Mo Goes Home Early

– Opening lines of an editorial by Matt Lawton in the Daily Mail slamming Mo Farah and UK Athletics for their handling of the Alberto Salazar doping allegations. Farah, the expected star attraction in Birmingham, flew home before the meet started, stating that he was “emotionally and physically drained.” Fans were irate as one quipped, “You don’t go to a rugby match and see one of the teams pull out, for this event you’re coming to see individuals compete,” as were many other athletes like Richard Kilty, who said, “I’d have shown up on one leg. It’s a shame for the fans. I think a lot of people have paid to watch him today.”

Birmingham DL Sunday *Results

Live Birmingham Thread

LRC Recap: Javelin And 200 Highlight As Hassan And Aman Get First DL Wins Of Year And Lagat Masters 1,500 WR The biggest news was Mo Farah pulling out of the meet before hand, but on the track there was a thrilling women’s 200m, in the infield one of the best javelins ever, and in the distancesHassan and Amos picked up their first DL wins of the year and Bernard Lagat another master’s WR in one of his least impressive runs of the year.

Should Juliu's Yego's throw counted? Not according to our analysis using a free online photo editor.LRC Fair Or Foul?  Should Julius Yego’s 91.39m Monster Javelin Throw Have Counted In Birmingham? Our analysis using a free online photo editor shows it should be a foul, but Jesse Squire tells you why it counted.

Mo Farah Spoke At Saturday’s Press Conference And We Learned A Lot *Discuss

Angry Mo Farah Wants Answers Over Alberto Salazar’s Doping Allegations And Reveals A Lot He said he has never been on thyroid medication, will sit down with Alberto face-to-face, speak with Steve Magness and others in the documentary, and also make his blood values public to show he has nothing to hide. We’d also like him and the entire NOP to release the list of supplements they admit to taking when they are drug tested. The sports “grey area” may need to change.

LRCSub-Four Win For Jenny Simpson, The Steeple Is For The Taking For The Americans, Crazy Fall In Women's Hurdles - 2015 Rome Women's Recap

Jenny Simpson left it late but got her fifth straight win in a 1,500 at a DL meet. Super impressive.

LRCRome Men's Recap: Gatlin 9.75, Aman Over Amos Again, Kejelcha Is The Real Deal

The Justin Gatlin, Mo Aman and Yomif Kejelcha trains kept rolling.

Full Coverage In Our Rome Special Section

 Asian Champs 

The Week That Was – Our Weekly Recap

WTWMo Farah Earns Our Respect, Big 1,500 PRs For Kyle Merber And Stephanie Garcia, Mo Aman's Big Rebound, Meb's Masters Debut And Gallowalking To Comrades Glory

What a week. We give you "10 People That Had A Good Week" and the list includes Jeff Galloway, Meb Keflezighi, Ben True, Stephanie Garcia, Mo Aman, Anastasiya Bazdyreva, Kyle Merber, Mo FarahEmily Chebet and Mary Cain. Yes, Mary Cain. Plus we break down the winners and losers from the NCAA Regionals, mourn the loss of "blue-collar" running legend Pat Petersen, and explain to you why Alexa Efraimson has zero shot at the World Junior record.

LRCVin, Mo, Galen, Alberto, Alexa And Justin: Six Thoughts On Prefontaine

Wejo wraps up his thoughts from Eugene about Pre.

Distance News

The Search For A Better Running Shoe

pegasus30LRC The Most Popular Running Shoe On LetsRun.com Is … Not Made Anymore … The Nike Pegasus+ 30 Thousands of you filled out our detailed running shoe survey in the fall and more of you ran in the Nike Pegasus+30 than any other shoe. Only problem is all of you need to find a new shoe, help us out below:

runningshoesurveyLRC The Improved LRC Running Shoe Survey Is Back – Three Minutes To A Better Running Shoe The running shoe buying process sucks and we want to improve it with data. We took your reviews from the fall, made a running shoe beta site, and have improved our survey to ask you what shoe your previously ran in. We now need more reviews from you on the latest shoes.

3 World XC Getty Images Photo Galleries:
1) Pro Photos From Getty Images
2) New Rojo’s Women’s Photos
3) New Rojo’s Men’s Race Photos

Two Assistants – Two Totally Different Views

2015 NCAA Outdoors Start Wednesday *Schedule * TV / Streaming

M Long Distance Preview LRC Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins Will Dominate – The Question Is Will They Battle Each Other To The Line Or Cross Holding Hands? Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins are the favorites to go 1-2 in the 5,000 and 10,000 at NCAAs. But will they race all-out against each other? And can anyone like Jason Witt, Kemoy Campbell,  Justyn Knight, Patrick Tiernan or Thomas Aawad  possibly break them up?

M Mid-D/Steeple Preview LRC Cristian Soratos and Jordan Williamsz Lead A Wide-Open 1500; Anthony Rotich & Stanley Kebenei to Duel in Steeple; Will NCAA Champs Brandon McBride or Edward Kemboi Emerge In A Loaded Men’s 800? We’re not sure if there will be drama in the 5 an 10 but these races should more than make it up for it. The 800, where NCAA champs Brandon McBride and Edward Kemboi lead the way, is the deepest 800 in years at the NCAA level. Cristian Soratos vs. Jordan Williamsz is must-watch drama in the 1500 as is the Stanely Kebenei vs. Anthony Rotich battle in the steeple.

W Long Distance Preview LRC NCAA Champs Emma Bates & Dominique Scott To Battle in 10,000; 5 NCAA Champs Including Emily Sisson and Kate Avery To Battle in 5000 With 5 NCAA champs battling in a single race, the women’s 5000 promises to be a great way to end the distance action at the 2015 NCAA champs.

W Mid-D/Steepl Preview LRC Shelby Houlihan & Leah O’Connor Eye Repeats; Natoya Goule Goes for NCAA Title #4 in Stacked Women’s 800 Leah O’Connor will look to be the first woman to repeat in the steeple since Jenny Barringer in 2009. Shelby Houlihan will look to be just the third woman in history to win back-to-back NCAA titles in the 1500. Natoya Goule has won 3 NCAA titles but she faces a LOADED field.

Weekend Action


Good Read: Garry Hill: “The best part about going to a track meet is visiting with your like-minded friends.” “Being a hard-core track fan, after all, makes you a part of a very small fraternity. (Maybe we should develop a secret handshake!)”

Young Guns Making News

 Nike Doping Scandal On The Message Board: 

Big Doping News *Miss The Broadcast? Here’s How To Watch The BBC In The US

Have drugs been instrumental to the success of the Nike Oregon Project?

LRC Everything You Want To Know About The BBC Nike Oregon Project Doping Documentary If You Didn’t See It The show had multiple anti-doping allegations against Alberto Salazar and Galen Rupp, and that the Nike lab advocated for or was aware of testosterone usage by Nike athletes.
*MB: Former American Record Holder George Malley corroborates John Stiner’s allegation that androgel was in the NOP training camp Malley says Salazar admitted it to him in 2013.
*Shoot The Messenger: Alberto Salazar And Galen Rupp Issue Statements Saying They Believe in Clean Sport And Criticize The Journalism Of The “Reporters” Salazar’s response was especially cheeky as he referred to David Epstein and Mark Daly as “reporters.” ProPublica and the BBC are about as respected as it gets in the journalism world. David Epstein is definitely a reporter – his past work helped expose A-Rod and Lance. *Message Board Poster Analyzes Statements Of Rupp And Salazar

Must Read: ProPublica Investigation Alleges Anti-Doping Violations By Alberto Salazar David Epstein, author of Sports Gene, has been working on this piece for a few years. A great read alleging possible anti-doping violations by Alberto Salazar and even Galen Rupp.  Epstein teamed up with BBC reporter Mark Daly to take a look inside the NOP. Steve Magness, Kara Goucher and Adam Goucher all speak on the record –  other former NOP athletes speak without using their names.  The BBC aired a one hour show on doping last night as well. Miss The Broadcast? Here’s How To Watch The BBC In The US

albertogalenLRC Rojo’s Five Quick Thoughts On David Epstein’s Nike Oregon Project Investigation David Epstein‘s piece is a great read, this could be just the beginning as it is time for more people to speak on the record and for Nike to investigate its own house. Plus Matt Centrowitz‘s tweet on this is embarrassing.

Competitor Q&A With David Epstein On Nike Oregon Project Allegations

David Epstein/BBC Investigation Talk On The Message Board
MB:
 Former Team Members Accuse Famed Coach Alberto Salazar Of Breaking Drug Rules (official thread)
*Impressions of BBC TV Panorama Program on Alberto Salazar/Doping and Adam Goucher Comment: “That’s Almost Child Abuse”
*What is going through Mary Cain’s Parents heads right now?
*Centro not holding back on twitter

*Rupp on Testosterone since high school !
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Are letsrun’s “trolls” still considered trolls… They are ALWAYS right.


For Your Reading Pleasure

earpieceTrackTown USA Keeps Pushing Envelope – Fans Can Get Radio Receivers With Commentators For NCAAs Good idea. We think they should have commentators for the track events too.

Video Of Sally Pearson Breaking Her Wrist

Mid-Week Excitement In The USA *Adrian Martinez Recap

LRC Grant Fisher Breaks 4:00 – Runs 3:59.38 To Become 6th American High Schooler To Break 4 In Mile Fisher, who is more than a year younger than Matthew Maton, is now officially a total stud. Two-time Foot Locker champ and a sub-4 miler at 18 and 44 days.

LRC Abbey D’Agostino Takes Down Desi Linden In 5k, Robby Andrews Crushes The Mile Field – Full Recap Of 2015 Adrian Martinez Classic Plus, have you ever heard of Hannah FieldsJonathan Gault has gone above and beyond the call of duty with this 3,600-word recap.
*MB: ROBBY ANDREWS IS BACK, BABY!! Crushes the field at the 20125 Adrian Martinez Classic
*LRC: Post-Race Interviews With Kyle Merber, Desi Linden, McKayla Fricker, Nicole Tully, Ryan Martin, Reed Connor, Hannah Fields, and Robby A and Abbey D

 Twitter Reaction 

LRCRunning Pros Respond On Twitter To Nike Oregon Project Doping Allegations

Matt Centrowitz thought it was a yawning matter, but no one else did, including Paula Radcliffe, Dai Greene, Nick Willis, Lornah Kiplagat and many others.

 The World Reacts 

Sprints, Jumps And Throws

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