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Genzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe Dibaba wanted the 5,000 meter indoor WR, and on February 19, 2015, she did just that. Using a fast last 1000 meters of 2:47.14, Dibaba took almost six seconds off the indoor World record running,  14:18.81. Meseret Defar had set the former WR of 14:24.3 set, on the same track, six years ago.

With the 5,000 meter WR, Genzebe Dibaba had indoor World records for 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, two miles and now, 5,000 meters. 

In honor of her brilliant new World record over 5,000 meters, RunBlogRun gives Genzebe Dibaba the February 2015 RunBlogRun Global Female Athlete of the Month! 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their fine video on Genzebe Dibaba. 






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Mutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

On February 18, 2015, Mutaz had one of those wonderful performances. On his first attempt Barshim cleared 2.37 meters and set a new Irish All-Comers records. His next height, 2.41 meters, Mutaz also cleared on his first attempt, with room to spare, and Mutaz Essa Barshim had set a new Asian and Qatari record and became the highest jumper of 2014. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim is our RBR Global Male Athlete of the Month for February 2014. 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts on their video celebrating Barshim's fantastic February! 



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SECOND WAVE OF TOP NAMES FOR DRAKE RELAYS

DES MOINES (USA): The 106th Drake Relays end of April announced second wave of top names for this year. In women hurdles Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete in the traditional shuttle relay. Great also men 400 m hurdles with Javier Culson against Michael Tinsey, Johnny Dutch and Briton Dai Greene. Women 400 m is offering Sanya Richards-Ross, Francena McCorory, Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills and Natasha Hastings. In the women 400 m hurdles former World champ Lashinda Demus is going to clash with Georganne Moline for example. French star Teddy Tamgho is facing in triple jump US top two stars Christian Taylor and Will Claye. In women high jump Chaunte Lowe with Spanish Ruth Beitia will be two veterans clashing.


(Editor's note: Hy-vee is sponsoring the Drake Relays once again, and we applaud their support! I really like the competition and focus on rivalries. It is what I like on the Pre Classic as well. Rivalries make our sport exciting!)

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Usain Bolt, Rome 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


Usain Bolt is running in the Big Apple on June 13! The last time Usain ran in NYC was in 2008, and after a thunderstorm, broke the 100 meter World Record. 

The adidas Grand Prix NYC is one of only two Diamond League meetings in North America (the other, is the Nike Pre Classic). 

This meet should be a lot of fun. Last year, the high jump duel between Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Barshim was one of the most exciting battles in our sport. 

Great to see Usain Bolt racing in North America. 


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Jairus Birech, London DL 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net


The steeplechase is one of my favorite events. A cross country race on the track, with 28 barriers and water jumps, this race requires focus, precision and endurance. Judging barriers is one thing, judging your pace and how to attack the race and when is where the art comes in. 

In 1968, when Amos Biwott, the first Kenyan to win the steeplechase at an Olympics, won in Mexico City, rumor had it that Amos had been told to jump OVER the water pit (due to the alligators that were there, or so he was told). In that race, WR holder Kerry O'Brien, an Australian steepler, took the silver and George Young, a three time Olympian and tough distance runner, took the bronze for the USA. 

In 2015, Jairus Birech is considered one of the greatest steeplers in the great tradition from Kenya, will be racing at the Pre Classic. Joining Jairus will be Evan Jager, the best US steepler in a generation, and a young man who enjoys the racing  and the challenges of his event. 

Watch these two, their battles over the 3000 meter steeplechase will be epic! 

Renaud Lavillenie, the current World record holder in the pole vault, the current Olympic and European champion (indoor and out), will be competing at the Pre Classic, which will be celebrating its 41rst year. 

Lavillenie just cleared 6.03 meters at the 2015 European Indoor Classic in early March 2015. Renaud Lavillenie is the finest vaulter of his era, and his clearance of 6.16m in 2014 at Donetsk. 

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Renaud Lavillenie, Stockholm DL 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Ed Eyestone, Todd Williams, Pat Porter, XC 1993, photo by PhotoRun.net

This photo is one of my favorite covers for American Athletics, the predecessor of American Track & Field. Funny thing is, two of my favorites are with Todd Williams. The other is from his first win at USA XC in November 1991, where he won the US championships, and defeated Pat Porter for the first time. 

To me, Todd Williams will always be, the raging bull of track & field. He ran like a boxer battles in the ring. In his day, one had to run a round in the 10,000 meters to make the final. Then, two days later, one ran the final. 

His second career, with RunSafer is fascinating, as Todd Williams is having fun and doing something wonderful for the sport he loves. 

Jeff Benjamin, one of the few writers who wrote for us when we were American Athletics, wrote this interview with Todd Williams. We think that you will like it! 

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Tianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net


Dave Hunter wrote this feature on Tianna Bartoletta and her return to the long jump, and her success in 2014, and her dreams for the future. Tianna Bartoletta is a prime example of elite athletes need for discernment in evaluating their careers. Tianna reached out to Loren Seagrave, who has not only helped her with her start, but the renewed speed has added to remarkable jumping in 2014, with her 7.02 meters.

Watch for some big ones in 2015! 
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James Dunaway, 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net


The following is a compilation of thoughts, stories and links to tributes to Jim Dunaway. Thanks to Walt Murphy of Walt Murphy News Service, the IAAF, USATF, Track & Field News, TAFWA and the various writers who contributed their thoughts on James Dunaway and his life. 
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Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net


Bolt in Brazil for 100 m, by EME News

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Usain Bolt will run his first international meet of the season in Rio De Janeiro on April 19, report ESPN Brazil. This will be the third year in a row that Bolt has competed in the Mano a Mano athletic challenge, which this year will move from Copacobana beach to the Brazilian Jockey Club. The multiple world and Olympic gold medallist will in the 100 m race against two other international sprinters and one local athlete. Bolt ran 10.06 (-0.9) at the meet in 2014.

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