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It is about fifteen hours since that sizzling 100 meters last night, and I am still talking about it. Better than talk about it, here is the column from Alan Abrahamson, for 3 Wire Sports titled:Usain Bolt: Still the 100 King . Enjoy it, it is a fun read on the 100 meter final, Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and the contorversy surrounding the race.

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Lost in the fanfare surrounding Usain Bolt's win were wins by Jessica Ennis-Hill and Joe Kovacs. So, with all due respect to Usain Bolt, here is a picture of Joe Kovacs, staying cool as he can in the qualifying on Sunday. The shot put lead changed five times, and was a fantastic event!

Here is Alex Mills' notes on the second session of Day two. In his first journalist role at a World Champs, Alex is doing a fine job updating us on the highlights of each session so yours truly can edit, chat and watch a World Champs. Thanks, Alex!

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USATF had a clean sweep of candidates.

That was an understatement as USATF went five for five in the elections.

Not known in past for getting respect in global sports politics, we at RunBlogRun have to hand it to USATF on their obvious work to devleop those relationships or the success just would not have happened.

Nice to see all of them coming in as Seb Coe takes the IAAF Presidency.

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On Thursday night, I was sitting in the stands, near the start of the 1,500 meters, and watching the javelin with some of my friends. I chanced to look up and watch Sean Furey, on his last throw, let er rip and that javelin stayed in the air for long enough to hear "oooooh" and "whoooooa" from the javelin geeks sitting in front of me. 

Sean Furey won the javelin on his last throw, with  PB of 83.08 meters and a English measurement of 272 feet, 8 inches. 

Sean Furey is sponsored by ASICS. ASICS Tony Herr told me that Sean was one of his fun finds. "Sean just wanted to continue throwing and needed some support." 

Nice how those things happen. 

For javelin throwers, Sean Furey is pretty normal. Throwers have big personalities, like Breaux Greer, or Tom Petronoff. Sean Furey emotes when he throws, willing the javelin to find a current of air and just stay suspended for that many more seconds. 

A long javelin throw can take one's breath away. 

Here is a fine piece by Elliott Denman on Sean Furey and his magnificent obsession with the javelin. 
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Molly Huddle's 10,000m with, and her battle with Shalane Flanagan, and Galen Rupps battle with Ben True were two of the highlights of the Day One. Our resident Kiwi, Roy Stevenson, opines on day one and provides you a review of a fine night of athletics! 
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Christian Taylor leaped 18.04 meters. I should know, I witnessed it! That day, Christian's coach, Rana Reider confided: " Christian needed that jump, now he can focus on the competition."

In Eugene, Christian Taylor will be jumping in the long jump as he has an automatic in the TJ to Beijing. 

Here is Elliot Denman's piece on our fabulous jumper. 
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Ben True surprised a few people with his brilliant win in New York on June 13th! Sabrina Yohannes wrote this piece on Ben and his goals for the USATF Outdoors, this coming weekend! 
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On the 50th anniversary of the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games, there were some fascinating battles, some good fast times and some surprises.

In the year of the high jump, the javelin took the story in Birmingham, the pole vault in Eugene, the triple jump in Doha, and a nice high jump in Shanghai.

Is it Field and Track in 2015? I for one, love it. 

But, for me the story of Oslo is Chinese high jumper, Guowei Zhang, who took down Mutaz Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko. 

Watch Mr. Zhang in Beijing. 

Ben True racing in adidas GP in 2013, photo by

Sabrina Yohannes caught up with Ben True as he was preparing for the 5000m at the adidas GP on June 13. 

Ben True is preparing to run at the US Nationals, and has yet to decide which of the two events to run in Eugene, the 10,000m or the 5,000m? 

With an AR in the 5,000m on the road, and a US leader at 10,000m on the track (until Hassan Mead broke it), Ben True is one of the handful of  guys in real contention in both events. 

But, the big question is, does he double or focus on one event? 

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Mike Rodgers, I have to admit is one of my favorites. But don't tell him that. Mike is from the same city as I : Saint Louis. A guy who has come up through the ranks, Rodgers continues to improve and races prolifically. 

His run at the Pre Classic was one of his best of the year. A gutty race with Justin Gatlin, and Mike Rodgers gave it his game. 

On Sunday, Mike Rodgers is racing Jimmy Vicaut, one of France's true talents, but a young man who has seen his share of injuries. Now healthy, and with conditions that look prime time for sprinting, I am expecting a fast one. 

Some of Mike Rodgers' big fans believe that the man from the Show Me State is ready for a really fast one. A quiet confidence, always a warm greeting, Mike Rodgers is one of those sprinters who let his feet do the talking. 

Let's see what he can do in Birmingham on Sunday in about fourteen hours! 

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