Until 10:30 p.m. last Saturday night the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus indoor track meet at Boston Garden had been nothing more than the routine opening of the eastern indoor season. Then, suddenly, a 17-year-old Toronto high school senior named Bruce Kidd put on a display in the two-mile run that brought the spectators out of their seats screaming. The indoor season discovered its first real hero when Kidd won the 22-lap race in the remarkable time of 8:49.2. Never in track history, indoors or out, has anyone so young run so far so fast. He reached the finish line five yards ahead of Peter McArdle, a balding, 31-year-old Irishman from New York, and 35 yards ahead of Fred Norris, the cadaverous looking 39-year-old Englishman who is now a freshman at McNeese State in Louisiana.
Yesterday’s Results Indoor Classic Vienna
Dusika Stadion, Vienna AUT
The Moscow High Jumps Cup takes place today in the Russian capitol. The biggest name competing is Russia’s Ivan Ukhov, who jumped 2.38m in his season opener and twice barely missed at the world record height of 2.44m.
There will be a Springermeeting today in the German city of Dessau. The events on tap are the men’s pole vault and women’s high jump. Top entrants are Malte Mohr, Bjorn Otto, Alexander Straub and Fabian Schulze for the men, and Antonietta Di Martin and Ruth Beitia for the women.
Preview and information (in German)
The second meet in the BIGBANK Estonian Winter Grand Prix takes place today in Tallinn.
The Gugl Indoor Meeting takes place today in the Austrian city of Linz.
Track on TV
Bud Greenspan Presents: Beijing 2008 – America’s Olympic Glory, 2:50 PM and 11:00 PM on Showtime Family Zone
Runner’s World’s Racing News has all the headlines.
Today is National Signing Day for high school tracksters.
Ken Goe’s daily Oregon track news.
Flotrack’s Tasty Race of the Week
and Kick of the Week
The new USTFCCCA rankings are out, and Florida and Oregon are the top men’s and women’s teams.
Let’s Run’s look back at the week in running.
Universal Sports’ Joe Battaglia catches up with Fabiana Murer.
Sudanese 800 star Abubaker Kaki got stuck in Egypt’s uproar and finally had a chance to flee.
David Oliver says Bolt’s thunder will be stolen at the Daegu World Championships.
It’s been suggested that the IPC (Paralympic) Athletics World Championships could be held in the two weeks following the IAAF Worlds, as is done with the Olympics/Paralympics.
Martin Bingisser has found another competition: Germany’s Christmas tree throwing contest.
Dallas is seriously looking at bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The 2012 Olympic Trials website is now online.
Interesting: Matt Tegenkamp is running the USA Cross Country Championships this weekend.
The third installment of The Guardian’s gonzo reporting on Kenyan running.