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"Recently (ed note: we received this email in May) I was in attendance for the 20th Belgrade Marathon. In my role as coordinator for VIPs, we invited long jump greats Mike Powell and Bob Beamon this year. Mike and I were checking emails upon arrival and I noticed he was reading, message boards and all!! I found this a little odd that a LJer would religiously check out a running site. He told me he always reads LetsRun. Gave it a great endorsement......"
-former agent Troy James talking about World Record Holder in the Long Jump Mike Powell, who 16 years ago at the Worlds in Japan ended Carl Lewis' streak of  81 straight victories by breaking Bob Beamon's world record

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We interview one of our own:'s Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Worlds Sprint/Field News:
Asafa Powell Goes Clubbing in Japan Until 2am
But he did show up for training 4.5 hours later.
*Jeremy Wariner Thinks He Can Get World Record in 400 at Worlds

Sudanese Athletes, Including Some from Darfur, Are Hoping to Make Their Mark at Worlds

*British #1 Long Jumper Chris Tomlinson Nearly Quit Sport Times of London

*Kelly Sotherton Hopes Javelin Problems are Behind Her BBC

Worlds Start Friday
*Associated Press Preview of Worlds
We'll have our world famous prediction contest up tomorrow.
*New Zealand WChamp Team Announced - 10 Athletes Strong Adrian Blincoe made the cut for the 5k but has withdrawn

Forget About Worlds, Some People Are Already Worried About Olympic Trials Housing:
Long Article On Track Town Housing Mania - House With Maid Service + Wifi For 8k
Shorter 1 Page Articles on The Details of the Mania:
Apartments Across The Street From Hayward Field Are Going For $250 a Night In Eugene

Some Eugene Residents Are Offering Their Houses For Swapping on Craigs List For Next Year's Trials
*An Email Interview With British 400m Runner Andrew Steele

*Great Britain's Chances For Success Appear Slim Two years ago they didn't win gold until the last day thanks to Paula Radcliffe. This year, things are expected to be even worse. Could they really get shut out of all individual medals
*A New Breed of Sprinter: Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell
The two are very fast but they don't trash talk, instead they are polite and speak softly.

*A Look At Jamaica's Best Medal Hopes
*Profile of GBR Marathoner Mara Yamauchi
She was born and educated at Oxford but actually lives now in Japan.

IAAF Previews:
*Preview of 5k and 10k at Worlds

*Preview of Marathons at Worlds

*Kenyan Team Wraps Up Training in Kenya for Worlds
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*Kenyan 800m Hopes on Wilfred Bungei's Shoulders at Worlds

**Björn Otto Finally Bringing Success in Vault Outdoors BBC

World Champs Throws Preview
World Champs Hurdles Preview
*Osaka Jumps Preview

Track and Field Star=Designated Driver:
Lengthy Jo Ankier Profile

The beauty is trying to avoid the Anna Kournikova Syndrome
"A lot of people would say to me: ‘Jo, you never drink.’ But it was good for my friends as it meant that I would often do the driving."

Craig Mottram Pulls Up on Track With Hamstring Scare The spies are all over the world.

Alan Webb Breaks 25-Yr Old American Record In Mile!! In front of a tiny crowd of less than 1,000 in Belgium, Webb ran 3:46.91 to break Steve Scott's record. Webb is now the 8th fastest miler in history, and the 7 ahead of him are a who's who of track and field's all-time bad-ass middle distance runners. The Belgium meet actually had a lot of fine distance action with tons of Americans. In the women's 5k, American Molly Huddle got the win in a new pr of 15:26. In the men's 5k where American Dathan Ritzenhein had the lead with 400 to go but got blown away by Daba Bekanaand Alistair Cragg over the last lap. Bekana got the win in 13:06 as Ritz ran 13:16. In the women's 1500, Lauren Fleshman had a 4 second PR as she ran 4:07 to get the win over Amy Mortimer. In the men's 1500, Ian Dobson, whose previous pr was 3:43.04 ran 3:39.62 for 2nd.
*Race Video
*Post-Race Teleconference Excerpts From Webb

All Africa Games:
Day 4:
Van Zyl leads South African gold parade in Algiers
Day 3:
Kaki surprises Mulaudzi in Algiers - All Africa Games Day 3
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.

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, 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 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.

*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 coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport. 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. "'s Weldon Johnson on a new Running novel,
The Gift
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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.

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 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 in the
Tallahassee Democrat

News We Missed: Rashid Ramzi Only 75% Fit The 800, 1500m World champ has not raced in  2007.

Seb Coe Up for IAAF Vice Presidency, Likely to Vie with Bubka for Presidency Times of London

Worlds Distance News:
*Kenyan Junior Asbel Kiprop Has PB 5 Seconds Slower than Alan Webb, He Has Not Run Well Outside of Africa, Yet Some Are Picking Him for Gold
He was the World XC jr champ and All Africa Games 1500m champ.
*Bekele Heavily Favored to Make it 4 in a Row at 10k

*Steve Cram: More Athletes Need to be Like Liz McColgan

Kenya Hasn't Won a World Champ Gold in 20 Years in Men's Marathon Don't expect it to happen this year either as Kenya's best men aren't running worlds.
*First Kenyan Contingent off to Worlds

Gouchers, Rupp (and AlSal) Ready for Worlds:
Gouchers and Salazar Go to Altitude They appear to have left nothing unaccounted for in their Worlds preparation. Not only do they go to altitude but they took their altitude tents with them.The Oregonian did 3 articles on their Worlds preparation.
More on Gouchers, Rupp and Salazar at Altitude
Photos plus more details on Salazar's heart attack. The paddles had to be used 8 times (not 4) on him and his doctors said he had a 1/10,000 chance of surviving.
*A Look at the Science of Going to Altitude
*Message board thread on these articles

Drug Cheat Mastermind Victor Conte Trying To Rebuild His Life The guy is still involved in sports and supplements

2 Time Defending Champ Tatyana Tomashova Out of Worlds Is it just us or do the Russian women not get a lot of respect? Her name barely rung a bell.

Paula Radcliffe Consulting Experts About Pollution in Beijing The pollution is going to be bad unless the government totally shuts down the country's factories which it has said it might do. Ahh the advantages of totalitarism (If anyone has any good ideas for Beijing political commentary tshirts email us. We'll both get rich.)
*Pollution to be a Big Problem in BeijingBBC

Kenyan 800m Hopes on Wilfred Bungei's Shoulders at Worlds

LaShawn Merritt Says Jeremy Wariner is Beatable and He Is the One Who Will Beat Him Merritt dedicates every race to his brother, Antwan, who died in tragic circumstances in a dorm room fall in 1999. He'll have his hands full with Wariner but just as this message board poster was saying in a detailed analysis (post of the day nominee), Merritt is the only runner capable of beating Wariner. Apparently Merritt's grandmother died last week. We send our condolences.

Retired Ian Thorpe Providing Medical Records to Explain Why He Had High Testosterone Levels

Paris Golden League Meet
WEBB 3:30.54 Win in Paris!!!!!
Webb went through the 1200 in 2:49 when Baala took the lead. Both guys were battling down the home stretch but Webb just had enough strength left over the last 50 meters to get the biggest win of his career in a time that makes him the #3 American (fastest American born). Unlike the Sports Illustated cover jinx, appearing in a live podcast gives one great karma. Listen to Webb talk about his career on Tuesday - just 3 days before the biggest win of his career.
*Distance Recap (RRW)
The men's steeple was a disaster as they miscounted the laps
Overall Meet Recap (IAAF)
Recap of Webb's Race (IAAF)

*AP Recap: Sanya Richards Runs Fastest 400m Of Year
*Cuba's Dayron Robles Stuns WR Holder Liu Xiang 13.13 to 13.15
Derrick Adkins Asafa Powell's 2nd cousin Wins 100m
*James Carter Edges A. Taylor In 400h as Tirunesh Dibaba Wins 5k in 15:21
*Webb Post Race Flocasat Video Interview
*American Star Jim Spivey Posts About Alan Webb Twice Here and Here Spivey made three Olympic team, got 5th in the 1984 Olympics, and ran 3:31.
*Britain's Phillips Idowu Skips Paris GL
*Britain's Tim Benjamin Struggles Home 7th In 400m
*Start Lists
Paris Golden League Preview IAAF
The Golden League meets are the top ones in the world for a reason. The anticipation centers on the hot men's 1500 with a stacked field including Americans Lagat and Webb.
Lagat Ready for Baala's Challenge Today in Hot 1500 in Paris IAAF
*Asafa Powell Out of Golden League Meet and $1 Million Chase With Groin Injury
British Triple Jumper Idowu Out of Golden League Chase with Injury
*Isinbayeva Ready for Golden League Challenge Today
Video: *Bernard Lagat Pre Race Press Conference

A Great Read!! An Interesting Profile Of Currently The World's Fastest Man Tyson Gay The former Razorback talks about drug acusations in sport, running fast and being coached by a man in prison.

Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running: "I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

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. 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::
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?"
* Rojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.
* 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.

*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
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.
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
* Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

Married Thanks to
"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 message boards. Read about their incredible story.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips'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. co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
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High School Section
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 running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

Weekend Road Action We Missed: Ominami Twins Go 1-2 at America's Finest City Half Marathon Probably not as entertaining as the epic Rojo, Wejo 400m duel.

IAAF Expects Call for 4 Year Doping Bans to Come up Short with WADA

Complete BS: "With the possible exceptions of cycling and weightlifting, no sport has had a bigger problem with doping than track and field. "  

Brendan Foster Interview

IAAF Upset With Bahrain over Age Cheating Issue

Threads of the Day:
What Would it Take for a Distance Runner to Be on the Cover of Sports Illustrated? It's been 7 years since a track athlete was on the cover (11 years for a positive reason). And you've got to go back 24 years for a distance runner.

"A new book came out and said that I was the Adolf Hitler of sport who was attempting to create a race of athletes. I'm a good person....I'm in the process of forgiving myself and I hope others will at some point put it in perspective and realize I'm not a bad person."
-Balco mastermind Victor Conte, commenting in an article talking about how he's trying to rebuild his life after a 4 month prison sentence. Amazingly (well maybe not, look at Michael Milken), he still is working in the world of sport supplements.