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European athletics is struggling to maintain its position in the world and results from the last three Olympic Games do not offer too much hope on the track. Here's a fact for you. Sir Steve Redgrave alone won as many Olympic gold medals as Europe's other men managed to muster in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens combined. Five golds in three Olympics is a meagre return although interestingly three of the five were consecutive wins in the 800m. The other two were our British 4 x 100m squad in Athens and the controversial Greek 200m sprinter, Kostas Kenteris."

-Steve Cram on the subpar state of European athletics and one of the reasons it is struggling for popularity

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

The NCAAs Won't Be the Same: Arkansas Won 3 Conference Titles as a School This Year and All Three Were by John McDonnell

Dayron Robles Only Runs 13.48

Belgium 13:14 5k Runner Tom Compernolle Dies in Military Accident

39 Year Old Simmon Bromen Makes Olympics With 8:12 Steeple

Eugene Register Guard Article on Matt Scherer Defeating Nick Symmonds at 600m

Ed Eyestone Excited About Doing Olympic Commentary on NBC

American Miler Series: Alan Webb 1:47.41 for 5th, Anna Willard 4:06.26 The Olympic Trials will be interesting to say the least. Steve Sherer and Andy McClary both ran 3:36 (just missing the "A" standard) and both beat Chris Lukezic and Rob Myers. McClary's 3:36 was 4 seconds better than he's been running this year and appeared out of nowhere (although he was fifth at USATFs last year).
*Message Board thread on Webb

Midwest Distance Gala High Schooler Robert Finnertty Runs 4:01.09 Mile Our apologies for not featuring this earlier. Wejo didn't realize in looking at the results the kid is in high school. Although a letsrun.com poster was singing Finnerty's praises 3 years ago here.
**Video of Race

Christine Babcock Breaks High School 1500m Record Qualifies for Olympic Trials

OTC Results: Gabe Jennings 3:41.12 Win

Mercedes Mile Recap The top guys didn't show this year chasing "A" standards or OT standards.

More Weekend Action:
Roads: Kim Smith Wins Steamboat 4 Miler in 20:00, Khalid Khannouchi 9th in 19:09
 Wejo sat 1 row behind Khalid on a flight from Chicago and Khalid was talking about running the Olympics
UK: Geti Wami Wins, Liz Yelling 3rd in Bupa Great Women's Run in Sunderland
Comrades: Leonid Shvetsov Wins Comrades Marathon Up Run in Record Time
Japan: Sapporo Half Marathon Recap

Track: Bekele Runs 13:06 in Morocco, May Not Run Again Until Olympics He'll decide on whether he runs the 5k at the Olympics after he wins the 10k.
Veronica Campbell-Brown Runs 10.88 World Leader in Florida  
Britain: Dwain Chambers Runs 10.24 Into Wind, Still Hasn't Hit Olympic Qualifying Mark

Steeple: Eunice Jepkorir 9:11 Steeple

LRC Each Day at NCAAs:
Day 4: LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record
Day 3: LRC Barringer, Kipyego Romp, Bobby Curtis Surprises, Kyle Alcorn Wins Again, LSU, Trinidad Sprint
Day 2: LRC Lisa Koll Dominates, Shadrack Songok Repeats
Day 1 Recap and Video Highlight

Injury News: Craig Pickering Has Injury Problem
*World XC Runner Up Moses Mosop Dealing With Injury

Dayron Robles: "Every world record is perfect." The 21-yr old reflects on his world record and is excited about competing in his 1st Olympics.
Liu Xiang Says Robles' Record Will Serve As Motivation

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12.87 WR for Dayron Robles,
Usain Bolt 19.83 Dire Tune 1 Hour Record
Liu Xiang may have the pressure of 1 billion people on his shoulders at the Olympics, but he no longer will be the favorite as Robles has the World Record. Kaki over Rudisha at 800, Kipchoge wins 5k, Dibaba wins 10k.
Free Video Highlights
*Interviews (Robles WR Celebration)
*Ostrava: Christine Ohuruogu back on track with victory
*Pre-Ostrava: Bolt's Dream Has Always Been 200m World Record

Pre:*Results *Photos
Sweet 16 for Mutola, Bekele 26:25, Lagat Wins 2 Mile, American Record for Brad Walker in PV, Alan Webb Soundly Beaten, High Schoolers Shine link fixed
The distance races were stacked at Pre. Maria Mutola got her 16th and final Pre win (assuming she does retire), Bernard Lagat looked great like he has every time in 2008, Abdi Abdirahman just missed Meb Keflezighi's American record at 10k, and Alan Webb made his 2008 track debut and ran like we've never seen him run before. High schooler Chanelle Price ran 2:01 in the 800 and high schooler Jeff Demps was third in the 100.
Full Recap: AFP Pre Recap

Pole Vault: Brad Walker Breaks American Record in Pole Vault
USA Today
Distance:*Maria Mutola Makes It Sweet 16
*Bernard Lagat Shows Fine Form at Pre
USA Today
*Bekele Comes Up Short Oregonian

*On the boards: Treniere Clement Only 4:11

*On the boards: Solinsky Beats Mottram

*Liu Xiang DQd for False Start at Pre

On the boards: Liu Xiang Was Faking
Shot: Adam Nelson 72' 7" 'Those were some of the easiest 22-meter throws I've had in my life'

100m: On the boards: High Schooler Jeff Demps 3rd in the 100

*On the boards: Allyson Felix Gets Smoked
More:*Athlete Quotes
*Post Race Interview from Pre
*More Photos

*NYC Reebok Grand Prix:USAIN BOLT 9.72 World Record!! *Meet Results *Video of Usain Bolt's 9.72
Bolt Runs 9.72
.The Jamaican put on a show in the Big Apple to conclude a meet that showed exactly what track can be in this country- a large sold-out crowd, live tv and unreal performances. Tyson Gay ran a great race 9.85 but was soundly beaten. In other action (like anything else matters), Veronica Campbell Brown ran the fastest 100 of the year (10.91). In the distances, Paul Koech ran an all comers American record in the steeple, Lauren Fleshman went sub 15 for the first time, Lopez Lomong got his first big professional win, and Yusuf Kamel edged Khadevis Robinson in a very close men's 800. *Message Board Thread Here
LRC Distance Recaps
*Photo Gallery
*Race Results Weekly Distance Recap With Athlete Quotes

*NY Daily News Recap (Only NY newspaper that delayed Sunday publication to include the Bolt article)
*Ato Boldon Wonders Whether Bolt Can Get 100, 200, and 400 World Records USA Today

*Usain Bolt Not Overly Excited about World Record USA Today
*Athlete Quotes from Reebok Grand Prix

Drug Talk: Hopefully Bolt can join some sort of baseline testing program like Tyson Gay to restore people's confidence.
*Drug Scandal Hangs Over Bolt's 9.72 Times of London

*Progression of 100m World Record
*NY Times: Is Bolt Clean? New York Times

Om the boards
Please, Jesus, Let Bolt Be Clean We think he should voluntarily join a baseline testing program like Tyson Gay. And while we're at it we think that everyone's baselines should be published.

Last Weekends 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
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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?

Olympic Trials:
Deena Triumphs in Boisterous Boston
It was an incredible day on the streets in Boston. The fans turned out in droves to cheer on America's finest and Magdalena Lewy Boulet made it interesting by opening up nearly a 2 minutes lead before Deena Kastor came from behind for the win. We give you all the analysis, talk about Deena's strategy (no miles over 5:25), and more (Joan Benoit's final competitive marathon)
LetsRun.com! Boston Women's Olympic Trials Photos
4 Minute Highlight Video of Post Race Comments (Deena, Magdalena, Blake Russell and Joan Benoit all give their take)

*Victor Sailor Photos link fixed. Photos rearragned. A few captions added.
More coverage:

*USAToday article by Dick Patrick
*Joan Benoit Article in NY Times
Olympic Trials Coverage *Splits for Every Mile Here
*LestRun.com Message Board Thread Here
*Watch on Demand Here

LetsRun.com London Men: Lel Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17

Ryan Hall Goes Through Halfway on World Record Pace
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will be remembered for a long time. The lead pack of 9 went through 5k at 14:21 (2:01 pace). They continued together (yes, all 9) through halfway on world record pace (1:02:13). Ryan Hall then went to the front soon after and asked the pacemakers to go FASTER. Soon Hall was off the back, but he would catch the leaders briefly again and go on to run 2:06:17. (Until Sunday, only 7 guys had ever run under 2:06:15, now 11 have.). Up front, it came down to a 3-man battle over the final mile before Martin Lel got his 3rd straight World Marathon Major win over the final quarter mile as he led 6 guys under 2:07 and to $50,000 bonuses each. Recap, photos, video above

This Guy Has Totally Won Back Our Respect

Maasai Warriors Finish Marathon link fixed One of them went back to the course and finished the race a day after being forced to go the hospital after a ceremonial wrap cut off his circulation. He said, "It was very important for me to do this. This is what I came to England for."

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall Reflects On his Incredible Run
We tell you (and let you watch) what Ryan, his dad, his grand-dad, his coach and even Martin Lel had to say about Ryan. Lel was full of praise for the American and shocked by Ryan's attempt to get the pacemakers to go even faster. If Hall didn't already have your respect, he does after reading this article as he pays homage to a throwback type of guy - Steve Jones. Text and Video.
LetsRun.com Video: R
yan Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
*More LRC London Videos Here
Photo Gallery

Australian Track Athletes to Skip Opening Ceremonies to Avoid Pollution What about the Olympic spirit?

1 Hour Podcast With Coach John Cook (Shannon Rowbury and Shalane Flanagan's Coach)

Interesting: A Look Back at Marie Jose Perec and Her Bizarre Withdrawal from the 2000 Olympics

Hazel Clark Doing More Distance Training This Year

Boaz Lalang in Athletic Kenya Olympic Trials Camp

Kenyan Runners Get 100% of their Running Genes From their Mothers?

2008 NCAAs D1 Results
NCAA Day 4:
LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record The Wheating, Hernandez duel more than lived up to its hype. Leo Manzano went out in style, Hannah England ran very fast, but she owes a big thank you to Sally Kipyego. Not to mention, Cornell won the men's triple jump for the 2nd straight year, Walter Dix in the 200, Cory Martin won the shot and the hammer. We recap the action.
*Day 4 Photo Gallery

*AP Recap:
Florida State, Watler Dix Three Peat, LSU Women Win

Interviews: Wheating, Hernandez, Manzano, England, Kipyego, Bowman, Dix, Martin
and more.
*4 Guys Go Sub 45 in NCAA 400

Day 3:
LRC Barringer, Kipyego Romp, Bobby Curtis Surprises, Kyle Alcorn Wins Again, LSU, Trinidad Sprint
NCAA Day 3 Recap, Photos, Interviews
Friday had great action at the NCAA track and field champs. It was a banner day for LSU and Trinidad in the Sprints, Jenny Barringer just missed the American record in the steeple, Sally Kipyego set an NCAA meet record in the 5k, Bobby Curtis went 3 flat the last 1200 to win the 5k, and Kyle Alcorn got his 2nd NCAA win. Not to mention Walter Dix is the ultimate team player and some major pros to Angela Bizzarri for a thirty second pr.
NCAA Day 3 Photo Gallery
*AP Recap of Friday's NCAA Meet
Trinidad and LSU shine.
More: Interviews: Kipyego, Barringer, Alcorn, Curtis, Vaughn, Nelson, Thompson, Dix, Hanany.

*Sally Kipyego Faces Tough Decision on Whether to Turn Pro
*Death of Friend as a Youngster Has Inspired Sally Kipyego
*Thread on Jenny Barringer Almost Breaking American Record At NCAAs

Sprints: Walter Dix Talks About His Injuries
Thompson Wins 100m

Field: Mikael Hanany PRs 7' 7.25" to Win High Jump

Day 2: LRC Lisa Koll Dominates, Shadrack Songok Repeats Text and video highlights
Koll put on an exhibition in the women's 10,000m that got her a standing ovation before the homestate crowd. Shadrack Songok won an exciting men's 10k over Shawn Forrest as 9 guys were in contention with 3 laps to go. Ngonidzashe Makusha long jumped 27' 2.5", Brittney Reese long jumped a world leader, and Ashton Eaton went over 8000 points in the decathlon. Plus Manzano, Wheating vs Hernandez round 1, Felnagle, and falls and controversy in the men's 1500 semi. Alysia Johnson pulled out of the women's 800 with a sore foot as a precautionary measure for the Olympic Trials.
*Update: AJ Acosta in the Men's 1500m Final Thanks to LetsRun.com
*RRW Thursday Distance Recap
*Des Moines Register Special Section on NCAAs
*AP Recap: Brittney Reese from Mississippi Equals World Leader To Win NCAAs (6.93m)

Alysia Johnson Has Sore Foot She Could Have Run
*Pre-Race Q&A With Leonel Manzano
Interviews: *Lisa Koll Video Interview
*Shawn Forrest Video Interview
Shadrack Songok Video Interview
IAAF Recap of Day 2 of NCAAs Focuses on LJ's Brittany Reese seemed disappointed with her world leading win as she was hoping to go 23' feet but says injuries have hurt her. Meanwhile, FSU freshman Ngonidzashe Makusa was obviously thrilled with his 27'2.75" performance that made him the #4 guy in the world and gave him an win by almost a foot.

Day 1 Recap and Video Highlight
Day 1 was 100% prelims and by and large most things went according to plan (Porscha Lucas the #1 seed in the 200 didn't make the 100 final for Texas A&M). Travis Padgett looked like the man to beat in the 100m semis. Jacob Hernandez and Andrew Wheating both advanced to the 800 semis easily, and the great NCAA career of Yale's Lindsay Donaldson came to an end. Mark Wetmore's CU team got 2 steeple prelim wins, and 3 guys into the 5k final.

*Pre-Race Q&A With Leonel Manzano
*Flooding Causes Some Teams to Move Hotels
*BYU Dealing With Death of Heptathlete Chelsi Petersen
rack and Field News: NCAA Women's Predictions (Three Way Battle)
Lisa Koll Hoping To End State of Iowa's 10 Yr Drought From NCAA Title
Arkansas' Dacia Barr Psyched Sally Kipyego Is Running 1,500
*Track and Field News: NCAA Men's Predictions 10 deep men's and women's individual predictions.
*Billy Nelson Ready To Make Some Noise At NCAAs He took up the steeplechase as a 5'5 college freshman and has only grown one inch since.
*Colorado Ready For NCAAs
*Des Moines Register Talks About How Steve Prefontaine Shined In Des Moines and Looks For Next Pre

ExxonMobile Bislett Games *Bislett Game Results
14:11.15!!!!!! 1:42.69 for Kaki
Tirunesh Dibaba's
performance was simply amazing. Running in 78-80 weather she smashed the world 5000m record. She averaged 4:15 each 1500m and ran her last 1500 in 4:06-4:07. (Jen Rhines ran a 14:54 pb) In other action, in the much anticipated 800m matchup between teen sensations Abubaker Kaki and David Rudisha, Kaki was simple amazing. He led coming into the homestretch, then blew away the field the final 100m running 1:42.69, the first sub 1:43 clocking in 5 years and a junior world record as Rudisha ran a pr but lost for the first time in 12 races. . Pamela Jelimo showed 1:55s are easy for her as she clocked a 1:55.41, Samitova-Galkina ran a 9:14 steeple, and Andrew Baddeley went sub 3:50 to get the big upset in the mile that we're sure everyone in Britain will be writing about tomorrow. Jeremy Wariner ran 43.98, his first sub 44 clocking before the Trials. Despite our harping on his decision to switch coaches, he's running very well. (nonetheless, his lost may have cost him $200,000)
*Tirunesh Dibaba: "‘I could have run faster" iaaf.org

*Athlete Quotes from Bislett
*Baddeley Breaks Through
On the boards:
*Dibaba 14:11.15 WR!! -
Andrew Baddeley 3:49.38!!
Wariner 43.98 at Bislett

LRC: NY Mini Hilda Kibet Wins, Deena Third Deena Kastor and Madaí Pérez put up a brave fight but Hilda Kibet was too good on the streets of NY. text, photos, video
*NY Mini Results

Justin Gatlin's Suspension Upheld
He can't compete until 2010
*Gatlin says his running career isn't over.

LetsRun.com Boston 08 LetsRun.com Party Photos The party hosted by Puma was a smashing success. A packed house as those passionate about running (from ages 5 to 65+) came to celebrate a great weekend in Boston. LetsRun.com fans celebrated with Rojo, Wejo, Matt Taylor, and a few legends in the sport, including former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan. The Harpoon beer was flowing, DJ Inkognito kept things going and contrary to popular opinion there was a healthy mix of males and females. The reviews were excellent. "It's refreshing not to see the same 50 people (industry insiders) at a party." "Most favorable female to male ration I've seen in a long time."

You'll Be Hearing About This For a Long, Long Time
Maurice Greene, HSI Linked to Steroids A few HSI athletes have been caught doping in the past (Larry Wade the most notable), but this NY Times article brings to print some of the rumors some of you may have heard. And it is a sad, sad day for American sprinting if true.*Times Of London Story on Maurice Greene Being Accused Of Doping
Maurice Greene Defends Himself He says he never used drugs but did pay for teammates bills without asking what it was for. Greene: "This is a bad situation for me. My name's come up in something and it's not true."

LetsRun.com London Women: Mikitenko Wins Crazy Women's Race The women's race went totally not according to form. German Irina Mikitenko was the surprise winner. The race went out slow, then picked up, then slowed back again. Then Gete Wami wiped out at a water stop, nearly knocking her own teeth out, fell back off the back, then battled back only to get dropped again as Mikitenko threw it down the final 5k. And a perfectly sunny day turned into a cold rainstorm at times. Text, Photos, and Video
Other London Coverage:
*Yelling Makes GB Team: A great moment when she looked rival Hayley Haining in the eye at 19 miles,. Amazingly both ended up happy as both PRd.
*British Men Could Run 25 Miles, Everyone Else 26.2 Miles And They'd Still Lose in London

*World Marathon Majors Point Standing - Lel has a huge lead. Wami's is narrowed by Mikitenko
*Dick Patrick of USAToday Writes About Ryan Hall
*American Ryan Hall mixes it with Kenyans
AP Story on Ryan Hall: Hall Confident About Beijing Chances
*Quotes From The Top 3 In London

*Gas Leak Causes London Marathon to be Diverted

*Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Beijing Preparations

*Jon Brown Blasts UK Performance Director Dave Collins The 4th placer in the marathon at the last two Olympics absolutely rips Collins - a man who somehow managed not to show up at world cross country last month when it was in Scotland..

101 Years Old, Still Smoking, Running, and Drinking: Buster Martin: "I'm not worried about the fags because I'll carry them with me. Everyone says smoking kills but it's taking a long time in my case" The 101 year old legend plans on smoking while running Sunday's London Marathon.

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

Good news: NBC, WCSN Join Forces We've been partners with WCSN since April 1.

Things To Do at the Trials: Free Coaching Clinic With a Ton of Big Names at Olympic Trials on July 1 Yes free (if you're a USTAF member)
*Running Filme Festival July 3-4-5
Bunch of films
*It's Not Too Late to Go to the Trials
Mention LetsRun.com and save $100 off a Trials package. We hear its even possible to still buy meet tickets.
*A Look at Some of the Changes to Hayward Field
* Bill McChesney Jr. Video

Alan Culpepper To Skip Olympic Trials With Injury Lengthy profile on Alan and his family.
*Alicia Shay Out of Olympic Trials
If anyone deserved a bit of better luck with running injuries this year it was her.

USOC Gives USATF 2 Weeks to Submit a Reorganization Plan or Face Decertification All the boards members are getting in the way.
*Matt Taylor Editorial on This