Track Talk- 1st Podcast
Our 1st Ever Edition of Track Talk (Tuesday)Featured Alan Webb - Download or Listen Here
Since two weeks ago our live broadcast of the USATF 10ks made history and was the largest live show every listened to on talkshoe.com, we thought we'd try again. Despite a few technical difficulties (sorry about the small echo on our end when Wejo or Rojo spoke for the firrst part), the show ended up being a success as Alan Webb joined us live from Sweden and answered any and all questions - including questions no one but LetsRun.com would dare to ask. Webb talked about everything from his chances of medalling at worlds, to his failure
at Pre, to who would win at 10k Ritz, Hall or himself. Webb even picked a winner in a hypothetical race between Jim Ryun and Steve Scott and even talked about his future marathon debut. Plus the personal side of Webb came out as he talked about running with random high schoolers in Europe. At the end of the interview, Webb even answered the question that has spanwed at least 3 lengthy threads in the last month - Rogaine or Propecia? Download
or listen here
*More On Alan Webb's 800 PR From Monday: The guy who beat him wasn't a chump - he was world junior champ last year.
Dan Lincoln, Jim Sorsenen Headline Pro Mile at US Youth Championships This Weekend in Indianapolis Sorenson ran a sickening good 1:50.34 800 last weekend. he's looking for the masters world record of 4:02.53.
Gebrselassie to Run Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon This race has a $250,000 1st place prize (double any other marathon in the world) and a $1 million world record bonus. The World Marathon Majors definitely are taking notice.
Salazar Update: Salazar's Condition is Upgraded, Hospital Confirms He Had a Heart Attack
*USATF Preview of Event
Kenyan Coach Says They Will Try New Tactics to Beat Ethiopians at All Africa Games
*Kenyan 400m Runner Ezra Sambu to Retire after Beijing OlympicsEA Standard
*Kenyan Government Buying Plane Tickets for World Youth Champs
Preview of Today's Athens Pro Meet IAAF
*James Carter Says Don't Expect to See 400m Hurdle World Record Broken This Year The 400m hurdles is one of the featured events today in Athens.
USADA To Reallocate More Money to Testing More Track Athletes, More To Out of Comp Testing
Alberto Salazar Collapses At Nike Headquarters And Is Rushed To Hospital The former American marathon great had a 'heart event" (not a heart attack apparently) and is in serious condition. *Message Board Thread Here
Next Friday's Paris Golden League Meet To Feature Great 1,500 The race will have it all with Americans Bernard Lagat and Alan Webb, 2007's fastest man Mahdi Baala, 2007 Dream Mile Winner Adil Kouch, and Kenyans Daniel Kipchirchir Komen and Augustine Choge.
Webb Watch Out
Two-Time European Champ Mehdi Baala Runs Seasonal Leading 3:31.05 On Home Track After missing the indoor season, the 2003 WC silver medallist has shown that he is in fine form early in the outdoor season as he also has already run a 4:56 2k.
Interesting Interview with Gerry Lindgren
2007 United States Pan Am Games Team Announed World #7 Khadevis Robinson leads the men's mid-d and distance squad.W:800: Alysia Johnson, Morgan Uceny. 1,500: Mary Jane Harrelson, Lindsay Gallo. Steeple: Lisa Galaviz, Desiraye Osburn. 5k: Catherine Ferrell, Mandi Zemba. 10k: Alicia Craig, Emily McCabe. Marathon: Emily Mortensen, Christine Lundy. M800:Khadevis Robinson, Duane Solomon.
1,500: Andrew McClary, Said Ahmed. Steeple: Joshua McAdams, Thomas Brooks. 5k: Edward Moran, Bolota Asmerom 10k: Jorge Torres, Jason Hartmann Marathon: Christopher Lundstrom, Jacob Frey.
Team USA Roster Announced for 2007 Pan American Junior Athletic Championships
Photos from Haile Gebrselassie's 1 Hour World Record
Gebrselassie's Legend Grows With One Hour Record in Ostrava
Former NCAA Star Julius Achon Trying to Qualify for WOrld Champs in 5k 2 time NCAA indoor champ, plus NCAA record holder in the 800.
*Olympic Steele Chamvp Ezekiel Kemboi Now in Training Camp for All Africa Games
3rd Annual Wirefly National Marathon Announces Holiday Sale: $60 for Full Marathon We dread the days we have to start paying to run marathons. Especially when we'll be registering months in advance, getting injured, and watching our money go down the drain.
Hayward Field A Special Place for Track and Field in America And it seems to be the only place in America where people will actually turn out to watch a meet unless they personally know someone competing.
Ostrava: Geb Gets 1 Hour and 20k World Records The great one got his 23rd and 24th world records as Craig Mottram won the men's 5k in 13:04 with a 53 second last lap. Defar won a very competitive women's 5k.
*Britain's #1 Craig Pickering Winning 100m in 10.16
*Despite Win, Pickering Is Realistic About Where He Stands On World Stage (scroll
down). Pickering: "There are loads of Americans who have run quicker than me — so I have a lot of catching up to do." Pickering also says he's hoping to make the semis of the Olympics and that Tyson Gay can easily run 9.70.
*South Africa's LJ van Zyl Wins 400m Hurdles World champion Bershawn Jackson looked like a sure winner until he fell on
the last hurdle.
*Distance Preview of 2007 Ostrava Meet
2 South Carolina Sprinters Go Pro It wasn't a surprise that NCAA record holder Natasha Hastings
left after she ran a 49.84 last week. Shalonda Solomon, the 2006 NCAA 200m winner who has been hurt, is gone as well. Our question: Is Leonel Manzano next?
AT&T USA Nationals: *Results
*Jenny 'Puddles' Barringer Has to Decide Whether She Will Go to Osaka Denverpost.com
*Triple Jump Champ Aarik
Wilson is Upset New IU Coach Ron Helmer is Not Retaining Wayne Pate
*JJ Clark's Athletes Do Well at USAs
*Webb Still Has Soft Spot for Maize and Blue
*Third Placer in Steeple Tom Brooks
Was a Scrub at IU
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
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.
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.
of 10ks from Denver Post
*Breaux Greet Gets 8th Straight US Title USA Today
*Youngster Galen Rupp Finishes 2nd at USATF cstv.com
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
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
*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
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.
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.
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
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
Today Paris Golden League Meet
*Distance Recap (RRW) The men's steeple was a disaster as they miscounted the laps
*Overall Meet Recap (IAAF)
*Recap of Webb's Race (IAAF)
*AP Recap: Sanya Richards Runs Fastest 400m Of Year
*Cuba's Dayron Robles Stuns WR Holder Liu Xiang 13.13 to 13.15
*Derrick Adkins Asafa Powell's 2nd cousin Wins 100m
*James Carter Edges A. Taylor In 400h as Tirunesh Dibaba Wins 5k in 15:21
*Webb Post Race Video Interview
*American Star Jim Spivey Posts About Alan Webb Twice Here and Here Spivey made three Olympic team, got 5th in the 1984 Olympics, and ran 3:31.
*Britain's Phillips Idowu Skips Paris GL
*Britain's Tim Benjamin Struggles Home 7th In 400m
*Paris Golden League Preview IAAF
The Golden League meets are the top ones in the world for a reason. The LetsRun.com anticipation centers on the hot men's 1500 with a stacked field including Americans Lagat and Webb.
*Lagat Ready for Baala's Challenge Today in Hot 1500 in Paris IAAF
*Asafa Powell Out of Golden League Meet and $1 Million Chase With Groin Injury
*British Triple Jumper Idowu Out of Golden League Chase with Injury
*Isinbayeva Ready for Golden League Challenge Today IAAF
Video: *Bernard Lagat Pre Race Press Conference
Martin Mathathi Pulls Away from Abdi to Win Peachtree Roadrace
*USA Men's 10km Championships: Abdi Wins US Title, 2nd Overall at Peachtree link fixed
*Results (Martin Irungu Mathathi and Wude Ayalew Win Peachtree, Abdi Abdirahman 2nd
"(I) ran with Tom (Brooks) at Indiana University back in 1997-98. Interesting, on the team at that time we had Tom Chorny (later 8.22 steeple), myself (later 13.06 5k) and Tom Brooks now with a 3.39 (and 8:28 steeple) and we could not place higher than 8th as a team at the Big Ten cross country that year. An example that mileage + controlled training does matter.." - Marius Bakken writing on the
message board about how much of a difference intelligent training can make (and no college drinking we might add).
Kenyan Coach Says All African Games Team is Strongest Ever If anyone wonders how US road races get such great Kenyans for so little cash, please realize that athletes are thrilled that the Kenyan govt is paying cash of aprox. $4,500 for gold, $3,000 for silver and $1,500 for bronze.
Sweden: Alan Webb 1:45.8 800 A pb for Webb. Hear Webb talk about his race and Friday's 1500m Golden League showdown this in Paris today live at 3pm.
*Results (Alan Webb 1:45.8 PR, Tom Brooks 3:39 PR)
Athens: Athens Recap: Gulnara Samitova-Galkin Runs 9:11 World Leading Steeple, Tatyana Lebedeva Debuts With World Lead in Triple 18 year old, Bilal Mansour Ali (John Yego), ran a 3:31 1500m, and Yelena Soboleva went sub 4 in the 1500m.
*Athens Results IAAF Matt
Tegenkamp with a very impressive 3:34.
*Marlon Devonish Continues Fine Form to Show He Is Britain's #1 in 100m with 10.09 in Athens
Former Trinidad and Tobago Olympic sprinter Alvin Henry Arrested for Raping Young Girls in Battery Park in Brooklyn
Stefano Baldini, Hilda Kibet Win British 10k London Run
Lornah Kiplagat Injured
Neither race was too competitive but the women's race was supposed to be a battle between Kibet, Lornah Kiplagat, and Catherine Ndereba. Unfortunately, Kiplagat got injured the first 800m, and Ndereba was not much of a factor.
*British 10k London Run Photos
More Road Action: Hendrick Ramaala 2nd in Nedbank S. African Half Marathon IAAF
Tyson Gay on Maurice Greene in the Sunday Times: "When I hear Ato Boldon saying I'm going to be the fastest man on the planet it makes me feel good because he ran with Maurice Greene, who is the greatest of all time. He is the first sprinter in history who had a start, a middle and an end."
Sunday's Quote of the Day (Different Article
Than the One Above):
"People are assuming, just because I'm running fast, that I must be on drugs. People are already thinking it's impossible, what I'm doing. I try to ignore that, I try to put it out of my mind, but it makes me nervous...
...I'm hoping you can have a track meet without bringing up steroids.
That's what I'm focusing on. I'm going to focus on myself and stay clean." -the world's hottest sprinter Tyson Gay talking in a great profile from Sunday's The Independent about the accusations coming his way now that's he's absolutely on fire in the sprints.
IAAF Recap of Friday's Moscow Meet: Yelena Soboleva Runs 3rd Fastest Women's Mile Ever!! A 4:15 full mile for a lady equates to at least a 3:57 1500, crazy good, Borzakovskiy wins 800m
A Great Read!! An
Interesting Profile Of Currently The World's Fastest Man Tyson Gay The former Razorback talks about drug acusations in sport, running fast and being coached by a man in prison.
Japanese Champs Day 1 Recap In hot and humid conditions, Kayoko Fukushi won the 10k as Miyoni Hayakari won the women's steeple in 9:46 and will go to world's 16 yeaars after running the 3k in 1991.
Another Usain Bolt Profile Prior to his win last week in 19.75 some feared he was headed to be another failed prodigy like Obea Moore.
Craig Mottram Has Gone From Being Chaser To Chased The Australian talks about how he's improved as a runner after his 13:04 5k win in Europe. *Mottram To Run Bank of Scotland Dream Mile July 29
Recap of Slovenia Meet A new national (and national jr) record in the steeple go to Ugandan Benjamin Kiplagat (8:21).
Oklahoma's Martin Smith Gets Pay Raise to $140,000 a Year He deserves it, but it's not like he's hurting for cash as he got $500,000 from
Nike Oregon. Smith should be Coach
of the Year as he took OU from 10th to the Big 12 title in 2 years. We can't believe we didn't make a bigger deal out of it earlier. Nice article on him here.
Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius to Compete in Sheffield Grand Prix Versus Jeremy Wariner Next Week Times of London Some of the article acts like he's going to challenge Wariner for the win. The dude has no chance unless he gets some really fast legs made.
Japanese Champs a Dress Rehearsal for Worlds in Osaka IAAF
Centrowitz Jr, Sorensen Come Up Short in Sub 4 Attempts The highschooler and the 40 year old squared off against each other and the clock but the clock won. Dan Wilson won the race in 4:01. Centro ran 4:03, Sorensen 4:05.
*Video of Centro/Sorensen's Mile Race
*Pre Race Feature o Centro/Jr
Usain Bolt "Hungry" For World Title - The happy go lucky partier who signed with Puma at age 17 is apparently a thing of the past. Well not totally as Bolt says he'd still party even if he was broke. At the very least, Bolt is much more focused and his 19.75 last weekend proves he's a real threat in Osaka.
Liu Xiang's Coach Says He May Go For World Record in Lausanne It seems like in the 110m hurdles, you could go for a record nearly every time out but in Paris, he may still be jetlagged.
Injury Updates: Groin Injury May Keep Asafa Powell Out of Golden League Meet on July 6th and Shot at $1 Million Jackpot BBC
*Xavier Carter's Injury Not That Serious Carter's
agent Mark Block, who was the coach and agent of Zhanna Block of Balco fame, is quoted in the article. We're sure he knew nothing of what his wife was doing.
Accused Age Cheat Thomas Longosiwa Excited About All Africa Games The Kenyan proclaimed his innocence last year but was kept off the junior team. He's back in good form this year and is dreaming of Osaka.
African 10,000m Champion Moses Kipsiro Named To Ugandan Team To All Africa Games Kipsiro is in England training and is coming back from an injury but Uganda needs him if they are going to have any chance against the Kenyans/Ethriopians.
This Weekend: Former NYC Champ Hendrick Ramaala Running Nebank S. African Half Marathon Champs in S. Africa
*Usain Bolt Run 19.75 to Break Don Quarrie's 35 Year Old National Record IAAF
Asafa Powell Runs 10.04 at Jamaica Champs and is Injured
Jadel Gregório 17.90 at Brazilian Meet as NYC Champ Marílson Gomes dos Santos Gets 13:43.41/29:08.21 Double
*French Men, Russian Women (For 11th Straight Time) Win European Cup IAAF
*Marlon Devonish Wins 200 for Britain at European Cup Times of London
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
Lyne Says: "Make progress, not excuses."
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
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"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.