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Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:35

Distance Races on the Last Day of Nationals

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The Distance Races on the Last Day of the US Nationals (800 meters, men's steeple and both 5,000 meters, plus the women's 1,500 meters) were tremendous races and extremely riveting. None more in the riveting category than the men's 800 meters, where Duane Solomon went from first to last in a few meters.Here is the feature by David Monti and Chris Lotsbom. David and Chris did wonderful work all weekend, and we thank them for their coverage! —Larry Eder
By Chris Lotsbom (@chrislotsbom) and David Monti (@d9monti)
(c) 2015 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
EUGENE, Ore. (28-Jun) -- You can now say that Nick Symmonds's career has come full circle here in the Emerald Valley, a place where he rose to stardom, faced his lowest of lows, and rebounded to again be on top. Here at Hayward Field, on the final and mostly overcast day of these USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Symmonds won his sixth national outdoor title in the 800 meters, a fast 1:44.53 his time.
Monday, 29 June 2015 16:44

The Allure of the 10,000m by Larry Eder

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The conditions were warm, and humid. Not the kind of weather one would order when one is racing 25 laps of a 400 meter Beynon track. 
Yet, the fans stayed, and they cheered, and they screamed and they worshiped their heroes. 
And for sixty minutes, the world was a good place...
I love the 10,000 meters. It’s a chess match on the track. Tactics are king, especially in championship events, and the requirements of endurance, speed, and cool ness of head are what I find attractive. 
I remember sharing a taxi with Molly Huddle and Ray Flynn right after her 5000 meter AR in Monaco last summer. We chatted about her future and I implored her to hold off on the marathon a bit, because I wanted to see her race 10,000 meters. Her coach, Ray Treacy and her agent, Ray Flynn had been advising her the same for a bit. 
Most importantly, Huddle wanted to see what she can do on the track. 
The 10,000 meter womens champs was between Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld. A pack of six was together through nearly 8K, when Huddle took over. 
Shalane Flanagan had been relentless early on. 75-76 second laps strung out the field. Then, Shalane, tired of leading, pulled the move Ian Stewart made famous: he stopped in the 5000m in the 1969 European Champs, forcing others to lead and won the race. 
For Flanagan, moving back to the 10,000m after several years in the marathon world had to be nerve-wracking, but she was impressive. Infeld, who we had been hearing things about all year, was a great find. Amy Cragg, Alexi Pappas and Emily Sisson also made their bids. 
In all honesty, as Cragg and Sisson could attest, since they train with her, Huddle is the doe-eyed assassin. Ms. Huddle is as tough as they come and her finish is swift and damaging. 
Huddle's 5K times, and 10K and half marathon road racing suggest that, in excellent conditions, she is capable of 30:30. Here she took off and opened some serious real estate in her final lap, winning in 31:39. Infeld took off, but gained a new respect for marathoner Flanagan, who closed mightily and took second in the U.S. 10,000m champs. 
The 10,000 meters is a tough race. I recall being as worn out mentally as well as physically whenever I contested the distance. The ability to stay on pace, stay with a pack, and make one's move near the closing stages of a race are all key. 
In the conditions that our elite athletes endured on Thursday night, one has to be pretty darn confident that we’re sending a fantastic team on both men and women's side. 
The men's race was different than the women's. Galen Rupp had won six straight titles. He also had endured three weeks of constant media scrutiny of his coach, his training partner and himself. The BBC Panorama show (which I have seen) and the Pro Publica writings (which I have read in their entirety) had to take a toll. 
For Galen, the good thing is that he cares little about social media. The bad thing is seeing his coach, Alberto Salazar, take the gauntlet. This is a no-win situation. 
After having seen Mo Farah pull out of a major race a day after a press conference in Birmingham, UK, I half-expected to see Rupp do the same. But he not only showed up, he took on all comers and battled with Hassan Mead and Ben True until the very last 600 meters. 
Hassan Mead is a University of Minnesota grad who is coached by Steve Plascencia, a man who knows a thing or two about racing over 25 laps. Hassan ran 13:02 with Ben True in 2014 at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford. 
Ben True is one of those immensely talented athletes who just needed the right support. When his former coach left to work at New Balance, True began working once again with Tim Broe. Broe, one of America's finest steepler/5000 meter runners, gets racing and coached True to a brilliant win over 5000 meters at the adidas GP on June 13. In that victory, True became the first American male to win a Diamond League 5000m race. 
The weather was horrific and the pace was slow; the long, long drive home took its toll. 
Rupp was leading in the second half, with Ben True, Hassan Mead in tow. And then, it was Rupp and True. 
Rupp used a long, long drive over the last 3 laps, with increases in pace over the last 800 meters to break both True and Mead. 
True is not fond of the 10,000 meters. But, as his coach Tim Broe so ably pointed out to me, who is really fond of the 10,000 meters?
Rupp's long drive took its toll, earning him his seventh straight title in 28:11. True finished second in 28:14, and Mead in 28:16. 
Twenty-five laps on a very warm track is not the way most elite runners want to spend an evening. And rough conditions are not what most runners want to waste a year of training on. But that is the nature of our sport, and Beijing will be even worse. 
In his post race conference, Rupp stayed on task, noting how difficult it was over the past few weeks and how all he wanted to do was to be able to train and race at this time. 
He got his wish, for 28 minutes and eleven seconds. 
After the race, the fans applauded and cheered for a race well run. And Rupp went over and hugged his coach, Alberto Salazar, as they have endured, what writer John Parker phrased so well, “the Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials.” 
Monday, 08 June 2015 15:04

Drama in Birmingham at 5th IAAF Diamond League

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Fifth IAAF Diamond League of the season ended with a drama in men javelin and accepted best throw in the World since 2006. In the race of the day Tarmoh won the 200 m. MR was registered in women discus and WL in men 300 m apart of javelin. Spectators were happy to see Rutherford in top shape and winning.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:16

Prefontaine Boasts Super Women's 100m Field

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The Prefontaine Classic will offer an outstanding women’s 100m field. Leading the entrants is triple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won here in 2013, the last time the event was held here. On that occasion her nearest challenger was Blessing Okagbare, and the Nigerian will also return to put pressure on the Jamaican star again. Another big contender is world leader Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. With a PB of 12.64, Carmelita Jeter is the fastest in the field. The two fastest athletes in the world last year, Tori Bowie of the USA and Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago will also be sure to be in the mix. Tianna Bartoletta of the USA; and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast complete the world class field.

Hopes for world championships qualifying marks were washed away for many when Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic at Occidental College in Los Angeles had to be cut short due to heavy rains, dangerous lightning and chilly temperatures. The men's and women's 5000m had to be scrapped. On the men's side, USA indoor 600m record holder Cas Loxsom held off a hard-charging Matthew Centrowitz in the first section of 800m to win in 1:46.23 to his rival's 1:46.55. Ryan Martin won the second heat in 1:46.37. In the women's two-lap race, the top two sections both played out dramatically. In the first section, reigning IAAF World Indoor champion Chanelle Price held the lead with 200 meters to go, but 

Nassau, Bahamas. For two thrilling evenings, 15,000 track fans will enjoy the Thomas Robinson Stadium to watch 40 plus of the world's best relays teams battle over 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x800m, 4x400m and the DMR! Enjoy coverage from RunBlogRun, covering the event for the Running Network and Fortius Media Group! Local time is Eastern US time 7 pm to 10 pm!

Pole vault world record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie will head to Monaco for the Herculis meeting on 17 July in the hope of winning for a fourth time at the IAAF Diamond League competition. His past three performances at the Louis II Stadium, each one separated by two years, speak for themselves, but bear reminder: In 2009 he won with 5.88m and then improved to 5.90m in 2011. Two years ago he triumphed again, this time with 5.96m, which was an IAAF Diamond League record until he bettered it himself with 6.02m in London one week later. There are several potential targets for Lavillenie to aim for in Monaco. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:47

Penn Relay Carnival: Day 3 Was USA vs. The World

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"USA vs. The World" - the capstone mini-meet embedded within the third and final day of the Penn Relays - is always an athletic highlight for the fans, the broadcast media, and the national television audience.  But in years which feature the Olympic Games or season-ending World Championships, a careful study of the various national relay teams - and the individual athletes who compete on those teams - can often reveal insights on how certain competing countries and individuals are likely to perform at summer's end when global titles are on the line. 
This year's "USA vs. The World" six-event lineup - featuring a distinct sprint sheen - may reveal insights on starts, acceleration development, baton exchanges, injury recovery, and relay team chemistry - all of which could be especially helpful in gauging just how countries and athletes are progressing in the early stages of their build up for this year's Beijing global showdown.

Fans of collegiate track & field have long clamored for national, primetime television exposure – particularly for the sport’s crown jewel event, the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Friday, 17 April 2015 15:09

Solomon Set for Mt. SAC Tomorrow

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WALNUT (USA): US top 800 m runner Duane Solomon is planning to attack a fast time in the 600m at 57th MtSAC Relays on Saturday. The World all-time best is held by his coach Johnny Gray (1:12.81 in 1986). In the 800 m entered are Erik Sowinski and Colombian record holder Rafith Rodriguez. Women's 800m could also see a fast time with Brenda Martinez and Maggie Vessey. In college 800m on Friday former World champion in the hurdles Lashinda Demus should compete. Canadian record holder in pole vault Shawn Barber is to jump on Friday. English Gardener vs Muna Lee is the 100m clash, Nigerian Olympic medalist Blessing Okagbare is entered in the 400m with Alysia Montano among others. Current World leader Aleec Harris is scheduled for the hurdles against World medalist Ryan Wilson.