ON YOUR MARKS — May/June

When he’s done with vaulting, Renaud Lavillenie plans to fill up his thrills coefficient with motorcycle racing. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

HIGHER OR FASTER FOR RENAUD LAVILLENIE? The 33-year-old French vault star says that recent events have him thinking he will extend his career through ’24, which would have him postpone his dive into motorcycle racing. “What I like is the adrenaline, the speed sensations, always pushing your own limits,” he says. “I find this feeling incredible on a motorbike. And then taking bends with your body almost off the bike at high speed, it’s just crazy. Once you’ve tasted this, it stays with you.”…

OT marathon winner Aliphine Tuliamuk has been knitting beanies. When she opened up an Etsy shop to sell them, she was hit with over 150 orders in the first 5 hours. “Thanks all, I am definitely in trouble again,” she quipped on Twitter…

Mondo Duplantis, who will be living and training in Uppsala, Sweden, during the summer season, has auctioned off his competition bib from his first World Record, taking in about $3000 that he is donating to a fund to help people with the highest risk of contracting C19…

Comebacking from a torn plantar fascia last year, Drew Hunter raised $8000+ for Real Hope For Haiti by livestreaming a 2M time trial and taking pledges for every second he broke 9:00 by. He clocked 8:36.84…

Ohio’s SPIRE has hired Oly pole vault gold medalist Tim Mack as its new training/development director for track & field…

Chantae McMillan, a ’12 Olympian in the heptathlon, was the big winner in the season opener of NBC’s obstacle course/strength competition, The Titan Games. She handily defeated 2-time Olympic boxing champ Claressa Shields to win the Central Region title…

WA has signed on London’s Pinsent Masons as its first-ever “official supplier of legal services.”

Hurdler Orlando Ortega, the ’16 silver medalist in the highs, says he wants to try the 400H before he retires. He ran 51.90 over low hurdles at age 16.

The research site Olympedia.org—formerly a limited-access private venture—is now open to the public. The site contains, among other things, the profiles and results of all athletes at the Olympics (all sports)…

More than 18,000 pounds of food that had been bought to feed Team USA during the Tokyo Olympics has been donated to local food banks in Colorado by the USOPC…

An age 25-29 category has been created for USATF Masters track…

The bidding processes for major ’23 WA events—World XC and the World Relays—has been delayed, and won’t start until November…

Hamilton, Ontario, has been tabbed as the preferred Canadian candidate for the hosting of a Commonwealth Games, and will be bidding for either the ’26 or ’30 editions…

Minsk, Ukraine, will be hosting the ’21 Euro Team Champs

The African Games will take place 30-40 days before Tokyo ’21…

USTFCCCA has accorded All-America honors to every athlete on the start list for the NCAA Indoor, with the exception of relay alternates…

With C19 playing havoc with high school transcripts and ACT/SAT testing, the NCAA has opted to lower academic standards for incoming D1 frosh athletes and eliminate the testing requirement completely…

The NCAA is reportedly considering a one-time waiver so that athletes can transfer during the 1920–21 season with no sit-down…

NCAA president Mark Emmert says until students are back on campus, there won’t be any college sports. “That doesn’t mean [the school] has to be up and running in the full normal model, but you’ve got to treat the health and well-being of the athletes at least as much as the regular students. So if a school doesn’t reopen, then they’re not going to be playing sports. It’s really that simple.”…

A recent poll has named Carl Lewis as the greatest athlete ever from the University of Houston…

Two new members have been added to the board of the Athletics Integrity Unit: former British rower Victoria Aggar and former USATF attorney Jill Pilgrim…

DIY testing: A pilot USADA program has athletes drug-testing themselves using dry blood sampling, mailing the samples back to USADA. The procedure is monitored via laptop camera to ensure proper compliance. Several of the 15 athletes who have volunteered to try this are track notables: Emma Coburn, Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles and Sydney McLaughlin…

WADA has reinstated the Salt Lake City laboratory that had been partially suspended since September…

Concerned about testing coverage during the C19 crisis, WADA has said that it will be conducting additional targeted testing during this period…

The fear that C19 may have cut into drug testing is real. The Cologne lab is reporting a 95% reduction in tests compared to last year…

The indoor track in Sabadel, Spain, site of Genzebe Dibaba’s 2000m World Record in ’17, is going to need some fixing. The track was hurriedly disassembled without consulting the construction company so the arena could be used as a C19 hospital…

In Britain, elite athletes wanting to return to their gyms or high-performance centers by have a visit with a medical expert. Athletes are allowed to opt out if they feel the situation is dangerous…

Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta has done some serious closet cleaning in a virtual garage sale, Among the items sold, two Diamond League trophies at a little over $200 each. She says, “As I get older my attachment to things changes. I lived it, have the experience, and the medals. Lastly, I’m looking forward. I want to defend my Olympic title, I know the financial investment required. $$ is uncertain for (not just) me but athletes all over. I want to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to preparing myself to do what it takes to achieve this.”…

New York’s Coogan’s Restaurant, perhaps the most famous track bar in America, announced in April that its doors would remain closed permanently. Around the corner from the famed Armory, Coogan’s featured so much track memorabilia (and T&FN covers) on the walls that it could rightly be called another track & field hall of fame…

Usain Bolt and his girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl on May 18…

Luvo Manyonga, South Africa’s ’17 World long jump champion, has been fined for public drinking and violating his local COVID lockdown…

The CAS has upheld the 4-year ban of Russian coach Andrei Yeremenko for trying to bribe a doping control officer in ’17, in the hopes of covering up an attempt by 800 runner Yulia Maluyeva to dodge a test…

Austrian agent Robert Wagner, who was busted after telling an undercover reporter that he could provide him with performance-enhancing drugs, has accepted a 2-year ban—backdated—and is free to practice his trade again…

On an online petition has been launched to house Tokyo’s homeless in the newly-built Olympic Village. There are about 1000 homeless in Tokyo, with another 4000 who stay in 24-hour Internet cafes which have now been closed…

Tokyo organizers assure the world that the Olympic flame is still burning, though it’s in a secret location. It was originally scheduled to be in Fukushima until the end of April…

The IOC and Swiss authorities have teamed up to create a $360 million fund to help international sports federations. This is in addition to the $800 million the IOC is offering to help the Tokyo ’21 organization as well as national Olympic committees…

The pandemic, along with the rescheduling of the Tokyo Games, has some French officials revisiting the notion of whether Paris should host the ’24 Games after all. Some have called for a referendum. Opponents of the Games staged a petition drive calling for a referendum several years ago, but that was shot down by city leaders in ’19…

Yuriy Borzakovskiy, head coach of the Russian national team, says that the country is planning to open centralized training camps in July…

A new WADA study has shown there isn’t a strong link between athletes using a TUE (therapeutic use exemption for controlled medications) and their chances of winning an Olympic medal…

In late April USATF released ’18 tax forms that spelled out CEO Max Siegel’s compensation for the year. The total was $4,294,650, although not all of it will be paid out until ’24. Broken down: base pay $611,014, bonus $500,000 and $146,150 in “other reportable compensation. On top of that there’s $3,027,250 in “retirement and other deferred compensation.”…

Trivia you need: one of the worst-ever claims to the first sub-4:00 mile belonged to Louis Linteau in ’33. The prep junior from Port Huron, Michigan, ran 3:38.0 for a “mile” on a clearly short track. Linteau had another claim to fame: in 1975, then known as “Louie the Pope,” he was the last man known to have spoken to Jimmy Hoffa before the union leader’s infamous disappearance…

Haile Gebrselassie has donated $50,000 to help fight the spread of coronavirus in Ethiopia…

Running gear manufacturer Tracksmith is not only sponsoring Mary Cain and Nick Willis, it has employed them as full-time members of its marketing team…

In a sad first, now that ’08 Olympic high jump champ Andrey Silnov has been charged by the AIU with a doping offense, if he is found guilty, the gold will go to a man who won’t be alive to receive the honor. Britain’s Germaine Mason, the silver medalist at the time, died in a ’17 motorcycle crash…

Two East German legends, Marita Koch and Heike Drechsler, are now family. Tony Drechsler, Heike’s son, married Ulrike Meier, Marita’s daughter, last September. ◻︎

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