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Track & Field/Marathon Headlines: Oly Trials Marathon to be televised, IAAF Congress news and more

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Friday, November 11, 2011 at 12:40am EST

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Lots of interesting news this morning…

The rumor is that Oregon freshman Lukas Verzbicas, who set the national high school 2-mile record and broke the 4:00 mile, is leaving the team to in favor of a return to triathlons. Flotrack broke the story yesterday, and the Eugene Register-Guard’s Curtis Anderson looked into it and got a classic non-denial.

NBC will televise the Olympic Trials marathons…but, as with the NYC Marathon, it will be a same-day tape delayed version rather than live. (One presumes there will be a live webcast, as was with the ’08 races.)

On a related note, it’s been rumored that NBC will still do delayed coverage for the bulk of the Olympics, with live coverage online. More proof that NBC is living in the past – which, not coincidentally, is when they actually had viewers. They might as well haul out Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby for Olympic promotion.

News out of the IAAF Congress:
*Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25, set in a mixed men’s and women’s race, will stand as the official marathon World Record. However, any new record must be set in a women’s-only race to be ratified.
*Defending Diamond Race winners will get the same wild-card status to the World Championships as defending World Champions. However, if a nation has one of each, only one of them will get the wild card, with the federation making the choice.
*A top-15 finish at the World Cross Country Championships will count as an ‘A’ Worlds qualifier in the 10,000 meters.

An insider projects Friday’s final vote tally on the 2017 Worlds as 16 to 11 in favor of London.

Due to tax filings, we now know how much it cost USA Track & Field to make deposed CEO Doug Logan go away: $1,073,419. His contract required payment of $1.7 million if fired without cause, and it’s pretty obvious that he was (at least by the standards of his contract), so this must be the amount the lawyers worked out. It’s about 6.5% of last year’s expenditures, or about 1/3 of what was spent on athletes.

Adam Goucher’s last stand is over. The 2000 Olympian had planned on running the marathon trials, but an injury has scuttled that and he announced his retirement yesterday.

TV alert

The Big Ten Cross Country Championships are on the Big Ten Network at noon ET tomorrow.

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