Don't Give Up

"When my wife, Yordanos, saw me in pain and take about 5 minutes to crawl, just to go to the restroom in the hotel, she was scared about the effects of running. She said there is a better way to make a living, 'we have our education and I have no problem going back to work.' My reply to her was 'Let GOD's will be done.'"

- American Meb Keflezighi on breaking his hip during the 2007 Olympic Marathon Trials, recovering, and coming back with a spectacular 2009, including personal bests in the marathon, half marathon and 7 miles and 3 national titles.

LRC CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Preview Read about the elite entrants in one of America's most famous and popular summer road races. Former race competitors Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter will be on hand as Meb K will mix it up with the big dogs including Ed Muge on the classic 7-plus miles course. Sunday: Race Results Know Your Running History: Falmouth History

New Sensations

Good News

Fast Girls Have Fast Times

*Bridget Franek Article Tells Us More About America's Lesser-Known Steepler At Worlds Jenny Barringer will grab all the headlines for the steeple, but the fact that Lady Lion Bridget Franek will be donning a USA jersey in Berlin is pretty remarkable. Barringer's blog for FloTrack is here.
*Brief Chat With Catherine Ndereba
*Runner's World On Tera Moody And Her Insomnia This article comes from the September Runner's World and it really is an amazing story about one of America's best female distance runners and her sleep disorder.

Oregon Isn't Listening To
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 1,500/800 Double At Worlds
The favorite in the 1,500 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 junior 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 Countries' 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-Tme 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

Hype-tathlon - Ennis And Dobrynska Set For Exciting Showdown

*Natalya Dobrynska Blogs For IAAF We think her blog is usually pretty good.
*Another Good Jessica Ennis Article From The UK As the Great Britain team keeps losing their stars to injury, the pressure seems to mount on 5'4" heptathlete Jessica Ennis to live up to her World #1 spot.

Newest Endurance Enhancing Craze Set To Begin: Go Buy Beetroot Juice! Actually, we're going to the health food store right now. Right after Taco Bell.

China May Not Get A Single Medal In Berlin Injuries to former world medalists Liu Xiang and Zhou Chunxiu severely limit China's chances at medaling. Many Chinese youngsters will get their first shot at Worlds.

Drugs Under Rugs

*BBC Sports And Discovery Special On DDR Doping In 1980s We've heard that the average American does 12 minutes of actual work a day, or something like that. So you should have plenty of time to listen to this BBC World special.
*Mike Hurst Reminds Us To Take A Second Look At Jamaican Scandal And History The first helpful analysis we've seen of the drug fiasco down in Jamaica. Sure, it looks like it's no big deal, but so did BALCO at first.
*Random Drug Tests In Brazil Nab At Least 6 For EPO And Other Drugs There are 44 in the camp. We're presuming they didn't test everyone. So 6 positives speaks volumes.
*Marion Jones' Film Producer Feels For The Fallen Star He wrote and directed Boyz in da Hood.
*NBA Gets In The Mix With First High Profile Suspension! We heard guys on the radio saying they never thought NBA players would be taking 'roids.

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 Portuguese) Cruz thinks 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 800/1,500 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 college 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 Worlds Despite Running 1:45.59 By Competing At 1k This Weekend
*Jenny Barringer Blogging From Europe She'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.

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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 Proposal To Save All Sports.

From Wisconsin To Worlds Episode 2 - Watch Solinsky, Teg And Jager Race In Europe

Men's 800m Race From Osaka Worlds


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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