World XC News: *Start Lists and Results
Men's Short Course: Kenenisa Bekele Wins and Then Breaks Down in Tears afterwards Due to Memories of His Former Fiancee The XC king overcame the death of his fiancee to defend his crown and lead Ethiopia to the team title. The USAs Jorge Torres was the first non-African in 13th and Adam Goucher dropped out on the first lap with a calf injury.
*IAAF Recap of Men's Short Course and Bekele's Victory
*Canada Men Disappointing 12th in Short Course at World XCs
*Women's Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba Wins, so Does Ethiopia Ethiopia went 1, 3,4 with the indoor 5k record holder leading the way. Colleen De Reuck led the US team in 13th at the age of 40.
Junior Women's Recap Ethiopia's Gelete Burika Bati Absolutely Dominated, but Kenyan Women Win Team Title
More XC News:
*USATF Recap of Day 1 at World XCs With Quotes from Each Runner (Heat Bothered a Lot of Runners, Goucher Injured Calf)
*Recap from Kenyan Paper of Day 1 of World XCs
Photos: Photos From World XC
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.
Balco Hearing Delayed, Possible Plea Bargain in the Works
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
*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.
Distances: 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
Friday: 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
Women: 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.
800s: NCAA record holder Nicole Cook tried to run on a bad hamstring and did not advance.
200: 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
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.
here for a LetsRun.com behind
the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)
Today: The Main Course Men's Long Course Race: Eliud Kipchoge is the Chosen Won to Lead Kenya's to Team Title and Individual Glory
The Kenyan men had won 18 straight team titles until last year.
*More on Kipchoge: "To me, cross country is the 12km race and we shall do everything to reclaim it"-Eliud Kipchoge, world 5k champ. We agree with his quote.
*Glynn Tromans: British Legend Only Cares about XC and He's Running at Worlds For 9th Time
*Bios of Every Runner at World XC
Friday's Action: Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Runs 1:44.65 in S. Africa, Jacques Freitag Struggles
Greeks Get Off in Doping Case The IAAF may still suspend them and appeal the decision.
Baseball Players, Officials Get Slammed at Congressional Hearing on Lax Steroid Policy We doubt you watched the full 11 hours, but Congress ripped into the baseball players and officials for their joke of a drug policy. Hopefully, this is the first step in making the pro sports come into the USADA fold as without money for drug testing research, the cheats will always be one step ahead. Mark McGwire probably had the worst day of anyone, but some of the baeball executives didn't come across much better.
*Editorial: Mark McGwire Shamed at Hearing
*Quotes from Steroid Hearing
*PDF File of Baseballs Drug Policy It's not very tough.
Doping Verdict in Greek Doping Case Today at 1600 GMT
Leah Pells Responds to Athletics Canada Not Sending Its Best Team to World XCs
"The Americans were laughing and
said it was reassuring to know that there was a federation dumber than theirs."
Verdict in Greek Doping Case Could be Tomorrow
*More Drug News: It's time for Congress to Stop Grandstanding on Drugs Nice article by Janet Heinonen
*BALCO Trial Expected to Start Sept 6
*How Does USADA Stand Up? We're generally big fans of USADA but do agree all test results should be published as more transparency equals more confidence in the system.
Paula's Decision to Race in New Orleans is a Nice Gift to Crescent City 10k
Former Olympic Champ Naoka Takahashi to Focus on Racing in Fall
Jacques Freitag Hoping to Better His S. African Record to 2.40
Field for 2005 Boston Marathon Announced
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?
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
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!!)
US XC Champs:
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
*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
-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
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
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.
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