Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nicole Sifuentes Sets Course Record at BAA Mile

Nicole Sifuentes breaks the tape in course-record time at the BAA Mile. Photo by Jane Monti/Race Results Weekly.

Nicole Sifuentes left no doubt about her intentions at today’s BAA Mile, taking the lead at the start and never conceding it en route to a course record of 4:33.7. Local Cory McGee was a well-beaten second in 4:35.8. The previous event record was 4:35.4 by Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia, set in 2015.

You might not know it from Nicole’s time, but the BAA Mile is one of the slower road miles in the world. Its three-loop course around Boston’s Back Bay features tight turns and short straightaways before finishing at the line of a certain marathon that will be run on Monday.

Next up for Nicole is the Drake Relays at the end of the month.

 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shalane Flanagan to Get Upgrade to Olympic Silver

Shalane Flanagan will soon be the official 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters, after Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse was handed a retroactive doping ban and stripped of her results from August 2007 to 2009. The International Association of Athletics Federations made the announcement about Abeylegesse on Wednesday.

An Abeylegesse sample that was collected at the 2007 World Championships was retested and found to contain a banned steroid. Abeylegesse was initially the 10K silver medalist at that meet as well as the following year’s Olympics. Shalane was initially the bronze medalist at the 2008 Games in a then-American record (and still personal record) of 30:22.22.

After the IAAF announcement on Wednesday, Shalane said that she was elated by the news. The IAAF has told KIMbia that they’ve officially amended the 2008 Olympic results. The next step is for the International Olympic Committee to reallocate the medals.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sir Roger Bannister

Our good friend Sir Roger Bannister celebrates his 88th birthday today, making this a perfect time to watch (or rewatch!) our film, “Bannister: Everest on the Track.”

The documentary details not only how Roger Bannister became the first to break 4:00 for the mile, but how his doing so inspired a world still struggling to emerge from World War II. Nike founder Phil Knight and IAAF president Sebastian Coe are among those in the film who describe how Bannister’s landmark accomplishment shaped their lives. You’ll also hear from world-class athletes such as Steve Cram, Tim Hutchings, Chris Chataway, Dave Moorcroft, Craig Masback and, of course, Sir Roger Bannister himself.

Indiewire named “Bannister: Everest on the Track” one of the best sports documentaries ever made, putting it in such company as “Hoop Dreams,” “When We Were Kings” and “The Endless Summer.”

Learn more about the film here, and order it here or here.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Emily Infeld 2nd at U.S. 15K Championship


Emily Infeld made a rare off-track foray a successful on Saturday, taking second at the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida. The race served as the U.S. 15K championships for women and men.

In the longest road race of her life, Emily set a personal best of 49:42. Jordan Hasay won in 49:28, and Neely Spence Gracey was third in 49:47. Those two are deep in preparation for next month’s Boston Marathon, making Emily’s season opener that much more impressive.

“Starting to like these longer distances but excited to be back on the track for some 5k/10k action,” Emily wrote on Instagram after her race.

In the men’s race, won by Olympian Leonard Korir in 43:22, German Fernandez was 14th in 44:57 and Sean Quigley was 20th in 45:33.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough Runs 2:13 Debut Marathon

In his debut at the distance, Andrew Bumbalough ran 2:13:58 to place 25th at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. The race was won in an event record of 2:03:58 by former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang.

Andrew met his goal of having his first marathon be a controlled learning experience. Before the race, he had said he’d be happy with a time between 2:11 and 2:14. He passed halfway in 1:06:15, then slowed over the second half, but never disastrously so. Mission accomplished!

Andrew’s road to a marathon start line was longer than originally planned. His 1:02:04 half marathon PR in March 2015 was to be the first step in a build-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in February 2016. Soon after that race, however, Andrew began to be plagued by what was ultimately diagnosed as a sports hernia, which required surgery in the summer of 2015. In 2016 he missed more time owing to a sacral stress fracture. He resumed running last July, and in November showed he was the Andrew Bumbalough with a 28:06 track 10,000.

Andrew now plans to recover from Tokyo before building for a summer track season.

 

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