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This is the opening of The Match Presser. The opening remarks by Sven Arne Hansen, President, European Athletics, Duffy Mahoney, Chief of Sports Performance, USA Track & Field, and Vadim Devyatovsky, Chairman of Belorussian Federation. We broke the comments into 3 sections, and hope you enjoy.

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The Bowerman Track Club is hosting a 5,000m race as men hunt for fast times. Check out the release below!

One of the exciting finds over the past few years in global athletics has been Marie-Jose Ta Lou. Truth is, Marie Jose has been on the scene since 2012, when she took 4th in the African Championships 100m (11.53), 3rd in the 200m (23.44) and 3rd on Ivorian 4x100m team (44.53), in Porto Novo, Benin. In 2019, Marie Jose Ta-Lou has emerged as a key player in the 100m and 200m, on the global stage.

Thanks to Rosa & Associati on their assistance.

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1170137090.jpgThe women's 200m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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The Men's and women's 200 meters are prime examples of the challenges for selectors in the British Trials. Stuart Weir wrote this column on the 200m on Day 2.

Ricardo Santos, the B.A.A. High perforrmance coach since February 2018, has taken the distance coach position at Stanford University. Morgan Uceny, one of our top former U.S. middle distance runners, who has been the core training coach for B.A.A. High Performance team, is taking over as interim head coach.

We wish Ricardo Santos the best of luck at Stanford, one of our favorite programs, and we look forward to seeing Morgan Uceny in her new role!

Uceny_MorganFV-BaaMile2014.jpgMorgan Uceny takes B.A.A. mile, April 2014, photo by

1130126436.jpgMarie Jose Ta Lou, Muller GP Birrmingham Indoor, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

Marie Jose Ta Lou has been busy. The London WC silver medalist at 100m and 200m has raced 18 times as of 24 August. The fine sprinter for C'ote D'Ivoire has raced 11 times over 100m and 7 times over 200m. Ta Lou possesses an explosive start, and batles all the way through the entire race. She is also proud to be from the African continent and to train in Africa as well. Marie Jose Ta Lou took 8th in the 200m, her lowest finish of the year. (The next weekend, Marie Jose Ta Lou took 2nd in the 100m.)

Andy Edwards spoke with Marie Jose Ta Lou, on 18 August 2019, pos event.

Max Burgin set the U20/U23 English record on 26 June 2019, when he blasted a fine 1:45.36. In his 4 races of note this season, Max, all of 17, has won his first four events. In the Birmingham Diamond League, against many of the finest in the world, Max took tenth in 1:47.99. It was not what he expected. For the promising seventeen year old, there are many more races in his future.

Max_Burgin_800_Loughborough-BMC-2019-by-Alan-Spink.jpgMax Burgin, photo by Athletics Weekly (copyright Athletics Weekly)

Andy Edwards of Race News Service spoke to Max Burgin post race at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham. Special thanks to Andy Edwards on the interviews and Brian Eder/RunBlogRun partner on the production.

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Akani Simbine won the 100m in London in July in his seasonal best of 9.93. In the 200m in 2019, Akani has gone 20.27. His 100m in Birmingham did not satsify his wants. Akani ran 10.15 in 4th in the first heat. In the final, Akani Simbine had the same time, 10.15, but the place was seventh. In this audio, Andy Edwards speaks with the South African, now global star.

Special thanks to Andy Edwards on his interview and Brian Eder (RunBlogRun partner) on the production.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen.jpgKonstanze Klosterhalfen leads Gabriela DeBues-Stafford in mile, August 18, 2019, photo by Getty Images/ Britrish Athletics

Konstanze Klosterhalfen took the silver medal in the 3000m at the European Indoors last March in Glasgow. She has raced this summer well, and her solo 14: 26.76 (her 4th race at 5000m in 2019). In her first 5000m of 2019, she defeated Jeny Simpson.

Klosterhalfen is being trained at the NIke Oregon Distance Project by Coaches Salazar and Julian. She is a medal contender at 5,000m or 10,000m in Doha.

Klosterholfen set a new German NR of 4:21.11 in Birmingham. Andy Edwards interviewed Konstanze post event. We thank Andy Edwards for the interviews, and Brian Eder for the production.

1168760568.jpgNafissatou Thiam, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

1168760583.jpgNafissatou Thiam, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

The queen of the heptathlon is Nafissatou Thiam. Nafi Thiam has amazing speed, a high level of fitness, and an incredible desire to compete. In the LJ in Birmingham, Nafi Thiam took the win from Ivana Spanovic, 6.86m to 6.85m, in attempt 3. The 6.86 was the second NR for Thiam of the day.

Andy Edwards interviewed Nafi Thiam post event in Muller GP Birrmringham. Special thanks to Andy Edwards, for the interviews, and Brian Eder, on the production.

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