understand what coaches talk about, what your parents talk about and by that eccentric Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, wanted to bring back the Olympic sports movement. It is, as Nikki and Abbey have reminded us, much more than about running, jumping and throwing. It is about caring for your fellow persons on the planet.
A race with much tension and excitement as the top three athletes ran away from the field. Justin Lagat wrote this piece before he knew that Ezekiel Kemboi had been disqualified for what, I believe, is nonsense. But, Justin was already grieving as no Kenyan men will make the 5000 meter final.
Caster Semenya will be the likely winner of the 800 meters. A fine athlete, she is caught in a controversy that could be easily fixed, but, due to much politics is not. In the end, several wonderful human beings will be thrown into public and social media because of their chromosomal makeup.
Caster met with our man in the seats, Jeff Benjamin and he wrote this short peice, asking for respect and kindess to be shown to Caster.
We ask for the same.
In our daily social media column, Kylee O'Connor did Day six, and wrote this piece on Devon Allen, who will return to Eugene, Oregon, after his debut in the Olympics at the 110m hurdles. But now, it is time for football, where fans and team were both supportive!
As David Hunter will tell you, if you are a track fan in Rio for the Summer Olympics, you know sleep deprivation. But the morning sessions have featured wonderful finals each and ever day!
Here's Mark Cullen of trackerati's picks for Day 8, August 18, 2016. He has done pretty darn good, but we differed on both the steeplechase predictions. Nice one by Emma Coburn on getting first US women's medal ever in steeple and for Evan Jager on taking the silver medal with a first US men's steeple since 1984!
Updated 9.15 PM, August 17, 2016. Photos and please note that Ezekial Kemboi has been DQed over rule 163.3.
In a brilliant and gutty run, Evan Jager took over the steeple final at three minutes and twenty seconds into the race, broke the race open, stayed calm and collected and caught Ezekial Kemboi on the final straight, to bring the US a silver medal, the highest men's US finish since 1952 and the first men's steeple medal since 1984! Conseslus Kipruto won the steeplechase, with Ezekial Kemboi, Olympic champion from 2004 and 2012, taking the bronze.
This race was the work of a team. Under the thoughtful eyes of Coaches Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert, the Bowerman AC team were prepared. Schumacher and Dobert honed the skills of Jager over the barriers and the flats.
The steeplechase is a birthright in Kenya. Since 1968, with the win of Amos Biwott, who leaped over the water jumps, fearing that there might be an alligator in them, to the iconic, eccentric Ezekial Kemboi, a man who won Athens in 2004, London in 2012 and now, bronze in 2016. Evan Jager, by running his race, breaking it open and running down the most medaled steeplechaser in history, did what he set out to do: show that Americans can race with the best!
And it should be noted, Emma Coburn's masterful bronze medal in the steeplechase on Monday, first ever medal by a US women in the event, just has made this week sweeter!
Here is how, with straining voice and watering eyes, I saw the Olympic steeplechase final!
This is a fun infographic on what running in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can do to performances. It can be dangerous in both situations. Even though it is winter in Rio, we are dealing with very warm temperatures so far during the Olympics.
Delayed at JFK (L-to-R: Josh Gulotta, Jeff Benjamin, Ollan Cassell, Tony Gulotta)
Photo by Emma Uible
Ollan Cassell was a 1964 Olympic bronze medalist at 400 meters and also on the 4x400m gold medal winning relay team. Ollan Cassell, after that, worked for the AAU first, and then, ran our sport for TAC/USA and for nearly forty years, controlled the fortunes of the sport of track & field in this country and influenced the world sport. I have always had time for Ollan as his stories from the old days always helped me understand how things were being done today. Jeff Benjamin was able to catch up with Ollan as their flights were delays to Rio!
Day 4, Session two was one of the most amazing nights of track & field that I have ever seen. On that night, Thiago Braz Da Silva won Brazil's first gold in the pole vault, David Rudisha won the 800 meters and Shaunae Miller and Allyson Felix tangled in the 400 meters. Here is my audio on that amazing night, broken up with lots of rain and wind as winter comes into Rio!
David Hunter wrote this piece on the booing that has been erupting in Rio. There is precedent for it. In 1980 Moscow, the Russian fans booed at the Polish pole vaulters. When the gold medalist, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz cleared the winning height, he used a middle finger to show his appreciation to the Moscow fans.
Just because it has been done before, does not make that precedent right. As the IOC announced in the track stadium several times on Tuesday evening, there is never an excuse for booing athletes.
Mark Cullen is at it again for Day six and the decathlon, hammer throw, 5000m and more begins tomorrow! Mark Cullen of Trackerati puts his neck on the line with his fearless predictions and prognostications on all things athletes. Many thanks to our friend from Trackerati!
The social media narrative of our sport is the key way to reach anyone under 35. NBC ratings are down tremendously, not because they do not tell good stories, but because they do not understand how to reach this demographic. But, as Isaac Gibson tells us, the story of Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin has been defined on social media, and Bolt is good and Gatlin has been accused of everything but being responsible for Global Warming.
David Rudisha walked onto the track very calmly and deliberately. He had been preparing for this race for sometime. I was watching from the BBC radio office trackside in Engenhao Stadio Olimpico. As the race began, David Rudisha went out behind Alfred Kipkter, and then, made his move with 300 meters to go. His move was strong and deliberate as he ran to his second gold in the Olympic 800 meters. Jonathan Edwards asked me if I thought David Rudishas was the best EVER. After some hemming and hawing, I said yes. In retrospect, I should have agreed right away. David Rudisha has come back from injury and taken three years to slowly build himself back to the stature needed to win an Olympics. Will he do it again? Will we see him in Tokyo 2020?
Stay tuned. Here is the story from Justin Lagat on David Rudisha's win and its importance to Kenyans.
I had a unique treat. I was fortunate to sit with the BBC radio team and contribute a bit on the 800 meters and 400 meters. I was asked to provide some American color. That, I hope I did. The 800 meters was not the run away that David Rudisha ran in London in 2012, setting the world record. Jonathan Edwards asked me what I thought David could have run, with pace setters in London. I did not guess to say, but, now, I believe, sub 1:40. That, in my mind is no longer possible.
David Rudisha won the race fare and square, following Alfred Kipketer, the young runner from Kenya through 500 meters. A stiff pace was set, so David Rudisha went to the front, chased by Taoufik Makhloufi, the gold medalist from London 1,500 meters, Boris Berian, World Indoor Champ and Clayton Murphy, US Trials champ.
David Rudisha went through the 600 in 1:16, and began to make the final push. Having taken the kick out of everyone but Clayton Murphy, Rudisha defended his gold medal in 1:42.15, the fastest time of year. Taoufik Makhloufi won the silver in 1:42.61 NR. Clayton Murphy just ran up the final straight, like he does, and went from sixth to third, in 1:42.93, a huge PB!
Boris Berian went out hard, but began to fade at 600 meters, and just, unfortunately, had his rough race at an Olympic final. Pierre Ambroise Bosse, FRA, was fourth, and ran his best final in many years, just out of the medals.
In his own inimitable style, Larry Eder, purveyor of all things RunBlogRun, has previewed all ten days and nineteen sessions of the 2016 athletic sessions in RIO. Watch Larry remind you of the happenings of each session and perhaps a pithy comment or two. As usual, the Shoe Addicts film, edit and remind Larry that there are two minute time limits to these videos, as we realize that our dear viewers and readers have 6.855 hours of NBC and its affiliates to watch. We hope that, with our RunBlogRun Conversations with Larry, we add a bit of levity to your athletics viewing. This is Day Five, Session Two, August 16, 2016
Jemima Sumgong's story in her marathon win is one for the ages. After falling down during the race in London in 2016, Jemima still won. In very hot conditions, Jemima Sumgong persevered to win the Olympic marathon on Day 3. Here are the finer points on Day 3 that our friends at EME news provided us!
I sure hope that NBC actually reads and listens to people younger than 30 about how to keep them involved with the Olympics. The media world has changed dramatically, and as Zac Neal tells us, if you can dilute 6,855 hours into ten minutes on social media, once a day, then, NBC needs to rethink its story telling approach.
Day two was fantastic. With Mo Farah winning the 10,000 meters after a fall, and Nafissatu Thiam winning the heptathlon, as well as Christophe Harting winning the discus on his last throw! Here are some of the behind the scenes info on Day 2 from Alfons Juck, our friend at EME News!
Jemima Sumgong has come a long, long way. Her victories in New York and London, now pale in comparison to her battle in Rio. A fight from the start, Jemima gutted it out on a very warm day in the Rio winter.
Here is Justin Lagat's story about this exceptional athlete winning this amazing race. Oh, and glad to see our friend, Frederico Rosa, in Rio.
David Hunter is providing us his near daily columns on the views of a TFN touring fan in Rio. Many know David from his weekly columns for RunBlogRun and his fine announcing across the North American track circuit.
In this column, we learn about his experience on the train, his wife's concern over Malachowski's hygienic pre throw rituals, and the battle over the discus. As usual, David provides you a peak into his world, a second career, of meet announcer and journalist. And, we love him for it.
This is his second column from Rio! We hope he gets some rest and we look forward to his next column.
Here's Justin Lagat's story on Paul Tanui's silver medal in the 10,000 meters. Justin is our writer in Kenya, and also produces KenyanAthlete.com. We ask Justin to provide a Kenyan point of view for the performances of their athletes in Rio. Justin writes a weekly column for RunBlogRun titled A View from Kenya.
Jeff Benjamin with Tom FitzSimons and friends! Photo by Josh Gulotta
If you have read American Athletics, American Track & Field , or RunBlogRun for the last thirty years, you have read Jeff Benjamin's tomes. Jeff is both fan and journalist. He wears his love for athletics and Staten Island on his shirt sleeve and we love him for it. Here is his first column from Rio!
We ask Elliott Denman, a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic team at 50k, to cover what he finds unique and interesting each and every day. On Day two of track and field, he supplied us with this story. The fascinating story of a not so fast sprinter who wants to save his heritage, the Marshal Islands.
Keni Harrison set the World record for the 100 meter hurdles in London in July, with her excellent 12.20, breaking a 28 year old world record. That was one month after she did not make the US Olympic team, finishing sixth in the 100 meter hurdles.
This is David Hunter's article on Keni. She remains resolute in thinking that the US Trials system is the best. I wanted our readers to understand that making the US team is never a given. And now, as we enjoy seven more days of track & field in Rio, we need to remember that, in every Trials I can remember, someone, normally several "definites", have not made the trip to the Olympics.
As we have done for three days, here are our fearless predictions from Trackerati's Mark Cullen. As Monday is quite the busy day, we have five predictions and Mark's wonderful rationalizations. Predictions are in the eye of the beholder and Mark is pretty darn good at them. I do believe that Evan Jager will take the bronze in the steeplechase, but that is me. Oh, and that Tori Bowie will win the 200 meters.
In a race that lived up to the hype, Usain Bolt has become the ONLY sprinter, male or female, to win three consecutive 100 meters titles! His win tonight, where he took over the race at 50 meters and won strongly, entertained the largest crowd so far in Rio Olympics.
So, here is my play by play, well, kind of, for the 100 meters in Rio. I wanted you to hear the sounds of the crowd, the sounds of silence, before the start of the world's greatest 100 meter race. Usain Bolt, while behind for the first 50 meters, gets those long legs unfurled and flies down the track, having his third title won by 80 meters, and time to celebrate. Justin Gatlin takes the silver and Andre De Grasse, the new Canadian start, takes the bronze! Enjoy the race!
The battle is on, Van Niekerk, James, Merritt, 300 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Wayde Van Niekerk breaks WR in 43.03!
As the three kings of the 400 meters came off the turn, Wayde Van Niekerk had a slight lead. Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt were dueling, as Wayne Van Niekerk continued to drive down the final straight, going where no man has gone before. Leaving at the tape, Van Niekerk ran 43.03, breaking the 1999 world record of Micheal Johnson, of 43.18, set in Sevilla in 1999. I feel lucky to have seen them both.
Wayde Van Niekerk, Kirani James, LaShawn Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kirani James, the 2012 Olympic champion, took the silver in 43.76, with 2008 Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt, taking bronze in 43.85. Michel Cedenio, TTO, took fourth in 44.01, NR.
Ironically, Maurice Greene, Sydney 2000 gold at 100m and I were discussing Wayde Van Niekerk today. Maurice said that Wayde Van Niekerk could get the WR because he would give his all.
Below is how I put the record in perspective.
In his own inimitable style, Larry Eder, purveyor of all things RunBlogRun, has previewed all ten days and nineteen sessions of the 2016 athletic sessions in RIO. Watch Larry remind you of the happenings of each session and perhaps a pithy comment or two. As usual, the Shoe Addicts film, edit and remind Larry that there are two minute time limits to these videos, as we realize that our dear viewers and readers have 6.855 hours of NBC and its affiliates to watch. We hope that, with our RunBlogRun Conversations with Larry, we add a bit of levity to your athletics viewing. This is Day Four, Session Two, August 15, 2016.
The 10,000 meters WR was an amazing record, set by Almaz Ayana on the first day of the Olympic Trials. There has been many snide comments and lots of cynicism about the record. Peter Thompson, a fine coach and keen observer of the sport noted that, for Almaz Ayana, a first half in 14:46 and second in 14:30 shows fine fitness and would be something expected of a runner who has run 14:12.59. And, Tim Hutchings, noted British commentator and 4th in the 1984 LA 5000 meters, noted that "finally, the 10,000m is equivalent of Paula Radcliffe's marathon WR."
Here are EME News comments on the highlights of day one, we thank Alfonz Juck for his timely comments.
As I walked briskly through Rio last night, about midnight, trying to get to a secret cafe open till 12:30 AM, I ran into one of my writers, Jeff Benjammin. Neither Jeff nor I are known for the brevity of our conversations, but, as Jeff was rushing for the bus, and I dreamt of a kebab and heart of palm salad, we kept it quick. Jeff reminded me that half of the reprobates who inhabit the iconic walls of New England summer road racing would be in Woods Hole on Sunday, and it would be great to post the piece on the Mystery of the 2 mile steeplechase. I was, I must say, apprehensive. Anything that involves a story from Fred Doyle, Bill Squires has to be suspect. Then, I heard the name, Billy Threadgold, and my hair turned grey, I took a deep breath and inhaled from a large paper bag six times, clicking my heals together, and noting, "there is no place like home." Dear god, I have come onto an alternative universe.
But, I kept an open mind and have posted it.
Now I am curious, as I now know about the two mile steeplechase, I want to see if Tracy Sundlun does, indeed, have part of a World record for the Swedish Relay. Of that second WR, Olympian and former AR at 5000m, Duncan McDonald, once noted that watching Tracy Sundlin run a leg of the Swedish Relay was one of the most humorous experiences of his existence. The humor in the two mile steeplechase is the number of true characters who have come out of the woodwork to suggest that it did happen. We shall have to see now.
The person who provides the photographic proof, I will take snipe hunting.
Marshall McLuhan wrote the Gutenburg Galaxy, a life changing book for me in the 1970s. His most favorite quote is, "the Medium is the message." McLuhan got that the world would go digital and change in good and not so good ways. Keep that moment in mind when you read this column, kind readers.
So, I gave Lori Shontz, associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon a challenge. I wanted to have her social media aware writers comment on social media moments of each day. Kylee O'Connor had a great one for day 1. Tell us what you think!
In his own inimitable style, Larry Eder, purveyor of all things RunBlogRun, has previewed all ten days and nineteen sessions of the 2016 athletic sessions in RIO. Watch Larry remind you of the happenings of each session and perhaps a pithy comment or two. As usual, the Shoe Addicts film, edit and remind Larry that there are two minute time limits to these videos, as we realize that our dear viewers and readers have 6.855 hours of NBC and its affiliates to watch. We hope that, with our RunBlogRun Conversations with Larry, we add a bit of levity to your athletics viewing. This is Day Three, Session Two, August 14, 2016.
In between the sessions, one either writes, posts, and curates photos, if one is in the media, or one sits on buses for long hours, again an experience shared by media, fans and VIPS.
David Hunter has spent some time sitting on buses. His piece here on the Doping debate is thorough, thoughtful and an approach we embrace.
Read it, share it, discus it. And then, let's move on it. Our sport is blemished by all of the subtrefuge and suggestions of impropriety when some are there, and some are not. The challenge is to determine which is which?
Usain Bolt brings a crowd and a response anywhere he goes. So, we thought, those who are not here in Rio, in the Engenhao Stadium, need to hear the real thing. This recording is from the 100 meters heat one, that Usain Bolt ran in. This was the loudest sound we have heard in a day and one half. There were 50,000 plus in the stadium this morning. And the sun was out, and the crowd was fantastic. Semi finals and final tomorrow! Should be fun!
Photo of Michel Tornéus, Photo: Deca Text & Bild
Jonas Hedman is updating the performances of Scandinvian athletes, with Sweden being his focus. Jonas writes for his site, friidrottare.com, an exciting new site on Swedish athletics. This is his update on day one of the track & field schedule in the Rio Olympics!
Earlene Brown, a USA Track & Field Hall of Famer, who won the last medal by the U.S. in the women's shot put. That was in 1960, and the color of the medal was bronze. I remember writing about Earlene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I wrote about Ramona Pagel and Connie Price-Smith. I was fascinated with Earlene Brown as she competed against the Press sisters of the old Soviet Union. A colorful lady, Earlene was a gifted athlete. But, as a women athlete in her day, Earlene Brown never got the respect she deserved. I love that she competed in roller derby, one of my favorite TV viewing pleasures as a kid in Saint Louis.
Well, the ghost of Earlene Brown shone brightly in Rio, watching over Michelle Carter, who just improved nearly all night, starting out at 19.12m, then, 19.82m, then, 19.44m, then, 19.87m, then, bammo! 20.63m.
The looks on Valerie Adams face, the two time Olympic gold medalist were priceless, but you won't see that on TV, because, well, that would make too fine of a story on a women's sports event. Adams is the ultimate competitor, and she grimaces as she walks into the ring, changing personas, from light and funny (Valerie Adams has a wicked sense of humor), to all business, do not mess with me. It is brilliant, and it is effective. It was effective all night until attempt six.
Michelle Carter has been studying the shot put since she told her father, Michael Carter (yes, that one, 49er football player, high school record holder, Olympic silver medalist) that she wanted to try the shot put. What was cool about that, she knew little of her dad's shot put history, which is kind of cool in my mi. On my bucket list, I want to interview Michelle and Micheal Carter. What a blast that would be!
Well, Michelle gave the US its second American record of the day and first gold medal, heck any track medal of the 2016 Games!
Here is how I saw the shot put last night!
After a fine first day of Olympic competition, we are preparing for day two. So, just before I pass out, here is Mark Cullen's predictions for all finals with first rounds starting on Day 2! Tell us what you think! Great Britian could have an amazing second day of the Olympics, much like they had in 2012! Let's see how that one works! Nice surprise gold by Michelle Carter on Friday night!
In his own inimitable style, Larry Eder, purveyor of all things RunBlogRun, has previewed all ten days and nineteen sessions of the 2016 athletic sessions in RIO. Watch Larry remind you of the happenings of each session and perhaps a pithy comment or two. As usual, the Shoe Addicts film, edit and remind Larry that there are two minute time limits to these videos, as we realize that our dear viewers and readers have 6.855 hours of NBC and its affiliates to watch. We hope that, with our RunBlogRun Conversations with Larry, we add a bit of levity to your athletics viewing. This is Day Two, Session Two, August 13, 2016.
What was so spectacular about Molly Huddle's race was her ability to pull herself back from the precipice. At 4000m, Molly Huddle was near AR pace for her own 5000 meter record! She slowed the pace down, hitting the 5000m in 14:55, nine seconds behind Alice Nawowuma and Almaz Ayana. When Ayana took off after 5,000 meters, Molly Huddle was twenty meters off the seventh placer, but moved past two in the final 4000 meters. Molly Huddle was rewarded with a 30:13.72 for the 10,000m, a new American record!
Now owning the 5000m and 10,000m American records, Molly Huddle caps off a fine summer of racing where she won both the 10,000m and 5,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. We look forward to her debut over the marathon in the TCS New York City Marathon!
Tirunesh Dibaba first came on the scene in 2003 in Saint Denis, France. I remember watching the 18 year old decimate a fine field in the 5000 meters and take gold. She made her agent, Mark Wetmore smile with that one!
The "baby faced destroyer" as some called her, became one of the finest distance runners in our sport's history. Her racing style was complete: she was extremely fit, extremely gifted with a relaxed stride and could turn on a finish that, from 2004 to 2013, was unmatched.
Tirunesh Dibaba holds WR at 5000m (14:11.15), and previously held nearly every indoor record in books (2 miles, 3000m, 5000m), as well as winning 10,000m in 2005 Heslinki, 2007 Osaka, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London. Over the 5,000 meters, Tirunesh won titles in 2003 Paris, bronze in 2004 Athens, gold in 2005 Helsinki, gold in Beijing 2008, bronze in London 2012. Top that off, in her debut marathon, in 2014, Tirunesh Dibaba ran 2:20:35, and might have won, if she had not dawdled for a drink late in the race.
Why am I impressed in the 10,000m in Rio? Because of the strong PB so long into her career, and the toughness she showed, taking on Alice Nawowuna, the young, talented Kenyan, in fighting for the bronze medal, Tirunesh Dibaba shows that she has talents that time has not diminished.
Vivian Cheruiyot is the Kenyan Pocket Rocket, in my mind. Winning her first medal as a Youth in 1999, over the 3000 meters, taking the bronze in 9:04.42, Vivian Cheruiyot has competed in every major champs since 2000, where she was 14th in the 5000 meters! Her gold in Beijing 2015 in the 10,000m last year gave her hopes for 2016. In London 2012, Vivian was silver in the 5000 meters and bronze in the 10,000 meters.
Vivian Cheruiyot is fun to interview. She is talkative, for a Kenyan women athlete, and also is quite focused. Her silver medal, in a Kenyan National record performance of 29:32.53 today, could have many superlatives worthy of the description. I call her gutty. She pushed Almaz Ayana as long as she could, as much as she could. I equate Vivian Cheruiyot to the Robert De Niro character in Raging Bull, called Jake LaMota. Ayana pushed and Cheruiyot gutted out another lap.
What a race to behold!
Here is Justin Lagat's fine piece on the performance of Kenya's pocket rocket, Vivian Cheruiyot!
Almaz Ayana dominates 10,000m in WR of 29:17.45!
Almaz Ayana has just destroyed the World Record in the 10,000 meters, running 29:17.45 to take over 14 seconds off the World Record set by Wang Junxia of China nearly 23 years ago! Ayana stayed in the lead pack for 5000 meters, and then, rushed for home, chased by Vivan Cheruiyot. Ayana's style of light running, with a gifted stride took her lead from four seconds to fourteen, as Vivian Cheruiyot guttily held on for the silver medal. Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2008 and 2012 champion, took third from Alice Nawowuna, who lead for the first five kilometers. Here is how I saw the race transpire:
With Alice Nawowuna, KEN, leading through 5k, in a sub 30 minute pace, the pack dropped from 34 to eight quite fast. Nowowuna hit 1k in 3:01.53, 2k in 5:55.79, 3k in 8:52.79, 4k in 11:49.79 and 5k in 14:46.81. Molly Huddle hit 5k in 14:55, after slowing the pace down so she did not crash. First it was Geleta Burke who dropped back, then, Yasemin Can, Euro champ, as Molly Huddle moved into sixth near the end of the race, setting AR of 30:13.17.
But this was Almaz Ayana's story!
And the weather gods were good to the distance runners, with cool weather and little wind!
Almaz had come oh so close to 5000m WR in Rome and today the 10,000 meter record was hers. Almaz took lead after 5000m, with Nawowuna dropping back, loosing a spirited fight for bronze to 2012 champ Tirunesh Dibaba, 29:42.56 PB to 29:53.51 for Nawowuna (PB).
Upfront, Almaz Ayana continued to fly, running 14:36 for the last 5000m! Ayana ran 17:36.74 for 6000m, with 4 seconds on Vivian Cheruiyot at 7k, in 20:29.98, with 8 seconds on Cheruiyot. Ayana dominated, flying around the track, hitting 8k in 23:25.37for ten second lead, and hitting the 9000 meters in 26:22.88.
Kudoes to Vivian Cheruiyot, who did her Raging Bull impersonation, hanging on with true guts for the silver in NR of 29:32.53!
But, today is all about Almaz Ayana, who just destroyed the Chinese world records, records questioned by many. Today, Almaz Ayana ran 29:17.45, a new World Record, as the women's 10,000m WR goes to Ethiopia!
Almaz Ayana is the Emil Zatopek of women's running, churning lap after lap, until she takes the win. The difference is that Almaz Ayana has beautiful form. The 10,000 meters may be her perfect distance! But, we will get to see Almaz race again over 5,000 meters later in the schedule!
As Franco Fava, noted Italian runner and sports journalist told me, as we raved about the race afterwards, "this was a fantastic race! Fast like races in Oslo!"
Women's 10,000m, 1. Almaz Ayana, ETH, 29:17.45, WR, 2. Vivian Cheruiyot, KEN, 29:32.53, NR, 3. Tirunesh Dibaba, ETH, 29:42.56 PB, 4. Alice Aprot Nawowuna, KEN, 29:53.51, PB, 5. Betsy Saina, KEN, 30:07.78 PB, 6. Molly Huddle, USA, 30:13.17 AR
Airline travel sucks. Airline travel especially sucks when an entire global airline has their computer system collapse. How can that be? In this day and age of immediate communication, how can the almighty computer system go down? Well, dear readers, unless one feeds the Gerbils still in charge of taking information from one computer to another, problems can erupt. And erupt, for Delta Airlines, they did, on a global level. The almighty computer systems, patched together with duct tape, a bit of Elmers glue and spit, are, not infallible.
David Hunter and his lovely wife just surivived this experience. They arrived about two days late, but, after a change of clothes, and perhaps an adult beverage or two, they are in better spirits. And why not, the Olympic track & field sessions are about to begin!
Erik Kynard is a really nice guy. I met him in the Eugene airport and we had a quick chat as we both tried to fix airline flights. But, on the high jump apron, he is a tough chess player. The high jump, for those who watch it, love it, revel in it, is an athletic game of chess. And Erik Kynard is one of the finest jumpers in the world.
In this fine peice by David Hunter, we get a quick look into what motivate Erik Kynard. Kynard is sponsored by Brand Jordan, I remind you. There are but a few non basketball players who have such a sponsorship deal. But, what is most remarkable about Erik Kynard is his focus, his fighting spirit and his keen observation of his art.
Watch this fine athlete in Rio de Janiero. He is meant for great things.
Here is the first of our Olympic Track & Field Previews, where Mark Cullen of trackerati.com, at the request of RunBlogRun, is providing daily predictions on all Olympic finals for the duration. I like Mark's style and his understanding of the sport. While I am a global athletics fan, in World Champs and Olympics, I am a particularly American partisan in my predictions. I like all of the predictions Mark has done on day one. However, I see places for Tori Bowie, Molly Huddle and Jenny Simpson in the medal counts. That, however, is exactly why we are posting these predictions. Our sport is about so much more than fast times and long jumps, it is about competition and great races, and final drives, or final jumps or throws!
Jonas Hedman, the founder of www.friidrottaren.com, a site dedicated to track & field in Sweden and Scandinavia, wrote this piece on the Swedish team as they arrive in Rio for the Summer Olympics. Here is his preview to the Rio Olympics with a particularly Swedish focus.
This is the final European Outdoor Results before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. It is Report 15, compiled by our Catalan friend, Carles Baronet. This includes the final results before the opening of athletic in Rio, so we hope you will enjoy it!
This is Justin Lagats' first piece on the theme of the Rio Olympics. Justin's job is to provide a particular Kenyan viewpoint, and he does that quite well. In this column, Justin writes about the good news that has come to Kenyan spots lately, namely WADA taking his country off the non-compliant list and strong testing prior to Rio. Before you criticize, please consider that, there are always two sides to a story and Justin Lagat is no more proud of his country than those from U.S. are of theirs.
The life of an athletic pilgrim has some complications. My 28 hours of air travel in 32 hours was not too bad. My trip to the Engenhau region of Rio de Janiero was forty-five minutes in a taxi through some of the poorest and richest neighborhoods in Rio. I have never seen such poverty, and such beauty in one ride.
This is my first audio diary of the Olympics. I hope to do one each day of competition. Enjoy!
This is my first day in Rio. I am focused on the area around the track stadium, in the suburb of Engenho. My first column is on Sebastien, the manager of the food stand at the train station at Engenho. Sebastien went out of his way for me last night, and I appreciated it. Here is our story...
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Usain Bolt is confident he can approach his world 100m record of 9.58, informs Track Alerts. "I've never tried to foresee the time I can do during an event because you don't know what will happen, but for me, for the shape I'm in now, I think I can definitively run 9.60. I feel much more confident now than last year," he said. He also reiterated that Rio will be his last Olympics. "This is the last one for sure I've done enough. I've proven myself over and over again, this is the last one," he said.
This report, number 14, contains many of the European national championships that will help you understand the fitness of athletes you have not observed all season. Carles Baronet, the editor of TrackInSun, compiles these reports for RunBlogRun. You did not miss number 13, we are just a bit superstitious here, so we do not do report 13. We just moved on to 14. Enjoy!
I am at 38,000 feet, flying to Rio. This is a personal piece about my love for the Olympics and how it started. I am looking forward to covering the athletics portion of the Rio Olympics with our team in Rio, as well as daily enewsletter, audio and video. I look forward to sharing our views on the sport.
One of my key discussion themes this past year has been the challenges to the local running store culture. As a media publisher, I see local running stores as key to developing the sport, much like running clubs and school teams. As someone who has benefitted from the knowledge gained at the local running store, I see this part of our running culture as being critical in the sports' growth.
In this discussion, I take a hard look at the challenges that have overcome the local running store business. I do this to help you realize that to solve a problem, you must realize that a problem exists.
I will be writing more about this topic over the next several months.
Kenya is ok
MONTREAL (CAN): WADA has removed Kenya from the World Anti-Doping Code's non-compliant list. "Following a circular vote of its Foundation Board members, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to announce that it has removed the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) from the list of signatories previously deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). Kenya has drafted and adopted anti-doping legislation now deemed to be in line with the Code. As stipulated in Article 23.5.5 of the Code, WADA will report the declarations of non-compliance to the Sports Movement and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)," said a statement on the organisation's website.
RunBlogRun opines: Okay, was I in a time warp? Nice to see Kenya's anti-doping legislation in line with the rest of the world.
Updated August 3, 2016
I am at the Outdoor retailer and was speaking to several about the number two decathlon in the U.S., Jeremy Taiwo. I am picking Jeremy to be in top six, but seriously, the guy is in the medal hunt for Rio! Read this fun piece by Cait Chock and watch Jeremy in Rio in less than two weeks!
RunBlogRun opines: The decathlon, as the late, great Bob Mathias (gold medalist, 1948, 1952) once told me, is ten events in which one can make a mistake. Jeremy Taiwo kept it together, and with a masterful last 1,500 meters, he took second place. Here is Cait Chock's feature on the amazing athlete fulfilling his dream.
Jeremy Taiwo is an Olympian now.
Updated August 3, 2016
The Summer Olympics are a week away, and many are scrambling. I am scrambling over finding housing that not only is secure but that does not take half of the day to get to the Olympic track stadium. I am not worried, at all, about Zika virus. I am worried about getting mugged, and making it back and forth to the stadium without loosing phones and computers. I must say, in the previous Summer Olympics I have attended, being shived for a iphone 6 or 1, for that matter, has not been top on my list of worries.
But that pails in comparison to the eighteen days ahead of Sebastian Coe, the President of the IAAF.
KAPTAGAT (KEN): Jemima Sumgong has said her victory in the London Marathon has given her confidence that she can win the Olympic gold medal, informs the Daily Nation. "I have been taking second position for a very long time but my win in London Marathon gave me a new beginning thanks to my coach who gave me new tricks that helped me. This time round my program changed but I know I will do well," she said. The Kenyan team has been training in Kaptagat in the build-up to the Olympics.
ITEN (KEN): David Rudisha has said victory in Budapest just before the Olympics in a world-leading 1:43.35 has given him a lot of confidence heading towards Rio, informs Standard Digital. "The performance impressed me a lot. In fact it gave me the confidence that I am heading in the right direction towards defending my title in Rio." He also downplayed his defeat at the Kenyan Olympic Trials, citing last year's outcome before he went on to win the World Championships in Beijing. "Yes, I did not win at the national trials. But remember I lost to Rotich in trials for Beijing last year and then went ahead to win gold. So, there are no worries," he said.
Fred Samara is one of the finest coaches in our sport. David Hunter's feature captured his spirit and love of his university, sport and athletes. I was fortunate to spend time with Fred Samara and Harry Marra as they championed the VISA Decathlon program, one of the finest sponsorships of our sport, from 1991-2000. Fred Samara is the example of the importance of coaches in athletes' development in our sport.
The importance the Olympics can not be overstated. In an age where terrorism is nearly a daily occurance, and we have become silent and cold to the basic needs of war created refugees, the world needs eighteen days of athletes, great and not so great competing to see who is the finest in the world. How can one not be overcome by one amazing moment or two amazing moments in an Olympic cycle?
In reading the updates below from our friend, Alfons Juck, I am reminded that some countries send five hundred and fifty-five athletes, such as the US, and some send two, like Gambia. In each case, the dreams and prayers of the country are behind their sons and daughters. And that, is wonderful.
Jamaica will decide by August 8
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Jamaican Athletics team will decide until August 8 about situation with medical exemptions from the trials. Informs Jamaican Gleaner. It was confirmed by team manager Ludlow Watts. He told The Gleaner that the athletes with question marks will be given a series of tests by the medical team here to confirm their physical health while the panel of coaches assigned to the team will then examine their conditioning on the track before a final determination is made. The athletes with exemptions were Usain Bolt (100 m, 200 m), Janieve Russell (400 m Hurdles), Elaine Thompson (200 m), and Hansle Parchment (110 m hurdles). All were given medical exemptions at some point during the trials after suffering injuries. Bolt proved his shape and fitness with 19.89 200 m at London DL, Parchment clocked 13.53 at the meet in Ninove, Belgium. Russell did not compete since June 12 and Thompson since July 2 when she ran the 200 m heats at Jamaican Trials. With only three athletes per country allowed to compete, the situation has left third-placed finishers at the national trials Kaliese Spencer (400m hurdles), Kali Davis-White (200m) and Andrew Riley (110m hurdles) all in a cloud of uncertainty.