Breaking Barriers

Pole Vault World Champion Shawn Barber Announces He Is Gay Shawn becomes one of the more prominent male gay athletes in the world.

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!!!!! *Tracking And Live Results

MB: Official 2017 London Marathon Live Discussion Thread

keitany-21701-OMG LRC Mary Keitany Survives Nearly Suicidal First Half And Blitzes A 2:17:01 To Take Down Paula Radcliffe’s Women’s-Only World Record And Win 2017 London Marathon Running history was made as Mary Keitany ran the fastest marathon ever in an women’s-only race and she did so in mind-boggling fashion as she ran the first half more than a minute faster than any woman in history. Tirunesh Dibaba had a historic run as well, putting herself third on the all-time list in 2:17:56. On the American front, Laura Thweatt had a super impressive run, taking almost 3 minutes off her PR to finish sixth in 2:25:38.
*Mary Keitany Won More Than $300,000 Today $55,000 for the win, $100,000 for sub-2:18, $25,000 for the course record and $125,000 for the world record.

daniel-wanjiru-london-2017-winsWhat A Battle LRC After An Epic Battle, Daniel Wanjiru Outduels Kenenisa Bekele To Win The 2017 London Marathon A great back-and-forth between Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru and all-time great Kenenisa Bekele saw Wanjiru win a close race in 2:05:48 as he held off a late charge by Bekele.

Outside Coverage

Full Coverage In Our 2017 London Marathon Special Section

Sub-2 Hour News

  • The Guardian: Is Nike’s Sub-2 Hour Marathon Attempt Just A Clever Marketing Stunt? Most doubt Eliud Kipchoge will actually break 2 hours, but even if he doesn’t, the hype is still a win for Nike.
  • The Guardian: Will Science Help Eliud Kipchoge Run A 2-Hour Marathon? There is talk of Nike’s 4% Vaporflys, some comments from Ross Tucker and we liked the quote from World Half silver medalist and 59:10 man Bedan Karoki: “For me breaking two hours is not possible. Running a half marathon in under an hour is hard enough – after I do it I am sick – so to run the same again for me is much too difficult.”

Previous World Relays News

Brianna Rollins Gets Suspended

getty-rollinsLRC Brianna Rollins, Olympic 100 Hurdles Champ, Is Banned For 1 Year For Not Being Available For Three Drug Tests Utterly idiotic and avoidable. She took the blame but her agency and USATF were noted in the arbitrators decision.
Discuss:  Olympic 100H Champ Brianna Rollins Gets 12-Month Ban For 3 Whereabouts Violations 

Sprint Stuff

Big US News

Our apologies to Stephanie Hightower and Max Siegel for including them in this pictureWashington Post: New USATF President Vin Lananna Says He Has No Plans To Audit Max Siegel’s Spending As CEO Before and after the October expose on Siegel, many have questioned the way he conducts USATF business with lavish spending and questionable self-dealing and many were hoping there would be an investigation. However, Lananna said, “I really don’t have enough information to really have an opinion on it … Right now, my position [with Siegel] is I’m comfortable with what I’ve seen. If it comes to the point where I’m not comfortable, I will speak up.” Personally, we think it’s a huge blunder that Siegel paid out more than $20 million in commissions to the people who brought in the Nike deal. The commissions should have a) been capped and b) the deal should have been bid out.

NCAA Track Action *All NCAA Results

Pro Track Action

Previous London Marathon News

African Distance News

News From The UK


Saturday World Relays

Saturday Amazing Role Reversal: Justin Gatlin And Team USA Roar To Victory In Men’s 4 X 100 As Jamaica Drops The Baton In The Heats With Jamaica not even in the final and three other teams (Andre De Grasse-led Canada, GB and the Netherlands) DNFing, it was Barbados that took the silver way back from the US.
*IAAF Recap: “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs, then yours is the world relays title.”
*4 X 100 Heats Recap – Jamaica Goes Home Early

USA Hat Trick: USA Women’s 4 X 800 Makes It A Perfect Three-For-Three With Another Gold At The IAAF World Relays The team of Chanelle Price, Chrishuna Williams, Laura Roesler and Charlene Lipsey got a comfortable 3+ second win over Belarus, although their 8:16 winning time wouldn’t have been fast enough to even podium at the last two World Relays.

Other Road Action This Weekend

 

Was Last Week The Most Entertaining Week Of The Year?

Screenshot 2017-04-20 at 23.13.26LRC WTW: Is Katie Rainsberger The Second Coming Of Jordan Hasay? The Most Incredible Long Jump Ever? Comparing Josh Kerr To Drew Hunter There’s a lot of stuff we really found interesting in this one.

More News From Africa Athletics Kenya Warns Agents And Coaches That They Will Face Extra Scrutiny Due To Doping So AK blames the agents and coaches and the agents and coaches blame the doctors. We blame all of the above but most of all – the athletes. “Cheats will be exposed irrespective of their world status, their agents and coaches will be brought to book.”

Random / Interesting Other News

LRC Goes To Kenya

4C2A4693LRC My Trip To A Possible Doping Camp In Kenya: What I Saw When I Spent A Day With Olympic Champion Jemima Sumgong LRC founder Weldon Johnson was at Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong‘s training camp in Kenya a couple of weeks before her positive “A” sample doping test was announced.