June 2019 Archives

Genzebe Dibaba began her season in 2019 on 6 February in Sabadell, Spain, with a 1,500m. She ran 3:59.08. On the 10 February, Genzebe ran a 1000m in 2:37.40 in Lieven, France.

Genzebe Dibaba will be running the 3000m distance at Stanford. In previous Pre Classics, Genezebe has run 5000m. This is a departure for the seven time World record holder.

Dibaba_GenzebePC-Pre19.JPGGenzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe Dibaba opened outdoors ornr 3 May in Doha with a tough loss to Hellen Obiri, at 3000m in 8:26.20.

Recently, Genzebe ran 3:56.28 at the Golden Gala in Rome, 6 June, taking the win!

On 16 June, in Rabat, Morocco, Geneze Dibaba, pushed by Laura Muir, 3:55.28 to 3:55.78!

Enjoy the interview below with Genzebe Dibaba, translated from Amahric.

Post event update: Dibaba finished 4th in PB 8:21.29, as Sifan Hassan lead a charge, taking win in ER 8:18.48.

Face it. Elaine Thompson is fit. She has the World leaders at the 100m and 200m, 10.73 and 22.00, yet she is doing what she does, playing the " well, its a long season and lot to do" demeanor. Do not be misled. The women's sprints are absolute warfare and Pre has scary fields!

Elaine complained about how she felt in the 200m. "It was hard and I had to work at it." In @fastelaine, it means, early season racing sucks.

We got Elaine for a couple of minutes at the Pre Presser on 29 June and we have posted it below. I have interviewed Elaine Thompson all over the world, and she is one of our sport's most colorful and competitive athletes. She just not give up. The achilles are good and she wants to race! Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, aka @fastelaine, 10.73 and 22.00 for 2019! photo by PhotoRun.net

Post event update: Elaine Thompson took second in 22.21, with Blessing Okagbare taking big win in 22.05.

Coleman_ChristianPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

In only his second season as a pro, Christian Coleman is focusing on Doha WC, but takes one major meet at a time. As a Nike sponsored athlete, Christian Coleman has to be at Pre a certian number of years. Christian has already run 9.85 for the 100m and 19.97 for the 200m. "It's early in the season."

Christian is part of that new crop of excitng American sprinters, from Micheal Norman, Noah Lyles, Rai Benjamin, that will entertain and enthrall us!

Check out Christian's thoughtful comments, from 29 June 2019.

Post event update: Christian Coleman ran a brilliant 100m in 9.81. Amazing time, considering winds in Palo Alto. Justin Gatlin also surprised with his fast finish.

Sundays are made for long runs and watching track & field!

Enjoy the Pre Classic!

Community-7039-Martinez19.jpgHOKA ONE ONE Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net

Recovery Week 2

Sunday, June 30, 2019: Long run, 60 minutes

Summer running begins, Week 2

Sunday, June 30, 2019: Long run, 60 minutes

I met with an enthused and focused shot putter, Ryan Crouser, at the Pre Classic.

Already, Crouser has thrown a 22.74m PB and several other 22 meter plus throws this season. A tear in a pectoral muscle meant a month break, and now, he is ready. Crouser is juggling competition blocks with hard training blocks as he prepares for the long season of 2019 and short season of 2020.

How will he fare? I think he looks and seems ready.

The men's shot field is amazing, and World Champ Tom Walsh is in Palo Alto to throw against Ryan Crouser!

Crouser_RyanPC-Pre19.JPGRyan Crouser, 29 June 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net!

Update, post event: Ryan Crouser took lead with 22.17m throw in round 1, then, in round 3, Darlan Romani threw 22.46m, then, 22.55m, then, 22.61m, to take win, set NR/MR 3 times.


Ryan Crouser thinks big throws like 23.5m might be possible later in season, photo by PhotoRun.net

Meet Director Tom Jordan loves to intro the meet at the Pre presser. He tells us that the meet is sold out. He tells us that walk ups wil probably not get to stand around the Stanford Track. Tommorrow should be a fine day to watch athletics.

The presser went fifteen minutes, as Ryan Crouser, She'Carrie Richardson, Elaine Thompson, Sam Kendricks, Genzebe Dibaba, Laura Muir, Michael Norman. All took a good question and look ready for tomorrrow. Watch the Pre, 30 June 2019!

Cheruiyot_TimothyFHL1-Pre18.jpgThe Bowerman Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Pre Classic presser is a combo of a comedy show and WWF. It is fun, and it is the way that has been part of the Pre Classic for years. Tom Jordan, Meet director, gives each athlete a question (last couple of years, I have been asked to do them).

This little video caught the room, all of the photographers and the pre event mayhem. Tom Jordan, Meet Director, is a day from collapse, and he is juggling one crisis after another.

And now, the fun stuff begins....

As the global athletics season hits big season, the high school season nears its end.

We will begin the early summer mileage season this next week. This weekend, enjoy!

Barowski_Cecilia-Martinez19.jpgCeclia Barkowski, photo by PhotoRun.net

Recovery, Week 2

Saturday, June 29, 2019: day off

Week 2, Beginning of summer

Saturday, June 29, 2019: warm up, 45 minutes, on trails, cooldown

Stefanidi_Katerina1-NewBalance19.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sidorova_Anzhelika-Worlds18.jpgAnzelikha Siderova, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stefanidi against Sidorova
LAUSANNE (SUI): Top field in women pole vault will be assembled for a special competition at Esplanade in Lausanne. It will be staged as part of Athletissima meeting one day before the main programme on July 4 at 6 pm in the city. Olympic and World winner Katerina Stefanidi will face European champion Anzhelika Sidorova. Also jumping US Katie Nageotte, Jenn Suhr, British record holder Holly Bradshaw, former World champion Yarisley Silva from Cuba, New Zealand Olympic medalist Eliza McCartney, World medalist Robeilys Peinado, Sweden´s Michaela Meijer and home jumpers Angelica Moser with Nicole Buchler.

The 2019 Nike Pre Classic is unusual, in that it will be held at Stanford on 30 June. The meet shows many of the finest athletes on the world athletic scene. We look forward to seeing them on 30 June.

Coleman_ChristianPort-IAAFgala18.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Norman_MichaelR1-Rome19.jpgMichael Norman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Crouser_Ryan-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is our preview of the finest elite meet in North America. Since 1975, this meet has celebrated one of our most iconic and colorful stars of American Track & Field, the late Steve Prefontaine.

In honor of the man who owned the 2000m-10,000m ARs, Nike puts together a meet that gives fans a chance to see a mini World Championships. Nike athletes must be here in key years. And the fields are monumental.

Enjoy our podcast, done after I had a Peets large iced Americano and thanks to the production work of Mike Deering, with the Shoe Addicts. Big events coming on Sunday, 30 June 2019.

See media at the Saturday press conference, and our friends at the Stanford Track & Field Complex on Sunday, 30 June 11 am to 3:30 PM!

Cheruiyot_TimothyFHL1-Pre18.jpgTim Cheruiyot, 2018 Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Enjoy your Friday , and do not miss the Pre Classic on Sunday, june 30! Some amazing events!

IMG_2691.jpgEnjoy your run! photo by NAZ Elite

Recovery week 2

Easy running week 2

Summer mileage prep, week 2

Friday: warrm up, easy 30 minutes, cooldown

Thursday is about the run, enjoy the run.

IMG_5330.jpgTime for some fun, photo by NAZ Elite

Recovery week 2

Thursday is 45 minute easy run.

Easy running week 2

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute holmer fartlek, go out in 25;30 minutes, come back in 24:30 minutes, cooldown

Muhammad_Dalilah-Rome19.jpgDalilah Muhammed, photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor, Muhammad, Gardiner
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN): Gyulai Memorial meet here (EA Premium) on July 9 confirmed several World stars to compete in this Hungarian fixture. Christian Taylor is in triple jump, Dalilah Muhammad at 400 m hurdles. In women 400 m Phyllis Francis against Salwa Eid Naser along with Shericka Jackson, Stephanie-Ann McPherson and Justyna Swiety-Ersetic. In the men´s 3000 m sub 13 5k runners Richard Yator, Abadi Hadis and Telahun Haile. Men´s 400 m already has Steven Gardiner against Luguelin Santos, Baboloki Thebe and Kahmari Montgomery. Ivana Spanovic is confirmed for long jump against Tiana Bartoletta. Men´s high jump top names are Donald Thomas, Mateusz Przybylko, Majd Edin Ghazal.

Coleman_ChristianPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgChristian Colemen, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman in the 100 m
STANFORD (USA): Christian Coleman and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce head strong fields for the 100m at the IAAF Diamond League in Stanford this Sunday. World No.1 Coleman is up against Cravon Gillespie, who went sub-10/20 at the NCAA Championships, European champion Zharnel Hughes, world champion Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Cameron Burrell and Filippo Tortu. Twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce, who returned to top form with 10.73 at the Jamaican Championships, will have a tough task against Sha'Carri Richardson, who makes her DL debut after setting a world U20 record of 10.75 at the NCAAs. Eight women in the field have run below 11 seconds.

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.netr

Thompson 22.00 WL
KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 23): Elaine Thompson confirmed huge shape during last day of Jamaican Championships with World leading 22.00 (-0.2) in the 200 m beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 22.22. Second best of the year in the 400 m by Shericka Jackson 49.78 over Anastasia Le Roy 50.94 followed by Stephanie-Ann McPherson 51.01. Yohan Blake could not get a double with 20.27 (+0.5) in the 200 m when he was beaten by Rasheed Dwyer 20.23. Demish Gaye clocked 44.83 in the 400 m over newcomer Terry Thomas 45.47. Great level in men´s hurdles as Ronald Levy won in 13.23 beating Orlando Bennett 13.27 PB with Andrew Riley 13.33 and Hansle Parchment 13.38. Shanieka Ricketts got triple 14.73 (0.0) over Kimberly WIlliams 14.39 (+1.6), O´Dayne Richards shot put 19.93 and in the U20 400 m Antony Cox 45.79. Janeek Brown was fastest in the 100 m hurdles semifinals 12.68 (+0.5), finals were annulled.

Diack_Lamine-IAAFgala14.jpgLamine Diack, photo by PhotoRun.net

PARIS (FRA): AFP has reported that former IAAF President Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack are to stand trial in France on charges of corruption and money laundering. After standing down in 2015, Diack and his son have been accused of obstructing sanctions against Russia for doping in return for payments among other allegations including the accusation of accepting cash to help influence the decisions to award the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro and 2020 to Tokyo. Insidethegames.biz also reports that Diack, who has been under house arrest since November 2015, could be sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

The summer is just beginning. We are looking to begin summer mileage on July 1. Enjoy the week, and remember, to vary the surfaces!

hoka-one-one-carbon-x-JIM-WALMSLEY-CARBON-X-SANTA-BARBARA-17.jpgJim Walmesley, 50 mile WR holder, photo by PhotoRun.net

Recovery week 2

Wednesday is a day off.

Easy running week 2

Wednesday: warm up, 40 minute easy run, try the roads, cooldown

HIlls are the secret sauce of summer training. You start out just running up them, and you will, by the end of the season, be charging up the hills and flying down the hills. Hills are excellent ways to build speed.

Walmsley-preWS.freshdirt.jpgJim Walmsley, WR holder, 50 miles, photo by HOKA ONE ONE

Recovery week 2

Monday is a day off.

Tuesday is 45 minute easy run.

Easy running week 2

Tuesday: warm up, trail run, find some hills (3-4), 45 minutes, cooldown

Coleman_ChristianPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mihambo_Malaika-Rome19.jpgMalaika Mihambo airborne, Rome 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

BERLIN (GER): European long jump champion Malaika Mihambo has said a jump in excess of seven metres will be necessary to win a medal at the World Championships in Doha, informs Leichtathletik.de. "The other jumpers are sure to come, then you have to see how things are going in Doha. Under seven meters, you certainly won't get a medal. Of course, I hope that I can hold my position. If I stay healthy, I am confident that I will be able to position myself there as well. But I cannot rest on my previous achievements," she said.

The Decastar decathlon and heptathlon was held in Talence on June 21-22, 2019. Nafissatou Thiam scored a fine 6,819, even while re injuring her elbow during event six, the javelin. Pierce LaPage, of Canada, scored, 8,439 points in the decathlon.


Nafissatou Thiam, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fadjek_Pawel1-Moscow13.jpgPawel Fadjek, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun: Pawel Fadjek is one of the more colorful athletes in the throwing events. I have watched him throw the hammer many times. His interviews after medals, are to the point, humorous and full of an enthusiasm for his event. I remember the crowd watching Pawel in Eugene at the Pre Meet a few years ago. He was pleased to see hammer fans outside of his country, Poland.

Fadjek_PawelFL-Moscow13.jpgPawel Fadjek, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fajdek close to WL 80.82
NANCY (FRA, Jun 22): Pawel Fajdek came within 5cm of his world lead in winning the hammer at the Meeting Stanislas with 80.82m. Wojciech Nowicki was second with 80.14m. Winny Nanyonda took the 800m in 1:59.56 with Noelie Yarigo second on 2:00.70. Aminati Seyni clocked 50.51 to win the 400m with Christine Botlogetswe second 51.12. Wilhem Belocian won the 110m hurdles in 13.28 (-0.8) ahead of Roger Iribarne 13.53 and Jarret Eaton (13.55). Other winners included: Xu Huiqin (4.55m in the pole vault, also 455 by Angelica Moser), Luminosa Bogliolo (12.89 in the 100m hurdles, +0.6) and Alfred Kipketer (1:45.14 in the 800m). Also to note Ronald Musagala 3:33.86 in the 1500 m, Robert Urbanek 65.81 in discus, US Bryce Robinson 10.31 (-1.7) in the 100 m.

IMG_8333.JPGThe battle between Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman, Shanghai DL, May 18, 2019

The second meet of the DL season for 2019 was the Shanghai DL. Thanks to Jeff Shaver, our man about China, we had behind the scenes coverage on the meeting. Here are our semi-deep thoughts on important points of the on the second meet. The Shanghai DL is a big success, especially considering the challenges of a non Chinese group managing events within China. It also shows the success of athletics in China.

Kirt_MagnusQ-WC17.jpgMagnus Kirt, London 2017 photo 1/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirt_MagnusQ1-WC17.jpgMagnus Kirt, London 2017 photo 2/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirt_MagnusQ1a-WC17.jpgMagnus Kirt, London 2017 photo 3/3, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirt another WL 90.61
KUORTANE (FIN, Jun 22): At the Kuortane Games, Magnus Kirt set an Estonian record and world lead of 90.61m in the javelin to go 17th on the world all-time list. Behind him Oliver Helander 86.93 and Andreas Hofmann 82.82. Holly Bradshaw won the pole vault with 4.46m. Liu Shiying threw 63.70m to win the javelin. Karolina Koleczek, running a windy 12.67 (+4.0), led four women under 13 seconds in the 100m hurdles. Nick Miller won the hammer with 75.90m. Another Briton David King posted 13.55 (+1.2) in the hurdles. Croatian Ana Simic cleared 190 in high jump. Women javelin winner was Liu Shiying from China 63.70.

As season of 2019 hits Diamond League meeting seven this week (Pre Classic), I want to review the meets so far this season and give you a bit of a evaluation point on the long, long season.

P1080774.JPGThe crowd at Khalifa Stadium, Doha DL, May 3, 2019, photo by Stuart Weir

The 2019 Pre Classic will be held at Stanford University on 30 June 2019. This is an extraordinary year, as the meet, previously the Hayward Field since 1975, was moved for one year, due to the renovations or rebuilding of Hayward Field this year.

The Pre Classic gave American fans a chance to see top class global athletes in a setting like the meets in Scandanavia that many of us dreamed of attending.

This year, the folks in Nike's sports medicine deparment and Meet director Tom Jordan have been busy translating the Pre meet to the Stanford campus.

In this podcast, done in 2018, we speak of the importance of the Pre Meet!

Cheruiyot_TimothyFHL1-Pre18.jpgThe Bowerman Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mondays are the beginning of our weeks. We are taking two weeks recovery and two weeks re entry into training. Enjoy the break and use it to revitalize yourself.

IMG_5274.jpgKellyn Taylor, on the run, photo by NAZ Elite

Recovery week 2

Monday is a day off.

Easy running week 2

Monday: warm up, an easy 45 minute run in a park, cooldown

Barshim_Mutaz-Oslo18.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Barshim returns with 227
SOPOT (POL, Jun 23): In his first competition in nearly one year, Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim returned with victory in Sopot with a second-time clearance at 2.27m before attempting 2.30m and 2.33m. Michal Haratyk won the shot put with 21.12m and Marcin Krukowski won the javelin with 82.33m from Belarus' Pavel Mialeshka (80.46m). On the track, Cuba's Rose Mary Almanza went under two minutes for 800m, winning in 1:59.90 from Spain's Esther Guerrero (2:00.87) and Canada's Brendon Rodney won the 200m in 20.53. Anna Kielbasinska won the 400m in 51.79 (also won the 200m in 24.00) and USA's Myles Pringle won the men's 400m in 45.81.

A successful B.A.A. 10k was held today, and course records fell. The press release tells part of the story, and the photos that we will post will tell another part of the story.

Chemutai_FancyFH-BAA10k19.JPGFancy Chemutai, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bett_DavidLeds-BAA10k19.JPGDavid Bett leading the B.A.A. 10k, takes the win, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thiam despite injury 6819 WL

TALENCE (FRA, Jun 23): Despite injuring her elbow in the javelin, Nafissatou Thiam still set a world-leading score of 6819 points in the Talence Decastar. Thiam was on European record pace overnight and she was still ahead of European record pace after opening her second day with a national record of 6.67m in the long jump. However she injured her elbow in the javelin and could only manage 47.25m before sitting out her last attempt. She finished her day with a 2:20.46 clocking in the 800m to eclipse Katarina Johnson-Thompson's world lead by six points. Xenia Krizsan was second with a Hungarian record of 6619 points and Latvia's Laura Ikauniece continued her excellent form on her return from injury, finishing third with 6518 points. France's European indoor pentathlon bronze medallist Solene Ndama was fourth with a lifetime best of 6290 points. In the decathlon, Canada's Pierce LePage improved his lifetime best from 8171 to 8453 points to win the decathlon (14.40 110m hurdles, 44.46m discus, 5.25m pole vault, 55.22m javelin and 4:59.76 1500m) from Zach Ziemek from the United States (8344 points) and Belgium's Thomas van der Plaetsen whose score of 8214 points was his best since the 2016 Olympics. Competing in selected events, Kevin Mayer was first in the 110m hurdles (13.90) and discus (50.15m) and also cleared 5.05m in the pole vault.

The long runs over the summer build not only strength, but also endurance. They also build confidence. The summer after my junior year in college, I did five hilly runs a week, building up my mileage, my endurance and my confidence.

I ran in a park in South San Jose, Almaden Quick Silver Park. There was a 5.8 mile loop, and a 13 and 15 mile loop. The trails were hot, hilly and difficult. At the beginning of the summer, I would have to stop a couple of times. By the end of the summer, I could do the 15 mile loop under two hours. That fall, I won my first race, after about 400 races.

IMG_5275.jpgEnjoy the long run, photo by PhotoRun.net

Long runs also allowed me to consider, to discern the week before.

Run in the present.

Sunday, June 23, 2019: 60-65 minutes.

830x532_kevin-mayer-nafissatou-thiam-tres-attendus-lors-edition-2019.jpgKevin Mayer, Nafissattou Thiams, Decastar 2019

The Decastar is one of those events where multi eventers go to get a big score, be treated well and enjoy the intimacy of fans who get the decathlon and heptathlon. Kevin Mayer is watching his knee and competing in six events. Nafi Thiam cleared 2.02m on day 1 and leads by 293 points.

LONDON (GBR): The world's best female pole vaulters will go head-to-head in a pre-world championship showdown at the Müller Anniversary Games, in the London Stadium on 20-21 July. Katerina Stefanidi against Sandi Morris, Yarisley Silva, Anzhelika Sidorova. Also Eliza McCartney, Robeilys Peinado, Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou, Alysha Newman and Angelica Bengtsson along home star Holly Bradshaw.

LAUSANNE (SUI): With two weeks to go until the 2019 edition of Athletissima, the organisers have unveiled some more big names coming to Lausanne to light up the stadium on Friday, 5 July. There will be no less than 49 Olympic and World medallists, 28 European medallists, and a total of 46 athletes currently ranked in the top 3 of the world rankings. Leading the star-studded line-up, the Russian, Mariya Lasitskene after her 206 in Ostrava. In the 100 m, the duel between old and young, with the veterans Justin Gatlin (USA, 37 years) and Michael Rodgers (USA, 34 years), against the new generation represented by Filippo Tortu (ITA, 21 years). In the 200m, the line-up is as promising, with the presence of last year's winner, the American, Noah Lyles, nearly 22 years old and also representing this new generation of sprinters with a bright future. He will be racing against several others: the Canadian, Andre de Grasse, who won last night in Ostrava; the current World and European Champion, the Turk, Ramil Guliyev; the Frenchman, Christophe Lemaître; and last but not least, the Swiss star, Alex Wilson, who finished third in the European Championships. In the 800m, the world's best will be present, notably the Canadian, Brandon McBride, with a world season third best performance in 2019, and the Kenyans Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir. In a race that is shaping up to be fast, the current European Champion from Poland, Adam Kszczot, will also be looking for success.

Well, the Jamaican Trials showed the world that the Jamaican women are back! Amazing 100m and 200m perfomances.

Saturday is an easy day, enjoy the trails.

IMG_5330.jpgHave fun on the run, photo by NAZ Elite

Recovery week 1

Saturday, June 22, 2019 is day off.

Easy running week 1

Saturday, June 22, 2019: warm up, 45 minutes, on trails, cooldown

The Women's 100m at Pre is always exciting. This year, well everyone is there!

Rojas_YulimarPort-Monaco17.jpgYulimar Rojas, photo by PhotoRun.net

2 World leads Rojas 15.06 and Caballero 69.20

HUELVA (ESP, Jun 20): The Meeting Iberoamericano in Huelva was highlighted by two world leading performances. World champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela went out to a world lead and lifetime best of 15.06m in the triple jump and Cuba's Denia Caballero extended her world lead to 69.20m in the discus ahead of teammate Yaime Perez (67.27m) and Brazil's Andressa De Morais (63.90m). There were also good quality Cuban wins for Roxana Gomez in the 400m in 52.37 and for Zurian Hechavarria who won the 400m hurdles in 55.40 from Vera Rudakova in 55.82. Also on the track, European indoor champion Alvaro de Arriba scored a home win in the 800m in 1:46.28 ahead of Poland's Mateusz Borkowski (1:46.52) and Adel Mechaal won the 1500m in 3:38.69 ahead of Spanish teammate Kevin Lopez in 3:39.09. Other top marks came from Eritrea's Yemane Haileselassie (8:23.06) and Kenya's Daisy Jepkemei (9:29.46) in the 3000m steeplechase, Uganda's Esther Chebet in the 1500m in 4:07.26 and Ethiopia's Tadese Worku in the 5000m in 13:27.59 while the track programme concluded with Laura Garcia-Caro winning the 5000m race walk in 22:30.29. Also on the in-field, Greece's Michail Anastasakis won the hammer with 74.44m and Germany's Sara Gambetta won the shot put with 18.40m.

Caballero_DeniaW-Oslo17.jpgDenia Cabellero, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Golden Spike is one of the gems of European athletics. Usain Bolt raced there for years, so did Mo Farah. Shauna Miller-Uibo and many Pure Athletics athletes, under the coaching of Lance Brauman, have raced there.

This year, we see a WB by Shaunae Miller-Uibo, we see Andre De Grasse take second in the 100m and win the 200m. And Sam Kendricks wins a sixth PV in DL leading 5.93m.

The season is on!

Shaunae Miller-Uibo set a WB in the 300m in 34.41, confirming both the comments of her coach, Lance Brauman and herself on her level of fitness. Kirt Magnus threw 90.34m and Maria Lasitskene leaped 2.06m, her PB, and highest jump since 2017. The Ostrava Golden Spike shows once again why it may be the most under rated event in Europe.

The summer is beginning. The summer is about getting the mileage in for fall cross country.

Version 3-thumb-500xauto-42017.jpgA clean pair of heels, photo by PhotoRun.net

Recovery week 1

Friday, June 21, 2019 is a day off. Go see a movie.

Easy running week 1

Friday, June 21, 2019: warrm up, easy 30 minutes, cooldown

Thiam_NafissatouPort-IAAFgala18.jpgNafissitou Thiam, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mayer_KevinPort-IAAFgala18.jpgKevin Mayer, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thiam and Meyer
TALENCE (FRA): World champions Nafissatou Thiam and Kevin Mayer will make their combined events debut this weekend at the Talence Decastar (IAAF CE Challenge). Thiam is part of an excellent heptathlon line-up which also includes world bronze medallist Anouk Vetter, world indoor pentathlon bronze medallist Yorgelis Rodriguez and former world bronze medallist Laura Ikauniece from Latvia who finished second in Gotzis in May. European indoor pentathlon bronze medallist Solene Ndama contests her first heptathlon of the season and former two-time European champion Antoniette Nana Djimou returns from injury. On the men's side, Kevin Mayer returns to the site of his world record which he set last September. Mayer is joined by European bronze medallist Vitaliy Zhuk from Belarus, Belgium's former European champion Thomas Van Der Plaetsen and former European indoor champion Ilya Shkurenyov.

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Grant Fisher, a 22-year-old graduate of Stanford University, who will embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Fisher has been one of the standout distance runners in the NCAA in recent years, a 12-time All American who became NCAA 5,000m champion in 2017 while still a sophomore.

A native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, he has been touted as a future star ever since his high school days, when he combined soccer with running - achieving great success in both. In 2015 he became the seventh U.S. high school athlete in history to break four minutes for the mile, and since enrolling at Stanford his star has only ascended.

In his freshman year, having just turned 19, he finished sixth in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 13:30.13. He claimed victory the following year with a devastating kick, then in 2018 he was runner-up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Verona, Wisconsin.

In 2019 he got even better, lowering his 1500m best to 3:39.60 at the Payton Jordan Invitational and his 5,000m best to 13:29.52. During the indoor season Fisher broke the collegiate record for 3,000m, clocking 7:42.62 to eclipse Galen Rupp's previous mark. Later in the year, in what was his final race as a collegiate athlete, Fisher came up just short of reclaiming his 5,000m title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Texas, finishing a close runner-up to Morgan McDonald in 14:06.63.

He will now embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club, based in Portland, Oregon, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher and train with many of the world's best middle and long-distance runners.

We at Kimbia Athletics are delighted to welcome Fisher to the team and we look forward to representing him in what we're confident will be a highly successful professional career.

Manangoi_ElijahFH-WorCH17.jpgElijah Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ten Days until the Nike Pre Classic, which will be held for one year only at Stanford's facility in Palo Alto, California.

How do I describe the Pre Classic?

Let's try this?

The meet has given fans a chance to see European style athletics meetings in the Pacific Northwest since 1975. Nike has supported the meet since 1984, and as part of that support, has supplied many of the finest Nike athletes to meet director, Tom Jordan. The Pre Classic has one fine race after another, for nearly three hours.

The Bowerman Mile is the deepest mile race of the year, bar none. There will be milers who can run 3:52 in the International mile! It is insane! The International mile will have 8-10 under 4 minutes and then the Bowerman mile will have 14-15!

The race is named in honor of the late Bill Bowerman, sage, coach, shoe tinkerer, and co-founder of Nike (formerly Blue Ribbon Sports) with one his former athletes, a 4:08 miler named Phil Knight.

The mile is a special event, 4 laps of the track, and an event with much tradition.

Let us see what happens in two weeks.

Semenya-Wilson-Niyonsaba-WorCH17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

Semenya in the 800 m
EUGENE (USA): Caster Semenya has been added to the 800m line-up for the Prefontaine Classic which takes place in Stanford on 30 June, informs Super Sport. Semenya had initially entered the 3000m but requested to move to her specialist discipline after the Swiss Federal Tribunal suspended the IAAF classification ruling. "Caster's representation requested that she be removed from the 3000m to the 800m and we are happy to comply. Indications are she will be going for a fast time," said meeting director Tom Jordan.

The saga continues.. | @adidasrunning #HereToCreate #Living3StripesLife #WonderBoy🌹 pic.twitter.com/GuGXG1rUmB

-- S. Grant Holloway (@Flaamingoo_) June 14, 2019

The summer is just beginning. Enjoy watching the big meets like adidas Boost Boston, Rome DL and the Nike Pre Classic. Give yourself a mental break as well from running. Read Once a Runner, A Clean Pair of Heels and perhaps, the first four minutes.

Stock up on Netflix shows ( I have liked Occupied, Good Omens and Wallander). Do something different.

Recovery week 1

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, is a day off.

IMG_2688.jpgEnjoy the run, photo by NAZ Elite

Easy running week 1

Wednesday, June 19, 2019: warm up, 40 minute easy run, try the roads, cooldown

Kerley_FredFH-Rome18.jpgFred Kerley, photo by PhotoRun.net

Benjamin_RaiR-Rome19.jpgRai Benjamin, photo by PhotoRun.net

This 400m will be a fast one. Benjamin is ready and so is Kerley. June 30 at Palo Alto! Be there!

One of the hottest events this summer has been the women's 1,500m. Big races with Laura Muir and Genzebe Dibaba in Oslo, and Genzebe Dibaba leading seven under 4 minutes, including Jenny Simpson for the 10th time.

All but Dibaba in the Pre 1,500m, including Olympic and London champ Faith Kipyegon! This race will be amazing!

Kipyegon_FaithFH1b-London17.jpgLondon 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Asher_DinaR-Stockholm19.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_ElaineR-Rome19.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers_DafnePort1-Stockholm19.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

The top sprinters in the world will be in the 200m on June 30 in Palo Alto. The women's 200m is always hot! Check out this one!

Theis is the first week of the Recovery time. Enjoy the week and the break. If you have had your recovery week, then, we are getting you a couple of weeks for early summer mileage.

Crawford_GrahamFH-Martinez19.jpgGraham Crawford, photo by NAZ Elite

Recovery week 1

Tuesday is 45 minute easy run.

Easy running week 1

Tuesday, June 18, 2019: warm up, trail run, find some hills (3-4), 45 minutes, cooldown

Samba_Abderrahman-Stockholm18.jpgAbderrahman Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Benjamin_RaiR-Rome19.jpgRai Benjamin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir writes on the excitement of the 400m hurdles this season, especially after the opening of Karston Warholm this past week. With three men under 47.60 so far, how fast will they go?

Warholm_Karsten-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

The sixth event on the Diamond League circuit in 2019 was a fine event. And the strange thing is, that the time for big performances is still three plus months away.The discus and 1,500m are getting hot!

The building has started, and in the next six weeks, championships will abound. Next DL is Pre Classic, which happens June 30.

Echevarria_Juan-Stockholm19.jpgJuan Luis Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on Rabat DL and noted the 800ms, the 1,500ms and of course, the steeplechase! Kenya has owned this event for years. Justin is a bit worried about that!

Kendricks_Sam-Pre18.jpgSam Kendricks, Oslo DL Champ, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kendricks-Duplantis-Stockholm18.jpgKendricks and Duplantis, Stockholm 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

The pole vault is one of the most enduring of athletic brotherhoods. Stuart Weir uses this topic as his last article on the Bislett Games in 2019. We will catch up with Stuart in early July in Switzerland.

The sixth stop on the 2019 Diamond League tour is the Rabat DL. As the DL gets into the season, big performances are being seen and Rabat was the one to watch! In the discus, Fedrick Dacres had to appeal his 3rd throw. The throw was reinstated and it was excellent, 70.78 meters! That gave Dacres the World Lead, Diamond League and Meet Record.

In the women's 1,500m, Sifan Hassan was caught by Genzebe Dibaba as Dibaba took the win in WL, MR of 3:55.47 to Hasan's 3:55.93 NR/PB!

Rabat 2019 .jpgRabat DL, June 16, 2019, photo by Diamond League

The season is over. The next two weeks are about giving you mind, your feet and other body parts a break. Light stuff. If you already had recovery, we will begin two weeks of easy running.


IMG_5000.jpgEnjoy the solitary time of an early run, photo by NAZ Elite

Monday, June 17, 2019

Recovery week 1

Monday is a day off.

Easy running week 1

Monday: warm up, an easy 45 minute run in a park, cooldown

The long run is one of your most important workouts in your training arsenal. Build up your long run over the summer.

IMG_4945.jpgAn early long run, photo by NAZ Elite

Championship Week 2, Day 7

Sunday, June 16, 2019: Long run.

Recovery Week 2, Day 7

Sunday, June 16, 2019: day off

I love the Brooks PR Invitational. When the meet began as an indoor event, it was loads of fun, and now, as an outdoor event, and now adding some elite events, it stands out in a busy part of the year.

Big elite 1,500, with Josh Kerr, Scottish star, who ran 3:33.60, leading 13 under 3:41.74. On the women's side, Katie Mackey ran 4:05.97, leading 8 under 4r:16.71.

In the high school events, Cole Sprout lead a huge 2 mile in 8:46.41 and Erika Vanderlinde took the girls' 2 mile in 9:53.00, leading 3 under 10 minutes.

To see the entire results, please go to Carles Baronet's Track in Sun: https://trackinsun.blogspot.com/2019/06/seattle-wa-united-states-1562019-brooks.html

Kerr_Josh-FalmouthM18.jpgJosh Kerr, photo by PhotoRun.net

Motion-Stockholm19.jpgThe battle of 25 laps, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ten runners sub 28
NIJMEGEN (NED, Jun 15): Ten athletes ducked under the 28 minute-barrier for 10,000m at the Next Generation Athletics Meeting in Nijmegen. Tesfahun Akalnew and Haftu Teklu took an Ethiopian one-two in 27:30.24 and 27:30.88 with USA's Kirubel Erassa (27:32.89) and Kenya's Erick Kiptanui (27:33.42) third and fourth respectively. There was also a high quality 5000m with Ethiopia's Tsehay Gemechu winning in 14:59.79 ahead of Ugandans Sarah Chelangat (15:00.61) and Stella Chesang (15:06.00). Elsewhere, Uganda's Ronald Musagala won the 1500m in 3:35.81 ahead of Kenya's former world U20 champion Kumari Taki (3:36.05), European indoor 400m bronze medallist Tony van Diepen stepped up in distance to win the 800m in 1:46.90 and Australia's Carley Thomas won the women's equivalent in 2:02.85.

To see the full results, go to Carles Baronet's Track & Sun: https://trackinsun.blogspot.com/2019/06/nijmegen-netherlands-1562019-next.html

In 2016, the Mo & Larry Show began, as we did daily commentaries in Rio with Maurice Greene, the man who ruled the sprints in 1997-2001 and took his last medals in Athens 2004. An amazing sprinter, a consumate competitor, Maurice now coaches and has done work for Eurosport. Through the support of adidas, we have been able to work with Maurice in 2016 Rio and 2017 London. We are looking forward to checking in with one of our global favorites in Doha 2019.

IMG_5404.JPGThe author with the Sprint deity, Maurice Greene, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

We caught up with Maurice Greene, who is a brand ambassador for adidas, at the adidas Boost Boston Games presser on 14 June. Maurice expressed his concern, as coach, former athlete, on the length of the 2019 season. One should also note that the 2019 season will have huge repercussions on the Tokyo 2020 experience as well.

So, my thing about Maurice: he knew how to race, and he knew how to get under an athlete's skin. Sprint racing is outright warfare. It is jousting with blocks and sprint spikes. One guy wins. And Maurice knew that.

So, enjoy Maurice Greene's comments with RunBlogRun, and know that you can find him at runblogrun.com for his past commentary!

Shaunae Millerr-Uibo may be the most physically talented woman athlete that I have ever met. I believe she is up there with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Carolina Kluft.

We caught up at the presser for the adidas Boost Boston Games. Always smiling, and also a kean observer of all things around her, we will see Shaunae Miller Uibo, aka @hey_itsshaunae on social media focus on one event in Doha 2019.


Shaunae Miller-Uibo and her friends, photo by PhotoRun.net

With 2 races at 400m so far in 2019, she has run 49.04 and 49.54. I would be shocked as would others if she does not run 48.3-48.4 this year. I always have fun interviewing Shaunae because she has something to say. One of the class acts in our sport.

Oh, and one more thing: when her coach, Lance Brauman, someone not accustomed to hyperbole tells you that she will be running fast over 400m this year, and then, does the content coach smile thing, I put a note down in my notebook.

Miller_ShaunaeFHL-BosOut18.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, enjoy our six minutes with Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who we gave 8 questions that were had not prepared prior to the event. This was in honor of Australian writer Brian Lenton, who would never prepare questrions, but did show up with a six pack of an adult beverage. We did not any beverages, but there was humorous moments. We hope that you enjoy this interview with Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Ajee' Wilson is one of our most important American middle distance runners. She has fought the 800m global wars. She is a fierce competitor, who takes the lead and is not afraid of a good fight. Thoughtful, and someone who carefully chooses her words, Ajee' Wilson has told @runblogrun of how much she has enjoyed conversations with Caster Semenya, the athlete embroiled in a global court battle with the IAAF.

Wilson_AjeeFH1-Stockholm19.jpgAjee' Wilson, Bauhaus Stockholm 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ajee' Wilson is relaxed and light with media. She understands that is part of her life as a global athletic star, being sponsored by adidas. I told Ajee' that this one would be fun, and promised 8 questions that she had not had before. I think we did just that. Ajee' Wilson will be racing the 600 meters on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the adidas Boost Boston Games on Boylston street.

So, enjoy our six minutes with Ajee' Wilson, who we gave 8 questions that were had not prepared prior to the event. This was in honor of Australian writer Brian Lenton, who would never prepare questrions, but did show up with a six pack of an adult beverage. We did not any beverages, but there was humorous moments. We hope that you enjoy this interview with Ajee' Wilson.

Noah Lyles may save the sport. No pressure, Noah. Energetic, humorous and someone who genuinely loves his profession, Noah Lyles may be the most important 100m/200m athlete of his generation. Not only is he possessed of great speed, and a huge work ethic, the guy loves to speak with the media, and enjoys the press conference protocals.

Today, for example, as Noah was warming up on the temp track for the adidas Boost Boston Games, some young kids were taking pictures. He stood up, smiling and said, " Okay, $5 for the photo. We accept credit cards." The kids looked over, saw he was smiling, and then, got the joke.

Lyles_NoahR1-Monaco18.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, enjoy our six minutes with Noah Lyles, who we gave 8 questions that were had not prepared prior to the event. This was in honor of Australian writer Brian Lenton, who would never prepare questrions, but did show up with a six pack of an adult beverage. We did not any beverages, but there was humorous moments. We hope that you enjoy this interview with Noah Lyles.

Andrews_RobbyFHR-USOut17.jpgRobby Andrews, photo by PhotoRun.net

Robby Andrews is the 2017 US Champion at 1,500 meters, a fine athlete, and one of our most talented American middle distance runners. Robby spoke with @runblogrun at the 2019 adidas Boost Boston presser. Robby Andrews is recovering from Lyme disease. He has good days and bad days. He recently ran a 1:54 for 800m at the Adrian Martinez Classic. He told Let's Run that there is no excuse for a 1:54. 800 meters.

So, enjoy our six minutes with Robby Andrews, who we gave 8 questions that were had not prepared prior to the event. This was in honor of Australian writer Brian Lenton, who would never prepare questrions, but did show up with a six pack of an adult beverage. We did not any beverages, but there was humorous moments. We hope that you enjoy this interview.

McLeod_OmarFV-PreC17.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shubenkov_SergeyR-Rome19.jpgSergey Shubenkov, photo by PhotoRun.net

Manyonga_LuvoPort1-Stockholm18.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by PhotoRun.net

Echevarria_JuanPort1-Stockholm19.jpgJuan Luis Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Rabat Diamond League is being held tomorrow on 16 June 2019. It will have some superb events, check out the event by event previews.

The end of the season is a physical, psychological, and social happening. Your season needs to end, and you need to take a break to get the system working. In high school, and college, finishing with a good race, you begin the next season with a positive stance.

Enjoy your race!

Ellison_SamFH-Martinez19.jpgThe 800m, 2019 Adrian Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Champs week 2

Saturday, June 15, 2019: warm up, race, cooldown

Recovery week 2

Saturday, week 2

Day off!

The Adrian Martinez Classic is one of those true gems of New England meets that one must, if humanly possible, attend. It has the feel of some of the small European events that one might attend, and the friendliness of the meet organizers, fields, and the legacy of the young man whose life is celebrated makes this a very special event.

Held at the Emerson Play ground in Concord, MA, the meet features neighborhood events, plus HIgh performance 800m, Mile, 5000m. It was begun to the celebrate the life of Adrian Martinez, a young man who was dearly loved, enjoyed running the mile and playing soccer, and who succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest. The meet is held in his honor, to raise scholarships for Concord High School and celebrate the sport.

I missed the event in 2018 with heart surgery and this year, due to weather. Hope to see you all there in 2019.

Baker_OliviaFH-Martinez19.jpgOlivia Baker, heat 1, HP 800m, photo by Kevin Morris

The Bislett Games is one of the most iconic of summer athletic meetings. The ghosts of Ron Clarke are there, among others, as the Scandanvian crowds willed the athletes into stellar performances. And, quite frankly, it has not changed.

Christian Coleman got out early and blasted a 9.85. Sydney McLaughlin overcame a deadly first hit on a hurdle and willed herself into winning from Olympic champion Daliah Muhammed and a tough field. Karsten Warholm has now made the race for 400m hurdle gold a 3 way event in Doha. Sam Kendricks shows that his fitness and, most importantly his competitiveness is all about the 5.91 meters. And Maria Lasitskene shows the 2.01 meters is just a step on the way to the European record, and dare shall we say, higher?

And, in the women's steeplechase, a huge upset!

The complete results are below:

The women's steeplechase was a fast one in Oslo. For the first time, fifteen women went under nine minutes and 35 seconds. Thanks to Jon Mulkeen, one of our sport's most prominent statisticians, for that.

Stuart Weir wrote this piece, his third, on Oslo on the steeplechase and its former meet record holder.

As we move over the next 4 months, on the way to Doha, the endurance of the athletes will come in for some observation. I was speaking with Maurice Greene, a man who won medals in 2 Olympics and 3 World Championships. Maurice noted that such a long season requires much self control. Justin Lagat writes about the distance events from Oslo. Who of these athletes will we see taking medals in Doha?

Barega_Selemon-Rome19.jpgSelemon Barega, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir reminds us that we can learn much from the women's 400m hurdles and 100m hurdles races at the Bislett Games...

Warholm_Karsten-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Warholm_KarstenR-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Oslo Bislett Games lived up to the hype, once again. The Bislett Games shows the excitement of a Scandinavian athletics meeting and how amazing the sport can be!

It is in the early Summer that we end our season. The weather is warm and humid and time for tactical races, unless you have an exceptionally cool evening, and the pace is right.

Crawford_GrahamFH-Martinez19.jpgGraham Crawford, Adrian Martinez Classic 2019, photo by Kevin Morris

Enjoy the end of the season.

Championship week 2, Day 5

Friday, June 14, 2019: warm up, 30 minute run, 8 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

Recovery Week 2, Day 5

Friday, June 14, 2019: Take the Day off!

20190613_181152.jpg2019 Oslo Bislett Games, 13 June 2019, photo by Stuart Weir

The Oslo Bislett Games is one of the oldest and most enduring events on the Diamond League tour. It lived up to its hype and the fans, sold out two weeks before, were entertained in track & field and field & track. Here's the deep thoughts by Stuart Weir.

An afternoon of fast 200 meter repeats is fun, so warm up and cool down.

WomanLeaders-NyMini19.JPGStephanie Bruce, photo by PhotoRun.net

Championships Week 2, day 4

Thursday, June 13, 2019: warm up, 6 x 200m, 800m pace, 30 minute jog, cooldown

Recovery Week 2, day 4

Thursday, June 13, 2019: easy 30-45 minute run

The easy day for Wednesday is part of the program. Keep it relaxed.

Bruce_Stephanie-NyMini19.JPGStephanie Bruce,photo by PhotoRun.net

Championships Week 2, Day 3

Wednesday, June 13, 2019; warm up, 45 minutes, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

Recovery Week 2, Day 3

It was going to happen. Especially after Mondo won the European Athletics Outdoor Championships last summer in Berlin. He cleared 6.00 meters and 6.05 meters in that Championships.

Here's the truth, as I see it.

Mondo Duplantis is a special young man. Like his brother, Antoine, he is a most talented athlete. Both were nurtured at home, and alllowed to develop naturally. In 2016, when I observed Mondo at the Pre Classic, I spent some time meeting his father, his mother and his family friends. It was obvious that this young man was special, and that his talents come once in a generation. I also watched how Sam Kendricks and especially Renaud Lavillenie spoke to him, and assisted him.

Don't misunderstand me. Mondo Duplantis is European champion, and he is also a young adult, who will have to deal with the accolades given to a sports genius. Duplantis is like Lavillenie and Bubka. The difference, this young man could be around for three or four Olympics.

And now, PUMA, the brand that got Usain Bolt, has signed Mondo Duplantis. How will they use him? They did not seem to have a plan when using Usain Bolt.

In Europe, Mondo Duplantis , is a rock star. In Sweden, he is huge, and he has been quite popular in the US.

What will all of this mean?

Good things for the sport of athletics.

With Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, Micheal Norman, Aleia Hobbs, Sydney McLaughlin, Mondo Duplantis gives us a future generation of new amazing stars and that does not even include Grant Holloway....

Kirt, Dacres, Rodgers beat Gatlin

TURKU (FIN, Jun 11): At the 57th Paavo Nurmi Games (IAAF World Challenge), Estonia's Magnus Kirt extended his win streak with victory in the javelin with 88.32m in the fourth round to beat the last two Olympic champions Thomas Rohler from Germany (86.33m) and Trinidad & Tobago's Keshorn Walcott (86.09m) with Oliver Helander the best of the Finns in fourth with a season's best of 84.84m. The top eight throwers all surpassed the 81m line. However, Daniel Stahl suffered his first defeat of the season after fouling out in the men's discus which was won by Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres with 66.74m (also throws of 66.63m, 66.18m) with Olympic champion Christoph Harting improving to his season's best to 66.01m to finish second ahead of Poland's Piotr Malachowski (65.99m) and Norway's Ola Stunes Isene (65.75m). China's Zhu Yaming recorded a wind-aided 17.36m to win the triple jump along with a wind legal 17.21m - just two centimetres off his lifetime best - while Bulgaria's Gabriela Petrova was the only jumper to surpass 14 metres in the women's triple jump, her best effort of 14.29 (+2.6, legal 14.22) coming in the third round. Chase Ealey from the United States won the shot put with 19.38m from Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd (19.03m) and Canada's Alysha Newman cleared 4.62m to win the pole vault with Jenn Suhr a non-starter with reported injury. On the track, Mike Rodgers defeated Justin Gatlin in the 100m - 10.00 to 10.01 - and Christina Clemons won the 100m hurdles in 12.85 after a season's best of 12.58 in the heats. Brazil's Eduardo De Deus edged out Italy's Hassane Fofana in the 110m hurdles - 13.42 to 13.44 - and Canada's Crystal Emmanuel won the women's 100m in 11.19. Andy Bayer took a rare US win in the 3000m steeplechase in 8:18.29 from Kenya's Nicholas Bett (8:21.20) with Finn Topi Raitanen third in a 8:21.47 PB and Kenya's Cornelius Tuwei won the men's 800m in 1:46.37. There was also a notable result in the women's 1500m as Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo won in 4:06.21 ahead of Ethiopia's Fantu Taye (4:06.27) and Belarus' Darya Baryasevich (4:06.50) to break Francie Larrieu's track record which dates back to 1976. Anita Wlodarczyk ruled in women hammer with Finnish All-comers record 75.61. Ella Junilla jumped national record 194 in the pre-programme.

The Paavo Nurmi meet has been revitlized over the past few years and 2019 kicked butt! Great rivaltries and an enthused crowd!

The meet had some amazing perfomances. Mike Rodgers battled Justin Gatlin and won 10.00-10.01. In the steeplechase, Andy Beyer won in 8:18.29. The javelin was won by Kirt Magus in 88.32m.

On the women's side, the big performances were the 100m hurdles in 12.58, 12.85 by Christina Clemons, in the shot put in Chase Easley, 19.38m, and Anita Wlodarczyk, hammer throw, 75.61m.

image2.jpegNew Book by Roger Robinson

roger and Katrine.jpegKatherine Switzer, Jeff Benjamin and Roger Robinson

The IWC Challenge was won by Norway's Martin Roe, who scored 8,037 in the heptathlon. Verena Preiner of Austria, who scorred, 6,472 in the heptathlon. Complete results, courtesy of IAAF Meeting Results.

preiner.jpgBig score by Verena Preiner in Arona with 6,472, photo by Facebook

martin roe.jpgMartin Roe, won the Arona Decathlon with 8,037, photo by European Athletics/Getty Images

We did not give the Hypo Meeting 2019 the respect it deserves. Damian Warrner scored a WL 8,711 and Katrina Johnson-Thompson scored a WL 6,813. Can not wait to see these two in Doha in September!

The FBK Games is one of those wonderfully intimate events that can give you a taste of the Netherlands, and of sport in Northern Europe. It has been around for decades, and has had some amazing perforrmances. This year was no different.

Telehun Bekele showed his amazing talent with a second sub 13 minute 5000m in five nights! Sam Kendricks showed his PV fitness with a WL of 5.91m. Luvo Manyonga gets 2019 moving with his 8.35m leap in Hengelo. Dafne Schippers delighted the fans with her 11.06 win in the 100m. In a deep women's 5000m, Margaret Chepkemboi took the WL in 14:37.22 over Sifan Hassan's EL in 14:38.54 (Sifan's ER is 14:22.34 from 2018)! Eilish McColgan scored PB in 14:47.94. Oh, and congrats to Kim Conley, who got back on the PB wagon with a fine 15:05.20 in Hengelo!

The two mile is a classic distance. It was a big distance in the sport until the 1970s, and then, it went away. I was lucky enough to see Kenenisa Bekele run the 2 mile in Birmingham Indoor, and it was wondrous. Same with Mo Farah.

The Pre Classic is bringing it back, for the 3rd time in about a decade, and it should be, a sizzling race!

The track at Stanford will be cool and fast, on 30 June. Will you be there? @runblogrun will!

The PreClassic, from 1975 to now, was the closest that most Americans had to seeing a world Class European athletics meet. Nike gave Tom Jordan many of the finest athletes in the world. It is a point of pride at Nike and is the way I would view the health of athletics in Beaverton.


Selemon Barega, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, in the champ weeks, I used to do them even when I did not make a championship meet. My idea was to find a couple of race, 5k, 10k, 2 mile and see what I could do.

Bruce_StephanieFL-NyMini19.JPGStephanie Bruce, 2nd, USATF 10k road champs, photo by PhotoRun/NYRR

Stephanie Bruce races 5k to the marathon, and she has scored PBs indoor/outdoor 5ks, 10 miles, marathon plus fast 10,000m and 10ks. She is relentless.

In my second senior year in college, I did the workouts noted this week and improved from 32:40 to 31:08 on same course, in one year. I ended my season then on a high note.

Champs Week 2, Day 2

Tuesday, June 11, 2019: warm up, 4x400m, mile pace, 400 m jog, 30 minute jog, cooldown

Recovery Week 2, Day 2

Tuesday, June 11, 2019: 30-45 minute run, trails

Justin Lagat sent us this piece on his hopes for the Oslo Bislett Games, coming this Thursday, June 13, 2019. Some exciting races, plus great Scandinavian weather, and a sold out crowd could equal some exceptional races. Check out our twitter site with some of the social media fun that is coming out of Oslo.

Motion-Stockholm19.jpgMotion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce is back, and just two weeks before the Jamaican Champs! Catch the entire race below! With Shelly Ann running 10.88 and Elaine Thompson's June 6 100m in 10.89. The 100 meters for women is getting interesting.

Mondays are, well, the start of weeks. I try to keep the the workouts relaxed. Enjoy the day!

IMG_5000.jpgA solitary run is sometimes a good thing, photo by NAZ Elite

Championship Weeks 2

Monday, June 10, 2019: warm up, 30 minute run, 8 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Recovery Weeks 2

Monday, June 10, 2019 : day off

The Rome DL had some exciting races. Justin Lagat wrote this piece on his favorite distance races from the Stadio Olimpico Roma. Justin Lagat writes a weekly column for RunBlogRun with A view of Kenya.

Bekele_TelahunR-Rome19.jpgTilahun Bekele takes the Rome 5000m! photo by PhotoRun.net

Sha'Carrie Richardson kept the excitement going on the 4th day, with her wins in the 100 meters and 200 meters were unique. John Mulkeen, aka @statman_jon,noted that her performances were, well historic!

The IAAF, in a press release, introduced its new name and logo. The video below, and the press release below are the newest release on an amazing rebranding, the first after 107 years.

What does it mean? Too early to tell. Obviously, much money was spent on the branding study and managing the design. Truth is, the communication is aimed at the consumer, and media and potential sponsors.

Read the release, check out both of the videos, and take it all in.

The new logo of IAAF (short film)

7b2ac6ff-ae6f-4f0a-868d-2bc9b1b7e50a.jpgJon Ridgeon, new CEO, Seb Coe, IAAF President, IAAF Council Meeting, 9 June 2019, photo by Phillipe Fitte/IAAF

The release below is on the meetings of IAAF Council. Lots to discuss, the RUSAF status, Eugene 2021 and Nairobi...

In his final column after Rome, Stuart Weir considers the women stars of the 100 meter field, as they build for the 2019 Doha World Champs.....

Thompson_ElaineFHL-Rome19.jpgElaine Thompson battles Dina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

TOM1-1.pngThe HOKA ONE ONE Coaches Corner is one of our most popular features. The questions are common sense, many from coaches to me in emails, or conversations. Thanks to Franks Gagliano, Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann at HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. Thanks to Mike McMannus of HOKA ONE ONE Sports Marketing and Lee Cox, HOKA ONE ONE Global Sales & Management for their support. Finally, thanks to The Shoe Addicts on shooting, editing and producing the series.

Nageotte_KatieR-Rome19.jpgKatie Nageotte, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the pole vault and the technical nature of the event. Stuart also enjoys the athletes who compete in the vault and how they compete with each other.

The Long Run is a great day to put all in perspective. At the end of cross country, I would always find a nice long run and consider my season, thinking about the good points and ones I needed to improve on.

IMG_5334.jpgThe long run, photo by NAZ Elite

Champ Week 1 and Recovery Week 1

Sunday, June 9, 2019 : Long run, 60-75 minutes

Oduduru 9.86/19.73, Holloway 12.98
AUSTIN (USA, Jun 7): Divine Oduduru achieved the second fastest ever single-day 100m-200m double. He clocked 9.86 PB (+0.8, equalled WL) and 19.73 NR (+0.8), the latter a meeting record, to win both events at the NCAA Championships. Cravon Gillespie with 9.93 PB and Hakim Sani-Brown with 9.97 NR for Japan were also below 10 seconds. Gillespie clocked 19.93 PB and Sani Brown 20.08 PB in the 200m as the top three were the same as the 100m. Grant Holloway broke the collegiate record as he retained his 110m hurdles title in 12.98 (+0.8) WL, moving to 18th on the world all-time list. In second, Daniel Roberts' 13.00 equalled the old mark and got a big PB. Earlier, with Raymond Ekevwo, Sani-Brown and Ryan Clark he helped Florida to 4x100m gold in a world lead 37.97. He finished with a 43.75 anchor in the 4x400m to take Florida to silvers 2:59.60 behind Texas A&M's 2:59.05 world lead (only US runners). JuVaughn Harrison, who won the long jump on Wednesday completed the double by taking the high jump with 2.27 PB (second Tejaswin Shankar from India also 227). Kahmari Montgomery won the 400m in 44.23, two hundredths ahead of Trevor Stewart 44.25 and Wil London 44.63 and fourth Jonathan Jones from Barbados 44.64 national record (for top two also PB´s). Quincy Hall topped the 400 m hurdles in 48.48 with Norman Grimes 48.71 ahead of Amare Lattin 48.72 as third, for all 3 PB´s. Bryce Hoppel won the 800m in 1:44.41 PB ahead of Devin Dixon 1:44.84 and Kenyan Festus Lagat 1:45.05 PB. Chengetayi Mapaya from Zimbabwe won the triple jump with a PB of 17.13 (+1.1) over Jamaican Jordan Scott 17.01 (+1.0). Estonian Johannes Erm scored 8352 national U23 record and second best by an European 2019. Other winners include, Yared Nuguse 3:41.39 in the 1500 m, Australian Morgan McDonald 14:06.01 in the 5000 m, steeple for Steven Fahy 8:38.46 and discus for Eric Kicinski 62.53.

Stuart Weir is one of my favorite human beings. Last year, when I had to deal with my heart deciding it needed tender love from UW hospital, Stuart hit the Diamond League, European Champs and many other places, writing over 150 pieces.

He loves the athletes, and our sport and that affection comes out in his writing

This is his comments on Rome's Stadio Olimpico, and the move to Milano in 2020 and 2021 as the Stadio gets a face lift.

P1080818.JPGStadio Olimpico, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuff happens.

When the results do not come out as all the media says it should, please do the following: 1. Blow into a paper bag, slowly. Repeat five times. 2. Think fun thoughts and go to your happy place. 3. Perhaps you should remember that Track & Field is not the WWF.


Jeff Benjamin, Carolyn Baker, Brian Baker ,Waterbury City Clerk Mike Dalton, Rod Dixon, Jim O'Rourke (YMCA), photo by Jeff Benjamin consortium
image2-2.jpegThe author, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, Rod Dixon, photo by Jeff Benjamin consortium
image3.jpegKIDS Marathon, photo by Jeff Benjamin consortium
One of the most important programs in the US is the KIDS Marathon. It is the brain child of one of my idols, Rod Dixon. Rod Dixon, like John Walker and Dick Quax, was part of this group of wonderfully colorful New Zealanders who were influenced by the most eccentric former milkman on the planet, the late Arthur Lydiard. Rod was world class from the 1,500m to the marathon. His 1983 win in NYC was masterful, and some of the finest Sports TV ever.
But Rod does good things, things even bigger than his Olympic medal, and that is bringing a new generation to our sport. Thanks to Saucony for helping Rod Dixon with this vision of his. And thanks to Jeff Benjamin, who has dealt with his publisher's eccentricities for almost 28 years.

When Bill Dellinger was in the US military, he spent time in Alaska and trained alone. He had a way of counting steps to do his intervals. How did he know he was running fast enough? Well, he made 3 Olympic teams and won and Olympic bronze medal. When the late Ron Daws needed hill workouts, he would run up and down stair cases, and when he needed heat training, he bundled up and sweated and sweated. He made one Olympic team. When Emil Zatopek neede to train and do laundry, he put the offending clothes in a bathtub and jogged on top of it for an hour. In 1952, he won the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon in the Olympics.

IMG_5141.jpgGood luck racing today! photo by NAZ Elite

One must innovate.

In racing, one must call upon the voices inside and take control. When I lead my first race as a junior in high school, I had never done it before. It felt good. I took the lead 3 or 4 times during the race, finally leading with 70 to go, only to get caught by two seniors. I ran my PB and also taught myself that I could challenge runners who were faster than me. This was kind of tough for a guy who had finished consistent last in his freshman and sophomore years.

Take a shot, challenge yourself this weekend!

Championship Week 1, Day 6

Saturday, warm up, race, do your very best, cooldown

Recovery Week 1, Day 6

take a day off!

Warholm_Karsten-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Samba_Abderrahman-Stockholm18.jpgAbderrahman Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 400m hurdles is one of the toughest events on the track. It has attracted some amazing athletes, who we shall see in Doha this fall. Opening against each other in 2019, in Oslo, will be the first duel in 2019 between Samb and Warholm.

Now in its fourth year, the adidas Boost Boston Games continues to evolve. The one day schedule for 2019 features events for fans of all ages. adidas is one of the most enduring supporters of global athletics. In the hometown of the BAA Boston Marathon, which adidas has sponsored for decades, in a city that is sports crazy, adidas partners with Global Athletics & Marketing to bring world class athetics to the Back Bay of Boston!

adidas will feature many of their finest stars, both established and new, in Boston on June 16! @runblogrun will be there, will you?

adidas boost games .jpgTori Bowie, Aleia Hobbs, Murielle Ahoure, photos : PhotoRun and Global Athletics

20190606_204420.jpgA jubliant Malaika Mihambo, with a blurred figure behind her, in the Mixed Zone, photo by Stuart Weir, 6 June 2019

Spanovic.JPGIvana Spanovic, in the Mixed Zone, photo by Stuart Weir, 6 June 2019

Stuart loves to write on the jumps....

Norman_MichaelFHL1-Rome19.jpgNoah Lyles versus Micheal Norman, 200m, with Norman's win, 19.70 WL/PB to 19.72, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Golden Gala Pietro Mennea Rome was held last night in Rome, Italy at Stadio Olimpico on 6 June 2019! Wonderful weather helped Rome deliver. Eight world leads, two meet records and 38,000 fans showcased our sport well. Here's the event by event review, plus a highlight You Tube video!

The Golden Gala Pietro Mennea is named in honor of one of the most colorful athletes in all of Italian sports. Mr. Mennea was a total rock star. With 3 Olympic medals (1972, 200m bronze, 1980, gold, 200m, 4x100m bronze), Pietro competed in five Olympics. His claim to fame was his 1979 WR at 200m, running 19.72 at the World University Games, breaking Tommie Smith's WR of 19.83 from 1968! Micheal Johnson finally broke Mennea's WR at the Olympic Trials in 1996. Pietro Mennea's 200m WR is still the European Record.

A rockstar? Consider this! In 1976, Mr. Mennea was not happy with his form, so he declined an Olympic position. The Italian sports fans would have nothing of that, so Pietro reconsidered his decision and he took 4th in the 200m and lead his team to a sixth in the 4x100m relay.

MENNEA_Pietro.jpgPietro Mennea, photo courtesy of FIDAL.it

To this viewer, Mennea had a blazing start, plus his turn in the 200m was amazing. Take a look at the 1980 Olympic 200m, and see how he took Alan Wells, the 100m champ, down in the final meters.

Pietro Mennea retired a few times. He retired in 1983, but came back and took a bronze in the 200m in Helsinki 1983, the inaugural World Championships. In 1984, Mennea made the 4th Olympic final at 200m, taking seventh in the final. No one had ever done that before. He un retired once again for his fifth Olympic team, in 1988, competing in the rounds of the 200m and carrying the flag for Italy.

This wonderfully colorful athletic character spent time as an agent, and politician. After many years of battling cancer, Pietro Mennea died on 21 March 2013.

One final tidbit. Pietro Mennea has a asteroid named after him, 73891 Pietromennea. This was done by the Minor Planet Center on 31 January 2018, (M.P.C. 108697).

The Golden Gala Pietro Mennea was a wonderful event in 2019! I was fortunate to go in 2010 and 2011 and loved the setting and how the young fans get into the meet!

Please find the complete results below!

Dibaba_GenzebeFH-Rome19.jpgGenzebe Dibaba won the 1,500m in 3:56.28, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dibaba_GenzebeR-Rome19.jpgGenzebe Dibaba has the lead in the 1,500m, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 1,500m was the deepest event of the year. Like the men's 5000m, global athletes are rounding into shape and that 3 athletes went under 4 minutes, and Jenny Simpson quite close, tells us that the seaso is underway.

In his second piece for Rome, our fearless journo Stuart Weir writes about the 1,500m. Stuart is both journo and fan. Spending so much time with the athletes on circuit, he possesses a unique view of these special human beings, who are able to call upon their special talents in front of the world.

This is Friday. Friday is a good day. I always liked Fridays.

Enjoy your workout today, and remember to do something fun!

IMG_2691.jpgGetting in your run, photo by NAZ Elite

Friday, June 7, 2019 : warm up, 30 minute run, 8 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

This is Stuart Weir's first piece on the Rome DL. Of course, he had to write about the men's 200 meters. The battle between Micheal Norman and Noah Lyles in the 200 meters is one for the ages. Our sport is built on rivalries. This one is very special. This is how Stuart saw the 200 meters...

P1080818.JPGStadio Olimpico, photo by Stuart Weir

I remember, many years ago, warming up for a 10,000m drill on the track and watching some 800m guys do six 200 meters at 800m race pace. Not a 200m was over 26 seconds, with the final one at 24 seconds. I was shocked how fast the guys were.

I then and went out and ran 24 laps of 400m, one at 74-75 seconds, and one at 90 seconds just to get me used to being on the track for 30 plus minutes.

The next week I ran a 10k at pace faster than my 2 mile PB time 3.

The body and heart can do amazing things. Your workouts have made you fitter than six months ago. And you can challenge your best.

Enjoy the speed today!

IMG_5330.jpgFly! photo by NAZ Elite

Thursday, June 6, 2019: warm up, 6 x 200m, 800m pace, 30 minute jog, cooldown

IMG_7158.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Mike Deering/ The Shoe Addicts

Laura Muir finished a surprise third at the Vitality Mile on 27 May. Laura Muir did this interview with Andy Edwards of Race News Service. Laura Muir was the two time European Indoor champion in March. After the Vitality Mile, Laura Muir won the 1,500m in 4:05 in Stockholm at Bauhas Galan on 30 May. She will race the 1,500m again at the Golden Gala in Rome on 6 June.

Mo Farah won the Vitality 10,000m in 28.15. It was his seventh win.The race was held on May 27, 2019.

This interview of Mo Farah was done by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service. Race News Service provides media sites across the world interviews from major events around the world.

Mo Farah had finished fifth in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28, just a month before. His recovery came quickly, and his win at Vitaliy London was well earned, after battling Andy Butchart.

IMG_2245.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Micheal Norman mdeeing out2018.jpgMike Norman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The 2019 Golden Gala Roma will happen in Stadio Olimpico on 6 June. The previews, event by event are written by EME News.

190424_SS19_RUN_JM_Reflective_W_600_1193_0-2.jpgUA HOVR Reflective Spring Summer 2019, photo by UA Running

The importance of Global Running Day gets bigger and bigger each day. Take a look at the release from Under Armour on their programming from Global Running Day.

The U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field are track heaven for the athletics geek! In the newly renovated Hayward Field, the 2020 Trials will find somethings new, somethings old.

Big news is ticket sales open July 25. Get them early or you will not be able to get them!

I began my pilgramages to the Olympic Trials in 1980. They are magical. Take a son, daughter, grand child, friend and share with them watching the finest athletes in the U.S.A. battle for three positions.

Unknown.jpgArtist depiction, Hayward Field, courtesy of Eugene Register Guard

Unknown.3jpg.jpgArtist depiction, Hayward Field, courtesy of Eugene Register Guard

Well, the press conference in Rome, is, as always, one for the ages.

Noah Lyles, not prone to hyperbole, noted that he is ready to roll, in a 200m that should be an amazing note to those who think the season is way too early to see good things.

Watch, kind readers, and exclaim tomorrow night, as the 200m is announced, after, what looks to be some super fields.

This came from the Diamong League site, thanks to Diego Sampaolo.

csm_Diamante_Magazine_cd2f418292.jpgDiamond League Rome, photo by Diamond League

Samba_AbderrahamanFH-Oslo18.jpgAbderraham Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Warholm_Karsten-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the exciting events in Oslo will be the 400m hurdles for men. Samba and Warholm will be opening their 2019 battles, which will go to the WC in Doha, September 26-October 5, 2019. Both athletes are tremendous athletes, and they give much excitement to the sport!

GoldenGalaSITO.jpg2019 Rome Golden Gala, 6 June 2019

The video above is under 8 minutes and is the highlights of the Rome Gala presser, which was held June 5 today, which featured some amazing athletes, Noal Lyles, Michael Norman, Ramil Guliyev, Filippo Tortu, on one presser on the 200m.

This is championship week 1, and recovery week 1.

IMG_4945.jpgA day in the life of runners, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, June 5, 2019; warm up, 45 minutes, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

Recovery Week 1

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 : day off

The DSD crisis continues, as the IAAF responds to Letter from three prominent groups supporting Women's sports rights. The full letter is below. This battle over DSD regulations will continue for some time to come.

Semenya_CasterFL1-Zurich18.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lyles_Noah1-Pre18.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Micheal Norman mdeeing out2018.jpgMichael Norman, photo ty Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

ROME (ITA): Olympic Stadium in Rome will get silent at 9.25 pm on Thursday when the top highlight will be staged, men´s 200 m. Meet record 19.86 and Italian All-Comers record 19.82 will be under threat. Noah Lyles runs against Michael Norman. But also Italian young star Filippo Tortu will be there along with World champion Ramil Guliyev and bronze winner Jereem Richards. Adding to the field are Bernardo Baloyes, fresh South American Champion and British relay World champion Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake with Ecuador´s Alex Quinonez. Leon Reid completes the line-up. More applicable stats include 19.76 World lead, 19.99 European lead or 20.30 Italian U23 record. Truly like it should be as the meet is called Golden Gala Pietro Mennea.

The recent decision on DSD Regulations by the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which allows Caster Semenya to compete under the mile until June 25, was responded to by the IAAF on 4 June 2019. Below is the full release from the IAAF.

Semenya_CasterFHL1-Pre18.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

stevecramsebcoecOF.jpgSeb Coe, Steve Cram, 1988 Chariots of Fire race

Jeff Benjamin wrote this fun piece on the re-enactment of the Great Court at Trinity College between Seb Coe and Steve Cram. We also have found the video of the race from 1988.

The Caster Semenya imbroglio has many sides, and many layers. It became much more complicated on June 3, when the Swiss courts ruled in Ms. Semenya's favor, and until June 25, Caster may run any distance she desires up to June 25.

The issue with Caster Semenya vs IAAF is an absolute cluster. One feels for Caster Semenya, who has been mistreated by ignorant people for most of her career. One understands, also, that the IAAF and many others feel that women's races must be protected. But how does one respond to Caster Semenya, whose most intimate life details are on media across the world, and who declares that she is a woman and believes in the advancement of women's sports?

And there is nationalism. All of South Africa, much of the African continent and many in the LBGTQ community see Caster Semenya as the flag bearer of the movement.

Semenya_CasterFL1-Zurich18.jpgCaster Semenya, Photo By PhotoRun.net

Sean Ingle, the columnist from the Guardian UK, wrote the following piece on the Swiss court ruling. The article below gives you a strong picture of what is on the line.

(Also, we added the London 2017 presser of 800m with Caster Semenya speaking on her race and the upcoming struggles: https://youtu.be/hjLsqeLb594)

This is Tuesday, June 4. Some of you are getting ready for post season meets, and some are taking a break. We have something for all:

Champ season week 1/Day 2

Tuesday: warm up, 4x400m, mile pace, 400 m jog, 30 minute jog, cooldown

Recovery week 1/Day 2

Tuesday: 30-45 minute run, trails

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by NAZ Elite

The season is coming to an end. We will be providing end of season workouts through June 16, an recovery for two weeks then. If you have questions, and again, please contact us anytime, send your notes to [email protected].

Special thanks to HOKA ONE ONE for sponsoring the Summer/Fall Training programs for five years. Thanks to the 16,000 coaches and 600,000 athletes a week who follow our programs. It means alot.

hoka-one-one-carbon-x-JIM-WALMSLEY-CARBON-X-SANTA-BARBARA-17.jpgJim Walmsley, WR holder, 50 miles, 4:50.08, photo by HOKA ONE ONE

Again, our training plans are only suggestions. If you need something more focused, email us at [email protected], and we will help you. Always ask your coach before training changes and make sure you get a physical before XC season and check your shoes!

Lasitskene_MariyaR-Stockholm19.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Photo by PhotoRun.net

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

Stefanidi_EkateriniFL-WC17.jpgKaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

The upcoming European Athletics event, Europe vs. USA, will happen in Minsk on September 9-10. The meet will be televised by NBC TV and the chance of developing a meeting with EAA and USATF has been discussed for several years.

The Odlozil Memorial is named after Czech star Josef Odlozil. He was the silver medalist in the 1964 Olympic 1,500m, taking second to Peter Snell, with John Davies in third. Odlozil also set a World Record at 2000m in 5:01.2. He died in 1993.

The meet features stars of Czech athletics against some of the big names in global athletics.

The meet, Memoriál Josefa Odložila, has been held since 1994.

Houstka-sept-8.jpgJosef Odlozil, photo by Memoriál Josefa Odložila

Long runs on Sundays are keys to your success.

I have done so many long runs on Sundays. They were the time at the end of high school that I began to run in Almaden Quicksilver Park. The first long run I did with adult runners was in June 1977, right before I entered the seminary (which I left in under a year), I ran 15 miles with my future coach, Dan Durante, the late Rich Stiller, Hollis Logue III and Don Clary.

The conversation was humorous, and the hills were long, and the run was memorable.

IMG_4833.jpgEnjoy the long run, photo by NAZ Elite

My Coach, Dan Durante, taught me much about running and life. Rich, Hollis and Dan showed me that adults can enjoy running. Hollis still keeps me laughing, and Rich Stiller passed away 3 years ago. He was one of the kindest people I ever met in my life, and I truly miss him. I hear from rmy coach occassionally. I have lost touch with Don.

Long runs change lives. Enjoy the time, allow yourself to day dream and take in nature. It cleanses your minds.

Sunday, June 2, 2019-warm up, 75-80 minutes, cooldown

VanNiekerk_WaydeFL-Lausanne17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Barshim_MutazR-WC17.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

The London Diamond League meeting will be held on 20 and 21 July 2019. It is held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic anniversary Stadium, and, until last year was well attended. Last year was an anomaly, as the World Cup was just prior to the DL. Spencer Barden puts together the fields for the British Athletics meetings, indoors and out. He brings together the finest athletes in the world, and he also has to juggle the needs of BBC TV and sponsors. In July 2019, he will have Wayde Van Niekerk and Mutaz Esa Barshim, two of the biggest stars in the sport.

Both Van Niekerk and Barshim are coming back from injuries, and London DL will play a big part in their preps for Doha World Championships.

Dacres_FedrickH-Rome18.jpgFedrick Dacres, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schwanitz_ChristinaH-NewBalance19.jpgChristina Schwanitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dacres beats Malachowski, Schwanitz EL

HALLE (GER, Jun 1): On the first day of the Halle Throws Meeting, there were two high quality discus competitions. Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres went out to 68.64m in the fourth round to defeat Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski (65.87m) and Norway's Ole Stunes Isene (65.77m) in a competition which saw the top seven all surpass the 65m-line. In the women's competition, Cuba's Denia Caballero backed up her win in Stockholm by going out to 65.99m to defeat China's Feng Bin (64.89m) and European silver medallist Nadine Muller (64.52m) with Chen Yang a close fourth with 64.25m. World champion Pawel Fajdek won the hammer by a clear margin with 79.04m from Greece's Mihalis Anastasakis (75.16m) and there was a Chinese one-two in the women's hammer from Wang Zheng (74.89m) and Lua Na (72.71m). Christina Schwanitz won the shot put with 19.23m European lead which was followed by two national records: Sweden's Fanny Roos with 18.88m and Canada's Brittany Crew with 18.69m while Canada's Tim Nedow won the men's shot put with 20.87m. Elsewhere, Kara Winger went out to 62.08m in the sixth round of the javelin to upset European champion Christin Hussong (61.81m) and Bernhard Seifert won the men's javelin with 83.05m.

Nicola Sutton is one the biggest athletics fans that I know. I see her at British athletics meetings and the Bauhaus Stockholm meeting. I always referr to her pieces as she puts me in the stands of a track meet that I miss. This is her synopsis of the 2019 Bauhaus-Galen Meeting. Photos from PhotoRun.net, our photo partners.

Montler_Thobias-Stockholm19.jpgThobias Montler, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_MoHS-Pre15.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah admitted he will almost certainly never run a track race again and said his sights are now firmly on running the Olympic marathon in Tokyo. Writes The Guardian. Speaking after winning the Vitality London 10km he said that while he had wanted to defend his world 10,000m title in Doha, he had changed his mind because it was too close to the Chicago marathon.

Asher_DinaR-Stockholm19.jpgDina Asher-Smith DOMINATES the 200 meters, in WL 22.18, photo by PhotoRun.net

Warholm_KarstenR-Stockholm19.jpgKarston Warholm changed his stride pattern, and took the win in 47.85, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cathal Dennehy is one of the finest writers in our sport. His observational skills, knowledge of the sport, as well as love of the sport is obvious in all of his writing. If you can not be there, it is good if Cathal is there, as you will see the meet through the eyes of Mr. Dennehy.

Ibarguen_CaterineR-Oslo18.jpgCaterine Ibarguen, photo by PhotoRun.net

OSLO (NOR): Olympic and World gold medalist Caterine Ibarguen is confirmed for the Oslo Diamond League on 13 June, informs organisers. The Colombian faces European champion Paraskevi Papahristou from Greece, former world and European champion Olha Saladukha and Jamaicans Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Ricketts.

RunBlogRun opines: Caterine Ibarguen is one of the most talented LJ/TJ specialists in the sport. A ferocious competitor, Ibarguen competes best when she is under pressure. Ibarguen takes on all comers in both the LJ and TJ. She will be fun to watch in Oslo.

Ibarguen_CaterineR1-Oslo18.jpgCaterine Ibarguen, photo by PhotoRun.net

The IAAF Global Running Conference was held May 31-June 1 in Lanzhou, China. At the conference, over 600 delegates learned about the state of the sport, where trends are globally and were provided some new research on the sport. Thanks to Jens Jakob Andersen, in a very thorough report provided for the IAAF, in cooperation with RunRepeat.com, we have this exceptional report on the global sport.

We post here with full credit to Jens Jakob Anderson and the monumental task he took on, and thank him for his enthusiasm and body of work.

Start1-Kidney18.JPGStart, Healthy Kidney Run, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

The IAAF hosted a convention on global running in Lanzou, China, on May 31-June 2. Over 600 delegates went to the event and the IAAF released a study on running research, plus some fine discussions. We hope to get the transcripts to those events, and will post. We will post the research from the RunRepeat.com, in a separate post.

RunBlogRun's Larry Eder was denied entry into China by the Chicago Chinese Visa office for the event, due to his status as a credentialed Journalist in Beijing in 2008 and 2015. Story will be posted on that lovely experience soon.

3b130600-fe0a-43a0-bc64-9533d7661a30.jpgRoad Racing, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Motion-Stockholm19.jpgMotion in Bauhaus-Galan, 30 May 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 10,000m in Stockholm was tremendous. It added to the history of great distance running on cool Scandanavian nights. It was those kind of races, lead by the late Ron Clarke, that built the summer Scandanavian meets in the 1960s and early 1970s. Ironic that races like 10,000m has to be outside of the Diamond League culture. It is okay. Just keep having events like this, as Justin Lagat reminds us.

Wilson_AjeeFH-Stockholm19.jpgThe Women's 800m in Stockholm, 30 May 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 800m in Stockholm began a new era, post CAS decision, with no athletes who challenge the IAAF standards for gender for women in the 100m to the mile. Stuart Weir added this piece to his series on Stockholm.

For many, high school state meets, and post season is beginning. Today is Wisconsin state meet and there are still a few state meets to go!

On June 3, I will post 2 weeks of recovery workouts and end of season for those who need some ideas for USATF Juniors, Youth and NB Outdoors.

Alexander_ColbyFHL-Martinez18.jpgColby Alexander, Martinez 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pre Cross Country begins June 16, and Summer Mileage begins July 1.

Saturday, June 1, 2019-warm up, Prime distance (1 race), cooldown

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