The Olympics Needs An MVP

LRC The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part II: 1964-2016 The 2020 Olympic track and field action was supposed to begin this week and we’re feeling nostalgic. Football has a Super Bowl MVP. Baseball has a World Series MVP. We need to have an Olympic MVP. Today, we name an Olympic MVP for every Olympics from 1964 to 2016.
*MB: Let the debate begin. Here are our Olympic MVPs from 1896 to 2016.

LRC The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part I: 1896-1960

Upcoming Action: Brazier Headed To Monaco

Fast Sprinting In Clermont, FL *Live Results

Noah Lyles Runs 19.94 To Beat World 400m Champ Steven Gardiner’s 19.96 (Running In Different Heats) On Day 2 In Clermont In the women’s race, Shaunae Miller-Uibo dropped a world-leading 21.98. Grant Holloway ran 13.35 to beat Devon Allen in the 110H prelims by .01 (Holloway won the final in 13.46; Allen skipped).

Shaunae Miller-Uibo Dips Under 11 Seconds As Trayvon Bromell Beats Noah Lyles In Prelims With 9.90 (Lyles Wins Final In 9.93) Bromell ran 9.90 to in the heats (Lyles ran 10.04), but Bromell skipped the final, leaving Lyles to win over Andre De Grasse (9.97). Miller-Uibo won the final in 10.98 after running 11.03 in the heats. Akeem Bloomfield won the 400m in 45.07.
*MB: Clermont Track Meet #2: Noah Lyles, Michael Norman, and more. Live updates

European Non-Distance Stars

Distance News

Olympic Protest Updates

Bowerman Track Club In The News

LRC Canadian Record Holder Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Joins Bowerman Track Club After a breakout 2019 season, DeBues-Stafford is relocating permanently on this side of the Atlantic and will eventually move to Portland. *MB: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (3:56/14:44) leaves Laura Muir/Andy Young’s training group for BTC

Another Bowerman Track Club Time Trial

MB: Mo Ahmed (3:34.89) And Karissa Schweizer (4:00.02) Lead The Way In The Latest BTC Time Trial Ahmed won over Marc Scott (3:35.93) and Grant Fisher (3:36.23) while Colleen Quigley was second for the women in 4:03.98.

Good News And Bad News

The Good Michael Norman Runs 9.86 For 100 Meters, Joins Wayde Van Niekerk As Only Members Of Sub-10/20/44 Club Norman’s PRs of 9.86/19.70/43.45 place him in the discussion of history’s most versatile sprinter with van Niekerk, Usain Bolt, and Michael Johnson.
*MB: MICHAEL NORMAN 9.86!!!! (1.6).

ISTAF Berlin Will Be Held On Sept 13th With 3,500 Fans In Stands! (link fixed) And if you can’t wait that long, there is a meet in Italy August 1st with Laura Muir, Wayde van Niekerk and Jemma Reekie.

The Bad US Track & Field Championships Cancelled For The First Time In 145 Years The last time there was no US national track & field championship, Ulysses S. Grant was president and there were only 37 states.
*MB: 2020 USAs Cancelled: For the first time since Ulysses S Grant was president, there will be no US Track Champs

We’ve Brought John Kellogg Out Of Retirement – Our Summer Training Program Is Back

LRC High Schoolers And College Runners- Train Smarter This Summer With The LetsRun.com Summer Training Program If you aren’t sure what you should be doing for summer training and want to be your best this fall, sign up for our summer training program. Get a daily training schedule, interact with our team, and be your best this fall.

XC News

Throwback Thursday #16 LRC I Was Bored, So I Watched The 2005 NCAA Cross-Country Championships After three straight runner-up finishes, Jerry SchumacherSimon BairuChris Solinsky, and the Wisconsin Badgers broke through to win their first title in 17 years. Plus a women’s race packed with future stars.

Dartmouth XC/T&F – Barry Harwick ’77 Retires At 65 After 28 Years

World Athletics Event News

World Athletics Amends Shoe Rules; Opens Olympic Road Qualifying Early

Irish Distance News

Kenyan Doping News

Doping News

Shelby Houlihan Speaks To LRC

LRC Shelby Houlihan’s Big Talk With LetsRun.com: “I do feel like that world record is in reach.” Highlights of Shelby’s Big Talk with the LetsRun.com Track Talk Podcast after her 14:23.02 American record run.

London Is Still The Last Major Left Standing

Distance Action

LRC Rhode Island High Schooler Darius Kipyego Runs U.S. #3 800 (1:48.82) Kipyego, a rising junior at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, earned Pan Am U20 silver last year by running 1:49.46.

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Olympics-Related News

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Free Financial Education From LetsRun.com

LRC Why Did Michael Norman Run 9.86 – And Then Race Four More Times? A Look At How COVID-19 Is Affecting Elite Track & Field Contracts Did up to 25 Nike track athletes feel compelled to fly across the country to jog in meaningless races during Covid-19 to insure their contracts weren’t reduced? While reduction clauses exist in almost every Nike contract, they are not always enforced. Multiple industry sources said they believe the decisions about whether to reduce athletes at the end of 2020 in an attempt to save money would come from elsewhere within Nike – not the individuals usually charged with handling track & field sponsorships.

Assorted Distance News

It’s The 40th Anniversary Of The 1980 Moscow Olympic Boycott