I know I know I am late as heck but, better late than never.
Over the past month or so a lot has been going on in the world of track and field. Many countries have been getting their Olympic Trials over with and getting their Olympic Teams finalized. ..here’s what the USATF has been up to… (all of this happened at the trials).
The Fam Debacle: Anthony Famiglietti is a very well established runner, 2 time Olympian to be exact. Famiglietti was three spot/less than a second away from the qualifying standard for the 3,000m steeplechase. Being the reigning US Trials Champion, one would have thought he would be able to make an appeal and be allowed entry into the race. So that’s what he did. He paid $250.00 to have an appeal opened and was literally robbed because he had to beat the results out of the USATF. His appeal to run was denied without adequate reasoning. It may have something to do with his previous sponsors, Adidas, Saucony, and he now runs under his own Reckless Running brand. USATF = another name for Nike. USATF MLDR Glenn Latimer called track fans “little wonks” when replying to emails from Famiglietti and his supporters.
Thank you, Anthony Famiglietti for following protocol, thank you for trying to give track fans what they deserve, a field of the best runners, and thanks for your relentless fight against the “powers that be”. More on the story can be read on Fam’s Blog.
which brings us to…
Alan Webb: Allowed to run in the 5,000m race because he reps the Swoosh on his chest. He was skipped over 10 runners with faster times than his. He was the slowest in the field by over 10 seconds!! How did he get accepted into an event he had no chance of making it to London in? He didn’t even have the A standard in his marquee event (1,500m) and he didn’t make the Olympic team in 2008. How did he get his appeal accepted? He went on to run a 14:01, one place away from DFL in the qualifying round! He then pulled out of the 1,500m.
Brooks Running: 4 Brooks employees including their CEO were escorted from the US Trials. It was insane, Nike has a monopoly on every market for most major sports, and track and Field is a major sport so why not monopolize it? Nike in London.
Read more on the Brooks story here USATF kicks out Brooks Employees.
Allyson Felix/Jeneba Tarmoh: Damn! This was the biggest story at the Trials. Bigger than Ashton Eaton’s WR,
bigger than Lolo Jones’ butt scratch that, she has NO ASS!
You can’t script shizz like this…or can you? Cycle back a few weeks ago to the Women’s 100m Final, Felix in lane 2, Tarmoh in lane 1. BANG, the gun goes off and Allyson Felix has a terrible start (Nike’s worst nightmare seeing how Felix is their poster child). Tarmoh, also a Nike athlete, has an amazing start and looks to be in the lead for the first 30m of the race. Felix’s strength brings her back into the race as she attempts to catch Tarmoh for the 3rd and final spot on the US Olympic 100m team. Just like that it’s over, Jeter in 1st, Madison in 2nd, and Tarmoh in 3rd with a 11.07, Felix came in 4th with an identical time. Fast forward a few minutes later and BAM, we have a tie! NEVER in my life have I heard of a tie on such a big stage for track and field. So what is to be done? Can all 4 athletes go to London in the open 100? Will they have to draw straws? Will there be a runoff? After days of anticipation, Felix and Tarmoh agree on a run-off that will take place on the last day of the Trials. in the meantime, Felix goes on to win the 200m in 21.69!! Tarmoh comes in 5th in 22.35. Regardless of the outcome of the run off both runners will go to London as a part of the 4×100 relay team and since Felix just won the 200m, you would think that she would pull out of the runoff and allow her friend/training partner to have the final spot in the 100m. Weeellll, she didn’t; Allyson was being greedy, do you blame her? Needless to say Tarmoh decided that her heart wasn’t in the right place and pulled out of the runoff herself. A move that made me smile, I must agree. Not because Felix is now running the open 100m, but because Tarmoh did not let Nike/ABC/USATF make more money off of her; they made such a big deal about it and at the last minute she pulled the plug. Sucks to suck!
The moral of the post is: if you aren’t apart of Nike, you’re basically screwed. If you are not a top name at Nike, you’re basically screwed, and if you don’t you may be SOL.
** Will the fans stand up and make their voices louder and presence stronger? You can make a difference and can change the sport for good forever! Use social media and your voice to make that happen. Call this office number to directly contact John Chaplin and tell him what you think 509-595-7355. Email USATF. Email John Chaplin firstname.lastname@example.org Email Fred Finke. Email USATF CEO Max Siegel, Max.Siegel@usatf.org Be the change you want to see in the sport. – Anthony Famiglietti
Definitions (brought to you by UrbanDictionary.com):
- SOL – Shit Out of Luck.
- DFL – Dead F*ckin’ Last.