Quote Of The Day

"I felt wrong applying for (food stamps) again even though I could qualify for them."
"We don't like to think we're a drain on society. We just want to use this talent we have and inspire people to pursue their dreams."

- Olympic steeple hopeful Ben Bruce and his fiancée (and Trials marathon/10k runner) Stephanie Rothstein talking about being on food stamps while they pursued their Olympic dreams. Bruce will go for the Olympics in the steeple final on Thursday.

The US Olympic Trials *Results *TV Schedule *LRC Trials YouTube Channel *Photos: Day 1 (10ks), Day 2 (Eaton), Day 3 (100, 400), Day 4 *Check Prediction Contest Scores *LRC Day-By-Day Coverage

LRC Justin Gatlin Did Not PR, And Other Drug-Related News Justin Gatlin is back, running a 9.80 PR after 4 years away, with a new coach. What sort of fantasy world is the media living in?
*San Diego Tribune: Doping pasts haunt Olympic track trials

Bryan Clay - Don't Let A Pointless USATF Rule Keep You From London Another poorly thought-out USATF rule is possibly keeping Bryan Clay from London. He should follow Genevieve LaCaze's lead and hit the standard and we guarantee the USOC sends him to London.

1,500 Starts Thursday: What Big Names Goes Home? A Waste Of Time The 1,500s should be epic, as in both the men's and women's races one very famous person is bound to go home empty-handed. One of the following men will go home: Matt Centrowitz, Leo Manzano, Andrew Wheating or Robby Andrews. One of the following women will go home: Morgan Uceny, Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury or Anna Pierce.

Administrative News

Did You Make The Olympic Team? We've Got A Prize For You - 3 Hours Of Paperwork To Fill Out
The article reveals that Ashton Eaton can get a single room in the village if he wants it - everyone else is double occupancy.

Meet Hayward Field Announcer Paul Swangard

NPR Picks Up LetsRun.com's Interview Of Timer Roger Jennings

200s Start Friday:
Sanya Richards-Ross Enjoying Going For 200/400 Double With Aaron Ross In Stands Supporting Her
*After Losing Medal For Lane Violation In 2008, Wallace Spearmon Excited For Start Of 200 Trials
*Can Drug Cheat Justin Gatlin Be Marketable Again?

More Trials

Canadian Marathoners Lanni Marchant & Krista DuChene Are Denied Entry Into Olympics Despite Having "A" Standard They didn't meet the stricter Athletics Canada standard.
*MB: Canadians: What is up with your crazy Olympic qualifying process?

Cheruiyot Vs. Dibaba In London, African Champs Start Today

Olympic Trials Monday

LRC Mr. Hayward, Nick Symmonds, Makes It 5 In A Row, KD Goes To London And So Does Duane Solomon Nick Symmonds ran faster than any American ever at Hayward field (1:43.92) to get the dominant win, veteran rival Khadevis Robinson "KD" made his second team, and the Johnny Gray-coached Duane Solomon came up huge with a PR and "A" standard to book his ticket to london. Recap and analysis. *Race Video
*Nick Symmonds, KD, And Duane Solomon Get Olympic Spots
*USA Today Article On Symmonds And Webb
*Unsponsored Mark Wieczorek PRs And Places Seventh In 800
*Great Pre-Race Article: KD is running with purpose

More Trials: Reuters Recap Of Monday At The Olympic Trials

Non-USATF News:

USATF Sunday

*Latest Sunday Photo Gallery (Men's 100, Women's/Men's 400m, LJ, More)

Justin Gatlin Wins The 100, Tyson Gay Makes The Team, Jeremy Wariner Goes Home, And Gunshot Victim Bryshon Nellum Makes The Team
Nellum is a great story, as he was shot in both legs and has been coming back from that. He did not even make the NCAA final but made the London team. Interview with him here.

Sunday Photo Gallery, Saturday (Eaton World Record Here) Friday (10,000m Finals Here)

USATF Saturday

LRC Ashton Eaton Sets WR & Mesmerizes On And Off The Track The former Oregon star was sensational and got the world record after a big PR in the 1,500 that sent the Hayward faithful into a frenzy. Afterwards, he sent the media into a frenzy with an amazing press conference.
If You've Got 20 Minutes, Watch This Ashton Eaton Press Conference
The world record holder is cerebral and fascinating.

Classy Move Of Year: Curtis Beach Lets Eaton Cross Line First As He Breaks WR - Eaton Wishes He "Could Be As Graceful" As Beach (link fixed) "I just thought it would be better for Ashton to win as he broke the world record."
*Eaton Uses Hayward Field Magic To Help Set World Record
*Ashton Eaton World Record Photo Essay

Olympic Champ Bryan Clay DQed In Hurdles
*Clay, After Hurdles DQ: "It's The Worst Feeling Ever"

About The Sport?
This Doesn't Have To Be The End For Bryan Clay; He Should Do A Decathlon Next Week

British Trials *Results *Post-Meet Interviews

Mid-D/Distance Action

800 Semis: LRC Fans Get What They Deserve - Two Stacked 800 Finals The big guns all made the final as the top 6 men's and women's seeds will all be in the final on Monday. *Monti: Mulder Upstages Symmonds In 800m Semifinals

Recommended Read:
Sports Illustrated: Children of the Internet era, Alan Webb & Dathan Ritzenhein know intense scrutiny LetsRun.com gets a prominent mention in the Tim Layden piece on how Ritz & Webb have had careers full of scrutiny since they were HS phenoms. Layden is the same guy who wrote a 2001 piece on Ritz & Webb for SI.
MB: Webb on LetsRun: "Way back in the beginning, it was fun,..(but now) every single thing I do is scrutinized by some blogger."

Friday At The Trials - Day 1

LRC Galen Rupp Puts On A Clinic As The Sub-13 Guys Punch Their Tickets To London Galen Rupp won and the three sub-13:00 guys made the team but this race held in a downpour was full of drama. Chris Derrick continued his fine 2012 in fourth. Recap, splits, results, and post-race interviews.
LRC Day 1 Photos Gallery

LRC Men's Post-Race 10,000m Reaction

LRC Olympic Track And Field Predictions Galen Rupp A 99.1% Percent Favorite

Three Distance Finals Take Place Thursday

Jamaican Trials Start Tomorrow

Recommended Read: NYRR Chairman George Hirsch Remembers Watching Emil Zatopek Complete 5,000, 10,000, Marathon Triple at 1952 Games New York Times

More Olympic Trials Monday Distance

LRC Montano Hangs On, Gall Comes On, Schmidt Sneaks On, And Beckwith Has A 4-Year Wait Alysia Montano won as expected, but this one was close. 5 women were in contention for 3 Olympic spots and Molly Beckwith was the unlucky 4th place loser in a dramatic final 20 meters. *Race Video

LRC Alan Webb's 2012 Olympic Dream Is Over article link updated w comments from USA Today, SI The dad-to-be faded to last in his 5,000m heat and immediately after said he would not run the 1,500 at the Trials. It's soul-searching time for Alan Webb. Article, links and video.
*MBoard Thread

LRC 5k Prelims: Alan Webb, Jackie Areson And Brie Felnagle Go Home - Lauren Fleshman Does Not Alan Webb
finished last in his heat and then announced he won't be running the 1,500. Some other big names went home as well, including 2012 US #3 Jackie Areson.

LRC Steeple Prelims: All The Favorites Are Through As US Champ Billy Nelson Barely Makes The Final Former US Champ Steve Slattery did not advance. In the women's race, Emma Coburn showed why she's the favorite as she tempoed to victory in her heat while some others tried and failed to hit the "A" standard.

800m Final Photos (Click Below For Gallery)

Monday On The Boards

24 Hours Of Amateur Hour At USATF Comes To An End (In Case You Missed LRC Featured On The Homepage Of Deadpsin)

USATF Tie-Breaking Procedures Announced A run-off will break all ties unless BOTH athletes agree to a coinflip. We can't wait to see a run-off in a 10,000m.

Employee #1.1 Editorial: A Rule Still With A Million Loopholes USATF needs a rule that will solve all situations; this one does not.

Eugene Saturday *LRC Trials YouTube Channel

LRC The Inside Story Of How Jeneba Tarmoh First Saw The 100m Finish Photo On The LetsRun.com Laptop Roughly 3 Hours After The Race Carmelita Jeter won the 100m, but the story was the battle for the third spot between training partners Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. At first, Tarmoh was announced in third by .001 but then after the stands had emptied, a dead heat was announced. We thought we were the only ones not knowing what was going on, until next thing we knew Tarmoh was looking at the finish photo on Wejo's laptop (pic on right).

An Exclusive Interview With The Man Responsible For Reading The Allyson Felix 100m Finish Picture LetsRun.com exclusively caught up Roger Jennings, the man whose job it is to determine who finished third and who got fourth, and the timing whiz explained how it was determined there was a dead heat. Plus we do a little bit of research and determine that even though USATF has said there is no protocol for breaking a tie, that the USATF rule book does in fact envision such a scenario and has a solution - a old-fashioned drawing of lots!!!
MB: Exclusive Interview With Man Responsible For Reading Women's 100 Final (Allyson Felix's Race) Finish Image
*Official USATF Press Release
*Felix Video Interview After Her "4th Place" Finish

LRC Lolo Jones' Third Place Steals The Show In The Olympic Trials Hurdles Final Lolo turned around her season in 24 hours after a "reality meltdown" following round one. She said, "I woke up today and did not think I would make the team. I was fighting a constant head battle to get through this. I had my sports psychologist on speed dial 1, my pastor on speed dial 2, and my mom on speed dial 3 ..."

Shot Put Stunner: LRC
5-Time World/Olympic Silver Medallist & One-Time World Champ Adam Nelson Misses Final, Gives Emotional Presser And Advice For Us All Nelson may still compete but had great advice for us all: "When you do it the right way and you do it every single day, the hard work pays off time and time again." Full video and recap.

Friday's 10,000m At The Track Trials *LRC Day 1 Photos Gallery *LRC YouTube Channel *Day 1 Photos *Check Prediction Contest Scores *LRC Day-By-Day Coverage

LRC Women's 10,000m Amy Hastings Outkicks Suprising Natosha Rogers And Shalane Flanagan For Redemption This race had no drama for the Olympic spots the final mile but it was full of drama. Lisa Uhl's shoe came untied, Natosha Rogers fell and then got up and in the fourth 10k of her life beat Olympic medallist Shalane Flanagan. The laurel wreath went to Amy Hastings, the fourth place finisher at the Marathon Trials.
*LRC 10,000m Photos
*Post-Race Reaction

Bekele Is Back/International News

Kenenisa Bekele Is Back As A Winner - Wins UK/Ethiopian Trials The King (27:02.59) beat his brother Tariku (27:03.24), Gebre Gebremariam (27:03.58), and Mr. Silver Sileshi Sihine (27:03.65) in the battle for the three Olympic spots and declared himself to be ready to defend his Olympic crown. "I hope to show to the world great things. Absolutely I am back, 100 per cent." *MB Discussion Of Race

Day 2 Photo Gallery (Eaton World Record)

Day 1 Trials Photo Gallery

LRC Hammer Time Kicks Off 2012 Olympic Trials Successfully And The First LetsRun.com Hammer Interview Ever With The Guy In The Green T-Shirt Best hammer throw we've ever seen. Plus the exclusive first-ever LetsRun.com hammer interview with the guy (Chris Cralle) who finished second in a plain green T-shirt.
*Kibwe Johnson And Amber Campbell Win Hammer Throws To Kick Off Olympic Trials In Portland

News From The Rest Of The World

Jamaican: Usain Bolt And Yohan Blake Will Finally Race For The First Time Since Worlds The 100 heats start today and the final is Friday. 200 heats Saturday and final on Sunday. *Live Stream Here. *Schedule (Men's 100 first round @ 11am ET; second round @ 8:15am ET)

European Champs: *
Full Results *Live Commentary Updates Live in France, Spain, or Switzerland? Go here for live stream.
*Mo Farah Closes In 53 Seconds (1:55 Last 800) To Win Euros 5,000 In 13:29 Germany's Arne Gabius was 2nd in 13:31. *Play-By-Play
*IAAF Recap Day 1: Christophe Lemaitre Wins His Semifinal Heat In 10.14
*UK's Mark Lewis-Francis May Retire After Failing To Make 100 Final
*World 1,500 Silver Medalist Jenny Meadows Pulls Out Of 800 The Achilles injury that kept her out of UK Trials is still giving her issues.
*It Was A "Nightmare" Start For The UK Other than Farah.
Irish Brother And Sister Trying To Make Olympics In Same Event Both in 400H and need to hit the "A."

Kenyan Gold Medalists Will Be Awarded $20,588 Paid Out By Kenyan Olympic Committee And Government
*Kenyan President Meets With Olympic Athletes David Rudisha has been named team Captain.

South Africa:
Oscar P Qualifies For 400 Semifinal At African Champs He ran 46.32 for 2nd.
*World 400 Champ Amantle Montsho Competing At African Champs

Liu Xiang To Run London GP Two Weeks Before The Games
*London Games Will Have Special Team Dedicated To Making Olympic Weather Predictions We'll go ahead and make a prediction right now: it's going to rain at the Olympics.

Australia: LJer Mitchell Watt Says It's "Bitter-Sweet" Seeing US World Champ Dwight Phillips Miss Olympic Games

Non-Trials US News

UK News

Alan Webb's 2012 Olympic Dream Is Over (More On This Here (Link Fixed)). More Trials Videos Here

Tyler Mulder Showing The Emotion Of The Trials

BAA 10k 2012 BAA 10k Results

Geoffrey Mutai Runs 27:29 In Boston, Kim Smith Wins
We think Sam Chelanga still has a good chance to win $100,000 despite being crushed by nearly a minute.

Kenyan Trials *Mid-D/Distance Results

LRC Exclusive: Timer Explains The Allyson Felix Tie

Matt Taylor Speaks #2

LRC Redefine Running: Who's In Charge Of "The Sport" (link fixed) Last week Matt Taylor, the guy behind ChasingTradition, ChasingKimbia, ChasingGlory, and an upcoming Usain Bolt video game, told you running was dying. This week he tells you it's thriving. He explains the inconsistency. While the activity of running is thriving, the sport is dead with the mainstream sports fan. In the internet era, diehards get their fix, while Joe Sports-Fan has no idea who Matt Centrowitz is. How do we fix this?