Quote Of The Day

– Excerpt from a nearly 9,000-word ESPN feature by Mike Wise on Josia Thugwane, the illiterate man (all 5-foot-2 and 99 pounds of him) who shocked the world and won the 1996 Olympic gold in the marathon in a story entitled, “The Man South Africa Forgot.” Thugwane, who won gold just 5 months after being shot in the face in a robbery, may not be ignore for much longer as the company that made “Million Dollar Arm” is interested in doing a movie on Thugwane.

Sports Journalism At Its Finest – Nearly 9,000 Words

Recommended / Must Read  ESPN/Mike Wise: Once Lauded By Nelson Mandela, 1996 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Josia Thugwane Has Been Forgotten By South Africa Thugwane grew up extremely poor and illiterate. Just 5 months before the Games, he was shot in the face. In Atlanta, he won gold in marathon #19 despite having only a 2:11 PR. As for Apartheid, he understood it as follows: “The white people have money. The black people are to work [for] the white people. I don’t know whether this is wrong thing.” We are calling this a must read for anyone under 30 as they may have never heard of Thugwane.

Week That Was

Latest Post-ARD Doping Report News

Sprints, Jumps And Throws

 The World Reacts To The Latest ARD Report 

Truth Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction

LRCThe 5 Most Unbelievable (Positive) Stories From The 2015 Track Season (So Far)

Before we start our World Championships previews, we thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and look big picture at what has transpired so far this year in the world of track and field. There have been a lot of amazing developments so far in 2015. We list five events that if we'd predicted them at the beginning of the year, you'd have said we were TOTALLY crazy.

 World Masters Have Already Begun 

Random But Interesting

Huge Doping / Corruption News

2015 TD Beach To Beacon *Results *LRC Preview

LRC Stephen Kosgei (28:28) & Wude Ayalew (31:55) Claim Titles At 2015 TD Beach To Beacon 10K; Former Oregon Standouts Eric Jenkins (28:50) & Alexi Pappas (32:56) Lead American Finishers Jenkins wasn’t content to end his season with a stroll as he was the only American man that tried to hang in the African lead pack. The battle in the women’s race was very tight for both the win and top American honors. Post-race interviews with Laura Thweatt, Alexi Pappas, Diane Nukuri, Stephen Kosgei, Moses Kipsiro, Eric Jenkins and Maksim Korolev. *Results
*RRW: Stephen Kibet, Wude Ayalew Win TB Beach To Beacon 10-K In Tactical Races
*MB: Chris Solinsky is back baby!

The Beginning Of The End For Women’s Sports?

LRC The End Of Women’s Sports As We Know It? Is Caster Semenya The Favorite For Gold For The 2016 Olympics? The Court Of Arbitration For Sport Suspends IAAF’s Hyperandrogenism Regulations Earlier this week, hyperandrogenic Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was cleared to compete despite having super-elevated testosterone levels. More importantly, the court totally suspended the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulations, meaning athletes with internal testicles are free to compete as women without treatment. We break down what it means. Is this the beginning of the end for women’s sports?

The Integrity Of The Sport Is At Stake – Mike Rossi Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Have Been DQed From The 2014 Lehigh Valley Marathon

LRC Investigates Lehigh Valley Got It Wrong: The Evidence Is Conclusive: Mike Rossi – The Viral Boston Marathon Dad – Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Never Have Been On The Starting Line In Boston In April, Mike Rossi gained international fame for his snarky response to a letter from his kids’ principal scolding him for taking them out of school for several days to watch Boston. A LetsRun.com investigation has revealed that Rossi’s principal was correct, the kids should never have been in Boston as the evidence is conclusive – their father didn’t legitimately qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon. How confident are we that Rossi cut the course when he “ran” his 3:11:45 BQ qualifier at Lehigh Valley? Extremely. We’ll pay Mike Rossi $10,000 if he qualifies again in the next 12 months – and the qualifying time is 13+ minutes slower – 3:25.
*MB: Did Mike Rossi (viral marathon dad) cheat his way into Boston? 


A Look At How Steve Cram Ran 3:46 For The Mile 30 Years Ago

A Look At The Training Of Steve Cram Which Enabled Him To Run 3:46.32 For The Mile – A British Record That Turned 30 Last Week The former 400m runner went for a “single peak periodization.”

The IAAF Fires Back At ARD And The Sunday Times With A Vehement Defense

Must Read: IAAF Issues Statement And Strongly Rejects Anti-Doping Allegations Of A Cover-Up – “(Both) ARD and The Sunday Times both admit that their evaluation of the data did not prove doping.” The IAAF says there is nothing close to a cover-up. The Sunday Times claims six athletes tests were covered up when in fact the IAAF says they targeted all six for most testing and banned them. Additionally, the IAAF says the data in the report isn’t a “scoop” as they themselves turned it over to scientists who used it for a study in a peer reviewed journal. Also most of the data was before 2009 when athletes couldn’t be banned as there was no Biological Passport.
*BBC On IAAF Response *Athletics Weekly Recap Of IAAF Rebuttal

Pro Distance News

2015 Pan Am Junior Champs Are In The Books *Results

Kenyan Trials Recap *Full Results

LRC5 Highlights And Thoughts From Kenyan Trials + Video Of Kiprop Showboating With A Salute In The 1,500

5 thoughts and highlights from the Kenyan Trials as Asbel Kiprop gets in some showboating practice + some really fast times by  Geoffrey Kamworor and Faith Kipyegon and a loss by David Rudisha.

2015 Kenyan World Trials *Full Results