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Swoboda beat Ta Lou, fast men´s 1500 m
TORUN (POL, Feb 6): Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist Orlando Ortega equalled the world lead in the 60m hurdles with 7.49 (7.55 in the heats) ahead of Cyprus' Milan Trajkovic in 7.54 and world indoor silver medallist Jarret Eaton from the United States in 7.60. In the last track event of the evening at Orlen Copernicus Cup the third stop of IAAF World Indoor Tour. In summary four meeting records (women shot and 800 m and men long jump with 1500 m), World lead in men´s 1500 m and non-Russian World leads in women 400 m and men´s long jump. Poland's Ewa Swoboda maintained her unbeaten run in the 60m, just holding off treble world silver medallist Marie Jose Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast, 7.15 to 7.16 (Ta Lou 7.15 in heats). Iga Baumgart-Witan won the women's 400m on home soil in a 51.91 world lead (although Antonina Krivoshapka has run faster in Russia with 51.86) ahead of European champion and Polish teammate Justyna Swiety-Ersetic who improved her 2019 best to 52.14 and Eurowinner in hurdles Lea Sprunger 52.48. Three-time world and European indoor champion Pavel Maslak also took a big chunk off his season's best to win the 400m in 46.19, but second fastest overall winner of first race US Nathan Strother with 46.32. There was more home success in the 1500m as Marcin Lewandowski improved his Polish record to 3:36.50 to finish second to Ethiopia's world indoor champion Samuel Tefera in 3:35.57 WL/PB, third Kalle Berglund got Swedish record 3:36.63. Great improvement for fourth placed Michal Rozmys from Poland getting 3:38.53 PB. Another Ethiopian win for Habitam Alemu who edged out Laura Muir in the women's 800m, 1:59.49 to 1:59.50. Home star Sofia Ennaoui in 2:00.40 was third over double European champion Selina Buchel 2:00.98. Erik Sowinski won the men's 800m in 1:47.49. With seven athletes surpassing the 18m-line, Christina Schwanitz won a high quality shot put with 18.97m from Belarus' Aliona Dubitskaya with 18.91 (another Swedish record of the evening for Fanny Roos 18.35 as fourth and Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria got the better of Karlsruhe winner Thobias Nilsson Montler in the long jump, 8.12m to 7.97m. World champion Sam Kendricks cleared 5.78m to win the pole vault before three tries at a meeting record and world lead of 5.92m ahead of Piotr Lisek's 5.68m and neutral athlete Ilya Ivanyuk cleared 2.25m to win the high jump. Women hurdles saw again European domination as Pamela Dutkiewicz in 7.95 beat Finland duo Reetta Hurske 7.98 PB and Nooralotta Neziri 8.03.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was a member of the gold medal winning team at the London World Championships in the 4x100 meters. While all eyes were on Jamaica and the US, GBR, with some strong passing and some amazing running upset the whole chart, and in front of 65,000 delighted British fans. It was a magic moment, especially as the GBR relay teams were getting some grief from the British press.

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In meeting with Nethaneel in Las Vegas, at an event sponsored by Global Athletics & Marketing, the management group of said WC gold medalist. RunBlogRun interviewed Nethaneel on his career, and decided to do a couple of videos. I suck at videos, and my apologies, but Nethaneel had some great tips for young sprinters, so listen and watch!

Here's some deep thoughts from Stuart Weir on the Monaco DL, and how it adds to the excitement of the buildup to the London 2017 World Championships, August 4-13.

@evanjager take the win with a new WL in the 3000m SC - Men #monaco #diamondleague #herculisEBS #results

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Okay, we have heard this before at other sites around the world. Some knuckel head football club wants to take the track out of the famous Berlin Olympic stadium. The German mayor and Senate have voted to support the soccer club's demands. German Road Races, an organization that promotes some of the finest road races in Germany has joined many others in demanding that the track facilities be kept in the stadium. Read on, and please, like your favorite blogger (me), give the Mayor a piece of your mind (after you read the release below)! Save the Berlin Olympic Stadium!

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PARIS (FRA): There is no injury worry for Omar McLeod. He tweeted after Paris race: "I am doing great guys. Just caught a cramp in both my calves." His next meet on Tuesday at Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar.

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This is Mothers Day. It is the first such day that I have had in my lift without my Mother, Marilu. Marilu died on 20 September 2016. She had been ill for 18 months, at home for the last four months of her life, and in hospice for the last two weeks. My father was there each and every day. I was there with Dad the last month, and had been there, with my sisters and brother, during the time of her illness. Spending time with Mom was always great. She was full of love and laughter, and my father, Stan, could get her to laugh on a moment's notice. Here is a piece I wrote about my Mom two days before she died. It is about how she valued supporting all five of her children. I am the love child, born ten days and nine months after their marriage.

My mother, Marilu, pictured next to my father, Stan, is a women of much complexity. She encouraged my three sisters, my brother and myself and my father into finding the things that gave them life. She did the same in her life. I remember her studying Calculus while we were doing homework at the dining room table, when I was in middle school. Having quit college as a freshman to get married, Marilu promised her mother, Violet, that she would graduate. In 1983, Marilu got her bachelors from Santa Clara and a few years later, she finished her Masters in Family & Child counseling. My grandmother, Violet, was at my mother's graduations.

Our conversations, over the years, were fascinating. She knew when I was not happy, and she encouraged me to ask my own questions on why I was not happy. She challenged me from the time I could think on my own, to think on my own.

Recently, as I would return from travels, she wanted me to tell her about my travels, the cities I went to, the cafes I wrote at, the meets I visited, my new friends. I would sit on the sofa and talk for awhile most evenings, over the past three years, as I shared a home with my parents, their home.

Here are a few stories about mom and my running, a life long passion that she encouraged...

Jenny Simpson ran 4:27.66 for 1600 meters to anchor the US all star team in the DMR at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

I caught up with Jenny right after her race. Simpson is quite popular in the track world and she took pictures galore with fans young and older.

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This was a short interview segment we took with Jenny as she spoke to our friends at and Race Results Weekly on the team work part of the DMR.

Jenny Simpson kept herself in control. She knew where she was the whole race, and with 200 meters to go, she ran a 32 second fast 200 meters for the final furlong. That put the team two seconds below the World Record.

Jenny Simpson has won gold in 2011 World Champs, silver in 2013 World Champs and bronze in the Rio Olympic 1500 meters.

She would like to medal in London 2017. The great story would be if she won gold in 2017, after her tough 2012 race in London with several of the qualifying runners testing positive.

This is the podcast version of my Conversations with Larry: Thoughts on the adidas BOOST Herzo. The event in Herzogenarauch, Germany, the headquarters of adidas Global debuted on May 13-14, 2016. Three World leaders, with 10,000 meters for men and women, plus 5000 meters for women, were excellent events that drew in most of the fans in the crowd. Capturing the interest of the kids and adults is a big challenge, and the meet did it. The brainchild of Mike McMannus and Spencer Nel, this meet should go on each year forever. A wonderful experience for this writer, and a reaffirmation of adidas place in athletics history for adidas staff.

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Global Athletics and Marketing today announced a partnership between adidas, the city of Boston and GA&M. The new event, the two-day adidas BOOST Boston Games will provide an exciting, fast format approach to track & field, incorporating the best of traditional athletics and the exciting interaction of a street games format, all in the city of Boston!


With athletes such as World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr, World record holder and multi World Championship and Olympic medalist Meseret Defar and Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis, one of our sports' most innovative management teams, GA&M, plus one of our sports'most iconic brands adidas are working with one of the premier sports city's in the country. Add to the mix a resurging Yohan Blake, Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters, and you will make the streets of Boston rock!

"Boston is a sports city." noted Global Athletics' Mark Wetmore. This approach to showcasing our sport is what the IAAF, the governing body of the sport, has been talking aobut for several years. How do you bring young fans to the sport? You bring the sport to them!

The entire announcement from Global Athletics & Marketing is provided below, and a link to the pdf is a click away: ABBG-PR1.pdf

In our final episode of the 2016 NYRR Millrose Press conference, Ian Brooks interviews Molly Huddle, AR holder at 5,000m outdoors. Molly ran a gutty 5000 meters in Millrose and is now preparing for the United Airlines NYRR Half Marathon.

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