This week, we interview 5-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, Dot McMahan. We discuss priorities and continued success in running. After that, world of running updates about Keira D’Amato, Diamond League, stroller record and more!
MAIN TOPIC: Social Running, Marathon Bottles, & Fixing Form
Main Topic: Priorities and Continued Success
Guest: Dot McMahan
5-time Olympic trials qualifier, Dot McMahan, has been a competitive distance runner in the US for many years. Most recently Dot ran a 2:35:22 at the Grandma’s Marathon to stamp her 5th ticket to the Olympic trials. With that performance, she also broke Grandma’s Marathon’s 45-49 age group record, lowering it by about 3 minutes.
We’ve gotten to see Dot perform throughout the years, including her victory at the Bayshore Marathon last year where she won and broke the course record.
Dot represents Brooks as part of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project coached by Kevin and Keith Hanson. She has seen a lot of success during her time with them including representing Team USA 3 times. Dot is also a US Champion on the roads in the 25k.
Notably, Dorothy has also achieved incredible success as a masters runner. In this phase of her career, she has conquered various records, wins, and earned numerous accolades, proving that age is no hindrance to greatness.
Dot McMahan’s journey is an epitome of perseverance, discipline, and triumph. Her remarkable performances have left a mark on the world of running.
WORLD OF RUNNING
World of Running
Bill – 5k – 3rd o/a
CJ – 5k – PR – 2nd AG
Jacob – 5k – 2nd AG
Jackie – 5k
Sara – triathlon
#1. Lausanne Diamond League
- Race was madness…
- Pace was set fairly slow compared to times lately–12:55
- The moment the pacer stepped off, Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi (a week off winning the Ethiopian 10,000m trials) put the pedal down HARD
- His next lap was 60 seconds, and he didn’t relent the rest of the way
- One by one, everyone else in the field faded (including Selemon Barega and other notable Ethiopian countrymen)
- Except world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda)
- Aregawi began to accelerate further at the bell lap, but Cheptegei held him fast
- With 100m to go, it looked like Cheptegei might have another move to overtake Aregawi, but instead it was the latter who dropped another gear and drew away
- Finished in 12:40–5th fastest all-time, world-leading and meeting record performance
- This is the THIRD insane battle in a 5,000m this season and is building great anticipation for an incredible world champs
- Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) strikes again!
- This time battling with Ethiopia’s world indoor 3,000m and steeplechase record holder Lamecha Girma
- Girma put up a valiant fight, even running a national record for Ethiopia in 3:29.51
- Not enough to beat the king, who ran 3:28 for the victory
- Great Britain’s Josh Kerr demonstrated some serious finishing threat to nearly nip Girma at the line, also running under 3:30
- All eyes were on Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson after she opened her season recently in a blazing 1:55
- However, Kenya’s Mary Moraa controlled the race thoroughly and won in a strong 1:57
- Good reminder that this 800m at world champs has plenty of contenders ready to take it
Women’s 3,000m steeple
- World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya) was tested by 18-year-old Sembo Almayew (Ethiopia)
- Even so, Chepkoech, held fast and finished better to run a meeting record
#2. Stockholm Diamond League
- Beatrice Chebet (Kenya) is continuing to show strong stuff this circuit (silver medal last world champs and world XC champ)
- Her final lap was astonishing–59 seconds–and left the rest of the pack of 5 in her dust (they were together at the bell)
- Lemlem Hailu (Ethiopia) was best of the rest two seconds behind Chebet
- Sarah Chelangat set a new Ugandan record in 4th with a time of 14:40
- Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu stormed past the group with a final lap of 59 seconds
- It was a tactical affair with a lot of bunching in the second half
- Led an Ethiopian sweep: Diribe Welteji and Hirut Meshesha
- Ciara MaGeean of Ireland had a strong finish for 4th
- Laura Muir of Great Britain did not fare well in the tactical race and faded hard in the final 100m
Men’s 3,000m steeplechase
- Soufiane El Bakkali (Morocco) won again, a bit slower more tactical race
- Apparently he hasn’t lost a steeple since September of 2021 (almost 2 years)
- Beat a strong Gednet Wale (Ethiopia) in a dominant final 600m
- Gordie Beamish (New Zealand–On Athletics Club) set the lone PR for the race in 4th place
#3. D’Amato in Australia
(source: World Athletics)
- Saving the best for last!
- Gold Coast Marathon and Half Marathon in Australia…
- The story here was Keira D’Amato. Previously held USA marathon record before Emily Sisson broke it last year
- Got her revenge by besting Sisson’s HM record by 13 seconds
- Won the race in 1:06:39, US & North American record as well as Australian all-comers record
- Won the race by over 2 minutes
Bonus: Neely Gracey runs the World Record Mile in pushing a stroller
- Previous record: 5:57
- No, you cannot just push and catch. Your hands must be on the stroller at all times.
- Guava is her stroller sponsor