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Watch Day 2: Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Eastern on WCSN.com
London Grand Prix: *Start lists, live results

Day 1: LRC Recap: Shedrack Korir Dispatches Bernard Lagat In Men's Mile As Lisa Dobriskey Prevails in Spirited Battle With Erin Donohue In Women's 1,500m Anyone who expected Beijing to be an easy coronation for Bernard Lagat and Allyson Felix had better think again as Lagat finished 3rd and Felix 4th.
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Article On Men's Mile & Andrew Baddeley
*Mottram Call His 4th Place Run "Solid"
*IAAF Recap: Andrey Silnov Jumps World Leading 2.38m (7'9.75)
He was only 4th in the Russian champs.
*Asafa Powell Wins 100m In 9.94
*Kelly Sotherton Upset After Hurdles Fiasco One of Brtiain's best hopes for gold in the heptathlon avoided disaster after the 3rd hurdle was put in the wrong spot.
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Watch Day 1 On WCSN.com (Mile is 48:20 in,1,500w is 1:47:00 in, hurdles fiasco at 2:04:00)
Pre-Race
*Powell in 100m, Bolt in 200m, Jenn S. vs. Isinbayeva, Baddeley vs. Lagat vs. Mottram in Mile, Allyson Felix, Brad Walker & More
European Athletics
Tyson Gay is out of the Asafa Powell showdown at 100m but it still is a great meet.
*Tyson Gay Failed Fitness Test, Pulls Out of London Showdown With Powell telegraph.co.uk
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Brits Are Wondering Why Torri Edwards With Her 17-Month Suspension Is In London Meet While Dwain Chambers Is Out
*Asafa Powell Speaks Out on Drugs
Times of London
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Philips Odowu: "Beijing’s just another sandpit in another country." IAAF
*
Bolt Definitely Wants to Double at Beijing IAAF

The Great White Hope Is Back
*Mottram Camp Has Changed Things Up A Bit This Year

*Mottram, Australia's Greatest Hope For Medal, Will Continue to Prep at Crystal Palace He'll run the mile after his fine 54.6 last lap win in the 3k.

A Must-Read Profile of Cambodia's Olympic Marathoner Hem Benting The guy is so poor he lives in the stadium he trains in and tries to subsist on $50 a month. Someone please tell us why a shoe company doesn't at least give him free gear.

*Profile Of Jack Daniels
*Message Board Thread Here

A Woman's Biggest Dream/Worst Nightmare
A Woman Wins Overall Title While Another One Is Dragged Into Bushes and Attacked at South Africa's 2008 Washie Ultra

Complete Expected Elite Field For Sunday's New York City Half Marathon Presented By Nike Goucher/Ritz/Bizuneh and a ton of studly Africans on the men's side while Ndereba and Johnson lead the women's field.

DN Galan LRC Recap Defar 14:12.88, Robles 12.91, Asafa Powell 9.88 over Bolt's 9.89, Kaki 2:13.93 1,000m WJR, Richards Crushes Felix at 400, Craig Mottram is Back
It was a great meet. The women's 5k record seemed out of reach until Defar threw down a 60.37 last lap to give the record a scare. Craig Mottram ran 54.59 for his final lap to crush the field in the men's 5k. (Watch on Demand at WCSN)
*Results
*Video Highlights
*Heptathlete Star Kluft Looking to Focus on Long Jump Only
*Scottish Paper Refers to Bolt as "Blunder Bolt" After Defeat by Powell

Check out the 8-Strong Croatian Track Team Headlined by Blanka Vlasic

Portugal's Olympic Team Features 3 Track and Field Medal Contenders

Another Good Article on a Glowing Adrian Blincoe

Olympic News: A Look at Ireland's Track Entrants for the Olympics

Nigerian 4 x 100m Relay Fiasco

Qualified Olympic Relay Teams (Baylor would be a medal contender)

Bahamas Has Still Not Secured Funding to Send Athletes to Olympics

Drug Cheat Katerina Thanou (Greece) Fighting to Compete in Beijing

Interesting Read: Puzzling Olympic Roster Decisions (Thanou, Greer and more)

British Olympic Team Announced

Marion Jones Wants a Presidential Pardon

Friday: Golden League Paris
*Results
LRC Recap Shannon Rowbury 4:00.33 to Finish 2nd, Dayron Robles 12.88, Wariner Crushes Merritt, Jelimo and Vlasic Stay Perfect
The meet was a great one, but that's what you should expect with the Golden League. Dayron Robles gave the world record a scare, Jeremy Wariner ran his 4th fastest time ever, Pamela Jelimo dominated again but may have some trouble with the Russians. American Shannon Rowbury showed she's still a force to be reckoned with as she ran a very impressive 4:00.33. Alan Webb did not toe the line to defend his 2007 Paris title.
*Message board thread on Rowbury

Great Profile on Walter Dix: "If anyone thinks he runs a race just to run a race, he's got another think coming. He's going to run a race to win the race. I don't care how big or how small it is." - Walter Dix's dad. The article is full of interesting info. Walter cried after he lost his first race; he long jumped 23' 10" at age 14.

Judge Refuses to Overthrow Trevor Graham's Conviction

Drugs: Victor Conte: "I believe there's rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Caribbean"
Steroid Nation Article on Merlene Ottey
*Should Drug Testing Be Banned?
dopingjournal.org

3 Good reads: Pre: Rebel With a Cause Some youngsters can see Pre wasn't just hype. NFL coach George Seifert said of Pre, "Watching him run was a unique feeling I've never experienced anywhere else in sports. It was an electric feeling - the screaming and hysteria was like this big old envelope that engulfed all of us. It was so emotional I'd have tears in my eyes. It was a great natural high that you don't forget and you can't duplicate chemically."
A Look at Mel Sheppard, the Last US Olympic 1,500m Champ (100 Years Ago) "If it was necessary to die at the finish, why, that would be perfectly satisfactory as long as I hit the tape first. It was the proudest moment of my life."

*ESPN the Magazine: "Track isn't a very big draw in our country. And that's just nuts."

Sammy Wanjiru, Jon Brown Running Road 10k in London This Weekend

Sammy Wanjiru Says Hot Weather Should Help Him in Beijing www.nationmedia.com

Coach Jon Drummond Says Tyson Gay Will Be 100% For Olympics, Will Race July 25th in London

Dean Macey Retires Times of London

Olympic Rosters Being Announced:
USA:
US Olympic Track Team Announced
*Flanagan and Goucher to Double in Beijing, Lauren Fleshman Left off Olympic Team
*Breaux Greer Named to Olympic Team

UK: Wave 1 of British Olympic Team Announced Not sure why they don't announce all the team minus Dwain Chambers now, but the 1,500 squad only has one person on it.
*Dwain Chambers Hearing Pushed Back Until Thursday
*Dwain Chambers May Still Not Run Relay if He Wins His Olympic Appeal
independent.co.uk
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Craig Pickering Speaking Out Against Dwain Chambers Times of London

Ethiopia: Bekele Tentatively Scheduled to Double in Beijing
*Gebrselassie Has Injury May Not Be Fit for Beijing (But It's not Affecting His Marathon Preparations)
Not sure if it's a convenient way for him to prepare for Berlin or not.

Canada: Former World Champ in Hurdles Perdita Felicien to Give Up on Chance to Qualify for Beijing after Injury

Botswana: Chinese Embassy to Offer Cash Incentives for Botswana Medals at Olympics ($7,800 for a Gold) They could offer $780,000 and it wouldn't make a difference.

Paula Radcliffe Has Fitness Checkup on Tuesday We're not sure if it's a doctor's appointment or a time trial.

Craig Mottram Now Training in Switzerland, He Won't Run a 5k Until Olympics Mottram said of the US champs: "I'm in St Moritz so we don't have English television, and internet is limited. I have seen the results. I haven't and don't intend to [watch it]. It's irrelevant" Just in case he wants to watch the races, here is the 5k final at the US champs, here is the 1,500 final. Too bad NBC makes them very hard to find.

Webb Compared to Steve Holman Although Holman was ranked #4 and #5 in the World, Webb's career has probably already surpassed Holman's. Somehow Holman only won 1 US Title. Webb has 3, plus 2 World Champs finals, a Golden League win and an AR.

Rome Golden League: *Photos
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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

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.
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Running Film Festival Thursday through 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 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?
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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.

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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
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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.
*
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

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Neely Spence Won Girl's 2 Mile at NON

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

Olympic Marathoners Getting Ready For Beijing By Racing Sunday's NY Half Marathon
*Benita Johnson Trying To Overcome Loss of Father The man who got her into running recently passed away.
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Ritz Leading American Charge at NY Half
Ritz may be running, but the favorite is Patrick Makau, who won the Healthy Kidney 10k, earlier in the year in Central Park and is 4 for 4 in half-marathons this year. Former Boston, New York & Chicago champ, Felix Limo, also is running.*A Brief Chat With D. Ritz
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Complete NYC Half Elite Field Here
*2006 NYC Winner Marilson Gomes dos Santos To Race Ridouane Harroufi At Bogota Half Marathon Dos Santos is getting ready for Beijing while Harroufi has been tearing up the US road racing scene.

Last Major Meet Before Beijing Is Thursday's Meet In Monaco
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Powell, Robles, Borzakovskiy, and Lagat Will All Compete It will be good to see how Lagat looks. The highlight of the meet may be Isinbayeva vs. Stuczynski in PV.

*French Champs Day 1 Recap *Full Results

Gebrselassie Unsure of Beijing But Definitely Running Berlin IAAF

This Weekend: NY: Catherine Ndereba Running NYC Half This Weekend Then She'll Go For Gold in Beijing

Iowa: Quad Cities Bix 7-Miler Field Announced (Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit in)

RRCA Roads Scholars Announced

USATF Elite Athlete Grants Announced

Drug News
*Simon Vroemen Used Illegal Drip at 2006 European Champs He acts like it's no big deal and everyone carries around a drip with them. The 39-year-old tested positive this year but is claiming he's innocent.
*Two Years After Skipping Three Drug Tests, Ohuruogu Doesn't Care If Britons Don't Support Her
*Bad Drug News: Hungarian Throwers Previously Convicted of Doping Offenses Will Throw In Beijing
*Waste Of Taxpayer Money? $6 Million Spent To Drug Test 10,000 Texas High School Athletes ... 2 Positives

Good Drug News: Despite Pleas of "Clean Riders," Cycling Sponsor Saunier Duval (Sponsor of Riccardo Ricco's Team) Withdraws All Funding Immediately
*Cancer Scientists Have Developed Urine Test For HGH

Cuba, Cuba
*Read About How The Cuban Olympic Team Is Put Together (And Held Together)
*Cubans Excited About Robles' "Galactic Mastery" of 110m Hurdles
*Take a Look At Cuba's Athletics Entries For Beijing

*Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating to Race July 31st in Eugene
*Message Board Thread Here

Women's Profiles
*Former WVU Star Megan Metcalfe To Run 5k For Canada
*Profile of Steeplechaser Lindsey Anderson, Headed to Beijing

Interesting Read: Iranian-American Shot Putter Trains at NAU, Will Compete in Beijing

Russia To Give $156,000 To All Gold Medal Winners The US could do the same if Texas wasn't spending $6 million on drug testing.

Liu Xiang's Injury is Serious, Causing Worries in His Camp

48-Year-Old Merlene Ottey Fails to Qualify for Record 8th Olympiad

Update on Ethiopia's Runners, Geb Looking Doubtful (calf tear)

Mo Farah to Compete at Crystal Palace this Weekend, Vows He Can "Challenge Africans"

Tour Star Cheat Riccardo Ricco Busted for Special Version of EPO

LRC The Week That Was After an Olympic Trials hiatus, our highly-acclaimed recap of the past week in the running world is back. This week we try something a little different with our top 10 performances of the week (and our top 5 American distance performances). Robles, Isinbayeva, Wariner, Bolt, Rowbury, Barringer, Tegenkamp, Solinsky - we've got it all covered. Plus recommended reads and thumbs up, thumbs down. If that's not enough to make you read, then check out some quotes on Steve Prefontaine from George Seifert and Ken Kesey.

Scott Douglas' Article on Olympic Trials Qualifying, Appeals Process Well researched. "In the distance events, there were several instances where decisions about who was let into the meet appeared more arbitrary and capricious than straightforward and easily comprehensible. With the U.S. Olympic Committee threatening USATF with decertification as the national governing body of track and field, athletes' claims of a lack of fairness, transparency and accountability took on extra weight."

Kenya Thinks 8 Years Is A Long Wait - USA Has Been Waiting For 100
Kenya Looking For 1,500m Gold With 3 Complete Studs
Kenya has world leader Augustine Choge and teenage sensations Asbel Kiprop (age 19) and Nicholas Kemboi (18). We've been hyping Kiprop for a year now, but Kemboi is also an unreal prodigy as he ran 3:33 at 16 years of age.

Teenage Prodigies Twell & Pallant Give Britain Hope For 2012 Stephanie Twell and her training partner Emma Pallant produced gold and bronze at World Juniors. They are aiming for medals in 2012. "Take two athletes. One took a cocktail of seven drugs and went to the High Court to seek a second chance and a place in the Olympic Games, the other went to Paris and produced the run of her short life to cement her status as a teenage prodigy and qualify for Beijing."

Pamela Jelimo Admits She's Shaken By The Russians' Performance in 800m At Russian Champs (and their decision to skip the European meets) Jelimo appears to be a rare athlete that speaks the truth in her interviews. She said, “I am (sic) my best form, but my confidence has been shaken a bit by the Russians." Plus she subtly raises the drug suspicions the mainsteam media seems to be avoiding by questioning why the Russians are skipping the major European meets.

LRC Recap Heusden Night of Athletics: Jenny Barringer 9:22.73 American Record Win over Willard, Paul Koech 8:00.57 Steeple WL, Gary Reed 800 Win, Morgan Uceny Remains Undefeated in Europe, Kiwi 5k Record for Blincoe, Alan Webb 3:35.86 Barringer and US Champion Anna Willard had another thrilling duel with Barringer winning by .03 as both smashed the US record. In other action, Cornell alum Morgan Uceny remained undefeated in her European campaign as she won the 1,500. In the 5k, Chris Solinsky hung on 13-low pace until falling apart at the end. Kiwi Adrian Blincoe ran 13:10.19 to break Dick Quax's 30+-year-old Kiwi record. Alan Webb ran 3:35.86 for 6th in the 1,500.
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Message board thread on Barringer/Willard
*Race videos in LRC Recap and more at Flotrack
*Heusden Results

New York Times Looks At Jamaica's Amazing Sprint Success The Times article points out that no Jamaican-based sprinter has ever tested positive for steroids. Impressive. The Times also points out that Jamaica doesn't have its own out-of-competition testing (not a surprise, since it's basically a third world country).

Not Only Was Hitler Evil, His Regime Also Supported Cheating In Track
*Amazing story about a man who posed as a woman as part of a plan to win the 'women's' high jump gold in 1936
He finished 4th in the ladies high jump. This pretty much sums up what happened next: "At a train station in Germany, two ladies noticed him in a skirt but with a five o'clock shadow. A doctor was summoned, he lifted the skirt and (his) career was over."

Interesting Read: A History of Doping (Boozing?) in the Olympics as Only the Irish Can Tell It

Pistorius Left off S. African 4 x 400

Moses Masai 12:55 5k in Barcelona www.supersport.co.za
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Barcelona results

Town of Big Bear planning sendoff for Ryan Hall

Spotlight on amazing Jamaican sprinters

LaShawn Merritt has some beef with race organizers in Europe

Doug Logan Speaks (1-on-1 With Olympics writer Philip Hersh) USATF's new CEO is an outsider, which is good as he won't be afraid to ruffle a few feathers and let a few heads roll. Logan got in trouble at MLS for opening his mouth too much, but too many people in track and field are more interested in protecting their small piece of the pie than in speaking out. We missed the opening remarks at his press conference as we were too busy watching Shannon Rowbury run 4:00.33.
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Doug Logan Teleconference Excerpts
*Doug Logan Serious About Stopping Doping
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Wikipedia Entry on Logan
*WSJ Interview with USATF Big Shot Bill Roe

Previous: Doug Logan, Former MLS Head, Named USATF Head
He's lived the American dream for sure. Born in Cuba, a former NYC taxi cab driver and NY Yankees beer vendor, he was the first Major League Soccer Commissioner and got 2 Bronze Stars in Vietnam. He eventually was let go from MLS.

USATF Club Championships Underway in Kansas

Distance News: Willis to Run 800m and 1,500m in Beijing
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Kenyan Brother and Sister Will Both Run at Olympics Disregard the names used in the article. The athletes are Moses Masai and Linet Masai. Both are in the 10k.
*Ari Lambie Profile www.boston.com
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Informative Article on Sammy Wanjiru

Dwain Chambers Will Not Be Allowed to Compete at Olympics BBC
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Tom Knight's Take on Dwain Chambers

Liu Xiang Had Not Returned to 100% Fitness from Hamstring Injury BBC

Nate Brannen Was Running 30 Seconds A Day in January; Now He's Running 3:34 and Going to Beijing

James Carney Talks About Finishing 6th at Trials and Not Making Olympic Team

Wednesday Action: Luzerne
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Spitzen Leichtathletik Results Morgan Uceny 4:06.93 over Anna Willard, Christine Ohurugu 50.99, Gary Reed over Jonathan Johnson. The former Cornellian Uceny's breakout 2008 year at 1,500 continues. This was the 11th 1,500of her life.
*Luzerne Recap IAAF
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Blade Runner Comes Up Short in Attempt to Qualify for Olympics

Alan Webb Spotting: Liege Belgium Results - Alan Webb 1:46.89 for 5th Ahead of Christian Smith, Daniel Komen; Erin Donohue 2:01.19 Win; Bolota Asmeron 7:54 3k)
*Message Board Thread on Webb's 800
*Video

Tuesday: Great Idea - Matt Tegenkamp Runs Fastest 1,500m Ever (3:37) in Wisconsin to Outkick Jonathon Riley Watch the video. A nice community event.

Kyle Skaggs Goes Sub-24 Hours at 2008 Hardrock 100 Endurance Run He broke the course record by 3 hours.

John Carlos and Tommie Smith Get Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

Rachid Ramzi Runs 13:10, Will Supposedly Run 5k at Olympics

Pistorius Has to Drop 1 Second in His Final Qualifying Race to Make Olympics

Jelimo and Vlasic To Resume Golden League Chase on Friday IAAF

Monday Action: Angelo Taylor 45.02, Bershawn Jackson 45.47 in Greece
*Greece
Results

Boilermaker: The Beer Garden Is Loved Throughout Central New York
Men:
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efe Maregu Wins Boilermaker 1 Week After Winning Peachtree He got $6,000 for the win. He got $15,000 for winning Peachtree. A race of the Boilermaker's stature should have a $10k first prize.
Fernando Cabada Top American at Boilermaker (12th Overall)
Women: Ashu Rabo Kasim Defeats Catherine Ndereba by 1 Second at Boilermaker
It's amazing how little fanfare Ndereba gets. If Radcliffe showed up at Boilermaker, everyone would talk about it for a month.
More: *Governor Patterson First Governor to Finish Boilermaker
*Utica Boilermaker or Just the Boilermaker?

*Boilermaker Timing System Failed Honolulu, NYC Marathons had problems as well.
*The Boilermaker in Afghanistan

UK Athletics Does Something Right: It Gives Paula Radcliffe Until 9 A.M. Day Before Marathon to Decide Whether She's Fit Enough Paula on her best day is nearly 10 seconds a mile better than anyone else in the field.