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Ryan Shay
1979-2007

*Official Ryan Shay Remembrance Thread.
*Ryan Shay Photo Gallery

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

Pre:*Results *Photos
Sweet 16 for Mutola, Bekele 26:25, Lagat Wins 2 Mile, American Record for Brad Walker in PV, Alan Webb Soundly Beaten, High Schoolers Shine link fixed
The distance races were stacked at Pre. Maria Mutola got her 16th and final Pre win (assuming she does retire), Bernard Lagat looked great like he has every time in 2008, Abdi Abdirahman just missed Meb Keflezighi's American record at 10k, and Alan Webb made his 2008 track debut and ran like we've never seen him run before. High schooler Chanelle Price ran 2:01 in the 800 and high schooler Jeff Demps was third in the 100.
Full Recap: AFP Pre Recap

Pole Vault: Brad Walker Breaks American Record in Pole Vault
USA Today
Distance:*Maria Mutola Makes It Sweet 16
*Bernard Lagat Shows Fine Form at Pre
USA Today
*Bekele Comes Up Short Oregonian

*On the boards: Treniere Clement Only  4:11

*On the boards: Solinsky Beats Mottram

Hurdles:
*Liu Xiang DQd for False Start at Pre

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On the boards: Liu Xiang Was Faking
Shot: Adam Nelson 72' 7" 'Those were some of the easiest 22-meter throws I've had in my life'
Oregonian

100m: On the boards: High Schooler Jeff Demps 3rd in the 100

*On the boards: Allyson Felix Gets Smoked
More:*Athlete Quotes
*Post Race Interview from Pre
*More Photos

On the boards: Biggest Disappointment at Pre? We actually really agree with the first poster.

Asafa Powell Has No Comment on Gatlin's Drug Woes: "Justin is not the big thing anymore"

Asafa Powell Will Run Weekend Before Jamaican Trials in Trinidad

Comrades Ultra Marathon to Prevent Athletes from Dragging Others Across the Finish

Frank Shorter Throws His Hat in the Ring to be CEO of USATF

LRC Rankings: Men's and Women's 5k Lagat and Rhines #1.
Previous:
US Steeple Rankings *Updated
Men's 800-1500 Rankings

LRC US Steeple Rankings Last week we uveiled our US distance rankings at 800 and 1500. We'll update those tomorrow and give our 5k rankings as well. But here today are our men's and women's steeple rankings.
*Updated Men's 800-1500 Rankings

*NYC Reebok Grand Prix:USAIN BOLT 9.72 World Record!! *Meet Results *Video of Usain Bolt's 9.72
Bolt Runs 9.72
.The Jamaican put on a show in the Big Apple to conclude a meet that showed exactly what track can be in this country- a large sold-out crowd, live tv and unreal performances. Tyson Gay ran a great race 9.85 but was soundly beaten. In other action (like anything else matters), Veronica Campbell Brown ran the fastest 100 of the year (10.91). In the distances, Paul Koech ran an all comers American record in the steeple, Lauren Fleshman went sub 15 for the first time, Lopez Lomong got his first big professional win, and Yusuf Kamel edged Khadevis Robinson in a very close men's 800. *Message Board Thread Here
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LRC Distance Recaps
*Photo Gallery
*Race Results Weekly Distance Recap With Athlete Quotes

*NY Daily News Recap (Only NY newspaper that delayed Sunday publication to include the Bolt article)
*Ato Boldon Wonders Whether Bolt Can Get 100, 200, and 400 World Records USA Today

*Usain Bolt Not Overly Excited about World Record USA Today
*Athlete Quotes from Reebok Grand Prix

Drug Talk: Hopefully Bolt can join some sort of baseline testing program like Tyson Gay to restore people's confidence.
*Drug Scandal Hangs Over Bolt's 9.72 Times of London

*Progression of 100m World Record
*NY Times: Is Bolt Clean? New York Times

Om the boards
Please, Jesus, Let Bolt Be Clean We think he should voluntarily join a baseline testing program like Tyson Gay. And while we're at it we think that everyone's baselines should be published.

Last Weekends Action: *Results *Video Highlights
Hengelo: Pamela Jelimo 1:55.76, Geb Sub 27, Bekele Sub 13 It was expected to be an Ethiopian night in Hengelo, but 19 year old Pamela Jelimo emerged on the world scene in a big, big way with a stunning 1:55.76 800. Sileshi Sihine outkicked Haile G for the win in the 10k, and Kenenisa Bekele went sub 13 in the windy conditions. American Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:28.
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Free Video Highlights from the Meet
*Watch The Full Meet on Demand on WCSN.com
($4.95 a month)
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Irving Saladino Jumps Farther Than Anyone Else Has In the Last 14 Years
Shows how week the long jump has been that 6 men have still jumped farther.
*Video of Saladino's Jump
Great Interview: Jos Hermens Talks About Saladino, Haile Gebrselassie
He says Geb did NO speed work shorter than 2000m prior to the race.
On the boards:
Jelimo's 1:55.76 possibly the fastest clean mark ever?


Olympic Trials:
LetsRun.com:
Deena Triumphs in Boisterous Boston
It was an incredible day on the streets in Boston. The fans turned out in droves to cheer on America's finest and Magdalena Lewy Boulet made it interesting by opening up nearly a 2 minutes lead before Deena Kastor came from behind for the win. We give you all the analysis, talk about Deena's strategy (no miles over 5:25), and more (Joan Benoit's final competitive marathon)
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LetsRun.com! Boston Women's Olympic Trials Photos
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4 Minute Highlight Video of Post Race Comments (Deena, Magdalena, Blake Russell and Joan Benoit all give their take)

*Victor Sailor Photos link fixed. Photos rearragned. A few captions added.
More coverage:

*USAToday article by Dick Patrick
*Joan Benoit Article in NY Times
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Olympic Trials Coverage *Splits for Every Mile Here
*LestRun.com Message Board Thread Here
*Watch on Demand Here


LetsRun.com London Men: Lel Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17

Ryan Hall Goes Through Halfway on World Record Pace
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will be remembered for a long time. The lead pack of 9 went through 5k at 14:21 (2:01 pace). They continued together (yes, all 9) through halfway on world record pace (1:02:13). Ryan Hall then went to the front soon after and asked the pacemakers to go FASTER. Soon Hall was off the back, but he would catch the leaders briefly again and go on to run 2:06:17. (Until Sunday, only 7 guys had ever run under 2:06:15, now 11 have.). Up front, it came down to a 3-man battle over the final mile before Martin Lel got his 3rd straight World Marathon Major win over the final quarter mile as he led 6 guys under 2:07 and to $50,000 bonuses each. Recap, photos, video above

This Guy Has Totally Won Back Our Respect

Maasai Warriors Finish Marathon link fixed One of them went back to the course and finished the race a day after being forced to go the hospital after a ceremonial wrap cut off his circulation. He said, "It was very important for me to do this. This is what I came to England for."

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall Reflects On his Incredible Run
We tell you (and let you watch) what Ryan, his dad, his grand-dad, his coach and even Martin Lel had to say about Ryan. Lel was full of praise for the American and shocked by Ryan's attempt to get the pacemakers to go even faster. If Hall didn't already have your respect, he does after reading this article as he pays homage to a throwback type of guy - Steve Jones. Text and Video.
LetsRun.com Video: R
yan Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
*More LRC London Videos Here
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Photo Gallery

 

More on Baddeley's Win of Dream Mile

ExxonMobile Bislett Games *Bislett Game Results
14:11.15!!!!!! 1:42.69 for Kaki
*Photos
Tirunesh Dibaba's
performance was simply amazing. Running in 78-80 weather she smashed the world 5000m record. She averaged 4:15 each 1500m and ran her last 1500 in 4:06-4:07. (Jen Rhines ran a 14:54 pb) In other action, in the much anticipated 800m matchup between teen sensations Abubaker Kaki and David Rudisha, Kaki was simple amazing. He led coming into the homestretch, then blew away the field the final 100m running 1:42.69, the first sub 1:43 clocking in 5 years and a junior world record as Rudisha ran a pr but lost for the first time in 12 races. . Pamela Jelimo showed 1:55s are easy for her as she clocked a 1:55.41, Samitova-Galkina ran a 9:14 steeple, and Andrew Baddeley went sub 3:50 to get the big upset in the mile that we're sure everyone in Britain will be writing about tomorrow. Jeremy Wariner ran 43.98, his first sub 44 clocking before the Trials. Despite our harping on his decision to switch coaches, he's running very well. (nonetheless, his lost may have cost him $200,000)
*Tirunesh Dibaba: "‘I could have run faster" iaaf.org

*Athlete Quotes from Bislett
*Baddeley Breaks Through
On the boards:
*Dibaba 14:11.15 WR!! -
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Andrew Baddeley 3:49.38!!
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Wariner 43.98 at Bislett

LRC: NY Mini Hilda Kibet Wins, Deena Third Deena Kastor and Madaí Pérez put up a brave fight but Hilda Kibet was too good on the streets of NY. text, photos, video
*NY Mini Results
*Photos

Justin Gatlin's Suspension Upheld
He can't compete until 2010
*Gatlin says his running career isn't over.

2008 Boston Marathon Men
LRC Robert Cheruiyot Destroys Field And Joins Bill Rodgers As a 4-Time Winner
After a slow opening two miles, Robert Cheruiyot put on quite a show as he wheeled off 17 straight miles at 4:53 or better including a 4:36 19th mile that mile that fnished his only reamining challenger, Abderrahime Bouramdane. His performance in the middle miles was incredible. Recap, photos, post-race comments.
*LetsRun.com! 2008 Boston Marathon Photos
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2008 Boston Marathon Photos from Victor Sailer 75 more photos added including good race action
*Message Board Thread On Race
*IAAF:
Robert Cheruiyot Wins 4th Boston
*AP:
Tune wins women's race at Boston Marathon in thriller
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Hanson's-Brooks Nicholas A. Arciniaga 1st American Male (10th - 2:16:13)
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Former Drake Runner and Current Med Student Ashley Anklam Is Firs American Female Finisher in 2:48.
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Lance Armstrong Lance Recaps His 2008 Boston Marathon (Video and text)
He had high praise for the Boston crowds: "Boston was a pleasant surprise. I expected the crowds to be great but they were about ten times what I expected"
*AP Article on Lance's Run
Lance talks about the Boston hills.
Boston Video:
*Watch the Race on WCSN

*Post Race Press Conference:
Robert Cheruiyot, Abderrahime Bouramdane, Khalid El Boumlili Share Their Thoughts
*Lance Gives His Take

LetsRun.com Boston 08 LetsRun.com Party Photos The party hosted by Puma was a smashing success. A packed house as those passionate about running (from ages 5 to 65+) came to celebrate a great weekend in Boston. LetsRun.com fans celebrated with Rojo, Wejo, Matt Taylor, and a few legends in the sport, including former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan. The Harpoon beer was flowing, DJ Inkognito kept things going and contrary to popular opinion there was a healthy mix of males and females. The reviews were excellent. "It's refreshing not to see the same 50 people (industry insiders) at a party." "Most favorable female to male ration I've seen in a long time."

You'll Be Hearing About This For a Long, Long Time
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Maurice Greene, HSI Linked to Steroids A few HSI athletes have been caught doping in the past (Larry Wade the most notable), but this NY Times article brings to print some of the rumors some of you may have heard. And it is a sad, sad day for American sprinting if true.*Times Of London Story on Maurice Greene Being Accused Of Doping
Maurice Greene Defends Himself He says he never used drugs but did pay for teammates bills without asking what it was for. Greene: "This is a bad situation for me. My name's come up in something and it's not true."

LetsRun.com London Women: Mikitenko Wins Crazy Women's Race The women's race went totally not according to form. German Irina Mikitenko was the surprise winner. The race went out slow, then picked up, then slowed back again. Then Gete Wami wiped out at a water stop, nearly knocking her own teeth out, fell back off the back, then battled back only to get dropped again as Mikitenko threw it down the final 5k. And a perfectly sunny day turned into a cold rainstorm at times. Text, Photos, and Video
Other London Coverage:
*Yelling Makes GB Team: A great moment when she looked rival Hayley Haining in the eye at 19 miles,. Amazingly both ended up happy as both PRd.
*British Men Could Run 25 Miles, Everyone Else 26.2 Miles And They'd Still Lose in London

*World Marathon Majors Point Standing - Lel has a huge lead. Wami's is narrowed by Mikitenko
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*Dick Patrick of USAToday Writes About Ryan Hall
*American Ryan Hall mixes it with Kenyans
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AP Story on Ryan Hall: Hall Confident About Beijing Chances
*Quotes From The Top 3 In London

*Gas Leak Causes London Marathon to be Diverted

*Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Beijing Preparations

*Jon Brown Blasts UK Performance Director Dave Collins The 4th placer in the marathon at the last two Olympics absolutely rips Collins - a man who somehow managed not to show up at world cross country last month when it was in Scotland..

101 Years Old, Still Smoking, Running, and Drinking: Buster Martin: "I'm not worried about the fags because I'll carry them with me. Everyone says smoking kills but it's taking a long time in my case" The 101 year old legend plans on smoking while running Sunday's London Marathon.

LetsRun.com 2007 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

More Weekend Action:
US: Boston High Performance: Lukezic Edges Brannen (3:37), Burley 1:46.9


Oregon: 2004 Olympian Dan Browne Goes 28:05 to Qualify for Olympic Trials


Saturn Meet: Rob Myers Gets Beat by Jeff See


Colorado: Alan Culpepper Runs 1:07:57 Half Marathon at Altitude


Greece: *Phillips Idowu Jumps World Leader in Triple Jump In Greece

Britain: Dwain Chambers Runs 10.28 in Britain

We're Not Joking 3 Great Reads
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Excellent Read on Lopez Lomong by NBCOlympics
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Nice NY Times Profile on Bob Sevene and Blake Russell
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Nicole Teter Profile: "All the pieces are there (to make the Olympics)" She Talks About Cutting off Contact With Her Family of Alcoholics

Kenyan Paper's Recap of Bislett Games

ExxonMobil Oslo Golden League Photos

Unreal California HS Action:
"German, German, German": German Fernandez Pulls Off Greatest HS Distance Double Ever 4:00 AND 8:34 If the 4:00.29 1600 wasn't enough to make your jaw drop, then certainly his 8:34 3200 was. UNBELIEVABLE. *Message Board Thread
*Great Stats: How Good Was Fernandez'a double?

So good that it's overshadowing the following:
*
Christine Babcock - 4:33.82 1600m HS record!
More on Fernandez: Everyone go eat at Applebees: "My job is pretty important and I don't think they'd give me the day off even if they knew how well I did today. My boss kids around with me sometimes and says I should mention Applebee's when I'm talking to the newspapers, so I wanted to make sure to give my job a shout out."
*Results

Oregon Action:
*Kara Goucher Gets Her "A" Standard 31:36
*Galen Rupp dropped out of the 5k with 1k to go

Hilda Kibet Runs 30:55. Lornah Kiplagat Drops Out in Attempt to Qualify for Beijing 10k IAAF

Andrew Wheating Being Bigger Than Barrack Obama Makes the Vermon Newspapers

Thursday's Action: Nike Mile and 800 on the NikeCampus Nick Symmonds 1:46.14, Nicole Teter 2:04.46, John Jefferson4:00.13

Michael Stember Hangs Them Up
The Stanford star and 2000 Olympian was hoping to make the team at 800 this year and is injured.
*John McDonnell Talks About Dan Lincoln Being Out of Olympic Trials (video)

Sad News: Agnes Kiplagat Has Died LetsRun.com viewers raised money for a life saving heart operation in 2004 for Agnes.

LRC: Week That Was: A Star is Born Pamela Jelimo may be the fastest emerging star ever at 800 in the sport. A month ago she had never broken 2 minutes, now she's running 1:55 (this is her first year running the 800). We recap all the action from Hengelo, talk about "Mr. Clean" Tyson Gay (we'll pay you $250 if he tests positive), recap some great, great high school action, tell you why some high school girl who got beat badly at her state meet is the runner of the week, and even why Wejo is an ass.

Good Read: Liu Xiang Has The Weight of the Country on his Shoulders Xiang is huge in China because he can compete at events that Chinese people usually don't excel at. There is a lot of racial identity tied up into his success. (Liu uses the term "yellow tornado"). Here's what the Olympic coach said, "Chinese people are not as good as Europeans and Americans (at track). You cannot easily find youngsters with the right body shape." Times of London

Another Good Read: In Depth Report by ESPN.com U.S. Pro Sports Leagues Still Trail in Drug-Testing Arms Race We however are not full of praise like ESPN.com for the Olympic testing. If you have a great testing system in place but actually don't put the money into the system to be able to detect the drugs athletes are using, does it really matter your system is so great?

China to Ban Drug Cheats for Life

Yesterday's LetsRun

Martina Straehl, Jon Wyatt Win Mountain Running Race

Gebrselassie Talks About His Run in Hengelo, Not Wanting to Run the Marathon in Beijing, and Whether He'll Get Selected for 10k in Beijing

A Nice Look at German Fernandez's 4:07, 8:45 Double This guy is an absolute stud. 2 hours a part and a high schooler.

Non DI Nats Completed:
*DII Results Abilene Chrisitian
swept both titles, Scott Bauhs won the 5k with a 59 second last lap. They have amazing lap by lap splits for every distance runner.
*DIII Results
McMurry University in Texas and Wisconsin-River Falls win.
*NAIA

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Arono Rono wins 1500m, 5k and 10k at NAIA Nationals
*News from Last Week
: Boaz Lalang 800, 1500 Double at Junior College Nationals