ON YOUR MARKS — December

Did you check your sock drawer? British high jumper Robbie Grabarz has misplaced his ’12 Olympic bronze medal. (MARK SHEARMAN)

BUILDING THE SPORT: Immediately after receiving the $20,000 check for winning the Michigan Pro Ekiden, Nike Bowerman coach Jerry Schumacher handed it back as a donation to the race organizers, saying the team wanted to help make sure the event, which had been funded by the Hanson brothers (of Hansons-Brooks fame), would be back next year…

Bowerman has added North Carolina alum Tom Ratcliffe to its roster, along with two Canadian Olympians, Lucia Stafford and Andrea Seccafien…

World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson is reportedly training in Florida with former Georgia coach Petros Kyprianou…

Hurdler Abderrahmane Samba is now being coached by Italian Massimo Matrone, who also coaches Yasmani Copello of Turkey…

The Atlanta TC has announced a long-term partnership with adidas…

Los Angeles has opted to expand LAX prior to the ’28 Olympics with the construction of a new terminal along with other upgrades…

After his difficulties with the javelin runway at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, Johannes Vetter says he will only compete on “safe” installations: “I will adjust my competition schedule accordingly next year and only throw on surfaces that I know I will not injure myself on.”…

The Japanese government has changed its plans to rip up the Tokyo oval. It is being kept in place as a bid is being prepared for the ’25 Worlds…

Longtime NorCal prep/club coach Bill Taylor has died at 88. He twice ran in the NCAA 880 for USC…

Chicago-based youth track & field coach Dorothy Dawson, a pioneer in the development of girls programs, has died at age 91…

Noted official Bill Thomson of Delaware has passed away at age 93. He was also coach of the U.S. team for the ’76 dual with the Soviet Union…

Judi St. Hilaire, a ’92 Olympic 10,000 finalist, is expected to make a full recovery after being hit by a car while cycling. She suffered 12 broken ribs, two broken collar bones and punctured lungs…

C19 strikes again: next year’s World Half-Marathon Championships, set for Yangzhou, China, has been postponed from March 27 until November 13…

Usain Bolt says he definitely would have kneeled in protest had he won a medal in Tokyo, explaining, “I’m a proud Black man from Jamaica. As a child, I was taught to respect everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from.”…

It’s Sir Brendan Foster now, as the former 3000m WR setter has been honored with one of Britain’s highest honors, a knighthood…

The Boston Marathon has announced that vaccination will be mandatory for all entrants in ’22…

At 20-months-old, Miles Allen may be appropriately named. Both of his parents earned All-America honors in the NCAA Div. I races for Weber State, Summer Allen 35th and Christian Allen 16th…

Some 29 years after dad Danny McCray was featured in our pages as a prize recruit for Texas A&M, Bryce McCray heads off to Georgia as this year’s top 400H recruit…

An October report published by WADA says that Ukraine’s anti-doping agency has been giving athletes warning of upcoming out-of-competition tests since ’12. The investigation, termed “Operation Hercules,” also revealed multiple examples of in-competition tests being labeled as out-of-competition to take advantage of different testing standards…

Details are few, but WADA’s director of intelligence and investigations has revealed that the organization is looking into new strategies to protect doping whistleblowers who wish to remain anonymous.

Ahmad Al Kamali, the former WA Council member who gave watches to African delegates in exchange for their votes, was unable to overturn his 6-month ban at CAS, but the court did him the kindness of overturning his $5500 fine. The rationale? The watches were “not of more than nominal value.”…

Steepler Mason Ferlic has signed with adidas…

What were the Olympics worth to NBC? According to Comcast, owner of the network, Tokyo generated some $1.76 billion (yes, with a “b”) in revenues. However, that’s not profit, and Comcast warned that there was a notable increase in operating expenses…

Post-Tokyo payments to national Olympic committees from the IOC went up a tiny bit compared to Rio, with a boost of less than 2%…

If collegians can benefit from name, image and likeness (NIL) payoffs, why not preps? New York’s association has made the first move to emulate the NCAA, allowing high schoolers to “participate in commercial endorsements” as long as there is no connection to their schools. The NYPHSAA governs most of the state’s schools except for New York City…

We all know NIL is big on the college scene. How big? BYU is now offering a course to athletes on personal branding in the NIL age…

Precocious prep Nyckoles Harbor (Carroll, Washington, DC), who ran 10.31 at age 15 in July, is rather large for a sprinter, scaling in at 6-5/225 (1.96/103). But football is calling…

Registration has opened for interested folk to throw their names in the ring to be volunteers at next summer’s World Championships in Eugene. Details are on the wchoregon22 website…

NSAF has set dates for its indoor and outdoor nationals in ’22. The indoor meet will be held March 11–13 at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze facility. The Nike Outdoor will be in Eugene, June 16–19…

Florida will be home to a new major indoor facility in Gainesville at Celebration Pointe. No details on the track yet, other than it will be “NCAA-qualified.” The multi-sport facility is set to open in 2023 and cost nearly $70 million…

Filipino vaulter EJ Obiena is tangled in a legal battle with his nation’s track federation (Patafa). Patafa is accusing Obiena of falsifying reports and not paying his coach, Vitaliy Petrov, the longtime mentor Sergey Bubka. The federation has demanded the return of about $95,000. Obiena insists he has paid Petrov, and has filed a complaint saying that Patafa is damaging his reputation. Petrov has joined Obiena in disputing the claims…

The man who is charged with the felony cyberstalking of Emily Infeld has been declared unfit to stand trial and ordered into a mental health facility for at least 4 months to see if his condition improves enough for him to stand trial…

The French men’s team that finished 8th in the World Championships 4×4 in ’17 has been disqualified for doping. One of the runners, Teddy Atine-Venel, tested positive for salbutamol in a case that was only recently revealed…

WADA has closed its accounting for 2020 and reports a $5.7 million surplus, more than triple the amount it had left over from the previous year…

Arkansas women’s coach Lance Harter has announced that he will retire after the ’23 track season. The Razorbacks have named assistant Chris Johnson as “head coach in waiting.”…

Gidey Letesenbet’s new half-marathon World Record of 1:02:52 has stat nuts either scratching their heads or pulling out their hair. According to the WA scoring tables, the performance is worth 3:45.54 for 1500, 13:39.43 for 5000, 28:28.00 for 10K, and 2:11:17 for the marathon…

British high jumper Robbie Grabarz has been promoted from bronze to silver for the ’12 Olympics, but is struggling with the part of the process where he has to return the original medal. “They’ve requested the bronze back but I’ve actually not been able to find it,” he says. “I must have a good rummage for it.”

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