Podcast: The Death of the 5,000m, New Olympic Track Qualifying Procedures, Grant Holloway Machine, NCAA Indoors, the Future of the Diamond League – LetsRun.com Track Talk

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By LetsRun.com
March 14, 2019

We’ve got a great podcast for you this week.

We start off by playing “Taps” for the 5,000m, which is going to disappear from the Diamond League. Will this put an end to the distance greats like Haile Gebrselassie, Mo Farah, and Tirunesh Dibaba? Then we talk about the Olympic qualifying procedures for track and the marathon. We then take a slight detour to the crazy college admissions scandal before actually discussing the NCAA indoor meet, where Grant Holloway put on a show, as did Morgan McDonald and the Aussies and Kiwis in general. We’ve got some audio of Holloway being flustered for the only time before the media. We then talk about Anthony Rotich getting his US citizenship before turning to Athing Mu getting upset at 800m by high school freshman Roisin Willis, whose mom was an Irish Olympian. We then share some listener audio before ending with an official obituary of the 5,000m. If you don’t have 75 minutes to listen to the whole thing, we give you detailed time stamps below the player of what happens when so you can skip around.

Click on a timestamp below in blue to listen at that point.

(If you just want to be entertained, we got a chuckle ourselves from our funeral ceremony at the beginning and 5,000m obituary at the end)

[0:00] Beginning
[00:57] Funeral ceremony for 5,000m
[08:21] Will long-distance running remain a track event?
[10:14] Getting rid of an “African” event
[15:16] The new IAAF World Ranking System and qualifying for the Olympics
[22:05] System actually isn’t that bad but severely undervalues US Championships and Olympic Marathon Trials
[26:18] The college admission scandal and Rojo saying the going price for a track spot at Cornell was $200k
[30:31] NCAA indoor talk
[37:24] Coach Mike Smith getting it done at NAU
[40:00] Brexit & our sponsor Donald Trump 2020
[41:24] DMR Talk – You don’t start Mariano Rivera. EVER.
[47:53] Grant Holloway “Flustered” Audio. How many Olympic medals can he win?
[53:47] Anthony Rotich is a US Citizen
[57:21] Discussion of our “secret” podcast guest for next week – Olympic medallist, Boston & NYC Marathon champ, who was spotted in Wejo’s apartment
[58:15] We want more wife/viewer audio. Fake Ryan Hall where are you?
[60:20] Athing Mu gets beat by high school freshman Roisin Willis and Mu responds better than the pros.
[66:53] Listener audio and more discussion of Diamond League
[72:30] Formal Obituary for the 5,000: 1912-2019

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