ON YOUR MARKS — October

Cam Levins didn’t win the Toronto Marathon, but he did receive a check (err, cheque?) for $1000 for each year that Jerome Drayton’s Canadian Record in the marathon lasted until Levins broke it. (VICTOR SAILER/PHOTO RUN)

A Record Whose Time Had Come

“I think it’s about time,” said Canadian marathon great Jerome Drayton when Cam Levins broke the national record by running 2:09:25 in Toronto. Levins, who starred collegiately at Southern Utah, axed 44 seconds from the mark established by Drayton in winning Fukuoka way back in ‘75. The time earned Levins a healthy bonus check (see photo)…

Men’s and women’s track will be added by NAIA school Midway University starting with the 2019–20 academic year…

A move is underway to restore track as a men’s sport at San Diego State, which axed it in ’92. The SDSU Reinstatement Committee is led by Aztec alum Paul Greer (if his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s No. 168 in our compilation of every U.S. sub-4:00 miler ever)…

On the 50th anniversary of Dick Fosbury’s Mexico City high jump win, his alma mater, Oregon State, unveiled a statue of the athlete in full flop. The bar in the statue is set at exactly 7-4¼ (2.24), his Olympic winning height…

Charges against former Olympic champion Kip Keino were dropped in the latest installment of Kenya’s Olympic corruption scandal. He is being considered a witness in the case, in which 7 were originally implicated. The men were slapped with charges ranging from abuse of office to failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds. They cover the alleged crimes of embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorized air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorized persons. The money total is estimated at close to a half-million dollars…

With a burgeoning caseload, CAS is setting up a permanent anti-doping division to speed up the arbitration and appeals processes.

The Canine Solution

The Swedes have a new weapon in the war against sports-doping: Molly, the world’s first anti-doping dog. A trained narcotics-detection hound, Molly will be tasked with showing up unannounced at sporting events to sniff her way around locker rooms and bags…

November 3 will be Billy Mills Day in Lawrence, Kansas, in honor of his ’64 Olympic 10,000 win and his contributions off the track…

Whistleblowing has been productive, says WADA. The investigations unit has been flooded with business from more than 400 cases brought to its attention by whistleblowers. Director Günter Younger says the unit is overwhelmed, and that “many” of the cases are from Russia…

In placing 6th in the ’60 Olympic 10,000, Max Truex broke the AR with his 28:50.2, a breakthrough race. That’s also the pace of Eliud Kipchoge’s new World Record of 2:01.39 in the marathon, points out “Cannon” on the T&FN Message Board. “Really mind boggling when I think back to how impressed I was back in 1960 when Truex had his breakthrough race,” he adds.

Simon Mbuthia, 30, who competed for Bahrain as Saleh Marzooq Bakheet and won 3000 bronze at the ’05 World Youth Champs, was killed in a car crash in Wyoming…

All That Glitters

The IAAF is leaving the gold standard behind, and christening its top tier road races as platinum. The gold, silver and bronze categories will remain, but gold will not be quite as prestigious as before…

The shooting death of Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter Trinity in Lexington, Kentucky, in ’16 has led to the conviction of four men. All were found guilty of wanton endangerment and one on an additional charge of wanton murder…

Caster Semenya has been awarded the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation…

Boston Marathon champ Desiree Linden is now being coached by Michigan State head Walt Drenth.

Australia’s Central Coast Mariner soccer club has offered Usain Bolt a contract for “much, much less” than he was requesting, saying “he should follow a journey pretty similar to any trialist.”…

’68 Olympic 800 champion Ralph Doubell is the subject of a new book by Michael Sharp, Ralph Doubell, Do Not Worry, It Is Only Pain…

A Hurdler’s Hurdler: The Life of Rodney Milburn, Olympic Champion, by Steve McGill has also hit the bookstores. It highlights the career of the ’72 gold medalist at 110H…

Legendary coach Ed Temple of Tennessee State is the subject of a new documentary, Mr. Temple & The Tigerbelles. It is currently showing at film festivals and is not yet available online…

The bronze medalist in the Youth Olympics triple jump, Mariya Privalova, is the daughter of former Russian sprint great Irina Privalova, the ’00 Olympic 400 hurdle champion.

Euro 1500 champ Laura Muir got to pick the mascot for the ’19 Euro Indoor in Glasgow from 700 entries submitted by schoolchildren. The newly licensed veterinarian went with Scottee the Scottie dog, surprising no one…

The IOC has decided to again allow a refugee team to compete at the Olympics in ’20…

Shannon Rowbury will be volunteer assistant for the University of San Francisco program. Meanwhile, Alan Webb and Colleen Quigley will both be volunteering for Portland State…

Former sprinter/coach Desai Williams, an ‘88 Olympic 100 finalist, has been banned for life by Athletics Canada for violating its sexual harassment code…

If you think track isn’t getting much coverage from the non-sports media, think again. The cover of a recent issue of MONEY features Orville Rogers, 100-year-old age group star. □

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