LRC: The Week That Was This week we give props to Bobby Curtis, Marcus O'Sullivan, everyone in Burnt Orange and to Jenny Barringer and her rival Anna Willard. We say hello to Dorian Ulrey and Robert Finnerty and goodbye to Alan Culpepper and the great Sally Kipyego. We also prepare to say goodbye to the US women's steeple-record and lastly we wonder if Andy McClary sent John McDonnell into early retirement.
Jen Rhines Is Excited To Run Just The 5k At the US Trials
2007 World XC Silver Medallist Moses Mosop Is Racing Against Time To Reover From Nagging Knee Injury He still has pain.
Carolina KlŁft Wins LJ in Native Sweden As Abubaker Kaki Races (& Wins) Again Kaki's win was in 3:40. *Full Results
A Look At Any Chances Kenya Has At Medalling In Anything But Track & Field In 1988, Kenya won medals in a lot of sports. Not anymore.
Former European Bronze Medallist At 800m Becky Lyne Struggling With Injury
Field Events & C. Cantwell To Headline July 5th Meet in Spain
World Javelin Throw Champion Barbora Spotakova Throws World Leader At Home Meet
The NCAAs Won't Be the Same: Arkansas Won 3 Conference Titles as a School This Year and All Three Were by John McDonnell
Dayron Robles Only Runs 13.48
Belgium 13:14 5k Runner Tom Compernolle Dies in Military Accident
39 Year Old Simon Vroemen Makes Olympics With 8:12 Steeple
Eugene Register Guard Article on Matt Scherer Defeating Nick Symmonds at 600m
Ed Eyestone Excited About Doing Olympic Commentary on NBC
American Miler Series: Alan Webb 1:47.41 for 5th, Anna Willard 4:06.26 The Olympic Trials will be interesting to say the least. Steve Sherer and Andy McClary both ran 3:36 (just missing the "A" standard) and both beat Chris Lukezic and Rob Myers. McClary's 3:36 was 4 seconds better than he's been running this year and appeared out of nowhere (although he was fifth at USATFs last year).
*Message Board thread on Webb
Midwest Distance Gala High Schooler Robert Finnerty Runs 4:01.09 Mile Our apologies for not featuring this earlier. Wejo didn't realize in looking at the results the kid is in high school. Although a letsrun.com poster was singing Finnerty's praises 3 years ago here.
**Video of Race
*Christine Babcock Breaks High School 1500m Record Qualifies for Olympic Trials
OTC Results: Gabe Jennings 3:41.12 Win
Mercedes Mile Recap The top guys didn't show this year chasing "A" standards or OT standards.
More Weekend Action:
Roads: Kim Smith Wins Steamboat 4 Miler in 20:00, Khalid Khannouchi 9th in 19:09 Wejo sat 1 row behind Khalid on a flight from Chicago and Khalid was talking about running the Olympics
UK: Geti Wami Wins, Liz Yelling 3rd in Bupa Great Women's Run in Sunderland
Comrades: Leonid Shvetsov Wins Comrades Marathon Up Run in Record Time
Japan: Sapporo Half Marathon Recap IAAF
Track: Bekele Runs 13:06 in Morocco, May Not Run Again Until Olympics He'll decide on whether he runs the 5k at the Olympics after he wins the 10k.
Florida: Veronica Campbell-Brown Runs 10.88 World Leader in Florida
Britain: Dwain Chambers Runs 10.24 Into Wind, Still Hasn't Hit Olympic Qualifying Mark
Steeple: Eunice Jepkorir 9:11 Steeple
LRC Each Day at NCAAs:
*Day 4: LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record
*Day 3: LRC Barringer, Kipyego Romp, Bobby Curtis Surprises, Kyle Alcorn Wins Again, LSU, Trinidad Sprint
*Day 2: LRC Lisa Koll Dominates, Shadrack Songok Repeats
*LRC Day 1 Recap and Video Highlight
Injury News: Craig Pickering Has Injury Problem
*World XC Runner Up Moses Mosop Dealing With Injury
Dayron Robles: "Every world record is perfect." The 21-yr old reflects on his world record and is excited about competing in his 1st Olympics.
*Liu Xiang Says Robles' Record Will Serve As Motivation
On Demand for Subscribers on WCSN.com
Ostrava Meet *Results *Free Video Highlights
12.87 WR for Dayron Robles, Usain Bolt 19.83 Dire Tune 1 Hour Record Liu Xiang may have the pressure of 1 billion people on his shoulders at the Olympics, but he no longer will be the favorite as Robles has the World Record. Kaki over Rudisha at 800, Kipchoge wins 5k, Dibaba wins 10k.
*Free Video Highlights
*Interviews (Robles WR Celebration)
*Ostrava: Christine Ohuruogu back on track with victory
*Pre-Ostrava: Bolt's Dream Has Always Been 200m World Record
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
*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
*Post Race Interview from Pre
*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
*LRC Distance Recaps
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.
Scandal Hangs Over Bolt's 9.72 Times of London
*Progression of 100m World Record
*NY Times: Is Bolt Clean? New York
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.
*Free Video Highlights from the Meet
*Watch The Full Meet on Demand on WCSN.com ($4.95 a month)
*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?
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
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)
*LetsRun.com! Boston Women's
Olympic Trials Photos
Minute Highlight Video of Post Race Comments
(Deena, Magdalena, Blake
Russell and Joan Benoit all give their take)
Sailor Photos link fixed. Photos rearragned. A few
article by Dick Patrick
Benoit Article in NY Times
Trials Coverage *Splits
for Every Mile Here
*LestRun.com Message Board Thread
*Watch on Demand Here
Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17
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
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
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.
Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
LRC London Videos Here
LetsRun.Com Rumor Yet Again Proven To Be Fact
Jerry Schumacher Leaving Wisconsin For Nike In 10 years in Madison, his xc teams never finished worse than sixth and they won one title and were an agonizing 2nd four times. With his departure, the men's programs at Wisco, Stanford and Arkansas are all looking for coaches. Crazy. We received a lot of emails from people insisting this wasn't going to happen. *Message Board Thread on Jerry Schumacher's Departure Here
Clemson Coach Bob Pollock Retires After Winning 21 ACC Titles In 20 years, he won 21 titles but apparently being accused of financial improprieties earlier in the year took its toll. Asst. coach Charles Foster is expecte to leave as well. They violated the #1 rule of all non-revenue producing college sports coaches - don't bring in any negative publicity. *2nd Article on Retirement
Australian Track Athletes to Skip Opening Ceremonies to Avoid Pollution What about the Olympic spirit?
1 Hour Podcast With Coach John Cook (Shannon Rowbury, Shalane Flanagan, and Erin Donohue's Coach)
Interesting: A Look Back at Marie Jose Perec and Her Bizarre Withdrawal from the 2000 Olympics
Hazel Clark Doing More Distance Training This Year
Boaz Lalang in Athletic Kenya Olympic Trials Camp
Kenyan Runners Get 100% of their Running Genes From their Mothers?
2008 NCAAs D1 Results
NCAA Day 4: LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record The Wheating, Hernandez duel more than lived up to its hype. Leo Manzano went out in style, Hannah England ran very fast, but she owes a big thank you to Sally Kipyego. Not to mention, Cornell won the men's triple jump for the 2nd straight year, Walter Dix in the 200, Cory Martin won the shot and the hammer. We recap the action.
*Day 4 Photo Gallery
*AP Recap: Florida State, Walter Dix Three Peat, LSU Women Win
Interviews: Wheating, Hernandez, Manzano, England, Kipyego, Bowman, Dix, Martin and more.
*4 Guys Go Sub 45 in NCAA 400
Day 3: LRC Barringer, Kipyego Romp, Bobby Curtis Surprises, Kyle Alcorn Wins Again, LSU, Trinidad Sprint
NCAA Day 3 Recap, Photos, Interviews Friday had great action at the NCAA track and field champs. It was a banner day for LSU and Trinidad in the Sprints, Jenny Barringer just missed the American record in the steeple, Sally Kipyego set an NCAA meet record in the 5k, Bobby Curtis went 3 flat the last 1200 to win the 5k, and Kyle Alcorn got his 2nd NCAA win. Not to mention Walter Dix is the ultimate team player and some major pros to Angela Bizzarri for a thirty second pr.
*NCAA Day 3 Photo Gallery
*AP Recap of Friday's NCAA Meet Trinidad and LSU shine.
More: Interviews: Kipyego, Barringer, Alcorn, Curtis, Vaughn, Nelson, Thompson, Dix, Hanany.
*Sally Kipyego Faces Tough Decision on Whether to Turn Pro
*Death of Friend as a Youngster Has Inspired Sally Kipyego
*Thread on Jenny Barringer Almost Breaking American Record At NCAAs
Sprints: Walter Dix Talks About His Injuries
*Thompson Wins 100m
Field: Mikael Hanany PRs 7' 7.25" to Win High Jump
Day 2: LRC Lisa Koll Dominates, Shadrack Songok Repeats Text and video highlights
Koll put on an exhibition in the women's 10,000m that got her a standing ovation before the homestate crowd. Shadrack Songok won an exciting men's 10k over Shawn Forrest as 9 guys were in contention with 3 laps to go. Ngonidzashe Makusha long jumped 27' 2.5", Brittney Reese long jumped a world leader, and Ashton Eaton went over 8000 points in the decathlon. Plus Manzano, Wheating vs Hernandez round 1, Felnagle, and falls and controversy in the men's 1500 semi. Alysia Johnson pulled out of the women's 800 with a sore foot as a precautionary measure for the Olympic Trials.
*Update: AJ Acosta in the Men's 1500m Final Thanks to LetsRun.com
*RRW Thursday Distance Recap
*Des Moines Register Special Section on NCAAs
*AP Recap: Brittney Reese from Mississippi Equals World Leader To Win NCAAs (6.93m)
*Alysia Johnson Has Sore Foot She Could Have Run
*Pre-Race Q&A With Leonel Manzano
Interviews: *Lisa Koll Video Interview
*Shawn Forrest Video Interview
*Shadrack Songok Video Interview
*IAAF Recap of Day 2 of NCAAs Focuses on LJ's Brittany Reese seemed disappointed with her world leading win as she was hoping to go 23' feet but says injuries have hurt her. Meanwhile, FSU freshman Ngonidzashe Makusa was obviously thrilled with his 27'2.75" performance that made him the #4 guy in the world and gave him an win by almost a foot.
Day 1 Recap and Video Highlight
Day 1 was 100% prelims and by and large most things went according to plan (Porscha Lucas the #1 seed in the 200 didn't make the 100 final for Texas A&M). Travis Padgett looked like the man to beat in the 100m semis. Jacob Hernandez and Andrew Wheating both advanced to the 800 semis easily, and the great NCAA career of Yale's Lindsay Donaldson came to an end. Mark Wetmore's CU team got 2 steeple prelim wins, and 3 guys into the 5k final.
*Pre-Race Q&A With Leonel Manzano
*Flooding Causes Some Teams to Move Hotels
*BYU Dealing With Death of Heptathlete Chelsi Petersen
*Track and Field News: NCAA Women's Predictions (Three Way Battle)
*Lisa Koll Hoping To End State of Iowa's 10 Yr Drought From NCAA Title
*Arkansas' Dacia Barr Psyched Sally Kipyego Is Running 1,500
*Track and Field News: NCAA Men's Predictions 10 deep men's and women's individual predictions.
*Billy Nelson Ready To Make Some Noise At NCAAs He took up the steeplechase as a 5'5 college freshman and has only grown one inch since.
*Colorado Ready For NCAAs
*Des Moines Register Talks About How Steve Prefontaine Shined In Des Moines and Looks For Next Pre
ExxonMobile Bislett Games *Bislett Game Results
14:11.15!!!!!! 1:42.69 for Kaki
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: "ĎI could have run faster" iaaf.org
*Athlete Quotes from Bislett
*Baddeley Breaks Through
On the boards: *Dibaba 14:11.15 WR!! -
*Andrew Baddeley 3:49.38!!
*Wariner 43.98 at Bislett
LRC: NY Mini Hilda Kibet Wins, Deena Third Deena Kastor and MadaŪ Pťrez put up a brave fight but Hilda Kibet was too good on the streets of NY. text, photos, video
*NY Mini Results
Justin Gatlin's Suspension Upheld
He can't compete until 2010
*Gatlin says his running career isn't over.
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,
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."
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.
Men Could Run 25 Miles, Everyone Else 26.2 Miles And They'd Still Lose
Marathon Majors Point Standing - Lel has a huge lead. Wami's is
narrowed by Mikitenko s
Patrick of USAToday Writes About Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall mixes it with Kenyans
Story on Ryan Hall: Hall Confident About Beijing Chances
From The Top 3 In London
Leak Causes London Marathon to be Diverted
Radcliffe Talks About Her Beijing Preparations
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.
2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage Ndereba marathon
Homepage Tyson Gay
*Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
*Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k