Norwich Union Grand Prix: Distance Recap: Lagat Stungs Bekele, Defar Remains Unbeaten Lagat says he still has ambitions on the 1500 world record but his best event may now be the 5k.
*IAAF Recap IAAF
*Powell Runs 9.91 for Win in London (Plus Xavier Carter Interview) BBC
*Marion Jones Loses to Sherone Simpson in 100 Times of London
*Britain's Disappoint in London Times of London
*Video Highlights of Norwich Union London Grand Prix BBC
Gary Wadler, WADA member on Landis: "It makes no sense to me why an athlete would take testosterone the day of a race when it doesn't work that way. It doesn't make sense in terms of the pharmacology of the drug, and it really doesn't have the attributes that would be attractive to a cyclist -- particularly one running the risk of violating anti-doping regulations."
Landis: "My immeidate reaction was to look for the alcohol bottle."-audio press conference here
Helsinki Recap: Goucher Runs 31:17 to Become Number 2 American at 10k, Mutola Defeats Alice Schmidt in 800, Reese Hoffa Wins Tight Shot in 21.59m
Goucher passed Amy Rudolph to become #2 on the US list. Discuss Goucher in this thread
*Helsinki Results IAAF
DN Galan Results
*IAAF Recap 8:24.66 for Defar, Fastest Time Since 2002 IAAF
*AP Recap of Meet AP
*2006 Stockholm Distance Recap
*Reuters Recap: Powell, Simpson Shine but Isinbayeva Beaten in Stockholm
Asafa Powell won the 100 in 9.86, Meseret Defar ran 8:24 for 3k, Kenenisa Bekele won the 1500 and Kajsa Bergqvist had world record attempts in the high jump. All in all 7 stadium records were set earning the record breakers the diamond prizes. But Tegenkamp, the most overlooked man in American distance running, continues to impress (although he only finished 8th in the race) as he has lowered his pr 21 seconds this year.
*Thread on Tegenkamp's race
*Thread: Can Tegenkamp be the Next Bob Kennedy?
*Said Ahmed 3:35.94 in B Heat
More: Jadel Gregorio Upstages Christian Olsson, Walter Davis in Triple Jump Times of London
*Matt Tegenkamp Talks About His Training (Prior to His 13:04.90)
Friday in Crete: 9.88 for Tyson Gay, Dominque Arnold 13.01, Alekna's 71.08 (Longest Throw in 4 Years) Mutola 1:57.36, Lagat Wins 3k in Crete Gay's season is going under the radar but he also ran 19.70 this year.
*Full Crete Results
Asafa Powell Out of Greek Meet Because He Couldn't Take His Spikes on the Plane
*Crete Meet Promoter Upset with Powell's 'Unprofessional Conduct'
Seb Coe Reveals Power of 10 Scheme to Prepare Athletes for 2012 Games BBC
Kenyan XC Trials to be in Mombassa Next Year
Trevor Graham Being Investigated
If he gets charged and has to cop a plea, lookout. He coaches Justin Gatlin, Shawn Crawford, Lisa Barber and used to coach Marion Jones.
Liege Results 7:32 for Craig Mottram, 15:08 for Kara Goucher
$$$ and Cents:
*UK Sport Needs to Raise £100m in Sponsorship Before 2012 Games
*Kenyan Government Giving 525 Million Shillings ($7 Million US) to Support World XC Bid
UTEP's and Netherland Antilles' Churandy Martina Turns Pro
*More on Madrid Meet: Bungei Over Ramzi, Cuban Dayron Robles Hurdles 13.08 IAAF
*World Champ Dietzsch's 66.29m Highlight of Low Key German Champs IAAF
*Olga ZaytsevaRuns 49.49 at Cup of Russia IAAF
Madrid: Wilfred Bungei Defeats Rashid Ramzi, Sets 800 Meet Record
*Americans Sweep Shot, Hurdles in Madrid, Allyson Felix Wins 200
British Champs: Marlon Devonish Completes 100, 200 at British Trials BBC
*Ashia Hansen 2nd in Triple Jump in Her Return from Injury BBC
*Recap with Video of Devonish's 100m Win BBC
*She Get No Lottery Funding, But Joice Maduaka Pulls Off Sprint Double at British Champs Times of London
*Phillips Idowu and Becky Lyne Impress at British Champs Guardian
*Becky Lyne Does Well in 800 at British Champs www.telegraph.co.uk
Rome Golden League: *Results
Wariner 43.62, American Record in Steeple for Lincoln
Jeremy Wariner trounced the Xman and lowered his pb in the 400 in the anticipated matchup. And it took over 20 years but Dan Lincoln eclipsed Henry Marsh's American record in the steeple. Asafa Powell ran 9.85 for the win, Khadevis Robinson went sub 1:44 in the 800, Marion Jones ran her fastest 100 time in 4 years but lost, and Jen Rhines ran a 15:05 5k, and Hazel Clark went sub 2:00.
More Rome Coverage:
*Marc Davis, Jim Spivey Praise Dan Lincoln's New American Record in the Steeplechase
*Sherone Simpson Running Half a Second Faster Than a Year Ago IAAF
*3:33.28 PR for Chris Lukezic (And Another Julie Henner Athlete Kevin Sullivan Ran 3:32 and is Getting Praise)
*Viewers Upset With Dwight Stones Broadcasting on WCSN Telecast
Liu Xiang 12.88, XMan 19.63 One of the greatest days for sprinters ever. It was a world record for Xiang in the hurdles as Dominique Arnold also broke the old world record, the #2 time ever by NCAA star Xavier Carter at 200, while Tyson Gay ran a scorching fast 19.70 as the sprinters took advantage of the wide turns in lanes 7 and 8.
*Video of Xiang's World Record
*Message board thread on the Lausanne conditions
Paris Golden League:
*Paris Golden League Recap IAAF
43.91 (pb) for Jeremy Wariner, 9.85 for Asafa Powell, 10.92 for Marion Jones, 3:55.68 for Yuliya Chizhenko, Bekele returns to form with a 5k win. Nick Willis got the national recrod for New Zealand in the 1500. The article above and the results say Alistair Cragg ran 12:57 but after studying the tape we agree with the message boarders who say the IAAF royally screwed up the results.
*Chizhenko's 3:55.68 Highlights Paris Golden League
AT&T US Nationals
*LetsRun.com 2006 Nationals
Sunday: LetsRun.com Recap Lagat
Outlasts The Return of Jennings and Manzano's Magic, Khadevis Robinson
Puts on an Exhibition, Hazel Clark Dives For the Finish, and Lincoln ThreePeats This year's nationals was a great track and field meet. Day 4 saw a $100,000 and a world leading run by Lashinda Demus in the 400m hurdles, world leaders by Torah Harris in the high jump, Walter Davis in the triple jump, Khadevis Robinson in the 800, Dominique Arnold in the hurdles, and Wallace Spearmon in the 200. But you want to read about Gabe Jennings return, Khadevis Robinson's domination, and the emergence of Nick Symmonds. Plus you learn how stupid all the guys who give out shoe contracts are.
*Final Day Recap from USATF
*Lagat Becomes First to Complete 1500-5k Double .indystar.com
*Final Day Recap from Indianapolis Star
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.
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
Also take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record at 15k in 1995, the same year he finished 9th at World Cross Country.
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
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
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Maurer, in The Gift, not
only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the
deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes
such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The
Gift is one of the best running books
I have ever read.
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson on
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
Betanzos, Moreno, Cumbá lead Cuban sweep - CAC Games Day 3 IAAF
Matt Tegenkamp Speaks About His 13:04.90
Colin Jackson Says He Would Not Trade His World Record for an Olympic Gold Guardian
Greece: Kiptum DefeatsInzikuru in Steeple Tsatoumas jumps 8.26m in Thessaloniki, Greece
*Thessaloniki, Greece Results (4:06 for Tiffany McWilliams and Amy Mortimer)
Let the Pork Begin: Olympic Stadium May be £120m over Budget
"Back then, we televised the Olympics better than the Egyptians built pyramids"- professor Robert Thompson on the Olympic television coverage in the US in the 1970s. Now NBC acts like the Olympics are no longer sport and you see everything after you know the results. The USOC is likely to start an Olympic television channel.
World XC in Kenya to Be In Afternoon Next Year
20th Central American and Caribbean Games Preview IAAF
Random Action: Finnish Champs RecapIAAF
*Minsk, Belarus Recap IAAF
*Ziolkowski Wins 9th Polish Champ in Hammer IAAF
Running Quad City Bix 7 Miler on Saturday in Preparation for Attempt to
Break His American 10k Record at the End of the Month
Saturday in Belgium:
*Heusden-Zolder Recap: Robinson's 800m Victory Impresses
*Results Khadevis Robinson continued his fine 2006 season with a win in the 800.
Adam Goucher ran a 13:10 season's best 5k and Rob Koborsi ran a 13:26
Brad Walker Becomes 12th Man over 6 Meters in Pole Vault IAAF
*Stefan Holm clears 2.32m in Karlstad IAAF
*Recap of Day 2 of French ChampsIAAF
*Day 1 Recap of French Champs IAAF
Good News: Journeyman Jacques Sallberg Gets Picked up by Team USA California They get big big bucks every year and most of it goes to athletes who already get big bucks.
*Paul Tergat and Catherine Ndereba to Headline NYC Half Marathon in August The New York Road Runners continue to use their funds to promote professional running.
More on Mottram's 7:32.84 in Liège IAAF
Bernard Lagat 3k in Crete on Friday
British News: Tim Benjamin and Christine Ohuruogu Are Britain's Best Hopes in 400 at Europeans
*Long Jumper Jade Johnson Needs Minor Kidney Surgery before EuropeansBBC
*Christine Ohuruogu Will Test Her Fitness July 28th at London Grand Prix Before Europeans BBC
Provisional UK Squad Named for European Champs: Darren Campbell and Dwain Chambers Will Have to Prove Fitness BBC
*Prospects Not Good for British Team at Europeans Times of London
*Steve Cram Says Britain Has a Few Medal Prospects at Europeans BBC
Ndereba, Okari Sign Up for Summer Road Race:
*Catherine Ndereba, Gilbert Okari Running Beach to Beacon on August 5th
*Catherine Ndereba, Gilbert Okari Running Falmouth Road Race on August 13th
*Seb Coe Says British Athletes Need to Step it Up If They Want to be Ready for 2012 Games
*Radcliffe to Run Nike Run on October 8th Despite Being Pregnant
*Xavier Carter, Jeremy Wariner to Run in London July 28thBBC
Bergqvist leaps 2.04m at Swedish Championships IAAF
Lignano Italy: Lignano Results It was a great day for American 800m runners. Khadevis Robinson continued his fine form as he followed up with his sub 1:44 clocking on Friday in Rome with the convincing win here (1:44.25). Christian Smith decided to skip the 1:45s all together as he lowered his pr from 1:46.49 to 1:44.86. And Alice Schmidt got the 800m win over Jolanda Ceplak in 1:59.35 nearly equalling her pb she set last year at this track. Adam Goucher ran 7:45 in the 3k and Galen Rupp ran 7:56.
*Ghent Belgium Jonathan Johnson Wins 80, Ryan Hall struggles in 3k (8:14)
More Weekend Action:
*Mokoena Jumps 8.39 in Lapinlahti, Finalnd IAAF
*Ziolkowski throws world leading 82.31m in Nikiti IAAF
Paul Tergat and Prokopcuka to Defend Their ING NYC Marathon Titles This Year IAAF Tergat won perhaps the most exciting NYC marathon ever last year with an incredible sprint win over Hendrick Ramaala.
Guy Who Tried to Abduct Star High School Runner Lindsey Ferguson Gets 12 Years The best story on the heroics by Lindsey and the Kranick coaches to prevent the abduction is here.
*Day 1 Recap
*Becky Lyne and Richard Hill May be the Future of British 800m Running and They're Running at European Trials This Weekend
*Kelly Sotherton Doing Three Events at Trials for Europeans Guardian
Kenyan Federation Praising its Women Athletes
Lance Brauman Resigns from Arkansas Coaching Staff After Conviction Arkansas is investigating the matter and looking into the allegations that athletes on its NCAA championships teams should have been ineligible.
Gareth Turnbull Continuing to Press His Innocence in Doping Charge Many are coming to his defense to say he is innocent. BBC
*Barry Bond's Ex Best Friend Says He Used a Lot of Steroids
Marion Jones News:
*Marion Jones Reportedly Deposited $25,000 Forged Check into Her Account from One of the Guys in the Bank Fraud Case Fortunately for her she has not been indicted.
*PDF Of Forged check to Marion is here (her actual check is on the last page, the other pages show a little how the operation worked)
One we missed from Nationals: Marion Jones Loses Arbitration Case And Sues Her Ex-Coach Dan Pfaff Her lawyers don't seem too good. She refused to pay Pfaff the second year of his $100,000 contract, then took him to arbitration over the matter, lost, and now has to pay his legal fees of $238,000. So now she's suing him. If she had just paid him the $100,000 in the first place it would have been a lot cheaper. An interesting tidbit in the case is she refused to submit to blood work that her coach wanted.
*Marion Jones Trying to Put Her Past Behind Her
Finishline Junior Nationals
Shawn Schmidt, some dude from the Brojo's high school won the decathlon.
Finishline Junior Nationals:
*Recap of Day 1 of Finishline USATF Junior Champs www.usatf.org
*Results from Day 1 of USATF Juniors (Andrew Bumbalough of Georgetown Wins 5k)
And What New Drug Will They Have Moved on to By Then? "There will be a test (to detect blood doping) within the next six years. ... I'm just not saying how much sooner it may be"
-scientist Michael Ashenden on how long it will take for anti-doping authorities to develop a test to detect blood doping
A Good Step, But You've Got to Catch the Cheats First: World Marathon Majors to Ban Drug Cheats for Life
More Doping News: Test to Detect Blood Doping May Take 6 Years to be Developed
*Editorial: Dick Pound is Undermining His Own Credibility
Study Shows Compression Tights May Really Work
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.
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
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a
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
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."
world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after
founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
hamstring injury has healed and he
says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
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
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.