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-Linford Christie on the current crop of British sprinters

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Today: DN Galan Preview: Asafa Powell in 100 vs Derrick Atkins, Bekele, Defar in 3ks The meet is on WCSN at 1pm eastern.

British World News: Steve Cram Says British Relay Troubles Don't Bode Well for Worlds
*Linford Christie Says Current Generation of Sprinters in Britain are Soft Times of London
Christine Ohuruogu Hopes to Compete This Weekend Guardian
Britain's Becky Lyne Hopes to Be Selected for Worlds Team Today

GM To End $1 Billion US Olympic Sponsorship
*Message board thread on this

All Africa Games Head Criticizes IOC For Lack of Support

NYC Half Marathon:
LRC :Geb 59:24!!!
LRC: Kibet Gets Sprint Win Over Ndereba
*LetsRun.com Post Ra
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(now with brief textual highlights)
*Photo Gallery

The 34-year old great one put on a show that will be remembered for a long time as he improved to 8-0 lifetime in the half-marathon. Geb broke it open between 10k and 15k after a challenge by Abdi and Geb showed that he is still very much a major force to be reckoned with. Abdi ran 1:00:29 on the not flat NYC course, the #2 time by an American in a very impressive run. Geb was full of praise for Abdi after the race. The women's race came down to a sprint finish between last year's champ Catherine Ndereba, the emerging star Hilda Kibet, and the unknown Nina Rillstone of New Zealand. Kibet was too good in the sprint and got the victory by 1 second over Ndereba. Feel free to download or post our videos on your website or blog here.
*NY Times Recap
*Recap of Geb's Post Race Interview (This one we do not have video of)

*Photos from Message boarder Skylon
*Message Board Thread on Race Here
*Quick AP Recap of Race

*Great NYT Article on Haile's NYC Debut
(although they did refer to P. Gilmore as the top American) The article is pretty interesting and includes an anecdote as to how two New Yorkers saw Haile with his two bodyguards and wondered if he was an African ruler.  
*LRC: Haile G Interview Video Recap
Hendrick Ramaala Interview Recap Ramaala's interview is great as he talks about why he does 3 marathons in Olympic years and how he knows all about Wejo and LetsRun.com.
Abdi Abdirahman Interview Recap Abdi is entertaining as usual and talks about talks about how he "thought he had" the US 10k record earlier this year until a cramp got to him and how he's in "way better shape" than last year when he ran 1:01 for the half.

2008 NCAA XCs Returning to Terre Haute That'll be 5 years in a row. *Message Board Thread on NCAAs Going back to Terre Haute

World 10k #1 Micah Kogo, Pan Am Gold Medallists Sara Slattery, Ed Moran Running Falmouth Next Weekend

Lagat to Double at Worlds

Norwich Union London Grand Prix Is Friday Start Lists and Results
Video Highlights From Meet
*IAAF Recap of Meet Bernard Lagat got his first win of the year in the 1,500 as Lauren Fleshman got the win in the women's 3k in a new pr. Sanya Richards edged Allyson Felix in a great ladies 400 as Jeremy Wariner edged LaShawn Merritt in the men's.

*Men's 2 Mile: Craig MottramGets The Win in 8:11 as Alistair Cragg Struggles. Mottram won easily over Mo Farah. A pre-race article said Cragg was shooting for Steve Ovett's Europen record of 8:13 as well as the Irish record of 8:17 but he got neither as he he struggled and ran 8:31.
*Mottram's Coach Happy Although Mottram Was Hoping To Run Faster
*Many Americans Have Good Day In London - Resse Hoffa impressed in the shot  put as did Aarik Wilson in the TJ.
*Tyson Gay Gets 100 Win (BBC Recap)
*Jason Gardener Runs Last 100m On British Soil
*Bernard Lagat Looking For Strong Osaka Tune-Up In London Alan Webb has pulled out so Lagat's stiffest competition may come from Great Britain's Andrew Baddeley. Lagat will use the race to help him deide whether to run the 5k or 1,500 at worlds.

Good Bernard Lagat Profile From ESPN The Magazine The 2nd fastest 1,500 runner ever talks about how much he enjoys being an American, how his fastest days may be behind him and how when he turned pro his agent only really wanted him to take care of the other Kenyans. Lagat: "If I win (in Osaka), it's not going to be a former Kenyan winning. It's going to be Lagat the American....When I'm done, I would like nothing better than to say the mile is back in America."

Gatlin's Drug Hearing Over: Justin Gatlin Secretly Recorded 10 Phone Calls With Trevor Graham, Chris Whetstine Reportedly Testifies He Doesn't Think Gatlin Knowingly Doped The whole case is bizarre to say the least.

Crystal Palace Meet Friday:
*Start lists
It's the top meet in Britain every year.
Tyson Gay Article and Video (He Says Marlon Devonish Should Be Able to Run 200 at Worlds) BBC
Marlon Devonish Says Mark Lewis Francis Should Be Selected for 100 at Worlds BBC
Craig Pickering Has an XBox and a PS3

54 Year old Extreme Sport Competitor Paul Schaye Still Doing Half Ironman's Despite Cancer

Tuesday Action:
raig Mottram Breaks 4 at Bank of Scotland Celtic Cup

British News: Preliminary British Team Announced for Worlds and Mark Lewis Francis is Left Out
*Marlon Devonish to Run 100 and 4*100 at Worlds, Not 200 BBC
Tim Benjamin and Becky Lyne Can Still Book Tickets to Osaka This Weekend in Osaka

Kenyan News: Kenyan Camp for Worlds Has Begun
*World Half World Record Holder Samuel Kamau Wanjiru Named to Kenyan 10k Team

Chris Whetstine Issues Statement to LetsRun.com Saying He Offered to Take a Lie Detector Test in Regards to Gatlin Doping Allegations Whetstine is the massage therapist Gatlin is saying doped him secretly.

Justin Gatlin to Claim Sabotage in Monday's Drug Hearing Personally we believe all drug cheats should get lifetime bans. But we also believe in fairness. And in the light that Gatlin's first drug positive was a joke (he was taking a prescription he had taken all his life) we believe he should get a 2 year sentence if convicted. The article above is a good read and if true it says that Gatlin was willing to rat out his coach Trevor Graham.

Justin Gatlin's Arbitration Hearing to Avoid an 8 Year Drug Ban is Today and Tuesday

24 Hour Mark Broken for First Time at Badwater Ultramarathon Dean Karnazes' claim to fame besides marketing himself to death was winning this race.
*70 Year Old Man Finishes Badwater

Bekele Runs 12:49 in Spain
Mutola Runs 1:58 World Leader as Well Bekele won by 38 seconds.

Kenyan Trials: Recap of Kenyan Trials Olympic champ Ezekiel Kemboi won the steeple as World Junior XC Champ Asbel Kiprop, just 18 was the surprise 1500m winner. The Kenyan champ will head into worlds with a pr 5 seconds slower than Alan Webb.
*World Junior XC Champ Asbel Kiprop Wins Kenyan Trials
EA Standard
*Kenyan Team for Worlds Announced IAAF
Athletics Kenya Says No Athletes Will be Allowed to Compete Abroad Between Now and Worlds

Pan Am Games: *Results
Pan Am Recap Cuba's Yeimer Lopez Sets Pan Am Record in 800, US Champ Josh McAdams Leads Sweep in Steeple More Americans should take in the opportunity of championship racing before big crowds.
*IAAF Recap
David Galva
n Outkicks NYC Marathon Champ Marilson Santos to Win Exciting Men's 10k at Pan Am Games Dos Santos ran both the 5k and 10k here before the hometown fans but came up short in both. In the 10k, he came agonizing close to gold but Galvan was just too good down the stretch as he also set a Pan Am Games record. American Jorge Torres was 4th. Former NCAA champ Megan Metcalfe of Canada won the women's 5k over the USA's Cack Ferrell. In the men's 400m hurdles, defending champ Felix Sanchez clipped the last hurdle while leading and had to settle for 4th.
*Photos from 10k at Pan Am Games
*USATF Recap Mary Jayne Harrelson
gets 1500m silver.
*Friday Recap of Pan Am Games

European Action: Belgium Lauren Fleshman Runs 15:08 to Win Molly Huddle with her second pr in 4 days. At this rate she'll have the WR by September.

Seb Coe Calls for 4 Year Doping Bans

World XC Champ Lornah Kiplagat Out of Worlds

Robert Cheruiyot Joins Gebrselassie in NY Half Plus Abdi, Alan, and Special K. Catherine Ndereba joined the women's field. Mary W and the NYRR continue to impress.

IAAF Herculis Super Grand Prix From Monaco
Full Results
LRC Distance Recap: Fantastic 3ks and Men's 800 Highlight The Super Grand Prix
We give you a blow by blow recap of some great mid-d and distance action. In the women's 3k, Mariem Alaoui Selsouli followed up her 14:36 breakthrough in Rome with a world leading 8:28 as Kim Smith earned a national record and American Jen Rhines continued her sensational rejuvenation in 2007 becoming the 4th fastest American. In the men's 3k, Bekele won but a national record went to Moses Kipsiro as Alistair Cragg ran one of the finest 3ks ever run by a runner not born in Africa (actually he was born in Africa so we should have said Caucasian). In an incredibly tight men's 800, the top 6 all set seasonal bests as Olympic silver medallist Mublaeni Mulaudzi won in a world leading 1:43.74 as American Khadevis Robinson was passed in the last 50.
*IAAF Recap of Monaco Meet

*Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Runs World Leading 1:43.74 To Win In Monaco

Sex Sells?

*Monaco Start Lists
(Matt Tegenkamp, Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor in 3k, Treniere Clement 1500)
*Athlete Quotes from Monaco Press Conference

Alexandre Vinokourov Tests Positive And just yesterday we were commenting that his ride on Monday reminded us of Floyd Landis incredible ride last year (after which he tested positive). Well, at least cycling does not have its head in the sand and has the most aggressive tesitng program in sports. We wish the NFL nd MLB would follow suit.
*Tour Director Calls for 'Revolution' after Latest Drug Scandal Independent

*Message board thread

All Africa Games Post Mortem:
*Nice Profile: Moses Kipsiro Saves Uganda's Image By Winning Gold at 5k allafrica.com
*After African Games Silve and Mastesr 10k World Record, Edith Masai Has Given Up Track Running for Roads, Up Next World Champs Marathon

*African 100m Champ Olusoji Fasuba May Not Run for Nigeria Again

Recap of German Champs IAAF

Webb Post Mortem:
Webb Turns His Focus to Worlds USA Today He's got to keep his peak form 1 more month. If you think about the fact that he ran 3:51 in April, it's a bit scary but if he ran 3:51 off of base, then he should be running 3:46 now and come August he'l be fine.
Steve Scott's Reaction to Alan Webb's American Mile Record
*On the boards:
How Little Attention Did Webb's Run Get in Your Hometown? Don't worry, the people in Belgium didn't care too much either.

Alan Webb Breaks 25-Yr Old American Record In Mile!! In front of a tiny crowd of less than 1,000 in Belgium, Webb ran 3:46.91 to break Steve Scott's record. Webb is now the 8th fastest miler in history, and the 7 ahead of him are a who's who of track and field's all-time bad-ass middle distance runners. The Belgium meet actually had a lot of fine distance action with tons of Americans. In the women's 5k, American Molly Huddle got the win in a new pr of 15:26. In the men's 5k where American Dathan Ritzenhein had the lead with 400 to go but got blown away by Daba Bekanaand Alistair Cragg over the last lap. Bekana got the win in 13:06 as Ritz ran 13:16. In the women's 1500, Lauren Fleshman had a 4 second PR as she ran 4:07 to get the win over Amy Mortimer. In the men's 1500, Ian Dobson, whose previous pr was 3:43.04 ran 3:39.62 for 2nd.
*Race Video
*Post-Race Teleconference Excerpts From Webb

All Africa Games:
Day 4:
Van Zyl leads South African gold parade in Algiers
Day 3:
Kaki surprises Mulaudzi in Algiers - All Africa Games Day 3
Day 2: World XC Champ Zersenay Tadesse Wins All Africa 10k Title in 27:00, Nigeria Sweeps 100m Crowns
Tadesse got Eritrea's first gold at the Games but it has only been a country for 14 years.

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 ever 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 first 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 spawned 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.

AT&T USA Nationals: *Results
Post Nationals:
*Jenny 'Puddles' Barringer Has to Decide Whether She Will Go to Osaka

*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

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.
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

*Saturday Quotes
*Nice AP Recap of Saturday's Action

*Grace Upshaw Goes from 5th to First in Long Jump on Final Jump
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

*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

Martin Lel and Chunxiu Zhou Triumph
Ryan Hall 2:08:24 Debut!!
*London 2007 Photos updated 4/23
*Article 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

*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
Cheruyiot Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Robert 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

Men: Pete 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.

A Must Read 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.

In case you missed it:
Todd Williams Hangs them up

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

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

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

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 the sport.

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

"Paul 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 on a new Running novel,
The Gift
The Gift is now available from Amazon.com)

Paul Tergat
*"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."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape" but he's 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

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

A Staff of One:
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 Democrat

Justin Gatlin Says He Got a B12 Shot Some Unknown Pills a Few Weeks Before Testing Positive It seems morelikley to us that his drug cheating coach would be secretly doping him and this would have been his defense in his arbitration hearing. But apparently in the elite world of sprinting where the biggest drug cheats only got caught because a rival coach got jealous and mailed a syringe to authorities, a masseuse doping you because he's pissed is a more likely scenario.

On the Boards: The 1500 at Worlds:
Track and Field News Predicts Webb Won't Medal
Asbel Kiprop Will Win The Men's 1500M Run at The WC's

More Weekend Action:
*Spanish Champs Recap

*Finnish Champs Recap IAAF

Isinbayeva, Borzakovskiy Shine in Moscow

TD Banknorth Beach To Beach 10k Duncan Kibet's Hot Streak Continues As He Wins in 27:51 4 runners broke 28:00 on the men's side including Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi who showed he should be a force come the Trials in October. Hard to believe this race is already 10 yrs old.

Thank You NYRRC
New York Road Runners Raising $250,000 for Elites by Selling ING New York City Marathon Entries at $1,000 a Pop www.letsrun.com

One We Missed Last Week: Takayuki Matsumiya Set Japanese National Record of 13:13.20 in Belgium

Benita Johnson, Sarah Jamieson Are Australia's Golden Hopes for 2008

French Champs
*Day 1 Recap
*Day 2 Recap

Canada's World Champ Team Announced
Message Board Thread Here

*Former Boston Champ Jacqueline Gareau, Superstar Grete Waitz to Be at Joan Samuelson's Beach to Beacon This Weekend

*Meb Keflezeghi Road Racing for 2nd Straight Weekend
*Cape Elizabeth's Population Doubles With Beach to Beacon Road Race

More Weekend Action:
Wales: Jon Brown Only Runs 30:32 at BUPA Great Wales Run But Pleased With Return to Racing, Berhane Adere Wins Women's Race
Bogota: Issac Macharia, Neriah Asiba Pull Upsets at Bogota Half Marathon

Lisa Galaviz Writes About her American Record in the Steeple steeplechics.com

British News: UK Athletics to Announce Small Team for Worlds
*Steve Cram Says Britain Only Has 2 Serious Medal Contenders for WorldsBBC

Sunday's Action:
British Trials:

*Marlon Devonish Wins 200 to Complete 100-200 Sprint Double
*Jessica Ennis Has Shot at Medal in Osaka Hepathlon
*Back Injury May Keep Triple Jumper Idowu Out of Worlds
Video Highlights of Day 2 of British Trials
*Colin Jackson Says it Is 'Much Harder' Being An Athlete Now Than Back in His Day Times of London
Becky Lyne, Britains' 2006 Athlete of the Year, May Not Be Selected for Worlds

Heusden: *Results
Alan Webb 1:43.84!!!
American Steeple Record for Galaviz

Just in case you figured Webb was past his peak, think again. Webb shocked everyone, including himself by running 1:43.84, a 2 second pr to get the win (he never had broken 1:46 before this year). Lisa Galaviz ran 9:28.75 a 10 second pr to get the American steeple record, and Aaron Aguayo got the steeple "A" standard
putting Tom Brooks on the team even though he ran 8:30. Brian Olinger did what he seems to do out of nowhere every few years- run 8:19 in the steeple. Chris Solinsky ran 13:12 and Bolota Asmeron 13:15, showing 13:15 is the new 13:30. Erin Donohue hit the "A" standard in the 1500m
Webb/Aouita - only two ever sub-27:40/sub-1:44??

British Champs: *Results
Saturday: British Champs Recap Marlon Devonish Wins 100

*Malachi Davis Still Getting UK Lottery Funding Despite Only Running 46.8 This Year

*Heptathlete Jessica Ennis Wins High Jump and Hurdles at British Champs

Video Highlights from British Athletics Trials
*Florida State's Andrew Lemoncello Wins Steeple at British Trials

*Nicola Sanders Makes 400m FInal at British Champs but Has Knee Problem
*British Heptathlete Jessica Ennis in Fine Form

Kelly Holmes Was Right! Jolanda Ceplek Suspended For Positive EPO Test The world indoor 800 record holder claims she's innocent but we don't believe her as she becomes the 6th prominent European track athlete to test positive this year. The rumor on the circuit for the longest time was she was dirty but Kelly Holmes was the only one to have the guts to basically state it (sort of like LetsRun.com with Regina Jacobs). Ceplak of course denies she is guilty

Pan Am Games:
Day 4 Wednesday:
LRC Recap: Hudson de Souza Wins 1500 Gold
The South American record holder defended his gold in impressive fashion as Juan Luis Barrios nabbed his 2nd silver and Andrew McClary really, really struggled..
*USATF Recap: Sheena Johnson's 400m hurdle gold is one of 3 US medals

Previous Pan Am Action
Day 3 Tuesday:
LRC Recap of Women's 800:

Canada's Diane Cummins Gets Gold

She defeated a deep field including US champ Alysia Johnson who took it out in a fast 42.2 through 300.
Diane Cummins Wins Gold For Canada In 800 Canada.com
*USATF Recap of Day 3 of Pan Ams: Miki Barber Runs 11.02 for 100m Gold and Games Record

Asafa Powell to Duck Racing Tyson Gay Before Worlds as He Turns Down Offer to Race Him Next Weekend

Day 2 Pan Ams: Monday: Sara Slattery, Ed Moran Get Gold 2007 had been a difficult year for Slattery. The 2006 Bolder Boulder champ missed the USA XC champs in her hometown of Boulder with an injury and had struggled a bit in her return to action. But that changed big time on Monday as she captured gold at 10,000m in Rio. (earlier we said it was a PR but the results are wrong) Moran's victory was perhaps even more impressive as he defeated Juan Barrios and David Galvan who have run 13:11 and 13:12 respectively this year. Plus he defeated NYC Marathon champ dos Santos (who will double back in the 10,000m) and ran a meet record of 13:25.
*More on Moran
Good Read:
Canadian Hurdler Perdita Felicien Has the Fire (Anger) Back "Why are you not seizing these opportunities? They're so limited. They're so rare. And you're getting older. You're not going to have many more"
Day 1:
Cuba's Mariela González Wins Pan Am Gold in Marathon IAAF

All Africa Games Over: World Junior XC Champ Asbel Kiprop Wins 1500m Gold at All Africa Games, Tariku Bekele Upset in 5k Kiprop is a rising star.
*Wilson Komen, The Next Kenyan Steeplestar? (He Was a Surprise Winner at All Africa Games)IAAF

Dennis Shaver, LSU Coach, Gets 3 Year Contract Extension Starting at $165,000
*Lengthy Profile on Shaver

Tero Pitkämäki, Guy Who Speared French Long Jumper in Rome With Javelin, Returns With 91.28 Throw IAAF

IAAF Madrid
*Meet Recap
(Terrible article)

*Full Results
The meet featured a good 800 as Youssef Saad Kamel ran 1:44.49 to beat Americans Khadevis Robinson (1:45.03) and Nick Symmonds (1:45.06) as Ivan Heshko got the win in the 1500. In the women's 1500, 3-time US Champ Treniere Clement was a disappointing 6th (4:11). Steve Slattery had a strong 2nd place showing in the steeple (8:24).

IAAF Wlling to Spend 30,000 Euros to Test Oscar Pistorius's Legs We hate to sound like cold harded people who hate the handicapped but they should save the money. He runs faster the 2nd half of the 400 than the first. No one does that (Except us actually)
*'Go Get 'Em Oscar'

European men's 400m champion Marc Raquil Out of Worlds With Torn Thigh Muscle

Golden League #3 Rome: *Results IAAF
Recap: Asafa Powell returned from injury to run 9.90 and Sanya Richards stayed in the $1 million hunt. Plus Adil Kaouch ran 3:30 in the 1500m. Jen Rhines went sub 15 for 5k but American record holder Shalane Flangan only ran 15:04. The meet was overshadowed somewhat by a French long jumper being speared by a javelin.
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Runs 46.90 For 2nd In B Heat in Rome He's an inspiring story but will get smoked by Jeremy Wariner on Sunday in Sheffield.

Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Looks At Alan Webb's Rocky Rise: Emotional Webb has plan to be USA's best-ever miler Layden recounts an encounter with Webb in high school and states there has always been a long-term plan that "media, bloggers and anonymous web posters" (i.e. the LetsRun.com posters) didn't recognize.

Paris Golden League Meet
WEBB 3:30.54 Win in Paris!!!!!
Webb went through the 1200 in 2:49 when Baala took the lead. Both guys were battling down the home stretch but Webb just had enough strength left over the last 50 meters to get the biggest win of his career in a time that makes him the #3 American (fastest American born). Unlike the Sports Illustated cover jinx, appearing in a LetsRun.com live podcast gives one great karma. Listen to Webb talk about his career on Tuesday - just 3 days before the biggest win of his career.
*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 Flocasat 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
*Start Lists
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
Video: *Bernard Lagat Pre Race Press Conference

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.

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."

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: money opportunity.

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.

Boston Commentary::
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.
*Weather 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 won, but 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 leading 13:11.

*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
Scott Davis, 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.

Sonia O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final Road Race BBC

Steve 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.

Devine Racing 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.

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco 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 Times Union
*Doctors 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

JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
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 longshot.
*Splits from all the races
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's Race
Photos: Women's Race Photos

(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
Boulder Running Reputation Solid
Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
Culpepper Feels Right at Home
Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
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.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Wejo 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.
*Alan 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.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional 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 weekend.
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 even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper
Racing more is the plan in 2007.
Gouchers 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 Daily Camera
Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder
One of 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 trials.
Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers, 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) and the 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

Married 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.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

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

LetsRun.com and Catcher in the Rye Two of the greatest works of the English language.

Kenya May Leave Worlds With 0 Gold Medals

Kenyan Coaches Say Runners Need to Change Their Tactics Before Worlds  The truth of the matter is the top Ethiopians are just better.

World and Olympic Javelin Champ Osleidys Menéndez to Skip Worlds with Leg Injury IAAF

Record Number of Dope Tests to Be Done in Osaka

On the boards: Hall or Abdi Who Is the Favorite at the Olympic Trials?