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Valerie Adams, Sopot 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


MONACO (MON): World and Olympic shot champion Valerie Adams says that her training is going "very well" and that she has just finished a three week intensive phase with a lot of base work in which her knees and ankles both held up well, inform the IAAF. The 29 year old is currently training in Switzerland ahead of her season opener in Doha. She acknowledges that one thing that will challenge her in Doha is the heat as she says that it is only five degrees in Switzerland at the moment. Later in the year she aims to compete in her 4th Commonwealth Games where she will be looking for her third title.


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 Valerie Adams, DN Galan/Stockholm 2012


(Editor's note: Valerie Adams is the most dominating shot putter of her generation. As she opens the 2014 outdoor season, in Doha, Qatar on May 9, Valerie has an unbeaten streak of 46 competitions. Adam's technique is admirable, but her speed in the ring and her competitiveness make her nearly unbeatable.

Possessed of a strong sense of humor, Valerie Adams represents her sport and her country well. The next time you get a chance, watch Ms. Adams throw, watch her compete. As Adams goes into the ring, nothing else seems to be happening. Adams is focused. The controlled speed, technique and focus all come together as she throws the shot over twenty meters.

If you want to see her, go to www.adidasgrandprix.com and purchase tickets for the 2014 adidas Grand Prix NYC, which will be held on Randalls Island at Icahn Stadium on June 14, 2014. )


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Valerie Adams, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Sally Pearson, 2014 World Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sally Pearson opened her outdoor season well, doubling in the 100 meters and 100 meter hurdles, with two wins. LaShawn Merritt won the 400 meters, David Oliver won the 110m hurdles and Duane Solomon won the 800 meters. A nice day of athletics in Melbourne! 

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Our friends at SPIKES Magazine wrote a piece featuring the best quotes and pictures from Sopot 2014. It is a fun read, with great photos and wonderful quotes. SPIKES captures much of the excitement from the Sopot, Poland World Champs! 

Here is the link: http://spikes.iaaf.org/post/sopot-2014-best-quotes-and-photographs
Renaud Lavillenie is, now the number two vaulter of all times, under any conditions. His 6.08 meters is second only to Sergey Bubka's 6.15 meter World Indoor Record. 

Lavillenie, the London Olympic champion and European Champion indoors and out, will next compete in Donetsk, for the Night of the Pole Vault Stars, on February 15, 2014. How high will he jump? 

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Renaud Lavillenie, Reno Pole Vault Summit, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Renaud Lavillenie, Goteborg 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net 

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Renaud Lavillenie, 2013 Pole Vault Summit, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Renaud Lavillenie had one of those glorious days, that, if one is lucky, one might have had one in a career. Lavillenie had one such day last year at the European Indoors, then, finished, shooting for the stars, with a tough call by the officials. 

Today, however was different. In Rouen, France, Lavillenie got in his safety jump, a first clearance at 5.67 meters. Then, two times at 5.83 meters, and a first attempt at 5.93 meters. Both 5.83m and 5.93m were WL for 2014! 

Then, Renaud Lavillenie soared, going for the stars, and reached them today, clearing 6.04 meters on his first attempt. Our reports say the crowd went crazy, as they watched Lavillenie, and were treated to not only a French indoor record, but also a British indoor record as well! 

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Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie, Euro Indoors 2011, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

But today was for le roi de le perche, Renaud Lavillenie, who is now, only behind Sergey Bubka and Steven Hooker on the all time indoor performance list! 

Congrats, Monsieur Lavillenie, France and the athletic world tip a beverage to you on your fantastic performance! 
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Duane Solomon, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Wesley Korir, 2012 BAA Boston Marathon, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The most iconic marathon of them all, the Boston Marathon will open its registration for 2014 on September 9, 2013. Check the website, www.baa.org, for complete details. Bank of America Chicago Marathon has instituted some smart security measures, mostly common sense, and we suggest you go to www.chicagomarathon.com to read those. 

I have not really written much about the Boston bombing, more than anything, because, I did not want to give the murderers any more publicity. As someone who has run every major marathon in the US but Chicago, and has visited up to twenty marathons a year, I believe that marathons are safe. But, one must use common sense. In this day and age, no place is perfectly safe.

I also believe, that if one does not go to major events such as marathons because of fear, then the jerks win. 


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Galen Rupp, Peter Tanui, Mo Farah, 10 August 2013, 10,000 meters, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

We visited Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, along with Matt Centrowitz and Cam Levin, in April. On April 13, 2013, thanks to the graciousness of Alberto Salazar, we spent a day observing and asking questions. 

On August 10, 2013, Mo Farah defeated his nemesis, Ibrahim Jeilan over the last 200 meters to win the 10,000m title that had eluded him in 2011. Galen Rupp finished fourth after fighting a tough battle for third, improving from his sixth in Daegu. His fourth place improved the highest finish by an American in the 10,000 ever (his sixth was the best before). 

Mo Farah and Galen Rupp are training partners. Here is the second A Day in the Life, Mo Farah & Galen Rupp, part deux, courtesy of the IAAF. This video was prepared by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.com
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Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

The morning session of Day three is finished and the U.S. continues to put key athletes in the next round. A cloudy day in Moscow, with high humidity. The evening session starts at 6.45 pm local time and we will be sitting with our friends at USATF and the IAAF right behind the finish line! 
So, I was having my coffee on Friday morning, and Kevin Mangan, about six thousand miles away, sends me his predictions on the World Champs and suggests that perhaps (he was trying to be nice), we should post our predictions.

The challenge, as they say, was on! So, below, please find Kevin Mangan, intern at American Track & Field and RunBlogRun.com and Larry Eder, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun.com.

Big differences with this process: Kevin takes this seriously, well as I, as many know, only use reality when it benefits me. Nothing makes me smlle more than an email such as the following:
"Hey Larry, if you could get the crack pipe out of your mouth, maybe your medal picks would be more, ahem, realistic..." 

So, enjoy dear readers.... time for me to go to bed....

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Merritt versus James, Pre 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

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