Saturday Jun 28, 2008

Track links for 2008-6-28

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

Great story on track on ESPN!

I'm not ready to take back everything I've said about poor media coverage of track and field, but I was very pleased to see this story about Bernard Lagat and other US middle distance runners.

Kudos to ESPN. Keep it up!

Saturday Jul 28, 2007

Alan Webb sets new PR in the 800

Alan Webb is on a roll, setting a PR by nearly two seconds in the 800 meters today in Heusden, Belgium.

He won the race with a time of 1:43.84 (previous PR was 1:45.80) beating Gary Reed of Canada and Jonathan Johnson of the USA. He is now #8 on the all time US list with only Khadevis Robinson's 1:43.68 from last year being anywhere close to recent.

A video of the race is available and Flotrack should have coverage available soon too.

This speed over 800 meters will hopefully serve him very well at the World Championships in a month as the race is likely to be tactical and a quick closing 600-800 will be needed. I believe Webb's next race will be the 1500 at London in August 3rd and then he'll return to the US to train until going to Osaka.

Saturday Jul 21, 2007

Alan Webb sets new mile American Record

Well, Alan Webb did it! He just ran 3:46.91 to set a new American Record in the mile besting Steve Scott's 25 year old record of 3:47.69 and also becoming the 8th fastest ever at 1 mile.

While I am a huge fan of Steve Scott and own several books about him, it was time that an American broke this record and got back in the game in the middle distances and especially the mile. With Webb now having world leading times in the 1500 and mile and others including Lagat, Tegenkamp, Ritzenhein, and Solinsky all performing well, here is hoping this is the start of many years of great running.

Update: See videos of the race and interview courtesy of Flocasts.

Friday Jul 20, 2007

Alan Webb going after Steve Scott

I recently blogged about Alan Webb winning the Paris Golden League 1500. Well, with the World Championships still 2 weeks away he has apparently decided to take a shot at Steve Scott's American Record in the mile of 3:47.69.

He will be running in Brasschaat, Belgium Saturday and hopefully there will be video posted soon after on Flocasts. It should be exciting!

Saturday Jul 07, 2007

Media Coverage of Paris Golden League and Alan Webb

For those interested, here are a number of links with more information about the Paris Golden League results and specifically Alan Webb's great run
However, I was very disappointed to see some of the general media give poor coverage of the meet. ESPN did have a story on the whole meet but makes absolutely no mention of Webb's win while setting a new personal best and world leading time. I couldn't find a story at all on the Los Angeles Times newspaper or web-site. At least CNN/SI ran the wire story that does include a mention of Webb.

I know I'm in the minority among American's with an interest in track and field, but when we have athletes performing well in the biggest meets and especially as we are having a resurgence in the middle distances, I would hope the media would give it some coverage. It is a bit self fulfilling to say no one is interested if the events are never covered to generate interest ...

Friday Jul 06, 2007

Alan Webb wins Paris Golden League 1500

I was excited to see Alan Webb perform brilliantly in the 1500 meters at the Paris Golden League event. He ran a new personal best of 3:30.54 beating his previous best by nearly 2 seconds while also setting the fastest time in the world this year. There were a couple of notable athletes missing, namely Daniel Komen, Alex, Kipchirchir, and Rachid Ramzi, but this result still was good enough to move to to #3 on the US list behind Bernard Lagat and Sydney Maree.

This after he set a new PB in the 800 meters of 1:45.80 on Monday. This should bode well for the rest of the summer and his chances at the World Championships in Osaka in August.




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