Podcast: 800m Star and New Brooks Beast Nia Akins + Christian Coleman Gets Strike Three?

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By LetsRun.com
June 17, 2020

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Christian Coleman, the world’s fastest man and the favorite for Olympic gold in 2021, may be banned from the sport after he is alleged for the second time to have missed drug test #3. Pro track and field is back with the Impossible Games, Rojo has a coaching tree and more.

Our special guest at 61:26 is recent Penn graduate Nia Akins, who became the first 2020 collegian to sign a pro deal. Akins discusses her decision to join the Brooks Beasts, how she balanced training in college with 12-hour clinical rotations as a nursing major, what it’s like being a Black female runner in 2020, and her fight to increase voter registration.

Show notes: [2:53] Christian Coleman’s test
[17:07] Impossible Games and Jakob Ingebrigtsen continuing to impress
[28:44] Track and field and road races not yet coming back but Trump indoor rally for 20,000?
[33:27] Keira D’Amato (née Carlstrom) 15:04 5000m
[41:45] Lamine Diack Trial
[44:10] 1:48 by a high schooler John Lester and Rojo’s coaching tree
[47:45] Alan Webb and $3,350
[49:40] Threads of week: People over 40 on here – what is the number one thing that young people should NOT take for granted
There’s going to be some big doping news this month
[61:26] Special guest and newest Brooks Beast Nia Akins

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