This Weekend: Stateside:
Tyson Invite in Arkansas: John McDonnell Bobbleheads, World Record Attempt in 300 by Wallace Spearmon, Kerron Clement and LaShawn Merrit This is a great meet. They should make Spearmon, Clement and Merrit wrestle for outside lane in the infield before the race because the track has a huge bank and the person in the outside running a net downhill will have a great shot at a world record and a $25,000 bonus.
*Press Release on 2006 Tyson Indoor Games ($25,000 Bonus) for a World Record
Trackwire's Latest Collegiate Rankings
Kayoko Fukushi Sets Japanese Record in Half Marathon 1:07:26
It truly is amazing that Paula Radcliffe ran a full marathon at nearly this pace. Fukushi started out super fast and died big time but still got the Asian record.
*Message board thread on Fukushi
Thompson, Greatest British Athlete of 20th Century (Olympic Decathlon
Gold Medallist) to Help New Zealand Prepare for Commonwealth Games
Good News: CBS to Show NCAA Outdoors Live
It used to be on a week late. We're glad to see track and field being treated as a sport by a major network, not some sort of infomercial.
Webb Moving Up in Distance? Alan Webb Will run only the 12k at US Cross and says his future may be at 5k instead of 1500m.
3000+ Turn Out for Mardi Gras Marathon
New Orleans is slowly coming back to life.
2 Weeks: Alan Culppepper to Run in Special Invite Only FreeScale Austin Half Marathon He'll take on among others Nicodemus Malakwen who won the Austin and Houston half marathons earlier this year.
Drug Cheats in Turin Are Not Going to Go to Jail Fox Sports AU
Sunday's Indoor Action:
Germany: Meseret Defat Comes Close to 3k World Record, Wilfred Bungei, Daniel Komen, Turova Gets World Leaders as Well
LetsRun.com! 2006 Millrose Games Recap: Bernard Lagat Destroys Bekele in Wannamaker Mile A suicidal opening pace and Bernard Lagat crushed Kenenisa Bekele in the Wannamaker Mile, the Canadian women went 1-2-3 in the women's mile, Khadevis Robinson opened to an impressive win over David Krummenacker (who has a new coach) in the 800, Reese Hoffa took the lead in the Visa Championship Series, and Gail Devers returned to action as a mother. Get the scoop on the 2006 Millrose Games. Coverage and quotes.
On the boards: If You Went to Millrose Post What you Did and Did Not Like About the Meet
*Profile on Eamonn Coghlan's Son's Millrose Experience in NY Times
*Gail Devers Talks More about Her Daughter
*NY Times Millrose Recap New York Times
*USATF Recap of Millrose www.usatf.org
*Associate Press Millrose Recap
*Reuters Millrose Recap
*Athlete Quotes from Millrose www.usatf.org
Top Collegiate Action:
*Christian Smith Breaks Collegiate 1000m record
*Notre Dame Tom Meyo Invite Results
Mike Woods 7:52 3k, Johanna Nilsson 9:11 3k.
*Armory Meet Tim Bailey of Iona nearly breaks 4.
"Last year there was a lot of hype at what I was going to do at the
world cross and I tanked it. Besides the Olympics, it was one of the worst
experiences in my running career. There was a lot of talk of me medalling so I
have been very cautious about saying anything. But I think I have the
capability of being up there with the best runners."
Sonia O'Sullivan Gets Go Ahead to Compete for Australia at Commonwealth Games BBC
Torri Edwards Case Helped Reduce Penalties for Some Over the Counter Substances
IAAF Auctions of Track Memorabilia Raised over $30k for Charity IAAF
Colleen De Reuck Going for US Cross Country Three Peat Later in Month in Van Cortlandt Park She could be the mother of most of the girls she'll beat as she's still winning at age 41. Unfortunately, she won't be doing it on the famed back hills for some reason, possibly the weather.
*Amy Yoder Begley to Lead US Team at Yokohama International Women's Ekiden on February 26th Even a few 16:20 5kesr are getting the great opportunity to compete abroad. www.usatf.org
Emilie Mondor Forced to Take Leave From Sport, Possibly Retire Due to Osteoperosis
Reebok Boston Games:
Craig Mottram got an impressive win in the 2 mile, and Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar came close to world records in the 3k and 5k
LetsRun.com Men's Distance Recap Race by Race recaps of the great distance action plus quotes from Craig Mottram, Krummenacker, Jason Lunn, Adam Goucher and a few more.
*LetsRun.com Women's Recap
*Craig Mottram Wins 2 Mile over Ethiopians at Reebok Boston Games
*Tirunesh Dibaba Comes Up Short of World Record
*Mottram a Rarity at the Top www.boston.com
*Race Results Weekly Recap: Mottram Victory in 2 Mile Highlights Reebok Boston Games
IAAF Loophole Will Let Sonia O'Sullivan Compete at Commonwealth Games for Australia, Then for Ireland at European Champs
She says she'd never compete against Ireland.
The World Marathon Majors Are Born
Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York announced they were becoming the World Marathon Majors, along with the Olympic Games and World Champs, and would form a winner take all, World Marathon Major Series. We analyze (yes we actually wrote something original for the site) what this means for the sport and express a few concerns. Find out all the details.
More on the Majors: Paula Likes New Major Marathon Series Daily Telegraph
Shhh the Secrets Out of the Bag:
Pain Free Funpacked Guide to Marathon Training
"If you can get into position to run regularly round the hills for an
hour without stopping and then do it just at reasonable pace for two
hours, the flat streets and adrenalin lift of London will get you
through close to four hours on the day."
Women: Stanford Stuns #1 Duke, Johanna Nilsson Gets Individual Crown
Duke was a huge favorite coming in, but Peter Tegen's Stanford squad pulled the upset. Defending champ Colorado was a surprising 2nd and Duke only 3rd as Tegen captured his 3rd national title (he won 2 at Wisconsin in the 1980s). On the individual side, Johanna Nilsson (who trains in Flagstaff) blew away the field for the win.
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
*Stanford Women Get 2nd Title in 3 Years gostanford.collegesports.com
*Clara Horowitz, Duke's Top Runner, Leaves Terre Haute Sad www.goduke.com
*CU Buffs Leave Nationals Without a National Title for the First Time Since 1999 But their women surprised with a strong 2nd palce finish. www.cubuffs.com
Photos: Men's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
*Women's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
world record holder, Paul Tergat, and the defending champ, Hendrick Ramaala,
battled it out during the final straight
separated by inches. In final 10 meters,
Tergat got a half foot ahead and Ramaala
dove for the finish but it was a futile
dive and Tergat triumphed by the smallest
amount. On the women's side Jelena Prokopcuka
got a narrow win over Susan Chepkemei. Chepkemei has a narrow lead until she started vomiting her fluids while running.
American Meb Keflezighi was with Tergat and Ramaala until the final mile and finished 3rd while fellow American Abdi
Abdirahman was 5th.
"I left a piece of me on that race course that day. If I had to leave part of myself on any race course, that was a good
place."-Dick Beardsley on his famed battle with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon. Beardsley according to this article still knocks out 70 to 90 miles a week.
Drugs Drugs Drugs
Great Look at The East German Doping
World Half Marathon Champs
Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's 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.
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
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
Great Matchup in New Zealand: Mayoral Mile It's Nick Willis, one of the brightest prospects in the mile, versus Craig Mottram and others for $10,000.
*If Nick Willis Wins $10,000 in Mayoral Mile He'll Give it All to Charity
It's nice to be young, rich (thanks to Reebok) and generous.
*Prize Money and Starting List for the 2006 Mayoral Mile
Drug News: Drug Testers Might Have Secret Tests in Store for Winter Olympics They can't catch athletes on EPO, why should we expect them to have tests for the latest drugs.
*Victor Conte, Marion Jones Settle Defamation Lawsuit
*Kenteris and Thanou Want Arbitrator Removed From Their Doping Hearing Due to Conflict of Interest
Tatyana Andrianova, Fastest 800m Runner in 2005, Will Likely Skip 2007 Season to Have a Baby
Australian Team for Commonwealth Games Announced It includes Kate Smyth who lived at LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson's house in Flagstaff for a month. Fox Sports AU
*Benita Johnson Excited to Take on Paula Radcliffe at 10k at Commonwealth Games
Statistician Says Humans Can Run a 3:25 Mile Eventually
More on Geb's Half Marathon Win, Gebrselassie Says World Record Will Not Be Possible at Flora London Marathon
He had a cold last week as well.
World Champ Benjamin Limo Will Run Commonwealth Games 5k after Skipping Kenyan Trials
*Craig Mottram Excited Benjamin Limo in Commonwealth GamesFox Sports AU
Team for Commonwealth Games Includes Former World and Olympic Steeple
Champ Ruben Kosgei Who Had Missed Last 3 Years with Injury
Haile Gebrselassie Win Half Marathon in Spain in 60:07, Defeats Francis Kiprop, Gete Wami Wins Women's in 70:24
Gert Thys Wins 55th Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon in 2:09:45
Kajsa Bergqvist Sets World Record in High Jump Nearly 6' 10" for Berrqvist
Kenyan Commonwealth Trials: Augustine Choge Dominates 5k at Kenyan Commonwealth Trials, Ruben Kosgei Upset in Steeplechase EA Standard
More European Action: Trecia Smith Upsets Lebedeva in Samara, Russia IAAF
Evelyn Wambui Wins 10k at Kenyan Commonwealth Trials IAAF
Sileshi Sihine Wins 5k in 13:06 in Sweden
*Stockholm Recap from IAAFIAAF
*Stuttgart Preview: Kipchoge and Defar in 3kIAAF
Qualifying Standards for USA Outdoor Nationals Announced www.usatf.org
"Everybody in Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of every
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA
Commonwealth Games Trials This Weekend:
*Clinton Hill and John Steffenson Expected to Battle in 400 at Commonwealth Trials in Australia
*Jana Pittman Wants to Be Friends Again With 'Bikini Babe' Tamsyn Lewis
*Jana Pittmans Wants to Try Debbie Double at Commonwealths (400m Hurdles and 400)
Previous Commonwealth News: Craig Mottram to Run 5k at Commonwealth Trials This Weekend, Then Decide If He'll Double in 1500 or 10k at Games
*Matt Shirvington Nervous Heading into Commonwealth Games Trials in Australia on Friday
*Embarrassment at Worlds Inspired Australian Sprinter Matt Shirvington This YearFox Sports AU
Former Hurdle Star Samuel Matete Critical of Zambia's Preparations in Athletics: "The only thing we hope for now is miracles to happen to the
athletes and if there are no miracles it is embarrassment that we get...It is not about facilities that can make us champions but all we need is the foundation"
More Action from Last Weekend:
S. Africa: Hendrick Ramaala Comes From Behind to Win Johannesburg 20k Next up for him is a defense of his title at the World's Best 10k in Puerto Rico, one of the richest road races in the world. IAAF
*Ramaala Says Course in Johannesburg Was Super Tough www.int.iol.co.za
Miami: Hiromi Ominami Sets Course Record at ING Miami Marathon
Kenya: Moses Masai Wins 12k Discovery Cross Country Championships Which Was Started by Moses Tanui allafrica.com
Steve Cram Criticizes Fine Tuned Starting Systems, Human Error of Officials
Things are Going Well for Jason Gardner as He Gets Ready for Commonwealths
Catherine Ndereba Comes from Behind to Win Osaka Marathon in 2:25:05
XC: Alan Webb 4th in Spanish XC Everyone ended up running an extra 700m due to a course error, but Webb had already been dropped so the extra distance is not what cost him.
Glasgow: Glasgow Recap from IAAF (World Record in Women's 4*400, Maria Mutola Injured, Bergqvist over 2 meters in High Jump)
*Stars Upstaged at Glasgow Meetsports.espn.go.com
*Daniel Caines and Jason Gardener Get Wins In Glasgow Guardian
Germany: Karlsruhe Recap from IAAF (7:33 3k for Kipchoge) I
*Jason Gardener Runs World Leader in Germany for His Second 60m Win in 2 Days
Impressive: 30 Year Old Karen Harewood Who Took up Track and Field 2 Years Ago, Gets Her Second 800m Win of the Weekend BBC
WADA Confident it Can Detect Super EPO It shouldn't be. It can't detect HGH or regular EPO very well. Drug research funding is way too low.
*German Coach Accused of Supplyihng Repoxygen
Catherine Ndereba Racing Lidia Simon in Sunday's Osaka Marathon
Susan Chepkemei Wins Prisons XC Easily in Kenya
Russia: Borzakovskiy Wins 800 at Russian Winter Meeting IAAF
Pittman Wins Hurdles, Matt Shirvington Wins For First Time With
Glandular Fever, Kym Howe Sets Commonwealth Record in Pole Vault at
Canberra Meet www.smh.com.au
*Chris Rawlinson 2nd in 400 Hurdles in Canberra
*Australian Canberra Results
Non US Action This Weekend:
Scotland: Glasgow Preview
*Mutola Ready to Put Injuries Behind Her at Saturday's Glasgow Meet
New Zealand: Nick Willis Running New Zealand National Champs in 1500 This Weekend
Prize Money for USATF XCs Announced, Most of the Money in Form of a Bonus That Goes to Athletes Who Go to World XCs This was a good move by USATF. At least now, the athletes who run nationals because of their shoe contracts won't get much cash unless they go to Worlds.
Curt Schilling Impressed with Haile Gebrselassie
"This is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia and I
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert De Castella watched him run.
*"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,"
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
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