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1206432631.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

Once in a generation, an athlete with the skill set of Mondo Duplantis comes along! His work ethic, his sense of humor and need to compete is also what makes him unique.

This video was found deep in the archives.

I have to admit, it is one of my favorites...

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In 2011, The Shoe Addicts, a video collective, had just begun. They did this video for RunBlogRun as part of a project for Nike. The idea was to promote the Prefontaine Classic, which was coming up at the end of May 2011.

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The video is focused on David Oliver. They captured his charm, athleticism and swagger. Pushing the star power of athletes such as David Oliver was one of the ways that The Shoe Addicts got the attention of our readers and viewers.

It was also one of their first videos.

The Shoe Addicts are Algernon Felice, Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder.

Since then, The Shoe Addicts have produced more than a thousand videos for RunBlogRun and other clients..

The men's 800m and men's 1,500m were two of the best of the night. Stuart Weir explores these two events in his third piece on the Doha Diamond League.

Barshim_MutazHR-WorldOut19.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim taking gold in Doha, Oct 2019, photo by Photorun.net

The high jump win in Doha by Mutaz Essa Barshim was probably worth the kazillions that the Qatari goverment spent on the event. It was dramatic, with a full crowd, and the feeling was well electric! The high jump will get a special night in Doha, the night before the Wanda DL series begins.

Lyles-Norman-Tortu-GuliyevPC-Rome19.jpgLyles, Norman, Tortu, Guiliyev, photo by Photorun.net

The Golden Gala meeting in Rome is one of this journalist's fave events. The iconic nature of the Rome Olympic stadium, the excitement of the crowd and the killer fields all add to the lustre of the meet.

Chepkoech_Beatrice1-Pre19.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, photo by Photorun.net

The need to survive and thrive in the world of athletics media has put the Diamond League on the precipice. IMG, the group that sells terrestrial TV rights on the DL needs 90 minute shows to sell to big brands. In order to placate them, the DL will cut out 8 events and keep the official DL show at 90 minutes. Among the events to be pushed out is the steeplechase.

Alfons Juck of EME News found the following note from Beatrice Chepkoech.

The changes in the Diamond League events has done something unprecedented: overwhelmingly negative response to the changes, from all over the sport. This writer wonders outloud about where the surveys were taken, and in what parallel universe the Diamond League management resides. Think of this: the few sponsors in our sport will change how they value athletes in non DL events, even if they despise the DL, as it means their stars will not be seen as often globally in their branded clothing.

Please enjoy the comments below, collected and compiled by Stuart Weir.

Kigen_BenjaminFH-Rome19.jpgBenjamin Kigen, Rome DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Norman_MichaelFH1a-Rome19.jpgThe 200m in Rome DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

5091f939-a35f-4f20-9d7d-cd7bf4da563d.jpgThe Diamond League Diamonds, photo by Getty Images / IAAF

This is the announcement, done on 6 November, to announcing 2020 list of events. Our comments in another post.

9329b964-3847-464f-af12-11e6605aca89.jpgDiamonds in Diamong League, photo by Getty Images/ IAAF

This was announced nine days ago, and we have been catching up on news in our travels.

Brussels.jpgBrussels Diamond League, photo by IAAF Diamond League

The sixteen winners of the 2019 Brussels Diamond League were also given wild cards for the Doha World Championships, Sept 26-Oct 5.

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