Quote Of The Day

"It was a very hard race. I had a very fast run in the 10,000m three days ago, and I'm very tired. But I've had really good training and I'm very well prepared."

- New distance phenom Meselech Melkamu, who shockingly not only showed up in Ostrava just 3 days after running 29:53, but raced the 5k in a way that would make Prefontaine proud, as she pushed the pace and got a narrow win in a new world-leading 14:34.17.

Unbelievable: 5 More Russians Tests Positive & Are Banned Is any distance runner there clean?

Catching Up With Some Of The Greatest White Runners On The Planet
*Nick Willis' Comeback Is Going Fine - Now Jogging 20 Minutes Some Days He's hoping to compete at the end of the year like in 5th Ave. Mile.
*Chris Solinsky Is Pumped For 2009 He was surprised to run 13:18 at Mt. SAC and was expecting more like a 13:20 high.
Recommended Read: Salazar Trying To Teach Goucher How To Kick Like Rupp Kara will run the 5k at USAs and the only goal is for her to learn how to close. Her lack of a close cost her in Boston.

Kenyan Coach: Jelimo's Poor Peformance Has Caused Her To Blow Her Earning Power Considering she earned more than a million last year, we doubt she is too worried.

European Team Champs Are This Weekend
World Champ Silver Medallist Nicola Sanders Withdraws With Injury
*French, Italy & Spain To Bring Loaded Squads
*British 400m Hurdler David Greene Having Stellar Season He's gone from 49.53 to 48.62. Now he's fast enough to finish 2nd at NCAAs.

Deena Kastor Is 1st Elite Woman To Commit To 2009 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon A big coup for Chicago to land Kastor, who wants a new personal record.

Paris Golden League Likely To Let Dwain Chambers Race Next Month

Administrative News
*Jacques Rogge: Economics Shouldn't Be Deciding Factor In Choice For 2016 Olymipcs
He says the athletes' interest should be #1 *Chicago Reaction: Not Good News As $$$ Are Chicago's #1 Selling Point
*IOC Cash Reserves Doing Well Desipte Global Slowdown They stand at $429 million, down from a high of $457.
*14 Diamond League Cities Announced - Berlin Doesn't Make The Cut
*Two British Meets: London & Gateshead Make Cut

Post NCAA News:

Ostrava GP Was Wednesday *Meet Website *Results *Bolt's Race Video (also on right)

*IAAF Recap: 20,000+ Cram In To Watch Usain Bolt Run 9.77 A capacity crowd got what they wanted - a big time performance from Bolt, who overcame his self-described 2nd-worst start ever to run 9.77. Please watch the race video as his last 40m was insane. It looked like everyone else was standing still. *Craig Pickering 2nd In 10.08
*Mid-d & Distance Recap: Melkamu's Amazing Form Continues Just 3 days after her remarkable 29:53, Meselech Melkamu was in the 10k and she put on a performance that would make Steve Prefontaine smile. Pushing the pace from the gun, she traded leads with Linet Masai before getting the win in the end in a world-leading 14:34. In other action, David Rudisha got the win in the loaded men's 800, Haron Keitany ran a 3:49 mile and world record attempts at 20km and in the steeple came up short. *South Africa's Khotso Mokoena Wins 3rd Straight LJ - All Have Been 8.33m
*Pre-Race: Glen Mills Not Too Worried About Bolt's Form He just thinks Bolt didn't try very hard in Toronto.

Sprint News
*Reigning World Champ Veronica Campbell-Brown To Skip 100m At Worlds She is the two-time Olympic 200 champ and will focus on that.
*Liu Xiang's Coach Sets September Return Date

Pre-Race Ostrava News
*RRW Preview: Bolt Gets Headlines But Awesome Distance Races, Led By Unreal 800, Will Take Place The men's 800 is simply unreal as it has 1,500-meter stars Augstine Choge and Asbel Kiprop, as well as 800 stars Rudisha, Yego, Ismael and Lalang. In the women's 800, Jenny Barringer's #1 focus - the steeple world record holder - is racing. Plus a world record attempt in the women's 20k and Keitany in the mile and a possible world record attempt in the men's steeple by Ezekiel Kemboi.
*Bolt Ready For Sub-10
*IAAF Preivew: Usain Bolt Running 100, Dayron Robles Hurdles, Asbel Kiprop 800 And Much More In Wednesday's Ostrava Meet
*Bolt: "I'm trying to be a legend." But he admits he's not in the same shape as last year.
*Hammer Results/Press Conference Highlights - Dayron Robles Wants Another World Record

More Post-NCAA News
We Agree: NCAAs Make Hog Fans Appreciate McDonnell Even More "The track wars waged by Lananna's Oregon Ducks and Henry's Texas A&M Aggies last Wednesday through Saturday at the NCAA Men's and NCAA Women's Outdoor meet at John McDonnell Field cast new light on how awesome retired coach McDonnell's achievements truly were."
*Ducks Want NCAA Titles Next Year At Home Best bet seems to be on the women's side as they'll lose Rupp on the men's.
*Aggies Have Now Won 3 NCAA Titles Within A Month When Previously They Had 4 In History They also got men's golf.

Japan's 2:08:49 Guy Wataru Okutani Retires

Kenyan News
Kenya Picks Teams For World Youth Champs As Well As African Juniors
*Jelimo To Run In Madrid On July 4th

More Weekend Track Action

Meselech Melkamu Stuns World With 29:53.80 In Netherlands #2 time ever. World record if you think the Chinese were doping.

Harry Jerome: Gary Reed's 800m Win Among Higlights Of Harry Jerome
*Harry Jerome Results

Usain Bolt's 9.77

Galen Rupp After The Rupptet (6:43)

Jenny Barringer On Her Stunning 3:59, Holding Every NCAA Record From 1,500 To 5k, And More

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