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Elliott Denman

Elliott Denman

Bio: One of the finest and most prolific writers in our sport, Elliott Denman has written about our sport since 1956, when he represented the US in 1956 Olympic Games at the 50k race walk, the longest event on the Olympic schedule. A close observer of the sport, Elliott writes about all of our sport, combining the skills of a well honed writer with the style of ee Cummings. We are quite fortunate to have Elliott Denman as a friend and advisor.

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Updated December 19, 2017

I was thinking how extraordinary of a year that Jenny Simpson had. Her finish in the Rio 2016 1,500 meters was perfection. Her move into the bronze medal position, in a race with the absolutley fastest women in the world, was a true highlight of her career.

Last weekend, I watched Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, via Skype, cheer on the FootLocker finalists, as their sponsor, New Balance was sponsoring the event for the first time. This got me rereading Elliot Denman's article and I thought it would be a good read this morning!

Jenny Simpson won the bronze medal in Rio with an amazing come from behind final last 200 meters. Everyone was amazed by her run, but it was something that Jenny Simpson has trained for all season, and actually, quite longer.

In her run on Fifth Avenue, Jenny followed the amazing Laura Muir, who has made that big step to greatness this year. Laura Muir has run some fast times and made some big wins. With less than 300 meters to go, Jenny Simpson made her big move.

Jenny Simpson won her fifth NB Fifth Avenue Mile. How appropriate that the first athlete signed by New Balance in the modern era (2010), continues to excell and won the first American medal at 1,500 meters ever!

And what a wonderful end to 2016, with her New Balance Fifth Avenue victory!

Here's the column by our senior writer, Elliott Denman.

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In the summer of 2015, I was sitting in the media section in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England. It was near the end of the meet, and Julius Yego was throwing the javelin. Julius let one go, and it just flew, landing behind some boxes of BBC TV equipment. At first it was called a foul. Then, Julius protested and the officials checked it. It was not a foul, but was just on the right side of the vector. And it was a HUGE throw!

In Beijing, Julius Yego became the first Kenyan to win a field event in the World Championships.

Julius Yego won the first Olympic field event medal ever won by a Kenyan athlete. Julius is one of the quotes that Elliott Denman quoted down below. Enjoy the quotes, there are some fine ones from Rio!

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Elliott Denman would not be much of an Olympic journalist without his top 25 list. Upon his return from Rio, Elliott gave us his list.

IMG_5503.JPGJared Talent, AUS, silver, Matej Toth, SLOV, gold, Hirooki Arai, Japan, bronze, Rio 50k RaceWalk

The race walks are part of Olympic history, and have been part of the history of the Olympics since it was brought back in the modern era, starting in 1896. The 50 kilometer race walk is the longest event on the Olympic schedule. The 20 kilometer race walk featured races for Men and Women. Here is our story, written by 1956 Olympic race walker Elliott Denman.

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The men's and women's triple jumps were fine competitions. They also were fine events for the U.S. as Christian Taylor and Wille Claye both defended their gold and silver medals from London with medals of the same color in Rio! In the women's triple jump, Kenturah Orji gave the U.S. their finest performance ever in women's event, plus a new, very respectable AR! Here's Elliott Denman on the triple jump, and it is a fun piece!

The Olympic Men's Steeplechase


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Elliott Denman wrote this piece about the men in the steeplechase on the same day that Emma Coburn won the bronze medal in the steeplechase with a new AR of 9:07.63! Good luck to the American men!

We ask Elliott Denman, a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic team at 50k, to cover what he finds unique and interesting each and every day. On Day two of track and field, he supplied us with this story. The fascinating story of a not so fast sprinter who wants to save his heritage, the Marshal Islands.

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The Chinese duo of Zhen Wang and Zelin Cai, went 1-2 in the 20 kilometer walk on August 12, 2016. This is Elliott Denman's story on the race walk, and all of the behind the scenes stories on this iconic and historic Olympic event.

Elliott Denman uses the experiences of Bobby Smith, the winner in the javelin in 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, to support his argument on the standards at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The story is compelling.

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Justin Gatlin had a superb Olympic Trials. First, he won the 100 meters, and then, he won the 200 meters. Here is how Elliott Denman assesses his ten days in Eugene.

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