ON YOUR MARKS — July

Cole Hocker’s 3:35.35 rated as the second-fastest 1500 in NCAA Championships history. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

ATHING MU’S SUBTLE MESSAGE: Although the 400/800 star only signed up for the longer race at the Trials she wants to make sure the Olympic coaches consider her for the 4×4. She tweeted, “I remember watching Allyson Felix split 48… and you know what, I split 48 today. So… wink wink Team USA coaches”…

The IOC is expected to award the 2032 Olympics to Brisbane in July. IOC President Thomas Bach has termed the Aussie bid “irresistible,” citing the “great support from the public, and from all levels of Government across the political spectrum.”…

Distance great Bernard Lagat has been promoted to head coach of Arizona’s cross country program. He had been serving on an interim basis…

Steve Lemke has retired as Florida’s throws coach. He’ll be replaced by Eric Werskey…

Michigan State has hired Liza Breznau as its director of track & field…

An NCAA scorer in the javelin for both Washington and Boise State, Justin St. Clair will be the new throws coach at Nebraska after a successful 10-year run at North Dakota State…

Austrian heptathlete Verena Preiner, who won bronze in Doha, has gotten married and will compete under the name Mayr…

Seven athletes are set to represent the refugee team on the track in Tokyo. Tegla Loroupe will again be the team’s chef de mission…

Eilish McColgan has her sights set on the Scottish 10,000 record of 30:57.07, set by her mother, Liz, saying, “It is the last one of my mum’s PBs on the track. I would like to try and change that into my name — still keep it in the family name, but move it to me. The main target would be to try and run a personal best.”…

Mondo Duplantis discovered golf during the pandemic. A left-hander with the clubs, he plays to a 13 handicap.

Andy Stubbs, a well-loved agent, died in Australia in June at age 57.

Coach Steve Price died in June at 78. A former coach at Dayton and Bowling Green, he also had coaching assignments for several U.S. national teams…

Leon Reid (20.27 PR) is still hoping to represent Ireland in the 200 in Tokyo, which may be while he has gone all-in on the not guilty defense in his upcoming trial on drug and gun charges…

Kenenisa Bekele will not run in the Olympics, instead concentrating on a fall marathon…

After criticism of the team uniforms provided by Chinese manufacturer Li Ning, India has opted to wear unbranded kit in Tokyo…

The African Championships, set for Lagos, Nigeria, at the end of June, have been scrapped…

The World Junior (U20) Champs is still set for Nairobi, August 17-22. However, the U.S. has been joined by Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Switzerland in withdrawing from the event…

USATF has also decided it will “most likely” not send a team to the Pan-Am Juniors, which have been rescheduled for October 22-24 in Santiago, Chile…

Sifan Hassan was hardly crushed that Letesenbet Gidey broke her 10,000 WR after only 2 days. “I’m glad she ran faster than me,” she said. “It’s about Tokyo. This motivates me to work harder for the Games.”…

Hassan now has the record for the most lifetime sub-4:00s in the 1500. To date, she has run 18. Next on the list: Laura Muir 17, Genzebe Dibaba 15, Faith Kipyegon 14…

In case anybody was wondering where IOC head Thomas Bach stands on boycotts of sporting events: “disrespectful.”…

In response to the deaths of 21 runners at a trail ultramarathon in China, authorities have sanctioned 27 race organizers and local Communist party officials for their role in the event. There is also currently a moratorium on all extreme sports events in China…

Francine Niyonsaba, blocked from her preferred 800 by the WA testosterone rule, has now made the Olympic qualifying standards in the 5/10K with Burundian Records of 14:54.38 and 31:08.51….

An intra-federation conflict in Nigeria will soon drag WA into the CAS as the president of the Nigerian federation is threatening to sue, saying that WA violated its own guidelines by intervening in the dispute…

An upcoming biopic on Florence Griffith Joyner will feature Tiffany Haddish as the sprint legend. Haddish is currently being trained by Al Joyner to be able to handle the physical requirements of the role…

New York’s Armory is hoping it can guarantee at least one record in 2021–22, a record number of meets. At this point, 117 events are on the schedule…

The ’28 European Championships are set to be hosted in Chorzów, Poland. That will follow Munich ‘22 and Rome ‘24…

Asbel Kiprop, whose 4-year doping ban expires in February, says he will mount a legal challenge to Kenya’s policy of barring doping offenders from ever representing the country again in international competition…

From all kinds of standpoints, Russia’s anti-doping program has not been a resounding success. But what else could go wrong? This: the nation’s anti-doping coordinator has been placed under house arrest on charges of being part of a large-scale embezzlement scheme…

RUSADA has gotten a new plan from WADA to be reinstated after the previous plan had been thrown out by CAS. The Russian anti-doping organization will be monitored for 2 years to make sure it is in compliance…

Discus star Daniel Ståhl’s coach thinks a World Record might happen soon, cut cautions, “I think there is an opportunity to throw that far, but it is as we usually say; it’s not like ordering a pizza.” □

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