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I'd be very happy to make the final, but if I made the final then I wouldn't be happy if I didn't finish in the top seven region."

-Nick Willis on his all out training plan for the World Champs. Nick's last race was in June and his next one is Worlds. We think highly of Nick and we're impressed with his single minded focus on Worlds even when he was in Ithaca in May, but hope he doesn't hold himself back by shooting solely for top 7. Worlds are still 5 weeks away so about half the athletes will have peaked too soon.

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

All Africa Games:
Day 2: World XC Champ Zersenay Tadesse Wins All Africa 10k Title in 27:00, Nigeria Sweeps 100m Crowns
Tadesse got Eritrea's first gold at the Games but it has only been a country for 14 years.

This Weekend: Blanka Vlasic, Kajsa Bergqvist, Jenn Stuczynski Competing in Madrid as Women's Jumps Highlight Saturday's Meet in Madrid IAAF
Madrid Start Lists (Khadevis Robinston and Nick Symmonds are Listed)

Upcoming: WR holder Paul Tergat to compete in 2007 Bogotá Half Marathon on July 29
*Meb to Run 2007 Beach to Beacon on August 4th
ING NYC Marathon: Champs Dos Santos and Prokopcuka to Defend Titles at 2007 ING NYC Marathon
NY Half: Abdi, Alan, and Khalid to Get Defeated by Haile Gebrselassie at the ING NYC Half
But they've got a great field assembled.

Day1 All Africa Games: World Record Holder Meseret Defar Wins All Africa Games 5000m, Willy Komen Upsets Olympic Champ Kemboi In Steeple Defar ran 14:16 for 5k earlier this year.

Greek Action: Usain Bolt Runs 10.03, Torri Edwards Leads American Women 1-2-3 Sweep
*Rethymno, Greece Results (Lisa Galaviz With a PB In the Steeple)

Tuesday's French Action: Christine Arron Runs 11.23 Her Fastest Since 2005 at Meet in Reims, World Champ Ladji Doucouré Disappoints in Hurdles Again with 13.59IAAF

Injuries to French Long Jumper Salim Sdiri More Serious Than Initially Thought As His Liver and Kidney Were Pierced by Javelin

US Dominates NACAC Senior Games It's a tuneup for this month's Pan Am Games.

All Africa Games Getting Underway: Olympic Champ Ezekiel Kemboi to Compete in Steeple as All Africa Games Athletic Events Get Underway
*Zimbabweans Trying to Get to All Africa Games Stuck in Rome

Definitive Proof as To Why Canadians Think Americans Are Arrogant SOBs - We Missed The Canadian Track Nationals
2007 Canadian Track and Field National Results Gary Reed ran a sparkling 1:44.93 to win the 800m in a meet record time as NCAA Champ Andrew Ellerton was 3rd. In the 1500, Kevin Sullivan who has been having a resurgent 2007 was upset by Ryan McKenzie and Hilary Stellingwerff beat Malindi Elmore.
*Gary Reed Runs Meet Record To Beat Achraf Tadili and Ellerton
*Recap of Saturday's FInals Including 1500s

Track Talk- 1st Podcast
Our 1st Ever Edition of Track Talk (Tuesday)Featured Alan Webb - Download or Listen Here
Since two weeks ago our live broadcast of the USATF 10ks made history and was the largest live show ever listened to on talkshoe.com, we thought we'd try again. Despite a few technical difficulties (sorry about the small echo on our end when Wejo or Rojo spoke for the first part), the show ended up being a success as Alan Webb joined us live from Sweden and answered any and all questions - including questions no one but LetsRun.com would dare to ask. Webb talked about everything from his chances of medalling at worlds, to his failure at Pre, to who would win at 10k Ritz, Hall or himself. Webb even picked a winner in a hypothetical race between Jim Ryun and Steve Scott and even talked about his future marathon debut. Plus the personal side of Webb came out as he talked about running with random high schoolers in Europe. At the end of the interview, Webb even answered the question that has spawned at least 3 lengthy threads in the last month - Rogaine or Propecia? Download or listen here

*More On Alan Webb's 800 PR From Monday
: The guy who beat him wasn't a chump - he was world junior champ last year.

AT&T USA Nationals: *Results
Post Nationals:
*Jenny 'Puddles' Barringer Has to Decide Whether She Will Go to Osaka

*Triple Jump Champ Aarik Wilson is Upset New IU Coach Ron Helmer is Not Retaining Wayne Pate

*JJ Clark's Athletes Do Well at USAs

*Webb Still Has Soft Spot for Maize and Blue

*Third Placer in Steeple Tom Brooks Was a Scrub at IU

Tyson Gay Is The Man, Alan Webb Impresses
Khadevis Robinson Still the King

Gay ran 19.61 (2nd fastest time ever) into the wind and showed he is the top sprinter in the world as the Xman went out with an injury. Alan Webb blew away the field the last 50m of the 1500 to win a thrilling race as Webb, Lagat, Manzano and Lukezic were all together with 100 to go despite the quick pace. Webb also broke Steve Scott's meet record. Watching the men's steeple was like watching a train wreck as the 3 favorites including American record holder Dan Linocoln and Anthony Famiglietti all failed to qualify for the World Champs. Cal star Alysia Johnson edged Hazel Clark in the 800m as high schooler, yes high schooler, Chanelle Price led the first 400m.
LetsRun.com recap here.
*Allen Johnson Fails to Qualify for Worlds For First Time Since 1993 Even if he wasn't our cousin, Johnson would be our favorite hurdler on the circuit.
*Xavier Carter Tumbles to Track With Injury at Nationals with Injury

*Ritz Says He Will Run the 10k Not the Marathon at the Olympics
*Day 4 Distance Recap from Race Results Weekly: Fast Times Take Webb, Robinson, Johnson to 2007 USATF Titles

Video: *Video of Webb's 1500
*Nice 2 minute highlight video from NBC
*Video of all Sunday's Races
Post Race Interviews
Photos: Here and Here
On the boards:
A LetsRun.com First: NBC Covrage Almost Perfect
*Is Webb's Hair Giving Him Confidence?
*Khadevis Vs Nick Symmonds
KD is the king.
Sanya Richards fails to Qualify for Worlds *Video
*Tim Layden of SI on the Rise and Fall of Sanya Richards and Angelo Taylor
Clement Three Peats

The poster child for AT&T and women's track and field in America, the 2006 IAAF athlete of the year, Sanya Richards, failed to qualify for Worlds in a shocking performance. The underrated Treniere Clement got the three peat in the 1500m, Jenny Barringer won a tight women's steeple, Angelo Taylor won a tight men's 400m, and James Carter got the win and a world leader in the 400m hurdles. Plus, Jordan Hasay showed she is one of the best high school runners ever in America and she's only a sophomore and AJ Nation and Matt Centrowitz put on a nice duel. Don't miss Sunday's action which is all finals including the men's 800, 1500, and steeple.

Video: NBC Gets it and Now Is Putting Up Internet Video of Its TV Coverage Men's, Women's 400, 400m Hurdles, Women's 1500 etc
*Nice Little 3 Minute Recap of Saturday's Action from NBC
*Plus Flocast Post Race Interviews and Even Dyestat Jr Videos You can Downlaod

*Saturday Quotes
*Nice AP Recap of Saturday's Action

*Grace Upshaw Goes from 5th to First in Long Jump on Final Jump
Shalane Dominates, Lagat Outsprints Tegenkamp Again in a Thriller
Bernard Lagat
won a thrilling men's 5000m with an unbelievable kick the final 200m to push Matt Tegenkamp into the runner up spot for the 2nd stragiht year. Shalane Flangan dominated the women's 5000m and NCAA champ Michelle Sikes continued to impress by making the World Champs team. Tyson Gay ran a sizzling 9.84 into a .5 mps wind, the 2nd fastest time ever into a headwind.
*Race Results Weekly Friday Distance Recap: Lagat Completes First Half of Double Title Defense
Torri Edwards Back on Top (Friday Recap) Washington Post
*Tyson Gay's Run May Have Been One of the Best 100m Performances Ever indystar.com
*AP Recap of Friday
*Bryan Clay Withdraws from Decathlon But Still Will be Able to do Worlds
Video: Bob Kennedy, Tegenkamp and Solinsky Talk abou the Great Men's 5k
*Men's and Women's 5k Highlights
From the Kimbia perspective but you see Lagat's great finish.
Audio Download or Listen to the Letsrun.com Post Race Audio Recap Podcast
(30 minutes) from Friday featuring Matt Tegenkamp and Bob Kennedy (they start 2/3 of the way through)
Thursday: Abdi Abdi Abdi
Deena Wins Women's Crown

Abdi Abdirahman had the best credentials in the field (top time in the US in 2006 and 2007, 10th place in 2000 Olympics) and he showed he is the top 10,000m runner in America by winning his 3rd US title versus an incredibly strong field as he pulled away from Dathan Ritzenhein over the final half mile. Ritz faded badly the final lap in the heat and Galen Rupp had a very impressive run to finish 2nd. On the women's side, Deena Kastor blew away the women's field for the win and just dipped under the "B" standard to book her ticket to Osaka. The inaugural Letsrun.com audio broadcast of the 10ks was as success as we try and work out the kinks and featured guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer (Denver Post writer), and Brad Hudson (you can listen to it or download it here). In other action, things went according to form, and Nick Symmonds passed nearly the entire field the final 100m to run 1:46 in round 1 of the 800, Tyson Gay went sub 10 in the first round, and Breaux Greer set another American record.
*Recap of 10ks from Denver Post
*Breaux Greet Gets 8th Straight US Title USA Today

*Youngster Galen Rupp Finishes 2nd at USATF cstv.com

*Tyson Gay Plays it Safe in 100m Qualifying wit 9.98

*McDougal Drops Out of USATF 10k

*Masback Says USADA Doing a Good Job in Drug Fight, US Will Not Bid to Host Worlds

*Brian Clay Still Hurting in Terms of Sponsorships

*Galen Rupp/Alberto Video from CSTV Watch Alberto pump his fist.
*Thursday Races Up on Flotrack
Yep the entire men's 10k. Beautiful. Plus Post race interviews.
*2 Hour Letsrun.com podcast of 10k action With guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer, and Brad Hudson

*Photos Galen Rupp
a young gangster
*IAAF Preview of Meet (Ignores the 10ks)

*Nick Symmonds Says 800m is Weakest Event in America and He Wants to Change That

*Tyson Gay Wants PB in 100 to Make Teams in 100, 200

*Justin Gatlin Still Trying to Stay in Shape Despite Doping Ban

Previous Nationals News:
*Sanya Richards a Star in the Sport

Indianapolis Star Talks About Track's Tough Task of Marketing Itself To General Public

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
*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.

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.

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.
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

Tim Benjamin Splits With Colin Jackson as Coach after Just 10 Months
*Colin Jackson Wishes Tim Benjamin Well (Audio Interview) BBC

IAAF Wlling to Spend 30,000 Euros to Test Oscar Pistorius's Legs We hate to sound like cold harded people who hate the handicapped but they should save the money. He runs faster the 2nd half of the 400 than the first. No one does that (Except us actually)
*'Go Get 'Em Oscar'

European men's 400m champion Marc Raquil Out of Worlds With Torn Thigh Muscle

Alan Webb Going for American Mile Record on Saturday
It will be more of a time trial event than a tough compeition for Webb.
*Message Board Thread on Webb's record attempt
*Start lists