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Your Morning Track & Field Headlines July 26, 2011

posted by The Track & Field Superblog
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:45pm EDT

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The big news today is that Allyson Felix has made her decision and she’s going to try the 200 meter / 400 meter double at the World Championships. She is also expected to be on both relays as well.

Is this an overreach? Maybe. More than anything else, it’s a dry run for next year’s Olympics. If she pulls that off, and the USA women’s 4×100 relay can get its act together*, she would win four Olympic gold medals. It would naturally bring comparisons to both Michael Johnson and Jesse Owens. Not only would it make her the most sought-after athlete of the Games, it would bring much-needed press to track & field. In other words, she would do for us what Michael Phelps did for swimming (but almost assuredly NOT get caught with a DUI or giant bong in the months afterwards).

And if it ends in spectacular failure in Daegu this year, well, so be it.

*I see this as far more challenging task than Felix winning a 200/400 double.

Other headlines…
Runner’s World’s Racing News: is Usain Bolt a sure thing?

More Usain Bolt news: Case Study In Science Of Sprinting, he wants to copy Asafa’s bullet start, Carl Lewis still overwhelmed by his records

Phil Hersh: Slim chance of U.S. bid for 2020 Summer Olympics getting close to none

Brianna Glenn blogs about her time in Italy. Sounds like she figured out the attitude that goes with a Mediterranean lifestyle.

Two new indoor track facilities:
*The Nassau (NY) Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders, is planning to build an additional facility just for track and field and conventions.

*The Birmingham (AL) Metro CrossPlex is looking to bring in big events and boost tourism. Check out the photos, it looks like a first-class place.

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