ON YOUR MARKS — July/August

For the first time since 1896, there will be no marathoners in the streets of Boston. (KEVIN MORRIS/PHOTO RUN)

BUSTED: former IOC president Avery Brundage, always a polarizing figure, has been demoted 45 years after his death by San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. His bust—previously displayed near many of the pieces he donated to the museum—has been placed in deep storage due to his racist views…

After originally deciding to postpone the Boston Marathon until fall, at the end of May organizers opted to cancel the race for the first time in its 123 years.

It’s a slippery slope. French hurdle star Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is splitting his time this year with bobsled training…

Decathlon WR holder Kevin Mayer has split with his coach of 12 years and will instead work with a variety of event specialists…

Caster Semenya, banned from her prime events, is reportedly training to make the South African 200 team and has taken on a new coach to help with the speed…

World Athletics has dropped its limit of 80 entrants for the Olympic marathons. Now all who have been selected by their federations and have bettered the Olympic standards (2:11:30/2:29:30) can compete…

The Honolulu Marathon has picked up a new major sponsor in Mizuno…

The LA Marathon, which in recent years has finished near the Santa Monica Pier, will in the future finish on the Avenue Of The Stars in Century City—allowing more space for VIPs and sponsors…

Dutch sprinter Roelf Bouwmeester, part of a 4×1 that ran 39.07 at the ‘17 Euro Team Champs, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for drug trafficking…

Kenyan runner Florence Chepsoi is facing a criminal trial for forging hospital documents in her effort to mount a defense to drug charges; she had served a 2-year ban from ’16 to ’18…

Masters runner Kevin Castille, who set a U.S. over-40 mark of 28:57.88 in the 10,0000 in ’12, has earned a 4-year ban after testing positive for a steroid…

French runner Ophélie Claude-Boxberger is currently battling a provisional suspension for an EPO positive, but won an entirely different sort of case in a French court recently. The daughter of French 4-time Olympian Jacky Boxberger—who was killed by an elephant in Kenya in ’01—was sued by his widow and their son to try to force her to stop using her father’s name…

An analysis of Russian doping shows that four times as many women as men were banned between ’93 and ’19…

When is a Junior not a Junior? Next year, if hosts Kenya has its way. With the postponement of the World Junior (U20) Championships in Nairobi to ’21, Kenyan officials are petitioning WA to allow athletes eligible this year to participate, even though they might have aged out in the interim. “It is not their fault that the event was not held according to the calendar,” said a Kenyan administrator…

Ambitious Qatar has its sights set on hosting the Olympic Games and has joined the queue of nations that are in a “continuous dialogue” with the IOC on hosting the ’32 event. The others (so far): Australia, Germany, India & Indonesia…

Britain’s Olympic Marathon Trials next year will be staged as part of the London 26-miler…

The Commonwealth Games has decided that athletes choosing to protest at the ’22 edition will not face any penalties. Said the CEO, “People say we are opening a Pandora’s box, but no, we are respecting people’s right to voice opinions.”…

Pete Mundle, 91, died in May. The former Oregon runner was T&FN’s Masters editor in the ’70s…

Carol Stevenson, 85, the Indiana women’s coach from 1980–89, and Purdue for four seasons after that, has died of complications of Alzheimer’s…

USOPC head Sarah Hirshland has warned that the organization may have to make further financial cuts if the ’21 Games are canceled. Already 51 staffers have been laid off, and 33 furloughed…

St. Augustine’s has fired coach George Williams, 76, who has led the Div. II powerhouse to 39 national titles. Williams has indicated a lawsuit is in the works, revealing that he was fired after refusing a demand for a 50% pay cut along with his resignation as athletic director…

The IOC entered ’20 with good financial momentum, reporting a surplus of $73.9 million for ’19…

World 400H champ Stefan Warholm won $16,000 for breaking the world best in the 300H at the Impossible Games. He split the money and gave it to two charities, Amnesty International and a Norwegian church mission…

South African meets won’t be taking off anytime soon. Despite the government giving its OK, Athletics South Africa says that because of a rapidly rising infection rate, it will not put athletes at risk by allowing meets…

The next Youth Olympics, set for 2022 in Dakar, Senegal, has been postponed until ’26. The postponement came at the request of Senegal, though the IOC said a main concern was that with the Tokyo delay, it would be in the position of having to organize 5 Olympics within a 3-year span…

A late-June investigative piece on USATF in Runner’s World reported that two members of the federation’s Board Of Directors, Athletes’ Advisory chair Jeff Porter and Youth Committee chair Tricia Myers, have resigned. The article also noted that USATF’s audit firm had stepped away…

USATF has announced it will be accepting qualifying marks from April 6 to November 30 for qualification to the Olympic Trials. World Athletics had previously announced that marks from that period would not count for Olympic qualifying.…

A study in Britain showed that of the teen athletes who made the national team to compete in the World Juniors 1998–12, an astounding 63% failed to PR after the age of 20, and 67% never got on a Senior national team…

Prep junior Hobbs Kessler (Skyline, Ann Arbor), paced on alternate laps by notables Nick Willis and Mason Ferlic, knocked off an 8:53.1 for 3200m, with a last half of 4:20.0. It was a 58.8-second PR. With a year of high school left, maybe some upside for the young rock climber-turned runner?…

The descendants of Olympic legend Jim Thorpe have been fighting to have his remains moved from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, to his native Oklahoma. They won in federal court, but the Pennsylvania town overturned the decision in appeals court. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case in 2015. His son Richard told ESPN, “His spirit isn’t rested. The people of his tribe never finished the burial the way it must be done. He was taken from us.”…

And in more Thorpe news, the National Council Of American Indians is petitioning to restore his status as the sole gold medalist in the decathlon and pentathlon from the 1912 Olympics…

The NCAA’s rules committee is endorsing a proposal to allow coaches and athletes to review video in a specific area during a meet to provide feedback. The move will bring the NCAA in line with USATF and WA rules…

Last month we reported on USATF head Max Siegel’s compensation for ’18. Now Rich Perelman of thesportsexaminer.com has published WA’s basic numbers for that year. At the end of that year, the international federation’s reserves stood at $45.3M. The bad news is that at the end of ’17 the total had been $64.8M.

The ’18 expenditures tabbed out at $66.84M: $17.34M for administration, $16.73M for events, $10.44M for area & member federation support, $7.08M for the Athletics Integrity Unit, $3.05M for sport development activities and $1.34M for communications & promotions. The remaining $10.86M was in “other spending.”…

Kiwi putter Valerie Adams has been honored with her own Barbie doll…

A change to WADA’s doping code for next year allows the organization to use dope-testing samples for gender verification purposes…

In July, Sydney Masciarelli (Marianapolis, Thompson, Connecticut) the ’18 Foot Locker XC champ who just finished up her junior year, sliced 8 seconds of the world best for dribbling a basketball over a mile. Her time—5:08.6…

In a not-quite Bannisteresque performance, Johnny Gregorek ran 4:06.3 to break the WR for running the mile in blue jeans. The former record was 4:11.80 by Dillon Maggard. ◻︎

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