Did You Forget About Caster Semenya?

"I know people have been saying all sorts of things about Caster's fitness, but she is going to silence them. The rehabilitation has gone well and we are happy with the training process. Caster will be back in action in Europe in two weeks."

- Caster Semenya's coach, Maria Mutola, saying that Semenya is back from her knee injury and still planning on racing in Moscow even though previous reports have said she wasn't. If her only race is really in 2 weeks, she'll only have one shot at posting a qualifying time for Moscow. She hasn't raced since the London Games, but in the article, Semenya says, "The bigger picture for me is to reclaim the title I won in 2009 in Germany."

Paris DL Men *Full Results *Event-By-Event Results *Race Video Highlights (US Only) *LRC Paris Photo Gallery LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

*LRC Paris Photo Gallery Added
LRC Men's 1,500: Mission Accomplished* For American Men; Leo's BACK!!! Leo Manzano may still be sponsorless but the lion is officially out of hibernation as he showed why he is the Olympic silver medallist as he led the American charge as he and Lopez Lomong both got the "A" to finalize America's Moscow WC team. All was not totally well for the Americans, though, as Centro stepped off the track, possibly injured. Update: Salazar Says Centro's Not Injured - Just "Embarrassed" For Dropping Out For First Time Ever
Video: Leo, Lawi, Lopez And Lagat Talk After Paris 1,500
MB: Paris 1500m *Manzano IS BACK - 3:33.14 in Paris!!! *Centro DNF Paris 1,500?

LRC Men's Steeple: Ezekiel Kemboi Breaks 8:00 As Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Breaks The European Record The men's steeple clash between the Olympic gold and silver medallists certainly lived up to the hype.
*EA: France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Broke The Steeple European Record With 8:00.09

MB Talk: Manzano 3:33.14 for 3rd!, Lomong Gets "A", Centro Drops Out, Bolt 19.73, James Over MerrittKemboi Sub 8:00, Mekhissi 8:00.09, Individual links above for each headline. Manzano interview here.

Elite Women In The News: Did You Forget About Caster Semenya?

Non-LRC Paris Coverage

International Pros In The News

Pre-Paris News

A Fantastic 2013 Athletissima Lausanne Is In The Books *Results *LRC Lausanne Photos *Video Highlights (USA Visitors Only) *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

*IAAF Recap *AP Recap *LRC Lausanne Flash Photos *Race Video Highlights (US only)

Six Non-Distance Takeaways: Tyson Gay The Pro, Bohdan Bondarenko!!!, Lolo Jones Gets A Date And Goes Bobsledding, Kimberlyn Duncan The Rookie, David Oliver's Coming Back, Lauryn Williams Still Running LRC's insights from the non-distance action in Lausanne, including a look at the incredible week of Bohdan Bondarenko. Plus, the latest from LetsLolo.com.
Related: Lolo Jones Goes To The Bobsled And Accepts Her Twitter Date: Who Will Pay And Is He "Legal"? Her date had better pay. He asked her out. And the "legal" comment was Lolo's, not ours.

LRC 5,000: Yenew Alamirew Will Outkick You If Your Name Isn't Mo Farah Alamirew let up at the end and still ran a 24.1 last 200. Ridiculous. Afterwards, we caught up with Tariku Bekele, who has no idea if his brother Kenenisa is going to Worlds. We also spoke with Diego Estrada, who is now coached by Joe Vigil.

Mo Aman Impresses In 800m In His Final Race Before Worlds Mo Aman won his 3rd 800m of the week with the world's 2nd fastest time and then he called it a season until Worlds. Smart move. Brandon Johnson was not a factor in his first DL race in 5th, and 19-year-old Nijel Amos faded in his first 800 of the year. *Brandon Johnson Interview

LRC 1,500m: Abeba Aregawi Remains Dominant And Americans Continue To Struggle Abeba Aregawi blew away the field in the final 200m again and the American women who used to be the #1 in the world at this continued to struggle. Shannon Rowbury was 5th and Morgan Uceny faded to last. *Shannon Rowbury Talks About Adding More Endurance Training To Get Ready For 5,000m

LRC Steeple: Ayalew Somehow Edges Assefa, No More Steeples For Higginson Until Worlds? Shalaya Kipp fans might want to get a little nervous as this might be Higginson's last steeple before Worlds. *Higginson May Not Steeple Until Worlds

Other Action: *Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko Clears 2.41m (Best Jump Since 1994), Comes Close To WR At 2.46m
*Bondarhenko: "I can't explain my progression, it's simply great for me."
*Tyson Gay (9.79) Gives Usain Bolt World Championships Warning In Lausanne Telegraph
*Sally Pearson (12.69) Has Worst Performance In 3 Years
*Results: Gay 9.79 Over Powell, Bondarenko Attempts 8 Feet In HJ, Aman Gets Faster, Alamirew Keeps Kicking, Aregawi Wins


More Lausanne LRC Felix Sanchez Is Was A Nervous Distance Runner Just Like You, What If Bolt And Gay Raced Each Other Like The High Hurdlers? How Many Montshos Are There In The World? And Jeter Still Bringing It To celebrate the 4th of July, we got carried away and have two non-distance articles from Lausanne. We delve into the 100 vs. 110 hurdles, Gay vs. Bolt, unsponsored 32-year-old Ryan Wilson making his first Worlds team and more. Give it a read and tell your family you need to watch track from 2-4pm on the 4th.

Press Conference:
LRC Tyson Gay Talks About Usain Bolt, Being Healthy, And Jon Drummond's Absence As He Begins His 2013 European Campaign On July 4th
America's best is looking for a big performance on his nation's birthday as he is healthy for the first time since 2007 and dreaming of beating Usain Bolt, whom he hopes is at his best in Moscow. Gay also reveals he no longer is working with Jon Drummond.
*IAAF Press Conference Highlights Quotes from Lavillenie, Pearson, R. Wilson, Sanchez, Culson, Duncan, Gay and Jeter.

Duane Solomon #2 All-Time 600 At Harry Jerome Classic In Canada *Results

LRC Analysis Duane Solomon Runs 1:13.28 600, 2nd Fastest In The World All-Time Solomon's coach and US 800m record holder Johnny Gray has the record at 1:12.81. We tell you what it's equal to for 800 (probably not as fast as you think) and remind you not to forget Kenya's John Kipkurgat, who once split 1:13.2 in an 800 race way back in 1974. Cas Loxsom was 2nd here in 1:14.84.

International News: Coe Says It's OK To Have A Couple Of Beers If You Run 100 Miles/Week

2 Reviews & 1 Book Excerpt From John McDonnell: The Most Successful NCAA Coach In History

LRC Book Review By Former Hog Marlon Boykins: "Two Thumbs Up:" - "The book is full of insight into the hard-working, team-first ethos that made us such a successful." We had two people review the book, including the 1:47 man Boykins, who was at Arkansas at the pinnacle of its heyday. "It was a self-contained UBER-COMPETITIVE atmosphere ... the sprinters, jumpers and distance guys all trying to show which group reigned supreme ..."

Book Excerpt
The Legendary Story Of The 1989 Penn Relays DMR, Where 4 Kids From Arkansas, Texas And Missouri Beat 4 African Olympians And The Olympic 1,500m Champ The 1989 Mount St. Mary's Penn Relays DMR team featured 4 African Olympians, including 1988 Olympic 1,500m champ Peter Rono. John McDonnell's Arkansas squad featured 4 kids from Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. A legendary motivational speech by McDonnell and Joe Falcon on the anchor made for one of the great upsets in Penn Relays history. Read all about it in this excerpt from the new John McDonnell biography.

LRC Review #2 John McDonnell D2 Coach Torrey Olson We had Olson, who has an MFA in creative writing, give his take. "It's got a lot to offer anyone interested in an incredibly sustained passion for the both the sport and the profession."

Paris DL Women *Full Results *Event-By-Event Results *Race Video Highlights (US Only) *LRC Paris Photo Gallery *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

LRC Women's 800: Alysia Montaño Nearly Wins, Kate Grace Joins The Sub-2:00 Club Alysia Montano battled for the win and left with a season's best and Kate Grace joined the sub 2 club.
*Stanford's Justine Fedronic Breaks Stanford 800 Record With 2:00.97 She got the World Champs "B" standard and is fastest in France right now so has a shot at going to Moscow.
*LRC Interview With Fredonic

LRC Women's 5,000: Tirunesh Dibaba Runs World-Leading 14:23.68 5,000 As Relative Unknown Almaz Ayana Becomes 6th-Fastest Woman Ever Not a good day for Molly Huddle or Amy Hastings but Jackie Areson did PR.
*Reuters: Dibaba Says This Was Her Last Race Before Moscow, Where She Will Double 5k/10k

MB Talk: Montano 1:57.75!, Kate Grace Breaks 2:00, Dibaba 14:23


Non-Paris Weekend Action: American Men 1,500 Runners Get The "A" *Full Memorial Leon Buyle Results

Previous Non-Paris Results: Drug Cheat Rashid Ramzi Is Back From Ban

Final Entries For This Summer's IAAF World Youth Championships In Donetsk, Ukraine Published Online

US News: Can A US Male Sprinter Win Worlds?

2013 AJC Peachtree *Top Results

LRC Matt Tegenkamp (28:25) And Janet Bawcom Brown (32:45) Win US Titles - Mosinet Geremew (28:07) And Lineth Chepkurui (32:09) Overall Titles Ryan Hall was outside the US top 10 in 29:16.
*MB: 2013 Peachtree Road Race
*MB: Ryan Hall leaves coach Renato Canova
 *USATF.tv/RSpace Website *Teg Pre-Race Video Interview

Veronica-Campbell Brown Likely To Only Get 6-Month Ban (article behind paywall) The Times of London is reporting Campbell-Brown is likely to only get a 6-month ban.

Excellent Read: Did You Know That In 1968, Up To 300 People Were Massacred 10 Days Before Olympics After Protesting The Costs? Let's hope there isn't a repeat in Brazil 2014/2016. Death totals aren't known for sure from 1968, but it was between 30 and 300 for the Tlatelolco massacre.

US News

LRC Week That Was

Week In Review: LRC How To Outkick Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele Deserves Better, Watch Out Mary Cain, LRC's Impact On The George Zimmerman Trial And Our Left-Wing Bias If you think USATF is good at screwing over runners, they've got nothing on the Ethiopian federation; we take a look at the tape and come up with a strategy to outkick Mo Farah, introduce you to Iceland's version of Mary Cain, reveal how LRC message boarders may have helped uncover perjury in the Zimmerman trial, and defend ourselves from being left-wing political hacks.

The Best Of LRC USAs Prediction Contest Recap: A Petroleum Engineer And Running Lifer Triumphs Our prediction contest winners highlight the best of LetsRun.com and this time is no different. Our $20,103 LRC USAs Contest winner was Jerry Yunker, a true lifer in the sport with a 2:29 marathon best who has been running with the same Sunday group for 28 years in a row. Impressive. Another Canadian tied Jerry atop the contest and our very own JK took home a top prize in the NCAA contest.

Diamond League Birmingham *Birmingham Results *Birmingham Race Video Highlights

*BBC Meet Recap *IAAF Meet Recap
Mo Farah Wins A Thrilling 5,000m Over Alamirew And Gebrhiwet To Show Who Is Boss Track and field does not get much better than this. Packed house - check. Three best in the world battling the final 300m - check. Hometown hero re-emerging as the Worlds favorite - check. Mo Farah blastest a 1:51 final 800m for the win in a great race.
*Farah Says The Three Ethiopians Worked Together And Were Even "Talking Between Each Other" During The Race Talking about future races, he said, "They tried to race me on the last lap today. [Now] they know they don't want to leave it to the last lap. So they'll probably sacrifice someone to go hard somewhere. Even today the three guys were talking between each other."
*The Guardian: Farah Digs Deep To Win DL 5,000

LRC Jessica Judd Breaks 2:00.00 - 18-Year-Old British Phenom Wins 2013 Sainsbury's Grand Prix In 1:59.85 Mary Cain and Ajee' Wilson watch out, the Brits have their own teenage phenom.
*18-Year-Old Judd Says She Was So Nervous Before Birmingham That She Even Thought About Pulling Out "I got really nervous. I felt, 'I don't want to go out there. I don't want to do it.' I was worried because I was thinking that maybe last week [the victory at Euro Team Champs] was just a one-off. But when I set some personal bests in training in the week, I told myself, 'Maybe it's just because I'm running well.'"

LRC The Rest Of The Meet: Aregawi Comes From Behind To Win, Wote Over Iguider, And Chemos And Aman Continue To Roll Abebe Aregawi found herself behind in the women's 1,500 with 200 to go but she got the wind as many of the other big names like Jamal, Uceny, Dobriskey and England struggled. In the men's 1,500, no Brits got the "B" standard but Chris O'Hare was the top British finisher after a compromised trip. Plus men's 800 and women's steeple.

Mid-Week Action In Ostrava & Sollentuna *Ostrava Results *Sollentuna Results

Paris Diamond League Photos (Lausanne Photos Here)

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Leo 3:33.14 For The "A" (More Men's 1,500m Interview Here, Rest Of Meet Here)

Russian Athletics Coach Slams Doping Claims Made By London Daily Mail Which Hinted At Conspiracy
*Conspiracy Theory? London's Daily Mail Alleging Doping Conspiracy In Russia Where Athletes Are "Ordered To Dope" By Coaches And Testing Labs Are Paid To Cover It Up The report claims that an "anonymous" Russian sport official said, "Russians are still taking anabolics that were developed in the GDR in the 1970s. Every sportsman takes doping at the early stages as they are not tested until they become grown-ups."

Jamaican Writer Argues For Asafa Powell To Be Included In 4 X 100 For Worlds

Lausanne Diamond League Photo Gallery (Updated Final Gallery!)

Sad: Kenyan Athlete Shot Dead By Police In Eldoret Raid He was missing for a month before his family found him in the hospital morgue. Witnesses said the athlete was cooperating with police and unarmed when he was shot.


*Mick Byrne To Be Named Wisconsin Men's Head Track Coach Byrne already coaches the cross-country team, but will take over for retiring Ed Nuttycombe as the track coach.
*Oregon's Trevor Dunbar Will Go For A Sub-4:00 Mile At Portland Twilight Meet On July 15th To Become The First Alaskan To Break 4 He just ran a 3:38.38 1,500 in Canada, which is equivalent to around a 3:55-56.

IAAF Profile On Ukraine HJer Bohdan Bondarenko, Who Came Out Of Nowhere To Clear 2.41m, The Best Jump Since 1994 He actually got close at the WR at 2.46m, too. When asked why he didn't get it, he joked, "My manager told me how much I would get if I jumped 2.41m, so I did it. But he didn't tell me if I'd get anything for breaking the world record!"

Kenyan News: Rudisha Still Injured

Sprinting News

  • Pre-Race Interview With Usain Bolt Ahead Of Paris DL 200 The interviewer asked for Bolt's thoughts on VCB and then came straight out and asked Bolt if he was clean himself. Bolt responded, "I'm clean. I always have been. I don't mind being tested any time at all, as often as is needed ... except at 6 o'clock in the morning!" Bolt also said he's heard news on Yohan Blake's injury status, but didn't share.

Weekly Recap (Week That Was) - A Look Back At 2013 USA Action

Women: LRC The USAs That Were: Mary Cain, Jordan Hasay, Brianna Rollins And Treniere Moser Impress We take a look back at the women's action at USAs. From the two teen phenoms to the incredible Jenny Simpson, who might have been able to win 4 events at USAs, we are full of praise but leave the most for Brianna Rollins.

Men: LRC The USAs That Were: Brandon Johnson, Leo Manzano And Tyson Gay Impress, Robby Andrews Disappoints, Nick Symmonds Runs Fast But Loses, And A US Medal In Every Distance Event? We tell you who had the biggest breakthrough in the short term and long term, on the track and in the field, we worry about Robby Andrews, praise Nick Symmonds and rave about the fact that the US men could medal in every mid-d/distance event in Moscow.

USATF Sunday Photo Gallery

USATF Friday PhotoGallery

USATF Thursday Photo Gallery

Think The Sub-2-Hour Marathon Is On The Horizon? Think Again

LRC The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon The mainstream media thinks it may be close but in reality most people reading this will be dead when it happens.
*Science of Sport's Ross Tucker agrees: Pacing, fatigue and the brain. Lessons from London.
*MB: Sub 2 Hour Marathon Discussion: My Thoughts and Yours

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