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This Weekend:
Madrid: *Results

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Madrid Recap: Another World Record for Isinbayeva , World Leadres for Dight Phillips and Virgilijus Alekna
Felix Sanchez
lost the first 400m hurdles race that he had finished in 4 years.

*Craig Mottram Runs 3:34 for 1500 in Madrid
Russia: Tatyana Lysenko Smashes Women's Hammer World Record
Greece: Preview of Sunday's Greek Meet (Many Caribbean Stars on Hand)
*Greek Start Lists

Leonel Manzano a Heart of Gold He tested off the charts physiologically.

40 Years Ago This Week, Sub 28 for the First Time: Claus Boersen, One of Three Runners in Ron Clarke's World Record 10,000 Still Running Strong at age 65 Ron Clarke ran an incredible 27:39, smashing the old world record by 36 seconds. His incredible world record, set on a cinder track would last for 7 years.

Treniere Clement Brief Chat She's back in the US after one race in Europe where she hit the World Champs "A" standard.

LetsRun.com's
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down: Drugs, Sex (Parties), and ...the Olympics
Open bars in LA (Maurice Greene), the best new announcer in track and field (Ato Boldon), some guy you've never heard of (Richard Caborn=drugs), New York City, male distance runners, collegians who turn pro early, paltry drug testing budgets, and Jon Rankin, we've got the winners and losers in the sport covered.

President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya to Launch Organizing Committee for 2007 World XC Bid

Monday's Action:
Zagreb Grand Prix:
*Full IAAF Recap
*
Dwight Phillips Shines in Rain in Zagreb
Eurosport
*
Daniel Batman Wins 200m in Zagreb
*Zagreb Results (Jen Toomey
Nearly Beats Ceplak in 1000m, Sarah Schwald Wins 1500m, Amy Mortimer 2nd)
Russian Champs:
Day2: Tatyana Andrianova Runs 1:56.07
A world leader for 2005.
*Russian Champs Day 1:
Pospelova runs 49.9 in Heats, 3 Runners Under 2:00 in Heats

Caribbean Champs:
Caribbean Day 3: Usain Bolt 20.03 in 200
*Caribbean Champs Day 2:
Tonique Williams-Darling Wins 400 in 50.97

Belgium Champs: 22.68 for Gevaert and 20.45 for Beyen Highlight Belgium Champs
Dutch Champs: Dutch Champs Recap
One We Missed from Saturday:
American Miler Series:
*Nate Brannen and Scott McGowan Run 3:37

Sunday's Greek Results:
*
Sunday's Greek Recap
Results:
World leader in Dicus by Virgilijus Alekna, Leonard Scott 10.03, 20.38 double, Allyson Felix wins 200, Dominque Arnold 110h
Caribbean Champs:

Chandra Sturrup, Darrell Brown Win Caribbean Champs 100m

*Caribbean Champ Results

How Seb Coe Got Another Olympic Gold: London 2012Plus claims London got agreements from Moscow and NY and Madrid for their supporters to back London once they got knocked out. Guardian

After Nearly Defeating Shaheen in Rome, Paul Kipsiele Koech Named to Kenyan Worlds Team in Steeplechase
*Kenyans Do Well in Rome

Rome Golden League:
*Recap of Meet
*Results Tirunesh Dibaba
led an Ethiopian onslaught in the women's 5k as 3 women finished all within a half second of each other with Dibaba in a fast 14:32.57 (Lauren Fleshman of the USA qualified for the worlds with a 15:02). Saif Shaheen beat Paul Koech in the steeple as both broke 8 minutes (American Dan Lincoln ran 8:12), Isaac Songok won a tight 5k in 12:52. Sanya Richards won another 400m, and Justin Gatlin got the 100m win but Asafa Powell didn't run. Allen Johnson didn't run the hurdles either but Dominique Arnold continued to impress with the win. Treniere Clement, the US champ, got the "A" World Champs standard.

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Sanya Richards Gets Her 2nd 400m Golden League Win
*Jo Pavey Runs 14:40 to Become 2nd Fastest British Woman Ever
(she's the 2nd fastest ever, the article has her time wrong, 14:40 is right)
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Australia's Jana Pittman Surges to Finish 2nd in 400m Hurdles in Rome
*Live Message board commentary
*Live internet commentary here from Eurosport

*
Asafa Powell pulled out with an injury.

More Coverage of USA Nationals
*Maurice Greene Says He'll Run Relay at Worlds If Asked
*Clement Describes His 400mh Race As "Perfect"
More USA National Articles From LA Times:
*Kerron Clement Happy With Win:
He runs fastest time in world since 1998 and doesn't stutter on any hurdles for first time all year.
*Gatlin Happy With Double Win:
*
Random USATF Notes - Owners of Home Depot track will decide soon whether to bid on 2008 US Trials.

USATF: *Results
Sunday:
LetsRun.com Distance Recap (Updated with 800 race recaps)
Liz Jackson
(steeple), Hazel Clark (800) and Khadevis Robinson (800) all returned to the top of their events after a hiatus. Plus Khadevis Robinson talks about Tim Broe and Alan Webb.
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Justin Gatlin Becomes First Man to Win 100 and 200 at US Champs in 20 Years, Kerron Clement Runs Fast AP
Kerron Clement
continued to impress running a 47.24, the fastest time in 12 years, becoming the #6 performer all time (we don't count drug cheat Bryan Bronson)
*Khadevis Robinson and Hazel Clark Win 2005 US 800m Titles RRW
Saturday:
Dan Lincoln Wins Steeple, Webb Repeats in 1500, Treniere Clement Gets Her First US Title Alan Webb repeated as US champ by the narrowest of margins over his training partner Chris Lukezic, Trenier Clement got her first US title in the women's 1500m, and Dan Lincoln got his second straight steeplechase title. Recaps and quotes.
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Justin Gatlin Impresses, Mo Greene Pulls up Lane, Jeremy Wariner Runs Worlds Fastest Time, and Me'Lisa Barber Breaks Through Nice photo of Greene pulling up. AP
*Jeremy Wariner Runs Fastest 400 of the Year (44.20) for the US Title
*Stacy Dragila Wins Pole Vault
Friday:

LetsRun.com Distance Recap
Tim Broe Makes it Three in a Row, Katie McGregor Gets Her First USA Title in Exciting Women's 10k Tim Broe just keeps winning at the USA champs. This time it was in a meet record time, his third straight 5k victory. Former Stanford runners Ian Dobson and Ryan Hall had big breakthroughs to get 2nd and 3rd and hit the world championship qualifying time in a fast 5k. Katie McGregor came out on tp of a fast women's 10k as 3 women battled it out on the final lap after dropping Olympic medallist Deena Kastor over the final two laps.
Impressive:
Alan Johnson Wins SuperFast Men's 110m Hurdles 3 gusy at 13.02 or better.
Overrall Day 2 Recaps:
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Day 2 Recap from Associated Press
Marion Jones
showed up and then disappeared at the USA champs and Justin Gatlin was Dqd for a false start and then reinstated.
Weird:
Marion Jones Sets Up Her Blocks On Track, Does a Few Starts, Then Vanishes
CNNSI
*Justin Gatlin, Gets DQd for False Start, Then Reinstated There are rules and then rules for Olympic champs. LATimes
*Tim Montgomery a No Show at USATFs
*Broe and McGregor Get 2005 5000m and 10,000m Titles
RRW
Day 1 Recap:
LetsRun.com
Shalane Flanagan Gets Her First Outdoor Title, Abdi Abdirahman Wins a Thrilling Stretch Duel with Meb Shalane Flanagan snuck away from the field one mile into the race and easily won what was supposed to be a super competitive women's 5000m for her first USA Outdoor title. Shayne Culpepper, the pre-race favorite, could only manage fourth in the 5k, and likely will not be going to the World Champs after she failed to advance in the 1500m heats later on Thursday. Meanwhile, Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi made the 24 laps of wait worth it for the fans, as they had an incredible stretch run during the men's 10,000m, never more than a foot part, with Abdi edging out Meb for the win. The only other distance surprise of the day was David Krummenacker running round 1 of the 1500m to leave open the possibility of running that event at Worlds.
AP Day 1 Recap: Olympic Gold Medallist Tim Mack Does Not Make World Team, Miguel Pate Wins Long Jump over Dwight Phillips
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Race Results Weekly: Recap of Day 1 of USATF Champs: Abdirahman Outkicks Keflezighi for 2005 US 10k Title Shayne Culpepper left the track in tears after the women's 5k.
*More on Death of USATF Meet Official Paul Suzuki from LA Times
USAToday:
Justin Gatlin Wants to Run 9.75, Says Never Count out Maurice Greene
LA Times:
Meb Keflezighi Profile from Los Angeles Times
Washington Post: Front Page Profile on Justin Gatlin from Washington Post
*
Sad: 5,237 in Attendance at Day 1 of Nationals

Day1 Preview:
Women's 5k Final Highlights Day 1
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Marion Jones Just a Bit Player at Nationals as Youngsters Have Replaced Her AP
*Mo Greene Wants His World Title Back
Reuters
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Men's Preview of USATFs by IAAF
*Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery Will Struggle to Make Worlds Team
AP
*Bernard Lagat A Man Without a Country He won't be running at USATFs because he is ineligible to represent the US.
*Briana Shook Looks to Get Back on Top in Steeplechase
Previous:
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Wallace Spearmon, Tyson Gay Ready for First Pro Meet at USATF Nationals This Weekend AP
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23 Years Old is Old at This Year's USATF Meet AP
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Deena Kastor to Defend 10k Title At 2005 USATF Nationals She's coming back from a stress reaction
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Jonathon Johnson Signs With Reebok

Athens Meet:
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9.77!! Asafa Powell Breaks 100m World Record
Times of London
The fastest man in the world is only 22.
*IAAF Meet recap
The meet featured also a 7:57 steeple by Stephen Cherono and a 1:44 800 win by Mbulaeni Mulaudzi over Wilfred Bungei.
*Results
*
Asafa Powell Quotes
*
Jana Pittman Runs Fastest Time of Year in 400 Hurdles

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.

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.

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

Ladji Doucouré Runs 12.97 at French Champs

Nick McCormick, New 1500m Star in Britain, Had Quit Running Was Working at a Pub a Couple Years Ago Its good to be young too as he has no memory of Coe, Ovett or Cram and reportedly went to Providence College briefly. Independent
*A Profile on Nathan Douglas: New British Triple Jump Star Independent

World Youths: *Results
Saturday: 16 or 17 Year Old Ethiopian, Wins World Youth 3k in 8:00, Runs 2:27 His Last 1000
Friday's World Youth Recap
Thursday:
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US Women Go 1-2 in 100 at World Youths
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Briton Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Wins 100 at World Youths
*16 Year Old Girl from Sudan Runs 51.83 at World Youths

Sanya Richards Teleconference Excerpts She's taken it to another level since starting working with Clyde Hart, Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner's coach.

Georgia Hurdler LaRon "Bud" Bennett Ready for Pro Ranks

Darren Campbell Has Virus and is Admitted to Hospital He won 4*100 gold in 2004 but has had a terrible 2005.

After Winning Western States, Scott Jurek Sets Course Record at Badwater Ultra

Olympic Silver Medallist Meb Keflezighi to Run 2005 ING NYC Marathon He got 2nd last year in NY after his great Olympic run.

World Youth Champs:
*
S. Africans Get 2 Golds at World Youth Champs
*
Recap of Track Action at World Youth Champs

Clean Drug Tests Don't Mean That Much:
Cyclists Dario Frigo's wife busted at the border with drugs.
and he's never flunked a test.
*
Australian Doping Officials To be Able to Search Homes, Computers of Some Athletes for Drugs

More Russian Champs
*
Olympic High Jump Champ Yelena Slesarenko Goes 2.00 Meters at Russian Champs
*
Russian Champs Results
Canada: Michigan's Mike Woods Dominates 1500 and 5k at Canadian Juniors
Japan: Shingo Suetsugu Runs 10.15 in Japan

World Youth Champs Start Today

Andy Gerard Leaves Stanford to Coach at George Mason Race Results Weekly
*Message board thread here

Another Coach Moves for Family Reasons:
*Rick Wemple Leaves Brown
He wants to coach in the Midwest, where his family is from. Wemple was 9th at NCAA XCs in 1991.

Run for the Hills: High School Senior Runs 59:43 for Half Marathon He's Kenyan, but damn that is fast.

Dave Collins, UK Performance Director, Says UK Athletes Aren't Lazy

British Champs:
*
UK Champs Recap from IAAF
*Nathan Douglas Surprises With Huge Triple Jump at British Champs Guardian
*Katherine Merry Retires, Donna Fraser Gets 200, 400 Double at British Champs Guardian
*
Linford Christie Says British Athletes Are Soft BBC
Results: British Champs Results
*
British Trials Day 1 Recap from BBC: Jason Gardener Defends His 100m Title
*Mark Lewis Francis 2nd at British Trials but Hurts Knee
*Darren Campbell Says His Career is Not Over Despite Not Making Final of 100m, Pulling Out of 200
*Olympic 1500m Finalist Michael East Makes His 2005 Debut in Heats of British Trials and Advances

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

British Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping Research to £12m Million a Year While the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping research could be done. In other good news, it was announced that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.

Vitamin C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds The surprising news is may not do much for the general population.

Drug News:
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test

NCAAs Complete: Results
Day 4:*Arkansas Men Win Team Title Again, Texas Women Back on Top Wallace Spearmon Runs 19.91, 2:59 4*400R for LSU, Fast narrow hurdle win for Clement. AP Recap
*LetsRun.com Distance Recap:
Manzano Makes Magic, Ryan Hall and Dobson impress, Fast Men's 800, Metcalfe over Bei in exciting women's 5k, and More

Ryan Hall of Stanford captured the supercompetitive men's 5000m on Saturday night as he and teammate Ian Dobson pushed the pace to run away from the field in the premier distance event at the 2005 Championships. But the men's 1500m was incredible as well, as Leonel Manzano, showed he may be the 'Michael Jordan' of running afterall as he blazed the final 100m to capture the NCAA 1500m crown as a true freshman in a fast 3:37.13. Megan Metcalfe won an exciting sprint over Sara Bei in the women's 5k, Dmitrijs Milkevics won the superfast 800m as young American Kevin Hicks continued to impress breaking 1:45 for the first time.
Day 3: Marshevet Hooker Show
Texas'
Marshevet Hooker anchored the winning 4*100 team and won the 100m on Friday, after getting second in the long jump on Thursday to give the Texas women a narrow lead in the team title race. Arkansas remains the favorite for the men's team title after a second in the steeple and a win in the 4*100. The most impressive performance of the day was Baylor's Darold Williamson's 44.27 in the semi's of the 400.
*LetsRun.com
Recap of Men's/Women's Steeplechases
Utep's
Mircea Bogdan had a blistering kick over the final 300m to move up from what seemed a distant 4th to get the win on the men's side. On the women's side, Victoria Mitchell of Butler kicked away from Cassie Hunt of Illinois on the final lap for the win.
*NCAA Photos
*Profile on 1500m Finalist Paul Hoffman
Exciting 10,000m Highlight Day 2:
Slattery Outduels Bierbaum, Cheseret Overcomes Rupp

The men's and women's 10,000m featured exciting mano a mano battles. Capping off the night was Colorado's Sara Slattery coming back from injury this season and clawing her way back over the final mile to overcome Columbia's Caroline Bierbaum's big move with 2000m to go. First up was the men's 10,000m, where Oregon freshman phenom Galen Rupp ran with poise beyond his years, running from the front, trying his best to tire the legs of pre-race favorite Robert Cheseret who had raced the day before. In the end, Rupp ran a great race but was unable to overcome the Cheseret (
who was 2nd last year in the 10k and won the 5k) . In other action, Tyson Gay blazed a 19.93 200m in his semifinal.
More Day 2 Coverage:

LetsRun.com's
800, 1500m Heat Recaps: The big news was that West Champ Jon Rankin of UCLA and 2002 NCAA Champ Don Sage did not advance to the 1500m final.
*Day 2: LetsRun.com Distance Quotes
*
Day 2 Recap from AP
*
Rupp Almost Pulled it Off at NCAAs Eugene Register Guard
*
Nick Willis To Turn Pro After NCAAs
Day 1
LetsRun.com Day 1 Distance Recap
There were no big surprises on Day 1 on the track or in the field except for perhaps the rain and mild weather, but that does not mean there was not exciting action. Highlights included Ben Bruce falling over the final water barrier in the steeple, doing a somersault in the water, and still getting up to make the final and Nick Willis tooling with the field in his 5k prelim.
*NCAA Day 1: Youngsters Marshevet Hooker, Cleo Tyson and Walter Dix Shining
AP Recap
More:
*Galen Rupp Ready for 10k at NCAAs If this article is to be believed he went out and did a workout the night of his NCAA regional 5k. We hope it's a mistake.
*Oregon Hurdler Kayla Mellott Nearly Died in Accident But She's at NCAAs
*
Texas Coach Jason Vigilante Assistant Coach of the Year

Flora London Marathon:
*
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:
*
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.

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.

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.

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.
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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
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.

Canadian Nationals Results
Kevin Sullivan edges Nate Brannen in a slow 1500.

Drugs: Scientists Say More Balco's Possible
*Victor Conte, Barry Bonds Trainer, 1 Other Plead Guilty in Balco Scandal
Jail time expected. San Francsico Chronicle
*Anti-Doping Excperts Highly Critical of the Deal The stars will not have to testify, Conte others will not have to reveal extent of doping problem.

Hicham El Guerrouj, Said Aouita Honored at World Youth Champs

No World Qualifiers at NY 10k

Worlds Aren't That Far Off: Helsinki Predictions from Sporting Life
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Bekele Heavy Favorite at 10k at Worlds

Zimbabwean Court Jails Man Who Was Pretending to Be a Female Athlete When he gets out the IOC will probably let him in the Olympics.

This Weekend: 2005 Crazy 8 Field
Imposter and drug cheat Alene Emere is in the field

Interview With ,Sophomore Karjuan Williams Who Won US Junior 800 Mensracing

Vin Lananna Now the Coach at Oregon Everyone in Eugene is one big happy family as the Ducks got the man they needed.
*
Vin Lananna Press Conference Transcript

Kenyan News:
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Edith Masai, John Ngugi, Paul Tergat to Promote Kenyan Bid for 2007 World XCs
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Kenyan Coach Calls Those Who Skip Worlds 'Liars'

Cure Wejo's Foot Take 10

UK Government Wants to Spend An Extra $35 Million a Year on Athletes The US government doesn't spend a penny.

Jason Lehmkuhle on World Marathon Team, Scott Larson of US Off

Ezekiel Kemboi Says Kenyan 1-2-3 Isn't Out of the Question at World's in Steeple

Utica Boilermaker:
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Gilbert Okari Wins Boilermaker to Make to Win $20,000 in One Week
He won the Peachtree road race on July 4th for $15,000.
*Sally Barsosio Wins Utica Boilermaker
*38,000 Party at Utica Boilermaker
That's pretty damn impressive. The town only has 60,000 people in it.
They must have not done much in the past:
"I think it's a great breakthrough"- Earle Reed on the Americans at Boilermaker, the first women was Laura O'Neill in 5th, the first man was 14th.

*Boilermaker Photos

One We Missed from Saturday:
American Miler Series:
*Nate Brannen and Scott McGowan Run 3:37

German Results: Adam Goucher 3:39, 7:53 Double, Galen Rupp 3:44, 8:04The 1500 was first, one hour before the 3k.

Abdi, Fam, and Ryan Shay Training in Flagstaff

2001 World Champ Charles Kamathi Says Only Team Tactics Can Defeat Ethiopians

Kenya Only to Run 2 Women in 5000m at Worlds

Ritzenhein Injured Himself Playing Soccer With a Dog, He's to Get Married Next June CU, aka BYU East.

Kelly Holmes on the Terrorist Bombings Yesterday: "It is a disgusting, cowardly, awful thing to happen. My heart goes out to the victims and I wish there was something I could do.But however hard the terrorists try, however many times they try, we will never let something like this stop us from staging the Olympics"

Kelly Holmes to Miss British Trials With Achilles Injury Will Forfeit 1/4 of her Appearance Money

Hendrick Ramaala to Defend His ING NYC Title

Chris Lukezic Turns Pro He was 2nd and 4th at the last 2 USA 1500s but never better than 6th at NCAAs. And you've got to assume he's getting more $$ than a full ride to Georgetown.

Post of the Day: News Flash: OLN Fires Phil Liggett

Unreal: Penniless Gardener Runs Comrades Marathon And Then Has To Spend 4 Days Walking Home He fell asleep after the 10 hour race and woke up to see his club members had left him. He then walked home over 4 days.

Nandrolone Positives:
WADA a Few Weeks Ago Admitted The Test Could be Improved, This Daily Telegraph Article Suggests At the Very Least WADA Should Release the Names of Athletes Who Had Trace Amounts of Nandro in their System as Conceivable It Seems They Could Have Been Innocent.
*Message Board Thread Where a Doctor Who Has Worked on the Test Speaks

"When I do road races, I see the single mom that is running maybe 50 minutes for 10K, and you know what, I respect her more than some world record-breaker that weirdly has more than triple the red blood cells than me (a sign of doping).To be a world champion doesn't make you a better person. I had to make that adjustment in my head. Do I really want to be involved in a sport that is so dirty? Do I really need that to be happy with who I am?"
-Canada's Emilie Mondor who became disgusted with the sport at last year's Olympics when she found a vial in the bathroom at the Olympic Stadium

Link of the Day: LetsKrong.com Imitation is the highest form of compliment, so check out this site. And since some of you say it is impossible to find anything on our site, and thus presumably theirs too, be sure to check out this hilarious video of these two guys running through the streets of Boston.

"That guy (Steve Prefontaine) went for it, and I didn't"
-Prefontaine Meet Director, Tom Jordan, quoting 1972 bronze medallist Ian Sterwart on Steve Prefontaine who died 30 years ago Monday.

LetsRun.com Picks Up Journalism Award at RRCA Convention

On the Boards:
*Videos of Crazy Steeplecahse Falls

Non Running Story of the Week: Dog Saves Abandoned Baby in Kenya

Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
"
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Friday's Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

Thursday's Lydiard Quote:
"We asked ourselves what is wrong with middle-distance running nowadays. The talent, we agreed, is in both New Zealand and here in the United States, but the times and performances are not. The system, we felt, is killing the sport. We enjoyed our running. We raced when we were ready, not when we were told. The athletes at colleges here are racing too much. They are expected to race indoors, outdoors [on the track] and cross-country. Burnout, surely, is inevitable...These days runners seem more concerned with what shoe contract they can get rather than the programme they should be following "

-Peter Snell, 3 time Olympic champ, on what he and his famed coach

Wednesday's Lydiard Quote:
*
"Champions are everywhere, all you have to do is train them properly"
Tuesday's Lydiard Quote:

"If your coach can't tell you why you are doing a particular workout, get yourself another coach."

*Monday's Lydiard Quote:

"It wasn't that I was a great coach I was simply running more than anyone else around."
-Arthur Lydiard who passed away this week and will get a quote of the day all week.


'Suddenly I got to the age of 36, and one day I realized I can't ever run any quicker than I'm running at this moment"
(Coe reportedly stopped midwork and never ran another competitive step)

-SebCoe,
2 time 1500m gold medallist and former 800m world record holder, according to Frank Deford in an audio essay on the doping scandal.

"I'm not saying everyone should attempt to become an Olympic runner. Actually, I'm saying most of you shouldn't try to do this. But we all have talents, dreams and goals that for some reason we may be reluctant to pursue. This whole experience has shown me we can accomplish a lot more than we once thought possible"
-LetsRun.com co-founder Weldon Johnson in an article in the Dallas Morning News titled, "You don't need to reach Athens to be a winner"

JK Speaks: This Low-Volume Rubbish
"
the statistical evidence from the larger laboratory of real-world trial and error, head-to-head competition and marks on the stopwatch points overwhelmingly to the fact that one change - the most important change of all - takes place with higher mileage: improved performance."
-famed LetsRun.com coaching Guru, John Kellogg, in a piece where he outlines the reasons for higher mileage (much of it at a slower pace) and gives some practical training advice.

Finally Someone Else is Paying Attention:
"That's about enough to buy paper, rubber bands, and some Scotch tape"

-Dr. Charles Yesalis, anti doping scholar, on the inadequate funding for drug testing research by USADA and WADA in a
Business Week story.

Great Advice:
"I am glad that because I chose to focus on a personal goal, pursued passionately and today I bear testimony of what it can yield, even beyond my wildest expectations. I hope that this will somehow encourage someone here today as well, to pursue his dream and vision...Usually, I get quite enriched whenever I have an opportunity to positively touch the life of someone. Such opportunities to show concern enable me, and indeed all of us, to share what God has placed into our hands."

-World Record Holder in the Marathon and Humanitarian Paul Tergat in his acceptance speech for his honary degree from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

A True Gentleman and a Paid Male Escort, Unbelievable:
"He's a true gentleman"
-Canadian marathoner, Peter Vail, on LetsRun.com's
Weldon Johnson in an Arizona Daily Sun profile on his "running" house, plus an update on steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti
(and if you'd like to go back in the LetsRun.com archives and read about "Surivor Flagstaff", the attempt by 5 of the World's sexiest distance runners to live in a one bedroom apartment click here)

Photos: Some Nice Photos of the Boulder Runners Working Out (Culpeppers, Slatteries, Ritz, Torres, Goucher)

Great Quote:
"What Roger Bannister did is the single greatest athletic achievement of the 20th century.....Let me tell you why I say this about Bannister. I say this about Bannister because of the spirit of optimism that it gave to people. The thing about running is everyone can run, and in every country of the world, people do run. That is an international event and for many many years people said the 4 minute mile was undoable. It's like when you land a guy on the moon - you land a lot of guys on the moon after that, but the first guy, that's a real big deal . I just think the spirit of optimism that that gave people- like climbing Mt. Everest - no one wants to do it but when you do it, it's a big deal. ...Again I think running and jumping is what everyone in the world has in common."

-Tony Kornheiser
commenting on Roger Bannister's historic sub-4 minute mile during the greatest show on television, ESPN's Pardon the Interuption.

LetsRun.com Classic April Fools Edition: In case your brain was taking a day off, April 1 was April Fools Day
Short on Money? Sue Us!!!
Outraged LetsRun.com Visitor Says That She and Other Visitors as Well As Regina Jacobs Could Sue Us For Having Our April Fools Page Yesterday

JK Speaks Again:
"You might ask,
"Why not simply adopt the old school approach of 'get out there and work your tail off' without paying attention to any particular speed or effort level? Isn't that what the top runners in the 1970s and early 1980s did?" Yes, to some extent the best of that era did train this way - and they saw excellent results - but they were logging more mileage than you are probably running, and this was the principal ingredient in their success.

-
LetsRun.com guru John Kellogg in his article on 'oxygen uptake' training

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.

JK Speaks:
"Few who made the journey even once regretted having done it, and the more they made the trip, the more they came to embrace it as an unparalleled experience"

-famed coaching guru, John Kellogg,
aka JK, writing once again for LetsRun.com
(We asked him to write about distance running and he wrote about hang gliding (it's a metaphor on running))

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Must Read:
Ron Hill on Why You Should Run the Marathon,

Profile of LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson

Great Read!
John Walker Profile

Great Frank Shorter Profile

Great Thread on the boards: Wildest Training Run Ever

Great Read: "...there would be days I would run 70 km (43 miles) and then there are days I would run 20 or so. I just mentioned that figure (70) to state that there are days I would actually run up to 70 or so. The fact that I can run that much gives me confidence and makes me believe I am doing a good job."
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I of a fascinating interview with Japan Times on her training

*Part II Here

Inspirational Running Poem

You know you're a runner if....... (our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Is it the VAAM?:
"I thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs weren't heavy at all. I went jogging and felt as good as ever."
-Naoka Takahashi won won the Berlin marathon and reportedly went for a "long run" the day after. Takahashi credits some of her success to VAAM, the sports drink from made from stomach acid of killer hornets that she drinks.
If you want order VAAM
click here

Runnersworld.com apologizes to letsrun.com

Great Read: How Pressure and Partying Lessened the Career of Matthew Yates: the Former Future of British Distance Running

Excellent Read:
The Company Man

(link fixed)

Jeff Schiebler
is a Canadian working in Japan. What does he do? Run Fast. Read this account of contrasting cultures.
*Jeff Schiebler's Training LogMust Read
Training in Japan

The author went to Japan for an Ekiden Relay Race, and got to see first hand the training secrets of the Japanese. Highlights of the trip were a training camp with arguably top collegiate team in the world: Yamanashi-Gaukin. Read about this cultural exchange, and the unbelievable training the Japanese runners do.