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Leonard Komon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Leonard Komon is racing the Prague Half Marathon this weekend. Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed Leonard on Wednesday, March 25 for this feature. 

Watch for updates on the Prague Half marathon this weekend! 
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Genzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe Dibaba wanted the 5,000 meter indoor WR, and on February 19, 2015, she did just that. Using a fast last 1000 meters of 2:47.14, Dibaba took almost six seconds off the indoor World record running,  14:18.81. Meseret Defar had set the former WR of 14:24.3 set, on the same track, six years ago.

With the 5,000 meter WR, Genzebe Dibaba had indoor World records for 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, two miles and now, 5,000 meters. 

In honor of her brilliant new World record over 5,000 meters, RunBlogRun gives Genzebe Dibaba the February 2015 RunBlogRun Global Female Athlete of the Month! 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their fine video on Genzebe Dibaba. 






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Mutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

On February 18, 2015, Mutaz had one of those wonderful performances. On his first attempt Barshim cleared 2.37 meters and set a new Irish All-Comers records. His next height, 2.41 meters, Mutaz also cleared on his first attempt, with room to spare, and Mutaz Essa Barshim had set a new Asian and Qatari record and became the highest jumper of 2014. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim is our RBR Global Male Athlete of the Month for February 2014. 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts on their video celebrating Barshim's fantastic February! 



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SECOND WAVE OF TOP NAMES FOR DRAKE RELAYS

DES MOINES (USA): The 106th Drake Relays end of April announced second wave of top names for this year. In women hurdles Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete in the traditional shuttle relay. Great also men 400 m hurdles with Javier Culson against Michael Tinsey, Johnny Dutch and Briton Dai Greene. Women 400 m is offering Sanya Richards-Ross, Francena McCorory, Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills and Natasha Hastings. In the women 400 m hurdles former World champ Lashinda Demus is going to clash with Georganne Moline for example. French star Teddy Tamgho is facing in triple jump US top two stars Christian Taylor and Will Claye. In women high jump Chaunte Lowe with Spanish Ruth Beitia will be two veterans clashing.


(Editor's note: Hy-vee is sponsoring the Drake Relays once again, and we applaud their support! I really like the competition and focus on rivalries. It is what I like on the Pre Classic as well. Rivalries make our sport exciting!)

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Usain Bolt, Rome 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


Usain Bolt is running in the Big Apple on June 13! The last time Usain ran in NYC was in 2008, and after a thunderstorm, broke the 100 meter World Record. 

The adidas Grand Prix NYC is one of only two Diamond League meetings in North America (the other, is the Nike Pre Classic). 

This meet should be a lot of fun. Last year, the high jump duel between Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Barshim was one of the most exciting battles in our sport. 

Great to see Usain Bolt racing in North America. 


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Jairus Birech, London DL 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net


The steeplechase is one of my favorite events. A cross country race on the track, with 28 barriers and water jumps, this race requires focus, precision and endurance. Judging barriers is one thing, judging your pace and how to attack the race and when is where the art comes in. 

In 1968, when Amos Biwott, the first Kenyan to win the steeplechase at an Olympics, won in Mexico City, rumor had it that Amos had been told to jump OVER the water pit (due to the alligators that were there, or so he was told). In that race, WR holder Kerry O'Brien, an Australian steepler, took the silver and George Young, a three time Olympian and tough distance runner, took the bronze for the USA. 

In 2015, Jairus Birech is considered one of the greatest steeplers in the great tradition from Kenya, will be racing at the Pre Classic. Joining Jairus will be Evan Jager, the best US steepler in a generation, and a young man who enjoys the racing  and the challenges of his event. 

Watch these two, their battles over the 3000 meter steeplechase will be epic! 

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World Cross Country, March 2013, Poland, photo by PhotoRun.net


To some, the World Cross Country is the race of races for elite distance runners. I recall a conversation with 1975 winner Ian Stewart, who told me that the World Cross country was like nothing else a distance runner races in their career. " They go out fast, and it just gets faster." noted Mr. Stewart. 

The tradition of the race continues. It was so great to see how the US values the event and the fine teams we sent on all four levels. 

We will all of the competitors the very best and look forward to pictures and video from Guiyang, China on March 28! 

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Genzebe Dibaba, Sopot 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Julia Bleasdale winning the 2014 Carlsbad 5000, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 30th anniversary of the Carlsbad 5000 could be pretty amazing! With Genzebe Dibaba bent on setting a new WR for 5000 meters, with a strong women's field, the fans who cover the course will have much to cheer for! Here is a preview from Dan Cruz, one of our real heroes, a man who can handle two phones on the back of a pace truck. Nice to see Matthew Turnbull, CGI elite coordinator, quoted in the release as well. 


Renaud Lavillenie, the current World record holder in the pole vault, the current Olympic and European champion (indoor and out), will be competing at the Pre Classic, which will be celebrating its 41rst year. 

Lavillenie just cleared 6.03 meters at the 2015 European Indoor Classic in early March 2015. Renaud Lavillenie is the finest vaulter of his era, and his clearance of 6.16m in 2014 at Donetsk. 

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Renaud Lavillenie, Stockholm DL 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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 2013 World Cross  Country Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net


Kenya plans to rule

GUIYANG (CHN): Kenya are expected to re-affirm their supremacy at World CC Championships in Guiyang. The 2015 squad looks fired up to extend its dominance, banking on a mix of upstarts and the experienced athletes. On Monday, the 24-member team had a light training at Uhuru Gardens along Lang'ata Road, then returned to YMCA South C hostels before leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines in the evening to Guangzhou, where they made a stop-over and then connected to Guiyang. Kipsang Kamworor, the team captain and 2011 world cross country junior champion, said they were under no pressure to perform well. "What remains now is to go and make our nation proud in China. We will give our best since we have all trained well and together and remain focused on the task ahead," said Kamworor. Janet Kisa, the Commonwealth 5000m and African cross-country silver medallist, is the women's team captain. Writes East Standard. "Training has been wonderful. We have done the speed work and other aspects of training. And the discipline has been high, very high. There is also unity. This team is ready to take on the world. The team is ready to go out and conquer the world," team manager John Kimetto said. The squad trained in residential camp for about a month at the high altitude St Marks Teachers Training College in Kigari, Embu, that stands at 1350 m above sea level. In last edition in Bydgoszcz Kenya won 3 out of 4 individual races and 2 out of 4 team scores. 

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