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Renaud Lavillenie, the WR in the pole vault, has just won the European Championships. He did it on two jumps. With the conditions, as he explained them, and the long season, where he has won 15 straight competitions, Lavillenie is truly the king of the pole vault.

Renaud Lavillenie provides some great ideas for vaulters and some honest assessments if you desire to be a top vaulter. 


Jenny Simpson did this interview with me after the big interview with Abeba Aregawi, Sifan Hassan and Mehta Bafta. 

Simpson is back from a month of training as she ran a fine 3:57.22 in the 1,500 meters on 5 July 2014 in Paris, France.

The grand experiment is: how does one come back from such fitness and then race with people who are finely tuned to kick after major championship meetings?

Should be interesting. But, if anyone is up for it, watch Jenny Simpson! 

The women's 1,500 meters is at 9:50 PM tomorrow night, local Stockholm time. 

The women's long jump will be contested at 6:15 PM local time on Thursday. 

The field is amazing. Brittney Reese, two time Olympic, three time World Champion, Tianna Bartoletta (formerly Madison), and Erica Jarder.

Brittney Reese spoke about the changes she has brought about her jumping in 2014. Tianna Bartoletto, now under the eyes of Loren Seagrave, gave her most articulate and fascinating interview on her team, her training and her love of the long jump. For Erica Jarder, who had a less than happy experience in Zurich, this must have been a major clinic in the Long Jump. 


The Long Jump is a technical event. In this interview, Jeff Henderson, who has jumped 8.52m this season, speaks on what it took to change his jumping and how many people were involved. Michel Tourneus, Swedish long jump star speaks about his challenges and his dreams for the future. 

The Men's long jump will be held tomorrow night at 8:12 PM Local time in Stockholm. 





Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg were a fun interview at the DN Galan. Coburn set the AR in Glasgow and Fougberg set the Swedish record in the same race. Last weekend, Charlotta Fougberg, representing Sweden, charged to the front and nearly won the European Championships steeplechase, taking the silver.

Two fine athletes, on the cusps of greatness in their countries. Emma has had her best season ever, and now owns the AR. Charlotta Fougberg sees the positives in her Swedish record and silver medal, knowing she will run better. 

The steeplechase is being held tomorrow night at 9:05 PM local time. 


A fascinating interview in this press conference. Torie Bowie, a converted long jumper who is taking the track world via storm in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Allyson Felix, a professional for nearly a decade, and she is in her twenties! And Irene Ekelund, a promising junior in Sweden who is focused on making it big time. 

Some interesting questions and some fascinating comments. 22 athletes were interviewed in Stockholm today! 


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David Oliver wins gold at the 110 meter hurdles, photo by PhotoRun.net


Just look at this picture. This was David Oliver in August 2013, when he won the gold medal in Moscow. After a hard 2011 and 2012, David Oliver had the moment when, after winning the big one, it all seems worth it.

David Hunter, as is his talent, writes about David Oliver today, but gives you a view into his battles in 2011, 2012 and his support of the coach Brooks Johnson, a taskmaster if there ever was one. 

For David Oliver, who has now competed eleven years as a professional athlete, it works. Much better than working in a shoe store, and training before and after, hoping for the breakthrough.

Oliver has seen all of that, and experienced all of that. David Oliver has ended 2014, as he has many hurdle races to do in 2015, and 2016, and in those years, there are two cities he will hope to spend time in: Beijing and Rio de Janeiro.



Leo Manzano is the fastest American at 1,500 meters in 2014. He is also the 2012 Olympic silver medalist. Leo ran 3:30.98 at the Meeting Herculis on July 19, before the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Now that the season is off and running again, HOKA ONE ONE asked us to provide some of Leo's thoughts on racing the 1,500 meters, changes in his coaching and focus in 2014, and in upcoming videos, a look inside his key training sessions to develop a stronger finish. 
The women's 1,500 meters in AREVA Paris meeting was something special. Americans like Jenny Simpson, looking for fast races, Sifan Hassan and Abeba Aregawi seeking fitness tests for the Europeans. 

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Jenny Simpson, June 2014, USA Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

The results of that race have been read and re-read across the world. Sifan Hassan and Jenny Springer staged a battle over the last 400 meters that will be remembered for years to come. In the end, Sifan Hassan ran 3:57.00 and Jenny Simpson ran 3:57.22.

And with that race, Jenny Simpson showed that she is the best American woman miler in thirty-one years! 
This week, Cait Chock sent me a note about Jordan McNamara. She wanted to write a piece on the young miler, who has recently picked up some impressive victories. As with most ideas from Cait Chock, I said yes. 

Here is her interview with Jordan McNamara, who is racing the NB Falmouth road race mile on Saturday, August 16, 2014. 

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McNamara makes his move at HI-Performance, Eugene, Oregon, July 26, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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