JTG 5-A-Day

Blankenship looks beyond, Sowinski Supreme: JTG 5 A DAY

Ben Blankenship trying to move on

Ben Blankenship finished an agonizing 4th in the USA trials, missing out after leading for most of the race. Blankenship, who trains with Irelands Ciaran O Lionaird, has had a break-out season but came up just short of making the USA team for the World Championship.

“You relive the bad ones more than you do the good ones,” he said a day later, “because I think these are the ones you learn from more than the ones that you do well at.”

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Mo Farah: Salazar Rumours are killing me

Farah is feeling the heat. He is struggling with the many rumours surounding his coach Alberto Salazar. In an interview with Sky Sports he spoke out against those labeling him a potential drug cheat.

“I am not on anything, trust me,” he said. “To be labelled something you are not and labelled a cheat is not fair and right: If I am a cheat prove I am a cheat or leave me alone. Prove I am crossing the line. Let’s get to the bottom of this. It is killing me, killing my family.

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Two Hurdlers from the same high school to represent Team USA
Imagine if two people from your secondary school represented Ireland in a World Chamnpionships. Incredible right?
Then multiply that by 100 when you consider the difficulty of making Team USA.Johnny Dutch and Keni Harrison are graduates of Clayton Highand both will compete over the stick in Beijing.

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Sowinski breaks down the 800m
Erik Sowinski finished 2nd in the 800m at US Trials making his first US National Team. He breaks down the 800m National Final. He breaks down the race below.

“I mean I knew he was going to take the lead and figured he would run between 49.7 and 51.2 seconds,” Sowinski said. “We train so much at that pace in practice a lot. It was comfortable for me. That’s exactly how I wanted the race to plan out. I usually have a pretty good kick no matter the pace.”

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Diamond Domination Part 1

Cathal Dennehy takes a mid season moment to ponder the best performances of the Diamond League Season. He numbers 10-6 in part one of a two part countdown. The Diamond League hits Paris this weekend.

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Felix running in the USATF championships. Image: PhotoRun
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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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