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Wesley Korir, 2012 BAA Boston Marathon,
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.
Galen Rupp, Peter Tanui, Mo Farah, 10 August 2013, 10,000 meters,
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.
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....
Merritt versus James, Pre 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, London 10,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dear and Gentle readers,
On this, the eve of the greatest eight days of track und field every two years, I am wakeful in anticipation of how the races will go, who will win, who will surprise and if the line for my espresso and tomato juice will be too long.
Don't fret dear readers! The IAAF, the governing body of the sport, has provided you, with a plethora of information to make your experience in Luzhniki stadium, or, if you are one of the lucky 150 million in the US who neither have Universal Sports access or who have been totally jerked around by the Peacock network, who would give more coverage to professional snipe hunting that they would to the world's oldest (and to some, world's only) true sport.
But, hey, I digressed. Enjoy the links below and remember to get up early (nine to eleven hours difference in USA), turn on the computer and watch as I pontificate on Live RunBlogRun, or read the thoughtful words of the six columnists we lined up. The links below will make you a track expert, the conversationalist at your next cocktail party, or, perhaps you could run for political office in the U.S. say the Whig party?
Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net
Usain Bolt is in Moscow. Usain Bolt is one of the most popular athletes in all of sports, not just track and field. His competition in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4 x 100 meter relay will be three of the most anticipated events of the year.
The Monaco Herculis meeting is the last big meet before the Moscow World Championships. Seven World Leads, 4 Meet records, Four Diamond League records and an European record over 1,500 meters!
We needed a great meet this week, after the terrible way the week started.
Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Asbel Kiprop showed how fast that he truly is, running away from the field, with the best time in four years and the number 4 time of all time. Mo Farah blew many people away with his 3:28.81, which broke the 28 year old British record of one Steve Cram, and also set the European record. In one media report, Mo Farah noted that he does not run that fast often and he was running all out. His finish was classic Farah: holding a huge kick until the finish as he passed Ndiku for the second place finish!
Jenny Simpson showed that her 2013 march to Moscow continues, with a brilliant win over Hellen Obiri, running a fine 4:00.48! This is her fastest time since 2009, and shows that Jenny Simpson, the World Champion in 2011, is ready for Moscow! Kudos to Brenda Martinez, who ran 4:00.94, a huge personal best! Shannon Rowbury ran a fine 4:01.28. American women are sure back!
Edwin Soi lead four men under 13 minutes with Lawi Lalang at 13:00.95. Galen Rupp ran a seasonal best of 13:05.
A tremendous meet, watch for more analysis!
Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, 4 July 2013, Lausanne,
Sunday mornings are supposed to be fairly relaxed for me. Make coffee, read Sunday Financial Times, catch up on stories and emails.
I was looking at my iphone when I saw a forwarded note from Jill Geer. It noted a statement on Tyson Gay by Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field. The statement gave me just enough information to know that something bad had happened.
I googled Tyson Gay and had seven stories on my feed from NY Times, ESPN, ABC, Guardian UK. The Guardian story was the first.
All said the same. Tyson Gay admitted he had been notified that he had a positive test on an out of competition test from May 16.
Then Tyson Gay did something unusual. He did not make an excuses. He did not blame anyone. He said that he would take responsibility for his actions and take his punishment like a man.
One hour later, we knew that Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were among the six Jamaican athletes who had positive tests announced today.
I understand that USADA is doing what it is supposed to do. I expect drug positives to make tons of excuses. So far, Tyson Gay has been one of the few, if not the only one who has noted that he would take his punishment like a man.
I am sick to my stomach.