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Your Running News Roundup

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The Thrill of Victory
The Olympic Trials ended last week and there were a number of great stories. In my opinion, the top three were the effect of requiring athletes to meet the Olympic A standard no later than the end of the trials, the magnificent performances by Bernard Lagat, and the big question marks behind two of America’s great hopes (Tyson Gay and Jeremy Wariner). USAToday surveys the state of track and field as we head towards Beijing.

..and the Agony of Defeat

How do world class athletes deal with defeat and disappointment? Flotrack has a terrific interview with Carrie Tollefson, who was a member of the 2004 Olympics, but failed to make the team this year. Tollefson addresses the tough questions openly and gracefully. It’s fascinating to hear her talk about how she assesses her future. USAToday spoke to Alan Webb, who made the team in 2004, but finished fifth in the 1500 meters trials this year. He tries to pinpoint what went wrong. Finally, Runners World spoke to Adam Goucher as he waited for his wife Kara to finish signing autographs. Kara qualified for the Olympics in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters, while Adam failed to make the team in either event.

This Week’s Must Read

If it’s summer, then it’s time for articles about running in hot weather. The New York Times examines how performances decline as the heat rises, and how runners can cope. The Times also studies whether it’s better to run in the morning when the temperature is at its lowest, but humidity is high, or in the evening, when it’s cooled off slightly, but humidity is lower.

Where are They Now?

Sports Illustrated‘s annual “Where are They Now?” issue includes a piece on Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon and four-time winner of the New York Marathon. Now 60, Rodgers still has You can find a classic article about Rodgers from 1979 here. The issue also catches up with John Carlos, who raised his fist in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and Wyomia Tyus, who won gold at the same Olympiad.

Sharpening the Edge

The U.S. Olympic Trials are over, but athletes continue to train and compete in preparation for the Olympics. Usain Bolt, who broke the world record for the 100 meters last month, recently ran the fastest time this year for 200 meters, 19.67 seconds. Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet 6 inches. Two of the favorites in the 100 meters are Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, both of Jamaica. They are just the latest in a long line of sprinters from that country. How is it that a small island natiin of just under 3 million produce so many great runners? The Christian Science Monitor takes a look.

Advice for the athletes in Beijing: lanes matter. According to an article in the New York Times, sprinters at the 2004 Olympics in Athens who were closest to the starter’s pistol took off faster. The Los Angeles Times reviews bike repair kits. Paula Radcliffe is recovering from a stress fracture, but still hopes to compete in the marathon in Beijing. The Toronto Globe and Mail looks at the importance of strengthening your core muscles. Following Dara Torres’s performance in the Olympic swimming trials, a number of publications have reported on older athletes. USAToday examines what it takes to be successful in middle age. People around the world (not just in the United States) are getting fatter. But why now, as opposed to 30 years ago? The Los Angeles Times devotes the health section to this questions. Experts weigh in (no pun intended) with their theories.



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