Quote Of The Day

"I told the pacemakers they were going too slow (but) they were very tired."

- Sammy Wanjiru after his course record Flora London Marathon win on Sunday. The opening pace was a blistering 14:08 5k (sub-2 hour pace) and 1:01:36 half marathon that tired out the pacemakers and much of the field.

London Marathon: Top 20 Results And Splits
Video from Our Partner Universal Sports: *Men's Highlights *Women's Highlights *Full Race
Photos: *Women's *Men's

Men: Wanjiru The Best In The World Sammy Wanjiru beat the world's best in the heat of Beijing and he did it again on Sunday on the streets of London to prove he is the best competitive marathoner in the world. After a suicidal opening 5k (they were sub-2 hour pace), the halfway mark was reached in a blistering 1:01:36. Wanjiru blew things open with a 4:25 19th mile and then held on for the win after Olympic bronze medallist Tsegay Kebede closed within 1 second of him during the 25th mile of the race. American Meb Keflezighi led the US charge in 9th in 2:09:21 while Dathan Ritzenhein just missed his first sub-2:10 clocking with a 2:10:00 in 11th.
*Race Splits And Coverage From Science Of Sport
*Post Race Interview With Wanjiru
*Ritz's Reaction To His Race
*IAAF Recap Of London
*Men's Photos
On the boards: *LetsRun Message Board Thread Following The Race
*Adam R. With A Super-Accurate American Prediction We've received word Adam R is also Brett in Tokyo of Japan Running Blogspot.
*Time for an Honest Assessment of Ritz's Performance

Women: Mikitenko Repeats Defending champ Irina Mitikenko was facing the Olympic champ Constantina Dita and the silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, but her biggest challenge on Sunday came from a Brit not named Paula, Mara Yamauchi. Yamauchi hung close until the final 10k of the race.
*Race Splits And Coverage From Science Of Sport
*Yamauchi Signals Her Arrival Into The Elite
*NY Times London Recap
*Women's Photos
*Search Results And Splits

Recommend Read: Britain's Greatest Marathoner Ron Hill Still Going Strong At Age 70 The dude was running sub-2:10 nearly 40 years ago.

London Marathon Men's Preview

LRC London Marathon Women's Preview

British Distance Woes: What Can Be Done?

Paula Radcliffe Talks About British Men's Lack Of Mental Toughness Paula talks about the fragile male ego and sounds like Paul Tergat: "A lot of it is about the mental outlook of the athlete." Times of London

Ian Stewart Is Tasked With Turning Around British Distance Running And He Says They Need To Run More Miles
"The low-mileage approach has destroyed British distance running." "It's a big lifestyle change. In the last 10-15 years there was a groundswell of opinion that said 'less is more.' We had runners doing more work in the gym. But they're not doing that in Kenya or Ethiopia, they're getting miles under their belt." www.guardian.co.uk

113th Boston Marathon
*Top 100 Men *Top 100 Women
*LRC Analysis *LRC Week That Was (Non-Boston)

Great Post-Race Piece On 2009 Boston Champ Deriba Merga He said when he woke up he knew he would win. He's apparently now going to turn down a huge payday and run the World Champs in Berlin. The guy likes to race!
*After Passing Out, Tune Came To & Had No Idea Who Won The Race

Marathon Tidbits:
Defending Champs Tune & Cheruiyot Both Out Of Hospital / Rodgers Calls Race Maybe Most Fantastic Boston He's Ever Run / USAirways Air Traffic Controller Runs In 2:40s The Celtics owner even ran.
Kara Goucher No Longer Fears The Marathon In NYC, she was surviving at the end; in Boston, she was racing. The only problem is now she's planning on starting a family. Maybe American fans desperate for victory should raise a ton and try to get them to consider adoption.
Kenyan Paper Reports Of Kosgei's Victory She was a little "scared" because the early pace was so slow.
Shalane Flanagan Might Run Marathon In Future

Penn Relays Results

*Unreal Men's DMR As Canada And Brannen Beat USA The men's DMR had it all. KD running 1:44.0, impressive opening and closing legs by Canadians Lincoln and Brannen (3:54) and performances by Gregson, Manzano and Lomong. But the real story may have been the unveiling of a new star in Kenya's Josephat Kithii.
Tennessee Completes Triple In Style - With American & Collegiate Record In 4 x 800
*Hogs Get 45th Penn Relays Title With Dominating 4 x Mile Win Thanks To Ulrey's Redemptive Strong 3rd Leg It's the Hogs' 20th 4 x Mile win and new coach Bucknam's 1st Penn title. The Hogs got the win as Dorian Ulrey broke it open on the 3rd leg. Then he came back and split 1:47.62 on the 4 x 800.
*Texas Men Win Men's 4 x 800
*US Dominates Jamaica In Sprints At Penn Relays The US seemingly won everything, although we must admit that Jamaica's new world record in the SMR thanks to Kenia Sinclair's fabulous 1:57 was very impressive.
Philly.com Stories: *A Look At Tennessee's Super Frosh Chanelle Price
*US Team Delights Crowd On Final Day
Is Nickel Ashmeade The Next Usain Bolt?
*New Arkansas Coach Bucknam Continues Winning Ways
USATF: USA Rises To The Occasion At Penn The meet was the perfect example of what went wrong in Beijing - nothing but Bolt and a dropped baton or two.

Friday: *'Nova Ends 8-Year COA Drought In DMR Thanks To Guy Who Has Only Been On Campus Since Jan.
Matt Gibney outgunned Ulrey. Gibney: "The first time I spoke to Marcus at the start of the season, he said, 'If you run a good mile at Penn Relays and do nothing else the rest of the season, I'll be happy."
Victory In DMR Puts 'Nova Back On Track
Tennessee Sets World Record For 4 x 1,500 As Top 3 Teams All Beat Old Collegiate Record Sarah Bowman blew 3 relays last year but her resurgence in 2009 is THE story as her 4:09 anchor was remarkable. Look for another win in the 4 x 800 Saturday. In the men's DMR, Villanova got it's first win since 2001 as Ulrey was unable to maintain the lead.
*Philadelphia Daily News Article On Lady Vols
*HS: Cornell Recruit Bobby Micikas Beats Foot Locker Champ To Win 3k In 8:23 As Notre Dame Recruit Jeremy Ray Sets Mile Record (4:08)

Drake Turns 100

Drake Relays *Meet Website
*IAAF Recap Of Drake: Wariner, Wilson And Taylor Celebrate 100th Drake Relays In Fine Style
*Lolo Jones Insists On Running Hometown Drake & Pulls Up Lame
Alan Webb Defeats Lukezic, Solares & Sherer - Wins Mile In 4:00
*US Stars Overcome Cold, Windy Weather J. Wariner
easily won the 400m.
Minnesota Holds Off Stanford In Men's 4 x 1,600 16:29 on a windy day to win by .11. Temps were 85+ for just 6th time in Drakes history.
*Alan Webb's 3:51 Mile Voted #1 Drake Relays Moment
Meanwhile, MJ and Gwen Torrence were voted the all-time Drake athletes.

Brutus Hamilton/NYRR Distance Carnival

Michael Coe Goes 3:56

*Friday: 3 World Leads Come From Meet As Sam Chelanga Gets Collegiate Record 27:28 & Collis Birmingham Gets Australian Record of 27:29!
Shannon Rowbury Runs 15:12 as B. Curtis Goes 13:29.
*Sam Chelanga Runs 27:28 The American record attempt by Anthony Famiglietti came up short as he ran 27:39.
*Shannon Rowbury's "Exploration" Of 5k Begins

Oregon Relays Are This Weekend
Jenny Barringer Crushes Field - Runs 4:08
*Accepted Entries For Oregon Relays Andrew Wheating & Jenny Barringer are in the 800 and 1,500 and Galen Rupp is in the 10k.
*Oregon 4 x Mile Relay Record Attempt Moved To Oregon Twighlight Weekend

*Despite Recession, Puma Expecting Usain Bolt Boost In 2009

Proof That Ethics Mean Nothing In Business
Embarrassing: Marion Jones Was A Guest Speaker At Wharton MBA Lecture Series

Hall Upbeat After First Boston Marathon Some great quotes from Ryan Hall and coach Terrence Mahon.

Tyson Gay Runs 46.34 At Sun Devil Track Classic

Webb's 4:00 Win

Michael Coe's 3:56

Puma Street Meet Winners Announced

We Have Our Winners: What Does Fast Mean To You? The voting was very tight and 2 hardcore LetsRun.com fans were neck and neck with Kara Haas coming out on top. She'll gets a VIP prize pack and the opportunity hang out with Usain Bolt this Sunday at the Boston Street Meet. Preview video below. Top 5 entries at the article above.

LRC Review: Must Read Kenny Moore's Best Efforts

Kenny Moore's Best Efforts Is Back In Print When this book showed up at LRC corporate headquarters to be reviewed, the response was, ""Holy sh*t! That book is one of the top 2 running books I've ever read." The offical LRC review is in and it is very positive: "I believe a great work only receives the label 'great' if it has passed the test of time. Best Efforts passes the test because it will refresh the man or woman who was following the runners of the 60s, 70s and 80s." Also as a special to LRC readers, you can buy an autographed copy of the book for only $14.95.

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