What a week. Athing Mu returned to action as did Christain Coleman. And the ex-HOKA athletes that finally got super shoes on their feet ran huge pbs in Houston as well. Would Stephanie Bruce and/or Kellyn Taylor be Olympians if they had the shoes?
Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign. We have him look back at 2021 and ahead to 2022 and he's got some coaching wisdom as well.
Good Read: World Athletics: "What IT Takes To Become A Kenyan Distance Champion" The author visits Eliud Kipchoge's training camp and analyzes the factors that lead to Kenyan distance dominance. Marc Roig, a 2:18 Spanish marathoner who moved to Kenya and works as a coach/physio for the NN Running teamsaid this of life in Kenya: “When I take my kids to school, I feel ashamed saying I am a runner as many of the dads there have 2:05 marathon PBs. There is even a mother at the school who has a PB similar to mine!"
Czech President Milos Zeman Denounces Beijing 2022 Diplomatic Boycott "We experienced it a long time ago in both Moscow  and Los Angeles . Now there is a subtler form of this abuse, when the boycott is announced only for politicians and not for athletes. Honestly, if some political buffaloes aren't at the Olympics, nothing terrible will happen."
USTFCCCA NCAA Weekend Recap Florida had a few standout performances including Jacory Patterson lowering his own collegiate 300m record from 32.28 to 31.99, Grace Stark ran 7.86 in the 60H to tie for 3rd on the all-time collegiate list and Talitha Diggs ran 36.37 to move to #4 on the college 300m list.
Yes, the 37-year-old who took a decade away from the sport is the one who got the record that Shalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Des Linden, and Sara Hall all could not get. James Ngandu won the men's race in 2:11:03 as Frank Lara was the top American in 6th place (2:11:32 debut).
The FBI appears to have gained access to Blessing Okagbare's WhatsApp messages and we have now have an inside look at doping in the elite sprint world as a result of the Rodchenkov Act, which makes it a crime to affect the outcome of major international sporting events via the use of performance-enhancing drugs. There are some starting revelations, leaving us to what to know who is 'Athlete 2' who was struggling with a hamstring injury this summer?
Bekele vs Kamworor vs Lawrence Cherono and the defending champ and NY champ. 4 of the top 10 in the world plus Jake Riley, Scott Fauble, Collin Bennie, Elkanah Kibet and more. Updated with analysis. MB: It's on! Bekele vs Kamworor in Boston
With the full year in the books, it's time to finally turn the page on 2021 and hand out some awards. Sifan Hassan, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Courtney Freirichs, Erriyon Knighton, Shelby Houlihan, Sha'Carri Richardson, Francine Niyonsaba, Elly and Laurie Henes and others all get some hardware.