Quote Of The Day

"If I blow up at halfway, I blow up halfway. I didn't put my life on hold not to take a risk."

- Kara Goucher on her pre-race strategy for the World Championship Marathon in Berlin. On Sunday Goucher ran to a 1:08:05 win in the inaugural Rock 'N' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

Top Weekend Action From Stockholm, Chicago, Mauritius and Maine

USA Track and Field National Championships LRC: Goucher Wins Rock 'N' Roll Chicago Outright In Impressive 1:08:05 Kara Goucher looked great in her final world championship marathon tune-up Sunday morning in Chicago. We recap the performance and give our assessment of Goucher's chances to medal in Berlin. The women's marathon is just under 3 weeks away.

Adidas Track Classic Allyson Felix Is Back - LRC's Full DN Galan Recap Americans Jenny Barringer and Christin Wurth-Thomas took the 5,000m and 1,500m in impressive fashion while the USA men got a big boost in the high jump thanks to Jesse Williams.
*IAAF DN Galan Recap
*Tyson Gay Sends Another Message To Usain Bolt With 9.79 Hopefully we can help make the 2009 World Championships the most-watched track meet in a long time thanks to the Bolt/Gay rivalry.

Beach to Beacon Results And Recap
*Recap Of Beach To Beacon Muge and Limika win on a beautiful day.
*Full Results Ben True finished 15 seconds behind 2:04 marathoner James Kwambai

Teenager Caster Semenya Runs 1:56.72 World Leader In African Youth Champs Update: Was Semenya Born A Hermaphrodite? Semenya, 18, won by almost 4 seconds in a 4-second PR (her IAAF photo is to the left). Before we get ahead of ourselves, 2nd-placer Winny Chebet was defeated by Janeth Jepkosgei and Pamela Jelimo by 6 seconds at the Kenyan Trials.
*South African Article On Semenya

*Aussie World Championship Team Preview
*Craig Mottram Says He Still Plans To Make Last Minute Aussie Berlin Team It doesn't seem too likely at this point as Mottram says he hasn't even resumed full training as of yet.

Getting Ready for Friday's DN Galan *Start List *Watch Stockholm's DN Galan Live Now Until 3:45pm EST *Time Schedule (Stockholm is 6 hrs ahead of NYC) *Results

*Jenny Barringer Hoping To Break 15:00 On Friday She also says that she's not surprised that Anna Willard has dropped out of the steeple for Worlds.
*IAAF Preview Of Stockholm The last big meet prior to Worlds is going to be great. Jenny Barringer comes out of hibernation to run the 5k against a ton of competition as Bernard Lagat, Nate Brannen and Leo M clash at 1k, and Borzakovskiy and Kaki  at 800. Plus we'll find out just how hurt Tyson Gay is as he'll square off against Asafa Powell in the locale where Powell handed Bolt the only 100m loss of his life last year. Lastly, Wurth-Thomas and Rowbury versus the Olympic silver medallist Iryna Lishchynska in the 1,500.

Steph Twell Rips Alysia Johnson's Pacemaking In London The expected pace was 2:06 for 800 and yet it went out in 70. *MB Thread #1 On Johnson Pacing *MB Thread #2 On Johnson Pacing

Michael Johnson: Tyson Gay Would Have Been A Fool To Race Bolt Prior To Berlin

Sporting News Leaves John McDonnell/Arthur Lydiard Off List Of 50 Greatest Coaches

Jamaica Getting Ready For Drug Hearings On 5 Sprinters

Laura Roesler Pumped To Get Nike Gear For Pan Am Jrs 22 items is a lot.

Sex & Olympics Have Often Been Bedfellows

Preview Of Saturday's Beach To Beacon 10k In Maine

News From Africa
*A Year After Missing Olympic Trials Due To Injury, David Rudisha Is Thrilled To Be Kenyan 800m Champ
*Kenya's Coach: "Nobody will double" - Plus Hopes For Having 4 x 400 Team Go Up In Smoke
*Ethiopia: Tons Of Doubles

Herculis Monaco Super GP

LRC: Maggie Vessey Stuns Herself & The World With 1:57.84 World Leader The woman who has entertained us all summer long did it again on Tuesday in Monaco with a breathtaking performance. Abubaker Kaki grabbed a big victory in the men's 800, as Nick Symmonds broke 1:44 for the first time. In women's action, one woman got the barrier she wanted as Christin Wurth-Thomas broke 2:00 for the first time, but Anna Willard failed to go sub-4:00 in the 1,500, where Maryam Yusuf Jamal stamped herself as the emphatic favorite for Worlds with a convincing win over Gelete Burka.

Monday Morning Recommended Reads
1. OC Register: Secret USA Drug Testing Efforts In 1984 Yielded Dozens Of Track And Field Positives *LRC Message Board Thread Here
2. Excellent Article On Jessica Ennis - World #1 In The Heptathlon Fountain, Kluft, Blonska and Sotherton are all out. Ennis is the only UK athlete with a top-3 performance in the world this year.
3. Fascinating Article On The "Appalling" State Of UK Throwers GBR didn't send a single male thrower to the 2008 Olympics.

Preparing For Worlds

Other News

Marathon News

From The UK

Performance-Enhancing Drug/Apparel News

Doping Hearings To Commence In Jamaica For Yohan Blake, Others Phenom Yohan Blake and two others will be replaced on the Jamaican relay pools for Berlin.

Jordan Hasay Wins Pan-Am Juniors Easily In 100-Degree Heat 4:26 in 100 degree heat with 99% humidity.

Haron Lagat Survives Bad Dog Attack While Running In Texas Lagat is a great guy and we are glad he survived relatively unharmed. Employee #1 raced with him in Chicago a couple years back. He's running Beach to Beacon Saturday.

Former UNC Coach Michael Wittlesley Finds Job With Kansas This is great news, as the coach of 2 consecutive NCAA champion DMR teams and a ton of distance and mid-distance all-Americans has found a job.

Andrew Lemoncello Has Decided To Give Up On Track In Favor Of Road Racing He wants to run half marathons and marathons and has bid the steeplechase adieu.

Ryan Hall To Have His Hands Full at NYC Half-Marathon In Two Weeks As Tola, Makau, Abdirahman, Ramaala, and Gharib Added To Field

2000 Olympic 800-Meter Champ Nils Schumann Calls It A Career (translated from German)

Looking Ahead To Berlin
Big Talk Jackson Kivuna Dismisses Nick Symmonds As A Rival and Says He'll Win Gold In Berlin The 2006 world junior runner-up correctly realizes there was an unexpected winner in 2007 and he hopes history repeats itself.
*Moses Kipsiro's 7:30 Win in Monaco Was A National Record The World XC silver medallist is a threat at Worlds for sure as that was his first track race of the year.

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Tyson Gay's 9.79 Smokes Field In Stockholm

In Case You Missed It

LetsRun.com Compiles Recent Junior Action From Around The World Highlights include:

Maggie Vessey 1:57.84!!

Adidas Track Classic LRC: The 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.

Kenyan Trials Highlights
Bigger Version Here

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.

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