Andy Norman, Arguably Once the Most Powerful Man in British Athletics, Dies Message board thread here. Norman fell from power with the Cliff Temple affair but was a giant in the sport at one time.
*Kelly Holmes will Miss Norman
Haile Gebrselassie Teaming Up with Chris Chataway to Promote Clean Water The great one even went on a run with Chataway. Vicky Buchanan, Chataway's soon to be daughter in law, was killed while riding a bike but was committed to clean water in Ethiopia.
"Most people would never guess that some the best college distance
runners sign contracts between $100,00 and $200,000 per year. The world
of sprinting pays even better, with the best guys earning up to
$600,000 per year. Right out of college. That’s good money. And once
you realize all of the bonuses that athletes can earn for running
certain times or finishing in the top spots at certain races, you sit
up and pay attention. If contracts and signing bonuses were public
knowledge, as they are in all the other major sports, more people would
-Matt Taylor writing
an in depth article on the money in the sport of running and the need
to publicize it. Plus he is critical of the reliance of appearance fees
in marathoning. Thankfully, the 2008 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is shaking things up with a $250,000 first place prize. It has already secured Haile Gebrselassie for next year's race and will make the World Marathon Majors pay attention.
World Athletics Final Event By Event Recaps
Sunday: Robles 12.92, Edward Soi's 3k/5k Double Highlights World Athletics Final We're sure most of you have never heard of Soi (but he could be Kenya's future star. He's run 12:52 and has a sick kick). Soi picked up the 5k title to go with his 3k title the day before. A nice $60,000 weekend.
Distance: Day 2 World Athletics Final Distance Recap: Soi Gets 3000, 5000 Double, Defar Impresses
Hurldes: Robles' 12.92 in Final Event Brings World Athletics Final to Triumphant Close Robles is only 20. Not sure what the Chinese will do if Liu Xiang loses next year in Beijing.
More on Moi: "Even our sprinters are afraid of my 200m"
*Unheralded Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Wins 200m in 19.89 at World Athletics Final IAAF
*British Press Still Seem Surprised Sanya Richards Cleans Christine Ohuruogo's Clock Every Time They Race
*Event By Event Recaps
Day 1 of World Athletics Final: Asafa Powell's 9.83 Highlights The dude is so fast people are upset if he doesn't break the record even though he ran 9.83 into a wind.
*Jamal's Dominating 1500m Win the Distance Highlight of Day 1 of 2007 World Athletics Final
This meet is set to reward the top performers of 2007. You can tell who the true stars are, at least financially, by looking at who skips the meet and the chance to pocket $30,000 for the win (Tirunesh Dibaba, Jermey Wariner, Bernard Lagat)
*Reuters Recap of Day 1 of World Athletics Final
*Marek Plawgo of Poland Wins 400m Hurdles at WAF
*Asafa Powell Wins 100m at 2007 World Athletics Final (AFP Recap of Meet with 2 Photos)
*Live Audio Stream Saturday and Sunday of World Athletics Final IAAF
Leonard Mucheru Wants His Kenyan Citizenship Back
Maria Mutola May Miss Event In Kenya Next Weekend With Injury
Wednesday's Action: Asafa Powell Runs 10.12 in Poland
*Pedro's Cup Results (Jeremy Wariner 44.43)
*Photo of Powell in Poland
Past Champions Abdirahman, Browne Headline USA Men's 10 Mile Championship Next Month in Minneapolis
Wisconsin Men, Stanford Women #1 in 2007 LetsRun.com NCAA PreSeason XC Super Polls Both teams were #1 all of last year until nationals where the Colorado Buffaloes upset the #1 ranked Badgers. See the preseason national, conference, and regional predictions.
$30,000 First Prizes on Tap at This Weekend's World Athletics Final IAAF
LaSalle Bank Announces 2007 Chicago Women's Field: Benita Johnson Headlines
*athy Butler and Liz Yelling Running Chicago Marathon
Steve Cram Says World Athletics Final Doesn't Serve Much Purpose Guardian
For Oregon Ducks With Everyone Back But One from Last Year's 5th Place Team Expectations are High And they added Chad Hall and Centro Jr.
Ndereba Gets Promotion in Kenyan Prisons Service
Berlin: Isinbayeva, Richards Win $500,000 Each
There wasn't a lot of drama as Richards ran another World leader and dominated with Allyson Felix back at USC. In other action, Bernard Lagat got beat by Daniel Komen in the 1500, Allen Johnson showed he still has it in the hurdles, and Janeth Jepkosgei got another win in the 800.
*Sanya Richards and Isinbayeva Content to Share $1 Million IAAF
*Susanna Kallur Wins Hurdles in Berlin, Wants to Get Swedish Record IAAF
*Richards and Isinbayeva's Road to Jackpot
*World Champ Christine Ohuruogu a Distant Second in 400 in BerlinTimes of London
Sad News: The Man Responsible For Possibly More World Records/Olympic Medals Than Anyone In Track History Has Died Dr. J. W. Eschbach has succumbed to lung cancer at age 74. Eschbach is the one that discovered that EPO plays a huge role in red-blood cell production and led the clinical trials of the first EPO drug. Message board thread here
Paul Tergat Calls On Athletics Kenya To Have Full Time Coaches So Kenyans Won't Have To Train Abroad
Craig Mottram Says Hamstring Is What Caused his Debacle at Worlds It seems like instead of his coach talking about the heat causing Mottram's problems it would have been much easier to tell the truth at Worlds instead of misleading everyone for 2 weeks.
Jaouad Gharib, Felix Limo, and Evans Rutto Headline 30th LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Robert Cheruiyot, the world's top marathoner is not on the list, but if he runs, it should be a sick sick race.
London Champ Martin Lel, London Runner Up Goumri To Race at 2007 ING NYC Marathon Remember the days when NY was 2nd class to Chicago?
*Video: Watch the Incredible Sprint Finish in London this Year (Final Quarter Mile of arguably the greatest men's marathon ever)
Asafa Powell 9.74 WR He did it in a semifnal heat, letting up before the finish. He had a nice wind and some slight altitude, but he wasn't even trying to set the record. It's really anticlimatic to see a WR in a semi of some meet a week after he should have run fast and when he wasn't even trying to run his fastest.
*Rieti: Recap Asafa Powell Runs 9.74, Janet Jepkosgei Runs 1:56.29 IAAF
Mesage board threads:
*Powell the best time trialist ever?
*Thread on the record
More Rieti: Rupp, A Goucher, Riley bomb in 3k Post Worlds blues
*Kara Goucher Continues Fine Form with 8:34 3k
World Champs Wrap Up
Great Read: Tim Layden Writes a Worlds Recap: Allyson Felix 48. Relay, Seb Coe on Alan Webb, Mo Greene Update and Mor Layden takes issue with Lagat running for Kenya while a US citizen in 2004 (in actuality the US had 3 distance runners get medals in 2004, they only had 2 at Worlds). Others (including a Kenyan guy who emailed us today) are saying Lagat should have been DQd in the 5k for cutting off Kipchoge.
*Message board thread on Layden's article
*South African Editorial: Make Changes Now To Avoid Beijing Disaster For the 4th time in 8 wchamps, SAfrica won a grand total of zero medals.
*Kenyan Editorial: This Is Why We Are Proud To Be Kenyans The Kenyans had their finest major championship ever as they finished 2nd in the medal count. They rightly are proud (but apparently now want sprint and field event success as well).
*Uganda's Moses Kipsiro Is Happy With 5k Bronze - The African champ won his country's 3rd ever medal by edging American Matt Tegenkamp
*Steve Cram: Osaka Was Better Than Expected For Britian
Jeremy Wariner Leads US Men to 4*400 Gold as US Sweeps all 4 Relay Golds For First Time
*Video of Men's 4*400 Final
US Women Win 4*400 as Felix Gets 3rd Gold
*Video of Women's 4*400
Yego Edges Reed
Unrabbited races often produce surprises but rarely so much so in the 800. The field went out in 55 seconds giving everyone a chance. Canada's Gary Reed had the lead the entire homestretch except for the last 3 feet as Alfred Kirwa Yego edged him by .01. The entire field finished within half a second of each other as Yego got the surprise win. Yego's highest finish this year in an international race was 5th before worlds.
*Photo of Yego and Reed at Finish
*Video of Final 250 of Men's 800
Japan US Wins Men's 4*100
Tyson Gay Gets 3rd Gold
The hometown Japanese who have 0 medals at these championships (they did win the World Marathon Champs men's team title) ran faster than any winning team since the 2000 Olympics). The problem for the Japanese was that 4 teams ran sub 38 seconds, as the US held off an incredible anchor run by Asafa Powell to get the gold.
US Women Run World Leader to Edge Jamaicans in 4*100
Friday Distance Qualifying
800 Semis: Rashid Ramzi Bows Out
The defending champ did not make the final and neither did the Americans.
*2 Kenyans Bungei and Kirwa Make 800m Final
*2007 Word Leader Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Makes 800 Finals
1500m Semis: Americans Clement and Donohue failed to advance
More Distance News: *Craig Mottram Has a Traveling Hippie to Keep Him Company and Calm at Races He'll need all the help he can get trying to beat Lagat on Sunday.
*Martin Keino: Kenya Has Shown Dominance at Worlds
Cuban Yargelis Savigne Upsets Tatyana Lebedeva in Triple Jump The real question is Castro dead?
Thursday Distance Qualifying:
Tariku Bekele, Kipchoge Lead 5000m Qualifying as All 3 Americans Advance Adam Goucher even qualified despite kicking a lap early. (Slightly related: the IAAF should end qualifying on time in events above 800).
Ethiopian Perspective: Tariku Bekele and Abraham Cherkose negotiate tricky 5000m semis
*Round 1 of 800: Rashid Ramzi Runs, All the Favorites Advance The most exciting event at Worlds.
Jana Pittman Wins 400m Hurdles
*Video of Jana Rawlinson Winning 400m Hurdles
Lagat Gets Gold
The world's 2nd fastest ever at 1500m has been the bridesmaid twice and missed the last 2 World Championship. But on Wednesday he was golden as he powered down the final straight to capture the title as a slew of guys were in contention for the title. It was the first US 1500m title in 99 years. 2007 World leader Alan Webb faded to 8th during the final straight.
Alan Webb Quote: "It was a colossal breakdown"
*Tim Layden Writes About the Dejection of Alan Webb and Stomach Problems That Plagued Lagat Earlier This Summer
*Philip Hersh: Did Webb's Desire to Get in Front Doom Him?
*Washington Post on Bernard Lagat and Webb Washington Post
*IAAF Recap here. Letsun.com recap coming
*Quotes from top 4 (Ramzi said he had bad tactics)
*Video 1500: The Final lap of the men's 1500m
Previous Days Distance Action by Event:
Kipruto Shows There is Order in the World and Leads Kenyan 1-2-3 Sweep No country dominates an event like Kenya does the steeplechase. Kenyan born athletes have every gold medal and 30 of the 39 total medals since 1988.
Women:Russia Goes 1-2 in Women's Steeplechase And that was e ven with Russian world record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina finishing 7th after fading off of her fast opening pace.
*Jepkorir Talks About her Bronze in Steeple, Admits Women's Steeple Isn't that Deep
Tirunesh Dibaba Survives Fall Retains Gold
Goucher Gets Bronze
A side stitch to Tirunesh Dibaba and a collision between the Ethiopians shook things up in the women's 10k and gave the opportunity for Kara Goucher to get the bronze. Dibaba fell off the pack, grabbed her side, and contemplated dropping out but stormed back to the victory. Goucher held off Jo Pavey for the bronze.
*Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Writes about Goucher's Historic Medal
*Dibaba's Effort Is Herculean
*Britain's Jo Pavey Runs Race of Life But Finishes 4th in 10k Independent
*Kara Goucher Talks About her Historic Bronze with Oregonian "I thought, 'You know, a non-African is going to get a medal. Why can't it be me?'" Not sure why she fears the African women. 1 Kenyan woman has ever won a gold on the track. She should fear the Ethiopians.
*Women's 10k Final: 2007 World Championship Women's 10k Preview: Dibaba Going for 9th World Crown at Age 21 Dibaba is truly incredible and only 21.
Luke Kibet Wins Marathon Kibet was unheralded coming in, but blew away the field for the win in the opressive heat. The hometown Japanese got the team gold as the World champs got underway.
LetsRun.com Previews (Plus Your Predictions):
*Men's Steeplechase World Champs Preview: Can The Kenyans Sweep?
*On the boards: Renato Canova Coach of Marathon Silver Medallist Shami Talks About Heat Specific Training They Did
More Weekend Action: Zersenay Tadesse Wins Dam to Dam 10 Miler in Netherlands in 45:52 in Preparation for Defense of his World Road Running Title IAAF
Deena Kastor to Headline US Team at IAAF World Road Running Championships Half Marathon on October 14 The men's team is not being sent, a casualty of the fall marathon trials.
Huge Steroid Bust
26 underground steroid labs busted, 11.4 million doses seized, plus millions of dollars seized.
*In Depth Article on the Ease of Getting the Drugs From China and How They Pass Steroid tests: "Selling these supplements is more profitable than selling cocaine and less dangerous than selling methamphetamine," and "Asked if shipping to the U.S. is a problem, she replies, "Is Federal Express okay? We do it for our other American clients."
Even the Greats Have Bad Days:Paul Tergat Only Runs 64:58 at Porto Half Marathon We had seen Tergat slated to run this weekend's Great North Run. Not sure if that was an error or the run in Porto was just a training run for this weekend's effort.
Most Track and Field Meets Are Boring are We Going to Do Anything About it? Nice article from Pat Butcher (author of the Coe and Ovett biography) in the Financial Times.
*Does World Marathon Majors Help Promote the Sport? Steve Nearman of the Washington Times looks at the issue. $200,000as a marketing expense is not that much for each of the World Marathon Majors, so don't express to much sympathy for their inability to find a sponsor. One thing not mentioned in the article is that the majors may have the unintended consequence of having Robert Cheruiyot. the top marathoner in the World, not run a fall marathon as he's guaranteed $500,000 already.
Dave Bedford and Brendan Foster Don't Like Paula's Chances in 2008 A pretty decent article but our highlight was photos of Paula's baby. She's got cute blue eyes.
IAAF Celebrating Only One Positive Test At Worlds Cynics might say that the cheats are taking undetectable drugs but we do believe track deserves credit as it's way, way cleaner than say 10 years ago. Track unlike most American pro sports is actually trying to catch cheats.
Julius Maritim Wins Sydney Marathon for 3rd Year in a Row in 2:14
Floyd Landis lost his drug case and now like seemingly nearly every top cyclists the last few years is a drug cheat. And as some LetsRun.com message boarders predicted the ruling was 2-1. Although anti dopers should be a bit alarmed at all the mistakes the lab made and are documented in the report.
Deena Update: Race Director Admits to Not Realize Who the Application for $25 Free Entry Was For
World Marathon Majors Conference Call The action this fall gets underway in a littlemore than a week with Haile Gebrselassie in the Berlin Marathon
*More Info on New York RoadRunner's Chasing Glory Website Promotion of 2008 Olympic Trials
Geti Wami to Run Both Berlin and NYC Marathons Hoping to Win World Marathon Majors
Robles' 13.07 Highlights Meet in Dubinca Slovakia IAAF
Brian Sell Ready for Olympic Marathon Trials in 6 Weeks
*Mike Sandrock Looks at Tapering in the Marathon
JK Speaks on Running Economy, Part II For all you physio geeks, JK is going more technical in this series.
Xavier Carter Charged with Felony Message board thread here.
Floyd Landis Doping Decision Expected by Next Monday Maybe even if he is convicted Nike will still base a commercial campaign around him.
More Drug News: Urine HGH Test a Long Way Off
*Omar Jimila, 2:10 Marathoner Gets 3 Year Drug Suspension Drug suspensions we thought were 2 years.
Providence: CVS Caremark Downtown 5K
*Shalane Flanagan and Simon Ndirangu Win Flanagan got her fhird US title of the year in the process. In the men''s USA race, the race ended up being a good one for Dan Browne who caught up to the leaders in the last mile and had the lead with 250 meters to go. Browne ended up 3rd overall. He ran 13:48 and edged Rod Koborsi who was making his road racing debut by 1 second to get the US 5k title.
*Providence Based Athletes Pat Tarpy, Molly Huddle and Amy Mortimer Shine Tarpy was the American most willing to mix it up with the Kenyans as he joined the leaders by mile 2. He faded a bit at the end but ended up 7th overall
*Running USA Recap of Race With Prize Money Breakdown
*Preview Of Race
Emmanuel Mutai Pulls Upset over Cheruyiot and Gharib in Portugal Half Marathon The good news is Cheruiyot ran and apparently the pains that sent him to the hospital after the NYCHhalf (which likely were related to his fall at Chicago a year ago) are not preventing him from training. Hopefully, he'll toe the line versus Gharib in Chicago in 3 weeks.
London: Meseret Defar Wins 5km Hydro Active Women’s Challenge Easily IAAF
Philly: Kibet, Chepchumba Claim Victory at 30th Philadelphia Distance Run We were impressed with Chepchumba's time until we realized she was convicted of EPO use in 2003. Thanks to viewer Theresa for the reminder.
*Lagats Comments On Not Having Pace-Makers In Zurich He won the 3k with no pacemakers and said it was 'very exciting'. Given his unreal kick, we'd think he'd love 3ks and 5ks without pacemakers but he said he thinks they are necessary at times.
Peaks And Valleys: The History Of Competitive Distance Running In The U.S. Since 1954 (37 Pages, 56 Including Charts)
Brussels Golden League:
Meseret Defar 8:58 WR
The world record was soft but Defar deserves praise. Asafa Powel ran 9.84 into a headwind, Kenenisa Bekele ran 26:46, and Blanka Vasic attempted the world record in the high jump again. Sanya Richards stayed alive in the Golden League hunt with a 49.29 world leader in the 400 (hopefully Allyson Felix is getting out of class and on the plane to Berlin as we speak). Paul Koech went sub 8 in the steeple for the 2nd time this year and defeated world champ Kipruto. (Steve Slattery of the USA set a pr) And overlooked, Sileshi Sihine went 12:50 in the 5k to get a deserved win and a fast time. 2007 has been a slow year in the distance races.
*Start list /Results
JK Speaks: Total Quality Management - Boosting The Economy
First in a multi part series on running economy.
Asafa Powell's Agent Says He's Unlikely to Race Tyson Gay Again This Year
*Brief Interview With Asafa after his WR
If Trevor Graham Perjury Case Goes to Trial Expect Athletes to Testify Graham will call athletes he knows are still doping to testify if we're reading the article correctly.
Zurich Golden League: Encore Performances for World Champions Lagat, Jepkosgei and Jamal in Zurich The three World Champions all got convincing wins in Zurich as the Golden League got back underway less than a week after Worlds. Sanya Richards stayed in the Golden League Race (hopefully Allyson Felix will race the 400 next week to make it at least interesting) but Michelle Perry bowed out with a loss in the hurdles. Mehdi Baala, DQd at Worlds, won the 1500.
*Gay Opts Out of 100m in Zurich But he wasn't too tired to run the 4*100. Probably had more to do with $$ than being tired.
*Zurich Golden League Recap IAAF
*Susanna Kallur Wins 100m Hurdles in Zurich to Stop Golden League Chase of Michelle Perry IAAF
*Sanya Richards Dominates 400 in Zurich IAAF
*Richards Wants to Run 48.50 this Year Times of London
Lagat Gets Double
We thought Lagat would win regardless of the pace but the other competitors gift wrapped it for Lagat, basically jogging around for 10 laps and sprinting the last 2. Eliud Kipchoge put up a brave fight down the final stretch but Lagat was too good. American Matt Tegenkamp missed a medal by .03 seconds. Somehow Craig Mottram and defending champ Ben Limo could not even stay close when the pace picked up and were 3rd to last and 2nd to last respectively, leaving Mottram grasping for answers.
*Video of Final 500 of Bernard Lagat's 5000m Win
Catherine Ndereba Wins Marathon Gold Just when it started to look this summer she might be over the hill she stormed to gold as the Keyan women are having their best Worlds ever.
*Ndereba the Worlds Most Consistent Marathoner
*Reiko Tosa Saves Japan by Getting Bronze in Marathon
* World Marathon Majors Update after Worlds
* Ndereba Gets Her 2nd World's Marathon Title (Race Results Weekly Recap)
Defar Blows Away Field on Final Lap for 5k Gold
Historic Medals for Kenyan Women
We believe this is the first event ever where the Kenyan women have received more than 1 medal at Worlds. Jen Rhines of the US was 7th and Shalane Flanagan 8th as 10 women were together at the bell.
*Video of Final Lap of women's 5000m
More Saturday Action:
Brad Walker Becomes First American to Win Gold in Pole Vault at Worlds
*Men's Pole Vault Video Highlights
*Olympic Champ Roman Sebrle Finally Gets World Gold in Decathlon
*Barbora Spotakova Wins Javelin Gold
Allyson Felix Dominates 200m at Worlds
21.81. Ms. Felix has shown she runs her best in the big meets.
*Tim Layden Full of Praise for Felix's incredible run
Video: Allyson Felix's 200m Win
Jeremy Wariner's 43.46 Leads US Sweep of 400 95% of you expected him to win.
*Jeremy Wariner: America's Clean Cut 400m Runner LaShawn Merritt is a good story as well and broke 44 for the first time to get silver. Times of London
Video: Jeremy Wariner's Win at 400 in 43.47
*Interviews with the US Guys Who Swept the 400
Liu Xiang Wins Gold in Hurdles It was the first gold by a male for China ever at Worlds. Terrence Trammell also went sub 13 for the silver.
Video: 110m Hurdle Win by Liu Xiang in 12.95
Tyson Gay Gets Second Gold Hopefully Lance Brauman his coach was able to see his prodigy win gold live on WCSN. Irving Salidino won a thrilling men's long jump on the final leap. In the 5k heats, All 3 Americans made the final. It looks good for Lagat's 2nd gold on Sunday as the 5k is super weak with Bekele and Sihine out. Plus the final will only have 2 Kenyans instead of the normal 10 at a Golden League meet.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win
*Now the Marketing of Tyson Gay Begins An article in the NY times doesn't hurt to kick things off.
Wins Incredible Long Jump Andrew Howe PRd on the final jump to take the lead then Saladino prd as well to get the win on his last jump. Not quite as good as Powell and Lewis in 1991.
*Video of Saladino's Clutch Winning Long Jump
*Video of Andrew Howe Taking Lead in Long Jump and Then Going Nuts Yes nuts. Worth a watch.
*Michelle Perry Repeats as World Champ in Hurdles She still is in contention for the Golden League jackpot as well.
*Ohuruog and Sanders 1-2 Reminds Britain of Its Glory Days in Track and Field Independent
*Michael Johnson: Christine Ohuruogu's ban helped transform her
*Donald Thomas Wins High Jump He's the guy who jumped 7 feet in high tops with his buddies last year after they said he'd be good at it.
Wednesday's Minor Action:
*Women's 5k Heats America's Jen Rhines and Shalane Flanagan made the final
*Britain's Jo Pavey Makes 5000m Final
*Favorites Advance in Women's 1500m Qualifying Treniere Clement and Erin Donohue made the final.
Tuesday: Women's 800m: Historic Win for Janeth Jepkosgei Contrary to popular opinion, the Kenyan women have had very little success at the World Champs or Olympics (only 12 medals of any kind at the last 16 champs) Jepkosgei helped change by getting Kenya's second track gold ever on the women's side and first medal ever in a middle distance event.
*Current UTEP Coach, Former Olympic Champ Paul Ereng Discovered 800m Champ Janeth Jepksogei
Monday: Bekele Survives Strong Challenge from Sihine and Mathathi Mathathi nearly broke Bekele and Mr. Silver Sihine appeared to be sprinting away from him on the final lap, but in the end Bekele had a monster final 200 to get the win. Abdi Abdirahman hung with the leaders for 7k and finished 7th. Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp were off the pace throughout but finished a respectable 9th and 11th.
*Quotes from the Americans
We Agree: Sileshi Sihini the Most Underrated Runner in the World
Veronica Campbell Wins 100m in Blanket Finish at Worlds It took at least 5 minutes to determine a winner as she edged Lauryn Williams and the unknown Carmelita Jeter
*On the boards: Was Lauryn Williams Robbed?
*Tim Layden Writes About Lauryn Williams, Lance Brauman, Alan Webb Sports Illustrated
Tyson Gay 9.85 Win over Asafa Powell
He walked down Powell to get the coveted 100m title as Powell locked up and got 3rd.
*Michael Johnson Says Asafa Powell is Not a Great Competitor