World Half Marathon Champs
Two Surprises of a Different Sort: Shami Celebrates Too Soon, Tomescu Surprises
Mubarek Shami was just meters away from winning the world half-marathon title, yet he celebrated too soon and Fabiano Joseph passed him on the line to win the title after finishing 2nd the last 2 years. On the women's side Constantina Tomescu surprisingly dominated the field. The US men led by Ryan Shay and Jason Hartman had their highest finish ever.
Exclusive: 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.
Photos: *Women's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Men's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Istvan Gyulai Upset Britain Didn't Send Men's Team to World HalfYahoo UK
*British Women's Team Fifth at World Half Yahoo UK
*PreRace Press Conference Highlights: Cliches by the Athletes, Some Substance by the IAAF Execs The IAAF execs were upfront about the weak status of this event, the abysmal television coverage of the World Track Champs in the US, and the Bernard Lagat doping lawsuit. Plus, learn what is happening to the World Half Marathon Champs next year.
*What Wejo's Looking for at the World Half US Road stud Gilbert Okari intrigues him.
*More on IAAF saying Worlf Half is 'Sick'
*More on IAAF on Bernard Lagat lawsuit
Grote Poll September 27, 2005
Hogs On Top: "I am convinced. I have hinted at this, now I will stand by it.
Arkansas does not go very long without winning. Its been long enough."
-Ryan Grote on ranking Arkansas #1 in the Grote Poll, his humorous look at the top 31 teams in NCAA men's cross country. link fixed
*Wisconsin On Top of Latest Coaches XC Poll By Only 2 Points over Arkansas
Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile:
*Craig Mottram Wins Fifth Avenue Mile
He came from behind to beat Alan Webb on a beautiful day in Central Park as the Fifth Avenue Mile reemerged as a major event once again. Carmen Douma Hussar won the women's mile.
*LetsRun.com Exclusives: Photo of Alan Webb's Girlfriend
*Photo of Arkansas Team at Fifth Avenue Mile
*Photo of World Championship Bronze Medallist Rich Kenah and his Twins
El Guerrouj Says He May Compete in 2008 Olympics at 5k
Elana Meyer Scales Kilimanjaro www.int.iol.co.za
Zersenay Tadesse to Be Up Against Ethiopians at World Half Marathon Next Weekend IAAF
Drug News: IOC Athletes Commission Asks for French Lab Involved in Armstrong Affair to Be Suspended for Violating WADA Code
WADA will lose credibility if it does not sanction violations of its code and admit it when there are problems with drug tests.
*Jerome Young Trying to Get His Lifetime Ban Overturned He was busted for the two drugs that have the most suspicious tests nandrolone and EPO.Guardian
*Mafia Allegedly Trafficking in Performance Enhancing Drugs in Italy (Estimated 500,000 Users in Italy) Guardian
2005 Men's Elite Field for LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Announced Khalid Khannouchi is out of this year's race but the race does feature Evans Rutto, arguably the top marathoner in the world, along with Sammy Korir (2:04 guy), Felix Limo, Alan Culpepper, Timothy Cherigat and Dejene Berhanu.
Paul Tergat's Hamstring Injury Not Thought to Be Serious He Hopes to Do Great South Run October 9th BBC
British Sprint News:
*Craig Pickering, European Junior 100m Champ to be Coached by Malcolm Arnold (Jason Gardener, Colin Jackson's Coach) Guardian
*Darren Campbell Says Look in Inner City to Find Fast Sprinters Yahoo UK
Justin Gatlin, Liu Xiang, Allyson Felix, Dwight Phillips, and Bershawn Jackson Win in Yokohama, Isinbayeva No Heights IAAF
Recap of Final Day of Arab Champs IAAF
Bupa Great North Organizers Defend Medical Preparations after 4 Deaths in Sunday's Race BBC
Sunday's Philly Distance Run:
*American Record for Deena Kastor in Jefferson Hospital Philly Distance Run
1:07:53 for Deena, also an American all-comers record.
Good Read: Lengthy Profile on Alan Webb "My goal is not to get the American record. It's basically to compete and be the best in the world" NY Daily News
Saturday's China Meet:
*Liu Xiang Runs His Season's Best to Beat Allen Johnson, Bekele, Gatlin, Felix Win as Well Before 40,000 in Shanghai Monday's meet in Japan is the final meet of not in 2005. IAAF
*Preview of Monday's Japanese Meet (Gatlin, Xiang Running) IAAF
Cow Harbor 10k:
Anthony Famiglietti Picks Up Easy Win
Tegla Laroupe Gets Fasion Makeover
Hezekiel Sepeng Training Again As He Waits for Fate of Drug Hearing
2008 Olympic Trials Down to 4 sfgate.com
Pete Julian's Vision Brought 2006 Trials to Boulder Runners World
Get Your Votes In:
LetsRun.com NCAA Super XC Polls National and Conference Voting
The polls are back and it is your chance to tell us who the top teams in NCAA XC cross country are. Give us your top 10 or vote in the conference polls. We've expanded the Conference Polls this year and you can vote in these conferences: (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Big West, Big Sky, Conf. USA, Heps, MAC, Mountain West, Pac 10s, Patriot League and SECs).
NCAA Coverage: Grote Poll Addendum B
Grote tells you who the top 31 men's xc teams are in NCAA D I and takes on Stanfurd and Gaylord once again.
Incredible: 3 Year Old Boy Running Up to 30 Miles a Day "I can run and eat to my heart's content here"- says the 3 year old. And eating is very important to an incredibly poor child whose mother sold him for $20.
Old Quote of the Day: "It's hard to explain without going into detail, but if you
look at it historically, the worse the performance-enhancing drug
problem became, the worse America did internationally, overall. They
didn't fare as well under the system that existed before 2000, when
there really wasn't much testing. It's my personal belief that now they
will fare much better."
-Frank Shorter, Olympic gold medallist in the marathon.
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.
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
College XC News:
New College XC Resource!!
LetsRun.com Unveils Comprehensive College XC Schedule/Results Page!!
Williamette Invitational Galen Rupp 6th in college xc debut as #23 Portland wins. #29 Washington women edge Oregon by 3.
Cowboy Jamboree Men: Soon to be #1 Arkansas men Win as Boit beats Cragg for title
Team Results , Full Results
Women:#14 Ranked OSU Women Win
Women's Team Results, Individual Results"
Rock Mountain: #2 Ranked Colorado Women Lose to Adams State The Colorado Women should never have been ranked #1 this year and it showed yesterday as they lost to Adams State (the official results don't score the DII and DI teames together). Granted Liza Pascuito didn't finish for CU, but CU lost 3 of its top 5 from last year, and is very vulnerable as yesterday's result showed.
Murray Keating Men: Stanford "B?" Cruises as Dartmouth Upends #13 Iowa
Women: Stanford Women Crush BC
Men's Results: Georgetown Defeats LaSalle, Princeton
Women's Results: Columbia Defeats Georgetown, Tennessee
*Notre Dame Invite Results
The Arizona men looked very good in winning, and the Michigan women pulled the upset with Illinois also stunning host Notre Dame.
*NCAA Pole Vaulter Tommy Skipper Gives Up on Playing Football at Oregon (He Was Going to be a Receiver or Punter)
Court of Arbitration of Sport To Rule On Monday If Greece Was Right In Clearing Its Two Sprint Stars Who Skipped Tests At Olympics (Let's hope not)
HS XC News: Runners of Famed York High School XC Team Arrested for Arson
* Alberto Salazar's Daughter Now a Freshman in High School
*IAAF General Secretary Can't Believe Lagat is Suing Them Yahoo UK
*Feds Raid Home of Patrick Arnold, Man Believed to Have Invented the Clear
*Cout of Arbitration in Sport Hearing Greeks' (Thanou and Kenteris) Case This Weekend Guardian
Imagine if they only tested the NFL like cycling: Former Tour of Spain Winner Aitor Gonzalez Reportedly Tests Positive
Great Read: Catching Up With Todd Williams and Ed Eyestone www.runningstats.com
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is
expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small
way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com
Jos Hermans Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with training: "Ethiopians have more respect for their women, which
explains why their women athletes perform better than their
Kenyan counterparts, who excel in junior championships only to
pander to cultural and domestic demands later in life" and "A mentally prepared athlete can
easily beat a physically prepared one,"
College XC: Arkansas Men, Iona's Richard Kiplagat Put on an Exhibition at 2005 Iona Meet of Champions
Kiplagat was very impressive as were the Arkansas men. Recap and photos.
*2005 Iona Meet of Champions Men's Photo Gallery
*BYU Defeats Wisconsin Men (Minus Solinksy, Withrow and Others) at Roy Griak
*Arizona State Women Get Convincing Win at Roy Griak
Stanford: McDougal Brothers Go 1-2 at Stanford Invite
*Stanford Short Course Results Men
*Stanford Women's Short Course Results (Stanford Wins)
*Stanford Women's Long Course Results (Stanford Wins)
Great American: #1 Duke Wins
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi's Coach Looks Back at 2005 Season He's got 3 of the top 10 800 times in 2005 but didn't make the final at Worlds. int.iol.co.za
*Jana Pittman Ready to Start Training for Commonwealth Games after Layoff, Surviving Hurricane Katrina
Preview of Friday's Korean Meet IAAF
Previous Fifth Avenue Mile News:
*Steve Scott Says His Most Memorable Mile was a 3:55 at Drake, Not the American Record www.nyrr.org
*Amy Mortimer Talks About Training in Boston, Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Yes the winter sucks. Fast-Women
*Carmen Douma Houssar Talks About Racing in Europe, Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Runners World
Underfunded Labs Now Admitting EPO Test May Not be as Clear Cut as They Once Said Guardian
Next Weekend in Edmonton, Canada:
*Kenyan Team Named for World Half Marathon Champs, Red Hot US Roadster Gilbert Okari on It
John Mayock Says: "I am hopefully going to break 2:20 in New York" And seems to think 2:10 isn't much different. Yahoo UK
*John Mayock Says Paula Radcliffe's Advice Helped Him
Sunday's Great North Run:
Zersenay Tadessy runs World Best for Half Marathon 59:05 for him but the course has a 30 meter elevation drop and is not eligible for world records (not to mention a tailwind). No one still has beaten Paul Tergat's incredible 1996 run of 58:51 (49 meters short) which would be right around 59 minutes on a flat course.
*Derartu Tulu Captures Women's Great North Title in 1:07:33 Catherine Ndereba 1:10:20 for 7th. Tulu says she eventually wants to challenge Paula Radcliffe in the marathon: "I hope to still challenge Paula in future years"
*4 Men Die During Great Run BBC
*2005 Great North Run Results
*Saturday's Great North Run:
*Ivan Heshko Wins Mile, Eliud Kipchoge 3k in Great North Races, Dorcus Inzikuru Gets Women's 3k
Good Read: A Nice Look Back at Don Bowden, The First American Sub 4 Minute Miler and a Student Athlete The 20 year old Cal student took an exam the day of his race.
2005 Real Berlin Marathon Elite Field Announced: Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi the Highlight
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.
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test
"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
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.
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