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Asbel Kiprop winning Emsley Carr mile for second time, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Trials for the World Champs for Kenya's star studded athletics team will be held this coming weekend. We have Justin Lagat covering the event for RunBlogRun. Here is his first piece on the event, which starts on Friday. Justin has just arrived, having taken the bus from his home to the Safaricom Stadium. 

Watch for twitter updates and stories all weekend! 


There is a big smile on the face of David Hunter. His beloved University of Akron had two Pan Am Gold medalists: Shawn Barber in the Pole Vault and Clayton Murphy in the 800 meters. This article is on Clayton Murphy, the man who led in only two steps of the 800 meter final in Toronto, but, dear readers, they were the last two steps. 

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Clayton Murphy's victory in the 800 meters, photo courtesy of Getty Images for USOC/PanAm Games
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Zharnel Hughes, by PhotoRun.net

Zharnel Hughes is one of those wonderfully talented young athletes, who graces our sport every few years. His amazingly poised run in London, in very cool conditions was even more impressive when one notes his age and lack.
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The London Olympic stadium, three years later, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are my thoughts on the demise of the Boston 2024 bid....
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The return to the Olympic Stadium was why I was at the London DL. I wanted to see how the newly repurposed stadium could house football and athletics. In recent years, football stadiums in Europe have gone up without any access for athletics. Seb Coe put his foot down on this one, and part of the London 2012 legacy is this stadium. 

Well, Seb Coe was right. 

The stadium is perfect. On Friday night,under absolutely cold and windy conditions (early on, rain), the crowd of 30-35,000 were treated to wins by Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. 

On Saturday, the magic happened. 

Dina Asher-Smith won her 100 meter semi in 10.99, making the young Briton the first GBR woman under eleven seconds! 

Two minutes later, in the long jump, 
Shara Proctor leaped 6.98 meters on her last jump, breaking her
British record! 

And the British men won the 4x100 meter relay! 

Some fine races, and some great, great competitions. 

After having seen pace making at its best in Monaco, in London it was about great racing, like Nijel Amos and David Rudisha. Like Laura Weightmann and Gabby Grunewald. Like Asbel Kiprop and Matthew Centrowitz leading fifteen men under 4 minutes in the iconic Emsley Carr Mile! 

After the stadium quieted down on Saturday, July 25, in a silent stadium, I recorded my thoughts on this lovely weekend of Track & Field.

I hope that you like it. 



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Kyle Merber, HOKA ONE ONE athlete, photo by Kevin Morris

HOKA ONE ONE has developed a fine running business over the past several years by doing it old school: support for American athletes, support for events, support for coaches clinics all the while building fine performance running shoes. 

An example of their fine programming is the HOKA ONE ONE Endurance Crossroads Clinic, to be held at Sacramento City College on August 15, 2015. If you can get there, be there! 

All the info is below as well as on the pdf we have linked right here! 2015 Endurance Crossroads Clinic flyer CROSS-6.pdf

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Shawn Barber, 5.93m Canadian record, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Renaud Lavillenie, 6.03m MR, photo by PhotoRun.net


The second day of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games was a fantastic day of track and field, and a great showcase of the London Olympic stadium and the living legacy of London 2012. In two minutes, Dina Asher-Smith ran 10.99 and Shara Proctor leaped 6.98m, both British records. Shara Proctor broke her NR on her last jump of the day! 

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Dina Asher-Smith, 100m NR, 10.99, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Shara Proctor, 6.98m NR, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shawn Barber, in same week he won the Pan Am Games pole vault, came over to London and set a new Canadian record, his seventh, with his fine 5.93m! 

And Dafne Schippers, who set Netherlands record in final of 100 meters in 10.92, ran a screamingly fast leg in the NED 4x100 meters on Friday night. She is ready for Beijing! 


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Nick Symmonds wins 800 meters, USATF outdoors 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nick Symmonds surprised many last June at the USATF Outdoors. Winning his sixth national championships when most the proverbial chips were stacked against him. But, don't tell the Willamette graduate that: he does not subscribe to conventional wisdom. 

A silver medalist in the World Championships, Nick Symmonds knows not only how to win races, but, how to great through rounds and win medals. Those lessons were hard
fought and hard learned.

For his superb victory in Eugene, we salute Nick Symmonds as our RunBlogRun Male American Athlete of the month for June 2015!

As the video says, " Never underestimate a Beast!" 




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Tore Bowie wins 100 meters, USATF Outdoors 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tori Bowie won the 100 meters at the USATF Outdoor Champs this year. In one of the toughest fields in memory, Bowie battled the likes of English Gardner and Jasmin Todd, Jennifer Prandini to take the big title! 

Lance Baumann, coach of Tori Bowie, has told us for some time, to watch for this young women. This was not bragging, just noted as a statement of fact. When asked before the 100m race the condition of one of his sprinters, he just smiled. A man of few words, one watches his athletes perform to understand the answer to the smiling coach. 

For her fine 100 meters in June and our hopes for Tori Bowie in August, RunBlogRun gives Torie Bowie our June 2015 American Athlete of the Month award! 

And now, on to Beijing! 

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Candice Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cathal Dennehy wrote for the IAAF at the World Youth Champs in Cali, Columbia last week. Here are his observations on what we should have learned at the historic event! 


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