Me and my two boys have booked two weeks in Europe and I will be reporting back on the meets we attend. I saw Malmo last night, will be going to Zurick on Friday and will end with Linz on the 19th. Malmo was a fairly small meet (though some events had great fields) I am definitely a distance fan, so this meet was a little short. The first event of the afternoon was the steeplechase. Americans Tom Chroney and Robert Gary were the only runners I recognized, and Gary completely dominated. He led after 200 meters and had close to an 80 meter lead by 1k. For some reason the steeple was earlier in the day (it was a fairly weak field?). His biggest opponent was both the wind and about 200 fans in there. I actually jogged down with him (the real meet didnÂ´t start for 2 hours) and he said the wind was terrible, but worse yet was the abscence of a clock or someone reading splits. He will be running in Linz and said he really feels like he could run 8:15. I would say due to the wind that the steeple was worth low 8:20s. I wish him the best of luck and must admit that if all "elites" are this cool, I am going to love meeting the other runners on this trip. The 1500 was the only other distance race. The wind had died down a little bit, but it was still pretty strong. Rabbit was out in 56 with Julius Achon (george Mason?) right behind them. Aden was in 2nd, along with a guy from Britain and Graham Hood slightly off. That is how they stayed (1:57) AND Hood dropped out (looked like his left hamstring). Achon powered home with the guy from TCU getting passed for 2nd by the guy from Briatin the last 6o meters. I would drop perhaps a second or two from the time due to wind. Also a note was the 110 womens hurdles. Jenny Adams is a babe and she ran fast (canÂ´t believe it was legal because the wind still had not died down totally - close to the last event) I was sitting at the finish and had the 2 Kallur sisters and Jenny Adams running right towards me. Also as a side, if this country is not the most beautiful ladies in the world, then there must be heaven on earth. Anyhow, the distance races were a little weak; I am sure Zurich will more than make up for it! If anybody wants me to report anything elae, let me know! GO MUSKIES!
Keep up the good work. Sounds awesome.
Please keep reporting, sounded like a good time was had.
My freind pointed me to the internet cafe and I'll also be giving my two cents. My firnd is somewhat tight-assed and you can expect only honest recollections from. I agree with Gary, cool guy (though I certainly didn't feel the need to jog with him like a damn groupie!). I look forward to seeing him in Linz as well and IÃ¤ll agree that the steeple was definitely 8:20-25 because of the wind. I eporsonally thought the 1500 was a bore- I thought the hurdles were great (hot chicks!), the high jump (swedish winner) was also hot, and the mens high jump was wild just because of the wind! I was a litle disaapointed with the meet; only time someone got hyped was for the swedish athletes. It looks to be on at Zurich, GO KRUM! SWEDEN HAS THE HOTTEST CHICKS EVERYWHERE AND I SWEAR THEY ARE ALWAYS WALKING AROUND WITH SKINNY DUDES, ITÃ„S LIKE A DISTANCE RUNNERS HEAVEN. Although I must admit that the group is batting a fat zero thus far.
I enjoyed both angles of reporting keep it up...and yes tahe women there are quite attractive...have you made it to the beaches yet...
First, our buddy actaully hooked up last night- sort of feel like we all did. Zurick was flat unbelievable; I was exhausted afterwards. Some observations:
1. Suzy, regardless of what you think of her, has a great ass. She really looked tough in the 1500 too, probably left a little too early, but it was great to see her trying the WHOLE way. Special mention of Sarah Schwald who is in my opinion the sexiest American on the cicuit. She DNF,d and I heard she dates steepler Dobert.
2. Maria Mutola is not good looking; but the fans LOVE her. Winning Zurich 10 times is unbelievable!
3. The 5k was great, the winner was smiling the whole time??? Every time you watch one of these, you,re reminded of 1. Geb,s record may be better than the 7:20 3k and 2. Kennedy was a god (2 different times) 3. We don,t have anyone now remotely close (Broe could be, but he,ll mess around in the steeple like lazy DOC)
4. El Gourouj has got to be the best-lÃ¶Ã¶king runner of all time. His form looks completely effortless. It is verz weird to watch a 1500 where being 2:53 at 1200 puts you out of it. Lagat looks good, but El Gourouj is in a class by himself. Also of note, is how these winnders cross the line and do not seem to be breathing- more later.
5. A side note on Europe- this being my first time, I should mention that every once in a while, you are hit by a smell so FUNKY (just no showering) that the streeet of New Yorks garbage district smells like a bed of roses in comparison. Whew! Also, everyone smokes and everyone seems to start there day off with a pilsner!
6. Krum looked solid, certainly respectable, it just must be tough because it is such a fine line with so many guys having the ability to run 1:43-1:45.
7. Maroin is great.
8. It was cool seeing Mo get beat up, but a little embarrassing to listen to Montgomery,s interview (think cross between Jesse Jackson and Pee-wee herman, but a lot higher pitch) It is also unbelievable how big and cut these guys are . . . . ???
9. The field events are all so appreciated, but I am an American and could care less.
10. Saving the steeple for last, holy cow! It looked like Boulami was just sprinting the whole way. Doesn,t seem to be a particularily good hurdler, but he just keeps flying! It is wild to see 4-5 Kenyans going over a water pit too, they just throw themselves at that thing. I truthfully stopped watching anything behind boulami. I had the absolute chills as he ran his last lap. The crowd was going berserk- we felt like we could actuially be the difference in whether he broke his record or not.
11. They say that zurick is the greatest meet in the world and they,re right!
Off to Linz now. Anybodz know any Americans running?
Mark Steen. You forgot to mention Zurich is standing room only. Also, how much were the tickets this year?
The tickets werent cheap. I would be embarrassed to tell you, though I have spent more on a Cure concert when I was younger. My buddies re-cap was on; the Zurich meet was sick. Every event was filled with superstars. The tenseness of the stadium during the 100 meters is very cool. The races were all great, though I did get sick of the rabbitting of every sngle race. Moreover, I thought that Boulami was hindered by the rabbits he kept slamming up the back of the first. It seems that if a guy is going to run just a 1k in 2:38-40, they should find someone who can hurdle better than Kapkory who seemed like he was dying from 200 meters on. Boulami didnt seem to be remotely winded! Granted a WR will pump you up, but damn it seems fishy!!! Got to agree with Schwald (no idea why she dropped with 200 to go?) But she is smoking. Props out to Jenny Adams as well-is there a track athlete who looks more out of place on the starting line, but she seems to hold her own. I am sure Linz will be a let down, but I am looking forward to our last couple of days. The running is hurting a little bit, but don't worry guys, I'll be ready to run when we meet next week! Does anybody know the startlist for the mens steeple or womens 3k for linz. They only have a short list up on the sight. We are short a ticket and need to see if some American can hook us up. Thank you.
How much is not cheap...I havae been to the DN Galen games and they seemed expensive but I was hooked up and got to sit in the athletes section...keep up the good work...
We cwartched Linz tonight and it was definitely not Zurich. The steeple was weird. The kenyan took off, but not very fast (2:45 at 1k) and Gary led the cjase group until 1k to go. It was actaully pretty godd front-running, but fell apart thr last 1k. The european record holder kept getting in front and then Â´slowing everything down. I lost 50$ that gary did not break 8:18. Ray Hughes fell on the first water and never fully recovered. Why can't we find an American who can run under 8:20 consistently? Peterson looked pretty good in the 800, but was out of gas running home. All in all a weak meet (especailly compared to Zurich). Hope evrybody is doing well and in shape for the start of cross country!