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-Vernon Campbell on himself and other runners of the 1970s including Don Clary, who set the Alaskan 2 mile record and still holds it 30 years later. Clary went on to represent the US at 5k in 1984 and we bet 98% of you have never heard of him.

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More on Oregon Twilight Meet:
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Rupp's Primary Goal is an NCAA Qualifier in Tonight's 10k
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After Firing of Smith and With Galen Rupp in Fold, Oregon is Trying to Get Fans Back out to Oregon Meets

This Weekend:
Oregon:
Oregon Twilight Entries Nike is getting its top runners to run in Eugene once again and a great meet is on top on Saturday. Dathan Ritzenhein will be taking on Jorge Torres at 5k, Lauren Fleshman battles Shayne Culpepper at 3k, and Galen Rupp goes for a junior American record.
*18 Year Old American Galen Rupp Going for Rudy Chapa's 28:32 10k Record
*More info on Oregon Twilight

Japan:
Justin Gatlin, Liu Xiang, Jolanda Ceplak Highlight This Weekend's Osaka Meet
Kenya: *Preview of This Weekend's Kenyan Meet (Ezekiel Kemboi in Flat 3k)
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Hezekiel Sepeng Pulls Out of Kenyan Meet
Conference Action:
*Big East Champs
*Heps: Women's Preview
Men's Preview
Eastern school that have IC4As next weekend have their conference champs this weekend, everyone else has theirs next weekend.

18-year-old Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru Runs 27:08 10k on Track in Japan

Track Action:
France:
Guadeloupe France Recap from Sunday
(Allen Johnson and Terrence Trammell defeated by Dominique Arnold in hurdles)
Brazil:
Brazilian Triple Jumper Jadel Gregório Opens With World Leader

Penn Relays: Penn Relays Results
Saturday: Michigan Completes Perfect Distance Weekend Getting 4*Mile, 4*800 Wins, Plus Collegiate Record in 4*Mile Total dominance for the Michigan men although they came up short of the sixteen minute barrier in the 4*mile. The S. Carolina women picked up two more wins to make it 4 total, and the Florida men got 2 as well.
US Vs World: US Teams Dominate as Usual The US men actually fell down to make it interesting and lose the 4*400 relay. Justin Gatlin ran a great anchor to lead his team to victory in the 4*100.
*Michigan Quotes from Saturday
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NY Times Recap of Final Day of Penn
Drake Relays:
Drake Relays Results
Saturday:
Darold Williamson Beat Jeremy Wariner Again Perdita Felicien was beaten too.
*On the boards:
Jeremy Wariner is Beaten in April and People are Saying the 20 Year Old Olympic Gold Medallist Was a Fluke
Penn/Drake Friday:
Friday: Michigan Sets School Record in DMR at Penn, Defeats Arkansas Arkansas appeared to make it close in the men's DMR on Friday but Nick Willis is at another level and blew away Said Ahmed over the final lap to win the DMR easily at Penn. The only spot in question was who would get third, and Cornell's Bruce Hyde's strong final 200 insured it was Cornell (coached by LetsRun.com co-founder Rojo). Arianna Lambie of Stanford overcame a 40 yard defecit to lead Stanford to the 4*1500 title, and Texas Tech swept the sprint medley championships. Steve Holman split a 3:23 in his 1200 leg of the corporate DMR.
Friday Recap from AP:
Stanford Wins 4*1500 at Penn, Michigan Men Win DMR As Expected

More on DMR: Michigan Beats Arkansas in DMR, Nate Brannen Dismisses Rivalry Talk
*New York Times Recap of Michigan's Win of DMR at Penn
*DMR Results and Splits
*Photos: *Photorun.net
*Trackandfieldphoto.com

Drake Relays:
Drake Relays Results
Friday: Minnesota Wins Slow 4*160
0 at Drake

Boston Marathon:
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Catherine Ndereba Gets her 4th Boston Title She came from behind to win easily.
Men: Hailu Negussie Wins Negussie picked up the win and $100,000 and Alan Culpepper of the US was a very solid 4th as fellow American Pete Gilmore was 10th.
*Article on Culpepper in USAToday
*Alan Culpepper Quotes
*US Men Do Better AP
*Boston Marathon Held in Iraq If you think you're tough with your traiing, you're not, these guys are.
*Boston Photos
*Top 100 Men
*Top 100 Women

LRC Exclusive: Interviews of Participants at Papa John's US 10 Mile Championship
*Robert Gary Interview
- The Ohio St. cross country coach has somehow managed to coach and make the last 2 Olympics teams. Learn how he does it.
*Matt Lane Interview
The 4th placer at the last 2 OlympicTrials is running more road races this year
*Abdi Abdirahman Interview
2004 US Olympian Abdi keeps it real and effortless shifts the talk from his from his pimped out ride to his pursuit of American records when he's interviewed by 1996 Olympian Marc Davis.
*Chris Graff Interview:
The runner-up at last year's race and winner in 2003 has quit the Nike Farm Team and is training on his own in Washington, DC. Read about some of his amazing workouts in the Farm where he'd close workouts with a 4:05 mile.
*Pete Julian Interview The cancer survivor shares he now trains by perceived effort.

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.

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
:
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.

Drug News: Hezekiel Sepeng Tests Positive for Nandrolone  He  won the 800m silver medal in 1996.
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Sepeng Says Positive Test a 'Mistake' And He Knows Reason for Positive

Also This Weekend:
Jamaica:
Assafa Powell, Kim Collins, Darrel Brown, MLF, Coby Miller Racing 100m in Jamaica, Usain Bolt in 200m
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Felix Sanchez Running 400 in Jamaica
Berlin:
Berlin 25k after World Record in 2004, Has 10,000 Runners for 2005
Japan: Olympic Champ Justin Gatlin Only Won 2 100m Races Last Year
He's racing in Osaka
Britain:
Former Olympic Champ Derartu Tulu Running BUPA Great Caledonian Run 10k on Sunday
Indianapolis: Amy Skieresz Wilson Back Racing Again, Will Run Indy Mini Half Marathon The multiple time NCAA champ ran a 2:42 marathon in October which we missed.
Kenya:
Good Races Expected for Kenyan Tusker Meet

Werknesh Kidane Wins 10k at Ethiopian Champs
Previous in Ethiopia: Gebregziabher Gebremariam Returns to Form With 10k Win at Ethiopian Champs He got two silver medals at the 2004 world xc champs.

Great Read: A Look Back at Ben Johnson (Not the drug cheat)
The Columbia comet was fast and also criticized Olympic officials for wanting to boycott the 1936 Olympics while Blacks in the States were treated so poorly.

Euro Meetings Group Decides to Not Give Marion Jones Invites to Meets This Summer

US Team for World Champs in Marathon Named  The US stars skipped out as usual.

Chris Davies of Britain Running Well Again after Horrible Bike Accident Last Year

Sunday's Action:
Cardinal Invite:
*Recap

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Cardinal Invite Results
Usually the men's 10k is the highlight of the meet but this year the women's 10k stole the show as 6 women hit the World Championship standard (31:40) including 4 Americans, led by
Amy Rudolph who won the race and defeated fellow Providence alum Kim Smith. Abdi Abdirahman won the mens' 5k, NCAA indoor 5k champ Ian Dobson broke 28:00 minutes in the 10k, 2000 Olympian Gabe Jennings showed he may be on his way back running a 3:43 1500m in the "b" section, the Wisconsin guys cointinued to show they should have won the XC title in the fall, and Lisa Galaviz ran a world leader in the steeple.
Philly: Kenya's John Itati and Russia's Marina Ivanova Win Broad Street Run
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Top Broad Street Run Results
*Full Broad Street Run Results
Kenya: Mombasa Marathon Recap

Non Penn/Drake Action:
France:
Marion Jones Actually Wins a Race: 11.28 for 100m, Mo Greene Wins 100 in Martinique in 10.03 Allen Johnson edged Terrence Trammell in the hurdles and Ivan Pedroso won the long jump.
*Top Results
LA: Jon Rankin's 3:40, 1:47 Double Leads UCLA to Narrow Victory over USC He also came back to get a crucial 1 point in the 5k to give UCLA the victory.
*UCLA Women Win Dual for 13th Straight Year
Kenya: 8k Junior XC Champ Augustine Choge Wins 1500m in Kenya, Ezekiel Kembo 10th
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Recap of Kenyan Meet from IAAF
Ethiopia: Olympic 5k Champ Meseret Defar Defeated in Ethiopia
Tennessee:
Nephat Kinyanjui Wins Country Music Marathon in 2:15, Irina Safarova Wins in 2:33
Japan: Shingo Suetsugu Wins 100m at Japanese Meet

Penn/Drake Thursday: Alan Webb Wins 5k in 13:30, PRs
*Duke Wins Women's DMR

Alan Webb opened his 2005 outdoor season with a 16 second pr and win in the 5000m, while Duke defeated archrival North Carolina to win the women's DMR in the slowest winning time in 23 years.
A record was also set in the high school girls 4*100 hurdle relay.
*Recap of Duke Win from NY Times Lauren Matic overcame 2 broken feet to run key 800m leg.
*Message board thread on Webb's race here
*General Thursday Penn Recap

*Profile on High School Star Sarah Bowman (She Ran 4:44 Last Week and Dominated Penn Last Night, and will be at Tennessee next year)
*Recap of Webb's Race from Philly Inquirer
Drake Relays:
Drake Relays Results
*Kip Janvrin Goes Out on Top Winning Drake Relays Decathlon for 15th Time The Michigan women won the 4*1500 for the 2nd straight year.
*Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson to Square off in 400 at Drake
*Drake May Not Sell Out for the First Time in 39 Years
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Perdita Felicien is Running Strong Heading into Drake Despite No Track Training Until December
*Head of Drake Relays Stepping Down This Year

Flora London Marathon:
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Video Highlights of 2005 London Marathon
Post London News: Radcliffe More Likely to Run Marathon at Worlds
*Paula Radcliffe a National Hero

"It is not just her performances that appeal, it is the honesty that accompanies them.

*Paul Tergat Blames Pulled Muscle for Subpar Performance in London
Women: Paula Radcliffe Dominates in London Once Again
A bathroom break was the only drama in this one as Radcliffe ran 2:17:42. She is so good a sub 2:18 seems almost routine.
Men:
Martin Lel Pulls Upset
The talk before the race centered on the world record holder (Paul Tergat), the top marathoner in the world (Evans Rutto) and the Olympic champ (Stefano Baldini), but 2003 NY Champ Martin Lel came out on top, proving his career is not over and backing up his pre race claim that he could win the race. Tergat and Rutto faded badly.
More:
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IAAF Recap with splits
*
Jon Brown 2 Seconds Short of $10,000 Bonus The Brit has bad luck with 2 4th placed finishes at the Olympics as well.
*
ING NYC Marathon First in Line to Get Radcliffe for this Fall
*London Marathon Photos

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

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

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
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

Training Advice:
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.Top 10 Training Tips
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No Shortcuts

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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
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Training Advice
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