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Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, Day in the Life, May 12, 2013,
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF
EUGENE (USA): Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton have both ruled out coaching in retirement, informs CBC. "Neither of us are interested in any kind of coaching. I think we've seen as athletes the amount of passion and work that goes into being a coach and I just don't think either of us have that talent to be honest. I do believe we'll be involved in the sport in some way, not necessarily as a job, but maybe as a voice for athletes or something like that," she said. Eaton told Oregon Live: "Harry [Marra] might be part of the reason I say I'm not considering coaching. I saw the level of commitment he gave to get us to the level we were at. He would be at practice one or two hours before us, and wouldn't sleep at night if we had a bad practice. He had to fix it."
RunBlogRun opines: In 1991, the late Emil Zatopek told me that " elite athletes do not make fine coaches. It is easier many times, to race again rather than worry about your athletes." Emil coached for some time, and so did his wife, Daniela. Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton had a fantastic coach in Harry Marra. They realize how much he cared for them and at what level of effort it took to keep all distractions out of their daily workouts. Coaching is all ecompassing.

Keflezighi-Rupp-Pennel-USOlyT16.jpgKeflezighi, Rupp, Pennel, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): The 45th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The 2016 Olympic marathon silver and bronze medalists, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp, respectively, and the women's Olympic marathon bronze medalist Mare Dibaba, lead the fields in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a total of 13 Rio Olympians entered in the two races. Race-day for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 15. Two-time Chevron Houston Marathon champion Bazu Worku will drop down in distance to race in the men's half marathon. Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia, the fourth-place finisher in Rio over 10,000m who owns a half marathon personal best of 59:48; 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon third-place finisher Samsom Gebreyohannes of Eritrea; and 2016 U.S. 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir, who won the 2016 NYC Half Marathon, are all also entered. Kenyan Mary Wacera, the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion, is the top contender in the women's half marathon. Sara Hall is the top American in the field and compatriot Jordan Hasay will be making her half marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp will be racing the Aramco Houston Half Marathon! It will be a great test for Galen as he builds to Boston 2017. In speaking with Galen on November 20, Galen noted he would run the Manchester Thanksiviging Day race. So, that was his one race since the Olympics and now this. In November, Galen seemed relaxed and enjoying the recent birth of he and his wife's third child (Jaden). Galen Rupp is not a social media kind of guy. And, there is absolutley nothing wrong with it. He runs, he lets his racing do the talking, and for Galen Rupp, that is all good. See you in Houston, Galen, and good luck!

Keflezighi-Rupp-Pennel-USOlyT16.jpgKeflezighi, Rupp, Pennel, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): The 45th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The 2016 Olympic marathon silver and bronze medalists, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp, respectively, and the women's Olympic marathon bronze medalist Mare Dibaba, lead the fields in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a total of 13 Rio Olympians entered in the two races. Race-day for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 15. Two-time Chevron Houston Marathon champion Bazu Worku will drop down in distance to race in the men's half marathon. Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia, the fourth-place finisher in Rio over 10,000m who owns a half marathon personal best of 59:48; 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon third-place finisher Samsom Gebreyohannes of Eritrea; and 2016 U.S. 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir, who won the 2016 NYC Half Marathon, are all also entered. Kenyan Mary Wacera, the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion, is the top contender in the women's half marathon. Sara Hall is the top American in the field and compatriot Jordan Hasay will be making her half marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: Looking forward to returning to Houston to see this fine race in 2017!

Sebrle_RomanFL2-Euro06.jpgRoman Sebrle, European Champs 2006, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sebrle commenting
PRAHA (CZE): Ashton Eaton´s predecessor as World record holder and first 9000+ athlete Roman Sebrle commented the retirement: "Im surprised, I do not have all the details, but on the other hand the final decision must come one day. Maybe it is too early, but it is his right to end when he wants. He was one of the main rivals but also a great friend. To be better than Ashton will be very tough for the coming generations. I m happy I was one of the inspirations for him and I hope he will be the inspiration for the future decathletes. I want to wish him good health, he should enjoy his time with the family and I m sure he will find activities which he will like and will fill the space which will be there after finishing with the top sport."

RunBlogRun opines: Roman Sebrle is the decathlon warrior. He is also one of the most gallant and distinguished athletes I have ever met. In 2001, I was in Edmonton, and I joined Roman as he walked to a media reception. I watched him look across the room and see Daniela Zatopekova, the wife of Emil Zatopek and the doyen of Czech athletics. His look was on of admiration and love. He went up to Ms. Zatopekova and she lit up. His comments on Ashton come from a unique place, that of a competitor who respects and admires the other competitor. Sebrle is what our sport is all about.

Eatons say goodbye

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Eaton-Theisen-Millrose15.jpgAshton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Millrose 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eatons bye-bye
EUGENE (USA): Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton have jointly announced their retirement from athletics on their official website. Eaton is unbeaten in multi-event competitions since the 2011 World Championships and has won two Olympic and five world titles indoors and outdoors in that period as well as breaking the world heptathlon (6645p) and decathlon (9045p) records. "Frankly there isn't much more I want to do in sport. I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully I'm not sure anyone really does. It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I'm concerned," he said. Theisen-Eaton has won medals at the last five major championships dating back to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and improved the Canadian heptathlon record to 6808 with victory in Gotzis in 2015. She also won the world indoor title in Portland last March before claiming bronze in the heptathlon in Rio. "I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to because I know I can't advance any further in the sport; I've given it all I can, and I refuse to come back and half-ass it because I love and respect this event and sport too much," said Theisen-Eaton. That also means Eaton´s wild card will remain unused in London in summer.

Coe-LaVillenie-Zurich16.jpgSeb Coe and Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

TIGNES (FRA): World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie has canceled his first two scheduled competitions of the indoor season due to a left thigh injury, informs L'Equipe. Lavillenie has scratched from his opener in Tignes on Friday and Merzig on 14 January. He said on his social media page he picked up the small injury while training in Reunion.

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

AIPS President calls for records change


LAUSANNE (SUI): AIPS President Gianni Merlo has called on IAAF president Sebastian Coe in an open letter to reset the world record books as part of his bid to clean up the sport, informs AIPS. "Given the doubts of the past that plague the sport, I think it would be healthy to begin a new era of athletics that would give new hope to coming generations. I have always been in favour of the suggestion to close the record books in world athletics and open new ones," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: Gianni Merlo has sent an open letter to Seb Coe, asking the world records to be reset. In all of the stench that has come out over the past couple of years, Mr. Merlo has stated something that many in the sport has spoken about over the past decade. The questions remain: which records are to be reset, some or all? It is the sad thing about the sport and doping: many performances are suspect. There are those, I believe, that are clean, but who decides that?

That will be a hard decision for Seb Coe. I wish him luck.

Symmonds_NickFV1-USAout15.jpgNick Symmonds, wins the 2015 USA Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

SEATTLE (USA): Former world 800 m silver medallist Nick Symmonds will retire at the end of the year, informs NBC Olympics. "I really want to make one more worlds team. I've just got to make sure my ankle holds up," he said. Symmonds made the Olympic final in 2012 but missed the Rio Olympics due to injury. Once he retires, Symmonds has said he wants to climb the tallest mountain on every continent.

RunBlogRun opines: Nick Symmonds came through a Division 3 college program to race among the best in the world. His silver medal in 2013 Moscow surprised some, but his savy tactics and gutty drive to the finish cemented his first global medal. He wants to make one more world championship team against a fine new generation of 800 meter runners in the U.S. It will be a tough battle, but Symmonds, if he can reach past levels of fitness, should be in the thick of the battle.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaQW-Rio16.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net


Wlodarczyk AOY by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Poland´s hammer star Anita Wlodarczyk was for second time voted Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year after 2014. She is only fourth thrower with this title (before Faina Melnik, Ilone Briesenick and Valerie Adams). As the magazine website informs, the international panel of experts had little difficulty in choosing the best woman of the Olympic year. The 31-year-old Pole twice broke her own World Record, the first time in claiming gold in Rio. In forging an incredibly dominant season, Włodarczyk won all 12 of her meets and produced no fewer than the 42 farthest throws of the year. Second is IAAF AOY Almaz Ayana ahead of Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson. In the top ten fourth is Ruth Jebet ahead of Keni Harrison and Sandra Perkovic. Number seven goes for Caster Semenya over Shaunae Miller, Vivian Cheruiyot and Caterine Ibarguen.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaR1-Rio2016.jpgAnita Wlodarzyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the World Ranking #1 for TFN: http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php/display-article?arId=134218

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