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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Asafa Powell 9.74 WR He did it in a semifnal heat, letting up before the finish. We've never been less excited about a 100m WR. He had a nice wind and some slight altitude, but he wasn't even trying to se the record.
Mesage board threads:

*Powell the best time trialist ever?
*Thread on the record
More Rieti: Rupp, Goucher, Riley bomb in 3k Post Worlds blues

European High Jump Champ Tia Hellebaut to Miss Rest of Season

Taiwan Man to Run 1200km Backwards You know it's a slow news day when we put this up.

Catherine Ndereba to Run 2007 ING NYC Marathon

Mottram's Camp Thinks Heat Affected Him More Than He Thought

British 400m Star May be Deported back to Sudan You think they might be able to give him a visa for humanitarian reasons.

Maybe this explains why Africans dominate distance running
21 Yr Old Moses Kipsiro Celebrates Bronze In 5k With Teammates And Soft Drinks

Seb Coe Laments Fact People Weren't Too Interested in Worlds 9 days is way too much for the Worlds. Their usually is a day when we're at USATFs when we stay at home and watch it on tv. For the worlds there are probably 2 or 3. And we agree with Seb that unrabbited races are by far the best.

British News: British Team Did Better Than Expected at Worlds In addition to the 5 medals a ton of athletes prd at the Worlds.
*Sue Mott Says Don't Bend Rules for Christine O and Let Her Compete in Olympics

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

Worlds News:

*Results

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
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Video of Women's 4*400

Men's 800
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.
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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 Final
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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:
5000:
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

800

*Round 1 of 800: Rashid Ramzi Runs, All the Favorites Advance The most exciting event at Worlds.

Jana Pittman Wins 400m Hurdles
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Video of Jana Rawlinson Winning 400m Hurdles

Lagat Gets Gold
Webb 8th
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)
*Photos

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Video 1500: The Final lap of the men's 1500m

Previous Days Distance Action by Event:
Steeplechase:

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
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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.
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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.

If Trevor Graham Perjury Case Goes to Trial Expect Athletes to Testify Graham will call athletes he knows are still doping to testify if we're reading the article correctly.

*Zurich Results
Zurich Golden League:
Encore Performances for World Champions Lagat, Jepkosgei and Jamal in Zurich The three World Champions all got convincing wins in Zurich as the Golden League got back underway less than a week after Worlds. Sanya Richards stayed in the Golden League Race (hopefully Allyson Felix will race the 400 next week to make it at least interesting) but Michelle Perry bowed out with a loss in the hurdles. Mehdi Baala, DQd at Worlds, won the 1500.
*Gay Opts Out of 100m in Zurich But he wasn't too tired to run the 4*100. Probably had more to do with $$ than being tired.
*Zurich Golden League Recap IAAF

*Susanna Kallur Wins 100m Hurdles in Zurich to Stop Golden League Chase of Michelle Perry
 IAAF
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Sanya Richards Dominates 400 in Zurich IAAF
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Richards Wants to Run 48.50 this Year Times of London

World Athletics Final Is Approaching - Who Qualifies? The top 7 in each event qualify (11 for 1,500 on up) and if you look at the standings, you'll see American Alan Webb isn't in currently. Up to one wild-card is allowed per event.

India's Female Male Middle-Distance Runner Santhi Soundarajan Survives Apparent Suicide Attempt
The male winner of a female bronze at the Asian games last year failed a gender test.

France's Naman Keita, Bronze Medallist in Hurdles at Olympics, Tests Positive You'll see him in 2 years as he admits to taking some supplement off the internet.

US Team Bonded at Worlds as Evidenced by Support of Kara Goucher in 10k
*Masback Says Better Drug Testing is Helping US Team

Red Carpet Rolling Out for Most Successful Kenyan Team at Worlds They should be praising the Kenyan women.
*Party Being Prepared for Worlds Marathon Champ Luke Kibet allafrica.com

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 berth 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
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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.

Sunday:
Results

Lagat Gets Double
Tegenkamp 4th
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.
*IAAF Recap

*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

Thursday:
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.

Saladino 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.

Wednesday:
*Michelle Perry Repeats as World Champ in Hurdles
She still is in contention for the Golden League jackpot as well.
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Ohuruog and Sanders 1-2 Reminds Britain of Its Glory Days in Track and Field
Independent
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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
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Fa
vorites 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.
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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?
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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):
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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

Ivan Pedroso Leaving Sport But Not with Fanfare

Seb Coe Bringing in the Cash Not sure why the British press cares. We expect Seb to get paid a lot when he speaks.

Oregon Wins Its XC Meet A Day Before the Meet Even Takes Place The power of Phil Knight is truly incredible.

Australian Marathon Star Kerryn McCann Has Her Baby 6 Weeks Early, Now She'll Start Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Marathon Champ Luke Kibet Gets Heroe's Welcome in Eldoret EA Standard

Border Challenge, US High School National Champs In Competition with Nike Team Nationals, Gets Cancelled for 2007  Note: People associated with NTN have written us and said the regional format was in works for years and was not in response to the Border Challenge. Whatever the reason, the response seems fairest for a team concept of nationals.

On the boards: Have the Japanese Perfected Lydiard Training?

Can China Win Medal Count At Next Year's Olympics? They had a poor showing at the recent track/swimming world champs.

Indy Star Gives Props To America's Most Complete Track Team Ever

Paula Radcliffe Pays Tribute to Jane Tomlinson after She Dies from Cancer

S. African Athletics Head Says Team Did Well Despite No Medals, but He Criticizes Coaches for Focusing on European Circuit Not Worlds

Santhi Soundarajan, Indian Athlete who Failed Gender Test, In Hospital after Apparent Suicide Attempt

Update on Indy Classic Marathon

More Lagat:
*Worlds 07 The Tipping Point for American Distance Running? "Hopefully, this is the tipping point for American distance running.. Perhaps Bernard, now being an American, helped set the bar even higher and pushed everyone to be better. Maybe that's what American distance running needed."- Bernard Lagat's (and Arizona's) coach, James Li.
*Amy Shipley of Washington Post Writes About Resurgent American Distance Runners

*Lagat, His Coach James Li, and Tegenkamp Share their Thoughts on the Men's 5k
This if the Monday quote of the day article.

Other Action
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Maryam Yusuf Jamal Wins 1500m at Worlds
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Video of Last 500 of Women's 1500
*Pitkamaki Wins Javelin
*Vlasic Tops Incredible 2007 With Win at Worlds in High Jump

Worlds 07 The Tipping Point for American Distance Running? Lagat's 2 gold sure make us look good.

Non Worlds News: Past Champions Edna Kiplagat and Haron Toroitich Reclaim Titles and $12k at the Seventh Annual Rock n' Roll Half Marathon

Decathlete Paul Terek Starred on Japanese TV Show

Previous LetsRun.com World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday Homepage
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
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Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
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Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
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Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
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Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

Officials Screw Up Race Walk Again at World Champs Perhaps a sign from a higher power to scrap the race walk forever.

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More Webb: Video Interview Just After His 8th Place Finish We finally see Webb's initial reactions to his race (he's still breathing hard from it and boy was he frustrated): "I learned nothing. I accomplished nothing. It was a waste of my time. I should have stayed home". Plus he indicates he did not have a very specific strategy for the final.

Random Worlds News: Palestinian Who Wanted to Run 100, 200 at Worlds Forced to Run 800
*Tyson Gay Not to Run 200 for a While: "It's Just So Long"

Video Race Highlights:
1500
: The Final lap of the men's 1500m
110 Hurdles: *Michelle Perry Storms from Way Behind to Win 100m Hurdles
High Jump: Winning Jump
Video: Men's 100m Final
Video:
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning this is not for the faint of heart
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win
*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.

*Should Lagat Run the 5k?