Standard Chartered Gives Nairobi Marathon $5 Million/5 Year Sponsorship Deal Think how much ING must pay NYC
Cheat Katerina Thanou Skipping Worlds, Plus World Long Jump Leader Louis Tsatoumas
John Hancock’s Boston Marathon Fundraising Program Nets $3.3 Million for Local Organizations.
What about HGH? Victor Conte Says He Played a Small Part in Barry Bonds' Record, Plus Says He Never Gave Bonds Steroids
S. Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Broke 33 Year Old National Record in 1000 on Tuesday It was the oldest S. African record on the books.
Lagat Running the 5000m Makes Things a Lot More Difficult for Craig Mottram Lagat basically wins every 5k he runs.
Wisconsin to Race Bill Dellinger Invite at End of September
Great Meet: DN Galan Results
*Wariner 43.50!! Allison Felix 49.70, Deena Kastor 14:52
Jeremy Wariner smoked a 43.50 400 (video), making him the 3rd fastest ever. Vlašic Blanka jumped 2.07 (video), tying for 2nd on the all time outdoor list, Kenny B ran a 7:25 3k pr. Deena Kastor showed she still has some speed with a 14:52 5k win, just missing her pr set 7 years ago at the same meet. 21 year old Michael Rimmer won the 800 in a 1:45.17 pr and Paul Koech showed he deserves a spot in Osaka by clocking the first sub 8 steeple of the year. Asafa Powell showed he may be beatable as he only won by .01 seconds in 10.04. Allyson Felix ran a 49.70 pr to defeat Sanya Richards who was doubling back from a 100m pr. Bernard Lagat appears to be rounding into form as he ran a 1000m pr (2:16.27) but was a second behind Belal Mansoor Ali (Jon Yego) who won his 5th straight race and is one of the favorites in the 1500m at Worlds.
Video: Video of Jeremy Wariner's 44.50
*Video of Asafa Powell's Narrow Win in Sweden
*Video of Vlašic Blanka Jumping 2.07
*Message board thread on Wariner
*Message board thread on Tenkgamp's 7:35 3k
*Message board thread on Deena
New UK Athletics Head Plans Overhaul Heading into 2012 Olympics
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:
Men: LRC :Geb 59:24!!!
Women: LRC: Kibet Gets Sprint Win Over Ndereba
*LetsRun.com Post Race Videos (now with brief textual highlights)
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
*LRC: 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 www.letsrun.com
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
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:
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
Craig 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
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
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
*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
Saturday: 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.
David Galvan 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
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
*Monaco Start Lists (Matt Tegenkamp, Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor in 3k, Treniere Clement 1500)
*Athlete Quotes from Monaco Press ConferenceIAAF
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.
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
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.
*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
*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.
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
Worlds 2 Weeks Away:
*Ethiopian Team Announced for 2007 World Track and Field Champs Tirunesh Dibaba will try and defend her 5k and 10k titles.
*IAAF Announces TV Deal for Worlds (Priority Was to Get Things on Free TV) Give the IAAF credit for focusing on free tv. The sport needs people to actually see it on free tv, even if it means a few less $$$ in the short term. Look what's happened to boxing.
*Jamaica Team Announced for Worlds
*Kenya Team Must Learn from Failure at All Africa Games
Russia Suspends Head Coach Valery Kulichenko afer Doping Allegations
BBC Asks 11 Former Greats About British Medal Chances in 2008 Separate Q&A with Coe, Cram, Christie, and more. BBC
Brief Chat With NYC Half Champ Hilda Kibet
Still Considers Venelina Veneva and European 400-meter champion and
hurdler Vanya Stambolova to Be Cheats Even Though They Were Cleared by
Bulgaria Sandra Farmer Patrick and Mary Slaney ring a bell?
Meb Keflezighi to Make Final Tune Up Before Olympic Marathon Trials at San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon
2007 Amica Insurance Breakers Marathon Unveils New Course and Support for Regional Elites
*Ohuruogu to Run 400 and 4*400 at Worlds
*Final British Team Announced for Worlds Guardian
*Osaka-bound Ohuruogu to Compete at Scottish National Champs This Weekend
Justin Gatlin Says He Got a B12 Shot Some Unknown Pills a Few Weeks Before Testing Positive It seems more likely 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 IAAF
*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
*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
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 MarathonIAAF
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
*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
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
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 IAAF
*Malachi Davis Still Getting UK Lottery Funding
Despite Only Running 46.8 This Year
*Heptathlete Jessica Ennis Wins High Jump and Hurdles at British ChampsIndependent
*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
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
*Meet Recap (Terrible article)
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
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
*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
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:
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.