Where Your Dreams Become Reality

Quote of the Day:
"Oh, my God. Am I three? Am I third?"

-American Shalane Flanagan after crossing the line in the women's 10k. Yes, she was 3rd thanks to a clutch American record of 30:22.22 in Beijing, which earned her the bronze medal.

LRC Prediction Contest

What's Let's Run.com?

Our world famous: Message Board
*High School Forum

More News in Our:
News Section!

Training Advice

Save on Shoes

Turn Back The Clock! Today's Top Runners Talk About Their High School Careers

Wejo Speaks
Site co founder Weldon Johnson

Rojo Speaks
Site co founder and cross country coach at Cornell Robert Johnson.

JK Speaks
coaching guru John Kellogg


Comments, questions, suggestions, story you'd like to submit?
Email us

Advertise on LetsRun.com 
Click Here for More Info

Homepage Last Updated: 49 years ago

LetsRun.com Privacy Policy

Big Savings::
15% off
Finish Line 15% off

Orders of $60 and Up
Enter Code 140387 at checkout

*Eastbay Coupon
*Fotlocker Coupon

If You're Thinking of Going to Beijing Do it With the Experts

Mention LetsRun and Save $100

Book Review: Running Within
Want to improve your mental outlook on running? Then Running Within is the book for you. Read our review of this excellent book.
Recommended Reads
Looking for a good running book ? Read our mini-reviews and suggestions

Ryan Shay

*Official Ryan Shay Remembrance Thread.
*Ryan Shay Photo Gallery

We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Olympic Track Action Has Started *Result/Schedule (Beijing is 12 hours ahead of NY) *TV Schedule
LIVE Event by Event Report/Previews
Friday: *Results *Photos
*Greatest Women's 10k Ever
Dibaba Smashes Olympic 10,000m Record as Two Dip Under 30 Minutes! Flanagan Gets Bronze and American Record Tirunesh Dibaba got the one thing missing on her resume, an Olympic gold, and she did it in grand style. She outkicked Elvan Abeylegesse to win in 29:54.66 as they became the 2nd and 3rd women ever to break 30 minutes for 10k and the first since Wang Junxia's unbelievable 29:31, 15 years ago.  Shalane Flanagan came from behind  to smash her American record (30:22.22) and get the first American medal in a track event over 400m since 1992.  In other action, the American men bombed in the shot put (many expected a US sweep, but Christian Cantwell was the only Amerian on the medal stand), the American women bombed in round 1 of the 800, America was the only country to have all 3 of its entrants advance to round 2 of the 1500(Manzano on time), but Bernard Lagat didn't look great doing it. We'll hopefully have a letsrun.com recap of these races later, but in the meantime the IAAF has event recaps: *Men's 1500 Round 1 *Women's 800 Round 1 *Women's Steeple Round 1 Recaps (Willard and Barringer advanced)
More 10k: NY Times Recap on Dibaba's 10k Victory, Flanagan's Bronze *
Washington Post Recap on Flanagan
On the boards:
*TWO women under 30 minutes in the Olympic 10000m final A historic day.
*1,500m Heats Talk Here

*USA's Flanagan wins bronze in 10,000 meters USA Today *Flanagan shows American distance runners can compete with best ... ESPN

*IAAF Recap of Day 1 - Kara Goucher 30:55 PR

Shot: Poland's Tomasz Majewski Surprise Shot Put Winner
US Shotputters Come Up Short New York Times
*Pamela Jelimo Favored For 800m Gold
*Lagat's goals include being oldest 1,500m gold medallist
*Heptathlon: Kelly Sotherton Leaves Day 1 In Tears As American Hyleas Fountain PRs In 4 Events To Lead
*Famiglietti Advances To Men's Steeple Final With 8:17 PR!
*All 3 Americans, As Well As Michigan Alums Brannen and Willis, Advance To 1,500m Semis Rashid Ramzi Rolls, Kenyan Nicholas Kemboi Failed To Advance *
1,500m Heats Talk Here
Preview #2 - Women's Marathon & Pole Vault as Well As Men's 400m Hurdles
The women's marathon will be one of the few athletics events shown live in the US. What a race - Radcliffe, Kastor, Ndereba and plenty of other Chinese, Japanese, and Africans to add even more drama.

Change Yor Picks Now
Paul Koech Won't Run Olympic Steeplechase
The world leader will not be placed on the team even though he has the world's fastest time by 7 seconds. Koech was in China as an alternate and the Kenyans were apparently contemplating the removal of defending Olympic Champion
Ezekiel Kemboi from the team as they were unhappy with his hurdling technique in practice. Kemboi isn't concerned and seems very confident. Kemboi: "I must retain the title or I won't return home. Believe me, I will retain the gold medal. I am in the best shape of my life."
*London Telegraph Previews Entire Track & Field Action - They tell you what to look for each day.
*Seb Coe Writes About Start of Olympic Track &Field Action
IAAF Previews Day 1's Track Action
*Uganda's Medal Hopes Moses Kipsiro (5k) and Abraham Chepkirwok (800m) Arrive In Beijing
Britain's Kelly Sotherton in Shape To Win Gold
LRC Beijing Olympic Day 1 Preview: Games Kick Off With Women's 10k Final, Men's Shot Final, Round 1 of the 100m Showdown, Plus Men's 1,500m Round 1, Women's 800m Round 1, Steeplechase Round 1
Tirunesh Dibaba will try to get the Games underway by getting the one thing missing on her resume - an Olympic gold. She'll face a slew of challengers as 9 other women have a decent shot at the medal stand, including Americans Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. We preview the other events, including the men's steeple, where the favorite, Paul Koech, may not even get to run as he's the Kenyan alternate. We also give you a sneak peak at the LetsRun.com Prediction Contest predictions (where not a single person has failed to pick one of Bolt, Gay or Powell to win the 100m).
*US Men Going for the Medal Sweep in the Shotput USA Today

Distance News:Women's 10k is Friday: Amy Yoder Begley's Friends and Family Talk About Her Path to Being an Olympian
*Britain's Jo Pavey Trying to Get the Elusive World Medal in the 10k
Times of London

Colin Jackson Says Dayron Robles is the Favorite

Edwin Moses Writes About Olympics and Opening Cermony

British Long Jumper Chris Tomlinson Fit Enough for Beijing

Tyson Gay Does 100m All Out in Front of Reporters to Show He's Back This whole thing is taking on the feel of a heavyweight title fight, which is good.
*Jason Gardener Picks Tyson Gay to Win 100m at Olympics www.telegraph.co.uk

Update on Noguchi: Noguchi Has Leg Problem, Japanese Team Will Decide Later This Week Whether to Pull Her from Marathon

Better Late Than Never:
Washed Up Part II:
John Honerkamp Writes Honerkamp contrasts the 2008 Olympic Trials, when he was running the Gay Pride 5 Miler trying to score points for his club team, to the 1996 Olympic Trials, where he was the youngest semifinalist in the 800m. Our apologies for not getting this up sooner. It was supposed to follow famed LetsRun.com blogger Scott Anderson's piece on the same thing.

Non-Track Olympics
On the boards: *USA SMASHES FRANCE IN THE 4 x 1 FREE!

Dubya is the Redeem Team's "Homey"

Druggie Thanou Excluded from Beijing Games She won't be missed.

Paula: "Flagstaff was a turning point. I had just read something before going out for my run and I started crying so much while I was running that I had to stop and sit down." - Paula Radcliffe talking about the 2004 Olympics and the 2008 Games.
*Story on Wejo Pacing Paula to World Record in Chicago Is Up on Spikes Magazine
It's a nice new UK/IAAF magazine/website. Wejo was shocked to see he wore a Breathe Right strip.

Peter Coe, Seb's Father, Dies Seb had delayed his trip to the Olympics to spend more time with his dad and then his dad died shortly after he left.
Seb Was a Hell of an Athlete but he Had a Hell of a Coach

Andrew Baddeley Getting a Lot of Attention in Britain In the land of Coe, Cram and Ovett, 1,500m prospects are taken seriously.

More British News: Kelly Sotherton Speaks Out Against Rival and Drug Cheat Lyudmila Blonska

8/8/08 Dazzling Opening Ceremonies Kick Off Beijing Olympics A reader abroad wrote us saying, "I thought it was mind blowing ... it's like China is saying: 'We are the next power' ... I'm telling you, it was the most amazing visual display I have ever seen on television. And I'm not even watching on an HD or anything. London must be shitting their pants because that was unbeatable. It was amazing ... It just went on for 4 straight hours." We agree.
America's a Great Country "For the rest of us, who have generally eaten well, felt safe and experienced total hopelessness only in sad movies, (Lopez) Lomong is a gift. He lights up the room again and puts a Band-Aid on the cynicism. If you are a writer, you want to tell his story, even if dozens have preceded you. You want to tell it better, to grip the reader just in case your predecessors haven't. And then you sit in the audience on the morning of the opening ceremony and realize you need do nothing more than listen and take notes, because Lomong is telling it to you, for you, and better than ever before ... We have a world full of politicians and diplomatic spinners and we have only one Lopez Lomong. Too bad it isn't the other way around."
-LA Times columnists Bill Dwyre writing on
Lopez Lomong
*Washington Post Editorial by Thomas Boswell on Lopez Lomong
*Message board thread on the amazing opening ceremony

Good Doping News: USA Today Blogger Training for Marine Corps Marathon Says Smog Isn't That Bad, Running Isn't Too Hard

NY Times Talks About Internet Viewers Already Getting Around NBCs Lack of Live Coverage

"The American flag means everything in my life -- everything that describes me, coming from another country and going through all of the stages that I have to become a U.S. citizen. This is another amazing step for me in celebrating being an American. Seeing my fellow Americans coming behind me [in the opening ceremony] and supporting me will be a great honor -- the highest honor. It's just a happy day. I don't even have the words to describe how happy I am."
- Lopez Lomong, a grateful American who was once a Lost Boy of Sudan, who was selected to carry the US flag at today's opening ceremonies.