Quote Of The Day

"Unfortunately I personally did not fully achieve what I was aiming for. However, those in the race did run closer to the A standard time on a windy day, one athlete set a junior 5k record and I'm sure there were some nice PRs across the board. It was win-win."

- Anthony Famiglietti writing about his front-running 5000m tactics in Eugene. Most athletes and coaches would call it a lose-lose, but not Fam. Great read.

Next Big Meet - Golden Gala Rome - Is Friday 1:50pm Eastern

News From Ethiopia And Kenya

Gold For Kiprop, Ramzi B Sample Positive
LRC Boards:
Ramzi B sample positive

LRC's Crackin' Recap: USAIN BOLT 19.59 MIND-BLOWER IN LAUSANNE *Results *Message Board Thread Bolt 19.59! What a meet in Switzerland as the rainy conditions couldn't stop Usain Bolt from lighting up the night with one of the greatest sprint performances of all time. His 19.59 in the rain, into a 0.9 headwind marks the 4th-fastest wind-legal run of all time. In other events, Steve Hooker and Dayron Robles returned to winning form by narrow margins, Bernard Lagat got crushed in the 800, Ethiopian mid-d star Deresse Mekonnen smacked down Kenya's best in the 3k, Gelete Burka did the same in the 1,500, and the USA 1-2-3 sweep in the 400m Hurdles promised by Angelo Taylor looks pretty unlikely thanks to Jamaica's Isa Phillips clobbering Kerron Clement in another fine performance.
*Bolt Clocks 4th - Fastest 200m Of All Time
*Usain Bolt To Run 100 And Relay In London Weekend Of LetsRun.com Founders Day (July 24) The London Meet has big bucks and it shows. Bolt doesn't come cheaply.
*Usain Bolt Street Race To Be Shown In England Theatres In 3D
*Bolt, Phillips And Powell Dominate World Class Athletissima Fields Lausanne was a very, very good meet for the Jamaican sprinters. They won just about every sprint save the 100 hurdles and 110m hurdles.
*Pat Butcher Blogs About Lausanne History and Bolt's Re-Writing Of It
*Flashback: Bolt Promising Hard Effort And Fast Time In 200m In Lausanne On July 7 He came through on that promise!

Great Article On Nate Jenkins From Running Times We read this in print a while ago and liked the article. Jenkins is known for his incredible work ethic and durability. His work has paid off with a 7th at the 2007 Olympic Trials and a spot on this year's USA World Championship Marathon Team. If you're looking for training advice, we'd say Jenkins' biggest weakness is allowing himself to recover, but his persistence and toughness make anything possible.

LRC Boards: Video Of Tola DQ Surfaces *Video Link Tadese Tola was DQed for actions in the final meters of the Peachtree Race on July 4th. See for yourself.
*"Tola is not very efficient in his mechanics, so his arms were spinning left and right." Hussein Makke, agent of Tadese Tola, on why Tola hit a passing Boaz Cheboiywo in the final 20m of the Peachtree Road Race.
*Tadese Tola Disputes Elbowing DQ - Watch Video For Yourself We think Cheboiywo definitely should have been awarded the place ahead of Tola; the DQ is a tougher decision. It's a harsh punishment to erase a hard 10k performance for a split-second decision in the final 5 seconds of the race, but you can't have people shoving each other around with thousands of dollars on the line, so we agree with the DQ.

Weekend Action We Didn't Cover Yesterday

Russia: Yuriy Borzakovskiy Gets His 3rd Win In A Week At 800 In Russia Znamensky Brothers Meet
*Znamensky Brothers Memorial Results

Germany: Recap Of German Champs

Spain: Christy Wurth-Thomas 800 PR Yesterday (2:01.15)

More Weekend Results

Simon Vroemen's European Steeple Record Broken By Frenchman Boubdallah Tahri
*12-Year-Old American Girl Runs 2:06 800m At Youth Champs
*Men's Race Out In 13:38 For 5k At Sapporo Half Marathon Though no one broke an hour. *Brett Larner's Sapporo Recap
*Kenyan Marathon 1st-Timer Wins Gold Coast Marathon

Recommended Read: Fam On His Win-Win 5k Defeat At The USA Champs Anthony Famiglietti focuses on the process, not the result.  

Recommended Read: Amazing Story Of Ultra Runner Diane Van Deren An excellent story from the New York Times on a woman whose brain surgery both strengthened and weakened her.

Brief Chat With Alberto Salazar's Newest Charge Dathan Ritzenheim Ritzenheim and family are moving again, this time to Portland to be with Salazar, where he will be focusing on the 10,000m world championships in the short term. Quite a good read.

Rupp Named ESPN The Magazine's All-Academic NCAA Athlete Of The Year His 3.89 GPA in business administration at Oregon made him the best academic/athletic combination in the NCAA.

Semi Running-Related

World Youth Championships

Somewhat Running Related

Great Reads On Young Kenyan Stars

*Phil Minshull Of IAAF Sits Down With William Biwott Tanui, Who Says His World Junior Record Was Not A Surprise
*Good Article From Kenya On Their Lone 10k Entrant At Worlds, Linet Masai Masai is running great and somehow Kenya doesn't have another women's 10k runner to toe the line with her in Berlin.

US Athletes

Liza Hunter-Galvan Believed To Have Tested Positive Hunter-Galvan, 2-time Olympic marathoner for New Zealand, has been the star of the San Antonio running scene for many years. Turning 40 this year, she has won the San Antonio Marathon 6 times, including her personal best 2:29:37 set in November 2008 at the age of 39.
*Hunter-Galvan Not Discussing Doping Reports: "I can't bring myself to look at anything." - Hunter-Galvan on her disappointment with media reports of her possible positive test.

*Japan Get 10k Girls Gold At World Youth Games World youth games have begun.
*David McCarthy To Run 1,500m For Ireland In U23 Championships

From The UK

*Usain Bolt Will Double In London's Crystal Palace Fans will get 2 for the price of 1 as they will see superstar Usain Bolt in the 100m and the 4 x 100m.
*Christine Ohuruogu Decides She Better Get Into 400m Shape After getting trounced in Oslo in her signature event, Ohuruogu is adding a couple of 400s to her schedule to get her in better shape heading towards Worlds. Will she start avoiding drug testers as well?

Usain Bolt 19.59 In The Rain!

The Only Must Read In The Industry

LRC Week In Review LetsRun.com's Rojo is on vacation so Employee #1 and Wejo take a crack at recapping the week's action on their own. Without Rojo's guidance, they discuss the important issues of the day like ultra running, the paralympics, and human psychology. But they do discuss what happens to junior miling phenoms, looking at the careers of Alex Kipchirchir and Alan Webb to give guidance to the latest sensation William Biwott Tanui, (aka WBT). Plus a 12-year-old girl runs 2:06, some training advice for everyone, Jordan Hasay, the Runner of the Week, and Ryan Hall's 4:41 mile with his dog. Plus we have an email from a race director to settle once and for all whether Usain Bolt is awesome or an ass.

US Officially Names Coaches For Berlin World Champs No offense to the coaches, but we could coach the team and it would probably do as well. The coaches at a global championship largely are ceremonial. The coaching that matters most is the private coaching leading up to the Games and USATF is letting our top coaches go to Britain.

Educate Yourself On the New Star Sammy Kitwara (Story And Interview Here) Or Watch Below

Great Resource For Kids

Carol Goodrow's Kids Running Log Your kids run a half mile, fill out the paper log, mail it in and get a free bookmark via Carol and USATF. Plus, there are a couple of good books for kid runners which we reviewed here and here.

Final Week To Sign Up

LetsRun.com Summer Training 2009 Program Originally designed for high schoolers but we've opened it up to everyone.

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