Boston Marathon to be on Live TV This Year on OLN We're always talking about the demise of the Boston marathon on here, but they do deserve credit for being the only marathon that makes a point of being on live national tv every year. The race will have a special place in our heart because we actually can watch it.
British News: Track and Field Gets Big Cut in Government Funding in Britain Sailing, Rowing, and Cycling will get more cash than track and field. We don't think all Olympic medals are equal and track should get more funding
*British Sprinter Mark Lewis Francis Ready for Season Opener This Weekend after Hamstring Injury
*Sureyya Ayhan Gets Doping Ban From Turkish Officials
Her coach tried to obstruct her drug test and thankfully the Turkish officials banned her.
New Designer Steroid Discovered
Apparently WADA has found no athletes using the drug. The find was thanks to a customs' seizure and an anonymous tip.
*New Designer Steroid Very Sophisticated and Dangerous
*Message board thread
Alan Webb Commits to Run Millrose Games
Friday night in NYC. Then XC nationals the next week. Message board thread.
Victor Conte Denies Being Leak of Material from Grand Jury Testimony to S. F. Chronicle
One We Missed from this Weekend: Sergiy Lebid Defeated Tariku Bekel in Sprint in Spain on Sunday, Benita Johnson Easily Wins Women's
Reebok Boston Games
*LetsRun.com Distance Recap Quotes, splits, photos and more.
*World Record for Dibaba, Rare Loss for Bekele
*2005 Reebok Boston Results
The Reebok Boston Indoor Games had it all Friday night with the Ethiopian distance runners creating most of the drama. Tirunesh Dibaba started things off with a stellar world record 14:32 5k, and Kenenisa Bekele, the world's greatest distance runner, in his first race since the sudden death of his fiancee, finished things with a bizarre stunning loss in a thrilling men's 3k to Alistair Cragg, formerly of Arkansas, as Bekele stopped a lap short having miscounted the laps, perhaps due to the fact that Cragg launched his kick with 500m to go.
In between, Olympic 5k champ Meseret Defar just missed a 3k world record as lapped runners got in her way, Laban Rotich had a stellar kick to win the men's mile over Olympic silver medallist Bernard Lagat (Michigan's Nate Brannen just missed by a tenth of a second (in his opinion and that of the meet announcers) or just broke the 30 year old NCAA record in the mile (stat geeks), and Adam Nelson threw the shot far. Splits and photos to come later. Stories from other sources below.
*Kenenisa Bekele Stops a Lap Short and Alistair Cragg Takes Advantage Boston Herald
*Dibaba Sets World 5k Record, Bekele Miscounts Laps and is Defeated, Defar Just Misses World Record Boston Globe
*Adam Nelson Throws Long to Win Shot Boston Herald
*Reebok Boston Recap from Reuters
*Reebok Boston Photos
*Reebok Boston Recap from USATF
Victor Conte Fighting Subpoena to Appear Before Grand Jury Investigating Leak
Lauren Fleshman Living Out of Her Camper
Agents Raid Victor Conte's Home Thinking He May Have Leaked Grand Jury Testimony, His 20/20 Testimony May Hurt Him in Trial
Expect a plea bargain.
*Roid Rage to Be on Trial in Civil Suit Against Bill Romanowski The linebacker punched out a fellow player.
Convicted Drug Cheat Eddy Hellebuyck Fired as a High School Coach in New Mexico
Sad Sad News:
of Kenenisa Bekele Dies While Running Alem
Techale, only 18 and
a promising talent herself, dropped dead while
going for a run with Bekele, the Olympic 10k
champ and world record holder at 10k/5k. The
pair were scheduled to wed in May. The funeral
will take place Wed.
San Silvestre Races:
Ritz's Pro Debut: Updated
*Sergi Lebid Wins in San Silvestre in Italy, Ritzenhein Impresses by Pushing Pace, Finishing Third, Adere Wins
This was the pro debut for Ritzenhein and he may have been unknown to the Italians, but arguably the greatest talent in American running in 30 years, Ritz impressed them by pushing the pace versus the European XC champ Lebid and the Olympic marathon champ, Baldini. An article in Italian on this is here. Message board thread here.
*Picture of Lebid Winning
*Robert Cheruyiot and Lydia Cheromei Win San Silvestre Road Race in Sao Paolo
Footlocker XC Champs:
Aislinn Ryan and Ken Cormier Win Footlocker High School Champs Ryan was the runner-up in the northeast region and Cormier is from Arizona and was the West champ.
*Footlocker Cross Country Results, Photos and Video
2005 World Track and Field Championship "A" and "B" Standards Announced
The field events are generally tougher and the men's 800m became a lot harder to qualify in.
Previous ING NYC Women's News:
Radcliffe Wins Thrilling Duel Versus Susan Chepkemei
The two women battled stride for stride over the final miles neither
able to put more than a meter on the other. Finally, Radcliffe put in
one final kick over the final quarter mile to pull away and get the
victory and show she is still the top marathoner in the world, despite
her Athens misfortune, in the most dramatic women's finish ever at NY.
Athens bronze medallist, American
Deena Drossin dropped out and
world XC champ Benita Johnson only ran 2:38:03 in her debut. Link above
requires NY Times
registration, for a link that does not require registration see below:
More on Women's Race:
Gets Thrilling Victory in NY
of Radcliffe's Race
Problem Hindered Radcliffe During Race Guardian
is Brave Once Again
by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
Cram Talks About Paula's Win
Results, Prize Money: ING
NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Photos: Women's Photos\
and Field Results
Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator
Keflezighi's silver medal was a
surprise in the marathon (first American medal in this event since
1976), but not the biggest surprise in the race, as the leader of the
race, Brazilian Vanderlei de
Lima, was attacked by a deranged Irish fan
near the 23 mile mark. de Lima would gamely hold on for the bronze
medal despite losing valuable time, not to mention his rhythm. Italian Stefano
Baldini got the gold. America
was the only country to leave with more than one medal in the Olympic
marathon after Deena Kastor's bronze in the women's race. Briton's
Jon Brown was 4th for the 2nd straight Olympics.
of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens He was there
10ear old refugree
to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd
on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated
Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington
Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San
Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried
to Avoid the Fan Victor
Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El
in a thrilling stretch run over Kenenisa
Bekele for his second gold medal
of the Games, while Kelly
Holmes sprinted to her second
gold and a national record in the women's 1500m. In other action,
Britain stunned the US 4*100 men's team
to get its only men's track and field medal of the Games and rectify a
horrible Games for the British men. In the 4*400, the US
men and women swept the 4*400 titles.
Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k: Hicham
El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA
Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field
After Double Golds
Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
Look at Kelly Holmes, Her Upbringing and Career
Men's 800m: Yuriy
Borzakovskiy's Late Burst Gets 800m Gold over Wilson Kipketer
4*100 Men: Darren
Campbell Gets Sweet Revenge on Critics with 4*100 Gold
Men, Women Sweep 4*400 Titles
Women's High Jump: Russian
Yelena Slesarenko Upsets Hestrie Cloete American Amy
Acuff passed up a jump for a
Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin
Xiang Gets Gold Medal, Ties Colin Jackson's World Record in 110 Hurdles
Pole Vault: Tim
Mack, Toby Stevenson Go 1-2 in Pole Vault for US
Relay Between Marion Jones and Lauryn Williams Costs US in 4*100
It sent Marion Jones home with 0 medals after failing to medal
in the long jump.
Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
Sweeps Long Jump
4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
sitting on the results for months, we're proud
to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our
viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots
of Fire, or a
highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without
but rather a running documentary,
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine
Story. Read all about the
voting and see
the 10 best running
movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.
Millrose this Week:
*Alan Johnson, Bernard Lagat Headline Millrose
*Bernard Lagat Brief Chat he's training with Abdi, talks about near Olympic miss
*Start Lists for Millrose Games
Olympic Bid News:
*Gebrselassie Backs London for 2012 Olympics
*NY Olympic Bid Not Seen as a Long Shot According to NY Times Whatever, they're 10 to 1 at tradesports.com
TCU Imposes Penalties on Its Men's Track and Field Program
Weekend Reaction: More on Alistair Cragg's Win in Boston from the IAAF
*800m Olympic Silver Medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Happy With His 2nd Place Finish to Borzakovskiy to Start the Season
Gebrselassie Commits to London for the Next Three Years for $1 Million
"With the field that London has, to win this year would be like winning the Olympics"- Haile Gebrselassie. Unlike when John Hancock CEO David D'Allessandro
tried to compare Boston to the Olympics, we won't criticize Gebrselassie as this year's London field is stacked.
Kelly Holmes News:
*Kelly Holmes Has Lost the Fire? "I like the racing but I don't like the training any more"
*Kelly Holmes to Live in S. Africa After She Retires
*Gebrselassie Says Kelly Holmes Must Not Retire, He Thinks 2:03 Marathon is Possible
Spain: Gebrselassie Gets Half Marathon Win in 1:01:46 He pulled away easily for the win. He'll probably race another one next weekend as he prepares for London.
Drug Cheat Pamela Chepchumba Set to Return
Terrier Day 2:
Alan Webb 3:59.80 Webb took over at the 800 and won easily after his fast 3k on Friday night.
*Message Board thread
*Women's Day 2 Results
Friday: Mark Carroll Defeats Alan Webb in Hot 3000m at BU Invite
The Irish veteran Carroll may be training for the marathon and may have slowed down some with age, but he's the 2nd fastest non-African ever at 3k and his veteran savvy showed on Friday night with his come from behind victory over Alan Webb in a great race at the Terrier Classic in a fast 7:46. Webb is schedule to race the mile today as well and then the fans can scurry across town for the Reebok Boston Games and Kenenisa Bekele.
*Photos from Carroll over Webb here Dan Wilson's 7:54 a 23 seconds improvement in 2 weeks.
*Men's Results here
*Women's Results here
Washington: Goucher Gets 3k Win in 7:50 at UW Invite
Former Spanish shot put champion Jose Luis Martin Dies of Heart Attack at 34
The Best Gets Better:
*Paula Radcliffe Running Flora London Marathon (This article Says Getting £500,000 to Run Which Is Nearly a Million $)
London is the top marathon because it doesn't rest on its laurels. It already has a tremendous men's field for its 25th anniversary. Now it added Paula Radcliffe, paying a nice sum to get her.
*This Article Says Radcliffe's Appearance Fee is £260,000
*Another Article Supporting the £500,000 Fee
USADA's Legal Tab High Thanks in Part to $250,000 in Extra Legal Fees fighting Regina Jacobs
We still wish Suzy Hamilton would sue her for the hundreds of thousands in dollars she lost to the cheat who now is a realtor in California
More on Lydiard:
*Lydiard's Son Remembers Peter Snell Getting Dropped on the First Run With Lydiard's Boys
Snell went on to win 3 Olympic medals, gold ones.
*Peter Snell Still Spreading the Lydiard Gospel Although it Wasn't Always Smooth Sailing
*Why Didn't Lydiard Get the Recognition he Deserved in New Zealand?
*More on Lydiard: He Was Greatly Appreciated Abroad, But Ironically Not as Much in New Zealand
*Arthur Lydiard Didn't Just Coach the Stars
*2nd Lydiard Cartoon
Hellebuyck's 'Stunned' by Doping Decision Against Them
The school principal is going to decide whether Eddy should still be coaching there. He should not. Convicted drug cheats who do not express remorse should not be coaching.
"Excuse me if I sound hoarse, but
I have a head cold. Usually head colds are due to changes in the
weather, but in my case, it is due to a change in attitude on
-Colorado Cross Country Coach, Mark Wetmore, coach of the 2004 Men's and Women's NCAA XC Champions, speaking at the Arthur Lydiard Tour Stop last night in Boulder, about the change in heart of many letsrun.com posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year.
NCAA XC: CU Sweeps NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Crowns
Mark Wetmore worked his magic at Colorado again as both his squads captured upset wins. The men's win was the bigger upset of the day. Simon Bairu of Wisconsin won the individual crown to help the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was not enough as Colorado eked out a 4 point victory by moving up late in the race.
*Mud No Problem for Kim Smith as She Dominates
*Bairu's Win Sweet and Sour Wisconsin State Journal
*Wetmore, Buff's Work Wonders Boulder Daily Camera
*Stanford Men, Women Disappoint San Francisco Chronicle
*Stanford Inexperience Showed
*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
Photos: *Track And Field News
NYC Marathon Men:
Finally Gets It Right, Meb 2nd
Hendrick Ramaala of
S. Africa is a tremendous half marathoner but had never put it together
in a full marathon. As he said, "I am notorious for being a bad
On Sunday, that changed, as he held on to win the ING NYC
marathon despite being dazed at the finish, while American
Meb Keflezighi wrapped up an
incredible 2004 with a second place finish, just 2 and a half months
after his Athens silver medal. For a recap that does not require NY
Times registration, click
More on Men: A
Look at Top American Men from Runnersworld
by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
Results, Prize Money: ING
NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Photos: Men's Photos
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate
Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read
about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years
isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted
that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would
have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of
self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train
with his body. He trains with his mind."
-Hicham El Guerrouj on
why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000
"I think that the sports in which you read about doping tend to be the
cleaner sports. I mean, I think if you put Major League Baseball
players and NFL players through lie detector tests [about whether they
use performance- enhancing drugs], fully 50 percent would fail..I did
this bike race, 75 hours. But I didn't feel any sense of achievement. I
found it depressing. Because, to me, athletic endeavors should be one
of the most pure of endeavors. Why else do it? It's a sense of testing
-author Stuart Stevens,
who for 8 months got on just about every performance enhancing drug
imaginable to see how it would affect him, and wrote about the ordeal
for Outside Magazine. The
results were simply amazing as he put on 14 pounds without lifting a
weight, had increased endurance, better vision, and less soreness. The
quote above is from a Newsday
piece where Stevens says the ordeal left him more ardently opposed to
drugs in sports. The entire article from Outside
Magazine where Stevens recaps
his experience is
a must read and is now available in its entirety on line and can be
(If you'd like to subscribe to
Outside Magazine you can do so
here for only $15.99 a year
(cover price is $47.40)
In case you
Todd Williams Hangs them up
In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m
runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of
running in general.
here, Part II
here, Part III
here for a LetsRun.com behind
the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)
Beardsley who had run 2 sub 2:13 in 3 weeks defeated
Garry Bjorklund in a great duel as two Minnesotans were under 2:10
Martin Franklin Revealed
to the viewers at our site we've got some photos
and information on Martin Franklin the fraud who for a brief moment on
Sunday was the 5th American and $4,750 richer at the New York City
Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.
Legend Passes: "I
don't train; never have. I don't think of running as training. I just
go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"-
Jack Foster of New Zealand, who
ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the
Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the
age of 72.