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.
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.
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."
The guys break down big wins for Laura Muir, Trayvon Bromell,& Ollie Hoare, a rough day for Jenny Simpson, and teen superstars Nico Young & Cole Hocker. Plus a great interview with Australian 1500 champion Jye Edwards.