Jenny ran a really smart race and benefited from Muir / Hassan running too hard too early.
Coburn and Frerichs just balled out basically. You have to wonder where Quigley would’ve finished. It’s hard to explain why the Africans came up so lame here.
Ajee ran to expectations. She’s only 23, she can be (already is?) a star in the sport AND she’s from Philly.
Bolt / the Men’s 100m
I wish Coleman won. The fact that Bolt took such offense to this question and completely brushed it off makes me dislike him / think he’s dirty even more. Though uncomfortable for them, it’s a logical, reasonable question, backed by data, that we should be able to openly talk about.
Him pulling up in the 4×100 was rough, as you never want to see anyone get injured. Not the fairy tale ending he was hoping for but still the best sprinter of all time.
Gatlin winning the 100m at age 35, though at a more reasonable 9.92, still just makes me shake my head.
The End of the Mo Show
That 10k was spectacular, props to him. A bit of team tactics by the Ethiopians and Edris’ kick FINALLY dethroned him in the 5k. I also thought Chelimo could’ve gotten silver had he run a smarter last 400.
Still a ridiculous 6 year stretch for Mo. I wonder if he’ll be back on the track in 2019, as I don’t see him ever being a consistent ~2:06 marathoner.
Pierre Ambroise-Bosse winning the 800m
The 800m, more than maybe any other event, is a crap shoot. Bosse has run consistently well over the years so I was happy to see him win. His interview after winning was good, this quote specifically:
“I’m not the best of the world. I just won a race at the right time, that’s all that happened.”
He said that in reference to Rudisha not being there. His awareness that he simply won the right race is refreshing.
The mile didn’t go well. I got out okay, about 68, 2:17, but I could tell I was in trouble. My arms were rigging with 600 left and there was just no extra gear. 4:39.18 which Brookes almost nailed exactly with 4:39.15
My taper seems to consistently fail. I run a good time in the middle of training and think “once I ease off I should be totally set!“. Then my “peak” race is a dud.
Though it ended on a bad note, this training cycle was very encouraging. I PR’d in the mile and believe I was in PR shape from mile – 5k. I’m going to take the next few weeks easy then start all over again as always.
Just the perfect girl. Fast, pretty, bubbly, and fun. She’s not like Jozwik in terms of true beauty, but her personality is amazing. This is the best interview Flotrack has ever done. Follow her on Instagram for her stories and you’ll see why I love her.
The 2017 Track and Field World Championships start today (day-by-day schedule here). Here are some things to look out for.
Bolt’s Final Run
Usain Bolt will presumably retire after this year. He’s undeniably the greatest sprinter of all time and has been the face of the sport for the last 10 years. He’s looking to cap off his nearly perfect career with victories in the 100m and 200m.
My Take – Bolt will win both races despite looking vulnerable and the media will be totally gaga about how amazing he is. I’m convinced Bolt has been doping for at least 9 years, but so are most of the others, so what do I care. The sport loses a great star, but maybe its for the better.
Semenya Attempts the Double
The biggest media story may well be Caster Semenya competing in both the 800m and 1500m. She’s been subject of a lot of controversy, and if she somehow pulls off this historic double, it will increase the drama & discussion behind the “transgender / intersex athletes place in athletics” conversation.
My Take – Caster Semenya should not be allowed to compete against women for all the reasons outlined in this post. I don’t think she’ll pull off the double, as rounds are tough, and she may not even win 1 gold as the 1500m is first.
Will the Mo-Show Continue?
Mo Farah looks to continue his ridiculous streak of 4 consecutive sweeps in the 5000m and 10,000m at international championships. We’ll see if anyone in the field pushes the pace against the 34 year old or if they’re content to let Mo kick to gold yet again.
My Take – I am so sick of Mo Farah, but I’m even more sick of his competitors doing the same thing over and over again. Someone, for the love of god, push the freakin’ pace. Yes, he’ll still probably win, but at least you can say you TRIED.
How Many Medalists Will Eventually Test Positive?
It’s in London, Coe’s backyard, so one of two things will happen:
He’ll want to catch anyone who’d dare cheat while the event is in his country.
He won’t want to catch anyone because it makes him look bad.
Doping is always a headline and a big name or two could potentially go down here. However, because it’s in London, Mo won’t be busted.
Which Americans Can Win Gold in Distance Events? (not a story line many care about)
Jager in the Steeple is hands down our best shot. I give him 50/50 to win. Chelimo could actually upset Mo in the 5000m. I’d love to see him run 13:00 in a front-running effort and just burn the kick out of Mo. Centro has like a 2% chance of doing what he did in Rio. Brazier is a total wild card in the 800 but I like Amos then Korir as favorites.
We have no chance in the 10k.
All eyes on Ajee after that 1:55. With Semenya doubling, she’s got a shot! Jenny finishing top 5 would be a great performance. No medal and definitely no gold. Coburn in the steeple is similar to Jenny in the 1500.
The 5000 and 10000 are just too loaded. If Huddle or anyone else gets top 5, that’s a big win.
Allen Iverson is one of Philly’s ‘untouchables‘. He’s loved in every corner of the city.
On the court he was a superstar and off the court he was a cultural icon. The swag, the cornrows, the 6’0, and obviously the Jordan crossover. Kids growing up in the late ’90s and early ’00s wanted to be Iverson.
I loved Allen Iverson. He’s why basketball is my favorite sport. He was a flawed superstar, but he was OUR flawed superstar. In fact, we embraced him because of his flaws.
But at what point do we, the fans of Philadelphia, start to hold Allen accountable?
When does he go from the greatest thing that ever happened to us and can do no wrong, to us acknowledging his greatness, but not giving him a pass for all the shitty things he does? When do his bad acts begin to overshadow his play?
Allen Iverson has done nothing close to what Rose has, but it does show that falls from grace happen. He’s is still clinging to his untouchable status, but I fear that may change not too far down the road.
There is something primal about being outside when, over a period of less than an hour, it gets dark, the light gets very eerie, the colors change. You know that something strange is going on. Then, abruptly, it gets 10,000 times darker in the last minute. You look in the sky, and there’s this strange stuff going on. There’s a diamond ring surrounding this dark hole in the sky. Everybody who sees it is overwhelmed.
Another quote from a different guy, same article:
It is just overwhelmingly majestic. You can see photographs, you can see videos, and they help give you a little bit of an inkling of what it’s like. But when they see totality, so many people go, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t realize it was gonna be like this.’
You should go to see the eclipse. I’m going to see the eclipse.
The conditions were nearly perfect. I hit the mile in 4:52, slower than I hoped, but I still felt good and thought I’d negative split.
Laps 5-6-7 all felt like I was surging but each lap split kept being in the 74 range. I closed well with a ~69 or so but ultimately fell short of my goal running a 9:44. Congrats to Simoncini for winning the guessing game!
I’m disappointed. In college and high school, you’re racing every week so when you have a bad race, you can rebound quickly.
Now, if I have a bad race it lingers and makes me question if I’m still in good shape or if I’m past my peak already for this cycle.
I’m going to chalk this up as a slightly below average performance and rationalize that I’m still in ~4:27 / 9:35 / 15:25 shape.
There’s a competitive mile race next Thursday where I’m hoping to be towed to a sub 4:30.