The action gets away Saturday (am) in Japan. Friday afternoon in the US. Check back later today as we start our extensive worlds coverage with a men's marathon preview.
*Marlon Devonish Does Not Think Both Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay Will Make 100m Final Times of London
*Tyson Gay Leads American Sprinters at Worlds
*Former World Champ Eunice Barber Out of Heptathlon, Helps Chances of Brits Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis
*Tyson Gay Leads American Sprinters at Worlds
*Marathoners Constantina Tomescu Dita and Wataru Okutani Out of Worlds Dita was a strong medal threat.
*Christian Olsson Reinjurs Hamstring is Out of Worlds Which Improves Chances of Phillips Idowu BBC
Nice Read: Swedish Steepler Mustafa Mohamed Has a Good Shot at a Medal and He Credits Training in Kenya for His Success His training partner is Paul Kipsiele Koech, the World #1 in 2007, who didn't make the Kenyan team. Mustafa says, "Before I went (to Kenya) I thought I trained hard, but I learnt what hard training really is there"
More Worlds News:
*Ana Guevara Targets 4th Medal at Worlds
*Simeon Williamson, Britain's Top Young Sprinter is Sitting at Home for Some Reason Guardian
*After Great Success in 2004, Sheena Johnson is Tryiing to Get Back on Track in 07 with a New Coach She's now with Felix Sanchez's coach
*Ugandan Athletes to Be Managed by Their Local Managers
*Asafa Powell Goes Clubbing in Japan Until 2am But he did show up for training 4.5 hours later.
*Jeremy Wariner Thinks He Can Get World Record in 400 at Worlds Guardian
*Sudanese Athletes, Including Some from Darfur, Are Hoping to Make Their Mark at Worlds
*British #1 Long Jumper Chris Tomlinson Nearly Quit Sport Times of London
*Kelly Sotherton Hopes Javelin Problems are Behind Her BBC
Worlds Start Friday
*Associated Press Preview of Worlds We'll have our world famous prediction contest up tomorrow.
*New Zealand WChamp Team Announced - 10 Athletes Strong Adrian Blincoe made the cut for the 5k but has withdrawn
Forget About Worlds, Some People Are Already Worried About Olympic Trials Housing:
*Long Article On Track Town Housing Mania - House With Maid Service + Wifi For 8k registerguard.com
Shorter 1 Page Articles on The Details of the Mania:
*Apartments Across The Street From Hayward Field Are Going For $250 a Night In Eugene
Some Eugene Residents Are Offering Their Houses For Swapping on Craigs List For Next Year's Trials
*An Email Interview With British 400m Runner Andrew Steele Independent
*Great Britain's Chances For Success Appear Slim Two years ago they didn't win gold until the last day thanks to Paula Radcliffe. This year, things are expected to be even worse. Could they really get shut out of all individual medals
*A New Breed of Sprinter: Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell The two are very fast but they don't trash talk, instead they are polite and speak softly.
*A Look At Jamaica's Best Medal Hopes
*Profile of GBR Marathoner Mara Yamauchi She was born and educated at Oxford but actually lives now in Japan.
*Preview of 5k and 10k at Worlds
*Preview of Marathons at Worlds
*Kenyan Team Wraps Up Training in Kenya for Worlds EA Standard
*Kenyan 800m Hopes on Wilfred Bungei's Shoulders at Worlds allafrica.com
**Björn Otto Finally Bringing Success in Vault Outdoors BBC
*World Champs Throws Preview
*World Champs Hurdles Preview
*Osaka Jumps Preview
Track and Field Star=Designated Driver:
Lengthy Jo Ankier Profile
The beauty is trying to avoid the Anna Kournikova Syndrome
"A lot of people would say to me: ‘Jo, you never drink.’ But it was good
for my friends as it meant that I would often do the driving."
Craig Mottram Pulls Up on Track With Hamstring Scare The LetsRun.com spies are all over the world.
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.
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
Seb Coe, Sergey Bubka Elected IAAF VPs
*BBC Audio Interview With Seb Coe
American Bob Hersh was also elected
*Ex Doper, Stasi Informant Heike Drechsler Elected to IAAF Committee
*Results of All IAAF Elections
Worlds Distance News:
*Ethiopian Sensations Dibaba and Defar Ready to Resume Rivalry at Worlds
*Is This the Year for 1500m World Leader Yelena Soboleva?
*S. African Team Ready for Marathon on Saturday at Worlds
*Nigeria Athletics Coach Says Team Did Not Prepare Properly
*Kenyan Men Hoping to Repeat Success of 1991 Worlds in Tokyo
Craig Masback Head of USATF Gets a Blog: "It is impossible to compete against romanticized recollections of what it
used to be like." People love to romanticize everything. No one saw Alan Webb break the AR this year and the public really didn't care but in 30 years we'll all act like everyone did.
News We Missed: Rashid Ramzi Only 75% Fit The 800, 1500m World champ has not raced in 2007.
Seb Coe Up for IAAF Vice Presidency, Likely to Vie with Bubka for Presidency Times of London
Worlds Distance News:
Junior Asbel Kiprop Has PB 5 Seconds Slower than Alan Webb, He Has Not
Run Well Outside of Africa, Yet Some Are Picking Him for Gold He was the World XC jr champ and All Africa Games 1500m champ.
*Bekele Heavily Favored to Make it 4 in a Row at 10k
*Steve Cram: More Athletes Need to be Like Liz McColgan Guardian
*Kenya Hasn't Won a World Champ Gold in 20 Years in Men's Marathon Don't expect it to happen this year either as Kenya's best men aren't running worlds.
*First Kenyan Contingent off to Worlds
Gouchers, Rupp (and AlSal) Ready for Worlds:
Rupp, Gouchers and Salazar Go to Altitude They appear to have left nothing unaccounted for in their Worlds preparation. Not only do they go to altitude but they took their altitude tents with them.The Oregonian did 3 articles on their Worlds preparation.
More on Gouchers, Rupp and Salazar at Altitude Photos plus more details on Salazar's heart attack. The paddles had to be used 8 times (not 4) on him and his doctors said he had a 1/10,000 chance of surviving.
*A Look at the Science of Going to Altitude
*Message board thread on these articles
Drug Cheat Mastermind Victor Conte Trying To Rebuild His Life The guy is still involved in sports and supplements
2 Time Defending Champ Tatyana Tomashova Out of Worlds Is it just us or do the Russian women not get a lot of respect? Her name barely rung a bell.
Paula Radcliffe Consulting Experts About Pollution in Beijing The pollution is going to be bad unless the government totally shuts down the country's factories which it has said it might do. Ahh the advantages of totalitarism (If anyone has any good ideas for Beijing political commentary tshirts email us. We'll both get rich.)
*Pollution to be a Big Problem in BeijingBBC
Kenyan 800m Hopes on Wilfred Bungei's Shoulders at Worlds allafrica.com
LaShawn Merritt Says Jeremy Wariner is Beatable and He Is the One Who Will Beat Him Merritt dedicates every race to his brother, Antwan, who died in tragic circumstances in a dorm room fall in 1999. He'll have his hands full with Wariner but just as this message board poster was saying in a detailed analysis (post of the day nominee), Merritt is the only runner capable of beating Wariner. Apparently Merritt's grandmother died last week. We send our condolences.
Retired Ian Thorpe Providing Medical Records to Explain Why He Had High Testosterone Levels
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
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boards. Read about their incredible story.