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Friday, August 27, 2010

What's On The Weekend

The Memorial Van Damme, the final meet in the IAAF Diamond League tour, will be held tomorrow at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
Live web coverage: begins at 2 PM at and
TV coverage: tape-delay broadcasts at 9 PM Friday on Universal Sports, 1 PM Saturday on CBC, and 3 PM Sunday on NBC
Meet website / Start lists and results
Flotrack coverage
IAAF previews: meet preview / Vivian Cheruyiot / Allyson Felix / Christian Cantwell / David Rudisha / Svetlana Bolshakova / Tyson Gay
Athletics Weekly previews: men / women
Caster Semenya analysis from The Telegraph and the AP

The Crim Festival of Races, which includes the USA Championship Men’s 10 Mile race, will take place on Saturday in Flint MI.
Live web coverage: begins at 8:30 AM at

The Internationales Hochsprung-Meeting, a high-jump only competition, takes place from Friday through Sunday in the German city of Eberstadt.

The annual Finland vs. Sweden dual meet, aka Suomi-Ruotsi-maaottelu, takes place on Friday and Sunday in Helsinki's Olympiastadion.

The Rieti 2010, an IAAF World Challenge meet, takes place on Sunday in the Italian city of Rieti.  Tyson Gay will run the 100, and one of the featured races will be yet another matchup between Chris Solinsky and Galen Rupp, this time at 3000 meters.
Meet website / IWC page

Track on TV
USATF Outdoor Championships rerun, 3 PM Friday on Universal Sports
Beijing 2008 – America’s Olympic Glory, 4 AM and 6 PM Sunday on Showtime Family Zone

Around the Web
Runner's World Racing News has all the headlines.

They missed the two biggest:
1) Deena Kastor is pregnant (for the first time) and will miss the NYC Marathon.  In my estimation, her career as a dominant marathoner is over -- by the time she fully regains fitness, she'll be 38 years old.
2) Tyson Gay is mulling a move up to the 400 meters.  If not for individual races, at least for the Olympic relay.  I'm betting he sees the 100 as deep as it's ever been over the next few years and the 400 as unusually weak

AlSal says Alan Webb will break the American Records in the 1500 and mile.  I say he's never going to win a race that requires thinking on his feet.

The Telegraph rips the EAA over willfully ignoring doping suspensions.

Kara Goucher blogs about her husband Adam.

Nice catch by Let's Run: USATF revenue down 22.2% in 2009 (see p. 28).  Of course, everyone's revenue is down these days.

Let's Run analyzes last week's Shaq V.s Tyson Gay show.

Are the Olympics profitable?  No, at least not in the traditional sense.  But one thing often ignored is that the Olympics and other similar events force governments to make long overdue infrastructure improvements and with a deadline.  It's money they should have already spent on the public but haven't.

A compilation of world-class track guys who went to pro football.

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