All or nothing
Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat will be running the 1500 meters at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, but at the Olympic Trials he will be putting all of his eggs into the 5000-meter basket. He tells us why here.
And fast, too
Dayron Robles looks like a serious guy. Maybe it’s just those glasses, or then again maybe he’s actually just a serious guy. In an Associated Press interview this week, the World Record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles, who will visit New York for the first time to compete at the adidas Grand Prix, says “I’m a little tormented, old before my time.” Thank goodness he reportedly said it with a smile. Giving both major international news services equal time, he spoke with Reuters to say that’s he’s looking to post a fast time in New York.
Getting his kicks
Craig Nowak’s recent 1600-meter win at the Texas 5A State High School Championships earned him “Kick of the Week” honors on Flotrack.org. “He’s a guy with a new level of confidence,” declared the commentator as Nowak stormed for home. The senior from Cypress, Texas, whose winning time of 4:06.65 ranks #2 in the nation, will be competing in the adidas Dream Mile on Randall’s Island.
New zone coverage
Her husband, former New York Giant Aaron Ross, is a Jacksonville Jaguar now, so Sanya Richards-Ross will be commuting from Texas to Florida instead of to New York (except for June 9, of course, unless Icahn Stadium becomes a free agent and signs with another island). She talked about the change at the USOC Olympic Summit this week, where she also discussed her much-improved health and apparent misdiagnosis of Behcet’s syndrome.
In the 2012 Diamond League debut last week in Doha, David Rudisha put up an eye-popping 1:43.10 in winning the 800 meters, showing early season speed that bodes well for the London Games-unless you’re one of the guys behind him. Case in point: Rudisha pulled the 21-year-old runner-up, Job Kinyor, to a personal best of more than a second and still dominated. Witness greatness first on video, and then in person at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9.
The Diamond League is giving you a good excuse to get up early on Saturday. Coverage of the meet in Shanghai, the second event of the Diamond League seasons, begins at 8 a.m. EDT on UniversalSports.com (for a fee; free if you are a DirecTV or Dish Network subscriber), or you can catch the live results here. One of the highlights in Shanghai is the men’s 110-meter hurdles, where Aries Merritt will try to remain undefeated this outdoor season. Earlier this week, Merritt bested David Oliver and Jason Richardson at the Colorful Daegu Meeting in South Korea; the latter gentlemen will be out for revenge in Shanghai and the rivalry will continue in New York, with Dayron Robles adding even more intrigue. Good thing somebody mentioned that little detail to Merritt during the shooting of this video.