Category Archives: Long Distance

>What’s On: This Week

>The Zatopek:10 sees its 50th annual running on Thursday at Melbourne’s Olympic Park.  It’s actually an entire track meet, but the highlight is a track 10k, set for 9:30 PM local time (5:30 AM EST).  The big name signed up is the year’s … Continue reading

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>Superfan Rankings Update: Men’s Long Distance

>Going over to the long races, let’s see who’s on top… SteeplechaseRank Athlete NAT Pts1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 2512 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 2323 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong KEN 2094 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 2005 Benjamin Kiplagat UGA 1886 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad … Continue reading

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>Project 30 Watch List: Men’s 10k

>This is the second entry in an occasional series looking at prospects for fulfilling the goals of Project 30, the plan to win 30 medals at the 2012 Olympics. Previously I had examined the men’s hammer throw, and decided our … Continue reading

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>Stunning…not so much

>I have an iPhone (which is amongst humanities greatest inventions) and every morning just about the first thing I do is read through my RSS feed of track & running news. So by 6:30 this morning I had read all … Continue reading

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>Long Distance Rankings

>My initial rankings for the long distances need a bit of explanation. First off, the “long distances” are longer than 10k but shorter than the marathon. Any surface is game — track, road, cross country. In essence, it’s mostly road … Continue reading

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>Paav Nurmi Biography in English

>You’d think that the guy who was possibly the single greatest pre-WWII track & field athlete would have a biography in English. But according to Cam Bowie at the T&FN message board, there’s only one and it’s relatively new. Paavo … Continue reading

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>Another Sub-13

>Tegenkamp runs 12:58 in Brussels. Two weeks, two new contenders in international distance running. There are other issues to talk about, but I have limited time to write right now, so I’ll only get one of them down today. The … Continue reading

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>Zurich Reactions

>SPOILER ALERT: if you’re planning on watching this on TV on Sunday, don’t read this. But if so, why are you on the internet anyway? Results / IAAF recap / video-on-demand This is the penultimate round in the final go-round … Continue reading

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>Things I Think I Think About The Worlds, Part 1

>The performance by the USA’s male distance runners was very good, near or at several historic highs. Excluding the 800 (which is sort of a distance race), here’s the USA’s totals for races of 1500 and further at Olympics and … Continue reading

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>Track on Marketplace

>A teaser on NPR’s Marketplace: tomorrow they’ll cover professional Kenyan runners and the seriousness with which you must run when it’s your living. (Marketplace follows All Things Considered on most radio stations, round about 6 or 6:30 PM).

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