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Breaking up is hard to do.

We've seen it across the running world over the past week. In Boulder, the parting between Tinman Elite and its namesake coach, Tom "Tinman" Schwartz, has gotten messy.

Halfway across the world, the greatest distance runner in history is battling his federation for one last shot at Olympic glory. Ethiopia is holding an Olympic marathon trials this weekend, and Kenenisa Bekele won't be there. But Bekele still wants to be selected for this summer's Olympic marathon in Sapporo, and has made his case in a letter to the federation (which you can read about here).

This spring is not just about breakups, but new beginnings too. And for American distance fans, last weekend was a big one. 18-year-old Hobbs Kessler running 3:40. 18-year-old Nico Young running 13:24. 19-year-old Cole Hocker running 13:19. The latter two, we know now, will be at the Olympic Trials in June. Kessler wants to join them. That's exciting.

So how does this end? In the case of Tinman, the two parties may eventually be able to work out some sort of divorce on mutual terms. But in the Bekele saga, someone, inevitably, will wind up unhappy. Either Bekele will miss out on his final shot at the Olympic marathon berth he believes to be his, or he will bump someone else off the team. Like we said: breaking up is hard to do.
Is Bekele's 2021 Olympic Dream Over?
Kenenisa Bekele Will Not Run Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Trials, His Dream Of Being The 1st Olympic 10,000 and Marathon Champ In 69 Years Won’t Happen Unless The Ethiopian Federation Changes Course
Birhanu Legese and Mule Wasihun will also miss out meaning the 2nd, 3rd and 10th fastest men in history will all miss the race. Bekele has filed an appeal to be put on the Olympic team as he says he's 100% healthy and will be ready come Sapporo.
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Details on this weekend's trials, which were originally scheduled for Geneva on Sunday but have been moved to Sebeta on Saturday.
The Tinman Saga
The Latest Updates to Tom Schwartz's Departure from Tinman Elite
The news broke last week, but since then Tinman's wife, Tammy Schwartz, has weighed in and Tinman Elite has released a statement in response, saying in part: "It became clear to the team that Coach Schwartz’s growing commercial coaching business and other pursuits made him unable to provide the individualized attention that the team needed in order to stay healthy and succeed long term."
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Track Talk Podcast: USATF Grand Prix @ Oregon Relays, Tinman Blows Up, and Extensive Interview with Aussie Mile Sensation Jye Edwards
The guys break down big wins for Laura Muir, Trayvon Bromell,& Ollie Hoare, a rough day for Jenny Simpson, and teen superstars Nico YoungCole Hocker. Plus a great interview with Australian 1500 champion Jye Edwards.
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With the US, Jamaica, and Canada pulling out, unfortunately the fields are pretty watered-down.