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Once A Doper …

2008 Olympic Race Walk Champ Alex Schwazer Fails Drug Test Just 6 Weeks After Returning From 3+ Year Ban This from the guy who got his girlfriend banned for helping him evade drug tests and broke down in apologetic tears after testing positive in 2012. Pathetic.
*Schwazer Claims He Was Sabotaged, But Aussie Jared Tallent Isn’t Buying It Schwazer returned from his doping ban to beat Tallent at the World Race Walking Team Champs last month.
*AP article

Jama Aden Gets Arrested

farah-adenLRC Jama Aden Doping Raid Update: How Might The Raid Impact Mo Farah, The Dibabas And Nike? Today, we look at some of the connections between Aden and the sport’s biggest names like Genzebe Dibaba, Tirunesh Dibaba, Mo Farah, and Nike and wonder what type of impact, if any, the scandal will have on them. We also reveal for the first time in the English press that Mo Farah trained in Sansabell, Spain in 2014, a fact his agent didn’t even know, but claimed to be more than 100 miles away in France. Why?

LRC Everything You Need To Know About The Jama Aden Doping Raid That Took Place With Three Dibaba Sisters Being Present We give you the scoop on the biggest doping scandal in distance running’s history and the biggest non-country-related (i.e. Russia) doping scandal since BALCO. In the near future, we’ll have much more for you, including “What does this mean for Nike, Mo Farah and Alberto Salazar, who all have ties to Aden?”

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Brazier Will Be At The Trials As A Pro

LRCGood News, Track Fans: Donavan Brazier Enters Olympic Trials And Is Turning Pro

Every pro LRC talked to in the last week except for one said Brazier should turn pro.

Distance News

adidas Boost Boston *Full Results

adidas-boost-bostonSaturday LRC Recap Of The US’s 1st Street Meet: Marvin Bracy (10.23) Nips Yohan Blake At The Line, Tori Bowie Runs 11.03 & Jenn Suhr Scratches The United States’ first street meet is in the books. The atmosphere was great but not everyone was a fan of the temporary track. Yohan Blake was candid in the mixed zone afterwards, calling the track “atrocious.” That’s not all he was candid about as he also said that the Russians should be given a second chance in Rio and explained how God told him to give up “The Beast” nickname. A pastor told him if he did so, he’d run well in 72 hours and he then went out and ran his first sub-10 since 2012. Plus Jasmine Todd talks about her mysterious departure from UO.
*RRW: ADIDAS BOOST BOSTON GAMES A HIT IN HUB

Friday LRC Boston Recap: U.S. Leaders For Ajee Wilson In 800 (1:59.72) And Ben True In 1,500 (3:36.05), Sub-13 For Dejen Gebremeskel & HS Junior Kate Murphy (4:07.21 1,500, #3 A-T) Runs Faster Than The Pros Robby Andrews was 7th in the 1,500 in 3:37, Mary Cain 3rd in 1,500 in 4:10. *Friday Results

Message Board Talk About The Meet:

MB: Official 2016 adidas Boost Boston Games Discussion Thread
MB:
 High schooler Kate Murphy crushes the Olympic trial standard 4:07!!
MB: Robby Andrews 7th in Boost Boston 1,500; smoked by Ben True 
MB: Mac Fleet: 3:51, Ben True: 3:36, Will Leer 3:58. WHAT?!?!?!

The Trials Are 2+ Weeks Away – Who Is In? Out? And On The Bubble?

Wheating was back in the winners' circle at the Portland Track FestivalLRC Who’s In? Who’s On The Bubble? 2016 US Men’s Olympic Trials Descending Order Lists Given past history, we know there is bound to be a ridiculous controversy so we’ve tried to get ahead of it and let you know how things stand two weeks from the Trials.

LRC Who’s In? Who’s On The Bubble? 2016 US Women’s Olympic Trials Descending Order Lists 

Berian And Nike Square Off In Court

Will Berian now sign with NB?LRC David 1, Goliath 0: Nike Has Dropped Its Lawsuit Against Boris Berian Berian is now free to run for whomever he pleases at the 2016 US Olympic Trials.
*Keflezighi tells Bloomberg Berian’s “first preference” is to now sign with New Balance

*Out Of The Goodness Of Their Hearts? Nike Says It Dropped Their Lawsuit To “Eliminate The Distraction” For Boris Berian Ahead Of The Trials We’re sure eliminating all the bad publicity was among the considerations as well.
*The Oregonian: “Nike, Facing Skeptical Judge, Drops Endorsement Lawsuit Against Berian” This a day after Nike told the federal court it would suffer “irreparable harm” if Berian went to NB.
*Ken Goe’s Take On The Case Before Nike Dropped The Suit “I don’t understand … why Nike wants to force Berian to stay in the fold if he doesn’t want to be there. Let him go.”


What Are The Toughest National Teams To Make For Rio? USA women’s 100 hurdles tops the list with 37 women who have the Olympic qualifying standard. Kenya men’s marathon and Ethiopia’s women’s 5000 squad also make the list.

Doping Updates

The 2nd-Fastest Man In World History Is On The Comeback Trail

LRCThe Rebirth Of Yohan Blake

Last year, on the comeback trail after hamstring surgery, Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man in history, was running and losing "B" heats in Europe. Now, the man formerly known as "The Beast" is back in form, having exorcised his demons. "The nickname was holding me back. I keep on getting injured and it was related to the beasts in the Bible ... God didn't like it, so I had to change it."

The Latest Russian Doping Updates

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News From Rio

Victoria Track Classic

LRCHealthy Duane Solomon Wins Victoria Track Classic In 1:46.71

Melissa Bishop went 1:58 for the 2nd time in 3 days.

Articles We Found Interesting

What Makes Asbel Kiprop So Good? We Try To Tell You

LRCA Week With The World's Best Miler: An Exclusive Look At Asbel Kiprop's Last Two Workouts Before The Pre Classic

The Pre Classic is this weekend and the Bowerman Mile is LOADED with Olympic champ Taoufik Makhloufi, all three medalists from Worlds last year, plus studs like Matthew CentrowitzSilas Kiplagat and Ayanleh Souleiman. But the headliner is Asbel Kiprop, and our man on the ground in Kenya, Andy Arnold, says hand him the victory and world record later this summer after getting a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for Pre.
*MB: The secrets of Asbel Kiprop revealed - Our man on the ground in Kenya says hand him the gold and WRecord


More Late-Week Action *Meeting Madrid Results

Random Road Race Stuff

WADA Head Craig Reedie Catching Flack

Jama Aden Doping Updates

This Week’s Distance Action

Brooks PR Invite *Full Results

IMG_20160618_142837LRC Brooks PR Recap: Could Nick Symmonds And Andrew Wheating Be Watching The Olympic Trials From Home? Symmonds’ ankle injury kept him out and Wheating still doesn’t have an Olympic Trials auto qualifier after windy conditions slowed down the 1,500m. In positive news, Leo Manzano took a big step in the right direction.

More Saturday US Action: MB: COLBY ALEXANDER RUNS 3:36.26 AT PRINCETON The guy who didn’t even make the NCAA finals last year missed the Olympic standard by just .06.

Now We Know Why Pros Hate Reductions

LRCCourt Filings Reveal That Nike's Proposed Contract To Boris Berian Was Full Of Reductions - Contract Could Even Be Terminated If Berian Was Injured And Didn't Compete For 180 Days

Court documents reveal that Nike certainly didn't agree to pay Berian a minimum of $375,000 over three years ($125,000 per year). Nike wanted to have the right to terminate the agreement entirely if Berian was injured and didn't compete for 180 days. If Berian got injured and only competed a handful of times and didn't make Worlds and wasn't ranked in the top 10 in the world, they wanted to be able to reduce his pay from $125,000 to $6,250. If he died or was permanently disabled, they also wanted to be able to cancel the deal. Berian says that's one reason why he doesn't want to run for Nike - the other is he doesn't like their shoes as he bombed out of USAs the first time he competed in them last year.