Quote of the Last 25 Years:

"Now, can you quit?"

- Joan Benoit Samuelson's mother's first words to her daughter in the LA Coliseum after Joan's historic 1984 Olympic marathon victory. Quit isn't in Joan's vocabulary as despite saying the 2008 Trials were her last competitive race, she'll be running the 2009 ING New York City marathon.

Oregon Isn't Listening To LetsRun.com
Oregon Bidding To Host NCAAs From 2013 to 2017 No one puts on a meet like Eugene but having every big meet there is going to kill Eugene enthusiasm's for track. The only positive will be it will help Oregon's recruiting.

Lots of Interesting WChamp News From Kenya

This Excites Us
Asbel Kiprop To Try 1500/800 Double At Worlds
The favorite in the 1500 is the world #2 at 800. He'll be looking to be the 1st clean guy to do it in a long time. *MBoard: Kiprop To Double
*Kenya Putting Women's 10k Hopes on Talented Linet Masai 4th at the Olympics last year in a new Jr. world record of 30:26, she's a real talent but she'll have her hands full with the Ethiopians.
*Motivated By Last Year's Flameout, The Winner Of Kenya's 1,500 Meters Each of Last Two Years Is Looking For Redempton Irene Jelagat did horribly in Beijing.
*Athletics Kenya Is Confident Prior To Worlds

Looking At Many Country's Entries For Berlin

*Belgium: Relays Are Focus
*Uganda: Moses Kipsiro Leads Distance Dominated Squad *Team Will Wear Puma Gear
*Spain: 51 To Go Of 3 returning medallists, two were race walkers.
*USA:*Talented Sprint/Hurdlers Lead Way *Double Osaka World champions Gay and Lagat lead USA delegation to Berlin
*Japan: Sends 57 Best bet for a medal is in the race walk.
*Morocco: Two time marathon champ Jaouad Gharib leads way
*India: Only 6 Go
*Cuba: TJer Yargelis Savigne and Dayron Robles Lead Squad

Jogger & Bucknell Grad Killed By Falling Tree Limb in Philadelphia

Our Next-Best Quotes Of The Day

1. "Our cultural values uphold high discipline, which counts more than the talent." William Mutwol on why his small Kenyan village has produced most of Kenya's great steeplechasers.

2. "Bolt gets to the track and his work is done. The others are psyched out. Well, that won't work on me. I've been through worse and come out."
The indefatigably honest Dwain Chambers.

3. "It was my first time at such a big event and the occasion overwhelmed me. I was shocked by my own performance since I did not expect it to be that bad. Training with Asbel encouraged me to go on and aim to be the best because he is very focused to be at the top."
Irene Jelagat, the Kenyan trials champion at 1,500m in 2008 and 2009 on failing in Beijing and training with Asbel Kiprop.

Ty$on Gay and U$ain Bolt Likely To Race In Zürich And Bru$$els After Worlds Maybe they'll split the events on purpose in Berlin to build some more drama.

Get PUMPED For Worlds With Some Excellent Articles From Around The World

*Beautiful Story Of A Kenyan VILLAGE That Has Produced Most Of Their Steeplechase Greats If we're reading this correctly, all four of Kenya's male steeplechasers live within a 5km radius of the center of this village.


*Former High Hurdles World Champ Doucouré Withdraws From Berlin With Injury Does anybody want to race Dayron Robles?
*British Squad Decimated By Injuries At Olympic Medalist Germaine Mason Pulls Out Sounds like Paula Radcliffe may sadly be the next to go to the injured list.
*Morocco Sending Great Marathon Duo Of Gharib And Goumri To Berlin Gharib is the man in World Championships and Olympic marathons.

*Semenya Says: "I'm Feeling Good, Man."
*GBR 400m Runner Martyn Rooney Is One Of The Fastest White Boys On The Planet When His Hammy Cooperates Rooney was the 5th-fastest 400m man in the world last year. He talks about his shades, his controversial showboating in Beijing, and his hopes of pulling it together for Berlin.

IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships - Day 1 Freshman NCAA Champ German Fernandez Gets Some Tougher Competition
*3:54 British Miler James Brewer To Run For Cal Berkeley Next Year Brewer clocked the 3:54 at Crystal Palace a few weeks ago. Quite the land for Tony Sandoval and Cal.
*James Brewer Added To GBR's 1,500m Worlds Team Thanks To 3:54 Mile Conversion

US Athletes Preparing For Worlds - Latest On Rupp

*Galen Rupp Bugged By Sore Hip - Now Back And Ready To Roll A 20-mile training run caused some inflammation for Rupp, but treatment has him feeling better and he's heading for altitude in St. Moritz, better late than never.
*Excellent Interview With US World Marathoner Matt Gabrielson Gabrielson talks about the challenges he's faced running his first two marathons and why he thinks he can run 2:12 in Berlin. Plus read about the Berlin course, the Team USA preparations earlier in the year in Colorado Springs, and Matt's take on his shot at the 10k this year.
*Interview With Amy Begley, Who Defeated Shalane Flanagan At USAs This Year She gives a sample training week under Coach Salazar.

Opinion Article From Kenya Blasts Banned Sammy Kitwara For Running Road Races This guy might be on the Athletics Kenya payroll. He argues that Kitwara - who was kicked off the Kenyan Worlds Team - would have made more money running Worlds than winning big road races in the US.
*Kenyan Ruth Bisibori Is Nation's Best Hope In Women's Steeple

Update: Alan Webb & Razcko Are Finished - Webb's Now Moving To Oregon To Be With Salazar The marriage between Alan Webb and Scott Razcko reached heights never seen before in American history. However, it was apparent to all but them that it was time to move on. Now they have seen the light and Webb will be making a move to Oregon to train with Al Sal. *Washington Times Broke The Story
*On the boards:
Webb Heading to Oregon.
"If he had peaked a month later in 2007, he'd almost certainly have a medal right now, possibly even a gold one."

1st of "Jamaican Five" Is Cleared - Or Is She?

Sherri-Ann Brooks Walks - She's cleared On B Sample Technicality
*2nd Jamaican Paper Says Sheri-Ann Brooks May Not Be Cleared
*Wires Report That Sheri-Ann Brooks is Cleared Due To Irregularity With B Sample

25 Years Ago: The LA Olympics

A Legend Continues To Run: Joan Benoit Samuleson - Still Going Strong 25 Years After LA She'll be running ING NYC this fall. A definite recommended read.
*Oregon's Joaquim Cruz Upset Seb Coe With WRecord To Win 800m Olympic Gold (Translated from Portugese).  Cruz thinsk today's athletes focus too much on money, "Today I understand that many athletes prioritize the financial part and forget to compete. O atleta precisa demonstrar essa vontade de melhorar a cada dia. The athlete needs to demonstrate this desire to improve each day."
*LA Olympics Were 25 Years Ago: Relive them Here
 5 Years Ago
*Kelly Holmes Earned Double 800/1500 Gold

Random News From Some Of The World's Top Non-Africans

Former Stanford Runner Lindsay Allen Floursing Under Lydiard And (Greg McMillan) Training Lots of runners seem to get lost after colleg but the braniacs from Stanford and the Ivies seem to often flourish.
*Ireland's 800 Man David Campbell Is Trying To Get Over Disappointment of Missing World's Despite Running 1:45.59 By Competing at 1k this Weekend
*Jenny Barringer Blogging From EuropeShe'll run an 800 on Saturday.
*Irina Mikitenko Can Wrap Up 2nd Straight WMM Title With Victory In Berlin
*Susan Kuijken Named ACC Scholar Athlete of Year

Recommended Read: Great Article On Dwain Chambers Dwain Chambers is one of the few former cheaters on the planet to come clean and do something productive and he's being blackballed while dozens of lying, hypocritical former cheats (and National Associations, and doctors) prosper all over the world.

LRC Exclusive: Employee #1 Kills Negative Thought With Ethiopian-Inspired Super-Workout With a little help from Ed Moses and his 17-year-old world-traveling friend, Employee #1 put a positive spin on sports and drug use thanks to an energizing summer workout.

Un Believable Drug News

*Brazilian Doctors Take The Blame For Shooting Up Olympic Track Athletes With EPO Without Their Knowledge Russia. Brazil. US. East Germany. Spain. China. Wall Street. "We are the world!"
*Drug Case In Jamaica Gets More Muddled As Reports Now Say They Are Confused About The Drug Taken These people don't seem to know what they're doing.
*Pat Butcher On The US Drug Cover Up In 1984 Learn from the past or we're doomed to repeat it. Or, you can be like USATF and say, "what past?"
*An Interview With Edwin Moses Concerning Honor In Sports Moses is right. You can either get depressed thinking about all the people who cheat, or get inspired by the guys and gals who have some honor.

International News Leading Up To Worlds

Sports News - January 23, 2009 *Alfred Kirwa Yego On Defending His 800m Title: "It's Going To Be Very Tricky." It's so tricky that only Billy Konchellah and Wilson Kipketer have ever repeated.
*Watch Out For Veronica Campbell-Brown In Berlin If anyone can beat Allyson Felix at 200m, it's VCB.
*Swede Triple Jumper Christian Olsson Decides To Bag Worlds For 2009 The Olympic and 3-time World champion just isn't back to full form yet. The Swedes are really banged up this year.
*South African Worlds Team Led By Godfrey Mokoena, Caster Semenya And Mbulaeni Mulaudzi All 3 big-time medal contenders.
*Ariane Friedrich Excited To Go For High Jump Gold In Front Of Berlin Crowd Friedrich almost tied the world record 2.09m the last time she jumped in Berlin. She also beat Blanka Vlašić.

Drug News Follow-Ups

*LA Times' David Wharton Paints A More Complete Picture Of The 1984 LA Steroid Scene It's hard to believe that was 25 years ago.
*Wait A Minute: Jamaican 5 Still On Berlin Roster For Now
*Sheikh Mohamed Banned From Endurance Horse Racing For 6 Months An embarrassing blip for the most powerful/rich man in the horse industry.
Recommended Read: Science Of Sport Interviews Dr. Bengt Kayser Drugs in sport are the topic of conversation and we found the whole interview very interesting.
*Dick Patrick Asks USATF To Explain What They Know About Unearthed 1984 US Steroid Coverup They issued a tactful response saying nobody in the USATF leadership knows/knew anything about the policies 25 years ago. *Original Article: OC Register: Secret USA Drug Testing Efforts In 1984 Yielded Dozens Of Track Positives
*IOC And WADA Hope To Track Athletes' Doctors And Physios To Prevent Drug Use This comes in response to feelings that athletes are often manipulated into taking drugs by doctors, managers, agents and physios who then face no repurcussion if the athlete tests positive.
*Jamaican Drug Hearings Delayed Monday As Athletes Request Different Panel To Hear Case This is looking like a big mess for Yohan Blake and company. The athletes will now almost certainly miss Berlin as entries were due Monday.
*Jamaican Drug Hearings Moved Back Again To Monday At least 2 of the athletes had not the money to pay the $400 fee to test their B samples. Says a lot about the sport right there.
Jamaican Sprinters Who Tested Positive Receive Threats Need it be said that it is not acceptable to threaten these athletes?
*NRR (?) 27 Million Americans Now Take Anti-Depressants Number has doubled in past 12 years. That's, well, depressing.

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SCHUMANN/LEICHTATHLETIK: OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000 LRC: The Week That Was This week's version of The Week That Was is officially dedicated to the 800 meters and Maggie Vessey. We look at 800 greats past, present and possibly future as we say goodbye to one legend and introduce another. Along the way, we also give you proof as to why German Fernandez shouldn't contemplate going pro and try to avoid ignoring Lopez Lomong. We also give out free of charge the LetsRun.com Proposal To Save All Sports.

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!

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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