One Jamaican Paper Says All Jamaicans Cleared Of Doping Allegations LRC told you back on July 27th that "we think it's going to be a non-story" and yet again it looks like we were right.
*Officially The Results May Come Out Monday
*Interesting Read: Performance analysis: A weapon against doping?
*Men: Teen Phenom Tilahun Regassa Dominates The 19-year old who put on a show at Bolder Boulder did it again in Falmouth. He ran a 4:22 1st mile and the others let him go thinking it was a rookie mistake. By 3 miles, Regassa was already celebrating. American Meb Keflezighi was 5th.
*Women: Manitu Daska Wins Women's as Rebbeca Donahghue is surprise 2nd
*Race Preview: Meb Wanted To Win
*Falmouth Miles: 2009 Falmouth Mile Recap: Erin Donohue And Will Leer Win
Primarily Sprint Related World Championship News
Tyson Gay: "You have got to run 9.59 to beat (Bolt) ... I have the mechanics. I have the coaching. It's all there."
*Lamine Diack: Bolt Can Become An Icon Like Jesse Owens
*Lee Evans Not Promising Miracles For Nigeria But We're Sure He's Happy To Be Coaching In Africa Where There is Real Freedom Not "Fake Freedom" Like In America The fake freedom quote comes from his Wikipedia page.
*Allyson Felix Confident Heading Into Berlin
*Women Offer Weakened British Squad Best Chances For Berlin Success Injuries have ravaged the Brits.
*Kenyan Sprinter Excited To Be Going To Worlds The 400 meter runner will be going outside of Africa for the first time. She made the squad after another sprinter tested positive.
*400h World Record Holder Yuliya Pechonkina Pulls Out With Sinusitis She missed the Olympics for the same reason last year.
Saturday's Action: Cottbus: *Results
Cottbus Recap: Tyson Gay Rests, US Women Run 8th Fastest 4 x 100 (41.58), US Men 37.85 That pretty much is it in terms of track action until next week's World Champs which start on Saturday.
*Cottbus Results (Jenny Barringer 2:02.56 PR, US Women 41.58, US Men 37.85)
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- Asafa Powell Skipping Jamaica's Pre World's Training Camp
- Drug Cheat Katerina Thanou Rejects IOC Offer To Get 2000 Olympic Gold Medal A new rule needs to be put on the books. Once convicted of a drug crime, everything you did before that is wiped off the books. Why assume the person was clean then?
- World And Olympic 400m Champ Christine Ohuruogu Speaks Out Against Critics In Advance Of 2009 Worlds She has left with 2 golds the last 2 years without running fast before the global champs.
- World 400m Champ Yulia Pechenkina Out Of Worlds With Sinusitis
- Lee McConnell Only Running 4 x 400 At Worlds
- 54.31 For Vessey In Final Berlin Race Tuneup Back and forth on flights from Europe, 54 isn't half bad.
- Video Interview With Cal's James Brewer After His 3:54.8 At Crystal Palace His first time under 4:00 in the mile was a 3:54.
- Meb K Blogs On Overcoming Heartbreak And Hip-Break Over The Past 2 Years Keflezighi fractured his hip while running the Olympic Trials Marathon last year and it has been a long road coming back. He'll race Falmouth on Sunday.
- Beloved Bucknell Coach Art Gulden Leads 2009 Inductees Into USTFCCCA Hall Of Fame Talk to any Bucknell alum who ran under Coach Gulden and you'll quickly realize how important this man was in many people's lives.
- Link To An Amazing Indie Film Called "My Run" You can watch the trailer and read the story of a man who, after the death of his wife left him alone with three boys, was determined to run 75 marathons in 75 days to reach the Atlanta Olympics.
- 75,000 To Run Sydney's 14k City To Surf, World's Largest Fun Run 75,000 people running to the beach in Sydney. Sounds like a good party.
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 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 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
A MUST READ!! Luz Long & Jesse Owens Showed In Berlin What Humanity (And Sports) Can Be The German Long died in the war, but not before he wrote a letter urging someone to introduce his son to Owens. His son and Owens' granddaughter will hand out medals in 2009.
Distance-Related World Championship Profiles
Recommend Read: With Russian Drug Cheats On Sidelines For Worlds, Britain's Lisa Dobriskey Has Chance To Medal "Ah, the dark clouds of the Russian drug cheats coming in from the middle distance."
*Anna Willard Excited To Be Focused On 1,500 At Worlds
*After Falling In Beijing, Spain's Marta Domínguez Enters Worlds As World Leader In Steeple She is a 2-time silver medallist at 5k.
*Ezekiel Kemboi Is Tired Of Silver At Worlds The 2004 Olympic champ has been the runner-up the last 3 times at Worlds. After running a PR of 7:58 in May, his 2009 season has been less than stellar and he may struggle just to medal. He's the one that famously said he wouldn't return to Kenya if he didn't win gold last year.
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Kara The Favorite?
London Marathon Champ Irina Mikitenko Out Of Worlds Mikitenko was the heavy favorite (assuming Paula doesn't run), but the death of her father prevented her from training properly.
#1 Reason Alan Webb Should Keep Running The Mile
Asbel Kiprop Trying To Get Kenya Its First World Championship 1,500m Gold Medal Hard to believe, but a Kenyan or an Ethiopian has never won a World Championships gold medal at 1,500m.
More Worlds Distance News
- 2007 World 800m Champ Alfred Yego May Have Only Won One Race All Year, But His 2 World Medals Show He Knows How To Peak When It Counts
- Alistair Cragg Now Part Of Terrence Mahon Group Ready For Worlds Cragg ran 8:37 and 13:16 early in the year but has struggled of late.
- Daniel Rono Hoping Kenyan Team That Includes Robert Cheruiyot Does Well At World Champs In Marathon
- Unheralded 2:26 Marathoner Julia Mumbi Muraga Trying To Surprise At Worlds
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
Kipketer's WR 1:41.11
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.
From Wisconsin To Worlds Episode 2 - Watch Solinsky, Teg And Jager Race In Europe