LRC: Interview With Oklahoma State Coach Dave Smith We talked with Dave Smith about the big-time new additions to the Cowboys team, the expectations of German Fernandez, and his biggest challenge as a coach: holding his runners back in practice. In our LRC Preview Of Ok St., we officially put all the pressure on them and rank them #1 in the country over the 2-time defending champs Oregon thanks to the late addition of transfer All-American Girma Mecheso.
Pedro's Cup - Poland *Results
*Wurth-Thomas Over Dobriskey, Symmonds Victorious In 800, Asafa Powell 9.82!!! The track season is winding down. Also a new British record in the women's PV by Kate Dennison (4.60m). Tyson Gay won the 200 easily. Next week, he'll face Powell in the 100 in Korea.
*Reuters: Bolt Given Jamaica's 4th-Highest Honor & A Highway Will Be Named After Him Bolt is the youngest to ever be given the Order of Jamaica and officially Bolt will be an Ambassador and be allowed to carry a diplomatic passport. We wonder if the speed limit will be infinity on the highway. *Jamaican Prime
endearing personality, charisma and passion for his country make him a superb ambassador of Jamaica."
*Interesting Read: Editorial: Celebrating The Usain Bolt In All Of Us The paper says Jamaicans needs to celebrate all Jamaicans who achieve greatness, including Sanya Richards.
*Jamaica To Have 3 Days Of Celebrations For Track Stars In October
Recommended Read Javelin World Champ Steffi Nerius Retires On Top 3 Weeks ago at age 38, she won her first world title in front of an adoring home crowd and realized it will never get any better than that.
Important: Former Duke Runner Kevin McDermott Paralyzed In Diving Accident - Call For Donations To Help With Medical Costs Brother Sean McDermott wrote to us asking if we would share Kevin's story with our readers. Kevin was paralyzed in a diving accident and the family is struggling with medical bills.
LRC: The Week That Was This week, the 2009 track season came to a close with the World Athletics Final (WAF) where Anna Willard and Kenenisa Bekele impressed us once again and Usain Bolt was upstaged by Carmelita Jeter as everyone paused to ask, "Is she clean?" Plus some fine road racing performances by Brett Gotcher and Colleen De Reuck in New Haven, as well as Sammy Kitwara in Rotterdam. And even though he got crushed, we tell you why it's time to get excited for Sammy Wanjiru's run at the BOA Chicago Marathon in less than a month and prove once and for all that we don't hate the Oregon Ducks.
Tuesday's Sprinting News
- Smart: Bolt Not Worried About Breaking Any Indoor Records
- Asafa Powell Runs Season's Best 9.82 In Obscure Poland Meet; Symmonds And Wurth-Thomas Win Too We can't find a good link to results, but Wurth-Thomas' win was especially impressive over Berlin silver medalist Lisa Dobriskey.
- The World Champion Sprinter Who Never Lifted A Weight, Kim Collins, Retires Collins won WCs in 2003.
LRC Recap: Brilliant Day 2 Action From Greece Capped By Willard-Vessey 1-2 In The 800m We thought this World Athletics Final was going to be totally boring, but in the end, it was one of the best meets of the year thanks to awesome distance races, great sprinting and more fireworks from the king and the diva Usain Bolt and Blanka Vlašić. Day 2 was awesome and we hope you enjoy our thorough recaps.
*IAAF Day 2 Recap
*LRC: Day 2 Photos *Day 1 Photos *Day 1 Recap
Informative Usain Bolt Articles Full Of Interesting Tidbits From Coach Glen Mills
- No Joke: Usain Bolt Mechanic-Mastermind Says He'll Break 19 Seconds Technical flaws still being worked out for world's tallest elite sprinter.
- Glen Mills Lays Out Bolt's Long Term Racing Plans 2010: easy, win big diamond. 2011: hard, win everything. 2012: hard, win everything. 2013: 400 WR? Retire.
- Usain Bolt Happy Season Over - Excited For Time Off Sleep & 6 weeks' rest on the big man's agenda.
- 2009 First: Sprinter Upstages Usain Bolt Despite the talk of Bolt, American Carmelita Jeter's season carmelized suddenly on Sunday with her hyper-smooth 10.68 that trails only Florence Griffith-Joyner and drug cheat Marion Jones on the all-time list.
LRC Day 1 Recap Bekele Over Lagat Kenenisa Bekele and Bernard Lagat came down to the wire again, this time in the 3,000m. Most of
the favorites won, except in the women's 1,500m, where Kenya, Great Britain and America surprised pre-race favorites Gelete Burka and Maryam Jamal.
LRC: Beautiful Day 1 Photos From Thessaloniki
IAAF Day 1 Recap Describes Atmosphere In Thessaloniki They let the kids all come down close to the track to get autographs and high fives.
LRC Boards: Bekele's last 100m at WAF -- 11.6 !!
Time To Get Ready For The Fall Marathons
Berlin: Kibet vs. Geb Is Sunday At 3 a.m.!
Despite Saying He's In Best Shape Of His Life, Duncan Kibet Downplays His Goals Prior To Berlin The =2nd-fastest man in history says he's not going for the world record, just a PRr. But when your PRs 2:04:27, things get interesting ...
*Berlin Is Full of History As 6 Records Have Fallen In Last 10 Years
New York: 6 Former Champions, Including Marilson Gomes dos Santos & Martin Lel, To Run In 40th ING NYC Marathon The marathon will offer a record and world's marathon best $800,000 in prize money. Ramaala, Tergat, Prokopcuka, Petrova are the other former champs. *Irishman Martin Fagan To Make NYC Debut
Chicago: Irina Mikitenko Announced For Chicago
Commentary: Jim Hage Offers Tidbits On Berlin, Chicago & New York
Caster Semenya Still All Over The News
Recommended Read "Humiliating" Tests Were Done On Semenya BEFORE World Champs Semenya was tricked into doing the tests, as she thought she was going for doping tests and then her feet were put in stirrups and her private parts were photographed. The article has a touching coach-athlete exchange at Worlds.
*Seb Coe Worried That Semenya Could "Rewrite The Sport Overnight" He's also right on the money when he said, "We can never allow this to happen in this way ever again."
*Ridiculous: South Africa Files Complaint With United Nations Over Semenya Affair In reality, they should be blaming ASA and not the UN.
*Athletics South Africa (ASA) To Have To Answer To National Assembly
*Carl Lewis Chimes In & Blasts ASA For Not Protecting Semenya You know a story is really big when politicans and sprinters are talking about 800-meter runners.
Tuesday's Semenya News
- T&F Heavyweight Carl Lewis Calls Out South African Athletics For Poor Treatment Of Semenya The façade is crumbling for Athletics South Africa.
- Fishing For Help: South African Official Calls On United Nations To Defend Caster Semeya
Track News Hodgepodge
- Kenyan Officials Begrudgingly Admit Kitwara Might Be A Good Pick For World Champs Half Marathon Kitwara mentioned after his 58:58 that he really had no idea if Athletics Kenya would select him to run.
- Jamaican Sprinters - Including 2 From Bolt Group - Banned 3 Months For Stimulant They will be banned from all of the big track meets in September, October and November.
- Recommended Read: Fascinating Story Told By Writer Pat Butcher Of Computer Patriarch, Marathoner And Homosexual Martyr Alan Turing Turing, a talented tough runner, committed suicide after the British legal system ordered hormone treatment to fix his homosexuality. An amazing story.
- Murray, Baddeley Win Great Races In Great Capital Run (GBR) *Results
- Blade Runner Accused In Assault On Woman At His Party
- Screaming Marathon Man Wins Rochester For most of us, it's not as easy as Sammy Kitwara makes it seem.
Another Day, Another Bombshell From Johannesburg
- Today's Unbelievable Semenya News: Caster Was Going To Run Regardless Of What Any Sex Test Said According to the latest official statements, Athletics South Africa places zero value in any gender test, high value on gold medals.
- "Caster Sacrificed For Medal" Headlines Johannesburg Star Front Page
- Lost In Translation: ASA Demands IAAF Apology Asked to describe ASA - IAAF negotiations, we would say they're not even speaking the same language and the interpreters are being ignored.
- South African IAAF Representative Told To Go Back After He Resigned In Protest
- South African Officials Claim Gender Tests Mean Nothing To Them - Gold Medals Do Story's lead journalist Mike Hurst on latest quotes out of Johannesburg.
- Women Rights Group Accuses IAAF Of Abusing Caster Semenya Can we accuse Athletics South Africa of abusing the IAAF?
Sammy Kitwara Rocks Rotterdam With 58:58 Course Record As 7 Kenyans Not Named Wanjiru Go Under 59:33
Sammy Kitwara is now the 4th-fastest man on the half marathon list after his latest outrageous road run. The first 5,000m was covered in an unbelievable 13:37, but Kitwara said it was not too fast because he is a track guy. He won the Kenyan 10k Trials this year on the track but they didn't let him run Worlds because he ran and won Peachtree.
LRC LetsRun.com's Race Of The Weekend: Fortis Rotterdam Half Marathon Preview Half marathon WR holder Sammy Wanjiru returns to the roads against brash phenom Sammy Kitwara. Each 22 years old, they will be joined by fellow youngster Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia and 2:04:27 marathoner James Kwambai in what might be the best half marathon ever seen. Get a feel for the new generation of African road racing stars with our preview, stats and videos.
No Ovaries, No Problem: 54% Of 10,000 Voters Say "Let Semenya Keep Her Women's 800m Medal" Unbelievable amount of votes, Telegraph journalist Mike Hurst says it's by far the biggest response they've had to any topic. Vote in our poll to the right.