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Bobby Knight a Finalist for USATF CEO Job

"An anonymous, but very reputable source within USATF has confirmed what we're sure most of you thought was just a ridiculous rumor on the message boards. Yes, it's true that famed former Indiana and Texas Tech Basketball coach, Bobby Knight is a finalist for the USATF CEO position."

-LetsRun.com article confirming that famed basketball coach (and huge track fan) Bobby Knight is a finalist for the USATF CEO job. Knight may most be known for coaching basketball and throwing chairs, but he is a huge track and field fan. Knight first got his start in as a basketball coach at
Cuyahoga Falls High/Middle school where he coached the JV and middle school track. Guess who was on his middle school track team? Ohio legend, (and then 12 years-old) Dave Wottle, who would go on to win the 1972 Olympic 800m gold and leave a big impression on Knight.
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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Weekend Non World XC Track News:
Bruce Hyde Runs 3:55.76 Full Mile

Wejo's Former Training Partner
Wejo's former training partner and Rojo's All-American has been keeping a low profile, but has been literally under the watchful eye of JK and it paid off big time. Hyde however currently has no plans to run the US Olympic Trails.

LetsRun.com Editorial: Track and Field RIP Cause of death neglect and drug overdose.

Top Cyclists Revolts At Having to Wear Ridiculous Cycling Outfits "Why can’t cyclists be more like runners and just get out there and do their thing without having to look like a g** **** princess? It’s enough to make me puke."

Third Brojo Found His name is Moisés, but we call him Mojo.

World XCs
Men *Results *Race Reports

Get Used to It
Bekele Amazes Again
Wins 6th Long Course Title Despite Losing His Shoe

Bekele tried to give the rest of the runners in the world a chance. He lost a shoe 2km in to the race, stopped, and put it back on (losing 15 seconds or so). He then wasted no time and zoomed back to the front, pretended to be tired for a little while, then crushed the field over the final loop. Unheralded Leonard Patrick Komon (4th last year in juniors) was 2nd and Tadese 3rd. As we predicted Jorge Torres finished 19th place and no non-African finished in the top 10 as Craig Mottram finished 31st. *Men's Results

*Message board blow by blow here
*Leonard Patrick Komon Barely Made Kenyan Team for Worlds, But Leaves Worlds With Silver Medal At the Kenyan Trials, he got a stitch, faded back to the 40s, and then battled back to finish 7th.
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2008 World Cross Country Champs

On the boards:
What would the US have finished in World CC team results w/ best lineup racing?
*Photo of Bekele Looking Like a 70 Year Old Scottish Man
*Bekele's Wife Almost Feinted When His Shoe Fell Off Times of London
*Recap of World XCs from the Scotsman
More World XC Photos
Junior Boys: Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan Wins Junior Race at World XCs IAAF
*On the boards:
GERMAN FERNANDEZ #1 US finisher!! Take that all you non believers!! -


Not Again
LetsRun.com: Men's Preview: Bekele Will Prevail And Africans Will Dominate Can a Non-African Finish in the Top 10 For the First Time in 7 Years? For the 2nd straight year that it's a one-race affair, world cross is once again a must-see event as it will feature the greatest assortment of talent assembled for a single race on the planet in 2008. Can Bekele regain his crown? He'll have his hands full with 3 formidable challengers - one from Eritrea (Tadese), one from Uganda (Kipsiro) and one from Kenya (Ngatuny).Tadese shocked the world last year in the incredible carnival that was the World Champs in Mombasa, Kenya (click here for a must read if you missed our report from last year)
*Women's Preview: Can Dibaba Reclaim Her Title As Golden Girl? link fixed Last year, Dibaba was a huge favorite to get her 3rd straight title but failed to live up to the hype and then went on to have a sub-par year by her standards. She's only raced once this year. How will she do?
USA's Renee Metivier Ready For World's Big thumbs up to Metivier who believes running world xc is an honor and always goes if selected (she's running it for the 4th straight year). Major thumbs up to her for training in Flagstaff as well.
Unpredictability and fresh talent - Kenya's line-up for Edinburgh Several unkown by motivated newcomers are on Kenya's team which also features the 3rde and 4th placers from last year.
A look at Southern African region hopes in Edinburgh
Shami to lead Qatari team of 10 in Edinburgh
Only in Africa: Uganda Going Coachless At World XC
He couldn't get his passport in time apparently.
*Men's World XC Preview From IAAF

7 Time European Champ Sergey Lebid out of World XCs

Pray for Us Kenyan XC Team Says
$280,000 on Tap at World XCs IAAF
Linet and Moses Ndiema Masai Hoping to Make History at World XCs
*Expectations High as Kenyan Team Leaves for World XCs
Runners In Kenya Still Dealing with Aftermarth of Violence: "It will definitely have an effect at Edinburgh. But Beijing is still very far away. "

On the Boards:
Greatest performance ever including era?
*I hate talented runners...
*Which elite athlete since WW2 has been the least talked about runner on Letsrun?
*University that SHOULD have successful XC programs
20 somethings not growing up
City Life vs. Small Town Life

Kaki's World Title At 800 Is Still Resulting in Huge Celebrations In Sudan When the youngest ever world indoor champion returned home, thousands showed up at the airport to celebrate. A famous singer even flew in from Egypt to sing a new song, entitled "Kaki, Kaki." We're pleased to say that we called him a sensation before he won.

2008 NCAA Indoors: Complete Results
D2 & D3 Info Here

*Kyle Who?
Arizona State Wins Men's & Women's Team Titles as Kyle Alcorn Shocks Field & Wins 3k To Lead Sun Devils To Team Title Over FSU
On Friday, Alcorn led ASU to a surprise 2nd in the DMR. On Saturday, he shocked everyone once again and blew away the 3k field with a big kick in the next to last event to put his team into a tie with FSU. It came down to the 4 x 400 and ASU edged FSU by a second to win. Alcorn's never been a real big collegiate name before today, but he apparently had a gnarly 55 second last lap in HS in the 3200.
*3k Thread Here
In other action, Texas' Leonel Manzano completed the DMR/Mile sweep as was expected by winning the mile with the big surprise being that his teammate Jake Morse was 2nd. The other big surprise was how average the field looked considering you had to run 4:00 to get in. In the ladies' distance races, it was all FSU as Hannah England won the mile and Susan Kuikjen won the 3k.
*Baylor Wins 3rd Straight 4*400

2008 World Indoors : *Results
*Event by Event Recaps

Yelena SobolevaSunday: Recap Soboleva 3:57.71 WR in 1500, 18 Year Old Kaki Wire to Wire 1:44.81 in 800, Bekele JR Wins 3k, Bryan Clay Wins Heptathlon

*Race Results Weekly Distance Recap Here

The performers at worlds saved the best for last. Most impressive was the women's 1500 where Yelena Soboleva broke her own wold record and picked up $90,000 as she led 4 women under the 4 minute barrier as the top 5 all set PBs.
18 year old Abubaker Kaki was almost as impresive in the men's 800, as the 18 year old led wire to wire to win in a 1:44.81 personal best as the entire field set personal bests including Nick Symmonds who finished last (6th). Tariku Bekele was nearly as impressive as his older brother as he went 3:56 the last 1600 to get the win in the 3000m as Craig Mottram finished out of the medals. Lastly, Australia's Tasmyn Lewis shocked the field to win the women's 800
Video: *Tamsyn Lewis Wins 800 at Worlds
Video: *Defar Wins 3k at Worlds
Video: *Liu Xiang Gets Gold over Allen Johnson in Hurdles
*On the boards:
*Kaki=Awesome (Nick Symmonds= Runnersworld Model)

*Soboloeva wins $90k
*Women's 1500 WR, 4 Sub 4:00, 5 PBs
T Bekele averages 29.1 sec's for the last 7 laps of World Ind. 3k! (3:56 last 1600, 3:54 pace last 1400)
Saturday: Is there anything left for the Kenyans? Deresse Mekonnen Dan Komen Deresse Mekonnen Wins 1500 Mekonnen originally won the race but was DQd along with Nick Willis (for stepping on the infield.). In other action Meseret Defar blew away the field in the women's 3000m with a 28.8 last lap. Nick Symmonds looked incredible in his 800m semifinal. Liu Xiang got his first indoor gold and all that is left is gold in Beijing. American veteran Allen Johnson got the silver.
High Jump: Stefan Holm Wins 4th World Indor High Jump Title
Hurdles:*Lolo Jones Gets World Indoor Gold
Liu Xiang Gets His First World Indoor Gold

Long Jump: Britain's Chris Tomlinson Gets Silver in World Long Jump
*Saturday PM *Saturday AM (Qualifying)
Video on Demand and Highlights:
Entire meet on demand on WCSN
Day 2 Highlight Video: 2 Minutes
Dayron Robles Thinks There is a False Start and Stops in 60m Hurdles
Cantwell Wins Shot
Fasuba Wins Men's 60
Angela Williams Wins 60
*Friday Recap: Christian Cantwell Wins Shot, Angela Williams and Olusoji Fasuba Win 60
Olusoji Fasuba got Africa's first gold in the indoor 60 as Britain's Dwain Chambers ran a pb to get silver in what may be his final race as everyone is trying to blackball the ex drug cheat from the sport.
Day 1 Evening Distance Recap: Maria Mutola Takes First Step Towards Eighth World Indoor Title
Shot: Cantwell Wins Shot Gold, Says Critics Can Kiss His Ass IAAF
60: *Dwain Chambers Gets Silver at World Indoors

Heptathlon:Tia Hellebaut Wins Heptathlon
*Kelly Sotherton Comes Close But Settle for Silver in Heptathlon

IAAF Previews: Men *Women

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)
Race 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.
Excellent ones from letsrun.com message boarders skylon

Post Worlds XC News:
*Paul Tergat: "It is the worst ever in Kenya's history"

The Kenyan legend is right. For the first time in the truly modern era of Kenyan running, Kenya left without an individual gold.

*IAAF Meeting to Discuss Decline of XC in Europe
The big news is the IAAF is finally going to act and try and increase the popularity of XC in Europe. The African dominance has basically meant the Europeans have stopped showing up.

*Seb Coe Says XC Was Very Important to His Track Preparations
*Steve Cram Talks About Decline of British XC Running
*Benita Johnson As Happy as When She Won the Race After Her 11th Place Finish at World XCs on 6 Weeks of Training
*Ugandan's Disappoint at World XC

Non World XC Track Action We Didn't Report:
Pros Starting Their Outdoor Seasons

New Zealand: Outdoor Champs: Nick Willis 3:44, Kim Smith 15:19 Wins
Arizona: Lopez Lomong Now Running for Nike Gets 1:51 Win in Arizona
Florida State Relays: Mark Carroll 13:53 5k Win, Kevin Sullivan 3:41 1500m Win
Raleigh: Chris Lukezic 13:52 5k at Raleigh Relays

World XC Women: Tirunesh Dibaba Back on Top link fixed Ethiopia swept all the individual titles as Tirunesh Dibaba used her strong finishing kick to regain her individual crown after she battled back from being dropped by the leaders. Former Minnesota star Emily Brown led the US women to a fourth place finish.
*Benita Johnson Leads Sonia O'Sullivan Coached Australian Team to Bronze Team Medal IAAF

*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2008 World Cross Country Champs

*Women's Results
*All Results
Message board blow by blow here
More World XC Photos
Junior Girls: Genzebe Dibaba, Tirunesh's Little Sister, Gets World Junior XC Win The genetic lottery of life some times isn't fair. IAAF

Quotes, Recap of US Team at 2008 World Cross Country Championships

IAAF To Have Crisis Meeting to Discuss Lack of Participation by European Teams IAAF head Diack had this to say of Germany's one entrant: "They could not have made more effort? For a country of 90 million not to field a team -- shameful." And the only excuse is the teams don't like getting drilled by the Africans. The Europeans send full teams to European XC.
*XC Worlds Brought In £2 million to Edinbrugh Economy

Zersenay Tadese's First Love was Competitive Cycling

Victor Conte Coming Out With Tell All Book in September

Lamine Diack Not Happy UK Athletics Tried to Keep Banning Dwain Chambers and Says Chambers "would have won in court"

IAAF President Lamine Diack Opposes Olympic Boycott

Dwain Chambers Switching to Professional Rugby

1:44 800m Man James McIlroy Talks in Detail About Quitting the Sport Due to Lack of Funding He couldn't even pay to get his car out of the parking lot after a pro meet. Guardian

Today: Clint Verran Running the Treviso Marathon in Italy

Yet another Moroccan-born athlete tests positive for EPO 2005 World Champs Bronze Medallist at 1,500, Bouchra Ghezielle, Is Busted *Ghezielle says she's innocent

More World XC
The Unbelievable Story of Kenyan Captain Mark Kiptoo
The 32-year old was a career military man who didn't run his first race until 2004. Yes that's right 2004. Then he was posted overseas and didn't resume racing until 2006. Now he's the 2nd best xc runner in Kenya.
Scotland's Andrew Lemoncello Looking Forward To Running Against World's Best
At Home
The former FSU star understands probably better than just about anyone what he's up against. 1) A very muddy course that made him 'wince' the last time he ran it. 2) An unbelievable armada of Africans who he acknowledged look almost "super-human when you see them running."
Fascinating Profile Of Sonia O'Sullivan
The former double world xc champ who is now the Aussie's coach says she'll never retire from running as she loves competing too much. "I feel as good winning (a local road race) as I would a world championship because your friends and family are watching, you get a nice bouquet of flowers and vouchers to the local restaurant and the same winning feeling.
German Fernandez Leading US Junior Effort
He admits to being nervous. We don't blame him. He's a phenom, but at 18, Africans are sometimes battling for world senior titles.
Bekele Full of Motivation To Prove He's The Greatest XC Runner Ever He'll be going for a record 6th 12k xc crown this year.
Record Cold Greets Kenyan Athletes The Kenyans decided to huddle in their hotel and let it warm up before going on their training run in 44 degree temps.
*Team USA Selects World XC Captains

Despite Missing Kenyan Trials Due To Malaria, Priscah Jepleting, Looking For Gold In Edinburgh

Weakened British Squad To Toe Line Normally the host country puts up a really strong squad - not this year. Lemoncello is Britain's top man and he's supplementing his income by working at the Karma Sushi restaurant in Flagstaff.
*World XC Expected To Bring £2m Boost To Edinburgh
*Irish Ready For World XC
*Eamonn Martin - Member of Last British Men's Team To Medal At World XC - Decries Decline of XC In Britain \
Moses Kipsiro Play Down His Chances Kipsiro defeated last year's champ Tadese earlier this year and some are thinking he might be able to win. Kipsiro "I will try my best. I pray to God that I get a good result."
Only in Africa
Zimbabwe's Participation At World XC Still Uncertain

2008 USA Masters Schedule/Results
*2 World, 10 American Records Fall At Day 1 Of 2008 USA Masters

It's Official: Alan Webb To Run Carlsbad 5k Next Weekend
Britain's Mo Farah To Challenge Webb In Carlsbad

Slovenian Federation Upholds Ceplak Doping Ban Good riddance.

6 Olympic Trials Hopefuls Including Samia Akbar Running SunTrust National Half Marathon in DC This Weekend Akbar is the former American U star who is trained by Scott Raczko - Alan Webb's coach. To win in her hometown would be extra special

NCAA Outdoor Season is Here: Men: Florida State Opens up the 2008 Outdoor Season as the Top Ranked Men's Track Team in Division I They'll need Walter Dix doing this and not getting sick and missing the NCAA meet like he did indoors.
Women: LSU Opens up the 2008 Outdoor Season as the Top Ranked Women's Track Team in Division I

Next Month's Rotterdam Marathon Field Announced (11 Guys Under 2:08) IAAF

IAAF Doping Statistics Released: 0.3% of Tests Were Positive The good news is 8 out of the 10 busted athletes were in targeted out of competition testing. The IAAF has started doing blood screens to get a pretty good guess of who is doping and then trying to catch the person for whatever wonder drug they are on. The athletes at this stage of the game generally are smart enough to not show up at a competition showing any traces of the drugs.
*List of Tested Athletes in 2007 One athlete was targeted 12 times.
*IAAF Yearly Doping Statistics IAAF

LetsRun.com Jorge Torres, Shalane Flanagan Win in Central Park (link fixed)
Food Poisoning Does Webb In
*Recap, analysis, interviews and photos above *Results
Torres is probably the only guy in American who can say this: every time he has raced Alan Webb, he has beaten Webb. Torres, now training under the legendary Steve Jones, got the win in the final 800m over the very impressive of late Andrew Carlson. Alan Webb had some food poisoning on Thursday and despite leading at 5k faded to finish 16th. Shalane Flanagan had some stomach problems of her own on Thursday but they only seemed to limit her margin of victory as she won over Katie McGregor.
*Photos, video, analysis
*NY Times Article on US 8k Champs

Former 100m Olympic Champ Donovan Bailey Wants Lifetime Bans for Drug Cheats

High School Indoors: Puskedra 8:49 2 mile/ Lowe 8:50
*Photos More coverage here and here

On the boards: *Why did Kastor pull out of Lisbon?
Fallujah, Iraq Holds Its First 5K Road Race
*How good was Shalane Flanagan in high school?
And only on LetsRun:
Is NY Gov David Paterson a Marathon Cheater?
The guy is blind and likely ran without a chip or before they were turned on but nonetheless clearly the sleuths on the message boards do not discriminate on physical disability. In other news, Eliot Spitzer went for a long run in the Park once he knew the news of his prostitution ring was going to break.
LetsRun.com NCAA Basketball Pool

Pre-Race Coverage Of New York City 8ks
LetsRun.com Alan Webb, Carrie Tollefson, Shalane Flanagan on the Road to Beijing America's finest addressed the media and letsrun.com was on hand to cover it. From, Shalane Flanagan's praise of Mary W. "What Phil Knight (chairman of the board of Nike) is to Nike, Mary (Wittenberg) is to distance running.", to our 50 minute audio/video interview with Alan Webb on page 2, we've got it all. Text, photos, and video and even and mp3 you can download.

Page 2: More Relaxed, Confident Zen-Like Webb Ready for 2008 We sat and talked to Webb for 50 minutes and have a recap plus video and audio. Webb talks about his 2007 season, his goals for 2008, his desire to win races and how in high school he "did not know what he was doing".
*Shalane Flanagan in NYTimes
*Race Website

Above photos courtesy of Steve Starr.

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.

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.

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago
Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
*Chicago 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


LetsRun.com! 2008 Millrose Games Recap: Lagat Gets #6, Nelson Entertains, and Goucher Gets It Done Track and field's biggest indoor event saw Bernard Lagat capture his 6th Wanamaker mile, Kara Goucher get an exciting woen's mile win, and our hero Adam Nelson throws some bombs and entertains the crowd. Plus, upsets in the women's pole vault, women's hurdles and more.
*NY Times: Lagat Outduels Mottram
*LetsRun.com! Recap of 2008 Millrose Games High School Miles The boys mile is always the loudest event at Millrose.
*On the boards: Congrats to LetsRun.com Poster Crazystreaker on Winning the Boys' High School Mile
*Distance Photos

LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday Homepage
*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

We Wish This Was a Joke: Drug Cheat Katerina Thanou Given Marion Jones' Medal BBC

Weekend Road Action: Azalea Trail Run: Moses Kigen Wins 7 Man Sprint to the Finish (7 Guys Finished Within 2 Seconds of One Another)
*Treviso Marathon Recap
Monaco Marathon Recap I

2009 USATF Convention To Be  Held in American Samoa

Nike to Pick 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team

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"...(that was the) best running performance I've ever seen"
-Irish announcer (and Olympic marathoner) Jerry Kiernan on Kenenisa Bekele's stunning victory at the World Cross Country Championships