The 2024 US Olympic Track and Field Trials are almost upon us. The only thing better than the Trials in Eugene is a prediction contest to make them even more exciting. So enter now, then spread the word to your friends and get them to enter as well. Entries close at 6:20 pm ET Friday night.

Knighton had been provisionally suspended since April 12 after testing positive for the banned substance trenbolone -- the same substance for which Jarrion Lawson was banned (and subsequently cleared). Article includes statements from USADA head Travis Tygart as well as Knigton's lawyer Howard Jacobs.

*MB: Erriyon Knighton Cleared by USADA After Provisional Suspension for Trenbolone (Tainted Meat Deemed Likely) 

Non Olympic Trials News of Note
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2024 US Olympic Track & Field Trials Start Friday
2024 US Olympic Track & Field Trials Start Friday

We share the 6 biggest storylines for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials — Track & Field. Who is the fastest man and woman in America? Can SML and Grant Holloway break the WRs? How do Athing Mu and Ryan Crouser look in their 2024 outdoor debuts? And what happens in the greatest event in track - the men's 1500?

Parker Valby has dominated the NCAA level in 2024 but can she run away from everyone at the pro ranks? If not, does she have the kick needed to make the team?

Right now, Sha'Carri Richardson and Noah Lyles are favorites for Olympic gold. Will that still be the case after this weekend's 100s? Could 18-year-old Christian Miller really make the team? What shoes will Fred Kerley wear?

The first final of the 2024 US Olympic Trials features four studs -- Fisher, Young, Woody KincaidPaul Chelimo -- vying for three spots to Paris.

Non-LRC US Olympic Trials Coverage
Distance News
Olympic News
Paavo Nurmi Games
Olympic Tattoos

From Kara Goucher to Clayton MurphyEvan Jager to Andrew Wheating, dozens of US Olympians have the Olympic rings on their body. Here are their stories.

Michael Johnson's Plan

The league has signed up Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, who has only run 4 Diamond Leagues in her life, to commit to doubling at 4 meets a year. There will be six event groups per sex (no field events) with 48 athletes getting base contracts to double in all four meets (one in LA, other locations TBD). Winners of the combined events scoring will get $100k per meet down to $10k for 8th. The first meet is scheduled for April 2025. What's surprising is the events groups are totally siloed off. So with this format, Michael Johnson would never have faced his 200m rivals Frankie Fredericks or Ato Boldon in the 200 as Johnson would be in the 200/400 group and Boldon/Fredericks in the 100/200 group. So Sydney will never face Marileidy Paulino or Athing Mu in the 400 as they'll be in the 200/400 and 800/1500 groups while she'll be in the 400h/400 group.

RIP

Competing against legends Kipchoge Keino and Ron Clarke in the 1964 Olympic final in Tokyo, Schul used a 38.7-second final 300m to win an iconic gold medal. His daughter confirmed his death to LetsRun.

Sprint Updates
The Rules Should Be Consistent

Currently World Athletics doesn't allow athletes to use road super shoes (like the Nike Vaporfly) on the track, but the NCAA does which makes no sense. Of course, it also makes no sense that WA allows super shoes on the roads but not track.

Who Should Get A Contract?

In the NBA draft, there are 14 lottery picks. Here are the 14 top mid-d and distance talents that should come off the board and get signed by the shoe execs.

Save Money On The Best Shoes For You

Preparing for the fall XC season or a fall marathon? Stay healthy and run in comfort with new shoes. Browse our new and improved Better Running Shoes site, which has been updated to focus on the best deals so you can get an amazing shoe at an amazing price, or just buy these great deals straight away:

Kenyan Trials Day 2

That's passes Seb Coe for #3 on the all-time list and fastest since David Rudisha ran his WR in 2012. Wycliffe Kinyamal was runner-up in 1:42.50.

Nike Outdoor Nationals, USATF U20 Champs, New Balance & Adidas Outdoors Are All Going On

Daniel Simmons (8:38) and Logan St. John Kletter (9:58) won the 2 miles.

Euro Champs Catch Up

Did you miss the Euros last week? Were you a bit distracted by that big meet they have out in Eugene? That’s ok, we were too. Read for a quick recap of the action.

  • Rome 2024 By The Numbers Jakob Ingebrigtsen became the first male athlete in championship history to win six European Champs gold medals.
Ethiopian Olympic Trials

Olympic champion Selemon Barega was third in 26:34.93 while 17-year-old Biniam Mehary broke Sammy Wanjiru's world under-20 record in 4th (26:37.93). In the women's race, Fotyen Tesfay won in 29:47.71 over 2023 world XC silver medalist Tsigie Gebreselama (29:49.33) and world bronze medalist Ejgayehu Taye 3rd (29:50.52).

Kenyan Olympic Trials Day 1

Kipyegon crushed 10k WR holder Beatrice Chebet by 6 seconds while Moraa lost to Lilian Odira and Reynold Cheruiyot edged out Daniel Munguti and Timothy Cheruiyot.

Interesting Links From Europe
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The Latest LRC Exclusive

WA told LetsRun: "Following a thorough analysis of athletes intending to participate in more than one event -- it was determined that the quota would allow for some additional athletes to participate in the marathon."

Brooks PR Was Wednesday

Take a look at the video above. He went from 8th to 1st and just missed the age 15 WR by .05 (held by Max Burgin). In other distance action, Virginia's Allie Zealand (9:41.76) crushed the field in the girls 2 mile including Elizabeth Leachman (9:52.30, 4th) and Addy Ritzenhein (10:12.78, 7th). Sadie Engelhardt won the 800 (2:03.99), Bethany Michalak (4:42.37) won the girls mile and Seth Norder (4:01.94) the boys mile.

    Euros Ended Wednesday
    Euros Ended Wednesday

    Ingebrigtsen completed the 1500/5k double for the third straight Euros and set a meet record of 3:31.95.  In other action, Keely Hodgkinson won the 800 in 1:58.64, Dominic Lobalu won the 10,000 in 28:00.32, and Mondo won with a CR of 6.10. Jakob race video cued to final 400 above.
    *Post-race Jakob interview

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    Sprint News / US Sprint Stars Go Mainstream
    Previous Euros News
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      There's no doubt that Chris Johnson, McKenzie Long, Parker Wolfe, Shane Cohen, Joe Waskom, and Parker Valby enjoyed their trips to Eugene. Plus some love for Eric Holt in the pro ranks.

      2024 USATF NYC Grand Prix

      It was not a good day for the Olympic 100m champions as Fred Kerley showed up in the track in Puma spikes, never ran the 100m, and didn't have a sponsor at the end of the day, while Elaine Thompson-Herah suffered an injury in the women's 100.

      Portland Track Festival

      Hassan won the 5000m in 14:43 over Elise Cranny (14:46) and Karissa Schweizer (14:48) and then came back 25 minutes later to run 4:08.22 in the 1500m race won by Anna Camp Bennett (4:07.13). Cooper Teare took the 1500m in 3:35.48 and Nia Akins the 800m in 1:58.04. Dylan Jacobs was the winner in the men's 5000m in 13:18.

      2024 NCAAs
      2024 NCAAs

      Valby is the first woman in collegiate history to win five NCAA distance titles in the same academic year and did it in style by running 14:52.18 to break the collegiate record.

      The Arkansas women not only won the team title but they made history as they became the first school ever to go 1-2-3-4 in any event, as they swept the 400m led by Nickisha Pryce's world leading 48.89. They then obliterated the 4x400 collegiate record by 3.79 seconds. Meanwhile Ole Miss's McKenzie Long pulled off the 100/200/4x100 sprint triple with a world leader in the 200, and did it all to honor her mom who died earlier this year.

      Ramsden is the first woman to sweep the indoor mile/outdoor 1500 titles in the same year since 2010 and the first to repeat as 1500 champion in 20 years.

      We've got race videos from the 2024 NCAA Division 1 NCAA women's track and field championships.

      2024 Adrian Martinez Classic

      This Years 2024 Adrian Martinez Classic was as good as Ever. Emily Mackay ripped a 1:57.87 800 that was good for the 9th time in the world and the U.S lead. Marcus Riley, a senior from Massachusetts ran 3:42.51 for 1500, and New Balance Boston’s Sam Gilman ran 3:36.76 to hit the trials standard.

      Previous Euro Champs

      He closed in 54.14 to hold off GB's George Mills (13:21.38).
      *MB: Ingebrigtsen wins in 13:20, Mills 2nd in 13:21, Nordas a disappointing 13:26 nowhere near medals

      Mastercard NYC Mini 10k

      Senbere Teferi three peated as Amanda Vestri was the surprise first American.

      Fiona O'Keeffe is out of the NY Mini with a minor injury as all 3 of the US Olympic Marathoners are gearing up for Paris and its course.

      Euro Champs Day 1
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      12 women broke 4:10 in the prelims, plus Ole Miss senior McKenzie Long ran a world lead 21.95 (+0.3) in the 200 after running a wind-legal 10.91 in the 100 (0.0 wind).

      Euros Start Friday

      We preview and give you a viewing guide for the week's track and field action including Hobbs Kessler vs Jake Wightman and Centro vs Hocker.


        Can The ABP For Elite Kenyans Be Trusted? Or Are They Doping As Juniors?

        The AIU has upheld its suspension of Kipruto who will lose his 10k road world record and 2019 Worlds 10k bronze as a result. Kipruto is the first athlete coached by the famed Brother Colm O'Connell to receive a ban and he went to great lengths to try to prove his innocence. In addition to creating a website, he went on a series of benders over the span of 7 weeks to see if that would impact his blood values in the ABP as he admits he's an alcoholic.

        *Rhonex Kipruto 6-Year Ban Official

        Sprint News

        Dan O'Brien was the guest on this week's podcast and the Olympic legend and ESPN announcer helped us break down this week's NCAA meet.

        NCAA Day 1
        NCAA Day 1

        The Eritrean freshman Samuel was one of three men to hit the ground late in the race, but picked himself up and won his first NCAA title in 28:07.82.

          An NCAA 1500 final for the ages is all set. We can't wait. In the 800, there four 1:45 men were eliminated.

          World Athletics added one universality place and four rankings places to the Olympic marathon field on Tuesday with the four ranking spots going to athletes from Chile, South Africa, the United States, and Australia, meaning that Leonard Korir will join Americans Conner Mantz and Clayton Young on the Olympic marathon start line on August 10.

          Non-Distance News
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          NCAA Previews

          Some of the fastest women in NCAA history including Parker Valby, Michaela Rose, Maia Ramsden and Doris Lemngole are favored to take home NCAA titles

          Taking a closer look at the incredible men's 1500/5k finals and analyzing the women's distance favorites. Plus meet budding hurdle star Ja'Kobe Tharp.

                  Can Nico Young's dream NCAA season end with a win or will Ky Robinson boss him around like last year? Who wins the 1500 for the ages? And more.

                  Non LRC Pre-NCAA Champs
                  Media News
                  Upcoming (Euro Champs Start Friday)
                  Olympic Drama
                  World Athletics Tries To Invoate

                  The biennial event will have it's first edition in Budapest in 2026 with $150,000 prize money for winners, smaller 8 to 16 athlete fields, a three-day competition schedule and could feature new events such as a mile steeplechase or mixed 4x100. Coe says, “It will sit alongside our other championships with absolutely the same status. This is designed for television; it is designed to attract what we call big eventers, who want to be able to see this in the same way that they would see the Masters, or Wimbledon or the Super Bowl and we want this to be in athletics.”

                  Sprints / Jumps
                  Noah Lyles runs 9.85 and Loses

                  Jamaica's Seville produced a statement victory in the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium to upstage reigning world champ Lyles (9.85). Julian Alfred won the women's race with a 10.78 PB.

                  Villanova's Liam Murphy talks to the interns

                  The interns talked to the Villanova star (full interview coming later) but here he analyzes the NCAA men's 3k indoors.

                  Delightful Run For Women 5k

                  She ran 15:41 to beat Hansons-Brooks' Amy Davis-Green by 4 seconds at what was formerly the Freihofer’s Run for Women.

                  Edwin Moses Legends Meet

                  It was her first 400 hurdles race since 2022. In distance action, Heather Maclean won the 1500m in 4:02.64 (Addy Wiley was 3rd, 4:02.78), Sam Prakel the men's race in 3:35.73, Shafiqua Maloney won the women's 800m in 1:59.31 (over Kate Grace 2:00.68) and Tonatiu Lopez the men's race in 1:45.79 (Will Sumner was a DNS). In the men's 200m, high schooler Christian Miller finished 2nd in 20.54 behind Terrance Laird (20.30) and ahead of Matthew Boling (20.58).

                  Doping News
                  NCAA Champs Start Wednesday
                  Oslo DL
                  Oslo DL

                  Norway’s Olympic champions were the stars of the show on Thursday. Ingebrigtsen (3:29.74) used a dive at the line to beat Timothy Cheruiyot (3:29.77) but Warholm (46.70) was not as fortunate and lost to a great run from Alison dos Santos (46.63 WL).

                • Matthew Hudson-Smith set a new European record of 44.07 in 400m The time would be just #7 in NCAA history and #4 in SEC history.
                • Shericka Jackson bombed 200 in Oslo after talking big before the meet Before the meet, she said, "I’m in way better shape than I was in two weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to great things."
                • Timothy Cheruiyot was excited he was returning to form pre-race as he's finally getting health
                • 4 guys ran 1:44 in non-DL 400 in Oslo incluing Mark English The results for this race are here.
                  • Yomif Kejelcha was 2nd in 12:38.95 as two men broke 12:40 in the same race for the first time ever. Thirteen men broke 13:00 overall, tied for the most ever. *Full Results

                    Hoka Festival of Miles

                    In the HS miles, Griffith and Allie Zealand (4:30.38) DOMINATED and broke the high school outdoor mile record. Then minutes later Sadie Englehardt (4:28.46) broke it as well in the professional women's race (Wiley's run faster for 1600 and Cain has run after indoors and Efraimson's 1500 is way better).  Ben Veatch (3:56.04) and Jenn Randall (4:28.23) won the pro miles. *Results

                    This Week's Race Videos

                    Miss the action? We have all the best race videos below. Results are linked here.

                    Miss the action in Sweden? Don't worry, we've got you covered with all the best races. You can find the results here.

                    Weekend Preview

                    LRC Week of Track Preview: Double Diamond League & Will Sumner Returns

                    There's the Bislett Games on Thursday, HBCU Classic in Atlanta on Friday (including Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in the 400H), and the Stockholm Diamond League on Sunday.

                    Other News of Note
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                    Two Olympic Dreams Are Crushed
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                    The 45-year-old Lisa Weightman ran the third fastest time during the qualifying window but didn't make the Aussie team as the selectors picked 2022 Commonwealth Games champ Jessica Stenson, a 36-year-old who holds a 1-7 record against Weightman in her career and had the 5th fastest time.
                    *MB: Aussie female Marathon selection fiasco


                    Ostrava Golden Spike

                    Djamel Sedjati ran a world leader in the 800 and Andre de Grasse took down Marcel Jacobs in the 100. *Full Results

                    Super Shoe News
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                    NCAA Champs Are Next Week
                    Olympic News
                    Bolder Boulder 10k
                    Ostrava Golden Spike
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                    Sprints / Jumps
                    Olympic News
                    Prefontaine Was Saturday
                    Prefontaine Was Saturday

                    Josh Kerr defeated Jakob Ingebrigtsen for the second straight time in a Bowerman Mile that lived up to the hype.

                    5000 WR holder Gudaf Tsegay wanted to add the 10,000 WR to her CV and she led for nearly 22 laps but then two-time World XC champ Beatrice Chebet took over and made history. In the men's race, Daniel Mateiko, the guy who hung with Kelvin Kiptum for 18 miles in Chicago last year, got the surprise win.

                      On Friday, Joe Kovacs implied that he's been throwing 24m in practice and today at Pre he showed that may not be hyperbole as he had two throws over 23m. After looking poor in China, Sha'Carri looked great today in the US as did Keely Hodgkinson who ran smart and won big.
                      *Full Women's 100 replay

                      Prefontaine Race Videos
                      Prefontaine Race Videos
                      Bowerman Mile
                      Women's 100
                      Keely makes a statement
                      Beatrice Chebet 28:54 WR!
                      High School Mile Action

                      The time is #4 on the prep all-time mile list and the fastest prep 1600m ever, breaking Alan Webb's 3:59.51 record from 2001.

                      Strange Peter Bol Doping Case Update

                      This fact came out in another case involving a footballer accused of EPO usage who is represented by Paul Greene, the same lawyer who represented Peter Bol and many others. In the footballers case, "WADA scientists insisted in the hearing that Bol’s case did not involve a false positive but that testing results were obscured as a result of the degradation of his sample in the three months between testing of his initial A sample, and the testing of his second B sample. His first sample was then also retested eight months after it was initially tested."

                      NCAA Regionals Have Begun
                      Pre Pre Classic News

                      If you turned into the broadcast portion of the pre-race conference expecting fireworks, you left disappointed but things got a bit spicy when LRC talked to them individually afterwards as Ingebrigtsen clearly was bothered by Kerr's podcast criticisms of him, calling them a "coward move."

                      Workout Analysis

                      Jakob's recent 12 x 400, 10 x 200 workout has generated a lot of buzz. What do the LRC coaches think about it? They are most impressed by something hardly anyone is talking about.

                      10 Years With LRC

                      This weekend's Prefontaine Classic marks 10 years since Jonathan Gault's first meet for LetsRun.com. He reflects on what he learned from his first trip to Eugene to cover David Rudisha and Galen Rupp in 2014.

                      LA Grand Prix
                      LA Grand Prix

                      SML doesn't race often but when she does it's almost always incredible. Bryce Hoppel appears to be at a new level in 2024 and is there still a little magic left in Centro?

                      The runners from Africa ran in the back early but dominated late and went 1-2-3-4 as Grant Fisher was fifth (12:53.30). Teammates Cooper Teare (12:54.72, 9th) and Cole Hocker (12:58.92, 11th) broke 13:00 for the 1st time. In the women's 5000, Elle St. Pierre lowered her pb from 14:58.17 to 14:34.14 and won as Venezuela's Joselyn Brea set a South American record in 2nd (14:36.59).

                      Controversty at Oregon HS State Meet

                      (link fixed) A biological male won the 200 and nearly won the 400 at the Oregon state meet but the crowd booed the trans athlete and cheered wildly when "she" lost the 400. You can hear the boos at the end of the 200 in the video above.

                      The King is Back at the Olympics

                      Twenty years after his first Olympic gold and 12 years after his last Olympic appearance, Bekele will return to face Eliud Kipchoge on the sport's biggest stage in Paris.

                      Coaching Advice Column

                      LetsRun.com has launched a new coaching advice column. In column #3, John Kellogg and Robert Johnson share their favorite 800 workouts.

                      Noah Lyles and Lance Brauman Podcast

                      Noah Lyles and his coach Lance Brauman have their eyes set on golds in Paris. They believe Lyles can possibly break Usain Bolt's world record in the 200m, but they know first comes the most brutal meet in the sport - the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Article and podcast.

                      Get Your Training Questions Answered By John Kellogg

                      In the year 2024, there are all sorts of advice columns all over the Internet, but we’ve never seen one for distance running. There is one now as Robert Johnson and John Kellogg are here to answer your questions in our Dear Distance Gurus (DDG) column.

                      Rest In Peace: Henry Rono 1952-2024

                      Rono achieved legendary status in 1978 when he set four world records in four different events in 81 days. Robert Johnson, who has an autographed poster of Rono on his office wall, pays his respects.

                        Past MB Talk On Rono

                        RIP Kelvin Kiptum
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                        In just three races, Kiptum turned the marathon world upside down, setting a world record, and running the three fastest second halves ever in a marathon. Jonathan Gault recaps his life and career.

                        Let the Anticipation Build - Only 178 Days until The Olympic 1500 Final

                        Stavanger Aftenblad's Erlend Nesje went to Jakob's house to catch up with one of the sport's biggest stars who is on the comeback trail from injury. After finishing up an hour-long run, Jakob had some interesting comments to say about fame, Josh Kerr, and Jake Wightman.

                        BetterRunningShoes.com Presents

                        We present to you the LetsRun.com Shoe Awards for 2023. What is the best shoe of 2023, the supershoe of 2023, the newcomer of the year and more?

                        Everyone's still looking for an edge

                        Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Keely Hodgkinson and everyone in the OAC are among the stars who experimented with Maurten Bicarb System in 2023 ($65 for 4 doses). The big question: does it work? (paywall lifted)

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                        We think most of you could guess the #1 brand, but the #2 might be a surprise. We break down the most popular brands overall, and for road, trail, and racing.

                        Sick of Shoes that Break Down Too Soon?

                        Running shoe construction has changed a lot in the last decade. Runners are still looking for more durable running shoes, but we take a look at some of the most durable shoes and what makes them stand out.

                        Get a Better Running Shoe

                        Stack heights on shoes are getting bigger and bigger. Runners are liking these shoes more and more. We try and make sense of the cushioning revolution.

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                        The Latest JG Feature

                        What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, most of this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).

                        How do you explain the ridiculous indoor distance times?
                        Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin


                        Your latest American stars share their insights.

                        Three legends of the sport.

                        One of the greatest US runners ever.

                        We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

                        American Record Holders
                        American Record Holders

                        Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

                        Sisson was the guest on the LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

                        Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

                        Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

                        Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

                        Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

                        Best of Jon Gault
                        Best of Jon Gault
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                        Take Your Love of LetsRun to the Next Level