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Trackcenter Top Ten: Zurich Edition

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Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:25am EDT

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Today’s top ten links are a bit early as the biggest meet of the late season gets really rolling at 2:00.

The Zurich Weltklasse, the first of the two Diamond League finals, begins shortly. You can watch it live at CBC.ca beginning at 2:00 PM (Eastern time), and live results are here.

Bernard Lagat thinks the 5000 meter American Record could be broken today. And Brother Colm O’Donnell, the first and only coach of David Rudisha, says his star is pushing the 800 into the realm of sprinting.

We’re not going to see a Bolt versus Blake matchup again this year, and possibly not until next year’s Worlds. It’s often said that the right price is too high, but Britain’s Independent says there’s a lot more to it than that.

Speaking of Bolt, he’s tossing out the idea of trying the long jump next year, or maybe the 400. We’ll see.

Runner’s World: The Magnificent Autumn of Meb Keflezighi’s Career. Amongst other nuggets, he was so beat up from the Olympic marathon that he needed a wheelchair at London’s Heathrow airport.

SI’s Frank Deford understands just how corrosive doping is to the highest levels of spectator sports and the reasons we watch them.

The USA 20 km championship is on Monday in New Haven and USATF previews the competition, headlined by Olmypian Matt Tegenkamp.

Cool video of the day: highlights from yesterday’s Weltklasse teaser, the shot put competitions in Zurich’s main train station. The show has become an instant classic.

Today’s Competitions

Besides the Weltklasse Zurich, there’s an early start to the college cross country season when #23 Arkansas hosts Missouri Southern in a dual meet at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM eastern).

On the tube (and series of tubes)

2:00 PM today: Zurich Weltklasse live webcast
1:30 AM tomorrow: 227: “Brother From a Sister City” on gmc (from 1988, featuring an appearance by Florence Griffith Joyner)
8:00 AM tomorrow: 1972 Olympic Track Controversies on ESPN Classic

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