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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

Bio: Dave Hunter, who ran his marathon P.R. of 2:31:40 on the highly revered Boston Marathon course back in the Paleozoic era, is a track and field announcer, broadcaster, and journalist.

Website: http://www.trackandfieldhunter.com

Morris_160213_6919.jpgMeb Keflezighi, photo by Kevin Morris

Updated November 2, 2016

Meb Keflezighi is racing the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. On November 1, Aktiv Against Cancer gave Meb Keflezighi their Award for 2016. Meb was recognized for his leadership as a runner, and also as a human. This reminded me of the fine piece that David Hunter just did on our friend!

Meb Keflezighi is a championship racer. If one looks at his career, one finds that he has had few bad races in major championship and big city races. His skill set has been honed through good and bad races. His wins in Boston, New York, and his medal in Athens, as well as 4th in London and his recent runs in London and Rio show a career that is both long and impressive.

David Hunter wrote this piece a few weeks ago on Meb, after he had the pleasure of spending a few days around the Akron Marathon with one of our favorite marathoners.

One of my favorite reasons to have David Hunter write for RunBlogRun is that I learn something new everytime I read one of his features. David wrote this piece on Gerard van de Veen, one of our sports most prominent coaches and trainers. It is interesting that one of Gerard's fine athletes, Daniel Wanjiru, broke the course record while winning the TCS Amsterdam Marathon just a weekend ago. And another of his athletes, Wilson Kipsang, battled Kenenisa Bekele through the streets of Berlin on September 25.

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And Miles to go, before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep..." to quote the famous poem by Robert Frost (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening). It could be used to describe the diligence of Gerard van de Veen.

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Gerard van de Veen with Wilson Kipsang

Centrowitz_MattFL-Rio16.JPGMatthew Centrowtiz, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter wrote several columns for us from Rio. Juggling his daily travel, track observations and site seeing in Rio, David put together some fine pieces from Rio, and this is the culmination of that series, with his Top Ten Moments from Rio. Read and Enjoy!

While the US Women's 4x100 meter skirted with disaster, and came out with a gold medal, the US Men's 4x100 meter relay continued a disasterous process and management style that has given us six failures in the last seven World Championships and Olympics. David Hunter provides the facts and some suggestions. In a celebration of US successes, the men's 4x100 meter relay continues to be a disaster.

Felix-Bartoletta4x1Q-Rio16.JPGAllyson Felix gets baton from Tianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Allyson Felix to English Gardner, Thursday night, August 18, 2016, 7 pm local time, photo by PhotoRun.net

After watching the botched 4x100m, then, hearing of their reprieve, I felt like Jonah in the belly of the whale. Well David Hunter did more than that, he wrote a fine column on the issue of our relay teams with thoughtful suggestions. Here you go!

In the 800 meter final for Men, earlier this week, David Rudisha defended his title, and holding off Taoufik Makhloufi, the Olympic champion in 2012 for the 1,500 meters. He also had Clayton Murphy just behind him as well. Clayton had finished third, the bronze medal position. Four years before the young man had a PB of 1:54.

David Hunter wrote this piece on a young man he knows well. Clayton Murphy hails from Ohio, like David and he went to the University of Akron, which David likes to write about. But, no one had written more pieces of Clayton Murphy than David Hunter. And, few are as proud when they write about Clayton Murphy as well!

Murphy_ClaytonFL-Rio16.JPGClayton Murphy, bronze medal, 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

As David Hunter will tell you, if you are a track fan in Rio for the Summer Olympics, you know sleep deprivation. But the morning sessions have featured wonderful finals each and ever day!

Kipruto_ConseslusFV1a-Rio16.JPGConseslus KIpruto takes gold, Evan Jager takes silver and, for then, Ezekiel Kemboi takes bronze, photo by Photorun.net

David Hunter wrote this piece on the booing that has been erupting in Rio. There is precedent for it. In 1980 Moscow, the Russian fans booed at the Polish pole vaulters. When the gold medalist, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz cleared the winning height, he used a middle finger to show his appreciation to the Moscow fans.

Just because it has been done before, does not make that precedent right. As the IOC announced in the track stadium several times on Tuesday evening, there is never an excuse for booing athletes.

Gatlin_JustinQ-Rio16.JPGJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter is providing us his near daily columns on the views of a TFN touring fan in Rio. Many know David from his weekly columns for RunBlogRun and his fine announcing across the North American track circuit.

In this column, we learn about his experience on the train, his wife's concern over Malachowski's hygienic pre throw rituals, and the battle over the discus. As usual, David provides you a peak into his world, a second career, of meet announcer and journalist. And, we love him for it.

This is his second column from Rio! We hope he gets some rest and we look forward to his next column.

Malachowski-Harting-JasinkiA-Rio16.JPGPiotr Malachowski, Christophe Harting, Daniel Jasinski, Discus medalists, cool dudes, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keni Harrison set the World record for the 100 meter hurdles in London in July, with her excellent 12.20, breaking a 28 year old world record. That was one month after she did not make the US Olympic team, finishing sixth in the 100 meter hurdles.

This is David Hunter's article on Keni. She remains resolute in thinking that the US Trials system is the best. I wanted our readers to understand that making the US team is never a given. And now, as we enjoy seven more days of track & field in Rio, we need to remember that, in every Trials I can remember, someone, normally several "definites", have not made the trip to the Olympics.

Harrison_KeniSF-USOlyTr16.jpGKeni Harrison (center), Queen Harrison (foreground), 100m hurdles, US Olympic Trials), photo by PhotoRun.net

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