2016 Rio Track Action Begins Friday – It’s Time To Get Educated *Full Schedule *Running Warehouse Prediction Contest

Jenny Simpson On Medal Stand in 2011Starts Friday: LRC W 1,500 Preview: Kenyan Record Holder Faith Kipyegon Faces WR Holder Genzebe Dibaba; Can An American Medal For The 1st Time In History? EPO was allegedly found at the hotel where Dibaba and her coach were staying in June, but she will still compete in Rio. Also watch for World Indoor champ Sifan Hassan and British sensation Laura Muir. Can Simpson, Rowbury or Martinez medal?

Rudisha LegendStarts Friday: LRC M 800 Preview: David Rudisha Goes For The Repeat In A Wide-Open Event; Clayton Murphy & Boris Berian Shoot For First U.S. Medals Since 1992 No man has repeated in the 800 at the Olympics since New Zealand’s Peter Snell in 1960 & 1964. Defending world champ Rudisha enters as the world leader and favorite, but he’ll be challenged by Kenyan Trials champ Alfred Kipketer, 2015 Worlds runner-up Adam Kszczot, France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and many more.

Rupp got silver in 2012Sat 8:25pm ET LRC M 10,000 Preview: Mo Farah Vs. Geoffrey Kamworor In A Rematch Of Epic Proportions Farah could join running immortals Nurmi, Zátopek, Viren, Gebrselassie and Bekele as the only men to win two Olympic 10,000 titles. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor will try to stop him after coming up just short in Beijing last year. Plus can Galen Rupp medal in part one of his 10k/marathon double?

Emily Infeld Your Lone US Distance Medallist from BeijingFri 10:10am ET LRC W 10,000 Preview: Tirunesh Dibaba Goes For A Historic 3rd Straight Title In A Clash Of The Titans Against Almaz Ayana & Vivian Cheruiyot; Do Molly Huddle & Emily Infeld Have Any Chance To Medal? The Olympic track and field action starts on Friday and the action will kick off in incredible fashion with a SPECTACULAR women’s 10,000-meter final. Can Tirunesh Dibaba become the 1st woman to win 3 individual golds in the same event? Or will Almaz Ayana mark herself as the new world #1? Can defending world champ Vivian Cheruiyot win her first Olympic gold? Can American Molly Infeld or Molly Huddle medal? Will the American record go down?

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Lunatic Who Tackled Brazil’s Vanderlei De Lima During 2004 Olympic Marathon Is Furious That He Lit The Rio 2016 Cauldron Irish priest Neil Horan claims that he apologized to de Lima, but never got a response and that de Lima wouldn’t be famous without him.

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Kenya News

Overhead view of the race and the surrounding Kenyan lowlandsLRC Goes To Kenya A Legacy Lives On: A Look At The Search For Kenyan Talent At The Aloha Zane Branson Memorial 15K The late Zane Branson was so much more than an agent to some of East Africa’s top runners. In his latest piece, Andy Arnold travels to the western Kenya to visit the race that now bears Branson’s name and tells how Zane’s messages of family and teamwork live on.

US Distance Olympians Getting Ready For Rio

Non-Distance Rio Previews

Kirani James After Gold in LondonStarts Friday LRC M400 Preview: With World Champ Wayde van Niekerk and Olympic Champs LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James, the Stage Is Set for a Classic Olympic Final The Big Three have claimed every global title since 2008 and their matchup in Beijing last year produced the first race in history with three men under 44 seconds. Could they go faster this year — and challenge Michael Johnson‘s WR of 43.18?

Mokhnyuk-Theisen-FodorovaFL-Worldi16Starts Friday LRC Heptathlon Preview: Will Jessica Ennis-Hill Win Another Gold? Or Will Brianne Theisen-Eaton Join Ashton As A Gold Medallist? Or Will The Future Of The Sport Arrive? The women’s multi should be a dandy in Rio. Who will emerge on top?

Rutherford after claiming gold in Beijing last yearStarts Friday LRC MLong Jump: Can Great Britain’s Greg Rutherford Hold Off The Americans And Join Carl Lewis As A Two-Time Olympic Champion? With a win, world champ Rutherford would join Carl Lewis as the only men with multiple Olympic long jump titles. His competitors include training partner and last year’s runner-up, Fabrice Lapierre of Australia, world leader Jarrion Lawson of the U.S. and U.S. champ Jeff Henderson.

Women's 60m Final (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)"Starts Friday LRC W 100m: What A Final This Could Be, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Goes For History Vs. Five Others With A Shot For Gold It should be a tremendous women’s 100m final as five women have broken 10.80 this year and that doesn’t even include Dafne Schippers.

Friday 9:00pm ET LRC WShot Put Preview: Valerie Adams Looks To Become The First Women In History To Win Three Individual Golds In Same Olympic Track & Field Event No woman has ever won gold in the same track and field event at the Olympics. That could change in the very first Olympic field event final in Rio.

Starts Friday LRC Men’s Discus Preview: Can 4-Time Global Champ Robert Harting Defend His Title Or Will Reigning World Champ Piotr Małachowski Spoil Harting’s Celebration? Journalists aren’t supposed to cheer in the press box but we tell you why we’re rooting for Robert Harting in this one.

Starts Friday LRC Women’s Hammer Preview: Will World Record Holder Anita Wlodarczyk Win Two Gold Medals In 1 Competition? The WR holder Wlodarczyk could have two gold medals to her name if Russian 2012 champ Tatyana Beloborodova is banned after she came up positive in London 2012 retests.

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Two Athletes Angry They Won’t Be In Rio Crush It At Beach To Beacon

IMG_1651LRC Maine Native Ben True (28:17) Becomes First American To Win TD Beach To Beacon 10K; Mary Keitany Blasts 30:45 Course Record After Olympic Snub True and Keitany were frustrated to be left off their respective Olympic teams and both athletes responded by earning historic wins in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on Saturday morning. True led a U.S. 1-2 as Dathan Ritzenhein (28:27) was second with sub-27:00 Kenyan William Malel Sitonik (28:31) third in his road race debut. Emily Sisson (32:20) was the top American woman in fourth.
*MB: Ben MF True 1 and Ritz 2 at Beach 2 Beacon. 1st American win ever.
*MB: Ritz is totally pumped after Beach to Beacon: “I think I can have a really special race in New York.”

Sir Walter Miler MB: Lauren Johnson (4:25) And Kyle Merber (3:54) Win As Drew Hunter (3:57.15) And Mikey Brannigan (3:57.58) PR It’s a Paralympic WR for the autistic Brannigan. *Meet Home

Semenya Will Keep A Lower Profile In Rio

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2016 Is The Year Of The Zatopek Books

LRCBook Review: "Endurance: The Extraordinary Life And Times Of Emil Zatopek" By Rick Broadbent Offers A Compelling Look At Zátopek, His Competitors, And The World In Which He Lived

Endurance is one of three Zátopek biographies that were released this summer (Today We Die A Little! by Richard Askwith and Quicksilver by Pat Butcher - which we have not reviewed yet - are the others). This one's worth a read as it offers insight into not just Zátopek's life, but those of rivals Alain MimounGordon Pirie and Jim Peters as well as Zátopek's former coach Jan Haluza and his brutal treatment at the hands of Czechoslovakia's communist regime.

Week That Was

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Latest Doping Scandal

Sunday Times And German ARD Tape Record Kenyan Team Manager Asking For $13,000 Bribe And He’d Give Brits 24-Hour Notice Of Out-Of-Competition Doping Tests In Kenya We didn’t need a tape recording to tell us the OOC testing in Kenya wasn’t very effective as Reid Coolsaet had already told the world he was called at 8pm the night before OOC tests in Kenya and told where to report at 6 am. However, the fact the Kenyan Olympic team manager is involved is very disturbing. *AFP Article

General Olympic News

Need Something To Read On A Sunday? Read This

9,000+ Words Of Great Journalism Learn About The Life Of Arguably The Most Talented Sprinter In History – Houston McTear McTear did it all in life – from equaling the WR in the 100y during the heats of a HS race and competing for Muhammad Ali‘s track club, to drug addiction and homelessness. If you’ve got 30+ minutes this weekend, this is a great read. A movie about his life is being made, watch the trailer here.

North American Olympic News

Opening Ceremony Recap  Worth A Watch: Video On Kip Keino

African Olympic News

The 2016 Rio Games Have Opened

HUGE Doping News

Must Read Head Of WADA’s Investigation Into Russian Doping Absolutely Rips WADA And IOC  – Says WADA Chief Craig Reedie Never Asked Him Once About The Investigation Former DEA superstar Jack Robertson held nothing back in a Q&A with ProPublica and the BBC: “The action the IOC took has forever set a bar for how the most outrageous doping and cover up and corruption possible will be treated in the future … The people in charge are basically raping their sports and the system for self-interest. Sport is seriously broken.”

Demand Change Sign The Petition Asking For Reedie’s Resignation

MB: ProPublica interview with Jack Robertson – WADA and IOC tried to kill Russian doping investigation and fallout

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