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Thursday AM: LRC 800m Round 1 Men: ALL The Favorites, Nick Symmonds and KD Advance, Kiprop and Kamel Square Off Again The first round did not eliminate any of the favorites but there was a little drama as Yusuf Kamel and Asbel Kiprop were back racing each other just 15 hours after their 1500m final. American Nick Symmonds won his heat and KD advanced as well. Recap, photos and video interviews.
Men's 1,500m Recap: Kamel Follows In His Dad's Golden Footsteps The men's 1,500 saw Yusuf Kamel pull a stunning upset, as huge pre-race favorite Asbel Kiprop tried to go from last to first on the last lap and ended up fourth. Kamel (formerly Gregory Konchellah) joined his dad Billy (twice at 800m) as a world champ. American Bernard Lagat got boxed in with 150 to go but managed to get out for the bronze medal, as fellow Americans Lopez Lomong
was 8th and Leo
Manzano 12th. Recap, photos
and post-race interviews with the Americans, Kamel and Augustine Choge. Kamel talks about how he ran 3:36 with no speed work. Plus he talks about his dad.
Other Men's Wednesday Action: 200 Men's Semi: Bolt Cruises And Shawn Crawford Gives The Best Interview Of The Championships We know most of you don't watch post-race interviews, but you should watch this one.
Men's 400 Semi: LaShawn Merritt Sends A Message To Jeremy Wariner
LRC Men's Steeplechase Kemboi And Mateelong Go 1-2 In Amazing Men's Steeple We recap a super final that saw Paul Koech come in fourth in 8:01.26. Frenchman Bob Tahri broke up the Kenyan sweep, but it was still all smiles for champion Ezekiel Kemboi, who was hilarious after the race. *Videos Here
Controversy At Worlds With Drugs And Gender
- Surprise Surprise! A Moroccan Distance Runner Provides Berlin's First Positive Drug Test
- IAAF Expected To Rule Before Final As To Whether Caster Semenya Is Male Or Female Watch our interview with Semenya here.
- LRC: Message Board Thread Here
- Vlasic Hits Her Head During Indoor Warmups, Gets Six Stitches, Breezes To Final The women's high jump is going to be great as Vlasic and Friedrich are really gunning for one another.
- Doping-Suspected Jamaicans Out Of Relay Pool The IAAF have stepped in to look into this case more closely. The Jamaicans will still have unbelievable relay pools.
- Women's Disc: Dietzsch's Failure Marks End Of DDR Links, Brown-Trafton Barely Makes Final Dietzsch, now 41, used to compete for the East Germans as a junior world champion before taking several titles for the unified Germans.
LRC Women's 1,500 Recap: Shannon Rowbury Goes Down In Fall, But Put In Semifinal
*Rowbury Reinstated To 1,500m Semifinal After Fall All 3 Americans will now advance.
*Steph Twell In Tears After Poor Performance
Recommended Read: Dick Patrick Writes About World #1 Lashinda Demus' Decision To Uproot Family And Get Serious Now Demus is trained by her Mom with no distractions ... other than her twin boys. Demus is in the final of the 400m hurdles after dominating most of the year.
LRC Men's 10k: A Day After Bolt's Electric 100m Run, Bekele Reminds Us He's Even More Dominant Than Bolt Kenenisa Bekele remained undefeated at the 10,000 meter distance for his life as he won in a championship record 26:46 thanks to a 13:05 2nd 5k. Eritrean Zersenay Tadese got a well-deserved silver after he put on a spirited frontrunning effort that would have broken anyone on the planet but Bekele. American Dathan Ritzenhein ran the race of his pro career to move up to 6th in 27:22 as Galen Rupp faded to 8th and had to be helped from the track.
LRC Women's Steeple Final - Barringer Just Misses Medals Spain's Marta Dominguez got the win while Jenny Barringer's 9:12 American record was short of the medals in a come-from-behind bid.
LRC Men's 1,500 And Women's 800 Semis Recap: American Men Put 3 in the Final, All 3 American Women Go Out It was polar opposites for the Americans as three made the 1,500 final and none made the 800 final. Pamela Jelimo dropped out while Leo Manzano almost outkicked Asbel Kiprop.
LetsRun.com's Week That Was We try to tell you a few things you might not have known as we talk about the rumors regarding the new drug of choice in Berlin, talk about Ryan Hall's hair and encourage you to watch The Daily Show on Tuesday as they'll talk about Born To Run.
Usain Bolt Does The Unthinkable
Usain Bolt ran a stunning 9.58 and Tyson Gay a very game American record 9.71.
LRC Commentary: Usain Bolt Superhuman, Tyson Gay ... We try to come up with words to give some perspective to Bolt's 9.58 and Gay's 9.71. Darvis Patton may have said it best: "There are no words to describe him (Usain Bolt). He's like a created game person. He's like a cheat code. That's how good he is ..." Monzavous Edwards compared Bolt to Michael Jordan BEFORE the record run. Plus post-race interviews and more.
Bolt, Bolt, Bolt
- Donovan Bailey's Comments On The Race With Video Replay
- Bolt Runs Mind-Blowing 9.58
- Bolt Predicted 9.5 Back In July
- USATF: "Thank You, Tyson Gay." Gay set the AR at 9.71 in second.
- Bolt Says Anything Is Possible He notes that the 200m will be a bigger challenge for him this year.
- Not Bad: 5.2 Million Tuned In To BBC2 To Watch Bolt Reportedly 10 million watched in Germany.
- Quotes From Jamaicans In The Streets Watching, Celebrating Bolt Pretty awesome scene as traffic stops and everybody has an opinion on the big man.
- Biomechanical Analysis Of Bolt's 100m Dash Compared to his semifinal, Bolt's last 20m was 0.11 seconds faster. It took him 1.61 seconds to go from 60m to 80m.
- Chart Shows How Bolt Has Changed The Game
- Word Was: Berlin Track Too Soft For Fast Times!
- Bolt Lowers His Record A Massive 0.11 Seconds
- BoltLowers 100m Record In The Last Year More Than It Had Been Lowered In Decades
10,000m: 9,950 Meters According To Form And A Very Bizarre Finish This race had it all. Craziness, stupidity, and drama - all in the final 50 meters. Recap, photos, and video interviews, plus interviews with Americans Amy Yoder Begley (6th in a PR) and Shalane Flanagan.
*Day 1 Is Complete: Check Your Prediction Contest Scores link fixed
Day 1 Photos
LRC Exclusive With Greg Brock: Part 2: Brock Explains His Key "Connector" Workout, Talks About What His Goals For Vessey In Europe Were And Now What Her Goals For Berlin Are LetsRun.com caught up with Greg Brock, the coach behind the #1 story in US distance running in 2009, Maggie Vessey. Brock, a former 5th-placer at the US Olympic Marathon Trials and longtime HS coach, didn't hold anything back as he shares all, including key workouts and even the last workout Vessey will do prior to Berlin. Brock may be the one man in America not totally stunned by Vessey's season as, in his mind, it's long overdue in some ways as he always expected Vessey to be an 800-meter star. What Brock said may surprise you but his insight is very educational and this is an absolute must-read for coaches and/or true students of the sport. Part 2 of 2 appears today.
LRC: Event-By-Event World Championships Previews The best previews you'll find ... because we heart our readers.
LRC: Worlds Events By Day Get an idea of the schedule of Worlds and don't miss your favorite events. We've got all our event previews here, as well as television and internet coverage schedules.
Worlds Links *LRC: Daily Results/Recap/Previews Page *IAAF Results
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LRC Caster Semenya Dominates Women's 800, But Is She "Entirely Female"? For the 2nd straight year an 18-year-old African dominated the women's 800, but this year the winner is garnering worldwide headlines as people wonder, "Is she entirely female?" Behind Semenya, there was a great 3-way battle for the final two medals. *Semenya's Mom: "She is my little girl. I raised her and I have never doubted her gender."*Good Morning American Story on Semenya That Uses LRC Footage *Phil Hersh Article On Semenya *LRC: Message Board Thread on Semenya Here *Watch our interview with Semenya here.
- Brigitte Foster-Hylton Wins 100m Hurdles Gold As Dawn Harper Fails To Medal
- Asafa Powell May Not Run 4 x 100
Wednesday AM: LRC 5k Heats: Favorites And Jen Rhines Advance, Abeylegesse Doesn't Start The Women's 5k heats were a nearly complete waste of time as only 7 women were eliminated and Meseret Defar felt the need to sprint all the way to the finish to see if she's overcome a sickness. American Jen Rhines advanced. We interviewed her and American Julie Culley. In other action, the decathlon got underway
*Dayron Robles Nearly Goes Out In First Round, Reveals He Has An Injury He started real slow and was only 3rd, the last automatic qualifier in his heat in the hurdles.
*Science Of Sport's Take On Caster Semenya's Tough Case
Wall Street Journal Article On Kara Goucher Taking Down Africans By "Training Harder, Thinking Less"
LRC Men's 400m Semifinal Recap Wariner and Merritt Look Great In Semifinal Wins There were no major surprises here, just the anticipation of another Merritt/Wariner showdown in the final. Columbia University alum Erison Hurtault's run to the final ended. Hurtault competes for Dominica.
- Men's 400m Hurdles Torch Officially Passed As Clement Wins 2 In A Row - Felix Sanchez Last - 17-Year-Old 4th Clement looked amazing and Batman Jackson charged hard for third running on an injured hamstring. 17-year-old Jehue Gordon's time of 48.26 moves him to #2 all-time for juniors.
- Women's 400: Sanya Gets Monkey Off Her Back, US On A Roll Jamaican-born Sanya Richards (the most prolific producer of sub-50 times in history) ran a world leader in the final in a brilliant tactical race to get her first individual WC or Olympic title. She executed her and coach Clyde Hart's strategy with a big move in the 3rd 100m to run away from a talented field. Brit Christine Ohuruogu couldn't get up for a medal.
- NY Times: Richards Can Finally Celebrate Title
- Richards: "I enjoyed every step of my race."
- Men's 200m Rounds 1 And 2 Were Today Tired Bolt Makes 200m Semis And Just Wants A Good Night's Rest
- Men's TJ: Idowu Joins Ennis As GBR First-Time Gold Winners Despite being way behind the board, Britain's Phillips Idowu jumped a clutch personal best and world-leading performance in the final to get the gold he has been talking about for a long time over Portugese Nelson Evora.
- W Jav: Germany's Steffi Nerius Wins First Global Title In Her Final Competition Before Retirement Really her javelin win is a fairy tale story.
Tuesday AM: LRC Women's 1,500 Recap: Shannon Rowbury Goes Down In Fall
Two falls marred round 1 of the women's 1,500 and a victim was the USA's Shannon Rowbury. The other two Americans, Anna Willard and Christin Wurth-Thomas, advanced on their own and Rowbury was put in the semi after appeal. Recap, results and brief interviews with Rowbury and Willard.
News And Recaps From Monday At Worlds
- Tyson Gay Decides Not To Run 200m - USATF And Doug Logan Release Statement Of Support To perform like he did while not 100% is absolutely amazing. After 2 golds in 2007, Gay has had to fight hard just to medal.
- Bolt's 100m The Best-Ever Track And Field Performance According To IAAF
- harts 9.58 equals a 1:38 800m!
- USA Hero Chelsea Johnson Scores Pole Vault Silver Chicago Tribune's Phil Hersh writes about the daughter of 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Jan Johnson.
- Isinbayeva: "I have no explanation for this." One of the world's most recognizable athletes couldn't clear a single bar. She put her head in her hands, got herself together and waved to the crowd while Poland's Anna Rogowska celebrated her 2nd straight win over the Russian.
- Triple Bogey: Hungary's Kristian Pars Has 18-Meet Win Streak Snapped By Olympic Champ Kozmus In Hammer If you got to watch the meet online, this event was awesome. Massive Kozmus became the tiny country of Estonia's first world champion while Pars choked.
- Castros Happy: Cuba Goes 1-2 In Women's Triple Jump Their male triple jumpers were at one point the best in the world, but their form has fallen. The women (Yargelis Savigne and Mabel Gay) dominated.
- Pole Vault Surprise Isinbayeva No-Heights But American Chelsea Johnson Wins Silver!
- Women's 100m Jamaican 1-2 But Carmelita Jeter Breaks Up Sweep
NYC Half - LRC: Tadese Tola Dominates, As Does Paula Radcliffe
America's Brightest Hopes Have Totally Opposite Days As Ryan Hall Leaves Race Very Excited About His Fall Season And Deena Kastor Endures 73-Minute Disaster
Tadese Tola did his best Sammy Wanjiru impersonation as he hammered it from the gun despite hot and humid weather and was rewarded with a large victory, but the defeat couldn't stop Ryan Hall from feeling very good about his 62:35 performance. Hall, "I should be able to run this pace twice over." New: LRC Photos *Top Results
Pre-Race: LRC Covers The NYC Half Robert Johnson talks with the sport's biggest names: Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor, Paula Radcliffe, Hendrick Ramaala, Catherine Ndereba and Tadese Tola before they race Sunday.
LRC Worlds Sunday PM Recap We cover the women's shot put, heptathlon, 400, 100 and men's 400 hurdles
semis that were just as crazy as the first round.
*Vili Becomes Double World Champion - Dominant Kiwi shot putter overcame stiff competition.
*Ennis, First Brit Heptathlon World Champion, Gives Country More Hope For 2012 Glory If the Brits perform like the Germans are performing at this WC, they'll get tons of medals.
LRC Worlds Sunday AM: 800: Janeth Jepkosgei Goes Down, All 3 US Women Advance
updated Things started off with a bang on Sunday as the defending world champ Janeth Jepkosgei got tripped by 2009 world leader
Caster Semenya with 150m to go in her heat. Jepkosgei went down and out (but was put into the 2nd round after a lengthy appeal).
All 3 Americans advanced to the semis, including US sensation Maggie Vessey.
Mens Steeple: LRC Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Makes An Ass Of Himself, Americans Bomb In the men's steeple, France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, the guy who did the ridiculous celebration in Paris at the Golden League meet, dropped out and then made an ass of himself in the media room. We got some of it on video. The American men did horribly with 2 last places and one DNF.
LRC Saturday PM: Men's 1,500m Round 1 - All 4 Americans Advance! It was a great day for the Americans as the veterans and new guy Dorian Ulrey each advanced to the semis. The Kenyans also got everyone through, while the Algerians lost their top two.
*Men's Shot Put: American Christian Cantwell Wins Thrilling Shot Competition Cantwell came up big yet again on the big stage as he took down a game Tomasz Majewski by a few centimeters on his 5th throw.
*Heptathlon: Jessica Ennis Overcomes Pressure To Take Big Lead Into Day 2 Ennis was on fire all through day 1.
*Men's 400h: 2-Time Oly Gold Winner Angelo Taylor
Misses Semis Gets Into Semis Thanks To DQ!
*The men's 400m hurdles was full of drama for the US as these post race videos below show. Johnny Dutch made the semis then puked his guts out, Angelo Taylor thought he didn't make the semis and was upset and Bershawn Jackson had to charge hard the last 100 because of a bad hamstring.
*Women's 10k: Recap Of An EPIC Win For Linet Masai Of Kenya!
*Saturday Post-Race Interviews
LRC $1,000,000 World Championships Prediction Contest The World Champs are here and now that we've got you covered with our detailed event-by-event previews, you can enter our world famous prediction contest. All you do is pick from our list the top 3 in each running event and a couple of field events. It's very easy and even if you don't know too much, we give you a guide on the competitors. You've got until Saturday early in the AM to get your first picks in.