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January 20, 2022

More Hype Around A Star-Studded Men’s 60m At The Millrose Games

Yesterday, I really enjoyed tuning in and listening to Noah Lyles, Jaylen Bacon and Josephus Lyles host a Twitter Spaces conversation titled, Sprinter Talk: The 2022 Indoor Season. Noah Lyles wanted to take it upon himself to shed a light on some of the upcoming events and the storylines that often get missed when the sprints and jumps get overlooked in track and field media. I’ve always been a fan of the athlete-driven conversations going back to when Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson hosted their Road Trippin’ podcast while on the Cleveland Cavaliers

I hope the Lyles Brothers and Bacon do more of these conversations. We’ve got our own plans soon at CITIUS MAG about how we’re planning to enhance our sprints and jumps coverage so stay tuned for more on that soon.

Here were some of the takeaways from the Lyles brothers and Bacon discussing the upcoming, star-studded Millrose Games men’s 60m race. 

“We’re Not Even The Headliners” 📰

– The Lyles brothers joked that they’re far from being the top stars in this Millrose Games field. 

Race organizers previously shared that Noah Lyles (6.57 PB), 2018 60m world indoor champion Christian Coleman (6.34A WR PB), 2016 60m world indoor champion Trayvon Bromell (6.47 PB) and 2018 60m world indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker (6.40A PB) were part of the men’s 60m dash lineup. 

– In their Wednesday chat, Josephus Lyles (6.65 PB) said he is in the race. They also mentioned 2014 60m world indoor silver medalist Marvin Bracy (6.48A PB) will be running

– This will be the first time the Lyles brothers go head-to-head against each other in a 60m. 

Holding Your Composure Against The Best 🧠

– Bacon asked the Lyles Brothers what they were focused on for the race. Since Josephus is coming down from the 400m as his specialty event, he said he’s focusing on his acceleration. “Between 10 and 30 meters, getting into top speed very quickly is really important to me and holding my composure next to everybody. It’s a pretty stacked race. A lot of times people can be very fast but when you get in a stacked race and can’t hold your composure, you don’t run as fast. Even if I get dead last, I need to have run my race and not someone else’s race.”

– Noah Lyles peeled back the curtain on his experience of losing his composure at the U.S. Olympic Trials men’s 100m final, where he finished seventh.

“I think I overthought so much in what I wanted my first three steps to be that I rushed out of it so quickly. I remember running and being like, ‘Am I in last?! I don’t know who this is.’ I remember watching the race. It’s been a very, very long time since I remember that I watched a race. I was thinking to myself, ‘This year is different.’ After that, I went back and said, ‘I never want that to happen again.’ I don’t even know what happened. Usually, in rounds, I’m really good at coming back and being able to run but I felt like I just didn’t have it or I convinced myself that I didn’t have it and I needed to push for more. That was definitely a time where I’d even say I choked.”

Listen to more of the conversation below:

More Millrose Games Field Updates 😲

🔈 Millrose Games organizers announced more loaded fields for the meet on Jan. 29. The women’s 3,000m is headlined by another clash between Alicia Monson and Weini Kelati, who went head-to-head into the final lap of the USATF Cross Country Championships. Going back to 2018, they’ve raced each other 12 times. Kelati owns the 7–5 head-to-head advantage. We’ve recorded an episode with Monson that will be released soon, where she talks about how she enjoys racing against Kelati. 

🔈 Donavan Brazier will race the 400m at the meet on Jan. 29. He has yet to race since he was injured at the U.S. Olympic Trials final last June. His 400m PR is 46.91 from Jan. ‘18. Also racing: Hunter Woodhall, Christopher Taylor & Vernon Norwood.

🔈 With Brazier in the 400m, the Millrose men’s 800 will have a new champion. Kenya’s Michael Saruni (who won in 2019) will face off against Bryce Hoppel, Isaiah Jewett, Charlie Hunter, Jesus Tonatiu Lopez, Saul Ordonez Gavela, Mark English and Isaiah Harris.

Here’s What Else Is Happening In Track and Field

🇯🇵 Japan Running News reports Eliud Kipchoge is hoping to run the Tokyo Marathon, if the race happens on March 6 as planned and whether he can get into the country. Kipchoge has wins in Berlin (3x), Chicago (1x), London (4x) and the Olympics (2x). He has repeatedly said his plan is to run all the World Majors before retiring. He was not in the Boston Marathon elite field announced last week. On a recent episode of D3 Glory Days, Stu Newstat asked New York Road Runners’ Director of Professional Athletes Sam Grotewold about getting Kipchoge to run the NYC Marathon. He’s trying!!

👍 Strava announced Keira D’Amato’s American women’s marathon record run is the fastest women’s marathon uploaded to their platform.

🤭 This past weekend Ruth Usoro jumped 14.76 meters to set a new collegiate record in the triple jump but it was corrected days later as 13.76 meters. The 14.53-meter record was set by Keturah Orji in Jan. 2018 while she was at the University of Georgia. Lubbock Online reports meet officials marked Usoro’s jump correctly but called out incorrectly.

🎥 A documentary short on Sha’Carri Richardson with the late Virgil Abloh as executive producer is titled “Sub Eleven Seconds” and is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

That’s it from me today. As always, thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this, learned something new or have any questions or commentary on anything featured in this issue, feel free to hit my inbox by replying or writing to [email protected]

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