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Wallace Spearmon's fascinating series of tweets a week ago, noting that he will upset some of his fans and he was sorry about it has been answered with this USADA release,which showed up at end of day on Friday, September 19.

Sources note that said athlete perhaps had not provided USADA with prescription note for drug used to relieve pain in achilles tendons. Without note, sanctions come quickly from USADA and WADA, the guardians of all things clean in athletics. 

Lesson number 106: If elite athletes don't want sanctions, follow the ever increasing amount of protocols from USADA and WADA. 

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Bernard Lagat and Jo Pavey have had pretty good years. Jo Pavey, had a remarkable year, winning silver in the Commonwealth Games, and then, winning the European 10,000 meters. 

As Alex Mills notes, Age is an old story for both of these athletes. Here is his feature on Bernard Lagat and Jo Pavey! 
One of the best races of the Continental Cup was the women's 100 meter hurdles. Tiffany Porter battled Dawn Harper-Nelson to a near photo finish, where Harper-Nelson runs 12.47, setting a Championship record, and Tiffany Porter runs 12.51, a new British record, and moving her way up in the always competitive, 100 meter hurdler food chain. 

Alex Mills wrote this piece on Tiffany Porter and her fine race in Marrakech. We thought you would like it....

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Tiffany Porter battles Dawn Harper-Nelson, 
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So exciting to see Evan Jager and Emma Coburn have their best races of year in Marrakech. Emma had told me in Glasgow that she wanted to win a race this season with all the field knowing she was not a pacer. She did in fine style. Evan Jager battled Jairus for the entire race, running 61 seconds in hot conditions. 

Here is Alex Mills' salute to Coburn and Jager in 2014. 

Here is Cathal's reasons six to ten for his piece, Ten Things that we learnt in Marrakech. Good observations and some constructive suggestions on how to make championships work for both the media and fans. 

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The Continental cup is just over by 24 hours. We are in Madrid on our way home, back to San Francisco. 

My first time on the African continent and first time in Morocco. We will be back. 

I enjoyed, as I have always done, the competitions. I was saddened by the lack of a crowd for such fine races and events. 

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Tiffany Porter, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Continental Cup, 
photo by Shoe Addicts, Mike Deering

I believe that we have to make some real decisions in our sport. Is it better to have too many events, some that are fantastic and some that are, much less? 

How do we really grow the sport? 

We need to learn from Marrakech and events that, well meaning, sometimes, just do not work. 

In Split, in 2010, there were 25,000 fans. In 2014, there were, perhaps several thousand over the two days. 
Emma Coburn vs Hiwot Ayalew, one of 2014 major duels, photo by

The 2014 Continental Cup had some amazing moments of competition in a historic sports country and a fine stadium. Problem was, no one really showed up. RunBlogRun asked Cathal Dennehy to give us ten lessons from Marrakech. 

Here are the top five! 
Stade de Marrakech, photo courtesy of IAAF

Here is the round up from Alfons Juck of EME News on the second day of the second Continental Cup. 
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Caleb Ndiku entertained the fans in the Stade de Marrekech on Sunday night with his battle to the finish, with Ibrahimov, running the last thousand meters in 2:22.96! 

Caleb Ndiku is the ONLY athlete, male or female, to win World Indoor, Commonwealth Games, Diamond League, and European or African Champs in same year. 

A pretty amazing year for the young Kenyan distance runner, on the cusp of becoming a major star. 

Cathal Dennehy caught up with Caleb on Sunday evening, after his mesmerizing victory in Marrekech. Here is his feature on Caleb Ndiku. 


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Alex Mills wanted to write a piece about James Dasaolu, the hottest of the hot British sprint corps. Here is his feature for RunBlogRun. 

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