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"It's not bad. Way more than I hoped for and more than I thought would happen. I should have learned my lesson, because every time I think he's going to do something, he does it better."
- Ok. State track coach Dave Smith commenting after German Fernandez ran a world junior world record 3:56.50 in his first indoor race ever on Saturday - 8 weeks after injuring himself at NCAAs.

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Ryan Shay
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*Official Ryan Shay Remembrance Thread.
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We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Martin Fagan Beats Andres Espinosa's Course Record To Win 3-M Half Marathon In 1:01:05 A 4:18 5th mile gave him a lead which he never relinquished. His McMillan teammate Andrew Lemoncello was 3rd in 1:01:51

Wrong Turn May Or May Have Not Cost Kenyan Victory At ING Miami Marathon In the end,  Moroccan Benazzouz Slimani got the win in 2:16, which he said he would have gotten regardless.

Bolt, Are You Training?
Walter Dix 3.75 For 40m
 

Rob Myers Wins Battle With Sherer And Blincoe To Capture New Balance Title In 3:59  Blincoe, who was the only guy that went with the rabbit, was very disappointed after the race as he was hoping for the meet record of 3:54. Myers talks about training with new coach Ron Warhurst.
*IAAF Recap Of New Balance Pro Action

XC Results From Belgium - Kenyans and Ethiopians Dominate

Lance Surges On Final Day And Passes First Test On Comeback Trail

Uganda's Isaac Kiprop Wins Regional Half Marathon

What Is Missing In Greek Athletics?

Pro News
Yoko Shibui Finally Runs A Conservative Race And Destroys Osaka Field
According to Brett Larner's fantastic race recap, Shibui broke away at 30k, running 16:11, 16:33 and 7:02 (last 2.195k) to run a beautiful 2:23. She's jumping and laughing with joy after the race like she had barely run a step. Back in 2001, Shibui ran the fastest ever marathon debut for a woman, and in 2009 she may contend for a medal in Berlin, where she has run 2:19:41.

Will Wanjiru Be Shooting For Geb's Record In 2009 Berlin Marath
on? Both Geb and Wanjiru claim they will be running Berlin in September, but it seems too good to be true.

Youssef Saad Kamel (Greg Konchellah) Likely To Be Banned From IAAF Meets For 3 Years
Hopping between Bahrain and Kenya does not seem to work out well for most athletes.


International Pro Action
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High Schooler Matthew Kisorio Takes Down Luke Kibet And Asbel Kiprop In Eldoret XC
*XC Results From Belgium - Kenyans And Ethiopians Dominate

*Uganda's Isaac Kiprop Wins Regional Half Marathon

*Ivan Ukhov Ups World Lead In HJ To 2.34m

*Rop and Kiprop Win Nairobi Province Prisons XC Championships

*Italian Slimani Wins ING Miami Marathon In 2:16
- Leaders veered off course but recovered.

IAAF Recaps Pro Action At New Balance Games American Rob Myers wins mile in 3:59.

Pamela Jelimo Is Named Kenya's Sports Personality Of The Year For Women - Wanjiru Gets It For Men

A Look At The IAAF Indoor Season The season gets underway at Millrose next week. No indoor worlds until 2010.

Big Upset In Jr. Ethiopian XC Race The silver medallist from worlds loses to an up-and-comer.

Rene Herms Died Of A Heart Attack

These Should Inspire You
Meet The Unbelievable Kelly Jaske *
Latest Jaske Thread She didn't run in high school, she didn't run in college. Now the 32-year-old Harvard law school grad is banging out 100+ mile weeks and just got 2nd in the US Half Championships while working a full-time job.
Plus: Poignant Brief Chat With 44-Year-Old Super Mom Colleen De Reuck She was amazingly 3rd behind Jaske in Houston. For someone who no longer considers herself elite, De Reuck can still perform with the best.

New LRC Usain Bolt Boston Celtics Photo Gallery
The world's fastest man was in Boston Friday night with front row seats at the Celtics game. LetsRun.com was on hand as the Celtics won their 17th straight, and Bolt got the lead in the associated press recap of the game: "After racing within a game of tying a team winning streak, the Boston Celtics were all abuzz -- with talk of a famous face in the front row. Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt watched as the defending NBA champs won their 17th straight and improved to 25-2 with a 125-108 victory over Chicago on Friday night."


End-Of-Year Looks Continue

*Kenya: Kenya's Track Women Finally Come Of Age 2008 certainly will be remembered as the coming of age of the Kenyan women as they got their first-ever Olympic golds.
*Britian: Usain Bolt Is Michael Johnson's Athlete Of The Year Johnson writes a good piece and also gives his theory on why Bolt celebrated in the middle of the 100m.
*USA: Running USA's Ryan Lamppa's 10 Best Moments In US Distance Running In 2008 Ryan Hall's 2:06:17 or Shalane Flanagan's bronze? Which is #1?
*Britian:
The 20 Best Sports Pics From The UK Include One Great One Of Usain Bolt
*IAAF: Combined Events Year-End Review

Nice IAAF Profile Of Falk Cierpinski Is Ruined By Fact There Is No Mention Of His Father's Drug Usage Falk's story is an interesting one, but any story in 2008 should talk about how his father was really a drug cheat who won two Olympic golds.

Berhane Adere And H. Gebrselassie To Defend Dubai Marathon Titles On Jan. 19th

LRC: Foot Locker Prediction Contest Results The computer has done its calculations and it should have done them sooner. LetsRun.com's Wejo comes in 2nd place in the unofficial men's results.

Foot Locker Nationals Turns 30 In Historic Fashion
*Girls' Results *Boys' Results
*New Foot Locker Photos
LRC Girls: Jordan Hasay Gets Bookends In Thrilling Race
The girls' race featured the last three defending champs for the first time ever and it did not disappoint. Unheralded Allie McLaughlin made the race, opening up a big lead and nearly pulling a Rudy. Last year's champ Ashley Brasovan led the chase and caught McLaughlin in the last quarter mile and appeared to be on her way to victory but Hasay, who won as a freshman, was not done yet. She stormed back the final 200m to get the win to go out just like she started her high school career - on top. Read the recap above and watch this video if you want to see the *Girls' Results. *Excellent Video (no chop) of the final part of the girls race. Well worth a watch.
LRC Boys: Solomon Sails Maryland's Solomon Haile crushed the field as expected and LetsRun.com fan favorite Trevor Dunbar (the guy who ran a ~ 9 minute 3,200m on a snow-covered track) was an impressive second. Plus one of the runners drops the word "repose" in his post-race interview. *AP Recap
*Boys' Results

*Video with no choppiness
On the boards:
A ton of threads on Solomon Haile's age. Maryland officials cleared him to compete after talking to officials in Ethiopia, but Wejo is curious about the excuse of having the Coptic calendar having him 21 years old (???)
LRC's World Famous Boards:
Has Nike's NXN Ruined Footlocker's Nationals? *Trevor Dunbar wins Foot Locker H.S. Division *More Impressive than Hasay's win is that she has a 4.83 GPA
How is this even possible?

LetsRun.com Rojo's Tour of China, Part 1 - Hanging Out With Usain Bolt
Rojo went to the Puma Party put on for Usain Bolt. Open bar, Chinese dancers putting on their best sorority girl imitations, and then Rojo going 1-on-1 with Bolt. Rojo actually asked Usain about moving up to the 800m. Bolt hinted the Jamaicans want him to run the 4 x 400m. More importantly, Bolt apologized for visiting Facebook instead of LetsRun.com.

2008 real,- BERLIN MARATHON - Watch Video Highlight or Race Replay *Results *Photos
Haile G. 2:03:59!!! Mititenko 4th Fastest Woman Ever Haile Gebrselassie
made more history Sunday on the streets of Berlin. After going through the halfway point in 1:02:04, Haile continued to flirt with world record pace but was stalked by Boston runner-up James Kwambai. Haile threw down the gauntlet the last 7km to dispatch Kwambai and just dip under the 2:04 barrier. On the women's side, German star Irina Mikitenko ran a brilliant race, running a negative split to smash the 2:20 barrier and become the fourth fastest woman ever.
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Geb: "I can go faster."
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The Science Of Sport Analyzed Geb's Splits As The Race Unfolded link fixed
*Geb's Record in Berlin Is His 24th World Record (or 26th depending on who is counting)
*Mikitenko Moves Into Tie in World Marathon Majors Standings Gete Wami must finish 2nd or higher in New York to move ahead. If she doesn't, they will be tied (and tied in the tie-breakers) so they might share the title. *Washington Post Article on WMM
*Falk Cierpinski, son of Waldemer Cierpinski, 2:13 in Berlin
On the boards:

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Wanjiru's Olympics > Geb's WR
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Haile's Splits from Berlin ... how far could you run with him??
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Live Message Board Thread

A Day Later -  The Shock Has Worn Off Enough That We Can Recognize Dorian Ulrey Got 2nd In 3:57
*Fernandez's Coach: "It's not bad."
*Dorian Ulrey: "I Was Hoping For Faster."
In his first race for the Hogs, Ulrey had the lead until 200 meters to go when he was passed and spiked. "First mile of the year, you can't get p***** off at 3:57. I got the automatic and the p.r. Overall, the fitness is good, the psyche is good. It's going to be a good season."

Meanwhile In Kenya, Fernandez's Future Competition Was Dominating With Little Fanfare
*High Schooler Matthew Kisorio Takes Down Sr. Title And Luke Kibet And Asbel Kiprop In Eldoret XC Kisorio is a stud and has run 13:11. He is a year older than German.

Saturday: OSU's German Fernandez Sets Junior World Record, Runs 3:56.50
Ok. State coach Dave Smith summed it up perfectly: "He looked like a million bucks - looked smooth as ever. He ran a really smart, intelligent race. He sat back and just waited until about 400 to go and put a move on the guy who was leading (last year's 1,500-meter NCAA runner-up Dorian Ulrey of Arkansas, who competed for Northern Iowa a year ago). He just blew by him and looked like a million bucks. It was unbelievable."
From the LRC Boards:

*German Peaking at Wrong Time
*German vs Wottle 800 meters!
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GERMAN FERNANDEZ MAKES ALAN WEBB LOOK LIKE AN ABSOLUTE CHUMP
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MARK MY WORDS: German Fernandez WILL go sub 13:20 in the 5k this year
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Mile Results for the Arkansas Invite
*German Fernandez Is Running in Arkansas

Youssef Saad Kamel (Greg Konchellah) Likely To Be Banned From Worlds For 3 Years - Hopping Between Bahrain And Kenya Will Cost Him

Field Event Action
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Christian Cantwell Launches 21.47 Shot For Early World Lead 
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Ivan Ukhov Ups World Lead In HJ To 2.34m 
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Cornell's Jeomi Maduka Jumps World Leading 21'9" (6.63) Sorry, Jeomi: IAAF's Chris Turner notified us that Russia's Olga Kucherenko jumped 6.67 on Jan 24 for the world lead.

Texas A&M Opens New Indoor Facility In Style - With Win Over Rival Texas The new facility is hosting NCAA indoors later this year. It was opened with a big meet, a dual meet against rival UT on the men's side and the No. 6 Aggies got the win over No. 7 Texas 81 to 77 in front of 3,000-plus fans including the president of A&M and the big donor Mr. Gilliam.  It was the first ever indoor meet at A&M. The ladies beat Tennesee. Message Board: Texas vs. Texas A&M
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Photo Gallery *Video Coverage Of Meet *
Results Lots of interesting distance results as there were 3 guys at 1:49.89 or better for UT in the 800m.

Recommended Reads From Jamaica
*President Clinton And Secretary Of State Clinton Want To Forge Closer Ties With Carribean By Meeting Bolt

Marathon News From Around the World
*Jim Hage's "Buy Sell Hold" Guide To Today's Top Marathoners
*IAAF Osaka Women's International Marathon Preview

*Geb Headed To Kenya For 3-Day Camp With Teen Athletes

*Liz Yelling Providing Inspiration At adidas Marathon Training Weekend

An Absolute Must Read 14,706 Days Later, John Carlos And Tommie Smith Raise Their Hands Together Again The country has come a long way in 40 years and it wouldn't have been possible without courageous men like these two. Both men reveal they expected to be shot on the medal stand.  

Facing Financial Losses, Stanford
Athletics May Be Forced To Cut Back
 Facing $5 million in less revenue in the coming years, the USA's best overall university sports program debates staff and possibly program cuts.

Drug News From Serbia And Greece
*Former Manhattan NCAA Star Shot Putter Milan Jotanovic Tests Positive The best shot putter in a proud Manhattan thrower history failed a steroids test.

Two Olympic Medalists Interviewed
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Brief Chat With Nick Willis
*Interview With Shot Putter Christian Cantwell

President Bush Nominated Allyson Felix To President's Sports Council

Two Orphans In India Lose Out On $900 In Prize Money At Half Marathon Because They Couldn't Afford $4 For Timing Chip We're not sure if we are buying this story.

Arizona, You Are Welcome

Rojo Played Big Role In Larry Fitzgerald's Dominance

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."

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.

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Ndereba marathon
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*Friday's Homepage Tyson Gay
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Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
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Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

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

2008 ING New York City Marathon *Results *Searchable Results *Video: Men's Highlight Video *Photo Gallery
Women's Race: Paula Dominates Goucher Third
Paula Radcliffe
showed why she's the best marathoner in the world as she dominated the women's field in the second half of the ING NYC Marathon. Radcliffe took a different strategy this year in NY. She led every single step of the way, but she said with the high winds her plan this year was to save something for the end and run negative splits and it showed. She poured it on the final six miles, winning by nearly two minutes. Radcliffe never looked back and said when she turned for the final quarter mile at Columbus Circle, she wasn't even positive she had the race won. American Kara Goucher ran up front for most of the race and had a successful debut in third in 2:25.53 (American debut record). Olympic silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, Dire Tune, Rita Jeptoo and Gete Wami were left in Radcliffe's wake, causing Wami to tie with Irina Mikitenko for the World Marathon title. The World Marathon Major race directors were then left to vote to break the tie. They voted for Mikitenko and just like that she got $500,000 and Wami got nothing.
*Radcliffe Doesn't Look Back En Route To 3rd Win
*Paula Destroys Top-Class Women's Field

*Mikitenko Awarded WMM Prize In Tie-Breaking Vote
*Women's Recap And Race Replays From UniversalSports.com
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Paula Post-Race Press Comments
On the boards: Wami gets nothing of World Marathon Prize while tying for spot #1
Men's Race: Marilson Gomes Dos Santos Storms From Behind To Win Coming into the 2008 ING NYC Marathon, Abderrahim Goumri had the distinction of being the top marathoner in the world who had never won a marathon (2nd in London in 2007, 3rd in London in 2:05:30 this year, and 2nd in NY last year). On Sunday in NY, he was clear of the field and on his way to what seemed to be his first marathon victory. However, savvy 2006 NY champ Marilson Gomes Dos Santos saved his best for last and stormed from behind in the final mile to overtake Goumri and get the win (afterwards Goumri said a missed fluid bottle might have caused him to run out of steam). Dos Santos ran 1:02 for the second half for a big negative split. Veteran Paul Tergat said he twisted an ankle on the course but returned to action with a fourth place finish. American Abdi Abdirahman led the American charge in 6th place as four Americans were in spots 6, 7, 8 & 10.
*Men's Recap and Race Replays From UniversalSports.com

*Gomes dos Santos Is Going To Disney To Celebrate
*NYT: New York Brazilians Say "Gomes who?"
On the boards: Nate Jenkins at NYC marathon?

Yesterday's Homepage

On the boards: Keep Jack Daniels in Flagstaff Find out how you can help one of distance running's most influential men and his family.

American Pro News
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Lolo Jones Rebounding After Olympic Crash Lolo's story is amazing and this profile tells it all.
(and in case you missed it, another
RR: *Read About How The Jamaican Sprinters Are Training)

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