What happened yesterday…
Marathon world record holder* Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) won the Giro Podistico Internazionale di Castelbuono in Sicily. It’s the oldest road race in Europe and is for pros only, running loops of a difficult course around the town.
The world’s best marathoners were all there (minus Ryan Hall). Mutai won the race by more than a minute over Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia), the 2010 NYC Marathon champ and 2009 World Cross Country champ. Mutai’s last loss was at this year’s World Cross Country Championships, and is without a doubt the best off-track long-distance runner in the world right now.
What’s on today…
Runner’s World’s Racing News: talks about Shannon Rowbury, Mo Farah, Lukas Verzbicas, Ryan Hall, and David Rudisha.
One year to go to the 2012 London Olympics!
- Athletics Weekly looks at the story so far.
- NPR looks at Jesse Owens’ legacy and Hitler’s oak trees. One of them is still growing at Rhodes High School in Cleveland, whose most famous graduate may be Drew Carey.
- The Telegraph examines how British athletics has risen to the Olympic challenge.
- The Wall Street Journal, however, says the Brits suck. I think when they call us “Yanks”, they might mean “wankers”.
Athletics Weekly does a video interview with Darya Klishina. Yeah, a text-based one would miss a certain je ne sais quoi.
Let’s Run’s weekly wrapup of distance running news.
Let’s Run’s quote of the day is about semi-pro runners who are living below the poverty line. Not mentioned is one of the things that gives Kenyan runners such an advantage: of the thousands of aspiring pros in the supposedly poverty-stricken African nation, most actually work less and live better than the Flagstaff-based runners.
UC Irvine’s school paper interviews Charles Jock, who is on the Worlds team in the 800.
Athletics Weekly breaks down Allyson Felix’s racing schedule for Daegu.