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He was built to run. He eats, drinks and sleeps running. He always does more than he is asked to do and I have to watch him to make sure he doesn't do too much. He is 100 percent dedicated, both on and off the field."

- Rend Lake College coach Brent McLain talking about his protege Boaz Lalang. The Kenyan is setting the US on fire this spring and is going to give a crack at the world junior record in the 800 this weekend in Oregon. Certainly ambitious, but after
hearing about this guys race in Tennessee it wouldn't surprise us if he soon joins David Rudisha and Abubaker Kaki and Abel Kiprop as a 4th young mid-d phenom. As good as he is on the track, Lalang is a total class act off of it and this article should make everyone who thinks foreigners shouldn't get scholarships think again.

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Outdoor Season Begins for Real Friday
Doha Super Grand Prix
Watch Live 12pm EST on WCSN.com
Doha Preview: Allyson Felix 100-400 Double Attempt, Wariner vs Merritt at 200, Great Men's 800, Strong 3k

A Super Grand Prix means one thing, a lot of money to attract top athletes. Asafa Powell is out with an injury but there are a lot of interesting matchups. Allyson Felix will be attempting the 100-400 double before jetting back for her USC graduation. The highlight in our book is the men's 800 where teen sensation and World Indoor champ Abubaker Kaki will take on World Champ Alfred Kirwa Yego and the always consistent Wilfred Bungei. Plus Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merrit in the 200, Janeth Kepkosgei in the 1500, and more. The IAAF preview doesn't mention Wariner and Merritt in the 200, but the other article below does.
* Ethiopians Pull out Of Meet Due To Politics Ethiopia and Qatar broke off diplomatic relations last month due to Qatar's relationship with Eritrea. Deresse Mekonnen in the 1,500 meters and Tariku Bekele in the 3,000 were expected to run.

*AP Preview of Doha
*LaShawn Merritt, Jeremy Wariner to Race 200m in Doha on Friday

Anorexia Info
*High Schooler California State Champ Sarah Sumpter Speaks Out About Anorexia
Ignoring the problem isn't a good idea. Great to see such a young girl with such courage.
*2 Year old New York Times Article on Alex DeVinny's Death Includes a Quote from US Star Emily Brown


Profile Of Super British Sports Psychologist Steve Peters The man will have a role in a huge number of medals in Beijing. Peters, "You use similar principles with a person off the street to an athlete - all you're doing is getting the optimal beneficial functioning for a human being. That's my job: to make people function as well as possible and in the way they want to."

This Weekend: *Fifth Third River Bank Run Running Strong
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Sell leads men’s field for USA 25 km Championships
Brian Sell Going for 3Peat at River Bank Run US 25k Champs
Sell is battling a sore hip. There is a nice panel discussion Friday at 6pm with Sell, Ritz, and Boston champ Greg Meyer and Amby Burfoot.

LRC The Week That Was Once again we go behind the scenes and give you the scoop on last week's action. We officially get the David Rudisha bandwagon rolling, praise the amazing Günther Weidlinger, give a big thumbs up to Emily Brown and Scotty Bauhs and a big thumbs down to US 1,500 runners, while praising the ageless Kevin Sullivan. And our anti-drug talk reaches an all-time high (or low) as instead of doping we skip to the heavy stuff and talk about heroin.

$25,000 Medtronic TC 1 Mile Is Thursday in Minnesota The race has developed into the 2nd richest road mile in the country. $4,000 for first and $10,000 for first under 4:28 or 4:00. A stacked field that includes Steve Sherer and Tiffany McWilliams is expected. The meet promoters have emailed us and have confirmed Carrie Tollefson's participation.

More Usain Bolt News
Wednesday's Quote of the Day: "The idea was to force him to go in the direction of the 400.. I told him last year that if he broke the Jamaican record in the 200, 19.8 something, I would allow him to run one 100. He broke the record (running 19.75 seconds) and he said: 'You've got to keep your promise'."
-Glen Mills, Usain Bolt's coach,
*Bolt's Coach Needed Convincing To Let Usain Bolt Run 100 Meters His coach always wanted to move Bolt, who ran 45.35 for 400 at age 16 towards the 400, and only let him run a 100 if he broke the Jamaican 200 meter record.
*Jamaican Old Sprint Stars Donald Quarrie and Raymond Stewart Praise Bolt's 9.76 Quarrie still thinks Bolt could be a 400 meter star.
*Bolt: 'I didn't know I was going that fast.'

Simply Amazing
One Legged Natalie Du Toit Qualifies for Regular Olympics In Swimming Move over Oscar P.

Weekend Action We Missed:
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erlin 25k Peninah Arusei Runs Course Record, Samuel Karuku Runs 1:13:492007 Chicago champ Patrick Ivuti, who was forced to pull out of Boston with malaria, was 2nd and says he's happy with his training and will run Rock n Roll in San Diego on June 1st where he wants to break his 2:07:46 pr.*2008 Berlin 25k Photos
Scotland: BUPA Great Edinburgh Run: Bernard Kipyego Outsprints Boniface Kiprop, Benita Johnson Wins
Kiprop finished 2nd for 3rd time

London Champs Martin Lel and Irina Mikitenko to Run BUPA London 10,000 on Olympic Marathon Course in London This Month

Displaced Kenyans Starting to Return Home
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A Look at Pioneering Olympic Gold Medallist Fanny Blankers-Koen Times of London The first female athletic superstar

Eugene Marathon Has Grown a Lot.

Jamaican Grand Prix Usain Bolt 9.76!!
*Larger Video
*Full Results The 21-year old was known until today for his prowess at 200m (world silver). His 9.76 was truly a thing of beauty.
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Message Board Thread Here
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"It (Bolt's performance) was beautiful. He was very smooth and he executed very well."
-sprint star and class act Tyson Gay commenting on Usain Bolt's shocking 9.76 100 meters. Gay's #1 rival until today was viewed as Asafa Powell. He better make room for Bolt. Gay ran well, winning the 200 in 20.00.

Bloomsday: Micah Kogo Breaks Course Record While some were running fast times at Stanford, the top 10k runner running on Sunday was at Bloomsday earning a living. 47,000 people entered this race.
Women: Lineth Chepkurui Blows Away Catherine Ndereba

*Video of Kogo at Link Above as well.

Big East Champs *Women's Results *Men's Results
Notre Dame Men/Louisville Women
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African Champs Final Day: Chelimo Defeats Mutola, K. Bekele takes 5000m

Remember The American Record is 27:13
Shizuoka International: 6 Days After A 27:15, Josphat Muchiri Ndambiri Runs World Leading 27:14
2nd place was 28:55. Also Asami Tanno set the Japanese record in the women's 400 (51.75) which is above the Olympic A standard.

30+ Years UCLA Men Defeat USC At Home In Duel Meet Yet Again. *Results
UCLA men haven't lost at home since 1977 and they avenged last year's loss with an 89-74 win. USC women win.

Bupa Great Edinburgh Run is Sunday
*Boniface Kiprop Aiming For 1st Title In Scotland
- He feels at home but wants to win after being the runner-up twice. The race is a tune-up for Hengelo for the guy who was 4th in 10k at the last Olympics.
*Dan Robinson Competing Just Weeks After London
- He's using it as a first step towards Beijing

BBC To Preview Documentary on John Akii-Bua The Ugandan was the first 400h to break 48 in the hurdles and was a star of the 1972 Olympics.

African Champs:
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Preview of Final Day of African Champs Mens' 5k is big
*Amantle Montsho Runs 49.83 to Win 400 at African Champs,
Kenyans Sweep Men's Steeple, Win 800, Ethiopia Goes 1-2 in Women's 1500 The 1:44.20 win in the 800 by Kenya's David Rudisha was very impressive
*Results

*South Africans Win Lots of Medals In Events We Don't Care About

*Order Is Restored: Kenyans Sweep Steeple At African Champs: A 1:44.20 win in the 800 wasn't too shabby

Antonio Pettigrew, Dennis Mitchell Listed in Witness List as Drug Cheats
A lot of people will go down if the Trevor Graham case goes to trial next month. Remember when 2 years ago Letsrun.com first pointed out Mitchell was coaching the US team in the US vs UK meet. Then the British press picked up on it,
and then Mitchell's name disappeared from the USATF website. Then USATF a week later tried to say with a straight face that the Dennis Mitchell, was the Akron coach, not the drug cheat. Heads should have rolled for that one but it shows how some in USATF work. If anyone would like to give us an update on USATF shenanigans feel free to email us. The old guard at USATF of course accepted Mitchell's five beers and lots of sex with his wife excuse, and the new guard felt it was ok to try and cover up the fact he was coaching a team. While we're at it, it's time for Sandra Farmer-Patrick to go.