AT&T USA Nationals: *Results
Sunday: Tyson Gay Is The Man, Alan Webb Impresses
Khadevis Robinson Still the King
Gay ran 19.61 (2nd fastest time ever) into the wind and showed he is the top sprinter in the world as the Xman went out with an injury. Alan Webb blew away the field the last 50m of the 1500 to win a thrilling race as Webb, Lagat, Manzano and Lukezic were all together with 100 to go despite the quick pace. Webb also broke Steve Scott's meet record. Watching the men's steeple was like watching a train wreck as the 3 favorites including American record holder Dan Linocoln and Anthony Famiglietti all failed to qualify for the World Champs. Cal star Alysia Johnson edged Hazel Clark in the 800m as high schooler, yes high schooler, Chanelle Price led the first 400m. LetsRun.com recap here.
*Allen Johnson Fails to Qualify for Worlds For First Time Since 1993 Even if he wasn't our cousin, Johnson would be our favorite hurdler on the circuit.
*Xavier Carter Tumbles to Track With Injury at Nationals with Injury
*Ritz Says He Will Run the 10k Not the Marathon at the Olympics
*Day 4 Distance Recap from Race Results Weekly: Fast Times Take Webb, Robinson, Johnson to 2007 USATF Titles
Video: *Video of Webb's 1500
*Nice 2 minute highlight video from NBC
*Video of all Sunday's Races
*Post Race Interviews
Photos: Here and Here
On the boards:
A LetsRun.com First: NBC Covrage Almost Perfect
*Is Webb's Hair Giving Him Confidence?
*Khadevis Vs Nick Symmonds KD is the king.
Saturday: Sanya Richards fails to Qualify for Worlds *Video
*Tim Layden of SI on the Rise and Fall of Sanya Richards and Angelo Taylor
Clement Three Peats
The poster child for AT&T and women's track and field in America, the 2006 IAAF athlete of the year, Sanya Richards, failed to qualify for Worlds in a shocking performance. The underrated Treniere Clement got the three peat in the 1500m, Jenny Barringer won a tight women's steeple, Angelo Taylor won a tight men's 400m, and James Carter got the win and a world leader in the 400m hurdles. Plus, Jordan Hasay showed she is one of the best high school runners ever in America and she's only a sophomore and AJ Nation and Matt Centrowitz put on a nice duel. Don't miss Sunday's action which is all finals including the men's 800, 1500, and steeple.
Video: NBC Gets it and Now Is Putting Up Internet Video of Its TV Coverage Men's, Women's 400, 400m Hurdles, Women's 1500 etc
*Nice Little 3 Minute Recap of Saturday's Action from NBC
*Plus Flocast Post Race Interviews and Even Dyestat Jr Videos You can Downlaod
*Nice AP Recap of Saturday's Action
*Grace Upshaw Goes from 5th to First in Long Jump on Final Jump
Friday: Shalane Dominates, Lagat Outsprints Tegenkamp Again in a Thriller
Bernard Lagat won a thrilling men's 5000m with an unbelievable kick the final 200m to push Matt Tegenkamp into the runner up spot for the 2nd stragiht year. Shalane Flangan dominated the women's 5000m and NCAA champ Michelle Sikes continued to impress by making the World Champs team. Tyson Gay ran a sizzling 9.84 into a .5 mps wind, the 2nd fastest time ever into a headwind.
*Race Results Weekly Friday Distance Recap: Lagat Completes First Half of Double Title Defense
*Torri Edwards Back on Top (Friday Recap) Washington Post
*Tyson Gay's Run May Have Been One of the Best 100m Performances Ever indystar.com
*AP Recap of Friday
*Bryan Clay Withdraws from Decathlon But Still Will be Able to do Worlds
Video: Bob Kennedy, Tegenkamp and Solinsky Talk abou the Great Men's 5k
*Men's and Women's 5k Highlights From the Kimbia perspective but you see Lagat's great finish.
*Audio Download or Listen to the Letsrun.com Post Race Audio Recap Podcast (30 minutes) from Friday featuring Matt Tegenkamp and Bob Kennedy (they start 2/3 of the way through)
Thursday: Abdi Abdi Abdi
Deena Wins Women's Crown
Abdi Abdirahman had the best credentials in the field (top time in the US in 2006 and 2007, 10th place in 2000 Olympics) and he showed he is the top 10,000m runner in America by winning his 3rd US title versus an incredibly strong field as he pulled away from Dathan Ritzenhein over the final half mile. Ritz faded badly the final lap in the heat and Galen Rupp had a very impressive run to finish 2nd. On the women's side, Deena Kastor blew away the women's field for the win and just dipped under the "B" standard to book her ticket to Osaka. The inaugural Letsrun.com audio broadcast of the 10ks was as success as we try and work out the kinks and featured guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer (Denver Post writer), and Brad Hudson (you can listen to it or download it here). In other action, things went according to form, and Nick Symmonds passed nearly the entire field the final 100m to run 1:46 in round 1 of the 800, Tyson Gay went sub 10 in the first round, and Breaux Greer set another American record.
*Recap of 10ks from Denver Post
*Breaux Greet Gets 8th Straight US Title USA Today
*Youngster Galen Rupp Finishes 2nd at USATF cstv.com
*Tyson Gay Plays it Safe in 100m Qualifying wit 9.98
*McDougal Drops Out of USATF 10k
*Masback Says USADA Doing a Good Job in Drug Fight, US Will Not Bid to Host Worlds
*Brian Clay Still Hurting in Terms of Sponsorships
Video/Audio: *Galen Rupp/Alberto Video from CSTV Watch Alberto pump his fist.
*Thursday Races Up on Flotrack Yep the entire men's 10k. Beautiful. Plus Post race interviews.
*2 Hour Letsrun.com podcast of 10k action With guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer, and Brad Hudson
*Photos Galen Rupp a young gangster
*IAAF Preview of Meet (Ignores the 10ks)
*Nick Symmonds Says 800m is Weakest Event in America and He Wants to Change That
*Tyson Gay Wants PB in 100 to Make Teams in 100, 200
*Justin Gatlin Still Trying to Stay in Shape Despite Doping Ban
Previous Nationals News:
*Sanya Richards a Star in the Sport
*Indianapolis Star Talks About Track's Tough Task of Marketing Itself To General Public
Harvard Crimson Article on Passing of Asst. Track Coach Paul Turner
So sad Comrades Widow Lisa Gordon Talks About Her Husband
"He was my only boyfriend. I invited him to my matric dance when I was
18 years old. We have so many memories that I will always cherish."
a difference a year makes Thomas Longosiwa Wins 5k at Kenyan Champs
One year ago he was taken from the Kenyan junior camp in handcuffs for supposedly lying about his age. He swears he was born in 1988.
Mo Greene To Miss US Champs With Leg Injury - He still plans on running in Europe We'll certainly miss Mo as he's the best showman in track as he said he was going to win USAs even after finishing last at adidas.
Course Record/Twins/Tragedy Dominate
Leonid Shvetsov Shatters 'Down' Comrades Record by Over 3 Minutes
He took a big lead early and many journalists in the press truck were certain he'd crater. They were wrong as Shvetsov got the downhill course record formerly held by Comrades legend Bruce Fordyce who was one of the first to congratulate Shvetsov on his new record
*Russian Twins Olesya and Elena Nurgalieva Go 1-2 on Women's Side They finished only 29 seconds apart as Olesya got the win.
Good News IAAF Golden League Final Meet in Berlin Has Already Sold 50,000 Tickets (The #2 mark of all-time is 62,000)
Exxon Mobil Bislett Games - Full Results
Meseret Defar's 14:16 5k World Record Highlights 1st Golden League Meet Defar was fantastic as was Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot (14:22) who also broke the old world record. In the dream mile, Adil Kaouch won in 3:51 as Craig Mottram fizzled in his 3rd race in three weeks and finished 9th. Many of the top American stars were at home getting ready for the US champs but the meet was still a good one.
Comments On Her World Record
Of Craig Mottram Prior To Dream Mile: He Has The Balls To Do It
Wins Pole Vault But Fails To Get World Leader
Wins 100m Hurdles And Wishes More Paid Attention to Women's Hurdles
Ron Helmer Cleaning House At Indiana He'll ony keep one of the current assistants
Kenyan News: Kenyan Champs This Weekend The Kenyan nationals are not the Worlds' qualifier. They're a qualifier for the All Africa Games. IAAF
*World Junior Champ Asbel Kiprop to Have His Hands Full in 1500 at Kenyan Champs
*World Youth Champ Veronica Nyaruai Runs 4:17 in Nairobi
*21 Kenyans Selected for World Youth Champs
Comrades This Weekend: Defending Comrades Down Champ Tatyana Zhirkova Withdraws with Injury This is the most prestigious ultramarathon in the world. Well from what very little we know about ultras it is. Perhaps we should say it is the most well known ultra.
Sanya Richards Thinks Marita Koch was Clean and She Wants her 400m World Record There are files showing that Koch, like probably all of the E. German stars, was doped.
Renovations at Hayward Field Underway
*NCAA Discus Champ Kelechi Anyanwu May Delay Job with Price Waterhouse to Pursue Discus
*Tegenkamp Wants to Challenge for Medal at Worlds
Get Coached by Nick Symmonds
IAAF To Have Improved Golden League Television Coverage This Year Well we're taking their word on it. IAAF
*Live Radio of Golden League Meets to Exist on the Internet IAAF Remember the days of 1-800-94-TRAK? Now people bitch if a meet isn't streamed live on the net.
More on Mottram's Balls: *Nic Bideau, Mottram's agent, says: "For white high school kids in America who do cross country and middle
distance running, Mottram is the guy. He gives them hope
*Steve Cram Has High Praise for Craig Mottram Everyone is still talking about the greatest interview on network television, and apparently this one as well. Guardian
*Video of Pre Races here
*Vin Lananna The Brand
Comrades Marathon This Weekend: It's the most prestigious ultra in the world.
*Some Top Contenders at Comrades May be Unknown
*Comrades Will Go On Despite Strike
*Zimbabweans After Cash at Comrades
Post NCAA News:
*Walter Dix Hasn't Decided But How Can He Not Turn Pro
*Lananna Wants to Win NCAAs in Track by 2010
*Cornell's Morgan Uceny Goes Out with 2:02 PB in 800
But even more impressive was her boyfriend, Cornell triple jumper Rayon Taylor, winning the NCAA title. His teammate Muhammad Halim was 2nd indoors. Not bad for a school with 0 athletic scholarships.
NCAAs finished: Results
Day 4 -
*Distance Recap of Final Day of 2007 NCAA Champs
Men's 1500 Lives Up To Billing
*Ap Recap of Lomong's Win - 9 Guys ran 3:40.22 or better but it came down to a thrilling final 100 between Manzano and Lomong. Manzano put the hammer down with 300 to go and looked like he might be the winner with 60 to go but Lomong came back to win 3:37.07. Manzano was 2nd, Brown 3rd and Rono 4th as all 4 broke 3:38.
*Women's 1500 -Felnagle Dominates Final 300. Splits of 66.08, 216.02,319.02, 4:09.93. The race was a 2 person battle between Fennagle and Lambie but Lambie faded to 3rd.
*Walter Dix Wins 200 and Clinches Team Title For FSU Dix was the first man since 1969 to win the 100, 200 and 4 x 100
*Women's 800 - Alysia Johnson holds off Katie Erdman in thrilling race as both go sub 2:00.
*Men's 800 - Andrew Ellerton Wins
*Cornell's Rayon Taylor Wins Triple Jump He was the #2 jumper on his team for most of the year.
*Arkansas Gets 3 Points at NCAAs Thanks to Nkosinza Balumbu's 6th place finish in the Final Event
*Post Race Interviews
Day 3- Fantastic 5ks/Steeples and Walter Dix 9.93 (Video of Dix here)
*Distance Race Recaps
*Michelle Sikes Defeats Kipyego In In Thrilling Women's 5k This race certainly was one of the greatest women's distance races ever run at NCAAs. It was unbelievably fun to watch (so much fun that it had a room full of guys standing up screaming "this is awesome" - no joke) as the two waged an epic battle over the last mile as they changed the lead over and over until Sikes took over for good with 400 left and ended up winning in an NCAA meet record and #2 collegiate time ever of 15:16.76. Kipyego was trying to be the first athlete ever to win the "Big 5" distance races (NCAA cross, indoor 3k/5k, outdoor 10k/5k). The race went out in an honest 5 mins but then picked up as the Rhodes Scholar Sikes plan was to run 9:00 for her last 3k. She ran it in 9:01. *Sikes nominated For NCAA Women Of The Year They should give it to her now
*Chris Solinsky Ends Fantastic Collegiate Career In Style/Dominating 5th NCAA Title Solinsky hammered it home from 1100 out.
*Anna Willard Sets Collegiate Record in Steeple (9:38.08)
*Barnabas Kirui Impresses With 8:20 Watching this guy run was entertaining. If your coach ever says you need to be a) tall or b) a good hurdler , don't listen to him.*FSU's Andrew Lemoncello was 2nd in a PR of 8:20.
*Walter Dix Runs 9.93!! 2nd fastest collegiate time ever. He also was on the winning 4 x 100 and will run his best event (200) on Saturday. Video of Race
*FSU's Ricardo Chambers Looking To Win 400
*Shadrack Songok Wins the 10k at Nationals Upsetting Galen Rupp
*RRW Recap of Day 2 Distance Action - Besides the 10ks, there were 800 semis and 1500 prelims.
*Lap Splits It came down the final mile after aslow opening pace, and Songok ran 3:02 the final 1200m to pull the upset. But as a message boarder put it, "an east african beating a yank at 10K is never an upset." Songok
is coached by Shawn Flanagan who coached Wejo for one year at Texas. Rupp's plan was to push the pace th final 1200 but in th end Songok was just a bit better.
*Sally Kipyego Wins 10k, Trying to Become First Women to Win 5 NCAA Titles in a Year
In other distance action, Lopez Lomong dominated his heat in the 1500 and it took 2:04.2 to make the 800m women's final.
*AP Recap of Day 2: Jake Arnold Wins His 2nd NCAA Decathlon Title
*Heptathlon Favorite Diana Pickler DQd after Running Out of Her Lane in 200
*Lananna Working His Magic at Oregon USA Today
*Virginia Tech Track Team Still Gettings Words of Support in Wake of School Shootings
*Rupp Finishes 2nd www.goducks.com
*Post Race Interviews
Day 1: *Distance Recap: Favorites Advance on In 800, Steeple, 5k (RRW)
*Florida State Gets Off to Strong Start at NCAAs (AP) LSU's Trindon Holliday ran a 10.02 in the prelims. If he was British he would now be an instant hero. We bet 90% of you have never heard of him. He ran 11.01 last year but was a phenom in high school. In distance action, it took 8:42 to get out the steeple prelims and not much
of note occurred. Today is the 10k with Rupp. *FSU's Good Day As Described By Sacbee.com
*Oregon Struggles in Day 1
*NAU's Lopez Lomong Hits Big Time - Featured On NPR (That's National Public Radio for the non-intellectual types) This year's men's 1500 is unreal but Lomong is LetsRun.com's pick to win it (Sorry Smith, Manzano, Rono).
*Wisconsin's Demi Omole Who Was Supposed to Finish 4th at NCAAs in 100 is Academically Ineligible Wisco won the NCAAs indoors but FSU should clean up on the men's side outdoors.
*Women's Team Predictions
*Men's Team Predictions
*Lopez Lomong an Amazing Story The smoothest dresser in the NCAAs appreciates the opportunity he has in America and is one of the favorites in the 1500. AP
*NCAAs Run in Sacramento Comes to an End, Lack of Attendance a Reason The Olympic Trials may have spoiled track fans in Sacramento
Bill Rodgers Sportswear Going out of Business
PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according to this article. link fixed
*A Ton of Kenyan Stars Including Robert Cheruiyot to Run Lewa Half Marathon on June 23 in Kenya
*800m Runner from Botswana Who Criticized Kenyan Training Center Last Month, Is Being Kicked out We think this is the Kip Keino training center but the article isn't clear.
More PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according ot this article. link fixed
State Men, ASU Women Favored at NCAAsThe meet is on live tv on CSTV on Friday and CBS on Saturday.
*Men's Start Lists *Women's
Assistant Coaches in D1 Named
*Bobby Curits Back on Top after a Few Tough Years
*Rupp a Force to Be Reckoned With registerguard.com
More Weekend Action:
California: Jim Sorensen Runs 3:44 Master's World Record in 1500
*Men's Results of Jim Bush Invite
*Women's Results of Jim
Bekele Back Training Strong for 10k at Worlds And he enjoyed reading Beckham's biography. IAAF
Reebok Grand Prix: *Results
Webb Wins Mile, Gay Just Misses 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault
This Australian newspaper summed it up best:
"Alan Webb, a runner of sporadic brilliance, produced one of his
best performances to upstage Bernard Lagat and Craig Mottram in the
mile."In other action, Tyson Gay came close to breaking the 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski became the third woman over 16 feet in the pole vault (read the article to left as her story is a great one), and Liu Xiang went
sub 13 in the hurdles.
*Full House Watches Webb Win Rbk Mile at Reebok Grand Prix Race Results Weekly
*Centro Jr Runs 4:03, James Carter Stuns 400m Hurdle Field Baltimore Sun
Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault, Comes Close to World Record New York Times
*Veronica Campbell Runs 10.93
*Post Race Press Conference
Martin Lel and Chunxiu Zhou Triumph
Ryan Hall 2:08:24 Debut!!
*London 2007 Photos updated 4/23
on Hall's Debut
*Recap from Reuters
The stellar London men's field delivered an incredible finish as it came down to six guys going head to head over the final half mile: 2006 champ Felix Limo, 2005 champ Martin Lel, world record holder Paul Tergat, 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, NYC champ Hendrick Ramaala, and Abderrahim Goumri in his debut. In the end
, Lel, Gharbi, Limo and Goumri sprinted for the win over the final 200. Lel came out in top in 2:07:41,after losing out last year in a sprint finish. And the future of American marathoning looks bright as Ryan Hall showed he is the real deal and nearly stole the show. He caught the leaders and was leading the race at 35k, and went on to run 2:08:24 an American debut record and an American born record. Only Khalid Khannouchi has run faster.
So Hall is the fastest American ever except for a guy who already held the world record when he became an American citizen.
*Gebrselassie Drops Out in London
*Australia's Benita Johnson 7th in London
Marathon Video Highlights from BBC
*IAAF Recap of London Marathon IAAF
*Ryan Hall's Debut As Reported by Associated Press
*Liz McColgan Runs 2:50:39
Post Boston News: Cheruiyot Undecided on Fall Marathon He says its between Chicago and NY.
*A Look at 78 Year Old Bill Welsh Who Led 1955 Boston Marathon
*BAA Launches Boston 2008 Olympic Trials Website It's
one of the better websites we've seen. Meanwhile, while everyone else's websites were crashing on Monday, the LetsRun .com juggernaut performed flawlessly.
Boston: Race results
Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Cheruyiot defended his Boston crown in the extreme weather
conditions (heavy winds, rain) that made the race a real dog fight.
Cheruyiot hit half way in 1:08:45 but dropped the hammer over the more
difficult second half to pull away from James Kwambai over
the final 2 miles to win in 2:14:13. Lidiya Grigoryeva of
Russia also threw down the hammer over the final 2 miles (5:10 mile)
to defeat NYC champ and World Marathon
Majors leader Jelena
Prokopcuka. And hundreds of thousands in appearance fees, could not spare Deena Kastor from the fate that does in many a marathoner, an unscheduled bathroom break as her bid to become the first American winner in Boston came up short. Deena did come back to finish 5th in 2:35:09,
and get the US title. *Race results
*Bathroom Break Cost Deena Big Time in Boston Boston Globe
*Boston Marathon Played Wrong Russian National Anthem
Gilmore is Top American at Boston in 8th
*Kimbia boys go 3, 4 6
*Kimbia Auction of 3rd place finisher (Stephen "Baba" Kiagora) singlet and number Stephen Kiagora.
Video:*State trooper runs into
spectator on course
*Flocast Post Race Press Conferences
*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23
*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen
Blow by Blow Coverage:
Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record
Holder Robert Cheruiyot The
life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title
Monday, is truly remarkable. After being abandoned by his
parents, he found a way to survive, first as an indentured
servant and then on 30 cents a day helping out at a barbershop
where he smoked every day. Thoughts of suicide entered his
mind but now less than 10 years later he is running for history
although last year's crazy fall
at Chicago hasn't helped him as
he had to go back to the hospital just 3 weeks ago.
Confident Deena Kastor Looking Forward To Bad Weather And Hoping To Be
1st American Female Winner Since 1985 It
looks like a big cross-country race, and I love cross-country.
I'm going out there and push the pace...The last
four months have been so flawless, so consistent.
Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article
reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of
his life in similar conditions
Preview of Race
Official Brace For Crazy Bad Weather
Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice
article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect.
Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and
the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.
LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
from Race Day
Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
*Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish
*Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd
Control at the World XC Champs
Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya
Bekele Is Defeated. Wejo
has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course
title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that
Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly
lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went
wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse
won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd
was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder
apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two
things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose.
He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who
won the women's race. *Results here.
*News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race
We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors
and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive
proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not
as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more.
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.
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 III
take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record
at 15k in 1995, the
same year he finished 9th
at World Cross Country.
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
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
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Maurer, in The Gift, not
only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the
deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes
such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The
Gift is one of the
best running books
I have ever read. "
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
*"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
Movie of All-Time: Fire
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.
A Staff of
"Perhaps the most
valuable gift from
Letsrun.com is a friendly
willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which
includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "
-Gary Droze, writing about
letsrun.com in the Tallahassee
Jamaican Champs: Asafa Powell Runs 10.04 at Jamaica Champs and is Injured
*French Men, Russian Women (For 11th Straight Time) Win European Cup IAAF
*Marlon Devonish Wins 200 for Britain at European Cup Times of London
*European Cup 1st League Recap: Spanish Men, British Women Get Promoted IAAF
*Goldie Sayers Helps Push British Women into Superleague Telegraph.
Saturday: White Men Can Sprint: Craig Pickering Destroys Field at European Cup to Get Win in 100m
*Recap of Day 1 of European Cup Super League IAAF
*Recap of European Cup Day 1 in 1st League
Marion Jones Bankrupt?
Walter Dix Says He Will Run for FSU Next Year
Catherine Ndereba Wins Half Marathon in Kenya, Paul Teragt Runs as Well
Justin Gatlin Now Says Chris Whetstine Sabotaged Him and Made Him Flunk His Drug Test And don't f**** with Nike athletes. Nike's Llewellyn Starks reportedly beat Whetstine bad enough that he had to go to the hospital, and then reportedly said to Whetstine, "Stop (bleeping) with Nike athletes"
Oscar Pistorius Will be Able to Compete With Fake Legs Until IAAF Makes a Scientific Decision
Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running: "I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's
an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like
a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."
Non USATF News: Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba Says He Needs More $ to Compete With the Best in the World
*Sherone Simpson, Fastest in World in 100, Will Miss Jamaican Champs with Injury
*Athletes from Kenyan Training Center Now Based in Europe for European Season
*Marlon Devonish Ready for European Cup
Men's 200m Gets Front Page Coverage on USAToday USA Today
David Greene Withdraws from 400m Hurldes British Team for European Cup BBC
Is Andy Baddeley the Next Great British Miler? Independent
Random Small European Action
*Cuban Prodigy Dayron Robles' Disappointing 12.26 Win Highlights Wet French Meet
*Carolina Klüft Jumps 6.71 at Home Stadium
*Great Hammer Action in Poland (Does anyone really care?)
BYU's Kyle Perry Gets Arrested for Getting in a Mop Fight With Some Guy
Recap of Boys Mile From Nike Outdoor Nationals: A 58 1st lap and 30
meter lead turned into a thrilling finish as 12 broke 4:10
Uganda's Abraham Chepkirwok Just Missed Julius Achon's National Record in 800 at Exxon Mobil Bislett Games
Cornell's Sage Canaday Qualifies for Olympic Trials In Marathon
Profile of Matt Centrowitz Jr The stud will be at Oregon next year where he will be roommates with US HS XC champ Chad Hall. A reality tv show of that pairing might get good ratings.
Kenyan Nationals World Jr. XC Champ Moses Kiprop Steals Spotlight And Wins 1500m Title Kiprop hasn't lost a track race all year and may be a future great. Olympic steeple champ Ezekiel Kemboi won his specialty.
*40 Yr Old Edith Masai Wins Competitive Women's 10k In Sprint Finish and Books Ticket To Osaka Masai, a 3-time world xc champ, didn't start running competitively until age 34. Marathon great Catherine Ndereba finished 4th but was pleased.
Olympic Marathon Champ Mizuki Noguchi Runs 5km Pr of 15:30 Much of the race was run solo.
Unofficial US HS Nationals - NON Coverage and Full Results Here
*Matt Centrowitz Jr Runs 8:41 2 Mile 58 last lap ties him for #3 all time with Pre. The race live up to the advanced billing it got in USA Today.Video of Centro Jr's 8:41 2 Mile
*Chanelle Price Runs 2:02.76 for 800m Win The scary thing is she still has a year left in HS. Is she the future of US mid-d running?
State Bound Sam Borchers Wins HS National Mile With Scorching 4:03 - 5th Fastest
High School Only Time Ever Borchers is used to winning that's for sure. At the Ohio state meet when someone passed him in the 800, he claimed afterwards that he was "kind of insulted."
British HSchooler Is Damn Good As Well Profile of European Jr XC Champ Stephanie Twell She is very good (4:10/9:07) but the British press is once again overhyping things and asking already if sh'es the next Paula Radcliffe.
Kenyan Trials: Can World XC Junior Champ Asbel Kiprop Upstage Seniors and Win
*Editorial: Athletics Kenya
Needs To Make Kenyan Trials More Fan Friendly
Prague: Prague Recap IAAF
*Chris Tomlinson Jump 8.23 in Prague
*S. African Christiaan Krone Runs 10.25 PB in Prague
*Olympic Shot Bronze Medallist Joachim Olsen Throws 21.61 Pb in Copenhagen IAAF
*S. Africa's Franz Kruger Throws Discus 66.54 in Finland He's Hoping to Represent Finland at World Champs
Craig Pickering Gets Selected for European Cup 100m, He's the First British White 100m Man in 24 Years Times of London A white man has never run sub 10 in the 100 and no white man is in the top 50 all time.
Collins UK Athletics High Performance Director Believes in Protecting
Young Athletes from Big Competitions Until they are Ready Tim Benjamin got named over a currently faster athlete.
*British Team for European Cup Named, Goal is Just to Remain in Top Division
*Becky Lyne Says: "Make progress, not excuses."
Gebrselassie to Defend Berlin Marathon Title Berlin seems to be the type of marathon Geb wins, fast, without a lot of competition.
*Gebrselassie Says African Supremacy May Not Last
More Weekend Action:
Wisconsin:John Korir Wins 2nd Straight Bellin Run
*Edna Kiplagat Defeats Kathy Butler at Bellin Run
*Bellin Run Results
CT: Ethiopians Alene Reta and Alemtsehay Misganaw Win Litchfield Road Race
*Legends Rod Dixon and Steve Jones at Litchfield Race
*Litchfield Road Race Results
Boston: Boston High Performance Results: Mark Carroll Gets 1500m Win in 3:41
Asia: Asian Discus Throw Record of 67.95m in MinskIAAF
Jumps Preview for Golden League Which Starts Friday IAAF
Pre Classic: *Results
Mottram 8:03, Symmonds Gets Huge Win, Tegenkamp 8:07 American Record, Mutola 15 Straight, Komen 3:48
It was a great meet as usual. Craig Mottram ran an inspiring 8:03 2 mile and then gave an incredible interview, (Matt Tegenkamp broke the American 2 mile record (interview to the left, photo here), Nick Symmonds arrived on the international scene with his 800m win, Maria Mutola did the incredible once again and won her 15th straight Pre Classic, Daniel Komen ran a 3:48 mile the fastest ever in America, and Xavier Carter won the star studded 200m.
*Race by Race Videos of Pre Classic NBC is getting with the times.
*Nick Symmonds Fully Arrives with Win at Pre, Maria Mutola Gets Her 15th Straight 800m Win Oregonian
*Craig Mottram Runs 8:03 for 2 Miles to Win Pre and Then Talks About the Size of His Balls ninemsn.com.au
*Xavier Carter Wins Star Studded 200m at Pre oregonlive.com
*AP Recap of Pre Meet
*Jim Sorenson Does Not Get Chance for Masters Sub 4:00 at Pre The meet director was worried about bad television. If that's the case then he should scrap rabbits for races like the steeple where one guy is so much better than everyone else.
*Hayward Field Closed for $9 Million in Renovations for Olympic Trials
*Athlete Quotes from Pre Classic
*Post Race Video Interviews Flocast
*AP Photos of Pre Meet
NYRR Mini 10km - Oldest All-Female Race
Lornah Kiplagat Dominates - Kim Smith 2nd Kiplagat got her 4th title the easy way - get out to a big early lead and coast home. She was up by 25 seconds at 5k and won by 8. *Athlete bios
*Race Preview - Field was loaded and included Kim Smith, Mara Yamauchi, Benita Johnson, Hilda Kibet, Silvia Skvortsova, Jelena Prokopcuka and Lydiya Grigoryeva
We wonder if he saw it on LetsRun.com
Walter Dix: "New Breed Of Man"
British sprinter M. Devonish on Dix: "He's 19 and he's run 19.69. I watched the race on the internet and I thought, there is a new breed of man, Darwin was right." That article was written before he ran his sizzling 9.93 yesterday.
2-Time European 1500m Champ Mehdi Baala Runs 4:56.56 To Win 2k in France
IAAF Meet in Turin, Italy - Full results
Chinese World Championship Trials - Day 1 The women's 5k didn't follow the form charts as Bai Xue won in 15:26.72. Zhu Xiaolin was 2nd in the same time.
South American Champs - Day 1 The championship record in the 5k was set (only 13:51).
Gebrselassie Hopes to Break 1 Hour World Record this Year, Run in 2012 Olympics
Mottram More Confident About Worlds With Bekele Opting for 10k
If only track would do the same with Regina and all its drug cheats. Tour de France No Longer Considers Admitted Epo User Riis To be 1996 Champ "From a disciplinary point of view, you cannot strip him of the title but it is possible not to mention it anymore. Because of what he admitted, he is not the winner of the Tour de France. Riis did
not win." We actually think it's great that past champions in cycling are coming clean and wish the many past running champions would do the same so the sport can be cleaned up for the future.
*Alan Webb Switches to 2 Mile at Pre With Bekele admitting to being off form, Webb may be the favorite. But the race is full of Americans Tegenkamp, Famiglietti, Ritz, Goucher, and the favorite Webb. Not to mention XC World champ Zersenay Tadesse and Craig Mottram.
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend IAAF
*Khadevis Robinson Ready for Great 800m Matchup at Pre Versus Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Gary Reed, David Krummenacker and Alfred Yego
*Bekele Not to Double at Worlds This Year
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic IAAF
Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?
Also This Weekend: Lornah Kiplagat Headlines NY Mini 10k in NYC
Great Interview With John Treacy Olympic Silver Medallist, World XC Champ, Brother of Providence Coach Ray Treacy In just a couple minutes you'll learn a ton.
This Sunday: Pre: Start Lists for This Weekend's Pre Classic
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend IAAF
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic IAAF
Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?
With Coach in Prison, Tyson Gay Still Rising to the Top The Arkansas track program is in hot water because of Brauman and Gay. USA Today
Angelo Taylor Running Better Than Ever He was the Olympic champ at 400m hurdles 7 years ago and is only 28 now. Since then, he's been in trouble with the law, but its good to see him turning his life back around on the track.
Upcoming: American Milers Club 2007 High Performance Series to Take Place after USA Nationals
*Megan Metcalfe Headlines 2007 Mercedes Benz Mile Field
Freihofer's to Try and Create American Only Prize Money Nexts Year It used to be a US championship. Most recently it has been most known for bungling how it handles drug testing.
Rock N Roll Marathon: Daniel Yego Goes Sub 2:10 at Rock N Roll San Diego defeats Christopher Cheboiboch Cheboiboch has been runner up at New York and Boston.
*Top Results, Prize Money, Photos *Full Results
Ndereba Finished 2nd in 10k at Kenyan Prisons Champ and Pulls Out of NY Mini 10k, Selina Kosgei Wins 1500 and 5k The prison pension must be incredible or perhaps Catherine's sense of loyalty as she double din the 5000ma nd 10000m at this meet. IAAF
* Day 1 of Kenyan Prisons Champs Selina Kosgei Wins 5k
Glasgow: Gary Kikaya Holds Off Xavier Carter in Glasgow in 400, Craig Pickering Wins 100 IAAF Recap
*Young Craig Pickering Wins 100m Easily in Glasgow, Likely Secures European Cup Spot Guardian
Goldie Sayers Impresses Again in Javelin, Maybe be Becoming a Medal Threat
Freihofer's: Benita Johnson Defeats Drug Cheat Leghzaoui at Freihofer's IAAF
Boston: Boston High Performance Meet Results
World Junior Champ Tatyana Chernova Now a Star in Heptathlon After Scoring 6768
Greece: Louis Tsatoumas Jump World Leader 8.66 in Greece in LJ IAAF
Wejo's Kenya Trip: Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now
learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. "Running in Kenya is by and large about one thing:
LetsRun.com Wejo's Kenya Photos: 546 Photos from His Post World XC Trip See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School, Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos
of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.
*Bob Ryan of Boston Globe: Kenyans Have Established a Tyranny "Dominance? Did I hear someone say "dominance"?
That would be an
improvement. What the Kenyans have done to the Boston Marathon, and a
few other marathons, is establish a tyranny that certainly should be an
embarrassment to the rest of the running world...Well, guess what? You think the outcome would have been much different if it had been 80 degrees and sunny?"
*LetsRun.com Rojo Speaks: Inspired By
a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.
*LetsRun.com Wejo Speaks: Spira Shoes Attempting to Make a Mockery of the Boston Marathon 2 guys wearing what we thought at the time were "illegal" (now
USATF is saying they are not) shoes led the Boston marathon for the first half of the race in what if emailers are correct was just a publicity stunt.
*Update: USATF is Saying the Spira Shoes are Not Banned Just maybe they could have told us this 1, 2 years ago? If they're not banned and Spira knew this, Spira (and USATF) should be ashamed. If they are, Spira should be ashamed.
Better Than Expected in Boston Boston Globe
Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record
(14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors
like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down
drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran
14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios
4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by
Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan
Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal
are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American
8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world
Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and
even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at
life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.
O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final
Road Race BBC
Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of
Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If
true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.
Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The
way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a
month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt
Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also
is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a
section on here where you all can rate the
road races you run.
II is Here
In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too
effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a
new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield
are implicated along
with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of
HGH on his private credit card.
*Longer Recap from Albany
Reap Tons of Money
from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry
Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book
buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld
magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed
Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer
Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US
It was a
momentous day in US
cross country history as 10,000 spectators
poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness
the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan
Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define
a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic,
showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a
from all the races
Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Kastor Get Titles
Running Reputation Solid
10,000 Fans Turned Out
of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Daily Camera Coverage:
Does it Self Proud
Feels Right at Home
Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com Boulder 2007 Preview No
more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've
got our prerace preview and picks.
2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
Hasay Ready for Junior Race
in Boulder: The
Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's
what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where
people actually care.
and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile: In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks
about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for
2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore
and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a
race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The
American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her
training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
Statement on Pulling Out He
got a cold and London is the focus.
Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
Keflezighi is Out
talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his
career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of
the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole
days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne
talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and
disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the
incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this
Tuesday: LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she
was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her
XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com
profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why
she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the
marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks
about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and
Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper Racing more is the plan in 2007.
Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's
hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until
moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes
for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder
Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If
everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better
Monday: LRC Ritzenhein
Ready to Battle in Boulder
the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in
Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder,
his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his
relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall,
his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon
Upcoming: Interviews with the Culpeppers,
Sara Slattery (who is now officially
out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos
of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website)
forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week
but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles: Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"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.