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Your Running News Roundup

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Can you believe it? The Beijing Games are just about 60 days away. The shortest and longest distances in track and field are the 100 meters and the marathon. There was big news in both events.

He has the perfect name for a sprinter: Bolt. Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record in the 100 meters, running 9.72 seconds in New York City this past weekend. (You can watch it on YouTube here.) It’s a sign of the times that within days of his achievement, people were already speculating whether he was clean. An editorial in the Toronto Star hopes for a clean drug test. The Times of London examines how his burst into prominence upsets conventional thinking about the 100 meter race. Sports Illustrated has a helpful chart that tracks the 100 meter record through the years.

Paula Radcliffe has won every marathon she has entered, save for one: the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens. Recently she revealed that she suffered a stress fracture of the left femur, but is still 90 to 100 percent likely to compete in Beijing. Specialists have told her that it is “impossible” for her to be fully fit, but she refuses to give up. The Guardian (UK) has a fascinating profile. The Daily Telegraph reports on how her injury affects the rest of the British team.

One of the U.S. hopefuls in the women’s marathon will be Magdalena Lewy Boulet. The New York Road Runners Club interviewed her after her surprising second-place finish at the Olympic Trials. The NYRR also interviewed Japanese marathoners Reiko Tosa and American Blake Russell.

Keep it Down

Grunters are on notice. Maria Sharapova, whose shrieks punctuate every shot, was bounced from the French Open this weekend. On Monday, a New York jury acquitted a man of assault for shaking the stationary bike of a fellow gym patron. The defendant was fed up with the other man’s incessant grunting and yelling during spin class, so he lifted and dropped the man’s bike. A few days prior to the verdict, the New York Times looked at the question of grunting, including profane language.

This Week’s Must Read

Running has a few basic training rules. One of them is to alternate hard and easy days. The body needs rest to recover from a strenuous workout. The New York Times examines the physiology behind rest and how you can help your body recover.

Quick Hits

The New York Times tested five blister remedies. USA Today reviews the seven cites who are vying to host the Olympics in 2016. The list will be whittled down to three or four on Wednesday. The Toronto Globe and Mail has blogs by two Canadian athletes preparing for the Olympics. The CBC program “Inside Track” includes an interview with Dr. Harry Edwards, the catalyst behind the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The Los Angeles Times devotes an entire section to weight loss, including stories on drugs, surgery, and physiology. Sports Illustrated has an excerpt from Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, by David Maraniss. The 1960 games featured a number of famous athletes: Cassius Clay, Wilma Rudolph, Rafer Johnson, and of course, Abebe Bikila, who won the marathon running barefoot.



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