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Ali-Rollins-CastlinFL1-OlyGame16.jpgUSA hurdle sweep, Ali, Rollins, Castlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nice to see the USOC showing common sense and some forward thinking. Doping in sports is a business decision. The punishments must outweigh the results from doping.

The USOC is making steps in the right direction.

Allyson Felix hints of 2020

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Felix_AllysonR-OlyGames16.jpgAllyson Felix, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

LOS ANGELES (USA): Allyson Felix has hinted she is planning to compete through until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, informs Sport24. "Yes, I think I want to do it. I am still excited about the sport," said Felix on Tokyo 2020 which would be her fifth Olympics.

RunBlogRun Opines: Allyson Felix has been a professional athlete since she was 18, way back in 2003. She was the first of a generation of athletes who tried that go pro real young thing, and she, arguably, was the most successful. Allyson Felix can race in her sleep, and most of the time, win.

Okay, I have to say it. Best women's race in Rio was the women's 400 meters. And Allyson Felix took the silver, after battling Shaunae Miller. That silver was probably the hardest earned medal in Felix's career. It was also one of the most exciting races as both Miller and Felix were totally wiped out, having given their all. Also, thought NBC was totally off on their comments on Ms. Miller's leap at the finish. It was not unique or bordering un sports person like. Just go back to Klaus Peter Hilldebrand in 1976 Montreal Olympics, or Jenna Prandini in the 200 meters at the U.S. Trials in 2016.

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Atlanta Track Club elite member, Maegen Krifchin, photo from Atlanta Track Club
EliteTeamAdditions.jpgLeft to right: Jim Rosa, Patrick Peterson, Carmen Graves, Rob Mullet, Megan Malasarte and Joe Rosa, photo courtesy of Atlanta Track Club

Let's make this quite clear. RunBlogRun salutes the Atlanta Track Club for continuing to build their elite club, giving young Americans opportunities to build their athletic careers and achieve their dreams. Kudos to Rich Kenah and his board for their support of the club, and Mizuno for supporting the road to Tokyo 2020.

Ekaterina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris, the gold and silver medalist from Rio Olympics, are competing in the women's pole vault at the Millrose Games on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Ekaterina won the NB Indoor GP and Sandi Morris has won two meetings in France. It should be a fine competition.

Stefandini_Ekaterini-OlyGame16.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Morris_Sandi-OlyGame16.jpgSandi Morris, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's a quick interview, done at the Millrose Press Conference, held on Friday, February 10, 2017. Special thanks to Nick Nicholas for these quotes.

To learn more about the 2017 Millrose Games, please go to http://www.nyrrmillrosegames.org/meet-schedule/. Remember, USATF.TV will show LIVE from 12 Eastern to 4 PM Eastern. NBC will go from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Farah_MoNo1-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah speaks
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has described Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries including his nation of birth of Somalia as "incredibly divisive and discriminatory," informs Sky Sports News. Farah is currently training at high altitude in Ethiopia and he was left unclear as to whether he would be allowed to return home to Oregon after Trump signed the Executive Order. However, the British Foreign Office later clarified the situation and said British nationals are exempt from Trump's order. "Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes, however, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy," read a statement. Farah will travel back to the United States after racing in the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 18 February.

RunBlogRun opines: The executive order by President Trump has been recieved in the United States, and around the world with much fear, disappointment and disgust. My thoughts are as follows: this is not what America stands for. We must, of course protect our country from possible terrorism. But this type of action reminds anyone who remembers history with something done in a fascist country.

Horace Ashenfelter is one of my favorite American athletes of all times. In 1952, this man won the Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase, in an upset that is hard to understand in today's world. Ashenfelter's final water barrier made the difference, a skill he learnt from one of Emil Zatopek's training partners the day before the final. Things did not fare well for Zatopek's training partner, who was never allowed out of country again to race, but that, is another story.

IMG_0946.JPGHorace Ashenfelter relaxing at his New Jersey home with Max.
(Photo by Tom Ashenfelter 1/21/17)

Enjoy this wonderful piece on Horace Ashenfelter, and see how our thespian uses the world, 'gloaming'.

Hastings_NatashaFV-NBind16.jpgNatasha Hastings, NBIndoorGP2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter told me that he was very proud of his piece on Natasha Hastings. I agree, it is one of his finest. Natasha Hastings is one of our most talented, hardworking and focused athletes. She is an amazing example of how fantastic the athletes in our sport can be. Natasha is also terribly bright, as the winner of her Conference Scholar Athlete while under the thoughtful coaching of Coach Curtis Frye.

I look at Natasha Hastings and see, not only a relay gold medalist 8 times over, but individual medals in her future. We will watch her closely in 2017 and beyond.

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.

Blake_YohanQ-Rio16.jpgYohan Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake says he feels the coming year will bring for him, a return to special performances on the track for him. Blake, who made a decent return to top level sprinting after a tough few years with injuries, produced a brilliant throw to run out Cambridge PYC opener Shevon Orrette but failed with the bat, making just one off two deliveries in his YB Afraid Foundation's 'Bring Back The Love' Twenty20 cricket match at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay on Christmas Eve. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.

Look, I love traveling every four years to a different venue for the Summer Olympics. Rio was my first real visit to South America and the country of Brazil is, as someone much brighter than I noted, "one hot mess." I am drawn to hot messes, I believe, and that is part of the reason I love athletics so much. So much eccentricity over running, jumping and throwing.

EthiopiaR-Athen04.jpgEthiopia rules the 10,000m, Athens 2004, photo by PhotoRun.net

But, stay with me for a moment, now that I have drawn you in. Aren't we missing something about having a permanent site for the Summer Olympics? Of course, this is after LA hosts in 2024, as I do not need a whole group of LA trolls hunting me down as promote my agenda.

So, what is my plan? Well, not so much of a plan, but as a feeling...

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