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12:56.27, August 28, 2009, Zürich, Switzerland

Bekele Enjoying The Golden League

By: LetsRun.com
August 28, 2009

Bekele's Won 29 In A Row At 5k & 10k
IAAF Golden leagueAnd one last mention of Brussels. People seem to have forgot that Kenenisa Bekele won the 5k there to complete his Golden League sweep and win his $333,333.33 share of the jackpot. Bekele's win went largely unnoticed because people just assume he's going to win. But his 2009 season needs to be recognized as unreal.

Bekele now has a 17 meet win-streak at 5,000. His last loss was to Bernard Lagat in London on July 28th of 2006.

At 10,000, Bekele's win streak is 12 although it's been a lot longer since he last loss at 10k. Bekele has never lost at 10k so his win streak there is infinitely long.

Speaking of Lagat, we think it would have been very interesting if Lagat had been in the race and healthy as Bekele had to have been tired and the pace wasn't  overly ambitious. Of course if Lagat had been in the race, Bekele probably would have pushed the rabbits out faster. More: LRC 12:58.56 For Matt Tegenkamp In Brussels

David Rudisha Sets African Record in 800 - 1:42.01 The big news from Rieti, Italy was that Kenyan David Rudisha set the African record by running a stellar 1:42.01. Rudisha hit 600 in 1:15.76 and pwered home in 26:25 and just missed becoming the 4th person under 1:42.00.

The 1:42.01 is the fastest time in the world since Wilson Kipketer set the world record of 1:41.11 on August 24th, 1997. After that race, Kipketer never ran faster than 1:42.27. Rudisha is now #4 all-time at 800 behind Kipketer (1:41.11)  Seb Coe (1:41.73), Joaquim Cruz (1:41.77). For a while now, LetsRun.com has been a big believer in Rudisha as we started getting the bandwagon going for him back in May of last year. The only shocking thing to us is how did he go out in the semfinals of world's?

Rudisha told the IAAF he didn't like the "cold" weather during the semifinals of Berlin. We think his flaemout in the world's is the perfect example as to why it's wrong for the IAAF in the 800 to have a 3-heat seminal. They need to add an extra round and have a two-heat semifinal.

Wel also think his flameout shows that 800 meters need to race. In our minds, it's a big mistake for an 800 guy to go from July 25th to Augsut 20th without racing is a mistake.

The scariest thing about Rudisha, a former decathlete, is that he's only 20 years old. Kikpeter had better be sweating as Rudisha or Kaki might come and get his record.

More: David Rudisha Sets African Record 1:42.01 800m In Rieti! 20-year-old Kenyan leads three men under 1:43 and now sits behind only Wilson Kipketer, Seb Coe and Joaquim Cruz on the all-time 800m list. *Boards: Leo Manzano Pr's Again - All 3's 3:33.33 *Results

Weekly Drug Update Drug News
Jamaicans Plead Guilty To Taking Banned Substance
They might just get a warning.

NCAA XC Season Gets Underway - *2008 Nike XC Champion Reed Conner Wins By A Mile In First Meet For Badgers Impressive win for Wisco coach Mick Byrne's freshman. *Arkansas Razorback Solomon Haile Comes Out Of The Gate Strongly With A 23-Second Victory Over His Teammates *Video Of Solomon Haile After The Race Coach Bucknam and Solomon Haile spoke after the opening race. *Next Foot Locker Champ? HSer Lukas Verzbicas Opens With 1-Minute Win *Jacob Kirwa Gets Massive Win In New Mexico Jacob Kirwa smashed the field and Nicodemus Ngetich by 54 seconds. New Mexico season preview where they talk about how conference foe BYU should be worried about their team. *Michigan And Their Two New Zealand Freshmen Open Season At Home *Bill Matthews Runs First Race As Georgia Bulldog *Adams State Opens Up With Big Wins *Pre's Run Kicks Off Oregon's Season

Caster Semenya Story Gets Crazier & Crazier

We'll hold off on saying much about the Semenya story as we're sure all of the facts will come out in the coming weeks but last week was pretty crazy. There is now debate as to whether Semenya is coached by the former East German doping mastermind Dr Ekkart Arbeit. Some say it's true while other say it isn't. -

And if that wasn't shocking enough, the head of Athletics South Africa Leonard Chuene kept saying everything was the result of racism. How about this ridiculous quote as Quote of the Week #2 :

"This is about racism. These rumors come from South Africa. Why did these people write to the IAAF? These are the same people who don't want the 2010 World Cup, the same people who bring black people down and the same people who refuse to believe that Africans can make it on the world stage."

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