Flora London Marathon:
Limo Outsprints Lel, Kastor Goes Sub 2:20
Kastor 8th women under 2:20 barrier
Felix Limo outsprinted Martin Lel to win an extremely exciting London Marathon as the racing turned tactical over the final miles as a pack formed with some of finest marathoners ever assembled. PreRace favorite Haile Gebrselassie faded to 9th. 3 men broke 2:07, and so did nearly a 4th, the greatest marathoner of all time, Khalid Khannouchi. Every time he is written off as done he comes back with an unbelievable race, as he finished 4th in 2:07:04.
Deena Kastor ran away from the women's field for an American record in 2:19:36.
*Gebrselassie Disappointed with His London Run Independent
*Deena Kastor Throws Down Gauntlet to Paula Radcliffe Guardian
*Hendrick Ramaala Sets PR in London to Finish 3rd
*Kkhannouchi's London Victory in 2002 is the Greatest Marathon of All Time
*Mens' Recap from BBC
*Women's Recap from BBC
On the boards: When was the last time Geb finished 9th?
*Race Highlight Video (Plus interviews of Kastor and Limo)
*2006 London Marathon Photos photorun.net
Men: Khalid Khannouchi Being Overlooked Once Again and He Likes That
More London News:*
"This is the most frustrated I have been in my career. I was calling this the race of the century. It's very rare to find the quality of athletes you find here. I'd focused so much on this race.
I was ready for the race. I had done everything possible to make sure I competed in a race like this.
I tried everything to be able to compete here, but time was against me."
-Paul Tergat on pulling out the 'race of the century' this year's Flora London Marathon. The race still features Haile Gebrselassie; 2 time world champ, Jouad Gharib; the top marathoner in the world in 2003 -04, Evans Rutto; plus defending champ Martin Lel, who is on form winning the 2006 Lisbon Half Marathon in 59:30. Not to mention former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi
*Gebrselassie Targeting 62:45 Halfway at London and Possible World Record
Gebrselassie Ready for London:
"The marathon is not an easy thing. It's not like the 10,000m
*A Look at the Kenyan Way Versus the Ethiopian Way Guardian
*London Marathon Odds
*Kenyans Pleased With Double Boston Wins
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot
Sets Course Record
As we predicted, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won the 110th Boston Marathon on Monday (in a course record by 2 seconds) to pick up $125,000. Americans Meb Keflezighi (Meb ran with the leaders the first half and was the only one with a legitimate shot at the win), Brian Sell (Sell never was with the leaders but ran a smart race to a pr), and Alan Culpepper went 3-4-5. Peter Gilmore of the US was also 7th in 2:12:45 and Clint Verran 10th, for 5 Americans in the top 10, as the Americans took advantage of the fast conditions. Ben Maiyo broke things up early as he busted the field open in the opening 10 miles. Maiyo would hang on to finish 2nd.
Women: Rita Jeptoo pulled away from Jelena Prokopcuka over the final mile to win by 10 seconds.
*American beauty: Men land 5 in top 10
*Doomed from the start: Negussie runs dry
*Meb Surprised Cheruyiot came from behind to win NY Times
*Jeptoo finds her way with finishing kick Boston Globe
*Race Director Dave McGillivray Runs the Race By Himself After the Race is Over Boston Globe
*After going all out, Maiyo ran down Boston Globe
*Tosa fades to third as course takes toll Boston Globe
*Play by Play Updates from Race Website
*Live Updates on Message board
*Updates from RunnresWorld
Pre Race: The 110th Boston Marathon: Will Meb Come Out on Top? LetsRun.com The 110th Boston marathon has a rarity, an American, Meb Keflezighi, as the favorite. We give a briew preview of the race and urge you take off work and watch it on tv.
*Hailu Negussie Ready to Defend His Boston Title www.boston.com
*Japans Kazuo Ietani Trained in China for Boston
Hanson's Mania Continues: Brooks Team Hanson's Profile in Boston Globe
*Win in 1976 Changed Jack Fultz Life
*Jacqueline Gareau The Woman Who Beat Rosie Ruiz
LetsRun.com Update on the Men's Olympic Trials Selection Process
We put the internet rumor aside and give you the scoop on how the process actually works. And we even give you our prediction on who will be hosting the trials...Boston.
*World Marathon Major Press Conference Recap
No London on tv this year, but at least the athletes won't all be wearing the same matching jerseys for those who watch them on tv
left a piece of me on that race course that day. If I had to leave part
of myself on any race course, that was a good
place."-Dick Beardsley on his famed battle
with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon.
Beardsley according to this article still knocks out 70 to 90 miles a
Drugs Drugs Drugs
Read:A Great Look at The East German Doping Program
Half Marathon Champs
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.
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.
Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k
Williams was on fire in 1995,
and his 15k is one of the best American records. He
finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the
world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot
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
John Capel Busted for Marijuana Again
This time it might be a 2 yr suspension.
*WADA Asking Interested Parties for Comments on World Anti Doping Code
*IAAF to Host Anti Doping Symposium in Lausanne
Weekend Track Action:
Oregon: Oregon Invite Results
*Ritzenhein Blows Away Field in Oregon Invite 5k
*Marla Runyan Returns from Maternity Leave to Win 10k at Oregon Invite
Waco: Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson Run Sub 45 in Waco
Kansas Relays: Justin Gatlin's Team Beats Mo Greene's in Kansas 4*100
*Allyson Felix, Doucoure Win at Kansas Relays
*Florida State Men, Miami Women Repeat As ACC Outdoor Track & Field Champions
Big Meet: Cal Men, Stanford Women WIn Big Meet
"The one thing you can't buy is athletes with the right
commitment. They've got to feel that themselves, and at the moment they
don't...You have to commit your life. You can't be out nightclubbing or messing around with PlayStations.
We used to train three times a day, 200 miles a week,
and it's very clear that if you have that sort of commitment - and can
stay clear of injury - then you will run very fast. But you have to be
prepared to commit."
-Flora London Marathon director Dave Bedford on the subpar British male marathoners
Kelli White Does Not Plan on Returning to Track Once her Drug Suspension Ends Next Month
World Cross Country: Say it Ain't So
Kenenisa Bekele Is Dominant Once Again. The Ethiopian completed his fifth straight double
at worlds and then shockingly said after the race that he's leaning
towards not running world xc ever again (which we think would
be a huge travesty). On day 1, American Adam Goucher
impressed as he was the highest non-African male finisher on
weekend as he finished sixth in the short course. In the women's
action, Gelete Burika and Tirunesh Dibaba
won the short and long course for Ethiopia respectively as Australian Benita
Johnson rebounded from a disappointing Commonwealth Games
and was outstanding as she was fourth in both women's races
and led Australia to a bronze in the women's short course.
got his 10th straight world xc title as he accelerated away from his
Sunday afternoon tempo run for the win. He's the best XC runner ever on
Short Course: Gelete
Leads Ethiopia to Win They beat Kenya by a point even though Tiunesh
Dibaba dropped out
Boys: Kimai Ndiwa Leads Kenyan Team to Title
Day 1: Bekele
Wins With Ease Once Again, Adam Goucher
6th in Short Course
Kenenisa Bekele was
out for another jog and accelerated away from the field the final
quarter miler to win with ease for his 9th straight world xc title.
Adam Goucher however had an incredible run and finished 6th,
seconds back of Bekele in the best finish ever by
in the short course race (which is being discontinued this year). If
you've never seen Bekele run world xc, he wins every year, every race
with ease. The US men were 5th in the short course. And
a miler, medalled for the first time ever in the short course
which is pretty ironic as the whole point of adding the short course
was to get the milers to run it. Thankfully, the abomination that is
the short course will no longer exist next year..
Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba overtook Lornah
Kiplagat over the final 300m to defend her title.
Women: Kenyan Scores a Perfect 10
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.
is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world
best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the
whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert
De Castella watched him run.
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is
given, much is
expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small
way in giving back to society."
world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after
founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
hamstring injury has healed and he
says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but
interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him,
formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com
JK Speaks: Progressing
To Peak Fitness
LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks
about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of
Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping
Research to £12m Million a Year
the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn
has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports
leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping
research could be done. In other good news, it was announced
that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.
C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds
The surprising news
is may not do much for the general population.
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test
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
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
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
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.
In case you
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.
here, Part II
here, Part III