World Champs Wrap Up
Great Read: Tim Layden Writes a Worlds Recap: Allyson Felix 48. Relay, Seb Coe on Alan Webb, Mo Greene Update and Mor Layden takes issue with Lagat running for Kenya while a US citizen in 2004 (in actuality the US had 3 distance runners get medals in 2004, they only had 2 at Worlds). Others (including a Kenyan guy who emailed us today) are saying Lagat should have been DQd in the 5k for cutting off Kipchoge.
*Message board thread on Layden's article
*South African Editorial: Make Changes Now To Avoid Beijing Disaster For the 4th time in 8 wchamps, SAfrica won a grand total of zero medals.
*Kenyan Editorial: This Is Why We Are Proud To Be Kenyans The Kenyans had their finest major championship ever as they finished 2nd in the medal count. They rightly are proud (but apparently now want sprint and field event success as well).
*Uganda's Moses Kipsiro Is Happy With 5k Bronze - The African champ won his country's 3rd ever medal by edging American Matt Tegenkamp
*Steve Cram: Osaka Was Better Than Expected For Britian
Jeremy Wariner Leads US Men to 4*400 Gold as US Sweeps all 4 Relay Golds For First Time
*Video of Men's 4*400 Final
US Women Win 4*400 as Felix Gets 3rd Gold
*Video of Women's 4*400
Yego Edges Reed
Unrabbited races often produce surprises but rarely so much so in the 800. The field went out in 55 seconds giving everyone a chance. Canada's Gary Reed had the lead the entire homestretch except for the last 3 feet as Alfred Kirwa Yego edged him by .01. The entire field finished within half a second of each other as Yego got the surprise win. Yego's highest finish this year in an international race was 5th before worlds.
*Photo of Yego and Reed at Finish
*Video of Final 250 of Men's 800
Japan US Wins Men's 4*100
Tyson Gay Gets 3rd Gold
The hometown Japanese who have 0 medals at these championships (they did win the World Marathon Champs men's team title) ran faster than any winning team since the 2000 Olympics). The problem for the Japanese was that 4 teams ran sub 38 seconds, as the US held off an incredible anchor run by Asafa Powell to get the gold.
US Women Run World Leader to Edge Jamaicans in 4*100
Friday Distance Qualifying
800 Semis: Rashid Ramzi Bows Out
The defending champ did not make the final and neither did the Americans.
*2 Kenyans Bungei and Kirwa Make 800m Final
*2007 Word Leader Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Makes 800 Finals
1500m Semis: Americans Clement and Donohue failed to advance
More Distance News: *Craig Mottram Has a Traveling Hippie to Keep Him Company and Calm at Races He'll need all the help he can get trying to beat Lagat on Sunday.
*Martin Keino: Kenya Has Shown Dominance at Worlds
Cuban Yargelis Savigne Upsets Tatyana Lebedeva in Triple Jump The real question is Castro dead?
Thursday Distance Qualifying:
Tariku Bekele, Kipchoge Lead 5000m Qualifying as All 3 Americans Advance Adam Goucher even qualified despite kicking a lap early. (Slightly related: the IAAF should end qualifying on time in events above 800).
Ethiopian Perspective: Tariku Bekele and Abraham Cherkose negotiate tricky 5000m semis
*Round 1 of 800: Rashid Ramzi Runs, All the Favorites Advance The most exciting event at Worlds.
Jana Pittman Wins 400m Hurdles
*Video of Jana Rawlinson Winning 400m Hurdles
Lagat Gets Gold
The world's 2nd fastest ever at 1500m has been the bridesmaid twice and missed the last 2 World Championship. But on Wednesday he was golden as he powered down the final straight to capture the title as a slew of guys were in contention for the title. It was the first US 1500m title in 99 years. 2007 World leader Alan Webb faded to 8th during the final straight.
Alan Webb Quote: "It was a colossal breakdown"
*Tim Layden Writes About the Dejection of Alan Webb and Stomach Problems That Plagued Lagat Earlier This Summer
*Philip Hersh: Did Webb's Desire to Get in Front Doom Him?
*Washington Post on Bernard Lagat and Webb Washington Post
*IAAF Recap here. Letsun.com recap coming
*Quotes from top 4 (Ramzi said he had bad tactics)
*Video 1500: The Final lap of the men's 1500m
Previous Days Distance Action by Event:
Kipruto Shows There is Order in the World and Leads Kenyan 1-2-3 Sweep No country dominates an event like Kenya does the steeplechase. Kenyan born athletes have every gold medal and 30 of the 39 total medals since 1988.
Women:Russia Goes 1-2 in Women's Steeplechase And that was e ven with Russian world record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina finishing 7th after fading off of her fast opening pace.
*Jepkorir Talks About her Bronze in Steeple, Admits Women's Steeple Isn't that Deep
Tirunesh Dibaba Survives Fall Retains Gold
Goucher Gets Bronze
A side stitch to Tirunesh Dibaba and a collision between the Ethiopians shook things up in the women's 10k and gave the opportunity for Kara Goucher to get the bronze. Dibaba fell off the pack, grabbed her side, and contemplated dropping out but stormed back to the victory. Goucher held off Jo Pavey for the bronze.
*Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Writes about Goucher's Historic Medal
*Dibaba's Effort Is Herculean
*Britain's Jo Pavey Runs Race of Life But Finishes 4th in 10k Independent
*Kara Goucher Talks About her Historic Bronze with Oregonian "I thought, 'You know, a non-African is going to get a medal. Why can't it be me?'" Not sure why she fears the African women. 1 Kenyan woman has ever won a gold on the track. She should fear the Ethiopians.
*Women's 10k Final: 2007 World Championship Women's 10k Preview: Dibaba Going for 9th World Crown at Age 21 Dibaba is truly incredible and only 21.
Dan Browne, Alicia Shay Win US 20k Titles Dan Browne's comeback continues. 4 years ago he was the 2 time defending champ in New Haven and parlayed that into an Olympic birth at the marathon and 10k. He appears to be rounding into form just in time for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
*New Haven Register article on Dan Browne
*Hartford Courant Article on Browne and his knee problems
*New Haven 20k Results
British 400m World Champ Christine Ohuruogu May Get Olympic Ban For Doping Violation Overturned She never failed a drug test and she's a winner so the British apparently may look the other way at her missing 3 tests.
Craig Masback Says Having 2016 Olympics In Chicago "Vitally Critical" For Sports/Athletes Success in America The head of the USATF thinks many of America's current track starts got into the sport thanks to the publicity surrounding the 1996 Olympics. Personally we hope the Olympics are in Rio. I guess either way we'll be able to watch them live on TV so we don't care too much.
Lagat Gets Double
We thought Lagat would win regardless of the pace but the other competitors gift wrapped it for Lagat, basically jogging around for 10 laps and sprinting the last 2. Eliud Kipchoge put up a brave fight down the final stretch but Lagat was too good. American Matt Tegenkamp missed a medal by .03 seconds. Somehow Craig Mottram and defending champ Ben Limo could not even stay close when the pace picked up and were 3rd to last and 2nd to last respectively, leaving Mottram grasping for answers.
*Video of Final 500 of Bernard Lagat's 5000m Win
Catherine Ndereba Wins Marathon Gold Just when it started to look this summer she might be over the hill she stormed to gold as the Keyan women are having their best Worlds ever.
*Ndereba the Worlds Most Consistent Marathoner
*Reiko Tosa Saves Japan by Getting Bronze in Marathon
* World Marathon Majors Update after Worlds
* Ndereba Gets Her 2nd World's Marathon Title (Race Results Weekly Recap)
Defar Blows Away Field on Final Lap for 5k Gold
Historic Medals for Kenyan Women
We believe this is the first event ever where the Kenyan women have received more than 1 medal at Worlds. Jen Rhines of the US was 7th and Shalane Flanagan 8th as 10 women were together at the bell.
*Video of Final Lap of women's 5000m
More Saturday Action:
Brad Walker Becomes First American to Win Gold in Pole Vault at Worlds
*Men's Pole Vault Video Highlights
*Olympic Champ Roman Sebrle Finally Gets World Gold in Decathlon
*Barbora Spotakova Wins Javelin Gold
Allyson Felix Dominates 200m at Worlds
21.81. Ms. Felix has shown she runs her best in the big meets.
*Tim Layden Full of Praise for Felix's incredible run
Video: Allyson Felix's 200m Win
Jeremy Wariner's 43.46 Leads US Sweep of 400 95% of you expected him to win.
*Jeremy Wariner: America's Clean Cut 400m Runner LaShawn Merritt is a good story as well and broke 44 for the first time to get silver. Times of London
Video: Jeremy Wariner's Win at 400 in 43.47
*Interviews with the US Guys Who Swept the 400
Liu Xiang Wins Gold in Hurdles It was the first gold by a male for China ever at Worlds. Terrence Trammell also went sub 13 for the silver.
Video: 110m Hurdle Win by Liu Xiang in 12.95
Tyson Gay Gets Second Gold Hopefully Lance Brauman his coach was able to see his prodigy win gold live on WCSN. Irving Salidino won a thrilling men's long jump on the final leap. In the 5k heats, All 3 Americans made the final. It looks good for Lagat's 2nd gold on Sunday as the 5k is super weak with Bekele and Sihine out. Plus the final will only have 2 Kenyans instead of the normal 10 at a Golden League meet.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win
*Now the Marketing of Tyson Gay Begins An article in the NY times doesn't hurt to kick things off.
Wins Incredible Long Jump Andrew Howe PRd on the final jump to take the lead then Saladino prd as well to get the win on his last jump. Not quite as good as Powell and Lewis in 1991.
*Video of Saladino's Clutch Winning Long Jump
*Video of Andrew Howe Taking Lead in Long Jump and Then Going Nuts Yes nuts. Worth a watch.
*Michelle Perry Repeats as World Champ in Hurdles She still is in contention for the Golden League jackpot as well.
*Ohuruog and Sanders 1-2 Reminds Britain of Its Glory Days in Track and Field Independent
*Michael Johnson: Christine Ohuruogu's ban helped transform her
*Donald Thomas Wins High Jump He's the guy who jumped 7 feet in high tops with his buddies last year after they said he'd be good at it.
Wednesday's Minor Action:
*Women's 5k Heats America's Jen Rhines and Shalane Flanagan made the final
*Britain's Jo Pavey Makes 5000m Final
*Favorites Advance in Women's 1500m Qualifying Treniere Clement and Erin Donohue made the final.
Tuesday: Women's 800m: Historic Win for Janeth Jepkosgei Contrary to popular opinion, the Kenyan women have had very little success at the World Champs or Olympics (only 12 medals of any kind at the last 16 champs) Jepkosgei helped change by getting Kenya's second track gold ever on the women's side and first medal ever in a middle distance event.
*Current UTEP Coach, Former Olympic Champ Paul Ereng Discovered 800m Champ Janeth Jepksogei
Monday: Bekele Survives Strong Challenge from Sihine and Mathathi Mathathi nearly broke Bekele and Mr. Silver Sihine appeared to be sprinting away from him on the final lap, but in the end Bekele had a monster final 200 to get the win. Abdi Abdirahman hung with the leaders for 7k and finished 7th. Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp were off the pace throughout but finished a respectable 9th and 11th.
*Quotes from the Americans
We Agree: Sileshi Sihini the Most Underrated Runner in the World
Veronica Campbell Wins 100m in Blanket Finish at Worlds It took at least 5 minutes to determine a winner as she edged Lauryn Williams and the unknown Carmelita Jeter
*On the boards: Was Lauryn Williams Robbed?
*Tim Layden Writes About Lauryn Williams, Lance Brauman, Alan Webb Sports Illustrated
Tyson Gay 9.85 Win over Asafa Powell
He walked down Powell to get the coveted 100m title as Powell locked up and got 3rd.
*Michael Johnson Says Asafa Powell is Not a Great Competitor
Luke Kibet Wins Marathon Kibet was unheralded coming in, but blew away the field for the win in the opressive heat. The hometown Japanese got the team gold as the World champs got underway.
LetsRun.com Previews (Plus Your Predictions):
*Men's Steeplechase World Champs Preview: Can The Kenyans Sweep?
*On the boards: Renato Canova Coach of Marathon Silver Medallist Shami Talks About Heat Specific Training They Did