Tadesse ZersenayTadese Overwhelms Strong Field And Wanjiru In Castelbuono Wanjiru dropped out with breathing problems. This race is definitely our type of road race. 36 runners total and the town loves it and comes out to watch. Running as a spectator sport ... amazing.

Italy's Smallest Road Race Packs The Biggest Punch With Only 36 Entrants, Including Wanjiru, Cheruiyot, Kwambai And Tadese Read the details about the race - definitely the most interesting elite road race in Europe.

Absolutely Lo
aded Field To Race In Italy On Monday The field also includes defending champ Vincent Kipruto. Ryan Hall was committed to the race but pulled out due to "personal reasons."

CAC Champs *Results

Central American And Caribbean Games Underway: Churandy Martina Wins 100m, World Champ Ryan Brathwaite Wins 110 Hurdles

African Champs Start Wednesday

Australian News

Saturday: Hall And Koll Win Quad City Times Bix 7 US Champs
*Full Results *Photo: Hall Flashes #1 Sign *$3,600 Jackpot Goes To 24-Year-Old Woman

An American Had To Win It: Ryan Hall First American-Born Winner Of Bix 7 Since Ken Martin In 1991 Ryan Hall, who again said he ran his own race and paid no attention to the other guys, waited until the final 2 miles to take the lead, catch front-running Antonio Vega and hold off Ed Moran by 5 seconds to win Iowa's biggest road race in the slowest time since '99. Someone had to be the first American winner since 1991 as the prize money appears to have been American only with no foreigners to speak of in the field.
*Skinny Hall Talks About "Staying On His Own Course" 3 months after Boston, he's ready to "head up into the mountains and train like a madman" for Chicago.
*Race Within The Race: Massage Therapist Kamba Runs Scared To Beat Hall, Who Says He's Glad She Got The Money Ashley Kamba didn't need all of the 2.4 mile head start, as she ran 4.6 miles in an impressive 30+ minutes to take home the $3,600 casino money jackpot.

Jun 11, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Lisa Koll of Iowa State won the women's 5,000m in 15:23.80 in
the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom *Women's $12,000 Winner: Lisa Koll Wins Quad City Times Bix 7 By Huge Margin Lisa Koll smashed the field in her first pro road race, winning by 41 secconds over Amy Hastings of Mammoth Lakes. Late cancellation Molly Huddle vs. Koll would have been an interesting matchup. Bix used to have lots of foreigners but now only invites American elites and gives great $$$ prizes. *Koll Video

*Sad News Illinois HS Wrestling Coach Dies Running Bix 7 John Chapman was the head coach of Galesburg wrestling and the top wrestler in the school's history. His wife coaches track at the school.

Coming Wednesday From Kenya

Daily Nation Previews Upcoming African Championships
*Bargain: Tickets On Sale For $3.69

Blazing Times At Deseret News 10k In Park City, Utah *Results (Scroll Halfway For Men)

Nov 24, 2008; Terre Haute, IN, USA; Luke Puskedra of Oregon (466) and Andrew Ledwith
of Iona (220) compete
in the mens race in the NCAA cross country championships at the LaVern Gibson cross country course. Ledwith was third in 29:25 and Puskedra placed fifth in 29:27. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom Alene Reta Wins Deseret News 10k In Park City, Utah Alene Reta, a drug cheat who has raced under several different names over the past decade, won $1,500 and set an unbelievable course record (27:18) in Utah over new Utah resident Andrew Ledwith, who ran 27:34 (also under Reta's old 27:48 record). Impressive: BYU's Miles Batty ran just over 28 minutes.

*Women's Race: Teyba Naser Runs 5:06 Pace To Win With Bernard Lagat's Sister Everlyne In 4th

Top Bix 7 Finishers: (LRC Discussion)
1. Ryan Hall 32:55
2. Ed Moran 33:00
3. Sean Quigley 33:05
4. Antonio Vega 33:08
5. James Carney 33:21
6. Ian Burrell 33:24
7. Ben True 33:27
8. Scott Bauhs 33:28
9. Andrew Carlson 33:35
10 Bobby Mack 34:04

1. Lisa Koll 37:52
2. Amy Hastings 38:33
3. Andrea Walkonen 38:43
4. Blake Russell 39:23

Meseret Defar To Go For World Record In 5k In Stockholm On Aug. 6 Stockholm has produced 83 world records and the place has been kind to Defar, as she holds the stadium records at 3,000m (8:24.66), 5k (14:12.88 in 2008) and 10k (31:07.34).

European News

Monaco Diamond League Thursday *Results Last Diamond League Meet For 2 Weeks *Live Thread *Recap *Photos *New Race Videos

Andrew Wheating LRC: Andrew Wheating Runs 3:30.90 To Become 2nd-Fastest American Born Athlete In History The men's 1,500 in Monaco was absolutely spectacular, as Silas Kiplagat announced himself as the newest mid-d star in the world by running the fastest time in four years (3:29.23) to get the win, as Wheating ran an 3:30.90 and Ryan Gregson smashed the 19-year-old Australian national record.

Alysia Johnson LRC: Monaco Meet Recap: Alysia Johnson Destroys Field In World-Leading 800m, Silas Kiplagat Is Born, Shannon Rowbury Gets An American Record Of Sorts, And Of Course Wheating's 3:30.90! Ryan Gregson has moved way ahead of German Fernandez in their battle, as he ran 3:31.06. American collegians never run that fast just by the nature of the system (Wheating is a perfect example of that). Jermaine Gonzales got the Jamaican record and a world leader in the 400. All in all, there were 7 world-leading marks (3 in the distances: m1,500, w800, w3,000).

We Agree Phil Hersh: Hurdles Great Allen Johnson: Gone, Too Often Forgotten

Apr 24, 2010; Philadelphia,
PA, USA; USA Track & Field chief executive officer Doug Logan attends the 116th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via NewscomDoug Logan's Job In Jeopardy At USATF!? Someone clearly has it in for Logan. They leaked it to the press that reportedly he has one month to improve or be fired. The article does not say what he is doing wrong or what he needs to do to improve, just that some are unhappy. Very, very strange, but Logan is damaged no matter the outcome. Welcome to the dysfunctional world of USATF politics.

Europeans Start Tuesday Results

2010 World Juniors *Final Results
LRC Photos: *Final Day And Photo Index *Day 6 (5k, 800 Semis, PV) *Day 5 PM (Girls/Boys 200) *Day 5 AM *Day 4 PM *Day 3 PM *Day 2 AM *Day 2 PM

Final Day: Loxsom Silver, Andrews Bronze The touted Americans were rolling to glory in 1-2 with less than 100m to go, but Kenyan David Mutua charged ahead from 4th and got the win in a PR as Cas Loxsom beat Robbie Andrews for the second time in a month and lowered his PR to 1:46.57.
*Jordan Hasay Gets 4th In 1,500 And Barely Misses Out On The Medals Again An Irish silver is the big surprise.
*LRC Photos

*USATF Final Day Recap:
McCullough And Relays Win For US As Loxsom And Andrews Go Silver, Bronze In 800 First ever medals for the US at the world junior mid-distances. Conor McCullough set a championship record in the hammer and the US 4 x 4s made it an American relay sweep 4/4.

*Vid: Loxsom And Andrews Do Lap Of Honor After 800m Medals
Andrews And Loxsom First Americans To Medal In World Junior Middle-Distance Event UVA recap names Gabe Jennings (5th, 1998) as the previous top-placing US mid-d boy.

MONCTON, NB - JULY 25: Jonathan Muia Ndiku of Kenya celebrates finishing first in the 3000
Metre Steeplechase Final on day seven of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium on July 25, 2010 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) *IAAF Recap Of Final Day Of World Juniors Kenya swept every male distance gold and beat the US in the medal table as each had 15, but Kenya nabbed 7 golds, including Jonathan Ndiku (left), who ran 8:23 in the steeple.
16-Year-Old Jodie Williams Says She's Okay After 152-0 Streak Ends In World Junior 200 It may have been the longest win streak in track and field history.

On The Boards:
Jordan Hasay gets 4th and barely misses out on the medals again
*Andrews Silver, Loxsom Bronze World Junior 800m It's what most people might have expected, but the poster has the names backwards.

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Nike Or Someone Else?

Boards: Who's Wheating signing with?

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*Day 6: Cas Loxsom And Robby Andrews Win Their 800 Semis As US Romps Over Jamaican 4 x 100s IAAF Recap In the penultimate day of the 2010 world junior championships, US runners Cas Loxsom and Robby Andrews are now among the 800m medal favorites, while Kenya went a fast 1-2 in the men's 5,000 (Trevor Dunbar ran in no man's land and finished 11th). In Andrews' heat there was a mad sprint for the finish that saw 2 runners DQed. Loxsom dominated by over 1 second in 1:46. The US boys beat Dexter Lee and Jamaica in the 4 x 1 while Stormy Kendrick led the girls to a new American junior record.
*Video: Confident Loxsom jokes, "Robby Andrews, come get me."

*Sunday Final Day: Boys 800 final and Jordan Hasay in the girls 1,500 final.

MONCTON, NB - JULY 24: David Kiprotich Bett of Kenya celebrates finishing first in the
Men's 5000 Metres Final on day six of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)  Photo Left: David Bett of Kenya takes the 5,000 in 13:23 to lead a Kenyan 1-2 on Saturday (Bett and John Kipkoech were out in 8:25 through 3,200).

*Day 5 - PM 
Recap From IAAF: Japan's Shota Iizuka Wins Historic Gold At 200m As Jodie Williams Loses For First Time In other action, Jehue Gordon, who was 4th in the senior World Champs last year, barely beat a Japanese runner in the 400h.
*Day 5 - PM:
Jodie Williams Loses 1st Race Of Her Life But Claims Silver In Girls 200m
*Day 5 - AM: Andrews & Loxsom Advance In 800 As Trevor Barron Smashes US Race-Walk 10k Record But Only Finishes 7th Loxsom:
"I felt a lot better today than I have in a while. I had a lot of confidence and thought I could go 1:45 if I had to."
*Thursday: Thanks To 55-Second 1st And Last Laps, World Jr XC Champ Caleb Ndiku Wins 1,500 In 3:37.39
Prep star Ajee Wilson ran a PR in the 800m (2:04.18).
*NCAA 400m Champ Kirani James Wins 400 But Isn't Happy About It

More World Junior Stuff Below

Gatlin And Chambers Continue Return To The Sport (But Not Olympics?)

TAMPA, FL - MAY 05:  Suspended sprinter Justin Gatlin #87 of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers works
out during rookie camp at One Buccaneer Place on May 5, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) *Justin Gatlin Hoping Sponsor Will Buy Him Plane Ticket Just To Run Estonian Meet Next Week 4 years - or as Gatlin put it "almost half a decade" - ago, Gatlin had the 100m WR and was the reigning Olympic 100m champ. Now he's coming back and his coach Loren Seagrave says the goal is London 2012.
*Fantastic News (Unless You're Gatlin) IOC Has New Rule Where People Who Serve Drug Ban Of 6 Months Or More Are Ineligible For Next Olympics
*Meet Organizers, USATF And USADA Heads, And Gatlin's Coach Comment On His Return
*Daddy Dwain Chambers Says He Used To Run Angry But Now Is In Love With The Sport Chambers will be a solid favorite to take European Champs gold.

NY Times Writes Sympathetic Piece On Justin Gatlin The former WR holder is facing hurdles in getting invited to major meets as his drug ban ends. All we can say is he's lucky to not have been banned for life. *Shocking Tidbit From Article: Nike Never Cancelled Gatlin's Contract

Dave Bedford To Step Down As Virgin London Marathon Director The man who has made London into the richest and most competitive marathon in the world is planning his succession and won't step down until 2013.

Dathan RitzenheinLRC Ritzenhein To Make Marathon "Re-Debut" At 2010 ING New York City Marathon After his breakthroughs of last summer, Ritz is excited to tackle the 26.2 mile distance in New York once again, while NYRR head Mary Wittenberg thinks he definitely can win it. Meanwhile, coach Alberto Salazar finally thinks to a bio-mechanical analysis done by Nike, Ritz's injury things are a thing of the past. We cover all of that and more, including Ritz's current fitness and mileage level, talk of Alan Webb and Galen Rupp working out together and learn why Ritz didn't watch his AR fall in the 5k.

More 2010 World Junior News

*Like Almost Everyone, Jodie Williams' Idol Is Usain Bolt
*Day 3 - PM: Unreal: 149 And 0. Brit Jodie Williams Claims World 100m Gold #1 seed Ashton Purvis of the US was only 4th. *MBoard Talk On Williams
In other action, little Dibaba beat Mercy Cherono for gold in the 5k in 15:08, as American Emily Sisson set a US HS record of 15:48.
*Dexter Lee Becomes 1st Boy To Repeat As 100m Champ
*USATF: 2 Medals & Sisson's 15:48 Highlight
Ajee Wilson (2:04.33) Advances To 800 Finals As Laura Roesler (2:04.34) Doesn't *USATF Recap Here
*Nice Kenyan Article On World JR 10k Champ Dennis Masai
Day 2 - PM: Texas's (& Oregon Signee) Parker Stinson Has Record Run In Men's 10k His 29:32 produced the best finish by a US junior, as he was 6th. He also moves up to #6 on the US junior list. That's the good news. The bad news is that Linet Masai's little brother won the event in a staggering 27:53. *MBoard Talk About Stinson
Day 1:
Mercy Cherono Defends Crown In Women's 3k The world junior XC champ had to put up a very strong performance, as the top 4 all broke 9:00. Jordan Hasay was 9th in an outdoor PR of 9:15. On The Boards: Hasay - 9:15.78 - Lifetime Best
Video Of Hasay's Race

Recommended Read/Unreal Stat: 146 And 0. British Junior Sprinter Jodie Williams Is Undefeated For Life She's going to have her hands full in the 100m, where she is seeded 2nd at 11.24.

Amateur Finish Line Shot Of World Junior 800 Finish

Video Of Wheating's 3:30.90! (More Monaco Race Videos Here)

Alysia Johnson's Dominating Win

Wheating High Fives Lananna, Is Super Stoked And Talks With Gregson

Alysia Johnson After Her World Leader In The 800m

Emily Sisson - New High School Record Holder At 5k

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