Pre Classic *Complete Results *Eugene RG Coverage *Unofficial Pre Thread
Wheating 3:51!!! (Wright 1:58!!!)
Eugene Register-Guard: A Host of Records, and Another wonderful race by Wheating
AP Recap: Dix edges Gay in 200 at Prefontaine Classic
More: Walter Dix spoils Tyson Gay's return to 200m
The Pre Classic was full of great performances across the board, as the meet featured an American record by David Oliver (12.90) and the first sub-13:00 on US soil, but 2010 NCAA champs Andrew Wheating and Phoebe Wright had the performances of the day at Pre from an LRC perspective. Wheating moved up throughout the Bowerman mile to get 5th in 3:51, beating all of the 2008 US Olympians in the process. Wright beat all of America's top 800 runners and skipped the 1:59s entirely as she was fourth in 1:58.22. Despite producing the first sub-13:00 on US soil, the men's 5,000 didn't live up to the hype (just as we predicted), as Chris Solinsky was well beaten in 13:08 and Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:25. Abubaker Kaki's WR attempt in the men's 1k came up short but he did get a world leader, while Nick Symmonds became #5 all-time in the US with a 2:16.35 3rd-place finish. In the "B" mile, Ryan Gregson and AJ Acosta ran 3:53 as Galen Rupp struggled with a 3:57.72. In the women's 5k, Shalane Flanagan ran 14:49.
Brief/Awful IAAF Event-By-Event Recaps
*Men's Mile Asbel Kiprop and Andrew Wheating had big days. The Olympic champ Kiprop proved yet again that he's the best miler on the planet, as he got the win in 3:49.75. NCAA 800/1,500 champ Andrew Wheating also was fantastic, moving up throughout the race to get 5th in 3:51.74!!! Lopez Lomong never was a factor but did set a small PR in 7th (3:53.18), while Bernard Lagat ran 3:54.36. Leo Manzano was awful at Pre for the 2nd straight year and ran 4:06.51.
*Men's 5,000 Tariku Bekele became the first person to break 13:00 on US soil as he ran 12:58.93. As we sort of expected, the race didn't live up to the hype from an American perspective, as Chris Solinsky was well beaten in 7th (13:08.11) and Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:25.09.
*Women's 800 The race lived up to the hype, with Mariya Savinova lowering her world lead to 1:57.56 - a new Pre meet record - as she held of world 1,500 champ Nancy Langat (1:57.75) and Olympic and World Champs runner-up Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.84). NCAA champ Phoebe Wright broke 2:00 for the first time in a big way to get fourth in 1:58.22. 2-time US champ Alysia Johnson PRed as well in 5th (1:58.84). Anna Pierce (1:59.42) and Maggie Vessey (1:59.90) also dipped under 2:00.
*Women's Steeple Milcah Cheiywa Chemos defeated world champion Marta Dominguez by running 9:26.70.
LRC 2010 Pre Classic Preview The meet is a great one as usual with a big emphasis on the distance races. A stacked Bowerman mile (anyone remember Asbel Kiprop's
unbelievable performance last year?), a world record attempt in the 1,000m, a possible sub-13:00 by an American in the 5k, Anna Pierce putting her undefeated streak at 800m on the line, not to mention Tirunesh Dibaba and a slew of Americans in the 5k, Tyson Gay returning to action in the 200 and Debbie Dunn versus Allyson Felix at 400
are the highlights. We break down the action.
LRC Viewers' Predictions Who are you all picking in our prediction contest?
New York Times Profile On Chris Solinsky: "He fell in love with the sport, becoming a self-described 'running geek' and spending his free time reading message boards on running Web sites." Hmmm.
In case you missed it: Recommended Read: Tim Layden Of Sports Illustrated Profiles Heavyweight Inspiration Chris Solinsky
LRC Archives: Prefontaine 2009: Jenny Barringer's 3:59.90 shocker, Maggie Vessey's surprise win, and Asbel Kiprop celebration the final 100m of the mile were highlights. Read recaps and see videos of all the races.
$20,010 LetsRun.com Pre Prediction Contest We want you to have a little fun watching Saturday's meet and hopefully know a little something about the competitors. Get your picks in by 4pm Eastern Saturday. We have most of the main events in the contest including some sprint and field events but do not have the women's 5k (Dibaba, Amy Begley, Fleshman) since the event website did not have the 5k start lists on it (we finally found one with the 5k on the Diamond League site, but it was too late to include it in the contest).
Andrew Wheating To Introduce Himself To World At Pre Classic
David Oliver Eyes WR The American has the world leader and #7 all-time with his 12.93 victory at USAs but feels that with his improved start, 12.85 is within reach.
Sanya Richards-Ross Out Of Pre Meet ... And maybe out for the season with freak injuries.
Evan Jager Is Most Likely Done For The Year Coach: "If you're going to hurt your foot, this isn't a bad year for it."
Pre Classic Has Stellar Throwing Fields But WR Hammer Person Is Out
Matt Tegenkamp Unsure Of Where He Stands Entering Pre 5k: "In all honesty, I think I'm going to be in over my head a little bit this weekend. There are a lot of unknowns for me."
Prefontaine Classic Set To Become Integral Facet Of Diamond League According to meet director Tom Jordan, "The Diamond League has the potential to bring a coherence to the sport as a whole, and for the Pre meet to be invited to be a part of it, is recognition that we are, in fact, one of the best meets in the world."
More On Kaki's 1k Record Attempt: Kaki's Coach Ibrahim Aden Seems Confident
Big US Stars Headline Pre Classic 41 gold medallists slated to compete; Tyson Gay still on 200m start list.
Berlin WC Bronze Medallist Carmelita Jeter Eager For Latest Faceoff With Gold Medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser
Kaki Going For World 1,000m Record This Weekend At Pre Nick Symmonds will be in the race and Khadevis Robinson is the rabbit.
7 Of The World's Top Ten Milers Are Running The Mile At Prefontaine The meet is stacked as usual. We'll have a preview later this week.
Capacity Crowd Expected And Many Await 5,000-Meter Fireworks With Chris Solinsky All we can say is he'd better put on a show for the ages or run USAs next time.
Provisional Entry Lists For Prefontaine Diamond League Meet
Western States 100 Miler
From 15 Minutes Behind With 22 Miles To Go, Geoff Roes Rallies To Win And Set New Course Record By 29 Minutes!!! Roes is a monster who is undefeated in 100 mile races for his life. Tracy Garneau won the women's race. *Full Results *WS Website
*N.Y. Woman Becomes First Amputee To Finish Western States 100 Race
LRC MB: *2010 Western States Thread *Koerner / Krupicka throwdown at Western States this weekend *Geoff Roes eats frozen pizza before bed. Does nutrition REALLY matter?
More Ultra News
2-Time Olympic Marathon Medalist Wainaina Wins Lake Saroma 100km Ultra In Kenyan National Record Time
Repeat Comrades Champ Stephen Muzhingi Considers Move From ZIM To RSA Citizenship
4-Time Jamaican Olympian Raymond Stewart Becomes 3rd Coach To Be Banned for Life For Doping Athletes Don't tell us there aren't drugs in all countries. *Article From Jamaica Observer
*Stewart Bewildered By Ban: "I am just looking in my email to see what's going on."
Znamenskiy Memorial Recap And Results Amine Laalou runs 1:43 for 800 and Shaheen returns to the steeple with an 8:16 runner-up finish in the Znamensky Memorial. Mariya Savinova of Russia ran a world-leading 1:58.11 to win the 800.
Nick Symmonds On Why He Was 3-Peating At USATFs: "Everyone has their own motivation and goals. For me, it's championship running. That's the reason I do this whole sport. So, I don't care if the best in the U.S. show up or the worst in the U.S. show up. Whoever is here I'll race and I want that title."
High Jumper Chaunte Howard Raises Bar On Career A good read from veteran track journalist Philip Hersh of LA Times.
Another Shock From USAs Friday: After easing up at the line in the first round and almost missing the semifinal, long-time USA force Hazel Clark missed the 800m final. 32-year-old Clark won USA outdoors in '09, '08, '06 and '05 and was top 3 in '07 and '04. Full Results Here
Rebekah Noble, Oregon's Fleeting Star, Quietly Leaves Program She Once Set On Fire Ken Goe of The Oregonian catches up with the junior phenom who got injured and burned out after a 100% pursuit of the Olympics.
*Boards: Future of Rebekah Noble
No Surprises On 1st Day Of Kenyan Trials For African Championships All the favorites like Asbel Kiprop advanced.
USATF CEO Doug Logan Talks About Giving More Funding To Young Runners He wants to bring the model that he and the MLS used to help build the current men's US soccer squad.
Recommended Read: Tim Layden Of Sports Illustrated Profiles Heavyweight Inspiration Chris Solinsky
Schumacher calls Solinsky's recent 5,000 "the dumbest 12:56 in history," Bairu says Solinsky could have gone 26:40 at Stanford, and everyone chimes in on how Solinsky is the biggest and most durable distance runner they've ever seen.
Boards Are Loving It: Alberto Compares Solinsky's Intensity To Lance Armstrong's
Interesting: Only 16 Men Faster Than Solinsky Over 5 And 10,000m Doug Binder and our friends at TrackFocus.com in Eugene looked at all-time 5,000/10,000m PRs and found only 16 guys who ran faster than Chris Solinsky's 26:59 and 12:56 in their careers (and at least one of them got banned for drugs).
Chicago Marathon Announces Davila, Lewy-Boulet, DeReuck As Top Americans Back in April, Chicago 1-upped New York on the men's side with Ryan Hall, but NY returned the favor, as Shalane Flanagan trumps the Chicago women.
LRC The Week That Was Last week was a light one in terms of new action, so we take a look back
at NCAAs, talk about the Great White Hope at 100 meters,
praise some high school 800 phenoms, including one bound for 'Nova, before dissing high school running in general, talk about "mechanical
doping" and then offer a $50,000 challenge to Anna Pierce.
Anna Pierce Has Big Goals For 2010: Sub-3:57 And Sub-1:56 Her days as a steepler may be over for the most part, as she's finding "my speed is getting better the more I train my strength side, which is weird."
- Tyson Gay & Asafa Powell To Clash July 10th & Powell Is Talking Big: WR Is "Mine To Lose At The Moment" They'll race for the first time in 2010 in Gateshead.
- Usain Bolt Offered Nearly $1 Million To Race Australia's Rugby Stars In September We hope he does it and embarrasses the hell out of them. We're not sure if they are talking Australian dollars or US but $1 million Australian is still $711,491.
- UK Coach: Dwain Chambers Is Now UK Role Model All we can say is we normally dislike drug cheats but for some reason we love Chambers.
- A Day In The Life Of Tyson Gay: Gay Working On Nutrition To Reach Next Level He's hired a personal assistant who helps cook as Gay apparently used to eat out 21 times a week.
Absolute Must Read: Tyson Gay Tired Of Being In Usain Bolt's Shadow The Independent sent a writer from the UK to Florida to do a feature on Gay and it's a must-read in our minds. Learn what Gay has to say about Bolt, fatherhood and visiting his coach in jail. Plus coach Lance Brauman is unapologetic about what sent him to prison as he helped 30 Olympic athletes in the process.
*Usain Bolt Reaffirms That He's Not Running Commonwealth Games
Good Reads For HS, College Kids Looking For Perspective
- Interview With Morgan Uceny, 4:04.1 At adidas Grand Prix College and high school kids, there are some great articles for you to read today. Uceny, Employee #1's former teammate at Cornell, talks about not making varsity her freshman year and making NCAAs the next. Teammate Anna Pierce tabs Uceny as the top American up-and-comer.
- Gabriele Anderson Overcomes Cancer, Runs To NCAA 1,500m Runner-Up Finish The quote of the day is about perspective. Now graduated, Anderson will run at USAs next weekend.
- Gary Reed Taking A Down Year Between Worlds And Olympics Will he be able to come back after a lighter year? It's not easy.
2010 IAAF Atletismo Madrid Track Meet Results Chaunte Lowe won the high jump (there is no high jump at Pre) and Christin Wurth-Thomas ran the 800.
Jordan Hasay Runs 4:13.85 1,500m PR In Eugene
USA Youth Champs *NTN
Peachtree Is July 4th
- Defending Champs Sammy Kitwara And Lineth Chepkurui Headline Elite Field
- Peachtree Road Race To Feature 2nd Through 4th Finishers At USAs They will battle it out for the US road 10km title and a nice chunk of change.
- Five Others Eligible For $10,000 PRRO Bonus
- Age Breakdown Of Peachtree Runners An interesting chart.
Landis Spills More Beans On Lance Armstrong
Lengthy In Depth Wall Street Journal Article On Doping Allegations Landis goes into great detail on the alleged doping, talks about the team selling Trek bikes secretly to finance doping, and parties with strippers and what appeared to be cocaine.
On The Boards: Landis on Armstrong - the gory details
NCAA XC Nationals Would Be Run On 2km Loop At Course Where High School Champs Are Held Scroll down for this info.
Week In Review
LRC The Week That Was In Running: 2010 USATF Nationals We go behind the results and give you our insight. We praise Galen Rupp, Lauren Fleshman and Molly Huddle, warn Chris Solinsky, talk about the men's 1,500m and in the process compare Matt Tegenkamp to Kenenisa Bekele and do much more, including telling you why Vin loves AJ and give some junior runners props (including one who beat Robby Andrews). We even discuss cross-country running in June.
Reims Results (French Site)
Summary From Athletics Weekly Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad sets 2,000 steeple world best (5:10.68), world TJ champion Phillips Idowu is runner-up for 2nd meet in a row; Dayron Robles dominates hurdles in 13.09.
More National Champs From The Weekend
Kenyan Champs: Recap - Pamela Jelimo Drops Out, Janeth Jepkosgei Runs 1:58.95, Rudisha, Kiprop Win Spots for the African Champs and Commonwealth Games were on the line.
Recommended Read: Famed Coach Renato Canova's Post On Kenyan Champs With Commentary On Distance Races
*Results: Distance *Full Results
Italian Champs: Day One Summary Andrew Howe's 8.16 LJ and Antonietta Di Martino's 2.01 HJ were the top marks.
Jamaican Champs: Asafa Powell (19.97) And Shelly-Ann Fraser Win 200m At Jamaican Champs As good as the Jamaicans are in the high school ranks, they don't have a lot of depth at the pro ranks.
Trinidad & Tobago: Richard Thompson Wins 100 And 200 At Trinidad & Tobago Champs
Bahamas: Texas A&M's Demetrius Pinder Upsets World Indoor Champ Chris Brown At Bahama's Champs
USA Youth Championships Schedule And Results
Jana Pittman Rawlinson May Or May Not Switch Her Allegiance To The UK Rawlinson was the World Champ for Australia at 400m hurdles in 2007. No one is certain what is going on and Rawlinson does not have a track record for consistency. She got married to UK hurdler Chris Rawlinson, then got divorced, then remarried him and perhaps even more famously got a boob
job, then got it undone so the extra weight wouldn't slow her down.
Editorial: Under any flag, Jana equals drama
2010 USATFs In The Books *Results *Video *Sunday Photos *LRC Fri Photos - Thursday
LRC Sunday: Alysia Johnson Is Back, Nick Symmonds Dominates, Lomong Repeats Over Manzano And More Before David Oliver ended the meet with a spectacular
12.93 in the hurdles,
5 distance finals on Sunday and they did not disappoint. Alysia Johnson, who got an unheralded bronze at World indoors, captured the 800m crown, Lopez Lomong edged Leo Manzano again, Nick Symmonds dominated, Lisa Aguilera got back on top, and Dan Huling showed he's the top steepler in the US.
More: Jenn S(uhr) Shows She's Back In The Pole Vault She had American record attempts in the PV.
*Only 7,437 Attend Champs On Sunday The 4-day total of 31,000 was reportedly close to the 4-day total in Eugene 32,048. If that's the case, maybe a bunch of the fans counted are junior athletes and parents. The crowd was actually bigger (9,024) on Saturday than Sunday, despite the US soccer match going at the same time.
*Hometown Hero Lolo Jones Wins 100m Hurdles
*Wallace Spearmon's 19.77 Shows His Return from Knee Surgery Is Going Well
*Consuella Moore Caps Comeback With 200m Win
*Oregonian Recap: Nick Symmonds 3-Peats
On The Boards: David Oliver runs 12.93 and not one thread about it?
*Worst 1500 final ever
LRC Saturday: Anna Pierce Kicks Past Erin Donohue To Win 1,500m, Jeremy Wariner And Sanya Richards Don't Win 400s, Chaunte Lowe Breaks American Record In High Jump The highlight in the distance races was the women's 1,500m final, which featured sub-4 1,500m runners Anna Pierce and Christin Wurth, plus World Championships bronze medallist Shannon Rowbury. Until the final 30m, however, it looked like the unwanted Erin Donohue (she left coach John Cook last year because he said she couldn't be a sub-4 1,500m runner) would get the win. In the end, though, Pierce timed her pick perfectly and Donohue had to settle for 2nd but with the scalps of Rowbury and Wurth. In the 400s, favorites Jeremy Wariner pulled up lame and Sanya Richards did not start the women's final, but they both may have had their hands full regardless. Unheralded Greg Nixon picked the perfect time for a huge 400m PR (a world-leading 44.61). Debbie Dunn became the first women in the world under 50 seconds this year (49.64). Bershawn Jackson had a world leader in the 400m hurdles, as did Hyleas Fountain in the heptathlon, but the biggest accomplishment of the day was Chaunte Lowe breaking her own American record in the high jump.
*Chaunte Lowe's American Record Jump
Friday: Lauren Fleshman Upsets Jenny Barringer
It was a stunning comeback from injury for Fleshman, as she surprised just about everyone and nearly all of you (.2% of you picked her to win in our prediction contest). Walter Dix won the 100m into the wind (10.04) and Allyson Felix won the women's 100m.
*LRC Friday Recap
*USATF Junior Meet Friday Recap
*LRC Friday Photos Cas Loxsom tops Robby Andrews and more ...
Eugene-based Lauren Fleshman completed her comeback by winning her first US title since 2006 after barely competing thus far in 2010 on the track. In the men's 5,000, it was another predictable win after the dull 10ks, this time for Bernard Lagat by less than a second over 10,000m specialist Tim Nelson (they both ran 13:54).
*Video: Barringer Talks Barringer says she's trying to peak much later and be versatile at different events.
ESPN Cuts Away From Men's 5,000 To Show No-Hitter ... *Boards: Don't blame ESPN, blame USATF
Looking Ahead To Saturday: LRC Day 3 Preview Saturday is a very weak one in terms of mid-d and distance action as there is only one race at the senior level. Thankfully, that race - the women's 1,500 final - is a dandy. It takes place at 3:26 pm EST.
LRC: Galen Rupp Reigns Supreme, Amy Begley Over Hometown Hero Lisa Koll
Galen Rupp waited until late to win over Ed Moran, and 2009 USA #1 Amy Begley sprinted away from 2010 NCAA star and Iowa hometown hero Lisa Koll. Most of the favorites advanced in the distance event prelims (but Khadevis Robinson did not start) and the big winner of the day was Emily Sisson over Jordan Hasay in the jr. 3,000. Plus Trevor Dunbar took control of the men's jr. 5,000 from way out.
*RRW Recap Of 10ks: In Tactical Races, Rupp And Begley Repeat As USATF 10k Champs
*USATF: Day 2 Recap Of The Junior Meet With Photos
USATFs On The Boards: Jordan Hasay lost to Emily Sisson
*Can Rupp even count that as a tempo run?
*Hey OTC, Sit + Kick = Cheap, Boring
*What happened to Scott Bauhs?
More Thursday Action
*Sanya Richards-Ross (51.91) Smooth In Comeback
*RSpace: Video Of Sisson/Hasay Duel
*Flanagan - Killing Time Before Marathon - Makes 1,500 Final
European Team Champs *Results *Final Team Standings
- Russia Dominates Day 2 Of European Team Champs As Yuriy Borzakovskiy Opens In 1:45.41 It was the first outdoor 2-lapper of the year for the 2004 Olympic champ.
- Throws Highlight Lower Leagues Of European Team Champs
- GBritain 2nd As Phillips Idowu, Michael Rimmer, Jo Pavey, Hannah England And Men's 4 x 400m All Get 2nd As Well
- Idowu Thinks Big Summer Is Upcoming For Him Despite 2nd-Place Showing Shockingly, world indoor record holder Victor Kuznyetsov got the win.
- Dwain Chambers Runs 9.99 To Beats France's GWH (Great White Hope) Chambers broke 10.00 for the first time since 2001 and came within .02 of his PR as he took home the title. The GWH failed to be the first white man under 10.00 but did run 10.02. *MBoard: White Man Runs 10.02