ON YOUR MARKS — February

With this clearance of 19-3 (5.87) Mondo Duplantis raised the LSU school record and was just a centimeter off his Swedish Record. (BRYAN WAYNE)

A GOOD TIME to be in yellow & blue: Sweden kicked off February by claiming 6 national records in 7 days. And none of them went to anybody named Mondo…

Yomif Kejelcha’s 0.02 miss attacking the mile WR and subsequent loss as Samuel Tefera claimed the 1500 standard left him hungry. “It’s on! March 3rd at Boston University Yomif Kejelcha will go after the Mile World Record following the completion of the IC4A/ECAC Conference Meet,” his Nike Oregon Project team tweeted four days after Birmingham…

Two-time Olympic hurdle gold medalist Roger Kingdom is now the strength and conditioning coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs football team. Kingdom’s British rival, 2-time world champ Colin Jackson, is now the chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University in Wales…

Done with her Stanford eligibility, Elise Cranny has signed with Kimbia and will be training with Jerry Schumacher and the Bowerman TC…

The Olympic medals for Tokyo ’20, all 5000 of them, will be created from materials recycled from consumer electronics that the Japanese public donated in a special drive…

Olympic shot champion Michelle Carter married former college football player Courtney Elder in January…

North and South Korea have presented a plan to the IOC to jointly host the ’32 Olympics, and Jakarta, Indonesia, is also launching a bid. The IOC is expected to make its decision in ’25. Meanwhile, the Russian sports minister says that his country—despite all of its doping-related difficulties of late—might be interested in hosting the Games in ’32 or ’36…

The Rio organizers are finding that hosting the Olympics is getting more expensive all the time. Saddled with $32 million in debt following the ’16 staging, they now report that number has ballooned to $113 million…

Victoria, British Columbia, has been awarded the ’20 Pan-Am Cross Country Cup. The Canadian city is aiming to bid for the ’23 World XC…

Gothenburg has pulled its name from the running to host the ’24 Euros. Minsk and Chorzów are the two cities left standing…

In a move to appease U.S. broadcasters, the IOC and the IAAF have confirmed that additional finals beyond the road events will be moved to the morning sessions at Tokyo 2020…

Joe Gentry, 75, died in January. He was an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the ’03 World Indoor…

Bill Gookin, died at 88 in January. The founder of the San Diego TC, he also was a pioneer in the creation of electrolyte replacement drinks…

The IAAF has opened the door to Russians at the World Cross, setting up a process where as many as 3 “neutral athletes” could run in each race. That would not affect team scoring, which demands a minimum of 4 athletes per squad…

Nadine Müller’s recent 209-7 (63.89) in an indoor discus competition in Berlin is apparently a World Indoor best…

In an appearance at the Super Bowl Experience event in Atlanta, Usain Bolt tied the unofficial best for the NFL 40y dash with a 4.22 while wearing sweats. As always, take these kind of timings with many grains of salt…

Longtime T&FN correspondent Jack Pfeifer is the ’19 winner of the Stan Saplin Media Award from the Armory Foundation…

The 4:00:00 barrier is no big deal to Spanish 50K walker Jesús Ángel García, now 49. He has broken it every year since ’92 with the exception of ’17, when he was injured…

It’s not that Floridian Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram has reportedly sprinted 13.48 in the 100. It’s that the 7-year-old has 459,000 Instagram followers. That’s more than four times as many as World No. 1 Christian Coleman…

The Doha World Championships has selected Falah, a falcon, as its mascot. An expat Filipino artist won the $2700 design competition…

Jamaican sprint legend Asafa Powell, now 36, is still focused on his goal of hitting 100 career sub-10s. “It’s my legacy; it’s my mark I really want to leave in the sport, so it’s very important to me,” he says. His total currently stands at 97, with his most recent one coming in September of ’16…

The organizers of Atlanta’s Peachtree 10K, in celebration of their 50th running in July, are offering $50,000 bonuses for any course records, including by wheelchair athletes…

The Big Sky Conference will get its first endowed coaching position in any sport, as an anonymous donor put up $1 million to fund the Montana State head track/XC job in honor of retiring coach Dale Kennedy…

Olympians Clayton Murphy and Ariana Washington are engaged and planning on marrying later this year…

Chess has launched a bid for inclusion in the Olympics. At the other end of the spectrum, GamesBids.com is reporting that under serious consideration as a new sport at Paris 2024 will be (no, really!), breakdancing. □

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