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“Even if you melted down all my medals and trophies, they couldn’t make the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment any more golden. Hitler must have gone mad when we hugged.”

Jesse Owens talking about his long jump rival Luz Long of Germany, whom he beat out for Olympic gold in 1936. Long famously gave him a tip to not foul in LJ qualifying.

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Femke Bol became the second woman under 51 seconds in the 400m hurdles as she continues to chase Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone.
*Discuss: Femke Bol 50.95 European Record in 400 hurdles
*MB: FEMKE BOL: sub 51 European Record, why it doesn't mean VERY much After every amazing run, someone on the MB is always bound to have a contrarian take.

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Engelhardt's outdoor season included a national outdoor mile record (4:28.46), a 1500m PB of 4:08.86 and an 800m PB of 2:03.48. Maine basketball player Cooper Flagg won the boys' award.

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There are some big developments in the Asinga case. Gatorade finally found the actual batch that his gummies came from and they tested negative for GW1516 as did some gummies another athlete was given at the awards ceremony. But Asinga had his own gummies tested again and they came back negative as well so Asinga's suit is rather straightforward - your delay in producing the gummies ruined my ability to prove my innocence.
*MB: Asinga Sues Gatorade
*PDF of Lawsuit

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    Hungary WA Gold on Tuesday

    In the WA gold meet before the Olympics, Olympic champs Andre De Grasse (19.98), Steven Gardiner (44.50) and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.47) all got wins as did Tamara Davis (11.00) and Julien Alfred (22.16) but biggest news may have been that Sherick Jackson pulled up injured in the 200m. *Video of Jackson injury

    Olympic Team Updates

    Kenya's Olympic Silver Medalist And 2:14:04 Marathoner Brigid Kosgei Out Of Paris Olympics With Injury

    She will be replaced by 2022 New York Marathon champion Sharon Lokedi (2:22:45 PB).

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    The Latest on A Very Important Anti-Doping Case

    Asinga, who ran 9.89 and 19.97 last year, says he tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 due to a contaminated batch of Gatorade Recovery Gummies that he got from Gatorade at an awards ceremony. The gummies were falsely marked with the NSF Certified for Sport label which would mean they were contaminant free but have since tested positive for G1516. The AIU didn't buy it, banning him for four years & suggesting Asinga or someone close to him doctored evidence to cover up his doping.

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    Two WRs at Paris DL

    Kipyegon took .07 off her own mark from last year in Florence and showed that she is better than ever despite missing time in 2024 due to injury.

    FBK Games Hengelo

    Laros broke the 2:15.05 record from 1997 while Hassan faded to 5th in the 1500m (4:04.83) in the race won by GB's Melissa Courtney-Bryant (4:03.58). Keely Hodgkinson won the 800m in 1:57.78 and Femke Bol the 400m in a meet record 50.02. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala won the men’s 100m in 10.01 over US's Ronnie Baker (10.03) and Olympic 200m champ Andre De Grasse (10.07). *Full Results

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    Hassan was supposed to do the 10,000/1500 double, but was a DNS in Saturday night's 10,000m. Keely Hodgkinson is racing the 800m against 2019 world champ Halimah Nakaayi. Ethiopia’s 12:42 man Telahun Haile Bekele leads the 5000m. Femke Bol is in the flat 400m.

    One more look at Trials

    We take one final look at yet another riveting US Olympic Trials and wonder - What do most of the Olympians have in common, which pro groups had the best and worst Trials, why were tv ratings up but attendance down? Plus some free advice to USATF on how to make the Trials more entertaining.

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    July 4 = Peachtree

    World half marathon Champ Sabastian Sawe (28:03) and Stacey Ndiwa (31:12) Win 55th Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race It's crazy that Sawe didn't try out for the Olympics as this year he's won Kenyan xc, in Prague (58:24) and now in Atlanta. He broke free of 10,000 worlds silver medallist Daniel Ebenyo, who had jumped out to an 8-second lead at mile 2. Jake Robertson was the first non-Kenyan in 5th (28:37). In the women's race, 2:25 marathner Stacy Ndiwa (LA champ) outkicked 2:18 marathoner Irene Cheptai.

    This Week's Pod

    We take one final look at an epic Olympic Trials.

    Bonus Podcast

    The British 1500m champ is our guest on a bonus podcast recorded after Euros and before the British champs. Plus we're releasing our Supporters Club podcast with Brooks Beast coach Mackey who coaches Josh Kerr, Nia Akins and Brandon Miller.

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    Jamaican Champs Day 2

    Last year's Jamaican champion Oblique Seville was second in 9.82 and Ackeem Blake third (9.92).
    *MB: Kishane Thompson runs an easy 9.77 WL to win Jamaican Trials

    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.

    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:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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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).

    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

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    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.

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