Saturday, May 26, 2018

Jager, Yorks and Wynne impress at Pre Classic

Evan Jager
made an impressive 2018 steeplechase debut when finishing third at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene this afternoon, the Bowerman Track Club athlete in a photo finish with Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, both athletes credited with the same time of 8:11.71.

The race was won by Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen in 8:09.07.

“I felt pretty good. I felt like I was in a great rhythm. I was focusing on staying relaxed and Jerry [Schumacher] gave me the green light to do what I wanted. I didn’t want to make a move today and instead see what I could do over the last 200. I probably could have been a little more aggressive.”

Jager will now turn his attention to the US Championships before focusing on a tilt at the eight-minute barrier in Monaco in July.

In the international mile, Izaic Yorks and Henry Wynne both turned in outstanding performances, Wynne coming home third in 3:57.61 and Yorks fifth in 3:58.04. The race was won by Australia’s Luke Mathews in 3:57.02.

Colleen Quigley was a late withdrawal through injury, though the Bowerman Track Club athlete expects to be back on track soon.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Kimbia crew set to fire at Pre Classic

This weekend’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene will mark  a pivotal point for five Kimbia athletes as their 2018 campaigns begin to heat up.

Evan Jager will make his outdoor debut in the men’s 3000m steeplechase on Saturday afternoon, a race worthy of an Olympic final. Jager will line up against world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya along with former Diamond League champion Jairus Birech and 7:54 man Paul Koech.

In tomorrow’s international mile, Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks will take on a formidable field and both appear capable of dipping below the four-minute barrier. Wynne is coming off personal bests over both 5000m and 800m in recent weeks, while Yorks is a 3:53 performer at his best.

In tonight’s men’s two-mile, Lopez Lomong will take to the track against a strong field which includes Paul Chelimo, Ed Cheserek and world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Erb, Wynne impress in Los Angeles

MJ Erb and Henry Wynne turned in promising performances  at the USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles last night.

Erb (above, photo: USATF) took victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 8:32.78 ahead of Travis Mahoney (8:33.09) and Brandon Doughty (8:33.43). It was the first outdoor track race of the year for Erb, a member of the Saucony Freedom Track Club, and bodes well for a promising summer for the 24-year-old.

In the men’s 800m, his fellow Kimbia athlete Henry Wynne broke new ground with a lifetime best of 1:48.36, a race won by Craig Engels of the Nike Oregon Project in 1:47.40. Wynne, the 2016 NCAA indoor mile champion, showed his speed is still in a good place ahead of the summer, and so too his endurance, having clocked a 5000m PR of 13:30.43 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford a fortnight earlier.

The next major meeting on the horizon for Kimbia’s athletes is the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene next week, with Wynne and Izaic Yorks likely to line up in the international mile, Colleen Quigley in the women’s 1500m and Evan Jager in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. For an in-depth chat with Jager ahead of his season opener, this podcast (embedded below), in which he talks to Lindsay Hein, is well worth a listen.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Rest in Peace, Bruce Tulloh

We at Kimbia express our deepest condolences to the family of Bruce Tulloh, a dear friend and one of the most respected and loved figures in the sport, who passed away last weekend at the age of 82.

Tulloh, pictured above (photo by Getty Images), was European 5000m champion in 1962 and a prolific coach and writer after his retirement, one whose work helped foster the next generation of distance runners.

Bruce stood out from his peers during his competitive career, not only for his talent but also his approach. He was the first non-African to compete without shoes at the top level, a decision which saw many mimic his style in the years that followed and eventually spurned the barefoot running craze that swept throughout the sport over the past two decades.

But he excelled far beyond the track. He broke the world record for the coast-to-coast run across America, covering 2876 miles in just 64.9 days to take more than four days off the previous best. And he did it without a big support crew, just his wife Sue and young son Clive for company.

As a writer, he published 23 titles and the wisdom within them prevails today. Like a true running addict, he remained competitive into his 70s, even clocking a mind-boggling 1:16 half marathon at the age of 60.

At Kimbia, we had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce during the production of Bannister a number of years ago, a documentary about Roger Bannister accomplishing ‘Everest on the Track’with his four-minute mile in 1954.

For all of his achievements, Tulloh will be remembered best by those who knew him for his manner – an incredible storyteller, a font of running wisdom and a generous man who gave the world so much. For more on him, Roger Robinson’s piece in Athletics Weekly is well worth a read.

May he rest in peace.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Brilliant Bumbalough takes fifth as Flanagan battles to seventh in Boston

On what proved a gruelling day for all competitors, Kimbia athletes Andrew Bumbalough and Shalane Flanagan battled to strong performances at the Boston Marathon today, Bumbalough turning in a superb performance to finish fifth in 2:19:52, less than four minutes behind race winner Yuki Kawauchi and just over a minute off a podium finish.

Flanagan, meanwhile, endured a rough time in the conditions, with freezing temperatures, driving rain and a constant headwind hammering the runners throughout. In a race won by fellow American Desi Linden in 2:39:54, Flanagan battled to seventh place in 2:46:31.

“It was basically the nastiest conditions you could imagine running in,” said Bumbalough. “I made the decision early not to go with the lead group, it just felt a little quick for the day and we had a nice solid group of guys that stayed together for a long time. I’m really happy with the decision I made to run a pace I knew I could run for the day and see what that got me. I never anticipated how much the front group would blow up but I made the exact decision I wanted to.

“We run in pretty tough conditions in Portland, but it’s never like this. This was a deluge, an atmospheric river. I knew it was going to be tough. I didn’t realize it would be as tough as it was, but I was ready.”

It was Bumbalough’s first time cracking the top five at a major marathon. “Fifth place is great, I beat dudes I had no business beating,” he said.

His interview with afterwards:

In the women’s race, reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan endured a tough day at the office, the Marblehead native forced to make a quick pitstop early in the race to use the portable bathroom. She soon rejoined the lead pack, but when the field began to splinter in the latter of the race, Flanagan was soon detached. Nonetheless, on a day where more than half of the elite fields failed to finish, Flanagan drew on all her resolve to reach the finish at Boylston Street.

Linden had told Flanagan early in the race that she planned to drop out, but she nonetheless helped Flanagan to rejoin the pack after her bathroom break. “She said: ‘I’ll help you get back to the pack,’” said Flanagan. “I like Des and I don’t mind talking to my friends when I’m racing. I think she wanted me to know if she could help me out, if she was going to drop out, she was willing to help me.”

On her end result, Flanagan said: “It was good, but not what I wanted. Boston is known as being a magical place, but you never know what you’re going to get. There’s nothing easy about Boston.”

Men’s result 

Women’s result

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