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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

We Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

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
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British Sprinter Mark Lewis Francis Ready for Season Opener This Weekend after Hamstring Injury

Drug News:
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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.
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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
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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.
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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

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Adam Nelson Throws Long to Win Shot Boston Herald

*IAAF Recap
*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:
Fiance 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
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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:
Paula 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:
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Radcliffe Gets Thrilling Victory in NY Daily Telegraph
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London Times Recap of Radcliffe's Race

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Stomach Problem Hindered Radcliffe During Race Guardian
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Radcliffe is Brave Once Again Telegraph
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Mile by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
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Steve Cram Talks About Paula's Win
Results, Prize Money:
ING NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Photos:
Women's Photos\

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
Sunday:
Meb Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator American Meb 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.
Great Photo: Photo of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
*It was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens
He was there as a 10ear old refugree
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Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
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More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
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Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
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Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
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Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
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Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

Saturday:
El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El Guerrouj triumphed 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.
*IAAF Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k:
Hicham El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA Today
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El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
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Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
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Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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A 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
4*400:
US 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 bronze medal.
Javelin:
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

Friday
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Liu 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
4*100:
Botched 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.

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Lauryn Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Long Jump:
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Marion Jones Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
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Editorial: Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
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Russia Sweeps Long Jump
Qualifying 4*100:
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US 4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After 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 Limits), 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:
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Gebrselassie Backs London for 2012 Olympics
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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:
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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:
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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
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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:
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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
*Lydiard Cartoon
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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 letsrun.com"
-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
Results:

*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Men's Team
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
*Women's Team
Photos:
*Track And Field News
*Fast-Women
*Men's Racing

ING NYC Marathon Men:
Ramaala 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 marathoner." 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 here.
More on Men:
A Look at Top American Men from Runnersworld

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Mile 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

LetsRun.com 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 ago.

More 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

Must Read(s):
"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 yourself."

-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 found here.
(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 missed it:
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.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

Drug Scandal:
(click here for a LetsRun.com behind the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)

1981 Grandma's Marathon
Dick 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
Mr. Martin Franklin Revealed
Thanks 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 Marathon. Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.

A 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.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts

LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
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High School Section
Interviews
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.
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Today's Sign of the Apocalypse: Man Busted with New Designer Steroid was Just a Top Regional Athlete  Anti doping officials need a lot more cash for research to try and detect these drugs. Obviously there are many of these drugs out there.

Tatiana Grigorieva Breaks Her Finger Just as She Starts Vaulting Well Again

"I am a strong believer that a man is not only measured by his performances but also by his achievements. Finishing the race was a big achievement for me and helped me to overcome the big disappointment. I accepted the outcome. This is sport, it is not the whole life. As an athlete, I am happy because I have competed on a high level for quiet some time. I appreciate what God has given me. And a bad performance is always a new challenge."
-Paul Tergat on his 10th place finish at the Olympic marathon, caused by what he says was an  upset stomach from drinking chilled water which really doesn't exist much in Africa.

They are great at marketing: Nike Brings Runner Lounge To Vancouver (Running Store That Doesn't Sell Anything)

On the boards:
*Bekele against the US Policy in the Middle East? (joke)
*Las Vegas Marathon $100,000 in prize money and  troubles in first year back as an elite event

Meb Dating a Girl in Tampa

4 Chines Sprinters to Train in US Under Michael Johnson

More Weekend Action:
Sunday:
Vegas:
Prize Money and Faster Times Return to Las Vegas Marathon Kyle Petty and Michael Waltrip also ran
*Results
*Shut down the strip for the marathon?
Austin:
Brian Sell Wins 3m Half in 1:02:59
*3M Half Marathon Results

Portugal:
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Kenyans Moses Mosop and Nancy Kiprop Win XC Race in Portugal
*Almond Blossom International Cross Country Results

Kenya:
Unknown Wilson Kebenei Wins Discovery Half in 62:33
Bizarre:
Women Runs With Masses and Runs Fastest Time at Half Marathon but Finishes 2nd  She started 2 minutes behind the leaders.
Saturday:

Stuttgart:
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Borzakovskiy Defeats Mulaudzi at 800m, Adere Well Short at 3k Record Attempt
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James McIlroy Runs World Leading 1000m in Stuttgart

*Stuttgart Results
Glasgow:
Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic Medallist, Wins in a Sprint Finish in 1500m in First Race of 2005

*Full Glasgow Recap from IAAF
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Kelly Holmes Hints She May Not Run Worlds This Year
*Full Glasgow Results
Kenya: Unheralded Catherine Kirui Dominates Top Kenyan Female Names at Prisons XC Champs
Osaka: Jelena Prokopcuk Wins Osaka Marathon in 2:22

Washington: Goucher Gets 3k Win in 7:50 at UW Invite

Allan Scott Runs European Leader in 60m Hurdles in Budapest

On the boards:
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Malmo Talks Again about Athletics West and Drugs in the 1980s

Anti-Doping Cyclist Who Admitted to EPO Use Sacked by His New Team

And in Baseball He Wouldn't Get Penalized at All:
Erik Walder Gets 2 Year Suspension

Top College Results:
*Virginia Tech Results
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Arkansas Results

Great Interview with Brother Colm O'Connell Coach of Legends

Sacked Coach Mike Kosgei Says It Was Because a Kenyan Official Was Trying to Protect His Own Job

HS Champ Ken Cormier (he ran up to 120 a week to go from a good high school runner to a truly outsanding one):
*Ken Cormier Interview on Men's Racing
*Kenneth Cormier Brieft Chat With Runnersworld

Coaches Named for Kenya's World XC Team

Mo Greene to Race Indoors in England Next Month

Josh Cox Survived Round 1 of the Bachelorette Last Night

Ana Guevara to Start Running 800 This Year, Will Eventually Make it Her Event

El Guerrouj May Run World XC This Year

Sad: Billy Konchellah Cleared on Rape Charges Rearrested to Be Tried on Rape Charges in Finland
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More on Konchellah (Photo of Him in Cuffs as He is Rearrested)

Next Weekend: Over $100k in Total Prize Money at Next Week's HP Houston Marathon and Half, Dan Browne the Favorite for US Half Title

"The first feeling I had when I finished the race was one of relief. A huge sense of relief. Because I knew I was capable of doing it," John Treacy on his silver medal in the marathon in 1984 in his first marathon ever.

Joe Vigil and Frank Shorter talk about the Athens' marathon impact on the sport in the US

Hero: Former Indiana State Champ, DIII All-American Jeremy Wright, Killed in Afghanistan He was in the special forces and had even been running in the mountains of afghanistan.

Impressive:
"I
n the course of the trip the cleanest of our group had managed to shower two, or possibly three, times while running 80 times. "

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John Tomac, writing about the world record run across the country by his 12 RIT cross country teammates.