LetsRun.com The Week That Was
March 17- 23, 2008
From Walter Dix, to Meb Keflezighi, to Carolina Kluft, ultramarathons, childrens' toys, Nike, Rashid Ramzi, and Ryan Shay we got got it all covered. Plus Rojo's finest moment.
World XCs This Weekend:
*World XCs in Edinburgh a City Full of History
*Kenyan XC Team Needs Armed Escorts in Training to Protect Them from Elephants
*Kenyan Editorial: We Want Our Title (World XC Individual Men's Title)
*Kenyan Coach for World XC Says His Team has New Skills
*Profile on Kenyan World's Team Member Margaret Wangari
*Craig Mottram Running World Cross Country This Week, Thinking He Can Win
On the boards: Predict Mottram's World Cross Finish
A Look at Kenyan Teams Preparation for World XCs
*Molly Huddle (and Family) Going to Scotland for World XCs
WADA Paying USADA to Help Prosecute Floyd Landis Case International Herald Tribune
Geb on the Marathon: "I have no intention of committing suicide in Beijing"
Rashid Ramzi Only Going to Run 1500 at Olympics Ramzi pulled off the 800, 1500 double at the 2005 Worlds.
World XCs Next Week: United States Team Named for Next Week's 2008 World Cross Country Jorge Torres is on the team and his twin brother Ed joins him for the first time on the same team.
*Brothers Mathew Kisorio and Headline Kenyan Junior Team for Worlds
*Junior World XC Champ Linet Masai'sOlder Brother on Kenyan Men's Team at World XCs
*Kenyan Coach Says Runners Need to Improve on Kicks for World XCs That's not their problem.
*Kenya's Leonard Patrick Komon Has Moved Up from Junior Worlds XC Team to Senior Team
2008 NCAA Indoors: Complete Results
D2 & D3 Info Here
Arizona State Wins Men's & Women's Team Titles as Kyle Alcorn Shocks Field & Wins 3k To Lead Sun Devils To Team Title Over FSU On Friday, Alcorn led ASU to a surprise 2nd in the DMR. On Saturday, he shocked everyone once again and blew away the 3k field with a big kick in the next to last event to put his team into a tie with FSU. It came down to the 4 x 400 and ASU edged FSU by a second to win. Alcorn's never been a real big collegiate name before today, but he apparently had a gnarly 55 second last lap in HS in the 3200.
*3k Thread Here
In other action, Texas' Leonel Manzano completed the DMR/Mile sweep as was expected by winning the mile with the big surprise being that his teammate Jake Morse was 2nd. The other big surprise was how average the field looked considering you had to run 4:00 to get in. In the ladies' distance races, it was all FSU as Hannah England won the mile and Susan Kuikjen won the 3k.
*Baylor Wins 3rd Straight 4*400
2008 World Indoors : *Results
*Event by Event Recaps
Sunday: Recap Soboleva 3:57.71 WR in 1500, 18
Year Old Kaki Wire to Wire 1:44.81 in 800, Bekele JR Wins 3k, Bryan Clay Wins Heptathlon
*Race Results Weekly Distance Recap Here
The performers at worlds saved the best for last. Most impressive was the women's 1500 where Yelena Soboleva broke her own wold record and picked up $90,000 as she led 4
women under the 4 minute barrier as the top 5 all set PBs. 18 year old Abubaker Kaki was almost as impresive in the men's 800, as the 18 year old led wire to wire to win in a 1:44.81 personal best as the entire field set personal bests including Nick Symmonds who finished last (6th). Tariku
Bekele was nearly as impressive as his older brother as he went 3:56 the last 1600 to get the win in the 3000m as Craig Mottram finished out of the medals. Lastly, Australia's Tasmyn Lewis shocked the field to win the women's 800
Video: *Tamsyn Lewis Wins 800 at Worlds
Video: *Defar Wins 3k at Worlds
Video: *Liu Xiang Gets Gold over Allen Johnson in Hurdles
*On the boards: *Kaki=Awesome (Nick Symmonds= Runnersworld Model)
*Soboloeva wins $90k
*Women's 1500 WR, 4 Sub 4:00, 5 PBs
Bekele averages 29.1 sec's for the last 7 laps of World Ind. 3k! (3:56 last 1600, 3:54 pace last 1400)
Is there anything left for the Kenyans?
Deresse Mekonnen Dan Komen Deresse Mekonnen Wins 1500 Mekonnen originally won the race but was DQd along with Nick Willis (for stepping on the infield.). In other action Meseret Defar blew away the field in the women's 3000m with a 28.8 last lap. Nick Symmonds looked
incredible in his 800m semifinal. Liu Xiang got his first indoor gold and all that is left is gold in Beijing. American veteran Allen Johnson got the silver.
High Jump: Stefan
Holm Wins 4th World Indor High Jump Title
Hurdles:*Lolo Jones Gets World Indoor Gold
*Liu Xiang Gets His First World Indoor Gold
Long Jump: Britain's Chris Tomlinson Gets Silver in World Long Jump
PM *Saturday AM (Qualifying)
Video on Demand and Highlights: Entire
meet on demand on WCSN
*Day 2 Highlight Video: 2 Minutes
*Dayron Robles Thinks There is a False Start and Stops in 60m Hurdles
*Cantwell Wins Shot
Wins Men's 60
*Angela Williams Wins 60
*Friday Recap: Christian Cantwell Wins Shot, Angela Williams and Olusoji Fasuba Win 60 Olusoji Fasuba got Africa's first gold in the indoor 60 as Britain's Dwain Chambers ran a pb to get silver in what may be his final race as everyone is trying to blackball the ex drug cheat from the sport.
*Day 1 Evening Distance Recap: Maria Mutola Takes First Step Towards Eighth World Indoor Title
Shot: Cantwell Wins Shot Gold, Says Critics Can Kiss His Ass IAAF
60: *Dwain Chambers Gets Silver at World Indoors Guardian
Hellebaut Wins Heptathlon IAAF
*Kelly Sotherton Comes Close But Settle for Silver in Heptathlon
IAAF Previews: Men *Women
RYAN HALL 2:09:02 Ryan Hall put on one of the most impressive performances ever in American marathoning history, as he destroyed
the field and coasted to victory in an incredible 2:09:04 (after a 1:06:17 1st half, yes that's a 1:02:47 2nd half on the hills of Central Park) on the very difficult NYC course. Dathan Ritzenhein ran a very impressive 2:11:07 to get 2nd while Brian Sell got the 3rd Olympic spot in 2:11:40. Former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi ran a very gutsy race to finish 4th.
Ryan Hall is the real deal in case you didn't know. Here are his 5k splits on the very difficult NY course to prove
how incredible he is at the marathon: 16:44, 15:41, 15:27, 15:12, 15:05, 14:48, 14:28. Yes that's right a 14:28 from 30 to 35k. Hall pumped his fist, pointed to the heavens, and waved to the crowd the final mile savoring the incredible run and still ran a 15 minute 5k pace for the final 7.2k (14.56 from 35 to 40k)
Recap From RunnersWorld's Amby Burfoot Amby did an excellent job covering the lead up to the Trials so it is fitting we link to his race article.
*NBCOlympics Recap of 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials: Triumph and Tragedy
*Video: Watch the on Demand (For Free, Skip to Any Crucial Point Instantaneously. Thank you NBC)
*Post Race Press Conference Videos Top 3, Meb, Culpepper, Khannouchi, Lehmkuhle
*Dathan Ritz Quotes
*Brian Sell Quotes
*Khalid Khannouchi 4th at Trials A great great run for Special K. He got 4th hobbling around the park.
*Photos Excellent ones from letsrun.com message boarders skylon
Bernard Lagat NY Times Profile Lengthy profile on Lagat and his chance for fame in Beijing including a look at his citizenship controversy, his EPO false positive, and more.
Asafa Powell Runs Impressive Leg on 4*100 in Jamaica IAAF
*CARIFTA Games Underway in St. Kitts
More Weekend Action: New Orleans Crescent City Classic:
Moses Kigen Wins Men Crescent City Classic by 1 Second
*Genoviva Kigen Dominates Crescent City Classic $5000 to the winners.
Forget About Tibet, Serious Problems in China: China scrambling to build western style toilets for Olympic after complaints by US and Europeans
Records Galore on the Boards:
*Most UNbreakable records on the books?
*Oldest Collegiate School Records
*What High School Has the Most Impressive School Records
Non running on the boards:
*LEAST favorite city in the USA -
S. Africa: Marco Mambo of Zimbabwe Wins His 3rd Two Oceans
*Nurgalieva Twins Go 1-2 at Two Oceans
*2008 Two Oceans Ultramarathon Results
Footlocker Champ Michael Fout Going After Rudy Chapa's Indiana Records We guarantee he doesn't break the 28:32 10k record. We're glad to see Fout has a ton of respect for Chapa: "A guy like Rudy Chapa is the standard that every high school distance runner in the state is shooting for"
On the boards: Fout Chasing Chapa's Records
Man Knifed in Central Park While Running With His Knife and Wallet
On the boards: Man Knifed in Central Park While Running With His Knife and Wallet
IAAF Doping Statistics Released: 0.3% of Tests Were Positive The good news is 8 out of the 10 busted athletes were in targeted out of competition testing. The IAAF has started doing blood screens to get a pretty good guess of who is doping and then trying to catch the person for whatever wonder drug they are on. The athletes at this stage of the game generally are smart enough to not show up at a competition showing any traces of the drugs.
*List of Tested Athletes in 2007 One athlete was targeted 12 times.
*IAAF Yearly Doping Statistics IAAF
LetsRun.com Jorge Torres, Shalane Flanagan Win in Central Park (link fixed)
Food Poisoning Does Webb In
*Recap, analysis, interviews and photos above *Results
Torres is probably the only guy in American who can say this: every time he has raced Alan Webb, he has beaten Webb. Torres, now training under the legendary Steve Jones, got the win in the final 800m over the very impressive of late Andrew Carlson. Alan Webb had some food poisoning on Thursday and despite leading at 5k faded to finish 16th. Shalane Flanagan had some stomach problems of her own on Thursday but they only seemed to limit her margin of victory as she won over Katie McGregor.
*Photos, video, analysis
*NY Times Article on US 8k Champs
Former 100m Olympic Champ Donovan Bailey Wants Lifetime Bans for Drug Cheats
High School Indoors: Puskedra 8:49 2 mile/ Lowe 8:50
*Photos More coverage here and here
On the boards: *Why did Kastor pull out of Lisbon?
*Fallujah, Iraq Holds Its First 5K Road Race
*How good was Shalane Flanagan in high school?
And only on LetsRun: Is NY Gov David Paterson a Marathon Cheater? The guy is blind and likely ran without a chip or before they were turned on but nonetheless clearly the sleuths on the message boards do not discriminate on physical disability. In other news, Eliot Spitzer went for a long run in the Park once he knew the news of his prostitution ring was going to break.
*LetsRun.com NCAA Basketball Pool
Pre-Race Coverage Of New York City 8ks
LetsRun.com Alan Webb, Carrie Tollefson, Shalane Flanagan on the Road to Beijing America's finest addressed the media and letsrun.com was on hand to cover it. From, Shalane
Flanagan's praise of Mary W. "What Phil Knight (chairman of the board of Nike) is to Nike, Mary (Wittenberg) is to distance running.", to our 50 minute audio/video interview with Alan Webb on page 2, we've got it all. Text, photos, and video and even and mp3 you can download.
Page 2: More Relaxed, Confident Zen-Like Webb Ready for 2008 We sat and talked to Webb for 50 minutes and have a recap plus video and audio. Webb talks about his 2007 season, his goals for 2008, his desire to win races and how in high school he "did not know what he was doing".
Flanagan in NYTimes
Above photos courtesy of Steve Starr.
Ryan Shay Run in Bermuda a Huge Success
Organizers Ashley Couper Estwanik and Chris Estwanik were expecting a handful of people, but instead hundreds showed up.
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Adriana Pirtea Blows It
Just watch the video above. Shorter video here
if you're impatient
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
Adriana Pirtrea, a runner basically no one has heard of (including ourselves) (she did finish 2nd at an NCAA indoors once), was on her way to winning the Chicago Marathon. She had been clear of Berhane
Adere for miles. Pirtrea, as she took the final turn, was high fiving the crowd. She had a 15 second lead with 58 seconds of runing left. Little did she know that Adere had overcome whatever problems she had had and was quickly making up ground. Pirtrea never looked back and was strolling into the finish thinking about her career changing win. Meanwhile, Adere was in an all out sprint on the other side of the road. She flew by Pirtrea and Pirtrea had no chance to respond. A truly incredible turn of events
as Adere made up a 15 second deficent in 47 seconds. Watch it to believe it.
*Former Yalie Kate O'Neill 3rd in Her Debut
*Wheelchair Race Decided by 1 Second All the races in Chicago were close.
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
It's hard for words to describe the greatest finish in (Chicago) marathon history. It came down to two time world champ Jaouad Gharib and former track/xc star Patrick Ivuti, fresh off his 59:27 half marathon. Gharib surged ahead going up a slight incline down the finishing straight. Ivuti then battled back and took
the lead on the downhill. Gharib dug back and retoook the lead as they barreled towards the finish and the two guys still standing there with the finish tape which is only about 5 feet wide. Ivuti surged back right at the finish and it was too close to tell but Ivuti got the win. Hot weather took its toll on everyone.
*Video: Patrick Ivuti Talks About His Narrow Win In Chicago
LetsRun.com! 2008 Millrose Games Recap: Lagat Gets #6, Nelson Entertains, and Goucher Gets It Done Track and field's biggest indoor event saw Bernard Lagat capture his 6th Wanamaker mile, Kara Goucher get an exciting woen's mile win, and our hero Adam Nelson throws some bombs and entertains the crowd. Plus, upsets in the women's pole vault, women's hurdles and more.
*NY Times: Lagat Outduels Mottram
*LetsRun.com! Recap of 2008 Millrose Games High School Miles The boys mile is always the loudest
event at Millrose.
*On the boards: Congrats to LetsRun.com Poster Crazystreaker on Winning the Boys' High School Mile
LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage Ndereba marathon
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
*Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
*Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
*Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage Kibet Marathon