Fledgling Dechase aiming for Boston glory POSTED: Apr 15, 8:32a ET | UPDATED: Apr 15, 5:50p ET By Elshadai Negash, Special to Universal Sports When Chala Dechase pulled even with Haile Gebrselassie in the late stages of the Dubai Marathon, people were shocked to see an unknown challenging the greatest distance runner of a generation. Dechase, only the 10th Ethiopian ever to break 2:07, will look to continue to carve his niche in the Boston Marathon. Watch on April 19, presented by Saucony, on UniSports TV and online.
Wild ride takes Meb from New York to Boston POSTED: Apr 14, 7:06a ET | UPDATED: Apr 14, 3:52p ET By Aimee Berg, Special to Universal Sports It has been five months since Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon. Since then he's gone on a publicity tour that took him from Letterman to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and recovered from a freak knee injury. But that is in the past and Keflezighi is focused on winning the Boston Marathon. Watch the race, presented by Saucony, LIVE April 19 on UniSports TV and online.
Ryan Hall compares Boston, London Marathons POSTED: Apr 13, 8:30a ET | UPDATED: Apr 13, 8:30a ET By Jim Hage, Special to Universal Sports American Ryan Hall has run the London Marathon twice, logging a PR of 2:06:17 in 2008. He is about to run the Boston Marathon for the second time. Universal Sports asked the 27-year-old to compare the two races. Like any good Californian, Hall used surfing analogies to differentiate the courses. Watch Hall run the Boston Marathon on April 19 on UniSports TV and online.
Selection of Olympic Trials marathon site raises questions POSTED: Apr 12, 9:43a ET | UPDATED: Apr 13, 8:19a ET By Joe Battaglia, Universal Sports When USA Track & Field announced on March 1 that Houston had won the bid to host the Olympic Trials men's and women's marathons in January of 2012, the selection drew mixed reactions from athletes and the ire of the influential New York Road Runners, which lost out on a bid to host a second straight Trials. Universal Sports' Joe Battaglia examines the issues in-depth.
Runners to watch: Marathon Rotterdam POSTED: Apr 9, 7:46a ET | UPDATED: Apr 9, 7:50a ET By David Monti, Special to Universal Sports Over 6,000 runners will descend upon the Dutch port city of Rotterdam with one thing in mind -- running fast. Of the fastest 10 marathon performances in history, three have occurred in Rotterdam, including two of the top four. Tune in to Universal Sports TV on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET to watch the 30th Fortis Marathon Rotterdam and online for on-demand video.
Holman: Where have all the track fans gone? POSTED: Apr 8, 12:14p ET | UPDATED: Apr 8, 12:45p ET By Steve Holman, Special to Universal Sports Track & field is the No. 1 participatory sport for high school girls and No. 2 for boys. But where do all of those fans of the sport go when they grow up? In the first of six installments of The Inside Track, a guest columnist series in advance of the adidas Grand Prix, former U.S. Olympian Steve Holman says retaining those fans may be the key to the sports' survival.
Squash still yearns for Olympic boost POSTED: Apr 1, 8:22a ET | UPDATED: Apr 1, 8:22a ET By Reuters Inside a gleaming, glass-roofed building in the heart of London's Canary Wharf banking district last week two of the world's top squash players fought each other to a standstill.
Snowboarding season in review POSTED: Mar 31, 6:36p ET | UPDATED: Mar 31, 7:19p ET By Jon Ackerman, Universal Sports During an Olympic year, stellar snowboarding feats are bound to go down. Here's a look back at some of the finest from this winter.
Legal wrangling fails to wrest any control for Semenya POSTED: Mar 30, 6:06p ET | UPDATED: Mar 31, 3:21p ET By Joe Battaglia, Universal Sports Caster Semenya has declared her intent to compete again this season as the IAAF continues its lengthy gender verification tests on the controversial world champion. Universal Sports' Joe Battaglia writes that despite Tuesday's legal posturing, control of the situation remains with the IAAF and you shouldn't expect to see her competing anytime soon.
Kipruto wants chance to conquer Rotterdam POSTED: Mar 29, 12:52p ET | UPDATED: Apr 7, 2:57p ET By Fortis Marathon Rotterdam Before anyone hands this year's Marathon Rotterdam title to Kenyan James Kwambai, beware of Vincent Kipruto. The 22-year-old Kenyan won the Paris Marathon last year in 2:05:47 and is one of six entrants in Rotterdam with personal bests under 2:08. Watch the race on Universal Sports April 11.