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RunBlogRun opines: The USA men's team of set an U20 World record for the 4x400m at the Pan Am Juniors on July 23! The team consisted of Brian Herron, Zachary Shinnick, Sean Hooper and Josephus Lyles. The time of 3:00.33, breaking the 13 year old record of 3:01.09 (team had a young LaShawn Merritt and young Kerron Clement). Here's the video and a piece from EME News! Congrats to our fast foursome!

4x400 m World U20 record
TRUJILLO (PER, Jul 23): The USA closed the 19th Pan American U20 Championships on a high note by breaking the men's U20 4x400m world record. Brian Herron, Zachary Shinnick, Sean Hooper and Josephus Lyles pushed themselves to a new time of 3:00.33 minutes, erasing the 13-year old mark of 3:01.09, set by another USA squad that included future Olympic champions Lashawn Merritt and Kerron Clement. Christopher Taylor, the 2015 world U18 400m gold medallist, anchored the Jamaican quartet to a new national U20 record in 3:03.77. In the women's race, USA's Syaira Richardson, 400m silver medallist Jaevin Reed, 16-year old Arria Minor and Takyera Roberson smashed the 10-year old championships mark by more than a second with 3:28.57. Jordan Geist became the fifth man in history to break the 22-metre barrier in the shot put, unleashing the implement to 22.02 in the third round (6 kg). Meet records also for Eric Van Der Els in 1500m (3:43.16) and Quincy Hall in 400m hurdles (49.02). Alegna A Gonzalez Muñoz won for Mexivo 10 000 m walk 44:43.89 and Roberto Vilches high jump 221. The USA dominated the medal tally with 54 medals (22 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze), followed by Canada (6-9-7), Cuba (4-3-0). Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia each won two gold medals. 20 nations earned at least one medal, including hosts Peru, who ended with five bronze medals. The next edition will be held in Curacao in 2019.

Isle Hayes 2017.JPGIsle Hayes, photo by Stuart Weir

This story is about the amazing exploits of Isle Hayes, an athlete who inspired many to race in Paralympic events in South Africa. This is the kind of story that coaches should pass around to their teams.

Isle Hayes is a role model. A special thanks to Stuart Weir for this story.

PGB16_ma_0355.jpgT44 100 meters, photo by Stuart Weir

P1060376.JPGJohnny Peacock in mixed zone, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir is covering the IPC World Disability Games for @runblogrun. Stuart Weir is covering the 100 meters and the sixteen different heats in this event for our readers. It is a pretty impressive event.

Tianna Bartoletta is the 2015 World Champion over Long Jump, 2016 World Champ over Long Jump. In 2012 and in 2016, Tianna Bartoletta won a gold medal on the US 4x100 meter relay. Many forget that Tianna won her first gold medal in Helsinki, in 2005, as the World Champion in the Long Jump. I was there, the weather was crazy, but it was the the first time I had watched Tianna Bartoletta do her thing. I have been a fan every since.

Bartoletta_Tianna1-PreC17.jpgTianna Bartoletta, photo by

What do I respect about Tianna Bartoletta? She is no B.S. Honest to a fault, Tianna is focused, and has an attention to detail that should be the model for other elite athletes. Tianna worked with Loren Seagrave for two years, now she is with Rana Reider, so she is based near Amsterdam, with Christian Taylor, Dafne Schippers, Desiree Henry, Shara Proctor. She gives a great interview. A deep breath before answers, Tianna is articulate, and she helps you appreciate her challenges. She is not asking for pity. Ms. Bartoletta wants you, the fan or media member to understand that her event is her focus, and she welcomes the challenges. But, they are challenges. The long jump is a techinical event.

Tianna Bartoletta describes herself as a sprinter who long jumps. Funny, that is what Carl Lewis used to describe himself. Tianna is fast, and fearless. Her win at the Olympic long jump was an epic performance, with Ivana Spanovic and Brittney Reese. Watch Bartoletta jump, and you will be fascinated. Tianna Bartoletta is a long jump warrior. And that, is good.

This column was just amazing. Great response and pass around by the athletes who need it! Tianna Bartoletta is quite explicit with what she needs to compete at her best. Take the time to read this fine piece and understand why that being an elite athlete is a tough endeavor.

Updated July 18, 2017. Posted January 27, 2017.

Donavan Brazier won the US championships on June 25. On July 9, Donovan Brazier battled Nijel Amos, and both broke 1:44, with Amos running 1:43.18, the world leader, and Donavan running 1:43.95, his seasonal best. Donavan's fine race in London was his best time since June 2016. At the 2016 NCAA Championships, when Donavan broke the fifty year old, to the day, NCAA 800m record, with his championship winning 1:43.55. On July 16, in Rabat, Donavan Brazier finished third to Nijel Amos (1:43.91) and Kipyegon Bett (1:44.28), with Donavan Brazier in third, 1:44.62.

Donavan Brazier is running well. He is in the medal hunt for London. This is an interview that I did with Donovan for the 2017 NB Indoor Games. Donavan is a fun guy, with a great sense of humor and the athletes at Concord Carlisle loved him. We think you will enjoy this interview as well!

Donavan Brazier set the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA records last year. At the end of his freshman year at Texas A & M, Donovan decided to go pro and run for Nike.

donovanbrazier.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Donavan Brazier is racing the 600 meters for the first time. " I have run the distance in workouts, not as a race."

Donavan Brazier, all of 19, spoke to the high school cross country and track teams at Concord Carlise High School. Donavan spoke to the the team, in an interview by RunBlogRun's Larry Eder.

The interview, including questions, went for over an hour, and Donavan told us afterwards, that he enjoyed his first time speaking to a high school team.

We thank Global Athletics for organizing the event.

Campbell us.jpgDavid Blair took the silver and Jeremy Campbell took the gold in the discus, photo by Stuart Weir

jump1.jpgStef Reid, in the air in Long Jump, photo by Chrissy Grey


Stef Reid landing in LJ, photo by Chrissy Grey

This interview is a must read. Anna Rohrer ran an amazing 10,000 meters debut at the Stanford Invitational. I remember watching her battle Eilish McColgan, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (just back four days from Uganda and the World Cross Country) and Kellyn Taylor (fourth Olympic Trials 10,000m, and sixth Olympic Trials marathon). Anna Rohrer showed the poise, and focus of an athlete who had run several 10,000 meters.

33698220471_7788695ef4_z.jpgAnna Rohrer in her debut 10,000m, photo by Chuck Aragon

Unfortunately, Anna Rohrer was dealing with a painful back injury by the time of the NCAAs this season. We wish her a healthy recovery and know that there are many fine races ahead of her. This interview was done by Cait Chock, one of our most prolific and popular writers.

Updated July 16, 2017. Originally published January 20, 2017.

As we get into the middle of July, many of the 550,000 high school boys and girls who will run high school cross country in the fall of 2017, we have been reposting the suggestions from Coach Frank Gagliano, HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. "Gags" has coached cross country runners for over fifty years. Gags provides some good ideas on coaching cross country runners for the Fall.

Coach Gags explains it all -thumb-500x273-21143.pngFrank Gagliano and Larry Eder, November 4, 2016, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Coaching is both art and science. Great coaches are made, carefully hones over decades. They learn from successes and from failures. They learn from discussions with fellow coaches. They never stop learning.

Coach Gags is an example of such a person. He is one of the finest coaches in the world. He is more, however, than a man who will teach you how to run a better 800 meters or finish faster in a semi-final. He challenges you to be a better human being. That is what coaches do, help us be our better selves. The late Sam Adam, coach and Director of Track & Field at UC Santa Barbara once told me to always remember, that coaches are educators.

Here is part three of our interview with Frank Gagliano, coach of the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

stadium .jpgA view of the crowd for WU18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

This is Justin Lagat's story on the fourth day of the World Under 18 Championships. Justin has been writing for RunBlogRun for several years. We are always grateful for his observations on the sport, with a particular view from Kenya.

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