Friday In Doha
LRC WHAT A RACE: Conseslus Kipruto Preserves Kenyan Steeplechase Streak By The Tiniest Margin Possible Kipruto was beaten, and then he wasn’t, winning by .01. The 3 Americans ran well but were left out of the medals in a historically fast final.
LRC Fabulous Friday: For One Night, Qatar Gets Its World Championship Moment A big enthusiastic crowd, a world record, a hometown here, and a legend staying on top. Veteran journalist Elliott Denman put it best, “A great night for track and field.”
Video Dalilah Muhammad 52.16 World Record To Edge Sydney McLaughlin Video of the race with post-race reaction. The only times Sydney McLaughlin lost this year, Muhammad ran the world record to beat her.
LRC Men’s 1,500 Semis: Timothy Cheruiyot, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Craig Engels And Scotland All Excel Tiny Scotland, population 5 million, has 3 finalists while Team USA has two, but Matthew Centrowitz only made the final on time.
*MB: Calling it now, Jakob wins the Gold Medal on Sunday He easily qualified for the final as Centro had to get in on time.
Salazar / NOP Updates
LRC Will NBC Ever Disclose They Are Paying A Nike Executive To Talk (Or Not Talk) About Alberto Salazar’s Doping Ban? NBC’s main distance analyst, Craig Masback, is a Nike employee. Somehow that fact still hasn’t been mentioned on air.
LRC Craig Engels Defends Himself & NOP Teammates, Responds To Jenny Simpson: “People have a moral compass besides her.” Craig Engels did not like some of Jenny Simpson’s comments from the day before, Jenny did not back down after hearing Craig’s response.
- Recommended Read Sebastian Coe’s Stance On Salazar Displays A Very British Hypocrisy The author also takes a swipe at Radcliffe.
- BBC Slammed For Impartiality Controversy After Not Informing Viewers Taht Paula Radcliffe Is Sponsored By Nike And Married To Mo Farah’s Coach Radcliffe apparently appeared to downplay Salazar’s ban.
- The Telegraph’s Ben Rumsby: “While Sir Mo Farah was not among Alberto Salazar’s guinea pigs, his legacy has been tarnished by their association”
- Cathal Dennehy Writes On Salazar Ban: “Everyone knew. … If anyone moving in the top circles of athletics tries to claim otherwise, it’s because they weren’t willing to see or they didn’t want to listen.”
- Mo Farah On Alberto Salazar: “I’m relieved that USADA has, after four years, completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar.” “I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 … A ruling has been made and I’m glad there has finally been a conclusion.”
*MB: Mo Farah statement regarding Salazar ban
- IOC President Thomas Back Orders Checks On Whether All Athletes Involved With Alberto Salazar Have Been Investigated
- MB: Craig Engels Advances, Fires Back At Simpson: “Jenny is just brutal … when she gets in front of a camera, she gets on a high horse.” Simpson replies “It’s a physical contest, not a chemistry lab. [cheaters] take the joy out of seeing who is the best when you cheat.” Full interview Here
- Seb Coe Orders Athletes To Sever All Links With Alberto Salazar Coe also defended his friendship with Salazar, saying, “When you have been in the sport as long as I have, friendships and relationships can go back a long way.”
- The Guardian’s Sean Ingle: “Alberto Salazar’s Ban Leaves Mo Farah And UK Athletics With Questions To Answer” It’s not a good look for UKA officials who praised and defended Salazar in the past.
- USATF Statement On Alberto Salazar Ban “USATF has taken the steps necessary to have Mr. Salazar’s IAAF World Championships accreditation deactivated.”
Salazar Gets Banned
LRC NOP Coach Alberto Salazar Gets Four-Year Doping Ban The decision doesn’t prove that Salazar doped any of his athletes. It concludes that Salazar carried out a testosterone experiment on his sons, that he misled some of his athletes on what they should tell USADA, and that he had conducted a test with L-Carnitine on NOP assistant coach Steve Magness that was over the legal limits. And it proves what many suspected, these things merit a doping ban. Plus it shows the CEO of Nike to be in the loop, and that Salazar has been fighting these charges for two years.
*Salazar Statement On “Unjust, Unethical And Highly Damaging Treatment From USADA.”