Thursday Non-Distance

2016 Olympic GamesTim Layden’s Thursday Recap: Usain Bolt Reigns Again In Closing Act Of His Individual Olympic Career Bolt was entertaining as always as de Grasse got silver, Ryan Crouser led a 1-2 in the shot, Ashton Eaton was challenged but got gold, Dalilah Muhammad led a US 1-3 in the hurdles as the US continued to up its game.

LRC Ryan Crouser’s Got A PhD (And Gold Medal) In The Shot Put Crouser threw the shot 4 feet further than he did a year ago thanks to being able to focus on it being done with his masters in finance.

Rio Wednesday

LRC Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali And Kristi Castlin Go 1-2-3 In The 100 Hurdles For The U.S. Women’s First-Ever Olympic Track & Field Sweep Even without WR holder Keni Harrison, the US still went 1-2-3. Team USA also went 1-2 in the long jump as Tianna Bartoletta beat Brittney Reese by 2 cm. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson completed the coveted sprint double by winning the 200 in 21.78 over Dafne Schippers and Tori Bowie.
USA just went 1-2-3-4-7 in the women’s 100m hurdles
Elaine Thompson! double 100/200 CHAMP!

LRC GATLIN OUT OF 200m *Discuss
*MB: Usain bolt just jogged a 19.78!! Can we see a sub-19 tomorrow?

Jager celebratesLRC Final Evan Jager Wins Silver As Kenya’s Dominance In The Steeplechase Continues As Conseslus Kipruto Wins Gold, Ezekiel Kemboi Wins Bronze Gets DQed And Retires What a race. Ezekiel Kemboi‘s dominance of the men’s 3,000 steeplechase (and his career) has come to an end. America’s 32-year medal drought in the event has ended as well. The Olympic record is gone as well.

Update: LRC Olympic Debacle: The French Have Forgotten What The Olympics Are Supposed To Be About – Ezekiel Kemboi DQed From Men’s Steeple After Protest


Tuesday In Rio Was Fantastic

LRC: Jenny Simpson Wins America’s First Women’s 1,500 Olympic Medal As Faith Kipyegon Upsets World Record Holder Genzebe Dibaba updated Dibaba made a big move with 2 laps to go, but Kipyegon tracked her the whole way and blew her away in the final 100m. Simpson ran a measured effort to move up in the last lap to take the bronze and almost catch Dibaba in the final meters. Shannon Rowbury was a close 4th.

Video Of Women’s 1,500m Final For US, UK And Canadian Visitors

LRC Genzebe Dibaba Addresses Drug Allegations About Her Coach Jama Aden: “I Am Crystal Clean From Doping” Not that we’d expect a different response, but the questions have to be asked.

M100 Hurdles: Devon Allen Is 5th In Hurdles Final Omar McLeod got the win.
High Jump: Derek Drouin Wins
Semis: High Schooler Sydney McLaughlin’s Olympics Come To An End 
Irish Record For Thomas Barr As Kerron Clement Tries To Regain Old Glory


Best Outside Links

Best Of Web:
Tim Layden:
 U.S.’s Jenny Simpson Won’t Let Half-Empty Rio Stadium Dull Historic Olympic Moment
New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell Chat #1: Caster Semenya & The Logic Of Olympic Competition
New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell Chat #2: The Brilliance Of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, & Wayde Van Niekerk
Evening Standard: Caster Semenya Prepares For 800m Olympics Victory And The Storm That Will Follow

Monday In Rio

Rudisha_DavidFH-Rio16LRC M800 Final: King David’s Reign Continues: David Rudisha Becomes First Man In 52 Years To Repeat As Olympic 800m Champion, American Clayton Murphy Snags Bronze Rudisha has become the first man since 1964 to repeat as Olympic 800 champ.

2016 Olympic GamesLRC Unbelievable: Clayton Murphy Goes From 1:56 800m Runner To Olympic Bronze Medalist Talking World Record In Four Years What an amazing journey for Clayton Murphy.

Murphy Mania On The Message Board

WowLRC  Shaunae Miller Dives At Line And Wins 400m Gold Medal – Prevents Allyson Felix From Becoming First Woman With 5 Olympic Gold Medals In Track And Field What a finish. This is what the Olympics is all about.

LRC Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva Upsets Renaud Lavillenie For Pole Vault Gold And Sets The Olympic Record (6.03m) In Front Of Delirious Rio Crowd

Emma Coburn 9:07.63 American RecordLRC Emma Coburn Wins America’s 1st-Ever Women’s Steeplechase Medal In Style As Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet Claims Gold In Near World Record (updated and final) Jebet missed the world record by less than a second as Coburn broke the American record in winning bronze.
*MB: Coburn for bronze!

Screenshot (1586)LRC Men’s Steeple Prelims: Evan Jager And Hillary Bor Win Their Heats As All Three Americans Advance To The Olympic Final for the First Time Since 1936 A great day for the Americans.

Screenshot 2016-08-15 at 15.37.03LRC A New, More Relaxed Evan Jager Heads To His Second Olympic Final With A Medal On His Mind

LRC Two-Time Olympic Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown Of Jamaica Shockingly Eliminated In First Round Of Women’s 200 Meters Five women entered the 2016 Olympics with a chance to win three individual Olympic titles in the same event and now four of them have failed. VCB was just third in her heat in 22.97; it took 22.94 to make it on time.

 Anita Wlodarczyk WRAnita Wlodarczyk Breaks Hammer WR – Wins Gold
*Video Of The Monster Throw

Full Rio Coverage In 2016 Rio Special Section

Russian Doping: Klishina Cleared To Compete, Stepanovs Forced To Flee Again

General Rio News

UVA trackDepressing You On A Saturday Night LRC Unbelievable: University Of Virginia Rehires Convicted Doper Martin Maric And Gets Rid Of Coach Who Produced The Program’s 1st-Ever NCAA Shot Put Champion How did the University of Virginia track and field program decide to reward its throws coach Kemal Mesic – the man who guided Filip Mihaljevic to a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships and the NCAA shot put title in June – the first field event title in UVA history? By getting rid of him and replacing him with convicted doper Martin Maric.

Doping News From Rio

US Distance News

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Doping Updates

Dreams Do Become Reality

2016 USA Olympic TrialsLRC Kate Grace’s ‘Dream, Dream’ Season Now Includes the Dream of a Medal in the Olympic Final Kate’s ‘dream, dream’ goal heading into the season was making the Olympic final. Now it’s time to dream for a medal.

Screenshot 2016-08-19 at 19.30.10LRC After 15 Years Nate Brannen Finally Gets His Shot at Olympic Glory Nate making the final and his love of the sport is proof Dreams do Become Reality.

Jager celebratesLRC  Team USA Has Been Crushing It At The Olympics; Can They Get to Five Mid-D/Distance Medals for the First Time in 92 Years? It’s been a great meet for Team USA but could get even better.

A Legend Retires And Then Unretires

LRC After The Outrageous French Protest Got Him Disqualified, Ezekiel Kemboi Quickly Unretires: “I will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits.” “I will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits.”

IMG_20160817_131537LRC Farewell To The GOAT: Ezekiel Kemboi, The World’s Greatest Steeplechaser, Retires Plus a little photo montage of Kemboi winning and celebrating his 6 global titles (4 Worlds, 2 Olympics).

Was This The Lowest Moment Of The Rio Olympics So Far?

Outside Sprints And Jumps Coverage

Preview Of Tuesday’s Action

Centrowitz_MattFL-WorInd16LRC M 1,500 Preview: Asbel Kiprop Goes For Olympic Title #2 As Matthew Centrowitz Tries to End USA’s 108-Year Gold Drought The last time an American won Olympic gold in the 1,500, the Chicago Cubs were three months away from winning the World Series. Centro’s been in great form, but can he or Americans Robby Andrews and Ben Blankenship fend off defending champ Taoufik Makhloufi, Kenyans Ronald Kwemoi and Elijah Manang’oi and a host of others in a deep, talented field?

Ayana world recordLRC W 5k Preview: Almaz Ayana Looks To Become The Second Woman To Complete The Distance Double; Will The World Record Fall Too? Ayana is the HEAVY favorite for gold. The woman with the best chance to stop Ayana is Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, who will be looking to win her first Olympic title.

Rio Saturday – Men’s 10K

farah-wins-rioLRC  Mo-nificent: Mo Farah Survives Fall & Repeats As Olympic 10,000-Meter Champion updated with post-race comments Farah survived a fall, some team tactics from the Africans and a brave final effort by Tanui, but came out on top once again. 27:05.17 over Tanui’s 27:05.64 as Tamirat Tola held off Yigrem Demelash for the bronze. Galen Rupp was 5th; Geoffrey Kamworor was a non-factor in the end, finishing 11th. Recap and analysis to come. Video Highlights

Post-Race Reaction From Galen Rupp, Zane Robertson (Kiwi Record), Mo Ahmed (Last Place), And More

MB: Mo Farah Defends His Olympic 10,000 Title, Blowing By Paul Tanui In The Final Meters 

More Outside Rio Coverage

More Rio Saturday 

Screenshot (1402)LRC Women’s Steeple Prelims: Emma Coburn’s Medal Chances Go Up As All Three Americans Make The Final updated with quotes from Coburn We’ve got you covered if you decided to sleep in on a Saturday morning.

Saturday Preview LRC Day 2 Friends And Family Preview

8:27pm ET LRC Men’s 10,000 Preview
*Mo Farah Would Be “Devastated” If He Left Rio Without Winning Two More Gold Medals Farah on life changing 2012: “I couldn’t go outside. I wore a hoodie and sunglasses to see my family. … I couldn’t be Mo walking down the street any more.”
*Jos Hermens In Wall Street Journal: “Mo is lucky there’s not an athlete like (Geb or Tergat) that he has to compete against.”

More Rio

IMG_1667LRC Goes To Rio: Tanks, The Most Powerful Man In Rio That You’ve Never Heard Of, Brazilian “Queueing” And Fiji! Jon Gault recounts LRC day 1 on the ground and his first Olympic experience.

LRC From 1 To 60: We Rank The 2016 US Track And Field Female Olympians In Terms Of Their Gold Medal Chances From Brianna Rollins (big favorite) to Abbey D’Agostino (huge underdog), we’ve got you covered.

LRC From 1 To 60: We Rank The 2016 US Olympic Track And Field Male Olympians In Terms Of Their Gold Medal Chances From Ashton Eaton (big favorite) to Conor McCullough (huge underdog), we’ve got you covered.

Day 1 Preview LRC The Friends And Family Guide To Day 1 Of Track & Field At The 2016 Summer Olympics 

Overall Preview LRC The Friends And Family Guide To Track & Field At The 2016 Summer Olympics: Bolt’s Swan Song, Hyperandrogenism & Everything Else You Need To Know To Get Ready For Rio The track and field action in Rio starts tomorrow. Do you not know what’s going on but want to learn? Read this.

Event Previews: Fri 10:10am ET LRC W 10,000 Preview

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?

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 Medalist? 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

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.

International Distance News

Olympic Sprint Stuff

Saturday Night

Looking Ahead To Saturday Night
LRC 2016 Olympic Men’s 5,000 Preview: Favorite Mo Farah Aims To Complete The Double-Double; Can Bernard Lagat Medal At 41? Farah looks like a lock for gold after winning the 10k, but with no Kenyans in the final for the first time since 1980, the question is who earns the other medals?

Negative News From Rio

First Round Of Men’s 5K And Women’s 800 In The Books

Disaster for MeadLRC Disaster For Kenya: Kenya Advances Zero Men To 5,000 Meter Final But Team USA Gets Two Three Through updated Zero Kenyan men in the final? Check. A 41-year-old man in the final? Check. Hassan Mead unfortunately went down in a fall but was placed in the final. 

Women’s 800 Heats Three Of World’s Top 10 Fail To Make Semifinals Cubans Rose Almanza and Sahily Diago plus European silver medalist Renelle Lamote went home early. Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace are still alive.
*Ajee Wilson And Kate Grace Talk After Advancing To 800 Semis

LRC Women’s 800 Preview: Like It Or Not, Caster Semenya Is Going To Crush Everyone In Rio World Indoor medalists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya are the favorites for silver and bronze, though Canada’s Melissa Bishop and Kenya’s Eunice Sum both have a shot.

Disaster for MeadLRC Disaster For Kenya: Kenya Advances Zero Men To 5,000 Meter Final But Team USA Gets Two Through updated Zero Kenyan men in the final? Check. A 41-year-old man in the final? Check. Hassan Mead unfortunately went down in a fall.

Women’s 800 Heats Three Of World’s Top 10 Fail To Make Semifinals Cubans Rose Almanza and Sahily Diago plus European silver medalist Renelle Lamote went home early. Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace are still alive.
*Ajee Wilson And Kate Grace Talk After Advancing To 800 Semis

LRC Women’s 800 Preview: Like It Or Not, Caster Semenya Is Going To Crush Everyone In Rio World Indoor medalists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya are the favorites for silver and bronze, though Canada’s Melissa Bishop and Kenya’s Eunice Sum both have a shot.

Tuesday AM In Rio

Abbey helps Hamblin upLRC Abbey D’Agostino & Nikki Hamblin Show The True Meaning Of The Olympics As Almaz Ayana Leads Women’s 5,000 Qualifiers Would you stop running in the middle of the Olympics to help a total stranger? These two women did just that.
*MB: Did Abby d just tear her acl?
What are the rules around Abbey D fall and help?
*Ayana’s 5K semi.

Welcome to the Olympics RobbyLRC Men’s 1,500 Heats: The Favorites Cruise As All Three Americans Make Thurday’s Semifinals, Elijah Manang’oi Picks Up An Injury, And Ayanleh Souleiman Says He’s Clean There was some DQ drama in heat #2, however.
*Why is Filip INGEBRIGTSEN going home devastated?
*Makhloufi, new all time 800/1500 king.

LRC Christian Taylor Becomes Second Man To Repeat As Olympic Triple Jump Champ; Will Claye Gets Silver And Proposes To Girlfriend Queen Harrison On Victory Lap Taylor became the first man in 36 years to defend his Olympic triple jump title and now owns more global triple jump golds than any man in history. He’s now in the conversation for the GOAT along with world record holder Jonathan Edwards and three-time Olympic champ Viktor Saneyev.

Women’s Discus: Sandra Perkovic Defends Her Olympic Discus Gold With A Throw Of 69.21m After two fouls, Perkovic was in trouble but her lone legal throw of the day was enough to win.

More Rio Sprint Coverage

Sunday Was Legendary

Wayde Van Niekerk world recordLRC 43.03 From Lane 8! Wayde van Niekerk Takes Down Michael Johnson’s 17-Year-Old 400M World Record To Win Olympic Gold The times were incredible on the lightning-fast Rio track as former Olympic champs Kirani James (silver in 43.76) and LaShawn Merritt (bronze in 43.85) were the only men who did not set an all-time best mark for place. *Video

Screenshot 2016-08-15 at 03.26.00LRC Usain Bolt Becomes First Man To Win Three Olympic 100-Meter Titles, Runs 9.81 To Defeat Justin Gatlin (9.89) Again Bolt proved once again why he’s the greatest sprinter of all time, passing Gatlin with 20 meters to go to win his third Olympic title. Canada’s Andre De Grasse was third in a personal best of 9.91 seconds as his former college rival Travyon Bromell struggled and was last in 10.06. *Video

NY Times: Usain Bolt Is Still the World’s Fastest Man The Times even has a stick figure graphic that claims to show the race positions in real time.

20150502 ROWBURY Shannon5 KL (2)LRC Women’s 1,500 Semi-Final: Genzebe Dibaba Puts On A Show As Shannon Rowbury And Jenny Simpson Advance And Brenda Martinez Falters Dibaba showed off her speed by winning her semi with a 57 final lap as Faith Kipyegon won her heat and Sifan Hassan and Dawit Seyaum showed they will be contenders. Will Simpson, Rowbury and GB’s Laura Muir be able to compete with the Africans in the final?

More Rio Saturday

Screenshot 2016-08-14 at 03.03.17LRC USA X 2: Both Beris Berian And Clayton Murphy Advance To Men’s 800 Final – Reaction And Analysis A great day for the Americans as Brandon McBride went home.

Saturday Rest Of Meet: Elaine Thompson Wins Anticipated Women’s 100m, Jeff Henderson Of US Wins Long Jump On Final Jump, Jessica Ennis Hill Upset By Nafi Thiam Tori Bowie got silver in the 100, Brianne Theisen-Eaton got bronze in the heptathlon, and earlier in the day Chris Harting, the younger brother of defending champ Robert, won the discus.

Bizarre Russian Doping Updates

All Your Non-Distance Friday Action

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LRC Michelle Carter Unleashes An American Record (20.63m) On Her Final Attempt To Stun Valerie Adams For Olympic Shot Put Gold Medal 32 years ago in Los Angeles, Carter’s dad Michael earned Olympic silver in the shot put. His daughter did him one better tonight in Rio, coming through for gold in the final round under the most pressure imaginable.
*Michael Carter Says “There’s No Comparison” Between Being Olympic Champ And Super Bowl Champ (Shot > Super Bowl)

(At Bottom Of Shot Article): Women’s 100m Round 2, Men’s 400m Round 1, Heptathlon Day 1.
*The Guardian: Jessica Ennis-Hill Leads After Heptathlon Day 1 As Greg Rutherford Survives Scare In LJ Ennis-Hill leads by 72 points as Greg Rutherford almost didn’t get a mark after fouling his first two jumps.
*Jessica Ennis-Hill Vs. Katarina Johnson Thompson: Event-By-Event, Who Is Stronger?

Mid-D Prelims

Hello WorldLRC Women’s 1,500 Prelims: Genzebe Dibaba Gaps The Field As Does Dawit Seyaum As All Three Americans Advance We break down the 1st round of the women’s 1,500 for those of you that were out on a Friday night.

Screenshot 2016-08-12 at 16.27.48LRC Men’s 800 Prelims: Look Out World, David Rudisha Is “Almost Close” To His 2012 Form; Clayton Murphy Scrapes Through, Boris Berian Advances And 2012 Silver Medalist Nijel Amos Goes Home Rudisha looked great, leading all qualifiers with his 1:45.09 as Murphy ran 1:46.18 behind him but only made the semis on time. Amos faded badly and was only seventh in his heat in 1:50.46 while American Charles Jock (6th in heat 4) was also among the casualties.
*MB: Clayton Murphy draws the Heat of Death for 800 semis – Rudisha, Kszczot and Souleiman!!! What should he do?

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