Bowie_Tori-BosOut18.jpGTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

There are going to be some amazing events at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic this weekend. This meet kept European style track alive in the US for nearly two decades when no one else was. I have missed two years since 1990, and this is one of my missed years. Watch for a fine piece by David Hunter on Saturday and key updates.

LeMaitre_Christophe200R-RioOlyG16.jpgLemaitre thanking Napoleon (hey, he's French), photo by PhotoRun.net

GENEVA (SUI): Christophe Lemaitre has entered the 100m and 200m at the Geneva International Meeting on 9 June, informs organisers. Other leading entrants across the programme include France's Wilhem Belocian in the 110m hurdles and former European champion Kariem Hussein and Mamadou Kasse Hann in the 400m hurdles. Lea Sprunger has entered both the 400m flat and 400m hurdles.

RunBlogRun opines: I love going to meets in France and Switzerland. I totally enjoy Lemaitre and Vicaut, the top French sprinters. My friens in AP and L'Equipe are some of the hardest working journalists I know and they make me laugh at the major meetings. But, Lemaitre is so much fun to watch, he looks like he is giving birth before he races. When he looks in pain, just before the blocks, that is, in my opinion, when he races best. Just go on You Tube and check. Prior to Rio, he looked like he was giving birth. Amazing talent and his coach is tremendous.

After a fast day of running on Tuesday, Wednesday needs to be an easy day.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 6 x 150 meter stride outs

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Bowie_Tori-BosOut18.jpGTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Thompson vs Bowie
LAUSANNE (SUI): Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and world champion Tori Bowie are confirmed for the 100m in the Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League on 5 July, informs organisers. The stellar line-up also includes two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou and world indoor bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji from Switzerland. An excellent line-up has been assembled for the 400m hurdles including reigning world champion Karsten Warholm up against world leader Abderrahman Samba, Commonwealth champion Kyron McMaster, plus 2013 world champion Jehue Gordon and 2014 European champion Kariem Hussein.

AI0U1490.jpegMo Farah and Callum Hawkins, Vitality Half Marathon, photo by David Wearn

Callum Hawkins, 4th place in World Champs, marathon, had a tough go at the Commonwealth Games. He has recovered and will run his first race at Vitality London 10,000 meters on May 28. Here's the press release from London Marathon Events.

Kendricks-Duplantis-LaVillenie-Lausanne17.jpgSam Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pole Vault at Place de la Navigation
LAUSANNE (SUI): The men's pole vault at the Lausanne Diamond League will be staged the day before the main competition (July 4) at the Place de la Navigation, informs organisers. "We will be using the infrastructure for the Fan Zones already in place to watch the football World Cup matches and as a result, will only need to setup the runway and the vaulting pit," said meeting director Jacky Delapierre. An excellent line-up has been confirmed for the away from the stadium event, including world champion Sam Kendricks, world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, world U20 record-holder Armand Duplantis, as well as Shawn Barber, Piotr Lisek, Pawel Wojciechowski and Kevin Menaldo.
RunBlogRun opines: I love Athletissima, the Lausanne Diamond League has a great crowd, a normally pretty wonderful night, and just one crazy circus atmosphere event after another. The pole vault and high jump were fantastic. The crowd loved their Swiss athletes, which I always enjoy. My favorite part of Lausanne is the pressers. A unique approach and also a time when Mondo, Sam and Renaud were great, but also Mariya Lasitskene spoke about the high jump, she was really tired of talking about the banning of Russia.

2Y9A9528.jpegPacemakers leads Chris Thompson and field in the European Cup 10,000 meters, photo by David Wearn for RunBlogRun

RunBlogRun opines: Over the past three years, European Athletics has shaken up its staid demeanor and has added some good things to the mix of European Athletics. From excellent social media and coverage of their events, to creative combinations such as the Night of the 10,000m PBs and European Cup 10,000m. This feature is an example of the fine coverage, the meeting of strong, accurate writing, and social media (photos and video), that encourages another generation to embrace our sport.

@RunBlogRun watched the event from the US. Watching the coverage LIVE on BBC, the European Cup 10,000 meters were well done, and well covered. Nicely done, Highgate Harriers, the hosts, London Marathon Events and European Athletics.

HRH The Crown Prince Frederik of DK in Royal Run PHOTO DENIZ HOLDT - 1.jpgHRH The Crown Prince Frederik of DK in Royal Run PHOTO DENIZ HOLDT

prince royal run .pngThis is one of the coolest things that I have seen in awhile! The Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark did five races in one day, totallying 16.4 kilometers in one day! A tip of the hat to HRH The Crown Prince Frederik for doing good things and encouraging fitness in one of my favorite countries in Europe. On my visit to Copenhagen in April 2014, I enjoyed my stay in Denmark, and my walks around the city. Bikes everywhere, people walking and running. 70,000 runners in five races

ROYAL RUN Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark celebrated his upcoming 50th Birthday May 26th 2018 with a Royal Run event yesterday. The event took place in Denmark's five largest cities: Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Odense and Copenhagen. There were two distances. One mile and 10 km. Crown Prince Frederik initially ran 1mile in both Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Odense before finishing with a 10 km run in Copenhage 👏 💪🏻🤘🏻 Royal Run is an opportunity for Danes and foreigners living in Denmark to take part in the celebration of The Crown Prince. Athletes and ambitious runners could compete. Children, families, elderly and those with a handicap could compete. Crown Prince Frederik is protector of "Move for Life" with the goal to make Denmark the most active nation in the world 👊 #royalrun #royalrun2018 #detdanskekongehus #crownprincefrederik #crownprincessmary #kronprinsfrederik #kronprinsen50år #kronprinsfrederik #crownprincefrederik #happyrunner #bevægdigforlivet #runalways #runnersworld #instarun #runningcommunity #runshots #justrun #loverunning #cityscapes ##wonderfulcopenhagen #ilovecopenhagen #topcopenhagenphoto #visitcopenhagen #copenhagen #københavn #mitkbh #getoutdoors #streetshot #streetphotographer #mikpeterrasmussen

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We found the steeplechase video from the Commonwealth Games (April 2018) last month, where Aisha Praught Leer won the gold medal, in a fine, early season 9:21.00 in a bit of an upset. The picture tells the story. Running her race, Aisha Praught Leer overcame a field that had several steeplers with finer PBs. Aisha Praught Leer used her finely honed 1,500 meter speed (she score 1,500m PB and 3000m NR over the winter), to her advantage and won her first global medal.

Congrats to Aisha Praught Leer and her coach, Joe Bosshard. Joe, who we would love to interview, has developed a fine group of women distance runners, who let their feet and finishes do the talking (Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, Dominique Scott, among others).

We follow with a series of videos done for UA running on Aisha Praught Leer in March 2016. Aisha Praught Leer gives credit to her husband, Will Leer (one of our faves), her coach, her sponsor, her training partners, and that is great. Aisha Praught Leer is a fine distance runner, and she has elevated her game as her event continues to elevate on the global stage.

Congrats Aisha on your gold medal, we look forward to seeing you later this season!

maxresdefault.jpgAisha Praught Leer take gold, You Tube video, 2018 Commonwealth Games

NNLondon18-194.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by NN Running team

Kenenisa Bekele is the world record holder in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. He has moved to the marathon, with some success. But, this is a challenging time to be a marathoner, with Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, among others.

This story was done prior to Kenene's run at the Bern 10 Mile Grand Prix race on May 19. Kenenisa Bekele ran 46:47 for the win, with Switzerlands's Tadesse Abraham in second in 48:24. Here's a short video on Kenenisa's win from our friends at the @ethioathleticsnetwork.

Kenenisa Bekele still wants to hold the WR in the marathon, something that would give him, with his 5000m and 10000m WR, an unprecedented arguement for Bekele to be considered the finest distance runner in the world.

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