The Hammer Comes Down On Lance
Formal Doping Charges To Be Brought Against Lance Armstrong The fate of USADA might rest on this case. The evidence had better be strong or anti-doping will
suffer a huge setback. USADA alleges it has numerous people who will testify Lance doped for multiple years with "EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone and cortisone." Lance lovers can send the hate mail here.
*Full Letter Outlining Charges Against Lance Here
*Alan Abrahamson Looks At What This All Means
On The Boards: Formal Charges Brought Against Lance Armstrong
Rudisha And Jelimo Running Kenyan Champs This Week In Advance Of Kenyan Olympic Trials In Two Weeks The Kenyan Champs and Trials are different meets. Jelimo is in the 400.
Grenada: WSJ: Is Training On Grass Key To Kirani James' 400m Success?
Sweden: 12 S. African Athletes Competing At Swedish Grand Prix On Thursday
*S. African 5,000m Runner Elroy Gelant Hoping To Get Olympic "A" Standard
Interesting: A Look At Donald Lippincott's 100m World Record At The 1912 Olympics One Of 83 World Records Set
4 Good Reads About Some Leading Women
After A Year Away From The Sport, Yelena Isinbayeva Is Back Enjoying PV And Vaulting As Good As Ever A very interesting read. Before retirement, she found dominating the pole vault globally to be boring but then during retirement, she
found everyday life to be much more boring.
Another Female Who Is Finding Joy In Her Sport Even Though She's Not Achieving Necessarily What She Wants
3rd Time The Charm? After Finishing 4th At Last Two Olympic Trials, Katie McGregor Is Still Pursuing Olympic Goal "I'm always going to have this chip on my shoulder because I haven't accomplished everything I wanted. But I've learned to appreciate what I have. Otherwise, you become jaded and it's not fun anymore. I think I got to that point after the last trials where just nothing's ever good enough. I got to the point where I had to say, 'If you didn't have Team USA or Reebok as a sponsor, would you still be doing this?' And I would. I love it."
3-Time Olympian Tamsyn Manou, Who Has B And Is Australian Champ But Hasn't Heard Anything From Federation, Writes Blog That Absolute Rips Her Federation The 3-time Olympian and 5-time World Champs qualifier feels "Chewed up and spat out!" Think the average Aussie supports her? Not at all according to the comments on the article, as she just gets ripped.
And A Not-So-Well-Known Woman
Weber State's Amber Henry Dislocated Her Elbow In Middle Of Steeple Final At NCAAs - Still Finished Anyway
2 Good Reads About Some Leading Men
Learn All About How Andrew Wheating Fortuitously Got Hooked Up With Jeff Johnson And Oregon
Mo Farah Enjoying Anonymity Of Portland As He Gets Ready For London 2012 - He Also Reminds Us He's Never Made An Olympic Final. "Nobody recognises me there [in Portland]. I just walk down the street with my family, go out for coffee, or for lunch, I just do a normal routine."
More Farah: Mo Farah To Run 1,500 At UK Trials Next Week
Moses Mosop Out, Emmanuel Mutai On Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team, G Mutai And Makau Snubbed Last night, we wrote "an
injury to Mosop opens the way for World record holder Patrick Makau or World #1 Geoffrey Mutai to make the team." However, the big news this morning was that Emmanuel Mutai was put on the team. A guy named Stanley Biwott (2:05 Paris) is the next alternate and Makau and G. Mutai were totally snubbed because apparently they didn't report back to Athletics Kenya why they dropped out of their spring marathons. Really?
On The Boards: *Emmanuel Mutai Replaces Mosses Mosop in 2012 London Games
*Mosop out--who will replace him?
*Tyson Gay Says It Will Take 9.8 To Make Olympic Team Gay says it will be a "dog-fight" but he's confident he'lll make the team.
*Runnersworld Looks At Desi Davila's London Preparations The Q&A is pretty decent but they ask her the groundbreaking question of whether she wants to win a major.
*Triple Jumper Teddy Tamgho Out Of Olympics
*Somali Olympic Hopefuls Deal With Suicide Bombers
*In-Depth Look At Japanese Olympic Track & Field Team
Non-Running Olympic News: Zara Phillips (Queen's Granddaughter) Makes British Olympic Team
*In Triathlon Britain Selecting Pacemakers For Team
*British Taekwondo Doesn't Select #1 Ranked Guy In World For Team
Worth A Read
Badass Tim Broe Reflects Back On His Career Tim won 3 straight USATF 5,000m titles in the 2000s, one with a broken back. He admits he didn't like training, but the guy could compete with the best of them.
Ben Johnson 24 Years After Seoul: In-Depth Look At Him Now
2012 Harry Jerome Classic *Results
LRC Much Improved Andrew Wheating Wins 1,500 At 2012 Harry Jerome Track Classic Wheating closed in 55-high to get the win in 3:35.89. Centro was much improved from last
week as well.
IAAF Recap Canadian Jessica Smith went sub 2:00 for the first time to upset Alice Schmidt in the 800.
MB: Wheating wins in 3:35.89
MB: Canadians: What is up with your crazy Olympic qualifying process?
Samsung Diamond League - adidas Grand Prix *Results *LRC Photos
Post-NYC 800-Related News
More From Rudisha After His Record Run: "If I get a few more weeks of good training I will be ready for anything in London."
Hoping For 1:42, Mohammed Aman Settles For 1:44 In Wind In France In Next-To-Last Race Before Olympics He went out in 49 trying to emulate Rudisha. "I'm disappointed because there was a lot of wind in the back stretch and as a result, this time is not good for me."
LRC 800s: David Rudisha's 1:41.74 Mesmerizes The Crowd As Fantu Magiso Wins Again David Rudisha was simply magnificent, as he was so good he even surprised himself, setting a new US all-comers record of 1:41.74. Robby Andrews' adidas debut resulted in him beating two people but running his second-fastest time ever. In the women's race, the Fantu Magiso show rolled on as Maggie Vessey was a non-factor and Jenny Simpson was simply atrocious and beaten by two high schoolers. In other events, Tirunesh Dibaba handled Meseret Defar with ease, and Tyson Gay impressed us a ton in the "B" heat of the 100m.
LRC 5,000: Tirunesh Dibaba Crushes Defar With 4:05 Last 1500 to Win 5000m In Breathtaking Fashion The matchup between the #1 and #2 5,000 runners in history did not disappoint as Dibaba closed the last 1,600 in 4:22 and last 1,500 in a ridiculous 4:05 to get a dominant 6+ second victory over Meseret Defar. It's as if the "baby-faced assasin" was never gone and didn't miss all of 2011.
LRC 1,500: Bernard Lagat Returns To His Winning Ways (updated with quotes from Lagat, Webb & Torrence) Lagat's finishing kick of old came out in full force as he got the win in a thrilling stretch run over a guy 17.5 years younger than him and a guy who is the world's #4 1,500 man on the year. Alan Webb's quest for the "A" came up short as David Torrence ran well.
LRC HS Miles: Junior Bernie Montoya Runs 4:01.32 To Capture Deepest Boys Mile In HS History As Three Girls Break 4:40 6 guys broke 4:03 and 9 broke 4:05 - truly ridiculous. *Levonte Whitfield, Shayla Sanders Win Boys/Girls Dream 100s As Recent 10.19 Star Tyreek Hill Is DQed For False Start
Other Events: *IAAF Recap Of Meet *AFP Recap Of NY *Reuters
*Tyson Gay Runs 10.00 - Equivalent Of 9.90 In No Wind - Might Have Beaten Yohan Blake Had They Raced Head-To-Head Gay looked fantastic as Blake ran 9.90 but had a headwind.
*Tyson Gay Pleased To Be Back & To Have Gotten Rid Of Jitters Before Trials Kudos to NBC for leaving gymnastics to cover the "B" heat live.
*Kenyan Paper: Matt Scherer Fills In Nicely For Sammy Tangui As Rudisha's Rabbit
*Media Practically Ignored Race Winner Lueguelin Santos And Focused On Oscar P He missed the Olympic "A" again, but says he thinks he'll go to the Olympic even without it, possibly as part of SA's 4 x 4.
Recommended Read NY Times Profiles The "Baby-Faced Destroyer" - Tirunesh Dibaba - LRC Gets Mention The Times takes a look at the woman who is big enough in Ethiopia that hundreds of thousands came to her post-wedding celebration. "Because she did a traditional marriage ceremony, it added to the respect people have for her," Teferi Debebe, who covers Ethiopian track for Letsrun.com, said. "She showed her respect for the culture. This is what everybody wanted to see."
*Gary Cohen Interview With Shannon Rowbury On Her Training And Plans For 2012 Says she made 2011 Worlds on only 6 weeks real training as she was dealing with an achilles injury.
*Neely Spence Moves From Pennsylvania To Michigan Now living and training with Hansons-Brooks.
News/Reads From Europe
- Recommended Read Meet Ron Delaney - The Villanova Alum Won The 1956 Olympic 1,500, Set 3 Mile WRs And Won 40 Miles In A Row He is in the news as he recently carried the Olympic torch.
- Spain's Álvaro Rodríguez Runs 3:34 For 2nd Time This Year - Dreams Of European Gold
- Dwain Chambers Wins (10.29) But Misses "A" Of 10.18
- Ireland's Fionnuala Britton To Try 5,000/10,000 Double At Euros
- Video/Pics Of Bolt Slamming Into Flower Girl In Oslo
- Great Interview: Brief Chat With Anthony Whiteman, Who Went Sub-4:00 At 40 "The best thing you can do is tell me I'm not good enough. Because I'll go away, and I'll work harder, and I will shove it down your throat."
- NBC Q&A: Desiree Davila Says she does all her training in Michigan and doesn't go to altitude like Kara and Shalane.
- Story Behind Mo Farah's "Mobot" Celebration Pose
- Coach Of Recent UK HJ Star Robbie Grabarz Says It Will Take An "Unbelievable" Performance To Beat Him In London Coach Fuzz Ahmed: "If I were to design a physical specimen that will be a world class high jumper I'd draw a picture of Robbie."
- Dayron Robles Says There's No Place For Friendship On The Track
- Liu Xiang's Technique Makes Him A Master
Pre Classic *Full Results *Saturday Recap *Friday Recap *Day 1 Photos *Day 2 Photos
LRC Day 2: Rupp Joins Sub-13 Club, Asbel Kiprop - Mr. Bowerman, Liu Xiang, SRR And Much More Mo Farah is still the top distance runner in the world and Galen Rupp was right there with him mixing it up like he belonged as he became the first American under 13:00 at Pre. Asbel Kiprop won the Bowerman Mile as Andrew Wheating got DFL. Kaki prevailed over Aman as Nick Symmonds and KD squared off again. Liu Xiang ran 12.87, Sanya Richards-Ross got a big win and much, much more. LRC analysis, results, race video and interviews.
LRC Day 1: Wilson Kiprop Wins In USA, Alysia Montano Dominates, Tirunesh Dibaba And Alan Webb Want More, Alice Schdmit Upsets Jenny Simpson Arguably the greatest Pre Classic ever kicked off Hollister Night at Hayward. The Kenyan Olympic Trials - won by World Half Marathon champ Wilson Kiprop - were the headliner, but Alysia Montano tried to steal the show, Alice Schmidt upset Jenny Simpson, and Alan Webb and Matt Centrowitz ran the mile. Full recap, analysis, post race reaction.
*More: Renato Canova Talks About Alan Webb, Wilson Kiprop, And More *RRW Recap *Photos
*Moses Masai Says He Didn't Push Too Hard At The End
*BBC Article On How You Should Choose An Olympic Team "Ultimately selection is a compromise with no perfect solution."
*Oregonian Recap: Alysia Montano 1:57.37, Alice Schmidt Wins 1,500m Over Jenny Simpson, No One Gets "A" In International Mile
*MB: OFFICIAL THREAD PRE CLASSIC 06/01/12 (LIVE FEED)
LRC Kenenisa Bekele, Mo Farah, Bernard Lagat And Asbel Kiprop At The 2012 Prefontaine Press Conference Lagat gave advice as to what event Lomong and Torrence should run at the Trials, Farah talked about Rupp doing all the workouts with him, Bekele reveled whether he has enough time to get ready for the Olympics and Kiprop even praised Matt Centrowitz.
*LA Times Profile On Bernard Lagat
*Manager Jos Hermens Says Bekele Has Only "Just Started His Real Training" As His New Softer-Surfaced Track Was Finished 2 Weeks Ago
The Guy In The Fall
LRC The Collegiate Career Of Jake Hojnacki, The Guy In The Epic Steeple Fail, Comes To An End If you're like the other 516,654 people who have seen this video, you know Jake Hojnacki as a guy who took a dive into the steeple pit and pretty much almost drowned. Turns out Employee 1.1 is one of Jake's coaches. Jake's collegiate career came to an end this past weekend in notable fashion. We bring to you his story as runners like Jake represent the heart and soul of LetsRun.com.
Recommended Read: Two Years Ago, Joey Stoltz Almost Died And Today He Is A Marathoner "Less than two years ago, I was at the hospital and the doctors told me I wouldn't run again so those last two miles [of the marathon] were so emotional."
Samsung Diamond League Doha *Results *LRC Recap *MB: Discussion *IAAF Recap
Doha: LRC LetsRun.com's Recap Of Doha 2012: The Samsung Diamond League Starts Off In Style If all the meets this year are as good as this one, we're going to have an incredible Olympics. Asbel Kiprop went sub-3:30 for the first time ever and lost to Silas Kiplagat, a race was perfectly designed for Vivian Cheruiyot to lose and she won, Kenenisa Bekele looked average, Paul Koech tore up the steeple, and Pamela Jelimo may have a new challenger. American stalwarts LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix impressed, and Americans Russell Brown and Molly Beckwith did what they wanted in the distances.
Pro Distance News
Korir Running Chicago
LRC Wesley Korir: From #T248 To #1 At Chicago The first time Wesley ran Chicago (photo here), he paid his entry fee like everyone else and started with the masses. Now 4 years later he's returning as the Boston Marathon champ. Learn more about Wesley (he hopes to be a US citizen soon) and how the late Sammy Wanjiru inspired Wesley to be a champion.
US News ... Olympic Trials (The Hammer) Start One Week From Today
Kara Goucher Running US Half Marathon Champs This Weekend In Her Homestate Minnesota Article says she's been running 110-120 a week. Previously we had the news of Olympian Abdi Abdirahman running vs. Patrick Smyth, Brett Gotcher and Andrew Carlson.
US Milers Meet #2: Dan Clark Wins 1,500m In 3:39.11, Andy Bayer 3:39.13 Both missed the Olympic Trials "A" standard. Indianapolis Star
*Results *Mboard thread
Pre-Race: *NCAA Champ Andy Bayer Hoping To Qualify For Olympic Trials In 1,500 Wednesday At American Milers Club Meet
Victoria Track Classic: Nate Brannen Wins 1,500m In 3:39.42, Duane Solomon Dominates 800m 1:46.14 The women's 1,500m was slow (4:14.30).
Brief Chat With Bernard Lagat
*Brett Gotcher And Ben Bruce Talk Olympic Trials With Public In Flagstaff
It's Time For .... Boston
US Olympians Desi Davila, Kara Goucher And Shalane Flanagan Will All Run 2013 Boston Marathon Not only does having America's 3 best marathoners numerically increase the odds of an American winning, it also takes a lot of money away from top-notch foreign talent. Davila came close to winning Boston in 2010, so an American walking away with the laurel wreath wouldn't be shocking. The announcement says this will be their first marathon after the Olympics, but we wouldn't be surprised if one of them ran New York City in the fall.
Patrick Makau's Manager Presents Email Evidence Showing He Corresponded With Athletics Kenya About Makau's Injury In case you missed it, yesterday Athletics Kenya named Emmanuel Mutai to the Olympic Marathon Team after Moses Mosop pulled out with injury. In the process AK snubbed Makau and Geoffrey
Mutai, saying they did not keep AK abreast of the status of their injuries.
LRC Update: Statement From Makau's Manager Zane Branson Disputing AK's Claim
*1-Minute Audio Clip Of AK President Isaiah Kiplagat Saying He Had Not Received Reports From Agents On Makau's Status
Police Claim Bolt Was Given A Breathalyzer & That He Passed It Sounds like they'd give him a free pass no matter what from this quote from the police chief: "He is a youngster and he will do what youngsters do to enjoy themselves, but not to that extreme. I am not here to ridicule youngsters but here to guide them and a warning is one way to guide a youngster and so discretion will be used."
Olympic News From Britain
Live Sheep & Cows Will Be Part Of British Olympic Opening Ceremony They want to celebrate the English countryside and will attempt to do so with "12 horses, three
cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheepdogs."
*British Stat Geek Says Brits Will Get Way More Than Charles van Commenee's Goal Of 8 Track Medals At least 10 and maybe as many as 16.
US Half Marathon Champs Are This Weekend @ Grandma's
- Olympian Abdi Abdirahman Racing To Win At US Half Champs At Grandma's Marathon This Weekend Patrick Smyth, Brett Gotcher and Andrew Carlson will be there as well. It's a shame this race isn't the week after the Trials.
- Grandma's Marathon Preview: Expect A Kenyan Man To Win Kenyan men, including last year's champ Christopher Kipyego, have won 11 of 16 titles - no Kenyan woman has ever won.
More Weekend Action *Moscow Results
- Moscow: Russia's World Champ Mariya Savinova Runs 1:57.93 In Moscow At Site Of 2013 Worlds The women's 800m had 10 sub-2:00s. *IAAF Recap
- Lolo Jones Runs 12.97 In Italy
- Cuba 4 X 400 Runs 3:00.43 At Iberoamericano Champs
- Mokoena 8.07 In Long Jump, Antti Ruuskanen 84.95 At Finnish Elite Games
- Turkey's Gulcan Mingir Runs 9:13.53 National Record Steeple
Usain Bolt Involved In 5:15 AM Car Accident After Partying It Up Asafa Powell was allegedly on the scene as well. The good news is no one was seriously hurt and the Jamaicans are saying Bolt is not above the law. The
real question is what is Bolt doing out at 5:15 am? *Discuss
*Publicist: Bolt Uninjured In Jamaican Car Crash
2012 NCAA Champs *Results *Schedule *LRC Day 1 Photos *Day 2 Photos *LRC Previews: Men *Women *Nice Charles Jock Feature *Full Day 4 ESPN Replay
Illiniois Sr. Andrew Riley, Who Pulled Off Unprecedented 100/110H Double At NCAAs, Now Might Be A Bank Teller? Yep, because he's from sprint-rich Jamaica.
*Drake Wants To Host 2016 US Olympic Trials We know one thing. It shouldn't be in Eugene. The Super Bowl rotates to generate excitement - well, the Trials are our sport's Super Bowl.
Saturday: LRC Andy Bayer Wins Over Miles Batty With A Diving Finish, Katie Flood Outkicks Emily Infeld & Jordan Hasay The 2012 outdoor NCAA Track and Field championships in Des Moines came to a close with some edge-of-your-seat finishes in the distance and mid-distance races. In the 1,500, Andy Bayer won by a hundredth of a second in a photo finish over Miles Batty, and Katie Flood held off attacks from Emily Infeld and Jordan Hasay. Donn Cabral got his first NCAA title in the steeple and in the women's 5,000 Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won by .03 seconds over Washington's Megan Goethals. In the team competition, LSU women beat Oregon and Florida men beat LSU by 2 points as it came down to the 4 x 4.
*IAAF Recap Of NCAAs
*Florida Men Finally Claim First NCAA Outdoor Title
*AP Recap: LSU Women, Florida Men Win Titles
Three Recommended Reads
- British Columnist: "If anyone can find a future for athletics, do tell me." The opening paragraph should get you hooked: "Athletics Weekly is the world’s only magazine covering the sport with seven-day regularity. Its circulation? Five thousand."
Irish Writer Raves About PBS Documentary On Jesse Owens A must-read, as you realize how different the world was in 1936. Hitler: "Do you really think that I will allow myself to be photographed shaking hands with a Negro?"
- Running Times Scott Douglas Asks: What Makes A Good Coach? We Answer: Super-Talented Athletes Actually, we like this: "Emotional and personality matches are what's most important," says former American record-holder Bob Kennedy.
More From Running Times: Running Times Asks: Should we stop worrying that running's not on TV? Yes, we should. Network TV is critical.
*Ultra Runner Gives Up Law Career To Run
Friday: LRC Cam Levins Becomes A Legend, Charles Jock Becomes A Champion, And Nachelle Mackie Remains Undefeated Against Collegians Day 3 certainly did not disappoint the mid-d and distance fans!!! In the 800, Charles Jock and Nachelle Mackie got the titles they so deserved after fighting off some spirted challengers, as Jock won for the first time and Mackie remained undefeated against collegians on the year; in the steeple, Colorado's Shalaya Kipp got a closer-than-expected victory; and then in the 5,000, Cam Levins became a legend by doing what he does best - obliterating the field over the final 150.
*AP Recap Of Day 3: 5/1,000s Separate Top 3 In Men's 100m
*Des Moines Register: Dead Heat In 100 Just One Of Day's Thrilling Events
*Oregon's Women Do Well As Brianne Theisen & English Gardner Win - But LSU Does Better
*After Winning Title, Thiesen To Go Drinking With Her Coach "Im going out and having a drink with my coach. I’m not going to lie. We're celebrating a little bit."
*At NCAAs, Dennis Shaver - Lolo's Coach Optimistic She's "Making Progress"
*Surprise: Cabral Fails To Make Final
*Did You Know? 25,295 Women Competed In College Track & Field Last Year
More Non-Friday Distance Press:
*The Independent Profiles Oklahoma State's Olympic Hopeful At 5,000 - Tom Farrell
*After Missing 6 Weeks With Ruptured Appendix, Luke Puskedra Enjoyed Getting 4th His Final NCAA Race "It feels pretty good to be in that company. It was fun out there. We'll see if this is the next generation of distance runners moving up."
LRC Texas A&M's Natosha Rogers Is The Surprise Winner In The Women's 10k After a blistering first mile led by Cal's Deborah Maier, Rogers and her traded the lead until it was down to a 4-woman race. Like the men's race, it was no contest as Rogers closed in 68 to blow the other 3 away and PR by over a minute (32:41). Wichita State’s Alphine Tuliamuk was 2nd, Maier 3rd, and Meaghan Nelson of Iowa State a close 4th.
LRC Rest Of Day 2 Recap: 1,500m And Men's Steeplechase Prelim Recaps: Kyle Merber Misses Final
*Coach Dave Smith: "[Fernandez] was in the fast heat because he made it the fast heat ... It's a really tough, gutsy way to run."
*UO Team Update: Brianne Theisen Highlights Day 2 With Three PRs To Lead Heptathlon Freshman Allie Woodward was impressive in the 10k as she ran 32:56 for 5th (and 2nd in UO school history).
*Florida Junior Tony McQuay Runs An NCAA-Leading 44.67 In 400m Prelims Also puts him 2nd in the US and 3rd in the world this year.
*Stanford's Katerina Stefanídi Wins NCAA PV And Ties Meet Record
*Erik Kynard Defends His NCAA HJ Title
*Sooners' Brittany Borman Repeats Her NCAA Javelin Win
*Laura Roesler SO Spilt 51.4 WOW
*Germam Fernanzez advances to NCAA 1500 final with a 3:40.19
LRC Men's 10k Results: Cam Levins Wins, Sambu 2nd, Derrick 3rd Two seniors with amazing credentials really wanted this one but in the end only one could get his first NCAA title and it was no contest the final 200m. After Chris Derrick fell back on the bell lap, Cam Levins blasted the last 150m and looked sensational in getting the win over Stephen Sambu.
LRC Rest Of Day 1 Recap: 800m And Women's Steeple Prelim Recaps: Cas Loxsom Goes Home
*LRC Day 1 NCAA Photos
OTB/Cam Levins Mania:
*Chris Derrick: The Greatest Runner never to win an NCAA Championship
*Cam Levins is a gold medal threat in the London 10k
*Paris Hilton to Canadian Trials with Levins!
*Cam Levins just won the 10k, and he's gonna win the 5k
*Cameron Levins Is Better Than Galen Rupp At The Same Age
US 5k Stars Of Past In News
- Recommended Read A Great Chat With Former American 5,000 Record Holder Bob Kennedy This is must-read for anyone under 30 who doesn't properly appreciate Kennedy. We'll almost certainly use this as QOTD for Wednesday but were so fired up by the Tyson Gay thing that we put that up so people would read a sprinting article. *Discuss: MB: Kennedy takes dig at Rupp?
- After Pre Disaster, Tegenkamp Starting To Realize His Best 5,000 Days Are Likely Past As "Old Man Bell Curve" Is Starting - Excited About 10k He's been unwilling to accept that 13:10-15 is likely all he can muster at this point in the 5k according to his coach. "Since turning professional I have not missed an "Outdoor US Team" and I can promise you I don't plan on that happening in an Olympic year. I know my fitness is great, I believe I have a lot of room to improve in the 10,000 and I am looking forward to the challenge! A new chapter is starting; 3:34.25, 7:34.98, 8:07.07, 12:58.56 may very well be set in stone but the 10,000. ... So much room for improvement. ... HERE WE GO!"
Excellent Read: Science Of Sport Breaks Down Comrades Marathon Like Only They Can Former 2:06 guy Gert Thys tried to break the course record by 20 minutes and ended up a DNF but that totally changed the race.
Diamond League Rome *Results
Rome: LRC Recap Of Rome 2012: Bolt Returns In Style, Men's Steeple WR Almost Goes Down, Dibaba & Jelimo Do Go Down In Defeat, And A Thrilling Women's 5,000 Usain Bolt returned to form with a world leader in the men's 100, but this race from a LetsRun.com perspective was led by the women's mid-d and distance action. There were two mid-d stunners on the women's side, as two heavy favorites in Pamela Jelimo and Genzebe Dibaba were soundly beaten as US world #1 Morgan Uceny impressed but was nowhere close to winning. The women's 5,000 produced a thrilling finish between Vivian Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar that reminded us of Haile G/Paul Tergat and Paul Kipsiele Koech nearly got the WR in the steeple. All of that and a whole lot more.
- More Post-Rome News: Bolt Says He's Focused On Winning, Not Times But then he mentioned becoming a "legend" by running "9.4 and 18 something," so which is it? Also mentioned a possible 400 at the end of the year.
- Who Needs Funding? UK's HJ Winner Robbie Grabarz Was Actually Cut From Funding 7 Months Ago Article also mentions Dwain Chambers ran in the non-Diamond League 4 x 100m where the UK was 2nd to Canada.
- UK Jav Thrower Goldie Sayers Happy With 3rd-Place Showing Really wants to medal in London after getting the dreaded 4th in Beijing.
Sammy Wanjiru RIP: Nov 10, 1986 To May 15, 2011
- Wanjiru's "Recognized" Wife, Fellow Athletes, Former Coaches Painfully Remember The Fallen Hero "He always took care of his children and was always there to support them and make them happy."
- Wanjiru's Widow, Fellow Runners Mark His Death With Low-Key Ceremony In Nyahururu - Mother Conspicuously Absent
4 Really Great Recommended Reads *Also Look For A Great Wanjiru Article In Print Version Of The New Yorker
#1 - Journalism Still Exists: ESPN The Magazine's Shaun Assael Writes 5,122 Word Epic On Sammy Wanjiru's Life And Death From his start as a schoolboy to details as to why his mother claims he was murdered, Assael leaves no stone unturned.
points out that many other successful Kenyans before Wanjiru
have also struggled with fame, including Paul Kipkoech, Richard Chelimo and Benson Masya, who all died young. Sadly, Wanjiru was going to train in San Diego to get away from it all but couldn't because of a gun charge. *Interview Of Author On Right Column
#2 - 50 Stunning Olympic Moments No. 30: Zola Budd In 1984 Do most people remember Budd was just 17 when she set the WR in the 5,000 at 15:01 and when she collided with Mary Slaney? The article reveals that Budd's family disintegrated after she left South Africa to compete for GBR and it also reveals Mary Slaney to have been unbelievably rude to rip a 17-year-old. *Zola Budd - In Pictures
#3 - Wall St. Journal Profile Nails Abdi Abdirahman's Personality Perfectly!!! "Going for Gold - or Whatever The Secret to an Aging Olympian's Endurance: Don't Let Training Get in the Way of Fun" Is Abdi's love of life (ohers might say laziness) an asset?
#4 - What Really Happened At 1st Olympic Women's 800 In 1928? Despite what was reported, 5 of the 11 runners didn't drop out with another 5 collapsing at the finish. The only person collapsing at the finish that year was Paavo Nurmi, but women's mid-d and distance running would be banned for years nonetheless.
Non-London Marathon News
Meet Glenn Randall
LRC The Story Behind Glenn Randall (The Guy Who Led Boston) Who was that dude leading the first 10k of the Boston Marathon? Believe it or not, he's an NCAA champion (in another sport). LetsRun.com talks to the guy who made the first 10k of the marathon entertaining. His frontrunning was no stunt and has paid off big time in the past. This time it resulted in a 2:37:13 61st place finish.
The Making Of Andrew Wheating
"I was like, 'Did anyone else see this?' I'm standing there alone, looking at the second coming of Jim Ryun. I wanted to go outside and drag someone inside to see this. I'd never seen an athlete like this, never someone so unbelievably talented the first day I watched him run. It was a lightning bolt experience." - Jeff Johnson (former Nike executive - he came up with the name Nike) talking about the first time he ever saw Andrew Wheating run. Wheating's 4:28 - yes, 4:28 - mile was so effortless that Johnson knew Wheating was something special.
adidas GP Photos
Matt Taylor Speaks
LRC Redefine Running: An Introduction Matt Taylor, the guy behind ChasingTradition, ChasingKimbia, ChasingGlory, ChasingBolt, and an upcoming Usain Bolt video game, has some thoughts on our "dying sport." He introduces himself in this piece. We honestly don't know where he's going with this series, but are proud to let Matt be the second guest columnist to have a series on LRC.
Non-Adidas/NCAA Weekend Results
- Edna Kiplagat Wins NYRR Mini 10k In Dominant Style She won in 32:08 over Aheza Kiros (32:18). NYC Marathon champ Firehiwot
Dado was back in 5th as Desiree Davila was 11th (3rd American). *IAAF
*Top American (6th Overall) Stephanie Rothstein Happy With Result; Dedicates Race To Late Father
*A Brief Chat With Desiree Davila After Her 11th Place Finish In 33:38 At Saturday's NYRR Mini 10K
- Portland Results Ritz back-to-back 5k's in 13:19 and 13:58 as Aaron Braun misses the "A" by .25 in 13:20.25.
*MB: Dathan Ritzenhein Runs 2 5000m Races Within An Hour - Why ?
*Ritz Explains: "The plan was to get in the fast 5K and run relaxed and then concentrate on the last lap. Then come back and run 14 minutes as a workout."
ExxonMobil Bislett Games *Results *Yahoo Photos
Reigns, Ethiopian 5k Trials, Chemos Wins Historic Steeple, Kiprop Wins Dream Mile, And More The meet is in the books. Usain Bolt had to work hard to beat Asafa Powell. Dejen Gebremeskel won the 5,000m at the Ethiopian Trials and Kenenisa Bekele finished 5th. Milcah Chemos won a historic steeple while Aregawi showed she's best in the world at 1,500m and Morgan Uceny had no pop the last 100m. Javier Culson
and Sally Pearson had world leaders in the hurdles.
*Milcah Chemos Smashes African Steeplechase Record With 9:07.14 (#4 All-Time) www.capitalfm.co.ke
IAAF Celebrates 100th Anniversary In Times Square (Desi Davila And Tirunesh Dibaba On Hand, Article Here, Photo Gallery Below)
Pre Day 2 Photos
Pre Day 1 Photos *Day 1 Recap Here *Day 2 Full Results *Day 2 Reaction
The Great One Says Goodbye To The Track (Hengelo Photos)
Ostrava Photos (Usain Bolt 10.04)
The Wait Is Over
LRC LetsRun.com T-Shirt Design Contest The Empire State Building was built in a year, Hoover Dam took 5, so we figured 12 years is long enough for LetsRun.com T-Shirts. We pay homage to the 99%, and you let your LRC faithful come up with the design.
Big Story? Doping widespread in Kenya? Fresh allegations by German journalist
Unbelievable: Convicted Drug Cheat Dennis Mitchell Coaching Justin Gatlin This isn't new news and has been the case all spring, we just didn't realize it. 6 years ago, little LRC pointed out Mitchell, the guy who claimed he tested positive because he had five beers and sex four times with his wife (maybe Dennis can give his advice here), an excuse USATF accepted, was coaching a USATF international team. USATF then tried to claim a different Dennis Mitchell, the University of Akron coach, was the actual coach. Mitchell is free to coach whomever he wants. You'd think Gatlin might be concerned about public perception.
UAE Healthy Kidney 10k Photos
Another Steeple Fail (Getting Picked Up By USA Today Blogger)
Bekoji, Ethiopia: Town Of Runners By now many of you have heard of Iten, Kenya - the tiny town where many Kenyan stars train. The Ethiopian town of Bekoji may be even more impressive,
it is where Kenenisa Bekele (3 Olympic golds), Tirunesh Dibaba (2 Olympic golds), Derartu Tulu (2 Olympic golds), and Fatuma Roba (1 Olympic gold) were all born. Lengthy Guardian profile on the town and its unheralded coach Sentayehu Eshetu. A movie on the town - "Town of Runners" - comes out later this month.
*Bekoji Photo Gallery