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Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell
Europeans Start Today:
*Lornah Kiplagat and Womens 10k Highlight Day 1 of 2006 European Champs
*Optimism as European Champs Begin IAAF
*Christine Ohuruogu to Miss Europeans after Being Suspended for Missing 3 Drug Tests BBC
*Dean Macey Doubtful for Euros With Injury BBC
*European 100m Champ Francis Obikwelu Happy to Face Dwain Chambers Yahoo UK
*Good Interview: Darren Campbell Nearing the End of His Career Independent
*Brits Could Leave Europeans With 0 Golds Guardian
*Lynn Davies Remains Optimistic About British Athletics Future
*Javelin Will be Test for Kellly Sotherton
*A Look at 1966 British Team at EuropeansTimes of London
*Steve Cram Questions Appointment of Linford Christie as Coach in Britain
*Patrick Arnold Man Who Invented the Clear Gets3 Months Behind Bars
*Gatlin's Mother Says He Was Not Asked to Withdraw from USATF Champs
*IOC President Jacques Rogge Sees Positives to Doping Scandal BBC
*Court Ruling May Make it Difficult for WADA to Ban Cheats in Europe Sorry we don't believe athletes have a civil right to cheat.
*ESPN Talks With Those Who Support Chris Whetstine Clearly whatever happened there was some bad blood as Nike rep Llewellyn Starks beat up Whetstine pretty bad.
*Trevor Graham Goes Into Detail About His Accusations Against Chris Whetstine
Post of the Week: Demographics of Dopers by Coach, Agent and Shoe Company
John Smith's HSI group getting some negative attention, plus of course Trevor Graham.
*USATF Wanted Gatlin to Skip Nationals
*Asafa Powell Upset He No Longer Has a Rival With Gatlin's Drug Positive
*Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Cuts Ties to Trevor GrahamBBC
Friday's Doping News:
*Massage Therapist Chris Whetstine Was Beaten Up by Llewellyn Starks at USATF Nationals New York Times
*More on Whetstine and Starks
*Doping Scandal Could Hurt Track and Field on Financial Side The basic premise of the article is common sense but the article does have some interesting tidbits on the financial side of the sport. It claims appearance fees are way down (which supports our premise that meets in Europe generally are not that well attended) but that shoe contracts are way up.
Brief Chat With Deena Kastor Runners World
95 Year Old Trent Laine Sets World Record in Shot
Previous Doping News:
*Finally Someone Quits Turning Their Back:
Berlin Golden League Meet organizer Gerhard Janetzky bans Trevor Graham's athletes from his meet
Roberts of the New York Times Calls Out Nike in Trevor Graham Affair
*Marion Jones Excluded From Berlin as Well
*Christine Arron saddened Marion Jones cheered by fans
*Chris Whetstine Issues Statement fo LetsRun.com
*More on Whetstine from Chicago TribuneThis article tries to make a big deal that Whetstine was under contract by Nike (which must always be protrayed as evil in the media) despite having been sanctioned by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and having a marijuana charge. He was hired by Nike to work on top athletes because the athletes he works with think he does a good job. It's pretty simple. Don't see why Nike should be criticized for this.
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)
IAAF Head Lamine Diack Calls for 4 Year Doping Bans
Road To Eugene Meet on Tuesday:
*Russ Buller Gave up a Head College Coaching Job at Age 25 to Return to Vaulting and it Paid off With US Title This Year
*Road to Eugene Meet a Chance for Track to Move on After Gatlin Positive
*Road to Eugene Start Lists (No Distance Events over 1500)
Beach to Beacon: Tom Nyariki and Alevtina Ivanova Surprise at 2006 TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10k Nyariki's win is a great story as the former 12:55 5ker was carjacked in 2003 and lost an eye in the carjacking. The 1997 bronze medallist at 5000m got the win at age 34 and picked up $10,000 for his efforts.
*Results and photos at link above
African Champs This Week: Kenyans Hoping to Defeat Bekele at African Champs
*Three Athletes Still Missing for Kenyan Team for African Champs
Steve Cram Questions Appointment of Linford Christie as Coach in Britain Yahoo UK
*European Champs Men's Preview IAAF
*European Champs Women's Preview IAAF
*UK Athletics Getting Criticized for Hiring Drug Offender Linford Christie as a Coach
*Dave Collins, UK Performance Director, Predicts 10 Medals at European Champs Independent
*Eunice Barber Says Its Her Time to Defeat Carolina Kluft in Heptathlon at Europeans
Upcoming: African and European Champs are Next Week IAAF
*Mark Lewis Francis Lashes Back at John Regis' Criticism BBC
More on Europeans:
*With Radcliffe Out, British Distance Medals Hopes on Jo Pavey at EuropeansTimes of London
*Swedes Hope to Do Well at Europeans in Field Yahoo UK
*Little Optimism for Brits at Europeans
Team USA vs. Germany at 2006 Nike Combined Events Challenge This Weekend in Manhattan Kansas
Linford Christie, Steve Backley, Daley Thompson and Katherine Merry Giving Coaching Roles in Britain BBC
Paul Koech Has Started a School in Kenyan and You can Donate to the Cause
junior athlete, Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa Arrested over Lying About His Age in
Trevor Graham Says Massage Therapist Chris Whetstine Sabatoged Justin Gatlin Whetstine is a letsrun.com lurker and Wejo has been treated by him before.
Renato Canova Says No More Kenyans Are Needed in Qatar
Borzakovskiy Runs 1:45.82 for Win in Germany IAAF
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.
Advice from the pros
10 Training Tips
Weldon Johnson gives his top 10
training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help
coaching consultant John Kellogg
outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to
training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates
Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
you want to
run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program.
our experts show you how.
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
Dehaven: U.S. Marathon
Henner: U.S. Olympian
Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school
in Texas one of the best teams in the state.
*Canadian Champs Results
*Reid Coolsaet Defeats Paul Morrison by 4 Thousands of a Second at Canadian Champs
*Perdita Felicien Win Titles at Canadian Champs Nate Brannen won the 1500.
Nike Combined Events Challenge:
*US Wins Nike Combined Events Challenge The 110 degree temperatures and a German athlete having an ashtma atacked helped the US team.
*44 People Attend Nike Combined Events Challenge
*Bryan Clay Calls it a Season after Pulling out of Multi Event in Kansas
Runnersworld Turns 40
*Dwain Chambers: Disgraced Drug Cheat or Savior of British Sprinting? Independent
*Jo Pavey Getting British Attention at Europeans Independent
*Mo Farah the British Distance Hope
*Kelly Sotherton Says She'll Be Ready for Europeans BBC
*Carolina Kluft Ready to Shine Before Home Crowd at Europeans IAAF
*Former UK Performance Director Max Jones Says UK Will Only get 7 or 8 Medals at Europeans
Norwegian Sprinter Aham Okeke Tests Positive Norwegian sprinter there's an oxymoron for you.
Floyd Landis' 'B' Sample Positive Phonak fired him from their team as a result and now Landis is officially a drug cheat.
Run for the Hills:: "we know landis is not stupid enough to cheat because he knows he is monitored every minute of the day." Just in case you don't know tons of the top cyclists were found to be doping prior to the tour thanks to a legal investigation (not drug testing), proving our point that the current drug testing system is very beatable. Landis just happened to get caught.
The Times of London Reads LetsRun.com They pick up on the Sandra Farmer Patrick, Dennis Mitchell, USATF connection. For some reason this coaching page on USATF with Dennis Mitchell's name on it has been removed from the USATF website.
Texas High School Runner Back Competing after Serious Car Crash
Trevor Graham Barred from USOC Centers It seems a bit hypocrital when they let drug cheat Sandra Farmer Patrick be the USATF-USOC liason (See page 6 here)
More on Drug Cheats With Prominent Roles Within USATF:
*Drug Cheat Sandra Farmer-Patrick Still Working for USATF, She'll Help Lead Junior Team to Beijing
*Drug Cheat Dennis Mitchell Head Coach Of USATF Team to Britain this Summer
*Message Board Thread on Sandra Farmer-Patrick froma few years ago here
Brief Chat With Deena Kastor Runners World
Come Up With $2500 And You Can Get a NY Marathon Entry, Or Bid to Host the US 10k Champs
Claims Italian Coach Encourages Kenyans to Forge Their Date of Birth
LetsRun.comers discuss Landis' Positive
"I avoid posting on these boards
like I would avoid the plaque. But I never said I don't read them. So
after many moons away, I only return to give a HUGE congrats to Daniel
Lincoln. One of the nicest, more humble athletes in the sport these
days. I am very happy that he finally got the AR, because there is no
one else I can think of who deserves it more. I only hope he gets a
chance to lower it even more in the coming season. Congrats to a classy
guy, and to the new American Records holder! :)"
-Marc Davis (an 8:14 steepler himself) commenting on Dan Lincoln breaking Henry Marsh's 21 year old American record in the steeplechase
On the Boards:
*College Coaching Salaries Exposed If you're in it for the money get a job teaching high school. It pays better.
So True: "Eight years ago, Yesalis and UCLA labratory
chief Don Catlin were asked independently how much money it would take
for research to really fight doping, and both said the figure would be
in excess of $50 million. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spends roughly
$2million a year on research."-New York Daily News writer
"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
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
'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
-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 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.
Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your
recovery days seriously. Good Read.
Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."
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).
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
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I
of a fascinating interview with Japan
Times on her training
know you're a runner if....... (our
fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)
Is it the
thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs
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
apologizes to letsrun.com