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Tori Bowie is racing the 100 meters in Doha tonight. As the US champion in 2015, and World Champs bronze medalist, Tori Bowie has continued to develop as an elite sprinter.

In a relaxed interview yesterday, a few journalists, including me, had chance to speak with Tori on her training, racing and development as an athlete.

Bowie_ToriFL-USout15.jpgTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net

mcmanus.jpgMike McManus, Senior Global Director of Sports Marketing, Running, adidas

adidas will be hosting and introducing two new events in May and June. The adidas BOOST Athletics Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on the Adi Dassler Stadium track, on May 13-14. In June, adidas will host, with Global Athletics, a two day adidas BOOST Boston meeting on June 17-18. RunBlogRun caught up with Mike last week to discus the two new events on the athletics calendar, and why you should be interested.

The presser for LaShawn Merritt was with Femi Ogunode, the fine sprinter from Qatar. Two different athletes, Merritt is established, but looking for his legacy, Ogunode, coming up, with the hopes of making top three in 100 meters and 200 meters in Rio.

Merritt_LaShawn-USout13.jpgLaShawn Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

LaShawn Merritt has run 19.78 and 44.22 for the 200 meters and 400 meters this season. Will he double in RIO, more importantly, Eugene? Only time will tell.

Here is my piece on LaShawn, from the Doha DL Presser on 4 May 2016.

Sang%2c Patrick.jpgPatrick Sang, photo courtesy of Global Sports Consulting

Larry Eder notes on this story by Cathal Dennehy:

After his magnifiscent win in London, my queries to Eliud Kipchoge regarding his coach, his training regimen and his training group were met with a wide smile. "I am confident because of my coach, my training and my training group." noted Eliud. When I asked him the size of his training group, the smile continued, and he said, " Big."

It was quite clear, from this amazing athlete, that Patrick Sang plays a huge part in his success. Any coach suggest 1000 meter repeats, but Eliud Kipchoge loves 13 times 1000 meters! His ability to cover every move in the 26.2 miles of the London marathon is a special talent, which has been nurtured by Patrick Sang, perhaps the finest, or if not that, one of the finest coaches in the world.

Patrick Sang would never suggest that he is the finest coach in the world. We let Cathal Dennehy say it in the following feature.

Eliud Kipchoge is the finest marathoner in the world for his era.

In six of his seven marathons, Eliud Kipchoge has come out on top. In perhaps, his finest performance in his career, Eliud Kipchoge battled Stanley Biwott, NYC Marathon champion, Wilson Kipsang, former world record holder, Gemhre Ghebreselassie, World Champion, Dennis Kimetto, current world record holder, plus the current world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m, Kenenisa Bekele.

Eliud Kipchoge covered every move that his competitors attempted. His level of confidence comes from his coach, Patrick Sang, his training partners, and his training.

One more thing must be said! Eliud Kipchoge is an absolute pleasure to interview, as Eliud gets it: there are no secrets but hard, hard work. His pleasure at winning a tough race is obvious.

This interview was done on April 25, 2016, by Larry Eder at the final presser for the Virgin London Marathon. Eliud Kipchoge, obviously exhausted from the phone calls (1200 messages on his iphone) and messages, gave us a wonderful view into his racing and his love of the sport.

Jemima Sumgong has been one of the finest marathoners in the world for the past half decade. In that time, she has paled second in New York, Boston and Chicago.

On April 24, 2016, Jemima Sumgong won the Virgin Money London Marathon, after a difficult fall, where Jemima virtually jumped from the ground and ran to the front.

This interview was done on Monday, April 25, 2016, right after the final presser of the London marathon. Jemima Sumgong told me that it took her some time to realize that she had actually won! Soft spoken, Jemima Sumgong, like many of the most successful global runners, speaks English well and gives you, the reader, an inside view into her racing.

Thanks for Frederico Rosa, Jemima's manager, for his support in this interview.

Guy Morse was the first Executive Director of the B.A.A. Boston marathon in the professional era. This interview was done by Larry Eder, on Thursday, April 14, after the John Hancock presser introducing the champions and elite fields of the Boston Marathon.

In this fascinating interview, Guy speaks about John Hancock's first involvement, adidas coming in as a sponsor and Gatorade's involvment. All three of those sponsors came in on Guy Morse's watch. Fascinating to hear how many worried that, after the 1984 race, whether the 1985 race would even happen!

Special thanks to Guy Morse for his time and thoughts.

Terrance Mahon has been athlete and is now a coach, and a fine one at that. Having learnt from two of the finest coaches in the world, Joe Vigil and Bob Larsen, Terrance Mahon coached in Mammoth, CA, then, for British Athletics, and for the past few years, the Boston Athletic Association. This is the first of a series of videos on this fine coach, brought to our readers by the support of adidas Running. Many of Terrance Mahon's athletes will be competing May 13-14 at the adidas BOOST meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on the campus of adidas Global Headquarters.

Meselech Melkamu is one of the most bemedaled athletes in the history of our sport. Melkamu is one of a handful of women (six, I believe) who have broken 30 minutes for 10,000 meters. Her 29:53.80, in 2009 set the African record.

This interview was done by our dear friend and compatriot, Andy Edwards of Race Results News Service, prior to the HASPA Hamburg Marathon on April 17, 2016.

On April 17, Meselech Melkamu, whose PB, in her debut, mind you, is 2:21:01, destroyed the Hamburg CR of 2:24:14 (Netsanet Abeyo, 2012), with her fast from the start, 2:21:58.

Meselech went out in 1:11:04, coming back in 1:10:50! This, despite, tough winds, Meselech built on her lead over Sarah Chepchirchir, to the finish. Meselech told the IAAF afterwards that the Hamburg race was the "best of her career". She now waits, with much hope for the Ethiopian selectors to reward her fine run with membership to the elite of the elite: the Ethiopian women who will run and represent their county in Rio!

Jos Hermans influenced my early running with his fearless world record for the hour run. I remember seeing him in a RW book on the 1976 Olympics, with long hair and his glasses. That he had run two 10,000 meter runs, both under 29 minutes, blew my mind. His level of fitness then was amazing.

Over the last three decades, Jos Hermans built a business in sports marketing and athlete management that was celebrated earlier in the month. Many of the greatest runners in the world competed for Jos's company.

In this interview with Andy Edwards, Jose Hermans speaks about how the Ethiopians will pick their teams for the 2016 Olympics.

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