Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fernandez Wins Pro Debut in Belgium

German Fernandez hit the ground running in his very first race as a professional, winning the 1500m at the Merksem Athletics Gala in Antwerp Belgium. His time of 3:40.71 bested an international field, but just tenths behind was new teammate Elliott Heath, who clocked 3:41.20 to place second. For Heath, that time was a single second away from a personal best, even in a race that started slower than expected. Fernandez tweeted afterwards:

“A good start to my professional career. Very grateful to be representing Nike and having awesome teammates.”

Andrew Bumbalough was battling a head cold and ran 3:45.33, good for sixth place.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Jager Smokes 7:35 in Stockholm

Evan Jager ran yet another smart, patient Diamond League race and, at the end of his evenly-paced effort, was rewarded with a massive personal best performance  – and a spot in the US Top-10 All-Time list. Jager finished 6th in a top-notch field filled with Olympians, running 7:35.16 and pushing his way past Dathan Ritzenhein and into the Top 10 among all American runners.

Jager’s previous PB was a 7:41 run in Monaco in 2009. The rest of his new compatriots on the All-Time list is a Who’s Who of American stars: Bernard Lagat, Bob Kennedy, and teammate Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky, among others.

Also in the race, training partner Andrew Bumbalough matched his PB of 7:44 in his first race since July’s Olympic Trials 5000. Jager will next race a 1500 in Belgium. In the meantime, watch highlights from the Stockholm 3000m below. Read the full article

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jager Leads the Way For KIMbia in London

With five athletes competing, it was a busy ten days of Olympic athletics competition for Team KIMbia. After a total of eight performances (counting all prelims and finals), Evan Jager came away with the highest finish in his first-ever Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the Men’s Steeplechase, just four seconds out of medal position. The 23-year-old came home in 8:23 .87 having led several of the slow early laps and indicated he learned a lot from the experience of being in a tactical race that closes at sub-60 pace.

Shalane Flanagan took tenth in the marathon after reaching as high as fifth place with just four kilometers to go. Trying to stay within striking distance of a six-woman breakaway near the 25k mark, Shalane eventually paid a heavy for her medal-or-bust mentality, as major cramping caused her to struggle home the final few miles. Shalane and coach Jerry Schumacher were understandably disappointed, what with Flanagan entering the race as a Beijing bronze medalist, but neither expressed any regrets about running aggressively. Likewise, Lopez Lomong was also tenth in his event, the 5000m final. Lomong, a poster-boy for P&G and Visa during the Games, finished less than six seconds from the bronze. Read the full article

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Scenes from London 2012

The Olympic Stadium

North of Lower Clapton, the River Lee towpath offers dirt surfaces and opportunities to peel off onto grassy footpaths that duck and disappear into the reedy, blossomed overgrowth of Walthamstow Marsh. Brick-arched rail trestles separate the marsh from developed areas further east. The flatness of the open park space, yielding to a broad sky, the wildness of the thick marsh-brush – peppered as it is by the lavender dots of tufted vetch, and the timelessness of the long canal-boat-homes that have lined the British waterways for two-hundred years — all contribute to a feeling of freedom, of being somewhere and maybe even sometime else.

Going south from the Lea Bridge overpass, the dirt path is hidden beneath pebbled pavement, part of the reclamation and redevelopment of east London. Three miles on is Olympic Park, and we jog down to see how close we might get on foot, Read the full article

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Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 Olympian: Lopez Lomong

Flag-bearer in 2008, Lopez Lomong, 27 — a Sudanese native by way of New York, Arizona, and now Oregon — is looking to become a medal-wearer in 2012. With legitimate chops at 1500 (Olympic and World Championships finalist), and demonstrated strength at longer distances (placed 3rd and 4th at the 10k NCAA Cross Country Championships), the tactical nature of Olympic competition should suit him well. Lomong’s personal best came in his first-ever high-level 5000m and easily cleared the Olympic ‘A’-standard by some 8-plus seconds, offering another suggestion of great potential at longer distances, after his 6th-place finish in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships this March. His PB of 3:32.20 for 1500m will rank among the best of all 5000m competitors in London, and make him a potent threat over the final lap of any race.

Men’s 5000m – Prelims = Wednesday, August 8th, 05:45 EST
Men’s 5000m – FINAL = Saturday, August 11th, 14:30 EST Read the full article

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