Sunday, June 04, 2006

3 full hours of track and field

Yesterday (June 3, 2006) was the first day in my life that I can recall a full 3 hours of nonstop track and field action on television. The Outdoor Life Network televised the Bislett Games from Oslo, Norway and ESPN2 the Reebok Grand Prix from New York.

OLN's coverage was horrible, not that it was their fault, it seemed like a direct production of the IAAF. ESPN2 on the other hand showed most of the men's 5000 meters and did a terrific job broadcasting, which is a first I believe for Larry Rawson. This guy is usually horrible, but on this afternoon, while his sidekick kept trying to refer to other events or happenings, Larry kept bringing the subject back to the men's 5000 meters.

Congrats to Marion Jones. I remember whenever her smile and speed were all that mattered in track and field and now with all of the allegations of drug use and scandal you barely get to see her perform, but yesterday she definitely performed by beating World Champion Lauryn Williams and World #1 Veronica Campbell.

Enough with sprinting though.

I watched the fastest 5000 meters ever recorded on American Soil. Chebii won with an amazing kick, but I'd like to congratulate Alistair Cragg on his pr of 13:08 which is an improvement by 4 seconds.


Ran 10 miles this morning with Duncan Cragg (Alistair's brother), Greg Courtwright, Joe Miller, and Sarah Broyles around Norbuck Park and Whiterock Lake.


To break 14 minutes by May 2007 in the 5000 meters.
Run 8:14 or better for 3000 meters.


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