Conversations with Larry: Fast and furiously in Sacramento, USATF Outdoors, Day 2


This is Conversation with Larry for Day 2 of the USATF Outdoors. We focus on the 100 meters and the 5,000 meters.

Houlihan_ShelbyFV-USOut17.jpGShelby Houlihan shows her sprinter's lean, winning 5000m, photo by

Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters off his experience. Christian Coleman ran a fine race, it was just that Justin ran it better. Tori Bowie just cranked it out and won the women's race, with the Oregon Ducks impressing. In the 5000 meters, Paul Chelimo just flew around the track, running 13:08.62 on a hot night and showing why he should challenge for the 5000m gold in London. On the women's side, Shelby Houlihan outkicked some serious competition, including Molly Huddle and Shannon Rowbury.

Gatlin_JustinFH-USOut17.jpGJustin Gatlin wins 100 meters, and yells, photo by

These videos are fun. The deal is I am to speak only two minutes, this is a bit over. No animals were harmed in the making of this video.

Bowie_ToriFH-USOut17.jpGTori Bowie, wins 100 meters, and looks at Deajah Stevens, photo by

The nature of championship races in the middle distances and distance is that you better have one mean kick. Or, you can have a mean kick, but pull a David Moorcroft (look it up), and run away from the crowd like Paul Chelimo did in his time trial over 5000 meters in Sacramento.

Chelimo_PaulH-USAout17.jpgAlone in the wilderness: Paul Chelimo strikes out on his own, breaks MR, photo by

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