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Kenyan News: Kenyan Champs This Weekend The Kenyan nationals are not the Worlds' qualifier. They're a qualifier for the All Africa Games. IAAF
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World Junior Champ Asbel Kiprop to Have His Hands Full in 1500 at Kenyan Champs
*World Youth Champ Veronica Nyaruai Runs 4:17 in Nairobi
*21 Kenyans Selected for World Youth Champs

Comrades This Weekend: Defending Comrades Down Champ Tatyana Zhirkova Withdraws with Injury This is the most prestigious ultramarathon in the world. Well from what very little we know about ultras it is. Perhaps we should say it is the most well known ultra.

Sanya Richards Thinks Marita Koch was Clean and She Wants her 400m World Record There are files showing that Koch, like probably all of the E. German stars, was doped.

Renovations at Hayward Field Underway
*NCAA Discus Champ Kelechi Anyanwu May Delay Job with Price Waterhouse to Pursue Discus

*Tegenkamp Wants to Challenge for Medal at Worlds

Get Coached by Nick Symmonds

IAAF To Have Improved Golden League Television Coverage This Year Well we're taking their word on it. IAAF
*Live Radio of Golden League Meets to Exist on the Internet IAAF Remember the days of 1-800-94-TRAK?
Now people bitch if a meet isn't streamed live on the net.

Post Pre:
More on Mottram's Balls: *Nic Bideau, Mottram's agent, says:
"For white high school kids in America who do cross country and middle distance running, Mottram is the guy. He gives them hope
*Steve Cram Has High Praise for Craig Mottram
Everyone is still talking about the greatest interview on network television, and apparently this one as well. Guardian
*Video of Pre Races here
*Vin Lananna The Brand

Comrades Marathon This Weekend: It's the most prestigious ultra in the world.
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Some Top Contenders at Comrades May be Unknown
*Comrades Will Go On Despite Strike
*Zimbabweans After Cash at Comrades

Post NCAA News:
*
Walter Dix Hasn't Decided But How Can He Not Turn Pro
*Lananna Wants to Win NCAAs in Track by 2010
*Cornell's Morgan Uceny Goes Out with 2:02 PB in 800

But even more impressive was her boyfriend, Cornell triple jumper Rayon Taylor, winning the NCAA title. His teammate
Muhammad Halim was 2nd indoors. Not bad for a school with 0 athletic scholarships.

NCAAs finished: Results
Day 4 -
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Distance Recap of Final Day of 2007 NCAA Champs
Men's 1500 Lives Up To Billing
*Ap Recap of Lomong's Win -
9 Guys ran 3:40.22 or better but it came down to a thrilling final 100 between Manzano and Lomong. Manzano put the hammer down with 300 to go and looked like he might be the winner with 60 to go but Lomong came back to win 3:37.07. Manzano was 2nd, Brown 3rd and Rono 4th as all 4 broke 3:38.
*Women's 1500 -Felnagle Dominates Final 300. Splits of 66.08, 216.02,319.02, 4:09.93. The race was a 2 person battle between Fennagle and Lambie but Lambie faded to 3rd.

*Walter Dix Wins 200 and Clinches Team Title For FSU Dix was the first man since 1969 to win the 100, 200 and 4 x 100

*Women's 800 -
Alysia Johnson holds off Katie Erdman in thrilling race as both go sub 2:00.
*Men's 800 - Andrew Ellerton
Wins
*Cornell's Rayon Taylor Wins Triple Jump
He was the #2 jumper on his team for most of the year.
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Arkansas Gets 3 Points at NCAAs Thanks to Nkosinza Balumbu's 6th place finish in the Final Event
*Post Race Interviews
*Photos
Day 3- Fantastic 5ks/Steeples and Walter Dix 9.93 (Video of Dix here)
*Distance Race Recaps
*Michelle Sikes Defeats Kipyego In In Thrilling Women's 5k
This race certainly was one of the greatest women's distance races ever run at NCAAs. It was unbelievably fun to watch (so much fun that it had a room full of guys standing up screaming "this is awesome" - no joke) as the two waged an epic battle over the last mile as they changed the lead over and over until Sikes took over for good with 400 left and ended up winning in an NCAA meet record and #2 collegiate time ever of 15:16.76. Kipyego was trying to be the first athlete ever to win the "Big 5" distance races (NCAA cross, indoor 3k/5k, outdoor 10k/5k). The race went out in an honest 5 mins but then picked up as the Rhodes Scholar Sikes plan was to run 9:00 for her last 3k. She ran it in 9:01. *Sikes nominated For NCAA Women Of The Year They should give it to her now
*Chris Solinsky Ends Fantastic Collegiate Career In Style/Dominating 5th NCAA Title
Solinsky hammered it home from 1100 out.
Steeples
*Anna Willard Sets Collegiate Record in Steeple (9:38.08)
*Barnabas Kirui Impresses With 8:20 Watching this guy run was entertaining. If your coach ever says you need to be a) tall or b) a good hurdler , don't listen to him.*FSU's Andrew Lemoncello was 2nd in a PR of 8:20.
*Walter Dix Runs 9.93!! 2nd fastest collegiate time ever. He also was on the winning 4 x 100 and will run his best event (200) on Saturday. Video of Race
*FSU's Ricardo Chambers Looking To Win 400
Day 2
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Shadrack Songok Wins the 10k at Nationals Upsetting Galen Rupp
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RRW Recap of Day 2 Distance Action - Besides the 10ks, there were 800 semis and 1500 prelims.
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Lap Splits It came down the final mile after aslow opening pace, and Songok ran 3:02 the final 1200m to pull the upset. But as a message boarder put it, "an east african beating a yank at 10K is never an upset." Songok is coached by Shawn Flanagan who coached Wejo for one year at Texas. Rupp's plan was to push the pace th final 1200 but in th end Songok was just a bit better.
*Sally Kipyego Wins 10k, Trying to Become First Women to Win 5 NCAA Titles in a Year
In other distance action, Lopez Lomong dominated his heat in the 1500 and it took 2:04.2 to make the 800m women's final.
*AP Recap of Day 2: Jake Arnold Wins His 2nd NCAA Decathlon Title

*Heptathlon Favorite Diana Pickler DQd after Running Out of Her Lane in 200

*Lananna Working His Magic at Oregon
USA Today

*Virginia Tech Track Team Still Gettings Words of Support in Wake of School Shootings

*Rupp Finishes 2nd
www.goducks.com

*Post Race Interviews
Day 1:
*Distance Recap: Favorites Advance on In 800, Steeple, 5k (RRW)
*Florida State Gets Off to Strong Start at NCAAs
(AP) LSU's Trindon Holliday ran a 10.02 in the prelims. If he was British he would now be an instant hero. We bet 90% of you have never heard of him. He ran 11.01 last year but was a phenom in high school. In distance action, it took 8:42 to get out the steeple prelims and not much of note occurred. Today is the 10k with Rupp. *FSU's Good Day As Described By Sacbee.com
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Oregon Struggles in Day 1

*Photos
*NAU's Lopez Lomong Hits Big Time - Featured On NPR (That's National Public Radio for the non-intellectual types) This year's men's 1500 is unreal but Lomong is LetsRun.com's pick to win it (Sorry Smith, Manzano, Rono).
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Wisconsin's Demi Omole Who Was Supposed to Finish 4th at NCAAs in 100 is Academically Ineligible Wisco won the NCAAs indoors but FSU should clean up on the men's side outdoors.
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Women's Team Predictions

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Men's Team Predictions

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Lopez Lomong an Amazing Story The smoothest dresser in the NCAAs appreciates the opportunity he has in America and is one of the favorites in the 1500. AP

*NCAAs Run in Sacramento Comes to an End, Lack of Attendance a Reason The Olympic Trials may have spoiled track fans in Sacramento

Bill Rodgers Sportswear Going out of Business

PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals
Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according to this article. link fixed

Kenyan News:
*A Ton of Kenyan Stars Including Robert Cheruiyot to Run Lewa Half Marathon on June 23 in Kenya

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800m Runner from Botswana Who Criticized Kenyan Training Center Last Month, Is Being Kicked out We think this is the Kip Keino training center but the article isn't clear.

More PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals
Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according ot this article. link fixed
*Florida State Men, ASU Women Favored at NCAAsThe meet is on live tv on CSTV on Friday and CBS on Saturday.
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Men's Start Lists *Women's
*Top Assistant Coaches in D1 Named
*Bobby Curits Back on Top after a Few Tough Years
*Rupp a Force to Be Reckoned With
registerguard.com

More Weekend Action:
California:
Jim Sorensen Runs 3:44 Master's World Record in 1500
*Men's Results of Jim Bush Invite
*Women's Results of Jim Bush Invite

Bekele Back Training Strong for 10k at Worlds And he enjoyed reading Beckham's biography. IAAF

Reebok Grand Prix: *Results
Webb Wins Mile, Gay Just Misses 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault
This Australian newspaper summed it up best: "Alan Webb, a runner of sporadic brilliance, produced one of his best performances to upstage Bernard Lagat and Craig Mottram in the mile."In other action, Tyson Gay came close to breaking the 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski became the third woman over 16 feet in the pole vault (read the article to left as her story is a great one), and Liu Xiang went sub 13 in the hurdles.
*Full House Watches Webb Win Rbk Mile at Reebok Grand Prix Race Results Weekly
*Centro Jr Runs 4:03, James Carter Stuns 400m Hurdle Field Baltimore Sun

*Jenn Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault, Comes Close to World Record New York Times

*Veronica Campbell Runs 10.93
*Athlete Quotes
*Post Race Press Conference
*Results

Martin Lel and Chunxiu Zhou Triumph
Ryan Hall 2:08:24 Debut!!
*London 2007 Photos updated 4/23
*Article on Hall's Debut
*Recap from Reuters
The stellar London men's field delivered an incredible finish as it came down to six guys going head to head over the final half mile: 2006 champ Felix Limo, 2005 champ Martin Lel, world record holder Paul Tergat, 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, NYC champ Hendrick Ramaala, and Abderrahim Goumri in his debut. In the end , Lel, Gharbi, Limo and Goumri sprinted for the win over the final 200. Lel came out in top in 2:07:41,after losing out last year in a sprint finish. And the future of American marathoning looks bright as Ryan Hall showed he is the real deal and nearly stole the show. He caught the leaders and was leading the race at 35k, and went on to run 2:08:24 an American debut record and an American born record. Only Khalid Khannouchi has run faster. So Hall is the fastest American ever except for a guy who already held the world record when he became an American citizen.
*Gebrselassie Drops Out in London

*Australia's Benita Johnson 7th in London

*London Marathon Video Highlights from BBC

*IAAF Recap of London Marathon IAAF

*Ryan Hall's Debut As Reported by Associated Press

*Liz McColgan Runs 2:50:39

Post Boston News: Cheruiyot Undecided on Fall Marathon He says its between Chicago and NY.
*A Look at 78 Year Old Bill Welsh Who Led 1955 Boston Marathon
*BAA Launches Boston 2008 Olympic Trials Website It's one of the better websites we've seen. Meanwhile, while everyone else's websites were crashing on Monday, the LetsRun .com juggernaut performed flawlessly.

Boston: Race results
Cheruyiot Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Robert Cheruyiot defended his Boston crown in the extreme weather conditions (heavy winds, rain) that made the race a real dog fight. Cheruyiot hit half way in 1:08:45 but dropped the hammer over the more difficult second half to pull away from James Kwambai over the final 2 miles to win in 2:14:13. Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia also threw down the hammer over the final 2 miles (5:10 mile) to defeat NYC champ and World Marathon Majors leader Jelena Prokopcuka. And hundreds of thousands in appearance fees, could not spare Deena Kastor from the fate that does in many a marathoner, an unscheduled bathroom break as her bid to become the first American winner in Boston came up short. Deena did come back to finish 5th in 2:35:09, and get the US title. *Race results
Women:
*Bathroom Break Cost Deena Big Time in Boston Boston Globe
*Boston Marathon Played Wrong Russian National Anthem

Men: Pete Gilmore is Top American at Boston in 8th
*Kimbia boys go 3, 4 6

*Kimbia Auction of 3rd place finisher (Stephen "Baba" Kiagora) singlet and number Stephen Kiagora.
Video:
*State trooper runs into spectator on course
*Flocast Post Race Press Conferences

*Other:
*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23

*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen Comrade

Blow by Blow Coverage:
*Former Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
*Or Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread

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A Must Read Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record Holder Robert Cheruiyot The life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title Monday, is truly remarkable. After being abandoned by his parents, he found a way to survive, first as an indentured servant and then on 30 cents a day helping out at a barbershop where he smoked every day. Thoughts of suicide entered his mind but now less than 10 years later he is running for history although last year's crazy fall at Chicago hasn't helped him as he had to go back to the hospital just 3 weeks ago.
*Extremely Confident Deena Kastor Looking Forward To Bad Weather And Hoping To Be 1st American Female Winner Since 1985 It looks like a big cross-country race, and I love cross-country. I'm going out there and push the pace...The last four months have been so flawless, so consistent.

*Joan Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of his life in similar conditions

*AP Preview of Race
*Race Official Brace For Crazy Bad Weather

Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect. Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.

Exclusive LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
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Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
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Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
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Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya

Bekele Is Defeated.
Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
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News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race

LetsRun.com Classic Emails #1 We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more. sense

A 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 missed it:
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.
Part
I here, Part II here, Part III here
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.

More 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 the sport.

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

"Paul 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,
The Gift
(
The Gift is now available from Amazon.com)

Paul Tergat
*"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

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After 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 Limits), 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.

A Staff of One:
"
Perhaps the most valuable gift from Letsrun.com is a friendly willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "

-Gary Droze, writing about letsrun.com in the
Tallahassee Democrat

Ask Wejo Round 2: Should A 31 Minute 10k Runners Quit His Collegiate Coaching Job and Move to Flagstaff to Train Full Time?

Wednesday's Action:
Prague: Prague Recap IAAF

*Chris Tomlinson Jump 8.23 in Prague

*S. African Christiaan Krone Runs 10.25 PB in Prague

Elsewhere:

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Olympic Shot Bronze Medallist Joachim Olsen Throws 21.61 Pb in Copenhagen IAAF
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S. Africa's Franz Kruger Throws Discus 66.54 in Finland He's Hoping to Represent Finland at World Champs

Craig Pickering Gets Selected for European Cup 100m, He's the First British White 100m Man  in 24 Years Times of London A white man has never run sub 10 in the 100 and no white man is in the top 50 all time.
*Dave Collins UK Athletics High Performance Director Believes in Protecting Young Athletes from Big Competitions Until they are Ready Tim Benjamin got named over a currently faster athlete.
*British Team for European Cup Named, Goal is Just to Remain in Top Division
*Becky Lyne Says: "Make progress, not excuses."

Gebrselassie to Defend Berlin Marathon Title Berlin seems to be the type of marathon Geb wins, fast, without a lot of competition.
*Gebrselassie Says African Supremacy May Not Last

More Weekend Action:
Wisconsin:
John Korir Wins 2nd Straight Bellin Run
*Edna Kiplagat Defeats Kathy Butler at Bellin Run
*Bellin Run Results
CT: Ethiopians Alene Reta and Alemtsehay Misganaw Win Litchfield Road Race

*Legends Rod Dixon and Steve Jones at Litchfield Race
*Litchfield Road Race Results
Boston: Boston High Performance Results: Mark Carroll Gets 1500m Win in 3:41
Asia: Asian Discus Throw Record of 67.95m in Minsk
IAAF

Jumps Preview for Golden League Which Starts Friday IAAF

Pre Classic: *Results
Mottram 8:03, Symmonds Gets Huge Win, Tegenkamp 8:07 American Record, Mutola 15 Straight, Komen 3:48
It was a great meet as usual. Craig Mottram ran an inspiring 8:03 2 mile and then gave an incredible interview, (Matt Tegenkamp broke the American 2 mile record (interview to the left, photo here), Nick Symmonds arrived on the international scene with his 800m win, Maria Mutola did the incredible once again and won her 15th straight Pre Classic, Daniel Komen ran a 3:48 mile the fastest ever in America, and Xavier Carter won the star studded 200m.

*Race by Race Videos of Pre Classic NBC is getting with the times.

*Nick Symmonds Fully Arrives with Win at Pre, Maria Mutola Gets Her 15th Straight 800m Win Oregonian

*Craig Mottram Runs 8:03 for 2 Miles to Win Pre and Then Talks About the Size of His Balls ninemsn.com.au

*Xavier Carter Wins Star Studded 200m at Pre
oregonlive.com

*AP Recap of Pre Meet
*Jim Sorenson Does Not Get Chance for Masters Sub 4:00 at Pre
The meet director was worried about bad television. If that's the case then he should scrap rabbits for races like the steeple where one guy is so much better than everyone else.
Washington Times
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Hayward Field Closed for $9 Million in Renovations for Olympic Trials
*Athlete Quotes from Pre Classic
*Post Race Video Interviews
Flocast
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AP Photos of Pre Meet

NYRR Mini 10km - Oldest All-Female Race
Lornah Kiplagat Dominates - Kim Smith 2nd Kiplagat got her 4th title the easy way - get out to a big early lead and coast home. She was up by 25 seconds at 5k and won by 8. *
Athlete bios
*Race Preview - Field was loaded and included Kim Smith, Mara Yamauchi, Benita Johnson, Hilda Kibet, Silvia Skvortsova, Jelena Prokopcuka and Lydiya Grigoryeva

We wonder if he saw it on LetsRun.com
Walter Dix: "New Breed Of Man"
British sprinter M. Devonish on Dix: "He's 19 and he's run 19.69. I watched the race on the internet and I thought, there is a new breed of man, Darwin was right." That article was written before he ran his sizzling 9.93 yesterday.

2-Time European 1500m Champ Mehdi Baala Runs 4:56.56 To Win 2k in France

IAAF Meet in Turin, Italy - Full results

Chinese World Championship Trials - Day 1 The women's 5k didn't follow the form charts as Bai Xue won in 15:26.72. Zhu Xiaolin was 2nd in the same time.

South American Champs - Day 1 The championship record in the 5k was set (only 13:51).

Gebrselassie Hopes to Break 1 Hour World Record this Year, Run in 2012 Olympics

Mottram More Confident About Worlds With Bekele Opting for 10k

If only track would do the same with Regina and all its drug cheats. Tour de France No Longer Considers Admitted Epo User Riis To be 1996 Champ "From a disciplinary point of view, you cannot strip him of the title but it is possible not to mention it anymore. Because of what he admitted, he is not the winner of the Tour de France. Riis did not win." We actually think it's great that past champions in cycling are coming clean and wish the many past running champions would do the same so the sport can be cleaned up for the future.

*Alan Webb Switches to 2 Mile at Pre
With Bekele admitting to being off form, Webb may be the favorite. But the race is full of Americans Tegenkamp, Famiglietti, Ritz, Goucher, and the favorite Webb. Not to mention XC World champ Zersenay Tadesse and Craig Mottram.
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend
IAAF
*Khadevis Robinson Ready for Great 800m Matchup at Pre Versus Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Gary Reed, David Krummenacker and Alfred Yego

*Bekele Not to Double at Worlds This Year

Previous:
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic
IAAF

Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?
Also This Weekend: Lornah Kiplagat Headlines NY Mini 10k in NYC

Great Interview With John Treacy Olympic Silver Medallist, World XC Champ, Brother of Providence Coach Ray Treacy In just a couple minutes you'll learn a ton.

This Sunday: Pre: Start Lists for This Weekend's Pre Classic
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend
IAAF
Previous:
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic
IAAF

Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?

With Coach in Prison, Tyson Gay Still Rising to the Top The Arkansas track program is in hot water because of Brauman and Gay. USA Today

Angelo Taylor Running Better Than Ever He was the Olympic champ at 400m hurdles 7 years ago and is only 28 now. Since then, he's been in trouble with the law, but its good to see him turning his life back around on the track.

Upcoming: American Milers Club 2007 High Performance Series to Take Place after USA Nationals
*Megan Metcalfe Headlines 2007 Mercedes Benz Mile Field

Freihofer's to Try and Create American Only Prize Money Nexts Year It used to be a US championship. Most recently it has been most known for bungling how it handles drug testing.

Rock N Roll Marathon: Daniel Yego Goes Sub 2:10 at Rock N Roll San Diego defeats Christopher Cheboiboch Cheboiboch has been runner up at New York and Boston.
*Top Results, Prize Money, Photos *Full Results
Kenya: Catherine Ndereba Finished 2nd in 10k at Kenyan Prisons Champ and Pulls Out of NY Mini 10k, Selina Kosgei Wins 1500 and 5k
The prison pension must be incredible or perhaps Catherine's sense of loyalty as she double din the 5000ma nd 10000m at this meet. IAAF
* Day 1 of Kenyan Prisons Champs Selina Kosgei Wins 5k

Glasgow:
Gary Kikaya Holds Off Xavier Carter in Glasgow in 400, Craig Pickering Wins 100 IAAF Recap
*Young Craig Pickering Wins 100m Easily in Glasgow, Likely Secures European Cup Spot
Guardian
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Britaion's Goldie Sayers Impresses Again in Javelin, Maybe be Becoming a Medal Threat
*Glasgow Results
Freihofer's: Benita Johnson Defeats Drug Cheat Leghzaoui at Freihofer's
IAAF
Boston: Boston High Performance Meet Results
Multis: Former World Junior Champ Tatyana Chernova Now a Star in Heptathlon After Scoring 6768
Greece: Louis Tsatoumas Jump World Leader 8.66 in Greece in LJ
IAAF

Wejo's Kenya Trip: Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. "Running in Kenya is by and large about one thing: money opportunity.

LetsRun.com Wejo's Kenya Photos: 546 Photos from His Post World XC Trip See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School, Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Boston Commentary::
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Bob Ryan of Boston Globe: Kenyans Have Established a Tyranny "Dominance? Did I hear someone say "dominance"? That would be an improvement. What the Kenyans have done to the Boston Marathon, and a few other marathons, is establish a tyranny that certainly should be an embarrassment to the rest of the running world...Well, guess what? You think the outcome would have been much different if it had been 80 degrees and sunny?"
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LetsRun.com Rojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.
*LetsRun.com Wejo Speaks: Spira Shoes Attempting to Make a Mockery of the Boston Marathon 2 guys wearing what we thought at the time were "illegal" (now USATF is saying they are not) shoes led the Boston marathon for the first half of the race in what if emailers are correct was just a publicity stunt.
*Update: USATF is Saying the Spira Shoes are Not Banned Just maybe they could have told us this 1, 2 years ago? If they're not banned and Spira knew this, Spira (and USATF) should be ashamed. If they are, Spira should be ashamed.
*Weather Better Than Expected in Boston Boston Globe

Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record (14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran 14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios won, but 4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American 8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world leading 13:11.
*Results

*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
*VIDEO:
Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
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Scott Davis, Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.

Sonia O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final Road Race BBC

Steve Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.

Devine Racing Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a section on here where you all can rate the road races you run.

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco II is Here

In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield are implicated along with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of HGH on his private credit card.
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Longer Recap from Albany Times Union
*Doctors Reap Tons of Money from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book

JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
*Results
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
It was a momentous day in US cross country history as 10,000 spectators poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic, showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a longshot.
*Splits from all the races
Video:
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's Race
Photos: Women's Race Photos

(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
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Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
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Boulder Running Reputation Solid
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Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
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Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
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Culpepper Feels Right at Home
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Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com
Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Friday:
Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
*Alan and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile:
In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
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Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Wednesday:
Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this weekend.
Tuesday:
LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper
Racing more is the plan in 2007.
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Gouchers Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder Daily Camera
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Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
Monday:
LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder
One of the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder, his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall, his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon trials.
Upcoming:
Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers, Sara Slattery (who is now officially out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website) and the forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles:
Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan

Married 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.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Interviews
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

Esteemed Harvard Coach Paul Turner Dies
Share your thoughts on Paul in this message board thread.

Excellent Article on the Need for Sports to Come Clean on their Drug Pasts

Balco Probe May End Soon

First Double Amputee to Run Comrades

Canadian Wheelchair Racer Gets Doping Suspension In some ways we were relieved to see it was cocaine instead of a performance enhancer. Although we're old enough to remember Len Bias, but a lot of these people aren't.

CNN Video on High School Track Star Who Died from Too Much Muscle Rub

Kim Smith Brief Chat

Becky Lyne Says She'll be Ready to Participate at Worlds

Non Pre/NCAA Action:
Roads: Abdi Abdirahman Wins Classic 10k Easily

China:Li Zhenzhu Runs 9:32 Steeple at Chinese Champs
BBC

US Midwest Distance Gala: 4 High Schoolers Sub 4:10 in Same Race
Saturn Midwest Distance Solution: Results
Canada: Harry Jerome: Results
*Video
The secret is now out. Anyone with a camera can video a race and upload it to blip.tv
Poland:
*Polish Results (Stephanie Durst of USA Gets 100, 200 Double)
*Jacques Freitag Jumps 2.15 Seasonal Best in Poland, But Finishes 7th

Kenya: Kenyan Provincial Championships Recap

Russia:
World Record Holder in Steeple Samitova-Galkina Runs 9:14 4th Fastest Ever in Comeback from Injuries
*Zhukovskiy Russia Results

Geneva: David Gillick Runs 45.23 New Irish Record in Geneva
BBC

S. America: S. American Champs Recap Area Record for Keila Costa

Turin:
Bergqvist Over 2 Meters in Turin
*Tim Benjamin Wins 400 in Turin

*Turin ResultsIAAF

Chris Whetstine Massage Therapist Who Trevor Graham Accused of Doping Justin Gatlin, Sues Nike for $4 Million Former Long jump star and Nike employee Lewellyn Starks beat up Whetstine at nationals last year.

Colin Jackson Says US Collegiate System is Why US Is So Good at Track Guardian

High School Track Star Dies from Using too Much Muscle Rub

The Olympics of the Ultras Is Next Sunday Comrades Preview

Kara Goucher Podcast

Friday: Dayron Robles, Roman Sebrle, Mehdi Baala, Kim Geveart and Yelena Slesarenko Competing Today in Lille, Frane in First of 5 Meets in French Circuit IAAF
*Swedens Kajsa Bergqvist Competing Today in Turin IAAF
This Weekend:
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Darren Campbell is Still Retired But He's Going to Run for His Club in England This Weekend Guardian

British Long Jumper Chris Tomlinson Looking Forward to Osaka After Dealing with Injuries BBC

Little Budhia Singh Not Allowed to Go Out on His 60 Miler We're outraged that Little Buddha, age 6 can't do his 60 miler, especially since he was going to do it in a letsrun singlet.