In Part II, Canova praises Matthew Centrowitz, compares Evan Jager to Saif Saaeed Shaheen, tells you how good Galen Rupp can be in the marathon, shares what he learned from working with Kenenisa Bekele and gives his thoughts on Yannis Pitsiladis and the Sub 2Hr Project.
The famed coach reveals why he thinks Geoffrey Kamworor, Caleb Ndiku and Bedan Karoki struggled at the Olympics and how Kenya couldn't even put one man in the 5k final. He also discusses Asbel Kiprop's tactical struggles, tells you who will be the 2020 Olympic 5000 champ, and what he learned from his stint as a coach in the Chinese federation. Did you know that in 2014, not one Chinese man broke 14:00 for 5k or 29:30 for 10k?
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 Western Kenya to visit the race that now bears Branson's name and tells how Zane's messages of family and teamwork live on.
Our man on the ground in Kenya, Andy Arnold, was granted exclusive access to Kwemoi last week as the ninth-fastest man of all time (3:28.81 PR) prepares for his first Olympics. His coach, Renato Canova, would not be surprised if the 20-year-old Kwemoi, who beat Kiprop and several of the world's top milers in Monaco on July 15, one day breaks the world records at 1,500 or 5,000 meters.
The Pre Classic is this weekend and the Bowerman Mile is LOADED with Olympic champ Taoufik Makhloufi, all three medalists from Worlds last year, plus studs like Matthew Centrowitz, Silas Kiplagat and Ayanleh Souleiman. But the headliner is Asbel Kiprop, and our man on the ground in Kenya, Andy Arnold, says hand him the victory and world record later this summer after getting a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for Pre.
*MB: The secrets of Asbel Kiprop revealed - Our man on the ground in Kenya says hand him the gold and WRecord
Get the inside scoop on how Kiprop and Manang'oi, who went 1-2 at Worlds last year in the 1,500, totally toyed with the fields en route to 1,500 and 800 titles. Yator pulled off a tough double, winning the 5,000 and 10,000 within the span of 90 minutes.
LRC's latest dispatch from Kenya includes a recap from the "City of Champions," where Andy Arnold tells you who's looking good (Ezekiel Kemboi, Elijah Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot), why Kiprop can go sub-3:26 this year and why he's become a Birech fan. Plus did he spot Kenyan's newest teen sensation? Updated with altitude conversions.
LRC has another exclusive update from Kenya as Andy Arnold watched Canova conduct workouts with some of the world's top athletes. Plus Birech makes an Olympic prediction that Evan Jager fans will want to read about.
Our correspondent is on the ground in Kenya for the next six months and he's got the latest scoop on Asbel Kiprop, Ronald Kwemoi and Bedan Karoki as he's been watching races with Renato Canova.