05.30.06

Track and Field News Posts

Posted in Track and Field/Athletics at 1:42 pm by Nicole

A few news items on the Prefontaine Classic: IAAF.org, Runners’ Web (courtesy of USA Track and Field), Oregon Live (with some nice detail about Liu Xiang), Register-Guard (from Oregon – it’s a good article but the writer still thinks Liu Xiang’s family name is “Xiang”…sigh…), another Register-Guard article with perspective on Liu from an Oregon native living in Harbin, China, and the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle…an article written by my buddy Bob Baum, who shared a very tightly-packed media mixed zone with me and the rest of the track and field media from the United States at last year’s world championships in Helsinki when getting an interview with Liu was oh-so-difficult because the thirty-plus members of the Chinese media who came to see him run were hounding him so completely. Note to Chinese media: Give the kid some space – there are still two years before 2008 and a lot can happen to a sprinter in that time. I’d love to see a Cathy Freeman-like moment at National Stadium in Beijing at the Olympics as much as they would, but the hounding only makes everyone’s jobs more difficult.

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