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LANE ONE: To grow track & field, Sebastian Coe of 2019 needs to...

Britain’s Sebastian Coe was one of the finest middle-distance runners of all time. He was so good and so special that he sold thousands of tickets to meets all across Europe to watch him run and often challenge one or more of his own world records at 800 m, 1,000 m or the mile, in […]
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ATHLETICS: Houlihan’s speed makes her U.S. Cross Country champ in Tallahassee

Speed kills. Shelby Houlihan wants you to remember that. It’s what brought her from fourth to first in the final 1,000 meters to win the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Championship at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. She won in a rare match-up of four American record holders – Houlihan (5,000 m), Molly Huddle (10,000 […]
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ATHLETICS: Three world-leading marks in World Indoor Tour meet in Karlsruhe

Early-season marks aren’t usually worth too much excitement, but there were three new world leaders at the sold-out meeting in Karlsruhe (GER): ● Men’s High Jump: 2.35 m (7-8 1/2): Naoto Tobe (JPN) ● Women’s 60 m: 7.10, Ewa Swoboda (POL) ● Women’s 3,000 m: 8:43.36, Melissa Courtney (GBR) Tobe’s mark was a new indoor […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: U.S. Cross Country Champs back in Tallahassee on Saturday

Two strong fields will line-up for the annual USATF Cross Country Championships, once again at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. The senior men and women will compete over 10 km, with large fields entered. This year’s Cross Country Nationals are especially important as the race will select the U.S. team for the World Cross […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Big names line up for Karlsruhe indoor meet on Saturday

There is nothing like a sell-out to warm the heart of a meet director. “The Indoor Meeting has never sold out before Christmas in its 35-year history, it’s phenomenal,” said Martin Wacker, the managing director for the Karlsruhe (GER) indoor meet coming tomorrow. Seating has been increased to 5,000 at the Messe Karlsruhe, with more […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms 12 Russian track &...

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) came under enormous criticism after reversing 28 suspensions handed out by the International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission last year, mostly on grounds that actual evidence of tampering with samples had not been definitively shown. But on Friday, CAS announced that it had confirmed 12 cases of doping in […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Remembering Fred Thompson, Steve Prefontaine and Franklin Jacobs

Sports creates enduring memories, not only of events and wins and losses, but of the places you go and the people you meet. In the past week, this was underscored by three unforgettable people who made the sport better. ● The most recent, and sad, occurrence was last Tuesday’s passing of Fred Thompson, for decades […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 28 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport … and a lot happened: LANE ONE Monday: The International Paralympic Committee impressively and decisively dealt with the anti-Semitic stance of the Malaysian government by removing July’s World Para Swimming Championships […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: UCLA frosh Guttormsen clears 18-8 3/4 indoors in New York!

While the headline event of the weekend in the U.S. was the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, the Dr. Norm Sander Columbia Challenge was going on at the Armory Track in New York, with multiple highlights: ● A 1:16.65 win for Byron Robinson in the men’s 600 m, just ahead of Erik Sowinski […]
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ATHLETICS: Ethiopians Kejelcha and Gebrhiwet brilliant at New Balance Grand Prix

If you’re looking for the likely star of the 2019 indoor track season, you might want to start with Ethiopia’s 21-year-old Yomif Kejelcha. After running an outstanding double in the 1,000 m (2:18.34) and mile (3:52.61) last week  – with just 40 minutes between races on an oversized track in Seattle – he came to […]
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ATHLETICS: Stunning 2:03:34 for Molla and 2:17:08 for Chepngetich in Dubai!

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been the richest race in the world for several years, but the prize money was downgraded for 2019 because the IAAF won’t recognize the race for its new Platinum Label class because the number of finishers is less than 15,000. That didn’t stop the 2019 edition from being the […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: IAAF’s World Indoor Tour opens in Boston on Saturday

The 2019 indoor track & field season has already opened with some good performances, but the first major meet of the new year comes Saturday with the New Balance Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College. This is the first of six stops on the IAAF World Indoor Tour, with a […]
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LANE ONE: WADA lets Russia skate for now, but there is a new...

There wasn’t much surprise from the conference-call meeting of the World Ani-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd) as it confirmed the continuation of Russia’s status as a “compliant” member of the anti-doping community … for now. The collective anger of those who want Russia re-suspended for its state-sponsored doping program from 2011-15 has been […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Six win streaks of note carry into 2019, and is the...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) pays a lot of attention to statistics and it’s good that they do. Because of it, they can offer some unique storylines, such as five athletes who enter 2019 with winning streaks of 10 or more meets. They include: ● 29: Caster Semenya (RSA) in 800 m finals […]
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ATHLETICS: Black Tidings owner admits lying to police on doping cover-up, sentenced to...

The Straits Times of Singapore reported today (17th) that Tan Tong Han, 36, has been sentenced to a week in jail for lying to authorities over payments made to cover up a Russian doping case. Han was the owner of Black Tidings, a defunct “consulting” firm which is in the middle of investigations into bribery […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip to Moscow. Once again, the goal will be to extract a comprehensive copy of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory which was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping program […]
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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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