July 2018 Archives

Stef for Stuart.jpgSteff Reid, photo from British Athletics/Getty Images

Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun for perhaps a century. That means I do not remember when he started, but very happy that he is writing for us. Much of the time, Stuart Weir provides you, our reader, with many views from the events he attends, around the world for RunBlogRun. This piece is a bit different. Here is his column on athletes dealing with the heat of competition, in this column, he speaks of Paralympic star Steff Reid.

Tirunesh Dibaba is running the fastest World Marathon Majors marathon course on the planet, the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018.

Dibaba_Tirunesh-RAK17.JPGTirunesh Dibaba, RAK 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tirunesh Dibaba has won six Olympic medals (three gold, three bronze) and six World Championship medals (five gold, one silver) and six World Cross Country Championships (four gold, two silver). Over the marathon distance, Tirunesh debuted in 2014 at the Virgin Money London Marathon, taking third in 2:20:35. In 2017, Tirunesh came back to London, finished second in 2:17:56. In the fall of 2017, Tirunesh ran Chicago, taking first in 2:18:20. Her Spring 2018 marathon in London was heroic, but in the heat, Tirunesh Dibaba, chasing Mary Keitany, hell bent on breaking the World record, did not finish.

Tirunesh Dibaba recovered, and is training for Berlin.

We look forward to seeing her race over the marathon once again!

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Two years out from the start of the 2020 Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, the IAAF, governing body of the sport of athletics, is announcing the qualification system for the largest sport in the Summer Olympics. Here's the official release, with links for Tokyo 2020 qualifying.

BashirAbdi-021.jpgBashir Abdi, photo by NN Running Team

For this past year, we have recieved a nice series from NN Running team on their athletes. Here is one on Bashir Abdi, who moved to Belgium at the age of twelve. Bashir is new to the NN Running team, and will be representing Belgium at the upcoming European Athletics Champs 10,000 meters.

Fartlek is a key weekly workout during our HOKA ONE ONE Summer and Fall Cross Country programs. Fartlek is the Swedish word for 'Speed Play'. Fartlek, if used properly, will help you build your speed, but also racing skills for the upcoming season. We juggle Fartlek between long and short sections with speed. If you find a series that works for you, then speak to your coach about it.

IMG_5224.jpgHOKA ONE ONE is the sponsor for the Summer training program, to learn more on the brand, please check out www.hokaoneone.com.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018-warm up, Fartlek, 30 minute fartlek, one minute hard, one minute easy, fifteen times, ten minutes of easy running, second 30 minute fartlek, three minutes hard, three minutes easy, five times, cooldown

Ahoure_Michelle1-Pre18.jpgMurielle Ahoure, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ahoure out from African Champs
ASABA (NGR): The reigning 100 m African champion Murielle Ahouré has pulled out from the African championships that will be held in Nigeria from August 1-5. Informs Carole Fuchs. The Ivorian sprinter sustained a serious allergic reaction last weekend as she was in London for the Diamond League and returned to her base in the USA to get treatment. She now needs to get some rest and won't be able to make the trip to Nigeria.
Ahoure_MurielleR1-Oslo18.jpgMurielle Ahoure, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_0426.jpgEmily Lipari, after 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is a fun interview with Emily Lipari, done by Jeff Benjamin. Jeff has sent his nine question to Emily and she answered them as she had time between races.

Samba_AbderrahamanR1a-Oslo18.jpgAbderrahman Samba, Oslo DL, photo by PhotoRun.net
Samba 45.33, young Awuah 11.20 PB
SCHIFFLANGE (LUX, Jul 29): At CAS Meeting 400 m hurdles star Abderrahmane Samba of Qatar won the 400 m in 45.33 ahead of Mohmamed Abbas also from Qatar 45.53. Big personal best in the 100 m by British World U20 bronze winner in Tampere Kristal Awuah 11.20 (+0.7), 13th best ever U20 performer in Europe. Behind her Asha Philipp 11.31 and Portugal´s Lorene Bazolo 11.33. In men´s 100 m Canadians dominated, Andre Ford 10.24 (-0.3) and Sam Effah 10.26. In shot put Tsanko Arnaudov of Portugal 20.65 beat home record holder Bob Bertemes 20.47 and another Portuguese Francisco Belo 20.33. Israeli Dmitry Kroytor cleared Berlin standard to win the high jump with 226. In women high jump Ukrainians cleared 193, Yulia Chumachenko over World and European U18 Champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh. Another Ukrainian win for Yevhen Hutsol 1:46.95 in the 800 m. German Kristin Pudenz won discus 60.44 and on the men side Jamaican Chad Wright 65.47. Moroccan Fouad El Kaam won the 1500 m in 3:40.56.
Awuah_KristalQ-Tampere18.jpgKristal Awuah, photo by PhotoRun.net

iaaf -3.jpgAs the IAAF moves into the modern era, this position paper on abuse and harassment in athletics makes a very important statement. For too long in the sports world, the safety of athletes has been taken for granted. Unfortunately, we have read and seen, in recent media, tales of terrible mistreatment and violation of trusts between persons in authority and athletes. We applaud this first step by the IAAF.

Holusa_JakobFV1-Euros16.jpgJakub Holusa, photo by PhotoRun.net

PRAHA (CZE): Czech Republic will be represented by 49 athletes in Berlin, 25 men and 24 women. Top medal hopes are Tomas Stanek in shot put, Jakub Vadlejch in javelin (with Vitezslav Vesely and Petr Frydrych), Radek Juska in long jump and Jakub Holusa in the 1500 m. Pavel Maslak will defend his silver from last championships 2016 in the 400 m. From women selection Zuzana Hejnova in the 400 m hurdles and Nikola Ogrodnikova in javelin are the top contenders for the podium. Strong trio is selected in women 1500 m (Vrzalova, Mezulianikova, Maki) and Anetka Drahotova competes in 20 km walk.

Stanek_Tomas-WORLDi18.jpgTomas Stanek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Isaac Alvear, aka Ike Alvear has been named the new 361 Degrees Head of Sales. Isaac is a long time running brand professional. We are happy to see Isaac with 361 Degrees, one of our favorite new brands. In some of the newer brands, just like the old days, human capital is key. Each person plays a big role, and as some of the larger brands forget, with some success, that still, in running, it is one shoe sale at a time.

Watch the running brand team in their booths. The ones that listen, ask questions, and spend time with the consumer are the ones that get it. Isaac Alvear is one of those. He is a shoe geek, and we annoint him with that title as a badge of honor.

Best wishes Isaac!

Also, thanks to Heather Spears, one of our favorite PR people. If PR peeps want to get a publishers attention, send release, photos, logo, all in jpeg. Surprising how we work with pr teams that know how to assist media, who have much less time than four years ago.

Alvear 361.jpgIsaac Alvear, photo courtesy of 361 Degrees


Angelica Cichocka, 2016 European Athletics Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

WARSAW (POL): Poland will be sending 86 athletes to the European Championships in Berlin including their six reigning champions from Amsterdam: Adam Kszczot (800m), Angelika Cichocka (1500m), Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek (hammer), Piotr Malachowski (discus) and Robert Sobera (pole vault). Other leading names on the team include fellow pole vaulters Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski, European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski who has entered the 800m and 1500m and European shot put leader Michal Haratyk.

Haratyk_Michal-Euro16.jpgMichal Haratyk, photo by PhotoRun.net


Angelica Cichocka, 2016 European Athletics Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

WARSAW (POL): Poland will be sending 86 athletes to the European Championships in Berlin including their six reigning champions from Amsterdam: Adam Kszczot (800m), Angelika Cichocka (1500m), Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek (hammer), Piotr Malachowski (discus) and Robert Sobera (pole vault). Other leading names on the team include fellow pole vaulters Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski, European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski who has entered the 800m and 1500m and European shot put leader Michal Haratyk.

Haratyk_Michal-Euro16.jpgMichal Haratyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is week six of your HOKA ONE ONE Summer Training program. It is tough. You will be tired each day, but that is okay. Sleep seven to nine hours a night, hydrate, take a 30 minute nap, eat lots of veggies and lean protein (I do tofu and occassional fish), and of course, do fun stuff. Read, do your Instagram, see a movie. Relaxation is important, having fun is important. Check your shoes too! It's week six. If you want to train more, ask your coach, and if you are a junior or senior, you could consider Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning runs for 30 minutes.

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Monday, July 30, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 4 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

IMG_6619.jpgMary Decker-Slaney, with a youngish Jeff Benjamin, from the Benjamin photo collection

Slaney 1982 SI .jpgMary Decker-Slaney, 1982, in a year when she set seven World bests, from 1,500m -10,000m, Sports Illustrated cover

Mary Decker-Slaney was an American icon. A precocious talent, her body paid for it, as she required nine plus surgeries during her career. Her finest days were during the IAAF World Championships in 1983, when she took on the Soviet bloc and won the 1,500m and 3,000m. Here is a piece by Jeff Benjamin, who spoke to Mary Decker-Slaney, to celebrate her 35th anniversary of her double win!


Mary Decker-Slaney, 1985, Sports Illustrated

Larry Eder/RunBlogRun does introduction: At the end of the day, we are story tellers. Our sport is about stories. Stories about the great ones, stories about the ones who have overcome great challenges, stories about those who could have been. Before the written word, our ancestors sat around campfires, listening to stories of the great ones before us.

This is the story of Janet Bristol, one of the U.S.'s most talented and precocious runners. By fifteen, she was a global player in the sport, and by seventeen, she was out of the sport.

A007759-R1-04-5.jpgJanet Bristol, photo by Jeff Johnson (1970 New England AAU Cross Country)

Happy Sunday! The long run is the feature on Sunday. It is a key workout of the week. Want to enjoy it? Get some friends, find a park with trails to run in and enjoy it. Make sure you stretch post run, and hydrate and get some clothes on. Keep the run at a talking pace, so that you do not run too fast. Your speed will increase as you get into better shape.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018-50-55 minute easy long run

RunBlogRun opines: Craig Virgin is one of the most iconic of America distance runners. He comes from the heartland of America, Illinois and his performances, in cross country, on the track and on the roads, are those of legends. Recently married on July 15, we congratulate one of our true icons of the sport. Craig was an entertainer as well as a sportsmen, his two World Cross Country wins were unprecedented by American males (Doris Brown Heritage on the US women's side), and his 1980 Olympic Trials epic battle over 10,000m with Herb Lindsey has to be seen to be believed.

IMG_5958.JPGCraig Virgin with former Syracuse Coach Chris Fox (now Reebok Boston Club Coach), photo by Jeff Benjamin, Staten Island

As a high schooler, I first read about Craig in Jack Shepard's Yearly Lists books on American high schoolers in, I believe, the fall of 1974. I was at DeSmet Jesuit in Saint Louis, and driving to a cross country meet in a van. We were passing around a list of his performances earlier that year. We knew this guy was a total star. I also was transfixed, when he battled Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers in the 1976 Trials 10,000 meters.

IMG_5959.JPGCraig Virgin, with Marcus O'Sullivan (far right) and staff of Runningworks, photo by Jeff Benjamin, Staten Island

I have always enjoyed my talks with Craig Virgin over the last three decades, and I think you will enjoy this photo essay and story on Craig's visit to Staten Island, which is the real track capital of the world. Jeff Benjamin brings many of the sports' finest and most colorful athletes to this fine borough.

IMG_4261.JPEGCraig Virgin in Cryo chamber, that looks cold! photo by Jeff Benjamin, Staten Island

Jeff Benjamin has written for American Athletics, American Track & Field, RunningNetwork and now RunBlogRun. This covers all the years since 1990. We call Jeff the senior writer for the planet of Staten Island. Some see Staten Island as a borough of NYC, and while we admit that is an authentic appreciation, we see Staten Island as a place where athletics is loved, and Jeff Benjamin and his patient wife, Roseanne, have lived for many years. We are greatful to both. And seriously, how do you not love a guy who sends you text reminders beginning with a picture of Gandolf?

It's Saturday, July 28, 2018. Today is alternative training day. If you want to run, then, run 30-45 mintues modest pace.

Hoka One One 9.jpgTo learn more about HOKA ONE ONE, please go to www.hokaoneone.com. HOKA ONE ONE sponsors your favorite daily training program.

Saturday, July 28, 2018--bike, swim or walk for 30 minutes to an hour. Keep it fun, just keep moving.

Thiam_NafissatouPort1-Monaco17.jpgNafissatou Thiam, photo by PhotoRun.net
Thiam will be ready for Berlin heptathlon
BRUSSELS (BEL): Olympic and World winner Nafissatou Thiam is in good training before the European Championships in Berlin. She plans to contest there only the heptathlon. She has not competed in the meeting of Liège earlier this month because of an allergic reaction to an insect bite on her ankle. She has no intentions to compete in another competition before Berlin. Confirms her representatives from Wafel Sports Management.

traintraintrain - 18 days left before heptathlon in Berlin!!

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In recent article in Reuters, the IOC responded to the hearings by the US House on doping in sports. Quite provincially, the IOC, from their high spot on Mount Olympus chastized the august US body for their attack on the IOC regarding the IOC's reactions on doping and their current treatment of Russia.

USADA's Travis Tygart pointed out, during the hearing on the Helsinki commission on how lax the IOC is in their anti-doping stance and also in their seeming appeasement of Russia as a sports power. Travis Tygart is right. The IOC, under Thomas Bach, says the right things, but their actions say something quite different.

MoscowM-World13.jpgMoscow 2013 World Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the House of Represenative hearings, there was much discussion on adding criminal charges and fines for sports doping in the United States. This would mean that members of the IOC, whose teams were competing in US, and we caught doping, could face stiff fines, reportedly up to $250,000.

Bondarenko_BohdanQ-London17.jpgBohdan Bohdanrenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

KYIV (UKR): Former high jump world champion and Rio Olympics medallist Bohdan Bondarenko finally confessed that he got married to his long-time girlfriend Iryna Pimenova (13.74m PB in triple jump). They registered their wedlock in Las Vegas, USA. This year happy couple became the parents. "Now I asked my wife about second child, but she said that only after medal in Tokyo 2020. So, that is our arrangement," said Bondarenko in his quote to XSport.

Bondarenko_BohdanQ-WorC17.jpgBohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

iaaf -3.jpgThe IAAF has gone to pain staking lengths to allow Russian athletes to compete as Athletes Non-affiliated. If one understands the value that the Russian government puts on sport, and what is at stake, then, the IAAF stance on Russian participation makes sense.

Echevarria_Manuel1c-Stockholm18.jpgJuan Luis Echevarria, Stockholm DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarria will renew his rivalry with world outdoor champion Luvo Manyonga in the Birmingham Diamond League on 18 August, informs organisers. Greg Rutherford will also compete in one of his final competitions before retirement. "It's a bit of a change of the guard, and that's how I am looking at it," said Rutherford on the event. "I have had my time in the sun and been the best in the world for all of those years, but now it's like I am passing the torch on. Hopefully he will run with it and elevate the event to where it should be."

Manyonga_Luvo1-Stockholm18.jpgLuvo Manyonga, Stockholm DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

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IAAF President Sebastian Coe, Rune Andersen, Belen Casetta and Roberto Gesta de Melo at the IAAF Council Meeting press briefing in Buenos Aires (Getty Images for the IAAF)

The IAAF Council meeting in Buenos Aires made some very important decisions, namely, to continue the Russian ban, Transfer of Allegiance rules, and some changes in anti doping protocals.


Meraf Bahta, photo by PhotoRun.net

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish media is reporting that former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta is being investigated after allegedly missing three out-of-competition drug tests in the last twelve months. Bahta has not been provisionally suspended and could still compete at the European Championships.

Global Sports Federations need sponsors. QNB Bank will sponsor the sport for the next four years, per the release from the IAAF Council Meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. QNB will join the sport's official sponsors and support the World Athletic Series, the Doha 2019 World Outdoor Athletics Championships, and the Doha Diamond League Meeting. As the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, QNB has sizable reach and understanding of a key are for growth and development in the Middle East and Africe. Welcome QNB. Nice job, IAAF.

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This is week five, day five of the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals Summer Training. The fifth week was pretty hard, so take advantage of the easy days, as they will be getting fewer and your hard days will be getting harder. Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpg

Ce'Aira Brown has set five PBs this summer over 800 meters, photo by Kevin Morris

Friday, July 27, 2018, warm up, easy 45--50 minutes, cooldown

Lasitskene_Mariya1-Stockholm18.jpgMaria Lasitskene, Stockholm DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOSCOW (RUS): At least 30 neutral athletes will compete at the European Championships in Berlin including world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, world indoor champions Danil Lysenko and former European champions Sergey Shubenkov, Anzhelika Sidorova and Ilya Shkurenyev. More athletes can be added to the roster if they receive clearance from the IAAF before the entry deadline.

fa16e942-b1c7-4a68-8273-1345e28ce09b.jpgElena Vallortigara, photo by Getty Images/ IAAF

Last weekend, at the London Diamond League, Elena Vallortigara, after some difficult years, gave Maria Lasitskene some competition. Elena cleared 2.02 meters, a huge new PB and upping her position in the upcoming European Championships. Steve Landells, one of the finest and most prolific writers in our sport, captures the challenges this fine athlete has gone through, to reach such heights. RunBlogRun encourages our readers to check out the iaaf.org site each and everyday.

IAAF, in their meetings in Buenos Aires, just announced that Nairobi will host the U20 Championships in July 2020. The IAAF was very happy with the U18 championships held last summer in Kenya.

unnamed-3.jpgNairobi, Kenya, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Guliyev_RamilFHL-Oslo18.jpgRamil Guiliyev, Oslo DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

ANDORF (AUT): Austrian Top-Meeting series will end on Saturday in Andorf, top star at the meet will be 200 m World Champion Ramil Gulyiev who will run his last test before Berlin at the 12th Josko Meeting. Guliyev plans to run 100 m and 200 m with relay in Berlin. Guliyev will compete in Austria in both 100 m and 200 m. Local top stars will also compete with Lukas Weisshaidinger in discus and Ivona Dadic in 100 m hurdles and 200 m.

Guliyev_RamilPort1-Stockholm18.jpgRamil Guiliyev, Stockhom DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

In an intruiging interview, done on video, at Isportconnect.com, Ed Warner, the former chair of UK Athletics challenged IAAF president Seb Coe to now focus his energy on changing the format of the sport, as well as finding a few sponsors.

ed-warner-1-2100x1200.jpgEd Warner, photo courtesy of British Athletics

While Mr. Warner says little that is new, his positioning of Seb Coe's success in governance and the challenge for Mr. Coe in the future is to reformat the sport as well as searching for some global sponsors. Coe has been traveling around the world, going to nearly every major event to showcase the vitality of the sport and his leadership of the IAAF.

Warner, while head of UK Athletics, did Seb Coe few favors, and the British media suggested that Mr. Warner and Mr. Coe were not best of friends, but this video interview seems quite sincere and focused. Athletics does need changes, and the truth is, as Ed Warner points out, Seb Coe will more than likely see few challengers as Mr. Coe comes up for reelection. Ed Warner suggests that, with no challengers, perhaps Mr. Coe can now focus on rebuilding the sport, its format, which would make it more interesting to global sponsors.

Ed Warners' comments do warrent some consideration. Some believe that the legacy of Seb Coe will be determined on how he convinces the sport that change is necessary to not only grow, but to survive. In its current condition, the sport will become redundant in the modern world of sports entertainment.

To read the entire piece and view the interview, please go to http://www.isportconnect.com/reformat-athletics-modern-audience-former-chair-uk-athletics-ed-warner/. You will have to sign up, but the process is fast and the content is excellent.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaW1b-WC17.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, Hammer throw 2x Olympic, 3x World Champ, 3x European Champ, World Record holder, Yep, the Hammer goddess! photo by PhotoRun.net

LUBLIN (POL, Jul 22): Anita Wlodarczyk was back in top form at the Polish Championships, improving to 79.59 WL in the hammer to defeat Joanna Fiodorow (74.25m) and Malwila Kopron (70.88m). Michal Haratyk went out to 21.85m in the shot put to defeat European indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki's 21.04m, Paulina Guba won the women's shot put with 18.82 and Pawel Wojciechowski defeated Piotr Lisek on countback at 5.70m. On the track, world U20 bronze medallist Martyna Kotwila won the 200m title in 22.99 to break Irena Szewinska's Polish U20 record which had stood since the 1964 Olympics and 20-year-old Klaudia Siciarz won the 100m hurdles in a marginally wind-assisted 12.74 (2.3) after 12.96 in the heats. Karolina Koleczek was second in the final in 12.94. Damian Czykier won the 110m hurdles in a wind-legal 13.37 from Artur Noga (13.56). Marcin Lewandowski won the 800m title in 1:50.27 but there was an upset in the women's 800m with Anna Sabat defeating Angelika Cichocka, 2:06.14 to 2:06.55.

unnamed.jpgMatt Centrowitz, Sr. one of our most respected and colorful coaches, and former American record holder at 5000 meters, is back coaching once again! Matt Sr. went to school at Manhattan College, before he transfered to the University of Oregon. A long time coach at American University, the Manhattan College program will benefit from the experience that Matt, Sr. has had as coach and athlete.

We look forward to seeing Coach Centrowitz working with athletes once again on a daily basis.

Thanks to Jeff Benjamin for finding this release.

Hofmann_AndreasH-Pre18.jpgAndreas Hoffmann, photo by PhotoRun.net

NURNBERG (GER, Jul 22): Andreas Hofmann set a championship record of 89.55m to win a high class javelin on the second day of the German Championships. Hofmann produced that mark in the first round to defeat Olympic champion Thomas Rohler who moved from fourth to second with his sixth round throw of 88.09m. World champion Johannes Vetter returned to competition with 87.83m to finish third with Julian Weber only fourth despite throwing 84.62m. Shanice Craft also won a competitive discus final with 62.91m ahead of Nadine Muller (62.73m), Anna Ruh (62.65m) and Claudine Vita (62.63m). Malaika Mihambo took a narrow win in the long jump with 6.72m from Alexandra Wester (6.69m) and Julia Gerter (6.68m) and Jacqueline Otchere cleared 4.45m in the pole vault to win on countback from Stefanie Dauber. World indoor bronze medallist Mateusz Przybylko cleared a season's best of 2.31m to win the high jump but in the triple jump, reigning European champion Max Hess could only finish sixth with 15.72m. On the track, reigning European champion Gesa-Felicitas Krause set a season's best of 9:34.58 to win the 3000m steeplechase from Antje Moldner-Schmidt in 9:45.82, Konstanze Klosterhalfen narrowly won the 1500m in 4:06.34 from Elena Burkard (4:06.51 PB) and Hanna Klein won the 5000m title in 15:17.47. Elsewhere, Jessica-Bianca Wessolly set a 22.89 PB to win the women's 200m, Robin Erewa won the men's 200m title in 20.63 and there were wins in the 800m for Benedikt Huber (1:47.32) and Christina Hering (2:01.56).

Today is your hill day. We choose hill repeats, eight this week, building up to 16-20. Hill work is rigorous and builds your strength over time. It callouses you to racing. Remember to slowly come down from the hills. Warm up and cool down well.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes steady, 8 times 200 meter hill, jog down, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

Keitany_MaryPC-RAK18.jpgMary Keitany, RAK Half Marathon, February 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

NAIROBI (KEN): Mary Keitany, the world marathon record-holder for women-only races, has urged authorities in her country to step up their anti-doping efforts. The former world marathon and multiple World Marathon Majors winner told the-star.co.ke: "I am telling our coaches and managers to please help fight doping. Our country risks being banned if this vice continues." She called for monitoring of chemists and pharmacies and action against those found selling banned substances.

RunBlogRun opines: Mary Keitany is a trail blazer. She caught me a few years ago at London presser. She was not happy that there was no women's equivalent in 2 hour marathon attempt by Nike. While her sponsor is adidas, she wants women's running to get the same respect. She does interviews better and better each year. Her racing in London last year was gutty, like an opera, and she obviously learned from teh experience.

Keitany_MaryM-RAK18.jpgMary Keitany, RAK 2018, February 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

p2988221_2987502600_4.jpgYohan Blake, in semi final for 100 meters, photo courtesy of Loughborough University

The LEAP Meeting at Loughborough University was held on July 25, 2018. Here's Peter Matthews release on the meet. Loughborough host several meets during the year and we try and cover them, as some fantastic performances are run in Loughborough. Track geeks will remember that many fine alums in our sport come from Loughborough.

Oberem_Sonja-FV-Berlin04.jpgSonja Oberem, Berlin Marathon 2004, photo by PhotoRun.net

DUSSELDORF (GER): Sonja Oberem, the 2000 European marathon bronze medallist, has been appointed managing director and race director of the METRO GROUP Marathon Düsseldorf. The 2:26 marathoner, who was also a European champion in triathlon, has previously been event manager at the Dusseldorf Triathlon. She replaces Jan Winschermann, who will stay on as a special consultant for the GOLAZO-run event. Bob Verbeeck, CEO of Golazo Group, says: "I'm very excited to have Sonja on board as the new Managing Director and Race Director. At Golazo, we have a tradition of hiring former elite athletes to run some of our events and to help spread our mission of getting more people moving."

The 2014 courses for the European Championships were quite exciting, and the 2018 versions look pretty interesting! Here's the video and updates on the 20k, 50k and marathon courses in Berlin, Germany! I have gone to six Euro Indoors, my first European outdoors was in Zurich in 2014, and I loved it. Hoping to go to Berlin in August.

Daunay_ChristelleFH1-Euros14.jpgChristelle Daunay, 2014 European Marathon champion, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Meucci_DanieleFH1-Euros14.jpgDaniel Meucci, 2014 European Marathon Champion, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Videos of the race walking and marathon courses for the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships from 7-12 August are now available.

The 20km race walk and 50km race walk events will take place at the Breitscheidplatz. Participants in the 20km race walk will cover a one-kilometre loop 20 times while the 50km race walkers will cover a longer two-kilometre loop 25 times. The participants will pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on each lap and will start and finish on the European Mile.

Swedish records Bengtsson 473, Kramer 1:45.03
KARLSTAD (SWE, July 25): At the Folksam Grand Prix (EA Classic) two Swedish records. Angelica Bengtsson cleared 473 in second attempt of the pole vault and tried at 483. Andreas Kramer clocked another national mark in the 800 m with 1:45.03 ahead of Kenyan Cornelius Tuwei 1:45.47. Daniel Stahl won the discus with 69.11m, moving to third on the world list, second Jamaican Chad Wright 64.15. Armand Duplantis won the pole vault with a third-time clearance at 5.80m ahead of Georgiy Gorokhov 560 and Norway´s sondre Guttomsen national U20 record 560. Ce'aira Brown set a PB of 1:58.01 to win the 800m, with Laura Roesler second in 2:00.63. Heptathlete Erica Bougard won the 100m hurdles in 12.80, ahead of Annimari Korte (13.29). The 400m equivalent was won in 55.71 by Eilidh Doyle. Cheng Chao-Tsun from Taipei won the javelin with 83.67m. Sofie Skoog won the high jump with 1.90m. Brittany Crew put the shot out to 18.20m to take victory by 2cm from Fanny Roos. Japanese Aska Cambridge won the 100 m in 10.15 (+2.1) and Mutaz Essa Barshim brother Hamdi Alamine cleared 227 personal best in high jump.

Look, we liked the Athletics World Cup, recently hosted in London. The next weekend, they even had good crowds in London Diamond League. If I am not completely off, London had one of biggest crowds of summer for athletics, even though they were smaller. A keen reader reminded me that Drake Relays (SRO), Penn Relays, and Texas Relays had larger crowds in Spring 2018, than London AWC and London DL combined, as we forget how big crowds are in US at some major relays.

IMG_4514.JPGJeff Benjamin with IAAF President Seb Coe, photo courtesy of Jeff Benjamin

Our senior writer from Staten Island, arguably, its very own world, Jeff Benjamin, is an unabashed track geek. The man has written for American Athletics, American Track & Field, and RunBlogRun for three decades plus. He is our chief geek. Here is his letter, full of enthusiasm and love for our sport, to IAAF President Seb Coe.

I sometimes wonder if there is any track meet in world that has not seen Seb Coe visit? The man represents our sport with enthusiasm each and every day.

So, here is Jeff's letter on how to Seb Coe, with suggestions on how to improve on the Athletic Worlds Cup!

Holly by Paul.jpgHolly Bradshaw basking in her victory, photo by Paul Bradshaw, courtesy of Stuart Weir

Krause_Gesa-Rome18.jpgGesa Felicitas Krause, steeplechase, Rome DL, May 31, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

BERLIN (GER): Germany has named a team of 128 athletes for the European Championships in Berlin including reigning champions Cindy Roleder (100m hurdles), Gesa Felicitas Krause (3000m steeplechase), Christina Schwanitz (shot put), Max Hess (triple jump) and David Storl (shot put). There will also be high hopes in the javelin with Thomas Rohler, Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann all named while Robert and Christoph Harting both compete in the discus with Daniel Jasinski. World medallists Pamela Dutkiewicz (100m hurdles), Carolin Schafer (heptathlon) and Kai Kazmirek (decathlon) have also been named on the team along with former world champions Raphael Holzdeppe (pole vault) and Katharina Molitor (javelin). It is biggest team ever at European Championships.

The European season is at full speed, and there are national meets across the continent. This past week, there were two Diamond League meetings, EA Permit meetings as well, and here are some of deepest results that you can find anywhere in Europe, thanks to our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. This is report 24. Carles compiles and edits the list each and every weekend, and we hope you appreciate his amazing work! Please visit his blog at http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. To follow him on twitter, go to @Trackinsun.

Greg MAG.jpgGreg Rutherford at his last appearance in London Olympic Stadium, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

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The brand On, a running brand based in Switzerland has been growing at nearly 100 percent the past couple of years. A technology that works for many running, combined with amazingly crafted and esthetically beautiful shoes, On has captured many of the women performance key influencers. Last TRE, we had running store dealers telling us about selling out and women who purchase all three color ways at $150 a pair.

On has agreed to sponsor Mammoth Track Club, managed by Andrew Kastor. Andrew is one of the finest coaches in the country, and his young athletes are actually developed. The alums from Andrews' group are among some of our most promising runners in the country. Nice job by On Running.

Again, I can not say it enough, If you want to stand out of the 47 brands trying to do running shoes, you need to go vertical. The $17.5 billion running shoe business is all about authenticity and great product.

Take your eye off the ball, and you are the next Summer discount at the local running store.

The reason our training progam works is that distance running is about consistency. If you challenge your mortal engine, and allow the body to recover, you will get stronger, faster and more confident. We base our training progams on both the complex training program of Australian coach (and NCAA champion while at University of Houston), Pat Clohessy and of course that famous New Zealand milkman, the late Arthur Lydiard. Recovery days are key to your success. While in college for one Spring, my training partner, Paul Gyorey and I did our quality days with a tough junior college team. We never went by the school on easy days, and we were able to recover from the hard days. We improved well that season, but it was as much for doing our reccovery days slow as running our hard days hard. Your body needs both. Listen to your body.

Hoka One One 6.jpgHOKA ONE ONE, to learn about this fine brand, www.hokaoneone.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2018 -warm up-easy 45-50 minutes, cooldown

Blake_YohanFH-Brussels17.jpgYohan Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): Former world champions Yohan Blake and Danielle Williams will compete in the Loughborough European Athletics Permit meeting on Wednesday, athleticsweekly.com reports. Blake, the the 2011 world 100m winner, will compete in both the short sprint and the 200m, on both occasions facing Iran's Hassan Taftian, the Asian 100m champion. Also there will be Sean Safo-Antwi and Brendon Rodney. Williams, the 2015 global hurdles champion, will take on sister Shermaine, a twice Olympian, plus Commonwealth bronze medallist Yanique Thompson.

cache_sb_l_668fafbe20.jpgOn Cloud X, $140, photo from www.runningproductreviews.com

On is a brand which has gained runners' attention through much hard work; an overnight success - almost a decade in the making. The Cloud X is a tempo shoe which is tough enough for running and training. The upper is an engineered mesh with a saddle and rear quarter of closed mesh, offering a secure and comfortable fit.

The interior features sculpted foam which is thinned to save weight while conforming to the contours of the ankle and heel. The midsole is EVA Clouds which offers great protection in heel and a very firm and resilient ride in the forefoot. The outersole covers most of the forefoot with rubber as well as the highest wear areas in the heel with some mid-foot clouds of toughened foam. As a "Go Fast" shoe and long racer the Cloud X does an excellent job, especially for runners that are light on their feet.

Testers: "Well cushioned, though springy instead of soft. Snug and supportive upper. It's a fast shoe, so it was good for tempo runs and even my longer races."

New Shoe

Sizes: Men 7-13,14; Women 5-11
Weight: 9.1 oz. (men's 11); 7.3 oz. (women's 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Geometry: Full Contact

Ortega_Orlando-BosOut18.jpGOrlando Ortega, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hortelano-Talbot-BockarieFH-Euros16.jpgBruno Hortelano wins 200m in European Athletics Champs, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

MADRID (ESP): Spain has named a team of 95 athletes for the European Championships in Berlin including reigning European 200m champion Bruno Hortelano who has also been named in the 4x400m pool. Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist Orlando Ortega is another leading name along with European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal who will contest the 5000m and 10,000m in Berlin. Spanish 800m record-holder Saul Ordonez is another medal contender while 17-year-old double European U18 champion Maria Vicente makes her senior debut in the triple jump.

1284550_G08_W01.jpgMaria Vincente, European U18 heptathlon/TJ champion, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics

The HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Corner is a series of videos, now in its third year, on the art and science of coaching high school athletes in cross country. We interviewed the coaching team of HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club at the Martinez Classic last summer. John Trautmann, an Olympian and NCAA champion, is one of the two assistant coaches with the NJNYTC. John answered this question from his experience as an athlete and coach.


This series is for coaches and athletes. Pass it around. If you have questions on coaching and training, please send them to [email protected].

Asher_DianeFH-Stockholm18.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rooney_MartynR-Euros14.jpgMartyn Rooney, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Great Britain has named 102 athletes for the European Championships in Berlin. Dina Asher-Smith, who will go in the 100m and 4x100m, in addition to the 200m she won in Amsterdam, and Martyn Rooney, who won the one lap two years ago and goes also in the relay here, are the only two defending champions. World No.1 Lorraine Ugen (long jump) and European leaders Matthew Hudson-Smith (400m) and Zharnel Hughes (100m) are also on the squad. Laura Muir, who was initially due to compete over both 800m and 1500m, will now focus on the latter, at which she leads the European rankings, after irritating her Achilles last weekend. Of the six marathoners selected in April, Alyson Dixon has pulled out with injury.

Muir_Laura1-Pre18.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

The idea for conversation with Larry came from my son, Adam. We have been doing them for the past two years. So the idea is, I can speak about anything I want, but I have to a) stay focused and b) limit to three to four minutes.

IMG_8804.jpgLopez Lomong, Garrett Heath, 10,000m, June 21, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

We shoot them on the road. Mike Deering and Adam shoot the videos. The Shoe Addicts manage and produce our videos. This series is alot of fun. I hope you enjoy them. If you have ideas on things for me to chat about, please reach me at [email protected].

I did this video about the changing stars of our sport. Media reports, including mine, showed our disappointment over the stars who would not be in Des Moines. The truth was, it was really fun to see some of the new stars. From Noah Lyles to Katie Nageotte, from Darrell Hill to Keni Harrison. The meet, for those who were there, had many moments of emotion, and many moments of excitement.

DSC04879.jpgThe fans in Des Moines, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Our sport does not welcome change. We are creatures of habit in athletics. For some reason, we keep the meets we hold nearly a secret. That we get the crowds we have, considering little or no publicity, are surprising.

The good news is that our sport is fixable. The assets are our athletes, our history, our fans and our sponsors. The infighting, the political squabbles, and the problems of doping, athlete allegiances and some athletes who do not seem to know their ages, are fixable.

They are fixable because of the true strength of our sport, our amazing athletes.

Schippers_Daphne200Q-.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martina_ChurandyFL-Euros16.jpgChurandy Martina, photo by PhotoRun.net

AMSTERDAM (NED): Defending champions Dafne Schippers, Churandy Martina and Anouk Vetter head Netherlands' 46-strong team announced today for Berlin. Sifan Hassan, the 2016 world indoor 1500m champion Sifan Hassan is named only in the 5000m, for which she is favourite. Schippers, who won the 100m in Amsterdam and formed part of the winning sprint relay team, will compete in both and also in the 200m. She is joined by two of the other three from the triumphant quartet two years ago - Jamile Samuel and Naomi Sedney. Amsterdam 100m winner Martina will compete in both sprints and the relay too, while Vetter will go in the heptathlon. Netherlands has not named a women's 4x400m squad, with the federation's technical director, Ad Roskam, commenting to NOS on the clash in the timetable with the individual event.

Hassan_SifanQ-WC17.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

The European season is at full speed, and there are national meets across the continent. This past week, there were two Diamond League meetings, EA Permit meetings as well, and here are some of deepest results that you can find anywhere in Europe, thanks to our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. This is report 24. Carles compiles and edits the list each and every weekend, and we hope you appreciate his amazing work! Please visit his blog at http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. To follow him on twitter, go to @Trackinsun.

Shara for Stuart.jpgShara Proctor, en route to her LJ win in London this past weekend, photo by Getty Images courtesy of British Athletics

Fartlek is the Swedish term for 'Speedplay'. These workouts were first done by great Swedish runners in the 1940s and 1950s as an alternative to interval training. It is a simple as one wants or as complex as one wants. In Holmer Fartlek, I would run 30 minutes out, and then, run as hard as I could on the way back, probably around 25 minutes. The fartlek I give you are workouts that help build your sense of pace and your endurance. Today's workout is pretty challenging, and it is meant to be. Follow the workouts to the letter. Push yourself at level you can now.

Merber-AlexanderFV-FalmouthM16.jpgKyle Merber, Colby Alexander, HOKA ONE ONE milers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, July 24, 2018-warm up, 60 minutes, three times 7:30 fartlek hard, 7:30 moderate run, three times 2:30 hard, 2:30 easy, cooldown

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Live transmission of the ignition of the Buenos Aires 2018 youth Olympic flame

Buenos Aires, July 23. The scene is ready for action. The protagonists are anxious. All that is left is for the sun's rays to light the youth Olympic flame this Tuesday, July 24, in Athens' historic Panathenaic Stadium, the location of the first edition of the Olympic Games in the modern era in 1896.

The event at the Panathenaic Stadium will start at 11.00 local time (05.00 in Argentina) and will finish around 13.00 (07.00 in Argentina).

The ceremony schedule is as follows:

11.00 (05.00 a.m. Buenos Aires)

Start of ceremony

11:05 (05.05 a.m. Bueno Aires)

Entry of Athens' Philharmonic Orchestra
Olympic Anthem - Raising of Argentine Flag
Greek National Anthem - Raising of Greek Flag
Entry of high priestess and priestesses
Ritual for the lighting of the youth Olympic flame
Flame handed over to first relay runner
Lighting of the lantern
Speech by Greek Olympic Committee president, Spyros Capralos
Words from Georgios Margaritis, IOC Young Change-Maker for Buenos Aires 2018
Words from Olympic athlete and IOC member Danka Bartekova
Words from Olympic athlete and member of the IOC's Educational Committee, Vera Perederii
Flame handed to Spyros Capralos from Gerardo Werthein
Speech from Gerardo Werthein
Words from Valentina Muñoz
Exit of high priestess and priestesses
Flag exit
Exit of Philharmonic Orchestra
Exit of Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee and other officials
End of ceremony

Contact in Athens:
Alejandro Lifschitz, Buenos Aires 2018 Communications Director
[email protected]buenosaires2018.com

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
[email protected]

About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international, multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-18 with an educative and cultural nature that aims to foster the Olympic values in youth.

The event, which takes place every four years (in its two versions, winter and summer, that alternate every two years), is promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6 -18 with the participation of 4000 athletes from 206 countries.

Stef for Stuart.jpgStef Reid, Para athletics, Getty Images for British athletics

Here's Stuart Weir's column on the para athletics events held during the Muller Annivesargy Games. Some great performances and the crowd supports Para athletics in London.

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Thompson ends the season
KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic winner Elaine Thompson has decided to call an end to her season due to an Achilles problem. "Counting the positives, but it's been quite a season where my Achilles continues to affect my results, so back to the drawing board. Thanks to you all for the support this season, it means a lot to me. See you again on the track in 2019!" she said on Twitter.
Thompson_ElaineFL-Lausanne16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Duplantis_Armand-WORLDi18.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Armand Duplantis has said he has already made the transition from U20 to the senior ranks even though he doesn't official become a senior until next season. "The Europeans will be another fantastic meet and everyone will be prepared and I'm up for the challenge. Stepping from the World U20s to the senior circuit is a huge step and I know I'm competing against the world champion and world record-holder, it's a huge change but I feel like I fit in very well," he said.

Duplantis_Mondo-PreC18.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mile - Sifan Hassan.jpgSifan Hassan wins Millicent Martin Mile in 4:14.71, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

Here's Stuart Weir's feature on the surprises in the second day of the London Diamong League Meeting. I like the title, Tales of the Unexpected. Some surprises in the 200 meters, Mile, and the 100 meter hurdles.

Hassan_SifanQ-WC17.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net
Hassan only 5k
LONDON (GBR): After winning the mile in London in 4:14.71, Sifan Hassan admitted she wanted to double up at the European Championships. "I've managed to run a huge PB and it's almost four seconds quicker but it shows that my season is only just starting. I wanted to double up in the 1500m and 5000m at the European Championships but I think that's out of the question given the timetable," she said. Hassan looks likely to focus on the 5000m.
Hassan_Sifan-Pre17.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chris Fox and SU men's cross country never lost to an ACC opponent since joining the conference in 2013.

Chris Fox retires from college coaching, photo courtesy of Syracuse University Athletics

20180709GR_JustynKnight-7 (1).JPGJustyn Knight, photo courtesy of Reebok

In the 1980s, there was a new wave group from Australia, The Spit Enz, they had a one hit wonder in the US titled, "History Never Repeats". The song seems quite appropriate in the $17.5 billion business that is running footwear. For a brand to stick out (and mind you, we monitor 47 brands), they need to have A) consistently great product, B) great service, C) support the sport, D) communicate constantly and effectively with key influencers, core runners and places where newbie runners hatch.

Reebok, which is the oldest actual running brand, has rediscovered running. As most keen observers of the sport will tell you, if you want to be a player in sports footwear, you MUST be authentic in running. Reebok is pulling out the stops and adding to Reebok ZAP Fitness (which has kept Reebok's foot in running for nearly a decade, with all types of runners and four in top ten in Boston in 2018), with the Reebok Boston Track Club.

How did they do that? First they went and got a real coach. Chris Fox, a former world class runner, who ran for Athletics West, then, built Syracuse University track and cross country from scratch. At Syracuse (thank God, Brien Bell is interim head coach), Chris Fox built a program, developed runners, but helped runners believe in themselves. Coaches, the great ones, are confessor, confidence builders and cheerleaders (as well as fine technical coaches). Each year, for the past decade, I would see Coach Fox at the 1k mark of the NXN in December. I have always enjoyed our chats, but most of all, he has built a program at Syracuse that has developed young athletes into champion.

It is nice to see that Reebok signed Justyn Knight, a fine runner and NCAA champion. We will keep you updated on Reebok's continuing build up in running.

Reebok is building this relaunch around several shoes, here are two videos on key product for 2018 (Launched May-July 2018), Reebok FloatRide Run, Available May 1, 2018, and Reebok FloatRide RunFast Pro.

Running is the key to all that is success in performance athletic footwear. Consumers get it, real runners wear certian shoes, and that is why brands such as Nike, adidas, New Balance have busted their butts to stay authentic. Look at Brooks and HOKA ONEONE, both have and continue to put their money where their mouths are. Brands that cut back see their sales drop drastically in running, as they pursue the flavor of the month. It may not be sexy, but running is real business, and even with Amazon trying to take over all, running continues to grow.

The European season is at top speed, and there are national meets across the continent. EA Permit meetings as well, here are some of deepest results that you can find anywhere in Europe, thanks to our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles compiles and edits the list each and every weekend, and we hope you appreciate his amazing work! Please visit his blog at http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. To follow him on twitter, go to @Trackinsun.

Ingebrigtsen_FilipFH-Euros16.jpgFilip Ingebrigsten, European Athletics Championships 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Good morning, this is the beginning of week five. You are getting fit, and feeling it. Remember to sleep, remember to hydrate, and remember to focus on the day of workouts.

If you are a junior or senior, ask your coach first, but consider morning workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And remember, our tough days are Tuesday-fartlek, Thursday, hills and Sunday, Long Run.

IMG_1625.jpgCe'Aira Brown, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts, just set a PB over 800 meters in London, 1:58.57, after doing her training with HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC!

Monday, July 23, 2018-warm up, easy 45-50 minutes, cooldown

There were some great performances at Muller Anniversary Games, and here is the press release from British Athletics on the huge performances at second day of the London Diamond League Meeting.

Hassan_Sifan-Pre17.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

The second day of the Muller Anniversary Games was full of some exciting performances. Here's the event by event results from EME News, from Alfons Juck. The 800 meters for men was very deep, with Emmanuel Korir running 1:42.05. Luvo Manyango jumps four times over 8.50 meters: 8.50m, 8.51m, 8.53m and 8.58m.

Jennifer Prandini won the big 200 meters, Ce'Aira Brown not only won, set PB at the 800 meters. Sandra Perkovic showed who was discus star with her dominating throw. And finally, Sifan Hassan just clobbered the field with her butt kicking 4:14 mile!

Lake.jpgMorgan Lake, high jump, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The second day of the London Diamond League featured some fine field events. Here is Stuart Weir's thoughts on three of the outstanding field events over the weekend.

Luvo Manyonga.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

Greg MAG.jpgGreg Rutherford, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The Muller Anniversary Games is two days of great athletics in the athletic city of the world, London. No city has put 80,000 fans at night and 50,000 fans in the morning for track and field during London 2012 and near that in London 2017 World Championships. Here's Stuart Weir's comments on day two.

The Muller Anniversary Games proved many things this weekend. First, that, London can host major global events with very little notice. Second, fine performances abound in the London Diamond League, and day one had great performances, with Karston Warholm setting NR of 47.65 at 400m hurdles and Abdellelah Haroun ran a 44.07 NR for the 400 meters.

Here's the report from British Athletics.

P1080469.JPGMuller Anniversary Games, July 21, 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

Warholm_Karsten-Rome18.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Haroun.jpgAbdellelah Haroun, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The London Diamond League meeting is two days of great track and field, held in the London Olympic Stadium. The largest crowd of the year is at the meet over two days each year (Athletic World Cup had 30,000 a day the weekend before). On day one, Karston Warholm ran 47.65 NR and Abdellelah Haroun ran 44.07 NR. In fifth place in the 400m, Abderraham Samba, the man of the 400m hurdles, ran a PB of 44.64 for the 400 meters. And in the 100 meters, both races loved by the British fans, Ronnie Baker won his semi final and the final, both in 9.90. In the women's 100 meters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran 10.98, getting back to her winnng ways.

P1080466.JPGLondon Olympic Stadium, photo by Stuart Weir, July 21, 2018

Here's the event by event short read by EME News, courtesy of our friend, Alfons Juck.

Chepkoech_BeatriceWR1c-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, WR holder, 8:44.32, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_4180.jpgShelby Houlihan, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts
Houlihan 14:34.45 US record
HEUSDEN (BEL, Jul 21): At the Nacht van de Atletiek in Heusden (EA Classic), Shelby Houlihan smashed the American 5000m record with 14:34.45, improving Shannon Rowbury's mark by four seconds. Molly Huddle (15:01.44) and Karissa Schweizer (15:02.44) were second and third respectively for a US 1-2-3 while Jip Vastenburg was the top European in tenth in 15:15.77. There were also fast times in the men's 5000m with Chala Regasa leading an Ethiopian 1-2-3 in 13:06.98 ahead of Nibret Melak (13:07.27) and Dawit Wolde (13:10.65). After his 3:30 1500m in Monaco, Norway's Filip Ingebrigtsen got the 5000m qualifying time for Berlin with 13:30.48 in 13th. In the 1500m, Uganda's Ronald Musagala beat USA's Craig Engels 3:36.59 to 3:36.89 although Eric Avila clocked an even faster 3:36.41 in the 1500m B race and Emily Lipari won the women's 1500m in 4:05.68 from Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo (4:06.08). There was also a Ugandan win in the women's 800m with Halimah Nakaayi clocking 1:59.58 and Morocco's Mostafa Smaili won the men's 800m in 1:45.54 from Czech Republic's Filip Snejdr (1:46.51). Jonathan Borlee beat Kevin Borlee in the 400m, 45.57 to 45.67, and the Bahamas' Jeffery Gibson won a good quality 400m hurdles in 48.98 from Algeria's Abdelmalik Lahoulou (49.01) and former world champion Nicholas Bett (49.27). Elsewhere, Trinidad & Tobago's Kyle Greaux won the 200m in 20.28 from the Netherlands' Solomon Bockarie (20.54), Jamaica's Nickiesha Wilson won the 100m hurdles in 12.93 and France's Ludovic Payen won the 110m hurdles in 13.59. Luxembourg's Bob Bertemes threw 20.48m in the shot put and Australia's Nina Kennedy cleared 4.45m in the pole vault.

The long run is a key workout for you. Keep it at a conversational pace, and find a fun place to run. And make sure that you run with your friends.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters, Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Saturday-30 minute walk, 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride, just move for 30 minutes

Shara for Stuart.jpgShara Proctor won the London LJ with a leap of 6.91 meters, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

Lorraine.JPGLorraine Ugen, WL at 7.05 meters, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

This is the third and final piece by Stuart Weir for London Diamond League for Day one. Watch for his pieces on Sunday. I was in Wisconsin, watching the meet on You Tube. Just not the same. I hope to see many of you later this season at some of the final meets of the season. Thanks to Stuart Weir for putting up with the crazy travel, and my notes in the middle of the night.

Ronnie for Stuart.jpgXie Zhenye, Ronnie Baker, Yohan Blake, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

The 100 meter races in London are big attractions. There is always two rounds in London, and the races bring out the best performances. Ronnie Baker showed his stuff as did a resurging Shelly Anne Fraser Pryce. Stuart Weir caught up with both champions and provides some of the behind the scenese story.

Shelly for Stuart.jpgShelly Ann Fraser Pryce, winning again, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The London Diamond League is always a great show of our sport. Two days of track and field in the London Olympic Stadium. Stuart Weir, our intrepid global traveler, is covering London for us, as he did last weekend. Here is his first column on the London Diamond League.

Haroun.jpgAbdallellah Haroun, winner of 400m in 44.07, PB, NR for Qatar! photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

P1080450.JPGA very happy Shaunae Miller-Uibo, after her WL 48.97! photo by Stuart Weir

P1080452.JPGPierre Amboise-Bosse, London 800m champ, with TV after his race, photo by Stuart Weir

P1080459.JPGMarie Jose Ta Lou, 100m winner, speaking with press, photo by Stuart Weir

The Monaco DL has been the finest meet of the summer, with seven world leads and thirteen National records! Here's the complete results, courtesy of the IAAF.

The 400 meters in Monaco for women would have been the finest race of the night, if not for Beatrice Chepkoech cranking the WR into the next century with her 8:44.32. Here is Stuart Weir's last column on Monaco Herculis EBS meeting on 20 July 2018.

Miller_Shaunae1c-Pre18.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo ran 48.97 for the 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chepkoech_Beatrice-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, WR 8:44.32 for steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Frerichs_CourtneyH-Monaco18.jpgCourtney Frerichs, AR of 9:00.85, photo by PhotoRun.net

Seven World Leads, 13 National records, and a fantastic night of track and field! Here's a synopsis of the plethora of fine events at the Stade Louis II on Friday night, July 20, 2018.

If you are a distance runner, you have heard of David Bedford. David Bedford, along with Ian Stewart, Brendan Foster, and Ron Hill, were part of the golden time in British Athletics, in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Three of the four, Bedford, Stewart, and Foster, were also part of the group that helped bring British Athletics back from the very steps of doom. (That credit goes to Alan Pascoe and the Fast Track Agency, but that is another story).

Bob-Parker-and-Dave-Bedford-1973-by-Mark-Shearman-1250x750.jpgDavid Bedford, with Coach Bob Parker, 1973, photo by Mark Shearman

David Bedford was the WR holder at 10,000 meters. On 13 July 1973, David Bedford ran 27:30.80 destroying Lasse Viren's WR by eight seconds. Bedfords' attitude, his mustache and his brash demeanor made him a huge favorite with British and global track fans. After his retirment from athletics, Bedford got involved in the beginnings of the London Marathon, and changed the concept of a global marathon forever.

I was very disappointed to hear that David Bedford resigned his position from the Virgin Money London Marathon, three years before many expected him to leave. We accept the decision begrudgingly, but wanted Mr. Bedford to know that many respect him and know he has gone to great lengths to build our sport and protect the integrity of the marathon. London Marathon was the first marathon to champion blood testing to fight doping. London Marathon was the marathon that took building fields to an amazing scale. Both were the work of Mr. David Bedford.

Here is a short video, done in June 2018, in Des Moines, my first trip since heart surgery, on my feelings on Mr. Bedford. I believe we shot 18-20 videos that day, and this was an early one, so it is pretty good. Adam, my son, did limit me to speaking four minutes, so I stayed on topic.

David Bedford, we look forward to having a beverage with you, and telling a few stories in a small, dark British pub of your choice, very soon. Thanks for dedicating the last few decades to our sport.

As two of the keenest observers of atheltics texted me last night, " best meet of the year." When I asked key players what was their favorite event, same answer, "women's steeplechase."

Chepkoech_Beatrice-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech en route WR steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monaco Herculs EBS is the tenth Diamond League meeting of the season. Held in the third week of July, the meeting, in Stade Louis II nearly always features hot and humid weather, but then, as the sun goes down, the weather cools down. The level of competition, with fine fields, just brings out the finest performances with fine rivalries.

Chepkoech_BeatriceFV-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, a jubilant WR holder, photo by PhotoRun.net

The seven World Leaders, and the 13 National records in Herculis Monaco EBS meeting should give us a glimpse of the amazing success of the meeting. Here's Justin Lagat's commentary on the fine performances by Kenyan and South African athletes.

Today is a pretty easy day of running, biking, swimming. Alternative training, but this is not about injury recovery, but injury prevention. Spend some time biking, running, walking, swimming.

Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown wins 800m at Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Saturday, July 21, 2018-30 minute walk, 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride, just move for 30 minutes

The Herculis Monaco EBS Meeting is one of the finest of the summer. Even with heat, humidity of late July in Monaco, the meet produced seven World Leads, including the events: High Jump Men, Steeplechase Men, 1,500 meters Men, 800 meters Men, Steeplechase women, 200 meters Men, and 400 meters women.

Here's our thoughts on those world leaders.


Herculis Monaco EBS, photo by Stuart Weir

P1080443.JPGThe Stade Louis, home of the Herculis Monaco EBS, photo by Stuart Weir

This is the second piece by Stuart Weir for Monaco Diamond League. Already, on Saturday morning, Stuart is on the way to London for the London Diamond League meeting. Here are his high and lows for the Monaco meeting.

Well, this writer did believe that Beatrice Chepkoech could run very fast, but, I was thinking 8:50 or so. Beatrice Chepkoech took eight seconds off the World record, running 8:44.32!

The pace was strong from the first steps, as Caroline Tuigong hit the 1000 meter mark at 2:55.23. Beatrice Chepkoech, who has the world leader in 2018, with 8:59.36. Celliphine Chespol, who ran 8:58.78 in 2017, was l running next to Chepkoech, but, alas, hit a barrier, and ended up drifting back, to 10th place in 9:12.05.

Semenya_Caster-Pre18.jpgCaster Semenya, photo PhotoRun.net

Caster Semenya ran another fantastic 800 meters. And, at Monaco, that means alot. The depth of the Herculis Monaco EBS Meeting across its many events make it very hard to impress. But, with a WR in the steeplechase for women and a WL for men, plus amazing depth in many other events, for Stuart Weir, the women's 800 meters is one of his true stand outs. Here is his story.

Well, this was a hot one! The battle between Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Salwa Eid Naser came down to the final fifty meters. Shaunae Miller-Uibo is undefeated at 200 meters and 400 meters in 2018. Salwa Eid Naser has had a brilliant series of 400 meters, taking on all comers and leaving a wake of fine athletes behind her.

Miller_Shaunae1a-Pre18.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 400 meters in Monaco was a fantastic race, pushing both fine athletes to their limits. Shaunae Miller-Uibo had a swift 200 meters, with Salwa Eid Naser building her race. The two fine runners came close to even at 300 meters, and as the rest of the field fell back, the two fine athletes battled on. Salwa Eid Naser began her charge to the finish. Naser has this very precise finish, keeping her form, pumping her arms, lifting her legs as she has, in the past, runs past her competitors.

Naser_SalwaFH-Rome18.jpgSalwa Eid Naser, photo by PhotoRun.net

That was not happening today.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo came alive with one hundred meters to go, and took off her last fifty meters. Remember her win in Rabat last week, where Shauane Miller-Uibo overcame Dina Asher-Smith over 200 meters in the last fifty meters? Shaunae Miller-Uibo charged down the straight, with Salwa Eid Naser in tow.

The results? Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 400 meters in 48.97, the ninth fastest 400 meters of all time. The last time a sub 49 second was run was in 2009 and by Sanya Richards-Ross! Salwa Eid Naser set a NR, for Bahrian, in 49.08, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran 48.97, a NR for the Bahamas.

Both athletes show their class.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo told the media: "

I got this sub 49 I was waiting for, so Im very happy, although also very tired. The crowd here is amazing, Naser was doing a great race and that helped too. You know it was my only 4th race over the 400 m this season. We are trying with my coach different racing strategies. This was faster first 200 m or something like that. Next goal is to remain consistent on this level and long term another barrier that is 48 seconds."

Salwa Eid Naser told the media after the race: "It was really fun to compete against Shaunae for the first time this year! We were both unbeaten under 50 and now Im aiming for the DL trophy and the Asian Games! So good to break the Asian record!"

To see the race in all of its power:

The Monaco Press conference is one of my favorites. Held in the lovely Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo, Monaco, the Monaco presser is hosted by Jean-Pierre SCHOEBEL, Director of the Meeting Herculis EBS. Jean-Pierre is fluent in French and English and knows the sport. His questions provide the media with great insights into the star athletes. What I enjoy about the pressers are the combinations. This year, there was Katerina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Salwa Eid Naser, plus pressers with the top French athletes. As most of the fans at the Stade Louis are French citizens, the French athletes are a huge draw.

20180719_151005.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo and Salwa Eid Naser, with Jean-Pierre SCHOEBEL, Director of the Meeting Herculis EBS

The Monaco diamond league meet is the favorite meet of many of the entire summer. This year, with Monaco one day, and the London DL the very next, I found that a bit sad. Again, the calendar of our sport screws with what could be and should be a schedule with meets held once a week. Until the IAAF realizes that a consistent schedule is harming us with sponsors, fans and performances, it will not change.

Today is Friday, July 20, 2018. The Friday workout is pretty relaxed, after a hard hill day. Keep it relaxed and make sure that you hydrate yourself. Lots of track to watch this weekend!

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Friday, July 20, 2018-warm up, easy 45--50 minutes, cooldown

Shubenkov_SergeyFH-Brussels17.jpgSergey Shubenkov, photo by PhotoRun.net

Semenya_Caster1-Pre18.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lyles_Noah1-BosOut18.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the preview of the Monaco Herculis meeting which should one of the finest of the entire season. Monaco comes at a great time each season and the performances show it. This is my first year missing in five years and I am missing it already! Stuart Weir will be covering the meet for us.

The Herculis Monaco Meeting is my favorite stop of the summer. I normally stay in Menton, France for the week preceeding, walk on the beach, have hummus at a local restaurant and have breakfast at Le Big Boss, a wonderful cafe with vines protecting one from the sun, and the beach across the street.

20180719_151005.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, Salwa Eid Naser, with amazing announcer, Jean-Pierre SCHOEBEL, Director of the Meeting Herculis EBS

As I am still ensconced in Wisconsin, Stuart Weir is covering the meet for RunBlogRun, and we thank him profusesly. It is a busy weekend of sports, with Monaco on Friday and London on Saturday and Sunday.

Here's Stuart Weir's very deep thoughts!

VJPD6729.JPGRyan Crouser, 22.05 in Monaco, photo by Herculis: Jean Paul Durand
Gong and Crouser
MONACO (MON, Jul 19): EBS Herculis started with two nice shot put competitions at Port Hercule in the harbour. First World champion and current World leader Gong Lijiao had five throws which would be enough for win, the best in last attempt 20.31. Her second best this year and remains unbeaten. US Raven Saunders in fifth round achieved second career mark 19.67 and European leader Christina Schwanitz ended third (her first loss of 2018) with 19.51 as she will compete again on Friday at German Championships. Legendary Valerie Adams got her best after maternity break as fourth 19.31. Saunders, Gong and Schwanitz are now qualified for the final, rest of the places will be confirmed after last pre finals meet in Birmingham in August. Men had their last qualification competition before the final, Olympic winner Ryan Crouser achieved in 7th competition this year 22+ mark, in round four 22.05. Darrell Hill got his season best 21.72 as second and Darlan Romani as third also high quality 21.70. Poland´s record holder Michal Haratyk with 21.59 still beat World champion Tom Walsh 21.49 and former World champion David Storl 21.41. Even 7th Czech Tomas Stanek went over 21 with 21.24. The best results ever for positions five, six and seven.
XJPD8393.JPGLiJao Gong, 20.31m, photo by Herculis: Jean Paul-Durand

On July 18, 2018, in a copyrighted article by Reuters, Gene Cherry, one of our sports' most important commentators, wrote about the resignation of Vin Lananna, as chair of Oregon 2021, citing the need and desire to focus on the upcoming 2021 World Championships, and the legacy that Mr. Lananna hopes from 2021, which he would like to see as builiding the sport for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

Lananna_Vin-USOlyT08.jpgVin Lananna, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mike Reilly, the CEO of Tracktown USA will be taking over much of the reigns from Lananna. But, as Reilly noted in a column by Ken Goe on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Mr. Reilly, a highly respected manager in his own right (Mike Reilly acted as a consultant for London 2012 Olympics), has been doing much of the administrative duties and management of TrackTown USA for the recent past.

Lanannna noted, in his letter of resignation to Tracktown USA, "With the day-to-day operational structure of TrackTown USA and the delivery of Oregon21 in capable hands, the timing for me to transition my focus to the future of track and field could not be better."

The Reuters article noted, that Kathy Hermann has been hired as interim CEO of Tracktown USA. The rumors of the existence of a highly confidential talent searched had proved to be true, as Vin Lananna was facing, to use a biblical reference, "The Trials of Job." The investigation of the Eugene 2021 bid, by the Department of Justice, FBI, Interpol and the French Crimininal investigative units came out of a more generic search for some questionable issues in global sport, then, the Federations. With the fiasco of Lamine Diack, former IAAF President, and his son, Papa Diack, who have been alleged to have stolen millions of dollars from the IAAF, and groups interested in working with the IAAF. Lamine Diack is still under house arrest in France, with an ankle bracelet, and Papa Diack, sitting in Senegal, under protection of the current President of Senegal. Papa Diack is alleged to have secured a donation to the President of Senegal from the Russian government way back in 2013. The Lamine Diack-Papa Diack affair reads like a John Le Carre novel.

With the suggestion of graft in many situations with the Diacks, from the supposed request by the younger Diack for several hundred thousand Euros to hide a positive drug test for Liliya Shobukhova, to Papa Diack's attempt to sell the rights to the Kenyan Federation to a Chinese company, the stench of graft is long. French authorities have attempted to extradite Papa Diack with no success. A meeting between Lamine Diack, and IAAF President Seb Coe, in judges' chambers in Paris, scheduled for May 26, was cancelled by the elder Diack, with the reason of a malady of some sort. Perhaps it was an attack of ethics.

The rumors and suggestions around Eugene 2021 continue to blow in the wind. There was no bid process, and while the IAAF cites that there is no need for a bid process, the bidders from Goteborg, Sweden were not happy about the process .Following the alleged scandals from the Diacks, an investigation into Eugene 2021 has developed, among other concerns about the Diack's actions.

What is going on?

Welcome to our coverage of the Monaco Diamond League. It is one of my favorite meets, as it is a great meet and an amazing people to people watch! Stuart Weir is in Monaco, covering the meet for us. He has taken some amazing pictures for those not in Monaco. We will post them on twitter. The presser is today, and also the meet will be on Friday, July 20.

We thank Stuart Weir for going on this difficult visit to the smallest country on the circuit.

Monaco Herculis DL .jpgWelcome to Monaco, photo by Stuart Weir

Hill training is a key part of most distance runner's buildups. Some elite athletes have used hills to prepare them for Olympics and World Championships. In Lydiard training, one of the most influential training programs, there are periods of hill training. Right now, we are building you up to 12-16 hill repeats. This is a hard day. Find a 200 meter hill. Shorten your stride, focus you eyes on your feet and pump your arms. Hills will help make you faster, stronger and prepare you for racing.

Brown_Ceaira-PreC18.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, July 19, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes steady, 8 times 200 meter hill, jog down, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

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Miller-Uibo vs Naser
MONACO (MON): The women's 400 m on Friday at EBS Herculis 2018 sees the first clash this year between Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Salwa Eid Naser, also including joint world No.1 Shakima Wimbley. Nasser won all her five races in summer 2018, Miller-Uibo also her two races 2018. Her 49.52 and 49.53 are better than the best of Naser 49.55. Also running is last year World champion Phyllis Francis along with Jessica Beard. Three places are for Europeans: Italian Libania Grenot, French Floria Guei and Slovenian Anita Horvat. Meet record of Marie-Josee Perec 49.16 from 1996 is still a tough target for this superfield. But Diamond League record 49.33 by Amantle Montsho achieved in Monaco 2013 could be closer.
RunBlogRun opines: The 400 meters is one of the potential magical events at Monaco. Salwa Eid Naser has defeated everyone this year but Shaunae Miller-Uibo. Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Salwa Eid Naser should be a great battle in Monaco, with Shakima Wimbley to spoil. RunBlogRun, after observing the video of Miller-Uibo winning the 200m in Rabat, where she blasted the last 50 meters. Naser is a real talent as well, so this race could erase the Diamond League record of Amantle Montsho (49.33).

Here is the workout for Wednesday, July 18, 2018, a modest 45 minute run, after your fartlek workout on Tuesday. Keep it relaxed today, and make sure that you warm up and cool down.

IMG_1665.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

Wednesday, July 18, 2018-warm up-easy 45-50 minutes, cooldown


The Beach to Beacon 10k will be held on August 4, 2018. Two of America's finest distance runners, Molly Huddle and Ben True, will be featured in the 21rst edition of this fine race!

image001.jpgBen True, photo courtesy of Beach to Beacon

image003.jpgMolly Huddle, photo by Beach to Beacon

image010.jpgThe start of Beach to Beacon, photo by Beach to Beacon

McCartney_ElizaH-Pre18.jpgEliza McCartney, photo by PhotoRun.net
McCartney 494 AR, WL
JOCKGRIM (GER, Jul 17): New Oceanian record and World lead 494 by New Zealand´s Eliza McCartney highlighted the 24th Pole Vault meet in Jockgrim in the local stadium. She achieved that mark in third attempt and had also one try at 501. Second Jenn Suhr 487 and third Holly Bradshaw 480 over Katie Nageotte 470. Women jumped in top weather, during men storm came and after World U20 champion Armand Duplantis cleared 580 in first attempt the event was stopped and ended due to weather reasons. Australian Kurtis Marschall cleared 570 for 2nd and stopped after one foul at 580. Chinese Huang Bokai was third and US Andrew Irwin fourth, both with 565 and did not clear 573. World champions ended 5th (Barber 550) and sixth (Wojciechowski 550).

It was announced by the Oregonian/Oregon Live site tonight, and in an article by respected athletics writer Ken Goe, that Vin Lananna, President of Track Town USA has resigned his position. In the article by Ken Goe, an unnamed source noted that Vin Lananna had told the staff of Tracktown USA about his decision on Tuesday at a group meeting.

Lananna_Vin-USOlyT08.jpgVin Lananna, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the article, it noted that Vin Lananna will keep his position as asistant Athletic Director at the University of Oregon. Vin Lananna has lead the Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, 2016. It the article Ken Goe notes that sources claim the reason for Lananna's departure from Tracktown USA was so that he can concentrate all of his energy on the 2021 World Championships.


LONDON (GBR): The inaugural Athletics World Cup received a mixed response from national media in the host country. Ben Bloom, writing for telegraph.co.uk, commented on the high excitement level and reception from the crowd, but criticised the overall standard. "With tickets costing up to £155 for prime seats on the home straight, the men's triple jump should not be won in 16.74m and a time in excess of four minutes and seven seconds should not secure women's 1500m gold. Next time, the world's best must indeed be the world's best," writes the paper's main athletics correspondent. "Schedule the event so it does not clash with any Diamond League meets. Bring kit manufacturers on board ahead of time to give them no reason to discourage their athletes from competing. Ramp up the team element with team-mates supporting on the infield." Sean Ingle, his counterpart at guardian.co.uk also criticised the sparsity of big names but added: "Yet British Athletics would argue - with some justification - that filling more than half of the London Stadium on a Saturday when England's footballers and cricketers were in action, as well as the Wimbledon women's singles final, was a decent first stab." He added in summary: "Reasonably entertaining, interesting format, quality and TV coverage leaving a lot to be desired."

FRANK1-1.pngFrank Gagliano, Head Coach, HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club

This is part of our HOKA ONE ONE Coaching series. The Shoe Addicts published 17 last season and we have 17 more for this season. We interviewed Frank Gagliano, Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann on various subjects within cross country training. The questions are for coaches and athletes to help them fine tune their training for summer and fall cross country training.

This is question 22. Frank Gagliano, one of the finest coaches on the planet, is asked about the benefits of hill training. We hope that you learn from his answer.

Walsh_TomR-Oslo18.jpgTom Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net
Shot at Port de Hercule
MONACO (MON): World champion Tom Walsh leads a strong men's shot field already on Thursday in Port Hercule (part of EBS Herculis DL meeting) against Olympic winner Ryan Crouser who is reportedly back in shape. Also in the field Poland´s record holder Michal Haratyk, Czech record holder Tomas Stanek, South American record holder Darlan Romani, double World champion David Storl and last year DL winner Darrell Hill. Also competing will be World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer. Women shot put will have World leader and World champion Gong Lijiao against European leader Christina Schwanitz, in shape Poland´s Paulina Guba and legendary Valerie Adams. Meeting records from the stadium have high quality with 22.56 and 20.60.
Gong_LijiaoQ-Beijing15.jpgGong Lijao, photo by PhotoRun.net

The battle for the Rabat 100 meters, video courtesy of 2018 IAAF Diamond League

The Men's 100 meters in Rabat, Morroco featured a tremendous field:

Noah Lyles, the Diamond League star of the 200 meters. In 2017, Noah won his only Diamond League foray and showed some serious wheels over 200 meters. In 2018, Noah opened the season in Doha with a 19.83 victory. Then, two weeks later, Noah won the 200 meters at Pre Classic in 19.69, setting his PB and WL. Lyles also raced Ronnie Baker at the USATF Champs, winning in 9.88, to Bakers' 9.90, both PBs. On July 5, in Lausanne, Noah Lyles came from behind, taking a fast charging Mike Norman, and took control of the race with fifty meters to go. HIs 19.69 in Lausanne should be described how TFN spoke of 1500m ace Mike Durkin (76 Olympic team), running with "controlled agression". Lyles' strength? No matter how bad his start, Noah finds a way to get back into the race. HIs last fifty meters of his 200 meters is a work of art: smooth and furious, the long stride, pumping arms and focus of Lyles is something to behold. And his post and pre race dance choreography are unique. How would he fare in Rabat?

This is week four in our cross country training program, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. It is getting harder each day, but if you follow our instructions, you will do just fine.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018-warm up, 60 minutes, three times 7:30 fartlek hard, 7:30 moderate run, three times 2:30 hard, 2:30 easy, cooldown

program.jpgThe Athletics World Cup, held on the same weekend as Wimbledon finals, Diamond League and World Cup Footbal final weekend. Here's the review of the second day of the World Cup, from EME News.

program.jpgThe Athletics World Cup, held on the same weekend as Wimbledon finals, Diamond League and World Cup Footbal final weekend. Here's the review of the second day of the World Cup, from EME News.

The ninth meeting of the 2018 Diamond League was held in Rabat, Morroco, on Friday, July 13. The Meeting Internaitonal Mohammed VI D'Athletisme de Rabat had some awesome races.

There was a tremendous Men's 100 meters, with Christian Coleman, Ronnie Baker, Noah Lyles and Mike Rodgers. The men's 1,5000 meters was very deep, with tenth place at 3:35.15. Caster Semenya's 1000 meter run was a screamer, and a NR. Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 200 meters, taking the win from Dina Asher-Smith, who is racing with a new found confidence.

Here's the highlight video and what follows are the complete results. Each Diamond League meet has been had some fantastic rivalries.

Here's the final article form Stuart Weir on the 2018 Athletics World Cup. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on his thoughts on the format and possible success in the future of the event.


Sean McGorty is an NCAA Champion. The former Stanford star has now ventured to Europe, now as a pro athlete, and is beginning his racing season as a professional athlete. He has done it with a win, a nice 3:36.61 for the 1,500 meters. Jeff Benjamin, Staten Island senior writer for RunBlogRun, reached out to Sean and the young Mr. McGorty responded right away. We thank Sean for his quick response, his racing and wish him a successful series of races, and lots of fun traveling around Europe.

This is Stuart Weir's first column on Monday for Day two of the Athletics World Cup (Sunday, July 15, 2018). In this column, he praises the fast women who ran in London.

We think this interview by Athletics Weekly with Beth Dobbins, new GBR and Scottish NR holder at 200 meters, on her medal at Athletics World Cup, puts this all into perspective:

Hassan_Sifan-Pre17.jpgSifan Hassan, new European 5000m record holder, photo by PhotoRun.net

A tremendous 5000 meters happened in Rabat on Friday, July 13. And, over the last 200 meters, it came down to Hellen Obiri, World Champion, and Sifan Hassan, newly healthy, after a fast 1,500m in Paris (3:58.39), and now a new European record of 14:22.34, behind the 14:21.75 of Hellen Obiri. Here's the Diamond League video on the stages of the race:

Monday is the first day of week four in our HOKA ONE ONE Summer Training program. Today is July 16, 2018. Here is an updated week of training for week four. On Mondays, we run, a nice steady run. Pick a park, keep it relaxed, and remember to stretch afterwards and if you coach says, before.

Brown_CeAiraLeds-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown, HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC, photo by Kevin Morris

Monday, July 16, 2018 -warm up, easy 45-50 minutes, cooldown

Here's Stuart Weir's column on the relays, the 4x100m and 4x400m, and of course, both, had some good news and bad news for both GBR and USA. It was a strange end to the meeting.

0f87531a-be97-405c-a325-394ec349144c.jpgSolomon Lekuta wins Men's U20 800 meters, photo by Getty Images or IAAF

Here is Justin Lagat's column on the final day of the IAAF U20 World Championships, where he writes about the men's 800 meters, women's 1,500 meters and men's steeplechase. Tampere, Finland was the home for the IAAF U20 World Championships.

Here's our report 22 for European Athletics Results 2017-18, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet. Carles has been compiling these respots for RunBlogRun for nearly one hundred years. We thank Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia, and for all his wonderful reports!

Nowicki_Wojciech1b-WC17.jpgWojciech Nowicki, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's a fun story on South African javelinist Sunette Viljoen, who has many skills that we did not know about and also won an Olympic medal in something other than the javelin! Stuart Weir is always there to help educate us at these meetings! Thanks, Stuart!

Viljoen_SunetteQ-Rio16.jpgSunette Viljoen, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this article, Stuart Weir discusses the performance from GBR team, which was comprised of many young athletes and some well positioned veterans. The British media was crucifying meet management for not getting more the British star power. Truth was, this was more like an American track meet, where a fine meet is organizes and managed and little promotion is done, as the mantra is, "If you put on the meet, they will show up." I have not seen this from British Athletics before.

Ugen_Lorraine-PreC17.jpgLorraine Ugen, Long Jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

The meet is a strong idea, but the problem in global athletics is the absolute lack of a real schedule or a group with jurisdiction over making some sense of the schedule so we do not wear out the athletes, fans or sponsors.

Bradshaw_Holly1-London17.jpgHolly Bradshaw, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hitchon_SophieQW-WC17.jpgSophie Hitchon, hammer throw, photo by PhotoRun.net

Promo Athletics world cup.jpgThe Athletics World Cup is not new. The concept of teams battling, with one athlete per event, goes back to 1977 IAAF World Cup, hosted in Stuttgart, Germany. The 2018 version has the top eight global athletics teams battling against each other. With the short notice, plethora of established events and the benign neglect of the global Federation (they had IAAF Diamond League on July 13 and their U20 World Champs finished in Tampere, Finland on Sunday, July 15, 2018), the World Athletics Cup, supported and financed by British Athletics, had a pretty good first day. With most athletes having committed to major events prior to the announcement of the AWC, the teams have young athletes but also over 100 WC and Olympic medalist, per British Athletics CEO Neils De Vos.

Holly Bradshaw for Stuart.jpgHolly Bradshaw won the pole vault on Day one, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

RunBlogRun has no issue with the event, the sponsor or the hosts. British Athletics puts on events second to none. RunBlogRun just wonders why the event is placed in the middle of one of the most godawful weekends of sport in the global calendar. It is as if British Athletics wants the event to fail. One top of that, one of the British media giants noted that adidas was holding up money to athletes, so they would not compete in the event. While there was some pretty ruthless politiks that went into the move in sponsors a few years ago, neither major stars from Nike (the current sponsor of British Athletics) nor the past sponsor (adidas) were in London on July 14-15. Why? Well, British Athletics did not notify some of the brands and potential sponsors that the event was actually scheduled until the middle of June 2018. As most of the stars committ to events early in the year, British athletics lost some serious star power to plans of their top athletes (Nike and adidas), as they gear for medals in August (European Championships) and the Diamond League is one week away in London (July 21/22).

Jeron Robinson for Stuart.jpgJeron Robinson, USA, won the high jump on day one, Athletics World Cup, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

Never the less, we believe that they will have a good event for year one. Whether it happens again depends on how well British Athletics can play with the IAAF, European Athletics and Diamond League. And considering how genteel and well mannered Neils De Vos was in interviews this past weekend, most of the groups, we hope, should look with an less jaundiced eye about upcoming Athletic World Cups. We do have to drastically cut the IAAF global schedule down as there are just too many meets to support.

Stay tuned for the rest of our reports on this fine event.

Sundays in our training are days for long runs. By the late fall, you will be running 70-90 minutes on Sundays, at a pace where you can hold a conversation. Long runs are all about building your endurance. As the late Arthur Lydiard hypothesized, long runs help build your capillary beds, meaning that you become a much more efficient mortal engine. It is important that the pace on Sundays stay at the conversation pace, as that does not over task you. As you get fitter, that 8 minute pace becomes 7 minute pace and faster.

Dream about how good your team will be this year.

IMG_1602.jpgCe'Aira Brown just ran a 1000m in 2:35 in Rabat, Morroco on Friday, as first American in race! photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Sunday, July 15, 2018-warm up, 50 minutes-55 minutes, cooldown

1614faa5-114f-42f6-9aaa-1fc2adc0684a.jpgEdward Zakayo takes the lead, with Stanley Waithaka (silver) and Henrik Ingebrigtsen (bronze) in a fast finishing 5000 meters! photo by Getty Images for the IAAF

Day five had some excitingly fast races. Justin Lagat focuses on the Men's 5000 meters in this feature on Day 5. Here's Justin Lagat's View from Kenya on Day 5 of the 2018 IAAF U20 World Championships.

Sophie Hitchon 1.jpgSophie Hitchon, photo by Getty Images, for British Athletics

In this article, his third of the day, Stuart Weir writes about three British women who performed well on Day one. Watch for our coverage of day two, coming up in a few hours. Stuart wrote about Holly Bradshaw, Lorraine Ugen, and Sophie HItchon.

In his second of three articles for the Day One of the Athletics World Cup, Stuart Weir writes about the women's 100 meters, women's 400 meters and women's 4x400 meter relays.

Holly by Paul.jpgHolly Bradshaw celebrates her victory in the pole vault, photo by Paul Bradshaw

On a weekend with a plethora of sporting events, including a Diamond League Meeting, the IAAF U20 World Champs, Wimbledon and the World Cup, the London Athletics World Cup put a crowd in the London Olympic Stadium that filled up half the stadium. Here's Stuart Weir's column, his first of three on Day one.

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Celliphine Chespol won the steeplechase on Day 4, showing the talent and focus many fans and observers have come to see in Chespol over the past few years. Here's Justin Lagat's feature on the Day 4 events of the 2018 U20 IAAF World Championships.

csm_Rabat_2018_Press_Conference_5760x3840_JPD_c602b2b953.jpgThomas Roehler, Genzebe Dibaba, Sam Kendricks, Renaud Lavillenie, Christian Coleman, Abdelatti Iguider, Soufiane El Baakali, Conseslus Kipruto, Hellen Obiri, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Mariya Lasitskene, photo by Jean Paul Durand for the IAAF.

I always watch the IAAF Pressers for the Diamond League. While many of the questions are pretty normal, there are some good observations and athletes sometimes get on a roll. This group was fun and lively. Special thanks to our friends at IAAF Diamond League Media Group.

Saturday will be race day shortly, but for these early weeks, we suggest a bike, walk, swim or run. Keep it varied and have some fun.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018-30 minute walk, 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride, just move for 30 minutes

Kambundji 10.95 NR
ZOFINGEN (SUI, Jul 13): Top highlight of the first day of Swiss Championships was the 100 m national record of Mujinga Kambundji. She clocked for first time sub 11 with 10.95 (+1.1). She is not only 2nd best in European lists 2018 but also 23rd ever European under 11 seconds. Second Sarah Atcho 11.21 (PB 11.20 +1.4 in semifinals) and third Salome Kora 11.25 PB. In men´s 100 m final Alex Wilson won in 10.14 (+1.1) ahead of Silvan Wicki 10.17 PB and Florian Clivaz 10.36 PB. Heptathlete Geraldine Ruckstuhl won javelin with 51.85. Lea Sprunger got already in heats of 400 m hurdles good 55.76.

A recent article by the respected journalist Jeré Longman appeared in the New York Times. Titled, Did Flawed Data Lead Track Astray on Testosterone in Women?, this feature focuses questions on the whole protocal surrounding the IAAF's defense of their new rules on elevated testosterone levels in some women athletes.

Semenya_CasterFV-Oslo18.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

The sad story of this whole process dates back nearly two decades, as the Global Federation has dealt with some of these issues for some time, but most of it was in rumors and hushed tones. Then, the abhorrent treatment of a young South African, Caster Semenya, who recieved boos as she took her medal in the Berlin 2009 World Championships. Seemed that, while many knew parts of the story, Semenya, a fine athlete, had no clue why she was being booed. Like the lack of appreciation on doping in sports, it seems that the global sports had underestimated the challenges of elevated testosterone levels in some women athletes.

This upcoming decision on elevated testosterone levels in some women athletes may be based on research that was not sufficiently peer reviewed. The arrogance displayed in this lack of fact checking may have destroyed the last chance for the IAAF to control what some believe is a key challenge for the sport in the future. RunBlogRun finds this troubling.

The New York Times story clearly suggests that the research from which the IAAF based its updated standards is chock full of errors. Mr. Longman notes that a review of the IAAF research shows 220 errors in the research.

If CAS merely reads the The New York Times story, they will be, perhaps, as befuddled as myself as to why the IAAF did not fact check the research and why, with so much riding on the CAS review, the IAAF seems to not have given the defense of their new rules on elevated testosterone in some women athletes the respect it deserves.

Caster Semenya, as is her right, decided to fight the IAAF rules. Caster has showed class and thoughtfulness in the process. I have been impressed to watch her composure over the past nine years.

We applaud the IAAF and Caster Semenya for agreeing to respect the decision from CAS. We will have to wait to see the decision from CAS.

Kendricks_Sam1a-PreC18.jpgSam Kendricks win pole vault in Rabat DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kigen_BenjaminFH-Pre18.JPGBenjamin Kigen wins steeplechase in Rabat DL, photo by PhotoRun.et

Miller_Shaunae1c-Pre18.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo, 200 meter in Rabat DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's an event by event update on the excellent Rabat Diamond League meeting today! Some exciting races and great battles at the Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme de Rabat. The Rabat meeting replaced the NYC DL which ended its reign in the media capital of the world in 2015. It featured some big races and big rivalries.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is one of the most versatile of sprinters from 100 meters to 400 meters. On Friday, July 13, Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran 22.29 a MR at the Rabat Diamond League Meeting. She had already run 22.06 for the 200 meters in Shanghai DL on May 12. On May 26, she dominated the finest 400 meter field of the season (so far), running 49.52 for the 400 meters. She came back on July 2 at the Gyulai Memorial and ran 49.55 for the 400 meters. Besides her 200 meters and 400 meters races, she has high jumped 1.70 meters and thrown the shot put 11.48 meters (June 22, 2018, Nassau, Bahamas).

Miller_Shaunae1b-Pre18.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo winning 400m at Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Lance Brauman, the head coach of Pure Athletics Club, to answer twelve questions about this fine athlete.

Das_HimaQ-Tampere18.jpgHima Das, 400m gold medalist, India's first, photo by PhotoRun.net

775187835BH175_IAAF_World_U.JPGGeorge Managoi, Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Justus Soget, 1500m final, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the third day of the IAAF U20 World Championships. The amazing 1,500m, the history making girls 400 meters and the fast girls 800 meters were his focus for day 3.

The body needs time to recover. After a hard day, in this time of the season, we provide an easy day. We see Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday as hard days right now. That will change later in the season. So, enjoy the relaxed run today.

Alexander_ColbyFHL-Martinez18.jpgColby Alexander, Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Friday, Friday, July 13, 2018 -warm up, easy 40-45 minutes, cooldown

65db6ce8-8e4e-468f-97a1-21f7712fb586.jpgGeorge Manangoi wins gold, Henrik Ingebrigtsen silver and Justus Soget takes the bronze in the 1,500 meters! photo by Getty Images/IAAF

The day three schedule had some wonderful races, but as Cathal Dennehy captures here, the men's 1,500 meters was one of the big ones! An amazing field, and some serious running over the last 700 meters required a last lap in the 52 range to medal!

Two more medals for Team USA with the silver at 100 meters by Twanisha Terry (11.19) and Taylor Manson taking a silver in the 400 meters (52.28).

The second day in Tampere produced three medals for the US, two in the boy's 100 meters and one in the girls javelin! Here's the update from USATF's Josh Gurnick from Tampere.

996367000.jpgEric Harrison (bronze) , Lalu Zohri (gold), Anthony Schwartz (silver), Men's 100 meters, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Really happy for Dana Baker, who MADE HISTORY today, being first male or female from USA, to medal in Javelin in U20! Here's how she replied to the media:

Dana Baker, women's javelin bronze medalist on being first Team USATF U20 Javelin medalist: "It's amazing! Hopefully I'm the first of many. It's a great feeling, kind of surreal. It hasn't really set in yet."

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Gold for Indonesia in boys 100 m
TAMPERE (FIN, Jul 11): There were upsets across the board on the second day of the World U20 Championships in Tampere. Indonesia's Lalu Muhammaed Zohri won his country's first ever medal in championship history in 10.18 ahead of the American duo of Anthony Schwartz (10.22) and Eric Harrison (10.22) and Japan's Nozomi Tanaka front ran to the 3000m title in 8:54.01 from Ethiopians Meselu Berhe (8:56.39) and Tsige Gebreselama (8:59.20). Heptathlete Alina Shukh won the javelin title with 55.95m from Japan's Took Kuwazoe (55.66m) although they did add to their title haul with gold in the long jump with Yuki Hashioka winning with 8.03m from Cuba's Maikel Y. Vidal (7.99m) and Jamaica's Wayne Pinnock (7.90m). In the decathlon, Australia's Ashley Moloney eclipsed Niklas Kaul's championship record with 8190 points, winning from teammate Gary Haasbroek (7798) and Switzerland's Simon Ehammer (7642). New Zealand's Madison-Lee Wesche won a tight shot put final with her sixth round throw of 17.09m from China's Zhang Linru and the Netherlands' Jorinde van Klinken who both went out to 17.05m. Notable shocks on the second day included world U20 leader Christos Frantzeskakis fouling out in the hammer qualifying and reigning world U20 champion Sammy Watson not making it through the 800m semifinals.

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The first day got off to a strong start for Team USA with the silver medal in the shot put from Adam Piperi, who came back from a scary start, to take the silver medal. Here are a couple of his deep thoughts:

On keeping it together after a rough start in the final:

"I just had to stay calm today and I managed to do that which I'm proud of myself for. This sport is very mental and I just kept telling myself I got this, I can do this, I can throw farther and I did."

On breaking the American U20 record:

"It feels great. I didn't know I had that, so it makes me feel a little better about taking a loss but I did my best today and I can't complain about how I did because I come through and did what I needed to do. He [Kyle Blignaut] competed today, I competed today. We made this thing very exciting."

996367000.jpgEric Harrison (bronze) , Lalu Zohri (gold), Anthony Schwartz (silver), Men's 100 meters, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

We are catching up on our coverage of the U20 IAAF World Championships. Held in Tampere, Finland, we will provide you, our readers with some insights into the meet so far, and with the amazing audio, video and content from the IAAF team in Finland as well as the fine USATF team covering the US athletes. This event looks like a big hit in terms of performances and that is what is key.

Sarah Hirshland.jpgSarah Hirshland, photo courtesy of USOC

The decision on the next USOC CEO should be studied. The USOC was amazingly transparent in the press release, noting that the present time requires leadership that can respond quickly and provide athletes, coaches, Olympic fans the confidence that they needed in the USOC. The Olympics is THE sporting event, definitely still for Summer and increasingly for Winter. The challenges for the USOC is how to reach the new fans, and how to use social media to inspire Americans about Olympic stars.

The challenges? The questions on how safe young athletes are with coaches is complicated? Each sport has programs in place to confirm the qualifications of their coaches, some do it better than others. The leadership of the USOC is dealing with the predator coaches in gymnastics, and they are tyring to show a program that gives parents, athletes, fans confidence in federations.

LA 2028. The next hosting of an Olympics in the United States. That Sarah Hirshland has worked with Casey Wasserman, champion of the LA 2028, is a great benefit. The LA Olympics will be key in the future of the USOC and the Olympic movement. In 1984, Peter Ueberoth, CEO of LA 1984, saved the Olympic movement from financial ruin. LA 2028 will come after the Paris 2024 Olympics, which should be three strong Olympics (Tokyo, Paris and London).

Another challenge? Much of the financial support of Olympics comes from television deals. NBC is obvious player. But, how does NBC serve new viewers and changing viewing standards? How does revenue come from streaming video? How does NBC embrace twitter, Instagram, Facebook? How does the USOC calm the fears of programming management as numbers go down for terrestrial TV and increase for all other modes of viewing?

Sarah Hirshland will be faced with many of those challenges and much more. We wish her much luck in the new position and wish for her continued success.

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Five of the team captains, photo from British Athletics/Getty Images

Gong Lijiao of China, Anna Jagaciak-Michalska of Poland; Ninon Guillon-Romarin of France, Queen Harrison of the USA, Lorraine Ugen of Great Britain

The inagural Athletics Cup will be held in the London Olympic Stadium on August 14-15. Stuart Weir is there to cover the meeting, hosted by British Athletics and featuring teams from eight of the finest athletic nations in the world. Alas, it is a very busy weekend in our sport, and many of the key draws will be racing in Rabat DL on Friday, and the teams will feature a combination of veteran and new generation stars.

The RNR Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon has been one of the most popular of the RNR events. Established in 1998, RNR series, now under ownership of Wanda Group and Ironman, is announcing some innovations this year. It is important to evolve events and approaches to bring in new runners. We look forward to seeing how the new approach is recieved on November 11, 2018.


Hills are part of this program. Some runner use hill repeats all year long! Hills help you build strength, speed and endurance. On varied courses, like many cross country courses, hills help callous you for training all summer. Hills can be short, long and tortuous. The famous Ron Clarke, one of the finest distance runners in all of history, had a Sunday run, over a varied 17-22 mile course where the hills were outstanding. My college coach had a run for us where we enjoyed the slight downhill until the turn around, and then, "the grind" began. Hills challenge us and make us stronger. This workout is modest, so take it that way.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgCeAira Brown, 800 meters, Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday, July 11, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes steady, 6 times 200 meter hill, jog down, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

Here's Bob Ramsak's event report for the IAAF on the amazing 10,000m run by Rhonex Kipruto on day one. KIpruto continued a fine tradition of Kenyan victories over 10,000 meter, the ninth for Kenya. Rhonex Kipruto had surprised many with his win in UAE Healthy Kidney in April 2018 in 27:08. This young runner is someone to truly watch.

Kipruto_RhonexFH -Kidney18.JPGRhonex Kipruto won UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in 27:08 in April in Central Park, photo by PhotoRun.net

This program is the first of many. Watch how other races do such programs. The marathon and half marathon in major races makes so much sense for virtual races. It shows the poplularity of the marathon distance.


Here's Justin Lagat's column on day 1 for the 2018 IAAF World Championships and the two wins by Kenyan athletes. Justin Lagat provides us a view from Kenya on RunBlogRun.

Today is Wednesday, July 11. It is day 3 of week 3 of the HOKA ONE ONE Summer training program. Follow our program and we will have you fit and looking forward to racing in late September. Just like the fartlek and hill days, easy days are very important. Follow the workouts and we will help get you fit.

IMG_1628.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018-warm up-easy 40-45 minutes, cooldown

Fartlek is Swedish for speed play. Along the trails in Sweden, runners like Gunder Haag and Arne Anderson chased the world records for the 1,500m to 3000m in the war years. The idea of running hard, then recovering is not new, but the level of fitness and the flexibility that fartlek gave the runners is what amazined many. Now, most distance runners use one or another type of fartlek in their workouts. We like the variability of Fartlek and the high level of fitness that you can get with these types of workouts.

Bruce_StephanieFL-Peachtree18.JPGStephanie Bruce, winner of AJC Peachtree Road Race, the USA 10k champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, July 9, 2018-warm up, Moderate fartlek, 50 minutes, 5 x five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

We are entering week three of our Summer Training program. This program provides strength workouts, hill workouts, and a long run each week. Follow the workouts, and remember that the easy days are here for a reason. If you must, junior and senior athletes, the stronger ones, may consider Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning runs of 30 minutes.

IMG_1625.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, July 9, 2018-warm up, easy 40-45 minutes, cooldown

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ALBI (FRA, Jul 8): Pole vault world record-holder and 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie was among the winners on the final day of the French Championships. He cleared 5.80m at the first attempt, while Axel Chappelle was second on 5.50m. World 800m champion Pierre Ambroise-Bosse took the French title, placing second behind Sammy Kirongo of Kenya (1:46.21 to 1:46.66). Kirongo was also second in the 1500m in 3:44.69 behind Alexis Miellet (3:43.77). Olympic fourth-placer Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won the 110m hurdles in a windy 13.33 from Darien Garfield (13.35). Floria Guei set a season's best of 51.52 to win the 400m. Carolle Zahi completed the sprint double with a windy 22.92 in the 200 after a legal 23.14 in the semi-final. Jeanine Assani-Issouf, with a 14.43m PB, won the triple jump and went to third on the 2018 European list. Good hammer wins came from Quentin Bigot (74.23m) and Alexandra Tavernier (73.72m). Former world bronze medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad clocked 8:33.59 to win the steeplechase as 2014 European champion Yoann Kowal was only fourth in 8:35.71. Second was Djilali Bedrani (8:35.27) and third Hicham Sigeuni (8:35.62). Ludvy Vaillant won the 400m hurdles in 49.04, while Kafetien Gomis took the long jump with 8.13. Men's sprints titles went to Meba Mickael-Zeze (200m in 20.33w) and Christopher Naliali (400m in 46.23). Shot put winners were Frederic Dagee (20.01m) and Jessica Cerival (16.70m). Other winners were Elodie Normand (1500m: 4:16.20), Aurielle Chaboudez (400m hurdles: 56.52), Lolasonn Djouhan (discus: 59.84m) and Kenyan Matthew Sawe (high jump: 2.22m).

RunBlogRun opines: The French Championships is one of my favorite meets. I have attended it twice. Nice to see so much support for the meet and how some of the French stars are coming into shape.

South American discus record
SAO PAULO (BRA, Jul 8): National Training Centre at Braganca Paulista hosted the Brazilian leg of IAAF World Challenge in 2018. Women highlight was South American discus record by Brazilian Andressa de Morais 65.10. In the men´s 400 m Bralon Taplin from Grenada clocked fast 44.67 ahead of Deon Lendore from Trinidad 45.54. In the 100 m Paulo Andre won in 10.14 (+0.6) over guest from Antigua Cejhay Greene 10.16. But possibly the best result of the day was the shot put PB 21.63 by US Curt Jensen who beat Brazilian star Darlan Romani 21.48. Another home top name Thiago Braz was only third in pole vault (540) won by US Cole Walsh 560. Steeple for Kenyan Bicholas Bett 8:27.03, triple for US Chris Carter 17.02 (+1.1), Apostol Parellis from Cyprus won discus 62.94 and Olympic winner Dilshod Nazarov hammer 75.18 (part of IAAF Hammer Challenge). Another home win for Marcio Telles at 400 m hurdles 49.22. In women 100 m also Brazilian first place when Vitoria Rosa clocked 11.14 (0.0) over World indoor champion Barbara Pierre 11.18. Cuban wins in triple by Liadagmis Povea 14.30 (-0.5) and shot Yaniuvis Lopez 18.58. Birtukan Adamu from Ethiopia was the best in steeple 9:59.97 and Levern Spencer from St. Lucia in high jump with 192.

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Second gold for Vicente
GYOR (HUN, Jul 8): On the final day of the European U18 Championships, heptathlon winner Maria Vicente won her second gold medal of the championships with an excellent 13.95 (1.1) in the final round of the triple jump to defeat Bulgaria's Aleksandra Nacheva who took the lead with 13.88 with the penultimate jump. Vicente's mark was also in excess of the qualifying standard for the European Championships in Berlin. Ukraine's Yaroslava Mahuchikh, 16, cleared a championship record of 1.94m in the high jump and Norway's Pal Haugen Lillefosse also a championship record of 5.46m in the pole vault before three attempts at 5.55m which would have equalled Emmanouil Karalis' world U18 best. On the track, Sarah Healy completed the 1500/3000m double with gold in the 1500m in a 4:18.71 championship record and Max Burgin took a gun-to-tape win in the 800m in a PB and championships record of 1:47.36. Norway's Martine Hjornevik clocked 13.26 to win the 100m hurdles (76.2cm) and Germany's Nick Schmahl won the long jump with a wind-aided 7.60m. In medals Britain won with 6-2-1 ahead of Italy 4-4-1 and Germany 4-2-1 with 29 countries winning at least one medal.

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Our sport has a great history. The Heritage Department, managed by the IAAF's Chris Turner, is off and running, jumping and throwing. Celebrating the long and colorful history of our sport, this release is about how Ekaterinae Stefanidi has donated some of her global champ kit to the Heritage Department. You can see the newest presentation around the Ostrava Continental Cup! We will be checking it out, and we hope that you can as well!

1284516_G08_W01.jpgMyhaylo Kokhan scores World U18 all time hammer throw, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics
Kokhan 87.82 World U18 all-time mark
GYOR (HUN, Jul 7): Myhaylo Kokhan from Ukraine surpassed the world U18 hammer best (5kg) on the third day of the European U18 Championships with 87.82m, improving Bence Halazs' mark of 87.16m from 2014. All five of Kokhan's valid throws would have won the competition and were in excess of his championship record of 82.42m set in qualifying. Fellow world U18 champion Barbora Malikova from Czech Republic won the 400m title in a championship record of 52.66 from Germany's Marie Scheppen (52.82) and Italy's Lorenzo Benati won the 400m title from Great Britain's Ethan Brown, 46.85 to 46.87. There were four gold medals for Great Britain, including Sam Bennett winning the 110m hurdles (91cm) title in a world U18 leading 13.19 from Kenny Fletcher in 13.49, Dominic Ogbechie clearing 2.16m in the high jump and Keely Hodgkinson winning the 800m title from Ireland's Sophie O'Sullivan, daughter of Sonia, 2:04.84 to 2:06.05. Ireland's Rhasidat Adeleke won the 200m title in 23.52, Germany's Leni Wildgrube cleared a championship record of 4.26m in the pole vault and Poland's Marek Mucha won the javelin (700g) with a championship record of 80.01m. Bulgaria's Alessandra Nacheva set a championship record of 13.32m in triple jump qualifying and Maria Vicente also qualified for the final with 13.15.
RunBlogRun opines: The coverage of the European Athletics U18, has been fantastic. EA streaming video announcer, Phil Minshull described the WR throw by Kokhan as "massively outrageous"! Enough said.

The jumps in Athletissima were perfection on both the 4th and 5th of July. Both pole vaults, Long Jump, Triple jump, high jump captivated a segment of the audience and were superb television. Stuart Weir writes his fourth piece on Lausanne, and we are grateful for his observations on such an important and vibrant athletic meeting.

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Abderrahman Samba has suprised and enthalled track fans this summer, with his amazing series of 400 meter hurdle races. A 46.98 was the fastest, run on June 30 in Meeting de Paris, Samba had accomplished only the second time a human had gone under 47 seconds for the 400 meter hurdles, the most sinister of track races.

Samba_Abderrahman-Stockholm18.jpgAbderrahman Samba, 400 meter hurdler extraordinaire, photo by PhotoRun.net

Consider this. Most sports scientist believe that a well trained human can run to lactate collapse in about 35 seconds, perhaps 40 seconds. That is about the 300 meters in a flat 400 meter race. Add ten hurdles to the one lapper, and athletes swear that the heights of the hurdles get higher and higher as one gets into the race.

The battles of Samba and Warholm, and now McMaster, has captivated the thoughts of many sports fans. Norway's Warholm, the World Champion, Qatar's Samba and Jamaica's McMaster, give countries around the world something to cheer for. The fastest time in the world, ever is the iconic run of Kevin Young, as he ran for gold medal in 1992 Barcelona, Young went crazy, and ran 46.78 on 6 August 1992, destroying the 47.02 WR of one Edwin Moses.

Here's a fine piece by Stuart Weir on one of the revelations of 2018.

Sunday is long run day all summer. So, at 45-50 minutes today, enjoy the run, find some trails and have a blast. Talk during the time, find a few hills, make sure that there is good footing and enjoy. And warm up and cooldown.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018-warm up, 45 minutes-50 minutes, cooldown

Kambundji_MujingaQ-WORLDi18.jpgMujinga Kambundji, 60m World indoor bronze medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

LAUSANNE (SUI): After running a Swiss record of 11.03 in Lausanne, Mujinga Kambundji is looking to break the 11 second-barrier in the 100m. "I don't think it was my best one from an execution standpoint. I felt I was fighting a bit too much with myself, not being relaxed enough. So I know I can do better. And I know that from what I do in my training sessions. Sub-11 is definitely on the radar," she said. She will race in Luzern, Swiss Championships, Bellinzona and Monaco ahead of the European Championships.

RunBlogRun opines: Mujinga Kambundji has developed over the past several years. I have been fortunate to watch her race since 2013. Switzerland is veyr proud of its athletes. Setting records in front of a home crowd is even more important in a country such as Switzerland where they do not have the plethora of athletes that we see in the U.S. Mujinga is quite capable of going under 11 seconds. In all honesty, Mujinga looks quite impressive at 200 meters as well. This year has been a difficult one for Mujinga, as she changed coaching situations and dealt with coaching herself for a bit. The desire to succeed is there and she is supported by her countrymen and countrywomen. After the 11.03 NR, Mujinga joined her national relay team to run a swift 42.29 NR in the 4x100m.

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This is part of a series of articles by Steve Landells for the NN Running team, that we have published this year. The NN Running team, managed by Global Athletics Communications, represents some of the finest athletes in the world. Here's the recent running related dreams of several of the key players on the running team.

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LAUSANNE (SUI): Sergey Shubenkov has described the European record of 12.91 held by Colin Jackson as a realistic target. "2016 was a tough year when we did not have much opportunity to compete but now competing with the best guys on the circuit is helping me improve my level. The European record is a realistic target, let's see when I achieve that. I am looking forward to the European Championships and being a part of Team Europe in the Continental Cup," he said. Next he is scheduled for Herculis Monaco DL and that means he will miss Russian Nationals.

Here's the race from Lausanne:

This is European Athletics Report 21 for 2017-2018 season. The report, on the performances in 51 countries of European Athletics Association, is compiled and edited by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles has researched, compiled and edited these reports since 2012 for RunBlogRun. We thank him for his service and love of the sport.

Warholm-Samba-Stockholm18.jpgKarston Warholm and Abderrahman Samba, 400m hurdles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman_ChristianPC-Pre18.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_7475.jpgMike Rodgers, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

IMG_2195.jpgNoah Lyles, Ronnie Baker, 100m, June 22, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Lyles-Baker-Coleman-Rodgers in the 100 m
RABAT (MAR): Organisers of the Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme de Rabat will offer top sprint clashes on July 13. The three fastest men of the year so far will take on the fastest man in history over 60m when Noah Lyles, Ronnie Baker, Mike Rodgers and Christian Coleman (returning to action after injury) take to the 100m startline at the Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah. Ivory Coast's Arthur Cisse, who clocked a national record of 9.94 last month, and British champion Reece Prescod, winner of the 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, are also in the field. The women's 200m in Rabat will have Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo who is undefeated this year. Her rivals will be Marie Josee Ta Lou, Shericka Jackson, Dina Asher-Smith and Jenna Prandini.

Coach Matt Centrowitz, Former American University Star Jeff Brannigan, Runblogrun's Jeff Benjamin
Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz. Note- After much Pleading, Matthew gave the OK for Jeff Benjamin to wear the 2016 Rio Gold Medal, but only for a few minutes😀!! "Hey--it was the only chance I'd ever get," said Benjamin!
Pic Courtesy of Wayne Baker

This is a quick series of five questions with Coach/Father/ former AR 5000m, Matt Centrowitz. Matt is coaching a summer camp next month. We suggest teams attending a camp each summer, a great way to bring the team together.

1284482_G08_W01.jpgMaria Vicente, European U18 heptathlon champion, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics

Vicente U18 all-time best
GYOR (HUN, Jul 6): On the second day of the European U18 Championships, Spain's Maria Vicente eclipsed Alina Shukh's world U18 heptathlon best of 6186 points with 6221 points to win the title. Vicente started her day with a championship record of 6.37m in the long jump before improving her javelin PB from 36.03m to 43.28m and then an outdoor PB of 2:23.29 in the 800m. Vicente won by a huge margin from Latvia's Kristine Blazevica (5629) and Austria's Chiara-Belinda Schuler (5615). Vicente's teammate Yasiel Brayan Sotero set a championship record of 64.31m to win the discus and Ireland's Sarah Healy, who also qualified for the 1500m heats this morning, won the 3000m final in a championship record of 9:18.05. In the women's 100m, all three medallists were separated by 0.006 with Iceland's Gudbjorg Jona Bjarnadottir given the verdict in 11.75 from France's Pamera Losange and Hungary's Boglarka Takacs who were given a dead heat for silver also in 11.75. Raphael Bouju from the Netherlands won the men's 100m from Hungary's Dominik Illovszky, 10.64 to 10.70, with Norway's Pal Haugen Lillefosse taking bronze in 10.72. In the 10,000m race walk, Davide Finocchietti (45:01.33) and Aldo Andrei (45:03.50) took a one-two for Italy and other highlights included Belarus' Aliaksei Aleksandrovich winning the shot put title with 20.97m and Ukraine's Valeriya Ivanenko winning the girls hammer with 73.25m. Other winners include Turkey´s Batuhan Cakir in boys triple 15.62 (+0.8) and Tilde Johansson in girls long jump for Sweden 633 (+4.5).

The first six meetings in the 2018 Diamond League were excellent examples of how the Diamond League should be: great fields, strong rivalries, and strong audiences.

As the season took off into the second half, Meeting de Paris was fantastic and the competitions just built into an excellent meeting in Lausanne's Pontaise Stadium!

Where do we begin?

Fantastic hurdles races, from Sergey Shubenkov in the 110m hurdles (12.95) and then, Abderrahman Samba runs 47.42 for the 400m hurdles, after having run 46.98 in Paris!

A strange finish to the 5000 meters, where Yomif Kechelcha falls, then, pulls on the shorts of Selemon Barega. The men's side finished with a flying 200 meters by Noah Lyles and a great pole vault by Renaud Lavillenie, who cleared 5.91 meters.

On the women's side, a tough 100 meters, where Marie Jose Ta Lou came from behind and took the 100 meters from Murielle Ahoure, as Elaine Thompson, Jennifer Prandini, Dafne Schippers, Mujinga Kambundji went by Ahoure. Kambundji set a Swiss record, her first of the day (11.03 NR), as the Swiss relay team would end the day with a fine 42.29 for the 4x100m.

Over 400 meters, Salwa Eid Naser continued a big 400 meter win again, with a fine 49.78. Francine Nyonsamba and Ajee' Wilson battled to the finish over the 800 meters, 1:57.80 to Wilson's 1:58.20. The highest quality event of the night, on the women's side, was the 1,500 meters, as Shelby Houlihan lead five women under 4 minutes with her 3:57.34, and eight women under 4:02!

Shamier Little won her first DL 400 meter hurdle race in a 53.41. In the pole vault, Ekaterina Stefanidi won her first PV in some time, with a nice 4.82m clearance over a huge field. In the long jump, Malaika Mihambo and Ivana Spanovic leaped 6.90 meters, with MIhambo getting the win due to her longest second jump!

Bruce_StephanieFH-Peachtree18.JPGStephanie Bruce wins AJC Peachtree, July 4, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

On Saturdays, early in the season, we suggest either a relaxed 30 minute run, a bike ride, walk or a swim. Enjoy your workout today.

Guliyev_RamilFV-Oslo18.jpgRamil Guliyev, 200 meters, Oslo Bislett, June 7, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is report number 20 on European Athletics, from Carles Baronet. Our friend from Catalonia has updated, compiled and edited result reports for RunBlogRun since 2012. We thank him for his support and love of athletics.

This is the most current report on the US results, courtesy of our friend, Carles Baronet, who compiles, edits and publishes these reports for RunBlogRun!

DSC04626.jpgThe 5000 meters is off! June 24, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Carles Baronet loves the sport and lives in the area of Catalonia in Spain. We thank him for his support.

This is Friday, July 6, week two, day five in your 2018 HOKA ONE ONE Summer Mileage Program. We provide daily workout suggestions. If you are a junior or senior, you might consider (ask your coach), a 30-40 minute run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, at an easy pace.

Bruce_StephanieFL1-Peachtree18.JPGHOKA ONE ONE's Stephanie Bruce finally won the 2018 AJC Peachtree 10k! photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, July 6, 2018-warm up, easy 35-40 minutes, cooldown

Lyles_Noah1a-Pre18.JPGNoah Lyles starts to fly, 200 meters, May 26, 2018, 200 meters, Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Why do we enjoy the 200 meters so much?

The 200 meters is half of the traditional 400 meters, a normal lap on a rather normal track. When I asked Coach Lance Brauman about the differences between 100 meter and 200 meter sprinters, the reknowned coach gave me a look only someone who has spent time with Coach Brauman could understand. Lance responded, " No, they are just sprinters." A sprint coach such as Lance Brauman's job is to simplify the complex and help athletes with bad habits correct them. He is constantly observing.

Watch the 200 meters from Lausanne. Savor it. It was a superb bit of racing and the real birth of an exciting rivalry, between Noah Lyles and Micheal Norman.

In a recent interview with Coach Brauman on Noah Lyles, we learned that Noah Lyles impressed Coach Brauman with his ability to handle the rounds at the 2016 Olympic Trials.

After the 100 meters in Des Moines, in June 2018, I spoke to Coach Brauman about how Noah Lyles brought himself back into the race, as Ronnie Baker was putting on the pressure around 60 meters. "We teach our athletes how to execute and not panic, but that is a skill Noah Lyles has had for some time." Noah Lyles had a less than spectacular start in the USATF final, and did not panic, bringing himself back into the 100 meters. Ronnie Baker was into his race plan, and executing it quite well. As Baker neared 60 meters, a kean observer would have given the race to Ronnie Baker. Again, at 60 meters, Noah Lyles ran himself back into the race, did not panic and focused on the task at hand: to catch Ronnie Baker and reach the finish before Baker. Around 90 meters, the pressure on both intensified, as Lyles took over the race, running a PB of 9.88. Ronnie Baker did not give up, running a PB of 9.90 (at Paris, Baker ran a PB of 9.88, as the sprint wars continue).

Lyles_NoahQ1-USAout18.jpGNoah Lyles, June 21, 2018, USATF Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Athletissima meet is one of the highlights of the European summer season. Lausanne, Switzerland is the home of the Olympic movement. The Pontaise Stadium is full each year, as the Swiss crowd wants to see their athletes battle against the best in the world and set a few national records.

They were satiated this evening as Muginga Kambundji set a NR at 100 meters (11.03) plus took part in the NR 4x100m of 42.29!

The Men's 200 meters and women's 1,500 meters were to of the best competitions of the evening!

Here are the highlights:

Little_ShamierQ-USAout18.jpGShamier Little, June 23, 2018, USA Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

What has gotten into Shamier Little? Since the U.S. Championships, Shamier Little is racing with confidence and focus that we have not seem in some time. Her racing in 2018 is more focused, and more confident. In Lausanne, she scored a seasonal Best and a big win! This is not criticism at all, this is happiness that the 400m hurdle star is back and focused.

Her win in Lausanne required the most focus of the 2018 season, as Janieve Russell came oh so close, but Shamier Little held her off!

It is all about the progression and consistency. Shamier Little has moved through the season, running 55.23 for fifth in the Prefontaine Classic on May 26.

Then, on the 7 June, Shamier Little rolled into action, hurdling well and gutting out a 53.94 for second place in the Oslo Bislett Games. After that race, Shamier said:

"To walk away with a season's best, I felt like I did a good job and I executed well. My finish was not as good as it usally is but my stride pattern was off. I'm still glad I ran well and now I hope to get into more IAAF Diamond League races.

My aim for the summer is just to keep performing well on the IAAF Diamond League stage to get more points and to hopefully with the final.

Dilalah (Muhammad) is a veteran with lots of medals and times so has been great to run with her, and next I will race in Lausanne."

Ahoure-TaLouFL-Pre18.jpgMurielle Ahoure, Marie-Jose Ta Lou, Cote'D'Ivoire Rocks! photo by PhotoRun.net

TaLou_MarieQ-WorInd18.jpgMarie-José Ta Lou, photo by PhotoRun.net

Marie-José Ta Lou is the Cote'D'Ivorian pocket rocket. An excellent starter, Marie-Jose is now battling with her competition to the very end of the 100 meters. Perhaps, the additional strength from her 200 meter racing is helping her in the 100 meters. Truth is, this women is one of the most dangerous sprinters in the world. When RunBlogRun interviewed her in Birmingham during the World Indoors, we saw a women with true confidence. That confidence has exploded in her racing. And Lausanne, as Stuart Weir tells us, is another example of her fine racing ability.

Stuart Weir covered this meet for RunBlogRun, and covered it he did. Providing pictures during the meet for our readers to see a bit more from the sidelines, and this, the first of two stories this evening. This was a mighty 1,500 meters. Seventh place was 4:01!

IMG_4179.jpgShelby Houlihan, June 23, USATF 1,500m, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Up front. Laura Muir made a masterful move with 150 meters. In any other race, the double European and world indoor medalist woud have won. Tonight, however, an on form Shelby Houlihan, who had felt poorly prior to the race, was right there. Shelby had talked herself into staying the mighty pack, and moved perfectly when she needed to, taking a masterful win, in a huge PB of 3:57.34. Remember, kind readers, that the American record is 3:56.29 (2015, Shannon Rowbury, who just had a lovely baby girl with her hubby Pablo this past week).

Of Shelby Houlihan, Stuart Weir says that she has changed the landscape.

Nothing more needs to be said.

20180704_182106.jpgGetting airborne, Street Vault, July 4, 2018, photo by Stuart Weir, Lausanne, Switzerland

The street vault is nothing new. In North America, the likes of Bob Fraley, that wonderfully cantankerous and creative coach from Central California, brought in sponsors and the finest vaulters for events in the 1990s, and it has grown from there. I recall a shot put outdoors in Hengelo around 2011-12 that was fantastic! Part of it was the shot putters, who really liked the idea, and the citizens of Hengelo, sitting in beer gardens nearby and right at the shot put ring, truly enjoyed the event. Stockholm did a street shot put a few years ago, and that was fantastic. Goteborg, Sweden hosted the shot put for the European Indoors in a shopping center. It was awesome!

Stuart Weir covered the Athletissima Meeting for RunBlogRun. He took the video below of the fans and the feel of the event. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate to go to the Great City Games in NewCastle/Gateshead/England, Manchester/England, Goteborg/Sweden, and Boston, Massachuesetts. There should be an outdoor event in every city that there is a Diamond League meeting. The adidas Boston event is one of the more creative with an old style meet and a street meet as well. I love the feel in NewCastle and Manchester, and hope to attend them in 2019. But just, for a moment, watch the video below, pretend that you are there, smell the Summer air, inhale the excitement of the children as these big guys fly over the great heights of the pole vault. If this does not get you excited about our sport, well, check your pulse.

Video of Lausanne, Switzerland Street Vault for Athletissima DL Meeting, by Stuart Weir

LaVillenie_RenaudH-Pre18.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lavillenie 591 and tries at 6 m
LAUSANNE (SUI, Jul 4): Special men pole vault on the lakeside was won by Renaud Lavillenie with nice 591 clearance. He had three attempts at World leading six meters, first one was very promising. Poland´s 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski showed lot of courage when he after clearing 584 in third attempt and one failure at 591 tried for two times 597. Sam Kendricks and Kurtis Marschall tied for third with 577 and Armand Duplantis with Piotr Lisek tied for fifth with 570. Seventh Shawn Barber went over 560.
RunBlogRun opines: The street vault continues to bring fans in around the world. The field in Lausanne was exceptional, and the fans got a real treat.

The I run Clean program is from European Athletics. It is one of the highlights of innovations proposed by European Athletics under President Sven Arnie Hansen. The eduction program not only makes sense, but pushes the narrative of the need for clean sport. We at RunBlogRun applaud the program. It is a good first step. It is also important to lead by example.


Photo by Getty Images for European Athletics

All 1063 registered athletes competing at the European Athletics U18 Championships, including Hungarian prospects Virag Simon and Hanna Repassy, have completed the mandatory I Run Clean anti-doping education programme.

The Lausanne Atheltissima meet is the 8th on the Diamond League schedule for 2018. Abderrahman Samba just ran 46.98 for the 400 meter hurdles, the second fastest time ever and in the 200 meters, Noah Lyles, Mike Norman, Rai Benjamin, Ramil Guyilev highlight the furlong. Those are just a few of the exciting moments in today's fine meeting. Do not miss it!

Samba_AbderrahamanR-Oslo18.jpgAbderahman Samba, 400 meter hurdles star, how fast can he go? photo by PhotoRun.net

The hill workouts are beginning. We like hill repeats. It is a great way to build both strength and speed. Make sure you warm up and cooldown. Find a good hill and get to work!

IMG_5223.jpgGetting ready for your workout, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, July 5, 2018-warm up, 15 minutes steady, 4 times 200 meter hill, jog down, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

Bruce_StephanieFH-Peachtree18.JPGStephanie Bruce wins her first US title, USA-10k at AJC Peachtree, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lagat_BernardFH-Peachtree18.JPGBernard Lagat wins his first road title, USA 10-K at AJC Peachtree Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stephanie Bruce and Bernard Lagat won the USA 10-K titles today, 4 July, as hosted by AJC Peachtree Road Race. For Stephanie Bruce, it was her first US title and she ran a PB. For Bernard Lagat, who has won titles on the track too numerous for me to count here. David Monti, a great friend of the sports, and his wife Jane, cover our sport's distance races, on the track and on the road. We are grateful for their coverage and use their articles with permission.

Today is the 4th of July. In the U.S., this is our Independence Day. If you want to run a race, in a relaxed manner, with friends and enjoy the act of participation, then, fine. Now is not the time to race seriously, as your body needs a break from racing.

IMG_1602.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800m/1500m, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

If you can't control yourself, then watch the AJC Peachtree Road Race on NBC Sports today!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018-warm up-easy 35-40 minutes, cooldown

WomanStart-Peachtree17.jpgAJC Peachtree Road Race, Women's elite start, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Korir_LeonardFH1-Peachtree17.jpgLeonard Korir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Atlanta Track Club, the second largest running club in US, with 21,000 members, has declared Atlanta as Running City USA. Those could be in disput with a few other cities around the US. But, as Atlanta gets closer to hosting the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and as they are hours away from hosting 60,000 of their closest friends in the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the iconic 4th of July road race. Here's a video from the Atlanta Track Club on why their fine city is Running City USA!

Kendricks_Sam1b-PreC18.jpgSam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pole vault on the lakeside
LAUSANNE (SUI): Pole Vault fiesta will be already on Wednesday in Lausanne as top jumpers will compete on the shores of Lake Geneve at Ouchy. In special city event Renaud Lavillenie will fight with World leader Sam Kendricks and World U20 record holder Armand Duplantis. In the field of 8 not missing also Olympic winner Thiago Braz and 2015 World champion Shawn Barber. Polish duo Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski is also jumping along with Commonwealth Games winner Kurtis Marschall.

Mutaz Essa Barshim continues to show why he is the top high jumper in the world. His clearance at the 8th Gyulai memorial on July 2 of 2.40 meters enthralled the fans. His attempts at 2.46 meters kept it going and his last attempt, Mutaz incurred an achilles injury, and per his agent, Daniel Wessfeldt, will take a couple weeks to recover.

IMG_6581.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Barshim's amazing jumping has impressed. His 2.40 meter clearance was exceptional and his first attempt at 2.46 meters was quite impressive. We hope he recovers from his achilles injury quickly.

Barshim won the gold medal at the London World Championships. Here's a press conference from 2017 Paris DL with Mutaz Essa Barshim where he speaks about his desire to get the 2.46 meters!

Here's the high jump series from the Gyulai Memorial (July 2, 2018)

Sergey Shubenkov has had the world lead this season. Shubenkov is one of the finest 110 meter hurdlers of his generation. His timing is excellent and his hurdling is pretty impressive to watch. That is why his false start in Paris was so strange. Shubenkov does not false start often. The TV feed showed Sergey Shubenkov watching the race, from the side of the track; it looked to me like hurdlers' hell.

Shubenkov_SergeyFH-Brussels17.jpgAries Merritt, Sergey Shubenkov, Devon Allen, Monaco DL 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shubenkov found track late in his teenage life. At the ripe old age of sixteen, Sergey Shubenkov found hurdling. His mother, Natalya Shubenkova, was 4th in the 1988 Olympics in the heptathlon.

At the World Championships, Sergey has taken all three colors of medals: bronze in 2013 Moscow, gold in 2015 Beijing, and silver in 2017 London. His 2012 London Olympic debut was an experience, and his 2016 Rio did not happen, due to the banning of Russia from Olympic competition.

In 2017, I thought that Sergey handled the numerous questions as a London World Championships silver medalist in the 110m hurdles about how he felt on not really representing Russia. I like Sergey; he's no BS, let me hurdle. And when he does well, the smile shows it all: pleasure with the win and enjoying the accolades.

At the 8th Gyulai Memorial, Shubenkov had a great start, and just hurdled, clearing all ten hurdles, one fine series of movements after another. The race was nearly flawless as he dominated the field. It reminded me of the experience that Aries Merritt had in 2012: a DQ the meet before he set the WR. Shubenkov is in near perfect condition. Can he run faster? Yes! Can he get the WR? I am not sure, but it will be fun to watch! Congrats to Sergey Shubenkov on his 12.92 NR/WL!

The video of the fine race is right below, just below!

The Gyulai Memorial, in it's eight edition, had some amazing moments! Bob Ramsak captured the meet for the IAAF. Here's his commentary on the fine meet.

Shubenkov_SergeyPort1e-Monaco17.jpgSergey Shubenkov, photo by PhotoRun.net

The AJC Atlanta Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10k in the known world, and features 60,000 people running and walking through the streets of humid Atlanta on July 4, 2018. This video features Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion, who has focused on making the US Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020.

IMG_7930.jpgGwen Jorgensen, 10,000 meters, June 21, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is managed and produced by the Atlanta Track Club. The 21,000 member Atlanta Track Club produces a fine race series of races in the capital of the South. The Peachtree Road Race is on our country's Independance Day, and is a celebration in every sense of the word. It is also the US road championships for 10k. ATC's CEO Rich Kenah has seen to lead by example. His club invites a fine cross section of American distance runners for the US championships.

I really like the Gwen Jorgensen video series. This writer is fascinated with her move from the multi-events to the world of elite marathoning. Her first two 10,000 meters on the track, with a half marathon and some serious mileage for good measure, have been overseen by Coach Jerry Schumacher of the Bowerman Track Club. Coach Schumacher has a method to the madness, and Gwen, Lopez Lomong and Chris Derrick, all members of the Bowerman TC, will be racing tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia.

Barshim close to 2.46 meters!
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN, Jul 2): What a competition, the 8th Gyulai Memorial - Hungarian Grand Prix (EA Classic) in Szekesfehervar with 3 new and 1 equaled World lead and 8 meet records. Mutaz Essa Barshim nicely cleared in third attempt 240 and equaled his World lead. After that his first attempt at World record 246 was very close, the other two not that close. In last one he twisted his foot. Behind him 3 jumpers went over 232 Danil Lysenko, Australian Brandon Starc equaled PB and Donald Thomas. Sergey Shubenkov after Paris dq showed top energy and clocked 12.92 (+0.6) World lead and National record. He was just 0.01 behin Colin Jackson´s European record. Second place the most popular local athlete Balazs Baji with 13.27 with World and Olympic winner Omar McLeod crashing some hurdlers as 6th 13.45. At the beginning of the programme World leading 81.85 PB by Wojciech Nowicki in hammer over his rival Pawel Fajdek also great 81.14 and third Bence Halasz 78.57. And at the end also a World lead by Genzebe Dibaba over the mile in 4:24.29 beating Sofia Ennaoui 4:28.37. Another great display of shape of Olympic winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo who just missed her own World lead by 0.01 with 49.53 meet record in the 400 m and clearly beat the rivals, World champion Phyllis Francis 50.95 and co-World leader Shakima Wimbley also 50.95. Christian Taylor made the capacity crowd happy with last attempt 17.64 in triple, another MR. Fast steeple by Benjamin Kigen 8:10.48 MR well ahead of Nicholas Bett 8:18.56. In the two middle distances favorites prevailed. Ferguson Rotich coming from Paris win with fast finish beat Nijel Amos in the 800 m (1:44.08 to 1:44.18) and Ayanleh Souleiman topped the 1000 m in 2:16.08 over other Kenyans from 800 m Nicholas Kipkoech 2:16.17 PB and Jonathan Kitilit 2:16.27. Mike Rodgers in 10.12 (+1.4) beat other two sub 10 sprinters in the 100 m, Arthur Cisse 10.17 and Akani Simbine 10.21. Luguelin Santos dominated the 400 m in 44.89, the same for Janieve Russell in 400 m hurdles 54.16 and Yasmani Copello on the men side 48.93. Women hurdles saw Sharika Nelvis winning in 12.55 (+0.7) over Kendra Harrison 12.58 and Christine Manning 12.65 as Brianna McNeal collided with hurdles and walked into the finish in 15.20. Marie Jose Ta Lou needed to fight against Michelle-Lee Ahye in the 100 m (11.12 to 11.14, +1.5). In remaining technical events Fedrick Dacres beat Andrius Gudzius in discus (67.24 to 66.33) and US women wins for Shakeela Saunders 677 in long jump and Raven Saunders 18.79 in shot put.
Here's the video on his 2.40 meter success!

Today is July 3, 2018. It is day two, week two of the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals Summer training program. We will help you build up over July and August for cross country. We will then help you build to a strong October and November of racing and then, be ready for the big races.

IMG_1625.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters semi finals, June 22, 2018photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday, July 3, 2018-warm up, light fartlek, 50 minutes, 10 minutes steady, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes steady, cooldown

IMG_2245.jpgNoah Lyles, 100 meters, June 22, 2018, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

IMG_2614.jpgMike Norman, 200 meters, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

LAUSANNE (SUI): The American speedsters should dominate men´s 200 m at Athletissima IAAF Diamond League next Thursday. Heading the field is co World leader Noah Lyles with fresh from first sub 20 in Paris Michael Norman. In the field also Isiah Young, Jereem Richards, Alonso Edward and Swiss record holder Alex Wilson.

RunBlogRun opines: The 200 meters in Lausanne will be spectacular.

jeff-benjamin-story-image1.jpgJeff Benjamin with Caster Semanaya

Originally posted on August 18, 2016

Reposted on July 2, 2018

We repost this because, while we understand that there are high emotions on both sides of the questions regarding the upcoming CAS decision, pitting Caster Semenya on one side and the IAAF on the other, we ask that, as both parties agreed, respect for the differing of opinions be honored.

Caster Semenya will be the likely winner of the 800 meters. A fine athlete, she is caught in a controversy that could be easily fixed, but, due to much politics is not. In the end, several wonderful human beings will be thrown into public and social media because of their chromosomal makeup.

Caster met with our man in the seats, Jeff Benjamin and he wrote this short peice, asking for respect and kindess to be shown to Caster.

We ask for the same.

Ugen 705 WL, Hudson-Smith 44.68 EL
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jul 1): Lorraine Ugen set a world lead and championship record of 7.05m to win an excellent quality long jump on the second day of the British Championships. Ugen went out to 7.05m (1.2) in the second round to beat reigning European silver medallist Jazmin Saywers who jumped a PB of 6.86m (0.2) in the sixth round after 6.72m in the third round and a windy 6.78m in the fifth round. Shara Proctor was third with a wind-aided 6.81m for third (also 6.75m into a 1.1 m/s headwind) with Jahisha Thomas improving to 6.69m in fourth. Beth Dobbin continued her breakthrough season with victory in the 200m in 22.59 against a 1.3 m/s headwind to break her Scottish record (22.75 set in the heats) and the championship record in a competitive final ahead of Bianca Williams (22.60), Jodie Williams (22.78) and Shannon Hylton (22.78). The programme climaxed with an exciting 200m final with Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake also setting a championship record of 20.24 to beat former European champion Adam Gemili (20.26) and Leon Reid (20.31). Matthew Hudson-Smith won the 400m title in a European-leading 44.68 from Rabah Yousif (45.39) and veteran Anyika Onuora held off Laviai Nielsen in the women's 400m final, 51.95 to 51.99. World indoor champion Andy Pozzi clocked 13.61 into a strong headwind of 2.5 m/s, former world and European champion Dai Greene beat Jack Green in the men's 400m hurdles final, 50.06 and 50.13, and Meghan Beesley won the women's 400m hurdles title in 55.73 with reigning champion Eilidh Doyle injured and not competing. Laura Muir ran laps of 62.7/58.5 to win the 800m title in 2:01.22 from world indoor bronze medallist Shelayna Oskan-Clarke's 2:01.94 and Elliott Giles won a tactical 800m in 1:50.28 from Dan Rowden (1:50.37) Guy Learmonth (1:50.43) and Andrew Osagie (1:50.44). Laura Weightman beat European U20 champion Jemma Reekie in the 1500m, 4:08.80 to 4:09.10, with Sarah McDonald third in 4:09.28 and Chris O'Hare used his finish to win the men's 1500m title in a tactical 3:46.72. Elsewhere on the track, Tom Bosworth won the 5000m walk in 19:01.20 from world U20 champion Callum Wilkinson (19:17.41), Steph Twell won the 5000m in 16:07.24 from Melissa Courtney (16:07.59) and Rosie Clarke clocked a solo 9:45.84 in the 3000m steeplechase. On the field, Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon improved her championship record to 72.02m, decathlete Tim Duckworth cleared 8.00m to win the long jump title from Dan Bramble 7.99m (-1.4) and Feron Sayers 7.98m, Chris Baker and David Smith both cleared 2.26m in the high jump and Charlie Myers cleared 5.55m in the pole vault.

This was the last day of the USATF Oudoors. I was crestfallen. After four days of perusing the 55 item salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, I had grown rather fond of Urbandale, Iowa. We had a parking spot in close proximity of Drake Stadium, and we found a Starbucks drive thru, and we were off to the Stadium.

DSC04625.jpgThe start of the 5,000 meters, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Then, the rain came...and it rained, it poured, it thundered and we hid underneath the desks in the media room. Once the weather gods stopped being Scandinavian, the meet came back to life, and we were satiated once more by our sport of athletics.

DSC04879.jpgA day at the races, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

The Shoe addicts caught it all. My deep thoughts, my feigning of emotions, my near breakdown in speaking about Evan Jager, or my worshipping Shelby Houlihan, or my bidding of adieu to Des Moines.

Oh, so long day four.

Swiss records at 200 m and 400 m
LA CHAUX DE FONDS (SUI, Jul 1): Two Swiss sprint records highlighted the Resisprint meet at favorable altitude. Lea Sprunger went to win the 400 m in national record and European lead 50.52. Behind her Lisanne De Witte Dutch record 50.96 and Agne Serksniene Lithuanian record 50.99. Alex Wilson clocked in the 200 m 20.25 NR (-1.8) after beeing disqualified in the 100 m for a false start. In second race South African Emile Erasmus 20.48 (-0.7) over Dutch Taymir Burnet 20.52 PB. Erasmus won the 100 m in 10.02 (-0.3) but clocked faster 10.01 PB (+0.2) in heats. But was not the fastest as Chinese Xie Zhenye clocked 9.98 in the same heat but was second in 10.06 in the finals. In women 100 m superb improvement by Chinese Wei Yongli 10.99 (+1.2) in heats, she also won the finals in 11.07 (+0.5) ahead of Ajla Del Ponte 11.24 (but 11.21 +1.2 PB in heats). Also personal best for Sarah Atcho when winning the 200 m in 22.80 (+0.4). South African record for Rikenette Steenkamp 12.81 (-0.6, also windy 12.70 +2.2 in heats) in the 100 m hurdles ahead of Eefje Boons 12.91. Men hurdles winner Eduardo Rodrigues from Brazil 13.54 (-0.8, 13.49 +1.3 in heats) over Dutch Koen Smet 13.56. Dutch record holder Liemarvin Bonevacia was fast in the 400 m with 45.03, in the 400 m hurdles Marcio Telles from Brazil 49.09 and German Luke Campbell huge PB 49.14. Women 400 m hurdles had Norway´s Line Kloster clocking big PB 55.49. Cuban World U18 all-time best holder Yordan Diaz won triple with 17.14 (-0.8), his best result in Europe.

IMG_4180.jpgShelby Houlihan, 1,500 meters, she owned this one, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

This is day three of Conversations with Larry. So, the whole theme behind the show is: Larry is allowed three minutes to chat. Which means, he has to focus, which as his son, Adam and the videographer Mike knows, is IMPOSSIBLE. However, to mess up the fllm crew, sometimes Larry actually keeps track of time and space.

IMG_5259.jpgChristina Manning, Keni Harrison, Sharika Nelvis, 100m hurdles, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

In this third episode from Des Moines, Iowa, your host speaks oh so thoughtfully about Keni Harrison and her 100 meter victory, Shebly Houlihan and her goddess like kick over the last 400 meters and Matt Centrowitz winning the 1,500 meters. I believe I said something nice about Darrell Hil, who upset Ryan Crouser in the shot put.

IMG_4862.jpgMatthew Centrowitz, 1,500m champion, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Sitting in the stands in Des Moines, it was humid and my hair was not perfect. With no stylelist, I had to, well improvise. Next time, I will do my best impression of someone with good hair. But for now, thank you for watching our videos and reading our content.

IMG_3099.jpgKeni Harrison, 100m hurdles, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Cheruiyot_TimothyFH-Pre18.JPGTimothy Cheruiyot continues to win, here's his win at Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Justin Lagat's View from Kenya for this week. This week is focused on the great performances from Paris by Kenyan and African athletes! He focuses on Timothy Cheruiyot, Beatrice Chepkoech, Ferguson Rotich, and Caster Semenya!

IMG_2194.jpgNoah Lyles and Ronnie Baker, June 22, 2018, 100 meter final, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

The second day of the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, on 22 June, featured the 100 meters. Both races were fantastic. The 100 meters for women was won by Aleia Hobbs, the first women collegian to win since 1991 and Carlette Guidry. Hobbs ran a fine final, winning in 10.91, putting Ashley Henderson in second, in 10.96, and Jennifer Prandini in third in 10.98.

IMG_2396.jpgAshley Henderson, Aleia Hobbs, Jennifer Prandini, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

In the men's 100 meters, Noah Lyles and Ronnie Baker battled to the finish, both scoring Personal Bests! Noah Lyles won his first 100m title, in 9.88, a world leader. Ronnie Baker ran a 9.90, PB. Until 60 meters, Baker was putting great pressure on the field and looked to be the winner. Lyles kept his cool, focused and put himself back into the race.

Both 100 meter races were worthy of the US Championships. Here's our second Conversation with Larry on the USATF Outdoor Championships. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts.

Samba_AbderrahamanR-Oslo18.jpgAbderahman Samba runs 46.98 for 400m hurdles! photo by PhotoRun.net

Semenya_CasterFV-Oslo18.jpgCaster Semenya wins 800m in 1:54.25, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Meeting de Paris was fantastic, living up to its hype. With seven world leaders and a slew of just great events, Paris continued the excitement coming from the preceeding seven meets. Now, eight meets with some fine rivalries and epic battles! Next DL is Lausanne, on 5 July!

This is your workout for Monday, July 2, 2018. It is a relaxed run. Run early of late, as today will be hot across the US.

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Monday, July 2, 2018-warm up, easy 35-40 minutes, cooldown

McLeod vs Shubenkov, Barshim vs Lysenko and much more
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN): Superb fields are ready for 8th edition of Istvan Gyulai Memorial - Hungarian Grand Prix meet (EA Classic) on Monday in city of Szekesfehervar. For example in women 400 m Olympic winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo against World champion Phyllis Francis and co-World leader Shakima Wimbley. Men´s high jump has the top duel Mutaz Essa Barshim against Danil Lysenko. Home crowds will wait on 110 m Hurdles with Olympic and World winner Omar McLeod against World leader Sergey Shubenkov and home star Balazs Baji. Women hurdles with top two in the World Kendra Harrison and Brianna McNeal are also promising something special. In the men´s 100 m Mike Rodgers with Akani Simbine and Arthur Cisse are three sub 10 runners. Bahamian Steven Gardiner is back after Stockholm situation at the 200 m and will run the 400 m for first time since May 12, Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad is in the 400 m hurdles, Christian Taylor (who competed also in 1st edition of the meet in 2011) in triple jump. Women´s 100 m should be a clash of Marie-Jose Ta Lou and Michelle-Lee Ahye. Yasmani Copello and Bershawn Jackson are the 400 m hurdles favorites. Hot names also in middle distances. Genzebe Dibaba goes for a fast mile (World lead 4:25.71 under threat). In men´s 800 m Nijel Amos in first race since Prefontaine Classic goes against Adam Kszczot and Paris winner Ferguson Rotich. In the 1000 m Ayanleh Souleiman (2nd in Paris at 1500 m) Jonathan Kitilit (2nd in Paris at 800 m) going for a fast time, World lead is 2:14.88. Steeple has Eugene winner Benjamin Kigen as top name. Olympic winner Tianna Bartoletta is in long jump. Men´s discus with World leader Fedrick Dacres and World medalists who did not had their day in Paris (Gudzius and Stahl). Men´s hammer as part of IAAF Challenge will have the Polish rulers Pawel Fajdek and Wojciech Nowicki, but also Olympic winner Dilshod Nazarov and home talent Bence Halasz. Hungarian World medalist Anita Marton in shot put will have tough opponents in Yulia Leantsiuk, Raven Saunders and Paulina Guba.
RunBlogRun opines: Who will do the @TheKoriMonster best at the Gyulai Memorial?

A fantastic Meeting de Paris for 2018. With seven world leaders, and amazing races and events. The 2018 Meeting de Paris was nearly three hours of one great event after another.

We will celebrate the fine events from Paris on Monday, but, enjoy the highlights video below and the complete results. Check out the depth of the various events, as European athletes prepare for the European Athletics Champs and African athletes prepare for the African Athletics Championships.

The event of the meet? Well, Abderrahman Samba's fifth win in a row and the second fastest 400 meter hurdles in history, with his 46.98!

Who does not love the 200 meters? The furlong is a half a lap and, as athletes come off the turn, some excel, and some, fall apart. The British Trials featured two fun races, and thanks to Stuart Weir for an exemplar coverage of the British Championships! Beth Dobbin broke the Scottish record earlier this season, that was 34 years old (Sandra Whittacker, LA 1984, 22.98) with her 22.84 on 1 June 2018.

NMB for stuart.jpgNethaneel Mitchell-Blake wins 200 meters, 1 July 2018, photo by British Athletics

Beth Dobbin for Stuart.jpgBeth Dobbin winning the 200 meters, 1 July 2018, photo by British Athletics

P1080359.JPGBeth Dobbin, Bauhaus Galen, Stockholm, Sweden, June 10 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

British LJ .jpgBritish women's LJ has 18 competitors lined up, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

The field events had some strong performances in Birmingham on Day 2. Lorraine Ugen's world leader of 7.05 meters in the LJ, is just proof of the promise from the fine jumper. Holly Bradshaw won the PV. Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon continued to show her promise.

Tactical 5000m.jpgA tactical British Women's 5000m was on of the highlights of the 2018 British Trials, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

Brit W 5000m, d 1.jpgThe race is on, British 5000 meters, Stephanie Twell takes control, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

This is article three, day two from our friend Stuart Weir. At RunBlogRun, we hope to give you, our devoted readers, a unique view of the events. British meets are fantastic. I have been going for about fifteen years and admire their approach to their meets, supporting the sport and the superb level of television and production that they put towards athletics. Thanks to our friend Stuart Weir for his amazing coverage of the 2018 British Trials!

Watch for two more articles today on the British Trials, one on the 200 meters and one on the field events!

In day two, article two, Stuart Weir writes about the British men a the second day of the British Trials. He focuses on the 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles and 400 meters. GBR has some fine athletes in these events, and they will qualify for the Athletics Cup and European Championships.

British Trials.jpgBritish Trials, Birmingham, England, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

British mascot .jpgBritish Mascot, with handler, Rachel, 2018 British Trials, Birmingham, England, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

Birmingham Stadium view, 1 July 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

This is the first article from Day 2 of the 2018 British Outdoor Trials, from Birmingham, England. Stuart speaks about the men's 1,500m championships here.

Dina Asher-Smith 10.97 meet record
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jun 30): European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith broke the championship record to win the 100m at the British Championships in 10.97 (-0.5), her third sub-11 clocking of the month. Daryll Neita was second in a season's best of 11.19 ahead of Bianca Williams (11.20) and Imani Lansiquot (11.23). Reece Prescod won the men's 100m title in still air in 10.06 from European-leader Zharnel Hughes (10.13) and CJ Ujah (10.18). Fourth Nethaneel Mitchell-Blak 10.20 and fifth Ojie Edoburun 10.27. Former world U20 champion Morgan Lake cleared a PB of 1.97m to win the high jump title before three attempts at 2.00m ahead of Katarina Johnson-Thompson's 1.90m, Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.60m to win her sixth title in the pole vault and European U20 bronze medallist Naomi Ogbeta won the triple jump title with a 13.95m PB. Veteran Nathan Douglas recorded a wind-aided 16.83m to win the men's triple jump and Commonwealth champion Nick Miller won the hammer as expected with 75.33m. Also on the track, Marc Scott produced a 2:32.97 last kilometre to win the 5000m title in 13:47.00 from Andy Vernon (13:47.81) and Chris Thompson (13:49.85) and Zak Seddon won the 3000m steeplechase title in 8:33.12. Matt Hudson-Smith (45.94) and Zoey Clark (52.26) were the fastest in the 400m heats.


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Hammer throw, Nick Miller.jpgNick Miller, Hammer Throw Champion, photo by Stuart Weir

Birmingham Day 1.jpg2018 British Trials, Birmingham, England, June 20, 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

5000m GBR Trials .jpg5,000m, 2018 British Trials, 30 June 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

This is article three from Stuart Weir for Day 1. Stuart likes to provide RunBlogRun readers with some commentary on events we would not normally hear from. In this piece, he speaks with Morgan Lake, HJ champion, Nick Miller, hammer throw champion and salutes old timer Nathan Douglas, who won TJ titles 14 years apart, but in this year, won indoor and outdoor TJ titles!

RunBlogRun introduces column 2, day 1, from Stuart Weir: The sprinting success of GBR was resounding in London last year. This year, at the Trials, it continues to improve, with the likes of Dina Asher-Smith and Reece Prescod. Great fields in men and women this year. Stuart Weir provides some key observances that you would not have seen from watching on You Tube or even sitting in the stands. We thank Stuart Weir on this second piece on day 1 of the 2018 British Trials.

One more thought on Dina Asher-Smith. I met Dina in 2013-14. It was a bit informal as we spoke after a match where she was relaxing in the stands. She was quite nice and relaxed. Totally impressed with her demeanor and have enjoyed watching her development. Looking forward to speaking to Reece Prescod later this summer, loved his big run in Shanghai. Reece Prescod could win a big one. Like his sense of focus and his second half of his race makes him quite dangerous.

Dina Asher Smith, for 100m title 2018.jpgDina Asher-Smith, 100m British Trials Champ, photo by Stuart Weir

RunBlogRun opines: Last weekend was my first track meet since March due to my cardiac catherization in April. I am up to three miles a day, having a strong decrease in my blood sugar from A1C diabetes blood test, and my three stents seem to be working. So, I ventured to the USATF Outdoors. It was nice to see David Hunter, Elliott Denman, Jonathan Gault, David Johnson and Sieg Lindstrom, among other media friends. A hug from some dear friends teared me up, but it was nice to watch the sport I love. Thanks to Adam Johnson-Eder and Mike Deering, who ventured the six hour drive with me to Des Moines, Iowa.

Our friend, Stuart Weir has been covering events all year for RunBlogRun. We are grateful for Stuart spending time as our eyes and ears around the globe. This begins his series on the British Championships in one of my favorite cities, Birmingham, England. Much of my English family lives there, and I hope to see them soon. I also hope to see my friend Stuart in August. He has a wry sense of humor, which I once thought of as Scottish, but he has smiled that one away.

This is Stuart Weir's opening on British Trials and the upcoming World Athletics Cup!

Birmingham-summer.jpgBirmingham, England, 30 June 2018, dry and hot, photo by Stuart Weir

Birmingham Winter 2018.jpgBirminghham, March 1, 2018, Cold and snowy, photo by Stuart Weir

Menkov_Aleksandr-WorC17.jpgAleksandr Menkov, photo by PhotoRun.net
Aleksandr Menkov 841
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jun 30- Jul 1): Addition to first day of 60th Znamensky Memorial Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 470 in the pole vault. Fast women 1500 m by Aleksandra Gulyayeva 4:04.76 what is the Russian top time of 2018. In wet conditions Danil Lysenko won with 228 the high jump over Ivan Ukhov 225. Veronika Chernivskaya won the hurdles in 13.18 and Kristina Sivkova 100 m in 11.42 (-0.6). On Sunday World champion Aleksandr Menkov showed top long jump shape with 841 (+2.0) what is not official European lead 2018 as he is not allowed to compete internationally. Yelena Sokolova was best among women with 670 (+2.0) ahead of Yekaterina Koneva 634 who won her specialty triple jump with windy 14.52 (+3.2). In the 400 m hurdles Irina Kolesnichenko (formerly Davydova) clocked 55.23. Gulyayeva topped the 800 in 2:00.11 in a second win at the meet. Men winner Sergey Dubrovskiy 1:46.73 PB. Good throws by Yelena Panova 63.02 in discus and Yelizaveta Tsareva 73.22 in hammer.

Ohuruogu_ChristinaFL1-OlyGames12.jpgChristine Ohuruogu, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines on Christine Ohuruogu: For me, one of my favorite memories of Christine Ohurougu come from 2007 Osaka World Championships. Her final stretch run upset Sanya Richards. While I was saddended by the loss of Sanya, I respected the race and Christine's fine race, along with team mate Nicola Sanders, in silver. In 2008, her win in Beijing had that patented Ohuruogu final stretch run, as she took the gold. In 2009, Sanya Richards began her battle for the 2012 Olympics, taking gold in the 400 meters. Ohuroughu's stretch run took down DeeDee Trotter and Amantle Montsho. For me, Christine Ohuruogu was a tremendous competitor. I enjoyed my few interviews with her, and enjoyed getting some time with her at the adidas Boston Boost Meeting in 2017. Christine Ohuruogu was first British woman to win Olympic gold at 400 meters, and two time World Champion gold medalist at 400 meters plus many medals in British 4x400 meters!

And on her ban, due to three missed drug test meetings. In my belief, it was a series of dumb mistakes, not much more than that. This did not mean that she was not crucified in the media, and it was brought up in every story on the 400 meter athlete. I am mixed on the coverage, and support her defense of her battle with the British Olympic Committee.

2880px-De_Poolse_Irena_Kirszenstejn_gaat_door_finish,_tweede_Truus_Hennipman-Cruiming,_Bestanddeelnr_921-6071.jpgIrena Szewińska, 18 August 1968, Uden, The Netherlands, photo courtesy of Dutch National Archives, National Archief.

Please look at the picture above. Irena Szewińska is winning in Uden, The Netherlands on 18 August 1968, nearly fifty years ago. Look at that clean technique, look at that focus, consider her fine form and the domination that she has over the field. Now, look at the crowd! It is like a time capsule into our sport. Irena Szewińska, one of our finest trail blazers, is gone. Here is our consideration of this fine athlete.

Irena Szewińska is one of the great ones. I grew up reading about her in TFN, and only came to recognize her tremendous stature as I became a track geek. I was at an IAAF event where Ms. Szewińska was present, but did not have the nerve to speak to her. She was royalty in Polish and European sport, and, if more Westerners knew about this fine athlete, it would be for the better. Ms. Szewińska won Olympic medals in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 and competed in 1980, withdrawing after an injury in the semi final of the 400 meters. Also, Ms.Szewińska graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Warsaw. Seven Olympic medals, sixteen European Championships medals, and from 100m to 400m, she was world ranked at 200 meters for fifteen straight years, 100 meters for 12 years, 8 times at long jump and six times at 400 meters (Ms. Szewińska only ran event for six years, and became first woman under 50 seconds at 400 meters). A remarkable career, and even more so, when one appreciates the political challenges, as well as the challenges for a women athlete in the 1960s and 1970s.

Irena Szewińska has been part of our sport for over five decades! She will be missed by many.

In essence, Irena Szewińska was a 200 meter runner who ran the 100m, 400m and long jumped. She was a fierce competitor. Look at her films. She raced against the finest in the world, and won. She won medals a few months after having her first son, which was pretty much unheard of ( Fanny Blankers Koen did it in 1948, but most women athletes, in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, retired before they had children). Challenging the status quo from Poland, in Soviet bloc Poland, mind you, had to be a challenge. I would have loved to speak with Ms. Szewińska about her career. So, after some research, here's what I found out about this magnifiscent women.

Echevarria_Juan1-Rome18.jpgJuan Miguel Echevarri, soaring in Rome, May 30, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well, the young Cuban has been kicking the proverbial butt. His battles with Luvo Manyonga and Marquis Dendy are entertaining fans around the world. Yesterday, in Bad Langensalza, Germany, Juan Miguel leaped 8.68 meters with a legal 1.7 m/s wind! Juan Miguel Echevarria is the real thing. Last weekend in Des Moines, I asked a keen observer of the LJ, who travels the world and sees big jumpers, what he thought of Senor Echevarria, and if he could break Mike Powell's seminal 8.95 meters (29 feet, 4.25 inches) WR, from Tokyo 1991 World Championships. My keen observer looked at your favorite blogger and noted, " Juan Miguel Echevarria will own the WR. This young man is for real."

Enough said, but must say, we love this young Cuban athlete. We have found few Cuban athletes we do not like. Why? Because, they love athletics. With limited resources for training in Cuba, they show that the joy of the sport, the focus on technique and amazing overall fitness of the young Cuban athletes can always surprise.

Muy buena competencia en el dia de hoy 8:68 seguimos activos

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RunBlogRun Interviewed Juan Miguel Echevaria at the World Indoor Champs. We included them here, for your viewing pleasure. RunBlogRun will go one further. The WR will be broken this summer by Juan Miguel Echevarria, but, be careful, as Luvo Manyonga could be right there. This is a real LJ battle! Remember, when Mike Powell broke the WR, he was battling Carl Lewis!

Enjoy the three part interview, done by The Shoe Addicts on the young Cuban LJ phenom:

Juan Miguel Echevarria Interview: Part 1/3, Birmingham, England, March 2018: https://www.runblogrun.com/2018/03/juan-miguel-echevarria-gold-medalist-at-the-long-jump-world-indoors-birmingham-speaks-on-his-perform.html

Juan Miguel Echevarria Interview: Part 2/3, Birmingham, England, March 2018: https://www.runblogrun.com/2018/03/juan-miguel-echevarria-gold-medalist-at-the-long-jump-world-indoors-birmingham-speaks-on-his-perform-1.html

Juan Miguel Echevarria Interview, Part 3/3: Birmingham, England, March 2018: https://www.runblogrun.com/2018/03/juan-miguel-echevarria-gold-medalist-at-the-long-jump-world-indoors-birmingham-speaks-on-his-2018-se.html

Long runs begin here. We will build up from 40 minutes to 75-90 minutes over the summer for our Sunday long runs. Keep it easy, find a fun place, and enjoy the time with your friends. Begin the habit.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018-warm up, 40-45 minutes, running on trail, cool down

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