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At the gun, I basically put my head down and ran as aggressively as I could. No one went with me. I ran 4:23, 8:46 for the first two miles, and hit 5K splits of 13:47 and 28:07. I was running with blinders on. I knew what my job was. I knew what I wanted to accomplish. And I just went for it. I had probably two races out of 200 where I didn't feel anything. I was just running--running as hard as I could. This was one of them. The other was that race at Pre. After the race, Keith Brantly told me there was no one in the world that could have beaten me. Everything was snowballing for me. The World Cross-Country was coming up, and I thought I had a chance to win. But the mid-1990s was the time when distance running changed. It jumped from one level to a whole new level. I went to Worlds, and Paul Tergat beat me by 50 seconds. When something like that happens, you can't help thinking, `Whoa! What am I supposed to do about that? Where's the answer?"

-Todd Williams on his incredible American record at 15k in 1995 and his 9th place finish (he was only 21 seconds behind Geb) at World XCs when everyone raced in one race.
Runners have an great opportunity to run with Todd, Bob Kennedy and Tim Broe in Philadelphia this Sunday to celebrate the opening of a new trail

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Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

A Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k  Williams was on fire in 1995,  and his 15k is one of the best American records. He finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot.

Great Interview With Pete Julian  He wants to bring US cross to Boulder in 2007 and has a nice outlook on life after surviving cancer.

British 400m Runner Tim Benjamin Over Stroke Fear

Paula Radcliffe to Run Crescent City 10k Next Weekend in New Orleans

Michigan News: Ron Warhurst Prasies Nate Brannen's 3k, 800 Double at Nationals
"I thought Nate was the champion (of the weekend) He ran in four races, almost placed in the 3,000 - that's pretty incredible for an 800-meter runner "-Ron Warhurst

*A 1:47 and 8:05 3k an hour apart is impressive.
Recap of Michigan's DMR Victory from Michigan Paper

NCAA Indoors: *Results
Post Meet News: Arkansas Bids to Host NCAA Indoors Another 3 Years They get 5000 fans every day and deserve the meet again.
*Kerron Clement Has a World Record in the 400m, but Says He's a Hurdler
*Nice Distance Recaps from NYRR:
*Men's Day 1  *Men's Day 2
*Women's Day 1 * Women's Day 2
*Women's Photos *Men's Photos
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. Unbelievable performances. (Download the world record video fast as we think the NCAA will want it taken down) LaShawn Merritt
looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast. 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 in a race where Sara Bei was leading and fell with 300 left and Marina Mucan also fell
*Mt Sac Director Scott Davis the announcer at NCAAs
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

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.

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

World XC News:
Qatari Team to Be Strong Once Again at World XCs
Alistair Cragg Out of World XCs With Back Problem
By the message board logic, John McDonnell must be a horrible coach now.
Kenyan Team Leaves for World XC Today
Liz Yelling Wants Top 10 at World XCs
Uganda's Boniface Kiprop Ready to Take on Seniors at World XC

Cathy Freeman Supports London's 2012 Bid

Japan Announces Squad for World Champs Marathon

Sureyya Ayhan's Doping Ban Reduced a Year  Expect this to be appealed by the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration in Sport.

Abebe Dinkesa, Ethiopia's New Star?

Sunday Action:
Paul Tergat runs 59:10 Half in Lisbon

He's in fine form for next month's Flora Londo. No one else not named Tergat has ever run faster for a half.
*Nagoya: Yumiko Hara Wins in 2:24 as Shibui Falter

Rome: Alberico di Cecco Wins Rome Marathon in 2:08:02

US 15k Champs: 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.

McGwire Linked to Roids

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.

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

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Dathan Ritzenhein Profile in NY Times  He's also in this week's Sports Illustrated. The article calls Ritz's XC win in Belfast (over only 4 Kenyans,) the greatest American distance win in 20 years, and we disagree as do many message boarders, but we don't disagree that Ritz is a tremendous xc runner.