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At Least The IPC Got It Right: CAS Upholds Russia’s Paralympic Ban The CAS statement said that the Russian appeal “did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based.” *2nd Article

Will Feyisa Lilesa Return Home?

Friday In Rio

Cheruiyot - OG gold 2016LRC Was This The Biggest Upset Of The Olympics? Vivivan Cheruiyot Stuns Almaz Ayana And Wins Women’s 5,000 Gold updated Talk about an upset. Hellen Obiri was 2nd with Ayana only bronze. USA’s Shelby Houlihan got 11th.

Screenshot 2016-08-20 at 05.02.07LRC How Vivian Cheruiyot Took Down Almaz Ayana To Finally Become Olympic Champion Cheruiyot almost was an all-time great without an Olympic gold. We tell you how she came out with gold.

Thursday Distance Action

Screenshot (1998)LRC Women’s 800 Semifinals: Kate Grace Advances To What Will Be One Of The Most Controversial Finals In Track And Field History Ajee Wilson will not be in the final, as Kate Grace has achieved her “dream, dream” goal for the year.

Screenshot (1942)LRC Men’s 1,500 Semis: Heartbreak For Robby Andrews And Elijah Manang’oi, Asbel Kiprop Shows That He’s The Man To Beat, And Centro Says He’s In The Shape Of His Life Team USA almost got all three of its 1,500 men into the final but a DQ will keep Robby Andrews sidelined, even if American mile record holder Alan Webb doesn’t agree with it.

Saturday Night

Looking Ahead To Saturday Night
LRC 2016 Olympic Men’s 5,000 Preview: Favorite Mo Farah Aims To Complete The Double-Double; Can Bernard Lagat Medal At 41? Farah looks like a lock for gold after winning the 10k, but with no Kenyans in the final for the first time since 1980, the question is who earns the other medals?

Negative News From Rio

First Round Of Men’s 5K And Women’s 800 In The Books

Disaster for MeadLRC Disaster For Kenya: Kenya Advances Zero Men To 5,000 Meter Final But Team USA Gets Two Three Through updated Zero Kenyan men in the final? Check. A 41-year-old man in the final? Check. Hassan Mead unfortunately went down in a fall but was placed in the final. 

Women’s 800 Heats Three Of World’s Top 10 Fail To Make Semifinals Cubans Rose Almanza and Sahily Diago plus European silver medalist Renelle Lamote went home early. Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace are still alive.
*Ajee Wilson And Kate Grace Talk After Advancing To 800 Semis

LRC Women’s 800 Preview: Like It Or Not, Caster Semenya Is Going To Crush Everyone In Rio World Indoor medalists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya are the favorites for silver and bronze, though Canada’s Melissa Bishop and Kenya’s Eunice Sum both have a shot.

Disaster for MeadLRC Disaster For Kenya: Kenya Advances Zero Men To 5,000 Meter Final But Team USA Gets Two Through updated Zero Kenyan men in the final? Check. A 41-year-old man in the final? Check. Hassan Mead unfortunately went down in a fall.

Women’s 800 Heats Three Of World’s Top 10 Fail To Make Semifinals Cubans Rose Almanza and Sahily Diago plus European silver medalist Renelle Lamote went home early. Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace are still alive.
*Ajee Wilson And Kate Grace Talk After Advancing To 800 Semis

Tuesday AM In Rio

Abbey helps Hamblin upLRC Abbey D’Agostino & Nikki Hamblin Show The True Meaning Of The Olympics As Almaz Ayana Leads Women’s 5,000 Qualifiers Would you stop running in the middle of the Olympics to help a total stranger? These two women did just that.
*MB: Did Abby d just tear her acl?
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What are the rules around Abbey D fall and help?
*Ayana’s 5K semi.

Welcome to the Olympics RobbyLRC Men’s 1,500 Heats: The Favorites Cruise As All Three Americans Make Thurday’s Semifinals, Elijah Manang’oi Picks Up An Injury, And Ayanleh Souleiman Says He’s Clean There was some DQ drama in heat #2, however.
*Why is Filip INGEBRIGTSEN going home devastated?
*Makhloufi, new all time 800/1500 king.

LRC Christian Taylor Becomes Second Man To Repeat As Olympic Triple Jump Champ; Will Claye Gets Silver And Proposes To Girlfriend Queen Harrison On Victory Lap Taylor became the first man in 36 years to defend his Olympic triple jump title and now owns more global triple jump golds than any man in history. He’s now in the conversation for the GOAT along with world record holder Jonathan Edwards and three-time Olympic champ Viktor Saneyev.

Women’s Discus: Sandra Perkovic Defends Her Olympic Discus Gold With A Throw Of 69.21m After two fouls, Perkovic was in trouble but her lone legal throw of the day was enough to win.

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UVA trackDepressing You On A Saturday Night LRC Unbelievable: University Of Virginia Rehires Convicted Doper Martin Maric And Gets Rid Of Coach Who Produced The Program’s 1st-Ever NCAA Shot Put Champion How did the University of Virginia track and field program decide to reward its throws coach Kemal Mesic – the man who guided Filip Mihaljevic to a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships and the NCAA shot put title in June – the first field event title in UVA history? By getting rid of him and replacing him with convicted doper Martin Maric.

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Great News

Screenshot 2016-08-27 at 00.21.41Gabe Grunewald Cancer Surgery is Successful She had a big portion of her liver removed.

Sad News

Ted Banks Who Led UTEP to 17 NCAA Team Titles Has Died at the Age of 82 His 1981 XC team scored 17 points at NCAA D1 nats.

Kenyan Corruption/ Oscar P

Screenshot 2016-08-27 at 00.57.273 Kenyan Olympic Officials Arrested Upon Return to Kenya The Kenyan public is outraged the athletes had to stay in a hotel in  favela. The likely charges against the three could be selling the Nike kit that was supposed to be provided to the athletes. The article has video of Wesley Korir saying the theft happens all the time and finally the athletes stood up against it. Korir also says he is going to sue the officials for “endangering my life”

Judge rejects prosecutor request to appeal Pistorius sentence – His sentence stays at 6 years

Post-Rio Kenyan / Ethiopian News

Sprints, Jumps And Throws

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LRC  Matt Centrowitz Goes Wire-To-Wire To Win USA’s First Men’s 1,500m Gold In 108 Years final Centro used tactical brilliance and a 50.62 last lap to earn America’s first gold medal in the men’s 1,500 in since 1908. Defending champ Taoufik Makhloufi was silver as Nick Willis got his second Olympic medal in third. Asbel Kiprop only 6th; USA’s Ben Blankenship was 8th.

LRC Men’s 5,000: Mo Farah Completes The “Double Double” As A Slew Of DQs And Reinstatements Cause Silver And Bronze Medal Pandemonium final Farah cemented his place in Olympic history by joining Lasse Viren as the only man in history to pull off the 5K/10K double at two Olympic Games.

LRC Paul Chelimo Proves Everyone Wrong (Including LetsRun.com) Once Again To Win The U.S.’s First Olympic 5,000 Medal In 52 Years

on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.LRC Caster Semenya Delivers Gold As Women’s 800 Favorite, Francine Niyonsaba And Margaret Wambui Go 2-3 As Melissa Bishop Sets Canadian Record In 4th final Semenya’s terrific 2016 campaign continued after she fought off a spirited challenge from the Oregon Track Club’s Francine Niyonsaba.

Saturday Night OTB:

Non-4 X 100 Friday Action

Hammer: Tajikistan’s Dilshod Nazarov Gets Surprise Victory In Men’s Hammer Poland’s Pawl Fajdek was the HUGE favorite, but crashed out in the rounds. Nazarov won with 78.68m, the first winning throw under 80m since 1984, to win his country’s first Olympic gold ever.

M4 X 4: GB Men Appeal Against 4 X 400 DQ As The Reasoning Behind It Is Still Unclear They posted the third-fastest qualification time behind Jamaica and the US.

Dreams Do Become Reality

2016 USA Olympic TrialsLRC Kate Grace’s “Dream, Dream” Season Now Includes the Dream Of A Medal In The Olympic Final Kate’s “dream, dream” goal heading into the season was making the Olympic final. Now it’s time to dream for a medal.

Screenshot 2016-08-19 at 19.30.10LRC After 15 Years, Nate Brannen Finally Gets His Shot At Olympic Glory Nate making the final and his love of the sport is proof Dreams do Become Reality.

Jager celebratesLRC Team USA Has Been Crushing It At The Olympics; Can They Get To Five Mid-D/Distance Medals For The First Time In 92 Years? It’s been a great meet for Team USA but could get even better.

Thursday Non-Distance

2016 Olympic GamesTim Layden’s Thursday Recap: Usain Bolt Reigns Again In Closing Act Of His Individual Olympic Career Bolt was entertaining as always as de Grasse got silver, Ryan Crouser led a 1-2 in the shot, Ashton Eaton was challenged but got gold, Dalilah Muhammad led a US 1-3 in the hurdles as the US continued to up its game.

LRC Ryan Crouser’s Got A PhD (And Gold Medal) In The Shot Put Crouser threw the shot 4 feet further than he did a year ago thanks to being able to focus on it being done with his masters in finance.

Rio Wednesday

LRC Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali And Kristi Castlin Go 1-2-3 In The 100 Hurdles For The U.S. Women’s First-Ever Olympic Track & Field Sweep Even without WR holder Keni Harrison, the US still went 1-2-3. Team USA also went 1-2 in the long jump as Tianna Bartoletta beat Brittney Reese by 2 cm. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson completed the coveted sprint double by winning the 200 in 21.78 over Dafne Schippers and Tori Bowie.
*MB: 
USA just went 1-2-3-4-7 in the women’s 100m hurdles
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Elaine Thompson! double 100/200 CHAMP!

LRC GATLIN OUT OF 200m *Discuss
*MB: Usain bolt just jogged a 19.78!! Can we see a sub-19 tomorrow?

Jager celebratesLRC Final Evan Jager Wins Silver As Kenya’s Dominance In The Steeplechase Continues As Conseslus Kipruto Wins Gold, Ezekiel Kemboi Wins Bronze Gets DQed And Retires What a race. Ezekiel Kemboi‘s dominance of the men’s 3,000 steeplechase (and his career) has come to an end. America’s 32-year medal drought in the event has ended as well. The Olympic record is gone as well.

Update: LRC Olympic Debacle: The French Have Forgotten What The Olympics Are Supposed To Be About – Ezekiel Kemboi DQed From Men’s Steeple After Protest

Administrative

Tuesday In Rio Was Fantastic

LRC: Jenny Simpson Wins America’s First Women’s 1,500 Olympic Medal As Faith Kipyegon Upsets World Record Holder Genzebe Dibaba updated Dibaba made a big move with 2 laps to go, but Kipyegon tracked her the whole way and blew her away in the final 100m. Simpson ran a measured effort to move up in the last lap to take the bronze and almost catch Dibaba in the final meters. Shannon Rowbury was a close 4th.

Video Of Women’s 1,500m Final For US, UK And Canadian Visitors

LRC Genzebe Dibaba Addresses Drug Allegations About Her Coach Jama Aden: “I Am Crystal Clean From Doping” Not that we’d expect a different response, but the questions have to be asked.

M100 Hurdles: Devon Allen Is 5th In Hurdles Final Omar McLeod got the win.
High Jump: Derek Drouin Wins
Hurdle
Semis: High Schooler Sydney McLaughlin’s Olympics Come To An End 
Men:
Irish Record For Thomas Barr As Kerron Clement Tries To Regain Old Glory

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Best Of Web:
Tim Layden:
 U.S.’s Jenny Simpson Won’t Let Half-Empty Rio Stadium Dull Historic Olympic Moment
New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell Chat #1: Caster Semenya & The Logic Of Olympic Competition
New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell Chat #2: The Brilliance Of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, & Wayde Van Niekerk
Evening Standard: Caster Semenya Prepares For 800m Olympics Victory And The Storm That Will Follow

Monday In Rio

Rudisha_DavidFH-Rio16LRC M800 Final: King David’s Reign Continues: David Rudisha Becomes First Man In 52 Years To Repeat As Olympic 800m Champion, American Clayton Murphy Snags Bronze Rudisha has become the first man since 1964 to repeat as Olympic 800 champ.

2016 Olympic GamesLRC Unbelievable: Clayton Murphy Goes From 1:56 800m Runner To Olympic Bronze Medalist Talking World Record In Four Years What an amazing journey for Clayton Murphy.

Murphy Mania On The Message Board

WowLRC  Shaunae Miller Dives At Line And Wins 400m Gold Medal – Prevents Allyson Felix From Becoming First Woman With 5 Olympic Gold Medals In Track And Field What a finish. This is what the Olympics is all about.

LRC Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva Upsets Renaud Lavillenie For Pole Vault Gold And Sets The Olympic Record (6.03m) In Front Of Delirious Rio Crowd

Emma Coburn 9:07.63 American RecordLRC Emma Coburn Wins America’s 1st-Ever Women’s Steeplechase Medal In Style As Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet Claims Gold In Near World Record (updated and final) Jebet missed the world record by less than a second as Coburn broke the American record in winning bronze.
*MB: Coburn for bronze!

Screenshot (1586)LRC Men’s Steeple Prelims: Evan Jager And Hillary Bor Win Their Heats As All Three Americans Advance To The Olympic Final for the First Time Since 1936 A great day for the Americans.

Screenshot 2016-08-15 at 15.37.03LRC A New, More Relaxed Evan Jager Heads To His Second Olympic Final With A Medal On His Mind

LRC Two-Time Olympic Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown Of Jamaica Shockingly Eliminated In First Round Of Women’s 200 Meters Five women entered the 2016 Olympics with a chance to win three individual Olympic titles in the same event and now four of them have failed. VCB was just third in her heat in 22.97; it took 22.94 to make it on time.

 Anita Wlodarczyk WRAnita Wlodarczyk Breaks Hammer WR – Wins Gold
*Video Of The Monster Throw

Full Rio Coverage In 2016 Rio Special Section

Russian Doping: Klishina Cleared To Compete, Stepanovs Forced To Flee Again

Rio Saturday – Men’s 10K

farah-wins-rioLRC  Mo-nificent: Mo Farah Survives Fall & Repeats As Olympic 10,000-Meter Champion updated with post-race comments Farah survived a fall, some team tactics from the Africans and a brave final effort by Tanui, but came out on top once again. 27:05.17 over Tanui’s 27:05.64 as Tamirat Tola held off Yigrem Demelash for the bronze. Galen Rupp was 5th; Geoffrey Kamworor was a non-factor in the end, finishing 11th. Recap and analysis to come. Video Highlights

Post-Race Reaction From Galen Rupp, Zane Robertson (Kiwi Record), Mo Ahmed (Last Place), And More

MB: Mo Farah Defends His Olympic 10,000 Title, Blowing By Paul Tanui In The Final Meters 

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Screenshot (1402)LRC Women’s Steeple Prelims: Emma Coburn’s Medal Chances Go Up As All Three Americans Make The Final updated with quotes from Coburn We’ve got you covered if you decided to sleep in on a Saturday morning.

Saturday Preview LRC Day 2 Friends And Family Preview

*Mo Farah Would Be “Devastated” If He Left Rio Without Winning Two More Gold Medals Farah on life changing 2012: “I couldn’t go outside. I wore a hoodie and sunglasses to see my family. … I couldn’t be Mo walking down the street any more.”
*Jos Hermens In Wall Street Journal: “Mo is lucky there’s not an athlete like (Geb or Tergat) that he has to compete against.”

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IMG_1667LRC LetsRun.com Goes To Rio: Tanks, The Most Powerful Man In Rio That You’ve Never Heard Of, Brazilian “Queueing” And Fiji! Jon Gault recounts LRC day 1 on the ground and his first Olympic experience.

 


Usain Bolt – Great On The Track But What About Off?

London Partying Continues: Usain Bolt Drinks For FOURTH Night In A Row, Rings Up £6,000 Bar Tab, And Brings 2 Girls Back To Hotel Bolt supposedly has a long-term girlfriend who doesn’t like his antics: Usain Bolt’s “First Lady” Girlfriend Reacts To The Sprinter’s Partying Marathon

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Rio Olympic Stats Breakdown

Chicago Announces 2016 Elite Field

Five Past Champions, Including World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto, Headline 2016 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Kimetto faces defending champ Dickson Chumba, 2012 winner Tsegaye Kebede, 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Micah Kogo and Stephen Sambu making his marathon debut. Luke Puskedra, Nick Arciniaga and Diego Estrada head the American charge. World half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat leads the women’s field against Boston champion Atsede Baysa and 2:23 women Valentine Kipketer and Gulume Chala.

The Caster Semenya Debate Rages On

Recent Non-Olympic Action

Saturday Non-Distance In Rio


LRC The Untold Story Of Lucian Rosa – University Of Wisconsin Parkside Star Denied Chance In 1976 Olympic Marathon Politics prevented Lucian Rosa from getting his shot at glory in 1976.

Saturday Night: LRC Just Talked To Our Guy In Kenya – Here Is The Scoop On The Men’s 1,500 And Marathon!! + Kiprop’s Thoughts On Centro!

Russian (Doping) News

A Legend Retires And Then Unretires

LRC After The Outrageous French Protest Got Him Disqualified, Ezekiel Kemboi Quickly Unretires: “I will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits.” “I will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits.”

IMG_20160817_131537LRC Farewell To The GOAT: Ezekiel Kemboi, The World’s Greatest Steeplechaser, Retires Plus a little photo montage of Kemboi winning and celebrating his 6 global titles (4 Worlds, 2 Olympics).

Was This The Lowest Moment Of The Rio Olympics So Far?

Outside Sprints And Jumps Coverage

Sunday Was Legendary

Wayde Van Niekerk world recordLRC 43.03 From Lane 8! Wayde van Niekerk Takes Down Michael Johnson’s 17-Year-Old 400M World Record To Win Olympic Gold The times were incredible on the lightning-fast Rio track as former Olympic champs Kirani James (silver in 43.76) and LaShawn Merritt (bronze in 43.85) were the only men who did not set an all-time best mark for place. *Video

Screenshot 2016-08-15 at 03.26.00LRC Usain Bolt Becomes First Man To Win Three Olympic 100-Meter Titles, Runs 9.81 To Defeat Justin Gatlin (9.89) Again Bolt proved once again why he’s the greatest sprinter of all time, passing Gatlin with 20 meters to go to win his third Olympic title. Canada’s Andre De Grasse was third in a personal best of 9.91 seconds as his former college rival Travyon Bromell struggled and was last in 10.06. *Video

NY Times: Usain Bolt Is Still the World’s Fastest Man The Times even has a stick figure graphic that claims to show the race positions in real time.

20150502 ROWBURY Shannon5 KL (2)LRC Women’s 1,500 Semi-Final: Genzebe Dibaba Puts On A Show As Shannon Rowbury And Jenny Simpson Advance And Brenda Martinez Falters Dibaba showed off her speed by winning her semi with a 57 final lap as Faith Kipyegon won her heat and Sifan Hassan and Dawit Seyaum showed they will be contenders. Will Simpson, Rowbury and GB’s Laura Muir be able to compete with the Africans in the final?

More Rio Saturday

Screenshot 2016-08-14 at 03.03.17LRC USA X 2: Both Beris Berian And Clayton Murphy Advance To Men’s 800 Final – Reaction And Analysis A great day for the Americans as Brandon McBride went home.

Saturday Rest Of Meet: Elaine Thompson Wins Anticipated Women’s 100m, Jeff Henderson Of US Wins Long Jump On Final Jump, Jessica Ennis Hill Upset By Nafi Thiam Tori Bowie got silver in the 100, Brianne Theisen-Eaton got bronze in the heptathlon, and earlier in the day Chris Harting, the younger brother of defending champ Robert, won the discus.

Bizarre Russian Doping Updates

All Your Non-Distance Friday Action

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LRC Michelle Carter Unleashes An American Record (20.63m) On Her Final Attempt To Stun Valerie Adams For Olympic Shot Put Gold Medal 32 years ago in Los Angeles, Carter’s dad Michael earned Olympic silver in the shot put. His daughter did him one better tonight in Rio, coming through for gold in the final round under the most pressure imaginable.
*Michael Carter Says “There’s No Comparison” Between Being Olympic Champ And Super Bowl Champ (Shot > Super Bowl)

*Other
(At Bottom Of Shot Article): Women’s 100m Round 2, Men’s 400m Round 1, Heptathlon Day 1.
*The Guardian: Jessica Ennis-Hill Leads After Heptathlon Day 1 As Greg Rutherford Survives Scare In LJ Ennis-Hill leads by 72 points as Greg Rutherford almost didn’t get a mark after fouling his first two jumps.
*Jessica Ennis-Hill Vs. Katarina Johnson Thompson: Event-By-Event, Who Is Stronger?

Mid-D Prelims

Hello WorldLRC Women’s 1,500 Prelims: Genzebe Dibaba Gaps The Field As Does Dawit Seyaum As All Three Americans Advance We break down the 1st round of the women’s 1,500 for those of you that were out on a Friday night.

Screenshot 2016-08-12 at 16.27.48LRC Men’s 800 Prelims: Look Out World, David Rudisha Is “Almost Close” To His 2012 Form; Clayton Murphy Scrapes Through, Boris Berian Advances And 2012 Silver Medalist Nijel Amos Goes Home Rudisha looked great, leading all qualifiers with his 1:45.09 as Murphy ran 1:46.18 behind him but only made the semis on time. Amos faded badly and was only seventh in his heat in 1:50.46 while American Charles Jock (6th in heat 4) was also among the casualties.
*MB: Clayton Murphy draws the Heat of Death for 800 semis – Rudisha, Kszczot and Souleiman!!! What should he do?

General Rio News