Move Over Dibaba ...
Defar: 14:24.37 WR!!!
Boards: DEFAR SMASHES
WORLD 5000M RECORD IN STOCKHOLM
Ethiopian Meseret Defar closed in 30.3 (last 200) and 2:46 (last 1,000) to break countrywoman and rival Tirunesh Dibaba's old mark of 14:27.42 and win by over 1 minute! Also: Paul Koech (sub 8:00 steeplechaser) goes 7:32.80 for world lead.
*Stockholm Preview: Defar Going For 5k, Kaki For 1,000m, Hooker For
Vault Record In GE Galan
Loaded RAK Half Marathon Is Friday This race in the United Arab Emirates produced Wanjiru's 58:53 performance in 2007.
*Big Names (Bolt, Fraser) Set For Jamaican UWI-Gatorade
Invitational Track Meet On Saturday
*Masai Looks To Lead Kenyan Women In Amman
*Grace Momanyi Hopes To Defend Kenyan XC Title After Being Kicked
Off Beijing Team
*Women's Shot Put Battle To Be Waged In New Zealand
Set For Glo-Lagos International Half In Nigeria
Sylvain Rukundo Adds To Already Stacked RAK Half Field In UAE Friday
Marathon Invited Athletes
Olympic & World Championship News
*The Line Is
Set: Chicago Getting 8/11 Favorite Odds On Winning 2016 Olympics Bid
In On Olympic Action
*Willis Gets Free Entry Into Berlin 2009 From NZ
Top 10 News Reads Of The Day
1. Article Describing Bolt's 400m Struggle 400m was a stretch for the big man.
2. Jelimo Scraps Indoor Season Injury leaves dominant Kenyan unfit for indoors.
3. Preview Of Top-Notch GE Galan Meet Wednesday In
Stockholm Steve Hooker, Abubaker Kaki and others to put on a show for packed Stockholm indoor stadium.
4. WADA Head Claims Athletes Haven't Had Everything Explained About
1-Hour Rule Christine Ohuruogu missed 3 tests without excuse but she's a celebrated Olympic gold medalist so everyone should relax.
5. Jamaican Junior 100m Record Holder Signs Big Deal With
6. Interview With Rising Aussie Star
7. Mottram To Eye Marathon After 2012
8. Rupp Deservedly Named USATF Athlete Of The Week Even though he wasn't named the athlete of the meet at Tyson.
9. Brief Chat With Shayne Culpepper
Clear Yet Whether New Plasma Replacement Therapy Will Be Banned For Olympic
*Kebede Primes For London With Domestic 15k Win
A Way To Improve Relays: Run Them In February Like Jamaica!
*Simon Sawe Wins One For Mom - Joan Benoit Samuelson 2nd In 1:23
The only must read in the industry
LRC: The Week That Was Another great week indeed. We cover it all, from Galen Rupp's American record to 23 guys breaking 8:00. Along the way, we answer the question, "Where is Alan Webb's Speed?," give a thumbs up to Doug Logan and give you a shocking photo of Usain Bolt on the
dance floor courtesy of a British tabloid. You'll definitely want to read all the way to page 2 as the photo and caption are quite entertaining.
Bolt Named Jamaica's Sportsman Of The Year For 2008 Calls award his most cherished yet.
Writes New Rules For USATF This is a pretty funny and witty read.
Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Delivered By Jesse Owens'
NCAA: Centro Jr. Is 319th American To Break 4 In The Mile T&F News has updated their chronological list of every sub-4:00 clocking in American history.
Maduka Improves To 6.70m In LJ, 3rd In The World We thought maybe 21'9" was a fluke, but 21'11.75" at the Armory set us straight.
Drugs And Sport: Is There An Untarnished Sport Right Now?
*Swimmer Jessica Hardy And Supplement Co. Battle On After Positive At
*Paul Kimmage's Article That Set Off Lance Armstrong
*Athletes Set To Air 1-Hour Rule Concerns To WADA
*Do Anabolic Steroids Make You A Better
*Russian Biathletes Were Using New Substance, Not EPO
*Phelps To Escape Criminal Charges Due To Lack Of Evidence
*Blood Plasma Therapy Helping Athletes Get Back To Health More
The Great Coaching Of Centro Sr. Proven Yet Again
Wash Times Article On Lindsay Gallo And Julie Culley Working With Centro
More NCAA News
*Centro Jr. And Wheating Set UO Mile/800 Records *MBoard: Centrowitz: Best American running family ever?
*Baylor Men Win 33rd Consecutive 4x400m Race
*UW's Jordan Boase Sets 400m World Lead In 46.15
NCAA Action Gets Real Hot - Particularly In Washington
Husky Invite: Unreal fast performances all over the place on the oversized track. *Results The results were so fast across the board that message boarders have declared: "It's official to make NCAAs, you have to run in Washington."
Jenny Barringer Shatters Collegiate Record By Running 15:01 *Video Of Barringer's Record Run
OSU: Fernandez Runs 7:47 Message Board: Fastest Time Ever For Amercan Jr But It Won't Count As Oversized Track He was pushed to the limit by Michael Coe, who ran 7:48. *Video: Coe-Fernandez
Final 3 Laps All together 12 guys broke 8:00.
*Wheating Runs 1:47.03 *Video: Wheating Makes It Look Easy
*Centro Jr. Runs 3:57
BU Valentine: 2 Providence Guys Go 3:57 As 7 Break 8:00 *Providence On Fire At BU As Dominic Channon Also Sets New Zealand Jr. Record Of 7:58 *Women's Results
UVA Duals: Wyner Breaks 8:00 To make it
20 23 guys this weekend that broke 8:00 - UNREAL!
BU Valentines Day: Mary Cullen Runs 8:43 3k
Tyson Invite: *Tyson Invite Results
American Record For Rupp
The wonder kid continued his incredible senior year by running 13:18 to break Doug Padilla's 27-year-old American record (although Rupp was beaten in the race). We should take a second to pause and realize how sick Doug Padilla's record was. Padilla ran 13:20 at Millrose 27 years ago. Sick. Really sick. (Padilla's record before 18,000
even get the lead
in the Sports Illustrated recap). You can watch Padilla's run in its entirety here). In other action Shalonda Solomon set a US record at 300m. Terrence Trammell just ran the 60m sprint and he came out with a big win over a strong field, Nick Symmonds edged
KD in the 800, and Anna Willard and Nick Willis won the miles. The men's mile was very tactical and
fall of Dorian Ulrey (video of fall here).
AP Recap: Galen Rupp Gets American Record At Tyson Invite
*Oregonian Story On Rupp With Photo, Post Race Interview
*Ulrey Tripped Up On Way To Strong Finish
On the boards: Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon - Congratulations on your new American and Collegiate Indoor 5k Record
Journals And Interviews
RR: T&F News Interview With LJ WR Holder Mike Powell
*Carrie Tollefson Journal Update
*Interview With Angelo Taylor After Visiting Troops In
LetsRun.com Reacts To Project 30 Report
Wejo: The Project 30 Report - Much Ado About Nothing
Rojo: The Whole Concept of Project 30 Is Flawed The US actually won more medals and more golds in 2008 than they did in 1976 and the amount of competition is way, way up.
Alberto Salazar Agrees With Rojo & Wejo: Salazar Calls USATF Report "Overreaction to dropped batons," Disagrees With Shortening Trials
USATF Task Force Report On High Performance Issued *Full report
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.
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
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."
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
*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
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.
*Geb: "I can go faster."
*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:
*Wanjiru's Olympics > Geb's WR
*Haile's Splits from Berlin ... how far could you run with him??
*Live Message Board Thread
WADA Defiantly Defends 1-Hour Rule Every athlete on WADA's list must predict their whereabouts every day and be right there during a pre-determined hour. We can definitely understand how this would be very difficult for many top athletes to accept.
Carl Lewis Dismayed That Project 30's Doping Suggestions Have Been
Overlooked We hope to comment on this soon.
USATF Announces Yokohama International Women's Ekiden Team
Inspired Mo Farah On The Comeback Trail
SAD: Kenyan Runners Jefferson Siekei And Training Partner Killed In
Motorcycle Accident *Kenyan Runners' Deaths Spur Coaches To Preach Safety On The
Liu Xiang Almost Back To Training
Russia Names Their European Championships Squad
USATF Announces New Board Of Directors
Athletics Weekly Recaps Weekend Action From Europe
Video Of Isinbayeva's 2 World Records: 4.97m And 5.00m
Interview With Jeremy Scott, World's Tallest-Ever Elite Pole
Erik Heinonen Living In Moldova Working For Peace Corps
Jack Daniels Talks About Closing Of High Altitude Center
News From Kenya
*Kenyans In Big Push To Make Worlds XC Team
*Matthew Kisorio And Moses Mosop Among Favorites For Kenya's Men's
*Lornah Kiplagat Donating To Famine Victims
Drugs All Over The News
*A-Rod Video Talking To The Media About Drug Use *A-Rod's Excuses: I Was Stupid, Young 25-Year-Old $25mil a year doesn't buy morals.
*Floyd Landis On The Road To Recover Career
*Gert Thys Doping Case Might Have Hit A Snag
*Judge Wants Bonds Trainer To Testify
*Pettite Meets With Authorities About Clemens
Lance In 4th In Tour Of California After 2 Stages
*Hooker's World Pole Vault Tour Continues, But Again He Comes Up
Short Of WR
*Lolo Jones Ends Lopes-Schliep's 7-Race Win Streak
*Video: Fam Talks With Jack Daniels After USATF XC
*Tomoe Yokoyama Comes Back To Take Ome Marathon Win
*Haile G Pulls Out Of Glo Half Marathon
*Preview Of Kenya's Women's XC Trials
*Kiprop And Belete Take Belgium Eurocross Race
*3k World Record Holder Daniel Komen Says Athletics Kenya Needs To
Change Racing Schedule
Fredericks Inducted Into African Hall Of Fame
*Kenyan Runners Trying Like Crazy To Qualify For World Selection
*Charles van Commenee Ready To Be Judged On Medal Count
*UK Athletics Just Want To Move On And Let Dwain Compete (Now That
He's The World Leader)
*UK Athletics Won't Promote Dwain Chambers' Book On Their
Website We can't believe Chambers' people tried this angle.
*News And Quotes From After UK Championships
Tommie Smith/John Carlos Documentary In The News
*John Carlos Revisits Harlem And The 1968 Olympics
*Documentary Helps Smith, Carlos Mend Strained Relationship
*Reuters Blog: Tommie Smith and sport laid the groundwork for Obama’s rise
*Smith Got ESPN To Do 1 Hr Special Not Just Short Reenactment
We Agree: Documentary On Smith/Carlos Is "Must-See"
Baala 3:34 French Record, Lolo Runs World Leader, Vlasic Loses In
UK Champs & Euro Trials *Results *Photos
*Mo Farah Gets 1,500 Win As 36-Yr-Old Donna Fraser Completes 200-400 Double
*Donn Fraser Running PR's At Age 36 In UK Champs
Chambers has paid "a high price for what he has done in the past"
*Jeannette Kwakye Leading New UK Sprint Charge
*Dwain Chambers Twice Runs PB And World Leading 6.51 Reigning Euro silver medallist Craig Pickering was DQd for a false start and may miss out on Euros. *More On Chambers
*IAAF Recap Of Day 1 Of British Champs
Pre-Race: Pickering Faces Trial Of Character
Pole Vault News
*Isinbayeva Debuts With World Record Of 5.00m! Jenn Stuczynski went 4.82 at Reebok.
*Hooker To Go For Bubka's Record At Bubka's Meet In Russia
Russian Indoor Champs
Day 3: Anna Alminova Runs 4:02 Week After Running 8:28
Day 2: Unheralded Krivoshapka Cruises World-Leading 50.55
Day 1: Women's 400m And 800m World Leads In Moscow
*Nuria Fernández Shatters Spanish Indoor Record And Runs 4:01.77 She almost broke it by 6 full seconds. In the men's action, Abraham Cherkos ran a world-leading 7:34.05 as Keitany won again at 1,500. *Cherkos Challenged By Choge To Line
Double European Indoor 400m Champion David Gillick Of Ireland Runs 46.18
Usain Bolt Starts Year With 46.35 Win In 400
Paris: Hooker Scares Bubka's World Record Once Again In the TJ, Teddy Tamgho went 17.58
*World Jr 3k Champ Champion Mercy Cheron Dominates Jr XC Race In Kenya
*Little Known Peter Kosgei Wins For 2nd Week in Row At North Rift Valley Champs We're assuming this isn't the Peter Kosgei D3 champ.
*Soldiers Dominate Civilians In Nairobi Race
Pro Action: *Quick Summary Results from Duesseldorf Borzakovskiy behind Boaz Lalang and Ismail Ahmed Ismail in the 800.
*Full Duesseldorf PSD Bank Indoor Results
UK Champs: Start Lists And Results
*Dwain Chambers The Favorite At Today's UK Champs
Steve Hooker Talks About Being So Close To Bubka's World Records
Todd Williams: If you want your 15k American record to stand, start praying he won't run all-out!
Ryan Hall To Run Gasparilla 15k Feb 28 In Tampa
Lananna Reacts To Project 30 Suggestions
"Look at Lolo Jones. She's great, fantastic, but she stumbles over a hurdle. Did
she underperform? I guess if you just did it by the medals, you could say that.
But she's pretty darn good. I think there were some really fantastic
overperformances, too. I'm always in defense of the athletes. It's difficult
when we have a system which puts so much emphasis on a small number of athletes
being able to perform every four years, and I think, some will superachieve, and
some will not. I don't think the Olympic Trials has an enormous amount to do
with that. Did the U.S. underperform? I don't know. How do you determine that.
Just by medals? The discus was pretty good. (Shalane) Flanagan was pretty good.
And who was going to beat Usain Bolt?" - Vin Lananna
Kwik-E With Shane Knoll, MSU Junior Who Ran 3:57 At Meyo World Famous LRC Boards: Most overlooked
3:57 of the year We shamefully ignored Knoll's studly mile.
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.
2007 Worlds Coverage:
*Sunday's Homepage Ndereba marathon
Homepage Tyson Gay
*Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
*Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17
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
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
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.
Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
LRC London Videos Here
2008 ING New York City Marathon *Results *Searchable Results *Video: Men's Highlight Video *Photo
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
*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?