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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Superfan Daily: Track Vault Pick of the Week

To promote tomorrow's Melbourne Track Classic and its feature 5000 meter race, I give you a 1956 Sports Illustrated article on the '56 Olympics in Melbourne.
For high drama and record-breaking performance, for heart-warming victory and heartbreaking defeat, for youthful camaraderie and for the bottomless enthusiasm of Australia's sporting public, the Melbourne Olympics already belong among the most memorable of modern times. Russia and the U.S., the behemoths of sport, have met in heralded conflict in the main stadium—a conflict in which the Bear was outdistanced and the U.S. track and field team proved the greatest of all time. Each has produced a hero worthy of Nurmi and Owens and Z�topek: the distance runner Vladimir Kuts who made the crowds gasp, "How can he keep it up?" and the Texas sprinter Bobby Morrow who made them yell, "Watch him go!"

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You might also like a grainy home movie of that '56 Olympic 5000.

What's On
The Melbourne Track Classic, the first IAAF World Challenge meet of the year, will be held tomorrow at Melbourne Olympic Park. The men's 5000 is getting the attention, as it is packed with all the best Americans and Australians.
Meet website
LIVE webcast begins at 3:00 AM EST at WCSN Athletics TV (free, registration req'd)
Start lists / Schedule
IAAF preview / Athletics Weekly preview / The Australian

Track on TV and the web
Bud Greenspan Remembers: The 1984 L.A. Olympics, 2:45 PM today on Showtime Family Zone
Melbourne Track Classic live webcast, 3:00 AM tomorrow at WCSN Athletics TV (free, registration req'd)
Endurance, 9:15 AM tomorrow on Showtime Family Zone

News Links
Runner's World's Racing News has all the headlines.

Let's Run's Week That Was is up, and Ken Goe's daily Oregon track rundown.

Track and Field News' athlete of the month is Ashton Eaton.

Are Geb's best days behind him?  Yes.  The real question is whether or not he's got any good days left.

Politics and track mix in China.

Eight cities are bidding for big meets in Europe.

The Evening Standard interviews Mo Farah.

The Guardian's running in Kenya series continues with the national XC championships.

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