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RunBlogRun opines: The 10,000 meters at the Moscow Olympics was one of the toughest, most erracticly paced 25 lappers in the modern history of the event. Viren, Manienka, Yifter, Kedir, Foster, McLeod, were all there.

Miruts Yifter had taken bronze in the 10,000 meters in Munich. His country then boycotted Montreal, taking away a historic chance for the Ethiopian medalist to add to his Olympic medal count. In 1977, at the World Cup, he held off Marty Liquori, as both ran two of the fastest times over 5000 meters of that year. In 1979, at the next World Cup, Yifter won the 10,000m in a very tactical event.

Now, Yifter was dealing with a double Olympic champion with fine tactics, a fine kick and a fine pedigree in Olympic finals. Yifter took him on, and won, over 10,000 meters, with Viren in sixth. In the 5000 meters, Yifter also won, with Viren a DNF. While Yifter had finally defeated his nemesis from 1972, he did get the recognition he should have, like other Ethiopian athletes of his generation. (Remember Mamo Wolde? Mr. Wolde served nine years in Ethiopian prisons.)

Yifter was held in great respect by the next generations of Ethiopian runners and any global fan who understood the sport. Like Emil Zatopek, Miruts Yifter paid for his beliefs, imprisoned by the depraved and despotic Marxists who dictated life in Ethiopia, soon after his 1972 bronze, because the despots did not believe that Yifter tried hard enough to defeat Viren. After Yifter finished his racing, he moved to Canada in 1988.

His brilliant racing lives on YouTube, in an Olympics, that to most Americans, did not exist, as it was not broadcast in the U.S. Remember President Carter's ill-advised boycott of Moscow 1980?

Miruts Yifter died this past week, and Bob Ramsak, a long time writer for the IAAF and friend, wrote the following tribute for the IAAF. org site. We use , giving courtesy to the IAAF.

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ORLANDO (USA): Sprinter/jumper Jarrion Lawson won the Bowerman Award 2016 on the men side. The former Arkansas standout won four NCAA titles in 2016, including a historic three at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He is the first Razorback to win collegiate track & field's highest individual honor, which was handed out Friday night at the Orlando Grande Lakes Resort. Lawson faced tough competition for The Bowerman Award as Texas A&M's Donavan Brazier and Oregon's Edward Cheserek were also finalists. Among women the award went to 400 m runner Courtney Okolo after an undefeated season that resulted in four NCAA titles and a collegiate record. Other women's finalists for The Bowerman Award were Georgia's Keturah Orji (triple jump) and Mississippi's Raven Saunders (shot put). Based on reports on

RunBlogRun opines: The Bowerman Award is the Heisman Trophy of track & field. The development of USTFCCCA and Sam Seames, CEO of USTFCCCA, the Bowerman Award provides the fine athletes in cross country and track & field at the collegiate level with a gala night of recognition of the finest athletes in our sport.

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RunBlogRun Opines: The New Balance Indoor GP is how I open each indoor season. The fixture in Boston, held in the iconic Reggie Lewis Center, is just under three hours of fast and competitive track & field.

The release today announces Matthew Centrowitz, 2016 Rio Olympic 1,500 meter champion, Ekaterina Stefanidi, 2016 Rio Olympic pole vault champion, and Jenn Suhr, 2012 London pole vault champion.

Order your tickets early, as the meet is always a sell out! To order tickets, please go to:

ASICS is launching an update of the beloved GEL-Nimus in early January 2017. This is update 19.

What fascinates me, on all updates, is how brands decide what to change and what to keep? ASICS has done this quite well for many years, as several of their key shoes are in the 20 plus model.

As always, RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork suggest that our readers check out the shoes they love plus other brands at their local running store. Running footwear needs to be experienced in person.

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Carles Baronet sent us this report on the last results he compiled for the European Outdoor Athletiics results. Our friend from Catalonia prides himself in finding results most of us would never find. Enjoy!

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Buzunesh Deba has been named the 2014 winner of the BAA Boston Marathon after the disgraced Rita Jeptoo was disqualified from the event. Ms. Jeptoo recently had two years added to her ban after requesting an appeal on her two year ban by the IAAF.

We congratulate Buzunesh Deba on her new title. We understand too, that for many athletes, this is more than phyrric victory. As the testing gets better, and World Marathon Majors are at the forefront, cheaters get caught more and more.

The release is from Boston Athletic Association.

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The 38th FootLocker Cross Country may have been one of the best in years. The perfect weather, the support of the crowd, the energy of the athletes and the support of the new sponsor, New Balance.

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Claudia Lane ran from the front, and the sophomore held off Nevada Mareno. Reed Brown won the boys race, and held off Finn Gessner, and Seth Hirsch. Great races on both sides. Here's the video highlights from FootLocker!

Centrowitz_MattFH1-OlyGames16.jpgMatt Centrowitz breaks the U.S. drought at 1,500 meters! photo by

Updated December 11, 2016

After spending the last two weekends with the next generation of American distance runners, and chatting with the likes of Molly Huddle, Emily Sisson, Emma Coburn, and Boris Berian, I decided to rerun this piece so that we can truly consider how amazing American middle distance running has become. A conversation yesterday with Kim Conley reminded me how amazing the women distance runners we are watching now truly are. I was so impressed how Kim Conley came back from a tough 10,000m at the Trials and how she is focused on the future. Amazing athletes, amazing people. Read this piece by Orrin Konheim on our successes in 2016!

The performances of the U.S. middle and long distance team was one of the amazing themes for success at the Rio Olympics for the U.S. Orrin Konheim approached us about some insights into the succees of American distance running and why he thinks it will continue.

Carles Baronet compiles results from Europe, US and now Caribbean for RunBlogRun during the year! Here is report number one. We are fortunate to have our friend from Catalonia provide these reports! The season has just started, as the cross country season comes to a climax.

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