June 12, 2024

Here's Why World Athletics Added Leonard Korir to 2024 Olympic Marathon Field

WA told LetsRun: "Following a thorough analysis of athletes intending to participate in more than one event -- it was determined that the quota would allow for some additional athletes to participate in the marathon."
May 16, 2024

Kenenisa Bekele's Olympic Dream Revived as He's Named to 2024 Ethiopian Marathon Team

Twenty years after his first Olympic gold and 12 years after his last Olympic appearance, Bekele will return to face Eliud Kipchoge on the sport's biggest stage in Paris.
May 01, 2024

Kenya Announces Shock 2024 Olympic Marathon Team - Was The Nike Fix In? + Eliud Kipchoge Goes For History

Eliud Kipchoge will go for unprecedented third straight gold. Brigid Kosgei was stunningly given the final women's spot over Sharon Lokedi.
April 10, 2024

Track and Field Athletes To Receive Prize Money At 2024 Olympics

World Athletics announced today they will pay gold medalists in Paris $50,000 each, making track & field the first sport to offer prize money in the 128-year history of the Olympics. *MB: Paris Olympics to feature prize money for track and field gold medalists, paid by athletics governing body.
August 17, 2021

Grading the American Mid-Distance/Distance Runners at Tokyo 2020

From A+ to F, Jonathan Gault hands out grades to all 32 American mid-d/distance runners who competed in Tokyo/Sapporo. *MB: From A+++ to F, we hand out grades to all 32 US distance runners who ran in Tokyo
August 11, 2021

7 Final Thoughts From Tokyo: Analyzing Team USA's Performance, Who Benefited Most from the COVID Delay, & More

After nearly two weeks of boots on the ground in Tokyo, Jonathan Gault shares his final observations from on and off the track. Did the US men disappoint? What was the race of the Games? And what is the difference between peanut cream and peanut butter?
August 05, 2021

Can Galen Rupp Win the Olympic Marathon?

The only thing missing from Galen Rupp's career is the Olympic gold medal. Can he get it Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics?
August 04, 2021

Tokyo Day 7 Morning Recap: Crouser Earns USA’s First Men’s Gold, Holloway Upset in Hurdles, & Men’s 4x100 Fails to Qualify for Final

Ryan Crouser DELIVERED big time and became the first male Rio Olympian to defend his crown while the US men's 4 x 100 came up short yet again. Jamaica's Hansle Parchment earned a shock gold in the men's 110 hurdles in 13.04 as Holloway took silver in 13.09.
August 04, 2021

2020 Olympic Men's 5K Preview: Redemption for Uganda? Gold for Mohamed Katir? A Medal for America?

Katir was a 3:36/13:50 guy at the start of the year but could end it as Olympic champion. Or could Paul Chelimo win the US's first gold in this event since Bob Schul in 1964?
August 01, 2021

Who?! Italy's Marcell Jacobs Stuns the World to Win Unlikely Olympic 100-Meter Title

Jacobs, a converted long jumper who was born in El Paso, ran two European records in three hours, winning the final in 9.80 ahead of the USA's Fred Kerley (9.84) and Canada's Andre De Grasse (9.89).
July 31, 2021

The Triple Is On! Sifan Hassan Confirms She Will Run 1500, 5K, & 10K in Tokyo

Should Hassan pull off triple gold, it would automatically become the greatest accomplishment in the history of women's distance running. But with Faith Kipyegon, Gudaf Tsegay, Hellen Obiri, and Letesenbet Gidey standing in her way, she's no lock for gold in any event.
July 27, 2021

2020 Olympic Women's 800 Preview: USA Leads the Way as Teenager Athing Mu Goes For Gold

In the history of the Olympics, only two American women have ever won Olympic gold in an event longer than 400. Could 19-year old Athing Mu make it 3? Yes she can.
July 26, 2021

2020 Olympic Women's 5K Preview: Part 1 of Sifan Hassan's Triple? Or Will It Be Gold for Gudaf Tsegay?

Hassan may try for an unprecedented three women's distance golds, and if she pulls it off it would go down as perhaps the greatest feat in women's Olympic track & field history. Consider: only seven women have won three individual Olympic golds in their career. Hassan is trying to do that in the span of nine days. *MB: Wen's Olympic 5,000 Official Discussion Thread - Who has the edge Sifan Hassan or Gudaf Tsegay?
July 24, 2021

DACA Status Could Destroy Luis Grijalva's 2020 Olympic Dream

Unless he gets a waiver, Luis Gijalva can't compete in the Olympics because he won't be allowed to return to the US. His lawyer and his agent, Ray Flynn, are leading the charge to get Grijalva's application approved in time for him to fly to Tokyo next week.
July 15, 2021

There Won't Be Any Spectators At the Olympics. That's Not That Different From a Normal Track Meet. Except It Is.

The Olympics are still happening, and the performances will still be great. And even though we're used to sports without fans at this point, Jonathan Gault writes that the Olympics won't be quite the same.
July 01, 2021

Kenenisa Bekele Officially Left Off Ethiopian Olympic Team; Gudaf Tsegay Is Running The 5000

The 39-year-old Bekele was left off the team in 2016 and has been left off again in 2021 after failing to run the Ethiopian Olympic trials on May 1 even though in his last marathon he just missed the WR. And Elle Purrier and Laua Muir saw their medal hopes rise substantially as Gudaf Tsegay has been entered in the 5000. *MB: Breaking: Kenenisa Bekele OFFICIALLY off Ethiopian Olympic squad. Laura Muir and Elle Purrier get big boost as Tsegay opts for 5000
July 30, 2020

The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part II: 1964-2016

Football has a Super Bowl MVP. Baseball has a World Series MVP. We need to have an Olympic MVP. Today, we name an Olympic MVP for every Olympics from 1964 to 2016. *MB: Let the debate begin. Here are our Olympic MVPs from 1896 to 2016.
July 29, 2020

The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part I: 1896-1960

The 2020 Olympic track and field action was supposed to begin this week and we're feeling nostalgic. Football has a Super Bowl MVP. Baseball has a World Series MVP. We need to have an Olympic MVP. Today, we name an Olympic MVP for every Olympics from 1896 to 1960. *MB: Let the debate begin. Here are our Olympic MVPs from 1896 to 2016.
June 04, 2020

I Was Bored, So I Watched Joan Benoit Samuelson Win the 1984 Olympic Marathon

After a runner that was "considerably heavier than the other marathoners" took an early lead, Benoit won the inaugural women's Olympic marathon thanks to a daring early breakaway, clocking the #3 time ever (at the time) and demolishing a field of studs (Grete WaitzIngrid KristiansenRosa Mota) to cement her status as a legend.
March 24, 2020

With Olympics Postponed, Sprint Star Noah Lyles Gets a Taste of Cross Country Training

Perhaps no one has the potential to gain more from the 2020 Olympics than Lyles, but he's relieved that the Olympics have been moved to 2021 as he's been forced to dodge dog walkers while trying to train in a local park. *MB: Sprint star Noah Lyles talks about 2020 Olympic postponement - "Actually seeing it delayed gives me a bit of security."