Thursday, November 17, 2011

Interview: Running the dream - Tito Tiberti

New York City Marathon two weeks ago. Who is this white guy running with the lead pack and suddenly drops out at the 5 kilometer mark? Its Tito Tiberti from Brescia, Italy!

We caught up with Tito to get some feedback on his run in New York.

You ran with the lead pack at the NYC Marathon until 5k and then suddenly dropped off the pace. What was the motivation to do so? It looked like you went for a 5k PR. Looking at your splits, you then continued to run a 1:11 half before you had a nap on Pulaski Bridge at the half marathon before jogging to the finish, maybe with a friend. Was that the plan all along?

Well, it's been a last minute choice. Something foolish came into my mind and I told myself: “Let's make those guys watching at home jump off their sofas!” (I was thinking to my friends, parents and training mates). Seven days before the NYCM, I completed the Frankfurt Marathon in a good 2h24.14 (My PB stands at 2h23.09); I felt obviously tired, but at least I was in New York! I decided to listen to my coach's advice, so I wasn't meant to “push” for more than 20km. But I split the 20km effort in a 5km sprint plus a 15km marathon pace run... I went to New York with a friend of mine, who was trying to run his first sub 3h hour marathon. At the half marathon mark I literally stopped for 18 minutes waiting for him and then I started running again with my friend (Teodoro Zanardelli who finally hit the wall and clocked a 3h08.54) getting by till the finish line! It was definitely FUN!

How did you catch up with the leaders, assuming you started a few steps back? All-out sprint?

Wow, that was the difficult part of my adventure! For strange reasons I was given bib number 8902 (I say strange because I was 37th in 2009 and 62nd in 2010), so my corral was pretty far away from the elite runners. I had to find my space going in the corral with the 1000 bibs (I know I shouldn't. So don't try this at home!!! I mean, I passed “irregularly” from a corral to the previous during the warm up, but at least I'm sure I did not damage anyone). In any case I started at the cannon shot with a 14” gap to the elite field. I made the first uphill kilometer (I'm Italian, I'm used to kilometers...) in 2'48” without a proper warm up. That was an all-out sprint! Then – once I caught up – it was easier. Till the 4th km mark I was running quite easy (I'm a 14'32” guy for 5.000m), but when we clocked a 2'56” on the uphill 5th km I had to raise the white flag. I surrendered but I was happy being there.

How tough was it for you while running with the lead pack?

It wasn't so tough, as long as my thoughts were completely devoted to enjoy the moment. It's been a privilege to be among those champions even for only 15 minutes. When I began thinking I had to be careful not to make anyone of them fall or something similar, I realized It was getting tough! But it's been amazing looking at them running so easy at such a fast pace. May I say I loved Matthew Kisorio the most? He looked elegant and his coach Claudio Berardelli is a friend of mine as we worked together in Dr Rosa's camp (Brescia, Italy, 2006).

Did you get any comments or looks from the elite runners?

Viktor Rothlin seemed the most surprised with another European in the pack, but none of them looked worried, obviously. I had tons of comments and congratulations after the race. Running (in Italy) is considered a minor sport, even if there are 35.000 Italians completing a marathon every year, so my presence for a few minutes in front of NYCM field was considered an excellent proof, while – for instance – my decent 10.000m PB of 30'20” on track was ignored.

You ran a 2:24 at the Frankfurt Marathon a week before NYC. Would you have stayed with the leaders until half-way if you wouldn't have run Frankfurt?

To tell the truth, NYCM was in my program while Frankfurt Marathon wasn't. On a last minute basis I was included in the elite field in Frankfurt and – as I was feeling fit – I decided to try my best in Germany and then fly to NY for a holiday. If I would not have run in Frankfurt, I would have tried a steady pace race in NY (targeting the first Italian in the race, who clocked only a 2h27'). Unfortunately in Frankfurt I lost more than 2' in the last 3km because of cramps, and in New York I was too tired!

Will we see you in London at the marathon again with a new 5k PR?

Do you mean in the 5.000m race at the Olympics? I'm only joking... I didn't think about it yet, but I'm sure I'll have to run my track PB to stay in the leading pack on London Marathon fast course! I'd love to run London Marathon, but I didn't register on time and I guess I'm not good enough to be included among the invited athletes out there (not even for free!).

My friends keep having fun! As Mr. Jobs said: “stay hungry, stay foolish”

Oh, last but not least: I should have run with my beloved “volpain team” orange Saucony singlet in NY, but I forgot it in the washing machine, sorry Berty!

Thanks very much for the interview Tito! M.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday! Nike Swoosh!

A simple check mark established itself as a timeless symbol on this Saturday some 40 years ago. With all the submissions in place, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recognized the Nike Swoosh logo on June 18th, 1971. But what became the designer of this icon, who reportedly gotten only $35 for her effort? Reporter Allan Brettman of The Oregonian tracked down graphic designer Carolyn Davidson, who indeed only billed the company $35, or $2 per hour for 17.5 hours, for her work. An assistant professor at Portland State University and a part-time executive at Blue Ribbon Sports, Phil Knight’s chance meeting with Davidson, then a graphic designer major, landed her a freelance gig with Knight. After years of chart and presentation productions for Knight’s numerous meetings with Onitsuka Tiger of Japan, whose sneakers Blue Ribbon Sports distributed at the time. Knight asked Davidson to create something else, a logo. Disagreements between Knight and execs at Onitsuka made it clear he should create his own firm. But obstacles, especially the mammoth adidas, meant Knight needed something as symbolic as the 3-Stripe. That task went to Davidson.


Blog Roll - Reid Coolsaet

Nationals this year (June 22-25) are in Calgary, AB which sits at an altitude of 3400 feet. That altitude isn’t all that high but it will likely still make distance races a little harder (slower). In order to prepare for the elevation a bunch of us from Speed River are heading to Canmore, which is about an hour’s drive from Calgary. Canmore is at 4400 feet which is very similar to Sedona, AZ where I’ve done many runs while training in Flagstaff. On a typical run you won’t even notice any altitude but when you try and run fast on the track it’s just a little slower. It’s not like 7000+ feet when you’re gasping for air between intervals. I’m looking forward to the trip because I’ve never been to Banff and have heard great things.


The star-spangled runner: On your marks for the Los Angeles to New York Footrace 2011

"Treat it like a job" – that's the advice I need to remember this summer. It won't be your average nine to five. Going to "work" in the next few weeks will mean weaving through the Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert; scaling the peaks of the rugged Black Mountains in Arizona, battling across the windswept high plains of Oklahoma, and through the forests of Missouri.
But it's a good tip for tackling the epic task ahead. This Sunday, I will be in Huntington Beach in Los Angeles, with 15 others, for the start of the LA to New York City 2011 footrace (the world's longest, incidentally).
Three thousand, two hundred and twenty miles across an entire continent stretch ahead, all of which I plan to do on under own steam. Fifteen states; 45 miles a day; just the one pair of legs. In just over ten weeks' time, on August 27, I hope to run into New York, seeing the skyscrapers of Manhattan for the first time in my life.
You may well wonder why (and no, my favourite film isn't Forrest Gump). My mum certainly does. She hardly leaves Leicestershire. What's making me do this?


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Grandma's Marathon 2011: Schedule, Route, History And More

Grandma's Marathon 2011: Defending Men's Champion Withdraws From Race

Long-distance running generally is not a sport that lends itself to guarantees, but this one is pretty much set in stone.

The men's side of the Grandma's Marathon is guaranteed to have a new winner in 2011.

Defending men's champion Philemon Kemboi, a native of Kenya, has been forced to withdraw from the 35th annual running of Grandma's Marathon due to visa problems, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The withdrawl was confirmed by race officials on Tuesday.


Bid to con Wanjiru girlfriend foiled

Police in Nakuru on Wednesday arrested three people who tried to fleece a girlfriend of marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru three days after his burial.

The three are being held at the Central Police Station after their plan to lure Judy Wambui to sign up for a suspicious deal at a Nakuru hotel failed.

“We are holding three suspects and we are interrogating them to establish their motive for calling Ms Wambui to partner with them only a few days after Wanjiru was buried,” said Nakuru police boss Johnston Ipara.


Yuki Kawauchi Building Up for World Championships With 50 km Ultra This Sunday

by Brett Larner for JRN

Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) became an international name when he finished 3rd at February's Tokyo Marathon, qualifying for the Daegu World Championships marathon with a time of 2:08:37 which made him the top man on the Japanese team despite an existence completely outside the corporate running leagues. At the recent Nittai Time Trials meet Kawauchi ran his last track race of the season before getting into the brunt of his marathon training, running 14:10.32 for 7th in the 5000 m in the midst of a typhoon. Before the race Kawauchi sat down with JRN to talk about his planned World Championships preparations. First up on his schedule is the Okinoshima 50 km ultramarathon this Sunday, June 19.


Blog Roll - Ian Sharman

Well, not quite to plan this time around. Comrades is always such an overwhelming experience and that was the case again, but this time in the sense that the race humbled me and left me heartbroken after spending so long focusing on it.

My race went bad after around 35km before even hitting the marathon mark and I could only jog from that point, losing motivation given that a sub 6h time was clearly not on the cards, never mind a gold medal for top 10. Luckily I perked up a bit nearer the end after seeing Kami Semick charging along as if it was the first few miles and with a shot of chasing down the Russian twins for a win. 6:25 was my final time, which was well off the 5:51 needed to get a gold medal this year.

But the real story, which I'm really glad I got to see first hand, was the set of amazing performances by the top Brits and Americans. Before I mention the names and times, I'll just lay out the stats of the course so people can appreciate how good their performances were.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

As Grandma’s Marathon turns 35, race legends look back

Garry Bjorklund’s blistered feet screamed for help after reaching London Road in the inaugural Grandma’s Marathon. The rookie road racer, and running shoe store owner, made a rookie mistake by using new shoes.

At 19 miles, near the Lester River Bridge, on a hot morning on June 25, 1977, he stopped, pulled off his racing shoes and hailed a friend on a bicycle, carrying his well-worn Nike Waffle Trainer shoes.

The swap was made, his feet were happy and the 26-year-old Bjorklund carried on for a victory in his first race of 26.2 miles, winning by nearly five minutes. It came less than a year after he made the 10,000-meter track final in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and gave Grandma’s Marathon immediate credibility.


Drug testers crack down on school doping

South Africa's drug busters are to crack down on rampant doping in school sports - which has more than doubled in the past year - starting with this year’s Craven Week rugby tournament.

And government is considering legislation to take action against those supplying the dope.

The SA Institute for Drug Free Sport, boosted by a cash injection from the department of Sports and Recreation, on Tuesday launched an "I Play Fair - Say No to Doping" initiative to counter the increase in school-going dopers.

“Our SA doping control stats clearly show the use of performance enhancing drugs is on the increase among adolescent athletes and among the adult population,” institute chairman Shuaib Manjra said.


Inside the anti-doping system

Andy Murray calls it "draconian". Rafael Nadal says it makes him "feel like a criminal". To anti-doping agencies around the world it's the most important weapon they have.

This is the "whereabouts" system, and I'm about to join it.

On Wednesday afternoon I was officially added to something called the National Registered Testing Pool, the first non-sportsman ever to be given such access. From now on I have to specify where I'll be for an hour a day, seven days a week, for up to three months in advance.

Why? So I am available for random out-of-competition tests. Why me? Because this is exactly what the 400 or so elite Olympians in Britain have to do, because it is the controversial heart of the fight against doping and because I want to see exactly how easy or onerous it is to stay on the right side of the system.


“I was ready for Doha when the Diamond League started before this cruel injury. But now there is no pain even when I sprint...”

After three months out with an ankle injury, World 800m record holder David Rudisha is looking to return to the track and run a world-leading time in Lausanne on June 30 when he debuts at the Samsung Diamond League race.

In a telephone interview from his base in Tuebingen, Germany, Rudisha said he will have a test run in the French city of Nancy on June 24 where he will be experimenting on the extent he can go in sprinting.

It is after that confirmation that Rudisha will head to Lausanne a week later, seeking to run under a minute and 43 seconds.

World Indoor champion Abubakar Kaki of Sudan holds the world lead of 1:43.68, which he set in winning the two-lap race in Eugene, Oregon, on June 4.


Majors cement Wanjiru legacy

With the World Marathon Majors promising to rename the elite circuit trophy after the late Samuel Wanjiru, his venerated place in classic distance running will be cemented for generations to come.

The fallen Olympics champion was finally interred on Saturday in a ceremony steeped in the contrasting side of a young life snuffed at the tender age of 24 on that May 15 dark Sunday.

“He is simply the greatest marathoner of all time. His victory at the Olympics was the signature and the best race ever run. London Marathon will be honoured since he gave us memorable races in 2008 and when won a year later,” David Bedford, the London Marathon director said at the funeral.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Did you know...

...that the oceanic marathon record is held by De Castella in 2.07.51 and was run in Boston 1986.
...that the south american marathon record is held by Carmen De Oliviera in 2.27.41 and was run in Boston 1991.
...that the fourth and fifth fastest marathon in Italy is noted for Gelindo Bordin in 2.08.19 and 2.09.27 in 1990 and 1988 where run in, you guessed it, Boston.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Luxemburg Marathon highlight this weekend during long distance off season

6/11/11 ING Europe-Marathon Luxembourg Luxembourg City Luxembourg
6/11/11 LGT Liechtenstein Alpine Marathon Bendern Liechtenstein
6/11/11 Ostfriesland Marathon Hesel Germany
6/11/11 Salomon South Downs Marathon Chichester United Kingdom
6/12/11 Alpino Madrileno Marathon Cercedilla (Sierra Guadarrama) Spain
6/12/11 Macleay River Marathon South West Rocks Australia
6/12/11 Phuket International Marathon Phuket Thailand

The city is ready for its 40th Mini 10k

1, Masai, Linet, KEN, Nike, 5-Dec-1989, 30:26.50 (Olympics, 2008), 30:48 (Mini, 2010)
2, Shobukhova, Liliya, RUS, Nike, 13-Nov-1977, 30:29.36 (Cheboksary, 2009), 32:19 (Jersey City, 2009)
3, Kiplagat, Edna, KEN, NIKE, 15-Sep-1979, 33:27.0hA (Nairobi, 2007), 31:18 (Peachtree, 2010)
4, Kiplagat, Lornah, NED, adidas, 1-May-1974, 30:12.53 (St. Denis, 2003), 30:32 (Peachtree, 2002)
5, Smith, Kim, NZL, Reebok, 19-Nov-1981, 30:35.54 (Palo Alto, 2008), 31:23 (Peachtree, 2010)
6, Pavey, Jo, GBR, NIKE, 20-Sep-1973, 31:12.30 (Olympics, 2008), 31:47 (Manchester, 2007)
7, Chebet, Emily, KEN, adidas, 18-Feb-1986, 31:33.39 (African Championships, 2006), 32:05 (Madrid, 2004)
8, Ozaki, Yoshimi, JPN, Dai-ichi Life/adidas, 1-Jul-1981, 31:47.23 (Kobe, 2005), None
9, Gebre, Belainesh, ETH, West Side Runners, 23-Dec-1988, NA, 31:33 (Peachtree, 2010)
10, Kastor, Deena, USA, Asics, 14-Feb-1973, 30:50.32 (Palo Alto, 2002), 31:44 (Mini, 2004)
11, Kiros, Aheza, ETH, adidas, 26-Mar-1982, 31:06.93 (Ostrava, 2008), 32:31 (Cape Elizabeth, 2009)
12, Incerti, Anna, ITA, Nike, 19-Jan-1980, 33:19.01 (Lumezzane, 2003), 32:12 (Barcelona, 2008)
13, Demissie, Misiker Mekonnin, ETH, West Side Runners, 23-Jul-1986, NA, 32:34 (Cooper River - Charleston, 2010)
14, Wellings, Eloise, AUS, adidas, 7-Nov-1982, 31:41.31 (Palo Alto, 2011), 34:03 (Boston, 2006)
15, Kano, Yuri, JPN, Second Wind AC/Mizuno, 27-Oct-1978, 31:53.07 (Niigata, 2004), 32:17 (Cape Elizabeth, 2008)
16, Simon, Lidia, ROU, Asics, 4-Sep-1973, 31:32.64 (Euros, 1998), 31:59 (Mini, 1999)
17, Aguilar, Alessandra, ESP, , 1-Jul-1978, 32:42.49 (Athens, 2003), 32:26 (Manchester, 2007)
18, Lewy Boulet, Magdalena, USA, Saucony, 1-Aug-1973, 32:33.02 (Palo Alto, 2008), 33:13 (Mini, 2003)
19, Deba, Buzunesh , ETH, West Side Runners, 8-Sep-1987, NA, 32:37 (Mini, 2010)
20, Van Blerk, Irvette, RSA, Nedbank Running, 5-Jul-1987, 34:19.54 (Durban, 2004), 33:12 (Cape Town, 2004)
21, Nelson, Adriana, USA, Asics, 31-Jan-1980, 34:02.79 (Stanford, 2004), 33:21 (San Juan, 2007)
22, Hallissey, Claire, GBR, Asics/Capital Area Runners, 17-Mar-1983, 33:10.73, Birmingham, 2009), 32:36 (Bristol, 2011)
23, Pritz, Molly, USA, Hansons Brooks, 7-Apr-1988, NA, 32:59 (Rockville, 2010)
24, Pidhoresky, Dayna, CAN, Mizuno Canada, 18-Nov-1986, NA, 33:02 (Toronto, 2011)
25, Bersagel, Annie, USA, New Balance Silicon Valley, 30-Mar-1983, 33:02.13 (Palo Alto, 2005), 33:59 (Hole, 2008)
26, Porter, Sarah, USA, Unattached, 22-Aug-1989, 33:17.39 (Turlock, 2011), None
27, Nukuri-Johnson, Diane, BDI, Asics, 1-Dec-1984, 33:17.01 (Stanford, 2008), 34:11 (Peachtree, 2008)
28, Kiernan, Reilly, USA, NYAC, 23-Sep-1988, 36:05.16 (HEPS, 2009), 35:09 (Scotland Run, 2011)
29, Cummings, Sarah, USA, NYAC, 3-Jan-1989, 33:55.91 (Mt. SAC/Walnut, 2010), 36:31 (Mini, 2010)
30, Aliyu, Aziza, ETH, West Side Runners, 20-Oct-1985, NA, 32:22 (Rockville, 2011)
31, Hullinger, Heidi, USA, NYAC, 27-Oct-1982, 34:29.88 (Palo Alto, 2004), 37:04 (Mini, 2009)
32, Mandefro, Hirut, ETH, West Side Runners, 5-Aug-1985, NA, 33:03 (Rockville, 2009)
33, Abrha, Serkalem Biset, ETH, West Side Runners, 8-Mar-1987, NA, 34:48 (Rochester, 2010)
34, Higgins, Lesley, USA, NYAC, 10-Jun-1980, None, 36:23 (Healthy Kidney, 2008)
35, Gurma, Muliye, ETH, West Side Runners, 20-Jan-1984, NA, 35:19 (Healthy Kidney, 2009)
36, Bell, Rolanda, PAN, NYAC, 25-Oct-1987, None, 36:41 (Scotland Run, 2011)
37, Harrison, Rachel, NZL, University of Canterbury, 30-Sep-1986, NA, NA
39, Audain, Anne, USA, Unattached, 1-Nov-1955, 31:53.31 (Edinburgh, 1986),
41, Switzer, Kathrine, USA, Marathon Woman, 5-Jan-1947, NA

Ryan Hall attacks the morning

"I was enjoying a cup of coffee and reading my Bible when Sara got a call from her coach, Dena, informing her that a spot had opened up in the 1500 meters in the Prefontaine Classic (one the most competitive track meets in the country)." Read on...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Four times in a row for Chepkurui

Commonwealth Games 3,000 metres steeplechase silver medallist Mercy Njoroge and Lineth Chepkurui easily won their respective races on the first day of the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championship at the Nyayo National Stadium Thursday.

With elite athletes having remained in their camps in Europe and USA, the forces championship lacked its usual spark as the fringe athletes dominated the races.

Njoroge, who shelved plans to run in tomorrow’s Diamond League race in New York, emerged from the shadows of Agnes Chesang and Beatrice Chepngeno to win in a national leading time of 10 minutes 8.5 seconds.


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McCourts' settlement also could affect Los Angeles Marathon

The Dodgers are not the only Los Angeles sports institution facing an uncertain future because of the protracted divorce proceedings between Frank and Jamie McCourt.

Frank McCourt also owns the Los Angeles Marathon.

The McCourts are divorced but have not settled on how to divide their assets. In the meantime, Major League Baseball has taken over the day-to-day operation of the Dodgers and is investigating the finances of the team "and related entities," including the marathon.

Frank McCourt is struggling to meet the Dodgers' payroll, and if the Dodgers are put up for sale — whether by McCourt, the divorce judge or MLB — the marathon could be too.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Meanwhile in Iten...

Blog Roll - Reid Coolsaet

This past weekend seven of us from Speed River went down to the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, TN. I was warned it was a hot place to run a 5000m but since six other teammates were going down and it wasn’t too far to fly and the pace was supposed to be set for 65 second laps I decided to go there over Portland, OR (June 11). Well the temps were more than I bargained for because when I raced it was 28C (82F) with 67% humidity. Bolota Asmeron asked the pacer to go for 64 second laps so I sat back but the heat caught up to him quickly and we both passed 1600m in 4:23. I then split 3000m in 8:17 with a couple other guys before Bolota dropped out and Paul Chelimo slowed. I ran by myself for the rest of the race until I got a little scare with 100m to go as Chelimo ran 59 for his last 400m compared to my 63 and came within two seconds of me in the end.


Steve Osaduik - Fort to Fort 3k/2k/1k/1k

Fort to Fort 3k/2k/1k/1k from Steve Osaduik on Vimeo.

Blog Roll - Eric Gillis

Didn't post after Ottawa as I went directly into downtime ;) Occupied my time by eating lots of chocolate bars and Sun Sun. That lasted six fabulous days. Now back to limiting myself to one chocolate bar a day and no Sun Sun, unless I'm really craving!

Heading into Ottawa I had dropped out, or cut short, every workout the previous 10days, chest cold getting the better of me. Timing was poor to say the least. Had been keying on Ottawa for the entire Spring. In each previous race I had met, or surpassed my expectation giving me a lot of confidence. Felt excited and ready to lay it on the line in the nations capital. A week of feeling lousy eat up all that excitement, but lucky I didn't pick it in. I ended up feeling considerably better day before, and actually felt ok for race, go figure. Ended up finishing 4th overall and 1st Canadian, same as last year.


Renato Canova Speaks

Why Non-Marathoners Still Need Long Runs


In November of 1961, legendary coach Arthur Lydiard told the 1960 800m gold medalist, Peter Snell, to go run a marathon. Before that, Lydiard had Snell incorporating the Waiatarua circuit, a grueling, 22-mile long run up and down the Waitakere Ranges in New Zealand, as part of his 100-mile training week. What was a man who would race for less than 2 minutes doing running for 2 hours? This type of training was completely unheard of for middle-distance runners back in those days.

But it paid off.


FINLAND DOPING: Coaches knew of use of EPO

The reopened STT doping case was already entering the final stretch when a surprise revelation was heard on Tuesday.

Former top skier Mika Myllylä, who was heard in court as a defence witness, said that he had told the Finnish Ski Association coaches Pekka Vähäsöyrinki and Antti Leppävuori of his use of EPO.

In the ongoing trial Vähäsöyrinki and Leppävuori are among the accused. They are being charged of aggravated fraud arising out of an earlier libel action against the Finnish News Agency (STT).

The men are accused of having denied in court that they had any knowledge of the use of doping within the Finnish Ski Association and of having demanded compensation in a fraudulent fashion for the distress caused to them by a condemnatory news article by STT.


CAS to rule on Olympic doping rule in September

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has set a September target to rule on the legality of an International Olympic Committee anti-doping rule that's barring LaShawn Merritt from the 2012 London Games.

Sports' highest court says it will hear the United States Olympic Committee's dispute with the IOC on Aug. 17, and expects a verdict the following month.