June 2012 Archives

Roy Stevenson wrote this piece on the women' shot put. Jillian Camerena Williams won the shot put with her third round throw. The is taking a strong team to London.....

Camarena_Jill-OlyT12.jpgJill Camarena-Williams, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Shot Put
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Kim Conley, Molly Huddle, Julia Lucas, 2012 OT 5,000m,
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Kim Conley made the Olympic team for 5,000 meters with a strong run over the the last fifty meters, as Julia Lucas, who had come so close, faltered. Here is the story that California Track & Running News' Mark Winitz wrote on the Golden stater. Special thanks to Mark Winitz, Christine Johnson, editor of CTRN, and Chuck Bartlett, RN web editor.

Dave Hunter has written a stellar piece on the 1,500 meter rounds. But, I have to admit, my award for the funniest line of the Trials, and I quote, with true respect, " In the men's first round, John Mickowski got treated like a rental car during the final 250 meters of his heat"--I wish that I had written that one! Enjoy the column!

Uceny_MorganSF-USOlyT12.jpgMorgan Uceny leads the pack, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net


Kim Conley, Molly Huddle, US OT 5,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kim Conley made a gutty rush to the finish line as Julia Lucas' gutty run to make the team, came short, about fifty meters out from the finish line. Mark Winitz, long time writer for
California Track & Running News, wrote this piece about the Golden stater. Special thanks to Christine Johnson, Editor of CTRN, and Chuck Bartlett, web director for Running Network.com.


Dave Hunter wrote about Ashley Higginson, who took a very close fourth in the women's steeplechase. I had met Ashley at a dinner for Saucony athletes around the New Balance Boston Indoor last February. She loved the sport and was excited to see how close she could come to qualifying for the Olympic Trials. She did more than that.....

Higginson_Ashley-OlyT12.jpgAshley Higginson, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Steeplechase
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Emma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net

Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp both made the steeplechase team. Elliott Denman focused on both, who are college students, and who held their own with the pro athletes in the field......

Shalaya Kipp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wallace Spearmon, 2012 Oly Trials 200m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rowbury_ShannonSFR-OlyT12.jpgShannon Rowbury leads, 2012 OT 1,500m semi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Day 8 had the women's steeplechase as the only final, with heats in men and women's 200 meters, and 1,500 meters for both. Here is Dick Patrick's thoughts on Day 8:

Julia Lucas made a game run for the 5,000 meters team, and game agonzingly close. Dave Hunter wrote this column about her battle for the Olympic team, finishing fourth, as she lost her team position in the last fifty meters....

Julia Lucas, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 5000 meters final,
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Yuriy Borzakovskiy, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yuriy Bozakovskiy won the European 800 meter title earlier today, as he prepares for London 2012. Some strong performances in Helsinki. Several sprint races decided in the hundredths, with a quick poke at the US Trials decision on the women's 100 meters.
Yohan Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net

With a terrible start, Usain Bolt got out late, but was in the race, as Yohan Blake took the lead and ran his personal best of 9.75 in the Jamaican Trials 100 meter final. Asafa Powell ran 9.88 to Usain Bolt's 9.86. That was what we watched on the computer with our friends at Lets Run. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce ran a NR of 10.70 to win the women's 100m in Jamaica, with Veronica Campbell Brown with 10.86 and Kerron Stewart in 10.94.

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Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

With two more days in the 2012 US Olympic Trials, there will be some killer races, like the 200 meters, the 1,500 meters and the men's triple jump and women's long jump. And what about a settlement of the women's 100m dead heat?

The battle is on!

Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 Oly Trials 400m winner,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Our TV critic, James Dunaway is tough but fair. Four stars on the Friday broadcast is pretty darn good for our friends at NBC.

Track & Field has benefited so much from the digital world. As track fans left the TV coverage or lack of TV coverage, the digital world grew. Today, NBC is improving its coverage of the sport we love and we applaud that. What will be fascinating is how NBC embraces mobile apps and the digital world.  How NBC looks at this new world will determine how fans support their coverage.

Jon Gugala just sent us this story, about noon, so it is hot off the digital presses. Here is the latest on Gabriele Anderson's latest challenge. At 12.29 PM Jury of Appeals allows Anderson to advance to the final! Here was the background!

Anderson_GabrieleSF-OlyT12.jpgGabriele Anderson, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 1500 meters
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Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat, 2012 US 10,000m OT,
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Galen Rupp has come of age. One keen observer called Galen Rupp possessed by Savvy Gamesmanship! After winning the 10,000 meters last Friday, June 22, Galen came back, and in a wonderfully classic 5,000 meters, battled with Bernard Lagat, who took the lead with 200 meters to go. With a gritty fight over the last two hundred meters, Galen Rupp took the 5,000m in 13:22.67, breaking the meet record held by one Steve Prefontaine, from the Trials in 1972!

Galen Rupp said he wanted to double, and he was a bit surprised. After fifteen races with Bernard Lagat, Galen won his first race against Bernard Lagat!

The women's 5,000 meters was one of the most exciting races of the Trials. Molly Huddle, the 5,000m AR, duked it out with Julia Culley, with Culley taking first and Huddle second. In third, Kim Conley caught Julia Lucas at the tape to make a most exciting 5,000m. Three different athletes, three different brands.

Molly Huddle, a Saucony athlete, took second in the race, and goes on to London. 

Even before the men's steeplechase final, I asked Roy Stevenson to write about Evan Jager. Jager has run four steeplechases, and look to have a long career ahead of him. Don Cabral, his number two in the race, also looks tough.

Roy Stevenson sees Evan as the perfect physical specimen for the steeple. I see the guy as the next American record holder.....

Jager_USOT12_IMG_6694.jpgEvan Jager, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Steeplechase
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The Women's 5,000m final, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Our very own James Dunaway, editor of American Track & Field, keen observer of the sport for the past sixty-plus years, is reviewing the TV on NBC each and every day. Here is review of the June 28th showing....
Our friends at PUMA invited RunBlogRun's reader's to come out and meet Delilah DiCrescenzo on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 1-3 p.m.


Galen Rupp fought back when Bernard Lagat went by with 200 meters to go, and won the 5,000 meters, giving him the 5,000m/10,000m double at the 2012 Trials, and also breaking the meet record of the late Steve Prefontaine.

Dick Patrick focused on the Men's 5,000 meters, Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat's race. Final fact, out of 15 times that Rupp and Lagat have battled, this was Rupp's first victory.

IMG_7051_500w.jpgRupp,  Lagat, Lomong, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 5,000 meters
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Vitezlav Vesely, photo by PhotoRun.net

For Vitezlav, this Euro gold in the javelin was for him, and his coach, WR and javelin god, Jan Zelezny. Zelezny, who some may remember, was given a try out for the Atlanta Braves after the 1996 Summer Olympics, never won a gold at the Europeans in the javelin. I can still close my eyes and see Zelezny throw the javelin. Sublime.....
The women's 5,000 meters and the men's discus were moving for different reasons. The close finish of the 5,000m, with Julia Culley winning over Molly Huddle and Kim Conley catching Julia Lucas at the finish, was, well, epic. And the discus throw by Lance Brooks, where he hit 65.15m, with the A standard being 65 meters, after inching, or centimetering, closer and closer for three throws!

Elliott Denman decided to write about both events, and we are glad that he did.....

IMG_6914_500w.jpgHuddle followed by Culley and Lucas, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 5,000 meters
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Kara Goucher artwork, by the Shoe Addicts

How do we change the paradigm in track & field? How do we tell the story of our sport? Jon Gugala has interviewed Matt Taylor, a film maker and athlete. Read this, savor this, pass it around.

The stories of the Trials are what we will remember? How do we communicate this to new fans, old fans, and soon to be fans of the sport?

A thought provoking piece by Jon Gugala.....

Lemaitre, Bolt, Ndure, Monaco DL 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

Besides our US Trials, Jamaican Trials started today and European champs are going on, lots of news......Christophe Lemaitre defended his EuropeanChamps 100m, with Jimmy Vicaut taking second, in Jamaican Trials, Yohan Blake ran 10.00, Usain Bolt at 10.06, Asafa Powell, 10.19, Michael Frater, 10.09, Leron Clarke, 10.15, in quarter finals.

Ashton Eaton, on June 22 and June 23, put ten performances together, winning seven of the ten events, to break the world record in the decathlon. The former world record, held by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, for eleven years, was no more, with Eaton's score of 9,039 points.

The crowd of 21,000 will remember Ashton Eaton hauling over the last 300 meters, running a 4:14.47 for the 1,500 meters, which gave him his first world record.

Eaton was greeted by Dan O'Brien, 1996 Olympic Gold medalist and former AR in decathlon, as well as Bruce Jenner, Milt Campbell, Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson and two sons of Jim Thorpe. In honor of Ashton Eaton's tremendous performance, the Shoe Addicts sent us this video on his performance!
Last night, Elliott Denman reminded me about a very special person, the late Bob Roggy. A wonderful athlete, probably the best javelin thrower this country has ever seen, who died tragically, in his prime. I asked Elliott to write about a man who made many stand in awe as he threw the javelin, and who, as Elliott reminds us, had the star quality and humor similar to
former Duck, Steve Prefontaine.

Tell us what you think about Bob Roggy, one of our country's great javelin throwers.....

Dave Hunter wrote his column about some of the deep thoughts that he received from various athletes and former athletes on the Trials and their performances, as well as others. A nice column with which to start today's day of Track & Field.

Eaton_AshtonLJ1-OlyTr12.jpgAshton Eaton, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, LoLo Jones, 100m hurdles OT,
photo by PhotoRun.net

The 100 meter hurdles was one of the toughest events on which to make a team. Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic champion, won the final. Kellie Wells, the fastest American in 2012, was in second. In third, LoLo Jones, the athlete who looked to be winning in 2008 in Beijing, and tripped over hurdle nine, took third.

Jones has become quite popular over the past several years, and in truth, no one was a guarantee in the 100 meter hurdles.

We have a superb team at the 100 meter hurdles. We asked Elliott Denman to write a piece about the 100 meter hurdles and here is what he saw:

Dick Patrick wrote his piece on Bernard Lagat and the 5,000 meters. Dick told me at dinner on Wednesday night, "This article is about Bernard. Please get it posted as soon as possible. It should be read before the 5,000 meter on Thursday night."

We ask you to pass this one around. The bottom line is this. For Bernard Lagat, all of 36, this
2012 Olympic Trials is his road to London. This is, probably, his last Olympics. For Bernard, there is some urgency, and some pressure as he takes on Lopez Lomong, Galen Rupp and Andy Bumbalough, to name a few.

Our guess? Bernard Lagat should make the team and in London, it should be Lagat, Farah and a few others, fighting for the medals.

Lagat is tough. He just ran 3:34 to win the 1,500 meters at the adidas GP, on June 9. In less than 24 hours, it will come to the final of the 5,000 meters, and we will know, if Bernard Lagat makes the 2012 US Olympic team.

Lagat_BernardQ1b-OlyT12.jpgBernard Lagat, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 5000m Qualifying Round
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Geena Gall's tremendous run, from sixth to second, over the last 200 meters in the women's 800 meter final, had 21,000 fans on their feet. Gall, coached by Mark Rowland, per Dave Hunter, seems to be coming around perfectly, as her timing may mean great things for Geena as she heads to London for the Olympics.

This is how Dave Hunter saw it:

Gall_GeenaFL-OlyT12.jpgGeena Gall, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 800 meters
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Shayla Houlihan ran the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished 11th out of 12 in her heat. Jon Gugala sat down with her, and spoke to her about her last race, which she declared after the finish. Shayla had given it her best, and with no regrets will now focus on the next chapter of her life, being a coach.

Shayla is the story of many athletes here. My friend Dave Frank reminded me of this on Wednesday night, as we discussed the Trials. " I hope I never forget, that for most of the athletes here, making the Trials is a supreme effort, and their Olympic dream is made or broken here. This is their supreme effort." Frankie, as we call him, was making a point. And he was right.

Please keep that in mind when you read this article from Jon Gugala. Please also remember this as you quietly honor the athletes who have given you moments of pleasure, moments of sadness as you view their supreme efforts....

ShaylaHoulihan_USOT12.jpgShayla Houlihan, 3000m Steeplechase, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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Duane Solomon, Jr. 800 meters, 2012 OT, photo by PhotoRun.net

Duane Solomon made his dreams a reality by making the 800 meter team on the 2012 US Olympic team. For Saucony, this is their third team member.

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California Track & Field Running News' writer Mark Winitz wrote this piece for Caltrack.com about the huge part that coaches played in the success of the 800 meter runners. We wanted to share it with you. Thanks to Mark Winitz and Cal Track editor Christine Johnson for passing this piece along. Remember the Golden state is providing more athletes than any of the other 50 states!

2012 Women's OT Final, photo by PhotoRun.net

Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, 2012 Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Training partners Galen Rupp and Mo Farah have had a wonderful 2012. Rupp and Farah are the ying to the others' yang. Farah, one of the most relaxed guys in the sport, and Rupp, one of the hardest workers in the sport, keep each other in a good place.

Galen has praised Mo for helping him relax, and Mo has nothing but good things to say for his training partner. One thing they do, when they are not running, they talk very little about the sport. Seems to be working.

In the same week that Galen Rupp totally dominated the 10,000m in the US Trials, Mo Farah unloaded a 53.6 last lap in the European champs today, to win the 5,000 meters. The road to London for both has been a focus for nearly a year....miles to go before they sleep.
Lisa Uhl, photo by PhotoRun.net

Many of us are missing our colleague, James Dunaway, a man who has seen more track meets than most in the entire press area combined. Dunaway, due to allergies and admitting at the young age of 85, that he might be slowing down, has been covering the Trials from Texas, and his TV set. Here he writes about the Swimming Trials, which I am watching at this time....

Jenebah Tarmoh, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 100 meter dead heat, which has caused so much journalistic digital and print ink to be spilled, continues towards a decision. USATF announced this morning that, once the 200 meter final is run, on Saturday, June 30, 2012, USATF will announce a decision on how the dead heat will be resolved between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh.

Allyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the announcement we received:

Women's 100 meter tiebreaker update

USA Track & Field has consulted with the affected athletes and their support teams regarding the tiebreaker for the women's 100 meters. USATF will finalize the tiebreaker mechanism to be used after reconvening with the athletes and their coach following Saturday night's final of the women's 200 meters. USATF will announce the final tiebreaker Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
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Nick Symmonds, 2012 US OT 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thumbnail image for Eaton_Ashton1500Mwide-OlyT12.JPGAshton Eaton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dick Patrick's column today, on the second off day, was a some comments from the hilarious 800 meter men's press conference, some deep thoughts on the Decathlon and Mo Greene on Usain Bolt. We think that you will like it!

Dave Hunter, being the Zen master that he is, came  up with Ten questions that will be answered over the next few days of the Olympic Trials. I liked them, just one caveat, on our friend, Christian Taylor. CT does not even train for the long jump anymore, that the guy came in fourth, he should have been pretty impressed.

The Trials have been a huge success so far. The overwhelming success, the WR of Ashton Eaton, the Wild Duck Cafe parties each night, where even Princes are welcome, have just added to the OT celebration.

Here is David Hunter's column on Ten Olympic Trials questions....Enjoy....

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Tyson Gay had not raced between July 2011 and June 9, 2012. On June 9, 2012, Tyson Gay ran 10.00 into a negative 1.5 wind at the adidas Grand Prix. On June 23, 2012, Tyson ran the first round of the 100 meters at the US Trials, winning his heat. On June 24, 2012, Tyson Gay ran the semi-final, moved to the final, with a 10.04. In the final, on the evening of June 24, 2012, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin dueled, with Gatlin taking first and Gay taking second.

Tyson Gay, the AR, is on the 2012 Olympic team for the 100 meters. This video is of an interview, produced by the Shoe Addicts, on Tyson Gay, held on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

We found Tyson Gay very thoughtful about his upcoming race. Special thanks to Global Athletics & Marketing and adidas for the opportunity to interview Tyson Gay.
You can win Bernard Lagat's spikes, which he will use in the Thursday night final of the 5,000 meter at the US Trials. We have link below!


Bernard Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Mo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2012 European Championships will be held in Helsinki, Finland this weekend. Nearly 1400 athletes will be competing. Mo Farah will be running the 5,000 meters, as part of his training for the 2012 London Olympics.

We heard that Shara Proctor, who just set the UK record of 6.95m for the long jump, was pulled out of the Europeans by Uk Athletics as a precautionary measure. She had a hamstring cramp, and should be ready for her upcoming Olympic adventures.
Nick Symmonds, 2012 OT 800m champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alysia Montano and Nick Symmonds were the focus of last nights cheers as the 800 meter finals rocked the 21,000 fans in Hayward Field and 6,000 at the Expo. Montano ran from the front, and Symmonds gutted out a 27.06 last 200 meters, both taking wins in races that were polar opposites.

Alysia Montano, 2012 US OT 800m champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sanya Richards, after her superb 400 meter victory, has decided to run the 200 meters at the US Olympic Trials next weekend.

Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 OT 400m champ, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yelena Isinbayeva is postponing the beginning of her 2012 season.
Sounds like an issue of fitness and not an injury. She will probably open her season at Monaco, on July 20. 


Yelena Isinbayeva, photo by PhotoRun.net
This is Jon Gugala's column for Tuesday, June 26, 2012. It is called the Fear. You will get it, as the elite athlete's do. I remember seeing Evan Jager hit the last water barrier with the back of his foot, and I knew, he was taking a dive.

But, Jerry Schumacher, his coach, got it too. He knew that Evan had to screw up, and it was better to do it in the Oxy than the Trials. To be a great distance runner, one must run on the red line. For the steepler, one must also overcome the barriers while oxygen deprived, so tactics, hurdling experience and strength all play a part.

In my mind, a sport's writer's job is to communicate experiences that the reader never has had, and give them an insight into the situation. Jon Gugala has done that here.

We hope that you are enjoying our coverage of the Olympic Trials as much as we love presenting the great athletes and events that make up the 2012 US Olympic Trials. 

Jager_Evan-Oxy12.JPGEvan Jager, 2012 Oxy High Performance Meet
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Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic Trials champion, finished third in the 2008 Olympic Trials. In 2012, she not only won, but busted it open with her last throw of 213-07. Stephanie also set a new AR this past spring. Here, Mark Winitz, one of Cal Track's long time journalists, writes about one of the Golden States greatest athletes, along with some comments on several of the California athletes who are making the 2012 Trials simply an amazing event! Special thanks to editor Christine Johnson for alerting us to this one!

Brown_StephanieQ-OlyT12.jpg Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2012 Trials, discus,

photo by PhotoRun.net

USA Olympic Track & Field Trials Coverage: Stephanie Brown Trafton's Mental Focus, Faith Produce U.S. Trials Discus Victory  http://www.caltrack.com/read_new/usa-olympic-track-field-trials-coverage-stephanie-brown-trafton%E2%80%99s-mental-focus-faith-produc

Clay, Eaton, Hardee,  2012 Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bryan Clay is a class act. Bryan Clay is a two time Olympic medalist in the decathlon. He wanted to be a three time Olympic medalist. 1976 gold medalist, Bruce Jenner reminded me one time that the decathlon is ten event within which one can make mistakes, the job is to minimize those mistakes.

Bryan Clay had a rough second day. There has been talk of Bryan chasing the A standard. In this announcement, sent by USA Track & Field's Katie Branham, Bryan Clay declines that possible opportunity, and supports the USA Track & Field team on sending two decathletes in stead of three. Clay is concerned about the integrity of the event.

Clay continues to prove that the word Olympian, is a treasured word, and that athletes like Bryan Clay, Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee understand the sanctity of that concept.
Geena Gall surprised many with her fantastic run, from sixth to second, over the last 200 meters of the women's 800 meters, to make her first U.S. Olympic team. Gall, coached by Mark Rowland of the Oregon Track Club, held up in the pressure cooker that is the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Roy Stevenson, one of our columnists during the Trials, wrote this piece on Geena Gall!

Geena_GallR-OlyTr12.jpgGeena Gall, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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While we will not see Alan Webb in the 5,000 meter final, nor the 1,500 meters, do not give up on Alan. The high school record holder for the mile, the AR holder in the mile, a man who has run 27:35 for 10,000m and 1:43 for 800m, Alan Webb's quixotic journey was seen by all yesterday, as he finished 11th in his 5,000m heat, in 14:01.

Alan Webb spoke to Elliott Denman, who wrote this about a runner who has warmed us and charmed us for over a decade. Alan Webb has huge potential, will he ever make his dreams his reality? Right now, he is headed home to be with his wife as they welcome a new baby into the world. He did tell Elliott to watch out for Robbie Andrews.....

Webb_AlanQ-OlyT12.jpgAlan Webb, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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Nick Symmonds rocked the track & field fans in US when as a Divsion III athlete, he came on the scene and started shaking up the 800 meter world. Dick Patrick wrote his column on the 800 meter race, and Nick Symmonds, who is a solid chance to reach his goal of a medal in London.

Symmonds took his fifth US title in a row, with his OT title. KD Robinson, rid himself of the demons from 2008, running a perfect race for KD. Duane Solomon made his team, as he and coach Johnny Gray made their dreams a reality.

But, in this 800 meters, Nick Symmonds hit goal 1, now, on to London, where Nick should be in the battle for medals. Here, Dick Patrick gives you a view into Symmonds racing brain and his race  in Eugene.

Symmonds_NickFH-OlyTr12.jpgNick Symmonds, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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Tiana Madison, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Tiana Madison took second in the 100 meters in 10.96, and Dee Dee Trotter ran 50.02 in the 400 meters, taking second in the 400 meters, both leading Saucony on making the US Olympic team. Tonight, Duane Solomon held on for second in the 800 meters, giving Saucony three athletes on the team.

For the performance brands, their support of the sport of track & field is key for many of these athletes to continue in the sport. adidas & NIke are the largest supporters of track & field, but, add many of the brands such as Saucony support a team that makes sense for their brand.

Bottom line is this: without the footwear sponsorship of track & field, the sport would cease to exist. Each brand has its place.

LoLo Jones, 2012 100m hurdles/ Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

LoLo Jones had a pretty darn good Olympic Trials. She had her rough race for the first round. She ran a fine semi-final and she ran a perfectly timed last three hurdles in the final to make the team!

LoLo Jones, who was under huge pressure, performed admirably to make the team. In the Trials, third is as good as first, in Eugene.

Like many of the footwear companies that support track & field, ASICS America was very pleased that LoLo Jones, one of their most popular athletes, made the team for London 2012.

How will she do in London 2012? If she continues to run like she did in Eugene, she is on a run for a medal.
We met Ryan Bailey last night. What a nice guy, and how genuinely happy, and tickled, I have to say, on making the team. Bailey took third, running from lane one.

Roy Stevenson caught up with Ryan Bailey, the third placer in the men's 100 meters. Here is his piece:

Bailey_RyanSF-OlyTr12.JPGRyan Bailey, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
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Sanya Richards wins 2012 OT 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nellum-Merritt-McQuay-Mance1b-OlyT12.jpgLaShawn Merritt takes the men's 400 meters, 2012 OT, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hoffa_ReeseWide1a-OlyT12.jpgReese Hoffa, Shot Put Oly Trials winner, photo by PhotoRun.net

Suhr_Jenn1-OlyT12.jpgJenn Suhr wins women's PV, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gatlin-Gay-Kimmons-Rodgers-OlyT12.jpgJustin Gatlin, Tyson Gay duke it out, Men's 100m final,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Goodwin_MarquiseWide-OlyT12.jpgMarquise Goodwin wins the Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun

Day 4 was race after race of great races. The 21,785 watched, cheered and applauded the best track & field athletes in America. Here is how Alfons Juck wrote about Eugene and athletics around the world.

Jon Gugala has had a journalist breakthrough. His column today is about the ability to appreciate the athleticism and work of the field eventers, sprinters and jumpers, when one, perhaps, is ensconced in the world of middle and long distances. We are so proud!

Hoffa_Reese-OlyTr12.jpgReese Hoffa, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Shot Put
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Nick Symmonds, 2012 Trials semi final, 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jon Gugala sent this to me last week, as as you might expect, I had a senior moment and put it in my file. Gugala gives you, the reader, another view of Nick Symmonds. At the end of the day, Nick Symmonds, aged 28, wants to make US team and medal in London. As he juggles saving the sport, and training, can he do both? Fascinating.
Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, 2012 US Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

James Dunaway is our media critic for the 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials. A man who has been writing about the each Trials since 1964, this is his first miss. So, we asked James to rate the TV one a scale of one to five stars, plus also add how he would improve the viewing.

At the end of the day, bad TV is not good for anyone, if you have comments on our coverage, email me at [email protected].

Marquise Goodwin won the Long Jump back on his last jump!
photo by PhotoRun.net
David Hunter writes on one of the key players in the steeplechase, Donn Cabral, who should battle in the final with Evan Jager in the final. Hunter, a Princeton grad, is quite happy that Princeton has some tough distance runners, which makes his feature on Donn Cabral that more special!

Cabral_Donn-Oxy12.JPGDonn Cabral, Oxy High Performance Meet, 2012
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Roy Stevenson wrote on the women's pole vault. A nice team, but make no mistakes, Jenn Suhr is our country's Isinbayeva. Jenn Suhr, when she stays healthy, will be in the fight not just for the silver, but for the gold in the women's pole vault. London's pole vault will be an epic battle between Yelena Isinbayeva, Jenn Suhr, and Holly Bleasdale.

Here is Roy Stevenson's column:

Suhr_Jenn1-OlyT12.jpgJennifer Suhr, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliot Denman did his column on the conundrum of the 100 meter dead heat. My viewing of the photo is that there is a dead heat. Here is how USATF plans to work out the 100 meter dead heat in the third position:

photo_finish.jpgPhoto finish: Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix, 100 meters
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Dick Patrick's column for June 24 concerns the men's 100 meter team. As Dick so ably writes, anyone who discounts Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey does so at their own risk!


Gatlin, Gay, Kimmons, Rodgers at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Jeneba Tarmoh surely made her presence felt last night in the 100 meter final. While the top two, Carmelita Jeter and Tiana Madison, were dueling, with Jeter winning in 10.92, and Madison taking second in 10.96, Tarmoh and Felix were in an epic struggle. Who would take third.

Well, twenty four hours later, it is still a dead heat as Jeneba Tarmoh, is shown at third in 11.07 and Allyson Felix is also shown in third in 11.07.

While USATF is sorting out how they will determine who goes to London, we thought you might want to know more about this young sprinter from the Golden State. Special thanks to Mark Winitz for his writing and Christine Johnson, editor of California Track & Running News for her suggestion on this piece: http://www.caltrack.com/read_new/jeneba-tarmoh-interview

Jeneba Tarmoh, 2012 US Olympic Trials,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Jon Gugala wrote today's column on Alysia Montano, Nick Symmonds, two of our premier 800 meter runners. Montano is running like a women possessed with a mission-to medal in London. Symmonds is making the right moves, and looks to be holding back for the 800 meter final.

Here is how Jon Gugala observes these fine runners.

Montano_AlysiaSF-OlyT12.jpgAlysia Montano, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Ashton Eaton, WR 9039, 23.06.12, photo by PhotoRun.net

Clay-Sebrle1500_OlyGames08.jpgBryan Clay, Roman Sebrle, 2008 Beijing, photo by PhotoRun.net

Proctor_Shara-Oslo12.jpgShara Proctor, 2012 Oslo DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bleasdale_Holly-Worlds12.jpgHolly Bleasdale, 2012 World Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Geoffrey Mutai, 2012 Ottowa, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wow! Ashton Eaton's 9039 point decathlon, a new World record, is still being played on CNN in the US. ESPN even played something. LoLo Jones is on all networks for just making the team, and her celebrity.

Making the team is the key here. This is one of the most tough Olympic Trials that I have ever seen. Jeremy Wariner did not make the top three in the 400 meters, which showed the depth of the 400 meters (five guys under 45 seconds).

In the UK, AVIVA Trials, Holly Bleasdale cleared an outdoor UK record of 4.71 meters and Shara Proctor jumped 6.95 meters in the long jump, for a new long jump UK record.

Geoffrey Mutai cranked out a 27:29 for 10k on the roads, as the marathon champ shows his fitness once again.

Three days down in Eugene, seven to go!

Jenebah Tarmoh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Common sense is not that common anymore. That is why we asked James Dunaway, our editor at American Track & Field to offer some sensible solution on the 100m third place imbroglio in the women's final....Here is is.

Allyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dee Dee Trotter looked good in her semi-final. She has battled injuries Here is what David Hunter had to say about his visit with the veteran 400 meter runner!

Oh, and Dee Dee Trotter just made the Olympic team, as her second place, in 50.02, put her on the 400 meter team. Trotter's dream became her reality.

Trotter_DeeDeeSF-OlyTr12.jpgDee Dee Trotter, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

The decathlon yesterday gave us a World record of 9039, by Ashton Eaton. In attendance were all the living US Olympic gold medalists in the decathlon. Also, many of the top coaches, including Fred Samara and Harry Marra, the coach of Ashton Eaton.

Elliot Denman, wrote his column on the depth of the decathlon and the increadible human theater that encompasses the ten events.

Clay-Eaton-HardeeHH-OlyT12.JPGClay, Eaton, Hardee, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

California Track & Running News is one of oldest running magazines in North America, definitely the oldest in California. Mark Winitz has been one of its' key voices for the past two decades. Christine Johnson, Cal Track & Running News editor, sent us Mark's piece on Amy Hastings, whose run was fantastic and made her a member of the London 2012 Olympic team!
Here is the link: http://www.caltrack.com/read_new/usa-olympic-track-field-trials-coverage-hastings-realizes-olympic-dreams-women%E2%80%99s-trials-100

Amy Hastings 2012 US Trials 10,000m champion, photo by PhotoRun.net
Roy Stevenson was fascinated with the challenges that Jeremy Wariner has had, and despite his naysayers, believes that the 2004 World Champion's best days could and should be ahead of him. Here is Roy's story:
Bryan Clay, Roman Sebrle, 2008 Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net

Roman Sebrle, one of the most charismatic athletes in our sport, and the World record holder in the decathlon, until last night, spoke thoughtfully about Ashton Eaton's new WR and his friend, Bryan Clay. This is one of the reasons' RBR loves the sport of track & field-the class of our athletes.
Eaton_AshtonLJ1-OlyT12.jpgAshton Eaton, 2012 US Olympic Trials, Decathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, LoLo Jones (foreground), photo by PhotoRun.net
100m hurdle final, 2012 US Olympic Trials

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In one of the best day of track & field that I have seen in many a year, 21,795 of our closest friends celebrated a great day of track and field in one of the most positive sanctuaries of our sport, Hayward Field! Here is how Alfons Juck, our man from Europe wrote to the world about Day two in Hayward, Day three of the Trials.

We have asked Jim Dunaway, editor of American Track & Field, to rate each TV broadcast of the Olympic Trials. Here is what he had to say about the June 23 broadcast!

James is rating the TV broadcast one 1-5 stars, with 5 being the best rating. 

Ashton Eaton, Day 1, 2012 US Olympic Trials, HJ, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dick Patrick wrote his June 23 column about, your guessed it, the men's decathlon. Patrick was fascinated with Ashton Eaton, the new world record holder and Harry Marra, his coach. Dick helps you, the reader, get an insider's view of the World record, Ashton Eaton and Harry Marra. We hope you enjoy the story!

Eaton_Ashton1500St-OlyT12.JPGAshton Eaton at the start of 1500m, U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

I have to admit that I get a real kick out working with young writers. Jon Gugala, one of our newest writers, has huge enthusiasm for the sport, and an eye for details that, as a publisher, I truly admire. This is Jon's column for June 23, we hope that you will enjoy it!

Harrison_QueenQ-OlyTr12.jpgQueen Harrison, U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net


Clay, Eaton, Hardee, 2012 Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are the thoughtful clarification from USATF's Jill Geer on the Bryan Clay disqualification in the 110m hurdles in the decathlon:

Bryan Clay decathlon clarification

Bryan Clay was initially disqualified from the decathlon 110m hurdles on Saturday for two infractions: knocking over a hurdle with his hand and for failure to attempt to clear the next hurdle.

Clay's coach protested the disqualification. Upon review, the jury of appeals revoked the DQ for Clay's hand knocking over the hurdle, ruling that it was inadvertent. The DQ for failure to attempt to clear the next hurdle, however, was upheld.

Clay therefore has no mark in the hurdles.

The 10,000 meter races last night drew the fan into the events. Great stories, great challenges. Jon Gugula, who loves distance running and track and field, told me last night that he was drawn to the redemptive stories of Dathan Ritzenhein and Amy Hastings.

For both Ritz and Amy, their races had redemptive powers, not only for themselves, but for the fans who watched, and also for our writer, Mr. Gugula. Here is how he viewed the theme:


Dathan Ritzenhein takes Third Place in 10,000 meters, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

Bryan Clay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bryan Clay, the 2004 Olympic bronze and the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will not make his third Olympic team. His dream turned to disaster in the 110m hurdles, when he hit several of the hurdles, but still kept hurdling.

Bryan Clay hit hurdles 8, hurdles nine and while trying to keep his balance, pushed or hit the last hurdle, running near the finish and walking over the finish, with an approximate time of 16.30.
Bridget Franek is a fine steeplechaser. I first got to really watch her run in the 2011 Golden Gala Roma meeting. Franek ran a great race at the 2012 Oxy Performance meeting. David Hunter decided that Bridget would be the focus of his column today, Day 3, June 23, 2012.

We hope that you enjoy this one!


Bridget Franek, 2011 U.S. Outdoor, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Aldrich Bailey, 2012 US Olympic Trials, 400m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aldrich Bailey is the youngest young man in the men's 400 meters. He sure looked fantastic in his round, running with LaShawn Merritt. Will Aldrich make our feature in Summer Athletes Only and American Track & Field on Preps who made Olympic teams? He sure looks great. Here is Roy Stevenson's first of his daily pieces (one a day, like Dick Patrick, Jon Gugula, Elliott Denman, David Hunter, and James Dunaway) for Runblogrun.com. We hope that you enjoy!
David Rudisha, 2012 adidas GP NYC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yes, other track & field meetings are going on around the world. Last night, Kenenisa Bekele ran 27:02.59 to win the 10,000 meters in the AVIVA Trials in Birmingham, UK. David Rudisha "joggged" an 800m in 1:42.12.

Rudisha treated the fans at the adidas GP to the first sub 1:42 in North America on June 9. The third day of the 2012 US Olympic Trials are on, a short day today, and the rain continues to come down. The decathlon has the javelin, and 1,500 meters.
Christian Taylor, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Quick question. Have you heard of Li-Ning? You may remember  a Chinese  gymnast, the first Chinese athlete to win Olympic medals way back in 1984. Li-Ning became a huge hero in China with his six gymnastic medals in the LA Olympics. Or, perhaps you remember that the same famous Chinese gymnast who flew around the famous Bird's Nest stadium during the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Or, perhaps, if you are a sneaker geek, you might know that Li-Ning is the largest Chinese owned sports footwear and apparel company in existence.

"In fact, all are correct.. Li Ning is not just a former Olympic champion. He also owns the largest sports footwear and apparel brand in China. My job, is to make Americans aware of the next big brand from China-Li-Ning." noted Craig Heisner,  VP of marketing for Digital Li-Ning USA.

Focusing on footwear and apparel in basketball, running and women's fitness, Digital Li-Ning USA, is launching its brand quietly across the country on a digital platform. "We are very focused with our market entry strategy and aware of the pitfalls that exist if you aren't smart about introducing a brand to a new, and highly competitive, marketplace. Digital communication, grassroots events, and product reviews play an important part in that introduction. Our site is easy to maneuver, and we are getting strong reviews of our products," noted Heisner. "Runningnetwork.com's Cregg Weinmann reviewed our Liede model in the Spring 2012 shoe review. Just being reviewed is a recommendation, as The RunningNetwork reviews a limited number of top brands each review period."

Amy Hastings leads 2012 US Trials,
photo courtesy of Brooks communications

The 10,000 meters is a mental chessgame. It is so different from running a 10k on the road. One earns all 10,000 meters in the track race.

An Olympic Trials race is a totally different event. In this race will broke open with lead pack, staying conservative in the rainy Oregon weather, hitting the halfway in 16:30. Up front, were Amy Hastings, Shalane Flanagan, Natosha Rogers and Lisa Uhl.

Hastings had a lot of pressure on her. On January 15, 2012, Amy Hastings had come terribly close to making her first Olympic team. She finished fourth, probably the most depressing position in an Olympic Trials selection event. Hastings had been running Marathons for only a short time. She wept after her fourth. It had to be devastating.

Amy Hastings focused on her training this spring. In this race, Amy Hastings was pushing the pace, running 15:28 over the last 5,000 meters, with Shalane Flanagan, Natosha Rogers and Lisa Uhl keeping it honest.

With 200 meters to go, Natosha Rogers sprinted to the lead, and looked to be in charge of the race. Shalane Flanagan, who had looked so easy, went into sprint mode.

But, Amy Hastings, was ready. With 120 meters to, Amy Hastings did what every good track coach would have smiled about: she changed gears and began to kick furiously. First, she went by Flanagan, then she caught Natosha Rodgers and just gutted on by, fighting for every meter of the track, until she had the victory in her grasp.

And guess what? She won her first Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, making her first Olympic team in the process.

That makes two women runners for Brooks, with Desi Davila in the marathon. Now, Amy Hastings will be going to London.

And miles to go, as it is 35 days to London and counting!
Ashton Eaton, 2011 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Many of you have known James Dunaway through his sixty plus years of covering our sport. Dunaway decided, at the age of 85, he just would not be comfortable walking up and down the stairs of Hayward Field to cover his 15th Olympic Trials, I believe.

We asked Jim, instead, to review the TV broadcast each and every day, of the 2012 US Olympic Trials.

Our TV critic, James Dunaway, Editor of American Track and Field, has worked on hundreds of track and field telecasts for ABC, CBS and NBC's Triplecast, and has covered track and field action at fourteen Olympics.

Here is his first column.
Dick Patrick is one of the most respected and prolific writers in our sport. For nearly two decades, we could rely on Dick for a wonderful column in USA Today. Since 1990, Dick has written for American Track & Field.

All things change. Dick Patrick has continued to write for American Track & Field, and we are grateful that Dick will be writing a column for Runblogrun, from June 22 to July 2. This is his first column for Runblogrun.

We hope that you enjoy it!


Ritzenhein and Rupp lead the 10,000m, US Olympic Trials
Photo by PhotoRun.net

On Friday night, June 22, 2012, the second night of the US Olympic Trials, we saw two of the best 10,000 meter races ever held on US soil. The men's 10,000 meters had several story lines. A team mate working with another team mate , Galen Rupp and Dathan Ritzenhein, while not compromising either of their chances. Matt Tegenkamp, the veteran, making the team, with a kick that is pretty impressive.

Elliott Denman focused on Galen Rupp, the young man who has grown up in front of us. Rupp was a very good high school runner who blossomed at the University of Oregon. Over the last three years, Galen Rupp has continued to become a player on the global stage.

And after this spring, Elliott Denman dares to speculate: is Galen Rupp a potential medalist in London? Read what he has to say!

Rupp_Galen1a-Pre12.JPGGalen Rupp, 2012 Nike Prefontaine Classic, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Ashton Eaton, 2011 US Outdoors, 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eaton_AshtonLJ1-USout11.JPGAshton Eaton, 2011 US Outdoor, Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ashton Eaton showed the world today, at the first day of the US Olympic Trials decathlon, that he is the best decathlete in the world. Running in the rain, Eaton ran a personal best in the 100 meters, running 10.21, which also was a World Record performance for the decathlon. As the rain increased, Eaton then long jumped 8.32m, or 27-00-0, another personal best, and a new World Decathlon record for the Long Jump. He then threw the shot put, 14.50m, high jumped 2.05 and ran the second fastest 400 meters ever in the decathlon (that record, 46.4, hand timed, dates back to 1968, Mexico, and one Bill Toomey, who was present), in 46.69. His score of 4728 is the second best performance in US Decathlon history. He only ranks behind Dan O'Brien, who we hear, was a pretty darn good athlete.

And in this rain, buckets of it, stood Eaton's coach, Harry Marra. Marra is the consumate coach, and a decathlon coach at that. He was beaming, beaming....

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Kenenisa Bekele, Galen Rupp, 2012 Nike Pre Classic,
photo by PhotoRun.ne

Kenenisa Bekele has been racing into shape this season. " I was running poorly," Kenenisa Bekele told RBR at Pre only a few weeks ago. There, he ran a 13:01.48. Five days later, in ExxonMobil Bislett, Kenenisa ran a second faster, 13:00.54.

But Kenenisa running in the 2012 AVIVA Trials 10,000 meters, an open race, showed that he is racing into shape, by sprinting, per observers, 12.54 for the last 100 meters in the race, to take a very close race over his brother, Tariku Bekele, and Gebre Gebremariam.

The Ethiopian selectors had noted that Kenenisa Bekele, the World record holder at 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, had to show his fitness. The world knows he  is back.

As one top coach noted, when telling us about Kenenisa's race,"Well, Bekele is back!"

Well said.

Kenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Bryan Clay, photo courtesy of ASICS communications

Bryan Clay is on a mission. His goal, to make the 2012 Olympic team in the decathlon and medal in London, becoming the only decathlete to ever win medals in three Olympics. RBR caught up with him as we were flying into PDX on Wednesday night. We sent six questions and here is how he responded:
David Rudisha, 2012 adidas Grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Rudisha is a joy to behold. The man is a student of the sport, and his elegant running hides the huge effort that it takes to be the best 800 meter runner in the world. At the Kenyan Trials, Rudisha ran 1:44. Yes, the Kenyan Trials, UK Trials, many major events going on. For the next Nine days, we will focus on the 2012 US Olympic Trials, starting in three hours!
This is columnist David Hunter's first column on the 2012 US Olympic Trials. He traveled to the Nike campus to join the festivities over Hammer Time, the actual Hammer Throw Olympic Trials event, so wonderfully sponsored by Nike.

Here is David's Column:

Kibwe Johnson, 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Photo by PhotoRun.net

The Hammer Time event, held on the Nike campus shows us what track & field should be and could be. Using the power of the Nike brand, as one observer so ably put it, the hammer throw was shown as the beautiful and challenging event that it is, and the athletes were given the pleasure of throwing in front of a crowd, my estimate, at 5,000 for the day.

Nike, Vinn Lananna and Lance Deal should get the credit here. The event was amazing, and one of our most under rated events in track & field, an event that, if presented well, could rock the average sports fan, finally got its due.

Elliott Denmann, one of our RBR daily columnist, tells the story as he observed:

Amber Campbell, 2011 U.S. Indoor Championships, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Welcome to our coverage of the 2012 US Olympic Trials! Here is Jon Gugala's first column, on Vashti Thomas. Jon will be one of our five columnist, writing daily, on the Trials, which will also be part of the coverage supported by Runblogrun and , our RunningNetwork publications.

Jon has a great voice, and his admiration of the athlete comes through in this article. His understanding of the high standards at this, the nine greatest days of Track & Field in the US every four years also comes through. We hope that you enjoy!

Photo by PhotoRun.net

So, the USOC sends a cease and desist letter, to a knitting group that has an event called the Ravelympics, within which is an event called the afghan marathon. Our observant editor at California Track & Running News, Christine Johnson, told RBR about the USOC's actions, and then, their near apology. See link to story below:
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LoLo Jones, 2012 US Open, photo by PhotoRun.net

In one of the most competitive events at the Olympic Trials, LoLo Jones will need her A game, as all the top athletes do, to make the Olympic team at the 100 meter hurdles. Jones, the World Champion indoors in 2008 and 2010, will be seeking her second Olympic team. With sponsors ASICS and Red Bull, LoLo Jones
was able to get some technical support that she sees as key to her future success. You can read more about the Red Bull Project X below:
Allyson Felix, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

We are down to less than two days before the Trials begin and the final declarations are coming in. Jenn Rhines is out of the 10,000 meters, and Allyson Felix is doubling in the 100 meters and 200 meters. More to come!


2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the complete schedule of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field, to be held in Eugene, Oregon, June 21-July 1, 2012. Anyone who witnesses Eugene 2012 will know that they have seen nine of the best days of track & field anywhere, period.

In order to know when and where to worship the track gods, we have posted the entire official schedule of the Trials, courtesy of Tracktown2012, the official website.

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Galen Rupp, 2011 USA Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

We also encourage one and all to visit the Wild Duck Cafe, just a five minute walk from Hayward Field for the various events sponsored by the industry each and every night of the Trials.

Molly Huddle, 2011 USA Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Note that Runblogrun & the Running Network will have four daily columnists each day, plus some surprise columnists as well as Live blogs on each and every session. We will post the links each day, or you can check them out in our digest each night. Remember to tell your friends!

Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, 2012 Nike Pre Classic,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Our sport is track & field. Don't forget to check out the shot put, the jumps and the vault. The high jump will pretty amazing on the men and women's side. The shot put for men and women will also be epic battles. May we offer one suggestion? Check out an event that you never have really observed before. Then, you will find, perhaps, as we have found, that there is athleticism and great competition in all disciplines of track & field.

Hoffa_Reese_Pre12.jpgReese Hoffa, 2012 Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Christophe Lemaitre, 2010 European Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

The European Championships, will be held next week in Helsinki, Finland next week. Over 1,300 athletes will be competing, so the 2012 Euro champs will be a success. In Olympic years, it will become a great place to prepare for the Olympic events.

RBR will be observing the Europeans, thanks to our friends at EME news. From the Euros, we should see some of the new stars and some of the veterans and how their fitness level can be judged for London 2012.
What is fascinating to me is the amount of time, money and energy that running footwear companies spend on causes. Why? The consumer today believes that corporations are living, breathing entities. They want, in my opinion, to work with companies that contribute to their community, support causes, take stands.

The fact that American consumers give brownie points (my term) to corporations that support such events as the Olympics, is a case in point. When Visa's John Bennett, in 1990, supported the VISA Decathlon program, they had a pleasant surprise. Not only did the bank employees love the visits from the decathletes, the American consumer supported VISA in a quantifiable percentage increase of business, due to VISA's support of the Olympic movement.

ASICS support here of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is part of ASICS outreach into the women's market, and of course, the company's desire to support significant cause related groups.

This is not new, but it is positive to see so much growing support of causes in running businesses even with an economy that gets scared of it's own shadow.

Nice job, ASICS. Nice job, running community.  


Yes, this is a big deal. NBC actually broke away from gymnastics to show Tyson Gay's 10.00 run into a -1.5 headwind, his first race since July 2011.

Tyson Gay, 2012 adidas GP NYC, photo by PhotoRun.net

That twitter trended Tyson Gay, which means for the non twitter folks, that Tyson Gay was a large object of interest on the twitter, where one must learn to be succinct, using only 140 characters. Tyson Gay is a favorite on twitter as he answer many of his queries and shows his shoes, and talks about his life as one of the best sprinters in the world.

Anton Krupica, Mile 24, Leadville 100m, photo courtesy of Leadville Race Series

Two summers ago, I believe, I met Anton Krupica at the Outdoor Retailer. Krupica, a legend in ultra marathoning, was quiet, smiling and thoughtful. He had run races that many of us only dream of. Anton reminds me of Bob Deines, the 1968 Olympic trials fourth place marathoner, and a heck of an 50 mile racer. Anton takes that spirit another fifty miles, or more...

How can one describe the Leadville Race Series? One of the pinnacles of ultra running is probably a good one.

So, New Balance is making a statement with this series and their Trail product. In the ultra competitive performance running footwear biz, New Balance has just won best new Minimalist shoe from the Running Network, (New Balance Minimus Zero Road), and the new Trail product is getting some very positive comments.

New Balance has learnt that focus is key for one to have success in this business.

Hannah England, 2011 WC 1,500m silver medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hannah England, World Championship silver medalist at the 1,500m, will not be running at the
UK Athletics Aviva Trials. England sustained an achilles injury when she was spiked at the FBK Hengelo Meeting last month. She is recovering well, but will not race until the Aviva London GP in mid August.

Chris Thompson, Mo Farah, 2010 European Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chris Thompson, the European silver medalist at 10,000m, will not be running in the AVIVA Trials due to a back injury. Thompson trains in Eugene, Oregon with the Nike Oregon Track Club. 

The story was featured on the UK Athletics site today: http://www.uka.org.uk/media/news/june-2012/19-06-12-england-trials/

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field, held in Eugene, Oregon, June 22-July 1, are about to begin. Athletes, coaches, media and fans are making their treks to the Cathedral of American track & field.

Team Hurdle Crew, 2008 Eugene Trials,
photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the best nine days of track & field, outside of the Olympics. In fact, the battle to get into the top three is epic, in all events. After having read over the last few months about how other countries pick their teams, the US system, with all of its drama, is, in my opinion, the best for our particular needs.

If you can not get to the Trials, then, please, watch it on TV. Follow us at Runblogrun.com and our new LIVE blog (you can participate by using the hashtag, #eugene 2012), you can view it from runblogrun.com, or watch twitter as we send out the daily links! Remember, you can follow runblogrun on your mobile (as you can from any RunningNetwork site). 

Here is the TV schedule for the Trials, which will be on the NBC Sports Network and NBC:

Vin Lananna noted that he would like to see a World Championship in Eugene, Oregon. The IAAF is known to support a World Championship Outdoor in the US, but there have been challenges. The problem has been how the prize money is taxed, but real issue is stadium that would buid, not embarrass the sport.

Vin Lananna, it is now said, is setting his eyes on a World Champs in the US. Let's see what happens with this one. Vin has put together some of our best championships, two tremendous Olympic Trials, and he was head coach of the USA team in Daegu. The guy is goal oriented so lets stay tune on this one.

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Vin Lananna, photo by PhotoRun.net
And thus, begins our coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials-Track & Field. We will have columnists, Dave Hunter, Jon Gugala, Eliot Denman and Dick Patrick. You will also get to see coverage from our regional editors within the Running Network, plus video and daily live blogs on Runblogrun of each sessions within the Olympic Trials.

Dave Hunter's column will begin to set the stage, we hope that you enjoy!

A Daily Journal from the U.S. Olympic Trials/ Track & Field

The Cathedral: Nothing Compares to Hayward Field,

by Dave Hunter

Highlights from Hayward

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A belated happy Fathers Day to all the fathers in our audience. We hope you had a great day. I took of Sunday to spend with my mother, father and son. A wonderful day. Please enjoy the compilation of great results from this past weekend!

Athletes are coming out of the woodwork, as national championships and selections begin. Lots of exciting competitions to witness. The US Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field will start this Thursday, June 21 and finish July 1.

During the US Trials, the British will have their Trials, June 22-24, and the Jamaican Trials are one week later!
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Kim Collins, Usain Bolt, Christophe Lemaitre, Rome 2012,  photo by PhotoRun.net

Vivian Cheruiyot, 2011 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

This column by Toni Reavis, on the 10,000m womens Trials in Kenya, shows that Vivian Cheruiyot just dropped a huge last lap in the 10,000 meters, after running the first 5k in seventeen minutes, and then a 15:24 for the last 5,000 meters. Cheruiyot is suffering from a sore ankle, made it through the race, and did what she had to do-she made the Kenyan Olympic team.
Christophe Lematire, Asafa Powell, Kim Collins, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nytra_CarolinR-EuroInd11.jpgCarolin Nytra, 2011 Euro Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

European national championships abounded this weekend. Here is what our man on the world scene, Alfons Jucks wrote about the major events of the weekend:

Another wonderful piece by Dave Hunter on one of our hammer gods, Jud Logan. Emil Zatopek, the great Czech distance runner once told me how hard it was for an elite athlete to be a coach. "Sometimes, it was easier for me to just run for them, than to coach them." Jud Logan gets that. He has developed a sanctuary to celebrate the hammer, in Ashland, Ohio.
Big Sur Marathon, photo courtesy of BSIM

The area around Big Sur is one of the most beautiful in the world. That the BSIM team has made the events, which celebrate this beautiful scenery, world class is a tribute to the team at Big Sur! We highly recommend that you try and run or walk these amazing events.
New Balance Outdoor Nationals, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is Chris Lotsbom's column on the second day of the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Edward Cheserek won the boys two mile in 8:55.12 and Wesley Frazier won the two mile in 10:13.43.

Meseret Defar, Vivian Cheruiyot, 2012 Rome DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Vivian Cheruiyot has been in two closer than close battles with Meseret Defar at 3k and 5k, so her win at the Kenyan Trials over 10,000m was not unexpected. Nice to see our friend, Sally Kipyego take third spot, this women is a tough and spirited runner.

Sanya Richards has run 49.39 and 22.09, and she is ready for the Trials, she will decide on the 200 meters AFTER the 400 meters is done in Eugene.

And, one of our favorites, Deena Kastor, who took sixth in the marathon trials, and then ran 31:49 and 15:22 for the 10,000m and 5,000m after the Trials, is injured and has not been able to train for the Trials in Eugene. A gutty runner, and an Olympic medalist, Deena Kastor has put much into our sport.

Ashley Erba, 2012 NB outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

The New Balance Outdoor Nationals is a celebration of our sport and the strength of American high school track and field, the future of our sport. Chris Lotsbom, the Junior Editor at Race Results Weekly, wrote the following piece on the first Day of the NBO. Remember to check it out on facebook!
The Dream Mile and Dream 100 meters, sponsored by adidas, is the way adidas promotes their support of high school track & field. This year, without rain, but on a warm, humid day, bot the miles and the 100 meters lived up to their hype.

Chris Lotsbom, Junior Editor of Race Results Weekly gives us his take on last weekend's excellent races....

Bernie Montoya, adidas Dream Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Caleb Ndiku, 2012 NB Boston GP Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Every day I read about the Kenyan Trials, I smile, thanking the big track fan in the sky that I live in the US of A and we have the Olympic Trials with the simple rule of place in top three or you do not go (okay, provided you get the A standard). Seems like the Athletics Kenya folks talk to whoever media person they can find, and their statements just stir it up.

Am very sad to hear about Dwight Phillips, one of my favorite athletes, not being able to compete in the Trials. Also heard about that with Deena Kastor, one of our real trail blazers in American women distance running.

Dwight Phillips, 2011 WC Daegu, photo by PhotoRun.net

Caroline Feith, manager for Dwight Phillips, the four time World Championship gold medalist at the long jump, and 2004 Olympic Champion at the long jump, will not be competing in the 2012 US Olympic Trials next week.

Here is the statement from Caroline Feith:

Reigning World Champion and 2004 Olympic Champion Dwight Phillips, will not compete in the US Olympic Trials next week in Eugene, due to injury.

Dwight Phillips is aiming to come back even stronger and will be part of the USA team next year for the World Championships in Moscow.
The US Olympic Committee announced the new Nike sponsored Team USA footwear and apparel for the London 2012 medal stands. I like the Windrunner apparel. We have sure come a long way since Kappa was doing the team uniforms!


June 14, 2012

NIKE, U.S. Olympic Committee unveil Team USA medal stand footwear and apparel for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

NEW YORK, N.Y. -Nike and the United States Olympic Committee today unveiled the Team USA medal stand footwear and apparel for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the first time, Nike will offer three distinct medal stand outfits for the athletes of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Each outfit will be worn by medalists of different
sports; however, every athlete will receive all three looks.

"Nike has developed a groundbreaking concept for U.S. athletes on the medal stand in London with innovative looks and thoughtful details that speak to American pride," said USOC Managing Director of Consumer Products and Licensing Peter Zeytoonjian. "At the pinnacle moment in their drive for Olympic and Paralympic greatness, our athletes will be outfitted in the most revolutionary and eye-catching Nike products."

Each of the three medal stand looks features a contemporary approach to classic silhouettes, combining performance, innovation and sustainability from head to toe. Soulful details, some of which are only visible to the athlete but are detailed below, complete each unique look.

"The medal stand is a pinnacle moment for these athletes," said Global Creative Director, Martin Lotti. "The world is watching and we want to make sure the athlete looks and feels good in celebration of their achievement."

The three Team USA medal stand looks for the London 2012 Games are as follows:

Kenneth Kipkemboi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenneth Kipkemboi won the Kenyan Olympic Trials 10,000 meter final on the first night of the Kenyan Trials. The Kenyan Trials should be an amazing competition, so we will be watching closely the outcome.
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Caster Semenya, Meseret Defar, Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Caster Semenya ran a fast 600 meter race in Turku, Finland. Semenya set a NR with this race. Semenya, the 2009 World Championship gold medalist, the 2011 World Silver medalist, is facing some very stiff competition in 2012. 

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14 Minutes, by Alberto Salazar and John Brant

One of our favorite correspondents, Jeff Benjamin, sent in this review of Alberto Salazar's new book, 14 minutes. The book was written by Alberto Salazar and RW senior writer, John Brant, who also wrote, Duel in the Sun.

The book is well done, and gives the reader a pretty honest view of how Alberto sees his world and his role in sports. A tremendous athlete, Alberto Salazar has evolved into a very thoughtful coach, whose concern for his athletes is legendary.

Alberto gives the reader a fascinating view of his loving, emotional, close family life. His father could be a book in itself, and Alberto should be given kudos for giving the reader a view of a father, Jose, who loves his family, is proud of his sons, including Alberto, and who is defined, and tortured, in many ways, by his past. Alberto could have painted a severe picture of a very complicated man, he does not. The sections on the father are some of the most poignant in the book. 

Alberto Salazar also speaks of a very deep religious upbringing, and how he and his wife, Molly, shared that with their family. He pulls no punches, not asking you to approve, but, helping you understand his journey, which, again, to this reader, is fascinating. 

Alberto Salazar also makes no excuses for his sporting career. Well written, the book gives the reader an insiders view into a parallel universe called Nike, and how that influences Alberto's every waking moment. The writing style and syntax shows that John Brant, one of the great journalists of our era, gave this book much attention. Brant helped Alberto show his life honestly-it is a book of which both should be very proud.

14 minutes is the story of a complicated man, sports hero, sports coach, father, husband, brother, son. Alberto Salazar has experienced death, and better than most, he understands the little time we have on this small planet. He chooses to live, coach and love his family to his fullest. An admirable goal. 

And, a very good summer read. 

Mo Farah, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

There are always pluses and minuses with any job. Charles van Commenee, the UK Athletics high performance boss, is preparing for the onslaught. With the high popularity of UK Athletics, and the London 2012 Games less than two months away, can Commenee gets queried about all things track & field.

His recent wincing in an interview was observed by several journalists, until van Commenee admitted to falling off his bike in Amsterdam recently, and breaking a few ribs.

The most recent was that Jessica Ennis, who set the British heptathlon record at the recent Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria, was called "fat" by a high ranking UK athletics official. Charles van Commenee seemed slightly amused, or perhaps, bemused by the situation, but denied that the official was him.

Does not really sound like his way of operating. Charles van Commenee is seen at many meets observing the coaches and athletes, taking notes, and purposely staying out of the limelight.

With the likes of Phillips Idowu, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis, UK Athletics should do quite well in the medal department. Either way, van Commenee will be under intense media scrutiny. That comes with the job, as van Commenee would point out, not admitting that the scrutiny is either frustrating or just plain time consuming. 

That will not happen over the next two months, as the UK Athletics top coach will be accused of everything but global warming and perhaps, creating the internet.

Here is a recent piece that appeared in the New Zealand Media:

Christian Taylor, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Caster Semenya, Meseret Defar, Vivian Cheruiyot, 2012 Compeed Golden Gala Roma,
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Mariya Savinova, 2011 WC, Daegu, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mariya Savinova, the 2011 World Championship winner at 800 meters, is running well in 2012. Running at the 2012 Moscow Challenge today in Moscow, local time, Savinova cruised a fine 1:57.93, leading eight more Russian women under 1:59.9!

The women's 800 meters is quickly becoming a fascinating event in 2012. With Alyisa Montoya in the US, Pamela Jelimo from Kenya, Caster Semenya from South Africa, and now Mariya Savinova, from Russia, among others, the event has taken on a very swift look.
Dathan Ritzenhein, FBK Games, Hengelo, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Dathan Ritzenhein ran a two times the 5000m at Portland Track & Field Festival, running the first 5,000m in 13:19, and coming back, a half hour later, running the second 5,000m in 13:56. We met with Dathan after the Hengelo Meeting, where he ran 27:50.8. He was heading back to Park City, Utah, for more training.

The BBC reported this morning that Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Jamaica in the early hours of Sunday morning. Asafa Powell was also at the scene of the accident. Neither Usain Bolt nor Asafa Powell were injured in this accident. Bolt's spokesperson noted the Usain Bolt was resting at home.

Tyson Gay, 2012 adidas GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

In a busy weekend of track, Tyson Gay ran his first race in nearly a year, running the 100 meters in 10.00. He ran this race into a headwind of -1.5, making the race event more significant.  Tyson ran out of the blocks well, albeit a bit slowly. His strength, the mid race on, showed itself once again, and Tyson Gay ran a strong first race.

In two weeks, all questions will be answered at the Olympic Trials.

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David Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jeremy Wariner, 2011 adidas GP NYC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott Denman caught up with Jeremy Wariner on Friday afternoon, before the adidas GP, to see how he was feeling about 2012. Here is his piece:
Abubaker Kaki, David Rudisha, 2011 AVIVA London, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The adidas Grand Prix NYC, will be held on June 9, 2012. This will be the last big meet in the US before the Olympic Trials, which start in thirteen days. The adidas Grand Prix NYC is all about the competition. Fast races, high jumps, long throws, mano a mano, womano a womano.

At the end of the day, the shared experience, that, given a small plot of sand, or a partially grassed field, no matter where you are, kids will run, jump and throw. As they grow up, most have had an experience more organized, hence the shared experience. The idea of watching highly trained people running, jumping and throwing faster, higher or farther than we can imagine, is what track & field is all about!

Tomorrow should be a fantastic meet! Looking forward to the adidas Grand Prix NYC this weekend!

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Usain Bolt in Rome 2012, with Kim Collins, Christophe Lemaitre,
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Usain Bolt shows that he is king of his domain, once again, with a fine 9.79 in the 100 meters today in the ExxonMobil Bislett Games. In second, Asafa Powell, running 9.85, and looking better than in Rome, has now reach either number 79 or 80 sub ten second 100 meter races.

Asbel Kiprop, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Asbel Kiprop loves the mile. He won the Nike Pre on Saturday, June 2, and wins the ExxonMobil Games on June 7, with a time of 3:49.22.

Dejan Gebremeskal, 2011 World Champs, 5,000m heats,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Dejan Gebremeskal, the bronze medalist in the 5,000 meters from Daegu, won the so called Ethiopian 5,000 meter Trials in Oslo. Running 12:58.92 to Hagos Gebrehewit's 12:58.99 and Imane Mergas' 12:59.97, Gebremeskel looks good for London, although nothing is official until the selectors comment. Tariku Bekele was fourth, in 13:00.42 and his brother, World record holder, gobs of Olympic and World Champ medals in his drawer, Kenenisa Bekele, was fifth in 13:00.54, one second better than his 5,000m race at the Nike Prefontaine on Saturday, June 2.

Javier Culson, 2012 Rome Golden Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net

Javier Culson ran world leading 47.92 for the 400 meter hurdles. Britain's David Greene, Euro and World Champion at 400 m hurdles, was fourth in 48.98.  Renaud Lavillenie, who recently had a sore back, was fit enough to win here, at 5.82m. Malte Mohr, Germany, was second at 5.62m.

In the triple jump, Pre champ Christian Taylor took second, with a jump of 17.06m to Russia's Lyukman Adam's 17.09m.

Vitislaw Vesely, 2012 Shanghai DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andreas Thorkildsen took third in the javelin, with a throw of 82.30m, with Czech Vitislaw Vesely's massive 88.11 meter throw taking the premier position in the throw.

Chemos, Assefa, 2012 Shanghai DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

On the women's side, the women's steeplechase saw Milcah Chemos run 9:07.14 world leader, holding off Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia, in 9:09.00, and Hiwot Ayalew, also of Ethiopia in 9:09.61. In ninth place, GBR's Eilish McColgan ran 9:38.45, which is close to her pb, I believe. Eilish is the daughter of GBR great Liz McColgan.  

Amantle Montsho, 2012 Shanghai DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Amantle Montsho won the 400 meters in 49.68, this just fives after her race with Sanya Richards-Ross. 

Sally Pearson, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sally Pearson of Australia, World Indoor and Outdoor champion ran a world leading 12.49 for the 100 meter hurdles, as US's Kristi Castlin ran a fine 12.58. Tiffany Porter ran 12.70, Priscilla Lopes-Scheif ran 12.75, with LoLo Jones running 12.76. Danielle Carruthers ran 12.77.

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Chaunte Howard Lowe won the high jump with a clearance of 1.97 meters.

All in all, a pretty good meet. Samsung League is doing better job than in 2011, but more time in between meets might make sense. The event that stood out? Well, the 100 meters for men, with Bolt and Powell, how can it not?

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The races in Oslo are over. Usain Bolt ran 9.79 for the 100 meters and Asafa Powell ran 9.85, an improvement on his Rome race.

Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, 2011 IAAF Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net

On Saturday, Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay will be running the 100 meters, except, in different races. For Tyson Gay, it is a test of his body, to see if the rigors of the sprint wars will allow him to race well this year. For Yohan Blake, it is a time to see where he is with a 9.84 and 19.91 this year, for the 100 meters and 200 meters.

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Tyson Gay, Aviva London 2010 DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Looking forward to seeing the adidas Grand Prix NYC this weekend! Just arrived in New York, and will be working on a few pieces. It is all about the competition.

Stay tuned.

Gay, Bolt, Stockholm, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Ivan Ukhov, 2009 Prefontaine Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ivan Ukhov has upped the stakes in the high jump for 2012 with his clearance of 2.37 meters. He made game attempts at 2.41, per EME News. The high jump will be one of the most hotly contested events in track & field in London 2012. More to come!

Defar versus Cheruiyot, Roma 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Looking forward to the 5,000 meters for women at the adidas Grand Prix, with Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba racing against each other. Should be a great race! Happy to see Tyson Gay racing once again, also at the adidas Grand Prix. Tyson will be running one of the heats of the 100 meters.

Watch for some great racing from Des Moines this weekend as well!

Kim Collins, Usain Bolt, Christophe Lemaitre, 2012 Compeed Roma,
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Thorkildsen_Andreas-Lausanne11.jpgAndreas Thorkildsen, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Bislett Games, to be held on Thursday, June 7, will feature the match up, for the twelfth time, between Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. Bolt ran 9.76 to Powell's 9.91 in their last race, in Rome on May 31.

Andreas Thorkildsen, who had been invited to Nike Pre's amazing javelin display, but declined to prepare himself for his home turf, Oslo. For Thorkildsen, all of the javelin studs are now coming to visit him.

RBR will update on the Bislett Games, as we head to the adidas Grand Prix tomorrow morning! Should be a great weekend of track & field, especially with the NCAA Champs going on in Des Moines.

We forgot about this one, sorry! The Athletes Only Digital issue has been out for a while. Shooting Star Media now offers the print and digital issues, and if you go to www.atf-athlete.com, you can subscribe to the digital issue for FREE and have it delivered to your very own email address. Next issue comes out in July, and will feature a piece on the twelve high school athletes who have made US Olympic Track & Field teams, plus tips for fall conditioning and fall cross country training.
Track and Field is Cool! An interview with Daniel Magnus, by Larry Eder

Liu Xiang, 2012 Shanghai DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

In trying to come up with some unique pieces for you, our dear readers, to read and consider, I chatted with Rich Kenah. Rich, the 1997 World bronze medalist, both indoors and outdoors, at the 800 meters, spends his days and nights promoting the sport of athletics. As partner with Mark Wetmore, Rich Kenah helps manage the adidas Grand Prix NYC, and the New Balance Boston GP. 

Rich put me in touch with Daniel Magnus, former CEO of Metro Newspapers, which was a long time sponsor of the Global Athletics event in NYC. Daniel and his son, then four, are total track hounds now, after witnessing the meet in 2007. 

There is much to learn from his experience. I believe, like many, that our sport has a history that dates back to early man. We have always respected those who could run, jump and throw farther than others. 

With those great spiritual ties with our sport, is it a matter of approaching the discussion of the sport in a different way? Read Daniel Magnus's comments and consider looking at our sport from a sport fans' eyes. 
Meseret Defar, 2012 Compeed Golden Gala Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tirunesh Dibaba, 2012 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Dayron Robles, 2011 FBK Games/Hengelo, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have to admit, that I am still recovering from the best Nike Pre Classic that I have ever seen. And now, less than one week later, is the adidas Grand Prix NYC. It is shaping up to offer the best clashes that I have ever seen in the Big Apple! 

Meseret Defar, who has been battling Vivian Cheruiyot over the past month, will be taking on Tirunesh Dibaba, over 5,000 meters at Randalls Island this coming Saturday. The two most be medaled Ethiopian women in track & field, Defar and Dibaba, could make this the 5,000 meter race of the season! 

The 100 meters will have Allyson Felix, Kelly Ann Baptiste, and Carmelita Jeter! This race should be a barn burner! 

The men's 110 meter hurdles will be run without Dayron Robles. Robles, who did not get to run in Pre due to visa troubles, has a slight injury and is staying in Cuba, mending and training.

The men's 110m hurdles will feature Liu Xiang, off his 12.87 wind aided, Aries Merritt, off his 12.96, and David Oliver, Jason Henderson and Jeff Porter, all wanting another shot at the top two! 

The Nike Pre and the adidas GP are the two elite outdoor track meets in the US (the Oxy performance is coming along, and has made huge leaps in the past year). I believe that we need four such elite meetings, with one in the midwest and one either in California (on same night as SoCal High school state champs) or in Texas (around Texas High School champs). 

For more info on the adidas Grand Prix, please click on www.adidasgrandprix.com
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