As Paula Would Say: "EPO Cheats Out"

- Video of French EPO cheat Hassan Hirt getting taken out (literally) of French National XC Champs after forcing himself into the race (look at upper left-hand corner). His drug ban recently ended, but he was ineligible for the race, not having qualified. Officials tried to stop him before the race, but he snuck in anyway. The above was the result. *Discuss *Translated Article

Week That Was

WTWHyping Montaño, Rowbury And Andrews; Tapping The Brakes On Loxsom's AR; Plus A Collegiate Record For Emily Sisson And The Oregon Ducks Are Insanely Good

Cas Loxsom and Emily Sisson had the performances of the weekend. We break them down and take another look at all the USA winners. We ponder if Alysia Montano and Shannon Rowbury may soon be on the 2012 Olympic podium, and tell you how incredibly good the Oregon Ducks distance men are.

Doping Updates


San Diego Union Tribune: “NFL Combine’s 40-Yard Dash Makes No Sense” Writer Nick Canepa calls the NFL’s 40-yard times “lies,” saying they’re unrealistically fast.

Running And The Movies

2015 USA Indoors *Results *Post-Race Video Interviews *Race Videos

Updated Cas Loxsom The Bridesmaid No More – He Breaks American 600m Record To Win His First USA Title Cas Loxsom got his first national title in grand style, breaking the American record, and coming within shouting distance of the WR.

LRC Robby Andrews & Lauren Wallace Claim First National Titles In Thrilling 1,000s Wallace had a look of disbelief when she won. Andrews looked like he expected to win as he beat two ex-teammates, Kyle Merber and Michael Rutt. Is he back? MB: Lewis Johnson: “Maybe Robby Andrews is Back!”

RRW Race Results Weekly Sunday Recap: Rowbury Completes The Double Coverage of all the distance events.

More USA Indoors *Photos
*Interviews *Race Videos

LRC Ryan Hill Runs 25.77 Last 200 To Win His First “Real” National Title In 2-Mile Ryan Hill went 25.77 the final lap to win his first “real” national title over Ben Blankenship and Evan Jager.

LRC Men’s 600 And 1,000 Favorites Roll On – Post Race Reaction And Who Is Thomas Scott? Plus 600 American record holder Cas Loxsom tells us whether he fears a 400 man or 800 man most in the final.

LRC All Our Day 1 Video Interviews 21 athletes in all. *All USATF Race Videos
*IAAF Recap Non-distance highlights: Jeremy Taiwo broke the MR in the heptathlon winning with 6273 points. Manteo Mitchell and Natasha Hastings won the 300s, Sam Kendricks the PV, Will Claye (LJ), Christian Cantwell (SP).

Saturday Photo Gallery

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More Track Action

Doping Updates

Elite Distance News

 The World Marathon Majors Are Underway – 2015 Tokyo In The Books *Results

Chumba running away from everyone but Negesse

LRC Tokyo 2015: Negesse And Dibaba Get First Major Wins, Stephen Kiprotich = Hero In 2nd, Japanese Twitter Erupts, Lauren Kleppin Risks It All Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse and Birhane Dibaba got the major marathon season underway with their first major wins as Stephen Kiprotich showed the Olympic spirit in second, Tariku Bekele bombed in his debut, Japanese twitter went nuts over the marathon, and Lauren Kleppin took a shot at greatness but bombed. *IAAF Recap

Genzebe Dibaba Does It Again *Full XL Galan Results *WR Race Video

LRC Genzebe Dibaba Smashes Indoor 5,000 WR By Over 5 Seconds With 14:18.86 In Stockholm Dibaba now holds indoor WRs at 1,500, 3,000, 2 miles and 5,000 thanks to a stupendous performance, during which she hit 2 miles faster than Jenny Simpson‘s AR. *Video
*MB: Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 5000 WR – Runs 14:18.86!!
*IAAF Recap Sifan Hassan
and Homiyu Tesfaye ran world-leading 1,500 times of 4:00.46 and 3:34:13; Qatar’s Musaeb Balla ran a WL 1:45.13 and Qatari teen Abadalleleh Haroun ran 45.13; plus a 6.99 WL in the LJ.

IAAF Recap Of Russian Champs: Anzhelika Sidorova Clears World-Leading 4.76m Yelena Korobkina won the 3,000m (8:50.39) and 5,000 (15:47.09) but the times were modest in most events (2:02 in w800).

A Boring Tuesday Got A Little More Interesting Thanks To Twitter

LRC Andy Vernon Calls Out Mo Farah On Twitter: “I would just rather watch a race than the Mo Show.”

College News: NCAAs Are Next Weekend *Men’s Entries *Women’s Entries

European Indoor Champs Start Tomorrow In Prague *Free Live Stream Starts @ 10:30AM ET *Final Entries *Schedule

LRC A Fan’s Guide To The 2015 European Indoor Championships 2014 world outdoor and 2015 world indoor 1,500 leader Sifan Hassan is going for the double but the event of the meet is the women’s 800. Lots of Iona Gaels in action – one who is skipping NCAAs (Kate Avery) and one who isn’t (Rosie Clarke).

Elite Intentional News

More USA Indoors *Photos
*Interviews *Race Videos

Updated Centro Wins His First Indoor Crown In Impressive Fashion Matt Centrowitz won his first indoor title impressively as Ben Blankenship was the runner-up for the second day in a row.

LRC Shannon Rowbury Completes The Double; Alysia Montaño Is Officially Back; Ajee Wilson Falls Hard A fall marred the women’s 600. Shannon Rowbury needed no help in the women’s 2-mile.

*Boston Globe: Collegiate Record Holder Demi Payne Surprises Pole Vaulting Field Payne won with 4.55m as Jenn Suhr no-heighted after pulling out with an injury.
*IAAF Recap Non-distance highlights: Michelle Carter‘s world lead in the SP (19.45m), Tianna Bartoletta (7.08) and Marvin Bracy (6.55) in the 60m.
*Final Day Athlete Quotes Lauren Wallace on winning the 1,000: “The coolest part was running through the tape. I’ve never been able to do that before. The tape was really, really cool.”

Sunday Road Racing

Random Stuff

Asking The Questions That Need Answering

LRC Why Was Drug Cheat Hamza Driouch Training (With Mo Farah) In Ethiopia? Who Supplied The 17-Year-Old Doper? Social media photos of Mo Farah training with now drug cheat Hamza Driouch of Qatar have the British press asking, “What is Farah doing training with a drug cheat in Ethiopia?” Our more immediate focus is, “What the hell is drug cheat Driouch doing training period?”
*MB: Mo Farah training with Driouch after his suspension started (but before it was announced)

Update: British Athletics Responds: Say They Relied On Jama Aden To “Facilitate” Farah’s Trip Aden provided Driouch as an athlete to train with Farah. Aden says he didn’t know about his ban.
*Mo Farah In Twitter Pic With Gamze Bulut And Taoufik Makhloufi

 More Doping 

Big Administrative News

A Big Win For Athletes: IOC To Scrap Rule 40, Which Prevented Athletes From Doing Advertising With Non-Olympic Sponsors During Olympics The IOC under new leadership is starting to get it. If this rule wasn’t changed, we were going to encourage major athletes like Usain Bolt to violate it. Nick Symmonds and Sanya Richards-Ross were two athletes who spoke out against rule 40 at the last Olympics. For more on that, click here.

Asafa Powell’s Management To Sue Supplement Company Epiphany D1 For $8 Million For His Positive Drug Test Powell’s manager, Paul Doyle, also criticized the IAAF for not stepping in and acting quicker.

Thursday/Mid-Week Action

Auckland: Nick Willis Powers Away Over Final 600m For Convincing Win Over Zane Robertson In New Zealand The bookies (yes, you could bet on the race) in New Zealand had Zane as the favorite, but he’s had a slight injury. Andrew Wheating 1:48.40 over Ryan Gregson 1:49.21 in 800. Discuss Willis, Roberston here.

Malmo, Sweden: American Sharika Nelvis Runs World Leader In Hurdles, Barshim Ends Indoors Unbeaten, 38-Year-Old Kim Collins Still Unbeaten, So Is Lavillenie

Previous – Metz, France: Bernard Lagat Runs 7:37.92 – New Masters WR He took down some big names – Paul Kipsiele KoechNixon ChepsebaBethwel Birgen. *Metz, France Results

We Span The Globe So You Don’t Have To #InterestingNews


A Step In The Right Direction: USATF Acts Quickly And Reinstates Sisu Club XC Nats Video Last week, USATF got their video taken down off YouTube, saying it was copyright infringement. Max Siegel put out a statement recognizing clubs should be encouraged (not prevented) from promoting the sport.

Spice Up Your Winter – Photo Of The Year Contest

LRC The Story Behind The Alaskan Flip-Off: The 2013 LRC Photo Of The Year

Cropped version of 2013 Photo of the Year 2013 LetsRun.com Photo of the Year (Zack Johnson (flipper), Andrew Ritchie (flippee)) photo by Todd List of Todd List Photography. More here: http://www.letsrun.com/news/2015/02/the-story-behind-the-2013-running-photo-of-the-year-the-alaskan-flip-off/

LRC What’s Your 2014 Running Photo Of The Year? Have you taken a photo or seen a photo that could be the running photo of the year (2014 until now)*. Submit or tweet your entries to us. Winner and/or person who tells us of winner wins $100.

The Great Ones

Marathon News

LRC Remembering LRCer Van Townsend The running world lost one of its bright lights this week with the death of Van Townsend.
*MB: RIP Van Townsend: Share Your Respects Here

UK Euro Indoor Section

Day 1

LRC A Confident Shannon Rowbury Wins 2015 USATF Indoor Mile Title To Stay Undefeated Vs. US Competition In 2015 Rowbury won the US mile title over a fast-closing Katie Mackey to stay undefeated vs. US competition in 2015. Rowbury will go for the 2-mile double tomorrow.

LRC Mother Alysia Montano, Ajee Wilson Advance With Ease In Women’s 600; Charlene Lipsey Leads 1,000 Qualifiers, Alexa Efraimson Advances Reaction and interviews from Montano, Efraimson, Wilson, and Lipsey after they all advanced to their finals.
*Athlete Quotes Alysia Montano: “I could not wait for this environment to do something when I am not holding an eight-pound baby in the process.”
*RRW: Shannon Rowbury Takes Mile Title

Conference Champs (See Friday Results Below)

NCAA Conference Champs: Friday Action

  • Big 10: Results Michigan State got wins in the 3,000 (Rachele Schulist – 9:01) and the DMR, where they ran 10:57 to beat Michigan (11:02). Penn State got wins from Robby Creese (3,000) and the DMR, which ran 9:40.62 to beat Indiana (9:41.68).
  • Big 12: Results Baylor’s Rachel Johnson won the 5,000 as OSU men (9:37.31) and women (11:16.86) won the DMRs. For the men Oklahoma was a close 2nd (9:38.65).
  • SEC: Results In the men’s 3,000, Kemoy Campbell won in 8:00.27 over Arkansas teammate Stanley Kebenei (8:02.64). Arkansas’ Dominque Scott won the women’s race (9:17).
  • ACC: Results Syracuse’s Martin Hehir (13:57) and Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel (15:55) won the 5Ks.

GB Pro News

Seb Coe Makes His Case For IAAF Presidency Over 5 Days *All Days

Day 5: LRC Coe On The 2-Hour Marathon: “It’s a tall order but it’s certainly within the scope of a man.”

*Day 4: LRC Coe On Marketing The Sport: One Size Doesn’t Fit All Coe advocates moving money from Monaco to the member federations who will know what works best locally. “We have to put the member federations in the best possible position to deliver the sport in the way they know there is a local interest. …We’ve got to find the key drivers of growth for the sport and we’ve got to be able deliver that sport in a much more flexible way.”
*Day 3: LRC
 Seb Coe’s Growth Plans: “We’ve got a sport, I think we’ve got to create a movement.”
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Day 2: LRC Seb Coe On Trust/Doping
*Day 1: LRC Intro And Summary “I take great exception to people from outside our sport trying to redesign our sport because they don’t fundamentally understand the nature, the history and the philosophy of it.”

Our Internal Squabble, Aired Publicly

LRC The LetsRun.com Civil War: Is Mo Farah The Greatest Of All Time? With 5 world titles and now a world record, there is no doubt that Mo Farah is currently the king of the track, but is he up for GOAT? The LRC team got into a heated argument about this topic. One even argued Farah isn’t as good as Sileshi Sihine.
*MB: With 5 world titles and a WR, is Mo Farah the GOAT (Greatest of all-time)? We say yes…(and hell no)

Sainsbury’s Birmingham GP *Results *Race Video

LRC Mo Farah Gets His First World Record, Runs 8:03.40 2-Mile The critics can shut up for quite some time now. Farah went 3:59 for his 2nd mile to get the WR.
*Farah: Vernon Row Got Me Going

Rest Of The Meet LRC 2015 Birmingham Recap: Matthew Centrowitz & Shannon Rowbury See Winning Streaks Come To An End Some Americans did find success, however, as Ben Blankenship and Jordan Hasay PRed and Erik Sowinski almost did.
*Katarina Johnson-Thompson Sets British LJ Record With 6.93m; Jenny Meadows Wins 800 In 2:01 Greg Rutherford won the LJ in an indoor PR and WLing 8.17m.
*Full Meet Recaps: Athletics Weekly & IAAF