Track is my field: Mark Cullen's international track and field website featuring storytelling, commentary, and predictions and event analyses for the Olympics and World Championships. I'll be writing from the 2018 European Championships in Berlin in August. I'm active on Facebook and Twitter: @trackerati.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Commentary - A Terrific Start in London
Meanwhile, the women's marathon has just passed the halfway mark. It's 4:10am in Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest is still celebrating yesterday's men's 10,000m in which Oregon Project members Mo Farah and Galen Rupp won gold and silver. Farah was already a gold and silver medalist from last year's World Championship; it was thrilling to see Galen Rupp apply on the international stage what he has for so long - since high school days, in fact - done so well in the United States and most especially at Eugene's Hayward Field.
It's a rainy day in London and wet rats all over the Pacific Northwest are wondering if rain is an advantage for two more Oregon Project runners, Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. The Olympic marathon course is quite different from those found in the World Marathon Majors series, as those tend to be flat and fast, and the Olympic course is notable for its many twists and turns - hard to sustain momentum when you're changing pace so frequently.
There is much anticipation for today's men's steeplechase, and I hope you'll take a moment to read my preview; Evan Jager has been one of the most exciting runners to burst upon the scene in this Olympic year.
Can he pull off one more memorable race?
Well, the marathon is over now, with Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana the victor. Flanagan and Goucher both PRed in 10th and 11th. It's 5:30 in Seattle and time for bed. Gotta rest up for that steeple!
After all the drama surrounding the women's 100m dash, the competitors produced the deepest race in history, with a remarkable 5 under 10.90. While Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won, Allyson Felix, center of the U.S. Olympic Trials storm, was only 5th.
After all this, Ally-Fraser wasn't quite what it was the first time around.