August 2017 Archives

The men's 800 meters was an amazingly exciting race. With David Rudisha out, and no Clayton Murphy, among others, the race was a complete surprise. Pierre Ambroise Bosse, France, ran the race of his life. Even after the race, he was surprised and shocked, and provided one of the truly memorable pressers. Along Adam Kzczot, in silver, Pierre and Adam provided a wonderfully animated presser. Kipyegon Bett, all of 19, took the bronze and has years ahead of him to provide such an amazing presser.

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Kipruto_ConseslusFV1-WorCH17.jpgConseslus Kipruto takes gold in London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Conseslus Kipruto is aming for a big sub 8 minute steeplechase in Brussels. Hope that former Badger, Evan Jager makes him work for every meter. EME News provided the preview of Brussels right below.

The key to winning a championship event is to be truly fit and racing ready on the day and time of the major event. Such was the case of Wayde Van Niekerk. In this presser, Wayde discusses his 400 meters win, on a cold night, and with the 200 meters in front of him.

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Winning the 400 meters was Wayde Van Niekerk, in 43.98. In second was Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, in 44.41, and in the bronze position was Abdelah Haroun of Qatar in 44.48.

As the song writer Steven Forbert said nearly forty years ago, "you can not win, if you do not play." Wayde Van Niekerk won, because he made it, round by round to the final and performed on the day, and the time, and the minute. His 43.98 seconds were earned, on a chilly evening, and less than 24 hours before he began the 200 meters semi finals.

Top Names for NYC Marathon!

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Top names for NYC Marathon
NEW YORK (USA): Reigning champions Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea and Mary Keitany from Kenya are confirmed for the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs organisers. Ghebreslassie is the sixth fastest entrant in the elite men's field behind Ethiopians Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33), Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45), Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor (2:06:12), Switzerland's Tadesse Abraham (2:06:40) and Kenya's Lucas Rotich (2:07:17). Keitany is the fastest in the women's race with her 2:17:01 clocking from the London Marathon in April but she will face strong opposition from former world champions Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50) and Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba (2:19:52) and former London Marathon winner Tigist Tufa (2:21:52). Top European entrants include France's Christelle Daunay (2:24:22) and Portugal's Jessica Augusto (2:24:33) while Kenya's Betsy Saina is set to make her debut.
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Farah for GNR
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah will be aiming for his fourth successive title in the Great North Run on 10 September, informs Athletics Weekly. A fourth win for Farah would equal the late Benson Masya's record, with the Kenyan winning in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996. Other names confirmed for the men's race include last year's runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein and Bernard Lagat. Farah won last year in 60:04.

Bekele back in Berlin

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pack-men london .jpgKenenisa Bekele in London, photo courtesy of VLM communications
Bekele added to Berlin field
BERLIN (GER): Reigning champion Kenenisa Bekele has been added to the elite field for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September where he will face Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge, informs organisers. "It's a dream match-up. It's not often that the three strongest marathon men in the world race each other. As organisers we are crossing our fingers for good weather and thrilling competition," said race director Mark Milde. With Kipchoge absent last year, Bekele won this race in 2:03:03 to come within six seconds of Dennis Kimetto's world record ahead of Kipsang in 2:03:13.

You see that this is a tough day! Focus, concentrate and you will get more out of this day. Your cooldown is very important today. Be careful in the heat and rain, wherever you are today!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017. warm up, find one mile hilly course, and run it hard, jog for five minutes and repeat four times, co

then, one mile cooldown,

New Kenyan 1:43.94 in the 800 m
ROVERETO (ITA, Aug 29): At the 53rd Palio Citta del Quercia, London 2017 individual medallists fared well. Bronze winner Mason Finley overcame Gerd Kanter in the discus (64.77m to 62.41m), 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba won the 800m with 2:01.14 and Ristananna Tracey won the 400m hurdles in 54.58, with Janieve Russell on 55.48 for second. However, high jump silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko was beaten into second by Kateryna Tabashnyk (1.95 PB to 1.93). Wycliffe Kinyamel was the breakthrough winner of the 800m, the Kenyan taking more than 1.5 seconds off his best with a meeting record 1:43.94. Behind him were Amel Tuka (3rd, 1:44.62), Guy Learmonth (4th, 1:45.10 PB) and Andrew Osagie (6th, 1:45.54). Julian Forte won the 100m with 10.07, with Jak Harvey second (10.15). Consistent world relay bronze medallist Dwayne Cowan took the 400m with 45.63. Stephenie McPherson won the A-string of the two 400m races, clocking 50.86 and beating Perri Shakes-Drayton (52.19). Margaret Adeoye (52.32) led a British 1-2 in the other over Laviai Nielsen (52.80). Other winners were Angela Tenorio (100m 11.18), Lilian Rengeruk (3000m 8:51.04), Tobias Scherbarth (pole vault 5.35m), Pablo Torrijos (16.96m), Lina Muze (javelin 60.18m), Jarrett Eaton (13.52) and Birhanu Balew (13:22.81).

The women's 100 meters was one of the finest events of the Championships in London. Elaine Thompson started out well, but was passed by four women. Dafne Schippers and Marie Josee Ta Lou battled, but the finest run of the race was Tori Bowie. Tori had a fine start, a tough mid race, then, she took the win with her wicked last 40 meters, and that final, long lean, which took the race. Tori ended up bruised and scratched, but recovered just in time to anchor the 4x100 meters.

Bowie_ToriSF1-WC17.JPGTori Bowie, 100 meter gold medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Perkovic twice over 70 m
ZAGREB (CRO, Aug 29): Three meeting records highlighted the 67th Hanzekovic Memorial here before capacity crowd of 10 000+. Home star Sandra Perkovic gave the crowd two 70 throws, 70.83 MR in fifth (2nd best of 2017) and also 70.44 in 6th round. Opponents were clearly beaten, second Whitney Ashley 62.91 and third Nadine Muller 62.58. US Gil Roberts won the 400 m in another MR 44.94 beating sub 44 runner Isaac Makwala 45.29. In women steeple the third meet best as Norah Jeruto got fast 9:04.56 (her 2nd best ever after Berlin) clearly over team-mates Daisy Jepkemei 9:19.68 and Joan Chepkemoi 9:20.22. Sergey Shubenkov won for third time (after 2014 and 2015) the memorial hurdles in 13.12 (+0.7). It was for him also first win of 2017 beating Devon Allen 13.19 and just from Taipei arriving Balazs Baji 13.46. 2011 World champion Yohan Blake won the final event, the 100 m in 10.05 (+0.3) ahead of Mike Rodgers 10.14 and Asafa Powell 10.16 with 200 m World champ Ramil Guliyev fifth in 10.36. London gold medalist Sam Kendricks cleared 560 in pole vault to win and had nice attempts at would be meet record 580 after his poles arrived only some minutes before the event to the stadium. Young Ethiopian Solomon Barega 7:38.90 and Kenyan Davis Kiplangat 7:39.97 dominated the 3000 m with French star Mahiedine Mekhissi only 9th 7:57.12. Qatar´s revelation of the year Abderrahman Samba won the 400 m hurdles 48.70 ahead of DL winner Kyron McMaster 49.49 with Kerron Clement 6th 50.44. Blessing Okagbare got women 100 m after strong finish in 11.14 (+1.0). Ajee Wilson offered fast 800 m time of 1:57.72 (after it was re examined as initial time of 1:59.13 not correct) over Winnie Chebet 1:58.13 PB and Lynsey Sharp 1:58.35. Canadian record holder Liz Gleadle beat with 63.40 in javelin local star Sara Kolak 61.86. Other winners were Aleksandr Menkov 798 in long jump, Christina Manning women hurdles 12.66 (+0.1) over London medalist Dawn Harper Nelson 12.84, Kamila Licwinko 196 high jump and Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts 14.45 (+0.2) season best in triple.

Thre real test of a champion is when, under much duress, you produce. That is what Tom Walsh did in the men's shot put. He kept his cool, under much pressure and won the gold medal, with a throw of 22.03 meters. Joe Kovacs tried, but did not overtake Walsh, with Kovac's best at 21.66 meters. . Stipe Zunic, from Croatia, threw 21.44 meters, for the bronze. Stipe started out as a javelin thrower, and his move to the shot put rewarded him with his first global medal!

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Paul Halford was in Zurich for Mo Farah's last track race and, also having interviewed him at the star of his career, looks back on his rise to the top.

Edris-Chelimo-FarahFH1a-Zurich17.jpgThe final steps in Zurich, August 24, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's pole vault is one of the events that I use as an litmus test to see the progress of women's athletics. In 2017, you have Ekaterina Stefanidi, a Greek national, who also has won Rio and came very close to giving up the pole vault a few years ago. Sandi Morris, who has taken silver in Rio and Worlds, and hails from athletic power US. Yarisley Silva, Cub and Robelys Peinado, Venezuala, tied for bronze medals, showing off the athletics powers of the Caribe and South America.

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Jeff Benjamin wrote this piece on the upcoming HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Men's Mile. Jeff, as we have come to expect, will cover both the Long Island and NYRR Fifth Avenue miles this upcoming week.

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The London 2017 post event pressers were virtual coaching clinics. The Shoe Addicts were in the front row, filming in HD and also doing live Facebook. I was asking questions, and tried to get each medalist with a chance to speak on their performances, their challenges and their concerns about competing on a World Championship venue with the best athletes in the world!

Nafissatou Thiam, BEL, the Rio 2016 Champ, won in 6,784 points. Carolin Schaefer, GER, 6,696 took the silver, and Annouk Veter, NED, 6,636 NR was bronze medalist.

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Yesterday was tough day and you are probably tired. So take the run easy today, have fun with your friends. Keep the people of Texas in your thoughts and prayers, and consider how precious life, a dry house and a warm meal truly is.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute minute run, three times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

Updated August 29, 2017 in honor of David Torrence

Originally posted June 1, 2017

David Torrence was found dead on 28 August. Our thoughts are with his family, and friends. David was well liked by his fans, fellow athletes and loved by many. David Torrence was 31 years of age. We are reposting three stories on David Torrence that we originally posted on @runblogrun.

The Adrian Martinez Classic is one of my favorite meets of the year. The meet is a cominbination of a local track meet and a selection of elite events. Local miles, family relays, and three elite events (800m, mile and 3000m), for men, women.

The meet always ends with the Adro Miles. On the men's side, David Torrence, who represents Peru and HOKA ONE ONE, took over on the back stretch of lap 4, and blasted the last 200 meters, running a fine 3:53.21, leading ten men under 4 minutes at the Emerson Playground track in Concord, MA.

The Adrian Martinez Classic honors the legacy of Adrian Martinez. Adrian loved to run and play soccer. In a thoughtful interview at the meet, Angel Martinez, fahter of Adrian, said, that we should enjoy each day, and treasure the moments with friends, families and communities. That is a wonderful legacy.

Updated June August 29, 2017, in honor of David Torrence.

Originally posted on June 3, 2017.

This is third archived post in honor of David Torrence, who we lost yesterday, at the age of 31. Please keep David, his family, friends and fans in your thoughts and prayers.

A nice long weekend of track & field in Boston. The Adrian Martinez Classic, now in its fifth year, is held at Emerson Playground, in Concord, MA. The meet celebrates the legacy of Adrian Martinez, a young man who played on the fields of Concord, and who was taken away too early in life. His legacy is this wonderful meet, a combination of family relays, neighborhood miles, and elite events, is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.

Torrence_David_Martinez_Classic_01-Jun-2017_Winning_Mile_Lotsbom.jpgDavid Torrance, wins Adro Mile in 3:53.21, photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission.

Mike McManus, the global sports marketing director of HOKA ONE ONE, told RunBlogRun that he tried to put together some fun incentives to encourage runners to run fast. And run fast they did. Ten men under 4 minutes for the mile, seven under 7:50, and sixteen under 8:00 for 3000 meters. Meet records in the 800 meters for men and women, plus the 3000 meters for men!

Here is the fine story from Chris Lotsbom of Race Results Weekly, which we use wit permission.

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Updated August 29, 2017

Originally posted September 3, 2016

This is a story on the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, where David Torrence won the mile for the second time. Story by Jeff Benjamin. David Torrence was found dead on August 28, 2017 in an apartment complex pool in Phoenix, Arizona.

Leon Manzano and his fans, photo by Jeff Benjamin

image2.JPGFord Palmer, Kyle Merber, David Torrence, photo by Jeff Benjamin

The HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile was an amazing success, and I watched it from three thousand, three hundred miles away! Watching the excellent coverage of Runnerspace and USATF TV, the event came to life. Reading the article below by Jeff Benjamin and the previous piece by Race Results Weekly, it is obvious regarding two things: the meet is a success and it has to be on my bucket list.

Congrats to Kyle Merber, one of the fine young milers who is emerging in this country, who not only races but puts on events. Brands like HOKA ONE ONE are getting it. In this age of brands fusing together, brands that combine stellar social media, actual events that reach out to a local community, tie ins with brick and mortar specialty running stores, and actual coverage of the events, will stand out. There are many fine shoe brands out there, but how do the good ones stand out? This event is a fine example.

Tuesday is hill day. And hills have been part of the entire summer of running, as you have built your shape for upcoming season.

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Work the hills, focus on the ten feet in front of you, pump your arms, keep stride short and stay focused.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017. warm up, easy 2 miles, run ten 200 meter hill repeats, shorten stride, pump arms, look down

at your feet, jog down easy, repeat, then, 2 mile run, then, cooldown

Superb javelin at WUG: 91.36 Cheng, 91.07 Hofmann
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 26): The fourth day of athletics at the World University Games was highlighted by a phenomenal men's javelin competition which saw two throwers surpass the 91m line for just the second time in history, the first being the 2001 World Championships. Home favourite Chao-Tsun Cheng moved from third to first with his final round throw of 91.36m, an Asian record to move to 12th on the world all-time lists. Germany's Andreas Hofmann responded with a huge throw but fell just short with a lifetime best of 91.07m. It was for second time in history of javelin that two throwers went over 91 meters in one competition after Edmonton 2001. Cheng's teammate Shih-Feng Huang won bronze, also with a lifetime best of 86.64m. In the women's hammer, Poland's Malwina Kopron surpassed Betty Heidler's championship record of 75.83m with her opening round throw of 76.85 PVB ahead of Belarus' Hanna Malyshchyk (74.93m) and Poland's Joanna Fiodorow (71.33m). On the track, world finalist Juander Santos from the Dominican Republic won the 400m hurdles title in 48.65 ahead of home favourite Chieh Chen 49.05 and Algeria's Abdelmalik Lahoulou 49.30; heptathlon specialist Nadine Visser won the 100m hurdles title in 12.98 (-1.3) ahead of world U20 champion Elvira Herman from Belarus (13.17); Italy's Irene Siragusa won the 200m in a 22.96 PB from Latvia's Gunta Latiseva Cudare 23.15 with France's Jeffrey John winning the men's 200m in 20.93; and Turkey's Tugba Guvenc won the 3000m steeplechase in 9:51.27 from Hungary's Viktoria Gyuerkes 9:52.17. Elsewhere, Belarus' Iryna Zhuk won the pole vault title on countback from three athletes at 4.40m; there were wins in the 20km walk from Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi (1:27:30) and Ukraine's Inna Kashyna (1:39:44); and Austria's Verena Preiner leads the heptathlon with 3586 points.
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VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO (POR, Aug 26): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser achieved great series at a local meet here in shot put. His best was 22.36 from fifth round and in total got three 22+ throws. The series: 22.31 - 22.24 - 21.67 - f - 22.36 - f. He confirmed he will be ready for the IAAF Diamond League final next Thursday in Brussels.
RunBlogRun opines: Ryan Crouser had a rough World Champs, as did several athletes. He had some long fouls, and suffered an injury right before the competition. But, as the old saying goes, the key is to perform on the big day. At the Olympics Ryan Crouser had his day, in London, he did not. Ryan Crouser will have another great day of throwing, actually many. Can not wait to watch Ryan Crouser and Tom Walsh battle in the shot put!

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Our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet, edits our exclusive European Athletic Reports, all year long. He also provides results from other key regions around the world.

Holmer Fartlek is your workout for today. It is part of the varied types of Swedish workouts collected under the Fartlek title. Holmer fartlek is named after the coach, a former Swedish decathlete, and it, again, gives you as much as you put into it. Go out at moderate pace for say, 3.5 miles, then run the return a few minutes faster, and get your heart pumping, then, as always, cooldown by jogging, and stretching, then, get off that wet clothes.

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Monday, warm up, one mile easy, 50 minute Holmer Fartlek run , go out in 28 minutes, come back

in 22 minutes, easy one mile cooldown

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Morris 480, Newman 475 NR
BECKUM (GER, Aug 27): Olympic and World medalist Sandi Morris from USA cleared in second try 480 to win the 19th Women Pole Vault meet here. She also had one try at World leading 492, but that was for 3500 spectators. Morris did not continue afterwards to save energy for the DL final next Friday. Second Alysha Newman achieved in third attempt new Canadian record 475 with 2015 World champion Yarisley Silva and British record holder Holly Bradshaw 470 as third and fourth. Fifth place for Czech record holder Jirina Ptacnikova 450.

In it's 76th year, in the historic Berlin Olympic stadium, the ISTAF Berlin meet was one of the finest meets in the world in 2017.

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From Aries Merritt's win in the 100m hurdles, to Sam Kendricks, Piotr Lisek and Renaud Lavillenie battling in the pole vault, to Caster Semanya's World Best at 600 meters, a fast 1,500m by Konstanze Klosterhalfen, and a nice second by Eilish McColgan.

I loved the Berlin Stadium when I visited in 2009, and I have ISTAF indoor and outdoor on my bucket list.

Here's the full results!

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Barshim again 2.40m
EBERSTADT (GER, Aug 27): World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim ended his season in style. He won the 39th edition of Eberstadt High Jump meet and remained unbeaten in 2017. And for second time after Birmingham DL last Sunday again cleared 240 (equaled his WL). Barshim also offered 1700 spectators two attempts at 242 and the last one even at 244. Second neutral competitor Danil Lysenko improved by 4 cm to 238, third home Mateusz Przybylko achieved 230. Then three jumpers cleared 227 in the order Sylwester Bednarek, and in a tie Mexican Edgar Rivera and World medalist Majid Ghazal of Syria.

Wow! How do I explain this? Two hours of Olympic finals. The best of the best, in most races, and some fun performances. Shaunae Miller-Uibo and her fast 21.88NR in the 200 meters! CJ Ujah showing that GBR has some fine up and coming sprinters, winning last two season 100 meters. Isaac Makwala winning 400m in 43.95 as Steven Gardiner goes down at the blocks. Sam Kendricks winning DL and his season is complete in PV.

Miller-Thompson-Schippers-Zurich17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, Elaine Thompson, Dafne Shippers, Marie Josee Ta Lou battle, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Weltklasse's stadium, the Letzigrund is one of the finest athletic stadiums in the world, and there is not a bad seat in the house. The crowd is knowledgable, partisan Swiss and exciting to behold. The performances, one after another overwhlemed this viewer.

Caster Semenya's fine 800 meters, was an example. The women's steeple with Ruth Jebet slowing down with 50 meters to go, when she noticed the world record was not to be hers, suggested that her 8:55.28 was number two all time but, not Jebet's best.

And the 4x100m relay with top teams from Jamaica, GBR and Switzerland, and a lackluster team from US only suggested what could have been.

And Mo Farah's final 5000 meters was the thriller for Zurich down to the final steps!

The week after the London World Championships should have been a snorer. But, even after nearly 700,000 tickets in Paralympics and World Championships were sold, nearly 11,800 seats out of possible 12,500 were sold in Alexander stadium.

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There were some fine racing as well as great field events. Barshim's 2.40 meter clearance was superb. A fantastic women's 100 meters, with Elaine Thompson reminding all who runs the 100, plus a PB from Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The Bahrainian Nasser, who continues to impress, took down a stellar field and Sifan Hassan ran Hellen Obiri down and won the 3000m in a NR and WL!

In the Emsley Carr mile, GBR went 1-2 with Jake Wightman leading Chris O'Hare with a swift last lap showing the world that GBR does produce fine milers. And the men's high jump, where Mutaz Essa Barshim went over 2.40 meters for the tenth time.

To me, the meet was captured by Tom Walsh, who after his shot put win told me. " I reminded myself, I am the world champion, I need to provide a World Championship performance even when I am tired."

Enough said.

Mutaz Essa Barshim has had an amazing season. He will end with all wins this season as he has had superb clearances at gutty times in the competition. For years, many saw Mutaz Barshim as this high jumper who almost had it all, wins, titles and performances. Now, after Eberstadt on August 27, Mutaz Barshim has 11 clearances of 2.40 meters.

What does 2.40 meters mean?

#WhatGravity 🤷🏾‍♂️ . . . #DLFinal #ZurichDL #DiamondLeague

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The 100 meter hurdles is one of the toughest events from which an athlete can pick to excel in the sport of athletics. The quality of the athletes, the ferocity of the competition, and the ten hurdles give you ten, no, twenty opportunites to screw up the race. Athletes in the past have lead through hurdle nine, clipped the final hurdle and come crashing down before the finish.

And if there is any event where on is only as good as their last race, it is the 100 meter hurdles.

Let's take Sally Pearson, for example.

@salpearson continued her winning streak to secure the #DiamondTrophy! . . . #DLFinal #ZurichDL

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This is the day for the long run. We normally have long runs done on Sunday. Today's run is 75 minutes, and we suggest you find some friends and that you find a nice park or trail to enjoy your long run.

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Sunday, August 28, 2017, warm up, 75 minutes, in hills, cooldown

You will be entiring your 1th week of training. You are getting very fit.

The Saturday workout is a fun workout, and like fartlek, it can be made as hard as you want or need. Remember, jog or float the turns and sprint the straights, getting faster and faster!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017. warm up, three miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

In his fourth piece for our coverage of the Weltklasse, Stuart Weir writes on the British women's sprint relay team. I have met with Des Henry and Dina Asher Smith. I find them both thoughtful and focused. Stuart Weir allows us to see just how special that they are!

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Ujah-Simbine-Gatlin-Zurich17.jpgCJ Ujah won the 100 meters against a tough crowd, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: In this third column on the WeltklasseZH by Stuart Weir, I was impressed by the sense of humanity he notes with CJ. I have observed this sprinter before, but never interviewed him. I want to though, as the British athletes have different challenges than the American athletes, and that is part of what makes this sport fascinating.

Stuart will be covering Brussels and Newcastle for us, I look forward to reading our friend's observations on those two fine end of season events.

RunBlogRun opines: I have known about the Barbados Race Series for three decades plus! For the past three years, the race has been a sponsor of RunBlogRun.

FullSizeRender-3 barbados.jpgThe great finish at Run Barbados events! photo courtesy of Canadian Running Magazine

Many of the greats, from Rob De Castella, to John Treacy, to Jill Hunter and Carey May, have run there, and now, it is your turn!

Take a look at the press release below and consider going down in December. The Barbados team are great people. Many of my friends have gone, and I am quite jealous! Look at Run Barbados as they celebrate their 35th year of running!

The sprint hurdles, the 100 meter hurdles is the toughest event to break into in all of womens' athletics. For an American, good luck, as theire are 8-10 athletes at any given time in the U.S. who can climb onto the podium.

Stuart Weir is writing about the 100 meter hurdles. Truth is, I never assign stories to Stuart Weir, Justin Lagat, David Hunter, or Paul Halford. They are professional writers, and I do not compromise creativity. It has worked out for some time now, and I like the lack of restrictions it provides. They normally chat with each other, work out topics if need be, and it works.

Stuart Weir is right, it is all about the race won, and performing in that nano second. The 100 meter sprint hurdles require complete focus and attention for 12 and one half seconds!

It did this time...

The final @weltklassezurich tomorrow night!! @adidaswomen @adidasrunning

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Start of the Steeple Chase in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Photo from ISTAF / Camera 4

The ISTAF Berlin meeting, now in its 76th year, is held in the amazing Berlin Olympic Stadium. It has seen some of the finest athletes in our sport, in the past, present, and yes, will host many in the future. This years' date is August 27, and it will have amazing fields, including a very talented women's steeplechase! Do not miss it!

Stuart Weir is at it again with Pole Vaulting in a railway station. His missives on Weltklasse ZH give you a peculiarly insider view of Diamond League meetings. Stuart has a sense of humor, it is his sense of humor and while I do smile and chuckle a bit, I do not want to give him too much encouragement. Mind you, I thought he was Scottish for two years (his wife is the Scottish one).

This is nearing the end of week ten. And you are finding yourself in pretty good shape. The work is challenging, but worth the effort. Here is an easy day, as tomorrow, you have some work!

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Scott Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, August 25, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute run with two 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 200 meters in the Weltklasse ZH tonight in exciting fashion and a national record. Here is the story behind the race, and what lead up to this fine race of many of the finest sprinters in our sport!

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In the final battle, @gomofarah wins

The pace was honest: 2:35.30 for 1000 meters, 5:13.3 for 2,000 meters, 7:51.27 for 3000 meters and 10:37.87 for 4000 meters. This was going to come down to some serious last kilometer running!

And it did. The final kilometer was in 2:28. But it was the final last 400 meters that did the trick!

In the last 800 meters, @gomofarah ran 1:53, with a 52.61 last 400 meters, but race was not won until last 20 meters, what control as three guys go down at finish! Winning time was 13:06.5, with Paul Chelimo, US, 13:06.09 in second, Muktar Edris, 13:06.09, Yomif Kejelcha, 13:06.19!

The difference in the last thirty meters was minute, but Mo Farah pulled it out, calling on some energy source inside and pumped his arms as Muktar Edris and Paul Chelimo went nearly down and Kejelcha fell apart.

That last lap, covered in 52.62, was brutal, heartfelt and agonizingly close. It is only in a race like this, with the best in the world, that one can really appreciate the quality of racing that we have seen with Mo Farah.

A fitting ending of a career for @gomofarah. No quarter asked, no quarter given.

We will miss you.

Timothy Cheruiyot was agonizingly close in London to winning the World Champs. Elijiah Manangoi took the title. Timothy Cheruiyot looked determined in the Diamond League final, as the pace went fast, 56.5, 1:52. Cheruiyot went by the pace setters and had the lead in 2:53 at the 1200 meters. For that last 300 meters, Cheruiyot fought off many of the finest in the world, including nine of his countrymen. Silas Kiplagat came closest as Kiplagat took second, Manangoi took third and Asbel Kiprop took fourth.

For Timothy Cheruiyot, victory was sweet. Cheruiyot won in 3:33.93. A Diamond League title, a nice paycheck and Elijiah Manangoi in third, behind him.

Chris O'Hare-1.jpgChris O'Hare winning British Trials, photo by David Wearn

RunBlogRun opines: This is the weekly column from Paul Halford on British athletics. Paul Halford is a longtime runner and observer of the sport, having written for Athletics Weekly, among other media groups. This week, Paul spoke with Chris O'Hare and opines on the Diamond League.

Semenya_Caster800FH1-WorCH17.jpgCaster Semenya, can anyone challenge her? photo by PhotoRun.net

Look, the Zurich train stadium is one of the busiest parts of the city of Zurich. Nearly 4,000 Swiss fans, most, I believe, who had never seen a pole vault before, were mesmerized with the fine women's competition. The crazy cow mascot, Cooly, had them cracking up, but the likes of Ekaterina Stefanidi, Sandi Morris and Kate Nageotte had the crowd cheering and clapping for the entire competition!

A bit warm, but the competition had some serious jumps, including three strong attempts at 4.91m by Sandi Morris and Ekaterina Stefanidi! The womens' pole vault is a perfect event to showcase in Zurich! As was said in the presser, a real Street Games feel, and it was!

It is not about reinventing the sport. We need to show those who do not know athletics how cool the sport is! Fine tuning is key! That is our challenge in the future!

Behold the pole-vaulting cow #Cooly! 🐮 #runjumpcud #FUNnGAMESTV #ZurichDL #WeltklasseZH @spikesmag

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The finest 10,000 meters ever run

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Farah_MoFHL-WorCh17.jpgMo Farah wins his final 10,000 meters, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated August 24

After our interview with Mo Farah on August 23, Mo Farah agress that this may have been his finest ever! Watch Mo Farah tonight, August 24, in Zurich as he battles the world!

I wrote this piece on my flight from Brussels to Zurich on Tuesday, August 22, and thought our readers might like to debate this one. Let me know your thoughts!

Schippers_DafneFV-Lausanne17.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Miller_ShaunaeFL-WC17.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated August 24, 2017

After speaking with her coach once again, note that tonight in Zurich and also Brussels should be very fast nights of athletics.

Just how fast will Shaunae Miller Uibo run the 200 meters in Zurich on Thursday, August 24, against Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers? If you listen to her coach, very, very fast. Read on!

Fartlek is a great way to gain fitness over the summer, and we will be using it in the fall as well. You are now in week ten of our 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Summer Cross Country Program, in two weeks, we turn to Fall program.

Enjoy the workout today and watch the Weltklasse ZH meeting today on TV!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017. warm up, one mile easy, 50 minute fartlek, after 5 minutes, 2 minutes hard, two minutes easy, repeat ten times, at 48 minutes, three minutes hard, then, one mile easy cooldown,(if you so desire, fartlek should be run on hilly course)

The London World Champs was an amazing event. One of the most exciting events was the 10,000 meters, where Mo Farah took on the world and won. In the 5,000 meters, he took silver, leaving the track as he entered it, taking on the best in the world.

Farah_MoPC-Pre17.JPGMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

This presser was done by Colin Jackson, the same man who emceed the final presser of Usain Bolt, prior to the World Championships.

This presser was fun, as Colin Jackson explored the full and varied career of Mo Farah, including his 2006-2009 time, where he first tasted strong performances.

I had some fun questions, from asking about how satisfied he was with the London 10,000 meters and how fast he could run an open 400 meters? Mo said that having the best runners of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia all focused on him was a huge honor but also a huge challenge in the race. As Mo was only off five seconds from his best, he thought the race was one of the toughest, if not, the toughest of his career.

The 5000 meters in Zurich on Thursday will be a tough race. Mo Farah will have to give it his all to be in the top three, let alone to retire with a win in Zurich. Mo knows that and is looking for the battle.

All in all, a bittersweet time, but a fun interview a strong way for Mo Farah to go out of track & field.

Colin Jackson, emcee for this exceptional afternoon described presser six as one for those who fly through air. And how appropriate: Mutaz Barshim, World Champion and a man who has cleared 2.40 meters ten times in his career. Renaud Lavillenie, who has cleared six meters nearly two dozen times and has the world record in the pole vault. Sam Kendricks, newest member of the six meter club and newest World Champion at the pole vault.

IMG_9682.JPGMutaz Barshim, Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mutaz Barshim noted that his 2.40 meter clearance was his tenth time over that height. He also took the cross bar from that jump home, and it is on its way to Qatar as he spoke!

Renaud Lavillenie was injured in November and required surgery and also now is a new father of a baby girl. He is surprised that, off four months of training he is jumping so high and took a medal home.

Sam Kendricks, who has something nice to say about everyone, is enjoying the summer of his first six meter clearance, his World Championships and his friendly rivalry with Renaud Lavillenie. His father, who is his coach, told me that Sam Kendricks learned humility as a young jumper, as Sam began jumping in seventh grade, as he was getting beat by the girls and boys on the team.

This was a fun presser, as all three athletes made it quite clear that they love their events, their sport and get a great feeling from the fans. Athletics is their sport and their world.

Colin Jackson opened the fifth presser with this description: "Life is generally about overcoming obstacles, this group is about those who overcame physical obstacles or boundaries." And Colin was right.

IMG_9681.JPGSally Pearson, Karston Warholm, and Emma Coburn, photo by RunBlogRun

On this panel, was Sally Pearson, Olympic gold in 2012, who overcame horrific wrist injury to come back the entire way, taking gold in the 100m hurdles in London. Karston Warholm, a former multi eventer, won the Worlds in the 400 meter hurdles, with speed, fine hurdling and guile. Emma Coburn used her overall fitness and fine hurdling skills to cut the difference between her and the nine Kenyan born athletes she battles to win the World Championships at the steeplechase.

This is a fine interview session. Colin Jackson was well prepared and the athletes wanted to speak about their adventures. And we, the fans and media, have a better understanding of these outstanding athletes.

The fourth presser at the Weltklasse had Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Olympic gold medalist at 400 meters, Dafne Schippers, World Champion at 200 meters, bronze at 100 meters, Elaine Thompson, Olympic champion at 200 meters and 100 meters.

IMG_9678.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo, Elaine Thompson, Dafne Schippers, photo by RunBlogRun

Colin Jackson did his homework on this one, and the athletes were fascinating in their discussions of their events, their competition philosophies and the love of the sport.

Again, the Paris, Lausanne and Zurich pressers were three of the finest of the year, with Birmingham getting a strong mention. The athletes in Zurich were most relaxed and willing and ready to answer questions. That means a lot.

What a treat in Zurich! The pressers were emceed by Colin Jackson, at the top of his game and well prepared. His questions to both Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter came from appreciation and admiration of the two fine German throwers.

IMG_9675.JPGThomas Rohler, Johannes Vetter, photo by RunBlogRun

Exhibiting competitiveness but also respect for each other and their Czech and Kenyan competitors, Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter, who have throw 93.90m and 94.44m respectively this year, are among the finest athletes ever in their event. But, more importantly, they are fine role models for athletes in Germany and around the world.

Again, watch this video if you are a javelin thrower or javelin coach, as there is lots to learn in this discussion!

Weltklasse ZH Co-meet directors Christoph Joho and Andreas Hediger discussed the management of the meet with emcee Colin Jackson.

IMG_9674.JPGColin Jackson, Christoph Joho, Andreas Hediger, photo by RunBlogRun

It was a unique discussion and one of the finest on how a meet of this stature is actually done. Joho manages sponsorship procurement, which is a 24/7 job in itself. Andreas handles the Swiss Kids program, which has 150,000 kids, 7-14 in 1000 cantons around Switzerland competing each and every year!

The Weltklasse ZH is a huge part of the reason why Swiss Athletics, in a well funded state, is developing finer and finer athletes. Athletes who have won European medals and titles, and soon, I believe, could be competing for medals on the global stage once again.

This presser was for the Swiss local press, and it was done in Swiss German. Lea Sprunger is a former heptathlete, then sprinter, who has become a fine 400 meter hurdler. Mujinga Kambudnji is a 100m and 200m sprinter, who also is key to the Swiss NR 4x100 meter team. Kariem Hussein is the 2014 European champion at 400m hurdles and bronze in 2016. He is also a medical student.

Hussein_KariemFV-Lausanne17.jpgKariem Hussein, photo by PhotoRun.net

These are examples of Swiss rising performances in athletics, with much of it funded by Weltklasse Zurich profits which go into the Swiss athletics community each and every year.

Again, yes, I know this interview is in Swiss German.

Here is Wednesday workout, a recover run! Recovery days are as important as hard days. Listen to your coach and take those recovery days easy!

HOKA ONE ONE XC 2015.jpgHOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizon Elite running XC. photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, August 23, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute minute run, three times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

The 4x400 meters is one of the traditional ways to end the World Championships, and at @runblogrun, we think it is one of the very best.

StadiumFE1-London17.jpGLondon 2017 Stadium, photo by PhotoRun.net

I recorded the crowd, the fine announcing and provided some comments on this audio of the last event in the London 2017 World Championships. It was an intense event as Trinidad and Tobago provided a great surprise for the weary United States team.

It was a great ending to the fine championships. It already has us wondering, how can Doha 2019 top London 2017?

The men's shot put was one of the finest competitions in the London 2017 World Championships. As some athletes had issues, from injuries, to just rough day of throwing, others stayed on task. One of those who stayed on task was Tom Walsh, the New Zealand star who won the gold medal.

Walsh_TomR-London17.jpGTom Walsh, 2017 London World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun caught up with Tom at the Birmingham DL and asked him, What makes you so mentally tough, and how did you stayed focused when others around you are going from good days to bad days. The answer may surprise you, but it should be on the coaching education shelves of each and every coach in the throws around the world.

The hill workouts have been going on now for over six weeks, and you get stronger each and every week. This week, you will notice that we cut back from twelve to ten repeats. Try running the hills a bit faster today, and then, jog down easily, and repeat. On your two mile run afterwards, run at a good pace, and then, cooldown.

Taylor_Kellyn10-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, August 22, 2017. warm up, easy 2 miles, run ten 200 meter hill repeats, shorten stride, pump arms, look down at your feet, jog down easy, 2 mile run, then, cooldown

The men's long jump was one of the deepest in recent memory, with tenth place at 8.02 meters. But in the medal positions, there was some surprises, and some long leaps. Luvo Manyongo, the South African long jump star, had the longest jump in the world before the championships. Manyongo leaped a series, with a foul, then, 8.48m leading jump, 8.32m, 8.29m, 8.19m and finally a foul. Jarrion Lawson, the young American who equalled Jesse Owens NCAA wins in 2016, and finished in fourth, an agonizing position in Rio, took silver with a fine leap of 8.44 meters. His series of 8.37m, 8.43m, 8.40m, 8.11m, and 8.44m, only 4 centimeters behind Manyango. In third, South African Ruswahl Samaii, leaped 8.25m, foul, 8.15m, foul, 8.27m, 8.32m, the final leap taking Samaii into bronze medal position.

Lawson_JarredFL-WorCh17.jpgJarrion Lawson, Silver medalist, Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Good questions and answers on this presser. Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder, Mike Deering and Algernon Felice, aka The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

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Wendy-Yang-President of HOKA and the Performance Lifestyle Brands, Deckers.jpgWendy Yang, President of HOKA ONE ONE and Performance Lifestyle Brands at Deckers

The men's 100 meters caught many by surprise. It should not have been that surprising. Usain Bolt had not had strong training, and he had only two 100 meter races in 2017, and not against the finest of fields. Usain Bolt had been affected very much by the loss of a dear friend, and his spirit was just not all there.

Gatlin-Coleman-BoltFH1a-WorCh17.jpgJustin Gatlin, Christian Coleman, Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the 100 meters, Usain Bolt found himself behind Christian Coleman, who had haunted him a bit in the semi-finals. Usain Bolt started to put pressure on himself, forcing himself to run fast. In the past, Usain Bolt would relax, let his normal acceleration happen and the race would be won. But, alas, neither that final gear, nor that fitness, nor that spirit was available for Mr. Bolt.

On the outside of the the track, Justin Gatlin was running a fine race, and took the race from the hands of Christian Coleman, and Usain Bolt.

The presser is one of the best of the World Championships. If you liked Usain Bolt before, you will like him more. Christian Coleman was fantastic, and Justin Gatlin holds his ground in this curious presser.

Stuart Weir is now home, for one of the few times this summer. This is his second piece on the Birmingham DL, and soon, we will join up in Zurich to cover that event for @runblogrun. I like Stuart's approach on the Birmingham DL, the last event before the Diamond League championships, with an old British proverb.

The men's discus was an example of what a World Championship event should be: big performances, and lots of surprises. Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius won in a PB throw of 69.22 meters! That was only two centimeters ahead of world leader and Swedish NR holder, Daniehl Stahl, who threw 69.19 meters. Mason Finley, US, took the bronze, in a PB throw of 68.03 meters.

Findley_MasonW1-WC17.JPGMason Finley, bronze medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the complete discuss presser courtesy of Mike Deering, Adam Johnson-Eder and Algernon Felice of the Shoe addicts, the digital partner of RunBlogRun.

Sambu_StephenFV-Falmouth17.JPGLeonard Korir finishes just behind 4x winner Stephen Sambu, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun comments: This is the fifth and final column by Jeff Benjamin on the 2017 New Balance Falmouth Road Race. We asked Jeff to give us a feel of his daily experiences in Falmouth, plus run the race, plus cover both the Miles and the Road Race.

Over instagram, twitter, FB and yes, runblogrun, we have provided ten views of this long weekend of running.

The fartlek system is from the Swedish, meaning speed play. In the 1940s the great milers Arne Andersen and Gunder Haag brought the world record to 4:01.6. Speed play was done on the forest trails, on soft ground and developed into amazingly strong workouts. Truth is, better shape you are in, more fartlek can benefit.

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Monday, August 21, 2017. warm up, one mile easy, 50 minute Holmer Fartlek run , moderate pace, at 20 minutes, 5 minutes at 5k pace, at 30 minutes, 5 minutes at 5k race pace, at 40 minutes, 5 minutes at 5k race pace, cooldown

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RunBlogRun comments: The men's high jump was the finest event of the Birmingham meeting. Barshim started to fly at 2.31 meters, then, 2.33 meters, and at 2.35 meters. Then, the gambler came out and Barshim passed 2.37 meters, then took two attempts at 2.39 meters. On his final attempt, Barshim went over 2.40 meters and cleared!

A magnifiscent end to Mo Farah's track career, with a 3000m win in front of his fans. Now, off to Zurich.

This is an audio call of Mo Farah's last domestic race. This 3000 meters closed the 2017 Birmingham DL on 20 August. Mo Farah won his last race in front of a nearly packed stadium. Geoff Wightman called the race (and I provided some comments on the audio). The crowd came to see Mo Farah run his last race after his gold and silver in London.

Farah_Mo1-Pre17.JPGMo Farah, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

The meet had some fine highlights: the men's shot put, the mens' high jump, a fantastic women's 3000 meters and 1,500 meters, as well as a fantastic women's 400 meters.

Mo Farah was here to see his British fans, and after the race, in the rain, many stayed to see Mo do his victory lap.

Mo Farah will race on Thursday, 24 August 2017 in Zurich as his last track race on the continent. RunBlogRun will be there.

A tale of four 100 meters races...

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RunBlogRun comments: This is Stuart Weir's first piece on the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham. It is early, as Stuart and I agreed to a piece on Monday. I like this view of the four very different 100 meter races. Enjoy the story, as you have Stuart's pieces all season long, as he has traipsed around Europe and North Africa, covering events for @runblogrun.

Thompson_Elaine-Pre17.JPGElaine Thompson, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hassan_SifanLeds-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: One week after the end of the London World Championships, I was concerned on how the Birmingham meeting would go. Would athletes be tired? Some were, but also, some behaved like the new champions that they were.

In this piece, Justin Lagat writes about the fine distance runners racing in Alexander Stadium on Sunday, 20 August.

Isaac Makwala ran a 200m/400m double at the Meeting de Atletisimo Madrid, on July 14, 2017, that opened many eyes. At Madrid, Isaac Makwala ran 43.92 for 400 meters, then, a fine 200 meters, at 19.77 (+0.0). The time between the races was 2 hours, and 20 minutes.

Much is in dispute, but Isaac Makwala was suspected of being sick with the novovirus or gastrointestinal issues, and he was not allowed to run the final. Suffice it to say, this may have been poorly managed, but the intention was to protect two thousand athletes. Using IAAF's own rules, the IAAF allowed Isaac Makwala to run a lonely 200 meters, where he had to break 20.50. He ran 20.20. and 90 minutes later, he ran 20.14.

The next day, Isaac Makwala did not do well in th 200 meter final. In the 4x400 meters, his team dropped a baton, and his chance in the 4x400m was over.

I hope that Isaac Makwala has other days to shine in our sport. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I felt that Isaac Makwala had, a series of very bad days. Sometimes, that happens to athletes before they have a great performance.

We wish Isaac Makwala many healthy days in our sport and perhaps, even, a medal or two that he deserves, but as well all know, it all has to be there on the race day!

A very exuberant Isaac Makwala placing 2nd in his 200m semi-final. #London2017 #IAAFWorlds

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I really, truly, wanted to interview Hero the Hedgehog. He was the only athlete that I missed at the London 2017 World Champs was Hero. This was not some person dressed up in a costume. No, sir! Hero the Hedgehog, was apparently, a former NBC cheerleader!

If you wanted the moves, the somersaults, the zip line, the other crazy adventures, Hero got everyone involved, including the one and only Usain Bolt.

Most importantly, Hero spanned the needs of the crowd, between goofiness and amazing athleticism for person in a hedgehog costume.

Well, now that I have appalled most of my readers, I will get to the next subject!

Brittney Reese competes in the long jump like no other. With the likes of Ivana Spanovic, Tianna Bartoletta and Dariya Klishina (also Lorraine Ugen), the womens' LJ is one of the intruiging events on the circuit.

Brittney Reese needed to jump 7.02m to gain her gold medal, her fourth outdoors! Dariya Klishina had her best jump in six years, with a 7.00m, and Tianna Bartoletta, after two months of personal hell, and difficult long jump, where she only got her step down on jump five, took the bronze by one centimeter!

I want to come back to Brittney Reese. I have known Brittney for years. I absolutely love her athleticism, and her ability to compete, event after event. She is an absolutely fun interview. I did not know, until Brittney's recent post, that some racists pigs were sending her social media junk that is hateful. Brittney posted a few on the social media world and it outraged me. Brittney uses those responses as motivation.

Thinking of how classy that Brittney Reese has always been and how she stays. Consider this: Brittney has won gold and silver in Olympics, four golds in World Outdoors and three golds in world indoors! She is the long jump goddess!

Willis-Engels-Falmouth17.JPGNick Willis and Craig Engels duel at NB Falmouth Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

WELLINGTON (NZL): Nick Willis is aiming to contest the 1500m and 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the New Zealand Herald. "I'm hoping October, November and December I can keep a consistent 100-105 mile week average going until Christmas, and that should lay a really good foundation to have a crack at a successful 5000/1500 double at the Commonwealth Games. It's something that I have been wanting to do after Rio, but with all my injury setbacks it wasn't even really an option for this year," he said.

Engels_CraigFH-Falmouth17.JPGCraig Engels, Nick Willis, Colby Alexander, NB Falmouth Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fields_HannahFH-Falmouth17.JPGHannah Fields, photo by PhotoRun.net

The NB Falmouth Miles have become a memorable part of the NB Falmouth weekend. This is the feature from Race Results Weekly, used with permission, by Chris Lotsbom. We hope you enjoy it!

fale4.JPGBill Rodgers with medals for Falmouth Kids races, photo by Jeff Benjamin

RunBlogRun comments: This is the fourth update on the NB Falmouth weekend. Jeff Benjamin has written each day to the big day, Sunday, August 20, 2017. Enjoy his report on Saturday, August 19. We hope you enjoy our coverage of this important New England road race fixture, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race.

It is Sunday and for all those following our nine weeks of weekly training, it is long run day. The run today is seventy minutes. Do it at a pace you can talk at, and put some hills into it, but remember to have fun. Afterwards, cooldown, get into some dry clothes and watch the Birmngham Diamond League meet, as it is the last domestic race for Mo Farah on the track.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017, warm up, 70 minutes, in hills, cooldown

Farah_MoFH-London17.jpGMo Farah wins 2017 London 10,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tomorrow is the last domestic track race for Mo Farah. It will be an emotional race, for both the athlete and his fans. Birmingham has a great history in putting together a fine meeting. EME news, as they do each meeting, provided some quick predictions below for Sunday in Birmingham!

IMG_9801.JPGAnd they're off! photo by Mary Hawkins

This is part 3 of Jeff Benjamin's NB Falmouth Diary. We hope that you enjoy it!

RunBlogRun opines: Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler are two fine German throwers. I was fortunate to meet them in Doha this past May 2017. Vetter, the newly crowned World Champion and Rohler, the Olympic champion, continue to duel.
Vetter_JohannesW-WorC17.jpgJohannes Vetter, WC javelin, photo by PhotoRun.net
As Vetter continues to throw the javelin closer and closer to the sun, the fans love it. How much farther can Mr. Vetter throw this season? Give him some good weather and lets find out!
Vetter 93.88 in javelin
THUM (GER, Aug 18): At the 14th edition of Thum Throwing Meet javelin World champion Johannes Vetter confirmed his shape with 93.88 win in front of 3000 spectators. It is second best result of his career and also of 2017. He started with 81.24, then the top mark followed. Vetter ended the competition with another great throw 91.67. He still plans three more competitions next week Zurich DL Final, Bad Kostritz and Berlin. Olympic winner Thomas Rohler achieved 86.21 and beat World bronze medalist Petr Frydrych of Czech Republic who got 81.11. Nadine Muller won women discus 62.11 ahead of Anna Ruh 60.11. Local star David Storl (his coach Sven Lang is the main organiser) won the shot put with excellent 21.45 and was only 4 cm behind his meet record. Second Tsanko Arnaudov 20.82 and third Jacko Gill 20.72. Shot put was then stopped after four rounds due to heavy rain.

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RunBlogRun comments: This race reminded me of the men's 10,000m in Edmonton in 2001. Haile Gebrselassie had run a 3,000m that season and kept all behind him until Charles Kamathi went by with 200m to go.

Truth is, Almaz Ayana was beatable here and she knew it. Her long run for home, aka a 5000m to 8000m, ala Carles Lopes in Montreal 1976, was stunning. Ayana is long legs and a big heart.

Ayana took off after the 3k was hit in 9:59, and ran 2:48-2:49 for the last seven kilometers, winning in 30:16.32 WL. In a fantastic kick, the one and only Tirunesh Dibaba took silver, running near 61 seconds for the last lap, running 31:02.69! Dibaba won her first WC medal, a gold in 2003, in the 5,000m. There have been many since!

In third, Agnes Tirup, KEN, ran 31:03.50, to run a PB!

Special thanks to the The Shoe Addicts Adam Johnson-Eder and Mike Deering (an Algernon Felice), on recording each and every session, and their diligence in doing the pressers for ten straight days.

Craig Virgin 1978.jpgCraig Virgin, Falmouth 1978, photo courtesy of Recoveryourstride!

RunBlogRun introduces this Jeff Benjamin feature: It was the fall of 1973, and I was a sophomore at DeSmet Jesuit in Creve Couer, Missouri. We were in a van heading to a small cross country invite in South St. Louis. I was a sophomore and was passing the time reading the 1972 High school annual about this guy, Craig Virgin, who ran in Illinois. He was really fast, and he had broken 9 minutes, at time I was hoping to break 12 minutes for two miles.

I recall watching Craig Virgin on the Olympic Trials in 1976, running the 10,000 meters against Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers. The race was broadcasted during dinner, and Mom had this thing about TV during dinner, so I got to watch a few minutes, enough to see them finish, and Craig made the team.

In this piece, Jeff Benjamin asked Craig Virgin, one of our most finest and most colorful athletes in the modern era, speak about his rememberences of Falmouth road race. It is a good read.

Stefanidi_Ekaterini-WC17.JPGEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Walsh_TomR-London17.jpGTom Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Birmingham DL presser featured Mutaz Essa Barshim, gold in HJ, Tom Walsh, NZ, gold in shot put, Aikaterina Stefanidi, gold in PV and Dafne Schippers, gold in 200 meters. Geoff Wightman managed the presser, and it was a fun twenty-six minutes with a few questions from yours truly.

Schippers_Dafne2001c-London17.jpGDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

How relaxed athletes are after the big stress-a global championships! Mutaz speaks on his dream of a WR (probably go for it in 2018), Tom Walsh speaks about why he is so tough in shot put, Ekaterina Stefanidi tells us what her real first name is and Dafne Schippers speaks about 8 races in ten days!

Barshim_MutazR-WC17.JPGMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Looking forward to a fine competiton tomorrow!

The three miles of straights and jogs is a good workout. I recall seeing a similar workout on John Walker's workout schedule (1976 gold medalist at 1,500 meters, man who ran 100 plus sub 4 minute miles and first man under 3:50 for the mile). Like fartlek, this can be an easy workout, or an incredibly useful workout! Changing speeds is what cross country is all about, and the ability to change speeds needs to be developed.

Taylor_Kellyn11-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, August 19, 2017. warm up, three miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Bolt_UsainPose-WorC17.jpgUsain Bolt, farewell to London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The room for the London pressers fit, comfortably, about 150. In this presser, there were at least 250 people, and it was, well, a madhouse.

Usain Bolt patiently answered all questions, with the exception of a writer who repeated the exact question from before.

Watch this entire video, as Usain makes some good comments. More importantly, he was honest about his feelings on this less than glorious day. When I was asked by Japanese TV who will replace Usain Bolt, I told them, that no one could.

That is the wrong question, in fact.

RunBlogRun opines: This is Paul Halfords colum for the week. Paul Halford writes about the future of British athletics, from now to 2020, the 2018 GBR versus USA and the fantastic rivalries from London 2017, and world records are few and far between right now (and that is good)!

Ugen_Lorraine-WC17.JPGLorraine Ugen, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Mo & Larry show is one of my favorite memories of Rio 2016 and London 2017. Maurice Greene was an amazing athlete, and dominated his era with his racing, but with his entertaining personality. He was always quotable, and he could pull races out of small periods of good training later in his career.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder with Maurice Greene, London World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Now, we get to enjoy Maurice's cogent observations on the sport and some of the current happenings. His thoughts on Karston Warholm, the entertaining gold medalist in the 400 meters from Norway, are classic Maurice!

Enjoy part five of the Mo & Larry show.

Kiprop_Asbel-PreC17.jpgAsbel Kiprop, photo by PhotoRun.net

NAIROBI (KEN): Former three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop could step up and contest the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the Daily Nation. "I will be shifting to the 5000m race but that doesn't mean I will exit the 1500m. In fact, it will be good for me since I will be using it in my speed work that helps an athlete in the final lap in long distances," said Kiprop, who has races in Birmingham and Zurich lined up before the end of the season. "After that I will start preparations for the Commonwealth Games trials next year. I want to be in the team for the games next year, probably in the men's 5000m."

Kiprop_AsbelPort1c-Kenya17.jpgAsbel Kiprop, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The LOC presser featured Jackie Brock-Doyle, IAAF comm, Olivier Gers, IAAF CEO, Seb Coe, IAAF President/COO, Ed Warner, Chair, LOC, Neils De Vos, LOC. Such pressers are interesting because of what is not said, as much as what is said. It is a fascinating view of athletic statespersonship.

Bolt_UsainPose-WorC17.jpgUsain Bolt, photo by the PhotoRun.net

Jackie Brock-Doyle, who worked with Lord Coe during the London 2012 Olympics ran the presser, as she is influencing the communications department at the IAAF. Olivier Gers, the new IAAF COO, Seb Coe, IAAF CEO were also featured with Ed Warner, CEO, London LOC and Neils De Vos, CEO of British Athletics as well as board member for London 2017.

The presser was pretty good. Highlights were that Seb Coe noted that IAAF would continue to reassign medals, as needed, due to increased and more effective drug testing. Coe is quite articulate, and does amazing press conferences. His ability to deal with the British media, on most occassions is quite admirable. Ed Warner and Neils De Vos were basking in the glory of a successful London World Champs, and with the terrible events in Barcelona and Turku, Finland this week, London's success is even more impressive.

The most impressive statements on the changes that the IAAF knows will have to come in recognizing the success of social media in promoting the sport in general and the London 2017 championships in particular.

RunBlogRun comments: This is the column for Day 2, Thursday, August 17, by Jeff Benjamin on all things New Balance Falmouth. Jeff's title, appropriate, is the calm before the storm. The 45th anniversary race of NB Falmouth is August 20, 2017.

NBFimage1-2.JPGThe NB Falmouth course, a bit of a hill coming, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Hawkins_CallumFV-WorCH17.jpgCallum Hawkins takes fourth in London 2017 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun comments: So, I missed Paul Halford's column for day six. My apologies to Paul, who writes a weekly column on British athletics for @runblogrun. In reading it over, Paul's comments rang true and I think that he makes total sense on British media's obsession with medal counts. Read the piece, and for American readers, consider how we build this up (medal counts) in US over Olympics.

Callum Hawkins is quite impressive. The long term approach, and the fourths by GBR athletes suggest some strong development in future seasons.

The World Championships have just sended. This coming weekend, the Birmingham Diamond League, and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race are both on! A bit of track and roads, and make sure you check both out.

Men-2.jpgTeam Northern Arizona running 2016 USATF XC, photo by Justin Britton

Today is an easy run day, after the long fartlek from yesterday.

Friday, August 18, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute run with two 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Rodgers_Bill-Beach2B08.jpgBill Rodgers, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun comments: There was a time, in 1978-1980, when Bill Rodgers ruled road racing. His wins in NYC, Boston and others showed that his weekly running of 140 miles a week, his weekly long speed days with his fellow GBTC team mates made them all stronger. But it was Bill's racing regimin that captured the sport, and his series of wins, as well as his relaxed personality made hims a super star.

Jeff Benjamin is doing a yearly series on the New Balance Falmouth Road race, to be held August 20, 2017. Here is Bill Rodger's heartfelt thoughts on the Falmouth Road Race, a race he loves and treasures.

RunBlogRun opines: In Wayde Van Niekerk's comments during the 200 meters presser in London, it was clear that he did not feel that he had recieved the respect that he deserved from the media after his 400/200 double, where he took gold and silver. One can understand his feelings as he was blamed for some ridiculous things, and much ego was seen in some of the comments on Van Niekerk's brave attempt.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1a-WC17.JPGWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

ATLANTA (USA): Wayde van Niekerk has ruled out doubling up at a major championships again. After defending his title in the 400m and winning silver in the 200, the South African told CNN's World Sport: "I think it was a tough six days for myself. I really tried my best to give my best every single day because I knew every day would be a new challenge ... I really feel the championship was a success."

We asked Jeff Benjamin to provide a daily diary of his goings on during the weekend of the 2017 New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Here is day one!

image1.JPGThe Quarterdeck is the HQ of Tommy Leonard, founder of NB Falmouth Road Race, photo by Jeff Benjamin

image2.JPGPainting of Tommy Leonard, photo by Jeff Benjamin

RunBlogRun comments: The Birmingham DL is one of my favorite meets in the world. Part of it is that I have friends in Birmingham, and that there is the finest curry in GBR, but also, the stadium, fans and fine meet that greet you in Birmingham. This 3000 meters should be amazing!
Coburn_EmmaFH1b-London17.jpGEmma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net
Obiri_HellenFV-London17.jpGHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net
Superb women 3000 m
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Two fresh World champions will compete in women´s 3000 m at Birmingham IAAF Diamond League on Sunday (Muller Grand Prix Birmingham). Hellen Obiri of Kenya the 5000 m gold medalist and US Emma Coburn who won the steeple. Also Dutch Sifan Hassan (won a 5000 m bronze in London and was 5th in the 1500 m) is in the race with steeple medalist Courtney Frerichs of USA. Susan Krumins and Emily Infeld who were within top six in the 10 000 m race in London will compete too and4 German talent Konstanze Klosterhalfen is also there, meet record 8:33.00 of Sonia O´Sullivan achieved back in 2000 will be clearly under threat.

RunBlogRun comments: Way back in 1977, the late John Jerome wrote a feature on Frank Shorter in Mariah magazine, which later became Outside magazine. In the story on Frank, Jerome noted that "by putting 26 miles at five minute per mile pace together, Frank Shorter invented running". It is the single most quoted line, by me, from any writer, but it gives the reader a sense of the importance of Frank Shorter in the sport.

Rodgers-Samuelson-Shorter-Falmouth16.jpgBill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Frank Shorter, NB Falmouth, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's is Frank Shorters thoughts on his many years racing New Balance Falmouth. This is the third of a series of articles that Jeff Benjamin is writing about the iconic race, coming up this Sunday, August 20!

This is our first report post World Championships, compiled by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. This is report 28. Remember, just search @runblogrun and you can find our reports for the past several years and ten years of @runblogrun stories!

Hassan_SifanQ1-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Malachowski__PiotrQW-WC17.JPGPiotr Malachowski, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursdays are hard days. This is a fartlek workout that focuses on three minute bursts at 5k cross country race! The fifty minute fartlek gives runners of all fitness levels. The higher the level of fitness, the more one can get out of a fartlek workout.

Taylor_Kellyn9-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, August 17, 2017. warm up, one mile easy, 50 minute fartlek, 3 minutes hard, two minutes easy, repeat ten times, one mile easy cooldown, (if you so desire, fartlek should be run on hilly course)

Manyonga_Luvo-WC17.JPGLuvo Manyonga, photo by PhotoRun.net
Manyonga 846, Claye beats Taylor
TIGNES (FRA, Aug 16): Jumping meet (and a athletics event in general) at the highest point ever (3000 m) saw on specially constructed runway Luvo Manyonga winning long jump with 846 (+2.0). Behind him Kafetien Gomis 822 (+2.2), Uruguya´s Emiliano Lasa 818 (+1.7), Jamaican Damian Forbes 806 (+1.6) and Olympic winner Jeff Henderson 790 (+2.3). In the triple jump Will Claye managed in last round to beat his main rival and World champion Christian Taylor 17.42 (+0.7) to 16.99 (+2.7). Third Alexis Copello 16.95 (+2.9) and fourth Cuban Cristian Napoles 16.92 (+3.0). The meet was held at midday to avoid cold temperatures, but still it was not warm. Some 3000 spectators followed it and the organisers plan it again next year.

Both Wayde Van Niekerk and Shaunae Miller-Uibo attempted the 400m/200m double, with different levels of success. Wayde took two medals and Shauane took one medal. So, in part 4 of the Mo & Larry show, we discuss the difficulty of the 400 meter and 200 meter double.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder and Maurice Greene, photo by PhotoRun.net

The problem is, quite frankly, that fine athletes make all things look easy! But, the attempt of a 400 meter and 200 meter double is very, very difficult. Michael Johnson did it in 1995 and 1996, and it is a very difficult double.

Enjoy our conversation. Working with Maurice Greene is always fun and I always learn about the sport when we discuss our topics.

Watch for more to come.

WomanStart-Falmouth16.jpgWomen's start, 2017 NB Falmouth, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted August 16, 2017.

Originally posted July 21, 2017.

We changed the title a bit, as some found it confusing, but this is all about Bill Rodgers' big win in 1977 against Frank Shorter.

Jeff Benjamin will be covering the New Balance Falmouth Road Race this summer for @runblogrun. This is a piece on some of the fine history of this iconic New England summer road race.

The 4x100 meters, or the sprint relays, is one of the most exciting events of any championships. It is about combining speed with getting the baton around the track. " You have to keep the baton off the ground, " noted 2000 Olympic 100m gold medalist Maurice Greene to @runblogrun before the event.

The expected battle was to be between Jamaica and US. @runblogrun noted that GBR and Japan could be spoilers, but never did we realize just how good both teams were going to run on Saturday evening.

Mitchell-Bolt-Coleman4x1m1-WC17.JPGMitchell, Bolt, Coleman, 4x100m final legs, photo by PhotoRun.net

The GBR teams, USA team and Jamaica team were very close until the last exchange. After the last exchange, GBR and USA were battling with Usain Bolt trying to catch up, as Usain suffered a hamstring cramp, and Jamaica's relay dreams crashed. But GBR's was just beginning as GBR pushed ahead of the USA relay team, and to the delight of the 65,000 fans, GBR took gold in the men's 4x100 meter relays, the first time in a global competition since 2004!

A fun presser, and note some of the praise heaped on Jamaica, GBR and Usain Bolt by Justin Gatlin. Some fine observations by the GBR team. I have to say, liked all the relay athletes, and this is a must see video presser. Thanks to The Shoe Addicts to managing all of these for RunBlogRun.

Vetter_JohannesW-WorC17.jpgJohannes Vetter, World Champion, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rohler_ThomasW-WorC17.jpgThomas Rohler, Olympic champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The ISTAF Meeting, held in the historic and treasured Berlin Olympic stadium, will feature, on August 27, two of the finest javelin thrower in the world. Johannes Vetter, World leader and London 2017 World Champion, and Thomas Rohler, 2016 Olympic champion, battled in London, with Vetter taking gold, and Rohler, loosing bronze in last throw, and for the second time in a World Champs, placing fourth.

In Berlin, in front of a home crowd, the German javelin throwers will provide an exciting competition! Do not miss it!

RunBlogRun opines: Rod Dixon, along with John Walker, Dick Quax, and Lorraine Moller, were among the second generation of athletes showing the promise the Lydiard system. Each athlete found a way to personalize their training regimens and they were all successful, taking Olympic medals home, the highest medals available in the sport (remember World Champs did not begin until 1983).

image1.JPGBobby Hodge, Rod Dixon battling at NB Falmouth (circa 1980), photo by Charlie Rodgers (yes, that Charlie Rodgers)

In this fine piece, Jeff Benjamin, one of our stalwarts, relates the story of Rod Dixon, one of my favorite athletes, and one of the most charming and patient with fans and road race stalkers. I was always fascinated with Rod's training programs, and also by the work of Dick Quax.

Jeff Benjamin is covering the New Balance Falmouth Road Race this weekend, and will be providing us coverage of the NB Falmouth Mile, pressers, his running of the race and a race story, so he will be busy.

This is one of three pieces by elite athletes on reminisces of the fabled NB Falmouth Road Race. We hope that you enjoy this coverage of this iconic New England Road Race.

RunBlogRun comments: Cross Country season in the U.S. begins the end of August. Over 570,000 high school boys and girls will compete, in all 50 states. Alaska's season ends first (mid-October) and California's ends in early December. Then, we have the Nike NXN, the FootLocker nationals, the USATF Juniors and the AAU Junior Olympics.

Screenshot 2017-07-29 17.38.06.pngAmy Van Alstine, 2016 USATF Cross Country, photo by Justin Britton

If you want to do well in cross country (and for that matter, track season), you need to embrace the cross country season. We have been lucky for HOKAONEONEPostalNationals to sponsor our programs these past two years (and one more year). We send the workouts to over 16,000 high schools and over 500,000 athletes. We thank you for following the programs.

We also encourage you to run in the , which are a fantastic, grass roots program brought back to the sport by your friends at HOKA ONE ONE.

Wednesday, warm up, easy 40-45 minute minute run, three times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

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PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie has said he required knee surgery last autumn after a motorcycle crash, informs L'Equipe. "In one of the slowest turns of the circuit, I fall on the right, almost at the stop. I felt a little pain in the knee, but I finished the race. Except the next day, at home, I saw it. I was limited in extension and flexion. I had an MRI: a small end of the outer meniscus was broken," said Lavillenie, who won a bronze medal in London. "This medal is worth gold. Four months ago, I did not see myself here, in such a contest." He still has after Warszawa three more competitions, Zurich, Berlin and Decanation in 2017.

Lavillenie_Renaud-London17.jpGRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Fajdek_PawelQ-WorC17.jpgPawel Fajdek, photo by PhotoRun.net
Wlodarczyk_AnitaQW-WC17.JPGAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lavillenie 591, Stanek 22.01, great hammer
WARSZAWA (POL, Aug 15): The 8th edition of Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (EA Permit) in National Stadium here was a success with 35 000 spectators and 4 meeting records. Local top stars both hammer world champions won their events clearly with high quality results. Anita Wlodarczyk ended the season with 79.80 ahead of Malwina Kopron who got 75.40 PB with Joanna Fiodorow third 73.09 and Sophie Hitchon fourth 72.02. Pawel Fajdek similarly dominated the men event with 81.50 ahead of another World medalist Wojciech Nowicki 77.13. Great post London shape for World record holder Renaud Lavillenie, he found his way with third attempt at opening height over 561. Then mastered new meet record 571 in second, another one 581 in first and even also 591 in second attempt. He then tried at World leading height of 601. "I was satisfied today with my jumping, happy for season best." It was not good day for Polish jumpers as Pawel Wojciechowski got 551 and Piotr Lisek only 541. Another top duel in men discus was won by Robert Harting with last attempt 66.05 over local hero Piotr Malachowski 65.48 with Gerd Kanter third 64.56. Czech European indoor medalist Tomas Stanek surprised in fifth round of shot put the leader and Olympic winner Ryan Crouser with 22.01, not only a meet record but he also equaled his national record from June this year. Crouser as second managed 21.68. Also in women shot put new meet record by Alyona Dubitskaya of Belarus 17.90. Another World champion from London Mariya Lasitskene won her event with nice 195 clearance but did not went over meet record height 198. Kamila Licwinko did 192 for second. Sylwester Bednarek won men on count-back with 224. The best result from four races on the straight was new meet record of Sharika Nelvis in women hurdles 12.56 when World medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz after a collision did not finish the race. Also fast men winner Devon Allen of USA 13.20 with London fourth placer Garfield Darien not having his day after 14.12 as fifth. The 100 m races winners clocked 11.22 (Rosangela Santos) and 10.34 (Yunier Perez).

Manyonga_Luvo1-WC17.JPGLuvo Manyonga, gold medalist, Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor_Christian1-London17.jpGChristian Taylor, gold medal, Triple Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

100 000 for WR
TIGNES (RSA): World champion Luvo Manyonga will reportedly try and break the world long jump record of 8.95m at altitude in Tignes, France on Wednesday, informs Super Sport. "We have planned for the world record attempt. Karen Gibbs (physiotherapist) has been helping Luvo with special breathing exercises to prepare him from competing at 3 000 metres. We also made provision for special thermal clothing should it be really cold in the mountains," said his coach Neil Cornelius. "Competing at such a high altitude certainly creates its unique challenges. For example, I know that Luvo is going to be much faster in his approach than normal, so we will have to make certain adaptions to it to compromise for the extra speed." The competition is scheduled due to altitude of 3000 m for midday time. In triple jump Christian Taylor and Will Claye will try to improve the World record also. The bonus for WR is 100 000 Euro.
Claye_Will1a-London17.jpGWill Claye, silver medalist, Triple Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Run Blog Run opines: Muktar Edris has possessed a deadly kick since he first showed up on the track scene. Mo Farah has been able to outperform, outkick and outwit most of his competition since 2012. That he was defeated surprised many, but it had to happen.

Edris_MuktarFH1b-London17.jpGMuktar Edris takes gold, Mo Farah takes silver and Paul Chelimo takes bronze, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the post 10,000m presser, Mo Farah had about five minutes, as he was in pain and needed to prepare for the 5,000m. In the 5,000m post event presser, Mo Farah seemed to take it all in, gutted that he had lost, but knowing that it was time to move to the roads. Mo Farah added to his iconic status with his silver medal. Mo Farah fought to the very end.

Here's the story from our friend, David Monti, on this momentous race.

The Mo & Larry Show, featuring Maurice Greene, and @runblogrun, discus various events in one minute or less. This video is on the 100 meter hurdles, and what to watch for in the event and how to appreciate it.

The 100 meter hurdles is one of the toughest events in track and field. The combination of the sprinting and hurdling make the sprint hurdles exciting to watch.

Special thanks to adidas for their support.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder and Maurice Greene, adidas Hospitality, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

logo_footer hoka one one.pngRunBlogRun opines: The HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals hearken back to the postal competitions of the 1960s-1980s, where cross country teams would run two miles at the end of the season, and see how they ranked across the country. I remember South Eugene High in Eugene, Oregon doing well during my era (1970s).

I encourage all high school coaches to check this out program, as it is easy to join, and a great team building program. Read below and learn!

Mitchell-Bolt-Coleman4x1m1b-WC17.JPGMitchell(GBR), Bolt (JAM), Coleman (USA) in epic 4x100m, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The mens' 4x100 meters was an epic race. It was Usain Bolt's last 4x100m, there was an amazing GBR team and the US was looking good. Good, but GBR was a bit better in this one and that race made GBR team super heroes in London, especially after the women's silver in the 4x100 meters.

Of course, Stuart Weir, not one to wave his flag without a bit of pride, had to write this piece and take us back to the World Cup in 1950 where US beat GBR in a soccer (their football) match. Now, after 67 years, Stuart Weir feels that GBR has gotten revenge.

Thanks, Stuart!

Diniz_Yohann-WorCH17.jpgYohann Diniz, France, WR holder, gold medalist, 50k, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The race walks are some of the most iconic events in the sport. Without the most recent addition of the women's 50k, the race walks may be saved for a generation, but, alas, they will change.

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the walks and his questions. The DQ rate is quite high and that concerned Stuart Weir. If Stuart had asked me, I would have told him that the meet had some well meant but over earnest officiating, but hey, I'm not doctor.

The Tuesday hill workout is a tough one. No doubt about it. What it does is make you stronger, more confident and a better cross country racer. Focus on the workout, and do just what it tells you to do, no more.

VanAlstine_Amy-Nyrr5km16.jpGAmy Van Alstine, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, warm up, easy 2 miles, run twelve 200 meter hill repeats, shorten stride, pump arms, look down at your feet, jog down easy, two mile easy cooldown

The long jump presser was mesmerizing. Three of the finest long jumpers in the world took medals, and still, some surprises. Not to see Ivana Spanovic up there, was a difference between the Serbian star and Tianna Baroletta, the Olympic champion, of one centimeter! Consider how small that is, kind readers!

Bartoletta_TiannaQ1-WorC17.jpgTianna Bartoletta, bronze medal, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brittney Reese put it all together, getting to 7.02 meters, and Dariya Klishina leaped her finest jump in six years with 7.00 meters.

Reese_BrittanyQ-London17.jpGBrittney Reese, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tianna Bartoletta was trying to get her steps down, and was not in the game until fifth jump. In her sixth, she took the bronze in 6.97m. Spanovic was at 6.96m.

I sensed that Tianna Bartoletta was having some frustration in the jumps and when she communicated that in the presser, I asked her if she realized how amazing it was for her to keep her cool and get into the medals.

Klishina_Darya-PreC17.jpGDariya Klishina, bronze medalist, long jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

After the presser, with her coach, Rana Reider, Tianna Bartoletta allowed herself to release the pent up emotion. An amazing competitor, Tianna Bartoletta, and also, human.

The long jump battles continue...

Obiri_HellenFV1a-London17.jpGHellen Obiri takes the 5000 meters! photo by PhotoRun.net

Manangoi_ElijahFH-London17.jpGElijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot take gold and silver for Kenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

The last night of the World champs ended the nightmares that many Kenyan fans had been feeling over the past nine days. Justin Lagat writes about the final good day for Kenya, in his view from Kenya, his tenth column in ten days! We thank Justin for his great columns and views from his amazing country.

On most days during the London World Champs, @runblogrun and @theshoeaddicts would head over to the adidas Hospitality (thanks to Spencer Nel), and film our digital show with Maurice Greene. Maurice dominated the sprints with his speed, but also, his personality, keeping the media pundits quoting the former WR holder, Olympic and World gold medalist.

This is part 3, and we have enjoyed each and every episode. Watch for our high quality series with Maurice later this month. And, of course, special thanks to our friends at adidas.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder and Maurice Greene, lost in London, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chelimo-Farah-Edris-Kejelcha1c-WC17.JPGPaul Chelimo boxes in Mo Farah as Muktar Edris and Yomef Kejelcha take off! photo by PhotoRun.net

The 5000 meter was not the party that British fans nor Mo Farah wanted. It happened, as Ethiopian runners focused on taking Mo Farah out of the gold medal position. Mo Farah handled it with much class and his presser was very good. Here's Justin Lagat's View from Kenya, which he wrote for the past ten days, after each day's events!

The Steeplechase has 28 barriers, seven water jumps over three thousand meters. It is one of our oldest traditions in our sport. It has been the domain of the Kenyan athletes since 1968, when Amos Biwott, jumping high over the water jump (anecdotally he had been told that crocodiles lived in water jump), beat WR holder Kerry O'Brien and US steeple animal/deity, George Young. However, Mr. Jager shook it up last year, with the silver medal. I have to say here, disqualifying Ezekial Kemboi in 2016 was pure horse droppings. Ezekial was one of the true characters of the sport, besides his affection for automatic firearms, but, as usual I have digressed.

Kipruto_ConseslusW-WC17.JPGConseslus Kipruto, gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

This steeple, Evan Jager took the lead with four laps to go, and he wanted to bust the race open. He wanted the field crying for a break. A very stressed Conseslus Kipruto and a very on, Soufiane Elbakkali, who had kicked butt in Rabat, showing excellent hurdle form and substantial speed at the finish, stayed behind Evan until 250 meters to go. Jager, who wanted to win the race, and gave it his all, saw Kipruto and Elbakkali run ahead on the final straight and then, heard the storming hooves of Monsieur Mekhissi, bronze from 2016, an a truly formidable French steepler, with a superb right upper hook (check You Tube). Mekhissi was charging, but Evan Jager kept his stuff together and took the first American medal EVER in men's steeple (Brian Diemer had a fourth, me thinks).

Jager_EvanW-WC17.JPGEvan Jager, bronze medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

An exceptional steeplechase, and the athletes were superb. Ezekial Kemboi finished his last steeplechase in world champs and should have been recognized, as the first track steeple gif on Facebook, and, more importantly, a truly gutty athlete.

As a Wisconsoner for two decades, so proud of Evan Jager, and his coaching team of Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert. Their three medals (Evan Jager, Courtney Frerichs and Amy Cragg), as always teared me up. Three wonderful athletes, with a superb support team and great training partners at Bowerman TC. If you want to know what the secret sauce is of US distance runnning success it is the elite team system, and those pushing them (HOKA NJNYTC, RB Zap Fitness, ASICS Furman, HOKA Northern Arizona Elite, Brooks Beasts, Hanson-Brooks ODP, Skechers clubs, and of course Nike Oregon Distance Project). Great runners need 10-15 years of consistent support, training and focus. May look easy, but these events are hardest things in our sport.

Enjoy the presser.

The men's 800 meters completely changed with the withdrawal of WR holder David Rudisha. Many expected Nijel Amos of Botswana to perform well, but, for many reasons, Nijel did not have a good day.

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In this crazy 800 meters, Pierre Ambroise-Bosse, the French star, who has had more injuries and bad days than biblical character Jonah, put it together! In a modestly paced 800 meters, Pierre Ambroise Bosse took the lead after 600 meters, and he stayed in front. Check out the look on his face at the finish, he surprised himself, as if he were in a dream.

Adam Kzsczot, the multiple European champion and one of the finest racers in the world, gave Poland a silver medal. Youngster Kipyegon Bett took the bronze.

What followed though, was Adam and Pierre, who have raced against each other for half of their lives, telling stories, cracking each other up and talking about their upcoming night of bachannalia that, I believe, was about to ensue. Just a note here, again, Adam and Pierre, let us know next time, and we will find someone to pay bar tab and follow you two around with video diary!

Semenya_CasterFV-London17.jpGCaster Semenya wins the 800 meters, Francine Niyonsaba, silver and Ajée Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 800 meters was one of the events celebrated on Day ten of the World Champs. A fantastic race, and a great presser highlighted the two lapper. Here's David Hunter's ten piece for the world champs, and we thank him for his daily series.

The Men's 400 meters is the end of one era, and the beginning of another. LaShawn Merritt, 2008 Olympic champion, bowed out in the heats. Kirani James, 2012 Olympic champ, was injured prior to the event, and US runners did not medal for the first time in my Quixotic memory.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF-WC17.JPGWayde Van Niekerk, gold medalist, 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wayde Van Niekerk made it look easy. His 43.98, in cold weather has not recieved the respect it deserves, especially from TV pundits who should know much better. Steve Gardiner of the Bahamas is a prototype of the 400 meter runner, like Wayde, long legs, and tall, but Steve Gardiner is a man of immense talent, and he should be challenging Wayde for some years to come. Abdelah Haroun is a fine talent, and his finish was superb. Mr. Haroun will be here for many years to battle in the 400 meter wars. A tired Fred Kerley, who ran from January to August, should be shown some respect. Althought Mr. Kerley did not medal in the open 400 meters, he ran tough in the 4x400m.

Here's an intruiging presser. Wayde Van Niekerk was given some ill informed questions on Isaac Makwala, the fine Botswanan who had the Oracle of Delphi (look up Greek Mythology) not on his side. Some in the press chastized IAAF, IAAF doctor and even Van Niekerk was blamed for Makwala's non appearance in the final. Suffice it to say, Mr. Makwala is a huge talent and will medal in future years, I believe.

But, the 400 meters was won by Wayde Van Niekerk fair and square. As the American folk singer, Steve Forbert (Cellophane City, 1978) once sang: "if you want to win, you have to play."

The women's 1,500 meters may have been the finest race of the championships. Faith Kipyegon battled Sifan Hassan down the straight before Sifan fall back. Jenny Simpson, who has medaled in 4 of her six global finals, pulled the best impersonation of Steve Ovett running on the inside that I have witnessed. Caste Semenya moved from seventh to third over the final fifty meters, with a move that only an 800 meter runner could have pulled off, relegating Laura Muir to fourth place.

Semenya-Kipyego-Simpson1a-WorCH17.jpgSemenya, Kipyegon, Simpson battle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is an fine presser, with nice commentary from Jenny Simpson, Caster and Faith.

Here's Justin Lagat's comments on the upset by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs in the women's steeplechase. We appreciate Justin's view from Kenya each week!

Coburn-FrerichsFVR-WorCH17.jpgEmma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs go gold and silver in steeplechase! photo by PhotoRun.net

The 110 meter hurdles is an event of much elegance. The ability to sprint, hurdle, repeat, ten times during one race is an art. When the race is run correctly, among the best in the world, it is a thing of beauty. That beauty, however, hide the ferocity of the event.

McLeod_OmarFHL-WorCh17.jpgOmar McLeod does it! Gold in the 110 m hurdles! photo by PhotoRun.net

Omar McLeod has take the 110m hurdles to a new level. His sub ten second speed and his fine hurdling skills, under the watchful eye of Coach Edrick Floreal, reveal a hurdler at the top of his game. Sergey Shubenkov, the defending champion came oh so close to defending his title, in the most competitive event on the men's schedule. Balasz Baji won the bronze, a first in the hurdles for his country of Hungary, a country, with a wonderful athletics tradition, but more in the throws and distances.

Baji-McLeod-Shubenkov1-WC17.JPGThe men's 110m hurdle final, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is a fun presser. I wish I could have spoken to Sergey more, as the man is quite proud of his accomplishments, and his hurdling technique puts him in the battle always.

An absolutely superb presser with Piotr Lisek, POL, silver, Sam Kendricks, US, Renaud Lavillenie, FRA, bronze. These guys are three of @runblogrun's faves, as they help us appreciate their event.

LaVillenie_Renaud1-WC17.JPGRenaud Lavillenie, Photo by PhotoRun.net

What a pole vault competition! Piotr Lisek, Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie put on a show in the London Olympic stadium. All three worthy medalists and the future and present of pole vault in the final. Big theme in technical events is the absolute growth of China's athletes, with their fourth in the pole vault.

Lisek_Piotr-WC17.JPGPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sam Kendricks, the extremely likable American, respects and idolizes Renaud Lavillenie. It was touching to see Sam teasing Renaud a bit at the presser, knowing the WR holder was a bit frustrated. But Renaud, smiling, made it clear, he was going for gold, and silver or bronze was the same to him. Piotr Lisek, European Indoor Champion, as well as bronze medalist in Beijing and Portland World Indoor, moves up to silver in the World Champs.

Kendricks_SamLook-WC17.JPGSam Kendricks, King of his domain, photo by PhotoRun.net

A nice, moving conversation with the kings of the pole vault.

Most of the post event pressers had interested media, who asked questions on the athletes. In the questions from @runblogrun, we tried to give you, our readers, the word from the actual competitors. So, we asked the medalists to comment on the competiiton, their best performances, and what affected the event.

Fajdek_PawelQ-WorC17.jpgPawel Fadjek, gold medalist, Hammer Throw, Poland, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pawel Fajdek and Wojciech Nowiski spoke of the slow ring. Fajdek had thought, as the ring was quite fast during the qualifying (due to the rain), it was dreadfully slow during the finals. Nowiski, who has just thrown past 80 meters, supported Fajdek's claim. Valeriy Pronkin was a bit subdued, but reminded me of a character out of a Russian nihilist novel. Suffice it to say, Pronkin did not like his performance, but more than anything, the Russian ANA athletes were subdued over the lack of a Russian flag or mention of their country. That tells me that the IAAF stance, while draconian, is the way to show the countries of the world that cheating has to stop.

Final comments on Pawel Fajdek. Pawel is the man of the hammer. He loves his event, he communicates well and he exudes joy when he competes. The guy is also a total party animal and I would have paid beer tab to record the night of revelry. If you do not watch hammer, you are missing it. Exceptionally gifted athletes, student of their events, who take a sixteen pound ball on a chain and put it out 75-85 meters! Amazing speed (watch their feet in the ring).

The cross country season is nearly upon us. This is week nine. Some good hill workouts, and a long run. Again, if you need more of a challenge, consider Monday, Wednesday, Friday easy 30 minute morning runs.

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Monday, August 14, 2017. warm up, one mile easy, 50 minute run, moderate pace, 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Claye_WillFL-WC17.JPGWill Claye, silver medalist, Triple Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Stuart Weir's piece on Triple Jump silver medalist Will Claye. In their presser, Will Claye and Christian Taylor heaped praise on the old man of the TJ, Nelson Evora! I have an affection for the triple jump athletes and their desire to make the event more visible.

In this piece on the 5000m final last night, David Hunter writers on Muktar Edris and Mo Farah, and that less than satisfying race for British fans. Obviously, the Ethiopians had planned to rain on Mo Farah's farewell race parade, and they did.

Chelimo-Farah-Edris-Kejelcha1-WC17.JPGThe race is on! Chelimo, Farah, Edris, Kejelcha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo Farah showed class, as he always does post race, and gave praise to his competitors. Mo Farah, in fact, showed a bit more class than his Ethiopian competitors, but, I have digressed.

Harper_DawnQPre-WorC17.jpgDawn Harper Nelson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Dawn Harper-Nelson, and his affection for her kindess, even when things are not going well for her! Obviously, with the battle in the 100m hurdles, old rival Sally Pearson took the gold, and Dawn Harper-Nelson took the silver!

Chelimo-Farah-Edris-Kejelcha1b-WC17.JPGPaul Chelimo, Mo Farah, Muktar Edris, Yomif Kejelcha, photo by PhotoRun.net

This column was written by Elliott Denman on the plethora of NCAA students in London this week. Watch for his sly comment on the NCAA not supporting race walkers. They sure can afford it.

Asher_DinaSF1-Beijing15.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Stuart Weir's article on Dina Asher-Smith, an athlete that we both have come to enjoy and respect. At the presser for the 4x 100m, Dina spoke eloquently about the 4x100m success of the British team! Watch our video on it !

The London 2017 World Championships is coming to a close. Here's our last preview for the World Championships. Thanks once again for your support and please continue to read our stories and sign up on www.runblogrun.com for our newsletter. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their kind assistance.

Hassan_Sifan5kQ-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is your Sunday long run! When you finish, make sure that you check out the World Championships coverage on Sunday, some fantastic races!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017.warm up, 70 minutes, in hills, cooldown

Stuart Weir is one of my writers, and also, one of my friends. His sense of humor is infectious (well not like a Novovirus). This piece is about his affection for some of the missing athletes from London, most importantly, for Stuart Weir, the Jamaican pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Frasier_ShellyAnnA1-Sopot14.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coburn_EmmaLeds1b-London17.jpgEmma Coburn runs for gold, Courtney Frerichs runs for silver, and Hyvin Jepkemoi takes bronze in London steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's steeplechase may have been the biggest upset of the London Champs. Running with focus and emotion, Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs ran 3:03 for 1k, 6:05 through 2k and a 2:57 last kilometer, passing their competition, who have won every major steeplechase title for the past six years.

Emma Coburn took the lead after the final water jump and Courtney Frerichs battled Hyvin Jepkemoi over the last barrier and then, spritned away!

Here's the video of their press conference!

This past week, we have been fortunate to spend some time with Maurice Greene, one of the finest sprinters and athletic performers in our sport's history. Maurice is a fan and keen observer. So this week, besides our Mo & Larry Episodes, you get to watch Mo & Larry explain events in one minute. We have done 100 meters, 200 meters, and now the 400 meters.

Enjoy!

Special thanks to adidas, for their support.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder (RunBlogRun) with Maurice Greene, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The men's triple jump was a battle. For several rounds, Will Claye jumped, Christian Taylor responded. Nelson Evora, the ageless Portugese triple jumper, took the bronze. Will Claye and Christian Taylor paid respect to Nelson Evora, who has been triple jumping for half of his life!

Taylor_ChristianS-WC17.JPGChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the discussion about the triple jump, Will Claye and Christian Taylor spoke about a competition next week at 12,000 feet in the French Alps. Christian and Will want to see how altitude affects the triple jump, so that will be an interesting event.

Claye_Will1-WC17.JPGWill Claye, photo by PhotoRun.net

It is obvious that Christian Taylor wants the new world record, as does Will Claye. They see 18.29 meters as a challenge, but they want to go much farther. Taylor suggested 18.40 meters as his goal.

We look forward to seeing Claye, Taylor and Nelson Evora, who only had one competition before this in an international venue in 2017.

Ayana_Almaz5kQ1a-London17.jpGAlmaz Ayana, photo by PhotoRun.net

Obiri_HellenQ-WC17.JPGHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat hit the nail on the proverbial head. The 5000 meter should be a battle of wills between Almaz Ayana and Hellen Obiri. That race will be on Sunday, Augus 13, 2017.

The 200 meters was a fantastic race. Ramil Guileyev ran his race, and passed a worn out Wayde Van Niekerk. Jereem Richards, TTO, the youngster, ran a brilliant final last straight to take the bronze.

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The 200 meter rounds were very tough. With Van Niekerk running the 400 meters before the 200 meters, he was quite tired. Ramil Guliyev, who focused on the 200 meters, ran well in the rounds and was not in many media viewer's predictions. Yet, Guliyev was well prepared, and he ran down Van Niekerk, who, being a human, was a bit worn out after the 400 meters and the 200 meter rounds.

Jereem Richards, who has run well in NCAA competitions, was the pick for the bronze by Maurice Greene, on our Mo & Larry show.

Gregorek_Johnny-USOut17.jpGJohn Gregorek, Jr. at 2017 USATF Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have followed John Gregorek, Jr.'s career with much interest. I had a wonderful view of his father, John Gregorek, after he made his first Olympic team, running at the National Catholic XC Champs in Notre Dame, Indiana. John and Chuck Aragon were dueling over the 8k course, where they ran the last mile in close to 4:16. I finished 21rst in that race, but remember my bird's eye view when they took off! The two minutes and thirteen seconds between us afforded me an amazing view. I recall the ferocity with which Chuck Aragon took off and the focus of John Gregorek to stay with him. Thirty-six years later, I am still struck by the experience.

Watching 'Johnny' Gregorek race, especially as he runs with NJNYTC and has flourished this year. Here is a fine story on the young man by Elliott Denman, who, I am sure has also written about his parents.

The women's 400 meters was a tough race, as Dalilah Muhmmed has the fastest time in the world, 52.64 in June 2017. In the final, Muhammed got out well and ran well, but Kori Carter, running on the outside, by herself, took the gold in 53.07 seconds. Muhammed took the silver in 53.50 and Ristananna Tracey took the bronze in 53.74.

Carter_KoriSF1-WC17.JPGKori Carter, photo by PhotoRun.net

A nice conversation on Kori Carters's challenges and how she overcame them over the last couple of years. Kori has returned to coach Edrick Floreal, at the University of Kentucky.

Here's the 400 meter hurdle presser, recorded by Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts for RunBlogRun.

This has been a tremendous World Championships for the Americans. Last night, the steeplechase and long jump had two American medalists in both events. On Thursday night, the triple jump had US go 1,2, and 400m hurdles had US in bronze.

DSC_9124-2.jpgKeni Harrison, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

The US hurdle team, USATF Outdoors, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

Here's David Hunter's fine piece on four American women in the 100m hurdes, the toughest event in women's track & field.

Farah_MoAjump-London17.jpGMo Farah celebrating 10,000m win, will he win the 5,000m? photo by PhotoRun.net

Bolt_UsainQR1-WC17.JPGUsain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the ninth day of the World Championships. I was speaking to my son, Adam and our videographer, Mike last night about how when we get into the groove the championships are about over. Working with our team of writers, photographers and videographers has been fantastic.

Enjoy our previews, and our coverage. And, thanks for reading our coverage since 1991 of World Championships (we covered our first via internet in 1995).

This is one of my favorite workouts. Running three miles on the track, sprint straights and jog turns helps you change gears, which is what cross country is all about! This workout gets tougher the more you are in shape.

And after your run, go and watch the women's steeplechase and see the historic performances by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs! Amazing.

Taylor_Kellyn17-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, August 12, 2017. warm up, three miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

We have, for the past two years, been fortunate to work with Maurice Greene, a man who dominated the sprints from 1997 to 2004 with his talent, focus and sheer determination. Maurice is a keen observer of the sport and I have always found his conversations, his observations quite helpful as I work to cover the sport.

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder & Maurice Greene, photo by Mike Deering/ The Shoe Addicts

Over the last two global championships, thanks to the support of adidas, @runblogrun has been working with Maurice Greene to cover the major championships.

This is the second full show (about 10 minutes) into how to appreciate the World Championships. We think that you will enjoy it!

The 2017 London World Championship women's steeplechase was the finest steeplechase in WC history, and it showcased the amazing strength of Team USA.

Those who have watched Emma Coburn develop over the past six years have watched her confidence while racing change as well. The steeplechase is a tough event, 27 barriers and 7 water jumps and 3000 meters.

The pace went out at 3:02 for 1k and 6:05 for 2k. Courtney Frerichs (PB of 9:20.6, 2016) , Emma Coburn (9:07.63, 2016) followed Ruth Jebet (Olympic champion, WR holder, 8:52.78), Celliphene Chespol (under 20 WR holder) , Beatrice Chepkoech (Pre winner, 9:00.70 steeple PB) and Hyvin Jepkemoi (PB of 9:00.01, Pre 2016). This was a scarily experienced field. Oh, a quick addition on Hyvin Jepkemoi: silver medal Rio Olympic steeple, gold in 2015 WC steeple).

The most bizarre thing in the race was just at the first water jump, Beatrice Chepkoech bizarrely missed the first water jump, reversed her steps, and went over the barrier legally. She took about 300 meters to catch up with the pack. Emma Coburn was in fifth place, with Chepkoech, Chespol, Jebet and Jepkemoi in front.

Running out of her mind, Courtney Frerichs was running with the front pack, just behind Coburn as they hit 2k.

Emma Coburn looked to be running within herself. The pace, and perhaps the prolific racing of Ruth Jebet, Cellphine Chespol, and Beatrice Chepkoech all season caught up with them. " This was a very challenging championship," noted Hyvin Jepkemoi.

#rp @switzerblog This was just too good. Pure joy! #London2017 @emmajcoburn @courtfrerichs8

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The men's 200 meters was a bit anti-climactic. The 400 meter victory of Wayde Van Niekerk, who makes a 43.98 second run for 400 meters look easy, did not do justice for Mr. Neikerk. The apparent sickness of up to 80 in various hotels, kept Isaac Makwala out of the 400 meter final. Makwala tried to get into the race at last moment, but IAAF doctor, rightly so, felt that the crowd and 2000 athletes should be protected from possible novovirus or something communicable. That the BBC virtually put the IAAF doctor on trial just shows how far BBC has, at times, come from providing information that is curated, and, instead provided a product that could be known as 'fake news'.

One understands the frustration of Isaac Makwala. The IAAF gave him the chance to return in the 200 meters, by running a 200 meter hit, all by himself, if he could break 20.57. Makwala ran 20.20. 90 minutes later, he ran 20.14. Makwala was hell bent on getting in that 200 meter final.

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The women's 400 meters was supposed to be a bit of a grudge match between Allyson Felix, USA, who lost the 400 meters in Rio to Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

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As the runners came off the 300 meter mark, Shaunae Miller-Uibo was in the lead, a lead that looked insurmountable. Shaunae Miller-Uibo looked up at the screen with about seventy meters to go, clipped her toe on the track and began to collapse, relegating the Bahamanian sprinter to fourth, in 50.49. Allyson Felix had gone out so hard, there was no more gas in the tank, and she finished third, in bronze, running 50.08. Running the race of her life, Salwa Eid Nasser, from Bahrain, who ran 50.06 NR, taking silver.

Running the race of her life, Phyllis Francis ran 49.92 PB to take gold in the 400 meters. Again, no race every works to the plan. Humans are involved.

In reviewing the presser, it was obvious that Allyson Felix has some motivation for 2019 and 2020, Salwa Eid Nasser will be around for some time, and Phyllis Francis ran her nearly perfect race in London, upsetting many track fantasy games.

So, for the second year at a championships, RunBlogRun has seeked the guidance of Maurice Green, 1997, 1999 and 2001 100m WC, 2000 Oly gold at 100m, 1999 200m gold WC, plus relay gold and silver! This guy knows sprinting!

So, in one minute I asked Maurice to explain the 200 meters, and what to watch. This is our Instagram one minute video (watch for our longer vidoes on RBR and our upcoming series, brought to you by adidas.

Thanks Maurice!

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder and Maurice Greene, solving world problems, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

IMG_8744.jpgAjée Wilson taking USATF title, June 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ajée Wilson has looked great in her round and in her semi-final. She is in the final. So, David Hunter asks the big question, can she get a medal?

Here's our daily preview of Day 8, as the 2017 World Championships wind to a close! Some big events today, including the steeple for women and the decathlon day 1! The women's 200m final should be fantastic!

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After hard days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, today is an easy day. Enjoy it, and make sure you catch up on the World Champs. Jenny Simpson was amazing in the 1,500 meters. Watch how she answered the furious last 30 meters and took silver!

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Friday, August 11, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute run with two 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Emma Coburn: The Climb to the top

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In this feature on Emma Coburn, written by David Hunter, we learn about the motivation and focus of the Olympic bronze medalist. In London, Emma Coburn is looking for another medal to add to her collection. And she is in the medal fight, as she has been over the past two several years.

We wish Emma best wishes on Friday night!

IMG_9285.JPGLarry Eder and Maurice Greene, photo by Photorun.net

This is one of our favorite things to do at championships. For the past two championships, we have been fortunate to work with Maurice Greene, World Champ in 1997, 1999 and 2001, and Olympic gold medalist over 100 meters in 2000, plus relay gold and silver. In 2004, Maurice Greene took the bronze in the 100 meters.

This is our one minute tip on how to watch the 100 meters. Enjoy!

The race was amazing! Tori Bowie put her entire focus, and all of her energy into the 100 meter final, taking control over the last 40 meters, and put a perfect lean into the race, taking the gold from Marie Josee Ta Lou doing what she needed to do! She also came home with some abrasions and some bruising. That is why she did not run in the 200 meters, but still wants to run the 100 meters.

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Tori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net

We did this interview with Tori Bowie at her sponsor, adidas' hospitatlity center. We had ten minutes with Tori and @runblogrun provided the 100 meter champion with about a half dozen questions. Thanks to Tori Bowie and adidas for the opportunity.

The men's 400 meters has been much hyped, and the battle lived up to much of the hype. While it was too bad that Isaac Makwala did not run, for whatever reasons, Wayde Van Niekerk ran his race and won it. Here's Elliott Denman's feature on Fred Kerley and his experience in the 400 meters.

Kerley_FredSF1-WC17.JPGFred Kerley, photo by PhotoRun.net

This piece is a nice departure for Justin Lagat, as he speaks about the development of Kenyan athletics and how the opportunities for medals are moving into the women's events. A strong piece and we are grateful that our friend provides us a unique view from Kenya!

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This story is by Stuart Weir on the medal prospects of British athletics. Stuart notes, rightly so, that there is more to the success of British athletics than medal counts. Some fine performances came from Briitsh athletics, who did not get medals.

Some thoughts on Christian Taylor

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This column, written by Stuart Weir, is on defending World Champion and defending Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor. Stuart's job is to provide @runblogrun daily observations on the London World Champs. At Monaco, he was so inspired, he provided seven columns on the meet. I liked this one on Christian Taylor, one of our favorite competitors.

Taylor_Christian1a-Pre17.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jager_EvanJump1b-WC17.JPGEvan Jager, Soufiane Elbakkali, Conseslus Kipruto, Men's steeple final, photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's steeple was one of my most anticipated races. It lived up to the hype. Yes, I hoped for Evan Jager to win the gold (as he did), but he battled on, taking bronze, getting first steeple medal for an American male in the World Championships.

It's Day seven in London and we have a big evening of track & field! A busy night, with women's 5000m heats, men's 1,500m heats, and finals in the Men's Triple Jump, Men's 400m hurdles and Men's 200 meters.

With Isaac Makwala back into the 200 meters and Wayde Van Niekerk looking a big tired, how will the 200 meters for men fill out?

We will have to wait and see!

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1a-WC17.JPGWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Makwala_Isaac200TT1a-WC17.JPGIsaac Makwala, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is a hard day! Warm up, focus on the workout and cooldown. Remember that the workouts are building you towards the fall cross country season.

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Thursday, August 9, 2017 warm up, Three times six minutes, at 5k current race pace, 4 minutes easy between, on trails, prefer some hills on it, but not too difficult, idea is to get some race pace under your feet, cooldown

The women's 100 meters was an absolutely epic race. With Marie Jose Ta Lou getting out well, and Dafne Schippers running by her lonesome on the outside, Tori Bowie had a good start, but had a splendid last 40 meters, executing everything she has learned over the years in one race. It was obvious that Tori Bowie did not want to loose that one, and after bronze in 2015, silver in 2016, Tori Bowie wanted the win, and raced at a higher level than she ever has before. Elaine Thompson finished fifth in the 100 meters, shocked at her finish. Whether it was lack of fitness or the shock of having three runners ahead of her, something that Elaine Thompson has not see before, the effect was the same.

Bowie_ToriFL-WC17.JPGTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the presser for the women's 100 meter that I recorded on Sunday night. It was a good presser, and it shows the personalities of the three medalists. Bowie smiles, but keeps things close to herself. Ta Lou was so happy on her run, she was beaming and quite talkative. Schippers was happy to medal once again and was pretty talkative.

TaLou_MarieSF1-London17.jpGMarie-Josee Ta Lou, Dafne Schippers, 100m semi final 1, photo by PhotoRun.net

But the dream night belongs to Tori Bowie, and congratulates to all three 100m medalists!

This video is on the presser for the women's Pole Vault, where Ekaterina Stefanidi, Sandi Morris, Yarislay Silva and Robyledis Peinado took gold, silver and a tie for bronze.

Morris_Sandi1-WC17.JPGSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

The pole vault was a fun event to watch. Sandi Morris was strong, but still is a bit tentative against Ekaterina Stefanidi, who is at the top of her game. Jenn Suhr, the 2012 champion, did not make the final, but Morris and Stefanidi showed that they are the class of the event.

Yarislay Silva looked okay but Robyledis Peinado showed that she will be someone to watch in the feature.

Stefanidi_Ekaterini-WC17.JPGEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Watch the video, note the admiration and respect that Sandi and Ekaterina have for each other. They are the finest women vaulters in the world.

This was a fine piece on Mo Farah's amazing win last Friday night, August 4. David Monti did such a fun job we thought that you might enjoy it.

Farah_MoFFV-London17.jpGMo Farah wins the 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

A fine competition, full of surprises. "No one threw the way that they wanted, " noted Tomas Walsh. Protests were filed, one by Joe Kovacs, who did not see that he had fouled. Ryan Crouser finished sixth, not finding his groove, and also having some long fouls.

Kovacs_JoeW-London17.jpGJoe Kovacs, silver medalist, shot put, photo by Photorun.net

Tomas Walsh kept his focus and battled Joe Kovacs and Stipe Zunic as everyone else folded. What is good about this five minute segment? All three shot putters speak about what is essential in the shot put, speaking with affection about their event and speaking with respect about their competitors.

Walsh_TomR-London17.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

I really like Tomas Walsh. A good guy, a fierce competitor, with a ready smile and the ability to keep his cool in stressful situations, it was Tomas's day and he took the gold! The shot put requires the ability to compartmentalize, and Walsh does that well. Walsh has confidence and his easy demeanor helped him in the ring during the final.

Zunic_Stipe-WC17.JPGStipe Zunic, bronze, CRO, photo by PhotoRun.net

Congrats to Joe Kovacs, who has medaled with gold in Beijing 2015, silver in Rio Di Janeiro 2016, and now, silver in London 2017. Congrats to Stipe Zunic, a former javelin thrower, with a PB of 16 meters in the shot put a few years ago, now has a bronze on the global stage.

In praise of Edna Kiplagat

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In Praise of Edna Kiplagat, by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir wrote this piece for us, among the many he has written at the London 2017 championships. I enjoy Stuart's journey into the minds of various athletes, and that realization that you are learning something about the focus of the article is a revelation.

Kiplagat_Edna-WC17.JPGEdna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

Edna Kiplagat, Rose Chelimo and Amy Cragg battled for the three medals in the London Marathon on Sunday, August 6. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Edna Kiplgat, who, it is obvious, he admires.

The heptathon was a world class battle suited for the London 2017 World Championships. With the retirements of Jessica Ennis Hill and Briane Theisen Eaton, this is a relatively new group of multi eventers (well, with the exception of American icon, Sharon Day Monroe).

Thiam_NafissatouHJR-WC17.JPGNafissitou Thiam, photo by PhotoRun.net

The British hope, Katerina Johnson Thompson, who had a fine 200 meters, was just too tentative. Her poor high jump, average long jump and javelin, and strong 800 meters were just not enough against this high caliber field.

In the end, Nafissitou Thiam, Olympic champ, persevered, although she had a hot battle with Carolin Schafer and after her monster javelin throw, Annouk Vetter.

The men's pole vault was very exciting last night. The colorful list of competitors enthralled the crowd as they battled, height by height, pass, then jump. The chess match continued, until Sam Kendricks cleared 5.95 meters, and attempted 6.01 meters.

Kendricks_Sam1c-Pre17.JPGSam Kendricks, (from Pre Classic), photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's David Hunter's fine recap of the battle for pole vault supremacy.

Fact: Mo Farah is at the top of his game. That the entire teams of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia did all in their power to make that 10,000 meters pretty much twenty-five laps of live hell is a complement to Mr. Farah.

Farah_MoFH-London17.jpGMo Farah survived the battle, with Joshua Cheptegai and Paul Tanui in silver and bronze, photo by PhotoRun.net

Consider this: First half of the race was run in 13:33, second half in 13:16! Last mile was run in 4:04, 800 meters in 1:57 and that last 400 meters, where Mo Farah was clipped at least twice, and then, spiked himself, was run in 55.6!

After the race, Mo Farah had three stitches, ice on his legs and saw the physio. He answered five questions and then, apologized and headed out to get fixed before the 5000 meters!

A good quick video on an amazing race!

So, have you enjoyed our previews of the World Champs? Lots of fun to do! Pass them around and enjoy the World Champs!

Also, the women's 400 meters, the men's 400m hurdles and the women's shot put are the finals. Mo Farah will visit again tonight, so watch and enjoy!

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Miller_ShaunaeSF1-WC17.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is your easy day! Enjoy it! And also check out the World Championships, so many amazing events! So Inspiring!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute minute run, three times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

I was asked on Tuesday what Laura Muir could have done differently to win the 1,500 meters. I corrected that and said, I was hoping she could have won a medal. The pace, lead by Laura, hit 65 seconds for the 400 meters, but the 800 meters dropped to a 72 second 400 meters, with a time of 2:17. Hitting the bell in 3:03.5, Sifan Hassan took the lead, with Faith Kipyegon, Laura Muir and Jenny Simpson in tow. Everyone gave up on Caster Semenya, forgetting that she was an 800 meter runner.

No one was going to beat Faith Kipyegon, as she battled Sifan Hassan until the final straightaway. Hassan began to fold, and Faith Kipyegon took the lead. Laura Muir moved out a bit, giving Jenny Simpson the breathing room to move on the inside, a la Steve Ovett, the fine British runner who knew how to move when things got crowded.

But it was Jenny Simpson, who in 2009 took fifth in the steeplechase, in 2011, won the 1,500 meters, in 2013, took the silver and in 2015, without a shoe was hobbled. In 2012, Simpson was in the dirtiest 1,500 meters for women in history, and in 2016, Jenny took bronze. This year, Simpson, who does not screw up last laps, moved on the inside and pushed from fifth to second! It was Caster Semenya who caught Laura Muir in the last 30 meters, and moved into the bronze, leaving Laura Muir in fourth place. Truth is, Laura Muir ran a brilliant race, she just did not get a medal. She will get them in the future.

IMG_7515.jpgRobbie Andrews, 2017 USATF Champs, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

This was a quick update from Jeff Benjamin on Robby Andrews' final prep for the London World Champs. Good luck, Robby!

Parley_Running_Spikes_hanging.jpgadidas Parley, photo from adidas Communications

adidas launched the adidas Parley spike, a high tech shoe that contains finest adidas tech, plus recycled plastic stopped from going into oceans at global communities. A very cool idea, we think!

Oh, and @Hey_itsShaunae and @waydedreamer are wearing them!

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1a-WC17.JPGWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

images.jpgIsaac Makwala withdrew from the 200 meters last night, and later he withdrew from the World Champs. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Kipyegon-Simpson-Semenya1a-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, Faith Kipyegon, Laura Muir, Jenny Simpson, Caster Semenya, 1/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kipyegon-Simpson-Semenya1b-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, Faith Kipyegon, Laura Muir Jenny Simpson, Caster Semenya, 2/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kipyegon-Simpson-Semenya1bb-WC17.JPGSifan Hassan, Faith Kipyegon, Laura Muir, Jenny Simpson, Caster Semenya, 3/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

What a 1,500 meters last night! Here's Elliott Denman's piece on Laura Muir and that splendid 1,500 meters, one of the finest races of any time!

Clement_KerronSF-London17.jpGKerron Clement, 400 m hurdle rounds, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

You know that you are with one of the finest athletes in the world when you watch Kerron Clement. After the London DL, I spoke to Kerron at dinner and complemented him in his race and his finish. He smiled and told me that he runs himself into shape, and that he would be ready for London.

He was right, as usual.

Enjoy David Hunter's perceptive piece on the star!

Kipyegon_FaithFH-London17.jpGCaster Semenya, Faith Kipyegon, Jenny Simpson, Laura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Justin Lagat story on the amazing 1,500 meters that we witnessed last night! An amazing race! Watch for more coming soon!

The fifth day of the World Championships is an engrossing evening of track & field! Pole Vault (mens) final, 7:30 PM, 3000m Steeplechase (men), 9:10 PM, 800 meter (men) final, and 400 meters (men) will be final final of the night!

Jager_EvanQ1-London17.jpGEvan Jager, photo by PhotoRun.net

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1d-London17.jpGWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Again, here's the deal: I am limited to speaking for under two minutes, and Hachi the wonder dog is timing me with Sumo, the blue healer egging me on.

Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder, my progeny, for dealing with these special moments!

Fartlek is all about learning to change gears. In cross country, you run uphills, downhills, in tall grass, on muddy, and perhaps snow. The ability to change gears, press the pace when you need to is a natural development from fartlek well run. This workout is about changing gears, run fast, jog, and repeat 30 times, and you will be tired, remember to change gears.

Fauble_Scott9-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, warm up, easy 2 miles, run ten 200 meter hill repeats, shorten stride, pump arms, look down at your feet, jog down easy, 30 minute run, then, cooldown

It happens at all major sporting events. BBC TV reported this morning that there have been several cases of stomach distress aka gastrointeritis.

Makwala_IsaacSF1-Beijing15.jpgIsaac Makwala, photo by PhotoRun.net

We know that Isaac Makwala, RSA, the star 200m/400m ace, was withdrawn from 200m last night. We understand that he may be in quarantine, but trying to confirm that right now.

Remember, Brendan Foster gained the only medal for GB in 1976 in athletics, by taking the bronze in the 10,000m after a week of stomach distress.

We wish all affected a speedy and full recovery.

The sport of athletics is, arguably, the oldest and most primal sport on the globe. Kids run, kids jump and kids throw. There were organized races nearly 4000 years ago, around the walls of Babylon. In the ancient celebrations in Olympia, there was the stadia, a race of nearly 200 meters. There was even a distance race of nearly 12 and 1/2 stadia at the time.

My belief is that the sprints have always been of interest. Who is fastest? Kids run against each other. Whose the fastest kid on the block?

#regram @teamusa The end of a rivalry built off respect. #London2017 100m final

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Since 2008, we have known who the fastest man in the world was, and, with the exception of 2011, when Yohan Blake won the 100 meters, Usain Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, but not 2017.

In the men's 100 meters, which lived up to the hype, Christian Coleman, the young un, went out hard and battled Usain Bolt to the very end. Usain Bolt, who had not raced any of the real guns, was short of training and short of racing, and he ran valiently, but he was not going to beat Christian Coleman.

But, out on the other side of the track, was Justin Gatlin, winner of 2005 World Champs, who was running a brilliant race all by his lonesome. By the time Coleman and Bolt knew it, Gatlin had won the race.

And, in story book land, Usain Bolt was the fan's favorite. And that is wonderful. But, this is a sport, and not pro wrestling or roller derby. And as the IAAF allowed him to race (due to European and US jurisprudence) as well as Gatlin taking his ban (cut from 8 years to 4 years). European meet directors, since 2010, have been bringing him to their races (not in UK, except in Olympics).

The booing of Justin Gatlin was bush league. As the announcer at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics had to remind American audience in the 5,000 meters with Ralph Hill and some very physical Finnish runners, " Ladies and gentleman, these people are our guests."

Here is @runblogrun's preview to Day 4 of the 2017 London World Championships! It is an amazing championships and I sure hope that you are reading our plethora of articles on US, Europe, British, Kenyan and pieces on runners from the African continent. With 205 countries and 2034 athletes, it is amazingly deep and exciting event.

Thiam_NafissatouJav1-London17.jpGNafissitou Thiam, Olympic & World Champion, heptathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

TaiLou_MarieQ-WC17.JPGMarie-Josee Ta Lou, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dida-Ayana-DibabaFL-WC17.JPGDida, Ayana, Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Geshom Nyathi is writing African postcards for @runblogrun about the fine athletes from the African continent. 52 countries from Africa are represented in the 2017 IAAF World Championships. We thank Geshom for his enthusiastic columns.

Maurice Greene knows sprinting.

Maurice Greene dominated sprinting on the global level from 1997-2004. Mr. Greene, who had a great attitude, knew that he was both athlete and entertainer. Maurice held the 100 meter WR at 9.79. If you checked his medal chest, you would find five World Championship golds and four Olympic medals.

larry & Mo .jpgLarry Eder with Maurice Greene, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

In 1997, Maurice Greene won the 100 meters in Athens at the World Champs. In 1999, Maurice then won the 100 meters, the 200 meters and 4x 100 meter relay. In 2000, Maurice won the 100 meters, and also gold in the 4 x100 meters. In 2001, in an epic 100 meters, Maurice Greene won the race, but had damaged his hamstring about 60 meters into the race. Maurice told @runblogrun that he felt the pain and just had to gut it out for 40 meters. "If I had been healthy, that would have been a race." is how Maurice Greene modestly noted that 100 meter race. In 2004, at the end of his career, Maurice took the bronze in the 100 meters in Athens and the silver in 4x100 meter relay.

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Plus the guy ran a mean 60 meters!

During the World Champs, as we did in Rio last summer, it's the Mo & Larry Show. We will post on FB live, Instagram live plus provide curated video a bit later, showing you some of the behind the scenes geek stuff, that we all know you love!

So, we asked Maurice, in one minute, to tell us what he watches in 100 meters!

Kirui_Geoffrey-WC17.JPGGeoffrey Kirui, Marathon champ, photo by PhotoRun.net

The marathons were held on one day. The Men's was first and the Women's was second, and the four loop course was awesome! Here's Justin's comments on the Kenyan success on the London Tower Bridge Loop.

This was a very busy year.

Merritt_AriesQ-London17.jpGAries Merritt, London WC, 110m hurdles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aries Merritt is the 2012 London Gold Medalist in the 110m hurdles. Later that summer, Aries set the WR in the 110m hurdles of 12.80. In 2013-2016, Aries battled for his health, and is back, and ready to roll. His 13.16 in the first round showed that he is on task, has his rythm, and is focused. Aries Merritt is missing one medal in his medal chest: an Outdoor World Champs gold medal!

The men's and women's marathons were held on Day 3 of the 2017 London World Championships. Held on a four loop course near the famous London Tower Bridge, the marathoners had fans the entire way.

ZZAA3170 copy.JPGRose Chelimo, Amy Cragg and Edna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

Amy Cragg took the bronze medal in the marathon, with a gutty finish that required a kick over the last 385 meters. In gaining that medal, something she had discussed with her coach, Jerry Schumacher, who inspired her to focus on the medal and how she could do that, she completed a line with the late Marianne Dickerson, who took the lone other women's marathon medal by an American way back in 1983.

ZZAA3517 copy.JPGAmy Cragg, Rose Chelimo, Edna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

I remember Marianne Dickerson and her medal. That day, I was completing a near 4 hour run in the hills of Rancho San Antonio, in San Jose, California, as I prepared for the upcoming Nike OTC Marathon. I came back to watch the NBC coverage of the World Championships that day, and was enthused to see Marianne win her bronze medal.

ZZAA3684 copy.JPGAmy Cragg, photo by PhotoRun.net

I recall watching Amy Hastings (now Cregg) run her first marathon not that long ago. Amy was gutty, as she had been racing the 10,000m on the track. Nice to see her pick up the medal she deserved, and I look forward to catching up with her and husband, Alistair Cragg, to congratualate Amy on her fine run in London.

In the mean time, enjoy this feature by Eliott Denman, our long time writer for American Athletics, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun as he, and rightly so, puts the historicial perspective on Amy Cragg's magnifiscent run on Sunday!

Prescod_ReeceSF-WC17.JPGReece Prescod, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Stuart Weir to update us on how the hometeam, Team GB, is doing in lovely World Championships from August 4-13, 2017. Here is his update through day 3.

Yes, this is a tougher week. If you need some more training, you should consider three am runs during week, but only if you are a senior in high school, or a college athlete.

Fauble_Scott10-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Early Season, HOKA ONE ONE Summer Mileage Program Week 7

Monday, August 7, 2017. warm up, one mile easy, 60 minute fartlek, one minute hard, one minute easy,

30 times, then, cooldown.

Huddle_Molly-WC17.JPGMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Infeld_Emily-WC17.JPGEmily Infeld, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sisson_Emily-WC17.JPGEmily Sisson, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter wrote this fine piece on the women's 10,000 meters. He wrote this piece on a day and night, when most writing was about Usain Bolt and the reception of Justin Gatlin. Please enjoy his insights and their comments on one of the most spectacular races in women's distance running history!

What do I like about David Hunter's writing? His obvious appreciation for the disciplines, and his affection for the athletes and their noble pursuits of their dreams. Molly Huddle, Emily Infeld (with her wicked kick), and Emily Sisson are iconic runners in the everyly increasing star power that is American women's distance running.

Congrats to all three women who represented the US well in Londontown.

Ayana_AlmazH1-WC17.JPGAlmaz Ayana, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's some of the highlights from EME News on the second day of London 2017.

Elliott Denman is one the long time observers of the sport. A former Olympic Race Walker, Elliott has covered the sport since the late 1950s. We have been fortunate to have Elliott write for American Athletics, American Track & Field and now, RunBlogRun.

Here is his piece on Mason Finley, the athlete who took the bronze in the discus, giving us a new medal and new hope in an event that was, for many years, a stalwart for American Track & Field.

Findley_MasonW-WC17.JPGMason Finley, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this column, Stuart Weir writes about the reception that Justin Gatlin was given at the World Championships. I have spent three visits with BBC radio speaking about the situation. My thoughts have always been that booing in a crowd, is partly due to anonymity and also to clear frustration about something in modern life. Doping and anti-doping are complicated issues where people you respect break the rules.

Gatlin_JustinSF-WC17.JPGJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir writes that, in the end, we should not lower ourselves or, our sport to such levels.

Gatlin-Coleman-BoltFH-WorCh17.jpgThe 2017 London WC 100m final: Gatlin, Coleman and Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

In a race that more than lived up to the hype, the 100 meter Men's race on Saturday, August 5, 2017 is one for the record books. Christian Coleman, NCAA champion over 100 meters and 200 meters, a young man who had raced since January 2017, without a stop, had dominated both the first round and semi finals of the 100 meters. In retrospect, Justin Gatlin had a modest season, and then defeated Christian Coleman at the USATF champs. Coleman was beat by Ameer Webb in the 200m at the USATF Champs using the same tactics that Gatlin used on Mr. Coleman in the 100 meters.

AYODELE ODUMADE spoke with Lord Seb Coe on the opportunities for major events in Africa, and the loss of Usain Bolt in the sport, among other topics. Here is his column, which we call African Postcards.

Dida-Ayana-DibabaFL-WC17.JPGDida, Ayana, Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

images.jpgThis is the decisions from the IAAF Appeals Decisions, in their entirety, on the 3000m steeplechase heats and 110m hurdle heats on 6 August 2017.

Ayana_AlmazFL-WorCh17.jpgAlmaz Ayana, Olympic and World Champion, 10,000m (oh, yes, she has WR), photo by PhotoRun.net

The pedestrian pace for 3 kilometers was ended when Almaz Ayana woke up and took off, running a few 68-69 second laps. Her 5k time, from 3 kilometers to 8 kilometers, was 14:25! Only seven women have ever run that fast for a single five thousand meters.

Kovacs_JoeQW1a-WC17.JPGJoe Kovacs, qualifying, shot put, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's our preview for Day 3! Tell us what you think! Day three has the men and women's marathon, plus Men's shot put , heptathlon and women's 100m final on Sunday night.

The first rounds of the 1,500 meters got British fans very excited, as four British women made it through the first rounds. Stuart Weir wrote this piece right after the first round, and of course, I was editing too many stories to post this one. But, check out the quotes and realize how much planning has gone into what Laura Muir is trying to do, with her 1,500m/5,000m double.

W1500 judd.jpgJessica Judd pushes it, photo from Getty Images for IAAF

A good piece by Stuart Weir recognizing the hard work of the athletes in those heats, where victory, for most, is moving to the next round.

Remember, 205 countries and 2,034 athletes are competing August 4-13, 2017.

Here's Stuart Weir's story on the 1,500m rounds!

The long run on Sunday puts you in a contemplative mood. After a 60-90 minute long run, it is a great time to cooldown and watch athletics coverage on local TV, You Tube or twitter. Enjoy your long run today, and remember, run with friends and vary the terrain. As it is early August, it is time to check shoes, and make sure you have two pair for the fall season. With two pairs of training shoes, you can vary the shoes as well. It is the little things that we do on a daily basis, from stretching, to sleeping well, to eating well and hydrating, that make the difference.

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Enjoy your long run.

Sunday, August 6, 2017, warm up, 65 minutes, in hills, cooldown

Ahoure_MurielleQ-WC17.JPGMurielle Ahoure, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ayodele Odumade writes this first piece about the lack of short sprint medals from Africa.

The 10,000 meter men's championship race, on Friday, August 4, 2017, was one of the finest races over twenty-five laps that this writer has EVER seen. Never have three countries, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, put their might behind crushing the will of one British superstar.

Farah_MoFH1-London17.jpGMo Farah wins his final 10,000m champs ! photo by PhotoRun.net

In the final lap, Mo Farah nearly went down, yet, he still ran 55.61. With three stitches, and bumped up knee, Mo Farah told British media it was the most difficult 10,000m race he had ever run. Mo also told the Brit media that he would be ready for the 5000 meters.

Here's David Hunter's fine feature on Mo Farah. David is writing once piece a day for RunBlogRun. This piece is a winner, like it's subject.

This was the second day of the World Championships, and it provided many surprises. After your run, take the time to watch Day one and Day two, and let me know how you think people should behave at sporting events.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017. warm up, 5k hilly road race, finish up with 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Flash quotes are provided to the media on each heat, round for major events. Here are the comments from the top three in the Men's 10,000 meters.

Farah_MoFH1-London17.jpGMo Farah wins 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_MoFFV-London17.jpGMo Farah wins six straight global 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It was one of the toughest races of my life. They tried everything and I just had to stay strong. I can't lose in my hometown," Mo Farah.
RESULT OF THE DAY
Farah WL 26:49.51 after 55.7 last lap.
SURPRISE OF THE DAY
Olympic winners Jeff Henderson and Jennifer Suhr out in qualification, the same for European champion Anzhelika Sidorova.
MEDALS (3 countries)
GBR 1-0-0, UGA 0-1-0, KEN 0-0-1
POINTS (5 countries)
KEN 14, GBR 8, UGA 7, ETH 6, CAN 1
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 1
BEIJING 2015 WINNERS
yes (1): Farah (10k)
RIO 2016 WINNERS
yes (1): Farah (10k)
no (1): Henderson

The men's 10,000 meters was the only final on Friday night, and that was more than enough for the 65,000 fans on the first night of the World Championships.

In what Mo Farah called a very hard race, the top runners from Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya did everything that they could to break Mo Farah, but they could not. Mo Farah ran the last mile in 4:04, and the lat 400 meters in 55.6 to win six straight 10,000 meters World Championships.

Here's Geshon Nyathi's story on Mo Farah!

Cheptegei-Tanui-Karoki-Farah-WC17.JPGThat battle is on, Cheptegei, Tanui, Muchiri, Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Justin Lagat's story on the night of amazing track and field. With the only final being the Men's 10,000 meters, and Mo Farah, the finest distance runner in Great Britain, defending his title from 2015 (having won in 2013, 2015, plus Euro in 2014, and Olympics in 2012 and 2016), against the finest distance runenrs n the world!

The 10,000 meters is the longest race in track & field. It is 25 laps on a standard 400 meter track. At the top level, it is both chess match and boxing match. In the 2017 London World Championships 10,000 meters, the Standing Room Only crowd in London Olympic Stadium were treated to, in this writer's opinion, may have been the finest 25 lapper of Mo Farah's career.

Mo Farah winning gold in 10000m. Unbeatable! #IAAFworlds

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It is one thing, when Mo Farah won the gold in London. A tremendous race, yes, but, in 2017, the race was totally different. This was Mo Farah's last 10,000 meters at a World Championships, and he had a bulls eye on his front and back. The elite athletes of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia had one goal: take Mo Farah, the king of distance racers down to the human level.

In a race where the first half was run in 13:33.37, the second 5,000 meters was run in 13:16.14! The last 2000 meters were run in 5:09, and the last 400 meters in 56 seconds!

This session has been sold out for months, in fact only one session all ten days is not sold out!

Mo Farah cemented himself into history! Watch for our stories!

All set for tonight...!!! GoHardOrGoHome...!!! #roadtolondon #onemomile #onemorace #mofarah #mobot #🇬🇧 #teamgb

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DSC_1640.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

Bartoletta_Tianna1-PreC17.jpGTianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here the final two part of the USATF presser from August 3, 2017. Fantastic comments, and real insights into the amazing level of American athletes in London. Totally impressed.

IMG_7128.jpgJenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's part one and intro to 2017 USATF London Presser, with Ryan Crouser, Christian Taylor, Christian Coleman, Allyson Felix, Jenny Simpson, Tiana Bartoletta. One of the finest USATF pressers every, as all had good things to say!

Dibaba_GenzebeH1-PreC17.jpgGenzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dibaba_Tirunesh-Rio16.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

AFRICANS SET TO DELIGHT WORLD STAGE IN LONDON WRITES GESHOM NYATHI FOR THE AFRICA PAGE

This is the first column by Geshom Nyathi for @runblogrun. A long time sports journalist, writing for the Africa Page, Geshom will write a daily column for us on the athletes from Africa, where 52 countries have sent athletes to the 2017 London World Championships, August 4-13, 2017.

DSC_1754.jpgDonavan Brazier, 800 meters, USATF, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

Just a quick note to remind you that NBC is offering coverage for those in North America. Check out the note below!

The day 2 of the World Champs will be a two session day, with the heptathlon in the morning and heats and finals of the 100m men's and 10,000m womens in the evening. Who will win, how will it go? Here is my short preview of the Day 2 at the World Champs. Remember my criteria: Under two minutes, focused and pithy. Not sure about the pithy.

Also, the women's semi final of the 1,500 meters, will be, well, brutal.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their video work.

Ayana_AlmazH1-Rio16.jpgCan Almaz Ayana win the 10,000m? How will Tirunesh Dibaba do? photo by PhotoRun.net

Huddle_Molly1-Rio16.jpgCan Molly Huddle break her own AR? photo by PhotoRun.net

Harting_ChristopheR-OlyGame16.jpgHow will Christoph Harting do against Daniel Stahl? photo by PhotoRun.net

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Anatomical_RYW_0913_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo from PUMA communications

Farah_MoPC-Pre17.JPGMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

vanNiekerk_WaydePc1a-BosOut17.jpGWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Miller_ShaunaePc-BosOut17.jpGShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

DSC_1640.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wlodarczyk_Anita1a-EuroTeam15.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

DSC_1471.jpgAllyson Felix, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

The photos above are for some of the headline makers for this upcoming ten days of glorious athletics. There will be many, many more, and please read the EME news report below, on headlines and previews of races. Enjoy!

RunBlogRun opines: The marathons will both be held on August 6, which is Sunday! RunBlogRun will be everywhere, providing you photos, updates. All you have to do is follow us on FB, Twitter and Instagram. Get the inside view on the two championship marathons from one place! See you soon!

Tsegay-Ghebreslassie-MutaiFL-World15.jpgTsegay, Ghebrselassie, Mutai, medalists from Beijing 2015 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

The news release below highlights the uniqueness of the marathon courses and viewing options. Please find link for Marathon course pdf here: MAP_Marathon_Public.pdf

Greetings from London! I am over here for the World Championships. Starting at noon Eastern time, you can follow our cover @runblogrun via FB, twitter and Instagram. Make sure you get your run in today, and watch the 100m heats, 1,500m women's heats (will be amazing), round 1 of 100 meter mens, qualifying of discus and men's 10,000m final!

Fauble_Scott6-USAxc17.JPGThis is Scott Fauble. In 2016, Scott finished 4th in the Olympic Trials 10,000m. Cross country is an integral part of Scott's training at HOKA Northern Arizona Elite, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, August 4, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute run with two 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

RunBlogRun Opines: I see Pete Julian with his athletes most of the time. I was heading to Paris in late June, and Pete was heading over with Sifan Hassan. He was quite excited as he had never been able to spend a few days in Paris.

Jeff Benjamin caught up with the Nike Oregon Project coach, and gave him eight good questions. Know this, Pete Julian loves his work and his athletes. His devotion to them is obvious, and his enjoyment of his job, and his career gives him a quiet confidence.

image2.JPGCoach Pete Julian supervising workout with Shannon Rowbury, Sifan Hassan, Post NB Indoor GP, February 2017, photo by Jeff Benjamin

You will find Pete Julian with a watch, on a track, post event, helping his athletes get their workouts in. That is the nature of the game: consistency is key in being an elite athlete. As John Parker, the author of Once a Runner put it, "Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials."

image3.JPGPete Julian, the coach and his watch, Eric Jenkins and Matthew Centrowtiz, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Farah_MoH-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, 10,000m, Nike Pre Classic, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Strung out on two iced Americanos, your favorite editor, Larry Eder, sits on a nice sofa, in his sons apartment. Adam, managing me, a blue healer named Sumo and a Boston terrier named Hachi, is also managing two cameras.

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Anatomical_RYW_0903_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo from PUMA communications

My job is to provide you a short, focused preview of the London World Champs, day for day, for ten days. You know that is not going to happen.

But surprisingly, thanks to Adam's management skills, and the sudden jolt of energy from six to eight espresso shots, I am, well, like Lou Reed on Ritalin. Awake. Focused. Conversational, and for once in my fifty-eight years, conscise.

Suhr_Jenn1-NBin17.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

Enjoy the day one session. Video is 1:54. I was allowed two minutes. Only took two takes!

No animals were harmed in the making of these videos. Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder, Mike Deering and Algeron Felice, who all make me look much better than I appear.

Enjoy the video! We will have one of these for each day of the World Champs. For those you not conversant in mathematics, that means ten videos. Enjoy each day, trade them. Most of all, have fun watching the finest ten days of sport every two years, the IAAF World Championships!

Here's pdf for entire schedule of World Champs! iaaf-world-championships-london-2017-timetabl.pdf

Winn_DanielQ-USAout17.jpgDaniel Winn, BAA athlete, rabbit, photo by PhotoRun.net

SabrinaYohannes wrote this piece about Daniel Winn. Daniel is a member of the BAA Track Club, training with Chris O'Hare, bronze medalist in Euro Indoors and Outdoors, and a former Duck.

Sabrina interviewed Daniel on his experience as a rabbit in some high end races. Enjoy the interview.

British athletics diary: The foreigner's guide to London 2017 and Britain, by Paul Halford

As a public service, Paul Halford has devoted this week's blog to a guide to customs that might be called peculiarly British.

Chris O'Hare-1.jpgChris O'Hare will be among the British Athletics team you will see in London, photo by David Wearn

In any case, enjoy your visit to London. It is a fantastic city, and there are so many things to see, no matter how many times you have been here!

adidas opened their FastLane hospitalty center with one of their most significant athletes, Wayde Van Niekerk. Wayde's amazing 400 meter world record run, in the Engenhao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in August 2017, captured the hearts of the world's track fans. Wayde was together with Kirani James, 2012 Olympic champion, and LaShawn Merritt, 2008 Olympic champion at 300 meters, and then his race began. Running 43.03 seconds, Wayde Van Niekerk broke the 19 year old WR of one Michael Johnson, who was watching the event live, and was, well, more than suprised by the young South African runner's prowess.

RunBlogRun has interviewed Wayde Van Niekerk on several occassions, and we have found the fine athlete charming and relaxed. With his PBs at 100 meters, 200 meters and 300 meters in 2017, Wayde looks poised for a great 400 meters and 200 meters in London!

We look forward to watching Wayde Van Niekerk make history with his fine double attempt at 200m and 400m. We hope to interview the adidas sponsored athlete after completing his fine double.

Thanks to adidas for the photos and press release. Press release is shown below.

HIlls come in all shapes and sizes. For the three minute hill runs, we are looking for you to find a good strong uphill run. For the six minute hilly run, you can find a trail with some strong hills that will challenge you, or you can find a long, cruel hill that makes you gasp for air afterwards. Either way, you are building up for the fall cross country season.

VanAlstine_Amy6-USAxc17.JPGAmy Van Alstine, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, warm up, One mile warm up, 6 times three minute hill run, five minute jog, one times six minute hilly run, six minute jog, cooldown

In his statement via twitter and instagram, Andre De Grasse has been injured and is out of London 2017. The rumor began early in morning, and by late evening, on August 2, Jamaican journalist Andre Lowe broke the story, as he confirmed Andre De Grasse's injury with manager Paul Doyle.

So unfortunate to see this young mans quest at the #worldchampionship end this way. All of #Canada #salute you @de6rasse #GetWellSoon 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #Canadianpride #trackandfield ... BREAKING NEWS: From the facebook page of #AndreDeGrasse ... To my fans and my supporters; Earlier this week in practice, I suffered a hamstring tear that has forced me to withdraw from the World Championships. Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate. While I'm in the best shape of my life and extremely disappointed that I will not have the chance to compete for my country in London, I can't forget or be ungrateful for the successes that I've been blessed with up to this point in my career. Thank you to my family, friends and fans that have supported me all the way..... I'll be back stronger and faster than ever. But for now, #Canada 🇨🇦 still has a very strong team at the World Championships. They are preparing to take on the world, and the focus should be on them.

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This, of course, very much affects both the 100 meters and 200 meters for men. De Grasse, the three time Rio medalist, was one of Usain Bolt's prime competitors in the 100 meters, and the 200 meter potential battle between Andre De Grasse and Wayde Van Niekerk was being looked at, with relish, by man of the sport's fans.

Andre De Grasse showed class in his statement, noted on the Instagram photo shown above. We wish De Grasse a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury. As Andre De Grasse noted, this injury is part of the sport, and he will overcome the challenge. De Grasse also asked his fans to support his fellow team mates on the Canadian team.

RunBlogRun wishes him the very best.

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RunBlogRun Opines: Asics has launched a rebranding effort, on a global scale, called "I Move me." One of the most iconic brands in performance footwear, ASICS is a global brand centered on running and fitness. The authentic line from ASICS is amazing and running product and apparel has been a mainstay in North America, Europe and Asia since the 1948.


ASICS is also the IAAF footwear and apparel sponsor for the 2017-2019 time period, providing ASICS visuals in every IAAF major event, by dressing the officials, volunteers and signage for the ASICS brand.

Here's one of the videos (full release below). In the video there is the aspirational view of running, almost a zen experience. Enjoy the current, focus on the movement, pay homage to the move. It is a notion that will appeal to young athletes.

ASICS is reaching out to young athletes in all sports. Their approach, to provide high quality, focused products for various activites, is what is making ASICS a big winner in the younger demographics.

The ads feature dramatic images, plus links, to video and astute use of multi platforms is the way media who get it approach the marketing conundrum. Higher household incomes, and enthusiasts use digital, social and print to reinforce their branding needs.

My only critique here is that, in searching for new consumers, ASICS has seemed to have forgotten the core runners who influence and have supported ASICS for seventy years. In a critical business channel for ASICS, they have been quiet to the running consumer. We hope with this new marketing assets, that they will reach out to the running community once again. Young consumers come to ASICS because of its authenticity. ASICS has earned their street cred due to spending seventy years on the roads, tracks and wrestling mats of the planet Earth.

The videos are short, focused and well produced. A nice addition to the ASICS zeitgeist. The rebranding work by Bruce Mau Design and the ad creative from Saatchi & Saatchi LA is a paradigm change for the brand. Their approach to ads in the past were the 'Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' schtick or shoe porn, a lone shot of footwear in a killer scenic venue. This reason that this media works is the emotion that comes to play, and that many of the young consumers that see it may not have seen ASICS, which is a brand's dream.

Here's the release, in its entirety, plus links to the non-running videos (all pretty cool, but we speak running geek here).

2016 team picture.JPG2016 Shore Running Camp team picture, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is a story of one of the camps that inspire runners young and old to take the next step in our sport. We thank Jeff Benjamin for this story, and look forward to his piece on the 2017 camp.

The men's 400 meters in Monaco previews the fine 400 meters that is coming to the London Olympic stadium during the World Championships. Isaac Makwalla battled with Wayde Van Niekerk, who lead both runners under 44 seconds. Now, the 400 meter final in London will probably be much faster in the Olympic stadium, but, really, who knows? We know that we want to see a word record, but, this is an Olympic stadium, with 80,0000 screaming people, and how would you react?

Make no mistakes, Wayde Van Niekerk is here to win. He wants to do something spectacular, like win both 200 meters and the 400 meters. Van Niekerk will have several athletes, in both races, who want to end his dream.

Again, we will just have to wait and see if Wayde Van Niekerk, aka @waydedreamer can win the double, and, or break the 400m WR in the process!

I have told my friends, that my dream is to do a track gossip column. They all say, please, we will subscribe. Well, EME News publishes 'all the news that is fit to print' (someone said that), on track and field. As we build up to London, we are happy to provide such info, as we list below here.

Please enjoy!

PUMA shoes for Usain Bolt.jpgUsain Bolt's spikes for the upcoming 100 meters, photo by PUMA communications

PUMA Usain Press event .jpgColin Jackson, emcee, with Usain Bolt, photo courtesy of PUMA

The press conference for Usain Bolt, presented by PUMA, was held on August 1, 2017. The presser had about 260 members of the global media. The one hour session was presented by Colin Jackson, (Olympic silver medalist, 110m hurdles, 2 time gold, 2 x silver, 1 time bronze World Outdoor, 4x Euro Outdoor, 3 time Euro indoor gold), held the WR for 110m hurdles and holds the 60m indoor hurdles.

Usain bolt 3.jpgUsain Bolt, photo courtesy of PUMA communications

Colin Jackson's questions were good, and gave the uniniated media good background. Usain then took questions for nearly thirty minutes. Of course, this was high level glitz for a sports athlete in track & field, but truth is, other brands should be doing such events for key athletes.

Here is the full embed from my Live FB of the event. I think Usain Bolt had a great time, and the media got the sound bites that they wanted. My question for Usain was (did not get to ask it), of the four distances he has raced, 100m, 150m, 200m and 300m, which is he built for? I believe either the 150m or 300 meter, and that is one of the secrets of his talents.

Usain Bolt is a tremendous athlete. He is six inches taller than the average sprinter, he has a longer stride, hence a longer time to move from starting position to full stride. But, when he hits full stride, about sixty meters, Usain Bolt is deadly. If one looks at his race in Beijing in 2015, in the 100 meters, there is a point when Bolt knows he has Gatlin, and there is this revelation, a sense of relaxation and then, a burst.

How will Usain Bolt fare in London? Well, we hear that one major sprinter is out of the 100 meters, so it could be easier. But, as Usain Bolt noted, anyone who makes the final of the 100 meters can win the final.

Enjoy the presser. Usain Bolt has something for everyone. He will be missed by many. Oh, and here are his shoes!

PUMA shoes for Usain Bolt.jpgUsain Bolt's spikes for London 2017, photo courtesy of PUMA communications

Updated August 2, 2017

Originally run December 11, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are now into the seventh week of our training program. When we add the two pre weeks, many have been training for nine to ten weeks. As we move into tempo runs, more focused hill work and longer runs, your level of fitness is increasing.

Taylor_Kellyn26-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Remember, easy days, hard days are there for a reason.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017. warm up, easy 40-45 minute minute run, three times 150 meter stride out

Matt Ludwig 1.jpgMatt Ludwig, photo courtesy of News-Herald.com

David Hunter wrote this piece on another one of the fine vaulters that has come from the University of Akron program. We hope that you enjoy David's feature on Matt Ludwig.

Schippers_DafneFH-Lausanne17.jpgKimberly Duncan, Dafne Schippers, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 200 meters, Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the final report prior to the 2017 London World Championships, from Carles Baronet, just before he leaves for the World Championships in London. Special thanks to our friend from Catalonia.

U.S. 1500m Champion Robby Andrews Heads To London, After Final Weeks of Hard Workouts

By Sabrina Yohannes

Sabrina Yohannes caught up with Robbie Andrews, the 2016 USATF 1,500 meter champion from this past June, just before he left for London and the World Championships. The men's 1,500 meters should be one of the most dramatic events of the World Championships, and Robbie Andrews could play a huge part in that drama.

IMG_7492.jpgRobbie Andews after his 1,500m win in Sacramento, phoot by Mike Deering for the Shoe Addicts

The hill workouts on Tuesdays have made them one of the most challenging days of the week. They are to help prepare you for the upcoming cross country season that you will share with 550,000 other boys and girls around the United States. Add the cross country season in Europe, and you have close to 750,000 runners running cross country around the world!

Fauble_Scott-Nyrr5k16.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, warm up, easy 2 miles, run ten 200 meter hill repeats, shorten stride, pump arms, look down at your feet, jog down easy, 30 minute run, then, cooldown

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