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This is amazing. I can't describe how I feel right now. "Seriously, I wanted to cry, because it was so overwhelming that I knew I broke the world record of the great Michael Johnson, and now I have it."

-19 year old Kerron Clement on breaking Michael Johnson's 400m world record at the NCAA indoor meet.

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NCAA Indoors Start Today: *Results
Saturday: World Record for Kerron Clement in 400
*Arkansas Wins 40th Title, Tennessee Gets First Crown
Clement was known as a hurdler before this meet (or an xc runner to some). He came back to anchor the Florida 4*400 to an NCAA record. LaShawn Merritt
looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast (especially if you're running a net downhill). Arkansas won despite its DMR getting DQd, and not having its best sprinter Tyson Gay score, but picked up extra points in the 400, 800 and 3k. Tennessee won under JJ Clarke despite Nicole Cook going out with injury in the 800.
In the 800, Kevin Hicks (who won the USATF indoor title) ended Nate Brannen's dream of a a threepeat, but Brannen's teammate Nick Willis made it look easy in the mile. Nebraska's
Anne Shadle won the women's mile, Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky picked up his first NCAA title in the 3000 and Colorado's Renee Metivier bounced back after a subpar 5k to win the 3k.
Wallace Spearmon Breaks NCAA Record in 200 to Win Before Hometown Crowd, 2nd Fastest Ever 20.10 He also broke the record with 20.21 in the prelim
DMR: Men: Michigan Wins DMR as Arkansas Nips them at the Line But is DQq Nate Brannen was closing fast and Said Ahmed moved wide to hold him off and was DQd.
*Arkansas DQd Without Looking at Video
Michigan Women Win DMR
5ks: Stanford's Ian Dobson won't be overlooked anymore. Dobson was 6th at the USATF nationals at 10k in 2003 and came through big time in the 5k, getting the "upset"win. The women's 5k also had a suprise winner with NAU's Ida Nilsson getting the win in her final race to go with her outdoor steeple title.

NCAA record holder Nicole Cook tried to run on a bad hamstring and did not advance.
Walter Dix Breaks World Junior Record in Finishing 2nd to Spearmon
*Spearmon Did Distance Runs in Fall
*Brief Event by Event Coverage from Trackshark
*Trackwire men's individual predictions
*Trackwire women's individual predictions

Kelly Holmes Receives Nice Looking Medal at Buckingham Palace

Radcliffe Undecided on Whether She'll Run 10k, Marathon, or Both at Worlds She's already the best marathoner in the world. We'd like to see her get the elusive track title in an epic battle with the Ethiopians.

Victor Conte Wants Marion Jones' Civil Suit Against Him Delayed

Kenya Could Crack 500 Sub 2:20 Marathons in 2005

Paula Radcliffe to Skip World XC to Prepare for Flora London Marathon She'll probably do a 10k in the States before London.
*British XC Squad for Worlds

Good News: Last Year's Runners Up: Cheboror and Alemu Added to Boston Marathon Field Cheboror ran 2:06 to win Amsterdam last year.

Billy Konchellah Has 2 Weeks to Appeal His Prison Sentence for Rape in Finland

XC News: 5 Time British XC Champ Glynn Tromans Had 2 Heart Surgeries Before Beginning His Run of Victories
*Some Unhappy with Kenyan XC Team, Ethiopia's Dibaba to Double at Worlds
*Britain's Jo Pavey Out of World XCs With Injury

European Indoors: *Results
*Detailed Recaps by IAAF
Day 3:
Ivan Heshko's A Highlight on Final Day of European Indoors
Day 3 Yelena Isinbayeva Sets another World Record
Day 3: Stefan Holm Jumps High (Highest Indoor Jump in 10 Years)
More Day 3
*Chris Lambert Gets Silver in European 200 He started in lane 5 so what do you expect?
*Stefan Holm: Incredible High Jumper, Whiz Kid Genius, and Man of Secret Wedding
German Long Jumper Bianca Kappler Given Bronze After Officials Don't Measure Her Jump
*John Mayock Not Retired From Sport Will Run Marathons Now
*Jason Gardener to Quit Running Indoor Champs after His 3rd European 60 Title

*British Relays Get Silver and Bronze at Europeans
Editorial Praises Jason Gardener in Saying Win was for Himself and Not God:

Day 2:
Distance Recap: Alistair Cragg and Elena Iagar Get Impressive Wins Cragg, the former Arkansas NCAA star, got a comfortable win as the favorite.
Men's Recap Jason Gardener got his 3rd straight 60m gold leading a British 1-2 sweep, and Ireland got a surprise gold in the 400m in addition to Cragg's win in the 3k where British stud John Mayock got a surprise silver.
European Indoor Day 2 Women's Recap (World Leaders in 400 and 1500)
More Day 2:
Jason Gardener Gets His 3rd Straight 60m European Crown, Mark Lewis Francis 2nd in British 1-2 Sweep Telegraph
*John Mayock Retires after Silver Medal at European 3k BBC
*James McIlroy Ready to Follow in Foosteps of Coe and Cram Times on London
Carolina Kluft Dominates Pentathlon
She came up just 30 points short of a world record.
Kelly Sotherton Leads British on Day 1 With Silver in Pentathlon

*Mark Lewis Francis and Jason Gardener Advance to Final of 60m for Britain
Jason Gardener Says He's Not Afraid of New 60m European Record Holder Pognon of France

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
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
Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

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
El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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
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.
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

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
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.

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

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

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

Ryan Shay Wins US 15k over Alan Culpepper, Jen Rhines Gets Win Shay got $15,000 grand for the win thanks to a $5000 equalizer bonus.
Top Results and message board thread.

Abera Injured Himself Thursday Will Miss Today's Liverpool Half One of the world's greatest marathoners ever can't stay healthy.

Cathey Freeman to Start Commonwealth Games Baton Relay Tonight in London

Alwyn Myburgh Wins Competitive 400mh over Llewellyn Herbert in S. Africa

2008 Olympic Trials Bids Were Going to be Due This Week But USATF Has Pushed Back Deadline

National Record Holder Yoko Shibui Favorite at this Sunday's Nagoya Marathon

Kelly Holmes Getting £150,000 to Race in 4 British Races This Summer

Jason Hubbard, Michael Aish Headling Valley of Sun Half

Athletics Canada Stiffing Some of Its Top Runners, Not Letting Them Run at World XCs American runners can quit bitching. In Canada even if you're one of the best, you may have to pay your way to Worlds, and then the team still may not take you as they want to have a "training camp" (for one week before the race) in France so some administrator can take credit for the team's success.

Global Sports and London Marathon Deny Paying off Kenyan Officials to Overturn Ban

Olympic Champ Ezekiel Kemboi Dealing With Malari, Focussed on Outdoor Champs

Mary Wittenberg to Become Head of ING NYC Marathon, NY Road Runners We didn't know until this piece that she ran a 2:44 to win Marine Corps one year.

Nate Brannen in the News:
Lengthy Profile from Michigan Student Paper
With Illness and Automatic Qualifier Out of the Way, Brannen Can Go for ThreePeat at NCAA Indoors
Ann Arbor News

Sunday Marathons:
Lake Biwa: 2:09:00 for the winner. Recap from message boards. Olympic hero de Lima dropped out.
*Detailed Recap of Lake Biwa Marathon from IAAF

Big Money and Big Disappointment at LA Marathon There was a great men's battle between Mark Saina and Ben Maiyo.
Chris Lundstrom Wins Napa Valley MArathon

NCAA Last Chance Meets/IC4As:
IC4A Results Rutger's won the meet, Josh McDougal solod 7:55 to qualify for NCAAs. Super, super, super impressive. And Rojo's mid d guys continued to impress with a 5 second school record in the 4*800 and the win.

*ECAC Results Pittsburgh Wins, Lindsey Scherf auto time in 5k.

Adam Goucher Impressive Double at Washington State Last Chance Meet 7:52 for 3k and 3:59 for Goucher. Galen Rupp also ran 7:58 for 3k
*Washington Last Chance Meet Results (Mast Tony Young 4:05 in Mile)

Iowa State:
3:57 for Said Ahmed of Arkansas at Iowa State Last Chance Meet

Jeremy Mims Breaks Jim Ryun's 800m School Record at Iowa State Last Chance
*Iowa State Last Chance Results

Notre Dame: Nate Brannen Breaks His Own School Record at 800m at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invite

*Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet Results


Without Nate Brannen Michigan almost still broke the NCAA record in the DMR with splits of 2:55, 45.9, 1:49.5, and a controlled 3:57.5 for Nick Willis as Michigan just wanted to make sure it got the automatic qualifying time, as this meet is where everyone comes to qualify as 17 schools ran under 9:40, and 18 got the NCAA provisional time.

Chepkemei Not Picked for World XC
Editorials: One for Chepkemei:
Athletics Kenya Overstepped its Bounds in Banning Chepkemei
"Athletes, as individuals, have the right to turn down national duty if it conflicts with their professional running contracts signed with various meeting directors abroad." well said

We like the author above have no problem with them rejecting her for world xc but banning her is ridiculous and shouldn't be allowed.
One against Her:
Editorial Points out For Kenyans Much of Top Money is in Road Racing

Good news: Gezahegne Abera Running Liverpool Half in Preparation for London on March 13th Hopefully one of the most successful marathoners ever can get past injuries. He's only 26.

You can blame Wejo for this as he's the one who told Paula to go to Flagstaff Paul Radcliffe Moves Back to Albuquerque To Train Due To Unusual Bad Weather In Flagstaff's. Her diary also reveals she had her 1st ever indoor track session while in Flagstaff (proving our point that indoors is bad for you!!)

Collegiate Action:
Big East: Notre Dame Men Pittsburgh Women Win Big East
*Big East Results Men
Big East Results Women

*Nick Willis Runs 3:58, Brannen 1:50
Florida State Men,
Miami Women Win ACC Titles Earlier we said it the UNC women won. Sorry the ACC website had the wrong story up.
*ACC Women's Results
*ACC Men's Results

US XC Champs:
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

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
*Lydiard Cartoon
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

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
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.

Great Editorial on Baseball's and Drugs Baseball has a special tax status and an antitrust exemption, yet  its players and officials won't testify on the game being corrupt due to drugs.

Tirunesh Dibaba: Ready for World XC Double at Age 19 "I missed the school registration deadline, and if I had gone back home my parents would have given me away in marriage"-Dibaba on the start of her athletics career.

Sammy Karanja Wins Half Marathon in Kenya in 1:04:42

Other Nationals:
DII Indoor NCAA Nationals Results Abilene Christian
Men, St. Augustine Women win
DIII Indoor NCAA Nationals Results Wisconsin Oshkosh
wins women's and Wisconsin LaCrosse wins men's
High School: High School National Results from Armory

*Nike Meet Saratoga Springs Under 20 minutes in 4*mile

XC News: Athletics Canada Tries to Explain Why it Left Off its Best Athletes from World XC Squad
*Kenyan World XC Update

Olympic Starting System Flawed It probably cost the US the gold in the 4*100 but you won't be hearing outrage from the IOC.

Jacques Freitag Highlights S. Africa Meet Tonight

Lance Armstrong Now Backs NYC Olympic Bid

Abera Headlines in Flora Liverpool Half

NCAA News:
Nebraska Coach Sweeps Coach of the Year Honors
NCAA Indoor Preview from Trackshark
Arkansas' John McDonnell Focusses on Winning

LetsRun.com Looks at a Legend:
*Tony Waldrop Talks About His Still Standing NCAA Record
He's had the record for the last 31 years and 3 weeks.

UK Collegiate RunningWebsite University-athletics.co.uk

Former Fat Couch Potato Gov Mike Huckabee of Arkansas USATF Athlete of the Week

Nick Davies of IAAF: How do We Make One Day Meets More Appealing to Fans?

S. African Action We Missed: Jacques Freitag Jumps 2.38, Commonwealth Record at S. Africa Outdoor Meet

KIM Appears to be Breaking Apart:
The Start of KIMbia Athletic Management
*Moses Kiptanui Talks About Why He Left Kim McDonald Management Group

2005 NCAA Indoor Fields

New UK Performance Director Wants to Let Coaches Coach More

Rocky Mountain Distance Summit:
Recap from Boulderrunning.com
*Message board thread

Poker Night in Colorado Springs
Wejo Comes Out on Top

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.

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.

Collegiate Indoor Action:
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

"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.