LRC: Week That Was Of course we cover the great action at the Kenyan Champs, tell you about Kenyan stupidity, and recap the action in London where American star Anna Willard continued her fine 2009. We also give you a history lesson and go back just 2 years ago this week, when Alan Webb was on top of the running world. Plus, we've got R&R (Rupp and Ritz), free advice for race directors, and American 800m runners Symmonds and Krummenacker covered.
LRC Ethiopian Update
LRC: Strong Ethiopian Marathon Teams Announced - Suspense Builds As To Who Will Make Women's 10k Team Our Ethiopian correspondent Teferi Debebe reports that Ethiopia's 10k team on the women's side is not set and that the Federation may leave off a 30:11.87 runner. Unbelievable. Plus an update on the men's marathon team and a photo from training.
Rachid Ramzi Went Before IOC Doping Panel Trying to get off on what appears to be a technicality.
LRC: Aviva London Day 2 Recap We've got every event and every result recapped for you. Tyson Gay got a win, but injury worries surfaced afterwards. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake led Jamaica to a ridiculous 37.46 clocking in the 4 x 100m. In the distances, Tirunesh Dibaba returned with a 14:33, while America dominated the 1,500m and mile, as the men went 1-2-3 and Anna Willard took down
in a fun 1,500m. Read our recaps for our take on the results.
*20.00 Win For Tyson Gay (Injury Fears Confirmed Post-Race)
*Bolt and Jamaicans Run 4th Fastest 4*100 in Britain
*Despite Hamstring Injury Tyson Gay Bullish on Berlin
LRC Day 1Recap: Bolt Kicks Off Aviva 2009 With 9.91 Blowout
*Bolt Wins 100m In A Canter 9.91 blowout into a blowing wind.
*Isinbayeva Ends 6-Year Win Streak In Crystal Palace
*Aviva London Day 1 Results We think our readers crashed the Aviva London site.
2.5 Years Later, South African Gert Thys Cleared by CAS For Doping Violation This is the ugly side of anti-doping - although his name has been cleared, the last 2.5 years of his career have been ruined.
Victor Conte Suspicious of Jamaican Success
Yoko Shibui Tunes Up For World Champs With Win At San Francisco Marathon She's been training in Flagstaff and her running San Francisco was a huge gift to the race organizers. Shibui said, "I think if I was in top condition, like I will be in a month, I would have run with the lead man today." Former Stanford star Julia (Stamps) Mallon was 2nd on the women's side.
- Seb Coe Says Britain Needs To Be Realistic About Medal Chances In 2012
- 4th At Olympics In 1500m, Britian's Lisa Dobriskey Says She's 85% Now Hopes To Be 100% By Worlds
Elsewhere: Kenyan And Russian Trials - Kenyans Eager For Bekele Beatdown
Kenyans Want To Crush Ethiopians Coach Julius Kirwa: "One of my main targets in Berlin is to get the men's 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals, which I believe we can easily win. Bekele and Ethiopians are tough but we can do it." After an über-successful 2008 Olympic Games, the Kenyans are feeling the pressure to do even better in Berlin. Soon we'll know what the whole team looks like as their trials are this weekend."
Plot To Put Ethiopians In Their Place "I believe this time we will break the dominance of our Ethiopian rival, Bekele. I know his reign is coming to an end soon. I respect Bekele. He has done a great job and we admire him. But one day I will beat him." Kenyan 10,000m guy Mark Kiptoo.
Russian Champs Day 2 - Alminova Skips 800m Final *Excellent Russian Trials Results Page
More From London:
Recommended Read: What Bolt Brings To A Meet
Not Again! Tyson Gay Rumors Confirmed: He's Injured - But This Time Not Seriously Track and Field News has the scoop from agent Mark Wetmore, who extinguished some of the flames by saying Gay will compete this weekend in London and should be fine.
*LRC Boards: Gay Injured
Doug Logan Writes An Excellent Piece About The Nicole Bush USATF Steeple Saga We've got to hand it to USATF CEO Doug Logan. Either he's really good at seeming like a really good guy, or he actually is a really good guy. Read this blog about cowardly USATF/Eugene officials and administrators, Nicole Bush and a steeple barrier that was 20% too high at nationals and decide for yourself.
Extensive Update On The Rupp-Ritz Pairing In Portland Is it just us, or is this pairing a LRC Message Board dream? The only thing better would be Rupp and Alan Webb training together, with a little Evan Jager on the side.
Monaco: LaShawn Merritt In 400, Abubaker Kaki, Gary Reed And Borzakovskiy In 800, Dayron Robles In Hurdles It's a pretty good meet as attention starts to turn to next month's World Champs.
British Team For Worlds To Be Announced Tuesday And There Is A Lot Of Tension BBC
*Nicola Sanders Keeping Expectations Low
More Weekend Action We Didn't Feature Yesterday
Russian Champs: *Anna Alminova Runs 3:58.38 (First Sub-4) And 1:57.86 At Russian Champs Just after a lot of their top women got busted for drugs, Alminova rises to the top.
*Russian Champs Results
Barcelona: Marta Dominguez Runs World-Leading 9:09.39 Steeple
France: Mehdi Baala Wins French Champs, Will Not Go to Worlds Unless He Runs 3:36 Today In Monaco
Brassachaat: Brenda Martinez And Heidi Dahl Go 2:00.8 In Brassachaat
Champ Pamela Jelimo Nipped By Janeth Jepkosgei, Asbel Kiprop
Celebrates 80m Before The Finish Again, Olympic 800m Champ Wilfred
Bungei Not Named To Squad The marquée matchup was 2008 Olympic Champ Pamela Jelimo versus 2007 World Champ in
the women's 800. Jelimo showed flashes of her dominant 2008 form, only
to falter down the stretch and be nipped at
the line by Jepkosgei. Winning or making Worlds teams is never certain
in talent-rich Kenya, especially at the altitude of Naroibi. Many of the
stars fell on Saturday, including Jelimo and Olympic 1,500m champ Nancy Lagat, but Olympic 1,500m champ Asbel Kiprop showed he's the cream of the crop, as he had time to celebrate once again 80m from the finish (while a guy is right next to him).
*Video Highlights From 2009 Kenyan Track And Field Trials
Julius Kirwa Not to Coach Kenyan Team at Worlds as He Has to Go to Military Training
Recommended Read: Pamela Jelimo Feature Article in British Newspaper She is very humble, very rich, and living very modestly.
Meb And Molly Huddle Win US Titles The veteran Meb dominated, gapping Fam and the rest by 30 seconds.
LRC's Take On Ryan Hall's NYC Marathon Teleconference LetsRun.com Co-founder Rojo asks America's top marathoner how he recovered from Boston and how his training is going. We try to give you a bit of analysis as Hall continues to prepare to win his second straight marathon in the Big Apple.
Yohan Blake Gets The Bad News: It's You! Teenage sensation Yohan Blake, second in the Aviva 100m to Bolt on Friday, learned later that day that he was one of the 5 Jamaicans to have tested positive for a "minor substance" at the Jamaican champs.
Bolt Disappointed To Hear Of Jamaican Positives "It's sad for the sport because the sport was getting on so well, I was trying to bring it back." - Usain Bolt
"Who wants to think what they want will. We can't stop them from saying but we're willing to be tested every day and every minute of the day because we are just training and we've got nothing to hide. You only worry when you've got something to hide." - Bolt's coach Glen Mills.
Not Good ... 5 Jamaican Sprinters Have Tested Positive Now the word is "it's not a big deal", as the competitors tested positive for something in a supplement they bought at the trials. Uhhh, okay.
*Good Article On Jamaican Positives From UK
*LRC Message Board Thread
Russian Alminova Sets World Best 800m Time In Russian Trials 1:57 for Alminova just a few days after many of her former teammates were banned for almost 3 years.
Kaki Is Back! Wins Rainy 1000m In 2:20 - Karlstad, Sweden It's good to see Kaki back from what looked like a bad injury a few weeks back.
*Ryan Hall's NYC Announcement Hall is also running the NYC Half in August. Asics must be loving this plan!
*LA Marathon Moves Back To March The LA Marathon was one of the most amazing races we've seen this year as Louisville grad Wesley Korir ran 2:08 and won almost 200,000 dollars.
LRC: Alan Webb's 2009 Season Appears To Be Over Two years to the day after Alan Webb set a new American record in the mile, LetsRun.com has learned from Webb's agent, Ray Flynn, that Webb's 2009 season is likely finished before it really even got going. No European races for Webb in 2009.
Kenyan Trials Highlights
Bigger Version Here
Tegenkamp, Solinsky, Jager Episode 3
(Episode 2 With Paris And The 13:07 here)
Serious News: Jorge And Ed Torres' Mom And Coach Injured In Car Wreck
Bad Car Crash After Jorge's Wedding In CO Leaves Coach Fedyski And Mrs. Torres In Life-Threatening Condition The former coach of the Torres bros. is in really, really bad shape, but it looks like their mom will survive. Ed's wife was also in the car. Post your support on the thread below.
*LetsRun Message Board Thread On Torres Accident
Weekly Must Read From LetsRun.com
LRC The Week That Was This week in our weekly recap we give praise to Jerry Schumacher's boys and US women's 800 runners but have to
on Canada for totally screwing Nate
Brannen (good news: Athletics Canada DOES accept mile conversions - we were wrong) and some on the US men's 800 meter runners. Along the way, we give you a math lesson, remind you that Kenyans are people, too and try to get to the bottom of the Kenyan 10k controversy by actually making calls across the globe. Plus of course we don't forget the incredible action in Paris: Willard's 800m win, Bolt's run in the rain and Bekele
Bolt's 9.79 In Paris
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.