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.

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

Mens 10K

The Mens 10k should includes at least 1 medal contender for London: Galen Rupp (12:58.90/26:48.00). Without Chris Solinsky in the mix, the next two spots are up for grabs. Injuries in an Olympic year are a bee-yach, so hopefully Chris will be ok, mentally of course.

Finish Him

Dathan Ritzenhein (27:22.28/12:56.27)Recently blogged about training with Galen and Mo and he seems to believe he is close to 12:56 shape. He has the A standard in the 5K, but is a few seconds off of it in the 10K. Has the sixth fastest American 10K time this year. He is undecided about if he will double or just chose one, but if the race is paced correctly, he could easily get the 10K A standard. Oh yeah, he just barely missed being on the Olympic Marathon Squad with a 4th Place finish 😦

Matt Tegenkamp (27:28.22/12:58.56)Track and Field’s “Token Ginger“, Tegenkamp is a hoss. He was 2nd at US Championships last year, although he has been quoted saying’ ‘I will never run a 10K”. He was the first American to break 13 minutes for 5K, and now he has decided to move his talents to South Beach the 10K, a la LeBron James (see what I did?). He has the A standard in both the 5K and the 10K, may go for double.

i NEED that singlet

Chris Derrick (27:31.38/13:19.58): Did not show up for the NCAA Championships. Ran a 27:31 late-April and then ran a 28:17 in June. Chris, if your goal was to get on the medal stand, CONGRATULATIONS! Clearly a talented athlete but his inexperience may not play in his favor.

Don’t listen to the haters, do you Boo Boo, do you

Scott Bauhs (27:48.06/13:28.92)Truthfully never heard of the guy until today.  But, he was 3rd at US Championships last year, and for that you get a picture. Young guy with a lot of good experience, check his Wikipedia for more info. He is one to be reckoned with.

Goldie Effin’ Locks

Tim Nelson (27:31.56)see Scott Bauhs, because they look alike, because they are white, because he is another relatively young guy with a lot of good experience. He gets to train with Tegenkamp and Solinsky and Lomong and so unless he is injured, you can’t count him out.

Brent Vaughn (27:40.21/13:18.46): has the 3rd fastest time this year for 10K, that’a about it. But he clearly has talent.

Bobby Curtis (27:24.67/13:18.97): sub 4 miler, so he’s got the speed, maybe? He was 4th at last years US Championships, so expect him to be in the mix this year.

My Predictions: Kinda difficult

Rupp, Tegenkamp and Ritz (based solely on what he said about training with Rupp/Farah. If you lied Dathan I will be upset) will be reppin’ good ole ‘merica in London

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.

The Trials Are Coming!

Anyways (my favorite way to start a post), I have been gone for like 2 months because well, firstly school is hard. I ended semester with a 3.0 so I’m happy. Secondly, I forgot my password because Cam Newton stole my laptop I broke my laptop and after that the shizz hit the fan. Well now I’m back, and just in time for the Olympic Trials.

I think it’s about time for me to test my prediction skills, get my Ms.Cleo on. So I will be trying to find out who will be on the Beijing team from the 100m to the 10k, I think this is gonna be a year of a lot of young guys to go to London.

🙂

currently listening to George Watsky: WATSKYYY. This white boy is goood.

I Track and even Field

new post coming soon, maybe today?