Irish team bound for the Bahamas; Centrowitz shocks the world; silly sports scientists; Your JTG 5-a-day
Irish team for the World Relays
The beastly Irish men’s 4x400m squad look set to be rewarded for their stellar 2014 season, in which they broke the national record and reached the European final, by taking flight to the Bahamas next month for the World Relays. The squad will first take in some stateside sun before going to the Caribbean island to compete against the world’s best in what is now an annual event. Read the story here. There is also talk of a distance medley relay team competing, but that will depend on the athletes’ fitness. And no, we don’t know who Kevin English is either.
Centrowitz the miler in shock marathon move
Matt Centrowitz is best known as a miler, but the American shocked the running world today, announcing that he is set to leave it behind to become a marathoner. He told USATF that he has been so impressed with the strength he has developed over the last couple of years that he feels ready to take on the world over the 26.2-mile distance. Watch his official announcement here.
Kiplagat thinks marathon record could go in London
Paula Radcliffe’s marathon world record of 2:15:25 will be 12 years old this month, and leading athlete Edna Kiplagat thinks if conditions and pacing are good in three weeks’ time, the record could finally be broken. Kiplagat told the race’s official website: “With former and current half-marathon world record holders and three London Marathon champions in the race this year, the world record is very possible with proper pace setting and conducive weather.” This appears not to be an April Fool. We will offer to streak through Morton Stadium during this year’s National Seniors if the women’s record is broken in London. Story here.
Magness on the two-hour marathon
Former Nike Oregon Project assistant coach Steve Magness wrote a fascinating blog today in which he delves into the two-hour marathon and whether he feels it’s possible. The blog, however, is more focused on debunking the myths put out there by scientists with little or no knowledge of the sport and why they sometimes makes absurd predictions as a result. Have a read of it here to find out why sports scientists are sometimes pretty clueless about sport and whether he thinks it’s a possibility.
World Cross Country was ‘awesome’, says American runner
Kelsey Schrader finished 66th in the junior women’s race at the World Cross Country last weekend, and she described the race afterwards in impressed tones: “there’s nothing like wearing a team USA jersey and being in the same race as, I think there was 15 other countries,” she said. “Just being overseas with other junior Americans and running up against Kenya, Ethiopia, China, seeing that calibre is pretty cool and definitely an awesome experience.” Good to hear the athletes enjoyed what is an event struggling for relevance. Let’s hope more support it come the next edition in Kampala, Uganda. Story here.