2013 Worlds *Results *Television/Event Schedule *LRC Each Days Photos *LRC Previews: *800W *1,500M *1,500W *5,000M *5,000W *SteepleM *Video Highlights (US Visitors Only) *IAAF Event-By-Event Reports
Tuesday PM: Men's 800: LRC Symmonds Wins Silver, Aman Wins Gold The
US picked up its first 800 medal, men's or women's, in 16 years on Tuesday. For 700 meters, it looked like the US might actually go 1-2 but Duane Solomon faded down the stretch. *Race Video/Results
LRC Post-Race Interviews: Nick Symmonds, Mo Aman, Duane Solomon And Ayanleh Souleiman
MB Official Men's 800 Thread Discuss the race live here.
LRC Victor Sailer Flash Photo Gallery LRC Flash Photo Gallery
Women's Steeple: LRC Milcah Chemos Wins Kenya's First-Ever Women's Steeplechase Gold It's a shame that Zaripova wasn't competing for Russia as the stadium was rocking thanks to Isinbayeva's gold and would have gone bonkers if Zaripova had been vaulting at the same time.
Men's 5,000m: LRC All The Favorites And All The Americans Advance Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp and Ryan Hill advanced. Lagat said he's healthy, Rupp bounced back well from the 5k and Hill impressed. Recap, analysis, and post-race reaction.
Video Interviews: Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp, Ryan Hill, Edwin Soi, Isiah Koech
LRC Men's 5,000m Photo Gallery
Monday: David Oliver World Champ (race video), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Crushes It (video), Christine Ohuruogo Over Montsho In A Thriller (video) (3 separate links, race videos and results) Monday night had three big track finals in Moscow. They delivered. David Oliver ran 13.00 to win the hurdles as Ryan Wilson got silver and a Russian got bronze to the thrill of the small crowd. SAFP crushed the field in the women's 100m, and someone needs to teach Amantle Montsho to lean. More coverage coming.
NYTimes: A Frantic Surge and a Stunned Favorite Montsho close to tears said, "I did not see Christine coming from behind. I think if I knew that, I would pull my chest forward and I would have made it."
*Telegraph: "Christine Ohuruogu shows fighting spirit that may allow public to love her" Writer wonders if British public will forgive her for her past drug ban when she missed three out-of-competition tests in 2006.
110 Hurdles: *Reuters on Oliver and Wilson *Race Video (Us only) *Video Interviews With Wilson and Oliver Oliver's mom Brenda Chambers got to see Oliver's win in person, extra sweet since she missed competing in the 400m hurdles at the Moscow Olympics because of the boycott.
*IAAF: David Oliver's Emotional Victory Made More Special By Mom's Presence "I was coming down the home stretch, and I saw her. It was a memorable moment", Oliver said of his mother who apparently made the US Olympic team in 1980, but didn't get to go because of the US boycott.
100: Jamaican Gleaner: Fraser-Pryce "was Jamaica's lone bright spark on a miserable day." Fraser-Pryce stood on top of a day for Jamaica that included a missed medal and last place in the women's 400, a DQ in the 400H (Kaliese Spencer), 110H bronze medalist Hansle Parchment missing the final with injury and Andrew Riley getting last in the 110H.
While You Were Sleeping: LRC Evan Jager Looking Great As Are Three Kenyans (One Struggled), How About Them Canadians? The news wasn't all positive, though, as Jager's training partner Dan Huling was awful and DeSean Turner didn't advance. Canada turned into an overnight steeple power, however, and has two in the final.
LRC Steeple Round 1 Photos
MB: WC Men's Steeple thread Evan Jager advances for the US. Matt Hughes through for Canada. Dan Huling comes up short.
IAAF Day 2 Evening Recap: Bolt's Strike Highlights Dramatic Evening
Lightning Bolt Strikes Literally Just After Bolt Wins 100m
*Athletics Weekly: Bolt walks on water to regain world 100m title
*Bolt On Blue Mondo Track In Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium: "It felt different; I don't know if it was bad different." "... But it didn't feel like a normal track that I'm used to running on. It was a little bit different. Personally I can't complain about that really."
*Bolt Considering Competing In Next Year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games
*Brit Hope James Dasaolu Finishes Last Didn't we call this or what?
Brittney Reese And Ashton Eaton Make It A Golden Day For USA Eaton got the one title missing on his CV. Reese was the last into the final and beat Blessing Okagbare by 2 centimeters for her 6th straight indoor/outdoor WC title.
*Register-Guard On Eaton's Win: "World record, Olympic gold medal, world indoor championship. They all belong to [Eaton]" Eaton: "It was the only thing I had left on my list to do. Now I have done everything there is to do in the multi-events."
LRC On To The Final: The Americans Impress: 3 Really Quick Takes On The 2013 Worlds 800m Semifinals Duane Solomon ran the fastest semi ever at Worlds, Nick Symmonds virtually won his semi and Brandon Johnson became the fastest man ever not to make the final.
*LRC Men's 800 Photos *LRC Great Interview With Nick Symmonds And Brandon Johnson
*MB: Men's 800m semis
*MB: OFFICIAL - LOVE FOR Brandon Johnson THREAD
*MB: So are Souleiman and Symmonds primed for a fight for Gold after that Semi?
*Other Day 2: Video Highlights (US Visitors Only)
*AP: The 400 meters at worlds goes on with no Pistorius Kirani James and a couple others comment on the "Blade Runner."
*Sandra Perkovic Comes Through As The Favorite And Wins Discus Gold
Men's 10,000m: LRC Mo
Farah Turns The Tables On Jeilan, Galen Rupp 4th Ibrahim
Jeilan did his best to beat the "unbeatable" Mo Farah but came up just short as Farah and Jeilan traded the lead down the homestretch.
It was Farah's first 10,000m title at Worlds, but his 4th straight title at a global championship at 5,000m or 10,000m.Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp was fourth, Wisconsin's Mo Ahmed 8th, and Dathan Ritzenhein 9th. *BBC Story *LRC
Interviews Here *Video Highlights Of Race (US visitors only)
LRC Analysis: 5 Thoughts On The Men's 10,000m The king Mo Farah still reigns, Ibrahim Jeilan is a stud, 30 is the new 20 for Mo Farah but not Dathan Ritzenhein, and more. Analysis and post-race commentary intertwined.
*The Guardian: Mo Farah beats his bogeyman to win 10,000m
*Steve Cram And Paula Radcliffe Talk About Farah's 10k Victory And Doubling Back In The 5k
*Alberto Salazar Made Cam Levins Shave His Head
Men's 10k On The Boards:
- Official Men's 10,000 Discussion Threads- Live Lap-By-Lap Splits For those of you without access to TV coverage in the US, we have you covered.
- Who else got really excited when Ritz took the lead?
- RUPP: 2011, 2012, 2013: six championship races, one medal. Can we safely call the London 10,000 a FLUKE? Uh, no.
- Biggest Surprise in Moscow 10,000m
More Day 1 Results
- 100: Usain Bolt Wins His 100 Heat Easily As GB's 9.91 Man James Dasalou Struggles To Make Semifinal Dasalou was 4th in his heat and only got in on time.
- BBC Asks What Japanese Teen Sprint Sensation Yoshihide Kiryu Can Do At Worlds www.bbc.co.uk This article came out before the heats, but he ended up 4th in his heat and missed the semifinal.
- Video: Suriname Sprinter Ifrish Albreg Face Plants Out Of The Blocks In His 100 Heat
- Decathlon: Ashton Eaton Leads Decathlon; Trey Hardee Drops Out With Hamstring Injury USA's 20-year-old Gunnar Nixon is in 2nd and in the medal hunt.
- Discus: Ukraine Discus Thrower Natalia Semenova Gets Concussion And Broken Nose In Freak Discus Accident A Polish competitor accidentally hit her during her warmups.
- AW: Mixed morning for Brits on day one in Moscow
Pre-Day 1 News
Day 1 IAAF Preview
LRC Assessing The US Mid-D And Distance Hopefuls' Odds For A Medal - 11 Have A Shot At A Medal And We Rank Them 1-11 US fans are certainly dreaming of a few medals for their stars. We tell them which 11 athletes have a shot and rank them 1-11. Who is #1? Nick Symmonds, Jenny Simpson or Galen Rupp?
LRC Moscow Diary Entry #1: LetsRun.com Travels To Moscow With Banned Agent Mark Block It would be hard to make this stuff up if we tried. LetsRun.com's trip to Moscow was very eventful as Rojo shared a plane from NY with Mark Block, the entire Somalia World Champs team, as well as the guys from flotrack.
LRC 2013 Pre-Meet World Championships Photos We've got a ton of photos of Canadians, Jamaicans and Kenyans plus Ryan Hill and DeSean Turner.
LRC World And Olympic Steeplechase Champion Yulia Zaripova Is Injured And Not Competing At Worlds An astute LRC visitor noticed yesterday that Zaripova wasn't on the start list. The Russians have confirmed that Zaripova injured her groin and is out. Also we note that Kenya's Lidya Chepkuriui is on the Kenyan team and Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi has withdrawn.
*Tunisia's World And Olympic Steeplechase Silver Medalist Habiba Ghribi Pulls Out Of Moscow With Injury She has recently had knee surgery.
*MB: Zaripova NOT on startlist
2013 US Champ Treniere Moser Drops Out Of Worlds As Well - Sarah Brown Likely To Replace Brown now has until Sunday to secure a visa and fly to Moscow for the first round of the 1,500.
*Nike Oregon Project Issues Statement Saying Moser Has Partially Ruptured One of Her Hamstring Tendons
*MB: The Curious Case of Treniere Moser
*MB: Moser out with hamstring injury
*MB: Treniere Moser Dodges Test?
*MB: If Mosier is Doping, so if Farah
*MB: MOSER out BROWN in NEW WOMENS 1500 WC TEAM
*MB: Sarah Brown's Facebook Page
2013 Worlds *Results *Television/Event Schedule *LRC Day 2 Photos: W10k/800 Photos, Women's 1,500 *LRC Day 1 Photos *LRC Previews: *800M *800W *1,500M *1,500W *5,000M *5,000W *SteepleM *SteepleW *Video Highlights (US Visitors Only)
LRC Women's 5,000 Preview: Meseret Defar Tries To Get A Second World Championships Gold To Add To Her Two Olympic Golds This race
been something special - Defar vs. Dibaba Round II - but now Defar is the heavy favorite. Rojo goes on a tirade about how this shows an inherent problem in the marketability of track and field. In other sports, greatness (say, Federer) always must eventually face other greatness (say, Nadal). In track, two greats can just avoid each other by choosing different events.
LRC Men's 5,000 Preview: Yenew Alamirew And Edwin Soi Try To Take Down Mo Farah - Do Rupp And Lagat Have A Shot? What are the odds someone can actually take down Farah and besides the Alamirew and Soi, who are the other medal contenders? We break down the men's 5,000 for you.
Pre-Worlds Doping News
- IAAF Will Vote Today To Reintroduce Four-Year Doping Bans For First-Time Offenders Even If It Risks Alienating The Sport From Others In WADA Apparently many sports federations are against the 4-year ban because of the implications for pro athletes in non-Olympic sports, so track might go against the WADA 2-year standard and impose it's own minimum 4-year ban.
- Paula Radcliffe Accuses Turkey Of "Child Abuse" Over Doping Scandal And Thinks The Federation Should Be Banned From Worlds "I would say that is abuse. Some of those athletes are 16 or 17. This is steroids and I think there needs to be some sort of sanction imposed on that country and something done about protecting the young athletes in that country because I don’t believe there’s a whole lot of choice."
- Dai Greene Has No Sympathy For Dopers Who Take Banned Substances By Mistake And Calls It A "Soft Excuse" "You have to be responsible for that yourself. It's an easy cop-out really, trying to say it was contaminated or you didn't read the label properly. It's just foolish."
- Brigetta Barrett Points Out That At Least The Recent Drug Bans Happened Before Worlds And Not After When Athletes Would Have To Be Stripped Of Medals
- WADA Director General David Howman Calls Anti-Doping Report "A Shocking Wake-Up Call" Former WADA head Dick Pound says, "There is a lack of commitment on the part of many, many national anti-doping organisations."
More Worlds Previews
LRC Women's 1,500 Preview: Can Jenny Simpson Repeat Or Does Abebe Aregawi Get Gold?
Jenny Simpson was the surprise World Champion in 2011. This year she's running way better than in 2011. Before you hand her the gold medal, realize the rest of the world is running much better too and in particular Abebe Aregawi. If you've got time to read one preview today, read this one.
LRC Men's 1,500 Preview: Can Anyone Stop Asbel Kiprop And The Kenyans? Can Leo Or Centro Get Back On The Medal Stand? Asbel Kiprop leads a strong four-man Kenyan contingent that got shut out as last year's Olympics. Will one of them serve as an unofficial rabbit in the final? Can American Olympic silver medallist, Leo Manzano, or Worlds bronze medallist, Matt Centrowitz, get back on the podium? Read to find out.
LRC Men's Steeple Preview: Can Ezekiel Kemboi Take Global Title Number Five Before Conseslus Kipruto Takes Over? Can Evan Jager Medal Ezekiel Kemboi versus Conseslus Kipruto for the win with Olympic silver medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, two more Kenyans and Evan Jager in the mix.
LRC Women's Steeple Preview: Yuliya Zaripova Looks For Gold Medal Number Three - Can An American Make The Final? Russia's Yuliya Zaripova is the heavy favorite, but could be challenged by Morocco's Habiba Ghribi or Kenya's Milcah Chemos.
LRC Women's 800 Preview: Alysia Montaño And Brenda Martinez Try To Prevent Mariya Savinova From Three-Peating At Home The American medal chances just went way up as it's being reported in the French press that Francine Niyonsaba is a scratch.
LRC Men's 800m Preview: Nick Symmonds And Duane Solomon Searching For Gold An American has not won a global 800m title since 1972. That could all change at the World Championships in Moscow, where Americans Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon are two of the gold medal contenders. They'll have their hands full with Mo Aman. We break down the action that starts on Saturday (thumbnail from Trackandfieldphoto.com).
LRC The Fans Lose Again: Dibaba And Defar Both NOT Doubling In Moscow Dibaba vs. Defar X 2. It doesn't get any better than that for track and field fans. Now it won't happen at all as Ethiopian journalist Elshadai Negash is reporting neither Meseret Defar nor Tirunesh Dibaba will double in Moscow. Dibaba and Defar seem to be saying they would rather not lose to one another than win another World Championships medal. There is one positive to this - Shalane Flanagan's medal hopes went WAY up. *Discuss
Next Sunday: LRC Women's 10,000 Preview: Tirunesh Dibaba And Meseret Defar Clash For The First Time Ever At 10,000 - Can Shalane Flanagan Medal? Track fans won't get to see rivals Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay clash at 100 but they will get to see two all-time greats clash in the women's 10,000. Does Dibaba cement her status as the GOAT or does Defar upset her like she did in London? Plus Jordan Hasay's world debut and Amy Hastings looks to be just fourth US woman under 31:00.
Doping News Continues To Dominate The Headlines
- 31 Turkish Athletes, Including 2004 Hammer Silver Medalist Esref Apak, Get 2-Year Drug Bans
- Interesting Q&A With The IAAF Explaining Their Drug Testing Protocols At And Before Major World Championships And Specifics Of Blood, Urine And Biological Passport Tests
- Entire Jamaican Team Tested By WADA At Their Training Camp In Moscow
- NY Yankees' ALex Rodriguez (The Highest Paid Player In Baseball) Gets 211-Game Drug Suspension
2013 TD Beach To Beacon *Top 10 Results
Preps For Moscow With Fastest US Masters 10k Ever As Joyce Chepkirui Wins Kastor's still running well at age 40. Top
non-African honors overall went to Great Britain's Gemma Steel, who had a huge breakthrough to grab 2nd.
In First Race Since Boston Marathon, Micah Kogo Wins As Meb Takes Top American Honors Meb was fifth but Ryan Hall was a total non-factor in 10th.
MB: How did Ryan Hall do in the Beach to Beacon 10k? 2013 Discussion Thread
*Press Herald Recap *Toni Reavis Recap
More Road Racing News: Boston Marathon To Have An Extra 9,000 Runners In 2014
A Lot Of Drug News Updates
- Rojo's Usain Bolt Article Gets Mention In USA Today Article: Physicists Analyze Bolt's 9.58 WR Run From 2009 Some interesting stats, including if he had run without the slight tailwind, he still would have set a WR, but would have gone 9.68.
*Rojo's Original Bolt Article: How Can Usain Bolt Be Clean? He's The Lebron James And Babe Ruth Of Track And Field
- Interesting Read: Irish Press Calls Out Jamaica For Lack Of Effort In Drug Testing Their Athletes And Are Proud Of The 895 Tests They Conducted In 2012 Sprint Coach John Coghlan talking about Jamaica's 106 tests: "It's a sham, I'm not sure if there's many other ways to describe it. For a nation to be that dominant, and to be doing such little testing, how can you take them seriously?" A lot more good stats from the WADA 2012 Report.
- Victor Conte Writes Open Letter Attacking Jamaican Anti-Doping For Lack Of Transparency And Legitimacy He also tears apart JADCO's chairman Dr. Herb Elliott's argument that 106 tests was enough for a country with such a small population.
- DailyMail Reports Accusations Against Russia's Anti-Doping Authorities That They're Manipulating Drug Test Results
- Possible Emerging Doping Scandal In Germany From Cold War: State Sponsored Doping By West Germany To Keep Up With East Germans
- Turkish Athletics Chairman Resigns After Doping Scandals
Will Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Cause Conflicts At Moscow World Champs?
- Russia's Recently Enacted "Gay Propaganda" Law Means Gay Olympic Athletes And Tourists Could Be Subject To Arrest During 2014 Winter Games
- IOC Says Russian Anti-LGBT Laws Won't Be Enforced At Olympics
- NY Times: Athletes In Sochi To Be Barred From Advocating Gay Causes Russia's minister of sports, Vitaly L. Mutko: "No one is forbidding a sportsman with a nontraditional sexual orientation to come to Sochi. But if he goes out on the street and starts to propagandize it, then of course he will be held accountable. Even if he's a sportsman, when he comes to a country, he should respect its laws."
- NBC: Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Become A Part Of The Olympic Narrative
- Olympic Champion Diver Greg Louganis Speaks Out On Russia's Anti-Gay Law
- USOC CEO Scott Blackmun: "These are serious issues but they are not solved by Olympic boycotts."
2013 Worlds Have Started *Results *Television/Event Schedule *LRC Each Days Photos *LRC Previews: *800W *1,500M *1,500W *5,000M *5,000W *SteepleM *Video Highlights (US Visitors Only) *IAAF Event-By-Event Reports
1500 R1: All the Favorites and Americans Advance The 3 star Kenyans won their heats, Leo M and Lopez made round 2 easily, and Centro Jr made it too but had to work a little the last 100. Former Michigan teammates Nate Brannen (easily) and Nick Willis (struggled) advanced in different ways.
LRC Flash Photos
LRC w 5k R1: The Americans Advance, Meseret Defar Says Her Training Is ‘Stronger’ Than When She Set World Record On the track the action wasn't too surprising. Off the track Shannon Rowbury had some critical words to USATF (see below)and Meseret Defar indicated she is super fit.
LRC Flash Photos
LRC Shannon Rowbury Has Some Strong Words for USATF For Being Left Off 1500m Team for Worlds "I find it pretty unfathomable that USATF did not know I had run 4:01 in Monaco" A "disappointed" Rowbury explained how she was left off the USATF 1500m team despite having the 8th fastest time in the world. Bureaucrats suck.
IAAF Day 5 Preview
Day 4 Recap By NY Times: Brianne Theisen-Eaton Wins Silver In Heptathlon - A Couple Of Medals For Track And Field's Newlyweds
*Ganna Melnychenko of Ukraine won the heptathlon gold
*RR: A Gold And Silver For The Newlyweds: Brianne Theisen-Eaton Adds Heptathlon Silver To Ashton's Gold Theisen: "I've always watched him get his medals and think, `I wonder what that feels like? Now I'm getting a little taste of it."
*IAAF Day 4 Recap
*IAAF Heptathlon Recap
Crowd Goes Wils As Yelena Isinbayeva Wins Pole Vault Gold The atmosphere in Moscow on Tuesday night was glorious and what track and field should be.
*IAAF W Pole Vault Recap Olympic champ Jenn Suhr was 2nd.
LaShawn Merritt Crushes Kirani James The domination here was a SHOCKER. We give James A TON of credit as he didn't storm off. He went to the mixed zone, offered no excuses and answered every question. The US went 1-2 as Tony McQuay grabbed the silver to make up for last year's Olympic debacle.
*IAAF Men's 400 Recap *Race Video *USATF article
*Other Tuesday Results: GB 400 Hurdler Dai Greene Fails To Defend His World Title As He Goes Out In The Semis
*US's Jesse Williams Will Not Defend His World HJ Title As He Failed To Advance To The Final
*Germany's Robert Harting Wins 3rd Straight World Discus Title As he did at the Olympics, Harting ripped his shirt in celebration of his gold.
*Poland's Pawel Fajdek Wins Huge Upset Victory In Hammer Throw Over Hungary’s Krisztian Pars
Previous Worlds Action
LRC Tirunesh Dibaba Remains Undefeated For Her Life At 10,000 - Wins Record 5th Global 10,000 Title She is 11-for-11 at 10,000 and now has more individual golds at Worlds than anyone in history as the Americans had a bit of a tough day.
LRC W 10k Race Analysis - Dibaba Is Underrated, Her Future Plans, The End Of The Line For Flanagan? Hasay Has Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, Her Future Plans We break down the action for you tell you what Jordan Hasay has planned for the rest of this year and next.
*LRC Women's 10k / Men's 800 Photos
*MB: Official Women's 2013 World 10,000 Thread - Discuss Race Live Here
More Distance Analysis: Worth A Chuckle: Despite Revealing Gold Medals To Russian Security Guards, Mo Farah Prevented From Entering Practice Track Area For Post-Race Massage
*Farah Reveals That Jeilan Says Ethiopians Had Team Tactics Planned But Didn't Follow Through On Them They didn't feel good in the heat. Memo to the Ethiopians: Someone has to totally sacrifice themselves for rabbitting to work.
*Coach Canova Calls Men's 10k "A Boring Competition"
*Even More Bored By Women's 10k "If possible, the final of 10,000m for women was in Moscow even more boring than the competition for men."
*Steve Cram And Paula Radcliffe Talk About Farah's 10k Victory And Doubling Back In The 5k
While You Were Sleeping (Sunday AM Action): LRC Mary Cain Advances As Do Jenny Simpson, Sarah Brown Cain let the field gap her 700m into the race, but she rallied back to make the semifinals. Defending champion Jenny Simpson advanced with more ease.
LRC Women's 1,500m Round 1 Photos *LRC Post-Race Video And Audio Interviews: We talk to Simpson, Brown, Cory McGee, Nicole Sifuentes and Sheila Reid.
Round 1 On The Boards: *Cain Advances *Sheila Reid Doesn't *Sarah Brown goes through to next round!
*More Day 2: IAAF Day 2 Preview
*English Gardner Posts Fastest Time In 100 Heats With 10.94
*Aries Merritt And Rest Of The Americans Cruise Through First Round Of 110 Hurdles
*IAAF Day 1 Recap Trey Hardee NH in Decathlon high jump as he had a bad hamstring cramp. *Kelly-Ann Baptiste Tests Positive - Leaves Moscow
LRC Women's Marathon: Edna Kiplgat Repeats As World Champion Talks of the Kenyan women not winning any gold medals at Worlds were a bit premature as they won gold in the first event of the Championships, as Edna Kiplagat pulled away from Italy's Valeria Straneo over the final 2km and Japan's Kayoko Fukushi put it together on the world stage. The strong Ethiopian team disappointed as the agless Deena Kastor was 9th.
*LRC Video Interviews With Deena And Dot McMahan (18th)
Alan Abrahamson: A Marathon Or An Ideal? Abrahmson believes it was too hot and it was. But we heard the Japanese paid for TV rights on the condition the marathon be in prime time, so we aren't as outraged as the sport needs money and normally it's only a high of 70 in Moscow.
*Brett Larner On Japan's Kayoko Fukushi's Marathon Bronze
Marathon Talk On The MB: Official Women's marathon thread
*Why is this Italian being so dumb?
LRC Men's 800 Heats: Americans Duane Solomon, Nick Symmonds And Brandon Johnson And The Other Favorites All Advance Solomon and Symmonds won their heats with Solomon looking the best but the best guy overall was Mo Aman, who put up a rare 1:44 in the first round. Read about that and the guy who PRed by more than six seconds to advance and learn about the guy who told us Olympic 1,500 champ Taoufik Makhloufi isn't here because he's "fat."
*RRW: America Enjoying 800m Renaissance
*LRC Post-Race 800m Interviews: *Nick Symmonds *Duane Solomon *Brandon Johnson *Others - Ireland's Mark English, Ayanleh Souleiman, Andrew Osagie, Michael Rimmer, Anthony Romaniw
More Worlds News
- RR: Mo Farah Talks About How He Was Disappointed In 2010 When His Hero Haile Gebrselassie Said He Never Thought Farah Would Be Good Enough To Medal And Beat The East Africans "He didn't think I had it. I still remember that clearly. People have always got their opinion. At the time he just didn't see any Africans getting beat. I was disappointed to hear that because he was someone I saw as a role model ..."
- Deena Kastor Wants Top 5 At Worlds Marathon
*USATF Profile On Kastor
- Usain Bolt "Shunned The Media" While Training On Thursday But Coach Glen Mills Spoke On His Fitness, Saying He's In "Fairly Good" Form
- Aries Merritt Thinks It's "Strange" That No One Has Gone Sub-13 In The 110H This Year And Thinks He'll Be The One To Do It In Moscow
- Sally Pearson Confident Despite Injury-Plagued Season She Has A Chance To Win In Moscow "I think I have just as big a chance as everyone out there ..."
- PV WR Holder Yelena Isinbayeva Says She Never Said She Would Retire After 2013, But Just Wants To Take A Break To Have A Baby There were reports quoting her saying Moscow would be it for her, but now she says, "I didn't say that I will retire. After having a baby I am planning to come back to the professional sport as many of my team-mates have done and I will try to take my third Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro."
- Ashton Eaton Says He Had A Hard Time Finding Motivation After London 2012 He recently married Brianne Theisen in Eugene in July.
- Team USA Press Conference Excerpts
- IAAF Moscow Day 1 Preview
*Relay Previews: Women's 4 X 100 *Men's 4 X 100 *Women's 4 X 400 *Men's 4 X 400
- IAAF President Lamine Diack Says Farewell To IOC President Jacques Rogge, Who Is Retiring In September Rogge praised the IAAF's push for a 4-year ban.
- UK Independent: Why Mo Farah Knows No Limits
- USATF Profile On Galen Rupp And His 2012 Olympic Silver Medal
Previous Worlds News
- IAAF Sprint Previews: Men's 100 *Women's 100 *Men's 200 *Women's 200 *Men's 400 *Women's 400 *Men's 110H *Women's 100H *Men's 400 Hurdles *Women's 400 Hurdles
- IAAF Distance Previews: Men's 800 *Women's 800 *Women's 1,500 *Men's 1,500 *Men's Steeplechase *Women's Steeplechase *Men's 5,000 *Women's 5,000 *Women's Marathon *Men's Marathon *Men's 10,000 *Women's 10,000 *Women's 20k Race Walk *Men's 20k Race Walk *Men's 50k Race Walk
- Good Read: Nick Symmonds: Why I Want To Medal At The World Championships Symmonds talks about being disappointed with 5th at the Olympics and the fame, national pride and money that comes along with medaling.
- IAAF Event-By-Event Previews
*Jumps: Men's Triple Jump *Women's Triple Jump *Men's LJ *Women's LJ *Men's Pole Vault *Women's PV *Men's HJ *Women's HJ
*Men's Decathlon: Olympic Champ Ashton Eaton Vs. 2011 World Champ Trey Hardee
*Women's Heptathlon Preview: No Olympic Champ Or Defending World Champ As Jessica Ennis And Russia's Tatyana Chernova Out With Injury
*Throws: Women's Hammer Throw *Men's Javelin *Men's Discus *Men's Shot Put *Women's Javelin *Men's Hammer Throw *Women's Discus *Women's Shot Put
- What Are The Odds This Race Actually Happens? Bolt Talks About Mo Farah 600m Challenge: "We don't know if it will happen, but we'll definitely be thinking about it, to see if it possibly could fit in our schedules."
- Kenya's Version Of Morgan Uceny: Helen Obiri Was Involved In Both Falls With Uceny At The 2011 World Champs & 2012 Games And His Hoping To Stay On Her Feet In Moscow She went down in 2011 and had to jump over Uceny and go way wide in 2012.
Recommended Read: Kenyans And Russians Most Tested Athletes By IAAF - What Individuals Were Tested The Most? Alan Abrahamson tells you all you need to know.
Doping News: 9 More Turkish Dopers Banned
- Alan Abrahamson Bashes Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission For Not Making A Serious Effort To Catch Drug Cheats Jamaica only conducted 106 tests in 2012, compared to the 4,051 by USADA or the 15,854 by the Russian National Anti-Doping Organization. Even the non-major players such as Iceland and Iran conducted more tests than Jamaica did last year.
- Nine More Turkish Track Athletes Get Drug Bans After Testing Positive For Steroids; Six Are Women Including Two Teenagers Eight were throwers and one 400 sprinter. Many of the cases had athletes testing positive for stanozolol (the steroid Ben Johnson used) and oral turinabol (the steroid used in state-sponsored East German doping in the 1970s and '80s).
All received two-year bans.
*Athletics Illustrated Opinion Piece On Turkish Dopers: "If you are going to be careless, or if your need for faster, higher, stronger outstrips the number of brain cells remaining in your addled brain, you will be martyred."
Doping News: Victor Conte Throws Out Some Major Accusations Against Jamaica
- Victor Conte (Man Behind The BALCO Scandal) Accuses Jamaican Government, Olympic Association And Anti-Doping Commission Of Helping Athletes To Get Away With Doping Conte: "Well I've believed for a long time that it is state-sponsored doping. I believe the Jamaican Olympic Committee is in on it, I believe the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commision is in on it ..."
*MB: Victor Conte Accuses Jamaica Of State-Sponsored Doping
- Jamaican Athletics Officials Angrily Dismiss Accusations Made By Conte JOA president Mike Fennell: "This is absolutely ridiculous, this is rubbish."
Mo Farah / Usain Bolt News: Bolt Accepts Farah's Race Challenge *London 2 Day Photo Gallery
- Usain Bolt Accepts Mo Farah's Challenge To Race Over 600m Bolt: "That sounds fun. It's going to be hard but it's charity so it's all about fun and enjoyment ... 600 for sure I can try because I've done 600 metres in training, but not 1,500 metres."
- Head Professor Of Exercise & Sport Science At Manchester Metropolitan University Says Mo Farah Would Definitely Win Over 600 Meters Professor Neil Fowler: "At that distance it's an aerobic event ... top speed won't matter. ... Every day of the week Mo Farah would win that race over 600m." We agree it should be less than 600m.
- Mo Farah Asked UK Performance Director If He Could Triple 1,500-5,000-10,000 At Worlds, But The Moscow Schedule Didn't Allow It Farah: "I was serious but he said no because it didn't fit in with the timetable. I didn't even tell my own coach Alberto Salazar!"
*MB: Mo Farah Wanted To Triple: 1500, 5000 and 10,000
- IAAF President Lamine Diack Says There Would Never Be A Cover-Up If Bolt Tested Positive Diack: "If he tests positive, he tests positive. It would be a disaster for our sport but we would have to say he is positive. But I hope that doesn't happen because we don't need that."
The Amputee / Blade Length Debate Continues: Oliviera Proves Theory Which Said Double Amputees (Pistorius) Have An Advantage
- Recommended Read: Double Amputee Sprinter Alan Oliviera Destroys The 100m WR With 10.57 And Re-Ignites Blade Length Controversy From The Olympics The Science of Sport's Ross Tucker analyzes the issue and asks if it is all about leg length and how the IPC/IAAF will deal with this issue as amputees try and race in able-bodied races.
- Telegraph: "Britain's Jonnie Peacock finishes third in amputee 100 metres but debate over the length of blades reopens." US's single-leg amputee WR holder Richard Brown: "There's going to be more than one in the able-bodied Olympics by 2016. The IAAF are going to have to be ready. They have no choice. 10.57 - they have no choice but to get ready. They just need to get their rules ready, that's all I'm saying."
- Independent: "In 2016 will the blade runners be racing Usain Bolt?" GB's Jonnie Peacock disagrees with Browne and says, "I think we might edge towards 10.5 and maybe a sub-10.5, who knows? But from 10.8 to 10.0 is a massive ask. You can't see an amputee running sub-10 ... maybe if they're 20 ft. tall."
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
Mary And Jenny Roll On
Women's 1,500m Semis: LRC The Mary Cain Show Rolls On Into The Final - Defending Champion Jenny Simpson Looks Great The high schooler
to surprise and finished ahead of Genzebe Dibaba despite running much of the race in lane 2. Zoe Buckman won Cain's semifinal, showing anything can happen at 1,500m. Simpson says she's 100% both physically and mentally. It's all very exciting.
*Flash Women's 1,500m Photo Gallery
Cain On The Boards: *Mary Cain has OFFICIALLY surpassed Jim Ryun's legacy
*MARY CAIN - 4:04 FROM LANE 2 THE WHOLE WAY!!!!
*Dreamed that Mary Cain took silver in the 1500 final.
Doping Updates: Trinidad And Tobago Sprinter Semoy Hackett Also Withdrew From World Champs Due To "Doping Matters"
*Federal Judge Rejects Plea From Trevor Graham (Former Coach Of Marion Jones) To Erase His Felony Conviction For Lying About His Relationship With A Steroid Dealer
More News From Moscow Day 2 And 3 *IAAF Day 3 Recap
- 200: "White Lightning" Christophe Lemaitre Pulls Out Of World Champs Due To Thigh Injury From The 100 Final He was 7th in the 100 and was also supposed to run the 200 and 4x1.
- PV: Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe Wins Shock Upset In Men's PV Beating France's Olympic Champion Renaud Lavillenie On Countback Olympic silver medallist Bjoern Otto of Germany took bronze on countback ahead of US's Brad Walker.
- 100: Bolit Lightning Picture The "Coolest Picture Of The Decade"?
- *Blog Post By Olivier Morin, The Photographer Who Got The "Lighting Bolt" Photo
*DailyRelay Article On Morin And The Photo
- 10k: Japan Running News: "A Little Love for Hitomi Niiya, Please" A look at the lap-by-lap splits shows she led the women's 10k in Moscow for 15 laps at a dead even pace.
- Marathon: Women Marathon Team Would Have Finished 2nd In The Marathon Team Competition (Marathon World Cup), But This Was The First Time Since 1985 It Wasn't Held It's fair to mention though that the US would have sort of the de facto silver medalists as many countries (including Kenya, Ethiopia and Japan) wouldn't have had enough finishers to score as a team. North Korea,
of all places, would have won.
*2-Time Marathon World Champion Edna Kiplagat Is 34 Years Old And Has 4 Kids
- SP: NZ's Valerie Adams Wins SP Gold Becoming The First Woman To Win Four Successive World Titles
*Adams: "I'm just f****** stoked."
Oscar P Sighting: Oscar P Spotted Kayaking With Friends In SA
Falmouth And GNC Liberty Mile *Full Falmouth Results
- Micah Kogo And Joyce Chepkirui Win Falmouth Road Race; Ben True Finishes Second Overall, Losing Close Race By 2 Seconds 2:04 marathon man Emmanuel Mutai was 3rd as Abdi Abdirahman and Ben Bruce were 4th and 5th. GB's Gemma Steel was 2nd for the women as Linet Masai was 3rd and Diane Nukuri Johnson 4th. Alexi Pappas was the first American in 6th.
- Ben Blankenship Wins Deep Falmouth Mile In 3:56.27 Over Will Leer (3:56.45) And Matt Elliot (3:57.45) (results) David Torrence was 6th, Andrew Bumbalough 9th, along with a few other prominent names. Katie Mackey won the women's race in 4:41.39, beating out Heather Kampf (one day after her Liberty Mile win) and Sarah Vaughn.
- Heather Kampf Defends Her Title At GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, Winning In 4:32; Macklin Chaffee Wins Close Men's Race In 4:01 Over Jordan McNamara Chelsea Reilly was 2nd (4:34); Geena Gall 5th (4:36). Miles Batty was 6th in the men's race (4:04).
Drug / Anti-Gay Law News
- French Sprinter/Hurdler Alice Decaux Out Of Worlds After Failing Drug Test She tested positive for a banned stimulant.
- U.S. Athletes, Including Nick Symmonds, Weigh In On Russia's Gay Rights Issue Hurdler Ryan Wilson spoke against boycott, saying, "This is our livelihood. It's easy for people sitting behind desks to say, 'You guys should boycott.' Wait a second, I've been training 20 years to do this ..."
- IOC Receives Assurances From Russian Government That New Anti-Gay Law Will Not Impact 2014 Winter Games
Karhu $200,013 LRC Worlds Prediction Contest - Better Than Ever - New $2,013 4-Event Challenge
LRC $200,013 Worlds Prediction Contest: Pick 4 Events Correctly And Win $2,013 Our world-famous prediction contest is back and is better than ever. In addition to our full-fledged contest with some great prizes from Karhu, we've gotten a little carried away trying to get more casual fans involved as we've added a $2013 Four-Event Challenge. Pick the top three in order in the four events of your choosing and win $2013*. Don't know anything about Worlds? We've got a guide for you. Plus, you only need to do four events if you don't want to do the full thing. So start picking and more importantly spread the word to non-track fans.
Drug-Related News From Moscow
- Justin Gatlin Admits The 100 Is A Bit Of A Letdown In 2013 But Still Thinks "It's Going To Be Exciting" He referred to the race as a "real heavyweight bout, where you have two guys who aren't the best of friends, ready to run against each other and rumble."
- GB Past Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers On Tyson Gay/Asafa Powell: "It's sad to see that people I look up to have fallen into the same trap that I once did ... ... Unfortunately they haven't learned from my experience."
- UK Independent: Americans' belated arrival at World Championships earns frosty welcome after Tyson Gay's positive drugs test
- Sports Illustrated: World Championships allow track to move past ugly few months
We Agree - No One Should Talk Of Boycotting Games
- President Obama Rejects Idea Of Olympic Boycott For Sochi 2014 Olympics
- IOC Wants More Clarification On Russia's Anti-Gay Law IOC seems to be trying to walk the impossible line between saying they support gay rights and not criticizing Russia.
More Pre-Worlds Doping News: IAAF Vote For 4-Year Minimum Drug Ban
- Drug Cheats, Enjoy Your 2-Year Bans While They Last: IAAF Approves Return To A 4-Year Minimum Ban For First Time Doping Offenders, Which Will Take Effect Starting In 2015 This means no more getting a drug ban and showing up 2-years later for the Olympics. *2nd Article
- Australia's Commonwealth Javelin Champion Jarrod Bannister Banned For 20 Months For Missing Anti-Doping Tests
- Jamaican Press Officer Stops Jamaican Head Coach Michael Clarke From Answering Any More Questions About Doping He answered a question about Victor Conte's comments about lack of testing in Jamaica, but then was stopped from answering any more questions.
- Video: Paula Radcliffe Talks About Having Greater Penalties For Drug Cheats
- The Guardian: Positive tests and negative vibes cast a shadow over world championship "Worries over ticket sales, failed drugs tests and anti-gay legislation mean stunning efforts on the track are required."
- USA Today: Injuries, doping keep many track stars from worlds
More On Russia's Anti-Gay Law
- IAAF President Lamine Diack Says He Has "No Problem" With Russia's Anti-Gay Law And Russian Sports Minister Asks Athletes To "Calm Down" Diack: "The Olympics should be a time for a truce. Russia has its laws and we come here for athletics and each can do what he wants in his private life."
- Philip Hersh Says IOC Isn't Doing Enough By Only Making Sure Anti-Gay Law Isn't Enforced During The Olympics And Are Missing The Larger Perspective Of An Underlying Human Rights Issue "The IOC should back off its comfortably defensible position of not interfering with national sovereignty and shout for Russia to repeal the law rather than just refrain from enforcing it during the Winter Olympics."
Nick Symmonds And Others Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law
- Nick Symmonds Speaks Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law "If I am placed in a race with a Russian athlete, I will shake his hand, thank him for his country's generous hospitality, and then, after kicking his ass in the race, silently dedicate the win to my gay and lesbian friends back home. Upon my return, I will then continue to fight for their rights in my beloved democratic union."
- President Barack Obama Says We Won't Tolerate Gays Being Treated Differently At Russian Olympics
- IAAF Calls On Russia To Reconsider Its Views On Gays, But Doesn't Want To Raise Political Issues During World Champs
Non-Worlds Pro News
- Interesting Science Of The Sport's Ross Tucker Takes A Scientific Look At Who Would Win Between Mo Farah And Usain Bolt Over 600m He predicts Farah would win over 600m and that a truly equal distance would fall somewhere between 500 and 550 meters. He also said if you gave them both a month to specifically train for the 600, it would be a complete toss up.
- Lolo Jones Makes Twitter Jokes (One At The Expense Of Recently Suspended MLB Player Ryan Braun) About Getting Drug Tested At Her Birthday Party
- NYRR Quote Rojo's Article About How We're Nowhere Near The Sub-2 Hour Marathon
*Rojo's Original Article
31 More Turks Banned, Bringing Total To 40 In Last Week
Recommended Read: Alan Abrahmson On Turkey's Awful Doping Scandal Abrahmson wonders who is doping these Turks. 20 of the 31 are under 23. Does a 16-year-old girl dope on her own or does someone lead/force her to do it?
*MB: 31 TURKEYS ATHLETES BUSTED FOR PEDS!!!!
US Commentators Should Read This: Interesting IAAF Interview With Steve Cram: From World Champion To World Class Commentator You might be surprised at the amount of work that goes into commentating for major track meets. Cram also talks about being really nervous before some major races, almost like before you are competing yourself.
Book Review - Sports Gene Is Now Out
LRC Sports Gene By David Epstein: A Must-Read For All Coaches If you are a serious about wanting to understand elite sport performance, you've got to read the first book published by Sports Illustrated writer and former Columbia 800 runner (and LRC friend) David
Epstein. Whether you want to know the keys to being a prodigy in distance running, or how to make it in the Majors in baseball, or how to dominate the Iditarod dog race, Epstein's got you covered. He even tells you the one thing you need to have to have a 17% chance of making it to the NBA. The book is out now.
*Q&A With David Epstein With Runner's World
*MB: Sports Gene By David Epstein
US News: Lindsay Lohan Fan Of Shannon Rowbury?
- Shannon Rowbury New Mentor/Coach For Lindsay Lohan According to this report, they met in the Nike store and have been exchanging training emails.
Week That Was
LRC What Did We Learn From The London DL?, Fast US "B" Teamers, Gabe Jennings Is A Lucky Man, And We Know Who Is Winning The Women's Steeple The final Diamond League meet and the Russian Champs are in the books and we turn our attention to Worlds. The US chances for Moscow are looking great in the distances. What else did we learn from London? Click to find out. Plus Tyson Gay tested positive a second time.
Upcoming Road Action: Farah Vs. Bekele Vs. Haile G Over A Half Marathon
- Dream Match-Up Set For September 15th: Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele And Haile Gebrselassie Will Clash Over Half Marathon At Bupa Great North Run Geb: "I can still compete at the highest level and I look forward to giving both of them a run for their money." This will be Bekele's half debut.
- Coach Renato Canova Picks Bekele Over Farah In The Half "Given that the race takes place about a month after the World Championships, I think it will be hard for Mo against Bekele ... From this duel forget Haile ..."
- Slew Of Americans Running 2013 ING NYC Marathon: Meb, Ryan And Kara Running NYC They'll be joined by US Olympians Janet Bawcom, Amy Hastings and Julie Culley in her debut. Also, top Boston finisher Jason Hartmann, Ryan Vail, Jeff Eggleston, Adriana Nelson, Alisha Williams and Mattie Suver will be in NY. *Discuss
2013 Wharf To Wharf 6 Miler *Top 10 Results *MB Talk
In Road Debut, American Emily Infeld Cruises To Women's Title At 41st Annual Wharf To Wharf (Article updated) Despite what the article says, the race is 6 miles, not 10k.
MB: EMILY INFELD 30:52!!
Kenyan Nelson Oyugi Wins 41st Annual Wharf To Wharf In Convincing Fashion Local favorite Brett Gotcher was a career-best 3rd, Ben Bruce 5th, Lemoncello 6th, Scott Bauhs 9th and Solinsky was 10th. German Fernandez was a DNS.
*MB: Official 2013 Wharf to Wharf Predictions/Race Thread
Non-London News - 2013 Bix 7 Miler *Top 10 Bix Results
Former Iona Star Leonard Korir Wins Quad-City Times Bix 7 Meb was third, Desi 10th.
(Meb 3rd, Desi 10th)