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"As inconvenient as (missing the Trials) is right now, to not be in the trials, it really is a blessing. I need to rest and take in some of the hard things and just deal with them as they come and not put them in a box and push them away. I mean, running is important, but this is far more important. This is the week Ryan and I got married. This is the best week of my life last year. When I wake up, that's what's difficult for me -- not that I'm not racing. I'm confident I'll be a great athlete again."
- Alicia Shay, commenting in a Sports Illustrated article on how her absence from the Trials is a blessing in disguise
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2008 US Olympic Trials*Start lists *Results *TV Schedule
Thursday:
LRC Anna Willard Sets American Record, LaShawn Merritt over Jeremy Wariner
Willard was super impressive in the steeplechase as she got the American record before the appreciative crowd. Merritt defeated Wariner for the 2nd straight time (after getting some advice from Alan Webb), and then Wariner didn't go on the Olympians lap, and skipped the post-race press conference,although he did come back to address the press and we have a video with him. The other distance action on Thursday was the men's and women's Round 1 of the 1500s and Round 1 of the men's steeple which we recap below:
LRC Round 1 1500, Men's Steeple: Webb Returns and Impresses, Lomong Points His Finger, High Schoolers Advance
(link fixed) We've got it all covered from the return of Alan Webb to fine form, to two high school girls advancing to round 2, to Said Ahmed talking about his new training group with 800 sensation Kaki, to Steve Slattery talking about his new training group. Text photos and video.
*Anna Willard Wins Olympic Trials With New American Record Willard:
ďItís amazing Ė I canít even comprehend it. Especially four years ago, thinking about where I was. I sucked four years ago. So to see how far Iíve come, it feels really, really good.Ē Willard isn't lying when she says she sucked 4 years ago. 3 years ago her steeple pr was 10:35. Now it's 9:27.
*Former Weber State Star Lindsey Anderson PRs/Makes Team
*ARecord-holder Lisa Galaviz Failes To Make Team
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LaShawn Merritt 2, Jeremy Wariner 0 Yes that's right. Merritt beat Wariner again - first on the track and then in the court of public opinion as Wariner skipped the victory lap and skipped the post-race press conference.
*Wariner Loses Again As Clyde Hart Coaches Richards To Women's 400 Title
Dumping his coach wasn't too smart was it?
*7 Yr Itch? New York Times Look at Alan Webb 7 Years After He Crushed HS MileRecord
*ESPN Columnist: "Why did we have to wait so long for the trials to return to Pre Country?" We agree but are worried they are going to oversaturate Eugene with track. In our minds, they ought to have the Trials here every 4 and NCAAs every 4 in the middle two years. So there is a championship meet in Eugene every two years.
*Great Read: Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Reflects On 1st Half Of Trials And Looks Ahead To The Men's 1,500
*Controversy Erupts In Eugene As Adam Goucher is Let Into Field For 10k Field With 32nd Best Qualifying Time While Runners 25-31 Are Left Out
USATF doesn't seem to have a clear policy in place. And the USOC seems to be concerned about a lack of due process for the athletes. We wonder if ultimately the USOC will look at the no-bid awarding of the 2012 Trials as well.

*SF Chronicle Looks Back at 1st Half of Trials
*NY Sun Looks At 2nd Half of Trials & Rips NBC's Coverage of Trials
1,500s Start Thursday

*Chris Lukezic Hoping to Avoid 4th Place Again The former Georgetown runner was 4th in 2004 as a 20-year old. He also was 4th in 2006 and 2007 but amazingly at only age 24 isn't viewed as being the future of the sport as he wasn't even invited to the USATF press conference for the event. He hopes to changes those sentiments this year:
Lukezic: "I couldn't have asked for better training. I've had no hiccups."
*Nice Profile Of Bernard Lagat in Boston Globe
*Alan Webb Profile in NY Times

*Jordan Hasay Added to 1500 Field

More on Men's 800: *Video of Men's 800 Final
*Men's 800 Sweep was Validation of Bringing Trials, Lananna to Oregon Registerguard.com
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Oregon Goes 1-2-3 in 800 Registerguard.com

Alan Webb, Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong Press Conference Result
*Jenn Stuczynski Hoping for World Record at Trials USA Today

*Doping Has Taken Away Belief of Amazing
*Olympic Coach Bubba Thornton Throws Down Gauntlet To Usain Bolt
*Meet Earning High Marks At Halfway Point
*Bryan Clay Just Misses Dan O'Brien's American Record in the Decathlon
*5k Victory a "Walk in the Park" For Lagat
USA Today
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High Schooler Jordan Hasay on the Bubble for the 1500

Trials Photos: *Monday (800s, 5k men)
*Sunday (Men's 100)
*Saturday (Bunch of Prelims Women's 100)
*Friday (Womens' 10k)

Upcoming at the Trials: *PCS at Villard Street Pub Tons of stuff and a free coaching clinic Saturday
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Running Filme Festival Thursday-Saturday
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Daily Eugene Running Co Events


Monday: Men's 800 Nick Symmonds Leads Eugene Sweep

The men's 800 more than delivered on its pre-race hype as the Eugene crew came through big time. Nick Symmonds got out of a box with 560 to go and catapulted to a 1:44.10 dominating pr victory. Wonder boy Andrew Wheating charged late for 2nd, and Christian Smith (the 29th seed out of 30 coming into the meet), outleaned three time defending US champ Khadevis Robinso
n for the third Olympic spot.

Women's 800: Hazel Clark Wire to Wire as Everyone Staggers Home USATF put 12 people in the final and as a result it went out in 56.8 (we had the split wrong earlier) seconds. The final 200 wasn't pretty but Hazel Clark held on for the win to make her third Olympic team, Alice Schmidt was second to make her first, and Kameisha Bennett was third. Bennett however was not under the Olympic qualifying time of 2:00.00, and as a result Nicole Teter made her second Olympic team.
*More Monday LRC Recap: Women's 5k and Steeple Semis, Mens and Women's 400 Semis

*Jenn Stuczynski Profile In USA Today
Sunday:LRC Sprint Recap: Tyson Gay 9.68, Bershawn Jackson Storms Back, World Leader LaShinda Demus Comes up Short
Gay ran the fastest 100m ever under any conditions (although the wind was 4.1 m/ps) as Walter Dix showe he's' the real deal and Darvis Patton continued his fine 2008. World leader Lashinda Demus faield to make the team in the 400m hurdles. Queen Harrison and Tiffany Ross-Williams both made the team over Demus with their fatheres in prison.
*Race Videos from Sunday
LRC
Sunday Field Event Recap
Olympic Champ Dwight Phillips Comes Up Short, Jeff Hartwig Makes Team at 40, Momma Power in the Discus Defending Olympic champ Dwight Phillips didn't make the team in the long jump. 40 year old Jeff Hartwig made the team in the pole vault and the US is only sending two to Beijing in the triple jump.
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Race Videos from Sunday


Day 2: LRC Tyson Gay 9.77, Muna Lee 10.85
Maybe the greatest US day of 100m sprinting ever as six men went sub 10.00 in the QUARTERFINALS of the men's 100, not to mention Gay's 9.77 in his new beautiful adidas uniform and Jeff Demps 10.01 high school record. Muna Lee won the fast women's 100, Reese Hoffa got the shot, and the Olympic spots in the women's heptathlon came down to the wire.
*Muna Lee Overcomes Car Accident & Wins 100m Up until May 31st, she'd never broken 11.00 for 1000m.
*Great Article in Gritsh Paper on Tyson Gay Aiming High
*IAAF Recap of Day 2
Gay amost cried after barely advancing in round 1o f 100m. Hemore than made up for it in round 2.
*Hyleas Fountain Produces Wrold Leading 6667 To Win Heptathlon
*ESPN: Will We Ever Be Able To Enjoy Track?
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Ex-Drug Cheat Tori Edwards Moves Closer To Olympics By Finishing 2nd

Olympian
Day 1 Women's 10k: Flanagan, over Goucher but Amy Yoder-Begley Steals the Show Shalane Flanagan outkicked Kara Goucher for the 10k win, but the story of the night was Amy Yoder-Begley running one of the gutsiest races ever in storied Hayward Field to make the US Olympic Team. Yoder-Begley squeaked under the Olympic "A" standard by 1.6 seconds after running 10 seconds off her 5k pr the second half of the 10k in the hot Eugene conditions.
Recommended Read:16-Yr Old Laura Roesler Gets Much Deserved Praise In NY Times The 3-time winner of 100, 200 and 400 at the ND state meet advanced to the 800 semis with a 2:03.
*Katie McGregor Agonizingly Finishes 4th For 2nd Straight Trials
*Dick Patrick's 10k Recap For USA Today
*Blood Testing Occuring at Track Trials


LetsRun.com 10k Preview: Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan Showdown Highlights Day 1 of 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials We break down the first final of the Trials and give you our picks.
*Kara Goucher Profile on NBC Olympics.com

*Hometown Paper Profiles Shalene Flanagan
*Flanagan More Prepared for Olympics This Time Around
*Hometown Profile of Lisa Koll: Koll: "The sky is the limit".
*AP: Lisa Koll Hoping to Make Olympic Team She admits she's an underdog.
Recommended Read: Nick Symmonds Profile Looks Back At His HS Glory Days Symmonds: "I am strong as an ox and my speed is better than it's ever been.
*NYRR Interview of Nick Symmonds

Men's 10k
*Ed Moran Feeling Great Heading Into The Trials: Probably the most unheralded 27:43 10ker in US History

*Meb Keflezighi Trying To Make Olympics on 7 Weeks of Training - His first run was May 9th.
*Jorge Torres Trying to Make His First Olympic Team

Awesome Read: Tyson Gay Profile In LA Times Philip Hersh wrote an excellent profile on America's sprint sensation Tyson Gay. Read about the man who is pleased to be the underdog in the 100m and who used take two bags to Europe - one bag of clothes and one of junk food.

Previous:
Recommended Read:
HS Stars Beware: A Profile Of One Of The Stars of the 1984 & 1988 Trials - Roy Martin The guy was a stud HS sprinter (20.13) who absolutely killed Michael Johnson on a weekly basis. Pro stardom eluded him. 20 years after his Olympic performance, the Dallas paper catches up with him. This guy was a legend in our hometown. Great read.
*1968 US Olympic Team Greatest Ever?
*Sacramento Paper Looks at Trials Returning to Eugene
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Eugene Is Spending $6.5 Million - St. Kitts & Nevis Is Spending $45,000 On Their Trials
*World Champ Lauryn Williams Profile
*USATF OT Distance Preview from Norwich, CT
This preview is full of inaccuracies but it's good to see the Trials getting publicity in small papers.
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Plenty of Activities in Eugene During OT's

Again, Who Are The Idiots That Schedule USA Jrs and NON For The Same Weekend???
USA Jrs. *Schedule/Results*8:34.40!!!! German Fernandez Breaks Jeff Nelson's 2 Mile Record *Results 64.2, 2:10, 3:14.9, 4:19.4, 63.9, 64.7, 63.3, 62.9
*Message board thread
*Nice Recap from Dyestat Fernandez went and played basketball Friday afternoon before breaking the record.
*Videos of Race
On the boards: How long till Fernandez record goes down?
*Photos

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Neely Spence Won Girl's 2 Mile at NON
Elijah Greer 1:47.68
The high school junior dropped his pr nearly 3 seconds (1:50.3 prior to the meet). Sick
*NCAA Champ Jeshua Anderson Wins 400m Hurdles
*Day 2 Recap
*Video of Greer's 1:47.68
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USATF Recap of Day 1. Florida's Terrence Wilks ran 10.19 in the 100m as Centro Jr. won the 5k in 14:44 (his first 5k ever). Today, NCAA 400h champ Jeshua Anderson faces 2007 World Youth Champion William Wynne. *IAAF Recap Of Day 1
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Jamaica's Sprint-Heavy Squad Picked For World Jrs.
NON: Friday Recap*Live Results
*Girls HS Record in DMR Broken

There aren't many in depth recaps of any of the races but you can try dyestat and milesplit. There is an excellent recap of Fernandez's run here.

*Saturday photos from NON

LRC Rankings Updated:
*Men's 800 & 1,500 A decent amount of change in both events. Duane Solomon moves way up as several new faces enter the rankings.
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Women's 800 & 1,500
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Men's & Women's Steeple As a result of us rewarding the NCAA champs and moving them up on the rankings, we have a new #1 on the women's side.
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Men's & Women's 5k Not a whole lot of change, but both the men and women have new #2s.

LRC Each Day at NCAAs:
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Day 4: LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record
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Day 3: LRC Barringer, Kipyego Romp, Bobby Curtis Surprises, Kyle Alcorn Wins Again, LSU, Trinidad Sprint
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Day 2: LRC Lisa Koll Dominates, Shadrack Songok Repeats
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LRC
Day 1 Recap and Video Highlights

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-year-old reflects on his world record and is excited about competing in his first Olympics.
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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.
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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

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

*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 with 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 a U.S. all-comers 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 2,000m 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-minute 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

LRC Preview of Men's 10k and Women's 5k Friday is going to be great. Will Oregon's Golden Boy make his first Olympic team or will someone such as d2 runner Scott Bauhs spoil the party? Can anyone stop Goucher and Flanagan from repeating history in the women's 5k. We break down the fields and give you our top 3.
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Galen Rupp chases 10,000-meter dreams in U.S. Olympic trials Think there isn't presure on Rupp? This articles tates that if wasn't for Rupp, the trials wouldn't even be in Eugene
*Wariner's, Clyde Hart's stories don't match LA Times
Steeple Final
*NY Times Profiles Steeplechaser Lesley Higgins
She works 50 hours a week for the NY governor and still has time to train for the Trials and visit the letsrun.com messageboards daily.

*Anna Willard Happy Regardless How Race Plays Out She got engaged to former Stanford runner Jon Pierce on Monday.
*Jenny Barringer Ready For Final
*MSU's Nicole Bush Excited for Final

Nice Read: Nick Willis With Help From His Brother Is Getting Ready For Beijing

Preview of The Kenyan Trials
800 sensation David Rudisha is out with an injury but in Kenya only the first two finishers are guaranteed an Olympic spot - the 3rd spot is open to selectors.

The US, Kenya & Ethiopia Can't Win All The Medals
*Jamaican Team Announced Veronica Campbell Brown
, the reigning 100m world champ, is left off the 100m team
*Britain Hoping for Best Performance at Olympics Since 1920

*Canada's Lack Of Olympic Success Is No Laughing Matter
- They haven't won a single track medal since 1996. Unbelievable.
*5 Minutes With Kelly Holmes
*Blade Runner Comes Up Well Short (47.78) In Attempt to Qualify for Olympics

*Dwain Chambers Hoping for Quick Legal Challenge Resolution to His Olympic Ban

Kenyan Nationals from Last Weekend (The Nationals are separate from the Olympic Trials which are this weekend)
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42 Year Old Edith Masai Won Kenyan Trials over Catherine Ndereba, Rita Jeptoo
*Asbel Kiprop Ran 1:47 at Kenyan Nationals, Jelimo 52.78

Ethiopia: Mestewet Tufa Ran 30:38 over the Weekend

Kelly Holmes Signs Petition to Keep Dwain Chambers Out of Olympics