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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

Friday's British Indoor meet:
Kenenisa Bekele
was beaten again, Yelena Isinbayeva set a world record in the pole vault again, Meseret Defar won the 3k, Kelly Holmes the 1k, and Leonard Scott won the stacked 60m over Mo Greene and Kim Collins.
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Isinbayeva Shows Vault Record is About Cash
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Kelly Holmes Only Bright British Result in Birmingham
*Top Birmingham Results
*Full Results
 

Monday's Swedish Galan Indoor Meet: Russian Yaroslav Rybakov Jumps High in Stockholm, Borzakovskiy and Mutola Win Feature 800s
*Results

Truly Unbelievable
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Kim Smith Runs 14:50 for 5k Indoors!!!!

The former Providence star won by nearly 2 minutes. Message board thread here.
More Friday Action:
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BU Valentine's Meet Men's Results
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Kim Smith Runs 14:50 for 5k Indoors!!!!! (BU Women's Results)
*Iowa State Men's Results (Brian Olinger of Ohio State 13:54 5k)
*Iowa State Women's Results
*Penn State Day 1 Men's Results
S Africa:
LJ van Zyl Runs 48.54 in 400m Hurdles to Highlight S. African Absa Meet

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.

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

Alwyn Myburg Wins 400m Hurdles in S. Africa

Collegiate Action: ACC Results

Lack of Prize Money Has Top Runners Skipping S. African Marathon Champs

Thursday's Melbourne Meet:
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Melbourne IAAF Recap Daniel Batman picked up 2 sprint wins, Benita Johnson and Craig Mottram won their distance races and Jana Pittman won a rare 800m
Results:
Melbourne Results
*Jana Pittman Wins Rare 800m in 2:04 in Melbourne

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Chris Rawlinson Wins 400m Hurdles in Melbourne

On the boards: Is it unethical to sit and kick?

Kenyan News:Outside of Eliud Kipchoge Kenyans See Bleak Picture at World XCs
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Kenyan Editorial: Where are the Younger Athletes?
*Kipchoge, Other Kenyans To Not Be Allowed to Train With Their Own Coaches Until Worlds
Tergat: Paul Tergat Says Change in Coaches is to Blame for Demise in Kenyan XC Fortunes
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Tergat Announces Plans Until London Marathon

US XC Champs:
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Young Talent Shines on Sunday - Ritzenhein, Flanagan Win Senior Races as Rupp Wins Juniors and Withrow Makes Senior Team
Ritzenhein cruised to victory but Alan Webb did make things interesting by jumping in the race and at least making Ritz work a little for 5k before dropping out.
Tim Broe Goes 3 for 3 in Vancouver, Colleen De Reuck Wins at Age 40
Broe showed he's still America's best 3k/5k runner, but will be skipping worlds once again. Colleen De Reuck dominated a the age of 40. Adam Goucher got 2nd and Liberty freshman Josh McDougal was 4th.
*USATF XC Results
Powered by Tyson Invite (in Arkansas): Full Results
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East Carolina Freshman La Shawn Merritt Runs 3rd Fastest 400 Ever, Bernard Lagat Misses Mile World Recor
d Merritt and Lagat both ran the 3rd fastest times ever in their events. Pretty damn impressive for anyone much less an 18 year old freshman. Perdita Felicien was beaten in her comeback after her Athens disaster. Alistair Cragg won the 3k and Nate Brannen was way short of the collegiate mile record.
*USATF Recap
*Powered by Tyson Athlete Quotes
*Top 3 Results from Powered by Tyson Invite
*Full Results

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

"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.
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.
Marathon Training Program

Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
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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Former Kenyan Coach Mike Kosgei Lands Coaching Job in Mozambique

Poker Night in Colorado Springs
Wejo Comes Out on Top

British Cross Country Nationals This Weekend

Lisbon Half Marathon in March Stacked

Universal Sole, Greater Boston Track Club Create Margaret Bradley Award Margaret was the former NCAA All-American and 3 hour marathoner who tragically died while running in the Grand Canyon last summer.

Carolina Kluft Helping Kids in Kenya

Amy Mortimer Brief Chat

NY Times Profile on 73 Year Old Stud Ed Whitlock He ran a sub 3 hour marathon and trains 100 mile weeks.
*Mr. Whitlock is pretty hip too as he's apparently posting on our message board here.

Civil Case Against Romanowski May Involve Balco Testimony

Vitamin E Can Help Ultramarathoners

S. African Marathon Champs This Weekend to Be Held in Memory of Ian Syster

Italian Agent Worried About All African Finals

Sergei Bubka to Look Into Overturning British Lifetime Ban on Olympics for Drug Cheats We disagree with Bubka and wish the US would do the same as the British but the US has got drug cheats in Olympic administrative roles.

Greatest Talent You've Probably Don't Know
Toshinari Takaoko Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:07:41. The dude's 3rd straight 2:07 clocking deservedly earned him a spot on Japan's world championship team. Takaoko is sick. He brought his own pacemakers to the race as he wanted to the Japanese record and the regular pacemakers were too slow. He asked that the first 5k be in 14:40, they actually hit 14:36, but a headwind hurt his efforts later.
*Austin Marathon Results 2:12 and 2:31 for the winners.

Valentines Day News
*Wilfred Bungei - the world's fastest 800 guy the last 2 years - is seeing his 2005 season get off to a slow start as he recently got married in front of 5,500 people in Kenya. Interesting read for sure in case you missed it last week.

Collegiate Indoor Action:
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6 Wisconsin Runners Run Sub 14 Minutes for 5k Unbelievable - a truly unbelievable accomplishment. Probably the only thing more unbelievable than that is somehow Wisconsin didn't win XC nationals last Fall. Making their lack of a championship all the more unbelievable was the fact that on Sunday, Matt Withrow, who they redshirted made the US senior world championship team by placing fourth as a college freshmen.
*University of Washington Results
*Penn State Men's Results Day 2
*Penn State Womens Results Day 2

Designer Steroid Seized in Canada Very Similar to THG, Likely Made by Patrick Arnold

"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.

"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.

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.