New Road World Record - 58:23 Half
Tadese 58:23 WR
Eritrean Zersenay Tades followed through with his promise to chase Sammy Wanjiru's world half marathon record, shaving 11 seconds off the Kenyan's time on the record-legal course in Lisbon - winning by almost 2 minutes.
L.A. Marathon Live
Collegiate Meet Highlights - Oregon Preview And USF Bulls Invite
*Oregon Preview Results The outdoor season is here.
*Boards: Mathew Centrowitz Victorious in outdoor return @ Oregon Preview 3:48 win for Centro, Jr.
Oregon's Zoe Buckman 4:12 OTC's Sally Kipyego opened in 4:10 for 1,500.
McNamara 7:53.63 Jordan McNamara keeps getting better.
*Results: Walter Dix Runs Open 400 In 46.88 To Win By 1 Second In Florida
Weekend Racing Overseas
*Legitimate World Record Talk: Zersenay Tadese Going For Wanjiru's HM Mark In Lisbon Eritrean Zersenay Tadese is the king of the half marathon (4-time
champion) and probably
the most talented male runner out there - 10k and up - besides Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Sammy Wanjiru.
*LRC 2009 World Half Marathon Photos Tadese won yet again and Dathan Ritzenhein was 3rd.
*Less Likely WR: Micah Kogo ran 27:27 in Laredo, ESP and missed his road 10km WR of 27:01.
*Seoul Marathon Preview - Watch For 2:06 19-Year-Old Ethiopian Bazo Worku And Frankfurt Champ Gilbert Kirwa There might be some real fireworks in Seoul if these two guys are on top of their game.
*Japan Running News Previews Rome Marathon Rome race organizers have chosen to honor the 50th anniversary of Abebe Bikila's 1960 Olympic Marathon win in Rome - a marathon he ran in bare feet.
LRC Can't Miss: Training Talk #6 With Craig Virgin Two-time World Cross-Country champion and two-time American record holder Craig Virgin joined us for Training Talk #6 and talked about a wide range of subjects, including his high school and college training, his time with Nike and Athletics West, racing 3 times in 4 days during a "front-loaded" career, and Jimmy Carter and the 1980 US Olympic Boycott that cost Virgin his best shot at an Olympic medal. Virgin is a true ambassador of US distance running and one of the greatest-ever US distance runners - whether you're looking for training advice, inspiration or entertainment, his stories and opinions are a must-hear.
- 2015 World Track Championships Will Be In London, Poland Or Beijing 2011 is in Daegu, 2013 in Moscow. Vote for your 2015 preference to the right.
- Western Media Continues To Mock Delhi's Attempt To Host Commonwealth Games
LRC Nike Indoor Nationals Distance Race Photos With all the other action going on at NCAAs and Indoor Worlds, you can
catch up on the top HS action by enjoying some photos from Boston, where Emily Sisson and Megan Goethals had a record-breaking race in the girls 2-mile, Andrew Kostelac ran 1:50 for 800, and Alex Hatz ran an impressive 2:05-2:00 negative-split mile to beat Kirubel Erassa, who ran 14:19 2 days earlier.
*Alex Hatz Breaks Alan Webb's Meet Record At NIN Mile Sisson and Goethals both broke Jordan Hasay's 10:10 meet record.
LRC The Week That Was Last week was an amazing one for track and field fans, as you had World Indoors and NCAAs taking place on the same days. We're not going to recap the meet again, but instead we talk about interesting tidbits like new world-record-holder in the 1,000m heptathlon - Curtis Beach, unheralded "world champions" from the NCAA meet, -200 degrees performance-enhancing cryotherapy chambers, the drug-free L.A. marathon (as in you're free to use drugs), and our performance of the week ... and it's not by who you think it is.
NYC Half Marathon - Haile STOPS
Favorites Fall In Dramatic Fashion In New York The Haile Gebrselassie coronation did not go as planned as he inexplicably pulled off the course while running with eventual race winner Peter Kamais in mile 8. Deena Kastor built a huge lead in the women's race, running on course record pace before being reeled in by a determined Mara Yamauchi.
UNREAL TRIBUTE IN ROME!! (Well... maybe not)
Runner Takes Off His Shoes, Sprints Across Rome Marathon Finish Line In Tribute 50 years after pioneering Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome, Ethiopian Siraj Gena removed his shoes 500m from the line and sprinted across in 1st place barefoot in 2:08:39. According to the AP article, Gena outsprinted
2 Kenyans to the line.
*Boards: Rome offers 5000 euro bonus for barefoot finish We were much more excited about the tribute before we saw this.
*Photo Of Siraj Gena Barefoot
NYC Half Marathon Entrants *Men Bios *Women Bios
Counterpoint: Ho Hum: 2010 NYC Half Marathon Another Gebrselassie Coronation Wejo took issue with the headline below and gives his take on the 2010 NYC Half and nearly all Gebrselassie races these days.
*Gebrselassie Says Ethiopians Are Quickly Catching Kenyans
*Boards: MO TRAFEH
Five-Star Men's Field For NYC Half!? Stars 1 & 2: Haile Gebrselassie.
Star 3: Reigning World XC Champion Gebre Gebremariam. Star
Anthony Famiglietti, Mo Trafeh, Abdi Abdirahman and other interesting Americans. Star 5: Brazilian master runner Marilson Gomes dos Santos,
debut for Alistair Cragg, Rojo-coached Zach Hine ... and more. We wonder: have they made the bust for Mary Wittenberg in the distance running hall of fame?
Recommended Read: Interview With Mo Trafeh
Haile Gebrselassie Says He'd Trade Any World Record For Olympic Gold We'd trade all his time trials for a race against Sammy Wanjiru, Martin Lel, Robert K Cheruiyot, Mebrahtom Keflezighi and Co. Gebrselassie talks about challenging Wanjiru in the London 2012 Marathon and says winning the Olympics is more important to him than times.
Weekend Track And Field Wire
Athletics Kenya Track Meet Can't Host Steeple, Pole Vault, Hammer And Other Events Because Of Vandalism And Lack Of Water We complain about a lack of money in the sport, but look what Kenyan runners do without having the funds to host a track meet on a decent track. Londoners are fighting over the Olympic track stadium, which apparently costs about $750,000,000
Recommended Read: Interview With Triple Jump World Champ And World Record Holder Teddy Tamgho We like 20-year-old Tamgho.
Seb Coe Stands Up To Soccer Manager And Says Olympic Track Stadium Will Retain The Track Post-Games We're wondering how and why the stadium, which will be used basically for one event and then they'll tear about 60,000 seats out of it, cost $750,000,000. The money involved in the Olympics is outrageous.
For Now Usain Bolt Has No Plans For 400m Racing Until After London 2012
Boston Marathon Chatter
Brief Chat With Jason Lehmkuhle Team USA Minnesotan Jason Lehmkuhle says he can run 2:11 in Boston. Headlining American entrants Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi are really flying under the radar as Boston is now 1 month away.
World Cross-Country Is Going To Be A Muddy Mess
Polish National Women Take Nearly Half An Hour To Run Muddy, Snowy 8km World XC Course The best women's XC runners in Poland could barely cover the course that will be used for Worlds in under 6:00/mile.
US World XC Team Officially Announced With Dathan Ritzenhein out, the only realistic US chance for a medal lies with Shalane Flanagan. Check out the rest of the senior and junior teams, as it's a significant accomplishment for all of those folks.
The Runners That Inspire Us ...
- Recommended Read: Pat Butcher Remembers Runner Miguel Sánchez
Miguel Sánchez was one of the "Disappeared" Argentinians, a silent victim of a violent political climate in 1978. Sanchez, a nationally-respected athlete/poet, is celebrated by races that remember his death at the hands of political violence. Writer Pat Butcher reproduces a poem by Sanchez titled Para vos atleta - or, in English: For You Athlete. An artful read.
- Sad News: UCLA Olympic Medalist Wayne Collett Dies At Age 60 Cancer took Collett's life.
- Article On Walk On Redshirt Freshman Andy Bayer Of Indiana University Bayer has gone from a walk-on to 3rd place at the NCAA D1 indoor 3,000 by his redshirt freshman year.
... & The Coaches Who Get The Most From Us
Dumble (Arizona State), Johnson (Oregon) Named National Assistant Coaches Of The Year In DI Congratulations to these guys. David Dumble coaches the throwers at Arizona St., including Ryan Whiting, who threw over 7 feet farther than any other thrower at NCAAs and eclipsed the 70' mark. Robert Johnson's sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers at Oregon helped lead the Duck women to a national title, while head coach Vin Lananna had to stay home with medical concerns.
Diamond In The Rough - Videos Of Some Of Henry Rono's Greatest Races
Do Any Videos Of Henry Rono Exist? Thanks to a couple of LRC visitors, you can now watch Henry Rono races from 30 years ago on YouTube in some of the most amazing running performances you will ever see.
*Link To Videos
The Rage - Barefoot Running Discussion
The Science Of Sport - Q&A On Barefoot Running Part 1 *Part 2 *Part 3 *Part 4 Almost every day, we answer questions from friends and acquaintances about the barefoot running push. Our friends at Science of Sport are hosting a lengthy discussion of the topic.
We've Been Looking Forward To These All Weekend - Worlds Photos
LRC Day 3 Photos From Worlds 4 x 4 photos, Women's 800, 1,500; Men's Triple Jump, 60h, 3,000, more.
*LRC Day 2 Photos From Doha Men's 1,500, Women's 3,000, much more ...
*LRC Day 1 Photos From Doha Preliminary rounds: see most of the Americans in action.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
*New All LRC 2010 Photo Galleries Displayed Here PhotoRun's photos are usually our favorite visual treat of the week.