Track and Olympics links for 2008-8-3

  • US runners not concerned about Beijing pollution - Shalane Flanagan says "Unless I can't walk and my lungs are falling out, or I'm coughing up a lung, I'll be running".
  • Q&A with Leonel Manzano - On the Trials 1500m final, "It was probably one of the most aggressive races that I have ever been in. I would say it was even more aggressive than my race in Osaka last year in the World Championships. There was anything from elbows to people kicking your heel."
  • Ex-Cougars, friends on track for success in Beijing - Good story on how Lagat's coach, James Li, came to WSU.
  • Spearmon predicts memorable Olympic sprints - On the 100m, Spearmon says "I think 9.8 will be like sixth place" and on Bolt in the 200m "He's out there jogging 19.7s".
  • Olympic protesters required to apply 5 days in advance - Demonstrations can be approved if they are deemed to not harm other's rights or freedoms or endanger national security.
  • IOC would be big loser in a Beijing fiasco - "When journalists couldn't reach certain Web sites from the Beijing press center last week, the Olympic organizers made a huge mistake. They admitted to censorship." Later, "Beijing must have assumed that it had implicit permission to block the Web sites of Amnesty International, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Tibetan independence and an array of news organizations. Why do it otherwise? The blackouts weren't about to go unnoticed."
  • No protests in athletes' village and stadiums - "Rogge said as many countries in the village were in conflict with each other, such demonstrations would go against the very nature of the Olympics."
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