“Becoming a father has always been something I wanted to do so I am very excited about it. That outweighs any fears I have about lack of sleep or disruption.”
“… The long jump defines me as it currently stands. I don’t expect it to define me for the rest of my life and building a family is hugely important. In 20 years’ time my career will be finished, done and forgotten but, all being well, my children will still be there.”
– UK’s Olympic, Commonwealth and European long jump champion, Greg Rutherford, talking about how he will become a new father in the next couple of months. He still has big goals on the track, though, as he wants to complete a global title “Grand Slam” by adding the 2015 World title to his current three. *First part of quote from this article.
LRC Men’s 600:David Rudisha Goes For World Record, Settles For Dominant Victory (link fixed) Rudisha and American Cas Loxsom went for it on Sunday. Neither got what they wanted but Rudisha ended up with a big victory over the Euro champ.
Men’s Steeple: LRC Jairus Birech Crawls Over Final Steeple Barrier To Win Diamond League Steeple Birech has been so dominant this year that today he could totally butcher the last barrier, crawl over it and still win by a ton. updated with video
MMile: LRC Asbel Kiprop Makes Statement with Convincing Win in Emsley Carr Mile Has Kiprop secretly been the best miler in the world this summer? How die Leo and Centro do? updated with video
w800: LRC Lynsey Sharp Earn First Diamond League Victory of Her Career as Ajee Wilson Struggles American Brenda Martinez started to like the Brenda of 2013. With video.
RR#1: Phil Hersh Profiles Kenenisa Bekele’s Preparation For 2014 Chicago – Bekele Says He Has No Regrets About His Track Career Bekele says he’ll do more long runs in preparation for Chicago as the marathon in Paris was harder than he thought it would be.
RR#2: German Long Jump Champ Gets Huge Feature In NY Times – And For Good Reason – He’s Got 1 LegMarkus Rehm won the German nationals with a massive 8.24 (27+ feet), which would have won him silver at Euros (which the Germans wouldn’t let him compete in). We don’t get the controversy – the IAAF should 100% ban all athletes with prosthetic legs.
Rest of Meet Recap: Mo Farah Gets European 2 Mile Record, Valerie Adams Hasn’t Lost in 4 Plus Years, Another Great High Jump, Mercy Cherono Over Dibaba Mo Farah looked good but doesn’t it mean anything? Valerie Adams hasn’t lost in 4+ years, and there was another DL high jump meet record.
*MB: Farah Runs 8:07 For 2 Miles – Destroys Watered-Down Field By 15 Seconds
LRC 2014 Men’s XC Preview: #2 Stanford & #1 Colorado As usual, Stanford is loaded on paper with the Rosa brothers, Sean McGorty and grad student Maksim Korolev, but that still may not be enough to topple defending champion Colorado, which returns its entire top seven plus its top runner from 2012, Jake Hurysz (13:38 5k PR).
Previous: *#4 Oregon & #3 Northern Arizona
*#6 Portland & #5 Oklahoma State
*#8 Wisconsin & #7 Indiana
*#10 Villanova & #9 Iona
W1,500: LRCJenny Simpson Pulls Away Over Final 50 Meters For Her Second Career Diamond League VictoryIndoor WR holder Genzebe Dibaba took this one out very quickly but was caught on the final lap.
*MB: Wow: What a 1500!!!! Jenny Simpson wins it in Stockholm!!!
M5,000: LRCGalen Rupp Goes For It, Fades To 13:05 As Muktar Edris Arrives With World-Leading 12:54.83 In addition to Edris’ win, Ndiku broke 13:00 for the first time but most of the men in this one were reminded that a 5k is 5,000 meters, not 2,500.
MB:RUPP GOES FOR IT – Comes up short over last 500 – 13:05.
Rest Of The Meet:LRCFull Stockholm Recap: Adam Kszczot Grabs Big Win In 800; Hiwot Ayalew Keeps On Winning In Women’s Steeple Kszczot followed up his victory at Europeans by taking down Nijel Amos in the 800 in a negative-split 1:45 while Emma Coburn was just third in the steeple in 9:20. Allyson Felix and Queen Harrison got wins in the sprints while Nesta Carter won the 100 in 9.96. In the field events, Reese Hoffa won to extend his lead in the DL standings while France’s Renaud Lavillenie‘s 20-meet win streak is history after he failed to clear a height on a poor night for jumping. Plus a B-heat victory for Leo Manzano.
*M800: MB: Adam Kszczot crushes Nijel Amos in 800 -Is this white guy the world’s best?
*MB: Official 2014 Stockholm DL Discussion Thread
Excessive Celebration, Where Are The Fans, Double Domination, Fast Moms, Slow Japanese And Running Backwards: The Week That WasWho had the performance of the week: Mo Farah,the shirtless Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad, Nijel Amos or Almaz Ayana? We span the globe to tell you and find video of Amos’ 800m victory over Mo Aman where they went out in 56. Plus Cooly, the twerking mascot.
New York City Marathon Champions Geoffrey Mutai And Priscah Jeptoo Return To Defend Titles In November Mutai will be going for NYC title #3 – no one has won 3 since Alberto Salazar in 1982.
NYC: RRWA Rejuvenated Kara Goucher Is Ready To Race Again: “The passion is definitely back and I am excited for it to start.”An honest Goucher admits that at the end in Portland she was going through the motions, “running it out” as the “passion was kind of gone.” Remotivated, she’s going to race the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September and then New York (not announced but what else could it be?).
Eindhoven:Road 10km And 15km World Record Holder Leonard Komon To Make Marathon Debut On October 12th In Eindhoven, Netherlands Sorry, we initially said Eindhoven was in Belgium.
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