USATF vs The World

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.

Congrats on the son!!

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.

Alan Webb rockin’ the REEBOK!! *gasps*

Congrats on the daughter!!

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.

 

Brooks = Bad Azz

Brooks = Bad Azz

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!

told ya

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!

tie?

The results as of 7/21/2012

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.

Oh, so that’s how it works

** 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 jpchaplin@hughes.net 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.
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Womens 100m

Lets be real, there are only 4 3 real “contenders” in the Womens 100m, and they are nothing to play with.

Allyson Felix (10.93): She has been American Track and Field’s poster child since she graduated high school. Anyways, she is hella fast and is looking to get 2 Gold medals at this game (100/200). But seriously, she is what they wanted Marion Jones to be. I would say she is the closest thing to 2000 Marion Jones ever, if she trains for the 100, 200 or 400 she could win them at any level.

Nike looks good on you, Allyson

Carmelita Jeter (10.67): The 2nd Fastest Woman…EVER! She missed the finals of the US Trials in 2008, but has made every major championship since then, winning Gold in the 100m in 2011. She is 32, but seems to not be slowing down significantly, 10.70 in 2011 and 10.81 in 2012.

she RaTcHeT

Kimberlyn Duncan (10.96): The NCAA Runner-up over 100m, and the NCAA Champion over 200m, Duncan is flat out talented. Her loss in the 100m was a bit of a shock, because she went into the meet with world class times. She is only a junior in college so expect an amazing career out of her. She scratched :/

The Tigers have something to look forward to next season

Tianna Madison Bartoletta (10.97): Originally a long jumper; had a stellar Indoor campaign and since then, I’ve had my eye on her. She is has a great start, and she has great top-end speed. Earlier this month she whooped up on Jeter and Felix at the Adidas Grand Prix, beating them by .08 and .10 respectively.

Ditch the Pit

My Predictions:

Madison, Jeter, Felix will be donning the in reppin’ the Land of the Free

Womens 10K

On June 22, the first Olympic Trials final will take place, at least on the track side (the men and women hammer are on the 21st).

*Well let me start off by saying that it would be amazing if Sally Kipyego became an American citizen.

On the ladies side, it’s a bit tough to decide who will do what because both Shalane Flanagan (American Record Holder 30:22.22)  and Kara Goucher (30:55.16) are going to be running the marathon in London, so if they run, will they use it as a workout or will they try and make the team? And if they make the team, will they run both the 10k and the marathon in London? Probably not.

Marathon Swagg

Let’s just assume that they will only compete in the marathon in London, so who will be on the team?

Amy Hastings: has a PR of 31:19.87, she ran that in April at the Payton Jordan Invitational. She is looking very good for the Trials, hopefully she hasn’t peaked.

Desi Davali: will be on the US Marathon Squad. She was 4th at last years US Championships with a time of 31:37.14, which is her PR to date. (Not sure if she will even be at Trials but just in case)

Seperated at Birth?

Amy Yoda Begley: was a member of the Nike Oregon project, but left in 2011 for OTC Eugene. She made the Beijing team and she also was on the Berlin team a year later. She didn’t have the best year in 2011, finishing 6th (32:34.75) at the championships, but her PR of 31:13.78 keeps her in the mix.

Jennifer Rhines: Rhines was 3rd (31:30.37) at last years championships. She has a PR of 31:17.31. But she is “old” for a runner, she is 37 and he birthday is July 1st, it would be an amazing present for her to make the team, she has participated in every Olympics since Sydney in 2000 (mostly in marathons).

Lisa Uhl: the current NCAA Record Holder at 10,000m, is looking to have a good year after dealing with plantar fasciitis and a stress fracture in 2011. She has run a 31:35.50 this year which is less than 20 seconds away from her PR (31:18.07) from 2010.

Janet Bawcom: 15:22/31:33.50 in 2012. With Deena Kastor out of the mix, this makes Castor’s chances of making the team even greater; she seems to be in top shape and ready to make something happen.

My Predictions:

Uhl, Hastings, Bawcom will be reppin’ the US of A in London.

Lawi Lalang vs. Chris Derrick

Lawi Vs. Chris

Last Spring when Lawi Lalang placed 2nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for 5000m, he was not really on anyone’s radar. The freshman was an All-American during the indoor season in the DMR and 3000m. He initiated the beef the day he hoped on his plane and flew to America. He knew exactly what he was doing.

let you win, because you are African.

And then, XC happened. Lawi Lalang went undefeated and broke numerous course records on his way to the NCAA Championship.

his stride is excellence.

the last time Lawi lost to a non African. Centro went on to win Bronze in Daegu.

Chris Derrick has been a great loser very consistent runner these past 4 years. He has multiple All-American awards for TAF and XC. He has raced against the likes of Sam Chelanga, Galen Rupp and Lawi Lalang. Unfortunately for him, he does not win when it counts. But he has and that what counts; because at the end of the day, the hardware does not matter. At least according to the person who started this thread… http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=4486836&page=0 .

Thumbs Up if you like losing. Quotes don't lie.

"Looks enough like Lalang to me!" - Chris Derrick

At the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Lalang and Derrick faced off again! First in the 5000m, Lalang and Derrick battled throughout the race and in the end, Lalang was just too strong for Derrick, winning with a Meet Record of 13:25.11 to Derrick’s 13:26.88.

All I do is win, WIN, wIn

The two competitors had a day to rest up and prepare for their battle over 3000m the next day, it would be an epic battle. Lalang and teammate Stephen Sambu controlled the majority of the race, but Derrick was not very far behind. At around 800m, Derrick made his first move to pass by Sambu and make his way around Lalang. He and Lalang traded the lead until the last 200m when Lalang summoned a kick that would give Bernard Lagat (circa 2006) a run for his money. But Derrick stayed on him and forced Lalang to run all the way through the line. Lalang ran a 7:46.64 and Derrick ran a 7:46.81. Valiant effort by both competitors, but Lalang again came out victorious.

should've gone to Oregon

Got'cho AZZ

And so that means ____________ is going to happen outdoor?

Well there are a couple of things that can happen:

  • Lalang will go pro, Derrick wins.
  • Lalang does not go pro, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang gets injured, Lalang wins.
  • Derrick can’t deal with constant failure, drops out, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang wins, but Derrick has so much , it explodes.

Upside down Swoosh, SWAGGGG

What the future holds?
  • Derrick signs with the OTC Eugene, because Schumacher and Salazar do not deal with scrubs, because he is on the west coast and his talents will be a better fit being able to train with Mcnamara and Chelanga
  • Maybe the US will buy another Kenyan convince Lalang to gain US Citizenship.
  • Derrick should make some World Championship teams, might even medal, never Gold.

get'cho game face on

Their heads are shaped the same...

Derrick < Lalang

Definitions (courtesy of UrbanDictionary.com)

  • Got’cho- Another way of saying I’ve got your.
  • Swag- Appearance, style or the way one presents themselves.