A couple things ...
Two stories dominated the news sources I checked this morning for the rundown, Edward Cheserek's (and Mo Ahmed's) run into history at the Boston University Last Chance Meet yesterday, and the Sunday Times' publication of a leaked memo by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's about its investigation into the Nike Oregon Project.
-- LetsRun.com's Jonathan Gault was on the scene in Boston
Gault writes the stars aligned for Cheserek, and King Ches delivered. He also includes is a comprehensive analysis of Ahmed's Canadian indoor record performance in the 5,000, and an interview with the Oregon Project's Eric Jenkins, who was pretty good himself yesterday.
I like the way the UO coaches are letting Cheserek spread his wings this year.
He's been a team guy throughout his career, doing whatever the Ducks needed. On Sunday he had a chance to shine as an individual. Boy, did he make good.
-- I've linked two stories by Sean Ingle of the British newspaper, The Guardian about the latest Salazar flap. Any development in this ongoing story is big news across the pond, because four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is a British icon who trains under Salazar's direction as a member of the Oregon Project.
Ingle is well-connected, thorough and fair.
He puts the latest revelations into context in this comprehensive story.
In an analysis, Ingle writes, questions linger for Salazar and four-time Olympian Mo Farah.
Here was my reaction yesterday to the Sunday Times story.
If you check the comments, you will see some conflate Salazar with Lance Armstrong and other professional athletes, who vehemently denied use of performance enhancing drugs right up to the time they were revealed as cheats and liars.
Alan Abrahamson covers much of that ground in this piece for 3 Wire Sports.
It's possible this also is true of Salazar. But before it's fair to jump to that conclusion, I believe there should be convincing evidence.
What Armstrong did is not convincing evidence of Salazar's guilt.
OK, more links:
A record-setting afternoon for Cheserek.
Cheserek goes his own way, comes back with a collegiate record.
Record-setting run sends Cheserek flying to the top of college track's indoor performance list in the mile.
Third collegiate record in this indoor season for the powerhouse Oregon program.
Cheserek looks comfortable throughout his record performance.
Paul Snyder of Citius Mag: Quick thoughts about Cheserek's record-breaking run.
Cheserek's record-time in the mile was the fastest college time in the event last weekend by more than six seconds.
Larry Eder: Ahmed has developed into the next Jerry Schumacher-coached BTC superstar; Jenkins comes into his own.
Ryan Crouser is pleased with his consistency.
Distance coach Steve Magness, one of those alleging doping practices by Salazar and the the Nike Oregon Project, calls the USADA's inability to close an investigation into Salazar and the NOP "incredibly frustrating."
Magness says he was a "human guinea pig" for Salazar and Houston endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown.
Bonnie D. Ford of ESPN.com: Anti-doping gets its day on Capitol Hill. For Alysia Montano it's personal.
Georgia's Keturah Orji takes down the U.S and collegiate long jump records.
Sara Hall talks to Erin Strout of Runner's World about her breakthrough in Tokyo.
Sam Chelanga and Mary Wacera win the World's Best 10k.
It's beginning to look as if Los Angeles could get the 2024 Olympics by default.
Western Oregon picks up some provisional qualifiers in Seattle for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.
The links package from Track & Field News.
The links from Duck Sports Now.
The links from Beaver Sports Now.
-- Ken Goe
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