Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest host on the House of Run Podcast

The best shirt in Track & Field podcast history!
With Jason Halpin recovering from knee surgery, I channeled my inner Colin Kaepernick and joined Kevin Sully on this week's episode of the House of Run podcast. I've raved here about the House of Run before, but it's worth repeating; the House of Run is an excellent weekly podcast that any Track & Field fan should have in their rotation.

Tune into this week's pod here, or better yet, subscribe via iTunes here and listen to Kevin and I chat about the IAAF Athletes of the Year, the Ekiden Relay, World Cross, the Olympic Trials format,  Adam Nelson's potential 2004 Gold Medal, the Usain Bolt/Yohan Blake rivalry, the London bottle thrower, Fukuoka, the Drake Relays, NXN, Foot Locker, and of course, Oscar Pistorius "allegedly" threatening to break a man's legs.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

My offer to NYC Marathon runners

It's official. The NYC Marathon is canceled. I hope all the resources allotted for the race will now go to help rebuild the city as fast as possible. I hope the holding area in Staten Island is used as a safe haven for those that have been displaced.

But if you have trained and want to race Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k), come down to Raleigh, NC.

Here's what I can offer:

1. Ride to and from the airport (RDU) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

2. Recommendations for cheap lodging near the start of the race (Days Inn a mile from the start/finish is $60)

3. A great post race party at the Busy Bee Cafe (they are having a pasta dinner Saturday night as well)

Here's more information about the race: City of Oaks Marathon (I'll be running the 4-man relay for Capital RunWalk)

I'm dead serious. If interested, email me at writingaboutrunning@gmail.com (or call me to work out logistics)


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The show will go on in NYC.

The show will go on this Sunday in New York City. Some hate it, some love it. I fall somewhere closer to the latter. Many are disappointed that their travel has been disrupted. That's tough. I've been flying in and out of LaGuardia every Monday and Thursday for the past seven months and know first hand how best laid plans can go awry. My 3:30-turned-11:30 departure last Thursday seems pretty small in comparison to the desolation that Sandy has inflicted on the biggest and best city in America. I also know how good it felt to run this great race in 2009.

While being the financial capital of the world, New York is also the most resilient city in the world. Many have been displaced, but the city will come together and recover. As much as I feel for those that are in dire straits right now, I'm happy that the race will be run. The New York City Marathon is as good as it gets. Mary Wittenberg and the New York Road Runners will do everything in their power to put on the best race they possibly can for those all over the world on this first Sunday in November.

Whatever your opinion, set your DVR and/or watch the marathon this Sunday at 9am eastern on ESPN. (A program called "Marathon Morning Across America: 2012 ING New York City Marathon" will air at 7am on ESPN 3). The better the ratings, the more likely it will be that more major running events are carried by ESPN. And I think we can all agree that this would be a good thing!

writing about running predictions:

Men
1. Moses Mosop
2. Martin Lel
3. Wilson Kipsang
Darkhorse: Meb Keflezighi
Next American: Jason Hartmann

Women
1. Bizunesh Deba
2. Kim Smith
3. Tatyana Arkhipova
Darkhorse: Edna Kiplagat
Top Americans: Amy HastingsMolly Pritz

Prep for Sunday with two great podcasts:

House of Run - Jason and Kevin are joined by Jesse Squire and Dan Rubenstein

The Trailer - The guys are joined by Lauren Fleshman

...and the always excellent LetsRun.com Men's and Women's preview


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

5 Important Steps for the Track and Field Union

"I'd like to thanks my sponsor underneath this tape"
(Photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
After a brief, post-Olympic hiatus, I'm back. Lots to talk about with the cross country season now in full swing and the talk of track and field unionizing. This opinion piece is the byproduct of 32 ounces of dark roast Blue State Coffee and a true desire to help the sport thrive now, and in the future. Note: I am a supporting member of TFAA.

If you had't heard yet, Track and Field is unionizing. This has been brewing for a few years with the development of the Track and Field Athletes Association aka TFAA. What started as a small group of enthusiasts, has gained some major traction with the endorsement and membership of the biggest name in the sport, Usain Bolt. Now is the time to really push the agenda to truly professionalize the sport and give the athletes more ownership of their earning potential.

But what can they do? There's tons of ideas floating around and every athlete has different wants and needs. That in mind, these are the 5 things I think should be at the top of the agenda.

1. Make joining the union a necessity
For a union to work, everyone must be a part of it. Every player in the NFL is part of the players union. Same goes for any other major sport. This must be the same for track and field. You must have a united front to bargain with USATF, the IAAF and the IOC. If everyone is acting on their own, nothing will change. A united union must stand together and act as the only pool of athletes that the Diamond League can select from. Rogue athletes must be treated like scabs. Why so harsh you might ask? Go to #2.

2. Implement a stronger international drug testing pool
Aside from cycling, track and field comes under the most scrutiny for drug use. Just watch the Olympics and you'll see athletes come out of nowhere every four years, win medals, then never be heard from again. To thrive, the sport must police itself. A union must strengthen the relationship with WADA, USADA (in the US) and the national anti-doping organizations from every nation that has members in the union. The rules must be strict and must include every level of testing that is available (biological passport, human growth test, etc). Every athlete must back this force meet directors to shun those who choose not to participate in the necessary testing.

Lets make these OK to wear in a Diamond League meet
3. Get sponsor rules changed
For athletes to thrive, the rules must change so that they can make a living; not just get by. I spoke with Matt Scherer outside of the Wild Duck Cafe at the Olympic Trials and noticed he was wearing a Picky Bars sweatband. Five feet away was Lauren Fleshman. So I pulled them together and asked, "why not wear a Picky Bars singlet while your racing?" That turned into "you've gotta get Picky Bars approved as a club with USATF, then it can only go in the upper right hand corner of the singlet." Why can't Picky Bars or say, McDonald's or Subway be a title sponsor. Or dare I say Budweiser or New Belgium; a beer company with major ties to cycling. Lead sponsors should not be limited to shoe companies. If Nike or Adidas want to sign an athlete to an exclusive contract, that's great! But the union should agree upon a multi-spot sponsor design and present it to USATF nationally and the IAAF internationally. An example of a multi-spot sponsor could be logos the center of the singlet, the upper left hand corner (as the upper right is reserved for club affiliation), the back of the singlet and then any shoulder temporary tattoos or sweat/headbands. I am not tied to any particular arrangement, but this is something that should be agreed upon and presented before the 2013 outdoor season. Think PGA more so than NASCAR.

4. Force the IOC's hand for the 2016 Olympics
If track and field comes as a united front, they can overturn rule #40, or at least change it to better accommodate the athletes. Track and field is arguably the centerpiece of Olympic competition and the athletes should be able to profit. The Olympics is 10 to 11-figure business and the athletes get almost nothing. This isn't 1912, or even 1984 for that matter. If getting paid is too much to ask, athletes should be able to promote their sponsors during the Olympics. That is why companies sponsor athletes that compete in "Olympic Sports." You must provide them some return on investment or they won't invest during those other four years. This is where Usain Bolt's leverage will help, as he has been the star of the past two Olympiads and certainly will be a focal point in Rio. Is the IOC going to turn him away? I doubt it.

5. Develop the Track Club system in an organized manner
When the Oregon Track Club was performing so well at the 2008 Olympic Trials, everyone wanted OTC gear. Shirts, singlets, warmups, etc. They are and excellent example of a well developed club with a well developed brand. The Oregon Project is starting to do the same. I keep waiting for Jerry Schumacher's group to officially brand itself "Rip City TC." Everyone in the union should join a club if they aren't on one already. It's an excellent marketing tool and almost demands that the IAAF allow that upper right hand logo. Remember how cool the Santa Monica Track Club was? MVP Track Club should have the same brand identity. They've got the two top sprinters in the world! I've never even seen a logo. The union could develop and promote international club championships where athletes only wear specially designed club gear. Those would be big bragging rights that would certainly entice TV outlets.

While I know these things won't happen overnight, I am hopeful. Things are materializing. If you need any help Khadevis, or want me to sit on a board, I'm here for you. I'll be happen to elaborate on any of these points in long form, just email me.

And with all this in mind, any step forward is a positive step, so lets get moving!

UPDATE: I went on The Runaround on ESPN Radio Baltimore on 10/1 with TFAA President, Khadevis Robinson, to discuss the union. Listen to the recording here.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Get in the Trailer

I'm not just a writer, I am also a runner. At least I was once a runner. I didn't run a whole lot after high school, but picked it up again when I turned 30. Right as I was starting to see some success, the injury bug took over. A few weeks ago, I made the decision to get a cortisone shot in my plantar fascia. Best decision I ever made.

I discussed the ordeal at The Trailer. They even had an artist come in and add some incredible illustration to my tale.

If you are unfamiliar with The Trailer, it's an excellent new site that features the writing of my like-minded friend, Jon Gugala, as well as an excellent podcast that discusses the sport with an attitude that you won't get elsewhere.

Check out my article on The Trailer here! 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Film Major: "We Grew Wings"

Just about every American Track fan could tell you about Steve PrefontaineAlberto SalazarBill Bowerman and the Men of Oregon. But how many could tell you about the Women of Oregon? "We Grew Wings" does that and is required viewing for any true fan of the sport.

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin produced the film and introduced it to the media at the Track and Field Writers Association breakfast during the Olympic Trials. It debuted that week at historic McDonald Theatre in Eugene and was released on DVD this week.

Schmidt-Devlin's film introduces many to the stars of the 1985 National Champion team and the early stars of the Oregon Women's program; including Grace Bakari, Claudette Groenendaal and Leann Warren. The film also underscores the 40th anniversary of Title IX and its positive effect on Women's Track and Field.

Prior to the film, I was unaware of Leann Warren's excellent career at Oregon and her surprise qualifying for the 1980 Olympic Team in the 1500. Like Christian Smith in 2008, she was one of the last in, and would qualify in the third spot behind the heavy favorite, Mary Decker (Slaney). Slaney would be featured in much of the film as well, as she told of when she was a 14 year old prodigy, Prefontaine himself took her under his wing and told her "if you want to be good, come to Oregon." She didn't attend the U of O, but now resides in Eugene.

English Gardner competes in the 100 meters at the
 2012 Olympic Trials alongside Jeneba Tarmoh
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
The film also features the evolution of the Women's program at Oregon, specifically on the 2011 team and focuses on Jordan Hasay, Jamesha Youngblood and English Gardner. I had the pleasure of meeting Gardner's father on my flight from Charlotte to Portland this year before the trials and it was exciting to see her evolution as an athlete on film. Her and Youngblood are part of the "new Oregon" movement that includes more than just distance runners and are led by the sought after coach (and former Appalachian State star) Robert Johnson.

The film is very well done and is directed by the filmmakers of "Fire on the Track" and "There Is No Finish Line." As mentioned earlier, "We Grew Wings" is now for sale at Amazon.com and you can check out the film's website: WeGrewWings.com and follow the film on Twitter @WeGrewWings

Check out the trailer below:


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Evan Jager runs fastest flat 3000 meters ever by an American Steepler

Evan Jager; good over land and sea
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Evan Jager's "absolutely incredible dream of a season"continued in Stockholm, Sweden today as he ran 7:35.16 for 3000 meters; becoming the 9th fastest American ever at the distance (video highlights here). More importantly, Jager became the fastest American ever that primarily runs the Steeplechase. This makes sense, as he set the American Record earlier in the season in Monaco, running 8:06.81 for the 3000 meter Steeplechase.

After the race, Jager told Flotrack's Kevin Liao "I'm very pleased with how it went. I'm really happy." Jager would finish 6th overall, as Kenya's Isiah Koech would take the win in 7:30.43.

Jager will now run a few 1500's to look to improve on his 3:38.33 PR from 2009.

Jager's company on the American All Time Top 10 list for the flat 3000 meters is a who's who of the best American distance runners ever. If he continues on at the pace he has this season, he'll be remembered in the same way.

Top 10 Americans All Time at 3000 Meters
1. 7:29.00 Bernard Lagat
2. 7:30.84 Bob Kennedy
3. 7:31.00 Matt Tegenkamp
4. 7:33.37 Sydney Maree
5. 7:33.45 Galen Rupp
6. 7:34.32 Chris Solinsky
7. 7:34.96 Adam Goucher
8. 7:35.08 Alan Webb
9. 7:35.16 Evan Jager
10. 7:35.32 Dathan Ritzenhein

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Meb Keflezighi closes out a strong American showing in London

Meb Keflezighi streams the flag down the homestretch
(photo: The Oregonian)
Going into the final "Athletics" event Sunday, the United States Track and Field Team had earned 29 medals; only one short of Doug Logan's lofty goal of 30. All eyes were on fan favorite, Ryan Hall, to compete and potentially get that 30th medal. Needless to say, that didn't happen. Hall, along with Abdi Abdirahman, would both drop out just after the 10 mile mark. The man that came in with little fanfare nearly delivered #30 to a man that's no longer in office.

The word on the street, specifically from Meb Keflezighi's longtime coach, Bob Larsen, was that Meb had been injured and that he was under trained. With that knowledge available, no one gave much of a shot to the 2004 Athens Silver Medalist. And sadly, once Hall and Abdi dropped, I feared Meb may too. Luckily, that outcome was not in the cards.

Instead, Keflezighi slowed worked his was way up from 17th at the halfway mark to 14th at 25k to 10th at 30k to 6th at 35k, and finally, to 4th at the finish line. He was never in medal contention and finished 1:29 behind third placer, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, but his run further validated his return to glory, after a disappointing 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, one where he would break his leg and finish 8th, off the Beijing Olympic Team.

A job well done for the veteran. One of many inspiring performances from the American distance squad at the 2012 London Olympics.

Here are a few more of my favorite American Distance Moments of the 2012 games:
  • Galen Rupp following his teammate, Mo Farah, to the promise land to earn a Silver Medal in the Men's 10,000 meters (story here).
  • Leo Manzano kicking furiously over the last 100 meters of the Men's 1500 to take the Silver Medal, while Matt Centrowitz battled to within .04 seconds of the Bronze (story here).
  • Duane Solomon (1:42.82) and Nick Symmonds (1:42.95) going 4,5 in the best 800 final of all time; one where David Rudisha would break the World Record (1:40.91).
  • Shannon Rowbury's strong rally for 6th in the Women's 1500; the same race where Morgan Uceny's fall made every distance running fan in America feel sick to their stomach
  • Evan Jager finishing 6th and Donn Cabral 8th in the Men's 3000 meter Steeplechase. Strong runs by both in an event where the US hasn't done anything in a very long time.
  • Emma Coburn's continued improvement in the Women's 3000 meter Steeplechase. Her 9th place finish would net her another PR (9:23.54).
  • The Men's 5000. It's been a long while since the United States had three men in the final. All three held their own and a trip with 100 meters to go is the only thing that kept Bernard Lagat off the medal stand.
  • All three American's setting PR's in the Women's 10,000. Being your best on the biggest stage is what the Olympics are all about!
And if you're enjoying this Track & Field thing, DN Galan aka Diamond League Stockholm is this Friday, August 17th!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Leo Manzano, American Olympic Silver Medalist

Leo Manzano took the Silver and Matt Centrowitz
was a very close 4th in the Olympic 1500 meters
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
The resurgence of American Distance Running is alive and well. First, Galen Rupp runs the race of his life for the Silver Medal in the 10,000, and now Leo Manzano has matched him in the controversial Men's 1500 meter final.

Manzano stormed the last 100 meters at a furious pace to close on eventual winner, Alegerian Taoufik Makhloufi, finishing second in 3:34.79, 0.71 second away from Gold. 2011 World Championship Bronze Medalist, Matt Centrowitz, wasn't far behind in fourth. He would finish just behind Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider in 3:35.17.

Makhloufi has been the talk of the games, with his unbelievable finishes through the rounds, and once again in the final tonight. He's also been infamous for his brief exit from the games for not trying in Monday's 800 prelims.

Put Makhloufi's name into Twitter and you will see another reaction; one that sends you down the Rashid Ramzi rabbit hole. Time will tell if these allegations are founded or misguided.

Regardless of speculation, a 2,4 finish in the Olympic 1500 final is phenomenal for the United States. We didn't have anyone in the Olympic final in 2008! Now we are keeping the Kenyans off the podium.

Well done guys.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Galen Rupp stole my voice

Mo Farah takes gold, Galen Rupp takes silver and a dejected Kenenisa Bekele stares down at the track in defeat

It's a good thing I'm typing this and not telling you, because my voice is gone. Over the last 500 meters of that memorable Men's 10,000 meter Olympic Final, I yelled, I screamed, and I probably had my neighbors debating on whether or not to call the cops on the guy next door that has been getting up very early this weekend for some odd reason.

It was that good. No. That great. Inspiring for many and validating for Alberto Salazar and his Galen Rupp, ahem, Oregon Project.

For the English and the American fans out there, the race went about as well as it could have. Maybe even better. How did these two guys that train in Portland, Oregon beat up on back-to-back Olympic 10,000 Champion, Kenenisa Bekele? his brother Tariku? and a load of excellent Kenyans? A ton of hard work, that's how.

Now I wonder if Salazar will give them the night off. One would think that they earned it after the Pre Classic, when Farah took the 5000 win in 12:56.98 and Rupp would break the 13 minute for the first time in 12:58.90. No chance. Olympic Finals were their goal, not early June. After the meet ended and many of the journalists were finishing up their stories, Rupp and Farah emerged onto the track to rattle off eight 75 second laps before calling it a day. It wouldn't surprise me that after the fans file out of Olympic Stadium tonight, they'll do the same.

Post-race workouts like this have been more the standard and not the anomaly over the years, as Salazar has crafted Galen Rupp from wunderkind to world class. And think what you want, but adding Farah to train with Rupp over the past few years was just another piece to that puzzle. It has been extremely mutually beneficial to both.

And lucky for us, they'll be toeing the line again Wednesday, August 8th in the 5000 heats, and likely again in the 5000 final on Saturday, August 11th; the final day of track competition.

Bring it on!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Born-Again: Duane Solomon by Jon Gugala

Duane Soloman gives the glory after making the
2012 United States Olympic Team at 800 meters
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
As we dawn on the Athletics portion of the 2012 Olympic Games, a new star has emerged in American Middle Distance running; Duane Solomon. Luckily, my friend Jon Gugala was able to catch up with him after his huge run in Monaco. Check out his story below and follow him @JonGugala

Born-Again
Duane Solomon was cute story at the Trials. But after Monaco he’s grown some teeth.

by Jon Gugala

Death by car in France can come at you from any direction. It doesn’t matter that there’s a little green man illuminated, beckoning you across the intersection, or that it’s a one-way street; as soon as you put one foot into the road, the other one had better be following it—and soon—because the squeal of tires is quick from the side you least expect. The French drive like assholes.

After spending an entire month traveling through the country for track meets, I found myself thinking about this, and what a friend said in January as she was training for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. She said that the scary thing about an Olympic year is that it doesn’t matter about who’s been hanging around the previous three; athletes crawl out of the woodwork to contend for an Olympic spot, and you never know where they’re going to come from.

So was the case with Duane Solomon.

Solomon, of Los Angeles, Calif., was one of the Cinderella stories from the trials. Holding on for third in the Men’s 800-meters, he simultaneously broke the Olympic “A” standard of 1 minutes, 45.60 seconds (which he did not have) and PR’ed by almost a second. He would collapse on the rain-soaked track in tears, then embraced by his coach and American record-holder Johnny Gray. It was touching as hell.

Solomon and Coach Johnny Gray embrace at the trials
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
But just like all third-place Cinderella stories, you don’t expect much when it comes to the deep end of the pool, aka Olympic rounds, which start on August 6th. Solomon, just like the feel-good stories that came before him, would play his part by quietly bowing out in heats, and on his mantelpiece forever would be the time he was an Olympian.

Well, not so fast.

Because Solomon went to Europe. Solomon got into a Diamond League race. And then Solomon ran fast as hell.

Solomon didn’t just run fast in Monaco; he ran faster than any American in the last 15 years. He ran faster than every current American competitor, including five-time U.S. champ Nick Symmonds. With Solomon’s 1:43.44—almost two seconds faster than his PR set in 2010—he is now the fifth-fastest American ever at the distance. And that changes everything.

“I was talking to my coach the other day [and] we said the same thing,” Solomon says. “We didn’t expect that time, and we didn’t expect it to be now. We were going to be happy with a 1:44-anything. For me to go out there and perform like that, in that type of condition, I think it’s a good sign of what we can do in the Games.”

It was a race that shouldn’t have happened, he says: he’d just got to Europe, and both he and Gray estimated that the jet lag wouldn’t be conducive to a fast time. Monaco was just a rust-buster first race after the trials. But, he says, the feeling between his last race and Monaco was completely different.

“At the trials I was pretty tense because I knew it was all or nothing in that race,” Solomon says. “This race I went in with really no type of pressure. So I went in very relaxed and just basically stayed on the big dogs, on their shoulders, to test myself, [to] see what I could do.

“It’s kind of weird to say that, but running that time felt a lot easier than when I ran a 1:44.”

Solomon knows no one really expected it; he didn’t even expect it of himself. And now that it’s happened, he knows there will be those who consider it a fluke, a random pop off, never to be repeated. They’re the same people that won’t expect him to make it out of rounds, and “definitely not a medal contender,” he says. But that’s not what he and his coach think, and not what they thought even before it happened.

Solomon has won back-to-back
USATF Indoor 800 meter titles
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
“We always thought that we were going to have a chance to make the final, even when I ran my last race in Oregon,” he says. “But for me to do what I did now, and the time that I hit, and just how I looked in the race—how I felt in the race—I feel like that’s a big tell of what I can be."

“After running Monaco I think it solidifies that I’m legit and I can contend for a medal. I can get to the final and make something happen.”

What does this mean for the U.S.’s medal chances in the 800 meters? Solomon now has the fifth-fastest time in the world, and while Symmonds has been the medal favorite for so long, Solomon isn’t the heart-warming story any more—he’s just too fast. Solomon is the supplanter, and he could be the contender.

For Solomon, however, the best part is that there’s still no pressure. “It will be the same thing [as Monaco],” he says. “I don’t have to be a hero; I can just hang in there in the front”—just as before—“and then use my strength and my speed."

“Everyone has up and down years, and I definitely had my times, but just to break that barrier was awesome,” he says. “I’m a lot more motivated. I’m disciplined. I’m a changed runner.”

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Kip Litton article entitled "Marathon Man" published today in The New Yorker

I woke at 5:30am this morning before my usual Monday flight to LaGuardia to read the article that has been a year in the making; "Marathon Man."

It's an excellent piece from The New Yorker's Mark Singer on good ole Kip Litton. If you are on this blog, you've likely read my piece on Litton from January 2011: "The Outing of Kip Litton". Singer's article takes my findings to a new level and evokes the Stephen Glass New Republic scandal from 1998.

A summary of the article is here and there's a podcast companion piece. But if you would like to read the whole article and don't subscribe to The New Yorker, it is now available in its entirety online!

It's an excellent piece and from trading emails with Singer, I can tell you he was as enthralled as the many Let's Run Message Board posters.

My favorite part of the article is that Singer arranged to meet with Litton after the 2012 Boston Marathon, as both of his sons would be running. Litton was a no show. Singer countered by showing up at Litton's office in Michigan the next day! Ballsy and awesome. He finally did get a sit down with Litton, at Wendy's of all places, and discusses it on the podcast; a must listen after reading the article.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Taking the temperature of the US Olympic Distance Squad a week before Athletics begin

Shalane Flanagan got to wear the flag in 2008. Will any American
Distance Runners get that opportunity in 2012?
Track and Field at the 2012 Olympic Games starts one week from today (check out the schedule here).

How's are the United States Distance Team doing going into the games?

Below is an update about what each American athlete has been up to since the trials and who has a true MEDAL CHANCE, a DARKHORSE medal opportunity, and then sadly, those who may not by ready to roll due to injury (HURT ALERT).

Men's 800
1. Nick Symmonds - MEDAL CHANCE
Ran a near PR 800 in Monaco in 1:43.78, then ran a tune up 400 in Ireland in 47.45. Symmonds looks to be fit and has run rounds well. No doubt he'll be gunning for a medal after coming in 5th in Daegu last year. Abubaker Kaki's recent demise helps him, but it will take an A+ effort to make the podium.

2. Khadevis Robinson - DARKHORSE
KD ran great at the trials, but hasn't run since. Making the final should be his number one goal. If he can do that, he's capable of top five or better, especially with his run from behind and kick from 300 out tactic, that he's employed over the last two seasons.

Saucony has made custom spikes for #5 All Time American
in the 800, Duane Solomon 
3. Duane Solomon - DARKHORSE
His phenomenal 1:43.44 PR in Monaco shows he is at the top of his game. Solomon, like KD, has changed his style from frontrunner to "run right behind the leader" and it's paid off well. His goal should be making the final, and then going from there. Like KD, and Symmonds for that matter, he's got a great shot if he's on the line for the final on Thursday, August 9th. One side note; neither Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich or Leonard Kirwa Kosencha, both of Kenya, who beat Solomon in Monaco, are running in London.

Women's 800
1. Alysia Montano - MEDAL CHANCE
Monaco was good, but not great for Montano. She ran 1:59.05 for third, but looked to be in better shape at the trials. Maybe it was just her international rust buster. She likes to front run, which can be disastrous, but she's too good not to make the final. From there, I'm sure she'd like to improve on her 4th place finish from Daegu last year.

2. Geena Gall
"OMG Opening Ceremonies is tonight!!!!" was a recent tweet from Gall. This is her first rodeo and she leads the clubhouse in the potentially "happy to be here" division. Will she be ready? She ran 2:01.65 at Crystal Palace, so she'll have to return to her Olympic Trials form to make it past the semifinal (it took 1:58.61 to make the final in '08).

3. Alice Schmidt
Schmidt's added strength training this year led to a PR and A Standard in the 1500 at Prefontaine. She barely missed the final in Daegu last year. That will be her goal for London. Read the 5 Questions with Schmidt feature here.

Hopefully this Manzano will show up in London
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Men's 1500
1. Leo Manzano - DARKHORSE
Known for his hot and cold racing habits, Manzano has been hot all year, except for two weeks ago at Crystal Palace. Hopefully one poor showing isn't a sign of where he is right now. Manzano's kick is medal-worthy and if he runs like he did at the trials, that's a possibility.

2. Matt Centrowitz - DARKHORSE
A poor 800 at Crystal Palace led to a withdrawal at Monaco. He ran much better at the Morton Games a few days ago, winning the 800 in 1:47.72. Centro rounds into shape fast and runs rounds well. If he can time this right, he'll hope to finish on the podium again, like he did in Daegu.

3. Andrew Wheating - HURT ALERT
A few days ago, "Britain's Athletics International" said that Wheating had withdrawn from the games. That looked to be false information, but Wheating has been hurt and had to withdraw from Monaco with a flaring up of plantar fasciitis. Let's hope he's ready to go, but I wouldn't put too much stock in him going beyond the semis if this continues to be an issue (it took 3:37.77 to make the final in Beijing)

Uceny will lead a strong 3 in the 1500
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Women's 1500
1. Morgan Uceny - MEDAL CHANCE
Uceny hasn't looked quite as strong as last year. The devastating kick that she displayed all of 2011, save Daegu, hasn't been there. Maybe by design. Her, Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson all looked good, but not great, at Crystal Palace, but I'm sure she and her coach, Terrence Mahon, have been trying to time her peak for the games. We'll see if it works; as if it does, she's a podium threat.

2. Shannon Rowbury - DARKHORSE
No stranger to the medal stand, Rowbury has been overshadowed by Uceny and Simpson over the past two seasons. She's a smart racer most certainly will make the final. After that, she'll need a big race, but like Simpson last year, is capable of medaling if things go her way.

3. Jenny Simpson - MEDAL CHANCE
Last year's 1500 meter World Champ hasn't shown that kind of form yet, but we know it's there. She's run under 4:00 in the event and has as good of 100 meter speed as anyone if it comes down to the last straightaway.

Man of the hour, Evan Jager
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Men's 3000 Steeplechase
1. Evan Jager - MEDAL CHANCE
What's he done since the trials? Only set the American Record in the Steeple in an incredible time of 8:06.81. He also launched himself into the medal conversation. Maybe it's too soon, but maybe not. This event was made for Jager and he's taking full advantage of the opportunity. Look for him to contend on Friday, August 3rd (semifinal) and Sunday, August 5th (final).

2. Donn Cabral
The 2012 Princeton grad recently ran a PR of 3:40.03 for 1500 meters in Lignano, and then four days later, ran a flat 3000 PR of 7:53.48 in Szczecin. His smart racing style should land him in the final (it took 8:23.66 in Beijing). After that, top 10 would be an excellent goal. Read the 5 Questions with Cabral feature here.

3. Kyle Alcorn
If you saw Alcorn at the trials, you know he left it all out there to make the team. He'll have to do the same to make the final in London. He's got a great kick, which will bode well in a kickers race. Read the 5 Questions with Alcorn feature here.

Women's 3000 Steeplechase
1. Emma Coburn - DARKHORSE
Yet to be truly challenged this season, Coburn should thrive in London. She tuned up this week with a 4:33.24 Mile in Ireland. It took 9:17.16 to make the podium in Daegu last year. Coburn has run 9:25.28, but is certainly on the rise.

2. Bridget Franek
Franek looked excellent at Crystal Palace, running a PR of 9:29.53. She just missed the final in Daegu last year, but should be ready to run faster than the 9:40.04 it took to make the final then. Read the 5 Questions with Franek feature here (note: from before the trials).

3. Shalaya Kipp
Like Gall, hopefully Kipp won't fall into the potentially "happy to be here" mode and will compete. In the same Morton Mile as Coburn, Kipp managed only a 4:40.31, but is "hungry for more." She's certainly capable of making the final, but her best shot at the medal stand will be at 2016 or 2020.

Rupp, Lagat and Lomong will all have a shot at 5000
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Men's 5000
1. Galen Rupp - MEDAL CHANCE
While Rupp's training partner, Mo Farah, ran in front of his home crowd at Crystal Palace, Rupp has been silent. I don't think anyone has any doubts he'll be ready to roll when the 5000 semifinal goes off on Wednesday, August 8th.

2. Bernard Lagat - MEDAL CHANCE
Not too much should be taken from Lagat's 3:54.17 Mile at Crystal Palace. It was an alright tune up race. Like Rupp, Lagat is a veteran that will be ready to go for the semis and will exhaust just enough energy to make the final. Gold is on his mind, but a podium finish would be a victory for him and America.

3. Lopez Lomong - DARKHORSE
Lomong won't have the hoopla that comes with being a flag bearer this year. In '08, he didn't make it out of the semifinal in the 1500. He should make it out of the semifinal and then could surprise in the final. He's run very few 5000's, but has run them all well. It took 13:06.22 to medal in Beijing, and will likely take faster in London.

Women's 5000
1. Julie Culley
Culley's kick at the trials was phenomenal. She'll need to channel that and more to make it to the final in London. Her 15:13.77 in Eugene and 8:45.57 3000 in Monaco show she is capable of the 15:15.12 that it took to make the final in 2008.

2. Molly Huddle
How fit is Huddle? We're not really sure. She's battled injury since her 14:44.76 American Record in 2010. Could she be rounding into shape? She didn't make it out of the heats in Daegu, so priority number one will be that.

Conley should feel like this if she
can make the 5000 final
(photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
3. Kim Conley
"Conley's definitely not just 'happy to be here.' This is the freaking Olympic Games. You can't simply coast in and show up," says her Coach Drew Wartenburg. "Training/prep is going well." She's got absolutely nothing to lose. She ran the race of her life to make it and secured a deal with New Balance in the process. Things are looking up. They'd be even more exciting if Conley could find that same magic to make the final. She won her tune up race in Cork, so it's possible!

Men's 10,000
1. Galen Rupp - MEDAL CHANCE
What seems to be Rupp's signature event will be the first on his schedule. The gun will go off next Saturday, August 4th for his run at the medal stand. It will be tough beating his teammate, Mo Farah, but everyone else is beatable, including Keninisa Bekele. He'll need to have the kick of his life to medal, but that's what he and his coach, Alberto Salazar, have been training his whole life for.

2. Matt Tegenkamp
Teg's run at the trials was inspiring. After looked washed up at Pre, he rebounded and looked in control the whole way. Keep in mind, he's only run four 10,000's ever. His 10th place finish at Daegu last year was good, but I'm sure he wants more, as he finished 4th in Osaka in the 5000 in 2007. Top 7-8 is likely where he'll fall if he runs a strong race.

3. Dathan Ritzenhein
Ritz seems to be on the upswing. His 13:15.91 in the rain at Crystal Palace was another positive step towards his comeback to the track (although he's running the Chicago Marathon this fall). Can he hang on to the front pack? It's going to be tough, but I would think a top 7-8 finish, like Teg, for Ritz is doable.

Brooks made custom shoes for Amy Hastings & Desi Davila
(photo: Amy Hastings Twitter)
Women's 10,000
1. Amy Hastings
One of the best stories of the trials was Amy Hastings breaking through and winning the 10,000, after finishing a disappointing 4th at the Marathon Trials. It will be near impossible to make the podium, but a top 7 finish should be possible, based on Daegu's results.

2. Lisa Uhl
Like Huddle, Uhl has been injured and it's hard to know what to expect from her. She hasn't raced since the trials, so we'll see what happens a week from today!

3. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom
JCB mentioned in her interview with me that she was "so sick in Eugene that I can't even pretend that I had a strategy." Hopefully she's feeling better now and will compete! Read the 5 Questions with JCB feature here.

Men's Marathon
1. Meb Keflezighi - HURT ALERT
While Meb has been busy on television running around in Citibank commercials, it sounds like he isn't ready for London. A hamstring injury seems to have set him back in his training, but he was the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, so he'll put forth his best effort.

2. Ryan Hall - DARKHORSE
In early June, Hall looked abysmal at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon, getting his butt kicked by Meb. He's done this before, but never this slow. News came out that he'd had a bad case of plantar fasciitis that was hindering his training. That seems to be in the past now, but will he be ready for the world's best? I know he wants to rebound from his 10th place finish in Beijing. Expect him to contend for as long as he can on the last day of athletics, Sunday, August 11th.

Abdi hopes to airplane some people in London
(photo: The Oregonian)
3. Abdi Abdirahman
The Black Cactus is always a question mark. He could contend for the podium or he could finish 25th. It's hard to say until the race gets going. He'll likely be running in Nike's new Flyknit Racers and he "had a good workout at the track" on July 25.

Women's Marathon
1. Shalane Flanagan - MEDAL CHANCE
If you needed more of a reason to watch the Women's Marathon on Sunday, August 5th, Flanagan is it. Her surprise bronze medal finish in the Beijing 10,000 only whet her appetite for her chances in the marathon. She'll contend. Just watch.

2. Desi Davila - HURT ALERT
News has come out recently that Davila has been injured and could potenially not start next Sunday, August 5th. Let's hope she can find a way to go. The marathon is a tough event to go into half-cocked, but Davila is one of the toughest out there.

3. Kara Goucher - DARKHORSE
She surprised many with her podium finish at the trials and has been training well by all accounts. She could surprise again in London if people crash and burn, as she'll likely take a more balanced approach.

Agree? Disagree? Got some information I missed? Feel free to comment or email me something I left out.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

2012 London Olympics Track and Field Schedule (with US Time Zones)

The Olympics start Wednesday and along with the coverage on NBC, there are the NBC Olympics and the Live Extra Apps. Live Extra is also available online. TV times are here.

No matter where you live in the United States, here is when each event will take place live. I'll link with results from IAAF's Olympic Coverage page as they happen.

2012 London Olympic Games Athletics Schedule

Friday, August 3:
Morning Session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Shot Put Qualification10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Women’s 100 Hurdles (Heptathlon)10:05 AM2:05 AM3:05 AM4:05 AM5:05 AM
Women’s Triple Jump Qualification 10:25 AM2:25 AM3:25 AM4:25 AM5:25 AM
Women’s 100 Prelims10:40 AM2:40 AM3:40 AM4:40 AM5:40 AM
Men’s 400 Hurdles Prelims 11:15 AM3:15 AM4:15 AM5:15 AM6:15 AM
Women’s High Jump (Heptathlon) 11:15 AM3:15 AM4:15 AM5:15 AM6:15 AM
Men’s Hammer Qualification 11:20 AM3:20 AM4:20 AM5:20 AM6:20 AM
Women’s 400 Prelims 12:00 PM4:00 AM5:00 AM6:00 AM7:00 AM
Men’s Hammer Qualification 12:45 PM4:45 AM5:45 AM6:45 AM7:45 AM
Men’s 3000 Steeplechase Semifinal 1:00 PM5:00 AM6:00 AM7:00 AM8:00 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s Shot Put (Heptathlon) 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Women’s 100 Prelims 7:05 PM11:05 AM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM
Women’s Discus Qualification7:10 PM11:10 AM12:10 PM1:10 PM2:10 PM
Men’s Long Jump Qualification 7:50 PM11:50 AM12:50 PM1:50 PM2:50 PM
Men’s 1500 Prelims8:05 PM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM3:05 PM
Men’s Shot Put Final 8:30 PM12:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM3:30 PM
Women’s Discus Qualification8:35 PM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM3:35 PM
Women’s 200 (Heptathlon) 8:45 PM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM3:45 PM
Women’s 10,000 Final9:25 PM1:25 PM2:25 PM3:25 PM4:25 PM
Saturday, August 4:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s 100 Prelims10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Women’s Long Jump (Heptathlon) 10:05 AM2:05 AM3:05 AM4:05 AM5:05 AM
Women’s Pole Vault Qualification 10:20 AM2:20 AM3:20 AM4:20 AM5:20 AM
Men’s 400 Prelims 10:35 AM2:35 AM3:35 AM4:35 AM5:35 AM
Women’s 3000 Steeplechase Semifinal 11:35 AM3:35 AM4:35 AM5:35 AM6:35 AM
Women’s Javelin (Heptathlon) 11:40 AM3:40 AM4:40 AM5:40 AM6:40 AM
Men’s 100 Prelims 12:30 PM4:30 AM5:30 AM6:30 AM7:30 AM
Women’s Javelin (Heptathlon) 12:55 PM4:55 AM5:55 AM6:55 AM7:55 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s 20k Race Walk Final 5:00 PM9:00 AM10:00 AM11:00 AM12:00 PM
Men’s 400 Hurdles Semifinal 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Women’s Discus Final 7:30 PM11:30 AM12:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM
Women’s 100 Semifinal 7:35 PM11:35 AM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM
Men’s Long Jump Final 7:55 PM11:55 AM12:55 PM1:55 PM2:55 PM
Women’s 400 Semifinal 8:05 PM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM3:05 PM
Women’s 800 (Heptathlon) 8:35 PM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM3:35 PM
Men’s 10,000 Final 9:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM3:15 PM4:15 PM
Women’s 100 Final9:55 PM1:55 PM2:55 PM3:55 PM4:55 PM
Sunday, August 5:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s Marathon Final 11:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM6:00 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s 400 Hurdles Prelims7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Men’s High Jump Qualification 7:05 PM11:05 AM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM
Women’s Triple Jump Final 7:35 PM11:35 AM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM
Men’s 100 Semifinal 7:45 PM11:45 AM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM
Men’s 1500 Semifinal8:15 PM12:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM3:15 PM
Men’s Hammer Final 8:20 PM12:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM3:20 PM
Men’s 400 Semifinal 8:40 PM12:40 PM1:40 PM2:40 PM3:40 PM
Women’s 400 Final 9:10 PM1:10 PM2:10 PM3:10 PM4:10 PM
Men’s 3000 Steeplechase Final 9:25 PM1:25 PM2:25 PM3:25 PM4:25 PM
Men’s 100 Final9:50 PM1:50 PM2:50 PM3:50 PM4:50 PM
Monday, August 6:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Discus Qualification 10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Women’s 100 Hurdles Prelims10:05 AM2:05 AM3:05 AM4:05 AM5:05 AM
Women’s Shot Put Qualification 10:45 AM2:45 AM3:45 AM4:45 AM5:45 AM
Men’s 800 Prelims 10:50 AM2:50 AM3:50 AM4:50 AM5:50 AM
Men’s Discus Qualification 11:25 AM3:25 AM4:25 AM5:25 AM6:25 AM
Women’s 1500 Prelims11:45 AM3:45 AM4:45 AM5:45 AM6:45 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s Pole Vault Final 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Women’s Shot Put Final 7:15 PM11:15 AM12:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM
Women’s 200 Prelims 7:20 PM11:20 AM12:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM
Women’s 400 Hurdles Semifinal 8:15 PM12:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM3:15 PM
Men’s 400 Hurdles Final 8:45 PM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM3:45 PM
Women’s 3000 Steeplechase Final 9:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM3:05 PM4:05 PM
Men’s 400 Final9:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM3:30 PM4:30 PM
Tuesday, August 7:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s Javelin Qualification 10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Men’s 110 Hurdles Prelims10:10 AM2:10 AM3:10 AM4:10 AM5:10 AM
Men’s Triple Jump Qualification 10:45 AM2:45 AM3:45 AM4:45 AM5:45 AM
Women’s 5000 Semifinal 10:55 AM2:55 AM3:55 AM4:55 AM5:55 AM
Women’s Javelin Qualification 11:25 AM3:25 AM4:25 AM5:25 AM6:25 AM
Men’s 200 Prelims 11:50 AM3:50 AM4:50 AM5:50 AM6:50 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s High Jump Final 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Women’s Long Jump Qualification 7:05 PM11:05 AM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM
Women’s 100 Hurdles Semifinal 7:15 PM11:15 AM12:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM
Men’s Discus Final 7:45 PM11:45 AM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM
Men’s 800 Semifinal 7:55 PM11:55 AM12:55 PM1:55 PM2:55 PM
Women’s 200 Semifinal 8:25 PM12:25 PM1:25 PM2:25 PM3:25 PM
Women’s 100 Hurdles Final 9:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM4:00 PM
Men’s 1500 Final9:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM3:15 PM4:15 PM
Wednesday, August 8:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Pole Vault Qualification 10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Women’s Hammer Qualification 10:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM
Men’s 100 (Decathlon) 10:10 AM2:10 AM3:10 AM4:10 AM5:10 AM
Men’s 5000 Semifinal10:45 AM2:45 AM3:45 AM4:45 AM5:45 AM
Men’s Long Jump (Decathlon) 11:10 AM3:10 AM4:10 AM5:10 AM6:10 AM
Women’s Hammer Qualification 11:25 AM3:25 AM4:25 AM5:25 AM6:25 AM
Women’s 800 Prelims 11:35 AM3:35 AM4:35 AM5:35 AM6:35 AM
Men’s Shot Put (Decathlon) 12:50 PM4:50 AM5:50 AM6:50 AM7:50 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s High Jump (Decathlon) 6:00 PM10:00 AM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM
Men’s Javelin Qualification 7:05 PM11:05 AM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM
Men’s 110 Hurdles Semifinal 7:15 PM11:15 AM12:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM
Women’s 1500 Semifinal 7:45 PM11:45 AM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM
Women’s Long Jump Final 8:05 PM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM3:05 PM
Men’s 200 Semifinal 8:10 PM12:10 PM1:10 PM2:10 PM3:10 PM
Men’s Javelin Qualification 8:35 PM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM3:35 PM
Women’s 400 Hurdles Final 8:45 PM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM3:45 PM
Women’s 200 Final 9:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM4:00 PM
Men’s 110 Hurdles Final 9:15 PM1:15 PM2:15 PM3:15 PM4:15 PM
Men’s 400 (Decathlon)9:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM3:30 PM4:30 PM
Thursday, August 9:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s 110 Hurdles (Decathlon) 9:00 AM1:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM
Women’s High Jump Qualification 9:30 AM1:30 AM2:30 AM3:30 AM4:30 AM
Men’s Discus (Decathlon) 9:55 AM1:55 AM2:55 AM3:55 AM4:55 AM
Men’s 4x400 Relay semifinal 11:35 AM3:35 AM4:35 AM5:35 AM6:35 AM
Men’s Pole Vault (Decathlon) 12:55 PM4:55 AM5:55 AM6:55 AM7:55 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Javelin (Decathlon) 6:30 PM10:30 AM11:30 AM12:30 PM1:30 PM
Men’s Triple Jump Final 7:20 PM11:20 AM12:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM
Women’s 800 Semifinal 7:30 PM11:30 AM12:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM
Men’s Javelin (Decathlon) 7:40 PM11:40 AM12:40 PM1:40 PM2:40 PM
Men’s 800 Final 8:00 PM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM
Women’s 4x100 Relay Semifinal 8:20 PM12:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM3:20 PM
Men’s 200 Final 8:55 PM12:55 PM1:55 PM2:55 PM3:55 PM
Women’s Javelin Final 9:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM4:00 PM
Men’s 1500 (Decathlon)9:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM3:20 PM4:20 PM
Friday, August 10:
Afternoon sessionLondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Pole Vault Final 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Women’s 4x400 Relay Semifinal 7:10 PM11:10 AM12:10 PM1:10 PM2:10 PM
Women’s Hammer Final 7:35 PM11:35 AM12:35 PM1:35 PM2:35 PM
Men’s 4x100 Relay Semifinal 7:45 PM11:45 AM12:45 PM1:45 PM2:45 PM
Women’s 5000 Final 8:05 PM12:05 PM1:05 PM2:05 PM3:05 PM
Women’s 4x100 Relay Final 8:40 PM12:40 PM1:40 PM2:40 PM3:40 PM
Women’s 1500 Final 8:55 PM12:55 PM1:55 PM2:55 PM3:55 PM
Men’s 4x400 Relay Final9:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM3:20 PM4:20 PM
Saturday, August 11:
Morning session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s 50k Race Walk Final 9:00 AM1:00 AM2:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM
Afternoon session LondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Women’s 20k Race Walk Final 5:00 PM9:00 AM10:00 AM11:00 AM12:00 PM
Women’s High Jump Final 7:00 PM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM
Men’s Javelin Final 7:20 PM11:20 AM12:20 PM1:20 PM2:20 PM
Men’s 5000 Final 7:30 PM11:30 AM12:30 PM1:30 PM2:30 PM
Women’s 800 Final 8:00 PM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM
Women’s 4x400 Relay Final 8:25 PM12:25 PM1:25 PM2:25 PM3:25 PM
Men’s 4x100 Relay Final9:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM4:00 PM
Sunday, August 12: 
Morning sessionLondonPacificMountainCentralEastern
Men’s Marathon Final11:00 AM3:00 AM4:00 AM5:00 AM6:00 AM

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