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NEW YORK (USA): Bizjournals.com informs that Procter & Gamble Co. signed one of the world's fastest women Allyson Felix to help pitch Bounty, the paper towel brand touted as "the quicker picker upper." The Olympic gold medal sprinter suffered a minor injury in advance of a major promotion planned. She could not participate because of this and those who attended were to get a chance to compete virtually against Felix via green screen.
COLUMBUS (USA, Apr 30): US Half Marathon champions are Tara Welling 1:10:25and Christo Landry 1:02:52. They were clear winners ahead of Desiree Linden 1:11:06and Brianne Nelson 1:11:24. On the men side second Scott Fauble 1:03:06 and third Scott Bauhs 1:03:15 ahead of Shadrack Biwott 1:03:19.
Larry Eder responds on LME press release below:
Somehow, in the myriad of compelling road racing dramas that shaped up in London on Sunday, April 24, the British Trials were shown and given the respect due. Callum Hawkins and his brother, Derek, plus Tsegai Twelde ran the races of their proverbial young lives. Chris Thompson, with six weeks of training, used muscle memory to run a 2:15, showing respect to both his sport and himself.
On the women's side, Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels ran excellent races, proving once again, that they should be the focus of the British selectors, and they were.
I wanted to commend London Marathon Events on their training grant donations to the five British athletes for their last few months expenses for training for Rio 2016.
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.