Week That Was 

LRCKenenisa Proves He Can Handle 26.2, The Netherlands' Version Of Jordan Hasay, Motivation From The Webbs, And A World Record Holder Is Spotted From The Side Of The Road?

This week we tell you what we think about Kenenisa Bekele's 2:05:03, highlight some great sprint action in Florida (Dedric Dukes 19.97 and a tremendous 4 x 400), talk about how potential world record talent is so big it can be spotted on the side of the road, get motivation from Alan Webb's wife Julia, introduce USATF malcontents to a story about a controversy avoided with Athletics Canada, and introduce you to the Dutch version of Jordan Hasay.

 Results Are In: Sherone Simpson Banned 

Sherone SimpsonSherone Simpson Given 18-Month Ban For Doping By Jamaican Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel Her agent has said that they will appeal the decision to CAS. It was also announced that Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall was suspended for two years. Asafa Powell tested positive under the same circumstances as Simpson and will hear his ruling Thursday.

Kenya Looking Good For World Relays But Will They Pick The Right Team?

2014 Paris Marathon – Kenenisa Bekele’s Debut *Results

Screenshot (132)Stretti – Link Fixed Kenenisa Bekele Talks About His First Marathon:  “(For) my first marathon, it was not bad … I was not tired … If my muscles (didn’t cause me trouble), it would be possible to run even under 2:04 or something (like that).” Alberto Stretti has catches up with Bekele. What words of advice does he have for Mo Farah?
Kenenisa Bekele Says He Made Mistakes In His Pacing Which Cost Him Some Time, Thinks He Can Challenge WR Eventually He said he wanted to do Paris so he could run an even pace and win his debut. Bekele also talked about Farah’s debut and said that his race should give Farah confidence.

LRC Kenenisa Bekele Runs 2:05:03 – Breaks Course Record And Smashes Debut Times Of Past Legends Gebrselassie, Tergat And Wanjiru The debut marathon of Kenenisa Bekele, the 5,000 and 10,000 world record holder, did not disappoint as he made a big move just after 25k and crushed the field as well as the debut times put up by past legends Gebrselassie, Tergat and Wanjiru. *AFP *IAAF
*Flomena Cheyech
won the women’s race in 2:22:41.
*Toni Reavis Puts On The Stats Goggles And Thinks Bekele Can Run A WR In The Future: 2:03:02-2:03:08
*MB: Official 2014 Paris Marathon Live Discussion Thread – Kenenisa Bekele Makes His 26.2 Debut

 Upcoming Sprint Action 

 More On Ostapchuk Doping Case 

NCAA Stuff: Outdoor Gets Going With First Stanford Meet This Weekend

Doping News

2014 Carlsbad: *Results *Full Video Race Replay *LRC Photo Gallery

LRC Dejen Gebremskel And Julia Bleasdale Win 2014 Carlsbad 5,000 – Bernard Lagat Sets New American Record Of 13:19 Gebremeskel turned the tables on Lagat from World Indoors but Lagat left with a nice consolation prize. In the women’s race, no one came close to Bleasdale, who became the first non-African born winner since 2002. Brenda Martinez was the top American – not Jordan Hasay or Gabriele Grunewald.
*MB: Official 2014 Carlsbad Live Discussion Thread: Bleasdale & Gebremeskel Win – Lagat Gets American Record
*MB: Oh crap! Grunewald vs Hasay rematch at the Carlsbad 5k, who’s gonna win?

Get Excited: London Is Sunday

Oscar Pistorius Testifies Again

Florida Men Take Over Top Spot In DI Team Rankings; Arkansas Move Down To 3rd, Oregon Up To 2nd Texas A&M stays #1 for the women as Florida moves to #2 and Oregon goes down to 4th.

US Pro News

 NCAA News 

US News: USATF Too Big To Succeed?

UKA Performance Director Neil Black Says He’s Confident About Mo Farah’s Fitness Ahead Of London After Visiting Him In Kenya Black said, “Alberto’s very happy. The type of phrases being used are ‘best shape’ and ‘best athlete in the world.’ Everything is positive in terms of what Alberto is seeing and understanding. … [Farah is] in absolute peak physical shape to approach the marathon.”

 News From Scotland 

Interesting: You Think Breaking A WR Is Tough? It’s Even Harder For Horses Human WRs have dropped significantly in the last 50 years, but horse times haven’t got much faster. This article looks at some of the reasons why.

Sprints / Jumps

Oscar P’s Defense Lawyers Expected To Call Pathologist As First Witness Pistorius himself is expected to take the stand eventually.

Berlin Half

LRCLeonard Komon Runs Fastest Half Marathon Debut Ever - Wins In 59:14 In Sprint Finish In Berlin

Komon was pretty spectacular and wanted even more - the World Record - as he went out with the wind in 13:39 (57:36 pace). LetsRun.com wind genius John Kellogg estimates the wind might have cost Komon around 17 seconds. *Results
*Ken Nakamura: List Of Fastest Half Marathon Debuts In History *Chronological List Of All Sub-60 Half Marathons In History

Distance News

More Weekend Road Results

Oscar P Takes The Stand

LA Times: Distraught Oscar Pistorius Testifies At Murder Trial, Apologizes  Pistorius says he is on anti-depressants and troubled by nightmares. “I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you that when she went to bed that night she felt loved.”
*AP: Oscar Pistorius Trial Resumes As Defense Opens Case

US 10-Mile Champs – 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler *Results

LRCJanet Bawcom Crushes Single-Sexed American Record By 76 Seconds, Runs 52:12 To Win US Title, Finishes Second To Ethiopian Mamitu Daska

Janet Bawcom was very good as was Sara Hall, but no one could stop 2:21 marathoner Mamitu Daska in the overall race.

LRCChristo Landry Earns His First US Title In 46:41 As Stephen Sambu Wins 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Run In Sprint Finish At 45:29

Christo Landy dominated the US race as Matt Tegenkamp struggled. Former Arizona star Stephen Sambu continues to thrive as a pro.
*MB: Official 2014 US 10 Mile Champs Thread – Bawcom sets AR!! Christo Landry dominates in 46:41!

Weekend NCAA Track Action *All Weekend NCAA Results *Stanford Results

HS: Foot Locker Champ Grant Fisher Runs US-Leading #1 3:51.92, Noah Lyles Runs 20.89 200 To Qualify For Youth Olympics

Prague Half Marathon

RRW: Joyce Chepkirui Becomes 18th Woman To Break 67:00 (Runs 66:19) – Peter Kirui PRs At 59:22 To Win Joyce Chepkirui dominated from the start, whereas Kirui took his time warming up before winning a race where 3 men broke 60:00.

Pre-Race: Recommended Read: Peter Kirui, Who Paced Patrick Makau To A World Record While Sleeping On The Floor, Now Hopes To Set The World Record Himself Kirui seemed on the cusp of greatness after his 2012 NYC Half win but saw his training derailed while studying for the Kenyan Police force. That is now over and he’s just set a PR.

 This Weekend's Pro Action 

High Fitness Associated With High Brain Function Later In Life New study shows that cardio fitness has long-term effect on several key cognitive functions.

Road News