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

Paula Radcliffe Arrives at British Training Camp in Macau, Some Are Optimistic She wouldn't bring her parents, her husband, her daughter, and her physio if she wasn't intent on competing.
*More on Radcliffe in Macau Times of London

Olympic Track News from the AP Wallace Spearmon talks about Usain Bolt and the men's 100m, bookmakers odds on the 100m, plus some of the US team goes to the mall in China (McDonald's and Starbucks of course), plus news Jeremy Wariner is skipping the training camp for the opening ceremonies (good decision in our book) and a Tyson Gay watch (Gay hasn't raced since the Olympic Trials and still isn't in the camp).

Olympic Shot Putter Reese Hoffa Q&A

Tokyo Women's Marathon to Be Replaced by New Marathon in Yokohama

CBS News Looks at Self Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race Where Runners Circle One Block in Queens Over and Over Crazy.

On the boards: Who's the next distance coach at UVA????????? -
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It Was 107 In Dallas Today How the Hell Do You Do It?
Wejo's own thread.
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Brutal Weather - Dew point of 81F -
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If somebody shoots me on the trails, they can say they thought I was a bear and get away with it

Saturday: Ed Muge and 41-Year-Old Edith Masai Win TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon Road Race Pretty impressive for Masai, who beat all the men in the masters division.
*Beach to Beacon Results
*Photos

Bill Rodgers Has Gotten 10 Minutes Slower in 10k in Last 10 Years

Russia Will Not Appeal Doping Bans Until After Olympics Good news for Shannon Rowbury.
*Russian Athletes Appear to Have Known When They Were Going to be Tested

Germany: Recap of DLV Gala in Wattenscheid Germany (2.01 in High Jump) IAAF

2000 US 4 x 400m Team Loses Gold Medal

Good News for Some: Training is No Longer Necessary - Scientists Discover "Exercise in a Pill" for Mice

Latest on Russian Drug Scandal: Russian Federation Could Be in Trouble Over Doping Scandal
*Sobolova Says She's Innocent
*Romanians Busted for EPO - Elena Antoci and Cristina Vasiloiu Quit Sport

Please Don't Tell Us You're Surprised (unless you're surprised they actually got caught)
Huge Doping Scandal in Russia
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6 Athletes, Including 1:54.85 800m world leader Soboleva and 2-Time 1,500m Champ Tomashova, Are Suspended This is big, big news. The 6 suspended include Yelena Soboleva, who had dominated the mid-d ranks in 2008 with 1:54.85 and 3:57.71 world leaders (the 3:57.71 was also a world indoor record) and double (2003 and 2005) 1,500m World Champ Tatyana Tomashova. Also suspended are Yuliya Fomenko (3:59.41 for 2nd at World Indoors this year, 2nd at the Russian Olympic Trials), European discus champ Darya Pishchalnikova, former world record holder in the hammer Gulfiya Khanafeyeva and distance runner Svetlana Cherkasova. The 6 suspended did not test positive for any substance, but the IAAF, by running DNA analysis on their samples, realized they were submitting fake samples for out of competition tests (which leads to involvement of some co-conspirators in the process). This shows the IAAF program to target suspected cheats (based on profiling samples) is making some progress, although it also shows the anti-doping authorities still cannot actually detect the drugs the cheats are taking.
*Message Board Thread
Latest: AP Article on Doping Scandal

*Russian Suspensions Are Good News for Shannon Rowbury
She's #2 in the world heading into Beijing.
*Russian Positives Lead Many to Wonder If There was a Systematic Doping System in Place for Some in Russia New York Times

*Anti-Doping Authorities Became Suspicious of Russians Because Everything was Too Perfect Times of London

On the boards:
Is Borzakovskiy Clean?
*DNA Convergance, how exact is it?

2 Romanian Distance Runners Kicked Off Olympic Team for High Hemoglobin Levels
Earlier this year, then-world outdoor 1,500m leader Liliana Popescu was dropped from the team for testing positive.

On the boards: *Wariner pays Johnson 20%?
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Ethiopian Federation Suspends Jos Hermens
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Is Arkansas program doomed to mediocrity due to loss of greatest coach in history?
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Galen Rupp ... Houston???

Jeremy Wariner's Parents are Normal People dallasnews.com

Daley Thompson - Britain's Greatest Athlete But Still An Enigma in Britain

US 50 Mile Recap (Mike Wardian Wins)

Watch on WCSN on Demand
Monaco: *Results

World Record for Isinbayeva, Borzakovskiy Wins Tight and Fast 800m, Powell Runs Fast
Kamel Gets Family 800m Record A nice final meet before the Olympics. The 23rd world record for Isinbayeva. The best race of the night was the men's 800m where Yuriy Borzakovskiy edged Yusuf Kamel as both ran 1:42.79 to become only the 2nd and 3rd athletes to run under 1:43 since 2003. Canadian Gary Reed set a Canadian record in the same race to finish 4th. Kamel finally got his family's 800m record (his dad was a 2-time World Champion and his uncle had the family record at 1:42.98). Other highlights were Asafa Powell running 9.82, Daniel K. Komen running a 3:31.49 world leader in the 1,500m, and Martyn Rooney going sub-45 again in the 400m. All-in-all, five world leaders were set (pole vault, women's 400m hurdles, women's long jump, men's 1,500m, womens 3k). Jen Rhines and Ian Dobson didn't have good runs in the 3k in their last race before the Olympics. Dan Huling ran 8:20 in the steeple, becoming the #2 American in 2008.
*Brief LRC Look at the Men's 800m
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Nick Willis Ran 3:33 in Monaco - He Was Hoping For a PR (Sub 3:32)
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Gary Reed Feels Great after Canadian Record
*On the boards:
Solinsky at Monaco

A Quick Guide To Britain's Medal Hopes This guide lists Radcliffe, Pavey and Baddeley as bronze medal contenders.
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Chris Tomlinson's Olympic Dreams In Doubt After Torn Calf

Drug News
Girls Will Be Girls at the Beijing Olympics - Sex Tests Will Prove It
Yes, that's right, a special lab has been created to make sure the women Olympians truly are women.
*Disgraced Sprinter Katerina Thanou Named To Greek Squad
This is likely to create a showdown with the IOC as she may still be banned from 2004.

London Grand Prix: *Results *BBC London Grand Prix Day 2 Photos
London Aftermath:
Usain Bolt's Coach Says He's a Long Way from Michael Johnson's 19.32 Times of London
*Martyn Rooney's Sub-45 Clocking Turned Some Heads in Britain telegraph.co.uk
*Jo Pavey (5th at Olympics, 4th at Worlds Last year) Is a Legitimate Medal Threat for Britain
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Kelly Sotherton on Track for Hepathlon Gold after Win in London
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Marilyn Okoro's London Grand Prix Win at 800m Was a Surprise thestar.com.my
Day 2:
Usain Bolt Continues Insane Performances As Veronica Campbell-Brown Impresses In Women's 100m
Bolt ran 19.76 into a slight headwind and dusted World Championships bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon by more than half a second. Astounding. Meanwhile, Jamaica's Campbell-Brown ran within .02 of her PR, leading some to question whether she'll be added to the Olympic team. In the men's 800m, World Championships silver medallist Gary Reed, who appeared to be rounding into form at the perfect time, was tripped and did not finish. In the women's 800m, Morgan Uceny lost for the first time in Europe but still ran a 2:00.01 PR. In addition, Jen Rhines won the women's 3k.
*Bolt Strolls 19.76 At Crystal Palace

*Ohurougu Wins In Crystal Palace 400m
*Recap Of Crystal Palace 800m, Gary Reed Tripped


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 Championships.
*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)

"If you didn’t live through it, you couldn’t know how their rivalry gripped those who did. Seb Coe and Steve Ovett. Twenty million British viewers watched the 800m final at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and there may not have been a neutral among them. This was more important than Conservative or Labour; more divisive than United or Liverpool. It was said that you could tell a man’s character by his preference in the Coe or Ovett debate."
-David Walsh,
writing about the Seb Coe / Steve Ovett rivalry in an excellent in-depth profile of Coe - the leader of the 2012 London Olympics.

Jordan Hasay Adjusting To New "Fame" Being Recognized In Airports
*Hasay's Olympic Trials Performance Is High School Performance Of The Year
German Fernandez's performance at the California state meet was pretty special as well.

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
*Heptathlon Star Kluft Looking to Focus on Long Jump Only
*Scottish Paper Refers to Bolt as "Blunder Bolt" After Defeat by Powell

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."

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.
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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 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 Distance News on This Side: Ritz Wants a Medal in Beijing (Grand Rapids Press Article and Video)
*Leo Manzano Q&A Before Beijing Olympics His parents are taking their first flight ever to go watch him in China.

Hazel Clark Blogging on NBCOlympics.com  She's got some photos up from Asia.
*Shannon Rowbury Launches New Website

Bernard Lagat's Coach James Li and John Chaplin Have Mutual Respect Seattle Times Li switched his first name to James in honor of John's deceased son.

Blake Russell Gets Sendoff for Beijing

8 Kenyan Reserves Will Travel to Beijing but Stay Outside of the Olympic Village

Marathoner Viktor Röthlin Heads Swiss Medal Hopes

A Look at How Much Better the Russian Women Were Doing in 2008 Than 2007 We assumed most of them were using drugs in 2007 as well.

It's Official: Bolt Will Double in Beijing

Yesterday's Quote of the Day: "Every time I looked at her I wanted to be like her. The way she was running, composing herself – even though she was 16-years-old and flying to Japan and Australia, she was composed. I wanted to be the one flying in the air like her, seeing white people.  I had only seen one white person and that was my priest. I think he was from Ireland."
- Bernard Lagat talking about his sister Mary, the first runner in the family, who inspired him to be a professional runner."

Olympic News: Much of US Team is In China; They Don't Mind Pollution Too Much

More Olympic News:
Marathon: Irina Mikitenko Out of Olympic Marathon With Injury
400m Hurdles: Bershawn Jackson Ready for Gold in 400m Hurdles
Shot:
Christian Cantwell Going to Give Them Hell in Beijing
1,500m: Lisa Dobriskey Has Gone from 35th in the World in the 1,500m to 4th in 10 Days Pretty impressive, and now with 4 of the top 7 in the world getting drug suspensions, she and Shannon Rowbury are strong medal threats.
Heptathlon: It's Time for Gold for Kelly Sotherton
400m: Big Interview With Christine Ohuruogu

*Athletes Are Not Supposed to Protest in Olympic Village or at Venues in Beijing

Another LetsRun.com Rumor is True: Mick Byrne to Coach Wisconsin

Olympics News: 21-Year-Old Marathon Star Sammy Wanjiru Ready for First Olympics IAAF
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Stefan Holm Ready to Defend His Olympic Title as Sweden Sends 12 to Games IAAF

This Weekend: 2008 Beach to Beacon Preview
*Joan Benoit Gets Signed Poster from Every Competitor from 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials at TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon
Photo here

Thanou Will Sue IOC If They Don't Give Her Marion Jones' Gold and Let Her Compete at This Olympics Times of London

USATF To Re-Examine 1997 4 x 400m World Record We're not sure what needs to be re-examined but are glad to see new USATF CEO Doug Logan continuing the public relations fight. Antonio Pettigrew admitted to being a cheat in the period the record was set. Just wipe it from the record books.

Breaux Greer: "If I was healthy, they could just go ahead and send me the gold medal. Not to be cocky, but to win something is easy when I'm healthy. It's going to make it more fun now that we have a competition. I can deal with the pain. Just put a little duct tape on my hand."

Australian Marathoner Lee Troop Healthy and Fit and Ready to Go for Beijing

Lauren Fleshman Wishes She Had a Teammate Like This: Jo Pavey's Priority is the 10k in Beijing, But She'll Also Run the 5k Since She's Not Taking Anyone Else's Spot In the US, both Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan decided to double, keeping Fleshman out of the Olympics.

Oregon Warmup Olympic Time Trial Meet: Nick Symmonds 2:17.78 1000m, Andrew Wheating 3:39.86 Win Only a few hundred people showed up to watch.
*Video
*Message Board Thread

Yesterday's Quote of the Day:
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If he doesn’t run well, the detractors jump on him. If he does (run well), it’s because he has all these advantages. What advantages does he have? I guess running on these grass surfaces."

-Alberto Salazar talking about protégé Galen Rupp. We've never forgotten here at LetsRun.com that Rupp trains the old fashioned way - with anti-gravity treadmills, Russian brain wave software, altitude tents, altitude rooms, breathe right strips, neuro-mechanical stimulators, not to mention asthma medication and thyroid hormones, all while an amateur athlete (wired.com article here). But we didn't know about the grass fields.
On the boards: *
WEJO - UNACCEPTABLE
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Galen Rupp ... why the hate?
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Wejo, Why You Gotta Be Up in Galen's Grill Cheese?
Wejo explained the front page a bit to those who didn't get it yesterday. The quote isn't anti-Rupp. Alberto shouldn't apologize or try and pretend Galen doesn't have advantages over other runners. He should just say "Galen wants to be the best in the world. To do that we have to do everything possible short of doping."

*Nick Symmonds Talks About the Eugene Sweep at Olympic Trials

It's Official: Jason Dunn New Stanford Coach
*Message board thread on this (started Tuesday before the announcement Wednesday)

With a Bronze from 2004, Kelly Sotherton Says She Deserves More Press If she wins the gold she'll get it. We still hope Kluft does the Heptathlon with 0 training and sees how it goes.

Good News: Paula Radcliffe Flying to British Training Camp on Sunday

In-Depth Look by Yahoo at Why Jeremy Wariner Dumped Clyde Hart The article presents it as a business decision and perhaps some jealousy of Sanya Richards, who supposedly gets more in endorsements than Wariner. If that's the case maybe Wariner should also cut back on his agent Michael Johnson.

IOC to Store Beijing Urine Samples for 8 Years USA Today

Iraqi Athletes to Be Allowed at Olympics Perhaps this Washington Post editorial pointing out the IOC's inconsistency with Iraq caused the IOC to change course.

Haile G to Run Great Australian Run in November

LRC: The Week That Was Once again we recap Famed coaching guru JK comes out of hibernation and recaps the action in the world of track and field and once again it is done in Top 10 style. So if you've been on vacation, read all about the top 10 athletes of last week as well as the top American performances, including one from a 15-year-old American sensation you may not have heard of.
Update: Photos and Video Highlights added

Unbelievably Good News - Let's See Who Pulls A Regina Jacobs and Pulls Out Now
*IAAF To Keep All Drug Testing Samples For 8 Years In the past, nothing was kept more than 90 days. This is what we always believed was the key to cleaning up the sport.

Isaac Macharia Wins Bogota Half Marathon In 1:03:34 at 8,530 Ft. Altitude To Kick Off ING New York Marathon Preparations The pace was hot from the start and 2006 New York champ Dos Santos was left in the dust.

Recap of Spanish Champs: Arturo Casado Wins Men's 1,500m - The 1,500m featured 5 Olympic A Qualifiers A pedestrian 2:14 opening two laps resulted in great fireworks at the end as Casado cruised the final 300m in 38.90, giving him a big win over two-time world bronze medallist Reyes Estévez. Casado seems very confident heading into Beijing: "Honestly, winning it has not been a surprise; I know my rivals are world-class but I'm in the form of my life, I've set 800 (1:45.69) and 1,500 (3:33.14) PBs earlier in July and that indicates I'm on the right path to Beijing."

The first crack in the armor?
Jamaican Olympian Tests Positive & Is Pulled From Games The name hasn't come out but apparently it's not a big name.

New York Half Presented By Nike *Top 10 Results *Photos
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Tadesse Tola Outkicks Patrick Makau, Ritz Runs Well, Ndereba Wins Women's Race
The New York Half produced a thrilling finish as the 20-year-old Tola edged Makau to get the biggest win of his career and give Makau his first half marathon loss of the year (after 4 wins). American Dathan Ritzenhein ran a very strong 1:01:38 for third to give his Beijing bid a huge shot of confidence. Catherine Ndereba won the women's title. Anyone remember last year's race with Geb and Abdi? LRC was there to cover it. Relive last year's men's race here and women's race here.

Bix 7: Edward Muge Wins Bix 7 Miler after Maregu Zewdie Stops Short of Finish, Edith Masai Wins Women's at Age 41
*2008 Bix 7 Mile Results

More Road Action: UK: Rita Jeptoo Runs 31:36 Course Record at BUPA Wales RunIAAF
Italy: Reigning World Junior XC Champ Ibrahim Jeilan Wins Giro di Castelbuono Road Race
IAAF

Sad, Sad News
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NJ HS Star and 1:50.14 Runner Jason Walton Killed By Train The guy was known in track and field circles for having run a stellar 1:50.14 as a junior in HS and for being a complete class act and the ultimate sportsman.
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Walton Rememberd For Having Giant Heart As Well As Giant Talent The young man celebrated a second-placer's first sub-2 in such sincere fashion that the opposing runner's coach was amazed.

Recommended Read: *Danny Harris Battling Back From Cocaine Addiction At 18, he was an Olympic silver medallist in the 400m hurdles. Three years later, he ended Edwin Moses' legendary 122-race win streak. Soon he was a cocaine addict living on the streets.

A Look at Kenya's Male 5k Olympic Entrants Edwin Soi, Eliud Kipchoge and Thomas Longosiwa are super-talented but they will have their hands full with Bernard Lagat and the Ethiopians.

It's Not Easy For Some Countries To Even Win Medals
Recommended Read: *
Iran's Discus Thrower Ehsan Hadadi Has Great Chance To Win Country's First Ever Track & Field Medal They have been going to the Olympics since 1948 and have never won a track medal.
*Brits Coping With Reality: Medals Will Be Few And Far Between In Beijing

*Japanese Facing Struggles To Collect Medals In Beijing They only had one medal at Worlds last year but they do have two defending Olympic champs entered.
*Japanese Olympic Team of 40 Announced

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

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."

Non-Distance Action from Final Day of Olympic Trials:
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

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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

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


Monday Drug Update: Jamaican Sprinter Julien Dunkley (Suspended for Drugs This Year) May Have Been Suspended for Drugs after Winning NCAA Title in 2003  But the NCAA keeps everything quiet.
*Surprise: Julien Dunkley Trained With Trevor Graham and Shawn Crawford
Crawford sure has gotten a pass for training with Graham in the past. In the article, the future Olympic 200m champ talks about how how much better things are with his coach Graham.

Update: Olga Yegorova Also Suspended in Doping Scandal  The woman made famous by Radcliffe's "EPO Cheats Out" sign at the 2001 Worlds wasn't in the original news wires but she is one of the athletes banned.

Justin Gatlin Now Working as a Trainer at a Gym, Has His Sights on 2012

Adidas Talks About Jeremy Wariner's New Lone Star Shoe (Designed for Running Straight and to the Left)

Agents Jos Hermens, Mark Wetmore Told by Ethiopian Federation to Keep Low Profile Until After Olympics

Nick Willis May Carry Kiwi Flag at Olympics

Shocker: Study Confirms Anti-Gravity Treadmill Puts Less Pressure on Joints

Blue Collar (And Today's Sign of the Apocalypse): Brian Sell Doesn't Have a Cell Phone
*Brian Sell Brief Chat

Ryan Hall to Get Olympic Sendoff People in Big Bear have already climbed Kilimanjaro with a banner supporting Ryan.

A Couple of Performances We Missed: *Phil Sakala 3:38 The Army grad came up just short of making the Olympic Trials but is runing great now.
*5 Americans Sub-4:00 at Brother Morton Memorial Meet in Dublin Results above. Nice meet website here. Pro track and field returned to Dublin with a nice crowd of 3,000.

Jamaica's Julien Dunkley Off 4 x 100m Team after Positive Test

Howard Jacobs, Who Spends Most of His Career Defending Cheats, Says the System is Too Tilted Towards the Anti-Doping Agency He's actually right in some areas.

Jeremy Wariner Dreams of Breaking World Record at Olympics

Adidas and Nike Doing Battle in Beijing

On The Boards:
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Chris Derrick runs 52:44 10 miler
*Very nice Magdalena Lewy-Boulet article

Update on Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating (and Galen Rupp) Symmonds wants Olympic gold and Rupp is going to Houston to train. If the weather in Beijing is equivalent to Houston, then the Games never should have been awarded to Beijing.

On the boards: Jim Spivey Posts on Thread Whether He's a Better Runner than Alan Webb

Injury News: World Champ in Discus Franka Dietzsch Pulls Out of Olympics Citing Poor Form
*Roman Sebrle Pulls Out of Meet with Injury Scare
*Irish World Indoor Champ Derval O'Rourke Questionable for Olympics With Injury Scare

Random National Champs from the Weekend:
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French Champs Recap IAAF
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Ugandan Champs Recap IAAF
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Finnish Champs Recap IAAF

Is Rojo Bigger Than Fam?
*Anthony Famiglietti on National Public Radio (Sort of)
The clip didn't actually air on the radio as it was cut and appears only on the web. Meanwhile, Rojo appeared on the show months ago.

Decathlon World Record Holder Sebrle Felled By Another Injury
Nothing serious as he just had a cramp which caused him to pull out of a pole vault competition.

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
*ETHIOPIAN OLYMPIC LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS INVOLVED IN GUN BATTLE
Olympic marathoner Tessema Abshiro pulled a gun on Olympic hopeful Deriba Merga.

Saturday: London Meet on WCSN.com, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday $4.95 subscription required

Russian Women Name Olympic Team of 60

Paul Koech Named to Kenyan Olympic Team in Steeple He got the bronze in 2004 and ran 8:00.57 this week in Heusden.

This is What Happens When You Advertise on LetsRun.com: BAA Boston Half Sells Out in 8 Days

Brian Sell Started Running To Get In Shape For Wrestling As He Was Getting Gassed in 3rd Period

Drug Cheat Thanou to Have Disciplinary Hearing Before Olympics But Likely Will Be on Team

A Look At All The New Shoes/Gear Being Used At Olympics
*Nike's Got New Sprint Uniforms

We're Not Making This Up
*53-Year-Old Israeli Olympic Marathon Entrant In Jail In Ethiopia

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Lolo Jones May Race A Horse After Beijing
*Bear Attacks Runner

Nice Take on Doug Logan's Letter to Pres. Bush by Philip Hersh If we were going to write more than the two sentences we did on this, we'd have tried to write what Hersh did.

Doug Logan Writes to President Bush Regarding Marion Jones' Prison Sentence A bit of grandstanding (as you too can express your disgust to President Bush in the Promotions and Contest Section of USATF) but his letter got picked up on SportsCenter, so mission accomplished in our book (no pun intended).

Beijing to US Athletes: Focus on Being Friendly Pres. Bush last week told them to be ambassadors to freedom.

Adam Nelson Wins Shot Put in City Center Held Day Before Main Stockholm Meet

Blincoe Stunned at Record-Breaking Run

Goucher to Run NYC Half, Carney Pulls Out Citing Fatigue

HBO to Re-Air Lopez Lomong Documentary at 10 p.m. on Tuesday

US Easily Wins Medal Count at NACAC U-23 Games

US Athletes Unsure if They Should Wear Face Masks at Opening Cermonies at Olympics Personally we think it's rude if they do. Plus news Kara Goucher is wearing a mask on planes so as not to get sick.

Russian Champs:
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Lilya Shobukhova 14:23 5k at Day 3
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Yelena Soboleva Runs 1:54.85
The Russian women are amazing. 1:56.67 wouldn't put you on the Olympic team.
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Russian Champs Results

European Champ Inga Abitova Runs 30:46 at Day 1 of Russian Champs

Montell Douglas Runs 11.05 to Qualify for Olympics and Break Kathy Cook's 27-Year-Old British Record

On the boards:
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Top 5 all-time waste of talents in T&F? -
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Will the IOC step up EPO testing like the Tour?

It's Official: Chad Hall Transferring from Oregon to UC Riverside (for our foreign visitors, Chad is Ryan's brother and the former high school national xc champ)
*Message board thread

Podcast With Vin Lananna, Toni Reavis and Matt Taylor

The New Guy? Bill Schmidt (Former Gatorade VP, Bronze Medallist in Javelin) May be Next USATF CEO
The Old Guy: Craig Masback to Be an Olympic Announcer

Track and Field from Olympics to Be Streamed Live ... in China Track and Field sadly has regressed in the US since 1992. The Olympics is the only sporting event of substance in the World not on live in the US.

Wes Santee Says Kansas Track Will Be Removed from Football Stadium www2.kusports.com

Paula Radcliffe's Reserve Hailey Haining Unsure on How Long She'll Wait in Limbo

Trevor Graham Given Lifetime Ban by USADA; Shawn Crawford Is His Most Prominent Ex-Athlete Still Competing

Not Sure If We Ever Put This Up: After Running 8:12, 39-Year-Old Simon Vroemen Tests Positive

Lengthy Article in Eugene Register-Guard on How Steve Prefontaine Died The car, the turn, the rock all played a role. Definitely not a turn you want to take if you've been drinking which the article and movies seem to gloss over. The article takes it for fact Pre had one beer the night he died, although his blood alcohol level (which may have been inaccurate) was .18.
*Message board thread

LetsRun.com the Magazine Coming Soon: Runner's World Had $72 Million in Ad Sales Last Year If you want to advertise on letsrun email us. We won't be greedy. Our reach is way more than 1/10th that of Runner's World and we only want to bring in $7 million. And with us you can actually be guaranteed your ad gets seen. How many people actually read page 27 of Runner's World anyway?

Jordan Hasay Talks About What She Learned at World Juniors

Alberto Salazar to Run Medtronic TC 10 Mile This Fall link fixed

World Juniors: *World Junior Results
Final Day: Abraham Cherkos Runs 13:08 Record to Win World Junior Champs
Jordan Hasay 4th at World Juniors 1,500, Centro Jr. sub-14:00. *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

$208,000 LetsRun.com Prediction Contest
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More Canadian News: Taylor Milne Won Canadian Trials 1,500 in Record Time Now He's Going to Beijing
*Profile on Taylor Milne
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*Speed River One of Canada's Most Successful Clubs
*Canadian 10k Champ Eric Gillis Left Off Olympic Team
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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

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:
1,500
: 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
Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Africans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

Learn/ Be Inspired from the Stars:
Yet Again The LetsRun.com Training Philosophy Is Proven True:

"Everything has been part of a master plan. Of course we've had to re-focus and re-adjust along the way, like everyone does, but there has always been a plan. [Years] 2005 and 2006 were all about training for 2007 and 2008. The last couple of years, we were trying to build up the strength he needs to win championship medals in the 1,500.''
-Scott Raczko, coach of Alan Webb, talking about how their focus on strength the last two years is paying big dividends in a feature in America's top sports magazine, Sports Illustrated (although we are pretty sure the article appears only online).

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Geb:
More Great Advice from the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:

Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.
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Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running:
"I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

Cheruyiot
A Must Read
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record Holder Robert Cheruiyot The life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title Monday, is truly remarkable
LetsRun.com
R
ojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags-to-riches story.

Some of the Highlights From Our Archives:
You Know You're a Runner If...
(our readers fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Kenya: LetsRun.com's Wejo went to Kenya for the World XC Championships and then he toured the country and explored the secrets of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredible country.
Controlled Chaos
Read about incredible one of kind 2007 World XC Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Tens of thousands of people packed like sardines, hanging in trees, in oppressive heat, all to see the Cross Country Championships for the first time in Kenya. There will never be a party like this one again.
Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity
You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. Running in Kenya is by-and-large about one thing: money opportunity.
Wejo's Kenya Photos:
546 Photos from His Post-World XC Trip
See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School,Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
A bit old, but we've got to remember our roots.

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ

Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all time as selected by our viewers is a not an Academy Award winner (Chariots of Fire) or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all time as selected by our viewers.
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Thumbs Up Showdown DVD: Wejo watched the Showdown DVD on the 2007 USA XC Champs in Boulder and was inspired.

Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"

- John Stiner,on getting married to his wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message boards. Read about their incredible story.

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

Inspirational Running Poem