An Update On The Confusion / Controversy Surrounding The 2020 Olympic Selection System

LRC One Week Later: How Will USATF Select The 2020 Olympic Team? No One Really Seems To Know We have a little good news to report. Amid confusion, USA Track and Field is refusing to confirm the statement they gave us last week that put US distance fans into a tizzy. And USATF tells us they are appealing to the IAAF to give the top 5 at the US Olympic Marathon Trials the marathon standard.
*MB: A Little Good News: USATF is appealing to get top 5 at US Olympic Marathon Trials the standard.

Assorted Distance News

Our Weekly Recap

LRC WTW: USATF Defies The IAAF And Ruins The Olympic Trials, Fast Halves And The Perfect Solution To The DL 5,000 Situation What a ridiculous week for US distance fans. We pick ourselves off the mat and offer common sense solutions to keep the crown jewel of US track and field – the Olympic Trials – exciting and to save the Diamond League 5,000. Along the way we wonder if Brigid Kosgei is now the favorite for next month’s London Marathon.

It’s Unfortunate The Only Women Comfortable Enough To Speak Up On This Issue Are Retired

Corruption / Doping News

Unbelievably Stupid

Absolutely Stunning LRC Our Worst Fears Realized: USATF WILL NOT Honor Top-Three Finish At The US Olympic Trials Unless You Have The Standard This is one of the darkest days in history for US distance fans. We emailed USATF to make sure they would be honoring the IAAF world rankings so those top 3 at the Olympic Trials could go to the Olympics – they told us they would not. That means Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo wouldn’t have made the 2016 team, nor would Jared Ward and five others, including Bernard Lagat, who won the most thrilling race at the Trials. Some US Olympic Trials races may now be totally meaningless.
*MB: Breaking: An Absolute Travesty! USATF WILL NOT honor top 3 finish at US Olympic Trials unless you have the standard!!!

Pushback Against The IAAF’s Recent Changes Is Growing

Semenya Decision Delayed

LRC CAS Delays Caster Semenya Case For At Least A Month In a guest post for LRC, Amby Burfoot gives some background on the case and references studies demonstrating the overrepresentation of DSD (Differences of Sexual Development) athletes in the women’s 800.

CAS Delays Decision On Caster Semenya Until Late April They were supposed to announce their decision on March 26, but they say that the IAAF and Semenya have filed additional submissions and materials. The IAAF rule says that hyperandrogenous athletes need to keep their testosterone below a certain level for 6 months, but they have now created a “special transitional period” so that affected athletes could still compete at Worlds if they lower their levels within one week of the CAS decision (assuming CAS rules in favor of the IAAF).

Indoor Athletes Of The Year

Collegiate News

More Distance News

African Distance News: Semenya Does 5,000m


Next Week’s World XC Looks Like It Will Be Amazing

LRC Mud, Beer And VIKINGS! A Behind-The-Scenes Look At How The Incredible 2019 World XC Course Was Designed Organizers are planning one hell of a party for next week’s World XC Champs. The course features mud, water, and sand pits, a beer tent, a portion that runs over the roof of a museum, and a Viking Zone. And it’s all inspired by Chuck Norris.
*MB:
 2019 World XC looks like it’s going to be LEGENDARY! Someone hire Jakob Larsen to run all of track and field

Sprints / Field Event News

D-Day For Kiprop

IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal Is Supposed To Give Its Verdict On Asbel Kiprop Doping Case Today Kiprop still claims he never used EPO and says he’s confident he’ll be vindicated.

Collegiate News

Weekend Road Action

Jordan Hasay Wins St. Patrick’s Day 15k In 51:31 (2:24:55 Marathon Pace)

Vivian Cheruiyot (66:34) Breaks Lisbon CR, Mosinet Geremew (59:37) Wins STACKED Men’s Race 6 men broke 60:00 & 14 broke 61 in Lisbon.

LRC Surprise Win For #1,163 Belay Tilahun, Domination For World Record Holder Joyciline Jepkosgei At United Airlines NYC Half Tilahun wasn’t invited to the elite field in NYC. That didn’t stop him from showing up and winning $20,000. Paul Chelimo was 3rd in his half marathon debut. WR holder Jepkosgei dominated women’s field. Plus comments from Emma Bates 4th, Jared Ward 4th, and Des Linden 5th on new proposed USATF Olympic qualifying.
NYC Half: MB: 
2019 NYC 1/2: Paul Chelimo predictions and Official Discussion Thread
MB: Holy smoly: A non-elite just won the United Airlines NYC Half
*Full Results

LRC Paul Chelimo Wants To Do 5,000/10,000m Double At Worlds, Speaks Out Against Olympic Qualifying Changes Chelimo finished 3rd at the NYC Half in 62:19 in his half marathon debut. He hasn’t run a track 10,000 since 2011.

More Weekend Results

NCAA News