February 2014 Archives

Skechers Performance Division recently added Matty Reed, Sarah Haskins and Christian Kemp to their elite athlete team. Skechers Performance division has focused on endurance athletes, such as Reed, Haskins and Christian Kemp as brand ambassadors. The most well-known of Skechers Performance Division's brand ambassadors is Meb Keflezighi. 

Here is the release and photos of Matty Reed, Sarah Haskins and Christian Kemp, all very happy to be with their new footwear sponsor! 

Galen Rupp ran 13:01.26 for the 5,000 meters on January 16, 2014, and then, on January 25, 2014, came back and ran 8:07.41, both American records. Galen's 5,000 meters was the fastest 5,000 meters ever run in the month of January. For those two performances, RunBlogRun gives Galen Rupp our first American athlete of the Month Award!

Thanks to the Shoe Addicts for producing the video salute. 

(Editor's note: HOKA ONE ONE continues to add to their athlete roster. This release speaks of Magdelena Lewy-Boulet, a 2008 Olympian, who is looking to longer challenges, and Nicole Schappert, a 1,500m runner who has seen how HOKA ONE ONE can help break the injury cycle, giving Nichole to dream of higher podium finishes. HOKA ONE ONE realizes, that, in our sport, brands that support the sport are giving back to the community from which they make their business.)
Lopez Lomong, USA Outdoors, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alberto Salazar apologizes to Lopez Lomong, Lomong Q&A, by Ken Goe, for OregonLive.com  

Lopez Lomong, who won the 1,500-meter title Sunday at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., wrote in an email that Alberto Salazar has apologized to him for an angry outburst a day earlier.

In an incident first reported by freelance writer Jon Gugala, Salazar accused the two-time U.S. Olympian of impeding Galen Rupp during the 3,000 final on Saturday.

Lomong is part of the elite training group coached by Jerry Schumacher and based on the Nike campus. He finished fourth in the 3,000.

Salazar coaches Rupp as part of the Nike Oregon Project, also based on the Nike campus. Rupp finished second in the 3,000.

Near the end of an email Q-and-A that I conducted with Lomong on Wednesday, he wrote that Salazar phoned him to say he was sorry.

"I completely accept his sincere apology," Lomong wrote. "I am moving forward with a clean slate."

Here is the complete Q-and-A, in which Lomong explains how gratified he was to win the 1,500 in Albuquerque, where his fiance, Brittany Morreale, is stationed as a member of the U.S. military:

Q: What was the race plan going into the 1,500 final?

A: Going into the final I knew I was up against tough competition and a tough field.  I was a little surprised by the number athletes all lining up together on the 200m track. The plan was to go out and put myself in a good position to have a shot at getting one of the World Championships spots. The fast 3K the day before took a little bit out of me but I was excited to get to compete and had confidence in my training plan.

Q: How well did you execute the plan?

A: The execution was excellent. I was happy to come away with a win.  I expected there to be a lot of movement and jostling on the track and I was glad I was able to execute.

Q; What, if anything, surprised you in the race?

A: I've run many finals during my time as a professional and this seemed like a pretty straight forward finals race despite the large field and the small track.

Q: How concerned were you about running a second final at altitude in as many days?

A: I have been up in Colorado Springs for the last 5 weeks and I think I was prepared to compete at altitude in back to back races.

Q: How gratifying was the victory?

A: It was great to come to my second home (my fiance serves in the military in Albuquerque) and I had a great crowd of friends and family who came out to cheer me on! It felt like a hometown race and I was proud to get to run in front of friends and fans two days in a row. It was so great to bring home a "gold" to Brittany.

Q: What are your goals for the World Indoor?

A: My goal is to put myself in a good position and gun for that Gold medal and a place on the podium!  It will be a physical race of course and will take a lot of heart and speed to win it.

Q: What are your plans for the outdoor season?

A: This outdoor season I plan to focus on developing my 5,000m skills.  I will likely open up the season at Stanford in early May at the Payton Jordan meet.

Q: There have been published reports about Alberto Salazar yelling at you on Saturday. Are the reports accurate?

A: Emotions were running very high after both of the 3,000m races and some things may have been said and may have happened that were driven by passion rather than reason.  I know how invested coaches can be and sometimes that can spill over in unfortunate ways.

Q: It's my understanding that Salazar has apologized. Did he make his apology by phone or email or in person?

A: Coach Salazar and I spoke this morning on the phone and we have put the events that happened on Saturday behind us. I am honored to be representing the USA in Poland and I know that we have put a great team together to chase after medals!

Q: How satisfied are you with the apology?

A: I completely accept his sincere apology. I am moving forward with a clean slate.

I also had an email exchange and a followup phone conversation with Tom Ratcliffe, the agent for both Lomong and Andrew Bumbalough, who also trains with Schumacher's group.

Ratcliffe said he had asked USA Track & Field to look into the verbal exchange between Salazar and Lomong.

"Although at this juncture Lopez is satisfied with the apology," Ratcliffe wrote. "So he's not going to press forward." 

Bumbalough was disqualified in the 3,000 at the USA Indoor for what increasingly is looking like a case of mistaken identity.

Ratcliffe said he has asked that Bumbalough be reinstated, but not has not heard whether USATF will do that.

-- Ken Goe

To see Ken Goe's story in its original form, please go to: 


(Editor's note: Good luck to Lopez Lomong as he races in Sopot, Poland next weekend! )

Haunting Images of Abandoned Olympic Venues, compiled by Jake Heppner, for Distractify2.com


Athens VolleyBall Stadium for 2004 Olympics, source: businessinsider.com

Link is http://www.distractify2.com/culture/sports/haunting-images-of-abandoned-olympic-venues/

(Editor's note: A thought provoking photo essay showcasing images from as far back as the 1936 Olympics, to 1992, 2004, 2008 and 2012, among others. Allowing the photos to do their service, the compiler did a nice job on the this compelling photo essay. All photos sourced and credited).

Ivan Ukhov set a new Russian record for the high jump with his amazing clearance of 2.42 (7-11 1/2) in Prague on Tuesday night, February 25. This piece on the meeting was written by Phil Minshull for the IAAF (to see it in its original form, with some fine pictures, please go to http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/ivan-ukhov-high-jump-prague)

Ivan Ukhov, London 2012, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 
To find out about every conference meet in collegiate indoor track this weekend, just go to the following link! 


(Editor's note: USTFCCCA.org is the place that you can be sure of finding where collegiate cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field action really is. The USTFCCCA represents nearly nine thousand coaches who coach cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field in the NCAA Divisions 1,2,3 and NAIA. 

Indoor collegiate track & field is in high gear this weekend, as the conference battles begin! Don't miss a moment!)


Ann Killion, writing for the SFGate.com, asked the question that was running around in most of our heads, what did Russia get for the rubles it spent on the Sochi Olympics? Even though, with the entire world media noting that Sochi had a bulls eye on itself for a terrorist attack, social media had pictures of the two toilets per media bathroom (no privacy), it does not seem that hosting an Olympics makes as much sense in our current world and culture. 

To read the story in its entirety: 

http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/What-did-Russia-get-for-its-51-billion-5271539.php ann killion sf gate

BringBackthemile.com  has been promoting the importance of the mile distance in our sport. HOKA ONE ONE, in their continuing effort to support the sport of athletics, has agreed to sponsor this exciting effort by BringBacktheMile.com

Chris Solinsky, 10,000m, AR, May 2010, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Former AR holder at the 10,000 meters, Chris Solinsky, in a copyrighted interview on FloTrack by Ryan Fenton, and posted full interview by Mitch Kastoff, announced that he was focusing on the marathon distance. Solinsky, a former UW Madison standout, surprised many with his fine debut at 10,000 meters in May 2010, when he became the first non-African male to break 27 minutes for the 10,000 meters. 

Chris Solinsky, DN Galan/Stockholm, 2010, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2011, Chris Solinsky developed an unfortunate series of injuries that has seen him take the next couple of years to build back up to his massive strength and endurance base. A fine interview by FloTrack! 

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Chris Solinsky, after being spiked on track, Summer 2010

To read the interview in its entirety, and also listen to it, please go to: 
(Editor's note: As part of his buildup for the Virgin Money London Marathon, Mo Farah will be racing the NYC Half on March 16, just less than one month before his debut at the full marathon distance. The 2012 Olympic double gold and 2013 World double gold medalist at 10,000m and 5,000m has shown his ability over the half marathon distance. Much interest is focused on Mo Farah's run in London. 

David Monte, RRW, and also the elite athlete consultant for the NYRR, wrote the following piece on Mo Farah's plan to race in the Big Apple on March 16. )

Mo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Updated February 26, 2014 by editor.

I was heading up to my hotel room at the Lenox, the day before the New Balance Grand Prix, when I saw three guys, all dressed up in Brooks gear. I asked them if they were with the Brooks Beasts, and one of them said, " I am their coach, Danny Mackey." 

It was a quick intro, but that afternoon, on my walk around the Boston Commons, I observed Danny running with two of his 800 meter runners: a shake out run and nice conversation in the new snow and sun. 

Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC coach, 
from Brooks Running

Danny Mackey is the coach of the Brooks Beasts, the club that Brooks started to support elite athlete development in their corporate home town, Seattle. Danny agreed to an interview with RunBlogRun. You will find it below. 

Danny Mackey is an example of the quality of men and women that we have in coaching in our sport across the country. His interview has something for everyone. 

The Throwholics.com site does what one would expect: promotes the throws for true throws geeks and enthusiasts. Ryan Whiting threw the fifth best shot in history with his 22.23 meter or 72'-11 1/2 " throw at the USA Indoor. 

Ryan Whiting is ready to throw in Sopot! Check out the story at http://www.throwholics.com/2014/02/whiting-yells-i-dont-think-so/

Thanks to the bible of the sport, Track and Field News, we learnt about Throwholics.com
 This year, track fans followed LoLo Jones and Lauryn Williams at the Winter Olympics. Lauryn Williams took the silver and LoLo Jones took 11th. The Onion, the national humor publication, had a story recently on LoLo Jones being the first Olympic athlete to be objectified in the Winter and Summer Olympics? Funny, but, to many, that is seen as a fact. 

Lauryn Williams, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lauryn Williams became ONLY the fifth athlete EVER to win Olympic medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Did she get the cover that she deserved? The last American to do the double was over seventy years ago! 

Do you get tired of hearing terms like girls and Men when watching sports on TV? In the effort to sell and get more viewers for Olympic TV, does the network have any responsibility in how they produce the coverage? One key observer told me that "nothing will change in sports TV coverage as the producers are happy, and that is all that matters."

The following piece is from the Atlantic Monthly: A Brief History of Sexism in the Olympics. It is a thought-provoking read, with some very good sidebars. 

The questions of how Major Media covers sports in general, and our sport in particular are good things to consider. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/02/a-brief-history-of-sexism-in-tv-coverage-of-the-olympics/284003/

Curious to see what you, our readers think about this piece. Please send me your thoughts at [email protected] 
Jordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

The cooler head of Jordan Hasay prevailed, note by Kevin Mangan

The USATF Indoor Championships was quite the weekend. There were lots of great racing and competition.

Unfortunately that was all overshadowed by the Gabe Grunewald disqualification incident. While social media, the American track world and people around her were in an uproar, the cooler head of Jordan Hasay prevailed and Grunewald will get to fully enjoy her first national championship, as well as a berth in the World Indoor Championships. 

Ms. Hasay must be commended for doing what she thought was right, even though it came at a great cost to her. Hasay voluntarily retracting her protest and giving up her spot on Team USA is a perfect example of doing what is right as opposed to what is easy: "As with all of the competitors who lined up on Saturday, I desperately wanted to make the team to represent the United States at the upcoming World Indoor Track and Field Championships. Since Saturday evening my emotions have ranged from despair to determination to go to Poland and represent my country as best I can. After much thought and consideration, however, I have decided to withdraw my protest as I do not want to make a national team under these circumstances. I wish all members of the USA team going to Poland my best and look forward to continuing to train hard and competing to represent the USA in future World Championship and Olympic Games." said Hasay. 

As Hasay astutely demonstrated winning, or in this case making national teams, is not the most important thing in the world. Jordan showed an extremely high level of maturity during a trying time. On behalf of track fans everywhere, thank you for showing us how to be a true sportswoman or sportsman.

(Editor's note: Kevin Mangan is our intern for American Track & Field and RunBlogRun.com. Kevin recently competed in the 12k at the USA Cross Country champs and wrote about that. You can see his writings, most days, on www.american-trackandfield.com and on FB and twitter. Kevin said what needed to be said: Jordan Hasay showed wisdom beyond her years). 


Andrew Bumbalough, photo by PhotoRun.net 

The other DQ: Andrew Bumbalough, by Jon Gugala, for Spikeduppsychedup.com 

Andrew Bumbalough, a Nike athlete trained by Jerry Schumacher in Portland, says he was at his hotel at least an hour after the end of the men's 3000-meter final in Albuquerque when he was told by a teammate that he'd been disqualified, nullifying his eighth-place finish.

USATF official results currently list Bumbalough as a DQ for "Interference", and he says Schumacher and assistant coach Pascal Dobert appealed the ruling at the track, but it failed. The reason given to his coach by USATF, he says, was that he "looked over and deliberately stepped out in front of Galen Rupp and made contact at some point, which impeded [Rupp's] progress illegally." Bumbalough does not know who filed the protest, but he's pretty sure his coach does.

To read the entire story, please go to: 

(Editor's note: I have to admit that I did not know about Andrew Bumbalough's DQ until I was posting the results last night on FB. )
Mary Cain won the 1,500 meters in a masterful fashion on Sunday afternoon. Showing racy savvy way beyond her seventeen years, Mary Cain stayed near the front, out of trouble the pace averaged a solid 4:10 pace. Using a sub 60 second last 400 meters, Mary Cain, who was in control by the 1100 meter mark, defended her title in 4:07.05, which was pretty impressive for the 5,000 foot environs that Ms. Cain was racing in. Her teammate, Treniere Moser, coming back from a last summer injury, was second, just over two seconds back, joining Mary Cain in Sopot, Poland in two weeks. 

Mary Cain, in control, February 23, 2014, USA Indoors, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

After the race, Mary Cain and another athlete (not identified in this article), did a short interval workout, described as a sprint workout. 

Galen Rupp was noted as doing a 1600-1200-800 workout after his 3,000 meter race on Saturday night. The post race workouts are de rigeur for Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon club. RunBlogRun watched Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Trenier, I believe complete a workout in Boston in February 2012 after the NB Indoor GP. 

Many coaches have done such workouts, but, as Alberto Salazar is one of the few with constant media attention, his athletes get the notice for their post event workouts. My guess, if they were not racing so well, no one would even comment. 

Mary Cain defends, winning the 2014 USA Indoor title, photo by PhotoRun.net
Gabe Grunewald has been reinstated as the USA Indoor champion for 2014 in the 3,000 meters. Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field, showed his true talent today, in conflict resolution and brought some very passionate parties together to resolve a situation that has lit up the social media over the past 48 hours like few others. 

Gabe Grunewald winning the 3,000m, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

We do not know what happened in the discussions, and in truth, it does not matter. What matters, as what should always matter, is that the needs of the athletes are answered in a clear and thoughtful way. 

Siegel discussed the situation with Paul Doyle, agent for Gabe Grunewald and Alberto Salazar, coach for the Nike Oregon Project. Both men are extremely passionate about their athletes and their sport. Passion is both good and bad. Today, with some time removed from the actual situation, a decision was reached that should be applauded by media, coaches, athletes and fans. 

Jordan Hasay showed wisdom beyond her years. In speaking to Jordan at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, one of her lessons that she told us Alberto Salazar, her coach,  had been teaching her was to understand that one can not win all of their races. Bowing out gracefully is a real talent and Jordan Hasay should be commended. 

Gabe Grunewald now will compete in Sopot, Poland. We wish her and her team mate, Shannon Rowbury, the best of luck in Sopot! 
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Christophe LeMaitre, courtesy of PhotoRun.net 

Here are the eighth results set of the European 2013-2014 season, through February 15-16, 2014. Special thanks to Carles Baronet of Track In Sun! 
Adam Kszczot, Goteborg 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net 

EME News sent us the highlights of many of the European Champs held this past weekend. Poland's champs featured a tough 800m between Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski. They will be tough in Sopot. 

Ron Clarke is one of the greatest distance runners of all times. He is also one of the few athletes who had successful junior careers, left the sport and returned even better, setting a series of nineteen world records in his career. But what Clarke is respected for, among distance running fans, is his absolutely fearless distance running. Using a huge mid race surges, in his best races, Ron Clarke would have destroyed the field and in the those final three laps, be on his own. 

Clarke took the World Record for the 10,000 meters under 28 minutes for the first time, and took his first Olympic medal in 1964, a bronze in the 10,000 meters. 

Clarke was a distance runners' distance runner. I finally met him with Derek Clayton, my former boss at Runner's World. Both were iconic runners and deserve our respect and acknowledgement. 

The following interview of Mr. Clarke, was done by Athletics Illustrated, and a very nice job! 

Eric Sowinski, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ryan Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Cain, winning at NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ajee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lopez Lomong, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Will Leer, Millrose Games 2014, 
photo courtesy of Will Leer FB

A very exciting final day of the US Indoor Championships showed the wonderful strength of our sport, and the excitement that our sport can exhibit when presented well. The NBC Sports broadcast, both days, was excellent, and the USATF.tv was well received. 

The controversy over the 3,000 meter indoor race has unfortunately muddied the perception of the meet. The rights of a coach to file a protest needs to be upheld and a coach to file an appeal needs to be upheld. This is where the lack of transparency is seen: most of us still have no clue what happened. With many suggesting that USATF rules were not followed, and USATF sending out merely a basic release, the confusion continues, and frustration and suspicion builds. 

This is not good for our sport. 

In the heat of situations, most of us have had moments when we did something we regret. The same qualities that make us perfect for our position can also be a detriment to us. The difference between you, me and public people is that most of us do not have arguments, meltdowns in public and have them written about. While it makes for lurid reading, I am not sure what it does for the sport. 

A.G. Kruger, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are the results from the 2014 USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, which were held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from Friday, February 21, 2014 to Sunday, February 23, 2014. 

Gabe Grunewald takes the 3,000 meters, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The Track and Field Athletes Association has requested of USATF that a panel be set up to review the 3,000 meter disqualification of Gabe Grunewald, which occurred on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the USA Indoor Champs. 

The letter is posted below: 
Jordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Marvin Bracy, photo by PhotoRun.net

Janay DeLoach Soukup, photo by PhotoRun.net

Trell Kimmons, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Erik Sowinski, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tiana Bartoletto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is Day Three of USATF Quotes from the mixed Zone. Special thanks to Amanda Brooks and Susan Hazzard of USATF communications. 
Francesca McCorory, photo by PhotoRun.net

A.G. Kruger, photo by PhotoRun.net

Joe Frye, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Beckwith, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Here are some post event quotes from Saturday, February 22, 2014. Special thanks to Amanda Brooks and Susan Hazzard, who make these quotes a reality. The USATF team works hard to provide us with good information from our favorite athletes! 
One of the best communication tools that USATF provides are their daily quotes. This is the first day, and it features an ebullent Sharon Day-Monroe, after her AR of 4,805. 

Sharon Day-Monroe, USA Indoors 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jimmy Vicaut, 2013 European Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

National champs abounded this weekend, here are the highlights of several championships from EME News. 
The women's 3,000 meters, Saturday, February 22, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is our morning feature by Jon Gugala on the continuing story of the women's 3,000 meters. Jon's focus on this piece is with Sara Vaugh, who placed third in the original 3,000 meters. 
Elliott Denman, from his viewpoint in Albuquerque, New Mexico wrote this homage to Bernard Lagat, who, at 39, may be the best strategist in our sport! 

Ryan Hill, Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp, the showdown, photo by PhotoRun.net
Chris Lotsbom covered the Big East Championships for RRW on Saturday, and here is his feature: 

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The New Balance Armory, photo by Larry Eder
The second Day of the US Champs had two amazing 3,000 meter races, with Bernard Lagat running one of the fastest ever for a US champs, and a stirring final lap by Gabe Grunewald. In an unfortunate turn of events, several protests were fired, and at this time, Gabe Grunewald, formerly Gabe Anderson, seems to have had her first US championships taken away. Kudos to Brooks shoes for going on the record to giving Gabe her Brooks bonus for winning a US championships. 

Dave Monti, as usual, writes a thoughtful piece, filling in the blanks for those of us who could not be in Albuquerque this weekend. 

Bernard Lagat, and his fan club, photo by PhotoRun.net
A.G. Kruger, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott Denman wrote this piece about A.G. Kruger, the king of the weight throw, and his victory in the 2014 USA Indoor Championships. 
Bernard Lagat and his fan club, photo by PhotoRun.net

This piece, by Dave Hunter, gives us an update on the second Day of the championships...
Ryan Whiting, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elliott Denman wrote this piece on Ryan Whiting, who became the fifth best shot putter indoors of all time today. 

There were some unfortunate incidents that took place this evening, surrounding the 3000 meter races. I am still aghast at how the women's 3,000 meter decisions were reversed. I had thought that, once a coach protested (as they should and is their right) and it is denied, and then, they protest again (and it is denied), that should be it. The collision was unfortunate, but that happens in close and exciting races. Taking the championship away from Gabe Grunewald was not only cruel, but will be the focus of media stories can rightly suggest that officiating in track & field can now be equated to ice dancing. In the past, if you won the race, that was all that mattered. Now, if an altercation happens, do you just appeal until you wear down the judges? 

Gabe Grunewald, before her DQ, photo by PhotoRun.net

It is one thing to protect an athlete's position and battle with business competitors. It is another to represent a brand. One does not represent a global sports brand by bullying and not accepting the ruling of meet officials. 

The incidents described below were witnessed by another coach. We all have bad days, but, at the end of the day,we have to remember that what how we act is more important than what we say. 
This piece was edited by the editor, on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Change is in bold. 

In a stunning overruling of its own ruling, USATF has disqualified the now former USA Indoors 3000-meter champion Gabe Grunewald of Brooks Running and Team USA Minnesota.

Grunewald and fourth-place finisher Jordan Hasay made contact in the bell lap of the championship race. The field official raised the yellow flag indicating contact, Grunewald's agent Paul Doyle says, but the head official decided that it was not grounds for disqualification and awarded Grunewald her first national title.

Gabe Grunewald wins the 3,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

After the race, Nike Oregon Project's Alberto Salazar, coach of Hasay and runner-up Shannon Rowbury, filed a protest. According to Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker and Doyle, that protest was overruled by the same head official that made the initial ruling on the track. The AlSal/Nike camp then appealed the ruling to a three-person USATF committee, which also ruled in Grunewald's favor.

And that's where the issue should have remained.

In the aftermath of the women's 3,000 meters, where there was a collision in the last 300 meters between Jordan Hasay and Gabe Grunewald, Alberto Salazar, Hasay's coach, has filed a protest, per Grunewald's coach, Dennis Barker. 

Here is what Jon Gugala has found out. More details to come as this is a breaking story: 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Gabe Grunewald wins the 3,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are photos from the two 3,000 meters that happened in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Great races! Thanks to the photos by PhotoRun.net.
Haile Gebrselassie gave this interview to our colleague, Andy Edwards, of Trackwise/Globerunner, at last Monday's VMLM Media Lunch (February 17, 2014). Haile spoke about his pace maker chores at the London Marathon this coming April , among other topics. Always a fun listen, Haile continues to inspire millions in our sport. 

Saucony Kinvara TR

Running Product Reviews reviewed the Saucony Kinvara TR, for today's review...The reviews by Running Product Reviews are done by Cregg Weinmann. 
Bernard Lagat, 
photo by PhotoRun.net, USA Indoor 2011

This is the update on the 1,500 meter heat conundrum that started on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Jon Gugala sent us this update just about an hour ago. 
Sharon Day-Monroe, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Sharon Day-Monroe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sharon Day-Monroe, by PhotoRun.net

In her fifth championship title, Sharon Day-Monroe set a new AR of 4,805 points for the indoor pentathlon. Dave Hunter wrote this piece about the first day of the multi-events in Albuquerque, New Mexico today. 
2013 Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is Jon Gugala's editorial on the confusion in the 1,500 meter and 3,000 meters in New Mexico from Thursday and Friday...

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia has had a very busy and productive month. On February 1, Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:55.17 for the 1,500 meters in Karlsruhe, Germany, destroying the WR by over two seconds! Five nights later, on Thursday February 6, 2014, in Stockholm, Sweden, Genzebe Dibaba ran 8:16.60 for the 3,000 meters, obliterating the former record by nearly seven seconds! 

The Dibaba name should be familiar to you. Genzebe is one of the three Dibaba sisters. Her sister, Tirunesh Dibaba is three times Olympic champion, and Ejegayehu Dibaba, the Olympic silver medalist. And don't forget their cousin, Derartu Tulu, who is also a former Olympic champion. 

Sweden, Genzebe Dibaba ran 8:16.60 for the 3,000 meters, obliterating the former record by nearly seven seconds. But, Genzebe was not finished. On February 15, 2014, in Birmingham, England's National Indoor Stadium, with a standing room only crowd, Genzebe Dibaba ran the fastest two mile time ever run by a women! Running 9:00.60 for eight laps on the 200 meter Mondo track, Genzebe Dibaba broke the world record by just over six seconds! 

For running three World records in three weeks, and dazzling the crowds in three cities, RunBlogRun gives Genzebe Dibaba the February 2014 Global Athlete of the Month. 
The multi-events are full of drama, determination and pathos. The athletes who focus on the heptathlon, decathlon and pentathlon are a rare set. Physically gifted, mentally tough, huge work ethic, and the ability to look eight to ten years down the road are key characteristics of successful multi-eventers. 

In the early 1990s, under the VISA decathlon program, I was able to spend time with the late Bob Mathias (1948, 1952), the late Milt Campbell (1952, 1956), Rafer Johnson (1956, 1960), Bill Toomey (1968, 1972), Bruce Jenner (1972, 1976), and they encouraged, cajoled and supported a decade worth of fine decathletes. Spending time with these great men was paradigm changing for me. 

All were strong men, focused men, successful in many endeavors, and the hands of time still showed that, they were true Olympians. I believe that athletic experiences are key in our growth and development. And meeting with the U.S. decathlon gold medalists just reinforced that notion. Under their watchful eyes and the daily support of Fred Samara and Harry Marra, a program that supported Dan O'Brian (1996 gold), Dave Johnson (1992 bronze), Chris Huffins (2000 bronze), Steve Fritz and Tom Pappas, to name a few, came to be. 

Gray Horn, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this piece today, Dave Hunter writes about one of the new young Turks: Gray Horn, who is emerging as a key player in the future of the decathlon. I think you will enjoy it! 

Here are our updates on the fluid story on the 1,500 meter heats, updated Friday morning, February 21, 2014: 

Update at 9 AM, February 21, 2014:

UPDATE: USATF has revised the USA Indoor Championships schedules. The men's "B" heat 1500m is at 1:20 p.m. MST on Sunday, and the "A" heat remains at 2:22 p.m.: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2014/USA-Indoor-Track---Field-Championships/Schedule.aspx.

They have also released heat sheets, where Masters remains in the "B" heat: https://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/d1/d1a52abb-abf3-46eb-b78f-ecb30b6b1f95.pdf.

The updated story is published below: 
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The 2014 USA Indoor Championships is upon us. Jon Gugala sent us this piece late on Thursday evening. Seems that a second heat was added to the Men's mile, with one heat to determine the World Trials team and the USA Indoor Championships, and the second heat, more of a consolation prize. 

When changes like this happen, at the last minute, there will always be controversy. Riley Masters, who is the seventh ranked miler, per USATF, for this season, was surprised to find that he would not be in the Championship heat.

Riley Masters, his coach Danny Mackay expressed their concerns thoughtfully, and Jon Gugala gave us this report. 

RunBlogRun understands that, changes happen in our sport. We hope that, USA Track & Field is able to look at this situation and find a fair and equitable way to place the milers in the event, as we expect they do in all events. 

We thank Jon for reporting this issue and look forward to USA Track & Field replying with how they will remedy the situation. At the time of our posting, USA Track & Field had not responded to Mr. Gugala's enquiries. 
How do athletes in our sport stay focused in an "off" year such as 2014? Dave Hunter reminds us, that to run, jump and throw is an esoteric activity. The US Indoor Champs in Albququerque remind Dave that, for some athletes, 2014 is already a big year. 

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The Running Product Review reviewed PUMA 500 TR for our review today. We hope that you like it! 
PHOTO: Laura Nagel (l) and Emily Sisson will lead the Lady Friars at this weekend's Big East Championships at The Armory in New York City (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Chris Lotsbom, one of our frequent contributors, provided this piece with his RRW team on the Conference meets in the Armory. 
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Erica Moore, World Indoors, 2012, Istanbul, photo by PhotoRun.net
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One of the most intimate meets of the year, the USA Indoor, will give the three thousand fans in Albuquerque, New Mexico a chance to see some of our best athletes battle to make the team to SOPOT, Poland, for the 2014 World Indoor Champs. 
Carles Baronet prepares the following extensive results in order to give you, our RunBlogRun readers, a better view of the indoor scene in European Indoor season! 

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Lauryn Williams, 2012 Olympic Trials, 
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Lauryn Williams was always the sprinter I would never bet against in a national champs or World or Olympic Trials. One of the toughest sprinters in the sport, Lauryn's great sense of humor hides an athlete with huge competitiveness and the desire to succeed. It should not be surprising to see that Lauryn is now only the fifth athlete to win Olympic medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics! Her bobsled silver, which was nearly a gold, showed the talents that we in track and field have taken for granted for nearly a decade! 

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SOCHI (RUS): London 2012 relay gold medalist Lauryn Williams did not became the first woman ever to win gold at Summer and Winter Games. In last round pilot Elana Meyers with Williams lost their lead to Canadian gold medal defenders Kellie Humphries and Heather Moyse by 0.10. Still with the silver medal Williams is the fifth Olympian to medal in both Summer and Winter Olympics. Third USA second bob with former heptathlete Jamie Greubel and former shot putter Aja Evans. From other track athletes surprise fourth place for Dutch hurdler Judith Vis, 6th Belgium with sprinter Hanna Marien, 8th Russia with Olga Stulneva (formerly Fyodorova 2004 relay medalist). Lolo Jones was in her winter games debut only 11th, Jana Pittman for Australia after good last round 14th out of 19 participating teams. 
Derek Drouin, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is a revised piece on Derek Drouin, the London and Moscow bronze medalist at the high jump, had a hamstring issue during warm up at the Millrose.  
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Renaud Lavillenie is our first Global Athlete of the Month for RunBlogRun. His 6.04 meter jump and then, 6.08 meter jump were merely previews of his new World Record of 6.16m done on February 15, 2014 in Donetsk. That it was done in the presence of Pole Vault giant Sergey Bubka, whose record Lavillenie broke, makes the moments event more spectacular! 

Congrats to Renaud Lavillenie, who has put the pole vault into the forefront of our sport! Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, our digital partner, for this video salute. 

This is the HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 2. It is the first of our daily reviews, coming from our partner, www.runningproductreviews.com
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The USA Cross Country Championships was a major success. This feature was written by Kevin Mangan, our intern for RunBlogRun. Kevin also raced the 12k race on Saturday and wrote this in between his flights and return back to Seattle. We think you will like this piece! 
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This was a piece by Elliott Denman that we posted on Facebook just before the Millrose Games, where Derek Drouin was to high jump. We found out later that Derek withdrew due to a hamstring injury. Still the piece is well worth reading! 

This week's story from Justin Lagat is about the IAAF Kenyan XC Trials....

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Will Leer, Nate Brannen, at 2014 Wanamaker Mile, 

photo from Will Leer's FB page 

Last week, after his 3,000 meters, Will Leer, who ran just off his personal best at 3,000 meters, was not the happiest camper that I have ever seen. Will had been training hard at altitude, and had just come down, and knew he had some good performances there. Well, Leer surprised everyone but himself, his coach, Ron Warhurst, and training partner, Ben Blankenship. 

Will Leer is one of those guys, who, when he figures out just how good he is, will find his moment. 

Bernard Lagat, after AR for 2,000 meters, 
photo by Lianna Cohen

Bernard Lagat set an American record for the 2,000 meters in the Paavo Nurmi 2000 meters. Bernard's 4:54.74, broke the former record by Steve Scott, leading five runners under five minutes. Bernard hit the 1,600m in 3:59 and then dropped a 55 second last 400 meters! My dream? I want to see Bernard run a 10,000 meters. Also, nice run by Cam Levin, who broke the Canadian record with his 4:55.35 for 2000 meters.

Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net (2014 NBindoorGP)

After finally chatting with Mary Cain last week in Boston, I am convinced that we have a truly special athlete here. If Mary can be allowed to be the teenager she is, and develop to her potential, we will see someone pretty special develop. A tribute to her family and the care that her early coaches and now, Alberto Salazar is giving her. Her run and win in the Millrose mile should not be discounted! 

Also, kudos to Dr. Norb Sanders and meet director Ray Flynn, who get it: track & field is about sports entertainment. Great TV, full stands and a well edited program are key! 


NEW YORK (USA, Feb 15): The 107th edition of the oldest international indoor meet in the world, the NYRR Millrose Games saw that 33-year-old American record was broken by a 39-year-old Bernard Lagat with 4:54.74, also a world lead and fifth best performer ever indoors (in total 5 world leads were registered). Four more runners dipped under 5 minutes, second Cam Levins with Canadian record 4:55.35. It is also best 2000 m race in depth in indoor history as first time five runners went under 5 minutes. In the Wanamaker Mile Will Leer won in 3:52.47 over Lawi Lalang 3:52.88 and Nick Willis 3:53.02. Fourth Nate Brannen Canadian record 3:54.32 and in farewell race Allan Webb 11th 4:06.11. High school star Mary Cain who lives in nearby Bronxville, N.Y. won the Women Wanamaker mile in 4:27.73 ahead of Treniere Moser 4:28.86 and Canadian Nicole Sifuentes 4:28.97, lifetime bests for both. Ajee Wilson held off a hard-charging Jenna Westaway of Canada to win the women's 800 meters in 2:01.81 to 2:01.89, indoor bests for both. Iceland teen star Anita Hinriksdottir was fourth in 2:02.66. Terrence Trammell capped his career at the Armory with a fourth victory in 7.57 over the hurdles with Dominic Berger close second 7.57 PB and Decathlon star Ashton Eaton fourth in 7.67 (also 535 PB in pole vault). Long jump specialist Janay DeLoach Soukup is making a name for herself in the 60 m hurdles when she equaled the world lead in 7.91 PB ahead of Kristi Castlin 7.93, Brianna Theisen Eaton was 5th in 8.17 PB (also long jump PB 618). American Tori Bowie turned in a runner-up finish in the women's 60 meters, crossing in 7.14 for the fastest time by an American this season with winner Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad clocking national record 7.13. After winning in Boston last week, Marvin Bracy came back to win in the 60 m with an American-leading time of 6.50 PB with D´Angelo Cherry 6.54 second and Jamaican Kimmari Roach third in 6.59 PB. Favorites Ryan Bailey and Keston Bledman false started. In the 300 m fast lifetime bests for Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad 32.47 and US Manteo Mitchell 32.59. In women 300 m Bahamian Shaunae Miller clocked world leading, national record and fourth best performer ever 36.10 ahead of Francena McCorory 36.50 also PB. French European U23 champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse won the 1000 m in 2:17.63 WL ahead of Erik Sowinski 2:18.63 and world medalist Nick Symmonds 2:18.87. Kim Conley won the 3000 m in 8:48.35 PB with seven runners in total getting under 9 minutes. Lifetime bests for second Kenyan Betsy Saina 8:50.60, third Italian Margherita Magnani 8:51.81 and fourth Abbey D´Agostino 8:51.91. Olympian Maria Michta captured the National Championship in the women's USA 1-mile Walk, crossing the line in an even 6:19.00 as Canadian Rachel Seaman set a national record, finishing first in 6:17.29. The Men's USATF Championship Mile Walk race was won by Andreas Gustafsson of Sweden in a time of 5:34.45 with World champion Rob Heffernan second in 5:39.75. On the field, American Mark Hollis, who won the pole vault the last time it was contested at the Millrose Games in 2010, was victorious again 560 cm. Canadian Mike Mason cleared 230 in the high jump to win and equaled his PB. French European champion Eloyse Lesueur leaped to high quality 686 in the long jump. The U.S. also swept the weight throws with Gwendolyn Berry 23.86 WL and Thomas Freeman 22.22. With the help from USATF web report.

Florence Kiplagat broke the women's half marathon today in Barcelona, in front of nearly 15,000 runners! Alberto Stretti told EME News that the record was a bit of a surprise. 


Florence Kiplagat at the BMW Berlin Marathon, September 2011, 

photo by PhotoRun.net


BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 16): Unexpected World record in half marathon at the 24th edition of eDreams Mitja Marato de Barcelona. 26-year old 2010 Half Marathon world champion Florence Kiplagat improved the all-time best mark of Mary Keitany 1:05:50 at RAK HM in 2011 to 1:05:12. That means an improvement by 38 seconds. In ideal conditions 13 degrees and great atmosphere with 15 000 runners she started at 31:08 10 k split which was followed by 46:35 in the 15 km. She was helped by the peacemakers Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro. Second Briton Nicola Duncan 1:12:15 and third Paula Todos of Romania 1:16:40. Men winner Eliud Kipchoge former track World champion achieved 1:00:52. His splits 14:32, 28:50. Second Laban Mutai 1:01:19 and third Peter Emase 1:02:47. Florence Kiplagat: „This is a day not to forget for me. I'm so happy! The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pacemakers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job. I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day." Eliud Kipchoge: „Barcelona is one of the spots of reference in the Calendar. The temperature was perfect all the way through. The crowd cheering in the streets was very remarkable and we have to thank the enthusiasm of the organisation and the citizens." With the help of Alberto Stretti.

Our favorite globe runner, Pat Butcher, wrote the following piece about the 2014 Hong Kong Marathon, which was held today in the hot and humid conditions that are Hong Kong in February...
On his ninth attempt of the day, at the Samsung Pole Vault Stars in Donetsk, Ukraine, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6.16 meters or 20'21/2", a new world indoor record. Lavillenie broke the nearly twenty-one year old (short one week) world record of Sergey Bubka. 

Renaud Lavillenie is now the greatest pole vaulter ever indoors. Just, how high can he go? 

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DONETSK (UKR, Feb 15): It was a very special edition of 25th Samsung Pole Vault Stars in Druzhba Hall of Donetsk (EA Indoor Permit), normally a place for ice-hockey. Sergey Bubka as main organiser witnessed how his best ever jump was broken. Renaud Lavillenie after two first attempts at 576 and 591 cleared in third 601 and went straight to 616. And he made it with nice clearance right in first try. Then he tried once at surreal 621. No, it is not science-fiction, but true. It is the highest ever mark in pole vault (outdoor top mark is 614). Bubka cleared in the same meet on February 21, 1993 615 cm in third attempt. „Im so happy for Renaud and so happy he did it in my home town," said Bubka. „It was just crazy, I tried new poles and it worked," commented Lavillenie. Briton Luke Cutts as second cleared 581 his second best ever and tried at new UK record height (591 once and 596 twice). Third Brazilian Thiago Bras achieved new South American indoor record 576. Three more cleared 566 (Filippidis, Wojciechowski, Lisek) in positions 4-6. No height for another favorite German Malte Mohr at 556. In women competition before the packed hall 462 was enough to win, on count-back for Fabiana Murer as she did it in second. Tie for second with Silke Spiegelburg and Anna Rogowska, both 462 in third attempt. All three tried at 472, but no success. Fourth French Marion Fiack 457, and fifth and sixth Kylie Hutson of USA and home Ganna Shelekh both 452.
Bernard Lagat, photos by Lianna Cohen

Alan Webb, and his child, photo by Lianna Cohen

Jeff Benjamin and Alan Webb, photo by Lianna Cohen

The Millrose Games, even with all of the bad weather, had some amazing performances, from Lagat's AR and five men under five minutes for 2,000 meters. Kim Conley won a fast 3,000 meters, and Will Leer won a topsy turvy mile with Alan Webb running his last professional mile indoors. 

Jeff Benjamin wrote this piece for RunBlogRun, and special thanks to Lianne Cohen for the photography. 
Mary Cain, winning 1000 meters at 2013 NB Indoor GP, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

Mary Cain, Bernard Lagat and Kim Conley won their races in the Millrose Games today! In a battle of the milers, Will Leer, after a 3k last week, where he had just come down from altitude, used some real speed over the last 200 meters to run a fast mile! 
The Sainsbury's Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix has a reputation for great performances, and a standing room only crowd. The two mile world best by Genzebe Dibaba of 9:00.48, with a split of 8:24.85. 

Genzebe Dibaba, setting WIR for 3,000m, February 7, 2014, 
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BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 15): Huge all-time world indoor best by Genzebe Dibaba over 2 miles in last event was the highlight of Sainsbury´s Indoor Grand Prix (IAAF Permit) before the sellout crowd. She clocked her third all-time best in 14 days, this time improving the 9:06.26 of Meseret Defar from Praha 2009 to 9:00.48, her 3000 m split was 8:24.85. World champion Mohamed Aman won the 800 m in African record and third all-time performer mark 1:44.52. Second Andre Olivier of South Africa 1:44.99 and third Adam Kszczot 1:45.19 European leader and fourth Briton Andrew Osagie 1:45.22 PB. Dramatic 60 m final had James Dasaolu winning in 6.50 with injured hamstring over Nesta Carter 6.53, Kim Collins 6.55 (6.53 in heats), Dwain Chambers 6.56, Richard Kilty 6.57 and Jimmy Vicaut 6.58 in top field. But in heats world leads were registered. In first Vicaut 6.48, also equaled his best and in second Dasaolu even faster 6.47. Out in heats European champion Christophe Lemaitre with 6.69. Another sensation out in heats Moscow World champion David Oliver after 7.73, winner Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 7.55 ahead of Sergey Shubenkov 7.57 and Garfield Darien 7.58. Andrew Pozzi after 7.57 in heats was only 6th 7.72. Also women AOY of 2013 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lost in the 60 m but in a close race and very solid time 7.10 to world leader Murielle Ahoure also 7.10. Third Asha Philip 7.12 with fourth Dafne Schippers 7.17. Briton Nigel Levine won the 400 m in 45.71 over Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos 46.08. In women 400 m Regina George of Nigeria clocked third fastest of the year 51.78 over Kaliese Spencer in her indoor 400 m debut 52.14 (too fast first 200 24.08). World leader Nadine Hildebrand in 8.04 beat home star Tiffany Porter 8.07. In longer races Ethiopians outkicked Kenyans, Hagos Gebrhiwot after Boston another fast 3000 m in 7:35.73 ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel 7:36.53 and Yenew Alamirew 7:37.10 just over top Kenyan of the day Augustine Choge 7:37.11. In the 1500 m Nixon Chepseba said a word to Sopot selection 3:37.19 over Homiyu Tesfaye who runs for Germany and improved to European lead 3:37.35. Third Marcin Lewandowski Polish indoor record 3:37.37. Excellent depth in women 1500 m where Scottish revelation Laura Muir clocked third fastest of the year and big overall PB 4:05.32 over Sifan Hassan 4:05.34 Dutch record and PB´s for Yelena Korobkina 4:05.78 and Hellen Obiri 4:05.82. In the 800 m Angelika Cichocka won in 2:01.60 over European indoor champion Natalia Lupu 2:02.14. In four technical events US Olympic medalist Erik Kynard improved his indoor PB to 234 (and tried at 237) in the high jump, World champion Aleksandr Menkov with 814 beat Chinese Li Jinzhe 812 indoor PB and Olympic winner Greg Rutherford 800 cm in season opener in the long jump. Home star Holly Bleasdale cleared as only one 471 and tried at World lead 477 in the pole vault. Long jump had German winner Sostene Moguenara with 649 leap.
The Birmingham Grand Prix, now called the Sainsbury's Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix has been one of the most important meets on the indoor schedule for many years. The meet today had some fine performances.

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Genzebe Dibaba, photo courtesy of IAAF

The two mile world best by Genzebe Dibaba of 9:00.68 gives the Ethiopian star three world records in less than one month! It is also amazing to note that Ms. Dibaba's best time is just behind the great Paavo Nurmi's best two miles indoors! 

The men's 60 meters had times by Jimmy Vicaut at 6.48 and then, James Dasoulu, who ran 6.47! 

In the example of why I love our sport, Michelle Ahoure dueled with Shelly Ann Fraser and won, both running 7.10! I wish I had been there for that race alone!

Holly Bleasdale jumped 4.71m and is coming into her own. Watch Bleasdale this year show her stuff! 

I will have Birmingham on my bucket list again next year. Love the city of Birmingham. Great Britain's version of Detroit, but it moved into the arts and sports, and Indian food in Birmingham is the best. Add to that it is the home of several dear friends, and you have a place you must be.  
Mike Rutt has had a very busy week. Last Friday night, February 7, Mike ran a blazing 1:45.9 for the 800 meters, waking up the middle distance community in the US this winter. The next day, Mike was part of the NY/NJ All Star team that broke the fourteen year old World and American records for the 4 x 800 meters at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meeting. 

Mike Rutt, photo by PhotoRun.net

In my mind, one of the most important awards that USATF gives is the Athlete of the Week. The recognition of our athletes shows the sports fans of the world that track and field athletes are exceptional all year.

Congrats to Mike Rutt as well for landing  sponsorship with the the hot brand, HOKA ONE ONE, which was announced last week as well!  To read the entire story, please go to: http://atf-athlete.com/read_new/mike-rutt-named-usatf-athlete-week?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook
The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon gives 2,000 of the top youth athletes in Great Britain a chance to race against the best of their age group. The video (linked below) is to promote the event and features many of the top athletes in the history of the Virgin London Marathon waxing poetically about the importance of the Mini London Marathon. 

The Running USA Meeting is a meeting of race directors, sponsors and key players in the running business. We have been to the meeting a half a dozen times and see that Running USA could be a trade organization for the sport. 

The Active Endurance Blog wrote up eight lessons that they learnt at the Running USA Conference. Nicely written, and good tips for both race directors and coaches, and run specialty, this piece is chock full of common sense information for sports management

To read the entire feature, please go to: 


Gary Morgan is my hero. Gary travels more than I do and he goes to places that I have never even considered. On most weekends, Mr. Ubiquitous is pacing runners in various half marathons and marathons around the world. Gary Morgan was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team at the men's 20k. 

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Gary Morgan and I have done geek video coverage of major athletics events around the world. Gary and I tell stories, go over the meet, and try and give it a finishing touch or final memory of the meet. 

The key is this: Gary Morgan loves the sport, and loves the Olympic movement. Right now, he is in Sochi, covering the Winter Olympics 

This is from the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. It is Running Network's salute to the World Championships. 
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Caitlin Chock interviewed Brad Hudson and Addie Bracy about Coach Hudson's move of his club to Boulder and HTC's Addie Bracy. 

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Bubka and Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Sergey Bubka has been the best pole vaulter in the world for nearly two decades. He set the world record over two dozen times (actually 35 times, I believe). The Pole Vault Stars event is a brilliant event (on my bucket list). That is he is following Renaud Lavillenie is not new news. But, it is recent that Lavillenie is focused on going higher and higher. Much of it seems as admiration. In the few times I have been fortunate to speak to Mr. Bubka, his knowledge of the event is amazing and his knowledge of the athletes coming up and realization of what it takes to climb over six meters and six meter plus is first hand....


DONETSK (UKR): Worlds top pole vaulters are heading for the 25th jubilee Samsung Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk on Saturday (EA Indoor Permit). Main organiser Sergey Bubka left Winter Olympics on Thursday for Donetsk. Main attraction of course French world leader and olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie who improved this indoor season to 608 and attacked Bubka´s world indoor record 615 cm. Lavillenie will face 14 other jumpers headed by 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski, fresh UK record holder Luke Cutts, Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis, South American record holder Thiago Braz da Silva. Improved Polish jumpers Piotr Lisek and Robert Sobera with French Jerome Clavier and German Malte Mohr are adding spice to the field. In women competition returning world leader and 2009 World champion Anna Rogowska will jump with 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer and in shape and unbeaten so far German record holder Silke Spiegelburg. From behind attacking will be Greek record holder from Stockholm Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou. Druzhba hall is expected to be sold out. In the history of the event 11 world records, 7 continental records, 21 national records and one world junior record were set.

On January 16, 2014, Galen Rupp set a new AR for the 5,000 meters, with his 13:01.26. On January 25, Galen broke the AR for two miles, running 8:07.41. 

We spoke to Galen about running the mile, and his season at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Press Conference on Friday, February 7, 2014. 

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Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton with Coach Harry Marra, April 12, 2013, Eugene, Oregon, A Day in the Life, photo by Doug Pensinger/IAAF/Getty Images

Ashton Eaton, finishing a 350 meter run, A Day in the Life, April 12, 2013, 
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Ashton Eaton is the world record holder in the Decathlon, as well as World Champion (Moscow 2013) and Olympic champion (London 2012). He is now focused on the heptathlon, and sees, from his training that he has a good shot at breaking the world record for the heptathlon in Sopot, Poland for the World Indoor Championships. 
When the weather gets bad, some runners consider treadmills. Caitlin Chock pitched us on this piece regarding Brad Hudson, one of my favorite coaches, and his suggestions on training on the treadmill. 


Kim Conley captured the hearts of running geekdom when she ran down Julia Lucas in the 2012 Olympic Trials 5,000 meter final. This January, Kim ran 4:24.5 for the mlle, the first time she had trained for the mile. As the assistant coach at U.C. Davis under her former head coach Drew Wartenburg, who she credits with her focus and her desire to see what she can do. In the upcoming future, Kim Conley wants to run a very fast 10,000 meters, which she seems made to do! 

This interview was done in the New Balance Press Conference, on Friday, February 7, 2014. We thank Kim Conley for her patience and Mary Lawton for her kind assistance as always in all things New Balance. 

Spenco Medical invented the foot care accessory business. Then, they just sat there and watched their competition build and build and build. Now, footcare accessories are nearly nine- teen percent of accessory sales in run specialty. 

Spenco Medical recently realized the opportunities in the run specialty market that they had missed, and have hired a specialist in run specialty sales, Len Chatwin. Len Chatwin comes from the New Balance Run Specialty division, which had a strong reputation reborn due to their close relationships with the run specialty channel. 

Here is the release sent from Spenco Medical: 


Olha Saladuha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Triple Jumper Olha Saladuha has opened her season with a fine 14.61meter jump in Eaubonne, France. Euro Indoor bronze medalist, Anzhelika Sidorova has cleared 4.71m, on her first attempt, and putting her in the top five indoors this season. 

The World Indoor champs is bringing many athletes out of the woodwork early this season. 


EAUBONNE (FRA, Feb 11): The third women only International meet in Eaubonne saw Ukrainian World and Olympic medalist Olha Saladuha opening her indoor season with good 14.60 what is second best mark this year in the World. In her series also 14.54 and 14.52 showing good shape. European indoor bronze medalist from last year Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia went over 471 in first attempt, her new PB in the pole vault. Second Swiss Nicole Buchler with 456 equaled her national indoor record, third Marion Fiack 451. St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer won the high jump with 190. Gabon´s record holder Ruddy Zang-Milama opened the season with solid 7.26 in the 60 m ahead of European Junior champion Stella Akakpo 7.34, new PB. Third European long jump champion Eloyse Lesueur with 7.35. Fast 3000 m won by Ethiopian junior Senbera Teferi 8:57.93 ahead of Haftamnesh Tesfay 9:00.47 and Ukrainian Svitlana Shmidt 9:01.30. In close hurdles Alice Decaux in 8.14 beat Aiseta Diawara also 8.14. Swiss Lea Sprunger won the 200 m (23.74) and Joanna Jozwik of Poland the 800 m (2:05.66). Here Kenyan Pamela Jelimo 5th in 2:07.52.

Jordan Hasay has gone from recent University of Oregon graduate to NIke Oregon Project athlete. The high school record holder had a much more challenging experience in University. In this interview, Jordan Hasay tells Larry Eder that she is learning to focus on improvement, while she still wants to win each race. 

Jordan Hasay is one of our favorite interviews. She is self effacing, and thoughtful about the journey that her running career has taken. Jordan was interviewed on February 8, 2014, just after her finish in the two mile. 


Genzebe Dibaba setting 3,000m WR, Stockholm, Feb. 1, 2014, 

photo by DECA Text & Bild

Genzebe Dibaba has been hot. In five nights, Genzebe Dibaba rewrote World Indoor Records for the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters. Now, she will take her shot at the two mile world indoor record, set by Meseret Defar in 2009. Our guess? Dibaba can run sub nine minutes in Birmingham! 


BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The Sainbury´s Indoor Grand Prix on February 15 in Birmingham (IAAF Indoor Permit) will feature a host of top athletes in one of the best line-ups of the current indoor season. After setting World records over 1500 m and 3000 m, Genzebe Dibaba could add the 2 mile record to her collection. The world best is 9:06.26 by Meseret Defar in Praha, 2009. The men's 60 m sees the return of last year's champion Michael Rodgers. He will be up against all three British indoor medallists led by James Dasaolu and the strong French pair of Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaître. The startlist also boasts Nesta Carter and Kim Collins. Last year, Murielle Ahoure clocked 6.99 to win making her the 7th fastest performer of all-time. She returns this year as the World leader and will face IAAF Athlete of the Year Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (2nd here last year), British champion and World number 2 this year Asha Philip and on form British junior Dina Asher Smith. Other events to be previewed in next days.

Emma Coburn was interviewed by RunBlogRun at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Press Conference on Friday, February 7, 2014. Emma was asked by Larry Eder about her return to fitness, the nature of her training and how she would tell new steeplechasers about her first experiences with the water jump? 

Emma Coburn took second in the 2,000 meter run. She will be running at the Millrose Games this coming weekend, February 15, 2014, over the mile distance. 

HOKA ONE ONE is one of the most exciting brands in the business of running. It is nice to see them begin to sign elite athletes as they support the sport that they inhabit. Mike Rutt is a very promising runner, with lots of talent. The difference for many athletes at Mike's level is if they can garner the support that allows them to train and race, seeking that big breakthrough. 

Mike Rutt, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Hagos Gebrhiwet, Ryan Hill, Dejan Gebremeskel, 2014 NB Indoor GP, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

This is the sixth update from our friend, Carlos Baronet, on the results from the indoor athletics season in Europe...
Ryan Whiting took second in the shot put at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. His throw of 21.18m, was second only to Joe Kovacs, who threw 21.25m. I caught up with Ryan Whiting just after his throw, as he waited to go on the USATF.tv wrap up show. Ryan is focused on one thing: making the team for SOPOT as he wants to defend his title from Istanbul. As his agent, Mark Wetmore will tell you, Ryan Whiting is getting ready for the BIG THROW. 

This interview was done just after the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, February 8, 2014. 

Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Cain set a new World Junior Indoor Record for the 1,000 meters, breaking her own record by four seconds last Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the NB Indoor Grand Prix. Her 2:35.80 won the race. 

This coming week, February 15, 2014, Mary Cain will be running the women's mile at the 104th Millrose Games. How fast will Mary Cain run this coming weekend?  

NEW YORK (USA): The women's mile at NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday features 17 year old World leader Mary Cain, who was 2nd here last year; steeplechaser Emma Coburn, Gabe Grunewald and on form World Youth bronze medalist Alexa Efraimson. The Wanamaker Mile will be American mile record holder Alan Webb's farewell race. Up at the front should be 1500m silver medalists Nick Willis and Leo Manzano, Glasgow winner Chris O'Hare, Lawi Lalang and US Indoor mile champion Will Leer. The Women's 3000m has the top 3 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Terre Haute winner Abbey D'Agostino is fresh from fast 4:28.31 mile and is up against World mile leader and World 5000m finalist Kim Conley. Brie Felnagle's best of 8:54.74 from 2013 makes her the 2nd fastest in the field behind Sara Hall who set her best back in 2009. Bernard Lagat set a US Indoor record over 2 miles here last year, this year he will race the 2000m and his competition will include Moscow 5th placer Evan Jager. World number 2 Tori Bowie will face European champion Eloyse Lesueur of France and Brianne Theisen Eaton in the women's long jump. World and Olympic bronze Derek Drouin is the favorite in the high jump where he will face Dusty Jonas and young Bahamaian Ryan Ingraham. Ireland's World 50km walk champion Rob Heffernan will compete in the 1 mile walk against defending champion Jonathan Hallman who won last year in 6:07.62.

Mary Cain broke the World Junior Record for the 1,000 meters at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Mary Cain's 2:35.80 for the 1,000 meters was a four second improvement on her previous record, from last month. 

This interview was done on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Press Conference. Mary Cain spoke to Larry Eder about her first six months as a professional athlete and what she is looking for in 2014. 

Nick Willis is one of the most prominent milers in the world. For the past fourteen years, Nick has been coached by Ron Warhurst and lives much of the year in Ann Arbor, as a  Michigan grad with his wife and son. On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Nick won a very tactical mile at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Nick represents his home country, New Zealand. He is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at the 1,500 meters. NIck Willis is his country's record holder at the 1,500 meters. 

This interview was done by RunBlogRun with Nick Willis at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Friday, February 8, 2014. 

Updated on February 11, 2014, with new photos from NBIndoorGP

For me, it was in the semi-final of the women's 1,500 meters in Daegu, Korea, in August 2011,  that I knew Jenny Simpson was the real thing. 

I had watched her go pro in 2010, and saw the confidence that both Tom Carleo and Josh Rowe of New Balance had in her. New Balance was paying Jenny Barringer then, soon to be Jenny Simpson, a tidy amount to represent their brand. When she cut back in 2010, due to some injuries, the snickering started. Second guessing is always a part of sports marketing, and there is always second guessing on athlete paychecks, especially in this sport. 

 Her 9:12.5 for the steeplechase in the Berlin 2009 final and her 3:59.5 1,500 meters in 2009 were also big performances, but, the transition from collegiate star to world star never comes for even some of the most talented. 
Jenny Simpson, racing the two mile at NB Indoor GP, 
February 8, 2014, 
 by PhotoRun.net (Drake 2013)

It was on the back stretch of the 1,500 meters in that 2011 semi-final. Go find the film. Watch Simpson move out to lane two and put on this major increase in speed in no time, where she went from sixth to a good second or tie for first. I caught my breath after that one, and noted, Simpson for a medal. 

In the 1,500 meter final in Daegu, Jenny Simpson ran a perfect final, and well-positioned, she took the race with less than fifty meters to go, surprised herself, I believe, with her desire to win and her obvious leg speed. 

Galen Rupp artwork 
courtesy of The Shoe Addicts

The New Balance Mile, held as part of the 2014 NB Indoor Grand Prix, was billed a big showdown: Nick Willis, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, already running a 3:55.1 mile outdoors in 2014, Galen Rupp, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and in 2014, having set 5,000m AR of 13:01.26, and two mile AR of 8:07.41, wanting a competitive mile. Add to that, Leo Manzano, coming down from altitude, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 1,500m, plus Lopez Lomong and Nate Brannen, and you have a mile field. 

But, races never go the way one thinks....
Mary Cain and the Men's 4 x 800 m relay were two World records this weekend at the 19th Annual NB Indoor GP. Fast times coming around the globe as athletes prepare for the World Indoor Champs in Sopot, Poland. Special thanks to Alfons Juck and his team for the great results and stories from the world of track and field that they find, day in and day out! EME News is the best! 

Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Kim Conley, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net
In our second day of the Badger Report, Wisconsin takes the Armory Collegiate Invitational, with Mo Ahmed's 3,000 victory leading the way. Here is Chris Lotsbom's story on the Armory Collegiate Invitational. 

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Ryan Bailey, Mike Rodgers, Marvin Bracy, in Men's 60 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net 

The 19th version of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was a combination of fast races, gutty finishes, and enough spills and chills to keep the sell out crowd (for the past twelve years) screaming and knowing, to the bottom of their feet, that they were at a great indoor track meet. 

There was a World Junior Record from a very on form Mary Cain. Cain ran, in second or third most of the race, as a variety of  athletes, led, from 29.2 at the 200 meters, to 60.1 at the 400 meters, 1:32 for 600 meters and the 800 meters was hit at 2:03. And this was when, Mary Cain showed her guts. Can covered the last 200 meters in just over 32 seconds, running a 2:35.80, breaking her current WJR of 2:39.25. 

There was a nice pole vault from Jenn Suhr, who cleared 4.70m. She had nice jump at 4.76m, but complained of being tired after the meet. "I have about three good jumps in me right now, I wonder if it is the altitude", Jenn told us after the meet, reconsidering her move to Colorado Springs. 

Jenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Joe Kovacs won the shot put in 21.28m, a nice throw and win over Ryan Whiting, the 2013 World silver medalist and 2012 World Indoor Champ gold medalist, who threw 21.18m. " I am happy with my throwing, and I know what I need to do to make the SOPOT team. That is my goal. After that, I want to win the Diamond League." 

The men's mile became a tactical affair. As the crowd bunched up, with about 500 meters to go, Nick Willis was in the lead, with Nate Brannen, Galen Rupp and Lopez Lomong were there. Just after the 1,100 meter point, Galen Rupp winced and pulled off the track. Galen Rupp told media that he had a problem with his leg. Hours later, Alberto Salazar, Galen's coach, told us that Galen had an issue with a cuboid bone, that had to be adjusted. Once the adjustment was done, Galen Rupp, under the watchful eye of Alberto Salzar, did "8k of intense intervals" . 

Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Nick Willis went on to win the mile, his third win at the Reggie Lewis Center. 

The Mens' 4 x 800 meters had five teams going for the 7:13.94 WIR, owned for fourteen years by Global Athletics (Joe Woody, Karl Paranya, Rich Kenah, David Krummenacker), who had then broken the former record set by the Soviet Union in 1971. 

Solomon, Torrence, Sowinski, Jones, the U.S. All-Stars, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

With five teams fighting it out, the All Star team (Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon and Eric Sowinski) dueled with NJ/NY All Stars, coached by Frank Gagliano. Both teams broke the current World record, to the delight of the crowd, with times of 7:13.11 and 7:13.22. The All Stars get the WIR distinction, and the NJ/NY All Stars, as one club, get the American record!  The Brooks Beasts were in third, and Nick Symmonds told us that he had a problem with his knee, which bothers him when he does long work. He is seeking some help on his knee in Orlando this week before Millrose. 

Kim Conley, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Kim Conley, the 2012 Olympic Trials third placer in the 5,000 meters, ran a fast mile of 4:24.5 at the recent New Balance Games. The UC Davis assistant coach cranked off lap after lap, leading the 2,000 meters from the start, and winning the race in 5:41.10. With pbs of 4:24.5 for the mile, and 15:09 for the 5,000m, watch Kim Conley run a sweet 10,000m this coming spring. 

Sally Kipyego, photo by PhotoRun.net 

The women's two mile ended the evening, with a fascinating race, showing present fitness and suggesting what could happen in the feature. Sally Kipyego had lead from just about the mile, in 4:43, with Jordan Hasay in second, and Jenny Simpson in third. With three laps to go, Jenny pushed hard to regain her position and went by Jordan Hasay, battling back to Sally Kipyego. Simpson went by Kipyego with just about 500 meters to go. Kipyego did not fight, as Simpson went by, and then, to the surprise of all, stopped at the finish with one lap to go. Sally Kipyego kept running, knowing she had a lap to go. Simpson regained her composure and started running, having lost five seconds, and finished second to Sally Kipyego's 9:21.04. Jenny Simpson finished second in 9:26.19, just three seconds off the AR!

Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Jenny Simpson told us afterwards that she was mortified. She had nothing to be mortified about. The 2011 gold and 2013 silver medalist in the Worlds at 1,500m had just miscounted laps in an event she seldom runs. She was godsmacked that she had missed the AR for two miles by three seconds. I noted that it just shows her how fit she is and how fast she will run this spring. 

Hagos Gebrhiwet, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Then, there was the 3,000 meter men's race. Hagos Gebrhiwet the WJR at 3,000 meters, and Dejan Gebremeskel represented winners of two of past three years of 3,000m winners. The pack hit the 1,600 meters in 4:06, and Gebrhiwet, Gebremeskel, Cam Levins, Ryan Hill, Andy Bumbalough, were all up there, with Will Leer chasing. 

Cam Levins lost a shoe, and finished, running a huge PB. Hagos Gebrhiwet held off Dejan Gebremeskel for the win, with Ryan Hill, running a huge race, and taking third in the race!  The 3,000 meters was a revelation for many. Garrett Heath, a new Brooks Beasts, screamed to the finish, getting an 8 second pb and giving him another solid race after his 4k xc win over Asbel Kiprop in Edinburgh. Andy Bumbalough finished fifth, in another PB. 

For the crowd of five thousand, the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix had events for everyone. The 2014 season is on, and there will be some surprises and some revelations. 

Some were revealed tonight. 
The Michigan Runner is one of our partners in RunningNetwork.com and my new venture, Fortius Media Group. The Michigan Runner has Gary Morgan, a 1988 Olympian at 20k, who we affectionately call Mr. Ubiquitous, or, after his experience on Mt.Hood in 2012 (another story), Mr. Lucky. 

Here is some of the special coverage that Michigan Runner has done for the Sochi Winter Olympics!                                    
Usain Bolt could race twice in Glasgow in 2014, or he could not race at all in Glasgow. The Commonwealth Games are hoping against hope that Mr. Bolt races in Glasgow, as with Jessica Ennis out (pregnancy), and Mo Farah focusing on the London Marathon, the Commonwealth Games needs star athletes to draw enthusiastic fans. 

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Usain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt has become such a phenomenon, that he draws where ever he goes. 

Aleksay Dmitrik, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ivan Ukhov, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two of Russia's talented high jumpers, 2012 Olympic champ Ivan Ukhov and 2011 World Champs silver medalist, Aleksay Dmitrik (also two time silver medalist, European indoors) became the first two men, in one compeition, to clear 2.40m. Dmitrik made three attempts at 2.42m, and missed. Ukhov held off until 2.44m and missed all three times, but had a nice close one on the second jump, where the bar fell off after he cleared the bar. Ukhov won as he took only one attempt at 2.40m. 

The Arnstadt meet looks to be in its last year, per stories in the German media. If that is the case, and that is terribly unfortunate, then, the high jump meeting went out in a historical moment. 

Ukhov, you will remember, set the newest Russian high jump record indoors at 2.41m (7'10 3/4) on January 14, 2014. That was Ukhov's third Russian record. The two time European indoor high jump champ and 2010 World indoor champ has only three high jumpers who have jumped higher: Ukhov is equal third with Patrik Sjoberg, who cleared 2.41m in 1987, Carlo Thranhardt, 2.42m in 1988 and of course, Javier Sotomayor, 1993, with his 2.43m). 

Can Galen Rupp win it? 
photo montage from Shoe Addicts/photo by PhotoRun.net

So, who will it be today? Nick Willis, who has won here three times, Galen Rupp, fresh off ARs at 5,000m and two miles, Leo Manzano, who can kick with the best of them, or Lopez Lomong, who ran 3:51 and 13:07 last season indoors?

Lopez Lomong or Leo Manzano? photo by PhotoRun.net

The New Balance Men's Mile should be a barn burner, and perhaps, a new meet record, breaking Laban Rotich's 3:53.18 from 2005? Or, will it be a complete surprise? That is the mile at the NB Indoor GP! With hours to go, all we can do, now is wait, oh, and read David Monti's piece on the mile!  

Nick Willis, will he win today? photo by PhotoRun.net

The 4 x 800 meter relay for men will be one of the highlights of today's 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Can the five teams assembled take on the 7:13.94 mark from 2000, and set here by Joe Woody, Karl Paranya, Rich Kenah and David Krummenacker? 

This writer say: Doubtful. But, we shall see if any of the teams are man enough. Inquiring minds want to know. As most of the teams consist of 800 meters runners who may or may not have the respect that the record deserves, we shall see them huffing and puffing for four laps each as they try and blow down the record that Woody, Paranya, Kenah and Kummenacker built. Remember too, they broke a record that was 29 years old, set by the old Soviet Union team in 1971. 
Wisconsin's DMR squad at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (l. to r.) Austin Mudd, Babatunde Awosika, Carl Hirsch, and Reed Connor (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Chris Lotsbom writes about the exciting first day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational in this column. Congrats to UW coach Mick Byrne and his squad, and oh,
After two NCAA championships at the steeplechase and one NCAA title at the indoor mile, Emma Coburn graduated as the top active American women steeplechaser. Her desire to be a professional athlete was met with smile by the folks at New Balance who made her dream come true (with thanks to her agent, Ray Flynn).


After the NCAA's and the New Balance announcement, Emma ended her season, with a back injury. She needed a break. She took a vacation and "got healthy". Emma has been training since September, and has been at full load since the end of October. 

We interviewed Emma at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix press conference. Thanks to Emma for her thoughtful answers and to Mary Lawton/NB for her help and kindness, as always. 
Jenny Simpson is one of my favorite athletes to watch race. Possessed with lots of talent, a huge work ethic and energetic racing, Simpson, when on, is one of the toughest runners in the world. Her gold medals in 2011 and her silver medal in 2013 attest to that. I believe, that her silver medal in 2013 is even more of a tribute to her talent and importance in the American distance running world. 

While it breaks my heart that she is not running the steeplechase anymore, I have to admit that her gold and silver at 1,500 meters show that she has made the right decision. I did enjoy her foray into cross country this year, with the Cinque Mulini, a cross country race with some attraction to middle distance runners (Kip Keino, Seb Coe, among others). Jenny took third there in 2014.

Dave Monte of RRW did the following piece (used here with his permission) on Jenny and her thoughts on 2013, 2014 and beyond. We hope that you enjoy it! 

Jenny Simpson, Cinque Mulini, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Galen Rupp ran 13:01.26 for the 5,000 meters on January 16, 2014. This was an American record, and is the fastest 5,000 meters ever run in the month of January.  He knew he was fit, as the training had been going well. On January 25, 2014, Galen Rupp came back and ran 8:07.41 for the two mile (hitting the mile in 4:01.6) and setting a second AR. 


On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Galen Rupp will be running the mile against 2008 Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, and Lopez Lomong, the former 5,000m AR holder and a 3:51 miler, in his own right. 

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Mile should be one of the meet's highlights. It is like the Reggie Lewis Center is made for middle distance racing! 

Galen Rupp told us this afternoon that he wanted to run competitive, with fast time being secondary. And of course, it goes without saying, that he wants to win ! 

The following video was made by the Shoe Addicts to promote the NB Indoor Grand Prix: 

Running from four seconds down on the record (4:12.5) in the first half of the race, Genzebe Dibaba ran 4:04.1 to be seven seconds up on the World Indoor Record of 8:23.72 with her masterful 8:16.60. 

Dibaba enroute to 3,000m WIR, 
photo copyright DECA Text & Bild

This was only five days after her fine 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe. Jenny Simpson, World Champion at 1,500m from 2011 and silver medalist from 2013, told the media, "That is some fast running. I need to get into shape!" 

Genzebe into other world

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Feb 6): The jubilee 25th edition of XL Galan (IAAF Indoor Permit) in Globe Arena before some 8000 spectators was a very special one. One amazing World Indoor record, one European Indoor record, 5 more World leads, one more arena record and World Youth indoor best were perfect statistics. The top highlight was women 3000 m where Genzebe Dibaba improved the global indoor mark of Meseret Defar (8:23.72) by 7.12 seconds with 8:16.60 what is the best mark indoor or outdoor ever when not counting the times from National Games in Beijing 1993. It was also 9th senior World indoor record in the meet history. And she was alone again after first km and from four seconds plus for the record pace she gradually improved it to final seven seconds (2:48.65, 5:34.25 at 2000 m was close to all-time best at the distance 5:30.53). Her next race should be 3000 m in Birmingham on February 15. Second Hellen Obiri Kenyan indoor record 8:29.99, third Irene Jelagat 8:40.75 over Viola Kibiwott 8:43.42 and Almaz Ayana 8:43.47. Sweden´s star and World champion Abeba Aregawi also tried hard with positive splits towards the former world record of Yelena Soboleva (Aregawi 62.83-2:08.02-3:11.82 and Soboleva 63.1-2:09.7-3:13.1) and won the 1500 m in new continental record and second fastest ever 3:57.91. Second Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia got World Youth indoor all-time best 4:08.47. Mohamed Aman clocked World leading 1:45.08 in the 800 m and missed his national record only by 0.03. He was followed by Europeans Marcin Lewandowski 1:45.56 and Kevin Lopez of Spain 1:45.69 PB. Another world lead for Moroccan surprise Mohamed Moustaoui just coming from CC win in Albufeira in 3:35.0 PB at the 1500 m (only hand times after timing malfunction). Behind him Ayanleh Souleiman 3:35.2 NR, Bethwell Birgen 3:35.3, Aman Wote 3:36.4 and Caleb Ndiku 3:36.8 indoor PB. Until Thursdayworld leader Silas Kiplagat was 8th (3:38.7) and Karlsruhe winner Nixon Chepseba 9th (3:39.7). Rest of the World leads in women jumps. Russian Mariya Kuchina extended her indoor undefeated streak of the year with 201 PB (Emma Green Tregaro second 196) and top two in pole vault cleared 472 new world lead, winner on count back Silke Spiegelburg ahead of Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (for her overall  Greek record). Third Jirina Svobodova 464, fourth World champ 2011 Fabiana Murer 442 and coming from injury World champ 2009 Anna Rogowska no-heighted at 442. Excellent also the 45.66 by Eurochamp Pavel Maslak in the 400 m, the second fastest ever in arena, European lead 2014 and second fastest in the World 2014. He also equaled his indoor NR from European Indoors 2013. He beat Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos 45.89 NR and Nick Ekelund-Arenander with Danish record 46.31 from lane 1. New Arena record by World Youth Champion Irene Ekelund in women 200 m 23.48. Dayron Robles finally for first time won in his fourth meet of the season the hurdles with 7.62 over Jeff Porter 7.66 and world leader Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 7.76. High quality in men long jump as top five went over 8 meters (Makusha 818, Torneus 814, Saladino 811, Li Jinzhe 803 and Reif 802) with season bests. German European Champion 2010 Verena Sailer won the 60 m (7.22) and Moscow bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic with 658 beat by 1 cm in long jump home Erica Jarder 6.57.

Ryan Whiting is on a mission: to throw long, and throw clean. He wants to see more U.S. throwers doing well. 

Ryan Whiting, photo by PhotoRun.net

Last May, I watched him clobber a throw in Doha that was 22.28 meters, or 73 feet, 1.16 inches. His personal best indoors is from Istanbul, where Ryan won his first global title, with a 22 meter throw (72 feet, 2.25 inches). 

Ryan Whiting was the silver medalist in Moscow in the shot. Word is, that Ryan is fit and wants to throw long. The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix fans could be very, very lucky tomorrow. 

Here is a fine piece by Elliott Denman on how Ryan Whiting sees the world....

In a meet with many highlights, the most remarkable performance of the night has to be the second World Indoor record in five days by Genzebe Dibaba, who broke the World Indoor record for 3,000 meters with her scintillating 8:16.60. Running the first 1,500m in 4:12.5, Genzebe came back in 4:04.1, and the crowd, was, well, nuts! 

In the 1,500 meters, Abeba Aregawi ran a new European record in 3:57.91. Up until five days ago, Aregawi would have been setting a world record. 

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Genzebe Dibaba, February 1, 2014, running 3:55.17 for 1,500m WIR, 
photo courtesy of the IAAF

Also of note, is one Pavel Maslak, who ran a 45.66 for the 400 meters, to win the 400 meters and keep his country of sports fans, the Czech Republic, wondering if Mr. Maslak can keep up his running through the second week of March? 

But tonight belonged to Genzebe Dibaba, who is running at that surreal level that comes when an athlete is extremely fit, and their focus and spirit matches their final kick over the last lap of the Mondo 200 meter oval, and fast times just seem to flow. 
The IAAF has just reported that Genzebe Dibaba, five days after running a WIR for the 1,500 meters (3:55.17) in Karlruhe, Germany, has set a second World Indoor Record with her stunning 8:16.60 in Stockholm this evening. 

The photo, from the IAAF site, is courtesy of DECA Text & Bild (copyright), showing Genzebe Dibaba just before her finish in her masterful run! 

At this time, Genzebe Dibaba has told the media that she will ONLY run the 3,000 meters in Sopot, Poland (March 7-9) at the World Indoor Championships. Personally, we hope that she doubles (not sure about the schedule). 


The Millrose Games, now in its 107th year, continue to attract top class fields and enthrall their fans. The intimate setting of the New Balance Armory T&F center gives the fan and athlete a chance to enjoy track and field, in the indoor tradition, at its finest. Great fields, unique events and true track fans keep the Armory rocking and house that Norb built bouncing to the rafters. 

Centrowitz and Lomong, 2013 Millrose Games, 
photo from Armory

The week after the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the Millrose Games is part of a short, but elite season in the U.S. that gives fans in the Metro New York area a chance to celebrate an event that recognizes that traditions and great history of our sport. On the very track in the Armory, Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn, ran, as well as the great runners of the 40s and 50s, and the Wanamaker MIllrose Mile. 

If you can be in the Armory, go there, because the Millrose Games is something to behold. Otherwise, watch it on NBC Sports Network and USATF.tv, and watch some fantastic competitions! 

Jenny Simpson, the 2011 WC gold medalist at 1,500 meters and 2013 WC silver medalist, took the SPIKESmag challenge. Jenny will be racing two miles at the Reggie Lewis Center this Saturday, February 4, 2014 at the 2014 NB Indoor Grand Prix! Be there! 

If I could change the rules...


SPIKES asked three US track and field stars, Jenny SimpsonWill Claye and Queen Harrison, to tell us what they'd change if they were in charge of the sport for the day.

Jenny Simpson, 1500m 
Change: Get the public involved

"I'd like to see an accountant line up in the 100m just to show people how incredibly fast the athletes are. It would have been good to see some high school kids up against Dwight Phillips in the long jump or Jesse Williams in the high jump.

"This would give people a much better idea about just how exceptional these athletes are. I don't know if this would practically apply to every event, I'm not sure the crowd would really want to see a non-top athlete finish a 10,000, but it could add a really fun element to the sprints and field events.

"Can you imagine me up against Valerie Adams in the women's shot? It would be hilarious. I think I could only throw the shot about four inches beyond my fingertips. It would give added perspective just to show how gifted and skilled these women are."

To read the ENTIRE story, please go to: http://spikes-mag.tumblr.com/post/72870218408/if-i-could-change-the-rules

The following piece is from our friends at Spikes-Mag.tumblr.com, which always keeps us smiling, laughing and going, " I wish that I had written that!" 

7 things you need to know about bobsleigh


Even if Cool Runnings is your sole source of bobsleigh knowledge, you'll know that track athletes possess the raw potential to be superb bobsleighers. Here's your SPIKES guide to track and field's little brother.

Powerful leg muscles provide the raw speed fundamental to a fast bobsleigh run, and many top athletes follow their Olympic dreams out onto the ice.

US sprint hurdler Lolo Jones (above) has unfinished business. After narrowly missing out on medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, she has turned her attention to Olympic glory in Sochi. 

Before you tune in to see how Jones and fellow track star Lauryn Williams fare, here are seven things worth knowing about bobsleigh.

To read the ENTIRE story, please go to: http://spikes-mag.tumblr.com/post/74062693418/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-bobsleigh

Probably the worst kept secret in athletics, the British Athletics team had to make a decision. Would they go back to Crystal Palace, break up the event into several sites, or, move to Glasgow, tie in with the Commonwealth Games? Well, the decision is made, and for 2014 and 2015, the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix. 

Kind of a down year for British Athletics. Jessica Ennis is pregnant. Mo Farah has indicated much doubt over running the Commonwealth Games, which is a huge draw in Great Britain. 

Jessica Ennis, photo by PhotoRun.net


GLASGOW (GBR): British Athletics has confirmed that Hampden Park is to host a two-day Diamond League meeting in 2014 as the event moves from London to Glasgow. Athletics Weekly reported last September how the national governing body was said to have completed a deal that would see Britain's premier Diamond League meeting move from the capital to the 2014 Commonwealth Games host city this year. The switch has now been officially announced, with the event to be held on July 11-12 and known as the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix. There had been much discussion as to the venue for this year's Diamond League meeting, with the Olympic Stadium, venue for last year's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, out of action until 2015 at the earliest due to refurbishment. The event had previously been held at Crystal Palace. Also the second British meet in the series switched from Gateshead to Birmingham in 2011 in second year of the Diamond League.

Darya Klishina, 2011 European Indoors, 
photo by PhotoRun.net 

Darya Klishina is focused on the Russian National championships, to be held Feb.17-19, 2014. Alot is on the line for Klishina, including selection to the World Indoor Championships. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time European Indoor champion in long jump Darya Klishina after 6.51 at the Russian Winter meeting hopes she will able to improve her result at national championships and be selected for Sopot. "There're no reasons to upset as I have time to correct my technique till nationals. My approach is good enough but I have incorrect arms work in the jump. We know my mistakes and will try to eliminate errors as soon as possible. I hope to rehabilitate myself before fans at indoor trials and win there," said Klishina to national media.

With the recent decisions on the 2016 Olympic Trials Selection race for the Marathon Team Trials for men and women, Men's LDR Ed Torres has been a central figure in the process. This story originally appeared in American Track & Field and Coaching Atheltics ezines in 2013. The piece is authored by Mark Winitz, one of our long time writers. We hope that you enjoy. 
Ed Torres, FootLocker 2012 panel, photo by PhotoRun.net 
Jon Mulkeen did the following interview for the IAAF, one month before the opening of the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic champion, and 2013 World Champ silver medalist is the world record holder in the pole vault indoors and the second highest pole vaulter of all times on the women's list. Now training in Colorado Springs to get a break from her notorious Quonset hut in upstate New York, and the tough winter in the Eastern US, Jenn is preparing for the World Indoor Champs. We will see her vault this weekend in Boston at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. 

Jenn Suhr, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
This morning, after we read the announcement of Rich Kenah's move to the Atlanta Track Club, we emailed Rich and asked him five questions. Mr. Kenah, as always, graciously replied, showing the enthusiasm and understanding of the big picture of our sport, that will make him an excellent new Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. 

Rich Kenah

Why the short version of the interview? We will reach out to Mr. Kenah down the road, once he is settled in Atlanta, and see how he sees the running community from Peachtree road. 

Thanks to Rich Kenah for taking the time to answer our five questions today. 
The 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials Selection race for Men and Women has been awarded to the LA Marathon, with a decision by USATF CEO Max Siegel, where Mr. Seigel went against the advice of the LDR board, which had voted 5-0 for Houston. In this story by Jon Gugala for RunBlogRun, Ed Torres explains the controversy and his hope for a resolution. Torres makes it clear that he is confident of LA's ability to manage the event, his concern is that LA has not, as of yet, offered to match the $100k in athlete bonus prize money that Houston offered in its bid. (Update included)

Ed Torres, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Rich Kenah will take over as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club, effective February 24, 2014, it was announced yesterday. In a story from Runner's World, posted today, Mr. Kenah discusses his excitement with his new position. Our story follows:
Galen Rupp, photo by PACE Sports Management

Galen Rupp has a couple of fun weeks. On January 16, Galen ran 13:01.26, a new 5,000m AR and fastest time in January ever for the 5,000 meters. On January 24, Galen ran 8:07.41, setting a new two mile AR. 

And now, on February 8, 2014, Galen Rupp and his coach, Alberto Salazar, moved his mile run from a solo run at Boston University to a very competitive mile at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. 

Galen ran 3:50.92 last indoor season, just think what he can do in a competitive race! It should be fun! 
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Dennis Kimetto wins Bank of America Chicago 2013, 
photo by Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

The elite fields for 2014 Boston were announced January 21, 2014, and David Monte of Race Results Weekly did the following piece on the 2014 BAA Boston Marathon. Here is what how he sees the shaping 2014 elite fields: 
Paula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Paula Radcliffe, the World Record holder of the women's marathon, has given a lot of the sport, and has paid for her brilliant running with a broken body. Ms. Radcliffe, one of the true heroes of our sport, and a trail blazer, wants to get one more great marathon out of her body. What do you think? Tell us, what you think, email me at [email protected] 
PowerBar was founded by the late Brian Maxwell and his wife, Jennifer. Brian was one of Canada's top marathoners in the 1970s. In 1977, TFN ranked him third in the world, after a year where he was in the top three in Boston and  won two other marathons in the last 400 meters in 1977. Brian Maxwell was a long time coach at Cal-Berkeley. 

Brian Maxwell was the second advertiser who supported American Athletics, our first title, and PowerBar, (behind Jan Johnson of Hind), was one of the first sports nutrition lines that developed a team line. 


Brian Maxwell and his wife, Jennifer, sold the PowerBar Sports Nutrition brand to Nestle S.A. for $375 million in 2000, approximately ten times its' listed worth of $30 million that year. Brian Maxwell died unexpectedly in 2004 at the age of 51. 

Nestle S.A., after ten years of ownership sold PowerBar, announcing the sale on February 3, 2014, to Post Holdings a St.Louis-based nutrition firm, focusing on breakfast products. 
Alexsandr Menkov long jumped 8.30 meters in Moscow on Saturday at the Russian Winter Meeting. With six world leading marks, including the World Championship gold medalist, the afore-mentioned Mr. Menkov, the Russian Winter Meeting lived up to the hype. Thanks to Natalya Maryanchick, who wrote this for the IAAF website. 

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Dai Greene, the 2010 European Champ who surprised all in 2011 at the World Champs, has moved to Mission Sports Management, as the release notes below. Dai Greene is quite popular in the UK, and a very tough 400 meter hurdler. 

Dai Greene also understands that interviews are part of the elite athlete's job, and he does a masterful job at that. We wish him great health and hope he gets that British record he is so darn close to (two hundredths, we believe)! 

Dai Greene, AVIVA London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net 

The defending champion from the 2012 World Indoor Championship 1,500 meters, Genzebe Dibaba, showed her fitness on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with a new World Indoor record, of 3:55.17, that is faster than the Ethiopian outdoor record! 

Dibaba dropped back down to the 1,500 meters after some frustration at the 5,000 meters (she has run 14:37.56). 

Here is the film of her smashing the world record! Enjoy! 

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Genzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

There is always going to be some disagreement when a site is picked for the high stakes events like the Marathon Trials, and this one is no exception. The good news is, there were two fine sites that USA Track & Field had to choose from. Max Siegel showed his leadership by making the final decision and over ruling the vote from the selection board. But, that is part of his job, CEO's are paid the big bucks to make tough decisions. 


In this piece, Jon Gugala gives the reader a chance to see both sides of the decision; there are athletes who love it, and a few, as Mr. Gugala found out, who are not so in love. 

Los Angeles sees this as part of the bigger picture. If LA can herald our sport at the elite level back into a high school bastion and former sites of four fantastic relays meets, then we at RBR will be very happy. 

Tell us what you think! Email me at [email protected]
Terrance Mahon and Jenn Rhines, 2008 Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net 

One of the most energetic and thoughtful coaches in our sport is Terrance Mahon. Terrance studied under the eyes of Joe Vigil and Bob Larsen, and has coached and advised the likes of Jenn Rhines, Deena Kastor, Anne Willard, Ryan Hall, Sara Hall, and Morgan Uceny, among others. 

After the Mammoth Track Club, Mahon moved to the UK for a year as UK endurance coach, and now, he is back in the U.S.A., coaching the newly ressurected elite wing of the Boston Athletic Association. 

Terrance Mahon sent these questions back to me in late January, and of course, I just found them. Special thanks to Marc Davis of the B.A.A. and to Terrance Mahon for his continued support of our sport and cheerfulness when I send him queries. 
The Russian Winter meeting held up to the preview of greatness given by our Russian correspondent Elena Dyackhova: some fine performances and world leading performances. Mo Amman's 600m in 1:15.31, leading Euro Indoor Champion, Adam Kszczot under 1:16, and Eric Sowinski just over 1:16 was a tremendous race. Silas Kiplagat opened a few eyes with his 3:35 world leading 1,500 meters, and Mr. Menkov is at it again, with his fine 8.30 m long jump so early in the season. While Ivan Ukhov did not challenge his 2.42m early season jump, he won here! 

We can not wait to see Mohammed Aman against a fit David Rudisha later in the season! 

More details to come! 

Mohammed Aman, David Rudisha, Rieti, 2011, 
photo by PhotoRun.net
The indoor season in the U.S. is heating up. Over the next two weeks, the New Balance Indoor GP and the Millrose Games will happen, on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15! Looking for some more fast times and great field performances! 

Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, A Day in the Life, April 12, 2013, photo by Doug Pensinger/IAAF/Getty Images

Renaud Lavillenie is, now the number two vaulter of all times, under any conditions. His 6.08 meters is second only to Sergey Bubka's 6.15 meter World Indoor Record. 

Lavillenie, the London Olympic champion and European Champion indoors and out, will next compete in Donetsk, for the Night of the Pole Vault Stars, on February 15, 2014. How high will he jump? 

Renaud Lavillenie, Reno Pole Vault Summit, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
Genzebe Dibaba destroyed the World Indoor Record with her fearless running over the 1,500 meter distance. We are most fortunate that Genzeba, the younger sister of superstar Tirunesh Dibaba, moved down from the 5,000 meters (14:37.56) to the 1,500 meters, where she improved her best by two seconds, also running faster than the current Ethiopian outdoor record by a second and one half! 

Genzebe Dibaba: adidas Track Classic, 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net 

We can not wait to see Genzebe defending her indoor World title in Sopot in March 2014! 

Here is the fine piece that Phil Minshul did for the IAAF website today: 

Genzebe Dibaba, the 2012 World Indoor Champion at 1,500 meters, broke the World Indoor Record for the 1,500 meters by three seconds with her run in Karlruhe, Germany today, February 1, 2014. 

Genzeba Dibaba, 2012 London Olympics, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Hitting the 400 meters in 62.39 and the 800m in 2:08.9, thanks to the pacing of Sonja Roman, Dibaba, hit the 1,000 meter mark in 2:42, all by her lonesome, and then went through the 1,200 meters in 3:10, finishing in 3:55.17, an astounding thirteen seconds on second place. 

Genzeba Dibaba is the younger sister of  Tirunesh Dibaba, London and World 10,000m champion, improved on her outdoor best of 3:57.77 with a fine 3:55.17, setting an Ethiopian Indoor record. Now, the Ethiopian indoor record is faster  that the Ethiopian outdoor record of 3:56.54! 

More details to come...

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