Doping News: Floyd Landis' Father in Law Commits Suicide
*Floyd Landis Wants Open Doping Hearing
Message Board Post: Dick Pound the Most Dangerous Man in Sport? We don't agree with the poster but see the point he's making. We're as anti-doping as anyone out there but feel a bit unnerved when Pound, the man who helps sets the rules in doping cases, comments on unresolved cases dismissing the arbitration process, seeming to be both the judge and the jury.
*Golf Still Refuses to Drug Test Ever hear of beta blockers?
US-GBR-Russia: Dwain Chambers and Darren Campbell to Race at US-Great Britain Meet BBC
*Team USA Taking on Britain and Russia This Weekend And they'll be coached by Dennis Mitchell, not the drug cheat, who USATF had quitely take the place of Dennis Mitchell the drug cheat.
*UK Team for Meet
Great Editorial:Sue Mott of The Telegraph:
Embracing a drug cheat is no way to combat the curse
The Guardian Editorial: Campbell's Anti-Drug Stance Should Be Praised
Video Campbell wants Chambers to expose cheats
*Campbell Ready To Retire
European 10k Bronze Medalist Juan
Carlos de la Ossa To Make Marathon Debut At Berlin Against Geb The Spaniard who has a 27:27 10k pr has a clear goal - to break the 2:09:13 pr of his coach
We admire his courage
Darren Campbell Quit Sport Briefly When He Was 21 When He Was Told To Be A Good Sprinter He Needed To Be On Drugs
Europeans: Results or Go Here To See Video Highlights
More On Darren Campbell/Dwain Chambers Feud
*Darren Campbell Says He Would Have Forgiven Chambers If He Had Ratted Out Those Behind His Drug Supsension Campbell Lost 2 Medals Cause Chambers Was A Cheat
*Long Standing Animosity Between Linford Christie/Darren Campbell Played Role In Feud
If We Were Coaching Him, We'd Tell Him To Pass (But then again the $$ would be nice) Stefano Baldini Invited To Compete In 2006 ING NYC Marathon
*Olympic Champ Stefano Baldini Captures 2nd European Marathon Title The Italian ran a tactically brilliant race and took the lead after 40k to prove he is the greatest championship runner of his era..
*Former UTEP Runner Ulrike Maisch Wins Women's Marathon In Big Upset Like Baldini she took the lead past 40k in the race and won in a PB of 2:30:01.She is big proof you don't have to be the biggest college star to be a success.
*Alistair Cragg Forced To Drop Out With Less 1200 To Go as Spain's Jesus Espana Wins 5k Cragg had the lead before his achilles flared up. It's not quite clear if it ruptured or not. John McDonnell took some of the blame as he said if Cragg had been training in America he would have noticed the seriousness of the injury.
*Britain's Mo Farah Gets Silver and Has Bright Future He was pipped near the finish but was pretty happy with silver and his season in general.
*Brits 4 x 100 Gold Turns Bizarre As Darren Campbell Refuses To Do Victory Lap Apparently he was upset that drug cheat Dwain Chambers was included on the squad. We applaud him for feeling that way (but disagree with him also being upset that drug cheat Linford Christie was criticized for being a coach).
*More On Campbell's Fit
*Radcliffe Questions Christie's Role
*"Pitiful" Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers Ripped in British Media A great read as the columnist rips into drug cheats who come back to competition.
*Dave Collins Analayzes Britains Efforts
*5 Pluses/5 Minuses For Brtain
Preview Of Sunday's Final Day Of Action at Euros
*Favorite Alistair Cragg Pumped And Ready For 5k Final The Irish Examiner gives us an in depth look at the former Arkansas great. Famed coach John McDonnell is at Cragg's side for the 1st time as an international and Cragg says he'll do 100% what McDonnell tells him.
*Another Great Article On Cragg
*Heading Into 1st Round McDonnell Said He's Not Worried About Craig's Sub-Par Buildup Cragg's been struggling with some blook sugar levels since running 13:08 in NY and hasn't finished a 5k and wasn't great in 3 1,500s..
*Britain's Mo Farah Is Threat In 5k He has run 13:09 this year and beat Cragg at 1,500 last month.
*More On Farah: David Moorcroft talks about the 2001 European jr. champ who someday may break his British record.
*Women's Steeple Recap/Men's Marathon Preview Alesia Turava won the steeple in 9:26. The men's marathon features Olympic champ Stefano Baldini and Spain's Julio Rey, who ran 2:06:52 earlier this year.
*Marta Dominguez Defends 5k Title The Spaniard closed in 63.1 (and 2:12) to get the win. Britian's Jo Pavey did a lot of the work but finished 4th.
*Pavey went into the race expected to win gold by many in the press.
*The IAAF's Recap Of Saturday's Action reveals that Dominguez wasn't even planning on running the race but was convinced by the head of the Spanish federation after she finished 7th in the women's 10k (in a fine national record performance of 30:51).
Brits Continue To Struggle (No Golds) And The British Press Is Having A Field Day Analyzing The Failures
Dave Collins: Innovative or Buffoon?
*Duncan Mackay: Brits Can Do Better and Collins Says They Will
*Brendan Foster: "Ridiculous." The former great British distance runner absolutely lets Collins have it and we have marked this as a must read piece as its rare to see someone actually say what they mean nowadays.
*Collins Defends Decision To Have Sprinter Train W Gatlin
*UK Athletics Director Dave Moorcroft's Job May Be In Jeopardy UK Athletics is in great financial footing but that may not be good enough. We liked this article because it talked about how track is the "flagship sport" of the Olympics
*Unheralded Jukka Keskisalo of Finland Captures Country's First Ever Steeple Gold At Euros In other action, the men's 800 semis saw former Nebraska star Dmitrijs Milkevics advance. In the women's 1500 semis, the Russian women dominated as Commonwealth gold medalist Lisa Dobriskey failed to advance.
*Britain's Struggles Continue For the first time since 1938, Britain had zero people on the track for a night of finals. It's so bad that the Brtish press is having to take solace in determining it's not the worse performance ever by a British squad.
*IAAF Recap of Day 5 (All Events)
*Portugal's Francis Obikwelu Completes First 100-200 Sprint Double Since 1978
*Becky Lyne Wins 800m Bronze For Britain The Independent Last winter she was reduced to riding bike due to an achilles injury. Click here to see a great photo of Russia's Olga Kotylyarova.
4 Preview of Europeans BBC
On Jan Fitschen's Stunning10k Gold The 28 yr old is
a part-time student as he's still running but is hoping to finish his
degree after 10 years of college. Click on the article and see an
amazing picture of pure joy.
Highlights of Day 3 of European Champs (Including Men's 1500)
Defends His European 1500m Title
Baala's sub 53 last lap (probably close to 151 flat last 800) gave him
his second straight victory. Known closer Heshko was 2nd.
Raquil Runs 45.02 to Win 400 at Europeans
Gevaert Wins European 100m (With Link to Video of Race)
First ever gold for Belgian woman.
Jav Thrower In History Jan Zelezny Will End Career With No Euro Titles
40 yr old has done it all, (won 3 wchamps amd 3 Olympics) but win at
Euros. He did get a bronze at age 40 as well as a masters WRecord.
Yevgeniya Isakova Wins 400m Hurdles at Europeans BBC
Zelezny and Merlene Ottey Defying Father Time
Jan Fitschen Runs 28:10 PB To Shock FIeld/Win Gold At Euros
Carolina Kluft Wins In Front Of Hometown Crowd *Photos can be
Obikwelu Wins in
9.99 as drug cheat Dwain
Chambers fails to medal
Yr Old British Long Jumper Greg Rutherford Proves He May Be Future
Olympic Hope By Grabbing Silver 4 Yrs ago
he was trying out with Aston Villa
Athletics Performance Director Dave Collins Under Fire:
Lets see what he's getting ripped for - 1) Naming A Drug Cheat As
Mentor to Young Athletes 2) Stating 70 people skipped drug tests and 3)
Rating all the British Performances on a scale of 1 ot 10
Monday's Action: Exciting
Women's 10k Highlights Day 1 of European Champs
of women's 10k from Europeans
Lewis Francis, Dwain Chambers Struggle to Make 100m Semis at Europeans
Sotherton and Ennis are 2-3 in Heptathlon Behind KluftBBC
Barber out of Heptathlon With Injury
Ralf Bartels Wins First Gold at Europeans in Shot
Zelezny Looking for Elusive European Javelin Gold
1 British RecapBBC
Ohuruogu, Poster Girl for London 2012, May Have Her Olympic Hopes
Dashed with 3 Missed Drug Tests Guardian
Coe Wants Drug Cheats Banned from Major Events for Life
Arnold Man Who Invented the Clear Gets3 Months Behind Bars
Mother Says He Was Not Asked to Withdraw from USATF Champs
President Jacques Rogge Sees Positives to Doping Scandal
Ruling May Make it Difficult for WADA to Ban Cheats in Europe Sorry we don't believe athletes have a civil right
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.
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.
Wanted Gatlin to Skip Nationals
Powell Upset He No Longer Has a Rival With Gatlin's Drug Positive
Aikines-Aryeetey Cuts Ties to Trevor GrahamBBC
*LetsRun.com 2006 Nationals
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
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.
Day Recap from USATF
Becomes First to Complete 1500-5k Double
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 III
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
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
World Juniors: *Results
*World Junior Day 2 IAAF
*Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Wins 100 at Junior Champs BBC
*China Has Strong Tradition in High Jump
On the boards: World Juniors is NOT a Free Vacation?
Lee McConnell Running Celtic Cup
*Celtic Cup Preview
Judge Says SF Chronicle Reporters Must Name Sources Thee reporters said they would protect their sources who leaked Barry Bonds testimony and other elite athletes in the Balco scandal. We still don't know why the gov't blacked out all the names of athletes in the released Balco documents. One major source is already believed to be Victor Conte himself.
Twist In European Drug Controversy
*The Materials May Have Just Been Vitamins - We Won't Know For Two Weeks - Whether those items were vitamins or not, we say keep a close eye on the Russians (as does the Spanish federation head) as the Russians won 50% of the medals
*Bag Full of Syringes and Supsected Illegal Drugs Found In Trash Outside Hotel At Europeans
*No Way Gatlin Will Avoid Lifetime Ban If Guilty
World Jrs. Started Tues - Coverage Here - Live Results Here
Heats in the 800s, men's 1500, wsteeple and the final of women's 5k occurred. Rebekah Noble, the top seed in the women's 800, easily advanced but no American men did, AJ Nation was eliminated but Bumbalough squeaked into the men's 1500 final.
*Pre-Race Feature on Noble
*Ugandan Abraham Chepkirwok With 1:45.0 PR Is Favorite For World Juniors The article was right on the money as the phenom ran a 1:45.97 by himself in the prelim.
*USATF Recap of Day 1's Action
*Fei Xu Gives China Upset Gold In Women's 5k (IAAF Recap of PM Session) She passed Kenya's Florence Jebet Kiplagat in the fnal 10m as the top two seeds going into the race from Ethiopia failed to medal
*IAAF Recap of Morning's Non-Distance Action
*Athletics: New Zealanders struggle at Junior Worlds
*With Age Cheating Scandal Behind Them, Kenyan Athletes Ready For World Jrs.
Favorites Brian Sell and Hiromi Ominami Win LaSalle Bank Distance Run Sell described the race as a 'training run' as he supposedly was trying to run marathon pace, wel that's great as he ran 64:25. Former Olympic Trials marathoner Jenny Crain was 2nd in the women's. Top 15 Results *Pre-Race Profile of Sell
Falmouth Road Race (One Of America's Finest)
*Gilbert Okari Joins Bill Rodgers and John Korir as Only 3 Time Champions as Russian Alevtina Inova Defeats Ndereba
*Okari Thrilled With Victory Says He May Shut It Down And Prepare For Cross Country This is a must read article as it along with a different race preview article shows a true champion listens to his body. Last week, Okari was going to win Beach To Beacon but felt a twinge in his hamstring so he backed off and got 4th. Now he's overraced so is most likely shutting it down til xc.
*Amy Rudolph Is First American (5th) and Wins $5,000
*Top 25 Men's and Women's Results - Jorge Torres first American male in 10th.
*Carrie Tollefson Runs Fastest Mile In World For 2006 And Wins $1,500 at Falmouth Mile In 4:27.95
Tiffany McWilliams took it out hard as usual (212 and 3:21) and hung on for third as Erin Donohue got 2nd*Amy Rudolph Ready For Falmouth Debut
Sunday Mail Scottish Champs
*46 Yr. Old Merlene Ottey Wins In Record Time (11.34)
*American Alan Webb Finishes 3rd In His Heat In 1:51.59 We're pretty sure he advanced to Sunday's final. Webb will run a mile on Thursday in Ireland.
*Preview of Scottish Champs
*Catherine Ndereba To Run 2006 ING New York City Marathon The reigning Olympic silver medalist has won Chicago and Boston but never New York. She's never lost to anyone in the field and must be considered the favorite.
*Trevor Graham Tells Washington Post He Makes All His Athletes Sign An Anti-Doping Pledge
The New York Times Explores The Obvious
Does Testerone Make You
A Better Athlete? The article (despite the stupid headline) is actually prety good and asks really whether testosterone would help you in the short term like on one stage for Landis.
A Detailed Look at the Synthetic Testosterone Test www.mercurynews.com
Bekle Outsprints Mike Kigen to Win Tactical 5k at African Champs
We'd like to see a video of this exciting race as
the winning time was 14:04.
Says He'll Go After His Own World Record in 10k On August 19th in Zurich The
problem is the Zurich meet is August 18th and there is no 10k at the
meet. Perhaps he's going for the 5k record (thanks malmo for alerting
us to this)
Kipsiro of Uganda Pleased With 5k Bronze, But He Wants to Defeat Bekele
in the Future www.newvision.co.ug
We Agree WADA's
Dick Pound Urges Sports To Clean Up Their Acts Pound: Recent big name positives may only be "tip
Christie Brushes Off Criticism That Former Banned Runner Should Coach
"Have you ever stopped for one minute and thought I could be innocent?"
*Linford Christie Defends Christine Ohuruogu for Missing Doping Tests BBC
Graham Says He Passed Lie Detector Test That He Hasn't Doped Athletes
so Let Him Backin USOC Facilities msnbc.msn.com
Gatlin to Present 'Exceptional Circumstances' Defense to Drug Positive
Story: Drug Cheat
Dennis Mitchell Bows to Pressure That We Helped Create and Does Right
Thing And Steps Down As US Coach For British Meet Instead
of focusing on whether there was or wasn't a coverup, we'll be positive
and give USATF the benefit of the doubt and state that we are pleased
that a convicted drug cheat isn't leading a US team. We're also pleased
to hear they are trying to make sure this doesn't happen again.
Chinese Champs: Liu Xiang Wins Hurdles For 6th Straight
The real story may have been the performance of some of the juniors who
may medal at world jrs. next week like Lin Xiangqian
who won the men's steeple in 8:29.
*African Champs Are Loaded In Distances: The
10k and 5k were switched so Bekele would compete
Champ Ezekiel Kemboi Guarantees Medal Sweep in Steeple
The competition should be fierce however
for 1st as a World Cup spot is on the line. Kemboi: "We
will be dancing all the way...It is going to be a walkover for us and
there is no doubt about it."
*Botswana Officials Are Irate They Had To Pay Custom
Duty on Free Kit They Got From Puma
Gatlin's Legal Team Submitting Its Documents to USADA Legal Panel
Race Management Survey on Drug Testing
Wyatt Wins Another Mountain Event IAAF
Nyariki and Alevtina Ivanova Surprise at 2006 TD Banknorth Beach to
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.
photos at link above
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
Dick Pound is Undermining His Own Credibility
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.