LetsRun.com: The Week That Was
It was a big week on and off the track. Masback going, going gone; Bekele over Tadese; Ritzenhein, Carney and Hudson; the emergence of the "next Paula Radcliffe"; Marion Jones goes to the slammer; our solution for world peace; Rock N Roll gets sold; and much more.
David Jenkins, Olympic 4*400 Silver Medallist, Went to Jail for
Smuggling Millions of $ in Steroids, Now He's a Multimillionaire He peddles supplements such as one like a Snickers on steroids.
It's Official: Oscar Pistorius Banned from Olympics
*Technical Details on Oscar Pistorius Being Ruled Out of OlympicsIAAF
Edingburgh: Bekele Defeats Tadese, Gelete Burka Wins Womens in Edingburgh Bekele pulled away on the final climb and the Amercians Dathan Ritzenhein and Jorge Torres did well. Ritz stayed close to the leaders until the final lap, and finished 14 seconds back in what Bekele said was a "very fast race" and Torres was 18 seconds behind Ritz.
Year Old Stephanie Twell Was Drawing Comparisons to Paula Radcliffe
Priot to Saturday, But She Earned Them With Her Stunning Performace in
Edinburgh She finished 4th but halfway through took the lead on Gelete Burka, Vivian Cheruiyot, and Linet Masai Guardian
Spain XC: Unknown Wilson Kiprop Wins over World Steeple Bronze Medallist Richard Matelong in Rovereto, Italy XC
Monday: Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius Likely to Learn Today He Can't Run in the Olympics
*Graphic Explaining Pistorius' Advantage
Craig Masback Steps Down As CEO Of USATF To Take Job At Nike Ten years after taking over, Masback has decided its time to move on to a new challenge. He leaves USATF in a significantly better financial situation than when he started as he took over an organization that was near bankruptcy and almost $3.5 million in the hole. Now USATF has almost $3.5 million in the bank. Masback's departure for Nike is going to raise questions in regards to USATF awarding the 2012 Olympic Trials to Eugene before the 2008 Trials have taken place. That aside, the fact Nike hired Masback is perhaps the best testament Masback could get of his tenure at USATF.
*Indianapolis Star Story on Masback Resigning
*Philip Hersh's LA Times Article on Masback Leaving
*Vin Lananna Talks About Craig Masback Leaving and It's Impact on the Olympic Trials (video) He says Craig has done a "marvelous" job. And kudos to runnerspace for asking Vin about the Nike relationship.
*USATF Release On Masback's Departure
*Message Board Thread on Masback's Departure/Legacy
LetsRun.com Editorial: Ryan Hall's Making The Correct Choice In Deciding To Run In 2008 Flora London Marathon We support Ryan's decision and upset sports fans in Boston by asking the Boston Marathon to get with the times. Boston fans will be even more upset when the Patriots lose in the playoffs.
Ryan Hall (and Samuel Wanjiru) Running 2008 London Marathon This is big new. Hall is perfectly suited for the marathon and we're glad to see him facing the world's best again. This also confirms a lot of people's belief that the Olympic Marathon Trials don't have to be in the fall. Oh yeah and in case you didn't know the London field is sick. Top marathoner in the world Martin Lel, World Champ Luke Kibet, Paul Tergat, Moroccans Abderrahim Goumri and Jaouad Gharib, Olympic champ Stefano Baldini and Meb Keflezighi, and now the top 2 young marathoners in the world in Wanjiru and Hall. Boston seems like it has to get Cheruiyot or it won't have ANY of the top guys in the world. Maybe hosting the Women's Trials and not having a title sponsor is making it cut back on its other races.
*Message board thread
Boys: 2007 Footlocker Boys Recap: Midwest Champ Michael Fout Wins Luke Puskedra
took it out in a suicidal pace and Fout, the Midwest champ, hung just a few seconds back and stormed to the win as the Midwest Region swept 5 of the top 10 spots. Pre Race Favorite German Fernandez was third.
*2007 Foot Locker Boys Race Photos
*Photos of All
40 Footlocker Boys
*More Post Race Coverage: Dyestat, Milesplit
On the boards: Move Delaware to the South It and Arkansas have never qualfied anyone for the finals.
LetsRun.com Contest Recap: Women Dominate 2008 LetsRun.com Men's Marathon Trials Contest
8th Grader Wins Contest and 4 from Her PE Class in the Top 30
Yes, ladies and gentleman an 8th grade girl who does not even do track won our contest. It's a great story. Read up on how a letsrun.com fan, got
his PE class to follow the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trails.
LetsRun.com Men's Recap: OREGON and McDougal
McDougal Triumphs in Great Stretch Battle over Rupp on Live TV
Josh McDougal had won everything in collegiate cross country except for the NCAA championships. That changed on Monday thanks to a thrilling victory over Galen Rupp. Rupp however got some redemption as he put a #1 on the board in team scoring, as Vin Lananna's Oregon Ducks got
the NCAA team title, restoring Oregon's XC tradition much quicker than anticipated. Don't underestimate the gutsy performance of Oregon's Mercado twins. Plus we tell you who bombed at nationals, and how some big time streaks in collegiate XC could be coming to an end next year. Article edited to reflect Iona was within 20 poionts at 8k. Photo of McDougal at Finish.
*Results: Men's Team Results
*Men's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross Country
Men's Photo Gallery
*Video Archive of Race (Once you log in you can skip to any point in the CSTV coverage)
*Photo of the Day: Rupp Celebrates Earlier we thought it was Salazar as well but not any more.
More: Nice Recap from Terre Haute Paper: "I think we probably ran right around 14 minutes for that last 5K
Ö that was into the wind and thatís not fast conditions. It was just
flat out in the last mile-and-a-half almost. That last 50 meters I
almost fell over my legs were so heavy" -Josh McDougal
*Post Race Recap and Quotes from GODucks.com
*CSTV Post Race Recap
RYAN HALL 2:09:02 Ryan Hall put on one of the most impressive performances ever in American marathoning history, as he destroyed
the field and coasted to victory in an incredible 2:09:04 (after a 1:06:17 1st half, yes that's a 1:02:47 2nd half on the hills of Central Park) on the very difficult NYC course. Dathan Ritzenhein ran a very impressive 2:11:07 to get 2nd while Brian Sell got the 3rd Olympic spot in 2:11:40. Former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi ran a very gutsy race to finish 4th.
Ryan Hall is the real deal in case you didn't know. Here are his 5k splits on the very difficult NY course to prove
how incredible he is at the marathon: 16:44, 15:41, 15:27, 15:12, 15:05, 14:48, 14:28. Yes that's right a 14:28 from 30 to 35k. Hall pumped his fist, pointed to the heavens, and waved to the crowd the final mile savoring the incredible run and still ran a 15 minute 5k pace for the final 7.2k (14.56 from 35 to 40k)
Recap From RunnersWorld's Amby Burfoot Amby did an excellent job covering the lead up to the Trials so it is fitting we link to his race article.
*NBCOlympics Recap of 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials: Triumph and Tragedy
*Video: Watch the on Demand (For Free, Skip to Any Crucial Point Instantaneously. Thank you NBC)
*Post Race Press Conference Videos Top 3, Meb, Culpepper, Khannouchi, Lehmkuhle
*Dathan Ritz Quotes
*Brian Sell Quotes
*Khalid Khannouchi 4th at Trials A great great run for Special K. He got 4th hobbling around the park.
*Photos Excellent ones from letsrun.com message boarders skylon
2007 ING NYC Marathon: Paula Radcliffe and Martin Lel Win With Big Finishing Kicks For the second straight day, there was thrilling action in New York's Central Park. Paula Radcliffe led for nearly 26 miles before Gete Wami took her first lead with less than a half mile to go. That move sparked an amazing finishing kick by Radcliffe who got her second NY title in her first marathon
in two years. Wami gota nice consolation prize - the $500,000 world marathon majors title. In the men's race, Martin Lel outsprinted Abderrahim Goumri just as he did in London.
Video: Highlight Video from NBC Sports (3:47) NBC did a great job on its coverage this weekend. You can watch for free the entire men's trials here
on demand (skipping to any point you want). If you paid $3.99 using code RUN2007 you can watch the full NYC marathon on demand.
Paula Radcliffe Running Flora London Marathon Seriously they must have an endless supply of money in London.
Drug News: Dwain Chambers Trying to Make another Comeback Guardian
*Sue Mott Editorial on Marion Jones and Dwain Chambers
Houston: US Half Champs: James Carney and Kate O'Neill Win First USA Titles at 2008 Aramco Houston Half-Marathon Another good run for Carney at the 20k/half marathon distance. But you shouldn't be surprised by either winner as Carney has run 27:43 for 10k and Kate O'Neill made the Olympics in 2004.
Full Marathon: Dire Tune, 2:24:40, David Cheruyiot Wins for 3rd Time Impressive run for Tune that netted her $35,000. Cheruyiot was upset the rabbits didn't let him get under the 2:10 barrier.
Arizona: Michael Aish Wins PF Chang's Rock N Roll, Adanech Zekiros Repeats as Champ in 2:31 Course Record $20,000 for the winners
*2008 Rock N Roll Arizona Marathon Results
Drug/Legal News: *Justin Gatlin Hires Floyd Landis' Legal Team for Appeal of His Decision
*Torri Edwards Doesn't Want to Comment on Marion Jones' Suspension
*Michael Johnson on Marion: She's Finally Paying for Poor Decisions
*Seb Coe Hopes Marion's Situation Means American Track and Field is Finally Taking Drug Problem Seriously
*Floyd Landis Appeal to Be Heard in March
Leonard Mucheru Wins Tiberias Marathon in Israel in Record Time for 2nd Time and $40,000 He's the guy who got stripped of his Bahraini citizenship for winning this race last year.
Blade Runner Pistorius Says He Will Appeal if IAAF Bans Him from Olympics
400m Hurdler Star Bershawn Jackson Runs 1:55.47 800
Marion Jones Gets 6 Months in Prison Once America's hero, her life is now in shambles. She got a harsh sentence. 6 months, 2 years, supervised probation, and 400 hours of community service. But she did lie to the feds 3 years apart and for the American public for years. "Athletes in society have an elevated status. They entertain. They inspire. And perhaps most
importantly, as role models for children
around the world."
-Judge Kenneth Karas before sentencing Marion Jones to 6 months in prison on Friday
*IAAF Wants Marion Jones to Preach to Kids about Drugs When She Gets Out of Jail
*Denise Lewis Says Marion Jones' Punishment is Fair
*NY Times Article on Jones Before Sentencing "It is sad, but people like Marion Jones and Barry Bonds
are also victims of an establishment that not only allowed drug use but
quietly condoned it. They allowed the idea to spread that everyone else
is doing it." -coach Pat Connoly
*Message board thread on sentence
Window Dressing: Baseball, NFL, USOC, USADA Come Together to Give $10 Million to Fight Doping It's sounds impressive until you realize it is $3 million per organization over 4 years. So MLB and NFL, which bring in $6 billion a year, are contributing $750,000 a year which is the price of a 1 player who sits on the bench all year and an amount equal to .0125% of annual revenue (yes 1/100th of 1 percent). A total joke. Meanwhile they take in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government subsidies and both have antitrust exemptions.
Girls: 2007 Footlocker Girl Recap: Ashley Brasovan Wins
Brasovan the LetsRun.com darkhorse pick for the meet came out on top as she stayed off of the suicidal opening pace set by Jordan Hasay and
rallied for the win over the final mile. Next year, the past 3 champs will all be back to race one another for supremacy.
*Foot Locker 2007 Webcast Archive
Foot Locker Girls Race Photos
*Photos of All 40 Footlocker Girls
*More Post Race Coverage: Dyestat, Milesplit
Ryan Shay Run in Bermuda a Huge Success
Organizers Ashley Couper Estwanik and Chris Estwanik were expecting a handful of people, but instead hundreds showed up.
UK Doping News: Paula a Bit Disappointed Christine Ohuruogu Didn't Do More to Get to Her 2nd Missed Test
*UK May Get an Independent Drug Agency
Cuban Hurdling Star Dayron Robles Only 21
Nike Trying to Buy Adidas (and Reebok)? That's the rumor, but that doesn' t seem to make sense as somehow Asics is in the talks as well and Asics has a market cap of $3 billion, 5 times smaller than Adidas (which owns Reebok) and 10 times smaller than Nike. Nike's purchase of Adidas would face a lot of antitrust
Head of UK Athletics Says Bad Press for Ohuruogu Was Her Own Fault
Brooks #1 in Specialty Running
Nike Team Nationals
Chris Derrick Wins & Leads Team To 2 Point Win - Fayetteville Manlius Repeats On Girls Side The power of letsrun.com was on full display as letsrun.com fan Derrick got the individual and team title by handing Footlocker South champ Colby Lowe his first loss of the year. The
FM girls, who are located less than an hour from LRC headquarters, repeated. Coincidence? We think not.
*Rewatch the Races on Dyestat
*Runnerspace.com the newest running social network site has a lot of Videos
*More Coverage from MileSplit.Us
CC Road Race West Regionals
*German Fernandez Wins as Jordan Hasay 3-Peats Fernandez followed up his unreal performance from states last week to make a statement that he may will be tough to beat next week.. The race was run on a road course due to rain. Funny we thought that running in all conditions and all terrain was the definition of xc.
Dreams Become Reality
"Now, when I watch the final mile of the race part of me gets
embarrassed at my enthusiasm as it is very uncharacteristic of my
nature, but part of me remembers what I was feeling when I was out
there. After years of struggle I was realizing my dream. It was
overcoming all the hard times that made that moment so sweet and
sharing it with my friends, family; and teammates made it even sweeter.
I will never forget running through Central Park that fall morning,
running through my sanctuary."
-Ryan Hall talking about his stunning run at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. To watch it again click here
LetsRun.com Women's Recap: Stanford Three peats, Kipyego Dominates Sally Kipyego showed she is still head and shoulders ahead of the competition and Stanford showed there was a reason they were #1 in the country all year. Plus we take a look at next year's NCAAs. The Pac10 is so tough Stanford could go from three peating at nationals to 4th in their conference.
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross Country Women's Photo Gallery
More: Sally Kipyego Cruises to Another NCAA XC Crown www.tribstar.com
*The Oregon Women Hadn't Made NCAAs Since 2000 and They Leave the NCAA Runnerups www.oregonlive.com
Olympic Champ Noguchi Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:21:37 She booked her ticket to Bejing with the win.
Robert Cheruiyot and Gete Wami Honored With Inaugural World Marathon Majors Titles and Their $500,000 Checks in NYC Both athletes were very humble as they accepted their prizes and were already focused on the future instead of spending their paydays. Cheruiyot is the greatest rags to riches story in sport. Text, photos and video.
*NY Times Article on World Marathon Majors Awarding $500,000 to Cheruiyot and Wami
Director Dave Bedford Expects World Marathon Majors to Raise Purse
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Adriana Pirtea Blows It
Just watch the video above. Shorter video here
if you're impatient
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
Adriana Pirtrea, a runner basically no one has heard of (including ourselves) (she did finish 2nd at an NCAA indoors once), was on her way to winning the Chicago Marathon. She had been clear of Berhane
Adere for miles. Pirtrea, as she took the final turn, was high fiving the crowd. She had a 15 second lead with 58 seconds of runing left. Little did she know that Adere had overcome whatever problems she had had and was quickly making up ground. Pirtrea never looked back and was strolling into the finish thinking about her career changing win. Meanwhile, Adere was in an all out sprint on the other side of the road. She flew by Pirtrea and Pirtrea had no chance to respond. A truly incredible turn of events
as Adere made up a 15 second deficent in 47 seconds. Watch it to believe it.
*Former Yalie Kate O'Neill 3rd in Her Debut
*Wheelchair Race Decided by 1 Second All the races in Chicago were close.
AL OERTER 1936-2007 The death of this legend basically is being ignored in the US but thankfully the NYTimes gave him the homage he was due in this tremendous
article by Frank Litsky on Oerter. And we like Oerter's anti drug stance and honesty (admitting to trying roids in 1976). When he quit competitive throwing he said, "The drug culture had taken over."
*Daily Telegraph in Britain Remembers Al Oerter
City Star Remembers Al Oerter
*More Oerter: *Message Board Thread
*More on Oerter from Florida Paper
on Oerter and His Painting: "I know this won't sound right but painting is the same dadgum thing I found in training for the Games"
LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage Ndereba marathon
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
*Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
*Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
*Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage Kibet Marathon
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
It's hard for words to describe the greatest finish in (Chicago) marathon history. It came down to two time world champ Jaouad Gharib and former track/xc star Patrick Ivuti, fresh off his 59:27 half marathon. Gharib surged ahead going up a slight incline down the finishing straight. Ivuti then battled back and took
the lead on the downhill. Gharib dug back and retoook the lead as they barreled towards the finish and the two guys still standing there with the finish tape which is only about 5 feet wide. Ivuti surged back right at the finish and it was too close to tell but Ivuti got the win. Hot weather took its toll on everyone.
*Video: Patrick Ivuti Talks About His Narrow Win In Chicago