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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Rome Golden League: *Photos
*
Yelena Isinbayeva Is Pumped And Excited After New PV World Record The reigning Olympic champ said "anger" at talk that Jenn Stuczynski might be the favorite fueled her to the record.
LRC Recap: Wariner over Merritt, Jelimo Dominates 800, Asbel Kiprop in 1,500, Sihine and Dibaba in 5k, Isinbayeva World Record
*Results
Merritt walked down Wariner in the final 100m and appeared to have him at the line but he leaned too soon, giving Wariner the victory by the slimmest of margins. Canada's Nate Brannen ran 3:34.6 to get the Olympic qualifier in the 1,500.
*Asafa Powell Suffers Groin Problem and Pulls Out of Final The Jamaican had the lead in his heat but then pulled up and didn't run the final.
*IAAF Recap of Rome Golden Gala: Yelena Isinbayeva Sets World Record
*AP Recap of Golden Gala - Portugal's Francis Obikwelu Wins 100m In 10.04 He was 2nd in 2004 to Gatlin.
Pre-Meet News
*IAAF Preview
Merritt vs. Wariner is the highlight but it should be a great meet.
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Golden Leag
ue Betting Wariner Favored over Merritt

Photos from Kenyan Olympic Trials

How is Jamaica So Good at Sprinting?

Demssew Tsega Going for World Record at Crazy 8s 8k This Weekend

Andrew Rock Skipped Trials But Now Is a Hurdler

Obadele Thompson, Marion Jones' Husband, to Go for Olympic Qualifier in Georgia July 19

Video of 1,500m Final at Olympic Trials

NBC Olympic Schedule in More Detail

2008 US Olympic Trials*Results *Race Videos
Washed Up: Scott Anderson Writes
Scott, famous for his LetsRun.com journals "Dream Deferred or Dream Denied" in 2000 and his subsequent Business Week journals, returns to letsrun.com after a 7-year hiatus to contrast the 2008 Olympic Trails with the 1996 Olympic Trials. Scott, a true renaissance man, has got it all covered from Gags, Johnny Gray, drugs, partying, to working out with Alan Webb this year before nationals. Tomorrow in part 2, we'll have another journal from another over-the-hill athlete. Plus we discover a letsrun.com video from 2001.

Paula Radcliffe's Training Going Better Than Expected

World 400m Champ Jana Rawlinson Out of Olympics After Reinjuring Her Toe BBC

Afghanistan's Lone Olympic Female Athlete Shows up in Norway, Will Seek Aslyum After Death Threats

Philip Hersh Says Mary Wittenberg for USATF CEO

Kyle King Found Out at 6:30pm Before His 8:05 Final That He Was Running

To Beat the Heat, Exercise In It New York Times

*Alberto Salazar And Dennis Baker Confirm Salazar Didn't Offer $5k to Rabbit Goucher in 5k Final
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Alberto Salazar Talks about the Trials, the Appeals Controversy We've got no problem with Goucher being in the final if the rules allow for exceptions to be made (for the Trials it might just be best to not allow exceptions). But if you read this thread, you'll see not much has changed in the last 12 years, and you can see that the process that is supposed to be fair to athletes in reality seems to rest on the mercy of one man: John Chaplin.
*Philip Hersh Looks at the Winners and Losers from the Olympic Trials
Torri Edwards pulled out of the 200 final because she didn't like her lane?
*
Nike Dominated Olympic Trials We were wrong earlier and misread the article. Asics had 20 athletes at the Trials (including the marathon). 7 made the Olympics (including America's top marathoners Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor).

On the boards: *Wheating - Would be have made the 1,500 team?
*
Olympic Trials Racist Remarks by Announcer

Profile on the Godfather of Running - Gags Gags wanted to be a football coach. He's still waiting.

Australian Athletes Not to be Gagged on Human Rights Issues at Olympics

Post Trials Hangover: *Eugene Exhales after Trials www.registerguard.com
*How Can 2012 Trials Eclipse 2008 Trials? The Trials were a success for sure, but USATF should have bid out the 2012 Trials.
*Gay Said He Felt a Twinge In His Hamstring Before the Race
*
Flanagan and Goucher Expect to Double in Beijing

LRC:
Recap of Final Day of Olympic Trials: Lagat Cruises, Rowbury Dominates, Alan Webb & Treniere Clement Left Off Beijing Team
In both the men's and women's 1,500s, those having the best 2008 seasons made it to Beijing as the 3-time US champions Alan Webb and Treniere Clement picked a horrible time to have bad years. The US men's 1,500 team is all foreign-born, with Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano. We recap all of the action on the final day of a fantastic 2008 Trials.
*LRC Sunday Photos
On the boards:
Webb: How Did It All Go So Wrong?
Rowbury Dominates Women's 1,500

More on Men's 1,500: Steve Sherer on Webb: "Going from world leader to not making the team, that's sad."

*Bernard Lagat Talks About Alan Webb Finishing Fifth
*Update:
Tyson Gay Has Mild Leg Strain, Will Miss 2 Weeks The big news in the prelims was Tyson Gay falling over in his 200m quarter and 3-time World Champ and Olympic champ Allen Johnson stopping in the hurdle quarters.
*Video of Gay Falling
*Time Catches Up with Allen Johnson (Video and article)
*Tyson Gay's Family Says He'll Run In Beijing

Shocker:Current CU Star Billy Nelson Makes It, Former Buff Steve Slattery Comes Up Short Nelson peaked when it mattered most as he set his 2nd straight PR and got the Olympic A standard.
*Anthony Famiglietti Has Mixed Emotions on Beijing The guy loves the city but also feels for Tibet.
*A Look Back At How Lindsey Gallo and Morgan Uceny Did In Semis
*ESPN.com: Race Walk Gets No Respect
*1996 Olympic Champion Allen Johnson Bows Out of Hurdles
He's been battling injury and says he hopes to be back next year.
A Look Back At Men's 10k.
*Rupp Rises To The Occasion.
*Column: Don't Get Carried Away About Rupp's Run This positive article on Rupp points out the allusions to Prefontaine are too much.
*Sports Illustrated Looks at Rupp's 2nd Place Run
*LA Times looks at Torres Twins' Quest For Olympics


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 1,500s and Round 1 of the men's steeple, which we recap below:
LRC Round 1 of 1,500, 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:
"It's amazing. I can't even comprehend it. Especially four years ago, thinking about where I was. I sucked four years ago. So to see how far I've come, it feels really, really good." 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.
*Wariner Loses Again As Clyde Hart Coaches Richards To Women's 400 Title
Dumping his coach wasn't too smart, was it?
*7-Year Itch? New York Times Looks at Alan Webb 7 Years After He Crushed HS Mile Record
*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 years and NCAAs in one of 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 1,500 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 Performances
*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 1,500

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.
*
Running Film Festival Thursday through Saturday.
*
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 160 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 Goes 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 mps) as Walter Dix showed he's the real deal and Darvis Patton continued his fine 2008. World leader Lashinda Demus failed to make the team in the 400m hurdles. Queen Harrison and Tiffany Ross-Williams both made the team over Demus with their fathers 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 blistering a 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 100m.
*Great Article on Tyson Gay Aiming High
*IAAF Recap of Day 2
Gay amost cried after barely advancing in round 1o f 100m. He more than made up for it in round 2.
*Hyleas Fountain Produces World-Leading 6667 To Win Heptathlon
*ESPN: Will We Ever Be Able To Enjoy Track?
*
Ex-Drug Cheat Torri 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 at 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

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 to 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 (10.18, 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
*
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.
*
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 played basketball Friday afternoon before breaking the record.
*Videos of Race
On the boards: How long till Fernandez record goes down?
*Photos

*
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
*
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
*
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

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 granddad, 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

US Olympians Give Some Great Interviews
A Brief Chat With Ian Dobson
The 5k Olympian gives a good interview where he talks about getting his confidence back, what it's like to train with Ryan Hall and he gives specifics about workouts (3 x mile in 4:11 and 7 x mile @ 4:14 average).
*Amy Yoder-Begley Interview If you want to know the secret to dropping your 10k PR by 83 seconds to make the Olympic team, click here.
*Billy Nelson Gets Last Laugh and Fulfills Late Grandfather's Prediction 4 Years Early When the 5'6" Nelson told the Oregon coaches he wanted to do the steeple in college, they laughed in his face. Guess who's laughing now.

British News:
Norwich Union Beijing Trials & UK Championships Full Results
*Recap of Final Days of British Trials
Lots of action, including a 3rd place in the 1,500 by NCAA Champ Hannah England.

Sports Doesn't Get Better Than This: *Greg Rutherford Jumps 8.20 To Win Trials & Qualify For Beijing The Olympic A standard for the LJ is 8.20 and Rutherford jumped 8.19 on his 4th jump. An 8.20 on the 5th with a barely-legal 2.0 wind gave him an Olympic spot which couldn't come at a better time as the last 1.5 weeks have been hell for Rutherford as he learned his grandfather - a sporting legend in Britain - is dying of cancer.  British record holder Chris Tomlinson was 5th.
*IAAF Recap of British Trials
*All 1,500 British Athletes To Be Drug Tested Before Leaving For Beijing
*Dwain Chambers Wins British Trials in 10.00 The drug cheat needs help from the courts to compete in Beijing.

*Jason Gardener Column: Any Medals Chambers Wins Will Be Tainted  Our advice to the British is don't get ahead of yourselves; 10.00 would barely make the final in the US. With Gay and Bolt, there is only one medal left. No way he's beating Dix or Powell unless he's back on the juice.

We Wish They Had Rules This Strict In America
*Beltran Could Face 5 Years In Prison If It's Proven He Doped In France

Paula Radcliffe's Comeback To Be Assessed at British Olympic Association's Medical Institute She's training 3 times a day.

Earlier British News
*Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers Cruises Into Semis Of British Trials

This Wouldn't Happen in America: Britain's Nicola Sanders Withdraws With "Slightly Tight" Quad, Says She'll Be Ready for Beijing
*Golden expectations Don't Faze Phillips Idowu: Idowu: "If anything, my expectations are higher than what everyone else thinks."

*Dean Macey Making One Final Attempt to Qualify for Olympics
*Tim Benjamin Gives up 2008 Olympic Hopes

*The Modern Olympics Were Based On The Wenlock Olympics Which Started in 1850 - Read more about them here

Rosie Ruiz Caught on Tape in Boston Before the Finish - Caught on Tape by a LetsRun.com fan

Billy Nelson Thought 2012 Games Were Best Shot

Hendrick Ramaala is Focused on Beijing

Greek Recap: World Leader in Women's Triple Jump, Campbell-Brown Runs 10.85 IAAF

Friday: Paris Golden League: LaShawn Merritt versus Jeremy Wariner Part III This Weekend IAAF

This Weekend British Trials: Jenny Meadows, British 800m Runner, Must Decide Whether to Run British Trials With a Cold or Hope to Get Automatic Selection to Olympics
*Dwain Chambers First Trial Comes This Weekend on the Track
*The American Trials System is Very American

The Ex-Michigan Trio: Webb *Jeff Hollobaugh Says Webb Should Move to the 10k We disagree. Webb had the top time in the world in the 1,500 last year. Tactics are not his problem this year. Confidence and fitness are. He was a 3:55 miler heading into the Trials and it showed.
Brannen: Nate Brannen Talks About Getting Extension to Try and Hit Olympic Qualifying Tim
e He's racing the Golden League meet this Friday.
Willis: Nick Willis Has His Wisdom Teeth Pulled, Will Miss Rome Golden League

The European Track Season Resumes:
*Susanna Kallur Pulls Out of Friday's Rome Golden League Meet, Tuesday's Paris Meet

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Five Still in Golden League Hunt When it Resumes Friday in Rome IAAF
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Preview of Wednesday's Thessaloniki Greece Meet IAAF

Dwain Chambers' British Olympic Ban Goes to Court Today BBC

Non-Distance Action from Sunday:
Men's 200:
Walter Dix Leaves the Meet Atop the US Sprint Ranks

*Pole Vault: Jenn Stuczynski Nearly No-Heights, Goes on to Break American Record in Pole Vault
Women's 200: *
Allyson Felix Cruises in 200

*
Marshevet Hooker F
alls Across Line to Make Team in 200 After Finishing 4th in 100
110 Hurdles:
David Payne Makes Olympic Team in Hurdles as Anwar Moore Falls After Clearing the Final Hurdle David Oliver ran 12.95 to defeat Terrence Trammell.
Triple:
Aarik Wilson Wins Triple Jump, Sets Hayward Field Record
Javelin: Bobby Smith Wins Javelin But He Doesn't Have "A" Standard So He Won't Be in Beijing

LRC Fam Goes Wire to Wire in Steeplechase
Anthony Famiglietti
led from the gun to win the men's steeplechase at the Olympic Trials. Billy Nelson of CU had a huge final lap to get 2nd, the Olympic A time and a ticket to Beijing. Last year's champ Josh McAdams ran a smart race to get third. Interviews with Fam, Olinger, McAdams and Nelson.
More: Anthony Famiglietti Has Mixed Emotions on Beijing NYTimes

LRC Women's 1,500 Preview The men's race is getting all the attention but the women's should be a good one.

Friday: LRC Abdi Goes Nearly Wire to Wire, Outkicks Rupp; Kara Goucher Storms Back to Win 5k It was a great night of action at Hayward Field. We've got event-by-event recaps, photos, and video. In addition to the finals above, high schooler Jordan Hasay made the final of the women's 1,500, breaking the high school 1,500m record. All the favorites made the 1,500 finals, including Lopez Lomong, who told us he's going to win the 1,500m final.
More from Eugene Register Guard:
*Interesting Look at Rupp Hoopla, Don't Get Carried Away in the Mania
Abdi stopped Rupp and the comparisons to Pre are unfair.
*Galen Rupp Rises to Occasion in 10k

*Kara Goucher Wins Women's 5k

*Breaux Greer Failed to Qualify in Javelin after Rotator Cuff Surgery
*AJ Kruger Wins Hammer

Men's 5k Final: Bernard Lagat Makes It Look Easy
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the double world champ, Lagat, made it look so easy, but he dispatched of the field over the final 200. 4th placer at Worlds last year, Matt Tegenkamp, was 2nd, as 2005 Worlds team member Ian Dobson was third. Bolota Asmerom was 4th and Chris Solinsky, who pushed the pace for 1,100 of the final 1,200m, finished fifth. Adam Goucher stepped off the track with 2 laps to go as the race was not going to hit the Olympic qualifying time of 13:21.50, and he wasn't happy about it afterwards. Solinsky also was left to do all the work after Matt Tegenkamp didn't follow through on the tentative plan to take over the lead with 2 laps to go.


by John Nepolitan
Saturday: LRC 800 Semis: Chaos in Women's 800, Jacob Hernandez, David Krummenacker Out A fall in semi #1 turned the day's proceedings into a waste of time as an appeal put all 8 runners into the final. Monday's final will be more like a high school race with 12 runners as a result. On the men's side, the Olympic dreams of former World indoor champ David Krummenacker likely came to an end as he now joins the list of great American runners to never make an Olympic team. NCAA champ Jacob Hernandez was eliminated.
*Day 2 Photos
8
00: Nicole Teter: "“I don’t know what a protest would be based on"
More Coverage: SI: Tim Layden of SI on Tyson Gay

*Eugene Register Guard:
Heptathlon: Hyleas Fountain Wins 5 of 7 Events to Set World Leader in Heptathlon
Shot: Hoffa Leads Big 3 in Shot Put to Beijing
Pole Vault: Tommy Skipper Chokes in Pole Vault Qualifying With 3 No-Heights

Bolt Defeats Powell & Wins Jamaican Trials The crazy thing is Powell's 9.97 would only be 6th in the US quarters. Bolt ran 9.85.


Agony
LRC Day 1 800/5k Prelims: Men's 5k Semis: Alysia Johnson Out, Khadevis Robinson Struggles Round 1 of the 800 had two shockers as defending women's champ Alysia Johnson didn't advance and defending men's champ Khadevis Robinson only finished 6th in his heat but advanced to the semi on time. The other favorites looked good in both races. Lopez Lomong won his heat , but was disappointed with his time, and said he'll keep running the 800 here until he runs 1:44 even if that means running the final. Galen Rupp likely won't run the 5k final, but that didn't stop him from winning his 5k heat, and fist pumping to the crowd.
*Defending Champ Alysia Johnson Finishes 9th, Taken Off Track in Wheelchair www.sfgate.com

Other News
Unbelievable

New York Times Give Press to Study Showing EPO Test Isn't Effective at Catching Cheats Researchers gave 8 people EPO and then sent off blood samples to WADA-accredited labs. They rarely caught any hint of EPO and some even gave off false positives.

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. A Cornell athlete won the men's triple jump for the 2nd straight year, Walter Dix took 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 3:00-flat the last 1,200 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 props to Angela Bizzarri for a thirty-second PR.
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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
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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 home state 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 8,000 points in the decathlon. Plus Manzano, Wheating vs. Hernandez round one, Felnagle, and falls and controversy in the men's 1,500 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 1,500m 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 (6.93m) To Win NCAAs

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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
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Shadrack Songok Video Interview
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IAAF Recap of Day 2 of NCAAs Focuses on LJs Brittney 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 the win by almost a foot.

Day 1 Recap and Video Highlights
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 sent 3 guys to 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
Previous:
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rack and Field News: NCAA Women's Predictions (Three Way Battle)
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Lisa Koll Hoping To End State of Iowa's 10 Yr Drought From NCAA Title
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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
*Photos
Tirunesh Dibaba's
performance was simply amazing. Running in 78-80 degree weather, she smashed the world 5,000m record. She averaged 4:15 each 1,500m and ran her last 1,500 in 4:06-4:07. Jen Rhines ran a 14:54 PR. In other action, in the much-anticipated 800m matchup between teen sensations Abubaker Kaki and David Rudisha, Kaki was simply 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 routine 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 loss 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.

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 ratio 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 down again. Then Gete Wami wiped out at a water stop, nearly knocking her own teeth out, fell 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, windy 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 Points Standings - Lel Has a Huge Lead; Wami's Is Narrowed by Mikitenko

*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 to fail 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 Worlds Coverage:
*Sunday's Homepage
 Ndereba marathon
*Saturday's Homepage
*Friday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday's 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

*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.


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, 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.

*Victah Sailer Photos Link fixed. Photos reshuffled. 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


World Juniors: *World Junior Results *Event-by-Event Recaps
*Day 5 World Juniors Recap US Dominaes Relays
*Day 4 Kaki Wins World Juniors
Day 3:
Recap of Day 3 of World Juniors
Day 2:
27:30.85 for 10k at World Junior Champs IAAF
Day 1:
Reca
p of Day 1 of 2008 World Juniors: Evan Jager, Elijah Greer, 100 Favorites Advance
*IAAF Recap of Day 1 of World Juniors: Sule Utura Wins 5k, Kaki Advances in 800
IAAF Yes, ladies and gentlemen, 1:42 800 guy Kaki is a junior.

*Marquise Goodwin Wins Long Jump for US at World Juniors

Doping News
*Manuel Beltran Is 6th or 7th Teammate of Lance Armstrong To Be Implicated in Doping
 Before the Tour, there were 31 abnormal blood profiles.

*Greek 400m Runner Dimitris Regas Fails Doping Test

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Chinese Walker Banned For Doping: Busted her for EPO with surprise out-of-competition test
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Two Paralympic Athletes Test Positive For Tetrahydrocannabinol Acid - That's pot for those of you from Rio Linda.

Walter Dix to Be Rewarded With Best Shoe Contract Ever Out of College? He earned it. 3 weeks ago we were wondering if he cost himself a lot of money by not going pro last year.

Bubba Thornton Says US Team is Strongest Ever

Trampoline Has Eclipsed Track Because of Drug Scandals?

Ritzenhein Running NYC US Half Marathon

Hendrick Ramaala is Focused on Beijing

Nick Willis Launches New Web Site

David Oliver Gets $5000 Grant to Train for Olympics Update: Oliver no longer receives money from the Foundation, but they rewarded all past participants who made the Olympics with the $5000 bonus. Explanation here.

Bill Rodgers Update

$208,000 LetsRun.com Prediction Contest
* Check your scores here.

More Canadian News: Taylor Milne Won Canadian Trials 1,500 in Record Time Now He's Going to Beijing
*Profile on Taylor Milne
cbc.ca

*Speed River One of Canada's Most Successful Clubs
*Canadian 10k Champ Eric Gillis Left Off Olympic Team
cbc.ca
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Message Board Thread on Gillis

In the Trials Hoopla We Missed Peachtree: Terefe Maregu and Nataliya Berkut Win Peachtree Road Race and $15,000

Sad News: Elliott Galloway, Father of Jeff Galloway and Founder of Galloway School, Dies after Falling on Run After Peachtree Road Race

The Dream in the LA Times: The Torres Brothers Living the American Dream
*Lomong'
s American Dream Will Continue in Beijing

Canadian Champs *Results Here

British 400m Man Martyn Rooney Hoping to Make Olympic Final

Kenyan Nationals
*Paul Kipsiele Koech Trips On Last Water Jump
, Fails To Make Team

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Recap The Olympic Team Was Announced

Oh Canada
Nate Brannen Still Trying to Make his First Olympics
*Gary Reed Says Why Not Wait to Name Canada's Olympic Team

IAAF To Ignore Rules and Give Britain 4*400 Gold from 1997

World Indoor 1,500 Champ Deresse Mekonnen Wins Italian 1,500 in 3:34

More on Men's 800: Gags Calls Khadevis Robinson a Class Act We couldn't agree more. Hard to believe KD has been working full time these last years when he was 3-time US champ. Plus Gags says he wishes Christian Smith would get a haircut.
*LetsRun.com Gets Called Out for Saying Christian Smith Didn't Have Much of a Chance
We don't feel too bad considering his coach said he thought he had "zero" chance of making the team. Gags may have said it a little tongue-in-cheek. Plus a great photo of the men's 800 finish.

A Ton of People Emailed on This: Tyson Homosexual Wins 100m

In Case You Missed It: LetsRun.com Video Show With the Best Announcer in the Business, Toni Reavis, and Trials 10k Sensation Amy Begley Show #2 later Wednesday.

Tuesday's LetsRun: Oregon Goes 1-2-3 in 800, Lagat Cruises in 5k, Hazel Clark Survives 800

Monday's LetsRun: Tyson Gay 9.68

Sunday's LetsRun: Tyson Gay 9.77, Muna Lee 10.85, Chaos in 800 Semis

Saturday's LetsRun: Women's 10k Final: Amy Yoder-Begley Impresses

Bolt Completes Sprint Double At Jamaican Champs With 19.97 In the women's 200, Veronica Campbell-Brown made up for her disappointing 4th in the 100m by running a PR 21.94 world leader.

USA Isn't Only One With Bureaucrats Who Don't Get It
*Nate Brannen Can't Have Nick Willis Pace Him At Canadian Champs It's not like Canada has a 4th guy who can hit the A time.

Reigning HJ Champ Yelena Slesarenko Clears 2.02 in Outdoor Opener

Lots of Big Names To Race In Poland On Tuesday Including Yuri Borzakovskiy The meet is a dry run for the world juniors.

Fabiana de Almeira Mure Sets South American Record of 4.8 in PV

Dwain Chambers Runs 10.05 Fastest legal time since 2001.

Jamaican Champs: Bolt Completes 100-200 Double, Veronica Campbell-Brown Wins 200

8.22 is New Finnish LJ Record

The Forgotten Man in Eugene: Chris Whetstine link fixed Whetstine was one of the top physios in the world until he was beaten by Llewellyn Starks and caught up in the Justin Gatlin affair.

On the Boards: How good does the average Footlocker Finalist become?

TxRunnerGirl Catches Up With Rojo

Further proof everyone reads LetsRun.com. LetsRun.com Message Boarders Quoted in the NY Times (The Times actually attributed the quotes instead of ripping them off like Sports Illustrated a few years ago). The thread discussed is here.

April Fools Day - See Our April Fools Day Home Page Here For all of you guys that have always thought that an Ivy League degree is way overrated based on the amount of typos we have on this site, we have to say, "You are right." We can report that Bruce Hyde got congratulatory emails for his "3:55 mile" from several idiotic Ivy Leaguers who lack common sense.
April Fools Archives:

Apparently, our 2004 April Fools edition was the best as a woman wrote us saying she "should not be forced to read an entire article" without knowing it wasn't true and we would be
lucky to escape a lawsuit.
*2007 *2006
*2005 (we didn't have one)
*2004 *2003
*2002 *2001

Blue Collar Running: Camp Phoenix Marathon Kabul, Afghanistan

Video of Asafa Powell's 9.74 WR

On the boards: Have the Japanese Perfected Lydiard Training?

Video Race Highlights:
1500
: The Final lap of the men's 1,500m
Video:
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros.

Top 10 Training Tips

LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips in this letsrun.com classic when the site first launched. They helped him knock 1:22 off his 10k PR in one race and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principles to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.

Wejo Speaks:
Why I Sucked in College
Perhaps Wejo's Most Popular Training Article Ever.
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k.

Rojo Speaks:
*In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running. His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK.

JK Speaks: JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

Learn From a Legend
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:

"
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard