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-Sergiy Lebid after winning the San Silvestre road race in Italy, followed by Stefano Baldini and American Dathan Ritzenhein in his pro debut. Ritz says his future is in road racing.

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Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

San Silvestre Races:
Ritz's Pro Debut:
Sergi Lebid Wins in San Silvestre in Italy, Ritzenhein Impresses by Pushing Pace, Finishing Third, Adere Wins  
This was the pro debut for Ritzenhein and he may have been unknown to the Italians, but arguably the greatest talent in American running in 30 years, Ritz impressed them by pushing the pace versus the European XC champ Lebid and the Olympic marathon champ, Baldini. An article in Italian on this is here. Message board thread here.
*Picture of Lebid Winning
*Robert Cheruyiot and Lydia Cheromei Win San Silvestre Road Race in Sao Paolo  

TV Debate for 2012 Olympic Bidders

British News:
Kelly Sotherton Still Training Hard After Heptathlon Bronze
*Kelly Holmes to be Made a Dame

British 4*100 Team to Get an MBE From the Queen
Paula's Run in Athens Has Been on British TV 5 or 6 Times
Mark Lewis Francis Wants 100m Gold Next Year at Worlds

Kenyan Newspaper With the Truth: Ethiopians Dominate Long Distance

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Balco Case  There will be a hearing to see if some of Conte's statements are inadmissible as evidence.
*Full 16 Page Text of Judges Ruling
*Lengthy Article on Balco Case from Front Page of Today's San Francisco Chronicle

Baldini Was Only Marthoner In Top 10 at Olympics Who Also Had One of Top 40 Times in the World in 2004

IAAF Looks Back at Marathoning in 2004

If Marion Jones Loses Her Gold from 2000, Who Will Get Gold?  According to international rules the runner up, Thanou,will get the gold if Marion loses her medal. Problem is Thanou has been proven to be a drug cheat since then. This shows why believe drug cheats should be stripped of all their medals and  lose all their world records prior to their positive test.
*A Detailed Look Back at the Kenteris Affair at the Olympics

El Guerrouj No Where on MSNBC's List of Top Athletes in 2004

Deena Kastor to Run New Year's Millenium Mile in New Hampshire

Bekele to Go for World Indoor 2 Mile Record in February

London Marathon News:
Meb Running London
This race is so good that we missed the news last week that the Olympic silver medallist (Meb) and also the 2nd fastest marathoner ever (Sammy Korir) are running the 2005 London Marathon because it was buried within a news story. The past 5 defending champs were already committed (including the top marathoner in the world, Evans Rutto, Olympic and world champ Abera, former world record holder, Khalid Khannouchi). Now add Olympic champ Stefano Baldini and world record holder Paul Tergat of Kenya to the field. We wish this race could be televised in the States instead of Boston the only major US marathon on live tv.
*2 Time 4th Placer at Olympics Jon Brown Signs Up for This Year's Flora London Marathon Imagine if he had been just one spot ahead in both races, how differently his career would be viewed.

Footlocker Champ Ken Cormier Believed in Himself

Wise Freshman: "I think cross country really helps scheduling the day. It's a good break as far as academics go. It's great to have a chance to forget about school for a while, balancing the day and putting everything behind you." -Yale's Lindsay Donaldson 6th at NCAA XC as a freshman. The top 2 returners on the women's side next year are Ivy Leaguers.

Michelle Collins' Lawyers to Appeal Case to World Sport Court They'll argue she never tested positive. We think she should save her money and take our free lawyerly advice and drop her appeal. She's a cheat and knows it.

Footlocker XC Champs:
Aislinn Ryan and Ken Cormier Win Footlocker High School Champs Ryan was the runner-up in the northeast region and Cormier is from Arizona and was the West champ.
*Footlocker Cross Country Results, Photos and Video

2005 World Track and Field Championship "A" and "B" Standards Announced The field events are generally tougher and the men's 800m became a lot harder to qualify in.\

ING NYC Runner Up Susan Chepkemei Wants Spring Marathon Victory
Previous ING NYC Women's News:
Paula Radcliffe Wins Thrilling Duel Versus Susan Chepkemei
The two women battled stride for stride over the final miles neither able to put more than a meter on the other. Finally, Radcliffe put in one final kick over the final quarter mile to pull away and get the victory and show she is still the top marathoner in the world, despite her Athens misfortune, in the most dramatic women's finish ever at NY. Athens bronze medallist, American Deena Drossin dropped out and world XC champ Benita Johnson only ran 2:38:03 in her debut. Link above requires NY Times registration, for a link that does not require registration see below:
More on Women's Race:
Radcliffe Gets Thrilling Victory in NY Daily Telegraph
London Times Recap of Radcliffe's Race

Stomach Problem Hindered Radcliffe During Race Guardian
Radcliffe is Brave Once Again Telegraph
Mile by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
Steve Cram Talks About Paula's Win
Results, Prize Money:
ING NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Women's Photos

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
Meb Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator American Meb Keflezighi's silver medal was a surprise in the marathon (first American medal in this event since 1976), but not the biggest surprise in the race, as the leader of the race, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima, was attacked by a deranged Irish fan near the 23 mile mark. de Lima would gamely hold on for the bronze medal despite losing valuable time, not to mention his rhythm. Italian Stefano Baldini got the gold. America was the only country to leave with more than one medal in the Olympic marathon after Deena Kastor's bronze in the women's race. Briton's Jon Brown was 4th for the 2nd straight Olympics.
Great Photo: Photo of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
*It was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens
He was there as a 10ear old refugree
Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El Guerrouj triumphed in a thrilling stretch run over Kenenisa Bekele for his second gold medal of the Games, while Kelly Holmes sprinted to her second gold and a national record in the women's 1500m. In other action, Britain stunned the US 4*100 men's team to get its only men's track and field medal of the Games and rectify a horrible Games for the British men. In the 4*400, the US men and women swept the 4*400 titles.
*IAAF Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k:
Hicham El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA Today
El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
A Look at Kelly Holmes, Her Upbringing and Career
Men's 800m:
Yuriy Borzakovskiy's Late Burst Gets 800m Gold over Wilson Kipketer
4*100 Men:
Darren Campbell Gets Sweet Revenge on Critics with 4*100 Gold
US Men, Women Sweep 4*400 Titles
Women's High Jump:
Russian Yelena Slesarenko Upsets Hestrie Cloete American Amy Acuff passed up a jump for a bronze medal.
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

Liu Xiang Gets Gold Medal, Ties Colin Jackson's World Record in 110 Hurdles
Pole Vault:
Tim Mack, Toby Stevenson Go 1-2 in Pole Vault for US
Botched Relay Between Marion Jones and Lauryn Williams Costs US in 4*100 It sent Marion Jones home with 0 medals after failing to medal in the long jump.

Lauryn Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Long Jump:
Marion Jones Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
Editorial: Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
Russia Sweeps Long Jump
Qualifying 4*100:
US 4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying

A Legend Passes: "I don't train; never have. I don't think of running as training. I just go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"- Jack Foster of New Zealand, who ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the age of 72.

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots of Fire, or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.

LetsRun.com Exclusive Athens Olympics Preparations: An Insider Look: Will the Games be Ready? Former Arkansas All-American Adam Dailey is already living in Athens and reports on the construction, the red-tape, and much more. "What people don't realize is that not only is there around the clock construction being done at the Olympic venues, but every street corner, cathedral, restaurant and hotel is trying to make improvements in time so it can be a showcase for the August Summer Games"

Konica-Minolta Wins Close New Year's Ekiden in Japan This is how distance running should be. 5 hours live national television. Instead we get 30 minute highlight shows weeks later.

Trevor Graham Has No Regrets on Turning in THG Syringe"You are not coaching little kids, you are coaching grown-ups, and you don't know everything that goes on. You don't follow them 24 hours"- Trevor Graham former coach of Marion Jones.

Christian Hesch and Amy Rudolph Set Midnight Run Records Hesch broke the course record he set last year and defeated Mark Carroll. Hopefully, he can stay healthy this year.

HSI's Mickey Grimes Gets 2 Year Drug Suspension  The group also has Larry Wade and Torri Edwards. Not good publicity.

Perdita Felicien Back Hurdling Again

Preview of Big New Year's Japan Corporate Ekiden

Kenyan Newspaper Looks Back at the Steeplechase

Track and Field Does Quite Well in TV in Britain

Kelly Holmes Tops Year End Rankings

Ray Prefontaine, Steve's Father, Dies

Looking  Back at 2004:
Steve Cram Looks Back at 2004  BBC
*A Look Back at Paula's Disaster in the Marathon in Athens Guardian
Jason Gardener Risked Serious Injury to Get World Indoor Gold, But He Still God 4*100 Gold Outdoors

Cool Music Video on Ethiopia's Olympic Track Stars

*IAAF Looks Back at Distance Events from 2004
*IAAF Looks Back at Mid Distances in 2004

Greek Sprinters Provisionally Suspended, but Matter Could Have Maybe Been Settled Years Ago

At least they didn't miss you either:
"I had the good fortune to be on an NCAA championship team as a freshman, so it's not as if I missed out. "

-Dathan Ritzenhein's whose ex-Colorado teammates won the NCAA Championship without him this year in a Men's Racing interview

Former Oregon Track Assistant Sues Alleging Sex Discrimination Sounds ridiculous to us as the new guy Martin Smith, might just decide for whatever reason he didn't want to work with her.

More on Lydiard:
Lydiard's Son Remembers Peter Snell Getting Dropped on the First Run With Lydiard's Boys
Snell went on to win 3 Olympic medals, gold ones.
*Peter Snell Still Spreading the Lydiard Gospel Although it Wasn't Always Smooth Sailing
*Why Didn't Lydiard Get the Recognition he Deserved in New Zealand?
*More on Lydiard: He Was Greatly Appreciated Abroad, But Ironically Not as Much in New Zealand
*Arthur Lydiard Didn't Just Coach the Stars
*Lydiard Cartoon
2nd Lydiard Cartoon

Hellebuyck's 'Stunned' by Doping Decision Against Them The school principal is going to decide whether Eddy should still be coaching there. He should not. Convicted drug cheats who do not express remorse should not be coaching.

Wada to Rule on Altitude Chambers Somehow this article made the front page of the Washington Post sports section. Athletes by and large accept the chambers.

Respect: Jeremy Wariner Named Rookie of the Year He came in ahead of Ben Roethlisberger.

Kelly Holmes to Run Indoors

Jerry Schumacher Talks About His Teams Runner Up NCAA Performance

Honolulu Marathon: Two Course Records at 2004 Honolulu Marathon as Jimmy Muini Gets His 4th Win This race is one of America's largest marathons and gets a lot of celebrities from the running world.
Even More Impressive:
Soldiers Run Honolulu Marathon in Afghanistan And you thought you had too much going on in your life to keep racing. There were bunkers and guns on the course in case of snipers. It was the first marathon ever in Afghanistan.
More Sunday Action:
Team Mitsui-Sumitomo Wins Close Ekiden in Gifu in Record Time

Kelly Holmes Wins BBC Sports Personality of Year Award in Britain
*Great Read:
Great Read on Kelly Holmes from the Perspective of the People Around Her in Athens
More on Kelly:
"I haven't got anything to worry about any more. I always used to worry: what if I never achieve my dreams? The thought of living with regret was a big deal for me."
-Double Olympic Gold Medallist,
Kelly Holmes

Alberto Salazar's Son Signs Contract to Play Pro Soccer in Australia He was at the University of Portland

Not afraid to pursue his dreams: Malachi Davis, Britain's Newest 400m, Decided to Try Running Full Time in 2004 and Quit His Job, Got British Citzenship

Michelle Collins Gest 8 Year Ban in Balco Scandal

Women's Corportate Ekiden Champs This Sunday in Japan

"Excuse me if I sound hoarse, but I have a head cold. Usually head colds are due to changes in the weather, but in my case, it is due to a change in attitude on letsrun.com"
-Colorado Cross Country Coach, Mark Wetmore, coach of the 2004 Men's and Women's NCAA XC Champions, speaking at the Arthur Lydiard Tour Stop last night in Boulder, about the change in heart of many letsrun.com posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year.

NCAA XC: CU Sweeps NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Crowns
Mark Wetmore worked his magic at Colorado again as both his squads captured upset wins. The men's win was the bigger upset of the day. Simon Bairu of Wisconsin won the individual crown to help the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was not enough as Colorado eked out a 4 point victory by moving up late in the race.
*Mud No Problem for Kim Smith as She Dominates
*Bairu's Win Sweet and Sour Wisconsin State Journal
*Wetmore, Buff's Work Wonders
Boulder Daily Camera
*Stanford Men, Women Disappoint San Francisco Chronicle
*Stanford Inexperience Showed

*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Men's Team
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
*Women's Team
*Track And Field News
*Men's Racing

ING NYC Marathon Men:
Ramaala Finally Gets It Right, Meb 2nd

Hendrick Ramaala of S. Africa is a tremendous half marathoner but had never put it together in a full marathon. As he said, "I am notorious for being a bad marathoner." On Sunday, that changed, as he held on to win the ING NYC marathon despite being dazed at the finish, while American Meb Keflezighi wrapped up an incredible 2004 with a second place finish, just 2 and a half months after his Athens silver medal. For a recap that does not require NY Times registration, click here.
More on Men:
A Look at Top American Men from Runnersworld

Mile by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
Results, Prize Money:
ING NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Men's Photos

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years ago.

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

Must Read(s):
"I think that the sports in which you read about doping tend to be the cleaner sports. I mean, I think if you put Major League Baseball players and NFL players through lie detector tests [about whether they use performance- enhancing drugs], fully 50 percent would fail..I did this bike race, 75 hours. But I didn't feel any sense of achievement. I found it depressing. Because, to me, athletic endeavors should be one of the most pure of endeavors. Why else do it? It's a sense of testing yourself."

-author Stuart Stevens, who for 8 months got on just about every performance enhancing drug imaginable to see how it would affect him, and wrote about the ordeal for Outside Magazine. The results were simply amazing as he put on 14 pounds without lifting a weight, had increased endurance, better vision, and less soreness. The quote above is from a Newsday piece where Stevens says the ordeal left him more ardently opposed to drugs in sports. The entire article from Outside Magazine where Stevens recaps his experience is a must read and is now available in its entirety on line and can be found here.
(If you'd like to subscribe to Outside Magazine you can do so here for only $15.99 a year (cover price is $47.40)

In case you missed it:
Todd Williams Hangs them up

In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of running in general.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

Drug Scandal:
(click here for a LetsRun.com behind the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)

1981 Grandma's Marathon
Dick Beardsley who had run 2 sub 2:13 in 3 weeks defeated Garry Bjorklund in a great duel as two Minnesotans were under 2:10
Mr. Martin Franklin Revealed
Thanks to the viewers at our site we've got some photos and information on Martin Franklin the fraud who for a brief moment on Sunday was the 5th American and $4,750 richer at the New York City Marathon. Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts

LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
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High School Section
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.