Quote Of The Day

"It wasn't just that he played basketball. He was a basketball player. That's what he did. It was obvious in his body, in his ability, obvious especially in a place clear out of sight - in his heart.

So why couldn't this guy see it, too? ...
So why did this coach, this crazy man with all the enthusiasm, this guy wh o would start talking, start selling, and just wouldn't stop doing either, keep bugging him about coming out for track and field? Charles hated running, totally abhorred it."

- Excerpt from an excellent piece in the Orange County Register written by Jeff Miller on how Charles Jock only reluctantly did track (actually he refused to do track and started only with field and jumps as he was a bball player) after being continually harassed by HS coach Emmitt Dodd, who only needed to watch Jock jog one lap of the track at basketball practice to know he was made for running.

Team USA Is Final

Team USA Announced For World Championships And Bryan Clay And Lauren Fleshman Are On It The good news that results from USATF having bureaucrats like John Chaplin with dictator-like powers is they don't have to follow their own rules and as a result Lauren Fleshman, America's top 5,000m runner right now, is now on the team, as the rumors of Desiree Davila giving up her spot were true. USATF rules state only 4 runners can chase times but thankfully that stupid rule was somehow ignored.

Lots Of Nike Oregon Athletes On Team USA

World Championships News

Previous Worlds News

Nice Profile:
Eliud Kipchoge Has Amazingly Made Every Kenyan Worlds Team Since 2003
Milcah Chemos: With $40,000 Diamond League Steeple Title Wrapped Up, Now Turns Focus To Worlds And Then World Record Attempt In Brussels
Kenya's 800m Runners: "We've won psychological war." They do realize making the final can be tough, which is why the 800m is the most exciting distance event at Worlds.
*Kenyan Men (And Women) Want Medal Sweep In Steeplechase At Worlds
Olympic Champ Nancy Langat Eyes Worlds 1,500m Gold, But She'll Have To Make Final First

British Team Named For Worlds And Goal Is 7 Medals The Brits on the men's side have only two 800m runners entered, one 1,500m runner, and no natural-born Brits in the 5 or 10.
*Eilish McColgan's Chance At Worlds Ends With Broken Foot She's the daughter of Liz McColgan.
*Mo Farah Credits Sports Psychologist, Underwater Treadmill To Help Bring Him To The Top
*Mark Lewis-Francis Only Running RelayAat Worlds BBC  The former junior 100m star needs to go lose 20 lbs. LetsRun.com feels somewhat responsible because 9 years ago, we told him it was OK to eat at McDonald's

Injury News

Torn Ligament In Jeremy Wariner's Foot Ended His Season, But He's Having Knee Surgery

Dwight Phillips And sprinter Michael Frater Treated By Irish Physio

Yesterday's Worlds News

Kenya: Ezekiel Kemboi Shows Up At Kenyan Camp After Secretly Training In Warm-Weather Spot In Kenya Running Road Race In Italy Kemboi claimed to be training in warm weather; instead, he was at a road race in Italy. Thanks to the LRC tipster for sending us the results. Hopefully, Athletics Kenya does not kick him off the Worlds team.
*Silas Kiplagat Hoping For Kenya's First 1,500m Gold Ever At Worlds Stat of the day: 4 - the number of medals the US and Kenya have both won in the history of the World Championships at 1,500. Yes, the US has won as many medals as Kenya.
Tegla Laroupe Talks Positively About Kenyan Team At Worlds

S. Africa: South African Team Named For Worlds And It Features Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya, LJ Van Zyl
*No More Lily-Whites For S. African Teams Track and field is a meritocracy. If whites - or in this instance, blacks - aren't on the team, usually it means they aren't good enough.
A Heart-Wrenching Story, But He Still Shouldn't Run Worlds: In Boarding School, Oscar Pistorius' "Friends" Hid His Legs, Then Started A Fire With Lighter Fluid And Watched Him Scramble

Japan: 2:23 Marathoner And 2009 World Champs Silver Medallist Yoshimi Ozaki Has Been Doing Overdistance Training In Colorado And Is Ready For Worlds

US: Lauren Fleshman Blogs About Her Amazing Turnaround In London, Crying After Her Debacle In Sweden She could even be named to the US team today, as USATF fortunately may not follow its rules.

Weekend Nationals

Spain: After 1st 800 In 2:17, Manuel Olmedo Closes Last 300 In 38 To Win Spanish 1,500m Title And Become A Worlds Contender?

Brazil: South American Women's 200m Record (Lemos Silva 22.48), 10,000m Record (Alves da Silva 31:16) Set At Brazilian Champs

Uganda: 30 People Show Up To Watch Ugandan Champs

Good News

Non-London Weekend Action *Ireland Results

Flanders Cup Belgium: Latavia Thomas Runs 1:59.67 - Nearly A 2-Second PR!, Former World Junior Mile Record Holder Ilham Tanui Özbilen Runs 1:44.25, David Torrence Wins 1,500 Congrats to Thomas. Tanui Özbilen is William Tanui Biwott, the world junior record holder in the mile, who would be a darkhorse candidate for gold in Daegu, but he can't compete because he switched to Turkey.

Ireland: Irish Nationals Recap: Youngters Impress John Coghlan, Eamonn's son, got second in the 1,500.

London Diamond League *Complete Results *Eurosport Photos *Day 1 Highlights *Day 2 Video Highlights

LRC  Day 2: Leo, Lisa And Sanya Impress On day 2 of 2 at the final big meet before Worlds, Leo Manzano got Americans excited for WCs by coming from way behind to get a shock victory in the men's 1,500; British fans got excited by Lisa Dobriskey's win in the women's 1,500; American fans also were probably thrilled by Sanya Richards-Ross' return to form in the 400 (49.66). Plus two Americans got the "A" standard in the women's 5,000, as Lauren Fleshman crushed the field - but was it the right two?
*MB: Leo Wow!!!! 3:51 FTW *Lauren Fleshman 15 flat for 5000m *Desi Davilla!!!!!!!!
*Wetmore: Coburn Can Run Faster Than Her New 9:37 PR

LRC Round 1 Of Kaki Vs. Rudisha Goes To Rudisha On day 1 of 2 at the final big meet before Worlds, the matchup between the  two greatest 800m runners on the planet, David Rudisha and Abubaker Kaki, did not disappoint, as Rudisha took down Steve Cram's UK all-comers record. Kenia Sinclair lost her first 800 of the year to Jenny Meadows, as NCAA 400m champ Kirani James appeared for the first time since NCAAs and stamped himself as a favorite in Daegu, Dayron Robles beat David Oliver again as did surprisingly Jason Richardson, Yohan Blake showed he's one to watch in the 100 at Worlds, Jenn Suhr showed she is back, Kaliesha Spencer blasted the 400m hurdles, and Mo Farah ran a 25-second last 200m to toy with the men's 3,000m field.

More Coverage:

Molly Huddle Hoping To Run Her First Worlds

Molly Huddle Planning On Doing Her First Worlds But Plantar May Keep Her Out She also talks about running the marathon and not breaking the women's 10,000m record.

News From Kenya

2010 USATF Annual Report Is Available Here We're sure there are things worth talking about, so if you find them, please email us.

Marathon News From Japan

Shoulda Gone To Stanford? Jordan Hasay Named USTFCCCA Indoor Scholar Athlets Of Year Thanks To Her 3.96 GPA

Carl Lewis Does Q & A With USA Today

Week That Was

LRC Week That Was: American Women's Medal Chances, Semenya's Inconsistency, The Amazing Magdalena Lewy Boulet And More We've got it all covered this week. We have emails from a scientist and a 2:23 transgender marathoner to possibly explain Caster Semenya's up-and-down season, daydream about Jenny Barringer Simpson being a world leader in two events, and praise the amazing Magdalena Lewy Boulet, while looking at her husband Richie Boulet's similar situation in 1997. We spend the majority of our time breaking down the US women's chances of medaling at the World Championships. We hate to admit it, but as good as Morgan Uceny and Shalane Flanagan are, they both face an uphill battle in grabbing a medal.

A Must Read! Sports Illustrated Takes A Great In-Depth Look At Carl Lewis' Long Jumping Prowess And His Supposed 30-Foot Jump King Carl was the Usain Bolt of his era and this article is a true treasure. We loved this quote from Carl when he was asked to compare himself to the current generation.

News From Kenya

All We Can Say Is Wow

WADA Was On 72 Organizations Hacked Possibly By Chinese In Operation Shady Rat
*Exclusive Vanity Fair Exposé On "Operation Shady Rat"

Cornell Alumni Magazine Profiles Morgan Uceny Uceny on Worlds: "I want to be the last one standing at the end of it all." To all the skeptics who doubt her classic progression, we'd like to point out the piece includes a photo of her from her sophomore year when she was way less fit-looking and way less fast (2:06).

UK Trials *Meet Website *Results

Final Day Recap Of UK Trials: Mo Farah, Jenny Meadows Win, Perri Shakes-Drayton Completes 400, 400m Hurdles Double Mo Farah ran over a minute slower than last time out, running 14:00 as Jenny Meadows got her first UK title and 21-year-old James Shane ran 3:36 to win the UK title by an incredible 3 seconds on the last lap (he was a 3:42 guy a year ago).

Different News Of Note

It's OK In Our Minds If He Dopes: 97-Year-Old Wins 8 Golds At USATF Masters Champs He only went 3 feet in the long jump but ran 30 seconds for the 100.

Elvan Abeylegesse Gives Birth To A Baby Girl
Giving birth isn't different, but translating an article from Turkish is.

Kenya 4 X 400 Team Wants Medal At Worlds

JumpRunThrow.com Interviews Charles Jock Asked why he goes out in that crazy 49-second first lap, he says, "I'm driven to do this because I don't want to have regrets if I lose, I want to know that I ran to the best of my ability and they were just better than me that day. There's probably nothing worse than losing in a slow race."

David Monti Takes A Look At Morgan Uceny's Rise To The Top Of The 1,500 Ranks The daughter of a bricklayer and bus driver knows a thing or two about hard work. She gives a lot of credit to her training partner Anna Pierce for her rise, as well as her coach.

Ryan Hall Teleconference Highlights
Ryan Hall Sees BOA Chicago Marathon To Olympic Trials 14-Week Gap As Ideal
 Hall also sounds like he's tired of being the rabbit: "In Boston I functioned as the pacemaker."
*Brief Chat With Ryan Hall

Rojo Gets Props In A Brief Chat With Sage Canaday What other college coach would let his athlete run a marathon in college and run the Trials the week before he qualified for NCAAs in cross? Canaday has now gone on to 2:16:52 and to write a book Running With The Hansons.

Breaking News: Steve Mullings Tests Positive Yet Again The man whom the Letsrun.com nation got pulled from the 2005 NCAA meet after we started a petition (as we were irate that the NCAA wasn't honoring an IAAF drug suspension) has tested positive for a masking agent. It's big news when the man is ranked #3 in 100 and #5 in the 200, but will probably become even bigger when it's pointed out his training partner is Tyson Gay. In fairness to Gay, Mullings was busted once before for cheating before training with Gay and Gay has been a part of the voluntary extra stringent USADA drug testing program.
*LRC MB: "Major" Drug Bust From Jamaican Trials

Recommended Read Thanks To A "Crazy" HS Coach, Charles Jock Has Finally Realized He Was Born To Run Despite being the San Diego middle school mile champ, Jock hated running and loved basketball and only agreed to do the long jump, but after fouling on his first three jumps, the coach made him do the 800 instead and the rest is history. *LRC MB Talk on Jock Article

A Highly-Recommended Read Science Of Sport Blog Analyzes Whether The 10,000 Hour Rule Of Deliberate Practice, As Popularized By Malcolm Gladwell, Is True The answer? Nope.

2011 ING New York City News

Week That Was

LRC Week That Was We go beyond the great action in London to talk about Mo Farah running in Somalia, Ciaran O'Lionaird talking about what it's like to be going to Worlds but not scoring a point at the NCAA meet (when your team lost by 1 point), bureacracy, and good old fashioned hard work.

American Mainstream Journalists Continue To Blow It

Ethiopia's Fodd Prices Up By Nearly 50 Percent

Northern Kenya Is Suffering From Big Drought

Falmouth Is This Weekend

Micah Kogo And Wude Ayalew Headline 2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race Kogo won TD Bank Beach to Beacon last weekend and is the favorite. There is $10,000 on the line for the winners and $10,000 on the line for first American.

AJ Acosta And Will Leer Racing Each Other At 2011 New Balance Falmouth Mile These guys were the most upset after USA Nationals and wish instead they were going to Daegu, but with the European season on hiatus for 3 weeks, it makes this race more interesting.

Wude Ayalew's Sister, Hiwot, Could Be A Steeple Phenom The article does not say so, but that is what we at LetsRun.com think. She ran 9:23 in her 2nd (pro) steeple ever and was 11th at World XC. She won't be on the Ethiopian WC team unless they change their minds.

Allen Iverson Agrees ... It's Not About Practice

Science Of Sport: Success In Sport is Not Just About Practice

Weekend Road Action

Triathlon: Lukas Verzbicas Wins US Triathlon Junior Title, Then Crashes On Bike In Team Competition And Needs 13 Stitches
On The Boards:
LV in bike wreck

Micah Kogo And Aheza Kiros Hammer Fields At 2011 Beach To Beacon 10k Despite feeling tired at the start, the Olympic bronze medallist Kogo soon got going and went through 5k in 13:37 as he won in 27:46. Patrick Smyth (9th 29:28) and Sara Slattery (6th 33:36) were the top Americans, as Deena Kastor was uanble to start as she had the flu. State senator and former US star Louie Luchini was the first Maine finisher in 30:35. *MB: 2011 Beach To Beacon Talk With State Senator *Photos

Providence: Kim Smith Wins Rock N Roll Providence In 1:11:54

Iten, Kenya: Dubai Marathon Champ Diana Chepkemoi And Rotterdam Runner-Up Jonathan Maiyo Win Iten 10k As Dan Komen The Older And Edna Kiplagat Watch

Worth A Read

Bureaucrats In The News

Worth A Read

Assault & Battery-Related News

Berlin Is 7.5 Weeks Away

LRC Paula Radcliffe Healthy And Excited For 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon Friends of LetsRun, Losse Veter, were in Belgium for the new opening of a cool place called Runners Service Lab, and Paula was there too. They talked to Paula about her preparations for Berlin. Paula talks about Berlin, her goals, London 2012, getting it right at the Olympics and even getting older.

We 100% Disagree: Tiffany Ofili-Porter Says She's No "Plastic Brit"
We 100% Disagree: Usain Bolt: "I am serious, I believe I could be good at (soccer), I think I could compete well."

The Gouchers In The News

Janeth Jepkosgei In The News

World Champs News

Random Elite News

Bureaucratic-Related News

Top Weekend Road Action *Bogota Photos

Colombia: Geoffrey Mutai Crushes Deriba Merga, Breaks Course Record, And Wins Renault Car At 2011 Bogota Half Marathon We still think Mutai (the Boston champ) would win the Worlds 10k if there was enough money on the line. *IAAF Recap

Bix: Silas Kipruto, Caroline Rotich Win $12,500 At Quad Cities Bix 7, Abdi 6th This is one of America's premier road races.
*Achilles Injury Kept Meb Out Of Bix
*Joan Samuelson Ran Bix

International Results

Week In Review

LRC Week That Was: American Men's Medal Chances In Daegu With less than a month until Worlds, in our weekly look at the world of track and field we look at the American men's distance medal chances in Daegu. And while our beloved Menjo won't be in Daegu, he is in the news. Plus we've got some football talk from Florida coach Will Muschamp, a Brit celebrating July 4th, and Alberto on old school and new school training.

Our Sport's History Is A Selling Point

Last Lap Or Full Race Of Manzano's Mile Victory In London (More London Coverage Here, UK Visitors Here)

Rudisha Vs. Kaki Lives Up To The Hype (More London Coverage Here, UK Visitors Click Here)

Lauren Fleshman Runs Away From The Field

NCAA Star Kirani James Gets World Leader In 400 In London (More London Coverage Here)

Paula Speaks On Berlin (Story Here)

Poll: Vote Online For The Bowerman Award As of now, Washington State's Jeshua Anderson is winning for the men and Texas A&M's Jessica Beard for the women.

Monaco Photos

Train Smarter (More In The Training Forum)

LRC Contest Recap - The Greatness Of You

LRC USA Nationals Contest Recap As usual we had a couple of ringers come out on top in our contest. Our winner is in the elite of the elite of LetsRun.com, as not only has he been to watch the World Championships and Olympic Trials, he has a @runner.org email address, and a real-life wife. Our runner-up was a state champion in high school and has started a post-collegiate group in Utah.

A Must-Watch (We're Not Sure How We Missed This) - Sammy Wanjiru's Mom Theatens Others With A Machete 2 Weeks Ago (More Here)

Train Smarter (More In The Training Forum)

Boston *Recap Analysis: *JK On The Wind *Wejo On Desiree *Rojo *London And Boston *Video Highlights

Women's World XC In Photos

Men's World XC In Photos

Train Smarter (More In The Training Forum)

Great Deals

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