The Many Surprises of the Olympic Marathon Trials

James J. Latham

A couple months ahead of the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon, which took put on Saturday in Atlanta, I been given an e mail from a prominent running journalist who was conducting a pre-Trials poll. The e mail was resolved “Dear Marathon Pro,” and requested my picks for the prime finishers in the men’s and women’s race, exactly where the to start with three make it on to the Olympic crew. Here was a chance to announce myself as the Nate Silver of obscure sporting occasions. Alas, I was not in a position to capitalize. In the end, I

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The 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials Is for Everyday Heroes

James J. Latham

Say what you will about Pierre de Coubertin—the French aristocrat who started the modern Olympics—but the dude had a expertise for branding. He arrived up with individuals 5 interlocking rings again in 1913, creating one of the a lot more ubiquitous logos of the twentieth century. De Coubertin is also credited with the aspirational “Olympic Creed” which reminds us that: “The most critical thing in the Olympic Online games is not profitable but taking part the important thing in life is not conquering but fighting very well.”

Of course, the taking-part-is-every thing ethos extends over and above the Olympics by

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The Tokyo Marathon Is Canceled for Non-Elite Runners

James J. Latham

On Monday, the organizers of the Tokyo Marathon introduced that this year’s race will only characteristic elite athletes, thanks to worries about the outbreak of the coronavirus strain acknowledged as COVID-19. “We are not able to continue on to launch the event inside the scale we initially anticipated,” a statement on the race web page reads. This is anything of an understatement as a substitute of the 38,000 runners who had been initially slated to compete, the 2020 version of the Tokyo Marathon will only characteristic about 200 athletes when it normally takes position on March 1. It is the

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