LRC: Week That Was: A Star is Born Pamela Jelimo may be the fastest emerging star ever at 800 in the sport. A month ago she had never broken 2 minutes, now she's running 1:55 (this is her first year running the 800). We recap all the action from Hengelo, talk about "Mr. Clean" Tyson Gay (we'll pay you $250 if he tests positive), recap some great, great high school action, tell you why some high school girl who got beat badly at her state meet is the runner of the week, and even why Wejo is an ass.
Paula's Good Friend Liz Yelling Talks About Paula's Chances for Beijing
Hengelo Photo Gallery Now Available
Weekend Action: *Results *Video Highlights
Hengelo: Pamela Jelimo 1:55.76, Geb Sub 27, Bekele Sub 13 It was expected to be an Ethiopian night in Hengelo, but 19 year old Pamela Jelimo emerged on the world scene in a big, big way with a stunning 1:55.76 800. Sileshi Sihine outkicked Haile G for the win in the 10k, and Kenenisa Bekele went sub 13 in the windy conditions. American Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:28.
*Free Video Highlights from the Meet
*Watch The Full Meet on Demand on WCSN.com ($4.95 a month)
*Irving Saladino Jumps Farther Than Anyone Else Has In the Last 14 Years Shows how week the long jump has been that 6 men have still jumped farther.
*Video of Saladino's Jump
Great Interview: Jos Hermens Talks About Saladino, Haile Gebrselassie He says Geb did NO speed work shorter than 2000m prior to the race.
On the boards: Jelimo's 1:55.76 possibly the fastest clean mark ever?
John McDonnell Was Pushed out as Olympic Coach Because He Coached Too Many Foreigners Seems like they could have figured out he coaches foreigners before giving him the job. But McDonnell never has played the USATF game and he realizes what being an Olympic coach in track really means, "You're basically a baby sitter"
*John McDonnell Says He's Not Disappointed about Not Being an Olympic Coach He said, "I have done what I wanted to do all my life, and thatís coach a college
team. I was paid by the University of Arkansas, and thatís where my
allegiance has been all along"
*Columnist Is Really Upset John McDonnell Got Kicked Out as Olympic Coach
*Message board thread
Tirunesh Dibaba To Go For World Record in 5k in Exxon Mobil Bislett Games on June 6th A year ago, her rival Meseret Defar got the record in the same meet and Dibaba is very focused on takeing it from her. The Russian 5k champ will rabbit.
Paula Radliffe Has Been Told By Some Specialist That Beijing Is "Impossible" - She doesn't care and is willing to take some risks.
The Heavyweights Will Finally Fight Tyson Gay & Asafa Powell To Clash At Crystal Palace On July 25th
*Video: Gay /Powell Talk About Upcoming Battle
Monday Bolder Boulder: They've got both USOlympic Marathon Trials champs.
*Deena Kastor Going for 4th Bolder Boulder Title
*Ryan Hall, Torres Brothers are US Team for Bolder Boulder
Paula Radcliffe Has Stress Fracture Still Hopes to Compete in Beijing She's the only woman toeing the line who could win not at her best.
*Mesage board thread
*Paula Is Frustrated, but Optimistic About Beijing www.telegraph.co.uk
*Specialist Says Odds are Against Radcliffe Being Ready for Beijing www.guardian.co.uk
Great News: Three Cheers: IAAF Golden League to Be On ESPN, With Repeats on ESPN2, ESPN Classic IAAF This is the best running news we've heard ina long, long time. The top meets in the world will get a ton of exposure. The repeats on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic will hopefully bring a few new fans to the sport. We have no idea who negotiated this with Masback gone but they deserve major props. Somebody appears to get it. (The only bad news is that Pre and Oslo are the same weekend. Clearly, the IAAF doesn't totally get it)
Texas A&M Women Now #1, Men Fall to #3, LSU Men Now #1 Pat Henry is clearly making a big impact.
Mark Fountain Interview
300,000 Chinese Expected to Turn Out to Watch Liu Xiang Test Run at Olympic Stadium over Multiple Days in Beijing IAAF
1500m Update: Rowbury Has Gone from Obscurity to the Favorite, Alan Webb May Not Open Until Prefontaine link fixed