ON YOUR MARKS — October

Trayvon Bromell’s 9.94 gave him the Diamond League 100 win by a solid 0.11. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI)

IF THE SHOE FITS: A pair of Steve Prefontaine’s early waffle shoes was sold for $163,000 by Sotheby’s. Impressive, but not near the $411,000 that was paid 7 years ago for Roger Bannister’s sub-4:00 spikes. This was apparently the first pair of Pre’s shoes ever sold in public…

Eric Jenkins has left the Union AC and moved back to his native New Hampshire and will work with Andy Powell…

Vanessa Fraser has left the Bowerman TC and has moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in venture capital while being coached by Shannon Rowbury…

Oregon’s Cooper Teare has joined the Nike Bowerman TC…

Baylor 800 star Aaliyah Miller has signed with On Running and will train in Colorado with Team Boss…

Jenna Magness of Michigan State and Minnesota’s Hasz twins, Bethany & Megan, have added a Big 10 touch to the Boston AA…

A world champion indoors, outdoors and in XC, Kenyan Hellen Obiri is now being coached by Dathan Ritzenhein and aiming at the New York Marathon…

Jared Ward (6th in the Rio ’16 marathon) has landed $166,000 in Utah state grants to fund the Run Elite Program, a pro running club…

Former BYU star Conner Mantz is planning his move to the marathon. He will be running Chicago with eyes on a 2:07 debut…

Olympic long jump champ Malaika Mihambo says she no longer plans to come to the U.S. to train with Carl Lewis…

After being sponsored by the John Hancock insurance company for 37 years, the Boston Marathon will be looking for a new title sponsor after next spring’s race…

With no end in sight to the Russian ban, vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova doesn’t know if this means the end of her career. “No idea what’s next,” she says. “I’m going on vacation, and then I don’t know what will happen. Not ready to answer right now.”

Hurdler Devon Allen made headlines when he signed with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in April after not playing football since ’16. He made headlines by scoring on a 55y pass in a preseason game, but didn’t make the final cut. He’s reportedly earning $11,500/week as a member of the practice squad…

Some 72% of the athletes surveyed at the World Championships said that climate change had already affected them…

Germany’s 17-year-old Jolanda Kallabis set a World Youth Record in the 2000 steeple in early September, but says she will not move up to the 3K version when she joins the senior ranks. “I would have to run too many kilometers in training for that,” says the 2:04.57 halfmiler…

Despite being stymied by shoe rules that disallowed her long jump qualifier for the WC (the soles were too thick), triple jump queen Yulimar Rojas says she is still considering the double next year in Budapest. “I really aspire to do more of the long jump. My goal is to maybe to take part in a major championship final.”…

Jakob Ingebrigtsen said that his initial goal for the European Championships was a 15/5/10 triple, but he missed his planned 10K qualifier when he caught COVID. He said he hopes the triple is possible at the next Worlds or Olympics, but the former is already off the Budapest table, with the 1500 semis less than an hour before the 10,000…

Though Ingebrigtsen keeps piling on the honors, he just lost one feather, his Euro Youth 1500 mark (3:39.93) was recently busted by Niels Laros of Netherlands with a 3:39.46…

Laila Traby, the former French 5000 champion who already served a 3-year ban for EPO, now has been given a 1-year suspended prison sentence and $5000 fine. Two men identified as her suppliers got actual prison time as a result of the case…

The AIU has issued an apology to Kenyan sprinter Mark Odhiambo for saying that in addition to his drug offenses, he was being charged with tampering. He still faces proceedings for the positive tests…

Hammer thrower Paweł Fajdek, who is set to tie Sergey Bubka’s record of 6 WC golds next year, says, “I want 7. I will be trying to do this. It’s not that long to next year and Budapest, then we have the Olympics, and then Tokyo. I can be the first man to take 7 gold medals in a row – I’ll be focused on that.”

Femke Bol is hoping Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone doesn’t switch to the flat 400. “As an athlete you just want to run against the very best in the world at the Worlds and during the Olympics. So also against Sydney. Maybe that means I am the eternal 2nd in the 400H. That’s it. Then I can at least say that I competed against the strongest athletes out there.”…

Cuban legend Alberto Juantorena, 71, has been hospitalized with respiratory issues related to COVID…

A researcher at UCSB has built a small robot that can jump more than 107 feet (32.90) into the air and land on its feet, powered only by a windup mechanism. That apparently is more than 14 times higher than anything in the animal kingdom can jump…

Coach and former walker Andreas Gustafsson has been provisionally suspended by SafeSport for sexual misconduct…

Arthur Gue Cissé lost his apparent 9.89 clocking at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Turkey, due to “technical failure,” namely an issue with the starting system cable…

Arch Jelley, the legendary coach of great John Walker, celebrated his 100th birthday by walking a mile around the track in Owairaka, New Zealand, accompanied by athletes and officials…

An Instagram announcement in which Nico Young publicly came out as gay got a flood of positive feedback, and more than 37,000 likes within a few days…

Paris24 has decided to cut the number of vehicles to be used to transport officials by 30–40% over what was used in Tokyo, even though that was a minimally-attended Games…

The dates for the ’28 Los Angeles Olympics will be July 14–30…

Can Nafi Thiam break JJK’s heptathlon record? Bob Kersee thinks so. Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s husband and coach says, “My wife’s World Record is eventually going to be broken, the new generation is ready for it. I really think Nafi can break the World Record if the circumstances are right. Taking a third Olympic gold medal is not impossible either but it’s not easy.”…

Jacob Fincham-Dukes had already done his celebratory lap at the Euros when officials told him that his best long jump would be ruled a foul, taking the silver medal away from the Briton. The officials had reviewed video after a French protest…

NBC is releasing a new monthly show called Chasing Gold: Paris 2024 which will introduce viewers to Olympic hopefuls from a variety of sports.

Karsten Warholm is understandably a big deal in Norway. For his Euro Champs win, some 64% of the nation tuned in…

Three-time World Champs team member Lauren Fleshman has published a book, Good For A Girl: A Woman Running In A Man’s World

Eric Lira, the first person charged in the United States under the Rodchenkov Act, is building his case on the argument that it is unconstitutional. “This unprecedented delegation of legislative power is repugnant to our constitution, as it allows a foreign entity to dictate the parameters of a criminal statute in this country,” his lawyer has written…

Are 39 sports too many for the Pan-Am Games? That’s what’s scheduled for next year’s event in Chile. Organizers of the ’27 event in Barranquilla, Colombia, are hoping to cut that down to 34…

Norway is in hot water with WADA, after it was revealed that no unannounced doping tests have been done on athletes under age-18 in the last 2 years…

The Daily Mile has come to America. The program, that has elementary children running a mile each day, partnered with Oregon22 and since the World Championships, more than 900 schools have signed on…

Trinidad will host the ’23 Commonwealth Youth Games, delayed 2 years from its original ‘21. The event was last held in the Bahamas in ’17…

The USTFCCCA has announced its prep track coaches of the year: Boys—Tim Byrne (Salesianum, Wilmington, Delaware); Girls—Desmond Dunham (St. John’s, Washington, DC).

Both Marcell Jacobs and Karsten Warholm tried to get wild cards to compete in the Diamond League Finals, however Zürich organizers said no…

The Usain Bolt pose —you know it — may soon be trademarked if the retired Jamaican superstar’s application is approved by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Reportedly, he is hoping to use the image on business ventures ranging from clogs to restaurants…

But all is not well with Bolt’s scooter company, Bolt. It apparently has gone belly-up and has left abandoned scooters in the 8 U.S. cities where it operated directly. They can only be unlocked with the Bolt app, which no longer works. Apparently, Bolt is still operating in 25 markets where it has independent owners…

’04 Olympic champion Stefan Holm, now 46, is also one of the world’s authorities on Legos. He has even published a book that depicts historic sporting moments using Legos. But he has lost his World Record of jumping over the popular building blocks, which was 5-10¾ (1.80). On a Swedish TV show dedicated to Legos, his son Melwin Lycke Holm, 17 — a 7-1¾ (2.18) jumper in conventional jumping — cleared 5-11¼ (1.81) over Legos. ◻︎

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